National Crown Green Bowls Final 2016

TG was again blessed with beautiful weather for the National Crown Green Bowls Final at Fulwood Conservative Club, Preston, on Friday 5 August. Although numbers were down on previous years, there were still about 40 members attending, both players and supporters.

After a civic welcome, the mayor of Preston, Councillor John Collins, and National TG Chairman Jenny Rideout
bowled the first wood on the green. Ladies eagerly then started playing the round-robin competition, in which each pair played three games. Never having seen the game played before, I was amazed at how competitive TG ladies can be – they barely stopped for refreshment, which was supplied by the club.

After a short break for the raffle, the eight semi-finalists returned to the green for their games and we soon had our four finalists: Denise Cooley and Carol Jones from Fulwood and Broughton (A) Guild, and Mary Farrington and Ellen Lomas from Tottington and District (E) Guild. The match was won by Mary and Ellen after a good-hearted game, and Jenny Rideout presented them with the new bowls trophy, donated by Drakes Pride, together with small awards for them to keep.

Players and spectators alike had a lovely day playing and watching the bowls in the sunshine and, like them,
I will certainly be back next year. Come and join us!

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