As part of celebrating Southam BC’s new clubhouse and green the County Secretary invited the Royal Household to the club in recognition of the new facilities and in tribute to Bowls England Order of Merit holder Arnold Goad, who served for twenty years as County Secretary and is a member of Southam. It was the Secretary who was victorious with a 119-106 scoreline.
Junior Vice President Peter Vale Humphreys, Match Secretary Mike Hall, Ian Gibbs (Rugby) and Bruce Truman (Rugby Railway) made a good start but were pegged back to lead by one after seven ends. A six, four and brace of doubles helped take Truman and co to a lead of eleven with eight ends to go. Truman’s rink continued to increase their tally to seal a 32-15 victory. Rick Hayes (Avenue Leamington), Jack Carroll (Grange), Immediate Past President Don Darby and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock trailed by six after four ends but reached parity at the midway stage. With three ends to play Allcock’s rink moved five shots clear, the visitors cut the deficit to three, final score 16-13.
Past President Graham O’Donohue, Life Member Arnold Goad, County Secretary Michael Jackson and Past President Aubrey Brookhouse raced away to a 12-0 lead after six ends. The Household cut that lead to seven with fourteen ends played, two ends later the lead had been increased to eleven. The visitors started a comeback but fell two shots short, the Secretary winning 19-17. Dave Mobbs (Rugby Railway), Bryn Poore (Nuneaton), John Slater (Thornfield) and Dick Allibon (Royal Leamington Spa) were seven shots ahead after seven ends but were level on eleven all after sixteen ends. With one end to play Allibon’s rink trailed by two but hit a double to draw 15-15.
Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, Tony Addis (Stoke), Boris Boulstridge (Executive) and County President Geoff Moran started with a four but dropped seven unanswered shots over the next five ends. A tenth end four took the Household six shots clear but Moran and co replied with a brace of trebles to level the score. The visitors retook the lead with a five and later a four to lead by nine with three ends to play, Moran’s rink cut the deficit down but lost 19-23. Steve Marton (Bilton), Past President Mike Brayne, Mick Reardon (Rugby Police) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries scored a five on the eleventh end but still trailed by a shot. The visitors increased the lead to eight but Mace Humphries and co cut that down to two with one end to play. The Household had the last laugh, taking the last end with a three to win 23-18.