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Ross Bowling Club Short Mat Bowling 2016-17


The year began with an unsuccessful defence of the County Summer League competition, Ross 1 being drawn in a tough Larks division and finishing runners-up to eventual competition winners Woolhope. Ross 2 finished 4th in Swallows division.

The club once again ran a full programme of competitions across the winter season, culminating in the climax of the club singles competition and an awards presentation and buffet supper.

The singles competition looked for a long time as if it could produce an unexpected result but, in the end, Tony Vitale made it 4 wins in 5 years. Tony’s semi-final against Rob George was neck and neck throughout, the match only being decided by a strong final end from the defending champion. In the other semi-final, this year’s surprise performer, Leo Hughes, overcame Les Williams for the second time in this year’s competition to take his place in the final. Leo continued his strong form into the final and after 10 of the 15 ends he had a narrow lead but Tony then found his best form and reeled off 4 straight ends to take the match with an end to spare and make another successful title defence.

Club president John Perks presented the awards to the competition winners:

Singles                                 Tony Vitale

Evening Triples                      Ali Roe, Gwen Lambert, Ian Park

Afternoon Pairs                     John Churchill, Harold Aubrey

Afternoon Australian Pairs      Sue Stephenson, Les Williams

Afternoon Triples (1)              Lyn Cole, Sue Dix, Les Williams

Afternoon Triples (2)              Derek Griffiths, Bernard Glover, George Marshall

Ross players had another very successful season at county level. Ian Park became the first player to win the county singles title three times and the club successfully defended their county titles in Triples (Ali & Ian Roe, Ian Park), Mixed Fours (Elaine George, Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park) and Bromyard Triples Challenge (Elaine George, Dave Watkins, Les Williams). They also had losing finalists in the Singles (Ian Roe), Triples (Elaine George, Dave Watkins & Les Williams), Fours (Elaine & Rob George, Dave Watkins & Les Williams) and Mixed Fours (Ali Roe, Dave Watkins, Kate Williams & Les Williams). The team of Ali & Ian Roe, Les Williams and Dave Watkins won the Macmillan Charity tournament for the second time.

Ross players qualified in all 5 senior disciplines to represent Herefordshire in the National Finals. The full list of qualifiers, with their position in the national finals, was:

Singles          Ian Roe                                                                    Last 32

Pairs             Ian Park & Tony Vitale                                                Last 32

Triples           Ali & Ian Roe, Ian Park                                              Qualifying group

Fours            Ian Roe & Ian Park (with Dominic & Anthony Rogers)   Qualifying group

Mixed Fours   Ali & Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park                                     Last 16


The ‘A’ team had to settle for runners-up spot in Division 1 of the County Winter League, won once again by Woolhope A but the ‘B’ team should be promoted, finishing runners-up in Division 2 after leading the division for long periods. The ‘C’ team finished 6th in Division 2. Ross reached the final of the LEH Team of Ten competition for the first time in 6 years but were defeated by Woolhope in the final.

Ross entered a team in the National Top Club Championships for the first time and qualified for the finals although the opposition there proved too strong for the Ross team (George Marshall, Dave Watkins, Les Williams, Ian Roe, Kate Williams & Ian Park) who won only 2 of their 16 games across the two days of competition.

Across the season 8 Ross players represented Herefordshire in the Inter County Championships.


Ian Park presented with his record third County Singles trophy by Umpire Richard Bemand

County Triples winners Ian Park, Ali & Ian Roe with county Vice-Chairman Terry Darrington

Sue Stannard, County Secretary, presents Ian & Pam Park, Elaine George & Ian Roe with the County Mixed Fours trophy

Umpire Richard Bemand presents the Bromyard Triples trophy to Dave Watkins, Elaine George & Les Williams

Macmillan Trophy winners Ali & Ian Roe, Les Williams & Dave Watkins with County Chairman Jamie Harris

The Winter League ‘B’ squad :

Pauline Mills, John Churchill, Lyn Cole, David Mills, Sue Dix, Hilary Churchill, Pam Cook, John Perks (hidden) & Roger Pearce (missing: Phil Jenkinson) with Norman Allen

Club competition prize winners with President John Perks

Leo Hughes & Tony Vitale in the Club Singles final

The Winter League ‘A’ squad :

George Marshall, Rob George, Les Williams, Elaine George, Pam Park, Kate Williams, Ian Roe & Ian Park (missing: Ali Roe, Dave Watkins) with County President Norman Allen

LEH Runners-Up

Ali Roe, Ian Park, Rob George, Les Williams, Pam Park, Elaine George, Dave Watkins, Kate Williams, Ian Roe & George Marshall with Norman Allen