On Tuesday there was a hail shower at lunchtime, and that could mean only one thing – the league season was starting later in the day. We had arranged to start the Nines game early – though not even that would have rescued us the night before, when it was practically dark by eight o’clock – and thankfully we got the full 18 ends in, albeit with some peering into the gloom by the very end. It was the first league match since the removal of five large trees at one end of the green, and this also made a difference to light levels.
North Shields West End provided stiff opposition, and racked up big early leads on two rinks. Our pairs were 0-10 down after six ends, but then came back well to reach 14-15 going into the last end; sadly they lost this one, and the match went 14-17.
The fours lost a five on the third end, which made the scoreboard a bit lop-sided early on, but then they pegged away, chipping away at the deficit before scoring a five of their own and finally winning by 22-14.
The triples, with new member George Rockett fitting in very well, also had to work hard. This time it was North Shields who came back well in the middle stages, but our team responded in kind and wrapped up the last four ends to seal a 21-10 win that was much less comfortable than the score suggests.
With only nine available players before the match there was no room for accident or injury, but as the month goes on more of the usual squad become available. There’s no Nines game on 5 May, but on 12 May we’re at home again, to Wallsend Park A. As seen on the various sub-pages of our schedule the Ladies start their programme at home on 6 May, with a West Tyne Cup match the next day.