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And the sunshine continues!
The County Competitions held at Leamington are well under way and thanks must go to the County Officers and Club Members who have overseen the organisation of the competitions so far and ensured everything is going smoothly.
Congratulations go to all those who have reached the finals and who will also represent Warwickshire at the Nationals during August. Di Medhurst and Kirsty Richards will be our 2 Wood Singles finalists and Di Medhurst and Gill Maund will play in the final of the Champion of Champions.
The Triples quarters and semis have now been played and Nuneaton and Wolvey will fight it out in the final. The last of the pairs semis was hosted by Stratford and after an excellent match going to an extra end was won by Lisa and Hannah Smith. They will play Kirsty Richards and Barbara Boscott in the final. Well done to all of you.
Congratulations must also go to Kirsty Richards on her selection to the England Team for the Development Test Match against Australia on June 30th at Whitnash Sports and Social Club.
Good Luck to everyone playing in the Warwickshire County Competitions this season and very many thanks again go to those who have volunteered to support the Officers by overseeing competitions at Leamington. Your help is much appreciated.
Our win against the County men was a bit special and I am looking forward to receiving the Trophy at our Annual Luncheon at the end of the season!
County Ladies Prove Their Worth
After a disappointing result against Devon in the Johns Trophy the Warwickshire Ladies went out with a firm resolve to beat the County Men when they played at Sherwood Park and succeeded with a 20 shot win – 119-99. As usual the men were so confident of a win that they hadn’t brought the Rose Bowl Trophy and will now have the pleasure of presenting it to the Ladies at the Annual Luncheon later in the year.
Highest winning rink went to Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield), Pippa Mace (Lillington)/Liz Chedgzoy and Linda Linney (both Stratford) who set off at a pace and were never under threat as they zoomed to a 20-12 finish.
Almost taking highest winning rink and just losing out by not winning as many ends were Jenny Corn (Lillington) with President Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Cynthia Briggs and Donna Kerr (both RLS) who started strongly against the Men’s President’s team, picking up 7 shots on the 3rd end which certainly helped their cause and despite waning in the last few ends a win was never in doubt and they finished 26-18.
Debbie Bloxham with Lynne Innes (both Stratford), Margaret Andrew (Studley Entaco) and Jean Veart (Nuneaton) were fairly evenly matched at 10 all by the 14th end, but a consistent run for the last third of the game ensured a 17-11 win.
Chris Cooke with Heather Tredgold (both Southam), Antoinette Lambert (Ambleside) and Vanessa Brazier (Rugby Railway) started well and were 11-5 up at 10 ends, but even a concerted effort by the men couldn’t stop them from winning 19-15.
Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with Karen Rice (Studley Entaco), Janice White (RLS) and Chris Roberts (Stoke) struggled to get going and were trailing 4-14 on the 10th end, but a strong fight back in the second half of the game ensured an exciting finish as they drew 17 all.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Janet Greenwell (Wolvey), Chris Ward (Lillington) and Dawn Horne (RLS) weren’t so fortunate but picked up 4 shots on the 7th end to kick start them which, together with 6 shots on the 18th end, helped their cause, although it was not enough to give them a win and they finished 20-26.
Doldrums at DerbyWhilst Warwickshire was drowned in thunderstorms, the County bowlers went to Derbyshire and enjoyed a sunny afternoon in Derby, but whilst the sun might have come out it was a cloudy finish for the visitors as they lost by 109-132.
Highest winning rink went to Jenny Corn with Chris Ward (both Lillington), Di Wilkinson and Chris Roberts (both Stoke) who were fairly evenly matched to start, but 5 shots on the 7th end gave them the encouragement they needed and they went on to win 22-17.
Sue Hornsby with Pippa Mace (both Lillington), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) set of at a pace and were 9-3 up at 6 ends before their opponents decided enough was enough and almost drew level by the 10th end. The visitors then went away and although they finished with the same score as the highest winning rink they lost highest winning rink prize on the number of ends won.
Close behind was Maureen Edwards with Pat Lowe, Yvonne Bromfield (all Rugby Thornfield) and Pat Dahlgren (Bilton) who were trailing to start but steadily pulled back but not enough and finished 16-22.
Chris Cooke (Southam) with Jayne Henfrey (Lillington), Di Medhurst and Helen Harris (both Stoke) also struggled at the start but managed to overtake the home team to hold 21-19 on the 20th end but just couldn’t quite retain their lead losing by just one shot 21-22.
Rosemarie Geden (Southam) with Hazel Goodman (Lillington), Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield), and Liz Westell (Welford) were 5 all at 6 ends but that’s where they stayed until the 15th end when they picked up three shots and the 17th where a 6 shot win certainly helped their chances but it wasn’t to be and their opponents finished strongly and the score ended 15-27.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Pat Harvey (Lillington), Dawn Horne and Donna Kerr (both RLS) were up against the former International skip Jean Baker, and although they kept pace for most of the first half of the game the second half was a different story and they had to concede 13-27.