This year there was a small
drop off in numbers owning to a couple of clashing events, but
we still had 90 players entered, only just short of the maximum.
As usual everyone would get
5 games, all on different mats and all both with and against
different players each time.
With a 12-3 win in their first game the trio of Jane Evans,
Clint Watling and Peter Dent led the way early
on. They were followed by 9 players who had picked up 10 shots
in their opening matches.
Only 20 players were able to get repeat wins in their second
A massive 17-0 win propelled
Tom Runnacles and Sue Isles to the top with 4 points
and 24 shots. Ken Drane and Clint Watling were
on 20 shots, Peter Dent had 19 and Jane Evans 18.
A mere 8 players won for a third time.
Way out in front on shots was
Tom Runnacles with 39, with his nearest rival Clint
Watling, 10 shots behind. Cathy Saunders and Rob
Parnell had 23 shots, Neil Jolly 22, Steven Cain
21, Jane Coulon 20 and Rosemary Kerswell 19.
We were now down to just 5 players who had won all their games.
Neil Jolly and Clint Watling headed the
table with 8 points and 36 shots, Cathy Saunders was 6
shots back and Steven Cain and Rosemarie Kerswell
were one shot further behind.
Two other players, Malcolm
Tricker and Jane Coulon were on 7 points, having won
three and drawn one.
All of that meant that it was
all going to go down to the wire because not only would the top
two be playing in the very final session, but they would also
be playing one another.
With each round split into two halves it was probably all going
to be decided on one game but with the first half having been
played there were 2 players who had won 5 times, Cathy Saunders
and Steven Cain who had 42 and 41 shots respectively.
So the final standings would
be decided by Neil and Clint's game. Unless it's a draw or a
very low scoring game the chances are the eventual winner will
come from this game. Clint picks up one, then takes the jack
off on the second, which is what Neil also does on the third,
Neil then draws one on the 4th end to make it 3-3. On the 5th
end Clint draws his last for 2 to lead 5-3 and on the next Neil
takes 2 back to make it 5-5 with one end to go. Neil needs 1
shot to win overall, Clint needs 2. And Clint does it, thanks
to Neil taking the jack off.... again.
In the end there were just
4 unbeaten players. Fourth place went to Malcolm Tricker
with 9 points, having won 4 and drawn 1. The top 3 all won all
of their games. In third was Steven Cain with 41 shots,
second was Cathy Saunders with 42 shots and first was
Clint Watling with 43 shots.
A good day's play which everyone
seemed to enjoy and a finish which would hardly have been closer.
Many thanks to everyone who
played and helped out on the day.
You can see the final results
and photos here.