Alison v Penny

Trial ends were played at Alison’s request but it was Penny who came out fast from the blocks. Two woods within eighteen inches in the first end for 2-0 were followed by an opening wood to four inches in the second end. Her next wood eased that wood onto the jack, itself pushed on a couple of inches but two woods within eight inches or so were followed by a close third for three and a 5-0 lead. Alison’s woods were pretty decent themselves, with zero reward in two very compact heads, and the quality continued in the third, Penny to sixteen inches but this time Alison just inside at one foot for shot. Alison’s last eased her shot wood closer and took second so it was now 2-5 and she took another in the fourth for 3-5.

The fifth end looked as if the match would be tied as Alison held two shots – but Penny’s final wood came in to take the end and increase her lead to 6-3. Another tight end followed, one to Penny on a measure and when she pushed the jack to another of her woods in the seventh it was now 8-3. Alison’s only loose end allowed Penny two shots in the eighth and it was now critical that Alison take the next end. It stood as a measure until Penny moved the jack in the right direction to give her three. Alison’s final wood of the end came in for second but with the one shot Penny could not be caught at 11-3. That score line does not indicate how well Alison played, on another day she might have been the winner but Penny had timed a return to her best form very well and she was on fire. Congratulations to both ladies on a very high quality final.