Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
Congratulations must go to Kirsty Richards who was crowned 2017 All England Singles Champion after an exciting and nail-biting game against Natalie Chestney. "We are delighted for you Kirsty and it is very well deserved."
The structure of the County Competitions is currently under review and a Special General Meeting will be held on Monday 4 September when Club representatives will be asked to vote for their members' preferred option. If you enter County Competitions it is important you have your say. Your Club will be advising you of the Options over the next couple of weeks so keep a look out for more information.
As the Treasurer, Janet Scott, and Competition Secretary, Dianne Green, step down from these Honorary roles the County is looking for replacements to take Office at the AGM in November. If either of these roles are of interest please speak to one of the County Officers or your Club Secretary to find out more - nominations have to be sent to the County Secretary by Monday 2 October. The County will miss the valuable contribution that these two Officers have made over the last 12 years but feels sure that the structure they have put in place will enable their successors to take on the roles without too much difficulty.
Continue to enjoy your bowling everyone.
All England Singles ChampionWarwickshire is delighted to congratulate Kirsty Richards (Bournville) on becoming All England Singles Champion following a more than exciting game against Natalie Chestney (Devon) which all came down to the last wood.
Slower to start, Kirsty kept her nerve and pulled back to level the game and started to pull ahead, but Natalie was having none of it and again stepped up the pace. With Kirsty 20-16 up Warwickshire’s hopes were high, but again Natalie came back and they went into the last end 20 all with Natalie holding game when Kirsty played the last wood to win the match 21-20.
COUNTY FINALS DAYLillington Bowling Club was the venue for what was to be an excellent day of bowling as Chris Ward, County President, welcomed the players and visitors to her Club – even the weather was kind, well until the middle of the afternoon anyway.
The Pairs brought Southam back on the Green with Velisa Brown and Rosemarie Geden playing Sylvia Fuller and Margaret Wright (Rugby Railway) and it was certainly a tightly fought game culminating in a Southam win 16-14.
The Triples saw RLS back in contention with Dawn Horne, Cynthia Briggs and Janice White playing Brenda Beere, Janet Miller and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) - RLS proved the stronger to win 29-10.
Then came the Unbadged Singles which again featured Janice White (RLS) as she faced Mary Wheildon (Warwick Boat Club) and this certainly proved to be a hard fought contest finishing with Mary winning 21-17.
One of the most exciting games of the day was the Junior (Under 25) Singles between Hannah Smith and Kirsty Richards. Kirsty set off to dominate the game and was well up when Hannah managed to pull the game round and was lying game with 4 shots when Kirsty hit the shot wood and sprang the jack to two of her own woods to leave herself needing just two shots which she managed to get on the next end to win 21-18.
Kirsty Richards has already played in both the Junior and Senior International Series and has now been selected to represent England in the Hong Kong International Classic later this year. Warwickshire is fortunate to have these two young people as ambassadors for the sport and the County wishes them every success in the future.
The Top Club final between Royal Leamington Spa and Lillington was always going to be a tough challenge and so it proved with Dawn Horne (RLS) storming ahead in the Singles against Margaret Stephens (Lillington) to win 21-2. However, whilst Lillington was undeterred and went all out to win the other three disciplines it proved to be too big a task and although they won the Fours and Triples they had to concede defeat to Leamington with a shots difference of just seven - 68-61
Other County Finals which took place were the Junior Pairs which saw Kirsty Richards (Kings Heath) and Kay Sabin (Norgren) win against Abbie Ward and Hannah Smith (Avenue Leamington) 21-13.
The Senior Fours was also won by Avenue Leamington (Yvonne Pick, Lynn Houghton, Karen Rheams and Terry Taylor) who beat Rugby Thornfield (Maureen Edwards, Yvonne Bromfield, Sigrid Thomas and Pat Bax) 20-12.
For more photos go to News/Finals Day Winners