Saints dominate to capture the cup

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St Andrews defeated Victoria over both legs to win the Ron Taylor Cup.

THE second leg of the Ron Taylor Cup between St Andrews and Victoria ended with the Saints the overall winners.

Having a substantial lead from the first leg, St Andrews only had problems with one rink, Phil Villis’s triple going down by nine shots 13-22. Ron Gill and Ken Curtis both had massive wins by 25 and 23 shots, with Barrie Forse’s triple winning by four shots, giving Saints victory by 43 shots, an overall win over the two legs by 62 shots.

St Andrews are progressing well in national competitions with P Villis, D Johnston, B Forse, have reached the area final of the Over-50s triples to be played at Street against Clarrie Dunbar.

Andrew Owens and Forse have reached the area final of the national pairs, playing S Hooper and B Smith of Taunton Deane, and Forse has qualified for the inter-area final of the national singles.

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St Andrews 99, Victoria 56 (Ron Taylor Cup): K Rodgers, W Ainsworth, P Villis 13-22; G Cooper, R Venn, R Gill 31-6; M Simpson, R Brereton, K Curtis 33-10; T Hyde, D Johnston, B Forse 22-18.

VICTORIA came across both ladies’ and men’s Wedmore teams in good form.

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The ladies lost a friendly game by 12 shots, although the rink of Rebecca Squires, Sue Sokol, Sue Newman and skip Mildred Chudley put in a spirited performance, losing by just two shots.

The men were convincingly beaten by 23 shots, but won one of the rinks with Terry Gatehouse, club captain Cliff Chudley, Malcolm Campbell and skip Mike Taylor recording a five-shot victory.

Victoria Ladies 28, Wedmore 40: H Frye, S Milliner, R Bailey, E Newport 12-22; R Squires, S Sokol. S Newman, M Chudley 16-18.

Victoria 67, Wedmore 90 (County League): P Wyatt, J Mingo-West, D Fairhurst, M Stocker 15-18; R Bromet, D Williams, N Sell, D Hurst 13-24; J Griffiths, M Milliner, M Nash, P Fisher 14-28; T Gatehouse, C Chudley, M Campbell, M Taylor 25-20.

WOODSPRING played their annual game against the Patrons, with two games at 10am and two games at 2pm.

The Patrons play for charity and are supported by many clubs, Unfortunately, Woodspring only managed to win on one rink, but all games were played in friendly rivalry as usual. Between games, players enjoyed a cooked meal prepared by the ladies section.

Woodspring 52, Patrons 77 - 10am: G Tucker, D Freestone, G. Finnegan, M Campbell 10-18; B Jackman, E .Morley, P Gaulton, M Williams 14-19. 2pm: P Wynne, J Beat, C Hedges, G Fews 10-24; S Ash, D Wynne, M Brummell, T Williams 18-16.

WEDMORE had a good win in a 2+2 rinks league match against Victoria, taking three rinks to one with an overall score of 90 shots to 66 and a fine haul of 14 points.

At home, Dave Nicholls’ side showed the way by winning 14 ends and, despite losing five on the last end, won 28-14.

On the other rink, Eddie Payne’s men had a harder task, chasing the visitors to end 13 before taking the lead with five shots to go four ahead which was then stretched to seven.

By end 20 it was 20 shots all and unfortunately for Wedmore, Victoria took that rink with a five score on the last end. This gave Wedmore a nine-shot cushion for the away rinks.

Colin Moss led his team to a 21-1 lead by end 14, having won 11 ends in succession, but then faced a fightback from Victoria, who took five of the remaining ends. The result was still a convincing 24-13 win for Wedmore.

Steve Healey’s group had a closely fought game, but built up a lead of 12-4 by end 12. The opposition clawed their way back to level on end 19, but Wedmore stood firm to win 18-15.

Wedmore 90, Victoria 66: B Back, A Birch, R Barron, D Nicholls 28-14; T Brown, D Stansfield, R Thurkettle, E Payne 20-25; V Mathews, C Panchaud, R Newell, C Moss 24-13; D Collins, J Runciman, K Pettit, S Healey 18-15.

A double fours league match against Street proved to be a nail-biter which Wedmore won by the smallest possible margin after taking one of two rinks.

At home, Ron Barron’s outfit looked to be in a close contest with the lead changing hands, but a hot shot eight score on end 18 with the scores level put an end to that and they went on to win 29-16.

Meanwhile away, Dave Nicholls’ gang were struggling all the way and were 10-26 down by end 19. The men were unaware of the home score at this point, but happily for them pulled back four shots on the last two ends to enable a one-shot overall victory for Wedmore.

Wedmore 43, Street 42: D Collins, K Pettit, C Moss, R Barron 29-16; R Bull, K Burt, R Newell, D Nicholls 14-26.

In a mixed friendly away to Clarence, Wedmore pulled off a fun victory. Alan Birch led his people to the lead in rink three and stayed there, building up a lead of seven shots by end 13.

This shrank to three shots as Clarence ended with a flourish of five shots on the last two ends, leaving Wedmore with an overall score of 18 shots to 15.

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