County Championships

HSMBA Pairs Championship - D&H Luther Cup

2024 Competition

The 2024 competition was played at the Leominster Indoor Bowling Centre with 21 pairs competing initially in 4 round robin groups. The top two teams in each group progressed to the knockout stages and by the semi-final stage, four strong teams remained.

Semi final one saw a victory for those who enjoy a narrative as John Mills & Joe Loveys (Woolhope/Gorsley Chapel) were drawn against Loveys’ Gorsley teammates Lynn Williams & Sophie Heather Warner. Keen to avoid a grudge match, Loveys and Heather-Warner were (just) able to amicably put their relationship off the mat to one side to produce a very close game that saw Mills & Loveys hold their nerve to book their place in the final with a 10-9 win. In the second semi final Chris Complin & Jim Knowles, looking to win St Martin’s first County Championship, faced Dave Watkins & Ian Roe. Sadly this was not meant to be as Ross continued their string of strong results, pushing on from a score of 4-4 at the halfway stage to win 11-4 and setup what promised to be an intriguing final.

Taking place in front of a strong attendance for an HSMBA final, those watching were treated to a replay of the national qualifying final which was won by the Woolhope/ Gorsley Chapel pairing. Carrying on from that match, Mills & Loveys won each of the first three ends by one before a three for Watkins and Roe put them back in contention. The two teams continued to trade singles until the ninth end where, with the scores at 5-5, Watkins and Roe grabbed a crucial two that, with two fantastic bowls from Watkins in the final end, was enough to seal victory for the Ross pairing. 

Semi Finals

John Mills & Joe Loveys (Woolhope/Gorsley Chapel ) bt Lynn Williams & Sophie Heather-Warner (Gorsley Chapel) 10-9

Dave Watkins and Ian Roe (Ross) bt Chris ? and Jim Knowles (St Martin’s) 11-4


Dave Watkins & Ian Roe (Ross) bt John Mills & Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) 9-5

Dave Watkins and Ian Roe

Roll of Honour

SeasonWinner (Players)(Winner Teams)Runner-up (Players)Runner-up (Teams)
2024Dave Watkins & Ian RoeRossJohn Mills & Joe Loveys Woolhope / Gorsley Chapel
2023Claire Herbert & Peter Wright RossDean Rudman & Joe Loveys Gorsley Chapel
2022John Mills & Joe LoveysWoolhope / Gorsley ChapelShirley & Becci CoxWoolhope
2021No Competition
2020John Mills & Joe LoveysWoolhope / Gorsley ChapelKate Williams & Dave WatkinsRoss
2019John Mills & Joe LoveysWoolhope / Gorsley ChapelSheila Whittingham & Peter WrightLarruperz
2018Terry Darrington & Rita HancockAston InghamMerion Attwood & Colin SmithLea
2017Hazel & Tony VitaleLarruperzRod Dawson & Mark CindereyWoolhope / Llangarron
2016Joe Loveys & Kate WilliamsGorsley / RossCharlotte & Stephen KiteLea
2015Betty & Harold AubreyWestonGill & Tim RigdenWeston
2014Dave Watkins & Les WilliamsRossAli & Ian RoeRoss
2013Sue & John StannardFownhopeHarold Aubrey & Tim RigdenWeston
2012Hazel & Tony VitaleLarruperzGeorge Marshall & Colin BarnesRoss
2011Jo & Brian ClaessenLeaGeorge Marshall & Colin BarnesRoss
2010Les Williams & James ZimmermanRossShirley & Becci CoxWoolhope
2009Sandra & Anthony RogersWoolhopeSheila & Alf WyeLarruperz
2008Sandra & Anthony RogersWoolhopeBrenda & Frank GarrettRoss
2007Sandra & Anthony RogersWoolhopeJune Pearce & Les PhillipsLarruperz
2006Les Williams & James ZimmermanRossFred Jolley & Alf WyeFownhope
2005Les Williams & James ZimmermanRossFred Jolley & Mark CarpenterFownhope
2004Betty & Harold AubreyWestonSue & John StannardFownhope
2003Brenda & Frank GarrettRossPamela & Neil KellettFownhope
2002John Stannard & Fred JolleyFownhopeAnthony Rogers & Roland GardinerWoolhope
2001John Stannard & Fred JolleyFownhopeAnthony Rogers & Roland GardinerWoolhope
2000Margit & Alex KilitiRossAndrew Mollett & Roger HuntFownhope

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