Mid Shropshire remains a real powerhouse of Shropshire bowls.
That was the verdict of County President Phil Scott as he ended his year in the post as guest speaker at the League’s annual presentation
dinner on Saturday 14 January 2017.
On a night when Donnington Wood were officially crowned as champions for the second year running and Sir John Bayley claimed a terrific trio of divisional titles, Phil told a 175 attendance at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel that he owed much to the area’s bowlers.
“Mid Shropshire League officials and players have been a great support in my two years in office as President and county competition secretary – and without players from your league the county comps wouldn’t be very well attended,” said Scott.
He paid tribute to Bowring for the winning the County Cup for the first time and neighbours Bayley for opping the Premier League after praising a string of local bowlers for their triumphs on the Shropshire scene.
They included Rich Lawson (County Handicap), Aaron King (Junior Merit) and Tony and Matthew Rhodes (Father & Son), who were all presented with the trophies to warm applause during the evening.
Also in the spotlight were members of the Shropshire Ladies team that won the British county championship, one of them being British Ladies Merit and Isle of Man Festival winner Tracy Ryan, who plays for Prince Hotel in the league’s Dennis Lewis Thursday Division.
Ashley Paterson of league sponsors Molson Coors made the bulk of the presentations with Bayley husband and wife, Pat and Jan Minton, receiving the division two and three trophies respectively while league fixture secretary Ric Hudson lifted the division five winners prize.
St Georges retained the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division crown, Newport kept a firm grip on the Harris Cup, Albrighton enjoyed another divisional triumph and Sinclair enjoyed a first ever Saturday Division championship.
League secretary Malcolm Fletcher said: “It was our fifth annual dinner at the Whitehouse Hotel and although we were slightly down on numbers this time it it is still the biggest bowls presentation function in Shropshire.
"Lots more than has been the case stayed late into the night to party and we were delighted to have so many special guests and numerous county honours winners with us to celebrate another great year.”
A HUGE NUMBER OF PICTURES OF HONOURS WINNERS AND PEOPLE CELEBRATING ON THE NIGHT ARE - THANKS TO PRESIDENT MIKE POTTER - AVAILABLETO SEE ON THE LEAGUE'S FACEBOOK PAGE . . .
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