The Friends had been invited to Royston to celebrate the club’s 90th Anniversary combined with New Clubhouse and Green. The clubhouse was to be envied with spacious changing rooms, a large well lit dining room with enough round tables to comfortably seat 6 rinks as well as many guests. The kitchen was equally large and well equipped with a wide serving area. The dining room was balanced at the opposite end by a good sized bar. The clubhouse has been well designed and hopefully will be well used for the next 90 years. Those who have been visitors in the past to Royston must have been pleased to see that they had retained the comfortable conservatory and viewing area overlooking the green.
After photographs, spider for the Captain’s Charity and introductions by Club Captain Don Sheriff and Friends’ Captain Marcia Dunstone the full game with trial ends etc commenced. The green looked immaculate and bowled very well. Too well for the home side and by the end the Friends were down on every rink. Top rink for the Friends ie the rink with the least loss was Ray Keen, Sue Skerry, Maddie McConomy & Keith Thomas. Top rink for the hosts was a tie between 2 rinks and decided by ends won. Club Captain Don and Club President Keith were in the winning rink. A donated bottle of whisky for the Spider was presented to Margaret Morris from Oxfordshire
Our devastating loss by 43 shots (94-137) was somewhat mollified by the excellent meals provided by our hosts before and after the game.
Royston has its fair share of good players both past and present. The Friend’s Captain Marcia congratulated those players who had reached the National Finals this year and also their Junior International Rachel Tremlett who had just returned from a very successful win for England in the Junior Women’s International Series held in Londonderry/Derry. The Friends not to be left out had 2 county finalists at Leamington with Diane Lee for Bedfordshire and Terri Keen for Buckinghamshire.
The formal proceedings ended with fines for various misdemeanours, the raffle and a short auction of a bottle of whisky, all in aid of the President’s Charity.
For this most enjoyable day The Friends had travelled from 11 counties as far afield as Yorkshire, Wiltshire and Kent and hopefully returned safely home