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Bowls: The Business End of the Season

Good people of Hagbourne, did you know that there is a rather good little bowls club in your midst? The bowls summer season is reaching its climax and some of the club’s finest players are making our village’s name heard at county and even national levels.

This year’s ambassadors include Ron Moore and John Heapy (pictured below) in the National Senior Pairs Quarter Finals, and John Heapy again in the National Singles finals. Jane Murphy, our District and County councillor, is also playing multiple competitions at the National finals, including representing Hagbourne in the Mixed Fours.

All these contests take place in early September at the home of English Bowls in Leamington Spa, which you may have seen on the telly during the Commonwealth games. Not bad for a little village team, eh?

In addition, our superb Double-Fours teams are in the Berkshire County Final vs Maidenhead having beaten last year’s NationalChampions, Reading in the semi-final. A Hagbourne team also triumphed at a one-day gala in Abingdon, earlier in August.

Hagbourne has again punched above its weight in the county league and our fresh intake of new players from the Open Days are already helping us keep busy in friendlies and local cup matches. If you’d like to join them, then there’s no need to wait for our next open days; come along any Monday evening in September and you will be made very welcome. If you can’t catch us that soon then don’t worry, the new season starts in April next year.

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