NEWS & RESULTS – 2018 – Week 17 (13/8/18 to 19/8/18)
Dom – dom – dedom – dom – dedom – dedom – dedom!!! Oh my word – 1 win from 7 games??? Never mind boys and girls, the season is nearly over – with the leagues that is! And to be quite honest, we haven’t done too bad overall, and most important, with so many matches in a short period, we have all worked very hard to support the Captain’s and not once have we turned up without a full team. That deserves a pat on the back for everyone – surely?
We started the week on Monday with a re-arranged game at Bildeston for the Wednesday Triples team and tired limbs weakened under the strain of a larger green – and possibly better players of course!! Ivan, Trish & Kipp saved a few blushes with a good win after a bad start. David, Glyn & Andie were always behind and were 7-20 down at the 15th, but did come back winning the final 3 ends to lose by 8 shots and won their share of ends. Without mentioning names, it was a case of double oops for both the other rinks who only won 8 ends between them – it brings tears to my eyes to think about going into any details!!!
With all that in mind, the Afternoon A. team entertained Bildeston at home and gathered a much deeded 7 points and in fact – the only win of the week!! Grayham, Jan & Alan were never in trouble throughout the game and won all 9 ends of the second half. Bob, Moira & Colin had a very close game, but never managed to get their noses in front all the way until the most important – last end!
The B. team had a bye on the Tuesday, but they did play a re-arranged game on the Thursday away at Needham Market and came away with a well-earned 2 points. Barry, Nige Glyn got away well to be 4-0 up after 3 ends, but soon lost that lead and trailed for the remainder of the game. Mads, Chris & Paul had a closer battle and went into the final end at 16-16. Apparently, it was one of Maddie’s wood that stole their game – so well done Maddie!
The next game, the Thurlow Shield Semi-final, was played at Old Newton against Bildeston again. A game we really wanted to win and considering what happened the day before, playing against much the same team – it all seemed quite straight forward! Sadly, Bildeston didn’t think that way at all! Alan, Trish & Colin just couldn’t settle down and were 3-14 down by the 8th end. Colin & Trish changed around and that did the trick and galloped away to win by 5 shots. Geoff, Mo & Laurie never got a look in and crashed out by 15 shots. There’s always next year!!!
That evening, the Wednesday Triples team paid a visit to Walsham Le Willows with the intension of gaining a few needed points. The way the match was going; those few needed points were almost in the bag. However, on the final end, 3 Thornham rinks dropped 11 shots between them and the match swung dramatically in Walsham’s favour for them to win the match. Bob, Moira & Colin did pick up 2 shots to draw and John, Alan & Kipp led all the way for a point – but they were one of the rinks that dropped a 4 on the last end!! Brenda, Jan & Laurie kept close and managed a 5 at the 17th to go 1 ahead, and then blow me – they also dropped a 4 on the next end. Another close game was that of David, Glyn & Andie who were 17-17 at the 17th, and yes, you guessed – they dropped a 3 to lose by 3! So we cried all the way home with just 1 ½ points in the kitty.
On the Friday, the Afternoon A. team played a re-arranged game against the Rookery at home and that didn’t turn out quite as expected, especially as we beat them 7-0 on the ground earlier in the year. Geoff, Moira & Alan struggled somewhat and only managed to win 7 ends, but a 7 early on kept the game close and it finished with a draw. Geoff, Trish & Colin looked to be holding their own and they were 10-6 up at half way. It then all went a bit wrong and they gathered just 3 shots over the next 9 ends and lost by 10 shots – so Thornham managed just ½ point!!!
In the evening, yet another re-arranged game, this time for the Upper Waveney team at home against Connaught. I am not too sure what to say about this match – lots of star players that didn’t shine on the night! Mike, David & Colin did the best by only losing by 4 shots. They also won the most ends, but their opponents managed a 6 at the 7th – which was the deciding punch! After dropping a 7 at the second end, Brenda, Ann & Kipp were 0-9 down at 3 ends. That set the pattern for the game and they won only 5 ends. The rinks of Brenda, Ann & Laurie and Phil, Mo & Mel, had similar games and unable to make any impression.
The final week of league bowls coming up – let’s hope we can go out with a bang???
Stowmarket 2wood League
Season over – no more fixtures.
Stowmarket Afternoon League
14/8/18 – Thornham Magna A. 38 (7 points) v Bildeston 18 (0 points).
B Clayton, M Cogdell, C Emans. 13-12.
G Hawkes, J Adams, A Roberts. 25-6.
14/8/18 – Thornham Magna B. – Bye.
16/8/18 – Needham Market B. 32 (5 points) v Thornham Magna B. 28 (2 points).
M Crick, C Manning, P Moore. 17-16.
B Paul, N Thomas, G Owens. 11-16.
17/8/18 – Thornham Magna A. 28 ( ½ point) v Rookery 38 (6½ points).
G Hawkes, T Emans, C Emans. 12-22.
G Gurnett, M Cogdell, A Roberts. 16-16.
Stowmarket Triples League.
13/8/18 – Bildeston 105 (6 points) v Thornham Magna 40 (1 point).
I Doe, T Emans, K Crabbe. 17-11.
D Roberts, G Owens, A Hails. 12-20.
B Clayton, M Cogdell, C Emans. 6-41.
B Hunt, M Lummis, L Crick. 5-33.
15/8/18 – Walsham Le Willows 73 (5½ points) v Thornham Magna 70 (1½ points).
J Blake, A Roberts, K Crabbe. 16-13.
B Clayton, M Cogdell, C Emans 17-17.
D Roberts, G Owens, A Hails. 17-20.
B Hunt, J Adams, L Crick. 20-23.
Upper Waveney Triples
17/8/18 – Thornham Magna 33 (0 points) v Connaught A. 78 (7 points).
P Cutting, M Lummis, M Norman. 6-19.
B Hunt, A Lister, K Crabbe. 6-25.
J Norman, G Gurnett, L Crick. 10-19.
M Porter, D Lister, C Emans. 11-15.
Thurlow Shield – Semi Final at Old Newton
15/8/18 – Thornham Magna A. 37 lost to Bildeston 47.
G Gurnett, M Lummis, L Crick. 11-26.
A Roberts, T Emans, C Emans. 26-21.