On Tuesday 13TH September THE FRIENDS played their final match of the season at Hagbourne B.C. near Didcot against a B.E. team led by President Michael Jennings.
This Annual match was to play for the IAN WOODCOCK TROPHY. This Trophy is actually an engraved cut glass jug decanter which is presented to the winner each year.
Hagbourne is a quaint village with a very organized village bowls club. The club is down a narrow road leading to a small car park. The majority of players parked at the nearby village hall car park and were then ferried to the club by club members.
On arrival we had a tasty buffet lunch laid on in an open sided marquee outside the club house.
The weather was dry but was very humid and the club provided jugs of iced water for everyone during the game.
The match was as usual very competitive played on a sporty but fair green. In fact five of Rinks finished within one or two shots of each other, but with the sixth rink a comfortable win for The Friends.
After the match the club provided a very substantial dinner served by the Ladies of the club.
President Michael Jennings then recalled his memories of his earlier bowling life as a member of the club. He thanked all the club members for their efforts for the day. He said how competitive matches against The Friends were. He presented gifts to the highest winning Rink and then presented THE IAN WOODCOCK TROPHY to FRIENDS acting captain Geoff Hunt.
Geoff in reply thanked the ladies for the very nice dinner and other club members for their efforts. He confirmed the competitive match for the day and explained that members for both teams had come from far and wide and there were probably ten or eleven Counties represented in each team, He remarked on the Honours Boards on the walls and that only a small club they had won the Mens National Fours in recent years. Founded in 1937 the club would soon celebrate their 80th anniversary and we might possibly return again.
Finally he presented President Michael with a personal framed certificate to commemorate playing the IAN WOODCOCK TROPHY at Hagbourne.
We all then retired happy with the day.