B Team v Robin Hood and end of season

Our final match of the season resumed the alarming slump in form as we succumbed to our 5th  spanking of the season losing 5-1. My thanks to Ian Sparkes for acting as Captain in my absence but despite his playing to 8 below his handicap, he and partner Keith Scott lost by 1. Ian Barratt and Dave Lakin went down 3-2 as did Derek Birt and Bob Harris. Dick Birkin and Malcolm Traves lost 4-2 while David Newman and Alan Schofield lost 4-3.

Our only winners on the day were David Nicholas and Nigel Hinman who won 3-1.

So our final tally for the season was Won 10, Halved 3, Lost 8 and Cancelled 1 which in my view means a winning season overall.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has played for the B Team this season, for all your efforts win or lose, your hospitality towards all our guests making them feel welcome at Olton Golf Club and for putting up with my post match jokes throughout the season. Thanks to those of you who have volunteered at short notice to fill in the empty spaces when availability has been reduced so that once again Olton Golf Club has fielded a full B team for every fixture - something I know some of our rivals struggle to match.

A special thanks to Gerry Donohoe, Mike Symons, Ken Crossland, Keith Scott and Ian Sparkes who between them managed to ensure our team was ably led in my absence through injury, idleness and inability. I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being your B Team Captain over the last two years and hope we continue to thrive long into the future.

So my tenure as B Team Captain comes to a close with the B Team Dinner on 15th November, when Lalit Patel takes over. I hope you will give him your continued support next year.

The Dinner on 15th November will I hope be an entertaining evening that as many as possible of you will attend.The cost remains at £25 per person and we have this year reverted to employing a professional speaker/comedian in Lea Roberts - an ex rugby league player - to entertain one and all after a meal of Tiger Prawn Thermidor followed by a Beef Roast carved at the table with Mulled Pear Cheesecake dessert and a bottle or two of vino on the table to wash it all down. Any dietary requirements can be referred to the caterers  nearer the date.

The dinner is open all OGC members, not just B Team Players, as well as friends if space permits so anyone wishing to attend please sign up on the sheet on the B Team noticeboard as soon as possible - the sheet should be up Sunday 7th October.

Best Wishes to you all,


Steve Cottier