Before the report and
results I'd personally like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the people listed
below who helped make this event possible from sponsoring / donations / helping
on the day because without them the event would just not happen.
GRANGE VALLEY AMUSEMENTS
SUPPLIERS OF GAMING MACHINES & LEISURE EQUIPMENT
CONTACT :TONY GATLEY 07787146603
SERVICE 01925 232172
PREMIER BOWLS 0161-491-1177 (Robert Crawshaw)
DAY’S BOWLS SUPPLIES 01625-423027 (Chris McDonald)
TAYLOR BOWLS / Costco (Andrew Buckley)
ALAN WILKINSON / DAVE JENKINSON / NOEL BURROWS
DAVE WEST / MICHAEL GERAGHTY / JACK GARTSIDE
JANICE GOWER BOWLS DIARY
Tel: 01524 75144112, Meadow Park, Galgate, Lancaster. LA2 0NQ
HARRY MARTIN / BARRY WILLIAMSON / ROGER MORGAN (raffle donations)
DAVE O'BRIEN (official starter and measurer)
BARRY WILLIAMSON (raffle seller)
ROGER MORGAN (my right-hand man)
ROY ARMSON (referee)
Anyone else who I've missed out-APOLOGIES
Sunday 13th September saw the third running of the Armson Trophy Junior Competition at Sale Excelsior WMC.The event seems to becoming established in the bowling calendar as yet again an exceptional amount of players and spectators turned up to support the event in honour of one of the games' greats Mr.Roy Armson.Even an appearance from the sunshine in the sky greeted the 34 strong field as play commenced just before midday.The early disappointment of unexplained absentees soon seemed to be a distant memory for the competitors,as they fought to battle out of the group stage format into the Quarter-finals,on what was becoming a fast tricky Sale green.
There were several close group finale games to determine the Quarter-final line up,as the players from West Midlands,Cumbria,Merseyside,Wigan,Yorkshire,Wales, Warrington,Bolton and Stockport strived to go one step nearer lifting the trophy.
In the first q-final Daniel Roberts beat Cadishead's Adam Lea 11-7.His opponent in the semis was to be Robbie Ellis(Crosshills) who just edged out Daniel Bennett from Warrington 11-9.Kieran Foster won his match 11-6 against Spencer Jenkinson from Hazel Grove,with his next challenge being Jordan Riley who came from 10-7 down to record a 11-10 victory against Junior Waterloo runner-up Cumbria's Mathew Stewart.
Daniel Roberts 11-7 Adam Lea
Robbie Ellis 11-9 Daniel Bennett
Kieran Foster 11-6 Spencer Jenkinson
Jordan Riley 11-10 Mathew Stewart
Robbie Ellis took an early lead in the first semi final against Roberts,4-3,but was pegged back on a couple of occasions.Over the next two ends at 9-7, Ellis he gained the two singles required for victory and in doing so made an appearance in his second consecutive final.The other semi encounter between Kieran Foster (Worsley) and Jordan Riley representing Wales was quite literally a "a game of two halves".Kieran Aiming to make it third time lucky in Armson Trophy semi-finals raced into a 9-0 lead.Lying game against,Jordan managed to find a fantastic bowl to win the end right on the edge of the green.He then battled back to 8-9,with Kieran having the chance to break his semi hoodoo with the last bowl of the next end.Unfortunately for Kieran he didn't and with that chance of getting through to the final, went to Jordan 11-10.
Robbie Ellis 11-7 Daniel Warrington
Jordan Riley 11-10 Kieran Foster
A 15 up final to remember was to come as 10 year old Jordan from Wales took on defending champion 12 year old Robbie from Crosshills.Jordan took the initiative by carrying forward his semi final form by taking a 9-3 lead.Showing the fighting spirit that just got him through the group stages Robbie clawed his way back and went into a 11-9 lead with some wonderfull corner play.Not fazed by this Jordan came back to see the game level at 12 across,and lying game against at 14-12 struck and was fortunate to count as the block rebounded onto Robbie's bowl to push it out.With a single at the next end it was again tied at 14's.Jordan led out to the faster edge of the green and led a yard bowl adjacent to the jack..Robbie's first bowl went off and with his second managed to pass Jordans second bowl but agonizingly hit the gap and ran out,to leave Jordan victorious.
Both finalists received a set of Taylor bowls along with medals and replica trophies,with Jordan collecting £70 and Robbie £50 for their efforts.The semi and quarter finalists got £35 and £20 and medals respectively with all group players receiving £8 each out of the £526 prize fund.
Jordan Riley 15-14 Robbie Ellis
On a final not I would just like to say the way Jordan Riley played was a lesson to all bowlers.Never once did he moan or his head go down when things weren't going his way.He just kept on going and eventually he reaped his reward..
Young Jordan you are a credit to your family and the game of bowls.
WELL DONE YOU SHOULD BE PROUD.
AND REMEMBER THE FUTURE IS YOUTH
Fozi (Mark Foster)