Impressive victory for St Andrews in national event

PUBLISHED: 12:55 24 October 2018

St Andrews comfortably defeated Moonfleet 2000 in the national Top Club competition.

Narrow victories by their two singles players set up St Andrews for an impressive win over the strong Dorset club Moonfleet 2000 in the national Top Club competition.

Ken Uglow picked up their first two points when, having led for the whole game in the men’s two-wood singles, he went 16-18 down, only to finish with three successive twos and get home by four shots.

That game lasted 26 ends. Carolina Venn’s ladies’ two-wood singles was even longer as she and her opponent exchanged the lead several times. It was 18-18 after 27 ends, then Venn edged two in front, only for the Moonfleet player to get back within one.

On the 30th end, Moonfleet were holding until Venn drew shot with a perfect final wood of the match to win by two.

In the mixed pairs, played at the same time as the two singles matches, Rebecca McMillan and Barrie Forse started with a seven, led 24-0 after just six ends and never looked like losing, despite a good fightback by their opponents.

It was 29-11, then the home pair picked up a six and a four on the last two ends to win by a thumping 28 shots and take four points.

With Saints leading 8-0 on points and holding a shot-advantage of 34, their triple and four needed only to avoid complete disaster, with just eight points on offer in those two remaining games.

Moonfleet battled hard, but, despite a fusillade of firing shots by the triple skip, he could not cancel out some outstanding play by Judy Forse, Lee Stocker and Craig Walker, conceding with six ends still to play.

At that time, the Saints’ four were three shots behind and they also called it a day after 14 of the 18 ends because the match had been won emphatically.

In the next round on November 18, Saints will be at home to another strong Dorset club, Dorchester.

St Andrews 12, Moonfleet 2000 4 (shot aggregate 108-69) - men’s two-wood singles: Ken Uglow 22-18; ladies’ two-wood singles: Carolina Venn 21-19; mixed pairs: Rebecca McMillan/Barrie Forse 39-11; mixed triples: Judy Forse, Lee Stocker, Craig Walker 14-6 (12 ends); mixed fours: Pam Barnbrook, Ann Campbell, Phil Villis, Darrell Johnston 12-15 (14 ends).

St Andrews B did well to beat Minehead A in the national Over-60s Double Rink competition.

Brian May’s home rink did the main business, picking up a six on the 12th of the 18 ends on the way to winning by 21 shots. The away team, skipped by Brian Reeves, struggled on a rink made heavy by having been washed, but came to life in the last three ends, scoring seven shots to make their scoreline respectable.

In the next round on November 6, Saints B will play Ilminster A. Saints A, who had a bye last week, start their campaign on the same day, against Dorchester A.

St Andrews B 44, Minehead A 31 – home: Chris Howard, Tony Yeeles, Derek Hurst, Bryan May 30-9; away: Rod Smith, Ronnie Wootten, George Webber, Brian Reeves 14-22.

There were a couple of successes for St Andrews members last week in the national individual competitions. George Webber won 21-15 away to a Taunton Deane player in the men’s singles, while Sam Stocker was a 2-1 victor away to another Deane member in the under-25 singles.

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