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 GodsmarkMen’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 AshmanLadies’ pairs champs Gill Vernau & Jenny Ashman
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.


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

Handicap Singles – Ivan Godsmark btHarry Smith 18-5

Junior Cup winner Bob ColeJunior Cup winner Bob Cole
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

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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.

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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.

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