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Captain’s Blog 13 November 2018
It’s that time of year again. Oh, no it isn’t!…….Oh yes it is!……….
After last year’s triumph, coming second in Division 4, the A team are in the heady heights of Division 3 and we anticipate a challenging season. Our opponents include Amersham Community Centre B, Bourne End B & C, Lane End B, Maidenhead B, Bradshaws B and South Bucks A & B. We will play one match against each team with 4 away and 4 at home.
The B team remain in Division 4, where there are a number of new entrants. Their opponents are Stoke Mandeville B, Chalfont B, Phyllis Court A and South Bucks C. They will play one home fixture and one away fixture against each team. The withdrawal of some of the other teams which the B team played last year led to the division reducing in size overall, despite the new entrants.
The A Team
As expected, our initiation into Division 3 proved challenging. Bourne End B appeared to be a strong side and forged a lead of 19 IMPS by half time.In the second half we stemmed the tide and only lost 4 IMPs. This translated to a match score of 6-14.
As usual, our thanks go to Marilyn and the team at Flackwell Heath Golf Club for accommodating us so well.
I should add that I have looked up the results from last season. Bourne End B were 4th out of 10 teams in Division 3 and from my conversation with their captain, Will , they have recruited a number of strong players for this season to bolster their A and B teams. In the circumstances we should not be disheartened by this result. As always, I am sure that we can all think of examples of where things might have gone differently, but that is bridge!!
Yesterday evening, we played our second match against South Bucks B, the team that pipped us to the Division 4 title lat year and turned out to be a classic game of two halves.
We were down on IMPS 24-62 at half-time, a deficit of 38 IMPS. However, a reversal of fortunes in the second half changed things significantly and we won the second half 37-13. The final result was therefore TTSOB A 8 SBBC B 12.
One board swung the match where the SBBC pairs both bid and made slam whereas our pairs made the tricks for slam but only bid game.
Maybe home advantage wore off in the second half or perhaps we were stimulated by the chocolate brownies and the lemon drizzle cake at half-time (some people had both, but I am not admitting if it was me!).
Many thanks to Neil Horley for stepping in as a late substitute.
The B Team
The B team has played three matches to date, two away and one at home.
All three have been against teams new to the League – Chalfont B and Stoke Mandeville B are newly-formed, and Phyllis Court A transferred to Bucks and Berks from the Chiltern League.
New teams traditionally start in the lowest division and find their level by playing games. All three teams played so far proved strong and look to be upwardly-mobile. The B team is yet to win a game, but the energy and enthusiasm of its gratifyingly-large group of players remains undimmed. Every pair has played at least once so far, and the experience and learning gained will be invaluable, both back at the club and in the remainder of the season.
med. Every pair has played at least once so far, and the experience and learning gained will be invaluable, both back at the club and in the remainder of the season.