PRESS REPORT w/e 23rd September

The men lined up against Long Ashton in the Clevedon District knock-out cup final and in a closely fought match where rinks were 3-3, narrowly lost by six shots.  Colin Moss’ men regained the lead on end six and by half way had a seven shot lead which swelled to 20-9 in a fine victory for the club.  Ron Barron’s side didn’t lead until end eight and then motored on, helped by a five score, to win 18-13.  Ray Newell’s team trailed for most of the first half but then took the lead on end nine, built a lead of six by end 14 and had just enough in the tank to win despite a strong finish from the opposition – 16-15.  Keith Pettit’s lads were seven shots down at one point but clawed their way back into the game with scores level on end 17 but were pipped at the post for 12-14.  They found it difficult to come to grips on Dave Nicholls’ rink, were 12 down at end 11, but gained ground towards the end, especially with their five score, to limit the damage to 16-22.    Greg Annuik’s trio hit a five score on the first end but Long Ashton promptly matched it and went on scoring for a lead of ten at half way and 12-27 by the end.
Scores: C Wheller, D Collins, C Moss, 20-9; J Runciman C Panchaud, R Barron, 18-13; T Brown, D Stansfield, R Newell, 16-15; I Gallop, R Thurkettle, K Pettit, 12-14; T Simpson, J Harris, D Nicholls, 16-22; A Birch,
K Burt, G Annuik, 12-27; overall 94-100.
Overall the men can look back on a season with its share of achievements including winning the Clevedon Triples League and runners up in their cup; the ‘B’ team won the County N3 league and promotion, whilst the ‘C’ team can be pleased not to be bottom in the same league in only their second season!
The ladies played away to Ashcombe in the Wessex Ladies League, won one of three rinks and lost by 20 shots.  Shirley Wederell’s ladies began well, had an eight shot lead after end six and kept up a scoring rate which won 14 of 21 ends to finish 23-12.  Carole Pettit’s side fought to keep up with their opponents but losing by a five score on end 15 really put the game out of reach, finishing 11-26.  Gil Harvey’s team were in touch with the leaders in the first half but conceding two fives was too much to handle and finished 13-29.
Scores: A Birch, S Tinknell, J Hunt, S Wederell, 23-12; A Hughes, M Barron, T Newell, C Pettit, 11-26; B Disbury, H Mullet, J Wheller, G Harvey, 13-29; overall 47-67.
In five season ending friendlies, Wedmore won just two matches.  In a Mixed Friendly to a touring side from Yate, rinks went 3-2 and overall shots 104-81.  Victorious skippers Terry Simpson, Shirley Wederell and Gil Harvey won by 14, 13 and one shot respectively, whilst Keith Burt just lost by one shot and Roger Hughes by four.  A Men’s Friendly at home to Wells produce a win by 23 shots with skippers Dave Collins (14 shots), Terry Simpson, (7 shots), Ron Barron (2 shots) plus a tie from Keith Burt all making their mark.  A Mixed Friendly against Wells didn’t go quite so well, with City taking three of five ends and a photo finish of 4 shots for them to take victory.  Skippers Ronn Barron (15 shots ahead) and Keith Burt (5 shots) made winning contributions, Dave Nicholls and Ray Newell lost by narrow margins whilst Roger Hughes and Dennis Stansfield went down.  A Mixed Friendly away at Long Ashton saw Clive Wheller the only winning skipper with Jenny Collingwood, Keith Burt and Dennis Stansfield taking modest losses and Wedmore losing by just 8 shots overall.  A Purton touring squad put out a strong side to take four of six rinks and victory overall by 18 shots.  Wedmore’s two winning skippers were Stuart Fisher (by 17 shots), and Dennis Stansfield (2 shots) whilst Ron Barron, Keith Burt, Jenny Collingwood and Ray Newell were left to contemplate the indoor season.

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