Closing days celebrated by local clubs

PUBLISHED: 09:26 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:26 02 October 2015

Wessex BC ladies.

Wessex BC ladies.


Bowls clubs around the area celebrated the end of the season with various matches and competitions.

ASHCOMBE chairman Roy Powell and ladies’ president Sylvia Ford, together with sponsor Mandy Gollicker from Avery estate agents, welcomed members and guests to the first combined captain’s closing day.

Men’s captain Ben Benstead and ladies’ captain Lesley Paterson arranged a fun game, played in glorious weather and enjoyed by all.

A meal prepared by Martin and Lesley Paterson was preceded by Powell thanking guests and members for attending and requested Norma Counsell to say grace.

Following the meal, Powell thanked captains Paterson and Benstead for their hard work during the season.

Winners on the day-spider: Shirley Weaden; top lady: Sylvia Hopkins, runner-up: Barbara Cullen; top man: Barry Webber; runner-up: Martin West.

The sum of £640 for captain’s charity- Great Ormond Street Childrens’ Hospital - had been raised.

The ladies who had served the meal and helped in the kitchen received thanks, in appreciation of their hard work. Vice-captain Averill Goacher also presented Paterson with gifts from the ladies’ section.

The day concluded with a surprise new award-clubperson of the year. This was given to president Graham Wilkinson in recognition of all his hard work for the club and for spearheading the building of the extension.

This week Ashcombe men played for the Don Stanton Trophy in memory of Don, a long-standing club member, who passed away in 2013 and the winner of the trophy this year was Sam Hedges.

For the past couple of years, Ashcombe have run a mixed fun afternoon, organised by Alan Cracknell, in aid of Great Ormand Street Children’s Hospital. It was a sunny afternoon and everyone was in good spirits with most people wearing funny wigs.

VICTORIA’S last two matches of the season ended with one loss and a victory.

Victoria 102, Winscombe 111: P Coumis, A Barnes, M Cooper 23-19; J Mingo-West, A Yates, J Newman 11-20; T Gatehouse, M Manning, D Hurst 18-14; R Bromet, A Shattock, J Howell 23-11; B Pocock, D Williams, M Campbell 16-31; P Wyatt, M Milliner, M Stocker 11-16.

Victoria 131, Clevedon Promenade 76 (mixed): S Milliner, D Roberts, R Bailey, J Newman 27-16; W Nicholls, K Wilson, B Pocock, M Cooper 30-11; A Bray, S Sokol, G Richards, M Hillman 30-19; B Williams, S Pocock, M Milliner, R Rockett 24-9; H Frye, R Bromet, R Cleeves, E Sage 20-21.

Victoria Ladies captain’s day.

LEN Lewis won Clarence Bowling Club’s Paxton Cup for the second year running in the closest finish anyone can remember.

The Paxton is the club’s season-long roll-up competition. The £1 weekly entry fees are donated by the winner to a charity of their choice.

On the final day, Lewis, Derek Weston and the club’s Sunday captain Ken Marshall were all in with a chance of winning.

On the final end, Lewis’s triple were down and it looked as if the cup would go to Weston. But his team-mate Barry Benn trailed the jack to give them three shots and Lewis was home and dry.

He received the Paxton Cup and more than £300 for his charity at Clarence’s closing president’s day.

Members and guests from Clarence Ladies and Wessex Ladies played three five-end matches, changing positions, teams and rinks twice, with individual scores to count. The joint winners, both with 19 shots, were Brendan Duffy and Trevor Ward.

After a lovely meal, prepared by the ladies, president Bob Rossiter thanked members for all their efforts during the season, in which Clarence finished third in Division One of the Weston & District Over-60s League, but were relegated from Somerset County Premier Two.

Then the president presented trophies and prizes to the winners of club competitions, sponsored by the Beachlands Hotel, who were thanked for their generosity.

Clarence played their traditional final inter-club match of the season against Bridgwater, on the latter’s green at The Parks.

It turned out to be a victorious end to his year as captain for David Stott, who skipped his rink to a 16-shot advantage that proved decisive in Clarence’s 10-shot win.

Bridgwater 84, Clarence 94: B Rossiter, B Benn, J Keay, D Stott 30-14; J Loveridge, G Andrews, M Skyrme, G Barlow 13-15; R Smith, A Cord, B Duffy, M Edlin 23-21; C Tippett, A Bishop, John Hayes, K Marshall 15-18; J Kelloway, J Atkins, D Jackman, T Mannion 13-16.

WINSCOMBE’S last day of the season was marked by a seven-rink match between the captains (Trixie Miles and Paul Fredersdorff) versus a team representing the president (Rob Lacy).

A spider with proceeds going to the sponsor a child in Kenya through Educate the Kids, was held before the game.

The captains managed to get revenge on the president for their loss on the opening day of the season by winning by 165 shots to 103.

Following an enjoyable sunny afternoon on the green, the captains entertained members to the traditional closing day supper. Both captains summarised their season and thanked their vice-captains, committee and greenkeeper for all their help during their season.

The final matches of the season produced two wins against Bridgwater and Victoria.

Winscombe 91, Bridgwater 90: D Brown, B Paul, G Coombe, A Watts 16-16; G Lloyd, R Knight, M Nash, R Lacy 17-21; M Newing, P John, P Fredersdorff, G Neville 21-16; R Sapsford, D Peakall, K Whatling, T Ellis 18-17; R Weller, J Smith, P Cast, M Dorrington 19-20.

Winscombe 111, Victoria 102: J Smith, R Knight, M Dorrington 19-23; M Hunter, K Whatling, T Ellis 20-11; M Newing, S Easterby, P Fredersdorff 14-18; G Lloyd, M Nash, A Watts 11-23; P John, A Dudley, R Lacy 31-16; R Weller, B Paul, G Neville 16-11.

WESSEX Ladies held their captain’s day to close the season.

Captain Elaine Stott welcomed county president Celia Whitmarsh and county junior vice-president Trudy Bishop, guests from local clubs and members.

To start the afternoon a spider was held and was won by the county president. The bowls drive yard stick was won by Clarence president Bob Rossiter. Consolation prizes were shared by Janet Gardiner, Shirley Hewitt and Chris Falconbridge. Following a delicious tea, president Joan Duffy presented trophies to the winners of the club competitions.

ST ANDREWS Ladies finished their outdoor season at Winscombe, with the second leg of the Iris Owen Cup, a competition played annually.

The game finished all square with Saints retaining the cup with their 15-shot advantage from the first leg.

St Andrews Ladies 52, Winscombe 52: P Uglow, A Campbell, M Pattenden 25-12; C Venn, A Greenwood, M Bailey 12-24; S Priory, J Ware, M Favis 15-16.

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