12 members met up for breakfast on Saturday morning before taking the train down to Darlington to play our friendly with the Hundens club. As with most trips there is always ‘the one’ and that was to be no different this time round either. ‘The one’ this was none other than Andy ‘its coming home three lions’ Reid who shimmied into the Booking Office in a top vaguely reminiscent of a France football top rather than the Clubs official attire. “My club tops are in the washing” was the feeble excuse.
On to the train for a largely uneventful trip down although Gary Largue did his best to match his shoes with his bowls by losing one of them! He was re-united with the footwear as we approached Darlington station. Sadly the errant bowl has never been recovered.Warmly welcomed by our hosts first up were 4 rinks of triples on a quick green bathed in glorious sunshine. And here again Mr Reid was to be the ‘one’!!
Selected to play link in a triple he bullied Bob Lee’s love child, Graeme Prentice, into taking the skips position. “I am a Top 5 player don’t you know so I should skip” was rumoured to have been the call and Travolta then skipped the triple to a crushing defeat. The only one of the four to lose! After the game Andy protested his innocence claiming that Graeme begged him to skip the team “You are a Top 6 player after all” supposedly being the call. Second half of the match was 3 rinks in which the NBC came out on top in 2. I can’t recall if Travolta was involved in the defeat but he probably was.
After an excellent meal we adjourned to the Rolling Mills club for a few rounds of hospitality and even though we are Scottish and our club sleeves are Sweden’s colours the members in the club were welcoming and generous. One England shirted gentleman even purchasing a bottle of Sambuca shots for us to enjoy!
Around 8 it was time to head to the station and that is where things got a little confused for this writer as we lost a few guys. Some of us on one train being hotly pursued up line by a second train carrying most of the rest EXCEPT for a single member (choo choo ) (Im not going on that train ) who did not get home until SUNDAY!! That is twice this member has visited Darlington and twice the gentleman has had very unfortunate difficulties with trains. Maybe best to go by coach next time! All in all a very good day out rounded off with another couple of pints in our early morning starting point.
Our grateful thanks to our hosts and we can look forward to repeating the event next year.