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UW League and Cup Finals 8 9 Sept 2018

Sheila Bragg Upper Waveney ladies Singles Winner 

Connaught Bowls Club: - Sheila Bragg

Ladies Singles Winner 2018


Graham Benefer Upper Waveney Singles Winner 2018 

Connaught Bowls Club: - Graham Benefer

Men's Singles Winner 2018



The Club welcomed David Wood, competition organiser and well-known to us as a friend and opponent from Gissing. We set out to provide the supporting facilities and as much help as possible.

Scheduling the programme was not easy for David because various individuals were competing in different events, but he managed things very well and we kept to the timetable throughout the competition. Rain threatened at times but fortunately did not come our way.

A full schedule of results is attached. The semi-finals on the first day produced two close results. Lorna Young and Jennie Logan from Dickleburgh won 15-14 against Julie Ward and Lynn Ruth from Stradbroke W.H. in the Ladies Pairs. In the Mixed Triples Lorna Young (again!), Paul Wright and David Shimmell from Dickleburgh won 16-14 against Graham and Pat Benefer and Sheila Bragg from Connaught. Lorna Young, appearing in her 4th semi-final, had to play an isolated match starting at 5.30 against Sheila Bragg. Sheila just won 21-17 in a good contest deserving of more spectators. There were good wins for Mendlesham in the Men’s Pairs and for Gissing in the Men’s Triples both against strong Hoxne opposition. Other Connaught appearances led to honourable defeat in the Mixed Pairs (Alison Rush and Mike Minshull), Men’s Pairs (Kevin Noble and Mark Watson) and Men’s Triples (Mark Watson, Kevin Noble and Paul McDonald).

Finals Day on the Sunday produced some excellent bowling. It was a triumph for the Dickleburgh club, winners of four finals. A special mention for the popular Lorna Young who appeared in three of them to cap a weekend of non-stop bowling. Lorna, with Jennie Logan, again won by 15-14 in the Ladies Pairs scoring 3 on the last end to pip Joy Jolly and Clare Forster from Gissing. Connaught’s own Graham Benefer won in probably the match of the day against Hoxne’s Maurice Hurry by 21-20. 2-12 down Graham recovered to 12-13 only to drop 4 but then come again to win the sudden death end. A coming of age for Graham. Connaught supporters, quiet and even-handed throughout the match, burst into relieved applause at the end. Sheila Bragg completed a double for Connaught by retaining her Ladies Singles title against Clare Forster from Gissing in a typically determined display of strong, mainly narrow-line bowling. This and the other finals were won by some margin by players who rose to the occasion well.

The finals ended with the Cup Final, won by Gissing by 12 shots against a Hoxne side which fought very hard. Gissing remain very strong and focused and at present only Diss, and then only occasionally, can compete with them at team level. Other clubs have talented individuals, as the finals showed, but not Gissing’s depth.

Both David Wood and the Connaught club were relieved that everything went smoothly. Well-prepared and good with technology, David was on the ball throughout. He had had some hassle during the week but had battled through it well. Connaught felt that they had done their utmost with all the background work. We looked after the raffle for which all clubs brought prizes and this raised £156.00 for league funds. The green and all the associated equipment were ready for play each day. The catering effort, barbecue and kitchen, was huge and the bar operated smoothly throughout. Viewing facilities were good and there seemed to be a good “vibe” all the time. This report will not list individuals other than mention one in a slightly mischievous way. Peter Hambling had a dual role – that of toilet attendant and marker of singles as required. In the former he excelled and it was a pleasure to see him replacing the paper towels so effortlessly. As a marker he did well but was reported to the organiser by one competitor for his positioning on the green when the jack was cast! He continues to brood over this

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