The inaugural Mo Vowden Memorial Competition took place on Thursday 27th August 2020 as a tribute to a much-loved and respected member of not just the Sun Bowls Club, but the whole Island bowls community. The idea came from a challenge made soon after Mo passed away last year for non-bowlers to take on bowlers in a handicapped competition. In spite of the enforced Lockdown regulations, which restricted the numbers of bowlers and prevented any spectators, 18 ‘challengers’ took on 18 Sun members over 6 rinks of triples, each playing 12 ends, with the challengers benefitting from a 12 shot handicap imposed on the bowlers.
After some initial instruction and 2 trial ends, the teams fought it out in a good, competitive spirit with plenty of banter and humour on and across the rinks. In the end, the bowlers were victorious over their challengers by 139 – 99 shots, and by 5 rinks to 1. In spite of having no previous experience of the sport, the challengers provided some stiff competition for the bowlers and were certainly no easy push-over.
After the competition, all the players adjourned to the clubhouse for a few drinks and an excellent buffet provided by Eileen and her helpers, Margaret and Maureen. After a few words from Sun President Peter Davis, and from Mo’s son Bradley, Eileen presented the Silver Salver to Club Captain, Terry Le Mottee.
All involved agreed that it had been a fitting occasion, enjoyed by all, where the real winners were ‘bowls, friendship and fun’, just as Mo would have wanted. It is to be hoped that next year, the competition can be bigger and better and that more people can be involved.