Perhaps the fact that this post is written a few days later than normal gives the game away: it was not a great start to August! In truth, other events have delayed the regular update, but if you were waiting for stirring tales of glorious wins you had better find some other reading material.
The ladies had two games in the Collins and Shipley league, one of them a re-arranged fixture against Burradon and the other a standard issue visit to Chirton. The latter was a 0-12 wipeout, but at least we managed two points against the stronger Burradon team, albeit with a one-shot win! Next up are league leaders Bedlington Dr Pit – a home visit by the Dr, as it were – on Friday. It has been a long, hard slog this season, but with several new members things should be rather easier next year.
In the West Tyne league it was another case of playing the league leaders as Haltwhistle came to us needing only a point or two to seal the title. In the event they won by a whopping margin (51-83) and took 6.5 of the 7 points on offer: nothing like doing it in style. In fact we started very well, and just after halfway (on ten ends) three of our rinks were winning, and we were 37-33 up. This was despite Trevor’s rink being ten shots down after trailing 0-12 after seven ends, with one rink seven shots up and another leading by six.
From then on it got worse – much worse. After 15 ends it was 48-68, with three rinks now trailing, and after 18 ends the deficit was 32, with our all-female rink (Susan, Sylvia and Blanche) getting a 17-17 draw amid much excitement. They were a whisker away from winning the game, which would have been a good reward for efforts even if it wouldn’t have spared us a big defeat overall. To have lost 14-50 on the last eight ends across all rinks was pretty bad, and losing one rink by 19 shots made the overall result a formality. But the Haltwhistle men wouldn’t be where they are in the league without being very good, and the way they stuck in after that slow start was very impressive.
We go to Alston this week for the last game of the season, needing maximum points to be sure of runner-up spot in the league. A large improvement is required…