Victoria end the season with victory

PUBLISHED: 09:23 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 07 October 2016

Wessex Ladies.

Wessex Ladies.


Victoria ended the outdoor season with a fine victory against Winscombe.

The final week of the outdoor season resulted in a good win for Victoria against local rivals Winscombe.

The highlight of the season in many members’ eyes is the annual fancy dress game against the ladies. This was again played with various different dress, from a nun to an Irish leprechaun. After the battle, the two captains declared the game a draw. A fish and chip supper was supplied by the men.

The season finished with the usual match between teams of the captain select and the president select. On this occasion, the presidents team overcame adversity to reverse the result from the opening day.

Victoria 130, Winscombe 80: D Roberts, W Nicholls, G Hodge, M Stocker 25-12; H Whyte, T Broughton, D Jones, M Manning 20-12; M Willetts, C Chudley, M Campbell, D Hurst 29-15; J Mingo-West, G Richards, A Shattock, C Heal 13-12; L Kelly, T Gatehouse, J Smart, J Newman 22-13; B Pocock, T Gilbert, R Rockett, K Holland 21-16.

Captain 125, President 98 (captain’s team first): Alec Waygood, B Saward, R Rockett, G Hodge 12, S Stocker, T Gatehouse, D Beard, J Newman 25; L Kelly, P Wyatt, M Stocker 19, M Payne, M Manning, L Stocker 14; R Hollier, H Whyte, M Campbell, K Holland 25, J Griffiths, B Pocock, D Wheatley, C Heal 14; T Gilbert, D Parker, D Williams, M Cooper 25, J Mingo-West, E Sage, T Broughton, S Evans 10; B Johnson, M Milliner, P Fisher, D Hurst 24, W Nicholls, C Chudley, G Frost, D Jones 20; Carmine, D Carpenter, H Gibbs, S Davies 20, A Hollier, J Langridge, J Smart, A Bray 15.

Congratulations go to Fiona Waters, who reached the county singles final of the unbadged competion held at the Bloomfield. Her opponent from Weston St Andrews proved too experienced and ran out the winner.

The ladies’ closing day was held in a different format to normal. There were six different disciplines where points could be obtained and the winner at the end of the day was the bowler with the most points.

Representatives from the local clubs and Weston College Sports Department, were invited and contributed to an enjoyable afternoon. This was followed by a splendid tea cooked and served by the male members.

Wessex Ladies captain Norma Peters welcomed players, Somerset county president Maralyn Gozna, guests from local clubs, members and former member Dilys Forsyth, who travelled from Kent, to her captain’s day to close the season.

County president Maralyn swept the board by winning the spider and the bowls drive, while Maureen Milford won the consolation prize. Following a delicious meal, president Pat Hanson presented trophies to club competition winners

Captain Ronnie presented Mr Thomas, representative of Air Ambulance a cheque for £511.10, when he attended her captains day at Clarence Ladies Bowling Club.

Graham Burgess was elected for his second stint as captain at the AGM of St Andrews Bowling Club outdoor section.

The 82-year-old former Westlands manager succeeds Richard Venn, who becomes vice-captain. Burgess, who is also chairman of the Association of St Andrews Bowling Clubs, will be a non-playing captain.

Outdoor section chairman Malcolm Goddard intimated that, after more than 25 years as fixture secretary, the 2017 season would be his last in that post.

Officers elected: President Margaret Wride, vice-president Don Bailey, secretary Jackie Ware, men’s captain Graham Burgess, vice-captain Richard Venn, men’s fixture secretary Malcolm Goddard, ladies’ fixture secretary Ellie Reeves, competition secretary Derek Reynolds, association rep Ann Greenwood, men’s selection committee Brian May, George Cooper, Malcolm Goddard, ladies’ selection committee Margaret Wride, Jackie Pitman, Carolina Venn, competition committee Danny Favis, Carolina Venn, publicity officer Jim Keay.

The indoor season began at St Andrews with the annual men v ladies match. During an extremely noisy and fun afternoon, the men avenged their 2015 defeat by the ladies in emphatic style, winning by a big margin.

St Andrews Men 93, St Andrews Ladies 32 (men’s names first): A Cooper, R Venn, G Wride, P Villis 35, C Venn, S Glenville/M Mills, S Priory, A Powell 8; P Smart, J Keay, N Sell, B Forse 22, C Hopes, S Carr/W Williams, J Pitman, A Campbell 22-11; M Forse, R Brereton, G Webber, D Bailey 36, M Millard, D Baker/D Cooper, J Rush, M Pattenden 13.

Saints’ promising young player Imogen Cracknell, who turns 15 this month, attended the Bowls England Youth Academy recently. She is one of only eight girls from across the country selected to attend the Academy again at Leamington Spa next May.

Imogen and her 15-year-old clubmates Luke Yeates and Sam Stocker will be teaming up with five players from Clevedon this Sunday (10am) in a National Indoor Under-25 Double-Rink tie against Bristol. The team also includes Clevedon’s former Saints’ player Grant Aldridge.

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