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Tonight's The Night . . .

posted Jan 12, 2015, 11:13 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 4:03 AM by stephen wall ]
 Mid Shropshire’s bowlers, officers and clubs warmed up for the league’s AGM tonight (Tuesday, January 13) at the county’s biggest bowls presentation.

The champions of 2014 in the Molson Coors-sponsored league were honoured at a function attended by nearly 200 people on Saturday night at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel.

And chairman Sean Round told them the league was always looking to keep improving – introducing the Mike Beckett results system, launching a new Thursday Division, working towards on-line cup results this year and a junior development policy for all member clubs in 2016.

“That’s why I think we are the best league in the county,” said Round, who will complete his first year as chairman at tonight’s annual meeting at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club (7pm).

Fellow speaker Mike Potter, the league’s nomination to be County President next month, introduced the numerous past Presidents at the dinner and paid tribute to the “cogs of the game” – the few who work hard to organise the sport.

“I think the new Dennis Lewis Thursday Division is the league’s flagship, so well done to everyone involved,” added Potter.

League president Jeff Hutchinson, Round, Potter and league and county junior selector Rob Burroughs made most of the presentations, but it was June Lewis – wife of late chairman Dennis Lewis – who presented the Thursday Division prizes.

And Matthew Rhodes, skipper of the St Georges team that won the super trophy donated by June, said: “We are so proud to be the first winners of this because I knew Dennis really well and he was a top man.”

Special presentations were made to the league’s team that won the Shropshire junior inter-league championship for the fourth year in a row and the side that Tony Roche captained to a second veterans inter-league crown in three years.

All the main officers are prepared to serve for another year when tonight’s AGM goes ahead.

On the agenda are proposed rule changes to give clubs extra time to re-arrange fixtures, open up competitions to more bowlers and tighten up the rules of the Ashton Trophies knockouts contested by Monday night teams.

In addition the league wants to bring the eligibility and points scoring rules for Saturday division teams into line with the successful Thursday Division.

As for new teams applying to join the league, Highley Miners Welfare want to launch a side on Fridays and Shifnal aim to join the Saturday divisions.