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Week 13 Match Reports

(Apologies – last week was week 12 not 11 again! – webmaster) Prem / A Section: Abingdon United 6 Tandem 0, Steventon Sports 4 Berinsfield S.C 2, Spread Eagle 4 Wootton Legion 2, Abingdon Legion 4 Red Lion 2. B Section: Hart of Harwell 6 North Star 0, Berinsfield S.C 2 College Oak 4, Admiral Benbow 2 Abingdon united 4. C Section: Vine 2 Abingdon United 4, Waggon & Horses 4 Abingdon Con Club 2, Plough 0 Vine 6. D Section: Wotton Legion 0 Fleur De Lys 6, Brewery Tap 6 Crown 0, Pack Horse 4 Eight Bells 2, North Star 5 Standford F.C 1. E Section: Harwell Legion 4 Boundary House 2, Spread Eagle 5 Black Horse 1, Wheatsheaf 4 The Hatchet 2. F Section: Abingdon Arms 5 North Star 1, The Bear 4 Bowyers Arms 2, Didcot Con Club 2 Hart of Harwell 4. G Section: Horse & Harrow 2 Good Lake Arms 4, Morning Star 4 Brewery Tap 2, Plugh Inn 2 Queens Arms 4, Royal Oak 6 Crown 0, Old Anchor 5 Spread Eagle 1. H Section: Challow Legion 0 ABingdon Legion 6, Drayton Park Vets Golf Club 5 Cross Keys 1, The Midget 4 Cross Keys 2. J Section: Kings Arms 4 Wheatsheaf 2, Rose & Crown 4 Waggon & Horses 2, Hinds Head 6 Cross Keys 0. Sixes: J Simmons P Wright

Foot Faults

Foot faults

Something that pops up from time to time at games and recently the AGM is the foot fault. It’s a polarising subject which can get many people hot under the collar. For the record.

Rule 9 states

Each member of the team shall throw 6 sticks each, and may throw under arm or round arm, not over arm and both feet need to be behind the hocking by the time the stick has left the players hand. A stick leaving the players hand while his foot is standing on the hocking, may be declared a no stick.

However, the rules state nothing of who is to police the transgression and when you should point this out. For example should you have another caller type who stands at the hocking end? Does this person call out each error and put off the thrower or should they wait until the end of the throw?

Now what happens when the hocking doesn’t reach to the end of where the thrower is standing so that it’s not easy to see if the rule is broken? What if the hocking is just a line and it’s easy to step on? What if the hocking is 6 inches high and your toes step on and against but not over, does that count.

These are all valid points that make if difficult to make a judgement. Then of course what if the person throwing disagrees with you! Actually forget that,they’re going to aren’t they? Then what, stop the game till they admit it.

So where does this leave us?

I think it’s a little like speeding. Everyone at one point has done it. Maybe you knew you were doing it, possibly even did it deliberately. But maybe you didn’t and it was just a few mph over the limit but you got caught. How annoyed did that make you, I mean you never, ever speed but the one time you did you got caught and fined or you had to attend the speed school.

The point I’m making here is that no matter how whiter than white you are, you will at some point inadvertently foot foul.

About 3 years ago I was accused of doing the same thing. I didn’t do it deliberately and I certainly wasn’t getting more dolls because of it. But I changed my throw because of it and also began keeping an eye on those people thatbelieved it was cheating, I can tell you I saw them foot fault.

My solution then, if there can be one is this.

Can you imagine the bad feelings that would arise as a consequence of a footfault call where there are no defined ways around it

Anyone can make the call and then wait for the shit to hit for the rest of the game.Of one thing you can be certain, the more important the match the greater the tension, the more an issue it will become. The person making the call should first take that into account. Personally if I was captain and the thrower was stepping over and making a good score repeatedly i might speak quietly to the opposing captain.

The rule actually says ‘may be’ declared a no stick. It’s very discretionary but gives everyone the opportunity to air their views.

In the course of writing this post I’ve tried to get a view of what other people think about it, not just my own personal views but more of a consensus. If you are not aggressive or malicious in the way you approach the other captain I believe an agreement can be met where all the views can be accommodated and a satisfactory outcome arrived. If you are not then what is a fun team competition will no longer be that. When all is said and done we are there to have fun.

I hope this goes some way to answering the question of a foot fault, but I know it falls short of a definitive answer because there isn’t one. I would welcome anyone’s take on this.

Anchorman

Week 12 Match Results

Prem / A Section: Wootton Legion 2 Fox 4, Abingdon Legion 4 Steventon Sports 2, Berinsfield S.C 4 Tandem 2, Red Lion 1 Abingdon United 5. B Section: Fox 0 Berinsfield S.C 6, Barley Mow 6 Admiral Benbow 0, College Oak 4 North Star 2, Plough 0 Hart of Harwell 6, Abingdon United 6 Red Lion 0. C Section: Abingdon United 3 Plough 3, Waggon & Horses 4 College Oak 2, Steventon Sports 4 White Horse 2, Vine 4 Vine 2, Abingdon Con Club 5 Black Horse 1. D Section: North Star 2 Brewery Tap 4, Crown Didcot 0 Fleur De Lys 6, Eight Bells 4 Chequers Charney 2, Standford F.C 4 Wootton Legion 2. E Section: Boundary House 5 The Midget 1, The Hatchet 6 Eight Bells 0, Wheatsheaf 0 Hartwell Legion 6, Black Horse 4 PLough 2. F Section: Bowyers Arms 2 North Star 4, Hart of Harwell 2 Cross Keys 4, North Star 2 The Bear 4, Plough 4 Didcot Con Club 2, Black Swan 2 Abingdon Arms 4. G Section: Brewery Tap 3 Good Lake Arms 3, Queens Arms 2 Old Anchor 4, Royal Oak 4 Morning Star 2, Spread Eagle 4 Plough 2. H Section: Cross Keys 1 Abingdon Legion 5, Cross Keys 4 Challow Legion 2, Midget 2 Drayton Vets 4, G.W.R.S.A 2 Bear & Ragged Staff 4, Spread Eagle 6 Plough 0.  J Section: Hinds Head 5 Volunteer 1, Steventon Sports 4 Wheatsheaf 2, Peachcroft S.C 4 Rose & Crown 2, Cross Keys 3 Kings Arms 3, Waggon & Horses 0 Red Lion 6.   Sixes: P Broad   

Week 11 Match Reports

Prem / A Section: Spread Eagle 4 Abingdon Legion 2, Steventon Sports 5 Red Lion 1, Abingdon United 4 Wootton Legion 2, Fox Steventon 6 Berinsfield S.C 0. B Section: Admiral Benbow 4 Fox Denchworth 2, Berinsfield S.C 0 Plough 6, Red LIon 5 College Oak 1, Hart of Harwell 4 Abingdon United 2, North Star 3 Barley Mow 3. C Section: Plough 4 Steventon Sports 2, Vine 2 Waggon & Horses 4, Black Horse 4 Abingdon United 2, White Horse 4 Vine 2, College Oak 2 ABingdon Con Club 4. D Section: Brewery Tap 4 Stanford F.C 2, Pack Horse 3 North Star 3, Wootton Legion 3 Eight Bells 3, Chequers Charney 4 Crown Didcot 2. E Section: Spread Eagle 6 Wheatsheaf 0, Plough 3 Boundary House 3, Eight Bells 6 Black Horse 0, Harwell Legion 2 The Hatchet 4. F Section: Cross Keys 3 Bowyers Arms 3, Abingdon Arms 5 Hart of Harwell 1, Bear North Morton 6 Black Swan 0, Didcot Con Club 4 North Star 2. G Section: Old Anchor 6 Brewery Tap 0, Horse & Harrow 3 Queens Arms 3, Morning Star 4 Crown Marcham 2, _Plough Inn 3 Royal Oak 3, Good Lake Arms 0 Spread Eagle 6. H Section: Abingdon Legion 4 Spread Eagle 2, Challow Legion 6 G.W.R.S.A 0, Drayton Park Vets Club 4 Cross Keys 2, Plough Appleton 2 Midget 4. J Section: Red LIon 6 Steventon Sports 0, Kings Arms 6 Waggon & Horses 0, Volunteer 2 Cross Keys 4, Rose & Crown 4 Hinds Head 2, Wheatsheaf 2 Peachcroft 4. Sixes: M Sheridan B Parker

Week 10 Match Results

Prem / A Section: Steventon Sports 3 Spread Eagle 3, Abingdon United 2 ABingdon Legion 4, Fox 6 Red Lion 0, Tandem 5 Wootton Legion 1. B Section: North Star 5 ABingdon United 1, Barley Mow 3 College Oak 3, Berinsfield S.C 0 Admiral Benbow 6, Red Lion 2 Plough 4, Hart of Harwell 4 Fox 2. C Section: College Oak 0 Vine 6, Black Horse 2 Waggon & Horses 4, PLough 4 ABingdon Con Club 2, White Horse 2 ABingdon United 4, Vine 6 Steventon Sports 0. D Section: Brewery Tap 0 Pack Horse 6, Chequers Charney 4 Standford F.C 2, Fleur De Lys 4 Eight Bells 2, Wootton Legion 2 North Star 4. E Section: Harwell Legion 2 Spread Eagle 4, Eight Bells 6 Wheatsheaf 0, PLough Sutton 2 The Hatchet 4, Midget 2 Black Horse 4. F Section: Bear North Morton 5 Didcot Con Club 1, Abingdon Arms 2 North Star 4, Plough 2 Bowyers Arms 4, North Star 5 Hart of Harwell 1. G Section: Morning Star 5 PLough Hanney 1, Horse & Harrow 5 Royal Oak 1, Old Anchor 6 Crown 0, Spread Eagle 4 Brewery Tap 2, Good Lake Arms 0 Queens Arms 6. H Section: Drayton Park Vets 6 PLough 0, Challow Legion 3 Midget 3, Bear & Ragged 4 Cross Keys 2, Abingdon Legion 4 G.W.R.S.A 2, Spread Eagle 6 Cross Keys Wallingford 0. J Section: Kings Arms 0 Hinds Head 6, Peachcroft 2 Steventon SPorts 4, Volunteer Grove 4 Rose & Crown 2, Wheatsheaf 6 Waggon & Horses 0. Sixes: J Simmons J Bowler P Gresty N Biggs

Week 8 Match Results

Prem / A Section: Fox 4 Tandem 2, Spread Eagle 6 Red Lion 0, Abingdon united 4 Berinsfield S.C 2, Steventon SPorts 6 Wootton Legion 0. B Section: Fox 6 Barley Mow 0, Admiral Benbow 4 Plough 2, Hart of Harwell 4 College Oak 2, Red Lion 4 North Star 2, Berinsfield S.C 3 Abingdon United 3. C Section: Plough 6 White Horse 0, Waggon & Horses 4 Vine 2, College Oak 1 ABingdon United 5, Black Horse 2 Steventon Sports 4, Vine 2 Abingdon Con Club 4. D Section: Brewery Tap 5 Eight Bells 1, Pack Horse 4 Standford F.C 2, Chequers Charney 0 Fleur De Lys 6, Wootton Legion 4 Crown 2. E Section: Spread Eagle 2 Hatchet 4, Harwell Legion 0 Black Horse 6, Eight Bells 4 Boundary House 2, Plough Sutton 4 Midget 2. F Section: Abingdon Arms 2 Bowyers Arms 4, North Star 4 Plough Inn 2, Cross Keys 0 North Star 6, Didct Con Club 6 Black Swan 0, Bear North Morton 6 Hart of Harwell 0. G Section: Horse & Harrow 2 Brewery Tap 4, Morning Star 6 Queens Arms 0, Royal Oak 2 Spread Eagle 4, Plough Hanney 6 Crown 0. H Section: Midget 0 Spread Eagle 6, Bear & Ragged Staff 2 Abingdon Legion 4, Plough Appleton 2 Cross Keys 4. J Section: Volunteer Grove 4 Waggon & Horses 2, Old Anchor 3 Good Lake Arms 3, Rose & Crown 4 Cross Keys 2, Hinds Head 5 Peachcroft S.C 1, King Arms 3 Steventon Sports 3. Sixes: P Barrett R Selbey J Noble S Humphries