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Under 25s and Under 31’s – Final Weekend

Oxfordshire’s White Rose team lost out in the national semi-final against eventual winners Devon at Leamington on Sunday. Playing at this stage of the competition for the first time since 1991 and for only the second time ever, the Oxon players went into the game with belief in themselves and confident of a good performance but could unfortunately not reproduce great form of the four qualifying rounds and eventually went down by 13 shots (29-42).

Devon went on to beat Northants in the final to complete the men’s hatrick of Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy and White Rose.

Oxfordshire White Rose team 2015

The previous day, Oxfordshire’s Under 31s ladies played Leicestershire in the Amy Rose and in a tense finish won on the extra end having been involved in a game that swung both ways as it progressed. The final score was 47-46. Emma Dickson of Woodstock made her debut in the competition having been reserve for the past couple of years. In the quarter-final the girls came up against strong opposition in the form of Somerset and despite being within two shots at one stage could not take the lead and eventually lost 30-48.

Both men’s and ladies teams can be justly proud of their achievements this season and have represented the county in very positive fashion.

Amy Rose Team 2015

To round off the bank holiday weekend of junior bowls, Watlington BC hosted the eighth Under 25s Day on Monday, The weather conditions were not favourable but, as is normal for this event, players, organisers and supporters alike all got on with it and had another thoroughly enjoyable day. Six teams competed in a day long round robin with the longest ever Bowl for Goal competition at lunchtime (won by Thame’s Graham Penn with 4 goals out of 4…a first!). Luke Gilbert from Banbury Central, Ollie John of Woodstock and Chipping Norton’s David Leighfield all played in the day for the first time with Luke and David both taking home medals. Luke and Ollie are new bowlers while David has joined us from Wiltshire.
The competition was eventually won by a four skipped by Joe Woodward with Ryan Full, Emma Gilkes and Jonathan Dadson. Second were Shane Cooper, Jazz Alder, Luke Gilbert and Bradley Squires and third place went to David Leighfield, Will Soden, Claire Soden and Brandon King.

Following the success of the raffle in 2010 a second ‘buy a square’ draw was started during the day to again raise funds for shirts, equipment and events for the Under 25s and to aid in keeping costs down for players and their parents. The draw will be made during next year’s event. First prize is a set of AeroBowls. If anyone (or club) would like to purchase a square or squares for £1.00 each, please contact Steve Gilkes.

Sadly the weekend also saw the end of six players’ Under 25s careers. Ryan Full, Dean May, Gary May, George Schwab, Dan Wakeman and Joe Woodward all move on through age.

Watlington Under 25s Day Winners 2015

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