I am absolutely delighted to be able to congratulate my friends from the South West on their successes in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games. Three of my chums were playing and they were brilliant.
I watched most of the finals on BBC during my working day on my computer. Good job I work in bowling here at TLH Leisure Resort, or it may have seemed a bit strange for me to be urging on woods and groaning when a particularly good shot was played against our team members. My office mates who are not bowlers must have wondered about all the noises, but bless ‘em, not a word was uttered. They know I am in serious danger of becoming a bowling anorak and fortunately they just let me get on with it.
I have had the pleasure of bowling with Natalie Melmore who won Gold in the Ladies Singles in Delhi. Nat is a great bowler and a very nice person. She has matured into a splendid adult and is a pleasure to be on the green with. I remember her younger years when she started at Newton Abbot Bowls Club and Teignbridge IBC, and you just knew that she was a star in the making
Putting her education at Plymouth University on hold for a year whilst training and playing for these games, was probably one of the best decisions she has made, and what a pay off.
Nat “You are brilliant.”
I have to feel for Sam Tolchard, another splendid player and also from Kings BC here in Torquay. He, is a great team mate. I lead for him in the Egham final last season and we were the only winning rink from our club. However, Sam must have been bitterly disappointed as he was the only player from England coming home without a medal. Don’t worry kiddo, we still love ya.
But Sam, you played really well and deserved better. Don’t be disappointed, we all think you are a great bowler and at the very least, it was a wonderful opportunity and honour to represent you country. Well done.
Lastly, I wish I could hug Sian Gordon. Coming home with a Bronze was just superb. Playing with Sian was Jamie Lee Winch and Sandy Hazel. Jamie had a great game but Sandie looked to be struggling with her line. But well done anyway.
I was waiting for someone to call out, “chalk that bug, it’s a toucher”. What a night for moths and beetles, and a scorpion as well. Nasty creatures, and me a bit jittery around a daddy longlegs.
It was with Sian that our 4’s team were England Champions and then British Isles Champions in 2009. Sian is a great skip, very encouraging and a pleasure to play with, even if we do get the occasion master class in cussing.
It’s great to know you guys, keep in touch. Good old Facebook.
I am so pleased to know you all. Long may you shine.
Signing off now
Keep practising. Terri Kennard