On Sunday 14th November, Suffolk played host to a friendly with
Hertfordshire, nearly 2 years after their last competitive match
against one another, the last before the original lockdown.
The day began with Random Fours knockout event, with 12 teams,
each consisting of two Suffolk and two Herts players.
The finalists were Team D (S
Palmer, P Harris, P Runnacles and N Jolly), and Team L (G Young,
T Stevenson, R Runnacles and R Hearn), and it went all the way
down to the wire.
For the first 6 ends there
was never more than a shot between the teams, they were all square
at 2-2 after 3 ends, and 3-3 after five. Going into the final
end Neil held a single shot lead over Rebecca, who was holding
one shot with one wood left for each skip, and the game looking
destined for an extra end. But with his final wood, Neil somehow
managed to move the jack to hold 3, leaving Rebecca with an impossible
The game ended with a 7-3 win
for Team D.
You can see video of the session
the recording stopped before the final was played.
The afternoon took on more of the flavour of a regular county
match, although the match length was reduced to 7 ends, and all
the rinks played continuously through 3 sessions.
The Suffolk team was as follows:
Suffolk 1 (S1): Pete Runnacles, Steve Isles, Mick Watkins,
Suffolk 2 (S2): Sally Goodrich, Ellen Grube, Colin Fellingham,
Suffolk 3 (S3): Ralph Sadgrove, Tony Stevenson, Adam Hubbard,
Suffolk 4 (S4): Sue Isles, Jim Goodrich, Peter Fellingham,
Suffolk 5 (S5): Sue Davey, Paul Leach, Andy Gilder, Neil
Suffolk 6 (S6): Karen Hubbard, Rita Runnacles, Andy Pooley,
After a good start S1 fell behind and going into the final
end were 3-6 down, but managed to take 5 shots at the last to
pull off an 8-6 victory. S2 were a couple of shots behind
before they got on the board, but once they hit the lead they
never let go, winning 6-3. S3 were up from the very start and
held the lead to finish 6-2 winners.
S4 took the first end, but were behind after 3,
and although they were only a shot behind with 3 ends to go,
the Herts team pulled away to a 10-3 victory. It was nip and
tuck all the way for S5, with the lead going back and
forth, before they took one on the last to earn a 6-6 draw. The
worst start of the session by far was that on S6, who
immediately dropped 4 shots, but they pulled it back bit by bit,
to lead with an end to go, which they also won, taking the game
the hard way, 8-6.
Suffolk 9 Hertfordshire 3
It took S1 until the 6th end to get on the board, and
by that time they were 6 shots down, they won the last 2 ends,
but still lost 2-6. S2 made a horrible start, and they
too were 6 down, but after only 2 ends, however they came back
well to going into the last all square, only for their opponents
to take it by a single shot, 7-8. S3 not only won the
first end, but all the rest too, to take an emphatic 11-0 victory.
S4 began well and kept going, and even dropping
3 shots on the last end they still ended comfortable 7-4 winners.
It was another close game for S5, who again took a single
shot on the last end to earn a last ghasp draw, 4-4. Much the
same could be said of S6's game, only this time it was
Herts to snatched a 5-5 draw with one on the last end.
Suffolk 15 Hertfordshire 9
S1 were 6-1 ahead after
3 ends and were never in trouble after that, finishing 9-5 winners.
S2 had a close game, going into the final end only one
shot in arrears, but it didn't finish well for them, and in the
end they lost out 4-8. S3 spend most of their game in
arrears, but drew level on the penultimate end, and took one
on the last to win 5-4.
It was nip and tuck for S4
until the 5th end when their opponents allowed them to grab 6
shots, 2 ends later they took another 5 to take a 13-4 win. S5
also had the benefit of getting 6 in one go, this time on the
3rd end, they ended up equally impressive 13-2 winners. Having
inched out a 4-0 lead after 4 ends, S6 proceeded to to
lose the 3 remaining ends, and the game 4-5.
Final Score: Suffolk
23 Hertfordshire 13
In the end the score was all
but irrelevant, this game was less about the competition, and
more about having the opportunity to meet up with old friends
again, and to regain a sense of normality after a very long lay-off
from inter-county competition.
We would like to thank Hertfordshire
very much for a hugely enjoyable day.
You can see video of the session
here, and if
you go to the very end, you'll see the long postponed presentation
to Neil commemorating his time as Suffolk captain.