There was a small uptick in
entries for this years competition, with 28 teams competing.
They were divided into 5 groups,
2 of 5 teams, and 3 of 6, with the winner and runners-up and
the best 3rd placed team qualifying for the knockout stages,
which would be played all the way down to the final.
all their games to top the group, with Chelmondiston B the
runners-up on 6 points.
No one was able to win all their games, but Stanningfield
A came closest, winning 3, while Claydon As
two wins, and a draw, was good enough for second place.
Knodishall A guaranteed themselves the two top spots, by
winning their first three games, and then played one another
to decide the final standings. That game went to Knodishall,
as did the group win.
and Claydon B both won 3 games, and drew with one another,
so the final positions were decided on shots, with Belstead/Brockley
just ahead by 4.
Clear group winners were Barking/Claydon, who won all
four games. Second place was close with Hundon A and Cockfield
who both won 3 games, but Hundon were two shots better, taking
second, while Cockfield were good enough to take the best 3rd
place, and qualify.
(play-off between runners-up and best third place)
Claydon A had a healthy 6-1 lead over Chelmondiston
B with 2 ends to go, and needed all of that as they held
on to win 6-5.
Claydon B led Belstead/Claydon right
from the start, never looked troubled, and came home comfortable
It was all square between Hundon
A and Cockfield with 2 ends to go, but Cockfield came
on strong at the end, winning the last 2 ends, to take an 8-4
Quarter Finals (group winners + Round 1 winners)
Claydon A were again off to a good start, 6-0
up over Knodishall A after 3 ends, and were never in danger,
Barking/Claydon sealed their win over Belstead/Barking
on the 3rd end, as they picked up a 5. The final score of 7-5
to Barking/Claydon made the game look closer than it was in reality.
Hundon/Barking won the first end against Cockfield,
and just about kept their noses in front throughout the game,
Claydon B had 7 on the board by the time Stanningfield
got off the mark, and took a comfortable 10-1 win.
Claydon A v Barking/Claydon
The first couple of ends went Barking/Claydon's way, but only
by one shot one each end. And from then on in, Claydon chipped
back to level, and then past, holding a two shot lead going into
the last end, which saw Claydon push the jack to the back of
the mat, and ultimately leaving their opposition with no hope
of levelling the game. Claydon won 6-2.
You can see footage of the
final 3 ends here.
Hundon/Barking v Claydon
Hundon/Barking won the first end, but the middle part of the
game saw Claydon build a healthy 7-2 game. Hundon/Barking pulled
a couple back on the penultimate end, but they were given little
chance to pull that back, and Claydon took the game 8-4.
Claydon A (Andy Pooley and Steve & Sue Isles)
v Claydon B (Ally Hobbs and Jim & Sally Goodrich)
End 1 - With Andy holding 4, Ally comes into the head
and clears the lot out, only for Andy to then clip hers away
to pick up 2.
End 2 - A very good start from Sue, but Ally gets a result
with her first wood to pick up one. 2-1 to Andy.
End 3 - Jim starts well, but Sue is just a little bit
better, a little bit of shuffling about, but Andy picks up another
one to lead 3-1.
End 4 - Again Sue starts well, and trying a bit too hard,
Sally overplays her second wood, and runs the jack off the carpet.
5-1 to Andy.
End 5 - Sally forces her way into the head to take shot,
and its still holding as Ally bowls her last, but in search
of a second, she turns an opposition wood over, and gives it
away. Andy leads 6-1.
End 6 - Sally is in for shot, and with her last Ally manages
to get another one in to give her team a glimmer of hope. 6-3.
End 7 - Again Sue is in early, but Sally gives her team
some hope by moving the jack out to the side of the carpet where
they held 2. Ally brings another across to hold 3, but with his
last Andy takes out the opposition's second and third woods to
drop just one, and take the match 6-4.
Andy takes the title for the
second year in succession, while it's a first Triples win for
Steve and Sue.
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