Arun ladies are reflecting on winning a national trophy - and will be out to retain it next year.
The Vivienne Trophy involves teams from all over the country who compete on a knockout basis.
Each club has 16 lady players, split into four teams of four. Games are either played on a two-teams-at-home, two-away basis or at a neutral venue.
Arun’s campaign began last November. They played Banister Park IBC in the first round and won 83-64. The next round was against Atherley IBC, which was won 107-55 - again with two teams at home and
two playing away
In December Arun played a club from Dorchester at East Dorset IBC. They won 81-66.
January brought the quarter-finals against a team from Mid Gloucestershire, played at Basingstoke. Arun won 100-55.
The February semi-final was against Camberley IBC. Arun had reached this stage for the past two years so were hoping against hope they would win - and they did - the result being 86-64.
And so to the final against St Neots from Cambridge. It was played at Northampton and Arun Ladies did themselves proud by winning 102-59. The journey home was rather noisy!
Arun ladies have reached several finals in national competitions and have a very strong, competitive section. They reached the fifth round of the Yetton Trophy and three ladies have just returned from Melton Mowbray having reached the final stages of a ladies’ triples competition. Many are still playing in county games.
Ladies involved in the campaign were E Fitch, M Fair, S Judd, B Jones, P Rampton, M Bacon, J Whitfield, F Ireland, V Greenaway, I Morris, M Phillips, C Horsley, J Boucher, S Pickard, J Taffurelli, M Brown, M Potter, J Lindley, S Blyth, J Foster, J Slater.
n Arun ladies played a friendly against Dolphins IBC from Poole and won 119-104.
Scores: A Harrison, K Young, V Foyle, D Latter won 24-15; J Foster, K Burnard, J Lindley, M Brown won 20-13; E Keywood, D Young, M Potter, I Morris lost 26-16; P Rampton, B Foyle, J Taffurelli, C Horsley won 27-16.
Whiteknights 109 Arun 114
Arun won this friendly by a narrow margin, winning on three rinks and losing on three.
Scores; P Lacy, T Rextrew, D Fitch, A Humphreys lost 20-18; P Langridge, P Easterbrook, P Phillips, C Radford lost 24-8; J Dyke, W Branford, D Winchester, R Gardner lost 23-16; G Whittaker, B Jones, G Herrington, D Sayers won 20-15; N Waddock, J Gilpin, D Ford, PJ White won 23-15; B Rebbeck, J Smith, M Adams, J Pickard won 29-12.
West Sussex A played Surrey in the semi-final of the inter-county championships at Northampton.
They shared the points in the first session but could manage only a win and a draw in the second session to trail 9-7 and 91-79 at lunch.
In the third session the points were again shared with each team taking bonus points in one of the disciplines and West Sussex went into the final session needing to win three of the four games.
Having won both triples games and lost one of the fours they needed to win the second fours game but in a close tussle, Surrey just ran out winners 9-8 to take the match by the closest of margins 21-19.
In the pairs Lavant’s John Simms with Bognor’s Marlene Steel won 13-8 and 12-11.
In the triples Crablands’ Joyce Abel with Bognor’s Freddie Kaucher lost 10-7 and won 12-8 while Lavant’s Ray Harding with Bognor’s Brenda Jones and Brian Mills won 14-10 and 11-7.
In the fours Lavant’s Rob Peirce lost 12-3 and 8-2 and Bognor’s Eric Jones and Les Dray drew 7-7 and lost 9-8.
Southbourne 74 Wittering 12
Wittering came to Southbourne for a friendly but found it difficult to adjust to the very fast Southbourne mats. A pleasant evening was had by all followed by a good supper.
Scores; Karen Alner, Bill Coates, Robin Armstrong, Dave Walter (s) won 33-6; Audrey Bull, Alan Williams, John Staker, Dave Alner (s) won 41-6.
Southbourne 61 Norfolk 20
In their home south-west division one league match against Norfolk, Southbourne had a convincing win to take the maximum six points.
Scores: Alan Shelley, Bill Coates, Robin Armstrong, Dave Walter (s) won 33-11; Audrey Bull, Alan Williams, Rodney Bull, Dave Alner (s) won 28-9.
Crablands Cormorants 32 Southbourne 34
In their away league match at Crablands, Southbourne gained a win on the mat skippered by Antony Bull and in spite of losing on the other mat, still managed a win overall to take four points.
Scores: Audrey Bull, Rodney Bull, Robin Armstrong, Dave Alner (s) lost 19-14; Alan Shelley, Dave Walter, Paul Butler, Antony Bull (s) won 20-13.
Several members of Nyetimber team travelled to Torquay to play in what is becoming an annual event for the club.
They played against 20 other teams from as far afield as Plymouth and Windsor. The format was singles and rinks in the morning and pairs and triples in the afternoon - over four days.
In a very close contest one team tied for third place but lost out on a trophy on shot difference, with the other team only one point behind.
Pictured from left to right are Peter & Peta Watters, Bill & Denise Merritt, Celia Foot, Denise Kirby, Alan Foot and Marion & Reg Hatch.
n Nyetimber played host to Barnham in a friendly. The home team won on two mats, Barnham won.
Nyetimber’s two mat wins were by 18-8 and 26-15, while Barnham had a 25-15 victory.
A visit to Bognor Goodwoods for a league match and picked up two points for a 29-19 win on one mat.
Bognor won 28-15 on mat one after taking seven ends in a row and they also had a close 19-16 success on the friendly mat.
The match was played in a good spirit between the friendly rivals.
Goodwoods held their ladies’ singles competition which resulted in a win for Marlene Steel. She beat Denise Dray and Edna Cooke on the way to a final against Brenda Jones, who beat Pam Smith, and Resi Wiedenhoeft. The final finished 11-3 to Marlene.
Pulborough 48 Hunston 56
As both clubs could only get 11 members to play, so they played triples on mat one which Hunston won by nine shots.
The other two mats had very close games with mat two going to the last end before Pulborough won by one shot. On mat three it ended 17-17.
Scores: D Greenfield, F Franklin, S Clay won 23-14; P Franklin, J Hodnett, B Hodnett, A Hack lost 17-16; T Hack, J Stubbs, P Guyatt, R Stevens drew 17-17.
Fittleworth hosted Crablands and won on two mats for an overall score of 68-44.
Scores: Murial Cook, Arthur Ellcome, Alan Jordan, Dave Herbert won 27-15; Audrey Hodgson, Marc Wood, Sheila Allen, Gina Barnfield lost 21-16; Paulin Gilpin, Eileen Warrington, Bernard Adsett, Sue Judd won 25-8.