News 2016

  • Lilleshall Finals Day 2 (September 2016)
  • Much improved weather greeted the competitors for the second day of Lilleshall's Club finals, with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze. It was also "Captain's and President's Day", raising money for charity, so there numerous activities such as raffle, tombola and spider to part members and guests from their hard-earned pennies.

    The first two matches saw the Tarmac Cup (Handicap) and Nuway Cup (Open Singles) finals. In the Tarmac, Don Cartwright was in fine form and comfortably beat Paul Mitchell 21-5. Don's handicap will certainly be adjusted next season! The Nuway Cup final saw the first of two games between Quentin Smith and Rod Payne. Both players picked up threes in the opening ends, then on the fourth end Quentin converted what could have been four down into four up by trailing the jack to his back bowls. He maintained a modest lead until, at 20-16, Rod found some exceptional draw bowls to take a 3 and a 2 to win 21-20.

    Lunch was then taken, with an excellent buffet prepared by our ladies and generously donated by birthday-boy Frank Beasland. More raffle tickets were sold, more guesses made at the number of sweets in the jar, and members were cajoled into buying yet more tombola tickets by a very "persuasive" Beryl Mitchell. Quentin Smith won the 'spider' for a bottle whisky, by the slightly dubious tactic of trailing the jack away from the centre of the green.

    Suitably refreshed, the contestants took to the green for the Ladies and Men's Singles finals. Rod and Quentin lined up again and early exchanges were equal - the score 10-10 after 13 ends. Rod then drew away and at 20-14 up looked to have the game sewn up with three close bowls. However Quentin drove accurately through the head, firing the jack into the next rink. He scored 2 on the replayed end and followed up with two singles before Rod found the one shot he needed to win 21-18. The Ladies final was between Ruth Lowe and Kath Matthews and proved to be an epic struggle. Kath got away to a good start, leading 7-0, but Ruth recovered and after 16 ends the score was 10-10. Kath again edged ahead and a three on the 25th end took her to a 19-13 lead. Ruth replied with a three, followed by a single and a two to bring the scores level at 19-19. Kath took a single to move to 20-19, but on the next end Ruth held one with the last bowl to play. She drew in to make the second shot and win 21-20. The win was Ruth's fifth - the first being 20 years ago in 1996.

    Finally the deciding match for the National Sports Centre Cup (2 wood drawn pairs) was played between Derek Davies & Chris Squires and Frank Beasland & the indefatigable Rod Payne. This was the last game of a round-robin format, consisting of just 10 ends of 2-wood pairs. Frank and Rod won the early ends, building up a 6-0 lead. Though Derek and Chris fought back to win a couple of ends the short game format gave Frank and Rod the edge and they won 9-2 with an end to spare. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and over £250 was raised for the Severn Hospice.

    Photos from Finals Weekend

  • Lilleshall Finals Day 1 (September 2016)
  • Lilleshall Hosts SBCA Finals (September 2016)
  • Sheila at Leamington - Twice! (August 2016)
  • Jack Borrett Rosebowl (July 2016)
  • Matthews Plate Competitions (June 2016)
  • Jack Bayliss Cup (June 2016)
  • Competitions Underway (May 2016)
  • NSC Cup (May 2016)
  • Competition Draws (May 2016)
  • Lewis Cup Drawn Mixed Pairs (May 2016)
  • Yardstick Competition (April 2016)
  • Season Opens (April 2016)

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