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Amy Rose Bowl – Oxon U31 women

Amy Rose team 2016

The previous day in appalling weather conditions, Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies’ Under 31s layed at Leamington in the Amy Rose Bowl double rink competition. Less experienced than the men’s junior team, the team progressed to the last sixteen in 2015 and hoped to match that achievement this time round. As the rain lashed down making playing conditions extremely difficult to say the least, the Oxford players captained by Banbury Central’s Helen Young, took the green against Northamptonshire. Both teams were hampered equally by the rain but the Oxon girls applied themselves brilliantly over the fifteen end game to win on both rinks with a final score of 25-17. Young skipped the first Oxon rink with Claire Soden, Katie Bland and Jody Flitter while the second four was skipped by Jazz Alder with Emma Gilkes, Victoria Nemar, making her first appearance for the county, and Katie Glenn. Individual rink scores are not available due to the scorecards having disintegrated!

The win set up an Oxbridge last sixteen game which, after the morning’s performance, the BOL team were confident of doing well in, however a quarter final place for the first time was not to be with Cambridge running out winners by 27-13. In spite of the result the team played well and gained great experience. Next year there will be more competitive games for the girls in the build up to Leamington which is designed to increase experience, skills and team building as has happened with the boys over the past nine or so years.

Again thankyou to all that braved the elements to support the girls in both games on Saturday. As with the boys it is much appreciated. Special thanks Emma Dickson and Zoe Pratley, the two reserves. Your attitude and support was exemplary and your time will come to play.

All in all this was an excellent weekend for Oxfordshire’s young bowlers and one that will live long in the memory. The players now look to next season when they must all go a stage further in terms of personal and team development and success. Regardless of the excellent season for both teams, Oxfordshire still needs more players to give strength and depth to the squads. If anyone would like any information regarding junior bowls in the county please contact team manager Steve Gilkes at stevegilkes@btinternet.com or on 07868 435052.

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