END OF SEASON REFLECTION
As people begin to hibernate for the closed season, our treasurer Lynn Pritchatt reflects on the last year.
In the last 12 months we have successfully launched the Evans Trophy North v South Team Challenge and the Battle of the Sexes. Each event will run bi-annually so there will be one major fundraising event on the bowling calendar each year. Neither event was completely perfect. There is always room for improvement and we are open to constructive feedback. I do it to put something back into a sport I have had the good fortune to take so much from. I do it to make people smile and bring some happiness to players and spectators. I do it out of sheer love of our sport. I do it to honour the uniqueness, reputation, respectability and legacy encompassed in a wonderful man called Mel Evans MBE. The raw pain and heartache is ever present. Days like the above are my focus now.
The Evans Trophy and The Battle of the Sexes are not purely memorial events. Sadly, all too often memorial events morph into ordinary competitions. The above are special days that unite the national bowling community, whether a junior, a female, a club player, a top tournament player or a veteran, these two events unite us all.
2020 sees the return of The Evans Trophy North v South Team Challenge, to be staged at St Georges Bowling Club in Telford, Shropshire on Saturday 29th August 2020. The North will be defending their title under the Presidency of Sir Stan Frith with the South hunting revenge under the Presidency of Shropshire legend Sir Tony Poole. The Battle of the Sexes will return again on 28th August 2021.
I wish you all a safe and healthy closed season and all the best for 2020.