A clean 'Doll'
Failure to score anything
with 6 sticks is referred to as a 'blob' - the unfortunate player being
subject to much derision (mainly from their own side!) - and in some cases
a fine of 50p!
On the toss of a coin,
the winning team will elect to either 'set' (throw) or put their opponents
in. Each of the six team members throws all of their sticks and the dolls
are totalled. The opposing team then all throw. The team with the highest
doll score will be awarded that leg; a match being the best of three legs
(also called 'horses').
Should the doll count
be equal at the end of a leg, then the process is repeated with each player
having only 3 sticks each ( a 'Three Sticker').
If it's still a draw
then it's done again with only 1 stick each (a 'One Sticker'). Still a
draw? - then back to 6 sticks and keep going until someone wins.
Even if there's an outright
winner after 2 legs, the third leg will be played, because total doll
score counts in final league positions and possible promotion in the following
After the conclusion
of the match proper comes the high point for many - The Beer Leg.
Winners of the beer leg
get bought a drink by their opponents !
Matches alternate - home
and away, giving the opportunity to visit a variety of pubs.
Aunt Sally is a game
that can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities and
it would be great to think that by visiting this site, someone might be
inspired to have a go at our 'beautiful game'.
If you're outside the UK and you know of Aunt Sally (or something similar) being played near you, get in touch and let us know about it (photos welcome). We've already been contacted from the USA, China and the Czech Republic!
So, you think
you have good hand to eye co-ordination ? Want to give it a try ? - On
the first page of the League option in the main menu, you'll find a list
of the pubs in our league - ring one and see if you can have a go.
Rremember that League
matches are played on Thursday nights between 8:30 and around 10:00pm
- a good time to spectate, but don't expect to get a game!