The ‘Inter Lodge Challenge’ is becoming an annual event between Travellers’ Lodge No 4679 and Croes Ati Lodge No 8460. This summer it was the turn of Travellers’ Lodge to host the event with their friends from Croes Ati Lodge from Flint.
The cup holders Croes Ati Lodge had won the cup in 2013 and 2014, Travellers’ Lodge winning the inaugural event of 2012. Last year’s 2015 event was not held due to bad weather. This year’s venue was the Stag at Walton. 11 of the visiting friends from the valleys made the hazardous journey over the border and 12 of the Travellers’ Lodge friends and families were ready to meet them.
Travellers’ Lodge being the host this year and not being sore losers in this friendly challenge may have tried to stack the bowls in their favour by choosing the home ground, a three course menu and organising glorious weather.
Following welcoming tea or coffee, kick off was at 12:00 for mixed doubles. The visitors soon thrived on the friendly rivalry and they attacked out of the sun and hid the jack in the shadows.
Brian and Yvonne Potter kindly officiated with the running order and match setting. The bowlers were quickly finding the length and the lay of the green and one or two ringers were starting to emerge from both sides, with Walter Renshaw and George Edwards from Croes Ati Lodge and Bill Wainwright and Richard and Bev Sherratt from Travellers’ Lodge starting to shine.
Intermission was at 13:30 for the three course meal before resuming. Travellers’ Lodge’s master plan was to feed up their Welsh friends with three courses and start scoring, whilst the visitors had a post meal nap. However, the visitors were wise to that and had two courses and caught the home team napping in the tropical sunshine.
First time bowler Katie Hamilton and novice Hannah Brown, both on the Travellers’ Lodge team were quick learners, picking up the tips and building their scores. Bev Sherratt shone as the highest scoring lady.
Following three hours of happy friendly competition the result was in. Yvonne and Brian from the home team being totally impartial models of propriety, refusing drinks, presents, offers of weekends away and holidays abroad, gave the final unbiased official scores.
The presentation was made by Mike Hamilton to the winning team of Croes Ati Lodge represented by Tony Key. The challenge cup for the team trophy was again returning across the border.
The objectives of the day being met fully, good company, good fun, good food and good weather, notwithstanding the £70 raised for charity. Thoughts of next year’s challenge in hand, the Travellers’ Lodge team were wondering if Chris Mordue, the British crown green champion bowler, lives in Warrington?