David Hagley, Monday, 15 January 2018
Three teams of three rinks of fours (3's, 5s and Sixes) battled it out for the George Griffith Trophy against Newport on a very, very hot and windy Saturday 13th January.
At the end of a difficult day, the score was a 173 shot draw and St Ives retained the trophy for another year as we were the current title holders. At Newport our grade 3 team ended up with a rink and a half each but the home team prevailed by 10 shots on the main board. The 5s played at home and won the big board by 4 shots, again 1 win rink a draw and a loss to both clubs and the 6s, at Newport again, were winners 2 rinks to 1, with a 6 shot winning margin to complete the drawn Trophy event. 173 shots a piece - 4 wins, 2 drawn and 3 loss rinks to St Ives versus 3 wins, 2 drawn and 4 losses to Newport in a keenly contested event.
As one of the bright sparks said as he trudged wearily out of the gate after being advised of the Trophy draw ... "We really didn't have to play the game at all. We could have been sitting in air conditioned splendour sipping on a couple of beers all afternoon!" But ....... that's not how it works!
All in all a good start to the season
And, can I remind all bowlers to ensure that they are well hydrated before and during bowls in these heat wave conditions. Your health and safetly is the club's primary concern.