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.