One of the most anticipated matches in the presidential fixtures is the annual clash between the gents and the ladies for the rose bowl trophy. A hot Grange BC hosted the latest of these encounters and it was gents President Nigel Hewitson that claimed victory with a clean sweep 149-91 score.
John Harman (Wolvey), Tom Duggins (County Executive), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Competition Secretary Rob Maries trailed early on but held a six shot lead after twelve ends. A six on the fifteenth end helped Maries and co towards their 25-11 victory. Immediate Past President Peter Vale Humphreys, Barry North (Whitnash), Senior Vice President David Wigman and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock were level after six ends but went on a scoring spree to lead by eight halfway through. The Ladies cut the deficit to five with two ends left but Allcock’s rink finished with a treble and four to seal a 25-13 win.
Mike Tansey (Three Spires), Raymond Paterson Morton (Royal Leamington Spa), Mick Allsopp (County Executive) and Past President Geoff Moran trailed by four after eight ends before scoring twenty four unanswered shots to lead by twenty with six ends left. The Ladies hit back with a five and three singles before the sides exchanged trebles, Moran and co winning 30-18. Graham Allder (Matrix), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Brian Beere (Grange) and County President Nigel Hewitson were locked in a tight battle, one down after nine ends. Six ends later Hewitson and co had moved eight shots clear, they had the better of the remaining ends to finish ahead 23-12.
Barry Weston (Matrix), Richard Stocking (Bilton), Michael Bayliss (Matrix) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries led by two at the midway point and turned that into an eight shot advantage with four ends to go. The Ladies halved the deficit on the next ends, Mace Humphries’ rink reclaimed those shots before a last end dropped single left the score 20-13. Michael Sharpe (Rugby Rail), Martin Webster (Grange), Stuart Miles and Bruce Truman (both Rugby Rail) recovered from a slow start to lead by a shot after ten ends. The Ladies dug in and built their own eight shot advantage with six ends left, three ends later the deficit was cut to one. Truman and co then went ahead but had to settle for a narrow 26-24 victory.