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Diary of a season.
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On the 11th April 2009, on a lovely sunny day, a mixture of top county and local bowlers descended on the Olton Tavern bowling club, along with their families and other supporters to compete for the inaugural Toyota World Doubles trophy. In all, 16 pairs took part in the competition and from the first round the standard of bowling was very high. Many of the bowlers commented on the generosity of the sponsors and the impressive trophy that was on offer to the winning pair.
The first round (quarter finals) saw some close games, but the class of the Division 1 and county bowlers showed through on what was proving to be a very tricky Olton Tavern green. By the semi finals the field had been whittled down to several county bowlers and a few Division 1/2 bowlers. These were Brian Evans & Carl Fielding playing John Sturdy & Neil Clarke, and in the other semi Jason Galvin & Chris Burgin playing Simon Broomfield & Ross Dunkley. Brian and Carl cruised through their game with a 21-4 win, while the other semi was closer, with Jason and Chris finally overcoming the opposition 21-12.
The final was rightly contested by the two best pairs of the day and from the start the game was tight with no one pair being able to stretch ahead. In a very close encounter that constantly saw the lead change, the game went down to the very last end with both pairs on 20. In the end Brian Evans and Carl Fielding managed to hold their nerve and walk away with the £150 top prize. Jason and Chris had to settle for the £75 second prize.
Following the competition many of the bowlers stated how good a day it had been, and how they will love to enter it when we run it again next year. The photograph shows the cup being presented by Richard Jennings, licensee of the Olton Tavern to the winning pair. Richard will be kindly displaying the cup behind the bar of the Tavern.
At the end of the 2002 season our members invested in a new look strip.
Hopefully the smart royal blue shirts will give the teams a boost in morale and performance!
Here we show some of the members modelling the new look.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS ON THAT?
In the world of crown green bowls a drawn match is a rarity. With matches depending upon the sum of twelve individual games, they are more usually won or lost even if only by the narrowest of margins. However, on Saturday 20th May 2000 both our senior and junior matches in the Warwick & Worcester league resulted in a draw! The headline above was the comment on everyone's lips!
Now, we are all keen to know - is this situation just very rare or is it unique?
If you can equal this achievement, please let us know.(click here to contact us by e-mail)
THE MILLENNIUM REBUILDING PROJECT
Our pavilion was built in 1970. The Sports Argus reported at the time on the official opening, calling it the "look of the seventies" and emphasising how "the comfort of players, spectators and members have to be considered more widely as the game continues its growth". However, by the end of 1999, the wooden building was looking very dated and was in fact rotting badly in places. So we planned the Millennium Project to rebuild the pavilion in time for the new century.
The members rallied round and on one fine Saturday in September the work began. The pictures below show the progression throughout the day.
... also never-before seen evidence of members actually working.