Fleetwood Festival’s Final Day 2017

The Final Day of the annual Fleetwood Bowls Festival was sunny but breezy and as the enthusiastic supporters eagerly awaited the bowls action to start, a ginger cat basked in the sunshine in the middle of the green. It quickly moved as the first men’s quarter final game of the morning started featuring last year’s finalists Callum Wraight and Kendal’s Ian Nicholson. Callum played superbly and his accurate striking helped in his comfortable 21-12 victory. Local bowler Hugh Hornby from St Michaels narrowly lost out 20-21 against a Festival regular Ashley Daykin from Holmfirth. Another former men’s Champion Graeme Wilson also lost out 19-21 to David Gwilliam from Hyde who then edged into the final 21-20 against Robbie Ellis from Skipton. In the men’s final, the bookmaker’s favourite Callum Wraight raced into a 19-12 lead and lay 2 close bowls. In desperation David played through and to the crowd’s surprise and delight, sensationally knocked both the counting bowls out and scored a double to make it 13-19. David sent the jack into the long corners but Callum scored the 2 he needed to clinch the title for a third time and claim the £1,000 first prize.

The ladies` final featured two experience players-Louise Ollerton from Billinge and Gill Sutton (Droylsden). Both ladies had survived nail-biting semi-finals games. However, Louise raced into a 17-6 lead and although Gill staged a brief comeback, it was Louise Ollerton who won 21-11 to become the Festival Ladies Champion for 2017. A few minutes after the singles finals both new champions were presented with their prize money and trophies by the new Festival sponsor J.T. Byrne-Funeral Directors.

There was some fine bowling throughout the day but one of the popular events were the two junior finals. The `11 year and under` final was won by 10 year old Johnathan Bendrey from Wirral who narrowly defeated 9 year old Charley King from Blackpool 21-19. The`over 11 years` final involved two girls from Shropshire. Molly Harris (aged 13) beat 14 year old Susie Lawson in a close match. All the youngsters were given tremendous applause by the crowd.


Men’s Singles.

Last 8
C. Wraight (Castlefield)21I. Nicholson (Kendal)12
A. Daykin (Holmfirth)21H. Hornby (St Michaels)20
R. Ellis (Skipton)21R. Lawson (Shrewsbury)10
D. Gwilliam (Hyde)21G. Wilson (Droylsden)19
C. Wraight21A. Daykin15
D. Gwilliam21R. Ellis20
C. Wraight21D. Gwilliam13

Ladies Singles

G. Sutton (Droylsden)21K. Hill (Dewsbury)20
L. Ollerton (Billinge)21C. Wilson (Droylsden)19
L. Ollerton21G. Sutton11

Men’s Fleetwood Shield (Sponsored by Starbank Panel Products Ltd)

A. Daykin (Holmfirth)21D. Ferris (Denton)20

Ladies’ Fleetwood Shield (Sponsored by Starbank Panel Products Ltd)

L. Daykin (Holmfirth)21Jackie Owen (Whitefield)20

Mixed Pairs

Jane Jones & Richard Lawson21Joan Lewis & Roger Hancock6

7Up Pairs

L. Anders & V. Lyon

Men’s Consolation (Sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare)

A.Wike (Huddersfield)

Ladies Consolation (Sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare)

J. Mallinson (Huddersfield)

Junior Competitions (Sponsored by Peter Hawkes/Duncan Rainsforth)

11 years and under Final
Jonathan Bendrey (Wirral) (10 years) 21Charley King (Blackpool) (10 years) 19
Over 11 years Final
Molly Harris (Shropshire) (13 years) 21 Susie Lawson (Shropshire) (aged 14 years) 14