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2019 Open Triples – Saturday 13th April
The day was gloriously sunny, but with a bitterly cold wind. 9 teams assembled, fortified with tea/coffee and bacon butties with the odd welsh cake (for an energy boost of course!). We were very pleased to be supported by a team from Monkstone – Sean, Roger & Peter; a mixed team - Shun, Linda, Vince & Leah; and a team from Caerleon Rugby Club – Dai, Wally & Mike. The other 6 teams were all made up from club members – it was good to see such a fine turnout.
The three morning games ended with 2 teams on 3 wins – Steve, Jill & Roger (+18) and Dai, Wally & Mike from the Rugby Club (+13), and 4 teams with 2 wins. Colin had made some tasty and warming Butternut Squash & Red Pepper soup as well as beefburgers and hot dogs, Marje rustled up some ham and cheese rolls, and there was also some delicious cake that Gail made.
The afternoon took its toll on some teams, who were grateful for the bye to give them a win! However there were some good games between the Rugby Club and Paul, Alan & Colin and also Pat, Gail and Ray Lewis put up a good fight against Steve, Jill & Roger.
However, the dark horses proved to be Basil, Ray Williams & Jackie who, after losing their opening game to Paul, Alan & Colin by the narrowest of margins 9-10, went on to win all of their remaining games, including a 13-4 defeat of Steve, Jill & Roger, to become the 2019 Open Triples Champions, with 5 wins and a points difference of +27. Two other teams also finished with 5 wins: in second place were Dai, Wally and Mike with a score of +19 and in third place were Steve, Jill & Roger with +16.