Co-op Funeralcare Waterloo Handicap 2017

Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool, North West FY4 2AL

16 September 2017 - 20 September 2017

The Co-op “Bowls” on to TV again!

For the third year in a row Co-op Funeralcare are the proud sponsors of the Men’s Autumn Waterloo Crown Green Handicap. And it will, again, be live on your TV screens on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of September on ITV4 from 10am.

The World Famous Crown Green event is well known for the noise and banter and sheer skill involved and is THE one they all want to win.

The draw took place for the final 64 live on Thursday evening and brought up some very interesting draws. Sue Stanton represented the Co-op Funeralcare at the draw, “We are proud to be involved with the event at the Waterloo, we have involvement with many Grass roots bowling events, including disabled and of course Indoor Bowls at International level. This is our third year as Sponsors at the Waterloo and we are really looking forward to some good bowling,” said Stanton.

One of the favourites for the title is Preston’s Simon Coupe, who is one of only a few to have won the title three times and also managed the impressive feat of winning the event in back to back years. But in his way is last year’s Quarter Finalist and local hero Jamie Grimston. An eye catching game all round. Who will make it through?

Another favourite to pick up the title, Graeme “GI” Wilson has got a very tough last 64 contest. He faces Lee Heaton who also impressed at last year’s finals last 16. “All the games are tough when you get to this stage,” said Wilson, “It’s just great to be involved and the support of the Co-op is fantastic for the game,” he added.

Last year Champion Tim Houghton didn’t make it through the qualifying rounds this year but the 2015 Champion Alverchurch’s Greg Smith did. Smith faces Mark Hughes from Leeds and will hope to have a good run again this year to make it to the TV final stages.

But also into the mix is “The Beast” himself Wayne Ditchfield, Crowd entertainer and quarter finalist last year Callum Wraight, Semi finalist in 2016, the impressive, Glynn Cookson from Wynsford and also Jack and Jean Isherwood title holder Mike Leach will all be battling to take this year’s title. Who wins?

Tune into ITV4 from Tuesday or join us live in the venue.

Full Draw:

1 Paul Leah (Manchester) v 2 Steve Baskerville (Altrincham)
3 Andy Fleming (Preston) v 4 CallumWraight (Shrewsbury)
5 Kevan Shaw (Westhoughton) v 6 Steve Moores (Northwich)
7 Eric Ralphson (Heywood) v 8 Phil Lee (Liverpool)
9 Greg Smith (Alvechurch) v 10 Mark Hughes (Leeds)
11 Andy Thornton (Cumbria) v 12 Damian Morrison (Warrington)
13 Ryan Clark (Sheffield) v 14 Richard Priestley (Hebden)
15 Roger Crowther (Huddersfield) v 16 Michael Heap (Wigan)
17 Gareth Coates (Halifax) v 18 Kieron Smith (Leeds)
19 Malcolm Sims (Poynton) v 20 Bradley Bayliss (Alvaston&Boulton)
21 Pete Dunkley (Birmingham) v 22 Stephen Parkin (Stoke)
23 Ritchie Goddard (Shrewsbury) v 24 David Walker (Tadcaster)
25 Mike Geraghty (Flixton) v 26 Billy Speed (Wigan)
27 James Grimston (Lytham) v 28 Simon Coupe (Preston)
29 Stuart King (Huddersfield) v 30 Andy Hughes (Cunliffe)
31 Antony Mellor (Heywood) v 32 Mike Holden (Rochdale)
33 Ray Goodhand (Warrington) v 34 Liam Griffin (Pudsey)
35 Dave Watters (Preston) v 36 Simon Mills (Derby)
37 Ian Wassell (Sandbach) v 38 Chris Ward (Victoria Park)
39 Glynn Cookson (Winsford) v 40 Tommy King (Blackpool)
41 Danny Sillitoe (Maltby) v 42 Simon Brown (Ulverston)
43 Mike Beer (Shrewsbury) v 44 Alan Gilpin (Kendal)
45 Ian Grady (Skemersdale) v 46 David Bradford (IOM)
47 Paul Heap (Springbank) v 48 Wayne Ditchfield (Eccleston)
49 Duncan Watkins (Bolton) v 50 Chris Kelly (Sheffield)
51 Lee Heaton (Croston) v 52 Graeme Wilson (Elland)
53 Stephen Glover (Liverpool) v 54 Chris Brown (Sheffield)
55 Lee Johnstone (Poynton) v 56 Dave McDermott (Wirral)
57 Michael Leach (Blackpool) v 58 John Rothwell (Glossop)
59 Clive Chapman (Heywood) v 60 Richard Hargreaves (Keithley BC)
61 Jason Jones (Abergale) v 62 Alan Hanford (Barrowford)
63 Craig Richardson (Denbigh) v 64 Ryan Sandham (Poynton Sports)


Photo is from the live draw with Sue Stanton (Right) the Co-op Funeralcare Senior Funeral Director for the Fylde Coast, Lancaster and Preston and (Centre) Mark Audin the Waterloo Green Manager. (Left) is the presenter for the draw.