By Alan Jackson
A nearly full field of 14 teams arrived at Rugby Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club to take part in the gala raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.
With the first round complete, Wasps and Floral Dancers held a one-point lead over Mission Impossible, Bits n Pieces and X Rail who were joint third. Mission Impossible moved to top spot heading into the half-time break, a point ahead of Specksavers and Floral Dancers in joint second. Three points further back in joint fourth were Bits n Pieces, X Rail and Wasps.
The lead changed hands again heading into the final round of games, Specksavers in pole position but three teams were hot on their heels in joint second: Wasps, Bits n Pieces and X Rail. Mission Impossible completed the top five. A perfect eight-point game saw X Rail (Pat Quirke, Trevor Evans, Alec Gallimore and Bruce Truman) storm to the top of the pile, winning the gala with 24 points. Bits n Pieces finished second on 23 points, third place went to Specksavers with 20 points, one point ahead of Mission Impossible and Floral Dancers in joint fourth.
Thornfield’s next charity gala is on Sunday, February 28 and is in aid of Meningitis Now. The fun starts at noon with a Bowls4Free session where people can come along and give bowls a try. The gala itself kicks off at 2.30pm.
On Sunday, February 14 the club is again hosting the EBYDS Event, where promising youngsters from the region take part in singles and skills challenges to try and qualify for the EBYDS finals later in the year.