Gala day under great new lights

Craig Carter, Liam Pearcey, Sam Troop and Nigel Carter, winners of Thornfield Indoor's opening day gala.'Note the impressive lighting of the green..'October 6 2011

Craig Carter, Liam Pearcey, Sam Troop and Nigel Carter, winners of Thornfield Indoor's opening day gala.'Note the impressive lighting of the green..'October 6 2011

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With the outdoor bowls season ended and the indoor season not yet in full swing there is not a lot news on the bowls scene at the moment.

Rugby Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club got their season under way with a well attended gala which was won by Nigel Carter, Sam Troop, Liam Pearcy and Craig Carter but it will be another three weeks before the national competitions start.

In the national Denny Cup inter-club championship Thornfield men’s team play Coventry under the usual two rinks at home and two away format on October 23 and the ladies team open their Yetton Trophy inter-club championship challenge against their Bromsgrove counterparts on November 3.

n Anyone coming to Thornfield will be highly impressed by the club’s brand new lighting scheme which is a vast improvement on the old one and which, most certainly, is one of the most modern and best in the country.

Thornfield Indoor secretary Sarah Simpson said that members were delighted not only with the new lighting for which thanks were due to Biffawards and The Soroptimist International Rugby Charities for their donations towards the project but also for the new look decorating of the club. Top class coaching for old and young bowlers of either sex will be available at the club on Saturday mornings under the direction of Rugby chief coach Brian Mace-Humphries.

n Rugby Bowls Club completed their centenary match programme on a losing note when in a six rinks game at their Bilton Road headquarters they crashed to a 148-103 defeat against Whitnash.

The annual match between the two clubs is played for on a home and away basis with the aggregate score deciding the winner.

In the first game Rugby won by 21 shots but in losing their second tie by 45 it was Whitnash who landed the bragging rights with an overall 24 shots victory. Rink scores (Rugby names first) as follows:

Barry Lines, Colin Rigg, Brian Thompson and Nigel Townsend 30, Alf Segadelli, Edgar Vince, Ray Evans and Alf Diston 12; Gordon Smith, Ray Antill, Richard Burroughs and Ian Kendall 27, Ray Prentice, Pete Smith, Ken Dolby and Colin Haywood 21; John Tomes, David Scobie, John Codling and Dave Mobbs 17, John Loveridge, Tom Buick, Greville Reader and Les Clarkson 22.

Roger Smith, Bob Fox, Joe Brayson and Mark Courtney 15, Keith Green, Don Atkins, Keith Billington and Graham Cluff 30; Barry Jarman, Ron Davies, John Carlin and Matt Wells 6, Harry Billington, Kevin Ballard, Geoff Barnes and Simon Gilbert 26; Chris Holman, Eric Kind, Bill Medland and Bob Bradley 8, Kevin Bly, Bill Wright, Bob Cook and Dave Owen 37.