The men met Taunton Deane in the County Double Rink knock out competition and won 44 shots to 38 overall with one rink tied and one won by Wedmore after close games both at home and away. At home Wedmore set off with a rush, scoring a rare hotshot on the first end – a maximum eight shots. After 14 ends the home side skipper Eddie Payne had led his rink to a nine shots lead but Taunton applied pressure and scored 11 shots in the remaining ends to tie the game at 20 all. The heroics came away with Colin Moss and his men scoring six to take the lead on the second end and held Taunton off until they took the lead on end nine. It was very tight, with low scoring until Wedmore scored three on end 17 to retake the lead and cemented that with a five two ends later, taking the game 24-19.
Scores: D Collins, K Pettit, D Nicholls, E Payne, 20-20; A Birch, R Barron, R Newell, C Moss, 24-19; 44-38 overall.
The mixed Friendly squad lost two games to Long Ashton and Woodspring. Against Long Ashton, Maureen Hordle’s troop led for the first half but faded, gaining only two more ends to lose 13-18. Dennis Stansfield and co. won seven of the last 12 ends but that didn’t compensate for not scoring in the first six ends – so 14-20. The Woodspring game was much close at one rink each with Keith’s team leading throughout to win 11-7 but George and crew were outplayed to 9-14.
In an Egham Trophy match on a 2+2 basis against St Andrews, remarkably Wedmore won both away rinks but lost both home rinks by big margins and so went down 61 shots to 100. Colin Moss’ side took the lead on end three with a five score but were caught on end seven, retook the lead on end eight and promptly lost it on the next end. The second half was very close on scores but that hides the fact that Wedmore won eight of 11 ends and, with excellent timing, drew level on end 20, scored one at the last to win. Steve Healey’s team suffered a loss of six on the first end, were only one shot behind by end six but then fell away to a seven shot deficit at end ten. The climb back was topped by taking the last four ends with the requisite three on the last end. Ron Barron and Ray Newell each won only eight ends on their rinks and lost heavily.
Scores: J Collins, AM Wilkinson, D Collins, C Moss, 21-19; P Jenkins, M Hordle, C Panchaud, S Healey, 18-16; B Disbrey, T Newell, M Batchelor, R Barron, 12-25; J Collingwood, L Hamblin, J Runciman, R Newell, 10-40; overall 61-100.
A Mixed Friendly away to North Petherton resulted in one rink each and a close overall score of 37 shots to 39. Skipper Maureen Hordle led her crew to a 19-18 victory, having been 11 shots behind at half way. Alan Birch and Co. led most of the way but were undone by losing nine shots on the last two ends.
The Ladies played two matches away in the Wessex Ladies League, losing both. Against Wessex the overall score was 48-58, 1-2 on rinks. Maureen Hordle’s ladies had a turbulent start with four lead changes in six ends but then settled in to build a six shot lead, whittled down to one at end 12 but Wedmore finished the stronger to triumph 22-13. Shirley Wederell’s team had a taste of the lead just after the start but had no answer as Wessex forged on from end seven to win 11-20. Trish Newell’s side had a difficult start leaving them seven shots behind and it proved impossible to overcome that so lost 15-25.
Scores: P Jenkins, J Hunt, G Harvey, M Hordle, 22-13, J Collins, B Disbury, P Beard, S Wederell, 11-20; A Birch, FB Rees, M Barron, T Newell, 15-25; overall 48-58.
At Clevedon the overall score was 48-65 and 0-3 on rinks. On Gill Harvey’s rink Wessex took the lead on end two and built up a lead of six shots by end 14, at which point Wedmore got into their stride and limited Wessex to three ends to the end . Unfortunately for them Wessex scored one on the last end to win 15-16. Shirley Wederell’s team were level at end seven when the opposition began to grow a lead and despite finishing the stronger Wedmore lost 22-25. Maureen Hordle’s group didn’t score until end eight by which time they were 11 shots behind which proved to be a bridge too far and lost 11-24.
Scores: A Birch, M Barron, A Hughes, G Harvey, 15-16; B Disbury, M Fisher, T Newell, S Wederell, 22-25; PD Rees, B Clark, P Jenkins, M Hordle, 11-24; overall 48-65.
The men played West Backwell at home in the Clevedon Over Sixties Triples League, knowing that a victory would clinch the title for Wedmore. This was duly delivered as the home side dominated with 131 shots to 76 overall and 5-1 on rinks. Colin Moss’ side shut the door on Backwell, winning 12 of 18 rinks rattling up 29 shots to 8. Ray Newell’s team also won 12 ends to triumph 25-9. Dave Nicholls and co. were never led and a six score on end ten helped them to pull away to 27-14. Ron Barron’s group re-took the lead on end six and pushed on to win 18-11. Keith Pettit’s crew were six shots up when entering a six end dry spell to find themselves three shots down but undaunted fought back to take the lead on end 12 and via a two score on the last end, claim a narrow victory at 17-16. Roger Hughes guys didn’t score until end five and were 2-12 down at end eight, fought back to within two shots and limited the damage to three shots, losing 15-18.
Scores: V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 29-8; B Aston, C Panchaud, R Newell, 25-9; A Birch, K Burt, D Nicholls, 27-14; J Runciman, J Harris, R Barron, 18-11; D Trow, R Thurkettle, K Pettit, 17-16; T Brown, I Gallop, R Hughes, 15-18; overall 131-76.
In the Weston League, the men won at home against Clevedon RBL with a strong score of 112-89 shots and 3-2 with a tie on rinks. Keith Burt’s men did not allow their opponents to score until end four and not again until end ten and went on to storm home for 21-9. Keith Pettit’s gents were also quick to claim victory, leading the whole way for 20-11. Roger Hughes’ boys were 12 shots up by end 11 when they conceded seven but this did not prevent them winning 21-17. Dave Nicholls’ side had a bumpy ride, not scoring until end five, scoring five on end 12 to lead, conceded five on end 17 to go into the last one down and scored one to secure a tie. It was nip and tuck on Ron Barron’s rink with five lead changes, going into the last end needing three shots, scored two so just lost 16-17. Ray Newell’s team started well, nine up at end six but then endured a six end drought to go three shots behind, were scrapping to the end but lost 18-20.
Scores: D Skelton, I Gallop, K Burt, 21-9; B Aston, J Runciman, K Pettit, 20-11; R Grant, C Panchaud, R Hughes, 22-17; T Brown, D Collins, D Nicholls, 15-15; B Back, R Thurkettle, R Barron, 16-17; T Counsell, S Fisher, R Newell, 18-20; overall 112-89.
The Weston Cup Final was played at neutral ground Weston Victoria when Wedmore’s men lined up against Winscombe and lost 77-101. Ron Barron’s group only won three of the first nine ends, leaving them nine shots behind but then came the exciting fight back, winning six of the last nine ends to draw level on end 17, score 4 on the last end to win 19-15. It was a closely fought game on Keith Pettit’s rink but after taking the lead on end seven, Wedmore kept their nose in front and won 12-11 despite losing the last two ends. Keith Burt’s boys also had a tight game with four lead changes in the first half and scores level at end ten when Winscombe advanced to a six point lead on end 13 reduced to four at end 16. Wedmore scored three on the last two ends but it was not quite enough, so losing 16-17. Roger Hughes’ team had a lead of seven on end seven but then had nine scoreless ends producing a deficit of seven shots on end 16 with five shots on the last two ends producing a near miss of 14-16. Ray Newell’s side started well but lost the lead on end nine, never to see it again, losing 10-16. Colin Moss could only win five ends and went down 6-26.
Scores: T Brown, S Fisher, R Barron, 19-15; D Trow, R Thurkettle, K Pettit, 12-11; C Wheller, T Simpson, K Burt, 16-17; A Birch, D Wederell, R Hughes, 14-16; V Matthews, C Panchaud, R Newell, 10-16; J Runciman, D Collins, C Moss, 6-26; overall 77-101.
As the season nears its end the Ladies played three friendlies at home, winning two of them. Against Bridgwater Wedmore won by 10 shots overall and rinks 2-1 with the rink victories coming from skippers Elaine Deverill and Pam Beard whilst Maureen Hordle lost by a small margin. Wedmore beat Wyrral Park in a nail biter by one shot overall and 2-1 on rinks. Trish Newell and Pam Beard delivered the winners and Maureen Hordle brought up the rear. Prattens won on all three rinks but skippers Liz Hamblin, Carole Pettit and Gill Harvey all had close matches, losing by only two, three and four shots respectively.