Connaught Breckland 'B' Team Shots Points
Results 2018/19 Season
Date F A F A
Connaught 'B'  v Wymondham Away 15-Oct-18  32  123  0 10 
Connaught 'B' v Harling Griffins Away 17-Oct-18  51  83  0 10 
Connaught 'B' v Banham Home 30-Oct-18 80 48  10  0
Connaught 'B'  v Shropham Home 31-Oct-18  94 35  10  0
Connaught 'B' v Connaught A Away 17-Nov-18
Connaught 'B' v Carleton Rode Away 19-Nov-18
Connaught 'B'  v Forncett Home 20-Nov-18
Connaught 'B' v Hingham Away 03-Dec-18
Connaught 'B' v Harling Unicorns Home 17-Dec-18
Connaught 'B' v Harling Unicorns Away 16-Jan-19
Connaught 'B'  v Hingham Home 23-Jan-19
Connaught 'B' v Carleton Rode Home 06-Feb-19
Connaught 'B' v Connaught A Home 09-Feb-19
Connaught 'B'  v Forncett Away 13-Feb-19
Connaught 'B' v Banham Away 06-Mar-19
Connaught 'B' v Harling Griffins Home 13-Mar-19
Connaught 'B' v Wymondham Home 26-Mar-19
Connaught 'B' v Shropham Away 27-Mar-19
Shot difference -32 257 289  20 20 

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Connaught 'B' won at home against Shropham on Wednesday 31 October by 94-35 and 10-0

Mat 1 Mick Utting, John Winup and Michael Marlow won 23-6 against G Wilcox

Mat 2 Joe Li-Rocchi, Peter King and Carolina Li-Rocchi won 31-6 against R Dawson

Mat 1 David Flatt, Jim Squire and David Warne won 23-9 against T Cullinane

Mat 2 Mike Minshull, Joyce Hazell and Alison Rush won 17-14 against R Broad

Before the break on Mat 1 the Connaught triple proved too accurate for their opponents although Gordon Wilcox, now resurfacing in Shropham colours, played very bravely to save shots on many ends. For Connaught Michael at lead was very sound - he possibly tired a bit at the 12-end stage. John had a good game, to draw and take out. Likewise Mick, now thinking in short mat terms, was very calm and steady at skip

On Mat 2 the Connaught triple played to top form against mainly outdoor and long mat bowlers who tried extremely hard but were out-manoeuvred. The score was unkind to them. Carolina had another excellent game - she has moved on from just trying hard and is now a good short mat lead. Peter and Joe again combined very well - apparently they did play together when at Wymondham - in a variety of shot

After the break on Mat 1 the Connaught triple surged ahead from the start and a 5 on end 11 took their lead to 19-1. It did not last - Shropham heads did not drop as the visitors took the last seven ends by 8-4. David Warne at lead proved an able substitute for Trevor Burt, while Jim and David again played well together in a competent display

Mat 2 saw an excellent match with Mike Minshull and Richard Broad, fellow skips in Connaught's Tens League side, pitted against each other. In the first half the Shropham lead and 2 played well to give Richard Broad a slight advantage on most ends and he played brilliantly to build on that. 3 x 3 on ends 6 to 8 helped put Connaught 4-12 down. 3 shots were retrieved on end 9 and after that Connaught won the second half. Alison and Joyce gave Mike a little more although their opponents still played well, but Mike played excellently with controlled weight to give Connaught the edge. Richard did not wilt and the result was easily the best match of the evening

Connaught 'B' were very pleased with this result following last night's win. In truth, in league terms, matches like these at home are rather like, say,  Southampton v Huddersfield. You know your places in the pecking order and you have to beat those close to you. Shropham did compete and made Connaught play well. They will look to the return match and much faster mats, on which some Connaught players may struggle, to get a measure of revenge. For Connaught Joe has some useful players in the wings and he has some tricky selection issues with a largeish squad. Perhaps flu' and other ravages of winter will come to his aid! 



Connaught 'B' won at home against Banham on Tuesday 30 October by 80-48 and 10-0

Mat 1 Mick Utting, John Winup and Alan Marshall won 18-13 against J Delaney

Mat 2 Mike Minshull, Malcolm Southgate and Moira Eades won 20-10 against J Williamson

Mat 1 Joe Li-Rocchi, Peter King and Carolina Li-Rocchi won 22-10 against P Bertram

Mat 2 David Flatt, Jim Squire and Trevor Burt won 20-15 against B Francis

Connaught made a steady start before the break.

 Mat 1 brought together three people with sticks and mobility problems and this slowed the game down quite considerably. Before he tired and lost a bit of concentration Alan was steady at lead enabling John and Mick to consolidate well. Connaught built up a lead of 15-4 after 12 ends and in truth would have been out of sight but for Jim Delaney who saved well end after end. The wheels came off a bit after that as Connaught lost the last 6 ends by 3-9

Mat 2 saw a very tight contest at the outset with Connaught leading by just 7-6 after 8 ends. After that Malcolm became steadier and Moira retained concentration while Mike Minshull against a useful skip had a really excellent game. He played a variety of shot and on two or three occasions won the end from seemingly impossible situations. Very impressive

After the break Connaught continued to exert pressure.

 On Mat 1 Banham's all-female triple bowled well on the draw but lacked power when it was needed. Carolina, who works hard at her game, won the contest at lead. Joe and Peter formed a new combination and onlookers wondered whether it would work. It did and both bowled well and read the head in harmony! Their power was very useful on occasion. Connaught built up a lead of 21-3 after 13 ends, but as on Mat 1 earlier concentration flagged somewhat with the match won and the last 5 ends were lost by 1-7 

Mat 2 saw probably the best match of the night in terms of quality and evenness of competition. Connaught led 7-1 after four ends but then slipped to 7-8 down after 8 ends. 12-12 after eleven ends but a 4 gave Connaught some breathing space. End 14 proved crucial. Connaught were leading 16-13 but were 5 down with David Flatt to bowl last wood with the jack in a tricky position well to the forehand side; he drew perfectly to win the end. Connaught held on well after that. Trevor had a fine game at lead after some travails against Hempnall and Jim is getting his game together with more regular play after his health problems. David had the best game some of us had seen from him and is mastering the demands of short mat

We send Phil King our best wishes after her fall and fractured hip. According to Peter she insisted that he played the match! A good and welcome win for Connaught 'B'. After some tough matches to start the season (including Wymondham and Hempnall) there are signs of things coming together. The new addition of Paul McDonald to the squad is most welcome. Banham did well to turn out a side given the problems with their hall and their temporary migration to use Shropham's facilities


Connaught v Harling Griffins

Connaught lost away to Harling Griffins on 17th October 18 by 51-83 and 0-10

Rink 1 David Warne, Moira Eades and David Flatt lost 10-23 to B Murphy, M Elflain and C Hayman

Rink 2 M. Marlow, A. Rush and M. Minshull lost 18-21 to P Hayman, J Hayman and  G Hume

After the Break

Rink 1 John Winup, Joyce Hazell and Mick Utting lost 12-20 to C Newman, V Smith and G Cody

Rink 2 Alan Marshall, J. Squire and P. King lost 11-19 to J Deathridge, G Hune and L Deathridge

Connaught B v Wymondham

Connaught lost away to Wymondham on 15th October 18 by 32-123 and 0-10

Mat 1 A. Marshall, J. Hazell and D. Flatt lost 8-30 to Mary Fisher, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann

Mat 2 T. Burt, J. Squire and P. King lost 7-42 to Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham

After the break

Mat 1 M. Eades, J. Barnes and J. Winup lost 5-22 to Pat Saunders, Laura Hawksworth and Debbie Sparham

Mat 2 M. Marlow, A. Rush and M. Minshull lost 12-29 to Hayley Osbourne, Steve Easter and Mark Linsdell

Not good reading for Connaught, but all Wymondham players make it hard work for any visiting Breckland league team

Peter King Alan Marshall
Joe Li-Rocchi Alison Russ
Carolina Li-Rocchi Trevor Burt
Jim Squire Jo Barnes
John Winnup Michael Marlow
David Flatt Joyce Hazell
Mike Minshall Mick Utting
David Warne Ann Bayes
Malcolm Southgate Moria Eades

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