AS newly elected captain of Brighouse Sports Bowling Club Mark Regan prepares for the new 2012 season starting at the end of March, while former captain of 25 years Ronnie Wormald has been keeping on top of his game at The Griffin in Paddock, Huddersfield.
Playing for Brighouse for some 35 years, they have not had a winter league for a few years now and Ronnie has always played through the colder months at The Griffin for the past 40 years, and has just won his first competition of the year.
It was a surprise victory for Ronnie winning the Sunday Sixteen competition last week but the favourite Steve Hirst went out to outsider Steve Parkin in the first round, and that helped pave the way for the veteran and ex-county player and captain to enjoy success.
Ronnie enjoyed a fairly comfortable first round win over Chris Davies 21-14, winner of two competitions already this season.
However, Ronnie’s next three games were all very close and the final was the closest against Mark Wood with the margin, 21-20.
Wood had been leading at 20-17, when he played two very close woods and it looked all over.
However, Ronnie played a terrific second wood and followed that with a four break to take the spoils.
He was also last year’s winner of the Peter Jackson Memorial at Griffin.
“I have just returned the trophy to the club for this years competition. However, I have just reached the last 16 so you never know I could be taking it home with me again,” said Ronnie.
“It’s a good club down at Paddock. It is private with around 57 members and there is always something going on with pairs competitions, memorial trophies, the Sunday Sixteens to name a few. We all contribute towards the prize money.
“I started off bowling at Rastrick and was there for two or three years. I was speaking to someone about wanting to improve my game and they advised me to look at joining Brighouse and I never looked back as it eventually led me to skipper my county for a couple of years, and I only decided to call it a day on that a few years ago.
“My wife Sheila of 40 years is not so keen on the sport but she is very supportive and will be watching me down at Brighouse Sports Club when the West Riding competition starts at the end of March.”
When not on the greens, Ronnie also likes to go golfing. He is a member of the Bradley Hall Golf Club at Holywell Green and plays three times a week with a 13 handicap.
Club secretary Tony Riley, confirmed that the draw for the competition will be made at the beginning of March and that everyone is looking forward to the start of the new season.