Special Report on Victoria Members at Westons Open Bowls Tournament
Victoria Bowling Club members at the Weston super Mare Open Bowling Tournament in Clarence Park enjoyed one of their best years results with 1 Winners Trophy , 2 Runners Up Trophies, 2 Semi Finalists and a Quarter Finalist. In the Sunday Triples, Team Stocker, Mike with sons Nathan and Lee won the Trophy making Mike a very proud dad, particularly as Nathan had only returned to bowling this year after a 12 year absence and Lee has been bowling for just 8 weeks, Mike’s 14 year old grandson Sam is already receiving coaching at Victoria so the plan is for a Team Stocker to enter the Gala Fours in 2014. Colin Gazzard and Mike Cooper won their Pairs semi final on the last end by 1 shot but despite a great comeback in the final from 21-14 down theiropponents won the match with the final wood. Victoria’s Lee Stocker and Dave Fairhurst were part of the rink that had a great run to the final of the Gala Fours but this year had to settle for a well deserved Runners Up Trophy. Colin Gazzard and Mike Cooper teamed up with Pete Wyatt and enjoyed a good run in the Triples until losing in the Semi Finals in what was a close match until their opponents took charge in the closing ends. Mike Stocker joined his son Nathan in the Pairs winning well in the rounds until their defeat in the Semi Final. Nathan Stocker with his girlfriend partner Tiffany Ellis who had only just taken up the game in the last few weeks reached the Quarter Finals of the Mixed Pairs. Beric Saward, Victoria President was delighted that 9 of Victoria’s entrants to the competition returned with awards and the other members enjoyed their participation and their own successes.