B Team v Fulford Heath away 12th June
Our extraordinary run of success shows no abating with another fine win. As I am currently unable to play at the moment, I am taking full credit for these results as they are undoubtedly down to my administrative skills (performed singlehandedly naturally!) and team selections. Great leadership - it's a gift!!
Once again my thanks to Ken Crossland as acting Captain (it's like he's never been away) and the rest of the team. Ken and Ian Sparkes won 2&1, Bob Gay and Barrie Corless won by 2, Martin Dalton and Nigel "Hitman" Hinman won 4&2. Lalit Patel and Malcolm Black halved as did Derek Birt and Richard Blasdale. Unfortunately Ian Phipps and John Belcher succumbed 6&4. Nevertheless a very satisfactory 4-2 win to OGC.
Next up is home to Old Silhillians G.S. on 21st June, Keith Scott kindly stepping up to the mark as Captain - thanks Keith.
The following week (28th June) we are again home to Handsworth before travelling to Maxstoke on Thursday 6th July. Team sheets and sign up sheets are on the noticeboard for these and we need more names so please add yours to them if you can.
Thanks as always for your continued support.
B Team v Shirley away 31 May
The run of success continues with a splendid victory away to Shirley with an overall score of
3 1/2 / 2 1/2, led by Gerry Donohoe as acting Captain. A warm welcome to B Team newcomer Alan Schofield too, despite losing together with his partner Godfrey Frith by 2/1. Better luck next time !! Our other losing pair and by the same score were Graham Hoskin and Bruce Wilson, not an expected result I'm sure. Showing them how to win were our pairings of Lalit Patel and Nigel Hinman, Gerry Donohoe and Ian Phipps who won 3/2 and Ian Sparkes and Dave Lakin who won 1 up. Gary Miller and Richard Blasdale gained a valuable halve too.
Well done to all, and many thanks again to Gerry for standing in as I recover from my self-inflicted injury. I hope to start playing again in the next week or two, wrist permitting, although recent results suggest a long term recovery might be best for the team !!
Match lists and team selections are on the board for upcoming matches so keep an eye out and add/tick your names as appropriate.
The new date for the B Team medal is Wednesday 23rd August.
B Team v Coventry
It is purely coincidence that the current run of success coincides with the B Team Captain's non-availability through injury as we chalked up a solid victory at home to Coventry.
My thanks to Ken Crossland for stepping in as Captain as he lead the team to a 4-2 victory. Unfortunately, Ken and Martin Dalton were our only losers on the day, succumbing 4/3. Honourable halves were gained by David Newman with Ian Sparkes and Malcolm Traves with Derek Birt. Terry Tucker and Paul Higgins won 3/2 as did Gerry Donohoe and Dave Lakin.
Our biggest winners at 5/3 were Malcolm Black and Keith Phipps, congratulotions to all our players. We also received very complementary feedback from Coventry on the condition of the course, the catering and the ambience of OGC, so pats on the back all round.
Next up is Shirley away on Wednesday 31st May, captained by Gerry Donohoe in my continued absence, followed on Monday 12th June away to Fulford Heath then at home to Old Silhillians on Wednesday 21st June and at home to Handsworth on Wednesday 28th June.
Team sheets and availability sheets will be on the noticeboard so keep your eyes peeled.
A new date for the B Team Medal will be announced soon, I hope.
B team v West Mids & Solihull Police
On 11th May the B team welcomed our law enforcement friends for our annual match at OGC. We started with the advantage of lending them two players - Richard Lea and Harry Kenth - who did us proud by by managing to lose! Well done to both of you for recognising where your loyalties lay. The match was a victory to OGC by 4 1/2 to 1/2 ( obviously down to the Captaincy as we returned to winning ways.) Paul Higgins and Dave Lakin halved which was quite a feat playing against a 16 handicapper who reached the 18th with two 3 woods! Martin Dalton and Keith Scott won 2/1 as did Paul Evans and Peter Millane. Colin Macmillan and Geoff Chaplin won by 2 and Mike Symons and Malcolm Black won by 1.
My thanks to Mike Symons for standing in as Captain and to all who played.
Next up is the B Team Medal on 17th May followed by Coventry away on 24th May and Shirley away on 31st - the team sheets will be on the board today (16th).
B Team v Harborne
After an afternoon of frantic emails on bank holiday Monday we finally managed to field a full team on Tuesday afternoon at home to Harborne. Many thanks to all who answered the rallying cry to make up the team and to Gerry Donohoe for standing in as Captain on the day.
Sadly our patched up side succumbed after a brave fight, Joe Bates and Paul Evans losing 2/1 as did Derek Birt and Barrie Corless. Keith Phipps and John Brady lost 3/2 while Keith Scott and John Belcher halved as did Ian Sparkes and new boy John Hicks - welcome to the B Team John and thanks for standing in at the last minute. Our only winners on the day were Gerry Donohoe and David Newman one up.
Next up is the match against the Police on 11th May followed by Coventry away on 24th May.
We are still short of players for Coventry so if you can make it please add your names to the sign up sheet on the board.
B Team Captain