Another great entry of 33 players came forward for the ‘B’ League Singles. That is 50 per cent of the registered players.
Even so, there were some big names missing, and of the ones present, some went out early on.
But, by semi-final time, there was a good mix, with two from Shapinsay, one from the Sands, and one from the Nomads, with the Sands player, Jamie Drever, and Shapinsay’s Billy Eunson making the final.
And what an advert for the ‘B’ boys, as the final looked like going to Shapinsay, as Billy stormed into a 3-1 lead, only needing one more game.
But he never got it, as Jamie stormed back to take the next three games for a dramatic 4-3 win; the second year on the trot a player has come back from 3-1 down to win!
This Friday, it’s back to both league players, with the league doubles in the Masonic. It’s also a ranking points event.
I think the top five in the table are quite safe, but under that, a lot of players could find their way into the team to play Shetland on April 26.
So a big entry is expected. Names by 7.30 p.m.
In the Williamson’s ‘A’ League, the Legion are not far away from retaining their title, after a 10-2 thumping of the Commodores, one of their main challengers. It was their 60th game undefeated!
The Golf Club are now clear in second spot after beating the Wanderers 9-3, and what a win for Quoyburray ‘B’, last year’s wooden spoonists, as they inflicted an 11-1 defeat on Untouchables ‘A’.
The other Untouchables had a good 7-5 win over Sanday, and there was also a good 9-3 win for RBLM over Quoyburray.
Shapinsay still lead the Williamson’s ‘B’ League, even though their game was postponed.
The Sands lost ground, after going down 9-3 to the Murray Arms, who could be the main challengers to Shapinsay.
The Likely Lads had to settle for a six-all draw at the Shore, who also drew their postponed game with the Sands ‘2’, who also drew with Deerness.
There was a defeat for Tankerness, going down 7-5 to the Legion Arrows, but joy for the Nomads, after beating Bilco Boys 7-5.
There were 180s from Olly Bethwaite , Peter Mathieson, Craig Moar, Ian Eunson, Jamie Drever, Neil Croy, Keith Brumpton, Stevie Linklater, Robert Gatt, Graham Reid, Ian Wilkie, Michael Bain, and two from Wayne Monkman, Leigh Shearer, and Kevin Gray.
High checkouts: 100 from Stevie Linklater and Keith Bain; 106 Steven Gray; 109 Peter Hourston; 112 Robbie Stanger; 114 Paddy; 118 Michael Muir Snr and Wilfie Tulloch; 120 Brian Moar; 121 and 137 Kevin Gray; and 140 Michael Bain.
The Auld Motor Hoose will be holding an open singles event on Thursday, February 14 (Valentine’s Night!).
It’s a money-in-money-out contest. Names to be in by 8.30 p.m.
‘B’ League Singles Final: Jamie Drever beat Billy Eunson 4-3.
Williamson’s ‘A’ League: OGC 9, Wanderers 3; Commodores 2, Legion 10; RBLM 9, Quoyburray 3; Quoyburray ‘B’ 11, Untouchables ‘A’ 1; Sanday 5, Untouchables 7; no game — Meadowbank.
Williamson’s ‘B’ League: Sands 3, Murray Arms 9; Deerness 6, Sands ‘2’ 6; Shore 6, Likely Lads 6; Nomads 7, Bilco Boys 5; Legion Arrows 7, Tankerness 5; Shapinsay v Shore ‘2’ postponed; Sands ‘2’ 6, Shore 6.
Thursday, February 14: Auld Motor Hoose Singles, 8.30 p.m.
Friday, February 15: League Doubles, Masonic, 7.30 p.m.
Monday, February 18: Williamson’s ‘A’ League: Wanderers v Legion; OGC v Quoyburray; Commodores v Untouchables ‘A’; RBLM v Untouchables; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Meadowbank; no game — Sanday.
Williamson’s ‘B’ League: Murray Arms v Sands ‘2’; Sands v Likely Lads; Deerness v Bilco Boys; Shore v Tankerness; Nomads v Shapinsay; Legion Arrows v Shore ‘2’.