Tenby 99 (12 Points) Pembroke Dock 64 (2 Points)
18th June 2015
Tenby played Pembroke Dock last Thursday due to their Carruthers Shield game against Bargoed replacing the original fixture. Having already beaten the Pembroke Dock team earlier in the season in the Carruthers Shield Group matches, hopes were high for the Sharks. However, to the credit of our friends some 10 miles away, two rinks were extremely close and the Dock almost came away with two winning rinks and 4 points. Rink 1: After a 3 week absence, Paul Diment returned to skip. To say he was ring rusty was an understatement and perhaps comments to a boxing ring are also going below the belt. However, Diment and his rink of Cameron White, Joe Richards and Ryan Thomas got off to a very confident start, scoring on the first 3 ends. However, the Dock skip, Reg Thomas, started playing some very attacking bowls and scored over the next three ends with a 5, 2 and 4. Diment took the next three ends with a 1, 2 and 5 to trail by 2 shots (11-13) at 9 ends. However, Reg came back with four consecutive scoring ends of 2, 1, 2 and 6 to take a very healthy lead (11-22). Diment wasn’t done yet and trailing by eight with just two ends left, took a 4 count and narrowly missed taking two bowls out for another four. However, the end result was a win by five to Pembroke Dock (22-27).
Rink 2: Keiran’s Peregrine’s rink of Rafa Jackson, Red Jon and International John Roberts, took on the Pembroke Dock Open week singles winner, with Dave Finn taking a supporting role. Richard Jones (Sudbury Bowl winner for the fifth time), Ken Edwards (Alfred Phillips Bowl Winner) and Hugh Colley (Texaco Shield Winner) certainly recovered from their hangovers – see Five Arches Report last week – to get back into form. Sharing counts of 3’s over the first two ends and then another sharing count of 3’s over ends five and six in between two singles, saw Tenby in front by two shots (8-6). The game remained close up to end 14 when Richard Jones took a count of four shots. Three singles for the home foursome reduced the deficit to 15-17. A single on the next for Pembroke Dock extended their lead with just 3 ends to play. The Tenby four showed great game management ship when they closed out the game with two singles and a double on the last to win 19-18. Rink 3: Craig Guymer was certainly in a hurry – not only did his rink of brother, Luke and front end of Under 25 Internationals, Luke Rees and Chris Court race off into a 12-0 lead after only 6 ends, but they also finished their entire match 30 minutes before the Diment and Peregrine rinks. However, the all international rink are hitting form at the right time and scored four counts of three shots on their way to a comfortable 31-11 winning margin. Rink 4: Andrew Muskett continues to be drawn on his favourite rink ‘4’. A tight start saw Andrew together with Peter Day, Aaron Lloyd and Gerald Hewitt play with their usual consistency and slowly but surely pulled away from the challenge of the Brian Dowling four. The final score being 27-8.
Whitland v Tenby
13th June 2015
If the form of both sides coming into this game was anything to go by, then the Tenby team were odds on favourites to defeat a Whitland side struggling at the foot of the league table. However, Tenby were a few players short and had a late withdrawal due to a sickness bug by Paul Diment. However, take nothing away from a spirited Whitland team who always have at least one big game in them. The problem for the borderer’s team is that they are not able to string together any consistency since winning their only league title some 9 years ago. A 12-2 win for Whitland thanks in the main to Glyndwr Thomas beating the Keiran Peregrine rink by 26-15. Muskett went down by a few to L Price (14-17) and Ryan Thomas was on the wrong side of a 19-21 loss to Steve Reese. However, Steve when game down had a very large slice of good fortune when his wayward shot took a big deflection to win the ‘rink’. Success for Craig Guymer against Dan Jenner (18-14). My sincere congratulations to Whitland on a well deserved win. The one piece of solace that the Tenby Sharks can take from this is that if you had to lose to Whitland, then make sure it was this game and not the Carruthers Shield qualifier a few weeks earlier.
Tenby 103 Tenby Five Arches 59
24th May 2015
The local derby featuring the top two teams in the Pembrokeshire division one took place at Sutton Street. Tenby being officially the home side played their usual way of parallel to the magnificent club house, erected in 1983 and opened by the then Welsh President, Vic Hubbard and senior Vice President, Tom Osbourne of Tenby and Saundersfoot.
Rink 1: for the second consecutive day, Diment’s four played on this rink. With a very good win the day before, expectation were high for the rink comprising of captain Joe Richards, Cameron White and Dion Peregrine, 13 year old son of 4 time silver bowl winner and gold cup winner, Keiran Peregrine. The Tenby four went about their job very steadily and soon built up a lead at five ends (7-2) against the Five Arches four of Mike Day, President Peter Hooper, James Criddle and Neil Dickinson. A scoring fiesta of 20 shots in 5 ends saw the lead 27-6 at 13 ends and a further strong finish by the Tenby four saw them home 33-10. Rink 2: Ryan Thomas moved from the Diment rink to skip in the absence of Craig Guymer. Teaming up with Chris Court, Steve Sheldon and Gerald Hewitt. They played against Ken Lloyd, Tom Lewis, Dai Spencer and Ashley Hooper. Falling behind at five ends (2-7) they never recovered albeit at ten ends they did close the gap (7-10). Fifteen ends (10-15), eighteen ends (13-18) and at the close (15-22).
Rink 3: Andrew Muskett, Peter Day, Aaron Lloyd played against John Rees, John Hubbard, Steve Davies and Ben Simmons. This was on paper a big challenge for the ‘Arches’ rink, but then again, sport isn't played on paper and Ben Simmons and his rink played well to stem the Muskett surge. At five ends, Muskett led by two (7-5) and still held a narrow advantage at ten ends (10-9). The next five ends went to the Simmons rink and they held a two shot advantage (12-14). Fearing for their undefeated record, the Tenby Rolls Royce rink changed gear and took 14 shots without answer to led 26-14 at the conclusion of end 20. A dropped single of the last end, but still a great 26-15 win. Rink 4: John Roberts skipped in place of missing Keiran Peregrine and together with Jon Webb, Shaun Peregrine and Mike Jackson played against the Five Arches rink skipped by the returning legend – Simon Evans. Simon played with Five Arches captain Ben Cloake, last years Captain, Tony Powling and Roger Thomas. With Shaun Peregrine In great form and Jon Webb drawing extremely well, the Tenby four took a lead at five ends (6-1). A four, three, three contributed to a further advantage to the Sharks (16-5) and upon his return Simon and his rink struggled to make any inroads into the Tenby lead, finally going down 29-12.
In conclusion, it is great for the Tenby club to have new players in Dion and Shaun Peregrine making their league debuts, which Dion playing extremely well in the Diment rink. At 13 years of age, Dion has the world of bowls truly at his feet and with the guidance of his father, himself a very experienced international player, he could go to the very top. Five Arches are very much a team to fear. Ben Cloake and his selectors have a good blend of youth and experience and the acquisition of Evans is tremendous. There are players within the Five Arches team who are more than capable of playing in the clubs’s Carruthers team and it is my opinion that if Wales introduced a 6 rink club championship instead of a 4 rink championship, there would only be one winner such is the strength of the Sharks and their close compatriots, the Dolphins.
Tenby 101 (14 points) Haverfordwest Castle 52 (0 points)
30th May 2015
The Tenby Sharks continued their league programme against Haverfordwest Castle. Top of division one having a 100% start to the season, they were looking to extend their lead against their North County opponents. Rink 1: Tenby saw the return to action of Luke Rees, the Under 25 International, who has been absent due to work commitments. It was great to see the likeable and talented young man again. Luke teamed up with Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb and Craig Guymer. 8-3 up after 5 ends, the rink extended their lead to 16-3 after ten ends with no big counts but consistent scoring. The Castle rink skipped by G. Walters made some inroads into the lead and at fifteen ends were behind by 9-18. A solid finish saw the home side win by 25-13. Rink 2: The returning Kieran Peregrine skipped John Roberts, Steve Sheldon and Mike Jackson. Yours truly sometimes wonders how a Rafa Benitez look a like gets on with two die hard Manchester United Supporters like Jon and Red Steve. However judging by the result of this game they seem to get on fine. Scoring a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in their game – they almost won the ultimate – however the 7 and 8 evaded them on the ‘bingo scorecard!’.
Up 6-3 at five ends, they continued their scoring spree and led at ten ends by 16-5 and 27-9 at 15 ends. However, Haverfordwest Castle scored in 6 out of the last 7 ends. Rink 3: Andrew Muskett returned to top rink this week – albeit without his regular third Peter Day who was rested due to FA Cup action with his beloved Aston Villa team. Andrew who as you should know by now supports Wigan, could not emphasis with Peter on their FA Cup win as they were soundly beaten –to the joy of Ben Cloake – to Arsenal 4-0. Chris Court got his league season off to a win and out it down to playing with a superior skip. The rink scored a 1,2,3 and 4 but fell short of the Peregrine’s ‘bingo’ tally. However four counts of four secured a 30-11 victory. Aaron Lloyd and Dai Rees making up the rink. Rink 4: Ryan Thomas took over skipping duties from Paul Diment with Joe Richards playing third, Ben Sheldon leading and Cameron White playing second. After six ends Diment received a call from the Dinosaur Park to get back as quickly as possible with his rink being 1-7 down. However, credit to the rink as they slowly clawed their way back into contention scoring on alternative ends for the next 6 ends, picking up 11 shots to their opponents 3. From end thirteen onwards, scoring counts of ones were shared with the exception of a three count for the Castle ‘triple’. A final score of 17-16. However as the opponents were playing with three players, they had to deduct a further 25% and the final official score line being 17-12.
In summary, a good day for the team (Peter Day excluded) and the team are setting a very early pace in the defence of the their league title and the potential of recording a record eight consecutive league title. At present their closest challenges are the Five Arches Dolphins who poured more misery on Whitland with a 13-1 victory. Many congratulations to them and let's see if both teams can maintain their form to secure a first ever one, two in the league – Rounded off with a Carruthers win and maybe even a Pulitzer price for yours truly for my newspaper reports. But let's not get too ahead of ourselves – for the moment at least.
Tenby 87 Pembroke Dock 63
23rd May 2015
The Giltar Hotel sponsored Tenby Carruthers side, entertained Pembroke Dock on a hot Sunday May afternoon. Tenby and Pembroke Dock were both undefeated leading to this game – both having easily dispatched the challenges of both Whitland and Fishguard & Goodwick. Therefore the victors would secure their place in the knock out stages of the Welsh Club Championship – the Carruthers Shield which Tenby won in 2009 and reached the semi finals on further 3 occasions (2010, 2012 and 2013). Rink 1 saw the undefeated four Paul of Ryan Thomas, Joseph Richards and Cameron White face the challenge of the experienced Richard Jones, Ken Edwards, Dave Finn (all current county senior players) and club chairman, Alan Yea. Diment’s four, always good starters had a deficit to face, falling behind 0-3 after two ends. A run of six consecutive winning ends saw a healthy lead of 11-3 and the next end, with one bowl to play, Richard Jones made shot, when six shots down. This did not deter the Tenby four and another sequence of winning ends saw a fine win against arguably the ‘Docks strongest rink by 25-12.
Rink 2: Craig Guymer faced Pembrokeshire’ Junior Vice President, Richard Hissey together with Huw Nicholas, David Spencer and Chris Court. Behind at five ends (5-6), but winning 6 out of the next 8 ends saw a lead develop 15-11. However, Richard’s four came back with a three on the very next end to only trail by a single shot. Sharing counts of three’s and two’s meant that Tenby led by one shot (18-17) at 18 ends. A single shot and then a three seemed to have secured the win, but on the very last end, Pembroke Dock failed narrowly to make a draw by picking up four shots to lose by one (21-20). Rink 3: The Woody Woodpecker rink of Keiran Peregrine, John Roberts, Jon Webb and Mike Jackson got off to a flier against Brian Dowling and Pembroke Dock captain Mathew John – leading 8-3 after six ends and 13-5 after nine [ends]. A scoring run on ends 12 to 16 for Pembroke Dock (2, 1, 2 and 4) saw the visitors take the lead (14-18). However, the Woodpecker rink are made of stern stuff (liquid mostly) and they won all but one of the last six ends to close out a one shot win (20-19).
Rink 4: Finally, the winning sequence of top rink came to an end and they will have to settle to share the 1954 record as described last week. Andrew’s four of the movie star or movie gatecrasher, Gerald Hewitt, the agriculturist, Aaron Lloyd, the movie extra, Peter Day and longshanks himself still performed to a very high level against Pembroke Dock’s Brian Cale. Aaron seemed to have some difficulty filling in the score cards between seven and ten and therefore I will have to start my report on end 11. I will bring a pencil and a rubber for him next game so I can work out what went on! A four and a two on ends 11 and 12 followed by a three on end 14 saw a lead of 15-6. A share of shots of the remaining ends saw them close out the game 21-12. Another professional display and upon the arrival of Williamson (being delayed due to work permit issues at present) this rink does look formidable. Team Manager, Dave Spencer, was naturally delighted in qualifying for the later stages of a competition we would love to win again. The team looks very strong and competition for places is the best I have ever seen. With the added boost of having Simon Evans returning to the club and the availability of Under 25 international, Luke Rees, II firmly believe that success is very much within the clubs reach. Our thanks to the Giltar Hotel for having sponsored all our Carruthers Shield games this year. The next will be in a few weeks time against Bargoed who have successfully navigated through their group.