Sat 4th Sept, Moira Manager and reporter: Ray
With the 2020 event having to be cancelled because of Covid, it had been hoped to run the 2021 tournament in May … but Covid restrictions again intervened and it was rearranged for 4th September. It seemed possible that the six teams entered for the 2020 event would be competing but both Bakewell and Torksey had problems raising teams and withdrew at short notice.
The manager decided to go ahead with the four remaining teams and to run the tournament as a KO with each team being randomly allocated to a “Semi-final”.
In the morning the matches involved the three players from each team playing each of the three opposition players in a 13 point game, with a 45 minute time allowance. Leicester and Ashby were evenly matched, and the result was finally decided in the ninth game when Martin Wroughton unluckily peeled Chris Lawman’s ball through the 13th hoop. The other semi-final saw Long Eaton beating Darley Dale 8-1.
The final, played in the afternoon, followed a similar format and was very closely contested with Leicester emerging 5-4 winners over Long Eaton and taking home the Bass Shield. In the 3rd/4th play off Ashby beat Darley Dale 8-1.
The Coors Cup individual trophy, awarded to the player with the best overall record, went to Leicester’s Paul Williams, who won all six of his games. Runners-up were Stephanie White and Christine Mounfield, each with 5 wins. All games were completed within the 45 minutes allowed.
Long Eaton: Chris Jackson, Joan Skuse, Stephanie White
Ashby: Martin Wroughton, Christine Mounfield, Richard Sanville
Leicester: Richard Whiting, Paul Williams, Chris Lawman
Darley Dale: Colin Turnbull, Margaret Marshall, Louis McMeeken