Match Report: Bristol & District League Division 1 – 09/05/24

The following report was written by Kevin French:

I woke up this morning [Thursday] and in a slight haze checked the league tables……. with Redland riding high at the top of the North East (Div 2) and the B&D team top of their division one, I realised I must still be dreaming? But no, it was correct and confirms both teams have had a great start to the season.

Onto the game, after last week’s stutter Jim’s rink with Will, Trevor and Andy were this week firing on all cylinders winning 8 out of the first 10 ends to go 15-3 up. So at this point the outcome on this rink never really looked in doubt but they kept up the pressure to run out 23-7 to give a great boost for the other rinks.

Over on RKJ’s rink with Larry, Calvin and Jon, again we were strong early on, but then had a bad end to go level 13-13 at 13 (very unlucky?) and that  proved to be the case for us as whilst we went into final end 2 shots up with his last wood the opposition skip dragged the jack back for 4 shots and we were 17-19 down.

Again proving my “old chestnut” from last week, it’s dropping the 4 ‘s and 5 ‘s which can kill you in this game.

Editor’s Note: Or picking up 4’s and 5’s can win you the game?

On Josh’s rink with the current Club Champion (Mark), Kev and Phil, scratching about to get some consistency, were only 2 behind at end 8 and again at end 14 but just couldn’t up their game enough to get in front and ended 12-15.

With a big winning rink, perhaps we can rue not getting 8 or 10 points, but I suppose a wins a win and 3 from 3 so far this season is very good but there is a very long way to go and we need to keep up our form/concentration etc. as there are many tough games to come.

Next week home to Severn Vale, the team that was promoted, along with us, last season and interestingly currently 2nd in the division.

Good luck to Josh and Andy for their Middleton Cup (Gloucestershire) trial this Sunday at Cheltenham BC.

And best wishes to Larry for his extended trip to the good ‘ol US of A, we will try to keep up the momentum whilst you’re away Larry 😉