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Double Success for our Short Mat Teams

posted 7 May 2013, 07:59 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

News Report 14th April 2013


Bantham & Ongar Short Mat Bowls

The BANTHAM AND ONGAR Short Mat Bowls Section have just concluded a memorable winter 2012-13 season culminating with a unique double.

Newly promoted to the United Friendly First Division last season, the team finished the season in a creditable mid-table position, but then made a major impact on the two annual triple tournaments.

The United Friendly Triples Championship 2013 initially begins with qualifying events taking place in different venues during January and February in a round robin format, with the qualifying teams progressing to the finals. Bantham & Ongar entered four teams of which two successfully progressed to the finals.

BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team D), (Bill Davis, Alan Dodd and Martin Peacocke), won their pool at Abridge. BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team B) (Brenda Haynes, Ken Haynes and Bill Cooke) won at Woodford Wells.  BANTHAM AND ONGAR teams A and C did not qualify. The championship finals were held at the Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club on Sunday April 7th where a preliminary round robin event reduced the number of teams to eight quarter finalists for a knockout competition.

BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team B) reached the semi final where they were beaten in a very close match by Sheering A, however BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team D) defeated the tournament favourites, Chigwell, and then Woodford Wells to reach the final where they beat Sheering A 8 – 5.

Four days later on Wednesday 11th April, the Woodford Wells Open Triples tournament took place. This is an invitation event and BANTHAM AND ONGAR were invited to send two teams having previously won the event in 2010. BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team A) comprised Bill Davis, Alan Dodd and Martin Peacocke with BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team B) represented by Ken Haynes, Bill Cooke and Ralph Cooper. The tournament involves 16 teams with each team playing six randomly drawn matches played over six ends.

Both teams played excellent bowls with team A winning five of their six matches, finishing in third place overall on shot difference, but the BANTHAM AND ONGAR Team B won  all six of their matches, and being the only unbeaten team were declared out right Woodford Wells Open Triples Champions 2013.

Winning both of these prestigious short mat bowls tournaments is a unique achievement and demonstrates the strength of the club at this level.                (Alan Dodd)