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Airdrieonians Win Frank Etherington Memorial Trophy

Sunday 12th August saw the playing of the Frank Etherington Memorial Trophy at Highworth Bowls Club and played with a nod to two of Frank’s passions, namely bowls and soccer. The competition is open to clubs around Swindon and beyond, as well as Highworth’s own social members, and involves teams of four players, named after football clubs and wearing that team’s colours on the green. Whilst the weather could certainly have been much kinder this year it did not prevent the event from being fulfilled and enjoyed.

With ten teams entered, the norm is to see Premier League and local team names listed, but this year it was Airdrieonians, a team comprising of Highworth’s Roy Read, Maggie & John Jordan and Hugh Linning (see picture), that carried off the cup, overcoming Everton (Highworth’s Neil & Christine Biles, Stuart Murray & David Murray) in the final

A really good fun day for all participants with catering provided and cooked by Frank’s family and a big thank you to them for all their efforts in organizing the event.

In the midst of the competition, as well as honouring Frank’s memory, the aim of the Etherington family is to raise money for the Brighter Futures charity. Monies raised this year totalled £400, so a huge thanks to all who contributed.

Lambourn Gala Success For Highworth Men

Lambourn’s annual Gala Day took place on a very hot Sunday 22nd July this year with 24 teams, including three from Highworth, competing for the Lilian Francome Memorial Trophy. This open invitation event has been running for over 20 years and teams come from near and far to compete.

Played in triples format, the 24 teams were divided into two groups of twelve, each team then playing four games of eight ends against four different opponents from their section, the winners being the team that accumulates the highest aggregate score.

Scores are awarded to the nearest four bowls to the jack at each end, with four points awarded to the nearest, down to one point for the furthest of the four. Both teams can therefore score at each end, but a maximum ten points can be gained by one team, should they have all of the four nearest in one end.

The Highworth team comprising of John Jordan, Gordon Pearce and John White scored over 50 points in each of their first three matches and were going along fine. However, at this point, John Jordan had to leave the event in order to bowl elsewhere, but Highworth were fortunate to be able to call upon a reserve for their final match with Terry Nash, John White’s brother-in-law, over from Australia, on hand to step into the breech, aiding the team in a 50 – 30 victory.

Lambourn 2018 victors (R to L); Terry Nash, John White, Gordon Pearce & John Jordan


Total points accrued by the team over their four games was 211, with 109 being conceded, giving a points difference of +102 and leaving them 20+ points ahead of their nearest competition. An exhausted but jubilant Highworth team were declared the 2018 Lilian Francome Memorial Trophy winners capping a fine end to a great day. Well done one and all.

Wiltshire Ladies head for Johns Trophy Semis at Leamington.

Highworth’s Linda Young, Joanna Hicks and Maggie Jordan were part of the Wiltshire Ladies team which stunned Devon in the quarter-finals of the Johns Trophy at the neutral venue of Castle Cary, Somerset on Saturday 14th July, booking their place in the semi-finals for the first time in 23 years.

It was close throughout, with Wiltshire leading for practically the whole of the 21-ends, leading by two across the board after five ends. That lead increased to four after 10 and remained four after five more ends. The gap increased to eight at 18 ends before Wiltshire came home 115-108.

Wiltshire won three of the six rinks, whilst the “Highworth” rink skipped by Linda drew 23 – 23.

Wiltshire will now play Yorkshire in the semi-finals at Leamington on August 4th. The winner of that match will take on either Surrey or Northamptonshire in the final.

Congratulations Linda, Jo and Maggie. The Highworth ladies are really doing the club proud in 2018, this now being the third National Finals event that will feature Highworth representation. Good luck at Leamington and here’s hoping you and your Wiltshire Ladies team-mates can progress and bring the trophy back to Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Ladies record SWCL victory at Highworth

Highworth played host to a Bowls Wiltshire Ladies (BWL) fixture for the second time this year, this time being a South West Counties League (SWCL) match against Herefordshire Ladies. The match kicked-off one hour early in order to give all parties the opportunity to get home in time for England’s World Cup semi-final appearance and the pattern of play on the majority of the rinks, right from the off, indicated which way the final result would be decided. Rink 1 was an exception, with a tight struggle for most of their match until the latter quarter of their match when the Wiltshire Ladies made a decisive break.

Whilst the final result is not known at time of writing, BWL won four of the six rinks and took the aggregate as well, their biggest winning margin gained by those on Rink Two.

A big thanks to all the Highworth members who turned out in some part to help with making the day run smoothly, but particularly to Maggie Jordan and her team of ladies who worked tirelessly in the kitchen on a hot day to produce a two-course cooked meal for both teams to enjoy whilst they mulled over the days events.

Bowls lined up to be checked by the match referee before the match commences.

President Chris Hidden welcomes officials from both sides to Highworth, handing the green over to BWL for the duration of the match.

Action from the match