Premier team (Rinks Finals)
Having qualified back in the December preliminaries, the team now returned to Solihull to take part in the Finals. The draw had placed us in a group with Somerset, Worcestershire and Surrey – all matches to be played over 12 ends.
In the first match against Somerset, they had wins on 3 of the 4 mats, winning comfortably by 52-38. Next – against Worcestershire, small losses on two mats were compensated for with good wins on the other two thus securing victory by 62-45. The final match against Surrey proved to be the easiest with all mats winning and a third victory by 62-23.
Full of confidence they now took on Cheshire who had also won all their 3 group games (against Herefordshire, Essex and West Midlands). Cheshire are a top team with several top players including National champions Matty Worden and Adam Smith amongst their number. The match did not start well and our merry band soon found themselves trailing by a substantial margin. However, persistant effort gradually narrowed the gap leading to an exciting last few ends. Finally, in spite of Neil Flynn’s four clocking up a 16-9 win over Adam’s four and Daniels team securing a 2 shot victory, the other 2 mats could not turn the tide enough with losses of 3 and 8 shots.
The final result was therefore a 2 shot victory for Cheshire – and congratulations to them for keeping us at bay!
This result demonstrates once again how every single wood delivered is critical and should receive the full focus and concentration of each player before sending it on its way. We can all look back at our own game and wonder if we did this for all 96 woods we delivered. I know I am reflecting!