Presentation of awards and trophies for Victoria members

PUBLISHED: 14:26 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 06 December 2017

Victoria Bowls Club ladies.

Victoria Bowls Club ladies.


Batch Country Hotel was the venue for Victoria Bowls Club presentation evening.

Victoria Bowls Club held its presentation evening at the Batch Country Hotel where club captain Harrison Whyte, with Somerset County president Paul Davies, presented the trophies to the men.

Ladies immediate past captain Rose Cleeves, together with Peter Sloman, Weston College finance director, presented the ladies’ trophies.

The respective captains also awarded the most improved player award to Sam Stocker and Kay Wilson. Club president Stewart Evans took the opportunity to thank all members of the various committees in ensuring another successful summer season and paid tribute to those member volunteers who worked tirelessly at the club with a special thanks to the ladies who provided the teas throughout the year.

Stewart Evans was also pleased to welcome Paul Davies, who had only recently been elected county president and was attending his first official duty and Peter Sloman of Weston College, who continue to be a major sponsor of the ladies’ section.

Sue Cooper was also applauded for her success in being elected to serve as junior vice-president of the Somerset County Ladies Bowls Association.

The final presentation was made to the club president of a painting of the club and green by Lorraine Richards, a lady member and talented painter, who had been working on the project over the past few months

Victoria met a strong Ilminster team in the Somerset County League and despite some excellent performances lost on all four rinks.

Victoria continue to show good form in the mixed league with a win against Woodspring sharing the rink wins, but the top scoring rink of Darren Beard, Margaret Kelly, Les Kelly and skip Graham Richards ensured a 10-shot win and 12 points.

Victoria 54 (0), Ilminster 123 (16): D Beard, R Bromet, D Williams, D Fairhurst 13-31; J Revill, G Hodge, BN Pocock D Hurst 9-47; L Kelly, Carmine, P Wyatt, P Fisher 16-23; P Coumis, R Hollier, J Newman, D Jones 16-22.

Victoria 65 (12), Woodspring 55 (4): A Webb, B Williams, K Wilson, D Fairhurst 18-5; D Beard, M Kelly, L Kelly, G Richards 22-5; F Payne, C Sage, J Langridge, G Hodge 14-24; M Payne, R Bailey, C Stevens, E Sage 11-21.

The local-derby battle between two St Andrews teams in the national over-60 double rink was decided by a three-end spell three-quarters of the way through.

At halfway, the A team led by just two shots and after 12 ends, there was just one in it. But then Gordon Wride’s A rink unleashed a burst of scoring that brought them 14 shots in three ends, putting them 10 ahead.

On the other rink, Barrie Forse’s A quartet picked up 10 shots in the space of six ends, giving them a nine-shot cushion, and it was all over. In the area quarter-finals, Saints A will play Donyatt.

St Andrews A 42, St Andrews B 26 (A team rinks first): K Uglow, J Keay, M Stocker, B Forse 19, J Wilkes, G Cooper, R Venn, B Reeves 10; T Hyde, T Yeeles, K Curtis, G Wride 23, M Campbell, G Webber, B May, D Bailey 23-16.

Wessex League Central Division leaders St Andrews met Clarrie Dunbar, overall league champions for the last two years, and the gulf in class proved too much as Clarrie won comfortably.

Barrie Forse’s home rink had high hopes of earning two points, level after 10 ends, but slipped away before mounting a late comeback to lose by only four. The other home rink never recovered from conceding a six on the eighth end.

Away, the four skipped by Mike Adams were level at 19-all with two ends to go as Sam Stocker starred at lead. Then they conceded nine shots, which, added to the 10 they had shipped in the first two ends, gave their final score a lopsided result.

Mike Stocker’s away team were leading 16-11, then immediately gave away a five, allowing their opponents to regain the upper hand and beat them by six.

St Andrews 65, Clarrie Dunbar 98 – home: T Hyde, J Keay, D Johnston, B Forse 16-20; A McMillan, P Villis, K Curtis, D Bailey 12-26. Away: S Stocker, B May, L Stocker, M Adams 19-28; J Wilkes, G Webber, B Reeves, M Stocker 18-24.

Saints made it two wins from their first two matches in the Weston Mixed League when they beat Victoria by 24 shots.

At home, Mike Stocker skipped his four to a resounding victory over his former club. Darrell Johnston trailed by four with two ends left, then a six and a two saw him win by four.

Phil Villis’s away rink won nine of the first 10 ends to open up an unassailable 17-1 lead, while Ken Curtis lost by five.

St Andrews 66, Victoria 42 – home: Carolina Venn, Dee Cooper, A Cooper, M Stocker 23-8; L Fisher, Jill Bishop, Barbara Mangan, D Johnston 13-9. Away: Judy Forse, Karen Cromey, M Dorrington, P Villis 18-8; D Reynolds, Sue Sinclair, Jane Smith, K Curtis 12-17.

In the national over-60 singles, Ken Uglow came back from 14-19 down to beat Dave Nicholls 21-19 at Wedmore. Then he and Barrie Forse won 17-6 at home to an Ilminster duo in the over-60 pairs.

Three fives at a crucial stage enabled Lee Stocker and Craig Walker to cruise home 22-7 against a useful Wedmore combination in the men’s pairs.

Forse, Carolina Venn, Becky McMillan and Darrell Johnston emerged victorious by 18-14 after a close battle with a Street team in the national mixed fours.

Imogen Cracknell beat her county team-mate Emily Corner (Yeovil) 2-0 in the national under-18 singles at home.

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