The fine weather and good condition of the green meant we were able to go on bowling until mid-September, and the final session was well attended, despite the league season having finished some time before.
We were again able to field three league teams this year. We made good progress in the Weekend league, rising from the bottom to fourth place. Our performance in the Midweek league matched that of last year, as we once more achieved third place in our division. Our greatest triumph this year came in the Club 60 league, where we gained second place. This means that we have secured promotion from the fourth division to the third division for next season! All round, a pleasing success rate, on which all participants must be congratulated. We were particularly pleased that the newer members who were called upon for league duty to replace those who had to drop out for personal reasons were both willing and capable of holding their own when perhaps they might have expected a more gradual initiation.
As last year, the number of Friendly matches we played was reduced because of other clubs being unable to offer full teams. However, a new initiative by our Club Captain, Terry Stratton, to host some Open Friendly matches was very successful. An invitation to all the Peterborough clubs for individuals or team groups to play two 8-end matches in an afternoon proved popular, so much so that the club is hoping to offer three sessions next year. The matches were competitive, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, so it was pleasurable for participants, organisers and spectators.
Our aim to promote the sport during the social roll-up sessions on Monday and Friday afternoons has brought some regular players to the club, whom we have gladly welcomed. Our end-of-season Charity Match was very well attended. Our chosen charity this year was Diabetes UK. Money raised at this match, together with donations from the Open Friendlies and an outside source enabled us to send a cheque to the charity for the magnificent sum of £600. Our thanks go to the generosity of the players, visitors and cake bakers whose efforts helped us to this end.
We again had a successful range of internal competitions. We all enjoyed spending the day competing in random teams for the Fred Walden Cup; the winner this year was Julie Miller, with Bob Hill coming in as runner-up. There were fewer entrants for the internal competitions, in part due to the personal circumstances mentioned above, but there were some close matches, the results of which can be seen in the table below.
|Long Jack/Short Jack||Sadie Stratton||Dennis Crouch|
|First to 15||Angela Turner||Sadie Stratton|
|4 Woods Singles||Angela Turner||Julie Miller|
|4 Woods Pairs||Terry Stratton + John Cooper||Peter White + Sadie Stratton|