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ESMBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009

(Content reviewed 30/9/09)

Total ESMBA National entry = 115 : 14 Singles ; 13 Pairs ;  8 Triples ; 5 Fours ; 6 Mixed Fours ; 7 U18 Singles

 

THE HEATS

The SINGLES Heats - January 10th 2009 - See County Singles Championships

The PAIRS Heats - December 6th 2008 - See County Pairs Championships    

The TRIPLES Heats - January 11th 2009 - See County Triples Championships

The FOURS Heats - December 7th 2008 - See County Fours Championship

The UNDER 18s Heats - January 31st 2009 - See County Junior Championships

The MIXED FOURS Heats - December 20th 2008 - See County Mixed Fours Championships

 

 

THE FINALS

SUMMARY

This year saw our entry into the National Heats increase over last year resulting in two places being awarded in each discipline of the Finals and three in the U18 Singles - 13 teams and 31 players in total. Of these, 8 teams failed to progress beyond the initial round robin stage - always a difficult hurdle to jump. 

Of the others, David, Joseph & Jill Newsome/Marlene Jackson, and Derek &  Pat Beardsley/Bryan & Pat Jones (Mixed Fours) reached the first round of the knockouts whilst David & Joseph Newsome/Ben Render/Richard Lochman (Fours) and Rose Haynes/Roger Green/Gareth Townend (Triples) reached the second round of the knockouts; The best achievement came from David Newsome (U18 Singles) who made us all proud by going all the way in the U18 Singles to become our counties first National Champion. Well done and congratulation to a worthy young player.

 

(Please page down for full reports on each discipline)

See PhotoGallery.

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MIXED FOURS Saturday 28th March 2009 - Wooton (8 ends) This was the second time that the Beardsley/Jones four had attended the Finals and on this trip they fared a little better. With two wins - against West Midlands (7-4) and London2 (9-5) and one loss - against Norfolk2 (6-8), they reached the final 16. Here they went out (5-9) at the hands of the Surrey team. Our other four were the Newsome family and Marlene Jackson all making their first trip in this discipline. After losing their first game (7-11) to Oxfordshire1, they recovered with two wins - (12-3) against Norfolk3 and (8-4) against Hampshire1. Like our other four, they were then knocked out (6-8) by Shropshire after fighting back from being 0-8 down. The latter were a very strong team who went on to win their QF 18-6 and SF 25-2 before claiming the MF title against Norfolk3 in the Final.

U18 SINGLES Sunday 29th March 2009 - Wooton (11 ends) JSTOP PRESS 5.20 29th - David Newsome becomes our first National Champion after beating Warwickshire's Adam Freeman by 13-9.

Nathan Kotek and James Lambert were making their first appearance at the  Nationals and were both disappointed not to win a game. Nathan went down 12-13 to Hampshire2, 7-10 against Essex1 and 3-13 against Northants and James was defeated at the hands of Somerset2 6-8, Devon 5-15 and West Midlands2 5-10. However they were both able to stay and support David who, by his own admission, improved as the day went on.

He started with round robin wins over Kent (14-4) and Hampshire4 (18-4) although he lost his first game against West Sussex1 (8-11). In the knockouts he overcame Northants (10-8), Oxfordshire1 (10-5) and Hampshire1 (9-6) before his historic Final win over Adam.  

A great achievement to become our first National Champion, a title he adds to that of Northern England Champion (won 2 years ago). See PhotoGallery.

SINGLES Thursday 2nd April 2009 - Kettering - (11 ends) This was Paul Williamson's first appearance at the Nationals and for Joseph Newsome his first appearance in the Singles. Singles especially, is a particular nervy affair and although neither was able to win any of their games they certainly did not disgrace themselves. Paul lost his games 8-11, 8-11 and 6-12 (to Craig Strong a current England team member), whilst Jo went down 6-12, 10-15 and 6-16. 

PAIRS Friday 3rd April 2009 - Kettering - (10 ends) Paul Williamson was back again today for the Pairs with Dennis Jarvis (also making his first appearance at Kettering). They started with a narrow 8-10 defeat but followed this up with a convincing 14-2 win, only to be knocked out by losing their final game 5-11. Our other Pair, Gareth and Jacinta Townend had drawn a tough group. Their first game was against the England Pair of Graham Follis and Simon Willies (also ESMBA Vice Chairman). Gareth has played as No3 to Simon in his England games so was keen to have a victory but it was not to be and the final score was 6-12. In their next game they faced up to Leigh Hall (2006 Triples Champion and also in the England squad) who was playing with Thelma Hopkins (incidentally the ESMBA Chairman's wife). This resulted in a narrow 12-14 defeat. Their final game proved to be somewhat easier (no England players!) and they romped home to finish their day with an 18-3 victory.   

FOURS Saturday 4th April 2009 - Kettering - (8 ends) This was the 4th year in a row that Geoff & Anne Whitehead, Geoff Dye and Roger Green have qualified for the Fours and they once again set off in the hope of repeating or bettering their Semi-Final place in 2006. However two defeats (6-9 and 3-12) in their first two games put paid to their aspirations. All four raised their game in their final match against Staffordshire's top team which included Darren Beardmore, a former Champion in the Pairs, Triples and Fours and a current England team member as well as Gareth Stanway the 2002 Singles Champion. So Geoff's team were well pleased to end on a high note with a 9-8 win over such a strong team.

Our other Four were David & Joseph Newsome, Ben Render and Richard Lochman who like Geoff's Four were hoping to improve on their last appearance in 2007 when they reached the last 32. Their plans did not start too well with an unexpectedly bad 2-11 defeat against Norfolk4 but they bounced back in their next game against Oxfordshire2 with an equally good 11-2 win! An 11-7 win over Hampshire2 then took them once again into the last 32. Here they met Gloucestershire2 and claimed another win - this time 7-3 to take them into the last 16. Their opponents now (Cheshire4) were much tougher with all four being members of the England team and after a good battle our valiant Four found themselves going home after a creditable 6-9 defeat.

With youth on their side, this Four is one to watch for the future (if Richard can keep up to speed!).                       

TRIPLES Sunday 5th April 2009 - Kettering - (9 ends) Gordon Raggett had joined Francis and Sarah Boatman  after Alex Robinson had to pull out through injury. The Boatmans were appearing for their first time but Gordon had been to the Finals several times in the past when playing for Surrey. They started with a baptism of fire against Hampshire2, a triple containing Jason Mclean (current England team), Jim Wood (a former Triples Champion) and Jody Bright (who apart from winning the Triples and Fours in the past  has also won the Pairs on three separate occasions - quite a record). It is easy to explain why therefore, in spite of Gordon's experience they went down with a 0-12 whitewash. However their confidence was soon regained when they took their next game against Oxfordshire2 by a very healthy 15-4. Their tough draw continued in their final game when they played the Northamptonshire triple containing two more England players and a former Triples Champion. The result - 6-14.

Meanwhile our other Triple, Rose Haynes, Gareth Townend and Roger Green had been drawn in a somewhat less imposing group and sailed through the round robin with 3 straight wins by 10-8, 7-5 and 13-3. They continued to play well together in their first knockout game against Cornwall and with 3 ends to go were 11-3 ahead. On the seventh end Cornwall then scored 3 to narrow the gap to just 5. The penultimate end posed a problem with a tight head packed with a mixture of woods but with Cornwall lying 2 up. Both skips still had a wood to play and our team decided to play a running shot in order to try and promote one of our front woods for shot or at least to reduce the chances of their skip drawing in for another score of 3. That was the theory but it all went wrong and once Rose had played her final wood our trio found themselves 5 down and entering the final end drawn at 11-11.  Obviously this was a bit of a shock which undoubtedly affected the accuracy of Roger and Gareth's final four woods. Rose therefore found herself lying 3 down with a difficult draw to save the match. An alternate shot was to canon the front two opposition woods into the jack to send it to a back wood. Rose opted for this......lined up and played.......and missed! The oppositions skip then drew in a fourth wood leaving Rose with no option but to try again. Rose's great strength is her focus under pressure and for the second time she lined up and played......and this time made perfect contact sending the jack 3 feet to lie against Roger's back wood and sending her triple into the last 16 by 12-11.

In their next game things could not have been more different. After dropping two 4's in the first 3 ends it never looked likely that our triple could recover and in spite of battling on they went on their way home after eventually losing 6-10. Meanwhile, their opposition, West Midlands2 (with 2 current England players) went on to win all their games and claim this years Triple crown.