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Julie Fuller Trophy preview

Veterans League

The 6-Man League's only team competition begins it's 2023 version next Friday when 8 teams are involved in the Preliminary Round. Round 1 is then played on Friday 26 May with the holders, Clayton West, granted a bye following the withdrawal of Lindley Lib 'B' from the competition.

With all the changes to the individual and pairs competition dates there are this season I am pleased to see the Finals Day format for this competition has been preserved. The dual running on the same green of the JFT Final bookended by the Semi-Finals and then Final of the Over-80's KO is one of the better days in the Veterans League calendar.

The JFT Final with all 6 bowlers from each team taking to the green at the same time acts as a breakpoint for the Semi-Finals and Final of the Over-80's KO and also attracts a bigger audience than would otherwise have been the case.

Traditionally for many years, the Finals Day has alternated between Hemplow and Kirkheaton C&BC as the respective competition sponsorships decided. With a change in sponsor for the Julie Fuller Trophy that may change although it is the Over-80's sponsor who opts for Kirkheaton C&BC and it is their turn to host this year, therefore that change may have to wait.

PRELIMINARY ROUND DRAW To be played Friday 12 May

A Lockwood Con (+2) v Shepley A (scr) On New Mill

B Linthwaite Hall (+6) v. Primrose Hill Lib (+14) On Crosland Moor B.C.

C Almondbury Lib. (+10) v. Greenhead Park (+14) On Lockwood Con.

D Paddock I & C (+8) v. Brockholes B (+16) On Netherton Con.

ROUND 1 To be played Friday 26 May

Winner of match A v. Winner of match B On Golcar Lib.

Winner of match C v. Winner of match D On Linthwaite Hall BYE Clayton West (+6) v. Lindley Lib.B (withdrawn)

Thongsbridge A (+2 ) v. Shepley B (+16) On Lindley Lib.

Marsh United A (+4) v. Milnsbridge BC A (+2) On Holmfirth

Marsh United B (+16) v. Denby Dale (+10) On Netherton Con.

Lindley Lib.A (+6) v. Holmfirth A (+6) On Meltham

Crosland Moor (scr) v. Skel Windmill A (+4) On Almondbury Lib.

Milnsbridge BC B (+10) v. Marsh Lib (+12) On Lockwood Con.

Golcar Lib. (+10) v. Skel Windmill B (+8) On New Mill

Brockholes A (scr) v. Thongsbridge C (+16) On Slaithwaite

Netherton Con. (+2) v. New Mill (+12) On Huddersfield RUBC

Golcar C & BC (scr) v. Elland C&BC (+4) On Cowcliffe

Meltham (+12) v. Holmfirth B (+14) On Paddock I & C

Thongsbridge B (+14) v. Hemplow (+12) On Thorpe Green

Slaithwaite (+8) v. Longwood (+4) On Almondbury B.C.

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