2019 national finals newark
By Sally Smith
Harry carver Team Trophy: After winning the Harry Carver in 2018, it was a disappointment to the Suffolk Team to achieve only a mid-table
result at the 2019 Newark Indoor Finals. Early losses to Hunts and Norfolk, were followed by wins over North Cambs and Northants resulting
in 10 points overall, level with Humberside, but with a smaller shot difference. Although not able to match last year’s result, Linda Nunn
reported that the Suffolk players enjoyed the day.
The individual competitions at Newark started on Wednesday 24th April and Suffolk lady bowlers were in action through to Saturday 27th.
The 8-rink bowls centre is an impressive venue and play in all competitions was of a very high standard. Although there were some strong
performances from the Suffolk ladies, they were unable to raise their game sufficiently to progress to the concluding rounds of their
competitions. The full results for SCWBA players can be found in the Indoor Competitions section of the website.
EWBF 4 Bowl Singles: This competition commenced on Thursday 25th. Sue Bryenton-Rochard was drawn against a strong North Essex player.
The match started well for Sue, who had a 2 shot lead after 11 ends, but she was affected by a wrist injury later in the game and was only
able to take two further shots. The 21-12 result did not represent Sue’s strong play earlier in the game.
EWBF 4 Bowl Senior Singles: Margaret Thorpe represented Suffolk again this year and had the benefit of a bye in the first round.
Experience certainly played a part in her round 2 win against Lincolnshire 21-20. The Lincs opponent initially went into a considerable
lead, only to see it gradually eroded by determined play from Margaret. It was fitting that this exciting match was eventually decided
with a measure. Sadly, in the semi-final, Margaret was unable to produce a similar late match rally and was beaten by North Essex 21-13.
EWBF Pairs: The Suffolk representatives, Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander, came up against strong opposition from the pair from
Northants and were defeated 8-19 in the first round.
EBF Mixed Pairs: Suffolk were represented by Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford in this competition, drawn in the first round against
Cleveland. Shirley played steadily throughout the game, but Andrew was unable to find his usual level of accuracy and they lost 9-18 to
the eventual winners of the Northumberland Trophy.
EWBF 2 Bowl Rinks: In the first round Paula Gooch, Lesley Alexander and Thelma Tasker played steadily against North Cambs. and held
their lead through most of the match to win comfortably 23-14. Sadly, in the second round, played later in the day, Suffolk came up against
a strong Lincolnshire triple and were defeated 24-9.
EBF Mixed Rinks: Carol Pybus, John Sewell and David Sewell were matched against North Essex in the first round. After a nervous start
the Suffolk players settled into the game, assisted by gaining a four in the 10th end. In the 15th end the Suffolk skip played a superb
saving shot to take out both the opponent’s counting bowls, resulting in 2 shots to Suffolk. The match continued to be well fought to the
end, with Suffolk eventually winning 19-16. However, later in the day, their second-round match was disappointing, with the Suffolk triple
losing to Cleveland 27-8.
Sue Bryenton-Rochard, 4 Bowl Singles
Margaret Thorpe, Final End,
Senior Singles Semi-Final
Shirley Plummer, Mixed Pairs
Paula Gooch, Lesley Alaxander and Thelma Tasker,
2 Bowl Rinks
Carol Pybus, John Sewel and David Sewell,