Seaton bowlers produce terrific form across club finals

PUBLISHED: 10:33 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:33 19 September 2017




The final week of the outdoor bowling season saw Seaton Bowls Club stage their finals weekend, writes Alan Nicholas.

It all began with the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup. These two matches each had a lady member playing against a man, with the winners facing each other in the final, scheduled for the following Sunday morning.

In both games the men prevailed with Dave Yardley and Roger Woolland being successful.

At the same time as the semi-finals were being played, the final of the Saward Trophy was being contested between Ron Rowley and Les Tooze. In this match Ron Rowley was the successful player.

The next session saw three matches being played. The ladies three-wood singles resulted in a win for Maria Johnson against Chris Barradell and that was followed by the men’s three-wood singles that ended with Richard Whitworth lifting the trophy after defeating Terry Hurley-Smith.

Next up was the Ray Jeffries Trophy between Dennis Ridd and Glen Elliott versus Tony Johnson and Roger Woolland, and it was the latter two named who went on to win.

The afternoon saw another three matches starting with the ladies drawn pairs that produced a win for Chris Barradell and Sue Dando against Gill Sykes and Joan Miles.

Then it was the men’s drawn pairs in which Tony Johnson and Roger Woolland defeated Ian Manchester and Dave Yardley top collect their second trophy of the day.

The last finals action of the Saturday was the Iris Amyes Trophy contested by Sue Banwell-Moore and Di Morley versus Maureen Woolf and Maria Johnson. This match had been in jeopardy because Sue was recovering from a recent accident, when she fell and fractured her shoulder!

However, she turned out on the day, insisting she could play and took to the green with her arm in a sling. Amazingly, she gritted her teeth, stuck to her task and finally she and Di took the match. All four players should be applauded for their efforts in what was a very entertaining match.

The Sunday finals action began with the President’s Cup in which Dave Yardley eventually saw off Roger Woolland in what proved to be a highly entertaining match.

Also played at the same time was the Jubilee Cup, between club captain, Graham Thomas and the up and coming Chris Barradell, who is still fairly new to the game. However, on this occasion experience counted and Graham claimed the trophy.

The early afternoon session saw four matches. The first being the ladies handicap between Angie Mayhew and Chris Barradell, with the former taking the honours. Next up, the men’s handicap final in which Terry Hurley-Smith took the honours against Peter Barradell.

The Harman Trophy was contested between the two ladies we depend upon for our club catering, club Secretary, Margaret Nicholas and Ruby Grigg.

This was another close fought match with Ruby coming out on top.

The men’s George Fossett Cup was the fourth match played between Ken Taylor and Dennis Ridd. It was yet another close encounter with the scores level after the last end. Thus, an extra end had to be played and Dennis took the match.

Finally, on Sunday the day was rounded off with the ladies and men’s club championships. These were played between Maria Johnson and Ann Joyner, for the ladies and Roger Woolland and Don Yaxley, for the men. The results saw Maria and Roger being crowned club champions.

The finals weekend continued into Monday with five finals to be completed. In the morning two matches were played.

The ladies two-wood singled saw Pat Whitworth defeated Chris Barradell while the men’s two-wood final resulted in a win for Roger Woolland over Don Yaxley.

Next up, the open three-wood which resulted in another success Roger Woolland with Richard Whitworth the gallant runner-up.

The afternoon saw Lilian and Terry Hurley-Smith defeat Roger Woolland and Di Morley in the ladies invitation pairs and, last, but certainly not least, the open mixed triples in which Margaret Nicholas, Graham Thomas and Pat Whitworth saw off David Millard, Chris Barradell and Ken Shean.


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