Rain doesn't dampen spirits on Finals Weekend

Posted by Oiver Moody on 7 February 2019

The weather did mean that 2 of the 10 finals had to be moved to thet following Tuesday, but with 8 trophies to play for, those competing did not disappiont.  Saturday morning begun with a light drizzle as the first 4 finals were played out.  Rink 2 saw the Mens Novice Final featuring Gary Plant and Gareth Jones who played out a fore runner for the best final of the weekend.  In a topsy turvy match, both players held the lead, neither able to get a firm grasp on the game.  As the game reached a tense finale first Gary, then Gareth held the lead, both holding match over the final 3 ends, before Gary held out to claim his fiirst trophy, triumphing 21-20.  On the next rink were the ladies contesting their Novice Final as Angela Harrison, twice beaten finalist took on Christine Middleton.  Angela got her nose in front iin the early stages and managed to maintain control, despite the best efforts of Chris, and eventully running out a 21-13 winner.  Rink 4 saw the mixed pairs final with Joe Stout and Jill Webb, who had won the trophy the previous two year, against Oliver Moody and Sue Fletcher.  This was a match of two halves, Joe and Jill dominating the early stages and after 10 ends it looked a foregone conclusion as they led 18-4.  Picking up a double on the 11th end, a change in jack length bought a change on fortunes as Oliver and Sue scored on the next 9 ends and lifted the trophy with a 21-18 win.  The final match completed Saturday was the Ladies Handicap as Julie Shakespeare took on MarilynHarris a final that turned out to be a little one sided.  Julie showed no mercy from thet start and easily completed victory against an out of sorts Marilyn.  The decision was made to abandon Saturday afternoons schedued matches with rain forcast all afternoon.


Sunday morning bought the sun as the Ladies and Mens Pairs were contested ahead of the main events of the weekend, the Ladies and Mens Championship matches.  The Ladies Pairs featured the comeback of the weekend, the pair of Angela Harrison and Marilyn Harris took on Di Gibbs and June Corbett, early on Di and June couldn't put a foot wrong as they raced into a big lead.  Trailing 19-2, Angela and Marilyn dug deep and slowly began the chase, and with 2 ends to go they found themselves trailing 22-21, before collectiing the final 2 ends and claiming the trophy, Angela's second of the weekend.  Rink 3 saw another player looking for a second trophy of the weekend as Oliver Moody and Martin Salter went in as slight favourites against Matt Fox in his first club final and his partner Brian Coles.  Oliver and Martin began well and got a lead of double figures early on, but Matt and Brian were'nt beaten that easily as they edged themselves back into the game, unfortunatly they coudn't get close enough, eventually conceeding the game with 1 end unplayed.  As 2 o'clcok arrived so came the blue riband events as Julie Shakespeare took on Margaret Douthwaite while Bob George challenged Fred Waite in the Championship games.  Both matches were hottly contested in the early stages, with tight heads and low scores. Gradually Julie took control of the final as she powered ahead, and never looked back as she claimed her maiden Ladies Championship, again a second trophy of the weekend.  Meanwhile in the mens final, Fred and Bob contested a tighter affair, Fred taking an 11-4 lead at one point before Bob fought back to get within 3 shots, however Fred drew on all his experience to claim the trophy he had held on 2 previous occasions. 


The last of the finals were arranged for the following Tuesday and the weather was glorious, a large crowd of members gathered as Sue Fletcher took on Margaret Douthwaite in the final of the competition that Sue had come runner up in the county, the Ladies 2 Wood.  Unluckily for Sue, Margaret had blown away the cobwebs from her Sunday afternoon defeat as she controlled the game from the first end to claim another trophy to add to her impressive CV.  In the last of the finals, Oliver Moody looking for an unprecidented third trophy took on a man who somehow had never won the Mens Handicap, Brian Coles.  Both players had a little bit of history to play for, and the game was tight, with never more than 3 shots in it, but a count of 4 for Brian when trailing 15-14, put him in the box seat and enabled him to finally clinch the trophy that had thus far avoided him and completed a great 3 days of bowls.



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