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Top Dolls Week 4

TOP DOLLS

‘A’ Section

Player

M

Dolls

Ave.

1

B.Parker

4

51

4.25

2

J.Simmons

4

47

3.91

3

T.Downes

4

45

3.75

4

D.Butler

4

40

3.33

5

D.Davies

4

38

3.16

6=

L.Clapton

3

36

4.00

6=

I.Morrison

4

36

3.00

8

P.Soden

4

34

2.83

9

A.Pocock

4

33

2.93

10

G.Barguss

3

31

3.44

‘B’ Section

Player

M

Dolls

Ave

1

T.Barrett

4

41

3.41

2

P.Wiblin

4

38

3.16

3

C.Brind

4

36

3.00

4

N.Tait

4

34

2.83

5

P.Ealey

4

32

2.66

6=

S.Martin

4

29

2.41

6=

D.Sapey

4

29

2.41

8=

J.Castle

4

26

2.16

8=

M.Haynes

4

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Match Reports Week 4

‘A’ Section

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

The Fox

4

4

0

0

174

122

22

14.50

2

Ab. Utd. ‘B’

4

3

1

0

176

127

19

14.66

3

College Oak

4

2

1

1

168

144

15

14.00

4

Spread Eagle

4

2

0

2

162

132

14

13.50

5

Old Masters

4

2

0

2

159

144

14

13.25

‘B’ Section

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Ab. Con. Club

4

2

1

1

153

128

15

12.75

2

Ab. Legion

4

2

1

1

146

146

13

12.16

3

Ab. Utd. ‘C’

4

1

0

3

113

166

4

9.41

4

Penlon

4

0

0

4

115

180

2

9.58

5

Ab. Utd. ‘A’

4

0

0

4

84

161

2

7.00

Game reports.

College Oak came from behind to beat Ab. Legion 4-2 with leg scores of 10-12, 17-16, 17-10. For The Oak D.Cross & L.Clapton 11 each, P.Soden 9 & C.Crawford 7. For The Legion N.Tait 11, P.Ealey 9 & C.Brind 8.

The Fox beat Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 6-0 with leg scores of 13-9, 16-9, 11-6. For The Fox B.Parker top scored with 13 despite being under a certain amount of pressure, D.Butler 12 & N.Weston 8. The Foxs’ 40 dolls was their lowest of the season. For Utd. ‘A’ R.Pepperell 8 & Jim Warrell 7. M.Ashmall throwing like a knock knee’d

Australian sheep shearer managed just 1 doll. Matt there is a Wednesday night crib league. Just a thought.

Despite recording their lowest total of the season Ab. Utd. ‘B’ beat a lacklustre Old Masters 4-2. The leg scores were 12-17, 11-10, 15-6 (yes six). For Utd, ‘B’ D.Davies 10, D.Holmes & D.Bowler 8 each. For OM G.Barguss 9 & T.Downes 8. OM scored more dolls in their 1st leg than the other 2 put together.

Spread Eagle beat Penlon 6-0 with leg scores of 12-7, 15-8, 17-10. For The Spread J.Simmons 11, S.Kinnaird 10, G.Brown 9 & M.Phillips 8. For Penlon T.Lach top scored with 7 dolls. Their 25 dolls was their lowest of the season.

Ab. Con. Club overtook The Legion at the top of ‘B’ section after a 6-0 win over Ab. Utd. ‘C’. The leg scores were 11-8, 12-10, 13-8. For Con. Club P.Wiblin 11, T.Barrett 9 & R.North 7. For Utd. ‘C’ A.Gregory 8 & S.Martin 7.

Regards

Tosh

p.s. Not sure my comments last week got past Paul ‘The Censor’ Stone, so to see Tosh : Uncut, read it here.

p.p.s. It’s the fives tonight and any new players not sure of the 3 stick rule don’t bother asking Frank Tracey or Roger Holmes as they haven’t got a clue either. Good luck to everyone.

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Match Reports Week 3

‘A’ Section

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

The Fox

3

3

0

0

134

98

16

14.88

2

Ab. Utd. ‘B’

3

2

1

0

138

94

15

15.33

3

Old Masters

3

2

0

1

126

106

12

14.00

4

College Oak

3

1

1

1

124

106

11

13.77

5

Spread Eagle

3

1

0

2

118

107

8

13.11

‘B’ Section

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Ab. Legion

3

2

1

0

108

102

11

12.00

2

Ab. Con. Club

3

1

1

1

117

102

9

13.00

3

Ab. Utd. ‘C’

3

1

0

2

87

130

4

9.66

4

Penlon

3

0

0

3

90

136

2

10.00

5

Ab. Utd. ‘A’

3

0

0

3

60

121

2

6.66

Game reports.

The Fox clanged off 53 dolls in beating Spread Eagle 6-0 with leg scores of 19-13, 18-11, 16-15. For The Fox D.Butler & B.Parker 13 each, N.Weston 10, N.Nuttall 9 & D.Rusher 8. In reply for The Spread J.Simmons (look John, no d) 13 & G.Brown 11.

Old Masters beat College Oak 4-2 with leg scores of 17-11, 17-15, 13-16. For OM G.Barguss 13, T.Downes 11, J.Barguss 9, M.Hall & A.Woolloff 7 each. For The Oak L.Clapton 13, D.Cross 11 & A.Pocock 7.

Ab. Con. Club beat Penlon 4-2 which meant Penlon gained their fisrt points of the season. The leg scores were 16-9, 17-11, 10-11. For Con. Club P.Wiblin 10, M.Haynes & T.Barrett 9 each, J.Sims 8 & J.Castle 7. For Penlon V.Smith 8, T.Phipps & M.Jeffries 7 each although Mark did blot his copybook with a 3rd leg blob.

Ab. Utd. ‘B’ beat their ‘C’ counterparts 6-0 with leg scores of 21-10, 16-7, 15-10. For Utd. ‘B’ D.Davies & I.Morrison 12 each, T.Ward 10, B.Clapton & D.Bowler 9 each. Their 52 dolls was their highest so far. For Utd. ‘C’ S.Martin & D.Harris 7 each.

Ab. Legion beat Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 4-2 with leg scores of 8-12, 16-5, 10-7. For Legion D.Sapey 9, N.Tait & C.Brind 8 each. Dave, if you could pick all 6 sticks up at once we could get through the games a bit quicker (that’s me off his xmas card list). ‘The Scarecrow Boys’ also picked up their 1st points of the season with R.Pepperell & Jon Warrell each scoring 8 dolls. M.Fenton, throwing like an overweight race horse jockey with piles managed just 1 doll.

Regards

Tosh

p.s. It’s the Fives next week and will be played in order of draw which all Captains have had a copy off, so no excuses.

p.p.s. If I have offended anyone with any of my comments please tell someone who gives a s**t.

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Match Reports Week 2

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L. ‘A’ Section TEAM P W D L FOR AGT PTS AVE 1 The Fox 2 2 0 0 81 59 10 13.50 2 Ab. Utd. ‘B’ 2 1 1 0 86 67 9 14.33 3 College Oak 2 1 1 0 82 59 9 13.66 4 Spread Eagle 2 1 0 1 79 54 8 13.16 5 Old Masters 2 1 0 1 79 64 8 13.16 ‘B’ Section TEAM P W D L FOR AGT PTS AVE 1 Ab. Legion 2 1 1 0 74 78 7 12.33 2 Ab. Con. Club 2 0 1 1 74 71 5 12.33 3 Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 2 1 0 1 60 78 4 10.00 4 Penlon 2 0 0 2 59 93 0 9.83 5 Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 2 0 0 2 36 87 0 6.00 Game reports. Ab. Utd. ‘C’ beat Old Masters 4-2 with leg scores of 12-12, 10-10, 12-10. For Utd. ‘C’ A.Gregory 10, S.Martin 9 & D.Harris 8. For OM T.Downes 12 & G.Barguss 9. Moving quickly on……… Ab. Legion beat Spread Eagle 4-2 with leg scores of 14-9, 9-17, 13-12. For The Legion N.Tait 10, P.Ealey & C.Brind 9 each & D.Sapey 7. B.Lacey throwing like a ruptured Russian weightlifter managed just 1 doll. For The Spread J.Simmonds 10, M.Phillips 9, S.Kinnaird 8 & B.Newman 7. Ab. Utd. ‘B’ beat Penlon 6-0 with leg scores of 15-9, 14-10, 17-10. A good all round performance from Utd. ‘B’ saw I.Morrison top score with 12 dolls. ‘Dickie’ Davies hit 10, D.Holmes 9, D.Bowler 8 & B.Clapton 7. In reply for Penlon T.Lach 8, R.Holmes & E.Jeffries 7 each. College Oak beat Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 6-0 with leg scores of 16-4, 14-7, 16-7. For The Oak L.Clapton 12, A.Pocock 11, P.Soden 9, C.Crawford & S.Enock 7 each. For Utd. ‘A’ M.Fenton top scored with 6 dolls. If you are short of players any week lads, Stevie Wonder is looking for a game. The Fox beat Ab.Con. Club 6-0 and are the only team to have won both of their opening games. The leg scores were 8-13, 14-12, 13-8. For The Fox B.Parker hit 3-5-5, missing with his last stick in both the 2nd and 3rd legs. N.Nuttall hit 8 dolls. For Con. Club P.Wiblin & T.Barrett each scored 10. Regards Tosh p.s. Don’t forget I need comps entries & monies tonight, please.

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Match Reports Week 1

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L. ‘A’ Section Team P W D L FOR AGT PTS AVE 1 Old Masters 1 1 0 0 47 30 6 15.66 2 The Fox 1 1 0 0 46 26 6 15.33 3 Spread Eagle 1 1 0 0 41 18 6 13.66 4 Ab. Utd. ‘B’ 1 0 1 0 40 38 3 13.33 5 College Oak 1 0 1 0 36 41 3 12.00 ‘B’ Section Team P W D L FOR AGT PTS AVE 1 Ab. Con. Club 1 0 1 0 41 36 3 13.66 2 Ab. Legion 1 0 1 0 38 40 3 12.66 3 Penlon 1 0 0 1 30 47 0 10.00 4 Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 1 0 0 1 26 46 0 8.66 5 Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 1 0 0 1 18 41 0 6.00 Game reports. Spread Eagle beat the new Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 6-0 with leg scores of 12-5, 16-6, 13-7. For The Spread J.Simmonds 13, M.Phillips 10, B.Newman 8 & S.Kinnaird 7. In reply for Utd. ‘A’ D.Warrell top scored with 6. Thought I’d give the new boys a weeks grace before I start extracting the proverbial. Ab. Legion drew 3-3 with Ab.Utd. ‘B’ with leg scores of 7-14, 15-10, 16-16. For The Legion C.Brind (close season signing) 11, P.Ealey 9 & D.Sapey 8. In reply for Utd. ‘B’ D.Holmes 12, D.Bowler (undisclosed fee) 9, & B.Clapton 7. The Fox beat Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 6-0 with leg scores of 12-4, 15-9, 19-13. For The Fox B.Parker 12, M.Sheridan 10, D.Butler & N.Weston 9 each. For Utd. ‘C’ nobody scored very many and every body scored very few. College Oak drew 3-3 with Ab. Con. Club with leg scores of 14-14, 6-12, 16-15. For The Oak P.Soden included a 1st leg 6 in his 10, A.Pocock 9, S.Enock & C.Crawford 7 each. For Con. Club T.Barrett included a 3rd leg 6 in his 13, J.Castle 9, M.Haynes & P.Wiblin (released) 7 each. Old Masters beat Penlon 6-0 with leg scores of 14-12, 20-7, 13-11. For OM T.Downes included a 6 in his cracking 14 dolls. M.Hall & J.Barguss 10 each & A.Woolloff 8. For Penlon T.Lach & J.Carter 8 each. Regards Tosh p.s. Just like to welcome all the new players to the W.A.S.L. and hope you enjoy the season. p.p.s. Captains, just to remind that I need competition forms and fees next week (19th) please.

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Presentation Night

Presentation Evening

I’m racking my brains trying to think of my first presentation evening. It’s a struggle. I do remember it was held at Roman Way which is at the back of what is now the BMW plant. It was in the largest of the rooms the Emperor room I believe. The trophies were presented first and then there was a band, from memory they were a good band, from the picture I look like I’m having a good time and surely that’s what counts. I do remember that I got very drunk and fell asleep on the bathroom floor (at home) and very nearly didn’t make my paper round.

The Emperor room held around 500 people and it was full to bursting. In those days it was a real family evening out. Me, Mum, Dad, friends of the family who didn’t even play Aunt Sally went, they just knew it was going to be a great night.

Times have changed now though. We now hold it at Abingdon UTD football club. We don’t have as many people buy tickets. Those that do turn up leave shortly after collecting their trophies. It’s a shame that we are not able to entertain the numbers we once did.

Looking around it seems to have affected all areas. Pubs and Clubs are struggling unless they offer food. It could be the recession People generally have less disposable income to spend. When you’re paying less than £10 for crate of beer at the supermarket why bother to go out. I remember when it was cheaper to buy beer in a club than a pub. Now though the gap isn’t so wide. Still it’s as bad if you’re not drinking. I recently had a pint of Orange Juice and Lemonade and it was £3!! I had my first visit to the College Oak at Peachcroft after the refurb where a Guinness extra cold was £3.10 I’ll be back!

For all my moaning team registration has stayed reasonably static. We always seem to get the same number of team’s together year on year and the reasons I gave above are a fact of life and here to stay. For me personally I still enjoy finals night but for different reasons. It gives me a chance to catch up with people I’ve either not seen since last year or possibly seen twice on match day.

An enormous amount of time and effort go into both organising and setting up presentation night. Terry Downes mopping all those trophies that teams have ‘forgotten’ to bring back. Getting all the trophies to the engraver on time (spelt correctly). Setting all the new ones up on the table at the front.

This year presentation night tickets will be for sale from the 16th October from the Secretary Graham Brown or you can get them on Wednesday evening during the Winter League at Abingdon UTD.

I’ll see you all on the 28th October at Abingdon UTD.

Anchorman

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Interview: Martin Sheridan

MartinSheridan.jpgInterview with Martin Sheridan

I’ve been writing another post but this really makes much more sense. After a thrilling singles final between Mick Phillips (Spread Eagle, previously Cumnor CC) and Martin Sheridan (Fox Steventon) on Wednesday night I thought I would run with this interview from Martin.

An absolutely superb player. If we had had a hall of fame He would be in it.

1- When did you first begin playing and who was it for?

1964, Duke Of York, Oxpens, Oxford.

2 – Can you give me a short biography of the teams/pubs you have played for?

1964 to 1967 – Duke of York

1967 to 1970 – Lucy’s, Walton St, Oxford

1970 to 1974 — Edward VII, Lake St, Oxford

1974 to 1976— Red, White & Blue, Cowley Rd, Oxford 1976 to 1980 — Crown, Harwell

1980 to 2004 — Kings Arms, Steventon

2004 to present — Fox Inn, Steventon

3 – What made you start playing and who would have been your influences when you first began?

My Dad played for the Duke of York, and I was his number one fan! On one occasion, they were a player short, and I was asked to play (I am not sure that I was signed on). It’s a bit vague, but I do believe I scored a 2-2-1. I was then hooked on ‘Aunt Sally’. The great Monty Greenaway was a big influence on me, for his sheer tenacity… He seemed invincible.

4 – You have obviously been involved with some very successful teams, The Fox for example have been a very dominant force. Are there any that stand out for you?

When I played for the Edward Vii, the team we had were majestic! Bill Bates, Ron Parker, Norman Nuttall, Waggle Green, Neville Crook, Salcie Heritage, Laurie Woods (who I witnessed score 7 consecutive sixes in practice) and little old me.

The Red, White & Blue were another great team. Jack Greenough, Maurice Baker, Ray Clarke, Mick Surrage and Trevor Cook.

My time in Steventon both currently with the Fox, and previously with the now-defunct Kings Arms has been memorable. We’ve won the lot! Teams like the Penlon and the Cumnor Cricket Club conjure up some of the greatest memories. I’ve played with the great Dave Dix, Barrington Parker (who in my opinion is the best anchorman in Abingdon), Robin Greetham, Richard Butler, Colin Smith, Nigel Weston, Rodney Prior.., the list is endless.

The new kids on the block are the Spread Eagle, Abingdon, who play with some of the Old Cumnor Cricket Club team. We’ve played against them in the Eights final, the Tom Simmons and the Red Drive, and they have won on every occasion. One guy, John Simmons, who plays for the Spread Eagle… How he’s not won the Abingdon Singles baffles me! He is a great player and his time must come soon.

5 – Your throw. Have you always thrown like that or has it developed. Did anyone help you initially with your throw? E.g. give advice etc.

I have always been left handed, coming forward with my right leg, but always felt unbalanced. The transition to coming forward with my left leg was difficult. It was a mind game, and perseverance was the key! But I stuck with it, and my balance seems to be ok now!

The great Monty Greenaway advised me to throw the stick, rather than lob it, as it would make it more accurate.

6 – This for those just starting or new players. You are a very good player, particularly under pressure. How long would say it took from when you first took up Aunt Sally to when you were consistently getting 10 or more dolls per game.

About 5 years

7 – You’ve won the singles competition a total of 6 times now. Do you have any special moments in competition or league which you look back on with pride

The game I look back on with the most pleasure is when I played Ron Parker in the Singles semi-finals, at the White Hart in Harwell. The garden was thronging with people, and the alley was roped off. There was just the two of us on the oche, and the callers in the wood yard. Ron had a theory that if he won the toss, he would always put his opponent in first (he loved the chase), so every time the coin was tossed up, I would never look Ron in the eyes. I would simply pick up my sticks and throw regardless, Ron never challenged me.

The game was epic… six sticks, three sticks, one stick, back to six sticks. I eventually won 2-1. What an emotional night! It was the first time I’d beaten the mighty Ron Parker.

8 – Recently I’ve mentioned some potentially controversial subjects in the blog. How do you see the game going with regard to the number of players in the team, perhaps reducing, Is that something you would agree with?

Most definitely, with many pubs closing down, and few younger players coming through, it may be necessary for the team numbers to reduce for the leagues to survive.

9 – Do you agree with the handicap system in place at the moment?

It’s the only fair way to run the league, it gives all the teams a chance of winning the league.

10 – In this game with so many characters and so many different types of throw and approach. What do you think makes a good player and do you have any advice for those starting out? How do they get as good as you? Is it practice or ability?

Being consistent is key! To achieve this you need to practice. Try to be relaxed. Knocking off the doll in practice is ok, but the match is when it matters most. Things creep in like nerves, bad calls, or you simply miss… all this adds to the tension. You need to overcome these things to become a good player!

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