HOW TO PLAY AUNT SALLY
The players throw the sticks, underarm or round arm, at the doll from behind a line known as the "hockey" (or "oche") which is 30ft 6inches from the iron
Each turn consists of six throws and a 'doll' is only counted as long as the stick hits the doll before the iron.
Normal League Games have two teams each consisting of eight players and three legs are played. Each leg consists of each member of each team having one turn so that each team makes 48 throws.
The pitch needs to be on level ground and free from obstructions and overhanging branches.
Like the picture above, a permanent pitch will benefit from a path from hockey to iron to reduce wear on a grass area.
Some pitches are laid out on concrete or paving - needless to say these need to be away from thoroughfares (ideally).
The Backcloth at the iron needs to be well constructed to reduce the energy of the sticks and hence their likelyhood of rebounding.
Lighting is needed at both ends for late evening play and safety.
Some pitches are of necessity a compromise and this adds to the atmosphere,and skill and in some cases the patience needed for the game.
A Foot Fault is where a player during their throw places their foot on or over the oche before the stick leaves their hand thus making their throw shorter.
No doll is scored if this occurs for that throw of a stick.
These are essential parts of the game!
The Caller is the 'Umpire' of the Pitch. They call out the dolls scored (loudly and clearly) for each successful doll judging whether it is a good Doll or an Iron.
The Callers decision is final.
Sticking up is an essential - especially when dolls are scored! The sticker-upper has to replace the doll on the swivel as quickly as possible to allow the player to take the next throw.
The swivel should be facing down the alley to the thrower with the doll on top centrally placed on the pad.
The faster the stickup the quicker the game and the earlier the beer leg!
In the Banbury & District League The Sticker Up is from the team throwing and the Umpire from the oppsosing side.
Scoring ~ Doll or No Doll
A Doll is scored if:-
Scoring in Aunt Sally is simple - one mark for each doll scored.
Butchers Arms’B’ won this match 3-0 on 14th July 2011
The Beer Leg
In common with many pub games there is usually a beer leg
which doesn't count towards the league score
but the losing team buys their opposite number a drink.
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©Banbury & District Aunt Sally League 2015
Updated : 12th September 2015