Pembroke Dock 79 Five Arches 70 (Pembroke Dock 12 pts Five Arches 2)
2nd July 2015
Next up, away to Pembroke Dock on a warm Thursday evening, with a number of changes from the previous evening, the Five Arches still travelled with hope of a good performance having beaten Pembroke Dock at home. On Rink 1 , Ben and his unchanged rink were up against Richard Hissey, a close game after 10 ends (10 shots to 8 to the Five Arches) , the Five Arches quartet pulled away in the second half to run out winners by 23 shots to 14. A great performance by all four. Stand in Captain Ashley with Roger, Tony and the returning Steve started slowly, 13 shots to 4 down after 12 ends, they won 7 of the next 9 ends but couldn't quite close the gap, losing by 17 shots to 11. Neil and his rink of Harold, Jimmy and Peter also couldn't quite get in the game against Richard Jones' quartet, trailing by 3 shots at tea, they finally succumbed by 23 shots to 13. Dai ably supported by Kev, David and Ken looked completely out of the game after 17 ends trailing by 25 shots to 12 however a superb last 4 ends picking up 11 shots which could easily have been 14, gave a final score of 25 shots to 23 in favour of Brian Dowling's foursome. Again another good performance by the Five Arches . Next game is away to Haverfordwest on Tuesday 21st July.
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Ben Simmons 23 Richard Hissey 14
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Steve Williams, Ashley Hooper 11 Dave Buchanan 17
Harold Ebdon, Jimmy Thomas, Peter Hooper, Neil Dickinson 13 Richard Jones 23
Kevin Lewis, David Lloyd, Ken Lloyd, Dai Spencer 23 Brian Dowling 25
Saundersfoot 80 Five Arches 60 (Saundersfoot 14 pts Five Arches 0)
1st July 2015
The first week in July brought two mid-week games for the Five Arches, first up, away to near neighbours Saundersfoot. Nearest the clubhouse , Simon and his rink of Harold, Peter and Neil were up against Saundersfoot legend Myrddin. In a closely fought game which was tied at 9 shots all at ten ends and 13 shots each at 15 ends, was decided by a five shot gain for the Saundersfoot rink on the 18th end. The match ended with a win for the home team by 23 shots to 19. Captain Ben and his rink of Roger, Tony and Ken were also involved in a close game, 11 shots to 4 down at tea , they fought back well to only lose by 17 shots to 13. In yet another tight match, Ben and his rink of John, Jonno and Steve almost gained points for the Five Arches, tied at 7 all after 10 ends and 13 all at 20 ends , they just missed out by a single shot on the final end. Finally Ashley and his rink of Kev, David and Dai suffered a Steve Poole inspired defeat, after picking up 3 shots on the first end, they lost the next 8 to be 20 shots to 3 down at 9 ends. A second half comeback ensured some respectability, with the final score being 26 shots to 15 in Saundersfoot's favour. A decent performance against a good team, just disappointing not to get any points.
Harold Ebdon, Peter Hooper, Neil Dickinson, Simon Evans 19 Myrddin Dennis 23
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Ken Lloyd, Ben Cloake 13 Steve Dick 17
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Ben Simmons 13 Berwyn Dennis 14
Kevin Lewis, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 15 Steve Poole 26
Five Arches 83 Pembroke Dock 68 (Five Arches 12 pts Pembroke Dock 2)
14th June 2015
A total contrast to the day before with the weather warm and sunny and the Five Arches producing a fine performance against the Pembroke Dock team which finished third in the league last year. Rink 1 saw the return of Simon, assisted by Kev, Peter and Neil , they were involved in a real battle against Richard Hissey's rink. Evenly matched at 10 ends with 8 shots each, the Dock quartet pulled away to lead by 8 after 15 ends, a fine run of 8 shots in the next 4 ends saw the Five Arches pull level again and after swapping single shots on the final 2 ends, they remained level at 18 shots apiece. Captain Ben and his rink of Roger, Tony and James were up to their winning ways once again. After a great start they led by 15 shots to 4 at tea, however a fine fightback by Brain Dowling and his men saw the game level at 17 ends. Picking up 6 shots in the last 4 ends the Five Arches rink squeezed out a 23 shots to 21 victory. What a difference a "Dai" makes, Ashley's Rink of Ken, David and the returning Mr Spencer had a storming start against the Pembroke Dock rink containing all three of their Open Week trophy winners. Leading by 16 shots to 1 at tea and 25 shots to 2 at 15 ends, they eventually won by 25 shots to 12 after a fine comeback by the Dock on the last 6 ends. Finally on rink 5 , Ben returned from conquering Europe to once again skip John, Jonno and Steve. Trailing by 4 shots at tea, they fought back to be all square after 18. Swapping shots on the remaining ends, this match also ended even at 17 shots each. A great victory for the Arches, we have now gained as many points in the first half of the season as we did in the whole of last season. Next game Sunday 21st June at home to Fishguard & Goodwick.
Kevin Lewis, Peter Hooper, Neil Dickinson, Simon Evans 18, Richard Hissey 18
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, James Criddle, Ben Cloake 23, Brian Dowling 21
Ken Lloyd, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 25, Richard Jones 12
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Ben Simmons 17, Dave Buchanan 17
Five Arches 82 Fishguard & Goodwick 75 (Five Arches 12 pts, Fishguard 2)
21st June 2015
Hoping to build on last week's win against Pembroke Dock, the Five Arches welcomed Fishguard & Goodwick to a sunny Tenby. Neil and his rink of Mike, Jimmy and Peter, played superbly on rink 1. Always in control, they led by 15 shots to 9 at tea and then by 23 shots to 11 after 15 ends. After a brief wobble on the 16th end, they completed a fine win by 27 shots to 19. Rink 2 saw Ben and his rink of John, Jonno and Steve involved in a much tougher battle. Every time they came close the Fishguard rink edged away again, trailing by 11 shots to 8 at tea, then 18 shots to 13 at 15 ends , they finally succumbed by 26 shots to 16. Ashley with Dai, David and Harold were involved in a game of 2 halves, after winning 8 of the first 10 ends to lead 11 shots to 2, they only picked up 3 shots in the next 10 to have a narrow 1 shot lead after 20 ends. However, picking up a count of 3 on the final end ensured a win by 17 shots to 13. Last but not least, Captain Ben and his rink of Roger, Tony and James carried on their fine form. Leading comfortably at tea by 14 shots to 3 , they relaxed a bit in the second half but won by 22 shots to 17. Another good victory for the Arches, we are still on course for our best finish for years. Next games , away to Saundersfoot on Wednesday 1st July then away to Pembroke Dock on Saturday 4th July.
Mike Day, Jimmy Thomas, Peter Hooper, Neil Dickinson 27, R Thomas 19
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Ben Simmons 16, M Barringer 26
Harold Ebdon, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 17, T Jones 13
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, James Criddle, Ben Cloake 22, T Evans 17
Five Arches 65 Haverfordwest 91 (Five Arches 2 pts Haverfordwest 12)
13th June 2015
A busy weekend for the Five Arches with home matches against Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock. Saturday saw Haverfordwest visit the Five Arches headquarters at Sutton Street. The weather was not nice, wet and windy, but the game went ahead as planned. Captain Ben and his rink of James, Roger and Jimmy , making his Five Arches debut, were up against the County manager PDS Jenkins. The game was split into three, Ben and his rink flew away out of the blocks to lead 11 shots to 0 after 5 ends, this was matched by the Hafod quartet so at tea it was 11 shots each. The second half belonged to the Five Arches who pulled away to gain a 26 shots to 17 victory. Dai and his rink of John, Jonno and Steve had a tough afternoon, 11 shots to 2 down after 5 ends, they battled back to within 6 at tea however the Haverfordwest foursome pulled away again to win by 25 shots to 12. Ashley's rink of Kevin, Tom and Ken took a battering on rink 4. After a poor start they trailed by 17 shots to 2 at tea and only a brief flurry towards the end of the game, allowed them to reach double figures, Eventually losing by 31 shots to 10. In contrast, Neil and his rink of Mike, David and Tony were involved in a nail biting contest. Up against County President Richard, they trailed by 2 at tea, fought back to be all square at 20 ends, only for the Haverfordwest rink to grab the winning shot on the final end.
Roger Thomas, Jimmy Thomas, James Criddle, Ben Cloake 26, PDS Jenkins 17
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Dai Spencer 12, Marley Hughes 25
Kevin Lewis, Tom Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Ashley Hooper 10, Alan Whitehouse 31
Mike Day, David Lloyd, Tony Powling, Neil Dickinson 17, Richard O'Leary 18