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UPPER WAVENEY A TEAM 2019

 

Upper Waveney League 2019   Shots Points  
 Connaught "A" Team  F  A  F  A
Thu 25-Apr-19 6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Beeches Away  71 50 6 1
Thu 02-May-19  6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Dickleburgh Home 72 45 6 1
Thu 09-May-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Gissing Away  50 82 1 6
Fri 17-May-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Stradbrooke & Dist Home 98 53 7 0
Thu 23-May-19 6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Diss A Away  59 84 1 6
Thu 30-May-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Wortham Home   82  49 
Mon 03-Jun-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Hoxne Away  69 61  5.5  1.5 
Thu 13-Jun-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Thornham Magna Home 53  60  1.5  5.5 
Thu 20-Jun-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Pulham Market Away
Thu 27-Jun-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Beeches Home
Thu 04-Jul-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Dickleburgh Away
Thu 11-Jul-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Gissing Home
Fri 19-Jul-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Stradbrooke & Dist Away
Thu 25-Jul-19 6:45pm Upper Waveney A  v  Diss A Home
Thu 01-Aug-19 6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Wortham Away
Thu 08-Aug-19 6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Hoxne Home
Thu 15-Aug-19 6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Thornham Magna Away
Thu 22-Aug-19 6:30pm Upper Waveney A  v  Pulham Market Home
Shot Difference   70 554 484  34 22

 

 

UWL Connaught "A" lost at home against Thornham Magna, 13th June, 53 - 60 Shots, 1 1/2 - 5 1/2 Points.

Rink 1:    G. Benefer, K. Noble and M. Watson lost against L. Crick 14 – 15

Rink 2:    J. Squire, R. Taylor and P. McDonald drew against D. Lister 12 – 12

Rink 3:    P. Hambling, M. Minshull and O. Secker lost against K. Crabbe 9 – 20

Rink 4:    P. Benefer, R. Broad and J. Li-Rocchi won against M. Norman (Capt) 18 – 13

Before the match, both captains agreed to shorten the game to a maximum 16 ends due to the failing light.

Rink 1:     A very evenly contested game right through, 5 - 5 at 3 ends, 11 - 11 at 11 ends, 14 - 14 going into the last end. A 1 for Thornham gave them the game. 14 – 15

Rink 2:     An even start saw this game go to 6 - 6 at 6 ends, 7 - 7 at 8 ends then Connaught won 3 ends to go 10 - 7 up at 11 ends. Thornham switched their Skip and Lead, winning a 3 on end 15, to take a lead of 11 - 12 into the last end. Connaught were holding 3 in a very tight head when the substitute Skip came in to take shot. Unfortunately the shot wood later fell out leaving Connaught with 1 and a draw, 12 – 12

Rink 3:    The players in this Connaught triple had already played during the afternoon and I think this contributed to a poor start to be 0 - 14 down at the half way mark. A revival to win the second half 9 - 6 was not enough. Connaught losing 9 - 20.

Rink 4:    A shining light on a pretty dull evening. Connaught dropped a 3 on the first end but battled back to lead 7 - 3 on end 5, only to drop another 3, 7 - 6 at end 6. Connaught then lost 4 ends in a row to be 7 - 12 down at end 10. Connaught then won a 4 on end 11 and continued to win 5 of the last 6 ends to take the overall win 18 – 13

Conclusion:    This was a game played under unfavourable circumstances. Some "A" team squad players had decided to play in the Past Presidents game in the afternoon, leaving a much depleted squad for the competitive evening game. The weather looked to be "foul" but both captains decided to play the game regardless, to prevent a fixture congestion. A shortened game was agreed to be played due to the cold, wet and dark conditions. A full length game with a full squad might have resulted differently. Hay - Ho, it is what it is! 

Thornham Magna are a very sociable club and, having been congratulated on their win, welcomed us to the reply match on their green.

Report: Paul McDonald - Captain

 

UWL Connaught "A" won against Hoxne, 3rd June, 69 - 61 Shots, 5 1/2 - 1 1/2 Points

Rink 1:    G. Benefer, M. Utting and M. Watson won against R. Knight (Capt). 18 – 14

Rink 2:    J. Squire, R. Taylor and M. Minshull lost against D. Lockley 14 – 15

Rink 4:    P. Hambling, T. Shoebridge and O. Secker drew against M. Hurry 15 – 15

Rink 5:    R. Broad, J. Horslen and J. Li. Rocchi won against K. Garnham 22 – 17

Rink 1:    This was a very even game throughout. Down 4 - 5 end 4; Up 10 - 5 end 7; 11 - 11 end 11; 13 - 13 end 15. Connaught finished superbly with a 2 and a 3 to Hoxne's 1 to win 18 - 14. This was a case of "digging in" on a tricky rink and Connaught ground out a fine win.

Rink 2:    This too, was a very close game with both teams winning 9 ends each. Precise bowling into very tight heads kept the scoring low for the teams to be equal 13 - 13 on end 16. A 2 for Hoxne and a 1 for Connaught produced  a 14 - 15 win for Hoxne.

Rink 4:    This game produced an even tighter finish. A slow start from the Connaught triple, with Terry playing his first "A" team game this season, meant Connaught were 3 - 10 down at end 8. Maurice Hurry, the Hoxne skip, doing all the damage throughout this game. Connaught found the line and pace of the rink and battled back to 11 - 15 at end 16. A determined 1 and a glorious 3 from Connaught saw them draw the game 15 - 15. 

Rink 5:   Nil - 5 down after 2 ends was not the best start for this Connaught triple. However, the next 6 ends went to Connaught, to see them leading 17 - 5 at end 8. This was a decisive lead for Connaught and despite dropping a 4 on end 14 and the encouraging shouts of "Come on Darling!" from the Hoxne skip resounding across the green, Connaught held out to win 22 - 17.

This proved to be a very exciting match on a well prepared away green. We had no ladies available, due to the Monday night fixture, but we cobbled together a team of "old coggers" that did us proud. Hoxne, newly promoted to Division 1, are a great asset to the league and it is hoped they do well in their first season. For Connaught, it is "onwards and upwards".

Report by Paul McDonald, Captain

UWL Connaught "A" won against Wortham Home 30th May, 82 - 49 Shots, 6 - 1 Points

Rink 1:    J. Squire, R. Taylor and M. Minshull lost against R. Pursehouse (Capt). 13 – 20

Rink 2:    J. Moon, J. Horslen and J. Li-Rocchi won against B. Callin 22 – 10

Rink 3:    G. Benefer, M. Utting and M. Watson won against C. Gooderham 25 – 7

Rink 4:    P. Benefer, R. Broad and O. Secker won against Chas. Gooderham 22 – 12

Rink 1:    Not a good night for this Connaught triple. 2 - 14 down at half way. Mike swapped with Roy to win the second half 11 - 6 but this was not enough, losing 13 - 20.

Rink 2:    Wortham played with a man short in this game but kept the score to 6 - 5 at end 8. The lack of Wortham woods in the heads allowed Connaught to score 2 fives in the second half to secure the win. 22 - 10.

Rink 3:    A solid start with an 8 on end 5 and accurate bowling throughout, gave this Connaught triple a handsome win 25 - 7.

Rink 4:    Persistent high scoring on 10 ends gave this Connaught triple another handsome win 22 – 12

All in all a good result for Connaught. Good team play and a great team spirit could see this Connaught squad finish well in the league. The Wortham captain was gracious in defeat but promised a better show in the return at Wortham. The Connaught buffet was again, well received and a pleasant evening was had by all.

Report: Paul McDonald, Captain.

 

 

UWL Connaught "A" lost to Diss "A" away, 23rd May, 59 - 84 Shots, 1 - 6 Points

Rink 2: J. Moon, B. Oatway and J. Li-Rocchi lost against A. Bailey (Capt.) 11 - 23

Rink 3: J. Squire, R. Taylor and P. McDonald lost against I. Dunnett 10 - 23

Rink 4: P. Hambling, R. Broad and O. Secker lost against M. Hull 22 - 23

Rink 5: G. Benefer, M. Utting and M. Watson won against M. Howard 16 - 15

Rink 2: Connaught were 3 - 3 at end 3 then dropped a 6 followed shortly by a 5 to go 16 - 4 down at end 7. Joe change position with Bob and the game was very evenly matched after that. A (p)lucky 3 on end 14 took Connaught into double figures. However, the damage had already been done and Connaught lost the game, 11 - 23

Rink 3: This game wasn't going well for Connaught, 0 - 15 at end 9. Then, an inspired tactical change by the Connaught skip swapped Paul and Roy. An immediate 4 for Connaught who went on to score 10 to Diss's 8. However, as with the previous game, the damage had already been done and Connaught lost the game, 10 - 23

Rink 4: This game was looking to go Connaught's way, 19 - 4 at end 8, then 20 - 8 at end 11, then disaster, Connaught scored only 2 more points in the next 6 ends to be going into the last end 22 - 22. Connaught held shot for a while but a Diss player pushed a Diss wood in for shot. Connaught lost by 1, 22 - 23

Rink 5: A good start by Connaught to be 11 - 3 at end 9. Diss scored two 4's during the next 7 ends to be 14 - 14 at end 16. A 2 for Connaught and 1 for Diss saw Connaught win by 1, 16 - 15

I was looking for a 5 - 2 win from our team in this match but I would have accepted 2 - 5 before the game. However, we were lucky to come away with 1 point. (It was very close for 2, or 0). It was a little disappointing but not a complete disaster; I managed to cut my own card to win the "raffle" after the game. All Connaught players battled well and with many more games to play, we could have a good run home if we keep the team spirit going. Well done.
Report: Paul McDonald, Captain.

 

UWL Connaught "A" won against Stradbroke & Dist. Home 17th May, 98 - 53 Shots, 7 - 0 Points

Rink 1: P. Benefer, B. Oatway and J. Li-Rocchi won against J. Dawn 29 - 12

Rink 2: J. Squire, R. Taylor and M. Minshull won against M. Ellis (Capt.) 19 - 18

Rink 3: G. Benefer, M. Utting and M. Watson won against D. Cattermole 21 - 14

Rink 4: D. Liles, R. Broad and O. Secker won against D. Webster 31 - 9

Rink 1: A great start by Connaught saw them leading 9 - 0 after only 4 ends. Stradbroke only managed to win 6 ends during this match and the heavy scoring by Connaught gave them a comfortable win, 29 - 12

Rink 2: This was a battle royal. 4 - 4 at end 3, 10 - 10 at end 8 and 17 - 17 at end 16. A 2 for Connaught and a 1 for Stradbroke saw Connaught win by 1 shot, 19 - 18

Rink 3: Connaught made a "wobbly" start to be 4 - 9 down at end 4. Then a winning run of 7 ends saw Connaught recover to lead 16 - 9 at end 11, Another run of 5 winning ends during the last 7 gave them a safe win, 21 - 14

Rink 4: Connaught dropped a 4 on end 6 to make the score 6 - 6. However, with Stradbroke only winning 2 more ends during the game, Connaught ran out to be convincing winners, 31 - 9

This game, played in dreary, wet conditions, was played in good spirits. The determination of the Connaught players was rewarded with a convincing 7 - 0 win. There were no "stars" in this match, as every Connaught player made a concerted effort to achieve a win. I must congratulate the players on providing a lovely spread of food. As captain, many opposition players complimented me on the quality of our buffet and I pass their compliments on to the Connaught squad; Well done!
Report by Paul McDonald, Captain.

 

 

 

UWL Connaught "A" lost away to Gissing 9th May 2019, 50 - 82 Shots, 1 - 6 Points.

Rink 1:   M. Minshull, R. Taylor and P. McDonald won against M. Coe 14 – 13

Rink 2:   J. Moon, D. Flatt and J. Li-Rocchi lost against G. Forster 11 – 23

Rink 5:   P. Hambling, J. Horslen and O. Secker lost against S. Thompson (Capt.) 10 – 23

Rink 6:   G. Benefer, M. Utting and M. Watson lost against P. Whymark 15 – 23

Rink 1:   A poor start for this new block, 1 - 8 down after 5 ends. A Connaught rally saw it 5 - 10 at 10 ends. Gissing switched Lead and Two and lost 3 ends, 9 - 10. Gissing scored a 2 then lost 3 more ends, 14 - 12 to Connaught going into the last end. Gissing held 1 shot sitting on the jack. Connaught's skip put in 2 short blockers. Gissing's skip bowled his last wood, hit a blocker: 1 shot Gissing: 1 point Connaught.     14 - 13.

Rink 2:   This re-arranged Connaught block had a torrid time against a solid Gissing block. Always under the cosh, Connaught battled well into double figures losing 11 - 23.

Rink 5:   A good start from Connaught to be 6 - 6 at end 7, however this strong Gissing block scored 2 fours in the latter stages to run out 10 - 23 winners.

Rink 6:   A great start for Connaught, 8 -2 at 5 ends. Then disaster at 7 losing ends 8 - 14. A 5 from Connaught was nullified by two 4s from Gissing. Connaught losing 15 - 23.

A dull, soggy evening saw Connaught warily take to the green. As the game progressed, Connaught heads dropped and their play dissolved into silent resignation of a forlorn loss.

Heads up Connaught! Don't be beaten by an opponent’s reputation. Play to win! Play for each other! Play with confidence and pride.

Enough said! The after game supper was well enjoyed. Gissing Captain, "Thommo", made a speech in which he congratulated Connaught on hosting the well supported and well organised Upper Waveney Finals weekend in 2018. Thank you Thommo!

Report by Paul McDonald, Captain

 

UWL "A" Team won at home to Dickleburgh, 2nd May, 72 - 45 Shots, 6 - 1 Points.

Rink 1:  P. Hambling, J. Horslen and O. Secker won against R. Arbon 15 - 9.

Rink 2:  J. Squire, B. Oatway and J. Li-Rocchi won against K. Bullingham 26 - 9.

Rink 3:  J. Moon, M. Utting and M. Watson lost against D. Shimell (Capt.) 15 - 17.

Rink 4:  M. Minshull, R. Broad and D. Flatt won against A. Green 16 - 10.

Rink 1:  This was a fairly low scoring affair with only ones and twos being scored until end 15 when the score was 11 - 7 to Connaught. 

A timely four on end 16 saw Connaught extend their lead. A one on each of the last 2 ends was not enough for Dickleburgh, Connaught winning 15 - 9.

Rink 2:  I'm afraid this was a "romp" for Connaught with all three players in good form. Dickleburgh could not match the onslaught and ended losing 26 - 9.

Rink 3:  This developed into an awkward match. At times, Connaught were holding three or four shots only to see the Dickleburgh captain, David Shimell, come in to take shot wood. David had a good game however Mark had a torrid time finding the line, ending 2 behind, 15 - 17.

Rink 4:  This was another intriguing match with Connaught scoring two threes in the first half to be leading by 5 at the halfway mark. The second half was a much more even game, with Connaught holding on to their lead to win 16 - 10.

Conclusion: Another good win to improve the "A" team's start to the season. This match was played in a dank, overcast atmosphere, being  lucky in that the earlier rain did not appear to have affected the green too much and held off for the duration of the game. Both teams played well and enjoyed their bowling. The supper and speeches went well, however, not only did Dickleburgh lose the match, they went home with only a bag of toffees from the raffle. Dickleburgh promised revenge in the next match. 

Report: Paul McDonald, Captain

 

Upper Waveney "A" Team

Connaught "A" won away to Beeches 71 - 50 Shots, 6 - 1 Points on Thurs 25th April

Rink 2:  D. Liles, R. Broad and M. Minshull lost 11 - 17 against R. Roberts (Capt.)

Rink 3:  J. Squire, B. Oatway and J. Li-Rocchi won 18 - 11 against A. Broughton

Rink 4:  J. Moon, M. Utting and M. Watson won 16 - 13 against E. Frost

Rink 5:  P. Hambling, J. Horslen and O. Secker won 26 - 9 against M. Fuller

 

Rink 2: This Connaught block got off to a slow start being 1 - 6 down after 6 ends. A slight rally saw them 6 - 10 down at 10 ends. Mike switched with Richard but they never got any closer, losing the game by 6 shots, 11 - 17. A sturdy performance from Connaught against, possibly, Beeches' strongest block.

Rink 3:  A 5 on the third end gave Connaught a 6 - 1 lead from which Beeches never recovered. Two threes in the second half saw Connaught consolidate their lead to win 18 - 11. A good solid performance from all 3 Connaught players.

Rink 4:  This was a good, battling performance from the Connaught block. Connaught were 7 - 8 down at the half way mark. In the second half however, Connaught won six ends in a row, during which time Beeches switched skips to no avail. Although Connaught dropped a 3 on the last end, the game was already over, Connaught winning 16 - 13. A great season opening performance from this block.

Rink 5:  This game was never in doubt with Beeches winning only six ends during the game. The relentless pressure applied by Connaught saw them run out as winners, 26 - 9. A good performance from this newly formed Connaught block.

Conclusion:  This was a very pleasing opening to the season for Connaught "A". 

New Leads; Jenny was nervous at the start, having had an enforced break from bowling but soon settled into her rhythm. 

Jim, playing UWL lead competitively for the first time, had a solid game throughout.

New 2's; Richard and Jon performed well and look good prospects for the season ahead.

New Skips; It was great to have Owen and Joe in the squad this season, giving us added strength at the back.

The squad was much depleted; Roy Taylor and Graham Benefer recovering from hip opps. Pat Benefer suffering a leg injury and Terry Shoebridge not available yet, leaving only David Flatt and myself as reserves. However, with Kevin Noble and Richard Harrison offering to cover when needed, I have no worries about forming a winning team.

When all these players return to bowling, I will have to make some hard selection decisions, which I shall not be afraid to do. 

I am aiming for the "A" Team to finish in the top two this season and I hope all my players are "up for it"?

Well done for a good opening performance, Paul McDonald, Captain

 

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