Find below a report on the Spring Waterloo by organiser Mark Mills.
Spring Waterloo 2018 @ The Waterloo Blackpool on Sunday 27th May
32 players started out in the 2018 Spring Waterloo, and what a field it was, even without the likes of Greg Smith and Callum Wraight not taking part in the event this year. The first game on the green in round 1 was a game that promised to be one of the ties of the round between Wayne Ditchfield and Josh Mordue but Ditchfield ran out the easy winner 21-8, in the only 20 across game of round one Chris Barton edged out Lee Johnstone. Last year’s winner Mike Leach went though after defeating Nathan Webster 21-12, other games of note in Round 1 saw Kevan Shaw defeat Glyn Jewitt of Sheffield 21-18 to start off his road to the final, Another top game saw the Bookies favourite Gary Ellis go down to Huddersfield’s Ashley Daykin 21-15.
In Round 2 Wayne Ditchfield saw off Congleton’s Kevin Boon 21-12 and a game between two legends off the game saw Winsford’s Glynn Cookson defeat last years winner of The Spring Waterloo Mike Leach 21-17, Kevan Shaw then showed he meant business by seeing off Gary Ellis’s conqueror Ashley Daykin 21-14.
In the Quarter Finals the first game on the green was between Wayne Ditchfield and Chris Barton with Ditchfield coming out on top 21-16 and game two saw Cumbria’s Martin Gilpin see off Glynn Cookson 21-18 in a game that could have gone either way. Wrexham’s Andy Hughes was the next man to go through to the Semi Finals with a 21-18 win over Bradford’s Stuart King, in the last Quarter Final we had only the second game of the day going to all but across with Preston’s Brian Morgan giving Kevan Shaw his biggest scare of the day going down 21-20 to the eventual winner.
The Semi Finals were next and the first game on the green between Wayne Ditchfield and Martin Gilpin was expected to be close and it certainly was with Wayne Ditchfield edging it 21-19 with Ditchfield saying after the game he struggled with the patchy green despite coming out on top. Our second semi final saw Kevan Shaw see of Andy Hughes 21-16 and set up a final between two great players. Onto the final between Last year’s Autumn Waterloo winner on ITV4 and former Waterloo Junior winner Wayne Ditchfield and Kevan Shaw of Westhoughton, Shaw got off to the better start which really was the difference in the game as Ditchfield could not make those early points up going down 15-21 and Kevan Shaw finally gets his name on a Waterloo trophy and well deserved too, Kevan told me afterwards about Mike Leach beating a bowl in the 1994 Final when it looked as though Kevan was going to win, so a win that laid that ghost to rest today and could not have happened to a nicer guy and you could see what it meant to him as soon as the winning point was confirmed. Kevan also told me he only slept for 3 hours on Saturday night due to the fact he was still buzzing with the victory. Well done Kevan from all at The Waterloo.
Winner Kevan Shaw with his Mum and Dad.