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20th April 2019

Go Danny!

Congratulations to Danny Smith of Southsea Waverley who has been selected for the Bowls England Junior International Trials at Leamington Spa on 27 May.

All of the P&D wish him well.

20th April 2019

Loss of a P&D Stalwart

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing away of P&D Life Vice President Brian Ivemey.

Brian was a member of City of Portsmouth BC.

He was the Southsea Open Secretary for a number of years, which he ran in conjunction with another old friend Ivan Robb.

Brain was President of the P&D in 1999, 2003 and 2009 and was our Secretary up until 2012.

His funeral is on May 3rd, 11;15am at Portchester and then afterwards at Portchester FC

A few words from our 2019 President


I would like to thank you all for giving me this opportunity to be your President for the forthcoming year.

I will endeavour to uphold and maintain the very high standard that has been set by previous Presidents and committees, and know I will be very well supported by the elected officers for this coming year.

I am very much looking forward to my year in office, which will include Association friendlies, for which I am hoping for your continued support.

My Charity this year is The Children’s Air Ambulance

Finally I would like to wish you all a very successful season and very much look forward to your support in my year of office.

Paul Kennington

P&D President 2019 - Paul Kennington

RIP Dennis Coles

2018 has not been a good year for P&D Bowlers as we have lost quite a few friends.

The latest is Rowner's Dennis Coles who passed away on the 27th October.

Dennis was a former captain of Rowner and made many friends within the clubs around Portsmouth.

For those of you who would like to pay their respects and final farewell, Dennis' funeral is scheduled for the 28th November at 10am at Porchester Crematorium.

All are welcome and afterwards at Rowner BC.

24th Sept 2018

P&D Men’s Bowls News Report

Along with playing competitive bowls in the P&D Leagues, several clubs run Open Events to raise funds for local charities.

The following are reports on Opens run by Pembroke Gardens & Priory for their chosen charities.

Pembroke Gardens

For 23 years Pembroke Gardens BC have been running two Open tournaments. This year was no exception as they ran their successful Open Fours and Men v Ladies Open Triples Tournaments which are both supported by bowlers from South Hampshire with this year’s proceeds going towards purchasing an automatic defibrillator for the Club.

Both events were blessed with the glorious weather we had this summer.

The 1st tournament, played over 7 ends, was the Open Fours on Saturday June 9th attracted 20 teams who each played 3 matches to determine the Quarter Finalists.

The 4 teams to emerge were from Purbrook Heath, Milton Ladies, Southsea Waverley and Milton Park who went on to play in two well contested Semi-Finals.

 - The 1st Semi saw Tony Wall’s Purbrook Heath team take on Jemima Meaden’s Milton Ladies quartet, with the Purbrook team going through.

 - The 2nd Semi saw Dave Watts Waverley team take on Alec Gall’s Milton quartet, with the Waverley team going through.

2018 Pembroke Charity Fours winners

Fours Winners: Tony Wall, Phil Jelf, Jim Duncan and Mike Frank

Having started their bowling efforts at 9.30 in the morning, 8 tired bowlers took to the green for the final time at 5pm and proceeded to produce a top quality match for the watching spectators.

After another one and half hours of bowls, the Purbrook four of Tony Wall, Phil Jelf, Jim Duncan and Mike Frank got the better of the Waverley quartet of Dave Watts, Martin Wake, Paul Porter and John Peacham.

The winners were presented with their winner’s trophy by Pembroke’s President Carol Reynolds, as well as sharing the winner’s pot of £120.

The 2nd Tournament, played over 5 ends, was the Open Triples on Saturday July 14th which attracted 24 teams who were spilt into two groups of Men & Ladies teams.

Each group was split into two halves and played with each team playing five preliminary rounds to decide the winner of each half.

The Men’s Group Winners were Alan Lewis’ College Park team, who won all of their group games, and Terry Williams’ Gas Social team, who were 1 of 3 teams to win 3 of their group games but had a huge shot difference which did the trick for them.

The Ladies Group Winners were Rose Rogers’ Milton Park team, who got through on shot difference in their group, and Caroline Cuerden’s Lee-on-the-Solent team, who were clear winners of theirs.

In the Semi’s, Caroline Cuerden defeated Rose Rogers, whilst Alan Lewis defeated Terry Williams.

The Final, played over 6ends, started at 5:30pm 8hours after it had all started so tired limbs were again to the fore.

Despite that, the spectators were treated to some top quality bowling from both teams and saw Caroline Cuerden and her team mates, Joan Dawkins and Elaine Bennett, get the better of Alan Lewis, Colin Dixon and Malcolm Rimmer. This was Caroline’s third win in the event.

2018 Pembroke Charity Triples winners

Triples Winners: Caroline Cuerden, Joan Dawkins and Elaine Bennett

The winners were presented with their winner’s trophy by Pembroke’s President Carol Reynolds, as well as sharing the winner’s pot of £90.

A postscript to this is that thanks to all of Pembroke’s fundraising efforts, plus the generosity of one of their members, the target was achieved and the Defibrillator has been purchased and a dozen members have already been trained in how to use it!!


Priory Open

Priory BC has been running their Open Fours tournament since the ‘70’s.

This year the proceeds from the tournament were going to “The Society of St James” who are a Hampshire-based homelessness charity and, thanks to generous sponsorship by SBS Kitchens, over £800 was raised.

After weeks of glorious sunshine, bowlers had to contend with the damp weather they are normally used to playing in.

24 teams of 4 bowlers were split into 2 groups with matches being of an hour’s duration with an hour on and an hour off between each game, with the winners of each group meeting in the Final.

The first section was a one-horse race with the team of Andy Chadwick, Nigel Brown, Steve Smith & John Peacham strolling into the final.

The other section came down to the wire with 3 teams still in contention and it was settled by a fortuitous bowl from Adrian Snook that saw him and his teammates Pat Reid, Clive Carter & Steve Feilder reach the final.

The final was a tight contest and saw the Snook rink go into the final end leading by 2shots. However, the Peacham rink fought back on that end to lie 4up with Steve Feilder left to play the final bowl of the match.

2018 Priory Charity Fours winners

His wood trailed the jack to reduce the shot count to a loss of 1shot, meaning they had won 7-6!!

The winners were presented their trophy by Priory’s President Terry Meaden, as well as sharing the winner’s pot of £160.

18th Sept 2018

2018 P&D Champion Of Champions

The closing tournament of the year is always the P&D Champion Of Champions which is a knock-out event played between the Men’s 4Wood Singles Champions from all the clubs affiliated to the P&D.

This year 23 champions (the best for ages) made their way to Milton Park where the 1st 3 rounds were played.

The closest match of the Prelim Round was between Fareham’s Charlie Bailey and Priory’s Andy Chadwick which Charlie finally won 21-18 after 26 ends.

In the 1st Round, Charlie had another tough match against Lee-on-the-Solent’s Martin Ellis but got through that 21-13, whist the longest match of the round was between Denmead’s Glyn Jones and Cosham Park’s Tony Hall, which finally went Glyn’s way 21-20 after he had had to fight back from being 15-20 down.

In the Quarter Finals, saw Charlie beating Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke 21-17., whilst in the other matches, Pembroke Garden’s Dave Brookes beat Gosport’s Andrew Sherwen 21-19; Milton Park’s Andy McKain beat Forton’s Neil Bunter 21-12; while Portsmouth Water’s Dave Denyer beat Glyn Jones 21-12.

The winners could then go home to have a long soak to prepare for the next day where the P&D Champion of Champions would be crowned at Alexandra Bowls & Social club.

The 1st Semi was between Charlie Bailey & Dave Brookes. It was a tight battle with Charlie’s greater experience meaning that he always found a way to get inside Dave’s woods to win the end. That nagging experience finally got to Dave as 2 bad ends meant that Charlie surged into an 18-1 lead and although Dave did finally win another end, Charlie ran out the victor 21-2.

The 2nd Semi between Andy McKain & Dave Denyer was nip & tuck up to the half-way point, with Andy edging it 9-6. Andy then had two good ends meaning he had extended that lead to 8shots and, despite Dave managing to pick up 2 triples, he held on to take the match 21-14.

The Final itself was another tight affair with Charlie having his nose in front after 13ends 11-9. Charlie then found another gear so that 5ends later he was 19-10 up and wrapped the game up 2ends later.

The win was Charlie’s 5th since 2010 and his 8th since his first in 2004.

Pictured above: Charlie Bailey (left) and Andy McKain

18th Sept 2018

Bowls Hampshire County Final Results

The P&D had five representatives in the 2018 BH Men’s Finals;

On the Finals Weekend itself, we had reps in the 4Wood Singles, Pairs & Triples finals which were all against Boscombe Cliff opponents!!

And it’s congratulations to Waverley’s Marty Wake & Gary Starks who, after a mid-match wobble, won the County Pairs 23-20.

In the others, the Bournemouth club came out on top with Alexandra’s Steve Feilder being beaten 21-10 in his Singles final, whilst the Waverley Triple of Mike Aldren, Ollie Mew & John Biggs lost 12-16 in theirs.

Due to Junior International commitments, the Junior Singles Final between Waverley’s Louis McCubbin & Danny Smith was held later than the rest of the other finals. In a close game, Danny Smith was the winner beating Louis 21-18.

Above: 2018 County Junior Single Champion Danny Smith.

Left: 2018 County Pairs Champs Marty (Big Din) Wake and Gary (Little Din) Starks.

Earlier in the year, Danny and Louis had joined forces to win the Junior Pairs.

The last Men’s County competition played was the 2Wood (or Benevolent) Triples which saw the Portsmouth Water Triple of Barry Shergold, Mick Edney & Brent Riste losing in the final 20-18 to a trio from Cove BC.

In the semi’s the Pompey trio had beaten their Fleming Park opponents 19-13.

18th Sept 2018

The P&D at the National Finals

The P&D were well represented at the National Finals held in Royal Leamington Spa last month.

The best results were achieved by our Junior (Under 25) bowlers, Waverley’s Danny Smith & Louis McCubbin.

- They started the ball rolling as Hampshire’s entry in the Junior Pairs, where they reached the Quarter Finals, having defeated the champions of Durham and Bedfordshire en route. Sadly, they were beaten in the Q/F by Cambridgeshire 11-18.

- In the Junior Singles, Danny again reached the Quarter Finals where he was knocked out by the eventual champion from Norfolk 14 – 21. Louis lost his 2nd round match.

Of our Senior entries, the best result that was achieved was by Waverley’s Mike Aldren, Ollie Mew & Mark Hammond in the Men’s Triples who lost in the 2nd round.

All our other entries lost their 1st round ties:
- Waverley’s Danny Smith, Jon Leggett, Marty Wake & Gary Starks In the Men’s Fours.
- Waverley’s Marty Wake & Gary Starks in the Men’s Pairs.
- Alexandra’s Steve Feilder in the Men’s 4Wood Singles.

18th Sept 2018

BIBC Junior Home Internationals

Waverley’s Louis McCubbin was part of England’s side that played in the British Isles Bowls Council Junior Home Internationals IBC played in Belfast earlier this month.

England finished runners-up to Scotland having lost to them in the deciding match by 8shots.

Louis did have to contend with having to use unfamiliar bowls as his hadn’t arrived with him on the plane journey to Belfast. Not that that seemed to faze him as in his 1st match against Wales his rink (in which he led) ran out the victors by 31shots!!

2018 P&D Competition Finals Report

The P&D Bowls season are drawing to a close and the weekend of 1st & 2nd Of September saw the P&D Competitions reach their final stages, with the Semi-Finals being held at Milton Park and the Finals at Rowner BC.

Organising the weekend was a real headache for the Competition Secretary as 9 bowlers had reached more than 1 Semi-Final, with four in three games and one in four and from those matches, three won through to play in two finals each!!

The Men’s Singles final was between Milton Park’s Mick Molloy & Gosport’s Ken Stanbury.

 - In the Semi’s, Mick had an epic 30end battle against club mate Andy McKain before emerging the winner by 21-19, whilst Ken had a slightly easier victory, beaten Geoff Anderson from Leigh Park 21-13.

 - In the Final, Mick got to terms with the green much better than Ken so that by the 10th end he was 15-5 up. From that point on, Ken finally found his line so that 10ends later he had won the match 21-17.

Pictured right: Ken Stanbury recieving the Singles Champion Trophy from President Ken Graham

The Men’s Over 60’s Singles final was between Geoff Anderson and Alex’s Steve Feilder.

 - In the Semi’s Geoff had defeated Waterlooville’s Derek Holt 21-17, whilst Steve had fought back from 13-18down to defeat Star’s Simon Filippi 21-20 (this was the start of several matches between the 2!!).

 -In the Final, Steve settled the quickest to hold an 11-6 lead by the 10th end. At that point, Geoff found his range and over the next 9ends scored 15shots to run out the victor 21-14.

Pictured left: Geoff Anderson receives the Over 60's Singles Trophy.

The Men’s Pairs final was between was between last year’s winners Steve Feilder, partnered by Paul Lawrence, and Simon Filippi, partnered by Russell Durham, in the last part of their battles against each other.

 - In the Semi’s, Steve had seen off Andy McKain 24-16, whilst Simon had beaten Priory’s Roly Bloy 21-15.

 -  In the Final, the Star duo raced into a 12-2 lead by the 9th end before the Alex pairing fought back to be 16-15 down with 2ends to play.

But Simon & Russell kept their nerve to win those last ends to run out 19-15 victors.

Pictured right: Filippi & Durham receive the P&D Pairs Trophy

The Men’s Triples final saw Simon & Russell return to the green with Geoff Dyer to take on Cowplain’s David Palmer, Bob Docker & Bryan Franklin, with David & Bryan also playing for a 2nd time on the day.

-In the Semi’s, the 3rd part of the Filippi/Feilder trilogy saw the Star trio beating the Alex trio of Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence & Mick Leeson 22-16, whilst the Cowplain trio had beaten Mike Frank’s Purbrook trio 14-9.

- In the Final, the Star triplet quickly came to terms to the rink to lead 13-5 by the 10th end and they kept control of the game to run out 17-11 winners.

Picture left: P&D Triples winners - Filippi, Dyer and Durham

The Men’s Fours final was between Waverley’s Billy McCubbin, Phil Drewball, Ollie Mew and John Biggs and Leigh Park’s John Blandford, Peter Nicklen, Nathan Hanley & Lewis Voysey.

 - In the Semi’s, the Waverley quartet fought back from being 19-6 down to a Priory Four skipped by Adrian Snook to be 24-19 up after 19ends.

However a 4 for the Priory quartet meant a tense final end which was won by the Waverley 4 which meant they had won 25-23.

In the other Semi, the Leigh Park quartet took on 4 from Alex, skipped by Steve Feilder. After 15ends, there was 3shots between the two sides, with Leigh Park holding the upper hand. From that point they scored 10shots over the next 4ends to take the match 21-8.

- In the Final, the score after 9ends was 10-9 in favour of the Waverley quartet. From that point on they took control of the game to run out 25-11 winners.

Pictured right: 2018 Fours winners - Drubble, Mew, McCubbin & Biggs

The Ivan Robb Memorial final was between Waterlooville’s Derek Holt and Cowplain’s Dave Wildman.

- In the Semi’s, Derek had an easy 21-4 victory over Eastney’s Bryan Cherry, whilst Dave had a long battle with club mate David Palmer before winning 21-15.

 - The Final was, without doubt, the best final of the day (well he would say that!) with outstanding bowls played (NOT).

Actually, it was a to and fro battle with score level at 15 all after 21ends.

Derek then picked up 3shots on the next 2ends to go 18-15 before Dave took the next 2 to reduce the score to 18-17 before Derek scored a 3 on the final end to win 21-17.

Pictured left: The Ivan Robb Memorial winner and slayer of P&D League Secretaries Derek Holt clearly jubilant after his momentous victory.

The Mixed Pairs final was between was between Fareham’s Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop against Linda Maple (Fareham) & Andy McKain (Milton Park).

- In the Semi’s, Sue & Dorian beat Bedhampton’s Jo Kingsbury & John Burn 31-9, whilst Linda & Andy had beaten Portchester’s Brenda & Malcolm Webb 18-16.

 - In the Final, Sue & Dorian were out of the traps like a shot and by the 5th end were 17-0 up.

Despite Andy's attempts to bash the Bishop, a 4 on the 6th end simply couldn't slide them back into contention.

Sue & Dorian kept their distance to run out 26-13 victors.

Pictured right: A very happy Dorian and Sue accept the P&D Pairs winners trophy from President Ken Graham

The Mixed Triples final saw Adrian Snook, Tracy & Andrew Hibberd take on Fareham’s Mandy Young, Richard Horler & Cyril Friend.

 - In the Semi’s, the Hibberd trio beat Denmead’s Steve Schofield, Julie & Phil Horn 22-6, whilst the Fareham trio picked up 3shots on the last 2ends to beat Cowplain’s Jane & Bryan Franklin and Daniel Palmer 18-15.

 - In the Final, the Hibberd trio were always in control and ran out 22-10 victors.

Picture left: Tracy and Andrew Hibberd with skip and ex-Middleton Cup Manager Adrian (Snookie) Snook accept the 2018 P&D Mixed Triples Champions Trophy.

The Mixed Fours final was between Cowplain’s David Palmer, Wendy Brown, Jane & Bryan Franklin and the Ward family (Tania, Sue, Jim & Jamie) from Leigh Park.

- In the Semi’s, the Cowplain quartet (with Dan Palmer replacing Bryan Franklin) beat Fareham’s Vic Bennett, Gina Pindar, Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop, last year’s winners, 28-13, whilst the Ward’s beat Stella Parish, Pat Macrae, Mike Elliott & Mick Molloy 17-14.

- In the Final, the Wards were 11-6 up after 10ends which after the 15th end they had extended to a 16-10 lead.

But a 5 on the 17th end moved the momentum to the Cowplain quartet as they moved 17-16 in front which they extended to be 3up with 2ends to play and managed to keep the Ward’s to singles on the last 2ends to run out 19-18 victors.

27th August 2018

2018 Rowland Cup WInners - Leigh Park Bowling Club

Leigh Park Captain Peter Robinson receiving trophy from P&D President Ken Graham


2018 Rowland Cup Final

Leigh Park Spoil Waveley's Treble Attempt

Last Saturday, Leigh Park spoilt (or maybe even spoiled) Waverley's Treble attempt of County Club, P&D Div 1 Champions & Rowland Cup by winning a tense final by 1shot in a game that went down to the Final Bowl of the match.

A full report can be read in the latest Views From The Head

Runners Up - Waverley Captain Graham Guy receiving trophy from President Ken Graham (Left)


13 August 2018

Waverley Strike Again

Congratulations to Southsea Waverley on retaining the County Club Trophy last Sunday.

In the Semi-Final they beat old foes Boscombe Cliff, the West Champions, before accounting for Fleming Park, the South Champions, in the Final.


25th July 2018

To Infinity and Beyond

The County Quarter & Semi Finals played over the last three weeks have seen success for East bowlers who have progressed thru’ to the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa that start in August.

Progressing through by winning their County Semi-Finals are the following:
- Men’s Four Wood Singles – Steve Feilder of Alexandra B&SC.
- Men’s Pairs – Marty Wake & Gary Starks of Southsea Waverley BC.
- Men’s Triples – Mike Aldren, Ollie Mew & Mark Hammond of Southsea Waverley BC.

They will also be contesting the County Finals on September 8th.

Due to the number of entries in the County competitions, Hampshire is also able to send a third entry to the National Finals. Joining the above are a Men’s Four from Waverley, Danny Smith, Jon Leggett, Marty Wake & Gary Starks. In the 3rd place play-off they beat a Milton Park quartet.

We nearly had another entry in the Men’s Two Wood Singles. Unfortunately for Lee-on-the-Solent’s Martin Ellis, having to play a 3rd match in the evening proved too much for him.

9th July 2018

Onwards and Upwards

Following the Area Finals, the following have progressed to the County Finals:

2Wood Singles
- Martin Ellis (Lee-on-the-Solent) beat Jamie Ward (Bedhampton) 18-9;

- Dave Brown (Milton Park) beat Ken Stanbury (Gosport) 15-14 (after an extra end and a tight measure).

4Wood Singles
- Paul Cooke beat Waverley clubmate Mike Aldren 21-16;

- Steve Feilder (Alexandra) beat Rob Moran (Southsea Waverley) 21-11.

- Mike Elliot & Adrian Snook (Priory) beat the reigning champions Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (Alexandra) 21-14.
- Martin Wake & Gary Starks beat Waverley clubmates Mark Howe & Ian Mackenzie 20-18 (a hard fought battle that went down to the last wood)

- Michael Aldren, Ollie Mew & Mark Hammond (Southsea Waverley) beat Andrew Hibberd, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook (Priory) 21-10;

- Danny Smith, Martin Wake & Gary Starks (Southsea Waverley) beat Bob Floyd, Barry Harman & Carl Baggott (Alexandra) 16-7.

- Danny Smith, Jon Leggett, Martin Wake & Gary Starks (Southsea Waverley) beat Trevor Jenkins, John Peacham, Richard Smalley & Martin Eggleton (Priory) 23-7;

- Tony Hurst, Bryan Seymour, Dave Biggs & Andy McKain (Milton Park) beat Ron Adams, Mark Howe, Shaun O'Mara & Ian Mackenzie (Southsea Waverley) 19-11.

2Wood Triples
Last year’s finalist’s Dave Walker, Mick Edney & Brent Riste (Portsmouth Water) went one better as they beat Jason McAllen, Martin Ellis & Phil Sanders (Lee-on-the-Solent) 22-19.

2nd July 2018

More Junior Success

Last Saturday, Waverley’s Dan Smith & Louis McCubbin paired up to win the County Junior Pairs, meaning a 2nd trip to Royal Leamington Spa later this year for the National Championships. They won their Semi-Final 23-7, following up with an 18-9 victory in the Final.

13th June 2018

Ken Sutton RIP - Funeral Arrangements

Following the sad loss of Ken, for those of you who would like to attend I can confirm his funeral is being held on Monday 25th June, 1:45pm at Portchester Crematorium, South Chapel and then afterwards at the Victory IBC.



Junior Success

Congratulations to the Southsea Waverley duo of Danny Smith and Louis McCubbin who won through to the Final of the County Junior (Under 25) Singles last Saturday at Atherley BC, Southampton.

By doing so, both are on their way to the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa in August.

Dan won his Semi 21-10, Louis won his 21-13. They will now meet on September 8th for the County title.

5th June 2018

National News

There was some good news for Waverley bowlers last week:

- Louis McCubbin is a member of the Bowls England Junior International team to play in the BIBC International Series at Belmont, Belfast on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September

- Meanwhile, Matt Marchant is on standby as reserve for the “Ashes” Test Series against Australia being held at Royal Leamington Spa on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 July.

25th May 2018


Harold Sawyer


It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all of the passing away of a great gentleman of bowls - Harold Sawyer - on May 11th aged 94.


His funeral is on Thursday May 31st, 1:15pm at Portchester Crematorium


Harold was a much respected bowler in the P&D. He will be sorely missed. To those of you who didn't know him, here is a précis of his bowling career:


Harold took up the game of bowls when he was 16 when he joined Copnor Bowls Club, his only club, the reason being because he used to watch his Father play from an upstairs window of his home, which overlooked Copnor’s Tangier Road green.


He was a loyal member of Copnor, taking over from his Father as the club's Secretary in 1954, a post he held until his retirement from the game in 1997. In all, the Sawyer’s held the post of Copnor Secretary for 79 years which must be a record!

Harold represented Hampshire in the Middleton Cup on 106 occasions helping the County win the trophy in ’63, ’67 and ’71.


In his first Final, he was in the rink, skipped by J Fairburn, which won 37-6!

He also caught the eye of the England selectors and was picked to play for England in 1974 in the Home International series, played at Edinburgh, against Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

On the County Front, Harold was a member of the Copnor side that won the County Club in 1956 and he also won the Hampshire Secretary Singles on eight occasions between 1956 and 1975.

On the Local scene, he was a member of the Copnor side that won the Rowland Cup in 1967 and again in 1975.

He was also P&D Singles Champion in 1963, 1985 and again in 1990; P&D Champion Of Champions in 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1977 and was also a member of the Copnor team that won the P&D Triples in 1976.



A few words from our 2018 President


I want to thank you all for again giving me the great honour of being your President for the forthcoming season.

I follow a very strong team of Past Presidents and will promise to maintain the high standard set by my predecessors. To support me in this, I am, once again, able to call upon an exceptional Presidential Team, together with our Association Officers.

I look forward to the year ahead with eagerness and anticipation and hope that this summer’s weather will enable us to enjoy this year’s Association matches.

My charity this year is the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very successful season and look forward to your support during my year of office.

Ken Graham

Hampshire Strikes Again - by Dave Wildman

You know that old saying "You wait ages for a bus and then 2 turn up at the same time"?

Well, the same can be said about Hampshire providing a President for the National Bowls Association.

Whilst Hampshire has supplied six Presidents for either the English Bowling Association or the English Women Bowling Association (three of each), the last time was in 2004, before Unification.


Now, following Hazel Markes' election as Bowls England Junior Vice President earlier this year, I am pleased to let you all know that Alexandra's Paul Robson was elected as the new Junior Vice President on 13th November and will be taking up the post in 2018.


This means that Hampshire will be providing the BE Presidents in 2019 & 2020.

Paul beat off the challengers from Suffolk and Warwickshire in the vote from all the 35 Counties that make up Bowls England.

Upon hearing the news, Paul said "I am absolutely delighted to have been informed that I will become Junior Vice President in February 2018. I would like to thanks Bowls Hampshire in particular for their support over the years and thoroughly look forward to my time as part of the Bowls England Presidential Team.”


Paul is the second Men's President from the area, following on from Southsea Waverley's John Mill who was EBA President in 1969.


Having served in the Royal Navy for 33 years, Paul is a "relative" newcomer to the glorious game. Up until 2004, snooker was his game and he joined Alexandra in that year to continue chalking his tip.

However, having seen these strange men running up the grass after much bigger balls then he was then used to, he decided to try his hand at our glorious game and was hooked.

Since starting the game, Paul has been President of the Portsmouth MBA and then became Bowls Hampshire President in 2015.

He has also served as the P&D's Match Secretary.

Currently, whilst not charging around the countryside playing in Bowls England friendlies, he finds time to be on BH’s Disputes Committee, is one of the East Area’s Selection Committee as well as being Assistant Secretary at the Alex (phew now you know what retirement means to old bowlers!!)


All at the P&D wish him well in his new post.


16th January 2018

Sad News

I have to inform you all the sad news that Jim Bartlett passed away on January 5th after a long illness.

Many of you will remember Jim and the long service he gave to the P&D until he stood down in 2013.

He became an officer of the P&D in the late 1980's when he took on the post of Assistant Secretary.


Then, in 1992, he took on the post of Match Secretary at a turbulent time in the P&D's history. Dave Wildman (P&D's President that year) was extremely grateful to Jim for stepping into the breach.


Obviously, Jim enjoyed the post so much he carried on until his declining health forced him after his final year in office in 2013.

Jim was highly appreciated by all bowlers in the P&D, so much so that they elected him into the Presidential Chair in 2004.

Then, for all his excellent services to the P&D, he was made a Life Vice President in 2009.

Jim was a long serving member of Naismith BC, indeed he was probably one of it's founder members in 1963. He served as the club's secretary fro 1971 until stepping down in 2012


Jim's funeral is at 4pm on January 31st at“The Oaks Havant Crematorium” Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA.


If you want to remember Jim then please make a donation to the “Friends of Harry Sotnick” c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 157 Fratton Road, Portsmouth.


Jim will be sadly missed by his ex-colleagues from Naismith and all the veteran P&D Members.

13th October 2017

Up the P&D!
After their efforts at the National Finals, our bowlers returned to play in their respective County Finals.

A magnificent performance by all saw P&D bowlers becoming County Champions in five disciplines.

Men's Junior County Pairs

The Alexandra pairing of Harry Hutchings and Danny Smith started the ball rolling when they became the first Bowls Hampshire Men’s Junior Pairs winners. (Right)

As Counties could only send 1 representative to the National Finals, this competition was played to a final on July 1st. In that game, the Alex lads took on Rowner’s Bradley Godden & Matt Sweetenham and won convincingly 24-6.

When the other finals began, we knew we were guaranteed two more Champions as the 4Wood Singles and Pairs were between P&D bowlers.


County Singles

Our 2nd champion was in the 4Wood Singles, where Fareham’s Charlie Bailey (pictured below) made up for his Leamington disappointments by beating Rowner’s Graeme Coles 21-15.

County Pairs

This was then followed up by Alexandra’s Steve Feilder & Paul Lawrence who beat Waverley’s John Biggs & Louis McCubbin 21-18 in the Pairs. (pictured below)



County Triples

Finally, in a game that had to be abandoned at the first time of asking, Priory’s Peter Alcock, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook edged through to win the Triples 17-16 (pictured above)


County 2 Wood Singles

Waverley’s Mike Aldren then added to the haul by winning the 2Wood Singles 21-8. (pictured above)


Junior County Singles

We did have one other finalist - Waverley’s Louis McCubbin in the Junior Singles.


Agonisingly, he mirrored his National Finals experience by again losing 20-21.

21st September 2017


The P&D at the Bowls England National Championship Finals


2017 was an eventful year for P&D bowlers, as a fair few reached this year’s Bowls England National Finals, held at Royal Leamington Spa.


The closest we had to getting a Finalist was in the Mixed Pairs, where Carla Woolvin & Marty Wake (sporting his good side below) unfortunately lost by 2 shots in the Semi-Final, having dispatched opposition from Middlesex and Somerset.



Three others did make it to the last 16 of their Competition:


- In the Men’s 4Wood Singles, Rowner’s Graeme Coles lost 12-21, having beaten opponents from Leicestershire & Surrey.

- In the Men’s Pairs, Waverley’s John Biggs & Louis McCubbin (pictured below) lost 16-26, having previously won their 1st & 2nd Round matches by the same score – 21-20!!



- In the new Junior (Under 25) Pairs, Alexandra’s Harry Hutchings & Danny Smith (pictured below) started off with an excellent extra end victory over a fancied pairing from Devon. They were then unfortunate to lose their last 16 match on the final end by 1shot.



Only one other bowler made it through the 1st round and that was Waverley’s Mike Aldren, who lost 11-14 in the 2nd round of the Men’s 2Wood Singles.

This is how our other representatives got on:


- In the Junior Singles, Waverley’s Louis McCubbin agonisingly lost 20-21 in his 1st round game.

- In the 4Wood Singles, Fareham’s Charlie Bailey, our other representative in this championship, fell in the 1st round.


- In the Pairs, Alexandra’s Steve Feilder & Paul Lawrence (pictured below),our other representative in this championship, agonisingly lost 17-18 in their 1st round match.



- In the Triples, Priory’s Peter Alcock, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook lost in the Preliminary round, whilst Emsworth’s Merv Netley, Colin Clark & Allan Leppard lost their only game in the 1st round.


- Charlie Bailey’s experiences at Leamington were brief as he also lost in the 1st Round of the Champion Of Champions.


P&D 2017 Champion Of Champions

The P&D outdoor season wound up with the traditional Champion Of Champions competition where the Men’s Singles champions from the clubs that make up the P&D compete to see who is best.

Once again, Milton Park hosted the early rounds with the Semi’s and Final being played at Southsea Waverley.

On the Saturday, 16 Club Champions turned up for the draw and battle commenced at 9am.


In the 1st round, the closest match was between College Park’s Roy Lowless and Leigh Park’s John Blandford. In a tough match, Roy finally edged it 21-20.


The Quarter Finals saw three tense matches, with Star’s Simon Filippi beating Roy Lowless 21-19, Naismith’s Mick Chandler overcoming Vospers’ Dave Harding by the same score and Waverley’s Mike Aldren getting thru’ 21-16 against Purbrook’s Tony Wall. Denmead’s Glyn Jones had an easier time of it over Cosham’s Tony Hall.


Sunday’s Semi’s saw Simon Filippi take on Mick Chandler, whilst Mike Aldren met Glyn Jones.

The 1st match was tied at 8all after 8ends, at which point Simon took over as Mick lost his line to move ahead into a 17-8 lead by the end of the 15th end. The match ended 3ends later, Simon winning 21-10.


In the 2nd match, Mike found his line better than Glyn to move 11-2 up after 9ends. Glyn then fought back to reduce Mike’s lead to 3shots by the 14th end but then dropped a 4 to hand the initiative back to Mike who went onto win 21-12.


The final, played on a tricky rink, was nip and tuck until the 13th end, where Mike picked up a 4 to move 11-9 ahead. Two 3’s then had him 18-12 up after 18 but Simon fought back to bring the score back to 17-18. The pair then shared 2’s on the next 2 ends, with game ending on a lose end with Mike getting the single he needed to become the 2017 P&D Champion Of Champions. Click here to see full draw



P&D President Martyn Reynolds with Champion of champion Finalists - Mike Adren (left) and Simon Filippi



P&D 2017 Competitions

The Semi-Finals & Finals of the P&D Competitions were held over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd of September, with Milton Park hosting the Semi’s and Leigh Park BC hosting the Finals.


Mixed weather met the competitors, with Saturday’s Semi’s bathed in sunshine, whilst the Finalists at Leigh Park had to contend with rainfall that varied from light to heavy downfalls.


The Semi’s was a busy time for several bowlers, with Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke and Carl Baggott in 3 & 2 matches respectively, Rowner’s Mary & Phil Pinder in 2 Mixed Semis and Portsmouth Water’s Brent Riste also in 2 Men’s Semis.

Unfortunately for Brent, that was as far as he got as he lost his Over 60’s Singles and Pairs, but for the others it was a successful day as they all got through to their respective finals.


So, onto the Sunday at Leigh Park, where the finalists were not treated kindly by the weather at all as, soon after the start, it began raining, a slight drizzle at first which got heavier as the day progressed although not heavy enough to halt play.


So for those who had reached multiple finals it would be a case of having enough towels and dry clothing to change into.


In the Men’s Singles, Alex’s Jamie Cooke was attempting to set a record by being the 1st bowler to complete a hat-trick of winning performances, having won it in 2015 & 16. He was up against Portchester’s David Hill who had finished Runner-Up in the 2016 Over 60’s competition.


Jamie made a strong start and went 9nil up after 4ends, whereupon Dave found his range to bring it back to 9-6 after 8ends. From that point, Jamie took command to run out the victor 21-9.


Record setting Jamie Cooke receives the 2017 P&D Singles Trophy from JVP Paul Kennington

The Men’s Over 60’s Singles final saw Lee-On-Solent’s Martin Ellis take on Fareham’s Cyril Friend.


This was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout, with never more than 2shots between the two of them. The match ended on the 23rd end as the weather finally got to Cyril as he dropped a 3 meaning that Martin was the new holder of the “George Leason Memorial Trophy” 21-16.


Paul Kennington presents Martin Ellis with the 2017 P&D Over 60's Singles Trophy

The Ivan Robb Memorial Singles final was between Gosport’s Ken Stanbury (the very 1st winner of the trophy) and College Park’s Roy Lowless.


Ken raced out into an early 9-2 after 8ends, at which point Roy fought back to tie the scores by the 14th end. Shots were shared over the 6ends so that by the 20th end, Ken was up 13-12. He then scored 6shots on the next 3ends to be on the brink of victory only for Roy to peg him back on the next 2ends.


Finally, on the 26th end of the match, Ken picked up the 2 he needed with the very last wood of the match to win 21-15.


Ivan Robb Memorial Singles Winner 2017 - Ken Stanbury

Earlier in the day, Jamie Cooke had played his 1st final in the Men’s Fours, where the Alexandra quartet of Mick Leeson, Neil Scutt, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott took on Waverley’s Ron Adams, David Ellis, Iain Mackenzie & Shaun O'Mara.


This was another close match at the start so that, after 8ends, they were tied at 8all, which became 15-14 to the men from Alex. At that point, Alex turned the screw and picked up 9shots on the next 4ends to take a 24-14 lead and a 3 on the 20th end meant they had an unassailable lead of 12shots with only 1end to play, so won the match 27-15.


2017 Mens Fours Winners - Cooke, Scutt, Baggott & Leeson

Whilst that match was going on, there was another extremely close affair going on in the Men’s Triples between Cowplain’s David Plowright, David Luffman & George Abraham against Lee-On-Solent’s Alec Deller, Terry Strutt & Brian Underwood.


The 1st 4ends saw both triples picking up a five but, from then on, the maximum that was scored in any one end was 2shots so that, by the 18th end, Cowplain were leading 16-15.

A single for the Lee-On-Solent team meant that an extra end was required, on which the Cowplain trio scored the all-important shot after another closely contested end.

2017 P&D Triples Champions - Luffman, Abraham & Plowright


At the end of the day, Jamie Cooke was on the green again with partner Carl Baggott to take on Alex clubmates Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder in the Men’s Pairs.


Paul & Steve surged into an 8-0 lead after 5ends and over the next 7ends limited their opponents to single shots so that by the 12th end they were 10-4 in front. A run of 8shots on the next 4ends meant they were now 18-4up and although they then dropped a 2, a 3 on the 18th end lead to a shaking of hands meaning that Paul & Steve had done the rare double of being County and P&D Pairs winners in the same year.


Paul Lawrence and Steve Fielder - 2017 P&D Pairs Champions

The Mixed Finals proved how resilient bowlers are as Rowner’s Mary & Phil Pinder were in two finals, the Mixed Pairs & Triples.


In the Mixed Pairs, Mary & Phil took on Bedhampton’s Jo Kingsbury & John Burn and raced into a 12-3 lead by the 8th end, which they extended to be 19-9 up by the 15th. Jo & John then fought back so that after the 20th end had been completed they were only 1shot down – 20-21.

A tense final end saw the Pinder’s gain a single to win 22-20.


Mary and Phil Pinder - 2017 P&D Mixed Pairs Champions


After a break, the Pinders were back on the green again for the Mixed Triples, with John Bailey for support to take on Cowplain’s Jane Franklin, Daniel Palmer & Pam Lambshead.


By the 9th end, the Cowplain trio had edged in front 8-6, a lead which they extended on the next 2ends to be 13-6 up. However, a 6 on the next end for the Rowner trio completely changed the complexion of the match so that going into the last end they were 20-15 up.


Needing to trail the jack with her last wood to tie the match, Pam Lambshead couldn’t get it past the Rowner policeman, so could only manage a two, leave the Rowner trio winners 20-17.


John Bailey, Mary Pinder & Phil Pinder - 2017 P&D Mixed Triples Champions

The first winners of the day came in the Mixed Fours, where the Fareham quartet of Vic Bennett, Gina Pindar, Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop took on Lee-On-Solent’s Val & Jeff Passmore, Jenny Calder & David Heather.

The Fareham quartet settled first into the early conditions and raced into a 13-0 lead after 5ends, a lead they never relinquished, keeping their opponents to single shots on the ends they lost so that, by the 17th end they were leading 23-4, at which point their opponents conceded.


Vic Bennett, Gina Pindar, Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop - 2017 P&D Mixed Fours Champions




30th August 2017


Bowls England Youth Development Test Team


Congratulations to Waverley’s Louis McCubbin who has, once again, been named as part of England’s Under 18 squad for the third Test Series against Wales, being held at Clevedon BC over the weekend of 16th/17th September.


Marchant Wow's the Selectors

Having had to endure performing well in trials for England's Senior Team, Waverley's Matt Marchant has been rewarded for his performances in the last 2 Home International Series by being preselected for the England’s Senior 2018 International Team for the International Series which will be held next year at Royal Leamington Spa, on 30th June and 1st July.

2017 P&D President's Day

Martyn Reynolds President's Day was well supported by bowlers from the P&D Clubs, as the attached photograph attests to.

Martyn thanks all who turned up to help him celebrate his day.


23rd August 2017


Rowland Hospital Cup Final 2017


Carpet Baggers take Cup Home

The final of the Rowland Cup was held last Sunday between Priory, who last won the trophy in 1950, and Cowplain, who were making their 1st appearance in the Final, at Alexandra BC.

Priory probably had high hopes of winning as they had already beaten Cowplain three times in the season whilst Cowplain had just finished bottom of Div. 1.


After 5ends, Cowplain were 5up across the boards. Then, on the next 5ends, Cowplain’s Graham King rink scored 14shots, which meant that Cowplain now lead by 23shots overall with only Nigel Mundy’s rink giving Priory some hope as he lead by 6.


However, any hopes Priory had of making a comeback were quashed over the next 7ends as Dave Wildman’s rink picked up 18shots so that by, the start of the 18th end, Cowplain’s lead had extended to 38shots.


All of which meant that all that the Cowplain rinks had to do was ensure they didn’t drop any big scores, which they did perfectly well, topped by Bryan Franklin executing a perfect take out with the last wood of his game against Leamington bound Adrian Snook to pick up a 6 meaning that the final match score was 103-65.


After the completion of the match, P&D President Martyn Reynolds presented the Rowland Runners-Up trophy to Priory’s Captain Richard Smalley and then the “Sir John Rowland” Winners Trophy to Bryan Franklin, the proud Cowplain Captain.



9th August 2017

Waverley go 10 Rounds 10 Ends before Boscombe Cliff concede championship

Southsea Waverley retain the County Club Championship title after a troubled encounter with the formidable Boscombe Cliff at the Atherley Bowls Club on Sunday 6th August.


Reports suggest that Boscombe Cliff players were guilty of 'calling' opponents bowls through the head. For those of you unaware of the etiquette, this un-gentlemanly practice includes vocally willing your opponent's bowl to miss, run though or get a result unfavourable to the team who bowled it. This behaviour is frowned upon as gamesmanship.


Having engaged in this objectionable behaviour, certain Boscombe players were chastised and an argument ensued. This quickly turned nasty and a Waverley player was attacked. Following a head-butt the Waverley player fell to the ground and in doing so a broken finger was suffered. Apparently, the Boscombe player continued to hit out as fellow players restrained him.


Although substitutions were discussed the match was conceded at this point by Boscombe Cliff, leaving Southsea Waverley the winners - the 2016 winners thereby retaining their crown.


Etiquette forms a major part of the game of Bowls. It is sad to see in recent years lesser players with limited experience and questionable competence engaging in behaviour intended merely to intimidate opponents.  There is an old saying... 'Let your Bowls do the talking'.


Sad as it is to see a match degenerate into a brawl, let this be an object lesson in how not to behave. Show respect for your opponent and remember, rules and etiquette have developed over the millennia to help make the great sport that is Bowls.

Report: 5th August 2017

Pembroke Gardens Bowls Club Open


Pembroke Open Fours Finalists 2017


Pembroke Garden Bowls Club. 2017 Open Fours Finalists

(l to r) Fred Hayter, Darren Brown, Dave Heather, Danny Smith, John Peacham, Martin Wake, Rob Dawkins and Joan Dawkins


Pembroke Open Fours Winners 2017: Darren Brown, Danny Smith, John Peacham and Martin Wake


Pembroke Open Triples Finalists 2017


Pembroke Garden Bowls Club. 2017 Open Triples Finalists


(l to r) Trevor Watkins (Tournament Secretary), Mal Jones, Margaret Hutchinson, Margaret Stothard, Roy Toovey, Shirley Paton, Alan Davey and Carol Reynolds (Pembroke Gardens BC President)


Pembroke Open Triples Winners 2017: Margaret Stothard, Margaret Hutchinson and Shirley Paton


Pembroke Gardens BC Charity Fund Raising


For over 20 years, Pembroke Gardens BC has been raising funds for local charities via a number of functions including running two Open Bowls Tournaments.


This year was no exception with their chosen charity being the Queen Alexandra Hospital Rocky Appeal for their “Robotic Surgery Project” and their two Opens were well supported by local bowlers as well as friends from Petersfield and Rogate.


The 1st Open held was their Open Fours Tournament which took place on Saturday 10th June.


The tournament consisted of three preliminary rounds of 7 ends to decide the 8 teams that went forward into the Quarter Finals. The winners of those games then provided two exciting Semi-Finals, one of which needed an extra end to decide who went through to the Final.


The final itself was between John Peacham’s Quartet of himself, Martin Wake, Danny Smith & Darren Brown against a Lee-On-Solent team of Dave Heather, Fred Hayter and Rob & Joan Dawkins.


The nine end final proved to be another quality game, much appreciated by all those who watched, with the Peachem rink running out the eventual winners.


They were rewarded for all their efforts over the day with the Tournament Trophy and a cheque for £120.


The 2nd Open was the “Ladies v Gentlemen” Triples Bowls Tournament, which took place on Saturday 8th July. As is suggested by the name, this event is divided into two sections consisting of triples made up entirely of Ladies and Men, with the eventual winners of each section meeting in the Grand Final.


In the Ladies Group, the Rose Rogers’ team (defending champions) met a Petersfield trio led by Margaret Hutchinson in the Section Final. However, Rose’s team couldn’t manage a repeat as the Petersfield girls ran out the winners.


The Men’s Group Section Final was between two Alexandra teams with Malcolm Jones’s trio meeting Ian Rixon’s triplets, with Malcolm’s team coming out on top.


So, after having already played 35 ends of bowls, the Grand Final was between Margaret Stothard, Margaret Hutchinson & Shirley Paton and Malcolm Jones, Roy Toovey & Alan Davey.


As beaten finalist in last year’s event, Malcolm Jones was hoping for a better result. Sadly, it was not to be as the Ladies ran out the victors by 7 shots to 4 in an excellent final watched by many of the bowlers who had taken part during the day.


The winners took home the Tournament Trophy together with a cheque for £90.



3rd July 2017


Rules Clarifications


Recently I have had some queries about dress code for P&D games and also Smoking on the green.


So, can I please ask you to ensure all your bowlers are aware of the following which applies to ALL games played under the P&D jurisdiction.


1) Smoking on the Green.


Only 3 clubs in the P&D allow smoking on the green – Alexandra, Waverley & Star.

So, if visiting any other club, please follow their ruling re smoking – which can be found on their club's entry on the P&D Website.


In short, you CANNOT smoke on any green, other than the 3 mentioned above, and this ALSO includes e-cigarettes (vaps is another term i believe).


A lot of clubs have designated smoking areas, so PLEASE accede to the Host club's regulations.


2) Dress Code


In all P&D matches, players MUST wear (as stipulated in League Rule 12b)


- White or Club Shirts

- Grey or White Trousers

- Heelless Bowls Shoes


NOTE Also that SHORTS may NOT be worn for any P&D game.


3) Coloured Bowls Shoes


It appears that manufacturers are now producing Bowls Shoes in colours other than White, Grey or Brown.


Unfortunately, under the Laws of Bowls (have a look at the inside back cover) the only colour of bowl shoes that can be worn are White, Grey or Brown.


As we play to the Laws Of Bowls then these are the only type of bowls shoes that can be worn.


I have just spoken with Bowls England who have told me they are looking into this matter with the possibility that this ruling will be changed for next year.




2017 P&D Championship Semi-Final Play-offs

Milton Park on Saturday 2nd September

Congratulations to all who have reached the Semi-Finals of this year's P&D Competitions.

The Semi's are being held at Milton Park this Saturday, 2nd September.

Dress Code is Club Shirt and White Trousers/Dress

Competitors are asked to be at Milton Park at least 15minutes before their games start time.

Also, for those of you in the various Single matches, it would be much appreciated if the 1st Name in the match could bring his own Marker.

The Finals are being held at Leigh Park BC on Sunday 3rd September.


Where possible, Derek Morgan will try and give you the start time of your Final on Saturday, but bear with him as there are a few competitors in multiple competitions. If he is unable to provide the start time whilst you are there Saturday, please give him a contact phone number so he can ring you later on Saturday Evening.


Finals to be played at Leigh Park BC on Sunday 3rd September


2nd August 2017

County Competitions


The last few weeks have seen bowlers from across Hampshire bowlers competing in the Semi-Finals of the County Competitions, with the winners being guaranteed places at the National Finals in August at Royal Leamington Spa.


It turned out to be a good couple of weeks for P&D bowlers as seven teams found success.

- The 4Wood Singles saw Fareham’s Charlie Bailey and Rowner’s Graeme Coles win their Semi’s.


- The Pairs saw the combo’s of Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (Alexandra) and Louis McCubbin & John Biggs (Waverley) winning through. Whilst it was fairly comfortable for the Waverley pairing, the Alex duo had a tougher time, winning by a single shot in their Qtr-Final whilst needing an extra-end to win their Semi. In fact, they had to pick up a 5 on the last end to get that far and almost scored a dramatic 6!!


- In the Triples, the trio of Peter Alcock, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook from Priory won their Semi to get through by right.


However, this competition was one where Hants could send a 3rd team. In the play-off


between the losing Semi-Finalist, the surprise package from Emsworth of Merv Netley, Colin Clark & Allan Leppard got through after winning on an extra end!!


- In the 2Wood Singles, Waverley’s Mike (Buzz) Aldren has also won through.


They are all joined at Leamington by three of our Junior (Under 25) bowlers who qualified earlier in the month. It’s going to be a busy time for Louis McCubbin as he has also got through in the Junior Singles. Also though are Alexandra’s Harry Hutchings & Danny Smith in the inaugural Junior Pairs.


There Men will be joined at Leamington by the following P&D Women bowers.


- The Milton Ladies Quartet of Carla Woolvin, Pat Macrae, Julie Greenwood & Mandy Orchard won through by right in the Fours.


- Meanwhile Pam Lamshead from Cowplain is also at Leamington as Hants 3rd entrance in


the Singles and Pairs, where she is with Jane Franklin.


National Competitons


Charlie Bailey will be busy at Leamington as he has got through in the Champion Of Champions.


Carla Woolvin will also be having a busy time at Leamington as she, with partner Marty Wake, has got through in the Mixed Pairs for the 2nd time in four years.


Meanwhile, Priory & Waverley are both one match away from Leamington in the Top Club and Two Fours Competitions respectively having reached the Regional Final of each.


Unfortunately, the family pairing of Dave & John Biggs fell at the final hurdle before Leamington in the Family Pairs.



24th July 2017


National Competions


Alongside the P&D Leagues, bowlers have been striving to reach the National Finals at Leamington Spa in a number of National Competitions.


On the Club front:

- Southsea Waverley have reached the Regional Final of the National Club Two Rink competition after beating Eastleigh Rail.

- Priory have reached the Area Final of the National Top Club after their away win at Cove BC.

- Unfortunately, Cowplain lost in the Area Final of National Mixed Club (aka Tony Allcock Trophy) being beaten by Cove BC.


On the Individual front


The following have reached the Area Finals in these National Competitions:

- Men’s Champion Of Champions – Charlie Bailey
- Mixed Pairs – Carla Woolvin & Marty Wake
- Family Pairs – Dave & John Biggs

Rowland Hospital Cup


The finalists in this year’s Rowland Hospital Cup have been decided after last Sunday’s Semi-Finals at Milton Park.

- The 1st Semi was between Alexandra ‘B’ & Priory. After 10ends, Priory were 3shots up which they extended to an 8shot lead after 15ends. The next 3ends saw Alexandra reduce the lead to 3 but, at that point, the Priory rink skipped by Mickey Jinman powered ahead to win by 17shots, helping Priory to win the game by 12shots overall.

- The 2nd Semi was between 2 carpet clubs, Cowplain ‘A’ & Bedhampton. After 10ends, Cowplain led by 13shots. From that point, led by Graham King’s rink, they took control of the match from that point on to close out the match by 26shots, with the King rink winning by 18shots.


The Final is on Sunday 20th August at Alexandra BC, 9:30am start.



July 2017


County Competitions East Area Finalists 2017


The East Area Finals have been completed, and the following are now through to the County Quarter Finals

4Wood Singles

Graeme Coles (Rowner) beat David Palmer (Cowplain) 21-6
Charlie Bailey (Fareham) beat Michael Aldren (Southsea Waverley) 21-10


2Wood Singles

Michael Aldren (Southsea Waverley) beat Jamie Ward (Bedhampton) 16-13
Andrew Hibberd (Priory) beat David Plowright (Cowplain) 13-10

Louis McCubbin & John Biggs (Southsea Waverley) beat Terry Puttrell & Karl Stanley (Gosport) 22-11

Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (Alexandra) beat Michael Aldren & Matthew Marchant (Southsea Waverley) 19-15


Merv Netley, Colin Clark & Allan Leppard (Emsworth) beat Marty Wake, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (Alexandra) 17-16

Peter Alcock, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook (Priory) beat Martin Ellis, Pete Gentry & Phil Sanders (Lee-On-Solent) 20-9


Danny Smith, Paul Lawrence, Marty Wake & Steve Feilder (Alexandra) beat David Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Peter Crowley & Bryan Franklin (Cowplain) 23-13

Phil Pinder, John Bailey, Barry Stafford & Graeme Coles (Rowner) beat Rob Moran, Tony Ingram, Phil Drewball & Ollie Mew (Southsea Waverley) 27-8

2Wood Triples
Dave Biggs, Dave Brown & Andy McKain (Milton Park) beat Dave Walker, Mick Edney & Brent Riste (Portsmouth Water) 33-5


14th June 2017


Congratulations to Waverley’s Louis McCubbin who has a double dose of good news.

- First of all, following the England Junior Trials, Louis was selected for England’s Junior Men’s team for British Isles Championships at Llandrindod Wells BC, Wales on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017.

- Then, last Sunday, he won through as one of Hampshire's representatives in the National Junior Singles Championship.

All the officers of the P&D wish him well.


22nd May 2017


Call Up Papers Received


Congratulations to the following P&D bowlers who have received their call-up papers for Hampshire’s Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy (National 2rinker) teams:


Middleton Cup

In the team for the 1st Middleton Cup game against the Isle Of Wight on June 3rd are:

- Danny Smith, Paul Lawrence (Alexandra)
- Alex & Matt Marchant, Paul Cook, Mike Aldren, Jon Leggett, John Biggs, Louis McCubbin (Waverley)
- Charlie Bailey (Fareham)


Whilst Priory’s Steve Smith has made the substitutes bench

Balcomb Trophy

In the team to play against Oxfordshire on Sunday May 28th are:

- Mike Aldren, Jon Leggett & John Biggs (Waverley)


22nd May 2017

County News - White Rose Update


Hampshire made an excellent start to their White Rose (Under 25) campaign, with a 9shot home win over Sussex.

In the BH team were Waverley’s Louis McCubbin and Alex’s Danny Smith & Harry Hutchins, whilst Cowplain’s Dan Palmer & Rowner’s Bradle Godden were reserves.


That win meant that they should have played the Isle of Wight on May 28th, but have now heard that as the IOW cannot raise a team, they have conceded the match, which means the Juniors are now thru’ to the Regional Finals at Sutton BC on Sunday 18 June.


31st March 2017

Junior International Trialist

Congratulations to Waverley's Louis McCubbin who has been invited to attend the Men's Junior International Trial at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on Monday 29th May 2017.

2nd May 2017

P&D Bowlers go on Trial

Congratulations to the following P&D bowlers have been invited to attend trials for Hampshire’s Middleton Cup and White Rose (Under 25) teams.

The players concerned are:

White Rose Triallists
- Louis McCubbin (Waverley)
- Danny Smith & Harry Hutchings (Alexandra)
- Daniel Palmer (Cowplain)
- Bradley Godden (Rowner)
- Callum White (Waterlooville)

Middleton Cup Triallists
- Charlie Bailey (Fareham)
- Alex & Matthew Marchant, John Biggs, Jon Leggett, Louis McCubbin, Mark Griffiths, Mike Aldrin & Paul Cook (Southsea Waverley)
- Carl Baggott, Danny Smith, Jamie Cooke, Martin Wake, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (Alexandra)
- Andy McKain (Milton Park)
- Steve Smith (Priory)

Monday 13th March 2017


A grand gathering


The number of people gathered at Porchester Crematorium to say their goodbyes to departed friend Trev was a true indicator of how well everybody loved and respected this memorable character and ambassador for bowls.


Trevor seemed to have been playing bowls forever and in that time had achieved many honours within the game, mentored many players who would go on to greater things and become friend to countless others. He shall be greatly missed.


Feb 2017


With Sadness


Gentlemen, it is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Trevor Moore, one of the great characters of P&D Bowling.


Trevor's bowling career began at Milton Park BC, playing alongside his father. He then moved to Alexandra B&SC, before finally joining Priory.


Trevor played eight times for Hampshire's Middleton Cup team, last appearing in 1986.


Among Trevor's honours were:

  • 1983 P&D Champion of Champions

  • 1974 P&D Singles Champions

  • 1986 P&D Pairs Winner

  • 1990 P&D Triples Winner

  • 1975 & 1987 P&D Fours Winner

Trevor will be missed by all.


We are now informed that Trevor's funeral will be at Porchester Crematorium on Monday 13th March at 12:30.

Trevor Moore


A few words from our 2017 President


I would like to thank you all for giving me the privilege of becoming your President for 2017. I follow a very strong team of Past Presidents and hope that I can maintain the high standard set by my predecessors.

I’m sure that with the support of the Committee I will be able to.

I look forward to all of the P&D Clubs supporting the P&D Friendlies that have been booked for my year of office and hope to see as many of you as possible playing in them during the season.

My charity is “The Da Vinci Robot” that is at the Q.A Hospital.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very successful season and look forward to your support during my year of office.

Martyn Reynolds


Pompey Bowlers Take up office

Congratulations to the following P&D Bowlers who have taken up the following positions:

Hazel will become England’s President in 2019.

Everyone in the P&D Bowling fraternity wishes Hazel well.




Bowls Hampshire’s Men’s President 2017

 Forton’s Ian Mulholland


Middleton Cup Manager

Gosport’s Derek Collins

(3 year term of office)



Bowls England’s Junior Vice President for 2017 - Hazel Marke


27th Sept 2016


Louis' Triumphant Travels


The middle of September was a busy time for Southsea Waverley’s Louis McCubbin as he travelled the length and breadth of Britain playing for Bowls England’s Junior International Teams.

The weekend of 10th/11th September saw him in Scotland as part of England’s Men’s Under 25 team who were playing in the British Isles Bowls Council Junior International Series, held at the Moray Bowls Club. This competition feature teams representing England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland.


In last year’s competition, which saw Louis getting his 1st cap, England lost out to Wales on shot difference, so they were hoping to make up for it this year.


In their 1st match on Saturday morning, England defeated Scotland by 5shots, with the rink Louis was playing Lead in going down to a 12shot defeat.


His rink turned that around in the 2nd game in the afternoon against holders Wales, recording a 2shot win. However, the match result was decided on the final end, with England going into it trailing by 4shots overall. With the skips to bowl, England held two shots and England’s skip held his nerve to calmly draw two more shots which secured a well-deserved draw.


All that meant that England could secure the title with victory against Ireland in their final match which they did in emphatic style with a 40 shot victory, with Louis’ rink recording a 14shot win.


England’s victory meant they have now won the series three times in the last four years.


But that was not the end of Louis travels, as on the weekend of 17th/18th September he was in Wales playing for England’s Under 18 Mixed Team which took on Wales’ Under 18’s in the second Under 18 Test Series between the two countries at the Barry Athletic Bowls Club.


The Test Series consisted of a mix of Boys, Girls & Mixed matches, with points being awarded for each match won & drawn. Louis played in three of the games.


On Saturday, he led in a Boy’s Pairs that won 32-11. He then followed that up in the afternoon by skipping a Mixed Triple which drew 14all. Finally, on the Sunday morning, he played 3 in a rinks match and won again, 23-17.


All those results helped England win the match series 13-11.



Marchant in England's 2017 BIBC Team


Congratulations to Matt Marchant who has been selected as part of Bowls England team for the BIBC International Series to be held at Belmont BC, Belfast from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd July 2017.


Matt was part of the England team who won the 2016 series.


Midweek Triples Section Play Offs

The curtain was brought down on the 2016 season as the Midweek Triples Play-Off’s to find the Town and District Champions were held.

In the Town Section, the Blue Division winners, Vospers Blue, took on the Red winners, College Park Red, met each other for the 6th time in 10 years.

In the 1st leg, played at Northern Parade, the Vospers triple skipped by Ray Porter sped into an 8shot lead by the 8th end, but this was offset by the College Park triple of Ray Markwell, who were 7up at the same point. By the end of the match Ray Porter’s triple lead had been cut so that they only won by 4shots, whilst Ray Markwell’s had extended their lead to win by 12shots. As the other triple was tied, it meant that College took an 8shot lead into the 2nd leg.

In the 2nd game, College held a slender 1shot lead after 5ends which was reversed by the 10th end. By the 15th end, thanks to Dave Smith’s triple, College had moved into an 8shot lead which proved to be key, as fight backs on the Vospers triples of Ray Porter & Dave Harding meant that Vospers won the leg by 2shots.

All of which meant that College Park Reds had retained their Town title by 6shots overall.

In the District Section, the East winners, Bedhampton, took on the West winners, Rowner A.

In the 1st leg, Bedhampton took full advantage of being at home in the 1st leg to build up a near impregnable 43shot advantage. The only Rowner triple that managed to handle the carpet was that of Ian Rogers, who only lost by 3shots, whilst the other two triples lost heavily.

To have any chance of getting back into the game, Rowner had to make a fast start in the 2nd leg on their green. However, the Bedhampton team didn’t let that happen. In fact, the triple of Mick New took the battle to their Rowner opponents and built up an 11shot lead by the 9th end to effectively end the game. In the end, Bedhampton won the leg by 15shots to take the District title by 58shots overall.



5th September 2016

P&D Competitions

The P&D Outdoor Season is nearing its end. The Bank Holiday Weekend saw the culmination of the P&D Competitions that have been running since the middle of June and it was a busy time for some of the bowlers who had qualified in more than one Semi-Final, played at Milton Park.
Some had good results, others not, with Leigh Park’s Pete Robinson being one of the chief sufferers. Having reached 3 Semi’s, he unfortunately lost them all.

The Finals themselves were played at Alexandra BC and had two of last year’s winners trying to retain their titles.

In the Men’s Singles, Alex’s Jamie Cooke took on Fareham’s Dorian Bishop and took control of the game after 7ends, scoring a 3 and 4 to go 11-1 up. He never relinquished his grip on the game and finally won it 21-7, thereby retaining his title.

The Men’s Over 60’s Singles saw Fareham’s Charlie Bailey take on Portchester’s Dave Hill, the 1st time anyone from Portchester had reached Finals day. For Charlie, it was his 2nd Final of the day and it was his greater experience that told as he ran out the victor 21-6.

In the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy, Cowplain’s David Palmer took on Bob Curd from Denmead. It was a match that swung too and fro until the 17th end, when a 3 put David in command to go 18-13 and he finished things off shortly afterwards, winning 21-14.

The Men’s Pairs was between Waverley’s Robbie Moran & Tony Ingram against Priory’s Andrew Hibberd & John Peachem. It was a close game up to the 16th end, but a 3 for Robbie & Tony put them up by 6shots and they ensured that the Priory duo could score singles in the remaining ends they won, so that they took the trophy 22-18.

The Men’s Fours was between Fareham’s Bob Scottow, Richard Horler, Cyril Friend & Charlie Bailey against the Denmead quartet of Bob Curd, Ian Moy, Keith Roberts & Tony Sewell. The Fareham teammates took command from the off, racing into a 10zip lead by the 5th end and then turned the screw to be 25-4 up after 13ends. The Denmead quartet tried hard but called it a day after 19ends.

The Mixed Pairs was between Linda Maple (Fareham) & Andy McKain (Milton Park) and Lee-On-Solent’s Val & Jeff Passmore. It was a tight game up to the 10th end, but 4 & 2 on the next 2ends put Linda & Andy 15-8 up. A fightback by the Val & Jeff saw them pull back to be 2down by the 17th, but they then dropped another 6shots on the next 2ends which enabled Linda & Andy to see out the game 24-17.

The Mixed Triples saw the Pullin ensemble of Husband and Wife Tom & Sandy together with Sandy’s twin sister Carol from Fareham attempt to retain their title against Cowplain’s Brian Horn, Jane & Bryan Franklin. In a tight game, it was the two 5’s the Cowplain trio picked up, the 1st on the 6th which brought them back into the game and, more importantly, the 2nd on the 17th end that meant it was they who picked up the trophy, winning 22-17.

The Mixed Fours was between Bedhampton’s Sue Brightman, Ann Greenhouse, Jim & Jamie Ward against the quartet of Pat Macrae & Stella Parish of Milton Park Ladies and Mick Molloy & Mike Brown of Milton Park. Despite playing on carpet at home, the Bedhampton quartet were 24-15 up after 17ends but, at that point, the Milton four fought back and a five on the 19th end closed the gap to 2shots. Going into the last end, the Miltonians were 1down but picked up a two to take the game 25-24.


2016 P&D Champion Of Champions

The final P&D competition – the Champion Of Champions – was held last weekend at Milton Park.

Fifteen club champions turned up on the Saturday to take part in the competition and this number was whittled down to the last four who returned the next day to play the Semi-Finals and Final.

In Sunday's 1st Semi, Priory’s Andy Chadwick took on Bridgemary’s Peter Cooper. Andy took command from the off and moved into a 19-7 lead. At that point, nerves appeared to set in as Peter fought back to pick up 9shots in the next 4 ends to be 3 behind. However, Andy pulled himself back together to pick up a two on the next end to win the match and move into the Final. In the 2nd Semi, Fareham’s Charlie Bailey took on Crofton’s Charles Read. It was a tight game for the 1st 8ends, when the score was 8all. Charlie then called on his greater experience as he only lost 4 more ends as he won the game 21-12 after 18ends.

The Final was a mirror image of Charlie’s Semi, as Andy held him to 8all after 9ends. From that point, Charlie took over so that 7ends later, he won the title 21-8, his 4th in the last six years.

Charlie was presented the trophy by Martyn Reynolds, P&D Senior Vice President.




National Finals Update

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In the National Champion of Champions Martin Ellis of Lee-on-Solent BC agonisingly lost his Last 16 match 21-20 in an exciting game.


18th Aug 2016


County Club Finals

Congratulations to Southsea Waverley who won the Bowls Hampshire’s County Club Competition after a titanic struggle with Cove in the Final.

In the Semi’s, they saw of Eastleigh Railway, the Southern Area Champions, 92-73, whilst Cove, the Northern Area Champions, despatched Boscombe Cliff, the Western Area Champions, 78-54.

In the Final, Waverley raced off to a large lead, only for Cove to fight back so that with 2ends to play the scores were level. But the Waverley rink skipped by Gary Starks kept their nerve to pick up singles on each of them to win the match by 2shots.


Rowland Hospital Cup Final


Last Sunday, Southsea Waverley added the Rowland Hospital Cup to their trophy cabinet as they easily beat Fareham by 33shots to regain the trophy after losing out to Alexandra last year.

Waverley took command from the start and surge into a 22shots lead after 5ends. At the half-way point they were 17shots ahead and extended that to 36shots by the 15th. Fareham conceded defeat soon afterwards.



Above: 2016 Rowland Cup Winners - Waverley BC           Below: 2016 Rowland Cup R/U - Fareham BC



28th June 2016

Not Everything is about Bowls

For the last 20 years, Pembroke Gardens BC have been supporting local charities by running Fund Raising events as well as running Open Triples & Fours tournaments, proceeds from which are passed onto their chosen charity.

For the last two years, Pembroke have been supporting the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association (PDSA).

A few weeks ago, Pembroke held a Fund Raising event to which they invited a few families along who are members of the PDSA.

All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as can be seen in these delightful pictures.



23rd Aug 2016


National Men’s Champion Of Champions

Congratulations to Martin Ellis of Lee-On-Solent who has won through to the National Men’s Champion Of Champions finals after beating Star & Crescent’s Simon Filippi 21-11 in the Area Final. His first match is on August 23rd.



27th July 2016

Hampshire County Finals Update

Bowls Hampshire’s County Finals were completed last week with mixed results for our Ladies and Men.

The following Ladies have reached the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa in August.
- Cowplain’s Jane Franklin & Pam Lambshead are there in the Pairs and also in the Triples, with Honour Plowright.
- The Milton Park Ladies Quartet of Carla Woolvin, Rose Rogers, Marion Wilcockson & June Roberts are there in the Fours.

Unfortunately, none of our Men managed to reach the National Finals, although a few did fall at the last hurdle.

For Marty Wake, it was so near and yet so far. Having won through in 3 disciplines, 2Wood Singles, Triples and Fours, Marty managed to lose in the Semi-Finals of each competition.

This is how our bowlers fared in the various Competitions:

County Singles
- Fareham’s Charlie Bailey Lost 16-21 in the Semi Final.
- Leigh Park’s Mark Miller Lost 11-21 in the Quarter Final.

County Pairs
- Cowplain’s David Palmer & Peter Crowley Lost 13-22 in the Quarter Final.
- Bedhampton’s Jim & Jamie Ward Lost 7-32 in the Quarter Final.

County Triples
Both Alexandra’s triples Lost in the Semi-Finals
- Keith Jones, Don Lilley & Steve Feilder 9-26
- Martin Wake, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott 10-21

County Fours
- Alexandra’s Danny Smith, Martin Wake, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott Lost 11-21 in the Semi-Final Final.
- Priory’s Arthur Newland, Richard Smalley, Mick Jinman & Adrian Snook Lost 17-18 in the Quarter Final.

County 2Wood Singles
- Alexandra’s Martin Wake Lost 15-16 in the Semi-Final.
- Priory’s Steve Smith Lost 8-17 in the Semi-Final.


12th July 2016

County Area Finals Update

The East Area County Finals took place last week and resulted in the following P&D Clubs and Bowlers reaching the County Finals.

In the County Club, Southsea Waverley defeated Leigh Park 79-72. Waverley now progress to the County Semi-Finals, being held at Atherley BC, Soton on Sunday 7th August, 10am start.

In the County Singles, Charlie Bailey of Fareham and Mark Miller of Leigh Park got through, beating respectively, Phil Sanders of Lee-On-Solent 21-15; Dorian Bishop of Fareham 21-18. Charlie & Mark now progress to the County Quarter-Finals, being played at Bannister Park on Monday 18th July, 6:30pm start.

In the County Pairs, Cowplain’s David Palmer & Peter Crowley and Bedhampton’s Jim & Jamie Ward battled through, beating respectively, Hayling Island’s Brian Pullan & David Johns 24-20; Leigh Park’s Geoff Anderson & Mark Miller 24-18. The winners now progress to the County Quarter-Finals, being played at Atherley on Saturday 16th July, 10:00am start.

In the County Triples, Alexandra’s Keith Jones, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder and Martin Wake, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott got through, beating respectively, Tony Hurst, Mick Brown & Dave Brown (Milton Park) 24-7; Rob Moran, Phil Drewball & Ollie Mew (Waverley) 18-15. The winners now progress to the County Quarter-Finals, being played at Atherley on Sunday 17th July, 10:00am start.

In the County Fours, Priory’s Arthur Newland, Richard Smalley, Mick Jinman & Adrian Snook and Alex’s Danny Smith, Martin Wake, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott are also through, having beaten respectively, Michael Aldren, Jon Leggett, Alex Marchant & John Biggs (Waverley) 22-12; David Plowright, Brian Horn, Peter Crowley & Bryan Franklin (Cowplain) 21-9. The winners now progress to the County Quarter-Finals, being played at Atherley on Sunday 10th July, 10:00am start.

In the County 2Wood Singles, Martin Wake from Alexandra and Steve Smith from Priory battled through the 2Wood Singles competition played last weekend. Marty & Steve now progress to the County Quarter-Finals, being played at Bannister Park on Monday 11th July, 6:30pm start.

Finally, in the 2Wood Triples, Lee-On-Solent’s Graham Olden, Jeff Passmore & Dave Heather won to reach their final, being played at Southbourne BC on Saturday 10th Spetember, 2pm start.


6th June 2016

International News

It's congratulations to Waverley’s Lois McCubbin who has been selected for England’s Men’s Junior Team to compete in the 2016 British Isles International Series.

This year, it takes place at Elgin BC, Scotland on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.

27th June 2016


Marchant to check his Passport is still Valid


Congratulations to Waverley's Matt Marchant who has been selected for Bowls England's


Four Strong team for the 2016 Hong Kong International Bowls Classic being held from Saturday 5thNovember to


Sunday 13th November.


The team BE selected is as follows:

Rebecca Field (Norfolk), Donna Knight (Oxfordshire), David Bolt (Durham) and Matt Marchant (Hampshire)


The prestigious tournament is one of the signature bowls events on the international bowls calendar – being one of the largest annual international lawn bowls events in the world.


To make the event even more competitive, invitations are sent to all national members of World Bowls and also all local clubs in Hong Kong to participate in.


The P&D wish Matt and his team mates the best of luck at the event


May 2016

Another One Bites The Dust

Sadly, we have to inform you that after 102 years of existence, Copnor Bowling Club have had to disband due to falling membership numbers.

This means that Division 3, Combination 3 & Midweek Blue are now short of 1 team and that, for those clubs with teams in those Divisions, their teams will have the night/afternoon off when they are due to be playing them.

A few words from the P&D's 2016 President


I would like to thank you for giving me the privilege of becoming your President for 2016.

I will endeavour to uphold the standards set by previous Presidents.

I have a strong team of officers to support me and I am looking forward to the year ahead being a good year for the Portsmouth and District Bowling Association.

I am looking forward to the season and meeting new and old friends.

My charity this year is the Elizabeth Foundation for Deaf Children. This is a local charity based in Cosham to help deaf children up to school age and I look forward to your support.

I wish all members and clubs a successful year and trust the weather will be kind to us.

John Pearson
P&D President 2016

17th May 2016

County U25 Team News

Congratulations to three of the P&D youngsters who have been selected to play in Hampshire’s Under 25 team in the National 2 Rink White Rose team.

Louis McCubbin (Waverley) is leading in a rink being skipped by Danny Smith (Alex), whilst Cowplain’s Dan Palmer is in the other rink.

A fourth, Harry Hutchings (Alex), is one of the reserves for their 1st Round match against Surrey BC being played at Cove BC in Farnborough on Saturday May 28th.

We wish them all the best of luck



13th Sept 2015


Portsmouth & District Champion of Champions 2015


The P&D Champion Of Champions, a competition for all the P&D Club Singles Champions, was held last week end, with the early rounds being played on the Milton Park greens with the Semi-Finals and Final being played at Southsea Waverley’s home.


On the Saturday, of the 15 club champions who turned up, Lewis Voysey, Steve Watt, Richard Horler and Jamie Cooke battled through two rounds each to reach the Semi-Final stages.


In the first semi, Leigh Park’s Lewis Voysey took on Priory’s Steve Watt. After 11ends, both were tied at 10all, but then Lewis took command, winning the next 4ends to run out a 21-10 winner.


The second semi, between Fareham’s Richard Horler and Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke, was a much tighter affair, taking 25ends to find the winner. It was nip and tuck between both players as first one then the other took the lead. At 18all, Jamie then picked up a 2 to stand 20-18 and was lying game until Richard’s last bowl, which trailed the jack to give him 3shots and the game.


After a suitable break to allow Richard to recover, the final took place. After a cagey start, Lewis appeared to take control as he built up a 16-10 lead at 17ends.


However, Richard fought back to pick up 7 shots on the next 2ends. They then traded blows until Lewis stood 19-18 up at 22 ends. On the 23rd, Lewis held two good shots to lie game until Richard’s 3rd bowl which, under extreme pressure, played onto the shot bowl and moved it enough to require a measure, which Richard won to tie the game at 19all.


Then, with his last bowl on the next end, Richard not only trailed the jack to leave him holding the two he required for game but also into a spot on the green that Lewis felt he had to play a weighted wood to save the match. His attempt failed and Richard, after 49ends of tight bowls, took the trophy.

Champion Richard Horler (left) with Lewis Voysey >


7th Sept 2015


P&D Competition winners 2015


The August Bank Holiday weekend always stages the Semi-Finals and Finals of the P&D Competitions. The weekend is always a fraught one for the P&D Competitions Secretary, as there always seems to be players who have reached this stage in more than one competition. This year was no exception with more than one competitor in multiple events. Also, as has always been the case this year, competitors had to deal with bad weather on the Saturday afternoon during the semi’s at Milton Park. Fortunately, the finals at Alexandra BC were blessed with fine weather.


P&D Singles


This year's final was between Fareham’s Charlie Bailey (last year’s champion) and Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke (right).


After racing into a 13-3 lead, Jamie was pegged back by Charlie to stand 18-14 up after 20 ends. However a single and then a two saw Jamie over the line to become the 2015 P&D Men’s Singles Champion.


In the Semi’s, Jamie beat Lee-On-Solent’s Phil Sanders 21-9, while Charlie beat Gosport’s Dave Blackledge 21-10. Final: Jamie Cooke bt Charlie Bailey (Comp draw)


P&D President Les Pyecroft OBE presents Jamie with the Trophy >


P&D Under-25 Singles


The final of P&D stars of the future was a repeat of last year, as Alexandra’s Danny Smith (left) took on Cowplain’s Dan Palmer. The result was as last year as Danny’s greater experience enabled him to run out a comfortable 21-4 winner.


This match was the start of a busy day for Danny as he was also involved in the Men’s Fours and Mixed Pairs Finals.

(Comp draw)


P&D Over-60’s Singles

The final saw College Park’s Steve Feilder (right) take on Lee-On-Solent’s Phil Sanders.

After 8 ends, the players were tied at 5all but then Steve put in a run of 10shots on the next 4ends to take a firm grip on the game, finally winning 21-11.In the Semi’s, Steve beat Lee-On-Solent’s Jeff Passmore 21-13, while Phil beat Fareham’s Cyril Friend 21-18. (Comp draw)


Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy

The second running of the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy for P&D Club Secretaries and Treasurers saw Copnor’s Dave Powe (right) take on Alexandra’s Alan Sprake. It was a tight battle for 18ends, by when Alan was just in the lead 15-14. However, Dave then took control on the next four ends to run out a 21-17 winner.


In the Semi’s, Dave had a walkover, as Gosport’s Ken Mogridge had to pull out due to injury, while Alan had a long battle against Star & Crescent’s Robbie Denninson, finally winning 21-15 after 29ends. (Comp draw)


P&D Pairs

The final was between Cowplain’s George Abraham & David Plowright (pictured below) and Waverley’s Ian McKenzie & Mark Howe. After 14ends, the Waverley boys had pulled into a 16-10 lead, but 5ends later, the Cowplain combo had turned it around to be leading 21-16, a lead they hung on to finishing 22-19 victors.

In the Semi’s, the Cowplain duo saw of Milton Park’s Andy McKain & Reid Wilcockson 26-7, while the Waverly lads beat Waterlooville’s Stan Holdsworth & Derek Holt 21-13. (Comp draw)


Runner's up - Mark Howe & Ian McKenzie


P&D Triples


The final was between Alexandra’s Marty Wake, Tom Suthers & Ian Rixon and Lee-On-Solent’s Dave Heather, Jeff Passmore & Graham Olden.


The Alex trio got off to a quick start to be 9-3 up after 5ends. The Solent men then pulled it back to be only 9-10 down after 11ends. However, Alex took control and ran out 19-11 winners.


In the Semi’s, Alex defeated Leigh Park’s Lewis Voysey, Nathan Hanley & John Hitchins 17-12, while the LOS trio beat another Alexandra trio of Danny Smith, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott 15-8.


(Comp draw)


P&D Fours


The final was between Alexandra’s Carl Baggott, Jamie Cooke, Marty Wake & Danny Smith (left) and Waverley’s Oliver Mew, Tony Ingram, Phill Drewball & Rob Moran.


A tight start saw the Alex quartet lead 5-4 after 7ends but, from that point, the Alex Four took control and ran out 23-13 victors.


In the Semi’s, the Alex quartet saw of Waterlooville’s Derek Holt, Barry Tovey, Keith Warren and Brian LeMarquer 33-8.


Meanwhile the Waverly lads won 6shots on the last 3ends to beat College Parks’ Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter & Mal Rimmer 16-14.


(Comp draw)


Mixed Pairs


The final was between Cowplain’s Hazel Joyner & David Palmer (pictured right) and Alexandra’s Danny Smith & Leslie Somersgill.


By this time fatigue was having its effects on Danny, playing his 3rd match of the day (and 7th of the weekend) as he and Leslie could do little to halt Hazel & David picking up the shots, with the Cowplain duo finally winning 26-8.


In the Semi’s, the Alex pairing had beaten Milton’s Andy McKain & Fareham’s Linda Maple 27-11, while in an intra-club fight, Hazel & David saw off fellow Cowplain members Honor & David Plowright 21-10.


(Comp draw)


Mixed Triples


The final was between Fareham’s Tom & Sandy Pullin with her twin sister Carol (picture left) and Bedhampton’s Tracey & Andrew Hibberd with Keith Read.


A cagey start saw the Pullin ensemble just in the lead 7-6 after 8ends. At that point, their greater experience saw them stretch out their lead to finally win 22-9.


In the Semi’s, the Fareham trio had beaten Cowplain’s Diana Cooper and Honor & David Plowright 18-16, whilst the Bedhampton trio had beaten another Cowplain trio of Hazel Joyner, David Luffman & David Palmer 18-12.

(Comp draw)


Mixed Fours


The final was between Milton Parkites, as Priory’s Martin Eggleton & Peter Alcock together with Milton Park Ladies’ Rose Rogers & Mo Wright (pictured right) took on Milton Park’s Mick Molloy & Dave Biggs and their Milton Park Ladies contingent of Annie Biggs and Stella Parish.


Another close start saw the Eggleton quartet lead 9-7 after 9ends. They then picked up 10shots over the next 5 ends to lead 19-10 and didn’t let their opposition back in, finally winning 23-12.


In the Semi’s, the Eggleton quartet had beaten Cowplain’s Pam Lambshead, Betty & Bryan Horn and David Palmer 32-7, while the Molloy four beat Fareham’s Paul Nicholls & Daphne Nicholls and Graham & Alison Russell 24-9.

(Comp draw)


7th Sept 2015

Local News

Congratulations to Fareham's Richard Horler for winning the 2015 P&D Champion of Champions Tournament.

Congratulations also go to Martin Wake (Big Din) from Alex BC and Gary 'Whoooo?' Starks (Whooo Din) from Waverley BC for winning the 2015 Worthing Open Pairs Tournament.


30th July 2015


20 Years of Charity Fund Raising


Pembroke Gardens BC has been raising funds for charity for the last 20 years by running two Bowls Tournaments; an Open Fours and a Ladies v Men Triples.


This year, not only were both events blessed by excellent weather but they were also well supported from clubs from all over southern Hampshire.


In the Open Fours, a special presentation was made to the “Cosham Four”, four from Cosham Park BC, led by Dave Hammond, who have taken part in every Tournament since the first one in 1995.


Sixty four players competed in four preliminary games of six ends to determine the finalists, which was between Jim Anderson, Malcolm Jones, Terry Hayward and Mike Hatchard (from Gas Social Bowling) and Robert & Margaret Hutchinson and Jean & Brian Clasby (from Petersfield BC). And it was the defending champions from Petersfield who won, collecting £120 and a new trophy, introduced for the first time this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tournament.



The Ladies v Men Triples event was an exciting affair as the Final had to go to an extra end, while a play-off was needed to determine who went through from the Men.


24 teams took part, competing in five preliminary games before a play off to determine which teams went through to the final. And it took a “sudden death” end to decide the Men’s champions.


The final was between Gas Social’s Les Wilson, Derek and Ron Langford, against the Fareham twins of Sandy & Carol Pullin together with Milton Ladies Rose Rogers. It took an extra end to sort them out, with the Men finally outlasting the Ladies to win the trophy and £90.


Earlier in the day, the ladies’ team skipped by Val Pearce, Liz Pescops and Pat McRae had scored the maximum of 9shots on one end to earn themselves “Hot Shot” badges.


From both events and their upcoming President's Day, Pembroke Gardens are hoping to hand over £300 to the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association.

1st July 2015

Northern Parade Turns Scarlet

Wednesday June 17th saw Northern Parade take on a distinct Scarlet hue as Alexandra BSC played hosts to the Chelsea Pensioners Bowls team. The Pensioners Bowls Club is a mixed team, as there are many female pensioners and Alex have a history of playing the Pensioners, with the last time being in 2008.


The Pensioners emerged from their coach resplendent in their scarlet uniforms to be greeted by Ken Graham, Alexandra's President, together with many ABSC members. In fact, there was ​a surprise for Ken as he met an old friend from year's past who was brought up in Bedhampton. Reminiscences abounded, so much so that the game was nearly delayed.


When they were parted, both teams changed in order for battle to commence on the green. An excellent match was enjoyed by all and was topped by the post match celebrations, led by one of the Chelsea ladies serenading President Ken with everyone joining in the chorus to "I'll be your Sweetheart".


It was obvious everyone enjoyed themselves as Alex have been invited to play the Pensioners at their Royal Hospital home next year.


As to the result, well in the words of Ken Graham "The score doesn't matter. It's the camaraderie on the green we have enjoyed and the new friends we have made that counts".


12th June 2015


P&D Win Inaugural Solent Challenge



The first game for the new, annual “Solent Challenge” trophy for games between the P&D and Southampton & District BA saw a triumph for the P&D as they beat Soton 130 shots to 81.



Match Secretary Paul Robson wishes to thank the players from 11 of our clubs who gave us that success.


Unfortunately, the match against Aldershot & District on Sunday 14th June has had to be cancelled, as Aldershot cannot raise a team.




15th Sept 2015


Marchant Faces Retrial


Oyez, oyez


Let it be known that Mr Matthew Marchant of Southsea Waverley has been summoned to appear at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa Saturday 19 September to put his case for inclusion in England's 2016 BIBC International Series team at the England Men's Senior International Trial.


We await the jury's verdict.




Portsmouth's Newest Junior International


Congratulations to Waverley's Louis McCubbin for gaining his Under 18 and Under 25 England Junior Bowls caps this month.


First of all, over the weekend of 5th and 6th September, he was a member of England's Under 18 Mixed team who defeated Wales 16-8 in a Test Series held at Wootton Bassett BC, Wiltshire.

- The Test series (the first event of its type held outdoors in England) consisted of Girls and Boys Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours matches.

- Louis led in the Boys Pairs, winning 13-6; skipped a Mixed Triples, winning 20-9 and finally led in the Boys Fours, winning 23-6.


Then, over the weekend of 12th and 13th September, he was a member of England's Under 25 team in the British Isles Bowls Council Junior Men’s International Series, held at Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire.

- On Saturday morning, England defeated Scotland 138-114, with Louis' rink winning by 2shots.

- On Saturday afternoon, England drew with Wales 121all, with Louis' rink losing by 2shots.

- In the final match on Sunday morning, England beat Ireland 135-120, sadly Louis' rink losing by 19shots.


England finished level on points with Wales, but were pipped to the title by a slender 2shots (just can't trust the Scots!!).




2015 Club of the Year Competition


Congratulations to Cowplain BC who are the South's regional winner in Bowls England's 2015 Club of the Year Competition. They have received: 2sets of Drakes Pride bowls; £50 cash and a framed certificate.


They now go on with the other regional winners - Lyndhurst BC, Durham (North); Berkhamsted BC, Hertfordshire (East) and Chacewater BC, Cornwall (West) - to find out which club will be the overall 2015 winner.


The winner will receive:

- The Tony Allcock Trophy (to be kept for one year)

- £250

- and a match against a visiting Bowls England President’s Team in 2016.




The Last Hurdle


Matthew Marchant's attempt to retain the Men's National Champion Of Champions fell at the last hurdle as he lost 21-9 to Northampton’s Jamie Walker, after battling through three rounds at Royal Leamington Spa.


Apparently, Tony Alcock was watching intently as he is the only player to have retained the title.



County 2 Wood Triples Update


In the last County Final, Waverley's Robbie Moran, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew lost 16-17 in the Semi-Finals of the 2Wood Triples to Boscombe Cliff, the eventual winners.



2015 Portsmouth & District Semi & Finals day schedule


This year the Semi-Finals will be played at Milton Park Bowls Club on Saturday 29th August. The winners will progress to Finals Day to be held at the Alexandra B&SC the following day - Sunday 30th August.


Below is the draw schedule for Saturday's Semi-Finals. If you would like to print your own draw sheet please click image right >


Important: Dress code for the day is Whites with Club colour shirts or white shirts team to all have same colour.




J Cooke [A]


P Sanders [Lee]



C Bailey [F]


D Blackledge [G]



D Powe [CP]


K Mogridge [G]

Retired injured





L Voysey [LP]


M Wake [A]

Mixed Pairs


D Smith [A]


A McKain [Pr]

Mixed Pairs


D Palmer [Cpl]


D Plowright [Cpl]









C Carter [CP


O Mew [SW]

Over 60


S Fielder [CP]


J Passmore [Lee]



R Dennison [SC]


A Sprake [A]



A McKain [M]


G Abraham [Cpl]


Mixed Triples


T Pullin [F]


D Plowright [Cpl]

Mixed Triples


D Palmer [Cpl]


A Hibberd [BH]










S Holdsworth [Wv]


C Baggott [A]

Over 60


C Friend [F]


P Sanders [Lee]



C Baggott [A]


D Heather [Lee]



S Holdsworth [Wv]


I Mackenzie [SW]

Mixed Fours


M Jinman [Pr]


B Franklin [Cpl]


Mixed Fours


P Nichols [F]


M Molloy [M]










25th August 2015


2015 National Finals Update


In the National Triples, the trio of Jon Leggett, Mark Hammond and John Biggs fell in the 1st round, whilst Mike Aldren, Paul Cooke and Matthew Marchant fell in the 3rd round.

In the National Pairs finals, Matt Marchant & Buzz Aldren lost 20-19 in the 2nd Round, while his brother Alex and Mark Griffiths bowed out in the 3rd round 25-12.


22 Aug 2015


The Last Hurdle


Matthew Marchant's attempt to retain the Men's National Champion Of Champions fell at the last hurdle as he lost 21-9 to Northampton’s Jamie Walker, after battling through 3rounds at Royal Leamington Spa.


17 Aug 2015


International Update

Southsea Waverley’s Louis McCubbin has received more good news as he has been selected for England’s Under 18 squad to play Wales at Wooton Bassett over the September 5/6th weekend.

Men's Nationals Competitions

Bad news from Leamington Spa as the Waverley quartet of Alex Marchant, John Biggs, Matthew Marchant & Paul Cooke lost in the Preliminary Round of the Men’s Fours.


Rowland Cup

In the Rowland Cup final played yestarday (16th August) at Bridgemary BC, Alexandra put aside their recent poor league form to deny Waverley the League & Cup double by defeating them 75-62.



12 Aug 2015


Marchant Marches On

Matt Marchant is gearing up for a busy fortnight at Leamington after he continued his quest to retain his National Champion of Champions title by beating Boscombes’ Chris Daniels 21-15.


Matt will also be there challenging for the National Pairs, Triples and Fours titles.


County Triples Winners

In the all Waverley County Triples final, Mike (Buzz) Aldren, Matt Marchant and Paul Cooke beat their club mates, Jon Leggett, Mark Hammond and John Biggs, 17-8.

Both are off to Leamington to represent Hampshire at the National Finals.


County Club Finals

Southsea Waverley finished runners up in the County Club championship after they were beaten 89-83 by Eastleigh Railway, after beating surprise finalists Lymington 96-66 in the Semi-Finals.


Rowland Cup

The two Semi-Finals that fell foul of the “Americas Cup” weather were finally played last week, with Alexandra just getting the better of 2nd division Star & Crescent, whilst Waverly easily beating Fareham.


Alex and Waverley now meet each other in the final on Sunday August 16th, at Bridgemary BC.


20 July 2015


Waverley Festival at County Finals


The 2015 County Finals were a festival for the Southsea Waverley club, as they reached the finals in the Fours, Triples and Pairs. In fact the Pairs & Triples finals were an all Waverley affair – and no one can remember anything similar happening in a long while.


The Pairs final pitched brother against brother as Mike Aldren & Matt Marchant took on Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths.


And it was the 2014 County Champions (Alex & Mark) 23-20.


Then, in the Fours final in the afternoon, the brothers teamed up with John Biggs & Paul Cooke to take on a four from Cove. Whether their exertions form the morning had an effect, they fell to a 23-18 defeat.


The Triples final, between Mike Aldren, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke and Jon Leggett, Mark Hammond & John Biggs will be played at a later date.


All of them now go on to Royal Leamington Spa to represent Hampshire in the National Finals.


Here’s how the other East entrants fared:

- In the 4Wood Singles, College Park’s Steve Feilder lost in the Semi-Final, while Denmead’s Roly Bloy lost in the Quarter Final (to the eventual County Champion).


- In the Fours, Waverley’s Rob Moran, Phil Drewball, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew lost in the Quarter Finals.


- In the 2Wood Singles, Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke & Fareham’s Dorian Bishop both lost in the Semi Finals.


Marchant Completes the Set


Portsmouth has a new England International as, last Sunday at the British Isles Bowls Council Internationals in Scotland, Waverley’s Matthew Marchant was called up from keeping the bench warm to play lead for the misfiring Steve Farish rink in the final game against Wales. Obviously, after removing the splinters, this upgrade did the trick, as they beat Robert Weale’s rink 22-11, part of England’s 34shot victory.


That win completed a clean sweep for England, as the previous day they had beaten Scotland and Ireland to win the Series.


Matt is only the 3rd player from Portsmouth. He follows in the footsteps of Keith Cross (Cosham BC) who played for England between 1937 & 1949 and Harold Sawyer (Copnor BC) who gained his caps in 1974.


In fact, Matt’s cap completed a full set for him, as he had already played for England at Junior level outdoors as well as at Senior & Junior level Indoors. Indeed, he was Captain of England’s Under 25 (Junior) team in his last year of being qualified to play at that level.



Louis gets his Call Up Papers


There was great news for Waverley’s Louis McCubbin who found out this week that he had been selected for England’s Junior team for the Junior International Series, being held at Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September.



Eastern Division Finals County Results


The East's entrants for the County Finals ​are now known following the Divisional Finals played last week. Most go on to the County Finals next week, apart from the 2 Wood Triples & County Club. They are as follows

​ (and it's a bit of a Waverle​y fiesta):


4 Wood Singles – on Thursday 16th July @ Atherley BC

Steve Feilder (College Park), who beat Andy Hibberd (Bedhampton) 21-12

Roly Bloy (Denmead), who beat Tom Pullin (Fareham) 21-13


Pairs – on Wednesday 15th July @ Atherley BC

Mike Aldren & Matt Marchant (Waverley), who beat Milton Park’s Harry & Dave Biggs 24-8

Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths (Waverley) (the 2014 County Champions), who beat Alexandra’s Ian Rixon & Tom Suthers 21-3


Triples – on ​Tuesday 14th July @ Atherley BC

Mike Aldren, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke (Waverley), who beat Louis McCubbin, Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths (Waverley) 18-14

John Leggett, Mark Hammond & John Biggs (Waverley), who beat Ian Rixon, Tom Suthers & Martin Wake (Alexandra) 19-10


Fours – on ​Monday 13th July @ Atherley BC

Rob Moran, Phil Drewball, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew (Waverley), who beat Mal Rimmer, Clive Carter, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (College Park) 25-23

Alex Marchant, John Biggs, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke (Waverley), who beat David Allen, George and Mark Hanson & Charles Bailey (Fareham) 29-13


2 Wood Singles – on Friday 17th July @ Atherley BC

Jamie Cooke (Alexandra)

Dorian Bishop (Fareham)


2 Wood Triples – on Saturday ​5th September @ Venue tba

Rob Moran, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew (Waverley), who beat Jack Miller, Steve Prior & Pete Robinson (Leigh Park) 22-10


County Club – on Sunday 2nd August @ Atherley BC

Southsea Waverley, who beat Cowplain 91-54​



2015 County Competitions - Eastern Division


The 2015 Eastern Division County Competitions have now reached the Divisional Finals. The players who have reached this stage and the venues the games are being held are as follows:



Monday 6th July – Alexandra BSC


Singles - The winners of each match will be at Atherley BC, Southampton on Thursday 16th July


Andrew Hibberd (Bedhampton) v Steve Feilder (College Park)

- The winner of this game will be East 1 and will play South 2 in the County Qtr-Finals


Tom Pullin (Fareham) v Roly Bloy (Denmead)

-The winner of this game will be East 2 and will play South 1 in the County Qtr-Finals


Fours - The winner will be at Atherley BC, Southampton on Monday 13th July


Graham Guy, Alex Marchant, John Biggs & Paul Cooke (Waverley) v David Allen, George Hanson, Mark Hanson, & Charles Bailey (Fareham)

- The winner of this game will be East 2 and will play South 1 in the County Qtr-Finals



Tuesday 7th July – Fareham BC


Pairs - The winners of each match will be at Atherley BC, Southampton on Wednesday 15th July


Harry & Dave Biggs (Milton Park) v Mike Aldren & Matt Marchant (Waverley)

- The winner of this game will be East 1 and will play West 2 in the County Qtr-Finals

Ian Rixon & Tom Suthers (Alexandra) v Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths (Waverley).

- The winner of this game will be East 2 and will play South 1 in the County Qtr-Finals


2Wood Triples - The winner of this game will be at a venue tba on Saturday September 5th


Jack Miller, Steve Prior & Pete Robinson (Leigh Park) v Rob Moran, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew (Waverley)

- The winner of this game will play the West winner in the County Semi-Final



Thursday 9th July – Priory BC, Milton Park


Triples - The winners of each match will be at Atherley BC, Southampton on Tuesday 14th July


Mike Aldren, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke (Waverley) v Graham Guy, Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths (Waverley)

- The winner of this game will be East 1 and will play South 1 in the County Qtr-Finals


Ian Rixon, Tom Suthers & Martin Wake (Alexandra) v John Leggett, Mark Hammond & John Biggs (Waverley)

- The winner of this game will be East 2 and will play West 1 in the County Qtr-Finals


Fours - The winner will be at Atherley BC, Southampton on Monday 13th July


Mal Rimmer, Clive Carter, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (College Park) v Rob Moran, Phil Drewball, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew (Waverley)

- The winner of this game will be East 1 and will play South 2 in the County Qtr-Finals



9th May 2015


Louis McCubbin for Samoa?


Congratulations to Southsea Waverley’s Louis McCubbin who found out last week that he had been shortlisted by Bowls England as one of 13 players from which its two representatives (one boy, one girl) will be selected for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.


The bowls event takes place from 5th-12th September and consists of a Singles event for both genders, with the two players then joining forces in the mixed pairs.


Before all that, Louis will be off to Warwickshire in May to attend a final training weekend at Stoke BC.


We all wish him well


8th April 2015


Try your hands at Bowls


Ever thought you may like to try the game of Lawn Bowls? Well, a club near you may well be holding an Open Day where you can have a go. All that you'll need to bring with you are some Flat Soled shoes (trainers acceptable). Bowls will be provided on the day as will some basic training. Children are also welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.


Give it a try, you're sure to enjoy it at any one of the following clubs:


College Park & Phoenix BC’s are holding Open Days every Sunday in April from 10am at their club in College Park, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.


Gas Social BC are hosting two open days on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th April between 2pm and 4pm at their club in Northern Parade, Portsmouth club, near the Gymnasium Centre in Alexabdra Park. If you would like more details, contact Ron Langford on (023) 9266 1044.


Pembroke Gardens BC are holding a "Come and Try" session on Saturday 18th April from 10:30am at their club in Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth. Anyone interested in taking up bowls can turn up on the day (wearing flat shoes please) or call 07563 186025 to have a chat.


Bedhampton BC are holding an Open Day on Sunday 19th April from 11am-4pm at their club in Bidbury Mead Recreation Ground, Bedhampton. The club is situated just south of the main traffic lights in the centre of Bedhampton. Children are welcome as long as accompanied by an adult.

Light refreshments wil also be available.


Lee-on-the-Solent BC, situated adjacent to the recreation ground, behind the town library, will be holding a 'Come & Try Day' on Saturday 25th April between 10am and 2pm. Visitors of any age will be assured of a warm welcome from our club coach and members.

If you would like to try lawn bowls but are unable to make the 25th, then please contact the Club Secretary Graham Olden (02393 780044), who will be very happy to make arrangements for you to visit the club at another time.


Copnor BC are hosting two open days on Saturday 25th April and Saturday 9th May between 2pm and 4pm at their Swordsands club at the Eastern Road end of Tangiers Road, Portsmouth.

They also have a friendly 'roll up' every Monday afternoon throughout the season at 2pm.

Find out more by contacting Terry Budd on 02392 641705 or e-mail Dave Powe at dandjpowe@talktalk.net

Any wives or partners who may also be interested in bowling are also catered for by the Moneyfields Ladies Bowling Club, who play on the same green. To find out more, contact Joan Wilson on 023 92250684, or wilsonjoane@tiscali.co.uk.


Hayling Island BC are holding two Open Days, on Sunday 26th April and again on Saturday 2nd May, both from Noon till 4pm at their club in Hayling Park, Station Road, Hayling Island.


Purbrook Heath BC are having an Open Day on Sunday 26th April from 11am to 5pm at their club in Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook.


Cowplain BC are having an Open Day on Saturday 9th May from 10:30am to 3pm at their club in Padnell Road Recreation Ground, Cowplain.


Emsworth BC are also holding an Open Day on Saturday 9th May from 1.30pm at their club in Jubilee Recreation Ground, Emsworth.


Cosham Park BC are holding an Open Day on Saturday 16th May from 10am to 2pm at their club in Cosham Park, Cosham.


Denmead BC is holding an Open Day on Saturday 25th April between 10am and 4pm at their club in King George V Playing Field, Ashling Park Road, Denmead.
Bridgemary BC is holding an Open Day on Saturday 2nd May from 10am to 2pm at their club in Cunningham Drive, Bridgemary.



20 Jan 2015

A few words from our new President

Gentlemen and Fellow Bowlers
I am proud and honoured to represent you and would like to thank the Executive and my club, Southsea Waverley, for their support.
I wish all members and clubs of the P&D every success in competitions and all other activities enjoyed by those who play the game of bowls.
I wish you all an enjoyable season.
Thank you all one again

Les Pyecroft OBE
P&D President 2015

P&D 2015 AGM

Here is a précis of what happened at the 2015 P&D AGM, held on Tuesday 13th January

1) Ken Graham handed over the reins to Les Pyecroft OBE, with John Pearson being confirmed as SVP.

We also have a new JVP. Star & Crescent nominated Martyn Reynolds and he was swiftly confirmed by all present.

2) All other Officers & Committee members are as 2104.

3) Eastney BC withdrew their proposal that the Midweek League become a Mixed League.

4) The proposal from Emsworth BC that League Division 3 be reduced to 3 rinks per side was defeated.

5) The proposal put forward by Priory BC re the ability for clubs with more than 1 side in the same Combination division to be able to transfer players between them was accepted - see amended League Rules.

6) The proposal from Alexandra BC that clarified how date & times for P&D Competition games could be offered was also accepted - see amended Competition Rules.

7) The amendments proposed by the Rules Revision Committee to the P&D Constitution and Competition, League & Midweek League Rules were all passed. The amended documents will appear soon on the website, but here are some key points:

Competition Rules

Rule 6, which covers the make-up of an entry, has been expanded to provide further explanation about entries and the fact that ONLY 1 substitute can be used for a team.

A reminder that Derek now requires the scorecards to be sent to him after each match has been completed.

Midweek League Rules

A reminder that from the 2015 season, if you play someone who is NOT registered with the P&D you will lose your team 6 points.

League Rules

Rule 6f has been amended to allow a maximum of 3 substitutes in 1 rink, although a substitute is NOT allowed to skip the rink.

Rule 15 has been added to state what is meant by a "Dropped" Bowl.

There were also 3 changes that affect Competitions and the Leagues

a) You can send copies of the score cards via email

b) A reminder that if the weather is bad to contact your opponents early enough to stop them travelling to you if your green has had to be closed.

c) Finally, for all Rinks games (League, Combination & Competition) it will be the Two's who keep the card - BUT it's the skip that still has to sign them off!!

A reminder that the next P&D Exec Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th February, 6:30 at Alexandra S&BC. One of the points that will be covered is an update on the proposed P&D Child Protection Policy documentation.


18 Dec 2014

It's a Family Affair

Talk about not getting 1up on "'er indoors". The Bailey family have well and truly "kept it in the family" as both Charlie and Rose have qualified for the 2015 National Indoor Champion of Champions Finals

The finals are being held at Warner’s Lakeside Hayling Island from Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February.

Rose kicks off her campaign on the Friday evening, with Charlie joining on Saturday morning.

Congratulations to them both.

Why not pop over and give them your support?


9 Oct 2014

Carpet World

Cowplain Bowling Club has been awarded £75,000 from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund to convert their green to an all-weather surface. The work will be completed in time for the beginning of the 2015 season.

22 Sept 2014

It’s 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.


12 Sept 2014


Midweek Triples Play Offs

Congratulations to College Park Red & Gosport A who have won the Town & District Midweek Leagues respectively.

Both had to do it the hard way by overcoming a 1st leg deficit.

College Park Red beat Vospers Blue by an overall score of 103-96.

Gosport A beat Cowplain by an overall score of 103-84

A full report can be found in the final Views From The Head


8th September 2014


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.

Portsmouth's Charlie Bailey and Robbie Dennison

Sunday 31st August 2014

Portsmouth and District Finals day

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 year are...


Charlie Bailey (Fareham BC)


Martin Wake and Darren Brown (Vospers BC)

Charlie Bailey (Fareham BC) P&D Singles Champion 2014

Martin Wake and Darren Brown (Vospers BC) P&D Pairs Champions 2014



Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter (College Park BC)

Mixed Fours

Pat MacRae and Stella Parish, Mick Malloy, Dave Biggs

Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter (College Park BC) P&D Triples Champsions 2014

Pat MacRae and Stella Parish, Mick Malloy, Dave Biggs Portsmouth Mixed Fours Champions 2014


Mixed Triples

Sandra McAfee, Rose Beynon & Jeffrey Hiscox

Mixed Pairs

Carla Woolvin and Martin Wake

Martyn Wake and Carla Woolvin - Portsmouth Mixed Pairs Champions 2014


Over 60's Winner

Brian Carrick (Purbrook Heath BC)

U25 Singles Champion 2014

Danny Smith (Alexandra B&SC)

Danny Smith Portsmouth U25 Bowls Champion 2014

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.

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!


Gosport Bowling Club (Anglesey Gardens)


Sunday 10th August 2014

All day from 9.30am

Entry: £30 per team

Entry forms from Club Secretary - 02392 521745


Please print a poster for your club notice board >>>>


Gosport Bowling Club

Ron Sellwood Mixed Open


Sunday 27th July 2014

Mixed Fours competition

£100 Prize for winning team

Minimum of one other gender per team

Entry Fee £15 per team

Refreshments available throughout day

Gosport Bowling Club - Ron Selwood Mixed Open Bowls Tournament entry form



July 2014


Hampshire County - Eastern Divisional Finals



Barry Starks (Waverley) beat Dave Meyer (Milton Park) 21-7

Steve Fielder (College Park) beat Charlie Bailey (Fareham) 21-6



Alex Marchant (Waverley) beat Derek Holt (Waterlooville) 24-14

Matt Marchant (Waverley) beat Carl Baggott (Alexandra) 22-11



Matt Marchant (Waverley) beat Ray Porter (Vospers) 16 – 15

Barry Starks (Waverley) beat Adrian Snook (College Park) 16-15



Mick Jinman (Priory) beat Carl Baggott (Alexandra) 25-18

Barry Starks (Waverley) beat Adrian Snook (College Park) 20-16


Two Wood Triples

Andy McKain (Milton Park) beat Marty Wake (Vospers) 16-15



They will be joined at the finals by Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and Dave Turner (Lee-On-Solent) who qualified the previous Sunday for the 2Wood Singles.

So, Barry Starks is going to have a busy week as he has reached the finals in 3 competitions!

And Waverley have supplied 6 of the 11 finalists.


County Finals will be held in Southampton. Date to be advised.


20th June 2014

Ivan & Beryl Robb Commemoration

Cosham BC have just told the P&D that the ceremony to commemorate a Memorial Tree to Ivan & Beryl Robb will be held on Saturday July 5th at Cosham Park, starting at 1:45pm.
All bowlers who wish to pay their respects to Ivan & Beryl are welcome.
You can also make use of the bench that bears their names.

6 June 2014


NOTICE - Mid-week Triples


It is with regret that, due to a mounting up of long-term health problems of Cosham BC members, their committee have reluctantly made a decision to withdraw their Midweek Blue Team.

This means that the records of Cosham B will be expunged from the Blue Division.

On those dates where a club was due to play Cosham B will now have a free date.

Website will be updated shortly to reflect this situation





A lovely sunny afternoon at the home of the P&D (Alexandra BC) provided a perfect setting for our first home friendly of the season.


Our team was consisted of players from the following clubs: Forton, Cosham, Bedhampton, Eastney, Alexandra, Purbrook, Southsea Waverley and Rowner.


Bowls Hampshire fielded a team from all four divisions of the county.

A competitive match resulted in each team winning three rinks, but the greater differential on the County's rinks meant that they ran out winners by 32 shots.


Our President, Ken Graham, donated a bottle of bubbly for the spider prize and raised £48 for his charity, Hampshire Air Ambulance.

Unfortunately, the President of Bowls Hampshire, Ken Sutton, was unable to attend as he is recovering from surgery, but money was also raised for his charity - The Rainbow Centre at Fareham, which educates & cares for children with Cerebral Palsy.


Congratulations to John Hyslop and Chris Muller of Cosham BC, who were awarded P&D badges for achieving the required number of appearances for the association.


Finally, many thanks to all those who contributed to a very enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to seeing all of you again throughout the season.

Our next match is away at Kingsclere BC on Saturday 28th June. Travel is by coach, which will leave from Alexandra BC, Northern Parade, at 1 pm. Players still required.

Paul Robson

P&D Match Sec.


29th April 2014

Eastney withdraw from Div 2

With regret, Eastney BC have just announced their withdrawal from League Division 2. If your calendar includes division 2 league matches please refer to the fixtures list to amend your diary.

Combination and Mid-Week Triples team obligations will not be affected.


16th April 2014

Happy Centenary

Copnor Bowls Club is 100 this year!

Ever fancied getting involved in the world of bowls? Meet new friends, partake in new social activities, learn the intriguing art of a new sport. The club extend a warm invitation on Monday afternoons (or other times by arrangement) to encourage potential bowlers to try their hand - you will be well looked after by the Copnor members.

2014 Members of Copnor Bowling Club

The members today

1914 Opening of the Green at Copnor Bowling Club - see onlookers standing on the rampart to the bridge in background

Copnor BC 1914 (Click to enlarge)

Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat to find out more about joining the club.

The Swordsands Bowling Association (who run the bowling facilities) offer a competitively priced season ticket, and if you are under 30, the first year’s season ticket is free.

So, if you are interested, why not pop along to their green at Swordsands Bowling Association, which is situated at the Eastern Road end of Tangiers Road - next to the College. More info


9 Sept 2014


For those of you with long memories

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 infamous!

Hampshire Team 1971 - Middleton Cup Winners

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


30th March 2014

Cowplain Bowling Club invites you to experience their hospitality

Cowplain Bowling Club are having an open day on Saturday May 10th from 10:00 to 15:00. Everyone welcome, beginners can come along and have a go!

Cowplain Bowing Club

September 2014

Middleton Cup Special

Read all about Hampshire's victory in the elusive quest for the prestigious Middleton Cup. Here...


21st Aug 2014

Matthew Marchant - 2014 Men’s Champion Of Champions.

Yesterday 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 Leamington Spa.


His quest 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.

On 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 21-10 victor.


In the final he played Paul Woolford from Kent. A close match ended with Matt running out the victor by 21shots to 14.




(August 2014)

Centenary celebrations in pictures

Star and Copnor have both celebrated their Centenaries this year. Please go to Photo Gallery for pictures taken during each event, plus action photo's kindly supplied by The News.



2nd August 2014





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.


Hampshire’s team 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 (Waverley).


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.





Leigh Park Charity Triples

Sunday 7th Sept 2014

in aid of The Rosemary Foundation. Numbers strictly limited 24 teams. Start times 9 & 10am.

Prizes for winners and runners up.

Buffet, Bar & Raffle Prizes.

A great fun day. Come along and join in!

Leigh Park Charity Triples Bowls Tournament entry form


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.


Fortunately, the 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 since!!).


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).

After the game, the ladies of Purbrook put on an excellent spread, enjoyed by all, as was the bar.

During his 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.

He also thanked everyone for the support, so far, for his charity - The Air Ambulance Service. To date, the sum of £320 has been raised.

Afterwards, 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



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 playing outdoors.


The Finals are being held on the 22nd-24th August.


- 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 age!!)




- Southsea 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 Cliff.




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.


Copnor exceeded 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 Match Secretary.

19 July 2014




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 final.



The Priory quartet (of Jerry Hardy, Arthur Newland, Mick Jinman and Tony Kneller) lost in the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff.


The Waverley quartet (of Louis McCubbin, Dave Watts, Graham Guy and Barry Starks) lost in the Semi Finals to Fleming Park.


Two Wood Singles

Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and Dave Turner (Lee-On-Solent) both lost in the Quarter Finals.


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 Northern District.



15th July 2014



Ladies successfully defend their title in Annual Tournament

(from roving reporter - Trevor Watkins)


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 July 2014.


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 (Pembroke Ladies BC), with the defending champions going through again.


Pembroke Gardens Open Bowls Triples finalists 2014

(l to r) Runners Up - Graham Olden, Peter Gentry and Dave Heather (Lee on the Solent Bowling Club) .
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 excellent facilities.


Many thanks to everyone who supported the day, which helped raise £150 for a local charity - The Portsmouth Deaf Club.




13 July 2014


Commemorative Plaque for Ivan and Beryl Robb


Saturday, July 5th saw the unveiling of the Ivan & Beryl Robb Memorial at Cosham Bowls Club.

In memory of Ivan and Beryl Robb - Cosham Bowls Club


Many of Ivan and Beryl's friends and bowling colleagues gathered to witness the unveiling and then play in a commemorative game of bowls.


In a 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.


After the game, everyone partook of an excellent tea supplied by the ladies of Cosham BC.



Tree and memorial plaque at Cosham Bowls Club for Ivan and Beryl Robb - July 2014

Ken Graham, P&D President, Mrs Rose Robinson, Cosham BC President, Mel Dunbar, Cosham Men’s Captain




Van Robb's mates make use of the new bench dedicated to his memory - July 2014

Friends of Ivan and Beryl Robb during the unveiling of the memorial plaque, tree and bench at Cosham Bowls Club - July 2014


It was, as everyone agreed, a fitting tribute to a sadly missed stalwart of the Cosham Bowling Association

and Portsmouth and District Bowling Association.


30th June 2014


P&D Friendly @ Kingsclere BC.


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 out!!


SVP Les Pycroft OBE nearly led his team to victory, but we fell short by 4 shots.


Kingsclere Bowling Club blazer badge

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



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.


Trevor Watkins

Tournament Secretary, Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club



The P&D needs your help.


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 players!!!!


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 matches:

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 know a.s.a.p.

You can either ring him on (023) 9236 8693
or EMAIL via

or make use of the form that can be found on the Friendlies section page.


Please support the P&D and help Paul in all his efforts.


Peter King

P&D Secretary

Some reminders

1) The P&D Constitution and Competition, League & Midweek League Rules have been updated to reflect the changes agreed at the 2014 AGM.
To view, follow the "Rules" link from our Home page and they will be in this year's Manual.

2) Sadly, we lost Post Office BC during the winter. Their members voted to disband in November.

3) However, the good news is that Portchester BC have returned to the fold. They will be playing in the West Division of the Midweek League.

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.

P&D 2014 AGM

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 him off!!)

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 forthcoming season.

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 year.

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 fees.
(No 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 competition.

4) P&D Friendly matches.

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 Club Secretary's.

b) The following Price structure was agreed:

- For Away matches where a Coach is being used, then costs will be £15 for players and £12 for guests (which includes after match meal).

- For Away matches where travel is by car, then each passenger should pay the driver £5 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.


Annual General Meeting - 2014

Following the AGM held on 7th January 2014 the Officers of the P&D for the forthcoming season are:

(Red indicates a change)



President Ken Graham (Purbrook Heath BC)
Senior Vice President Les Pyecroft, OBE (Southsea Waverley BC)
Junior Vice President John Pearson (Alexandra BC)
Immediate Past President Ted Tumber (Deceased)
Life Vice Presidents J. Bartlett
W. Hellier
B. Ivemey
H. Sawyer
Honorary Secretary Peter King
Honorary Treasurer John Emerson
Honorary Match Secretary Paul Robson
Honorary Competition Secretary Derek Morgan
Honorary League Secretary Dave Wildman
Honorary Combination League Secretary Dave Wildman
Honorary Mid Week League Secretary Martyn Reynolds
Honorary Accounts Examiners T. Watkins
  L Maddocks



Anyone for.... ?

Rowner 'Bowls' Club. Any suggestions for alternative use please send them to Rowner secretary.



Play only permitted in Flat Bottom Wellies - available Wilkinsons £16.50

Position vacant - Skip wanted for 2014 season. Must be able to walk on water.

Mats Dinghies must be used.

Cox required for 2014 season.

Fill it with Piranhas then let the idiot element run around with their trousers down! - Anon

29th November 2013

Funeral date has new been arrange for our President Ted

Ted Tumber's funeral will be on Friday 6th December, 2:30pm at Portchester Crematorium.

His family have asked for this to be a celebration of Ted's life, so please NO Black Ties please.


16 Nov 2013

With great sadness

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing away of our president - Ted Tumber.

Ted passed away during the night (16th November).

Our thoughts are with his family.

I will update this note with details on his funeral when I know, as I'm sure a lot of you will want to pay your respects

Dave Wildman
League Secretary

20th September 2013

2013 Midweek Triples Play-offs

The Midweek Triples play offs have been completed, results as follows:

Town League

1st Leg: Alexandra Blue 35 College Park Red 73

2nd Leg: College Park Red 57 Alexandra Blue 44

Overall: College Park Red 130 Alexandra Blue 79


District League

1st Leg: Fareham 50 Cowplain 46

2nd Leg: Cowplain 63 Fareham 36

Overall: Cowplain 109 Fareham 86


So, congratulations to College Park Red and Cowplain on winning the Town and District titles, respectively.

17th Sept 2103


In memory of our departed friend Ivan Robb


Ivan Robb, a stalwart of the P&D, sadly passed away on 20th March, 2013. 


Many people have been asking me about him, so I thought I’d share the following with you all.


His dear wife Beryl, sadly also now departed, told me about Ivan’s early life ….


“Ivan was always interested in sport – but only those where no money is involved, hence his lack of interest in football - although he did like his flutter on the horses!!!.


In his late teens, whilst in his hometown of Tonbridge Wells, Ivan was an amateur boxer (which accounts for his squashed nose!), during which time he won quite a few packets of “Typhoo” tea. He was also a fast bowler for his local club cricket team.


When we moved to Portsmouth with his job, Ivan discovered the game of bowls and, as it met his requirements of a friendly sport, he took it on his retirement.


Ivan became a member of Highbury Bowls Club in 1989 and was with them until he gave up playing when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.”


Whilst with Highbury, Ivan was involved in the creation of the Cosham Bowls Association, formed from members of Highbury, Cosham Men and Cosham Ladies Bowling Clubs. This association was formed when the PCC decided that they would do away with Park Keepers and get the clubs that used the local public greens to run them.


It was in 1994 that Ivan began his long involvement with the P&D Executive, when he was elected as Junior Vice President of the P&D, becoming our President in 1996. Then, not having enough to do, he took over the role of P&D League Secretary in 2001, looking after the fixtures for the 4 Leagues and 5 Combination divisions.


After 2009, due to his diagnosis, he stepped down from the League duties but carried on with his Combination role, ably supported by his good wife Beryl. However, in 2012, his cancer returned. Despite treatment, it became obvious that he couldn’t carry on in the role, so he sadly retired in January 2013.


Ivan was also heavily involved with the Portsmouth Open Bowls tournament between 2003 and 2011, as Assistant Secretary, responsible for creating the draws for the various competitions, no mean feat in itself when the tournament used to cover all the greens in Portsmouth!!


Ivan also got involved with Indoor Bowls, playing at Victory IBC in Portsmouth, becoming their President in 1998.

He was also a director of Victory Bowls Association Limited for nearly 11 years, retiring in March 2010. During this period, he was also Chairman of their Management Council between 2006 and 2009.


With his love of bowls, Ivan took on the responsibility of producing the Bowls reports that appeared in the Portsmouth News.


For all his work on the Bowling scene (Outdoors and Indoors), Ivan was honoured by the Portsmouth News when they gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of their 2012 Sports Awards.


As neither Ivan nor Beryl was well enough to attend the presentation evening, I had the great honour, along with along with Tom Pullin and Brian Martin, in receiving the trophy on Ivan’s behalf. Later, accompanied by Beryl, I had the great pleasure of presenting Ivan with his award.


Dave Wildman


17th Sept 2103

Commiserations to Waverley

Waverley BC went down in the Quarter Finals of the National Top Club 2-3 to Kingsthorpe BC (Northamptonshire).

Kingsthorpe were then beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual winners
Cavaliers BC (Nottinghamshire).

2013 P&D Roll Of Honour




Runner Up

Men’s Competitons



Steve Pothecary (Crofton)

Andy McKain (Milton Park)

Over 60’s Singles

Bob Floyd (Alexandra)

Mick Jinman (Priory)


Clive Carter & Steve Feilder (College Park)

Steve Dallimore & Mick Edney (Water Company)


Roy Toovey, Bob Floyd & Alan Sprake (Alexandra)

Martin Eggleton, John            Vinten & Peter Alcock (Priory)


Steve Dallimore, Keith Wright, Mick Leeson & Mick Edney (Water Company)

Darren Brown, Ted Brown, Terry Smith & Martin Wake


Mixed Competitons



Carol Pullin & Tom Pullin

Jean Swan & Geoff Anderson


Sandy Pullin, Tom Pullin & Tony Cole

Sheila Parish, Dave Brown & Mick Molloy


Carla Woolvin, Joan Wilson, John Vinten & Martin Wake

Mike Wright, Vanessa Wright, Stella Jones & Glyn Jones




Champion Of Champions

Charlie Bailey (Fareham)

Jamie Cooke (Alexandra)


Rowland Cup

Southsea Waverley





League Winners

Div 1

Southsea Waverley


Div 2


Lee on Solent

Div 3

Water Co

Hayling Island

Div 4


Post Office

Combination Winners

Comb 1

Southsea Waverley Blue

Lee on Solent B

Comb 2

Naismith B

Waterlooville Green

Comb 3

Alexandra Red

Post Office B

Comb 4

Purbrook Maroon

Waterlooville Brown

Comb 5

Cosham C

Pembroke Gardens C

Midweek Triples


College Park Red

Alexandra Blue








11 Sept 2013

Graham Clapham

It is with great regret that Gosport Bowling Club announce that Graham Clapham passed away recently.

Graham's funeral will be held at Portchester Crematorium on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 1.30 pm.

Family flowers only please but donations may be made to Cancer Research in Graham's memory.

Jack Wilcock

President Gosport Bowling Club.

P&D Champion Of Champions 2013

Charlie Bailey

(Fareham BC)

Portsmouth and District Bowls Association - Champion of Champions 2013 - Charlie Bailey (Fareham BC)



Prelim 1st Round Qtr-Finals Semi-Finals Final Winner
Joe Slatter (Waterlooville) C Stanley (21-11) Carter (21-9) S Filippi (21-18) C Bailey (21-12) C Bailey (21-12) 
Carl Stanley      (Gosport)
Marco D'Apice            (Post Office) C Carter (21-9)
Clive Carter           (College Park)
  Simon Filippi    (Star & Crescent) S Filippi (21-13)
  Martin Wake (Vospers)
  Charlie Bailey (Fareham) C Bailey (21-15) C Bailey (21-18)
  Peter Moody (Copnor)
  Ron Jacobs (Cosham) D Brown (21-10)
  Dave Brown     (Milton Park)
  John Bailey (Rowner) J Cooke (21-7) J Cooke (21-5) J Cooke (21-20) 
  Jamie Cooke (Alexandra)
  Peter Cooper (Bridgemary) P Kennington        (21-17)
  Paul Kennington (Denmead)
  S Watts      (Priory) S Watts (21-16) S Watts (21-14)
  Andrew Hibberd (Bedhampton)
  Mick Leeson     (Water Company) M Leeson      (Barry retired injured)
  Barry Dixon     (Leigh Park)

5th Sept 2013


2013 P&D Competition Finals Report


The 2013 P&D outdoor season is winding down to a close. Last weekend (Aug 31st & Sept 1st) saw the final stages of the various P&D competitions, with the Semi-Finals being played at the greens at Milton Park and the finals at the home of the P&D Alexandra BC.


Trying to set the schedules for these finals (Men & Mixed) is always a trying time for the P&D Competition Secretary, Derek Morgan, as he has to wait to see how many finals a competitor has reached. This year, the duo from Portsmouth Water Company, Mick “Curly” Edney and Steve Dallimore reached the Semi Finals of the Men’s Pairs, Triples and Fours, and there 4 others who reached 2 semi-finals.


So, great credit to Derek for coming up with the start times for all the competitions.


Apart from two games, all the finals were tight, tense affairs.


The Men’s Singles Final was between Steve Pothecary (Crofton BC) and Andy McKain (Milton Park BC). In a game where first one bowler, then the other took charge. After 23 ends, Steve was 18-17 up. Over the next 3 ends, he held his nerve to  run out the victor 21-18.

The Semi’s were much easier for both men. Steve defeated former winner Mike Elliott (Fareham BC) 21-11, whilst Andy saw off Martin Eggleton (Priory BC) 21-15.


The Men’s Over 60’s Singles Final was between Bob Floyd (Alexandra BC) and Mike Jinman (Priory BC). Bob found his touch on his home green a lot earlier than Mike, to comfortably win 21-12, thereby regaining the trophy he had won in 2011.

In the Semi’s, Bob had beaten Graham King (Cowplain BC) 21-16, whilst, in an all Priory game, Mike beat Trevor Moore 21-16.


The Men’s Pairs Final was between Clive Carter & Steve Feilder (College Park BC) and Mick Edney & Steve Dallimore (Water Co BC), playing in their 2nd final of the day. The College duo hit the green running, picking up a 4 on the 1st end, and maintained their stranglehold on the game to finish 27-10 victors, the Water boys conceding at the 19th end.

In the Semi’s, College Park had been given a walkover, as their opponents were involved in the Worthing Open, whilst the Water Co duo had a very close match against the Lee-On-Solent pairing of Roger Williams & Eric Brierley, eventually only dropping a 2 on the final end to win 17-16.


The Men’s Triples Final was between Roy Toovey, Bob Floyd & Alan Sprake (Alexandra BC) and Martin Eggleton, John Vinten & Peter Alcock (Priory), Bob playing his 1st final of the day. Again, home green advantage played its bit, as the men from the Alex went 14-3 up after 8 ends. They then controlled the match and held off any chances of a fight back from the Priory trio to win 19-13.

In the Semi’s, the Alex trio had seen off Water Co’s Mick Edney, Steve Dallimore & Mick Leeson 23-13, whilst the Priory trio came back from the dead to defeat another Alexandra trio of Danny Smith, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott by picking up 8 shots on the last 2 ends to win 22-21.


The Men’s Fours Final saw Mick Edney and Steve Dallimore make their first appearance of the day, joined by Mick Leeson and Keith Wright. Their opponents were a quartet from Vospers – Darren Brown, Ted Brown, Terry Smith & Martin Wake. This was another extremely close match throughout. However, despite sterling work from Marty Wake, 2 singles on the last 2 ends meant that Water Co ran out 17-16 victors.

In the Semi’s, Vospers had also received a walkover, whilst the Water Co men had taken on another Vospers quartet of Ray Porter, Tony Berridge, Alan Davey & Pete Sansbury. In another close game, Water Co picked up a 3 on the last end to win 20-19.


The Mixed Pairs final was between Carol & Tom Pullin and Jean Swan & Geoff Anderson. The game was nip and tuck affair for the 1st 10 ends, then a run of 9 shots over the next 5 ends gave the Pullin duo a 5 shot lead. They held onto their lead to run out 22-18 victors..

In the semis, the Pullin combo outlasted Rose & Graham King 20-17 (so not a successful Saturday for Graham), whilst Jean & Geoff came back from 12-19 down at 13 ends, to pick up 16 unanswered shots over the next 7 ends to run out 28-19 victors over Lesley Somerskill & Dave Deacon.


The Pairs victory completed a very successful day for Tom, as in the morning, he had teamed up with his wife Sandy and Tony Cole to play Sheila Parish, Dave Brown & Mick Molloy in the Mixed Triples Final. Another tight battle saw the game enter the last end with the Pullin trio ahead by 3shots. And they successfully kept the Molloy band down to 2 shots, thus winning 14-13.

In the Semis, the Pullin trio beat Jane Franklin, Pam Lambshead & Bryan Franklin 20-13, whilst the Molloy trio (with Andy McKain subbing for Mick Molly) beat Brian Shakespeare, Valerie Grinaway & Ray Longhurst 19-16.


In the Mixed Fours final, the quartet of Carla Woolvin, Joan Wilson, John Vinten & Martin Wake took on Mike Wright, Vanessa Wright, Stella Jones & Glyn Jones.

The game was close until the 14th end, when after leading 16-14 (despite dropping a 6) the Wake quartet took a stranglehold on the game to win 25-15, Marty thereby making up for his defeat in the Men’s Fours final in the morning.

Both semis were close games, with the Wake quartet winning a double on the last end to beat Sandra McAfee, Joan Cleeve, Vic Clark & Ray Cleeve 21-12, whilst in the other semi, the Jones quartet won singles on the last 2 ends to finish 17-14 victors over Dang O'Neill, Jan Sansom, Steve Prior & Pete Robinson.


2013 P&D Competition Roll Of Honour



Runner Up

Rowland Cup

Southsea Waverley





Men’s Competitons




Steve Pothecary (Crofton)

Andy McKain (Milton Park)

Over 60’s Singles

Bob Floyd (Alexandra)

Mick Jinman (Priory)


Clive Carter & Steve Feilder (College Park)

Steve Dallimore & Mick Edney (Water Company)


Roy Toovey, Bob Floyd & Alan Sprake (Alexandra)

Martin Eggleton, John            Vinten & Peter Alcock (Priory)


Steve Dallimore, Keith Wright, Mick Leeson & Mick Edney (Water Company)

Darren Brown, Ted Brown, Terry Smith & Martin Wake


Mixed Competitons




Carol Pullin & Tom Pullin

Jean Swan & Geoff Anderson


Sandy Pullin, Tom Pullin & Tony Cole

Sheila Parish, Dave Brown & Mick Molloy


Carla Woolvin, Joan Wilson, John Vinten & Martin Wake

Mike Wright, Vanessa Wright, Stella Jones & Glyn Jones


P&D Competitions 2013

Semi-finals to be played at Milton Park BC saturday 31st August as follows:

(Finals at Alexandra BC 1st Sept)








A McKain


M Eggleton


M Elliott


S Pothercary

Over 60

B Floyd


G King

Over 60

T Moore


M Jinman

Mixed Pairs

G Anderson


D Deacon

Mixed Pairs

G King


T Pullin










C Carter


A Snook




E Brierley


Mixed Fours

R Cleeve


J Vinten

Mixed Fours

P Robinson


G Jones








A Snook


M Wake


S Dallimore


T Berridge



S Dallimore


B Floyd


M Eggleton


C Baggott

Mixed Triples

A Cole


P Lambshead

Mixed Triples



R Longhurst










20th August 2013

Hampshire win the Balcombe Trophy

Congratulations to Jon Leggett and John Biggs who were members of Hampshire's 2 Rink team that won the Balcombe Trophy last Sunday (18th August) at Worthing.


In the morning, Hants beat Devon by 10shots in the semi final. In the final, they defeated Essex (who beat Derby) 52 shots to 34.

This is the 1st time Hants have won the Balcombe.

A full report will appear at a later date in Views From The Head when our roving reporter has got down from the ceiling

20th July 2013

County Finals Results

Congratulations to Mark Hammond of Southsea Waverley, who became County Champion by defeating Nicky Jones from Boscombe Cliff.

Nicky put paid to Fareham's Martyn Dubb in the Quarter Finals.


That was the only success for the P&D representatives.


In the Pairs, Charlie Bailey & Mike Elliott (Fareham) fell at the Semi-Final, beaten by the eventual winners Boscombe Cliff. Our other reps, Alan Bloxham & Peter Cooper of Bridgemary departed at the Quarter Finals, losing to the eventual Runners Up - Sports Centre.


In the Triples, T.Hurst, D.Bromley & M Dubb (Fareham) fell at the Semi-Final to the Runners Up from New Milton. The other Fareham triple of D.Bishop, D Stephenson & D Quade bowed out at the Quarter Final, beaten by the eventual winners Eastleigh Railway.


In the Fours, C Bailey's (with B.Norton, P.Cowe & M.Elliott) defence of their title ended at the Quarter Final stage, beaten by Boscombe Cliff. The Waverley Quartet of A.Marchant, P.Cooke, M.Marchant & J.Biggs fell at the Semi-Final to Sports Centre.


In the 2Wood Singles, Dorian Bishop (Fareham) & John Biggs (Southsea Waverley) both fell at the Semi Final.


July 2013

Bowls Hampshire Eastern Divisional Finals Schedule 


  Sunday 7 July Alexandra BC    
  County Club      10:00
  Southsea Waverley - Winner      
   Lee on Solent      
  Two Wood Singles      
  D Bishop - Winner Fareham   18:00
  M Wright Denmead    
  Monday 8 July Fareham BC    
  M Hammond  - Winner Southsea Waverley   18:00
C Carter College Park    
  D Holt Waterlooville   18:00
M Dubb   - Winner Fareham    
  Two Wood Singles      
  A Marchant Southsea Waverley B.C. 18:00
J Biggs - Winner Southsea Waverley B.C.  
  D.BISHOP, D Stephenson, D Quade  - Winner Fareham B.C.   18:00
  E.HOWARD, P.Parry, R.Barber Cowplain B.C.    
  Tuesday 9 July Alexandra BC    
  C  BAILEY, B.Norton, P.Cowe, M.Elliott  - Winner Fareham B.C.   18:00
  P.LAWRENCE, A.Snook, R.Reeves, M Rimmer College Park B.C.    
  G Jones, M Wright Denmead   18:00
  P Cooper, A Bloxham - Winner Bridgemary    
  Two Wood Triples      
  A Hurst, D Bromley, D Bishop Fareham   18:00
  B Starks, J Biggs, G Starks - Winner Southsea Waverley B.C.  
  Wednesday 10 July Gosport BC    
  G Starks, G Guy Southsea Waverley B.C. 18:00
  C Bailey, M Elliott - Winner Fareham    
  A.SNOOK, P.Lawrence, R.Reeves College Park B.C.   18:00
  T.HURST, D.Bromley, M Dubb - Winner Fareham B.C.    
  A.MARCHANT, P.Cooke, M.Marchant, J.Biggs - Winner Southsea Waverley B.C. 18:00
  D.BISHOP, D Stephenson, D Quade, D Bromley Fareham B.C.    



13 July 2013


The annual Open Triples bowls tournament took place at Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire on Saturday 13th July 2013.


The event was played in hot sunshine, starting at 9:30 in the morning with the final finishing at 6:30 in the evening.  In between the bowling, competitors and spectators were kept cool by sea breezes and three large gazebos. Refreshments and drinks were available all day.


24 teams from all over southern Hampshire took part, competing in five preliminary games before a play-off determined which teams went through to the final.


The final was contested by two teams who had not lost a game all day.


The ladies’ team comprised Tina Chambers, Sue Jackson and Caroline Cuerden from Moneyfields Ladies Bowling Club.


The gentlemen were from Lee-on-the-Solent Bowls Club with Terry Strutt, Jeff Passmore and Bill Lamb.

It was a close-run final and the winners were the ladies from Moneyfields.


The event was well supported and funds were raised for a local charity - the Portsmouth Stroke Club.


Trevor Watkins Tournament Secretary

Tournament Secretary, Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club






Pembroke Gardens Open Trips Finalists 2013

(l to r) Caroline Cuerden, Sue Jackson, Tina Chambers,(Moneyfields Ladies)

Jeff Passmore, Bill  Lamb and Terry Strutt (Lee-on-the- Solent)


9 June 2013


P&D Friendly at Kingsclere

Another glorious day of great company, lovely food, plenty of beer and sunshine!!

Club Captain Rolf Denny and his club members gave us a very warm welcome.

The only let down was that we only had 22 players, with a membership of 1300 it is very disappointing that President Ted is not supported better.

The President would like to thank the following clubs for their support on the day: - Eastney, Alexandra, Cosham, Forton (2 rinks) and S&C (Who can forget the melodic tones of Paul Whiffin echoing across the green!!)

The result went the way of the P&D, but on occasions like these the result is secondary.

Another big thanks to Match Sec “Sir James Bartlett” for his sterling work in getting these games on.

Next game June 15th at Hyde Abbey versus Southampton and District.



16th June 2013

Portsmouth & District versus Southampton & District played at Hyde Abbey BC, Winchester.

This was our third friendly of the season and we kept our winning run going.
We were cordially welcomed by Martin Marum (S&D President) and Andy Crichton (Hyde Abbey BC President).
The weather didn’t look too promising when we started, but the heavy rain stayed away and we only had a couple of light showers.
If the P&D hadn’t been there it would have been bucketing down, but the sun always shines on the righteous! J
President Ted did have some minor abuse from the S&D, calling him “Ted Tumbler”, “Ted Thumper” and “Ted Trumper”!!
But being such a gracious guest still let them have the highest home winning rink!
The food, the service and the company were as usual excellent.
It is nice to beat the Old Enemy, but as President Ted said there are no losers just second place, and we didn’t come second!!
President Ted would like to thank the following clubs for providing rinks: Alexandra, Eastney, Forton (2 rinks), Post Office and Bedhampton.
Just a footnote, Hyde Abbey in 2012 celebrated their 200th anniversary. How many clubs in Portsmouth will ever do that? With this council, NONE!!!
Next friendly July 31st @ Waterlooville BC versus P&D Ladies.




8 June 2013

Pembroke Gardens Open Fours Finalists 2013 (l to r) Martin Wake, Tom Edgeller. Dave Watts, Tom Suthers, Ted Nown, Martin Farmer, John Peacham and Paul Porter)


The annual Open Fours bowls tournament took place at Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire on Saturday 8 June 2013. Over 100 people enjoyed excellent bowling, continuous sunshine and all-day refreshments.

24 teams from all over southern Hampshire took part, competing in five preliminary games to determine the semi-finalists.

The final was contested by Tom Edgeller’s team from Alexandra Bowling Club (Ted Nown, Tom Edgeller, Tom Suthers and Martin Farmer) against Dave Watts’ team from Southsea Waverley (Dave Watts, Paul Porter, John Peacham and Martin Wake) over 7 ends. Victory went to Dave Watts’ team by 11 shots to nil.

The event was well supported and funds were raised for a local charity - the Portsmouth Stroke Club.

Trevor Watkins Tournament Secretary

Tournament Secretary, Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club


Below: Winners

The Dins (Innit)


2 June 2013


Gwyn Guy Tournament 2013
Sad to report, but the P&D will NOT be participating in this years Gwyn Guy Tournament.

The organisers are sticking with the same format as last year, ie all matches on 1 day and also with last years teams: So'ton, Aldershot, Basingstoke & Bournemouth.

The exec are still trying to find out the real reason behind our exclusion.


27 May 2013


P&D v Woolston BC on Sunday 26th May 2013

A glorious sunny day was the prelude to a wonderful afternoon of bowls and good companionship.

President Ted Tumber was extremely happy that Alexandra BC, Forton BC (2 rinks), Purbrook BC and Eastney BC managed to supply rinks for this game.

The friendliness of Woolston BC members is wonderful and we actually came away with a narrow victory.

We have been invited to return in 2014.


However, with nearly 1300 P&D members it is still extremely difficult for Jim Bartlett to raise rinks for these matches.

The next friendly is on Saturday 8th June at Kingsclere BC.
There will be a coach laid on.

Please support the P&D to fulfill this match.

Peter King


20 May 2013


More Tragic News

It is with great sadness I must inform you that Beryl Robb (wife of our recently departed friend Ivan) passed away this morning.

Many of you will have spoken to Beryl at some time as she supported Ivan as his 'telephone answering service' for many years.

She too shall be sadly missed.



12 May 2013

Ivan Robb Memorial Week

For P&D Clubs to be able to pay their respects to Ivan Robb, who sadly passed away earlier this year, the P&D Officers have asked that next week (w/b May 13th), all clubs have a 1 minutes silence before the start of their games.
In this way, all P&D members who couldn't make Ivan's funeral can pay tribute to a man who did a lot of work for the P&D during his bowling career.

28th Apr 2013

Good news on the mid-week front

Following City's demise, Gas asked if they could take over City's place in the Red Division. John has agreed, so Town Red is now back to 10 teams.

So all Red teams please note, 2 extra matches each this season. Gas will be in touch with Alex to rearrange last week's game.
Revised Fixtures/Results will appear soon.

15th Apr 2013

Ivan's Funeral

The Funeral of our departed friend Ivan was held at Porchester Crematorium on Wednesday 10th April at 1.30pm.

The South Chapel was filled beyond capacity by relatives and friends who shared affection and respect for Ivan.

He will be missed by all.



10th April 2013

Div 4 and Combination 5 league adjustments

Following the unfortunate loss of the City of Portsmouth Bowls Club it has been necessary to adjust the leagues in which the club played.

If you play in either Division 4 or Combination 5 leagues please refer to sections and adjust your diaries accordingly.

Many thanks

Dave Wildman
League Secretary


31st March 2013

More important news

Following on from the sad news about Ivan Robb (and to confirm, his funeral is at 1:30pm on April 10th, despite what it stated in the papers), I now have to inform you of some more bad news for the P&D.

We have just been informed that the 2nd oldest club in the P&D - City Of Portsmouth - have decided to disband.

City had a long history. In an earlier guise, they were one of the 8 clubs that formed the the Hampshire Bowling Association in 1903. Then, in 1925, they were one of the 10 clubs that formed the Portsmouth and District Bowling Association.

So, where does that leave the fixture lists?

Well, the Midweek Red & Blue Divisions will now run with 9 teams.
Those clubs due to play either City Red or Blue will have a bye week.
The web will be updated soon with the amended fixtures.

As to Division 4 & Combination Div 5, City's withdrawal (plus Cowplain's earlier decision to scrap their Blue Team) means that those Divisions now have only 6 Teams.
Rather than simply leave those Clubs only having 10 matches this year, I have redrawn the fixtures so that each club plays each other 3 times, thereby giving them 15 games, albeit that there will not be an equal division of Home & Away fixtures.
The draft fixtures are with the affected clubs, for their comments and, hopefully, approval.

I will have more to say at the April Exec meeting on what City's disbanding means to the current league format.


Dave Wildman
League Secretary

20th March 2013

With great sadness

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing away of Ivan Robb.

Ivan passed away at 5:30am this morning (Weds 20th) having lost his battle with cancer.

All of you will have had contact with Ivan at some time as he was League Secretary for many years

Our thoughts are with his wife Beryl at this sad time.

I will update this note with details on his funeral when I know, as I'm sure a lot of you will want to pay your respects

Dave Wildman
League Secretary

18 February 2013

A Message from your President

Thank you all for accepting me as your President for the 2013 season. It is a great privilege for me and my aim will be to carry on the traditions and the good work I inherit from all the past Presidents.

I wish all the members and clubs of the Portsmouth and District every success in Competitions and all other activities enjoyed by those who play the game of bowls.

My charity this year will be to support Cancer Research. Your kind donations I know, will help a worthy cause.

Wishing you all an enjoyable season.

Thank you again.

Ted Tumber

President 2013

Feb 2013

Long live the King!!

Following what must have been a temporary distraction and failing to smartly step back with colleagues at the moment when volunteers were asked to 'step forward' Peter King found himself volunteering for the job of P&D Secretary. Well done that man!

All matters in the domain of the P&D Secretary should now be addressed to Peter who can be contacted by email at honsecretary@pdba.co.uk, or phone at (023) 9235 6814

28th January 2013

Ivan Robb retires

Earlier this year, we posted a notice that Ivan Robb had been taken into hospital as a result of catching an infection whilst recovering from his last batch of chemo-therapy.

At that time, our hope was that Ivan would have a full recovery and be able to return to his post of Combination Secretary.

Unfortunately, his wife Beryl has informed the P&D that Ivan will not be able to carry on his role and has, with great sadness and regrets, had to relinquish his duties as Combination Secretary.

Ivan has given many years of service to the P&D, not only as League Secretary, but he was our President in 1996 and was also Assistant Secretary for the Open Tournament - compiling the draws, etc.

His presence will be sorely missed.

For the present, Dave Wildman will be covering the position of Combination Secretary.

If any P&D Member is interested in taking on the role, then please contact Dave at leaguesec@pdba.co.uk"

16th January 2013

Best wishes for Ivan Robb

As you all know, Ivan Robb (P&D Life Vice President and P&D Combination League Secretary) has been fighting cancer for many years now.

Unfortunately, he has taken a turn for the worse recently, so much so that he is now in the QA Hospital.

All his fellow officers (and I'm sure all of the P&D) wish him well. Our thoughts, at this time, are with him and his good wife Beryl.

Whilst he is incapacitated, Dave Wildman will be picking up his workload of generating the Combination fixtures.
So, please bear with us during this trying time for Ivan

2nd November 2012

Statement from Portsmouth Water Company Bowling Club

'It is once again the time of year when everyone speculates about the future of Portsmouth Water Bowls Club.
For those of you either spreading or just listening to the unsubstantiated gossip, PORTSMOUTH WATER BOWLS CLUB ARE NOT CLOSING DOWN.

Keeping our Bowls Club going is not the easiest of tasks as our circumstances have changed in recent years and that task is not helped by continually hearing unfounded gossip and rumour from people who really have no idea what is going on. If any one is really that interested in our affairs and wants to know what is happening, the only person they should talk to about our future is our Secretary.

Our situation is exactly as it has been for the last three years. We will continue to be members of the P&D League, we will continue to play in the P&D League at our own green at the Company Headquarters in Havant and if and when anything changes, the P&D Executive Committee will be informed through the correct channels.

Ray Hansler
Secretary Portsmouth Water Co BC'

1st November 2012

The P&D seek nominations for the role of Secretary

The P&D Secretary - Brian Ivemey - has informed the committee that he will NOT be seeking re-election at the next AGM.
Therefore, the P&D are looking for a new Secretary to take over his mantle.
Anyone interested should contact Brian via their Club's secretary.

14th Sept 2012

Midweek Triples - Town Divisional Play Off

Congratulations to Vospers on winning the Town Division
Vospers Blue defeated Vospers Red 58-33

10th Sept 2012

District Final Result Cowplain V Fareham

1st Leg Cowplain 72 Fareham 41
2nd Leg Fareham 50 Cowplain 41
Result Cowplain 115 Fareham 91

So, congratulations to Cowplain on retaining their Midweek Triples District title.

10th Sept 2012

Southsea Waverley's Barry Starks crowned 2012 Champion of Champions

Full draw here

P&D Championship Finals 2012


R Moran


Runner up

M Eggleton





Singles over 60

B Ross


Runner up

D Plowright





Pairs Men’s

T Gormely, M Coleman


Runner up

J Hardy, P Alcock ,Sub, A Lewis





Mixed Pairs

A & A Budd


Runner up

G Pindar, V Bennett






R Toovey, J Anderson, A Floyd


Runner up

D Watts, J Biggs, A Marchant





Mixed Triples

A & D Beynon, P Pinder


Runner up

A & D Biggs, J Biggs

Milton Park





B McCubbin, G Guy, I Mackenzie, B Starks


Runner up

D Watts, M Marchant, A Marchant, J Biggs





Mixed Fours

L Summergill, T Amps, P Robson, C Baggott, Sub, B Harman


Runner up

J & R Cleeve, C & V Clark


15th Aug 2012

Rowland Cup - Waverley beat Priory by 10 Shots. Further information may follow.

27th August 2012

Midweek Leagues are all but complete

Congratulations to:
Fareham who have won the District West Division
Cowplain who have won the District East Division
Vospers Blue who have won the Town Blue Division
Bridgemary who won the Combination Division.

The Town Red is between Vospers Red and Milton Park.
Vospers will win the Division if they beat City Red in their final match. Milton need to get all 36points from their last 3 matches and hope!!

25th August 2012

The outstanding games in Comb 3 and 5 were finally played last week.

Comb 3
The relegation places were settled last week.
Gas lost to Copnor, so finished in the bottom 2.
In the other games, Eastney thrashed Priory, so it was all down to the final game between themselves and Fareham as to who would join Gas.
Fareham won by 1 shot, thereby consigning Eastney to the drop.

Comb 5
Purbrook Maroon defeated Bedhampton and secured the Runner Up spot.

20th August 2012

It's a Family Affair

The Johnson family were celebrating early this month as father & son Brian and Kevin Johnson both gained their Bowls Hampshire badges in the same game.

They were in the Hampshire team who played against Sussex on August 8th and were later awarded their badges by Ken Graham, Bowls Hampshire Men's President.


Although on the same team that day, rivalry exists in the P&D as Brian plays for Waterlooville, whilst Kevin plays for Milton Park - both relegated from Division 1 !!

20th August 2012

How things stand..

The weather relented so that the majority of League and Combination games have now been finished and league positions sorted out.

Div 1
College Park's victory over Waterlooville on Monday consigned 'Ville and Milton Park to Div 2.
Fareham's victory over Milton cemented their Runner Up spot.

Div 2
Gosport's victory over Eastney gained them the Div 2 Runner Up spot.

Comb Div 1
Waterlooville's comprehensive victory over College Park meant that their Gold team won the division, providing 'ville with some comfort following their A Team's relegation.
By beating Alex Blue, Waverley's Blue team finished as Runner Up.

At the bottom, by only winning one of their three remaining games, Vospers are relegated alongside College Park.
Th key result was their defeat by Hayling Island, who leapfrogged over them in the table.

Comb Div 2
By winning their final two games, Lee On Solent won the Division, overtaking Fareham.
At the bottom, Naismith overcame Post Office in their "winner takes all" match, meaning that Post Office are relegated alongside Star.

Comb Div 3
Cowplain Red had already won the division. Cosham finished Runner Up after Pembroke lost their final two matches, whilst Cosham had a comfortable victory over Copnor.

At the bottom, it's perm 2 from 4 out of Alex Red, Gas Social, Fareham and Eastney.
Eastney have to play Fareham and Priory, Gas have to play Copnor, whilst Alex will be sitting and twiddling their thumbs, having completed their matches.

Comb Div 4
Lee On Solent won their final two games to finish as Runner Up to Milton Park C.
By only gaining two points from their final games, Cosham finished next to bottom as Emsworth and Co-Op both convincingly defeated Bridgemary to overtake them!

Comb Div 5
Drayton won the divison a while ago. If Purbrook Maroon gain 1 point from their remaining match against Bedhampton, then they will finish as Runners Up, overtaking Cowplain Green

27th August 2012

P&D Championship Semi-Finals to be played at Milton Park BC on September 1st

Playing times as follows:

Singles Singles Over 60 Over 60 Pairs Pairs
09 00 09 00 09 00 09 00 12 00 12 00
M Eggleton [Pr] R Moran [W] C Friend [F] D Plowright [CP] S Filippi [SC] T Pullin [F]
v v v v v v
P Sanders [LOS] J Cooke [A] B Ross [R] I Mackenzie [W] M Coleman [F] A Lewis [Pr]
Triples Triples Fours Fours    
15 00 09 00 09 00 09 00    
A Lewis [Pr] B Chadwick [V] B Starks [W] J Biggs [W]    
v v v v    
J Biggs [MP] B Floyd [A] A Hurst [MP] C Carter [Cpk]    
M-Pairs M-Pairs M-Triples M-Triples M-Fours M-Fours
12 00 09 00 09 00 12 00 Played 09 00
D Plowright [CP] V Bennett D Meyer [MP] G King [CP] B Harman [A] B Franklin [CP]
v v v v v v
A Budd [Wv] Walk over D Beynon [Br] D Biggs [MP] R Algar [F] R Cleeve [Br]

Winning semi-finalists to play at Bridgemary Bowling Club on 2nd September. Times yet to be advised.


15th Aug 2012

Div 2
Last night (14th) Gosport gained the 14 points they required to finish in the Runner Up spot.


14th Aug 2012

The 'winner-takes-all' match between College Park and Waterlooville last night resulted in a 40 shot victory for College, thereby consigning 'ville and Milton Park to 2nd division bowls next season

With the league season drawing to a close this is how things stand....

13th August 2012

Div 2
With Cowplain losing to Bridgemary, it now means that it's between Eastney & Gosport as to who joins Priory in Div 1.
These 2 play each other (weather permitting) next Monday.
If Eastney gain 12 or more points they are promoted.
If Gosport gain 13 or more points they are promoted.
Any other result means it'll be down to Gosport's final match v Division winners Priory.

Div 3
The Div 3 program has now been completed.
Naismith's defeat by Gas means that Cosham finish as Runner Up to Crofton.

Div 4
The Div 4 program has now been completed.
Pembroke defeating Purbrook means that Lakeside finish as Runner Up to Pembroke.
Whilst Co-Op managed to win their 2nd match of the season

Combination League
A lot of clubs took the opportunity to play postponed matches last week. Which has meant that a few things have been cleared up, but it's still murky in most Divisions.

Div 1
Whilst W'ville & Waverley both lost to Rowner, it's still between these 2 as to who wins the Division.
'ville have the benefit of playing their last match at home.
At the bottom, College Park are relegated and it's perm any one from 5 as to who will join them in Div 2 next year..

Div 2
It's anybody's guess as to who will win the Division.
At the bottom, Star are relegated and whoever loses the Post Office v Naismith game will join them.
Only Leigh Park have nothing to fight for.

Div 3
Cowplain Red have won the Division, with Pembroke & Cosham fighting for the Runner Up spot.
At the bottom, the other 5 clubs in the are scrapping it out to see who avoids the drop.
And Copnor could either be Promoted or Relegated depending on how their results go!!

Div 4
Milton Park won the Division a few weeks ago. But who will finish Runner Up would seem to be between Lee On Solent & Bridgemary. However, 3 other clubs have a mathematical chance.
At the bottom, Denmead are definitely relegated. It looks to be between Co-Op & Emsworth as to who joins them, but Cosham should be feeling a little nervous.

Div 5
Drayton have won the Division. It's between Cowplain Green & Purbrook Maroon as to who finish Runner Up. Purbrook have 2 games left and require 13 points to overtake Cowplain.

4th August 2012

Following this weeks results, things have become clearer.

Div 1
Unless there is some freakish set of results in the last 2 matches, it would seem that Milton are relegated.
If College Park pick up 6 or more points from their match with Waterlooville, then it will be 'ville who are relegated.
Fareham need just 1 point from their match with Milton to finish Runner Up.

Div 2
Priory have won the Division.
As to who joins them, it is between Eastney, Cowplain & Gosport. The Gosport v Eastney match could well settle it.

Water Co join Bridgemary in Div 3

Div 3
The Gas v Naismith match decides who joins Crofton in Div 2 next year.
Naismith need to win to overtake Cosham as Runner Up.

Div 4
Pembroke have won the Division.
Either Lakeside or Purbrook will join them.
Purbrook require 13 points form their remaining match against Pembroke!


30th July 2012

How things stand in the leagues


As we get to the final weeks of the season, here’s how things stand in the Leagues


Div 1

Waverley has retained the title.

At the bottom, it’s perm 2 from 3 out of Waterlooville, Milton and College Park. Vospers should be safe.

The double header between College & Waterlooville could well resolve matters.

Div 2

At the top, it’s perm 2 from 5. Priory is in pole position, 18 more points and they will definitely win the Division. Their game next week against Eastney may well resolve matters.

The other teams in the mix are Cowplain, Leigh Park and Gosport.

At the bottom, Bridgemary are relegated and if Gosport get 3 more points, Water Co will be relegated also.

Div 3

At the top, Crofton have won the Division.

Who goes up with them depends on the Gas v Naismith match. If Naismith get more than 8 points from the game, they are promoted, otherwise it will be Cosham.

At the bottom, Drayton and Emsworth are relegated.

Div 4

At the top, its perm 2 out of Pembroke Gardens, Lakeside, Bedhampton and Purbrook.

Pembroke look to be in pole position to win the Divison, whilst Purbrook are playing Bedhampton next week.

The rain has severely disrupted the Combination & Midweek Triples Leagues, so all is still to play for in all the Divisions, apart from these:
- Cowplain Red require 2 more points to win the Division 3.
- Milton Park C have won Division 4.

21st July 2012

County Championships

Congratulations to the Fareham Bowls Club rink of Bailey, Elliott, Cunningham & Cowe on becoming County Fours Champions for 2012.

9th July 2012

County Divisional Finals

Congratulations and good luck to all competitors who have reached the Division Finals of County Competitions. Players and venues for games to be played as follows:

Venue: Monday 9 July at Fareham BC






College Park




16 - 22




Two Wood Singles


Southsea Waverley  



Southsea Waverley 

10 - 13





R.Chadwick, S.Taylor,M.Goldring



M.Wright, S.Puttock, G.Jones


2 - 21



Two Wood Triples

A.Hurst, D Brown, D Biggs

Milton Park


O. Mew, R.Moran, A.Ingram

Southsea Waverley  

20 - 18



Tuesday 10 July at Alexandra BC




Two Wood Singles





Lee on the Solent  

10 - 17




C.Carter, M.Rimmer, R.Cheater, S.Fielder

College Park


C. Bailey, M.Elliott, L.Cunningham, P Cowe


21 - 22




G  King, D.Plowright, R.Blake, A.N.O.



D.Bishop, D Stephenson, V.Bennett, D.Quade 


12 - 21




Secretary Singles






7 - 21




Wednesday 11 July at Alexandra BC










21 - 8




C.Carter, S.Fielder

College Park


L.McCubbin, B.McCubbin


28 - 13








M.Wright, G.Jones


21 - 15






O.Mew, R.Moran, A.Ingram

Southsea Waverley 


B.Dixon, A.Jones, P.Dedman

Leigh Park  

25 - 15





6th June 2012

Ivan Robb - Life Vice President and Combination League Secretary

As you all know, Ivan is the P&D's Combination Secretary. He is ably assisted in this task by his good wife Beryl, who many of you will have spoken with when you phone in your Combination results.

What you may not be aware of is that Ivan had to undergo a second course of chemotherapy late last year.
He has now completed that course and awaits the results.

Unfortunately, his good wife Beryl has now been diagnosed with Bone Cancer, so she now has to undergo her own course of chemotherapy, which started last week.

During this trying time, I'm sure you will all understand if things may not proceed as usual on the Combination front and hope that you will all understand the reasons why.

I'm sure you will all add your best wishes, alongside those from the P&D and it's Officers, to Beryl and Ivan and hope for a successful outcome in their courses of treatment.

21st May 2012

Is your silverware adequately protected?

Following the theft at Rowner Bowling Club the question goes out to all clubs whether your prize silverware is safe?

Needless to say your clubhouse needs to be secure, but have you taken additional steps to ensure you have become unattractive as a target to the would-be burglar?

The P&D recommend you make a photographic record of all your trophies and silverware whether you keep such items on clubhouse premises or in the custody of the holder. Doing so will assist the Police should the unthinkable happen and make it much more difficult for culprits to dispose of their ill-gotten gains.

A recent photograph of a winner receiving a prize is not as good a means of identification as a portrait of the trophy, so it really can be worth the effort.

The history recorded on trophies can often outweigh their financial value making their loss deeply upsetting. Taking a few moments to catalogue the contents of your trophy cabinet can turn your prize possessions into a pile of hot potatoes for any thief.

If you have suffered any kind of loss please advise the P&D.

15th May 2012

For information

Cosham BC have just informed P&D that regretfully, with immediate effect, they are having to withdraw their Cosham Debs team from Combination Div 4.

This means that the teams records are expunged from the division (as per League Rule 7e).
All secretaries of the Clubs in Combination Division 4 will be informed via EMAIL"


Gosport Bowls Club break in and robbery

Thieves smashed their way into a bowls club and emptied its trophy cabinet of cups and awards. Members of the Rowner Bowling Club in Gosport say they were shocked to find their clubhouse had been burgled and their trophies stolen.

They are calling on the burglars to do the right thing and return the stolen goods. The raid happened exactly one week after their clubhouse was vandalised in the middle of the night. Around a dozen silver-plated cups of little cash value were taken along with a charity collection tin.

The president of the Rowner Bowling Club, Charlie Fitzgerald, said: "People are angry that they could do something like that. They had smashed the door once then came back and did it again with a paving slab and stole things. Considerable damage was done to the clubhouse doors, alarm system and telephone lines. The cups are all silver plated and of very little value to anyone. For us bowlers the cups show a history of club competitions."

The burglary happened some time between 6pm on May 5 and 8.50am on May 6 at the club in Rowner Lane. On the previous weekend, members arrived on a Sunday morning to find the clubhouse windows had been smashed. Nothing was stolen at that time. Then on May 6, one of the club’s members Barry Roberts found the clubhouse had been broken into. He had gone there with his wife to collect some equipment when they heard the alarm ringing.

The 67-year-old of Fisher Road in Gosport, said: "There’s no value in the trophies because they aren’t silver. They have no value to anybody apart from the bowlers of the club. There was one cup that was donated by one of the members in memory of his wife. It’s quite sad but unfortunately it’s a sign of the times."

The burglars had ripped an alarm panel off the wall and cut telephone cables inside the building. The club is now looking at paying out for a better alarm system and CCTV cameras.

Police are investigating the burglary and have carried out a forensic search of the building. Anyone with information should contact police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Report courtesy of The News. Story by Sam Bannister

13th May 2012

P&D wish Star & Crescent's Mick Bacon a speedy recovery

Best wishes for a quick and successful recovery go out to one of Portsmouth's gentleman bowlers - Mick Bacon (pictured right).

Mick, who suffered multiple injuries following a fall at home, has returned home after a spell in St Mary's Hospital. Sadly, Mick is unlikely to see much of this season and will be unable to fulfil his position of President and Captain at his Southsea club Star & Crescent.

Stepping in to keep things ticking over will be another of the town's gentlemen - Robbie Dennison, who will add the role of Club Captain to his existing position as Club Secretary.

Would all clubs who are likely to play Star & Crescent please make a note of these developments and amend your information to reflect this change in case you need to make contact.

Well done Robbie and good luck Mick.