METRO BOWLS REPORT AUGUST 2018
The Metro bowlers have enjoyed a very busy summer of bowling. Apart from the usual Wednesday afternoon sessions at Ravenscourt Park, they have taken part in many tournaments. In July 6 bowlers attended the English Nationals in Leamington Spa where Eric won the B1s, Steve won the B3s and Gause, in his first tournament, with his partner won the B4 Pairs.
The following week, 10 bowlers then went down to Hastings for their tournament. Amit, Constance and Harish came second in the triples tournament. Eric won the B1 category and Gail won the Open Singles Tournament. Then on the 28th of July, the day after our first collection at Liverpool Street, 12 bowlers travelled from Kings Cross to Potters Bar station, where they were picked up and taken to the bowling green.
Every year we play them for the Charley Basten cup, which we won last year with our 3 triples winning their games. This year we had 4 triples, but, unfortunately, we lost the 4 games and so the cup. Our best triple out of the four was Joe, Constance and Gause who only lost their game by 4 shots. Not to worry, as usual, the Potters Bar players were very friendly and made us very welcome. After the match, we all went in for a meal and a drink or two from the bar. Their captain asked us back next year so we could try and win the cup back again.
On the 8th of August, we held our annual match at Ravenscourt Park against KAB, Kingston Association for the Blind, bowls club. A bit like the Potters Bar match, last year we beat KAB quite easily, but this year they beat us by 4 shots. Their 9 bowlers and 3 helpers came by coach and we played 3 triples. One triple, Eric, Amit and John drew 12-12, but the other 2 triples lost narrowly. After the match, food was laid on for both teams, then, after KAB left on their coach, the Metro players went off to the Wetherspoon pub.
THE METRO SINGLES TOURNAMENT
The annual Metro bowls singles tournament was held on Saturday the 11th of August. All the players, markers Pat, John and Steve, and helpers Maureen and Lea turned up on time so we could get started at 10 o’clock. We had a nice warm sunny day, unlike the day before and the day after when it rained. All the players had to play five games to see who would win the cup this year. In between each round, Susan the club secretary, kept us well supplied with teas, coffees and soft drinks.
After 4 rounds, Amit and Wilbert were leading as they both had lost only 1 game. Amit lost his last game to Joe, and Wilbert, after being 10-2 down to Eric, then managed to claw his way back and win on the last end. This meant Wilbert won the cup with 4 wins out of 5, only losing to Junette, and Amit came second with Junette a close third. Eric then thanked Susan for all the help she gives each week, and the 3 markers, who couldn’t play in the tournament as they were needed to mark.
Eric then presented Wilbert with the cup and a voucher as the winner, and Amit with a voucher for coming second.
All the players and helpers then all went round to the pub where a room had been reserved for them, and had a jolly evening and a drink from Metro for all their efforts.
Report by Eric Gallacher