G & H Seed Winter Veterans' League 2017-18

This format is always popular, mainly due to the flexibility whereby any 4 people may play, which leads to sociability. All club members over 40 with free time in winter afternoons are eligible – and are welcome. 

For the last 2016-17 winter season entries by 4 new teams led to a totally unwieldy league of 18 teams. We entered one of the new teams, reviving our Flukes & Flounders: 68 fixtures to fulfil between them. The first fixtures were at the end of August, the last round in mid-April. The Flukes were initially captained by Martyn Willacy, but he resigned from the club mid-season, since when Geoff Birch has been the Flukes captain. Kath Jordan has captained the Flounders since their return. 

The Flukes had an excellent season, inflicting the only defeat of the season on the perennial league winners Slyne Badgers. We would have been top at the half way stage except for having to concede v Bowerham when we had no team available. We never made up the ground and finished 2nd, 7pts behind Slyne. Meanwhile the Flounders had a very good season too, finishing in the top half of the table.   

The big debate at the Lancaster League AGM in January was whether to split the Veterans’ league into 2 divisions. 2 more teams entered for the first time for the current 2017-18 season. A split into 2 was the only practical solution, so with 2 Divs. each of 10 teams, a decent midwinter break has been re-instituted. 

Thus far the Flukes have won, lost & drawn 2 matches (1 rained off). The Flounders have found the Div. 1 standard equally hard: 3 matches drawn & 3 lost (1 rained off). The season’s strategy is to run the Flukes as a definite 1st team to try & ensure that we keep at least one team in Div. 1. There is still crossover between the teams depending on availability – the league consider a starring system in the near future. 

In the last 2 seasons our teams have been represented by the following members in addition to their captains: Roger & Tess Brownill, Alison Butler, Dot Davies, Phil Eccles, Tom Fraser, Dylan George, Bill Gill, Frank Jordan, Ann Morris, Sarah Rashleigh, Dave Rees, Jo Read, Hilary Seed & Mike Wright; Ian Bury, Jill Joyce, Ann Paterson, Dave Rogers & Jan Sutcliffe have all represented the club for the first time during the current Veterans’ season.      23 players in total. 
Tom Fraser
 

Flukes Fixtures  2017-18 

Date

Day

Opponents

Venue

Result

Oct 6

Fri

Slyne B Foxes

Home

4-4 Rain

Oct 13

Fri

Burton

Away

Draw 4-4

Oct 18

Wed

Kirkby Moors

Away

Lost 2-6?

Oct 27

Fri

N Lonsdale Flukes

Home

Lost 3-5

Oct 31

Tue

Bowerham 

Away

Draw 4-4

Nov 8

Wed

Lancaster

Away

Lost 1-7

Nov 17

Fri

Slyne A Badgers

Home

Lost 1.5-6.5

Nov 20

Mon

Lunesdale A Chilies

Away

Rain 4-4

Dec 1

Fri

Heversham A

Home

 

Dec 7

Thur

Slyne B Foxes

Away

 

Dec 15

Fri

Burton

Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 12

Fri

Kirkby Moors

Home

Won 6-2

Jan 17

Wed

North Lonsdale Flukes

Away

 

Jan 26

Fri

Bowerham

Home

 

Feb 2

Fri

Lancaster

Home

 

Feb 5

Mon

Slyne A Badgers

Away

 

Feb 16

Fri

Lunesdale A Chilies

Home

 

Feb 22

Thur

Heversham A

Away

 


What is a Fluke or Flounder?

The common flounder or fluke, which can be found all round our coast in areas of sandy or muddy sea bed, is a remarkable creature. It starts life looking like any other baby fish, swimming upright with an eye on either side of its head. After a few days, it begins to lean sideways and sink to the sea bed; the left eye starts to migrate round to the right side of the face and by the time the left eye has completed the migration, the flounder is swimming flat with both eyes uppermost.

The ability to swim flat, combined with the capacity to change skin coloration to suit its surroundings, enables the flounder to lie concealed in sand or mud and prey on passing marine worms, sandeels and small crustaceans. Flounders tend to feed close inshore and are generally the first fish to be carried up estuaries by the flood tide. At slack water, flounders wriggle into the mud in the shallows to prey on their favourite food, peeler crabs, while they wait for the tide to turn.

                                                                          




Flukes Fixtures 2017-2018

Date

Day

Opponents

Venue

Result

Oct 2

Mon

Slyne A Badgers

Away

Draw 4-4

Oct 11

Wed

Bowerham

Home

Rain 4-4

Oct 18

Wed

Lancaster

Home

Lost 2-6

Oct 27

Fri

NLTC Flounders

Away

Won 5-3

Nov 1

Wed

Lunesdale A Chilies

Home

Won 5-3

Nov 8

Wed

Heversham

Home

Lost 1-7

Nov 16

Thur

Slyne B Foxes

Away

Won 8-0

Nov 22

Wed

Burton

Home

Won 5-3

Nov 29

Wed

Kirkby Moors

Away

Won 5-3

Dec 6

Wed

Slyne A Badgers

Home

Won 5-3

Dec 12

Tue

Bowerham 

Away

Rain 4-4

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 10

Wed

Lancaster

Away

Lost 2-6

Jan 17

Wed

NLTC Flounders

Home

 

Jan 22

Mon

Lunesdale A Chilies

Away

 

Feb 1

Thur

Heversham

Away

 

Feb 7

Wed

Slyne B Foxes

Home

 

Feb 16

Fri

Burton

Away

 

Feb 21

Wed

Kirkby Moors

Home

 

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Jonathan Rashleigh,
12 Feb 2016, 03:25
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