Gloucestershire Bowls Association - Men’s Division
Gloucestershire Bowling Association Established 1905 - Unification achieved in 2010
A Member of Bowls England
On Sunday 18th July, Gloucestershire’s ‘young guns’ travelled to CHEW STOKE Bowls Club, in Somerset, for the area finals of the White Rose Trophy. The premier National 2 rink competition for U25’s.
In the morning they played Wiltshire in a hard fought semi final, with the, lead changing several times. The decisive moment came on the 19th end, with Gloucestershire 5 shots up, the rink of Finley Williamson Alex White Jack Williams & Ben Coldrick, lay 6 shots with Both skips having 1 bowl left each to play, Wiltshire’s skip drew a close 2nd, after much deliberation with his team, up stepped Ben Coldrick, with a running bowl removed the Wilts Bowl to pick up 6 shots. Both Gloucestershire rinks had narrow victories, winning 39-35.
This victory was even more impressive as 14 year old Finlay Williamson was called in that morning as a late replacement, making his U25 debut.
The other Semi final saw Somerset defeat Cornwall 45-32.
The final saw Gloucestershire get off to a flying start, leading by 10 shots after 5 ends, only to see a spirited fight back by Somerset to draw level at 11 ends. the lead changed several times over the second half of the match. With just 3 ends to play, the match was still tied, the final end from Ben Coldrick’s rink saw them pick up 2 shots.
It was now down to the other Gloucestershire rink of Jack Grover Adam Smith Joe Hibbard & Josh Phillips to secure victory. On the penultimate end with the last bowl in his hand, Gloucestershire skip Josh Phillips was 2 shots down, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees on a hot & steamy day, Josh had ice running through his veins, he drew the perfect shot moving the jack a few inches to pick up 3 shots.
The final end saw Gloucestershire secure a 1 shot victory 41-40
From left to right: Adam SMITH. Jack GROVER. Josh PHILLIPS. Ben COLDRICK .Graham PHILLIPS. (Manager) Jack WILLIAMS. Joe HIBBARD. Finley WILLIAMSON. Alex WHITE.