Thursday, September 5, 2013
On Tuesday, Wanborough BC from Swindon were our visitors and it was an enjoyable afternoon with Topsham running out winners 104-77, writes Colin Chudley.
Wednesday was a tense afternoon for Topsham B as they fought to avoid relegation from Division Two of the Exeter and District Over-60s League.
They had to get some points from their game at Belmont and hope that Heavitree failed to win at Okehampton. Topsham lost the game 34-43, but managed to win on one rink and gained two valuable points. Heavitree losing on both rinks at Okehampton meant that a relieved Topsham B escaped the drop. Topsham C should have played at Dunkeswell, but the game was conceded by the away team, giving Topsham all eight Points and third place in Division Four.
The D team had a convincing 51-25 win against Chardstock B, which underlines their good performance in this, their first season in the league.
Topsham ladies played two matches in the Exeter and District Over-50s League, both against Crediton. First up was Crediton Green and, although it was a close game, they lost 25-35. The second game was on Thursday against Crediton Yellow and Topsham lost again 16-39. The ladies were obviously off colour this week!
The men’s A team, played their final game of the season in the Over-60s League against Exonia A, but suffered a defeat 28-33. They finished in third place in Division One.
There were two friendlies this weekend. Saturday saw the eagerly awaited return game with Tiverton West End this time at home and after a keen, competitive game there was just two shots between the teams with Topsham winning 97-95 and completing the double. I have no doubt Tiverton WE will try to even the score next season!
Sunday‘s game was a triples against Barnstaple BC. Everyone enjoyed the sunny afternoon and the good tea provided. Although Topsham won on four of the six rinks the game was lost 99-113.
The long awaited men’s County Trophy quarter final game against Kings Torquay was played at Starcross on Sunday. Against a very strong Kings side Topsham held their own for much of time, but Kings gradually increased the pressure, pulled ahead and eventually won 84-66.
The score doesn’t tell the full story because Topsham had to chase the game and they shed a few shots towards the end. The men’s team have achieved more than they expected at the start of this season and I am sure they will continue to improve and gain greater success next year.