Thankfully, in a season full of postponements, there was no clash between our West Tyne Cup match and the slightly bigger Cup games in Russia. Our semi-final with Allen Valley duly took place one day after England’s semi against Croatia
In the football, Croatia had fallen behind early, then equalised before getting the winner. We definitely played in a Croatian style, as early exchanges were not in our favour. After five ends we were leading on one rink, down on the second and drawing on the third, and after eight ends it was worse, with two rinks each 3-8 down. A couple of ends later we had restored the earlier balanced position not only in terms of rinks but also on overall shots, which were tied 24-24: it simply couldn’t have been closer.
Quite why things changed as rapidly as they then did is unclear, but for some reason all three rinks pulled ahead, and in the course of the next five ends we won the shots count 26-5, with two rinks so far ahead that the final ends were a bit of a formality. In the end we won by three rinks to nil, but it had clearly been a struggle early on. We now meet Hexham House A in the final, to be played on 9 August.
The Nines game due on Tuesday was postponed, adding to a long list of re-arranged fixtures in that league. By the time we get them all finished the next football season will be well under way.