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» 2024 HARTEST TRIPLES

The 10th, and final Graham's Hartest Triples was held at Needham Market on Sunday, 26th May.

The 35 teams were divided into 7 groups, with the winners and runners-up from each group qualifying for the knockout rounds, along with the 2 best 3rd placed teams.

Group 1 - Cockfield A won the group on 6 points, just 8 shots better than Finchingfield, while Hundon's 5 points was good enough for them to also progress.

Group 2 - Mick Watkins team won all their games to go through easily, Withersfield B were through as runners-up on 4 points.

Group 3 - Withersfield A won all 4 of their games, to win the group, and Stanningfield A's 2 wins and a draw saw them through in second.

Group 4 - Easily the closest group. Winners were Stanningfield B (5 pts, 24 shots for, 23 shots against), runners-up were Barrow (5 pts, 24 shots for, 24 shots against), and Old Felixstowe (4pts & 26 shots) were also through.

Group 5 - Sewards End took maximum points, while Hunters A lost just one game to finish second.

Group 6 - Hintlesham C had several close games, but came out on top in all of them, while Brockley/Ketton A scraped through thanks to 1 win, 2 draws, and being one shot better than Copdock & Washbrook.

Group 7 - Doris and the Dream Boyz won 4 times, while Sam Runnacles won 3 and lost 1.

Knockout Rounds
First Round
Finchingfield
came from behind to behind to beat Withersfield B 6-4. Cockfield A led all the way to win 9-4 against Old Felixstowe. Some big swings between Mick Watkins and Stanningfield A, but it was Mick's team with won 8-6. Withersfield A held off a resurgent Barrow, to win 8-6. Stanningfield B needed an extra end to beat Hunters A 7-6. Sewards End just held on to beat Brockley/Ketton A 5-4. Sam Runnacles cruised to a 9-2 win over Hintlesham C. And Doris and the Dream Boyz were comfortable 8-2 winners against Hundon.

Quarter Finals
Mick Watkins
went from 3 shots down with 2 ends to go, to beat Finchingfield 9-7. Withersfield A took 6 shots in the last 2 ends to beat Cockfield A 8-4. Doris and the Dream Boyz dropped 4 on the last end against Sewards End, and still won 10-5. Sam Runnacles romped away to a 13-4 victory over Stanningfield B.

Semi-Finals
Withersfield A
were never in trouble against Mick Watkins, winning 11-3, but Doris and the Dream Boyz against Sam Runnacles was always super close, Sam finally coming through to grab 2 shots on the last to win 5-4.

Final
Neil Tuckey, Stuart McNeil & Lisa Edmead
v Sam Runnacles, Matt Frost & Stephen Frost
There was never much in it between the two teams, but Neil looked safe going into the last, sitting 5-2 up, but with the jack off to the side, the temptation to take it off with his fist wood proved too much. He went for it, and missed, leaving Sam the opportunity to to run the jack back to a group of his team's woods, sitting at the back of the mat, which he did to give himself a certain 3. Neil couldn't get in to cut the numbers down with his last, but Sam was able to draw in to save a measure, getting his 4th, to win the game 6-4.

Many thanks to everyone who was there on the day, and to all those who have supported the tournament over the last decade. We're pleased to say that thanks to everyone's efforts, and contributions, we were able to raise £782 for Mind.

You can see the results here.


Stephen, Matt & Sam


Neil, Stuart & Lisa

» 2024 RANDOM TRIPLES

The annual Random Triples tournament was a little down on numbers this year, thanks to clashing events in both Essex and Cambridgeshire, but there were still 72 entries.

Round 1
The trio of Linda Sadgrove, Sam Runnacles and William Hitchcock won their first game 13-1, and led the way, Ellen Grube, Jim Goodrich and John Mayhew had a 10-4 win, and Angus Rogers, Keith Fellingham and Sue Davey also picked up 10 shots, while dropping 5.

Round 2
We already had a (very) clear leader, at least as far as the shots were concerned. William Hitchcock had the 4 points from his two wins, along with 32 shots. Second was Mick Watkins, on 25 shots, Sam Runnacles had 22, Angus Rogers 18, and Keith Fellingham rounded out the top 5 on 17 shots.

Ten other players had won both their games so far.

Round 3
Only 6 players made it 3 wins out of 3. Still leading the way, with a healthy shot lead, was William Hitchcock, on 38 shots, Sam Runnacles was 2nd on 29, John Mayhew and Andy Simpson were on 20, and Frank Wilkin and Paul Daniels had 19 shots.

Three further players, Michelle Rutherford, Tony Stephenson and Sue Isles were still in with a shout, having dropped just one point so far.

Round 4
Four games down and there were still 5 players maintaining a perfect record. William was still out in front on 46 shots, Paul was on 30, Andy had 27, John 25, and Frank 24.

And with a very remote outside chance, Sam and Tony were on 7 points.

Final Round
Having led all day, unfortunately William Hitchcock suffered a defeat in his final game, leaving him in 6th place. Frank Wilkin, also lost his perfect record, as he drew his last game, which meant he finished 5th, on 9 points, and 30 shots. Also on 9 points, but with 42 shots, was Sam Runnacles, which brought him back up to 4th.

The remaining 3 players all finished on a maximum 10 points. Third was John Mayhew, with 35 points, second was Paul Daniels, on 37 points, but leapfrogging to the top, right at the end, was Andy Simpson, with 40 shots.

We would like to give huge thanks to everyone who came along to play, and we hope to see you all again next year.

You can see the results here.


Andy Simpson


John, Sam, Paul & Andy

» 2024 SUFFOLK CHARITY FOURS

This year's event saw a maximum entry of 40 teams, and was raising funds for Blood Runners.

As usual teams would get 4 games each, with the winners decided on points, shots for, and finally shots against.

Round 1
There were no drawn games in the first round (in fact none of the 80 games played on the day resulted in a draw), so there were 20 teams who started off with a win. And of those, 11 teams got double figure shot scores.

The top 5 were: Withersfield A (15 shots), Mixed Bag of Nuts (13), and Finchingfield, Belstead and Hintlesham & Chattisham B (12 shots each).

Round 2
13 teams also won their second games. Burstall A now led the way with 25 shots, Mixed Bag of Nuts were just one shot behind, Claydon/Chelmondiston were one shot further behind, and Belstead and Burstall B were on 20 shots.

Round 3
Only 9 teams made it 3 wins out of 3. They were: Burstall A (34 shots), Mixed Bag of Nuts (33), G I Blues (32), Belstead (29), Claydon/Chelmondiston (29), Knodishall (28), Stanningfield A (25), Elmsett C (25), and Hundon B (24)

Final Round
The day ended with just 5 teams going undefeated, and there was very little to tell between them, with just 4 shots to separate them, but it was Burstall A who came out on top, ahead of G I Blues by virtue of just a single shot.

Pts

For

Agst

1
Burstall A

8

42

14

2
G I Blues

8

41

14

3
Claydon/Chelmondiston

8

41

18

4
Knodishall

8

39

14

5
Belstead

8

38

13

We would like to give massive thanks to everyone who came along to play and who who helped contribute to a profit of £1325.

You can find the final results here.


Winners
Burstall


Runners-Up
G I Blues