View From The Head
A lighthearted look at what’s gone on in the world of Portsmouth & District Bowls..
Final Views from the Head – Dateline Sept 13th
The P&D League season ended with the Midweek Triples Play-Off Finals to see who would win the Town and District Sections.
The Town Section Play-off Final is between the Town Blue Division winners and Town Red Division winners. This year, Waverley (Blue winners) took on old club rivals Alexandra Red (Red winners).
The 1st leg was played at Waverley and it resulted in Waverley taking a 5shot lead into the 2ndleg.
For Waverley, Phil Drewball’s Triple won by 10shots with the Barry Starks’ Triple adding another 6shots to the pot.
Steve Feilder's Triple replied for Alexandra with their 11shot win, reducing the deficit to a manageable proportion.
The 2nd leg at Alexandra was a tense affair.
The 10shot win by Neil Scutt’s Triple gave Alex hope, as Alex were now 5shots up overall.
The 4shot win by Barry Starks’ Triple meant that Alex were now 1shot in front.
The other Triple was a tight affair that was probably resolved by Phil Drewball’s Triple picking up a 6 on the 16thend, to go 5shots ahead on their game.
More importantly Waverley now held a 4shot overall Lead.
They added a single on the next end, meaning that the Alex Triple needed to score a 5 to force an extra end, or 6 to win the Play-Off.
Agonisingly, they only managed to score a 4, meaning Waverley won the Town Title by 1shot 109-108.
The District Section Play-off Final is between the East Division 1 winners and the West Division 1 winners. This year, Hayling Island Blue (East winners) took on Fareham Gold (West winners).
The 1st leg was played on Hayling Island’s new carpet.
Hayling had taken the decision when the carpet was laid to use the slowest underlay so the change to Carpet from Grass wasn’t a big shock to their members.
However, it probably played into Fareham’s hands as their side contained experienced indoor bowlers.
Fareham won the match by 21shots; winning on 2Triples and tie-ing the 3rd. Leading the way for Fareham was Danny Russell’s Triple with their 14shot victory.
The 2nd leg at Fareham was a victory procession for the home side as they romped to a 29shot victory, winning on all 3rinks.
So, Fareham took the District Title by 50shots, 115-65.
Views from the Head – Dateline August 26th
With the League & Combination Leagues having completed their season, the attention turns to the Mid-Week Triples.
It was decided last week who would be playing in the Town Play-Off Finals.
- Waverley (winner of the Blue division) are taking on Alexandra Red (winner of the Red division) next week.
Who would win East 1 and take on the West 1 Winners in the District Play-Offs was down to the last matches for the top 2. If they BOTH got maximum points from their last matches, then Hayling Island Blue would take the title over Cowplain Purple with a much better Shot Difference. So what happened??
- Cowplain Purple had the advantage of having a match in hand – both at Home.
- The 1st game saw them hosting Emsworth Green. They did the business winning by 33shots and taking maximum points.
- Attention now turns to their 2nd game at home to Bedhampton Red. Well they did win the match by 15shots but they dropped a rink in doing so, meaning they only picked up 10points.
- So, how did Hayling get on??
- They were at already relegated Purbrook Silver, who didn’t put up much of a battle as Hayling won by 25shots, picking up the full 12points.
All of which meant that Hayling won the division by 2points from Cowplain Purple.
At the bottom, with Purbrook already Relegated, who would join them was between Emsworth Green & Waterlooville Red – and Emsworth had a game in hand.
So we know (see above) how Emsworth game in hand went – they got **** all. So their Home match against ‘ville Red meant they had to win on 2rinks to avoid the drop.
- Well they DID win 2rinks and, more than that, by a single shot Won the game.
- ...which meant that Waterlooville Red took the Drop.
It was decided last week that Portchester Green won the Division and their sister Side – Black – are also Promoted.
Fareham Gold had won the Division a Fortnight ago, so that all that had to be decided was who would be dropping into West 2 next season.
The Battle was between Lee-on-the-Solent & Forton and how they got on in their Last Matches of the Season, which saw them both at Home. Forton needed to pick up maximum points and hope that LotS only got a max of 2points from their game against Fareham Cream.
- Well, LotS did their bit by only picking up 2points from their 20shot defeat.
- So, over to Forton. They could only pick up 2points from their 2shot defeat at the hands of Gosport Red.
All of which means that:
- The District Play-Off Final is between Hayling Island Blue & Fareham Gold.
- It’s Forton who are taking the plunge!
Last week’s results decided that:
- Crofton Mortar were Promoted.
- Bridgemary collected the “Wooden Spoon”.
Views from the Head – Dateline August 21st
The final matter of who would finish Runner-Up in the division was settled last Sunday in the rearranged Priory v Waverley game. Knowing they had to win to overtake Fareham, in a match between much rearranged sides, Priory ended up the winners by 15shots and the 14points they got from the game by winning on 3rinks meant they overtook Fareham by 2points.
The make-up of the divisions in the 2023 League now depends on how the clubs view what happened in the first full season post-covid and their experiences in fielding full sides during the year.
Here’s the latest on who’s up and who’s down:
Waverley’s trouncing of Milton Park Blue meant they won the division, so will be facing Alexandra Red in the Town Final.
Hayling Island Blue’s chances of sealing the division were dealt a blow when they lost by 5shots away at Cowplain Orange, only getting 2points from the match. That result means that if both they and Cowplain Purple get maximum points from their remaining games (& Purple have a game in hand) they will both finish level on points, with Hayling having the much better shot difference.
- Relegation: Purbrook Silver’s home defeat by Bedhampton Red meant they were relegated.
The final relegation spot is now between Emsworth Green (who have a game in hand) & Waterlooville Red, who meet each other next week at Emsworth.
As both Portchester’s Green & Black sides got maximum points from their last games, they both finished the season with the same number of points. As the Greens had a far superior Shot Difference, they won the division.
In the Relegation Battle, it is now between Lee-on-the-Solent & Forton, as both lost last week. Forton need to pick up maximum points from their last game and hope LotS only get a max of 2points from their game against Fareham Cream.
Portchester Gold’s thumping of Crofton Bricks meant that Crofton Mortar can’t be caught, so have won the division and take the sole promotion spot. Bridgemary collect the “Wooden Spoon”.
Views From The Head – Dateline August 13th
There are still a couple of outstanding games to play due to match postponements earlier in the season, but the final round of divisional matches settled who won the Division and who finished in the bottom 3.
And that was settled in Southsea, where Waverley hosted Lee-on-the-Solent. It ended in a comprehensive victory for Waverley by 57shots, winning all 4rinks. That meant that Waverley had taken the title with 2matches in hand, whilst the Solent Club will be finishing in the bottom 3.
As to who will finish Runners-Up, that will have to wait.
- Fareham hosted Priory knowing that a win would guarantee them the spot. However, Priory obviously relished the opportunity not to be playing on their minefield as they won the match by 14shots.
- With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot victory of Adrian Snook’s rink that sealed the game for Priory. They should have picked up 14points from the game as, with 3ends to play, Richard Smalley’s quartet was winning by 12shots. However, they then contrived to drop 14shots in those 3ends, which included an 8 on the last end to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by 2shots, donating the 2points to Bob Scottow’s rink (shades of their 1st match of the season at Cowplain).
In a season that promised more, Rowner ended up (literally and physically) cementing their mid-table position (yes they did finish in 5th spot) with a 21shot home win over Alexandra. They won on 3rinks, led by the 15shot win on Graeme Coles’ rink. Captain Neil Scutt prevented the whitewash with his rink’s 5shot win.
Cowplain signed off their season with a 53shot home win over Leigh Park, thanks to huge wins on the rinks of David Luffman & Bill Roberts.
At the end of the week, Lee-on-the-Solent and Waverley met again in a rearranged match, this time on the shores of the Solent. But the result was almost the same, as Waverley won by 23shots, taking 3rinks.
A big match was played last Monday that settled who would be relegated alongside Naismith as Portsmouth Water hosted Gosport. It ended with a 2shot win for Gosport, that ensured Portsmouth Water finished in the bottom two. In a close match, which saw both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 9shot win on Jim Oswell’s rink that turned the tide for Gosport.
On Friday, the Div. 2 season ended with Gosport again travelling into Portsmouth to take on Star & Crescent. The match went the way of Star, who won by 6shots. Star won on 3rinks, led by the 9shot victory on Simon Filippi’s rink (interestingly, their season ended with a tied end; well it’s interesting to the “Stattos” amongst my readers). The result also meant that the two Clubs swapped places in the table, Star finishing 3rd, Gosport 4th.
The final round of matches resolved all the outstanding issues in the Combination Divisions.
As Division winners, Waverley Blue couldn’t be bothered to travel onto the peninsula, thereby donating 12points to Lee-on-the-Solent B, it meant that both Alexandra Blue and Priory Black had to win their game to have a chance of finishing up in 2nd spot.
- Priory Black travelled to relegated Waterlooville Gold with good hopes but fell to an 8shot defeat, only picking up 2points from the game.
- Meanwhile, Alexandra Blue were hosting Vospers, whom they beat by 16shots, picking up 10points in the process.
Those 2 results meant that Alexandra Blue is guaranteed finishing in 2nd spot.
I predicted a spicy finish to the season in this division and so it proved.
- The 2 Clubs fighting to avoid Relegation were hosting the 2 ‘ville Sides who were fighting for Promotion.
- Priory Silver were hosting Purbrook Maroon and a win for either could see them promoted
- Alex Blue were at relegated Rowner and the hope was that Rowner could raise a side
Let’s start at the bottom of the table:
- Leigh Park Red took on Waterlooville Green knowing they had to win on all 3rinks and hope Hayling failed to avoid the drop. Despite filling a rink with a host of League “stars(?)”, that rink lost, undoing all the good work of their teammates who won their rinks. The defeat also meant that the ‘ville Green sides had probably blown their chances.
- Meanwhile, Hayling Island were seeing off the ‘ville Brown side by 26shots, thereby saving their own skin and leaving the Browns biting their nails.
- So to Milton Park, where Priory Silver beat Purbrook Maroon by 20shots, picking up 10points. They were soon on the phone ringing round the other venues to see what had happened.
- Finally to Rowner, where they did indeed put a Side out, meaning Alex Red would have to fight it out to get a win. This they did, thanks to a BIG win on John Vinten’s rink
So, all this resulted in:
- Priory Silver winning the division
- Alex Red finishing Runners-Up
- Leigh Park being Relegated
- Hayling leap-frogging Purbrook
The last full round of the season settled who Won the Division and who were Runners-Up
- Waverley Red were in with a chance as they had a game in hand over the other two AND were playing tenants Star & Crescent. But the tenant didn’t play ball and won by 9shots, despite only winning on 1rink. So Waverley will still be in Comb 3 next year (and tenant will see a steep rise in rent!!)
- Bedhampton travelled to Gosport and, despite the game being played on thatch instead of carpet, managed to win the game. Mind you it was tense as one of the Bedhampton players didn’t make the trip and the 25% deduction meant that they squeezed thru’ by ¾ of a shot!! But winning on 2rinks meant they picked up 10points from the game.
- Meanwhile, Milton Park B hosted Lee-on-the-Solent C. It would seem that the fact they had avoided relegation meant that the “Solenteers” reverted to their old ways, as they were thrashed by 51shots.
All of which meant that Milton Park won the Division, with Bedhampton finishing Runners-Up
It was decided last week that Cosham Park were Relegated
It was decided last week that Naismith had won the Division, with Milton Park C finishing as Runners-Up, and with Bridgemary taking the Wooden Spoon.
The Top 2 met at Northern Parade and it ended with Vospers Blue beating Waverley by 39shots, reducing Waverley’s lead down to 15points and Vospers still having that game in hand!
Alexandra Red are now thru’ to the Town Final.
With most sides having 2 games left, things are starting to become a bit clearer.
- Winners: It’s between Hayling Island Blue & Cowplain Purple, with Bedhampton Red having, at most, a slender outside chance. Hayling hold a 10point lead over Cowplain.
- Relegation: It’s between Denmead Brown, Waterlooville Red, Emsworth Green & Purbrook Silver, with Purbrook looking the likeliest to be making the drop. The other 3 will be fighting it out to see who also takes the drop, but Denmead have played 2games more than the other 2.
With almost all sides having 1 game left, the battle for the 2 Promotion spots is now down to Portchester Green & Emsworth Brown, with Hayling Island Yellow having an outside chance.
- Portchester Black are in pole position having a 6point lead over their sister side and they travel to bottom club Bedhampton Blue – but anything can happen on carpet.
- As Portchester Green are hosting Emsworth Brown, the odds would seem to be in their favour.
- Finally, Hayling Island Yellow needs all the points from their Home match against Waterlooville Blue to stand any chance.
While there are still 2more rounds of matches still to be played, one thing has been decided:
- Winners: In a tense match at Fareham, the Golds beat nearest rival and sister side the Creams by a single shot to take the Division and progress to the District Play-Off Finals – I’ll leave it up to you to work out if there was any collusion!!
- Relegation Battle: Is between Rowner A, Lee-on-the-Solent & Forton. Next week, Rowner host the Solenteers, whilst Forton are at Fareham Cream. So thing could become a bit clearer!!
At the moment Crofton Mortar are 15points clear of Portchester Gold & Crofton Bricks for the single promotion spot. Mortar & Gold only have 1 match each left, Bricks 2; and Gold host Bricks next week which could make things a bit clearer.
Views From The Head – Dateline August 7th
Leaders Waverley travelled to Waterlooville and all but sealed winning the division by beating their hosts (on their carpet) by 15shots. They won on all rinks, led by the 7shot win on Barry Starks’ rink. Waverley now needs 7points from their last 3games to be ensured of taking the title and that could take the title in their next game at home to Lee-on-the-Solent.
With Priory having the night off, Fareham extended their lead over them in the race for the Runners-Up spot to 20points with a 14shot away win at Leigh Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 15shot victory by Cyril Friend’s rink, who managed the parched conditions a lot better than the home rink, that swung the match to Fareham. However, the 4points Leigh Park garnered from the game ensured their safety from relegation.
Lee-on-the-Solent’s hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a severe blow as visitors Rowner defeated them by 38shots. Rowner won all 4rinks, with the size of their victory thanks to big wins on the rinks of Graeme Coles & Barry Stafford.
- It would seem that the Solent club hopes of avoiding the drop have vanished as their last two games are against Waverley and they need maximum points from both to have any hopes of getting out of the relegation zone.
The other match was another that had an important impact on the relegation battle as Alexandra hosted Cowplain. It resulted in Alexandra only needing 2points from their final match of the season to keep hold on their Division 1 status by inflicting a 49shot beating on their visitors. The size of the winning margin was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Don Lilley and Neil Scutt.
Last Friday, the top 2 met up for their last match of the season at Northern Road. As last week’s games had decided which had Won the Division and who finished Runners-Up, the result of the game would only be to see if Vospers could put a dent in Milton Park’s celebrations. And they achieved just that by winning the game by 15shots. Both clubs won on 2rinks and each had a huge win. The 26shot win by Ray Porter’s Vosper’s rink more than covered the 15shot win by Mick Molloy’s Milton rink.
The other two matches were battles to see who would be relegated with Naismith.
- Star & Crescent ensured they were definitely safe with their 8shot home win over Portsmouth Water. While Star won on 2rinks and tied a 3rd, they had to thank the 19shot win on Simon Filippi’s rink to take the match as it more than covered the 12shot win recorded by Pete Musson’s water rink.
- Meanwhile, Gosport did themselves a power of good after their visit to Naismith resulted in them winning by 10shots. The won on 3rinks, led by the 7shot victory on Tony Horne’s rink. Mick Chandler’s quartet prevented Naismith being whitewashed in their final game of the season with their 3shot win. The win moves Gosport above Portsmouth Water.
- Those results mean it’s highly probable that Portsmouth Water will be relegated alongside Naismith. However, although Gosport does have 2games in hand, they are both away, firstly to Portsmouth Water and then to Star & Crescent. If they lose both badly, there is a possibility for them to still be relegated.
The Division 3 season ended with Denmead celebrating winning the division with a 12shot victory at Pembroke Gardens. They won on 3rinks, led by the 9shot win on Brian Goldacre’s rink. The 9shot win by Jack Chernin’s rink prevented Pembroke from being whitewashed. Jack was making his debut in the league – did Pembroke miss something??
It would seem that Bridgemary took some self-belief from the match last week as they beat the divisional Runner-Up Gas Social by 4shots, for only their 2nd victory of the season. It was a tight match, with both clubs winning on 2 rinks, so the 5shot win on Barrie Durant’s rink edged the match Bridgemary’s way.
That result meant that Pembroke ended the season with the Wooden Spoon.
With regards to the 2023 season, who actually gets Relegated and Promoted depends on how many Clubs will be running a League side next year.
As it stands now, there are only 20 Clubs playing a League side so the odds are that in 2023 there will only be 2 Divisions of 10 Clubs – but Clubs have until end of October to make their minds up if they can or want to run a League side.
On the basis that there will only be 2 Divisions, then:
- Cowplain will definitely be in Division 2 next season.
- Waterlooville and, probably, Lee-on-the-Solent will stay in Division 1.
- Both Milton Park AND Vospers will be promoted to Division 1.
- All other Clubs will make up the new Division 2.
However, if another Club decides they want to enter a League Side, then Relegation & Promotion will be as shown in the latest tables.
As the season draws to an end here is the latest on who may be Divisional Winners & Runners-Up and who have been Relegated
- Winner: Waverley Blue’s win over arch rivals Alexandra Blue means they have won the division.
- Runner-Up: Alexandra Blue are still in the driving seat for the Runner-Up spot, but Priory Black’s win and the fact they have a game in hand means they have hopes. Meanwhile, if it all goes Pete Tong for those 2, Cowplain Red & Lee-on-the-Solent B are waiting in the wings.
- Relegated: Fareham’s home defeat at the hands of LotS means they take the drop alongside Waterlooville Gold.
- The top 2 both won last week:
- Priory Silver only need 5points from their last game to clinch promotion. Getting all the points from it means they will win the division.
- Waterlooville Brown have twice shot themselves in the foot by playing an Unregistered player. The 12points they’ve lost for those infringements mean that, instead of already being promoted, they need to get 10points from their final match at Hayling to guarantee promotion.
- The other 3 all Lost, but still have hopes:
- Waterlooville Green would seem to have best chances if the other 2 slip up (especially the Browns) as they play Leigh Park. However, it is away AND the Park boys need to win to have a chance of avoiding relegation.
- Alexandra Red are away at Rowner who have been conceding games but a change of captain who is cracking the whip to get a team out (as Purbrook will testify to) means it may not be an easy task
- Despite losing to Rowner, Purbrook Maroon are still in a chance, BUT they must take all the points from their visit to Priory Silver to have any hope.
- With Rowner already relegated, it’s between Hayling Island and Leigh Park Red as to who joins them taking the drop and both are home to sides that are chasing Promotion.
- It’s not looking good for Leigh Park Red as they MUST beat Waterlooville Green and hope Hayling not only lose at home to ‘ville Brown, BUT also only pick up a minimum of 2points!!.
So, all in all, a spicy finish to the season!!
- Winner & Runner-Up: With Milton Park B & Bedhampton both winning last week, whilst Waverley Red put their feet up, it’s still a 3-way battle. But Milton would seem to be favourites, as they are at home, whilst the other 2 have to travel, although Waverley’s “away” match is against tenants Star, with Bedhampton travelling to thatch-ridden Gosport. And Milton have to play a surging Solent side!!!
- Relegated: You know the old saying “Wait ages for a bus and then loads turn up at the same time”…well having waited until last week to win their 1st match, Lee-on-the-Solent C were so intoxicated with it they doubled up last week by beating Gosport.
All of which meant that Cosham’s capitulation to Milton Park means that they will be in Comb 4 next season.
- Winner: Despite Naismith losing at Milton, they have won the Division as Milton can’t catch them.
- Runner-Up: By beating Naismith and Gas Social losing to Pembroke, Milton clinched the Runners-Up spot
- Wooden Spoon: Bridgemary sealed their fate by playing 2short against Fareham B.
With both clubs picking up maximum points last week, Waverley still have a 23point lead over Vospers who still have that game in hand.
Their win last week means that Alexandra Red are now thru’ to the Town Final.
There is still a long way to go in the East Divisions 1 & 2.
In West 1, Fareham Gold, despite their 1st loss of the season, require 11more points to be mathematically certain of winning the Division and advancing to the District Final.
There is still a long way to go in West 2.
Those of you who may have been watching the Commonwealth Games Bowls coverage on the BBC might have thought you recognised one of the bowlers.
Yes, the P&D are represented, as Southsea Waverley’s Rob Moran is playing for Jamaica. Rob qualifies as he holds dual-nationality.
Earlier in the week, Leigh Park hosted Alexandra in a rearranged match that was important to both in their battle to avoid relegation. It ended with a 24shot victory by Leigh Park, winning on 3rinks. Leading the way for them was the rink of Jamie Ward, who won by 13shots, despite dropping a 7!!
- Quote of the day belongs to the Alex skip who said “…had an easy draw for 8 but thought I’d protect the front….”
On Friday, leaders Waverley had the night off, so Priory had high hopes of cutting into their lead as they hosted Leigh Park. However, on what must be the worst green in the P&D (there were judges awarding points for the height a bowl reached after hitting the bumps), Leigh Park spoiled the party by adjusting to the surface a lot better, treating it as a 10pin alley, to run out winners by 27shots. They won on 3rinks, led again by Jamie Ward’s rink who won by 16shots.
That shock Priory defeat meant that they were overtaken by Fareham, who compounded Alex’s bad week by beating them by 28shots. They won on 3rinks, led by the 22shot win by Charlie Bailey’s quartet.
Rowner hosted Waterlooville and put more pressure them in their fight to avoid relegation by thrashing them by 68shots. They had big wins on all 4rinks, led by the 20shot victory by Barry Stafford’s rink.
The other match was between the two bottom clubs, with Cowplain hosting Lee-on-the-Solent. The carpet club made full use of their surface to win on 3rinks, led by Bryan Franklin’s quartet, and the match by 17shots. However, the win didn’t really help Cowplain’s fight against relegation, but it did put more pressure on the Solent Club, although they do have matches in hand on their rivals – but two of them are against Waverley.
With the top two meeting in their final match of the season, both Milton Park and Vospers had to win their games to keep the pressure on each other.
- Milton Park did their bit with a 34shot away victory at Portsmouth Water. They won on all 4rinks, led by the 13shot victory by Mick Molloy’s rink.
- Meanwhile, at Gosport, three of Vospers rinks were keeping to the script and battling to help Vospers win the game, finally winning on two and drawing the other. However, the message didn’t get through to the 4th rink, who crashed to 42shots defeat at the hands of Simon Batcheler’s Gosport quartet. In fact, the Gosport quartet must have been annoyed to let their opponents pick up a single shot on 2 of the last 4 ends!!
Those two results meant that Milton have won the division, whilst Vospers will fill the Runners-Up spot.
In the other match played, Star & Crescent made full use of home advantage to beat already relegated Naismith by 37shots. They won on 3rinks, led by the 29shot win by Simon Filippi’s rink. Howard Davis’ rink prevented Naismith being whitewashed.
The top two met at Northern Parade with Gas Social taking on leaders Denmead in a match Gas had to win to have any chance of overtaking them. The game was a titanic struggle that went down to the last end of the match. At that point, Gas had a 2shot lead having won 2rinks, the 3rd going to Denmead. On the fateful last rink, Gas were up by 6shots going into the last end but couldn’t hold their nerve as they dropped 4shots to Glyn Jones’ Denmead rink, thereby losing the match by 2shots and handing the title to their opponents.
- Mind you, Gas shot themselves in the foot by playing 1short on a winning rink, which reduced their winning margin by 25%
In the night’s other game, Bridgemary hosted Purbrook Heath in another titanic battle, which ended in a draw, 73shots each. However, Bridgemary took the majority of the points by winning on 3rinks. It was the 17shot win on Tony Hall’s rink that meant the game was tied.
As the season draws to an end here is the latest on who may be Divisional Winners & Runners-Up and who have been Relegated
- Winner: Next week’s game between the Blues of Waverley & Alexandra could well settle it. Any kind of win for Waverley should clinch the title for them. Waverley just need 11points from their last 2 games to make it certain. Cowplain have an outside chance as long as they win and take all the points from their remaining 3 matches.
- Runner-Up: If you take out Waverley, then it’s between Alexandra Blue, Cowplain Red, Lee-on-the-Solent B & Priory Black, with Alex in the driving seat.
- Relegated: Waterlooville Gold are down. Who goes with them is between Vospers & Fareham C, with Vospers only needing to pick up 5points from their last 2 games to avoid the drop.
- Winner & Runner-Up: Still too early to call as these 5 all have a chance: Waterlooville Green, Priory Silver, Waterlooville Brown, Alexandra Red & Purbrook Maroon
- Relegated: Rowner are definitely relegated.
Who goes down with them is between Leigh Park Red & Hayling Island.
- Winner & Runner-Up: Is a 3-way battle between Milton Park B, Bedhampton & Waverley Red. Milton have the bottom 2 left to play, whilst the other 2 both have to play Star.
- Relegated: It’s between Cosham Park & Lee-on-the-Solent C as to who will be the only Side to be relegated LotS’ 1st win this week over Cosham gives then some momentum. They have a game in hand AND Cosham’s last match is at home to promotion chasing Milton Park!!
- Winner: Naismith are very likely to win the division; they only need to pick up 3 points from their last 2 games and next week’s game against Milton Park C could well settle the issue. Milton have to pick up ALL the points from their last 2 and hope Naismith don’t pick up any!!
- Runner-Up: Between Milton & Gas, although if Naismith implode they finish 2nd.
- Wooden Spoon: Next week’s game between Bridgemary & Fareham B could well seal Bridgemary’s fate.
The race to the Town Final is now down to Waverley & Vospers Blue, with Waverley holding a comfortable lead but Vospers have a game in hand.
Alexandra Red are firmly in the driving seat. 12more points see them thru to the Town Final.
In the East & West divisions, there is still a long way to go….
Views From The Head – Dateline July 25th
Leaders Waverley had a titanic struggle at home to Rowner. With 1end left on the match, Waverley led by 2shots, but Barry Stafford’s Rowner rink must have had hopes of winning the match as they had picked up 4shots on the last 2ends. However, Gary Starks’ men kept their nerve to limit their opponents to a single shot to take the match by 1!! Waverley had to thank the 7shot win by Paul Cooke’s rink for their victory.
Meanwhile, Alexandra was hosting Priory, who were looking shaky on their last two outings.
And that shakiness continued, as Alex did themselves a power of good in their fight against relegation with a 13shot victory. They won on 3rinks, led by the 12shot win on Steve Feilder’s rink, with Richard Smalley’s rink preventing the whitewash with their 9shot win.
Those two results mean that Waverley now have a 16point lead over Priory and the two still have to meet.
There were other important games affecting Clubs in the Relegation Zone.
- Lee-on-the-Solent put a big dent in Fareham’s hopes of moving into the top 2 when they beat them by 2shots at their Solent home. With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 15shot win on George Abraham’s home rink that covered the 12shot loss on Fareham’s Charlie Bailey rink as the other two were both tight affairs. However, the result didn’t lift them out of the bottom 2.
- Meanwhile, the two carpet Clubs met at Waterlooville with the home club hosting bottom side Cowplain. With 4ends to go on all 4rinks, Cowplain must have held hopes of winning the match as they held a 14shot lead. But all the ‘ville rinks staged a fightback, picking up 20shots overall to win the match by 6shots, finally winning on 2rinks and tying another. The result moved ‘ville out of the bottom 3 but they have played more matches then the others at the bottom and now have only 2 games left to play, one of which is a home game against Waverley.
It’s looking grim for Cowplain, but as two of their final 3games are on their home surface and they will be playing other teams battling against relegation……
Leaders Milton Park hosted Gosport and kept up their hopes of winning the division with a 10shot win. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 21shot win by Dave Brown’s rink that did all the damage for Milton.
Meanwhile, Vospers took their revenge on their defeat last week by Star by beating them by 32shots at their Northern Parade home. They won on all 4rinks, led by the 13shot victory by Dave Young’s quartet.
Milton lead Vospers by 6points, with each having 2games to play. They meet each other in their last match of the season at Northern Parade.
In the other match played, Naismith’s 42shot home defeat at the hands of Portsmouth Water meant that, as it currently stands, they are relegated. The watermen won on 3rinks, with big victories on the rinks of Brent Riste & Pete Musson. Kelvin Chandler’s rink prevented the home club being whitewashed by getting a tie in their game.
With leaders Denmead having the night off, Gas Social kept up the pressure on them with a 13shot away win at Purbrook Heath. Whilst both clubs won on 2rinks, both Gas rinks had big wins to take the match.
The win means they now trail Denmead by 25points, so who wins the division may well be settled next week when Denmead travel to Gas Social.
In the night’s other game, the 2 bottom sides met in Old Portsmouth, with Pembroke Gardens hosting Bridgemary. With both Clubs having only won 1 match each all season, it was a chance for one of them to double their total and it was Pembroke who came out on top with a 10shot win, winning on 2rinks. The win also cut the gap between the two to a single point, but Pembroke have played a game more.
Away from the Leagues, another relegation issue was settled as Rowner’s failure to raise a side to play in their latest game, thereby conceding the match, meant that they could not gain enough points from their remaining matches to avoid the drop from Combination Div. 2.
After their defeat on the Friday, Fareham was dealt another sad blow.
Richard Horler, a much respected member of the club, was playing his P&D Over 60’s Singles game at Milton Park the next day (Saturday). Unfortunately, he suffered a heart attack on the green from which he didn’t recover.
I’m sure that all my readers will join with me in passing on their condolences to Richard’s family and to the members of Fareham BC. Richard will be sorely missed by the P&D Bowls Community.
Waverley extended their lead at the top with a 27shot away win on Cowplain’s carpet. They won on 3rinks, led by the 20shot win on Ollie Mew’s rink. David Luffman’s rink did manage a 6shot win for Cowplain.
Priory nearly lost their 2nd game in a row when they hosted next to bottom Lee-on-the-Solent. With all the rinks having 2ends each to play, the Solent club were 7shots up. But Priory then managed to pick up 8shots overall on those last ends to scrape through by a single shot. They had to thank Adrian Snook’s rink as their 10shot win was Priory’s only success, as the solenteers won on 2rinks and the other was drawn. Priory are now 6points behind Waverley.
In the other match played, Fareham moved closer to Priory with a 45shot home win over Waterlooville. They had big wins on 3rinks, led by the 20shot victory by Charlie Bailey’s quartet. Derek Holt’s men prevented the whitewash with their 4shot win.
Leaders Vospers suffered a 33shot beating away at Star & Crescent. Star won on 3rinks, with big wins by the rinks of Robbie Denninson (20shots) & Simon Filippi (14shots). Dave Young’s quartet spared Vospers blushes with their 8shot win.
Milton Park took advantage of that slip-up to retake top spot with their 8shot away win over Portsmouth Water. They won on 2rinks and drew the 3rd, with Mick Edney’s men winning for the watermen.
In the other match played, Naismith gained their 2nd win of the season with an 11shot home win over Gosport. They won on 3rinks and had to thank the 13shot win by Kelvin Chandler’s quartet as it covered the 15shot defeat handed out by Tony Horne’s Gosport rink.
Leaders Denmead now need 11more points to win the division after their 9shot away win at Bridgemary. They were made to struggle for the victory as both clubs won 2rinks, but the 16shot win by Mike Wright’s rink more than covered the 9shot defeat suffered at the hands of John Wilson’s Bridgemary rink.
They have the night off next week and may well clinch the title when they take on Gas in a fortnight’s time.
In the other match played, Purbrook Heath had a comprehensive 28shot home win over visitors Pembroke Gardens. They won on 3rinks, with double-digit wins on the rinks of Mick Frank & Dave Jelley. Alec Smith’s quartet again spared Pembroke’s blushes, just managing to hold on for a single shot win.
Leaders Priory’s hopes of taking the title took a hit when after their travel to play on Waterlooville’s carpet ended in defeat by 17shots. With both clubs winning 2rinks, it was the 16shot victory by Barry Tovey’s rink that swung the match the way of ‘ville. The win also helped ‘ville’s battle to get out of the relegation zone.
Waverley took advantage of Priory’s slip-up to take over at the top by beating Fareham by 17shots at their Southsea home. After their titanic battle the previous night in the County Club Area Final which went down to the penultimate bowl, this one was a lot easier on the Waverley nerves as the 19shot win by Paul Cooke’s rink settled the match in their favour, with both clubs sharing the rinks.
In the other match played, Rowner broke their 2match losing streak with a 51shot home win over visitors Cowplain, who still struggle on grass surfaces. Not surprisingly, had 2 huge winning rinks – but what was surprising was the 2shot defeat inflicted on Barry Stafford’s rink by Dave Powe’s quartet.
With two thirds of the season having passed, Vospers & Milton Park are still locked together in the fight to see who will win Division 2, with just 1 point separating them.
Vospers took over top spot with their 27shot, all rink home win over Portsmouth Water. Vospers won all 4rinks, with double digits wins on the rinks of Dean Boswell & Dave Young.
Meanwhile, Milton Park were getting 14points from their 32shot home win over Naismith. They were prevented from getting all the points by Alan Cobb’s rink, who won by 3shots despite having to lose 25% of their match score for playing 1 short.
In the other match played, Star & Crescent improved on their last visit to Gosport by only losing by 31shots this time round *and* winning on Simon Filippi’s rink. A veil will be cast over how the other 3 fared!!
Leaders Denmead moved closer to the Div. 3 title with a 69shot, all rink home win over visitors Purbrook Heath. Three of the Denmead rinks had big wins. The only one that didn’t had to contend with an 11year old in the opponent’s rink showing his elderly rink mates how the game should be played. The youngster was Jack Webb, making his debut for Purbrook. His younger brother Harry had made his the previous week.
Denmead now only need another 23points to claim the division and that could be resolved in a fortnight’s time when Gas host Denmead.
Second place Gas Social recorded another away win, this time at Pembroke Gardens by 20shots, picking up 14points by winning on 3rinks. Alec Smith’s quartet spared Pembroke’s blushes with their 13shot win.
Views From The Head – Dateline July 3rd
With the top of the table clash between Priory and Waverley having to be postponed due to a Covid outbreak, Fareham took the opportunity to close the gap on them by beating their peninsula rivals Rowner by 24 shots. They won all 4 rinks, led by the Danny Russell rink. The defeat further dented Rowner’s hopes of finishing in the top 3.
Having beaten Waverley in the Rowland Cup the previous night, Alexandra remembered that winning feeling to inflict a 19shot defeat on visitors Lee-on-the-Solent. They won on all 4rinks, led by the rinks of Barry Harman and Neil Scutt. The win moved Alex out of the relegation zone but dropped the Solent men into it.
The other match was a key one for Leigh Park who knew they had to defeat visitors Waterlooville to give themselves some breathing room away from the relegation zone. It didn’t look good when Derek Holt’s ‘ville rink moved into a 13shot lead after 12ends. However, Barry Dixon’s quartet led Leigh’s fightback with the help of a maximum 8 to be 17shots up after 14ends. With those 2rinks cancelling each other out it was down to the other 2 to see which way the match would go. It ended with both Leigh rinks holding their nerve to win their matches and gain Leigh Park a much needed 6shot win, bagging 14points in the process.
Leaders Vospers hosted Gosport and beat them by 18shots although they only won on 2rinks. The victory was thanks to the 25shot win by Terry Smith’s rink, which more than covered the 11shot defeat that Simon Batcheler’s rink handed out.
Meanwhile, Milton Park stormed Star & Crescent’s stronghold to beat them by 27shots, topping the ton. The 14points they gained from winning on 3rinks meant they took over top spot by a single point. Leading the way for Milton were the big wins gained by the rinks of Andy McKain & Mick Molloy, which more that covered the big loss inflicted by Simon Filippi’s Star rink.
In the other match played, Portsmouth Water just managed to win by 2shots at Naismith, helped out by the fact that Naismith played 2short and the 25% shot deductions that incurred helped cover the 11shot defeat that Keith Chandler’s Naismith rink handed out.
Leaders Denmead got over last week’s 1st defeat as they travelled into Old Portsmouth to inflict a 42shot beating to hosts Pembroke Gardens. Denmead had big wins on 3rinks, led by the 23shot win by George Carmichael’s rink. It was down to David Brookes’ rink to again spare Pembroke’s blushes with a 2shot win.
Second place Gas Social travelled to Bridgemary and left with a 12shot win, picking up 12points in the process. The size of their victory was thanks to the 19shot win on Andy Layton’s rink.
Current leaders Priory travelled to Rowner (who did have hopes of finishing in the top 2) and left with 14points after their 18shot win. Priory won on 3rinks, led by the 16shot victory by Martin Eggleton’s men, whilst Barry Stafford’s quartet prevented Rowner being whitewashed with their 11shot win.
2nd place Waverley hosted Leigh Park and a tough tussle ended with Waverley winning by 10shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks and the shot difference on two of them cancelling each other out, the 19shot victory by John Biggs’ rink more than covered the 10shot defeat suffered at the hands of Mark Miller’s rink.
3rd placed Fareham edged a little closer after their 7shot away win on Cowplain’s carpet. With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win by Charlie Bailey’s quartet that proved decisive for Fareham.
It would seem that Alexandra have forgotten the art of winning as they followed up last week’s draw with another, this time on Waterlooville’s carpet (no mean feat itself). However, the match was only decided with the very last bowl of the match, which was delivered ½ hour after the first rink had finished!! The 1st rink to finish resulted in a 15shot win for Alex by Don Lilley’s rink. However, that was then negated by Barry Tovey’s ‘ville rink, which picked up a 7 on the last end. ‘ville then won the 3rdrink by 2shots, turning the attention to the final rink. With 1end to go, Steve Feilder’s Alex quartet were 3down but they then picked up a 5 on that final end to win their rink and tie the game!!
The top 2 met at Milton, which saw Milton Park put a break on Vospers ride at the top with a 40 shot, all rink victory. Milton had two big wins, Dave Brown’s men by 22shots, Tony Hall’s by 15. The result means that Vospers are now just 2points clear of Milton.
It would seem that Gosport’s crushing victory over Star could be their only good memory of the season as they fell to an 18shot away defeat at the hands of Portsmouth Water. Leading the way for Portsmouth Water (who won on 3rinks) were Pete Musson’s men with their 11shot victory. Andrew Sherwen’s quartet prevented the whitewash by picking up 8shots over the last 4ends. The win moved the watermen above their visitors.
In the other match, Star & Crescent recorded a 16shot, 3rink away win over Naismith. Naismith didn’t help themselves by only fielding 13players, meaning the lost 25% of their shots on 3rinks.
Runaway leaders Denmead suffered their 1st defeat of the season as they fell to a 14shot defeat away at 2nd placed Gas Social. In another game with the Clubs sharing the rinks won, the 16shot victory by Alan Cufley’s rink ensured Gas’ victory. Despite the defeat, Denmead are still 21points clear.
In the other game, Bridgemary fell to another home defeat, this time by 2shots to visitors Purbrook Heath. It was the 11shot win by Tony Wall’s rink that edged Purbrook over the line
Views From The Head – Dateline 20 June
A mega roll-up of the last two weeks enfolds:
A week ago, with Waverley having their stand down, the two clubs below them had the opportunity to close the gap, but couldn’t take it.
Priory were fortunate to come away with a draw away at Leigh Park. With 2ends to go on the last rink to finish, they were 7shots down. However, Mark Miller’s rink inexplicitly lost a 6 on the 20th end and then settled to drop a single on the last to ensure the match score was Tied.
Leigh Park took the majority of the game points by winning on 2rinks and drawing on another.
Rowner travelled to Waterlooville and fell to a 21shot defeat on their carpet. Phil Pinder’s rink prevented them being whitewashed with a 7shot win, but ‘ville won all the others, led by the 16shot win on Derek Holt’s rink.
It was Fareham who were the big winners as their 22shot away win at bottom club Alexandra meant they took over 2nd spot in the table. Fareham won on 3rinks led by the 15shot victory by Cyril Friend’s rink. Captain Neil Scutt prevented the whitewash with his 6shot win.
Finally, Lee-on-the-Solent built on their Bank Holiday win by inflicting a 38shot defeat on visitors Cowplain, picking up 15points in the process. They had big wins on 2rinks, led by the 19shot victory by Martin Ellis’ rink. For Cowplain, a handful of shots on the last end meant that captain Dave Luffman’s rink tied their game.
Last Monday, 3rd played 2nd at Milton as Priory hosted Fareham, which resulted in Priory winning by 21shots. Both Clubs won on 2rinks but Priory’s winners were both in double figures, led by the 15shot victory by Adrian Snook’s rink.
Alexandra obviously enjoyed the Public Holiday break as they won for the only the 2nd time this season by recording a 21shot home win against high flying Rowner. Alex won on 3rinks, led by the 16shot victory by Don Lilley’s rink. Barry Stafford’s Rowner rink prevented the whitewash by winning the last 3ends of their match.
In the other match played, Leigh Park made home advantage pay by beating Cowplain by 31shots. They won on 3rinks, with big wins on the rinks of Carter Blanford & Mark Miller. Meanwhile, Cowplain’s Steve Wiggins’ rink had an impressive 11shot win.
At the end of the week, old rivals, Alexandra & Waverley, met at Northern Parade and slugged out a 70all draw with both Clubs winning on 2rinks. The draw meant that Waverley lost their 100% record.
Priory took advantage of their slip to take over top spot with a 29shot, all rink home win over Cowplain. Again leading the way for Priory was Adrian Snook’s rink. The defeat, together with the pick-up in form by Alex, means that Cowplain are now bottom of the division.
Meanwhile, Rowner recovered from the defeats in their previous 2 outings by travelling to Leigh Park and winning by 19shots. They won on 3rinks, led by the 15shot win on Graeme Coles’ rink. Mark Miller’s men prevented the park boys being whitewashed with a 3shot win.
In the other match played, Lee-on-the-Solent carried on their good form with a 23shot home win over Waterlooville. While both Clubs won on 2rinks, the Solent had double digit wins on theirs.
The prior week’s results saw leaders Vospers drop Portsmouth Water further in the mire as the handed them a 14shot defeat at their Northern Parade home. Whilst both Clubs won on 2rinks, the watermen’s successes were by the slenderest of margins, whereas Vospers had more clear-cut margins.
Meanwhile, there was a quite startling game on the peninsula as Gosport thrashed visitors Star & Crescent by 89shots!! Unsurprisingly, Gosport won on all 4rinks but the size of their victory was, in many ways, caused by the 42shot victory by Andrew Sherwen’s rink.
Last week, Gosport, unfortunately, couldn’t raise themselves again as they fell to an 11shot home defeat at the hands of Milton Park. With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, the 22shot win by Tony Hall’s rink swung the match Milton’s way.
Star & Crescent recovered from their thrashing the previous week to defeat visitors Portsmouth Water by 16shots. With both Clubs won on 2rinks, the 13shot win by Brent Riste’s was outdone by the 21shot win by Geoff Dyer’s quartet for Star.
In the other match, leaders Vospers handed out a 35shot defeat to visitors Naismith, winning on all 4rinks. After weeks of not being able to put a side together, Naismith finally found 14 who were willing to play on a Friday!!
The prior week’s games saw leaders Denmead further extend their lead after their 20shot, 3rink home win over 2nd place Purbrook Heath. Leading the way for Denmead was Glyn Jones’ men with their 17shot win.
Meanwhile, Gas Social took advantage of the Heath men’s loss to move above them into 2ndplace with their 24shot away win at Pembroke Gardens. They nearly won on all 4rinks, but for the Pembroke rink led by David Brookes taking the last 3 ends to win by a single shot.
Last week, with Denmead having a bye, the 2nd & 3rd placed Clubs met at Purbrook, which ended with Purbrook winning by 11shots. With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot victory by Mike Frank’s quartet that turned the match Purbrook’s way. However, the Gas men remain 2nd by having a better shot difference than the Heath Club.
Finally, champagne corks were popping in Old Portsmouth as Pembroke Gardens finally recorded their 1st win of the season, by 14shots over visitors Bridgemary. Whilst three rinks had a close battle, David Brookes quartet again proved their worth with their 23shot victory.
Despite the win, Pembroke are still bottom but now only 3points behind their visitors.
With the season having reached the halfway point, here is a breakdown of how the other Leagues are faring..
In Comb 1, Alex Blue lead the way, 9points clear of Waverley Blue. Fareham C prop up the rest having only won 1 match. 11points above them are Waterlooville Gold with Lee on Solent B only above them by virtue of having conceded 30fewer shots.
In Comb 2, Alex Red top the charts (perhaps both should teach their League side a thing or two) 18points clear of Waterlooville Green. Rowner B prop up the rest having only won 1 match. 10points above them are Hayling Island who are finding their extremely slow carpet not a great help with home wins.
In Comb 3, Milton Park B are 6points clear of Bedhampton at the top. Lee-on-the-Solent C have just managed to garner a single point so far from the season and are 14points behind fellow peninsular rivals Gosport B.
In Comb 4, Naismith (who can find 12 people willing to play midweek) are 18points clear of Milton Park C at the top. Meanwhile it’s a battle between Bridgemary, Portsmouth Water & Fareham B to see who will be the strongest Side in the Combination.
In the Blue corner, Vospers Blue & Waverley are level on points; with Vospers having a better (20) shot difference.
In the Red corner, Alex Red are storming away with it, boasting a 100% record, 23points clear of the rest. Biggest surprise is that College Park, who in the past have been vying for the title, now prop up the rest.
In East Div 1, Hayling Island Blue are 11points clear of Cowplain Purple. Meanwhile, Purbrook Silver and Denmead Brown fill the relegation spots.
In East Div 2, Cowplain White & Portchester Black are level on points, but Cowplain have a far superior shot difference (100). They are 12points clear of the rest.
In West Div 1, Fareham Gold are 19points clear of their sister side Fareham Cream. Gosport Red are in the Drop Zone.
In West Div 2, Crofton Mortar are 4points clear of Portchester Gold, with Crofton Bricks 2points below them. At the bottom, Bridgemary have yet to taste success, having only won 4rinks.
Views From The Head – Dateline June 5th
Leaders Waverley had to thank Danny Smith’s quartet for their 6 shot away win at Rowner as their 20 shot victory more than covered the defeats suffered by their other 3 rinks. Rowner may have had hopes of a victory late into the match, but two of their rinks dropped a combined total of 11shots in the last 3 ends which contributed to the defeat.
Priory gained a few points on the leaders with their 16 shot home win over Alexandra. However, their win was all down to the 18 shot victory on Adrian Snook’s rink as the other 3 rinks had tight battles that resulted in two Drawn matches and an Alex win by 2 shots.
Fareham built on their devastation of Waterlooville in their previous match with another huge victory, this time a 41 shot home win over bottom club Lee-on-the-Solent. Although they won on all 4rinks, the size of their victory was thanks to the 22 shot win on John Travers’ rink.
The two carpet clubs met at Cowplain and it was the Home club that gained the majority of the spoils with a 12 shot victory over Waterlooville. Whilst they won on 3rinks, they had to thank the 14shot win David Luffman’s rink that covered the 14 shot defeat suffered at the hands of Derek Holt’s ‘ville rink.
On Friday, in a rearranged game, Lee-on-the-Solent moved off the bottom of the table with a 19 shot home win over Leigh Park. Both clubs won on 2rinks, but the Solent team had big victories on theirs.
That victory means that Alexandra are now propping up the rest.
2nd placed Milton Park lost ground on leaders Vospers after their 25 shot away defeat at the hands of Star & Crescent. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, it was the 22 shot win on Steve Sprake’s rink that did all the damage for Star & Crescent.
Leaders Denmead are starting to run away with the division as they extended their lead with a 26 shot home away win at Bridgemary. They again only lost on 1rink, with the big winners last time out, Tony Sewell & Mike Wright, performing a repeat. Craig Rimmer’s quartet prevented Bridgemary being white-washed.
The other game played was the reverse of their meeting last time out as Pembroke Gardens travelled to Purbrook Heath. The result was the same as Purbrook won by 30 shots, winning on 3 rinks, with big wins on the rinks of Mark Berry & Mike Frank. Dave Brookes’ quartet prevented Pembroke being white-washed.
Views From The Head – Dateline May 31st
Leaders Waverley extended their lead at the top with a 54 shot home win over Cowplain. They won on all 4rinks, led by the 22 shot win on Gary Starks’ rink. The defeat meant that Cowplain dropped to bottom spot.
Priory took advantage of Rowner having the night off, to move above them into 2nd spot with a 17 shot away win at Lee-on-the-Solent. Priory won on 2 rinks, with the rinks of Adrian Snook & Martin Eggleton recording 9shot wins, with the 3rd rink ending tied. A single on the last end by Graham Hillier’s Solent rink meant they managed to salvage a win, as it was looking like they were about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory having squandered a 6shot lead with 6ends to play.
There was “a whooping and a hollering” at Alexandra as Leigh Park recorded what they think was their 1st ever win over the home club (our records don’t go back that far!!). In a tough battle throughout, they finally won by 6 shots. Although the "parkites" won on 2rinks with another ending level, it was the 13shot win on Jamie Ward’s rink that overcame the 11shot defeat at the hands of Steve Feilder’s Alex rink, whilst Barry Dixon’s crew won the last 3ends to finish 4 clear.
The biggest shock of the night was the 63 shot thrashing Waterlooville suffered on their Home surface at the hands of visitors Fareham. Fareham won on all 4rinks with the bulk of their victory coming from the 36 shot win by Lee Cunningham’s wrecking crew.
Vospers maintained their grip on top spot with a 15 shot home win over Star & Crescent. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks it was the size of the victories on the rinks of Dean Boswell & Terry Smith that carried the day for Vospers.
Milton Park kept the pressure on them by finally beating visitors Portsmouth Water by 4shots in a tense battle. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, it was the 6 shot win on Mick Brown’s rink that proved decisive, although the 5 shots gained by Tony Hall’s rink on the last 2 ends in a losing cause did its bit.
Leaders Denmead extended their lead with 24 shot home win over visitors Bridgemary. Although they won on 3 rinks, it was the big wins on the rinks of Tony Sewell & Mike Wright that overcame the 20 shot win by Bridgemary’s Andy Dawson quartet.
In the other game played, Purbrook Heath travelled into Old Portsmouth and left in upbeat mood after their 5 shot victory over hosts Pembroke Gardens. Whilst both Clubs won on 2 rinks, none of them ended in close results, so it was the 16 shot win on Mark Berry’s Purbrook rink that swung it the Heath men’s way – that and the fact they won 5 of the last 6ends.
Views From The Head – Dateline May 25th
Long COVID has struck the P&D scene with several clubs having to concede games because they couldn’t raise the minimum numbers required to play the game. Let’s just hope this isn’t an ill omen!!
Leaders Waverley travelled to Fareham and left with 13points after a 7shot victory. They won on the Starks’ Father & Son rinks, with another drawing. Charlie Bailey’s foursome responded for Farehamwith a 10shot win.
Meanwhile, 2nd place Rowner travelled to Cowplain and proved they had now got to grips with an artificial surface, by winning by 17shots, thanks to victories on the rinks of Graeme Coles & Barry Stafford, with Barry’s doing all the damage. Cowplain did garner 4points from the night with narrow victories on the rinks Steve Wiggins & Dave Luffman.
Bottom club Lee-on-the-Solent finally got on winning ways with a 16shot home win over Alexandra. With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win on Martin Ellis’ rink that proved decisive.
Waterlooville must have travelled to Priory with high hopes after their huge win of the previous week, but were brutally put in their place as Priory thrashed them by 79 shots!! The closest any ‘ville rink got was an 8shot defeat on Derek Holt’s rink. Meanwhile, the other 3 Priory rinks were having the time of their lives as they ran up cricket scores, led by the 37shot win by Adrian Snook’s men.
Finally, Leigh Park put last week’s hammering behind them as they got their first win of the season with a 41shot home win over visitors Lee-on-the-Solent, just failing to top the Ton. Big wins on the rinks of Barry Dixon and Jamie Ward were backed up by another from Mark Miller’s quartet. For the visitors, Graham Hillier’s rink came back from being 7down to snatch a 1shot victory. The win moved the Park boys out of the Bottom 3 whilst depositing the Solenteers to bottom spot.
In the only match played in the division, neighbours Vospers walked down the street to take on Portsmouth Water at their Alexandra home and walked back again with 13points in their pockets after their 2shot win. Whilst 2of the rinks were having a toe-to-toe struggle, with Vospers winning one by 2shots with the other being drawn, the other two were battling to see who finished with the biggest win and it ended with both getting 16shot victories, Terry Smith for Vospers, Pete Musson for Pompey Water.
Leaders Denmead travelled to Purbrook Heath and returned with a 16shot victory. They won on 3rinks, led by Mike Wright's foursome, whilst Mark Berry’s rink prevented the whitewash with their 1shot win.
Gas Social is keeping the pressure on Denmead after beating visitors Pembroke Gardens by 25shots. Gas won on 3rinks, with large wins on the rinks of George Reuter & Stuart Townsley. David Brookes' quartet prevented the whitewash with their 4shot win
Views From The Head – Dateline May 17th
Leaders Waverley took on visitors Priory, another Club with hopes of displacing them at the top, and came away with a 12 shot victory. They won on 3 rinks, led by the 16 shot win on captain Gary Stark’s rink. That covered the 19 shot defeat suffered by his father’s rink at the hands of Adrian Snook.
Meanwhile, 2nd place Rowner were involved in a close tussle with Fareham, finally winning by 5 shots on their Home green. All the rinks were close ending in single digit margins, but Rowner managed to win three of them. [I was told it was a cracking game a great advert for P&D Bowls – but put it down to the home captain blowing his trumpet!!]
Bottom club Lee-on-the-Solent finally got on winning ways with a 16 shothome win over Alexandra. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks. it was the 14 shot win on Martin Ellis’ rink that proved decisive.
In the other match, Leigh Park was hoping to build on their close game against Waverley. Unfortunately for them, the match was on Waterlooville’s carpet, which proved too much for 2two of their rinks who thrashed by a total of 71 shots in their 73 shot defeat. They did manage to win on 1 rink but only just as Jamie Ward’s men got through by a single shot, having been 5 up with 2 ends to play.
Leaders Vospers lost their first match of the season after they travelled to bottom club Gosport and fell to a 3 shot defeat. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, the 14 shot win by Dave Young’s Vosper’s rink was covered by the 15 shot & 7 shot wins on the Gosport rinks of Simon Batcheler & Ian Homeyard, respectively. The win moved Gosport of the bottom of the table.
In the other game played in the division, Milton Park leap-frogged over Star & Crescent with a 20 shot home win. Both clubs won on 2 rinks, but whilst there were close affairs, it was the 19 shot win on Andy McKain’s rink that did all the damage for Milton.
Those two results meant that Naismith is now the “strongest” team in the Division!!
Leaders Bridgemary fell to a successive defeat, this time by 29 shots at Gas Social. Gas won on 3 rinks, led by the 18shot victory for Stuart Townsley’s rink. Brian Adams’ rink prevented Bridgemary being whitewashed with their 7 shot win.
Denmead are the new leaders of the division as they made full use of home advantage by eviscerating luckless Pembroke Gardens by 73 shots. Whilst 3 of their rinks were enjoying themselves at their visitors expense, led by the 33 shot trouncing handed out by George Carmichael’s rink. (Mind you it didn’t help Pembroke’s cause that one of their players couldn’t find his way out of the City!!) Denmead teammates must have been wondering how they didn’t get all the points as Pembroke’s Dave Brookes’ rink fought to tie their game 20 shots apiece – but it could have been better for the Southsea men as they dropped a Five on the last end!!
Views From The Head – Dateline May 10th
Bowlers hoping to reach the 2022 National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa began the long process in late April and there has been one shock already.
- At Lee-on-the-Solent, the Grandfather & Grandson Pairing of Roy Cullen & Joshua Thompson beat a Waverley Pair consisting of England International Matthew Marchant & Hampshire Middleton Cup bowler Paul Cooke 15-14
- Meanwhile, in the 4Wood Singles, a rerun of last year’s Area Final saw last year’s surprise package, Mark Berry of Purbrook Heath, again defeat Priory’s Roly Bloy 21-12.
In the League, it was a busy time for Div.1 Clubs as they had 2 games to play in the week.
The Waverley juggernaut continued onwards with an 82 shot home thrashing over luckless Waterlooville AND ‘ville even managed to win a rink! 2 Waverley rinks topped the 40 shot mark, but Danny Smith’s rink take all the plaudits with their 49-3 win. All of this must have bemused ‘ville’s Richard Allen rink as, despite the carnage around them, they won by 10 shots.
2nd place Rowner kept up with the Southsea men with a 2nd successive Home win, this time by 29 shots over local rivals Lee-on-the-Solent. They won by double digits on 3 rinks, led by the 12 shot win by Phil Pinder’s rink. Martin Ellis’ rink prevented the Solent men being whitewashed with their 5 shot win.
At Cowplain, the 2 Clubs who had lost heavily met and it was Cowplain who heaped more misery on Alexandra, winning by 40shots and 3 rinks. However, it was only 1rink that let Alex down, as Don Lilley’s men crashed to a 33 shot defeat. Carl Baggott’s rink spared Alex’s blushes with a single shot win.
Fareham got their season off with a tight 4 shot home win over Leigh Park. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, it was the 7 shot win by Charlie Bailey’s rink that turned the match Fareham’s way.
Waverley was made to fight hard to finally beat Leigh Park by 4 shots. With both Clubs winning a rink with the other two being tied, it was 10shot win on Danny Smith’s rink that gave Waverley the win as that overcame the 6 shot win for Leigh Park by Mark Miller’s rink.
2nd placed Rowner fell to an 8shot away defeat at Priory. In a tight game, Priory winning on 3rinks gave them the match.
Fareham followed up their win over Leigh Park by thrashing Cowplain by 54 shots on their Home turf. Fareham won all 4rinks but it was the big wins on the rinks of Charlie Bailey and John Travers that were the cause of the size of the victory.
Finally, Alexandra got their act together with a 50 shot Home win over Waterlooville. Alex won on 3 rinks with the other being tied but the size of the victory was thanks to the 28shot win on Steve Feilder’s rink. Derek Holt’s rink picked up 7 shots on the last 3 ends to get ‘ville a point by getting a draw.
At Northern Parade, two Clubs who had won their first match met up and it was Vospers who took home all the spoils with a 34 shot Home win over Milton Park. Vospers won all 4 rinks, but it was the size of the victories on the rinks of Dave Young & Terry Smith that helped the final margin.
Earlier in the week, Naismith found out that putting a full side out always helps, recovering from their defeat the previous week by winning away at Portsmouth Water by 6shots. They won on 3 rinks, led by Howard Davis’ quartet. Brent Riste’s rink spared the Watermen’s blushes with their 9shot win.
However, they couldn’t carry on the good form on Friday, as they crashed to a 44 shot defeat at Star & Crescent. They weren’t helped that one of their side had to leave the game through illness and they didn’t have a travelling reserve to step in. Star won on 3 rinks and the size of their victory was thanks to the 30 shot win on Robbie Dennison’s rink. At least Kelvin Chandler’s rink got Naismith 2 points from the game with their 3 shot win.
Finally, Portsmouth Water recovered from their Naismith defeat by travelling onto the peninsula to beat Gosport by 5 shots. Both Clubs won on 2 rinks, with each having a rink that won big. It was the 14shot victory for Brent Riste’s men that overcame the 10 shot loss to Jim Oswell’s quartet.
Denmead opened their season with a rousing 38 shot, all rink win over visitors Gas Social. Boosting them to that victory were the 11shot wins on the rinks of George Carmichael and Glyn Jones.
In the other match, Bridgemary couldn’t quite follow up their win of the previous week as they fell to a 3 shot defeat at Purbrook Heath. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, it was the 13 shot win on Mick Frank’s rink that overcame the 10 shot loss to Craig Rimmer’s Bridgemary rink, as the other 2 cancelled each other out.
Views From The Head – Dateline May 3rd
The P&D Leagues got back to normal with a full competitive start last Friday, but the intervening two years caused by the COVID outbreak has meant that lots of Clubs have made large changes to their League sides caused by player turn round. In addition, we Lost Eastney due to player shortage and other Clubs have found that they can no longer run a League Side as bowlers have found other things to do rather than bowl, so the Leagues now just have 20 Clubs playing in them.
A much changed Waverley took on old rivals Alexandra (similarly much changed) and announced their determination to keep hold of the Peter’s Bowl by thrashing their visitors by 65shots. Not surprisingly, they won all 4 rinks, with huge wins on the rinks of John Biggs and Gary Starks. For Alex, only Carl Baggott’s rink kept the loss down to single figures
Rowner made an excellent start on their return to Div. 1 by beating visitors Leigh Park by 31shots, winning on all 4rinks. However, all the damage was inflicted by Graeme Coles’ men as they made full use of home green knowledge to win by 18shots, whilst the other 3 Leigh Park rinks kept things tighter. Seeing 1 of their rinks dropping 14 shots on 2 ends couldn’t have done much for the morale of the other Park rinks butt they stuck to their tasks.
Priory also started well with a 29 shot way win on the carpet at Cowplain. They won on 3rinks, led the 21shot win on Adrian Snook’s rink. They probably should have got all 16points except that Martin Eggleton’s rink dropped sixes on 2 of the last 3ends!!
In the other match in the division, Waterlooville made use of their carpet to beat Lee-on-the-Solent by 10shots. They won on 3rinks and their victory was thanks to the 8shot win on Barry Tovey’s rink as the other 3rinks were all close affairs.
Vospers got their season off to an excellent start with 25shot away win at Naismith, who washampered by having to play 1short. Vospers won on 3rinks, led by the 12shot win on Ray Porter’s rink. For Naismith, Vic Robertson’s quartet picked up 6shots on the last 3ends to take the game by 1