The Final of the 2018 Mens Triples Championship was played out on Saturday. After a week of rain, conditions were hot & humid for the final. The match began in sunshine but with threats of thunderstorms to come later in the day. Peter Shalger's side (who had an extra-end win in the semi-final against Joe Shofer's side) had to field a substitute, with Tim Walton replacing Peter Larcombe. Their opponents, Rod Silber's side, had come into the final on the back of three convincing wins in earlier rounds. So the lineup for the final was Tony Wright, Chris Carey & Rod Silber vs Tim Walton, Jim Barclay & Peter Shlager.
The game was tight early on but on end 8 Rod Silber's side gained a 5 to go ahead 11 shots to 4. That saw Peter Shalger's team edge their way back into contention, winning 6 ends in a row to take a narrow 14-11 lead after 14 ends. End 22 was a major turning point in the match with Peter Shalger's side gaining a 6 to edge in front 22-18. Rod Silber took 3 shots on end 23 to narrow the gap to 1 shot but then Peter, Jim & Tim racked up 9 shots on the next three ends. The match ended after 27 ends with a 31-22 win for the 2018 Mens Triples champions: Tim Walton, Jim Barclay & Peter Shlager.
Congratulations to our winners & commiserations to the runners-up.
Gerard Coggans 20 October 2018