Note that all entrants
qualify by entering the relevant County Championship
ESMBA Nationals entry
= 190 : 25 Singles
17 Pairs 14
Triples 12 Fours
Mixed Fours 9
U18 and Mixed Fours at Caroline Chisholm -
Others at Church Gresley - Birmingham
- Our total entry this year was
- an all time record. This resulted in us
3 places in Singles/Pairs/Triples/M Fours and
4 places in Fours/U18s. This gave us
20 individual teams in total.
However, in the initial round robin stages of the Finals,
7 of these
teams made it through to the KO stages. The highlights were Ben and Sean's
progression to the Singles Semis and Jamie also reaching the U18 Singles Semi.
Our best achievements in each discipline
Sean Conroy & Ben Render
- last 4
U18s - Jamie
Smith - last 4
Pairs - Sean
Conroy & Jo Newsome - last 32
Triples - All three teams had a single win in the
Fours - 2 of our 4 teams had a single win
in the round robin
M Fours - Ben
Render Jayne Rudd Gareth & Jacinta Townend
- last 8
Brief reports on each discipline are shown below.
Also see the
Order of Merit for this year so far,
OOM placings for the last few years and the PhotoGallery
Saturday 22nd March (8 ends)
Ben Render Jayne Rudd Gareth &
Gordon & Linda Raggett David & Anne Herbert
Jim & Jean Weatherill Lesley & Robert Harris
In the round robin, Gordon
started with a
15-4 win but then lost the next 2 games
unfortunately did not progress any further. Jim's team pulled back
from 0-7 down in their first game to win
and drew their last
reach the last 16. However they then went out
Hampshire who went on to reach the S Finals against the eventual winners from
Hopes therefore rested with last years Champions
Ben and Co.
2 wins 16-3,
14-6 and and a
7-9 loss saw them also make it into the knockouts.
Here they beat Humberside by 10-5 but in the Q Finals, after a great fight
against the Somerset rink of Keith & Carole Hawkins, Catherine Cowlin and Chris
Shakeshaft (the eventual winners) they lost
5-6 in an
Sunday 23rd March
Jamie Smith Cameron Breeze Megan Holtby
started well winning all 3 round robin games,
10-9 so reaching
the last 16 for the second year. However she was unable to improve on this going
losing 8-12 to Hampshire.
failed to score, losing his 3 games
In the plate, he just won his first game by
but them lost out 5-15 to Hereford.
last years runner-up, reached the last 16 with two wins
27-0 (!) and a
9-9 draw. Here he just pipped
before losing to West Sussex by
in the Q Finals.
Jamie in his first
year for North Yorkshire, kept the flag flying, reaching the last 16 with
wins and an
defeat of Norfolk and then
against Hampshire took him to the S Finals where after an early 5-0 lead, he
finally lost to West Sussex by
Good effort Jamie.
Thursday 3rd April
Sean Conroy Gordon Raggett
All 3 went through the round robin
and into the last 32.
Gordon with two wins (9-6
Ben with 3 wins - (17-7,
Sean with 2 wins (19-7,
A great start which continued into
the next round with and
win for Gordon,
for Sean and a decisive
win for Ben (with an end to spare).
So all three were in the last 16 - a
first for North Yorkshire. Here Gordon went out to Roger Wiggins (the eventual
whilst both Ben and Sean had narrow wins (10-9
respectively) to reach the Quarter Finals.
Further victories saw Ben into the Semi Finals by
Richard Nichol (Surrey) and Sean over Peter Hore (Cornwall) by
An intriguing prospect.....could it
be an all North Yorkshire Final? But no, Sean went down
5-10 to Ben Pay (Hampshire)
whilst Ben lost
to Roger Wiggins (Oxfordshire). Both were disappointed
naturally, but hey, 2 semi finalists is a pretty good achievement - well done
you two! Tomorrow is a fresh start......come on!!
Friday 4th April
Rose Haynes/Richard Lochman
Sean Conroy/Joseph Newsome Ben Render/David Newsome
After Ben and Sean's great run in
the Singles yesterday expectations were high for another good day. But it was
not to be.
Ben and David were in
a tough group containing among others Jody Bright - a former Pairs Champion on 3
former occasions. However, they forced Jody and partner Ben Pay to a
draw before losing
to Craig Strong and Jon Pitcher (the eventual runners-up). When they lost their
final game to Warwick1 by a single shot (10-11)
their day was over.
Rose and Richard
meanwhile won their first game against Dennis Leather (a former Triples and
Fours Champion) and Steve Burrows, by a single shot
Next came a tough draw against Craig Burgess (Singles Champion in 2012) and
Mitchell Young which they lost
before finally going down and out in their last game
Finally, good news. Last years
finalists Sean and Joseph won all three round robins games,
(against Barry Hedges - 2008 Singles Champion). But they too then bowed out in
the last 32 by a single shot to East Sussex2,
Hopes now turn to the remaining 2
days and our Triples and Fours....watch this space.
Saturday 5th April
Rose Haynes Richard Lochman Roger
Green Megan Holtby
David Newsome Danny Langdon Jake
Potter James Clark
Anne & Mick Ridge Andrew & Mary Leng
Geoff & Anne Whitehead Geoff Dye Jill Newsome
A very disappointing set of results with none of
our teams progessing to the knockout stages.
Geoff team : 3 losses.
Anne's team: 2 losses and 1 win.
to Essex1; 7-6
to E Sussex1.
David's team: 3 losses.
Rose's team: 2 losses and 1 win.
to Suffolk2; 1-9
Sunday 6th April
Rose Haynes Roger Green
Gareth, Jacinta and Edward Townend
and Megan Holtby (sub)
Gordon Raggett Danny Langdon
After the disappointments of the
last 2 days, were the Triples going to give us something to shout about? The
answer unfortunately was "no" with all 3 teams failing to make any progress into
the last 32.
Rose's team: 2 losses and 1
to Cornwall2 (eventual runners-up).
Jacinta's team: 6-12
to Somerset2; 9-8
SO ONCE AGAIN WE DID NOT ACHIEVE AS MUCH AS WE HAD HOPED
AS A COUNTY AND MUST LOOK TO 2015 TO GETTING SOME REAL RESULTS.
IT WILL HAPPEN ONE DAY AND WE WILL KEEP TRYING UNTIL IT DOES.
IT WAS GREAT TO SEE OUR NEIGHBOURS IN WEST YORKSHIRE
DOING SO WELL IN THEIR FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE
PACKER, ANDY JONES, DARREN COOKSON and KEVIN SIDDLE ON REACHING THE FOURS FINAL,
BEATING SEVERAL TEAMS CONTAI NING FORMER CHAMPIONS ON THE WAY.
Full results for all
disciplines on ESMBA website -