With all the rain that had fallen and the amount of standing water on the roads, Sunday's Oxford Half marathon could have quite easily changed to a mini triathlon.

We however, were treated to the warmth? and comfort of the City & County indoor facility for our annual first indoor game of the season against local neighbours Buck's Vice Presidents.

With our Chairman cruising in the Canaries, it was left to our Vice Chairman Allan Hunt to not only lead us on the day, but to also lead his rink of Bill Pointer at two, Alex Fleming and skip Alan Wase to collect the highest winning rink.

Ian Hale, Peter Baskerville, secretary Ian Whelpton and OBA President, Mike Morris at skip went one shot up on the fifth end and continued to stay in front for the rest of their close game, winning eleven of the 21 ends.

Bernie May, having rushed from his father's 90th birthday lunch celebration's, found himself skipping behind John Dunne, Gerald Fountain and Nigel Satchell. At 3-16 down at the half way stage, the thought must have crossed his mind that those at the celebration were enjoying themselves more. However, the second half of their game saw them win seven of the ten ends to finish within four shots of their opponents.

John Duncan, Tony Backer-Holst, John McGoeugh and Mike Andrew were level after eleven ends, six of which had gone in their favour. Eight shots each over the next five ends kept the teams level and with one end remaining the still could not be split. The last end was ensured of a final winner and it was the Buck's skip Norman Clark who turned the tables with his last wood to change the head in his team's favour for a two shot win.

Steve Tolhurst, Albert Fulkes, John Timms and Chris Weller won 11 ends of their closely fought game. From 12-6 up after eleven ends, they started the nineteenth only one shot in front. However, seven shots from the remaining three ends same them home comfortably.


Result: Oxfordshire VP's 106, Bucks VP's 83.

Rinks scores:

Ian Hale, Peter Baskerville, Ian Whelpton, Mike Morris won 18-14

John Dunne, Gerald Fountain, Nigel Satchell, Bernie May lost 16-20

Allan Hunt, Bill Pointer, Alex Fleming, Alan Wase won 30-13

John Duncan, Tiny Backer-Holst, John McGeough, Mike Andrew lost 20-22

Steve Tolhurst, Albert Fulkes, John Timms, Chris Weller won 22-14



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Friday, 18th of June 2021
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