Gay Allen took on Julie Leake from the Dolphin Club in Poole at the neutral venue of Atherley Club, Southampton in the area final of the Ladies National Singles recently.
The game was close in the very early stages but Leake soon took control and won very comfortably by 21 shots to 6 to get through to the last 16 and to play in the National Championships.
The area final of the Ladies National Triples took place after the conclusion of the singles. Allen was joined by Pauline Proud and Anne Bernard. Leake was again in opposition, her team mates being Sally Williams and Penny Cresswell.
Unfortunately for the Island side the Dolphin trio were in good form. A 4 in the early stages put them 6 shots to the good. They maintained the advantage for the remainder of the game including scoring a 5 on one end. They went on to to reach the last 16 by a score of 21 shots to 10 and to qualify for the National Championships.
In the men’s club singles semi final Ron Leleux and Mark Morris were head to head for much of the match.
With the score at 14 shots each Leleux took control. Scoring on the next 5 ends he ran out victor by 21 shots to 14. In the final he will meet previous winner Alan Cawdell who knocked out defending champion Darren Griffith by 21 shots to 17 in a close match which could have gone either way.
The club recorded a comprehensive 45 shot win over Shanklin Bowling Club in their annual friendly fixture.
The rinks skipped by Barry Rodwell and by John Carrett both recorded 31 shots to 11 wins over quartets skipped by Phil Brooks and Joyce Wilson respectively. Roy Jemsons four enjoyed a 24 shots to 14 win against a rink skipped by Carol Jones, whilst Ryan Trigg’s rink scored on each of the last 5 ends to come out winners by 19 shots to 12 against Chris Earle’s four.
Best result for a Shanklin rink was that skipped by John Wilkins who came out 24 shots to 16 victors against Barbara Sleeps quartet. In the process they scored a maximum 8 shots on the 13th end, a score which very rarely happens in the sport. The other Shanklin success was the rink skipped by Ron Leleux who ran out 19 shots to 17 victors against Colin Hoath’s four.