Gill and Roy crowned mixed pairs champs

Australian Mixed Pairs winners
Australian Mixed Pairs winners

After enjoying a very successful year, the Victoria Drive Bowls Club club held their annual celebration lunch at the Willingdon Golf Club where Cora White, the club president presented numerous trophies to all the worthy winners.

However, as a poignant reminder of the recent sad loss of Chris Field, two new cups which bear his name were awarded to the winners of the Australian Mixed Pairs competition.

The presentation was made by Mrs Jan Field to Gill Henty and Roy Levak.

Chris, who was involved in much of the club’s growth and development will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Meanwhile, a special mention goes to the winners of the individual club championship trophies, namely Ursula Fenner for the Ladies Singles Club Champion Cup, and Patrick Winter, who is now the Men’s Singles Club Champion.

In the latest round of matches in the Over 60’s National Double Rinks competition, The Eastbourne & District IBC team met the men of Egerton Park IBC.

Playing at home, Derek Dyer’s rink got away to a terrific start and led 18-5 at the halfway mark against the visiting rink skipped by Trevor Monk. Despite dropping shots on six in a row of the remaining ends, Derek’s men ran out comfortable winners 27-13.

Playing away, Buzz Coombes and his rink fought out a close contest with the Egerton men skipped by Ray Batsford.

After 12 ends the scores were tied 12-12 but Buzz’s team had slightly the better of the second half of the match and ran out winners 19-16.

Result: Eastbourne & District IBC 46 – 29 Egerton Park IBC. Teams: P Reynolds, P Jackson, T Howard, D Dyer 27 – 13 T Campbell, T Pearce, M Brown, T Monk; R Novis, B Fuller, R Cable, I Coombes 19 – 16 A Fleming, S Burrell, P Harrod, R Batsford.

In the National Over 60’s Double Rink competition, Eastbourne & District IBC took on a team from Wealden IBC.

Playing at home, Derek Dyer’s rink struggled in the early stages against the Wealden rink skipped by Steve Perris, trailing 4-8 after 7 ends.

Picking up a five on the 8th end to take the lead, they were never headed again and ran out comfortable winners 28-16.

Meanwhile, playing at Wealden, Buzz Coombes and his team found the pace of the carpet to their liking and after 18 ends led 19-9.

The lights then seemed to go out for Buzz and men and the home rink skipped by Alex Parsons won the last three ends picking up 12 shots in the process and winning the game 21-19.

Their efforts were however in vain and the Eastbourne team won the match by 10 shots overall – 47-37 – to progress to the next round.

Result: Eastbourne and District IBC 47 – 37 Wealden IBC Teams:

P Reynolds, P Jackson, T Howard, D Dyer 28 – 16 T Szylka, R Smith, R May, A Parsons; R Novis, B Fuller, R Cable, I Coombes 19 – 21 J Baker, B Hooker, P Merriss, A Parsons.