Roy picks up two winners and two runners-up trophies

PUBLISHED: 14:14 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 11 April 2018

Victoria Bowls Club.

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Victoria Bowls Club member Roy Bromet picked up two indoor titles as well as being runner-up twice.

Victoria’s indoor season came to a close with the staging of the finals of the competitions, with Roy Bromet winning two competitions and picking up two runners-up titles.

He was also an earlier round loser in the singles to the eventual winner Graham Richards, who was always in control of the final against Dave Roberts holding a comfortable lead despite a mini comeback to win the title.

The ladies’ singles final was closely fought by Chris Stevens and Gill Poolman until the latter ends when Poolman suffered a scoreless run of ends allowing Stevens to claim the title.

The men’s pairs was a tense struggle throughout for supremacy with neither team able to build a winning position with the game being decided by playing an extra end with the pair of Nigel Robbins and Bromet picking up the shots necessary to snatch the game from their opponents Tony Webb and Carmine Santosousso.

The ladies’ pairs did not provide as close a game as the men with the pair of Hannah Frye and Kay Wilson taking an early lead against Nancy Whyte and Stevens, running out as comfortable winners.

Frye partnered Bromet in the mixed pairs and succeeded in picking up their second title with a single shot win over Wilson and Santosousso who were four shots behind with two ends to play and despite picking up three shots, were unable to force an extra end.

The triples team championship produced a close game with a three-shot win by team Foxtrot of Tom Farmer, Don Wheatley and Pete Lunn against team Golf - Tony Webb, Bromet and Brian Johnson.

An extra end was again needed to decide the winners of the fours team championship with team Goldfinches - Santosousso, Mike Milliner, Jason Revell and Bromet, holding shot but Phil Fisher skipping team Magpies with Gwynne Jones, Terry Gilbert and Stewart Evans snatched victory with his final wood.

Singles – men: G Richards, runner-up: D Roberts. Ladies: C Stevens; G Poolman. Pairs – men: N Robbins, R Bromet; A Webb, E Sage. Ladies: H Frye, K Wilson; N Whyte, C Stevens. Mixed pairs: H Frye, R Bromet; K Wilson, C Santosousso.

Triples: T Farmer, D Wheatley, P Lunn; T Webb, R Bromet, B Johnson. Fours: G Jones, T Gilbert, S Evans, P Fisher; C Santosousso, M Milliner, J Revell, R Bromet

Victoria offer opportunities to experience bowls at their open days which this year are being held on April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5 and 6, between 10am on noon.

Men and ladies of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend with all equipment provided with coaching staff in attendance.

The club boasts a superb outdoor bowling green, an indoor bowling rink, snooker tables, a skittle alley and a comfortable lounge bar – right in the heart of the town.

The club is located 100 yards from the junction of Albert Quadrant and the Boulevard. Look for the blue hanging Victoria Bowling Club sign near the bus-stop in Albert Quadrant and walk along the lane to the club which is set back from the road. The club is served by several buses that end up on the Boulevard

Recently, BBC Points West presenter David Garmston visited Weston to discuss Brexit with one year to go before its implementation.

He arrived at Victoria Bowling Club when an internal mixed triples was about to start on the indoor rink. He discussed with members their views on Brexit and he also had a go at bowling.

The two teams are shown here with David Garmston on the green.

Three players from St Andrews Bowling Club finished runners-up in the Somerset county indoor triples championship at Taunton Deane.

Ken Uglow, Darrell Johnston and Barrie Forse were unable to show their best form against a team from Ilminster, with Johnston feeling below par following a mouth operation the previous day.

After having taken an early lead, supported by a dozen St Andrews members, the Saints’ trio never recovered from conceding two consecutive threes.

Four shots behind at halfway, they had slipped to 12 in arrears by the 14th of the 18 ends and conceded defeat at 7-18 after Johnston had killed the 16th end with one of his thunderbolt firing shots.

It was the second disappointment in a month for the trio, who had missed out on a place in the national finals when they lost in the inter-area final of the EIBA over-50 triples.

For a short time last week, St Andrews thought they had finished runners-up in Division One of the Somerset County League.

The final table showed them with the same number of points (58) as Taunton, but above Taunton in second place on shot-difference. However, a check back by the league secretary showed Taunton should have been credited with two more points, which gave them runners-up spot and the prize-money that accompanies it.

Saturday’s county finals were the last act of the indoor season for St Andrews. The postponed ladies’ club championship singles final will not now take place because of finalist Hannah Frye’s illness. Therefore, Audrey Powell becomes champion for the first time.

Saints can look back on a good indoor season, having qualified for seven national individual area finals in EIBA competitions. In addition, the ladies were runners-up in the Somerset county two-rink and reached the last 16 of the national Yetton Trophy.

With an influx of useful new men players, the club has high hopes for the outdoor season, which begins on Saturday and Sunday with, respectively, the men’s and ladies’ opening days (both 2pm).

Imogen Cracknell, Saints’ highly-promising 16-year-old, has been selected for an England under-18 indoor trial at Rugby.

She made her England under-18 outdoor debut last year and, if selected, will play in the BIIBC U-18 International Series in Newport in October.

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