Bella'S Shield Final

Geoff v Michael – Isabella Williams Shield Final

Both players were happy to play without any restriction on the jack length, though Geoff happened to set the first jack at 30 yards. Geoff was holding shot at one yard till Michael’s last, after one very long and one very short wood, took shot at one foot. Michael set a 33 yard jack and took two on a measure to lead 3-0. On a 26 yard jack Geoff pulled one back and then in the fourth at 31 yards he was holing three but Michael then came in for third and it was 3-3.

What was a measure for second in the 3 yard fifth end became a simple one shot for Geoff as his third wood took out his own potential second wood. He set the jack at 32 yards in the sixth but Michael took it at eighteen inches and again the scores were tied, now 4-4. As so often happens in a loose end, it was Geoff who had the two closest in the seventh to lead 6-4 and another shot in the eighth saw him 7-4 ahead.

A full length 9th end had Michael in shot. Geoff moved him out of shot but promptly promoted Michael back into shot to cut the lead to two. Geoff held two in the tenth, Michael’s last wood was into shot and he was just one behind at 6-7. Now, in the final regulation end, it was Michael lying two shots end, potential match score 8-7 in his favour as Geoff played the final wood. It was a great line, looked certain to be shot – which would have given him the match - but kept going, leaving Michael shot and a measure for victory. The tape gave it to Geoff by the smallest margin so the match was tied after eleven ends.

Sudden death and Michael set a 35 yard jack. Michael played a good first wood, Geoff a better one and he held shot with Michael playing his last wood. In it came to eighteen inches, and now Michael was holding. Geoff was unable to do anything about it and a wonderful match, which was certain to put a new name on the Honours Board, saw Michael the new champion. Two great sports had played a wonderful match and each was full of admiration for the other. Shame for anyone to lose and congratulations to both. And Michael’s wife may not believe him when he gets home, but he did play well!

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