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Premier League Challenge Match 2008


The Gooddies Manchester Premier League & the Midland based Summit Premier League champions have agreed to meet in a �300 challenge match.

Tonge B.C. & the Greville Arms will meet in a Premier League Challenge game on Saturday 5th April (Start 7.00pm). The eight a side game will take place at Florence Private Bowling & Tennis Club, Cemetery Avenue, Longton, Stoke on Trent, ST3 4EB.

Match sponsors are Image Styles of Tipton who have agreed a three year deal worth �900 to back what is hoped will become an annual event. The winners will also receive the �Drakes Pride� Premier League Challenge Trophy.

In a joint statement league secretaries Steve Davies (Gooddies League) & Mel Evans (Summit League) said �We are delighted to set this game up & thank Image Styles & the Florence club for their support. It should attract a good crowd for what promises to be a great night�s bowling between two of the countries top club sides�.

The match draw is (Tonge names first) :-

Jimmy Derby v Wayne Curran
Matt Gillies v Paul Bailey
Colin Lane v Roy Woolley
Darren Griffiths v Les Haylor
Thomas Dobson v Richard Dandy
Gary Ellis v Anthony Bracken
Nicky Brooks v Steve Wallace
Steve Copeland v Gareth Herbert


Jimmy Derby 9 Wayne Curran 21
Matt Gillies 21 Ken Haylor 14
Colin Lane 18 Roy Woolley 21
Darren Griffiths 20 Les Haylor 21
Thomas Dobson 8 Richard Dandy 21
Gary Ellis 21 Anthony Bracken 17
Nicky Brooks 21 Steve Wallace 10
Andy Low 9 Gareth Herbert 21


We didn’t realise the game was being updated on such a regular basis, thanks Paul for the communication!! We were fortunate to be victorious tonight against a Tonge side full of stars. But maybe our team spirit got us the result. Whilst we were rolling up during our practice we could here from the sidelines “who are these” ” I don’t no any of these only Bracken”. Well maybe we aren’t household names, but we can play the game, and when we do play we represent our club with pride and passion, which can be worth shots on its own. I’m not a comp bowler, this game takes enough of my time playing for my team, I have a young family that i want to spend time with, not travelling up and down the M6 trying to win a couple of hundred quid, I can honestly say, I had more satisfaction collecting that trophy tonight than I would winning The All England, the Waterloo or the Isle of Man. I couldn’t care a monkeys about individual bowling, I can’t remember the last comp I entered, so does that make you a bad bowler?? Playing for your team should always take priority over any pot or cheque hunting but unfortunately i think I am now massively in the minority, which I feel is sad. Crying or Very sad

Well done tonight the Greville Arms, the Summit League and most of all team spirit!!! Laughing Laughing

Congratulations to the Greville Arms on an excellent team performance against one of the countries top teams.

The standard of bowling on such a difficult green as Florence and in artic conditions was first class. It was a great team effort but i must add special praise to Wayne Curran & Richard Dandy who were outstanding. In fact the whole team excelled !!!.

I must add a big thank you to the managment of the Gooddies League for their assistance in getting the game on plus Florence for their hospitality – and good food.

To win this “Premier League Challenge” game is a great honour for both the Greville Arms & the Summit Garage League.

Mel Evans

p.s. Can’t believe i was supporting a team of Brummies….