Dorothy Piearce Memorial Ladies Pairs Trophy
After much preparation and hard work by the Board and club members the finals day arrived. We had little idea as to what to expect, however, the day went extremely well. In the run up to the event we had a small team of members preparing the grounds, cleaning and painting benches and weeding the gutters. The greens were looking and running well thanks to Eric Lanchin giving them a mowing on the Friday morning despite very demanding conditions. The grounds looked magnificent and were ready to meet the demands of the sixty-four competitors, officials and spectators. The BCGLBA officials arrived and set up the bowling paraphernalia around the greens. The scoreboards, the greens signage and the PA all made for a very professional picture. Several of our members manned the car park at the club and at Cowley Language College who very kindly let us use their sixth form car park, which proved a godsend.
The weather was very pleasant and, with the smell of bacon and sausages cooking wafting from the BBQ, the kitchen was very busy. The finals kicked off at 10am and very quickly the competitors started to get used to the greens. There was some fine bowling and I noticed a few bowls taking some of the more demanding scenic routes on the greens and ending up in the gutter. The age range of the ladies was surprising. One of the teams had two young ladies aged 14 and 15!! They were excellent bowlers to boot.
The thirty-two first round matches were completed and then the last sixteen matches began. The bar and kitchen were doing a roaring trade with tea and coffee in constant demand and now the run on sandwiches, burgers and cakes was in full swing. The ladies who prepared the sandwiches, salads and desserts deserve special thanks for their hard work over the day. A very special mention must go to Rita and Stuart Jenkinson for their unstinting devotion to duty in preparing the tea and coffee all day.
The finals continued until the last eight when the matches all moved to green 1. The standard of bowling continued to impress. Finally the finalists were decided. North Warwickshire would play Yorkshire. The final was looking to be a runaway victory to North Warwickshire as they were leading by 13 points to 3. However, Yorkshire weren’t about to throw the towel in and rallied to take an all but to 14 lead. Warwickshire hit back with an end of 3 to take the score to 17 to all but. The next end had Warwickshire lying 3, which looked like the match would go to all but across. But with the final bowl of the end one of the Yorkshire lasses sent a bowl up the hill slowly it travelled towards the group of bowls finally finishing a few inches from the block. Yorkshire had won the Dorothy Piearce Memorial Trophy. They made history by being the first Yorkshire winners. Lynsey Gorman, BCGLBA, made the presentation.
The bowling club received many accolades including the following quote,
“BCGLBA Officials and Merseyside County Officials wish to thank Windle Bowling Club and their members for their excellent hospitality, organisation and warm welcome.
The bowlers thoroughly enjoyed their day on the excellent Windle Bowling Club greens.”
The whole day was fantastic and I wish to personally thank all those members who helped make the day the success it was. The BCGBA has indicated that they were very impressed with our club and its facilities that they will give serious consideration to asking us to host more of their main competitions. A couple that were mentioned were the Ladies Senior Individual Merit, played in July, and the Men’s World Club Championship, a Sunday competition played through the bowling season. Watch this space.
Peter Case Chairman of the Windle Bowling Club