11:59AM, Tuesday 20 April 2021
With some social distancing measures in place, Maidenhead Thicket bowls club opened their green to members over two days instead of one last week (April 10-11).
Playing in everything from sunshine to rain and hail, club captains Tommy Hanks and Sheila Gwilliam were joined by President Bill Hing to roll the first woods of the new season.
Shiela obviously got her eye in with that opening bowl and went on to seal victory in Saturday’s match.
Russell Harper, Elaine Worthy and Malcolm Summers then came out on top in Sunday’s triples event.
Club captain Tommy Hanks, 44, said: “The opening day is an important tradition that sets us up for the coming Season.
“A lot of selfless work goes on over the Winter months to prepare the Clubhouse, Green and surrounding areas. This year, especially, people have gone above and beyond to make sure we open.
“At Maidenhead Thicket, our aim is to introduce new people to the game of bowls.
“There is a stigma attached that it is an 'old persons' sport and that couldn't be further from the truth.
“We want to create a family feel where we support each other and celebrate success together. Our gate is always open to whoever wants to try their hand at a very special game.”