Gunton VI - December 2017
On Friday and Saturday evenings those playing in the Fours would
get a couple of games with the team on top after their four games
being the overall winners.
The was only one team who were
able to win twice on Friday, that was Goodrich-Game-Tilbrook.
Two other teams were undefeated with a win and a draw, Griffiths-Karcha-Hensey
(who would play the leaders on Saturday) and Clark-Daniels-Cooke
(soon to be Clark-Daniels-Harris).
Saturday's first game saw the
Goodrich-Game-Tilbrook come out on top against the team
directly behind them. But in the final game they suffered a heavy
had won their first and went on to get the best of a close second
game to leave them undefeated on 7 points and in first place
and Debattista-Sutton, having only won once on Friday
won both, including a win over Goodrich-Game-Tilbrook
in the final game to take second place.
There were a total
of 34 teams competing in the Pairs and 16 teams qualifying for
the Knockouts it was just a matter of finishing in the top half.
But it's important to finish as high as possible because the
top qualifiers play those who just scraped in, so in theory the
higher you finish the easier the opposition when it comes to
Sunday afternoon. Although it rarely works out quite so simple.
There were 15 winners in the first round of games with Stuart
McNeil & Lisa Edmond (12 shots) and Sam & Trish
Agnew and Keith & Gillian Waters (both 10 shots)
leading the way early on.
A mere 8 teams won for the second time with David & Margaret
Long (24 shots) heading the way, Tony & Lin Cooke
were a couple of shots behind and Barrie Hayman & Dianne
Curran were third on 19 shots.
Paul & Jackie Harris, Marilyn Stark & Chris Tilbrook,
Richard & Linda Cornell, Syd & Dot Tanner
and David Woods & Liz Lines were the others on 4 points.
With 3 games played there were now only two teams who had won
all their games, they were David & Margaret Long and
Tony & Lin Cooke.
However there were another
3 teams who were still undefeated and were now on 5 points, Gerald
& Phyllis Sutton, Richard & Linda Cornell
and James Jordan & Jan Richardson.
The same two teams won again but all of the teams who had been
on 5 points stayed that way as they all lost.
This meant that the leaders
were now 2 points clear of a trio of teams who had won three
and lost one. They were Barrie Hayman & Dianne Curran,
Paul & Sue Cousins and Keith & Gillian Waters.
Game 5 (End of Saturday play)
With there being 5 games on Saturday and only 2 on Sunday there
was a good chance that anyone who won all their games on Day
1 would already have qualified for Sunday afternoon. But that
was not to be.
Both the leaders picked up
unexpected losses and ended the day on 8 points, but even then
only one of their nearest rivals got a win, that was Paul
& Sue Cousins who made it three teams at the top.
Behind them there were 5 teams
all on 7 points, Gerald & Phyllis Sutton, Stuart
McNeil & Lisa Edmead, David Clemmet & Angela Newling,
Paul & Jackie Harris and James Jordan & Jan
So with all those and a bevy
of teams on 6 points there were a total of 17 teams covered by
just 2 points and still plenty to play for on Sunday morning.
The first qualifiers emerged with the teams who reached 9 points
Paul & Sue Cousins and David & Margaret Long
took their 5th wins to go to 10 points and top the standings.
Behind them on 9 points were
Stuart McNeil & Lisa Edmead, David Clemmet &
Angela Newling, Tony & Lin Cooke and Paul &
That left 10 more spaces to
fill but 18 teams who could make it to 8 points or better.
The final round of games saw the available spaces fill in slowly
with Shirley Coote & Mike Daniels moving on to 9 points,
as did Jane & Joe Debattista.
Chris & Joan Clark finished on 10 points while Ken
Drane & Val Game finished on 9.
The remaining qualifiers were
all the teams who reached 8 points. They were Barrie Hayman
& Dianne Curran, Sheila Mann & Paul Daniels,
Jim & Sally Goodrich, Sam & Trish Agnew,
Marilyn Stark & Chris Tilbrook and finally Syd
& Dot Tanner.
The final standings saw two
teams finish on 12 points, having lost just once, Paul &
Sue Cousins and David & Margaret Long.
There was never much in it between Paul & Sue Cousins
and Syd & Dot Tanner but Paul & Sue won 5 of the
ends to take the game 6-2.
It was the same with Tony
& Lin Cooke and Sheila Mann & Paul Daniels,
again Tony & Lin won more ends with a final result of 7-2.
After Shirley Coote &
Mike Daniels won the first end the game turned against them
and into a rout as Jane & Joe Debattista won 19-2.
Jim & Sally Goodrich won the last couple of ends against
Stuart McNeil & Lisa Edmead to win 6-3 having been
all square after 5 ends.
Marilyn Stark & Chris
Tilbrook got the better
start against David & Margaret Long and made the most
of it for a 7-2 win.
Three shots on the 4th end
for Barrie Hayman & Dianne Curran was the difference
between them and Paul & Jackie Harris as they won
Chris & Joan Clark had built up a 6-1 lead against Ken
Drane & Val Game by end 5 but they only just hung on.
Ken & Val needed 4 on the last end for a draw but could only
Sam & Trish Agnew had built up a 4-1 lead against David
Clemmet & Angela Newling but let the game go in the last
2 ends, dropping 5 shots to lose 6-4.
Tony & Lin got
off to a good start and didn't let Jim & Sally get
anywhere close to them after that, running out 11-3 winners.
Jane & Joe similarly got their noses in front
early on, against Paul & Sue, who had made the final
for the last 3 years, and didn't let it go, winning 6-3.
David & Angela were 5-0 up against Barrie &
Dianne after 4 ends but let that slip. At the end of 7 ends
it was all square, but having got back into the game David then
snatched it away, with two perfect woods to win 7-5.
A good run in the middle of
the game for Marilyn & Chris saw them come back from
4-0 down to 8-4 up against Chris & Joan who couldn't
quite get back, losing 8-7.
Marilyn & Chris just edged their way ahead of David &
Angela in the early part of the game and did enough to hold
on through the rest, winning 6-2.
Jane & Joe were off to a fast start against Tony
& Lin. 6-0 up after 3 ends was a lot to chase down and
it did indeed prove to be too much. Jane & Joe kept control
of the game and cruised to an 11-2 win.
Jane & Joe Debattista v Marilyn Stark & Chris Tilbrook
End 1 Jane was in early on and although Chris got close
all he could do was limit his opposition to one shot. 1-0.
End 2 Again Marilyn can't match Jane but this time Chris'
hard work pays off, Joe can't block him and Chris takes shot.
End 3 Marilyn snatches the jack away from Jane's early
woods and Chris makes the most of it, outdrawing Joe to take
a 3. 4-1.
End 4 Marilyn has found the weight but this time Jane
snatches the jack away, to the very back of the carpet. Chris
is already 2 down when he taps the jack off the carpet. 4-3.
End 5 The two leads are playing very well now and again
Jane moves the jack to the back but Chris muscles his way through
and then draws a second. 6-3.
End 6 Down a shot Joe draws his first 2 in with all the
other woods behind. Chris is heavy again and Joe draws a third
to square the game 6-6.
End 7 Jane drops her final wood tantalisingly onto the
front of the jack. Chris only needs to tap it back. His first
two are narrow misses and it won't be easy to cover the movement
on the jack with the way the woods lie so he does for the blocker
which forces Chris onto the other hand, hitting the middle. Joe
& Jane win 7-6.
Many thanks to everyone for
another great weekend and for helping us to raise another £210 for East Anglia Air Ambulance.
The weekend's full set of results can
be found here.
Our next event will
be Lakeside, June 2018