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06/19/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 06:40

England red hot at BIWBC Championships

ENGLAND RED HOT AT BIWBC CHAMPIONSHIPS

England dominated the British Isles Women's Bowls Council Championships this weekend at a sweltering Llandrindod Wells BC in Wales - securing four of the five titles on offer.

Devon's Sophie Tolchard and Natalie Chestney were successful in two Championships - together in the pairs, and with Kings BC club-mate Lorraine Hackett in the triples.

Trailing 0-12 after seven ends in their pairs semi-final encounter with Ireland's Cliodhna Eadie and Sandra Bailie, success was looking ominous, however the duo won 10 of the next 12 ends to lead 21-14 with just two ends to play, before eventually getting over the line by one shot.

The pairs final against Wales' daughter and mother combination Alis and Anwen Butten couldn't have started any differently to that of the semi-final. This time, the Devonians led 13-1 after six ends of play, and held a similar advantage for the majority of the contest - securing a 25-13 victory.

Tolchard and Chestney, sandwiching Hackett in the triples combination, faced a tough semi-final encounter against Jersey's Cathy Le Sueur, Eileen Vowden and Jackie Knight. With no more than four shots separating the teams at any stage in the contest, the match went all the way to an extra end with the English trio coming out on top. The triples final followed a similar vein as the pairs final. The English triple started brightly against Ireland's Chloe Watson, Eadie and Bailie, securing a 22-12 scoreline.

England's success in Wales continued in the fours with Surrey's Doreen Hankin, Glenda Dexter, Norma Beales and Pauline Clark. The Egham BC four comfortably defeated a Scotland rink 30-21 in the preliminary round, before an impressive 22-10 victory over the host nations' hopes in Kayleigh Morris, Jess Sims, Wendy Price and Betty Morgan MBE. The final, however, against Jersey's Tracey O'Connor, Chris Grimes, Katie Nixon and Rachel MacDonald, went all the way to an extra end. With both teams struggling to shrug off their opponents challenge throughout the match, and again, no more than four shots between the rinks during the match, it was the English outfit that secured the Championship.

England's final success came in the Senior Fours event where Carol Watson, Sue Willmott, Margaret Atkins and Shirley Foxwell from Lindfield BC in Sussex reached the final with narrow victories against Wales and Ireland. The quartet looked in control in the final against Jersey's Carol Le Goff, Joyce Laffolley, Carole Derrien and Margaret Breen, leading 18-7 at 14 ends, however lost the next five ends to lead by just two shots with two ends to play. Fortunately, the quartet picked up a crucial count of two shots on the 20th end, on the way to securing a 20-18 victory.

England's only disappointment came in the Singles, with Oxfordshire's Donna Knight losing 21-10 in the semi-final to Ireland's Bernie O'Neill.

Singles:
Semi-Final: Bernie O'Neill (Ireland) beat Donna Knight (England) 21-10
Semi-Final: Laura Daniels (Wales) beat Donna Fleming (Scotland) 21-13
Final: Laura Daniels (Wales) beat Bernie O'Neill (Ireland) 21-19

Pairs:
Prelim: Cliodhna Eadie and Sandra Bailie (Ireland) beat Sandra Steven and Kirsteen McLelland (Scotland) 17-15
Semi-Final: Alis Butten and Anwen Butten (Wales) beat Sheila McGinnigle and Chris Grimes (Jersey) 30-6
Semi-Final: Sophie Tolchard and Natalie Chestney (England) beat Cliodhna Eadie and Sandra Bailie (Ireland) 21-20
Final: Sophie Tolchard and Natalie Chestney (England) beat Alis Butten and Anwen Butten (Wales) 25-13

Triples:
Prelim: Morag Jones, June McLaughlin and Helen Nairn (Scotland) beat Kath Samuel, Marie Claire McCulloch and Kelly Packwood (Wales) 18-17
Semi-Final: Sophie Tolchard, Lorraine Hackett and Natalie Chestney (England) beat Cathy Le Sueur, Eileen Vowden and Jackie Knight (Jersey) 19-18 (AEE)
Semi-Final: Chloe Watson, Cliodhna Eadie and Sandra Bailie (Ireland) beat Morag Jones, June McLaughlin and Helen Nairn (Scotland) 15-14 (AEE)
Final: Sophie Tolchard, Lorraine Hackett and Natalie Chestney (England) beat Chloe Watson, Cliodhna Eadie and Sandra Bailie (Ireland) 22-12

Fours:
Prelim: Doreen Hankin, Glenda Dexter, Norma Beales and Pauline Clark (England) beat Helen Kelly, Doreen Hillen, Kay McHaffie and Susan Kelly (Scotland) 30-21
Semi-Final: Tracey O'Connor, Chris Grimes, Katie Nixon and Rachel MacDonald (Jersey) beat Sarah Kelly, Paula Russell-Toner, Margaret McNevin and Noeleen Kelly (Ireland) 26-9
Semi-Final: Doreen Hankin, Glenda Dexter, Norma Beales and Pauline Clark (England) beat Kayleigh Morris, Jess Sims, Wendy Price and Betty Morgan MBE (Wales) 22-10
Final: Doreen Hankin, Glenda Dexter, Norma Beales and Pauline Clark (England) beat Tracey O'Connor, Chris Grimes, Katie Nixon and Rachel MacDonald (Jersey) 17-16 (AEE)

Senior Fours:
Prelim: Carol Watson, Sue Willmott, Margaret Atkins and Shirley Foxwell (England) beat Heulwen Morgan, Sue Hough, Carol Molton and Anne Williams (Wales) 19-17
Semi-Final: Carol Watson, Sue Willmott, Margaret Atkins and Shirley Foxwell beat May McIlmoyle, Noelle Graham, Norma Marshall and Dessa Baird (Ireland) 17-11
Semi-Final: Carol Le Goff, Joyce Laffolley, Carole Derrien and Margaret Breen (Jersey) beat Susan Hutchinson, Joyce Paxton, Lynn Lamont and Louise Clark (Scotland) 20-14
Final: Carol Watson, Sue Willmott, Margaret Atkins and Shirley Foxwell (England) beat Carol Le Goff, Joyce Laffolley, Carole Derrien and Margaret Breen (Jersey) 20-18