THE Brighton Bowls Club is looking at creating increasing community interest in the sport after it enjoyed yet another successful summer season in the Bowls South pennant competition.
In the final pennant standings for the year, the ladies division one were seventh, division three, eighty, division five fifth,and mixed open, fifth.
For the men, division one had a difficult year to finish last, division three Reserve were third, Division 5 were first.Highlights of the season were the men in division three reserve and division five winning the Bowls South premierships, with Bay Lynema the most successful division five skip with a 12 – 2 85.7 per cent win rate.
Bay then capped his season off by winning the Bowls South ‘B’ grade singles champion of champions.
The ladies also had a good year without winning a pennant, and excellent efforts by Jan Smith in division one in finishing fifth on the skip’s standings ladder with 11 wins and six losses at 64.7 per cent, and Jane Clark in division three being the leading skip with 26 points and a 76.47 winning percentage.
Jayden Hunter and his Derwent City partner were runners up in the BS Junior pairs, and Sue Grant, Jan Tonks, Shirley Fox and Marilyn Wiltshire were runners-up in the women’s ‘B’ grade champion of champion fours.
The club’s grass green has played very well, and received accolades from the grand finalists Beltana and St Johns Park after their division two, reserve match. The quality of the green can be credited to greens director Doug Hollaway and his helpers for their conscientious efforts under the guidance of greens expert David McLean.
The club is now looking to enter into a new and exciting phase, having come from 20 odd members in the 1980s, to 90-plus members currently. The club’s board of management led by president Ross Howard is looking to upgrade facilities both in the provision of clubhouse amenities and the replacement of the 16-year-old artificial green. The latter is a priority, as it not only provides a green for off-season bowls, but is used by an increasing number of ‘barefoot bowlers’ whom the board is keen to foster. Barefoot bowls is a popular weekly event in many clubs, and combines sport and a social event for those who those people not wanting to commit to regular pennant.
The club will be inviting input from the community as to how it should develop, and how best to fit in to Brighton Council’s plan for the area.
The pennant side winners are:
G Fehlberg (S) B Williams, T Johns, J Skelly
M Excell (S) D Latham, M Winter. D Hughes
R Mitchelmore (S) K Roberts, R Howard, M Harback
K Marshall (S) L Hughes, N Barwick, T Clark
B Lynema (S) H Haremza, M Rowbottom, C Ransley
W Verth (S) M Tonks, B Byrne, D Graham
R McCulloch (S) M Conway, I Jennings, J Hunter