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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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More entries means early start for national ties

Increased entries in the area means national ties are under way much sooner this year and there has been quite a large number completed already.

Rae Graham scored an easy singles win over Paul Campbell but Eden’s Peter Miles put up sterner resistance before going down 21-11 to Kevin Harrison of Carlisle.

Anthony Little and Sal Panico enjoyed a good battle with the former just edging it 21-18.

It was a similar story in the singles between Chris Allason and John Bryden, with the former getting home by the minimum margin at 21-20.

Joe Menzies is enjoying a good start to the season and continued his good run when finishing the stronger in the closing stages to defeat Mark Nanson 21-19.

In the pairs Ray Gall and John Wills had home advantage against Steven Walker and Ben Sherwen of Copeland but it was not enough to bring the pairs close together, with the visitors in command throughout and winning 20-9.

Tom Jennings and Graham Thomson dipped their toes in the nationals water for the first time but found it somewhat chilly, as David Linton and Rae Graham powered away from them.

Kevin Harrison and Trevor Taylor were easy winners against Mark Weston and Stuart Begg but the game between Jonathon Fieldhouse and David Baxter and Ray Park and John Bryden was rather closer, with the former pair just going through 19-15.

At Penrith, Tom Prescott and John Baird took a fair scalp when accounting for David McManus and Anthony Little, having shaded the game throughout before scoring a four on the last to win 22-15. In the senior singles, Tom Jennings gave a great account of himself when taking John Crozier all the way before going down 21-20. Against such an experienced performer as Crozier this was a good performance by Jennings.

In the senior triples McManus and Little were joined by Barry Fieldhouse and gained compensation for their pairs defeat when comfortably seeing off the challenge of Graeme Robson, Tom Kelton and Dennis Devlin.

There was a similar victory for Matt Crombie, Eddie McGarr and Joe Menzies when beating Peter Angood, Jeff Brown and Sal Panico in the same competition.

The Carlisle trio of Gordon Richardson, David Stanton and John Brew got off to a good start scoring seven shots in the first three ends and it served the visitors well as they led throughout and won 22-10.

Closest of the senior triples battles saw Robin Thorburn, Ron McMath and Rick Gallagher lead early, surrender the advantage and then score three on the last two ends to defeat Murray Adamson, Sandy Kirkpatrick and Geordie McCulloch 18-17.

In the mixed pairs, Cindy Edmondson and Rick Gallagher met Victoria Kyle and Sal Panico and, as expected, made the early running. Edmondson had to retire and was replaced by Ann Pieri but it did not effect the final result, the favourites getting home 20-6.

There was also a comfortable win for Sylvia Jefferies and John Baird, who defeated Ann Smith-Watson and Peter Angood 26-9.

In the mixed fours, Rick Gallagher’s four scored a comfortable win in their first round game but found things much tougher when coming up against Eleanor Gass, Jackie Bewley, Rae Graham and Gavin Taylor and were comfortably outpointed.

Hartlepool Pairs

It has been a good start to the season for Martyn Rice and Trevor Taylor, as they won the prestigious Invitation Hartlepool Pairs.

In the semi-final they saw off club mate Stuart Airey, who was partnered by his international colleague Mervyn King, and in the final they went on to beat the Cumbria pairing of Neil Karge and Jason Parkinson.

Double Triples League

The Sunday Triples league started last week and Courtfield got off to a fair start, despite having to make late team changes.

Steve Deluchi, Jackie Wilson and Joe Stilgo made a slow start but recovered to beat Bob Sewell, Margaret Fisher and Jack Fisher 16-9. The positions were reversed in the other game however, as Pat Griffiths, Charles Robinson and Steve Griffiths led virtually throughout before winning 13-8.

The two games gave Courtfield Cougars a 4-2 result on points.

Over 60 County League: After a year’s absence, Cumbria has re-entered the league this season and play their first game when Durham provide the opposition today.

The three home rinks play in Carlisle, while Cumbria’s away four travel to Darlington. Play starts at 12.30pm.

Carliol League AGM

Border Steelworks Structures has agreed to continue its league sponsorships and a Notice of Motion, which proposed changes to player’s eligibility to represent different teams playing in different leagues, was agreed.

A suggestion to raise the possibility of a county league will be considered, though many of the represented clubs felt that it would be better to encourage clubs on the fringe of the area to join the present Carliol League.

Floods: It is hoped that things will be back to normal within the next 10 days. To date the club has received no responses from several of the agencies it has contacted but it is hoped that progress is being made.

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