The hottest week of the year forced us to use quite a bit of water on the green, but plenty of cold water was poured on our league teams too. The Nines side went to Backworth more in hope than expectation, and although the pairs came to within three shots (15-18) the triples and fours lost by an aggregate 33 shots. The overall result, therefore, was a 0-8 loss, which it has to be said is par for the course at Backworth but not exactly great for morale either.
The ladies, meanwhile, travelled to Alnwick with rather more cause for confidence after recent performances. Once again, though, each rink fell short, by small but crucial margins, and the result this time was 0-12.
That left hopes for positive news pinned firmly on the West Tyne match with Prudhoe House, but on Wednesday evening, 24 hours before the game, Prudhoe announced that their club has folded and that our fixture was obviously cancelled. Although we knew that at least one of their earlier matches had been postponed because of low numbers this was nevertheless a shock. It also guaranteed a further fixture with no points!
It would be nice to report that we had at least won a friendly, but in a most enjoyable game at Portland on Friday afternoon, in full, hot sunshine. we lost overall by nine shots (62-71). Playing four rinks of triples we lost three of them, with a large win on the fourth thanks to the consistency of Brian Norman and John Lambert, who managed to dishearten the opposition with their nagging consistency, all the while reducing their own skip’s role to one of centring the jack and marking the card.
Portland, of course, represent the Gold Standard in post-match teas, so any disappointment at the result lasted for about the time it took to get to the bar. But it will still be good to get some points, rather than pints, next week.