Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
Well, that's it, the season's over and already the planning for next year is well under way.
The next highlight will be the Annual Luncheon and Prize Giving on Sunday 9 October at Tally Ho! Conference Centre - tickets are now available through your Club Secretary. This event is one of the highlights of the year and everyone is welcome to come along and support their Club members who have managed to reach the County finals.
The result of the MEL League was disappointing for Warwickshire as they were just pipped to the post by Leicestershire - for the FINAL RESULTS of the MEL League go to Fixtures
We are delighted that Kirsty Richards has been selected for an England Trial which will take place at Leamington on Saturday 24 September - why not come along and watch - you won't be disappointed!
Listed below are the ladies' success stories - more details can be found on the Bowls England website. Well done to everyone who reached the Nationals.
Congratulations go to Hannah Smith who reached the semi final of the Sutton Winson Trophy, losing to the eventual winner.
Congratulations to Moira Parsons, Liz Westell & Wendy Holloway who played well to reach the Semi Final, but couldn't hold Devon as they went on to win the Final.
Congratulations to Jane Follett and Kirsty Richards as they reached the Quarter Finals but couldn't hold Devon who went on to win.
Di Medhurst, President
It was with considerable shock and sadness that the County learned that Bernadette McDonnell had passed away. Having won the Unbadged Singles in 2012 she played in the County Finals of the Fours. Bernadette was also very instrumental in raising funding for the Warwickshire Amy Rose team, which enabled the County to buy new kit for the players. Although a fairly new County player, having received her Blazer Badge earlier this year, she was well respected and liked for her cheerful personality, her commitment to bowling and willingness to get involved and enjoy the camaraderie which bowling has to offer.She will be sorely missed and the County Officers send their condolences to her family and friends.
Bernadette's funeral will take place on Friday 30 September 2016 at St Francis of Assisi Church, Warwick Road, Kenilworth at 12.30pm and afterwards in the church hall.
It was with considerable sadness that the County learned that Norah Hale had passed away. Norah was a County Player from 1994 when she was a member of Tally Ho! Bowling Club before she joined Kings Heath. She and her late husband Gus were keen supporters of the County and she always had a good sense of humour and a cheeky smile. A keen bowler, Norah won the County 2 Wood Singles in 1993, was a member of the winning Triples in 1998, as well as the Fours in 1998 and 2011 and Benevolent Triples in 2008. The County Officers send their condolences to her family and friends.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday 4 October at 12 noon at Perry Barr Crematorium, 389 Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2LR and afterwards at a local hotel.
Warwickshire Ladies Finish on a High
The last match of the season is always fun as it is against the President’s Club and their guests and this year was no exception. Stoke Ladies put out a strong team but fortunately the County ladies were able to retain their honour with a win 128-92.
Highest winning rink went to skip Di Thurlbeck with Ann Doherty and Chris Ward (all Lillington) and Jean Hagues (Rugby Ladies) who were in determined mood and set off at a pace against Chris Roberts and her Stoke team to eventually win 23-8.
Jean Petty (Norgren) with Antoinette Lambert (Ambleside), Linda Linney and Jean Williams (Stratford) faced Di Wilkinson’s Stoke team and were struggling at the start before they drew level at 12 ends, and a determined effort saw them pull ahead to win 28-15.
Maureen Edwards with Yvonne Bromfield (both Rugby Thornfield), Margaret Grosvenor (Lillington) and Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford)/Barbara Harsant (Solihull Municipal) who shared the game, played against Pat Moore’s 3 spires team and were fairly evenly matched until the 12th end when three consecutive scores of 3 put them ahead and they went on to finish 23-14.
Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) with Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Janet Greenwell (Wolvey) and Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) started strongly but a determined effort by their Stoke opposition headed by Elaine Taylor kept them at bay and the eventual score line was 19-15 to the County.
Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Chris Harrison (Ambleside), Di and Barry Medhurst (Stoke) were also fairly evenly matched against Helen Harris’s Stoke team but struggled to hold their own until the final few ends when they were able to finish with what was considered an honourable draw 17-17.
Jacqui Cook with Jayne Henfrey (both Lillington), Christine Harding (Rugby Thornfield) and Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield) were fairly evenly matched to start with, but the opposition from Bilton Club headed by Elaine Cresswell were the stronger for the middle section and even 5 shots on the 13th end weren’t enough to help the County team as they went on to finish 18-23 adrift.
After a very enjoyable fish and chip supper with lots of laughter and chat the President was delighted to be able to present a Colt badge to Jean Williams (Stratford).