SAUNDERSFOOT 82 (12 pts) FIVE ARCHES 66 (2) - The Saundersfoot First Division boys played a league match at home to the Five Arches team from Tenby last Saturday and after a few scares along the way eventually ran out winners by 16 shots.
The Arches are supposedly the Tenby second string, but due to the strength of the club include some class players within their ranks and are always a force to be reckoned with.
Both teams started brightly and the villagers held a slender one shot lead after five ends. At the half way mark, the visitors had taken an eight-shot lead and still led by three after 15 ends.
A strong finish, however, gave Saundersfoot a third successive win and an early season top position in the league.
On rink two, captain Berwyn’s settled rink, with him skipping Dai Davies, Selwyn Price and Steve Dick, again won their two points, but had to fight all the way against the Arches four skipped by Jon Webb.
With two ends remaining, only two shots separated the teams, but two singles resulted in a home win by 19 shots to 15.
Rink three saw Roy Hooper, Neil the post Hensman, Brian the Gwent genius Desmond and skip Joe Dennis trying for a reversal of fortunes, having lost at Pendine the week before. In the early stages, however, it looked like a case of déjà vu with the visitors, skipped by Tenby Observer editor Neil Dickinson, proving that he can bowl as well as he plays golf, holding an 11-shot advantage.
The threat of another yellow card must have galvanised the boys as they then scored seven shots without reply, but eventually lost out by 20 shots to 15. The comeback which helped steady the ship after the tea break, earned brownie points for Joe and his lads from uncle Berwyn and the rink will have another chance of redemption in tomorrow’s match.
Myrddin ‘Popeye’ Dennis was aided by Graham (farmer) Hughes, John Amos and Alan Brain on rink four up against the Dai Spencer foursome and, although finding it difficult to build up a lead for much of the game, eventually won by 22 shots to 13.
Rink five saw a really strange scoring game, with Alan Rich, Paul Blayney and Don and Steve Poole taking a count of five on the first end and proceeding to a nine-shot lead after just six played.
A big win looked on the cards, but the Arches four of Mike Day, Jon Hubbard, James Criddle and Ashley Hooper had other ideas and won the next six ends to overturn the deficit and take a seven-shot lead.
Stunned into action, however, the village rink then won eight consecutive ends and led by nine going into the last end. With the home boys holding three with only Ashley’s last wood to come, Popeye and Graham Hughes were willing the Arches skip to draw the shot and Ash duly obliged to cap a great performance from him.
This meant that the money for top rink went to rink four, hence the cheering for Ashley, who won by nine, with rink five winning by eight, 26 shots to 18. Some people will do anything for money!
Tomorrow (Saturday), Saundersfoot play Tenby at home at 2 pm in a ‘winner takes all’ Carruthers Welsh Cup encounter to see which of them will proceed to the knockout stages of the competition.
ST. ISSELL’S MEN
The St. Issells men’s team commenced their Division Two campaign last Sunday with an away victory over newly-relegated Fishguard and Goodwick, returning home with a 10-point haul.
The team were due to play Pater of Pembroke Dock last night, but as a mark of respect to the late Dock member and Pater vice-captain Steve James, whose funeral was occurring on the same day, the fixture has been postponed until Thursday, July 13.
On Sunday, they have another away fixture against Neyland.
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Another touring team visited the club last week and in an enjoyable five-rink mixed encounter, it was Saundersfoot who came out on top, winning by 13 shots.
Rink scores with Saundersfoot first and West Midlands Police skips only were:
Roy Kennion, Angie Smith, Dennis Ball, Nev Ruff 11; B. Cotterill 21.
Dennis Reed, Kath Williams, Roy Harris, Brian McKehon 22; Ken Benjamin 21.
Joyce Howe, Doug Silcox, Mick Smith, Richard Whittaker 19; Dave Gwinneth 10.
Peter Guyett, Pam Bowen, Mike Carr, Billy Glynn 23; B. Richards 13.
Peter Williams, Di Disney, Rod Bramhall, Christine Harris 18; B. Mace 15.
There are two friendlies next week. First up on Monday is a visit from the Buckinghamshire County ladies and on Friday their county men will be entertained.
At the time of going to press, club captain Graham Hughes was still short of a few players for the men’s team, so if you are available please let him know.
The St. Issell’s ladies will be looking to continue their early season good form on Sunday when they play Neyland away and the Saundersfoot ladies also play Neyland next Wednesday at home with a 6 pm start.
The two ladies teams were due to meet last Monday, but the match had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather. Oh, the British summer weather strikes again and it’s still only May!
On Thursday, the six rinks will be full at 6 pm, with the Saundersfoot men entertaining Haverfordwest in a top-of-the-table league clash and the Saundersfoot ladies playing Picton from the same club.
The Meyrick Owen team start their league programme next Tuesday when they, too, play Neyland, away at 2,pm.
The draw for the above competitions can be found in the clubhouse. Plenty of time to play the first rounds, but try to play them early if possible and remember, entry fees should be paid before you play!