Champions of all ages celebrate as they come out on top – your weekly round-up of bowls action
Hemel Hempstead’s ladies took part in the Herts County League finals day at the Owls BC and won through the semi-final to play against Kings Langley in the afternoon final.
It was a very tight game to the last end, but their opponents won by one point.
In the St Albans District LBA Finals, the singles team of Sheila Pell and Mary Kinzelmann triumphed in their final against Welwyn Garden City BC, winning by one shot making up for the disappointment a week earlier
On Friday, the club hosted a visiting team from Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, playing a six rink friendly.
Hemel lost 95-117, but rink honours were even on three each. Top rink was Norma Brown, Roger Wakefield, Gary Eagles and Brenda Bennitt.
The annual competitions, managed by honorary competitions secretary David Fleming, took place over Saturday and Sunday with excellent games entertaining the spectators.
Presentations were made at the end of the day to the following:-
Open Competitions: Non-Winners: Alan Mumford. Australian Pairs: Brian Smith and Alan Thornley. Open Singles: Glyn Williams. The Mixed Pairs competition went to Mary Lewis and Roy Payne.
Ladies Competitions: Fixed Jack Singles: Mary Kinzelmann. Three Wood Singles: Val Nash. Handicap Singles: Sylvia Ingleby. Championship Pairs: Sylvia Ingleby and Mary Kinzelmann. Championship Singles: Norma Brown.
Men’s Competitions: Fixed Jack Singles: Kevin Greene. Handicap Singles: Kevin Greene. Championship Pairs: Derek Simpson and George Smith. Championship Singles: Brian Smith.
Potten End returned from their trip to Harperbury with a comprehensive 108–66 win, with highest winning rink of Alan Clements, John Herron, Jean Murphy and Brian Cowland.
On Saturday the destination was Barton le Clay but this time the result was a defeat, but despite losing 106-148 the Potten End contingent boasted the highest winning rink of Sandra Gomm, Bob Simpson, Pam Smith and Phil Bunting.
On Sunday Met Police in Bushey were our hosts, where we joined forces to take on a touring team from Rugby.
The Warwickshire visitors recorded a 116-91 win, but it was a very enjoyable game and highest rink honours went to Dave Gomm, Pam Smith, Jean Jones and Phil Bunting.
Tring Bowls Club had a very successful finals day made all the more enjoyable for players and spectators alike by the fine sunny weather.
The matches produced some high class bowling, with a number of matches going to the final or penultimate end.
Trophies were presented by club president Joe Kempster and on the 2013 roll of honour were:
Menns Championship: Steve Tanner; Pendley Cup (Ladies): Lyn Boniface; Mens Pairs: Alan Pierce & David Holloway; Ladies Pairs: Tisha Hewetson & Kath Moxon; Open Pairs: Jim Bowyer & Steve Tanner: Tom Rolf (Men): Bob Relf; Sharman Freeman: Dennis Casserley; Ladies Handicap: Lyn Boniface: Mens Handicap: Pete Routley: Ladies Novice: Nancy Powell; Centenary Trophy (Fixed Jack): Steve Tanner; Ladies Two Woods: Lynda McGuiness
In the match against Harrow & District Tring had a convincing 113-83 win, with top rink going to Jill Wallis, Jim Bowyer and Brian Johnson.
The Cella Cup competition resulted in a win for the team of Zena Livesey, Hazel Coleman, Lyn Boniface, Bill Veasey and Pete Stafford.
On Wednesday Kitcheners entertained Aston Clinton in a four rink mixed match and won 87-70. Highest rink for Kitcheners were Colin Starling, Dave Neale, Bill Hunt and Michael Connell.
Saturday and Sunday saw the finals of the club competitions.
The Mens Pairs title was won by Steve Davis and Steve Halsey, with Ian Davis & Dave Collins runners up.
The Ladies Pairs competition went to Yvonne Coe and Joy Starling, with Chris Phipps & Megan Graffham taking the runners-up spot.
In the Mixed Pairs Megan Graffham & Steve Davis took the honours, with Jan Perry & Micky Woodman having to be satisfied with second place.
Dave Richardson took the honours in the Fixed Jack event, with Steve Tillyer in second place.
Enid Rance was the winner of the Ladies Handicap competition, with Rosemary Smith in the runner-up position.
The competition for the over 65s went to Roy Phipps with Richard Tipton taking second place.
In the novices event, Steve Mitchell took the honours with Kate Jenkyns runner-up.
The Two Wood Pairs category was won by Yvonne Coe & Roy Murray, with Jan Perry & Brian Rumph taking the runner-up honours.
Steve Davis saw off the challenge of Dave Collins to take the men’s handicap event.
The coveted men’s championship was claimed by Dave Richardson with Micky Woodman his beaten opponent, while the ladies championship was won by Enid Rance, with Jan Scattergood in second place.
In a big weekend for Berkhamsted, there were 16 trophies up for grabs in the club finals.
Saturday morning saw the ladies pairs contested by Janice Murgatroyd and Lesley Brown versus Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack, who came out on top.
In the men’s pairs was played out between Kevin Clarke and David Brown beat Steve Burrell and Wally Dunn, while John Webb took the honours in the veterans section, overcoming the challenge of Alice Biggs.
In the senior section competition Mary Clarke was pitted against Jeff Cawley with Mary overpowering her male opponent.
In the U19s singles David Scoot beat his counterpart Chris Webb.
In the afternoon session three more trophies were contested.
Kevin Clarke beat his pairs partner David Brown in the men’s two wood singles, Mary Millar challenged Carole Dunn in the Ladies Singles and came out victorious while Elizabeth Baker and David Brown ousted Marion Maynard and Jeff Cawley in the Pedlow Trophy.
Sunday morning saw the ladies two wood singles competed for by Janice Murgatroyd and Carole Dunn, with Janice the winner.
The mixed pair event saw Lesley and David Brown take on Judy and Terry Kenyon, with the Kenyons coming back to overtake and successfully beat the Browns.
In the novices singles there were first time nerves for both players but Brian Ralphs managed to control his better than Alan Jones who was beaten fair and square.
In the handicapped singles Kevin Clarke picked up his third trophy of the weekend by beating John Webb.
The mixed handicapped triples saw Eric Lloyd, Eric Browitt and Jackie Cormack overcome Elizabeth Baker, Pete Batchelor and Kenneth Maynard but not until it had gone right to the wire and needed an extra end to decide the winners.
The mixed handicapped fours had Marion Maynard, Anne Cutting, Jackie Cormack and Brian Smith competing against Elizabeth Baker, Bill Sharpling, Dave Biggerstaff and Terry Kenyon, with the later foursome becoming the winners.
Next up was the men’s singles between David Brown and Steve Burrell, with Steve toughing it out to become men’s champion.
The final competition was the Highland Trophy, played for in memory of Colin Cormack. It gives all the first round losers of the ladies and men’s singles competition a second chance.
Jeff Cawley and Jak Chowdhary were the finalists this year and it was U19 player Jak who overcame the more experienced player to win his first senior trophy.
Earlier in the week several of the Berkhamsted Ladies also played out their W&D Competitions.
In her singles semi-final at Herts BC Mary Clarke played a great game and got through to the finals at Radlett against Mavis Hamrey from Bushey, but had to be satisfied with second despite a brave performance.
Marion Maynard, Janet Jackson and Anne Cutting also won through to the finals at Radlett after an extra end battle, this time in the W&D Triples competition, but the final against Kings Langley also ended in a second place for the Berkhamsted team after a hard fought match in the pouring rain.
And in the W&D League Final Carole Dunn, Janice Murgatroyd, Lesley Brown and Jackie Cormack lost to Bushey by just three shots.
Kings Langley Ladies are rising to new heights this season.
To date their winning cup results are as follows:-
County League West: Rink champions, Anne Riley, Carol Brown,Margaret Ludlow, Margaret Moseley and Marion Clarke
Watford and District: Two wood triple champions Marian Clarke, Carol Brown and Margaret Mosley who beat Berkhamsted 25-8.
Pairs champions: Rosemary Biggs and Carol Brown beat Herts by two shots.
Champion of Champions: Rosemary Biggs beat Bushey’s Mavis Hendry by three shots.
Triples Champions: Rosemary Biggs, Anne Riley and Margaret Moseley beat Herts.
In the Men’s Vets League Kings Langley Blue have been promoted to Division 1.
In friendly matches Kings Langley won against Redbourn by 93 to 48 shots but lost to Masonic by 80 to 96 shots.
In the penultimate Dacorum Cup match against Hemel an overall 72-55 victory gained Kings Langley four points out of a possible six. In the Hemel friendly matches Kings won 48-44.
All in all a great season for Kings Langley, and the ladies can still win the county rinks title in a couple of weeks time.