Triple double completed as Waverley win again

Rowland Cup final winners Southsea Waverley. Picture: Rob Atkins
Rowland Cup final winners Southsea Waverley. Picture: Rob Atkins
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Southsea Waverley have reaffirmed their status as the dominant force in the region.

Having recently wrapped up their ninth-successive Portsmouth & District League title, they successfully defended the Rowland Cup yesterday.

Home club Alexandra put up a valiant fight but could not stop Waverley doing the double for the third season on the bounce with an 81-73 success.

Skipper Alex Marchant was delighted his men retained the trophy.

He said: ‘There wasn’t a lot in it throughout the match but we were never behind.

‘One of our rinks was very dominant and that proved crucial for us.

‘It’s a big competition in Portsmouth and we’re pleased to win it again.’

Big wins for the rinks skipped by Paul Cooke and Matthew Marchant sealed the cup for Waverley.

Matthew Marchant led Mark Hammond, Phil Drewball and Rob Moran to a 25-19 win.

They were backed up by Cooke, Iain Mackenzie, Graham Guy and Louis McCubbin who won 24-19.

Alexandra took the other two rinks, with skipper Geoff Anderson leading Dave Deacon, Steve Clifford and Jim O’Donnell to a 17-16 success.

And Barry Harman skipped Bob Floyd, Mark Gee and Keith Baggott to an 18-16 win.

It wasn’t enough to halt Waverley but Alexandra club captain Carl Baggott was pleased with the way his men performed in the Rowland Cup final.

He said: ‘I think we gave Waverley a good run for their money.

‘There is a good rivalry between the two teams and it was an enjoyable match to play in.’

Waverley now switch their focus back to the pursuit of national glory.

On Saturday they travel to Southampton to take on Wootton Bassett in the last 16 of the national Top Club competition.

Alex Marchant will be hoping his men can step their form up another level and book their place in the last eight.