BARRY Romilly travelled to Ystrad Mynach on Saturday, August 9, to play their penultimate CML Division League looking for a big win too keep their hopes alive of a first league title.
On a decent paced green Romilly began poorly against a side that were bottom of the league and without a win and found themselves seven shots behind at the 5th end with only Brian Foscolo’s rink ahead.
By the 10th end the ‘Rom’ was further behind 30 – 40 with Graham Cogbill’s rink struggling and behind by eleven shots, whilst the rinks of Mel Newman and Jeff Wright were battling hard to stay in touch with their opponents and were down by one and four shots respectively, with Foscolo’s rink still ahead by six.
The game continued in the same vein up to the 15th end where the overall score was 46 – 59 in favour of Ystrad and many of the Romilly players not showing the form which had pushed Romilly to the top of the league.
Between ends sixteen and twenty Romilly kept reducing the deficit and by end twenty they were just three behind going into the last end putting themselves in with a good chance of pulling off a victory. The final ends saw the rinks of Foscolo and Cogbill pick up three shots each but the rinks of Newman and Wright dropped four shots apiece which was disappointing certainly for Jeff Wright’s rink that had scored ten shots on the previous five ends without reply to lead by two.
Unfortunately Romilly lost two more shots to lose overall by five shots 73 – 78 and collect just two points thanks to the rink of Brian Foscolo winning by eleven shots. Romilly have lost their chance of the league title but have already ensured their first division place in next year’s new league format with only eight teams in each of the divisions playing fourteen games on a home and away basis.
The last league game of the season takes place on Saturday at Romilly Park against Troedyrhiw starting at 2.30pm.
Rink Scores Romilly First:-
J Wright 19 v 21 T Bouse
M Newman 17 v 24 D Puddefoot
G Cogbill 14 v 21 D Hurley
B Foscolo 23 v 12 H Evans