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.
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.
Five Arches 82 Fishguard & Goodwick 75 (Five Arches 12 pts, Fishguard 2)
21st June 2015
Hoping to build on last week's win against Pembroke Dock, the Five Arches welcomed Fishguard & Goodwick to a sunny Tenby. Neil and his rink of Mike, Jimmy and Peter, played superbly on rink 1. Always in control, they led by 15 shots to 9 at tea and then by 23 shots to 11 after 15 ends. After a brief wobble on the 16th end, they completed a fine win by 27 shots to 19. Rink 2 saw Ben and his rink of John, Jonno and Steve involved in a much tougher battle. Every time they came close the Fishguard rink edged away again, trailing by 11 shots to 8 at tea, then 18 shots to 13 at 15 ends , they finally succumbed by 26 shots to 16. Ashley with Dai, David and Harold were involved in a game of 2 halves, after winning 8 of the first 10 ends to lead 11 shots to 2, they only picked up 3 shots in the next 10 to have a narrow 1 shot lead after 20 ends. However, picking up a count of 3 on the final end ensured a win by 17 shots to 13. Last but not least, Captain Ben and his rink of Roger, Tony and James carried on their fine form. Leading comfortably at tea by 14 shots to 3 , they relaxed a bit in the second half but won by 22 shots to 17. Another good victory for the Arches, we are still on course for our best finish for years. Next games , away to Saundersfoot on Wednesday 1st July then away to Pembroke Dock on Saturday 4th July.
Mike Day, Jimmy Thomas, Peter Hooper, Neil Dickinson 27, R Thomas 19
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Ben Simmons 16, M Barringer 26
Harold Ebdon, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 17, T Jones 13
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, James Criddle, Ben Cloake 22, T Evans 17
Tenby Arches Ladies 2pts Neyland Ladies 4
10th June 2015
With two ends remaining, this game, sponsored by Tenby House, looked as if the visitors Neyland would capture all six points, but the Arches rink skipped by Alison Redman scored seven shots on these two ends to gain two league points. First off the green was stand-in skip Carol, whose rink went down 13 shots to 25, but this score did not reflect on how well Margaret, playing at lead, and the excellent Jan Lloyd, starting her first game for the Arches ladies, played. With Gerry playing at third to Carol, they kept matching the Neyland players' woods but unfortunately not beating them or "getting the luck" !
Alison's rink of Lynn, Liz and Helen had a competitive and noisy encounter with the Neyland rink skipped by Val Hubbard. The Arches ladies were trailing from the third to the 20th end when they picked up four shots to sneak a one shot lead going into the final end. With Carol's rink finished and off the green, encouragement was offered but the Arches ladies had victory in their sights and were not going to let it slip, gaining another three shots to win this battle by 20 shots to 16. The overall result was a loss for the Arches ladies by 33 shots to 41, but two league points were gained.
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.