Gildredge Park Bowling Club held their weekend of Club Finals at the weekend in glorious sunshine and two bowlers each won a hat trick of titles. There were also two new manes on both the Ladies and Men’s championship trophies.
Mal Rossell with partner Ellen Strevens first won the 2 wood pairs beating Carol Heasman and Dorothy Bromiley on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon she then won the 4 wood pairs with partner Carol Forge against Linda Couch and Barbara Shaw. And then on Sunday morning she won the fixed jack, a competition of 16 ends where 10 points are available on each end for the four r woods closest to the jack scoring 4, 3, 2, and 1 point. She won this match against Ellen Strevens by the closest margin possible 81 – 79.
Not to be outdone Duncan Pickering on Saturday morning in the Pairs competition with partner Andy Seymour beat Andrew Hayman and Paul Farley. In the afternoon in the veterans singles he beat George Murray. He then woke up on Sunday morning knowing that a victory in the mixed pairs competition partnering his wife Rosalyn would also give him a hat trick of trophies. In a very closely fought match they beat another husband and wife pair Linda and Colin Couch to give Duncan his much sought after hat-trick of trophies.
In the ladies singles Championship new member to Gildredge Park Cathy Greenwood narrowly beat a former championship winner Eileen Harris. Cathy joined the Club with her husband John at the start of the season having transferred from Parade. In the men’s championship deaf bowler John Morris who also cannot speak beat Ian Bra hammer. After receiving his trophy John gave his opponent Ian a handwritten note indicating he should read it out to the assembled players and spectators. In the note John thanked the Club members and particularly his wife for their support over his many years of bowling. This was very well received by all present.
One particular feature of the weekend was that several new bowlers who had been coached over the past 3 or 4 years were playing in the finals. These members had never before played bowls until they attended the Club’s Have a Go Weekend. This gave particular pleasure to the 4 qualified coaches present who enjoyed watching their protégées achieving so much.
For names of all players and winners see the other articles on this page.
The two attached photographs show Cathy Greenwood with their Club Championship trophies and the second photograph shows Mal Russell and Duncan Pickering each holding their three trophies.