Sports Centre out of commission for the entire duration of the
season it was felt important that we should get at least one
Waterloo Centre was available, although with space for a maximum
of 6 carpets it was decided that the Fours was the best choice.
the first available date was very late in the season which meant
a limited entry of 12 teams, but that was enough for the venue
and gave us the opportunity to give everyone plenty of games.
So the teams
were split into 2 groups of 6 with the top two from each group
going into the Knockout games.
With one game still to go played Kelsale were already
through with 4 wins out of 4 but the remaining spot was still
up for grabs.
second on 6 points and would play Kelsale in their final game.
Two points behind were Knodishall A who would need to
win while Middleton need do no more than match Knodishalls
shots, win lose or draw and they would still be through.
were off to a good start Middleton eventually fell behind in
their game, however Knodishall were also struggling and in desperate
need of shots took the jack off on the last end and lost meaning
that Middleton were through despite recording a loss.
with the maximum 10 points, Middleton B finished on 6 points
with Leiston St Margarets FC in a respectable third place.
With 3 games played Knodishall B were out in front on
6 points, Wissett B were on 5 and Wissett A on
fourth round of games produced an upset as Knodishall lost to
Wissett A. Meanwhile Wissett B won to go top on 7 points, leaving
Knodishall B still on 6 and Wissett A moving on to 5. Two of
those three would be going through and as with Group A the top
two would be playing one another.
After a tight
first couple of ends Knodishall picked up a 5 and then stormed
away to a convincing win. However, while Wissett A won their
final game they couldn't pick up enough shots to quite make second
B finished the group top on 8 points, Wissett B were second on
7 points and 31 shots with Wissett A just 3 shots behind in third.
The random draw produced replays of both of the final group games
and gave the runners-up a chance at revenge.
Knodishall pretty much picked up where they had left off against
Wissett, 4 shots on the first end gave them a great start and
they never looked back. At 5-2 with 3 ends to go Wissett were
still in with a chance but Knodishall won all three and finished
Kelsale v Middleton
After Middleton picked up 2 on the first end Kelsael immediately
hit back with a 3 and followed that up with a 5 to lead 8-2 after
3 ends. It looked like it was job done but Middleton had other
ideas, they took one on the 4th, 2 more on the 5th and Kelsale
were lucky to keep them down to only 3 on the 6th. All square
at 8-8 with one end to go.
And it looked
very much as if they would complete their comeback as they held
one shot that was going to be very difficult to beat, however
Peter produced exactly the shot that was called for, playing
with a little extra weight to get a nick into the head to go
2 up. After that it was a question of blocking and Kelsale rescued
the game with a 10-8 win.
(Chris & Shirley Tilbrook, Val Game and Ken Drane) v Kelsale
(Mike & Paul Daniels and Kay & Peter Masters)
Knodishall were out to make it 3 Fours titles in a row in a near
repeat of last year's final which saw them take a comprehensive
If was however
a closer affair this time. Kelsale edged one on the first end,
took 2 more on the second and one each on the thrid and fourth
ends to take a significant, if not that comfortable 5-0 lead.
But with 3
ends to go Knodishall hit back. They were off the mark with one
on the 5th and 2 on the sixth end meant they were not just 2
shots behind and very much in with a chance.
And as the
end went on it looked like they were going to take best advantage
of that chance as they had the 3 best woods. Kelsale needed to
be into the head and again it was Peter to the rescue, a positive
shot into the Knodishall woods sent the jack out and back down
the mat to hold 2. Val replied with a draw across for shot but
as Chris came to play his final wood that was still all they
had with Kelsale holding 2nd and 3rd a foot behind the jack.
Chris couldn't get the second shot to force Kelsale to play their
final wood as they settled for one down to win the game 5-4.
The day's full results can
be found here.
can find a list of all the previous winners here.