BOWLS: Gala success at Thornfield

The gala winners, Speckled Hen
The gala winners, Speckled Hen
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Bowls by Alan Jackson

Adrian Johnstone coaching at Thornfield

Adrian Johnstone coaching at Thornfield

Rugby Thornfield’s penultimate charity gala of the season saw an invasion of blue, the colour associated with the Arthritis Care charity, which helps look after those that suffer from an often underplayed condition.

No Team managed to pick up a full nine points in the opening round of games but 3 Plus 1, The Sandy Agos and Mix & Match took an early lead with eight points.

Speckled Hen, Bilton 4, What’s a Bias?, Etihad Dead Enders and Nappers trailed one point further back. By the half-time break only five teams had managed to break into double figures.

Etihad Dead Enders led on 16 points, The Sandy Agos and Mix & Match were joint second with 15 points with What’s a Bias? (14 points) and Speckled Hen (13 points) completing the top five.

Re-energised by the break Mix & Match and Speckled Hen held pole position on 22 points, What’s a Bias? (21) and 3 Plus 1 (19) were poised to take advantage of any slip ups. Etihad Dead Enders, The Sandy Agos and Reds Don’t Wear Blue! still held hopes for a cheeky late grab for the title. Both the leaders made it four wins out of four but the spoils fell to Speckled Hen as a perfect game saw them claim all nine points to finish on 31 points, two ahead of Mix & Match on 29. Joint third on 23 points were What’s a Bias and The Sandy Agos, with Reds Don’t Wear Blue! and 3 plus 1 taking joint fifth.

Thornfield’s final gala will be on Thursday, April 10, raising much needed funds in support of the Air Ambulance. Places are still available, please contact the club if you wish to play.

COACHING

Saturday sees the final ‘open to all’ coaching session at Rugby Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club, run by Adrian Johnstone and his team of coaches. But Adrian is keen to point out that while coaching indoors stops until October it continues at the various outdoors bowls clubs in the Rugby area. Everyone is welcome from the complete novice to those who are looking to improve their skills and those who might need help in fixing a problem with their game.

Bowls, unlike many sports, is playable by almost all age groups and it easily caters for disabled people, in fact there are rules specifically for wheelchair use and organisations to support the deaf and visually impaired. For those who might be coming to the end of their playing days in football or rugby, bowls gives them a way to continue playing an active part in sport and also enjoy the social aspect that bowls is well known for.

Interested? Contact Rugby Thornfield Indoor BC or to find your nearest outdoor bowling club use the ‘Clubs Near Me’ tool on the Warwickshire County BA website - www.warwickshirebowls.org.uk/wcba.

PICTURE: Adrian Johnstone coaching at Thornfield