All the scores from the Weekends euro 5's tournament
Mr 300 and Singles Winner Paul Cunningham - I'm not sure what he's planning to do with that pin !
All events winner - Leon Devlin - He's banned !
I've been sent the provisional pattern for the singles
And here's the provisional pattern for the Team Event
02 Winners - Ricky Froldi
& Pauline Buck - Team Midas
03 Winners - John Mills
& Jo Cundy - Rollrite
04 Winners - Paul Moor
& Sara Charlton - Rollrite
05 - Event wasn't ranking(
06 - Winners - Paul Moor
& Jo Cundy - Rollrite
07 Winners - Andy Giles
& Zara Glover - Powerplay
08 Winners - Mark Wells
& Kirsten Penny - Black Sheep (119men & 21 ladies)
09 Winners - Allan Ashby
& Jo Cundy - Powerplay (103 men & 12 ladies)
10 winners - Matt
Chamberlain & Lisa John - Powerplay (97 men & 23 ladies)
11 winners - Ray Teece & Lisa John - Powerplay (88 men & 22 ladies)
Euro 5's held at Norwich Namco centre .... not one of my favourite stops. Love the tournament, love the centre, love fish-o-mania on in the bar, hate and i mean HATE the lanes ! - they have never been friendly to me or to any left handers. 21 teams (i'm not sure how that worked. Was there a pacer team ?) made up of 27 ladies and 78 men. 1 team less then last year. The format was 5 games singles and 6 games in your 5 person team event with ranking points awarded on your placing in the all events after the 11 games.
On the saturday every team played 3 games and The Powerplay 1 (Quarry, Wells, Chamberlain, Thornton, Darren Cundy) team were forging ahead, The chasing pack were The loose women Team, The Powerplay 2 team, local team Man vs Bowling team, and the Camel Team.
In the singles of those that played, it was Paul Cunningham who set the bar at 1210 a 242 average, which included an opening game of 300 and a trip on board the badass showboat.
Going into sunday's play .... the teams in the chasing pack were hoping that the Powerplay 1 team had woken up with sore heads and heavy hangovers. The truth is some on them probably did, but it didn't matter. They played the lanes as a team, broke em down and racked up an impressive lead of 549 pins ahead of 2nd with a team average of 226 a man. The fight was on for 2nd and 3rd though. The camels team (Dew, Chatters, Beck, Carnage, Ferret Boy Lee Miller) struggled on the sunday not shooting any games over 1000. That allowed the The Loose Ladies (Lisa John, Ainge, Rumkee, Ivory, Jo Cundy) and the Powerplay 2 team (Kiera Reay, Hamilton, Sam Rose, Bottomley, Allsebrook) to catch up and over take. The loose women shot a 1071 last game which saw them take 3rd and the Powerplay 2 team had a good sunday and made it 1 2 for Powerplay with an average of 207.8. It the third year in a row the Powerplay have won this event - probably not with the same line up, but with the same core of players.
Into the singles _ Paul Cunningham had set a great score on the Saturday and no one could beat it on the sunday. Chamberlain recovered from a 177 first game to shoot a 279 for a total on 1139 a 227.8 average to take 3rd. The local wild child Leon Devlin shot a 1151 to take 2nd
The ladies singles - Verity Crawley had a 156 start but came back with a 1042 block a 208.4 average to take 3rd. Autum Chamberlain shot a 1055 block to take 2nd and it was Jo Allsebrook who won with a 1068 a 213.6 - she used to be quite good you know !
So now the all events. Matt Chamberlain took 3rd on 2491 a 226.45 average, then in 2nd was the big 'orrible hairy thing Mike Quarry who shot 2528 a 229.82 average. But taking maximum ranking points despite being technically banned from the bowl was local trouble maker Leon Devlin who shot 2531 a winning margin of just ya 3 sticks. He's now banned for month ! - is that any way to treat the Euro 5's champion !
YOGI's .... Lefties were totally shut out..... James Tidd's home centre where he has 300's every other week shot a 184 average. But I'm not giving a lefty a YOGI in this centre. My fellow love pumper - little Ash the briefcase wan ker Iacona had a total jarvis cocker shooting a 181 average which included a 469 series in the team. Ash its easy to do my little friend. Last time I went sub 500 was at Norwich 2 years ago - So for a 469 series I'm giving the YOGI to Gashley I've got a Boner - Ashley Iacona.
Ladies all events - was a close run thing... Jo Allsebrook had two 160 games and had to settle for 3rd on 2303 a 209 average. Lisa John going for her third win a row in this event was denied by just 7 pins finishing in 2nd 6 pins ahead of Jo on 2309 - but taking maximum points was my weekend team mate Katrina Mc Iver on 2316 a 210.55 average. Katrina was inspired all weekend by me ... I told all my team mates that they would need to raise their games as I'm usually so useless at Norwich - so Katrina you should give me 10 of your ranking points as I inspired you to bowl better,
Editorial rant.... I aint really got anything to rant about.... I hate bowling at Norwich everyone knows that, but I actually like the event. I like the format, its well run, its not too expensive. Could they be a separate handicap section ? - Possibly ... Could teams pay an extra £10/player to also enter the handicap section- with the £10 going straight to the handicap prize pool. Or maybe just trophies for the winners of the Handicap section ? Or even ... how about this for radical.... an A and B section... with those top teams who want to pay for prize fund going into the A section and paying more prize fund ?
Also I spoken to the tournament manager loads of time. he always seems a bit reluctant to do it... but this tournament would be great to have some sort of social thing organised on the Saturday night. The bowl has a function room, all the bowlers are staying over the road at the hotel. How about a BBQ and disco ? - I don't think too many bowlers will want to eat at the restaurant over road again after the cock up this year which saw people waiting up to 1.5 hours for the order, and some people not getting their food at all.