This year the event took place at Roose Community Bowling Club based at the Conservative Club, Barrow in Furness. Group vice chairman Peter Schofield had overseen the arrangements assisted by Neville Chanin and Les Preston.
The Warrington contingency consisted of John Gregory, Chris Gleave plus Andrew and David Anderson. The total field of 58 entries contested the event which was superbly organised by tournament secretary Trevor Barber and treasurer Len Hart.
A somewhat grey and overcast sky started the day, with hot sunshine following in the afternoon.
Chris was the first off and played John Warminger from the Wigan group. John being a very experienced player who claimed to play most days in season, was against Chris who claimed he had never bowled competitively before the first round! The score was 21-15 to John but Chris was not disappointed with his valiant effort. Chris’ luck again worked against him in his next round, which was for the secondary plate when he lost to John Glover of the Ormskirk group with score of 15-8.
John Gregory, won his first game 21-12, after a titanic struggle against local bowler Ron Jackson from the Furness and South Lakeland Group. Progressing into the second round where he was pitted against Darren Garden a previous winner of the competition, winning at the very last end by an excellently placed bowl which ran the block to win the final end 21–20. John’s third round game was against Harry Jones, a previous winner of the trophy twice before. However, John couldn’t quite restrain Harry’s ability and lost 21-12. John put up a strong defence throughout his three games, being beaten only by the eventual winner.
Andrew, a latecomer along with Chris, had a bye in the first round and then met Mike Wright, Furness and South Lakeland Group, a local bowler, in the second round. Andrew demonstrated the strength of his bowling skills but unfortunately was ‘pipped at the post’ to be beaten at the very last end 21–20, having given the local man a very good game on a difficult green.
David had a bye in the first round, only to meet a previous winner in the second. David said it was a good game but very one sided.
In summary, it was a most enjoyable day and the team gave their all and provided an excellent performance for the Warrington Group, which was appreciated by the organisers of the day. David thanked the group for their sponsorship and the team for their time, skills and ability.
The event for next year, 2016, is hosted by the Liverpool Group, to be held at Tetley Walkers Bowling Club, Long Lane, Warrington on the 9 July 2016, details will follow. However, the Warrington Group will be the sponsors on the 8 July 2017 again at the Tetley Bowling Club.