Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
As the rain continues to wreak havoc for the bowling season and the Johns Trophy against Gloucestershire had to be cancelled after just three ends following a thunderstorm and a flooded green, the intrepid Warwickshire bowlers continue to try and play through the storms.Fortunately most of the county competitions have now reached their conclusion and congratulations go to the following players who have reached the finals in these competitions. They are
- the triples teams skipped by Helen Slimm (Whitnash) and by Moira Parsons (Welford)
- the pairs teams skipped by Jacqui Cook (Lillington) and Jane Follett (Kings Heath)
- the two wood finalists - Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Dawn Horne (Royal Leamington Spa)
- the four wood finalists - Kirsty Richards (Kings Heath) and Moira Parsons (Welford)
- the champion of champions - Moira Parsons (Welford) and Di Medhurst (Stoke)
Isn’t it good to see this wide variety clubs across the county which will be represented in our finals and also to represent us at the National Championships?
It would be really great to see as many of you as possible there to support these players both at Finals Day which is on Friday 29 July at my club, Stoke Bowling Club Coventry and to cheer them on at the National Championships at the start of August (details to follow nearer the time).
In the MEL we are off to a good start by beating Northamptonshire at Wellingborough earlier in May. Well done ladies!
As your club competitions will be starting soon I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all the best in these.
Good health and safe travel wherever your travels take you!
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Di Medhurst, President
Johns Trophy and Fours Quarter and Semi Finals
Please Note that due to torrential rain the Johns Trophy game against Gloucestershire on 25 June had to be cancelled and has been rearranged for Saturday 2 July 2016.
Players reaching the Fours Quarter and Semi Finals will be advised of the new date and venue for these competitions later in the week.
An English Country GardenWell, not a garden exactly but what can be better on a summer afternoon than playing bowls in the heart of Stratford on the banks of the River Avon surrounded by church spires, green hedgerows and the world renowned Theatre? Avon Bowling Club was the venue for Warwickshire’s annual friendly match against the Welsh Team – Pen-Y-Glyn and although the visitors weren’t very friendly and beat the home team 96-72, the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The Avon members were especially enthusiastic about this opportunity to host a county game and went out of their way to ensure that everything was perfect. Even the weather managed to be kind for half the game which was an improvement on most of our matches this year.
The only other winning rink went to Ann Harwood (Wolvey) with Margaret Boldy (Avon) and Pat Dahlgren (Bilton) who were 3 all at 6 ends but managed to pull away to finish 14-9.
After a very nice tea County President, Di Medhurst, was delighted to be able to present blazer badges to Dawn Horne (RLS) and Heather Tredgold (Southam).
Cambridgeshire Turn Up the HeatAfter a dry start at Nuneaton Bowling Club with threatening clouds and thunder and lightning in the distance everyone was hoping to avoid yet another dousing but it wasn’t to be and although it stayed dry for half the game the heavens eventually opened to ensure there were some very wet bowlers by the finish! And it wasn’t only the weather which spoiled the day for Warwickshire as Cambridgeshire proved the stronger team, winning by just 8 shots - 120-112.
Highest winning rink went to Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Liz Wooding (Coventry Avenue), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) who started strongly and a resounding 28-15 win never looked in doubt.
Thanks to six shots on the 20th end Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Ann Harwood (Wolvey), Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) secured a win for their team 24-17.
Elaine Taylor with Di Medhurst (both Stoke), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) and Pat Gagg (Lillington) set off strongly but a determined effort by the opposition pegged them back to a 2 shot lead at 17 ends but 3 shots on the 18th helped to secure their position and they finished 19-16.
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Pipped at the Post
Highest winning rink went to Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Elaine Taylor (Stoke), Ann Webb and Liz Westell (both Welford) who started slowly and were 1-6 down at 5 ends, but a determined effort put them a shot ahead at 12-11 on 15 ends and eventually winning 17-13.
Maureen Edwards with Yvonne Bromfield (both Rugby Thornfield), Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) also won by 4 shots but missed highest winning rink as they won fewer ends. 10 all at the 15th end they finished with a winning score of 19-15.
Pat Moore with Brenda Carlton (both Three Spires), Gill Maund (Sherwood Park) and Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) were also level pegging 13 all at 15 ends and managed to hold their own and pull away to win by just three shots 18-15.
Moira Parsons (Welford) with Kirsty Richards (Kings Heath), Lynne Houghton (Leamington Avenue) and Helen Slimm (Whitnash) followed a similar pattern and were one shot up at 18 ends just managing to retain a one shot lead to finish 18-17.
Jacqui Cook with Margaret Grosvenor, Pat Gagg (all Lillington) and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) who were level pegging at 10 ends, 8 all, went behind briefly but pulled back to finish just one shot adrift at 15-16.
Sue Hornsby with Di Thurlbeck (both Lillington), Di Medhurst and Helen Harris (both Stoke) weren’t so fortunate and although they managed to pull back they eventually finished 14-27.
County President, Di Medhurst, was delighted to be able to award Johns Trophy flashes to Brenda Carlton and Pat Moore (both Three Spires).
A Warwickshire Win Against Gloucestershire
The Annual Mixed match against Gloucestershire brought out the sun for a change and was played in the usual friendly fashion with Warwickshire retaining a win 115-87.
Highest winning rink went to Gareth Wilcock (Three Spires) with Heather Mills (Grange Ladies), Ray Morgan (Bilton) and Jean Hagues (Rugby Ladies) who were down by one shot at 5 ends but soon made it clear that they were out to win and stormed ahead thereafter to eventually finish 28-10.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Bala Maniam (Warwickshire County Council), Terri Hitchcox (Rugby Ladies) and Boris Boulstridge who set off at a pace and were 16-4 up at 10 ends and although their opponents tried to pull back the eventual result was 23-13.
Dave Cooke with Heather Tredgold (both Southam), Margaret Boldy (Avon) and Ray Antill (Grange) were fairly evenly matched with their opponents but eventually pulled ahead to win 21-17.
Brian Mace-Humphries with Arthur Musson (both Grange) with Di Medhurst (Stoke) and Gloria Higgins (RLS) set off well and were 15-10 up at 18 ends, but a determined effort from their opponents held them at bay eventually winning 15-13.