Victoria bowlers receive trophies at awards evening

PUBLISHED: 12:46 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 28 November 2018

Victoria Bowls Club presentation.

Victoria Bowls Club presentation.


Trophies were presented to Victoria Bowls Club winners at the annual presentation evening held at the Batch Country Hotel.

Victoria held their annual presentation evening at the Batch Country Hotel.

Immediate past presidents of Somerset County Bowls Paul Davies and Hilary Leamon, with the captains of Victoria Brian Pocock and Chris Stevens, presented the trophies to the outdoor competition winners.

Ladies championship winner Sue Newman also triumphed in the four-wood singles, Sue Cooper was a triple winner with the two-wood singles, two-wood pairs and triples.

Colin Gazzard was the men’s champion with Steve Davies claiming both the two-wood and four-wood handicap singles.

Victoria’s indoor bowling season has been disappointing having been defeated in the first round of four competitions against particularly strong teams.

The mixed friendly squad have played two games narrowly losing by six shots to North Petherton and winning impressively over Puriton by 22 shots with both skips Derek Jones and Margaret Hillman leading their rinks to victory.

Victoria has launched a new indoor competition for members with six teams playing two-wood mixed triples over two sets of five ends with points awarded for set wins, overall result and finishing within an hour.

Brian Pocock men’s captain has been delighted with the popularity of the tournament in which all six teams play on Friday nights with the aim of promoting bowls in a relaxed and fun environment with time for members to socialise.

Victoria Ladies 37, Taunton Deane 109 (Yetton Trophy): F Payne, N Whyte, K Wilson, M Hillman 6-43; E Harraway, H Frye, S Sokol, C Stevens 7-13; S Milliner, R Cleeves, A Holland, S Cooper 14-21; R Bailey, C Sage, S Newman, M Chudley 10-32.

Victoria Ladies 54, 101 Bridport 101 (Yetton Trophy Plate) – home: E Harraway, F Payne, K Wilson, M Hillman 21-22; V Worthington, R Bailey, S Pocock, S Cooper 10-12. Away: M Kelly, M Slavin, R Cleeves, A Holland 9-40; B Williams, C Willetts, C Stevens, M Chudley 14-27.

Victoria 34, Weston St Andrews 94 (Egham Trophy): A Hollier, H Frye, K Wilson D Jones 13-25; R Bromet, C Stevens, M Hillman, G Hodge 5-13; R Cleeves, S Newman, P Wyatt, J Newman 13-36; S Milliner, M Milliner, M Chudley, C Heal 3-20.

Victoria Ladies 32, Taunton 38 (Masons Trophy): B Williams, H Frye, C Stevens, M Hillman 20-15; M Kelly, R Cleeves, M Chudley, S Cooper 12-23.

Victoria 58, North Petherton 64 (mixed friendly): F Payne, R Bailey, C Chudley, G Hodge 16-21; L Kelly, C Cleeves, H Frye, K Wilson 14-27; H Chesters, M Payne, R Cleeves, R Bromet 28-16.

Victoria 36, Puriton 14 (mixed friendly): N Whyte, H Whyte, C Stevens, M Hillman 24-4; A Webb, H Frye, R Bromet, D Jones 12-10.

There were thrilling conclusions to national competitions in three matches at St Andrews.

At North Petherton, Pam Barnbrook and Rebecca McMillan secured a narrow win in the ladies’ pairs when they took the extra end after drawing with their hosts.

Later in the day, Barrie Forse was at Victoria Street for the Champion of Champions against Steve Hooper, while Darrell Johnston and Jill Bishop were in mixed pairs action at home.

Johnston and Bishop faced a strong pair from Taunton Deane but, with a mature performance, narrowly lost out on the extra end.

A classic encounter between Forse and Hooper saw the host steal an early advantage, but Forse responded by shortening the mat length and seizing a narrow lead. Needing just one shot he was unable to close out the match and Hooper won by 21 shots to 20.

The local derby between Saints and Woodspring in the Weston Mixed League was effectively won at home where both rinks had comfortable margins of victory.

Skip Mike Stocker was grateful to his lead, Jill Bishop, who had an excellent match. At Woodspring, Paul Smart, Roger Brereton, Judy Forse and Derek Hurst had a fine game securing the win, from a losing position, with nine unanswered shots in the last four ends.

After their fine run in the Egham Trophy to date, Saints went into this latest round in confident mood. Their opponents, Clarrie Dunbar, had proved to be their nemesis in the past and on this occasion too, they comfortably claimed the win.

St Andrews 66, Woodspring 44 (Weston Mixed League) - home: J Bishop, A Frost, B Huggett, M Stocker 19-7; R Smith, J Webb, A Campbell, R Venn 21-7. Away: P Smart, R Brereton, J Forse, D Hurst 16-11; A Cooper, D Reynolds, M Pattenden, K Curtis 10-19.

St Andrews 50, Clarrie Dunbar 99 (Egham Trophy) – home: M Millard, S Sinclair, K Curtis, S Stocker 16-14; C Venn, M McMillan, M Stocker, L Stocker 12-25. Away: J Forse, M Favis, D Bailey, D Johnston 10-25; R McMillan, A Campbell, S Davies, B Forse 12-35.

There is free coaching and mince pies on offer at Woodspring Indoor Bowls Club in Milton Road, Weston.

Have you ever tried indoor bowling? Every Wednesday between noon and 2pm and Saturday (8.30-10.30am), the club offer free coaching during December for new bowlers.

Come and see us or call Gordon on 07709 682696 for details.

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