ASSESSMENT 4 – February 2016

The day began with a preliminary round of the Open Doubles, and all the seeded pairs survived into the next stages, with the losers progressing to the Plate competition; more of this later!

70+

Eight entered the 70+ category with two groups of four at the first stage.  Group 1 saw Bill Davidson proceeding unbeaten, dropping only one set to Drew McLaren. Drew dropped a set to Peter Klemm, but the decider for second place was between Drew and Peter Howarth.  Drew won the first two games but then Peter clawed his way back into the match to level it before edging home in the fifth game 11-9.  The other group saw Barrie Hills and Doug Sinclair both defeating Jim Fleming and Bob Sterling to set up the group decider. Barrie edged the first game 11-13 but Doug took the next two, only for Barrie to level the match with an 11-9 win. In the last game, Barrie ran away with it 11-5 to top the group.

In the next stage, Bob just got the better of both Drew and Peter Klemm for a fifth place finish. Drew completed his matches with a win over Jim, and Peter Klemm finished in seventh place, beating Jim in 5, 11-9 in the last game. In the group for the top four places, Bill and Barrie continued their unbeaten run with wins over Peter Howarth and Doug. That meant two deciders; Doug and Peter H. for third place, and Bill and Barrie for first place. Peter H took the opening game 14-12 against Doug, but the Aberdonian took the next two only for Peter to level the match. In a very close fifth game, Doug just edged it 11-9 for third place. In the last match in this group, Barrie started well against Bill, easily wining the first two games, only for Bill to take the next one also rather easily. Barrie then ran away with the fourth game to clinch the number one spot.

60+

Top seeded Roy Claxton dropped only the one set in winning his group. Michael Schoenhofen easily defeated Ian McLagan and Roz Beck for second place, Ian claiming third place with a win over Roz. 

Second seed Geoff Salter too breezedpast the opposition, dropping only one game against Charlie Brindley. Charlie made sure of second place with wins over Richard Masterson and a tight five game battle with Linda Powell. Richard was third after beating Linda in three games. 

Third seed, Peter Shaw landed a five player group, and both Sue Adamson and Pat Duffy gave him a fright, both taking him to five ends before winning it. Sue’s match with Pat decided second place, Pat dropping the opening game but won the next three. Ralph Taylor and Stewart McGowan ended up looking for their first win of the day, and it was Stewart who emerged victorious in three games. It is great to see Stewart competing in our events; it must be a great change for him playing instead of organising. Perhaps he could give a certain chairman guidance on how to run tournaments? 

In the last group, it looked a straight contest between Charlie Brown and Dave McDonald for top place. And so it proved. They dropped only one game between them in their defeats of Winnie Stein and Carol McLean. Carol easily defeated Winnie for third place, but the last match between Dave and Charlie was a very close and tense affair. They shared the first two games, both 11-8, then Charlie edged ahead again by 11-9 but the match was decided in the fourth game, a game that could have gone either way with Charlie thankful he edged it 17-15; could he have completed a fifth game?

Now to the final positions - Linda Powell at last got her first win of the day with a straight games win over Ralph Taylor. This was followed by her second win, Stewart McGowan being her victim. Then her third win followed, Winnie losing out in straight games, and to complete the day, she also won her FOURTH game, Roz taking an end from her. So Linda finished in 13th place.  Roz took second place as her only defeat was at the hands, or rather, the BAT, of Linda. Stewart. Winnie and Ralph each won
a match with Winnie leading that trio followed by Stewart and lastly, Ralph.

Places 9-12

Both Ian McLagan and Richard Masterson started with wins over Carol and Sue. Sue and Carol than had an epic five game match which Sue, who won the first and third games, continued the sequence by winning the fifth as well. In the decider for 9th place, Richard was cruising to straight game win when Ian suddenly found form and won the next three games to steal ninth place.

Places 5-8

On paper it looked to be between Dave McDonald and Pat Duffy.   And so it proved. Both had wins over Michael Schoenhofen and Charlie Brindley, Michael beating Charlie in four for a 7th place finish. Pat took the game to Dave and easily won in three games to end up in 5th place.

Places 1-4. 

The top two seeds, Roy and Geoff, lived up to their seedings.  They both defeated Charlie Brown and Peter Shaw, with Geoff dropping the only set. Charlie came from 0-1 and then 1-2 in games against Peter before storming back to take the next two and finish in 3rd place. The match between Geoff and Roy was, in truth, rather one sided, Geoff easily winning 11-4, 11-5, 11-4.

50+

The over 50’s looked to be the closest competition of the day. In Group 1, Gerry Campbell began as he meant to finish; unbeaten!! Neil Doherty and Peter Aird, both lost to him in straight games, but Tan Lawlor put up one heck of a fight losing 5-11 in the fifth and not taking the very few chances Gerry gave him in the earlier games. Alan Whitton came through group two, Callum Gerrard edging out Abdul Khalid for second place. Jeremy Banks also eased through group three despite a very close five game match against Colin Green, Jeremy coming back to win after being 1-2  down in games. Colin clinched second with wins over Paul Dowden and Andrew exton, with Paul taking third after a 4 game win over Andrew. Kenny Mclean completed the line-up of top seeds to win their group. Bill Paterson and Brian Irvine were both swept aside but it was Stuart Fowler who posed most problems for Kenny, Kenny scraping through 11-5 in the fifth. Stuart also defeated both Bill and Brian to finish second, and Bill defeated Brian in straight games for a third placed finish to the group. 

Places 13-15

Neil Doherty easily defeated Brian Irvine in the opening match, then Brian lost to Andrew Exton in four. In the deciding game, Neil defeated Andrew in five, coming back from a 1-2 deficit in games to end in 13th place, with Andrew, 14th and Brian, 15th. (I think it is only fair to mention that Brian had entered the 40+ competition, an administrative error, but Brian accepted the mistake and agreed to play in the 50+ group.)

Places 9-12

Unfortunately Bill Paterson had to withdraw due to injury, and so finished in 12th place. Peter Aird took full advantage of this, beating both Abdul Khalid and Paul Dowden for a 9th place finish. Abdul then defeated Paul to snatch 10th place.

Places 5-8

Yet another injury; this time Callum Gerrard had to pull out after his first match. Colin Green then took control of the group, with wins over Tam Lawlor and Stuart Fowler. Stuart and Tam’s game was rather a tame affair, Stuart winning
in three.

Places 1-4

Gerry had a couple of closer games than normal; he was taken to four games by both Jeremy Banks and Kenny McLean, winning both, and in pole position to win the event. Both Kenny and Jeremy had five game matches against Alan Whitton, Alan losing them both and then Jeremy beat Kenny 11-9 in the fifth to clinch second place. Gerry, who had won the group by this stage, cruised past Alan to confirm his dominance on the day.  

40+

Again, this event was rather a low entry but high in quality.  Top seeded Dylan de Silva just made it as group winner after a three game win over Lance Stockdale, but only edged out Keith Dingwall in the fifth game, 11-9 in the decider. Keith came through as second after he too defeated Lance in three games. Group 2 followed the same pattern with Brian Wright through after a three game win over Maureen Moran and a 12-10 final game win over Greg McDonell (having come from 10-6 down in the 5th), with Greg’s four game win over Maureen giving him runner up spot. Group three looked like a straight contest between David Tait and Dariusz Szymczak; and so it proved. Both recorded straight game wins over Fiona Kinloch and Robbie McIntosh. Robbie edged out Fiona also in three for third place and David did likewise over Dariusz completing the group with all six matches decided in three ends!!

Places 1-3

Top seeded Dylan just could not win a match in the final group, losing to David in four and to Brian, 16-14 in the fifth. Brian dropped a game in defeating David to take first place with David ending in second.

Places 4-6

It looked a straight fight between Greg and Dariusz, but it was not to be!!! Dariusz edged out Keith in the opening match after dropping the opening game. Then Dariusz demolished Greg in three to secure fourth place. Keith took fifth
place after a close 16-14 final game win over Greg, with Greg finishing in sixth.

Places 6-10
Lance began strongly with a straight games win over Fiona, and repeated the score line over Maureen and Robbie to finish in style unbeaten in this group and take 6th place. Maureen recovered after her defeat at the hands of Lance, defeating both Robbie and Fiona, the closest match being against Robbie winning a thriller in five games. Robbie’s group win over Fiona gave him 9th place.

Open Doubles Conclusion

After the AGM, the two doubles competitions took place. In group 1, the Gerry Campbell/ Stuart Fowler pairing dropped only one game, that against the Tam Lawlor/ Callum Gerrard pairing. Brian Wright/ Alan Whitton also had a similar passage to the semis, Roy Claxton/ Charlie Brown taking a game from them. Jeremy Banks/ Kenny McLean too had a hard final game against Peter Shaw/Geoff Salter, coming from a 1:2 deficit to edge home 12-10 in the fifth. Keith Dingwall/David Tait completed the semi line up and they too were pushed in their final group game by Dariusz Szymczak/ Derek Lundie.

In the semis, Brian and Alan completely dominated their match against Geoff and Peter, winning in straight games. The other semi by contrast was a great close match. David and Keith started strongly by winning the opening game, but Gerry and Stuart levelled the match in game 2. Once again, David and Keith took the lead but Gerry and Stuart levelled the tie at 2-2. In the decider, David and Keith took control from the very beginning of the fifth game and emerged 11-5 winners. The final was not so close, despite Alan and Brian taking the second game 11-2, David and Keith were just too strong and won it 3-1 to become worthy winners.

The Plate competition was just as close and competitive. In Group 1, Lance Stockdale/Maureen Moran looked as though they were the ones to beat, and so it proved as they dropped only the one game to Abdul Khalid and Paul Dowden. Joining them in the semis was the Michael Schoenhofen/Sue Adamson pairing who just edged out Doug Sinclair/Ian McLagan 16-14 in the fifth. Robbie McIntosh/Brian Irvine also made the semis with a fifth game 11-6 win over Carol McLean/Fiona Kinloch. The last group comprised three 70+ pairings the top of the group being Drew McLaren/Barrie Hills who dropped only the one game on their way to the semis.

However, the two “Golden Oldies” were well beaten by Lance and Maureen, and joining that pair in the final were Robbie and Brian, who beat Michael and Sue in four.  The final was again a rather one-sided match with Lance and Maureen enjoying a comfortable thee game win to take the Winners Medals.

And so ended yet another tournament; many thanks to Ian and Winnie for their sterling work on the organisation (again) and thanks to all who played, helped and in any other way contributed to a make it a good event; also thanks to Drew for organising the refreshments.

Ian


Assessment 3 January, 2016

On a day with the most snow in the central region this winter, a good turnout demonstrates that the competition is tight and people are braving the elements and working hard to maximise their return from each tournament. The seeds in each age group face strong competition in the groups and no guaranteed placements in the next rounds.

Today was the third assessment in the morning and the National Championship age group doubles in the afternoon.

40+

The competition for places in the2016 Six Nations team in the Over 40s age group is open and unpredictable. Group 1: Dylan De Silva, Jeff Clark and Michael Montgomery went with rankings with Dylan winning the group by winning each of his games in three sets. The decider for 2nd between Jeff and Michael went to 4 sets with Jeff winning comfortably 7, -7, 5 and 3.

In Group 2: David Tait, Keith Dingwall and Lance Stockdale, David beat Lance in three. Then similarly, Keith beat Lance in three leaving Lance in third place. In the decider for the group, David won the first two sets, then Keith won the 3rd 13-11 and in a tight 4th set, David won 13-11 to win the group.

Group 3 was Brian Wright, Greg McDonnell and Geoff Hunter. Geoff won the first set against Brian 11-7, but Brian came storming back to comfortably win the next three. In a hard fought match between Geoff and Greg, Greg pinched each set and won in three sets: 9, 7, 10. In the final match, Brian won the first two sets before Greg fought back to win the third 11-7 before Brian closed out the fourth set 11-6 to win the group.

Group 4 comprised Gordon Waddell, Dariusz Szymczak, Maureen Moran and Fiona Kinloch. The match between Dariusz and Maureen, was won by Dariusz in three, Gordon beat Fiona in three and prevailed over Maureen also in three. Dariusz then beat Fiona in straight sets. The match between Maureen and Fiona for third place went the distance with Fiona winning the first two sets 13-11 and 11-6. The third set was tight and was nipped by Maureen 13-11 and the fourth squared the score 2-2. In the fifth set, Maureen won 11-8 to take third place. In the play off for 1st/ 2nd in the group, Dariusz beat Gordon in 4 sets to win the group.

In the Group for 1st - 4th place, Brian started with a win against David in three sets then Dylan beat Dariusz in four, winning the first two sets comfortably before the fight back from Dariusz. The fourth set was taken by Dylan: 12-10. Brian then beat Dylan quite comfortably in straight sets. The next match, between David and Dariusz went the distance with Dariusz coming out the winner (7, -9, 8, -6, 7). Dariusz vs Brian was a classic. Dariusz led 2:1 and 10-6 in the fourth before Brian came back to win that fourth set 15-13 and the fifth (12-10) to win the group and the age group. Dylan and David played off for 3rd/ 4th with Dylan winning in four sets.

In the 5-8 Group, Gordon won all three matches to claim 5th place. Keith had good wins against Jeff (3-0) and Greg (3-1) to come 6th and Greg beat Jeff to claim 7th place.  For places 9-13, Geoff Hunter won all four matches. Lance, Michael and Maureen each won two matches. In the count back, Lance, having won three straight and lost in five claimed 10th while Michael pipped Maureen for 11th. Fiona, having had a close five set match against Michael was unable to win a match and came 13th.

Congratulations to Brian on winning his second assessment of the season. Dylan remains head of the points table, with Brian, who leap-frogged David Tait in this tournament, only 30 points behind. David and Dariusz are close behind them both.

50+

Four groups of 4 contested this event. Gerry Campbell, having won the first two assessments was top seed and in his group were Callum Gerrard, Neil Doherty and Andrew Exton. Gerry won his three matches, two in three set and then was taken to four sets by Callum. Callum and Neil had a good match with Neil coming out the winner (10, -7, 8, 4). Neil then narrowly defeated Andrew (16, 4, -5,  -10, 6) to come second. Callum comfortably beat Andrew in three to claim 3rd.

Group 2 had the look of a group of death and comprised Jeremy Banks, Stan Stoodley, Tam Lawlor and Stuart Fowler.  Jeremy won his three matches in three sets and progressed to the top group. Tight competition between the other contenders resulted in a count back with Stan beating Stuart 3-2, Stuart beating Tam 3-0 and Tam beat Stan 3-2 meaning that Stuart came 2nd, Stan 3rd and Tam 4th.

Group 3 included Alan Whitton, Colin Green, Abdul Khalid and Brian Irvine. Alan won the group with three 3-0 wins, Colin was second, beating Abdul 3-1 and Brian in straight sets. In the decider for 3rd/ 4th Brian took an early lead with the first two sets. Abdul came back from behind to win the 3rd set (12-10) and before closing out the match 11-9 and 11-7 to claim 3rd. 

Group 4, Kenny Mclean, Willie Paterson, Howard Lee and Paul Dowden, Kenny won his first two matches in three sets then had a five set match against Willie before claiming first place by winning 11-5 in the fifth. Willie, Howard and Paul each won one match. Willie beat Paul in 3 sets which proved crucial as the other matches went to 5 sets. Willie snatched victory from the jaws of defeat over Howard (-5,-7, 12, 8, 13), obviously never in doubt. Paul was likewise struggling against Howard at 2 sets down but came back to win in 5 sets. In the count back, Willie’s 3-0 win and loss in 5 gave him the 2nd place and Paul’s loss in three handed 3rd place to Howard.

In the top group Alan and Jeremy kicked if off. Alan looked in control at 1-0 and 10:4 up before Jeremy came back to win that set 14-12. The third was 13-11 to Alan who then closed out the match in four sets. Gerry came back from 8-4 down against Kenny to win the 1st before winning the next two sets more comfortably. Gerry and Alan had a close 5 set match with Alan snatching victory (11, -9, 7, -10, 8) to give Gerry his first defeat for the year in the over 50s. Alan’s last match, against Kenny, also went in his favour in four sets (10, -6, 5, 7) giving Alan 1st place in the age group. Gerry finished 2nd with a four set win over Jeremy. Kenny played well to beat Jeremy in four (-10, 7, 8, 7) and claim 3rd leaving Jeremy in 4th place.

In the 5th-8th Group, the count back was again invoked with Colin, Willie and Neil each winning 2. In the critical matches, Neil beat in Willie in 4 sets,  Willie beat Colin in 5 sets and Colin beat Neil in 3 to give Colin 5th, Willie 6th and Neil 7th. Stuart had very close matches against all of the other but was pipped at post in each case.

The 9th - 12th Group was won by Callum who won all three matches. Howard and Stan had a classic 5 set match in which Stan was the victor (14, -6, 10, -13, 3) to claim 10th. Howard was 11th by dint of beating Abdul 6, 8, -9, -3, 4. For the final places, Andrew takes the prize for most unfortunate player having been up 2:1 in each of his three matches before succumbing in the fifth set each time. Paul beat
him 16-14 in the 5th and Tam 12-10 in the fifth. Tam beat Brian in 4 sets, Paul in 3 sets and Andrew in 5 sets to win the group (13th), Brian placed 14th with two wins and Paul 15th.  

Congratulations to Alan on winning his first assessment for the season. Gerry still comfortably heads the table, Alan is a clear second with Jeremy and Kenny close behind.

60+


Six groups of ‘nominally’ three started the Over 60s. The winners of each were split into two groups of three and the winners, seconds
and thirds of these played off for the places.

Group 1 (Charlie Brown, Winnie Stein and Iain Hislop) was won by Charlie who beat Iain in four (4, -9, 6, 3) and Winnie in straight sets. Iain came second beating Winnie three straight. 

A call-off in Group 2 left Peter Shaw playing Ralph Taylor, Peter winning this 7, 7, 7 to take top spot.

Group 3, Roy Claxton, Charlie Brindley and Carole McLean saw Roy beating Carole in four, and then Charlie in three sets. A four set match between Carole and Charlie ended in Charlie’s favour; 7, -11, 8, 7.

Group 4, Geoff Salter, comfortably defeated both Dave Beveridge and Ron Filsell in three sets and Dave then won the match in three set against Ron to finish 2nd.

Group 5 pitted Dave McDonald against Ian McLagan and Ros Beck. Dave beat Ros comfortably in straight sets and then had a five set tussle with Ian, finally overcoming the doughty president -8, 7, -8, 13, 2. Ian, you could so have had him in four! Ian finished 2nd as he had previously beaten Ros in four sets 10, -9, 7, 6. The results in Group 6, Pat Duffy, Michael Shoenofen and Stuart McGowan, had Pat victorious over Stuart in three but coming back from 2:1down against Michael to win -4, 9, -5, 9, 8 in a ‘damn close run thing’. Michael overcame Stuart to finish 2nd.

In the next round, Pete, Roy and Pat formed one group with Pat beating Pete in 4 sets before Roy beat both opponents in three close sets each to put Roy into the final, Pat to the 3rd/4th playoff and Pete to the 5th/6th playoff.  In the other group, Charlie, Geoff and Dave played off with Geoff winning both matches to reach the final and Dave beating Charlie in three sets to go into the 3rd/ 4th playoff.

In the final, congratulations to Geoff who edged out Roy in five sets -6, 10, 6, -9, 6. Pat claimed 3rd place with a tight four set win over Dave -8, 10, 9, 9 and Charlie was 5th, beating Pete in straight sets.

In the 7th – 12 groups, Iain Hislop, Ian McLagan and Dave Beveridge played off, with Iain H winning a close match Ian (8, 10, -10, 11) and then nailing place in the 7th/8th playoff with a straight sets win over Dave. Ian won against Dave to go into the 9th/10th playoff. On the other half, Ralph Charlie and Michael ended up with Michael winning both matches and Charlie come second to go into the 9th/10th playoff. Iain H beat Michael 9, 5, 9 to take 7th, Charlie pipped the president -14, 4, 8, 7 to take 9th and Dave beat Ralph in 5 (-2, 9, -10, 8, 4) to take 11th place.

For the minor places, Carole McLean won her 4 singles to take 13th, Ron was 14th with three wins and one loss. Each of Ron’s matches went to five sets with many close sets, showing good stamina. Ros, Stuart and then Winnie completed the line up.

Well done to Geoff for taking his second assessment for the season. The points situation at the top of the list is very close with Roy just ahead of Geoff and Pete and Charlie fighting for 3rd place.

70+

Bill Davidson, Doug Sinclair, Drew McLaren, Peter Howarth, Barry Hills, Bob Sterling and Jim Fleming contested the round robin to determine the Over 70s Champion. In a typically hard fought competition, 6 of 21 matches went to 5 sets, and another 9 went to 4 sets.  Bill had obviously brought his playing shoes today and won his 6 matches. He did not have it all his own way as there were tight sets in each match and, in his final game against Doug, Doug comfortably took the first two sets before Bill fought back and took the final three sets to win the match -7, -2, 8, 9, 7. Doug, Drew and Barry each won 4 matches. In the count back, Barry’s win over Drew in straight sets was crucial and differentiated Barry to give him 2nd place. Doug finished 3rd ahead of Drew. 5th, 6th and 7th places were also by count back as each had one win. However, due to his straight sets win over Jim, Peter who was returning after missing the previous tournament, finished 5th place, Bob was 6th and Jim 7th.   

Congratulations to Bill, winning his first assessment for the year and now equaling Barry in points at the top of the table. Doug is in 3rd place in the table.

Alan W

National Championship Age Group Doubles Competitions

40+

Only 4 teams entered the Over 40s Doubles; Brian Wright/ Alan Whitton, Colin Green/ Greg McDonnell, Lance Stockdale/ Maureen Moran and Keith Dingwall/ Fiona Kinloch. A single group round robin was played. Colin/ Greg beat both pairing of Lance/ Maureen and Keith/ Fiona in straight sets. Likewise, Alan/Brian beat both Lance/ Maureen and Keith/ Fiona in straight sets. In the deciding matches, Lance and Maureen defeated Keith and Fiona to take third place; 9, 6, -3, 9. In the playoff between Brian/ Alan and Colin/ Greg, Colin and Greg took the first set 12-10 before Brian and Alan to the next three to win the competition and retain their National Championship.

50+

Two groups contested to reach the semifinals of the Over 50s Doubles. It was great to see Derek Lundie making a guest appearance in the doubles with Pete Shaw. Unfortunately for them they could not progress beyond the group stage. It was the teams of Gerry Campbell and Stuart Fowler and Stan Stoodley/ Andrew Exton were 1st and 2nd in Group 1. Kenny McLean/ Jeremy Banks and Tam Lawlor/ Callum Gerrard progressed from Group 2. In the semifinals, Gerry and Stuart defeated Tam and Callum in four close sets; 12, -9, 8, 9, and Kenny and Jeremy beat Stan and Andrew in three sets. This set up the final Stuart and Gerry played very well to defeat Kenny and Jeremy in four sets 6, -6, 7, 6 and win the National Over 50 title for the first time. 

60+

The Over 60s Doubles team were: Charlie Brown/ Roy Claxton, Iain Hislop/ Charlie Brindley, Ian McLagan/ Carole McLean, Pat Duffy/ Ralph Taylor and Michael Schoenhofen/ Winnie Stein. Roy and Charlie won the event winning all matches. They were followed by Iain H and Charlie with three wins. Pat and Ralph won two of their four matches; against Winnie/ Michael and Carole/ Ian. Carole and Ian had to scratch from the event towards the end leaving Winnie and Michael in 4th place.

Congratulations to Charlie and Roy.


70+

In a hard fought competition, all over 70s competitions seem to be, three parings fought out a round robin. Bill D and Doug S were pitted
against Drew McL and Barry H, and Bob Sterling and Jim Fleming. In the first match Bill and Doug struggled against Bob and Jim who led 2:1 before Bill and Doug grabbed victory (10, -11, -8, 5, 7). Playing against Drew and Barry, Bob and Jim again had the upper hand having won the first set and been very close in each of the next two before winning the fourth and succumbing in the fifth. In the end Barry and Drew won (-6, 13, 10, -6, 6). In the match for the title, the opening two sets were halved before Bill and Doug came through to win the
final 8, -8, 4, 8.  Well done Bill and Doug, Over 70s National Champions.

Another successfully run tournament. Our thanks go to the organisers Winnie and Ian. Roy and Charlie for doing the Draw and all the helpers that help make the tournament flow. See you for Assessment 4 on SATURDAY 20th Feb.  Assessment 2 will be coming to a web near here soon.

 

 

ASSESSMENT 1 – OCTOBER 2015

Another season, another report. It was great to see some new faces at this event and it is hoped the missing ones will be at the next one in November!!

40+

This event started in groups of three then groups of four. Top seed, David Tait started the (plastic) ball rolling with a straight game win over Jeff Clark with Jeff just edging out Stuart Gow in a five game thriller. David dropped the opening game in the last match but comfortably took the next three against Stuart to top the group.

Second seed Brian Wright had a very close opening games against Dylan deSilva; he took the first 16-14 bit lost the second 19-21!!! This seemed to give Dylan the edge and he then won two of the remaining games for a 3-2 win. In the next game, Dylan clinched the top spot with a comfortable 3-0 win over Iain McHarg. Brian then also beat Ian in three games to secure second place.  

Willie Mabon and Gordon Waddell seemed to be the favourites to take group three; they both defeated Keith Dingwall but the decider was a bit of an anti-climax, Gordon winning 3-0.

With two top seeds out, Greg McDonnell had a chance to secure a top four finish, but alas it was not to be. Both he and Dariusz Szymczak had easy wins over Michael Montgomery, but again the decider fizzled out into a three game win for Dariusz.

David, Gordon, Dariusz and Dylan had made it through to the final group of winners. Dylan in his first game edged out Gordon in four games and then David similarly defeated Dariusz. In the next game, Gordon’s hope of a top two finish was dashed by a straight game defeat by David. Dylan then defeated Dariusz in four and the last games would decide the top places.  Dariusz closed out Gordon in three games to take third place, and in the top place decider, Dylan came back from the loss of the opening game to take the next three and top the 40+ age group. Congratulations to Dylan.

50+

This event attracted the biggest entry of the day. Top seeded Alan Whitton breezed through his opening group, Spencer Ormsby, Howard Lee and Stan Stoodley not really getting close to him!! So who would be second in the group??  On form, Stan should be the one, and so it proved; he dropped only one set of his other games to Spenser to take second place. Spencer edged out Howard in four games for third place in the group.

Gerry started off group two as he intended to finish; hopefully for him, undefeated. He dropped a game against Paul Dowden but came through untroubled, Brian Irvine and Abdul Khalid being his victims.  Brian held onto second place, Abdul and Paul being narrowly defeated and Abdul’s win over Paul gave him third place.

Group three saw third seed Kenny Mclean enter the fray. Despite a few close games, he easily won the group, Robbie McIntosh and William Paterson then battling it out for second, Willie winning that one in three ends.

Number four seed, Colin Green, seemed to have a tough group, Geoff Hunter and Neil Doherty being the other members of this group. Colin just edged out Neil 16-14 in the fifth game and had a few anxious moments against Geoff in a four game win. Neil beat Geoff in four games to secure second place. 

Lastly, group five had a look of death about it; Tom Lawlor, Callum Gerrard and newcomer Jeremy banks all competed along with David Melrose. David picked up only one game and that was against Callum in the opener. Jeremy started his first assessment with a four game win over Tom and then demolished Callum in three games. An easy win over David gave Jeremy top spot. In the battle for second place, Callum outplayed Tom in three games.

Now to the competition for the top five places. Gerry Campbell had started the day with the “Who is going to be second“ look; and so it proved. He dropped a game against Jeremy then defeated Kenny in three games. Another four game win against Colin put him in touching distance of the top place and this was confirmed with yet another four game win, this time over Alan. Meanwhile the battle for second place was hotting up. Alan, Kenny and Jeremy had all lost to Gerry and had all beaten Colin; The games between them were now vital. Jeremy had defeated Alan in five games, but then lost to Kenny 1-3. Alan recorded a four game win over Kenny and this gave Alan second place by one game, Kenny third and Jeremy, fourth with poor Colin ending up in fifth place.

The scrap for places 6-10 also had its fair share of drama. Brian Irvine lost all his games all in straight games, and Neil Doherty managed only the one win. Callum Willie and Stan then managed to all win three and lose one match each!!! So the matches between then would decide places 6-8. Will Paterson’s three game win over Stan really settled this group, despite losing to Callum in five. Callumcompleted his matches and finished in seventh place with Stan, eighth.

Group 8 saw Geoff Hunter and Tom Lawlor looking to finish 11th!!! It was Geoff who triumphed in a five game epic. Two games to one down Geoff took the next two 11-8, 12-10.  Robbie McIntosh ended in 13th place, wins over Howard Lee and Abdul Khalid saw to that with Abdul defeating Howard in five games to take 14th place. With two dropping out, the last group was for places 16-18, Spenser Ormsby defeating both David Melrose and Paul Downton in five ends. David just edged out Paul in four to take 17th place.

60+

This competition was not as predictable as normal. In group 1, top seed Peter Shaw had a comfortable passage as group winner. Four-game wins over newcomer Susan Adamson and Richard Masterson and a three game win over Michael Schoenhofen gave him top spot. But who would be second?? Susan gave Michael a surprise defeat and a 15-13 fifth game win over Richard gave her second place. Richard edged out Michael for third place.

Geoff came through group two dropping only the one game against Pat Duffy. Pat’s wins over Winnie Stein and Gordon Duff gave him second place with Gordon getting third with a comfortable win over Winnie.

Roy Caxton came out on top in group three, wins over Ian Hislop and Ralph Taylor ensured that and Ian beat ralph for second place.

Group three started off well for the top two players, Charlie Brown and Dave McDonald. They both easily defeated Dave Beveridge and Ian McLagan, Ian beating Dave for the third place. The decider between Charlie and Dave looked to be on-side after the opening game, Charlie winning it 11-1, but Dave dug in and took the next three to claim top place.

In the next stage, Peter, Roy, Geoff and Dave fought it out for top place.  Geoff never really looked in bother and defeated all three without dropping a game. Dave’s exertions in the previous round began to tell on him as he never took another match to end up in 4th.  The decider for second was between Roy and Peter, Roy edging it in four ends. Charlie redeemed himself to some extent by defeating Susan, Pat and Ian Hislop for 5th place.  Pat and Ian were the two contenders for 6th place, Pat winning it in three games. Susan completed her first event in 8th place, and it will be interesting to see how well she competes when Linda Powell and Carol Mclean are there!!! Richard Masterson secured 9th place with wins over Gordon, Ian and Ralph, with the players finishing in that order. Michael Schoenhofen salvaged some wins in the last group to end in 13th followed by Dave Beveridge and Winnie.

70+

Apologies: Over 70s still to come. The Final results are in the Points page. Congratulations to Peter Howarth for winning the round robin. Bill Davidson was second and Barry Hills 3rd.