WOMEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Women’s National Championships commenced on Saturday, 28th July, 2012, at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with the Inter County ‘Johns Trophy’ competition Semi-Finals in the morning, and the Final in the afternoon, but the County was not involved in this event. The first Northamptonshire involvement was on Sunday, 29th July, with the Fours; followed by the 2 Wood Singles on Monday, 30th July; the Pairs on the 1st August; the 55Years and Over Pairs on the 3rd August; The Inter County ‘Amy Rose’ Under 31 Double Rink competition on the 3rd August; and the Triples on the 5th August. All the results are as follows:
Debbie Cox/Doreen Bedford/Barbara Haseldine/Gill Letts, Finedon Town lost to Val Lyons/Rita Wright/Lynda Smith/Tracey Powell, Leominster BC, Herefordshire 18-20
Margaret Carty/Rhona Holland/Jill Welch/Jan Bradley, Daventry Town lost to Norah Haigh/Di McDonagh/Shirley Heard/Gemma Barnett, Cheam Ladies, Surrey 15-22 shots. This match ended in a rather unfortunate and controversial manner. Playing the last end the County pair needed 7 shots to force an extra end, and when Jan Bradley went to bowl her first bowl the head was in a very good position to pick up those shots, she being certainly 5 up and a measure for 6. She felt a few spots of rain as she bowled her first bowl which counted at that stage. The Surrey skip bowled her first bowl and was short. The rain started coming down heavier with hail, but Jan bowled her second bowl which also counted. At that point the rain and hail was quite heavy and despite being directed by the umpire to bowl her last bowl the Surrey skip refused to do so, and in fact left the green to visit the Tournament Office. Whilst she was doing so Jan and her No. 3 Jill Welch remained on the rink to ensure the legitimacy of that end, despite the awful conditions, and the final outcome was that someone in the Tournament Office informed the players that play was suspended and that the end would have to be replayed when play resumed. Jan and Jill were absolutely drenched to the skin, and under the circumstances conceded the match.
2 WOOD SINGLES
Brenda Bishop, Daventry Town BC lost to Nadine Mullins, Cambridge Park BC, Middlesex 11-14 shots.
Alison Dring, Swanspool BC beat Marion Evans, Wokingham BC, Berkshire 17-7 shots
Dring lost to England International Amy Gowshall, Cleethorpes BC, Lincolnshire 6-17 shots
Sally and Ann-Marie Gearey, Roade BC lost to Margaret King & Lesley Hine, Malvern Victoria BC, Worcestershire 19-23 shots.
This was a very competitive match and one that was pretty evenly matched between the pairs. After 5 ends the County mother and daughter combination took a one shot lead when picking up a huge count of 5 shots but at around the half-way mark the Worcester couple managed to put ‘clear water’ between themselves and the Gearey’s with a 7 shot lead. However, a good run of 3 ends, in which the County pair picked up 8 shots without reply, saw them take a 1 shot lead, but that was short-lived and after 19 ends the score was 21-18 in favour of the Worcester ladies. The 20th end saw the County pair holding a couple of shots when an unlucky break for them occurred when Ann-Marie took the jack away from her own bowls to present her opponents with 2 shots instead. This left an impossible task for them to pick up enough shots either for victory or to force an extra end, and they picked up a single to lose by just 4 shots.
Louise & Jackie Harrington, Brackley BC lost to Sarah Newson & Catherine Popple, Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire 17 – 28 shots.
55 AND OVER PAIRS
Sylvia Plant & Brenda Bishop, Daventry Town BC lost to K Baxter & Sandra Parker, Cumbria 10-30 shots. A match in which the County ladies did not get to grips with the pace and lines of the green. It wasn’t to be their day and they were well beaten in the end by a Cumbrian pair who played very well.
AMY ROSE COMPETITION
Round: Northamptonshire lost to Buckinghamshire 26-44 shots.
The County team was a mixture of extreme youth and experience, and on paper looked a very good balanced outfit that was expected to perform well in this Inter County Double Rink competition for Under 31 years. On the day they came up against a very good Buckinghamshire team, all members of which played excellent bowls and it was quickly appreciated that the County girls would need to be at their best to achieve success. As it happened it is fair to say that they were outplayed, and although some of the County girls had good games, others were a bit ‘below par’. Even when the County girls played decent ends, the very competent back end players from Buckinghamshire, particularly Junior International Charlene Turpie, played superbly well to turn around any positions that were building up against them. At around the half-way stage the County was adrift by 14 shots, and although there was a slight recovery over the next few ends, when Rebecca Wigfield’s rink closed to within 3 shots the overall deficit was 10 shots, and although it was possible to overcome that deficit with around 7 ends remaining between the two rinks, unfortunately this did not happen and Bucks pulled away again to win by 18 shots. Rink scores as follows, Bucks skips only:
Rink 1. Victoria Stevenson/Nicola Franklin/Emma Gray/Rebecca Wigfield 14 shots – Charlene Turpie 24 shots
Rink 2. Chloe Wordingham/Louise Haladij/Jasmin Spear/Ann-Marie Gearey 12 shots – Nicola Ash 20 shots
Sharon Wooller/Jill Welch/Jan Bradley, Daventry Town beat Gill King/Stella Dale/Judy Ford, Yaxley BC, Huntingdonshire 22-8.
Chloe Wordingham/Helena Norman/Viv Gaudyn, Higham Ferrers Town BC beat Joy McKeigue/Jean Parker/Maz Gardner, Newark Northern BC, Notts. 16-14 shots. This was always a close affair with the County ladies having at lead one of the youngest bowlers at the Championships, Chloe Wordingham, aged 15 years. At the halfway stage they had a 1 shot lead at 9-8, and then dropped a count of 3 shots, which they quickly recovered from to draw level at 11 each with 7 ends left to play. There was never more than 1 shot between the two triples with the Higham ladies just 1 shot ahead playing the last end. This they won to proceed to the next round.
Sharon Wooller/Jill Welch/Jan Bradley, Daventry Town BC lost to Helen Jones/Peggy Hayward/Amy Truran, Homefield Park, Worthing, Susses 11-24 shots. This was a match in which the Sussex ladies found their way quickly and built up a decent lead, and no matter how hard the County trio tried they could not catch up.
Chloe Wordingham/Helena Norman/Viv Gaudyn, Higham Ferrers Town BC lost to Xandi Manning/Valerie Jackson/Lynn Donovan, Purley Ladies BC, Surrey 12-18 shots. This match proved much more difficult for the County triple, and whether the rink was a problematical one or not, the ‘heads’ were not very tight, and after a few ends of play the Surrey trio had gained a small advantage being 5-4 up after 5. The next 3 ends gave Purley 6 shots without reply, putting them firmly in the driving seat, but the Higham trio kept in there and pegged a few shots and at 15 ends with 3 to go there was just 5 shots in it and this was still a chance. Purley won the next 2 ends, picking up 3 shots and this gave the County trio no real hope of overturning the 8 shot lead against them.