This time last year there was
so much snow about that some of our guests were unable even to
join us. This year the weather was somewhat less seasonal but
very much more agreeable.
Outside of the main event we gave everyone the chance to play
some Fours games across Friday and Saturday evenings, as a warm-up
to the main event.
Each team had 2 games each
night and after day one we had 5 teams who came through with
2 wins out of 2.
Of the 4 teams that won both
their games on Friday night, all but one were able to continue
on to finish with perfect records.
Third place went to George
& Joy Kitchen and Lynne & Alistair Kermath who took
36 shots from their 4 wins, second were Peggy Newton &
Marie Pollen and Mike & Rita Daniels who finished on
40 shots, but 3 shots better than that and the winners of the
competition were Ann Potter & Jill Quadling, Bill Wedgwood
and Chris Tilbrook.
We started off the weekend with a more than average number of
sixes on a single end (costing us a fiver each time), which resulted
in several very healthy scores to get a number of teams off to
a great start.
Of the 21 teams who won their
first game, 9 were already into double figures on shots.
Leading the way were last year's
winners Valerie Game & Ken Drane on 17 shots, Alan
& Josie Long and Mike Walker & Shirley Tilbrook,
on 16 shots, Keith & Prim Hume on 13 shots and Linda
Cornell & Janet Squares on 12 shots.
Inevitably, for such an early stage in the proceedings, there
was plenty of change with the second set of games having been
played, foremost amongst which was the leaders losing.
Plenty of change at the top
then, and we were already down to just 8 teams who had won both
of their games.
Alan & Josie Long moved up to the top spot on 28 shots,
followed by Linda Cornell and Janet Squares , whose husbands
had also won 2 out of 2, had 24 shots. Joy Kitchen & Joy
Spriggs were 3rd on 21 shots, Dave Cask & Jane Evans
were on 18 and Keith & Prim Hume had 17 shots from
their 2 wins, the same as Messrs Cornell and Squares.
And the final pair of pairs on 4 points were Irene & Joe
Woodward and Peter & Kay Masters.
The midway point in the Round Robin stage of the weekend and
although it was by the narrowest of margins the leaders, Alan
& Josie Long, were able to keep their winning streak
alive and thereby retain the top spot.
They were keeping company with
an ever smaller number of teams, while teams that had started
with a loss but won both of their next were starting to make
The teams that had made it
this far without dropping a single point now numbered just 4.
Behind the leaders were now Joy Kitchen & Joy Spriggs,
Keith & Prim Hume and Peter & Kay Masters,
all on 6 points.
And behind them there was a
huge pack of 17 teams, all of whom had won 2 and lost one, including
half a dozen who had begun the day with a loss.
The end of Saturday's play and judging from past events, anyone
who made it to this stage having won all there games, would be
all but guaranteed a top 16 finish, thereby booking themselves
a spot in Sunday afternoon's Knockout Stage. And with that final
qualifying spot being held by a team who already had 2 losses
to their name, those who hadn't dropped a point yet were looking
And the only teams that managed
to do so at this stage were Alan & Josie Long, who
had never been lower than second place all day, Joy Kitchen
& Joy Spriggs, very much the surprise package of the
day, and Keith & Prim Hume.
The chasing pack of 8 teams
were all 2 points adrift and were led by Valerie Game &
Ken Drane who had clawed they way back up after losing their
second game, and Linda Cornell & Janet Squares who,
despite losing their third game had never been outside the top
Meanwhile at the opposite end
of the spectrum everyone had finally managed to get off the mark.
Usually there is at least one team who fails to score a point
over the weekend, but this time around, everyone had managed
at least a draw in their first 4 games.
Sunday's first set of games was the point at which we would definitely
see the first teams cement their places in the last 16.
And indeed we did, the top
3 teams continued on their winning runs and duly guaranteed their
top 16 slots. Alan & Josie Long were still leading,
Keith & Prim Hume edged into second and Joy Kitchen
& Joy Spriggs were now third.
The next four teams, although
not yet guaranteed to go through looked to be fairly safe and
in fact were certain to qualify so long as they could manage
at least a point from their final games. They were Valerie
Game & Ken Drane, Linda Cornell & Janet Squares,
Dave Cask & Jane Evans and Anita Swann & Rita
Daniels who had been slowly working their way up after losing
the first game fo the day.
After that it was every man
from himself with a group of 12 teams on 6 points all looking
as of they would be vying for one of the remaining 9 spots.
The final Round Robin games.
After a great run of results
Joy Kitchen & Joy Spriggs finally lost a game, but
by now they were safely through. However the other 2 teams at
the top finished with their 6th wins out of 6.
It came down to just a couple
of shots in the end, but Alan & Josie Long came out
on top, just ahead of Keith & Prim Hume.
Third place went to Dave
Cask & Jane Evans who lost just one game, as did the
two Joys and Anita Swann & Rita Daniels.
A further 2 points back, having
won 4 and lost 2 games were Lin & Tony Cooke, Val
Game & Ken Drane, Linda Cornell & Janet Squares,
Gordon Bloomfield & John Whiting, Sybil Baldwin
& Brenda Reed, Trish & Sam Agnew and Peter
& Kay Masters.
Lynne & Alistair Kermath, Brian & Sheila Foreman
and Sylvia Disley and Les Buckton were the next group,
finishing on 7 points. The final spot would have gone to Mike
Walker & Shirley Tilbrook who were the best of the teams
to have won 3 and lost 3, but unfortunately Sylvia and Les were
unable to play on in the afternoon, so their replacements were
Mike & Judy Easy, one of 3 teams to finish on 6 points
and 44 shots, but managed to make there way through by virtue
of having conceded 5 less shots than their rivals.
Most of the games went
to form, but there were one or two surprises. One of those was
not Alan & Josie Long against Mike & Judy Easy.
The Longs won 8-3, but it was a game which all hinged on the
third end which yielded a decisive 4 shots.
Gordon Bloomfield &
John Whiting were 4
shots up after a couple of ends, but Linda Cornell & Janet
Squares clawed their way back to take the lead, although
it was level again with one end to go, which the ladies duly
won to take the game 7-5.
Anita Swann & Rita Daniels' game against Peter & Kay Masters
swung first one way and then the other and was another one
to be decided on the last end as Anita & Rita took 2 shots
to go from 1 down to win by 1 shot.
Joy Kitchen & Joy Spriggs had enjoyed a great run of results
through Saturday and on into Sunday morning, but had lost their
last Round Robin game and now fell at the first hurdle against
Lynne & Alistair Kermath in a game which fell away
from them in a last three ends which saw them go from 4-2 up
to finally losing 10-4.
Keith & Prim Hume had looked untouchable through the
Round Robin games and seemed to have their tie against Mike
Walker & Shirley Tilbrook nicely sewn up 5 ends in and
7-1 up. Even having lost 2 shots on the penultimate end they
still looked to be in a very strong position. But not only did
they loose the last end they lost 5 shots, enough to lose the
Val Game & Ken Drane were already 7-0 up after 2 ends against
Sybil Baldwin & Brenda Reed and were able to cruise
home to a 10-2 victory.
Lin & Tony Cooke were also never in danger, after taking
5 on the first end they were able to a comfortable 11-3 win over
Trish & Sam Agnew.
By the time Brian &
Sheila Foreman got on the board against Dave Cask &
Jane Evans, the game was already decided. They took 2 on
the last end, to lose 11-2.
Alan & Josie Long
continued their very strong run of form against Linda Cornell
& Janet Squares. Even after taking all 6 shots on the
first end, they continued on to take an impressive 19-3 win,
the biggest score of the weekend.
Mike Walker & Shirley
Tilbrook took themselves
into a nice 6-2 lead after 4 ends, against Val Game &
Ken Drane. The next end though, the lead had been pulled
back to 6-5 and Val & Ken seemed to be back in the game.
However Mike & Shirley replied immediatly with 5 shots on
the next end to put the game all but out of reach. It ended 11-6
in Mike & Shirley's favour.
Anita Swann & Rita Daniels
led Lynne &
Alistair Kermath well into their match, but 4 shots on the
penultimate end saw a 2 shot deficit turn into a 2 shot advantage
for the Kermaths and they were able to take the last end, finally
The biggest turnaround though
was left to Lin & Tony Cooke who were 5-0 down to
Dave Cask & Jane Evans after 4 ends but took all six
on the next to suddenly take the lead. And the one shot they
took on the next end meant that they could afford to drop one
on the last and still take the game 7-6.
Lynne & Alistair Kermath
were unlucky enough to be drawn against Alan & Josie Long
who were playing some great bowls. And whilst they ran the Longs
pretty much as close as anyone else had over the weekend, they
were still unable to defeat them. The ends were all close, but
the majority of them went the way of the Longs who finished 8-1
winners, although that was hardly a fair reflection of the closeness
of the game.
In contrast the result of the
game between Mike Walker & Shirley Tilbrook and Lin
& Tony Cooke was truly in doubt all they way through.
At 4 ends it was just 3-2 in favour of the Cookes, but Mike &
Shirley took 4 ends to take what looked like a good lead at 6-3
and only 2 ends to go. But Lin & Tony were right back to
level as they took 3 on the penultimate end and then clung on
to a single shot on the last to take the win and make it through
to their 3rd final with us, although they were still looking
for their first win against a pair who already had one win under
With the two teams having played so well to reach this stage
the Final promised much and it is certainly true to say that
the game more than lived up to it's promise.
Alan and Josie took the first
end with a single shot, but Lin & Tony responded with 3 on
the nest to take the lead. The Longs were back even on the next
end and with 2 more were 5-3 up 4 ends in. But the Cookes arrested
their opponent's momentum with another 3 to propel themselves
back into the lead by one shot.
The penultimate end also looked
to be going the way of Lin & Tony, but Alan nicked it with
his final wood, taking 2 shots to regain the lead by a single
Down to the final end then,
and the game could still have gone either way. The Longs gained
the early advantage, kept it tight and took one shot to finish
8-6 up in one of the best finals we have had the pleasure to
The win gave the Longs their
second win with us, while the Cookes were left as runners-up
for the third time.
You can find all the results
Many thanks to everyone who joined us and for helping us to raise
a record sum of nearly £400 for the East Anglia