The 9 teams from the Friends and Devizes B.C. – all friendly before the match
On Wednesday July 19th the members of Friends arrived from 9 different counties (including 96 year old Gordon Short from Devon).
We individually received a very warm and personal welcome from President Rosemary and other members of the Management.
President Rosemary Bradbury, Ladies Captain Sheila Greenwood and Mens Captain Dave Greenwood greeting the guests
Rosemary and Dave greet Ken Graham from Hampshire
Prior to starting the game we enjoyed a magnificent buffet luncheon in the spacious clubhouse, before going onto the two outdoor greens with 9 rinks, taking part in the latest Centenary match for Devizes
The ladies who provided us with a superb buffet lunch. Rachel, Sue and Patricia
The Centenary Committee have worked very hard over the past two years planning a series of events for 2017, entertaining Bowls England, The Chelsea Pensioners and the Ladies and Gents from Bowls Wiltshire to name but a few.
The Friends were pleased, proud and privileged to be invited to Devizes Bowls Club to conclude this year of achievement and celebration.
The Club has grown steadily over the years with extra rinks being added, with now two full sized 6 rink greens in operation, complimented by a superb clubhouse built in 1999. The facilities of the club would be the envy of many a club, with full use being made of them throughout the year with socials, short mat and charity events – what’s not to like!
At the half way stage the top green were looking strong with Devizes showing a score-line of 52:39, whereas on the bottom green, the Friends were in charge with a score of 48:23. There was intense rivalry between both greens throughout, with scouts from each green looking across to see what was going on in each other’s rinks. The game was clearly played in great spirits, judging by the noise being generated by all players, making it a game to remember for the enjoyment it gave.
As the game finished the Friends managed to keep two winning rinks on the top green but the bottom green triumphed with a win for the Friends on all four greens. The overall winner of the game for The Friends with a score of 31:6 was Maxeen Fletcher, Ken Graham, Graham Annetts & Mike Skerry.
The final score was a win for the Friends with 210:154.
Having had a super game, we retired to the club house to enjoy a delicious cooked meal prepared by the ladies, who had worked tirelessly, putting together the buffet and the after match meal, which were appreciated by all players. The bar staff were also greatly appreciated for all their hard work in supplying us with liquid refreshment.
Captain of the Day Graham Rogers presenting the certificate to Captain Sheila
Thank you Devizes for a delightful day and we hope your club continues to thrive for many years to come.