Wymondham triple battle well

The all-Wymondham and Norfolk (1) outfit of Debbie Phillips, Steve Phillips and Chris Mann managed to get the semi-finals in the nationals at Kettering on Sunday.

The all-Wymondham and Norfolk (1) outfit of Debbie Phillips, Steve Phillips and Chris Mann managed to get the semi-finals in the nationals at Kettering on Sunday.

This was their first taste of the Nationals after managing to qualify by winning the Norfolk triples this season.

The group stage saw them playing against the Essex (2) triple of B Mouketti, C Burgess and B Hedges who are all England players. The Wymondham triple adapted better to the mat and punished the triple when they failed to take advantage of various chances given to them. They went on to win 11-3.

They then played West Mids (3) and then North Yorkshire where they also played consistently well and won both games by big margins.

The last 32 draw saw them play Dorset (1) where they won 7-6 in a close game where the Norfolk triple never lost the lead and managed to keep it.

In the last 16 they where drawn against Hampshire (1) where yet again the Norfolk triple never lost the lead and went through to the quarter-finals.

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They then had to play Hampshire (2) which was to be their toughest game yet where with four ends to go were 7-4 down. A two on end six and singles on ends seven and eight then made it 8-7 to the Norfolk triple.

Last end saw Mann with his last wood, was two down and managed to draw perfectly on wood at the back.

At the time this was not shot but was second until their wood fell on Mann's last wood to win a measure where only a 1mm gap was the difference. The semi-final was against West Mids (2) where they were out-classed by some phenomenal drawing and heavy shots by skip Follis.

The score of 11-3 didn't justify how well the Norfolk triple played but the West Mids skip was the difference between the two sides. A great achievement for the Wymondham triple.

Meanwhile, Wymondham's last four Breckland League games were away to Yaxham where they managed a very respectable four points out of 10.

The wins for Wymondham came from M Fisher, B Saunders and C Mann who beat J Turner's triple 19-15 and M Hallam, P L King and S Phillips beat O Secker's triple. The four points Wymondham got at Yaxham were the only points taken from an away side at Yaxham all season.

They then played their crucial game of the season at home to Connaught A where they went down badly 2-8 on points with the only win coming from D Durrant, M Taylor and P L King 15-13. Wymondham had key players missing for this game with C Mann at south east rinks at Cambridge and S and A Wood on holiday.

But this was still a shock as Wymondham were expected to pick up at least six points but Connaught played well and knew this game was for second place in the league which they still maintained.

Their next match was at Banham where they suffered their third consecutive defeat of the season going down 2-8 on points. The only win came from D Durrant, T Emms and S Phillips.

They had better fortunes at Wayland where they won 8-2 on points with all triples playing very well and consistently.

The five pairs final held at Carleton Rode saw Connaught A beat Wymondham 43-26 where Christine Musk and Sylvia Parsons were the star pairing who won 14-5 in their game.

Overall a good performance from Connaught who deserved the win on the night.

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