The Mens Fours Championship for 2018 was played out between two strong teams on Saturday. Peter Shlager, Peter Larcombe, George Rosettenstein and Jim Barclay took on Peter Tonoli, Tim Walton, Chris Wood and Bruce Mason. In the Final there was a substitute on each side: Peter Larcombe was a replacement for Bob Talbot and Peter Tonoli took over from Tom McKelvey.
Throughout the final was a close affair with never more than 4 shots separating the two sides. After 11 ends the two teams were level at 8-8. Jim's side notched up a 4 on end 13 to lead 12-9 but that spurred Bruce's team to fight back and it was all level again 13-13 after 16 ends. In the closing ends Jim's side built a 17-14 lead with two ends to go. The drama wasn't over as Bruce's team got 2 shots on end 20 to make it a 1-shot game. On the last end it was Bruce's side who were celebrating after getting 2 shots and an 18-17 victory.
Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the runners-up after a tremendous final match to decide the championship.
Gerard Coggans 18 November 2018