My tip for the championship this year, Joda Reid, survived a preliminary round battle with Peter Hendry, to progress through to the quarter-final stage. Peter came to within one shot of providing the shock result of the competition so far when leading 20 shots to 18, let Joda back into the game. Joda, never one to give up, fought back to eventually win by 21 shots to 20. Joda followed this up with hard fought victories over myself and Jim Crawford in the next two rounds and now meets the man who managed to do what nobody else had done in two seasons of bowling, beat Rodger Lynn by 21 shots to 19 in a tense 2nd round tie.
I marked the 2nd Round tie between former champ, Ian Brown and Terry Duffy and this was an excellent game in which former Champion, Ian, fought back from 20 shots to 15 down, to win by 21 to 20. Ian now meets rank outsider Jim Cameron and i expect Ian to win this one.
Either Archie Forbes or George Twaddle will play Dougie Brown and I would expect either of these players to just edge Dougie out to reach the next stage.
The remaining quarter-final tie sees the meeting of two former winners of the Presidents Singles in a head to head battle which is close to call, but i think Andy may just have the edge.
So this is what I think the Semi-final ties will be.
Joda Reid - Has got stronger and more confident in each passing year and i think he will just have the nerve to edge out John.
George Twaddle- I think he will emerge victor over Archie and then Dougie Brown to reach the semi-final.
Ian Brown- On form should be too strong for Jim Cameron.
Andy Kearns- Difficult to pick a winner between Andy and John Lamb but I am going for Andy to win this one by about 2 or 3 shots
Only one tie didnt go the way i predicted and that was the defeat of George Twaddle by
Dougie now goes on to play
Joda Reid and I would expect to see Joda won this one by around 5 or 6 shots. The other semi-final sees former champion, Ian
Brown up against Andy Kearns. This will be a close game and i wouldnt be surpised to see it finish at 21 shots to 20. Who will win?
Difficult to call, but am going for Andy.