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Acle bowlers on world stage

PUBLISHED: 13:46 16 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:18 11 May 2010

Good Friday winner Jason Roope (left) with Jill Saunders and Jamie Howlett.

Good Friday winner Jason Roope (left) with Jill Saunders and Jamie Howlett.

ACLE Indoor Bowls Club players Tim Stone and Melanie Haylett, who are current National Mixed Pairs champions, travel to Swansea next week to represent England in the World Indoor Bowls Championship.

ACLE Indoor Bowls Club players Tim Stone and Melanie Haylett, who are current National Mixed Pairs champions, travel to Swansea next week to represent England in the World Indoor Bowls Championship.

Before that they hope to add a couple of county titles to their impressive tally. Melanie has reached the County Ladies' Singles and Ladies Pairs semi-finals with fellow club member Jean Cossey.

Stone will be playing in the County Singles final this weekend and will be joined by fellow club mates, James Howlett, who is in the final of the U25s Singles. Also joining the Acle party are John Marshall, Robert Parker, Denis Goodley and Tony Dunton who are in the County Fours final.

Tim, James, Robert and Tony were also in the victorious Norfolk county side that won the national inter-counties championships last weekend, the Liberty Trophy.

On the domestic front, Acle Indoor are accepting team entries into their domestic league for next season and the national competitions. Call in the club to collect entry forms or contact the secretary, Denis Goodley, on 01493 750008

The annual meeting of the club takes place on Monday, April 27 at 7.30pm in the Bowls Lounge. Prior to the meeting the club chairman, Maurice Shreeve will present a cheque for £1,000 to a representative of the East Anglian Children's Hospice and the club will in turn receive their Clubmark Certificate from Active Norfolk, the first bowls club in the country to receive this coveted award.

ON Good Friday the first open singles competition was held, organised by Tim Stone.

In the final Jason Roope beat Jamie Howlett 10-5 and 7-5. The Humphrey and Jill Saunders Trophy was presented by Jill Saunders, and a cheque for £100 (pictured).

Club chairman Maurice Shreeve thanked all the volunteer markers and Jo Haynes and Becs Stone for their computer wizardry.


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