The 2016 Warwick Town Trophy Finals Day took place at Warwick Boat Club on Sunday 7th August, the semi finals commenced at 10.00 am in glorious sunshine.
RINK 4: Team A - Les Collins (Skip), Jean Smithard (2) Sue Sandher (Lead) 'Home' versus Team B Greville Reader (Skip), John Loveridge (2), June Wright (Lead), 'Away'.
Greville Reader's Team B took an immediate lead of 6 shots on the first 2 ends, extending this to 13/2 by end 5. Team A appeared to have difficulty in reading the green, scoring only a further 7 shots compared with the stronger Team B who took a total of 20 shots over the last 13 ends, ensuring their place in the final with a winning 33/9 score.
RINK 3: TEAM C - 'Away' - David Carson's (Skip), Peter Gawthorpe (2) Christine Lewis (Lead) met Team D 'Home': Lyn Taylor (Skip), John Labrum (2), Peter Boardman (Lead). Lyn Taylor's Team D started strongly taking a 6 shot lead on the first end; David Carson and his team had matched this by the 4th end. Over the next 6 ends Team D notched up a further 11 shots to 16/6; Team C tried a 'come back' with 4 shots over three ends, but Taylor's team playing brilliantly, scored 5 and 6 shots respectively on ends 10 and 11, taking their total score to 28. Although Team C took the last 3 ends the final result was a decisive 28/15 win to Team D who become the other finalist team.
Following a break for lunch and with the temperature soaring above 70 degrees, the Final commenced promptly at 2.00pm.
RINK 2: TEAM B 'Away' versus TEAM D 'Home'. Both teams were brilliant, playing a very tight game for the full 18 ends. Team B took an early lead with 3 shots, overtaken by Lyn Taylor's squad who took the next four ends for 8 shots. From then on it was 'neck and neck' one side holding the 'Jack' with three or four woods, only to have the opposing skip take, follow and remain with the 'Jack' to take the end. On end 14 June Wright's 'Jack' was so long the measuring pole had to be used; following up with her first wood she moved the 'Jack' to the very edge of the green where it stayed - eventually sent into the ditch followed by a number of woods from each side. With the 'Jack' in the ditch but still 'in play' a final measure gave the end to Team D for 2 shots. At end 15 Lyn Taylor's team led 14/10, Greville Reader's team kept their cool and by end 18 had scored a further 4 shots to make it a 14/14 draw! Barry Grant, competition referee, agreed an extra end should be played and what a nail biting end it was, the Lead's and number 2's on each side vying to score. When the 2 skips took up their woods the atmosphere on and around the green was electric. With one wood still to be played Greville Reader's team were surrounding the 'Jack' with 4 woods, his last bowl made it five. However, taking her time and judging the line brilliantly, Lyn Taylor sent up her last wood, which took the 'Jack' through her opponents woods and stayed with it giving her Warwick Boat Club Team B the winning score by one shot - 15/14.
A match very well played by all the competitors.
The Mayor of Warwick, Councilor Christine Cross, keeping up a very long tradition kindly presented members of all the competing teams with their various trophies, and in return was presented with flowers and a cheque for her chosen charity by Mike Rigby, Captain of Warwick Boat club.
Images from the day can be seen below.
Last updated on by Peter Gawthorpe