The annual Captains’ Day event took place on Sunday 10th June with 26 participants split into two teams of 13 with the Competitive Captains’ XIII taking on the Friendly Captain’s XIII. The teams took part in four rounds of seven ends, for most, playing on a different rink, against different opposition and in a different playing position each round. Add to that a scoring system based on ends won and rewards for scale of winning margin in each game and you had a quite a conundrum that organiser David Armitage had managed to put together.
After leading through rounds 1 & 2, the Friendlies succumbed to an onslaught from the Competitives in Round 3, seeing a lead of 4 points turned into a deficit of 13 and from which there was no way back. Final score on the day was Competitives 80 Friendlies 66 and the teams then retired to the club, after a long afternoon in the sun, to enjoy their American Buffet.
The event began with a spider competition and the opportunity to win a bottle of whisky for the person who finished nearest to the jack once all bowls, and the jack, had come to rest. With 25 bowls streaming across the green from all angles round the green, trying to get closest to the jack placed in the centre, is quite a sight and, inevitably, the jack gets hit, more than once, so the winner can be said to be more by luck than judgment. That said, taking nothing away from the victor, Sunday’s whisky winner was club newbie Dee Clements.
After the buffet, a raffle of prizes generously donated by the players was held, and combined with the entry monies for the spider competition, raising a total of £100 which is to be donated to Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE). Well done one and all!
On receiving Highworth’s donation, David Stott, Team Manager at V.I.B.E. said
“On behalf of Visually Impaired Bowls England, thank you and your members for Highworth BC’s generous further donation of £100 from your Captains’ Day. Please convey our thanks to all concerned. Your support is greatly valued and we wish you every success for the season.”