It is with a tremendous amount of pride and to be frank one of the biggest feelings of relief in my lifetime that I am able to report that last night Andy Gadd (that would be me) and Jim Russell triumphed in the Gloucestershire Pairs Semi Final played against Jon Horrill and Simon Lloyd of Barnwood Bowls Club at Frampton on Severn BC.
I would like first and foremost to thank Jon and Simon for the spirit in which the game was played and their graciousness in defeat after the game. Very well played chaps, it was one end that made all the difference and I am sure that we will meet in one of the Gloucestershire competitions in the future, or at least I certainly hope so 😉
For those who may not know winning this game means that myself and Jim will now play, representing Gloucestershire, in the English National Finals to be played at Leamington from Sunday 28th August to Tuesday 30th August, It also means that we will play against Ian Gauld and Chris (Blakey) Blake who managed to win their semi final with the last shot of their game, for the Gloucestershire Pairs title.
Ian and Blakey, who is an ex Redland player but now plays for Olveston, will also represent Gloucestershire in the English National Finals as two teams from Gloucestershire qualify, which is fantastic news! (And a very small consolation for Calvin and Steve Ford who they narrowly beat in the last 16.)
I remember after the quarter final win being congratulated by a bowler who did not know me on our win that evening and he asked me what club I played for, to which I obviously replied “Redland Green”. Following this win and our success in the Gloucestershire Two rink last year I now feel that possibly my reply was incorrect and perhaps I should have said, “The Mighty Redland Green!” 🙂