Datchworth let trophy chance slip

PUBLISHED: 15:11 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

IT was a close encounter of the third kind when the men of Datchworth and Rosedale met in what is now the English Will Trophy. The two clubs faced each other in the competition for the third year in a row last Friday night and Rosedale emerged triumphant

IT was a close encounter of the third kind when the men of Datchworth and Rosedale met in what is now the English Will Trophy.

The two clubs faced each other in the competition for the third year in a row last Friday night and Rosedale emerged triumphant at Turkey Farm 59-54.

Last year the visitors won by one shot on their way to winning the trophy.

However, things looked good for the Datchworth team this time around after 15 ends.

The home rink of Basil Briars, Tom Power, Mike Mahoney and skip Les Parsley were 18-6 up at that point.

Rink two of Arthur Lewis, David Thompson, Peter Hills and skip David Wright were 15-11 ahead, while Clive Hodson-Smith, Phillip Fox, Steve Arnold and skip Steve Chamberlain were trailing by just one shot.

The current trophy holders then fought back over the closing six ends.

They scored 10 shots to Datchworth's one on the first rink, but still lost 19-16.

Rosedale claimed 15 shots to Datchworth's three on rink two to win 26-18.

The other rink ended in a draw at 17 shots apiece, the result being another win for the visitors overall.

Datchworth travelled to Potters Bar for a mixed friendly the following afternoon and returned home after winning by 112 shots 103.

It was a narrow victory gained by winning three of the six rinks and drawing one.

Edie Alden, Jane Waller, Chas Townley and skip Steve Arnold won by 18-16. David Thompson, Arthur Lewis, Jean Cooper and skip Mike Mahoney won 27-17, thanks mainly to picking up a six on the last end.

Janet Mahoney, Bob Waller, John Alden and skip Steve Chamberlain took their rink 20-19.

Brian Cooper, Jim Whittle, Ros Wintle and skip Tom Power drew 18 shots all.

Clive Hodson-Smith, Jenny Thompson, Peggy Lewis and skip Basil Briars lost 16-15.

Dawn Kingsland, Peter Large, Phill Fox and skip Doreen Hodson-Smith also lost 17-14.

Sunday's trip to Harperbury was called off because of the weather.


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