Five Arches 75 (10pts) v Saundersfoot 72 (4pts)
10th August 2016
After the disappointment of an 86-80 home defeat to Pendine the previous week, the Five Arches team bounced back with two fine victories in four days last week. The first came on Wednesday evening when they entertained near neighbors Saundersfoot, who had run Tenby close the previous Saturday. A tough encounter was expected against the villagers, and so it proved. In fact, for much of the game, the Arches appeared to be heading for another defeat as Saundersfoot started to forge ahead.
But gradually they began to pull it back and as darkness closed in, the match reached a nail-biting climax, with the scores tied across the board, with just one rink still on and two ends remaining. With the jack in the ditch, the Arches nosed ahead as they drew one closest to the edge on the penultimate end, but Saundersfoot looked in command as they themselves held a couple of shots to lie match on the final end.
Only the skips were now left to bowl and much to the relief (or was it amazement?) of home supporters on the balcony, two inch-perfect woods in the gathering gloom saw the Arches turn things on their head to snatch a dramatic 75 shots to 72 victory and bag 10 league points, with two rinks up and two down.
Dave Lloyd, Kevin Lewis, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 27 Steve Dick 16
John Rees, Mike Day, Tom Lewis, Neil Dickinson 21 Berwyn Dennis 17
Viv John, Jon Hubbard, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 13 Joe Dennis 23
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Simon Evans 14 Myrddin Dennis 16
Five Arches 80 (4pts) Pendine 86 (10pts)
6th August 2016
On rink 1 , Neil and his rink of John, Mike and Turbo had the worst possible start, after scoring 1 on the first end, they conceded 16 shots in the next 6 ends and trailed by 17 shots to 4 at the tea interval. Unfortunately the 2nd half was as bad as the first and they finished losing by 29 shots to 13. Ashley, greatly helped by Dai, Jon and Viv were involved in a much tighter game, leading 10 shots to 7 at tea, they edged further ahead to finally win by 22 shots to 14.
Beano steeped up to skip again on rink 4, ably supported by Roger, TP and Steve, they edged the first half to lead 13 shots to 8. However some fine play by the Pendine quartet allowed them to dominate the next 11 ends to stroll to a 29 shots to 18 victory. Finally on rink 5, the result everyone has been waiting for. Webby together with Ken, Kev and James had a slow start, 8 nil down after 4 ends but they recovered to be only 2 shots behind at tea and the second half was a complete reversal, only losing 3 ends, Webby and his gang scored 18 shots and ran out winners by 27 shots to 14. Many congratulations Team Webby. Disappointing to lose at home but good to be involved in such a tight game.
John Rees, Mike Day, Tom Lewis, Neil Dickinson 13, S King Thomas 29
Viv John, Jon Hubbard, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 22, G Hale 14
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Huw Nicholas 18, A Edwards 28
Ken Lloyd, Kevin Lewis, James Criddle, Jon Webb 27, D King Thomas 14
Five Arches 87 (12pts) Milford Haven 62 (2pts)
16th July 2016
After only picking up 3 pts in our last 3 games, it was imperative that the Five Arches got back to winning ways. Simon , restored to skipping, had a close game on rink 2 , aided and abetted by Bill, TP and Steve , they were a couple of shots down at tea but rallied and by winning the last 4 ends won by 22 shots to 18. Webby, Kev, Ken and Turbo were up against seasoned campaigner Roy Thomas on rink 3. After an even first half, Roy and his rink pulled away to win by 24 shots to 12.
Ashley and his rink of Dai, Roger and Viv edged slightly ahead after the first 10 ends and then went into overdrive winning 9 of the last 10 ends to end comfortable winners by 26 shots to 12. Finally , Gerald and his rink of John, Mike and Neil had a dominant day on rink 5. 12 shots up at tea , they extended this in the second half to win by 27 shots to 8. A good win at home. Next game Whitland away.
Bill Benham, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Simon Evans 22, Lee Power 18
Ken Lloyd, Kevin Lewis, Tom Lewis, Jon Webb 12, Roy Thomas 24
Viv John, Roger Strong, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 26, Dave Buchanan 12
John Rees, Mike Day, Neil Dickinson, Gerald Hewitt 27, Tony Ellyatt 8
Whitland 80 (10pts) Five Arches 69 (4pts)
28th July 2016
For some reason, Whitland has become a happy hunting ground for the Five Arches recently, So we were hoping for another close fought encounter. On rink 1, Simon and his rink of Roger, Bill and Steve were involved in a tight battle against Phil Wynn's quartet. After ten ends , the score was tied at 10 shots each. The second half continued in a similar vein, with Simon's rink scoring 10 shots in the final 4 ends to edge victory by 1 shot. Gerald and his rink of John, Mike and TP were on rink 2 and suffered an appalling start, not scoring until the 9th end , they trailed 18-1 at tea. A much improved 2nd half saw them claw back most of the deficit to lose by only 7 shots.
Jon and his rink of Ken, Kev and Beano were involved in a tight match against former Gold Cup winner, Steve Reese and his rink, however the loss of 10 shots during ends 10 to 12 proved decisive. The Five Arches rink could not quite pull back the deficit and ended up losing by 20 shots to 13. Ashley's rink of Dai, Jon and Viv started slowly trailing by 5 shots early on, rallied to win 9 of the next 12 ends to open up a gap which they just hung onto, to win by 2 shots. A satisfying performance against a strong Whitland team.
Roger Thomas, Bill Benham, Steve Davies, Simon Evans 22, Phil Wynn 21
John Rees, Mike Day, Tony Powling, Gerald Hewitt 16, Mike John 23
Ken Lloyd, Kevin Lewis, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 13, Steve Reese 20
Viv John, Jon Hubbard, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 18, Glyndwr Thomas 16
Five Arches 44 (0 pts) Haverfordwest 112 (14pts)
10th July 2016
It's hard enough going to play in Haverfordwest at the best of times but to go there with not enough players is a bit suicidal. With a number of absences, we were forced to play with three triples and only one full rink. On rink 1 , Neil and his teammates John and TP played superbly against Richard O'Leary and his rink, only losing by 21 shots to 15 after the 25% reduction for playing a triple. Dai Spencer and his rink of Roger, Joe and Johno had a torrid time on rink 2. 16 shots behind at tea, they battled bravely but succumbed by 37 shots to 9.
Beano , together with father and son, Tom and Kev led at the tea interval by 10 shots to 5, unfortunately , the 2nd half was a complete reversal and they finally lost by 21 shots to 8 (25% reduction ). Ashley and his teammates , Steve and Viv had a similar game on rink 4, even at the tea interval and then a battering in the second half to eventually lose by 33 shots to 12. Onwards and upwards they say, next game home to Milford.
John Rees, Tony Powling, Neil Dickinson 15, Richard O'Leary 21
Roger Thomas, Joe Hewitt, Jon Hubbard, Dai Spencer 9, Roger Price 37
Kevin Lewis, Tom Lewis, Huw Nicholas 8, PDS Jenkins 21
Viv John, Steve Davies, Ashley Hooper 12, Alan Whitehouse 33