Tod Park success at Old Town Triples day

The winning Todmorden Park team
The winning Todmorden Park team

OLD Town Bowling Club staged its annual Centenary Triples Competition on Sunday, sponsored by Lloyds TSB.

Twenty teams, representing clubs from Hove Edge, Brighouse, to Todmorden Park, made the most of the sunny conditions.

The round robin stage saw strong performances from Akroydon Victoria, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden Park, Greenroyd and two teams from both Luddenden Foot and Sowerby West End all battling through to the knockout stages.

The “round of death” quarter finals played over six ends saw exits for Greenroyd and Alwyn Guide’s West End team.

Two previous winners of the competition Gordon Halliday’s Acky Vics team and Paul Fisher’s ‘Foot team also had early exits and were able to spend more time supporting the bar.

In the semi-finals the last four triples, from West End, Todmorden Park, Luddenden Foot and Hebden Bridge split into pairs and singles to continue the struggle.

This brought an impressive individual performance from Foot’s young Charlie Holt-Conway, shouldering the responsibility placed on him by beating Clint Young 21-20.

Charlie’s team mates Fiona Fisher and Nikki Conway edged their way to a 15-13 victory over Gary Timewell and Christine Brennend to secure their place in the final.

In the other semi-final West End’s Brendan Malone and Adam Schofield powered their way to a 15-13 defeat of Todmorden Park’s John Hartley and John Simpson but that was insufficient to outweigh their team-mate, Denis Hartley’s defeat at the hands of Derek Senior by a convincing 21-12 margin.

The final started as an even-handed affair with Charlie Holt-Conway trading blows with the experienced Derek Senior in their singles game and holding Des to 5-7 lead at the 10th end.

Fiona and Nikki were similarly holding the two Todmorden Park men to a one point lead, 5-6 at the eighth end. The enthusiastic crowd saw a dramatic change in fortunes as the Tod Park men held the jack in both the singles and the doubles games.

Des Senior, bowling a pegging mark over the crown, held the jack for nine ends and built a huge lead and ran out a 21-6 winner in the singles game.

John Hartley and John Simpson gained the jack in the ninth end and held it for four ends to reach 13-5 eventually winning their pairs game by a comfortable 15-6 margin.

Club Secretary Derek Williamson, presented the trophy and prizes and thanked the sponsors and Old Town volunteers.