Castlefields meet Telepost in an all Shrewsbury affair tonight in the final of the 2017 Shropshire Cup. Telepost are having a great season in the Tanners Shropshire League and are currently top while Castlefields were in 6th place before last night’s matches. But this is the cup and Castlefields showed last round they can mix it with the very best, beating Mid Shropshire League Leaders Hadley USC in the Semi Finals. They also eased past Bylet, Crescent and Hadnall in the previous rounds. Telepost have enjoyed a more comfortable passage against Burway, District, Sir John Bayley, Meole Brace and Sinclair on there way to the Final, and will be wanting to put right the hurt of losing in the Semis last season of this competition. The two teams have already met at Telepost with them coming out on top 10 4 but the neutral venue of the Severnside Ponderosa green will mean tonight is a different bowls game. Castlefields have several players with Premier League experience in their team while Telepost do have some to, as well as some very experienced campaigners like John Addison. There are plenty of family connections on both teams with father and son Simon and Hayden Lewis on the Telepost side as well as Tony and Graham Wall on the Fields team.
There are two previews done by the teams below, ironically with both players drawn against each other.
Castlefields Preview by Graham Wall:
After a terrific performance in the semi final we look forward to another tough challenge in the final. Despite the big gap between us and the favourites Telepost in the league table we are hopeful to bridge that gap on the night and win the game. It will be very competitive and should be a good crowd pleaser.
Telepost Preview by Rob Jones:
It’s time to put all the pre-match banter behind us and let the bowls do the talking. The draw has thrown up some intriguing games and has made it difficult to predict. Although we are doing well in the league we probably start as slight underdogs which is down to the history and experience associated with Castlefields and the fact it’s a one off game. Nevertheless we are playing with confidence this season and providing we turn up have a great chance of upsetting the odds. There will be a few friendships put on hold for a couple of hours during the match and I am sure there will be a ‘sizeable’ crowd attending which will certainly add to the atmosphere. Good luck to both teams.
It promises to be a cracking final so get yourself down to Severnside for the 6.30 p.m. start. A programme is attached below for you to print off and take with you if you so wish.