In the last fixture of the Clevedon Triples League, the men were at home to West Backwell and enjoyed an emphatic win with 133 shots to 80 and five one on rinks. Roger Hughes’ team were never behind, scored six towards the end and won 12 of 18 ends, final score 32 – 15. Keith Pettit’s side went one better in winning 13 ends although the irresistible winning streak didn’t start until end ten, pushing to 28-12. Dave Nicholls’ group led all the way, scoring consistently to triumph 19-10. Ron Barron’s boys did likewise to finish 18-9. Eddie Payne’s rink scored six shots on end nine to establish the lead, winning 23-15. On Colin Moss’s rink they were level at end 13 but couldn’t hold on, losing 13-19.
Scores: A Birch, I Gallop, R Hughes, 32-15; D Trow, C Panchaud, K Pettit, 28-12; B Aston, D Wederell, D Nicholls, 19-10; C Wheller, J Harris, R Barron, 18-9; R Bull, R Newell, E Payne, 23-15; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 13-19; overall 133 shots to 80.
The last fixture on the outdoor card was a mixed friendly away to Long Ashton and whilst the rink score was 3-3, Long Ashton won by a good margin overall, 99-117. Skippers Mike Green, Don Trow, and Clive Wheller went about their business to win unfussily on their rinks and the Colin Moss rink only lost by three. Skippers Dennis Stansfield and Keith Burt could not prevail and lost heavily.
Club Championships: Finals weekend, Saturday
In the morning there were two matches, with the Over 70’s being played between Alan Birch and Ray Newell. Ray was on good form taking two consecutive sets thereby winning the title for the third successive year.
In the ladies pairs match Ann-Marie Wilkinson and Trish Newell faced Pat Jenkins and Pam Beard who led until the 20th end when Trish and Ann- Marie picked up two shots to give them a one shot lead going in to the last end. However Pam and Pat came back taking one shot on the last end to level the match. An extra end therefore had to be played and Trish and Ann- Marie gained one shot to take the title in this closely fought match.
In the afternoon Alan was again playing this time against Dave Nicholls in the Men’s 4 Woods competition and it was Dave who was on top form winning the match 21 shots to 5 on the 14th end.
In the family pairs it was once again the Hughes’s against the Barron’s and after 10 ends it looked like the Barron’s were on course for a win with the score at 10 shots to 4. However by the 13th end it was 10 all but the Barron’s once again pulled ahead leading 17 -12 by the 18th end. The Hughes’s were not beaten yet and took 2 shots on each of the last 3 ends to finish up the winners by 18 shots to 17
In the Men’s pairs Rod Bull and Peter Smith faced Tony Shepherd and Ray Newell with the latter taking an early lead from which they never looked back eventually winning 27 shots to 16
The New Winners which is the best of three sets was between Derek Skelton and Joan Hunt. Joan took the first set 9 shots to 6 but Derek fought back to win the second set 9 shots to 2. In the third set decider Derek continued his second set form taking the set again by 9 shots to 2 thereby winning the match 2 sets to 1
Finals weekend, Sunday
Once again there were two matches in the morning, with both the Ladies and Men’s 2 wood competitions taking place
The Ladies match was between Ann Hughes and Trish Newell and with Ann playing some brilliant woods she was always in front eventually winning 17 shots to 9
The Men’s match was between yesterday’s Over 70’s pairing of Alan Birch and Ray Newell with Alan returning to his top drawing game and this time coming out on top with a 16 shots to 10 victory
In the afternoon Alan was again playing this time against Ron Barron in the Open 4 Woods. This was a closely fought match with the score being 14 shots to 15 in favour of Ron after 18 ends but Ron turned up the pressure taking 3 shots on each of the next two ends to win 21 shots to 14
The Ladies 4 woods final was between Pam Beard and Barbara Disbrey with Barbara taking an early lead to be 6 shots up after 7 ends. Pam fought back despite the heavy rain to overtake Barbara by the 15th end and never looked back after this winning the match 21 shots to 13 on the 24th end.
In the Mixed Pairs competition the pairing of Pat Jenkins and Keith Burt faced Joan Hunt and Richard Grant with the former taking an early lead which they consolidated eventually winning by 28 shots
Pam Beard & Ray Newell, Outdoor Competition Secretaries
The season finished on several high notes for the men. In the County League competition the A team played in the Premier 2 Division and needed a win against rivals Street in the final match to ensure promotion. This was achieved and indeed Wedmore finished on top of the Division winning eight of 11 matches. This promotion to the pinnacle of the County league system is the first time the club has featured there and the squad has been received with acclaim.
The men also finished top of the Weston and District over 60s Triples League Division 2, gaining promotion. They also came out on top of the Clevedon and District Over 60s Triples League. Wedmore also won the Charity Cup knockout competition in that league and will play in the final of the League Cup, having been rained off.
“The season comes to an end with a flush of success,” as club captain Alan Birch remarked.
Last year’s Isle of Wedmore mens pairs’ winners, Ron Barron (right) and Steve Wilkinson (left), beat 3 other pairs to reach the final of the Clevedon and District Champion of Champions mens’ pairs competition. The final was played on an evening at Congresbury Bowling Club against Dave Watts and Richard Withers of Clevedon Bowls Club. Barron and Wilkinson took an early lead at one point were ahead 10-5. With the light fading the Clevedon pair started to come back at them and the sides were level after 12 ends. As it was getting darker it was agreed to restrict the match to 16 ends. With the jack hardly visible across the rink, Watts and Withers took the lead and eventually ran out the winners 19-10.