Crusaders are champions

Ashcombe Crusaders were crowned champions of Division 1 of the Over-60s League.

ASHCOMBE Crusaders, ably led by captain Graham Wilkinson were champions of Division 1 of the Over-60s League.

They played 16 games, winning 13 and losing three. Of the 96 rinks played, they won 60, drew four and lost 32 giving them a final score of 228 points, winning overall by 14 points.

Unfortunately, Ashcombe Knights will be relegated to Division 2 where they will join Ashcombe Templars.

In North Somerset Division 1, Ashcombe A played 10 games, won three and lost seven and were relegated. In Division 2, the B team played 12, won five and lost seven ending up in sixth position in the league. The C team played nine, won one and lost eight in Division 3.

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Last Saturday was the men’s closing day and they invited members from other clubs to join them. The greens are now closed until April 2013.

THE outdoor season ended at Clarence on Saturday with the traditional President’s Day, which, after the rain of previous days, was blessed with lovely weather.

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Forty-eight members played a mixture of pairs and triples in fun matches, after which they and quite a few non-players sat down to an excellent tea, provided by the ladies’ clubs.

President Reg Flicker reviewed a successful season, during which Clarence A won the Somerset County League Division 1 North championship and the Blues reached the final of the Weston & District Over-60s League KO Cup.

Afterwards, the club trophies were presented by guests of honour Charles and Beverley Porter of the Beachlands Hotel, who sponsored all the competitions this year for the first time.

There is now a brief respite for Clarence members before the indoor season starts on October 15. More than 20 players from the three clubs based at Clarence Park flew out to Spain today (Thurs) for a bowls tour on the Costa del Sol.

Clarence’s final friendly match of the season turned out to be a close one, as they beat visitors Bridgwater by one shot at home. Gerald Barlow, Tony Mannion and vice-captain Mike Clay skipped the winning home rinks.

Clarence 90, Bridgwater 89: M Peters, B Rossiter, J Edwards, G Barlow 20-16; A Bishop, A Taylor, B Cornwall, T Mannion 25-14; L Medcraft, D Grier, M Scoins, M Clay 18-17; John Hayes, I Phipps, B Underwood, G Cooper 15-16; C Tippett, B Difford, M Edlin, D Stott 12-26.

WESSEX ladies’ captain June Allard welcomed members and guests to her captain’s day to close the season.

Unfortunately with heavy rain and the green flooded, a bowls drive could not be held. However, everyone enjoyed a noisy beetle drive and quizzes. Following a delicious tea, president Ann Fewings presented the trophies to the following competition winners and runners-up - championship E Williams 21, M McMillan 9; two-wood singles: P Turner 19, E Williams 15; first time singles: J Duffy 21, V Edwards 17; handicap: E Williams 27, J Davis 20.

Club pairs: J McMillan, J Davis 19, S Davies, E Williams 16; club two-wood pairs: V Edwards, A Fewings 22, B Jones, M McMillan 10; club triples: V Edwards, M Davis, A Ward 15, E Stott, J Allard, E Williams 13; club fours: E Stott, B Jones, M McMillan, E Williams 19, V Edwards, P Dunn, M Davis, C Peart 14; jubilee two-wood pairs: S Davies, C Peart 13, A Crawford, P Taylor 9.

Woodland triples: S Bishop, J Allard, E Deane; P Turner, B Jones, J Binding.

Todd Cup: V Edwards; P Turner. Club two-wood triples league – Poppies: S Davies, M Davis, V Edwards, N Peters, C Walker, E Williams. Norma Smart Cup: M. Milford, M. Hawkins, J. Davis. President Ann Fewings and her team defeated the captain’s team.

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