ECBA Carpet Bowls
Monday 8th to Friday 12th May
This year saw the return of a number of
overseas players, Avon came all the way over from New Zealand
once again, and we had a group of 10, including 8 competitors,
We started out with around 60 competitors
in the Singles, which is run on a straight knockout basis, which
was whittled all the way down to the last 8:
MIke Dowse v Charley Newby
Although Charley took one on the first end, the next 4 ends were
won by Mike, edging away to a 5-1 lead after 5 ends. Charley
picked up a couple of shots on the penultimate end, but could
only get a single on the last as Mike hung on to win 5-4.
Carl Pearson v Pete Runnacles
Pete picked up a single on each of the first three ends, and
was 4-1 ahead with 3 ends to go. But that lead was wiped out
on the 6th end as Carl picked up 3, and then, on a very tight
measure got another on on the last end to complete his comeback,
Lisa Edmead v Shirley Tilbrook
It was just one shot an end for the first 6 ends, with Shirley
just with her nose in front at 4-2. Lisa was still in with a
chance, but the final end belonged completely to Shirley, she
picked up a full house to win the game 8-2, which makes it look
like a more comfortable win than it really was.
Adam Wilson v Neil Jolly
After 2 relatively high scoring ends, it was 3-3, but having
won the second end, those were the last shots Adam would collect,
as Neil won the next 4 ends, to end the game at 10-3 with an
end to go.
Neil Jolly v Carl Pearson
Neil took the advantage immediately by picking up 3 on the first
end, and while Carl won one shot back on the next end, Neil repeated
his first end success with another 3, to lead 6-1 after 3 ends.
With one more end gone, Carl was 7-1 down, but not yet quite
out, he pulled back 2 on the 5th end, and then another 2, to
go into the final end just 2 behind. But at this point Neil stopped
his opponent's flow, taking the end to finish out the winner,
Shirley Tilbrook v Mike Dowse
Mike took the early lead with 2 on the first, but Shirley took
the next 3 ends to lead 4-2. Mike levelled the game on the 5th
end, and though he lost the 6th, it was only by a single shot,
so it was still all to play for. However Shirley's relentless
accuracy paid off as she took that final end, to win the game
Neil Jolly (Suffolk) v Shirley
It was a bright start for Shirley
as she took the first 2 ends, but it was only by one shot on
each, so a 3 on the 3rd for Neil suddenly swung the game his
way. He increased that lead by one on the next, but Shirley levelled
the game 4-4 on the 5th end. He then had his nose back in front
with one on the penultimate end, before making the most of having
the first wood. His final shot left Shirley with nothing much
to play at, and he took 2, to win the game 7-4, taking the title
for the second time.
You can watch the game here.
Neil Jolly and Shirley
The round robin games for the Pairs were
played out on Wednesday, the winners of each of the ten groups
would qualify for the last 16, and would be joined by the 6 winners
of the preliminary round games between the runners-up and 2 best
third placed teams.
As might have been expected, Ian
Clark & Carl Pearson dominated the group, picking up
4 comfortable wins. Behind them it ended up with 3 teams all
tied on 4 points, the best of which, on shots, were Trevor
& Susan Edge.
Adam Wilson & Michael Laydon
had little trouble, picking up wins in all 4 of their games,
while following them home in a clear second place were reigning
champions Stuart McNeil & Lisa Edmead, who lost just
Sally Goodrich & Ally Hobbs
were not troubled greatly, romping home to the group win with
4 victories, while, as with Group 1, 3 teams vied for second
place, having won 2 and lost 2, and of which Val Game &
Paul Daniels edged out the others on shots.
Peter & Sue Jones picked up
maximum points, to take the group win, while Arthur Wingfield
& Gerald Sutton only lost once, to finish a clear second,
while Peter Webster & Rod Heal's 4 points and 30 shots
was good enough for them to take one of the 2 best third-placed
spots in the knockout rounds.
Two very clear cut qualifiers here,
as 3 of the five teams won only once. Paul & Sue Cousins
won all their games, while Chris & Shirley Tilbrook
lost only the one, to comfortably qualify.
Barry Padfield & Mike Dowse
were comfortably through as group winners, on maximum points,
while David & Stephen Templeton were safely through
having lost just the once.
Mick Fisher & Ray Collins went
undefeated to win the group, dropping just one point to the eventual
runners-up, Neil Jolly & Jim Goodrich, who made in
through in second on 5 points.
Steven Wilson & Martin Campbell breezed
their way through the group, winning all their games, and racking
up 52 shots. Second place went to Pam Crawford & Marion
Joy, who lost just once, and 4 points and 36 shots was enough
for Peter & Doris Frost to take one of the best 3rd
Jenny Sanderson & Lavinia McGahan
were clear group winners, picking up maximum points, while Clint
& Emma Watling, with 3 wins and a single loss, followed
them home in second.
David Clemmet & Angela Newling
faced litte in the way of resistance in their group, winning
all their games. Second place went to Pete & Rita Runnacles
who lost just once.
The 3 Norwegian teams didn't have a huge amount of luck, but
Inger Johanne Olsen & Tor Andersen did take one win
in their group, which in the context of all the results, was
quite an achievement.
Sue & Paul Cousins versus
Chris & Shirley Tilbrook saw the score aleady up to 4-3
after only 3 ends, with the Tilbooks having the lead. But after
that the Cousins' were unrelenting, they hit the lead next end,
and picked up 4 on the 5th, which pretty much ended the game.
The Cousins finished up 11-4 winners.
Against Steven Wilson & Martin Campbell,
Jenny Sanderson & Lavinia McGahan barely got a look in.
They were only able to pick up a single shot, on the 4th end,
by which time Steven and Martin had already scored 4. A halt
was called to the game with an end still to go, and the lads
holding an unbeatable 8-1 lead.
Ian Clark & Carl Pearson were off to a strong start against Neil Jolly
& Jim Goodrich, and led 4-1 with 4 ends played. But Neil
& Jim came on strong at the end, they levelled the game on
the 5th end, picked up another 3 on the next, and finished off
with 2 on the last to win 9-4.
The closest game of the round saw Stuart
McNeil & Lisa Edmead lead early on, but Peter &
Sue Jones come back and lead for the first time, going into
the final end, 4-3. But it was Stuart & Lisa that came out
on top, taking 2 at the end, to win 5-4.
Neil Jolly & Jim Goodrich held
the early advantage over reigning champions Stuart McNeil
& Lisa Edmead, leading 3-0 after 2 ends, but Stuart &
Lisa dominated for the remained of the game, picking up a run
of 2, 4, 2 and 2 shots on consecutive ends, to win 10-3 with
an end to spare.
A topsy-turvey game between Sue &
Paul Cousins and Steven Wilson & Martin Campbell saw
Steven & Martin pick up a 4 on the 4th end to lead for the
first time, only to drop the same score on the very next end.
But that loss didn't rattle them, as they regained the lead ont
he next end with a 2, and sealed victory with another 2 on the
last, to win 9-6.
Stuart McNeil & Lisa Edmead
(Suffolk) v Steven Wilson &
Martin Campbell (Sunderland)
This was a repeat of last year's final, which saw Stuart
& Lisa take the win, but very quickly the result looked as
if it was heading in the opposite direction this year, as Steven
& Martin picked up 4 on the 2nd end, to lead 5-0.
Stuart & Lisa chipped back a couple
of shots over the next 2 ends, before the lead went back out
to 4 shots, with 2 ends to go. However Stuart & Lisa gave
themselves a chance with 2 on the penultimate end. They'd need
at least 2 on the last end, but while they won the end, they
were restricted to just the one shot, as Steven & Martin
held on to a 6-5 victory, and take revenge for last year's defeat.
You can watch the game here.
& Steven Wilson
Lisa Edmead &
Jim Goodrich &
Sue & Paul Cousins
The week's competition started on Tuesday
with the Rinks group games. There were 5 groups, the winners
of which automatically qualified for the Quarter Finals, to be
played on Thursday. The remaining 3 teams for the last 8 would
come from the group runners-up and the best 3rd placed team.
Two well-matched teams dominated the group, Agnew-McNeil-Edmead,
and Frost-Edge, each won all their games, except the one
they played against each other, which was drawn. In the end it
was only 3 shots that seperated the them, with Frost-Edge taking
the group win.
won all their games to win the group comfortably, with the runner-up
spot going to Templeton-Clark-Pearson, who won two games,
and drew one.
Another group with saw two teams
tied on 7 points. Watling-Compton-Young, with 33 shots
beat Webbley-Greaves-Webb-Butler into second place, by
Comfortable group winners here, were Tilbrook-Game-Daniels,
who picked up maximum points from their 4 games, and had the
group win tied up before playing their final game. They finished
3 points clear of Collins-FIsher-Long, while 3rd placed
Stark-Crawford-Joy, with 4 points and 30 shots scraped
through as the best 3rd placed team (by a couple of shots).
Goodrich-Hobbs-Jolly came though
their games with 4 wins, to top the group, although two of those
victories were by just the odd shot. One of those narrow victories
came agaonst Laydon-Wilson-Campbell, who won their three
remaining games, to finish second.
Unfortunately neither of the Norwegian rinks were able to win
a game, but both came very close to doing so against highly fancied
Trond Bekke, Børre Johansen,
Lisbeth Yssenmoen-Inger and
Inger Johanne Olsen were ahead until the last end against
eventual group winners Watling-Compton-Young, before being edged
out to a 6-7 loss.
And Tor Andersen, Øistein Andersen,
Ole Petter Lier and Viggo Espensen came very close
to causing a major upset against last year's winners Laydon-Wilson-Campbell.
They had their their noses in front for most of the game, b ut
just faded at the end, losing 5-7.
Goodrich-Hobbs-Jolly swept aside
Frost-Edge not even giving their opposition the satisfaction
of taking a single end, winning the game 9-0.
weren't allowed to get a look in against Agnew-McNeil-Edmead,
were comfortable 11-0 winners.
After winning the first end, Webbley-Greaves-Webb-Butler,
fell behind against Tilbrook-Game-Daniels, whose 4 on
the third end meant that they always held a comfortable advantage,
as they won 11-3.
And it was exactly the same score as Watling-Compton-Young
took on Templeton-Clark-Pearson. Although the latter team
held a 3-1 lead after 3 ends, the former leveled the game next
end, and then broke the back of it with 5 shots on the 5th end.
Tilbrook-Game-Daniels, took the first couple of ends against Watling-Compton-Young
and never relinquished their lead. By the 5th end they were 8-1
ahead, and were able to control the game thereafter, finally
Easily the closest game of the knockout
stages to this point was Goodrich-Hobbs-Jolly against
Agnew-McNeil-Edmead. There was never more than a couple of
shots in it, but after the 4th end Goodrich-Hobbs-Jolly just
about kept their noses in front, to win 5-3.
Neil Jolly, Ally Hobbs and Jim & Sally Goodrich (Suffolk)
v Paul Daniels, Valerie Game
and Chris & Shirley Tilbrook (Suffolk)
The one thing you don't want in a final
is a one-sided game, and that could not be said of any of the
matches in the final stage of the event, most particularly the
It was a macth that was nip and tuck from
start to finish, with never more than one shot in it at any stage.
The scoring went 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 4-3, and on the final
end it went all square at 4-4, requiring an extra end to settle
And it looked like Tilbrook-Game-Daniels
had it wrapped up, holding 3, and with a blocker that was perfectly
placed to stop the running shot at the head. But not to stop
the perfect draw, which needed to be within an inch of the jack,
without any movement at all, and that was exactly what Neil pulled
off, to take a miraculous win.
You can watch the game here.
Neil Jolly, Ally
Hobbs and Jim & Sally Goodrich
Paul Daniels, Valerie
Game and Chris & Shirley Tilbrook
Sam & Trish
Agnew, Lisa Edmead & Stuart McNeil
Colin Young, Emma
& Clint Watling and Avon Compton
Many thanks to everyone who joined us,
and congratulations to all the winners, and we hope to see you
all again next year.
You can view the entire week's results