Gunton VII - December 2018
There were a total of 12 teams taking part in the evening Fours,
with two games each on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Four teams won both games on
the opening night. They were Sutton-Debattista (22 shots), McNeil-Edmead
(21 shots), Fellingham-Davey (18 shots) and Jordan-Richardson-Sheen
(16 shots). Interestingly all four teams would be playing one
another in Saturdays final session.
However, before that could
happen the first round of games on Saturday saw each one of the
leaders lose, with the exception of Fellingham-Davey, putting
them 2 points clear of 7 teams. All they would need was a draw.
And going into the last end
of their game against Sutton-Debattista, they had their noses
in front, 4-3 ahead. But the last end went against them, they
lost 5-4 to enable their opponents to leapfrog them.
But what of the others? Well,
in the end there were 5 teams who all finished on 6 points, Kittle-Cook-Barker
(25 shots), McNeil-Edmead (31), Fellingham-Davey (32), Sutton-Debattista
(34), but beating the lot of them Cousins-Woods-Lines, who overnight
had been 7th, finished on 39 shots to beat the lot of them.
There were 41 pairs
who would be playing for 16 places in the Knockout Rounds on
There were plenty of comfortable wins for a number of teams to
start off the weekend, chief amongst them Colin & Sheila
Fellingham (15-0), Alan & Josie Long (13-3) and Wal Kittle
& Chris Cook (12-1), with 4 other teams making it into double
Only 8 teams managed
to record a second win, they were Wal Kittle & Chris Cook
who had a total of 20 shots, David Clemmet & Angela Newling
and Paul & Sue Cousins (both 19 shots), Shirley Mansfield
& Chris Tilbrook and Phyllis & Gerald Sutton (both 18
shots), Jane Evans & Sylvia Vaughan and Joe & Jane Debattista
(both 17 shots) and finally Mike Walker & Dorothy Chambers
And we were down to just 4 teams with perfect records after the
third set of games had been played.
Paul & Sue Cousins led
the way after another big win, they had amassed 36 shots, Wal
Kittle & Chris Cook had 30 shots, Jane Evans & Sylvia
Vaughan had 27 and Mike Walker & Dorothy Chambers had 19.
One other team was still undefeated,
David Clemmet & Angela Newling were on 5 points.
Only 3 teams saw it through to the end of the day undefeated.
As they so often do here Paul & Sue had raced away and ended
the day on 8 points and 48 shots. Jane & Sylvia were 15 shots
back in second and Mike & Dorothy were on 29 shots. All those
teams had probably done enough to make it through to play on
Behind them there was a whole
host of teams who had won 3 and lost 1, a total of 7, all waiting
Come Sunday morning all of the leaders slipped up one way or
Paul & Sue and Jane &
Sylvia both drew, but were now on 9 points, which was enough
to be sure of qualification.
Mike & Dorothy lost and
were now part of a group of 6 teams, all on 8 points, which would
probably going to be good enough. The rest of those teams were
Graham & Sue Davey, Stuart McNeil & Lisa Edmead, Wal
Kittle & Chris Cook, Joe & Jane Debattista and Arthue
Holland & Paul Daniels.
Having said that there were
18 teams who could all finish on 8 points or better and maybe
there was a chance for someone else to sneak in.
The two unbeaten teams
remained so with Paul & Sue and Jane & Sylvia finished
on 11 points.
On 10 points were Stuart &
Lisa, Wal & Chris, Mike & Dorothy, Joe & Jane.
David Clemmet & Angela
Newling, Shirley Mansfield & Chris Tilbrook, Bill & Carole
Reeve and Roy & Jackie Harden finished on 9 points.
Then on 8 points were Graham
& Sue Davey, Colin & Sheila Fellingham, Laurence &
Sarah Pullar and Arthur Holland & Paul Daniels.
And finally, on 7 points, the
final qualifiers were Paul & Jackie Harris and Keith Gunnell
& Pam Karcha.
Paul & Sue Cousins eased their way to an 8-2 win over Keith
Gunnell & Pam Karcha. Bill & Carole Reeve needed an extra
end to beat Shirley Mansfield & Chris Tilbrook 6-5. Mike
Walker & Dorothy Chambers came from behind to beat Colin
& Sheila Fellingham 7-6. Laurence & Sarah Pullar needed
a measure on the last end to beat Wal Kittle & Chris Cook
6-5. Jane Evans & Sylvia Vaughan thrashed Paul & Jackie
A couple of good ends in the
middle of their game helped David Clemmet & Angela Newling
to an 8-5 win over Roy & Jackie Harden. Graham & Sue
Davey took out reigning champions Joe & Jane Debattista with
a 9-3 win and Arthur Holland & Paul Daniels saw off Stuart
McNeil & Lisa Edmead 8-4.
It was another close match for Mike & Dorothy who again had
to take the last 2 ends to just edge out Laurence & Sarah
Bill & Carole were 4 up
against Paul & Sue who then took 8 shots in 2 ends to take
a lead they wouldn't relinquish, winning 10-5.
Graham & Sue also went
4 up, against Arthur & Paul, who came back to lead, but Graham
held his nerve to take shot on the 6th end and a measure on the
last gave the Daveys one more to win 6-5.
Jane & Sylvia finally ran
out of steam, falling behind to David & Angela early on and
The game between Paul & Sue and Mike & Dorothy was somewhat
topsey-turvey. Paul & Sue went from 5-0 up to 7-5 down and
then back again to win 13-7.
It was allsquare between David
& Angela & Graham & Sue after 3 ends, but David &
Angela took 3 on the next end and never looked back, doing exactly
what was needed to ensure the win. The final result was 8-4.
Paul & Sue Cousins v
David Clemmet & Angela Newling
A little bit of background first. Paul & Sue are the king
and queen of Gunton, in the last 5 years they have made the final
4 times and won it twice, so far. And this weekend they had won
every game bar one, which was a draw.
Clearly they were starting
as favourites and the first end would have done nothing to dissuade
anyone with that opinion, as Paul & Sue took 4 shots. And
the next end they nearly matched that as they took 3. Two ends
in and 7-0 up. Game over.
Well, not quite. David &
Angela grabbed one back on the third end, and then another on
the 4th and another on the 5th. 7-3 and 2 ends to go, at least
it wasn't going to be the complete whitewash it seemed like it
was going to be. But there was still a long way to get back to
make a real game of it.
But the 6th end changed that.
David kept drawing in, not so easy for Paul who had to try and
push into the head, he couldn't and 4 shots were lost and suddenly
it was all square, 7-7, final end. Someone was going to get their
And with a couple of woods
to go it was anyone's game. David put his last wood in for shot,
but the game was still there to be taken. Paul was on exactly
the right line, through the gap he needed to make and past where
he needed to shot, not by much but by enough.
David & Angela took the
one they needed, winning 8-7 and game us the most remarkable
comeback we have ever seen in a final, making for a great spectacle
for the spectators and a salutory lesson to all of us to never
given up on what seems like a lost cause.
Many thanks to everyone for
another great weekend and for helping us to raise £289
for St Elizabeth Hospice.
The weekend's full set of results can
be found here.
Our next event will
be Lakeside, June 2019