Tenby v Saundersfoot

Giltar HotelTenby 80 – 64 Saundersfoot

21st May 2016

The Giltar Hotel sponsored Tenby Club played near neighbours, Saundersfoot, in a knock out match to qualify for the later rounds of the Welsh Carruthers Shield (Club Competition). Tenby defeated Saundersfoot in the last sixteen last year on their way to the final in Llandrindod Wells and were well aware that they would face a very stern challenge from the Villagers. Andrew Muskett, Peter Day, Liam Price and Aaron Lloyd played against Steve Dick and once again got off to a good start, leading 9-2 after 7 ends.   The lead was maintained on the 14th end (15-8).  A count of fours shots taken on the next end extended their lead to 11 shots, but then the rink uncharacteristically dropped a county of four shots on the very next end.  However, some amends were made up when they took back 3 shots on the next [end].  The Saundersfoot rink won the remaining four ends, 3-1, but this did not effect the winning result and final score of 23-15 to the unbeaten Muskett.

Rink 2 saw the undefeated Carruthers Rink of Craig and Luke Guymer in addition to the formidable front end combination of Mike Jackson and Chris Court.  They played Stephen Poole’s four.  Early exchanges kept matters on a even ceil  until the Tenby four took a county of five shots on the eight end.  The Saundersfoot rink then appeared to capitulate by losing three consecutive ends of a 4, 2, 3.  The lead at the 14 end stage being 21-9.  However, credit the Saundersfoot rink who then responded with winning three consecutive ends of their own of 1, 2 and 1.  It was again the Tenby rink who finished stronger scoring 6 shots to 1 over the last 4 ends.  Final score, 27-14. Rink 3:  Kieran Peregrine, John Roberts, Jon Webb and Luke Rees played against Saundersfoot’s Berwyn Dennis.  A tight game was always expected between these two players.  In a similar manner to the game on rink 2, there was not anything between the two sides, with Tenby behind 7-8 at the ten end mark.  A dropped count of 5 shots gave Saundersfoot some momentum but with Kieran in great form, the rink won all but one of the five ends, scoring 7 shots to 1.  Final score 15-17 to Saundersfoot’s rink who were indebted to the excellent Alan Brain who was outstanding playing at second. 

Rink 4:   Paul Diment, Ryan Thomas, Joe Richards and Cameron White were reunited for the first time this season and came up against a Saundersfoot rink skipped by Mervyn Dennis, who played extremely well.  The game was extremely close with Tenby rink dropping no more than 2 shots to restrict the Saundersfoot team to 18 shots at the close.  Similarly, Saundersfoot’s defence was good despite them dropping a count of 3 shots on the second and last ends.  Final score 15-18 to Saundersfoot. In conclusion a very good performance from the Tenby players who in typical fashion finished very strong over the last 3 ends.  A fact which secured victory with Saundersfoot only behind by a few shots going into the final stretch. Tenby play Presteigne of Mid Wales in the first round proper.  A side of immense talent and experience – this will be a very very hard match.  A lot of the Presteigne players compete in the Tenby Gold Cup and are very familiar with our green.  Of course, they also boast multiple Welsh Title Holders and of course, the greatest Welsh player ever in Robert Weale, a former World Champion and Commonwealth Games Singles Gold Medallist. Thank you to the ladies for the Tea and to Fred for preparing the green.






Tenby v Fishguard & Goodwick

7th May 2016

The Molson Coors sponsored Tenby BC played their first Carruthers game of the Pembrokeshire group stages in the 2016 campaign. Fishguard and Goodwick were the visitors to Sutton Street, hoping to pull off a giant-killing act. Rink one: Luke Rees, Joe Richards, Luke and Craig Guymer were five-nil down ifter two ends, but once the initial ring rust was discarded, they surged into an impressive lead, eventually winning by 13 shots. Rink two: Cameron White, Jon Webb, Chris Court and Keiron Peregrine raced into an impressive 16-nil lead after six ends. They eased off a bit in the second half, but still ran out 11-shot winners. Rink three: Ben Cloake, Liam Price, Mike Jackson and John Roberts were up against a Fishguard triple which can be sometimes difficult. Close early on, John and his men eased away in the final stages to a comfortable victory. Rink four: Aaron Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper and Peter Day were never troubled during their encounter and ended up 14 shots the better after 21 ends. In conclusion, Tenby cruised to an expected win, which sets up a mouth-watering clash against local rivals Saundersfoot to decide who will progress to the knockout stages of the competition.



Last week was a busy week for the Arches Ladies, playing three consecutive league games on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday and Friday evenings. The first of these games was played at home against Pembroke Dock Ladies, and although it was competitive, it was played in a very friendly and jovial manner, with the Arches Ladies collecting four league points and Pembroke Dock two. The game did not start well for Arches captain Carol who skipped her rink of Margaret, Liz and Gerry. They dropped a count of four on the first end and never recovered against a strong Pembroke Dock rink skipped by Betty James, finally losing by 26 shots to 14. In complete contrast, the Arches' second rink skipped by Alison and supported by Meryl, Jan and Jo dominated their game, winning by 32 shots to nine. The final score was 46 shots to the Arches and 35 to the visitors.

Tenby Ladies' second game of the week was an evening fixture played at home against Whitland Ladies, which ended in a surprising result. Gerry skipped a changed rink of Meryl, Carol and Helen, who found themselves in a very tight game. At 10 ends, the Arches Ladies were one shot ahead, but sealed a win by picking up 10 shots on the following four ends, finally winning by 24 shots to 10. On the outside rink, skip Alison was supported by Lynn, Jan and Jo. Alison's rink raced away to a 14-shot lead after 10 ends and at 15 ends went further ahead by 20 shots to five and then the Whitland fightback began, picking up an incredible 16 shots without reply to lead by one shot with two ends to play. Alison's rink picked up one shot on the penultimate end to tie the scores and, with the light fading fast, it was down to a last end 'shoot out.' Club stalwart Lynn bowled the perfect lead shot, finishing on the jack, which was to remain unchallenged as Whitland tried desperately to move it. The result was a one shot win for Alison's rink by 22 shots to 21 and an overall win for the Arches Ladies by 46 shots to 31 and six league points.

On Friday night, the Arches Ladies travelled to Whitland, still buoyant from the previous evening's win, but this was to change once they took to the green. Whitland were revitalised and dominated this back-to-back clash, winning by 51 shots to 28. Alison's rink of Carol, Jan and Lynn were always playing catch-up and were never able to put pressure on the Whitland rink skipped by Cally, eventually losing by 29 shots to 14. Gerry's rink of Meryl, Liz and Jo had a much tighter game and at 10 ends were just one shot adrift, but a six on the 11th from the Whitland Ladies created a buffer which the Arches Ladies could not reduce, losing by 22 shots to 14. Whitland Ladies gained their revenge and secured the maximum six league points.

Tenby v Haverfordwest

Molson CoorsPembrokeshire League Division One

Tenby 82 (10 Points) v Haverfordwest 80 (4 Points).
30th April 2016

The Molson Coors sponsored Tenby Team continued their league programme against last years’ runners up, Haverfordwest BC.
The game ended up after playing 83 out of 84 ends with Tenby a solitary shot in front and two down with only two bowls left to play (Craig Guymer).  Craig made shot with an excellent shot which left Tenby with a two shot victory. This was a lucky escape for the Tenby team albeit against a strong Haverfordwest  team who must be left shaking their heads after such a great performance.  At five ends, the Haverfordwest team got off to a great start, leading by 9 shots.  At ten ends, Tenby had reduced the lead by a single shot, Haverfordwest leading by 8 shots.  At fifteen ends, Tenby clawed back a further four shots to trail by 4.  Tenby then made further inroads by reducing the lead to a single shot.  At the twenty end mark, Tenby took the lead and led by 3 shots.  On the last end, Diment and Peregrine both dropped counts of two (4 shots), Muskett took a two and Guymer a single to mean a two shot win for Tenby.

Rink 1:  Craig Guymer returned to action this week, skipping Ryan Thomas, club chairman Fred Broomhead and Mike Jackson.  They played against Richard O’Leary, last years County President.  Off to a quick start (as usual), the four led 5-1 after five ends which was extended to 14-6 after 10 ends.  A comeback from the Haverfordwest rink in which they scored two counts of four shots, a double and a single to take the lead at the fifteen end mark, 14-18.  Despite a count of three shots on the eighteenth end, the Haverfordwest foursome completed a very good win 19-24.

Rink 2:  The ever dependable Muskett, Day and Lloyd combination were joined by Dai Rees to play against the County Team Manager, PDS Jenkins.  Dropping a count of four shots on the first end certainly woke them up and they restricted their opponents to six more scoring ends, and they were all single shots.  In turn the Muskett rink three counts of 3 shots, four counts of 2 shots and 6 singles, winning the match 24-10.

Rink 3:  Kieran Peregrine, Chris Court, Joe Richards and Cameron White took on former Tenby player Alan Whitehouse.  A high scoring start to the game with a count of 4 shots dropped on the first end and a count of 5 shots taken on the second end, followed by a dropped count of 3 shots on the third end…phew!  A couple of singles to each foursome brought things back to normality for a brief moment before Tenby took a count of 4 shots only to drop a further two counts of 3 shots on the next two ends.  Tenby took a double on the 9th end and promptly dropped a further 3 shots on the 10th (end).  Score at ten ends 12-18.  The defensive part of the match then really went ‘for a Burton’ with Tenby taking two counts of six shots on ends 14 and 19, finally winning an extremely high scoring game 29-25.

Rink 4:  Paul Diment, John Roberts, Liam Price and Ben Cloake played against Gareth Barrett.  This was the first time that the rink had played together and on paper this is a very strong rink.  However, despite them only dropping one count of 3 shots and then all two’s and one’s – they could not curtail an excellent performance by the Haverfordwest rink.  In fact, the Tenby rink only scored on six ends.  A final score of 10-21.

Defensive Award:  D Rees, A Lloyd, P Day and A Muskett

Offensive Award:  C White, J Richards, C Court and K Peregrine

Shot of the Day:  Craig Guymer’s match winning shot on the 21st end.

Pembroke Dock v Five Arches

Five ArchesPembroke Dock 78 (2pts) Five Arches 92 (12pts)
30th April 2016

The start of a new season and no better place to be than Pembroke Dock in the sunshine. Last season Pembroke Dock won a closely fought match by seven shots and the Five Arches were looking forward to going one better this year. Five Arches new boys , Webby and Beano ably assisted by Five Arches veterans Ken and Johnno had a tough game against Pembroke Dock Captain Richard Jones and his rink. Evenly matched after 6 ends, the Pembroke Dock rink then exploded into action picking up 10 shots in 3 ends to lead 15 shots to 3. A fightback got the Arches to within 8 shots but the Dock boys edged the remaining ends to run out winners by 26 shots to 12. Simon and his rink of Roger, TP and Steve carried on where they left off in their previous match cruising to another comfortable win. Leading by  8 shots to nil after 3 ends, they stretched this out to 22 shots to 11 after 15 ends and eased to 27 shots to 16 victory. 

Ashley and his rink of Dai, Dave and debutant Viv had a ding dong battle against Brian Dowling's quartet. Leading by 11 shots to 3 after 9 ends, they dozed off after the tea interval to be 19 shots to 15 behind after 16 ends. However a fine finish  led to a narrow 24 shots to 21 win. On rink 4, we welcomed back Gerald, who together with his rink of John, Kev and Neil produced a commanding performance. They led by 14 shots to 3 after 6 ends including two counts of 5 shots, picking up two further counts of 4 increased their lead to 27 shots to 10 after 15 ends and comfortably ran out winners by 29 shots to 15 at the end of the match. A great start to the Five Arches season, picking up 12 points away from home. The Carruthers qualifying matches now occupy the next three weeks of the season, with the next Five Arches game , away to Milford on the 28th May.

Ken Lloyd, Jon Hubbard, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 12 R Jones 26
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Simon Evans 27 M John 16
Viv John, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 24 B Dowling 21
John Rees, Kevin Lewis, Neil Dickinson, Gerald Hewitt 29 R Thomas 15

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