Gildredge Ladies dominate Eastbourne Open Doubles
Our ladies dominated the Eastbourne Open Ladies Tournament. On Friday 14th July the ladies doubles final was an all Gildredge Park event. Joan Jones, who left our club 3 years ago when she moved to Shropshire to be closer to her family, played with Eve Goldsmith against Mal Rossell and Helen Cunningham. Eve and Joan won 25 – 11. Apart from the trophy they won £100 each and Mal and Helen won £50 each.
Although Joan left us 3 years ago she still thinks of herself as a Gildredge Park Lady. Recently she bought a small holiday property in in South Wales and joined a bowls club there. She thought she needed some practise before partnering Eve in the Open.
Both pairs had some tough opposition in their route to the final. In the semi-final Eve and Joan beat Rachel Mackriell of Eastbourne B C (the eventual singles champion) and her partner. Eve and Joan built up such a commanding lead that Rachel and her partner conceded when they could not catch up.
Mal also played in the Open singles competition being knocked out by the champion Rachel Mackriell.
Eve Goldsmith said “this is proving to be a very good year for our ladies. We reached the East Sussex Area final of the Double Rink, won two rounds of the national Top Club competition, and are currently top of the Eastbourne Ladies Bowling League.”
The photograph shows Joan and Eve proudly holding their trophy.