This year the Finals were, by rotation, held at The Grattons IBC , on Saturday 14th March 2020, where we were again welcomed and made to feel at home, being allowed full used of all the Clubs facilities.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those that helped to help make the Finals Day a success. This includes members of our own Executive Committee, Members and staff at Grattons and of course the players and their Club members and supporters.
The Corona virus (Covid-19) was making itself known but no lockdown or restrictions were in place on Finals Day, although precautions and social distancing were recommended. We can feel somewhat fortunate that we were lucky enough to be able to complete our Finals and thus our Indoor Competitions for 2019 -2020. Had our Finals been scheduled a week later this would not have been the case.
There were 44 clubs in the Shield, 2 less than last year. In the Single Rink there were 65 competitors again 2 less than last year. In the Mixed Pairs there were 18 teams, 1 more than last year and in the Mixed Fours 15 teams, the same as last year.
The entries in the two Mixed competitions are lower than financially viable. It is hoped that we will be able to retain them long enough for entries to reach a ‘realistic number’. Perhaps some help from those that enter and enjoy these competitions will persuade others to enter in the future.
The competitions ran fairly smoothly although with more walk-overs than I would have liked. One major problem was again the failure of some Clubs/teams to give me the ‘Result’ of their Match. The Competition Rules have been adjusted and Clubs / Teams warned that there may well be a number of ‘Disqualifications’ it the future. We are looking at other methods by which results are returned, perhaps this is the future
My thanks also to the Umpire, Ian Philips who officiated, as the second appointed umpire did not turn up, Ian valiantly officiated for the whole day.
The Indoor Challenge Shield
This competition was played between Barking & District IBC and St. Neots IBC.
Both Clubs are regulars at this stage and St Neots were the defending Champions. After 10 ends it was quite close, St. Neots being up on 2 rinks, Barking on 1 with 1 tied, and only 4 shots in it overall. The St. Neots rinks up at 10 ends moved further forward, they pulled up on the tied rink but failed to overcome the remaining Barking rink.
The Final score was Barking & District 60 – St. Neots 80, thus my congratulations go to St. Neots for retaining this title.
The Single Rink (Indoor Fours) Competition
This competition was, played between Egerton Park IBC and Tilbury Community IBC
Egerton Park were last years losing Finalists, so came with a point to prove. After 5 ends the Egerton Park team were a single shot ahead, after 10 ends Tilbury were 5 shots up and at 18 ends 3 shots up. Egerton Park having lost on an extra end last year, pulled out all the stops, gained a 4 on the 21st end to end up winners by a single shot.
My congratulations go to Egerton Park, who for a second year running took 4 shots on the last end. Equally my commiserations go to Tilbury for a great match, lost on the last end.
The Final score was Egerton Park 18 – Tilbury Community 17
The Mixed Pairs
This competition was played between Palmerston IBC and Huntingdon IBC
Huntingdon moved into a 5-4 lead after 5 ends and moved steadily on to lead 9- 6 after 10 ends.
The 13th end was unlucky for Palmerston, who dropped 5 shots, which left a gap they tried had to close but it proved too great, better luck next time. My congratulations must go to Huntingdon who played a good and strong game.
The Final score was Palmerston IBC 8 - Huntingdon IBC 24
This competition was played between Bounds Green IBC and Worthing Pavilion IBC, both Clubs being good strong supporters of this Competition.
Bounds Green won the first end but found it hard to stem the power Worthing Pavilion then imposed. Worthing Pavilion were 4-2 ahead at 5 ends, 9- 4 at 10 ends and moved on to be well ahead at 17 ends when Bounds Green, understandably, thought an early lunch was needed. At least they went home with a trophy and enough money to return next year, when I wish them luck. My congratulations to Worthing Pavilion who were on the wrong end of this Final last year, I look forward to seeing you defend tis title.
The Final score was Bounds Green IBC 6 - Worthing Pavilion IBC 18
I would like to thank all those Clubs and Teams that entered and to congratulate those that won their games in the rounds leading to the Finals. I wish every one of you good luck next year.
I would also like to convey my thanks to the Grattons IBC caterers, for their help, excellent meals and the teas and coffees provided to the players their guests, our Executive and our guests
After a fine Lunch, toasts and speeches I had the honour (having been elected L&SC President a couple of weeks earlier) of presenting the Trophies and Banners to the Winners and Runners up of the morning games, namely the Indoor Fours, the Mixed Pairs and the Mixed Fours all of whom also got money prizes. Unfortunately, Ian Harvey (Marlow BC) who would have normally have Presided as the last official function of the retiring President, was unwell and unable to attend.
The Challenge Shield was played in the afternoon. It was followed by an excellent Dinner and the usual toasts and speeches. I again stood in and made a presentation to the Umpire and presented the Trophies and Banners to the Winner and Runner up who also receive £1,000 & £500 respectively.
A toast was made to our hosts, The Grattons IBC which was responded to by their President Viv Evans, to round off a very enjoyable day.
Hon. Indoor Competition Secretary