The entries this year were terrific, I had to close the entry as there were more bowlers wanting to play than we could accommodate in two days play.
As this is not a DBE event it is open to any bowler with a disability, not just from England. We had 4 bowlers from Scotland, 1 from Wales and 1 from the Isle of Man! It all goes to making for an interesting competition.
The format for the event was 3 bowl singles, played in four groups round robin followed by a semi-final and final.
G – Craig Bowler; Alastair Domville; Fraser Mathiason; Melannie Innes; Ray Kirk & John Rogers
Y – Blair Davidson; Bob Love; Pauline Wilson; Stephen Stockley; Ian Cole & Mark Cooper
B – Mike Robertson; Colin Milner; Joe Peplow; Jonathan Stokes; Danny Porter & Dylan Morton
P – Dave Fisher; Mac Otton; Mike Ashmole; Steve Biggs; Paul Hawkes & Alex Comack
The winner of the groups were as follows;
Green – John Rogers
Yellow – Blair Davidson
Blue – Joe Peplow
Pink – Steve Bigg
Although all of the group winners won all of their games, the results were very close, the last round match for two of the groups were deciding games. Pink group was particularly close it was a last end decider as to who went through to the semi’s.
One of the spectators was asked to draw the names ‘out of the hat’ as to who would play who in the semi-finals.
Both Semi’s were terrific games, neck and neck for most of the match.
Up to the 20th end there was only 2 shots between John and Blair. Blair won the last 2 ends finishing 20 shots to 15.
Steve and Joes match was even closer, 14 all on the 15th end, Joe pulled in front to 17 – 14 on the 17th end. Steve picked up a 2 on the next end but time was out, and the finishing score was 17 – 16 to Joe.
All four bowlers played so well and entertained the spectators.
On to the Final….Good game….Blair went in front to start then Joe got going and pulled back, but Blair got into his stride and pulled away leaving Joe too much to do in the time that was left, the final score 21 – 9 to Blair.
Quite a fitting end as this years trophy for the winner was a Celtic ‘Quaich’ otherwise known as a ‘Friendship Cup’.
We all went home shattered but happy, a job well done!