Wales Juniors came through in spectacular fashion in their third round game of the Drakes Pride Junior County Championship against South Yorkshire on Sunday 9th July at the Home venue – the Oval Bowling Club, Llandudno and Away at Meersbrook Park Bowling Club.
WCGBA President, Danuta Price hosted the day with other officials of the WCGBA. The Referee on the day was Fred Huxley (Cheshire) assisted by Derek Evans and Alan Davies.
There were a few changes to the line up with young Daniel Owen (Beaumaris) stepping in from the reserves at the Home venue and Jess Lacey (Esclusham) at the Away. Also making her debut for Wales was Nia Jones (Coed Talon).
At Home,Wales had comfortable victories with the first four blocks with a resounding 21-7 win for Harry Lawton (Rhos Park). Nia, playing at number eight came away with an impressive 21-5 win and James Todd (Conwy) rounding off the afternoons' play at number twelve triumphed at 21-4. At Home, Wales scored 224 to South Yorkshire 158.
Player of the match was Harry Lawton.
At the Away venue the overall score was tied at 213 for Wales and South Yorkshire. Notable performances included Oliver Jones (Johnstown) win of 21-6 and Ieuan Pugh (Esclusham) 21-10. Mention must be made of young Jess Lacey playing her first game for Wales just going down 21-20.
This performance puts Wales Juniors in the Semi Final of the championship which will be played on 13 August.
Junior team at Llandudno Oval
Harry Lawton MoM at Llandudno Oval
WCGBA Junior Merit
Sunday 18th June 2017 at Pentre Broughton BC
The Junior Welsh Merit was played Sunday 18th June at Pentre Broughton Bowling Club in what can only be described as 'blistering conditions'.
Brenda Jones, WCGBA Deputy President, hosted the event with Dave Walker, Competitions Officer, John Percy, Patron, and Peter Higham helping with the organisation.
The referees were Peter Hayes, Jim Clarke, Stan Warburton and Arthur Peake.
There were 30 entries on the day with competitors from right across North Wales. Some were seasoned players and others entering for the first time.
In the first round there were some stunning wins by Mathew Stephenson,( Johnstown BC) Mathew Worden (Gresford Colliery), Sam Williams (Cunliffe), Nathan Lacey (Esclusham), Nia Jones (Coed Talon), Joe Hayes (Cunliffe), and Ryan P Williams (Penmaenmawr). The toughest games from round one were between Harry Lawton, (Rhos Park) and Callum Sorfleet (Bethesda), with Callum winning out at 21-15, and Ieuan Pugh (Esclusham) against Ben Hewitt (Abergele). Ieuan gaining victory 21-19.
In round two, Ieuan met Sam Williams to battle for a place in the quarter finals. Both lads have won this trophy in the past – Ieuan in 2015 and Sam 2016. They kept the points close for the first part of the game, but Sam was not to be denied a place in the quarter final, beating Ieuan eventually to 21-15.
Nathan Lacey gave a spirited performance also in round two where he played some excellent bowls to hold Tom Jones (Nercwys) to account. Tom won eventually 21-19.
There were credible performances also from Mathew Hewitt (Abergele), Jake Barlow( Garden Village), Keiron Hallet (Llay), Joe Hayes. James Todd (Conway) and Ryan P Williams had a superb game. Neither player deserved to lose, but James nudged ahead to secure a place in the quarter final with a 21- 19 win.
In the quarter finals, Joe Langford (Esclusham) and James Todd had a tight and difficult game with James reaching double figures first. It was nail biting to watch, with both players edging point for point all the way. James eventually won 21-19.
In the semi final, Sam Williams took a commanding lead 11-1 against Mathew Worden ( Gresford Colliery) and won 21-13. James Todd was better matched with Keiron Hallett but won to 21-14.
If the day was hot, things were about to get even hotter. The final featured Sam Williams – his third appearance in the final of this competition – and James Todd. Both players were neck and neck at the start of the game with Sam breaking the double figures goal first 10-7. This was a really tough match and they eventually reached 19 across. By this time, the spectators were on the edge of their seats. At 19-19 across, James signals two- surely the title was his. Sam, however, showed incredible calm to ask for a measure – it was 20-19 to James. You could hear a pin drop when they bowled out for the next end. Sam secured one point. It was twenty across. He then bowled a six inch wood in front of the jack. James bowled out, but was just short. Sam made no mistake to place his second bowl short but on the land. James struck, but missed by a whisker. Sam secured his second title 21-20.
Unfortunately Sam will be unavailable to take his place for Wales at the British Junior Merit Final in August due to family commitments. His place will be taken by Mathew Worden. James has earned his place there too.
An extra to the day, was young Nia Jones (Coed Talon) who played well in her two games, and secured a place in the British Junior Ladies Final. She was presented with the Ken Hardman Cup by Deputy President Brenda Jones.
Junior Merit Competitors
Junior Ladies Merit Qualifier Nia Jones (Coed Talon)
Junior Merit Finalists
Junior Merit Winner Sam Williams (Cunliffe)
Junior Merit Pesentation by Brenda Jones, WCGBA Deputy President
Wales 441 v Derbyshire 415
Sunday 11th June 2017
Drakes Pride Junior County Championship.
Second Game Wales – v – Derbyshire.
The second game in the Junior County Championship was held on Sunday 11th June at Benllech BC for the home team and Littleover BC, Derby for the away squad.
President, Dusia Price was among the officials on the day. The Referee was Paul Holt from Greater Manchester, and he was ably assisted by Wales' Peter Kershaw and Ian Black
At the home venue, in 'breezy' conditions, birthday boy Harry Lawton( Rhos Park ),led the way with a commanding victory 21-8. Harry was sixteen on the Sunday and was presented with a birthday cake before the match. The first four for Wales all came through with wins despite a few scary moments for Callum Sorfleet ( Bethesda ), Ryan Williams (Penmaenmawr), and Tom Owen ( Mochdre ) with scores 21-19, 21 – 18 and 21-15 respectively. At one point Callum was 17-9 down but with encouragement from the crowd and sheer determination on his part he came through to win. In the second four Finley Prytherch played a strong game to win 21-9. Subs. Hari Owen and Emily Owen stepped in at games 5 and 6 respectively.
There was a good crowd at Benllech ,and to echo the words of Selector Dave Jones, the parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts should be applauded as much as the young players for their input. Together Welsh Junior bowls has a great future
For the away team, there were some excellent results. Mathew Stevenson ( Johnstown ) winning 21-6 is one to be noted. Other scores were close, but victories none the less.
Final score at Home - Wales 219-Derbyshire 198, Away – Wales 222-Derbyshire 217. Wales won by 26 overall
Next, Wales meet Yorkshire in their third game. This will be a tough one but we can do it
Junior team at Benllech
Harry Lawton MoM at Benllech
Harry Lawton Birthday Boy
Wales 409 v Staffordshire 345
Sunday 14th May 2017
WCGBA Junior Co-ordinator
Phil Maddox has been appointed as Junior Co-ordinator for the 2017 season. Phil was keen to get involved and see the position filled. A former Junior player himself, Phil plays his bowls at Broughton & Bretton Bowling Club in Flintshire. Can current and future Junior players and / or their parents please ensure that Phil has your contact details for the forthcoming season. You can either send Phil a FB message or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: 07760 280251.