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Dawn Horne, Jenny Wickens and Janice White - 2019 Ladies County Triples Champions - Update
Congratulations to Dawn, Jenny and Janice who beat Zoe Barnard-Rowland, Wendy Maries and Yvonne Pick from Avenue 19-10 in the final of this years Warwickshire Women's BA Triples competition at a very wet Southam BC on 27th July. Unfortunately, their bid to be the first Warwickshire triple since 1983 to complete a "double", and also win the 2-wood format Benevolent Triples competition failed at the last hurdle when they lost 18-9 in the final to Margaret Grosvenor (Lillington), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Sue Hornsby (Lillington). Many thanks to all those club members who travelled to Southam to support the ladies in all that rain! A photograph of Janice, Jenny and Dawn with their Triples trophy and Benevolent Triples runners-up plate can be viewed under the"Gallery" tab on the HOME page.
As champions, Dawn, Jenny and Janice will be representing Warwickshire in the Triples competition at this year's National Championships to be held at Victoria Park in August. Their first round match will be at 9.30 am on Monday morning 12th August. Again, support from club members will be very welcome.
The result of the first round match was a convincing victory for Dawn, Jenny & Janice by 22-5 against Essex B.
In the second round despite a gallant fight our ladies lost 28-15 to a very strong triple from Huntingdon that comprised three players who have all been part of National Triples and Fours title winning teams several times in recent years.
A while ago I gave you the sad news that Norma Day had passed away but at that time was unable to obtain any details of the funeral.
During this week I have spoken to Stephen Hughes of South Warwickshire Celebrants who will be leading Norma's funeral service which will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 21 August, at Oakley Wood Crematorium.
It would be very good if those who knew Norma could attend to celebrate her life. She had no living relatives, as you probably know, so attendance could well be low.
Stephen Hughes has also asked if anyone at the club could let him know anything about Norma, that could be used in the service.
His contact details are:
South Warwickshire Celebrants, Maryland House, Mill Lane, Halford, Warwickshire, CV36 5BYTel: 07787 421214
Courier League - RLS 2
Following a 4-4 draw against Warwick Boat Club we are pleased to be able to confirm that RLS 2 cannot be caught by any other team in the Courier League Division 3 and as a result have won the divisional championship.
The club would like to congratulate the team members on their success - David Wigman (captain), Barry Dale, Alan Taylor, Mervyn Taylor, Derek Bolam, Les Caborne, Philip Lennon, Malcolm Otton, Bill Griffin, Dave Handy, Vic Paget, David Whyatt and also those who stood in for one match as replacements during the season - Jean Leyland, Jane Whyatt, Ian Plant and Dave Turner.
Royal Leamington Spa will again play host to England’s top lawn bowlers over the coming month.
An estimated 30,000 players and spectators are expected to converge on the town as Victoria Park’s famous greens host the Bowls England National Championships from Saturday 3rd August to Sunday 1st September inclusive.
Many of the sport’s top names will be in action at the historic venue that has been chosen to hold the 2022 Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls, including three-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner Ellen Falkner and several of her Gold Coast 2018 team mates.
A total of 35 titles are at stake during the 30-day event, which opens at 9.30am on Saturday 3rd August with the final stages of the men’s and women’s inter-county championships.
Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock said: “This is now the sixth year of our combined National Championships at Victoria Park and each year work goes on to ensure that both players and spectators have a memorable and enjoyable one. I am sure that businesses within the district will also enjoy the significant economic boost during the next few weeks. We are looking forward to 30 days of tremendous bowling and thank Warwick District Council for its continued support of the sport. I must also thank all of our sponsors and individual supporters for all of their contributions.”
Entry to the Bowls England National Championships is free of charge. Chargeable parking is available in Victoria Park, priced at £5 per car per day or £20 for a five day pass, and in nearby town centre car parks.
Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Club’s volunteer members will be offering a bar and catering service for players and visitors throughout the event in their clubhouse.
Bowls England will again be offering a live scoring service during the latter stages of all events. A full schedule of matches to be covered by this service may be found at: https://www.bowlsengland.com/live-scoring/
Full results of all matches will be published at the conclusion of each session on the Bowls England website and via its social media channels (Facebook: Bowls England, Twitter: @BowlsEng).
All draws, including results and details of competitors, can be viewed on the Bowls England Competitions Portal at: https://bowlsengland.247.tv
RLSBC Win Ivens Cup at 2019 Men's County Finals
Not to be outdone by the ladies, there has also been success for the club at the men’s County finals, played at Avenue BC on 28th July. In the Ivens Cup, the rink of Dick Allibon, Jim Tighe, Graham White and Dick Williams, having qualified for the finals as winners of the South Warwickshire section, faced the Birmingham area winners, Sherwood Park, in the semi-final. Despite being well ahead at one point, an eventually narrow 21-19 win was sufficient to put the four through to the final, to play a team from Coventry Avenue, which had beaten Rugby area winners Thornfield, in their semi-final. In a tense game, a series of singles ensured that we were always just ahead on the scoreboard but a dropped “4” and two dropped “3s” allowed Avenue to keep in touch and with 4 ends to play the lead was just one shot (15-14). However, a strong finish ensured we lifted the trophy for the first time since 1972, with a 23-14 final scoreline, and having only lost 5 ends throughout the whole match. Many congratulations to the team and once again, many thanks to all those club members who came to support the team on the day. A photograph of Dick, Jim, Graham and Dick with the cup can be viewed under the"Gallery" tab on the HOME page.
New members of any age, sex or ability are always welcome to join the club - why not come along to meet us soon!