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Summer league 2020 Update

Unfortunately and after quite a lot of soul searching regrettably the Committee have decided that like the league all of our planned competitions will be also cancelled for 2020. The reasons for this are quite simple,the Covid virus is despite all of our hopes clearly still with us.Despite the easing of the lockdown several of our pubs and clubs have still to reopen and of those that have it will difficult to maintain the guidelines particularly social distancing. there is also a genuine reluctance of many individuals to return to normality particularly time spent in pubs.That is not surprising as many of our players are classified simply because of their age and known health conditions in the vulnerable category.

We have not taken this decision lightly and we did consider several options, but on balance it was felt the right decision was to cancel this years league and competitions entirely. The only exception may possibly be The Founder members trophy where no pre – entry is required you just turn up and play at a single suitable location.We will look at the possibility of holding that perhaps on a Sunday in the latter part of August and will let you know.

Competition entry fees already paid will either held over,donated to an NHS charity or repaid to the entrants.Please could secretaries/Captains let The Treasurer know your preference by the end of July who  will be arranging repayments including to those  teams who have already asked for their entry fees to be repaid.Please also indicate to whom cheques should be made payable to as we have no record of who made payments back in February !

On a slightly brighter note we know that a few teams have or are arranging friendlies which is great and we are sure your venue is also delighted.In doing so can we please ask you to follow all the relevant guidelines relating to social distancing,sanitizing hands, equipment (dolls and sticks) regularly,ensuring track and trace is in place at the venues.You might also want to consider using a lazy doll, picking up your own sticks and giving food a miss !

Sod’s law that much of the summer so far has been really good weatherwise and cruelly it seems especially so on Wednesdays !!

Stay Safe,take care and lets look forward to all getting back playing together again safely in 2021

Your 2020 Abingdon Aunt Sally Committee

 

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Summer League 2020

Abingdon & District Aunt Sally Season 2020

 

It is looking increasingly unlikely well, actually impossible, in the current and ongoing  pandemic crisis that we are going to be in a position to stage our Aunt Sally season this year, our 61st as an Association and the first time that the league will not be contested. Our thoughts earlier in the lockdown were that we might be able to resume playing in July  and at least play half of our planned fixtures, but with the continuing extension of the lockdown and, in particular, the restrictions affecting both social  gatherings and the opening of pubs and clubs we now have to be realistic and cancel the 2020 season. Hopefully we will come back as strong as an Association and with renewed enthusiasm for our game in 2021! 

That leaves us with a dilemma as we have already collected entry and registration fees for 2020 and these were banked in the Association’s account back in February.

 

As a Committee we have agreed to give all teams a say on what we do with the monies collected and we have come up with 3 options.

  • We can arrange re-imbursement to each team of the monies paid by them. This would have to be in the form of a cheque.
  • We can waive 2021 league entry and registration fees for all teams next year  and  possibly reduce the 2022 fees by 50% £20 per team of 14 players to encourage teams back playing when life returns to something like normality.
  • We can make a donation of all of the fees collected to the NHS Oxford Charities in recognition of all of the efforts, stresses and commitment those working in the NHS have, and are still going through.

We are asking each team to have one vote each on their preference via their nominated Captain or Secretary and will abide with the majority decision from the 60 teams who entered the league this season.  

Each of these options are not ideal, the first depends on getting the fees back to the right people. It could be an individual, the pub/club landlord or steward, or everyone registered with that team. We have no way of knowing who actually parted with the money!

The second assumes all teams who entered this year will be up and running again in 2021 to take advantage of the no registration fee.

The third option is the easiest to administer, but may not be a majority choice as it only goes to one source.

We do want your views. We should have 60 votes to register and we do ask that you don’t just make the decision yourself ask your teammates and your landlord/steward if you possibly can, but please reply either to me or to Vic Pratt ideally by no later than May 31s, preferably by e mail. Our e mail addresses are roger.nichols@hotmail.com  c.v.pratt1@btinternet.com

In the event that the restrictions ease and pubs and clubs re-open at some stage before our normal end of season (mid September) we encourage teams to start playing again via inter team competitions or friendlies and should it be possible we will even try  to arrange some of our team and individual Competitions perhaps over a couple of weekends late in the Summer.

Remember as well as we want to be playing again our pubs and clubs even more will need our support and our money!

Stay safe!

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Winter League special bulletin

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L.

Sadly we were unable to complete the 2019-20 season but I’m hoping to at some point in the not to distant future and hopefully we can all get through this difficult time to do so.  Having had quite some time on my hands I’ve decided to come up with some stats to cover the 12 full seasons I have taken charge and kept records for.  These stats are from 2007-08 season til 2018-19 season.  If  lockdown goes on for much longer I may well add to it and if anyone actually reads it you are as sad as I am.  Until we meet up again , stay safe .

Total number of players involved

    180

Total amount of games played

    1,010

Amount of doll’s scored

    78,920

Total number of 6’s recorded

    309

Total number of blobs recorded

    2,421

Most doll’s in total

    B.Parker     2,203

Most doll’s in  ‘A’ Section season

    D.Dix   222   2014-15

Most doll’s in ‘B’ Section season

    P.Barrett   177   2012-13

Most 6’s in total

    B.Parker   32

Most 6’s in season by an individual

    7   D.Dix   P.Adams

Most 6’s in season by a team

    12   Ab. Utd. ‘A’   2017-18   2018-19

Most blobs in season by an individual

    22   M.Ashmall   2011-12

Most blobs in a season by a team

    52   Ab. Utd. ‘C’   2017-18

Most appearances

    217   S.Martin

Most consecutive games

    157   S.Martin

People who have recorded the dreaded XXX

R.Holmes (3)   V.Smith (2)   J.Carter (2)   M.Putt   T.Lach

 

A.White   P.Stone   M.Ashmall   F.Tracey   N.Green   R.Burkett

 

 

 

If you have actually read down this far I hope you enjoyed it and in no way did I intend to embarrass anyone, you know I wouldn’t do that lol

 

             Regards

Tosh

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Summer League 2020

As a result of the government advice issued yesterday the committee have met and discussed options available to us, it has been decided to delay the start of this seasons league and competitions until further notice in the interests of all of our players.

The committee will keep this decision under review and if government advice changes we will endeavour to facilitate some play this year, one option we have discussed is to play fixtures from the 8th July which would mean teams only playing one match each and fit in as many competitions as possible. We have  planned to review this situation at the end of April and will communicate any plans as soon as we are able.

This situation is beyond any of our control and the first major interruption to our league since inception 60 years ago, we hope that you will accept that in the best interests of us all we had no alternative course of action, when we make final decisions we will keep you all informed, in the meantime stay safe, we want to see you all ready to play again as soon as is humanly possible

Abingdon Aunt Sally Committee

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Winter League 2019 -2020

Due to the current Coronavirus situation and after to speaking to winter league captains and players I have no option but to suspend the Winter league until further notice with immediate effect.It is hoped that we may be able to fulfill this seasons remaining matches which will depend on government advice.I will endeavour to do all that I can to enable this to happen

Regards

Tosh

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Winter League 2020 week 16 results

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L.

‘A’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Ab. Legion

16

12

1

3

786

715

64

16.37

2

 Ab. Utd. ‘A’

16

7

2

7

739

711

54

15.39

3

Croft Nomads

16

9

2

5

753

731

52

15.68

4

The Heathens

16

9

0

7

709

677

52

14.77

5

Penlon

16

5

2

9

699

728

45

14.56

 

‘B’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Spread Eagle

16

8

2

6

738

709

56

15.37

2

Ab. Utd. ‘B’

16

8

2

6

724

740

50

15.08

3

The Vine

16

7

3

6

724

729

48

15.08

4

Ab. Con. Club

16

5

0

11

662

722

34

13.79

5

Ab. Utd. ‘C’

16

1

2

13

597

698

25

12.43

 

Game reports.

A game between the 2nd and 3rd placed teams in the ‘B’ section saw Ab. Utd. ‘B’ beat The Vine 4-2 with leg scores of 16-17, 16-12, 14-13.  For Utd. ‘B’ S.Martin & J.Lesiawowski 9 each and J.Ellaway 6.  In reply for The Vine J.Pownceby 8 and D.Hamilton 7.

Ab. Legion came from behind to beat Spread Eagle 4-2 with leg scores of 15-17, 19-18, 17-14.  For The Legion C.Brind 11, P.Ealey 10, S.Champ 8, N.Baldwin 7 and D.Sapey 6.  For The Spread J.Bowler and P.Soden 10 each and D.Mott 8.

The Heathens highest total of the season ensured a 3rd 6-0 win in the last 4 games.  Their opponents were Croft Nomads and the leg scores were 18-13, 19-18, 19-16.  For The Heathens B.Townsend included a 6 in his 14, P.Adams 12, A.Woolloff  hit his first double figures of the season (11), P.Longford 10 and T.Downes 9.  In reply for The Croft L.Clapton hit his highest score (13), B.Stowell 9, I.Brook 7, S.Enock and N.Weston 6 each.

Penlons’ highest total of the season (57) saw them beat Ab. Con. Club 6-0.  G.Lees’ 14 dolls was his highest total so far, P.Wright 12, D.Bellcourt and I.Morrison 9 each.  T.Phipps managed 1 in the 3rd leg to avoid the dreaded XXX.  For Con. Club ‘The Barrett Boys’ 10 each and B.Clapton 8.  D.Coles and D.Todd a.k.a. The Chuckle Brothers each scored 1 doll.  CC didn’t lose a game 6-0 in their first 10 games but have lost 5 of their last 6 by that score.

Ab. Utd. ‘A’ beat Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 6-0 with leg scores of 16-15, 15-13, 16-12.  For Utd. ‘A’ D.Dix 12, B.Parker 11, D.Davies and K.Fisher 9 each and B.Duff 6.  In reply for Utd. ‘C’ Jono Warrell 7, C.Keeley, M.Ashmall and M.James 6 each.

                               Regards

Tosh

p.s.  After tonights resuls its looking tight for the runners up spot in ‘A’ section with some interesting fixtures with just 2 games to go.

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Winter League 2020 week 15 results

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L.

‘A’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Ab. Legion

15

11

1

3

735

666

60

16.33

2

Croft Nomads

15

9

2

5

706

675

52

15.68

3

Ab. Utd. ‘A’

15

6

2

7

692

671

48

15.37

4

The Heathens

15

8

0

7

653

630

46

14.51

5

Penlon

15

4

2

9

642

686

39

14.26

 

‘B’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Spread Eagle

15

8

2

5

689

658

54

15.31

2

The Vine

15

7

3

5

682

683

46

15.15

3

Ab. Utd. ‘B’

15

7

2

6

678

698

46

15.06

4

Ab. Con. Club

15

5

0

10

620

665

34

13.77

5

Ab. Utd. ‘C’

15

1

2

12

557

651

25

12.37

 

Game reports.

Spread Eagle inflicted the first 6-0 defeat of the season on Ab. Utd. ‘A’.  The leg scores were 15-12, 17-15, 18-17.  For The Spread M.Beachey & D.Mott 10 each, P.Soden 8 and J.Bowler 7.  In reply for Utd. ‘A’ D.Dix 13, B.Parker 10 and with Barry needing 5 to draw the 3rd leg just failed with his last stick to do so.  D.Davies and K.Fisher weighed in 9 each.

Ab. Legion beat Penlon 4-2 to extend their lead at the top.  The leg scores were 20-16, 19-22, 16-12.  For The Legion S.Champ included a 6 in his 12, D.Sapey and C.Brind 11 each and P.Ealey 8.  For Penlon G.Lee 11, P.Wright 9 and I.Morrison 8.

Croft Nomads beat Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 4-2 with leg scores of 12-10, 14-15, 16-13.  For The Croft S.Enock 10, L.Clapton8, B.Stowell 7 and N.Weston 6.  In reply for Utd. ‘C’ Jon Warrell 9 and M.James 6.  W. Van Galen hit a 3 in the 2nd leg which I think he was quite pleased with. 

Ab. Utd. ‘B’ beat The Heathens 4-2 with leg scores of  14-11, 13-16, 16-15.  For Utd. ‘B’ S.Martin 10, D.Harris 8 and J.Ellaway 6.  For The Heathens B.Townsend & P.Adams 11 each, D.Holmes 9 and D.Butler 7 .

The Vine beat Ab. Con. Club 6-0 leaving CC with just 1 point from the last 4 games.  The leg scores were 17-15, 15-13, 13-12. For The Vine M.Dingle 9, D.Hamilton 8, J.Pownceby 7 and R.Harrison 6.  In reply for Con. Club T.Barrett 9, B.Clapton 8 and P.Barrett 6.  D.Todd actually hit the ceiling more times than he hit the doll, which was twice.

                           Regards

Tosh

p.s.  The timing for next weeks pairs is on the notice board as I forgot to note them on the sheets I’d handed out

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Winter league 2020 week 14 results

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L.

‘A’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Ab. Legion

14

10

1

3

680

616

56

16.19

2

Croft Nomads

14

8

2

4

664

637

48

15.80

3

Ab. Utd. ‘A’

14

7

2

6

648

621

44

15.42

4

The Heathens

14

8

0

6

611

587

44

14.54

5

Penlon

14

4

2

8

592

631

37

14.09

 

‘B’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Spread Eagle

14

7

2

5

639

614

48

15.21

2

Ab. Utd. ‘B’

14

6

2

6

635

656

42

15.11

3

The Vine

14

6

3

5

637

643

40

15.16

4

Ab. Con. Club

14

5

0

9

580

620

34

13.80

5

Ab. Utd. ‘C’

14

1

2

11

519

609

23

12.35

 

Game reports.

Ab. Legion beat The Vine 6-0 with leg scores of  20-15, 18-17, 15-14.  For The Legion S.Champ 11, C.Brind 10, S.Wilson 9, P.Ealey & N.Baldwin 7 each.  For The Vine S.Peedell & J.Pownceby 9 each and J.Hamilton 8.

Ab. Utd. ‘B’ beat Ab. Con. Club 5-1 with leg scores of  16-16, 12-11, 13-11.  For Utd. ‘B’ K.Empson & J.Lesiakowski 8 each and S.Martin 7, with Dave ‘Blobber’ Harris managing 2 of them.  In reply for CC T.Barrett 10 and P.Barrett 9.  Damian Todd (no relation to Sweeney) managed the dreaded X X X for the 2nd time this season.  Keep at it mate.

The Heathens beat Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 6-0 with leg scores of 15-13, 17-14, 16-14.  For The Heathens B.Townsend included a 6 in his 13 (his highest), P.Adams 12, T.Downes included a 6 in his 10 and P.Longford 8.  For Utd. ‘C’ Jono Warrell 9 and M.James 7.

Ab. Utd. ‘A’ dropped points for the 3rd game in a row to loose more ground on the leaders.  The score was 4-2 and the leg scores were 17-15, 15-17, 19-14.  For Utd. ‘A’ K.Fisher and B.Parker 13 each with Ken improving on his previous highest the week before.  D.Dix 12 and D.Davies 10. For Penlon P.Wright and D.Bellcourt 9 each and I.Morrison 7.

Croft Nomads drew 3-3 with Spread Eagle with leg scores of 18-12, 13-13, 12-18, probably a fair result given both teams recorded 43 dolls.  For The Coft  S.Enock 10, L.Clapton 8, A.Bell 7, I.Brook and N.Weston 6 each.  For The Spread  D.Mott 8, M.Beachey and P.Soden 7 each.  Phil had a 1st leg blob, then in the 2nd when needing  2 to win and after scoring with his 1st stick, missed with the next 5.  To prove what a ‘funny old game’ this is he clanged off a 6 in the 3rd leg.

                                    Regards

Tosh

Following are team averages with the handicap stripped out.  Ab. Utd. ‘A.’ 15.42.  The Heathens 14.54.  Croft Nomads 13.80.  Ab. Legion 13.19.  Spread Eagle 11.21.  The Vine 11.16.  Ab. Utd. ‘B’ 11.11.  Penlon 10.09.  Ab. Con. Club 9.80.  Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 8.35.

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winter league 2020 week 13 results

ABINGDON & DISTRICT W.A.S.L.

‘A’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Ab. Legion

13

9

1

3

627

570

50

16.07

2

Croft Nomads

13

8

1

4

621

594

45

15.92

3

Ab. Utd. ‘A’

13

5

2

6

597

575

44

15.30

4

The Heathens

13

7

0

6

563

546

38

14.43

5

Penlon

13

4

2

7

546

580

35

14.00

 

‘B’ Section

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

FOR

AGT

PTS

AVE

1

Spread Eagle

13

7

1

5

596

571

45

15.28

2

The Vine

13

6

3

4

591

590

40

15.15

3

Ab. Utd. ‘B’

13

5

2

6

594

618

37

15.23

4

Ab. Con. Club

13

5

0

8

542

579

33

13.89

5

Ab. Utd. ‘C’

13

1

2

10

478

561

23

12.25

 

Game reports.

Spread Eagle beat Ab. Utd. ‘C’ 5-1 with  leg scores of 19-9, 17-14, 13-13.  For The Spread J. Bowler hit his highest total (11), B.Newman & Sam Kinnaird 9 each (Sams’ highest) and P.Soden 7.  Si Kinnaird started badly and then got worse scoring 1 doll.  In reply for Utd. ‘C’ Jon Warrell top scored with 7and when needing 5 to win 3rd leg just failed with his last stick to do so.  M.James weighed in with 6.

The Vine beat Ab. Utd. ‘A’ 4-2 with leg scores of 17-14, 13-8, 19-22 and Utds’ 3rd leg score was the highest this season not to include the handicap.  For The Vine S.Peedell 10 (his first double),  ‘The Hamiltons’ 9 each and J.Pownceby 6.  For Utd. ‘A’ D.Dix 13, K.Fisher 11 (his highest), D.Davies 8, T.Ward & B.Parker 6 each and Barry recorded what he thinks was his first ‘winter league’  blob in 25 years.

Ab. Legion extended their lead at the top after defeating Ab. Utd.’B’ 5-1.  The leg scores were 19-13, 19-15, 16-16.  For The Legion S.Wilson 12, S.Champ & P.Ealey 9 each, C.Brind 8 and N.Baldwin 7.  For Utd. ‘B’ S.Martin & D.Harris 9 each and K.Empson 6.

Croft Nomads beat Penlon 4-2 despite Penlon recording their highest total (52).  The leg scores were 18-16,18-16, 16-20.  For The Croft L.Clapton 12, S.Enock 11, A.Bell & N.Weston 8 each and R.Nichols 7.  In reply for Penlon D.Bellcourt 10, T.Phipps 9 (his highest), G.Lee, P.Wright and I.Morrison 7 each.

The Heathens inflicted a 3rd straight 6-0 defeat on Ab. Con. Club with leg scores of  18-15, 20-11, 11-7.  For The Heathens P.Adams 14, B.Townsend & P.Longford 10 each, D.Holmes 8 and A.Woolloff 7.  The Heathens 49 dolls was their highest since week 2.  In reply for CC T.Barrett top scored with 9 dolls and their 33 dolls was their lowest this season.

 

                      Regards

Tosh

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