The Men’s National Finals have started at Worthing, in the first week, the Island had some success.
Over fifty travellers from the Island attended Worthing to watch the under 25′s double rink team as they played their semi final against Nottinghamshire, they continued their undefeated run to Worthing by winninbg the match by 46 shots to 19. Adam Clarks rink won by 20 shots to 9 while Robbi Hayes led his rink to a 26 shot to 10 win.
In the final, they were up against last years winners Devon, this turned out to be a match of two halves, the Island lads started out with a real detemination, and at ten ends were 20 shots up and playing as if they really wanted to win, however something changed in the second half, Devon started to come back with a real glint in their eye, gradually the Island lads lead gradually started to be eroded.
The final result was that Devon won the match by 54 shots to 31. At the end they were presented with the eiat uk runners up trophy and silver medals The boys from the Island were a real credit to the coaching system that we have on the Island and to theirv team manager Derek Deacon.
The team was Ryan Trigg, Jack Berry, Ben Mackett and Adam Clark; Sam Lines, Bertie Everson, Travis Meller and Robbi Hayes
The triples finals started with the team from Cowes Medina Tony Partridge, Chris New and Peter Furmidge losingb in the preliminary round to Warwickshire by 22 shots to 16.
The other triple from Shanklin Bowling Club, Jack Berry, Ian Morey and Bruce Marks had better fortune, by winning their first round match against Gloucestershire by 19 shots to 11.
Their second round match against Northamptonshire, was quite a thriller, at about the half way stage the Island team were leading by 10 shots to 4, however to avoid Northants getting closer, Shanklin found it necessary to burn four ends, as the game continued, the lead started to be reduced, so much so, that at the end of eighteen ends both teams were level on thirteen shots each.
This meant that they would have to play an extra end to determine the result, with one bowl left, the shanklin team were trailing, the only solution was to burn the end, this was successful and a second extra end was played with Shanklin finally winning the match by 14 shots to 13.
In the third round, they came up against the Yorkshire “A” team and were beaten by 20 shots 10
The pairs started off with the pair from Ventnor Bary Bridgeman and Phil Turner playing against Durham in the preliminary round, unfortunately the lost in a very close match by 18 shots to 17
CLUB KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS
The main Knockout Cup has now reached the semi final stages, with Sandown ‘A’ playing against Shanklin ‘A’ and Cowes Medina ‘A’ against Plessey ‘A’
The Afternoon Cup has reached the quarter final stage with Ryde Marina ‘G’ against Warner ‘C’, Totland ‘D’ against Shanklin ‘F’, Ryde Marina ‘E’ against Ryde Marina ‘F’ and Newport ‘B’ against Warner’B’
The Colin Ridett Trohy has reached the semi final stage with Ryde Marina ‘B’ due to play Cowes Medina ‘A’, Camp Hill ‘A’ and Shanklin ‘A’ have played their semi final with Shanklin winning by 3 disciplines to 1 and progressing to, the final.
MEN’S COUNTY FRIENDLIES
The match against the Welsh Bowling Association was played at Plessey Bowling Club.
The result was a very creditable win to the Island by 139 shots to 77
Rinks and scores:
David Brown, Grant Ford, David Fredericks and Phil Brooks 15 Welsh BA 21
Steve Lewis, Alan Bugby, Tiony King and Barry Rodwell 38 Welsh BA 10
Malclom Addison, Gordon Stonham, Ian Morrill and Derek Stevens 26 Welsh BA 13
Tony Hendey, John Harden, Paul Barker and Roy Dicker 21 Welsh BA 10
John Edwards, Clive Milford, Allan Timbrell and Derek Venier 20 Welsh BA 9
Ryan Trigg, Brian Wallace, Pat maher and Roger Payne 19 Welsh BA 14