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10th Sept 2019
P&D Champion of Champions
Hail the 2019 Champion
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
Dave kept his nerve with his final
wood and played an excellent shot to
draw to the jack and take the title.
Champion of Champions finalists -
Dave Brown & Mike Frank
10th Sept 2019
Midweek Triples Divisional
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
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
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
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.
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.
was playing an old club mate foe, Dorian
Bishop. Bob won 21-14.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Fortunately for all concerned, the
afternoon was blessed with very warm
weather, which made the after match
drink and meal all the more
During his post match speech, Paul
thanked all those present for
"..making his President's Day very
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
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
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
Rowland Cup Winners - Vospers BC
2019 Rowland Cup runners up - Milton
Park BC (Above)
2019 P&D Mixed
The P&D’s Mixed Finals were
held over the weekend of August 17th/18th
at Leigh Park and were played in mixed weather
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
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
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
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
In the Semi’s, the winners
had beaten the Curries from Crofton by 8shots,
whilst the Pinder’s had beaten Rowner clubmates
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
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"
Juniors Show Seniors
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
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
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
We will keep you posted if we hear of any
VIEWS FROM THE HEAD (VFTH)
Appreciate the bowls scene
from the whimsical point of view of our resident 'roving' reporter - DW
Go there now...
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 by
before it is
If you have
let us know.
will be of
to fill gaps
it before we
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.
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