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View From The Head

A lighthearted look at what’s gone on in the world of Portsmouth & District Bowls

Views From The Head – Dateline Sept 13th

Mid-Week Triples Leagues

Alexandra Red have won the City Red division after their 16shot away win at Naismith Red meant that nobody can catch them.

The only Division still undecided is Havant&Waterlooville and it’s between Cowplain’sBlue & Purple teams as to who will take it.

The Blue’s finish their season with an away match against Waterlooville Red, whilst the Purple’s have 2home matches to play, against Bedhampton Blue and then Hayling Island.


Views From The Head – Dateline Sept 5th

League News

The Final Divisional winner was decided last week in City Div. “B” as Waverley played two rearranged away games against Pembroke Gardens and Star&Crescent.

 - In the 1st, they easily saw off Pembroke, winning by 39shots and picking up all the points.

 - That meant that a win over tenants Star would see them win the division as their points total couldn’t have been overtaken by rivals Alexandra. This was achieved as they won by 13shots and picked up 10points from the game

There were 2 rearranged games played in City “A”, the 1st of which saw Vospers cement their 2nd position in the division with a 10shot home win over College Park, picking up 11points in the process.

The other game between Gas Social and Naismith saw the game ending in a 44all draw, but Naismith taking the majority of the points by winning on 2 rinks. This was all despite the efforts of the Andy Layton for Gas who recorded a 13shot win but by losing a single on the last their last end couldn’t take their side to the win.


In the Combination Leagues, the final divisional winner was decided in the Havant&Waterlooville division, where Waterlooville Gold travelled to Cowplain Red knowing they had to win on all 3rinks to take the division from Bedhampton. But the Cowplain team didn’t play ball as they won on 2rinks and took the game by 17shots, meaning Bedhampton took the division.


Mid-Week Triples Leagues

City Blue

In the final round of matches for the season, Vospers Blue took the title by 1point from Waverley after their home win by 21shots over Alexandra Blue, taking all the points. Meanwhile, at Waverley, Pembroke Gardens through a spanner in the works by winning one of the Triples, so although Waverley won the match by 14shots, by only picking up 10points from the game meant that Vospers leapfrogged them into top spot.


Views From The Head – Dateline August 30th


League News

 City League

In Div. “A”, as Priory had won the division last week, the two meetings last week between the top 2 at Milton Park didn’t quite have the same frisson.

- The 1st meeting was a rearranged game and Priory took it by 16shots, winning on 2 rinks.

- In the 2nd, Vospers got their own back, winning by 11shots and taking all rinks.

Milton Park finished their season with a 32shot away defeat at bottom club Gas Social. Two of the rinks were close (one of them ending in a draw) but the other ended in a resounding 27shot win by Stuart Townsley’s Gas rink.

The other game at Swordsands ended with Naismith beating College Park by 5shots, winning on 2rinks.

In Div. “B”, another positive COVID case means that the winners of the division has still to be decided as Waverley had to postpone the 2games they were due to play, including what could have been the decider away at rivals Alexandra.

With Star’s game against Portsmouth Water being cancelled, the only match that was played was the bottom of the table clash in Old Portsmouth between Pembroke Gardens and Cosham Park which would resolve who picked up the “Wooden Spoon”.

Going into the match, Cosham held an 11point lead over Pembroke but it seems not wanting to finish bottom galvanised the Pembroke team as they won the match by 18shots and, more

importantly, won on all 3rinks, meaning they leap-frogged over Cosham to finish above them. Dusty Miller’s rink took pride of place for the home club with their 14shot win.


Havant & Waterlooville

As Leigh Park had won the division last week, the meeting between the top 2 had also lost its bite with Leigh Park running out victors by 17shots. Cowplain’s Peter Little rink at least prevented a 2ndsuccessive whitewash with their 9shot win, picking up 9shots over the last 3ends to clinch it.

The only other match to be played did have something hanging on it – who would finish next to bottom? It resulted in a close battle between hosts Emsworth and Denmead, ending in a 1shot win for Denmead, which meant they finished above the host club. Denmead had to thank the 6shot win by Brian Wilkins’ rink for the victory as that was their only winning rink.

Gosport & Fareham

Who won the division was decided by the two games between the top two, Rowner & Lee-on-the-Solent, both of which were played by the Solent.

- The 1st game didn’t help at all as it ended in a 49all tie, with each club winning a rink and the 3rd being drawn each other twice. 

- In the 2nd match, the earlier result meant that the Solent club had to win on all rinks to overtake Rowner, a task that wasn’t helped by one of their skips being caught up in the M27 incident, meaning a late change for one of their rinks. Another close battle ensued, with Rowner finally winning the match by 2shots and won on 2rinks, to take the title.

There was another double header last week between Bridgemary and Fareham, both played at Bridgemary. The games ended with Fareham picking up all the points to finish the season 5points behind Lee-on-the-Solent, whilst Bridgemary finished up with the “Wooden Spoon”.

Combination Leagues

The winners of all the G&F division depended on the last games for the two protagonists, Lee-on-the-Solent B and Fareham C.

- Fareham C were 1st out of the blocks when they travelled to Gosport to play on their carpet. And that proved to be their undoing, as the 27shot defeat at the hands of Gosport’s David Gibbins rink meant they lost the match by 17shots, picking up 3points from the game.

- That defeat meant that Lee-on-the-Solent B just had to win 1rink from their match at Rowner B to take the division – and they did better than that by winning all 3rinks as they ran out 37shot victors.

Mid-Week Triples Leagues

City Blue

The winners of the division will be decided next week with the final games for the top 2, Waverley & Vospers Blue, with Waverley leading by 1point.

- Both have home games, Waverley against Pembroke Gardens, Vospers Blue taking on Alexandra Blue.

  City Red

With 4rounds of games still to go in the division, Alexandra Red has a 29point lead over 2nd place Gas Social Red.


Havant & Waterlooville

With 3rounds of games still to go in the division, Cowplain Blue has a 16points lead.


Gosport & Fareham

These are the only divisions where the winners are known:

- Rowner A has won G&F “A” 

- Fareham Gold has won G&F “B”

Views From The Head – Dateline August 24th


County News

The County Championship Finals have now been played and the East has one team going onto the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa.

That team is the Southsea Waverley Pair of Rob Moran and Matthew Marchant who won their Semi on the extra end. Eye witness accounts said it took a huge wick (aka Waverley Glide) for them to win what would have been the final end of the game to take it into the extra end!!

Unfortunately, they finished up as County Runners-Up as they were beaten 18-6 in the Final.

For most of the others, the Quarter Finals was as far as they got apart from the following:

- In the Two-Wood Singles, Leigh Park’s Carter Blanford lost 15-14 in the Semi’s to the eventual Champion. Not a bad showing from Carter as this was the first time he had reached the Final Stages of any County Championship.

- In the Triples, Priory’s Andy Hibberd, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook lost 19-9 in the Semi’s, having dispatched a Southampton Triple 24-4 in the Quarter’s.

- In the Fours, Leigh Park’s Bob Docker, Peter Robinson, Nathan Hanley & Lewis Voysey lost 15-9 in the Semi’s, having dispatched a Ringwood quartet 16-9 in the Quarter’s.

League News

  City Divisions

In Div. “A”, the win and loss suffered by the top two meant that at the end of the evening, Priory had won the division.

At Northern Parade, 2nd placed Vospers took on Naismith. In a tight match, Vospers led by 1shot after 15ends but the Naismith rinks got the better of the last 3ends to take the match by 4shots, winning on 2rinks.

At Milton Park, Priory were away to Milton Park in a game where both clubs recorded 12shot victories. As these results cancelled each other out, the match was decided by the 4shot win on Steve Watt’s rink that gave the match to Priory and, with Vospers’ defeat, the laurels.

The other match was cancelled due to another positive Covid test.

In Div. “B”, the top 2 had similar results to those in Div. “A”.

Leaders Waverley moved closer to taking the division with a 13shot, all rinks win over tenants Star & Crescent. Waverley’s win was thanks to the 9shot win on Paul Cooke’s rink as the others were close.

Meanwhile, Alexandra suffered a shock 3shot defeat away at Cosham Park, despite winning on 2rinks. Cosham got the win thanks to the 8shot win by Tony Hall’s rink.

Those results mean that Waverley has to pick up 16points from their last 3games to, mathematically, win the division. However, as two of those games are against Alexandra it could be settled when they meet next week.

The other match saw Portsmouth Water record a 13shot home win over Pembroke Gardens, winning on 2rinks. The watermen had to thank the 11shot win by Mick Edney’s rink for the size of their victory.

Havant & Waterlooville

Leaders Leigh Park travelled to Denmead and recorded a 12shot win, just failing to take all the points as Ben Cope’s rink fight back on the last 3ends just failed to give them the win, their game ending in a Tie.

That result meant that Cowplain had to win their home match against Waterlooville, but in a woeful performance they fell to an 18shot defeat, losing on all 3rinks. It was the Brian LeMarquer rink that did all the damage for Waterlooville with their 11shot victory.

That result meant that Leigh Park won the division.

Gosport & Fareham 

The battle for the division will be settled next week when the top two, Rowner & Lee-on-the-Solent, play each other twice. Rowner go into those games with an 11point lead, but the Solent club have every chance as both matches are on their turf.

Last Friday, Rowner recorded an 18shot home win over Gosport, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Phil Pinder & Barry Stafford, with Jim Oswell’s rink sparing Gosport’s blushes with their 9shot win.

Meanwhile, Lee-on-the-Solent travelled to Fareham and recorded a 9shot win thanks to wins on the rinks of Martin Ellis & Graham Hillier.


Combination League

The winners of all the City Combination divisions have now been decided after last week’s matches, with Alexandra Blue taking City “A” & Priory Black the “C” division.

Meanwhile, the winners of the Havant & Waterlooville and Gosport & Fareham Divisions will only be decided this week by the results of rearranged postponed games:

- In the H&W Division, Waterlooville Gold travel to play Cowplain Red knowing that they need to win on all rinks to get Top Spot ahead of Bedhampton.

- In the G&F Division, Lee-on-the-Solent B are 2points clear of Fareham C, with both having rearranged away matches to play. Fareham C are at Gosport, while Lee-on-the-Solent B play Rowner B.

Views From The Head – Dateline August 16th


County News

Alongside the County Championships, also being run were the County Competitions. The difference between the two sets is that the winners of County Competitions don’t progress to the National Finals at Leamington. 


The East Finalists are as follows:

Golden Pairs

This is a new competition for the Men and has been introduced to match the same Competition run by the Women. It is a Pairs Competition where both players have to be aged 70 and Over and is played over 18ends.

The honour of being the first East Finalists fell to the Waterlooville pairing of Brian LeMarquer & Derek Holt who beat the Portsmouth Water Pair of Dave Denyer & Peter Higgins in the Area Final at for Fareham BC.

The ‘ville pair got off to an excellent start, moving into a 15-4 lead after 8ends. At that point, the Water pairing obviously had got to grips with the green as they then picked up 8shots over the next 5ends to cut the deficit to 3shots. But the next end undid all their good work as they dropped a 7 which ended any hope of winning the game. The ‘ville pair finally ran out victors by 27-14.


2Wood Triples

This Competition (played over 21ends) has been run for many years now and this year’s final was between members from old rivals Alexandra & Southsea Waverley who met at Cosham Park.

The Waverley Triple of Rob Moran, Tony Ingram & Ollie Mew started well, moving into a 6-1 lead by the 5th end. The Alex trio of Ian Rixon, Neil Scutt & Carl Baggott then fought back so that by the end of the 12th end, the match was level at 11each.

They then picked up 7shots on the 2 of the next 3ends to lead 18-12, whereupon both teams swapped scores so that by the end of the 19th end, the Alex trio led 20-18. They then picked up a 3 on the 20th end which meant that the Waverley triple had to score 5shots on the last to tie the game but couldn’t achieve it to finally lose 18-25.


County Club

The final County Competition is the County Club. This year’s final, played on the excellent green at Lee-on-the-Solent, was between Alexandra and Fareham. And the match turned on what happened on the two outside rinks as the middle two rinks were very tight affairs, which ended by one being tied, the other won by Fareham by 1shot.

This was in contrast to what was going on in the other two rinks. On the first, the Alex rink skipped by Don Lilley was 15-5 over Charlie Bailey’s Fareham rink after 13ends. Charlie’s men then got their act together to get back to being 18-15 down by the 19th end, but the Alex quartet kept their nerve to finally run out 19-17 winners 

Meanwhile, on the other rink, the Fareham quartetskipped by Lee Cunningham had raced into a 10-1 lead after 6ends, at which point Steve Feilder’s Alex rink finally got their heads together to level the score at 11each by the 12th end. They scores were still level after 17ends at which point they then took control of the match to end up winning 20-14.

This meant that Alex won the match by 7shots – 74-67.


League News

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, leaders Priory extended their lead at the top of the table with a 17shot win at Naismith. Although Priory won all 3rinks, they had to thank the 12shot win by Steve Watts’ rink for the size of their victory.

Second placed Vospers beat co-tenants Gas Social by 12shots, winning on 2rinks, but they had to thank the 15shot win on Terry Smith’s rink for the victory.

In the other match, Milton Park thrashed College Park by 34shots, despite losing 1rink!! That was because the rinks of Mick Molloy & Dave Brown both won by 19shots.

In Div. “B”, Waverley overtook Alex at the top of the table with a 68shot home win over Cosham Park, not surprisingly having big wins on all 3rinks.

Meanwhile, Alexandra was having a tough battle at home against tenants Portsmouth Water, finally winning by 4shots. And they had to thank Paul Lawrence’s rink for the win as their 10shot win covered the losses suffered on their other two rinks.

The other match between Pembroke Gardens and Star & Crescent was another tight affair which saw Star ending up winning by 1shot. Star had to thank Simon Filippi’s rink for the win, as they took control of their match after the 12th end to win remaining 6ends picking up 10shots in the progress. That meant they just got over the winning line, but it was helped by the fact that all three Star rinks won their last end!!!

Havant & Waterlooville

With leaders Leigh Park game having been cancelled, Cowplain reduced their lead down to 2points but have played one match more.

However, Cowplain were made to struggle as two of the Denmead rinks proved they had come to terms with playing on carpet, so much so that to a visitor it would have been difficult to identify who was the home team!! Cowplain finally won by 10shots, thanks to the 22shot win on Bryan Franklin’s rink, which covered the 17shot loss at the hands of Brian Goldacre’s rink. The other rink was finally won by Cowplain as they won the last 2ends to finally win by 5shots. 

The other match between Emsworth and Waterlooville resulted in a very rare tie, the match score ending 50all, both Clubs winning 1rink with the 3rd being drawn!!

Gosport & Fareham

There were champagne corks popping at Bridgemary as they finally recorded their first victory of the season. And their victims?? Leaders Rowner and what made it even better was that it that they only allowed their visitors a single point from a drawnrink.

But the real story is the collapse by Chris Hay’s rink who let a 16-3 lead after 10ends disappear as they dropped 17shots over the last 8ends to hand AndyDawson’s Bridgemary quartet the win by 4shots!! –So, the drug testers and anti-corruption units have been called in.

In the other game, Lee-on-the-Solent travelled to Gosport and returned with all the points after beating them by 27shots on their carpet. They had big wins on the rinks of Martin Ellis & Dennis Wren. The defeat certainly did nothing for the blood pressure of Gosport’s Club Captain!!

- The Solenteers victory cut Rowner’s lead at the top to 9points and they both have to play each other twice!!

Finally, Waverley Blue became the first side to claim a divisional crown as their win over Naismith last Wednesday meant that Vospers couldn’t catch them in the Combination City “A” Division.

Views From The Head – Dateline August 8th


League News

Another positive COVID test caused 2 further League matches having to be postponed.


City Divisions

In Div. “A”, with the postponement of 2nd placed Vospers game, leaders Priory took full advantage to extend their lead at the top of the table with a 42shot home win over Gas Social. They won on all rinks, led by the 21shot win on Martin Eggleton’s rink.

In the other game played, Naismith recorded a 4shot home win over Milton Park which was all thanks to the 16shot win by Alan Cobb’s rink as they lost the other two.

In Div. “B”, with leaders Waverley match having to be postponed, Alexandra took advantage to take over the top spot with a 27 shot away win over Star & Crescent. Alex won on all rinks but had to thank the 19shot win on Don Lilley’s rink for the size of their win. Alex also welcomed back the return of captain Carl Baggott after his recuperation from his heart stint operation. Alex lead the division by 4points but have played 2games more than arch-rivals Waverley.

In the other game played, Portsmouth Water just managed a 4shot home win over Cosham Park, which was all down to the 16shot win by Mick “Curly” Edney’s rink as they lost the other two.



Havant & Waterlooville

The top two both lost last Friday.

Leaders Leigh Park were beaten by 20shots following their trip to Waterlooville. Making full use of their carpet, ‘ville won all 3rinks, led by the 10shot win on John Faithful’s rink.

Meanwhile, Cowplain again proved fallible on grass as they were beaten by 5shots at Emsworth. Emsworth won 2rinks, Cowplain the other.

The other match between Hayling Island and Denmead needed the calculators out to see who won as Hayling had 2rinks playing 1short which meant they both lost 25% of their match score. Hayling finally won by 4shots, thanks to the 8shot win on Ray Hoskins’ rink but they were made to work hard for it as they dropped 6shots on the last 2ends.


Gosport & Fareham

The top two met at Rowner as the home club took on Lee-on-the-Solent. It ended with Rowner extending their lead at the top of the table to 22points with a 10shot win. But, like other matches on the night, they had to thank the Phil Pinder rink for the victory as their 18shot win more than made up for the losses suffered by their compatriot’s rinks.

In the other match, Gosport made use of their carpet to beat Fareham by 15shots. Gosport won on 2rinks and had to thank the 13shot win by Jim Oswell’s rink for the size of their victory.

Views From The Head – Dateline August 1st


County News

The final set of East Area Championship Quarter Finalists was resolved last week, as follows:



Fareham BC hosted the Area Finals of the Tripleswere held at Fareham BC.

The 1st Final was between the Priory’s trio of Andy Hibberd, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook, who took on Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder. It was a tight game throughout, with Priory holding a 1shot lead after 13ends. The Priory trio then picked up 4shots on the next 3ends to hold a 5shot lead with 2ends to play. They kept control of those ends to keep Alex’s gains to just 3shots to run out winners by 2.

The 2nd Final was between the Rowner threesome of Graeme Coles, Chris Hay & Barry Stafford who took on Leigh Park’s Peter Rennie and Jim & Jamie Ward.

The Rowner triple got to grip with the green in the early ends to take an 8-1 lead after 4ends. Leigh Park fought back over the next 3ends to reduce the deficit to 2shots but then Rowner picked up 7shots over the next 4 to lead by 8 and kept control over their opponents to win by 7.



The Fours Area Finals were held at Northern Parade and there was a bit of déjà vu as the bowlers in the Alex & Priory Triples had made it to these matches as well. As in the Triples both games were tight matches. 

The 1st Final was between Priory’s Andy Hibberd, Mike Elliott, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook, who took on Fareham’s Brian Shakespeare, Allan Leppard, Cyril Friend & Charlie Bailey. Priory picked up a 4 on the 1st end but Fareham responded with a 3 on the 5thfrom which point it was nip and tuck till the 13th, where Priory held a 1shot lead. Then then picked up a 3 on the 14th meaning Fareham had to get a 4 on the last to tie the game – but they could only manage a single meaning Priory prevailed by 3.

Winning the game meant that Andy Hibberd & Roly Bloy would have busy weekends as they had also qualified for the Pairs earlier in the month.

The 2nd Final was between Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke, Neil Scutt, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder who took on Leigh Park’s Bob Docker, Peter Robinson, Nathan Hanley & Lewis Voysey.

The match was similarly tight, with the Park quartet leading by 1 after 9ends. Alex then picked up a 3 on the 10th which seemed to spur the Park boys as they then picked up 9shots over the next 4ends to lead by 7 with only 1 end to play. And they kept the Alex quartet to 2shots to win by 5.


League News

Another two positive Covid tests put paid to a further 2 League games last week, a stark reminder that we all need to be aware that things are not back to normal!!

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, with leaders Priory’s game having to be postponed, Vospers had the chance to close the gap on them when they travelled to Milton Park.  But they failed to do so as despite winning on 2rinks as the 17shot win by Dave Brown’s rink gave the match to Milton by 7shots.

In the other game, Naismith travelled to Gas Social and returned home with 10points by beaten them by 11shots thanks to wins on the rinks of Kelvin Chandler and Howard Davis.

In Div. “B”, leaders Waverley just got the better of Portsmouth Water by 4shots at their Lowcay Road home. This was due to the fact that the 8shot win by Matt Marchant’s rinks was negated by the 8shot loss inflicted by Mick Edney’s rink. Which meant they had to rely on the 4shot win on Ollie Mew’s rink, which was only due to the 5shots they picked up on the last ends.

Second placed Alexandra recorded a 22shot, all rink home win over Pembroke Gardens, with the size of the victory down to the 12shot win on Don Lilley’s rink.

The other match between Cosham Park and Star & Crescent was a tight affair going down to the last few ends. Star finally won by 2shots in a game where there was only 1winning rink with the others being tied. The Cosham rinks each won their last end, but not by quite enough!!


Havant & Waterlooville

The top 2 clubs both won with full points, leaving leaders Leigh Park are still 14points clear.

Leaders Leigh Park recorded a 37shot home win over bottom club Emsworth, whilst Cowplain again made full use of their carpet to defeat Hayling Island by 43shots.

The other match between Denmead and Waterlooville had to be postponed due to COVID.


Gosport & Fareham

Leaders Rowner extended their lead at the top of the table to 18points with a 22shot, all rink away win over an experimental Fareham side.

Meanwhile, the bottom 2 met at Bridgemary and it was Gosport who left with all the spoils after their 12shot victory, which means that Bridgemary are still searching for their 1st win of the season.

Now whether the victory was anything to do with the acting Gosport captain taking day off for the now big sporting issue of “Mental Health” reasons is anyone’s guess!!

Views From The Head – Dateline July 25th


League News

There was a reminder this week that the COVID pandemic is still with us.

On Friday 16th July, Emsworth played Hayling Island in an H&W League game. The following Sunday, one of the Emsworth players tested positive for COVID. The members of both Clubs took COVID tests and as a precaution postponed the games they should have played last week.

This was the 2nd such occurrence where a player has tested positive following a bowls game. So please all of you take care of yourselves.

Onto the Bowls, which is now 2/3 completed………


City Divisions

In Div. “A”, the top 2 met at Northern Parade as Vospers hosted Priory. Having both lost last week this was an important game for both. Thanks to the 12shots picked up on the last 3ends by Martin Eggleton’s rink, Priory won the match by 14shots. The other 2 rinks were tight and shared by both clubs. The result means that Priory has a 10point lead over Vospers.

Milton Park followed up beating Priory last time out with a 20shot home win over Gas Social. They won on all rinks, led by Andy McKain’s quartet.

In the other game, College Park were in celebratory mood having moved off the bottom of the table and recorded another win, this time at home by 12shots over Naismith. Their win was thanks to the 12shot win by George Russell’s men as the other 2rinks were shared.

In Div. “B”, the old rivalry between Waverley and Alexandra went the way of Waverley as the two met on Waverley’s patch. Waverley won by 30shots, thanks to the 31shot win on Mark Hammond’s rink. Steve Feilder’s men prevented Alex being whitewashed with their 10shot win.

3rd placed Star & Crescent increased their lead over nearest rivals Portsmouth Water by beating them by 9shots at the watermen’s new home, winning on 2rinks.

You know the old saying of waiting ages for a bus and then two arrive together, well a version of it occurred at Cosham Park, where the two clubs who finally broke their duck last week met.

And it was Pembroke Gardens who left with the spoils as the beat Cosham by 7shots. It would have been closer, but Cosham played 1short on their winning rink, thereby losing 25% of their score.

Havant & Waterlooville

The only game played in the division was between the top 2 at Cowplain, with Cowplain taking advantage of their carpet to beat Leigh Park by 22shots, thanks to 13shot wins on the rinks of Bryan Franklin and Dave Wildman. But it could’ve been a lot closer but for an extraordinary 11shot turnround on the 10th end where Dave Wildman was 6 down when he played his last bowl where his fire picked up the jack and took it back to the 4back woods of his teammates with his finishing in the count. That shot knocked the stuffing out of his opponents.


Gosport & Fareham

With Fareham meeting Rowner in the County Club, the only match played was a rearranged game between Lee-on-the-Solent and Bridgemary down by the Solent.

In an extraordinary game where each Club won 1rink with the 3rd being tied, the Solent club won by 26shots thanks to the 36shot win by Peter Gentry’s rink!!

The defeat left Bridgemary still searching for their 1stwin of the season


Views From The Head – Dateline July 20th


County News

Last week, saw the next tranche of East Area Quarter Finalists resolved, as follows:


Four Wood Singles

The Area Finals of the 4Wood Singles were held at Fareham BC in much better weather than last week.

The 1st Final was between Leigh Park’s Jamie Ward and Milton Park’s Bryan Cherry who was making his 1st appearance at an Area Final. Both players struggled to get to grips with the rink, but it was Jamie Ward who found it earlier to move into a 9-2 lead after 7ends a lead that he maintained to eventually bet Bryan 21-10 after 22ends.

The 2nd Final was between Priory’s Roly Bloy and Purbrook Heath’s Mark Berry and it provided the story of the East County Competitions so far.

Mark only took up bowls at Purbrook in 2019 and this was the first time he had entered any external competition. His route to the Area Final had seen him beat three Hampshire Middleton Cup players and only one of them was on his home green – a feat in itself.

In his final, he quickly found the Fareham green to his liking, so much so that he ran out an easy 21-3 winner after 10ends!!


Senior Fours

The Senior Fours (for bowlers aged 55 and Over and played over 15ends) runs slightly differently to the other Championship competitions. This is because Hampshire can only send 1 representative to the National Finals, so the County Quarter Final is run in each Area.

This year’s finalists saw the Lee-on-the-Solent(LotS) team of John Pullinger, Jeff Passmore, Martin Ellis & Graham Hillier take on the Fareham team of Brian Shakespeare, Dave Holland, Allan Leppard and Cyril Friend.

- In the Area Finals, LotS had beaten Steve Feilder’s Alex team 13-7, whilst Fareham had defeated Simon Batcheler’s Gosport team 17-4.

In the Quarter-Final, played in blistering 30degrees heat, Fareham started extremely well to race into an 8-0 lead after the 1st 3ends. LotS then found their range, so that after 10ends the score was tied at 9apiece.

The next 2ends saw LotS pick up 5shots, but the real turning point was the 14th, where LotS skip Graham Hillier had last wood and was 4down in the head. He kept his nerve to draw shot bowl with a magnificent wood, meaning LotS went into the final end 5up.

With the final bowl of the game, Cyril Friend, Fareham’s skip, trailed the jack back into the welcoming arms of his team mates bowls, but his bowl just ran on too far, so that they only scored a 4 to lose the game by 1 shot to the LotS quartet.


League News

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, the top 2 both lost last week.

Leaders Priory fell to a 15shot Home defeat to neighbours Milton Park. Milton won on all 3rinks, led by Andy McKain’s men.

Meanwhile, Vospers fell to a 4shot away defeat at Naismith. Despite Terry Smith’s Vospers rink winning by 12shots, Kelvin Chandler’s Naismith rink won by 10shots, which meant that the 6shot win by Howard Davis’ rink saw Naismith over the line. However, Vospers did close the gap to Priory to 2points.

The other game saw the bottom two, Gas Social and College Park meet at Northern Parade, where a titanic battle ensued. With each Club winning a rink with the 3rd being tied, the 3shot win by Alan Taw’s (finally doing some good for his team mates although almost blowing it on the last 2 ends)College rink was just enough to overcome the 2shot loss to Paul Reuter’s Gas rink.

In Div. “B”, the Star v Waverley match was postponed owing to Waverley playing Alexandra in a National 2Rink Competition.

However, Alex didn’t call off their home match against Cosham Park, despite having to field a weakened side. Cosham left extremely pleased as they won their 1st game of the season by 2shots. Cosham won on 2rinks but had to thank the two 5’s picked up on 2 of the last 3ends by Brian Charman’srink to get the over the line.

Cosham weren’t the only club celebrating as Pembroke Gardens also recorded their 1st win of the season in another tight tussle at the Old Portsmouth home. Pembroke finally won by 1shot thanks to the 21shot win by David Brookes’ rink as they lost the other 2rinks!!


Havant & Waterlooville

Leaders Leigh Park extended their lead with a 32shot, all rink home win over Denmead, led by the 17shot win on President Ben Cope’s rink.

Meanwhile, the 2carpet clubs met at Waterlooville and the result was settled by the last wood on each of the rinks.

‘ville’s John Faithful couldn’t manage to draw a 3rdshot to win his game, leaving it tied, whilst Bryan Franklin’s Cowplain rink picked up a 2 to win by 1shot. Which meant that Richard Allen’s rink had to pick up a 5 to win the match for Waterlooville but could only manage a 2, which meant that Cowplain won by 2shots and pocketed 11points from the game!! 

In the other match of the night, there was double trouble for Emsworth. Not only did they lose their home game against Hayling Island by 13shots, one of their players then tested positive for Covid, meaning that both clubs had to inform their teams to get tested!!


Gosport & Fareham

Rowner extended their lead at the top of the table with a 3shot away win on Gosport’s carpet. They won on 2rinks, with the 5shot win by Gosport’s Simon Batcheler rink not being quite enough – but it did prevent the whitewash.

2nd placed Lee-on-the-Solent suffered a 27shot home defeat by Fareham, which was all due to the efforts of Fareham’s Charlie Bailey rink as the obviously found the excellent surface at the Solent club much to their liking as they ran up a 29shot win!!

Views From The Head – Dateline July 12th


County News

Alongside the “Covid” leagues, the usual County Championship and Competitions have been running and a few have reached the Area Finals stage, where the last four in each event compete to reach the County Quarter Finals leaving them two matches away from being able to represent Hampshire at the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa later in the year.

Last week, Quarter Finalists were resolved in the following events, which were held on the excellent Green at Lee-on-the-Solent BC – although the weather didn’t help entirely:

Two Wood Singles

The first player through to the Quarter Finals was seasoned campaigner Jamie Cooke of Alexandra BC. Jamie weathered an early storm from Rowner’s David Webb (who was trying to repeat his 2019 achievement of reaching the Quarter Finals) to come back from being 1-6 down after 5ends to slowly take control to be 11-6 up after 12 ends. Jamie kept the pressure up to final put away David 17-10.

The second player through was Carter Blanford of Leigh Park who was playing against Jason Taylor of Milton Park. For both, it was the first time either had reached this stage of any County Event and they put on a titanic battle, so much so that after the allotted 21 ends, the match was level at 13 shots apiece. Carter kept his nerve on the extra end to get the vital single to progress through.


Andy Hibberd & Roly Bloy of Priory BC were the first Pairing next through to the Quarter Finals by beating Chris Hay & Graeme Coles of Rowner 15-11. The game was tight up to the 13th end when there was only 1shot in it, but the Priory duo then picked up 6 shots on the next 3 ends to take control to win the match.

The final qualifiers were the duo from Southsea Waverley of England Internationalist Matt Marchant with his partner Rob Moran who beat the Fareham pairing of Mike Coleman and Danny Russell 15-13. Again, this was a tight affair with the scores being level after 11 ends. But 6 shots on the next 4 ends put the Waverley team ahead and although the Fareham duo did pick up 4 shots over the last 3ends it wasn’t enough.

League News

Back to the more mundane matters of the League games…..

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, the top 2 both had home wins.

Leaders Priory got 10 points from their 16 shot victory over Naismith. Kelvin Chandler’s quartet prevented Naismith being whitewashed with their 11shot win over Roly Bloy’s rink.

Vospers picked up the same number of points with their 10 shot win over co-tenants Gas Social. Derek Langford’s rink picked up Gas’s points with their 3 shot win.

Finally, College Park moved off the bottom of the table with their 5 shot home win over Milton Park. They owed the win thanks to the efforts of John Hyslop’s rink with their 18shot win as the other rinks both lost, and they certainly weren’t helped by the efforts of their captain’s rink who seems now to be only interested in personal glory.

In Div. “B”, the Waverley “Blitzkrieg” carry’s on, this time a 55 shot away win at Cosham Park, naturally winning on all rinks.

Second placed Alexandra saw off tenants Portsmouth Water by 21 shots for an “away” victory, also winning all 3 rinks.

In the other game in the division, Star & Crescent recorded an 11shot home win over bottom club Pembroke Gardens. At least Pembroke did manage to get a 2nd winning rink and it could have been a 3rd if Dave Brookes’ men hadn’t dropped 5shots on the last 2 ends.

Havant & Waterlooville

The top two met at Leigh Park on a rain swept Monday evening in a rearranged postponed game. It went the way of leaders Leigh Park who recorded an 18 shot victory, winning on 2 rinks.

It wasn’t a good week for Cowplain, as on the Friday they travelled to Denmead and lost again by 11 shots. Doing the damage for Denmead was John Wildig’s 14 shot win over Bryan Franklin’s foursome, backed up by Mike Wright’s rink. Dave Luffman’s quartet prevented the whitewash with the 10 shot win.

In the other match of the night, Waterlooville made full use of their carpet to vanquish Emsworth by 55 shots, winning all 3 rinks. That win, only their 2nd of the season, moved them off the bottom of the table.


Gosport & Fareham

Leaders Rowner travelled to near neighbours Bridgemary and returned with 11points after their 28 shot win. Bridgemary, who are still searching for their 1st win of the season, probably should have got a rink win, except Craig Rimmer’s quartet dropped a 4 on the last end to end up with a tie.

Gosport are finding it hard away from home having to play on grass. After last week’s thrashing, they suffered another at the hands of Lee-on-the-Solent, this time by 51 shots - so a bit of an improvement!!. LotS won all 3rinks with big wins by the Graham Hillier & Dennis Wren quartets.

Views From The Head – Dateline July 4th


City Divisions 

In Div. “A”, the top 2 had convincing away wins over the bottom two clubs that left them 30points clear of the rest.

Leaders Priory picked up all the points with their 36shot win over Gas Social. Meanwhile, Vospers were following suit with a 24shot win at College Park. 

There was an interesting (well to “Stattoes”) palindromic scoreline at Milton Park, where the home club had a 72-27 over Naismith, not surprisingly winning on all 3rinks, led by Andy McKain’s foursome.  

In Div. “B”, leaders Waverley demolished Pembroke Gardens by 50shots at their Waverley Road home, unsurprisingly winning on all rinks.

Second placed Alexandra had a slightly tougher battle at home to Star&Crescent. They finally won by 21shots, which was thanks to Don Lilley’s rinks taking control in the 2nd half of their game. 

It was not a good week for Cosham Park.

- On Monday, in a rearranged game postponed from earlier in the season, they suffered a 42shot whipping at home by Star&Crescent. Star had big wins on all 3rinks, led by Simon Filippi’s quartet.

- Then on Friday, they lost again at home to Portsmouth Water. At least this time they put up a better showing as they only lost by 6shots. Unfortunately for them, the 8shot win by Tony Hall’s rink was cancelled out by a similar victory on Brent Riste’s rink for the Watermen. Which meant that the 6shot victory by Mick Edney’s quartet swung the match.


Havant & Waterlooville

Leaders Leigh Park had a 21shot home win over Waterlooville. They had big wins on 2rinks, led by Pete Robinson’s men. However the 3shot win by Richard Allen’s rink prevented Leigh Park picking up all the points.

Second placed Cowplain got their own back for their loss at Emsworth earlier in the season to make full use of their carpet to win by 45shots, winning all 3rinks, led by Peter Little’s quartet. For Emsworth, thanks to an excellent performance by Phil Rawcliffeat 3 in Mike O'Reilly’s rink, they almost got the rink points, but for a superb 4 on the last end by Dave Luffman’s quartet which gave them the win.

In the other match of the night, Denmead moved into 3rd spot with their 19shot home win over Hayling Island. Denmead failed to pick up all the points as Tony Sewell’s men only just managed a single on the last end to tie their game.

Gosport & Fareham

With leaders Rowner having the night off, Farehammoved into 2nd place by with their 55 home thrashing of Gosport. They won all 3rinks and the size of their victory was thanks to the big wins on the rinks of Charlie Bailey and John Travers.

Bridgemary are still looking for their 1st win of the season after their 14shot home defeat at the hands of Lee-on-the-Solent. However, it was a strange game in that 2 of the rinks were tied, so it was all down to the win on Peter Gentry’s rink that the Solenteers took the win.

  Other  Fings

I got a query last week (no names but webmaster comes to mind) as to why I hadn’t mentioned Priory ending their Pointless season last week in Midweek City Red, but it must have been a real shock to the system as they returned to normal this week!! Mind you Cosham Park are only above them as they have won more rinks then Priory!!!

Views From The Head – Dateline 27th June


Après la deluge of last week, or as some may have it bowlers preferring to watch a piss-poor England team resurrect the “Butch” Wilkins’ method of attack (i.e. pass the ball sideways or backwards) – but mustn’t forget those with North of the Border leanings who cheered on a brave rear guard action (how did he miss that glorious chance??), it was back to the evening job last Friday.

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, leaders Priory had a 33 shot home win over College Park, putting them firmly in their place. They won on 2rinks, led by the 24shot win by Adrian Snook’s rink. Alan Taw’s quartet just managed to prevent the white-wash by sneaking a single on the last end to win their game.

Vospers recovered from their shock home loss the last time out by with a 23shot home win over Milton Park. Vospers had big wins on 2rinks, while Mick Molloy’s rink just hung to record a 2shot win for Milton. 

Having broken Vospers’ 100% record, Naismith must have had high hopes of building on it with a home match against Gas Social. Sadly, things went badly awry as Gas recorded their 1st win of the season with a 6shot, all rink victory. The win moved Gas off of the foot of the table on shot difference over College Park.

In Div. “B”, leaders Waverley had a tough away battle against Portsmouth Water, finally winning the game by 9shots. With both clubs winning a rink and the other being tied, it was thanks to the 12shot win on Paul Cooke’s rink that Waverley got the win.

Second placed Alexandra kept up the pressure on Waverley by demolishing Pembroke Gardens at their Old Portsmouth home by 45shots, winning all 3rinks. The size of the win looks impressive, but it was all down to Steve Feilder’s men as they ran up a 40-3 victory.

In the other match in the division, Star just failed to collect all the points from their 17shot home win over Cosham Park. A fight back by John Corcoran’s Cosham rink on the last 3 ends meant they tied their game, gaining Cosham’s sole point from the evening.

Havant & Waterlooville

Leaders Leigh Park returned to winning ways with a 21shot away victor at Emsworth, winning on 2rinks. However, they had to thank Barry Dixon’s quartet for the victory as they recorded a 19shot win.

Second placed Cowplain lost again on grass, this time by 4shots on an “interesting” green at Hayling’s 2021 Leigh Park home. As both clubs won a rink and tied the other, it could have been a larger victory for Hayling, except that Ray Hoskins’ rink let slip a 20shot lead over the last 5ends before ending up with 13 to the good to cover the 9shot defeat by David Luffman’s rink.

In the other match of the night, Waterlooville finally won a match with a 19shot home win over “carpet hating” Denmead. ‘Ville had big wins on 2rinks, whilst Mike Wright’s men showed their Denmead teammates what could be achieved with their 6shot win.

Gosport & Fareham

Rowner extended their lead at the top of the table with a 15shot, all rinks home win over Fareham. Rowner had to thank the 12shot win by Phil Pinder’s rink for their victory, as the other 2rinks were tight.

Having had to play on their carpet due to the poor state of their own lawn green, Gosport finally won on a natural surface with 9shot away win at Bridgemary, who are still looking for their first win of the season. With tight matches on 2 of the rinks, which saw both clubs recording victories, it was the 9shot win by Jim Oswell’s men that swung the match Gosport’s way.

Midweek Triples

There were some strange goings on in the City Blue Midweek division that has the Midweek Secretary wondering if he should call for drug tests!!

The mighty Waverley were humbled, nay slaughtered, by Gas Social who won by 32shots at their Northern Parade home.

Meanwhile, Alex were at it trying to reduce the size of their defeat at Pembroke by not recording the correct scoreline.

Views From The Head – Dateline June 14th

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, has leaders Vospers bubble been burst,as they lost their 100% record when they were beaten by Naismith by 3shots at their Northern Parade home. In a tight game with both clubs winning 1 rink with the other tied, it was the 7shot win by Kelvin Chandler quartet that swung the game Naismith’s way.

Priory took advantage of Vospers defeat to take over top spot with a 15shot victory at neighbours Milton Park. Whilst they won on 2rinks, it was the 15shot margin of victory on Adrian Snook’s rink that proved decisive as the other 2rinks cancelled each other out.

In the other game in the division, College Park ended their pointless start to the season with an 8shot home victory over Gas Social, winning on all 3rinks. The win moved the Collegians above the Energy Suppliers at the bottom of the table.

In Div. “B”, Waverley dropped their first points of the season as they beat tenants Star & Crescent by 10shots. It was Robbie Dennison’s rink who had the honour of inflicting the 1st reversal of a Waverley rink with their 2shot win over Matt Marchant’s men by holding their nerve to pick up that vital 2 on the last end.

2nd placed Alexandra also won, recording a 13shot away win at Cosham Park, also winning on 2rinks. John Corcoran’s rink prevented Cosham being whitewashed with their 8shot win. 

The other match, Portsmouth Water had another big win at their new Alexandra home, with a 29shot all rink victory over Pembroke Gardens.


Havant &Waterlooville

 Leigh Park lost for the first time, falling to a 6shot defeat at Denmead. Despite winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot defeat inflicted by John Wildig’s quartet that proved decisive.

Emsworth couldn’t build on their two previous home wins as they fell to another large defeat at Leigh Park. This time it was by Hayling Island, who finally won at their 2021 home by 21shots. Although Hayling won on 2rinks, they had to thank the 18shot win by Ray Hoskins’ men for the size of their victory.

The battle between the two carpet clubs went the way of Cowplain who recorded a 27shot victory over Waterlooville. By winning on all rinks, Cowplain moved into 2nd spot on shot difference from Emsworth.

Gosport & Fareham

Gosport reign at the top of the table came to a shuddering end as they fell to a 20shot away defeat at Rowner. By winning on all 3rinks, led by the 13shot victory by Graeme Coles’ quartet. Rownertook over top spot, whilst the defeat dropped Gosport to 4th.


Lee-on-the-Solent remain second, but only on shot difference from Fareham, who beat them by 15shots at their Park Lane Recreation home. In a game where each of the rinks recorded big wins, it was because Fareham won 2 of them that meant they got the victory.

Finally, some good news for Bridgemary who were able to play at home for the 1st time this year. The match was in the Combination League and they celebrated (just) by beating Fareham B by 3shots in the G&F division.

 Date Line 05 June 2021

City Divisions

In Div. “A”, after three games, Vospers have yet to drop a point as beat co-tenants Gas Social by 30shots. Leading the way for Vospers was the rink of Dave Young, with their 13 shot win.

Priory, who lie 2nd, are also unbeaten following their 27shot win at Naismith. They failed to pick up all the points after Vic Robertson’s Naismith rink picked up 5shots on the last 2ends to draw their game against Martin Eggleton’s quartet.

In the other game in the division, College Park remains pointless after their 27shot defeat at Milton Park. The size of Milton’s win was thanks to big wins by the rinks of Andy McKain & Dave Brown.

In Div. “B”, Waverley are emulating Vospers as they have also yet to drop a point. Their latest victory was a home 64shot win over Cosham Park, with all their rinks joining in the fun.

Alexandra are 2nd after their 11shot victory over tenants Portsmouth Water. However, they did have to thank Steve Feilder’s men for their 23shot win, as they lost the other 2rinks.

The other match between Pembroke Gardens and Star & Crescent went down to the final end as was a case of one club snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and vice versa as Star picked up 4shots to take the game by 1shot!

Havant & Waterlooville

Leigh Park are top following their 28shot home win over tenants Hayling Island. By picking up a 2 on the last end, Tom Walsh’s rink prevented the whitewash and gained the islanders a winning rink.

Emsworth had another home win over a carpet club as they recorded a 22shot win over Waterlooville. They almost picked up all the points, but the barnstorming finish over the last 3ends by Paul Wood’s rink just fell short.

Cowplain recovered from their defeat at Emsworth by beating Denmead by 41shots on their carpet. The size of the win was thanks to Peter Little’s 25shot win.

Gosport & Fareham

Gosport are still top, but only on shot difference over Lee-on-the-Solent. The two met at Gosport and it was the visitors who took the spoils with their 12shot win. They had big wins on the rinks of Graham Hillier & Pete Gentry, with Tony Horne’s quartet doing their best for the home club.

In the other match, Rowner slaughtered Bridgemary by 75shots at their Rowner Lane home. The Bridgemary men will be glad of a week of to lick their wounds and hopefully be able to get some practice in on their home green, IF the council give them the go ahead after their green-keeping issues.


Date line 30th May 2021

Second week of the season and bowlers had to contend with horrendous conditions Sun and NO Wind!! 

 City Divisions 

In Div. “A”, Priory had another big win, this time a 35shot Home win over Gas Social. Priory won on 2rinks, with Adrian Snook’s quartet 25shot win boosting the size of the win. For Gas, Stuart Townsley’s rink picked up a 2 on the last end to prevent the whitewash.

Vospers followed up their win last week with another, a 24shot home victory against College Park. They won on all rinks, with Dave Young’s quartet leading the way.

Naismith opened their season with a 6 shot home win over Milton Park. Interestingly each rink had a 6shot win and fortunately for Naismith they had 2 winning rinks!

In Div. “B”, Waverley had another big win, this time by 45shots at Pembroke Gardens. They had big wins on 2rinks, whilst for Pembroke, at least Dave Brookes’ men kept the deficit to single digits.

Alexandra also won again, this time away at Star & Crescent by 13shots. They won on 2rinks, with Steve Feilder’s men providing the foundation for the win with their 15shot win. Robbie Denninson’s men gained 2points for Star with their 7shot win.

Portsmouth Water recovered from their Waverley drubbing by beating Cosham Park by 26shots at their new home at Alexandra B&SC. However, they had to thank Pete Musson’s quartet for the win as they were their only winning rink and the 30shot victory did all the damage.

Havant & Waterlooville

Leigh Park followed up last week’s win by travelling to the carpet at Waterlooville and returning with a 3shot win. They had to thank Pete Robinson’s quartet for the win as their 14shot victory was their sole winning rink, with the rinks of Richard Allen and Brian LeMarquer replying for Waterlooville.

Emsworth recovered from their defeat at Leigh Park to record a 16shot, all rink home win over Cowplain. Paul Wood’s four led the way for Emsworth.

Finally, Denmead travelled to Hayling Island’s 2021 home base at Leigh Park and left with a 24shot victory, winning on the rinks of Tony Sewell & Brian Goldacre. Tom Walsh’s quartet spared Hayling’s blushes with their 6shot win.

Gosport & Fareham

Gosport recorded their 2nd home win of the season with 15shot victory over Fareham. However, they owed their victory to the 19shot win by Jim Oswell’s quartet, which covered the defeats suffered at the hands of Lee Cunningham & John Travers Fareham rinks.

Lee-on-the-Solent started their season with 19shot home win over Bridgemary. The large wins on the rinks of Martin Ellis & Peter Gentry covered the large loss at the hands of Peter Cooper’s rink for Bridgemary.

Dateline May 23rd

After a year out due to COVID19, bowls restarted again last week, but in a different form to take into account the present climate.

Whilst the Combination Leagues managed to play their initial fixtures, the Midweek Triples and League matches were hit hard by the wind and rain on Thursday & Friday.

City Divisions

Due to the number of Clubs based in Portsmouth, they have been split into 2 Divisions, “A” and “B”.

In Div. “A”, Vospers began the season well with a 12shot victory at Milton Park. They won on all 3rinks and had Terry Smith’s quartet to thank for the size of their win.

Priory romped home at College Park, winning by 39shots, also gathering in all the Match Points. The size of the victory was down to Martin Eggleton’s quartet, who recorded a thumping 34shot victory.

In Div. “B”, the powerhouses of Alexandra and Southsea Waverley both recorded big home wins.

Alexandra disposed of Pembroke Gardens by 53shots, with Don Lilley’s men doing a lot of the damage, whilst Waverley thumped Portsmouth Water by 51, with big wins on all 3 rinks.

Havant & Waterlooville

Only one game survived the conditions on Friday and that was at Leigh Park, where the home club had a 31shot win over visitors Emsworth, with Jamie Ward’s men doing most of the damage.

Gosport & Fareham

There was a tense battle at Fareham, where old rivals Fareham and Rowner slugged it out with Fareham finally winning by 2shots. Their victory was all down to Charlie Bailey’s quartet, who took control of their game after the 10th end and won the final 8ends to finish with a 16shot victory, which just made the difference of the defeats suffered by Fareham’s other 2rinks.

The battle between the two clubs in the area who are having problems with their grass greens went the way of Gosport who beat visitors Bridgemary by 42 shots. Gosport has to use their artificial surface due to damage their turf green suffered in the early part of the year, and that was probably the reason for the size of their victory, although Bridgemary’s Barrie Durant rink went home pleased as punch with their 2shot win over as rink that contained the County’s VP.