Sunderland Echo

Mixed week for Over-60s Sunderland aces in 2010

- Richard McKie @Sunderland­Echo

This week we go back exactly 11 years ago to 2010, it was a mixed week for the two Sunderland vets squads as the latest round of the Over-60s inter club fixtures were completed.

In group two the Sunderland B team’s hopes of making the end of season play offs are hanging by a thread, another disappoint­ing display at home resulted in a 5-0 (55-22) defeat to group leaders Darling to nB.

George Gibson’s rink of Colin Ratcliffe, John Banks and Tom Jones suffered from a bad four end run which saw a 5-3 lead wiped out to trail 155, it finished 17-10.

Alfie Ferguson, Bobby Adams,Billy Conway and Ronnie Hartwentdo­wn17-7whilethe thir drink ofPe te rBulm er, Tony Grimes, Dennis Hulley and Terry Todd didn’t score until the tenth end and trailed 16-0, it finished 21-5.

So a fourth straight defeat means that even comprehens­ive win’s over Consett and Park View in the final two games may not be enough to sneak into the second play-off place.

The Sunderland A team travelled to The Parks for a crunch fixture, with the A team having suffered three 5-0 defeats out off our away trips it was always going to be a tense afternoon.

Billy Ferry’ s rink of Pat Collins, Ted Forster and Mel Milnerh ad a day to forget and only scored on three ends and were well beaten 20-3.

Gordon Cook’s quartet of John Smith, George Simpson and Arthur Baker recorded a fine 15-6 win while the third rink of Billy Hearne, Ronnie Robson, John Jones and Tommy Jopling turned in a match winning performanc­e with a 21-10 win, so overall it was a must needed 4-1 (39-36) win which keeps their slim playoff hopes alive.

Sunderland entertaine­d Durham Select in the second of this season’ s annual friendly fixtures.

Despite Sunderland fielding a mixed six rink side they ran out comfortabl­e winners 109-88.

The top Sunderland rink was Alice Curtis, Billy Conway, Evelyn Bark es and Terry Todd who defeated Hough ton’ s Tom Patterson 28-8.

Scores (Sunderland skips first) E.Baker 19-17 B.Armstrong, A.Baker 235 H.Bridges, T.Wodd 8-23 E.Weightman, D.Hulley 20-9 N.Walls, R.Hart 1126 J.Dinsdale, T.Todd 28-8 T.Patterson.

Following his disappoint­ing exit in the local stage of the national triples and fours the former Sunderland star Stanley’s Gary R Smith bounced back magnificen­tly as he clinched his singles place at this year’s national championsh­ips.

In the area final Smith faced club-mate Robert Chisholm and was in awesome form as he ran out a 21-4 winner.

The Sunderland pairing of Gary Farquhar and Peter Thomson’s hopes of progressin­g to the area pairs semi final were dashed as they were beaten27-17 at Crow tree by current England and Stanley star Gary Smith and Brian Harris.

The Sunderland duo were always playing catch up as they dropped two counts of five within the first five ends whichleftt­hem15-2down,the score progressed to 19-9 before aminorfigh­t-backsawTho­mson get back to 19-14 but with Smith appearing to be unbeatable­in this year’ s competitio­ns it was no surprise to see him stretch away 23-14.

Smith and Harris will face South Shields’ Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh in the area final at Durham.

Durham selectors have named the Liberty side to face Yorkshire in the semi finals at Stanley.

Following the win over Cambridges­hire where all six rinks recorded wins the selectors have made a couple of changes, former Yorkshire skip Hartlepool’s Vinnie O’Neill returns to a skips berth and Stanley’s Robert Chisholm takes club mate Alan Theobald’s skip berth who drops back down to third bowl.

As the first part of this season national championsh­ips start to come to a close at

Northampto­n there was success for the north east in the Over-60s fours as Shildon’s Brian Hutchinson, Jim M addison,Ken Peter sand Bill M addison lifted the title with a 23-19 win over Louth’ s Tony Mus son.

There is still north east interest in this years Yetton Trophy as South Shields ladies progressed to the last eight with a 86-77 over York, in the quarter-finals Shields will face Lincoln.

In the county champion of champions the Sunderland triple of Les Hughes, Billy Hearne and Dennis Hulley travelled to Durham for a neutral green semi against Houghton’s Owen McFadden, in a hard-fought semi-final it was the Sunderland trio that came out on top with a 22-10 win.

In the final they will play the winners of Dave Morgan (Stanley) or J. Hutchinson (Park View) at Hartlepool.

In the fours semi-final Houghton’s Jimmy McAdoo went out to Darlington’s Ken Tinkler, while in the seniors pairs Sunderland’s Joe Flett and Tommy J op ling now know they will face Stanley’s Billy Bell in the final.

In the seniors triples Sunderland’s Mel Milner, Arthur Baker and Billy Ferry went out in the semi finals at Durham.

The Sunderland women completed their Inter club season with a fine 125-82 win over Ayc li ffe, out of the six rinks the Sunderland squad returned four winning cards.

At Crowtree Ella Baker’s rink of Alice Curtis, Olwyn Charlton and Pat Johnson romped to a 31-6 win.

Jean Brown, S. Thomson, Gwen Eltringham and Amy Bevan recorded a 2610 win while Brenda. Forrest, B. Thompson, Hilda Snell and Madge Robins recorded a2 1-15win, this left the home squad 47 shots up.

At Ay cliff e Margaret Mitch in son’ s rink of Ann Todd, Vera Borg es son and Alice Rush won 17-11 however there were defeats for Ethel Pattinson 15-12 and Anne Raine 25-18 which left the away squad only four shots in arrears.

 ??  ?? Les Hughes, Billy Hearne and Dennis Hulley qualified for the county champion of champions in this week 11 years ago.
Les Hughes, Billy Hearne and Dennis Hulley qualified for the county champion of champions in this week 11 years ago.
 ??  ?? Tommy Jopling was in winning form in February 2010.
Tommy Jopling was in winning form in February 2010.

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