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Summer League: Week 17 Results

    SPECIAL OFFER!
As you know the League is sponsored this year by Dyno Plumbing & Heating and they are offering an exclusive discount for registered players of the league off the cost of all new boilers they install. From now until the end of the season they will be offering a 10% discount off all new boilers installed. The boilers come with a 7-year warranty and you’ll need to quote DYNOAASL17 when making an enquiry. This offer is open to all registered players of the League.   So give them a ring on 01235 523708 and get a great deal!


It’s that time of year when we need to collect the trophies and prepare for another Presentation Night. Please contact us is you have a trophy – we still have a few outstanding in highest dolls and some sections – please get them to your venue or bring them to Finals Night and tell us ! Email secretary @ abingdonauntsally.com.

Finals Night is on  Wed 13th Sept at Abingdon Utd. Presentation Night including Pairs and Singles Semi/Finals will be on Friday 20th October at Abingdon United.


Sixers: Adam Fitzgerald (Spread Eagle D),Nigel Weston (Spread Eagle B),Tom Lach (Abingdon United B).

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Summer League: Week 16 Results

    SPECIAL OFFER!

As you know the League is sponsored this year by Dyno Plumbing & Heating and they are offering an exclusive discount for registered players of the league off the cost of all new boilers they install. From now until the end of the season they will be offering a 10% discount off all new boilers installed. The boilers come with a 7-year warranty and you’ll need to quote DYNOAASL17 when making an enquiry. This offer is open to all registered players of the League.

So give them a ring on 01235 523708 and get a great deal!


Another entry in the Over 14s for Dave Dix (Ab.Utd B) with a 3-6-6!

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Same game, different take

I’ve recently written a couple of pieces for the website. Mainly to generate some new content for the site but also because I was recently given some feedback over pieces I wrote a couple of years ago which made me think that it wasn’t just a couple of people reading them. Also one of the hardest parts of writing isn’t the writing but having things to write about.

Back in October 2015 I moved from Abingdon to Banbury. I’m not sure if you are aware but Aunt Sally is alive and thriving in Banbury, Bicester, Bampton, Wychwood, Chipping Norton as well as Oxford and Abingdon.

A new set of kit

A new set of kit

I’ve played Aunt Sally for over 25 years but never played outside of Abingdon except for a few inter-league games and the odd competition. So I decided it would be a good idea to sign for a local team and see what it was like playing for another pub. I chose The Easington on the Bloxham Road, Banbury because it’s walking distance!

After what seems like my worst season start (in 25 years!!!!) for both leagues I seem to have found my feet. Both leagues have an enormous amount in common apart from the game itself. Aunt Sally attracts characters, I’m not sure why that is but I can confirm it is the same in Abingdon as it is in Banbury. I suppose really it’s because you have 16+ men and women gathering on a weeknight invariably in the pouring rain to play what is honestly a pretty niche game with very little spectator appeal.

So what are the differences then? I should note that all of my following observations are anecdotal in nature. I haven’t spent any time researching the data nor am I about to. Take everything I say with a pinch of salt. So, in Banbury of the pubs and clubs I’ve played at only one had a hocking. Let’s take a minute to think about that. In Banbury they do not have a physical barrier to put your foot against or step up too. They do have a slab or a line clearly marking where you should stand but there is no physical barrier. I find that interesting. It means that in Banbury the cry of, Foot Fault presumably falls on deaf ears since you have no way of telling if they have or not. I don’t know if foot faults are specifically mentioned in the Banbury Aunt Sally rules but its interesting none the less.

One of the biggest differences between the two leagues is the calling sticking up relationship. In Abingdon the Home side call and stick up for both the home and away teams for the entire game. In Banbury it’s slightly different. Basically a member of the opposing team will call for the other team for one leg but the sticking up is done by a member of your own team. This means the calling is always done by the other team and you only call for one leg so reducing the time spent calling allowing you much longer for a beer and chat. Sticking up works by Anchorman sticking up for the first man on then once the first man has thrown the he follows the sticks down and takes the place of the Anchorman and so on. I really like the way this plays out mainly because it means you’re not in the shed for ages in the evening. This means more time for a beer which everyone can get behind!!

Another difference is the pitch length ! In Abingdon we measure from hocking to iron as the 30ft – in some others it’s 30ft to the base of the doll – an extra six inches that could make all the difference!  I didn’t realise this until about halfway through my first season. I believe this is a Banbury only peculiarity, though I would welcome anyone letting me know if I’m wrong.

 

2014 Summer League Silverware

2014 Summer League Silverware

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Summer League: Week 14 Results

Sixers: Colin Brind (Steventon Sports A),David Mott (Spread Eagle),John Gould (Red Lion Drayton B).
Blobbers:Andy Forsyth (Wheatsheaf Didcot B),Ben Moore (Waggon and Horses A),Gavin Walton (Brewery Tap B),James Tyrell (North Star B),Karen Beard (FMSSC Morning Star),Lorley Chadwick (Boundary House),Mervyn Dyer (The Bell Grove),Pete Towlerton (Plum Pudding B),Pete Wiblin (Abingdon Con Club A),Robert Glen (Harwellian B),Roger Jefferys (Harwellian B)

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