Captain’s Column (Men’s Section) Sept 2010

In July I wrote that it was difficult to believe that the season was already half over.

Well here we are in September and the season is now well and truly over. Club finals day has been and gone and I am pleased to report, with my Competitions Secretary’s hat on, that it was a most successful weekend and particularly pleasing to see that some new names will be going on the Honours Boards.

Throughout the season I firmly believed that we  could give a good account of ourselves in both the Wilts and S&D  Four Rink Evening Leagues.  At the half way stage (the beginning of July) we were well placed at 6th position in the Wilts League, whilst in the S&D League we were sitting at the top, having  played 11 and won 11.

The second half of the season saw us wobble slightly, losing two consecutive games, first away to Wroughton and then at home to Haydon Wick. It could have all gone wrong from there on, but we showed a strength of character and determination to bounce back in our next game to beat Rodbourne Cheney 12-2.

Meanwhile the Wilts squad completed their campaign to finish in a very creditable 5th place.

I am pleased and immensely proud to be able to say that the S&D squad completed the season without losing another game. Highworth became Champions of the S&D Four Rink Evening League for the first time in the Club’s history. In achieving this it should also be noted that Highworth remained at the top of the League throughout the entire campaign.

Division 1 Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Against    Diff
Highworth 22 20 0 2 236 1846 1449.25    396.75
Rodbourne Cheney 22 15 0 7 192 1799 1567.5     231.5
Wootton Bassett B 22 16 0 6 189 1801 1599     202


Finally my congratulations to the following:

S&D Competitions

Rinks – Winners – Kevin Carter / Brian Stallard / Paul Stokes / Dave Warren

Under 25’s Finalist  –  Paul Stokes

Pairs Semi Finalists  –  Kevin Carter / Paul Stokes

Green Keeper’s Competition

Finalist – Kevin Carter

Club Competitions

To all those who entered, the finalists and the eventual winners.

To Linda Kingston from our Ladies Section for an outstanding season:

S&D Competitions

Champion of Champions – Winner

4 Wood Singles – Winner

Secretary’s Cup – Winner

Wilts Competitions

Champion of Champions – Finalist

Well done to everyone and on a personal note I should like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have supported me and helped to make  this a very special year for me as Captain of the Highworth Bowls Club Men’s section and an extremely successful one for Highworth Bowls Club.