BRILLIANCE FOLLOWED CHAOS - AT ASHFORD

The chill in the weather relented a little for our visit to Ashford so that neither the journey there nor back was any problem for the drivers. And the warming lunchtime snacks at Journey’s End, bacon baguettes prominent, plus the warmth of our hosts’ reception, more than compensated for the huge confusions induced by Brian’s admin. Most of the assembled company remained unaffected, perhaps even unaware, but Marian, Tom and Bruce were left to play a friendly rollup with Ashford’s Michelle. They all took it in good part – much appreciated by Brian, whose punishment included a lack of time to indulge in the aforementioned bacon baguettes, and most of you will know how that would have hurt.

On rink 6 John, Shirley and Bella lost six shots in the third end to Barbara, Sheila and Del, but they fought back. Once Shirley and John had the pace of the carpet they were finding the line consistently, and Bella produced some killer woods as she completed her spell, keeping RBBG in the hunt. She was in despair last week, still in too much pain to play, but she turned the corner during the week and her joy at being able to play was palpable. But the Ashford trio maintained their excellent standard throughout, and with Brian taking over from Bella for the second half it was clearly Ashford’s match as they moved from 18-18 with four ends to play to a 30-19 Ashford victory.

Rink 4 had a similar if less pronounced scoreboard experience in that Penny, Barbara and Hans were leading 17-13 with three ends to go but a storming finish by Bill, Jenny and captain Graham produced ten shots for a 23-17 Ashford win.
Rink 3 had the tightest match. It was the sixth end before Mary, from whom Chris took over late on, David and Ralph got a shot, and Gill, Gerry and John kept the scoreboard ticking over for Ashford as they led 18-16 with three ends to play. This time it was RBBG with a big finish, not quite as stellar as those two Ashford finishes on 6 and 4, but six shots in two end gave RBBG the lead at22-18 and they held on in that last end to win 22-20.

On rink 2 Pat was able to play just the half match this week and Michelle of Ashford, a late call up, came from the rollup to take her place, with Geoff and Mick against her Ashford colleagues Jay, Jenny and Dick. And she ended up on the winning side by a margin of 25-14. But even that did not take RBBG rink honours as they were shaded, by a single shot difference. When Mark. David from Ashford as guest and Maurice gave our rink 6 a 22-10 win over Barry, Ray and Barbara. Uniquely on the day, it was a flying start for RBBG. Taking seven unanswered shots in the first five ends, that was the big difference between the two sides, the rest of the contest being pretty even.

I neglected to mention that Ashford had sportingly given us a ten shot handicap, which gave the match an extra spice and they may not feel quite so generous next year as we held on to shade the match overall on combined points. But I expect they will be as generous, as the whole day was marked by sheer enjoyment, the result was secondary (though we were happy to win!). Hunger’s End provided us with another warming meal to send us on our way. I am not going to try to describe just how chaotic it looked like being in the period just before the match, but what a brilliant day it turned out to be for (almost) everyone after that.

On rink 6 John, Shirley and Bella lost six shots in the third end to Barbara, Sheila and Del, but they fought back. Once Shirley and John had the pace of the carpet they were finding the line consistently, and Bella produced some killer woods as she completed her spell, keeping RBBG in the hunt. She was in despair last week, still in too much pain to play, but she turned the corner during the week and her joy at being able to play was palpable. But the Ashford trio maintained their excellent standard throughout, and with Brian taking over from Bella for the second half it was clearly Ashford’s match as they moved from 18-18 with four ends to play to a 30-19 Ashford victory.

Rink 4 had a similar if less pronounced scoreboard experience in that Penny, Barbara and Hans were leading 17-13 with three ends to go but a storming finish by Bill, Jenny and captain Graham produced ten shots for a 23-17 Ashford win.
Rink 3 had the tightest match. It was the sixth end before Mary, from whom Chris took over late on, David and Ralph got a shot, and Gill, Gerry and John kept the scoreboard ticking over for Ashford as they led 18-16 with three ends to play. This time it was RBBG with a big finish, not quite as stellar as those two Ashford finishes on 6 and 4, but six shots in two end gave RBBG the lead at22-18 and they held on in that last end to win 22-20.

On rink 2 Pat was able to play just the half match this week and Michelle of Ashford, a late call up, came from the rollup to take her place, with Geoff and Mick against her Ashford colleagues Jay, Jenny and Dick. And she ended up on the winning side by a margin of 25-14. But even that did not take RBBG rink honours as they were shaded, by a single shot difference. When Mark. David from Ashford as guest and Maurice gave our rink 6 a 22-10 win over Barry, Ray and Barbara. Uniquely on the day, it was a flying start for RBBG. Taking seven unanswered shots in the first five ends, that was the big difference between the two sides, the rest of the contest being pretty even.

I neglected to mention that Ashford had sportingly given us a ten shot handicap, which gave the match an extra spice and they may not feel quite so generous next year as we held on to shade the match overall on combined points. But I expect they will be as generous, as the whole day was marked by sheer enjoyment, the result was secondary (though we were happy to win!). Hunger’s End provided us with another warming meal to send us on our way. I am not going to try to describe just how chaotic it looked like being in the period just before the match, but what a brilliant day it turned out to be for (almost) everyone after that.