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Wales Juniors Lose Narrowly to Shropshire

Thanks to David Matthias for this report from the home leg at Caernarfon BC;

As the Immediate Past Welsh CGBA President and the Welsh Junior Team Coordinator, I was at the sunbathed Caernarfon Bowling Club today, for Wales’s last Junior Match of the 2022 Drakes Pride Junior County Championship season
And what a marvellous sight it was to see so, so many parents, relatives, friends and supporters at the greenside today in support of both teams.
With the very strong Yorkshire Junior Team having already been crowned County Champions, the Home and Away Welsh Junior Teams, were today battling it out against two strong Shropshire Home and Away Teams, for the Runners Up spot. And Wales had high hopes, after beating the Staffordshire Juniors last month.
One notable change in the Welsh Team, being the inclusion of Catrin Griffiths (Bethesda) for her first and last match for the Junior Team. As she, Sion Bell, Sion Wynne Hughes, Finley Hombrey and James Todd had now crossed the 18 years of age threshold.
So on behalf of the Welsh CGBA, I would like to thank Catrin, but more especially the two Sion’s, Finley and James, for their efforts in playing for the Welsh Junior Team over the last 5/6 years. And not forgetting, of course, 2022 Welsh Junior Champion, Ryan P Williams (Penmaenmawr), who wasn’t playing today, but is also now 18. And of course, as I do not know them personally, my thanks also go to any players, in the Welsh Away Team, who have now attained the age of 18.
The Shropshire Team showed one change to the printed programme, with Joseph Pullen replacing Finn Leonard, who in fact was today playing for England’s Hockey Team. Wow !!.
As Officer in Charge, I had the privilege of welcoming the current British CGBA President, Ken Howarth, to the match
In the Final Analysis, the result of the overall two matches, was very, very close.
At home, The Welsh Team drew the games 6/6, but lost the aggregate by 14 points (193/207). And away, the Welsh Team lost the games 5/7, but won the aggregate by 7 points (228/221).
So overall, a 7 point aggregate win for Shropshire.
I won’t single out any individual performances, but allow you to view the two match result sheets attached.
The Welsh Player of the Match award went to Daniel Owen and the Shropshire Player of the Match award went to Camilla Parsonage.

Congratulations both.
In my final speech, I made thanks to the following:
The Caernarfon Bowling Club for allowing the Wales CGBA to host the match on their green
To Neil Williams (Green Keeper) for providing a lovely surface to play on.
To Neil again and the three ladies in the kitchen, for keeping everyone supplied with hot and cold drinks and food throughout the afternoon.
To Ken Howarth for making the long trip from Cumbria to be at the match.
To the Welsh CGBA Officials who attended the match – Peter Higham (and wife Jeanette), Deputy President Jack Hunt, CEO – Trevor Clarke and as ever, the lovely Duscia Price.
To the Welsh CGBA Officials, I usually never see on match days, as they are usually at the other Away or Home Venue to me, namely, Welsh Patron John Percy, President Simon Walker, Tournament Officer / Past President Dave Walker and Past President Sandra West. Apologies if I have inadvertently forgotten to name someone else.
To the three Match Day Referee’s – D.T. Evans – Allan Davies and Ian Black.
To the three Welsh Team Managers – Dave Jones – Peter Griffiths and Jeff Pugh.
To Amelia Northops Dad who raised over £80 on the Match Day Raffle
To “Rachel” – Dave Jones partner, for making the lovely Match Day Refreshments for 40 plus, Guests, Officials, Referee’s and players.
To the many, many, parents, relatives, friends and supporters, who made it such a sight to behold around the green.
And although I didn’t mention him in my address, I would like to personally thank the Welsh CGBA Finance Officer, Peter Scott, who is always supportive of any requests made, by myself or Dave, for transport and refreshment outlay charges.
So finally at the end of another Junior Campaign Season, I would like to thank both sets of Welah players, Home and Away and “the reserves”, who have turned out three times this season against Yorkshire – Staffordshire and Shropshire and given of their all, when wearing the red shirt of Wales.
But of course it would be remiss of me not to congratulate Shropshire on their win, albeit very close, today. Well done to both sets of players.
Hopefully I see many of you again at the start of the 2023 Drakes Pride County Championship Season.

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