Big night for Gallow IBC

AT the Fakenham Gallow Indoor Bowls Club finals night, top honours were taken by Danny Cawthorne, 16.

He has already represented Norfolk at senior level and received the club's Morrison Young Achiever of the Year Cup and the Negus Personality Cup.

He is a product of the club's junior coaching scheme run by Brian Barnes. He began the winter season as member of Gallow's senior men's B team, was promoted to the A team, spotted at county level and picked to play for Norfolk's under-25 team. He ended the season playing for the senior county team.

Not surprisingly, he was the winner of the club's under-18 singles event beating Curtis Walters, another of the club's promising youngsters.

He was part of the senior men's winning Tartan Trophy team as well as picking up the summer pairs title with Shaun Savory, yet another of the club's promising younger group of players, writes Peter Bird.

This year's Norfolk ladies' pairs champions, Pam Frary and Louis Hannant, found that success at county level was no guarantee of success at club level where they were beaten to the Gallow title by 2009 county champions Linda Ward and Maureen Emment.

Gallow have a fondness for this Norfolk title. The club also won it last year with Ann Everett and Beverley Masters to make it three club wins in a row. However, Frary and Hannant, together with Coralee Bell, did lift the club triples trophy.

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Increasingly busy commitments at national level meant that less was seen of club internationals Mervyn King and Jamie Chestney. That did not stop Chestney collecting the men's singles title with a win over Paul Shackcloth.

The King family flag was kept flying by wife Suzanne, who won the ladies' singles title by beating Gil Savory. She was also a member of the ladies fours and the mixed triples club championship teams. Mervyn's son, Sam chipped in by winning the club men's under-25 title, beating Shaun Savory.

Club stalwart David Webb enjoyed a good year as a member of five winning club teams.

Success came in the men's triples and four plate events — the mixed pairs and the triples and three plate events, pairs, fours and mixed triples.

But he was only one of a number of players who figured prominently in the final stages of the wide range of events promoted by the club, 22 individual and team events plus nine leagues.

Pick of the league successes was Nancy Brain's team which won Division One of the afternoon league by a large margin. She captained a team that recently was languishing in the third division. This success earned them the team achievement award.

Men's president Dick Andrews said the club was particularly proud of the fact that Gallow had provided eight of the members of the Norfolk county team that won the inter-counties Liberty Cup.

He said he was especially pleased with the number of youngsters joining the club. 'We are one of the more successful indoor clubs in one of the strongest counties in the country. Competition-wise, we have had a very successful year.'

But the life blood of any club was its recruitment policy and he was keen to emphasise that the club structure was such that new members, whether junior or senior, were catered for by the club's coaching schemes from the moment they joined.

Ladies' results: Singles Suzanne King, runner-up Gil Savory; pairs Linda Ward, Maureen Emment, runner-up Pam Frary, Louise Hannant; triples Pam Frary, Coralee Bell, Louise Hannant (Cheryl Lincoln, Mollie Bowyer, Janet Green); fours Ann Leverett, Beverly Masters, Josie Wright, Susanne King , runner-up Cheryl Lincoln, Mollie Bowyer, Janet Green, Sandra Bulingham.

Men's results: Singles Jamie Chestney, runner-up Paul Shackcloth; pairs Peter Murfit, David Frost, runner-up Mark Riches, Richard Mason; triples David Webb, Peter Murfit, David Frost, runner-up Paul Colman, Brian Barnes, Malcolm Starkey; fours Neil Moulton, Wilf Graver, Steven Lowe, Paul Shackcloth, runner-up Trevor Savory, Lee Seppings, Shaun Savory, Sam King.

Men's plate winners: Singles Richard Mason; pairs Roy Preston, David Webb; triples Peter Gledhill, Roy Preston, Ronnie Wicks; fours Colin Frary, David Hood, Roy Preston, David Webb; mixed pairs Linda Ward, David Webb, runner-up Peter Murfit, Josie Wright; mixed triples Richard Mason, Suzanne King, Paul Shackcloth, runner-up Pam Whitehead, Harry Kirby, Danny Cawthorne; Tartan Trophy Trevor Savory, Colin Bix, Ronnie Wicks, runner-up Ian Cawthorne, Curtis Walters, Danny Cawthorne.

Plate winners: Mixed pairs David Bix, Sandra Burlingham; mixed triples Linda Ward, Roy Preston, David Webb; Tartan Trophy Mark Riches, Suzanne King, Richard Mason; Under 18 singles Danny Cawthorne, runner-up Curtis Walters; under 25 singles Sam King, runner-up Shaun Savory).

League results. Evening: Division One, Paul Shackcloth's team; Division Two, Graham Whitehead; Division Three, Beryl Williamson; Division Three KO cup, Mollie Bowyer. Afternoon: Division One, Nancy Brain; Division Two, Vivienne Howe; Division Three, Ted Edge.

Stratford Cup: Linda Ward, David Rogers, Maureen Emment, runner-up Kenny Frohawk, Josie Wright, Tony Walton.

Weekend: Richard High.

Summer: Trevor Savory.

Summer pairs winners: Danny Cawthorne, Shaun Savory.

Morrison's Young Achiever of the Year: Danny Cawthorne.

Team Achievement Award: Nancy Brain's Afternoon Division One team.

Negus Personality Cup: Danny Cawthorne.