FINALS RESULTS AND REPORTS
Day One of our Finals Weekend began with the Wightman Cup 2 wood singles between Chairman Richard Ferguson and our Greenkeeper, Ray Rouse. Richard got off to a solid start, taking 6 shots on the first 4 ends. Although Ray had reduced the deficit to just one shot after 11 ends, it was Richard who forged ahead again to win by 18 shots to 9.
In the afternoon, the Vincent Cup, 2 wood pairs, saw Mike Peck and Syd Attridge up against Ray Rouse and Tony Liggins. It was Ray and Tony who claimed the silverware. Meanwhile, the Club Handicap was a repeat of last years Final between Keith Puddephatt and Del Behenna. Keith, receiving 3 shots start, set the pace and extended his advantage to 7 shots after the 9th end. By the 16th end. however, Del had established a 3 shot lead which he maintained to retain the trophy for the 3rd successive year.
Day Two started with Richard Ferguson, Tony Liggins and Stuart Ray taking on Ray Rouse, John Hipwell and Angela Adlam in the Len & Peggy Macey mixed triples. Richard's trio had established a 7 shot lead after 8 ends, but then dropped consecutive fours to trail by one shot. A late surge, however, saw them take 10 shots to 2 from the last 5 ends and run out Champions by 24 shots to 17.
The Mens Pairs Championship involved two new bowlers in their first season at the Club, Roger Lawson and Alan Butler, and well they bowled!. In an excellent Final, the spoils went to Roger and Del Behenna who eventually got the better of Alan, playing with Keith Puddephatt. Tied at 15 all after 16 ends, Del and Roger picked up 9 shots over the last 5 ends to cross the line with a 24 shots to 16 victory.
The afternoon session began in steady rain which threatened to curtail proceedings. Thankfully, it relented after about 40 minutes and the two matches were decided. In the Tombs Plate, Richard Ferguson again took on Ray Rouse and a great contest it turned out to be. It was 12 shots apiece after 15 ends had been played and 10 ends later, Ray held a one shot advantage, 19 - 18. But it was Richard who scored 3 shots on the last 2 ends to claim the title 21 - 19 after 27 ends.
On Rink 5, the Mens Club Championship for 2023 was contested by John Stallwood and Del Behenna. 8 shots were shared over the first 4 ends, but after 11 ends, Del had established an 8 shot advantage. He went on to maintain that advantage and defend the title he won last season with a 21 shots to 13 victory.
The weekend concluded with the presentation of prizes and trophies by our President Beryl Walford. She was ably assisted by Captain Tony Lambert, who explained the origins of our trophies. Club photographer John Minter was on hand to record the proceedings. The raffle raised £41.50 for Club funds. A big thank you to President Beryl, Sue Ablett and Tony Carthy for marking the singles competitions.
Due to unavailability and illness, the Neighbour Cup mens triples final was held a week late on Saturday 23rd September and a close run affair it was too. At the end of play, it was Mick Bailey, Dennis Robertson and Mark Baxter who claimed the Cup by a single shot, 18 - 17, over Del Behenna, Tony Liggins and Stuart Ray.
CLUB FINALS WEEKEND SCHEDULE
The Club Finals schedule is as follows
SATURDAY 16th September
10.15 NEIGHBOUR CUP : Mick Bailey, Dennis Robertson, Mark Baxter
Del Behenna, Tony Liggins, Stuart Ray
WIGHTMAN CUP Richard Ferguson v Ray Rouse (Marker Beryl Walford)
2.30 VINCENT CUP Mike Peck, Syd Attridge v Ray Rouse, Tony Liggins
HANDICAP Del Behenna (7) v Keith Puddephatt (4) Marker Tony Carthy
SUNDAY 17th September
10.15 LEN & PEGGY Richard Ferguson, Tony Liggins, Stuart Ray
MACEY TROPHY v
Ray Rouse, John Hipwell, Angela Adlam
MENS PAIRS Keith Puddephatt, Alan Butler
Del Behenna, Roger Lawson
2.30 TOMBS PLATE Richard Ferguson v Ray Rouse (Marker Sue Ablett)
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Del Behenna v John Stallwood (Marker Tony Carthy)
5.00 (APPROX) PRESENTATION of TROPHIES by PRESIDENT BERYL WALFORD
Master of Ceremonies : CLUB CAPTAIN TONY LAMBERT
Finals weekend taking shape
Four more final line ups have now been decided:
In the HANDICAP it's a repeat of last years final with Del Behenna once again playing Keith Puddephatt in an attempt to retain the trophy.
The WIGHTMAN CUP (2 wood singles) will be fought out over 21 ends by Ray Rouse and Richard Ferguson.
The VINCENT CUP (2 wood pairs) will see Syd Attridge and Mike Peck take on Tony Liggins and Ray Rouse.
The TOMBS PLATE will see last years runner up Richard Ferguson against Ray Rouse.
Championship finalists decided
The Mens Championship semi finals saw two close matches fought out. John Stallwood booked his place in the final with a thrilling 21 - 20 win over Keith Puddephatt whilst defending champion Del Behenna prevailed 22 - 17 over Richard Ferguson.
Men's Pairs finalists
The Mens Pairs Championship semi finals have been played and it will be Alan Butler and Keith Puddephatt to meet Roger Lawson and Del Behenna on Finals Weekend, the 16th & 17th September.
Neighbour Cup semi finals, - the old school and the new.
The unsettled conditions didn't spoil the Neighbour Cup (Mens Triples) semi -finals, held on Saturday 29th July. Mick Bailey, Dennis Robertson and Syd Attridge ran out 19 - 15 winners in a tight game over Mike Peck, Roger Lawson and John Hipwell. In the other game, Del Behenna, Tony Liggins and Stuart Ray saw off the challenge of Richard Ferguson, Simon Hill and Brendan McGinty by 24 shots to 14. Good to see Dennis in yet another final in his 52nd year as a member and to see three new members, Roger, Simon and Brendan involved in their first competitions.
Len and Peggy finalists decided
Our first finalists were decided when the semi-finals of the Len & Peggy Macey Trophy were held on 9th July.
Richard Ferguson, Tony Liggins and Stuart Ray were decisive winners over Brendan McGinty, Simon Hill and John Stallwood, 24 - 10. The other triple to reach the final were Ray Rouse, John Hipwell and Angela Adlam, who won a very tight contest, decided on the final end, beating Del Behenna, Roger Lawson and John Minter, 19 - 16.
2023 Club Competitions Format
Please note :There are changes to some of the competitions this year.
Championship - Singles, first to 21 shots.
Pairs - Drawn pairs, 21 ends
Neighbour Cup - Drawn triples, 18 ends. Played to decide finalists on a single day as notified in the Club fixture
SATURDAY 29th JULY 10 am - Entry sheet on board.
Championship - Singles, first to 21 shots.
Tombs Plate - Singles, first to 21 shots. Round-robin format to decide semi finalists.
Handicap - Singles, first to 21 shots. The lower handicapped player receives the the difference as an opening score.
Samuels Cup - Singles, first to 21 shots. Entry restricted to players who have not won a Championship, the Handicap, the Tombs Plate or the Samuels in the previous 5 years (i.e. 2018 - 2022)
Wightman Cup - Two Wood singles over 21 ends.
Stella Curry Vase - Drawn pairs, one lady, one man 18 ends.
Vincent Cup - Two wood drawn pairs, unsegregated, 21 ends.
Len & Peggy Macey Cup - Drawn triples, unsegregated. Format variable dependent on entry numbers.
Usually an all day event to decide the finalists, played on the date given in the
Club fixtures list.
DRAW FOR ALL COMPETITIONS NOW ON NOTICE BOARD IN THE CLUBHOUSE
Any queries?, please contact me, Del Behenna, Competition Secretary. 01844343230