Potters Bar Bowls Club trio hoping to create legacy after National Finals debut
PUBLISHED: 10:48 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:59 02 September 2016
Potters Bar Bowls Club trio Ron Golden, Brian Burfoot and Terry Barker hope to have started a trend of male club bowlers appearing at the National Bowls Finals at Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park despite being beaten on their competition debut on Thursday.
Having fought through seven rounds to make it to the finals, Bar, competing as Hertfordshire A, were defeated 27-7 in the men’s triples event by eventual semi-finalists Herefordshire B.
Ten days after the ladies also put up a super fight at the nationals before being eliminated on the final end by Berkshire A, the men were happy with their showing in front of strong travelling support on their big day in the Midlands.
Burfoot told Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We were met with a team, certainly their skip, who was a superior bowler.”
Golden added: “We’d done well up to now and tried our best here.
“They were just better than us. We played well but they played better.
“It has been an incredible journey for the club and one we want to repeat in years to come.
“We hope we’ve taken the club forward by becoming the first men to qualify for the finals so we’re happy with that.”
Bar began well, level at 1-1 after two of an eventual 17 ends, but a dramatic third end that saw Herefordshire claim a seven-point haul blew Bar away and left them chasing the game from then on.
Golden said: “It [the third end] made it a lot harder and we couldn’t get back. We were up against some good players and once they were ahead in the end there was no stopping them.
“We tried to go for it a couple of times but it didn’t work.”
Barker added: “When you get behind you tend to chase the game and when that happens you give away more than you might have done otherwise.
“We’re not too down though because they were easily the best team we’ve met in the competition this year.”
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