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Lee-on-the-Solent Bowling Club

Club Captain's Corner


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.



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.






Big event of the week was the Ladies’ Thornbery Trophy semi-final appearance at Bannister Park. Having done superbly to reach this stage we found our opponents, Alton Social, a real handful and we were defeated on both rinks. Alton confirmed their quality by going on to convincingly beat Atherley, from Southampton, in the final later in the day. Once again, well done to the Ladies for their excellent performance in this prestigious competition.

With all scheduled league matches completed there were just a few rearranged games on the calendar this week.

The Men’s B Team had two Combination Div 1 matches to complete their programme. On Tuesday we visited Waterlooville and came off second-best in a match that decided runners-up spot in this league, again emphasising the undoubted advantage of an artificial surface to the home team. On Thursday, back on our own beloved grass, we overcame Waverley B by the narrowest of margins (half a shot!) to gain an 8-4 win that secured third place for us. The win on John Allen’s rink outweighing defeats on the other two.

All that remains now to complete our league fixtures in the coming week is a Men’s C Team combination fixture and the final Men’s Midweek Triples game. Though this team has been relegated they are finishing the season well, having won their last two games.



All too quickly our short season is drawing to a close and this week saw a number of issues decided for our league teams.

On Monday evening the Men’s A Team visited Rowner for yet another crucial game and, unfortunately, finished up on the wrong end of a 12-4 scoreline. Rink wins for Heather/Sanders/Dawkins/Passmore and Pullinger/Wren/Underwood/Maul proved insufficient to overturn heavier defeats on the other two rinks. This defeat meant that Rowner stayed up and our fate went down to the final game on Friday, of which more below.

In the G & F the Jacks started the week needing four points from their two rearranged matches to retain their Div 1 status. An excellent 12-4 win against Portchester on Tuesday ensured that no nails needed to bitten, with rink wins for Dawkins/Davis/A.Calder and the Bennetts/Phillips combination securing another season in the top division. The Jacks then completed their programme at home to Crofton on Thursday and gained another 12-4 victory, this time winning the match by just one shot! With two rinks completed, wins by Jeff Passmore and Keith Aspland were being negated by the losses on the rinks still playing. However good work by the Elaine Bennett and Rob Dawkins rinks reduced their deficit to just take the narrowest of wins.

In the Men’s Combination leagues both the B and C teams were in action on Wednesday evening. The B Team entertained Hayling and gained a 10-2 victory thanks to rink wins for the rinks skipped by Dennis Wren and Rob Dawkins. The C Team were also at home and the scores finished level in their closely-contested Div 2 game with Waterlooville Brown. Rink wins for Mel Camp and Maurice Phillips gave us a 7-5 points advantage. On Thursday evening the C team were at home to Waverley C and lost 2-10 in a game that went down to the very last end. A win for Mel Camp’s rink meant that the match was tied with one end to play on the last rink still playing but that went against us.

The next crunch game of the week came on Thursday when the Ladies C Team played at home to Bedhampton needing a win to avoid relegation. This was achieved with a 6-2 win by 48 shots to 25, the rink skipped by Pam Clements gaining a big win to ensure the victory. The Ladies B team were also at home and beat Waterlooville by 2 shots in a tight game, Angela Guilbaud’s rink win proving decisive. Both of these ladies teams have fought back well after poor starts to the season to retain their places in their respective divisions.

The Ladies A Team were without a match, having completed their league programme. They, however, have one more very important engagement when they play Alton Social in the semi-final of the Thornbery Trophy at Bannister BC, Southampton on this coming Tuesday, 22nd August, at 10.00am. If they are successful in this match they will play the final later that day.

And so to Friday and a dramatic end to a crucial week. Earlier results had meant that the Men’s P & D Div 1 game at home to Milton Park became a “High Noon” type shootout with the winning team staying up and the losing team being relegated. As so often this season we got away to a good start but this time, thankfully, we held our nerve and closed out an excellent 15-1 victory by 101 shots to 79. The rinks of Martin Ellis, Dave Heather and Pete Gentry were all successful and with John Pullinger’s rink securing a draw we picked up our best, and certainly most valuable, points haul to secure another season in the highly competitive top division. Phew !!  



Both the Woods and the Jacks played G & F Div 1 matches on Monday evening. The Woods brought their season to a very successful close with an emphatic 16-0 all-rinks home win over Lockswood Gold. The Jacks made the reverse visit to Lockswood to complete their abandoned game there against Lockswood Green. Facing a big deficit the team produced a good half-game but were unable to pull it back. A valuable rink win was scored by Jeff  and Val Passmore and Ted Jukes. The Jacks now have two rearranged home games to complete their season next week and need 4 points to ensure their survival in the top division.

Tuesday was Ladies Day this week – and it did not go well! The A Team were away to Hayling Island where they struggled on a surface very different to our own immaculate green and were beaten on both rinks. This completes their programme for this season, finishing in a healthy mid-table position. The B Team travelled to Denmead where they also found the conditions not to their liking and lost on both rinks, going down by 22 points overall. The C Team had a bye this week and finish their season at home to Bedhampton next week when they will be looking to obtain the points necessary to keep them away from bottom place.

The Men’s Combination Div 2 team played a rearranged home game against Alexandra C  on Tuesday and, despite rink wins from Maurice Phillips and Ged Evans, were beaten 8-4, falling short by one shot overall. The two combination matches scheduled for Wednesday were both postponed due to yet more heavy rain creating still more problems for the hard-pressed team captains Jeff Passmore and Roy Cullen in rearranging these fixtures.

A poor week for the club came to an end with what could prove to be a very costly home defeat for the Men’s first team at the hands of Fareham. Needing a win to more or less ensure we stay in the top division we held a 5-shot overall lead after 16 ends but, as so often this season,  fell away badly over the concluding ends to suffer a 3 rinks to 1 defeat by 70-87. Our only successful rink was Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen, keeping up their recent winning run. We now face two matches in the final week of the season, away to Rowner on Monday and finishing the season at home to Milton Park on Friday.

Finally a word about our successful Friday Afternoon Club Triples League which concluded this week with Alan Calder’s team topping the table. Now In it’s 3rd season this has continued to be a very popular competition and thanks are due to Brian Underwood, who took over it’s running this year, for another very well-organised programme.



The first week of August is traditionally Portsmouth Open Week so no Men’s P&D fixtures are arranged for that week, other than some rearranged matches. A chance then to take a deep breath and look at our position before the final few games of the season. If someone had told me before the start of the season that we’d be 4th in the DIv 1 table going into August I would have been delighted – less so however if told that we would only be 12 points above the bottom club! Yes, that’s right, no less than 7 clubs covered by 12 points at the bottom of the table. With 2 to be relegated and a maximum of 16 points available for a win you can see the intensity of the relegation battle. We have 3 matches remaining, two home and one away, all against other teams involved in the struggle so it promises to be quite an end to the season.

A full programme of G&F and Ladies matches continues however and the Jacks were first in action, playing G&F title chasers Rowner Blue on Monday. In a hard-fought game both teams won 2 rinks with the Jacks eventually losing 12-4, by a narrow 4-shot overall margin. R.Dawkins/L.Davis/A.Calder and J.Passmore/J.Calder/V.Passmore were the successful rinks for the Jacks. On Tuesday the Woods entertained Portchester and scored a decisive 14-2 win with Roy Cullen, Peter Gentry and Phil Sanders skipping the winning rinks, the Cullen/Underwood/S.Gentry rink scoring a big 30-shot win that contributed greatly towards the 102-59 final score in our favour.

The Greens brought their G & F Div 2 programme to an end with two home matches. On Thursday they were defeated 2-14 by Gosport Blue with only Terry Strutt’s rink recording a win. However on Friday they closed their often difficult season with an excellent 16-0 win over league leaders Lockswood Red. This shock result was achieved with, obviously, wins on all rinks, our successful skips being Terry Strutt, Sally Knight, Alec Deller and John Allen. Very nice for all involved to finish the season on such a high note.

A very wet Wednesday resulted in the postponement of the Men’s Midweek Triples match, the (already rearranged) Combination 2 match against Waverley and the Jacks G&F Div 1 game against Crofton. With the evenings starting to draw in and league deadlines looming the late-season rain is giving our team captains some problems in fitting in the mounting backlog of postponed games.

Though a full programme of P&D ladies matches is scheduled for the week only one of our teams, the B team, actually played. They achieved an excellent 8-0 win at Rowner with both rinks, skipped by Jenny Calder and Angela Guilbaud, being successful. This win means that Lin Sanders’ team, after a few tough times during the season, no longer have to fear relegation, well done ladies!

The A team’s game at Milton Park had been rescheduled earlier which left the C team in action against Waterlooville – or should have! Waterlooville were apparently unable to raise the minimum 6 players required to fulfil the fixture and so conceded the game. There was some confusion as to what this meant in terms of points won and lost but it appears that we have, quite rightly in my (entirely unbiased!) view, been awarded the full 8 points.



In the G & F The Woods visited Lockswood Gold on Monday and were successful 12-4. Two rinks each but a big win overall thanks in the main to an astonishing 37-3 rink win for Peter Gentry, Phil Sanders and Sandy Ramsden. The Greens struggles continued in their home match with Fareham Red, where, despite rink wins from Mel Camp and Tony Farlow and a drawn rink, the heavy loss on the losing rink saw us lose the match 5-11. It will now be very difficult for the Greens to get away from the relegation places. That said, they kept themselves in with an outside chance by picking up a 14-2 win at home to Forton Gold on Thursday. The Jacks did not play this week but face two important home games on Monday and Wednesday in the coming week which could well determine whether or not they hold on to their Div 1 place.

The three Ladies teams all played on Tuesday, with only the B Team being successful, taking a maximum points win at home to Pembroke Gardens  Jenny Calder’s rink scored a big win and Angela Guilbaud skipped the other rink to a hard-fought 2-shot victory to secure the extra points. This win goes a long way towards seeing the B Team safe from relegation. The A Team, despite holding a commanding lead at the halfway point in their home match with Bedhampton, contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and suffered a 1-7 defeat, Elaine Bennett’s rink gaining the point from a drawn rink. The C Team also met with disappointment in their away match against fellow-strugglers Emsworth, going down by 4 shots overall to a 2-6 defeat, Mary Bucks rink gaining the points. This probably means that the team will need to win their two remaining home games to avoid relegation.

There were no Combination matches played this week as both our scheduled games were postponed as the club was hosting a P&D event. Ironically the event was cancelled due to the poor weather!

Highlight of the week for the club occurred on Thursday when our Ladies played Hayling in the Area Final of the Thornberry Trophy at Milton Park and were successful, winning the game by an 8-shot margin thanks to a dominant win by Val Williams rink. The ladies now proceed to the county finals at Bannister in Southampton on a date to be advised. Many congratulations!

On the same evening one of our ladies, Kim Francis, achieved a fine win in the area final of the County Ladies Unbadged Singles and also now goes into the County Finals. Well done, Kim.

On Friday evening the Men’s A Team’s run of success was brought to an end on the carpet at Cowplain. The team put up a reasonable performance, winning 2 of the 4 rinks through Pullinger/Wren/Underwood/Maul and Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen but a heavy defeat on one of the other rinks saw us lose overall by 14 shots. The 4 rink points however may well prove important in the final reckoning!



Week 13 of this log and it certainly brought no luck to our Men’s Combination teams. Both teams had a double-game week, playing on Monday and Wednesday, and all 4 games were lost, strangely by the same score on each occasion. The B Team visited Priory on Monday for their top of the table Div 1 game and went down 10-2, Jeff Passmore’s rink providing our only win. On the same night the C Team were at home to Milton Park and lost by the same margin, Terry Strutt’s rink picking up the 2 points. Wednesday saw the B team travel to Alex and, after taking an early lead eventually were beaten by 6 shots, Rob Dawkins rink being our one success. The C team visited Priory C and, yes, were beaten 10-2, skipper Roy Cullen’s rink providing our win.

In the G & F the Woods played league leaders Fareham Black and despite winning two rinks through Phil Sanders and Martin Ellis and drawing one fell foul of Fareham star Charlie Bailey in top form on the other rink, his big win condemning us to an 11-5 defeat. This probably puts paid to any lingering hopes of the Woods recapturing the G&F title. In the other Div 1 game the Jacks visited Lockswood where a violent storm flooded the green at about the halfway point, leading to an abandonment.  The game will be completed on 7th August. The Greens were very unfortunate that, for the second game running, they were depleted by losing some key players, this time as their game was played on Wednesday and clashed with two combination fixtures. This undoubtedly contributed to a 15-1 defeat away to Gosport Amber, Des Morris’s rink earning the sole point for a draw. One positive note about this game was that it provided the chance for three of our  players to gain their first experience of playing for the club in a league match.

Ladies teams were in action on Thursday, with the A team recording a valuable 6-2 home win over Bridgemary. Elaine Bennett’s rink was our winning rink and by a large enough margin to take the overall victory. The B team were without a game this week and the C Team travelled to top of the table Denmead where they put in a respectable performance but came away pointless. This was also the fate of the A Team when they played away to Milton Park in a rearranged game on Friday, going down to a 2-rink defeat.

On Friday evening the Men’s A team P & D Div 1 game was all set to start when heavy rain began to fall, exactly as forecast by the BBC! It was soon apparent that the rain was in for the evening and the decision was taken to postpone the game. The intense relegation battle, involving 7 teams, looks like it will go right down to the end of the season.



The week started with the club suffering a narrow defeat in the Mixed Top Club match against Milton Park on Sunday. The first surprise of the day for the writer was finding that the opposition actually consisted of Priory men and Milton Park ladies! Phil Sanders had a good win in the men’s singles and Pete Gentry/Sandy Ramsden/Jeff Passmore took the honours in the triples but defeats in the other 3 games, all going right down to the wire,  saw us lose 2-3.

The Men’s C team travelled to Milton Park on Monday for a rearranged Combination Div 2 match and were beaten 2 rinks to 1 and 48-59 overall.

Combination action continued on Wednesday with both teams playing. The B Team won their Combi Div 1 game at home to Rowner by 6 shots. Wins for the rinks skipped by Dennis Wren and Les Davis giving us a 10-2 victory which sees this team stay at the top of their league. The C Team picked up a welcome win at Pembroke Gdns to halt a recent run of defeats. Wins for the rinks of Ged Evans and Maurice Phillips plus a drawn rink gave us an 11-1 win which moves the team away from any potential problems at the foot of the table.

The Ladies B Team played a rearranged fixture at home to Purbrook on Wednesday and picked up 4 points from a drawn game, the win on Jenny Calder’s rink being exactly balanced by the loss on the other rink. HOWEVER….the Ladies week took a substantial upturn on Thursday with all three teams recording maximum points wins! The A Team travelled to Moneyfields where Val Williams rink recorded a big win. On the other rink Elaine Bennett drew but Moneyfields had to take a 25% shots penalty as they were playing one short, giving us the win. The B Team, as exclusively predicted in this column last week, gained their long-awaited second win of the season at home to Crofton. Angela Guilbaud, skipping for the first time this season, led her rink to a massive 31-4 win (great piece of selection Lin!) and Jenny Calder’s rink held on in a tight finish to secure the extra 2 points. Earlier in the day the C Team’s much-improved form continued with a 52-31 win over 2nd placed Portchester. Mary Bucks rink gained a convincing win and Pam Clements’ ladies fought back well over the last few ends to snatch a late win and maximum points. These victories lift both the B and C teams off the bottom of their respective leagues.

In the G & F this week the Woods were at home to Crofton and ran up a very convincing 40+ shot win giving us the maximum 16 points. The Jacks match at home to Portchester was postponed due to the heavy rain on Tuesday and has been rearranged for 15th August. The Greens played their Div 2 match at home to Bridgemary on Friday evening which meant that they lost the services of three players on men’s first team duty and were beaten 4-12. Rink wins were achieved by Mel Camp and Bill Lamb but two losses by a wider margin saw the team lose overall.

A largely successful week for the club was concluded by another valuable win for the Men’s first team away to Vospers. This was our first away win of the season and was only the second home defeat suffered by Vospers this season. In a desperately tight game we won by the narrowest possible margin, 9-7, winning two rinks, drawing one and losing one with a 78-78 shot total. Our rink wins were achieved by Gentry/Passmore/Cullen/Olden and Heather/Sanders/Allen/Strutt with Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen gaining the draw. This win gives us a little more breathing space at the foot of the table but there is still work to be done if we are to hold on to our place in the top division.



Monday evening saw both our G & F Div 1 teams playing away matches. The Woods visited Lockswood and gained a 10-6 victory, the Peter Gentry/Dave Turner/Cindy Ellis combination winning their rink by a sufficient margin to outscore defeats on the other three rinks. The Jacks played at unbeaten Rowner and were defeated 13-3, Rob Dawkins/Les Davis/Alan Calder winning their rink and Jeff Passmore/Brian Maul/Brian Mitchell snatching a draw on the last end of their match.

Tuesday was Ladies Day this week with all three teams in league action. The A Team held the lead at home to Milton Park for the entire game before suffering the frustration of losing the lead on the very last end and going down to a 2-6 defeat, Val Williams being our successful skip.  The B Team, once again, were narrowly beaten, losing by 5 shots at Cowplain despite Sally Knight’s rink picking up a rink win for another  2-6 defeat. Surely this team’s luck must change soon? The C Team’s improvement continued with a home 6-2 win over Bridgemary. This was the team’s 3rd successive victory after losing the first 7 games of the season and is reward for the team spirit and hard work of this group. Team captain Gill Davis stepped in as skip for this game and her rink’s 32-10 win proved decisive. On Thursday the C Team had a rearranged fixture at Fareham and pushed their opponents all the way before suffering a 1-shot defeat!

Both Men’s Combination teams were at home on Wednesday evening which provided a great spectacle with all the green in use on a lovely summer evening. The Div 1 team continued their good season with an all-rinks win over Cowplain. The rinks skipped by Rob Dawkins and Brian Underwood scored decisive wins and John Allen’s rink, in a most unLee-like performance,  staged a late comeback to snatch a one shot victory on the final end and secure a 12-0 win for the team. This win puts the team at the top of their league at the moment. The Div 2 team, after suffering an early blow with an injury to Bill Lamb, went down to a 2-10 defeat against Gosport , Roy Cullen skipping our winning rink. This mirrored the events of the afternoon when the Men’s Midweek Triples team were also beaten by Gosport.

On Thursday the Greens visited Fareham Red for a G&F div 2 game and experienced the annoyance of winning two and drawing one rink in a 4-rink match but still losing overall!  Good wins for the rinks skipped by Des Morris and Terry Strutt were unfortunately not enough to overcome a heavy loss on the fourth rink, resulting in a 5-11 defeat which keeps the Greens anchored at the foot of the table.

The Men’s A Team brought the week to a very satisfactory  conclusion by defeating reigning champions Alexandra Park 82-76 in their P&D Div 1 game. An excellent 34-14 rink win by the in-form Martin Ellis/Dave Turner/Les Davis/Jason McAllen combination paved the way for the victory and with Dave Heather/Phil Sanders/Rob Dawkins/Brian Maul battling to a one-shot win we emerged with an unexpected  12-4 match win. This was a very nice bonus for us in the intense 6-team relegation battle in this division.  




Highlight of the week was the Ladies success at home to Cowplain in the Area Semi Final of the Thornberry Trophy. In drizzly conditions our team rose to the occasion superbly to beat strong opponents. Jenny Calder secured a rink victory and was backed up by a draw from Val Williams’ rink. This win puts them into the area final which will be played on 27th July.

This was a particularly good win for the ladies, bouncing back from a home defeat to a very good Swanmore Gdns team from Bournemouth in the National Top Club on Monday, where we were beaten on all rinks.

Having experienced games being called off for good weather last week it was, I suppose,  inevitable that we should suffer from bad weather this week! The Greens G & F match was postponed on Tuesday evening due to the heavy rain and the Men’s Combination Div 2 match suffered a similar fate on Wednesday. The Combination Div 1 team did manage to get their game played on the all-weather surface at Waterlooville and, despite winning two rinks through Dave Turner and Dennis Wren, were defeated overall.

The Men’s Midweek Triples team travelled to Crofton and were well in front at the halfway point but the onset of the rain obviously worked against them as, though Brian Mitchell’s rink gained a victory, the team went down to another defeat leaving them at the foot of the table.

The Ladies week of ups and downs continued on Thursday. The A team visited Fareham and came away with a very useful 6-2 win. Val Williams rink secured a win and were well backed up by Elaine Bennett keeping close enough on her rink to gain the overall win.  The B Team’s disappointing recent form continued with a home defeat to Gosport losing on both rinks for a 28-38 overall loss. By contrast the C team, also playing at home to Gosport, won on both rinks to claim their second win of the season. Mary Bucks and Pam Clements skipping the team to a convincing 44-19 victory.

In the G&F the Woods went to Portchester on Monday to conclude the match abandoned due to rain earlier in the season. Having to restart and come to terms with the artificial surface all over again proved too much of a handicap and the team suffered a 14-2 defeat, Martin Ellis skipping our successful rink. The Jacks visited league leaders Fareham Black and put in a good performance in losing a close game 13-3. Maurice Phillips skipped our winning rink and Les Davis drew a hard-fought contest to pick up another point.

The Men’s A Team brought the week to a successful conclusion with a home win against 3rd placed Priory. In a very closely-fought encounter rink wins for Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen and Gentry/Passmore/Cullen/Olden saw us hold on for a 74-69 win and pick up 12 very valuable points in our fight to stay clear of the relegation places.

Finally a date for your diaries. The next round of the Mixed Top Club takes place next Sunday morning, 9th July, when we are at home to Milton Park.



Well, a novel  twist to report this week. News of games postponed due to bad weather is a fairly normal feature of British summer sports. However, this week, I must report what is surely a first, games postponed due to good weather! Yes, you are not seeing things, our Ladies B and C teams, and our Men’s Midweek Triples matches were all postponed due to extreme heat. You wouldn’t think it was a summer game would you? As these games were, presumably, called off due to the health risk presented by the heat will it now be in order to postpone early season games due to the risk of hypothermia on late April evenings? Strange times indeed.

Our Men’s P & D team got the week off to an excellent start with a 14-2 home win over Waterlooville. Some big rink wins were topped by a 40-8 win for the McAllen/Davis/Turner/Ellis  combination with excellent wins also from the rinks skipped by Peter Gentry and John Pullinger resulting in a very satisfactory 102-60 overall victory. The team showed good character in bouncing back from the disappointing home defeat to Rowner a few days earlier and will need to produce a few more performances like this if we are to maintain our place in the top division.

Due to the postponements mentioned above the A Team was the only Ladies team in action this week and their game at home to Cowplain ended in what is becoming a familiar result for them, each team winning one rink but losing the match overall. Val Williams was once again our successful skip, her rink snatching a one-shot win but this was outweighed by defeat on the other rink.

In an unusual coincidence both the Men’s Combination teams recorded identical results on Wednesday evening, each winning one rink, drawing one rink and losing one, both gaining 9-3 wins by virtue of superior shot difference. The B Team gained their Div 1 win at home to Fareham, and the C Team were successful in Div 2 away to College Park. Both thus stay close to the top in their respective divisions.

In the Gosport and Fareham League this week both our Div 1 teams were in action but the Greens had no Div 2 fixture (NOT due to weather!). The Woods visited Rowner and unfortunately took a 15-1 beating which will not have helped their chances of regaining the league title. The Jacks were at home to Lockswood Gold and gained a valuable 14-2 win with Elaine Bennett, Rob Dawkins and Keith Aspland skipping our winning rinks to a result that helps keep the Jacks clear of the relegation places.

Friday evening saw the Men’s P & D team in action again, this time visiting league leaders Waverley and going down to a 14-2 defeat. The team put up a respectable performance against their powerful hosts with the Olden/Phillips/Passmore/Gentry rink picking up two points for a rink win. These rink points may well prove important in the close battle in the bottom half of the table.

Our Ladies team are in cup action twice in the coming week, facing Swanmore (from Bournemouth) in the National Top Club on Monday and Cowplain in the Thornbery Trophy on Wednesday so best wishes to them in those matches. Details on the Ladies notice board.



Knock out cup action  continued with a Mixed Top Club match at home to our neighbours Crofton on Sunday. It turned out to be a very close contest with us winning by 3 rinks to 2. We were successful in the Men’s and Ladies singles through Phil Sanders and Cindy Ellis and then secured our victory with a win for Martin Ellis and Carol Reed in the mixed pairs. We will now be at home to Milton Park in the next round on a date to be advised.

It was the men’s turn for cup action on Monday evening, visiting Waverley in the next round of the Rowland Cup. Once again our team pushed them very hard in hotly-contested match but, once again, just fell short at the end after holding the lead well into the match. Final score was 88-80 to the hosts.

The Ladies then travelled to Rowner for a Thornberry Trophy game on Wednesday and gained an excellent victory, Val Williams and Jenny Calder skipping both our rinks to success.

In the G & F the Greens at last picked up their first win in Div 2, convincingly defeating Gosport Gold at home 15-1, winning 3 rinks and drawing one. In the “local derby” clash in Div 1 the Woods returned to the top of the league with a 14-2 win over the Jacks, Phil Sanders, Dave Heather and Peter Gentry skipping rink wins for the Woods with Rob Dawkins the successful skip for the Jacks.

In Wednesday evening’s Men’s Combination games our teams met with greatly contrasting results against Waterlooville teams. The Div 1 team, playing at home to Waterlooville Green, gained a maximum 12-0 win with Dave Heather, Brian Underwood and Dennis Wren skipping our rinks to a 76-42 victory. The Div 2 side, visiting Waterlooville Brown on their tricky artificial green never got to grips with  the surface and were on the wrong end of a 98-36 thrashing.

The Men’s Midweek Triples team visited Gosport A team and found themselves up against a very strong side, losing on all 3 rinks.

Thursday was Ladies Day this week and pride of place must go to the C team who picked up their first win of the season with a 6-2 home victory over Emsworth, Mary Bucks skipping our successful rink in a 4-shot overall win. The B team were desperately close to what would have been a very good win on the Waterlooville carpet, losing the match by just one shot. Jenny Calder’s rink gained a 2-shot win that was narrowly overturned by a 3-shot defeat on the other rink. The ladies A team visited Bedhampton and went down 6-2 on yet another artificial green, Val Williams rink providing the 2 rink points.

The week ended in disappointment for the Men’s P & D team who were soundly beaten 2-14 at home to neighbours Rowner in what must rank as probably our poorest result of the season.  The only rink win was gained by McAllen/Davis/Turner/Ellis. The team must bounce back from this setback for another home league game on Monday against Waterlooville.



Once again Sunday was “cup-tie day” with both the ladies and men in action in KO competitions. The Ladies were very successful, defeating the powerful Milton Park team in the Ladies Top Club by 3.5 points to 0.5 and so continue their run in this competition. The men’s team in the national 2-rink competition once again had to visit Alexandra Park (which is becoming like a second home) and drew one rink each but went down 38-28 overall. Passmore/Wren/Sanders/Ellis was our winning rink.

The Ladies A team continued their successful run on Tuesday with a win at home to Moneyfields. The B team travelled to a windy Pembroke Gdns where a win for Jenny Calder’s rink was not enough to prevent a defeat overall by a 7 point margin. The C team were beaten on both rinks at Bedhampton.

The Men’s midweek triples team gained a surprise win at home to Fareham by two rinks to one which will help their cause in getting away from the foot of the table. Rinks skipped by Mel Camp and Brian Mitchell were successful.

The Men’s Combination teams enjoyed a successful week. The Div 1 team travelled to Waverley and were trailing by 15 shots at the halfway point. However a strong second half fight back resulted in us snatching a dramatic one-shot win on the very last end of the match, Rob Dawkins skipping our successful rink. The Div 2 team also gained an 8-4 win at home to Vospers, a big win for Mel Camp’s rink overcoming losses on the other two rinks.

In the G&F this week the Woods game fell victim to the heavy rain on Monday evening and was postponed. The Jacks did very well to beat Crofton 14-2 away on a very rainy evening. This was a happy start for Maurice Phillips in his first game as captain and is just the sort of away result the Jacks need as they try to consolidate their place in Div 1.  The Greens tough season in Div 2 continued with a 14-2 defeat at Forton, Alec Deller’s rink picking up the two points.

The week concluded with the Men’s first team travelling to Fareham for the P & D div 1 fixture. Both sides won 2 rinks but Fareham edged the match by 6 shots to take a 12-4 win. Our successful rinks were McAllen/Davis/Turner/Ellis and Maul/Underwood/Allen/Sanders. The points we gained mean that we keep above Fareham in the league table.

KO Cup action continues in the coming week with a Mixed Top Club fixture against Crofton on Sunday morning, the men travelling to Waverley for a Rowland Cup match on Monday evening and the ladies entertaining Rowner in a Thornberry Trophy game on Wednesday 14th . All support will be appreciated!




The week started with both the Ladies and Men in action over the bank holiday weekend in their respective Top Club competitions. For the uninitiated a Top Club match comprises singles, pairs, triples and rinks games. The ladies  were successful at home to Rowner, winning 3 games to 1. The men’s team visited P & D champions Alexandra Park and were defeated 4 games to 1 (The men play 2 singles, one 2-wood and one 4-wood). Good luck to the ladies in the next round.

In the G & F this week the Woods visited last year’s champions Fareham Black and came away with an excellent 14-2 win. One rink was clearly inspired by Fareham’s tea as they trailed 4-18 at the break and stormed back to win 19-18! The Greens, having been promoted from Div 4 to Div 2 in successive seasons are not unexpectedly finding life much harder at the higher level. They suffered a 2-14 defeat at home to Gosport Amber this week, John Allen skipping the successful rink. It is still early in the season and there is plenty of time for them to make progress. The Jacks finished the G & F week with a home Div 1 win over Lockswood Green. Trailing at the halfway point we came back strongly in the second half with rink wins from R.Dawkins/J.Dawkins/L.Davis and Aspland/Maul/Mitchell securing a 67-61 victory.

The Men’s Combination teams had contrasting results on Wednesday. The Div 1 team scored an emphatic 10-2 win at home to Alexandra Park, with wins for the rinks skipped by John Allen and Peter Gentry contributing to a 69-46 victory. The C team travelled to the always-difficult Waverley and were beaten 48-61 with Roy Cullen’s rink gaining 2 points for a rink win.

The Ladies A team continued their successful week with a win another KO competition, the Thornberry Trophy, beating Headley from North Hants 51-34. They then followed this up with a home league  win over Hayling Island, Val Williams rink outscoring the loss on the other rink. The Ladies C team were beaten at home by Denmead. This is an inexperienced team and it is good to see them maintaining good spirit and practicing hard in a difficult season for them. The Ladies B team were without a game this week.

The Men’s first team, having suffered a narrow Rowland Cup defeat at Milton Park (again!) on Thursday bounced back to the serious business of League Div 1 action on Friday and claimed a convincing 16-0 win over Cowplain to ease ourselves away from the foot of the table. All rinks performed well and were successful  with Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen taking pride of place with a 26-13 win.

The busy season continues this week with Top Club, National 2-rink and County and Triples and Pairs action in addition to the normal league programmes.



Another very busy week with various man’s county competitions starting with the inevitable result of fixture clashes making several players unavailable for our team matches.

The G & F teams were particularly badly affected as all were playing on Tuesday evening, clashing directly with the first round matches in County Men’s Fours. All of our G&F captains had to work very hard to field full teams and all did well to ensure that this was achieved. The Woods, fielding 8 ladies against a Crofton team including 10 men, on a very heavy green at Crofton did particularly well to come away with a victory. We trailed by 19 shots at the mid-point but fought back strongly to claim a 14-2 win by a 3-shot margin. Woods captain Phil Sanders was full of praise for his ladies fighting performance. The Jacks and Greens, both similarly weakened by county commitments, were defeated at Portchester and Bridgemary respectively.

The Men’s Combination Div 1 team travelled to Rowner on Wednesday and went down by two rinks to one in a 5-shot defeat, Brian Underwood skipping our winning rink. The Div 2 team were beaten at home by league leaders Priory, unfortunately I do not have any details from this game.

All three ladies teams played on Thursday, all, unfortunately, experiencing defeat. The A team played Milton Park at home where Mary Whetton’s rink was successful 25-17 but an 11-23 defeat on the other rink meant a 4-shot deficit and a 2-6 loss. The B team at home to Rowner lost on both rinks, Jenny Calder’s rink going close, losing by one shot but no points gained. The C team travelled to Waterlooville where Gill Davis’s rink managed a tie to pick up one point from the game.

The Men’s first team were in action away to Milton Park on Friday night. We gained 4 points from rink wins by Olden/Camp/Passmore/Gentry and Deller/Dawkins/Wren/Pullinger but lost 82-96 overall.

Another busy week coming up with Top Club and County Club Championship games in addition to a full programme of P & D and G & F matches.



A very busy  week started well on Sunday morning with men’s team travelling to Milton Park to take on the hosts in the first round of the National 2-Rink Competition. Both sides won one rink with us edging a very good victory by 38 shots to 36. Our winning rink of Pullinger/Gentry/Dawkins/Deller carrying the day with a very good performance.

Both Men’s Combination teams were busy this week, each scheduled to play  on Monday and Wednesday. The Div 1 team travelled to Hayling Island on Monday and came away with an excellent win from this difficult venue. All our rinks, skipped by Brian Underwood, Rob Dawkins and John Pullinger were successful, resulting in a 74-36 maximum points victory. On the same evening the Combi 2 team entertained Pembroke Gardens and won by 70 shots to 58, two rink wins by Peter Cook and Mel Camp giving us a 10-2 overall win.

The Combination Div 1 team were one of the few teams to play on a rainy Wednesday. The All-weather surface at Cowplain lived up to its name and we did well to draw the match, coming away with five points thanks to a rink win by Peter Gentry’s  rink cancelling out two losing rinks. The Div 2 team’s match at Milton Park was an early victim of the weather.

TheLadies teams did not have a good day on Tuesday, all three being defeated.  The A team lost both rinks at home to Fareham, the C team suffering a similar fate at Gosport. The B team at least managed to pick up 2 rink points, also at Gosport, Jenny Calder’s rink snatching a last-end win. Our season’s tale of woe at Gosport thus continues!

The Ladies were also in action twice this week and the A team notched up their first win of the season away to Bridgemary where they won both rinks, skipped by Mary Whetton and Val Williams, to take a welcome maximum points. The B Team however went down on both rinks at home to Denmead losing by 36-44 overall.

The Men’s midweek triples team did well to record their first win of the season away to Rowner. Maurice Phillips rink were successful and with Keith Aspland’s rink managing a draw the team prevailed overall by one shot.

The early season fixture congestion meant that only the Woods of our G & F teams were in action this week and they enjoyed a home win over Lockswood Green.  Decisive rink wins for P.Gentry/D.Turner/C.Turner and Ellis/Cullen/S.Gentry paving the way for a comfortable victory.

The Men’s squad faced Cowplain at home in the County Club Championship and in a very exciting finish lost by just one shot, 75-76 overall. However there was a postscript to this match. An incident arose during the match of an anomaly in measuring procedure which appeared to cost a shot. The following day Cowplain, having considered the matter, acknowledged that they were in error, and conceded the match – an act of considerable honesty and sportsmanship on their behalf which does their club great credit.

The week finished on a high note with the Men’s P&D team gaining their first Div 1 win of the season at home to Vospers by 80 shots to 70. Rink wins by Phil Sanders, John Pullinger and Peter Gentry ensured a welcome 14-2 victory.



The Men’s first Team picked up their first win of the season with a convincing victory over Cowplain B in the first round of the Rowland Cup. After a slow start which saw us behind on 3 rinks after 5 ends we got into our stride and won overall by 116 points to 63. Three rinks were successful, with Ellis/Turner/Davis/ McAllen the pick of the bunch with a 35-9 win.

In G & F Div 1 the Jacks took on reigning champions Fareham Black. With a team unfortunately weakened for a number of reasons the Jacks put up a very respectable performance, losing overall by 14 points, with the Davis/Mitchell/Calder rink claiming a useful rink win after a late fight back.

The Greens visited Lockswood in G & F Div 2. Wins for the rinks skipped by Terry Strutt and Des Morris were unfortunately negated by heavy defeats on the other two rinks resulting in a 45-77 defeat. Four valuable rink points however.

The Woods match at Portchester was curtailed after 7 ends due to that rarity so far this season, heavy rain! The Woods will have to revisit later in the season to complete the match.

Wednesday’s Men’s Combination matches resulted in a win for the Div 1 team and a narrow defeat for the Div 2 team. The Div 1 team picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 63-41 maximum points victory over Waterlooville, John Allen, Rob Dawkins and Dave Heather skipping our rinks. The Div 2 team suffered their first defeat of the season at Gosport, going down by just 2 shots overall after some last end losses. Ged Evans was our only successful skip on the night. Gosport seems to be something of a jinx club for us at the moment, 3 teams having gone there and lost in the first weeks of the season.

In the Ladies matches this week the outstanding performance came from the B team who went to Purbrook and achieved maximum points on their tricky surface. Jenny Calder and Liz Wakeman skipped the two rinks to achieve an emphatic 42-28 overall win The A team won one rink at Cowplain but went down to defeat overall. The C team were also defeated, losing both rinks against a strong Fareham team.

The Men’s Midweek Triples team were beaten at home by Gosport, winning one rink but losing on the other two.

The P & D Div 1 men’s team were at league champions Alexandra Park on Friday evening and came away pointless against an excellent team. Best performance came from Phil Sanders rink, who agonisingly lost on the final end after holding the lead for most of the match.



All of our Ladies teams were in action on Tuesday and all finished with the same result – unfortunately! Each team shared the rink points with their opponents but lost on overall shots difference.

The B Team were the closest to victory, going down by just 4 shots at home to Cowplain  after  dropping a 6 point end in the closing stages. Liz Wakeman’s rink produced the team’s 2 points.  The A Team started their season at Milton Park and although Mary Whetton’s rink managed a 1 shot win they went down to a heavy defeat overall. The C Team produced a much-improved performance this week, losing at Bridgemary by just 6 shots despite Mary Bucks rink picking up a good win.

The Men’s Midweek Triples team’s season commenced at Fareham on Tuesday afternoon and did not get off to a good start, unfortunately losing on all rinks. Fareham field a very strong team in this competition and will undoubtedly be major contenders for the league championship.

The Men’s first team played two P & D Div 1 matches this week. On Tuesday they gave a really good performance against the powerful Waverley team on a noisy night at Lee! We held the lead for most of the game but eventually bowed to Waverley’s relentless pressure and were defeated by 5 shots. Ellis/Turner/Davis/McAllen scored a 9 point rink win and Pullinger/Wren/ Dawkins/Deller held on by one shot to claim another 2 rink points. Also Sanders/Gentry/Allen/Passmore were agonisingly close, going down by just 1 shot.

The Men’s Combination teams both had tricky away matches on Wednesday. The Div 1 team suffered a very narrow 2-shot defeat at Fareham. We picked up two rink wins through Dennis Wren and Rob Dawkins but they couldn’t quite overturn the deficit suffered by the club captain’s rink! Roy Cullen’s Div 2 team continued their winning start to the season at Alexandra Park. A big win by Mel Camp’s rink, together with Bill Lamb’s tied rink seeing us pick up the match win.

In this week’s G & F matches the Woods went down 62-69 at home to Rowner Blue, Phil Sanders rink picking up a win and a drawn rink gaining us 3 points. On the same evening the Greens made their second journey in two weeks to Gosport and fared a bit better this time, picking up four points through rink wins by Des Morris and Bill Lamb but losing by 9 shots overall.

The Men’s P & D team were in action again on Friday, away to Priory. This resulted in a 10 shot defeat, the Sanders/Gentry/Allen/Passmore rink picking up a win but the other 3 rinks all losing narrowly. Losing on a very cold, miserable night at Milton Park was not the most enjoyable experience!

The week finished with the Jacks visiting Lockswood Gold for an unusual Saturday morning G & F fixture. The timing obviously suited us, the Jacks unexpectantly thrashing their hosts by 40 shots and 14 points to 2. And the game was played in glorious sunshine!



Our men’s P & D team have been drawn away to Milton Park in this competition.

The match will be played at Milton Park on

SUNDAY 14th MAY,  10.30am start time.

The selected team will be notified in due course.



After enjoying sunny and warm conditions for two weeks of practice the start of the league season inevitably heralded a sudden drop in temperature to some very wintry conditions! However, at least it was dry and all matches were played as scheduled.

The first Lee team to play was the Greens in G & F Div 2 and their season did not start well. After two weeks on our own immaculate green they found conditions at Gosport not at all to their liking and went down to a heavy defeat against Gosport Gold. However they should console themselves with the fact that their opponents are one of the stronger teams in the division and not all matches will be as tough.

G & F action continued the following evening when the mighty Woods made the long journey to play the slightly less mighty Jacks in a Div 1 match.  As befitting a "local derby" the game was keenly contested with both teams winning two rinks but the Woods taking the match by 10 shots overall.

Wednesday saw the start of the Men's Combination season with both our teams playing at home. The B team in Div 1 went down by 2 rinks to 1 against Priory, Rob Dawkins' rink snatching a last end win but the team going down by 10 shots overall. In Div 2 however, the newly-promoted C team scored an excellent maximum points win over College Park. Peter Cook and Maurice Phillips both led their rinks to convincing wins but the real drama was played out in near darkness (very near!) when Bill Lamb's rink picked up 12 shots on the last four ends to snatch a 3 shot win. Their night vision was obviously better than their opponents!

The Ladies season got under way on Thursday. The A team were not in action this week. The other two teams both played away and found, in very different ways, unfamiliar conditions to be their undoing. The B team were at Crofton where they struggled on a very heavy green. Though Jenny Calder's rink came back strongly to take the rink points on the final end the team were defeated by 11 shots. The C team, by contrast, failed to come to terms with the very fast carpet at Portchester and were defeated on both rinks. Having watched the match I would predict that not many teams will beat the Portchester ladies on their green this season.

The final league action of the week saw the men's first team commence their season on the tricky carpet at Waterlooville. Though losing overall the team put in a very decent performance with the Sanders/Allen/ Underwood/ McAllen rink winning by 5 shots and Ellis/Turner/Davis/ Maul taking their game on the last end to give us a useful 4 points from an always difficult fixture. In a season in which every point is going to be hard-earned these rink points will be very important.

Another full programme next week with the Ladies A and Men's Midweek teams joining the action. Hopefully it will be a bit warmer!



The dry, sunny start to the season continues! The Men's first team played their first pre-season friendly last evening, losing very narrowly (I shot!) at Fareham.

The draws for a number of cup competitions have now been made and are as follows.

In the Rowland Cup the men's team have drawn at home to Cowplain B, to be played Monday 8th May. By coincidence we have also drawn at home to Cowplain in the Men's County Club Competition, this to be played on Thurs 18th May. In the Men's National 2-rink competition we have drawn at Milton Park, to be played BY 21st May. Finally in the Men's fixtures we have a bye in Round 1 of the Top Club Competition and will face Alexandra Park in Round 2, to be played BY 11th June.

The Ladies have been drawn at home to Headley in the Thornberry Cup, to be played on 31st May.

Finally (for the moment), in the Mixed Top Club competition we have drawn at home to our neighbours Crofton, to be played BY 18th June.

Busy times!



Our season is up and running and what a lovely weekend's weather we enjoyed to get us under way. Don't be fooled - it won't always be like that!

All Ladies, Gents and G & F leagues get under way w/c 24th April so preparations are under way with ladies and gents practices scheduled, see your notice boards for details.

Two pre-season friendlies have been arranged to provide the Men's P & D squad with some match practice, these are:-


Both matches will commence at 5.30pm



Work on the green and clubhouse is going well as preparations continue for the coming season. The club opens for the season 8th April and briefing meetings for the Ladies and Gents sections have been arranged as follows:-


LADIES MEETING  - THURSDAY 13th APRIL AT 1.00 PM (Prior to Ladies Practice Session)

Les Davis 20/3/17



The new season is drawing closer with a lot of activity going on behind the scenes. The draws for the first rounds of the Ladies County and P & D Competitions, and the Men's County Competitions have been made and can be viewed through the P & D Ladies and Men's websites. Draws for the men's P& D competitions are made in April and entry forms will be available at the club pre-season meeting on 19th March.

Les Davis 19/2/17


This page will be updated regularly during the season to provide everyone with easy access to an informal and, hopefully, enjoyable review of results, progress and achievements of club members and teams.

Preparation and planning for the season has already started and I look forward to working with the team captains and all the membership to bring about another happy and successful season for our club.

Les Davis  19/1/2017