U25 v Norfolk – 29 May ’22

Under 25s Reg Wright Report 29th May 2022

It was an overcast day at Sawtry and as the game started the rain fell. But by the end of the match the sun had made an appearance .

It was Hunts A versus Norfolk A. Unfortunately Norfolk couldn’t field a full B team so only the A teams competed. However Norfolk bought two reserve rinks so another 6 players took on some of our B team in an unofficial game.!!

Anyhow the game started and we were not fairing well in the early exchanges. Down on two rinks but up on the other. Total score 10 – 11.

Then we got into our groove and rink 4, Maddie Leader, Tom Anderson & Mac May, picked up well to go 13-10 ahead at the 10 end mark. Over on rink 5 a bad start had been pushed to one side with a 0-8 deficit turned into a 10-8 winning score for Sophie Purell Keira Thurston & Sam Brugnoli.

Rink 6 had the Papworth trio Kane Phillips, Jack Ward & Mark Franklin who had started well but it got closer and they were just behind 7-8 after ten ends.

We join the game again at 15 ends (of 25) and Hunts were 9 shots up overall, 47-38. winning on two rinks and just behind on the other.

The game went on in a similar vain at one point Norfolk were within 4 shots and it looked to be a close ending. Mac’s rink finished first with a winning margin of five 27-22.

That left Hunts 6 shots up with 2 ends to go on the other two rinks. On rink 6 it was slipping away a bit when Jack Ward at lead played the jack into the ditch with his first wood and sat near the edge of the rink. Kane added two more and Mark his first bowl. We were sitting four and it would have sewn up the result. But no-one had told the Norfolk Skip, Regan Simper who drew a wood to within a couple of inches of the edge to take the shot.

It left Norfolk only four behind overall but good game management on both rinks saw Hunts pick up a few shots on the last end and run out overall winners by 9 shots. 70-61.

Hunts A 70 shots 8 points Norfolk A 61 shots 2 points.

Team 1 – Maddie Leader, Tom Anderson & Mac May 27 – Norfolk A 22

Team 2 – Keira Thurston, Sophie Purell (capt), Sam Brugnoli 24 – Norfolk A 14

Team 3 – Kane Phillips, Jack Ward, Mark Franklin 19 – Norfolk A 25

So a good start to the Reg Wright competition.