Jo & Linda’s Leamington Adventure Comes To A Close

Joanna Hicks’ & Linda Young’s National Pairs campaign came to an end in the last 16 today, falling 11-20 to a pair from Lincolnshire that featured a skip who is the current National Champion of Champions.

Apart from Jo & Linda leading 3-2 after three ends, the Cleethorpes pair were never headed and completed the 10th end 11-4 up. Every end was hard fought, but a steady flow of singles against throughout ensured the Highworth pair were closed out of the match after end 20 had been played.

Still, Jo and Linda made the last 16 and can be very proud of their achievements. Here’s hoping you can qualify again next year ladies and hopefully you can go even further next time around.

A big thanks to Richard Young also for his efforts in keeping those of us back in Highworth fully updated with what has been going on end by end, the summaries of which have formed these reports.

Jo & Linda Four-ce Their Way Into Last 16

Joanna Hicks’ & Linda Young’s National Pairs adventure will continue on Friday having today overcome opponents from Kent & Huntingdonshire 19-16 and 29-9 in the first and second rounds respectively.

In the morning’s first round, the Highworth pair got off to a good start and were 9-4 up after six ends and then exchanged singles at each of the next six ends before conceding two threes to fall behind 11-13 after 14 ends. This was a wake-up call for Jo and Linda who responded with two twos to take the lead back and despite Kent drawing level two ends later, a terrific three at the 19th end, followed by a single apiece saw Jo & Linda book an afternoon second round appointment.

Come the second round, Jo and Linda were fastest out of the blocks and certainly had the four-ce with them, scoring four, three, four, four and four again whilst conceding only four shots over the first eight ends to be 19-4 up. Having a 15-shot lead and bowling well the score stood at 23-9 after the 14th end. Following a single at the 15th, end 16 saw both pairs having a toucher each in the ditch along with the jack and, with the exception of one dead bowl, all other bowls were close to the end of the rink and Highworth took a single to move the score on to 25-9. Two singles and a three followed and allowed Jo and Linda to close out the match 29-9 with two ends to spare.

A last 16 match with a pair from Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire awaits on Friday morning, 9:30a.m., the Lincolnshire pair beating a pair from Middlesex 24-9 in their second round tie.

Jo & Linda win National Pairs Prelim

Congratulations to Joanna Hicks & Linda Young on winning their preliminary round of the National Pairs at Leamington, beating a pair from Herefordshire. Coming back from 3-9 down to lead 12-9, both pairs then matched each other scoring-wise to come home 17-14. Best of luck in the first round proper on Thursday.

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.

Linda’s National Singles run ends at last 16

Linda Young won her first round match on Thursday afternoon with a 21 -17 victory over her opponent from Oxfordshire.

Come Friday lunchtime and Linda faced an opponent from Berkshire and was looking comfortable at 13 – 3, before seeing her lead eroded down to a single shot at 13-12. Gaining her second wind, she then went on to win 21 – 15 and move into the last 16.

After a break of little more than 45 minutes, Linda was back on the green and facing the defending champion from Warwickshire. Having recovered from an early 5-1 deficit to level up at 7-7, with an enforced break due to hail(see picture) at 3-5. Linda then took a 13-7 lead with a 2 and a 4. With hopes of an appearance in the quarter-finals rising, Linda unfortunately suffered severe stomach cramps and with them her chance passed her by, her opponent seizing her chance and running out the 21-14 winner.

Whilst it was unfortunate to go out in the way that she did, Linda can be very proud of what she has achieved.