ON a great opening day, Penarth Windsor Bowling Club president Alun Daniel introduced club captains Paul Gunter and Veronica Flitney to a packed clubhouse which included many new and most welcome members.
With the two greens in prime condition, the captains sent down the first woods and a grand victory ensued for Sue Howells and her eclectic rink.
The very traditional Windsor tea followed, with Veronica's newly-formed ladies' catering team well to the fore.
The first game of the season was an annual friendly with Barry Athletic who brought along an unusually strong team, including international and county players. That said, the six-rink match went down to the wire and Athletic triumphed by just four shots after 18 ends.
Windsor heroes were rinks skipped by Michael Lloyd-Jones, evergreen maestro John Hardess and bar manager Peter Morrish who performed magnificently; a feather in their caps.
The other three rinks fought manfully, but were hindered by stand-in skips Holmes, Gunter and Hales playing out of position. The handicap proved just too much and defeat ensued. Members hope the selection panel take note and act accordingly.