A sun baked Windsor Park awaited the Bears as the Secretary faced the Royal Household BC in his annual fixture. Due to issues the game would be three rinks and three triples, with the Bears also lending a couple of players to the hosts (Life Member Arnold Goad and Imm Past President Graham O’Donohue). The secretary triumphed in the sun, registering a 109-94 victory.
Roy Henfry (Tamworth), Boris Boulstridge (Nuneaton) and Past President Phil Green hit a five and six on their way to a midway 19-3 lead. The hosts doubled their tally in the second half but couldn’t stop a dominant Green and co completing a 30-7 victory. Barry Sheasby (Oakfield), Brian Lindley (Bilton), Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock and Past President Brian Mace Humphries took five ends to get off the mark but led by two after eleven ends. Three of the remaining ends were decided by doubles, the rest were all singles, with the Bears edging it, final score 19-16 to Mace Humphries and co.
Bryn Poore (Nuneaton), Match Secretary Mike Hall and Pete Storer (Grange) were level after five ends but two up after nine. The Household hit a seven on the thirteenth end to lead by six but Storer and co fought back to finish just one down, final score 16-17. Past President Clive Faulkner, Dennis Wilkinson (Stoke), Secretary Michael Jackson and Dave Cooke (Southam) trailed by twelve after nine ends but cut that to four with five ends to play. Cooke and co halved the deficit in the remaining ends, final score 18-20.
Fred West (Stoke) and Roger Powell (Bidford) shared the skip position for Ron Bale (Stoke), David Knee (Grange) and David Payne (Stratford). After nine ends they trailed by two, with fifteen ends gone the Bears now led by a shot. With two ends left the Bears still held a one shot lead but a treble and single for the hosts snatched the win 19-16. Malcolm Wickens (Royal Leamington Spa), Bob Hope (Welford) and Senior Vice President Geoff Moran recovered from a poor start to be level after twelve ends. A treble, trio of singles and double for the hosts countered by a last end single saw Moran and co lose 9-16.