Wedmore Bowls Club again hosted a Ladies’ Open Triples tournament sponsored by 2 J’s Travel of Wedmore. Players from all parts of Somerset, including Bath, Castle Cary, Watchet and Williton, took part with 24 teams of 3 playing throughout the day from 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm. Each team played four games of 8 ends or 50 minutes with refreshments provided between the rounds. At the end of play, two teams were undefeated on 8 points. Placings were then decided on shot difference with West Backwell finishing top and Congresbury 1 second. Several teams won three of their four games and finished on 6 points. Again places were decided on shot difference. Congresbury 2 took third place with Yatton finishing fourth. John and Joseph from 2 J’s Travel presented the prizes. This event is always oversubscribed with the first 24 teams to return forms being given a place and the others being put on a waiting list. Many of the teams playing this year have already completed entry forms for next year.
Maureen Hordle and Eddie Payne beat Sylvia and Eddy Hopkins of Ashcombe in the third round of the County Mixed Pairs competition by 23 to ten shots.
The men met Wyrrell Park of Glastonbury in the third Round of the Turnbull Cup and enjoyed an important victory, winning by 80 shots to 73 overall with two all on rinks. Eddy Payne and his men led the charge, winning on 17 ends to finish with a huge lead at 29 shots to five which proved decisive in the match score. Dave Nichols’ side had a 15 point lead by half way, then were tested by their opponents scoring 11 shots in the last seven ends leaving Wedmore with a 21-17 shots win.
Rink Scores: A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, E Payne 29-5; D Collins, K Burt, R Barron, D Nichols 21-17;T Brown, I Gallup, R Newell, R Hughes 16-21; V Matthews, J Runciman, C Panchaud, C Moss 14-30; Overall 80 shots to 73.
In the Clevedon and District Triples league the men had a cracking victory over Portishead at home, winning 5-1 on rinks and by 115-77 on overall shots. Ray Newell led his team to a 31-7 triumph, handsomely rounded off by a six score on the last end. After swapping the lead a few times, Dave Nichols’ and co. took charge about half way and finished well by scoring ten on the last four ends – a 23-11 win. Eddy Payne’s group were in a scrap but took the lead for the first time end 12 and just held on to it, winning by 16-14 shots. Keith Pettit’s outfit, in a close fight, built up a six shot lead by end nine, lost it on end 14 but pushed back to grab the lead again on end 16 and hung on for 14-13 win. Roger Hughes’ crew led all the way, resisting a late counter-attack to win 18 shots to 16. Colin Moss and band were in a ding-dong match where the lead swapped seven times with scores level for the last end but unfortunately for Wedmore, their opponents scored three shots.
Rink Scores: I Gallup, C Panchaud, R Newell 31-7; J White, R Thurkettle, D Nichols 23-11; J Runciman, J Harris, E Payne 16-14; T Simpson, D Wederell, R Hughes; A Birch, T Brown, K Pettit 14-13; V Matthews, K Burt, C Moss 13-16; overall 115 shots to 77.
In the Wessex Ladies League against Winscombe away The Ladies won on rinks by 2-1 but lost on the overall score 47 shots to 59. Marie Trow’s ladies took charge early on and gradually built up a winning score of 22 shots to 14. Pam Beard’s group had to work harder with the lead shifting four times with Wedmore coming second from end 14 but made it even at the last end and went on win 16-15. Elaine Deverell’s cohort were in trouble by half way as the opposition scored a six early on and built on that by winning six ends in a row for nine shots. Winscombe took it from there forcing a loss on Wedmore of nine shots to 30.
Rink scores: B Disbrey, D Gallup, J Wheeler, M Trow 22-14; M Hordle, A Wilkinson, L Hamblin,
P Beard 16-15; A Birch, M Barron, C Pettit, E Deverell 9-30; Overall 47 shots to 59.
The Ladies were at home for their Southey Cup fixture versus North Petherton. This is a testing format with the contest covering rinks of four, triples, pairs and singles all playing simultaneously. The pairs team comprising Marie Trow and Elaine Deverill had a solid win, the triples team under Pam Beard lost by only two shots in a tight finish, Ann Hughes wasn’t far off in the pairs but the rink team lost heavily.
In a cluster of friendlies, Wedmore only won one. At Home to Ashstead, a touring side from Surrey, it was 2-2 on rinks and and a narrow win of 71 shots to 68 overall. On their rinks, Skippers Dennis Stansfield and Don Trow both survived some early turbulence to win satisfactorily, Peter Smith and support missed out by one shot whilst Jim White’s bunch had a bigger loss. Carlsberg BC were another touring side, this time playing a Mixed Friendly at Wedmore. The rink score was 2-2 plus a tie but overall the result went to the visitors by 80-91 shots. Skippers John Runciman and Don Trow with their buddies secured their wins, Dennis Stansfield’s lot snatched a tie whilst Terry Simpson and Roger Hughes and cast could not withstand the visitors. The Mixed Friendly squad visited Banwell resulting a 2-2 rink score but 74 shots to 81 overall. Terry Simpson and Marie Trow and friends were able to win but Brendon Cottrell and Don Trow were sunk with all hands. Away to St. Andrews the ladies lost on all three rinks to go down on a big score. The men were at home to St Andrews, losing on rinks by 1-3 with Terry Simpson’s boys preserving some home pride in a big overall loss.