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Bromyard Triples Challenge Cup

This is a club triples competition which was held for the first time at Bromyard Leisure Centre in April 1999. Short Mat bowlers from clubs in the joint association of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire were invited to play and 30 teams took up the challenge. Fownhope beat Corse and Staunton in the final in a very close game. This initial running of the event came at the end of the era of the joint association of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The increase in the number of short mat bowling clubs had made it possible for each county to establish their own association in the ESMBA.


The competition continues as an HSMBA event in the new venue of the Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye and has been renamed the County Triples Challenge Cup. Each county club is invited to enter one team and then, if necessary, numbers are made up to 16 entrants by inviting additional teams from those clubs entering.


Year

Winner

Runner-up

2019

Ross

Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian Park

Larruperz

Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings & Tony Vitale

2018

Aston Ingham

Mike Conway, Terry Darrington, Rita Hancock

Larruperz

Lorraine Pearce, June Pearce, Tony Vitale

2017

Ross

Elaine George, Les Williams, Dave Watkins

Weston

Fran Jones, Betty & Harold Aubrey

2016

Ross

George Marshall, Les Williams, Dave Watkins

Woolhope

Dominic, Sandra & Anthony Rogers

2015

Lea

Gwyneth Jones, Merion Attwood, Colin Smith

Fownhope

Gillian & Brian Gange, Janet Cooper

2014

Ross

Ali and Ian Roe, David Watkins

Larruperz

Colin Boyse, Alf Wye, Les Phillips

2013

Lea

June Smith, Merion Attwood, Colin Smith

Ross

Ali and Ian Roe, David Watkins

2012

Ross

David Watkins, Les Williams, Colin Barnes

Larruperz

Fay Middlecote, Hazel and Tony Vitale

2011

Fownhope

Derek Griffiths, Mark and Isobel Wardley

Woolhope

Mark Bowden, Shirley and Becci Cox

2010

Woolhope

Shirley and Becci Cox, Andy Mayes

Ross

Les Williams, Paul Hook, Colin Barnes

2009

Larruperz

Faye Middlecote, Hazel and Tony Vitale

Weston under Penyard

Ray Bilby, Betty and Harold Aubrey

2008

Fownhope

Hilary Marshall, Sue and John Stannard

Ross

David Watkins, Les Williams, J. Zimmerman

2007

Woolhope

Sandra, Phil, Anthony Rogers

Weston under Penyard

Tim Rigdon, Betty and Harold Aubrey

2006

Ross

David Watkins, Les Williams, J. Zimmerman

Weston under Penyard

Tim Rigdon, Betty and Harold Aubrey

2005

Woolhope

Sandra, Phil, Anthony Rogers

Fownhope

Hilary Marshall, Sue and John Stannard

2004

Woolhope

Sandra, Phil, Anthony Rogers

Lea

Ann Watkins, Sheila and Alf Wye

2003

Fownhope

Sue and John Stannard, Fred Jolley

Ross

Brenda and Frank Garrett, Harry Walters

2002

Larruperz

June Pearce, Hazel Vitale, Les Phillips

Sellack

Karen and Nigel Skyrme, Gareth Barnfield

2001

Woolhope

Anthony Rogers, Roland Gardener, Sandra Rogers

Fownhope

Hilary Mansell, Brenda and Andrew Mollett

2000

Ross

Margaret Eggleton, Dave Luther, Les Williams

Aston Ingham

Margaret Ashby, Michael Mortimer, Wolfred Thomas

1999

Fownhope

Sue and John Stannard, Fred Jolley

Corse & Staunton

Ivor and June Carter, Pat Boaler

2018-19 Competition

The 2018-19 competition was held on Sunday 24 March 2019 at the Larruperz Centre in Ross with 16 teams from 10 clubs competing initially in 4 round robin groups of 4 teams before the group winners progressed to the knockout stage. Four different clubs were represented in the semi-finals, three of whom had previously won the trophy although only 2 of the individual players left in had previous wins to their credit. Both semi-finals resulted in clear wins with the Ross team of Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian Park defeating Fownhope whilst Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings and Tony Vitale of Larruperz overcame Weston. The final was a much closer affair with the scores tied as the final end began. Larruperz established an early position in the end but Ian Park forced the jack to the corner of the mat with his final wood which left Ross holding 3 shots and Tony Vitale couldn’t produce the extraordinary shot which would have been required to retrieve the situation. Ross took the title for the third time in four years

Semi Finals

Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian Park (Ross) bt Carole Rowland, Derek Griffiths & Peter Clark (Fownhope) 14-4

Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings & Tony Vitale (Larruperz) bt Doug Knowler, Gill & Tim Rigden (Weston) 15-3


Final

Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian Park bt Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings & Tony Vitale 10-7



2019 Finalists: Tony Vitale, Luke Rawlings, Linda Lewis (Larruperz); Ian Park, Rob George, Ian Roe (Ross)