Congratulations to the 14 teams who contested this years event, producing some excellent bowls and more than one very close contest. One match was decided by 2 shots with 4 of the matches decided by a single shot. In a curious turn of events, Peter Butler and Paul Budnick contested the final after not playing one match due to receiving 4 forfeits to make the final. Meanwhile on the other side of the draw Jim Gaskill and Brian Burdekin played excellent bowls to make the final after winning 2 of their matches by a single shot, one of those was the semi final in which they defeated Mick Taylor and Mick Brennan 23-22 on the final end after trailing 22-16 with 2 ends to play, picking up 6 on the 20th end to draw and a single shot on the 21st to take the match.
Unfortunately their winning edge deserted them in the final played on Sunday, 29th October, in a match that see sawed throughout. Peter and Paul established a 15-10 lead on the 19th end and even though Jim and Brian finished with a wet sail managing to score 2 shots on both the 20th and 21st end, they fell agonisingly short going down 15-14 in a final played in a great spirit. Jim, although dispirited at the loss was quite happy with the feat of making 2 finals so far this year, (having also lost in the Minor Singles) having never featured in a final previously.
Major Minor Final L-R: Jim Gaskill, Brian Burdekin, Paul Budnick and Peter Butler.