Indalo Bowling Club
VETERANS DEFY THEIR YEARS
The Indalo Bowling Club Veteran Singles competition attracted an entry of 35 energetic over 68 year olds which says a lot for the benefits of the gentle exercise of bowling. Quite a few of the competitors were over 70 and they looked highly capable of coping with the 21 shots needed to win a match. An occasional malfunctioning hearing aid but not a walking stick in sight!
The competition was fiercely contested and one of the highlights was Helen Horton who, against the odds, reached the quarter finals where she played her husband David (President of the Club). After a good start David was totally outplayed by Helen who won 21 to 4, much to the delight of the watching crowd who appreciated her good play under pressure.
The semi finals were contested by stalwarts of the Club John Dedman against John Mannall. John Dedman had ‘one of those days’ and lost 21 to 4 and Helen put up a good fight but eventually lost to the experience of Mo de Boer 21 to 9.
The final was a very close match-up on paper and John started off very well but Mo crept back end by end from being 9 to 14 down to win the match 21 to 15 with some really steady and clever play. The trophy was presented by Dave Ebdon, Club Captain, who said it had been a really enjoyable match to watch for the spectators even though the weather was a bit nippier than usual. Celebration drinks followed to warm a few aching joints!
Feliz Navidad to everyone from the Indalo Bowling Club, especially our new members and a toast or two to 2016!
Report by Carolyn Micklefield