ISLE OF WIGHT PAIRS VII
We were back again on the
Isle of Wight for the week of 3rd to 7th October 2016.
The Fours takes place
in the evenings with everyone getting two games per night to
decide the winners.
Monday night's games saw three teams win twice. They were Ballinger-Iskett-Darvill,
Pullar-Swan and Hume-Staines. Also undefeated were
Bennet-Orrin who had won one and drawn one.
Tuesday saw a clear leader
emerge as Ballinger-Iskett-Darvill again won twice to
put them onto 8 points. Bennet-Orrin repeated their Monday
results and were now on 6 points as were Hume-Staines
who won once and lost once.
Although the leaders had a
nice gap to the rest of the teams with only 2 games to go, they
still had work to do as their final games would see them pitted
against two very strong teams including their nearest rivals.
Their first game, against MADJAC
saw them 3 down after three ends and clawing their way back into
the lead only for the opposition to claim a draw on the final
end. That reduced their lead to just one point and that final
game was against Bennet-Orrin.
It was, as you might imagine
a close one. No more than one shot was claimed on each end and
with time running out there was only time for 6 ends. The leaders
went into what was to be the final end one up and took it to
That meant that Ballinger-Iskett-Darvill
finished on 11 points. Runners-up were Bennet-Orrin on
8 points and 46 shots, six shots better than Hume-Staines
and Thirsday mornings would see each team getting 6 games. After
that the top 12 teams would qualify for the Knockout Stages on
Leading the way with the first games played were Graham &
Gaye Swan and Paul & Sue Cousins, both with 11
shots and Jim & Margaret Stewart and Ken Drane
& Mike Daniels who had 10 shots.
Of the fourteen teams who had won first time out, nine of them
finished Tuesday with a second win.
Leading the way on 23 shots
were Paul & Sue Cousins, followed by John &
Carol Curd on 19, George & Susan Savage on 18
and Peter & Diane Orrin and Mike Walker & Jane
Evans, both on 17.
Nine teams were yet to get
off the mark, many of them who you wouldn't have expected to
lose once, let alone twice, so there was every chance that Wednesday
would see some big changes.
At the halfway point we were now down to 6 teams who had won
all of their games.
Still at the head of the pack
were Paul & Sue Cousins on 31 shots, followed by George
& Susan Savage on 28 shots.
Peter & Diane Orrin and Chris Clark & Don Poulter
had 26 shots, Jon Thorpe & Paul Daniels were on 25
and finally Maureen Darvill & John Ballinger had 19
Those teams were 2 points clear
of the next best teams and based on previous events one more
win would be good enough to see them through to the Knockout
Stages on Thursday.
Wednesday finished with 4 teams on 8 points and all but qualified.
They were Paul & Sue
Cousins, Chris Clark & Don Poulter, George & Susan
Savage and Peter & Diane Orrin.
Behind them there were 5 teams
on 6 points which meant that the next batch of teams who were
on 4 points were all in with a shout of making the top 12 to
be playing on Thursday afternoon.
First to guarantee their place in the afternoon's knockout rounds
were Paul & Sue Cousins who made it five wins out
of five. It was the same story for Chris Clark & Don Poulter
and Peter & Diane Orrin.
Although they lost their first
game of the day George & Susan Savage had already
done enough with 4 wins, while Laurence & Sarah Pullar
moved on to 8 points with a win and were also through.
That meant that 5 of the last
12 places were now booked and fight was on both for the remaining
7 spots and to secure a place in the top 4 which would guarantee
a Quarter Final slot.
The remaining places went to Harold & Patricia Ball, Martin
& Marilyn Bennet, Brian & Jean Rose, Eva
Rolfe & Shirley Mansfield, Greg & Glenyce King,
Ken Drane & Mike Daniels and finally John &
Carol Hurd. Those final two pairs having made it through
as the best of 7 teams who finished on 6 points.
Back up at the top the Cousins',
the Orrins and Chris & Don all finished with
a perfect 6 wins out of 6, while the next best, taking 4th place
and going straight through to the last 8 were Harold & Patricia
Ball who had clawed their way up and finished on 9 points.
This set of games would see the teams who finished in positions
5th to 12th playing off for the right to join the top 4 in the
After 3 ends Laurence &
Sarah Pullar were 4-3 up against Eva Rolfe & Shirley
Mansfield, but Eva & Shirley won each of the remaining
ends, much to the delight of the crowd, winning 8-4.
John & Carol Curd were on the back foot from the start
against Martin & Marilyn Bennet who were chipping
away with a shot an end until the 4th when they picked up 3 to
go 6-0 up. After that they controlled the game, winning 9-1.
Despite being 4-3 up after
3 ends over Greg & Glenyce King, after that it was
all one way traffic against Brian & Jean Rose. The
final 4 ends all went the way of Greg & Glenyce with scores
of 2-2-3-2 who finished 12-4 winners.
Ken Drane & Mike Daniels had a 5-0 lead over George &
Susan Savage after 3 ends and although George & Susan
got off the mark on the next end Ken & Make always had theor
noses in front, finally taking the win 7-4.
There was never much in it between Harold & Patricia Ball
and Martin & Marilyn Bennet and the game was all
square at 3 ends, but over the next 3 ends the Bennets drew away
and could afford to drop one shot on the last end and still win
From the very first end when
they picked up 4 shots, Paul & Sue Cousins were always
in charge of their game against Eva Rolfe & Shirley Mansfield.
After 3 ends they had a 7-1 lead and came home to a comfortable
It was much the same for
Chris Clark & Don Poulter against Ken Drane &
Mike Daniels, 4 on the first and 3 on the second had the
game pretty much sewn up. There was something of a late comeback,
but the final result was 9-4 to Chris & Don.
Up until the 4th end Peter
& Diane Orrin vs Greg & Glenyce King was close,
with Greg & Glenyce 3-2 ahead. But the next 2 ends saw that
score not only turned around but the game out of reach as Peter
& Diane took a 4 and a 5., finally winning 12-3.
All square at 3 ends, Peter & Diane took the next
three ends to establish a 7-2 lead over Chris & Don,
enabling them to drop a couple of shots on the final end and
still come home comfortable winners.
Martin & Marilyn, playing Paul & Sue, spent
the game winning alternate ends, but with 4 ends played the Bennets
were 5-2 up. However the Cousins hit back to square the game
on the next end only to lose them all back on the 6th end. On
the final end with the opposition holding, Paul sent his last
wood in, pushing the jack back, but could only capture 2 shots
as the Bennets took the game 8-7.
Martin & Marilyn Bennet
v Peter & Diane Orrin
End 1 Marilyn's first wood drops in behind the jack and
her second in directly in front. Peter drops short and the front
fills in, Diane can't get close enough and it's a great start
for the Bennets who pick up 4 shots.
End 2 Martin, trying to hold on to one shot gives two
away, but with his next wood grabs two back. 6-0.
End 3 Holding and trying to get some back cover, Martin
pushes the jack back, still holding. Somehow though, with he
last wood Diane finds a perfect draw to snatch the end. 6-1.
End 4 One down and managing to dodge a blocker, Diane
just does enough to turn in her own wood to take another one.
End 5 - A very tight head which could go either way, the jack
won't budge and it's another one to the Orrins 6-3.
End 6 With just the right touch there's an opportunity
for a big score for the Orrins, but they can only get one more.
Final End Martin's penultimate wood stops the rot. He
knocks out the opposition wood which is holding, to take shot
himself. In the end it's 3 to the Bennets and they take a 9-4
For the Bennets this was their
second win on the island, both of which had come against the
Orrins for whom this was their third loss in the final.
You can find a full copy of
the week's results here.
Photo gallery here.