This report covers 2 weeks and the first week started again with a win for Berkhamsted Ladies in the County Ladies triples competition, with the team of Linda Ralphs, Liz Temple and Lesley Brown beating a team from Welwyn Garden City 24 – 18 to progress to the Semi-Finals at Hatfield on the 7th June. Unfortunately in the Watford & Districts men’s pairs competition 2 teams from Berkhamsted were picked against each other and it ended with a win for David Brown and Kevin Clarke who progress through to the next round. More success for the Ladies with Carole Dunn and Marcia Dunstone winning their match in the National Ladies over 55’s Competition.
As the week progressed things got worse, the men lost in the Ray Cup to Borehamwood by 52 shots to 60. They also lost in the Herts Top Team competition to Oakhill. The bad fortune continued with a loss in the Dacorum Shield match against Kitcheners by 4 games to 1 and to finish a bad week 2 teams from Berkhamsted lost to Potters Bar in the Tony Allcock competition.
However things got brighter for to finish the week Berkhamsted Bowls Club’s Annual Gala took place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May 2017.
The weather was threatening most of the day but held out until the cloudburst in the last 10 minutes but spirits were high when 28 teams competed to win prize monies totalling £270.
Bowls Clubs from The Met Police, Hazells, Bushey, Garston, Little Gaddesden, Herts, Abbots Langley, Kitcheners, Kings Langley, Dunstable, Ruislip, Aylesbury Town and Hendon all took part, including one home team.
The winners were…. Sue Halsey, David Richardson, Ian Davis from Kitcheners Bowls Club – The Recycled Teenagers
Runners up…………… Mavis Hendry’s team from Bushey – The Bushey Wanderers
Third………….……….… Brian Hamilton’s team from Herts Bowls Club – JCB
Generous local businesses also donated great raffle prizes while club members provided over 100 tombola prizes. The bric-a-brac stall, run by Mary Cave, Janet Jackson and Pat Oakley, took £64 which will be donated to The Hospice of St Francis. There was also a Cake stall and a Guess-the-weight-of-the-Cake made by Ken Maynard, a club member who also ran the very popular Bacon Roll stall.
Last Week the Ladies started well in the Watford & District Ladies league by beating a team of Ladies from Bushey 22-8. Berkhamsted’s team were Sarah Marshall, Linda Ralphs. Janet Jackson & Jackie Cormack. Unfortunately the ladies friendly rink of Marion Maynard, Shiela Fountain, Jill Griffin and Gill Howells lost. The men continued the success in the National Two fours by beating a team from Harpenden 35-33. The team of Swan, Priomo, Webb & Kenyon won 17-15 and the team of Lloyd, Biggerstaff, Ralphs & Sear drew 18 All. In the Dacorum shield match the following day Berkhamsted won 4.5 points to 0.5 and Berkhamsted won an extra 5 points for a walkover in the Mixed match. The Ladies team were Carole Dunn, Janice Murgatroyd,, Anne Cutting & Jackie Cormack and the men’s was Steve Burrell, Alan Jones,Brian Ralphs and Ken Maynard. The score was 45-27. In the County Mens Pairs Brian Ralphs and Dave Sear won their heat 19-15. In the final game of the week against Aston Clinton, Berkhamsted had more success by winning 92 – 57. The top rink was Jean Greenfield, David Drew & Ken Maynard.”