September 5, 2008
Metheringham Bowls Club Autumn 2008
At the time of writing I am happy to report that we have had a fairly good season. Despite the adverse weather conditions we have managed to fulfil most of our fixtures.
Our "A" team is currently lying third in the Lincoln & District Premier League, and our "B" team is at the top of Division 4 with a game in hand (promotion hopes are high). Because we did not play in the EBA ASC Metals League last year, when we re-entered this year, we were placed in Division 2 - but we are also hopeful of promotion to the First Division because currently we have played 12 matches and won 12 - top of the league! In the other EBA league we are 3rd in Division 1 with two games in hand, but still a lot of points away from the league leaders, Moorland Railway. Having gained promotion from Division 3 in the Cliff League last year, we are now lying 2nd in Division 2 - could this be the sort of leap up the league tables that Lincoln City Football Club can only dream about?
And finally, in the Lincoln and District Ladies Wednesday Morning League, Joyce Tye's team, the Kestrels, lies seventh and Pearl Green's Eagles lie 8th. The Lincoln City Evening League is struggling a bit, but there are still a few matches to be played.
The Semi-Finals and Finals Day for the Lincoln and District League Competitions was played on our green on 10th August, and competitors from all over our area competed for various titles. We had some local interest. Our own Ray Lockey, Ken Smith and Ian Sutton won the finals of the AT Davies Triples title; Neil Parker won the Flatters Cup 4 wood singles, and Mo Wood and Betty Willson won the Bonner/Smith Shield. Two of our rising young stars (Alex Penney and Andrew Creasey) were due to meet in the semi-finals of the Eric Hunt Under 25s singles but Andrew had to be somewhere else, so Alex got a bye into the final. And my goodness, Alex certainly meant to win it - he played like a hero and won the final 21-1 (Yes twenty one to one!). Well done Alex!!
It is every bowler's dream to win all his competitions and get through to the National Finals at Worthing - Worthing is to bowls, what Wimbledon is to tennis! AND ANDREW CREASEY DID IT THIS YEAR! He played for the National Under 25s Singles Title at Worthing on Saturday 9th August, and that is why he was unable to play against Alex on 10th August. Oh the dilemmas that face you when you become a successful bowler! In the Quarter Finals at Worthing, Andrew lost his match by an agonising 20 shots to 21. He had been ahead for most of the game but it was not to be. But saying that, we are all so very proud of Andrew. Only a very few of our members have ever made it to Worthing before and he was flying the flag for us. Next year maybe he and Alex will both get through to Worthing!
Back at club level, we won through to the semi-final of the Challenge Bowl which was played at Burton House, Boston on 9th August. Sadly we lost that one and bearing in mind we had lost the semi-final of the Onyx Trophy (also at Burton House on 2nd August) we consider we have had a very successful, but sometimes frustrating season. If anyone encounters a pair of bowls shoes, wandering down the road between Boston and Metheringham, please return them to Ken Smith - he parted company with them on 9th August but they are probably enjoying a bit of freedom and fresh air and may be reluctant to return to their rightful owner!
On Saturday 13th September we plan to hold a Coffee Morning in the pavilion beginning at 10.00 am. There will be a cake stall, tombola, raffle, tea or coffee and scones. Everyone is welcome.
This year we have booked a space at Metheringham Feast. We have been given a brand new Mountain Bike which will be up for grabs on that day so come along to our stand and see if you can win it for £1.
If you are interested in joining us please contact me, Dawn Smith - Hon Sec (01526 320502)