The final of the Men’s Pairs Championship was played on 19 April between the Chittick brothers, Bill and ‘Jingles’, and Nathan Bezant and Terry Hayes. Despite getting off to a slow start, Bill and Jingles fought back to draw level at the half way mark and stayed in close contention for most of the match. Unfortunately, Nathan and Terry kicked away in the last few ends to take the match by 6 points. Congratulations to Bill and Jingles on becoming the Runners Up in the 2023 Men’s Pairs Championship.

The first round of the Mixed Pairs competition took place on 9 May. Irene and Bob Dunn played a keenly contested match against Col Agar and Jane Haddon. Bob and Irene held an early lead and remained in close contact until the 16th end when Col and Jane hit their straps to eventually take the match 23 points to 16. 

Due to the bye, Rob and Deb Folkard played in the second round against Gillian Portener and Terry Bezant on 18 May. We got out to an early lead, being up by 13 points to 3 on the eighth end. Thereafter Terry and Gillian steadily reined us in, winning nine of the last 12 ends to take the match by 24 points to 18. Congratulations to Terry and Gillian on winning the match and earning a place in the final next week against Terry and Margaret Hayes. Good luck in the Final.

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26 April – Russell Tulloch and Lindsay McNamara defeated Ron Nelson and ‘Tige’ Lidbetter by 21 points to 8. Laurie Watson and Col Agar defeated Derek Raymond and Bob Dunn by 32 points to 25.

3 May – Keith Pepper, Russell Tulloch and Bill Chittick defeated Ron Nelson, Tom Froggatt and Bob Dunn by 16 points to 12. Jingles Chittick and James McKinley defeated Col Agar and Rob Folkard by 32 points to 24.

10 May – Col Agar and Lindsay McNamara defeated Laurie Watson and Bill Chittick by 17 points to 16. Tom Froggatt and James McKinley defeated Ron Nelson and Jingles Chittick by 24 points to 20.

13 May – Helen Horan and Rob Folkard defeated Deb Folkard and Bill Horan by 22 points to 21. Jingles Chittick won a game of “cut-throat” by scoring 18 points to Mark Power’s 12 points and Lindsay McNamara’s 8 points.

17 May – Bill Chittick, Rob Folkard and Terry Hayes defeated Peter Heffernan, Jingles Chittick and Lindsay McNamara by 22 points to 21. Bob Dunn won a game of cut-throat with a score of 15 points to Ron Nelson’s 13 points and Keith Pepper’s 6 points.

Following the Mixed Pairs, the ‘Challenge Singles’ and ‘Challenge Pairs’ handicapped competitions will commence together with the blind drawn Triples competition. I look forward to reporting on these unpredictable matches next month.

Rob Folkard