9:30am Saturday 5th October 2013
THE English have a proud history of teaching other nations how to play our sports so they can beat us at them.
Now a group from Oxford whose members love the pub game Aunt Sally are exporting the county sport.
An 11-man team from Cowley has flown out to Portugal to defend their title – a year after playing the game with locals out there.
Last year, 12 members of Cowley Conservative Club went on holiday to the Algarve, where they played the game. The locals were so struck by the English tourists’ game that they ended up learning it. And it turns out they liked the game so much they have spent the last year practising.
Now the Cowley team have returned to defend their title.
The 11-strong team flew out to Albufeira in The Algarve early yesterday after spending the evening together at the club to build up team spirit.
Club member Doug Turner, 62, a retired bus driver, said: “We wanted to go back because they fancy their chances now.”
The club goes on holiday every year.
Last year they were invited to Vale Fuzeiros in the Algarve by ex-pat Jeff Beil, from Wheatley.
He arranged a match between the Conservatives and the owners of the Bar O-Gralia in the village, setting up an alley in the road. The Oxford team won the honours after several games.
Mr Turner, who lives in Blackbird Leys, said: “It was a really good day.
“Then they threw down the challenge – they reckon they can beat us.”
The club team plays in the Oxfordshire league, but is down in division four.
Mr Turner said of the trip to Portugal: “We have got to win against someone.”
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