Ogier: Triples title as good as Muratti win

MICKY OGIER has achieved much in his sporting career, but the ex-Muratti footballer has reached a new height.

Tostevin Men's Triples winners Quantum. Left to right: Mick Le Gallic, Martyn De Carteret and Mick Ogier. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29954062)
Tostevin Men's Triples winners Quantum. Left to right: Mick Le Gallic, Martyn De Carteret and Mick Ogier. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29954062)

‘I had a little bit of a tear in my eye as it did mean a lot to me,’ he said after skipping a virtual novice triples bowls team to a place at the British Isles Championships next summer.

‘For me, I am as chuffed with the win as I was winning a Muratti,’ said the man who only took up bowls six years ago having won seven Muratti caps and then, as a coach, steered Belgraves to Priaulx League and ‘Upton’ glories.

Playing under the title of Quantum Ogier’s trio, which included relative novices in Martyn de Carteret and Mick Le Gallic, beat the more-fancied Buccaneers team 17-16 with a single on the very last end.

‘I never imagined [it] me, a rough and tumble footballer to go and play bowls and do this with two lads who have only been playing three years and one of those was wrecked by Covid.

‘I have only been playing six myself, so I’m really a novice too.

‘It is a hell of an achievement.’

The Quantum trio can now look forward to mixing it with the national champions of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, a huge step up but one Ogier is excited to experience.

Another bowler wearing a smile of satisfaction was Steve Williams who added his name to the illustrious list of Island men’s singles champions with a 21-15 win over Terry Brokenshire to lift the prestigious Elliott Singles Trophy.

Williams’ win came within a few hours of suffering the disappointment of that Tostevin Triples loss with Rihoy’s Buccaneers team.

The de Putron women’s singles title went to Lucy Beere for the sixth successive year and 10th in total since the first in 2008.

Beere, who was involved in six finals over two days, predictably got the better of first-time finalist Babs Savident by 22 shots to eight.

The defending champion raced into a 16-0 lead in seven ends before the GBC player made a small recovery.

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