Woodvale’s veterans celebrate their promotion success

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Woodvale Bowling Club’s veteran’s team is celebrating after gaining promotion to the second division of the Brighouse Veterans League, writes Charlotte Henbest.

After grinding it out in the third division for six years captain Godfrey Littlewood says it is down to the team improving with age.

“We have simply being playing well and this particular season we have pulled together and it has worked. We had been in the third division a long time and I think this was just our time, we have a good team.

“We have been together for six years but of course we have all been playing a lot longer than that. Some of us played in our younger days, but then of course work and family takes up your time so many of us returned to the greens in our retirement.

“Of course we are looking forward to playing in a higher division and we are fully aware that it will be a lot tougher but if we work together as we have done this past season and play as well as we have done, then we should do alright.”

To kick off the celebration the team of Littlewood, Eric Fawthrop (vice-captain), Terry Leach, Keith Busfield, Jim Wheeler, Mike Gibb, Barry Hoare, John Hunter and John Dyson all went up to Willow Valley Golf Club for a meal. Just missing was Jack Clegg due to ill-health. They will receive their trophy at a special presentation evening to be held this Friday at Rastrick Bowling and Social Club, where hopefully Terry Leach will also get a memento to mark his individual performance, as he had the top average for the whole division. The evening is for all the Brighouse and District Bowling Association.

Playing every Monday afternoon at Wellholme Park, the average age of the team is 78 with four octogenarians turning out. However, where they might be playing next season is up for debate.

“The condition of the greens this season has not been the best as the council has not been maintaining them as they should be,” said the skipper.

“At the moment it is in doubt as to whether or not Woodvale BC can continue down at Wellholme. All the teams from the club are getting together for a meeting on November 17 to discuss what to do and how to go forward with the council.”