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ON THE GREEN

President Janet opening the green for 2022 President Janet opening the green for 2022

Message from President Janet

I am delighted to be the New President for 2022 and, as is the tradition, sent the first wood onto the green on Friday 8th April to mark the start of the 2022 season. 

It was marvellous to see the clubhouse packed with members meeting up after the long winter break, even more so because we’ve been unable to get the season off this way for two years because of the pandemic.  I am looking forward to a full season of bowls with no nasty interruptions.  It was also a poignant moment for me  too as it was the 30th anniversary of my father’s death, John Scragg, a long-time member of the club and President in 1987.  I felt sure he was smiling down and enjoying the moment.

Thank you to all those who have been working hard to prepare the club for the new season, including Ray Gregory and  his Team for looking after the green through the winter, it is looking fantastic;    Ray Wilkins and everyone who kindly came down to work with the Saturday Gang, we really do appreciate your efforts and everywhere is looking very smart;    Rosemary Gregory and Sean Biollo for their work in the gardens, and Paul and Sue Murrant who have restored the club’s scoreboard which is now standing proud again.  The club would not be the same without this scoreboard.

I urge you all to play as many matches as they can, as OBC, like all the clubs in the area, are desperate to get back to the status quo, and this can only be done when we have full teams for the planned matches.  I would also encourage everyone to enter the Club Competitions and hope we will have a bumper entry this year.   I urge our newer members not to be nervous about entering, as competitions are the best way to learn and improve your bowls.  There have been many a surprising result out on the green and as they say ‘it’s all on the day’.

The online rink booking system will continue this year, and you will be able to nominate your rink this time.  Thank you to Bob Spence for his time and expertise in running the website.

Chummies this year will be Wednesday and Sunday mornings from 10am.  If you have any questions about these please contact Rosemary Gregory or Keith Hart. 

I am really looking forward to my presidential year.  I wish everyone a fantastic season and look forward to meeting you on the green.

Friendly Fixtures Survey 

Thank you for the excellent response to Alan’s recent survey concerning Friendly fixtures.  Not quite 100% response, but very close.  The answers have all be collated now and were discussed at last week’s Executive Committee meeting.  We plan to have a Members’ meeting at the end of August when the bowling diary is less congested, to discuss our proposals.  But, in the meantime, these proposals are:

Thursday Mixed Interclub Friendly matches:  Keep as they are.  Advise opposition that we will be playing with mixed teams.

Saturday Mixed Interclub Friendly matches:  We will not cancel the remaining fixtures this year, and play as many as we can, if we can get a team.  Advise opposition that we will be playing with mixed teams.  For next season we propose to consider cutting down the fixtures and playing only those clubs we have a good relationship with.  Maybe only playing on a Saturday every 3 weeks or so.  However, there must be the opportunity for members to play on Saturdays if they wish.  Although only 9 members have committed to play on a Saturday on a regular basis.  This will then free up Saturdays for other things, e.g. playing of club comps.

Ladies’ Interclub Friendly matches:  We will not cancel the remaining fixtures and will see how it goes for next season.  Whether or not other clubs will in fact have enough ladies to play these matches remains to be seen.

Sunday Mixed Interclub Friendly matches:  There appears to be no problem getting a team for these fixtures.  They will stay as they are.

One other question you might like to consider before the August meeting.  Do you prefer to play in the daytime or in the evening?

Please do continue to put your names down for as many matches as you can.  Ladies, why not try the Thursday and Saturday games for a change?  I have thoroughly enjoyed my games this year.  They are friendly, competitive and fun.

Also, at the August meeting we will consider the dress code for next season.  Do we stick to Whites for our home matches or switch to Greys?

Oakham Bowls Club Update W.E. 30. 07. 2022

A King Cup match on Tuesday evening away at Holwell on three rinks over eighteen ends  gave Oakham their first win of three this week.

Rink four for Oakham was skipped by Alan Jones, Graham Scothern as lead, Mary Smith at two and Denis Smith at three.  This game was somewhat one sided as after the first four ends Oakham took the lead and continued to score  quite heavily. Holwell only won three of the remaining fourteen ends finishing with 7 shots to Oakham’s 30.

Ray Gregory was the lead on rink four, Malcolm Rendle at two, Graham Cole at three and Paul Murrant as Skip. Oakham got off to a good start until 4 shots for Holwell on sixth end gave them the lead. They continued to add to their total with Oakham finding it difficult to score. The game finished with the visitors holding 10 shots losing to Holwell’s  18 shots.

The tables were turned on rink six by Barrie Payne as lead, Beryl Birch at two, Bob Spence at three and the Skip was Ray Gregory. This game was closely contested over the first twelve  ends at which point  both teams held 10 shots each. Oakham then built a 6 shot lead over the next four ends and although Holwell won the last two ends Oakham took the game with 16 shots to Holwell’s 12.

Final result was a win for Oakham with 56 shots and 8 points , Holwell 37 shots and 2 points.

The Thursday team were away at Fosseway playing a Triples match on four rinks.

Rink two was skipped by Bob Hammond, Barrie Payne as lead and Graham Cole at two. A close and competitive game ensued with Oakham holding a narrow lead until 4 shots in the fourteenth end  by Fosseway put them in front. Oakham responded  positively winning the remaining four ends and  finishing with 16 shots to Fosseway’s 12.

Graham Scothern led on rink three with Sean Biollo at two  with Bob Spence as Skip. This game went badly for Fosseway as from the outset, Oakham  dominated  play winning fourteen of the eighteen ends. The final score was Oakham 35 shots, Fosseway 4

Chris Wallis skipped rink four with Norman Coville as lead and Rick Tarleton at two.

A positive start by Oakham found them ahead by 10 shots to 3 after ten ends. A resurgent Fosseway took the next six ends giving them a 4 shot lead. This galvanised Oakham into action, winning the last four ends and adding a further  9 shots giving them a winning total of 19 shots to Fosseways 14.

Rink five had Beryl Birch as lead, Anne Preston – Bambridge at two and Gail Robertson as Skip. The match was fairly even over the first eight ends, Oakham with 5 shots, Fosseway 4. Then the  ninth end essentially won the game for Oakham who scored a Hot Shot, 6 shots giving them a 7 shot advantage  Although Fosseway won six of the remaining nine ends they could only accumulate another 7 shots  whilst Oakham managed to add a further 3 shots, winning with 14 shots and  Fosseway  with 11

Final match score was a convincing win for Oakham,  82 shots – Fosseway 41

Quorn was the venue for the Saturday match. Oakham only had twelve players available so Quorn lent them three to enable a Triples match to be played on five rinks over eighteen ends.

Julie Healey was lead on rink two, Pat from Quorn at two and Denis Smith as Skip. Oakham controlled the game  but, against the run of play, a 5 from Quorn on the tenth end and another  5 on the seventeenth brought them to within 3 shots of Oakham’s winning 19 shots to Quorns 16

Alan Jones skipped rink three with Derek Harper at two and Anne Preston - Bambridge at two. This was a close game for the first eight ends after which Oakham were stuck on 6 shots for the next four ends whilst Quorn establishes a 6 shot lead. Oakham fought back and scored 8 shots over the remaining ends and drew the game, both teams finishing with 14 shots.

Rink four had Peter Harrison as lead. Barrie Payne at two and Ros Carter as Skip .From the outset Oakham established a  lead  which they maintained to finish the game on 18 shots to Quorn’s 10.

Another very convincing win for Oakham on rink five with Sean Biollo as lead Vicky from Quorn at two and Chris Wallis as Skip Oakham only lost four of the eighteen ends finishing the game with 27 shots to Quorn’s 10.

Rink six was Oakham’s only loosing rink. Mary Smith was lead, Mal from Quorn at two with Gail Robertson as Skip. It was on end five before Oakham opened their account with 3 shots but were still 2 shots in arrears. Whilst Quorn held their lead, after fourteen ends Oakham were only 1 shot behind. Unfortunately they only added 1 more to their total over the remaining ends . Oakham 12 shots Quorn 18

A good win for Oakham, the match ending with Oakham on 90 shots to Quorn’s 68.

 

CLUB COMPETITION DRAW 2022

SHEETS WILL BE ON THE BOARDS ON TUESDAY 3rd MAY. 

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR THE PLAY BY DATES. 

DRESS CODE IS GREYS AND CLUB SHIRTS FOR ALL THESE MATCHES PLEASE, INCLUDING THE MARKER. 

LADIES’ 4 WOOD

JACKIE COLE  v  ROSEMARY GREGORY

WINNER PLAYS – JANET HORWOOD

ANNE PRESTON BAMBRIDGE  v  KAY JONES

BERYL BIRCH  v  ROS CARTER

MAUREEN DOUGLAS  v  CAROL SCOTHERN

LADIES’ 2 WOOD

MARY SMITH  v  JANET HORWOOD

HAZEL JEFFERY  v  JULIE HEALEY

MAUREEN DOUGLAS  v  ROS CARTER

ANNE PRESTON BAMBRIDGE  v  ROSEMARY GREGORY

MEN’S 4 WOOD

PETER GRAINGER  v  BILL JONES

GRAHAM COLE  v  STUART PRIMAROLO

ADRIAN WILKINSON  v  BARRIE PAYNE, winner of this match will play –

RAY GREGORY

RICK TARLETON  v  PAUL JENKINSON

PAUL MURRANT  v  CHRIS WALLIS

NORMAN COVILLE  v  IAN WILKINSON

MATT MURRANT  v  BOB SPENCE

RAY WILKINS  v  DENIS SMITH

GAIL ROBERTSON  v  GRAHAM SCOTHERN

MEN’S 2 WOOD

NORMAN COVILLE  v  CLIVE MORRIS

RICK TARLETON  v  GRAHAM SCOTHERN

IAN WILKINSON  v  PAUL MURRANT

KEITH HART  v  MATT MURRANT

BOB SPENCE  v  BARRIE PAYNE

ADRIAN WILKINSON  v  RAY WILKINS

MEN’S PAIRS

BILL JONES  &  RAY GREGORY  v  IAN WILKINSON & RICK TARLETON. 

Winner of this match will play –

ADRIAN WILKINSON & DENIS SMITH

SEAN BIOLLO & GRAHAM COLE  v  STUART PRIMAROLO & MATT MURRANT

RAY WILKINS & PAUL MURRANT  v  BARRIE PAYNE & CHRIS WALLIS

PAUL JENKINSON & GAIL ROBERTSON  v  GRAHAM SCOTHERN & BOB SPENCE

MEN’S HANDICAP

RAY GREGORY (-4)  v  BILL JONES

MATT MURRANT (-4)  v  RAY WILKINS (-1)

PAUL MURRANT (-4)  v  KEITH HART

BARRIE PAYNE (-4)  v  PAUL JENKINSON

BOB SPENCE (-4)  v  SEAN BIOLLO

RICK TARLTON (-1)  v  ADRIAN WILKINSON

GRAHAM SCOTHERN (-1)  v  STUART PRIMAROLO (The winner of this match will play – NORMAN COVILLE

RUTLAND CUP

RAY GREGORY  v  GRAHAM SCOTHERN

KEITH HART  v  GRAHAM COLE

PAUL MURRANT  v  MATT MURRANT

BOB SPENCE  v  RAY WILKINS

RICK TARLETON  v  BARRIE PAYNE

JANET HORWOOD  v  GAIL ROBERTSON

IAN MACLEAN  v  BERYL BIRCH

IAN WILKINSON  v  ADRIAN WILKINSON

MAUREEN DOUGLAS  v  NORMAN COVILLE

MIXED NOVICE

KEITH HART  v  STUART PRIMAROLO

DEREK HARPER  v  ADRIAN WILKINSON

CAROL SCOTHERN  v  BILL JONES

SEAN BIOLLO  v  IAN MACLEAN

DAVID MORGAN  v  JACKIE COLE