Season to remember for Hucknall Rolls-Royce bowlers

RED-HOT ROLLS -- the players who helped Rolls-Royce Leisure through their superb 2013 season, complete with their haul of trophies. From left, Back Row: Maureen Gunn, David Hayes, Mick Bestwick, Adam Wright, Jim McDowell, Keith Powell, Jeff Smith, Alan Harvey, John Walker. Middle Row: Ron Clurow, Rose Hobbs, Hilary Hayes, Mark Foulds, Anne Taylor, Graham Fowler, Bert Wright, Lily Bennington, Ken Baxter. Seated: Alan Parker, Roy Walker, Janet Adams, Dave Asams, Geoff Gunn and Stewart Newton.
RED-HOT ROLLS -- the players who helped Rolls-Royce Leisure through their superb 2013 season, complete with their haul of trophies. From left, Back Row: Maureen Gunn, David Hayes, Mick Bestwick, Adam Wright, Jim McDowell, Keith Powell, Jeff Smith, Alan Harvey, John Walker. Middle Row: Ron Clurow, Rose Hobbs, Hilary Hayes, Mark Foulds, Anne Taylor, Graham Fowler, Bert Wright, Lily Bennington, Ken Baxter. Seated: Alan Parker, Roy Walker, Janet Adams, Dave Asams, Geoff Gunn and Stewart Newton.
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The leading bowls club in Hucknall, ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE, are celebrating a momentous season to remember.

An exceptionally successful 2013 yielded no fewer than FIVE league championship titles, plus the prestigious Glover Trophy.

Rolls also finished second and third in the two other Nottinghamshire leagues they contested, while individual players picked up singles and pairs titles at national and local level.

The club, based at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club greens off Watnall Road, consists of 30 members of varying ages.

A total of 96 league games were played during 2013. And a staggering 82 of them were won, with 12 lost, one drawn and one conceded.

Here is Rolls’s league-by-league record --

NOTTS EBA OPEN 3X4 LEAGUE (DIVISION ONE) -- champions for the fifth consecutive season, this time by a margin of 11 points. Of 16 games played, 14 were won.

NOTTS SATURDAY FEDERATION 3X3 (DIVISION ONE) -- champions for the fourth consecutive year, pipping local rivals Nuthall Northern by 5.5 points after trailing them in second place for most of the season. Of 14 games played, only two were lost.

NOTTS EBA MIXED LEAGUE (DIVISION ONE) -- a highly creditable third place after winning promotion last season as Division Two champions. In mid-season, Rolls were struggling in the bottom three of the table, only to rally so strongly that they missed out on the runners-up slot by just 1.5 points.

NOTTS MIXED FEDERATION (DIVISION ONE) -- champions again (by fully ten points) thanks to a record of only two defeats in 14 matches.

NOTTS MIDWEEK OPEN FEDERATION (DIVISION ONE) -- champions by 11.5 points (again from local rivals Nuthall Northern) thanks to a record of ten wins in 12 matches.

NOTTS EBF 3X3 LEAGUE (SOUTHERN SECTION) -- champions after a convincing record of ten wins from 12 matches in which they dropped only 25 points from a maximum of 120. Rolls now take on the Northern Section winners, Bilsthorpe, in a play-off for the overall trophy at the start of the 2014 season.

ASHFIELD SATURDAY 4X2 LEAGUE (DIVISION THREE) -- runners-up, just four points behind the champions after solid performances throughout the season. Rolls also reached the semi-finals of the league’s P.J.Eames Shield competition.

Rolls’s record underlines that playing standards are high at the club. But they still encourage new bowlers to join -- either for their league teams or to play socially.