The runners up and consolation winners and runners up
Well done everyone
The Saturday Development Sessions came to a close on Saturday 23rd September with a knockout competitions for the children and adults, the kids final was between Aston Treacy and Callum Pearce with Aston taking the title. The adult competition saw our newcommers Harry & Shelia Farnell in a battle to take the title. They had a very good well fought game and Harry won, looks like he may have to do some washing up.
LADIES VS GENTS
Well, it’s happened. The moon and the stars
aligned and just like the shock wave caused when Leicester City won the Premier League, Wombourne Bowls Club has been rocked by the Ladies who finally took their maiden Chairman’s Challenge title at
the fourth time of asking. Debbie Tudor led the fired-up female contingent to a well-deserved 15-14 victory against the Gentlemen, captained by Jason Tudor; and then celebrated exuberantly with the
Cup on the green.
As ever, the match-play competition started with the doubles matches worth two points to the winners. Whilst the Gentlemen started well (Ray Nicklin/Tony Davis 15-2 Carol Price/ Sheila Farnell), the Ladies hit back straight away (Cath Pearce/Debbie Tudor 15-2 Alan Grocott/Carl Pearce). Then Joan Walker/Celia Elwell followed up with a 15-6 against Chris Hayward/Harry Farnell and Barbara Hilditch/Sue Heap beat Colin Cooper/Glyn Phillips 15-12, before Jason Tudor/Callum Pearce edged Vicky Cooper/Ann Potts 15-10 to leave the match delicately balanced 6-4 in the Ladies favour before the singles started.
Kerpow! The Ladies dominated the early singles matches with 6 wins on the bounce: Carol, Sheila, Debbie, Joan, June Grinsell and Barbara seeing off Jason, Carl, Ray, Glyn, Alan and Tony respectively. Harry stopped the rot for the Gentlemen in beating Jayne Knight, then Ann beat Callum before the Gentlemen attempted a bit of a fight back: Chris, Colin, Jason and Ray took wins against Marion Elkington, Cath, Celia and Vicky. But crucially, Sue won the final singles game against Carl in the now pouring rain to leave the singles scores at 8-5 to the Ladies and the overall match at 14-9.
However, despite the Ladies celebrating already, 6 points were left to play for in the Spider Decider with 3 for the winner, 2 for second and 1 for third. The Ladies, with 13 players to the men’s 9, had the advantage, but started to drop like flies as the spider rounds advanced! Tensions rose and eventually Celia Elwell was the only Lady left…but she hung in there to finish third and take the single point they needed to secure the win! Ray Nicklin was second and Chris Hayward won the Spider to leave the final score at Ladies 15 Gentlemen 14.
Cue the wild celebrations and the merciless mickey-taking!!
Well done Ladies, very well played – a deserved victory to savour!!
There was an added poignancy to the Target Singles played on Sunday 10th September as the competition now celebrates the life of the late Fred Fones as well of that of his wife Vera. Two nicer people and bowls club devotees you could not have wished to meet, and a day of sporting friendship to enjoy in their name every year is a lasting tribute to two much missed teammates.
Again, there was a decent turnout of new and seasoned bowlers and once target play was fully explained there was some good bowling – and some dodgy ends from pretty much everyone too! The four that progressed through to the semi-finals were the most consistent at picking out line and length on the day; Ray Nicklin was impressive in dispatching the challenge from Alan Hinton in the first semi-final, whilst Debbie Tudor pitted wits against Glyn Phillips in the other before winning through. Competition was fierce in the final with early blows traded, however Debbie (who is on a good run at the moment) began to stretch into the lead and then stayed just out of reach to take the win and the trophy. Well bowled Debbie, hard luck Ray – a good final to cap a very enjoyable day. Thanks to all who played, marked and placed the jacks in some fiendishly difficult places too!!
The 2017 Club Championship took place on Sunday 3 September and a good competition it was too with a mixture of old-hands and new members competing for the first time, and a number of established bowlers all bracketed into the “favourites” category. Each of the new bowlers acquitted themselves very well indeed, but special mention goes to Sheila Farnell for an excellent win against David Farquharson in round 1.
As the draw progressed, Les Phillips was impressive in defeating Alan Grocutt before succumbing to Keith Pollitt in a hard fought match; Vicky Cooper stormed through the early rounds with good wins against Jacky Phillips and Glyn Phillips; Jason Tudor beat Ray Nicklin and John Stokes while Debbie Tudor got the better of Alan Hinton. For the semi-finals, Vicky couldn’t quite live up to her early form against Keith, who was in imperious form to reach the final. The other semi-final was a close fought cliff-hanger between Mr & Mrs Tudor which Debbie just shaded 15-14 as the rain began to fall.
The grand final started with Keith moving into an early lead, but Debbie soon got into her stride and slowly overhauled Keith’s score; before being pegged back again as Keith fought hard, but then she finished with a sequence of impressive bowling in the final few ends to clinch a deserved 21-14 victory. Hard luck Keith, but very well played. And congratulations to the 2017 Club Champion, Debbie Tudor! Well bowled!
On a lovely bank holiday Sunday 27th August the Cook Couples Cup was played for. With 7 couples entered the final whittled down to Jason and Debbie Tudor vs Jacky and Les Phillips. They had a good competitive game with Jason and Debbie winning 21-17 and taking the title this year. A good afternoon had by all.
Sunday 20th August saw the The Evans Halshaw trophy won by Alan Hinton, it was a very close contest 21-20, Roy Thomas came back from 11-3 down to push Alan to the line. There were 16 entries.
Last Sunday 8th August the planned Plus 1 competition ended up a impromptu doubles and was won by David Farquharson and a new member Shelia Farnell who beat Chris Hayward and Harry Farnell, its good to see the new members taking part in our Sunday competitions.
The Bill Sharpe Memorial was played on Sunday 23rd July, with a good turnout of 20 entries. The weather was kind and having a lovely sunny Sunday the competition was enjoyed by all. The the final was between Sue Heap and Tom Burch Vs Alan Grocott and John Harrison, with Sue and Tom taking the title and lovely glassware presented by Bill's family.
Sunday 25th June, this was originally planned as a mixed doubles invitation for club members; unfortunately with several ladies having entered the Dorothy Piearce county ladies doubles we were light on numbers with just 7 bowlers looking to play. So instead we played a singles American with two groups, with the winners meeting in the final. In group 1 Debbie Tudor and Glyn Phillips were neck and neck before playing each other in the last round. Debbie narrowly winning to reach the final. Group 2 was dominated by Malcolm Jones who stormed through to play Debbie in a 15 up final. The match couldn't have been closer with some super bowling by both to take it to 14 across, but in the last end "The Doc" got his prescription right to take the honours! Well bowled Malcolm, hard luck Debbie, well bowled both. Many thanks to Jason for running the competition.
Iris Tunstall Trophy played Sunday 11th June. 7 couples entered the American, two groups - one of four and one of three. Vicky Cooper and Jackie Phillips just pipped Jason and Debbie Tudor in the 4 group; David Rogers and Alan Hinton edged out Keith Tunstall and Glyn Phillips in the three group. The final was started by Iris's daughter Debbie; Vicky and Jackie running our 21-10 despite a good fight by David and Alan. A good afternoon and great camaraderie, just what Iris would have enjoyed! well bowled all.
On Sunday 4th June saw the welcome return of the Invitation Doubles, 16 pairs entered and enjoyed the day bowling, with a bit of sunshine and the odd shower. The winners of the main event were Carl and Paul Clinton who beat Joy Hemmings and Keith Pollit whilst on the bottom green the consolation cup was between David Peyton and Brian Bridge and Vicky Copper and Ray Harvey, with David and Brian taking the title,
April 16th Easter Sunday - Easter Egg Competition
The final of the Easter Egg competition was between Les Phillips and Bill Staite vs Chris Hayward and Jayne Knight with Les and Bill taking the title 21-15. It was good to see our newcomer Jayne in the finals with some of our long time players, Well done Jayne. Hope you all enjoyed the chocolate.
April 9th Mens and Ladies Singles.
On beautiful spring day we played the Captains Cup Mens Singles and the Ladies singles Cup together.
In the mens final was Glyn Phillips and Keith Pollit with Glyn taking the title 21,14
In the Ladies final Vicky Cooper met Jackie Granger with Vicky taking the title 21-7.