The much improved weather attracted an excellent entry of 17 pairs for the Club’s latest competition, the Spring Pairs. For these events, the pairings are drawn randomly and with some of the Club’s top bowlers in the field, some strong pairs were formed.
In the top half of the draw Jim Finnimore was paired with Alex Rimmer, a losing finalist in this competition last season. Their first two games were close affairs but Jim and Alex eventually won through to the semi-finals with 21-20 wins against Mike Dunlop and Irene Nowell and Richard Rawcliffe and Jerome Wilson. The semi-final saw them make more comfortable progress, winning 21-13 against Joan Bond and Kevin Leddy.
In the bottom half of the draw, Joe Parker ( a former winner of the Chairman’s Shield pairs) was drawn to partner Eileen Rawcliffe, who won this competition with Margaret Langley in 2012. This was to prove a formidable pairing and Joe and Eileen won through to the final with wins against Margaret James and Ted Moule (21-18), Chris James and Jon Roberts (21-13) and Geoff Rimmer and Mavis Thompson (21-8).
The outcome of the final was difficult to predict but despite Alex and Jim counting with two at the first end, it was Eileen and Joe who took control of the final by winning 5 of the next 6 ends, including three 3s and a 4 to take a commanding 19-6 lead. Despite Alex and Jim fighting back to make it 11-19, Eileen and Joe were able to score the two singles they needed to clinch victory.
Saturday 7th June – Round Robin (2.00pm start)
Sunday 15th June – Coronation Cup (singles handicap, 1.00pm start)
Thank you all for paying your subscriptions promptly. I would also like to pass on my gratitude to the Captains for helping to collect the money in and pass it on to the Treasurer. The 2014 membership numbers are going to be very similar to the previous year.
Our eight league teams look in very good shape for player numbers and there are already signs that some of them will be challenging for silverware. If there are any members that are looking to play league bowls for the first time or there are current league players wishing to play in an additional side please speak to me and I will put you in touch with the appropriate captain.
Congratulations to Barry Coates for lifting our first competition of the year, the Rose Bowl. Thank you to all that took part, it was an excellent turn out.
If there are any ladies that would like to discuss the possibility of forming a ladies afternoon league team please contact me.
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