Well, what a week! Lyme hosted their 60th Annual Tournament, in this their 80th year, in near perfect conditions. Some would argue that the first five days were at times just a little too warm, but by Thursday the temperature had moderated significantly and was ideal for playing. Some 136 competitors took part from as far afield as Wolverhampton, Hemel Hempstead, Winchester, Bristol & Basingstoke. This really is a big event in the Lyme Regis calendar, bringing a lot of trade to the town.
There are many people who are involved in making a week like this happen. The Tournament Secretary Sue Rowe and her assistant Lesley Broom aided by head of publicity, Pat Cole. The hard working green staff of Philip Stephens, Barry Rattenbury and Roger Legg. Tireless Bill Burton, our Tournament Umpire, ably assisted by Chris Bell.
Sue Wood & Pauline Knight in charge of Catering with willing helpers in the kitchen from breakfast time right through to afternoon teas. Barry Rattenbury (once he'd finished the green) running the bar with his many helpers. Angela Rattenbury, our Ladies' Captain, ran various social events to raise funds for her charity, breast cancer, raising £618 during the week She wishes to offer special thanks to Jack Irwin who worked so hard during the week for this cause. Special thanks must also go to our very generous sponsors, AJ Wakeley & Sons and particularly Leah, a member of the Wakeley family who presented the trophies.
Now to the actual bowling. Paul Pomeroy managed to get into all three finals and was hoping for a clean sweep. In the morning, with his dad Steve and Paul Moffitt, he put the first one in the bag in the Open Triples. This was a well fought and entertaining contest against Dave Young & Alan Carter of Winchester and Rod Hobbs of Lyme. In the Pairs Paul and his partner Simon Doig were unlucky being narrowly beaten by Carl Stephens & Mike Hayden of Fleming Park.
After a gruelling week, sometimes playing 4 matches in a day, Paul's legs were giving him trouble by the time he came to his last game and arguably the most important - the Men's Singles final. He was up against Dave Green of Wolverhampton, who had played sublime bowls all week. This promised to be a good tussle, but in the end Paul had a comfortable win over the Wolverhampton man. And his legs held out.
In the Ladies' Singles final it was an all Lyme affair between Ann Allman, and Helen Dowling. Ann appeared to have this game sown at 20-9. However Helen had other ideas and started to reel in the deficit and Ann was beginning to look uneasy. But true grit prevailed and Ann added the one shot she needed - to her obvious relief.
Ladies Singles: 21-14
Winner: Ann Allman (Lyme Regis)
Runner Up: Helen Dowling (Lyme Regis)
Mixed Pairs: 18-17
Winners: Carl Stephens & Mike Hayden (Fleming Park)
Runners Up: Paul Pomeroy (Lyme Regis) & Simon Doig (Fleming Park)
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Mens Singles: 21-12
Winner: Paul Pomeroy (Lyme Regis)
Runner Up: Dave Green (Wolverhampton)
Mixed Triples: 19-14
Winners: Paul Pomeroy, Paul Moffitt, Steve Pomeroy (Lyme Regis)
Runners Up: Dave Young, Alan Carter (Winchester), Rod Hobbs (Lyme Regis)