Captain’s Log 30th July

A few notes on the Triples Day, League Teams, Friendly Matches and Internal Competitions.

Triples Day: Sunday 4 August starting 10am

This is always a very popular and enjoyable day – please turn up to play even if not signed up. I’ve got my name on the honours board twice just by having the luck to be drawn with the right players.

Arrive 10 am to register for the draw, play starts 10:30. We anticipate 5 or 6 triples play short matches (6 ends) to determine 2 finalist triples who play 12 ends for the very fine Trophy donated by P.A.Bygraves, to be presented on the day.

We will break for lunch so PLEASE EACH BRING A SMALL PLATTER OF FOOD for us to share as a varied buffet.

League Teams

A mixed season in the leagues.

In the Monday night Men’s league, Steve’s B Team have already won Division 4 with 4 games still to play, and having won their first 10 matches are being hailed as The Invincibles.

Meanwhile in Division 3 Malcolm’s A Team are quietly establishing themselves as one of a group of teams that could sneak the title.

In the Tuesday night Ladies league Maz has more players available this season, results have improved and they have a firm grip on mid-table.

Less luck on Wednesdays as the newly promoted Over 60s side are battling to avoid relegation: John Griffiths has stepped down as captain, not as a result of fan pressure but to deal with the aftermath of an operation (good luck John). Steve has taken over.

Mixed Friendly Matches

I have had to cancel 3 games recently because we could not field enough players: not something I like to do and we will look more closely at the number of games we play in July/ August 2020.

We had no problem with teams for the 3 Brian Taverner Cup Games, still friendly but also competitive! We won them all and stand a good chance of retaining the Trophy which sits behind our bar. But this is decided on the total of points gained in each match and the final result won’t be known until all matches are played. I’ll let you know. I hope, win or lose, we can support the excellent Cup lunch in October.

With just 4 mixed friendly matches to play Des Cook leads the PLAYER OF THE SEASON table (97 points) from Danny (87) and James (68). But points can go down as well as up so this can still change (5 points for playing plus or minus shots difference on your rink).

Once again: PLEASE CHECK THE FRIENDLY MATCHES LEFT TO PLAY AND SIGN UP EARLY.

Internal Competitions

As ever we struggle to fit in all the ties but we’ll get there. Will all those still in competitions not only play your ties soon but also leave SATURDAY 31 AUGUST free: this is Finals Day.

The Aussie Pairs League has been very popular with some great games and all matches played with enthusiasm: it has suffered from injury, illness and fixture backlog but we are hoping to wind up with final matches and 2019 Champions on 16 August. This league will be back in 2020, starting earlier, with improved format and more of you should enter: it’s good for your game.

Cheers

Keith

Captain Log 1st July

Hello there

Just a few notes on matches and the usual plea to Bowlers to “Sign Up Early Please”.

Sunday 30 June Potton Home Taverner Cup
A thoroughly enjoyable day and a win that sets up a finale against Sandy
Cons on 20 July

Monday 1 July 6:15 –
2 EBL Fixtures at Home – B v Sandy Cons and A v Riveraine

Could well be worth watching?

Thursday 4 July 6:00 Gunns Bakery Home
Not to be taken too seriously, this is an introduction to bowling for some
of the bakery staff: the catering is worth signing up for.

Sunday 7 July 2:30 Gransden Home
5 MORE PLAYERS NEEDED PLUS A VOLUNTEER FOR CATERING. Can you let me know
ASAP please.

Thursday 11 July 6:00 The Bedford Club
This is HOME and not as I said before – we still need 2 players

Saturday 13 July 2:30 Maulden Away

An excellent, fast green and hospitable club (Des and I played there last
week): WE STILL NEED MORE TO SIGN UP PLEASE

The weekend of 3 and 4 August

This is a little complicated, but I need your opinion please; I’ll take it
step by step.

The fixtures are:

Saturday, 4 x Mixed Triples Away at Barton (3 signed up)

Saturday, 2 x Ladies Triples Home to Kempston (3 signed up)

Sunday, Club Triples Day (3 signed up online but 20 have expressed an
interest to enter the triples competition)
I know that some people don’t like to play twice over a weekend. We need to know how many are entering the Triples Competition so we can plan
the day (it will probably be all day).

  • Exactly how many bowlers are entering the Triples Day Competition?

OBVIOUSLY THE BEST WAY YOU CAN ANSWER THIS IS TO SIGN UP FOR THE GAMES OVER THIS WEEKEND (or let me know please if you won’t play on the Saturday).
Cheers

Keith

Captain’s Log 7th June

There two more fixtures to sign up for before the Taverner Cup matches start:

Sunday 16 June (Letchworth Cons Home, 2:30) – THIS ONE IS NEW ONE, not previously on the sign-up list.

Thursday 20 June (Stotfold Away, 6:15).

And there’s time next week to play those internal cup matches.

Don’t forget the “Aussie Pairs” league starts Friday 14 June.

Read more on all of this below.

Friendly Mixed Triples Mid-term Report and Player of The Season

Of our first 10 MTs we have won 4, lost 4 and have a shot difference of plus 58 (2 have been cancelled by the opposition).

I’m calculating a “Captain’s Player Of The Season” and I thought you’d be interested in the results so far.

It’s based on appearances (5 points per match) and rink scores (plus or minus 1 point per shot).

All just a bit of fun, but here is the leader board after 8 games:

TOP 10ShotsGames Points
Des312556
Derrick342054
Danny213051
James153550
John G232548
Bill282048
Keith63541
Mike P113041
Joy231538
Tom102535

With apologies to those receiving emails in plain text

The Brian Taverner Memorial Cup

Started by his widow in memory of a Sandy Town player, this competition is in its 4th year.

It’s awarded for results in the nominated 4xMT matches between Potton, Sandy Town, Sandy Cons and us.

The Cup was won by Sandy Cons in the first two years and is now sitting proudly behind our bar.

The matches this year are on Sun 23/6, Sun 30/6 and Sat 20/7: sign up asap please.

Internal Knock Out Competitions

The main round of matches must take place by 30 June, so contact your opponents and arrange dates soon.

Remember the Golden Rule: Never book a competition match to clash with a 4MT that needs players.

My top tips for dates – Tuesdays, Thursdays (exc 20th) and Saturdays

Write your date in the bookings diary as soon as you can.

The draws and contact details are on the Notice Board.

Australian Pairs League

Matches take place on Friday evenings (5:45) starting 14 June with the first round:

Keith & John vs Elaine & Ray

Steve & Steven vs Des & Maz

Mike & Alex vs Danny & Bill

Joy & James vs Joe & Malcolm

Get in touch with your partner/ opponent to check the date is OK and rearrange if necessary.

Format details, fixtures and dates are on the Notice Board.

Let me know of any problems.

Cheers – reply to me if you want to unsubscribe

Keith