JOHN HENDERSON WON THE FYLDE CC JUBILEE HANDICAP TROPHY (29/30 July 2017)
In the fifth and final round Betty Bates played Marjorie Eldon and Joe Lennon played John Henderson. If Joe could win a fifth game he would win outright but the other three were all in with a shout as the three way tie break would need invoking if he did not. Marjorie was playing well and had been peeling yesterday. She beat Betty who was also on great form. Her change of stance and grip has paid dividends.
Things then became very tense and exciting for the spectators. John (Peg/Rover) had a chance to run Rover with a jump shot which failed. Joe (Peg/6) stepped on the lawn with only a couple of minutes to play and hit in. Then playing with his usual speed and efficiency which he had demonstrated through the preceding four rounds he got round to have a longish chance at running Rover himself.
It would have been interesting to see how the golden point play would have panned out from there had he got through. Some suggested pegging oppo and self out leaving a two ball ending with both for Rover. Others said simply join up. The three way tie break was resolved using the sum of the beaten opponents scores. It was very close, John 11, Joe & Marjorie 10.
Many returning players filled the tournament. Special mentions for Joe Lennon for being at every one since it started on 2012. Ken Jones for being ROT. John Henderson for returning to defend the trophy. Philip Bass our lawns man extraordinaire. Dave Williamson for his first visit. Eileens Rossiter and Gallagher and The Huddersfield Flight Crew of Rena Souten, Denise Hoyle and Marjorie Eldon (They turn up together looking very smart wheeling small flight bags) for continuing to support our tournament. Not forgetting our club players Alan Morton and Betty Bates for their participation and the tidying up each day.