Category Archives: Club Competitons

Beginners’ Trophy finalists decided

Seven players turned out today for the restyled Beginners’ Trophy, which provided an opportunity for those members who joined in 2018 or 2019, as beginner bowlers, to compete for a trophy against those of similar experience and ability.  Sadly, withdrawals over the week plus one no-show on the day saw the field drop from 13 to 7, but this did not take anything away from the quality of some of the bowling on show.

The semi-finals were both tight affairs, but it was Sue McCormack and Mike Eckett who came through and who will contest the final at the club’s Finals Weekend on September 7th and 8th.

Thanks to those who gave their time to helping the event run smoothly.


Good and bad news at S&D Ladies Finals

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.

Success Eludes Highworth at Men’s S&D Finals Day

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.

Friday Afternoon Triples Winners Decided With Final Round

Whilst the final round of matches in the Friday Afternoon Triples League were being played, then league leaders Team E (Dee Clements, Brian Harris and Paul Barrow) could only look on from their tea-making duties in the club’s kitchen, whilst Team F (Jill Barrow, Andrew Wicks & Ian Dandy) played out their final match knowing that they needed to win by any score in order to head the table at the close.

With a 20 – 8 victory, Team F’s ascent to the top of the table was assured and Team E  had to look for something stronger than tea or coffee to drown their sorrows.
Congratulations to Jill, Andrew & Ian D and commiserations to Dee, Brian & Paul B. Well done also to John Spencer for organizing the event.



Jo & Linda toast County Pairs success

The final of the Ladies County Pairs, delayed from the rain-affected County Finals Day in August was played at Devizes on Saturday morning and saw further success for Highworth’s Joanna Hicks and Linda Young.

Playing short jacks, the pair raced to a 16-4 lead, but with their opponents, Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs from Box, gaining back control of the jack, came to the last three ends leading 21-14. The next two ends saw the Box pair gaining two shots on each and with one end to play cool heads were called for. Jo put up a good wood to put the pressure on their opponents, but the Box skip then ran the jack, added a second close bowl before getting a third into the head to raise the possibility of a further end to decide the winners. However, with two foot of room to play with Linda delivered a bowl that cut the count to two and Jo and Linda could celebrate becoming county champions for 2018.

Congratulations to Jo and Linda on what has been a very successful season to date for Highworth’s ladies and with the S&D Finals Day to come next Sunday there are further opportunities for more titles to come this season.