The WSBL fixtures are now complete and Goring Manor have finished as runners up in Division 2 and we have been promoted to Division 1 for the 2020 season.
Following the defeat of Lancing in the penultimate league match Goring Manor have won the 2019 Stracey Shield.
Goring Manor Hurricanes won the 2018 Brodie Tray.
Please be aware: members may be asked to produce their season ticket or proof of session payment, when requested, during use of the green at home and at away matches at Tarring Priory, Marine Gardens and Homefield Park.
WEEK 1st - 9th MAY
The weather forecast at the beginning of the week suggested that not much bowls would be played during the week. However, contrary to all the forecasts, Sunny Worthing came up trumps and only one days play was lost. The first match was a tricky trip to Lancing to start the defence of the Stracey Shield won in 2019 (not played for in 2020). Winning on 2 rinks out of 3, all Goring needed to do was to keep the margin of defeat on the third rink as low as possible. Alas that was not to be, by the narrowest of margins. So Goring gained 4 points for winning on 2 rinks, but Lancing also gained 4 points by winning on one rink and having an overall shot win of 59 to 58. Four points each. Top rink for Goring Manor went to Jimmy Wan, Ian Jacklin, Kevin Pearce and skip Chris Wood. Skip Frank Tsang also won.
Wednesday was the day to fall foul of the weather. It should have been a Club Drive but after 3 ends the game was cancelled because of the driving rain.
In 2019, Goring Manor won promotion to the top league of the West Sussex Bowls League. In order to gauge the progress or otherwise of each individual's game who helped to gain that promotion, a trial match was held between those who played most in the 2019 season against those who are knocking at the door of featuring in this year's campaign in Division one. The "challengers" won on 2 rinks and also won the overall shot count by 73 to 66. This augers well that the challengers are ready to step up into the West Sussex team should the more established players fall short.
On Saturday there were 2 league matches, the first a Stracey at home to Worthing Pavilion. Goring won on 2 rinks out of 3, but lost heavily on the 3rd rink which again meant that the points score was 4 each. Top rink for Goring went to Jean Meneely, Derek King, Chris Wood and skip Lorraine Kuhler. Skip Keith Renwick also won.
The trip to Lancing by Goring Spitfires was less successful. Winning on only 1 rink and falling to an overall shot score of 50 to 71, the Spitfires lost by 6 points to 2. Top rink for the Spitfires went to Rod Smith, Rose Suter and skip Stuart Andrews.
Throughout the week, it would have been easy, in the heat of the moment, to forget about social distancing during a match but it was very encouraging to note that social distancing was, in fact, maintained throughout play on each day.