Never mind Covid-19 - only world wars stop our bowls finals

Marine Gardens BC have staged their internal competitions every year since 1931 – bar a break for World War II.

Men’s pairs winners Shaun Coppard and Ivan Godsmark
Men’s pairs winners Shaun Coppard and Ivan Godsmark

The club was determined that COVID-19 would not ruin that record – and it didn’t.

The club finals have never been held so late in the season; consequently some days were miserably wet and cold. But despite that, there is a case for saying that 2020 will rank among the happiest and most impressive of the many finals staged, simply for the fact that the club kept calm and kept bowling!

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The finals were brilliantly orchestrated by competition secretary Steve Davis in his first year in post.

Ladies’ pairs champs Gill Vernau & Jenny Ashman

Thanks were given to the numerous club members who assisted with scoring and marking; including Vice-Captain Pauline Hughes.

Winners

2 wood yardstick – Terry Urben bt Len Tebby 13-1

Handicap Singles – Ivan Godsmark btHarry Smith 18-5

Junior Cup winner Bob Cole

100-Up – Terry Urben bt Dennis Martin 102-46

Ladies Pairs – Gill Vernau & Jenny Ashman bt Jan Hartley & Jill Colbourn 27-2

Junior Cup – Bob Cole bt David Smith 21-12

Stan Wheeler Cup – Ivan Godsmark bt Terry Urben 18-14

Mixed Pairs – Leon White & Jenny Ashman btJan & Bryan Hartley 29-14

Men’s Pairs – Shaun Coppard & Ivan Godsmark bt Noel Stevenson & Barry Cuckow 18-6

Veteran Singles – Jenny Ashman bt Ivan Godsmark 18-10

Drawn Handicap Pairs – Harry Tattersall and Barry Cuckow bt Noel Stevenson and Terry Urben 22-19

Ladies Singles – Jenny Ashman bt Frieda Goulding 22-6

Men’s Singles – Terry Urben btDennis Martin 21-14

In the run-up to the club finals, two friendly matches were played.

Away to Goring Manor, winning skips were Dennis Martin and Ivan Godsmark.

Scores: Dennis Martin won 19-15; Ivan Godsmark won 20-14; Mike Hitchin lost 27-3. Score: Marine Gardens 42 Goring Manor 56.

Marine bounced back at home to Maltravers. Skips Ivan Godsmark and Mike Hitchin both won.

Scores: David Hughes, Terry Ashley & skip Ivan Godsmark won 17-8; Bob Cole, Alan Paterson & skip Leon White drew 16-16; Steve Davis, Shaun Coppard & skip Mike Hitchin won20-16. Score: Marine Gardens 53

Maltravers 40.