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» 2018 MARION'S FAB FOURS

Once again there was a full compliment of 40 teams for the event, with the top 2 from each of the 8 groups going through to the Knockout Stages.

Group 1
While Sneaky Weasels won the group comfortably with maximum points, it was down to the last game who would go through as runners-up and with the win and 5 points overall it was Bowled Over.

Group 2
Jack Smackers
were through before they had played their last game, going on to win all four, with 3 of Hearts and the Joker going through with 3 wins and a loss.

Group 3
The Wantabies
had the group won before their final game which they also won to finish on 7 points, while Steve & GB crept in on 5 points.

Group 4
Family Fou
r won the group comfortably on 8 points, while Team Thatch had qualification sewn up with their final game still to be played.

Group 5
Tequila Mockingbird
took four wins out of four to top the group while The Repair Man was comfortably through on 6 points.

Group 6
This group saw the points nicely shared about, but even so both Snow White and 3 Dwarfs and Brockdish were through before they played the final group game against one another. Despite only being on 4 points each they both had enough shots to be ahead of the rest of the group. In the end Snow White won to top the group.

Group 7
It was a similar story to Group 6, with one game to play 4 teams were on 4 points. Chelmo already had enough shots to have qualified while M J + 2 would need one shot to also go through. In the end they did that and more as they won the game and the group.

Group 8
Littleportians
, on 6 points, and NOMADS, on 5 points were though as they went into their game against one another, which NOMADS won to finish top of the group.


First Round

The Wantabies

6-7
The Repair Man

Family Four

2-5
Brockdish

Tequila Mockingbird

7-6
Chelmo

Snow White and 3 Dwarfs

5-9
Littleportians

M J + 2

5-4
Bowled Over

NOMADS

3-14
3 of Hearts and the Joker

Sneaky Weasels

7-4
Steve and GB

Jack Smackers

6-4
Team Thatch

Quarter Finals

Brockdish

6-4
Sneaky Weasels

The Repair Man

4-6
Jack Smackers

Littleportians

6-3
M J + 2

Tequila Mockingbird

2-8
3 of Hearts and the Joker

Semi-Finals

Jack Smackers

8-3
Littleportians

Brockdish

3-17
3 of Hearts and the Joker

Final
Jack Smackers
(Tom, Pete & Rita Runnacles and Neil Tuckey) v 3 of Hearts and the Joker (Neil Jolly, Jason Ellis and Craig & Rebecca Hearn)
End 1 - Jack Smackers are holding but although the opposition woods are lined up just behind Neil can't move the jack back. 2-0 to Jack Smackers.
End 2 - No one wants to much trouble the jack, until Tom moves it to the oppostion. 2-1.
End 3 - A much better end all around this time with barely a wood out of place. Neil is holding, blocks and forces Tom down the other side, he pushes the jack out but only cuts it down from 3 to 2. 3-2 to 3 of Hearts.
End 4 - Much the same again but this time the blockers don't work and Tom gets in to rescue the head with his last wood. 3-3.
End 5 - Two excellent openers from Pete forces the opposition to move the jack. Which they do. Off the mat. Jack Smackers are back in the lead at just the right time. 5-3.
End 6 - With the jack back in the box and down two shots Tom finds the draw that the rest of his team had been searching for to take shot with his last wood, Neil can't reach it and Jack Smackers win 6-3.

You can find the day's full results here.

Photos here, courtesy of Shirley Watkins.

» 2018 GRAHAM'S HARTEST TRIPLES

There was a full entry of 40 teams for the event with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the knockout stages.

Group 1
The Space Fillers turned out to be a little more than that as they won all their games to top the group. Lawford came through to finish second on shots with 4 points.

Group 2
Cockfield B
and Hoggards Green B played out the final group game to decide which one of them would go through in 1st place and which in 2nd. And it was Cockfield who won.

Group 3
With Barking A though on 6 points the final group game would see Cockfield C needing a draw to qualify and a win to finish top of the group, which is exactly what they did.

Group 4
Barking B
took a clean sweep of wins to finish top while Barrow B's 4 points and 23 shots was enough to beat Earl Soham's 4 points and 22 shots.

Group 5
Cockfield A
had won the group before their final game and went on to finish on maximum points. Stanningfield's 4 points were good enough for second place by a whole point.

Group 6
Brockley/Ketton A
won all 4 games to finish winners of the group and although Tricolour only won twice they were clear in second place.

Group 7
Essex Friends
won all their games to secure first place with Kelsale winning 3 and losing 1 to go through as runners-up.

Group 8
Reepham Robins A
were through before they had started their final game and ended up with a perfect record. The runner-up spot went to Hoggards Green A with 2 wins and a draw.

Knockout Rounds
First Round
Barrow B
went from 5-0 up against Cockfield C to 6-5 down and then came through to win 7-6.

Barking A beat Barking B in a low scoring game, 6-1.

Cockfield A were always ahead of Tricolour and went on to win 8-4.

Brockley/Ketton A survived a late scare against Stanningfield. Leading 8-1 with 2 ends to go they clung on to win 8-7.

Essex Friends chipped away at Hoggards Green A to win 7-2.

Kelsale against Reepham Robins A went back and forth with Reepham picking up 2 on the last end to win 6-5.

Dropping a 4 on the second end proved fatal for Space Fillers as they fell to Hoggards Green B 6-3.

Cockfield B were comfortable at the halfway mark and finished 10-3 winners over Lawford.

Quarter Finals
Cockfield A
had a good run in the middle of their game against Barrow B and came home winners 7-3.

It was all square at 4 ends between Barking A and Brockley/Ketton A but Barking won the last 3 ends to take the game 8-3.

Reepham Robins A never got started against Cockfield B who took a convincing 10-1 win.

There was never much between Essex Friends and Hoggards Green B but Hoggards were never behind and 2 very good woods from the skip on the final end secured a 6-3 win.

Semi-Finals
Cockfield B
and Hoggards Green B all came down to the last end, it was 4-4 and with Cockfield just holding they forced Hoggards to take the cot off the carpet. Cockfield won 6-4.

Barking A opened with a 4 but 3 ends later were 6-4 down to Cockfield A, however they rallied with a couple of good ends and finished 10-6 winners.

Final
Cockfield B v Barking A
It was just one shot an end for the first four ends, but Cockfield had won three of those. However on the 5th end the picked up 2 more to extend their lead to 5-1 and on the penultimate end they did the same. That left Barking seeking a rather unlikely full house to take the game to an extra end, which was never realistically going to happen. In the end Barking did manage to win the end, but were only able to score a single shot as Cockfield won the game 7-2.

We would like to thank everyone who entered, brought draw prizes and purchases draw tickets who helped us to raise £548 for this year's chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

You can see the photos here.

» 2018 RANDOM TRIPLES

This year there was a small drop off in numbers owning to a couple of clashing events, but we still had 90 players entered, only just short of the maximum.

As usual everyone would get 5 games, all on different mats and all both with and against different players each time.

Game 1
With a 12-3 win in their first game the trio of Jane Evans, Clint Watling and Peter Dent led the way early on. They were followed by 9 players who had picked up 10 shots in their opening matches.

Game 2
Only 20 players were able to get repeat wins in their second games.

A massive 17-0 win propelled Tom Runnacles and Sue Isles to the top with 4 points and 24 shots. Ken Drane and Clint Watling were on 20 shots, Peter Dent had 19 and Jane Evans 18.

Game 3
A mere 8 players won for a third time.

Way out in front on shots was Tom Runnacles with 39, with his nearest rival Clint Watling, 10 shots behind. Cathy Saunders and Rob Parnell had 23 shots, Neil Jolly 22, Steven Cain 21, Jane Coulon 20 and Rosemary Kerswell 19.

Game 4
We were now down to just 5 players who had won all their games.

Neil Jolly and Clint Watling headed the table with 8 points and 36 shots, Cathy Saunders was 6 shots back and Steven Cain and Rosemarie Kerswell were one shot further behind.

Two other players, Malcolm Tricker and Jane Coulon were on 7 points, having won three and drawn one.

All of that meant that it was all going to go down to the wire because not only would the top two be playing in the very final session, but they would also be playing one another.

Game 5
With each round split into two halves it was probably all going to be decided on one game but with the first half having been played there were 2 players who had won 5 times, Cathy Saunders and Steven Cain who had 42 and 41 shots respectively.

So the final standings would be decided by Neil and Clint's game. Unless it's a draw or a very low scoring game the chances are the eventual winner will come from this game. Clint picks up one, then takes the jack off on the second, which is what Neil also does on the third, Neil then draws one on the 4th end to make it 3-3. On the 5th end Clint draws his last for 2 to lead 5-3 and on the next Neil takes 2 back to make it 5-5 with one end to go. Neil needs 1 shot to win overall, Clint needs 2. And Clint does it, thanks to Neil taking the jack off.... again.

In the end there were just 4 unbeaten players. Fourth place went to Malcolm Tricker with 9 points, having won 4 and drawn 1. The top 3 all won all of their games. In third was Steven Cain with 41 shots, second was Cathy Saunders with 42 shots and first was Clint Watling with 43 shots.

A good day's play which everyone seemed to enjoy and a finish which would hardly have been closer.

Many thanks to everyone who played and helped out on the day.

You can see the final results here and photos here.

» 2018 CHARITY FOURS

The Suffolk County Bowls Association 2018 Charity Fours Tournament was held at Needham Market on Saturday 6th January.

A full compliment of 45 teams had entered but unfortunately half a team pulled out with illness and replacement players were unavailable at the time so 44 teams completed the days bowling.

The eventual winners being Che/Bar - Karen Cadman & Alfie Hubbard (Chelmondiston) with Mick Watkins & Andy Gilder (Barking) 8 points and 37 shots for with 13 against. 
 
They were closely followed by Hundon A – Mick & Ann Hathaway, Pam Deeks & Nick Wood 8 points and 33 shots for with 14 against
 
Other teams winning all 4 games with 8 points were: Witnesham B with 30 shots and Elmstead Market with 28 shots.

Two teams scored 7 points (won 3 games and drew the other): Reepham Robins with 35 shots and Hundon B with 30 shots.

Seven teams scored 6 points (won 3): Over with 43 shots, Fulbourn 39 shots, Copdock & Washbrook B 36 shots (12A), Burstall 36 shots (17A), URC Felixstowe B 30 shots, Chelmondiston A 27 shots
and Martlesham with 25 shots.

Well done to all teams.

The Grand Draw had 79 draw prizes, so thanks to all those that contributed.

I hope you all enjoyed the day, we have raised around £1,275.00 for our chosen charity, The John Le Vay Prostate Cancer Support & Information Centre at Ipswich Hospital.
  
On behalf of Suffolk County Bowls Association thanks again for your support and a big thank you to all those that helped out on the day.