St Albans host annual gala

St Albans & Harpenden Review: St Albans hosted their annual gala St Albans hosted their annual gala

The 26th annual gala took place at St Albans Bowling Club last week.

It was officially opened by Jacy Farrer, the ladies captain who handed over to the gala organiser Jill Morris.

Two teams vied for the runners-up position. Both teams had equal points and shots; they also had an equal number of winning ends. It was declared a draw for Beech Hill and Kodak Ladies. The winners were a team from Harpenden featuring Pauline Taylor, Avery Hills, Beryl Birch and skip Lucy Ratcliffe.

The sum of £62 was raised by the Spider. The winner of the Spider was Jean Huggins of Beech Hill BC. The money raised is to go to the lady captain’s charity IMAGINE. This is a capacity building charitable organisation working in the region of Ka Tembe, Mozambique for social improvement in the area. 

St Albans men recorded a midweek win in the District Club League against Potters Bar winning 88-72.

St Albans won on three of the four rinks giving them 65 points to Potters Bar’s 15. The top rink for St Albans was Phil Macarthur, Bob Pomeroy, John Bartlett and Keith Titmus (32-14).

St Albans ladies played Welwyn & District in the County League winning 36-8. The team was Brenda Pitkin, Eileen Englebright, Joyce Wilson and Jill Morris.

St Albans ladies played in the District Friendly League against Batchwood and were beaten 55-46. 

The top rink for St Albans was Margaret Christy, Jean Budd, Diana Tribe and Sybil Steers (18-15).

St Albans men played Welwyn Garden City in the District Triples League. The home team lost 25-11 and the away team lost 19-14.

St Albans played their Top 10 match against Harpenden. Ken Budd won his singles 21-16 against Noel Roberts. Alan Turner and Dave Kiff won their pairs 21-15 against Kevin Brazier and David Brooks. The triples lost 32-10 and the fours lost 24-17. The result was 2-2 but Harpenden won on shot difference.

At the weekend St Albans played Kitcheners and lost 87-64. St Albans' top rink was David McManus, Sybil Steers, Jacy Farrer and Ken Budd (25-11). On Sunday St Albans ladies lost to Welwyn Garden City 41-31 in the District Friendly League.

Pauline Gardiner and Tricia Gascoine played Linda Newby and Linda Brooks of Harpenden in the third round of the county pairs competition. The St Albans pair stayed in touch for the first third of the game but Harpenden gradually drew away and had a very good 27-14 win.

Pauline Gardiner and Tricia Gascoine played the preliminary round of the St Albans & District Pairs Competition against Joyce Terry and Sue Allen of Harperbury.

It was a friendly but closely-fought game throughout with a score of 18-18 on the 21st end. An extra end had to be played to decide the winner and St Albans scored two shots to edge home 20-18.

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