Tenby Arches Ladies v Pendine Ladies

14th May 2015

Pendine ladies took revenge on the Arches ladies, sponsored by Tenby House, following their recent defeat at home, with a 31 shots to 19 victory last Thursday. Rain had fallen all morning and at one stage it looked as if the game would have to be called off, but the ladies were not going to be put off by the thought of getting wet. They got out their waterproofs and a variety of headgear and got on with a shortened 18 ends game. Captain Carol along with Helen. Lon and Meryl, like the weather, had a foul afternoon and wished they were at home in the dry. The Pendine rink skipped by Daphne Penfold dominated the game from start to finish, winning by 18 shots to five. Skip Alison supported by Lynn (in her 'fashionable' hat). Liz and Margaret had a much more competitive afternoon. At the halfway stage. it was even at six-all, the Arches ladies then got away from the Pendine rink. skipped by Gill Cobb. to lead by seven shots. Gill and her team fought back, winning the last four ends, but just failed to get enough shots. losing by one shot, 14 to 13.

Whitland v Tenby

Peter Day Gerald Hewitt

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 v Fishguard & Goodwick

Peter Day Lee WilliamsonTenby 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 Tasker v Tenby Arches Ladies

2nd May 2015

Tenby Arches ladies travelled to Haverfordwest in the rain on Saturday with just seven players. How frustrating is this that Tenby Bowling Club cannot field a team of eight ladies for a game of bowls on a Saturday afternoon? Are there any ladies in the area who want to take up bowls? If so give Carol a ring on (01834) 843846. With a wet green and the rain falling, the sides decided to play just 18 ends. Captain Carol was again forced to play a triples rink which she skipped along with Liz and Lynn. The Tasker rink skipped by Mandy Lewis got off to a flyer, picking up a Count of six on the third end, but Carol's girls were in good form, picking up two counts of three and two fours to race to a 26 shots to 15 win. However, as the Arches played in a rink of three, the rules dictate that they should lose 25 per cent of their shots. The adjusted score was a rink win of 19.5 shots to 15.

On the outside rink, there was a great game going on. Alison's rink of Meryl, Lon and Gerry were up against an experienced Tasker rink skipped by Win Howells. At the halfway stage, the Arches were four shots up, but on the penultimate end they found themselves trailing by four shots. The game looked lost, but some great front end bowl-ing left Alison with a shot to pick up a big score. She played the perfect bowl, then it was down to Gerry to measure and count the shots, the Arches had six woods closer to the jack than Tasker, turning a four-shot deficit into a two shot win and jubilation for the Tenby girls. This was a solid Arches performance from the seven players, winning overall by 38.5 shots 32. The ladies are grateful to Les, Martin and Kelly, of Tenby House, for their sponsorship.

Pendine Ladies v Tenby Arches Ladies

14th May 2015

Following on from their 6-O defeat by St. Issells early last week, a depleted Arches team travelled to Pendine on Thursday hoping to get something out of this game to kick-start their season. With only seven ladies available, this was always going to be a difficult task, but the Arches ladies, generously sponsored this year by Les, Martin and Kelly, of Tenby House, were in a positive mood. Captain Carol decided to promote herself to skip and play a triples game with Margaret and Lynn. This rink, although a lady short, won by 16.5 shots to 13 after being penalised 25 per cent. Carol remarked after the game that she had an 'arm-chair ride' skipping, as Margaret and Lynn were just awesome. Alison skipped the second rink, with Gerry, Liz and Meryl making up the quartet. Alison and her team got off to a great start, but Pendine ladies fought back and, with six ends to go, the game was tied at 16-all. Some good tight, tactical play resulted in the Arches ladies  winning the next four ends and their rink by 20 shots to 18. The 36.5 shots to 31 win for the Arches ladies was somewhat of a surprise victory but`they can now go forward and build on this success.

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