A number of Harpole members have entered the Bowls Northamptonshire Competition and Northamptonshire Short Mat Competitions . To improve your game you need to practice and pit yourshelf against experienced players which is what these players are doing.
2021/22 Short Mat County games
In the mixed pairs Wendy Kean and Mike Edwards got through the group stages. In the quarter final they were beaten by the same pair who beat them in final of the same competition just before covid struck. .
The 0ver 55 fours Short Mat competition Harpole were represented by Ed & Mary Carter with Wendy and Mike. They were drawn in a very strong group consisting of a team who have represented England. They didn’t manage to get through the group stages but did manage to win one game and go very close in two others.
An inaugural ladies singles competition was introduced in the 2021/22 season. Two players from Harpole took part, Mary Carter and Wendy Kean. Unfortunately both were drawn in the same group but Mary went very close to being runner up in the group but just missed out on going through. Wendy however did go through and them won her semi final on the very last wood of an extra end as the scores were tired after the 9 ends. In the final she meet Margaret Jones who has represented England. Wendy lost but it was a very tight game.
Full results can be found on the Northampton Short Mat site. http://www.nsmba.co.uk
2021 Outdoor Season
The competition entered by the ladies in 2021 includes singles and over 55’s singles, pairs and fours.
The men have entered singles, pairs, triples, fours and over 55’s fours.
Results from all these games are as follows:-
The men’s triples the team of Kevin Mace, Ed Carter and Mike Edwards lost to a team from Wootton Grange 23:12
The ladies pairs team of Mary Carter and Wendy Kean on a very wet Friday afternoon won their 1st game 20:14 to a team from Kingsthorpe. In the next round, on a much more pleasant morning at Kingsthorpe, they played a very experienced pair where they lost but really enjoyed the game.
Mike Edwards lost his singles match to a player from Abington 22:16 on a lovely May evening (yes we did have one) It was a very close match up until the final 3 ends.
Wendy Kean and Mike Edwards played a mixed pairs match against a pair from Kingsthorpe on another lovely Thursday evening and despite putting up a good fight they finally lost by 6 shots.
Mary Carter, Ed Carter and Wendy Kean all played in their respective singles matches. All 3 played against very experienced players including a player who has represented the county. They were all beaten but gained valuable experience and will return next year to hopefully go further in the completion.
Ed Carter and Cliff Pearce played a pairs match against a pair from our local rivals Kislingbury but after a good game lost. Kevin and Mike also played a pairs match against a team from Abington and lead for the first 14 ends but finally lost on the 17th end. After the game they discovered that one of their opponents has been to 23 national completion’s!!
SO SO CLOSE…… In the over 55’s men’s competition The Harpole 4 went into the last end all level. With one bowl left to be bowled by their opponents, Whyte Melville, Harpole were holding 3 shots. The final bowl of the game was delivered by the opponents skip and he managed to take shot so the game went Whyte Melville on the very final shot of the game.
The same 4 players also entered the men’s fours (not over 55’s although the Harpole 4 are all JUST over that age) and played Northampton Express. This game wasn’t quite so close Harpole losing 17:11
The ladies fours team played against a team from Abbey Park who proved to be tough opponent’s who ran out winners but the ladies enjoyed the experience.
All of those players from Harpole are very new to the game and all came up against players who have been playing for many more years and although results have, in the main, been negative, all of the players have gained valuable experience for the coming years. All the players involved learnt from far more experienced players and will return next year better players, having entered these completions.
All county results can be found on the Bowls Northampton web site. http://www.bowlsnorthamptonshire.co.uk