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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

– Bowls

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Preparations for a busy season started last month with a series of friendly matches for both ladies and the men’s teams.

An open day proved to be successful. It attracted interest from some who had never  tried the game before and those who had played  before and are now considering taking  up the sport.

Anyone who missed this day but would like to give the game a try is welcome to try a taster session, and should contact Gerry Lloyd on 01446 775616 if interested.

Ahead of us is a very busy season with ladies and men’s team playing more than 40 games in various competitions against local clubs.

The ladies team were first to play a competitive game. Playing at home on April 30 in a Cowbridge Shield match they beat Porthcawl Princess of Wales Curlews.

Rink scores: Lynda Wilson, Liz Gough (first game), Sylvia Hole and Phyllis Price 21-8; Diane Purnell, Pat Holdsworth, Dorothy Pritchard and Joan Bradlley 26-9; Lin Wallace, Mary Dowdle, Janet Morton and Joy Woolford 12-9.75. Match score: Cowbridge 59, Curlews 26.75

Next up were two Two-rink Evening League games with contrasting results. 

On Friday, eight players travelled to the Dinas Powis club. It was their first game on grass this season and Cowbridge were second best, losing 34-13.

This disappointment was offset by a good team win at home on May 6, the visitors St Fagans.

Rink scores: Sian Lewis, Sylvia Hole, Jan Lewis and Joan Bradley 21-7; Dorothy Pritchard, Tina Payne, Kay Edwards and Shirley Wilkinson 15-11. Match score: Cowbridge 36, St Fagans 18.

Playing next at Porthcawl, Cowbridge were successful on two of the three rinks and won the match overall.

Rink score: Corrie Bufton, Sian Lewis, Jan Lewis, and Lynda Wilson 23-10; Diane Purnell, Carol Davies, Dorothy  Pritchard and Joy Woolford 18-11; Tina Payne, Mary Dowdle, Caryl Davies and Pat Holdsworth 5-19. Match score: Cowbridge 46, Porthcawl Ladies    40.

Well done ladies and captain Jan Lewis. A good start to your season

The men’s first game was at home in the Evening Triples League. The opposition were  Tonyrefail , and the Ely Valley club, which has played  to the highest of standards for many years, has a fine reputation.

Andrew Morgan, Alan Jordan and Bob Penn laid the foundation with a 25-11 win. This was offset by a loss, 10-24, on Gerry Lloyd, Tony Lewis and Alan Wallace’s rink. 

Ron Dobie, Brian Hole and Clive Pritchard managed a 12- 12 draw and it was Mike Fahey, Ken Payne and Colin Wilson that provided the excitement on the fourth rink with  Colin Wilson’s very last bowl securing a rink win, 12-11.

The overall score was checked and double-checked and Cowbridge had won the match overall by just one shot, 59-58 – what a game and what a finish!

For  their weekend  match, again at home, Cowbridge men were hosts to the Maesteg  Celtic club playing in the Carruthers Shield.

Rink scores: Mansel Davey, John Collin, Tery  Foley and Clive Pritchard 17-15; Terry Dunsworth, Gerwyn Watkins, Bryan Hole and Norman Wiilkinson 12-20; Gerry Lloyd, Nick Gough (first game), Ron Dobie and Colin Wilson 12-28; Alan Jordan, John Wathes, Ken  Payne and Guy  Morton 20-14. Match score: Cowbridge 61, Maesteg Celtic 77.

The internal club competitions draw has been made. There are more members competing again this year and members should be checking the notice board as some early rounds need to played this month.

Finally it was not all bowls as last Wednesday members and friends met at the club to enjoy an afternoon tea for Marie Curie, where £455 was raised for the charity which was chosen by Sue Flower, past president, who passed away earlier this year and who did so much work for the club over very many years.

Our thanks to Kay Edwards and her team for their work in making that afternoon such a success.


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