FOR the first time in its 11-year history the Barrington Cup has been won by a team from Gloucester Bowling Club.
The club’s premier tournament attracted 28 teams from across the State with players vying for both the Cup and the Bucketts Shield.
Teams competed in six matches each over two days for the titles.
A total of 112 players started at 9am on Saturday and played three matches of men’s fours with the 14 top teams progressing to the Cup and the 14 remaining teams fighting out the Shield.
Seven local teams competed in this year’s
tournament with five teams qualifying for the top 14. In the Bucketts Shield competition, two local teams were well in contention after winning their first two matches but at the close of the
afternoon’s third match only Lu Urby’s team had three wins.
With a lesser total margin of victory, Lu’s team took second place, losing to a composite team from Rathmines and Wangi clubs led by Carl Milne.
In third place was a Forster Bowls Club team lead by Klaus Miraisch.
The Barrington Cup competition was tight and of high quality. Three Gloucester teams suffered losses in early games and when lunch was taken after two games only two local teams were in contention.
At the close of the third match, players had to wait while the scores and results were tallied and recorded.
History was made by the team of Toby Yates, Bruce Wilson, Mark Groves and Col Hebblewhite as they recorded six wins from six games to claim the Cup.
In second place was the Forster team led by Cliff Aitkins and in third position was the Tuncurry team led by Ray Purnell.
It adds to the titles already won by Col Hebblewhite and Bruce Wilson who won the club pairs and club triples with Toby.
Col also won the club major singles.
The $1000 prize draw donated by Leading Appliances was won by Tammy Collins.
Thanks to all the sponsors and the hardworking team led by Barry Wade, Bob Jones and Terry Davies.
Thanks also to the ladies of the Gloucester Ladies Bowls Club for preparing and serving meals and recording and compiling scores and results.