Once again this year saw a
full entry of 96 players and although several people dropped
out in the days running up to the event, there were plenty of
reserves on hand to fill in.
As usual everyone would play
5 games, each time with different players, against different
players and on different mats.
Off to the best start were Neil Jolly, Elaine Knightsbridge
and Jane Coulon who picked up 14 shots in their first
Three shots behind them were
a couple of blocks comprised of Peter Fellingham, Alan
Smith, Marion Bull, John Brace, Sue Davey
and Glyn Catchpole.
Twenty three players won for a second time and in contrast to
the first round the majority of the games were close with only
one team managing to reach double figures. Unsurprisingly two
from that team were now in the top three.
Leading the way on 25 shots
was Neil Jolly and five shots behind were Glyn Catchpole
and Sam Runnacles. Two shots further back on 18 was Alan
Smith and on 17 shots were Marion Bull, Vivian Grant,
Colin Barnes and John Brace.
Remarkably none of the top 9 won their third games and only 7
people picked up a third win.
The biggest win of the round
was an 18-0, a result which gave us a new leader. John Whiting
leapt up from 16th to 1st with 6 points and 32 shots. Six shots
back in second was Sue Gilder who was 2 ahead of Peter
Frost. Pam Reynard and James Jordan were one
further back on 23 shots and the two remaining players who still
hadn't dropped a point were Stephen Woodley and Brian
Pryke who had 19 shots.
The ranks of those with a perfect record were reduced to just
4 now, although a further 6 were on 7 points, still unbeaten
and in with a chance.
John Whiting still led the way and with 46 shots
was 10 clear of his nearest rival, Sue Gilder. Stephen
Woodley was third on 33 shots and Pam Reynard was
fourth on 30 shots.
Behind them, having dropped
just 1 point each were Peter Fellingham, Neil Jolly,
Sam Runnacles, Glyn Catchpole, John Brace
and John Austin.
History tells us that everything changes in the final round.
And history turns out to be right.
Of the top 4 two were playing
in the first half of the final session and two in the last half.
John Whiting with a substantial shot advantage simply
needed a win to be pretty much sure of taking overall victory,
but unfortunately he lost on the last end of his game. For Stephen
Woodley it was the same, a loss which meant that he too would
finish on 8 points.
That left Sue Gilder
and Pam Reynard as the only ones still left with perfect records,
having won 4 out of 4.
However, despite a late comeback,
Pam also lost, so it was all down to Sue. Going into the final
end with a 4 shot lead and 3 down with an opposition wood still
to come, she used her last wood to take second, secure the win
and finishing as the only person on the day to win all 5 games.
The next 4 spots were taken
by the players who had dropped just one point, Peter Fellingham
(53 shots), Neil Jolly (52), Glyn Catchpole (46)
and Sam Runnacles (43).
We would like to thank everyone
who took part and look forward to seeing you all again next year.