Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club has had its finest weekend in the club’s history. On Saturday, eleven ladies, including travelling reserve, June Collard, represented the club in the Essex County Bowling Association’s Top Club semi-final, played at Liberty of Havering Bowling Club.
Each round of the competition consists of four games, played concurrently. In the semi-final, a singles game of 21 ends was won, 16-21 by Tiptree bowler, Margaret Lawrence. The pairs game ended in a narrow defeat of 27-23, for Tiptree Ladies Captain, Edna Woods and Joyce Helps. The triples team of, Steph Heard, Ena Lorraine and Doreen Cottee won brilliantly, 12-24, and the rink of Jan Elliott, Rosemary Cousins, Paula Montgomery and Judy Bohannon, lost by a single shot. The net result was a fine win by 12 shots against Clockhouse (Upminster) Bowling Club, who are apparently unfamiliar with defeat. The club will proceed to the final, to be played at Mersea Island Bowls Club on 10th September, against Greenways Ladies Bowling Club, of Southend. Congratulations for a fine win goes to the Tiptree Ladies.
On Sunday it was the turn of the men. Tiptree played in the final of both the Widdop Cup and the Memorial Shield, at the host green of Bocking Alliance Bowling Club. The Widdop cup team of Roy Davidson, Graham Heard, Paul Hills, Kevin Cornwell (Capt.), Barry Wade, John Daniells, Simon Bellotti and Pat Mackshea, with travelling reserve Jim Cousins, impressively beat their opponents, Bocking Alliance Bowling Club by 7 shots on their own green.
The Memorial Shield team of John Baldwin, Roy Cottee, Joe Coppin, George Lawrence, Paul Collard, David Gooch, Gordon Bazley and Seamus Montgomery, also went on to win their match against last year’s winners, Braintree Bowling Club, by 5 shots.
Congratulations on a truly outstanding performance by the men of Tiptree, to win both the Widdop Cup and the Memorial Shield on the same day, the first time that a single club has ever won both titles in the same year.