Matt cops singles trophy in County Finals

ROYSTON Bowls Club enjoyed success at the County Finals held at the Metropolitan Police BC in Bushey recently.

ROYSTON Bowls Club enjoyed success at the County Finals held at the Metropolitan Police BC in Bushey recently.

In the singles, Matt Coppen took on J Godman from Townsend St Albans BC and found himself 5-1 down early, but he immediately stepped up a gear to win 21-7.

In the pairs, Peter Adams and Matt Coppen found themselves taking on strong opposition from Townsend BC. Danny Macro and Andy Briden are well respected players but after three hours or so of good bowling by both sides, Adams and Coppen, who had only dropped behind on one occasion, crossed the line first with a close score of 19-11.

Peter Adams will also be appearing at Worthing in the 55 and Over competition.

The fours saw Royston face Harpenden with Don Sheriff, Roger Davies, Stewart Brown and skip Matt Coppen taking on T Muir, K Brazier, W Donnoghue and skip N Muir. Royston had the edge and triumphed by nine shots with the score at 23-14.

On Wednesday, August 4 at Baldock BC, Peter Adams and partner Don Sheriff took on M Poole and C Sheriff from Welwyn and District BC in the National 55 and Over Pairs competition. Adams and Sheriff were the national champions of 2009, so a lot was at stake. The Welwyn pair started well and continued to score at ease and on end 10 were 15-4 up with Adams and Sheriff unable to contribute. In the second half the Royston duo did make a comeback, but were too far in arrears and eventually ran out of ends and lost 18-15.

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There was disappointment for the Royston Ladies team when they appeared at Leamington recently to compete in the National Finals. Beryl Huckle, Yvonne Whitehouse Linda O’Flanagan and skip Shirley Pawson just could not find the form which had carried them to the finals, and sadly they were defeated.

Royston have five bowlers who will be appearing in the National Finals at Worthing.

Royston travelled to Ware on Saturday for a friendly game of four rinks of men and two of ladies. Proceedings were dampened to some extent by a deluge of rain, but nevertheless the game was completed, albeit with soggy score cards. Royston’s ladies managed a narrow 36-29 success over Ware. The men, on the other hand, suffered a defeat a 92-74 defeat.

This overall loss of 121-110 wasn’t helped by Royston’s rink five who only scored a frustrating nine shots, compared to their opponents’ decisive 32.