The Hustlers’ next Hospitals Cup match will be held at the Double Barrel, Warden Hill, on Tuesday 6 October.
At the trip meeting on 21 September, the Hustlers agreed that the 2010 Spring Trip would be at Bournemouth.
The recommended accommodation is the De Vere Royal Bath, which is a large 4-star hotel located in the centre of Bournemouth. Group rate for bed and full English breakfast for the two nights 26 and 27 February is £69 per person if sharing, and £99 for no-mates in a single room.
Transport is still to be resolved; the proposed plan is to share cars but Neil will investigate the use of a self-drive minibus.
Full details of the proposed hotel can be found at
If anyone has an alternative proposal for the accommodation then there is still time to submit it.
Lofty has announced that our next opposition in the Hospitals Cup will be the Pluckers, a Division 6 team who play at the Double Barrel on Tuesday nights. The game is to be played in the week commencing 5 October but their Secretary has not as yet been in touch.
Turning to Division 2, the Fox & Hounds in Prestbury Road is the latest pub to convert its alley to a restaurant. As well as being a loss to the skittling community, this particularly concerns us because we are due to play the Jets there on 5 January (and, if they have to disband because they can’t find another alley, then our only win so far this season could be scratched..)
What an exciting time for our first away game of the season. Losing the toss and following on, we got off to an indifferent start, with Dobbin getting his first beaver of the season (but he’ll have to wait until next week to take charge of Barry, as Steve left him at home) and both sides failing to break the 100 mark.
A new look 2nd leg stepped up and battled to overturn the 4-pin deficit to level the game. 3rd leg bit in a big performance to become the highest scoring (for both sides) with a 40 from Lewis, while the vetetran JT & Stu combination were only 1 behind him. And so the anchors came in with the game square and all to play for. A yo-yo leg saw us go into the last hand needing 3 x 7 to win – only to fall 5 short.
With Rob in the chamois trousers for the next game, as well as caring for Barry, we can expect him to be a grumpy little Gooner. Especially as we have a free week next Monday – time for our trip meeting and a bowl up at the Suffolk.
14/9/09 v Kraftsmen @ Robins Nest
1st leg total 92 v 96
2nd leg total 105 v 101
3rd leg total 118 v 118
4th leg total 104 v 108
Grand total 419 v 423
WIN by -4
In time-honoured fashion, our 1st league game of the season saw us setting. An indifferent start soon changed as 1st leg set the standard for the rest to follow, with a 13-pin lead. With the reappearance of AU, 2nd leg did their best to lose that lead, but still handed over a lead of 3 pins. With a returning Lewis making his Hustlers season debut, 3rd leg reestablished the 13-pin lead, becoming the top-scoring leg in the process. Incredibly, and with a good deal of help from the Jets, our anchors proceeded to add a further 16 pins to the lead, giving us a 29-pin victory.
3 consecutve wins? Our best start for some time – let’s make sure it continues in this vein when we face the Kraftsmen next Monday at the Robins Nest.
7/9/09 v Jets @ Suffolk
1st leg total 116 v 103
2nd leg total 103 v 113
3rd leg total 117 v 107
4th leg total 114 v 98
Grand total 450 v 421
WIN by 29
With Clive winning the toss, we began this Hospitals Cup match with gleaming new balls and a newly polished alley. Rich quickly managed to put a dent in 1 of the balls, nearly causing Zammo to cry. A steady first leg top-scored and gave us a 6-pin lead. Up stepped the 2nd leg, increasing our lead by a stonking 13 pins, and notching up both our first 9s and 40 of the season.
Our seasoned campaigners then stood up to form 3rd leg and stretch our lead by a further 7 pins, handing a healthy 26-pin lead over to the anchors. Some interesting scoring, culminating in our 2nd 40, saw us actually drop 6 pins leaving us with a 20-pin victory to start off this year’s cup campaign. How far will we progress? Keep watching this space.
And on top of it all, we raised £17 for charity.
1/9/09 v Old Pats C @ Suffolk
1st leg total 115 v 109
2nd leg total 113 v 100
3rd leg total 107 v 100
4th leg total 112 v 118
Grand total 447 v 427
WIN by 20
Following the practice of previous years there will be a trip meeting immediately after the home game on 21 September.
Team members are invited to submit proposals for next year’s trip. In order to avoid an interminable series of follow-up meetings, please note that only fully baked proposals which are accompanied by a provisional idea of costs will be considered.
Hustlers shaded Old Anchor Ladies by 2 pins in a pre-season friendly on Friday night.
Getting warmed up for the new season, we gathered nervously at the Royal Union under the leadership of our glorious vice-captain.
Our skip made us set, so 1st leg warmed up the alley with a steady 8-pin lead. 2nd leg followed suit, giving us hope of a win. We then found ourselves oddly fielding a visiting child on 3rd leg (was this a subtle sabotage attempt by the sneaky Anchors?), who did well for his first ever attempt at skittles, but we still lost 13 pins, setting up a very tense contest on the last leg. Our anchors struggled valiantly, but couldn’t win the leg. But they’d done just enough and we’d scraped through to a 2-pin victory – surely a portent of things to come.
We kick off the season with a Hospitals Cup match at home on 1 September. Will it be the start of a successful run this year? Watch this space.
28 August 2009 v Old Anchor Ladies @ Royal Union
1st leg total 111 v 103
2nd leg total 165 v 157
3rd leg total 108 v 121
4th leg total 115 v 116
Grand total 499 v 497
WIN by 2
See the Fixtures Section for full details of dates
As you can see, if you were a past visitor, the site has undergone some major changes in preparation for the start of the 2008/09 season. A lot of content has been removed from the old site – some will eventually make a return (photos, hopefully), and some will probably not (forums). However, this new site should be better suited to our needs, and be easier to maintain and use! Feel free to have a look around, but as we are between seasons there’s not a lot going on at the moment – however, new content should be added soon!