2016 CUP FINAL REPORTS
BILL LOWE SHIELD
NFGR beat Wallasey Manor II
A good crowd turned up to witness a tense and entertaining final between the young players from NFGR and the not quite so young from Wallasey Manor. Two of the NFGR players, Jake Norton and Johannes Rietbrook, were initially coached by Bob Hawkins while Dan Peake was introduced to the sport and coached by Jonathan Taylor. For Wallasey Manor both Richard Smart and Arthur Lampkin are experienced old hands but Nigel Piper was playing his first season in the league having been recruited from “Friends in Retirement” the social players at West Kirby Concourse.
The entertainment started when it was discovered that the committee members in attendance hadn’t done their homework so were unaware of the finer details of the competition. The rule book had to be consulted before it was determined that all sets had to be played, a set of doubles was included and that each game was up to 11 and not 21 as in the other handicap competitions.
The handicapping meant that Wallasey Manor had a start of 39 points so NFGR needed to win by an average of 4 points each set. Unfortunately for Wallasey Manor they only won two of the sets, Richard beating Johannes by 22 points and Arthur beating Johannes by 4 points. Dan Peake was the star for NFGR as he managed to recover all 39 points on his own plus 1 in his three sets. Even so the match result was in doubt right up until the final game with NFGR leading by just 7 points and an unpredictable doubles to finish. This was duly won by NFGR who extended their lead by a further 9 points.
The difference between the two teams was essentially the quality of serves and the youngsters speed around the court to retrieve balls delivered at pace. The spin serves of Dan and Jake particularly provided them with any number of points. The value of coaching was very apparent in this respect.
Finally a word about the handicaps. It is always difficult to handicap young players at the beginning of the season because by the seasons end you know they will have improved immeasurably. A similar challenge is presented by newcomers like Nigel with no previous competitive experience. All credit then to our handicappers for producing a competitive final.
Thanks to Richie Cross and Don Parr for assisting with umpiring, Frank Sorrentino for undertaking the mathematical calculations and keeping us all aware of the score and Bill Lowe for providing a range of goodies
E L JONES TROPHY
Only two teams entered this competition where NFGR defeated Pathfinders 6 - 3.
NFGR - Jake Norton 2, William Burkhill 3, Thomas Peake 1
PATHFINDERS - Matthew Webster 2, Akil Thiruselvan 1, Adam Birch 0.
NFGR A v Pinewood C - Report
Steve Green won all 3 for NFGR despite giving away a large start.
Roy Dodd and Steve Pettit won 2 each for Pinewood while Keith Penny beat Tomas Eckl after losing the opening game. Bob Ashton beat Keith Penny.
PINEWOOD V NFGR
NFGR completed a League and Cup double following a 6-1 win over Pinewood.
Jonathan Taylor won 3 beating John Chan and Connor Climo 3 straight and Milan Puchala in 4.
Steve Green beat Milan Puchala in the fifth while newly crowned closed champion Mitchell Barker beat Milan and John. Milan and John beat Steve and Gavin Lloyd in the doubles.
NFGR IV v Spinners III
The final was drawn so had to be decided on a replay. This was won by NFGR IV.
Will Burkhill beat Steve Bevan to put NFGR in the lead but Spinners levelled as Geoff Ashton came from 2 down to beat Alex Railton. Dan Owen then beat Dave Morris but Geoff levelled it again beating Will in the fifth. Dan beat Steve to put NFGR ahead for the 3rd time.
Dave Morris then beat Alex as the match became 3-3 Dave then beat Will as Spinners took the lead for the 1st time. Alex then beat Steve in the battle of the captains. Dan beat Geoff as it went to the deciding doubles. Dave and Geoff came from 2 down to win 12-10 in the decider and take the match to a replay.