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Junior Joy Follows Despair

posted Apr 18, 2016, 12:21 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
League officers are proud to announce that the After Schools Bowls Club at Hadley Learning Community will have lift-off at Charlton BC – which is on the campus – on Wednesday 20 April.

It will involve 12 Year 4 and 5 pupils taking part in six one hour sessions with Club Leader Rob Burroughs and County Development Officer Peter Carter – the required level 2 coach – the men at the reins.

And if successful, this launch club may well evolve into a regular, self-financing Saturday Morning Club at HLC.

It has taken nearly 12 months of work involving Junior Development Policy authors Steve Roberts (vice-chairman), Burroughs (junior selector) and Malcolm Fletcher (secretary) to get to this stage.

But they could not have got over the line without the input and co-operation of Carter and his coaching team, Brian Murray and Derek Killen of Shifnal’s highly-successful school-link programme, and Erica Aston (head of primary phase at HLC) and her club organiser Emma Petford. Sincere thanks go to them all.

News of the launch helped temper the disappointment of Saturday’s Shropshire junior inter-league championship in Malpas.

Reduced to just one entry in the six-a-side event - due to under-18s working and lack of interest or numbers, thanks to some clubs not ticking the new under-18 box to show availability to be selected - league president Mike Potter takes up the story:

“At Malpas Sports, officials of the Mid Shropshire League were coming to terms with the disappointment of only being able to amass a squad of four players (for their round robin group), thus dashing any hopes of regaining the trophy so strongly held on to for the 2010-14 seasons,.

“And they were grateful for the generosity of other leagues that allowed them to compete with a loaned Whitchurch player and two of their number playing twice in each of the round robin games - a move which appeared not to affect the outcome of their matches as in each case those that doubled up proceeded to win and lose a game in each they played.”

Mid Shropshire beat Whitchurch C by six chalks with three winnrrs apiece but lost to eventual new champions Ludlow by 33.

That meant an appearance in consolation final at Malpas BC against Tanners Shropshire, but one winner meant defeat by 20 chalks.

It all left a sour taste for team manager Phil King - the only junior selector actually in attendance - who had only been informed of one no-show in advance . . .