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Valuable experience for Louise and Helen

posted 14 Nov 2017, 03:24 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 08:08 ]
TWO of Stamford IBC's brightest talents - Helen Holroyd (22) and Louise Harris (19) - have had the chance to play at a higher level this week and emerged having gained valuable experience.

At the weekend they featured in the England Women's Under 25 regional trials at City of Ely IBC alongside other hopefuls aiming to make the pre-trials at Rugby Thornfield next month. Both acquitted themselves well but learned much about the process. But only Helen caught the selectors' eye to progress to the next trial. 

On Monday they joined forces for the first time in the National women's pairs, drawn at home against current England internationals from Spalding - Rebecca Simpson and Annalese Dunham - the 2016 English singles champion.

And they acquitted themselves well with a stubborn performance against outstanding opponents before finally conceding 8-20. 

FOOTNOTE: Stephen Harris (20) took part in the men's Under 25 England pre-trial at Bromsgrove at the weekend but failed to progress for further selection.


Melton will be the challengers as Stamford's women bid to repeat last year's outstanding performance in reaching the quarter finals of the Yetton Plate on Saturday at 10 am.

Four rinks will play simultaneously - two at home, two away - with the winners due to face Church Gresley or Leicester.

Home -J Brennan, L Harris, P Birch, R March; J Want, D Mackie, S Suffling, C Ford. Away - E Wallace, M Andrews, M Holroyd, G Edwards; C Barnes, H Holroyd, C Warters, M Bloxham.

Stamford Ladies are in action again at home to Sleaford on Wednesday (Nov 22, 10.30am) in their second Lincs League (Trudy Bates) fixture.


Two Stamford rinks will represent Lincolnshire on their home carpet on Tuesday, November 21 (12.10pm) against Nottinghamshire in the first round of the national Over 60s knock-out.

Dave Hudson, Doug Want, Peter Edwards and Martyn Dolby will form one quartet, while Alan Romaine, Malcolm Cullingworth, Bob Warters and Roger Martin will form the other rink. A rink from Boston will also represent the county while three rinks from Lincolnshire will be in action simultaneously at Erewash.

The aggregate winners go through to the next round against either Durham or Yorkshire.

FOOTNOTE: Stamford A will meet Sleaford A in the next round of the EIBA inter-club Senior Double rink on Tuesday November 28 (10am) - one rink at home, one away, played simultaneously.


Entries are currently being received for the annual Stamford IBC Christmas Tournament on Wednesday, December 27 (from 9.30am) with £160 prizemoney sponsored by Brewers Molson Coors.

Entry for the competition is £12 for a team of four, with four sessions of eight ends.