Wanstead Central’s Brenner eyes back-to-back Jackson Shield titles

PUBLISHED: 10:30 12 September 2014

Wanstead Central's Mitch Brenner

Wanstead Central's Mitch Brenner


Wanstead Central’s Mitch Brenner is hoping to be celebrating Jackson Shield success once again when they face Ilford in a rematch of last season’s final tomorrow.

Central got the better of their rivals 56-52 on that occasion in a close contest, where they only won on one of the three rinks played on the day.

But Brenner is more than keen to keep the bragging rights at Nutter Lane.

“I don’t like them, but even I have to admit they have had a good year!” said Brenner.

“We have a decent squad for the Jackson Shield – it’s not our strongest – but we sneaked a win last year and hopefully we can do the same again.

“I’m sure there will be a good atmosphere for the final as well as it’s our last big game of the season, so it would be nice to go out on a high.”

Brenner has been pleased with how Central’s season has gone in general, but would love to top it off with this success.

“We’ve had a good year as a club,” he added.

“We managed to get through to about four or five of the national finals in Leamington compared to one for Ilford and it would be nice to get one over on them again.”

Brenner was part of the Wanstead Central foursome last Saturday that picked up the County “Hood” Cup, which is played between the winners of the South Essex Fours and the North Essex Fours competitions.

He was joined by clubmates Colin Jones, Paul Woodford and Mark Nullmeyers in the final, which was held at Braintree BC against Eric Smith, Alan Mathieson, Martyn Gardner and Phil Kyffin from Chelmsford.

It was the Central boys who were generally in control throughout the match and they eventually ran out worthy 26-16 winners.

“It was nice to get the win in the County Cup going into this weekend’s match,” added Brenner.

“All of us performed well on the day and it enabled us to pick up a good win.”

Central also finished with a flourish in their final “Foresters” Triples League fixture of the season as they beat Woodford 74-47 overall after winning on all four rinks contested.

At Nutter Lane, the Central rink of Don Stevens, Brian Jones and Colin Foster defeated Norman Smith’s trio 20-7 and the other home rink of John McAndrew, Daniel Hughes and Russell Hughes defeated Noel Whiteside’s team 21-14.

Over at Kings Avenue it was a similar story.

The Central rink of Steve Minns, Yan Michael and Len Welton defeated Alan Farmer’s trio 19-13 and the closest rink on the day was that of Dave Peterson, Peter Norgate and Mick Bird who just squeezed home 14-13 against Peter Cole’s team after picking up two shots on the final end.

For their efforts, Central were rewarded with all 15 points on offer.

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