For any member participating in championships or competitions bound by Bowls England rules in 2019 then getting acquainted with the rule changes released in November 2018 might be of interest. All changes are highlighted within the document to make it easier to work your way through the document.
Highworth Bowls Clubs Annual General Meeting will be held at the club on Tuesday 4th December starting 7:30pm. All members are urged to attend.
Nomination sheets for club officials for 2019 are now up and it would be good to have plenty of nominations in advance of the AGM. Please remember that you should obtain the agreement of the nominee beforehand.
Saturday 20th October – Highworth’s annual indoor friendly at Swindon Cheney Manor didn’t go the way it had in previous years, with the Highworth team pulling out all the stops and surprising their opponents, who had been unbeaten at home over the past two years. Highworth led from very early on in the contest and when the teams broke for refreshments at the half way point, there was an 18-point lead in place. Fears that the break would herald a change in fortunes for the home side looked justified as a fightback began immediately on resumption. However, the Highworth ship stabilized and the margin kept to double figures, Highworth coming home 70 – 58 winners.
David Murray’s rinks were the stars in a solid team performance, winning by eleven shots, although they did blot their copybook by dropping a five at the final end! The other two winning rinks had contrasting fortunes at the start of their matches but both edged home with two shot victories, whilst the only losing rink, came close to defeating the opposition’s strongest rink on the day.
|Rink 1||Rink 2||Rink 3||Rink 4|
|J. Spencer||J. Tompkins||M. Woolmer||D. Clements|
|Ge. Vincent||A. Lin||J. Hicks||R. Henshall|
|I. Dandy||J. Jordan||C. Davis||C. Hidden|
|D. Armitage||B. Clements||S. Murray||D. Murray|
|Won 18 – 16||Won 16 – 14||Lost 14 – 17||Won 22 – 11|
Well done to all who participated and a big thanks to Bob Clements for helping to assemble the side.
Next year’s match promises to be interesting. To be sure, our opponents will be looking for revenge!
With Highworth represented in five different finals at Westlecot on Sunday 16th September there was always the possibility of winners and losers and so it turned out. Linda Young had a test of stamina and concentration having to play in four of the five, virtually staying on the green all day, whilst Jo Hicks had two matches to play and Maggie Jordan and Ashlee Lin featured in one each.
First up for Linda was the Champion of Champions, playing Charlie Godwin of Wootton Bassett, for which she came through with a 21 – 13 victory.
Following a brief break, it was on to the 2-wood Singles final against Laura Latham of Town Gardens, this time Linda recording a 16 – 9 success. Meanwhile Jo was up against Charlie Godwin in the 4-wood Singles and found it was not to be her day, going down to a 9 – 21 loss.
Linda’s third final was the Pairs, with Ashlee Lin at lead. The Highworth pair got off to a dream start, leading 16 – 0 before their Supermarine opponents. Ann Andrews & Marilyn Kilburn, got on the scoreboard with a 4. After 15 ends the score stood at 21 – 7, but end 16 of the scheduled 21 proved to be the final end when Ashlee and Linda weighed in with a 7, the Supermarine ladies deciding then to concede the match. So a hat-trick of title for Linda to add to her tally of titles, but a first for Ashlee, who only came to the sport in 2015 with no prior experience.
The last final of the day was the Charity Triples and saw Highworth’s Maggie Jordan, Jo Hicks and Linda Young take on a Wootton Bassett trio skipped by Charlie Godwin. The match was tight all the way and after the regulation 21 ends were completed the scores were tied at 17 apiece. The resulting extra end saw Wootton Bassett take the end and the title.
Regardless of winning or losing on the day, Highworth ladies, and indeed everyone at the club, can be extremely proud of their achievements across national, county and Swindon competitions over the season and can look forward to 2019 with great optimism.
Richard Young, Highworth’s Men’s Captain, lost out to former National Indoor Pairs partner, Wanborough’s Robbie Ferguson 17 – 21 on Saturday’ 15th September in the Champion of Champions Final at Westlecot. Commiserations to Richard.
On the next rink, Highworth’s Sean Etherington narrowly missed out on winning the Under 25s Final. Despite having built up an 18 – 11 lead, he could not respond to a late surge from former Highworth club mate, Ben Choules, who compiled a ten break over the next few ends to run out the 21 – 18 winner. It was a sterling effort Sean and hopefully the experience gained is beneficial for future finals.