THE 9th WORTHING UNIFIED BOWLS TOURNAMENT
The 9th Worthing Unified Open Bowls Tournament at Beach House Park commenced as usual on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August and as is our tradition was opened by the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Alex Harman who bowled the first bowl to get the tournament underway.
Week 1 PAIRS sponsored by GUILDCARE
In the main Pairs competition the expected rain meant that the Quarter Finals were rescheduled to Friday morning and the Semi Finals to the Friday afternoon. In the Quarter Finals, Martin Wake and Gary Starks played superbly to beat Neil Potter and Nigel Duvergier. Last year's winners the Barrett brothers from Eastleigh Railway Bowls Club beat John Carrington and Rob Edwards. Peter Salmon and Chris Jones beat the other Eastleigh pair, the Bines twin brothers. Lee Dickson and Mike Sigamoney beat Mike Leeson and Steve Fielder.
In the Semi finals Gary Starks beat off the challenge from Lee Dixon, and Ben Barrett won through against Chris Jones to reach the final again as he did last year.
The Pairs final was played at 10:00 am Saturday in beautiful sunshine between Ben Barrett with Stuart Rownley subbing for Mike Barrett, and Gary Starks and partner Martin Wakes. The game was close all the way through and although Gary Starks was 4 up going into the last end, it could still have changed and only the very last wood confirmed a 26-20 victory.
The President of the Worthing Unified Bowls Tournament, John Scadgell, made the presentation of the Pairs Trophies and prize money of £1000 to the winners. The Runners up received a trophy and a cheque for £500.
The weather for the first couple of days was absolutely glorious, sadly heavy rain forecast for Wednesday afternoon forced the committee to streamline the planned Consolation Pairs competition. It was reduced to 8 teams to ensure that the rain did not make too much of a hole in the tournament. The QF of the Consolation Pairs were played on Wednesday morning and the Semi Final and Final were played on Friday. The final of the Consolation was between first year bowler Darren McLean with partner Jono Dalton against Terry Crispin and Alan Messer. The winners were Alan and Terry
Week 1 FOURS sponsored by MELLOR PRACTICE
The Fours competition produced many good close games. The early shock was for last year’s winners, Gary Olver’s four, who went out by one shot to John School’s team.
Neil Potter had a fine win over a very strong four from Eastleigh Railway B.C. to reach the semi-final where they played against Harry Woolven’s four. Neil’s side won the semi-final 25-11 in 20 ends. The other semi final was between the fours of John Schools and Barry Steadman. Barry’s team were always in the lead and held on to win 20-16 in the full 21 ends.
The Fours final was also played in that wonderful September sunshine at 10.00 am on Saturday. Barry Steadman’s team of Dave Cornwell, Tony Dade and Ron Tomlin were always playing catch up and this year’s winners were comfortable throughout. Congratulations to the winning four; Brian Foskett, Richard Maton (both Worthing BC players), Neil Potter and skip Graham Duvergier
The presentation of the trophy and £800 prize money were made to the Winners by our sponsor Brenda Mellor of MELLOR PRACTICE, the Runners up received a trophy and prize money of £400.
Week 2 SINGLES sponsored by IAN HART
A drizzly start to the week couldn’t stop the singles getting underway on Monday 4th September. Chris Young assembled an army of markers from local clubs to ensure that the 60 planned matches were played to completion. The pick of the early matches was between Glyn Walls and Dave Pitt, both bowled superbly and with great skill. Dave eventually crossed the winning line but credit to both bowlers for a great display of bowling.
By Wednesday the competition had started to intensify and the quarter final line up of Dave Pitt, Scott Edwards, Jeff O’Leary, Mick Leeson, Neil Smith, Katie Smith (Neil’s daughter) John Farrell and Steve Feilder, promised some excellent matches to come.
Despite unusually poor weather on the Friday morning, all of the QF matches were successfully completed. David Pitt, Scott Edwards, John Farrell and Neil Smith will contest the Semi Finals. John Farrell and Neil Smith played their semi final on the Friday afternoon to ensure there would be no conflict with Neil’s involvement in Neil Collett’s triple. It was an excellent match in challenging conditions and Neil won through to the final 21-16. The second SF between David Pitt and Scott Edwards on Saturday morning went to Scott.
The final between Scott Edwards and Neil Smith went to Scott 21-17 giving him his first Worthing Open Singles Title and a cheque for £1500, Neil received a cheque for £750
Week 2 TRIPLES sponsored by the CHATSWORTH HOTEL
There were just 6 matches to play on the first morning of the Triples and the competition got underway fully in the Tuesday afternoon. The tie of the day was Neil Collett against the MELLOR PRACTICE which finished up 20-09 to Neil’s team, but was very close up to the last few ends. The novice bowlers of Mellor certainly gave their illustrious international level opposition a run for their money.
The Triples second round got off to flyer with Joe Stevens trio winning a close match against John Carrington’s three. The ‘International’ rink of Neil Collett were well held by Ken Barber’s three, until end 14, before finally succumbing 20 – 14. Dorian Bishop’s team including old Worthing favourites Peter Line and Malcolm Dare couldn’t match Steve Shanleys’s three. Both Steve Feilder and David Pitt got through to set up a meeting in the Quarter Finals.
Steve Feilder eventually won his QF in a very close fought game by picking up a 7 on the last end. Joe Stevens lost an intriguing QF game against Neil Collett who fired 6 times during the game with outstanding accuracy to win 20 -8. The other QF winners were the teams of Dave Cornwell and Steve Shanley.
The Triples were played to a conclusion on the Saturday. The Semi Finals were played in the morning and the Final match was in the afternoon. Losing Semi Finalists and receiving £75 per team were the threes of Dave Cornwell and Steve Feilder.
The final was played out by eventual Runners Up Steve Shanley, Keith Adams and Robert Wharf who picked up a cheque for £390 and the new Worthing Unified Bowls Triples Champions Neil Collett, Neil Smith and Katy Smith. The winners take a home a very handsome prize of £900.
All in all despite a little bit of un-Worthing like weather it has been a great fortnight with some magnificent and very competitive bowling.
See you all again in 2018
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