The Married Couples Final was a one sided affair with Mairead and Keith Holbrook too good on the day for Ian and Chris Gibb who went down 26-9. Mairead was outstanding for the first nine ends, the Gibbs never recovering from a 16-3 deficit.

 

The stage was set for the two Championship Singles Finals in the afternoon.


Ladies captain Betty Earl was looking for her first win in the top ladies event, while Annette Williams looked to make it a double final success this year.
There was very little in it as the pair jousted, first one then the other leading, up to 13-13 after 16 ends.Then Betty pounced with a full house, going on to take it 21-13. Well done, Betty, the wait is over!


The men’s event was worth waiting for as Cliff Van Wyk looked to add to his previous singles titles, with Dave trying once more to win the one singles event that has eluded him since he last won it in 2009!
Such is Cliff’s excellence and reputation that Dave admitted he would have been happy with double figures.
But it was much better than that! Dave went into a 7-1 lead before the inevitable Cliff charge back to 12-12. Again Cliff levelled at 14-14, only for Dave to go 19-14 up. Cliff again hauled it back to 19-19, only for Dave to triumph 22-19 after 24 ends.
So Dave finally made it to the trophy he wanted more than any other. But how hard he had to battle for it.


There was still one more final to dispute, the Men’s Drawn Pairs, and it was John Memory and John Roberts who were victorious. Yet at 14-5 up halfway, Les Gowers and Barrie Wootton looked the likely winners.
The two Johns went 20-17 up with two ends to go and held on by one shot.


A marvellous weekend and a big thank you to our two umpires and organisers, Peter Fisher, Gary Gerard-Tofts and Pauline Fisher.
 

 

And just to add to Argyll’s good feelings, Pauline Fisher enhanced the club’s reputation still further by lifting the Bournemouth and District Women’s Singles trophy, beating the highly rated Isobel Walker of Highcliffe.
 

Many thanks to Ian Gibb for the very full report.

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