Thank you to Elliot McGuinness for producing the below preview of the George masters.
A full draw and updated odds are here. Hopefully scores will be updated here.
Start time: Saturday 5th October – 12pm @ George BC, Birmingham (B68 9LN)
Once again a fantastic finals day has been assembled to compete for the £1000 first prize at the George. Players profiles and odds are below, please contact James Cosgrave if you’d like a wager.
Jon Palmer – 6/1
Last years Waterloo winner qualified at a canter and will be looking to follow up that win with success on one of his favourite pitches. WW Committee men have been pre booked to present him with the trophy if he finds himself as Champion.
Chris Bergin – 16/1
Odds suggest he has a better chance of winning on Saturday than he does for the award for WWs most popular player. A very good competitor who was probably unfortunate to find himself out of the WW county team this year, will be hoping to prove a point and get his first major win.
Dean Missere – 12/1
Extremely impressive in qualifying on his second visit to the George dispatching a lot of local talent comfortably. If his bowling on Saturday is as impressive as his eyebrows he’s sure to go close.
Ant Bracken – 6/1
Last years champ is rightly one of the favourites to retain his title. Has found himself out for a lot of the latter part of the season with injury but his amount of experience and green knowledge will stand him in good stead. A fresh new wig for the 2020 season will be the first thing on his shopping list if he collects the winners prize.
Callum Wraight – 100/30 (Fav)
Undoubtedly the stand out player of 2019 but visiting a green that he’s quite open about being uncomfortable with. Has Greg on speed dial to discuss his game plan and tactics which may help in getting into the winners enclosure.
Paul Gamsby – 25/1
WW legend and at 25/1 is well overpriced. Multiple titles over the years and has more green knowledge than anybody in the field. Would make for a great story if he was to lift the title once again.
Mike Tunstall – 10/1
The Black Country’s favourite Scouser. Likely to spend most of the afternoon bemoaning his bad luck and generally moping around but without doubt has the class to raid the Midlands again and add the George Masters to his West Brom title.
Gareth Coates – 14/1
Probably the most travelled man in the field but has reaped the rewards with his fair share of titles over the last couple of seasons. Will be pleased to hear that there’s no women referees doing the measures!
Paul Evans – 7/1
Plays the green as well as anybody outside of WW and a former champion. The weather probably doesn’t suit his favoured game on the green but seems to be rejuvenated with his yellow bowls. Will go close.
Craig Wilson – 25/1
Most popular qualifier after relying on a pebble to see off Josh Hale. Played well to qualify and a lack of expectation may count in his favour.
Ollie Newman – 11/1
The local favourite will have plenty of support on the side and will fancy his chances as an ex homester. His rendition of ‘We are the Champions’ in the pub toilets if he’s successful will make for a must watch.
Matt Higgins – 28/1
Outsider of the field but would probably be considered one of the most improved players in WW over the last couple of seasons. Might be a step too far for him to win on Saturday but more than capable of a good run.
GI Wilson – 4/1
Another successful year for Graeme sees him return to the George looking for his third title. Appears to have sacked his bag carrier / coach which has coincided with his upturn in form, let’s hope he’s not there to curse him at the weekend.
Darren Plenderleith – 5/1
A number of competition wins this year but amazingly wasn’t in last weeks Champ of Champs. Consistently very good on the green and will be looking to add this to his CV after a number of near misses. Quite vocal about this years change to 21up, would be quite ironic if he was to win it!
Dan Petcher – 8/1
Clearly in good form after last weeks loss in the final of the Charlie Tattersall. Could be set for a new record for the longest ever winners speech if he lifts the trophy.
Jack Whitehead – 14/1
Consistently one of WWs top performers in the County over the last couple of years. Has had a few near misses in local competitions recently and will be hopeful of his first major win before next years move to Australia