Tenby v Skewen Carruthers Shield

Marching on together

Tenby v SkewenThe Tenby First Team continued their unbeaten run last Saturday when they entertained Skewen in the second round of the Carruthers Shield. Skewen are a perennial qualifier in the Shield over recent years and the Tenby side knew they would be a tough nut to crack, however the side played well and came out deserving winners.  Rink 1 saw John Roberts, freshly returned from the international series in Scotland, skipping Paul “too professional” Diment and ‘the oldies’. This rink was firing on all cylinders from the first end and quickly built up a sizeable lead. Through-out the game JR controlled the head well and with the quality of bowls being delivered by Dicko, County President John Baggott and former International Paul, JR have a fairly easy time of things, that isn’t to say he didn’t play his part and indeed some of his drives we almost heavy enough to be called that, must be Paul’s influence. Mind you, from what I heard it wasn’t just JR and Paul who were driving that afternoon, Mr Ed, get your £1 ready for next week.

Rink 2 followed a similar pattern, Craig Guymer welcomed back his twin brother Luke as third, following an enforced lay-off from playing with his right hand! This meant “Tie-Rack” moved down to second with Luke “no longer growing the ‘fro” Rees remaining at lead. The rink came out of the blocks quickly and almost mirrored the effort of rink one, by quickly establishing a good lead and going on and increasing it. In fact both these two rink ended up providing the winning margin of 4 shots that afternoon winning by 26 and 22 shots respectively. Sadly apart from Luke school boy error with his choice of socks there was little to report from this rink, they all played well and won well. Save of course from Luke Guymer trying to build his big guns back up by carrying 6 ham rolls onto the green – don’t you feed him at home Pat?

It was a different story on the tricky rink three for Peter Day’s rink that afternoon. Peter’s rink has been the most successful all year, so far unbeaten, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In all honesty this wasn’t a case of bad bowling or bad luck but simply that on the day they couldn’t grind out the win. That said at 15 ends they were 15-4 down, only to claw their way back to only losing 17-14. In fact on the last end Peter almost played a miracle bowl to take out both Skewen woods which would have left them with Tenby v Skewen5 for a miraculous draw. Hats off t the Skewen rink though, to beat that foursome this year was no mean achievement.

Not without it’s fun moments on this rink however. As usual all matters daft feature the Club President. A bowler of such experience that he decided to walk on the green on Saturday with no measure! A bowler of such vision and concentration that he asked Peter who’s was the black wood near the jack, only to be told that all of his rink, himself included were playing with coloured bowls. Fairdoo’s, if ever I’m look for a fine, I just look to Pat! Talking about the rosy cheeked garden Gnome, to all the Tenby aces, you’ll find him up Sutton Street again on Friday night, so if you want to send Merroney up there to throw him round a bit I’m sure I’ll find 15 blokes willing to pay off his bet to watch!!

The other tough encounter of the match found Wigan’s Warriors (can’t see that sticking) facing former Short Mat International Steve Williams. This was a curious match in which the Tenby rink always seemed to be in control and indeed were in front for most of the game, but only to see them almost blow it on the last end. Dai Spencer returned to the rink, losing his D&G mantle and indeed after the first couple of ends was playing with as much aggression as he ever played. Sadly this wasn’t one of G-unit’s better games. Maybe he was worried about parking on double yellow lines, he shuld have been as he got ticketed half way through the match, and then got fined for his silliness, poor G! but with Webbie and Wigan again combining well if was only some good bowling by opposing Captain Ian Mellor that kept them in the game. Indeed there was only a few shots I  it all the way through, then, after dropping a nasty four with 2 ends to go the side dropped another single giving them a slender two shot advantage going into the last end. Now whether it was because it was the last end, last rink on and the match was won, or for any other reason the whole rink decided to fall asleep. Starting with Dai the whole four had their worst end of the afternoon and by the time of the last bowl we were 5 down with not a bowl within 4 feet and in danger of losing the game. But up stepped Muskey, wide, heavy and going nowhere his bowl managed to slam into one of Skewen’s front bowls and run on for shot, game over, three shots up, shake hands and off. Not a bad stroke of luck for a player who usually has either no luck or bad luck.

Tenby now make the short journey east to face Havelock Park of Llanelli. Havelock have already taken the scalp of multiple champions Pontrhydyfen and the side know that this is going to be a tough encounter, but getting past the next game will be another step towards the ultimate target, Finals Day in Llandod.



Junior Trial 2011

Junior International Trial Team 2011

Congratulations to Luke Rees, Craig Guymer and Luke Guymer for being selected for the Junior International Trial team

Luke ReesCraig and Luke Guymer

Further information here

Pendine v Tenby Arches Ladies

Fourcroft HotelPENDINE 33 v TENBY ARCHES 40

Friday 1st July

The following day The Arches (sponsed by The Fourcroft Hotel) travelled away to Pendine. Rink 3 The Ladies were 3-15 up at tea and managed to stay in the lead to finish 16-23 up. Rink 4 saw Julia and co 9-6 down at tea.  They took the lead on the 17th end14-15.  They finished the game with a draw.

Tenby team first (Pendine skips only)

Rink 3 L. Delabertouche, A. Owens, H. Baggott, A. Redman  23 B. Pickersgill 16
Rink 4 M. Skyrme, M. Marquiss, I. White, J. King-Thomas 17  P. H   17

Fishguard v Tenby Arches Ladies

Fourcroft HotelFISHGUARD  34 v  TENBY ARCHES  47

Thursday 30th June

Thursday the Tenby Arches (sponsored by The Fourcroft Hotel) travelled away to Fishguard.  Rink 3 saw Julia and co 8 all at teatime.  They won the next eight ends to finish  15-21 up.  Rink 4 Alison and co were 10-9 down at tea.  They seemed to be stuck on 9 until the 14th end scoring a 5.  They got another 5 and  carried on to finish 19-26 up.

Tenby team first (Fishguard skips only)

Rink 3  R. Silcox, G. Beeken, M. Marquiss, J. King-Thomas 21   A. Newbery 15
Rink 4  L. Delabertouche, A. Owens, H. Baggott, A. Redman  26   G. McFarlang  19


Pembroke Dock Mariners v Five Arches

Five ArchesPembroke Dock Mariners 80 v Five Arches 79

Once again back to league action and a game against the unbeaten Mariners team from Pembroke Dock. After our recent exit from the Brains Cup , it was important to carry on winning to maintain our push for the league title. Ray reunited with Steve and ably supported by John and Ben played a very controlled game. Only behind once on the second end they led by 11 shots to 6 at tea and eased away to win comfortably by 25 shots to 13. Unfortunately this was the highlight of the whole afternoon. Tony and his rink of Mike, Harry and Peter were involved in a tight tussle against County Secretary Gerard. 10 shots to 8 down at tea they could never quite close the gap and finished losing by 19 shots to 18. 

Ashley and his rink of Dai, Tony and Gwyn got off a flying start 13-2 after 7 ends the game looked over. However a determined fight back by the Mariners quartet led by Mariners Captain Dave which included 16 shots in 6 unopposed ends completely turned around the match and they went on to win by 24 shots to 20. Meanwhile on rink 3 Lee and his rink of Stuart, John and Ken failed to score in the first 5 ends but fought back to be 9 -5 down at tea, another spurt by the Mariners opened up a 17- 8 lead which was then turned around to be only 17-18 on the 20th end. With all to play for on the last end and the Five Arches leading overall by 4 shots, it looked safe however determined play by the Mariners allowed them to pick up a five to clinch the game and win the match overall by a solitary shot.

John Rees, Steve Davies. Ben Simmons, Ray Taylor 25 G Roberts 13
Mike Gouldingay, Harry Ebdon, Peter Hooper, Tony Brown 16 G Thomas 19
Stuart Askew, John Hubbard, Ken Lloyd, Lee Richards 18 G Bann 24
Dai Rees, Tony Powling, Gwyn Beynon, Ashley Hooper 20 D Halward 24


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