Bowls action!

By Staff reporter in Bowls

Abergavenny have played three matches in the past week at Avenue Road, one MBA game and two EMBA fixtures.

Caerleon were the visitors for the MBA game on Saturday. Abergavenny won on two rinks and lost on two but managed to achieve victory by 78 shots to 75, thus securing a much needed ten league points.

The rink of Matthew Vale took control of their game from the sixth end and gradually built a commanding lead to go on and win by 27 shots to 15. John Vale’s rink took the lead after the seventh end but the Caerleon rink reduced the deficit until scores were level with two ends to play. The Abergavenny rink managed to secure victory by scoring two shots on each of the last two ends to win by 18 shots to 14.

Anthony Moriarty’s rink held a six shot lead with five ends to play. Unfortunately, they then conceded 13 shots, while scoring only one, over the final five ends to lose by 25 shots to 19. The rink of Gethin Hill did well to reduce their deficit over the final five ends having conceded 15 shots on four ends. Although they won eleven of the 21 ends played, they were defeated by 21 shots to 14.

During the week, Abergavenny welcomed local rivals Gilwern for an EMBA game. Abergavenny won on two rinks tied on one and were defeated by one shot on the fourth rink, winning the game by 102 shots to 56. Rink scores were Matthew Vale 33-11, Anthony Moriarty 35-10, Gethin Hill 21- 21 and John Vale 13-14.

The second EMBA game on Sunday was with Caldicot at Avenue Road. Fielding a depleted side Abergavenny were defeated on all rinks, although only narrowly on two of the four rinks. Even though Abergavenny were defeated, the game was notable for the fact that three of the Abergavenny rinks were skipped by three generations of the same family, John Vale, son Matthew Vale and grandson Jack Vale.

Abergavenny Ladies played a league game against Caerleon at Avenue Road. They won on two of the three rinks to win the game by 56 shots to 43. Wendy Parker’s rink held the advantage throughout their game and then confirmed victory by scoring six shots on the final end to win by 23 shots to 12. Sian Phillips rink was always in control of their game and went on to win by 18 shots to 12. Judi Belli’s rink started slowly and was behind until they drew level on the penultimate end. Unfortunately their opponents then scored four shots on the final end to win by 19 shots to 15.

Three ladies, June Nethercott, Diane Bevan and new member Clare Morgan also played in the Olwyn Davies Cup at Newbridge. Although they beat a team from Islwyn Ladies in the first round by 20 shots to 19, they were defeated by 19 shots to eight when coming up against another team from the same club in the next round of this knockout competition.

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