Thanks to Mr David Matthias for the report below:
It was a early start for the Immediate Past Welsh President / Welsh Junior Team Coordinator, aka Dave Mathias, today, as he met up with Dave Jones, the Joint Welsh Junior Team Manager. Then it was onto the Abergele Bowling Club for today’s Drakes Pride Junior County Championship Home Match.
With the Welsh Junior Away Team, led by Joint Welsh Junior Manager Peter Griffiths, Selector Geoff Pugh, President Simon Walker and Past President Sandra West, heading for the Pennfield Bowling Club in Staffordshire.
Sadly at Abergele, with the Welsh Junior Team listing no changes, Staffordshire arrived with only 11 players and some very young and inexperienced Junior bowlers as well. But a commendable effort, all the same, by the Staffordshire Team Manager, to bring a team to Abergele to fulfill the fixture.
It was very pleasing to see a large crowd of home supporters at Abergele, including Welsh CGBA Officials, John Percy (Patron), Jack Hunt (Deputy President), Duscia Price – Ken Hardman (Past President’s), Peter Higham, and as ever his lovely wife Jeanette, (Past British and Welsh President). Also pleasing to see a large number of Llanfair BC members in attendance, supporting the six Llanfair Academi players in the Welsh Team.
It ended up being a great result for both the Home and Away Welsh Junior Teams.
At home winning the matches 10/2 ( which sadly of course include one 21/0 walk over) and plus 104 on the combined aggregate (234 / 130)
And the away team winning their matches 8/4 and plus 48 on the combined aggregate (214 / 166)
So overall a plus 152 point win for Wales, which will increase their confidence in readiness for a much harder match, no doubt, next month against the Shropshire Junior Team.
The Player of the Match for Wales at Abergele, going to Welsh Junior Team debutante Jac Bailey of the Llanfair Academi Bowling Club, who came from 0/8 and 2/10 down to beat his opponent 21/12. Jac of course also in 2019, being crowned a World Junior Yachting Champion in Sweden.
As Junior Team Coordinator, I must thank the following:
The Abergele Bowling Club and their numerous members who today worked tirelessly serving the refreshments.
To the irreplaceable Duscia Price for organising the After Match Buffet, the Match Day Programmes and the numerous other jobs she always does, without complaint, at all manner of match or competition days.
To Delwyn Lewis (Gwynedd CGBA Treasurer) for selling the Match Day Programmes.
To Peter for selling the Match Day Raffle Tickets
To the three Match Day Referee’s – Allan Davies – Arthur Peake and Richard Hayward.
Nice also seeing and speaking with Richard’s son Zach at the match. Zach of course, an ex Welsh Junior player himself, but now a student at Cardiff University.
To all the parents and family members of both teams who made the effort to attend the match to support their children.
To Dave Jones – Peter Griffiths and Geoff Pugh for all the hours of hard hard, unsung work they do before, during and after these matches.
To the players of both teams, especially at Abergele, for giving of their all for their Counties.
To the very young, inexperienced Staffordshire Juniors who came to Abergele and no doubt feeling overawed, who tried their best and hopefully by playing today, it will drive them forward over the coming years to become better more experienced players and by doing so encourage more of their friends to take up the game of Crown Green Bowling
And my final thanks goes to Ryan P Williams of the Penmaenmawr Bowling Club, who today brought down the curtain on his Welsh Junior Playing Career, as he won’t be available for next months final match of the season against Shropshire. Ryan has been a wonderful ambassador for the Welsh Junior Team over the last 6/7 years, which has brought him many wins in the Welsh Shirt and also of course three Welsh Junior Merit Championships in 2019 – 2021 and 2022.
So big thanks from me Ryan for all you have done for Welsh Junior Bowling and hopefully the Welsh Senior Team Manager will have the same faith, I have in you, when he gives you the chance step up to play in the Welsh Men’s Team.
So well done to “all” the Welsh Juniors who played today.
Some photos from the day: