John Mawdsley Wins Millenium Short
Twelve players from six clubs played in three blocks. In the Semi finals, Fylde’s own Ken Harper was beaten up by Bury’s Bob Whittle who was playing dazzling Croquet and John Mawdsley steady and accurate style from Southport was enough to get the better of Howard Bowron from Penrith. Ken went on to win the plate event and was presented with a wonderful ‘plate’ of Blackpool rock. There had been a a cloudburst (conveniently) after round one, and this gave the club the chance to show off (and the players to avail) the new canopy which has been generously funded by the CA. The sun then came out and for the final the spectators drew up their chairs and settled in to watch Bob and John play. After an entertaing and close battle John pegged out. Fylde’s Chairman, Martin Bradshaw presented the trophy to John. The general tenor of the event was relaxed and fun and several players made their tournament debuts, which was one of the aims of the event.