Whitland 60 Tenby 106
May 16th 2015
The Giltar Hotel sponsored Tenby Carruthers Team went to Whitland last Saturday to face an extremely stern test against Whitland. Whitland who have a tremendous record at their home ground are arguably the team that the Sharks fear the most. With Carruthers Shield qualification on the line the Tenby team knew that there would be no second chances. Rink 1: The Guymer’s teamed up for the first time together this year. Being one of the most successful back end combinations in Tenby history, the two internationals are always a pleasure to watch when in full flow. They teamed up with team manager and Silver Bowl finalist 2014’ Dai Spencer and 2012 Club Champion Ashley Hooper to compete against the experienced Nigel Davies and Glyn Thomas rink. Nigel in particular having his usual good game ensured the Whitland four made life difficult for the Tenby rink. Although falling behind after five ends (2-5) they held a good lead at ten ends (10-6) and at thirteen ends (14-9). However, only scoring on a further two ends from a possible eight, saw them defeated by a single shot (18-19).
Rink 2: Internationals, Keiran Peregrine and John Roberts teamed up with former club champion Jon Webb and former welsh indoor fours winner, Mike Jackson, to compete against a Whitland rink led by Tim Thomas. The rink trailed by one at five ends (4-5) but led by one at ten ends (10-9). A sequence of one, two and three shots saw the lead extended at fifteen ends (18-12) when the Woodpecker kicked in! A further round of Woodpeckers saw another surge of shots (not from the bar this time) and the rather jolly four came off with big smiles and red faces (not from the sun) with a 26-15 winning margin. Rink 3: The Rolls Royce Rink of Gerald Hewiit, Aaron Lloyd, Peter Day and Andrew Muskett, continued their top winning rink sequence – now 4 out of 4. This equals the 1954 record set by Crofton Johns, J.J. Nicholl, Trevor Lloyd-Jones and Pat Currie. At five ends, Tenby led by 4 (7-3) and extended their lead at ten ends (17-5). A slight comeback by the Colin Wynn four reduced the scoring to nine shots at fifteen ends but then the turbo button was pressed and scoring over the last six ends, including a 5 on the final ends saw another big win of 30-10.
Rink 4: Paul Diment’s rink of International, Ryan Thomas, Captain, Joe Richards and Cameron White - 2 time Welsh Under 18 Champion (with Aaron Lloyd) saw them play against former Gold Cup winner, Steve Reese. The two gold cup winners exchanged blows early on, but Steve came out on top after 6 ends (3-7). Diment’s rink were playing well and the consistency of the front three became too telling for Reese to continue saving and making shots. Tenby levelled things up at nine ends (8-8) but then promptly dropped a count of three. However, a five, three, two, two and a six over the next few ends saw the Tenby rink safely home by 31-16. Another big win for the Sharks which means a winner takes all next week against Pembroke Dock. Tenby will naturally start out favourites, especially playing at home, but Pembroke Dock have players and a team spirit who are more than capable of causing an upset. It should be a great game to conclude the Carruthers group fixtures, with league action returning the following day with the very local derby of Tenby playing Five Arches.
Tenby 136 v Fishguard & Goodwick 41
9th May 2015
The Giltar Hotel, sponsored Tenby Carruthers Team, entertained Fishguard and Goodwick at their Sutton Street headquarters last Saturday in the first of three group stage fixtures.
Rink 1: Paul Diment’s four of Cameron White, captain Joe Richards and Luke Guymer played Tom Jones’ rink. The Tenby four were never in any danger in this game after taking a count of ‘5’ on the first end. Two singles on ends two and four, for the F & G rink saw the Tenby rink lead by 6-2. Then followed a scoring run of 11 consecutive ends for the lead to be extended 27-2. A late rally by the Tom Jones rink, winning ends 16 to 21 by 5 shots to 4 saw a little respectability on the scorecard, but still a comprehensive winning margin of 31 to 7. Rink 2: Due to the absence of Ryan Thomas, Chris Court was switched from Keiran Peregrine’s rink to play with Craig Guymer. A late withdrawal from vice-captain Gerald Hewit saw the introduction of Ashley Hooper to play with fellow five arches skip and Carruthers Team Manager, David Spencer. The rink trailed 2-4 after four ends but a count of 4 followed by a sequence of 3, 5 and 2 put the Tenby rink in charge and they finished off winning 27-11. Many congratulations on Chris recording his first ever win for Tenby and I am sure he will remember it for the rest of his days.
Rink 3: Mike Jackson and Five Arches Captain, Ben Cloake, made up the front end of Kerian Peregrine's four, with John Roberts playing third. The rink had a similar start to that of the Paul Diment rink, picking up five shots on the first end. They then dropped three shots on the second end. A Scoring run of three, two, two, one, four and 5 shots put them 23-3 ahead, with Ben Cloake impressing with consistent line and length. Final score on the rink was 34-15. Rink 4: The superstar rink of Lee Williamson, Andrew Muskett, Peter Day and the farmer, Aaron ‘tractor boy’ Lloyd played on rink 4 – the furthest away from the club house – which disappointed the hundreds of people who had turned up to experience this Rolls Royce rink in action. It has been many years since Tenby’s second best ever player treaded the hallowed turf of Sutton Street wearing the Royal Blue of Tenby but it was like he had never been away and he soon got this well oiled rink into top gear (0 to 19 shots in 10 ends). Six counts of ‘3’ combined with a ‘4’, ‘5’ and a ‘6’ saw them swagger home by 44 shots to 8.A third top rink in a row for Day and Muskett. In conclusion, this was always going to be a win for the Sharks against F & G, but credit to the visitors who kept going and we as a club wish them all the very best for the remainder of the season. Tomorrow, the Sharks visit Whitland, who will still be smarting over a very big defeat against Pembroke Dock in their first Carruthers group fixture. Then the following week, it will be no doubt the decider between Tenby and Pembroke Dock at Sutton Street for a place in the knock out rounds for the Champions League version of bowls – The Carruthers Shield.
Team selected to play Whitland:
Rink 1: Cameron White, Joe Richards, Ryan Thomas and Paul Diment
Rink 2: Mike Jackson, Jon Webb, John Roberts and Keiran Peregrine
Rink 3: David Spencer, Ashley Hooper, Luke Guymer and Craig Guymer
Rink 4: Gerald Hewitt, Aaron Lloyd, Peter Day and Andrew Muskett
HAVERFORDWEST 54 (2) TENBY 98 (12 pts)
2nd May 2015
The Molson Coors sponsored Tenby team travelled to Haverfordwest to play last year's runners-up in the Pembrokeshire League Division One. The last time these two teams played, Haverfordwest were victorious on all rinks and recorded a score of 14-0. What was more impressive for the county town side was their victory was at the Sutton Street headquarters of the Sharks. Tenby travelled and arrived in rain and it was to the credit of the Haverfordwest green-keeping staff that the game was played at all. However; an hour into the game, the rain ceased and the game was completed, with the only complaint being the cold. Before the game, captain Joe Richards asked both teams to stand for a minute's silence following the sudden passing of John Roberts, of Neyland, father of Tenby's own John Roberts. John, a very popular figure in Pembrokeshire bowls, will be sadly missed. He worked tirelessly for the Neyland club as both their secretary, fixture secretary and county delegate for many years and our thoughts and condolences go to John and his family.
Rink one: The Kieran Peregrine four of Mike Jackson, Jon Webb and Chris Court had a close game against the Gareth Barrett rink. At five and 10 ends they were a single shot behind (3-4 and 9-10). They levelled things up at 15 ends (13-13), but a costly count against them on end 18 (four shots) meant they were very much up against it during the closing stages, finally losing by single shot, 18-19. Rink two: Luke Guymer made his first start for the Sharks, playing `third' with Paul Diment, Dai Rees and Cameron White made up the rink. In a similar vein to last week, Diment went off to a flyer, leading 9-1 after six. A dropped count of four shots gave some impetus to the Alan Whitehouse rink, but a great shot by Luke Guymer took the wind from their sails on the following end and the Tenby four strelled to a comfortable 22-14 victory, with Dai Rees and Cameron White both having excellent games.
Rink three: Craig Guymer, now the team's first aid specialist, also made his first start. Together with new vice-captain, Gerald Hewitt, Huw Nicholas and Ryan Thomas, they competed against a Haverfordwest rink led by the county team manager, PDS Jenkins. After five ends, Tenby led by 6-2, but the Haverfordwest rink scored a three on the 10th end to trail 10-8 and levelled matters on the next end 10-10. A scoring sequence of 2, 1, 4 and 2 put Craig's men back in control and they eventually closed out the match 23-14. Rink four: Last week's top rink also claimed top honours this week. Andrew Muskett, Peter Day and Ben Sheldon were joined by captain Joe Richards - in for Aaron Lloyd. At five ends they trailed 4-6, but then they won an incredible 15 out of a possible 16 ends, scoring a 5 and two 4s along the way to win against Richard O'Leary, 35-7. A win against arguably our closest rivals on their own green carried on the form of the previous week against Saundersfoot and momentum is good leading into the group stages of the Carruthers Shield which will be over the next three weeks. The first game (tomorrow) is against Fishguard (home), followed by games against Whitland (away) and Pembroke Dock (home) on following Saturdays.
Congratulations to all of the following : Ysie White has been selected for the Welsh Ladies elite squad, along with former Tenby Club member Ceris Hewlings. Full squad can be found here :- http://www.welshwomensbowling.co.uk/news_story.html?story=240#open .
John Roberts has once again been selected for the Welsh Trial team, Full trial team details here :- http://www.welshbowlingassociation.co.uk/trialteam.php
Finally an amazing six members of the club have been selected for the Junior trial team (under 25) - Luke Rees, Cameron White, Aaron Lloyd, Joe Richards, Ryan Thomas and Ben Cloake, full details are here :- http://www.welshbowlingassociation.co.uk/jnrtrialteam.php
TENBY (12 pts) SAUNDERSFOOT 54 (2)
25th April 2015
The Molson Coors sponsored Tenby team entertained their local rivals last Saturday in the first league match of the season in the Pembrokeshire League Division One. Tenby have won seven league championships in a row and are looking to make history this year by being the first team to win eight successive titles. Rink one: The Tenby team had to field a 'triple' and play one short due to a late withdrawal. Mike Jackson, Jon Webb and Kieran Peregrine started well and led 7-2 after five ends. The lead was maintained at 10 ends (10-4) and steadily increased over the remaining 11 ends by taking 5, 3 and a late 4 to record a winning margin of 29-10. After the compulsory 25 per cent penalty was deducted (for playing with a player short), the recorded win was 21.75 against 10.
Rink two: Tenby welcomed new recruit Chris Court, who played for Haverfordwest last season. Chris teamed up with another former Haverfordwest and Whitland player, Ryan Thomas, with Dai Rees and Chris Thomas making up the rink. The Saundersfoot rink skipped by the experience Merv Dennis started badly and Tenby built up a very nice buffer when leading by 8-2 after seven ends. Credit, however, to the Villagers' rink as they took control between ends 11 and 14 when taking eight shots without reply to lead 15-10. A Tenby rally of four consecutive singles kept the home rink in touch, but some experienced play by the Saundersfoot quartet saw them close out the game and record an 18-14
Rink three: Last year, the most successful 'back end' combination for the Pembrokeshire county team was that of Day and Muskett, The Tenby selectors went with this combination and they were not disappointed. Ben Sheldon and Aaron Lloyd had solid games to ensure the Tenhy rink always had a stranglehold on this match. At five ends, Tenby held a slender one shot lead (4-3). After winning all but one between ends eight to 15, the Tenby rink led 23-5, which included 'counts' of a 5 and a 4. Sharing the remaining ends 4-4, the impressive Tenby four recorded a 27-9 victory.
Rink four: The Tenby rink of Cameron White, How Nicholas, captain Joe Richards and Paul Diment were a team certainly in a rush and soared into a 11-0 lead after only three ends. However, great credit to the experienced Berywn Dennis who changed the length and saw the Diment lead recede faster than his hairline. At 12 ends, the score was 12-12. The two teams shared a count of three to level up 15-15, but then the veteran Tenby skip played some telling bowls to take a 3, 1 and 4, to take control of the game. A dropped count of two singles followed by a further 4 and 2 saw the Tenby rink win by a margin of 29-17, concluding, a very good start for the defending champions.
The team looks strong with the likes of Luke Rees, Gerald Hewitt, Luke and Craig Guymer returning in the next few weeks (health and safety courses permitting!). With John Roberts and Lee Williamson also featuring, the competition for places is extremely hot. Finally, happy birthday to Chris Thomas and well done to Tenby Five Arches and their captain Ben Cloake for winning their first league game away to Haverfordwest Castle. Tomorrow (Saturday), Tenby visit Haverfordwest and it is hoped that another strong performance will continue the momentum leading into the Carruthers Shield matches.
The N. D. Toy & Partners Ltd sponsored Tenby team finally won the Division One league title after doing their utmost to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (writes Paul Diment). Two weeks ago, Haverfordwest visited Tenby. A win for the home side would have secured the league with two games remaining. Haverfordwest didn't read the script and recorded an historic 14-0 victory. The result was that Tenby were now 19 points behind their north county rivals with two away games to play. For those not familiar with scoring for league games, the maximum amount available is 14 points (two points for a winning rink - four rinks being played - and six points for the overall win). On average, a side will win two rinks and lose the other two - therefore scoring four points each The winning bonus of six points is dependent, naturally, on how well the individual rinks have done against each other. Therefore. with two games in hand, Tenby's aim was to win both matches and secure at least four winning rinks out of eight - obtaining 20 points and winning the league by a solitary point. For those of you still with me (!) - the first of their 'games in hand' was against Pendine. Always a very difficult place to visit, Tenby surpassed their own expectations by claiming 14 points (four winning rinks and win bonus). This was an excellent win against a very strong and established first division team who a few weeks earlier had beaten a strong Whitland team
14-0. The following day, Tenby visited their local rivals Saundersfoot, now only five points behind Haverfordwest. Tenby once again rose to the occasion, winning on all but one rink and scoring 12 points in the process - winning the league championship by seven points and their seventh consecutive league title. Seven consecutive league wins matches the record of the Tenby team in the 1960s, which featured the likes of Crofton John, Bill Griffiths. J. J. Nichol], Bob Diment, Tom Evans, Sid Dyde, Martin Mulligan, Lewis Hilling, Eric Dorling, Alwyn Adams and George Thomas. In addition, it also matched the record of the 1990s learn containing the likes of Roy Powling. Jim Oliver, Doug Silcox, Sam McNeilly, Terry Thomas, Simon Evans, Lee Williamson, Chris Thomas and Terry Preston. A question, which was put to me after the win, was which team was the best. Despite malicious rumours. I was not around to witness the 1960s team, but the comparison between the 1990s team the 2010s team is interesting. When comparing, you have to take into consideration that the game has changed in that now, more attacking shots are played than were in the 1990s. However, that is not to say that no one could play attacking shots in the 1990s team -far from it - but it was considered a last resort shot, rather
than today in which it is an initial consideration. Personally, I don't think it is possible to compare teams from different eras. However, what is possible is to pick an all-time team between the 1990s and 2010s teams, But before 1 start, a disclaimer (!) have only considered players who have played in at least five championship sides. Also, if players don't make the side - especially existing team mates - please do not take offence - it's not that I don't rate you as players, it is simply because you are in esteemed company as I hope to illustrate. Right, here we go. First of all the leads. I have played with two leads that T consider to be a cut above the rest. They are Sam McNeilly and Peter Day. Sam had three qualities - the first was that he was an exceptional lead (naturally) and the second, he was a tremendous competitor who gave his all game after game and third, he had a tremendous sense of humour which relieved any pressure situation we were faced with. Peter would have been capped for Wales had he remained playing lead. In the 1990s, in particular, he was playing :it an extremely high standard. reaching the final of the Welsh Triples with Ian Badham and Macky Brace and winning the Welsh Rinks in 1999 and the British Isles Rinks in 2000. Another player, very similar to Sam with his competitive nature and another Welsh champion of great talent, Viv John, also makes the team. The last spot could have gone to a number of players, including Ian Badham, Roy Powling, Cameron White, Mike Jackson and Luke Rees. However, I don't think anyone would disagree when I select an Under 25 international, Luke Guymer, Seconds; First on the list is four-time club champion, Terry Preston. Terry was such a solid reliable player that there wouldn't be too many clubs (if any) that he wouldn't have got into in Wales. Jonathon Webb is one of the best seconds ever to have played for Tenby - testified by the fact that hers one of only three players to have played in all seven title wins in both the 1990s and 2010s - the other two being Andrew Muskett and myself (well I wouldn't have mentioned it otherwise!). Although Craig Guymer plays skip in the current team, the Under 25 international would make a tremendous second in the all-time team and finally, it makes sense to go for a senior international and former Silver Bowl winner, John Roberts. Special mention to John Baggott who has been a tremendous player over the years and could have easily been included in this team as a second, but I have only four spaces available. And he supports Chelsea.
Thirds and skips. I have grouped these together, as there are players included that could play either position. For example, 1 could have easily picked myself skip. but feel that in an all-time team, my best position would he third. In coming to this decision, I naturally had to consider who would be my skip. In all honesty the decision was not a hard one - Pat Currie. Having won two Welsh titles with Pat, including a British title - as a third/skip combination- it made perfect sense. Andrew Muskett, a two-time Welsh champion and British champion, has also been selected as third. l have used my memory to recall that in the 1990s he regularly played with Haydn Guy. Haydn, former Gold Cup winner and Tenby's first Welsh international (1979), was also a Welsh singles runner-up in [982, losing narrowly 21-20 and is very deserving of his place with Andrew. Simon Evans, a three-time Gold Cup winner and another former Welsh champion, is also a third. Simon could have easily been a skip. but on this occasion I have considered the overall balance of the team. His skip is one who I spent five years with as a 'lead', learning my trade as it were. Therefore, 1 am well aware of his abilities. one of which was his encouragement and winning mentality. His 'transfer' from Saundersfoot to Tenby helped change the mentality of the Tenby team to be the success that it is today - of course. this was not done alone and Pat Currie and Ben Owens were also instrumental. The player, Terry Thomas.
My final two positions for skip and third are players who also played together in the 1990s and if I was being truthful, with the exception of Viv John, is the only player who could play with him (!). The skip of course is Jimmy Oliver. I remember in 1990 when Jimmy was county skip, he beat in one season three international skips - Spencer Wiltshire, Trevor Mounty and John Price - not only did he beat them, but not altogether surprisingly, he upset all three! The third with Jimmy, like Simon, could easily have been a skip - that is the four-time Gold Cup winner and current National English singles champion, Lee Williamson. So, having picked the 16, now the team: Rink one: Peter Day, Terry Preston, Paul Diment and Pat Currie Rink two: Sam McNeilly, Craig Guymer, Andrew Muskett and Haydn Guy. Rink three: Luke Guymer, John Roberts. Simon Evans and Terry Thomas. Rink four: Viv John, Jon Webb, Lee Williamson and Jimmy Oliver. Captain: Ben Owens When looking at that side, one has to acknowledge their achievements: Welsh Carruthers Shield winners, British rinks champions; Welsh rinks winners, Welsh triples winners, Welsh pairs winners. Welsh singles runners-up (indoors and outdoors), English National singles winner, five Welsh under 25 internationals, four senior internationals, 10 Gold Cups, 10 Silver Bowls and 10 county singles. Finally, may I thank the Tenby team for their support this year and congratulate Joe Richards on being captain for the record equalling seventh win - the captain who achieved that previously. in 1997 was... (well 1 think you know, otherwise I wouldn't have mentioned it!). PS. The team in the 1990s was the best!