On a thirty-three yard jack for the first end almost every wood was located within a couple of yards of the jack in the 3 to 6 o’clock sector. Rosemary ran into Julie with a wood that would have taken shot, Sam found a route all the way round the outside to take clear shot and it was Julie in second, on a measure, for a 2-0 lead.

After David held two in the second it was Sam who took two to lead 4-0 but in the third David held on to get on the scoreboard at 1-4. The fourth end, at thirty four yards, went to Sam with Julie just inside Rosemary’s wood for another double and Sam and Julie were building a big lead at 6-1.

The fifth looked to show a shift with David holding shot as Rosemary bowled the final wood of the end. She was right on target for shot, but she nudged the jack away to Julie’s wood. From potentially two shots to Rosemary and David for 3-6 it was one to Julie and Sam for 7-1. And in the next Julie bowled to two inches for shot, also second wood when Rosemary promoted her. Sam then took a wick – off the wood that had promoted Julie! – to take third and they now led 10-1.

It had never been easy and the measure had seen a lot of action but for the most part it was going in favour of Julie and Sam. Rosemary and David needed a response; they began with one shot in the seventh, David’s wood resting right on top of the jack. More followed in the eighth end, David and Rosemary both with a wood in the count but with Sam in third it was just two more and they trailed 4-10, needing a clean sweep in the last end to take the match into extra time. Rosemary and David had played well but they decided to concede as their opponents had been playing so well that a clean sweep was very unlikely – so it is Julie and Sam who progress to the final.

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