Dell-ightful lunch for bowlers
Wymondham Dell BC players collected the fruits of a successful season at the Norfolk County EBA Bowls Association presentation lunch. Pairs champions John Ottaway and Roger Guy were presented with the W T George Trophy by Carla Gowing, solicitor of sponsors Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers, and EBA president Trevor Webb.
Wymondham Dell BC players collected the fruits of a successful season at the Norfolk County EBA Bowls Association presentation lunch.
Pairs champions John Ottaway and Roger Guy were presented with the W T George Trophy by Carla Gowing, solicitor of sponsors Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers, and EBA president Trevor Webb. Ottaway - who continued to play for England throughout the season - also received the runners-up award in the singles championship.
Another highlight of the season saw Wymondham Dell's Guy brothers - Roger, Kevin and Greg - represent Norfolk in national pairs, triples and fours championships.
South Norfolk side Gissing also tasted EBA success this season, as runners-up to Cawston in the W P Baker Cup and as winners of their zone.
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Guests at the presentation lunch, held at Norwich's Holiday Inn, included Dennis Cousins, president of Bowls England, and from the sponsors Hansells, Roger Holden, managing partner, Nick Harvey, senior partner, Hugh Lansdell, partner, and solicitor, Carla Gowing.
'This has been the seventh year we have sponsored the Norfolk EBA - and once again we have been delighted to witness first hand the wonderful friendly spirit with which the county's bowls players do battle. You are a huge credit to your sport and association, and wonderful ambassadors for the county of Norfolk.' said Mr Holden.
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He also thanked the EBA for the social evening of bowls tuition and a buffet that its executive put on for senior members of Hansells staff at Wymondham Dell during the season, commenting: 'We now know how deceptive the apparent ease with which you practise your art really is!'
Norfolk EBA president Trevor Webb was full of praise for the support given by Hansells, not only financially but in giving Norfolk bowls the prestigious boast that they are backed by one of East Anglia's foremost and highly-respected law firms.
'The immense support Hansells give us is absolutely vital. The financial backing keeps us solvent - and is a lifeline to smaller clubs within the league,' said Mr Webb.
'During my year as president I have witnessed just how genuine that interest is as Hansells have come along to support a number of special events. It is always a delight to see them present giving encouragement.'
Mr Webb said the abiding memory he would take away from his year in office was the friendliness which abounded wherever he went in the county.
'I have made so many new friends this year I have lost count,' he said. 'I am now looking forward to meeting many of them again as I attend all the annual lunches and presentation events I have been invited to!
It had been an extra special year for Mr Webb as his wife Christine has served as president of the women's county bowls association. It has certainly added extra spice to the annual fixture between Norfolk's men and women bowlers…won this year by the men.And Mr Webb had a further word of praise for the generosity with which the county had embraced his appeal for the year - �2,407 had been raised for the Norfolk Heart Trust.
Norfolk County EBA Bowls Association Roll of Honour
Hansells Solicitors League Cup
Winners County Arts B, Runners-up Caister
Semi-finalists County Arts C and King's Lynn
Singles Championship (Sir Henry N Holmes Trophy)
Winner George Tubby (Acle St Edmunds), Runner-up John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)
Pairs Championship (W T George Trophy)
Winners Roger Guy, John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell), Runners-up David Naunton, John George (Norfolk Bowling Club)
Triples Championship (Arthur Bush Cup)
Winners Charles West, Chris Willgress and Wayne Willgress (Norfolk Bowling Club), Runners-up Greg Guy, Kevin Guy and Roger Guy (Wymondham Dell)
Fours Championship (R G Pilch Cup)
Winners John Sewell, Derek Kellow, Robert Aves and Peter Boldero (Downham Market), Runners-up Adrian Fox, Greg Guy, Kevin Guy and Roger Guy (Wymondham Dell)
Under 25s Championship (Horace Leech Memorial Trophy)
Winner Jamie Chestney (Hunstanton), Runner-up Jake Willgress (Norfolk Bowling Club)
Club Championship (Bales Cup)
Winners County Arts, Runners-up Downham Market BC
Double Fours Championship (Lord Fermoy Cup)
Winners County Arts, Runners-up Acle St Edmunds
Mixed Fours Championship (A Jermy Cup)
Winners G W Staniforth, Runners-up Norfolk Bowling Club
Premier Zone (Cromer Cup)
Winners Acle St Edmunds
W P Baker Cup
Winners Cawston, Runners-up Gissing
Central Thetford A, Thetford B, North Cawston A, County Arts B, East Freethorpe A, Caister, County Arts C, South Gissing A, Swardeston, West Gaywood Park, Northwold, King's Lynn.