Dragon breathing bowling league fire

HYDE club George and Dragon can sense delight as it sits near the top of not one but four bowling leagues.

The Bennett Street-based outfit is chasing promotion to the Tameside Men’s Crown Green Bowling League Premier Division.

It is a similar story in the Longdendale League as it looks to reach Division One, with a fixture against Romiley side Friendship on Saturday, July 13.

If that was not enough, George and Dragon One is at the top of the Stockport and District Bowling League Division A.

Its veterans’ team is doing just as well in the Tameside Men’s Vets Bowling League Premier Division.

Garry Jackson, of the George and Dragon’s midweek team, said: “It’s good for the club with so many teams doing well in their respective leagues.”

In the Tameside League, George and Dragon is battling with Delamere TA, based at Delamere Park in Higher Openshaw, and Ashton’s Waterloo and Taunton.

While after 13 games, the vets were 11 points clear of Friezland A, with fellow Hyde club Grapes A in third.

James North, Bush and Hyde Park are also nestled in mid-table of Tameside League Division One, while Hyde Club sit near the top of Division Two.

However, Bush did score a memorable win against high-fliers Delamere, winning 8-7.5 with father and son duo David and Robert Birchall both won their matches.

In the Saddleworth Bowling League Division Two, Bush scored a 12-4 win at Friezland L&H to stay off the bottom of the table.

On Saturdays, the Grapes’ players have established themselves in the middle of the Longdendale Bowling League’s Premier Division.

Hyde Club and Hyde Park B have established themselves among the contenders in Division Three, while Denton Park sit bottom.

The club, however, is on the lookout for new members, including a new women’s section side, to take part at its Victoria Street base.

Individual players also caught the eye with Mike Gee of Grapes A topping the Vets League’s averages with George and Dragon’s Tommy Heyes in third place, despite winning his first 11 matches.

In the Tameside League, George and Dragon boast players in third, fourth, fifth and sixth in division one’s averages.

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