Tom makes dad proud

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TOM McGuin­ness showed he had in­her­ited his fa­ther’s DNA at the English Bowls As­so­ci­a­tion Bucks County fi­nals over the week­end.

Old­est son of Eng­land in­ter­na­tional and Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­ist John (pic­tured), McGuin­ness came back with two ti­tles, nar­rowly miss­ing out on a third on what was a great few days for Ger­rards Cross Bowls Club.

McGuin­ness faced club-mate Michael Gomme in the U25 sin­gles fi­nal, com­ing out on top in a tightly fought en­counter.

He then teamed up with Ge­orge Reid to take the pairs crown, the duo be­com­ing inau­gu­ral win­ners of a new tro­phy ded­i­cated to the late Eric Smith, for­mer pres­i­dent of Ger­rards Cross, whose wife Mary was on hand to present the award.

The trio of McGuin­ness, Gomme and Reid then pooled their re­sources in a bid for the triples crown, but found them­selves al­ways play­ing catch up and un­able to reel in the more ex­pe­ri­enced triple from Chan­dos Park.

The tri­umphs kept com­ing for Cross though, with Kirk Smith car­ry­ing off the most pres­ti­gious prize of all, that of county sin­gles cham­pion, af­ter de­feat­ing Chris Stonell of High Wy­combe.

But the fours crown proved just out of reach for skip­per Richard Reid and team­mates David Ross, Wayne Richard­son and David Simp­son, who had to set­tle for sec­ond place be­hind Ayles­bury BC.

Else­where, in the Na­tional Top Club com­pe­ti­tion, Ger­rards Cross trav­elled to Carter­ton and got off to a bad start los­ing both the two woods and the four woods sin­gles, be­fore pulling back to all square by win­ning the pairs and fours.

The de­cid­ing triples went to the last wood of the last end, but the re­sult did not favour the Cross and they bowed out of the com­pe­ti­tion with a 3-2 de­feat.

Mean­while, in the Bucks league, there were wins for all three Ger­rards Cross teams this week with the Swans de­feat­ing Slough 32-9 to re­main top of their di­vi­sion, the Era­sures beat­ing Burn­ham 23-9 to stay sec­ond and the All­sorts mov­ing to the top of their di­vi­sion with a fine 15-11 win over Iver Heath.

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