With twelve youngsters competing on Saturday for the County Under-18 Competition there were some exciting and very skilful games going on.
Photo of all competitors
The players were split into three groups of four so each player had three games before finding out who would go on to the Semi-Finals. The winner of each group plus the best runner-up would make up the four to compete in the Semi-Finals.
Eric Harries, County Organiser, then found out that in Group A, three players had won two games each; then the score-difference was looked at, and two players had the same there! So the decision on who won Group A was down to which of Rhys Glover or Dafydd Jones had won the most ends. Unbelievably they were both equal on that as well!
The two players then had to play three ends in order to decide who was the best in Group A and, consequently establish that the loser who would be the best runner-up! Eric says that this is only the third time in all his 24 years of organising these competitions had he had to go down to this level to decide a winner.
Photo of Semi-Finalists The Semi-Finalists: (L to R)
Llyr Jones; and
Dafydd Jones of Rhydlewis won this deciding game and went on to play Llyr Jones of Llandygwydd who was the winner of Group C, meanwhile Rhys Glover of Aberporth, took on Dylan Johnson of Rhydlewis (the winner of Group B) in the other Semi-Final.
Dylan won his game 8 – 4 and was then drawn against Llyr who won against Dafydd 11 – 4 (with the final end not needing to be played).
The Final at first seemed like it was going to be a walkover as Llyr won the first four ends to lead 8 – 0 but then Dylan woke up and showed what a skilful player he can be to take three singles until the last end. Llyr won this by one and so took the title with his 9 – 3 win.