After a disappointing National Finals – Sunday sees our last chance for silverware with our White Rose Team (under 25 rink) taking centre stage.
Before this in the last couple of days our 4 Wood Singles were in action. Firstly on Wednesday Newbiggin’s Alan Stewart played in an early first round tie. Alan faced former World Indoor Champion Huntingdonshire’s Nicky Brett. Unfortunately for Alan, and despite scores being level in the opening exchanges, Brett went from 4 all to a decisive 15 – 4 lead. Despite a late comeback from Alan, Brett secured a 21 – 11 victory.
The next morning (Thursday am) brought our Singles Champion in action – where John Harthen faced Northamptonshire’s Pete Ward. The game started well for John scoring on the first 3 ends, and John continued this to lead 7 – 3, John then further extended his lead to 13 – 4. However this was very much a game of two halves and the Northamptonshire opposition was playing better and unfortunately for John he could not stop the comeback – and Ward took the victory 21 – 15.
Back to the White Rose and we hope for success like we tasted in 2000, when we lifted the trophy at Worthing.
Our team who have qualified after a difficult and testing regional finals will play Surrey Swifts on Sunday at 9.30 am. Our team comprises of Matthew Bishop, Richard Curtis, Jack Miller and captain Josh Minto. We also have a reserve going that is Joshua Norris from Newbiggin.
I am sure we wish our Northumberland Geordie Boys (team name) – the very best of luck and success on Sunday.