Steve Hossack: Chairman hails ‘best season of bowls for years’

Ray Hall
Ray Hall

As the sun gets ready to set on the 2013 Doncaster and District Bowls Association campaign, chairman Ray Hall says it has been one of the best in recent years.

“I think things have gone well and the weather has played a big part in that,” said Adwick St Lawrence member Ray.

“Unlike the last couple of years with wet summers, the vast majority of games have gone ahead on time. It makes a difference.

“Another benefit of warm weather, particularly during July and August, has been the condition of the greens.

“The quality of the park greens in particular, have been better this season than they have been for years despite council cutbacks.

“The top bowlers have certainly enjoyed playing on the faster greens, whereas the average bowlers, some of whom like damp greens, are not used to such conditions, which goes to show you can’t please everybody.

“But you can’t fault the greens. Most of the ones I’ve played on this year the bowls have been absolutely flying.”

Ray says the dry weather has resulted in some cracking finals, and more spectators, in the various Doncaster competitions.

“One that really stands out was the Hospice Cup final played at Adwick,” he said. “It was one of the best games I’ve seen in long time.”

Ray also welcomes the continued growth in youngsters taking up the sport, and the success enjoyed by some, and praises the work being put in by such as Pilks and Carcroft.

On a personal note, Ray is delighted that Adwick, who finished runners-up to Woodlands Park, will be playing in the top flight of the Mixed League next season for the first time.

It is not all good news, however, and Ray still worries that clubs are continuing to shed teams because of smaller membership and costs.