Tenby 102 (12 pts) v Pembroke Dock 50 (2)
The Tenby team, jointly sponsored by Layton and Company Solicitors and Chandler Rogers Estate Agents, entertained Pembroke Dock at Sutton Street, last Saturday, in the Pembrokeshire League Division One. Tenby once again started well and led by 19 shots as early as the fifth end. The advantage was further stretched to 36 shots at 10 ends and to 49 by the 15th end.
A rally from Pembroke Dock saw them reduce the deficit to 45 at 18 ends, but it was not enough and Tenby won by 52 shots at the close of play. Rink one was a very close affair throughout and although Tenby led by one shot going into the last end, a dropped score of two saw Pembroke Dock pick up a consolation two points. Thanks go to Aaron Lloyd who played exceptionally well on his Tenby debut and on this performance he has a great future in the game.
Rink two saw Pat Currie’s four take on Richard Jones. The match was very nip and tuck until the 10th end with the scores tied at 9-9. Then the Tenby four, with Dai Spencer in great form at lead, won nine out of the next 11 ends to win at the close by 25 shots to 12. Peter Day’s four played against Pembroke Dock captain Richard Hissey, and the Tenby outfit took an early 10-2 lead after five ends. The Pembroke Dock four, with Les Davies in superb form, staged a fightback to draw level 14-all by the 16th end, but Peter’s rink won four out of the last five to secure a further winning rink and won by 23 shots to 15.
Jonathan Webb skipped the youngsters’ rink of Luke Rees, Cameron White and Craig Guymer and the four were absolutely superb. The rink started off ok, scoring two singles and a double to lead 4-0. The next end (4th) saw them drop a single. What happened next was unbelievable and from ends five to 15 the scoring sequence was: 6, 2, 3, 7, 4, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3. The score, at this point, stood at 36-1. A sense of normality crept back into the game and at the close, the impressive Tenby rink won by 39-7.
With news that Whitland had lost to Haverfordwest, Tenby once again, as they have been in the past, are in pole position to retain the league title. Tomorrow (Saturday), the Tenby club, having progressed through its Pembrokeshire section, continues its defence of the Welsh Club Championship with an away match against Monmouthshire side, Caerleon.
Haverfordwest Castle 70 (0) Tenby 89 (14 pts)
Jointly sponsored by Layton and Company Solicitors and Chandler Rogers Estate Agents, the Tenby team travelled to Haverfordwest for another Pembrokeshire League Division One match. Uncharacteristically, the team were slow to start and led by only three shots at five ends. At 10 ends, Tenby held a slender one shot lead, before they took control of the match by the 15th end to lead by 16.
The lead decreased to 13 shots at 18 ends and finished with a winning margin of 19 shots, but more importantly a maximum 14 points. Peter Day’s rink of Cameron White, Mike Jackson and John Baggott were always in control against a strong Haverfordwest ‘skip’ in Barry Absalom and won by 24 shots to 17. Craig Guymer’s rink had an interesting game, to say the least, with multiple counts being gained and lost. In fact, at five ends there had been one count of four shots to the Tenby team, but the other four ends had seen a 3, 1, 4, 3 reversal and so they were behind 4-11.
Between ends six and 15, it seemed that order was restored and they restricted their opponents to single shots. A five on the 14th end saw the Tenby four lead 16-14. They exchanged single shots with their opponents and then, on the 17th end, a further dropped count of four shots to see them behind again, 17-19. Once again the sides exchanged single shots, until on the last end the Tenby foursome made five shots to win 24-20. What a game! Pat Currie’s rink was never in trouble in this match and, although the Haverfordwest four did make a spirited effort to win the rink, the Tenby four won by 18 shots to 15. Andrew Muskett’s match against David Summers was very similar to Craig Guymer’s in scoring patterns. At five ends all appeared in order as Andrew’s rink steadily went into a 4-2 lead.
The opposition rallied with a scoring sequence of 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, before Andrew took a four, but then dropped a threeshot count and then a single. At 14 ends, the Haverfordwest rink led 10-15, but the Tenby four took a six, followed by a two and a three, to move ahead of their opponents and at the close won by five shots. Once again, a very solid performance by the Tenby team, who picked up the vital 14 points to help them in their quest to retain the Pembrokeshire League.
Rink scores were as follows:
C. White, M. Jackson, J. Baggott, P. Day 24-17.
J. Richards, D. Spencer, J. Roberts, A. Muskett 23-18.
N. Dickinson, D. Silcox, J. Webb, P. Currie 18-15.
L. Rees, G. Hewitt, S. Williams, C. Guymer 24-20.
St Katherines 40 v Five Arches 155
An unusual game with a number of regulars missing, this final match in this years Brains Cup had nothing resting on it as we had already lost the previous two. However with the added fortification of a number of first team players we proceeded to Milford in a positive mood. Mike with a completely new rink of Doug, Ray and JB had a comfortable win, never behind and always in control they eased to a 32-16 win. Ashley with Dai, Tony and Gwyn were again never behind and also had a straight forward win by 34-13. Talented junior Ben Cloake took over skipping duties for the first time and like the proverbial duck led his team of Ken, John and Gerald to a comprehensive 39-7 win. Usually this would be more than enough for top rink however Tony ably supported by Eamonn, Ben and the ever improving JR had other ideas and won by a massive 50-4, possibly the highest single rink score in Five Arches history. Many thanks must go to the players who stepped in at the last moment to ensure we had a full team.
Eamonn Maher, Ben Simmons, John Roberts, Tony Brown 50 D Hastings 4
Doug Silcox, Ray Hine, John Baggott, Mike Gouldingay 32 D Sharp 16
Dai Rees, Tony Powling, Gwyn Beynon, Ashley Hooper 34 E Collins 13
Ken Williams, John Hubbard, Gerald Hewitt, Ben Cloake 39 D Mathias 7
Pembroke Dock Mariners 70 v Five Arches 79
Back to league action and a return to Pembroke Dock. The Mariners had beaten us in a close match earlier in the season, so hopefully revenge was on the cards. Ashley's rink of Dai, Tony and Gwyn returned to winning ways with a comfortable 25 -16 win. Lee with John, Ben and Ken played out their second successive 17-17 draw with the lead frequently changing hands in a close fought affair. Tony with Eamonn, Ben and Ray continued their fine form with a controlled 19-16 victory. However a disappointing defeat for Clive's rink of Ken, Mike and Roy who from a commanding 18-4 lead were pegged back by a determined Mariners rink who won the last eight ends to run out eventual winners by 21 to 18. Overall a very good 79 to 70 shot victory and a handy 11 points in our first away win of the season.
Dai Rees, Tony Powling, Gwyn Beynon, Ashley Hooper 25 G Thomas 16
Ken Lloyd, John Hubbard, Ben Cloake, Lee Richards 17 G Bann 17
Eamonn Maher, Ben Simmons, Ray Taylor, Tony Brown 19 G Roberts 16
Ken Williams, Mike Gouldingay, Roy Powling, Clive Webb 18 D Halward 21
Five Arches 90 v St Thomas 53
A disappointing end to the defence of the Brains Cup, with only a battling draw from Lee's rink of Ken, John and Ben to show for our nights work. Big defeats for the rinks skipped by Clive and Ashley ensured St Thomas had a comfortable victory by 90 shots to 53.
Eamonn Maher, Ben Simmons, Ray Taylor, Tony Brown 15 R Harries 18
Aaron Lloyd, Ken Williams, Mike Gouldingay, Clive Webb 6 L Hoad 29
Ken Lloyd, John Hubbard, Ben Cloake, Lee Richards 17 N Brown 17
Dai Rees, Tony Powling, Roy Powling, Ashley Hooper 15 T Harries 26