VIBE National indoor pairs bowls tournament report
Three Metro pairs descended on Nottingham hoping to win the annual VIBE indoor pairs competition. They were, initially, to play four games each against randomly selected teams.
Maritza Jurgens and Wilbert Williams fought hard particularly as Maritza had to get used to playing as a B1 for the first time. Her son is also having to learn as a director.
Gause Khanmuzaffarul and Steven Simmons played together. A formidable partnership. However, they were to play against stiff opposition. They failed to accrue sufficient points to get into the top four in order to try and win the main competition. Both of these pairs then found it hard going in the plate competition, not quite managing to finish in the top two.
However, Maureen and David got a slightly more comfortable draw. They won their first two matches comfortably. Then they had to play Maritza and Wilbur which proved to be more difficult, but they managed to win by 3 shots. In their last game Maureen and David played against the eventual winners, who had also won all 3 games. After a tight match the Metro pair managed to fall over the line.
This meant that Maureen and David qualified to play in the top four. They then had to play the eventual winners once more. In what was otherwise a close game Maureen and David managed to drop 8 shots in one end.
In such a short match this was a disaster. Sadly, their second top four match was curtailed due to the unfortunate ill-health of one of their opponents. Therefore, our pair won by default. This meant that they needed to win their last game to finish runners-up. Despite some controversy on a couple of ends Maureen and David prevailed.
The hospitality at the venue was, as ever, excellent. We are grateful to all those who provided support. It is also nice to report that their were a few new VIBE bowlers at the tournament.
report by David Mears