Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
Warwickshire and Gloucestershire were destined to play each other in two big competitions within a few days starting with the Middle England League at Pineholt BC which saw Warwickshire retain their lead in the League Table thanks to a 121-110 win giving them 11 points to 6.
Three days later, the two Counties met in the Johns Trophy at Cotswold BC, and although this was effectively a dead rubber as Wiltshire had already booked their place at the Regional Finals, the Warwickshire Bears were out to try and win another match against Gloucestershire having won on the previous two occasions, but the tables were turned as Gloucestershire won 135-107. However it was not all doom and gloom as both Counties won on three rinks.
And now we look forward to supporting the Walker Cup team on Sunday 14 July as they play in the Regional Finals at Box Bowling Club in Wiltshire.
The County Competitions are continuing with congratulations going to the latest finalists this time in the Singles: Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) and Kirsty Richards (Whitnash). And the winners of the Senior Fours were Sue Hornsby, Di Thurlbeck, Jacqui Cook and Margaret Grosvenor (Lillington).
Enjoy your bowling.
The Highs and Lows of the Walker Cup Trophy
The Walker Cup Regional Finals were held at Box Bowling Club in Wiltshire and with the sun shining brightly the teams looked forward to an exciting morning when Warwickshire met Somerset.
Skip Kirsty Richards with Helen Slimm (both Whitnash), Di Medhurst (Stoke) and Gill Maund (Sherwood Park) started strongly and kept their finger on the pulse as they soared into a 12-5 lead by the 10th end and despite their opponents efforts finished with a four shot win 19-15. Moira Parsons (Welford) with Hannah Smith (Avenue Leamington), Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) and Sue Hornsby (Lillington) started well but their opponents managed to pull back in the middle half of the game to leave them trailing 11-15 at 18 ends but a strong 7 shot finish over the next 3 ends made the difference and they finished with an 18-15 win, giving them an overall score of 37-30.
The afternoon session was against Wiltshire who had beaten Worcestershire in an exciting game in the morning. With the sun having beaten down all morning the greens were extra slick when the players started and they all struggled to hold the woods back. Although Warwickshire trailed on both rinks for most of the game the last few ends enabled them to pull back and on the 20th end there were only 3 shots between the two teams but they were unable to gain the lead and finished with an overall score of 41-36.
Worse for Worcestershire
The last of Warwickshire’s friendly matches against Worcestershire, as they will be joining the Middle England League in 2020, took place at Wellesbourne BC and provided another home win 106-98.
Highest winning rink went to Liz Crowther with Di Thurlbeck (both Lillington), Rosemarie Geden and Heather Tredgold (both Southam) who were level 5 all at 6 ends before they started to pull away eventually finishing with a 7 shot lead to win 21-14.
Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) with Antoinette Lambert (Ambleside), Jayne Henfrey and Jenny Corn (both Lillington) who were level 4 all at 5 ends before they too started to pull away and although they dipped in the middle, 6 shots on the 15th drew them level again and they finished 23-19.
Joan Hall with Jean Veart (both Nuneaton), Marie Bromwich (Southam) and Liz Crispin (Wolvey) started well and were 9-3 up at 10 ends when their opponents started to come back at them, but 4 shots on the 16th end helped their cause and they managed to hold on to a 2 shot lead to win 16-14.
Jean Williams (Stratford) with Carole Cox (Avon), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Janice White (RLS) were also fairly evenly matched with 7 all, 8 all and 12 all featuring through the game but they just kept ahead to help the home team’s cause by winning 17-16.
The end result for County President, Chris Cooke (Southam) with Chris Harding (Rugby Thornfield), Chris Ward (Lillington) and Chris Roberts (Stoke) was pretty well forecast from the 4th end when they were 4 all and continued to keep level with their opponents, eventually finishing with a draw 14-14.
Ros Taylor (Avenue Coventry) with Pat Lowe (Rugby Thornfield), Margaret Colvin (Snitterfield) and Carole Simmons (Welford) kept up with their opponents to start but then started to trail and despite a last 5 end fightback when they took 10 shots it wasn’t sufficient and they finished 15-21.
Report by Jenny Corn Photographs by Carol Norton
County Officers were very sorry to learn that Norma Day had passed away. There was a very quiet family funeral. Norma was a long standing member of Royal Leamington Spa BC and County President in 1996 when RLS hosted World Bowls. In 1992 she won the County 2 Wood Singles and was a member of the winning Benevolent Triples team in 2004.