Waterloo Finals Week 2018​

Wednesday 26th September saw the final day of the 110th Autumn Waterloo, 8 players were left from a field of 512 who started  out on the road back at the start of July, first Quarter Final was between Blackpool hotelier Stuart Mort                                                    and Westhoughton’s Kevan Shaw, Mort got off to a flyer going into a 13-7 lead with Shaw gradually
clawing his way back to just 3 behind at 12-15, but Mort put his foot back on the gas and ran out a
comfortable winner 21-14 Shaw was one of the bookies favourites at the start of play to win the event
overall. Next up was Jon Palmer of Shrewsbury and Preston’s Simon Coupe and the Bookies favourite for
this year’s event, but as it has proved this year so far the underdogs are having their day and this was
heading the way of the underdog in this game with Palmer racing into a 13-6 lead over Coupe, Coupe got
                             to with 5 at 10-15 but Palmer was in no mood to let it slip and ran out a 21-15 winner. Liverpool’s Phil Lee was up                                next against David Higginbottom of Leigh, Higginbottom is the son of legendary Waterloo bowler Len                                                      Higginbottom, but it was Lee who raced away at the start by leading this game 15-10 then 18-10, but at this point                                 Higginbottom got to grips with the game and trailed by just one chalk at 17-18 but a loose lead let Lee back in who                               sealed the match in the end 21-17, Wrexham’s Matty Worden was next up against Congleton’s Kevin Boon, Worden                              who has just turned 18 and only weeks ago won the Junior All England title was out of the blocks the quickest and                                lead Boon 13-9 then 19-11 Boon scored another single and a double but Worden got home and sealed a place in                                  the Semi Final winning 21-13. So what a great 5 days it has been here at the 2018
                            Autumn Waterloo some fantastic matches from the last 64 right through to the
                            Final itself, although we are disappointed not to have it screened on TV this year,
                            it actually helped the crowd as the attendance was higher that in previous years.
                            But do not mistake the fact the team at the Waterloo are already in the process of
getting it back on TV for 2019 so watch this space. A big well done to Hannah McDonald for her
victory in the 2018 Ladies Waterloo Handicap beating Lynsey Gorman in the final, Hannah told us
after her victory that was the first time she had entered the Ladies Waterloo. Report by Mark Mills
 Jon Palmer​​
Stuart Mort
Matty Worden
Phil Lee and Jon Palmer pose at the start of the 2018 Waterloo Final
Bigger crowds without TV 
Hannah McDonald Ladies Winner
Jon Palmer lifts the Trophy