National Singles and Fours Finals
The national singles and fours finals were held at Llandrindod Wells on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of January.
Aled had qualified for the singles competition by winning the county competition and club treasurer Gethin also qualified by coming third in the county competition.
For Aled, 3 wins from 3 group games, including a win over last year's champion saw him top his group and make it to the main competition. He lost in the quarter finals against Andrew Evans from Pembrokeshire in a close match with Andrew taking victory in the final 2 ends.
Gethin, in a tough group where any of the 4 players could win, endured a challenging time, losing all 3 games, albeit by small margins. The overall champion came from Gethin's group - Jac Edwards from Montgomery.
On the Sunday Aled and Gethin played with another set of brothers Dafydd and Cennydd Howell from Pontargothi. They came fourth in the county and fared much better in the all Wales finals. Winning all 3 group games, they then came up against last years runners up a very experienced four from Pembrokeshire. After 5 (out of 9) ends the Carmarthenshire four lead comfortably 8-1, however with an end to go, the score was tied at 8 - 8. Carmarthenshire eventual winners 10 - 8.
They came up against another four from Carmarthenshire in the semi finals, ironically enough the same four from Meinciau that beat them at the group stages and in the 3rd/4th playoff in the county competition.
Aled's four taking a strong enough lead into the final end with Meinciau needing 8 to win, but only getting 3.
In the final it was another tough game against another Pembrokeshire four who between them had won multiple National titles. After 5 ends Pembrokeshire were ahead 7 - 1, however going into the final end Carmarthenshire had brought the score back to an even 7 - 7. This is where the luck just ran out as Gethin and Cennydd tried to ditch the jack to win the game, both getting touchers, but not quite close enough. Pembrokeshire drew in to the jack and hid it from view to take the final end and the National title.