BOWLS: Venue switch for national events

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BOWLS England have announced that all national championships will take place at Royal Leamington Spa from 2014.

The decision will also see the relocation of the Bowls England headquarters from its current base in Worthing, where the men's championships have been held since 1974.

The amalgamation of the men’s and ladies’ national championships at Royal Leamington Spa in 2014 will be a first for North Wilts player and Wiltshire men’s county official Adie Lloyd.

He is set to be Bowls England president in 2014, becoming the first to preside over the first ever combined national championships.

WINNERS of the Yetton Trophy in the 2007-08 season North Wilts Ladies face Bristol in a second-round tie today (Thursday), having beaten Clevedon 77-63 in their opening match.

North Wilts have named an unchanged mixed team for the next round in the National Top Club Championship at Bristol next Friday (December 7, 6.30pm).

The side thumped Westlecot at home 12-4 in a first round tie.

YETTON TROPHY TEAM

Home - Rink 1: Jan Tombs, Gillian Lillicrap, Kath Lloyd & Fizz Mace. Rink 2: Molly Manning, May Brand, Barbara Shepheard & Janet Hardie. Away - Rink 1: Ann Roberts-Phare, Shirley Palfrey, Viv Baskerville & Jean Collier. Rink 2: Norma Rowden, Isabel Dawson, Val Molton & Sue Cooke.

National Top Club Championship team

Two Wood Singles - Ladies: Janet Hardie. Men: Wayne Snook.

Mixed Pairs: Steve Snook & Alex Jacobs. Mixed Triples: Bob George, Sue Cooke & Billy McCay. Mixed Fours: Barbara Shepheard, Fizz Mace, Max Clark and Justin Davis.

NORTH Wilts provide 15 of the 24 players and two reserves for the Wiltshire Ladies side to face Dorset at Bournemouth in a second round (last 16) tie in the Atherley Trophy on Sunday, December 9 (2pm).

TEAM

Rink 1: June Coyle, Mary Ballard, Barbara Shepheard & Fizz Mace (all North Wilts). Rink 2: Ann Roberts-Phare, Iris Head, May Brand & Janet Hardie (all NW). Rink 3: Karen Funnell (NW), Jane Taylor (Swindon Westlecot), Irene Button & Alex Jacobs (both NW). Rink 4: Norma Rowden, Evelyn Tape (both NW), Jenny Vowles & Wendy Anderson (both Westlecot). Rink 5: Dawn Toomer, Pat Sharp (both Five Rivers, Salisbury), Jan Tombs (NW), Joan Coleman (FR). Rink 6: Irene Wood (NW), Mary Buckle, Janice Bull and Margaret Griffin (all FR).

Reserves: Carol French and Audrey Mitchell (both NW).

WORLD indoor bowls champion Andy Thompson will appear at North Wilts Bowls Club on Wednesday, December 12 (2-5pm).

For information, call (01249) 445966, email nwibc@gotadsl.co.uk, or see nwbowls.co.uk.

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