Wombourne Bowls Club
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Our People - Sunday Competitions and more 2015

Sunday 27 September: a fantastic Indian summer afternoon with sizzling temperatures on and off the green for the Chairman's Challenge 2015, the Ladies v the Gentlemen! Excellently captained by Donna Warr and Ray Nicklin respectively, the competition is a Ryder Cup style mixture of doubles and singles matches with the doubles worth 2 points for a win and the singles just a point.

The doubles was a tense affair (well three of the four matches were!); the Elmer Fudd award for bagging the "wabbits" went to Vicky Cooper and Carol Price who showed no mercy at all to the Chairman and David Farquharson in winning 15-0! Jacky Phillips/ Irene Burch made it 4 points for the Ladies, but John Melia/ Ken Harrington and Tom Burch/ Alan Price hit back to equalise and leave it tied 4-4 at the buffet break. The singles matches then brought some superb bowling, determined rivalry and fierce banter around the green! One highlight was seeing Pat Cook back on the green, rolling back the years with some lovely woods, albeit she eventually lost out to John Melia. Ray triumphed in the battle of the Captains against Donna, June Grinsell was on fire against Bill Baugh, Jacky Phillips had a great game to beat Connah Warr and Debbie Tudor was unlucky to fall to Club Champion Andy Warr. By the end, going into the Spider Decider, the men were ahead 11-7 with 6 points left to play for!

The Spider Decider saw some heightened rivalry but eventually Alan Hinton finished 3rd (1 point); Jacky Phillips 2nd (2 points) and John Melia won the bottle of fizzy and 3 points for the Gents!

Final score: the Ladies 9, the Gentlemen 15. The Gentlemen retain the title!!

Well bowled all, a great end of season party - hope you all enjoyed the day!

Ladies Team

In memory of a former Chairman who put so much into this Club, the Alf Harman Trophy is contested by the Seniors every year. This year the singles knock-out competition was played on Tuesday 8 September, and Jacky Phillips was the eventual winner, beating Alf's son Brian in the final. Well bowled!

CUP FINAL RESULT: An exciting LV Division 1 Cup Final at Short Heath Libs green tonight as Ben Fieldhouse's Wombourne team played Sedgley Working Mens for the Cup (or Shield!). A gallant effort by the team, who were missing 4 key players for the match, almost yielded the best possible result, but in the end the Workers edged ahead and took the trophy by just 4 shots. Very hard luck lads and lasses - well done on reaching the final, a cracking effort!

The photo shows our team with the runners up shield. L-R: Keith Pollitt, Brian Thomas, Jean Waltho, Alan Waltho, John Lewis, Ben Fieldhouse Jr, Chris Hayward, Maureen Ellis, Roy Thomas (plus John Ward who had to leave before the end).

13 September we played for the Walker Memorial Trophy, a doubles competition where each pair enter to play together rather than being drawn. Numbers were down due to the county's Jessie Gough doubles tournament being played at Pennfields on the same day, but 10 couples played including three who were early casualties at Pennfields! The matches were played to 21, and there were some cracking games; particularly impressive were the performances of Brian & Yvonne Harman and Paul Walker/ Graham Bosworth. Close scoring meant the final between John Stokes/Jackie Granger and Andy & Connah Warr started late at almost 7pm! Andy and Connah had the better staying power, bowling impressively throughout to take the trophy 21-10. Well bowled to them and hard luck to John & Jackie; a very enjoyable afternoon for all

Fantastic news; congratulations to Ben Fieldhouse who has today Sunday 23rd August 2015 won the Licensed Victualler's League Junior Merit title at Sedgley Working Men's Club! Ben beat Connor Bray 21-20 to qualify for the final, where he beat Dan Bodley 21-12. Well done Ben - what with this and being King of the Prom, you're having a great 2015! Congratulations from us all.

Club Championship 2015: played on 9 August, some excellent bowling was in evidence from each of the 16 entrants; special mention should go to Allie Morgan for superb wins against John Melia and Jason Tudor before falling at the semifinal stage to Andy Warr, meantime Alan Rogers rolled back the years to face Connah Warr in the other semi. For the second time in a major competition this year though, it was an all Warr final...and once again the experience of Andy shone through to scoop his third, and second consecutive, Club Championship by 21-14. Well bowled all, especially the the Warrs, and particularly our champion, Andy!

The 2015 Invitation Doubles and Consolation Cup Competition was held Sunday 28th June , and the sun came out to welcome our competitors. Captain Chris did a fantastic job of keeping everyone in check and ran a tight ship, culminating in two excellent finals. The Consolation Cup saw Keith Pollitt and Joy Hemmings triumph against Vicky Cooper and Ray Harvey with some fine bowling in evidence. In the main event, Les Phillips and Ian Hopson played some top class bowls to beat June Bell and Margaret Hathaway into second place and take this year's honours. Our photos show each of the finals getting underway.

On behalf of the Chairman, the Captain and the Committee of Wombourne Bowls Club, many thanks to all of our guests for joining us and making the day so enjoyable; we hope very much to welcome you back next year. Well bowled all!

A very enjoyable afternoon's bowling in the Bill Sharpe doubles competition on 21st June and some fine bowling befitting Bill's memory. The final saw Sue Heap and Connah Warr take on Jacky Phillips and Andy Warr, in a match where Andy and Jacky scored in bursts of twos and threes, whereas Connah and Sue plugged away with long runs of singles - and in the end, slow and steady (and very accurate!) won the race with Sue and Connah running out 21-17 to take the lovely cut glass trophies! When asked about beating his Dad on Father's Day, Connah just shrugged and gave the standard reply "Oh, bad luck!"

Our photos show the finalists with Julie and Paul Sharpe, and Paul presenting the winners with their prize. A good afternoon - well bowled everyone, especially Sue and Connah!

An impromptu competition on the Sunday 14th June following the green being released by the County from it Consolation Cup commitment; 10 bowlers entered the newly constituted "Opportunist Cup". Congratulations to Alan Rogers who triumphed 21-16 over Jean Waltho in the final - well bowled!

The last day of May and these "Darling Buds" have made the final of the Arthur Banbury Doubles Knock-Out (with Cap'n Chris being the cuckoo in the middle!). Spring sunshine eventually prevailed, and so did John Stokes and Dave Evanson, beating Barbara Evanson and Alan Hinton 21-13 in an excellent final. A good afternoon had by all 21 entrants; well bowled!  Sunday 31st May 2015

The Evans Halshaw Trophy was up for grabs, and it turned out to be a family affair! Hot on the heels of a needle John Melia v Barbara Hilditch 2nd round match, Debbie Tudor beat Chris Hayward in the first semi final and Jason Tudor beat John Melia in the other to set up a "no tea for you if you win" style final! The final was a hard fought affair, with Jason finally running out 21-16 to take the cup. The pictures show Captain Chris starting the final along with Evans Halshaw Wolverhampton Ford's Ian Baker. A good afternoon was had by all, well bowled! Sunday 3rd May 2015

Thankfully the weather forecast was wrong and we had a gloriously sunny afternoon on which to battle for the Captain's Cup, a men's singles knock-out competition. 12 gents took part and there was some keen bowling, ably supported by some of the fairer sex, most of whom who had managed to wear their trousers the right way round rather than inside out (mentioning no names VC!). The final saw Bill Baugh roll back the years with a display of trade-mark quality bowling to beat Jason Tudor by 21-16 and take the trophy. Well bowled Bill, and to all the gents who competed! Sunday 26th April

The Centenary Cup, saw a diehard field turn up to compete in the biting wind. The finalists were Jacky Phillips and Tom Burch vs Barbara Evanson and David Farquharson. Barbara and David took the title 21-13 all eager to finish as the rain set in and it was bitterly cold. Well done.Sunday 18th April

Happy Easter to all our bowlers! The Easter Egg competition attracted 24 entrants meaning 12 pairs did battle for the all important chocolate; and with prizes for reaching the semi-finals there was a lot of choc to play for! Debbie Tudor/ Roland Heap and Barbara Hilditch/ Donna Warr took the semi-finalists prizes, but the big battle saw John Melia and Alex Hodson just miss out to the egg-cellent Bill Baugh and Chris Hayward who scooped the top prize. Jason Tudor presented the prizes and a selection box of photos is attached! Well bowled all - a 'cracking' day! Sunday 5th April 2015

The 1st American Competition was played for on Sunday 29 March - The R G Whitehouse Memorial. Happily, the field of 14 entrants (7 pairs) were able to dodge the majority of the showers, and enjoyed a good afternoon's bowling. The American was played with just one league group and it came down to the wire. By the time Ray Nicklin and Connah Warr had played their last match, they were top of the table with 47 points for and 31 against. The only pair that could beat them was John Melia and Ken Harrington, who needed to score 5 points for a clear win in their final match - but in an upset, they were beaten 4-9, tying with Ray and Connah on shots for and shots against! The winners were therefore decided by the result between the two pairs, and that went to John and Ken - well bowled and congratulations!

Happy New Season! We were blessed with some fine spring weather for the season opening Sadler Cup doubles competition; ironically on the day that Walsall FC (The Saddlers) reached their own cup final at Wembley! Whilst, alas, the local football team didn't prosper, our 26 strong field of bowlers did, particularly our beaten finalists Roland Heap and Colin Yates; and the winners by 21-8, Andy Warr and Tom Burch who were in imperious form all afternoon. Getting in on the photo is Club Captain Chris Hayward who was delighted to be back in his "Shed of Iniquity" after the long winter break! Well bowled all! Sunday 21st March 2014

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