Well , tonight we play our week 6 fixtures which means we are already a third of the way through our league season! Don’t want to depress everybody, but after next week’s fixtures the nights will start to shorten and we are still waiting for our first really warm and dry evening of this Summer, but tonight promises to change that!
First some news about the Aunt Sally legend that is Barry Parker. Barry has barely missed a game since he first started playing and has dominated both the team and individual game since he first started playing many, many years ago. Barry unfortunately was forced missed last week’s game for Abingdon United as he was hospitalised and is likely apparently to miss more games over the coming weeks. I am sure we send all of our best wishes to Barry and hope he has a swift and full recovery and is able to play again soon.
Last week was the first week of the season when no-one hit the magic 6 dolls, but nonetheless there was still some big scoring and, not surprisingly Dave Dix once again topped the individual scoring with another 14 dolls against the College Oak. Dave’s average is now running at 4.83 dolls per leg, some of us would be happy to score that many in 3 legs!
Other individual scores to note were recorded By Tosh Wooloff and Alan Bell who both hit 11 for their sides in the 3-3 draw between Plum Pudding and Croft Nomads in the Premier section. Alan was ably assisted by Steve Enock and Ian Brook who both registered 10 dolls for Croft.
Steve Lambert also hit a notable 10 dolls for the Fox Denchworth A against SIVFC in their “local derby”.
A special mention for Prince of Wales Veterans who recorded their first win of the season
So far 4 teams out of the 48 playing remain unbeaten in Section B Fleur de Leys, in C section Red Lion C, in D section Harwellian B and in the E section Brewery Tap B all the rest of us appear to have lost at least once after 5 outings so it does look, at this early stage as if all of the sections are going to be closely contested and that’s got to be good for the game, especially this year after our enforced 2 year absence.
At the other end of the spectrum tonight’s game IN c SECTION between the Feathers Flyers and North Star A provides both teams with the opportunity to record their first win of the season.
On the Competition front our first competition of the season will soon be underway. 10 teams have entered and the draw has been made and will be published on the website after the teams have been notified.
Preliminary ties will be played on a mutually agreed (between the Captains) date by the end of June, with the 1st Round being played in July with the Semi Finals in August again all on mutually agreed days and dates.
The Committee has agreed this suggested more flexible approach this year rather than stating games have to be played on a fixed day and date.
Good luck to everyone tonight, enjoy your evening and remember whilst we all try our best, sometimes on the night we don’t always manage our best, but the game is about more than the number of dolls as individuals we score (or in my case don’t!) or whether our team win or lose it is all about the banter, the enjoyment and also the revenue we provide to our pubs and clubs on a Wednesday evening.