Busy County Finals for Resolven BC at Brynhyfryd BC green

West Glamorgan County Bowls Association Finals at Brynhyfryd BC, Neath. (SW end of the green)

WGCBA Finals (NE end of the green)

After many rounds of games on the home green at Resolven and away on many greens there were five rinks of the County Finals at Brynhyfryd BC on 13 August which had members of the Resolven Bowls Club bowling on them. Open Triples (Played at 1p.m.), Double Fours (2 Rinks), Open Fours & Open Singles (Played at 4.30p.m.)

Except for the Double Fours, all the finalists go through to Welsh Championships at Llandrindod Wells next month.

Open Triples (Played at 1p.m.)

Lt to Rt: Andrew Hopkins, Steven Gall and Mike Herbert
Andrew Hopkins delivering a bowl with Family looking on
Deliberating about what shot to attempt
WGCBA Open Triples Champions

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County Double Fours (Played at 4.30 p.m.) Through previous rounds this knock out tournament is played with one rink at home and one rink at the opponents green, with no communication between the two rinks allowed until both have finished their game but on County finals day it is played on rink 1 & 6 of the Brynhyfryd BC green, Neath.

The other finalists were from Tick Tock Community BC, Ystradgynlais.

On rink 1 were Hugh Day, John Fryer, Steven Gall and Andrew Hopkins


On rink 6 were Tony Gregg, Aylwin Jones, Lionel Stock and Stephen Allen
Back Row – Lt to Rt: Steven Gall, Tony Gregg, John Fryer, Lionel Stock: Front Row: Hugh Day, Aylwin Jones, Stephen Allen, Andrew Hopkins

County Double Fours Champions – Resolven Bowls Club

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Involved in the Open Fours final were from Lt to Rt: Shaun Kelly, Gareth Evans, Mike Herbert and Nigel James

Their opponents were Pontrhydyfen BC

Although not winning on this occasion they will still be attending the Welsh Championship Finals

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In the WGCBA Semi-Final on Thursday 12 August, Simon Ace (Secretary of Resolven BC) was successful against another RBC member and Welsh Indoor Bowls International, Stephen Allen to play in todays final against Paul Champion of Mount Pleasant BC.

Simon delivering his bowl with Paul Champion looking on.

Unfortunately for Simon, Paul was ‘on song’ to take an unexpected lead of 17 shots (18-1), but over two and a half hours and 24 ends on play Simon came back to within one shot (19-18).

Another delivery from Simon, 2017 Welsh Indoor Bowls Singles Champion

After 26 ends Simon succumbed to Paul with a final score of 21-18.

As previously mentioned all the above except the Double Fours will take part in the Welsh Championships at Llandrindod Wells next month (September 2021)

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Report and photographs by Hugh Lewis