Double competition success for the Woodcocks

First published in Penarth sport

HAVING been elated by the collection of 26 points in two matches against Mackintosh, the Penarth Windsor Bowling Club ladies appeared to be walking on water. Indeed, the rinks of Angela Hudson, Bernice Roberts, Di Thomas and skip Moyra Owen and Chris Gunter, Brenda Dunlop, Di Roper and Kay Dyer made hay in the sunshine.

Alas, then came the thunder and lightning and, totally unable to come to terms with the synthetic Rhoose green and tricky Fairwater rinks, two heavy defeats ensued. It was only in calling on her vast experience that the redoubtable Moyra Owen was able to guide Joan Collier, Mags Loughlin and Di Roper to the lone rink victory.

In the Veterans Alliance League, despite being bolstered by the presence of multiple club champion Ken McLeod, the foot soldiers of Windsor lost to Cardiff by 24 shots. This was despite Tommy Owens, M Dorrell, K McLeod and skip Phil Parry and P Collier, D Howell, M Cucceniello and Ken Trenchard securing winning status.

The club aspirations to become Munro Cup holders was enhanced with a maximum 14 points against Cadoxton, with the rinks of captain Paul Gunter, K McLeod, Tony Holmes and stand-in Eddie Thorne all victorious.

In a PG1 match against Pentyrch, it was vital for the Windsor men to gain some momentum and this they did by picking up 10 valuable points. Victories for R Flitney, C Burton, R Hudson and A Holmes and B Rogers, A Dudley, E Thorne and Matthew Woodcock negated the defeats of the McLeod and Gunter fours.

It was antoher story of two winning and two losing rinks at Whitchurch for the PG2 team, who suffered a one-shot defeat. The fours of Tommy Owens, Tom Evans, John Hardess and David Hales and Trevor Warburton, Austen Meredith, John Worlock and Michael Fullbrook came within a wicker of making up for the defeats of the K Trenchard and Peter Morrish rinks.

Further progress was made in the PG1 single rink competition when 'Kerkow' Burton, 'Badger' Lloyd Jones, P Gunter and K McLeod defeated a multi-talented Dinas Powys four containing Penarthians of note - Clive Todd and Richard Janes.

The legend that is Matthew Woodcock brought further honours to the club and the town itself when he and wife Emma won the prestigious Rochester (Kent) mixed rink competition and followed it up by winning the Barry Athletic pairs trophy against Welsh bowlers of international repute. Congratulations are extended to both players from all their friends at Windsor.

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