Tenby 107 Saundersfoot 71
18th July 2015
The Giltar Hotel sponsored Tenby team powered their way into the last eight of the Carruthers Shield last Saturday, against a very spirited Saundersfoot Team. Never in the history of the Carruthers Shield, have two sides from Pembrokeshire met in the knock out stages of the Welsh Club Championship. Tenby navigated through two home games against Bargoed and Brynmawr whilst Saundersfoot also won their two opening games, also playing at home, against Cwmbran and Blaenrhondda. Tenby, playing their third game at home, were favorites but Saundersfoot do not pay any attention to the underdog tag and knew that in a one off game, they were more than capable of defeating Tenby.
Rink 1 saw Craig Guymer, brother Luke, Chris Court and Mike Jackson take on the foursome of Merv Dennis. A pair of doubles for Tenby followed by a dropped count of four, evened things up at 3 ends. The dropped four was likened to waking the sleeping beast and the Tenby four were very much in the mood to make amends. The next few ends saw Tenby score, six shots without reply (3,1,2) before Saundersfoot replied with two scoring ends of their own (1 and 2). At eight ends, Tenby led by six (10-4). What can only be described as a world class display by Luke Guymer then came to the fore and the Saundersfoot rink buckled under the barrage. The other three players in the rink assisted Luke, but the plaudits were for the former International Lead. Winning 12 out of the next 13 ends, by a score of 25-4 (one end of a dropped four) saw a really tremendous display by the Tenby rink who romped home by 35 shots to 11.
Rink 2: Diment was up against Saundersfoot’s top rink and knew that if he kept them quiet, then Tenby would be in pole position in the match. That said, the Tenby fours aren’t that bad and certainly were not out to simply contain. Cameron White and Joe Richards had easily their best performances in the Carruthers this season, and ably supported by international Ryan Thomas, the rink speed off into an 8-0 lead after four ends. At the seven end mark, the Tenby rink led by 9-5. Then three consecutive scores of 2, 3 and 4 extend their lead by 18-5. This seemed to well and truly burst the Saundersfoot bubble over the whole green – especially with events on rink 1 taking effect. Saundersfoot outscored the Tenby rink over the next 11 ends, by 8 shots to 11, but the damage had already been done and the Tenby rink could boast a very good win against Berywn Dennis’ four by 26-16.
Rink 3: The return of the ‘wanderer’ (Wolves fan), Simon Evans teamed up with Keiran Peregrine in the absence of John Roberts. With 4 Gold Cups and 8 Silver Bowls between them, this was not a bad replacement for the new County Singles Champion. With two-time Five Arches Bowl semi-finalist, Jon Webb, as second and new father, Luke Rees at lead, they took on new County Triples winner, Stephen Poole. Stephen was certainly on the top of his game and the visitors went off into a 10 shots to 2 lead. Then at 10 ends, the back end combination stopped reminiscing about past open week glories and Wolves new signings (which didn’t take long), and promptly took a count of four shots. Another four count soon followed and they were only a single shot behind at 15 ends and then tied things up on the next end (15-15). A dropped count of four on the next end handed the incentive back to Saundersfoot, but then the Tenby rink also four shots to level things up again 19-19. A single for the Tenby rink followed by a single for the Saundersfoot rink leveled things up 20-20 going into the last – exciting stuff. However, a count of 3 against, meant Saundersfoot won 23-20.
Rink 4: The all stars were out on the very difficult rink four. Despite this, and in usual style, the Lee Williamson foursome flew off into a big lead. All level at four ends (3-3) the Williamson, Muskett, Day and Lloyd rink scored a sequence of 3, 2, 2, 3, 5 and 2 to take a commanding lead of 20-3. Credit to the Saundersfoot rink however as they did not let their heads drop and with former Carruthers Shield Winner, Paul Blayney having an excellent game, they came right back at the Tenby four to only be behind by a single shot at the 19 end mark (22-21). Tenby however won the last two ends with doubles to record a win of 26-21.
In conclusion a very impressive win for Tenby against a very strong challenge by our near neighbours who can be very proud of their achievements in this competition next year. Thanks from the team to the ladies for the wonderful meal – again – after the game and also to Ken Lloyd for ensuring that the green was at its best. Next up for a place in the semi-finals are Barry Athletic who saw off the challenge of Mid Wales team, Presteigne by four shots.
Congratulations to Aaron for being selected to play for Wales in the Under 18 Youth test against England on the 5th/6th September 2015
Welsh Carruthers Shield 2nd Round
Tenby 89 Brynmawr 73
After defeating Bargoed in round one, Tenby played against top Monmouthshire side, Brynmawr, from Monmouthshire.This was always going to be a difficult game against a side of vast experience, featuring many Monmouthshire County players and last seasons British Isles rinks winners and current over 60’s Welsh Pairs winners. Keiran Peregrine and his rink of Luke Rees, Jon Webb and John Roberts started well on rink 1 – and that’s an understatement. Counts of a three and a seven following up with scoring ends, developed a lead of 17-0 after only 8 ends. Credit to the Brynmawr four who kept of fighting and dominated the second half of the game. A final winning margin of 22-16 with Welsh International, Keiran, having an exceptional game. Rink 2, which is the Tenby Gold Cup Final rink, is certainly a happy hunting ground for the English Singles Champion, Lee Williamson. He knows this rink like the back of his hand, but must have been glad he wasn’t playing in a Gold Cup final against Aaron Lloyd such was I can only describe as the best leading performance I have ever seen over the first 10 ends. I must say that the second half was good but the first half was nothing short of exceptional. A perfect foil for such a talent has to be the ‘quiet’ Peter Day who is, in my opinion, one of the best players from Pembrokeshire never to have been capped for Wales. Andrew Muskett was concentration personified. If any young player wants to learn how to concentrate on his own rink and not start looking at other rinks, then he is certainly the man to watch. 19-3 after ten ends which included counts of a six and five saw the rink in little danger of coming unstuck and a closing score line of 29-13 did not flatter this top rink.
Rink 3. Paul Diment’s rink took a bit of a hammering to be fair. Cameron White and Joe struggled all game and they were the first to admit this. Ryan Thomas was the only player who could come out of the game with any credit and if it wasn’t for this talented player I am not sure what effect would have been on the overall result. To be fair the Brynmawr rink – last seasons British Isles Rinks Champions – they were tremendous to a man and to say that they won because the Tenby four did not turn up would be an injustice. Over the season, the Diment rink have been the most consistent and the result did come as a bit of a shock to the system. Diment playing two very bad bowls on the first end, resulting in a dropped count of 6 shots certainly was a sign of things to come. This is the first time Diment has dropped a count of six shots since 2001 when he played a friendly against the Golf Club. At 10 ends, the rink was 4-17 down. The Tenby rink did pick up things at this stage but once again, despite holding counts of a six and two counts of four shots, the Brynmawr skip made shot in what was quite simply a great performance by the very likeable Monmouthshire man. Scoring over the last two ends was vital to the team, picking up four shots. Final score being 15-27. Craig and Luke Guymer could not contain their excitement by ‘drawing’ their favourite rink four. A count of a five on the sixth end helped in gaining a twelve shot advantage at seven ends (13-1). The rink which also featured Mike Jackson and International Chris Court, then dropped counts over the next five ends (3, 4, 1, 4 and 1) to go behind by one at the twelfth end (13-14). However, this rink is made of stern stuff, especially with such a great motivator as Chris Court and they finished strongly by winning seven of the last nine ends. Final score 23-17. In conclusion, in a similar way to the Bargoed game, this was not convincing although the positives are that the team have won six of out eight rinks. The team has potential to go all the way like they did in 2009 but they need to make small changes in order to progress any further.
Our thanks to the support we received from the President, Peter Hooper and the Chairman, Fred Broomhead and all the Five Arches players and also Whitland players who took the time to support us. The team would like to thank most sincerely, the ladies who again made a tremendous meal and we, as players, appreciate all the work that they do on behalf of the Club not only on the Carruthers matches but throughout the season. Our thanks also to Ken Lloyd who ‘double cut’ the green – no easy task . The green played very well and that is down to the work that Ken, Fred and of course Barry have carried out for us. Next up is a team that we are all very familiar with, Saundersfoot, who defeating Blaenrhondda. This will be a very interesting last sixteen match and I think that this will come down to the wire with no more than a few shots at the close. Of course our congratulations to Saundersfoot on their win and we look forward to welcoming them to our Sutton Street Headquarters where I am sure, a very tranquil game will be played out.
Saundersfoot 72 (2 Points) Tenby Sharks 88 (12 Points)
27th June 2015
The 2nd local derby between Saundersfoot and Tenby Sharks, sponsored by Molson Coors, took place last Saturday on a sunny June’s day. Both sides, having qualified from their respective Carruthers Groups, and having both won their opening rounds of the Carruthers Shield were coming into this game in top form and were looking to maintain momentum leading into the last 32 round of games next (tomorrow). Rink 2 saw Andrew Muskett resume skipping duties from Lee Williamson who was in Scotland for the BIBC Championships. Peter Day played third, with Vice-Captain Gerald Hewitt returning to the rink with Aaron Lloyd. A great start for the Tenby rink saw them pick up an immediate fours shots on the first end. Disaster struck immediately and they dropped a count of four on the second end. The Saundersfoot rink skipped by former International Berywn Dennis then won nine out the next 10 ends to take a commanding lead 22-5. With Adam Hensman, former Tenby Supremo, Macky Brace and County Senior Team Manager, John Dugmore in great form, the Saundersfoot rink had total dominance in the match and ran out comfortable winners 30-14. Rink 3: A change in personal saw Luke Rees return to Kerian Peregrines rink for the first time this season, with Huw Nicholas replacing the absent Jon Webb and Chris Court replacing John Roberts who was on international duty in Scotland. Saundersfoot, skipped by former International Stephen Poole, son and nephew of the legendary Graham and Don Poole, got off to a flier taking a 7-0 lead after only three ends. However, Tenby’s four certainly upped their game and won seven out of the next eight ends to lead by four shots (12-8). With the Saundersfoot rink only scoring three more singles, the Tenby four deserved their 15 shot win (26-11).
Rink 4: Craig Guymer, Luke Guymer, Mike Jackson and David Rees got off to a great start against Steve Dick’s foursome. A count of five shots and three counts of two shots saw a lead of eight shots after only 7 ends (12-4). Credit to the Saundersfoot rink who fought their way back into the game by winning the next 5 ends to reduce the gap by a single shot (12-11) at twelve ends. Tenby came back, winning the next four ends to lead 18-11 after sixteen ends. A dropped count of four shots on the 20th end made life a little more interesting (19-17) but the Tenby four again recovered to take a count of three shots on the final end to record a fine win against a good Saundersfoot rink 22-17. Rink 5: Paul Diment skipped his usual rink of International Ryan Thomas, Joe Richards, Tenby Captain and County Lead Cameron White. A dropped count of three shots on the first end, followed by winning the next four ends saw the Tenby rink edge a two shot lead (5-3) against the Merv Dennis rink. A count of four shots followed for the Tenby rink and over the next six ends Tenby were reduced to taking single shots which was down to some tremendous play by the Saundersfoot Skipper who saved counts of five and four on a few occasions. At fourteen ends, the Tenby rink held a comfortable lead of seven shots (14-7) but then on the very next end, the Saundersfoot ‘third’ Brian Desmond played two very good bowls which ended up with the villagers taking a count of five shots. To the Tenby rink’s credit, they changed gear as they have done so well throughout the season when needed, and won five out of the next six ends (12-2) to record a final winning margin of 26-14.
In conclusion a great game played in great spirit which could have gone either way. A win by sixteen shots did flatter the Tenby team and with every Tenby rink taking counts of three shots on the very last end, it could have been so different if just two of the Saundersfoot rinks had scored on those last ends. But upon refelcetion that’s why the Sharks have won the league title for the past seven seasons - making those small margins count when it really matters. Good luck to Saundersfoot against Blaenrhondda. Saundersfoot will certainly go into their match as favourites and on behalf the Tenby team our very best wishes and should both clubs be successful, then they will met at the last 16 stage at the Tenby Sutton Street HQ.
Haverfordwest Castle 40 (0 Points) Tenby 99 (14 Points)
2nd July 2015
Due to the Carruthers match on the following Saturday, Tenby had to play against Haverfordwest Castle on the ‘Carruthers’ Reserve day, last Thursday (2nd July). Haverfordwest Castle are struggling at the foot of division one, but at home are more than capable of beating any team and certainly capable of winning a few rinks and taking much needed points. Rink 1, nearest the club house, saw Keiran Peregrine play with his usual ‘Carruthers’ shield rink of Luke Rees, Jon Webb and John Roberts – fresh from the British Isles International Series held in Scotland. The rink started well taking a count of four shots followed by a double and single to lead 7-0 at three ends. An exchange of shots over the next few ends, either double or singles, saw the Tenby rink get to the ten end stage up by one shot (9-8). The Tenby rink were in danger of losing but their experience shone through and they dominated the second half of the game by picking up low scoring but consistent shots to win 19-12. Rink 2. Craig Guymer also fielded his ‘Carruthers’ rink and had a far easier evening than rink 1. At five ends, the rink which featured Mike Jackson, Chris Court and Luke Guymer held a 8-1 lead. This was extended at ten ends to 14-3. Some dropped shots over ends thirteen to fifteen saw their lead reduce slightly but a run from end sixteen which included a count of five shots on the nineteenth end saw a final winning margin of 16 shots (26-10).
Rink 3. Andrew Muskett’s rink had a change with Huw Nicholas replacing the working Gerald Hewitt. The rink wanted to bounce back from their defeat the previous Saturday against Saundersfoot. Aaron Lloyd played a very steady game, as did the ever consistent Peter Day. Huw Nicholas never disappoints and is always very consistent and is certainly pushing hard for a starting Carruthers shield place. The rink certainly wanted to right the wrongs of their previous match and raced into a 11-0 lead after only seven ends. Further scoring which included a four, three and two in the middle section of the game saw their lead extend to 21-5 (14 ends). A dropped count of four shots on the very next end, followed by dropped singles over three of the last five ends saw a final win recorded of 25-12. Rink 4. Shaun Peregrine replaced the absent Cameron White, with Joe Richards and Ryan Thomas joining Paul Diment. The rink played against Tenby’s former member Colin Jones who has relocated to Haverfordwest and it was great to see the likeable young man again. County over 60’s skip, Mike Codd, and Daniel Jones – son of former International and two time Silver Bowl winner, Gareth, played third. This was certainly the best Haverfordwest Castle rink – on paper at least – but the Tenby four took an early 6-0 lead at three ends. Scoring exchanges made over the next three ends – in Haverfordwest Castle’s favour – saw the lead reduce to 7-4. A brief chat between Ryan and Paul saw a calculated change of tactics and they only failed to score on another two ends. To be completely honest, I don’t think we have seen such a dynamic combination since Albert and Costello. I am sure that Peter and Andrew will disagree, but I think they’re more like Renee and Renarto.
In summary, another consistent performance by Tenby who continue to put pressure on the other teams attempting to knock them off their perch. Tenby maintain a slight advantage with Haverfordwest their main challengers in second place and Tenby Five Arches in third place. At the half way stage with games already played away against top sides Haverfordwest, Saundersfoot and Whitland – Tenby would be favourites having Whitland and Haverfordwest at home. However, we all know that both these clubs are more than capable of coming to Tenby and beating them such is the quality players that they can call upon.
Tenby v Bargoed: Welsh Club Championship Round 1
20th June 2015
Sutton Street was witness to the Giltar Hotel sponsored Tenby Club play in their first Welsh Club Championship match of this season. Tenby have a very good record in this competition since 2008 – winning in 2009 and having reached finals day on three other occasions, losing at the semi-finals stage to Ferndale and RTB Ebbw Vale of two occasions. Rink 1: Lee Williamson returned to skipping action with Andrew Muskett, Peter Day and Aaron Lloyd. Leading 9-4 after five ends, this strong rink, all of whom are national champions, continued to dominate their opposite numbers. A further count of seven shots and then a five a few ends later extended their lead to 25-8. Further counts of a 5, 4 and 4 confirmed their superiority and although they themselves dropped a late count of 4 shots, the Tenby quartet ran out comfortable winners by 42-15. Rink 2: For the first time this season, Diment’s rink found themselves on a ‘middle’ rink having spent all of the season on rink 1 and having one outing on rink 4. The opposition skip played some telling shots immediately into the game to save at least 10 shots. Trailing 2-0 after two ends, the match became very close and very tactical with Diment scoring on the next 4 ends, but only singles. A further single by the Bargoed four had the score at seven ends 4-3 to Tenby. A count of three shots by the Diment four of Cameron White, Joe Richards and Ryan Thomas, provided some breathing space but losing the next three ends (2, 2 and 1) saw matter level again. Another count of ‘3’ by the Tenby four was again clawed back by the Bargoed rink over the next two ends and at end 16 the score stood 11 all. Then the Tenby four changed gear and scored on all remaining ends (2, 1, 3, 6 and 5) to run out what would seem like an easy win 28-11 but that could not have been further from the truth and credit to the Bargoed rink for the manner in which they played.
Rink 3: Luke Rees, Chris Court, Luke and Craig Guymer started off equally as tactical as Diment on rink 2. At 6 ends, the scores were all level at 3-3. Scoring counts of 4, 3 and 2 on the next 3 alternative ends saw the all under 25 international rink take a comfortable lead 11-6. However, the Bargoed rink came back into the game and won eight of the last ten ends to win by two (15-17). Rink 4: Mike Jackson, Jon Webb, John Roberts and Keiran Peregrine got off to a great start taking two counts of four and a double on the first three ends, mainly due to some brilliant second play by Jon Webb. A dropped single on the next end followed by two scoring ends of one shot saw a good lead at six ends (12-1). A dropped two followed by a dropped count of five on ends seven and eight saw the Bargoed four back into the game (12-8). However, the experienced Tenby rink steadied the ship and at thirteen ends led 17-10. Matters took another twist and the Tenby rink lost the next four ends to now be level 17-17. Winning the next two ends (both single counts) losing the next by a single and then taking a single on the last end saw a very close win 20-18. In summary, a very good start by Tenby winning by 44 shots. However, one must feel there is still room for improvement as Diment only pulled away on the last two ends and if we took away Williamson’s big win, then Bargoed could have easily have made life a little more uncomfortable for the home side. There were a lot of Tenby players on the sidelines, who could be in line for a call up, one of which is former Carruthers winning skip, Pat Currie and his ‘third’ on that day in 2009, Simon Evans.
On behalf of the Tenby Club, may be take this opportunity in congratulating our neighbours, Saundersfoot, on their good win against Cwmbran. Saundersfoot will play at home to Blaenrhondda, who beat Tenby last year by a single shot whilst Tenby will play Monmouthshire side, Brynmawr.