Paddy is tired but contented
PUBLISHED: 11:55 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010
Aston Bowls Club finished their 2006 season by coming top of Division Two in the North Herts Mixed Bowls League. During the last week of the summer season, the two Aston men s teams that had taken part in the East Herts Triples League – the Whistlers and
Aston Bowls Club finished their 2006 season by coming top of Division Two in the North Herts Mixed Bowls League.
During the last week of the summer season, the two Aston men's teams that had taken part in the East Herts Triples League - the Whistlers and the Crowns - were pitted against one another in a 'friendly' match with plenty of vocal support from the clubhouse onlookers! This ended in an overall win for the Whistlers team.
Then, before putting their green to bed, they held their finals day.
It proved to be a memorable day for member Paddy Jones, an ardent Stevenage Boro supporter, who appeared in four finals.
With only a break for lunch, he bowled from 9am-6.15pm and won all four of his matches.
They were two-woods (versus new member George Cleghorn), pairs with Maureen Lane (versus Dave Maskell and Bill Lane), club singles (versus Bill Lane) and men's singles (versus Derek Bone).
Among the finalists were three married couples - club captain Derek Bone and his wife Brenda, who is also club secretary, Bert and Pat Benson and Bill and Maureen Lane.
The final two couples were drawn against each other in the pairs competition, giving some added edge to that match. Paddy and Maureen had a comfortable win though.
Bert Benson was leading in the fixed jack match against Brenda, which she had to concede before the finish due to suffering from the heat.
All the single four-wood finals were close events.
The ladies' singles saw Brenda Bone well ahead in the early part of the match but she was pulled back by Pat Benson to make a close finish with Brenda claiming the ladies' title.
The club singles were even closer, the scores see-sawing all the way until the last two ends which Paddy took to seal his third win of the day against Bill Lane.
The match of the day was undoubtedly the last of the day - the men's singles.
Paddy took that title by just one shot against Derek who has come back to his good bowling form after a successful knee operation.
* Hitchin Town finished their season with a comfortable win by 15 shots over Dunstable (73-58).
In glorious sunshine, three of the four rinks were close up to the last end but the fourth rink ensured that the home team took victory.
The top Hitchin rink was John Porter, Derek Conder, Geoff Munge and Ivan Page.
Rink one: J Bearman, M Wadsworth, A Cook won 14-12. Rink two: G Williams, J Hill, K Porter, G Leuty lost 17-18. Rink three: J Parish, N Webb, G Billingham, A Hill drew 16-16. Rink four: J Porter, D Conder, G Munge, I Page won 26-12.
* There is a clear leader in the race for the Peter Hoare Trophy - a bowls competition played over two legs (outdoors and indoors) between the respective county bowls associations.
Herts IBA won by 21 shots (123-102) against Herts BA at Hatfield on Saturday. This lead will be carried forward to the next game.