There was a full 40 team line-up
for this year's Hartest Triples, held in honour of the late Graham
Essex Friends romped
home to the group win with 4 victories, leaving the other teams
to scramble for second place which could have gone to any one
of 3 teams. In the end it was Witnesham who made it through
with 2 wins.
Reepham Robins B and
Nayland A both won 3 times and lost once with Reepham
taking the group win on shots.
Brockdish won the group
with 6 points from their 3 wins. Behind them the remaining four
teams were separated by just one point with Brockley/Ketton
B sneaking second place on 4 points courtesy of their slightly
Cockfield B came through
to win the group with 3 wins and a draw while second place went
to Barking B with 3 wins and a loss.
In a closely fought group it was Good-Bad-Ugly who came
out on top with 6 points and 34 shots, 6 shots better than runners-up
Old Felixstowe B.
Team Thatch won the
group with 4 comfortable victories and maximum points. Second
place went to Kelsale who lost once and won their 3 other
Everything was decided on the last game with Cockfield C
and Occold both winning 3 games and Cockfield's better
shots giving them first place.
the group with 4 good wins while second place would be decided
by whoever won the final group game between Hundon A and Walton.
It was the latter who won and went through.
Barking B picked up
4 on the last end to beat Brockdish 8-3.
Cockfield B took one with the final wood to beat
Brockley/Ketton B 5-4.
Good-Bad Ugly went from 3-1 down to 8-3 up in 3
ends to beat Kelsale.
Team Thatch got an early 7-0 lead and went on to
beat Old Felixstowe B 10-4.
Cockfield C led Walton from the start,
Kenninghall didn't get a look in until the last
couple of ends by which time it was too late as Occold
beat them 10-2.
Essex Friends led Nayland A 3-2 with 2 ends
to go but finished with a couple of threes for a 9-2 win.
Reepham Robins B didn't let Witnesham get even
a sniff of a shot as they steam rollered their way to a 15-0
Good-Bad-Ugly won the
first 3 ends against Barking B and never looked back,
The match between Cockfield
B and Team Thatch was a cracker with the teams 5-5
playing the last end, the first 2 woods from the skips each drew
shot. The last wood from Cockfield was a perfectly played plant
which took shot and left the opposition nothing and that was
what they got. 6-5 to Cockfield.
Reepham Robins B and Occold were all square
with an end to go. And that was end was one of those all or nothing
affairs which went to Occold, although the final score of 9-4
slightly flattered them.
Essex Friends began with 4 shots on the first end
against Cockfield C and by the end the margin was just
the same as the remaining 6 ends were shared. The final score
Three on the first end for Essex Friends was a good start
against Occold. By the 5th end they had extended the lead
to 7-1 and were 5 up going into the last end so they were happy
to drop a 4 on the last and still win 7-6.
It was nip and tuck between
Good-Bad-Ugly and Cockfield B. Going into what would
be the last end Good-Bad were 5-4 up, however as the whistle
blew to end the game at 6 ends Cockfield had not one but two
shots and were able to grab the win at the last, 6-5.
Essex Friends v Cockfield
End 1 Essex have the better start. Holding several shots
already, Don shuts the end down and Pete can't get close enough
to reduce the count which turns out to be a 5!
End 2 It's a little looser this time. Cockfield are holding
nicely, Essex fail to move a wide open jack and Cockfield take
3 back to trail 5-3. Game on again.
End 3 Val nails the jack just like she did the last time
they played in this direction. This time the jack is moved but
it's still one to Essex. 6-3.
End 4 This time it's Cockfield's turn to have the better
start and once again there's a wide open head which both skips
miss. Cockfield take 3 and level the game 6-6.
End 5 As we know by now Essex will get the better start.
They hold 3 as the skips come to bowl. Pete manages to cut it
down to one and Essex lead 7-6.
End 6 As usual Cockfield are holding, but only just. Although
the jack moves it goes to another one of their's and it's all
square again at 7-7.
Final End Once again this is Val's end, her first is good,
her second better. A gap opens and closes and Pete has to bowl
his first wood 4 down and with only one option. He draws and
cuts the count down but he isn't holding. He can't alter anything
with his last and Essex Friends take 2 and win 9-7.
We would like to thank everyone
who entered and helped contribute to a profit of £430 for
this year's chosen charity, the Air