Two titles in a row for talented Jenifer

Jennifer and Wendy after their championship tussle.
Jennifer and Wendy after their championship tussle.

Jenifer Richardson made a successful defence of the ladies’ singles title at West Lothian IBC with the exciting emerging talent putting up a great show to beat the greatly experienced Wendy Purdie 21-15 in a hard fought final at the Inveralmond stadium.

Purdie takes a deal of beating so it was a tall order faced by the defending champion and the early stages of the final were ding-dong with the battle for supremacy deadlocked at 4-4, 9-9, 11-11 then 13-13 after 17 ends.

Richardson broke the latest deadlock with a hard earned double to 15 then answered the loss of a single with another double to 17 and having gained the ascendancy built on that momentum to clinch a 21-15 victory.

“I am very happy to have retained the title and I feel the value of my success is increased by it being hard earned against a player of Wendy’s achievements and ability.”

Oakbank is the only member club of the West Lothian Bowling Association, and one of 74 nationwide, to participate in a promising new initiative aimed at attracting more people into playing what is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games sport.

As part of Bowls Scotland’s Friends with Benefits initiative - running from until June 1 - clubs will run free coaching sessions and social activities to show newcomers the many benefits they can enjoy.

“The Glasgow 2014 Games is providing our sport and clubs with a unique platform to maximise the profile of the game,” said Bowls Scotland development manager Colin Hutchison.

“We believe there has never been a better time to promote the game and we are delighted that so many clubs have seen the potential of 2014 to encourage more people to play the game.

“Friends with Benefits is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to play bowls to gather their friends and head along to their local club to find out the great benefits they can enjoy.”