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Date Opponent Venue Score For Score Against
Sat-04-Aug Comberbach Neutral 179 170
At last, Saturday 4 August had arrived it was De-Knoop Cup final day. For the record this was the 108th De-Knoop Cup final and the Lloyds were playing Comberbach B.C. at Chelford B.C.

Leading up to the match the Ginger Prince, Smudger and Lawman had been on at Monty all week to arrange for a minibus to take us to Chelford so that we could all go on the lash! Lawman, Smudger and Monty started their weekend bender on Friday evening! Would Lawman be fit to play!

The minibus arrived bang on time and all 8 of us piled into the 7 seats! What! Next minute we all piled out and a new minibus was booked! Not the best of starts, would this be an omen.

We arrived in Chelford at around 2.00pm and a large crowd was already gathering. The green looked in fantastic condition it must be said. Monty assembled the troops and gave a “Churchillian” speech to our team.

The stage was set … For the record, Smudger by now was on his 3rd pint … Lawman necked a swift one before going into battle.

Onto the match …
Player For Against Opponent Rating
Darren James 21 14 G.Wills 0
Captains comments: In the context of the match in my opinion this game swung the whole match in favour of the Lloyds. Darren trailed 6 – 1 and 13 – 6 before producing a magnificent comeback to secure a fantastic 21 – 14 victory. Talk about “digging in” and “Lead on” Darren you were magnificent and all I can say is well played mate. You were a credit to your family.
Tom Mainwaring 21 16 J.Kellett 0
Captains comments: This lad is on fire at the moment! Tom started slowly but once he found his length he was magnificent. Great credit to John who fought back superbly to lead the jack out at 15 – 16. Tom then played an absolute “chindropper” to win the end and closed the game out to 16. The Lloyds were 25 chalks up after 4 jacks.
Steven Worrall 21 20 P.Sant 0
Captains comments: What a competitor our Ginger Prince is. Steve tailed for most of the game but just kept knocking on the door time and time again. The reaction of Steve’s Dad as his son won his game at the end were priceless and epitomised what days like this are all about. Well played Wozza, the first of many successes at the Lloyds I can assure you.
Gary Minton 19 21 D.Jones 0
Captains comments: Minto started well but once he lost the jack started to struggle. “Dig in” was the shout and Gary responded to the call. This was a high quality game with very few loose bowls played by either player. Minto you are an integral part of the team, you are gaining more and more experience with each passing season. Lead on …
Graham Wells 18 21 A.Gregory 0
Captains comments: What a club stalwart this man is. This was Wellsey’s 8th De-Knoop Cup success. Has any man ever won more! I don’t think so. Graham, you are a credit to the club, yourself and your family. No one will ever ask anymore from you than you already give. “Legend” is a term banded around too easily nowadays but in your case Graham it is the truth.
Cathy Wall 7 21 S.Gent 0
Captains comments: In all honesty Cathy never got to grips with the green but Cathy deserves great credit for keeping her cool and battling away until the very end. We all have days like these Cathy, learn from it, put it in the memory bank and come back stronger next season. Well played Steve, you started the game well and gave Cathy very few opportunities to get a foothold in the game.
Amanda Ridley 21 18 C.Thurlwell 0
Captains comments: Montessa started in sensational style and there is no doubt she hit the ground running. Credit to Cal who kept her composure and was back in the game at 11 – 12. Amanda has great determination and always gives 100% for the shirt. Montessa’s De-Knoop Cup record is frightening and eventually today she secured another fine win.
Graham Law 21 9 R.Gregory 0
Captains comments: Lawman started slowly but once Graham got into his stride there was only ever going to be one winner and that was Lawman. Shouldered the responsibility of playing at No 1 brilliantly. Well played Lawman. When Graham came of the green he downed 3 Carlings and smoked 8 cigarettes in 20 minutes! Jeepers.
Keith Hughes 21 9 N.Moores 0
Captains comments: What a performance from Hughesie, Trevor had only just come off and Comberbach thought a comeback was on. Keith quickly ensured the Lloyds remained in control by wrapping up a sensational 21 – 9 victory. Another fantastic clubman who produced a stunning performance just when his team needed it.
Trevor Gray 9 21 A.Jackson 0
Captains comments: Trevoski played better than 9 that is for sure. However, Alan played the green as well as anybody on the day. Trevor kept plugging away until the very end and played some great bowls for nothing. Trevor, keep the faith, you are a great clubman and you played a vital role in our teams’ success. Off the green you were superb and led from the front.
So there you have it, a 179 – 170 victory and the Lloyds had retained the De-Knoop Cup. Thanks to Davva, Smudger, Willy, Ryan, Mrs Ryan, Mark, Roy, Gill, Leslie, Cookie, Liam, Big E, Lynne, Lorna, Ken Brenner, Darren’s other half and family, Mr Wozza and Motty for their amazing support. What a team effort on and off the green.

Thanks also to Gazza and Sam for their messages of support. I know you were there in spirit.

After the match the boys in the minibus eventually returned to the Lloyds. Lawman and Smudger were now very much worse for wear but the night was finished off with one or two more pints at the home of bowls. It had been a good day and one which made all the hard work that had gone into captaining our De-Knoop Cup team this team worthwhile. One last surprise of the day was the appearance of Mrs Wozza!. Mrs Wozza had the unfortunate task of getting Wozza and Smudger home safely. Will we ever see Mrs Wozza again, that is the question?

See you next season.