National Finals – Mixed Fours & Over55 Pairs
MIXED FOURS (all games 8 ends). With a 7-5 win over Cornwall and then losses of 6-9 to Avon and 3-12 to Essex, Robert Mumford, Derek & Pat Beardsley and Jean Jones failed to progress to the knockouts. Francis Boatman, Steve Duffin, Jayne Rudd and Joanne Senior started well with wins of 14-3 over Herefordshire, 11-7 over West Mids and a 7-7 draw against Cheshire to top their group. A 9-3 victory over Oxford took them into the last 16 where they were eased out 6-7 by West Mids after an extra end. Although the Newsomes and Janet Clark lost 5-9 to Oxford, wins of 7-6 against Cambridge and 12-3 against Surrey saw them through into the last 32. Here they had a great run with victories over Essex 12-5, Gloucester 7-6, Surrey 8-5 and West Mids 9-7 to reach the Final. It looked as if they were heading for glory when their hopes were dashed by Hereford who picked up a 7 on one end to eventually gain the title by 12-10. Great effort team!
OVER55 PAIRS (all games 10 ends). Although Robert Mumford and Pat Beardsley had a good 12-4 win over Dorset their day came to and end after a 2-13 loss against Cornwall and a 7-10 defeat at the hands of Gloucester. Likewise, Pat Lawry and Roger Green went out after a hopeful 7-6 defeat of Norfolk followed by 2 losses, 7-11 against Dorset and 8-11 against Essex. Meanwhile, Rose Haynes and Paul Whitcombe were undefeated with wins over Herts 14-1, Derbyshire 12-8 and Dorset 9-4. Two more convincing victories followed with a 14-4 defeat of Worcs and 15-1 against Gloucs. However in their Quarter Final they went down heavily 2-15 to Chris Hopkins and Steve McAllister from Northants who then went on to become this year Champions. Great effort.