P&D Bowls Association

Associate member of

Bowls England

Affiliated to

Bowls Hampshire

Add P&D to your favourites

 

Portsmouth & District Bowls Association


VIEWS FROM

THE HEAD

~
...a jocular look at event in matches
 
 > Submit Article <
 
Archives
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

Views expressed in these articles do not represent the opinion of The P&D.

Please remember...

it's only fun!

 

 

About this website

 

 

Views from the Head Archive

Articles and reports from previous seasons

Return to current season


2014 Season

Views from the Head w/e 14/09

 

That’s All Folks

 

Midweek Triples Divisional Finals

So, a long season has ended with the culmination of the Midweek Triples League – the Divisional Finals, both two legged affairs.

 

Town Division

The Town Division final was between Vospers Blue and College Park Red.

 

In the 1st leg, played at College Park, Vospers got off to an excellent start and were 18shots up after 6ends, leading on all 3 triples. By the 12th end, they had extended their lead to 24shots. It was at that point that the College Park team, led by Dave Smith’s triple, started their fight back so that at the end of the game, Vospers had an 8shot lead to take into the final leg, winning the match 55-47.

Leading the way for Vospers was Ray Porter’s triple which beat Clive Carter’s trio 20-7, while Dave Tiller won a tight game with Ray Markwell 18-15. For College Park, Dave Smith’s trio came back from 7down at 12 to win the last 6ends to finish 25-17 victors over Pete Sansbury.

 

In the 2nd leg, a strange quirk of fate led to the same triples facing each other again, but this time it was College Park who got off to a fast start, so much so that, after 6ends, they led by 11shots, thus wiping out the 8shot lead Vospers took into the match and were now 3shots to the good. After 12ends, College had eked out their lead to 14shots, which meant they now lead by 6shots overall. The last 6ends were a tense affair as Vospers did their best to narrow their deficit. It was all down to the last end, by which point College were leading overall by 4shots. Vospers Ray Porter had 3 attempts to trail the jack for required shots, all of which failed narrowly, so it ended that College Park won all three triples to win the leg by 15shots – 56-41 - thus winning overall by 7shots – 103-96 – to retain the Town Midweek title.  

 

District Division

The District Division final was between Cowplain and Gosport A.

 

In the 1st leg, played at Cowplain, Gosport took an early lead and were 7up after 6ends, thanks to the triples of Brian Kelsey and Ken Kingston. At that point, Cowplain got their act together, so that, by the 12th end, they were 4shots as Graham King’s Triple had picked up a 5 & 6 to take a 7shot lead over Ken Kingston’s men - this despite Bowls Hampshire’s Chief Executive bowling a wrong bias – but he wasn’t the only one feeling the pressure!! By the end, Cowplain had extended their lead to 11shots, winning 54-43, thanks to the 9shot wins by the triples of Ted Howard and Graham King, while Brian Kelsey won by 7 for Gosport.

 

So, the 2nd leg, at Gosport, meant that Gosport A had to get back that 11shot deficit if they were to deny Cowplain winning the District title for the 6th year in a row.

Gosport sprang out of the traps so that, after 6ends, they were 17shots up, led by the triple of Ken Kingston, who had sped into a 14-0 lead. By the 12th end, it was only Graham King’s triple that were giving Gosport any trouble as they extended their lead to 29shots. By the end, Gosport had extended their lead to 36shots, thanks to big wins for the triples of Brian Kelsey and Ken Kingston. All of which meant that Gosport A took the District title by 19shots – 103-84, gaining some revenge for their 2009 defeat.

 

 

In the Combination Division an apology to the men of Waterlooville, they beat Emsworth by 9shots, not defeated as reported last week - sorry can't get the staff.  Fortunately, the dislectic fingers of our Midweek Secretary didn’t affect the final League table.

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 07/09/14

And so I face the Final Curtain ……. AGAIN??

 

National News

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.

 

County Front

The County Finals were completed last Saturday when the Men’s Two Wood Triples were held on the green of Fleet United. Dave Biggs, Dave Brown and Andy McKain of Milton Park were the Eastern Division’s representatives.

In the Semi-Finals, they beat a trio from Pelham BC 17-16, before going down 18-15 in the final to three from Atherley (which included the 2013 World Champion of Champions)

 

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, by beating Star & Crescent’s Robbie Dennison 21-7.

 

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.

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

The remaining issue as to who would be the winners of the East Division was resolved after Cowplain beat Waterlooville by 2shots, thanks to Graham King’s trio, who beat John Egerton’s trio by 12shots, offsetting the 10shot loss suffered by Ted Howard’s trio at the hands of Bill Read’s men, with the other triple being tied.

 

So, Cowplain have won the division for the 6th successive year and now take on Gosport A in the District final.

 

In the penultimate game in the division, Leigh Park beat Purbrook Gold by 40shots.

 

 

The Combination Division has also been completed and we now know who finished as Runner-up to Bridgemary – Cowplain B.

 

Cowplain took advantage of their 2 remaining games to overtake Waterlooville. Despite losing to Leigh Park by 4shots, their 24shot victory over Cosham Orange secured the points they needed to finish 2nd, helped by ‘ville’s 9shot defeat away at Emsworth.

 

Unfortunately for Emsworth, that win didn’t save them from the division’s wooden spoon.

 

In the remaining games, Bridgemary celebrated retaining their title by coming away from Purbrook with a 19shot win, while Cowplain A showed their B team “how to do it” by beating Leigh Park by 15shots.

 

 

The final game in the Red Division resulted in a win for Vospers Red after Cosham A conceded the match.

 

Almost time for bed, just the Divisional Play Off’s to go, plus the last game in the East Division.

 


 

September 2014

Middleton Cup Special

 

Hampshire

Middleton Cup Champions 2014

 

Before Hampshire left to make the journey to Leamington Spa to play in the Middleton Cup finals, I asked two cub reporters to supply me with a report so I could incorporate them into a “New’s Special” should the journey prove fruitful.

 

Well, we all know what happened, so here are the thoughts of my “spies in the sky” and my thanks to Emma Newnham (Jon Leggett’s sister) for providing me with the photos and letting us use them.

 

A Player’s Thoughts

“The Semi-Final started pretty well, with Leo May’s rink going 10-0 up and all other rinks in front. Leo then went 10-12 down, but fought back to be 24-12 up. Then, after 9 ends, the heavens then opened up, which seemed to favour us as the score kept increasing at the same rate as the rain fell!!

 

In the end, hands were shaken at about 19 ends with Hampshire being about 40+ up (On my rink, my opposing skip was happy to call it a day at 17 ends).

 

The Final started well, as we stormed into a 20+ shot lead at about 5 ends. We continued to hold onto that lead until, at the halfway point with all rinks looking good and in front, another rainstorm hit again.

 

It got so bad that the match had to be halted (Ed’s note – see photo) but the green’s drainage was superb so we got back on after 30 minutes.

 

However, after another 2 ends, we all ran like ‘ell as more intense rain and then thunder and lightning caused another half-hour interruption.

 

On the second restart, the sun came out as we kept it tight across the boards, going from 25 up to about 16 up.

 

On my rink, Louis McCubbin played lead against the Norfolk captain, who is probably the most decorated player England has produced - John Ottoway, and did well against such an illustrious opponent.

 

In Hampshire’s team, there were, I think, about six players who had made their Middleton Cup debut. So what a year for them, getting their Middleton Cup Flashes AND a Winners Medal in one fell swoop (Louis & Jamie Cooke from our area).

Brother Alex also got his flash during this season’s campaign.

Finally, it was good to see Ken Sutton there to see us win in his Presidential year – hope that will help in his recuperation

 

Matt Marchant”

 

A Proud Father’s View

“The majority of the team travelled up on the previous evening and we all stayed at the same hotel. Looking at the weather forecast on the screen in the lounge that night, well, shall we say, it left a lot to be desired and the following day they were correct for a change!!

 

Semi-Finals

Everyone arrives at Victoria Park for the two semi-finals to take place Cumbria, the favourites in our opinion, to play Norfolk, with Hampshire to play Wiltshire. The weather at that time was "bright and breezy", comfortable for players and spectators alike.

 

Having not really wanted to watch the other semi, there is not a lot to comment on, other than Norfolk were the victors.

 

Meanwhile, the Hampshire team started off in fine style and, after five or six ends, were a good few shots up. As the game progressed, they managed to keep the shot difference comfortable enough, never really to be under a great deal of pressure and as the game went on Wiltshire were always trailing and they were the bowlers that were trying to play catch up.

 

By the time three quarters of the game had passed the pendulum had swung well into Hampshire's favour and with 3or4 ends to go, Wiltshire had retired much to everybody’s delight.

 

The support for Hampshire at all times was fantastic from the men and women that were supporting their family members - well played to us!!

 

Final

The Final was to take place at 1400 and everyone from both camps massed round the green. Bit of a shame that, unlike Worthing, there were no temporary tiered stands to observe from (nudge to organisers!!)

 

The Final started in rather warm and sunny weather. After five ends, Norfolk were two shots up with the bowling being at a very high standard, which was only to be expected at this level.

 

After ten ends, Hampshire was really in the ascendency by going into an 18shot lead.

 

This is when the weather, unfortunately, took over and when surface water appeared in a few places play was suspended for about 25mins or so.

 

After the resumption, the "break" must have proved more of a benefit to Hants than Norfolk, ‘cos we went to a 23shot advantage, putting Norfolk under more pressure.

 

The inclement weather then intervened again, this time with lightning, followed by thunder, followed by stair-rods, so play was suspended again.

 

This must have added to Norfolk's woes because, from then on, Hampshire never looked like being pegged back and by the 16th/17th ends, we were 33shots to the good.

The Bowls England Score Indicator in the corner was pretty reading, with the Hampshire aggregate getting bigger and bigger and with 2or3 ends to go, the opponents called it a day.

 

 

To be there and watch "our" Hampshire win such a prestigious Trophy was completely unbelievable and it was won in both games by far superior bowling skill in a top National  Competition.

 

It was even more rewarding with our son having taken part and having seen him and the other young bowlers coming up through the ranks to bowl at this level with such reward is sometimes really all worthwhile.

 

Another mention also to the all the supporters who travelled up to watch this momentous occasion. A day I feel will take a long time to forget, with perhaps a thought for all the names of those illustrious bowlers who have previously been victorious in this Competition

 

Pete Leggett”

 

 

Views from the Head w/e 31/08

 

And so I face the Final Curtain …….

 

National Finals

Unfortunately, the attempt by Mark Griffith and Alex Marchant to win the Men’s Pairs title failed at the first hurdle, as they were beaten 23-10 by a pair from Felixstowe & Suffolk BC.

 

The same fate befell Barry Starks in the Men’s Singles as he was beaten 21-19 by J Baird from the Carlisle Subscription BC, Cumbria.

 

Finally, Fareham’s excellent run in the Tony Alcock Trophy came to an end in the quarter-finals, where they were beaten 41-33 by the eventual winners, St Austell BC from Cornwall.

 

Local Front

 

P&D Competitions

The finals of the P&D Competitions were held over the weekend, with the Semi-Finals being played on the greens at Milton Park, whilst the Finals were held at Alexandra Bowling Club.

 

Finals day was a busy time for some of the competitors. Marty Wake was involved in the finals of Men’s Pairs and Triples (along with Darren Brown), as well as the Mixed Pairs; Carl Baggott and Jamie Cooke were involved in the finals of Men’s Pairs and Mixed Triples; finally Pete Robinson was in the Men’s Singles and Mixed Fours finals.

 

Men’s Finals

 

The Singles was between Peter Robinson (Leigh Park) and Charlie Bailey (Fareham). Charlie had hot-footed it back from Leamington Spa, where he had been playing in the Tony Alcock Trophy, so it took him a few ends to get used to the conditions after the slickness of the Royal greens. Once he had the pace, he easily beat Peter 21-5. 

 - In the Semi-Finals, Charlie beat Dorian Bishop, whilst Peter beat Marco D’Apice (College Park) 21-19 in a game that could have gone either way.

 

The Over 60's Singles was between Dave Meyer (Milton Park) and Brian Carrick (Purbrook). After 11ends, the game was all square at 8all. Thereafter, Brian took control of the match and ran out the winner 21-15.

 - In the Semi’s, Dave defeated Vic Bennett (Fareham) 21-17, while Brian got a walkover, as his opponent, Charlie Bailey, was otherwise engaged in the National Finals. 

 

After a few years absence, it was good to see the Under 25 Singles being competed for again.  The final was between Danny Smith (Alexandra) and Daniel Palmer (Cowplain). In another close game, it was Danny’s greater experience that prevailed in the end, as he ran out the winner 21-10.

 - In the semi’s Danny had a close shave, coming from game down to beat Sam Wells (Bedhampton) 21-20, whilst Daniel had a walkover.

 

The inaugural final of the Secretary Singles (for the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy) was between Ken Stanbury (Gosport) and Ray Cheater (College Park). After 11 ends, the match was tied 10all, then Ken pulled away to win 21-13.

 - Both Semi-finals were tight affairs, Ken beat Trevor Watkins (Pembroke Gardens) 21-20, while Ray defeated Peter King (Eastney) 21-18.

 

The Pairs final was between Marty Wake & Darren Brown (Vospers) and Carl Baggott & Jamie Cooke (Alexandra). This was another game that was close for 15ends, but a run of 9shots on ends 17-19 saw Marty & Darren run out the winners 23-19.

 - In the Semi’s, the Vospers pairing saw of Eric Brierley & Roger Williams (Lee-On-Solent) 26-7, while the men from the Alex beat Adrian Snook & Paul Lawrence (College Park) 20-13.

 

The Triples final was between Clive Carter, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder (College Park) and Darren Brown, Terry Smith & Marty Wake (Vospers). The College Park trio took control from the outset and were 19-5 up after 10 ends, finally winning 21-10 when Vospers conceded after the 16th end.

 - In the Semi’s, College Park saw off Ray Porter, Danny Collins & Mark Woolvin (Vospers) 27-2, whilst Marty’s boys defeated Mark Hanson, Dave Thomas & Martyn Dubb (Fareham) 20-13.

 

The Fours final is in abeyance whilst a complaint about the make-up of one of the teams in the Semi-finals is considered.

 

Mixed Finals:

 

The Pairs final was Marty Wake’s second outing of the day as he partnered Carla Woolvin against Cindy Ellis & Dave Heather. Marty & Carla took control from the outset, with Marty being in excellent form, to go 22nil up after 8ends. The pair from Lee-On-Solent soldiered on, but gave up the ghost after 14ends, the game finishing in a 28-3 victory for the National Mixed Pairs finalists

- In the Semi’s, Marty & Carla were in similarly impressive form, beating Ken Mogridge & Maria Parsonage 26-5, while the Heather/Ellis combo beat ‘Bunny’ Barber & Bob Floyd 22-10.

 

The Triples final was between Sandra McAfee, Jeffery Hiscox & Rose Beynon and Tina Amps, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott. The match was as good as settled after 5ends when, after dropping 5shots on the 1st 2ends, Rose and her teammates then picked up 13shots on the next 3, to lie 13-5 up. This was a lead they never squandered, finally finishing winners by 20-14.

- In the Semi’s, Rose’s trio beat Mo Wright, Martin Eggleton & Mike Elliott 18-9, whilst Carl’s trio beat Joan Swan, Keith Jones & Don Lilley 21-19.

 

The Fours final was between Pat Macrae, Stella Parish, Dave Biggs & Mick Molloy and Dana O’Neil, Jan Sansom, Roy Collins & Pete Robinson. Mick’s team took control at the 11th end, when they went into a 12-5 lead, which they held till the end, finishing 21-14 winners.

 - In the Semi’s, the Molloy quartet beat Barry Sykes, Doreen Gill, Ken Mogridge & Maria Parsonage 30-3, while the Robinson quartet beat Norma Wheeler, Linda Maple, Fred Voller & Vic Bennett 31-28, picking up 8shots on the last 3ends to do so!!

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, who finished as Runner-Up to Waverley was resolved as Lee on Solent B beat Waterlooville Gold by 22shots on their carpet, showing what can be done. The match was effectively settled after the rink of Martin Ellis raced into a15nil lead after 4 ends! So, in the space of 5matches, Lee turned it around from being in the relegation battle to becoming Runners-up – “quite extraordinary” (to use a colemanism)!!

 

In Comb 4, its congratulations to Bridgemary B on winning the division, after they beat Cosham Debs by 3 shots, thanks to the rinks of Barrie Durant and Jack Hilton, with Ken Gaylor’s men replying for Cosham. That result meant that Eastney finish as runners-up.

 

In Comb 3, the final match between Lee-On-Solent C & Cosham B resulted in a 10shot win for Cosham, all down to the rink of Tony Hall as the other 2rinks were drawn.

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, all fixtures have now been completed, with Alex Blue beating College Park Blue by 20shots and Copnor finally playing Priory and winning by 9shots. None of which had any bearing as Vospers Blus had already won the Division.

                              

In the Red Division, there was 1match played. Alexandra Red beat Cosham A by 26shots, which just leaves the Vospers Red v Cosham A to tidy the division up.

 

In the East Division, we still don’t know who has won the division as Cowplain’s game at Waterlooville was postponed. When it gets played on Sept 2nd, they will know that all they need is 1 point or only avoid losing by less than 90shots to win the division for the 6th time in succession.

Their cause was helped by Emsworth’s 1shot win over Hayling Island a result that scuppered either club’s chances of winning the division.

 

In the only other game that was played, Denmead made it 16 losses out of 16, going down by 19shots at home to Purbrook Gold. The least said about their points total the better (oh all right, 9 points!!!!)

 

In the West Division, all games have been completed. Gosport A celebrated winning the division by going to Lee-On-Solent and coming away with a 31shot win.

Fareham cemented 2nd spot with a 35shot away thrashing of Rowner B, which left ROwner looking up at everyone else.

Forton’s hopes of finishing 2nd were shot down by Bridgemary who beat them by 7shots.

Portchester enjoyed their return to the P&D fold by finishing 4th after going to Crofton and beating them by 5shots.

Finally, Gosport B moved above Rowner A by handing out a 23shot win.

 

In the Combination Division, there are still some games to be played, none of which will prevent Bridgemary winning the division. This week, they celebrated by thrashing Emsworth by 41shots.

In the other games, Bedhampton beat Purbrook by 30shots and Waterlooville beat Cowplain A by 18.

 

 

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 24/08

 

And now, the end is near…….

 

National Finals

There was more success for Hampshire in the Men’s National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa when Southsea Waverley’s Matthew Marchant became the 2104 Men’s Champion Of Champions.

 

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.

 

Unfortunately, Hampshire’s attempt to retain the Balcombe Trophy was thwarted at the Semi-Final stage on Sunday, when they were beaten 39-41 by Huntingdonshire. Hampshire’s team included the Waverley trio of Jon Leggett, John Biggs (who were both in last year’s winning team) and Mike Aldrin. Matt Marchant was the reserve.

 

There was also misfortune for Marty Wake and Carla Woolvin in the Mixed Pairs, as they lost their last 16 match by 1shot to a couple from Somerset. Apparently, it was a “filthy Waverley glide wot dun it” (sic).

 

 

Next week more Waverley players are in action. Mark Griffith and Alex Marchant start their assault on the Men’s Pairs title, while Barry Starks sets out his quest to win the Men’s Singles title on Thursday.

 

Finally, over the weekend, Fareham BC are in action in the Tony Alcock Trophy. 

 

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, the title of P&D Champions was decided last Friday when, in the “winner takes all” battle between College Park and Waverley, Waverley ran out the winners by 27shots, thus retaining the title for the 10th year in succession.

 

The match, which attracted a lot of spectators, turned on Waverley having more experience in pressure situations. From being 1shot down at 5ends, they turned that into an 8shot lead after 10 and kept on going. Mark Griffiths, Matt Marchant and Paul Cooke all won for Waverley, while Dave Simth’s rink picked up 9shots in 4ends to beat Gary Starks.  

 

In Div3, the focus of attention was on who would finish with the “wooden spoon”, thus becoming the strongest team in the P&D - i.e they hold everyone else up!!

 

That issue was finalised last Tuesday, when Gas completed their abandoned game against Purbrook Heath, and suffered a 24shot defeat. Purbrook’s Dennis Goode did all the damage, carrying on from his 13shot lead when the match was abandoned to finish beating Roly Langford by 22shots. John Burrowes also won for Purbrook, with Mike Hatchard and Terry Hayward getting Gas’ consolation points. 

 

So, Forton had “dun a Fulham” and escaped from bottom spot, all of which meant that their last match at Crofton was a bit of a damp squib, as they went down to a 16shot defeat.

 

In the 3rd of the games abandoned from a rain sodden Friday, Pembroke Gardens lost to Emsworth on their home turf by 22shots, this despite John Taylor’s rink scoring the “full house” of eight on one end.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, who was going to finish Runner-up to Waverley is still to be resolved.

Lee-On-Solent B moved into 2nd spot after their 25shot, all rink home win over Milton Park B. The size of the win was thanks to Jeff Passmore’s 18shot win over Don Golding.

 

So, it will be the final match in Comb 1 next Tuesday between Waterlooville Gold and the men from Lee that will decide 2nd spot, with ‘ville needing to win on ALL rinks.

 

In the other game, Waverley Blue celebrated retaining their title with an 11shot home win over relegated Fareham C.

 

In Comb 2, the real point of interest was who was going to be relegated along with Cowplain Red?

Gosport B was away at Priory B, knowing that 3points would take them above Denmead Gold to safety. They came away with 10 following their 24shot win, down to Barry Sykes’21shot win over John Vinten.

 

So, it’s Denmead Gold and Cowplain Red who drop into Comb 3.

 

In the other game College Park Green celebrated winning the division by beating Vospers B by 24shots, thanks to wins on the rinks of x and y, with z replying for Vospers.

 

In Comb 4, the teams to be promoted was resolved after Gas Social B suffered a surprising 40shot home defeat at the hands of relegated Fareham B, which meant that Bridgemary and Eastney will both play in Comb 3 next year.

 

All that now needs to be resolved is who wins the division and that depends on the outcome of the Bridgemary B v Cosham Debs game on August 28th.

 

In Comb 3, it was just a matter of clearing up the odds and ends as Pembroke Gardens B played Rowner C and won by 14shots. Finally, they know the secret of winning at home – pity it was the last match of the season!!

 

So, it’s just the Lee-On-Solent C v Cosham B that remains to complete the division.

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers celebrated winning the division by defeating College Park by 9shots, despite losing on 2rinks.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park got ready for their Town Play-Off with Vospers Blue by defeating Phoenix by14shots, dropping only 1point from the game. It was a busy time for Pembroke who got through their backlog of games and lost the lot, despite them all being at home – that home voodoo still striking.

 

 

In the East Division, it’s going down to the wire as to who will win the division. It looks to be between Cowplain and Hayling Island, although Emsworth have an outside chance.

 

Cowplain extended their lead over Hayling to 4points when they picked up 10 from their 10shot home win over Purbrook Gold, while Hayling picked up 9 from their 13shot away win over Purbrook Silver.

 

In their final games, Cowplain have the tricky task of going to Waterlooville, while Hayling have to travel to Emsworth. If Hayling lose, then 3points for Cowplain gives them the divison. Emsworth have to pick up maximum points and hope….

 

In the battle at carpet land, ‘ville walked away with the spoils after their 4shot away win at Bidbury Mead.

 

And will Denmead at least manage a draw from thri final match – probably not if their latest 43shot home defeat at the hands of Leigh Park is anything to go by!!

 

 

In the West Division, it’s congratulations to Gosport A on winning the division. They sealed it by beating Portchester by 2shots, winning on 2rinks. Earlier in the week, their away defeat at Forton left them chewing finger nails.

 

Fareham had a mixed week, losing at bottom of the table Bridgemary, then trouncing Lee-On-Solent. Portchester themseleves trounced Bridgemary, Crofton beat Gopsport B and Rowner A took the bragging rights after beating their B’s by 12.

 

 

In the Combination Division, it’s also congratulations to Bridgemary as they have retained their title for the 5th successive time after two away wins, a 20shot win over Cowplain A, followed by an11shot win at Leigh Park.

2nd placed Cowplain B hopes were dashed after they came away with nowt after their 26shot deafeat at Waterlooville.

Cosham Orange had a busy time, fitting in 3 home fixtures and won them all, defeating Bedhampton, Emsworth and Leigh Park.

It was a mixed time for Emsworth, themselves having 3 fixtures. As well as losing to Cosham, they were also trounced at home by Bedhampton but made up for it by beating Cowplain A. And Leigh Park beat Purbrook Heath.

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 17/08

 

The End is Nigh Part 2

 

You can tell the season is nearing its end when we get round to the…

 

Rowland Hospital Cup Final

Last Sunday, Southsea Waverley A took on Priory in the final of the Rowland Cup, played at Alexandra BC, home of the P&D.

 

After 5ends, Priory were just in the lead by 3shots, but over the next 5ends Waverley turned it around to lead by 14, spurred on by Jon Leggett’s rink which opened up a 19-1 lead over Martin Eggleton. Waverley then consolidated for the rest of the game to win by 19shots, 89-70, thus retaining the cup for the 4th time in a row.

 

Rink scores were as follows:

 

Jon Leggett

28

Martin Eggleton

16

Mark Griffith

19

Mick Jinman

21

Gary Starks

19

Nigel Mundy

17

Matt Marchant

23

Mike Elliot

16

 

 

P&D Leagues

Friday saw the culmination (well almost) for the Div. 2 and 3 Clubs, whilst 2 games on Monday has simplified the Division 1 title race down to the last game.

 

In Div. 1 in rearranged games on Monday, Waverley beat Waterlooville by 36shots, reducing Fareham’s lead down to 2points. Waverley won on the rinks of Matt Marchant, Mark Griffiths and Gary Starks, with Keith Warren’s men getting Waterlooville’s final points for the season.

 

Meanwhile, College Park swept aside Alexandra by 48shots winning on all 4rinks, led by Adrian Snook’s 19shot win over Geoff Anderson and Steve Feilder’s 15shot win over Dave Deacon.

 

So, it’s a “winner takes all” in the final game this Friday (22nd), between College Park and Waverley. College need to win the match and on 2rinks to take the title, Waverley either to win the game or on 3rinks to retain it!!

 

 

In Div. 2, the main focus of attention was on who, out of Leigh Park and Milton Park, would be joining Denmead in Division 1 next year.

 

Leigh Park defeated Hayling by 9shots, winning on the rinks of Pete Robinson & Roy Collins. However, the losses suffered by Paul Hatherley and Barry Dixon proved decisive as Milton won at Star by 10shots, thanks to the rinks of Mick Molloy & Dave Biggs, with Robbie Denninson & Mel Wilde replying for Star.

 

So Milton Park join Denmead in Division 1 next year on shot difference from Leigh Park.

Denmead celebrated winning the division with a 22shot away win over Copnor, thanks to wins on the rinks of Mike Wright and Paul Kennington, with Dave Powe winning for Copnor and the final rink being tied.

 

At the bottom, Bridgemary’s 15shot away defeat at Portsmouth Water meant that they finished bottom, as they had a poorer shot difference than Hayling Island. And how does Peter Higgins get to skip a rink, as he maintained his 100% losing record – oh that’s right he’s captain J

 

 

In Div. 3, in rearranged matches last week, Bedhampton won the Division after their 6shot away win at Phoenix, while Cosham helped their outside chance of promotion with a 23shot away win at Crofton.

 

Forton, meanwhile, helped their fight to avoid the wooden spoon by beating Pembroke by 5shots, picking up 13points in the process, thanks to wins on the rinks of Anderson and Meighen, with Croucher drawing his game. John Chernin was Pemboke’s sole winner.

 

So this week’s matches decided who would get promoted out of Naismith and Cosham.

 

Cosham travelled to Purbrook and came away with a 25shot win, winning on the rinks of Mel Dunbar, John Holdaway and Peter Crane, with Roger Shergold’s men spoiling the day by losing to Tony Wall. Would that loss be relevant??

 

Fortunately not, as Naismith beat Phoenix by 28shots, winning on the rinks of Mike Shepherd, Keith Brocks & Mick Penny, with Dave Blowe getting Phoenix’s last points of the season.

 

So it’s Naismith who join Bedhampton in Division 2 next year.

 

Bedhampton celebrated winning the division by travelling to Crofton and coming away with an 8shot win, thanks to wins by Graham Thomas & Ken Wills, with Garry Coleman & Mike Whitefoot winning for Crofton.

 

The battle of the bottom two went conclusively the way of Forton, who beat Gas by 29shots, mainly due to Steve Anderson’s 20shot win over Terry Harwood, plus wins for the rinks of Eric Meighen and (finally) Lenny “the lion” Lofting with Terry Williams picking up rink points for Gas. That win took Forton above Gas.

 

So, three matches left in the division, with the results of the Crofton v Forton and Gas Social v Purbrook games deciding who will get the wooden spoon.

 

         

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers were assured of the Blue Division after their nearest rivals Alexandra Blue couldn’t get the maximum points they needed to keep the pressure on. In a double header against Copnor, they won the home leg by 15, but only picked up 9points, whilst the away leg was drawn, garnering 5points.

 

Naismith had an excellent time, first beating College Park by 40shots, then going to Gas and coming away with a 12shot win.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park have won the division following their 9shot win over closest rivals Eastney.

In the other games, Milton & Phoenix drew, whilst Alex beat Pembroke by 9shots, leaving Pemvbroke still looking for their 1st win.

 

So, the Town final is between old rivals Vospers Blue & College Park Red, with the Red’s defending the trophy. 

 

In the East Division, leaders Cowplain were thrashed at Leigh Park, allowing Bedhampton to take over the top spot.

 

Bedhampton had a mixed time, losing AT HOME to Hayling by 9shots, but then winning away at Purbrook Gold by 40shots.

 

Emsworth are now 3rd on shot difference after their 22shot home win over Purbrook Silver.

 

Hayling followed on from their Bedhampton win to thrash luckless Denmead by 63shots, leaving Denmead still looking for their 1st win (or draw!!).

 

 

In the West Division, Gosport A lead Forton by 9points after their 25shot home win over Fareham.

 

Forton had a mixed time, losing by1shot away at Rowner A, then beating Portchester by 7shots at home.

 

Fareham remain 3rd as they did beat Gosport B by 33shots last week in a rearranged game.

 

Gosport B recovered from that thrashing to beat Bridgemary by 8shots, whilst Lee-On-Solent beat Rowner A by 14shots.

 

Crofton had a mixed time of it against the Rowner’s. First, they lost away at Rowner A by 18shots, then returned tyo beat Rowner B by 10.

 

In the Combination Division, leaders Bridgemary won again, this time a 45shot away win over nearest challengers Cowplain B.

 

Waterlooville had a good time of it, beating Bedhampton by 29shots on their carpet and followed it up with a 12shot home win over Cosham Orange, although Cosham did inflict a 70shot away defeat on Emsworth to give them some satisfaction.

 

Bedhampton shook off their defeat to beat Cowplain A by 14shots, whilst Purbrook inflicted Emsworth’s 2nd defeat, winning by 15shots.

 


 

Views from the Head 14/08

 

The End is Nigh Part 1

 

National Competitions

Congratulations to Southsea Waverley’s Matt Marchant, who has reached the National Finals of the Champion of Champions at Leamington Spa by beating Chris Cranham from Cove BC 21-16 in the Area Final.

 

Unfortunately, Waverley themselves fell at the Regional Final stage of the Club Two Fours, beaten by five shots by Greenhill BC from Dorset, mirroring their 2013 campaign!

 

Local Front

The end is nigh for the League and Combination teams. The summer is almost over, so here is how this week’s matches have resolved things………

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, the battle of the top two went the way of Fareham, who recovered from their recent stumbles to beat Waverley by 5shots on their home green. The win was thanks to Martyn Dubb’s 19shot win over John Biggs which covered the 15shot loss suffered by Charlie Bailey at the hands of Matt Marchant. Dorian Bishop also won for Fareham, with Paul Cooke also picking up the rink points for Waverley.

 

Meanwhile, College Park has an outside chance of the title after they emulated Waverley by being only the 2nd team to beat Waterlooville on their home green. College’s 31shot, all rink victory was based on Adrian Snook’s 18shot win over Ron Jackson.

 

So, Fareham, having finished their games, lead the division by 16points from Waverley, with College Park a further 9points behind them. However, both have 2games left to play and their final match is against each other, so that could be an interesting game!

 

At the bottom, it was who would be joining Gosport in Division 2 out of Rowner and Lee-On-Solent.

 

Lee did all they could by beating Alexandra by 44shots on their home green. They won on all 4rinks, led by Peter Gentry’s 18shot win over Carl Baggott, with Eric Brierley and Phil Sanders rinks also having big wins.

 

However, it was too little too late, as Rowner saved themselves from the drop by beating Vospers by 3shots at Northern Parade. Their win was thanks to Graeme Coles’ rink, who beat Dave Harding by 10shots, with Barry Stafford also winning. Vospers won on the rinks of Terrty Smith and Rob Lewsley.

 

Gosport nearly ended the season with a win at Priory, but failed by 3shots. Gosport won on Dave Blackledge’s rink, but his 5shot win couldn’t cover the 6shot loss suffered by Jim Oswell. Their other 2 rinks lost by 1shot each, Dick Frazer coming agonisingly close to winning his rink after picking up 8shots on the last 2 ends. Sadly for Gosport, they return to Division 2 with only the memory of beating Waverley in their 1st match to give them some hope for next year! 

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, Waverley Blue, despite a few late hiccups, have retained their Combination 1 title following their 33shot home win over Waterlooville Green – a result that meant ‘ville were relegated, as Milton Park and Naismith both won.

 

Alex and Rowner have opened the door to either Waterlooville Gold or Lee-On-Solent B finishing runners-up, as they both lost.

Alex Lost by 5shots away at Milton, whilst Rowner suffered a home defeat by 19shots at the hands of Naismith, both results saving the bacon of the winning clubs!!

 

Finally, Hayling drove the final nail into Fareham B’s coffin with a nail-biting 3shot home win.

 

So, the match between Waterlooville Gold and Lee-On-Solent B will have added bite, although Lee does have the small matter of a home game against Milton Park beforehand.

 

 

In Comb 2, the winner takes all battle between Alexandra Red and Priory C comfortably went Alex’s way with a 27shot, all rink win. So it’s Alex who join their Blue team in Comb 1 next season, along with division winners College Park Green.

 

Denmead Gold had an interesting week. On Monday, they lost away at Waverley Red. Then, on Wednesday another winner takes all game saw them come away from Cowplain with a 19shot win, a result that relegated Cowplain Red, who only picked up 4pts from last 4 games!

 

Who joins them in Comb 3 next year depends on the result of Gosport’s game at Priory B next week. Gosport must either win the game or win on 2rinks to go above Denmead. So, no pressure there then!!

 

 

In Comb 3, the focus was on who joined Copnor in being relegated, with 5 clubs being mathematically involved. 

 

And it was Pembroke Gardens B 19shot home win over Purbrook Maroon (thanks to John Wilkinson’s 17shot win) that settled matters, relegating Purbrook.

 

Copnor said farewell with an 11shot home win over Waterlooville Brown, while Leigh Park made sure of safety coming away from Rowner C with a 10shot, all rink win.

 

 

In Comb 4, Eastney’s 11shot win over Cosham C meant that Cosham are returning back to Combination 5, whilst Eastney went top, but now have to twiddle their thumbs and await the last matches Bridgemary and Gas have to play to see if they get promoted. 

 

Meanwhile, Gas draw with bottom team Fareham B, while winning on 2rinks, consigned Fareham to Comb 5 next year.

 

Cosham Debs do have the faintest of chances of finishing 2nd after their 7shot home win over Bedhampton B. They do have to play Bridgemary and have the advantage of a better shot difference. But their chances also depend on Gas losing their last match against relegated Fareham!!

 

Finally, in the battle of the Cmen, Pembroke Gardens ensured themselves of safety by beating Milton Park by 9shots at non-fortress Milton.

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 10/08

 

 

Although on an official hiatus due to the Portsmouth Open, clubs took advantage of the break to play some rearranged matches that were postponed earlier in the season.

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 3, Cosham helped their outside chance of promotion with an 23shot away win at Crofton, all due to Roger Shergold’s rink, as the wins on the rinks of Mel Dunbar and John Hoildaway covered the 13shot loss to Crofton’s Ian Knowlton.

 

Phoenix’s rearranged match with Bedhampton ended with Bedhampton winning by 6shots, thanks to Graham Thomas’ 18shot win, which cancelled out the 15shot loss to John Sunderland. So, the wins for Mick New and Ken Wills meant that Bedhampton has won the division – congratulations to them.

 

So, who goes up with Bedhampton is a Duckworth-Lewis delight. If both teams win their last match, it’s Naismith. If Naismith lose at Phoenix, but win on 2 rinks, Cosham will need to get 14points from their trip to Purbrook. However, if ... well I’ll leave the permutations up to you.

 

Oh, there should have been 3 other games in the division on Friday, but because they hadn’t seen rain for many a moon – they all wimped out as it would spoil their hair!!!

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, it was an excellent interregnum for Lee-On-Solent, as it saw them move from a fear of relegation team into an outside chance of finishing 2nd!!

In rearranged home games, they beat Hayling by 30shots then Waterlooville Gold by 23, picking up 22points in the process. 

 

So, at the bottom, mathematically it’s now perm 2 from Hayling, ‘ville Green, Milton Park, Naismith and Fareham C, but it would really appear to be between Fareham, ‘ville Green and Naismith, with Waverley having a big say, as they have to play Fareham and ‘ville Green.

 

 

In Comb 3, it’s probably safe to say that Copnor are relegated after their debacle at Rowner, where they lost by 56shots, receiving thrashings on every rink.

Meantime, Pembroke Gardens B did themselves some good with a 3shot away win at

Lee-On-Solent C, thanks to John Wilkinson’s 7 shot win, which covered the 4shot loss to Peter Cook, as the 3rd rink was tied.

However, they are still in the relegation battle, so their home match against Purbrook Maroon is now key AND they have a match in hand over their rivals. But, given Pembroke’s home record???????

 

Mathematically, Leigh Park, Rowner and Lee-On-Solent C are also in the relegation battle, but Rowner play Leigh Park next week so that also has extra on it.

 

All that it is safe to say is that Cosham B CANNOT be relegated!

 

 

In Comb 4, Bridgemary and Cosham Debs was another that wimped out.

 

 

In Comb 5, who went up with Waterlooville Red was settled as College Park White got the 3points they required from their postponed match with Phoenix B. Phoenix tried all many of nefarious means to get their evil ways, including setting the green on marks never before used, but this backfired on them as Graham Wilson’s rink surged into an 18-2 lead at the half way mark. At that point they relaxed, letting their opponents back in to end winners 26-19. The honour of gaining the promotion point went to yours truly, who tied his game with Richard Miller 17all. The turning point in their game was the 18thend, when Dick’s 3 fired out their only bowl in the head, then compounded the error by firing again and was so wide it reminded one of Steve Harmison’s 1st delivery way back when, when the wicketkeeping leapt to catch the ball at 4th slip. Back to our story, College picked up a 5, and it was only an excellent last bowl from Richard on the last end that tied the game. Oh, and finally, George Russell’s 15shot win gained Phoenix the match win by 8shots.

 

                                               

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers now only need 2 more points to win the division and progress through to the Town final, after their 30shot demolition of Copnor.

2nd placed Alex also won by 15shots at College Park.

Priory moved off the bottom with their 20shot home win over Gas.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park recovered from their hiccough of last week to inflict a 43shot home beating of Pembroke Gardens, which took them back to the top.

However, they are only top by virtue of their better shot difference, as Eastney also won, beating Alex by 11shots at Northern Parade.

Phoenix dented Vospers title hopes with an 8shot victory, while Milton beat Cosham by 3shots.

 

 

In the East Division, Cowplain beat Hayling by 14shots to maintain their lead at the top. Emsworth moved into 2nd spot, despite having a mixed week. They had 2 away matches, losing at Waterlooville by 19shots but then destroyed Denmead by 73!!!!

Waterlooville followed up their win over Emsworth with another home win, beating Purbrook Gold by 21shots.

Finally, the other carpet team beat Leigh Park by 37shots (oh Bedhampton if you can’t guess!)

 

 

In the West Division, Gosport A extended their lead at the top thanks to an 11shot away win at Rowner A, helped by Forton’s 11shot away defeat at Fareham. Portchester moved closer after their 40shot demolition of Gosport B. Finally, Crofton beat Lee On S by 4shots.

 

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary recovered from last week’s stumble to get maximum points from their visit to Cosham, winning by 17shots, which was just as well, as Cowplain B beat Bedhampton by 17shots. 3rd placed Leigh Park beat Waterlooville by 15shots, whilst 4th placed Cowplain A had a 22shot away win at Purbrook.

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 03/08

 

Hampshire Win Middleton Cup

Hampshire ended their long wait when, last Saturday, they beat Norfolk (the 2012 champions) by 21shots to win the Middleton Cup, ending a 43 year drought since they last won the cup way back in 1971, when they beat Middlesex. In fact, the last time Hants reached the Final was in 1979, when they finished runners-up.

 

The final started off in wet conditions and had to be halted after 10ends after the Royal Leamington Spa green became flooded after torrential rain, thunder and lightning.

At that point, Hampshire had built up a 20 shot lead and when play resumed, in much brighter weather, they built on that lead to claim the title 127-106.

 

In the Semi Finals (played in the morning), Hampshire beat Wiltshire 136-89, while Norfolk defeated Cumbria 119-110.

 

Hampshire’s team contained these players from P&D clubs:

Matt Marchant (Skip), Jon Leggett, John Biggs, Mark Griffiths, Louis McCubbin and Mike Aldren (all Southsea Waverley), Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and Charlie Bailey (Fareham).

 

While Alex Marchant (Waverley) was one of the reserves.

 

Said Hampshire President Ken Sutton, of College Park BC, “My predecessor Ken Graham set me a big task to follow when we won the Balcombe Trophy, for the first time, under his stewardship. The only way I could surpass that was by winning the Middleton Cup. So, I am extremely proud of my team, especially for the enthusiasm they displayed during their journey to the title, as well as their loyalty to the county and team manager. I would also like to place on record my thanks to Team Manager Paul May, who has got us here in his first year in charge. I’m proud to say a few tears were shed at the end when we realised what had been achieved. It has been a long time getting the trophy back to Hampshire. All that remains now is to retain the Balcombe Trophy.”

 

However, there was little time for the Hampshire team to celebrate, as many had to return back to Southampton for the County Club final the next day.

 

National Competitions

Unfortunately, it is commiserations to:

  - Fareham, who lost by the narrowest of margins to Boscombe Cliff in the Area Final of the Men’s Top Club.

  - and Julie & Steve Greenwood, Dennis & Kath Patrick, who lost in the Area Final of the Mixed Fours to Southampton Sport Centre. An excellent effort, though, to reach that far.

 

County Club

After their heroics in the Middleton Cup the previous day, many of the Hampshire squad were in action again on Sunday at Atherley BC, Southampton, where Southsea Waverley (Eastern Division champions) took on Cove, Farnborough (North champions) and Sports Centre Southampton (South champions) played Knyveton Gardens, Bournemouth (West champions) in the Semi-Finals of the County Club, which resulted in wins for Waverley and Sports Centre. In the Final, a close game saw Sports Centre fight back in the last few ends to win the trophy by a single shot. On the last end of the game, Southsea Waverley needed 3 to tie, 4 to win. Unfortunately, Gary Starks couldn’t quite manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat with the game’s last wood.

 

P&D Leagues

There is now only one more week of matches in the League and Combination divisions, but there is now a short break as the Portsmouth Open takes the stage next week.

 

When the leagues get back into full swing, this is how things stand…..

 

In Div. 1, perhaps Fareham are feeling the strain at the top as, despite only losing on 1 rink, they were held to a 76all draw at Alexandra. 12shots up overall after 17ends, Dave Thomas’ rink then frittered away 8shots on the last four ends to tie with Barry Harman. Martyn Dubb’s men almost did the same, just managing to hang on for a 1shot win, while Cyril Friend hung on to win by 5. On the final end of the match, Carl Baggott’s men picked up a 3 against Dorian Bishop to win by 6, thereby drawing the game.

 

Waverley took full advantage as they picked up 14points from their 20shot home win over Vospers, with Matt Marchant, Paul Cooke and Mark Griffiths getting the rink wins, with Rob Lewsley winning for Vospers.

 

All of which means that Fareham are now 8points clear of Waverly, so their clash on August 11th will go some way to clear up matters, although Waverley do have 2games in hand.

 

Meanwhile, College Park consolidated their 3rd spot with two home wins in the week. On Monday, they beat Waterlooville by 10shots, thanks to wins by Clive Carter, Adrian Snook and Steve Feilder, which covered the loss to Keith Warren.

Then, on Friday, they demolished Lee-On-Solent 107-48, thanks to big wins on eth rinks of Clive Carter and Steve Feilder, with Dave Smith and Adrian Snook ensuring maximum points.

 

That defeat left Lee teetering on the edge of relegation, but they were given hope as Rowner lost at home to Priory by 11shots. Priory’s win was thanks to the rinks of Tony Kneller and Nigel Mundy, with Graeme Coles winning for Rowner and the 4th rink being tied.

 

Finally, Gosport have ended up with the wooden spoon as they fell to another home defeat, this time at the hands of bad travellers Waterlooville, by 11shots. ‘ville had Keith Warren’s rink to thank again for their win as he beat Jim Oswell by 17shots (obviously the burden of trying to keep Gosport up has told on his rink). Derek Holt also won for ‘ville, while Dave Blackledge and Ken Kingston picked up the rink win points for Gosport.

 

So, who will be relegated with Gosport will depend on the outcome of the final matches for Rowner (away at Vospers) and Lee (home to Alexandra). Lee need to get maximum points and hope that Rowner don’t fare well.

 

 

In Div. 2, Leigh Park’s surprising 21shot away defeat at Bridgemary handed the title to Denmead, who had the night off. Bridgemary’s win was thanks to the big wins on the rinks of Alan Bloxham and John Collyer, with Vic Clark also getting the win bonus. Barry Dixon’s men tried hard for Leigh Park, but their 11shot win was to no avail.

 

Leigh Park’s defeat meant that the 14points Milton gained from their 28shot home win over Copnor moved them into 2nd place on shot difference over their other Park rivals. Milton won the rinks of Dave Biggs, Mick Molloy and Dave Brown, whilst acting captain Steve Caine got Copnor’s rink points.

 

So, the final round of games will see who joins Denmead in Division 1 next season. Milton are away at Star, Leigh Park at home to Hayling. Leigh Park MUST get more points than their rivals, as Milton have a +97shot difference over them.

 

Cowplain finished their season with 15shot home win over Portsmouth Water, thanks to Trevor Kelly’s 22shot win over Mick Edney, with Pete Crowley also, just, getting a rink win. Pete Musson and Brent Riste won for the waterbabies.

 

Finally, Hayling’s crushing 24shot home defeat at the hands of Star means they are now bottom of the division. Hayling only picked up a single point, thanks to Bob Randall’s tie with Simon Filippi, with Robbie Dennison, Alan New and Mel Wilde bringing home the bacon for Star.

 

 

In Div. 3, on Monday leaders Bedhampton suffered a 5shot loss at Pembroke Gardens, despite winning on 3 rinks!! The wins for Ken Wills, Ian Hurst and Graham Thomas couldn’t cover the 25shot loss to Dave Brookes (Apparently the members of the Francis rink are now in the Tower!!).

But they made up for it on the Friday, making the ton in getting the maximum haul over bottom club Forton, which assured them of promotion.

 

Naismith remain in 2nd place after their 31shot home win over Pembroke Gardens, thanks to Mick Penny’s 17shot win over Jack Chernin, with Mike Shepherd and Mick Chandler also getting the rink win points. Jim Taylor got Pembroke’s rink points.

 

Cosham have an outside chance of promotion following their 17shot win over Phoenix, thanks to Pete Crane’s 13shot win over John Sunderland, with Roger Shergold and Mel Dunbar also winning. John Timmins got the points for Phoenix.

 

Finally, Emsworth defeated Crofton by 9shots, thanks to Dereck Leggett’s 12shot defeat of Ian Knowlton, with George Eaglestone also winning. Garry Coleman won for Crofton, with the 4th rink tied.

 

So, Bedhampton are promoted and will probably win the division. It’s between Naismith and Cosham as to who finishes second. If Naismith win their last match, then they go up, but Cosham do have a game in hand.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, it was looking like teams didn’t want to win the Division.

 

On Monday, leaders Waverley Blue lost at lowly Milton Park by 5shots. Milton’s win was due to Ken Morgan’s 7shot defeat of Ollie Mew, which covered Sean O’Mara’s 2shot win over Charlie Brooks, with the other rink being drawn.

 

Then, on Wednesday, 2nd placed Rowner lost by 15shots to Waterlooville Gold, leaving with nowt. There were two close wins for ‘ville’s John Faithful and Peter McWilliam, with Dave Hills 11shot win bolstering the scoreline.

 

However, a bit of sanity was restored when Waverley travelled to old rivals Alexandra and administered a 16shot beating to the Blues, picking up 11points in the process. Ollie Mew’s rink did the damage, beating Tom Edgellar by 13shots. Mind you, John Rawlings men must be kicking themselves, dropping 8shots on the last 2ends to lose their match. At least John Pearson salvaged a point for Alex.

 

At the bottom, Milton carried on from Monday’s win over Waverley by travelling to Fareham and winning by 20shots, down to Charlie Brook’s 15shot win over Paul Nicholls. Ken Morgan made it a double for the week, with Steve Tiller winning his rink for Fareham.

 

Naismith is having a real “curate’s egg” of a season. In the last few weeks, they’ve easily beaten Waverley & Alex at Swordsands, but on Wednesday, they lost by 2shots to Hayling. Hayling wins on the rinks of Neil Blacklin and Ray Hoskins covered the loss to Alan Cobb. So Naismith has now been dragged down into the relegation battle.

 

Finally, Lee-On-Solent delivered a 60shot thrashing to Waterlooville Green – where were the ‘ville-ains? I shall protect the guilty by not naming them.

 

So, at the top, Waverley now only need 6 more points to retain their title.

At the bottom, it’s perm 2 from 6. Waverley have a big say as they have to play Fareham and ‘ville Green, whilst Naismith could be in the mix, while Lee have 3 games in hand over their rivals. Probably the most nervous must be the Greens based on their result at Lee……………

 

 

In Comb 2, College Park Green has won the division, thanks to their 1shot win at Denmead and Alex Red’s loss at Waverley.

 

My “spy in the sky” told me that College’s win was thanks to a miracle last bowl by John Newton. 1down on his head and with College 2down overall, he pulled out a shot that rested away Denmead’s toucher to pick up the 3 required. College also won on Ray Cheater’s rink, down to “A Byng master class” (sic), while Mike Hyland’s 13shot win, on a pig of a rink (sic) gave Denmead some hope – until that last bowl!!

 

Waverley Red beat Alex Red by 11shots, which ensured College of the top spot. The win was thanks to Johnny Colwell’s 13shot win over Vic Phipps, with the other 2 rinks being shared.

 

Monks C moved into 2nd place after their 9shot home win over Cowplain Red, thanks to the wins by Gary Metherell and Andy Chadwick, with Reg Barber winning for Cowplain.

 

Finally, Vospers lost at home by 7shots to Monks B, which, depending who you listen to, was either “1 rink let us down badly” or “it was a nice fairly even game won by 1 rink, although the other 2 fought back to get it close & secure the points” – I’ll let you make up your mind and will simply add that Micky Fryatt won by 11, whilst Frank Middleton and Dave Tiller let slip 8shot & 7shot leads respectively.

 

So, who goes up with College rests on the game between Alex & Priory C, with Priory B praying for a miracle.

At the bottom, it’s between Denmead, Cowplain and Gosport, which makes the clashes between Cowplain/Denmead and Priory B/Gosport “Velly interesting…………..” Depending on results, Vospers could be sucked into the mix!!

 

 

In Comb 3, it’s congratulations to Portsmouth Water as they have won the division by defeating Purbrook Maroon by 16shots at their West Street home. Apparently, after keeping their promotion hopes alive for most of the season, captain “urricane” Higgins decided to let the rest of his team do the talking and had the night off (thank goodness for mr bridger’s rink) – still I hope he bought the rounds!!

 

Despite not playing, Waterlooville Brown will be joining the watermen in Comb 2 as Rowner C, the only team that could, mathematically, have overtaken them, left Cosham with b****r all, being beaten by 6shots.

 

It was a good week for Cosham B, as on Monday they had picked up the maximum from their rearranged game with Lee-On-Solent C, winning by 11shots.

 

Finally, Leigh Park look to have put Copnor in the mire by beating them by 16shots, winning on 2rinks.

 

But, who goes down is still a murky affair, as it will be perm 2 from the other 7 teams in the division, depending on how the results go. However, it does look like Copnor and Purbrook Maroon are the favourites to take the drop, so the 2matches next week could well clarify the situation.

 

 

In Comb 4, Eastney’s stay at the top didn’t last long as they did a “Norway” in being beaten by 16shots at Bedhampton.

 

The win took Bedhampton into 2nd spot, behind Bridgemary, who, almost certainly, relegated Fareham B after their 8shot win.

 

Milton Park C are now safe after their 9shot away win over Gas, while Cosham Debs did their other halves the world of good by defeating Pembroke Gardens C by 20shots.

 

Then, on Saturday, Gas beat Eastney by 10shots, thanks to the Derek Langford’s 14shot win covering the 12shot loss to Brian Brown. Alan Larcom’s 8shot win completed the scoreline.

 

So, at the top, 5clubs are battling for the promotion - Bridgemary, Bedhampton, Eastney, Gas and Cosham Debs, with the last 2 each having a game in hand. Cosham Debs also look to have a strong hand as they have to play both Brdigemary & Bedhampton at home!!

 

At the bottom, it does look like Fareham are down, with either Cosham C or Pembroke Gardens C. But if Fareham win both their matches and t’other 2 do a “Norway” then………………

 

 

In Comb 5, Waterlooville Red made certain of winning the division by beating Star by 26shots at their Jubilee Park home, thanks to Ron Jackson’s 30shot defeat of Robin Philbrick.

 

Cowplain Green won only their 2nd match of the season, by 26shots over Denmead Green, thanks to big wins for Bruce Grinyear and Eric Walker. Unfortunately, it didn’t prevent them picking up the wooden spoon.

 

Emsworth finished their season with a 6shot win over Purbrook Green, winning on the rinks of Mick O'Reilly & Martin Roberts, with Graham Hall replying for Purbrook.

 

So all that remains now is to find out who gets promoted alongside ‘ville. It’s not quite a winner takes all match when College play Phoenix, as College only need 2 points from the game.

 

                                               

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers now only need 2 more points to win the division and progress through to the Town final, after their 30shot demolition of Copnor.

2nd placed Alex also won by 15shots at College Park.

Priory moved off the bottom with their 20shot home win over Gas.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park recovered from their hiccough of last week to inflict a 43shot home beating of Pembroke Gardens, which took them back to the top.

However, they are only top by virtue of their better shot difference, as Eastney also won, beating Alex by 11shots at Northern Parade.

Phoenix dented Vospers title hopes with an 8shot victory, while Milton beat Cosham by 3shots.

 

 

In the East Division, Cowplain beat Hayling by 14shots to maintain their lead at the top. Emsworth moved into 2nd spot, despite having a mixed week. They had 2 away matches, losing at Waterlooville by 19shots but then destroyed Denmead by 73!!!!

Waterlooville followed up their win over Emsworth with another home win, beating Purbrook Gold by 21shots.

Finally, the other carpet team beat Leigh Park by 37shots (oh Bedhampton if you can’t guess!)

 

 

In the West Division, Gosport A extended their lead at the top thanks to an 11shot away win at Rowner A, helped by Forton’s 11shot away defeat at Fareham. Portchester moved closer after their 40shot demolition of Gosport B. Finally, Crofton beat Lee On S by 4shots.

 

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary recovered from last week’s stumble to get maximum points from their visit to Cosham, winning by 17shots, which was just as well, as Cowplain B beat Bedhampton by 17shots. 3rd placed Leigh Park beat Waterlooville by 15shots, whilst 4th placed Cowplain A had a 22shot away win at Purbrook.

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 27/07

 

National Competitions

Now that the County Finals have been completed, attention now turns to how players from the P&D are doing in Bowls England National Competitions.

 

Congratulations go to the following for reaching the National Finals, which are all being played at Royal Leamington Spa:

 - Martin Wake (Vospers) and Carla Woolvin (Milton Park Ladies) 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!!)

 

Meanwhile:

 - 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.

 

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, are Fareham feeling the pressure? Their 7shot home win over Vospers was mainly due to Charlie Bailey’s rink, as they defeated Ted Brown’s men by 19shots, which covered the losses to the rinks of Pete Sansbury, Marty Wake and Ray Porter. However, picking up 15shots on the final 2ends across the board also had a major bearing on the result.

 

Waverley made up some points on Fareham after their 35shot away win at Priory, thanks to wins by Paul Cooke, Mark Griffiths and Matt Marchant. Tony Knellor got Priory’s rink win points.

 

College Park regained 3rd spot after their 3shot away win at Alex. The wins for Clive Carter, Steve Feilder and Adrian Snook covered the loss to D Lilliey.

 

Waterlooville eased their relegation worries by beating Rowner by 29shots at the Jubilee Park home. Holt, Hilton & Keith Warren won for ‘ville, Graeme Coles for Rowner.

 

Finally, Lee-On-Solent’s 9shot home win over Gosport confirmed Gosport’s relegation back to Division 2. Lee won on the rinks of Rab Foster and Eric Brierly, Gosport on Ken Stanbury’s rink, with the 4th being tied.

 

Next week could clear up who goes down with Gosport. It looks to be between Rowner and

Lee-on-Solent, as Waterlooville has 2 games in hand over both of them.

 

 

In Div. 2, leaders Denmead confirmed promotion back to Division 1 by inflicting a 24shot away win over Portsmouth Water. The win was due to Paul Kennington’s 21shot defeat of Brent Riste, with Roly Bloy and Tony Sewell also winning. Mick Edney just got the Watermen’s points, hanging on for a 1shot win over Brian Goldacre.

It also helped that, on Monday, they had defeated Copnor by 31shots at home, bouncing back from their shock defeat by Leigh Park.

So, six points from their last match at Copnor will bring Denmead the title.

 

Leigh Park stayed in 2nd place by defeating Copwplain by 3shots at Front Lawn. The two 10shot wins for Barry Dixon & Roy Collins covered the losses to Peter Parry and Bryan Franklin.       

 

Friday’s results also confirmed the two clubs who would be relegated:

 - On Monday, Portsmouth Water had driven the 1st nail into Hayling’s coffin after they defeated them by 18shots, winning on all rinks. Then, on Friday, Hayling lost again at Milton by 40shots, again losing on all 4 rinks, which drove in all the nails!!

 - And it’s Bridgemary who are joining Hayling in Division 3, after they also lost all 4rinks in their 41shot away defeat at Star.

 

It’s between the park teams of Leigh and Milton as to who joins Denmead in Division 1 next year. The odds would seem to be with Leigh Park, as they are 8points clear of Milton and their last two games are against the relegated teams.

 

 

In Div. 3, leaders Bedhampton beat Gas by 10shots at Northern Parade, winning on the rinks of Mike Case, Ian Hurst and Ken Wills. Terry Hayward gained 2points for Gas.

 

Naismith kept the pressure up with their own 11shot away win at Crofton, winning on the rinks of Ben Brumby & Mike Penny, with Ian Knowlton & Mike Whitefoot replying for Crofton.

 

Cosham stay 3rd after their 23shot away win at Pembroke, thanks to big wins for Peter Crane & Mel Dunbar. Pembroke won on the rinks of Jack Chernin & Jim Taylor. So, has homeitis struck again at Pembroke?

 

Phoenix demolished Purbrook by 34shots at their College Park home, winning on all 4rinks. I was informed who was best rink for Phoenix, but I was also told that there is “no me in team“, so won’t mention the name!

 

Finally, Forton lost at home to Emsworth by 23shots, Eric Meighen getting their solitary points, whilst that well known solicitors team of Smith, Leggett and Lee won for Emsworth.

 

So, Bedhampton and Naismith are level on points at the top, but Bedhampton have 2 games in hand. Cosham and Pembroke have outside chances for promotion as they have games in hand over Naismith, but Pembroke have to play the top 2.

It’s between Gas and Forton who finishes with the title of “Strongest Team in the P&D”, with Forton have 2games in hand over Gas.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, Alex Blue couldn’t take advantage of Waverley’s game being postponed as the ville carpet did for them, losing by 7shots and only picking up 2points thru’ Ian Rixon’s men. ‘ville Green’s win was courtesy of Barry Tovey & Dr Who (aka Colin Baker).

 

The defeat also cost them 2nd place, as Rowner’s 16shot home win against the Solent boys took them above Alex on shot difference. Rowner won on the rinks of John Bailey & Alan Prince, with Martin Ellis responding for Lee.

 

Both are now 2points behind Waverley, but the Saxe-Weimar boys now have 2games in hand – zey vill find vays of winning the division!

 

Haying put a 12point buffer between themselves and the bottom 3 after their 10shot home win over ‘ville Gold. They nearly got all the points, but Brian Pullan’s rink only tied.

 

Milton’s 10shot home win over Naismith took them out of the bottom 2, but only just. 4points still covers the bottom 3. For Naismith, it was a reality check after their win last week over Waverley!

 

 

In Comb 2, College Park Green took advantage of the bye week for Alex Red to go back to the top after 2wins in the week. On Monday, they had a nail-biting finish to their home game against Waverley Red. Going into the last end, they held a 2shot lead, but Waverley then picked up 3shots to win 2 of the rinks. However, Ray Cheater stood up to the challenge and managed to pick up a 2 to win his rink and the game by 1shot.

Then, on Wednesday, they saw off the Monks Cmen by 24shots, winning all 3 rinks.

 

In fact, it was not a good night for the Monks, as their Bees could not only not field a full team, but also lost at home to bottom of the table Denmead Gold by 11shots. In fact, it was their “triple” that got their solitary rink win points. Denmead’s 2nd successive win was thanks to the rinks of Dennis Knight and George Carmichael.

 

Vospers moved out of the bottom 2 by defeating Gosport by15shots, picking up all the points.

 

And Waverley Red had a monster 43shot away win over Cowplain Red, not surprisingly picking up all the points. Chief tormentor was Keith Turvey’s rink, with a 22shot beating of Trevor Kelly.

That defeat dropped Cowplain into into the relegation positions, whilst Waverley are now in relative safety, sitting 5th.

 

So, the Park boys are now 11points clear of Alex, with Priory C 4points behind them. At the bottom, Denmead have closed the gap to the team above them (Cowplain) to 7points and they have a game in hand over them - will they do a Fulham? Gosport must be feeling the freeze, as they are just 4points ahead of Cowplain, but have only 1 more game left! 

 

 

In Comb 3, Portsmouth Water now only need 2more points from their final game to win the division after their 7shot away win at Lee-On-The-Solent, all thanks to captain ‘urricane’s 16shot win, as they lost the other 2rinks.

 

Waterlooville Brown would appear to be favourites to go up with the Watermen, after their 51shot home win over Leigh Park Red, gaining full points.

 

However, Rowner COULD overtake them as they have 2games in hand, but only IF they get maximum points from their last 4 games. And ‘villes last match is away at Swordsands!

This week, Rowner beat Pembroke by 9shots at home - but only won on 1rink, that of that well known tennis referee Alan Mills (look it up if you don’t believe me). Pembroke won on the rinks of Trevor Watkins and Les Maddock.

 

The battle of the bottom 2 went to Cosham B, as they got all the points from their 5 1/4shot away win at Copnor.

 

However, it could be a tight finish at the bottom, as 14points cover 7 teams (including Rowner)!!

 

 

In Comb 4, Eastney have moved above Bridgemary at the top, thanks to their all rink, 36shot home win over Pembroke, despite NOT using their top skip (or had his head swollen from all his mentions in despatches?)

 

Bridgemary only just managed a 4shot away win at Milton Park C, thanks to their sole winning rink of John Adams, whose 9shot win covered the losses to Kevin Johnson and Roy Carter.

 

Bedhampton fell to a single shot defeat at Cosham C. Cosham’s Geoff Lowe’s 6shot win covered Bedhampton’s Alan Smith’s 5shot win, with the other rink being drawn.

 

Gas are still in the hunt for promotion, following their 19shot away win over Cosham Debs. The big wins for the 2 Dereks (Healey and Langford) swamped the loss to Paul Wingate.

 

So, at the top, 11points cover the top 4, with Gas having games in hand, but they have to play Eastney. At the bottom, it would seem that Fareham are doomed and Cosham C may be joining them, as their final game is away at Eastney. Next week could settle a few things.

 

 

In Comb 5, ‘ville Red guaranteed promotion by beating Purbrook Green by 15shots at the Heath, only dropping 1point, Ron Jackson spoiling the party.

 

College Park put paid to any hopes Star had for promotion by beating them by32shots, winning all 3rinks at their collegian home.

 

Talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous. Last week, Denmead Green pulled off a superb away victory at Star. This week, at home to Phoenix, they could only muster 35shots (and 20 of those were scored on 1 rink!!), whilst conceding 30shots on each rink!! How can anyone explain that??

 

Finally, Emsworth beat Cowplain Green by a single shot. Sadly for Cowplain, Ian Hutchinson’s 13shot win was covered by the 11shot loss to Emsworth’s Jack Llewellyn and a more sedate 3shot loss to Paul Kemp.

 

So, after this week’s results, we now know that Waterlooville Red will be promoted. All that now remains to be resolved is:

 - Who will win the division – well, ‘ville need 7points to be assured of winning the title  

 - Who will go up with ‘ville - College Park need to just win 1 rink from their final match against Phoenix to be promoted. However, if Phoenix get maximum points, they sneak thru’.

 - Who will get the “Wooden Spoon”. It’s between Emsworth and Cowplain Green, with Cowplain Green the favourites – but if they get maximum points and Emsworth do a Norway in their last league matches, then pigs will be flying!!

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers trounced Alex in the battle of the top 2, to extend their lead, helped by College’s 2shot defeat at Copnor. Meanwhile, Naismith won the battle of the “strongest teams” in the division to extend their lead over Priory.

 

 

In the Red Division, have the wheels fallen off at College? They suffered their 1st defeat of the season at Alex, getting b****r all from the game. That defeat meant that Eastney took over top spot after their 10shot win over Pembroke, which also gained them 11points – who stopped the maximum?? Finally, Phoenix beat Cosham by 24shots at Cosham Park.

 

 

In the East Division, leaders Cowplain fell to a 1shot defeat at Emsworth, despite winning on 2rinks. Bedhampton cut into their lead (slightly) with a 7shot away win at Hayling, so are now 11points behind.

 

Meanwhile, Leigh Park eviscerated Waterlooville by 52shots at Front Lawn, whilst Denmead had a miserable week, picking up a big fat zero from their 2matches against Purbrook Silver, so are still looking for their 1st win/draw!!

 

 

In the West Division, the Top 2 both won picking up 10points, Gosport A by 28shots at home over Crofton, Forton by 24shots away at Gosport B – so no sibling help there!!

Fareham, last year’s division winners, had a monumental 52shot win over Rowner A, whilst Portchester won away again, this time at Rowner B. Finally, Lee On S beat Bridgemary by 10, someone on eth Lee side also spoiling the maximum!!

 

 

In the Combination Division, perennial champions Bridgemary stumbled at home to Leigh Park, losing by 7shots, despite winning on 2rinks – so someone else spent the night in the doghouse. Cowplain B have closed the gap to a single point after their 14shot win over Purbrook Heath. These 2 are 28points clear of 3rd placed Leigh Park and Bedhampton, who beat Cosham by 18shots.

Purbrook did win earlier in the week, beating Waterlooville by 24shots at their heath home.

 

Finally, congrats to Emsworth who finally won a match, beating Cowplain A by 3shots on home turf.

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 21/07

 

County Front

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 Hamshire’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:

 

Singles

Steve Fielder (College Park) lost in the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff.

Pairs

Matt Marchant and Mike Aldrin (Waverley) lost in the Quarter Finals to Cove.

Triples

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.

Fours

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

The Waverley quartet, 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 which will be in the Northern District.

 

Middleton Cup - Hampshire reach Middleton Cup Semi-Finals

Last Saturday, in a tense game played at Beach House Gardens Worthing, Hampshire won their Middleton Cup Quarter-Final against Surrey by a single shot.

The match went down to the final wood, where the Surrey skip needed to remove Hamshire’s shot bowl.

Thankfully he missed, so Hampshire will be travelling to Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday August 2nd. There, they will be playing Wiltshire in the Semi-Final. That game will be played in the morning, with the Final being played in the afternoon.

 

 

Rowland Cup

The Semi-Finals of the Rowland Cup were played last Sunday at Milton Park, Waterlooville A playing Priory, whilst Waverley A met their B team. Priory beat Waterlooville 84-68, whilst the A beat the B 89-53.  

 

In the Quarter Finals, ‘ville had beaten Vospers, Priory beat Portsmouth Water, Waverley A beat Cowplain A, while their B team beat Alexandra B.

 

The Final will be played at Alexandra BC on Sunday August 17th, starting at 10am.

 

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, Fareham took advantage of Waverley’s postponed game (due to 3 of their team becoming County Champions) to increase their lead at the top after their 15shot away win at College Park. The win was down to Charlie Bailey’s 15shot win over Dave Smith, as Dorian Bishop’s 8shot win covered the losses to Paul Lawrence and Clive Carter.

 

Alexandra took over 3rd spot after they heaped more misery on Gosport, beating them by 30shots at Anglesea Gardens, winning on 3rinks and tying the other – Dave Blackledge drawing with Barry “postman pat” Harman.

 

Vospers defeated Priory by 20shots at Northern Parade, all due to Terry Smith’s 25shot beating of Tony Kneller, as that was Vospers only winning rink, Ray Porter tying with Martin Eggleton. Mike Elliott and Nigel Mundy won for Priory.

 

Meanwhile, Rowner must be thankful of all the peninsula battles they’ve had this season, which has helped them climb clear of the bottom. This week’s instalment was a 10shot home win over Lee-On-Solent, thanks to big wins for Keith Gerrard and Bill Ross, with Eric Brierley and Dennis Wren replying for Lee. It looks like Barry Stafford must have been so disgusted with his team mates efforts last week in supporting him at Alex, that he deicded to emulate them this week, losing by 14shots.

 

So, Gosport are now 21points shy of Lee at the bottom, who themselves are 10points behind Waterlooville. What will Rowner do next season without those wins?

 

At the top, Fareham are now 17points ahead of Waverley.

 

 

In Div. 2, it seems having a week off doesn’t agree with Leigh Park as they suffered a home, 16shots defeat by Milton Park on Monday. The size of the win was thanks to Dave Biggs’ rink, which beat Roy Collins by 12 shots, with Dave Brown also winning for Milton. The Front Lawn boys won on the rinks of Barry Dixon and Pete Robinson.

 

However, they responded with a bang on Friday, with a resounding 103-57 victory at division leaders Denmead!! Leigh had big wins on the rinks of Roy Collins (21shots), Pete Robinson (17shots) and Barry Dixon (12 shots), whilst Paul Kennington prevented the whitewash.

 

Milton Park moved into 3rd place after their 32shot away win at Bridgemary, thanks to wins on the rinks of Andy McKain, Dave Biggs and Dave Brown, with Alan Bloxham getting Bridemary’s points.

 

Cowplain are 4th, after their home, 15shots defeat of Star&Crescent by 15shots. The win was thanks to Bryan Franklion’s 17shot win, with Graham King also getting the win bonus. Alan New and Robbie Dennison replied for Star.

 

Finally, Hayling lost at home to Copnor by 7shots, despite Dave Johns’ 18shot win over Terry Budd. That’s because Pete Moody covered that loss by winning by 14shots on his rink, plus Copnor also won on the rinks of Terry Whiting and Les Wilkinson.

 

So, Denmead are now 11points ahead of Leigh Park, with Milton another 16points behind them.

At the bottom, there is a gap of 36point between Star and the bottom 2 of Hayling and Bridgemary.

 

 

In Div. 3, leaders Bedhampton, not surprisingly, won again at home by 33shots against Purbrook, thanks to big wins for Mick New and Ken Wills, with Mike Case also getting the win points. Dennis Goode had his own big win for Purbrook.

 

However, Naismith are now equal on points with Bedhampton after playing two matches in the week. On Monday, in a rearranged game, they had a home, 29shot victory over Gas Social, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Mick Chandler (22shots) and Mick Penny (15shots), with Keith Brocks’ rink also winning. Gas had their own big win, thanks to Kevin Bleach’s rink (19shots).

Then, on Friday, they had another home win, this time over Forton by 14shots, mainly thanks to Mick Chandler’s 18shot win, with Mick Penny and Ben Brumby also winning. Steve Anderson fought hard for Forton, but his 13shot win couldn’t stem the tide.    

 

Cosham slipped to 3rd after they suffered a 19shot home defeat at the hands of Crofton, thanks to Ian Knowlton’s 20shot thrashing of Roger Shergold. Steve Pothecary also won for Crofton, Mel Dunbar for Cosham, with the 4th rink tied.

 

Emsworth defeated Gas by 23shots, winning on the rinks of Dereck Leggett, Peter Smith and Rick Parry. Terry Harwood replied for Gas.

 

Finally, Pembroke Gardens beat Phoenix by 12shots, thanks to Trevor Watkins, Dave Brookes and Jim Taylor, Jon Sunderland replying for Phoenix.

 

So, Bedhampton and Naismith are level on points at the top but Bedhampton have 2 games in hand, with Cosham 3rd, 23points behind Naismith. At the bottom, Forton are 13points behind Gas BUT have 2 games in hand AND they play each other in the last match of the season.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, Naismith repeated themselves by once again beating the league leaders at Swordsands. This time round, it was Waverley who were felled by 15shots, thanks to Dave Locks’ 13shot win over Ollie Mew, with Kevin Boyd also winning. Ian McKenzie spared Waverley’s blushes!

 

However, Alexandra Blue couldn’t take advantage as they fell to a 9shot loss away at Lee-On-Solent and also played 1short. Lee won on the rinks of Martin Ellis and Barry Grinanway, whilst John Pearson just managed to keep his win, once the 25% deduction had been taken away – he won by 1/4shot!!!!!!!!!!!

 

There was movement all round at the bottom (big dose of senna pods then), as not only did Lee win, but Fareham C won as well, a resounding 38shot, all rink home win over Waterlooville Green, with Steve Tiller’s rink taking the plaudits with their 21shot win over Barry Toovey.

 

Both results meant that Milton’s 6shot defeat at Waterlooville Gold made them the strongest team in the division. It was a close match, which went ‘ville’s way as Peter McWilliam’s 17shot win over Ted Coward covered Brian LeMarquer’s 12shot loss to Ken Morgan, with Dave Hills just getting the better of Dave Meyer.

 

Finally, Hayling have been drawn back into the relegation struggle as they suffered a 13shot away defeat at Rowner. John Bailey and Alan Pince won for Rowner, Derek Earl for Hayling.

 

So, at the top, Waverley are still 4points clear of Alex (but with a game in hand) and Rowner have now closed to within 8points of Alex.

At the bottom, 11points covers the bottom 4 of Hayling, Fareham, Lee and Milton, but Fareham has played the most games.

 

 

In Comb 2, College Park’s lead at the top was short lived, as they went down to a 14shot away defeat at Waverley Red, thanks to the rinks wins of John Colwell and Keith Turvey. John Newton gained College’s points.

 

That defeat meant that Alex Red are now back on top, following their 17shot, all rink home win over Cowplain Red.

 

A busy week for Monks C means they are now 2nd. On Monday, they had met the horse-lovers from Waverly, who they never left off the bridle, to win by 10shots, thanks to Peter Alcocks 15shot win. Then, on Wednesday, the Abbot had to keep order on Wednesday, as his brothers met each other in a no-holds barred match, which the B Team Captain missed due to wifely pressures. A close game turned on the 17th end, where a 7 for Pete Alcock meant that the C’s had a 10shot lead. But, thanks to a fight back from Mick Fryatt’s men, this was reduced to 1shot after 20, which was just held on to.

 

Finally, Denmead Gold managed only their 3rd win of the season, by 6shots at home over Gosport, thanks to George Carmichael’s 14shot win over Richard Frazer.

 

 

In Comb 3, leaders Portsmouth Water recovered from last week’s stumble to defeat Rowner on home turf by 24shots, thanks to Mick Leeson’s 20shot win.

 

Waterlooville Brown also won, by 2 shots away at Cosham B, with the wins by Tony Miller and Mike Gubbins covering the 10shot loss to S Davey.

 

It was a productive home week for Purbrook Maroon. They started the week with a tense, slimness of slim, victory over Pembroke Gardens B, thanks to Brian Markham’s 13shot win over John Wilkinson, which covered the losses to Dusty Miller (10shots) and Trevor Watkins.

Then, on Friday, they followed that up with a 6shot win over Lee-On-Solent C, with the wins of John Burrowes and Mike Frank (helped by the 25% deduction for playing 1short) covering the 13shot loss to Adrian Morgan.

 

But it was a bad week for Pembroke. Following Monday’s loss, they then went to Copnor and lost again, by 5shots, again due to playing 1short as they lost 6shots on that rink!! Poor old Dusty Miller, all that work for nothing (he won by 15shots), which was covered by Paul Collier’s 14shot win for Copnor. So, the moral of the story is – bring a reserve!!

 

Things are starting to look bad for Cosham B, now 11points adrift at the bottom, with 3points covering the next 3, Copnor, Ronwer & Pembroke.

 

 

In Comb 4, the games of the top 2 were both postponed, which Eastney and Bedhampton took advantage of to move into 2nd & 3rd spots.

 

Eastney won by 19shots, away win over Fareham B, mainly thanks to Ivor Gardner’s 15shot win.

 

That made it a bad week for Fareham, as they had earlier lost by 42shots to Milton Park C. Apparently, this was down to a case of the “Last Supper” syndrome, the flesh was willing, but the spirit was weak!!

 

On Monday, Bedhampton beat Cosham Debs by15shots, due to Jack Reed’s 16shot win over Ken Gaylor.

 

Later, Cosham C lost at home to Pembroke Gardens C by 7shots.

 

It’s now tight at the top. Bridgemary lead Eastney by 3points, but Eastney have a game in hand. Bedhampton are a point behind Eastney, with Gas 8points further, but with 2 games in hand.

At the bottom, it may be farewell Fareham B, I keep hearing Private Frazer “Your doomed!!”

 

 

In Comb 5, the top two met at Jubilee Park, where Waterlooville Red beat College Park White by 16shots to take over at the top of the table. Their win was thanks to Ken Tallyn’s 21shot defeat of Mal Rimmer, which more than covered Derek Holt’s 14shot loss to Graham Wilson. Peter Barter also won for ‘ville.

 

Star failed to take advantage of the collegian defeat, as they were surprisingly defeated at home by 7 shots to Denmead Green, thanks to Keith Roberts 13shot win over Robin Philbrick, with John Drage also winning, whilst Alan New picked up the rink points for Star.

 

Phoenix may be too far behind to get into the promotion battle, despite their 39shot, all rink home win over Emsworth, although the 3rd win was courtesy of a 25%deduction for playing 1short. John Sunderland was the reason behind margin, winning by 25shots.

 

Finally, in the battle of the Greens, Purbrook took the points with a 10shot away win at Cowplain.

 

So, Star can have a big say as to who wins the division, as they play the top 2 as their final games!!

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, after their practise at Swordsands last week, Vospers had obviously learnt the green, as this week they defeated Copnor by 30shots in a rearranged match.

 

2nd place Alex had a narrow 3shot win over Gas Social, whilst College Park moved into 3rd place after their 15shot home win over Priory. moved into 2nd spot with a walkover against Naismith. They are now 19points behind Vospers, but with 2 games in hand.

 

Finally, the battle of Swordsands went Naismith’s way as they beat co-tenants Copnor by 6shots.

 

So, Vospers are 23points clear of Alex, but Alex have 2games in hand. At the bottom, Priory are 4points behind Naismith.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park maintained their record with a 5shot home win over Milton Park. Eastney kept up the pressure with a 46shot home win over Phoenix, whilst Vospers just beat Alex by 1shot.

 

Finally, Cosham recorded their 1st win of the season at Pembroke, by 2shots.

 

So, College, with 2games in hand, are 9points clear of Eastney, with Vospers 2points behind them. At the bottom, Cosham’s win took them above Pembroke.

 

 

In the East Division, Cowplain increased their lead at the top after a 57shot home win over Purbrook Silver, as Emsworth were losing at Bedhampton by 10shots, which meant that Bedhampton took over 2nd place. In fact, Emsworth have dropped to 4th behind Hayling Island, who went to Waterlooville and left with a 21shot win!!

Finally, Purbrook Gold beat Leigh Park by 1shot on the Heath.

 

Cowplain are now 15points clear of Bedhampton, with Hayling 2points behind them, but with a game in hand.

 

 

In the West Division, Gosport A remain top as both they and Forton won, Gosport by 11shots at Bridgemary, Forton by 6 at home against Rowner A.

Fareham are still 3rd, after their 13shot win at Crofton, with Portchester in 4th after their 40shot home win over Lee-On-Solent.

The bees of Rowner and Gosport had a double header, which was shared, each winning their home game, Rowner by 5shots, Gosport by 6.

 

So, Gosport are 3points ahead of Forton, but Forton have 2games in hand. Fareham are 19points behind Forton – is their defence of the title over?

 

In the Combination Division, leaders Bridgemary won by 3shots at Waterlooville (was there something in the tea that upset the ‘ville bowlers??) Cowplain B remain 2nd after their 21shot home win over Emsworth. Leigh Park moved into 3rd after beating Bedhampton by 16shots at Front Lawn.

Finally, Cosham Orange beat Purbrook by14shots.

 

So, Bridgemary are 7points ahead of Cowplain B, but have a game in hand. These 2 are now 18points ahead of Leigh Park.

 

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 12/07

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, Fareham gained another point on rivals Waverley from their 21shot, home win over Priory. Fareham won on the rinks of Cyril Friend (getting his own back on Mike Elliott) and Charlie Bailey (as Arthur Newland WASN’T drawn on a ditch rink), Tony Kneller was Priory’s only winner (Doreen letting the side down again), whilst the Dubb/Mundy game was tied.

 

Meanwhile, Waverley struggled again on the peninsula, only beating Lee-On-Solent by 4shots, with the win only being gained over the last 3ends, as they picked up 9shots across the 4rinks. Waverley won on the rinks of Paul Cooke (by 14shots) and Matt Marchant (2shots – thanks to a 6 on the 19th end), with Eric Briererly (11shots) and Dave Heather (1shot) replying for Lee.

 

3rd placed College Park beat Gosport by 3shots on their home turf, thanks to the rinks wins of Steve Feilder and Clive Carter, with Ken Stanbury replying for Gosport. The Lawrence/Kingston game was tied.

 

Alexandra moved into 4th spot with a nervy 2shot home win over Rowner, thanks to the five picked up on the last end by Barry Harmer’s rink. Alex also won on the rinks of Alan Sprake and Carl Baggot, while the 21shot win for Rowner’s Barry Stafford couldn’t quite carry them over the line.

 

In the division’s other game, Waterlooville just managed to beat Vospers by 3shots at home. ‘ville won on the rinks of Joe Slatter and Cyril Hilton (both by 11shots), with Marty Wake (10shots) and Dave Harding (9shots) responding for Vospers.

 

 

In Div. 2, Denmead carried on their drive to become division champions with an away, 39shots win at Star & Crescent, topping the ton. There were big wins for Denmead’s Tony Sewell (who only lost 5 ends to Paul Whiffin!) and Mick Wright, with Roly Bloy’s men also winning, whilst Robbie Denninson spared Star’s blushes. The win means Denmead are now 27points clear of 2nd placed Leigh Park.

 

It was a busy week for both Star and Copnor. On Monday, they met each other in a rearranged game at Swordsands, which Copnor won by a slender shot. Star almost managed to steal the match via Mel Wilde’s 14shot win over Les Wilkinson, but Copnor covered it through the wins of Pete Moody (11shots over Robbie Denninson) & Terry Budd (4shots over Paul Whiffin – so not a good week for his men!), with the Dave Powe/Simon Filippi match being tied.

 

However, Copnor couldn’t carry on the good work, as on the Friday, they lost at home to Portsmouth Water by 10shots. The watermen got home thanks to wins by Mick Edney and Keith Wright, with Dave Powe and Pete Moody winning for Copnor.   

 

Elsewhere, Milton Park had a 29shot, home win against Cowplain, thanks to wins on the rinks of Mick Molloy, Dave Biggs and Dave Brown, with Bryan Franklin getting Cowplain’s points.

 

Finally, in the battle of the bottom two went the way of Hayling Island, who hit the ton in their 31shot home win over Bridgemary. Hayling had big wins on the rinks of John Stephenson and Bob Randall, with Dave Beynon and Peter Cooper winning for Bridgemary. However, both teams are still 34points adrift at the bottom of the table.

 

 

In Div. 3, leaders Bedhampton recovered from last week’s defeat by beating Emsworth by 17shots at their Bidbury Mead home, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Ken Wills and Mike Case. Terry Brewer and Alan Lee picked up the win points for Emsworth.

 

Cosham and Naismith were two more clubs who had a busy week. On Monday, they met each other in a match rearranged from the start of the season, and it was Naismith who left Cosham Park with the win, by 21shots. This was down to big wins for the rinks of Mick Penny (by 27shots over Roger Shergold) and Mick Chandler (13shots over Peter Crane). Cosham won on the rinks of Mel Dunbar (9shots over Dave Lock) and John Holdaway, whose game against Keith Brocks was a bit like watching Liverpool (i.e. never mind defending, we’ll score more than you) that ended 32-22!!

 

On Friday, Naismith carried on the good work with a 37shot away win at Gas Social, thanks to the 3Micks big wins for Mick Chandler’s rink (21shots over Terry Harwood) and Mike Shepherd (13shots over Mike Hayward), backed up by the win for Mick Penny (over Terry Harwood), whilst Terry Williams managed a win for Gas (over Pete Irons, making his debut as a skip this season).

 

Meanwhile, Cosham recovered from their loss to get a 22shot, all rink away win at Forton

 

Finally, Purbrook managed a 4 shot, home win over Pembroke Gardens, thanks to the rinks of Tony Wall and Gary Farmer, with David Brookes and Trevor Watkins winning for Pembroke.

However, despite the win, Purbrook have dropped to 4th place, due to the 2 games Cosham & Naismith played.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, the Blues both won at home, Waverley by 17shots over ‘ville Gold, Alex by 21shots over Fareham C, so it’s just 4points that covers them at the top.

 

3rd placed Naismith lost by 35shots away at Waterlooville Green, leaving with “not a lot”, which meant they slipped down the division, below the Greens.

 

That meant that Rowner’s excellent full house away win at Milton Park, by 45shots, saw them  leap into 3rd place - although some 16points behind Alex. (I’m sparing the blushes of the Milton skips by detailing their losses!)

 

Finally, Hayling had a slender 1shot home win over Lee-On-Solent B, as the wins on the rinks of Neil Blacklin & Pullan just covered the loss to Dave Turner. The win has meant that Hayling have opened a bit of a gap over the bottom 3 of Milton, Fareham & Lee. 

 

 

In Comb 2, the top 2 met at College Park and it was the Park boys who came away with the points with a 6shot win over Alex Red. The victory was due to Ray Cheater’s 11shot win over Andy Bennett, with John Newton also picking up the win points. Malcolm Jones’ rink won for Alex.

 

That win meant that College took over at the top of the table, as on Monday, in a rearranged game from the 1st week of the season, they shook off their beating at Cowplain with a 9shot away win at Vospers, all thanks to John Newton’s 18shot defeat of Dave Tiller, as Vospers won the other 2 rinks.

 

Monks (dis)Utd B had a busy week as well. On Monday, travelled to Gosport to play on their lower pastures (aka “bottom green”), which, apparently, looked like the foxes had been playing (or was it Justin Rose back from the US of A to practise his chipping for the Open). Depite all that, they came away with the points after a 21shot win. Brother Vinten did all the damage, with a runaway win by 17 shots, helped by Brother Hammal’s fight back. From being 22-6 down after 15 ends, the rink fought back, picking up 15 shots in the last 5 ends to lose by 5. On Brother Moore’s rink, his team mates took care of him, remembering his age and lack of abacus, to only score in singles for the 1st 17ends. Then, a call to prayer by head abbot Somerset for a big finish, resulted in 12shots being picked up on the last 4ends to gain the win points.

 

On Wednesday, they followed that up by defeating Waverley Red by 5shots, winning on the rinks of John Vinten and Trevor Moore, with Pete Aldridge replying for Waverley.

 

Finally, Vospers recovered from their Monday defeat to beat Denmead Gold by 4shots, which took them above Gosport and Waverley at the bottom of the table.

 

So, it’s close at the top, with College 1point in front of Alex, with Priory B 1point behind them. At the bottom, Denmead are getting left, 18points behind Waverley, with 4points covering the next 3.

 

 

In Comb 3, leaders Portsmouth Water stumbled at Swordsands, as Copnor beat them by 8shots by Copnor. The win was thanks to Paul Collier’s rink, which beat Pete Bridger by 13shots, whilst Water’s Pete Higgins won by 5, with the 3rd rink being tied.

 

Waterlooville Brown were made to struggle on their carpet by Pembroke B, only winning the game by 2shots. The wins for ‘ville’s Mike Gubbins & Tony Miller covered the 9shot defeat of Bob Speight by John Wilkinson.

 

Meanwhile, Leigh Park lost at home to Cosham B by 3shots, only picking up 2 points thanks to Bob Cope. For Cosham, Stuart Davey & Colin Cooksley took home the win bonus.

 

Finally, Rowner C made full use of home advantage by beating Purbrook Maroon by 28shots, with both their winning rinks Brendon Dimmer and Charlie Fitzgerald having a 16shot margin.

 

It’s tight at the bottom, with 11points covering the bottom 5 clubs.

 

 

In Comb 4, leaders Bridgemary lost away at Eastney by 30shots, only picking up 2points from Jack Hilton, while John Peacham & Steve Fell both had easy wins for Eastney.

 

Gas Social took full advantage of Bridgemary’s slip-up by picking up 11points from their 26shot away win over Cosham C. The win was down to Roly Langford’s 19shot win, with Bryce Vickers also picking up the win points, Geoff Lowe spared Cosham’s blushes, drawing with Derek Langford.

 

At the same time, Cosham Debs were showing their C team how to do it as they beat Fareham B by 30shots, thanks to a 26shot win for Paul Wingate’s men.

 

Finally, Bedhampton beat Pembroke C by 26shots at home, thanks to a big win for Jeffrey Booth, while Paul McDermott got Pembroke’s win points.

 

So, Bridgemary’s lead is now back to 12points over Gas, who have overtaken Eastney by a point. But, 5points cover positions 2-5.

 

 

In Comb 5, College Park White only just maintained their top position with a slender 1shot home win over Purbrook Green. The match went down to the last wood on the last end as Purbrook staged a magnificent comeback from being 22shots down after 16ends to actually being in the lead with 1wood to go. Thankfully for College, Frank Seath managed to get a 2 to win the match, despite losing his rink!! For College, Graham Wilson & Chris Frost won their rinks.  

 

Waterlooville Red kept up the pressure with a 3shot win at Denmead Green,. An interesting game in that both teams had a rink win by 20shots, so it was thanks to Ken Tallyn picking up 5shots on last 3ends of his game that the Red’s won.

 

Star visited Emsworth and left with a 38shot victory, thanks to big wins for Brian Tucker and Alan New, mind you “filis” lost again!

 

Finally, Phoenix had a similar result after their trip to Cowplain Green, as they won by 8shots, thanks to John Hadley’s 10shot win.

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, there was a big surprise at Swordsands, where Naismith won their 1st game of the season by 12shots! Their victims? Leaders Vospers!!

 

Earlier in the week, Alex moved into 2nd spot with a walkover against Naismith. They are now 19points behind Vospers, but with 2 games in hand.

 

Gas lost 2nd spot when College Park beat them on their home green by 5shots.

 

Finally, Copnor picked up all the points with their 16shot away win at Priory.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park are still 100%, despite struggling early on at Cosham, but they finally won by 18shots.

 

Eastney are still 2nd despite losing away at Vospers, by 5shots.

 

Alex and Milton Park had a double header in the week, which both resulted in away wins. The first game was a Milton win by 8shots, with Alex returning the favour in the second but by the slenderest of margins!!

 

Finally, Phoenix had a home win over Pembroke by 14shots.

 

College are now 9points clear of Eastney and have 2 games in hand.

 

 

In the East Division, despite Emsworth slaughtering Waterlooville by 36shots, they have lost top billing to Cowplain, who had 2 full-house 38shot wins during the week. First, they despatched Leigh Park, then went to Denmead to repeat the dose.

 

Bedhampton had a magical mystery tour around the countryside last week, with a mix of results. Their fisrt stop was at Front Lawn, where they lost to Leigh Park, by 10shots. Then onto the Heath, where they beat Purbrook Silver by 30shots – must have been a right old sing-song on the way back!!

 

And it wasn’t a good week for the Purbrook club, as their Gold team crossed the water to Haying, only to lose by 14shots.

 

So, Cowplain are now 8points clear at the top, with Denmead still looking for their 1st win at the bottom.

 

 

In the West Division, only 2 games survived the downpours. Fareham saw off Bridgemary by 35shots at home and Gosport B travelled to Lee and came away with a 33shot win.

 

 

In the Combination Division, again only 2 games were able to be played. Leigh Park had a 15shot away win at Purbrook, whilst Cowplain B beat the Ateam by 42shots (now is it just me…………….??)

 


 

Views from the Head w/e 05/07

 

Hampshire County News

The County Eastern Divisional Finals were held last week, which saw Waverley providing six of the eleven who won through to the County Finals.

 

The winners were as follows:

Singles

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

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

Pairs

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

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

Triples

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

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

Fours

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

Two Wood Singles

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

 

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

 

The County Club Divisional Final was also played last Sunday at Milton Park between Alexandra and Waverley and saw Waverley ran out victors by 32shots.

 

On the Middleton Cup front, following Kent’s defeat by Oxfordshire, Hampshire are in the quarter finals, where they will play Surrey.

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, Fareham extended their lead at the top after picking up all the points from their 42shot away win at bottom of the table Gosport. Leading the way for Fareham was Charlie Bailey’s rink, who had a 21shot win over Ken Stanbury. Charlie obviously taking out his frustration from his drubbing in the divisional singles final!

 

Meanwhile, Waverley gained 14points from their 26shot home win over Alexandra, with wins by Matt Marchant, Paul Cooke and Mark Griffths, with Alan Sprake replying for Alex. Ah, it looks like the puppet strings have been attached!

 

3rd placed College Park travelled to Rowner and left with 14points after their 11shot win. The win was all down to Steve Feilder’s 11shot victory over Keith Gerrard, as the results of the other 3 rinks cancelled each other out.

 

Priory moved into 4th spot following their 39shot (109-70), all rink home win over Waterlooville.

The match turned as the rain stared to fall, as at 13 ends, Priory were only 2shots up – then the wheels fell off for ‘ville. Keith Warren was leading by 9shots but only picked up another 2 whilst dropping 14 and Joe Slatter lost 20shots.

 

Vospers ended their losing streak by inflicting a 30shot (101-71) home win over Lee-On-Solent. The win was based around Marty Wake’s 23shot victory over Peter Gentry, with Pete Sansbury and Dave Harding also getting the win points. Eric Brierley gained some solace for Lee with a 11shot win over Terry Smith.

 

 

In Div. 2, Denmead won again with a 26shot home win against Milton Park. They nearly got all the points as Tony Sewell, Mike Wright and Paul Kennington all won, but Roly Bloy could only tie with Andy McKain.

 

Leigh Park kept up the pressure with an excellent 26shots, all rink away win at Portsmouth Water. Pete Robinson took the plaudits for Leigh Park with his 10shot defeat of Brent Riste.

 

In fact, it was not a good week for the watermen as on Monday, in a rearranged match, they surprisingly lost at home to Copnor by 18shots. Copnor’s win was down to Lester Wilkinson’s 21shot defeat of Wright, with Pete Moody also picking up the winning rink points. Mick Edney and Brent Riste replied for the Watermen.

 

It was also a busy week for Milton, as on the Thursday, they had beaten Star & Crescent by 14shots on their home green, mainly thanks to Dave Brown’s 13shot win over Simon Filippi. Dave Biggs and Andy McKain also won for Milton, with Robbie Denninson winning for Star. 

 

Cowplain carried on from last week with a 30shot, all rink home win over Hayling Island, based on Bryan Franklin’s 14shot defeat of Dave Johns.

 

Bridgemary put a halt to Copnor’s celebrations by beating them by 9shots at Cunningham Drive home. Brian Adams and Vic Clark won for Bridgemary, Pete Moody and Dave Powe for Copnor.

 

Bridgemary and Hayling are still isolated at the bottom, although Bridgemary have closed the gap to the islanders.

 

 

In Div. 3, leaders Bedhampton went down to an 18shot away defeat at Naismith, losing to the rinks of Mick Chandler, Mick Penny and Dave Lock (making his debut at skip), with Ken Wills getting their sole points.

 

Purbrook have moved into 2nd place after winning twice in the week. On Monday, they halted Forton’s winning streak with a 7shot home win, thanks to Gary Farmer’s 13shot win over Ian Mullholland, with Tony Wall also winning. Steve Anderson and Eric Meighen replied for Forton.

 

Then, they travelled to Emsworth and came away with 12points after their 3shot win. The wins on the rinks of Dennis Goode and Gary Farmer covered the losses to Peter Smith and Alan Lee.

   

Cosham are just behind Purbrook after their 8shot home win over Gas Social. Thankfully for Cosham, the wins gained by Peter Crane, Roger Shergold and Mel Dunbar got the better of the big win for Gas’ Terry Hayward.

 

It was a bad week for Gas, as on the Monday, in another rearranged match, they had another narrow loss, this time by 1shot at Pembroke Gardens. Pembroke’s win was thanks to Jack Chernin’s 22shot win over Kevin Bleach, which was badly needed, as Jim Taylor went down by 18shots to Terry Williams. The other two rink wins were shared between the clubs. So, have Pembroke finally found out how to play on a mown green – or did Saturday’s heavy rain have something to do with it?

 

Well it looks like it, as on Friday, they built on that win by defeating Crofton by 6shots, thanks to wins by Dave Brookes and Jim Taylor, Gary Coleman and Mike Whitefoot responding for Crofton. Apparently, all the Pembroke team had to go and lie down in a darkened room to recover from their excitement.

 

And has the Phoenix FINALLY risen from the ashes? They won their 4th game in a row by defeating Forton by 19shots, thanks wins by John Timmins, Dave Blowe and Bob Burns, which covered the heavy defeat inflicted on Alan Taw by Steve Anderson. At last, they’ve also learnt how not to get discouraged when 1rink is getting a battering. Handkerchiefs will be required for future matches for the nose-bleeds they’ll be getting from their lofty position in the league.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, it was all change at the top of the table, after Naismith put the cat amongst the pigeons by defeating Alexandra Blue by 11shots at their Swordsands base. The win was thanks to the 8shot victory Howard Davis’ rink gained over Ian Rixon’s men, as the other 2rinks cancelled each other out.

 

Waverley Blue took advantage of Alex’s slip up to take over top spot after their convincing 30shot away win at over Rowner B, thanks to Tony Ingram’s 20shot win over Barry Day.

 

At carpetland, the Gold’s gave a sound thrashing to the Green’s, winning by 28shots – did they pack their team we wonder?

 

Milton moved out of the bottom 2 with an 8shot win at Hayling, where, in a battle of Ateamers,  Alan Coles’ 17shot win over Neil Blacklin covered Don Golding’s 11shot loss to Ray Hoskins.

 

Meanwhile, Fareham C slid back into the bottom 2 after their 8shot away loss at bottom of the table Lee. Lee won on the rinks of Roger Williams & Martin Ellis, with Steve Tilley replying for Fareham. 

 

So, Waverley now lead the division by 6points from Alex, with ‘ville Gold a distant 3rd. At the bottom, 7points cover the bottom 4 of Hayling, Milton, Fareham & Lee. 

 

In Comb 2, Alexandra Red strengthened their hold at the top when they beat Monks Utd B by 17 shots, gaining all the points. Chief tormentor for the Reds was the Malcolm Jones rink, which had an 11shot win over John Vinten’s brothers.

 

Alex were helped by Cowplain’s thrashing of College Park Green, winning by 39shots. There were big wins for Adrian Dyer and Trevor Kelly as Cowplain completed the double over the collegians. Ray Markwell at least spared Park’s pride by gaining a point from his tie with Bob Gooch.

 

Monks Utd C moved above their brothers after a slender 4shot home win against Vospers, thanks to wins by Andy Chadwick & Dennis Patrick, with Dave Tiller winning for Vospers.

 

And have Waverley Red been refreshed from their day at the races? Seems like it, as they won again, this time a home 20shot vanquishing of Gosport on all 3 rinks. It also had the added benefit of moving them out of the bottom 2!

 

 

In Comb 3, Portsmouth Water B beat 2nd placed Waterlooville Brown by a slender 3shots, where the ins for Pete Higgins and Neville Hemley-Smith covered the loss to Mike Gubbins.

 

Lee lost 3rd place after suffering a 15shot home defeat at the hands of Rowner, the main damage inflicted by Charlie Fitzgerald’s 9shot defeat of Frank Whitaker.

 

Leigh Park took over that spot with a 44shot, all rink away win at Pembroke, who were obviously still in a state of shock from their win at Cosham the previous week!! There were big wins for the rinks of Tom Costello and Jim     O'Neill.

 

Finally, bottom club Copnor moved above Cosham, thanks to an excellent 21shot, all rink away win at Purbrook Maroon, led by Dave Webber’s 14shot defeat of Mike Frank.

 

The Watermen are now 22points clear of ‘ville at the top, with Leigh Park & Lee just behind.

 

 

In Comb 4, Bridgemary got back to winning ways (just) with a home 2shot win over Cosham C, thanks to the rink wins of Vic Clark and Jack Hilton, which covered the heavy loss inflicted by Ron Jacobs.

 

In fact, it was a bad week for the C men, as earlier in the week, in a match rearranged from the 1st sodden week of the season, they were swamped at home by Eastney. Eastney’s 32shot win was mainly due to John Peacham’s 20shot victory, and the win moved them into 2nd spot, on shot difference.

 

Bridgemary’s smiles were widened after they learnt that closet rivals Gas Social had suffered a 7shot home defeat by Bedhampton. Bedhampton had to thank the rinks of Jeffrey Booth & Alan Smith, with Derek Langford winning for Gas.

 

Cosham Debs show their C team how it should be done as they walked away from Milton with a 13shot win, mainly due to Ken Gaylor’s 17shot victory over Kevin Johnson.

 

So, Bridgemary now lead Eastney & Gas by 21points.

 

 

In Comb 5, College Park White maintained their top position with an excellent 29shot, all rink away win at Denmead, Chris Frost’s rink starring with their 17shot win over Terry Wade’s men.

 

Waterlooville Red responded with their own all rink win, beating Emsworth by 35shots at home. The size of the win was thanks to Derek Holt’s 20shot victory.

 

Star beat Cowplain Green by 6shots, despite only winning on the rink of Alan New, but it was by 15shots, which covered the defeats by Cowplain’s Ian Hutchinson & John Betteridge. (Note to Star, that Phylis really shouldn’t skip!)

 

Finally, Phoenix defeated Purbrook Green by 12shots at Kirby Road. Fortunately for Phoenix, the big wins on the rinks of Mick Hall & John Harris covered the big loss suffered by Mick Compton.

 

So College lead ‘ville by 1point, with Star 8points behind them. At the bottom. Cowplain trail Emsworth by 12points.

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers maintained their lead at the top after their 33shot defeat of Gas. Alex made up the deficit to Gas after their 37shot defeat of Priory. College Park were also winners, beating Naismith by 8shots.

 

 

In the Red Division, the battle of the top 2 went the way of College after their 11shot beating of Vospers, despite winning on 1 rink only!!

That defeat means that Eastney are now 2nd, after their 26shot win over Cosham.

Alex suffered a shocjk home defeat at the hands of Phoenix, who won by 7shots.

 

 

In the East Division, Emsworth are still top despite coming away with “Not a lot” after Purbrook Gold beat them by 7shots. They weren’t overtaken because Cowplain had a bye week and Hayling were beaten by 22shots at Leigh Park. Bedhampton beat Denmead by 52shots and Waterloovilel beat Purbrook Silver by 33shots.

 

In the West Division, Gosport A beat their B team by 11shots, whilst Forton beat Crofton by 21shots. Portchester beat Fareham by 4, despite only winning on 1 rink, whilst Rowner A beat Bridgemary by 30shots. Finally, Rowner B are still the strongest team in the division after their 8shot defeat by Lee On Solent.

 

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary are still unbeaten, their latest victims 100% being Bedhampton. With Cowplain B resting, Waterlooville moved into 2nd spot following their 48shot win over Purbrook Heath. Their A team also overtook them after their 6shot away win over Cosham Orange. Finally Leigh Park took all the points after their 25shot win over Emsworth.   

 


Views from the Head w/e 29/06

 

Hampshire County News

The County competitions have reached the Divisional Finals stage, where the winners will go onto the County Finals at Atherley BC, Southampton, representing Hampshire’s Eastern Division. Next week’s report will contain the winners. – See the front page for news of who’s playing who, where and when.

 

P&D Leagues

This time, t’was the big boys who had to play twice in a week.

 

Monday night matches

In Div. 1, Waverley gained their revenge against Gosport with a home, all rink 111-74 win. In a match of little defence (just like England on the copacabana), Waverley’s win was thanks to the two 16shot wins gained by the rinks of John Biggs and Alex Marchant, with the other two rinks being much closer.

 

Rowner came down to earth after their efforts of last Friday and lost at 2nd placed Fareham by 31shots. Fareham’s win was based around Martyn Dubb’s 16shot win over Keith Gerrard, with Charlie Bailey and Dorian Bishop also winning. Bill Ross gained Rowner’s sole points.

 

There was an exciting finish at Milton Park, where 3rd placed Alexandra were away to Priory. Going into the last end, Alex held a 6shot lead. But, a strong finish from the Priory rinks saw them pick up 8shots across the boards, thereby winning the match by 2!

Priory also had to thank Nigel Mundy’s rink for their 13shot win over Barry Harman, with Mike “Billy” Elliott also weighing in with a 7shot victory over (the returning) Alan Sprake (bet he wished he was still on vacation).  For Alex, skip debutant Don Lilley recorded a 12 shot win over Arthur Newland (who was no doubt hampered by NOT playing on rink 6!), with Carl Baggott also winning.

So Captain Scarlet’s strings have been cut and the reigns handed over to the returning Mr Sprake – but with little effect!

 

That result meant that College Park moved into 3rd place after their 3shot away win at Vospers. College’s win was based on Clive Carter’s 8shot win over Peter Sansbury, with Adrian Snook gaining a 1shot win over Marty Wake. For Vospers, Terry Smith beat his namesake Dave by 5shots, with Dave Harding beating Steve Feilder by 1.

 

Waterlooville made full use of their carpet to gain revenge over Lee-On-Solent with a 20shot win, mainly down to the rink of debutant skip Brian LeMarquer, who beat Dave Wren by 15shots. There were also wins for Dave Baxter and Joe Slatter, with captain Eric Brierley replying for Lee (only his 2nd win of the season!).

 

 

In Div. 2, Denmead extended their lead at the top after their 20shot win over bottom club Bridgemary. Denmead win was down to Mike Wright’s 19shot victory over Ron Snelling (unfortunately, Bridgemary’s John Collyer was taken ill during the game and had to be substituted - we wish him a speedy recovery), with Paul Kennington also getting the rink points. Bridgemary won on the rink of Vic Clark, with the 4th rink being tied.

 

The plug was pulled on Portsmouth Water’s good run, as Milton Park metered out an 18shot home defeat, mainly thanks to captain Dave Brown’s 16shot win over Brent Riste, with Andy McKain and Dave Biggs also winning. Pete Musson spared the Watermen’s blushes.

 

That defeat meant that Leigh Park moved back into 2nd spot after their close 2shot home win over Star & Crescent. It was Barry Dixon’s 10shot win over Mel Wilde that carried the day for the Park men, with Peter Robinson also winning, beating Paul Whiffin. Star won via the rinks of Simon Filippi and Robbie Denninson.

 

Cowplain finally halted their poor run of results with a 13shot away win over Copnor, despite only winning on 1rink. The win was thanks to captain Peter Parry’s 22shot win over Steve Caine (thus last week’s saviour becoming this week’s villain). Terry Budd and Peter Moody won for Copnor, with the other rink being tied.

 

 

In Div. 3, only 2 matches were played. Cosham moved into 2nd place after their 44shot, all rink home win over Emsworth. The win being based around Ken Gaylor’s 32shot win over Dereck Leggett.

 

Naismith slipped back to 3rd spot after suffering a 25shot away defeat at Purbrook. Purbrook’s win was mainly thanks to Gary Farmer’s 18shot win over Mike Shepherd, with Dave Rowe also getting the win points for them. Keith Brocks got Naismith’s win points, with the final rink being tied.

 

Friday night matches

In Div. 1, Fareham took advantage of the College Park v Waverley match being postponed to take over at the top of the table, after thrashing Waterlooville by 51 shots at their Recreation ground home. Their charge to victory was led by Charlie Bailey’s 22shot win over Keith Warren. 

 

Alex moved into 3rd place, but only just! They nearly threw away a winning position in their home game against Vospers. Up by 20shots after 12ends, Vospers almost fought back to take the match, just failing by 2shots. Carl Baggott and Dave Deacon just held on to win their rinks, whilst, for Vospers, Marty Wake picked up 9shots on the last 3 ends to beat Barry Harman and Dave Harding just got the better of Alan Sprake.

 

Meanwhile Lee on Solent and Priory played out another game that would have had defensive coaches tearing their hair out – unless your name is Roy Hodgson! In a game where 189shots were scored, Lee on Solent (as well as reaching the ton) won by 11, thanks to the rink wins of Eric Brierley, Dennis Wren and Peter Gentry; Mike Elliott replying for Priory.

 

Things are not improving for Gosport, as they went down to their 2nd defeat of the week, this time at home against Rowner by 24shots. Rowner had big wins on the rinks of Keith Gerrard and Barry Stafford, with Jim Oswell and Ken Kingston getting Gosport’s points.

Gosport are now 15points in arrears at the bottom of the table.

 

 

In Div. 2, Denmead won again, this time at Hayling Island, with a 31shot, all rink win. That extended their lead at the top to 14points, as Leigh Park’s 13shot away win at Copnor only garnered 13points. The win was thanks to Pete Robinson’s 13shot win over Terry Budd, as Paul Hatherley’s 8shot win was cancelled out by a similar score for Copnor’s Dave Powe. The other rink saw Pete Moody and Barry Dixon battle to a 17all tie.

 

Portsmouth Water lost for the 2nd time in the week, this time by 8shots at Star & Crescent. Star won on the rinks of Robbie Denninson and Simon Filippi, Water on Brent Riste’s rink, with the other being tied.

 

That defeat meant Cowplain moved above them into 3rd spot, after their 27shot away win at Bridgemary. The victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Reg Barber and Peter Parry, whilst Bridgemary won on the rinks of Brian  Adams and Vic Clark

 

Bridgemary & Hayling Island are starting to get detached at the bottom of the table.

 

 

In Div. 3, in the battle between the top 2, Cosham made Bedhampton fight for it all the way when they visited carpetland. In all their previous home matches, Bedhampton have broken the Ton. This time round, their victory was by a slender 2 shots as Cosham made every effort to inflict on Bedhampton their first home defeat. The turning point in the game was the 20th end, where Bedhampton scored 10shots across the boards, turning the match in their favour. Ian Hurst & Mick New won for Bedhampton, Peter Crane & Roger Shergold for Cosham.

 

3rd placed Naismith were beaten for the 2nd time in the week, this time by 7shots at Emsworth. In a match which had two tied rinks, Emsworth’s victory was thanks to Alan Lee’s 16shot win over Keith Brocks, which covered Dereck Leggett’s 9shot loss to Mike Shepherd.

 

Purbrook moved into 4th spot after their 21shot home win over Crofton, down to Tony Wall’s 20shot win over Mike Whitefoot.

 

Phoenix maintained their impressive form of late, with an all rink, 15shot, away win at Gas. The win moved Phoenix above Gas at the bottom of the table. Phoenix’s winning skips reads like a list of solicitors – Blowe, Burns, Taw & Timmins. Said a bemused Phonix player “I can’t remember us ever winning 4 rinks before” – I think he meant in 1 game, not a whole season!!

 

 

On the Combination front

A return to normality for the Combination, back to the usual 1 match in the week

 

In Comb 1, Alexandra Blue maintained their lead at the top with a 20shot home win over Waterlooville Gold, thanks to Ian Rixon’s 19shot win against Brian LeMarquer.

 

Waverley Blue maintained the pressure on them when they picked up 11points after their 29shot home win over Hayling Island. There were big wins for Sean O’Mara and Ollie Mew, with Tony Ingram spoiling the party by only managing a tie with Brian Pullan.

 

3rd place Rowner came away with carpet burns after their 29shot away defeat at the hands of Waterlooville Green. To add salt to the wounds they emulated Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

Meanwhile, Fareham C moved out of the bottom 2 after their 25shot home win over Naismith. 

 

 

In Comb 2, Gosport B put a brake on Alexandra Red’s title aspirations with a 9 shot home victory, all thanks to Ken Stanbury’s 18shot win over Malcolm Jones, which cancelled out Dick Frazer’s 10shot defeat by Vic Phipps. Despite the defeat, Alex remain top as College Green were at home relaxing.

 

The Monks had an excellent night.

The prayers of the B Team were answered with a 54shot home win over Cowplain Red, the Red’s 3rd defeat in a row. Like last week, the mid-break communion tea sent the monks to sleep for 5 ends, but this time they work up in enough time NOT to squander the game.

Two Priory rinks broke the 30shot mark, whilst the captain had a more sedate game, to just win 18-14.

 

Meanwhile, Denmead’s nightmare season continued (so I was reliably informed) as they contrived to snatch a home defeat from the jaws of victory against Priory C.

The evidence? Well, one rink was leading 22-21 after 19 ends, only to lose 22-26, and another, having been 22-8up after 14 ends, contrived to drop 5 & a 3 as they lost 22-23.

 

Waverley’s day at the races obviously did them a power of good, as not only did they field a full team, but enjoyed a 16shot away win over Vospers B, all thanks to Johnny Colwell’s win over Dave Tiller. That win moved them above Denmead at the bottom.

 

 

In Comb 3, Portsmouth Water B gained 10points after their 27shot away win over Leigh Park Red, thanks to big wins by Mick Leeson and Pete Higgins - OK Pete, makes up for last week!

 

Waterlooville Brown cut into their lead by a little after picking up 12points from their 31shot home win over Purbrook Maroon.

 

Lee On Solent C are still hanging in there after their 16shot away win at Copnor, all thanks to Adrian Morgan’s 17shot win over Terry Whiting. Mind you, perhaps Copnor may have been star-struck, as Lee fielded these look-alikes – Brian (Rick)Wakeman and Russell (Rory or is it Billy) Bremner!

 

But there was a major surprise at Cosham, where Pembroke Gardens B won, for the 1st time in 4weeks, by 25shots on all rinks, thanks to Pete Hibberts 14 shot win over Stuart Davey . In fact, so amazed was the Pembroke captain, that he threw the cards on the floor (in horror??). Never mind Colin, WADA have been informed and will be in touch! Mind you, it’s not surprising Pembroke won, as they have resurrected Dusty Miller into their midst.

 

 

In Comb 4, Bridgemary B were the latest to suffer at Bedhampton, where the Bidbury side inflicted a 60shot thrashing (pass the carpet burn salve Rowner!)

 

Gas cut into their lead with a 33shot away win at Pembroke Gardens C – who are still trying to get to grips with a finely mown lawn, although I would imagine Mr Langford would like to take the bit of sward he played on round with him all the time!!

 

Eastney B got the better of their internecine squabble with co-tenants Milton Park C, winning by 18shots, thanks to John Peacham’s win over Dave Saunders. All of which meant that neither team has any bragging rights, as the series was squared. (and if Eastney could get a Hopkirk to join, they could field a TV series rink of Randall, Hopkirk, Barron & King)

 

Finally, Fareham B have kept the knack of winning matches, as they travelled to Cosham and came away with an 11shot win over Cosham C. Unfortunately, they still have a lot of ground to make up on Pembroke C.

 

 

In Comb 5, College Park White maintained their top position after their 4 shot away win at Emsworth, where Chris Frost’s 16shot win over Jack Llewellyn covered Mal Rimmer’s 13shot loss to M Roberts.

 

Meanwhile, Waterlooville Red kept up the pressure with a 26shot away win over Cowplain Green, thanks to big wins for Peter Barter & Michael Whelan.

 

Star recovered from their defeat of the previous week by traveling to Phoenix to pick up a 4shot win, all thanks, apparently, to “their straight woods”!

 

Finally, in the battle of the Greens, Purbrook made it 3 in a row with an 8shot home win over Denmead, all thanks to Pete Taylor’s 17shot win over Terry Wade.

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, Vospers maintained the place at the top of the table after their 33shot away win at Priory, gaining all the points. Gas stayed in 2nd place after their 10shot home win over Copnor, which also garnered full points. In the other match, Alex had a 13shot away win at Naismith, winning 2 and losing 1 triple.

 

In the Red Division, College Park are still 100% after thrashing co-tenants Phoenix by 53shots. Vospers remain 2nd after their 22shot home win against Pembroke, whilst Alex won at Cosham by 16shots.

Meanwhile, Eastney claimed bragging rights over co-tenants Milton after winning their double header. In the 1st game, Eastney won by a slender 6shots, the 2nd match was a more resounding 39shot victory. The double win moved them into 3rd spot in the table.

 

 

In the East Division, Emsworth regained top spot as they had a home win over Leigh Park (33shots) whilst the men from Hayling were on gardening leave. Cowplain also took advantage of their bye-week, moving into 2nd spot after their 18shot home win against Bedhampton. Waterlooville got the better of Denmead with a 5shot away win. Now I’m not suggesting anything, but in the battle of the Purbrook teams, Gold beat Silver by 21shots, although they did let the “junior” team get 1point.

So poor old Denmead are another 100% club, played 8, lost 8!

Finally, the two Purbrook teams (Silver & Gold) managed wins, over Leigh Park and Denmead respectively. The Silver win was their 1st of the season.

 

 

In the West Division, Gosport A have gone top after getting all the points from their 32shot home win over Rowner B. Forton could only get 8points from their 4shot away win at Lee On Solent. Portchester remain 3rd, despite losing by 8shots at Rowner, whilst Crofton got a 2nd season win with a 13shot home win over Bridgemary.

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary are still 100% after their home win over Purbrook. Cowplain B had an 8shot away win over Cosham, but their A team lost by 2shots at home to Leigh Park. away win at Emsworth. Finally, Waterlooville beat Emsworth by 36shots on their carpet.

 

Views from the Head w/e 21/06

 

World-Cup-itis strikes, Clubs can’t field full strength teams…

 

Hampshire County News

In their last Middleton Cup match in the group stage, Hampshire drew with Oxfordshire 115all, picking up 13 match points. They now have to wait to see how Kent do in their last match, also against Oxfordshire to see if they will progress into the Quarter Finals.

The P&D were represented by Waverley’s Alex Marchant, Louis McCubin, John Leggett, John Biggs, Mike Aldrin and Mark Griffiths, Charlie Bailey (Fareham) and Jamie Cooke (Alexandra).

 

Meanwhile, in the Balcomb Trophy – the National, 2 Rink competition, Hampshire maintained their defence of the trophy they won last year by, by beating Sussex and Buckinghamshire in the Regional finals that were played at Halls BC in Kent.

This means they have reached the semi- final, which will be played at Leamington Spa on Sunday 24 August.

In Hampshire’s team were Waverley’s John Leggett and John Biggs (who were in last year’s cup winning team) and they have been joined this year by fellow club member Mike Aldrin.

 

County Club News

Both semi-finals were close affairs, both finishing in 3 shot wins, Alex over Priory and Waverley over College Park.  The final is due to be played on Sunday 6th July, venue to be announced.

 

P&D Leagues

In Div. 1, Waverley suffered their 2nd loss of the season last Friday at the hands of Rowner, who upset their applecart in winning by 7 shots. The win was thanks to the rinks of Barry Stafford and Graeme Coles. It could have been even better for Rowner, but big fightbacks on the last 6 ends by the rinks of Matt Marchant and John Biggs prevented a whitewash and gained rink points for Waverley.

Said capt webbie “This is the 1st time in the 6 years I’ve been club captain that we have beaten Waverley in any competition – so I‘ll sleep soundly tonite and buy a paper in the week to read all ‘abaht it’ to make sure I wasn’t dreaming” (why not read all about it here webbers??)

Also, this was Waverley’s 2nd loss on the Gosport peninsula – do they suffer from travel sickness??

 

2nd placed Fareham were at Lee-On-Solent and made ground on Waverley with 7 shot, 3 rink win. The 14shot win by Lee’s Dave Wren over Charlie Bailey was matched by Fareham’s Martin Dubb over Eric Brierley, so it was the wins for Fareham’s Dorian Bishop and Cyril Friend that carried the day.

 

3rd placed Priory were away at College Park and left with only 2 points, as College won by 20shots, thanks to the rinks of Steve Feilder, Adrian Snook and Dave Smith. Mike Elliott got Priory’s points.

 

Alex took advantage of Priory’s slip-up to move into 3rd spot after their 19shot, all rink, home win over Waterlooville. The Alex stars were on captain Carl Baggott’s rink, as they achieved a 15shot win over Dave Baxter.  Although Messrs. Deacon and Anderson did their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over the last 4 ends!!)

 

Bottom club Gosport lost again, this time a 16shot home defeat at the hands of Vospers. They only picked up a single point after Richard Frazer drew with Dave Harding, whilst Vospers won the other 3 rinks, through Terry Smith, Marty Wake and Pete Sansbury.

 

All in all, the 3 promoted teams are finding things tough at the top!

 

 

In Div. 2, leaders Denmead travelled to Cowplain for their return match. This time, it wasn’t as close as last week’s, as they ran out the victors by 9 shots, winning on the rinks of Anthony Sewell, Paul Kennington and Mike Wright. Cowplain’s sole response was by Reg Barber’s rink.

Mike Wright’s rink surged into an 18-0 lead by the 6th end, and maintained that margin of lead up to the 16th, when they then had to defend against a determined fightback from B Franklin’s men, who picked up 13 shots on the last 5 ends. Meanwhile, Tony Sewell’s mob picked up 13 shots on the last 4 ends to win their rink.

 

Portsmouth Water leapfrogged Leigh Park into 2nd spot with a 9 shot away win at Hayling Island, just failing to pick up the maximum, when Mick Edney could only pick up a 2 on the last end against Bob Randall to tie his game. Pete Musson, Keith Wright and Brent Riste were the “Watermen” winning skips.

 

It was a battle of the Parks when Leigh travelled to Milton and it was the men from Leigh who left with a 7 shot win, thanks to rink wins by Fred Miller and Barry Dixon. Milton’s points came via the two Daves - Biggs and Brown.

 

Star’s surge up the table continued as they beat Copnor by 32 shots at their Waverley home. Big rink wins for Simon Filippi and Mel Wilde ensured the points, whilst Steve Caine’s rink spared Copnor’s blushes.

 

Bridgemary are now rooted firmly at the bottom, some 22 points adrift of Hayling.

 

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton continued their domination with another big home win, this time by 63 shots against Pembroke Gardens, needless to say winning on all 4 rinks.

 

Naismith remained in 2nd spot, despite a 15shot home defeat at the hands of Cosham. Cosham had big wins on eth rinks of Mel Dunbar and Ken Gaylor, whilst Naismith could only just win on Mike Shepherd’s rink, with the 4th rink being tied.

That win moved Cosham into 3rd spot above Pembroke.

 

Crofton and Gas played out a double-header in the week. In a rearranged match, Crofton got the upper hand, winning by 9 shots at home, whilst Gas got their own back in the reverse fixture, with a 2shot home victory.

 

At the bottom, Phoenix and Forton again won, for the 2nd week running.

 

Phoenix travelled to Emsworth and came away with a 14shot victory, thus getting their own back for the earlier home defeat by Emsworth. Phoenix won thanks to wins on the rinks of Alan Taw, Bob Burns and Dave Blowe, with George Eaglestone replying for Emsworth.

Someone on the Phoenix side wanted me to blow his trumpet, but as there was no offer of a ruby – tough luck!

 

Meanwhile, Forton got the better of Purbrook, with a 12shot home win, thanks to the rinks of Brian Croucher and Eric Meighen, with Tony Wall and Gary Farmer responding for Purbrook. So, that’s both bottom clubs Purbrook have lost to recently, no bias there!

 

All these results mean the bottom 5 are now separated by 16 points, whilst, at the top, Bedhampton are 35 points clear, with 8points covering the next 4.

 

 

On the Combination front

It was a busy week in the Combination, with 2 matches for most teams, unless you were away at the races like a certain club I won’t mention, but who reside in an area of Southsea. However, there has been an outbreak of world cup-it is, that dreaded complaint that strikes every 4 years when the ex “jules rimet” trophy tournament runs, so some teams have struggled to field full teams!! Anyway, onwards and upwards…….

 

Monday night

It seemed that many teams were suffering with a weekend hangover, as BIIIIIIIIG scores were registered, and not just on the carpet front.

 

In Comb 1, Alex Blues increased their lead at the top with a 26 shot, all rink, home win over Hayling Island, mainly thanks to John Rawlings (that well known BBC Commentator) 19 shot win over Neil Blacklin – bet Hayling wished he was in Rio.

 

Waverley Blue lost a little ground when only winning on 2 rinks in their 15shots away win over Lee-On-Solent B, thanks to Ollie Mew’s 15shot win over Barry Grinaway (I’ll enjoy that  ruby Ollie).

 

Meanwhile, Rowner B enjoyed their visit to Fareham, as they went home with an all rink, 42 shot victory over Fareham C (is it just me, but why are Fareham’s C team better than their B team?).

 

Waterlooville Green made full use of their carpet by inflicting 32shot, all rink defeat on

Milton Park B – who didn’t help themselves by playing 1 short!

 

But a “velly intelesting, but stoopid” result at Swordsands, where Naismith beat Waterlooville Gold by 34 shots – despite ONLY winning on 1 rink!!!!! The score-line I hear you ask? 48-4, which included a maximum on the 2nd end and only lost 1 end (so defense wasn’t a premium in this game).

 

 

In Comb 2, the Priory B had the night of, while the prayers of the C team were answered as Waverley Red had to cry off, so they could stay home and lick their wounds.

All this allowed Alex B to take over at the top, with a 5 shot away win over Denmead Gold, thanks to picking up 7 shots across the board on the last end.

 

Meanwhile, College Park’s trip to Gosport was rewarded with a 2 shot away win, all due to Ray Cheater’s 4 shot win, the other collegial rinks backing this up by each only losing by a single shot.

 

The “Boat Builders” (or Vospers B) got into the high-scoring act with a 14 shot home win over Cowplain Red, enabling them to climb above Gosport and Denmead at the bottom.

 

 

In Comb 3, some of the Pembroke Gardens members are starting to get the hang of playing on their faster green, except for 1 nameless rink, who I promised not to mention (sorry Pete Higgins), which cost them their game against Portsmouth Water, as they went down to a 6 shot defeat, despite winning by 23 shots on the other 2 rinks!

 

The Watermen’s win was doubly increased as Purbrook Maroon suffered a 36 shot way thrashing at Cosham B, gaining a Norwegian-style set of points (i.e. NIL POINT).

 

Waterlooville Brown got their (not quite customary) big home win, this time by 431/2 shots over the luckless Rowner C, who compounded their problems by playing 1 short – something about watching some overpriced “tarts” booting a silly coloured ball. The result meant that ‘ville moved into 2nd spot over the Maroons.

 

And Leigh Park compounded the seaview men of Lee’s bad day with a 15 shot home win, all thanks to Jim O’Neils 16shot victory.

 

In Comb 4, the battle between the top 2 want Brdgemary’s way, as they inflicted a 14 shot, all rink, away defeat over Gas Social.

 

Bedhampton thrashed Milton Park C by 41shots at their Bidbury Mead home, unsurprisingly gaining full points.

 

Interesting result at Cosham, where the C Team somehow managed a 2 shot win over their Debs mates (fishy we thought!), a result which moved the C team into 3rd spot.

 

But the bells rang out the Southsea seafront, as Fareham B finally won a game, by 15&3/4 shots. Their victims were Pembroke C, who compounded their own problems by playing 1 short on every rink!!!

 

Wednesday Night

So anyway, when most “real” men were doing their stuff on the green, those from the Southsea area had been busy shaving their legs, arms and chests, waxing their facial hair and breaking out their best dresses & hats for their appearances at Ascot, so….……

 

In Comb 1, Alex Blues couldn’t take advantage of the fact that Waverley Blues were at the races, as they went down, badly, to a 22shot away defeat at Rowner, bringing back “not a lot”!

 

That win meant that Rowner leap-frogged over Naismith, as they suffered a 15shot home reversal at the hands of bottom club Lee B.

 

Unfortunately for the Solent boys, that win was negated by Hayling’s 16shot home win over Waterlooville Green.

 

And it was ‘ville’s Gold team who made full use of their carpet in dishing out a 29shot victory over Fareham C, recovering from that very strange match against Naismith.

 

In Comb 2, Alex B maintained their top spot (gained on Monday) with a 12shot home win over Vospers.

 

Meanwhile, I am reliably told that the Green students of College Park gave the B Monks “12 of the best” inflicting on them a whooping (sic) 12-0 defeat. The only monk to come close was Brother Vinten, who fought back from 11-2 down to 21-20 up going into the last end against Professor Cheater. However, some very scientific use of the measure meant that the students picked up a 2 to win by 1. Apparently, the real star of the show was Mal Rimmer, who set up an 11 shot win for his skip with some very impressive leading. (Apparently, Mal’s cheque is in the post, “Deep Throat”).

 

Gosport got the better of Cowplain Red, with a 9shot away win. They would have picked up all the points, but were badly let down by a secretarial skip.

 

Priory C were still busy at their prayers, whilst Denmead had the night off to watch anything interesting on the telly (hopefully not the races at Ascot!)

 

 

In Comb 3, the Watermen increased their lead at the top with a 40shot, all rink, home win over Cosham B. It was good to see the recovering Mick Leeson skipping his rink to a 17shot win.

 

Waterlooville Brown still have their troubles off of their carpet, going down to a 13shot away defeat by Lee-On-Solent C.

 

And Purbrook Maroon’s bad week was concluded when they went down to a 12shot home defeat at the hands of Leigh Park. So, having started in 2nd spot, Purbrook end the week in 4th.

 

 

In Comb 4, Bridgemary maintained their lead at the top after meting out an 11shot home win over Pembroke, who, thankfully, managed to field a full team.

 

With Gas having a rest, Milton Park C moved into joint 2nd place after 20shot home win over Cosham C.

 

Cosham Debs recovered from the “fishy” defeat on Monday to get all the points after from their 10shot home win over Eastney.

 

And for Fareham B, it’s was like waiting for a bus – having waited so long for their 1st win, they promptly got another, with a 2 & 3/4 shot win over Bedhampton, probably due to Bedhampton having to play 1 short!

 

 

In Comb 5, Star’s reign at the top was very short, as they were beaten at home by Purbrook Green. No doubt buoyed by their 1st win last week, the Heath boys managed a single shot win, thanks to the rinks of Dave Rowe and Colin Bouncer, with Alan New nearly getting the win for Star. My star in the sky told me “it was a complete disaster of a performance

 

College Park White recovered from their 2 successive defeats with an 8 shot home win over Cowplain Green, a result that moved them back to the top.

 

Waterlooville Red also took advantage of Star’s slip to move into 2nd spot by hammering Phoenix by 36 shots on their carpet. Apparently, the Phoenix skip was last seen emptying a bottle of scotch as Phoenix’s good run shuddered to a halt.

 

Finally, Emsworth recovered taking Purbrook’s virginity (i.e. being their 1st victim) and took it out on Denmead Green, with an 11 shot away win.

 

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, the battle between the top two resulted in a convincing win by Vospers over College Park. In the only other game, Naismith had to concede to Gas, which moved Gas into 2nd spot.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park are still 100% after an 8 shot away win at Eastney, which was all down to 1 rink. Vospers kept on their heels with a 29shot away win at Cosham, whilst Phoenix beat Milton by 5 shots, again thanks to 1 single rink win.

 

 

In the East Division, Hayling won both of their games to take over top spot, an away win over Purbrook Gold and then beating previous leaders Emsworth at home. Cowplain saw off Waterlooville to move above Bedhampton into 3rd spot.

Finally, the two Purbrook teams (Silver & Gold) managed wins, over Leigh Park and Denmead respectively. The Silver win was their 1st of the season.

 

 

In the West Division, Forton reversed their losing trend by defeating Bridgemary by 4 shots, keeping top spot. Gosport A beat Lee-On-Solent to stay only 1 point behind in 2nd.

In the other games, Portchester saw off Crofton, Fareham likewise against Rowner B, whilst Rowner A beat Gosport B.

 

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary are still 100% after their away win at Emsworth.

2nd place Bedhampton suffered a reversal at Purbrook, whilst both Cowplain teams won.

Bridgemary are now 13 points clear of Cowplain B, with a game in hand, with the A Team in 3rd and Bedhampton in 4th.

 


Views from the Head w/e 14/06

 

Funny goings on in Div 3, Sherlock Holmes may be called in…..

 

Middleton Cup News

Hampshire carried on their good work in the Middleton Cup, with a 60shot home win over Kent.  The rink skipped by Waverley’s Matt Marchant had an excellent 34-14 win.

 

County Club News

In the delayed 2nd round game, College Park got up on the last 2 ends to beat Denmead. So the Divisional semi-finals, next Thursday, are between Alexandra and Priory, whilst Waverley play College.

 

Rowland Cup News

In the “Battle of Milton”, Priory got the upper hand over Milton Park. Meanwhile, Waterlooville found a trip to the Gosport peninsula much more to their liking then their recent trips to Portsea Island, as they beat Lee-On-Solent. Other winners were Vospers, Water Company, Alex B, Cowplain A and Waverley A & B.

 

On the P&D League front

The half-way point in the season has been reached (so soon I hear you ask)….

 

In Div. 1, the battle of the top 2 was easily won by Waverley, with a 24 shot home win over Fareham. For Waverley, Paul Cooke had an 11 shot win over Charlie Bailey, John Biggs beat Dorian Bishop by 10 and Matt Marchant had a 4shot win over Tom Pullin. Cyril Friend got Fareham’s sole points with a slender 1 shot win over Mark Griffiths.

 

With 3rd placed College Park’s game called off due to the rearranged County Club game, Priory took over that spot after their 16 shot away win at Gosport. Priory won on the rinks of Arthur Newland, Nigel Mundy and Mike Elliott, with Dave Blackledge winning for Gosport. That result means that Gosport are now the strongest team in the division - i.e. they are holding all the others up!

 

Alex moved into 4th spot after their 17 shot home win over Lee On Solent. Alex won on 3 rinks, thru Carl Baggott, Barry Harman and Geoff Anderson. Peter Gentry replied for Lee. Query: has a new puppeteer taken over the strings on the Anderson rink, or were Thunderbirds called in?

 

Vospers had a busy week. On Monday, they had a 4 shot home win over Gosport, thanks to wins for Terry Smith and Marty Wake. Gosport won on the rinks of Jim Oswell and Chris Hay.

On Friday, they went down to a 2 shot away defeat at Rowner. Rowner’s win was thanks to Keith Gerrard’s 13 shot win over Marty Wake, with Brian Stafford also winning. Vospers won on the rinks of Dave Harding and Terry Smith.

 

 

In Div. 2, leaders Denmead snatched victory from the jaws of defeat (or was it the other way round?) in a rearranged game against Cowplain. Down by 8 shots going into the last end, Denmead contrived to pick up 9 shots across the board, thus winning the game by 1 shot! Roly Bloy and Paul Kennington took rink wins for Denmead, Ted Howard & Bryan Franklin for Cowplain. The win meant that Denmead stayed in top spot, despite having to postpone their Friday match.

 

Despite losing by 5shots away at Hayling, the 4pts Leigh Park took from the game meant they moved into 2nd spot. Hayling’s Tom Walsh’s 16 shots win over Pete Robinson was matched by Leigh Park’s Roy Collins against Derek Surman. So, Hayling’s win was thanks to Bob Randall’s 8 shot victory over Fred Miller, as Barry Dixon could only win by 3 shots against Dave Johns.

 

Portsmouth Water moved into 3rd spot after their 43 shot, all rink away win over Bridgemary, mainly due to Brent Riste’s 2 shot win over Derek Morgan.

 

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton won again, this time a 71 shot, all rink, home win over Crofton, thanks mainly to Ken Wills’ 41 shot demolition of Mike Whitefoot.

 

Cosham managed a 2shot home win over Purbrook, winning on the rinks of Roger Shergold and Peter Crane, with Dennis Goode and Brian Carrick winning for Purbrook.

 

Earlier in the week, Emsworth had a 28 shot away win at Phoenix, winning on 3 rinks. Phoenix still haven’t learnt how to support a big winning rink. This time George Russell’s 16shot defeat of George Eaglestone was badly let down by John Timmins’ 19shot defeat by Alan Lee and Alan Taw’s 14shot defeat by Peter Smith.

 

Emsworth followed up Monday’s result with a 6shot home win over Pembroke Garden - obviously still hung over from their home defeat of the previous week. Emsworth won on the rinks of George Eaglestone and Terry Brewer, with Dave Brookes and Keith Howard replying for Pembroke.

 

But, there were strange goings on at the bottom of the table.

 - Naismith’s surge in form was brought to a surprise halt when they lost at home by 5 shots to Phoenix. Finally, the penny has dropped for Phoenix. Dave Blowe’s 19shot victory over Mick Chandler, was supported by their other 3 rinks, minimising their losses to 15shots!!

Said stand in captain Big Al afterwards “As I said to the theatre boys Brian, ‘success breeds success’, so, tonight, the boys are all allowed to go home and breed”.

- Even stranger was Forton’s 21 shot away win at Gas Social. After suffering some big losses, the men of Forton finally gelled together, winning three rinks by big margins, even the one playing 1 short!!

So, Gas are now embroiled in the melee at the bottom of the table.

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, the battle of the top 2 “Blue” teams went the way of Waverley, who inflicted a 28shot, all rink, home win over Alex. However, Alex maintained their top spot as they had earlier beaten Milton Park B in a rearranged match, garnering 11 points. Their lead is now a single point.

 

In the words of David Coleman, there was a “quite remarkable” result at Milton Park, where Milton B beat Fareham C by 7 shots. This despite one of their rinks being 22-0 DOWN after 11 ends. However, they got their noses to the grindstone and fought back, managing to score 13 in the next 10, limiting the loss to 16 shots. Which meant that Ted Coward’s 18 shot win covered their loss.

 

 

In Comb 2, the B Monks pilgrimage continues, as they beat the “Boat Builders” (aka Vospers B) by 1 shot. Apparently, this close win was all down to the communion wine drunk at half time as, after its imbibement, 2 of the Priory rinks went to sleep, one dropping 11 shots in 3 ends, the  other losing their last 7 ends. Indeed the win was only secured after the Priory captain called time on Brother Moore. Although he had last wood, it was felt safest to lose the 1 shot, thus ensuring the slender win, rather than risk him blowing it!!

 

It was a bad week for Monks C, as 2 defeats at the hands of Red’s of Alexandra and Cowplain saw them slip to 5th spot. 

 

Meanwhile, it was back to usual for Waverley Red, as they played 1 short against Alexandra Red, which cost them the match, as they lost by 11/2 shots!

 

College Park Green quietly got on with things with a 20shot home win over Denmead Gold.

 

Alex’s 2 wins in the week moved them up to 2nd spot, above College and Cowplain. But only 7 points covers the top 5. At the bottom, 3 points cover the other 4 teams, Gosport, Denmead, Vospers and Waverley.

 

 

In Comb 3, the battle of the top 2 went the way of Purbrook Maroon as they beat Portsmouth Water by 10 shots at their Heath home, which would have swelled the noise coming from their green (see Comb 5 below). The Water men are now only 5 points clear at the top of the table.

 

Copnor B got their 2nd win but by the slenderest of margins a ¼ of a shot against Leigh Park!!

 

Pembroke still haven’t got the knack of bowling on their new, faster green, going down to an 8shot defeat at the hands of Lee-On-Solent C.

 

Waterlooville Brown showed why you have to persevere to the last end, as they won 9 shots across the board on the 21st end in their home match against Copnor, which included a 5 on Robert Pitman’s rink, which tied his game, as well as winning the match for ‘ville. Still, the 12points Copnor gained from their 2 games moved them above Cosham B at the bottom of the table, after Cosham’s 17shot away defeat at Rowner C.

 

 

In Comb 4, Gas Social maintained top spot after their 6 shot away win over Milton C. Meanwhile Bridgemary kept up the pressure with their own away win, a 31shot victory over Fareham B. Poor old Fareham are still looking for their 1st win.

 

 

In Comb 5, College Park White suffered their 2nd defeat on the trot, when their co-tenants Phoenix beat them by 21 shots. That defeat opened the door for either Star or Waterlooville Red to take over top spot and it was Star, maintaining their good form, who celebrated after their 25shot home win over ‘ville. So Star now lead the division from College Park, with Phoenix in 3rd and ‘ville in 4th. These four have opened a 19point gap over Denmead Green in 5th.

 

Finally, the residents of “The Rowans” must have been deafened by the noise as Purbrook Green celebrated their 1st win of the season, a 28shot win over Emsworth, which also took them above Cowplain Green at the bottom of the table.

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, only 1 match was played, due to the visitation of a touring team to the area. In that game, Priory gained their 2nd win of the season, away at Gas.

 

 

In the Red Division, College Park maintained their 100% record with a 9 shot away win at Pembroke. Vospers moved into 2nd spot after their 18 shot home win over Phoenix, whislt Eastney suffered a 10 shot home defeat at the hands of Alex. Finally, Milton had a 20 shot away win at Cosham.

 

 

In the East Division, in the battle of the “carpet” teams, Waterlooville got the better of Bedhampton by 7 shots. This ensured that Emsworth are still top, despite having the week off.

In the other matches, Leigh Park had a palindromic win over Denmead (82-28 geddit??). Hayling saw off Purbrook Silver, and Purbrook Gold fared similarly at home to Cowplain.

 

 

In the West Division, Forton lost again, this time away to Gosport A. Gosport B made it a double with a 2 shot win over Crofton. Lee On Solent defeated Fareham, whilst at Rowner, the B’s got the better of the A’s. Finally, congrats to Portchester, who got their 1st away win of the season at Bridgemary.

So, Forton’s lead is now down to 1 point over Gosport A, with Portchester in 3rd.

 

 

In the Combination Division, the battle of the top 2 went Bridgemary’s way as they defeated Cowplain A by a solitary shot. That defeat dropped Cowplain to 4th spot, as both their B team and Bedhampton won.

 

 


Views from the Head w/e 07/06/14

 

...Extree, Extree, Read All About It

Waverley Red field full team!!

(see Combination report)

 

Middleton Cup News

Hampshire maintained their good start in the Middleton Cup by with an 8 shot away win over Middlesex. P&D representatives were Waverley’s Matthew Marchant, Louis McCubin, John Leggett, John Biggs and Mark Griffiths, Charlie Bailey (Fareham) and Jamie Cooke (Alexandra). Waverley’s “Buzz” Aldrin & Alex Marchant were among the reserves.

 

County Club News

The delayed 1st round game saw College Park dispose of Crofton. Meanwhile, in the 2nd round matches, Alexandra beat Fareham, Priory beat Gosport and Waverley beat Rowner.

So, the Divisional Semi-Finals pits Alex against Priory, while Waverley awaits the winners of the 2nd round game between Denmead and College Park.

 

Rowland Cup News

In the “Battle of Milton”, Priory got the upper hand over Milton Park. Meanwhile, Waterlooville found a trip to the Gosport peninsula much more to their liking then their recent trips to Portsea Island, as they beat Lee-On-Solent. Other winners were Vospers, Water Company, Alex B, Cowplain A and Waverley A & B.

 

On the P&D League front

In Div. 1, there was a close finish at Northern Parade, where Vospers took on Waverley. With 1 end to go on all rinks, Vospers had a 2 shot lead, which was extended to 4 after Terry Smith beat John Biggs 27-14. However, on the other 3 rinks, Waverley fought back. Paul Cooke took a single to lose 16-20 to Peter Sansbury. Mark Griffith picked up a 3 to finish 25-17 winners over Dave Harding, leaving the match level. The final end between Matt (ageing juvenile lead) Marchant and Martin Wake was finally balanced. With his last wood, Matt managed to draw shot, which Martin couldn’t quite dislodge, leaving Waverley winners by 2 shots.

 

2nd placed Fareham kept up the pressure on Waverley with a similar close 3 shot home win over Alexandra, thanks to Charlie Bailey’s rink, whose 16 shot win over Barry Harman cancelled out the 16 shot defeat suffered by Dorian Bishop at the hands of Carl Baggott. The win was secured by Tom Pullin’s 3 shot win over Gary Anderson, which covered Cyril Friend’s 1 shot defeat by Dave Deacon.

 

3rd placed College Park recovered from their weekend defeat at Priory with a 10 shot away win at Lee On Solent. In a close game throughout, College pulled away over the last 3 ends. Winning rinks for College were Steve Feilder, Dave Smith and Clive Carter, with Rab Foster getting Lee’s sole points.

   

Waterlooville recovered from the defeats of the previous weeks to soundly beat Gosport by 39 shots, thanks to Keith Warren’s 29 shot win over Terry Puttrell and Dave Baxter’s 15 shot win over Chris Hay. Joe Slatter had a 2 shot win against Dave Blackledge, whilst Derek Collins managed a 7 shot win over Cyril Hilton for Gosport.

    

Priory carried on from defeat of College in recording a 4 shot home win over Rowner. However, the 4 points Rowner gained from the match relegated Gosport to the bottom spot.

 

In Div. 2, Portsmouth Water 17 shot home win inflicted a third successive loss for Cowplain. The Water men’s win was thanks to Brent Riste’s 15 shot win over Bryan Franklin, with Mick Edney also winning for them. Graham King and Peter Parry replied for Cowplain.

 

Leigh Park took advantage of this defeat by moving into 2nd spot, after a 23 shot home win over bottom of the table Bridgemary. Again, it was the Ben Cope‘s rink that did the damage for Leigh Park, with a 16 shot win over Vic Clark. Barry Dixon also won for the Park, whilst Brian Adams replied for Bridgemary, with the last rink being tied.

 

Leigh Park and Denmead are now level on points at the top of the table as Denmead had the night off.

 

Milton Park’s good run was brought to a halt at Copnor, with the home team gaining an early centenary celebration win with a 19 shot victory. The win was thanks to Pete Moody’s 21 shot demolition of Dave Brown’s rink, with Dave Powe also getting victory spoils. Mick Molloy and Andy McKain gained Milton’s points.

 

Star and Crescent good form continued, this time with a slender 2 shot home win over Hayling Island. Again, the win was thanks to the Simon Filippi’s rink, who beat Derek Surman’s men by 6 shots. That win covered the losses to Hayling’s Bob Randall and Tom Walsh, with the remaining rink being tied.

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton won again, this time at bottom of the table Forton, by 16 shots. The win was based on 18 shot win over Len Lofting by Mick New’s rink, with Mike Case also winning for them. Forton also had 2 winning rinks, thanks to Steve Anderson and Eric Meighen.

 

Pembroke Garden suffered a shock home defeat at the hands of a resurgent Naismith team, losing on all rinks. All of which means that Pembroke and Naismith are now tied on points in 2nd spot, 12 points behind Bedhampton. (I’m reliably informed that this defeat was down to the fact that the men of Pembroke complained about the state of their green, saying it wasn’t as good as the one at College Park. So, their green keeper gave it a short, back and sides, meaning that it wasn’t as heavy as in previous weeks. Unfortunately, Naismith adapted to it much better than Pembroke!!!)

 

Crofton stayed in 4th spot after the slenderest ½ shot home win over Emsworth. Crofton’s win was thanks to Steve Pothecary’s 11 shot defeat of Peter Smith, which covered the 10 shot loss that Frank Shaw suffered at the hands of Roy Boswell. Crofton’s Ian Knowlton managed a 3 shot win over George Eaglestone. So, it was the ¼ shot penalty deduction for the rink of Alan Lee (for playing 1 short) which made all the difference to Emsworth. (Apparently the men of Emsworth prefer a weekend away to bowling in glorious sunshine!!)

 

Purbrook recovered from the defeat by Phoenix, venting their spleen over Gas, with a 35 shot all rinks home win, led by Dennis Goode and Tony Wall.

 

Finally, after the high of the previous week, Phoenix slipped back into old ways, suffering a 2 shot home defeat at the hands of Cosham. This was despite Jon Sunderland’s 17 shot win over Peter Crane, unfortunately the other 3 Phoenix rinks couldn’t back him up!!

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, Alexandra Blue maintained their lead with a 48 shot home win over Waterlooville Green – all due to a “quite remarkable” 53-1 scoreline for John Pearson’s rink. Despite playing 1 short (see below), Waverley Blue kept up the pressure with an away victory over Fareham C. At the bottom, Lee On Solent B got their 2nd win of the season over Rowner B

 

In Comb 2, there was complete bafflement at Waverley Road, where Waverley Red fielded a complete team for the 1st time in ages. “Yerss Brian” said captain Oliphant “sum ov me boys were nonplussed only using 2 bowls last night, but I woz determined we wouldn’t play short again. Pity I forgot abaht the Blue team”.

 

Meanwhile, the Monks B team (aka Priory B), buoyed up after their defeat of their brethren last week, carried on the good form at Denmead, winning by 10 shots. Their captain was even so bold as to include himself and wasn’t in the rink that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory!!

 

Back in the vestry, the Monks C team were deep in prayer before their match against College Park Green, little knowing they wouldn’t be answered. Unknown to them, the Deans of College Park had decided to make an example to their A team (beaten by the Senior Monks the previous Saturday) by sending 3 sinners with the Greens, so that they could pay penance for their performance. This they did admirably, gaining suitable revenge by administering a sound thrashing to the poor souls of Mick Jinman’s rink, thereby winning the game for the collegians.

 

So Priory B have now taken over top spot from their C team, with College moving into 3rd.

Waverley Red are joined at the bottom by Vospers B.

 

In Comb 3, Portsmouth Water increased their lead at the top, thanks to a 21shot home win over Lee O Solent C, whilst Purbrook Maroon put their feet up. Good news for Copnor B, as they secured their 1st win with a 12 shot victory at Cosham B.

 

In Comb 4, Gas Social took over sole lead at the top after their 8 shot home win over Cosham Debs. Meanwhile, Milton Park C were going down to a 7 shot away defeat at Bridgemary.  Obviously, Eastney were given sound talking to after their failure of the previous week and took the messages on-board to defeat Pembroke C, winning by 39 shots and only managing to lose 9 ends on 2 of their rinks – no mean feat away from home!!

 

In Comb 5, College Park White’s run at the top was halted by Star & Crescent C, whilst Waterlooville Red recovered from their defeat last week by beating Purbrook Green by 50 shots on their carpet. Phoenix are making inroads on the top 3, following their 4th win on the trot, this time a 10 shot home win over Denmead Green.

 

On the Midweek Triples front

In the Blue Division, you will have read elsewhere that Cosham had to, reluctantly, drop their B Team from the division. This meant that their records were expunged, meaning that points earned by clubs in fixtures against them before this week have been deleted, impacting Alex, Copnor and Vospers. This means that this week’s table bears little relationship to last week’s.

Vospers Blue top the table from College Park and Copnor, with Priory & Naismith still looking for a win.

 

In the Red Division, the battle of the top 2 went the way of College Park, with a 4 shot home win over Alex, whilst Eastney had a 2 shot away win at Pembroke (Not a good week for the Garden men!!). Cosham and Phoenix are still winless.

 

In the East Division, Emsworth maintained their lead at the top with a 46 shot away win over Purbrook Silver, whilst Bedhampton had a 26 shot home win over Purbrook Gold.

 

In the West Division, Forton lost their 100% record as they went down to a 25 shot away defeat at Portchester. Gosport A closed the gap after their 1shot away win at Fareham.

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary maintained the lead at the top following their 13shot home defeat over Cowplain B. The battle between the 2 winless clubs, Purbrook & Emsworth, ended in a tie, with Emsworth picking up the rink points.

 


Views from the Head w/e 31/05

 

Extree, Extree, Read All About It

Phoenix win 1st League Match

(see Div 3 report)

 

County News

Hampshire made a good start to their 2014 Middleton Cup campaign by beating the Isle Of Wight 136 – 87. Waverley’s Matthew Marchant skipped his rink (with 14 year old Louis McCubin making his debut) to a 10 shot win. Also in Hampshire’s team from the P&D were John Leggett, John Biggs, Mark Griffiths (all Waverley), Charlie Bailey (Fareham) and Jamie Cooke (Alexandra). Waverley’s “Buzz” Aldrin & Alex Marchant were among the reserves.

 

On the P&D League front

In Div. 1, Waverley (despite missing 4 regulars) thrashed Priory 107-49 at their Waverley Road home, winning all 4 rinks, led by Matt Marchant’s 24-7 win over Nigel Mundy. The win increased Waverley’s lead to 10 points.

 

2nd placed Fareham gained some revenge for losing to Vospers in the Rowland Cup by going to their Northern Parade home and beating them by 6 shots, winning on 3 rinks. Cyril Friend, Martyn Dubb and Charlie Bailey won for Fareham, Dave Harding for Vospers.

 

In another peninsula battle, Gosport beat Lee On Solent by 19 shots. Dave Blackledge and Chris Hay did the damage for Gosport, with Dennis Wren replying for Lee. The other rink was drawn.

 

Rowner made full use of their home green to beat Waterlooville by 20shots, winning on 3 rinks. Bill Ross, Keith Gerrard and Barry Stafford won for Rowner, Ron Jackson for ‘ville. Barry sort of made amends for his travails of last week by picking up 8 shots over the last 5 ends.

I’m also reliably informed that Rowner’s win was due to the decision not to play their captain (was he pushed or did he jump?).

 

On Saturday, Priory recovered from their beating the previous evening by denting College Park’s run, winning by 14 shots in a game that was rearranged from the wash out that was the 1st day of the season. Priory won on the rinks of Martin Eggleton, Nigel Mundy and Arthur Newland, with Dave Smith gaining College’s sole points. (Is Mike Elliot still basking in his victory over Cyril Friend?)

 

In Div. 2, leaders Cowplain went down to their second successive loss, this time a slender 1 shot home defeat at the hands of Leigh Park. It was the rink of Leigh Park’s Ben Cope that did all the damage, as they beat Bryan Franklin’s men 23-13. Cowplain won on the rinks of Graham King and Peter Parry, with the last rink being tied.

 

This week, Denmead did take advantage of this defeat by inflicting on Portsmouth Water their first defeat of the season. Denmead won 76-67 at their Ashling Park Road home, almost gaining the full 16 points. Only Pete Musson’s rink managed to salvage a single point for the Water men in getting a draw with Paul Kennington. Roly Bloy, Tony Sewell and Mick Wright doing the damage for Denmead.

The win means they now lead the division by 7 points from Cowplain.

 

Milton Park leap frogged Portsmouth Water into 4th spot with a nail biting 2 shot away win at Hayling Island, despite only winning on 1 rink. It was captain Dave Brown’s rink that did all the damage for Milton, with a 17 shot win over Derek Surman. This overcame all the good efforts of Hayling’s Derek Earl & Dave Johns. The other rink was tied.

 

Star and Crescent continued the good work of the previous week by travelling to Bridgemary and coming away with a 22shot victory, manly thanks to the Simon Filippi’s rink, with Paul Whiffin and Robbie Denninson also winning. Brian Adams was Bridgemary’s sole winner. 

 

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton recovered from their defeat last week and made full use of their home carpet to top the ton yet again. This time, their victims were Gas Social, who fell to a 64-104 defeat. Bedhampton won on the rinks of Mick New, Graham Thomas and Mike Case, with Terry Hayward salvaging something for Gas.

 

However, Pembroke Gardens also won again, this time with a 7 shot away win at Cosham, thanks to the rinks of Keith Howard, Trevor Watkins and Jim Taylor. John Hyslop won for Cosham.

 

So, Bedhamton & Pembroke are still tied on points at the top of the table, but Bedhampton’s +215 shot-difference is probably worth another 2 points.

 

Naismith also broke the ton this week, with a 104-48 home win over Crofton. The win meant that Naismith moved above Crofton into 3rd spot. Leading the way for Naismith was the rink of Kevin Boyd, with their 17 shot defeat of Frank Shaw’s men.

 

Emsworth nearly made the ton as well, with a 99-52 home win over Forton. Emsworth won on 3 rinks, Dereck Leggett, Peter Smith and George Eaglestone, with Eric Meighen salvaging some pride for Forton.

 

Finally, it was drinks on Phoenix’s Tom Slight, after Phoenix recorded their 1st win of the season, away at Purbrook Heath. The 15 shot win was thanks to the rinks of Alan Taw, Dave Blowe and Tom himself, with Purbrook’s captain Tony Wall getting their sole points.

The win meant that Phoenix leapfrogged Forton at the bottom of the table.

Said a delighted captain Tom – “My flab has never been so gasted before Brian. Don’t know what to say. All I can remember is our supporters singing ‘Can we play you every week’”.

 

(WADA have been informed).

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, Waterlooville Gold fell from grace after last week’s efforts, going down to an 18 shot away defeat by Milton Park B. But Waverley Blue obviously didn’t recover, as they lost at home to Naismith. Naismith’s heroes were the rinks of Mike Shepherd and Dave Lock, whose wins outweighed the loss to Tony Ingram’s lads. That defeat, together with the 7 points Alex Blue got from their drawn game against Lee On Solent, means that Alex now top the table.

 

In Comb 2, the battle of the “Monks” teams went the way of Priory B, who achieved an 11 shot victory over their table topping C Team. Obviously the tactic of the B Team’s Captain in getting himself on a course so he missed the match worked, or was it the embarrassment of losing to 10 man Waverley team the previous week?

 

In Comb 3, Portsmouth Water still leads the way from Purbrook Maroon and Pembroke B, with Copnor B still looking for their 1st win.

 

In Comb 4, Milton Park C and Gas Social are still level on points at the top, with Milton’s better shot difference giving them top spot (Gas have now got a shot difference of ONE!!).

Milton Park saw off winless Fareham B, whilst I’m reliably informed that Eastney’s 1 shot home loss to Gas was because “All our rinks fell apart on the last end”

 

In Comb 5, the battle between the top 2 teams went the way of College Park White, as they defeated Waterlooville Red by 28 shots on all 3 rinks at their Kirby Road home. Their grip on the top was further improved when Star lost their 100% record following a 22 shot away defeat at the hands of Denmead Green, who won on 2 rinks.

At the bottom, in the battle between the 2 winless Green teams at Purbrook Heath, Cowplain just managed to overcome Purbrook by 1shot, thanks to Dave Palmer’s 4 shot win over John Honey, due entirely to the 6 his rink picked up on the last end!!!

 

Meanwhile, WADA have insisted on drug tests for the Phoenix team, after their 3rd triumph in a row. This time a 34 shot away win over Emsworth, mainly thanks to Dave Blowe’s 21shot victory over Jack Llewellyn. Said Big Al after the game “Sorry Brian, me inglish not that good, but I do know me maffs. I told the boys that if we could win on all 3 rinks we might possibly be able to win the match overall and we did win on all 3 rinks and when we added up the scores I was right - we did won overall. It's simple maffs innit!

Next week, I'm going to give the boys some Shakespeare before the game - probably a bit of Henry the 4th or was it the 5th wot he wrote. Happy Days”

 

On the Midweek Triples front

Only 1 postponement this week, so……..

 

In the Blue Division, Vospers Blue top the table from Alex, College Park and Copnor.

Cosham, Priory & Naismith still looking for a win.

 

In the Red Division, Alex & College Park have been joined by Eastney at the top of the table.

Strange goings on at Cosham, where Cosham & Pembroke drew 37 all, but Pembroke’s points came courtesy of a 10nil default rink win, as Cosham couldn’t field a complete team.

 

In the East Division, Emsworth took advantage of the postponement of Bedhampton’s game to take over top spot. Obviously last week’s comments stung Cowplain into action, as they had an excellent 42 shot away win at Hayling.

Denmead & Purbrook Silver are still winless.

 

In the West Division, Forton are still 100%, after a slender 2shot home victory over Fareham.

Gosport A overtook Fareham after their resounding 26shot home win over Rowner A.

Portchester came close to winning their 1st game on real grass, as they had 2 winning rinks, shame about the 3rd, which cost them…..

 

In the Combination Division, Bridgemary are now in sole possession of top spot, as Cowplain’s travels to Bedhampton saw them lose by 48 shots, a result that moved Bedhampton into 2nd spot. Bridgemary, meanwhile, had a slender 2 shot win over Cosham Orange.

Purbrook & Emsworth are still winless.

 


Views from the Head w/e 23/05

 

First of all, there is every truth in the rumour that bribing the author with the promise of a “ruby murray” will get a favourable mention in these missives. But woe betide if that promise doesn’t bear fruit, as the defaulting scoundrel will be named and shamed!!

 

County News

Congratulations to Southsea Waverley’s Louis McCubin who, at the age of 14, has been selected to play for Hampshire’s Middleton Cup team in their 1st match against the Isle Of Wight on 31st May. Louis started bowling when he was 9 and became a member of Hampshire’s Under25 team at the age of 10, since when he has been a regular, being part of the team which reached the Under25 double rink finals at Worthing last year. He broke into Waverley’s 1st team last year. Louis won Waverley’s Club Pairs in his 1st season of bowls, and was runner up in their singles championship last year.

 

Also on the County front, Hampshire started their defence of the Balcomb Trophy (National 2 Rink competition) with a slender 1 shot win over Middlesex. The win means they have progressed through to the Regional Finals. Waverley’s Jon Leggett and John Biggs (members of last year’s winning team) were joined by new member Michael (Buzz) Aldrin. 

 

The 1st round of the County Club survived the rain last Thursday, apart from the match at Crofton, where there game against College Park was halted after 3 ends due to the state of the green. The match will continue on June 5th. The results in all the other matches went as expected, with Alex, Fareham, Priory, Gosport, Waverley, Rowner and Denmead all progressing.

 

Rowland Cup

The 1st Round of the Rowland Hospital Cup was completed successfully. The only surprise was Vospers away win at Fareham.

 

P&D Leagues

On the P&D League front, 2nd placed Fareham met College Park at their Recreation Ground, with the spoils being shared in an 84 all tie, both teams winning on 2 rinks. It should have been better for Fareham, as they went into the last of the match 5 shots ahead. But Clive Carter’s men managed to pick up the magic 5 against Dorian Bishop’s rink, thus gaining the tie and the rink win.

 

Meanwhile, Waverley travelled to Waterlooville and came away with a 48 shot all rink win, thus inflicting on ‘ville their 1st home defeat of the season. Waverley is now 8 points clear of Fareham, with College up to 3rd.

 

Alexandra moved into 4th spot following their 24 shot win over Gosport, winning on 3 rinks thru’ Dave Deacon, Barry Harmer and Carl Baggott. Jim Oswell got Gosport’s sole points.

 

The mercurial Vospers Vicars couldn’t build on their Rowland Cup win, as they went down to a 15 shot away defeat at Priory. Priory’s win was based on Nigel Mundy’s 14 shot win over Terry Smith, with Martin Eggleton also beating Peter Sansbury. Marty Wake and Dave Harding won for Vospers.

 

In the battle of the Gosport peninsula clubs, Lee On Solent came away with the spoils with an 8 shot home victory over Rowner, thanks to Peter Gentry’s rink picking up 14 shots in 3 ends, including a vital 7 on the last end against Barry Stafford.  

 

 

In Div. 2, Star broke their duck in gaining a 12 shot home victory over division leaders Cowplain. Star won on 2 rinks, thru’ Robbie Dennison and Marty Wilde. With Bryan Franklin replying for Cowplain, whilst Simon Filippi and Ted Howard fought out a 22all tie.

 

Denmead couldn’t take advantage of Cowplain’s slip up as they went down to a 6 shot away defeat at Leigh Park. Leigh Park won on 3 rinks, thanks to Barry Dixon, Steve Prior and Peter Robinson, with Keith Roberts responding for Denmead.

 

Milton Park consigned Bridgemary to bottom spot with a 27 shot, 3 rink, home victory. Dave Brown, Dave Biggs and Andy McKain took the spoils for Milton, with Brian Adams getting Bridgemary’s sole points.

 

Finally, Copnor had an 11 shot home win over Hayling Island, winning on the rinks of Dave Powe and Terry Budd, drawing on Peter Moody’s rink. Hayling’s points came via Bob Randall’s rink.

 

 

In Div. 3, Purbrook put a brake on Bedhampton’s early season form, with a 10 shot, 3 rink home win. Dennis Goode, Tony Wall and Brian Carrick won for the Heath men, with Ken Wills replying for Bedhampton.

 

Gas Social and Emsworth also fought out an 80all tie, with both clubs winning on 2 rinks. Alan Lee and Dereck Leggett for Emsworth, Terry Harwood and Mike Hatchard for Gas.

 

Naismith travelled to Forton and came away with the spoils following an 11 shot, 3 rink win, despite playing 1 short.

 

Finally, Phoenix nearly won their 1st match of the season at home to Pembroke. However, Dave Brookes rink picked up 11 shots on the last 4 ends of his game against Tom Slight, resulting in a 78all tie. In addition to Dave’s win, Pembroke also won on the rinks of Keith Howard and Jim Taylor. All of which left the men of Dave Blowe’s rink scratching their heads, as they had managed an 18 shot win! (Mayhap Phoenix A Team should take lessons from their B team, who won their 2nd game on the bounce, this time at the expense of Cowplain Green).

 

That result means that Bedhampton and Pembroke are now tied on points, but Bedhampton’s superior shot difference keeps them on top of the division.

 

 

On the Combination front

In Comb 1, Waterlooville Gold showed their A team how it should be done by beating Waverley Blue by 29 shots, winning on all rinks. That win moved them into 2nd spot behind Waverley, but have a game in hand. Alex Blue has the same number of points as ‘ville and also have a game in hand over Waverley.

 

In Comb 2, Priory C lead the way with a 100% record, from College Park Green, with Alex Red in 3rd. Waverley Red finally won a game, despite being 1 short, again!

 

In Comb 3, Portsmouth Water leads the way from Purbrook Maroon. Copnor B, meanwhile, is still looking for their 1st win.

 

In Comb 4, Milton Park C and Gas Social are level on points at the top, with Milton’s better shot difference giving them top spot (Gas actually have a shot difference of ZERO!!).

Fareham B is also looking for their 1st win.

 

In Comb 5, 3 teams have 100% records; College Park White, Waterlooville Red and Star & Crescent B. College top the table after their all rink win over Purbrook Green, where yours truly finally managed to skip a winning rink. Cowplain and Purbrook are also in the winless category.

 

On the Midweek Triples front

The foul weather that always seems to hit Thursdays means that the Red & Blue Divisions have had more games postponed than played.

 

In the East Division, Bedhampton and Emsworth are level on points at the top, with regular division winners Cowplain lagging behind.

In the West Division, Forton’s 1st team need to take lessons from their Midweek squad, as they have a 100% record, Played 5, Won 5!!

 

In the Combination Division, Cowplain & Bridgemary are level on points at the top.

 

 

 

 


Match Report w/e 16/05

 

County Club Prelim Results

Waverley beat Lee On Solent, Waterlooville beat Portsmouth Water and Denmead defeated Vospers – can this be classified as a shock as I’m reliably told Vospers are a bit like a curates egg at the moment.

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Phoenix win a game

 

Yes, I’m pleased to say that Phoenix have win their 1st match of the season, an away win in Combination 5 over Purbrook Green by 16 shots.

Said an elated Alan (Phoenix Captain) “Boys did good Brian, followed my instructions to a T, so didn’t have to throw any tea cups. Like to thank them all, especially those we left at home. Also, liked to thank the Midwife at my birth. If it wasn’t for her smacking me arse, I wouldn’t be here to enjoy this special moment. Sorry, can’t say anymore, am whelming up”

 

Stop Press

WADA have just heard about this result and have asked for drug samples from all present

 

Back to serious matters……….

 

Div. 1 leaders Waterlooville had to venture into the City and didn’t find the green at Northern Parade to their liking, as they fell to a 46 shot defeat at the hands of Vospers, only gaining 1 point from Dave Baxter’s draw with Peter Sansbury. No such problem for Vospers, who topped the century, mainly due to Dave Harding’s 30 shots victory over Cyril Hilton, also qualifying for a “Top Shot” badge by scoring an 8 on the 7th end. Marty Wakes’ rink also nearly qualified, the 7 they scored on the 10th end proving the decisive moment in their 3 shot win. (Apparently, it was the leads wood that didn’t count, although I’ve heard a rumour that it was because of a ham fisted skip!).

 

Southsea Waverley have taken over top spot following their 20 shot, 3 rink, home win over Lee On Solent. Winners for Waverley were Matt Marchant, Paul Cooke and John Biggs, with Dave Heather replying for Lee.

 

However, Waverley are only on top by shot difference, as Fareham kept up the pressure by gaining a 6 shot, 3 rink, away win over Rowner, this despite Cyril Friend losing by 15 shots to Priory’s Mike Elliot.  

 

College Park remain in 4th following their 3 shot away win over Gosport. The 11 shot win for Gosport’s captain Jim Oswell couldn’t make up for the losses to College’s Steve Feidler and Paul Lawrence, with the other rink being tied.

 

Rowner’s season is still not improving, as they fell at home to Alexandra by 16 shots. Each side won on 2 rinks, Barry Stafford and Keith Gerrard for Rowner, Barry Harmer and Carl Baggott for Alex.  

 

 

In Div. 2, Cowplain took advantage of the postponement of Portsmouth Water’s game to take over top spot, with a 6 shot win over Milton Park. Cowplain’s victory was thanks to Graham King’s 13 shot win over Andy McKain, with Bryan Franklin also winning. Milton won on the rinks of Mick Molloy and Dave Biggs.

 

Denmead recovered from their defeat last week to beat Star & Crescent by 22 shots at their King George V home. Their victory was down to Roly Bloy’s 16 shot defeat of Simon Filippi, with Paul Kennington and Tony Sewell also winning. Paul Whiffin got Star’s sole rink victory.

 

In the battle of the winless teams, Hayling Island got the better of Bridgemary, with a 19shot away win, due to Bob Randall’s 19 shot win over Derek Morgan. Derek Surman’s win covered the losses to the rinks of Bridgemary’s Brian Adams and Alan Bloxham.

 

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton won again, this time at winless Emsworth, by 11 shots, thanks to wins by Mick New and Graham Thomas. Emsworth won on Peter Smith’s rink, with the other being tied.

 

2nd place Pembroke Gardens also won again, this time by 10 shots at home to Purbrook Heath. Both clubs had 2 winning rinks, David Brookes (by 15) and Keith Howard (by 17) for Pembroke, Tony Wall (by 9) and Dennis Goode (by 13) responding for Purbrook.

 

Cosham topped the ton against Forton, with a 36 shot all rink home win

 

Phoenix are also without a win following their 10 shot home defeat at the hands of Crofton. Crofton won on the 3 rinks with the other being tied.

 

 

There were some strange goings on in the Combination leagues.

 

In Comb 4, Cosham Debs fought out a 56 all draw with their C team compadres, each team winning on 1 rink with the other being tied! (did well to organise that!!)

 

At Eastney, it nearly finished in a draw with ALL rinks being tied, but Eastney managed to just win on 1 rink.

 

And the burning question is – can Southsea Waverley field 12 players in Combination 2 games??

 


P&D Bowls News Report w/e 09/05

 

Last week was a busy time in the P&D Leagues, with two rounds of matches in the main leagues. But the weather had its own way on Thursday, with all the Mid-Week Triples games being postponed.

 

Tuesday’s Games

 

In Div.1, Southsea Waverley recovered from their shock defeat at Gosport, by taking out their ire against a below strength College Park team, winning on 3 rinks for a 35 shot victory. The victory was based around Matt Marchant’s 19 shot win over Paul Lawrence, while Steve Feilder got College’s sole points, defeating Mark Griffith by 2 shots.

 

Meanwhile, Fareham’s good start to the season was halted when they visited Waterlooville, where they went down to a 12 shot defeat. ‘Ville’s win was based on Joe Slatter’s 10 shot victory over Dorian Bishop, with Syd Ralph also winning. For Fareham, Cyril Friend and Dave Thomas recorded narrow wins.

 

Gosport was brought back down to earth at Rowner, where the home team finally broke their duck with a 23 shot win. Big wins for Rowner’s Graeme Coles and Bill Ross overcame the losses to Gosport’s Dave Blackledge and Chris Hay.

 

Vospers recovered from their narrow loss at College Park, with an equally narrow 1 shot home win over Alexandra. For Vospers, the winning margins gained by the rinks of Terry (papa din) Smith & Peter Sansbury outweighed Marty (Din) Wake’s 14 shot defeat at the hands of Carl Baggot, with Geoff Anderson also winning for Alex.

 

In the remaining game in the division, Priory recorded their 1st win with a 25 shot all rinks win over Lee on Solent.

 

In Div. 2, it was a repeat of the previous week, as all four winning sides did it again.

Denmead maintained their excellent start by topping the century in their all rinks, home victory over Hayling Island, winning by 56 shots.

 

Portsmouth Water defeated Star & Crescent by 19 shots, thanks to Mick Edney’s 24 shot win over Alan New. Keith Wright also won for the Water Men, whilst Simon Filippi and Mel Wilde won for Star.

 

Cowplain got the better of Bridgemary in a high scoring game, 94-89, each team winning 2 rinks. For Cowplain, it was the rink of Bryan Franklin which carried the day, with a 15 shot win over Alan Bloxham, with Graham King getting their other win. Bridgemary’s winning rinks were Derek Morgan and Brian Adams.

 

Finally, Leigh Park again squeaked in with another single shot victory over Copnor. For Leigh Park, Barry Dixon and Fred Miller carried the day against determined responses from Terry Budd and Dave Powe.

 

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton went to Cosham and came away with a 5 shot win. Bedhampton won on 2 rinks, thru’ Mike Case & Mick New, drawing a 3rd rink. For Cosham, Mel Dunbar’s 11 shot win over Ian Hurst couldn’t swing the tied.

 

Last week’s other centurions, Crofton, had a much tighter affair, only succeeding by 1 shot in their home win over Purbrook Heath, both teams winning 2 rinks. Ian Knowlton and Garry Coleman won for Crofton, with Tony Claydon & Tony Wall replying for Purbrook.

 

Naismith won again, this time by 22 shots over Emsworth, winning on the rinks of Keith Brooks, Mick Chandler and Mick Penny, with George Eaglestone getting Emsworth’s sole points.

 

Forton’s terrible start to the season continued, when the again conceded 100 shots, this time at Pembroke Gardens. For Pembroke, Dave Brookes’ rink was the chief torturer, with a 32 shot win over Brian Croucher. Forton’s hopes weren’t helped in having to play 1 short on one rink, but it wasn’t all gloom, as Phil Pollard did manage to win his rink.

 

Phoenix also lost again, this time by 20 shots at home to Gas Social. Captain Tom Slight broke Phoenix’s duck, whilst Gas won on the rinks of Les Wilson, Terry Harwood & Terry Hayward.

 

Friday’s Games

 

In Div.1, Southsea Waverley visited their arch rivals Alexandra, and went away with a 6 shot win. Waverley’s win was thanks to Paul Cookes 22 shot beating of Geoff Anderson, with Mark Griffith’s rink also winning by 8 shots. For Alex, there were big wins for Dave Deacon and Carl Baggott.

 

However, it is Waterlooville who now top the table, as they followed up Tuesday’s victory with a 30 shot home win over Priory. Dave Baxter’s rink provided most of their winning margin, with a 25 shot beating of Martin Eggleton, with Joe Slatter & Cyril Hilton also winning. Arthur Newland got Priory’s sole points.

 

Fareham returned to winning ways with a 12 shot home victory over Gosport. Martin Dubb & Cyril Friend were victors for Fareham, with Joe Oswell and Ken Kingston responding for Gosport.

 

College Park recovered from their heavy defeat at Waverley, by inflicting a similar fate over a weakened Rowner team (who were missing 7 regulars). Steve Feilder again led the way for College, with a 14 shot victory, whilst Paul Lawrence recovered well from his mauling to win by 13 shots. College’s 39 shot, all rink win moved them into 4th spot in the table.

 

Lee on Solent recorded a 2nd win of the season, inflicting a 10 shot defeat over Vospers. The Solent team won on 3 rinks - Eric Brierley, Peter Gentry and Dennis Wren, with Marty Wake getting Vospers’ sole win.

 

 

In Div. 2, Denmead’s bright start to the season hit the buffers at Milton Park, as they fell to a 23 shot defeat. For Milton, most of the damage was made by Andy McKain’s rink, who won by 22 shots, ably supported by Mick Molloy & Dave Brown, whilst Mike Wright gained Denmead’s sole win.

 

That defeat meant that Portsmouth Water went to the top of the table due to their 23 shot away win at Leigh Park. The Water men had Brent Riste’s rink to thank, as he defeated Barry Dixon 34-9, with the rinks of Pete Musson & Mick Edney also winning. Ben Cope was Leigh Park’s solitary success.

 

However, they are only top by shot difference as Cowplain also won for the 3rd time, this time a 15 shot away win at Hayling Island. Cowplain won 3 rinks – Bryan Franklin, Reg Barber & Ted Howard, with Dave Johns getting Hayling’s sole win.

 

In the remaining game, Copnor had a home victory over Bridgemary by 4 shots. Peter Moody & Lester Wilkinson won for Copnor, with Alan Bloxham and Peter Copper winning for Bridgemary.

 

In Div. 3, Bedhampton again went mad at their Bidbury Mead home, winning by 106 shots over the luckless Naismith, with two Bedhampton rinks topping 40 shots!!.

 

Pembroke moved into 2nd spot with an 8 shot away win at Crofton, each team winning on 2 rinks, Ian Knowlton and Mike Whitefoot for Crofton; Dave Brookes and Jack Chernin for Pembroke.

 

Gas Social recorded their 2nd win of the season, with a 2 shot home victory over Cosham. Kevin Bleach and Terry Harwood won for Gas, with Peter Crane & John Holdaway doing likewise for Cosham.

 

Finally, the battle between the 2 bottom teams went the way of Forton, with a 1 shot home win over Phoenix, both teams winning on 2 rinks. According to my spy on the green “We (Forton) were very lucky”

 


P&D Bowls News Report w/e 02/05

 

The second week of the outdoor season saw a great change in the weather and with it, its first major surprise.

Gosport celebrated their return to the top division by beating reigning champions, Southsea Waverley, by 1 shot at their Anglesey Gardens home. In a hard fought match, it was probably the efforts of Jim Oswell’s rink in gaining 7 shots over the last 5 ends to draw their match against Paul Cooke that turned the tide in Gosport’s favour. Gosport had two winning rinks, Dave Blackledge, by 3 and Ken Kingston, by 1, whilst Waverley’s sole winning rink was Matthew Marchant, by 3.

 

Last week’s other winners, Waterlooville, lost another close battle at Lee On Solent, again by 1 shot, with each team winning on 2 rinks.

 

It’s been a bad start to the season for last year’s runners-up Rowner. A suffered a second defeat, this time at home to Fareham by 11 shots.

Fareham made the most of the Waverley’s slip up when, in a game rearranged from last week’s sodden Friday, they had a home victory over Lee On Solent by 7 shots, thereby taking top spot in the Division. Cyril Friend’s 10 shot victory for Fareham was matched by Lee’s Peter Gentry 10 shot win, so it was down to Dorian Bishop’s 6 shot win that swung the game for Fareham.

 

Alexandra recovered from their defeat last week to soundly beat Priory by 38 shots, thanks to Geoff Anderson’s 20 shots win over Nigel Mundy.

 

In the remaining Div. 1 game, College Park almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, finally gaining a 1 shot victory over Vospers. Leading by 7 shots with only 2 ends remaining, Vospers gained 6 shots on the 2 rinks in play, failing on the measure to get the win. For Vospers, Marty Wake won by 19; Dave Harding by 4. In reply, Steve Feilder won by 13; Adrian Snook by 11 for College Park.

 

In Div. 2, relegated Denmead started strongly, with a 31 shot away win at Bridgemary, led by Tony Sewell’s 14 shot win over Peter Cooper.

Portsmouth Water carried on from their 100% season last year by starting off with a 14shot away win over Milton Park, thanks to Keith Wright’s 13 shot defeat of Dave Biggs.

The other 2 matches were much closer affairs.

Cowplain defeated Copnor by 1 shot, thanks to Graham King getting 3 shots on the last end of the match.

Leigh Park also had a 1 shot away victory at Star & Crescent, despite dropping 6 shots overall on the last end of each rink.

 

In Div. 3, two clubs had huge wins.

Bedhampton made full use of their artificial surface in thrashing Phoenix by 63 shots, 114-51 (I’ll spare the blushes of the Phoenix skips!).

Crofton also broke the 100 shot barrier with their 47 shot away win at Forton – 101 – 54.

The other 3 matches were much closer affairs:

 - Naismith gained a 9 shot home win over Purbrook Heath, winning on 3 rinks.

 - Cosham had a 4 shot away win at Emsworth, also winning 3 rinks

 - Pembroke Gardens won by 2 shots at Gas Social, each club winning on 2 rinks. 

 


P&D Bowls News Report w/e 25/04

 

Well, the outdoor bowls season evening leagues got off to a soggy start with only 3 games out of a scheduled 32 being played.

 

On the Wednesday, only 1 game was played in the Combination in Div. 1, where the hardy souls were at Fareham. The game going ahead was much to the delight of Hayling Island, as they left with the points defeating Fareham C 66-56, improving their drive back to the island!!

 

The 20 shot win for Fareham’s Jim Ramshaw couldn’t offset the 15shot victories gained by Hayling’s Neil Blacklin & Tom Walsh.

 

Friday’s weather was little better, with only 2 Division 1 games being played.

 

Southsea Waverley defence of their title is up and running, with a 13 victory over last year’s runner up Rowner. Waverley won on 3 rinks, with Paul Cooke’s rink leading the way with a 10 shot victory over Keith Gerrard, whilst Barry Stafford got Rowner’s points with a 7 shot victory over Barry Starks.

 

Meanwhile, Waterlooville celebrated their return to the top division by making full use of their artificial surface in beating Alexandra by 14 shots, also winning on 3 rinks. For ‘ville, there were big wins for the rinks of Syd Ralph (12 shots) and Dave Baxter (11 shots). In reply, Danny Smith’s rink won by 15 shots to get Alex’s points.

 

At least the bowlers in the afternoon Midweek Triples League fared better, with matches being played in the District East and West Divisions.

 


Season 2014 - Opening Bowls News Report

 

 

The 2014 Outdoor Bowls season is soon to get underway, with the first round of Portsmouth and District fixtures starting Easter Tuesday.

 

Having completed his third (and he told me FINAL) term as Bowls Hampshire President, Ken Graham (from Purbrook Heath Bowling Club) has now taken over the reins as P&D President. This is obviously so he won’t be getting any withdrawal symptoms from wearing a heavy chain around his neck – as well as giving him something to do during the summer. Ken wishes all bowlers an enjoyable season.

Sadly, the chain of office couldn’t be passed on by our previous President, as Ted Tumber sadly passed away last November.

 

On the P&D Club front, we lost another club when the members of Post Office BC decided to call it a day. However, there was welcome news when we welcomed back Portchester BC into the fold.

 

On the County front, Ken Graham passed on his Presidential chain to another P&D member, Ken Sutton of College Park BC. Ken has also served as President of the Hampshire Indoor Bowling Association.

 

2014 is also a special year for two of the P&D Clubs. Copnor and Star & Crescent celebrate their centenary this year, both having been formed in the Spring of 1914 – shortly before the outbreak of the Great War. They both were founder members of the P&D when it started in 1925. Another thing in common is that both have had to move from their homes of long standing to another green.

 

When Copnor formed, they used the bowling green at Copnor Bridge, which was reputed to have been built in 1908. However, due to the remodelling work that was required at Copnor Bridge, Copnor and the other 2 co-tenants had to move to a new purpose built facility at Swordsands in Tangier Road.

 

Star & Crescent used to bowl at Canoe Lake in Southsea. However, after the council decided that clubs using Portsmouth greens would become responsible for the maintenance of the green and pavilion, Star moved to using Southsea Waverley’s facilities in Waverley Road, Southsea.

 

Some Copnor Facts

Copnor’s greatest alumni must be Harold Sawyer, who started bowling at the age of 16 - way back when. So proficient did he become, that he gained international honours, playing for England in the Home International series in 1974. He also played in Hampshire’s Middleton Cup team on more than 100 occasions, being part of the team that won the trophy in ’63, 67, ’68 & ’71. Harold also won the Hampshire County Secretary Singles trophy 9 times between 1956 & 1975. He was also P&D’s Champion Of Champions 4 times, as well as winning the P&D Singles on 3 occasions.

Harold took over the secretary’s position at Copnor from his father in 1954 until ill health caused him to retire in 1997, meaning that a Sawyer had held the reins for 79 years!

 

Copnor’s next longest serving officer is David Powe, who has been Treasurer for over 35 years. To mark his long service, Dave was nominated for, and then presented with the Bowls England 'Certificate of Merit'. Dave is one of only 25 who have been awarded this accolade, as well as, currently, the only person from Hampshire. (Bowls England created the Certificate in 2009 to recognise the work of volunteers at Club and County level and is presented to individuals that are deemed to have provided outstanding service to the sport.)

 

In 2003, Copnor merged with IBM, becoming Copnor/IBM, but reverted to Copnor BC in 2007.

Copnor’s major honours include:

·         County Club Champions in 1956.

·         County 2 Wood Triples Champions in 1975.

·         EC Smith P&D President in 1956.

·         P&D Division 1 Champions in 1942.

·         Initial winners of the Rowland Hospital Cup in 1936 winners and on a further 3 occasions.

·         P&D Triple’s winners twice.

 

Some Star Facts

Star also had a star of their own - Arthur Wareham. Arthur was an England Indoor’s International and also played 5 times in Hampshire’s Middleton Cup team.

 

Their members were also more proficient at winning trophies, including:

·         County Club Champions in 1973.

·         County Singles Winner in 1959.

·         County Pairs Winners in 1967 & ’80.

·         County Triples Winners in 1963 & ’83.

·         P&D Division 1 Champions 8 times between 1967 & ‘81.

·         Winners of the Rowland Hospital Cup in 1980 & ‘98.

·         P&D Champion Of Champions on 4 occasions.

·         P&D Singles Winner in 1965.

·         P&D Over 60’s Singles Winner in 2005.

·         P&D Pairs Winners in 1953, ’60, ’67, ’68, ’73, ’77, ’79, ’85 & 2002.

·         P&D Triples Winners in 2007.

·         P&D Fours Winners in 1932 & ’71.

They have also supplied 9 Presidents for the P&D.