By Alan Jackson
Rugby Thornfield Indoors continued their 40th Anniversary celebrations with a Halloween themed gala in aid of raising funds to help with the refurbishments that are currently progressing well. Being Halloween there was a lot of gruesome and scary things to see, only some of it the players who came dressed to scare. There were a fair few bumps in the night, mainly bowls clattering into the ditch though.
After the first round of matches three teams had produced perfect starts, picking up nine points. Outlanders led the pack on shots scored followed Colin’s Comets and Beautiful People. Cobblers and The Three Witches of Eastwick & The Old Warlock followed closely on eight points. Outlanders took a clear lead after the second round of games with 17 points. Colin’s Comets trailed the leaders with 15 shots while both The Three Witches of Eastwick & The Old Warlock and Cobblers were a further point behind.
A new face joined the top four as Team GB hit a perfect game to snatch the fourth place slot. Outlanders, Colin’s Comets and Cobblers all increased their totals by eight points to fill the top three spots. After the dust had settled on the final battles the top four remained the same. This means that Outlanders finished first with 32 points and Colin’s Comets scored 29 points to secure second spot. Third were Cobblers on 27 points with Team GB fourth on 26 points.
The money raised by this gala and the raffle to be drawn on November 1 after the 40th Anniversary Celebration Game will help towards the renovation costs of ensuring Thornfield remains one of the top Indoor Bowling venues in the Midlands and beyond.
From September to Easter the club runs various leagues for Open (any combination of males & females) Pairs, Open Triples, Open Fours and a Mens Only Fours. For those who fancy something different there is also Australian Pairs, one league in progress and one aimed at newer bowlers looking to start early next year.
The club runs regular coaching sessions on Saturday mornings, a team of dedicated coaches and volunteers are on hand to help bowlers of all levels of ability improve their abilities. A warm, friendly community spirit means that new bowlers are welcomed into the fold and soon get involved in enjoying the sport of bowls.