Lee-on-the-Solent Bowling Club
Club Captain's Corner
CAPTAIN’S LOG - P&D AND COUNTY FINALS
MIXED TOP CLUB
As Eastern Area Champions in this competition we earned the right to compete in the County Finals at Banister on Sunday. We gave a very good account of ourselves against Atherley, the Southern Area Champions, before being narrowly defeated. We were beaten in the Men’s Singles and Mixed Pairs but were leading towards the end of the other three events and thus on course for a famous win when the Triples was snatched away from us by a 4-shot loss on the final end. Kim Francis in the Ladies Singles and the rink skipped by Martin Ellis both held the lead when the match was curtailed as we were thus 3-0 down with two games to complete.
The Team has done superbly this season and we will be determined to go one step further next season!
P&D LADIES FINALS
Great to report still more success for the club. Kim Francis and Sheila Gentry contested an all-Lee final in the Unbadged Singles, and what a contest they had! Kim eventually emerged successful by 21-20 after a terrific match that lasted 29 ends and was a great credit to both players.
After a short break Kim and Sheila were then joined by Elaine Bennett and Caroline Cuerden to contest the final of the Fours and were successful in that as well, bringing yet another trophy back to Lee in this most successful of seasons.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 19
LADIES - ANOTHER TROPHY!
Yet another success to report as our ladies added the P&D Challenge Cup to their league title. On a green which might politely be described as “difficult” at Purbrook we overcame Fareham by three events to one in hard-fought final to bring yet another trophy back to Lee in this most successful of seasons.
Team captain Carol Turner was narrowly defeated in the Singles but wins for Elaine Bennett and Sheila Gentry in the Pairs, Caroline Cuerden, Sandy Ramsden and Joan Dawkins in the Triples, and Jenny Calder, Maria Mogridge , Gloria Tardivel and Carole Reed in the Rink ensured the victory and a fitting end to the completion programme for our ladies. Many congratulations to all.
The only team with fixtures still to play is our Midweek Triples team. Their penultimate match was at Crofton where we were defeated by two rinks to one. A win for acting captain Brian Mitchell not enough to overcome the losses on the other two rinks.
This will be the last regular bulletin of the season – and what a pleasure it has been to record the events of what has been a memorable season for the club in many areas. A few important dates remain, most notably our forthcoming appearance in the County Mixed Top Club Finals on 9th September, for which I will post reports as they happen.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 18
MIXED TOP CLUB AREA FINAL
Another great success for the club in this most successful of seasons. We became Eastern Area Champions of this competition with a convincing four events to one win over Cowplain at Milton Park in the final on Thursday evening. Many congratulations to our successful team of Phil Sanders in the Men’s Singles, Kim Francis in the Ladies' Singles, Dave Heather and Cindy Ellis in the pairs, Peter Gentry, Caroline Cuerden and Sheila Gentry in the triples and the rink of Martin Ellis, Jeff Passmore, Elaine Bennett and Joan Dawkins. We now go forward to the County Finals at Bannister Park, Southampton, on Sunday 9th September.
The Ladies B Team resumed their vital fixture at Waterlooville, abandoned the previous week, but just failed to get the win they needed to have a chance of promotion. Jenny Calder’s rink managed a 23-19 win but overall we lost by 9 shots so went down 2-6. Nonetheless Lin’s team have shown great improvement this season and I’m sure will be challengers again next year.
The C Team completed their programme with a 6-2 home win over Bridgemary. Gill Davis skipped her rink to a 24-12 victory and Pam Clements came close to making it a maximum, losing by just one shot on the final end. This was the team’s fourth successive win in a very strong end to the season which means that they finish in a healthy mid-table position after a few mid-season worries.
The A Team travelled to runaway league champions Waverley on Monday and gave a very creditable performance, winning two rinks to lose by a 4-12 margin. Rink wins for Martin Ellis and Dennis Wren proved not enough against losses on the other rinks to two very powerful Waverley units.
Our last match of the season, the rearranged fixture at home to Leigh Park, had to be played in heavy rain on Sunday morning due to the impending deadline for completion of league fixtures. The conditions were probably worse than when the original game was postponed and Leigh Park mastered them better than us to take a 14-2 victory with only Dave Heather’s rink managing a win for us. A wet and disappointing end to our league programme should not detract from what has been an excellent season for us, with a 4th place finish in Div 1 by far the best position we have ever achieved.
The Midweek Triples team had a fine win at Fareham, defeating the league leaders for the second time this season. A rink win for Maurice Phillips and a draw for Brian Mitchell were enough to give us a 43-41 win and take 9 points from the match.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM LEAGUE
The G&F Singles Finals, played at Portchester last Sunday, proved to be another triumph for Lee. The Men’s Masterman Cup was won by Phil Sanders, who beat his club-mate Dennis Wren in the final. The Ladies' Audrey Pearce Trophy went to Sheila Gentry, who retained the title she won last year by defeating her Rowner opponent in a closely fought final. Congratulations to both who thus added two more successes to what is becoming a memorable season for the club.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 17
The B Team was the only Ladies' team in action this week and they had two fixtures. On Tuesday they kept their hopes of promotion alive with a maximum points win over Gosport in their final home game of the season. Jenny Calder skipped her rink to a 24-11 win and was backed up by Maria Mogridge’s 21-17 success to complete a convincing victory.
The second game of the week, a potential promotion decider at Waterlooville, fell victim to the torrential rain on Thursday and had to be abandoned in rather controversial circumstances after six ends, with both teams leading on one rink at the time. The match will be resumed, and hopefully completed, this week.
The A Team came as close as they have ever done to a win on the Waterlooville carpet, in the end failing by just two shots to record a first –ever success. In a desperately close match Peter Gentry gained a 1-shot win and Martin Ellis managed a draw but defeats by one and two shots on the other two rinks meant we came away with just 3 points.
On Friday evening we visited Alexandra and were well beaten 14-2, Alex proving far stronger on the night. Dave Heather’s rink fought well to earn our only points with a 1-shot win.
Both Combination teams completed their fixtures this week. The B Team travelled to Cowplain where, once again, the home advantage of a carpet proved too much of a handicap and we were beaten on all rinks, going down to a heavy 49-74 defeat.
The C Team, meanwhile, picked up probably the best result of the week. Needing nothing less than a maximum points win to ensure safety in Combination Div 2 they duly managed just that in their home match with Alex Red. In an excellent all-round performance team captain Roy Cullen, Bill Lamb and the Club Captain skipped their rinks to a 68-44 overall victory and secured the vital 12 points.
Martin Ellis followed up his success in the Men’s Championship the previous week by defeating Cindy Ellis in the final of the Club Championship. Martin becomes the first man since Eric Brierley in 2005 to achieve the double of Club and Men’s Champion.
Congratulations also to the other winners, Phil Sanders, who was a double-winner picking up the Veteran Singles and the Fred Jones Plate, Dennis Wren, victor in the 2-wood singles and Joan Dawkins who added to her success in the Ladies Singles by winning the First Winners Trophy and, with her partner Alec Deller, the Drawn pairs.
Just a reminder that we are contesting the Area Final of the Mixed Top Club competition against Cowplain at Milton Park this Thursday at 5.30pm. All support will be welcome at this important event.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 16
Our B Team’s hopes of league win or promotion were dealt a severe blow this week. Their run of success came to an unexpected halt on Tuesday with a 2-rink defeat at home to mid-table Denmead Black. Our ladies never really got to grips with the conditions and were well beaten on both rinks by a Denmead team whose performance belied their league position. Our visit to Purbrook Heath the following day met a similar fate on a green best described as “challenging”. A zero return from two games means that promotion now looks very unlikely but Lin’s team should be proud of their much-improved performance this season.
The C Team kept up their late-season improvement with a maximum points win at home to Gosport. Pam Clements, no doubt refreshed by her holiday, led her rink to a 26-17 success which was backed up by Gill Davis’s rink snatching a 16-14 last-end win to secure the 8 points. This team has rediscovered winning form at just the right time to move away from danger at the bottom of the table.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The Woods narrowly failed in their bid to win the G&F Championship, losing by 3 shots against Fareham in a match which had become the title decider. Peter Gentry and Team Captain Phil Sanders skipped their rinks to good wins but their efforts were just outweighed by the losses on the other two rinks. Nonetheless well done to Phil and the team who made a very strong climb up the table in the second half of the season only to just fall narrowly short.
This now completes our G&F programme for the season.
The A Team’s excellent season continued with a 90-70 home win over Fareham in a rearranged Div 1 match on Monday evening. The Dennis Wren rink led the way with a 28-15 victory, which, backed up by a 10-shot win from Dave Heather and a drawn rink from Martin Ellis gave us a 13-3 success and completed the double over our local rivals.
Friday’s scheduled match against Leigh Park fell victim to the downpour that flooded the green on Friday afternoon causing a postponement. The match is now rearranged for Sunday 26th August at 1030am.
In Combination Div 1 the B Team fought out a draw with Milton Park B, a 1-shot win for Rob Dawkins and a 2-shot win for Roger Williams exactly negated by a 3-shot loss on the third rink.
The C Team’s fight against relegation will go down to the final game after losing on all rinks at Naismith. A win in the home game against Alex Red on Wednesday is now essential to ensure survival.
The Midweek Triples team suffered their first defeat for some time, going down 44-56 at home to Crofton. We were successful on two rinks but a very heavy defeat on the third cost us dearly!
Finally my congratulations to our new Men’s and Ladies' Champions following Saturday afternoon’s finals. In a superb Ladies' Final Joan Dawkins overcame Caroline Cuerden 21-19 in a terrific battle after fighting back from a big early deficit. Martin Ellis regained the Men’s Championship with a 21-12 win over Jason McAllen, who has to be content with runner-up honours for the second successive year.
Well done to Joan and Martin, worthy champions.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 15
Good wins for our B and C ladies teams were valuable for both teams at different ends of their league tables. A 19-11 rink win for Maria Mogridge was enough to give the B Team a 6-2 victory at Rowner, strengthening their position in the promotion battle at the top of the B League. In the C League our team eased their relegation worries with a 6-2 win at Fareham, team captain Gill Davis skipping her rink to a 26-8 win which proved enough to win the match.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The Jacks completed their Div 1 campaign with a 3-13 defeat against title-chasing Crofton. Starting the match needing one rink win to remove any possibility of relegation, good second-half recoveries from Hopkins/J.Calder/Hayter to secure a win and the Dawkins/Davis rink to draw means that the team can look forward to a third season in the top division.
The Woods had a convincing 14-2 win against Rowner Blue on Thursday and now have only one match remaining. This win moves them to the top of the table and a win in the home game on Thursday against Fareham Black could possibly secure the league championship. Fingers crossed!
The first week of August is traditionally kept free of league matches to avoid clashes with the Portsmouth Open, so just a few rearranged games were played.
Our B Team made absolutely sure of retaining their place in Combination Div 1 with a maximum points all-rinks win over Waterlooville Gold. The Roger Williams rink paved the way with a thumping 39-6 demolition of their opponents and Brian Underwood and John Allen supported well, skipping their rinks to hard-fought close wins.
The Afternoon Triples team have been progressing well through the season and continued their good form with a maximum points win at Rowner. Though Fareham hold a good lead in the table we are now in a strong second place and, if we can put together a winning finish to the season we could, conceivably, challenge for the top spot.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 14
Our excellent season in Cup Competitions continued with the ladies defying the heat on Thursday to score an excellent win in the P&D Challenge Cup Semi-Final at the always-difficult Milton Park. The Ladies now meet either Fareham or Gosport in the Final, which will be held at Purbrook on 30th August.
A brief report this week as no games were played! The triumphant A Team have completed their programme and all the P&D Ladies B and C League matches scheduled for Tuesday were postponed as a health precaution in the extreme heat. Probably wise but another headache for the B and C team captains to rearrange these fixtures.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The Woods game this week was postponed, not due to heat but to lack of players as both ourselves and Rowner had many players involved in P&D competitions that evening. Recent results mean that the Woods still have an outside chance of winning the league if they can win their two remaining matches.
Both other G&F teams were narrowly defeated. In Div 1 the Jacks travelled to Lockswood and went down by just 1 shot! A rink win for team captain Maurice Phillips and a draw for Rob Dawkins just outweighed by 2 narrow wins for Lockswood. However the 3 points gained from the match all but guarantees the Jacks another season in the top division.
The Greens Div 3 season ended with a 4-shot defeat at Forton. A good rink win for Alec Deller proving not quite enough to overcome the losses on the other 3 rinks.
Both Combination teams eased their relegation worries a little with wins this week.
The B Team scored a very good win on the carpet at Waterlooville, winning 2 rinks to 1 to pick up a very welcome 10 points. Rink wins for Brian Underwood and Rob Dawkins helped us on our way to a 66-62 win.
The C Team also stopped the rot with an 8-4 home win over Vospers B, a good win for the Club Captain’s rink enough to get us over the line in a close finish. This is a welcome win but this team still has work to do if they are to avoid the drop.
The Midweek Triples League game against Crofton was postponed due to the extreme afternoon temperatures and will now be played on 9th August.
The first team bounced back from their disappointing home defeat the previous week by visiting our neighbours Rowner and winning a very closely-fought game by one shot, 73-72. The victory was largely made possible by a 25-7 rink win by Peter Gentry’s rink, which backed up by a 1-shot win for Dave Heather, was enough to secure a 12-4 success which moves us back into 2nd place in the table. A measure of our improvement this season is the fact that this win takes our points tally past last year’s total for the season – with 5 games of this season still remaining.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 13
On Wednesday we visited the “quirky” green at Petersfield to contest the Area Semi Final of the Mixed Top Club competition. After a defeat in the Men’s Singles Kim Francis levelled things up with a win in the Ladies Singles. Petersfield took the lead again by winning the Pairs, leaving us needing to win the Triples and Rink to take the match. The Gentry’s and Caroline Cuerden closed out the Triples win at which point the final end of the rink was commencing with us holding a 4-shot advantage. Any hope Petersfield might have had was quickly dashed as Joan Dawkins trailed the jack into the ditch to secure an excellent win for the club! The Area Final will be held on 23rd August, at a neutral venue, against opponents yet to be decided. Another fine achievement for the club in this very successful season.
LADIES LEAGUES – LEE WIN P&D LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP!
A historic week for our Ladies section as a 6-2 home win over Hayling Island secured the A League Championship for our club. Needing to match or better Cowplain’s result to take the title, Caroline Cuerden’s rink win was enough to give us overall victory by 3 shots and bring the trophy home to Lee. We last won the Ladies league in 2011, and this appears to be our 5th win in total. Very big congratulations to Sheila Gentry and her successful squad.
This is also turning out to be a very successful season for our B Team. A 7-1 home win over Pembroke Gardens sees them leapfrog to the top of the B League. Jenny Calder’s rink produced a 6-shot win and with Maria Mogridge claiming a draw on the other rink a very important victory was secured.
Sadly, the C Team continue to struggle, losing on both rinks at home to Crofton. After a promising start to the season the loss of a couple of regular players has hit the team hard and they are finding it difficult to recapture their winning form.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The return Div 1 match between the Woods and the Jacks saw the Woods avenge their defeat earlier in the season with a comprehensive 14-2 win. Dennis Wren, Dave Turner and Dave Heather were the Woods successful skips, Des Morris providing the only success for the Jacks.
In Div 3 the Greens recorded a 14-2 win over Fareham White. Rink wins for Bill Lamb, John Allen and Sally Knight contributed to an emphatic 96-62 victory.
Both Combination teams played two games this week. In Comb Div 1 the B Team travelled to Hayling Island where we played a man short and were defeated 10-2, our rink win, as is often the case, coming from the “short” rink skipped by Rob Dawkins. Things took a turn for the better on Wednesday when we scored a maximum points home win over Waveley B, Brian Underwood, Rob Dawkins and John Allen skipping our rinks to a convincing 69-45 win.
The C team suffered a disappointing week, losing on all rinks in both matches. At home to Rowner on Monday we were close on two of the rinks but a disastrous game on Wednesday at Waterlooville when we played two players short, saw us heavily defeated.
As will be seen above, both combination teams are struggling to put out full teams due to the restrictions of the “45 player rule”. The team captains need a lot of co-operation from everyone concerned to ensure that we finish the season as strongly as possible.
On a brighter note, our Midweek Triples team scored an excellent 2 rinks to 1 win over league leaders Fareham, taking a 46-45 overall victory, certainly their best result of the season to date.
The Men’s A team had a bad night on Friday, suffering a disappointing 3-13 home defeat to Vospers, who themselves are enjoying a good run of form. Three of the rinks were very closely contested with Pete Gentry claiming a 3-shot win and Dave Heather earning a draw but a heavy defeat for the normally reliable Martin Ellis rink saw us lose the match overall by 14 shots.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 12
Our successful Ladies A team continued their challenge for the league title with a fine 6-2 home win over the very strong Milton Park Black team. Our ladies thus retain a 4-point lead at the top of the table. Their final game is at home to Hayling Island on Thursday 19th when a maximum points win would guarantee us the championship.
Our B Team’s game was postponed this week and the C Team travelled to league leaders Emsworth, where they were defeated on both rinks. This team is experiencing a tough time at the moment and will be looking to turn things around in the two upcoming home matches.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The Woods entertained Portchester on Monday and gained a convincing victory, picking up 15 points by winning three rinks and drawing one for an overall 115-63 win. Dennis Wren’s rink led the way with a big 38-8 victory.
In the other Div 1 game this week the Jacks played bottom team Gosport Gold at home on Tuesday and found it surprisingly hard work before eventually winning 12-4 thanks to rink wins from Elaine Bennett and Maurice Phillips securing a late win.
The Greens found Fareham Red too much of a handful on their own green in their Div 3 match and suffered a 16-0 defeat.
Wednesday’s Combination programme was decimated by clubs being unable to field full teams due to the World Cup Semi-Final. One such problem resulted in our B team being awarded a walkover by Priory C in Combination Div 1. In Div 2 our C team travelled to Alexandra to play their Blue team and went down 10-2, with Clements/Deller/McAllen taking a rink win despite a 25% deduction.
The Men’s A Team maintained their good form on Friday by giving probably our best ever performance on an artificial surface, coming away from the Bedhampton carpet with a maximum 16-0 victory. All rinks performed well to give us an 84-56 win which takes us into an unprecedented second place in P&D Div 1. Well done Lads!
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 11
Our unprecedented run of cup successes finally came to a halt this week.
The Ladies progress in the Thornberry Trophy was halted by Bridgemary who came to Lee on Tuesday and reversed the previous week’s league result. On Wednesday our successful first attempt at the mixed Tony Allcock Trophy came to an end at Cove, where we put up a good fight before losing on both rinks to this very powerful North Hants club.
In the 4th round of the Men’s Top Club we became the latest victims of the Waverley juggernaut at Southsea on Friday evening. Martin Ellis got us off to a great start with a fine 2-wood singles win and Phil Sanders came agonisingly close in the 4-wood, losing 21-19. However Waverley just proved too strong for us in the pairs, triples and rink to take a 4-1 win. On this performance it is easy to see how they are unbeaten so far this season.
Disappointing as it is to go out of all these competitions we should be happy to have progressed so far in what is perhaps the club’s best season ever.
Our A Team’s challenge at the top of the table faltered with a defeat at Milton Park against their Red team. Despite this setback we still lead the table by 4 points. Two home games remaining to take the title – go for it ladies!
The Ladies B Team travelled to Denmead and kept up their challenge at the top of the league with a 6-2 win, Jenny Calder’s rink picking up a 7-shot win to see us home by 4 shots overall. The team is in 2nd place now, just 4 points off the lead.
In the C league our ladies came away pointless from Portchester where, once again, they found the transition to the artificial surface too much of a handicap.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The Jacks visited Crofton on Monday. Both teams won 2 rinks, with Elaine Bennett and Jenny Calder skipping our successful rinks, but we were beaten by 9 shots overall.
The Woods, after much difficulty getting a team together, were well rewarded for all Phil’s efforts with a 15-1 success at Gosport against their Gold team.
On the same evening in Div 3 the Greens overcame Bridgemary 14-2 with John Allen, Terry Strutt and Alec Deller skipping our three successful rinks.
The B Team picked up a much-needed win in Combination Div 1 at home to Priory B. We won 2 rinks to 1, Rob Dawkins and Brian Underwood skipping our winning rinks for a 10-2 victory. The C Team unfortunately went down on all rinks at Gosport.
The Midweek Triples team continued their recent good form with an all-rinks win away to Bridgemary, gaining a comfortable 60-43 overall victory.
There was no Div 1 match this week, the home match against Fareham was postponed due to the top club fixture at Waverley and will now be played on Monday, 6th August.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 10
What a busy, and largely successful, week!
In a long weekend of Cup Tie activity, our men’s team kicked off the programme with an excellent away win in the Men’s Top Club at Priory. Martin Ellis started us off with a win in the 2-wood singles and our triple of Dave Heather/Jeff Passmore/Brian Hopkins consolidated the position. After a defeat in the rink our pair of Peter Gentry/Graham Hillier secured a dramatic victory on the last end of their match to ensure the overall win and leave the 4-wood singles result unnecessary. In the next round, the area quarter final, we are away to Waverley on FRIDAY 6th JULY at 6.00pm. Note that the league match against Fareham scheduled for that evening will be rearranged.
Sunday saw us entertain Milton Park in the Tony Allcock Trophy mixed competition and we recorded another fine win, being successful on both rinks. In this competition we now travel to Cove for the next round on Wednesday 4th July at 6.15pm.
On Monday our men were at home to Vospers in the 2nd round of the Rowland Cup when we suffered a disappointing defeat. The manner of the loss was particularly unfortunate as we won three of the four rinks but a heavy defeat on the 4th saw us lose 84-88 to go out of this competition.
The club got back on to winning form however in the Mixed Top Club on Tuesday when Alexandra were our opponents. We won four out of the five disciplines to record a convincing win which takes us through to the next round where we will be away to the winners of the tie between Petersfield and Rowner.
Finally for cup competitions our ladies disposed of the challenge of Portchester in the P&D Club Challenge competition on Wednesday.
All in all a very successful few days – just spare a thought for team captains having to arrange all these extra fixtures – a nice problem to have though!
Our A team continued their good form with a home win over Bridgemary maintaining their challenge at the top of the league. In a closely fought game Caroline Cuerden’s rink win just overcame the loss on the other rink to give us a narrow 6-2 win.
The B Team were successful by the same margin at home to Bedhampton, in this case Angela Guilbaud’s win enough to give us a 5-shot overall win.
The C Team also drew one rink each but unfortunately the win by Pam Clements was outweighed by the loss on the other rink resulting in a 2-6 defeat
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
Both Div 1 teams, the Woods and the Jacks, did not play this week, their matches having to be rearranged due to clashing cup matches (see above!). In Div 3 the Greens made the always difficult trip to the carpet at Lockswood where they suffered a 2-14 loss, Bill Lamb skipping his rink to a hard-earned win to pick up the 2 points.
With the C Team not having a game this week the B Team was the only one in Combination League action, they also found difficulty on a carpet, this time at Waterlooville, where we just managed one drawn rink to lose 1-11.
The Men’s Midweek Triples team have recorded two successes since the last bulletin. Firstly a win away to Crofton by 2 rinks to 1 with an overall 41-29 scoreline which was followed by a maximum points win by 52 shots to 42 at home to Rowner continuing this team’s improved form. We now occupy a strong second place in West Div 2.
Friday evening’s P&D Div 1 match at home to Priory saw us bounce back from Monday’s Rowland Cup defeat with a 14-2 win over Priory which meant that we joined them on the same points total in 2nd place in the league. Dave Heather, Dennis Wren and Martin Ellis skipped three of our rinks to success but a heavy defeat on the fourth rink meant that the match went right down to the wire but we held our nerve to take an overall 88-83 win.
Phew- That’s a lot of action for one week!
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 9
A strange week for the ladies with only one team playing a league match this week. The A Team travelled to Fareham and scored an excellent win to maintain their place at the top of the table. Caroline Cuerden and Elaine Bennett skipped our rinks to a maximum points victory to continue this team’s excellent season.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM MIXED TRIPLES
The Jacks had two games this week. On Tuesday they failed to hold on to a half-time lead at home to Rowner, eventually suffering a 2-14 defeat. Only Jenny Calder’s rink managed a win in an overall 62-71 loss. However the Jacks bounced back on Thursday to end a disappointing run of results with a surprise 14-2 win on the carpet at Portchester against their Red team. Elaine Bennett, Keith Aspland and Brian Hopkins skipped successful rinks in a 71-60 victory.
On the same evening the Greens hosted Portchester Blue and suffered the reverse fate of the Jacks, losing at home to the carpet bowlers 4-12. At the same time the Woods were at Crofton where they, too, suffered defeat, this time by a 2-14 margin.
The A Team’s successful run came to an abrupt halt with a heavy defeat at home to Alexandra on a very windy Monday evening at Lee. The only point we picked up was a draw on Dave Heather’s rink in 63-103 loss.
In the Combination this week the B Team scored a 10-2 home win over Fareham. The Allen/Hopkins/Calder/Morris rink paved the way with a superb 30-shot win and were backed up by Rob Dawkins rink taking a 3-shot win to secure the points. The C Team travelled to Waverley, a new experience for many of them (!) and were beaten on all rinks, coming close, however, on two of them.
The Men’s Midweek Triples were narrowly beaten by 2-shots against Crofton, taking one rink win in the process.
A very big week of cup matches coming up. On Friday 22nd the Men play their 3rd round Top Club match at Priory. On Sunday 24th we host Milton Park in the mixed Tony Allcock Trophy. On Monday 25th it’s another Men’s Cup match, this time Rowland Cup at home to Vospers, 6pm start. On Tuesday evening it’s Mixed Top Club at home to Alex and finally on Wednesday morning the Ladies entertain Portchester in the next round of the Thornberry Trophy. Busy, busy! Read all about it in next week’s bumper issue!
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 8
Another Sunday – another cup tie – another win! Mixed Top Club at home to Waterlooville this week and a 4-1 win to progress in this competition. Singles wins for Kim Francis and Phil Sanders set up the win, which was secured by the “Gentry/Hillier Family” winning the triples and Martin Ellis leading Jeff Passmore, Elaine Bennett and Joan Dawkins to success in the rink.
The Ladies competitive week began with the B Team’s rearranged fixture at Pembroke Gardens and resulted in a very good win, the 23-12 victory by Angela Guilbaud’s rink more than compensating for the 2-shot defeat on the other rink and giving us a welcome 6-2 result.
It was cup-tie action on Wednesday with a home tie against Fareham in the Thornberry Trophy. The ladies proceeded to the next round of this competition with Elaine Bennett’s rink win seeing us through as both teams won one rink.
All 3 ladies teams were in league matches on Thursday. The A Team were at home to league leaders Cowplain Red and scored a notable victory which takes us to the top of the table. Again Elaine Bennett led her rink to the vital win. The B Team made the short journey to Gosport where they shared the rinks but went down to a 6-2 overall defeat. Maria Mogridge’s rink were successful, taking a tough 2-shot win. The C Team visited league leaders Bridgemary and did very well to score a 6-2 victory (after the removal of copious amounts of fox poo from the green!), Pam Clements’ rink winning 20-13. The team were only denied a maximum by a 1-shot, final end loss on the other rink. All the Ladies have reason to be very happy with their first half-season.
GOSPORT & FAREHAM MIXED
Our two Div 1 teams both were beaten this week. The Woods visited Lockswood and were beaten 12-4, our two rink wins by Peter Gentry and Martin Ellis proving not enough to make up for the losses on the other two rinks. The Jacks had an even more unfortunate defeat. Playing at home to league leaders Fareham Black we won three of the four rinks through Rob Dawkins, Elaine Bennett and Keith Aspland but a very heavy defeat on the fourth rink condemned us to a 10-6 loss.
In Div 3 the Greens stayed in touch with the top group thanks to a good away win against Fareham Yellow. Rink wins for John Allen and Bill Lamb plus a draw for Alec Deller giving us a 13-3 victory
Both Combination teams, somewhat rejigged as a result of the recent rule change, were beaten on Wednesday. The B Team lost 2-10 at home to Cowplain Red, John Allen skipping our winning rink whilst the C Team’s recent successful run came to an end with a defeat by the same margin at Alexandra Red (possibly due to the Club Captain making an appearance?). Team captain Roy Cullen skipped our winning rink here.
The Midweek Triples team also suffered a narrow defeat, winning two rinks against league leaders Fareham Black but a heavy loss on the 3rd rink proving costly.
Friday’s Div 1 game was away to Leigh Park and the Men’s A team continued their fine run of form by scoring their 5th consecutive win at this difficult venue. The Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen rink led the way with a 24-13 win and were well backed up by Pullinger/Dawkins/Allen/Deller winning 20-11. These two wins proved sufficient to see us home 77-68 and secure a 12-4 victory.
Note that in the coming week this team are at home to Alexandra on Monday 18th and then, a change from the fixture card, travel to Priory for a National Top Club 3rd round match on Friday 22nd.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 7
The weekend once again featured Ladies and Men’s teams in National Top Club matches. The ladies entertained Swanmore Gdns from Bournemouth on Saturday and were narrowly beaten. The Ladies Top Club consists of four matches, and we were successful through Kim Francis in the singles and in the Triples skipped by Elaine Bennett but defeats in the pairs and the rink meant that the tie was decided on shot difference which went in the visitors favour.
The Men were at home to Fareham in a 2nd round match on Sunday and went through to the next round with an emphatic win, coming out on top in all five disciplines. Phil Sanders and Martin Ellis got us off to a great start winning the 4-wood and 2-wood singles and this seemed to demoralise Fareham (or inspire us!) and we completed a clean sweep in the pairs, triples and rink, Graham Hillier, Dave Heather and Dave Turner leading their teams to victories.
Both the Woods and Jacks had G&F Div 1 games on Monday and both won by the same 12-4 margin so remain locked together in the league table. The Woods were successful at Rowner where Phil Sanders and Dave Heather skipped the winning rinks. The Jacks victory was at home to Lockswood, a 3-shot win was thanks to rink wins for Jenny Calder and Brian Hopkins. Also notable was the end of the Dawkins/Davis rink’s long unbeaten run, going down to a 13-15 defeat! 12-4 proved to be a standard result for us in G&F as the Greens were successful by the same margin the following night at home to Forton. A 30-7 win for John Allen’s rink, backed up by a rink win for Terry Strutt, proving enough to outweigh defeats on the other two rinks.
Our Ladies A and B Teams were both at home this week. The A Team scored a maximum points victory over Cowplain Blue, Elaine Bennett and Carol Turner skipping our winning rinks. The B Team were narrow winners over Waterlooville, Jenny Calder’s 13-shot win just outweighing the 11-shot loss on the other rink to secure a 6-2 victory. The C Team were without a game this week following the withdrawal of Bedhampton from this division.
Our Men’s combination teams had contrasting fortunes on Wednesday evening. The B Team had a disappointing defeat against the bottom team at Milton Park, only John Allen’s rink managing a win in a 10-2 defeat. The C Team continued their successful first part of the season with a good 10-2 home win over Naismith. Adrian Morgan and Bill Lamb skipped our two winning rinks to keep the team very much in touch with the league leaders. It should be noted that from this point in the season it will be necessary to shuffle players between the two combination teams in order to comply with the restrictions of the notorious “45 Player Rule”. Both team captains will be working hard to continue to field strong teams whilst dealing with this unwanted complication and will need the cooperation of all players involved.
This year we have entered a new national mixed competition, the Tony Allcock Trophy, which is for two mixed rinks. We got off to a successful start with a narrow win over Rowner on Thursday, Phil Sanders’ rink winning by sufficient margin to overturn the defeat on the other rink.
The Men’s A Team continued their successful run in P&D Div 1, recording our fourth consecutive win with a 14-2 home victory over local rivals Rowner. The Heather/Sanders/Hopkins/Passmore rink led the way with a 25-10 success which, backed up by closely fought wins for the Martin Ellis and Dennis Wren rinks saw us take a 19-shot victory to bring the week to a very satisfactory conclusion.
Finally, a personal word about the sad loss last weekend of my predecessor as club captain, Eric Brierley after a long illness. Eric, former President, Captain and many-times Men’s Champion of our club will be sadly missed. Always fiercely competitive, Eric constantly strove to improve our club’s performances on the green and I was particularly delighted to record such a fine win over our local rivals on Friday and can think of no better tribute than to dedicate that win to his memory. R.I.P Eric.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 6
The packed programme of cup matches continued on Sunday with the Men visiting Milton Park for a National Top Club match. Another very good performance saw us win four disciplines and draw the fifth to comprehensively win the match. Of particular note was Phil Sanders 21-7 win over the highly-rated Andy McCain in the 4-wood singles. We are now at home to Fareham in the next round, Sunday 3rd at 10.00am.
Tuesday saw the Woods v Jacks “local derby” in G&F Div 1. This resulted in a bit of shock result with the Jacks overturning the “senior” team 15-1. All the rinks were very closely contested, with Dave Heather gaining the Woods only rink point sharing a 19-19 draw with Brian Hopkins rink. Keith Aspland’s rink snatched a last-end 1-shot win over Phil Sanders and in another “down to the wire” finish Elaine Bennett led her rink to a 4-shot victory over Martin Ellis. In the other rink The Dawkins/Davis trio appeared to be coasting to victory with a 13-shot lead at tea. However Peter Gentry led his rink back to within 3 shots before the “3D’s” won the final two ends to preserve their 2-season unbeaten record.
On the same evening the Greens visited Fareham where they suffered a 2-14 reverse against Fareham White. Terry Strutt and the Knights picked up a good rink win but the remaining rinks were unfortunately well-beaten.
On Wednesday the Men’s B team were at home to Waterlooville in Combi Div 1 and won 10-2. Brian Underwood and Rob Dawkins skipped their rinks to substantial wins (43-22 in the BU case!) and John Allen failed by just one shot to secure the maximum points. The C Team visited Vospers for their Combi 2 match and went down 2-10, Terry Strutt being our only rink winner.
Thursday was “Ladies Day” this week. The A Team travelled to meet the powerful Milton Park Black team who they found to be too much of a handful on their own green and we suffered a maximum points defeat. The B Team’s match at Pembroke Gardens was called off due to the heavy morning rain. As the weather improved during the day the decision was taken to go ahead with the the C Team’s match at Crofton. This proved to be a good decision for us, our ladies running out 6-2 winners in a tightly-contested game. A seven shot win on Pam Clements rink overturning the four shot loss on the other rink to give us a 3-shot victory.
Also on Thursday the Men’s Midweek Triples team defied the rain to record a 10-2 win at home to Rowner and continue their progress in Div 2 of the league.
The Men’s A Team kept up their winning run with a hard-fought away win on Vospers difficult green at Northern Parade on Friday evening. Stars of the show were the Wren/Dawkins/Allen/Deller rink whose 28-9 win enabled us to overcome defeats on the other 3 rinks to snatch a dramatic late win. With 2 ends remaining we trailed by 8 shots across the 4 rinks but a good late effort saw us pick up 9 shots in the two ends to take the narrowest of victories – and move into 3rd place in the Div 1 table.
NOTE:- OUR PRESIDENT HAS ASKED ME TO REMIND EVERYONE OF OUR PRESIDENT’S DAY NEXT SUNDAY 10th JUNE. IF YOU WISH TO PLAY PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST ON THE CLUB NOTICE BOARD BY THURSDAY 7th AT THE LATEST PLEASE.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 5
For those waiting with baited breath for the outcome of the appeals process for last Sunday’s ladies Top Club tie against Milton Park – Bowls England (quite correctly in my view!) ruled in our favour, awarding us the match and thus a place in Round 2.
Cup action continued on Monday with the men playing a Rowland Cup first round match at Crofton. Fortunately this did not need any adjudication as we gained a very conclusive all-rinks win by 112-54. Dave Heather, Dave Turner, Peter Gentry and Dennis Wren skipping their rinks to convincing wins.
Yet more cup-tie action on Tuesday as our ladies entertained Denmead in the first round of the Thornbery Trophy. We reached the final of this county competition last year and made a good start this year, winning both rinks to go through to the next round. Elaine Bennett and Jenny Calder skipped our rinks.
On Wednesday evening in the Men’s Combination the B Team travelled to league leaders Waverley and suffered an unfortunate defeat. Good rink wins for Brian Underwood and Rob Dawkins were offset by a very heavy loss on the third rink which resulted in an 8-4 win for Waverley. The C Team, at home to Waterlooville in Div 2, gained an impressive 10-2 win thanks to rink wins for Alan Calder and Bill Lamb. Team captain Roy Cullen has introduced a number of players new to league bowls this season and it is good to see them achieving some very encouraging results.
All Ladies teams played on Thursday this week. The A Team retained their place at the top of Div 1 with a 2-rink win on the “interesting” surface at Bridgemary. Caroline Cuerden and Elaine Bennett skipped our rinks to 27-15 and 20-18 wins respectively. The B team got back into winning ways after their hiccup the previous week, both Jenny Calder and Maria Mogridge’s rinks winning by identical 6-shot margins at home to Rowner. The C Team’s good run of form came to an end, however, as Fareham coped far better with the afternoon rain and we were well beaten on both rinks.
In the G&F, the Greens suffered a 14-2 defeat at home to Fareham Red, only John Allen’s rink managing a win. A Jacks team heavily altered due to fixture clashes visited Gosport Gold and, after a late decision to play despite the weather, gained an excellent 16-0 all-rinks victory. Rob Dawkins, Adrian Morgan, Elaine Bennett and Brian Hopkins skipped our rinks. Particular thanks due to Elaine, Joan Dawkins, Jenny Calder and Gill Davis who turned out to ensure we could field a team despite being soaked in earlier Ladies matches.
The Men’s Midweek Triples team visited Rowner B and enjoyed a 10-2 success.
Friday night saw the Men’s A Team continue their recent run of good form with an all-rinks, 16-0 victory at home to Bedhampton. Dave Heather, Martin Ellis, Dennis Wren and Peter Gentry skipped our rinks, Peter’s rink preserving their unbeaten record this season with a good fightback to snatch a late win.
Two team’s games were played on Saturday morning. In The Ladies Top Club we defeated Crofton in all games, singles, pairs, triples and rink for a comprehensive victory.
The Woods travelled to Portchester and found the artificial surface too much of a home advantage and were defeated. However they have the consolation of still holding top spot in G&F Div 1.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 4
A very busy week containing double-game weeks for Men’s Combination and Ladies teams and some cup competitions for man and ladies put some strain on the club’s resources!
Both men’s combination teams were in action on Monday evening. The B team travelled to Priory for the second time in a week and picked up their first win of the season against newly-promoted Priory C. It was a very close game with a rink win for Brian Underwood setting up an 8-4 success despite losing the other two rinks. Our C Team, meanwhile were at home to a strong-looking Alexandra Blue team, and did very well to win 10-2 with rink wins by Adrian Morgan and Peter Cook.
All of our ladies teams played away on Tuesday. The very successful start for the A and B teams came to a halt as both travelled to play on artificial surfaces. The A team were at Cowplain and were beaten by the very strong home first team on both rinks. The B Team made their first visit to the Bedhampton carpet and were narrowly beaten on both rinks, a good effort but no reward! These results really highlight the great home advantage enjoyed by “carpet” teams. Not really a level playing field (pun intended!). The C team visited Rowner and did very well to come away with a maximum points victory, Gill Davis and Pam Clements winning their rinks 28-12 and 28-21 respectively.
The Woods were the only G&F team to play this week and they kept their place at the top of Div 1 with a 16-0, all rinks win over Gosport Gold. This was not as straightforward as it sounds, team captain Phil Sanders having to work very hard to field a team due to several withdrawals for a variety of reasons. Phil was particularly grateful to the ladies in his team who played twice on a very hot day to enable this to happen. Well done to Phil and the team.
Back to Men’s Combination games on Wednesday. The B Team gained their second win of the week, beating Hayling Island at home 61-54. Rink wins for John Allen and Brian Underwood giving us a 10-2 victory. The C Team travelled to Rowner where they come up against a very strong home team featuring several first team regulars and were beaten 10-2. Peter Cook’s rink doing very well to come away with a rink win.
On Thursday all three ladies teams were, once again, playing away (Fixture Planning?). The A Team were at Hayling Island where they got back into winning ways with 2-rink maximum points win. The B Team made the long journey to Denmead where they shared the rink points but lost overall for a 2-6 defeat, Jenny Calder’s rink gaining a hard-earned 1-shot rink win. The C team continued their good form, getting a draw at Gosport. In a dramatic finish Gill Davis’s rink snatched a 1-shot win to exactly offset the 1-shot defeat on Mary Bucks’ rink and share the points in a 37-37 draw.
On the same afternoon the Men’s Midweek Triples were at home to Crofton and a handsome win for Maurice Phillips’ rink was enough to overcome narrow defeats on the other two to secure an 8-4 win for the team.
The Men’s A team were away to the powerful Alexandra team in the first round of the County Club Championship on Thursday. The team gave a very good account of themselves, winning on the rinks skipped by Dave Turner and Dave Heather and gaining a draw on Peter Gentry’s rink. However a heavy defeat on the other rink meant a narrow overall loss and an exit from this competition.
This good performance continued into Friday’s Div 1 clash at Fareham where we scored an excellent 81-68 victory, playing some really good bowls in the process. Three rink wins from Peter Gentry, Dave Heather and Martin Ellis gave us a 14-2 win which, I am reliably informed, was our first-ever men’s first-team success at Fareham. Well done to all the team.
The final action of this very busy week featured our ladies meeting Milton Park in the first round of the National Ladies Top Club competition – and this game is not finished yet! Let me explain. At the end of the match each team had won 2 disciplines, the pairs and the triples for us, the singles and fours for Milton. That being the case, overall shots would decide – that also was level! There then occurred a debate about how the match should then be decided which appeared to have been resolved in our favour. However, subsequently, Milton contacted us to once again question that result. The matter has been referred to Bowls England for adjudication, so we await their decision!
Quite a week really, and another busy one coming up!
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 3
We all enjoyed the beautiful, record-breaking weather at the weekend, though the men playing the first round National Two Fours at Cowplain on Sunday rather less so as they went down to defeat on both rinks on the Cowplain carpet!
On Tuesday, however, our in-form Ladies A team showed how it should be done as they continued their excellent start to the season by coming away from Cowplain with another maximum points win, this time over Cowplain Blue. Elaine Bennett and Caroline Cuerden skipping our rinks to 23-17 and 15-14 wins respectively. Maximum points from the first three games, keep it up ladies!
The ladies B and C teams were both without a game this week.
The Men’s Midweek Triples team, following their excellent start to the season, came down to earth with a bump, losing on all 3 rinks at home to Fareham.
In the Men’s Combination in Div 1 the B Team were beaten at Priory, Les Davis’s rink gaining our only rink point. The C Team, despite losing 2 out of the 3 rinks, gained a 56-54 victory thanks to a good win for Adrian Morgan’s rink. Two wins out of two for this team now.
There was a busy week of activity in the Gosport and Fareham this week. The Woods visited Fareham Black and were beaten 50-70, obtaining just 1 point for a drawn rink. The Jacks were at Rowner and, after losing by just 2 shots the previous game suffered the disappointment of a 1-shot defeat this week, our 2 rink wins were gained by Graham Olden and Rob Dawkins. The Greens were very busy. On Thursday they picked up their first win of the season, winning all rinks at home to Lockswood Silver. John Allen, Mel Camp, Terry Strutt and Alec Deller were the successful skips. The Greens then repeated the trick on Friday with a maximum points win at Bridgemary. Liz Wakeman joining messrs Allen, Camp and Strutt in skipping the successful rinks.
The Men’s A team visited Priory on Friday evening and were well beaten, going down to a 1-15 defeat. Peter Gentry’s rink earned the draw, being pegged back on the final end, whilst Dave Heather’s rink, having fought back well to level the game on the 20th end, suffered an unlucky one shot defeat on the final end! All in all though, we were well outbowled on the night.
A busy couple of weeks coming up with various county competitions, Rowland Cup, Top Clubs etc. All players should ensure you check the notice boards regularly.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 2
As I cut the green on Monday morning in Arctic temperature I was not looking forward to playing the P&D match against Waterlooville that evening, in fact rain would have been welcome! However, by the end of the day my mood had changed considerably as the evening turned out to be not too bad weather-wise, and excellent bowls-wise as gained a convincing 3 rinks to 1 win to get our league programme going. Martin Ellis and Peter Gentry both skipped their rinks to big wins and with Dave Heather snatching a 1-shot victory we got off to a 14-2 winning start.
All 3 Ladies Teams were at home on Tuesday. In the morning the C Team, narrowly beaten the previous week, scored a dramatic win over Portchester, winning both rinks by 1-shot to take maximum points. Mary Bucks and Pam Clements were the skips in a very good team effort. The B Team kicked off (what is the correct bowls term for that?) at lunchtime and gained another excellent 2-rink victory, Maria Mogridge and Jenny Calder skipping their rinks to 19-14 and 18-15 respectively over Denmead White. Later in the afternoon the A Team rounded off a perfect day with another 2-rink maximum points win, Caroline Cuerden and Elaine Bennett leading the team to a 40-27 victory over the strong Milton Park Red team. An excellent day for the ladies!
In G&F Div 1 the Woods entertained Crofton Red and won on all rinks to take a maximum 16 points by 79-48. On Thursday the Jacks were at home to Portchester and a team weakened by withdrawals went down to a narrow 2-shot defeat. The Greens made the reverse trip to Portchester on the same evening and found the artificial surface not at all to their liking, going down to a heavy defeat, John Allen doing well to secure our only rink win.
Wednesday morning’s heavy rain flooded our green and led to the postponement of the scheduled Combination Div 1 game against Waterlooville Gold. With the Div 2 team not playing this week there was no Men’s Combination activity to report.
The week concluded with a welcome change in the weather providing a lovely evening for the visit of serial league champions Waverley for a P&D Div 1 game. The large number of spectators were treated to some superb bowling – unfortunately much of it from the star-studded opposition! However our team did well to restrict the visitors to an overall 11-shot winning margin with the Gentry/Hillier/Foster/Olden rink producing a very good rink win for us.
CAPTAIN’S LOG - WEEK 1
The honour of playing our first league match of the season fell to the Men’s Midweek Triples team, who visited Bridgemary on Monday afternoon. On a very heavy green they got off to an excellent start to the season, picking up a maximum points win with Dave Heather, Roger Williams and Brian Underwood skipping us to an all-rinks success. Thanks are due to Dave Heather and Brian Mitchell who stepped into the breach to run the team during David Wallace’s illness.
The G&F programme got under way on Monday evening. In Div 1 the Jacks visited Fareham Black and scored a very good win over last season’s champions by 61-57. The Dawkins/Davis rink continued where they left off last season with a dominant 21-8 rink win, backed up by Passmore/Durant/Calder earning a hard fought 1-shot victory. Elaine Bennett’s rink fought back from well behind to lose by just 1 shot and secured the overall win. In Div 3 the Greens suffered an unfortunate defeat at home to Fareham Yellow. Three rinks were won by John Allen, Mel Camp and Terry Strutt but a heavy defeat on the fourth rink meant that we went down by 3 shots overall. On Thursday The Woods started their Div 1 season very well with a convincing all-rinks win at home to Lockswood Red, running out winners by 90-48.
Men’s Combination teams went into action on a very cold Wednesday evening. In difficult conditions at Fareham, where it was necessary to use the wet-green mats, the Div 1 team didn’t really get to grips with the conditions and went down to an all-rinks defeat. The C team in Div 2 got off to a good start with a home win over Waverley Red, Terry Strutt and Dave Turner skipping winning rinks to give us a 10-2 victory. Fortunately no cases of Hypothermia were reported!
Thursday was Ladies Day. The A team entertained Fareham and started the season with a 2-rink win. Elaine Bennett’s rink scored a convincing win whilst Caroline Cuerden started her Lee career with a hard-fought victory to secure maximum points. The B Team also got off to a flying start with a massive 62-19 win over Purbrook Heath. Skips Jenny Calder and new signing Maria Mogridge both led their rinks to big wins for a most encouraging start to the season. The Ladies C team lost narrowly on both rinks to Emsworth but could draw some encouragement from a good performance against a team which looks as if it will be very strong this year.
A soggy end to a week which not very spring-like meant that the Men’s A team game away to Alexandra was postponed due to the rain and a very wet green. There was not too much disappointment about missing out on a cold, wet evening at Alex!
Played 9, won 6 lost 3, not a bad start to the season.
CAPTAIN’S LOG – NEW SEASON 2018
So the new season is nearly upon us at last and preparations are in full swing.
Ladies and Gents are practising hard and the green Is starting to dry out nicely after such a wet winter.
League matches start next week, with three teams, the Men’s Midweek Triples, and the Jacks and Greens in the G&F opening the season on Monday 23rd.
Next up are the two Men’s Combination teams playing on Wednesday 25th, the Div 1 team at Fareham and the Div 2 team at home to Waverley.
Thursday 26th sees all three Ladies teams playing at home, the A,B and C teams playing Fareham, Purbrook and Emsworth respectively, before the Men’s A team commence their season with a visit to Alexandra on Friday 27th.
Also worth noting is that the first Club Night will be held on Tuesday 24th.
Best wishes to all for a happy and successful season.
CAPTAIN’S LOG WEEK 19 AND FINAL SEASON ROUND-UP
Our league season came to a close this week with rearranged fixtures for the Men’s C team and Midweek Triples. The C Team had an excellent result to end their season, scoring a 12-0 all-rinks victory over Vospers. Roy Cullen, Maurice Phillips and Ged Evans our successful skips. The Triples also finished on a high note with a two rinks to one 64-38 win over Crofton. Too late to stave off relegation but a nice way to finish the season.
So time to look back on the season, which has seemed to pass by very quickly. To prove that chivalry is not dead I will start with :-
The Ladies A Team finished sixth in the P&D A Division, managing to stay out of trouble without ever being in a position to challenge the leaders. Highlight of their season was their run to the County Finals in the Thornbery Trophy, culminating in their appearance at Bannister Park last week (see week 18 report). This was a nice way for Mary Whetton to end her period as Lady Captain as she is stepping down from the captaincy after several years and deserves the thanks of the club for all the work she has put in over the years. Just try a bit harder with my bingo numbers, Mary!
The B Team, under the captaincy of Lin Sanders, had to work hard to stay out of relegation trouble and ultimately achieved their objective of survival after a few scares along the way. A run of losses early in the season was offset to some extent by picking up regular rink wins from Jenny Calder’s rink and once Lin moved the experienced Angela Guilbaud to skip the second rink in mid-season victories started to come resulting in enough points being gathered to do the job.
Gill Davis’s C Team had a similar story. An inexperienced group, they had a dreadful start to the season, losing their first seven matches with only one rink win. However the value of regular practice sessions and an excellent team spirit was demonstrated as a settled line-up was established and the team achieved a near-miraculous escape by winning six of the last nine games to remain in the division. Their now seems to be enough experience and ability in both the B and C teams to look ahead to better things next year.
All in all not a great season for the ladies but disasters were averted and certainly the B and C teams will be stronger for their experiences this year.
The Men’s A Team were always going to have to battle for every point in Div 1 and did not help themselves when winning positions were thrown away in the final few ends in early season matches against Waverley and Fareham. However good home form and the ability to pick up a regular supply of rink points away from home kept us afloat in what became a desperate relegation struggle involving no less than seven of the ten teams in the division. It all came down to a final shoot-out at home to Milton Park where we came good with a 15-1 win. This meant a finish in sixth place. A two place and 27 point improvement over the previous season must be regarded as progress but there is more to do in order to establish ourselves as “regulars” in the top flight.
In the Men’s Combination Div 1 our B Team, under the captaincy of Jeff Passmore, enjoyed a successful season finishing in 4th place. A good enough result but better still when it is noted that only 2 points separated us from 2nd place. Jeff’s intention of playing with a core of genuine “2nd team” players was frustrated by a change in league registration rules but many players were given the opportunity to gain experience in different rink positions, albeit that more first team players were, of necessity, used in this team than would ideally be the case. This is a situation that will need to be addressed for 2018.
The C Team, promoted to Combination Div 2 for the first time, got off to a strong start to the season and comfortably achieved their objective of consolidating a place at this level. A final position of 7th in the table was more than satisfactory and, under Roy Cullen’s experienced eye, the team had a most enjoyable season.
The Midweek Triples team had a difficult season with David Wallace struggling manfully to field a full team on far too many occasions. All credit to him for achieving this. Promotion and relegation was introduced into this competition for the first time this year and our team found it difficult to deal with clubs fielding far stronger teams and adopting a much more competitive approach than ours, resulting in us being the first team to be relegated. We need to look carefully at our participation and attitude to this competition. A basic requirement would seem to be a squad of players committed to playing for this team on a weekly basis.
GOSPORT AND FAREHAM LEAGUE
We had two teams in Div 1 this year, starting out with different objectives. The Woods to challenge for the championship and the Jacks to survive in the top division for the first time. The Woods under Phil Sanders came very close, finishing just ten points behind the champions, Fareham, just one good win away from the title. The Jacks also had a good season and finished fifth, in the end quite comfortably securing another season at the top level. Maurice Phillips took over the captaincy from your columnist at mid-season and the team continued to prosper under his control.
The Greens, following two successive promotions, found life in Div 2 a bit challenging to say the least and were relegated despite Sally Knight’s best efforts to field competitive teams. This may not, in fact, be too bad a thing, as it will enable this team to have more chance to introduce newer bowlers to league bowling at a level at which they may be more comfortable.
It is worth mentioning that all our G&F captains had ongoing problems in fielding strong teams due to the conflicting demands of the Men’s and Ladies’ P&D league matches and the many County and P&D competitions which, all too often, seemed to clash with G&F matches. They all deserve credit for the fact that, not once, did we fail to field full teams in this league. It is a problem that, I’m afraid, is unlikely to reduce any time soon. Such are the joys of captaincy in this league!
I hope that you have enjoyed this column through the season and that it has achieved its objective of keeping you up to date with the progress of all of our league teams. A word of thanks to the team captains for their reports which enable me to provide the details. This will now became an occasional column through the close season, reporting on any news or developments as they arise.