What a new entry in the Over 14s with Dave Dix missing a full house by only 1 doll. Magnificent 17!
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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.
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.
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)
Competitions finished this week (apart from Finals on Wed 13th Sept) with the Captains and Secretaries Knockouts. With injuries and holidays we had 7 Captains and only 5 Secretaries. The finalists for Captains are Paul Longford (Tandem) and Michael Jarvis (Steventon Sports) and in the Secretaries Paul Ealey (Ab.RBL) and John Gapper (Spread Eagle).
A new face in the Over 14s this week with Ian Brook from Spread Eagle B cracking a 5-5-4! Well done Ian!
Competition News : Red Drive competition will see the 3s of Spread Eagle in the final with Abingdon Utd B (A) team.
THIS WEEK: Captain’s & Secretaries at Steventon Sports Club on Thursday.
No change the over 14s this week although unlucky for some as Dave Butler 5-4-4 (Tandem) and Dave Dix 6-3-4 (Abingdon United B) missed by 1 doll.
Sixers: Dave Dix (Abingdon United B),David Mott (Spread Eagle),Jim Morris (Red Lion Drayton A).
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Competitions: Penultimate competitions this week with the Red Drive 3s Knockout taking place at The Fox Denchworth and The Vine Cumnor.
Sixers: Alan Bell (Spread Eagle B),Dave Dix (Abingdon United B).
Thursday saw the next set of competitions play out at Abingdon Conservative Club and Abingdon United FC in the form of the 4s Knockout.
With just Tandem and Ab.RBL appearing at Ab Utd (losing Steventon Sports & Spread Eagle B(A) ) Legion made short work of a poorly performing Tandem winning 2-1.
At ACC Spread Eagle B(B) failed to field (due to sickness/holidays) and left Spread Eagle to take on Ab.Utd B(A) in the first match.
With four players both teams managed 16 in the first leg with Spread managing all 2’s in the 3 stick leg which Utd couldn’t match. Spread then set 13 which again Utd couldn’t chase putting Spread into the semi final.
Plum Pudding were knocked out 2-0 by Ab.Utd B(B) (scores illustrated).
Semi final between Spread and Ab Utd B(B) had Utd setting 7 which John Simmons getting an impressive 6 to leave Scott Humphries with a simple 2 for the first leg win. Spread set with a 4×4 giving 16 which was no match for an under pressure Utd despite Paul Barrett’s fine 4 start.
4s Final is between Spread Eagle and Ab.RBL to be played on Finals Night Wed 13th Sept at Ab.Utd.
Competition News: 5s Competition – The Committee have decided that because the Spread Eagle B team withdrew from the competition voluntarily that Spread Eagle go through to the Final.
Singles Competitions: with the 4 venues hosting 30 players with games running to repeat 3/1/6 stick legs in places and some high 5/6s being challenging in some of the later matches the semi-finalists are: Dave Dix (Ab Utd B), Barry Parker (Ab Utd B), John Simmons (Spread Eagle) and Nicky Biggs (Tandem). Semi-finals/Finals will be held as part of Presentation Night on Friday 20th October at Abingdon United FC.
THIS WEEK : Fours competitions are at Ab.Con Club and Ab.Utd FC (as per Competition Fixture list not poster or Player lists – I know we rushed it – apologies) this Thursday. Registered players are listed here.
As we’re halfway through here’s the Dirty Dozens (12 dolls) and Unlucky for some (13 dolls)…..
Competition News: A disappointing turnout in the Tom Simmons 5’s Knockout this week with two out of the six teams unable to field teams left only 3 contenders once Spread Eagle B withdrew after a pre-match issue with unsporting behaviour from a player from Spread Eagle. Spread Eagle B lodged a complaint with the Committee and the player’s team Captain/Secretary have been warned that any further behaviour will result in the player being barred from the League. The Committee will decide whether the other semi-final should be rescheduled.
Plum Pudding took on the might of Abingdon Utd B in the Semi-Final to lose 2-0 to putting Utd through.
THIS WEEK : Singles competition – see fixture list for revised venues.
No change to the Over 14s this week but Barry Parker (Ab Utd B) was unlucky with 4-5-4 and unfortunate not to retain his World Title at the Charlbury Beer Festival this year. Next time Barrington.