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The 2016 finals weekend saw some excellent bowling and some very close games as well as extremes of weather.
 
The Saturday kicked off with the Ladies 2-Wood competition and saw Carol Boyland winning comfortably against Maire Duncan and also the Men’s Walker Cup with Robin Jenner beating John Coward. Both of these games were played in the rain which was heavy at times and these were followed by the Ladies Ford Cup pairs competition. This was played during the worst of the day’s weather and produced some very spirited bowling from the ladies involved and a match finally decided by just a single shot. Maureen Giles and Shirley Foster came out the winners against Jenny Lowe and Carol Boyland.
 
With the wet conditions starting to dry up, the afternoon saw the Men’s and Lady’s Championship singles competitions. For the ladies, Doreen Penn overcame Maxine Plested by 7 shots in the Pomeroy Cup and Graham Penn joined his wife as club champion beating Paul Heafey after 24 competitive ends in the Coronation Cup.

Sunday was a complete contrast in the weather with warm, sunny conditions and the programme started with Maureen Giles gaining her second trophy of the weekend, beating Jenny Lowe in the Honour Cup. At the same time Paul Heafey played Ian Rutherford in the 3 set Michael Jones competition. Paul comfortably won the first set but Ian came back well to take the second. The final set went to 7 ends with Paul Heafey finally coming out on top. The men’s Victory handicap pairs final was next and this saw Gerry Barry and John Coward overcome their 2 shot handicap deficit to win against Mike Ralls and John Timms. Next was the Jubilee Handicap men’s singles final between Jonathan Dadson and Ken Calcutt – approximately 6 decades age difference between them! The match was close with barely a shot between the players until the 18th end when Ken began to pull away and held on to achieve victory. This was Jonathan’s first competition final for the club and we’re sure there will be many more to come! The Josey Cup Married Pairs competition was next between the Giles’s and the Heafeys and was another very close affair, decided by just a single shot with the trophy going to Bill and Maureen – Maureen’s third success of the weekend. The last Sunday final was the Taylor Cup final between Steve Silver and Brad Liddle. This was another close affair with Steve taking the win by 3 shots.

The last final was one of the most exciting and played on Monday – the Mixed Pairs competition with Jill Brooks and Bill Giles taking on Caroline Walker and Graham Penn. Jill and Bill stormed ahead and led by 16-4 after 12 ends but Caroline & Graham then found their form to take the next 7 ends and go 1 shot ahead with the final end to play. Jill and Bill held 3 shots and looked certain to take the match until Graham’s final wood of the day which deflected off a front wood to roll in for shot and win the cup for him and Caroline.

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners, commiserations and a big well done to all runners up and thank you to all who came to watch and help with marking etc.
           
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Sunday, 19th of November 2017
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