BOWLS: Roadshow provides membership boost as Louth club looks to commemorate 25 years

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The Potters Resort Roadshow held at Louth Indoor Bowl Club last week attracted a very good turnout and proved entertaining and informative.

Among the attractions was an offering of couple of popular songs, a performance of impromptu poems put together from random words, plus short talks by top bowler Greg Harlow, English Indoor Bowls Association chief executive Peter Thompson and Bowls International magazine advertising manager Dave Thorpe.

The club has benefited by an increase of 10 or so new members.

This year sees the club celebrate its 25th anniversary and various options are being looked at to commemorate the milestone, including a match against a team made up of invited members from other clubs in the county.

Action in the cub leagues saw S.O.S clinch the Mixed Fours title with a 16-12 win over Optimists.

With just two games to play they now have a six-point advantage over Half A Mo, who guaranteed second spot by beating Dreamers 26-9.

Attention is now on the other end of the table where Smilers gained a 12-12 draw with Falcons to move them off the bottom, ahead of Dreamers on shots difference, and just one point behind their beaten opponents.

In the Morning Triples, leaders Waltham didn’t have a game and saw their advantage cut to five points as second-placed JCB beat Backwoodsmen 16-7 to ensure themselves of at least the runners-up spot. It left Backwoodsmen no chance of avoiding the bottom two places, a fate also suffered by Scorpions, who pushed Castaways all the way before losing 15-11.

Australian Pairs league leaders Dave Wise and Norman Stocks are sure of a top two finish despite a hefty 26-14 defeat against Ray and Sue Green.

They still had a three-point gap over second-placed Charlie Briggs and Joe Farrow who lost all hope of top spot when edged out 16-15 by Rob Lamb and Joan Stones, who can nick the title if they win each of their remaining three games including a vital one against the leading pair.