Sunday and Bank Holiday Competitions

Tom Kidd Trophy 2023

Arguably the most prestigious competition in the Sun Bowls calendar is the Tom Kidd Trophy. Tom was a very generous benefactor of the Club and for many years the members enjoyed his legacy by going out for a meal after the competition. The legacy is now exhausted but the competition lives on and the magnificent cut glass trophy with its floating globe is a keenly contested competition. The Tom Kidd story has its own page not the website.

It was therefore good to see 16 teams, mostly of triples, across all 8 rinks, take to the green on a hot and sunny Sunday at the end of May. As this was an all-day competition, there were 4 games each of 8 ends played on a green which was running very quick.

There were 2 teams who finished the day with 3 wins and a draw, therefore amassing 7 points. In third place on shot difference only, was the team skipped by Russell Eyre along with Ann Moon and Josh Band who had a shot difference of +10. Just beating them and claiming 2nd place, with the shot difference of +16 was the team led by Ross Davis, with Alan Le Sueur and Sarah Holland.

The winning team, who finished with 4 wins out of 4, was the team of Bob Le Sueur and Abbey Andrieux, with 8 points and a =16 shot difference. Congratulations to to them.

A successful day was rounded off with an excellent BBQ prepared and cooked by the committee and club memebrs.

Liberation Day 2023

Red, white and blue was the order of the day for the 2023 Liberation Day Competition for the Margaret and Garnet Hafey Trophy. The weather conditions could have been kinder to the 35 bowlers who took to the green as wind, mist, rain and also – eventually – some sun made bowling a challenge at times. Nevertheless, the competitors played out the 4 x 8 end triples games in good spirit on a green that was running well.

Every team won at least one game during the day with only one team scoring a maximum of 8 points for winning all of their games. And so, the runners up spot was decided on shot difference across the 3 teams. Sharing third place with exactly the same points (6) and shot difference (+1) were the teams of Maurice Andrieux, Denise Pallot and Ken Corbin alongside Ross Davis, Keith Chapman and Moira Larkin.

In the runners up spot with 6 points and a +16 shot difference was the team lead by Greg Davis together with Tony Morton and Kate Achier.

But the winners with 8 points and a very impressive +30 shot difference was skip Russell Eyre with Jim Larkin and Ann Hunt.

In spite of the weather, it was an enjoyable day finished off with tea (or something stronger) and cake in a suitably decorated clubhouse.


Mary Kidd Trophy – Ladies Day

Following on from the success of Opening Day, our second Sunday Competition of the season, the Mary Kidd Trophy, was contested on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd April. The Mary Kidd Trophy was presented to the Club by the late Tom Kidd, in memory of his wife, and is celebrated as Ladies Day – a day when only ladies play as skip and everyone is encouraged to wear something pink.

And so, 36 players in 12 triples teams played 3 x 8 end games to decide the outcome of the trophy for the 2023 season.

Three teams won all of their games and so the final result was down to shot difference – and it couldn’t have been closer. In third place – and there are no prizes for coming third – was the team lead by Sheila Baudains, along with Kevin Andrieux and Derek Wood, who scored 6 points with a shot difference of +12. A shot difference of just 1 separated first and second place. With +22 and finishing in the runners-up spot was the team of Anne Moon, Ross Davis and Dave Robinson, who were narrowly beaten by the team of Margaret Le Marquand, Bob Le Sueur and John Bewhay, with a shot difference of +23. Well done to all three teams for winning of 3 of their games.

As it was Ladies Day, the presentation was made by Lady Captain, Eileen Vowden.


Opening Day Competition 2023 – The Devonshire Trophy

The 2023 bowling season at The Sun got underway on Sunday 16th April with 36 players taking to the green to contest the Devonshire Trophy. The weather conditions were favourable, if a little chilly at the start, but the sun did put in an appearance later in the day. The green was looking good but as it was the start of the season, the going was a little heavy.

The first of the 3 x 8 end games was extended to include 2 extra ‘trial’ ends to give everyone the chance to assess the speed of the green before the scoring started. Not surprisingly, there were some very short jacks to start off with on most rinks but some were more adventurous.

At the end of the day, there were five teams on two wins each and therefore the runners-up spot was decided on shot difference. With 4 points and a very impressive +19 shot difference was the team led by Tony Osmont, along with Margaret Andrieux and Derek Wood.

But the winners, and the only team to win all 3 games, was the team of Sue Cockle, Margaret Le Sueur and David Leese who achieved 6 points and a +12 shot difference. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up but also to all those who took part.

It was an enjoyable start to the new season and the members look forward to forthcoming Sunday Competitions.

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