City brothers Tristan and Ean Morton qualified for the national finals in pairs, triples and fours in last week’s Hunts county semi-finals.
They defeated West Ward’s Sean Fenlon and Jim Ruddy 29-4 in the only pairs semi-final to survive the weather – the other men’s semi-final, along with the women’s pairs semi-finals were being played this week.
They then teamed up with Mike Robertson to topple reigning national champions and Parkway clubmates James Harford, Simon Law and Stuart Popple 23-7 in the triples, and Brian Martin led for the trio in the fours as they defeated Lindsay Swannell’s Warboys rink of Bob Amos, Rob Greenwood and Steve Farrant 20-12. Nicky Brett with Lewis Baker and Harry Ward (Warboys) are the other Hunts qualifiers in the triples after beating Ed Elmore’s triple 14-12, while Parkway will have two rinks at the national finals following an 18-17 win for Stuart Reynolds, Harford, Law and Popple over Nicky Brett’s quartet.
Parkway will also provide three of the four county representatives in the women’s triples and fours, Sawtry providing the fourth following a 22-14 win for Jan Elliott, Karen Leader and Sandra Minett over Sarah and Val Newson and Catherine Popple in the triples. The beaten triple though are through in the fours with Julie Masters after pipping Andrea Rose’s Ramsey rink 21-20.
Hannah Overton, Emma Thurston and her mother Pat Reynolds have booked their places in both the triples and fours national finals, beating Parkway clubmates in both semi-finals.
They were 14-9 winners over Karen Martin, Angela Kenny and Julie Masters in the triples, and were joined by Michelle Barlow when they defeated Kenny’s rink 21-8 in the fours.
n Disappointment for Parkway in the area semi-final of the national club two fours competition with a one-shot defeat (35-36) away to Thrapston. The rink of Trevor Collins, James Harford, Simon Law and Stuart Popple won 21-19, but Brian Martin, Ean Morton, Mike Robertson and Tristan Morton were beaten 14-17, although Thrapston enjoyed good fortune on the final end. Tristan’s perfect bowl somehow jumped over the jack and into the ditch, and then the home skip’s delivery deflected off a bowl and pushed the jack into the ditch with his bowl sitting beside it.