A warm welcome
and District Bowls Association
congratulations to Matt Marchant
Following the England trials last Saturday, Matt has
been selected as travelling reserve for England’s Men’s
Senior team for the 2015 International Series that will
be held in Hamilton, Scotland in June next year.
Triples Play Offs
College Park Red & Gosport A who
have won the Town & District Midweek
Both had to do it the
hard way by overcoming a 1st leg
College Park Red beat Vospers
Blue by an overall score of
Gosport A beat Cowplain by an
overall score of 103-84
A full report can be found in the
final Views From The Head
9 Sept 2014
For those of you with long
Have a look at the
Hampshire Middleton Cup Team from 1971 and see who you
might recognise or remember. Until this year's success,
this was the last Hampshire Team to win the coveted
trophy - 43 years ago! Pictured are several legendary
Portsmouth players who helped make our area great
standing shoulder to shoulder with team mates famous and
Back row (l to r):
V Bullock, R Lewis, G Smythe, H Sawyer, L R Hall, W
Philips, J Latto, H Brown
3rd row: (l to r):
G Booth, P Line, D Peddie, M Walton, F Copper, F Taylor,
T Wilson, W A Hewitt
2nd row (l to r): K
Grout, I Cameron, A Fletcher, F Shell, D Dennis, J
Kinnear, L Edwards
Front row (l to r):
J Davidson, F Muddiman (Hon Sec), G Crispe (President),
H Palmer (S V President), C Neale, R Lott, J R Plomer
2014 P&D Champion of Champions
The P&D Champion of Champions
tournament was played over the weekend on the greens
at Milton Park, with the champions of 19 P&D Clubs
taking part, and Fareham’s Charlie Bailey completed
the double of being P&D 2014 Singles Champion as
well as retaining his Champion of Champions title
after he beat Star & Crescent’s Robbie Dennison 21-7
in the Final.
Pictured Right: Charlie Bailey and Robbie Dennison
In the Semi-Finals, Charlie just got the better of
Purbrook Heath’s Tony Wall, 21-20, having to draw
shot with his last wood after Tony had removed his 2
counters with his last bowl. Robbie, meanwhile, had
a long tussle with Priory’s Steve Smith, coming back
from 14-8 down to finally win 21-16.
Marchant to go on trial
Congratulations to Waverley’s Matt Marchant
who has been selected to attend the Men's
Senior International Trial at Victoria Park,
Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday 20th
September 2014 following his success in the
National Champion of Champions.
31st August 2014
Portsmouth and District
Finals Day for the 2014
P&D competitions was held a Alexandra Bowling and Social
Club at Northern Parade, Hilsea.
In the main everything
went pretty well, with the possible exception where
usual suspects qualified in more than one discipline and
left organisers the headache of planning the order of
play around them!
P&D Champions for this
Martin Wake and
Darren Brown (Vospers BC)
Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter (College Park BC)
Pat MacRae and
Stella Parish, Mick
Malloy, Dave Biggs
Rose Beynon & Jeffrey Hiscox
Carla Woolvin and
Over 60's Winner
Brian Carrick (Purbrook
The Future today...
If the standard of
bowls being played by the younger competitors is
anything to judge by, the future of Bowls could be very
promising indeed. Crowned P&D Under 25's Singles
Champion, Alexandra BC's Danny Smith who has already
been capped by Hampshire in their U25 Team has added yet
another trophy to his collection. In a well fought final
Danny emerged victor with a decisive 21-10 result
against another super prospect D Palmer from Cowplain.
Under 25 Finalists
Danny Smith and D Palmer
Owing to a possible
rules infringement (playing of two reserves when only
one is permitted) the anticipated final of Gary Starks (Southsea
Waverley BC) against Tom Pullin (Fareham BC) was
postponed pending a ruling. If the infringement is
upheld then the Starks rink will be DQ'd and the rink
skipped by losing semi-finalist Adrian Snook (College
Park BC) will be reinstated to play Pullin on a date yet
to be announced.
Watch this space!
Read all about
Hampshire's victory in the elusive quest for the
prestigious Middleton Cup.
21st Aug 2014
Matthew Marchant - 2014 Men’s Champion Of
afternoon, Southsea Waverley’s Matthew
Marchant was crowned as the 2014 Men’s
Champion Of Champions after two days of
singles play on the greens of Royal
started on Tuesday when, after beating
Tony Waller from Middlesex 21-14 in the
last 16, he again met up with John
Ottaway from Norfolk, who he had played
against in the Middleton Cup Final. This
time round, Matt won the Quarter Final
match up 21-17.
Wednesday, Matt then played Ed Morris
from Essex. Matt got off to a shaky
start, dropping a 4 and a 3 early on.
However, he got his mind back on the job
and turned the game around to run out a
final he played Paul Woolford from Kent.
A close match ended with Matt running
out the victor by 21shots to 14.
WELL DONE MATT!
P&D Champion of Champions
reminder to ALL P&D Men's Club Champions that the
P&D Champion of Champions tournament will be held at
Milton Park over the weekend of September 6th & 7th.
Club Champions MUST be at Milton Park by
9:30am, at the latest, on Saturday 6th to
9:35, the draw for the tournament will be made and
play will commence at 10am.
are NOT there by 9:30am, you won't be
included the tournament.
Centenary celebrations in pictures
Star and Copnor have
both celebrated their Centenaries this year. Please go
Gallery for pictures taken during each event, plus
action photo's kindly supplied by The News.
P&D Men v P&D Ladies
(30th July 2014)
The annual match
between the P&D Men & Ladies Associations was played
the other week at Purbrook Heath Bowling Club.
weather wasn’t as oppressive as the last few weeks’
so both teams could enjoy a friendly, well fought
battle without having to fight sunstroke.
At the start of the
match, both teams were welcomed by Purbrook’s
President, Colin Bouncer, who then handed the green
over to Ken Graham, P&D President, as this year it
was the Men were the hosts.
Ken said a few words
of welcome to Ladies President Joan Black (Bridgemary
BC) and her Vice President Mary Brumpton (Crofton
BC) before battle commenced.
On the green, the P&D
acted as perfect gentlemen, especially those on
rinks 3, 5 & 6, letting the ladies get closer to the
jack before them (they have been severely chastised
The game was
played in the friendliest of spirits, but
was fought hard on the President’s rink,
bringing the best out of Joan on more than
one occasion (see inset - Joan gets shot).
game, the ladies of Purbrook put on an
excellent spread, enjoyed by all, as was the
après-déjeuner speech, Ken had the great
pleasure in presenting Purbrook’s Dave Rowe
with his P&D Badge, for having played the
requisite number of P&D Friendlies.
thanked everyone for the support, so far,
for his charity - The Air Ambulance Service.
To date, the sum of £320 has been raised.
all agreed it had been a great game and a
really fun afternoon, just as it should be.
P&D Ladies Team
Presidents Joan Black
and Ken Graham
Dave Rowe being presented with his P&D Blazer Badge
2nd August 2014
WINS MIDDLETON CUP
Hampshire ended their
long wait when, last Saturday, they beat Norfolk
(the 2012 champions) by 21shots to win the Middleton
Cup, ending a 43 year drought since they last won
the cup way back in 1971, when they beat Middlesex.
In fact, the last time Hants reached the Final was
in 1979, when they finished runners-up.
The final started off
in wet conditions and had to be halted after 10ends
after the Royal Leamington Spa green became flooded
after torrential rain, thunder and lightning.
At that point,
Hampshire had built up a 20 shot lead and when play
resumed, in much brighter weather, they built on
that lead to claim the title 127-106.
In the Semi Finals
(played in the morning), Hampshire beat Wiltshire
136-89, while Norfolk defeated Cumbria 119-110.
contained these players from P&D clubs:
Matt Marchant (who
skipped his rink), Jon Leggett, John Biggs, Mark
Griffiths, Louis McCubbin and Mike Aldren (all
Southsea Waverley), Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and
Charlie Bailey (Fareham).
Reserve: Alex Marchant
However, there was
little time for Hampshire to celebrate, as many of
the team had to return back to Southampton for the
County Club final the next day.
Park Charity Triples
Sunday 7th Sept 2014
in aid of
The Rosemary Foundation.
Numbers strictly limited 24 teams. Start times 9 &
Prizes for winners and runners
Buffet, Bar & Raffle Prizes.
A great fun day. Come
along and join in!
29th July 2014
Bowls England Competitions Update
Congratulations go to the following for
reaching the National Finals, which are all
being played at Royal Leamington Spa:
- Martin Wake
(Vospers) (DIN) and Carla Woolvin
(Milton Park Ladies) (Mrs DIN) in the
Mixed Pairs. An excellent result, as this is
only the 2nd year Carla has been
The Finals are
being held on the 22nd-24th
- Fareham BC,
who beat Greenhill BC, Weymouth 42-34 in the
Tony Allcock Trophy. Their finals are being
played on August 30th & 31st.
For those who don’t know, the Tony Allcock
Trophy is played by 2 Mixed Rinks (2 Men, 2
Ladies) who must all be aged 60 or over (I
ask you, getting a lady to tell you her
Waverley have reached the Regional Finals of
the Men’s Two Rink by defeating old rivals
Boscombe Cliff (Bournemouth) 44-36 in the
Area Final. So, they are only 1game away
from the National Finals.
- Fareham have
reached National Area Final of the Men’s Top
Club, where they will be playing..…Boscombe
26th July 2014
The P&D Copnor
Centenary match was played yesterday at
Swordsands and enjoyed by all involved.
Complimentary choc ices were kindly distributed
by the Ladies of Copnor during the match to
combat the heat and a very nice buffet tea
served after the game.
their charity fund raising for The Rowans
Hospice so now hope to raise £600+ by the end of
their friendly match season. Congratulations to
them and thanks to all the P&D players for
making the event such a success.
P&D blazer badges
were awarded to Roger Shergold & Ken Knott for
achieving and now exceeding the number of
appearances required. Well done.
Paul Robson, P&D
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE
Congratulations to Waverley’s Barry Starks and
Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths who are,
respectively, the 2014 Hampshire County Singles
and Pairs Champions.
They now go on, as Hampshire's representatives,
to the National Finals, which this year are
being staged at the new home of Bowls England –
Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, after its
many years at Worthing’s Beech House Gardens.
The National Finals are being held between
Saturday 2nd August and Sunday 31st August.
Barry beat Chris Cranham, from
Cove BC 21-10 in the final, having earlier
beaten players from Cove and Fleming Park.
Alex and Mark beat Kevin Philip
and Chris Daniels from Boscombe Cliff 26-8,
having earlier in the week defeated pairs from
Eastleigh Rail and Aldershot Traction.
This is how our other competitors
got on in the County Finals:
Steve Fielder (College Park) lost
in the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff.
Matt Marchant and Mike Aldrin
(Waverley) lost in the Quarter Finals to Cove.
Both the Waverley Triples
(Mike Aldrin, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke, Dave
Watts, Graham Guy & Barry Starks) lost in
the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff triples,
who both subsequently went on to reach the
The Priory quartet (of Jerry
Hardy, Arthur Newland, Mick Jinman and Tony
Kneller) lost in the Quarter Finals to
The Waverley quartet (of Louis
McCubbin, Dave Watts, Graham Guy and Barry
Starks) lost in the Semi Finals to Fleming
Two Wood Singles
Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and Dave
Turner (Lee-On-Solent) both lost in the Quarter
NOTE: The Two Wood Triples
finals are being played at a later date at a
venue yet to be confirmed, but will be in the
15th July 2014
PEMBROKE OPEN TRIPLES BOWLS TOURNAMENT
Ladies successfully defend their title in Annual
(from roving reporter -
The annual Pembroke Gardens Open Triples, a
Ladies v Gentlemen bowls tournament, took place
at Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club in Old
Portsmouth, Hampshire on Saturday 12th
Played in hot sunshine, the event started at
9:30am with the final finishing at 6:30pm.
Fortunately, the bowlers and spectators were
able to keep cool thanks to the sea breeze, not
to mention two large gazebos. They were also
helped by the refreshments and drinks that were
available all day.
24 teams from all over southern Hampshire took
part, split into 4 sections of Men and Ladies
teams. The format of the tournament is five
group games, followed by the Section finals,
then the Grand Final.
However, this year a sudden-death single end was
needed to separate the teams of David Brookes
(Pembroke Gardens BC) and Dave Heather
(Lee-On-The-Solent BC), as both teams had
finished with the same number of points and shot
difference from the group games.
It was Dave Heather’s team that went through to
the Mens play-off, where they beat Terry
Williams’ team from Gas Social Bowls Club, who,
until then, had not lost a game all day!
The Ladies group final was between last year’s
winner Caroline Cuerden (Moneyfields Ladies BC)
and Mollie Hoxey
BC), with the defending champions going through
(l to r) Runners Up - Graham Olden, Peter Gentry
and Dave Heather (Lee on the Solent Bowling
Winners - Sue Jackson, Lynda Field and Caroline
Cuerdin (Moneyfields Bowling Club).
In a superb final, watched by a good crowd of
spectators, the ladies (Caroline Cuerdin, Linda
Field and Sue Jackson) beat the men (Dave
Heather, Graham Olden and Peter Gentry) 9 – 3
over seven ends of close bowls.
Said victorious skip Caroline Cuerden (whose
team picked up £90) - “I look forward to coming
back next year for Pembroke’s 20th
Anniversary Open Competition and make it three
wins in a row”. She also thanked the organisers
for running the tournament, as well as the
Many thanks to everyone who supported the day,
which helped raise £150 for a local charity -
The Portsmouth Deaf Club.
13 July 2014
for Ivan and Beryl Robb
July 5th saw the unveiling of the Ivan &
Beryl Robb Memorial at Cosham Bowls
Ivan and Beryl's friends and bowling
colleagues gathered to witness the
unveiling and then play in a
commemorative game of bowls.
simple ceremony, Ken Graham, President
of the P&D, spoke a few words of tribute
to Ivan and Beryl, followed by the
unveiling of the plaque by Mrs Rose
Robinson, President of the Cosham
Bowling Club, assisted by Ken and Mel
Dunbar, Cosham Men's Captain.
game, everyone partook of an excellent
tea supplied by the ladies of Cosham BC.
Ken Graham, P&D
It was, as
everyone agreed, a fitting tribute to a
sadly missed stalwart of the Cosham
Portsmouth and District Bowling
30th June 2014
P&D Friendly @
Another amazing day at
an amazing bowls club.
On the trip up we hit
a storm of biblical proportions, but as usual
wherever we go the sun shines on the P&D!
We were warmly greeted
by Kingsclere President Jill Chapple and her fellow
bowlers. At the start of the game we had some slight
rain, but after 6 ends, it eased and the sun came
SVP Les Pycroft OBE
nearly led his team to victory, but we fell short by
A big thank you to the
following clubs who supplied players, Milton Par,
Southsea Waverley, Alexandra, Cosham, Lee-on-Solent,
Bridgemary, Pembroke Gardens and Eastney.
I have been coming to
Kingsclere for a lot longer than I wish to remember, and
again was not disappointed by the friendliness and bon
homie we were accorded by Kingsclere BC.
Next year’s trip has
already been booked.
Peter King - Secretary
OPEN FOURS BOWLS TOURNAMENT 2014.
The annual Open Fours bowls tournament took place at
Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club in Old Portsmouth,
Hampshire on Saturday 14 June 2014, with over 100
people enjoying the excellent bowling, good weather
and all-day refreshments.
20 teams from all over
southern Hampshire took part, competing in five
preliminary games to determine the semi-finalists.
The final, over 7
ends, was between Tom Edgeller (Tom, Ted Nown, Tom
Suthers and Gary Farmer) against Dave Watts (Dave,
Paul Porter, John Peacham and Martyn Wake).
In a reversal of last
year’s result, Tom Edgeller merry band ran out the
victors after a well-contested match.
The event was well
supported and funds were raised for a local charity
supporting deaf children.
Tournament Secretary, Pembroke
Gardens Bowling Club
The P&D needs your
The P&D Match Secretary, Paul Robson has worked his
socks off arranging 11 friendlies for the 2014
We have just played our second match with full a
team (with much coercion), but we come to the third
match (June 8th) and we have had to
cancel due to a very poor response.
This game was versus the Southampton & District and
would have been the start of the Annual Solent
Challenge. We even bought a lovely trophy.
The P&D have over
1300 playing members, and we still can’t get 24
We still have another 8 matches to fulfill (5 in
Portsmouth and 3 coach trips), please help.
If clubs can supply a rink all the better, but
individuals are most welcome.
All the remaining games can be found on page 22 of
2014 P&D Handbook and are also listed on the P&D
Friendlies page, which can be easily accessed via
the "Popular Links" section above this plea.
But to help you all, these are the remaining
Kingsclere (A) June 28, Star & Crescent (A) July 6,
Copnor (A) July 23, P&D Ladies (Purbrook) July 30,
Alexandra (H) Aug 10, Marlow (A) Aug 17, Northants
(H) Aug 27, Bournemouth (A) Sept 14.
The Home games are played at Alexandra BC.
If you are interested please let Paul Robson
Please support the P&D and help Paul in all his
To view, follow
link from our Home page and they will be in this
1) The P&D Constitution and Competition,
League & Midweek League Rules have been
updated to reflect the changes agreed at the
Sadly, we lost Post Office BC
during the winter. Their members
voted to disband in November.
However, the good news is that
Portchester BC have returned to
the fold. They will be playing
in the West Division of the
And there's more....
Rumours have been heard that
Rowner Bowls Club (see picture
further down this page) have
been approached with a view to
'Twinning' by Hambledon Village
who themselves have recently
twinned with Bruges and Venice.
A brief note to inform you all of
what was agreed at the 2014 P&D AGM.
As you'll see from an earlier posting,
Ken Graham has now taken over the reins
as P&D President (as he was getting
bored no longer being County President
and needed something to keep him busy!!)
Les is now our Senior Vice President and
we were all pleased that John Pearson
from Alexandra agreed to become our
Junior Vice President (obviously his
term in office back in 2011 hadn't put
Paul Robson was formally voted in to
replace Jim Bartlett as our Match
Secretary. Jim will be missed, but we
know that Paul will do an excellent job
in stepping into his shoes - in fact he
has already set up our fixtures for the
After 3 years in the role, John Ralphs
stood down as our Midweek League
Secretary. Ken Graham paid tribute to
all his hard work he performed during
his term of office.
To replace him, Martyn Reynolds of Star
& Crescent stepped forward. So please
all give him your support in his 1st
Changes were also agreed to the P&D
Constitution, Competition, League &
Midweek Rules. The new rules will appear
soon on the website with changes marked.
The following items were also agreed:
1) Capitation Fees were set at
£1.50, 0.75p for Juniors (under 18)
2) P&D Competition forms are now to be
sent to Treasurer with the full entry
pay No play.)
3) To replace the old County Secretary's
Singles (which Bowls Hampshire dropped),
there will now be a P&D Club
Secretary Singles, open to each club's
Secretary or Treasurer, Male or Female.
There is No entry fee for this
a) There is a new form to nominate
players for each P&D Friendly game and
it doesn't have to be a complete rink
that is put forward. This will be
available on the P&D Website for
downloading as well as being sent to all
b) The following Price structure was
Away matches where a Coach is being
used, then costs will be
players and £12 for guests (which
includes after match meal).
For Away matches where travel is by
car, then each passenger should pay
to cover his/her costs. In addition,
there will be a match fee (including
cost of the after game meal).
- For all Home matches, the fee will
be set to cover costs (i.e. match
fee and after game meal).
NOTE: The match and meal costs will
be sent out to each club when player
nominations are asked for.
VIEWS FROM THE HEAD
A new section
in which events and characters will come under scrutiny
from 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 that have been honoured 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 teams, the 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 and we
will eventually 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