2 Red travelled to Leeming to the leaders of the division. It proved a tough day on the Leeming greens and the difficult breeze we had all day but no excuses they played better overall.
Jim Drake-Brockman, Alan Booth, Terry Norrish and Little Joe were our only victors on the day. They played the hardest rink but still managed to get across the line by 1 shot 20-19. It did not look good early after dropping a four on the first and third ends and a three on the fourth end but with a great deal of cunning Little Joe rolled a long end and the team responded by picking up a six which brought the score back to 10-11. A close game continued with the Leeming skip playing some great bowls to keep them in the game, with Jim doing a great job on the one end he was left to do something by drawing his two bowls.
Mike Carey with his new third Richard Pears (who came into the role at very short notice and played pretty well from what I saw and heard), Lindsay Brown and the rising star Dave Nester had a very close game which ended in a 19 all draw. Didn’t see a lot of the game but everyone contributed and Dave set things rolling more times than not.
The Greg Ginby rink of Chris Woodroff, Mark Matthews and young Brian Clare were in deep trouble early and at one stage were down 22-1 or similar. In true fashion the buys picked themselves up and fought back on dropping 4 shots while scoring 14 themselves. A great effort to only go down 15-26 and typical of their effort so far this season.
Craig Stevens with Steve Lambert, Phil Gillespie and Alby Chapelhow unfortunately, if you listen to them had the most difficult rink to play on. The opposing skip may have also contributed to the bad rink draw as I saw him make a lot of conversion shots. The boys were in trouble for a big part of the game but the worm turned late in the game and they got back to only lose 17-23. Another solid effort by the team.
Overall we only got 1.5 to 6.5 and lost by 71-87 which was a great result considering Leeming had not been beaten. The side is in 6th spot at the moment and with the spirit within the group should be able to hold their place at season’s end.