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

Norfolk Over 60's retain shield in dramatic finish

Norfolk Over 60’s retained the Annual Friendship Shield after a tremendous battle at Hingham which saw them claw back an eight point deficit from the first leg in Snodlands against Kent Invicta. With eight rinks in play, involving sixteen triples on each side, a format of six sessions was used. The first session saw Norfolk win 9-7 on points with the biggest win a 12-3 result for Val Vardy, Kerry Greenacre & Selwyn Goldsmith while Trevor Pinchen, Mike Smaile & Steve Easter also won for Norfolk and Terry Newby’s triple drew. In session two Mike Tate, David Knights & Simon Warnes produced a fantastic 21-3 win but the session was drawn 8-8 leaving Kent still six points ahead with Norfolk’s other wins coming from Mike Boswell, Marjorie Hall & John Jarvis. Kent’s lead increased to ten points after a poor third session for Norfolk saw them lose five of the eight games with only Trevor Pinchen, Mike Smaile & Selwyn Goldsmith’s triples winning. Session four proved to be the big turning point as the home side turned up the heat winning on six mats to move just two points behind the visitors. Diane Quadling, Mike Smaile & Terry Newby won 14-3 while Terry Thorpe, Elaine Oatway & Bob Oatway won 14-5. Simon Warnes, John Poynter, Keith Thomas & John Jarvis also skipped their triples to wins. The penultimate session saw Norfolk win 10-6 on points which moved them into a two point lead courtesy of wins for Steve Easter, Jane James, Mike Boswell, Trevor Pinchen & Geoff Payne. A drawn final session would prove enough for Norfolk to retain the Friendship Shield but after six games had finished only Keith Thomas & Bob Oatway’s triples had won while the other four games had gone Kent’s way. On mat seven three shots scored on the penultimate end for Val Harris, Marjorie Hall & Mick Harris put them seven points up and guaranteed their win and leaving the sides tied on 83-83 on aggregate. All attention then turned to mat one where Norfolk’s triple of Diane Quadling, Jane James & Terry Newby led 8-7 going into the last end. A tremendous last bowl by Terry Newby was greeted by a big cheer as he clinched victory to give Norfolk Over 60’s an 85-83 aggregate win. It proved to be a superb day of bowls between two teams who have great respect for each other. Norfolk Over 60’s worked hard providing lunch for nearly one hundred people in the mid match interval and the ladies in the kitchen were thanked by the team’s organisers during the Closing Ceremony where Norfolk Over 60’s Captain Geoff Payne was presented with the Shield by Peter Richards of Kent. Pictures below (from the top) are David Kruse of Kent Invicta and Geoff Payne of Norfolk Over 60's. Peter Richards, David Kruse, Norfolk Over 60's Organiser Teresa Goldsmith & Geoff Payne. A photo of players during the day, a lunchtime picture and the set-up of the venue before play commenced.

Presentation time RS22

 

kent 4 RS50

kent 2 RS22

kent 3 RS22

kent 1 rs22