Gunton IV - December 2015
The Fours games were played on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Each team would play twice per night and the winners would be
the team with the best record over their four games.
Friday's games gave us five
teams who won both of their games and they were seperated by
just three shots.
They were the teams of Drane/Game/Vaughan/Daniels
(20 shots), Jones/Pullar (19 shots) and Ball/Walker/Evans,
Squares/Long and Masters/Tanner, all of who had 17 shots.
And Saturday held the interesting
prospect of three games involving teams from the top five playing
Inevitably the order changed
quite dramatically after Saturday's games.
The leaders started by losing
a close game against Jones/Pullar and followed that with
a second loss, which left them sixth.
Having taken one win, Jones/Pullar
then lost their second game to Squares/Long, who would
have been in the running had they not already lost their first
That left two other teams,
Masters/Tanner and Ball/Walker/Evans. They both
finished with wins, but what ended up settling things was the
game between the two, which had already taken place in Saturday's
first round of games. And it had gone the way of Masters/Tanner.
That meant that Masters/Tanner
finished with 4 wins out of 4, the only team to do so. And Ball/Walker/Evans
finished the best of the 3 teams who took 3 wins out of 4, to
Each team would play
six games in the Round Robin stage of the event, twice each on
Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. This would
set the seedings for the Knockout Stages which would take place
on Sunday afternoon, with the highest qualifiers playing the
lowest qualifiers, ie 1st plays 16th, 2nd plays 15th etc.
Round 1 (Saturday)
With no drawn games there were 22 winners from the first round
Of those there were 9 teams
who had double figure shot scores, the best of whom were Sylvia
Vaughan & Paul Daniels (15 shots), Bill & Carole Reeves
(13), Tony & Pat Staines and Sue Jones & Lawrence Pullar
(12) and David & Cynthia Sanderson (11).
Round 2 (Saturday)
Twelve teams repeated their first round wins, with virtually
nothing to seperate the teams at the very top.
Leading with way were Ken Drane
& Val Game (22 shots), Tony & Pat Staines, Roger &
Diane Marshall and Bill & Carole Reeves all had 21 shots
and Peter Jones & Sarah Pullar had 19 shots.
Round 3 (Saturday)
By this time there were just 9 teams left who had won all their
Bill & Carole Reeve led
the way on 38 shots, followed by Tony & Pat Staines (31 shots).
Ken Drane & Val Game (29 shots), were third, followed by
Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels (27) and Rob & Jean Cook
and Peter Jones & Sarah Pullar (both 25 shots).
The previous year, with two
less teams in competition, the final qualifiers had finished
on 6 points, so it was safe to assume that these leading teams
were certainly one win and probably just one point away from
a top 16 finish.
Round 4 (Saturday)
A few surprise results in the final session of the day saw losses
for several of the leading teams.
Only four teams finished the
day with four wins out of four. Tony & Pat Staines (50 shots),
led the way, followed by Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels (38),
Sam & Trish Agnew (28) and Syd & Dot Tanner (23).
Two other teams finished the
day unbeaten, having won 3 and drawn 1. They were Sylvia Vaughan
& Paul Daniels and Peter Jones & Sarah Pullar.
With the top 16 all on at least
5 points it looked as if 7 points was going to be the minimum
requirement for qualification.
Round 5 (Sunday)
The first qualifiers
emerged at the start of Sunday, with the teams who had not yet
lost a game guaranteeing their place in the last sixteen.
That meant that the four teams
who had won all their games to date, Tony & Pat Staines,
Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels, Sam & Trish Agnew
and Syd & Dot Tanner, were through, along with Peter
Jones & Sarah Pullar, who had dropped just one point
Round 6 (Sunday)
The Round Robin games finished with 3 teams having won all of
their games, Tony & Pat Staines, Sam & Trish Agnew and
Syd & Dot Tanner.
Another 2 teams had five wins
and a draw, they were Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels and Peter
Jones & Sarah Pullar.
The five teams that had already
qualified were joined by Peter & Kay Masters and Paul
& Sue Cousins (10 points), Michael & Heather Shipp,
Jean Read & Chris Tilbrook, Sylvia Vaughan &
Paul Daniels and Brian Archer & Pat Phillips (9
points) and on 8 points Harold & Patricia Ball, Richard
& Linda Cornell, Keith & Prim Hume, Robin
& Heather Brown and Bryan & Andrea Edwards.
Brian Archer & Pat Phillips led the whole way against Peter
& Kay Masters, winning 8-2.
Jean Read & Chris Tilbrook
also took the lead from the start and came home 7-5 winners over
Michael & Heather Shipp.
Five shots over 2 ends in the
middle of the game saw Tony & Pat Staines home, 8-4 over
Bryan & Andrea Edwards.
A four on the 3rd end gave
Paul & Sue Cousins the lead which they extended to beat Sylvia
Vaughan & Paul Daniels 8-4.
All level after 3 ends, Sam
& Trish Agnew took the last 4 to beast Robin & Heather
Syd & Dot Tanner got in
front and held off Keith & Prim Hume to win 6-4.
It took one on the final end
to seperate Peter Jones & Sarah Pullar and Harold & Patricia
Ball, and that shot went to Harold & Patricia as they won
Having taken a 4-0 lead over
Richard & Linda Cornell, Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels
found themselves 10-5 down with an end to go. But remarkably
they were allowed 5 on the last end to level the game andtook
the extra end to win 11-10.
Jean Read & Chris Tilbrook were no match for Tony & Pat
Staines who ran out comfortable 11-1 winners, with no need to
play the final scheduled end.
A good start for Betty Johnson
& Rita Daniels saw them 5-0 up over Harold & Patricia
Ball after 2 ends. And although Harold & Patricia got to
within a shot at one point, Betty & Rita finished 7-4 winners.
A very tight game between Sam
& Trish Agnew and Paul & Sue Cousins, saw only 8 shots
scored over 7 ends. But it was Paul & Sue who took the lead
from end one, took 4 of the ends and ended up winners 5-3.
A to and fro game saw Syd &
Dot Tanner edge their way into a two shot lead over Brian Archer
& Pat Phillips with an end to go. But Brian & Pat leveled
the game on the last end and then pressured their opposition
into taking the jack off the carpet to win 8-6.
Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels got a grip on a fast carpet
early on, that gave them confidence added to which everything
seemed to go their way as they raced into a 10-0 lead after 4
ends. The fifth end went to Tony & Pat Staines, but only
by one shot. The game was all over with an end to go as Betty
& Rita won 13-1.
Brian Archer & Pat Phillips
started strongly with 3 shots on the first end against Paul &
Sue Cousins. Unfortunately for them the rest of the game very
much went the way of Paul & Sue, who took a crushing 18-3
win to make the final again, having won last year's event.
Paul & Sue Cousins
v Betty Johnson & Rita Daniels
End 1 - Moving from a fast carpet to something slower does not
phase Sue who finds the jack with her first wood. That and her
second hold until the end. The Cousins' lead 2-0.
End 2 - Again Sue is closest while the opposition fall short,
but Rita pushes a short wood in with her last to sneak the end.
End 3 - Sue makes good use of her third wood, taking shot. A
second wood is pushed into the head and it's 4-1 to Paul &
End 4 - Once again the early woods are invaluable. Sue is there,
Rita can't get in and it's 6-1.
End 5 - Early advantage to the Cousins, but even when the jack
is moved it goes to them. 7-1.
End 6 - Sue is on the jack immediately but Betty wrestles it
away, allowing Rita to get 2 and take the game to a final end.
End 7 - A good start from Betty, but Sue knows what needs to
be done, taking shot and covering the opposition woods to make
it all but impossible for them to win. Paul crowds his woods
into the head and doesn't need to bowl his last as they take
a well deserved win 8-3, taking victory for the second year in
We would like to thank everyone
for making this weekend so enjoyable and for all the very welcome
contributions to the draw, all of which helped us to raise another
£246 for East Anglia Air Ambulance.
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