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President Brian Bisson welcomed the 21 teams that had entered the 2018 open on a sunny Saturday morning and wished them every success in this our first open event. With the green looking good although a few light brown patches due to lack of rain may catch the odd player out and the smell of bacon wafting from the kitchen, play commenced at 9:30 with 10 teams playing in the preliminary round to reduce the main field down to the last 16. A high standard of bowls lead to some very close games which was to be a feature throughout the 2 days of bowling.
The preliminary round matches saw club president Brian Bisson and John Le Goff defeated Megan Kivlin and Taylor Greechan, Peter Ascoft and Rocio Driver defeated Jo Le Quesne and Liz Simon, Greg Davis and James Lawson defeated Dave Gallichan and Graeme Le Monnier, Tommy Greechan and Michael Rive defeated Scott Ruderham and Malcolm de Sousa and Scott and Ron Baxter defeated Will Weymouth and Graeme Thomas. Those winners were soon back out on the green to join the 11 pairings yet to play.
With 8 rinks in play the first round of the main competition got underway at noon and approximately an hour and three quarters later Peter Ascoft and Rocio Driver had beaten Brian Bisson and John Le Goff, Tommy Greechan and Michael Rive defeated Greg Davis and James Lawson, Scott and Ron Baxter defeated Cyril Renouf and Fiona Archibald, Peter Le Long and Chloe Greechan defeated Margaret Breen and Ann Bisson, Richard Allo and David Frank defeated John Moon and Joyce Laffoley, Gina Le Long and Jean Cooper defeated Paul du Feu and Michael Baudin, Mike and Freda Videgrain defeated Peter and Jenny Robinson, and David Ingram and Stuart Simon defeated Sally and Dave Black . Those winners were finished for the day, the losers going back out in the plate.
The plate competition was then played down to the last eight resulting in defeats for Dave Gallichan and Graeme Le Monnier, Greg Davis and James Lawson, Peter and Jenny Robinson, Scott Ruderham and Malcolm de Sousa, and Jo Le Quesne and Liz Simon. That ended the play for day one.
With the weather still set fair and more bacon rolls on offer, all were looking forward to day two.
With a fresh draw the quarter finals of both competitions commenced at 9:30 and the high standard of bowling continued. In the main competition Gina Le Long and Jean Cooper defeated David Ingram and Stuart Simon, Ron and Scott Baxter defeated Peter Ascoft and Rocio Driver, Tommy Greechan and Michael Rive defeated Fred Jeanne (sub for Peter Le Long) and Chloe Greechan, and Richard Allo and David Frank kept us waiting by defeating Mike and Freda Videgrain in an extra end. In the plate there were wins for Margaret Breen and Ann Bisson, Cyril Renouf and Fiona Archibald, Dave and Sally Black and sweet revenge for the young pairing of Megan Kivlin and Taylor Greechan over Brian Bisson and John Le Goff who had knocked them out in the preliminary round on day one.
After another new draw the semi finals got underway and some clinical bowling saw wins for Tommy Greechan and Michael Rive over Richard Allo and David Frank, and Scott and Ron Baxter over Gina Le Long and Jean Cooper. In the plate Megan Kivlin and Taylor Greechan defeated Cyril Renouf and Fiona Archibald, and Margaret Breen and Ann Bisson defeated Dave and Sally Black. A short break and then it was back out on to the green to see the culmination of a great weekend of bowling.
In the 3rd /4th play-off Richard Allo and David Frank beat the daughter and mother team of Gina Le Long and Jean Cooper.
The plate final saw what was probably the closest game on the weekend, with the scores tied on the 17th end, a wonderful close head of bowls saw the young pairing of Megan Kivlin and Taylor Greechan still holding shot with one wood to play, Margaret Breen remained composed with a draw into the head - the green steward was called in to measure and by less than 10mm the game was won with the final wood - well done to Margaret Breen and Ann Bisson. Megan is a friend of Chloe Greechan and came down from Scotland to play in this tournament and as the weekend went on her play just got better and better, showing why in 2017 she made history by becoming the youngest winner of the British Isles Ladies Junior Singles title - congratulations to Megan from all at St. Saviour's BC and we hope to see you back in the future.
In the main final Tommy and Michael got off to a great start going 12 - 1 after only 5 ends. The Baxters tried to rally but some wonderful precision take out woods by Tommy kept the gap throughout the final, therefore congratulations go to Tommy Greechan and Michael Rive for winning this our first annual open - we shall be back next year do not miss out.
On completion of two full days of competition club President Brian Bisson was delighted to introduce Erica and Charles Tennant of sponsors JEMEC to the players and the many spectators and invited them to make the presentations of the trophy and prize monies for this new event.