Lee-on-the-Solent Bowling Club
Club Captain's Corner
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.