2017 Junior Match Reports

2nd Match Day - Sunday 11th June at Papworth

A larger contingent of Juniors in their new club shirts turned out for the team with H&W BC stickers on their bowls. 

6 boys & girls from our two local primaries with 5 making their debut after only 1-3 bowls sessions. Everyone played with some mix and match between playing positions, a team consisting of a Triples (in this league we are allowed to exchange players at any time during a match). An old hand Katie Robinson having played on the 13th May after just 2 sessions stepped up to skip in her 2 sessions and showed how well she is starting to understand the game. Both Jack Challinder and Toby Radwell had one session as skip and the other as lead or No. 2. Poppy Cursley, Bea Brown and Evie Mackie played as either lead or No. 2. It was so good to hear the support they gave to each other and they never stopped trying despite being well beaten by Buckden and less so by Sawtry 1. The final scores are irrelevant as they would not reflect the whole teams' desire to give their all.  And finally a big thank you to all the parents who brought the children and stayed to support them.

1st Match Day - Saturday 13th May at Needingworth

We were really stretched to put out a team for this first match day but all we needed was 3 willing Juniors who we found with Freddie Lowe, Aidan Lucking (both Houghton) and Katie Robinson (Wyton on the Hill). The day stayed dry and reasonably warm throughout the playing day.

Half way through, from L to R, Freddie, Aidan & Katie
Our first match was against Papworth, last year's League winners and on average 5 years older. A tough start but I was allowed on the rink to help and our squad did really well. They even held 5 shots on one end until with his last bowl the Papworth skip came in for shot. Our team was a worthy runner up and gained admirers. The Papworth boys predicted that Freddie would become a national Champion one day if he kept up the sport. What an accolade!

Pink & Blue junior bowls of H&W dominated this end before the skips delivered
 After a hotdog and garlic bread lunch the team played Needingworth 2 and again put up a good fight and came second! Aidan went up to skip and showed he has the capacity to steer his team to make the correct shot. Katie scored the winning shot on the last end which put a big smile on her face. What a day to remember as she had never delivered a bowl up the rink before having just had 2 coaching sessions learning the basics about holding the bowl, understanding the bias, rolling through markers and at skittles.

Well done team as it was a tough day with 2 x 12 end matches. Thank you to the mums for your support, Tara, Helen, Nina & Kim. Next match is Saturday 10th June at Papworth, 10.30 start and a two game format yet again. We expect to take a bigger squad next time so that we can rest players as the rules allow us to swap at any time during a match. Spectators very welcome.