Lunch was a welcome break after so much action as Phill Snell and Cliff Van Wyk prepared to face each other again. This time it was in the Nominated Pairs, Pete Fisher partnering Cliff and Martin Stebbings assisting Phill.
Cliff and Pete got away to the perfect start, going 13-0 after seven ends. Phill and Martin made a steady comeback but a four and a five against wrecked their chances as they went down 25-16.
Patsy Ellis somehow managed to put her morning woes behind her, partnering Charlie Graham in the Marskell Pairs. And the twosome galloped clear of Kaye Hodge and Keith Holbrook, scoring a six on the seventh end and a four on the ninth, to finish 22-10 up.
There was still the Mixed Triples final to be decided. Skip Dave Smith with Phil Reeves and Lyn Hall were still making an argument of it as they led 11-10 after the 10th end against Dave Cleave’s trio of Tony Gerry and Eric Mallender. But the latter group never dropped another shot, winning 20-11. Phil Reeves, the club’s oldest competitor, says that’s it for him but it is hard to believe he won’t try just one more time. Well done, Phil, for reaching yet another final.
So it was on to Sunday and seven more finals.
The ladies took centre stage on the Sunday morning with Argyll legend Mary Burrell-Davis making her way to the Two Wood Singles Final. And she led after two ends, only for first team lead Karen Rees to take over, going clear to win 16-5. A fine win for Karen but a marvellous achievement for Mary to make the final.
The Men’s equivalent saw first team captain John Crowe go up against specialist Phill Snell and the yardstick event looked a close call at 6-5 to Phil after 10 ends. However, it was Phill who took over, running out the 15-8 victor.
The Veteran Singles gave Rod Thompson the opportunity to sign off his time at the club with a Final win before he returns to his old Derbyshire stamping ground. Not that Dave Young would allow him an easy ride, despite going 14-2 behind. In fact Dave clocked 10 shots in a row to close to 12-14, before Rod drew clear for a 21-15 result. Don’t forget to send the trophy back next year, Rod!