Monday 6th May 2019
The first week of the season is over and we've had a good start. Three games and three wins. We still have a long way to go before the end of September and I hope we can keep up the good work.
Swanley vs Ditton
Our first midweek game was against Ditton. The weather was warm and the scones and homemade cakes at teatime went down well so a big thanks to all involved. When we play Ditton we are playing for a trophy and if you don't know why then here's the explanation. Ditton started their club in 1986 which is the same year as Swanley started. When we had our 25th Anniversary in 2011 Ditton produced a glass trophy which some of you may have noticed on the captains table. It was decided that we would play for that trophy over the 2 games that we have every year and by adding the scores together whoever had the highest score then the winning team would hold the trophy. So far Swanley have won twice and needless to say Ditton have won it many times. This year we are of to a flying start with a win of 114 to 75. So a massive 39 point lead for the game in September. Fingers crossed that we can bring that trophy home.
The highest scoring rink of the day was rink 3 which was Ray North (1), Adrian Playfoot (2) and Les Robus (skip) who won by an impressive 31 - 10. Well done to all.
Swanley vs Dartford Invicta
Our 2nd game was an away game against Dartford Invicta. Unfortunately we struggled to make the numbers up so had to borrow some of their players to help us out. In spite of that and having to lose 25% of our score on 3 rinks we still came out on top with a score of 65 - 41. We also had a downpour shortly after tea and the game was stopped. Up to that point the highest scoring rink was Myrna Clements (1), Gerry Moss (2), Terry Palmer (3) and Keith Mitchell (skip) with a score of 27 - 3 after 14 ends. Well done to all.
If you don't drive or not happy driving to away games then please contact the relevant captains and they will arrange lifts for you with someone. Similarly if your happy to give a lift to someone let us know and then we can contact you if needed.
It has been arranged with the management of the Olympic that they will open the bar for us when we are playing. Please support them on this venture as they are keen to make this work as are we. At the moment food will not be available as it would not be viable to pay for a chef for a few hours. However it may well change. The Olympic is picking up its business and is making a profit once more so as has been said let's support them.
As for the current dress code members are respectively reminded that a white shirt, polo shirt or blouse is to be worn above the waist and grey trousers and skirts below the waist. Some games (mainly weekends) and finals day will require white trousers or skirts. Please check the availability sheets for dress code. Please no jeans, tracksuit bottoms etc. If you are just having a roll up then you can wear what you like but you must wear regulation shoes on the green.
I've been asked if you can put your names down for games using this site. The answer is a yes and a no. No you can't directly put your name on to the website but Yes if you use the contact form your message will be seen and will be acted upon and confirmed. If you don't wish to use the form then phone, text or email will work just as well.
It has been decided that if you introduce someone to the club who subsequently becomes a member then you will be rewarded with a £10 reduction in your membership fee for next year. In other words bring in 7 members and there will be no membership fee for you next year. Now that's not a bad deal is it? So get talking to your neighbours, friends, family etc and claim your reward.