Penarth Bowling Club

First published in Penarth sport

THE Munro march continues as Penarth Bowling Club picked up another 12 valuable points when they visited a rain sodden Cadoxton.

With the rain persistently falling heavily all day, it was a shock to all those selected to find that only the Cadoxton captain felt the game should be played. However after a thoroughly miserable 15 ends, Penarth returned an excellent result in winning by a merciless 50 shots (82-32).

The only rink not to keep their head above water was skipped by Nick Chandler and they went down by a mere four shots (9-13). Ex school teacher, Mr Rosser, reprimanded Nick when he called for the mat to be brought up to such a point on the rink, that the jack length would have been less than 10 metres. Nick blamed water on the brain.

Whilst this was going on all other three rinks were storming to victory with wins of Dave Dalby (25-5), Dave Clements (27-4) and Colin Grant (21-10). Justice could be said to have been done.

Saturday produced much improved playing conditions for both PG1 and PG2 games against Cardiff Athletic. The 1st team travelled across town knowing that only a concentrated effort would produce a win. Consistent bowling produced victory on three rinks whilst the luckless Dave Clements rink came up against a home four who could do very little wrong. Victorious on the day were Colin Grant (20-16), Dave Dalby (25-13) and Nick Chandler (24-19). The overall score was a win by six shots (81-75) and a 12 point haul to boot.

A well earned victory by 76 shots to 63 for the PG2 side instilled a warm & contented feeling back at Rectory Road clubhouse.

Ron Maggs, Ken Brinkworth, Mike England and Dave Holdaway were the backbone of this win out bowling their opposition by superb 20 shots (29-9). John Whitfield aided and abetted by Russell Daniel, 'Tony did you watch the rugby' Gent and Mike Conway managed to turn defeat into victory by taking seven shots on the last five ends to acquire a 19-14 advantage

Roger Gidman went down by 15-22 and there was no fairy tale return for Big Brian Brennan as succumbed in the latter stages to lose by 13 to 18 shots.

However captain Lawrence was delighted to bag another 10 points with this excellent win.

Penarth Bowling Club was saddened to hear of the recent and sudden passing of a valued member and colleague, Joe Petherick. He had been ill for some time but the news of his death was a shock to all at the Club. Joe was a very popular member and bowler since he joined in 1984. He gave 30 years of splendid service both indoor and outdoor. Joe was a gentleman of unassuming nature but with a wicked sense of humour. He was never without a glint in his eye. He will live long in our memory.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Muriel, Clive, Jill, Joanne and all of his family.

The funeral is to be held at All Saints Church on Monday, June 16, at 11.30am.

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