Race for top spot close all season with Norfolk Bowling Club and County Arts in contention
The Norfolk Women’s Indoor Bowls County Triples League reached a climax when the final games were played last weekend, writes Irene Lambert.
The race for the top spot had been a close one all through the season with Norfolk Bowling Club, County Arts and Gallow (Fakenham) all claiming it at some point; a late charge came from Acle ‘A’ and, when County Arts went down at North Walsham, it looked as though they would be champions – but there was to be a final twist in the tail.
Gallow ‘A’ played Woodlands ‘A’ in their final match and scored seven of the eight points available; Acle ‘A’ travelled to North Walsham needing 2½ points to secure the title.
They only scored 1½ which meant that Gallow ‘A’ were crowned league champions.
Gallow’s victory is their first since the league started in 1993. Their consistency, especially at home where they have not lost a match, has been the key.
Team captain Pam Whitehead commented: “This success is due to the amazing support not only from regular A team players but from the B team and even beginners who have stepped up and played when we struggled to field a full team. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has played a part in winning this trophy, an amazing achievement for a relatively small club.”
The other divisions were just as keenly contested. In the South, with just two weeks to go, there were six teams within seven points of each other, so all in with a chance of winning.
Eventually, Acle ‘B’ pulled away from the rest, securing the title from new kids on the block, Lowestoft Railway.
Roundwood ‘A’ had a very good season and won the North Division by two points from Dereham.
Now that the leagues have been completed attention turns to the County Play-offs.
Club winners will be competing to become county champions; the finals taking place at Wymondham Dell on April 27.
Tables: page 68.