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Under 25’s update

The boys travelled to Kent on 7th August in the JHCL and came away with an 8 points to 2 victory. Unfortunately the position in the league could not be improved upon and third place was the result of a season where we only lost one game. With Middlesex no longer competing and Surrey only fulfilling half of its fixtures it was difficult to overcome the initial loss to Berkshire. Looking ahead to next year we have home games against Berks, Sussex and Kent and play away in Surrey and Bucks so hopefully with a good start and a team with another year’s experience we will finally win this elusive trophy!

Already some of our Under 25s have played at Leamington, most notably David Leighfield who reached the last eight of the junior singles only to be beaten by Jamie Walker, currently arguably the number one singles player in the country and eventual winner. David is to be congratulated on his achievement. Chris Gilkes had a bit of a nightmare in his first game and departed the competition earlier than wanted or expected but that’s bowls. He goes again in the men’s singles on Wednesday 31st August.

Katie Bland and Claire Soden both played in the junior ladies singles for the first time and Katie made it into the last 16 before losing out to international triallist Rachel Efde of Bucks. Claire teamed up with Emma Gilkes in the junior singles and played well but were always up against it, beaten in the end by Katherine Rednall and her partner from Suffolk.

As a reminder the girls’ double rink play Northants in the opening round of the Amy Rose on Saturday 3rd September and the boys are in the national semi final of the White Rose against Lincolnshire on Sunday 4th September. Please try and get along to support if you’re able and please let your members know. Thankyou.

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