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2019 P&D Presentation Evening

The 2019 P&D Presentation Dinner is being held at Alexandra B&SC on Friday 8th November 2019, 7pm for 7.30 pm.

The cost is £15.00 per person.


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10th Sept 2019

P&D Champion of Champions

All Hail the 2019 Champion

2019 Champion of Champions Dave Brown receiving the winners Trophy from Competition Secretary Derek Morgan

The P&D Men’s season traditionally ends with the P&D’s Champion of Champions Tournament. This event is for the Men’s 4Wood Singles Champions of all P&D Affiliated Clubs and this year 19 turned up last weekend at Milton Park to enable the draw to be made.

Saturday’s matches saw those Club Champions whittled down to the last four and meant that Martin Ellis (Lee-on-the-Solent) had the unenviable task of having to play 3 rounds of matches, which may have been 1match too many as he was beaten by Dave Brown 21-5, although Dave did produce some outstanding bowls.

In the other Quarter Finals, Steve Smith (Priory) beat Keith Raymond (Bridgemary) 21-5; Jamie Ward (Leigh Park) beat Robbie Dennison (Star & Crescent) who had to concede the match half-way through their game due to injury and Mike Frank (Purbrook Heath) defeat Carl Baggott (Alexandra) 21-14.

The winners returned to Milton on the Sunday to see who would take the title.

- The 1st Semi was between Steve Smith & Dave Brown.

As Milton is the home of their clubs, a toss was made as to whose green the match would be played on, which came down in favour of Steve.

However, having home green advantage didn’t help as Dave surged into a 15-4 lead after 13ends.

Steve then picked up three 2’s to reduce the deficit to 5shots, whereupon Dave picked up 5shots on the next 2ends to put him on the “Hill” (to borrow a Pool saying).

At that point Dave had a small wobble as Steve won the next 3ends to get to be 4shots down before Dave held his nerve to win the 22nd end and take the match 21-16.

- The 2nd Semi was between Jamie Ward and Mike Frank and turned into a titanic struggle that lasted 25ends.

The two were tied at 9all after 12 ends, whereupon Mike picked up 7shots on the next 3ends only for Jamie to tie the match again after 19ends had been completed.

Again, Mike put his nose in front, only for Jamie to pick up two 2’s to lie 20-18 up. After an excellent lead bowl, Jamie must have thought that he had the game, only to see Mike fire to take the jack into the ditch and Jamie’s bowl out of the game. Jamie drew shot with his last wood only for Mike to just beat it.

So the final end of the game saw Mike 19-20 down and also down in the head until his last bowl – which was a “Do or Die” effort which saw him pick up the jack to lie 2 and Jamie’s final bowl just sailed through to leave Mike the winner 21-20.

The Final between Dave & Mike was even more titanic and lasted 28ends.

Just like Mike's Semi, both players were tied at 9all after 12ends, until Mike got his nose in front 13-12 after 17ends.


At that point, Dave picked up 5 shots on the next 3ends to lead 17-13, which Mike reduced to a 2shot deficit on the next 2ends, only for Dave to take the next 2ends to lie 1shot from victory at 20-15 after 24ends.


But the old adage is that the final shot is the hardest to get and so it proved again as Mike won the next 3 taunt ends to be 20-19 down.


 Those 3 ends needed a lot of looking over by both players, with both visiting the head. It also proved to be the case on the last end of the match which, with the Dave having the final bowl to play, looked like Mike held shot, although a measure would be required.


However, Dave kept his nerve with his final wood and played an excellent shot to draw to the jack and take the title.


Above: Champion of Champions finalists - Dave Brown & Mike Frank

10th Sept 2019

Midweek Triples Divisional Play Offs

The Midweek Triples season has been completed with the crowning of the Town and District Champions. Both involve two-legged play-offs between the winners of the Town Red & Blue divisions for the Town title and the East & West divisional winners for the District title.

Town Play-Offs
This was between College Park Red and Waverley, with College hosting the 1st leg. This resulted in Waverley taken a 4shot lead into the 2nd leg, thanks to the efforts of Barry Stark’s triple with their 18shot win.

The 2nd leg became a formality once Robbie Moran’s triple turned the screw to pick up 25shots over the last 7ends, which saw Waverley win the leg by 39shots to take the Town title in their 1st year in the Midweek Triples.

District Play-Offs
This was between Fareham Gold (West winners) and Cowplain Purple (East), with Fareham hosting the 1st leg. Fareham made full use of home advantage to rack up a 26shot lead for the 2nd leg, thanks to the 22shot win by Jim Ramshaw’s Triple.

For Cowplain to have any hope of clawing back that deficit they needed to get off to a fast start and that’s what they got on Bryan Franklin’s triple as they picked up an 8 on the 1st end. But that was as good as it got for them as the Fareham side got used to the surface to end up winning all 3triples and take the leg by 11shots, thereby taking the District title.

1st September 2019

P&D Competition Finals

The ending of the P&D Outdoor Season commences with the Finals of the P&D Men’s Competitions, again held at Milton Park over the weekend of August 31st & September 1st.

Five matches kicked off the Finals, which started at 9:45am.

The 1st Trophy to be decided was the Singles, which was between Steve Smith of Priory and Bob Scottow of Fareham.

It was won by Steve Smith, 21-5. In the words of his opponent “He simply outdrew me, when I got closer he was even closer”

In the Semi’s, Steve had a battle on his hands against Don Lilley of Alexandra, getting through 21-20 after 28 hard fought ends.

Meanwhile Bob was playing an old club mate foe, Dorian Bishop. Bob won 21-14.

The 2nd Trophy decided was the Over 60’s Singles, which was between Steve Feilder of Alexandra and Simon Filippi of Star & Crescent, in a repeat of last year’s Semi-Final.


For 13ends, it went to-and-fro with the score tied at 11all. From that point Steve had obviously discovered the secrets of the rink as he won the next 5ends to finally win 21-12.


In the Semi’s, Steve beat Phil Sanders of Lee-on-the-Solent 21-14, whilst Simon beat Crofton’s Charlie Read 21-11.

Next to be decided was the Pairs, which was between the Father & Son Rowner pairing of Ian & Barry Stafford against the dark-horses from Eastney, Bryan Cherry & Steve Randell.

The Rowner pair made full use of their experience in finals to take command of the match from the outset, moving into an 11shot lead at the halfway mark, before running out winners by 26-7 as the Eastney duo conceding after 19ends.

In the Semi’s, the Rowner duo had defeated the Alexandra duo of Keith Jones & Don Lilley 22-16, whilst the Eastney pairing had defeated the Milton Park duo of Dave Brown & Andy McKain 21-19.

The 4th title decided was the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy, which is open to all the Secretaries and Treasurers of all P&D Affiliated Clubs. The final was between Cowplain’s Dave Wildman and Lee-on-the-Solent’s Kim Francis-Ellis, who was the 1st woman to have entered the competition.

In a match that lasted 27ends and saw one player then the other easing into a lead, the score was tied at 20 all before Dave managed to put his 2nd bowl on the jack which Kim narrowly failed to disturb with her remaining three attempts.

In the Semi’s, Dave defeated Gosport’s Ken Stanbury 21-14, whilst Kim beat Leigh Park’s Ben Cope 21-18.

The last game of the morning session was for the Fours, which was an all Priory affair between Andy Chadwick, Steve Watts, Martin Eggleton & Nigel Mundy against Andy Hibberd, Mike Elliott, Clive Carter & Adrian Snook.

It was another hard-fought battle up to the 14th end, which saw the scores tied at 10all. At that point, the Snook quartet asserted themselves, winning 5 of the next 6ends to run out victors 23-11.

In the Semi’s, the Snook team defeated the Star quartet of Geoff Dyer, Bob Weaver, Russell Durham & Simon Filippi 29-11, whilst the Mundy team defeated the Alexandra quartet of Mick Leeson, Carl Baggott, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder 19-14.

The final trophy played for was the Triples, which started at 1pm to give Andy Hibberd & Adrian Snook some time to refresh themselves before being joined by Roly Bloy to take on Vosper’s Tony Berridge, Barry Robinson & Ray Porter.

It was the Vospers Trio who made the faster start, moving into an 11-2 lead after 7ends. At that point, the Priory Triplet moved up a few gears to move in front 14-13 after 15ends.

Two 2’s then meant the Vosper’s team had to get 5 shots on the final end to force an extra end which at one point looked possible before some telling bowls limited their score to 1, giving the title to the Priory team 18-14.

In the Semi’s, the Snook team defeated the Waverley trio of Ronnie Adams, Sean O’Mara & Barry Starks 17-16, whilst the Vospers team defeated the Star trio of Geoff Dyer, Russell Durham & Simon Filippi 20-16.

P&D President's Day 2019

Wednesday 21st August saw bowlers turn up at Alexandra S&BC to help P&D President Paul Kennington celebrate his year in office at his P&D President's Celebration Day game.

Fortunately for all concerned, the afternoon was blessed with very warm weather, which made the after match drink and meal all the more enjoyable.

During his post match speech, Paul thanked all those present for "..making his President's Day very special.."

24th August 2019

Rowland Cup Final


The Rowland Cup Final between Milton Park and Vospers was played last Saturday in weather that was 100% better than both clubs played in when they won their Semi-Final’s.


Milton were hoping to become the first 2nd Division club to win the Trophy, whilst Vospers were looking to win the trophy for the 1st time, and emulate Cowplain’s feat of winning the Cup after being relegated from the 1st division.


It was Vospers who made the fastest start, opening up a 14shot lead after the 1st 5ends of the game, led by Dave Harding’s rink. They increased their lead to 20shots at the halfway point and then had to repel a fight back by Milton on the rinks of Mick & Dave Brown – who briefly took the lead in their matches – to such an extent that Vospers lead was closed to 8shots.


However, over the next 3ends of the game, the Vospers rinks got their acts together again to stretch that lead to 20shots, so that Milton called a halt to the game as they couldn’t get enough shots on the 2ends left to be played to force an extra end.


Dave Harding’s rink led the way for Vospers with their 8shot win, whilst at least Mick Brown’s quartet had the satisfaction of ending with a tie on their rink.


(Above) Terry Smith receiving the winners trophy (Above) Dave Brown receiving the runners up trophy
(Below) 2019 Rowland Cup Winners - Vospers BC

2019 Rowland Cup runners up - Milton Park BC (Above)

2019 P&D Mixed Finals


The P&D’s Mixed Finals were held over the weekend of August 17th/18th at Leigh Park and were played in mixed weather conditions.


On Sunday, torrential rain in the morning meant that only 1 rink was playable, fortunately that was all that was required for the Mixed Fours Final, although the match start was delayed by 40minutes to allow the rink to become playable.


The Mixed Fours was a replay of last year’s final, with  the Cowplain Foursome (David Palmer, Hazel Joyner, Jane & Bryan Franklin) trying to retain the trophy against the Ward family from Leigh Park.



When play finally started, it was the Cowplain quartet who got to grips with the rink quicker as they raced into a 10shot lead after 5ends. The local quartet finally found their range but could only reduce their deficit to 8shots after 11ends, as their opponents kept them in check.


Two fours on the 18th & 19th ends meant that the Franklin quartet were now 14shots up with 2ends to play and could afford dropping a 3 on the 20th end which led to handshakes all round and the retention of the trophy.


In the Semi’s, the Cowplain four had defeated a four from Priory/Milton Park Ladies by 13shots, the match being conceded after 15ends, whilst the Leigh Park four had beaten four from Crofton by 4shots.


The afternoon session saw the finals of the Mixed Triples and Pairs.


The Mixed Triples saw the trio of Tracy & Andy Hibberd with Adrian Snook also trying to retain the trophy against clubmates Sue Brightman and Dennis & Kath Patrick.



It was the Patrick team who moved into a 7shot lead after 4ends, but 5ends later it was 9all. It was nip and tuck for the next 8ends which meant that both teams were level with 1end to play.

Fortunately, the Hibberd’s were able to handle the rink a lot better than their skip and left him 2shots up which proved decisive, despite all the efforts of Kath Patrick.


In the Semi’s, the Snook trio had squeezed through by 1 shot against a triple from Lee-on-the-Solent, whilst the Patrick trio had beaten a Fareham triple by 6shots.


The Mixed Pairs was between the Milton Park duo of Mick Molloy and Stella Parish against the husband & wife team of Mary & Phil Pinder from Rowner.



The Rowner duo were 5shots up by the 12th end, but the Miltonians picked up 2 fours to take the lead by the 15th. The lead then swung to-and-fro until a 4 on the 20th end gave the Parish/Molloy pairing the breathing room they needed to finally sew up a 4shot victory.


In the Semi’s, the winners had beaten the Curries from Crofton by 8shots, whilst the Pinder’s had beaten Rowner clubmates by 14shots.


13th August 2019

Rowland Cup – Semi-Final Shocks

Last Saturday, on the Wind-Swept greens at Milton Park, there were 2 shock results in the Rowland Cup Semi-Finals which saw 2nd Division Milton Park beat 1st Division Lee-on-the-Solent, whilst Vospers beat Southsea Waverley.

A fuller report from Dave's roving-eye reporter can be found in the latest Views From The Head.

So, read all about it in the "Morny Stanit"

29th July 2019

Juniors Show Seniors the Way

The County Semi-Finals have been played, with the winners of each going on to the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa in August. And it was the Junior (Under 25) bowlers from our area who showed the Seniors the way.

Waverley’s Danny Smith got over the disappointment of not making England’s Junior Home International Side by getting thru to Leamington in the Junior Singles and Pairs.

- It’s the 3rd time in succession that Danny has been Hampshire’s Junior Pairs Champion and each time it’s been with a different partner. This year it was with Prior’s Alex Linter, who is 15years old (Pictured blow left).

Danny is also going to the National Finals as a member of Hampshire’s White Rose rink. In their Regional Finals, Danny’s quartet beat teams from Buckinghamshire & Surrey.


Mention must also be made of Portsmouth Water’s Alfie Smith (picture above right) who at 10years of age was a member of Hampshire’s other White Rose team. Unfortunately for them, they ran into a Surrey team that contained 2 England Junior Internationals and 2 Surrey Middleton Cup players, so to only lose by 9shots is a credit to them.

We do have a two Senior Men’s Pairs going to the Nationals:
- Waverley’s Jon Leggett & Paul Cooke got through by winning their Semi-Final, beating a Ringwood Pair 18-17. In the Quarter Final, they beat a pair from Alton Social 24-10.

- They are joined by Priory’s Steve Smith & Clive Carter who got through by winning the "Reperchage" 3rd place play-off, as Hampshire have three representatives in the Pairs.

Peter King RIP

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all that our past P&D Secretary, Peter King, died yesterday whilst on holiday in Mexico.

We will keep you posted if we hear of any funeral arrangements



Appreciate the bowls scene from the whimsical point of view of our resident 'roving' reporter - DW

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Honours Boards

In keeping with the P&D's attempt to make a record of the history of Bowls and Bowlers in Portsmouth photographs are being added to the various honours boards as and when they become available. It is hoped this will capture memorabilia before it is lost to time and give everybody a chance to put faces to the many names who have achieved success in the sport. It can be nice to see faces of long lost friends and adversaries.

If you have photographs of any individual or team, whether they have achieved greatness or not, please let the Secretary borrow them so they may be copied and posted. Unless we make the effort now we may never get the chance again.

But please don't stop there. If you have photos of your club, its members or any events that might make interesting viewing we can add these to our photo gallery.

Let's not lose our history and heritage. Many thanks in anticipation.


The P&D needs your help

Dave Wildman in drag

We are presently trying to capture the history of the P&D by placing on record within this website as much information as possible before it is lost.

If you have anything that might help please let us know.

Things that will be of particular interest are old photos and information to fill gaps on honours boards.

Everything and anything will be gratefully received. Let's list it before we lose it.


A Big thank you

Our appreciation to everybody who has contributed in our quest to fill in the missing information on Honours Boards. Please keep it coming. We strive to compile a complete record of all those who are worthy to call themselves winners in this great district.

We hope you find discovery of historical 'artefacts' relating to the P&D interesting.

Members of the P&D are actively encouraged to submit reports and photos of their matches, club activities or any articles that might be considered amusing or of general interest.



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