"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so." Horatio Nelson

Willard, Turner & Woods make it to quarter-finals

The last day of the 2017 National Championships saw the triples take to the mats. As in the fours the previous day three of the four Norfolk qualifiers came through the group stages to take their place in the knock-outs. Jason Woods, Jamie Forster & Simon Willies grabbed the runner-up spot in Group 1 behind Peter Hore’s Cornwall triple who they lost to by 17-6. An 8-7 win against Ian Parks’ Herefordshire triple and a 14-7 win against Hazel Berry’s Somerset proved good enough. Jack Marshall, Morgan Warnes & Jack Pye were in good form in Group 7 beating Ryan Knights’ strong Gloucestershire triple by a convincing 10-3 margin and then claiming another win against quality opposition beating Chris Page’s West Sussex triple 8-6. A 6-6 draw against David Coultas’ Humberside triple confirmed Pye’s triple as group winners. Nigel Willard, John Turner & Melvin Woods opened with a 15-5 win in Group 2 against a Wiltshire triple but then lost 9-5 against Peter Dunkley’s West Mids triple. A 10-10 draw in their last group game against Nigel Nicholls’ Cornwall saw them clinch runner-up spot ahead of Cornwall. The only Norfolk triple not to progress from the group stages were Janet Pinchen, Trevor Pinchen & George Clarke of Thorpe Marriott. After going down 13-3 against North Yorks in their opening Group 6 game they kept in contention beating a Worcestershire triple 12-2. Unfortunately in their last game George Clarke’s triple slumped to a 21-2 defeat against Tim Rycraft’s Kent triple who won the group. In the Last 32 round Melvin Woods’ triple beat Steve Puttock’s Hampshire  by 12-8, Simon Willies’ triple beat Gwen Siggee’s Cambridgeshire triple 8-6 and Jack Pye’s triple beat Rose Morrison’s Devon triple by 12-3 to see all three Norfolk triples into the Last 16 round. Unfortunately one was sure to go as Melvin Woods’ triple came up against Jack Pye’s triple in an all Norfolk clash. A tight match saw Melvin Woods’ triple beat Pye by 10-7 to claim a place in the quarter-finals. Simon Willies triple found themselves up against James Trott, Paul Pomeroy & Mike Ivings of Devon and were beaten by 10-2. In the quarter-finals Nigel Willard, John Turner & Melvin Woods found themselves up against a strong Cheshire triple of Simon White, Adam Smith & Grant Soller and despite a fighting performance went down by 11-4. The Cheshire triple then went on to lift the National Triples title.