Sturdee v RBBG


We had a few absentees for the Sturdee match, and the brief but very welcome visit of Pat and Mick on the day reminded us that they were both regulars last summer, and even then we were struggling to make our usual four triples. Tony had been keen to turn out but after nearly three months without playing and still some pain from his neck injury there was no way we could let him play sixteen ends.

So three triples it was and Sturdee’s Bob was keen to play against his friend, Maurice. And I am sure they are still friends after Bob, with Malcolm and Margaret, won 26-10. Barbara, Julie and Maurice had started well, taking the first three ends, with just the single shot, but ten shots to Sturdee over the following three ends put them very much in the driving seat. I could see lots of decent woods played on this rink, but generally it was Sturdee shading the ends.

My record of rink 4’s activity stops at fourteen ends, with Sturdee’s Tony, Ledger and A N Other – I did not catch the name – leading 14-10 against Terry, Tom and Hans. It was certainly an exciting game, to judge from the calls and encouragements generated, and clearly lots of good bowling as well!

Marian, David and Alison took the first end on rink 5 but Dot, Dave and Colin took fourteen unanswered shots in the next seven ends to lead 14-1. This was certainly not for lack of decent bowling on our part as RBBG showed over the next seven ends to pull back to just 12-16 down - and it would have been even better had not Sturdee’s skip and captain for the day, Colin, rescued the end where we held eight shots till he put his final wood into second! Our hosts took the final end to run out winners at 16-12 but they had been given a close shave.

Club Captain, Ivor, and his wife Helen (Fixture Secretary) were present all afternoon, running the show very efficiently and organising the traditional fish and chip tea for which Sturdee is famous! A great way to finish what was a perfect day – the weather, the bowling, the company. If we didn’t make the perfect score, the win, I would suggest it is the least important component as in every respect this was what a friendly match should be.


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