Bowls: Thongsbridge take county bowls title

THONGSBRIDGE are on the verge of an incredible treble.

THONGSBRIDGE are on the verge of an incredible treble.

Not only have they won the Yorkshire Cup for the first time in their history and taken the tough Mirfield League First Division title for the second year running, but they look in an unassailable position in the Huddersfield League’s Subscription Cup.

This is despite losing the top-of-the-table clash to current champions Netherton Con 9-7. Netherton had seven winners but failed to achieve the two points for the aggregate score.

So Thongsbridge have a 10-point lead with two matches to play and that will be very difficult for anyone to overturn.

Considering they are the first Yorkshire Cup winners from Huddersfield since HC&AC in 1976 – they beat Spen Victoria at Cleckheaton Sports with eight winners to four, and those losers dropping only eight chalks between them – and already have the presitigious Mirfield title under their belt again, Thongsbridge are clearly looking a club on the up.

That’s especially so as their women are not to be outdone.

The ladies first team have won Section B in the Huddersfield Ladies Bowling League and achieved promotion to the top flight, while the second team finished third in their division.

The Works League team, who play under the banner of Pearce Displays, have also won promotion to the first tier.

There’s even more success at the club with the male veterans teams.

Anyone over the age of 62 is qualified to play in the vets, with the 10-man teams playing on Tuesday afternoons and the 6-man teams on Mondays.

Thongsbridge have two teams on each of those days and their first team in the 10-man league head the Second Division, and the other teams are all in respectable positions in their respective leagues.

In all, the Holme Valley club put out 14 teams during the summer months.

In addition, club members Philip and Val Schofield play host to 20 or so members of U3A every Wednesday morning, who enjoy both the physical and social side of bowling.

In April next year, the club are planning a series of welcome days for people who would like to take up what is a very convivial sport.

All abilities will be welcomed, and all age groups from juniors of nine up to veterans and all will be encouraged.

There will also be special offers for new members in 2012 and contact details for the club can be found on Kirklees Council’s community web pages.

 

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