It was another full entry this
year for the Fab Fours, with 40 teams from across Suffolk, Essex,
Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire putting in an appearance.
Those teams would be whittled
down to the last 16 for the knockout rounds.
Bardfield won all their
games to top the group while Broadlands only won twice
but were through on shots.
GI Blues finished on
maximum points to win the group while 57 Varieties lost
just once to go through on 6 points.
Jack Smackers had a
perfect 4 wins out of 4 to top the group while Yoof Academy
were another team to win tow and lose two and sneak through on
The Repair Men finished
on 8 points while Wicked Wicks only lost once.
Back Again topped the
group comfortably on 8 points, 4 ahead of runners-up Mix And
Occold and Tizzus
Agin both lost just once, Occold winning the group on shots.
Stancock were another
team to finish with a perfect record, Mart 1 were next
best on 6 points.
Balderdash and Marions
Fours both finished on 6 points, Balderdash were 8 shots
Jack Smackers ran out
to a comfortable 8-2 win over Mix And Match. The Repair
Men were never behind against Tizzus Agin, winning
8-3. Back Again went into the last end ahead of Mart
1 but came out of it 6-4 down. Marions Fours
held on to beat Occold 6-4. Stancock led from the
start and finished 8-2 winners over Broadlanders. Balderdash
were never in danger against 57 Varieties, winning 8-1.
Bardfield were 4-0 up over Yoof Academy but fell to a
7-4 loss. It was all square with 2 ends to go between GI Blues
and Wicked Wicks but it was the Wicks that brought
it home for a 5-3 win.
The Repair Men raced
out to a 7-0 lead over Yoof Academy in the first 3 ends,
enough to see them home to an 8-3 win. Jack Smackers were
never in danger after the second end, winning 10-2 against Wicked
Wicks. Stancock got their noses in front of Marions
Fours and stayed there, winning 7-2. It was all square at
6-6 going into the last end between Mart 1 and Balderdash,
but it finished 10-6 to Balderdash.
Jack Smackers v Stancock
What looked like a little bit of a mismatch on paper turned out
to provide a far more interesting game than perhaps was expected.
Stancock took each of the first 3 ends, but were only picking
up one on each. Jack Smackers got off the mark on the 4th end,
again with just one and maybe the tide was turning, however Stancock
took that shot back to lead 4-1 going into the last end and didnt
just hold on but took another 2 for an impressive 6-1 victory.
The Repair Men v Balderdash
Balderdash had had a very good run, coming back from losing the
first game of the day to win the group and make it this far,
but this far was a step too many, they lost 2 on the first end
and just kept on losing as The Repair Men piled the shots on,
the only bright spot was getting a couple back on the 5th to
keep the game going, but saving the game from 10-2 down with
an end to go looked improbable and proved to be so as Balderdash
The Repair Men (Andy
Pooley, John Varden, Peter Elmy & Don Allum) v Stancock
(Marion Bean, Keith Fellingham, Vic Keyton & Graham Clamping)
Right from the start it looked like there was no stopping Stancock
as the continued their great run of form into the first end,
picking up 3. And it was only a shot which was more or less what
Andy was playing for which snatched a shot away from them on
Nip and tuck stuff on the 3rd
but The Repair Men just hold on to one and bring it back to 3-2
Now pretty much everything
Stancock do is helping the opposition until the skips first
wood comes flying in to take shot courtesy of a perfect (but
unplayed for) wick to steal the end 4-2.
On the penultimate end it was
The Repair Men who got the luck, Andy played for one thing but
got a different result and still took shot to bring it back to
Final end. Or is it? The jack
is moved into the corner and although Stancock get closer and
closer, The Repair Men hang on for one to force an extra end
and then get the job done on the 7th, getting the woods in and
blocking up to win the game 6-4.
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