All systems are go for the Co-operative Funeralcare Crown Green Bowls Waterloo Handicap

The final countdown is on...

The final countdown is on for the live televised finals of the Co-operative Funeralcare Crown Green Bowls Waterloo handicap and some interesting draws will have the spectators on the edge of their seats
Top half of the draw

The tie of the top half of the draw sees multi title winning Kerry Morris face up to the five times Waterloo champion and defending Champion Gary Ellis. Stoke man Morris is no stranger to the winner’s enclosure and will be a tough ask on day one for the undisputed No 1 of the game of Crown Green Ellis, “Kerry is a top class player and has beaten me a lot more times than I’ve beaten him over the years, so I’m under no illusion that it’s a really tough game,” said Ellis.

Second half of the draw

In the second half of the draw Andy Spragg takes on youngster Greg Smith. Smith has gained a reputation in his short career for winning the big events but Spragg has the experience and the confidence to upset Smith chances. Smith commented on forthcoming encounter, "I have only played Andy twice before and beaten him both times. But I have never played him at the Waterloo so I will make sure it will be one I’m ready for. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere this year with Co-operative funeralcare and ITV4 its all good news for the sport."

The Waterloo is having an exciting time with all hands to the pump in getting the stadium ready for the TV cameras and spectators. The title sponsors, The Co-operative funeralcare, have been on hand putting up stands and banners around the stadium. John Taylor, Community Engagement Manager for The Co-operative funeralcare, said: “It’s one of the things we do pride ourselves in is grass roots support for bowling events and we are all looking forward to the event immensely. The combination of The Crown Green game and live ITV4 coverage is an exciting prospect.”

The Co-operative funeralcare Waterloo 2015 starts its final week on Saturday 12th September with the last 64. Monday we see the last 32 battle it out to go into the live TV days. Tuesday the last 16 will face the music and the cameras when we also have live ITV4 coverage. Wednesday 16th is finals day and who will lift the coveted title in front of TV cameras for the first time in decades? Tune in to find out or come on down to soak in the atmosphere. For tickets contact Mark Audin Waterloo Manager on 07986 799 299.

Pictured are competitors in the tournament and John Taylor, Community Marketing Manager. (Left to right Greg Smith, Simon Coupe, Lee Heaton, John Taylor, Gary Ellis,Chris Brown.)

Full draw:

Saturday 12th September commencing at 10am; Darren Woodend v Duncan Watkins, Toni Moxham v Jamie Bramley, John Bradshaw v Chris Barton, Gareth Gwilliam v Graham Hirst, Mark Holden v Andy Thornton, John Kennish v John Thompson, David Poole v Dan Golpin, Paul Mackie v Ross Dunkley, Graham Hunt v Ian Nicholson, Lea Heaton v Chris Haynes, Bob Maure v Paul Dudley, Kerry Morris v Gary Ellis (3), John Ashcroft v Simon Coupe, Andy Hodgson v Dave Penketh, Danny Nixon v Ashley Daykin, Mick Prescott v Chris Brown   Afternoon Session:  Geoff Boulton v Ben Holbrook, Ant Bracken v Robin Turscanyi, Jason Cornes v Tommy Johnstone, Mike Leach v Dave Bradford, Terry Glover v Barry Vinden, Andy Spragg v Greg Smith, Dave Watters v Adam Jackson, Roger Crowther v Maurice Sweetman, Tommy King v Mike Riley, Matt Gilmore v Jimmy Derby, Stephen Edwards (jnr) v Roy Moxham, Gary Owen v Dave McDermott, Gareth Hughes v Lee Fletcher, Steve Morrey v Liam Griffin, Duncan Reeves v Phil Lee, Darren Edmondson v Kez Smith.

For further information contact

Emily Penkett

PR Manager

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager

Catherine Turner

Head of PR