Louise bows out of England Under 25s duty in winning style

ENGLANDS BEST: Worlinghams Louise Catchpole, third from the left, with England team-mates Paige Denn

ENGLANDS BEST: Worlinghams Louise Catchpole, third from the left, with England team-mates Paige Dennis, Cassidy Lenton and Katy Baxter at Nottingham. - Credit: Archant

Louise Catchpole from Worlingham represented England in the Ladies Under 25s bowls team in the Home International Series played at Erewash, Nottingham.

Louise has now played for the England team in this championship for the past five years but due to the age restriction this was Louise’s final year in which she would be available for selection.

Playing skip for the first time Louise was selected to play with Cassidy Lenton (Torquay, Devon)), Katy Baxter (Hornsea, Yorks.) and Paige Dennis (Swale, Kent).

In their first game they were drawn against Scotland and this turned out to be a very frustrating afternoon for England, with Louise’s rink coming out second best to a very strong Scottish line-up.

The final match was against a very experienced Welsh rink skipped by Hannah Clarke. Louise and Hannah had played each other in the past and honours were even.

To lift the trophy England had to win on three of their four rinks.

In a complete turnaround of fortunes from the previous day Louise and her team got off to a flying start. Playing extremely well they opened up a lead of 14-4 after the first 10 ends. They ran out winners 22-14 on shots. The victory helped England to a win with victories on two of the other three rinks.

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After the game Louise commented: “It was very satisfying to win my last game at Under 25 level and also to help toward a championship victory for England. That was my aim and I’m very pleased”.

After the trophy presentation, Louise was presented with a gift from the English National Association to mark her fifth and final appearance.

For the remainder of this season Louise still has a lot to look forward to, firstly with her brother Ian, together with Rebecca Field and Wayne Willgress they have yet again qualified for the National Mixed Fours Finals. This title they won in 2013 and were runners-up in 2014.

She then goes to play for England in the British Isles Ladies Triples Championships in County Durham.