NOWAK TROPHY 2017

J Nowak Trophy Charity Competition at the Connaught Bowls Club on Sunday 9th July 2017

Four clubs, Connaught, Mundford, Swaffham and Watton, currently play annually for the Nowak Trophy.

The venue is rotated, and in accordance with Joe Nowak’s wishes the host club nominates a charity with local roots Connaught, as hosts in 2017. Connaught nominated the Norfolk Zipper Club a charity which exists solely to buy equipment for Papworth Hospital.

The club invited Bob Spinks, the Chairman of the Norfolk Zipper Club, to say a few words and to make the presentations at the end of the competition

The competition itself is structured so that each club fields 4 mixed triples.each of those triples plays a match of 10 ends against a triple from each of the other clubs. therefore each club plays 12 matches.2 points are awarded for a win and 1 for a draw,with the winner being the club with most points. If points are equal shots difference is the determinant.

After a day of sociable but still very competitive bowling the host club, Connaught, won the Nowak Trophy with the other clubs not far behind.

The weather held good and with the bar open and tea/coffee also available all day players and spectators enjoyed the Connaught facilities A very pleasant and ample lunchprovided sustenance for the afternoon session.

John Winup, Connaught President, opened the proceedings afterwards by thanking all clubs for their support and for bringing raffle prizes he also thanked the Connaught members helping on the day; Mick Utting for organising the competition, Sandra Adcock and helpers for the catering, Bob Oatway for the bar, and Steve Barclay, the green-keeper, for all the work on the green. He mentioned that both his late wife, Heather, and Mick Utting had particular cause to be grateful to Papworth Hospital and finished by thanking everybody for raising the sum of £403.50 for the Norfolk Zipper Club.

 Bob Spinks, supported by his wife, Chrissie, spoke about the origins and the work of the Zipper Club, referred to the sum of over £1m raised by the Norfolk branch, and showed photographs of equipment purchased over the years. He mentioned his personal experiences of treatment at Papworth. He then made the presentations to the “Spider” winner, John Seege from Watton and of the Nowak Trophy itself to Connaught captain David Flatt.

John Hunter from Watton thanked Connaught on behalf of the visiting clubs and also mentioned that Swaffham would be hosting in 2018. The day concluded with the raffle.

 

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF THE J NOWAK TROPHY

Joe Nowak history A10 copy                                                                                                                       Joe Nowak 

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President John Winup introduces Bob Spinks Chairman of Norfolk Zipper Club

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John Seege of Watton winner of the spider receives his whisky

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Bob Spinks outlines the work of the Zipper Club

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David Flatt the winning captain takes charge of the trophy

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Bob Spinks with his wife Chrissie and Connaught Chairman Mick Utting Both Bob and Mick have undergone heart surgery at Papworth hospital