Gunton VIII - December 2019
Friday and Saturday evenings would see 16 teams playing a total
of 4 games each in the Fours Competition, with 2 games each night.
Friday night saw only 2 teams
win both games, Aldous-Game-Tilbrook whose victories included
a 20-0 win, had accumulated 31 shots while Poulter-Smith were
just a little bit behind on 13 shots.
There were however 4 teams
who had each dropped just a single point and who would all still
be in the running. Cousins-Lines-Woods and Kidd-Gibbs, who both
had 13 shots and Harden-Pullar and Richell-Spriggs-Alston who
both had 12 shots.
While neither of the two leading
teams lost their first game on Saturday, it was only Aldous-Game-Tilbrook
that won, Poulter-Smith drew to put them in a four way tie on
5 points with Harden-Pullar, Cousins-Lines-Woods and Kidd-Gibbs.
The leaders were a point and 16 shots clear of their nearest
competitors, so a draw in their final game would be enough.
But it wasnt to be, in
a close game they lost out on the final end and finished on 6
points and in 4th place, while 3 of their closest rivals all
Poulter-Smith finished on 7
points and 25 shots, but that was only good enough for 3rd. Two
shots better were Harden-Pullar, but the winners by just a single
shot were Sue & Paul Cousins, Liz Lines and David Woods.
There were some pretty impressive scores to get us started off
as 19 of the 44 teams registered wines and 12 of them secured
double figure scores.
Leading the way were Lin
Cooke & Chris Tilbrook who won 19-0, David & Margaret
Long won 17-1, Neil Tuckey & Amporn Panyakom had
a 15-2 victory, former winners Paul & Sue Cousins
finished 13-4 up and Barbara Edney & Graham Parrish and
Christine Cook & Wal Kittle both opened with 12-1
Ten teams followed up with second wins while a further 6 teams
were also undefeated with a win and a draw.
It was now Christine &
Wal who led with 4 points and 25 shots, on 22 shots were
Neil & Am and Mike Walker & Dorothy Chambers,
while 4 teams, Sue & Paul, current holders David
Clemmet & Angela Newling, Lisa Edmead & Stuart
McNeil and Barbara Edney & Graham Parrish had
As we reached the halfway stage of the Round Robin games, Neil
& Am, Sue & Paul, Dave & Kathy Sheen,
Jane & Joe Debattista, David & Angela and
Mike & Dorothy were the only ones to go to 3 wins
out of 3, with those 6 teams covered by a mere 4 shots.
Another 5 teams were still
undefeated having dropped just one point.
Saturdays play closed out with the field closing in a bit.
Three teams finished with maximum
points, Neil & Am, Sue & Paul and Mike
& Dorothy and history tells us that 8 points is generally
enough to make it to the Knockout Stages.
Two teams had dropped just
one point, Christine & Wal and Barbara & Graham,
so it woudnt take much for them to be assured of a place
in the final 16.
After that anyone on 4 points
or better was in with a shout.
The first guaranteed qualifiers emerged in Sundays first
session, with 5 games played anyone who had reached 9 points
was definitely through, and in this case that was Sue &
Paul and Neil & Am, who were the only ones left
with perfect records and Christine & Wal who had dropped
just one point.
After that, sitting on the
cusp on 8 points, were Lisa & Stuart, Mike &
Dorothy and Jane & Joe.
Mike & Dorothy
qualified with a win in their final game to finish on 10 points
as did James Jordan & Jan Richardson and Jackie
& Roy Harden who both finished on 9 points.
David & Angela were through on 8 points as were Shirley
Mansfield & Nick Wood, Don & Maxine Poulter,
David & Kathy Sheen and Lisa & Stuart.
And finally Jane & Joe,
Val & Trevor Kidd, Josie Long & Mike Daniels,
Pam Crawford and Paul Daniels and, as the best team with
7 points, Phyllis & Gerlad Sutton.
In the end it was Sue &
Paul Cousins with a maximum 12 points and 61 shots who topped
the standings, 3 shots ahead of Neil Tuckey & Amporn Panyakom.
Despite having finished top and having won here more than once
Sue & Paul Cousins didnt get a look in against
Phyllis & Gerald Sutton, who won 10-1. And it was
the same for last years winners David Clemmet &
Angela Newling who lost 9-3 to Val & Trevor Kidd.
James Jordan & Jan Richardson came back from 4-1 down to beat David
& Kathy Sheen 9-4. And Jane & Joe Debattista
were 3-0 down to Josie Long & Mike Daniels but came
back to win 9-6.
Neil Tuckey & Amporn
Panyakom were run close
by Pam Crawford & Paul Daniels, but came out 6-4 winners.
It was only 3-1 to Jackie & Roy Harden after 4 ends
against Shirley Mansfield & Nick Wood, but a flurry
at the end saw Shirley & Nick storm through to won 8-3.
Chris Cook & Wal Kittle
went into the last
end against Don & Maxine Poulter 2 down, but came
up with 3 on the last to win 5-4. Mike Walker & Dorothy
Chambers won the last 4 ends to beat Lisa Edmead &
Shirley McNeil 7-3.
By this stage of the proceedings you expect the games to be fairly
close, you certainly dont expect 6 on an end. But thats
what Jane & Joe took on the first end against James
& Jan, who proceeded to get back to within a couple of
shots but Jane & Joe hung on to win 10-5.
Val & Trevor were never in trouble against Phyllis
& Gerald, 10-0 up after 4 ends, they won 11-2.
At 5-2 up with 2 ends to go
Christine & Wal looked to be in a good position, but
Mike & Dorothy levelled the score on the 5th end,
however Mike couldnt quite get in on the last, leaving
Christine & Wal 6-5 winners.
Shirley & Nick looked in even better shape at 5-3
up with one end to go against Neil & Am. But you should
never bet against Tuckey, who with his last wood somehow magicked
up 3 shots to also win 6-5.
Christine & Wal looked
as if they might be the ones to finally get the better of Neil
& Am. They were 7-2 up after 4 and still 7-3 up after
5 ends. But remember what I said about never counting Tuckey
out? Well, he did it again, 4 on the 6th end levelled the game
and on the next end with the jack driven to the very edge of
the carpet he made sure he was going to hang on to the shot with
some impressive blockers, and won it 8-7.
Val & Trevor against Jane & Joe was
close for the majority of the game, with 5 ends played Jane &
Joe were only just ahead 4-2, but a two and then a three saw
them home to a comfortable looking 9-2 win.
Jane & Joe Debattista v Neil Tuckey & Amporn Panyakom
Although Jane & Joe won the first end Neil & Am were
in front on the second as they picked up 4 shots, it looked like
that was going to be decisive in what you would expect to be
a close match. However Jane was playing particularly well and
when she had an off end Joe was there.
They picked up 2 on the next
end and then another two to retake the lead 5-4 after 4 ends.
The opposition werent playing badly by any means but the
Debattistas were on top form, they took one each on the next
two ends and with one to go led 7-4.
The final end saw both leads
close to the jack, but Jane just had the edge, for Joe it was
all about stopping Neil from finding some way to get the three
he needed. He came close, but not close enough, 2 shots saw the
game end in a 7-6 win to Jane & Joe, repeating their success
of 2 years ago.
Once again, many thanks to
everyone for another great weekend and for helping us to raise
£306 for East Anglia Air Ambulance.
The weekend's full set of results can
be found here.
Our next event will
be Lakeside, June 2020