The 20th running
saw another good turnout
with 34 teams supporting the event, with plenty of teams from
across Suffolk as well as ones from Norfolk and Essex to help us to raise
money in aid of East Anglia Air Ambulance.
All the teams were placed in
a single group, playing 4 times, with the top 16 qualifying for
the Knockout Stages later in the day.
Only 2 teams won all of their games, Knodishall A and
Knodishall E. Four other teams dropped just a single point,
Kelsale B, Bealings B, Belstead/Snape and
One other team was undefeated,
Old Felixstowe, who won 2 and drew 2. They were one of
6 teams who finished on 6 points, the rest were Reepham Robins,
Copdock & Washbrook, Knodishall B, Tithe
Barn and Thurston.
URC Felixstowe were the only team to end up on 5
points and the final three teams to qualify each won 2 and lost
2 but had enough shots to sneak in, they were Middleton B,
Knodishall F and finally Occold.
Knodishall E ran away from Copdock & Washbrook
in the latter part of the game to win 11-3.
Belstead/Snape were ahead of Knodishall F
by a couple of shots, but dropped 5 in 2 ends to lose 7-4.
URC Felixstowe were similarly ahead but lost the last
3 ends to Thurston who finished 6-4 winners.
Knodishall A and Stanningfield were all
square when the whistle blew so they needed an extra end which
went to Stanningfield who won the game 5-3.
Kelsale B were ahead of Knodishall B early
on but Knodishall won the last 3 ends to take the game 6-3.
Reepham Robins and Tithe Barn were level 5
ends in but Tithe Barn took 3 on the 6th end and won the game
Bealings B took a comfortable win over Occold,
finishing 8-2 up.
Old Felixstowe finished up with a 11-2 win over
Stanningfield moved away from Thurston on
ends 5 and 6 to take a 7-3 win.
Knodishall E took 3 on the first end against Knodishall
F and won comfortably, 7-1.
Bealings B only dropped one end to Old Felixstowe,
Knodishall B let Tithe Barn get a 4 shot
start before drawing level only to immediately drop 5 shots and
lose the game 10-4.
Bealings B were comfortably ahead of Tithe
Barn after 4 ends and although Tithe Barn were strong in
the last 3 ends Bealings had already done enough and finished
Although Knodishall E
were off to the better start against Stanningfield on
paper, in reality it was Stanningfield who were often in a better
position. However a combination of not blocking when perhaps
they should have and trying to block when they didn't need to
meant that they didn't make the most of good positions. Although
it was all square after 4 ends Knodishall took the next 2 and
were able to control the last end to win 6-4.
Bealings B v Knodishall E
Struggling to find line and weight on the first end nothing was
particularly near but Knodishall just got one shot. The second
end was an improvement with Don nudging the jack with his last
wood to go from 1 down to 2 up.
The 3rd end saw Bealings holding
one with the skips still to bowl, Don's first dropped a few inches
in front, Chris couldn't better it and it was 2 to Bealings putting
them 4-1 ahead. The 4th end started badly for Knodishall and
got progressively worse, when Chris came to bowl his final wood
he was all 8 down, so cutting it back to 3 was relatively good,
but at 7-1 down the writing was on the wall.
With the jack edging further
back Knodishall were holding one, maybe two as Chris came to
bowl his first. A risky shot to send another of his woods in
was decided upon, but he hit the wrong one, and sent the jack
off to put Bealings 9-1 up.
Knodishall would need a big
score but Bealings were happy to just get lots of seconds and
restrict their opposition to just the one. 9-2 to Bealings.
The final end started messily
with Bealings perhaps trying a little too hard to push the jack
back, but in the end they did it and with half the woods still
to be bowled it was all over. Bealings drove the jack into the
corner and added another 5 to finish 14-2 winners.
The day's full results can
be found here.
Many thanks to everyone who
joined us and helped us with our fundraising efforts which this
year raised £672.44.
can find details of the money raised over the years here.
can find a list of all the previous winners here.