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CLUB EBA A TEAM 2018

 

 

 

CONNAUGHT EBA 'A' TEAM SHOTS POINTS
RESULTS 2018 SEASON F A F A
Connaught 'A' ..v.. Dickleburgh Away 2-May-18   57 45   4
Connaught 'A' v Wortwell Home 9-May-18   52 64 
Connaught 'A' v Diss A Away 16-May-18   42 77 
Connaught 'A' v Gissing A Home 23-May-18   55 58   1
Connaught A' v County Arts B Away 6-June-18   72 66 
Connaught 'A' v Scole Away 13-June-18   44 76   0
Connaught 'A' v Dickleburgh Home 20-June-18   65 52 
Connaught 'A' v Wortwell Away 27-June-18  67  44 
Connaught 'A' v Diss A Home 4- July-18  29  98 
Connaught 'A' v Gissing A Away 11-July-18   62 76 
Connaught 'A' v County Arts B Home 25-July-18   68 44  3.5  1.5 
Connaught 'A' v Scole Home 1-Aug-18   55 53 
Shot difference -85 668 753 28.5 31.5
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CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 55-53 at home against SCOLE on 1 August.

RINK 4   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble won 21-14 against D.Aldous.

RINK 5   M.Minshull, R.Oatway,M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 8-29 to S.Bartram.

RINK 6   D.Liles, O.Secker, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 26-10 against G.Vernon.

On rink 4 Kevin got off to a good start going 9-2 up after 5 ends.  Although the margin varied during the match the 7 shot lead was re-established at the end, 21-14.

On rink 5 Paul’s block played well but were faced with formidable opposition. On a number of occasions Paul was holding shots only to find the opposing skip getting in.

On rink 6 Mick was always in control, restricting Scole to 7 winning ends.  The final score of 26-10 was enough to clinch the shots bonus points for Connaught.

The 4-1 home win gave satisfaction in light of the 0-5 defeat at Scole, earlier in the season.  The final shots difference of 2 was made possible by strong performances on two rinks.  A sigh of relief in that Connaught avoid relegation for another season

 

 


CONNAUGHT A won 3 1/2 - 1 1/2 and 68-44 at home against COUNTY ARTS on 25 July.

RINK 4 G.Benefer, M.Watson, R.Taylor and K.Noble drew 17-17 with N.Gant.

RINK 5 M.Minshull, R.Oatway, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 21-23 to A.Curtis.

RINK 6 D.Liles, O.Secker, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 30-4 against M.Mitson.

On rink 4 Kevin’s block followed a fairly regular pattern. A poor start going
0-8 down after 5 ends; a good recovery to edge ahead 12-10 after 13 ends; a stutter to go 12-16 down after 16 ends and finally another comeback to earn a valuable draw. At least, we think it was a draw because, as usual, Kevin finished in the dark.

On rink 5 Paul had a solid start, winning the first 3 ends. County Arts then found the green and dominated the next 15 ends so that Paul was 10-23 down after 18 ends. A very strong recovery at the end saw Paul pick up 11 shots, to finish only 2 shots down; not quite enough to win the game but certainly enough to secure the bonus points.

On rink 6 Mick’s men produced the star performance of the evening losing only 4 ends to single shots and finishing 30-4. As the match progressed it became clear that Mick would gain 1 point and the only question was whether the margin would be sufficient to earn the shot bonus points.

A good all-round performance and much stronger end game secured a valuable 3 1/2 points for Connaught. In the context of the League, this puts Connaught 4 1/2 points ahead of Dickleburgh with each having 1 game to play.


 

 

CONNAUGHT A lost 1-4 and 62-76 away at GISSING on 11 July.

RINK 1   P.Hambling, R.Oatway, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald won 20-19 against P.Forster.

Paul had a slow start, going down 3-9 after 7 ends.  A good run followed, and he was 14-9 up after 14 ends.  A dropped 5 on end 18 and 1 on end 19 took the score to 16-19.  Connaught picked up 2 shots on each of the last two ends to gain a narrow win, Paul’s final wood proving decisive.

RINK 4   D.Liles, M.Minshull, O.Secker and M.Utting lost 20-26 to P.Whymark.

Mick was going well at 11-5 up after 9 ends but dropped 14 shots over the next 6 ends to fall behind 11-19.  Mick pulled back to 20-21 after 19 ends but lost the last two to finish 20-26.

RINK 5   G.Benefer, M.Watson, R.Taylor and K.Noble lost 22-31 to J.Thompson.

Kevin had a poor start going 0-9 down after 4 ends.  A spirited fight back saw Kevin lead 19-15 after 15 ends but a relapse over the final 6 ends dropped 16 shots.

A point gained at GISSING is always worthwhile but, as in the home game, Connaught hoped for more.  Unfortunately, the end game once again proved decisive with Gissing digging in to turn a possible defeat into a win, gaining 14 shots on the last 4 ends.

 

CONNAUGHT A lost 0-5 and 29-98 at home to DISS A on 4 July.

RINK 1   G.Randle, R.Harrison, O.Secker and M.Utting lost 8-31 to K.Baker.

RINK 2   M.Minshull, R.Oatway, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 12-34 to A.Stimson.

RINK 3   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson lost 9-33 to E.Feaveryear.

Connaught were comprehensively outbowled by a strong Diss team who should, on this form, win the league.

 

 


CONNAUGHT A won 5-0 and 67-44 away at WORTWELL on 27 June.

RINK 4 M.Minshull, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson won 22-12 against T.Bell.

RINK 5 D.Liles, G.Randle, G.Li-Rocchi and O.Secker won 20-12 against G.Smith.

RINK 6 R.Harrison, R.Oatway, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald won 25-20 against DTaylor.

On rink 4 Mark went into a 7-0 lead after 3 ends and maintained the advantage throughout the match. Although Connaught won only 11 ends, they restricted Wortwell to 8x1 and 2x2, whilst scoring 1x4 and 2x3 plus 4x2.

On rink 5 Owen also took an early lead, 6-0 after 5 ends. From then on, Wortwell won the majority of ends but were contained to singles and doubles, while Owen scored better on winning ends.

On rink 6 Paul’s block were involved in a high scoring match. Down 3 after the first end, they scored 4 on the second and went on to score a 5, a 4 and 2x3 on other ends. Wortwell won 11 ends including 4 of the last 6 which made for a tight finish.

Connaught put in a solid performance to win 5-0 away at Wortwell. The final score does not, however, tell the whole story. On the night, Connaught won 33 ends to Wortwell’s 30 which shows the value of not conceding high scoring ends.


 

CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 65-52 at home against DICKLEBURGH on 20 June. 

RINK 1   P.Hambling, R.Oatway, M.Minshull and O.Secker won 29-13 against R.Green. 

RINK 2   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson won 18-17 against P.Wright. 

RINK 3   D.Liles, G.Randle, R.Harrison and M.Utting lost 18-22 to D.Shimell. 

Owen’s block made a steady start and went 13-2 up after 7 ends.  The gap closed to 13-7 but another good run, including a 6, saw the score at 24-7 after 14 ends.  From then on the match was even, to finish 29-13. 

A slow start saw Mark’s block 2-7 down  after 3 ends.  They fought back to get on level terms but the match was always very close.  Despite winning 13 ends they won by only 1 shot. 

Mick’s block were 15-5 up after 10 ends and looking comfortable.  Unfortunately, that was as good as it got, because they lost 9 of the next 11 ends to go down 18-22. 

The 4-1 win was welcome after the previous 0-5 loss to Scole.  The league is starting to shape up with Dickleburgh, Wortwell and Connaught occupying the bottom 3 places.

 

CONNAUGHT A lost 0-5 and 44-76 away at SCOLE on 13 June.

RINK 1   M.Minshull, R.Oatway, M.Parsons and O.Secker lost 14-31 to N.Bell.

Owen’s block dropped 6 on the first end and that set the tone for the match. They never really mastered the green or the opposition and gradually went further behind to finish 14-31 down.

RINK 2   D.Liles,G.Randle, R.Harrison and M.Utting lost 15-24 to G.Vernon.

This match was similar to that on rink 1 with Mick’s block struggling to match Scole.  They did however have a slight recovery at 6-22 down, to pull back to 15-24.

RINK 3   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble lost 15-21 to D.Aldous.

Kevin’s block looked dead and buried at 0-11 down after 4 ends but fought back to within 2 shots, at 15-17 after 19 ends.  Unfortunately, a dropped 3 on end 20 virtually sealed their fate and despite a valiant effort by Kevin on the last end, they went down 15-21.

Connaught rarely get a positive result at Scole and this match was no exception.  At one stage it looked as if Kevin’s block might salvage a point but they just fell short

CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 72-66 away against COUNTY ARTS B on 6 June.

RINK 4   P.Hambling, R.Oatway, M.Parsons and P.Groom won 33-16 against M.Mitson.

Paul’s block did not start well, losing a 5 on end 3 and 1-8 down after 4 ends. From that point on, they got a grip and won 14 of the next 17 ends to finish 33-16.  To be fair, most of the lucky breaks went Connaught’s way.  Paul played a solid game at skip and held the block together when wobbles crept in.

RINK 5   G.Randle, D.Liles, R.Harrison and O.Secker won 28-25 against A.Rounce.

Owen’s block started well but dropped a 5 on end 4 to go 5-6 down.  The match was to and fro to end 9 with the score 10-11.  On end 10 a massive 6 for Connaught gave them a lead which was increased to 19-11 after end 12.  Then came a serious wobble to leave the score 19-18 after 15 ends;  a revival to go 27-18 with 4 ends left should have seen them home safely, but another setback saw them go into the final end only 2 shots up - they held on to finish 28-25.

RINK 6   M.Minshull, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble lost 11-25 to N.Gant.

A steady start by Kevin’s block saw them 7-6 up after 10 ends.  A dropped 5 on end 11 threw them off course and they won only 2 of the next 10 ends to go down 11-25.  This was a rare off-night for Kevin’s block, who were up against a strong County Arts block who really got their act together in the latter half of the match.

A 4-1 win at County Arts was a good result for Connaught.  As is often the case, the overall result was in doubt up to the final end but Owen Secker hung in to win his match.

 

CONNAUGHT A V GISSING

CONNAUGHT A lost at home to GISSING 1-4 and 55-58 on 23 May

RINK 4 D.Liles, M.Utting, R.Harrison and T.Shoebridge lost 12-21 to S.Thompson.
A bright start to go 6-1 up, was followed by a long barren spell to go 7-20 down and a brief revival to 12-21.

RINK 5 G.Benefer, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble lost 19-20 to P.Whymark.
This was another good all round performance from Kevin’s block. After going 2-12 down at 9 ends they recovered to be 19-19 after 20 ends. Unfortunately they lost the final end by 1 shot.

RINK 6 M.Minshull, O.Secker, M.Parsons and P.Groom won24-17 against P.Forster.
A solid win by Paul’s block saw them lead throughout the match. The gap was narrow at 10-9 after 11 ends but a 5 on end 12 gave them a comfort zone which they maintained to the finish.

The record will show that Connaught lost 1-4 and gained only 1 point - that is fact. But there is a positive aspect within that scoreline. For once, Connaught matched Gissing throughout the game and went into the final end on Kevin’s rink with a chance of winning 4-1. It was not to be but well done the team for a good effort

 

CONNAUGHT A V DISS

CONNAUGHT A lost 1-4 and 42-77 away at DISS on 16 May.

RINK 1 D.Liles, M.Minshull, O.Secker and M.Utting lost 11-32 to A.Stimson.
Mick came up against a strong Diss block, including Oliver Allen who played at Connaught when he was a young sprog. Mick was never really in the game and won only 5 ends which resulted in the 11-32 deficit.

RINK 4 G.Benefer, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble won 19-18 against K.Baker.
What can we say; Kevin’s lads did it again. A hard fought contest saw Kevin fairly even at the half way stage; then a mid-game crisis to go 10-17 down after 15 ends. This was followed by a big fight back to be 17-17 after 19 ends, 17-18 after 20 ends and get 2 shots on end 21 to win 19-18.

RINK 5 P.Hambling, R.Oatway, P.Groom and M.Parsons lost 12-27 to E.Feaveryear.
Mike fought hard but was outplayed by strong opposition, winning only 7 ends and going down 12-27.

A cold night at Diss, a comprehensive defeat but a warm reception and substantial vittals and drink. From the bowls perspective, the only bright spot was the point gained by Kevin Noble’s block. This was the result of a hard fought game and their third successive win - long may it continue.

 

CONNAUGHT A V WORTWELL

CONNAUGHT A lost at home to WORTWELL 1-4 and 52-64 on 9 May

RINK 4 P.Macdonald, O.Secker, P.Groom and M.Parsons lost 11-19 to D.Riches.
Mike was 11-10 up after 16 ends in a low scoring match. Then,as in the previous match against Dickleburgh, things went wrong and the last 5 ends we’re lost, to go down 11-19.

RINK 5 M.Minshull, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble won 22-14 against J.Taylor.
Kevin’s match was fairly even up to 13 ends and 9-11 down. At this point, the effects of the various stimulating beverages started to kick in and Kevin raced away to a 22-14 win.

RINK 6 D.Liles, G.Randle, R.Harrison and M.Utting lost 19-31 to G.Smith.
Mick started with a 3 but then fell away to go 11-28 down, before rallying to pick up 8 shots on the last 4 ends.

Overall, a disappointing result. WORTWELL found the green from the start and it was up to Kevin's block to salvage a point

 

CONNAUGHT A v DICKLEBURGH

CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 57-45 away against DICKLEBURGH on 2 May.

On rink 3 G.Benefer, R.Taylor, M.Watson and K.Noble won 20-17 against D.Shimell.
A strong start saw Kevin’s block go into a 11-7 lead at the half-way stage. They then dropped 8 shots in 4 ends to go 11-15 down, but fought back to pick up 9 shots over the next 6 ends to finish 20-17.

On rink 4 P.Macdonald, D.Liles, P.Groom and M.Parsons lost 13-19 to P.Wright.
Mike’s block we’re looking comfortable at 12-6 after 13 ends, having led from the start. Then things went wrong and they won only 1 of the last 8 ends going down 13-19.

On rink 5 M.Minshull, G.Randle, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 24-9 against A.Green.
Mick’s block took an early 9-0 lead and never looked in trouble, despite the lead narrowing to 14-8 after 15 ends. A strong finish saw them run out 24-9.

A good start to the season with a 4-1 win on a cold evening at Dickleburgh. The green played well, considering that it was totally reseeded in September 2017. The Club did exceptionally well to ensure that the match was played, given the amount of rain earlier in the day.
went wrong and they won only 1 of the last 8 ends going down 13-19.

On rink 5 M.Minshull, G.Randle, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 24-9 against A.Green.
Mick’s block took an early 9-0 lead and never looked in trouble, despite the lead narrowing to 14-8 after 15 ends. A strong finish saw them run out 24-9.

A good start to the season with a 4-1 win on a cold evening at Dickleburgh. The green played well, considering that it was totally reseeded in September 2017. The Club did exceptionally well to ensure that the match was played, given the amount of rain earlier in the day.

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