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Captains' Blogs
Captains' Blogs

Written by Neil Horley, the 1st Team Captain on 20th February, 2020

A flying start to 2020, as we recorded our best win of the season at Phyllis Court last night.

I was expecting a tough game, as our hosts sat two places above us in the league table at start of play. The first half was indeed tight, with Phyllis Court holding a narrow 3 IMPs lead (36-39) at the break. Our pairs were irresistible in the second half, though, racking up 67 IMPs with only 4 in reply, for an overall score of 103-43, or 17-3 in VP terms. Thanks to all for making the longish journey to Henley, and for such a great showing, particularly after the interval. Maybe we should have the coffee before we start in future 😊

Written by Neil Horley the 1st Team Captain on 9th October, 2019

We played our second Lo8 game last night and our first at home. We were successful again, beating Lane End ‘B’ and gaining revenge for the narrow defeat they inflicted on us last season.

We raced into a 25 IMP lead in the first half, so could enjoy our half time tea and cake. Although the second half was closer, we managed to extend the lead a little further, finishing 37 IMPs up for a final score of 15-5.

Early days yet, but having played two games, we sit second in the league table.

Above us is Lane End’s ‘A’ team, who crushed newly-promoted Stoke Mandeville ‘B’ 20-0 in their first and only game so far, having been relegated last year. It’s looking as though they might be the team to beat this season.

There is now a slight hiatus before our next game, home to Amersham ‘B’ on Tuesday 12th November.

Thanks and well done to all who have taken part so far.


Written by Neil Horley on 13th November, 2019

You can’t win ‘em all, they say, and we found that out when we came up against a strong and experienced Amersham team last night, losing our first game of the season 14-6.  The first half in particular was quite a sobering experience. Our opponents made much better use of their cards than we did and established a  well-nigh unassailable 31 IMPs  lead by the break.

We gave a better account of ourselves in the second half, narrowly winning that one, but the damage was done.

Some good learning to be had from the hands.


Written on 3rd December

…..yesterday evening, as the ‘A’ team suffered a second 14-6 defeat, this time at the hands of Stole Mandeville ‘B’ in deep, dark Aston Clinton.

We led narrowly at the break, but two decisive boards in the second half led resulted in a 30 IMP swing to the opponents and gave them the match.

Our record for the first half of the season (P4 W2 L2 F 41 A 39) leaves us in a solidly respectable mid-table position.

A longish winter break now follows, our next game  not being until 20th February next year, away to Phyllis Court in Henley.

Thanks again to all who have played for the A team this year. Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Xmas, in case there are any of you I don’t see before the festivities begin in earnest (and what better away to kick them off than with a general election…)


The B Team Match 30th October - Nick 

A tight match last night - we were just pipped at the post with 8-12 VP (69 - 82s IMPs) result to the away team. We were ahead at half time (33 - 18 IMPS) and the score was finally balanced at 69 each until the last board result came in :-(