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Ross Bowling Club Short Mat Bowling 2015-16

The short mat bowling season started in the best possible way for the club with its first capture of the County Summer League title. After winning their round robin group with only a single defeat in their 8 matches, Ross 1 progressed to the Final where they defeated Aston Ingham 8-2 to take the title.

As usual the club ran a full programme of internal competitions across the winter which culminated in a Finals Evening which started with the final rounds of the Club Singles competition, followed by presentation of trophies and prizes for all of the club competitions by president John Perks and a buffet supper.

In the Singles competition the final was between two Herefordshire county premier team singles players.  In the semi-finals Dave Watkins had seen off the challenge of Phil Jenkinson, whose achievement in reaching this stage of the competition in his first season of short mat bowling was highly commendable, whilst defending champion Tony Vitale produced some very accurate draw bowling to defeat Alan Carver. The final saw Tony make another strong start with sustained high quality draw bowling from the off and although Dave settled and clawed back some shots he was unable to make significant inroads into Tony’s lead and prevent him from winning his 3rd title in 4 years.

The competition winners in full were:

Singles                                Tony Vitale

Evening Triples                     Betty Aubrey, Maurice Leake, Ian Roe

Afternoon Pairs                     Liz Nicholson, Harold Aubrey

Afternoon Australian Pairs      Pauline Mills, Les Williams

Afternoon Triples (1)             Gwen Lambert, Stella Bufton, Tony Vitale

Afternoon Triples (2)             Liz Cole, Mike Nicholson, Harold Aubrey

In the county competitions Ross had their most successful season for many years. Following disappointing National Qualifiers, which saw only the triple of Ali & Ian Roe and Ian Park advancing to represent Ross in the national finals, the club then enjoyed a phenomenal run of success in the County Championships which began with Kate Williams, partnering Joe Loveys from the Gorsley Chapel club, winning the County Pairs. Next up saw two titles captured in a weekend with the County Triples being won by Ali & Ian Roe and Ian Park and then the County Fours falling to George Marshall, Ian Roe and Pam & Ian Park. The Bromyard Triples Challenge resulted in a victory for George Marshall, Les Williams & Dave Watkins before finally the County Mixed Fours was won by Elaine George, Ian Roe and Pam & Ian Park. For the club to have won 5 of the 6 county competitions represents a remarkable achievement.

Despite all of the county championship successes, Ross A had to settle for the runners-up spot in the county Winter League, yet again losing out to a team from rivals Woolhope. Ross B finished in 4th place in Division 2 of the Winter League and Ross C finished 8th in that division.

In other events, Ali Roe, Dave Watkins, Pam & Ian Park finished runners-up in the Gavin Wright charity tournament held at the Larruperz Centre in September and the season was rounded off with Les Williams, Dave Watkins, Ian Roe & Ian Park winning the Fownhope Open Fours charity event in April.

Across the season 6 Ross players also represented the county teams in the Inter County Championship with Kate Williams, Dave Watkins and Ian Roe appearing in the ICC Premier Consolation Final when Herefordshire lost narrowly to Northamptonshire in their first ever final at Premier level.

Kate Williams (with Joe Loveys) receives the County Pairs trophy from Ian Park

County Triples winners Ian Park, Ali & Ian Roe

County Fours winners George Marshall, Ian Roe, Ian & Pam Park

Terry Darrington presents Ian & Pam Park, Elaine George & Ian Roe with the County Mixed Fours trophy

Sue Stannard presents the Bromyard Triples trophy to Dave Watkins, George Marshall & Les Williams

Gavin Wright Trophy runners-up Pam & Ian Park, Ali Roe & Dave Watkins

Fownhope Fours winners Ian Roe, Ian Park, Les Williams & Dave Watkins

The Summer League winning squad George Marshall, Ian & Pam Park, Les Williams, Elaine George & Ian Roe (missing: Ali Roe & John Churchill)

The Winter League ‘A’ squad :

Pam Park, Les Williams, George Marshall, Rob & Elaine George, Ian Park, Ian Roe, Kate Williams & Dave Watkins (missing: Ali Roe)