United Kingdom Police Championships:
Last week was a momentous one in the history of Keswick Fitz Park Bowling Club as it had the honour of hosting the 2014 United Kingdom Police Championships, involving 37 bowlers from Police Forces in England, Scotland, Northern Island and Wales, some of whom participated in both the singles and pairs competitions. One of the players competing in both competitions was Keswick's own Sean Mills. The championships were officially opened on Tuesday morning by the Assistant Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary, Steve Johnson, and the Mayor of Keswick, Lorraine Taylor.
This was the second time that the club has hosted the championships, the previous occasion being in 1995, and they were the culmination of 18 months of detailed planning by a committee involving the club and representatives of Police Sports UK.
Most of the bowlers were of county standard and, because of this and the fact that the green was in superb condition and the weather was brilliant, the general standard of play was, not surprisingly, of a very high standard. Both the singles and pairs trophies were won by bowlers representing Police Scotland. Unfortunately Sean Mills did not perform to his usual high standard and made early exits in both competitions.
On Thursday evening all of the competitors, many wives and partners of competitors, the Mayor of Keswick and her husband, the Assistant Chief Constable and a number of Keswick members attended a Presentation Dinner at the Skiddaw Hotel.
West Cumbria Men's Fours League:
Keswick played their final game of the season in this league on Friday and reinforced their third place finish in the league with a 7-0 home win against Vulcan Park – a win which meant they finished only two points behind second placed Workington A. The rink scores were as follows: John Thompson, Colin Jackson, Sean Mills and Dave Brannan 27-9; Donald Holme, Peter Redfearn, John Lowther and Robin Phillips 20-13; John Sewell, Mike Davies, Derek Massingham and Vic Emmerson 20-16.
On Friday the final of the Ladies Pairs competition took place between Lynn Hazell & Christine Mills and Sandy Emmerson & Hazel Horsfield, with the former pair winning comfortably.
On Saturday Keswick hosted a friendly fixture against Mayfield Bowling Club from Hartlepool. The result was an 84-74 win for Keswick. The rink scores (Keswick names only) were as follows: Phil Barnes, Hazel Horsfield, Peter Tremble and Robin Phillips 30-14; Ian Gardiner, Judith Arnold, Helen Foot and Derek Massingham 20-14; Maureen Clarke, Mike Davies, Syd Horsfield and Mike Cooper 15-23; Christine Mills, Betty Forsyth, John Thompson and Sean Mills 19-23. The game was followed by a tea in the clubhouse.
Men's Northern Counties Championships:
These were held over Saturday and Sunday at Kirkbride and featured a bowler from Keswick – 15 year old Ryan Cornwall – who participated for Cumbria in two of the four games in the Under-25's Fours Competition. Cumbria finished second in this event.
Keswick Bowls Club. Secretary: Derryck Corrighan