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BRECKLAND B TEAM 2018/19

 

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 51 92  10 
Connaught 'B' v Carleton Rode Away 19-Nov-18 40 92  10 
Connaught 'B'  v Forncett Home 20-Nov-18  54  69 
Connaught 'B' v Hingham Away 10-Dec-18  56  78 
Connaught 'B' v Harling Unicorns Home 17-Dec-18  71  63 
Connaught 'B' v Harling Unicorns Away 16-Jan-19 51 86  4    6  
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 -189 580 769 33 67 

 

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CONNAUGHT 'B' v HARLING UNICORN

Connaught 'B' lost at Harling Unicorn on Wednesday 16th January by 51-86 and 4-6

Mat 1 Mick Utting, Alison Rush and Trevor Burt lost 7-31 against R Braham

Mat 2 Paul McDonald, David Flatt and Jim Squire won 18-15 against E Jones

Mat 1 Joe Li-Rocchi, Malcolm Southgate and Michael Marlow lost 11-26 against M Tarrant

Mat 2 Mike Minshull, John Winup and Joanna Barnes won 15-14 against D Ryder

On Mat 1 Connaught were 0-24 down after 11 ends and 1-31 down after 15 ends until a spirited 1, 3 and 2 recovery put a slightly better gloss on the score. In short the Connaught players could not adjust to the playing conditions while all the Harling players bowled well and skilfully on the surface

On Mat 2 an even start saw the score 2-2 after 4 ends following which Harling scored 2 and 5 to put their visitors 2-9 down. Connaught then immediately got the 5 back and started to edge things until levelling the score at 11-11 after 12 ends. 1, 1 and 2 to Harling and 11-15 down after 15 ends. Then Connaught scored 4 to level and took the final tense ends by 1 and 2 for a hard-earned win. Jim is adjusting well to playing at lead; it is perhaps what he needs because he concentrates on the draw. David Flatt blows hot and cold at short mat and tonight was one of the hot sessions! He played very well with key woods at key times. Paul again played very well and is a much-needed new broom in the side. Without the losing mentality baggage which affects some of the side, he concentrates hard and plays to win; good at pressure points

On Mat 1 after the break Connaught again could not come to terms with the playing conditions. The concession of 3 x 3 and 2 x 4 tells its own story. Against good players on their own mats you must try to stay in touch by not losing woods and by getting second woods at least. Easy to say but still possible with the right concentration. That said the Connaught triple did try really hard and had pulled up to 11-19 after 14 ends before Harling asserted themselves again

On Mat 2 Connaught went 2-1 up on end 2 after losing the first end. They did not lose the lead thereafter despite Harling drawing level from time to time in a desperately close match. The match did see-saw. 10-6 to Connaught after 10 ends, then 10-10 after 13 ends. A 1,2 and 2 sequence gave Connaught a useful 15-10 lead with 3 ends to go. Harling came back with 2 x 2 as Connaught just held on. Largely a tactical drawing match, although both skips used heavy woods to good effect on occasion. Joanna and John had good games at lead and 2 to dig in against capable players and Mike had to play well against another useful opponent

Connaught thus completed a sequence of four successive games against Harling Unicorn, two in the league and two in the Five Pairs. The two home matches were won narrowly and the two away matches lost by much bigger margins on overall shots. Connaught did well to snaffle two wins and 4 points from this match.

 

CONNAUGHT 'B'v HARLING UNICORN

Connaught 'B' beat Harling Unicorn at home on Monday 17 December by 71-63 and 6-4

Mat 1 Mike Minshull, Malcolm Southgate and Michael Marlow lost 11-12 against M Tarrant

Mat 2 Joe Li-Rocchi, Mick Utting and Moira Eades lost 20-26 against R Braham

Mat 1 Peter King, Jim Squire and Joyce Hazell won 21-13 against E Jones

Mat 2 John Winup, Alison Rush and Ann Bayes won 19-12 against M Cunningham

Mat 1 before the break saw a very close match with two good skips facing each other. There was never much in it with leads and 2s having a close scrap but with Daphne Braham for Harling just giving her side the edge. Mike played some useful running woods throughout to keep Connaught in contention but the home triple were 8-12 down after 16 ends. A 1 and 2 finish took them close and those shots proved important to the overall result

On Mat 2 Connaught were swamped from the outset, with the lead and 2 playing very tightly and with Roger Braham at skip playing superbly. As he usually does under pressure, Joe changed playing order, going to lead himself with Moira at 2 and Mick at skip. For a few ends these changes did not work and Connaught were facing complete disaster at 5-23 down after 12 ends. The match then changed dramatically as Connaught took the last 6 ends by 15-3, notching up 1 x 5, 1 x 4 and 2 x 3. It was hard to detect any vast tactical change. Connaught tightened their game a little and Mick especially bowled some cracking woods. Also, with the match won, the Harling players switched off somewhat and perhaps there was too much laughing and joking with spectators etc. Whatever, that recovery made a huge difference to shots difference and the overall result

On Mat 1 after the break the Connaught triple took control after dropping 5 on end 4 and 2 on end 5 to go 3-8 down. The remaining ends were won by 18-5 in a very solid performance. Joyce is a reluctant lead but by all accounts had a very useful game and should reflect on the importance of good leading in a triple. Peter and Jim have always played well together - they get on well and know each other's strengths and weaknesses - and they combined well throughout

On Mat 2 a somewhat haphazard Connaught combination, with both Ann and John drafted in on the day, played well to secure a perhaps unexpected win. Ann was facing a useful lead, who found the mat well, but from time to time bowled some killer woods on the draw. Also she did not panic, kept to her favoured backhand side and always had woods there or thereabouts. Alison remains an enigma, sometimes erratic and prone to nerves, but she had an excellent game throughout. Chris Jones was a very useful opponent at 2 but Alison stayed with it to play a variety of accurate shots. She was key to this win. John also had a good game, very steady on the draw and able break up the head when necessary with running forehand woods

Connaught 'B' naturally were elated with this win against a useful Harling side. Also it was a good team effort with the losing triples fighting hard to the end and the winning triples concentrating hard. Scratchings, including one at 5.00pm on the day of the match, had disrupted selection but everyone pulled together

 

CONNAUGHT 'B' v HINGHAM

Connaught 'B' lost away at Hingham on Monday 10 December by 56-78 and 1-9

Mat 1 John Winup, Joanna Barnes and Michael Marlow drew 20-20 against G Tweed

Mat 2 Joe Li-Rocchi, Jim Squire and Carolina Li-Rocchi lost 14-16 against J Frary

Mat 1 Mike Minshull, Paul McDonald and David Warne lost 9-21 against K Thomas

Mat 2 David Flatt, Malcolm Southgate and Alison Rush lost 13-21 against M White

On Mat 1 before the break Connaught went 0-7 down after 4 ends but a 2, 2 and 4 sequence then gave them a lead of 8-7. The play was very tight after that but Hingham just had the edge as Connaught went 12-16 down after 16 ends. 2 x 1 took Connaught closer but were not quite enough in a hard-fought effort

On Mat 2 Connaught dropped a bad 4 on end 1 but Michael was bowling very accurately and Joanna backing him up well to keep Connaught in the game. After a slow start John started to play very well and Connaught recovered from 3-9 down after 6 ends to 19-12 up after 14 ends aided by a 5 on end 14 itself. Then, in typical Connaught 'B' style, 5 shots were promptly dropped on end 15 as both Michael and Joanna had their worst ends of the match. Disputing the head direction of the skip was not helping as 2 shots on end 16 and 1 on end 17 were dropped - 19-20 down. On a tense last end John bowled a fine, running last wood to take shot and earn a draw

On Mat 1 after the break Connaught lacked up front steadiness to put pressure on Mike Minshull who for once could not overcome the odds, especially against a canny opponent in Keith Thomas who knew every inch of the mat and how to bowl to it. Not much more to say really, with David having a real struggle at lead and with the controlled weight games of Paul and Mike not working on the night

On Mat 2, despite failing to build consistent heads, Connaught stayed in the game through good individual shots and were clinging on well at 11-13 down after 14 ends. Then, on the same end and the same mat where Connaught had dropped 5 before the break, the visiting triple went one better to drop 6 and hand the match to the opposition. The last three ends were shared 2-2

Hingham are a useful side, especially on their own mats, and would have won this match overall come what may. However, some Connaught wounds were self-inflicted and with more thought and concentration the visiting side at least should have won one triple and possibly two. The side is particularly weak this season at lead, with only Michael Marlow comfortable in that position, and always playing catch-up puts constant pressure on 2s and skips

 

CONNAUGHT 'B v FORNCETT

CONNAUGHT 'B' lost at home to Forncett on Tuesday 20 November by 54-69 and 2-8

Mat 1 David Flatt Jim Squire and Trevor Burt lost 15-19 against L Preece

Mat 2 Mike Minshull, Mick Utting and Malcolm Southgate won 18-12 against T Ottewell

Mat 1 Joe Li-Rocchi, Paul McDonald and Alison Rush lost 11-20 against R Hunphreys

Mat 2 Peter King, Joanna Barnes and John Winup lost 10-18 against P Lock

On Mat 1 Connaught were 6-0 up after 2 ends and maintained their advantage at 12-7 after 11 ends. The wheels acme off as they dropped 4, 2, 1 and 1 over successive ends to go 12-15 down. 3 brought them level at 15-15 after 16 ends but they went into the last end 15-16 down. Connaught held 2 for the match as the Forncett skip, (Linda?) Preece bowled last wood. It was a fairly easy shot which she had missed with her first wood but the nerves held as the second wood took the jack through for a Forncett 3. A tendency to go for broke and not bowls for second wood does this triple no favours

On Mat 2 the match was tight at 5-5 after 6 ends but 3 x 2 gave Connaught an advantage which they never lost. The lead extended to 18-8 after 14 ends but Forncett managed 4 x 1 after that. Mike was facing a good skip in Tony Ottewell but was given better back-up at lead and 2 than he has been getting. Credit to Malcolm and Mick. This enabled Mike to consolidate well - he really is having a good season

After the break on Mat 1 Connaught were 6-0 up after 2 ends but Forncett came back at them. Connaught were still well in it at just 9-10 down after 12 ends but a disappointing finish in which Forncett raised their game yet again saw the opposition double their score over 6 ends

Mat 2 saw a similarly disappointing match for a home triple which had played well together the previous Saturday against Connaught 'A'. The match was very tight early on with Forncett edging it but Connaught scored 4 on end 7 to draw level at 7-7. It was still level at 8-8 after 11 ends but then Connaught subsided just as they were doing on Mat 1. The match was played to a strange tempo with Andrew in his wheelchair at 2 for Forncett and Peter his usual slowish self at skip for Connaught. It was essential for John Winup to stay with Mike Smail at lead and mostly he succeeded. At 2 Joanna was a bit out of sorts: she drew well enough but was often too heavy with running woods. Not enough advantage against Andrew, who as usual sneaked some useful woods in from time to time. Peter had some brilliant ends but second half could not hold off Peter Lock, happily recovering after a minor stroke

Not a good night for Connaught 'B' who often beat Forncett at home. They were not steady enough, while Forncett if anything have improved and wanted to win more.

 

CONNAUGHT 'B' v CARLETON RODE

Connaught 'B' lost at Carleton Rode on Monday 19 November by 40-92 and 0-10

Mat 1 Mike Minshull, Mick Utting and Joyce Hazell lost 13-22 against I Blundell

Mat 2 David Flatt, Jim Squire and Carolina Li-Rocchi lost 9-24 against R Davidson

Mat 1 Joe Li-Rocchi, Paul NcDonald and Moira Eades lost 6-33 against K Newby

Mat 2 Peter King, John Winup and Michael Marlow lost 11-13 against T Taylor

On Mat 1 before the break Connaught 'B' were 0-10 down after 4 ends and 3-15 down after 7 ends. After that they won the match 10-7 but the start did for them. A slowness to read the mat accounted for the start. After that Joyce, a player who tends to bowl in on the jack, called for a shorter jack and was more accurate as a result. Mick started to read lines and weight well and Mike Minshull continued his excellent form

On Mat 2 Connaught made a fight of it and forced Carleton Rode to play. Russell Davidson knows his home mats inside out and is a good skip apart from that. With a lesser player the score would have been much closer. All the Connaught players had their moments but the tendency to bowl a bit heavy did not help them.

After the break on Mat 1 Connaught were simply out-gunned by good players. Pam Rush at lead and Terry Newby and Karl Newby at 2 and skip form a very sound triple. With a lead established early on they could bowl with more and more confidence while Connaught were always under pressure as their best woods were eased out or smashed out. Paul McDonald must be wondering what has hit him after his first two matches in the side! Things will get better, Paul!

Mat 2 saw the best match of the evening. Connaught 'B' went 0-5 down after 3 ends but then won 10 ends to 5 but just 11-8 on shots. There were only 1s and 2s in the match, Connaught 10 x 1 and 1 x 2 and Carleton Rode 3 x 1 and 5 x 2. All the heads were tightly-fought. Michael was brilliant at lead and he lasted 18 ends. John was very steady at 2 and Peter was excellent in a repeat of his Saturday form. It was not quite enough; Carleton Rode do not give anything away

After Connaught 'A' on Saturday Connaught 'B' faced 2nd in the league Carleton Rode on the Monday, with a very similar result. Again there were lessons in concentration, head-reading and sheer accuracy

 

Connaught 'B' v Connaught 'A'

Connaught 'B' lost 'away' at Connaught 'A' on Saturday 17 November by 51-92 and 0-10 

Mat 1 Joe Li-Rocchi, Paul McDonald and Carolina Li-Rocchi lost 7-24 against Owen Secker, Derek Liles and Diana Adcock

Mat 2 David Flatt, Jim Squire and Alison Rush lost 8-27 against Bob Oatway, Mike Parsons and Elaine Oatway

Mat 1 Peter King, Joanna Barnes and John Winup lost 15-19 against Lee Fallows, Sylvia Parsons and Bill Adcock

Mat 2 Mike Minshull, Malcolm Southgate and Moira Eaades lost 21-22 against Sheila Bragg, Roy Taylor and Di Quadling

Connaught 'B' suffered two emphatic defeats first half by very similar margins. The analysis is the same for both matches - Connaught 'A' were much more accurate up front and this advantage was backed up by two experienced and competent skips.

The second half matches were much better contests albeit that Connaught 'B' lost both narrowly. On Mat 1 John Winup and Joanna Barnes dug in against the opposition, not bettering Bill and Sylvia but matching them for most of the time and at least getting woods in or around the head. Added to that Peter King turned back the clock to have a superb game against Lee. At 13-12 up the junior side was in with a shout but the 'A' players, with Sylvia devastatingly to the fore, turned the screw a bit and a 4 on end 17 proved conclusive.

Mat 2 saw the best and closest match of the evening. The 'B' triple, despite dropping 5 on end 3, won end after end to lead 17-7 after 11 ends. Moira and Malcolm were very steady and Mike Minshull was in stunning form against Sheila. Sheila and Roy then changed positions and both played much better as a result. Moira and Malcolm wilted somewhat and Mike could not stem the tide. 17-7 up became 17-18 down after 15 ends but 4 to Connaught 'B' on end 16 gave them a real chance at 21-18. It was not to be as 2 x 2 were dropped

The match showed quite a gulf between the two sides, both in ability and in attitude. In general Connaught 'B' do not react well to pressure and do not build heads as a result. Mike Minshull, playing very well all season, is probably the only player who would strengthen Connaught 'A' and possibly about two or three others would hold their own. Not quite the usual atmosphere afterwards. With Lee and Peter, especially Peter, being very deliberate skips their match was slow - 5 ends behind. However, the decision to serve food well before that match finished was not appreciated by the 6 players

 

CONNAUGHT 'B' v SHROPHAM

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' v BANHAM

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

 SHORT MAT SEASON 2018/19
BRECKLAND B TEAM
CAPTAIN: - JOE LI-ROCCHI
BRECKLAND B TEAM PLAYERS
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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