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Friday, 22 May 2015

Victory for Boatside quoits team

THE Boatside Out-By quoits team continued their dominance in the Allen Valley Quoits League with a fourth successive First Division title.

Champion performers: Boatside Out-By clinched the league and knock-out competition double.

The Warden team were again crowned champions after another successful year, although runners-up Comrades Club, Haltwhistle, pushed them close.

In the second division, the Bowes Dodgers were champions, gaining promotion along with the Carts Bog C who finished second in a very tight division.

The Tory Tourettes claimed top spot in the third division without losing a game all season, and will be joined in the higher division by the Bowes Bombers.

The Twice Brewed B was awarded the Bum Team Shield for ‘being seated bottom’ of the league.

Finals day was held at the Comrades Club, where the Boatside Out-By continued to shine by claiming the league and shield double beating the Boatside In-By’s in the final of the KO Shield – their sixth in the past seven years.

The winner of the Junior KO contest was Jack Brown, with runner-up Gary Stewart, while Neville Bainbridge won the Singles KO ahead of Duncan MacMillan.

Winners of the KO Doubles were father and son, Willie and Jamie Reay, as they defeated Alan Edwards and Cliffy Waitt in the final.

Throughout the year a record is kept of all singles winners in the league and Richard MacDonald (13/14) picked up the Division One trophy. In second was Jimmy Stobbart (12).

Div 2 winner was Jack Brown (13) ahead of Frank Furlong (12), while Richard Hymers recorded a clean sweep of 11/11 for the second year running. In second was Quenton Clegg (10).

Meanwhile, Allen Valleys participated in competitions elsewhere with the Bobby Dover Quoits KO held at Langley’s The Carts Bog again this year.

With another good turnout, Raymond Little won the singles KO, and Ian Christie and Alan Edwards won the doubles.

The Wallace Arms Triathlon was held with 16 entrants participating.

Steve Anderson was the overall champion as he clinched victory in the pool section over general runner-up Ken Ridley in the final.

Richard MacDonald reached the darts final but lost out 3-2 to Steve Anderson, while the quoits was won by Ken Ridley by defeating Trevor Lloyd.

Meanwhile, at the recent Whitfield Country Fair, the event had 22 entries for the quoits competitions, held for the first time on the showfield.

The Singles KO saw Jamie Reay beaten by Rory McNeil in a close final, Jamie again losing out in the final of the Doubles KO alongside Malcolm Stonehouse as Adam Ridley and Richard MacDonald clinched victory.