Author Archive | James Barguss

Missing Score Cards

We still have a number of missing score cards.

Can I remind you that it is the responsibility of the winning Captain to ensure the card arrives at the Dolly Recorders address ASAP.

If you are having problems entering cards on line you should have contacted a member of the Committee at the time of the issue.

Can I ask that all of the below match cards are sent this week please.  Failure to have the cards in and online WILL affect final positions.  There is the very real possibility a team that should have won their Section wont due to inaccurate points.  The Same goes for a Top Dolls.

Lets get these in ASAP!!


Week 11

Bowyers Arms v Red lion B

Week 13

Wheatsheaf Drayton v Bowyers arms


Week 7

Spread Eagle D v Waggon and Horses C

Week 12

Waggon and Horses C v Morning Star Cholsey


Week 8

Old Anchor B v North Star B

Week 13

Old Anchor A v North Star B

Week 16

North Star B v Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)


Week 15

Plough Appleton v George and Dragon

Week 16

Black Horse B v Plough Appleton

Week 3

Berinsfield C v Black Horse B

Week 5

Berinsfield C v Plough Hanney

Week 11

Plough Hanney v Berinsfield C

Week 9

Black Horse B v George and dragon

Week 12

Black Horse B v Plough Hanney

Week 13

Plough Hanney v Black Horse B

Week 16

Black horse B v Plough Appleton


Online Score Cards

If there can be such a thing as a hot topic in Aunt Sally it has to be the online score card system introduced last year. I’ve heard some complaints some of which I understand and some of which I don’t. I’m going to take you through a few of the reasons why we, the Committee have introduced it so that perhaps you might understand even if you don’t agree with it. I will say that at the AGM support for the change was voted through in a democratic way by the teams.

Why do it?

It’s like this, the Committee at present has 8 members. All of us have been here for many many years and believe it or not it takes some work organising the League and making sure it operates smoothly, well, as smoothly as is possible. For the previous few years the scores were posted to the League Match Secretary who arranged for all 40 odd cards to be entered each week into the score Image result for photo amiga computersystem we had previously. Now the old system was programmed onto and used an Amiga computer. That’s right in 2014 we were using a program written in 1990 to work out the scores and leagues. That’s 24 years we were using the same program.

When I came to be Chairman I took the task of updating the system used because the old one really had become obsolete, continuing to use it would have meant that when it did eventually fail the League would not have a backup. So we spent some money, quite a bit in fact, to build something that would last us and would be easy to manage.

One of the things about the score cards is it takes a long time to enter them, sure the old way took about an hour to do but relied on someone from the Committee to have the time to manually enter the cards every week. Then the match scores had to be typed up for the newspapers and sent in.  I don’t know about you but I don’t have that time available to me. I knew that whatever the new system we had it must have the ability to have the score cards added by the teams themselves, thereby saving a great deal of time.

So it is a success?

Well the system has been in a year and by and large I think it has been a success. Sure we have had teething troubles but nothing we cannot fix easily. Did you know for instance that some people have said that the scores don’t add up correctly after adding? I shook my head at this for weeks until I saw that some people were putting an X in for a blob. Quite rightly so but of course databases don’t want to see an X they want to see a number 0 (zero!). I’ve had my website coding guy sort out the back end so that even when X is entered it reads it as a 0.

Passwords and usernames have also been an issue. If you have contacted me chairman@abingdonauntsally or the webmaster@abingdonauntsally we have responded instantly and reset or changed your password. Some people are only contacting us through the contact page and for a while the emails weren’t getting through they are now so there was a hold up there I can only apologise for that.

I think the biggest issue has been when some people can’t get into the site or can’t do it they give up and just send the card in without taking a copy. AllScoresMatchResultThe issue here is we do not know which cards have been entered online and which have not. In fact there is no way without one of us sitting down and manually checking the 160 odd cards we have now accumulated. If we don’t have time to enter the 40 cards each week we definitely don’t have time to sort 160! I need to rely on you to check to ensure that the scores entered are correct for your games and contacting us when they are not – and some people have been and thank you for that. So it does help if you put the match ID on your card when you’ve entered it online.

So far anyone with an issue other than password reset I have phoned and talked through the process. In one instance I’ve been and met up with the Captain and shown them how to do it, actually really enjoyed meeting the Captain of the other team. He now knows how to add the cards and we got to talk about Aunt Sally which is a topic I love and can talk about for hours.

I want and need this to really work for all of us so that it’s easier for the Committee and more transparent for you as teams. It also means we can do some ‘stats’ – so we now have ranking reports that give you your player positions in the total league by average and by total dolls and the webmaster can pull out those sixes and ‘over 14s’ with relative ease as the data is all online.

And finally

If you are having any issues at all or you just aren’t that confident with it, contact me by email. I will get back to you and help you with anything you need. I will even if you want me to arrange a time to meet with you and show you how to do it.

If you have an opinion please hit the comment bubble below and speak up. (You’ll need to login).



Abingdon v Wychwood game this Sunday 23 August , starts @ 7.30. Confirmed team to play
Brian Adams
Nigel Weston
John Simmons
Dave Dix
Deno Bowler
Barry Parker
Mick Phillips
Leigh Clapt


  • Team game
  • 4’s
  • Pairs
  • Singles

No one will play more than 2 games


Aunt Sally 5 A Side Competition

Steventon Sports Club Fun Day on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th August.
Beer festival. Music. Bbq. Bouncy castles. Plus much much more.
5-a-side Aunt Sally Competition – £15 a team entry.
75% cash pot for winner
To register your team call Scott 07557647465 or email
Come on down and enjoy a game of the finest game in Oxfordshire and sample one of our real ales in Oxfordshire biggest pub garden.
See you on Sunday 30 August.


Trouble logging in to add your score card??

Email –    or

We’ll be glad to help….

Video tutorials are here


– Blobs are entered as a zero 0 not as an x !

– Only the names of registered players appear in your list.

– some names may be mis-spelt if your writing wasn’t legible on the registration form ! – do tell us and we’ll put it right !


Billy Haynes

Its with sad news that i write this week.

Billy Haynes Landlord of the Gladiators Club  in Oxford and later The Plough Appleton has passed away.

Billy Was a fine and enthusiastic player  and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.

The funeral was today.


New web site New season

It’s all change here on the web site. As you may have noticed the site has been updated. At last years AGM we discussed having the team scores becoming integrated with the site and with the new update this is now a real possibility. I’ve been working closely with the very talented Andrew Beveridge at TechFix to create the site. It goes with out saying that if you need any web advice I’m sure he would love to help. Contact at

It’s not just the web site that has changed. I’ve recently become a father so it’s been late nights and early mornings aplenty.

But now I’m looking forward to a tightly contested winter season. A chance to play some fun Aunt Sally, I look forward to seeing you there.

Winter League Fixture Link –>WASL_2013-14_Fixtures


I leave you a picture from my recent holiday. Woolacoombe Beach in September!!!


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.