EVERY other year Warwickshire Women’s Bowling Association get the opportunity to travel to Mid-Wales for a game of bowls and the welcome is such that it is always well worth the trip.
This was definitely the case when the county played Pen-y-Glyn and returned with a 135-113 victory.
Highest winning rink went to Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Carole Cox (Southam), Ann Doherty (Lillington) and Joan Hall (Nuneaton) who were level pegging at seven ends at 5-5, before three, four and five shots over the next three ends made all the difference and they never looked back as they soared to a 27-15 finish.
Pat Gagg with Chris Ward (both Lillington), Brenda Carlton (Three Spires) and Liz Westell (Welford) were fairly evenly matched for the first half of the game but then took control, eventually winning 28-18.
Elaine Taylor (Stoke) with Christine Harding (Rugby Thornfield), Pat Harvey (Lillington) and Jean Williams (Stratford) were 9-9 at 11 ends, which shows how close the game was up until that point, before three shots on the next end gave them the boost they needed to go on and win 23-14.
Debbie Bloxham (Stratford), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Chris Richards (Lillington) and Heather Tredgold (Southam) struggled to start with and were 14-0 down at the ninth end, but four shots on the tenth end lifted their spirits and they showed their true form, eventually only losing just 20-19.
Jean Petty (Norgren) with Heather Mills (Grange Ladies), Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield) and Helen Harris (Stoke) were also slow to start but picked up six shots on the sixth end which gave them some encouragement and a further six shots on the 11th end certainly helped their cause as they went on to finish 23-15 up.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Lilian Hope (Welford), Jean Veart (Nuneaton) and Rosemarie Geden (Southam) were trailing 10-2 at six ends and, although they picked up in the middle of the game, their opponents were not going to let them off the hook as the Warwickshire players finished 21-15 down.