Men's Presidents Day

Men's Presidents Day.

On a beautiful sunny day the men of Halifax Bowling Club played for the Presidents Cup.

The defending champion Andrew Gee played superbly all day, as he beat Ian Sutcliffe in the first round, before beating Steve Webster in his second round game. His son, Samuel Gee was his opponent in the quarter final and Samuel had no answer to his dad's short mark bowling. Andrew faced vets captain David Wadsworth in his semi final and again he wore his opponent down with his consistent short marks as he ran out a 21-13w inner.

In the other half of the draw, new bowler John Krenc, with a handicap advantage of plus 4, was proving to be tough opposition. He beat a tired David Gee in the quarter final before defeating Ray Clegg , who was on a handicap of minus 3 in the semi final.

Andrew, on minus 3 got off to an excellent start against John, plus 4. Andrew's accurate short bowling proved a lesson for John as he found it difficult to bowl 19 metres. When he won the jack, John bowled several excellent longer length jacks before Andrew reverted to a shorter length. Andrew regained his Presidents Cup 21-14.

Steve Wandiak won the Westlake Trophy for the bowlers who lost their first round games. He beat Alan Davies 21-12 in the final.

The President, Jim Graydon presented the trophies and thanked the men for their support and the ladies for providing an excellent lunch.



Carter Merit

Carter Merit,‏ 

On a breezy summer day, the ladies at Halifax Bowling Club held their ladies merit competition, the Carter Merit.
The semi finalists were, Barbara Gee, Marion Reynolds, Joyce Asquith and Christine Austin.

Notable performances in the earlier rounds were by the much improved Ann Oates, who was 14 across in her semi final game against Marion Reynolds, Joyce Shaw in her first round game against Joyce Asquith when she was in front for all of the game until the final end and Marilyn Greenwood who excelled against Barbara Crompton.

Joyce ran out an easy winner against Christine, in the first semi final, who in turn had played superbly to beat Doreen Allison in their quarter final.

The other semi featured team mates Barbara and Marion. Barbara beat Marion 15-8 to face Joyce in the final.

Barbara raced off into an 11-4 lead, bowling her favourite pegging marks around the green edges. However when Joyce got the Jack she bowled a tricky falling mark over the crown. As Joyce is left handed Barbara found the road difficult to follow as Joyce bowled with confidence to move into a 14-11 advantage. Barbara won the Jack and proceeded to bowl across the green to level the scores at "all but" across. Barbara went on her favoured thumb peg mark across the green towards the Scratching Shed and bowled a length bowl, Joyce just ran through and with her final bowl was short for Barbara to take the Carter Merit by 15-14.

Thanks to Ann and Joyce for running the competition and to the ladies who supplied the excellent lunch.

The next ladies competition will be in two weeks time when the ladies will be competition for the Connolly Pairs

Mary Hanson Pairs

Twenty Ladies took part in this cup

This competition was organised as a round robin split into two groups which enabled a final to be organised between the two sections.

The Pairs were selected to ensure an experienced player partnered a less experienced member of the club.

Marion Reynolds and Ann Ranton won their section and Barbara Nellis and Lynda Canning won the other section. In the final the Reynolds/Ranton pair won the toss, whoich gave them the Jack, Nellis/Canning struggled to get into the game as the other pair played with great accuracy.

Ladies Day

Over forty ladies enjoyed the 2016 Ladies Day held at Halifax Bowling Club on Saturday July 9th.

Thirty six ladies contested the main event, the Lingard Trophy, with the first round losers going into a supplementary competition, the Sutcliffe Cup.

The day began with cloudy skies and light rain.The members were welcomed by the Lady President Margot Handsley. After two and a half hours play the ladies enjoyed a delightful lunch of salmon/ham/quiche and strawberries and cream followed at four o’clock by afternoon tea (cup of tea and an enormous cream cake).

The semi finalists in the Lingard Trophy were Kath Webster, Marilyn Greenwood, Christine Turner and Barbara Gee. Kath beat Marilyn 15-10 and Christine was leading Barbara 14-11, before Barbara bowled her favourite thumb peg mark across the green to run out a 15-14 winner. Christine, who had beaten the experienced Marilyn Reynolds in the quarter final bowled the corners to perfection. Barbara had defeated the 2015 winner Sue Gormley in her quarter final 15-11.

In the final Kath quickly found her length and off a twenty-two metre length jack moved into an early lead. Barbara, had no answer to Kath’s accurate leads and could not get onto her favourite marks as Kath ran out a 15-11 winner to become the 2016 Lingard Trophy winner.

Ex Lady President Margaret Farnell won the Sutcliffe Cup as she beat the experienced Christine Austin in an exciting final 15-12.

Margot presented the trophies and flowers to the winners and thanked everyone for their superb efforts in making Ladies Day an outstanding success.

Bowling News. From Halifax Bowling Club

A Right Royal Do

Members of Halifax Bowling Club celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a Round Robin Mixed Pairs bowling competition.

The members also celebrated the opening of their new shelter called “The Scratching Shed”, which has been built in the exact spot of the famous Scratching Shed in the days when the Halifax Rugby League team played their games at Thrum Hall.

The President of the Club, Jim Graydon, an ex Halifax rugby league player, proposed a birthday toast to the Queen and the members joined in the toast. The members then joined veteran Frank Sykes as he led the members in “God save the Queen”.