Pam and Bob are ‘edged’ out in bid for championships

October 04 2018

On the first Sunday in September, husband and wife Bob and Pam Edge played in the Ladies’ and Gents’ Championship at the club’s Finals Day at Keynsham Bowling Club, writes our correspondent.

 Bob lost by 19 shots to 21 in a closely fought match with Paul Harsant while Pam lost by 15 shots to 21 against the defending champion Marlene Tidy. 

Our photograph shows Marlene and Paul receiving their trophies from the club’s vice-president Margaret Church. As Marlene is one of the shortest ladies in the club and Paul one of the tallest men, Marlene insisted that Paul knelt to allow the photo to be taken! A further 12 trophies were contested in a day of enjoyable bowling for both players and those watching. 

The previous week the men had played in their final fixtures in the Thursday night Bristol and District League. The A team finished fourth in division two, the B team eighth in division three and the C team seventh in division four, which means all three teams will be competing in the same divisions next season. Unfortunately it was a different tale in the Saturday North Somerset League where the A team finished bottom of Premier 2 and were relegated to the East 1 division where they will join the B team next season, who finished in ninth position. Had the C team who played in East 2 picked up a few more points they would have been promoted and would have been in the same division next season as the A and B teams. 

Our ladies team playing in the North Somerset League ended the season in pole position and were declared the champions. Well done the ladies in showing the men how to bowl! 

On the last Sunday in August the club was due to play host to a touring side from Crediton in Devon but unfortunately the weather wiped out any chance of playing bowls. During the month the club hosted the Somerset County Finals Day. Many clubs were represented from all parts of the county, playing in finals including singles, doubles, triples and fours in men’s, ladies’ and mixed formats. At all times during the day there were at least 120 players and spectators who enjoyed some outstanding matches. 

Last year the club entertained a touring side from Winchmore Hill in north London and so this year a coach-load set out from Keynsham to travel to London for a return game. With the travelling involved it was a long day but the bowling and the hospitality were good and the day was enjoyed by all. 

The final club competition of the season took place when ladies and gents competed for the Hazel Waldon Triples Cup in memory of a previous vice president. After a full day of bowling the winners were Lynne Pearce, Pete Gibson and Carm Riccio.

Monday evening is members’ night when anyone can turn up for a friendly roll-up. Over an 18-week period points are awarded to the three highest-scoring sides each week and at the end of the season the ladies champion was Lindsay Allen and the gents Mike Lambern.

Another season draws to a close as members prepare to pack away their woods until next April. Some, however, will bowl indoors, while others might try their hand at skittles but for most the next six months cannot pass quickly enough.