We’re alright Jack, Egham Top the lot
COCK-A-HOOP Egham Bowls Club have succeeded on the big stage with a thrilling National Top Club Trophy triumph. The ladies were defeated last year in the final-two showdown so were delighted to go one step further in lifting the prize for the first time in their history. “Every club in the country can enter the Top Club competition and it is a hard one to win,” said Charlotte Emanuel, a member of the triples. “We play four disciplines, a singles, a pairs, a triples and a fours. “You have to try to win as many disciplines as possible but if it is tied 2-2 then the shots are totalled and the team with the highest number of shots wins. “We played 11 games in total, six within the county and then two inter-county rounds before moving up to Leamington Spa for the finals weekend.” Egham played Kings BC (Torquay, Devon) in the quarter-final where the fours had a magnificent win of 39-6, leading them to an overall 90-69 success. In the semi-final Egham faced Broadway BC from Worcester and this time it was their triples, including Emanuel, who led the way with a 31-7 triumph. With a total winning score of 93-69, the Runnymede outfit were through to battle it out for the top prize. Saffrons BC from Eastbourne stood in their way – winners in 2011. Again, a brilliant performance from the squad – in particular the triples winning 32-8 – meant an overall score of 84-57 and that historic success. “I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of the whole club for either playing or supporting us throughout the whole season,” enthused Emanuel. “We started this campaign in early May and now five months later that hard work has paid off.” Egham’s team for Leamington was: Singles, Doreen Hankin; pairs, Norma Beales and Pauline Clark; triples, Rachel Winter, Charlotte Emanuel, Debbie Sarratt and fours, Kelly McCarthy, Inger Newman, Kelly Jenkins and Pam Garden. Reserves were Glenda Dexter and Anne Pickin.
Meanwhile, Sarratt has been awarded a national trial. “She thoroughly deserves this as she is an absolutely gifted player and one of the nicest people to play alongside,” added Emanuel. “I really hope she makes it into the England team.” With the county side winning the National Double Rink (Walker Cup) Trophy, and the Surrey U31s narrowly losing their national final, Egham’s feat has added to an amazing season for Surrey bowls.
Champions: Egham Bowls Club celebrate their success in Leamington.