Wrington Bowling Club, North Somerset

Mens’ Team Promoted

After a hard-fought season, the mens’ team, under Captain Fred Cowgill, have secured promotion to Division 2 North, having won 6 of 9 games the team were required to play.  In order to guarantee promotion, Wrington needed to beat league leaders Clevedon Prom C in the final game of the season.  Enjoying the benefit of a home fixture, Wrington pressed home their advantage and eventually won by 67pts to 55 securing 10 of the 12 points available and with it a second-place finish.  Well done to Fred and all the men who represented the club this season.  The men will have 11 matches to play in Division 2 next season, so if you want to be part of this successful team and get involved in representing your village please let us know via the websites contact page.

Club Competitions

The finals of the inter club competitions were contested on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd August with the following results:

Men’s Singles: Winner Pete Johnson ~ Runner Up John Gowar

Ladies Singles: Winner Jill Cowgill ~ Runner Up Darryl Brown

Challenge Shield: Winner Angela Bateman ~ Runner Up Brenda Lewis

Men’s Handicap: Winner Roy Clements ~ Runner Up Fred Thomas

Ladies Handicap: Winner Linda Johnson ~ Runner Up Jill Cowgill

Second Chance Cup: David Buckley ~ Runner Up Angela Bateman

Men’s Pairs: Mike Phillips & Dave Sharratt ~ Runners Up Andy Brown & Peter Pete Johnson

Ladies Pairs: Jill Cowgill & Wendy Tandy ~ Runners Up Linda Johnson & Sheana Walker

Mixed Pairs: Winners Roy Clements & Linda Johnson ~ Runners Up Pete Johnson & Wendy Tandy

Family Cup: Winners Jill & Fred Cowgill ~ Runners Up Linda & Pete Johnson

Men’s Triples: Winners Roy Clements, Neil Coombes, & Andy Tandy ~ Runners Up Roy Evans, Pete Johnson & Pat Lewis

Ladies Triples: Winners Jill Cowgill, Brenda Lewis & Georgina Yule ~ Runners Up Angela Bateman, June Clements & Pauline Jefferies

Christine Bowden Cup: Winners Jill Cowgill & Chris Brown ~ Runners Up Darryl Brown & Neil Coombes

Fixed Jack: Winner Linda Johnson ~ Runner Up Fred Cowgill

Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up ~ it was great to see 23 club members involved in our finals weekend.

Coaching Returns

We are pleased to say that after a short summer break our club coach Fred Cowgill will be resuming his weekly coaching sessions as of the 5th September. The sessions are open to club members and anyone interested in taking up bowls.

Adult Sessions: Each Monday as of the 5th September from 10.00 am.

Youth Sessions: Each Thursday starting 8 September from 4.00 to 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in attending the sessions please contact Fred on 01934 861221.

The ladies have it….

Sunday 10th  July saw the launch of the inaugural Presidents Cup.  This new annual fixture is sponsored by our President Roger Smeed.  The new cup saw the club ladies competing against the men over four rinks in a Four, Triple, Pair and Singles match.   The afternoon saw some competitive play and a fair amount of banter across the rinks as the ladies beat the men convincingly, winning three of the four rinks.  Following the conclusion of the matches the teams adjourned for refreshments and a raffle in support of club funds.  At the end of the afternoon the new cup was presented to the ladies’ captain Linda Johnson.  The men’s team are hoping to see an improvement in the fortunes when the cup is once again competed for in 2023.

Website and Facebook Launch

The club are pleased to announce that it has now launched its own website and Facebook page.  Andrew Tandy, who was responsible for the development and content of the two sites said “This is an exciting time for the club.  We are seeing more interest from all ages in the sport and these sites will allow us to more actively engage with future bowlers and the village community”. 

The website construction was undertaken by Ian Thomas of http://www.bowlsclub.info who has been responsible for the construction of over 25 bowls related sites across the country.  In addition to the new website and Facebook page the club will also be advertising in the Wrington Journal later this year. 

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Men’s League

The Club’s mens’ team began their league season with a visit to Burnham-on-Sea bowls club.

An absorbing afternoon of bowls eventually saw the Wrington team win 2 of the 3 rinks, but lose overall by 3 shots. Whilst disappointing, the team hoped to build on a positive start and did so with a comprehensive win by 75pts to 43 over Portishead RBL.

Cream Tea and Bowls

On Thursday 2nd June, club members Rita Wright and Ian Harries organised a cream tea and bowls afternoon at the club as part of this year’s Wrington Fair Week.

As soon as the week-long programme for Fair Week was released, this event attracted a tremendous response from village residents and saw 40 plus visitors of all ages coming along to try their hand at bowls and enjoy the cream tea provided by club members. Club members supported visitors on the rink and some potentially very good bowlers were identified and hopefully will join us in the future.

Rita and Ian are rightly proud of the level of interest the event attracted and several of our visitors requested a repeat of the event later in the year.

Captain’s & Open Day

The weekend of the 9th and 10th April saw the return of the annual Captain’s and Open days.

After the COVID years, this was a welcome return for the two events and was widely supported by members, although the traditional Captain’s day tea was not possible due to ongoing precautions at the club.

Our Sunday Open day attracted a lot of interest and we were pleased to welcome 20 would-be new bowlers of all ages. With plenty of instruction on offer and a small mini tournament, the potential bowlers then enjoyed the Easter biscuits and Hot Cross buns that were in plentiful supply.

Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce that one of our members Fred Cowgill has now completed his training and has been awarded his Level 1 Award in Bowls Coaching.

Fred’s achievement has allowed the club to host weekly coaching sessions for members as well as a weekly juniors session which is attracting a lot of interest within the village. We wish Fred well with his coaching sessions and look forward to seeing its impact in future league and cup fixtures.