Coppen crowns a great year

YOUNG bowls champion Matt Coppen capped a marvellous year by collecting his county under-25 singles and under-30s singles titles at the Hertfordshire Bowls Association Annual Presentation. It has been another impressive season for the 17-year-old, who wa

YOUNG bowls champion Matt Coppen capped a marvellous year by collecting his county under-25 singles and under-30s singles titles at the Hertfordshire Bowls Association Annual Presentation.

It has been another impressive season for the 17-year-old, who was "delighted" to have received the trophies.

He said: "It was a very proud moment, and there were quite a few people present so I was a little nervous.

"But it was a good evening and a nice way to end a good year.

"I've worked hard and hopefully I'll see similar success in the future."

Coppen was crowned British Junior Singles Bowls under-25 champion in July, and followed that with a double triumph by taking the county titles and in some style.

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He saw off Harpenden's Simon Burgess 21-8 in the under-25 final, and then beat Hertford's Simon Penfold 21-0 in the under-30 final.

Brian Pepper of Royston Bowls Club said: "Matt has done really well - it's certainly been a good year for him!"

- Coppen was joined at the presentation, which was held at Letchworth Hall Hotel, by fellow Royston Bowls Club representatives Will Martin and Charles Gifford.