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Bowls Trio Enjoy British Isles Success
Friday, 29 June 2012
From left: Kath Blayney, Ann Lewis and Ceris Hewlings proudly show off their British Isles triples runners-up medals.
Congratulations to Kath Blayney, Ceris Hewlings and Ann Lewis of Saundersfoot Bowling Club, who came tantalisingly close to winning their first-ever British Isles title.
Winning the Welsh Women’s Bowling Association triples competition last September saw the trio represent their country in the British Isles Championships in Bangor, Northern Ireland, last week.
In the semi-final, they cruised to a 24-12 win over the Jersey champions, and in the final against the England triple, skipped by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Natalie Melmore, they domianted the first half, before England staged a strong second half comeback which saw them run out three-shot winners, 16-13.
Kath, Ceris and Ann were proud to march on the green alongside the other Welsh competitors and other countries competing, for both the opening and closing ceremonies, and during the latter were honoured to be presented with runners-up medals by Irish Women’s Bowling Association president, Bernadette McCullough.
Kath, Ceris and Ann would like to thank their family and friends for travelling to Ireland to support them and all their bowling friends at home for all their good luck cards and messages.
It was indeed a busy week for Ceris who after the British Isles Championships then played for Wales in the Home International Series.
Ceris, who was chosen to skip for her country for the first time, had Caroline Taylor and Emma Gittens, of Berriew, as lead and second, and Emma Moorhouse, of Tridwr, as third.
Wales made a bold bid to bring the Eve Trophy back across the Irish Sea, chalking up wins against Jersey, Ireland and defending champions Scotland, before England dampened their hopes of making it a series clean sweep in the final game, running out 18-shot winners at a soggy Ward Park.
Losing to England meant Wales claimed the runners-up spot ahead of Scotland on shot difference, an achievement the whole squad and officials were nevertheless delighted with.
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