A VILLAGE bowls team in the Moorlands is eagerly awaiting the start of the new season.
Dilhorne ladies achieved a clean sweep of trophies in 2013, the year of their club's 75th anniversary.
The jewel in the crown was the Staffordshire Ladies Bowling Association title, which Dilhorne won by 249 chalks, losing just one of their 20 matches to qualify for this year's Inter-County Champion of Champions League.
Last year's other successes included Dilhorne beating fierce rivals Birches Head Hotel in the final of the Nancy Boulton competition, and claiming the Birks Trophy for the third season in succession.
Team members Janet Hope and Sue Wright also triumphed in the Dorothy Pierce Memorial doubles tournament, while May Smith Round Peg competition winner Stacey Brown completed a personal double by partnering Carol Matthews to lift the Foden Trophy.
Team captain Pam Aston, from Blythe Bridge, is hoping Dilhorne can repeat their successes in 2014.
She said: "I am so proud when I look at our list of achievements but I'm not going to pick any individual bowler out for particular praise – it was a team effort.
"We have a couple of good youngsters, but they are all great bowlers.
"We won pretty much everything we entered last year.
"But we know we are a good side because in the last 11 seasons we have won the league title nine times."
The ladies play at Dilhorne Recreation Centre, where miners from the local colliery established a bowling club in the 1930s.
New members are always welcome at the club, including casual bowlers.
For more information about the club, call 01782 393502.