AS THE sun begins to set on the summer season of bowls at Windsor BC, the men of The Alliance team found it difficult to get their aging limbs to function at St Fagans. Therefore, it was no surprise that the only winning rink was skipped by Mike Cucciniello, a fledgling star in the making. He was fulsome in his praise of team mates Reg Paull, Brian Rees and pocket dynamo Phil parry.
In the second encounter of the Les Heap Trophy, Windsor completed a clean sweep against Belle Vue, by 88 shots to 33.
Captain of the PG2 team, David Hales, was very optimistic of maintaining their winning run against Dowlais, with home advantage. Added to that, the seasonal PG2 debut of the experienced Dennis Morgan and the second appearance of his long-time team mate David Williams brought great stability to the team. The result, however, was defeat by some 35 shots with only D. Brenton, I. Mathias, K. Trenchard and the effervescent and ever-present skip A.J. John Hardness being victorious.
The PG1 side travelled to league leaders Merthyr Dowlais as their nearest rivals, with Captain Paul Gunter confident that despite missing a few first team regulars, a double victory was not impossible. That was not to be and defeat by 81 shots to 65 ensued. The game was nevertheless hard fought with Austen Meredith, Brian Rogers, Alan Dudley and skip Eddie Thorne setting the tone by fighting like tigers and only being beaten on the very last end by just one shot. Conversely, the Tony Holmes four of debutant Tommy Owens, David Howells and captain courageous Gunter, despite giving of their very best were 20 shots down after six ends before they got themselves on the scorecard. That rink defeat was compounded when Mike Matthews, Mike Fullbrook, Lloyd Jones and Rod Hudson never managed to get in front of their opponents and lost 23 shots to 16. The only full strength and regular Windsor rink of Charles Lewis, Artie Woodcock, Chas Burton and multi-club champion Ken McLeod, were left to keep the Windsor flag flying and their 20 shots to 15 win brought two valuable points. Yet another headache for Captain Paul Thew as he seeks that winning formula. The absence of chief cheerleader Moyra Owen and her pom-poms was also a factor beyond measure.
This weekend sees both Saturday and Sunday given over to the Windsor club championship. These are open to all to come along and enjoy and the usual Windsor warm welcome is assured as is its first class bar and fair facilities. The club’s President Alun Daniels and Captains Veronica Flitney and Paul Gunter, plus captains-elect Brain Rogers and David Adams, look forward to meeting and greeting you all.