Tenby 97 (14 Points) v Pembroke Dock 67 (0 Points)
28th May 2016
The Tenby Team returned to league action this weekend in defence of their League Title which has been resident in the Tenby club for the past eight years. The Tenby team, currently top of the division, faced a side at the bottom – Pembroke Dock. However, I do believe that this is a temporary measure as Pembroke Dock have got too many players of quality to remain in such a position and only the week before defeated Whitland away in the Carruthers Shield. Therefore a stern test was expected. Rink 1: In the absence of Kieran Peregrine, John Roberts skipped the Tenby four. Luke Rees and Ben Cloake both having excellent games, as did Liam Price, current County Pairs Champion. They faced the County Senior Vice-President, Richard Hissey’s rink. An indifferent start saw the rink fall behind at five ends, 3 shots to 6. That lead was extended by a further single shot at ten ends (7-11) and at twelve ends, the Dock rink led by five shots (8-13). The Tenby four then upped a gear and won the next six ends and only failed to score on the nineteenth end. Over that period, they outscored the shell shocked Dock four by 17 shots to 2. Final score, 25-15.
Rink 2: Craig Guymer, Mike Jackson, David Rees and Luke Guymer played the experienced Brian Dowling. Identically – in relation to rink 1 – the Tenby four were behind 8-13. Then a run of 3, 6, 1, 2, and 2 saw them finish strongly to retain their 100% record 25-19. Rink 3: Also unbeaten this year, Muskett, Day and Aaron Lloyd were joined by club chairman Fred Broomhead, who like David Rees has played every league game this year. They too were behind for the first half of the game until a strong finish, which included a count of five shots on the eighteenth end, secured victory 20-14. Special mention has to go to the Pembroke Dock Skip, Mathew John, who in the words of Day and Muskett was absolutely superb. Rink 4: Paul Diment came in as a late replacement and teamed up with his usual rink after a few changes in the original team. The rink of Cameron White, Joe Richards and Ryan Thomas have lost their last 3 games and there has been talk that Diment had seen better days and that his style of play was not suited to the demands of the modern bowler. However, a stay of execution was granted as the rink played very well, to a man, against a strong Pembroke Dock rink skipped by Pembroke Dock Captain, Richard Jones. Leading 8-2 at the five end mark, the Pembroke Dock rink came back to two shots until a count of four shots followed by a 2, 2 and 3 extended the lead to 19-7. A very poor finish, with dropped counts of 4 and 3 on the nineteenth and twentieth end saw an eventual score of 27-19.
In summary, a great win, especially in light that the Tenby team were down at ‘tea’ by 7 shots. Once again a strong finish but the same ‘urgency’ is required at the start as well as the end in the coming months if success is to continue in both the league and Carruthers Shield. Tenby do not have any game next weekend but return to action with a home fixture against Whitland and then Haverfordwest the following Tuesday.
Tenby 80 – 64 Saundersfoot
21st May 2016
The Giltar Hotel sponsored Tenby Club played near neighbours, Saundersfoot, in a knock out match to qualify for the later rounds of the Welsh Carruthers Shield (Club Competition). Tenby defeated Saundersfoot in the last sixteen last year on their way to the final in Llandrindod Wells and were well aware that they would face a very stern challenge from the Villagers. Andrew Muskett, Peter Day, Liam Price and Aaron Lloyd played against Steve Dick and once again got off to a good start, leading 9-2 after 7 ends. The lead was maintained on the 14th end (15-8). A count of fours shots taken on the next end extended their lead to 11 shots, but then the rink uncharacteristically dropped a county of four shots on the very next end. However, some amends were made up when they took back 3 shots on the next [end]. The Saundersfoot rink won the remaining four ends, 3-1, but this did not effect the winning result and final score of 23-15 to the unbeaten Muskett.
Rink 2 saw the undefeated Carruthers Rink of Craig and Luke Guymer in addition to the formidable front end combination of Mike Jackson and Chris Court. They played Stephen Poole’s four. Early exchanges kept matters on a even ceil until the Tenby four took a county of five shots on the eight end. The Saundersfoot rink then appeared to capitulate by losing three consecutive ends of a 4, 2, 3. The lead at the 14 end stage being 21-9. However, credit the Saundersfoot rink who then responded with winning three consecutive ends of their own of 1, 2 and 1. It was again the Tenby rink who finished stronger scoring 6 shots to 1 over the last 4 ends. Final score, 27-14. Rink 3: Kieran Peregrine, John Roberts, Jon Webb and Luke Rees played against Saundersfoot’s Berwyn Dennis. A tight game was always expected between these two players. In a similar manner to the game on rink 2, there was not anything between the two sides, with Tenby behind 7-8 at the ten end mark. A dropped count of 5 shots gave Saundersfoot some momentum but with Kieran in great form, the rink won all but one of the five ends, scoring 7 shots to 1. Final score 15-17 to Saundersfoot’s rink who were indebted to the excellent Alan Brain who was outstanding playing at second.
Rink 4: Paul Diment, Ryan Thomas, Joe Richards and Cameron White were reunited for the first time this season and came up against a Saundersfoot rink skipped by Mervyn Dennis, who played extremely well. The game was extremely close with Tenby rink dropping no more than 2 shots to restrict the Saundersfoot team to 18 shots at the close. Similarly, Saundersfoot’s defence was good despite them dropping a count of 3 shots on the second and last ends. Final score 15-18 to Saundersfoot. In conclusion a very good performance from the Tenby players who in typical fashion finished very strong over the last 3 ends. A fact which secured victory with Saundersfoot only behind by a few shots going into the final stretch. Tenby play Presteigne of Mid Wales in the first round proper. A side of immense talent and experience – this will be a very very hard match. A lot of the Presteigne players compete in the Tenby Gold Cup and are very familiar with our green. Of course, they also boast multiple Welsh Title Holders and of course, the greatest Welsh player ever in Robert Weale, a former World Champion and Commonwealth Games Singles Gold Medallist. Thank you to the ladies for the Tea and to Fred for preparing the green.
Pembrokeshire League Division One
Tenby 82 (10 Points) v Haverfordwest 80 (4 Points).
30th April 2016
The Molson Coors sponsored Tenby Team continued their league programme against last years’ runners up, Haverfordwest BC. The game ended up after playing 83 out of 84 ends with Tenby a solitary shot in front and two down with only two bowls left to play (Craig Guymer). Craig made shot with an excellent shot which left Tenby with a two shot victory. This was a lucky escape for the Tenby team albeit against a strong Haverfordwest team who must be left shaking their heads after such a great performance. At five ends, the Haverfordwest team got off to a great start, leading by 9 shots. At ten ends, Tenby had reduced the lead by a single shot, Haverfordwest leading by 8 shots. At fifteen ends, Tenby clawed back a further four shots to trail by 4. Tenby then made further inroads by reducing the lead to a single shot. At the twenty end mark, Tenby took the lead and led by 3 shots. On the last end, Diment and Peregrine both dropped counts of two (4 shots), Muskett took a two and Guymer a single to mean a two shot win for Tenby.
Rink 1: Craig Guymer returned to action this week, skipping Ryan Thomas, club chairman Fred Broomhead and Mike Jackson. They played against Richard O’Leary, last years County President. Off to a quick start (as usual), the four led 5-1 after five ends which was extended to 14-6 after 10 ends. A comeback from the Haverfordwest rink in which they scored two counts of four shots, a double and a single to take the lead at the fifteen end mark, 14-18. Despite a count of three shots on the eighteenth end, the Haverfordwest foursome completed a very good win 19-24.
Rink 2: The ever dependable Muskett, Day and Lloyd combination were joined by Dai Rees to play against the County Team Manager, PDS Jenkins. Dropping a count of four shots on the first end certainly woke them up and they restricted their opponents to six more scoring ends, and they were all single shots. In turn the Muskett rink three counts of 3 shots, four counts of 2 shots and 6 singles, winning the match 24-10.
Rink 3: Kieran Peregrine, Chris Court, Joe Richards and Cameron White took on former Tenby player Alan Whitehouse. A high scoring start to the game with a count of 4 shots dropped on the first end and a count of 5 shots taken on the second end, followed by a dropped count of 3 shots on the third end…phew! A couple of singles to each foursome brought things back to normality for a brief moment before Tenby took a count of 4 shots only to drop a further two counts of 3 shots on the next two ends. Tenby took a double on the 9th end and promptly dropped a further 3 shots on the 10th (end). Score at ten ends 12-18. The defensive part of the match then really went ‘for a Burton’ with Tenby taking two counts of six shots on ends 14 and 19, finally winning an extremely high scoring game 29-25.
Rink 4: Paul Diment, John Roberts, Liam Price and Ben Cloake played against Gareth Barrett. This was the first time that the rink had played together and on paper this is a very strong rink. However, despite them only dropping one count of 3 shots and then all two’s and one’s – they could not curtail an excellent performance by the Haverfordwest rink. In fact, the Tenby rink only scored on six ends. A final score of 10-21.
Defensive Award: D Rees, A Lloyd, P Day and A Muskett
Offensive Award: C White, J Richards, C Court and K Peregrine
Shot of the Day: Craig Guymer’s match winning shot on the 21st end.
7th May 2016
The Molson Coors sponsored Tenby BC played their first Carruthers game of the Pembrokeshire group stages in the 2016 campaign. Fishguard and Goodwick were the visitors to Sutton Street, hoping to pull off a giant-killing act. Rink one: Luke Rees, Joe Richards, Luke and Craig Guymer were five-nil down ifter two ends, but once the initial ring rust was discarded, they surged into an impressive lead, eventually winning by 13 shots. Rink two: Cameron White, Jon Webb, Chris Court and Keiron Peregrine raced into an impressive 16-nil lead after six ends. They eased off a bit in the second half, but still ran out 11-shot winners. Rink three: Ben Cloake, Liam Price, Mike Jackson and John Roberts were up against a Fishguard triple which can be sometimes difficult. Close early on, John and his men eased away in the final stages to a comfortable victory. Rink four: Aaron Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper and Peter Day were never troubled during their encounter and ended up 14 shots the better after 21 ends. In conclusion, Tenby cruised to an expected win, which sets up a mouth-watering clash against local rivals Saundersfoot to decide who will progress to the knockout stages of the competition.
Milford Haven 55 (2 Points) Tenby 84.75 (12 Points)
23rd April 2016
The start of the new season is already upon us and maybe its my age that makes it seem like yesterday that we were in Pembroke Dock playing our last league game of the 2015 season. 2015 witnessed Tenby beat the Pembrokeshire record of 7 consecutive league titles by making it 8 in a row under the Captaincy of Joe Richards. Least we forget that Tenby also lost in the final of the Carruthers Shield. Therefore, with the exception of winning the league again and winning the Carruthers Shield, the team / club cannot exceed last years’ achievements. Unfortunately, the team had only 13 players from their squad of 22 but under the rules, could still field a side without having to incur a penalty of 6 points.
Rink 1. The first triples combined Mike Jackson and John Roberts aided by current County Pairs Winner and Under 25 International squad member Liam Price who has joined the club from Whitland. They were pitted against Lee Power, an excellent young player who has recently returned to play for the Milford Club. John’s team raced off with three 2’s, but then dropped a sequence of 3, 4, 3 to trail at six ends (6-10). However, such an experienced triple was always likely to respond and that they did by winning seven of the next eight ends by a score of 11 shots to 1. At fifteen ends, the score was in favour of Tenby by 19-12. A late rally by Lee Power’s rink saw them lose the game 21-18 but with the 25% deduction for fielding three players, Tenby lost the game, 15.75 to 18.
Rink 2. The formidable trio of Aaron Lloyd, Peter Day and Andrew Muskett were matched against the returning former County Skip, Ernie Sturley. To be fair to the Milford Haven rink, I would not have liked to play against these three, so comfortable and in tune with each other they are. Racing off to an 8-2 lead after 5 ends, the onslaught began in earnest with the Tenby rink outscoring the Milford rink by 8-1 over the next 5 ends to lead 16-3. The following 5 ends, saw a return of 10-1 (26-4) and the final six ends saw the Milford rink finish with honours even 5-5. Therefore, a final score of 31-9. However, 25% would be deducted from the Tenby team due to them playing with three players, but a win assured despite the penalty.
Rink 3. The final triple of the hero of RTB Ebbw Vale match last year, Kieran Peregrine together with new partners of Chris Court and Cameron White played against Roy Thomas who played with a very strong rink of which comprised the returning Jim Carter and Dave Buchannan. A bad start saw the triple fall behind by 1-7. However, a recovery over the next five ends saw them take the lead, 9-8. This lead was extended by 2 shots over the next five ends (15-13) despite dropping a count of four shots on the 15th end. The Milford rink seemed to be looking strong to claim the 2 points (considering the 25% deduction for playing three players) when, on the 20th end, Kieran played a great bowl to make a count of 8 shots to extend his lead by 10 shots. The win was confirmed on the last end by taking a further count of 4 shots. Final score was 29-15.
Rink 4.The new Tenby Captain, Paul Diment played with Junior International and last years Captain, Joe Richards together with Dai Rees and Fred Broomhead. They played against the experienced Tony Ellyatt. In similar vein to the Andrew Muskett team, the rink took control early in the game and at five ends, led 8-3 which was increased at ten ends (15-5) and then at fifteen ends (19-8). Once again, identical to the Andrew Muskett score, the rink drew the final six ends, five a piece meaning a winning score of 24-13.
I have always held the opinion that if you restrict the opposition to counts of 1’s and2’s, then you will always stand a great chance of winning individual rinks. Therefore, upon analysis the following facts are interesting. Kieran conceded a 3 and 4 whilst taking two counts of 4 shots a three and an eight. John Roberts conceded three counts of 3 and a count of 4. In return, John took two counts of ‘3’. Andrew Muskett dropped one count of 3 shots whilst taking a count of 3 and 4 in return. Paul Diment did not drop any counts over 2 shots and looking at his offence, took a count of 3 and 4.Therefore this week’s awards are:
Best Defensive display: (Paul Diment, Joe Richards, Fred Broomhead and Dai Rees)
Best offensive performance: (Cameron White, Chris Court and Kieran Peregrine)
Shot of the Day: Kieran Peregrine (making a count of eight shots)
This was a very good start against a strong Milford Haven team despite having 3 players short. Many teams will struggle against the Milford team and they seem to be a team once again to be feared. Tenby play against Haverfordwest at home tomorrow and once again a strong performance will be required.