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2016/17 Junior Pairs Championships

posted Feb 19, 2017, 6:28 PM by Balmoral Bowls   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 3:39 PM ]
The 2017 edition of the Junior pairs was played yesterday on what was a difficult day, with almost a games length loss of time due to heavy showers late morning.  8 teams stepped out to play in the one day tournament format of 4x 12 end matches to find the top 4 qualifiers.  With the loss of time, the last round and semifinals were shortened to 8 ends to allow for an 12 end final to be fitted in.
Out of the qualifying rounds the 4 pairs to contest the semi- finals were top qualifiers;  Paul Griffith & Tim Lamont (4 wins), Mark Waugh & Roger Gardiner and Graham Farley & Ian Hughes (3 Wins each) and  Paul Jerrom & Les Williams  with 2 wins.
The semi-final between the Paul Griffith and Graham Farley pairings, saw the until then unbeaten Griffith pairing fall by the wayside as Graham and Ian took out the win by a good margin.  The second semi-final saw a similarly dominant win by Mark & Roger over the Paul Jerrom pairing.

The final, played in great conditions and with a good crowd in too, was close fought and tight up to the fifth end with the teams all square at 3 all.  From here the Farley pairing dominated, scoring 11 unanswered points over the next five ends and while Mark and Roger pulled one back in the tenth end, the concession came with Graham and Ian taking the win 14-4.

2016-17 Junior Pairs finalists  from L-R:  Graham Farley, Ian Hughes, 
Mark Waugh and Roger Gardiner.