Veterans 10-Man League
The final Final of the 2021 Veterans League season is scheduled for this Thursday at Brockholes starting at 1.30pm. The two teams to contest the destination of the trophy are Cowcliffe and Marsh United, both being Section 1 teams and both bowl off scratch in this competition.
The two teams are currently 7th and 8th in the Section 1 table with identical Won-14 Lost-11 records and neither team is in their best form of the season. Cowcliffe have lost 5 of their last 10 league matches whilst Marsh United have only won 3 of their last 8 fixtures.
Their League meetings this season have been close affairs with the home team prevailing each time, the last time seeing a 134-134 aggregate draw and another close encounter can be expected this week.
Cowcliffe have never won any knock-out competition in the Veterans League so they will be especially keen to address that shortcoming to add to their record of winning the titles in Sections 2, 3 and 4 in the last 20 years. On the other hand, Marsh United A have won this trophy three times before, with the most recent being in 2018 at the same Brockholes venue.
Marsh United had the more difficult passage to this point having to overcome three teams from the top half of Section 1 including Lockwood Con 'A' whilst Cowcliffe didn't meet any team above them in the league tables in any of the previous rounds.
The Bistro KO is so named due to the original sponsorship arrangement which saw the winners treated to a free team meal at Johnny's Restaurant and Night Club. In fact the original name of the competition was the Johnny's Nite Spot Trophy. The 2021 competition started with all 58 10-Man League teams involved and as always, is a meeting of 5-Pairs with the aggregate totals determining the outcome.
Road to the Final **********************
Round 1 beat Netherton Con A 103-69
Round 2 beat Thongsbridge A 92-83
Round 3 beat Almondbury BC A 101-70
Quarter-Final beat Almondbury BC B 104-67
Semi-Final beat Kirkheaton Con A 89-82
Marsh United A
Round 1 beat Lockwood Con A 93-88
Round 2 beat Milnsbridge B 103-75
Round 3 bye
Quarter-Final beat Golcar Lib A 105-57
Semi-Final beat Waterloo 98-76