Doreen Sands Memorial Trophy

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Rules of Play


  1. The competition will take the form of a handicapped triples competition with each player having their own individual handicap which must be added to the other two team members handicaps to give the combined total handicap for the team. In each match the team with the lowest handicap will concede the difference in handicap e.g. Team A has handicap of 8 and Team B has a handicap of 11. Therefore Team B will receive a 3 shot advantage at the beginning of the match.
  2. Substitutes are not permitted once the match has started but handicaps will be adjusted for any substitute playing before the match has started.
  3. Each game shall be played on the days and times scheduled; otherwise defaulting teams will forfeit the game.
  4. Two trial ends are permitted with a maximum of 3 bowls.
  5. The winner is the team with the highest number of shots after 18 ends. In the event of the score being level after 18 ends one further end will be played to decide the winner. The toss of a coin will decide who starts the extra end.
  6. As this is a sponsored competition prize money will be awarded to the winners and runners up at the end of the competition when the trophy and prize money will be presented by Peter Sands
  7. Skips may visit the 'head' after their first wood.
  8. Dead ends to be replayed.
  9. Late arrival. If a player is more than 15 minutes late or advises they cannot play, the game will be awarded to their opponent unless a substitute can be found before the start time of the match. Rule 3 will apply.
  10. Score cards are to be signed and timed by both skips and handed back to the competition secretary for verification.



The Doreen Sands Memorial Trophy was played between the 6th and 9th October 2016.

This was the second year of this competition and was in honour of Doreen Sands who was the club secretary and a long term member who sadly passed away last year after a short illness. The competition was sponsored by her husband Peter and her family. It took the form of handicapped triples which Doreen before her illness was keen to introduce. Each player had their own individual handicap which was added to the other members of the triples to form the team's total handicap.

There were some very interesting rounds and none more so than last year's winners, Alan and Flo Saunders with Bob Blackburn, against Ian and Janet Jackson with Brian Firth. This was a first round match and although Alan's team won the competition last year Brian's team still had to give them an 8 shot start. As it is over 18 ends Brian's team had their work cut out to pull back the handicap but in true fighting spirit they did, and went on to win 22-20 on their way to the final. In fact Brian, Ian and Janet were the lowest handicapped team in the competition and had to give shots away every match they played.

In the final they met Brian and Pat Marsh with Austin Crilly. Brian's team again had to give 4 shots away and after 12 ends were trailing 11-14. They won the next 2 ends to go ahead 15-14 and built on their momentum to win the final 21-16. A truly thrilling final with excellent bowling from both teams.

Congratulations to Brian, Ian and Janet and commiserations to Austin, Brian and Pat. On behalf of Peter Sands, many thanks to all the teams who entered.

2016 Winners: Ian Jackson, Janet Jackson and Brian Firth with Peter Sands

Previous Results

2015 Winners: Flo Saunders, Bob Blackburn and Alan Saunders