Competition round-up for Royston Bowls Club

AS we approach the end of the outdoor season, we find ourselves at the point where most clubs will be holding their competition finals. The Royston Bowls Club finals days were held on September 5 and 6, but there was one exception with the men s singles c

AS we approach the end of the outdoor season, we find ourselves at the point where most clubs will be holding their competition finals.

The Royston Bowls Club finals days were held on September 5 and 6, but there was one exception with the men's singles championship which was played on September 3.

Men's Singles Championship: This was a close game between Matt Coppen and Laurie Ramsay but Coppen managed to grab a few shots over the last two or three ends to ease over the line 21-16.

Ladies Singles Championship: Another tight game went to the wire as on end 16 Yvonne Whitehouse was 19-10 down but scored nine shots on ends 17, 18 and 19 to draw level before losing the last end to Gillian Fisk.

Men's Handicapped Singles: The handicap was Peter Adams at zero and Alan Potter at plus six, and with Adams in good form his opponent found it hard to score. Adams won 27-11.

Men's Pairs: In this game, Ron Colton and Peter Adams just had the edge on the day to prevent Len Payne and Roger Neville gaining an advantage. Colton and Adams eased home with 29 shots to 14.

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Ladies Pairs: Although Fisk and Eileen Hyde put up a good fight, they were unable to contain Beryl Huckle and Eunice Dockree who ran out 20-10 victors.

Men's Over 60s: Laurie Ramsay found himself up against an in-form Adams, with the latter waltzing away to an early 14-4 lead at end 10. Although Ramsay fought back it wasn't enough to stop Adams reaching the winning post first 21-12.

Ladies Over 55s: This was a game of two halves as on end 14 Dockree was 20-9 up and only had to score one shot more to claim victory, but her opponent Margaret Ward had other ideas and in an amazing turn-around scored 13 shots over the remaining ends to pip Dockree 21-20.

Men's Handicapped Pairs: Only one shot was the handicap between these two teams and at the outset Charles Bowyer and Derek Goodwin raced into a 6-1 lead.

This was short lived as Peter Nightingale and Keith Dockree came alive and on the last end the pair 'killed' the end, and the latter pair claimed victory at 20 shots to 17.

Mixed Pairs: Eileen Hyde and Will Martin sprinted away at the start of this contest and at the 15th end were 15-6 up.

Their opponents, Evelyn Huffer and Don Sheriff, struggled to get into the game but over the last remaining ends did proceed to give chase, coming within four shots on their quarry. On the last end, though, Hyde and Martin edged over the line and came out as the winners at 19 shots to 14 against.

Men's 7UP: This competition is of three sets of seven shots. The first set was won by Stewart Brown 7-1 but Adams won the next two 7-3 and 7-2 to become the 7UP champion.

Ladies 7UP: A very tight first set saw Eunice Dockree win by one shot and in the second set Beryl Huckle was 6-1 up only to see Dockree produce two threes to take the title of Ladies 7UP champion.

The Jacklin Cup: Simon Lee found himself six shots up after only three ends, but his opponent Anthony Pigg gave chase and pulled back to 7-4 before Lee edged away to triumph 15-9.

Ladies Three Wood: Again this turned out to be a game of two halves. Initially, Eunice Dockree had the run of the game, and went into a 9-3 lead but that turned out to be her final score as Yvonne Whitehouse crossed the line with a 13-9 victory.

Ladies Two Wood Singles: This was a one horse race from the start as Dockree could not find her form and just watched Beryl Huckle drift away to a 17-7 win.

Ladies Fixed Jack: This was a short game as Joan Knights produced a high scoring rate from start to finish and didn't allow Margaret Ward to get into gear. Knights claimed ownership of the Fixed Jack trophy with an 18 shots to 6 win.

Men's Novice: Peter Nightingale put up a valiant effort in an attempt to win this trophy but failed by four shots to oust Charles Bowyer who won 21-17.

Royston hosted the Eastern Counties Neutral Green Men's Triples on September 5. Townsend Bowls Club from St Albans represented Hertfordshire and the Mildenhall represented Suffolk.

This was a close call for the Hertfordshire side as they came back from trailing early on to win it on an extra end.

On September 1, Bassingbourn visited Royston for a three rinks of fours and three rinks triples friendly. Due to a downpour of rain, the conditions became very heavy and the game was concluded after 18 ends. Royston 81 shots. Bassingbourn 85 shots.

The Royston Vets were in action on Wednesday in against Welwyn & District. It was a close game with the visitors coming out on top 84 shots to 74.

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