Tournament brings out the best
Hosts Tenterden produced a rare ‘hot shot’ in the club’s own mixed triples tournament on Saturday. The trio of Gill Hawkes, Carol James and Malcolm Nelmes, one of four teams fielded by the home club, achieved the feat – a maximum of nine shots – on the jack. Another home trio, Judith Pickford, Janet Tidd and Tom Purvis, finished runners-up on 25 points – four behind winners Iden. The event, sponsored by Whites Jewellers of Tenterden, involved 10 clubs and 16 teams, each playing four games. Nelmes won the ‘spider’ – a competition where each player bowls from the perimeter of the green to the jack in the middle. Meanwhile, Tenterden lost 71-51 in a four-rink triples at Rye.
Ashford Town players were involved in four divisional finals this week. Former Kent under-25 champion Paul Woolford won his Division 4 singles final at Deal Victoria on Monday, before joining up with Shaun Woolford and Josh Pounds in the triples at Aylesham yesterday (Wednesday). Charlie Draper lines up in the unbadged singles final at Minster today (Thursday), while Town have again reached the fours final. Paul and Shaun Woolford, Josh Illman and Bradley Pounds play at Canterbury today. Shaun Woolford has been awarded his county badge after winning the unbadged singles title last year Town are third in the Forest of Blean Mixed Tripled League after a 113-107 win at Whitstable. Alfie Draper, Ian Payne and skip John Sadler were the highest scoring rink with a 37-5 win. Town beat Herne Bay 120-101 in the East Kent Mixed Triples League but lost 56-90 in a friendly at Lyminge.
Ashford Rail won both matches in the Bert Cox county competition. The A team beat Wear Bay, while the B side defeated Chislet. Rail ladies went out of the National Top Club Championship, losing two-and-ahalf to one-and-a-half against Lenham. Rail A lost their National Two Fours match against Folkestone Park.
Tenterden’s Gill Hawkes at the club’s mixed triples tournament