ISLE OF WIGHT PAIRS VIII
We were back on the Isle
of Wight once again for the week of 2nd to 6th October 2017.
All the teams would
play two games per evening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
There was a good spread of results which meant that only 4 of
the 15 teams won both of their games.
Savage-Walker-Cannon had 4 points and 20 shots (and only
conceded 2), King-Curd were just one shot behind, Rookard-Burrows-Daniels
were another shot back and Goodrich-Cousins had scored
The top 4 teams remained top 4 after Tuesday's games but none
of them were able to keep their perfect records.
Closest were Goodrich-Cousins
who won one and lost one. They were now on 7 points, one clear
of the rest. As for the rest it was super close for second with
Savage-Walker-Cannon, King-Curd and Rookard-Burrows-Daniels
all on 6 points and with 29, 29 and 28 shots respectively.
The leaders lost their first game of the evening as did King-Curd
which meant that Savage-Walker-Cannon and Rookard-Burrows-Daniels
were now the joint leaders on 8 points, one clear of the rest.
And what's more the two would
be playing one another so whoever won would be the overall winners.
With the two teams equal on points and shots you'd think it would
have been a close game but it turned out not to be so as the
Savage-Walker-Cannon team didn't put a foot wrong and
eventually came home to a comfortable 9-1 win.
That left them top on 10 points
while Goodrich-Cousins won their last game to finish on
9 points in a clear second place.
We had a near record 34 pairs competing which meant that it was
a bit of a squeeze in the Bowls Room, but it made for a very
As usual it would be 2 games
for each team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning with
the top 12 teams playing on in the Knockout Rounds and Thursday
Round 1 (Tuesday)
Sixteen teams won their first game, the best of whom were
Harold & Patricia Ball and David Clemmet & Angela
Newling who scored 10 shots. Meanwhile Annette Iskett
& Sylvia Ballinger, Jim & Sally Goodrich and
Roy & Jean Tolhurst were all just one shot behind.
Round 2 (Tuesday)
A mere 7 teams were able to repeat their win earlier in the day
which suggested that at the end of the week there were probably
going to be a lot of teams in the reckoning.
Jim & Sally Goodrich had moved up to the top spot with
21 shots, Betty Johnson & Paul Daniels were a shot
behind and Roy & Jean Tolhurst were another shot back.
David Clemmet & Angela
Newling were on 17
shots, Dee Whittaker and Chris Tilbrook and John Ballinger
& Maureen Darvill had 15 shots and Peter & Diane
Orrin had 13 shots.
Round 3 (Wednesday)
We were down to only 3 teams with a 100% record at the halfway
Betty Johnson & Paul
Daniels had 6 points
and 36 shots, Dee Whittaker and Chris Tilbrook had 26
shots and John Ballinger & Maureen Darvill 21 shots.
Still undefeated, having dropped
one point were David Clemmet & Angela Newling and
Greg & Glenyce King.
Round 4 (Wednesday)
After Wednesday's final games things were unchanged from the
previous round of games.
The same 5 teams were in the
same order, each have added a couple of points to their tally.
Behind them though, things
were much changed. After 3 games there were 9 teams who had won
two and lost one. After the fourth game only 2 of those teams
won again, Peter & Brenda Bol and Paul & Sue
Round 5 (Thursday)
There was plenty of change first thing as each of the three leading
teams lost their perfect records. Betty & Paul and
Dee & Chris both managed to lose, but John &
Maureen did better and managed to get a draw which was good
enough to ensure that they had qualified.
Also maintaining their unbeaten
record were the Kings who moved on to 9 points and qualified.
Behind those 4 were now 4 teams
on 7 points all of whom were in with a very strong chance of
qualifiying, they were David Clemmet & Angela Newling,
Jim & Sally Goodrich, Roy & Jean Tolhurst and
Doug & Maureen Howes.
Round 6 (Thursday)
The Qualifiers were now being added with each set of games. Betty
& Paul took their 5th win and guaranteed themselves a spot
in the Quarter Finals while Doug & Maureen won to
go on to 9 points.
Paul & Sue Cousins won for the 4th time and that was enough
for them to go through, along with Roy & Jean Tolhurst,
Peter & Doris Frost, Peter & Brenda Bol
and Harold & Patricia Ball who all finished on 8.
The final pairs to have their
places confirmed were Jim & Sally Goodrich, who finished
3rd, and David Clemmet & Angela Newling who snuck
in on 7 points.
Doug & Maureen Howes edged
away from Harold & Patricia Ball and finished up 9-1
Paul & Sue Cousins were 5-0 up after 3 ends and just
hung on as Peter & Brenda Bol came back but just fell short,
finishing 5-4 down.
David Clemmet & Angels
Newling were 4-1 over
John Ballinger & Maureen Darvill after a couple of
ends, but John & Maureen came back to lead 6-4 3 ends later
and finished 7-5 winners.
Roy & Jean Tolhurst never got a look in against Peter
& Doris Frost who ran away to an 11-0 lead after just
4 ends. It ended as a 12-2 win for the Frosts.
Greg & Glenyce King
drew away from John Ballinger & Maureen Darvill in
the middle part of the game and finished 7-3 ahead.
Betty Johnson & Paul
Daniels managed to
pick up 4 shots on the first end against Peter & Doris
Frost. The Frosts though were level again at 5-5 after 5
ends, but Betty & Paul took one each on the last 2 ends to
take the win.
Jim & Sally Goodrich also picked up 4 on the first end,
against Doug & Maureen Howes, but they never relinquished
the lead as they won 9-3.
Dee Whittaker & Chris
Tilbrook had eased
out to a 10-1 lead with 2 ends to go at which point the game
was all but over, except that Paul & Sue Cousins managed
to pick up a full house of 6 shots on end 6 to suddenly spark
the game back into life. And with one wood left they were had
enough to at least take the game to an extra end, however Chris
was able to recover the situation with his last wood and restrict
the opposition to just one and win the game 10-7.
Despite Betty Johnson & Paul Daniels picking up one
on the first end Greg & Glenyce King got to grips
with the carpet much better, running away to an 8-1 lead. Betty
& Paul pulled back a few shots over the last couple of ends
to finish with an 8-4 win for the Kings.
It was a bit of a topsy turvy
game between Dee Whittaker & Chris Tilbrook and Jim
& Sally Goodrich. Dee & Chris picked up 3 on the
first end, but Jim & Sally pulled back to level over the
next 2 ends. But ends 4 & 5 saw Dee & Chris pick up 3
on each taking them to a 9-3 lead with 2 ends to go. All done?
Not quite. The 6th end saw the jack pushed back to the end of
the mat which Jim & Sally found to the tune of 3, bringing
it back to 9-6. Still a big hill to climb. An even bigger hill
as Dee & Chris were holding and Sally was all but blocked
out with only one wood to come. There was however a wood sized
hole to get through into the head and she found it, to take the
jack back to hold 5, Chris couldn't cut them down and the comeback
of all comebacks was done as the Goodrichs won the game 11-9.
Greg & Glenyce King v Jim & Sally Goodrich
The Kings pretty much picked up where they left off. They took
2 on the first end and on the second with Jim & Sally holding
one Glyn took a calculated risk, found exactly the right narrow
line into the head, punched the opposition's best wood out and
Jim & Sally took back 2
on the next end but that was cancelled out on end 4 to see the
Kings lead 8-2 and this time it looked like there would be no
The Goodrichs brought the lead
down, by just one and again the Kings replied with one for themselves.
9-3 and just one end to go.
For the second game in a row
the Kings had the luxury of a 6 shot lead going into the last
end and they weren't going to let it go. Any faint hope was quickly
extinguished and the Kings ended up adding another 2 to their
tally, taking a convincing 11-3 win.
Once again we found ourselves
not only with an excellent week's competition but unseasonably
sunny weather for the beginning of October. It goes without saying
that we will be back in a year's time and we look forward to
seeing everyone again then, if not before.
You can find a full copy of
the week's results here.