Saturday evening at the English Championships and things are building to a climax. Last night's victory for Michael Opel over Alan MacDougall means that a final is guaranteed as there will be no undefeated team in the men's competition. Alan had a quiet day today- just one game against Ivan Zadorozny who was unfortunately down to three men - 14-2 in just 6 ends.Michael beat John Brown this morning and is now on the ice against John Sharp in his last game - should he win he will be guaranteed to finish top of the rankings after the Round Robin.Should he lose he would drop down into a possible tie for second place on 5 wins and 2 losses with one or two other teams.
Alan has one game left tomorrow morning - against John Brown and is expected to win, which could set up an Opel v MacDougall final. But again, should he lose, other teams could come back into contention. Currently on 2 losses are John Summers, presently on the ice against Greg Dunn, another team reduced to three men, and Bryan Zachary.
The ladies final has been turned on its head today. After Fiona Hawker won both games yesterday, Anna Fowler won game 3 and it looks as though she is about to win game 4 as well which would set up a decider at 1400 tomorrow alongside the men's final. Substitute Tracey Brown hurt herself in a kitchen accident today and was only able to play the first 5 ends of game 3 and so it has been hard work for Angharad Ward and Lesley Gregory throwing three stones each and sweeping. They will need a long lie tomorrow morning to recover from their exertions today.
Updates will follow.