Torquay and Kings, traditionally rivals on the outdoor greens, met in the final of the TLH winter league which took place on Thursday 10th March at the TLH Leisure Resort Bowls Arena. Kings were in a confident mood and were clear favourites to win following a successful run in the league stages. Torquay had been more fragile in the league games but came into form just in time for finals week. Kings made the final by beating both Bitton Park and Kingsteington Twits. Torquay, in turn, beat Bovey Bowlers and then the Courtneys to claim their place in the final.
The 90 spectators who came along were treated to a close game. Kings started well and were 7 – 1 up after 5 ends. Torquay fought back well to be leading 12-9 after 11 ends but then a crucial shot by skip Graham Walton meant Kings picked up a 6 on the 13th end and then didn’t look back to win the game 16-14.
Quarter – Finals
Torquay (Ian & Maggie Boyle; June Skennerton & Alan Hewitt) beat Bovey Bowlers (Maureen Presland; Derek Honewill; Norman Coker & Colin Wright) 20-5
Kings (Eddie Thompson; Sarah Ashton; Jan Boyt & Graham Walton) beat Bitton Park (Carole Strutt; Malcolm Moon; John Williams & Dave Mercer) 18-11
Courtneys (Heather Hogger; Keith Mortimer; Trevor Chapman & Ken Howard) beat Rainbows (Ron Jones; John Gover; Jean Stevens; Gladys Forrester) 22-7
Kingsteignton Twits (Bev Ryland; R. Shapland; K. Johns; Brian Landau) beat Tigers (Phil Mountford; Liz & Tim Lock; Dave Vinnicombe) 17-8
Semi – Finals
Kings (Eddie Thompson; Sarah Ashton; Jan Boyt & Graham Walton) beat Kingsteignton Twits (Bev Ryland; R. Shapland; K. Johns; Brian Landau) 15-12
Torquay (Ian & Maggie Boyle; Rosie Lee-Russell & Alan Hewitt) beat Courtneys (Heather Hogger; Keith Mortimer; Trevor Chapman & Ken Howard) 15-10
TLH Winter League Final
Kings (Eddie Thompson; Sarah Ashton; Jan Boyt & Graham Walton) beat Torquay (Ian & Maggie Boyle; Rosie Lee-Russell & Alan Hewitt) 16-14
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