Highworth Bowls Club win County Officers Triples
Congratulations to Jo Hicks, Ladies Captain, Stuart Murray, Men’s Captain and Chris Davis, Men’s Vice-Captain on winning the Wiltshire County Officers Triples title on Sunday 12th September at Devizes Bowls Club.
The triple representing Highworth played four games on the way to the final beating teams from Supermarine, Pewsey Vale, Purton and Swindon North End before ending their campaign with a dominant display against a strong team representing Avon Bowls Club of Melksham.
This is the first time the club has won this trophy since its revision in 2011 to a mixed format. But, exisiting club members Trish Pearce and Linda Young were members of the winning ladies triple in 2003 our only previous visit to the final.
Ladies County Finals
Congratulations to Linda Young who was runner-up to Marcia Easton of Avon Bowls Club in the County Final of the Champion of Champions Singles.
Supermarine Spitfire Tournament
Supermarine Bowls Club held their fifth annual afternoon triples tournament during the month of September which was won this year by the team from Highworth Bowls Club consisting of Stuart Murray, Deanne Davis and Chris Davis, with sub John Jordan covering for Deanne in the last group game.
In their group Highworth beat Covingham Gents (Supermarine) twice and Rodbourne also twice to top the group. In the Semi-Final they were unfortunate to have to play Rodbourne again who had finished as best runner up of the three groups.
In the final our team ‘The boys and Her’ came up against the Tangerines who comprised Kevin Mitchell and John Ramsay of Supermarine, good friends of our club, who were skipped by our own Hugh Linning.
Highworth managed to hang on after a great fightback from the Tangerines to lift the trophy retaining it for Highworth as it was won last year by Chris Mussen, Roy Read and John Jordan.
Swindon & District Mens Finals
It was a good day for Highworth men at the Swindon & District Mens finals held this year at Shrivenham Bowls Club.
In the Officers Cup Men’s Captain Stuart Murray overcame stiff resistance from Barry Romain of Stratton Churchways to edge a high quality singles match when scoring a 3 to close out the game from 18-18.
The triple of Shaun Higgs, Tom Pittuck and Gary Willis did excellently to win three rounds before narrowly losing in the final to a triple from Wroughton Bowls Club.
The day concluded as always with the Eddie Wells Trophy Final. Particularly poignant this year as Eddie who previously played at Cricklade Bowls Club passed away earlier this year.
The competition is played by four triples over 18 ends and this year followed the revised National format of ‘two bowls’.
The final proved a close contest in the early stages with the Strattton Churchways team proving strong competition for Highworth. However, Highworth gradually took the ascendency winning on two rinks, drawing on a third and conceding a narrow loss on the fourth.
Congratulations to all players who took part in earlier rounds against Supermarine and Wroughton and to the following players who made up the Championship team.
Stuart Murray, John Jordan, Chris Davis, Gary Willis, Roy Read, Robbie Allen, Richard Young, Keith Latimer, Chris Mussen, Mick Woolmer, Hugh Linning and Shaun Hicks.
Ladies Swindon & District Finals
There was significant representation from Highworth in the finals of the Swindon and District ladies competitions held this year at Westlecott Bowls Club.
First up for Highworth in the Pairs were Deanne Davis and Ashlie Lin who narrowly lost to past National Triples Champions Chris Mitchell and Alison Fail from Purton Bowls Club.
Next up in the Fours were the quartet of Maggie Jordan, Josie Etherington (sub for Linda Young), Deanne Davis and Jo Hicks who had a comprehensive 29-10 win over a rink led by Julia Hunt from Wanborough Bowls Club.
More success followed in the afternoon as Deanne Davis took to the green again against Yvette Maxwell-Darkes of Royal Wootton Bassett Bowls Club in the Ladies 2 Wood Singles. After a very exciting and close game, Deanne finally triumphed on an extra end.
The concluding Final for Highworth Ladies saw the Triple of Maggie Jordan, Josie Etherington (sub for Linda Young) and Jo Hicks take on 2017 National Triples Champions Chris Mitchell, Julie Jones and Alison Fail from Purton Bowls Club. This game ebbed and flowed with the Highworth trio finding themselves up against it at first being 13-1 down, however they showed real grit and turned the tide to be one up with one to play but sadly the experience of the National champions saw them take 2 shots on the final end to claim victory.