On 23 May 19 Southsea hosted current table toppers Fareham Maple Leaves for a home game. The home and away fixtures had been reversed due to Fareham’s community centre being used as a polling station.
Triples chosen were Peter/Andy/Dawn facing Gerry/Julie/Jackie, and Ian/Col/David facing Daena/Tim/Sue. Fareham took Peter’s team to the difficult swimming pool end terrain, a decision that probably didn’t help them. Dawns backspin lobs held up pretty straight all through the game, and although a poor tactical decision allowed Gerry to shoot his teams way to 5 points in one end Southsea ran out pretty comfortable 13-6 winners. Ian’s team were struggling a bit, 12-2 down at this stage. They rallied a bit, getting another 4 points before eventually losing 6-13. So it was 1-1 after the triples and all to play for by both teams in the doubles.
Doubles chosen were Andy/Dawn (v Jackie/Sue), Peter/Colin(v Tim/Daena) and Ian/David(v Julie/Gerry). Andy’s pairing played on the swimming pool end again. Sue and Jackie struggled to cope with a terrain requiring backspun high lobs and after 3 ends it was a 13-0 fanny to Southsea. So 2-1, a good start to the doubles. On terrain 5 Ian and David were playing extremely well, and didn’t ever look in doubt as they hit a couple of high scoring ends on their way to a 13-6 win. So 3-1 and the match win and bonus point secured. All games count for points in doubles though, so attention for everyone quickly switched to Pete/Col. This game was a close affair, the lead switching hands as both teams pulled themselves up the scoreboard. Eventually though at 10-9 up Southsea managed to sneak in a 3 point end to close it out 13-9.
Southsea 4 – Fareham Maple Leaves 1
Well done Southsea, a win for everyone tonight, and a positive step towards our goal of remaining in Div 2 and not dropping into the extensive travelling caused by Div 3 (East).