GC Open Singles Tournament

Eighteen members took part this week in the annual GC Singles competition spread over two days. On Tuesday in gloomy but dry conditions John Skuse and Keith Harris headed their respective blocks but were given a stiff challenge along the way by Tess Gossett, Len Purcell and David Bateson before emerging as semi-finalists. The single best of 13 hoop semi-final was a rather one sided encounter as Keith quickly ran the first 5 hoops. John finally managed to dispose of two pegs on hoops 6 and 8 but after a tussle Keith stroked home an angled 10 footer through hoop 9 to win 7-2. Someone, who will not be named, said he “would have put his mortgage on John winning”. Well he is not exactly homeless but deserves to be for Keith played really well and executed two jump shots to perfection. After torrential rain on Wednesday we feared that conditions might prevent play on Thursday but blue skies and warm sunshine greeted all who turned up before 10am to take part in a further two blocks. Unsurprisingly Tony Frewin and Paul Bridgman were unbeaten whilst Betty Craig and David Dawsey finished 2nd in their respective blocks. The semi-final between Paul and Tony started slowly but two fine mid-distance jump shots on hoops 5 and 6 enabled Paul to lead 5-1 and 6-2 after hoop 8. However, Tony did not give up and after a fine approach to hoop 9 he won the next 2 hoops but eventually Paul took hoop 11 to win 7-4. The game was notable for some fine clearances by both players and, together with those jump shots, gave an appreciative group of spectators an opportunity to applaud both players. The final between Keith and Paul is scheduled to be played on October 6th.