Summer is here at long last and the outdoor bowls season is well and truly underway. If you have a hankering to try out the game I would encourage you to go ahead and get involved.
As a relative newcomer myself, I can thoroughly recommend this social sport and I’m really looking forward to my third season playing for Torquay Bowling Club. Continue reading →
Nothing beats a good game of outdoor bowls on a summer afternoon. Surrounded by great company, the sun on your back and pristine green underfoot – life really doesn’t get much better than that!
Now just imagine adding in the chance to bowl by the sea, enjoy great food and entertainment, while staying in one of TLH Leisure Resort’s four hotels in Torquay. All that could be yours on a Summer Bowls Tour.
As most bowlers are aware, TLH Leisure Resort sponsors bowling’s 3 National Top Club events. This last weekend has seen the last 8 teams for the Women’s Top Club playing for the winning position. The finals are played over 2 days at 4 clubs on Torquay’s beautiful sea front with teams staying at TLH Leisure Resort at very competitive prices. It’s not just about the bowls you see, it’s about having a great weekend as well with your team mates.
Margaret Docherty and Kay Kerley from Bowls England organise the competition from Torquay BC and it always runs smoothly. It’s a pleasure to work with you both and I look forward to seeing you next season.
The 8 teams that qualified for the finals were: Blackwell BC (Derbyshire), Swinton BC (Yorkshire), Oxford City and County (Oxfordshire), Milton Regis BC (Kent) with Sian Gordon and Sandy Hazel both selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October plus Senior International Wendy King, Felixstowe & Suffolk BC (Suffolk), Broadway BC (Huntingdonshire), Box BC (Wiltshire), Portishead Royal British Legion (Somerset).
Three games are scheduled over the weekend for each club in a straight knockout with the losing teams vying for positions of up to 8th place. The final this year could not have been closer with Oxford tying on shots at 74 each, but losing 3 of the 4 disciplines to Portishead Royal British Legion. Very close girls – it was a nail biter to the end and a great final. I personally had my money on Milton Regis to win this event with their fine array of International bowlers, but in the end their team came 5th. Just goes to show that unless you can afford to lose, don’t gamble.
The final placings were:
1st Portishead Royal British Legion
2nd Oxford City and County
4th Felixstowe and Suffolk
5th Milton Regis
Here are Portishead with their trophy. Well done girls.
The winning team
Markers and Umpires
These competitions can never be properly run without the efforts of our Umpires and Markers. They give up their time for the love of the sport and are often maligned. But my girls (and Derek) were just great this weekend. It was a pleasure to invite you to dinner at the Derwent on the Saturday evening – it was a great meal and the company and humour made the evening even more enjoyable. Well done to all of you – and here we are, all together, just waiting to parade on behind the teams.
From left to right, Me, Mary Martin, Derek Tyler, Betty Simms, Pat Powell, Sue Devonport, Ruth Rogers and last but not least Julia Barnes.
I will take this opportunity to say well done to the 3 clubs that support this competition. Kings, Victoria and Torquay Bowls Club all extend a great welcome to the visiting finalists and offer sandwiches and cakes for lunch. The bars were open for the celebratory drinks and it all helps toward the friendly atsmosphere.
The greens are ‘prepped’ by hard working green keepers and their worthy assistants. Here is Dave Vinnicombe pushing the heavy roller, which keeps the playing surface as level as possible. Ladies, this is probably one of those rare pictures of men working so make the most of it – only joking Dave.
Hard at work!
And so the outdoor season draws to a close. I have finished outdoors already and went for a practice at my indoor club on Monday. Not bad, no woods in the ditch which was a surprise. One more outdoor Umpiring duty to perform at the County Finals of the Mixed Triples, Mixed Pairs and the Foxland’s finals on Saturday at Feniton BC.
Just watch this space. There is bound to be more controversy over Umpiring uniforms and there is bound to be a lot happening around TLH Leisure Resort – here in Torquay on the sunny English Riviera. And this is the place to read it all, but don’t forget to blog back to me. I always want to read your comments.