Coop’s Maid Marion leads ’em a Merry dance
WIth June seeing the restart of Women’s bowls in the Furness area there is no doubt that the sport is now back in swing.
As with many leagues in the area, changes have been made to enable teams to fulfil their fixtures this season in the Furness Women’s League. The usual 2 divisions have been split into 3 smaller divisions with clubs being given the option on how many teams they wished to field depending on numbers available. Each team will also comprise of 8 players this year instead of the usual 10. Once again the committee is to be congratulated on their work to ensure league bowls can be played this year.
The past week has seen 2 rounds of fixtures in both the first and second divisions with the third division commencing next week. The early skirmishes have been all about meeting up with teammates and friends and remembering how to bowl again, although with that competitive edge.
No such problem for Marion Woods, romping to a 21-1 victory in her first game back, following it up the next game with a 21-9 win to set the early pace at the top of the Individual Merit table. Her first win set up Coop for an excellent 8-1 home win against opponents Dalton. However the following week saw her team fall to a 5-4 defeat away at Ulverston Cons. Caroline Bushell, Zoe Clark and Liz Dawes all matching Marion in securing double wins. Dalton’s Marion Alexander showed her class in the 21-12 victory that stopped the whitewash for Dalton, whilst Ulverston Cons stars in their fixture were Joyce Athersmith who won 21-2 and Audrey Silvester backing that up with her own 21-8 scoreline.
King Alfred have flown out of the gates as if they were caged animals…..oh hold on, we sort of have been havn’t we?
Their first game saw them travel to Hawcoat Park, a tricky encounter as their players always use home advantage to their fullest. The Alfred however were in awesome form taking the game 7-3 with Gill Corran winning 21-7 and Mo MIlls and Glenis McDonald both winning to 9 proving once again they are the best bowlers in their households. Hawcoat’s winners were led by the ever consistent Anne France (21-10), Elaine Carton (21-12) and Maureen Ratcliffe (21-18).
If they were happy with that start, better was to come in game 2 when they defeated Askam 8-1. Tina Hool put the previous weeks defeat behind her to record the best result, a 21-10 victory against a tough opponent. Jenny Dyer and Phylis Kyriacou also recorded their first wins for pub side. The Villagers had Kath Lodge to thank for their point, who was awesome in her 21-12 victory.
Roose are the other team currently sat with 2 out of 2 wins having defeated the same two clubs in their openers.
Visiting the pristine but heavy green of Askam, they found conditions to their liking as they recorded an 8-2 victory. Elaine Ryland seems to be playing everywhere at the moment and the practice is showing as she led her team home with a 21-10 win. Daphne Quinn 21-11 and Hazel Whitehouse 21-13 followed Elaine into the winners enclosure. Kath Lodge was again in form Askam winning 21-16 although she was outshone by Pat Jackson’s 21-14 victory.
Game 2 saw Roose entertain Hawcoat Park. Hawcoat’s Elaine Carton registered an impressive 21-5 win on the tricky Roose green, with Anne France also remaining unbeaten with her 21-13 scoreline. At the bottom Jan Kaighan came in for her first game of the season and will be delighted to have come away with a 21-8 result. However they were all in Roose’s Janine Staunton’s shadow, who was unplayable in her 21-1 victory which ensured the home side of the aggregate. Cath Kelly backed up her practicing partner with her own 21-9 win whilst Sharon Johnson quickly forget about her defeat in game 1 winning comfortably 21-10. Roose eventually taking the game 6-3.
The Division 2 fixtures produced some close games, a fact born out by North Scale being the only team to win both fixtures.
Starting off the season on their difficult home green they were pushed all the way by Walney Park, taking 4 games each but thanks to Audra Glew ‘sticking them’ next to the block in her 21-7 victory and Kay Boulton running out a comfortable 21-11 winner they took the aggregate and the game 5-4. The Scale then traveled to West Mount and again found themselves in a tussle, once again taking 4 games and once again taking the aggregate points thanks to good single wins from Ann Bigland 21-6 and Stella Buckley 21-4. Norma Halpin replied for the Mounties with an excellent 21-12 victory with Mary Twynam’s 21-16 being their next best result.
Bigger Bank are also unbeaten but have only played one fixture. In the local derby with Park Shore they would have been delighted to have taken the game 6-3, only 8 chalks separating the teams. Sue Batte’s 21-11 win set them on their way whilst Sheila Burns was on fire in her 21-12 victory. Park Shore looked to the younger players in their side, Kasey Knott and Katy Wright, who used green knowledge to register 21-13 and 21-14 wins respectively.
After their defeat at the hands of North Scale, Walney Park hosted Dalton Cricket and got back to winning way quickly with a 6-3 victory. The Park’s B Ducie brilliantly won 21-3 to follow up her win the previous week, whilst Margaret McMillan’s 21-11 scoreline also made it two from two, Olwyn Fry doing likewise (21-16). The Cricketers runs were scored by Shirley Haythorn 21-14, Pat Werry 21-17 and A Gifford 21-18.
West Mount occupy top spot in the division thanks to the biggest win of the first sets of fixtures. This came when they travelled to Dalton Cricket and found conditions ideal, taking an 8-2 victory back down Mill Brow. Pat Ireland 21-7 and Lynne Myles 21-9 were the stars for the Mount with A Gifford and Liz Marsden being victorious for the Cricketers.
Red River started their campaign in week 2 having had a bye in week 1, so disadvantaged by that lack of a game it was no surprise to see them fall to a 6-3 defeat. It was once again the Kasey and Kelly show at the top of the sheet, Kelly being particularly impressive in her 21-6 win, Kasey finding things tougher but managing a 21-14 win, Yvonne Clark matched Kelly with a 21-6 victory of her own. Sue Kyle and Anne Wilson both won 21-19 for the Reddies with Lillian Turner being pushed even harder taking her game 21-20.
Hawcoat Park 3 KIng Alfred 7, Coop 8 Dalton 1, Askam 2 Roose 8, King Alfred 8 Askam 1, Ulverston Cons 5 Coop 4, Roose 6 Hawcoat Park 3.
North Scale 5 Walney Park 4, Dalton Cricket 2 West Mount 8, Bigger Bank 6 Park Shore 3, Walney Park 6 Dalton Cricket 3, West Mount 4 North Scale 6, Park Shore 6 Red River 3.
WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE
DIVISION 1 Askam v Dalton ; Coop v Hawcoat Park ; Ulverston Cons v Roose.
DIVISION 2 Bigger Bank v West Mount ; Dalton Cricket v Red River ; Walney Park v Park Shore
DIVISION 3 Hawcoat Park A V Askam A ; Roose A v Barrow Island ; Salthouse Abbey v Coop A