OUTDOOR COMPETITION RESULTS – 2017
has arrived; the sun is shining and the green is being cut. The
1670 competitors from 105 clubs who in May started the long
fight to Bounds Green have been reduced to 38 competitors from 9
clubs to bowl in the 6 finals. The umpire had checked the rinks
and woods, President Pam handed the Green to the Association.
At 10.30 the Shield was under
way. Rink 2 was a very close game, Camberley stuck on 7 for 4
ends and Sandy stuck on 15 for 4 ends eventually winning 15-14.
Rink 4 was not so close with Camberley always ahead winning
21-12. Final score Camberley 35 Sandy 27.
President Ian presented the Shields which was followed by a buffet for the players.
14.30 saw the start of the
Triples and Pairs. As one of the players in the Fours was
delayed on the A406, Camberley were given 30 minutes grace, the
player arrived so game on. At 4 ends it was Old Coulsdon 2
Camberley 2. At 11 ends Camberley were 8 shots up. Old Coulsdon
fought back but Camberley were too strong winning 21-15.
Bletchley scored 14 shots in 4
ends. Eastleigh fought back over the next 8 ends scoring 10-7,
but it was not enough with Bletchley winning 23-13.
In the Pairs the holders, Bletchley Town, were trying to win the Trophy for the third year running. It was a very good game at 9 ends 10 all, at 14 ends Bletchley were 20-15 up but only scored another 2 shots. Holtwhites went into the 21st end 1 shot down, but scored 3 winning 24-22.
The Lonsdale was between Roger
Watkinson of Broomfield and Dave King of Bromley. At 14 ends
Roger was 7 shots up; at 18 ends Dave was 2 shots down; at 20
ends Roger was 6 shots up; Dave started his fight back scoring 7
shots in the last 4 ends. Roger could not get off 20 with Dave
winning 21-20.This game was worthy of any final.
For the first time in the
history of the Association the final of the Gold Badge was not
played. Will Matthews form Camberley was given a walk over by Ed
Morris for Essex County.
After an excellent buffet; prepared by the ladies of Bounds Green, President Ian presented the Trophies. (All the prize money would be paid by bank transfer). On behalf of all the finalists Will Matthews replied to the toast to the finalists. It was a very fine response. Our thanks go to Bounds Green for the use of the Club facilities; to the umpires; to the markers and to all of the competitors.