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Miraflores 2 Wood Championships

Oct. 2019 - Miraflores BC

Photos & text by Grant Frost, photo editing  by John Carr. 


With the summer slowdown out of the way Miraflores started the new bowling season with the 2-wood singles competitions. While the UK was coping with torrential rain here on the coast we were blessed with warm sunny days throughout the competition.

There was a good entry in both Menís and Ladiesí competitions and many long and closely contested matches leading up to the finals. In the menís competition we had Derek Shemmings up against Tony Gatter and in the Ladiesí final we saw Esther Gatter playing Nancy Shaw. A good sized crowd had gathered in expectation to watch what were anticipated to be closely fought matches.

In the Menís Final Derek won the first couple of ends but when Tony got the mat he changed to a long jack which Derek struggled to reach consistently and although he managed to pull it back to 8-5 Tony won 8 of the next 9 ends to win comfortably 21-6 and claiming the title for the first time. As the crowd said afterwards Derek did well as itís not often you see a 91 year old in the final of a competition he last won 25 years ago. Thatís not to detract from Tonyís performance who bowled accurately throughout the competition.

In the Ladies Final which saw an even start and the score at 7-5 after 9 ends, Nancy raised her game and roared into an 18-6 lead after1 ends. Esther wasnít giving up and managed to pull back to 19-13 before Nancy picked up the 2 shots she needed to win 21-13. The result gave Nancy her 6th win in this competition having won 5 times in the last 6 years but with the first win being  24 years ago!! 

In her speech when making the presentation after the final Club President Erica Hooper praised the quality of play in both the finals and the earlier matches and thanked all those who had marked throughout the competition without whom it would not have been possible.

Finally, a note for the diary the Miraflores Open sponsored by Ibex Insurance starts on 2nd November with the closing date for entries on Friday 25th October to enter or find out more email mirafloresbowls@hotmail.co.uk , spectators will be very welcome throughout the competition where they can take advantage of refreshments and food from Heather at the bar.

Men's 2 Wood.

Photo L to R: Tony Gatter, Erica Hooper, Derek Shemmings.

Ladies 2 Wood.

Photo L to R:, Nancy Shaw, Erica Hooper & Esther Gatter.

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