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Ward comeback is not quite enough in Veterans Trophy

PUBLISHED: 14:30 07 September 2017

David  Ward receives his runners-up trophy from Keith Riley

David Ward receives his runners-up trophy from Keith Riley

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Ilford man weathers cold and drizzle to challenge on Group 5 Finals day

David Ward was flying the flag for Ilford on Sunday at the Group 5 finals and he made a real fist of things in the Veterans Cup final against Terry Hardie of host club Old Dagenham.

The lone Ilford man started badly and it looked like it was going to be a tough evening for him as the cold and drizzle affected the game in the gathering gloom.

“I thought it was going to be a short game early on,” said Ward. “I just couldn’t cope with the speed of the green to start off with.”

Ward found himself trailing 801 and later 17-8, before he started to find it at last.

“It was a little bit late, but I started finding the line around to 14th end,” he said.

There were one or two wobbles from Hardie as Ward pulled it back to 18-16 and the Ilford man thought he may nick it.

“He did begin to panic and was a bit loose, but I still couldn’t get that accuracy I needed,” said David, who has been playing the game for 10 years since he retired.

He eventually lost 21-16, but it was a valiant effort.

“It was the first final I have reached so I was quite pleased with it,” he said. “I enjoyed the match and I could have got even closer at the end.”


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