We were going to be short of numbers for the Sturdee match, but Nick, the Sturdee fixture secretary, had it covered as he and his wife were reserves and happy to turn out for us. But RBBG’s Captain, thick with cold (perhaps just thick) thought Ian was Nick and the chain reaction resulted in a delayed start and Nick’s wife missing out on a game. That apart, we all had a great afternoon, the delay did not spoil the good nature of our hosts one little bit.

On rink 6 Peter, Barbara and Hans ran into some impressive play from Sturdee’s John (who captained Sturdee in our earlier fixtures with them, so a very good player), Ledger and Tony , who clearly showed themselves as good players as well. Our hosts led 10-0 after six ends and continued their good form, leading 21-5 with one end to play. (I missed the score from that end, but Sturdee won this match, no mistake!) But Hans confirmed it had been a good afternoon, which says all you need about the spirit in which the match was played.

And I can confirm the same atmosphere on rink 1, where I was playing (the result of the earlier confusion) with Julie and Penny against Dot, Ian and Ken. It was Julie’s first match, the first time she had played eight consecutive ends (I bowled her woods for the second half) and for someone who had only had few short rollups she did remarkably well. In fact, as she left the green, RBBG were still very much in the game at 3-6, she and Penny had played very well, but Sturdee drew away in the second half to win 18-7 in another very friendly and enjoyable match.

On rink 2 the match remained in the balance to the very end, It was tied at 10-10 with two ends to play, just one to Sturdee in the next but four shots to Sturdee again in the last gave Peter, Margaret and Frank a 15-10 win. Nevertheless, great play by Geoff, Nick (Sturdee’s fixture secretary, he did get that game for us) and Maurice in a most enjoyable as well as competitive game.

So RBBG rink honours to Pat, David and Mick in another very tight match on rink 5. RBBG were never behind but led only by 9-8 with three ends to play, and Quentin, Len and Captain Colin had the momentum, it was anyone’s match. RBBG responded well to the pressure, a single shot in each of those three ends giving us our sole rink win by 12-8.

With the traditional fish and chip tea following, - thank you to Nick’s wife for arranging this, and for not giving me any grief at all for making her sit out the afternoon – we completed this most enjoyable local fixture, indeed, for Maurice and David it is just along the road!

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