Under 15 Merit

2015 COMPETITION - sponsored by Shifnal BC and held at Albrighton on Saturday, 9th May, at 6pm

From a suspected broken neck to a successful defending champion - Harry Church is going through all the emotions this month.

The Sinclair star in the making shrugged off his recent hospital visit to retain the league’s Under-15 Merit title at Albrighton.

He beat county junior team-mate Susie Lawson 21-9 with a fine display of tight bowling along an edge of the green after the Shifnal BC-sponsored competition had attracted seven entries.

But the 13-year-old who bowls for Sinclair had been forced to survive a scare earlier in the evening when he edged a 21-20 thriller against a battling Tom Killen (Shifnal).

Referee for the night, County President Mike Potter, said: “In the semi-finals, Harry had a slightly easier 21-8 game as his opponent, Emma Massey-Jones of Newport, struggled to reach on a slowing green.

“At the same time Susie (Bowring) was out-scoring Joe Killen (Shifnal) to win 21-12.

“Well done to all participants and congratulations to Harry on successfully defending the title.”

Church, a pupil at Ercall Wood who lives at Arleston in Wellington, received the trophy from league chairman Sean Round after organiser Phil King had thanked the host club, the sponsor, the young bowlers and parents for their support.

Quarter-final scores: Emma Massey-Jones 21 E Davies 10, Harry Church 21 Tom Killen 20, Susie Lawson 21 Olivia Turner 6; Joe Killen had a bye.  

2014
Harry Church celebrated being selected for Shropshire’s junior team for the first time by winning this title – on the green where he will make his debut.

The Sinclair youngster won the league’s Under-15 Merit at Hadley USC, the setting for his county under-18 debut in the home leg of the May 11 clash with the Potteries.

Church raced into a 12-5 lead against Emma Massey-Jones of Newport on Sunday, April 27, and held on the win the shield with a 21-13 card.

He defeated Tom Killen of Shifnal 21-9 in his semi-final while Emma was beating Tom’s brother and clubmate Joe – also counting down to his county debut at Hadley - 21-16.

Seven youngsters contested the title from 12 noon and the trophy was presented by league chairman Sean Round.

Quarter-final scores: Tom Killen (bye), Holly Rosser (Shifnal) 5 Harry Church (Sinclair) 21; Ellie Davies (Newport) 10, Emma Massey-Jones (Newport) 21; Joe Killen (Shifnal) 21 Charlie Steventon (Shifnal) 11.

2013
Aaron King literally towered over his rivals in winning the Molson Coors Mid Shropshire League’s Under-15 Merit.
The six footer, who now bowls for Bowring, got his hands on the trophy at St Georges – but only after producing a huge comeback to beat Shifnal young gun Liam Boot 21-19 in the final.

It was a showdown on Thursday night (June 13) that was slightly delayed as Liam ate his late tea from a nearby chip shop.

“We don't know what they put on them but they appeared to have a dramatic effect!” said referee Mike Potter as Liam – who had only just pipped Harry Church of Sinclair 21-20 in his semi-final – raced 11-2 up.

A succession of six inch bowls along the edges of the green took Liam to 16-5 ahead after just 11 ends, before the tide turned dramatically. Aaron got in and changed the mark to a similar length, but across the middle of the green, and produced a stunning run to power into a 20-18 lead.

Minutes later the Shropshire junior team regular delivered a perfectly weighted bowl that squeezed between two shorter bowls and gently kissed the jack to give a relieved Aaron the title after what all agreed was an excellent final.

Competitons secretary Phil King – Aaron’s proud father - presented the shield to his son, the trophy having been won by Aaron’s older brother Jamie in 2009.

Ten youngsters took part and in his semi-final Aaron had romped past Sophie Stanley of Shifnal’s blossoming junior section 21-2.

Quarter-final scores: Sophie Stanley 21 Tom Killen (Shifnal) 20, Sophie Massey-Jones (Newport) 6 Aaron King 21, Holly Rosser (Shifnal) 12 Liam Boot 21, Harry Church 21 Joe Killen (Shifnal) 4.
 
 
2012 FINAL
 
Jack Anson won this title on Thursday, June 28, on the small green at St Georges.
 
The Newport youngster beat Jamie Fletcher 21-19 in the final, producing a superb bowl when the Sir John Bayley bowler lay game-on after he had been 11-2 up and then 19-11 down.
 
In the semi-finals Jack beat last year's winner Jodie Rutter of Wrockwardine Wood 21-19 while Jamie - who lost with clubmate Ben Hudson in the final of the Under-18 Doubles six days earlier - defeated Shifnal's Holly Rosser 21-12. 
 
Organiser Phil King played the competition all on one night and was happy with 12 entries, one less than last year. But the failure by some bowlers to observe the required dress code was yet again a cause for disappointment. 
  
2011 FINAL
 
Jodie Rutter emerged as the winner after a competition played all on one night - Thursday, June 30 - at Bowring with a 6.30pm start.
 
Victory crowned a fine season for the Wrockwardine Wood youngster who featured in Mid Shropshire's domination of the Shropshire junior inter-league championship in Wem and the Under-18 Merit.
 
The league's junior inter-league selector and county youth official Colin Rudrum made the presentations after Jodie beat clubmate Philip Jones 21-20 in a fine final, battling back from 9-3 down.
 
A total of 13 players entered and in the semi-finals Jodie beat Liam Boot of Shifnal 21-6 while Philip defeated Aaron King of Hadley USC to 15.
 
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