Bowls:Greechans double up

Bowls:Greechans double up

Both Island bowls finals were played in glorious sunshine and both proved extremely close as Mrs Greechan went into the 26th end trailing 19-17 before she picked up four shots to win 21-19, while husband Thomas had to contend with a spirited fightback from Derek Boswell before winning his final 21 shots to 17.

Following their wins in the single championships they will now play the champion of champions in Scotland and will also represent the Island in the British championships.

During another nail-biting encounter at Les Creux, Didier Le Falher and Alan Cadoret seemed to have lost their pairs final against Tim Murphy and Con O’Callaghan as, all square at 16-all, they had one bowl to play and seemed to have bowled off-line before Le Falher’s final shot just caught the edge of another bowl and tipped it towards the jack.

That last minute shot gave Didier and Cadoret the title by a miserly 17-16 points.

Murphy, however, was able to leave the green with at least one Island championship title as, partnered by his wife Lorraine, he beat Alan Shaw and Margaret Breen fairly comfortably, 20-8, in the mixed pairs.

Meanwhile the drawn fours was another closely fought game with the final all square going into the last end before Peter Le Corre’s team of Brenda Foord, Gill Ingram, and Michael Everingham beat Dickie Allen’s team of Jean Small, Jenny Rabet and Malcolm De Sousa by one shot, 19-18.

Sue Noel played some excellent bowls to steer Carol Woodley and herself to the British Isles’ championships in Ireland next year, beating Liz Cole (who was in three finals on Sunday) and Janet Fox 21-12.

Cole also won the singles sets against Margaret Andrieux 2-0 and the senior singles as she beat Brenda Foord 21-12.

In the men’s senior singles championship Cyril Renouf beat Chris Andrews 21-12 and, in the under 25’s, Jamie MacDonald beat Scott Ruderham 21-15.

Karina Bisson, Gean O Neil and Carol Allen were then disappointed to lose the triples having won the competition last year; they lost to Sue Dingle, Jenny Allo and Gaynor Thomas 25-16.

In the fours, however, Karina ‘s team (with the addition of Chris Grimes) were the eventual winners of a closely fought game against Lyndsey Greechan, Helen Greechan, Yvonne Andrews and Rachel McDonald.

Bisson’s team picked up five shots as they finished on the 17th end with the score at 24-17 in their favour.

The men’s triples and fours were both exciting games with only one shot separating both teams at the end of the game.

The Post Office team of Cyril Renouf, Alan Shaw and J Rowcliffe beat the JBC, represented by Alan Quemard, John Lowery and Ty Thomas, 14-13.

One of the most memorable games of the afternoon was the men’s fours between Gus McKinnon’s JBC team and Peter Horn’s team from the Sun, which included Ross Davis, who is only 13 years old and his 18-year-old brother, Greg.

Going into the last end Maurice Fox put the jack in the ditch with an almost unbeatable bowl before the final score made it 19-18 for the team from the Sun.

They will now represent Jersey in the British Isles finals with probably two of the youngest players in the competition.

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