SCARBOROUGH Indoor Bowling Centre’s head receptionist Albert Mouser and Bridlington Bay BC’s Sheila Dyson were the undoubted stars of last week’s 2011 Scarborough Bowls Festival.
But several other local players also turned in cracking performances to claim a share of the prize money provided by Ryedale Garages, the main sponsors.
Boyes Stores, Scarborough Mobility and UPM Raflatac also sponsored individual special events.
This unique annual festival provides competitive bowling for crown green and indoor bowlers of all abilities, with special competitions for under-18s and bowlers in wheelchairs.
It attracts players from throughout the country, some of them returning year after year to enjoy the bowling and the area’s attractions.
This year there was a welcome increase in the number of entries and this, with improved prize money, augurs well for future festivals - the next planned for May 6 to May 11 next year.
In a mixed doubles crown green competition on the festival’s opening day, Bridlington Bay BC’s Gerald and Freda Bromley were beaten finalists.
Gerald Bromley was also a semi-final loser in the men’s crown green singles in which Borough BC’s Bob Walker was the losing finalist.
Walker, partnered by clubmate Terry Summersgill, went one better in winning the final of the men’s crown green doubles, in which Mick Gates (also Borough) was a losing semi-finalist.
Gerald Bromley was back in action in the crown green drawn triples and with visitors R Gill and M Stubbs as partners took first prize.
Several well known local crown green ladies also enjoyed success.
Sheila Dyson won the ladies’ singles when she beat Barnsley’s Agnes McDonald, the 2009 champion. And partnered by Dukes Park BC’s Jackie Stapleton, Dyson also won the ladies’ doubles.
Losing out in the ladies’ doubles semi-finals were Borough’s Rita Bland, with North Cliff’s Pam Moment and Robin Hood’s Bay’s Janet Linford, with Jeanette Tizard, while Freda Bromley and Hunmanby’s Sheila Pearce were losing finalists.
Over the years the festival has been a happy hunting ground for Dyson and Bland. Together they won the ladies’ doubles in 2009 and Dyson also won the singles in 2008.
Indoors is where Albert Mouser, a former crown green bowler at Eastfield BC, came into his own.
Mouser took top place in the indoor open singles, with Billy Truefitt top place in the open pairs, and with Truefitt and Julie Tappin completed a hat-trick of successes by taking top place in the Raflatac sponsored open triples.
Mouser was also the singles champion in 2009 and, with the same partners as this year, won the triples in 2010.
The Scarborough Mobility sponsored wheelchair singles competition was won by David Walker with victory over previous winner Robert Dixon-Smith.
The Boyes Stores sponsored Under-18s Challenge Competition organised by junior section coach and captain Mike Preston was won by the Scarborough A team of Jack Bird, Jonny Stanger and John Hall.
This year’s festival - the second to be run by SIBC - was organised by club captains Graham Middleditch and Brenda Foster, helped by club members.
Unfortunately for the locals who like to take part in both, the Scarborough Bowls Festival and the Bridlington Masters have both chosen the same week for next year’s events.
The Brid Masters is scheduled for Monday May 7 to Friday May 11 2012 and the Scarborough Festival for Sunday May 6 to Friday May 11 2012, so both could see a reduction in entries.