Mid Lancs Week R

Report From Paul Eastham

My very last report of the season comes to you from a very warm, sunny Costa Del Sol ??????????
It’s been a superb season with just 1 minor rule break that was down to a slight admin error at a club and the complex rules regarding playing up & down rule + the starring of players has been a credit to you all, so my sombrero goes off to you all.
In div 1, Carlton A took on Hawks A or judging by the players playing, I’d say a Hawks B! A very tight match indeed; the scores were square after the levels & then the visitors took a pair in the opening mixed before a split set in the 6th (5-7). Carlton then won 4 in a row to go 9-7 in front going into the final set. Dan Porter & Lisa Coulthard won the opener 3-15 for Hawks, but couldn’t hold out for the draw as John Bowker & Kay Amour won the final game of the match, 15-8 to set up a 10-8 home win for Carlton. Andy Wiseman & Cath Bagley both won 5 games each to be the best pair on the evening. David Lloyd had a 4 point max home win over MGS. In the 13-5 win, Emily Hollis was the LOTM on the evening for taking all of her 6 games. David Lloyd now need just 1 point from their final fixture against Carlton A to lift the shield for the 5th time. Hawks B got beat 3-15 at home to finish off their season by the Runners up of the division, Cross Feathers & now looks likely that they will tumble out of the division given their own C team may not get promoted. All 3 Ladies, Hayley, Rach & Fay won their 6 games to be the best players & congratulations to them all for becoming runners up in only their 2nd season. St. Andrews A beat MGS B 11-7 to climb away from that dreaded red line. Niki McGrath won 5 games to be the best on the night. As for MGS, they finish their season off in a very respectable position, their highest points tally in recent years and they normally have to rely on their C team winning division 2 to stop up, so very well done to them! Continue reading “Mid Lancs Week R”

Mid Lancs Week Q

Report From Paul Eastham:

In div 1 this week, Carlton A lost 5-13 to St. Andrews A who needed a max point win to get out of the unusual territory that they have found themselves in recently. A max 6 games for Ste Taylor & Nicki McGrath helped the team survive the drop.
MGS A had a battle with Hawks A and in an 8 all classic Tom Lowe & Joy Moon came up trumps to win the final pair of games 15-8 & 15-5 to help win the match 10-8 for MGS. Josh Hull won 5 for MGS as did Emily Miller for Hawks.
Hawks B got thrashed 1-17 by David Lloyd only Andy Owen & Emily Miller stopping the complete whitewash in the final set & now the team face relegation; only their C team coming runners up in division 2 will save them from going down.
Crusaders A fell 3-15 at home to MGS B who stay up in the division this year on their own merit; however for Clay is div 2.

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Mid Lancs Presentation

This year the Mid Lancs Presentation is at  Leyland Civic Centre on Friday the 20th of May . Tickets are £26 for adults and £24 for juniors, but all tickets purchased before Sunday the 20th of March will priced at £22, which is a good saving off the original price.

The Menu options this year are:

Starters, choose from…

  • Homemade Broccoli and Stilton Soup served with a warmed bread roll and butter
  • Chicken Ceasar Salad topped with parmesan shavings, chunky croutons and crispy anchovies
  • Garlic and Lancashire Cheese Mushrooms in a creamy sauce sat on a toasted English muffin

Mains, choose from…

  • Slow cooked beef with baby onions, mushroom jus served
  • Pan seared Goosnargh Chicken with onion garlic and thyme sauce
  • Chefs Fish Pie topped with cheese and chive mash served
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Strudel, Chunky Tomato Sauce

(All of the above to be served with roasted potatoes and a panache of mixed seasonal vegetables

Deserts, choose from…

  • White and dark chocolate cheesecake served with fresh raspberry compote and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Classic Bramley Apple Pie served simply with fresh pouring cream
  • Mrs Dawson’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Cup Semi Finals

The draw for the cup semi finals has been done. The home teams are listed first, which means our B Team are at home and the D Team are away. Both matches on Thursday the 10th of March.

Division 1
Clayton Crusaders ‘A’ Vs David Lloyd (80RH VS -130OHGH)
Carlton ‘A’ Vs Hawks ‘B’ (-10GH VS 20)
Division 2&3  
St.  Andrews ‘B’ Vs MGS ‘E’ (-100GH VS SCR)
Evergreens ‘B’ Vs Clitheroe ‘A’ (60 VS -80GH)
Division 4&5  
Whittle ‘D’ Vs Whittle ‘C’ (20RH VS 20)
Clayton Crusaders ‘F’ Vs St. Andrews ‘D’ (40RH VS SCR RH)

Mid Lancs Week O

Report From Paul Eastham

In div 1, MGS A took on their own B team and it wasn’t a breeze for them!. Pete Fearns was the MOTM for taking all of his 6 games in the 11-7 win, but I fear that the point lost in this tie will have cost them the chance of the runners up spot. Lynn Hosegood & Charlotte Heyes won 4 each to help get a vital bonus pt in the fight to stay up; Jen Rigby got a quack quack! J

Clayton A fell 6-12 at home to 2nd place Cross Feathers; I wouldn’t get too excited about the result as they turned up with 5!

St. Andrews A hosted Hawks B in an ‘’8 pointer’’ relegation match… never thought I’d say that about Andy’s (Ta Mr B for the idea!) In the hard fought match, it turned out to be 3 pts for Andy’s as they ran out 12-6 winners with Katie McWalters being the LOTM for her 6, but it’s worth mentioning that Hannah Burgess won 4 in her 1st outing ever for the A team!

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Mid Lancs Week N

Report from Paul Eastham

Division 1 kicked off this week with the match between Carlton A v Hawks B & the 1st 3 sets were all split to set the scene how the match was gonna pan out. The final levels were won by the home side to go 5-3 in front, but Hawks evened the score again taking a pair in the opening mixed. The match continued to sway either way until set 9 were the score stood at 8 all were Lee Clayton & Caz Grimbaldeston from Hawks won the 1st game, a nail-biting, 16-17 to go 8-9 up. But then John Bowker & Kay Armour won the final game 15-11 to earn a draw for Carlton; Andy Owen & Maxine Watson won 5 each.

David Lloyd beat St. Andrews A 16-2 to leave the visitors in very unfamiliar waters; just 4 points above the red line! I’m sure they will recover in the up & coming matches, but it’s been a shock to see the record breaking Champions so low in the league this year; Ste Taylor & Niki McGrath won the 2 to stop an embarrassing whitewash as Darren Whitley was MOTM.

Hawks A beat bottom team, Crusaders A 15-3 with a rare appearance from Sam Gorrell in the elite division. However, Sam did get a quack on the night as Andy Owen carried out of Clayton the MOTM award from the match for winning his 6 games.

Cross Feathers had a crucial match this week when MGS A came to visit them. The hosts, who in their 2nd season in the league are riding high this season in the runners up spot, a spot that MGS or St. Andrews have enjoyed for many years! The match kicked off with the visitors winning all of the Men’s & the host winning all of the Ladies. So, 4 all going into the mixed; then the 1st mixed set was split & in the 6th set MGS won both games to go 5-7 in front. But then, Cross Feathers ramped up the gear & took all of the remaining games to win the match 11-7 to brush MGS aside. The epic win keeps them in a very commanding 2nd place on the tables & 15 points ahead of their opponents & are favourites to pick up some high profile silverware in their just their 2nd season. Fay Andrews was the LOTM in this tie, she won all her 6 at the No 3 Ladies spot & it’s worth mentioning the great effort by Pete Fearns at 3rd Men’s for MGS, he won all his 6 of the 7 won by his team.

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