Alwood Shield returns to the bowling scene

A TROPHY which was last played for in 1980 is back on the bowling scene.

The Alwood Shield was first played for in 1968 and was set up by Alwood’s founder, Alfred Briggs, who was a fanatical bowler. So much so that he was said to often take his holidays within sight of a bowling green.

The competition ran until 1980 when it lapsed and the Shield disappeared. It was discovered after almost 30 years, having been looked after much of that time by the late Wolsey Gracey.

Alfred’s son, Alan Briggs has been playing for many years. A member of the Lurgan club, he has been one of the instigators behind the revival of the competition.

He, and the other organisers George Richardson and Alan Roberts, hope the Alwood Shield will continue to inspire competition for many years to come.

The Inter-Club Charity Challenge Competition, with £1,200 in the prize fund, is sponsored by Alwood, with this year’s proceeds going to the very worthy Meningitis Trust.

The first series of matches were played on Monday night and results were as follows:

Portadown 4(0) Balmoral 24(3); Portadown 8(0) Banbridge 23(3); Portadown 13(3) Lisnagarvey 12(1); Portadown 24(5) Lurgan 9(0).

After the first week Portadown lead the way with six points from four games.

The other teams involved have only played one game each.

Balmoral and Banbridge have three points, Lisnagarvey one point and Lurgan no points.