Doddington Short Mat Bowls Club
Chloe Shield 2017
A day of short mat bowls and a boost for charity was the result as Doddington SMBC hosted its annual Chloe Shield charity competition on Friday 14th July 2017. Fifty-four short mat bowlers from across Cambridgeshire and from neighbouring counties Suffolk, Norfolk and Hertfordshire, competed in the all-day triples event. The competition is played each year in memory of Chloe and Pauline Peters and once again proved to be a remarkable success.
Whilst all competitors were determined to be successful in their games the clubs aim as always was for everyone to have an enjoyable day while raising money for a worthy cause. Delicious cakes and refreshments provided by Doddington members along with afternoon ice creams certainly set the scene for a good day for all concerned. A well supported raffle contributed to a fantastic sum of £373 raised for the charity which this year was nominated as - Anthony Nolan - saving lives of people with blood cancer.
The competitive spirit made the competition very exciting with a number of teams closely fighting it out for the top positions using the newly introduced live scoring facility, updating players throughout the day on the current positions. All eighteen teams earned points and several teams were only separated by shot difference on the final table. The fourth position went to J Charter (Fen Drayton), H Stevens & J Peters (both Doddington) with 7 Points +23 Shots. In third place were the Outwell trio of M Hodgson, D Mack & B Wright losing only one game therefore finishing on 8 points +33 shots. Runners up this year were Suffolk’s D Baker, M Hastings & B Cousins winning four and drawing one game giving them a total of 9 points +34 shots. However, the 2017 Chloe Shield Champions were L White (Doddington), J Russell & C Plaice (Walpole Highway) winning all games finishing on 10 points +32 shots.
The club chairman said ‘a big thank you to everyone involved in helping on the day and to the support of the bowlers who once again made the Chloe Shield a success’. A message on the day was received from Anthony Nolan’s Community Fundraiser Beatrix Passmore and read; ‘I want to start by saying a huge thank you for choosing to support Anthony Nolan today, and for raising money for our life saving cause. I’m really sorry that I couldn’t be with you today to thank you in person, but I wanted to make sure that you all know how much we value and appreciate your generous support.’
This competition has raised a fantastic amount of valuable funds for a number of charities over the years and the club look forward to holding the event for many more years to come helping to save lives along the way.
Chloe Shield 2016
Short Mat Bowlers from Letchworth club in Hertfordshire take the title of ‘Chloe Shield’ champions at this year’s Doddington SMBC Charity event. Forty five bowlers from across the county including two teams from neighbouring county Suffolk and Hertfordshire entered the annual triples competition which this year was held on Friday 8th July 2016 at the Village Hall.
All teams battled it out in their five games throughout the day earning 2 points for a win in each game. After some very close games the final table finished with a number of teams on equal number of points with only shot difference deciding the final standings. The third place was decided following the completion of the last round with Doddington’s new duo Karen & Ian Reay who teamed up club mate Joe Peters to take this position with 7 points +12 Shots. Four out of five wins gave Josie Hyde, Ted Croucher & Maureen Fyson the runners up honours claiming 8 points +13 shots however this year’s champions never lost a game throughout the day taking all 10 points available. The team from Letchworth consisting of Marion, Toni and Bill deservingly and proudly walked away with the title for the first time.
The Chloe & Pauline Peters Shield is played annually in memory of club captain Joe Peter’s granddaughter and wife. Over the years the competition has raised money for worthy causes as chosen by Joe and this year was no exception. This year Cancer Research UK – Breast Cancer Research was the chosen charity and a fantastic amount of £332 was raised which will be officially handed over to the charity over the coming weeks.
The official proceedings ended with the presentation of trophies and a thank you on behalf of the club by the competition organiser. Special thanks went to everyone involved in making the event possible and to all those who contributed to the total funds raised. The raffle was supported well with a number of prize donations and over £100 being taken alone on ticket sales. Thanks also went to the efforts of the ladies who donated the various cakes and other refreshments which everyone thoroughly enjoyed and to all those who set up the equipment ready for the clubs big day. Although the day ended up running slightly behind schedule the feedback from the competitors was fantastic and they gave very positive feedback on another successful charity day at Doddington.