It was all go for Kim in the kitchen prior to the semi-finals yesterday as several Wey Valley players had come hot foot from Bristol where they played the final of the Denny Cup on Saturday and were ravenous for breakfast!
All four teams then got down to the real business of the day with the semi-finals – Loddon Vale in their first big competition finals taking on veterans of the Leonard Denny Memorial, Cyphers. On the other two rinks, Bounds Green took on Wey Valley.
The standard of play was top class on all rinks with woods attracted to the jack like magnets with several close heads on display making it difficult for spectators to concentrate on one rink because they were all so good!
Loddon Vale took off and celebrated a win over Cyphers whilst it was a tighter match between the other two clubs with Bounds nipping into the lead over Wey Valley. After all four teams had tucked into the buffet lunch prepard by Kim, Martin Payne presented Cyphers and Wey Valley with their cheques for reaching the semi-finals.
Suitably replenished, Bounds Green and Loddon Vale got down to the serious business of the final. Both teams had a good bunch of supporters and it was great to hear some cheering from the side lines, especially as the match came to its conclusion.
Whilst the supporters indulged in tea/cake and Cambridge Park ice cream, the players kept their enthusiasm and energy up although, to be fair, it wasn’t Bounds Green’s day on rink 2 but they didn’t give up until the 20th end when the overall score put them 10 shots short of Loddon Vale. Pretty good after 7.5 hours play in one day under pressure.
Lee from Bounds Green accepted the runners’ up cheque from Dave Ayton who had rushed back from the Middlesex v Kent Home Counties Final. Lee then made a dash for the door to much laughter from his team members. Good to see a sense of humour even when they lost the final.
Both teams lined up for the photo shoot and Loddon Vale were proudly presented with the Leonard Denny Memorial Trophy. This had belonged to former club member and international player Leonard Denny which his sister presented to Cambridge Park. Thus the Leonard Denny Memorial competition was born.