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2015 Season

The Fat Lady Has Sung (apologies to any fat ladies - and you know who you are!)


Well that’s it folks, the Fat Lady has sung and the curtain has finally fallen on the 2015 P&D Bowls Season.


In the two remaining League issues, College Park’s 26 shot away win at Vospers meant that they finished as Division 1 Runners-up to Waverley.


Said a distraught Vosper's Rob Lewsley “What can I say. To be relegated during my presidential year. I can only apologise to not being there in person to share the blame”   


Meanwhile, the 34 shot drubbing inflicted on Bridgemary by Purbrook Heath meant that it was the Heath team who finished as Division 3 Runners-up, so they will be joining Hayling Island in Division 2 next season.


In the Midweek Triples leagues, Copnor’s 3 shot win at Alexandra ensured them of topping the Town Blue division, so they took on College Park Red in the Town Play-Off.


The finale to the season was all but decided after the 1st leg as College Park took full advantage of playing at home in the 1st leg to build a 55shot lead, led by the 25shot win for Mick Pople’s triple. In the 2nd leg at Swordsands, College had added another 18shots to their big lead before easing off, allowing Copnor to reduce the final size of College’s win to 4shots as time was called on the game after 16ends.


In the District West division, Gosport’s 26shot away defeat at Portchester meant that it was Rowner A who took the division.


However, due to an upcock on the P&D communication front, there was no District play-off as it was uncovered that the wrong scoreline had been recorded for the Bedhampton v Hayling Island game, with the 2point swing in match points meant that it was Bedhampton that had won the District East division NOT Hayling as originally reported. The problem was uncovered too late to rearrange the play-off dates. Our apologies to all concerned.


In the Combination Division, Bridgemary’s comprehensive home win over Waterlooville meant that they won the division for the 6th successive year.



Bowls News Report w/e Aug 30th


More issues were resolved after clubs defied the weather to play matches postponed from earlier in the season


In Division 1, Waterlooville’s 9shot home win over Milton Park meant that were safe from relegation. That battle was between Milton and Vospers and it was settled when Milton, despite losing their game against Priory by 10shots, managed to glean 4points enough to put them out of Vospers reach.

So it’s Vospers who joined Denmead in playing in Division 2 next season.


At the other end of the table, in the other battle to find out who would finish runners-up to Waverley, Alexandra did their best with two home wins, defeating Rowner by 19shots and then champions Waverley by 17, which put them into 2nd place. So the outcome now rests on College Park’s last game at Vospers, which they need to win and on 3rinks to overtake Alex.


In Division 2, the result of the last two matches played would decide who would be relegated alongside Copnor.

In the first of them, Naismith lost by 6shots at home to Gosport. However, the 5points they picked up from the game moved them out of the relegation zone above Cosham Park.

In the second, Portsmouth Water needed to pick up 5points themselves to avoid the drop. However, they only managed 4 from their 5shot home defeat at the hands of Bedhampton, so it’s they who will be playing in to Division 3 next season.    


In Division 3, the 32shot home defeat suffered by Phoenix at the hands of Crofton condemned them to the “Wooden-Spoon”.


Meanwhile, in the battle to see who would be promoted alongside Hayling Island, Bridgemary defeated Gas Social by 4shots, while Purbrook Heath defeated Emsworth by 27shots. So, in the final match of the division, Purbrook only need to win on 2rinks to top Bridgemary.


Finally, Hayling celebrated winning the division with a 24shot away win at Phoenix.


In Combination 1, despite the 4shot home defeat at the hands of relegated Naismith, the rink points Alexandra Red picked up from the game meant that they pipped Hayling Island to the Runners-Up spot by virtue of their superior shot difference.


In Combination 5, the 12shot defeat Cosham C suffered at the hands of Fareham B confirmed them as the “Wooden-Spoonists”.


In the Mid-Week Triples East Division, Hayling Island took advantage of the falls at the last hurdle by the top two, Bedhampton and Cowplain, to sneak the division.


In a rearranged game, Hayling travelled to Purbrook Heath and walked away with 10points after their 12shot win over Purbrook Gold. Then, they picked up 8points from the single shot home win over Leigh Park.


So the final matches for all 3 clubs meant each had a chance of the title. Bedhampton travelled to Waterlooville and lost by 29shots, only picking up 2points in the process. Meanwhile, Cowplain hosted Hayling, and it was Hayling that triumphed by 3shots, picking up 10points in the process. So, after the dust had settled, Hayling had won the division (after a gap of 14years) by 1point from Bedhampton and would now be taking on the West Division winners in the District League shoot-out.


In the Mid-Week Triples West Division, Rowner A finished off their season with a 14shot away win at Gosport B, picking up all the points in the process. They sit at the top of the top but have to wait for Gosport A’s rearranged match at Portchester on September 4th to see who wins the division. Gosport MUST win the game to overtake Rowner.


In the Mid-Week Triples Division, Bedhampton Blue top the Division, but Bridgemary have 3 games still to play so can top them.




Bowls News Report w/e Aug 16th


League matches

Last Friday’s weather meant that most matches were postponed; however the few that were played did resolve a few issues. Also, club’s managed to get in some rearranged matches earlier in the week.


In Division 1, on the Monday, despite winning on 3rinks, Priory couldn’t halt Waverley’s march to the title as they fell to an 8shot defeat. Meanwhile, Alexandra won for the first time in five matches as they defeated struggling Vospers by 26shots. The single point Vospers got from the game didn’t help their battle to avoid relegation. Fareham eased their relegation fears with a 46shot, all rinks home win over Waterlooville.


On the Tuesday, Rowner gave themselves some breathing room in the relegation battle after they defeated Denmead by 34shots.


Finally, in the only game that survived Friday’s weather, Waverley’s 21shot away win at Fareham meant that they retained the Peters Bowl. It also meant that Fareham now has to nervously await the results of the other five clubs still embroiled in the relegation battle.



In Division 2, on the Monday the relegation battle between Cosham & Portsmouth Water went Cosham’s way as they ran out 13shot winners, picking up 14points in the process. Meanwhile, Copnor’s poor season continued as they fell to a 7shot home defeat at the hands of Cowplain.


Then, on Friday, Gosport were assured of the second promotion spot as nearest challengers Leigh Park fell to a 10shot home defeat at the hands of Cowplain. In the only other game played, Star beat Copnor by 32shots.



In Division 3, Crofton’s 7shot home win over Emsworth last Tuesday gave them a little breathing room at the bottom, while in the only game played on Friday, Hayling Island assured themselves of the title with a 29shot, all rink away win over Eastney.



Combination Leagues

There are still some games to be played after postponements earlier in the season, however quite a few issues have now been resolved.


In Comb 1, with Waverley Blue having won the division last week, the focus was on who would finish Runner-Up and who would be relegated.

Hayling appeared to have put themselves in strong position to claim 2nd place after they beat College Park Green in a rearranged game. However, they may have thrown all their good bowling away after they fell to an 8shot home defeat by Rowner. That has opened the door to either Alexandra Red or Lee-On-Solent as they both have 2games in hand.

At the bottom, Milton Park B’s heavy defeat away at Lee-On-Solent meant they finished bottom. Who goes down with them is between Naismith and Alexandra Blue, with both having to play the teams who can finish 2nd.


In Comb 2, Fareham ‘C’ clinched the title with a 19shot away win over Portsmouth Water, thereby returning to Comb 1 after 1season. Priory ‘B’ finished 2nd despite trouncing Waterlooville Green by 56shots.

At the bottom despite playing on their carpet, Waterlooville Brown was beaten by Priory C which has almost certainly relegated them alongside Portsmouth Water.


In Comb 3 on Monday, Eastney signed off their season with an all rink home win over Pembroke Gardens ‘B’ (too little too late) but it did put paid to any hope Pembroke had of gaining promotion.

Then on Wednesday, Leigh Park Red clinched the title after their 4shot win at Denmead, whilst Cowplain Red claimed 2nd spot after their tight 4shot home win over Lee On Solent ‘C’.

At the bottom, the 2points LOS gained at Cowplain coupled with the heavy defeat suffered by Cosham Park ‘B’ at Pembroke, meant that it was Cosham who joined Eastney in Comb 4 next season, on shot difference by a by a mere 5 shots!!




Bowls News Report w/e August 8th


League matches

During the hiatus caused by the Portsmouth Open, several clubs took advantage of the free week to play games postponed from earlier in the season.


In Division 2, Lee-On-Solent managed to fit in two games with considerable effect.

Last Sunday, they guaranteed themselves promotion after they travelled to Portsmouth Water and came away with 34shots, all rink victory, led by Eric Brierley’s rink which had a 24shot win.

Then, after beating Star & Crescent last Friday, it meant that a win at Cosham Park would give them the title.


Meanwhile, closest rivals Gosport got a step closer to getting the 2nd promotion place after they beat Naismith by 41shots. However, either Leigh Park or Cowplain could overtake them, but as they play each other next week AND Leigh Park & Gosport also have to play each other, then…….


In Division 3, Crofton’s 3shot away win at Forton, combined with Gas Social’s 9shot defeat at Eastney, means that the battle to avoid the “Wooden Spoon” is still going strong. However, as Phoenix & Crofton have to play each other twice, it’s in their own hands!!



Combination Leagues


In Comb 1, Rowner B’s defeat by Lee-On-Solent B means they are back in the battle to avoid relegation along with Naismith B & Milton Park B, with Alexandra Blue also getting nervous.


In Comb 4, the home win for Bedhampton ‘B’ over College Park White meant that they finished as Runners-Up in the division behind Copnor.

At the bottom, Gas Social’s 20shots defeat at Copnor meant that they will be playing in Comb 5 next year.


In Comb 5, despite beating Pembroke Gardens C, Fareham ‘B’ failed to get maximum points, meaning that Star won the division. However, the win does promote Fareham.


Midweek Leagues


In the Town Red Division, the away victory for College Park Reds against Vospers Reds meant that they have retained their Red title and now await the winners of the Town Blue Division to see if they can retain their Town title.


In the District East Division, it looks to be between Bedhampton and Cowplain, so next week’s game between the two at Cowplain could go a long way in settling things. However, Hayling Island do have games in hand so could pip them at the finish BUT they also have to travel to Cowplain.


In the Combination Division, Bridgemary need a further 11points to clinch the title, but as they have to play on two carpets in their last 3games…However, they still have a 100% record.




Bowls News Report w/e July 31st


League matches


In Division 1, Waverley got their own back on visitors Waterloovlle by inflicting on them a 77shot, all rinks defeat. The win was led by the 24shot victory for Mark Griffith’s rink.


2nd placed College Park kept pace with their own all rinks win over hapless Denmead, by 51shots led by Paul Lawrence’s 21shot win.


However, 2 more wins for Waverley will see them retain their title.


The other three matches all had bearings on the relegation battle.


Alexandra’s recent poor form continued as they fell to their 3rd consecutive defeat at the hands of Milton Park, who won by 5shots. The 8shot win for Alex’s Marty Wake was covered by the Milton winning the other three rinks. The win moved Milton up to 5th spot, but they are still involved in the relegation fight.


Rowner won again at home, defeating Priory by 28shots and winning on 3rinks. The victory, led by Barry Stafford’s 15shot win, moved them out of the bottom two and left Priory 3rd form bottom.


Meanwhile, Fareham scraped home by 1shot against Vospers, despite winning on 3rinks.


All those results mean that Vospers now occupy the 2nd relegation spot, but it is still any one from Waterlooville, Milton Park, Fareham, Rowner, Priory and Vospers who could be joining Denmead in Div. 2 next year. Vospers & Priory do have a game in hand, albeit they are away games at Alex and Waverley respectively.



In Division 2, leaders Lee-On-Solent won again, a 29shot home defeat of Naismith. Dave Heather’s rink starred again, winning by 21shots, backed up by the in for Eric Brierley. Naismith won on Chris Kircher’s rink, with the 4th being drawn.


Gosport remains 2nd after a close 5shot home win over Portsmouth Water. All the rinks were close, with Gosport managing to win three of them.


It was a mixed fortnight for Bedhampton. In the only match that was played the previous week (as they played on the Monday to avoid the America’s Cup traffic problems), their promotion hopes were jolted after they fell to 28shot away defeat at the hands of Star & Crescent. Big wins on the Star rinks of Paul Whiffin & Simon Filippi settled the match, whilst Andy Hibberd’s men managed a rink win for Bedhampton.

However, they recovered from that defeat to put a dent in Leigh Park’s hopes with a 15shot home win, winning on the rinks of Mike Case, Keith Read & Andy Hibberd, which offset the 20shot win for Leigh Park’s Roy Collins.


In the other games, Cowplain defeated Star by 12shots, thanks to Graham King’s 24shot win backed up by wins on two other rinks, whilst Star’s Simon Filippi won by 16hots.


Finally, Copnor remembered how to win by defeating Cosham Park by 20shots at Swordsands, only their 2nd victory of the season.


However, it was to no avail as results elsewhere meant they have been relegated. Who goes down with them is between Naismith, Portsmouth Water and Cosham Park.



In Division 3, Hayling Island is on the brink of promotion after their 11shot away win over Gas Social, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. Hayling now need 4points from their last two matches to be certain of promotion, while 13points means they will have won the division.


Purbrook Heath maintained their push for promotion with a 36shot away victory at Crofton, winning on 3rinks led by Tony Wall’s 19shot win, while Mike Whitefoot managed a win for Crofton.


Emsworth moved into 3rd spot after their 32shot, all rinks home win over Forton, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Alan Leppard and Peter Smith.


Bridgemary, in 4th spot, still have an outside chance of promotion, but only if Purbrook implode, after they beat Phoenix by 13shots, a result that could mean Phoenix end up with the “Wooden Spoon”.


Finally, Pembroke Gardens moved above Eastney by defeating them by 13shots at their Old Portsmouth home.


Combination Leagues

With only one full week remaining in the season, more issues have been resolved in the Combination leagues.


In Comb 1, with the defeat of Alexandra Red at Waterlooville, Waverley Blue’s defeat of Milton Park meant they had retained their title, while four teams have a chance of finishing in the Runner-Up spot.

At the bottom, despite their second win on the trot, it looks like the maths are against Naismith as the other teams they could catch have games in hand. It also looks like Milton Park B will be joining them in Comb 2.


In Comb 2, both Fareham ‘C’ and Priory ‘B’ have been promoted after their wins last week. Fareham had a close 3shot win over Waverley Red, whilst Priory, despite playing 1 short, had an impressive 39shot away win over Gosport.

At the bottom, the game between Waterlooville Brown & Priory C, on the ‘ville carpet in a fortnight’s time will probably decide who join Portsmouth Water in Combination 3 next year, although if Waverley Red loses their last 2matches they may well be in the dogfight.


In Comb 3, it all goes down to the final week to find out who are promoted.

Leigh Park Red only needs to win a rink to win the division, BUT if they lose and other results go against them they might not even gain promotion!! The other clubs in the promotion hunt are Cowplain Red, Rowner C, Bridgemary and Pembroke Gardens B (who also has a game in hand).

At the bottom, Eastney were relegated last week and it’s between Lee On Solent ‘C’ and Cosham Park ‘B’ as to who will be joining them.


In Comb 4, despite suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Milton Park C, Copnor ‘B’ has won the division.

Who goes up with them is between Bedhampton ‘B’ and College Park White, who meet each other next week on the Bidbury Mead carpet.

At the bottom, it’s between Gas Social B and Milton Park C as to who will be joining Purbrook Heath Maroon in Comb 5 next year.


In Comb 5, Star gained promotion last week and will win the division UNLESS Fareham ‘B’ get maximum points from their last 3 matches.

At the bottom, Cosham Park ‘C’ MUST win their last match to hand Emsworth ‘B’ the “Wooden Spoon”, but as it’s away at Fareham ‘B’.......




Bowls News Report w/e July 24th


With the weekends weather putting paid to all of the League games due to have been played last Friday as well as Sunday’s Rowland Cup Semi-Finals, here is a brief run-down of how things stand in the Combination and Midweek Leagues.


As the season’s end is drawing closer, a few have been settled and other matters are becoming clearer in the Combination Leagues.


In Comb 1, Waverley Blue needs 11more points to retain their title. Only Alexandra Red has a feasible chance of stopping them, but if things go dramatically wrong for these two, Hayling Island may have a sniff. At the bottom, it looks like it could be Naismith and Milton Park B who will be filling the relegation spots.


In Comb 2, it does appear that Fareham ‘C’ is in the driving seat, with Priory ‘B’, Waterlooville Green and Gosport ‘B’ all in with a chance of a gaining promotion. At the bottom, Portsmouth Water is definitely relegated. Joining them is between Waterlooville Brown, Waverley Red and Priory C, although Priory probably needs to get maximum points from their last 2matches to have any chance of avoiding the drop.


In Comb 3, Leigh Park Red needs 5more points to gain promotion. That may also be enough to win them the title, although Pembroke have an outside chance to rob them of that, but they will need to get maximum points from their last 3games. Meanwhile, Bridgemary ‘B’, Cowplain Red and Rowner ‘C’ are all in the hunt. At the bottom, Eastney is definitely relegated. Probably joining them will be Lee On Solent ‘C’, but Denmead Gold and Cosham Park ‘B’ are also feeling the jitters.


In Comb 4, Copnor ‘B’ need 1more point to take the title. Who goes up with them is between  

Cosham Park Debs, College Park White and Bedhampton ‘B’. At the bottom, Purbrook Heath Maroon is definitely relegated, with either Gas Social B or Milton Park C joining them.


In Comb 5, Star & Crescent ‘B’ is definitely promoted and it looks to be between them and Fareham ‘B’ for the title. At the bottom, it does appear that Emsworth ‘B’ will be getting the “Wooden Spoon”, but they will be hoping that Cosham Park ‘C’ implode.


Midweek Leagues

In the Town Blue Division, after a shaky start, Vospers Blue, last year’s division winners, had steadily climbed the table until their advance was halted by a major reverse at the hands of Naismith, who now lead the division. However, there are still 5teams with a chance of winning the title, Naismith, Vospers Blue, Copnor, Alexandra Blue and Gas Social.


In the Town Red Division, despite losing to nearest rivals Alexandra Red, College Park Red requires 13points from their last three games to retain their title.    


In the District East Division, Cowplain’s grip on the title they have held for the last 6 years appears to be slackening, as they lie 3rd behind Bedhampton and Hayling Island. But there are still 5 games to go and they do have the advantage of hosting their opponents in those games.


In the District West Division, there are still 6 games left in the season. Last year’s winners, Gosport A, lie 4th behind Fareham, Rowner A and Portchester.


In the Combination Division, Bridgemary still have a 100% record and look favourites to regain the Combination crown. However, Bedhampton B may have something to say about that.  




Bowls News Report w/e July 19th


League matches


In Division 1, with Waverley’s game being postponed due to their heavy involvement in the County finals, it was a chance for Alexandra to close the gap. However, they did have to travel to Waterlooville, where only one club has won all season. And Alex suffered the same fate as the others as they fell to a 21shot defeat, only gaining 1point from the game courtesy of Carl Baggott’s tie with Cyril Hilton. For ‘ville, it was Joe Slatter’s rink that did the damage with a 13shot win. Even the change in formation moving Marty Wake to 2 didn’t help Alex.


That result meant that College Park’s 22shot, 3rink victory on their parched, barren, pitted turf over Fareham moved them into 2nd spot. College’s win was largely due to the 15shot win for Dave Smith’s rink, with the “Crosier Crowd” sparing Fareham’s blushes. That defeat for Fareham means they are still heavily involved in the relegation dogfight.


At the bottom of the table, it was Milton Park’s turn to beat whipping boys Denmead, winning by 29shots, led by Mick Molloy’s 23shot win. But at least Roly Bloy remembered how to win a rink.


And Rowner did themselves a power of good as they had an 8shot home win over Vospers. With both clubs winning 2rinks, it was the 10shot win for Rowner’s Keith Gerrard rink that proved decisive. Emboldened by his win last week, Barry Stafford kept his eyes open this week to good effect!


So, at the bottom, it could be anyone of Priory, Vospers, Milton Park, Fareham and Rowner who will be joining Denmead in Division 2 next year, as 5points cover them. However, Priory & Vospers do have a game in hand on the others, but they are against Waverley & Alex respectively!!



In Division 2, Leigh Park took over at the top of the table on Monday when they beat Copnor in a rearranged game at Swordsands by 58shots, winning on all 4rinks. The size of the win was due to Barry Dixons 34-3 result.


However, on Friday, they lost that place to Lee-On-Solent, as they fell to an 18shots away defeat, dropping them back to 3rd. The Solent men won on 3rinks, led by the 17shot win for Dave Heather’s rink.


Gosport is still 2nd after their 8shot home win over Star&Crescent (or Star & Garter as they are known in Emsworth!!). With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 21shot win for Gosport’s Ken Kingston rink that settled it.


Cowplain carried on their good form from last week with another home win, this time by 29shots over Cosham Park, which dropped Cosham into the bottom two. Cowplain’s win was mainly due to the 28shot win for Bryan Franklin’s rink.


Naismith maintained their recent good form with a 38shot home win over Portsmouth Water, which moved them out of the bottom 3. Naismith only dropped 1point from the match, with their victory being led by Mick Chandler’s 24shot win.


It was a bad week for Copnor, as on Friday they travelled to Bedhampton and only managed to get 1point after their beating by 48shots. Copnor’s fate could well be settled next week.



In Division 3, the top of the table clash between Hayling and Purbrook Heath resulted in a 12shot win for Hayling. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot win for Hayling’s Tom Walsh that settled matters.


Bridgemary are having a bad run lately as they lost for the 3rd time in a row, this time an 8shot home defeat at the hands of Forton, with Arthur Cleaver’s rink doing all of the damage for them. Despite that defeat, Bridgemary are still 3rd.


Emsworth had another home win, this time by 4shots against Eastney, with both teams winning on 2rinks.


Things are hotting up at the bottom of the table. Bottom club Phoenix finally won for the 3rd time after 9 blank weeks. And what a win, by 26shots away at Gas on ALL rinks. Meanwhile, Crofton had a 19shot home win over Pembroke, both clubs winning on 2rinks.


So now six points cover the bottom three teams.



Combination Leagues

In Comb 2, prayers were being said on both sides of the vestry last Tuesday in preparation for the ecclesiastical synod the next day between the Priory’s Apiarists and Jolly Jack Tars. And it was decreed that there would be NO accusations of “fixing a result” to ensure promotion of one at the expense of the others, as the Sailors won by 3shots, thanks to Abbot’s 14 shot win. Meanwhile, it doth seem certain that the last rites will soon be held at Portsmouth Water.


In Comb 4, Copnor are assured of promotion after their 2wins last week. And they could well be celebrating winning the division this week if they beat College Park.


At the bottom, things don’t look good for the Heath men.


In Comb 5, Star is also promoted and it would seem that Fareham B, with all their games in hand, will join them in Comb 4 next year.




Bowls News Report w/e July 12th


League matches


In Division 1, have Alexandra blown their chances of winning the title? For the 2nd time in three games they suffered a heavy away defeat, this time by 42shots at the hands of Fareham and didn’t pick up a point. Fareham’s win, which eased some of their own problems, was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Charles Bailey and Martyn Dubb.


Meanwhile, leaders Waverley travelled to Denmead and drove the last nail into their coffin, as they beat them by 31shots, thanks to big wins for Matt Marchant & Gary Starks. Denmead’s Paul Kennington did manage a 14shot win, but those points weren’t enough for Denmead, as results elsewhere meant that Denmead are definitely relegated. They are still winless and may be in danger of setting the lowest number of points gained by a Div.1 side.


College Park is now level on points with Alexandra after their 16shot home win over Rowner. College won on the rinks of Dave Smith & Clive Carter, while Graeme Coles & Barry Stafford won for Rowner. In fact, Barry discovered the secrets of winning – shut your eyes and hope!


Waterlooville’s problems on real grass continued as they fell to a 15shot defeat at the hands of Priory, whose win was thanks to Nigel Mundy’s rink, backed up by Steve Watt. ‘ville won on Dave Baxter’s rink, with the 4th being tied.


The final game was a bottom of the table clash between Vospers and Milton Park, which went the way of Vospers by 17shots, winning on all rinks.


At the bottom, Rowner are still in the mire and are locked in with Milton and Vospers in the battle to avoid relegation.



In Division 2, Lee-On-Solent’s maintained top spot with an excellent 15shot away win over Start & Crescent, winning on 3rinks and drawing the 4th.


Gosport are now 2nd, 4points behind the Solent men after their 15shot away win at Copnor, winning on 3rinks.


Leigh Park’s promotion hopes were stalled after they fell to an 8shot home defeat at the hands of Naismith. Naismith’s win was thanks to the rink of Kevin Boyd, who won by 26shots.


It was a good week for Naismith, as earlier they had defeated co-tenants Copnor by 12shots at their Swordsands home, just failing to pick up all the points after Kevin Boyd failed to protect an 8shot lead on the last 3 ends. Those two wins moved Naismith out of the relegation spots, but for Copnor, it looks like, in the words of a certain private, they are “dooooooooommmed”


Finally, in the return the battle of the carpet-men, Cowplain got their own back on Bedhampton with a 22shot victory, thanks to Bryan Franklin’s 21shot win.



In Division 3, Hayling kept up their winning run, this time with a 34shot, 3rink away win at Forton, led by David Friend’s rink. For Forton, Derek Page’s rink prevented the whitewash.


Purbrook Heath kept up with Hayling with its own 3rink, 17shot home win over Gas, thanks to Tony Claydon’s 20shot victory. Ron Langford’s rink prevented them gaining all 16points.


3rd placed Bridgemary lost again, this time by 21shots at Pembroke Gardens, who won on 3rinks. Still Bridgemary do have two games in hand over the top two, but are now 27points shy of them.


Emsworth beat Crofton by 39shots, winning on 3rinks, while there were strange goings on at Milton, as Eastney fielded a full complement to defeat bottom club Phoenix by 8shots, thanks to Dennis Smith’s rink, who won by 20shots.


In the Midweek League, WADA were sent to Denmead to investigate the causes of a strange occurrence, as Denmead recorded their 1st win in 2 years in the East Division, with a 27shot home win over Leigh Park.



Bowls News Report w/e July 4th


County Scene

The Men’s County Divisional finalists have now been settled. Starting on Monday 5th July, the following will be battling it out to go to the County Finals at Atherley BC, Southampton in the week beginning 13th July:
- In the Singles, Bedhampton’s Andy Hibberd takes on College Park’s Steve Feilder, while Fareham’s Tom Pullin takes on Denmead’s Roly Bloy.

 - In the Pairs, Milton Park’s Harry & Dave Biggs take on Waverley’s Mike Aldren & Matt Marchant/College Park’s Clive Carter & Steve Feilder, while Alexandra’s Ian Rixon & Tom Suthers take on Waverley’s Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths.

 - In the Triples, there is an all Waverley contest between Mike Aldren, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke who take on Graham Guy, Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths, whilst Alexandra’s Ian Rixon, Tom Suthers & Martin Wake take on another Waverley trio of John Leggett, Mark Hammond & John Biggs

 - In the Fours, College Park’s Mal Rimmer, Clive Carter, Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder take on Waverley’s Rob Moran, Phil Drewball, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew, while another Waverley combo of Graham Guy, Alex Marchant, John Biggs & Paul Cooke take on Fareham’s D Allen

George& Mark Hanson & Charles Bailey.

 - In the 2Wood Triples, Leigh Park’s Jack Miller, Steve Prior & Pete Robinson take on Waverley’s Rob Moran, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew.


Rowland Cup

The possible Semi-Final clash between the 2 Alexandra teams was dashed when Star & Crescent beat Alexandra B, so it is they who will take on Alexandra A who beat Lee-On-Solent. In the other Semi, Fareham (who got the better of Bedhampton’s carpet) takes on Waverley, who took their revenge on Waterlooville A for their league defeat.


League matches

In Division 1 leaders Waverley extended their lead at the top as they beat Vospers at home on all rinks by 46shots, topping the ton. Leading the way for Waverley was returning international Matt Marchant, whose rink won by 24shots.


Alexandra recovered from their shock defeat at Rowner last Sunday with a home victory over Priory by 21shots, winning on 3rinks, led by Carl Baggott’s 15shot win.


College Park maintained their good run with a 9shot, 3rink away win at Milton Park. Milton’s Mick Molloy did his best for Milton by winning by 19shots, but that was covered by the wins on the College Park rinks of Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder.


Waterlooville won for the first time in 5 games with a 53shot, all rink home victory over bottom club Denmead, for whom relegation looks to be nearing. Dave Baxter’s rink did a lot of the damage for ‘ville, winning by 21shots.


Rowner won for the 3rd time in a row, completing the double over Fareham with a 5shot home win, both teams winning on 2rinks


In Division 2, Lee-On-Solent’s excellent recent run has taken them to the top of the table after their latest win, a home, 46shot all rink victory over bottom club Copnor. Lee’s win was led by the 16shot win by Eric Brierley’s rink.


Leigh Park is now 2nd on shot difference as they suffered an 11shot away defeat at Portsmouth Water. The 24shot win by Water’s Brent Riste rink covered the 17shot win for Barry Dixon’s Leigh Park rink.


Bedhampton are 3rd, a point behind the leaders after they beat Cosham Park by 60shots at their Bidbury Mead home. There were huge wins on the rinks of Mike Curtis and Keith Read, while Cosham’s Geoff Lowe salvaged a win for the park boys.


Cowplain’s recent poor form continued as the fell to a 16shot away defeat at Gosport. Gosport’s win was based on Ken Stanbury’s 12shot win. (Hmmm do I smell a cunning cowplain plan??)


Finally, Star edged to a 4shot away win at Naismith, thanks to Robbie Denninson’s 12shot victory.



In Division 3, Hayling are now 14points clear at the top after their 15shot, 3rink home win over Pembroke, led by Dave Friend’s 12shot victory.


Purbrook Heath gained on Hayling after their 26shot away win at bottom club Phoenix, only dropping 1point after the draw on Tony Wall’s rink.


3rd placed Bridgemary suffered a surprising home defeat at the hands of Emsworth, who won by 11shots. Their victory was thanks to Dereck Leggett’s 17shot win.


Gas arrested their recent poor form with an 18shot home win over Forton, thanks to Terry Hayward’s 14shot victory.


Finally, Crofton pulled away from Phoenix at the bottom by beating Eastney by 15shots.




Bowls News Report w/e June 27th


National Scene

All the P&D wished Waverley’s Matthew Marchant the best of luck as he travelled up to Hamilton, Scotland to meet up with his England team mates for the British Isles Championships last weekend.


County Scene

The County Divisional finalists became clearer last week when the Triples and Fours reached that point.

 - The Triples finals will see sibling rivalry as Waverley’s Matt Marchant takes on his brother Alex, while another Waverley trio, Mark Hammond, take on Ian Rixon’s Alexandra trio.

 - The Fours finals will see the College Park quartet skipped by Steve Feilder take on the Ollie Mew’s Waverley quartet, while another Waverley 4 skipped by Paul Cooke will take on Fareham’s Charles Bailey men.


In the Pairs, the Grandfather and Grandson pairing of Dave & Harry Biggs has also reached the finals, while it will be a busy week for Ollie Mew as his chums have reached the 2 Wood Triples final, where they take on Pete Robinson’s trio from Leigh Park. 


League matches

It was a busy week for the clubs with two games being played.


On Monday, Division 1 leaders Waverley took advantage of Alexandra’s game being postponed to extend their lead to 29points with a home 77shot routing of Rowner, led by Gary Stark’s 30shot win over Keith Gerrard. Meanwhile, Matt Marchant warmed up for his trip “oop north” with his own 23shot victory.


There was a very surprising result at Jubilee Park as Waterlooville suffered their first home defeat of the season at the hands of College Park, by 25shots. Unlike last year, ‘ville avoided the whitewash when Keith Warren managed to draw shot with the last bowl of the match to draw his game with Clive Carter in a game he was in front of for 19ends. It was a great result for Carter’s rink as they had been down 31-1 after 7ends! For College, the rinks of Steve Feilder & Paul Lawrence both won by 15shots.


Fareham carried in the good work from last week and topped the ton again, this time at home against Milton Park, who they beat by 62shots. The win was thanks to big wins for Charles Bailey and Martyn Dubb, while Cyril Friend could only draw.


Denmead were beaten again, this time by 32shots away at Priory. At least Ray Wagstaff’s rink had something to smile about as they won but there were big defeats for the rest of his teammates.


On Friday, no doubt buoyed up by their victory at Waterlooville, College Park put the cat amongst the pigeons as they beat Waverley by 8shots, winning on 3rinks, led by the 8shot victory of Steve Feilder’s rink. Paul Cooke gained Waverley’s sole rink points.


Alexandra cut the gap at the top after their 38shot, 3 rink, home victory over bottom club Denmead, mainly due to Carl Baggott’s 26shot win. Paul Kennington’s rink managed to salvage a win for Denmead.


However, Alex failed to make further inroads into Waverley’s lead when, in the completion of their match at Rowner which was washed away earlier in the month, they only managed 1point as Rowner beat them by 25shots.


That completed a good couple of days for Rowner, as on Friday they had got the better of Milton Park by 6shots, both clubs wining on 2rinks.


Waterlooville lost for the 4th straight game, this time by 24shots at Vospers.


And there was another surprise result at Fareham, when, after their big wins in their previous 2matches, they fell to a 27shot home defeat at the hands of Priory. Charles Bailey’s rink prevented the whitewash as Priory was spurred on by the performance of Steve Watt’s rink against he who cannot be named (who will probably thank me this time!).


So, Waverley now leads Alexandra by 16points, although Alex has a match in hand. College have moved clear in 3rd place after their 2wins. Things don’t look good for Denmead as they are now 57points behind Rowner, who, despite their 2wins, are in the other relegation spot. Meanwhile, Fareham & Vospers are looking over their shoulders.



In Division 2, Monday’s matches saw Gosport regain top spot after their 12shot away win at Cosham Park, thanks to wins for Ken Stanbury, Dave Blackledge & Jim Oswell.


This was thanks to the surprising 7shot away defeat suffered by Cowplain at the hands of Naismith, which was only their 3rd win of the season. Obviously Naismith know the Swordsands foibles better then co-tenants Copnor!!


Leigh Park moved into 2nd spot with a 3shot home win over Star&Crescent. Simon Filippi’s men did their best for Star, winning by 16shots but this was offset by Barry Dixon’ 15shot victory and the wins on the other 2rinks.


Cowplain’s cause was helped by Gosport suffering a shock 3shot home defeat at the hands of Lee-On-Solent. With the 12shot win of Gosport’s Derek Collins being matched by Lee’s Martin Ellis, the win was down to the 5shot win for Lee’s Eric Brierley, which outdid the 2shot win for Gosport’s Ken Stanbury.


Finally, Lee-On-Solent continued their climb up the table with a 42shot home win over Bedhampton - who still can’t seem to get the hang of playing on grass (and no I don’t mean weed!) The size of Lee’s win was thanks to big victories on the rinks of Eric Brierley & Martin Ellis.


On Friday, Leigh Park went to the top of the table after their 32shot away win at Cosham Park, dropping only 1point. Leading the way for Leigh Park was Ben Cope’s 18shot win.


Bedhampton moved into 2nd place after they thrashed Gosport by 70shots on their Bidbury Mead carpet, winning on all rinks. Must have been some discussions in the home dressing room as to why 2 of their rinks only won by a combined score of 12shots – I’ll leave the maths to you!!


June must be the favourite month for Lee-On-Solent as they won all their games and are now 3rd. On Friday, they travelled to Cowplain and won by 3shots, dropping only 1rink, thus completing a bad week for Cowplain. Then, on Saturday, they beat Cosham Park by 26shots in the completion of their rain affected game from earlier in the month.


Finally, Star eased to a 22shot home win over Portsmouth Water, both teams winning on 2rinks.


So, Leigh Park is now 11points clear of Bedhampton who, themselves, are only a point clear of Lee-On-Solent & Gosport. In fact, 10points cover the teams in 2nd-5th place.


It’s not looking good for the Swordsands contingent. Things are now starting to look bleak for Copnor as they are now 29points behind co-tenants Naismith, who themselves are 20points behind Cosham Park. But both do have games in hand, although one is a real 32pointer between the two.



In Division 3, Monday’s matches saw Hayling extend their lead with a huge 71shot home win over Crofton, led by the 41shot win for Mark Hollis and 24shot win for Bob Randall - I hear orders for new scoreboards are being considered as the current ones are struggling to cope!!


At least that drubbing didn’t drop Crofton to the bottom as Phoenix also lost by 6shots at home to Pembroke Gardens, both teams winning on 2rinks.   


After a close home battle with Forton, Purbrook Heath came out with a 4shot win, thanks to Dennis Goodes 15shot victory, as they lost on 2rinks and tied the other, although that was nearly another loss as Tony Beard’s men picked up 6shots on the last 2ends and were close to getting the win points.


Finally, Emsworth won their 1st away game as the beat Gas Social by 23shots. This was a match that only had 1close game, a tie between Terry Hayward & Jack Llewellyn, as with the other rinks it was obviously a case of ****** the defence, with Gas’s Ron Langford recording a 16shot win, surpassed by the 21&18 shot wins for Emsworth’s Pete Smith & Dereck Leggett respectively.


On Friday, Hayling won again at Emsworth, this time by 18shots, while Purbrook also had an away win at Eastney by 15shots.


Both the bottom clubs lost, Crofton by 19shots at home to Bridgemary, Phoenix by 57shots at Forton. Finally, Gas’s stumbles are turning into a fall as they lost again, this time by 28shots at Pembroke Gardens.


All this means that Hayling lead Purbrook by 15points, who are themselves 15points clear of Bridgemary, with Forton 4th. At the bottom, Crofton are a point above Phoenix, but Gas is only 11ponts above Crofton.



In the Combination leagues, will captain Ollie Mew fall on his sword? As he told me “I just can’t win on a Wednesday, I’m holding the boys back”....watch this space.....


In the Midweek leagues, Eastney has, sadly, had to call time on their battles to get teams out in the Town Red Division. Their records will be expunged from the division.



Bowls News Report w/e June 20th


County Scene

The County Club area finalists were decided last Thursday and Southsea Waverley will meet Cowplain on Sat July 11th for the right to represent the Eastern Division at the County Club finals in August.

 - In the semi's, Waverley defeated Milton Park by 32shots at their Waverley Road home - all due to 43-10 hammering dished out by John Biggs' rink to Andy McKain's.

 - In the other semi, Cowplain had an impressive 32shot away win over Copnor. This is only the 2nd time Cowplain have reached the Divisional final.


League matches

In Division 1, the top 2 both had away wins. Leaders Waverley met up again with Milton and again won, this time by 7shots. Mark Griffiths and Gary Starks won for Waverley, Dave Brown for Milton, with the 4th rink tied.


Meanwhile, Alexandra beat College Park by 27shots, led by Barry Harman’s rink, backed up by Marty Wake and Don Lilliey. Clive Carter managed a tie with Carl Baggott to prevent the whitewash.


Waterlooville are still 3rd despite suffering another away defeat, this time at Rowner. Rowner’s victory was thanks to the big wins on the rinks of Phil Pinder & Keith Gerrard which offset the losses to Joe Slatter & Dave Baxter.


Basement club Denmead suffered another big, all rink home defeat, this time by 61shots at the hands of Fareham, who shook of their beating by Waverley last week. The size of the win was thanks to the rinks of Martyn Dubb & “he-who-musn’t-be-named”.


Finally, Vospers recorded another big win, this time by 32shots at home to Priory. Vospers won on the rinks of Dave Harding, Mark Woolvin & Terry Smith, with Arthur Newland winning for Priory.



In Division 2, Leigh Park moved to the top of the table on Monday after a home demolition of Copnor by 58shots, in a match rearranged from the beginning of the season. Not surprisingly, the Park boys won on all rinks.


Portsmouth Water got back to winning ways on Monday by defeating Cosham Park by 15shots in a rearranged home game. This was the Watermen’s 1st win in 4games and made up for their shellacking at Bedhampton last Friday!


However, Leigh Park’s time at the top was short lived. With their Friday match having been postponed, Cowplain took full advantage to take over with a 13shot home win over Portsmouth Water. Cowplain won on the rinks of Bryan Franklin, Graham King & Ted Howard, with Keith Wright winning for the watermen.


Cowplain’s cause was helped by Gosport suffering a shock 3shot home defeat at the hands of Lee-On-Solent. With the 12shot win of Gosport’s Derek Collins being matched by Lee’s Martin Ellis, the win was down to the 5shot win for Lee’s Eric Brierley, which outdid the 2shot win for Gosport’s Ken Stanbury.


Bedhampton moved into 3rd spot with 61shot, all rink, home win over Naismith. Bedhampton’s big win was led by Mike Case’s 24shot win.


Finally, Star & Crescent had a narrow 2shot home win over Cosham Park. Star won on the rinks of Mel Wilde & Simon Filippi, with John Holdaway & Chris Muller winning for Cosham.



In Division 3, Hayling maintained top spot despite losing away at Bridgemary by 7shots, despite winning on 3rinks. The defeat was due to the 12shot win by Bridgemary’s Pete Cooper, which covered the losses to Mark Hollis, Dave Johns and Tom Walsh.


Purbrook Heath moved into 2nd place after a busy week for them was rewarded by 2 wins. In a rearranged game on Monday, they managed a close, 4shot home win over bottom club Crofton, winning on 3rinks. Then on Friday, they travelled to Old Portsmouth to beat Pembroke Gardens by 11shots, again winning on 3rinks.


Forton’s good run was ended by Eastney as they suffered an 11shot home defeat. Eastney’s win was thanks to Ivor Gardner’s 14shot win, backed up by Dennis Smith and they also had a FULL team!! Forton won on the rinks of Ian Mulholland & Derek Page.


Crofton managed to recorded only their 2nd win of the season with a 1shot home win over Gas Social, both teams winning on 2rinks. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The wins for Crofton’s Gary Colmen & Mike Whitefoot covered the losses to Ron Langford and Terry Hayward who beat Ian Knowlton 35-21!!!


Anyway, that win moved Crofton off the bottom above Phoenix whose plummet from the top at the beginning of the season was completed after they suffered a 39shot, all rink away defeat at Emsworth.



Bowls News Report w/e June 13th


League matches

Friday’s weather caused four games to be abandoned due to flooded greens, including Alexandra’s Division 1 game at Rowner.


This meant that Waverley moved into a clear lead at the top after they beat old rivals Fareham by 24shots, just failing to reach the ton. In fact, three of the rinks were very tight affairs, with two going Waverley’s way and the other tied. The game was decided by Mark Griffiths’ rink, which won by 19shots.


Waterlooville remain 3rd, despite falling to a 50shot, all rink away defeat at the hands of Milton Park, thanks to big wins on the Milton rinks of Brian Brown and Andy McKain.


College Park are still 4th, on shot difference, after suffering a 3shot home defeat at the hands of Priory, in a game that turned after the heavy rainfall two-thirds of the way thru’. Both teams won on 2rinks, Carter & Lawrence for College, Newland & Elliott for Priory.


Denmead are a distant last in the division after suffering another defeat, this time by 35 shots away at Vospers. The big win was down to Pater Sansbury’s 23shot victory (obviously changing skips didn’t help the Denmead men) backed up by Rob Lewsley & Terry Smith. The single scored by Paul Kennington’s on the last end at least gained Denmead 2rink points.



In Division 2, with Gosport’s game having been postponed (although it would probably have been another to have fallen foul of the monsoon that hit the peninsula) Cowplain closed the gap with a close 6shot home win over Leigh Park. Each club won on 2rinks, King & Franklin for Cowplain, Robinson & Dixon for Leigh Park.


Meanwhile, Portsmouth Water must have been hoping the rain that was soddening Hayling moved northwards, but to no avail as they fell to a 60shot, all rink away defeat at the hands of Bedhampton. Bedhampton’s big win was led by Mike Case’s 24shot win. At least Keith Wright’s rink walked away with something – a “Hot Shot” badge for picking up an 8 on the 18th end!!


Copnor lost again, this time by 17 shots at home to Star & Crescent. Star’s victory was thanks to the 20shot win for Robbie Denninson’s rink.


The match between Lee-On-Solent & Cosham splashed to a halt half-way thru.



In Division 3, despite being hit by the heavy rain, Hayling recorded a 22shot home win over Eastney, winning on 3 rinks.


Forton won their 3rd game on the bounce with a 15shot away defeat of Pembroke Gardens, thanks to Arthur Cleaver’s 14shot win. Trevor Watkins men gained Pembroke’s sole points.


Purbrook halted their run of defeats with a 20shot away win at Emsworth, winning on 3rinks.


The other two games, on the sodden peninsula, at Bridgemary & Crofton were also curtailed.


As we’ve reached the halfway point in the season (soon be Summer Solstice) let’s have a look at look at ooo’s doing wot in the other leagues.


Combination Leagues

In Comb1, Waverley Blue are 9points clear of College Park Green & Alexandra Red, and the Blues & Reds have to play each other. At the bottom, Naismith are starting to look detached, with Rowner B & Milton Park B via with each other to be out of the other relegation spot.


In Comb2, Priory B moved above Gosport after their top of the table clash. Fareham C & Waterlooville Green are a further 7pints behind these 2. At the bottom, it doesn’t look good for Portsmouth Water, who have only won once and are 24points in arrears of the rest. Meanwhile, the remaining teams in the division are jostling with each other for the right to go down.


In Comb3, Bridgemary are 10points clear of Leigh Park, who have a match in hand. At the bottom, Eastney are 6points behind Lee On Solent C, whilst 8points cover the teams in 3rd-7th places.


In Comb4, Copnor B are unbeaten after 7games and 17points clear of College Park White. They are showing their A Team how to do it (or is it actually their A Teamers doing it in the Comb??). The 2 carpet clubs fill the next 2places. At the bottom, Milton Park C’s brave policy of using “bowls virgins” means they hold the rest up, 9points behind Purbrook.


In Comb5, Star are 9points clear of Phoenix, with Cowplain, Fareham B and Cosham C in the mix for promotion. Emsworth are bottom by 12points behind Pembroke C.


Midweek Leagues

The Town leagues have suffered the most from the weather, with lowdsa games called off.


In Town Blue, Copnor are the surprise leaders, 11points clear of co-tenants Nasmith. The other surprise is that last year’s Town Runners Up (Vospers) are bottom, having only won 1game.


In Town Red, Alex are top, 3points clear of Phoenix, with last year’s Town champions College Park (who are unbeaten after 3games) in 3rd. Pembroke are bottom having just started to plat games.


In District East, it’s a battle between the 2Carpet clubs, with Bedhampton having taken over top spot from Cowplain after last week’s clash. Meanwhile, the 3rd carpeteers are next to bottom, but 16points clear of Denmead, who have only managed to glean 1point from their 5games.


In District West, Fareham are top on shot difference from Rowner A, with Portchester a point behind the 2. Gosport A, last year’s District champions, are in 6th place, 19points behind the leaders.


In the Combination, normally perennial winners Bridgemary are 16points clear of last year’s winners Waterlooville. Purbrook are the rear gunners.




Bowls News Report w/e June 6th


It was another busy week for those clubs who had the second rounds of the County Club and Rowland Cup to negotiate before they played their League games.


County Club

There were two more shock results in the second round, as 2nd Division clubs made use of home advantage to claim Division 1 scalps. At Swordsands, Copnor forgot their league problems to defeat Waterlooville by 5shots, thanks to Dave Powe’s 13shot win over John Faithful. Meanwhile, Cowplain beat Vospers by 32shots, with the Div 1 side conceding defeat with 15ends remaining. The two now meet at Swordsands for the right to progress to the Area Final. Meanwhile, the top 2 in Div. 1 met for the 2nd time in a week with the same result, as Waverley beat Alexandra by 8shots. Waverley now meets Milton Park in the Area Semi Final after Milton beat Fareham by 4shots.


Rowland Cup

Giant-killers Gas Social’s run was ended by a home defeat at the hands of Star & Crescent. There were no real shocks in the other games, while there is a possibility of an inter club battle between the two Alex teams in the Semi-Finals.


League matches

In Division 1, Waverley became the latest side to fall foul of Waterlooville’s carpet as the fell to a 2shot defeat. With the 6shot win for Waverley’s rink of Gary Starks was matched by ’ville’s Cyril Hilton and with ’ville’s Joe Slatter winning by 1 shot, it was all down to the final bowls of Matt Marchant and Dave Baxter, with Baxter 2up for Waterlooville. With his final bowl, Marchant trailed the jack to leave Waverley lying 6shots. I was reliably informed that, with the pressure on, it was squeaky bum time for Baxter’s final wood, which was tight but took a ***** great wick (or Waverley glide to other clubs) and ended up 2nd wood, thus winning his match by 1shot and securing the game for Waterlooville.


Alexandra recovered from their pair of away defeats at Waverley and vented their spleen against Milton Park, beating them by 41shots, topping the ton, on their home green. The victory was down to two massive wins for Marty Wake (by 30shots) and Don Lilley (by 20). Andy McKain and Dave Brown did manage rink wins for Milton.


So, Waverley & Alex are now tied on points at the table, with Waverley 1st on shot difference, with Waterlooville 10points behind them in 3rd.


College Park cemented 4th spot with a 44shot away win over bottom of the table Denmead, just failing to get the ton. The win, on all 4rinks, was based around the 24shot win for Steve Feilder’s rink.


Fareham fell to a second, consecutive away defeat, by 8shots at the hands of Vospers. The win was thanks to the 17shot victory for Dave Harding (poor old she who can’t be named for2nd week running) backed up by Rob Lewsley’s rink, with Cyril Friend and Charles Bailey replying for Fareham.


Finally, Priory also reached the ton against Rowner, winning by 32shots. The win was thanks to big wins for Arthur Newland (on Rink 1 surprise, surprise) and Steve Watt, with Graeme Coles and Barry Stafford winning for Rowner. That defeat dropped Rowner into the other relegation spot.


In Division 2, Gosport increased their lead at the top thanks to a 7shot away win at Portsmouth Water, winning on 3rinks.


Again, Gosport was helped by Cowplain falling to a 21shot away defeat at Star & Crescent. Star’s win was based around Mel Wilde’s 17shot win, with Paul Whiffin and Robbie Dennison also winning. Dave Luffman’s rink prevented the whitewash.


Leigh Park moved into 3rd spot after beating Bedhampton 115-62, winning all 4rinks. The margin of victory was thanks to the 20 & 19 shot wins on the rinks of Pete Robinson & Ben Cope respectively. And what was going on on rink 3? I mean 30-23 and only 5singles!!!


Copnor remain rooted at the bottom as they fell to an 11shot away defeat at Cosham Park. The 14 shot wins on the rinks of Cosham’s John Holdaway & Pete Crane did for Copnor; despite Terry Budd’s own 14shot victory. So, a plummet back to earth after the heights of Thursday’s victory!)


Copnor are joined at the bottom of the table by co-tenants Naismith, who lost their 32pointer, home game against Lee-On-Solent by 25shots. Lee won on the rinks of Eric Brierley, Rab C. Foster and Dave Heather, with Mick Penny winning for Naismith.



In Division 3, Hayling carried on their merry way with 14shot, 3rink home win over Gas, led by Dave John’s 11shot win. Mike Hatchard gained the rink points for Gas.


Bridgemary kept up the pressure with a 37shot, all rink away win at Phoenix, led by Vic Clarke's 16shot defeat of John Timmins.


Forton moved into 3rd spot with a 3shot home win over Emsworth, with each club winning on 2rinks. The match was settled by Arthur Cleavers’ 7shot win over Alan Leppard.


Eastney, despite playing 1short, beat Pembroke on all rinks by 32shots at their Milton home, thanks to Chris Chamberlain’s 20shot win.



In the Combination Leagues, paper hankies were handed out to staunch the nose-bleeds at College Park after Phoenix beat Emsworth by 28shots, taking them to the top of Comb 5!! (Let’s hope they don’t match their 1st team!!)



And in the Midweek Leagues, detectives were called in to investigate, after a Panorama program highlighted the fact that Pembroke Gardens had finally played a match!!



Bowls News Report w/e May 29th


National News

There was good news for Waverley’s Louis McCubbin last week when he was told he had been selected to attend the Bowls England Junior International Squad day on July 5th. This helped to make up for the disappointment in not going to Samoa.


League matches

In Division 1, the top two met at Waverley Road in the 1st of two-parter and it was Waverley who came away with the spoils, after they beat Alexandra by 24shots led by Matt Merchant’s 17shot win, backed up by Mark Griffiths & Paul Cooke. Barry Harman’s rink prevented the whitewash.


Obviously Charles Bailey was correct in not playing on the carpet (saving himself for the rigours of the Middleton Cup) as Fareham were trounced by 49shots by Waterlooville. Mind you, Mark Hanson probably was having dark thoughts. As were Martyn Dubb and he-who-cannot-be-named, as both fell to huge defeats. However, Cyril Friend must have wondered what all the fuss was about.   


College Park took over 4th spot (on shot difference) after a hard fought 4shot home win over Vospers, winning on 3rinks. Mind you, I was reliably told by an opponent that the reason Steve Feilder’s rink won was because they were playing against 4 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (comments redacted to protect your sensibilities dear reader)


Milton Park beat co-tenants Priory by 15shots, each club winning on 2rinks.


Rowner managed their 2nd win of the season, beating bottom team Denmead by 14shots on home turf (something else to reminisce about over the winter!!)



In Division 2, Gosport maintained top spot with a 9shot defeat of Leigh Park, with the wins for Ken Kingston & Jim Oswell outweighing the losses to Paul Hatherley & Roy Collins.


Copnor just don’t like playing carpet-based team do they! Last week a home beating by Bedhampton, this week I’m not sure if they even turned up at Cowplain as they lost by 70shots, with the scoreboards running out of room. Said a down-beat Copnor captain “We had them worried for 5ends.....”. One thing of note was that Bryan Franklin’s rink only won by 2shots, so were ordered in for extra training on Saturday evening, which meant they missed the Gooners magnificent performance, wot a goaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllll. (sorry, just had a brazillian).


Lee-On-Solent recorded their 2nd win of the season by beating Portsmouth Water by 13shots at their seaside home (well if you have a big enough cherry-picker and crane your necks). Starring for the solenteers was Martin Ellis’ boys with their 19shot defeat of Curly Watts Edney.


Cosham Park maintained their winning run with a 14shot away win at Naismith, winning on the rinks of Chris Muller, John Holdaway & Tony Hall, with Dave Lock preventing the whitewash.  


Bedhampton made full use of their carpet and thumped Star & Crescent by 41shots, reaching the ton and winning all 4rinks. Leading the way for Bedhampton was Andy Hibberd’s mob with a 19shot win. Said a morose Star captain “Grass rules”, but if memory serves me well I think it’s the “Inchworm” (or is that just for Marigolds????)



In Division 3, Hayling maintained top spot by beating Phoenix (still waiting to rise from the ashes) by 24shots at their Recreation home, winning on all 4rinks, led by Dave Johns’ men.


The battle between the 2nd & 3rd teams went the way of Bridgemary with a 32shot home win over Purbrook, led by Pete Cooper’s 20shot win, ably backed up by Brian Adams & Alan Bloxham, with Dennis Goode’s rink stopping the rot for Purbrook.


Crofton remain rooted to the bottom as they suffered a 77-103 home reverse at the hands of Forton, only picking up a single point thru’ Terry Snutch’s rink. Stars of the show for Forton were the rinks of Derek Page & Brian Croucher, who left with wins of 13 & 11shots respectively.


Finally, Emsworth defeated Pembroke by 45shots and all 4rinks on Thursday to move above them on shot difference. Dereck Leggett’s rink let the club down in only winning by 2shots, so extra training for them as well!!


In the Combination Leagues, the cloisters were emptied as the Abbot managed to field two teams so that his Apiarists could take on his semen Jack tars (oh if that’s tooooo subtle for you, Priory B played Priory C). Said the bee-keepers captain “Despite some people's views that the Abbot wants his sailors to join Davey Jones, they certainly put up a really good fight and had me running scared of yet another defeat at their hands. It all went down to the last end of the Comeback Old Man Moore game as, with the other 2 rinks finished with a win apiece and the C team up by 1 shot over all, Trevor picked up  3 for us to win by 2shots. I put this all down to me taking their bikkies away at the break, as they were 14-1 down. This obviously spurred them on to fight back only dropping 4 of the remaining ends.”


In the Midweek Leagues there is a growing mystery. Will Pembroke Gardens ever play a game??



Bowls News Report w/e May 22nd


National News

Sadly, Louis McCubbin won’t be going to Samoa as he failed to make the 2person squad who will be representing England in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.


However, he can take heart from the words of three-times Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Ellen Falkner, who led the assessment process on behalf of Bowls England.

She said “It was incredibly difficult to narrow the final choice down to two, as all of those (13) shortlisted conducted themselves impeccably, both on and off the green and it was a privilege to work with them all. I am sure that the future of bowls in England will be in safe hands for many years to come and would expect that the majority of those who took part in the selection process will go on to represent Bowls England in the not too distant future.”


Local Scene

On the local scene, it was another busy week for the clubs, as they had the 1st Rounds of the County Club and Rowland Cup to negotiate before they played their League games.


County Results

There was one shock in the County Club as 2nd division Cowplain travelled to 1st division Rowner and beat them by 11shots. The victory was all down to Bryan Franklin’s rink, which beat Keith Gerrard’s men by 28 shots. Meanwhile, the top 2 in the 1st division both won to set up a mouth-watering tie in the next round, when Waverley will host Alexandra.


Rowland Cup

There was a major shock in the 1st round of this competition as lowly Gas Social from the 3rd division beat 1st division Milton Park 82-55. The win was down to the rink of Ron Langford who beat Dave Biggs’ rink by 17shots. Elsewhere, Denmead finally won their 1st match of the season at Leigh Park, while Cowplain did the double over Rowner, this time on their home carpet.


League matches

In Division 1, Alexandra had a 20 shot, all rink home victory over Waterlooville, so maintained their lead over Waverley, who also took home all the points from their 32shot away win at Priory. (Oh - and, if any of you read last weeks “Pompey News”, we now know the secret of Waverley’s success - they play crown green!!)


These two clubs have now opened up a 22point gap over 3rd placed Waterlooville.


Milton Park moved into 4th spot after their 23shot away win at Denmead, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Mick Molloy and Dave Biggs. Obviously Monday’s win was a fleeting glimpse of how to win matches for Denmead!!


Meanwhile, College Park’s spring holiday at Camp Fareham didn’t bring any relief as they fell to a 9shot defeat, only Steve Feilder’s men enjoying the breeze.


Rowner’s 9shot away defeat at the hands of Vospers rounded of a bad week for them. Barry Stafford’s 13shot defeat of Pete Sansbury was easily covered by the defeats imposed by Vospers’ Rob Lewsley and Dave Harding. Now, I know it’s early in the season, but this was a real 32pointer. So, are Rowner going to be like Gosport last year, only having their shock win at Fareham to reminisce over during the long, cold winter nights??



In Division 2, Gosport maintained top spot by thrashing Star by 47shots on their Waverley Road home, winning on all 4rinks, led by Ken Kingston’s 23shot beating of Robbie Dennison. I was reliably informed by an eye witness that “we wuz crap”.


Gosport’s cause was also helped by Cowplain who, despite winning on 3rinks, fell to a 4shot away defeat at the hands of Cosham Park. Cosham won thanks to Ken Gaylor’s rink winning by 9shots.


Rejuvenated after their away day, Portsmouth Water just managed to banish the memory of their thrashing at Leigh Park with a narrow 3 shot home win over Naismith, both clubs winning on 2rinks.


Leigh Park recovered from their stumble last week to beat Lee-On-Solent by 10shots on their home turf, with the wins on the rinks of Pete Robinson, Barry Dixon and Roy Collins being enough to cover Ben Cope’s 20shot loss at the hands of Dave Heather’s quartet.  


Finally, Bedhampton recorded their first away win, beating Copnor by 15shots, thanks to Mike Case’s 27shot beat-up of Steve Caine’s boys - well they can’t have been men!



In Division 3, the top 2 met at the Heath and it was Hayling who took home the spoils, as they beat Purbrook by 18shots, thanks to wins on the rinks of Bob Randall, Dave Johns & Tom Walsh, with Brian Carrick responding for Purbrook.


That defeat dropped Purbrook to 3rd place, after Bridgemary recorded a 22shot, all rink away win at Forton to overtake them.


Eastney (who had 16men for the 2nd time this season) beat Emsworth by 31shots at their Milton home, thanks to a big win for Chris (newboy) Chamberlain’s rink, backed up by John Fletcher and Ivor Gardner, with Alan Leppard’s men replying for Emsworth. An interesting game this, as both clubs gave debuts to players and not only that, but also told them “’ere your skipping”. Both responded by winning their games – easy init, wots all the fuss??!!


What is going on at Gas? Buoyed up by their thumping of Milton, they recorded their 3rd successive league victory with a 13shot away win at Phoenix, thanks to wins for the 2 H’s, Terry Hayward & Mike Hatchard, while the Langford brothers lost.


Finally, Pembroke just got the better of Crofton by 2shots. The 19shot win by Pembroke’s Dave Brookes covering the 17shot loss to Crofton’s Ian Knowlton, as the other 2 rinks cancelled each other out.

And here is an “I was there” report - “There was a hush on the green as the light faded. The match is all square with Rink 3 still to finish in the gloom. Pembroke are 4 down when up steps our skip, who gets shot wood with a kindly Waverley Glide (aka ****** wick). The Crofton’s skip last bowl ends short. Up steps our hero. He draws a second shot for Pembroke!! The match is won. Huzzah!” (yes thanks, as they say don’t call us….)


Bowls News Report w/e May 17th



An Apology

First of all I wish to make an apology.


Due to me dislectic fingers, I inadvertently dropped the "T" from Martin (aka Marty) Wake of Alexandra BC in last week‘s soliloquy.


So I wish now to tender my humble apologies to ALL Old/Ex Queens who may have been worried that Marty had joined their ranks (although those of you who have seen him bowl.........)


Now, back to the reporting.....



County results

There was a big shock in the County Singles as Mark Hammond (2013 County Champion) lost at home to Dave Palmer.


League matches

In Division 1, Alexandra kept hold of top spot with a tense 10shot home win over Fareham, that was only resolved on the last end of the match. Going into that end, despite Barry Harman’s 14shot win over Cyril Friend, Alex were only 2shots up on the match as Fareham had won the rinks of Charlie Bailey & Dorian Bishop and were also up in the final game. With 2 woods to go, Martyn Dubb had to fire in order to give Fareham a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, it resulted in the jack springing to where seven Alex woods were nearest and Mary Marty Wake queenly calmly drew the 8th to seal the victory.


Meanwhile, the long knives were out at Waverley after their shock defeat at Vospers last week. However, the remodelled team took it out on Denmead on their home sward, beating them by 70shots, with all their rinks having big wins.


Waterlooville maintained their good form by seeing off Priory by 18shots on their Jubilee Park carpet. Their victory was all down to the rink of Joe Slatter, who beat Trevor Moore‘s men by 19shots. The other 3rinks all saw single shot victories, the dependable Dave Baxter for ‘ville, Nigel Mundy & Arthur Newland (who seems to have found out how to win on a rink other than 6) for Priory.


After their extraordinary win at Fareham last week, Rowner came back to earth with a thump as they fell to a 15shot home defeat at the hands of College Park. Graeme Coles managed to get a single point for Rowner after winning the last end to tie with Steve Feilder, while College won on the rinks of Clive Carter, Dave Smith & Paul Lawrence.


Milton Park also bounced back from last week‘s humbling to beat Vospers by 8shots at home - so business as usual for Vospers. Milton won on the rinks of Andy McKain, Mick Molloy & Dave Brown, with Pete Sansbury (not Sainsbury please note Milton capt.) replying for Vospers.



In Division 2, there was another team to crash to earth from heady heights as Leigh Park fell to a 26shot away defeat at the hands of Naismith. Only Ben Cope’s rink got to terms with the Swordsands green and won their game, whilst Naismith’s Mick Penny (by 15shots), Kevin Boyd and Dave Lock took their toll on his teammates.


Meanwhile, in the carpet-land battle, Bedhampton beat Cowplain by 17shots at their Bidbury Mead home, thanks to wins for the rinks of Andy Hibberd, Mike Case & Keith Read, with Peter Parry responding for Cowplain.


So, with the watermen off on their annual jaunt and Star‘s trip to the solent postponed, it was (win one, lose one) Gosport who took advantage of all this to claim top spot with a 12shot home victory over Copnor, winning on the Jim Oswell, Ken Stanbury & Ken Kingston, while Steve Caine won for Copnor.



Division 3 was the scene of two big shocks, as the unbeaten top 2 both lost…..

 - Leaders Purbrook Heath fell to a resurgent Gas, who beat them by 11shots at their Northern Parade home, thanks to the Langford brothers, with Dennis Goode and Tony Wall replying for Purbrook.

 - Meanwhile, Hayling Island suffered a more ignominious 11shot home defeat at the hands of Forton, who won on the rinks of Steve Anderson, Brian Croucher & Ian Mulholland, with Dave Johns winning for Hayling.


Those defeats allowed Bridgemary to cut their lead at the top with an 11shot home win over Pembroke Gardens, thanks to big wins for Alan Bloxham & Brian Adams, while Trevor Watkins & Dave Brookes won for Pembroke.


Finally, Phoenix remembered how to win by defeating Eastney by 13 shots, all thanks to Jon Sunderland‘s 27shot beating of John Fletcher, as they lost on the other 3rinks at the hands of Steve Randell, Ivor Gardner & Dennis Smith.


Bowls News Report w/e May 8th


Thursday saw the start of the County Club, with two Preliminary round ties and there was nearly a shock of seismic proportions at Front Lawns, as Waverley squeaked through by 1shot at 2nd division Leigh Park. Waverley owed their victory to John Biggs’ rink as his 18shot win over Ben Cope’s men covered the losses inflicted by Barry Dixon, Roy Collins and Pete Robinson. In fact, it could have gone to the extra end as Ben’s rink picked up a 4 on the last end, just failing to force the tie. As I was reliably informed it was a real squeaky-bum job!!!!!


In the other Prelim match, Lee On Solent finally got their season on the way with a 22shot home win over Gosport. Their reward is a home match against Waverley.


In the Leagues, it was a busy week for the clubs as there were two sets of matches on Tuesday and Friday.


Tuesday’s games

In Division 1, Waverley maintained their top spot with a 27shot all rinks home win at the expense of College Park.


Meanwhile, Alexandra kept up the pressure with its own 25shot all rinks win at Denmead.


Fareham had a second successive visit to Milton Park and this time came away with the win as they beat Priory by 5shots. Both clubs won on two rinks, Fareham via Cyril Friend & Charlie Bailey, Priory via Steve Watt & Mick Jinmen. In fact it could have been a lot better for Priory if Mike Elliott hadn’t dropped a 6 on his last end!!


Milton Park followed up their win over Fareham with another home win, this time by 19shots against Rowner. There were big wins for Milton’s Dave Biggs and Mick Molloy with Dave Brown also just winning. Graeme Coles prevented the whitewash with a 5shot win for Rowner.


Vospers travelled to Waterlooville and must have wished they hadn’t as they crashed to a 66shot defeat. Pete Musson must have wondered what all the fuss was about; at least he managed a tie with ‘ville’s Derek Holt. We will draw a veil over the three other rinks!!!!!!!!!!!



In Division 2, the top 2 met at Portsmouth Water and it was the watermen who came out on top, beating Star & Crescent by 18shots, thanks to a 16shot win by Keith Wright, backed up by Mick Leeson’s men. Paul Whiffing & Simon Filippi replied for Star.


Cowplain followed up last week’s home win by travelling to Lee On Solent and returning home with a 3shot win, thanks to Bryan Franklin’s 18shot win which covered the losses to Martin Ellis and Pete Gentry. The 4th rink was tied.


The other peninsula team fared better, as Gosport had a 13shot home win over Bedhampton, winning on the rinks of Ken Stanbury, Jim Oswell & Ken Kingston, with Keith Read getting Bedhampton’s sole win.


The battle of the "parkmen" went the way of Leigh Park as they had a decisive 30shot home win over Cosham Park. The victory was all down to Pete Robinson’s 34shot win, with Ben Cope & Barry Dixon also winning. For Cosham, Tony Hall had his own 14shot win.


Finally, at Swordsands, it was Copnor who got the better of co-tenants Naismith, thanks to the 16 and 10shot wins by Steve Caine and Terry Whiting respectively. Chris Kircher & Pete Irons replied for Naismith.



In Division 3, leaders Purbrook Heath got the better of Eastney with an 8shot home win. Purbrook won on the rinks of Dennis Goode, Tony Wall and Brian Carrick, with Ivor Gardner winning for Eastney.


Hayling Island kept up the pressure with an 8shot home win over Emsworth. Each club won on 2rinks, Hayling through Tom Walsh & Dave Johns, Emsworth via Jack Llewellyn & Pete Smith.


Bridgemary got a second successive home win, this time over Crofton by 24shots, thanks to the rinks of Alan Bloxham, Pete Cooper & Brian Adams, with Charlie Read replying for Crofton.


Phoenix fell to their 2nd successive defeat, losing by 2shots at home to Forton. Forton’s win was all down to Arthur Cleaver’s 10shot win, which covered the losses to George Russell & Alan Taw as the 4th rink was tied.


Gas is still winless as they fell to a 15shot home defeat at the hands of Pembroke Gardens. Pembroke won on the rinks of Dave Brookes & Trevor Watkin, with Derek Langford wining for Gas. There was another tied rink to complete the scoring.


Friday’s games

Friday saw shocks aplenty in Division 1. It started with Waverley’s 3shot away defeat at the hands of bottom club Vospers, who forgot the mauling they had received on the carpet at Waterlooville. Vospers won on the rinks of Dave Harding and Rob Lesley, with John Biggs almost saving Waverley again, whilst the 4th rink was tied.


Fareham saw the other big shock as, for the first time in ages, they failed to pick up a single point from a home match. Rowner won by 22shots thanks to all round heroics on the rinks of Keith Gerrard, Graeme Coles, John Bailey & Barry Stafford (finally winning a rink), thereby recording their first win of the season.


All this meant that Alex’s 9shot away win at Priory took them to the top of the table. The win was all down to Mary Wake’s 24shot win, with Carl Baggett’s men also getting the rink win points. For Priory, Nigel Mundy and Arthur Newland’s (NO NOT ON RINK 6) wins couldn’t cover the beating taken by Mr Elliott’s men!


College Park recovered from Tuesday’s loss to put a brake on Milton’s resurgence, winning on all rinks by 26shots, led by Clive Carter’s 14shot win.


Waterlooville finally won away from home as they inflicted a 25shot defeat on Denmead, winning on the rinks of Dave Baxter, Joe Slatter & Brian Le Marquer, with Roly Bloy’s rink preventing the whitewash. But the defeat left Denmead at the bottom of the table.



In Division 2, Portsmouth Water’s time at the top came to a juddering halt at Leigh Park as they crashed to a 73shot defeat. Obviously, Leigh Park were inspired from the close battle they had had with Waverley the previous night as they maintained the form they showed then into this match.


Star & Crescent took full advantage of that shellacking to take over at the top by beating Naismith by 33shots at their Waverley Road home, winning on the rinks of Simon Filippi, Mel Wilde & Paul Whiffin, with Chris Kircher getting Naismith’s sole points.


Cowplain moved into 2nd spot after they inflicted a 43shot home win over Gosport. Gosport’s Ken Stanbury prevented the whitewash by getting a tie with Graham King on the last end - or was it Graham who lost it?


Lee On Solent took heart from their County Club win and travelled to Swordsands to inflict a 66shot beating of Copnor, not surprisingly winning on all 4rinks, despite the score card keeping of a certain Copnor 2 - well at least he kept the card, unlike what’s been happening at some clubs this season, despite what it says in the P&D Manual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Finally, Cosham Park recovered from their Tuesday defeat to beat Bedhampton by 15shots on their home turf. Cosham won on the rinks of Tony Hall, Peter Crane & Ken Gaylor, with Andy Hibberd replying for Bedhampton.



In Division 3, Purbrook Heath maintained their top spot after they inflicted a 52shot, all rinks home win over Phoenix, who is still obviously suffering from oxygen starvation, led by Tony Wall’s 28shot demolition of Alan Taw.


Hayling Island kept up with them after they came away with a 43shot, all rinks win from their trip to Southsea home of Pembroke. Dave Friend’s rink led the way for the islanders.


These two are pulling away from the rest of the division as they now have a 17point lead over 3rd placed Bridgemary, who didn’t help themselves as they fell to a 10shot away defeat at Emsworth. Emsworth’s win was thanks to Phil Tamba’s 12shot win backed up by Dereck Leggett’s rink. Bridgemary won on the rinks of Pete Cooper and Vic Clark.


Eastney got their 2nd win of the season with a 5shot home victory over Crofton, thanks to the rinks of Dennis Smith and John Fletcher. Ian Knowlton & Charlie Read replied for Crofton.  


Finally, the bells rang out as Gas broke their duck with a 3shot away win at Forton, thanks to wins by the Langford bothers, with Brian Croucher and Derek Page responding for Forton.


Views from the Head w/e May 1st


The 2nd round of league matches managed to avoid the bad weather although Wednesday’s Combination games took the brunt of it, with several games either being postponed or abandoned due to flooded greens.


In Division 1, Waverley carried on from last week by travelling to Rowner and coming away with a 34shot victory, mainly due to Gary Starks’ 23shot beating of John Bailey, backed up by wins on the rinks of Paul Cooke and John Biggs. Graeme Coles managed to gain Rowner’s first points of the season after winning the last 3ends of his game against England reserve Matthew Marchant.


Alexandra moved into 2nd spot after their visit to near neighbours Vospers ended with a 30shot win. They only failed to get all the points when Vospers’ Terry Smith picked up a 2 on the last end to get a draw with Carl Baggott. Otherwise, Alex had big wins on the rinks of Barry Harman, Dave Deacon and Marty Wake.


There was another away win at Denmead, when Priory scraped through by a single shot, thanks to their rinks picking up 10shots across the board on the last 2ends. Each club won on 2rinks, with the 15 and 5shot victories for Denmead’s Mike Wright and Tony Sewell being bettered by the 13 and 8shot wins for Priory’s Steve Watt and Nigel Mundy. (ME still not firing on any cylinders!)


Meanwhile, Fareham fell to a single shot away defeat at the hands of Milton Park, who recovered from their savaging at Waverley the previous week. Milton’s victory was all down to the 13shot win by Mick Molloy’s rink over Cyril Friend, as Fareham won on 2 of the other rinks, with the final rink being tied.

In fact, Dave Brown’s men nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by dropping a 6 on the last end to “he who cannot be named”!


Finally, Waterlooville found life away from their carpet hard going as they went down to a 38shot defeat at the hands of College Park. College’s victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Clive Carter, Steve Feilder and Paul Lawrence, whilst Dave Baxter managed to prevent the whitewash.       



In Division 2, Portsmouth Water and Star & Crescent both maintained their good starts to the season by winning again.


The Watermen had a 23shot away win at Copnor, thanks to a big win for Mick Edney’s rink, backed up by the rinks of Mick Leeson and Keith Wright. Pete Moody’s men managed Copnor’s rink win points.


Star kept pace with a 5shot home win over Leigh Park thanks to wins by the rinks of Mel Wilde and Robbie Dennison. Roy Collins won for Leigh Park with the 4th rink being tied.


Cowplain celebrated their 1st home match on their new carpet with a 16shot, all rink win over Naismith. Leading the way for Cowplain was Graham King’s rink.


Cosham Park recovered from last week’s home defeat by traveling to Gosport and picking up a 9shot victory, thanks to Peter Crane’s 12shot defeat of Jim Oswell backed up by Tony Hall’s men. Gosport won on the rinks of Dave Blackledge and Ken Kingston.


Finally, Bedhampton made use of their own carpet to gain a slender 1shot win over

Lee-On-Solent. It was Andy Hibberd’s 12shot win for Bedhampton that just got the better of Rab Foster’s 11 shot victory for the Solenteers, as the win for Bedhampton’s Ken Wills was cancelled out by Eric Brierley.



In Division 3, the rarefied air at the top of the table proved too much for Phoenix to handle, as they fell to a 9shot away defeat at Pembroke Gardens. Pembroke won on the rinks of Jim Tayor and Dave Brookes, with Alan Taw and George Russell picking up the rink points for Phoenix.


Purbrook Heath took advantage of that defeat to take over top spot after they travelled to Forton and came away with an 11shot win, all down to Tony Wall’s 21shot defeat of Brian Croucher’s rink (who were playing 1short), backed up by Dennis Goode’s men. Forton won on the rinks of Steve Anderson Ian Mullholland.


Hayling Island also won again, this time at Crofton by 16shots. The victory was all down to Dave Friend’s 24shot beating of Mike Whitefoot’s men (his 2nd big win of the season), as Crofton won on the rinks of Gary Coleman and Charlie Read, while the final rink was tied.


Eastney played 1short for the 2nd week running at Bridgemary, which was probably their downfall as they lost by 2shots. Although both teams won on 2rinks, it was the 5shot deduction for Eastney’s Ivor Gardner men that caused the defeat.


Emsworth recovered from their defeat at Phoenix to inflict a 37shot home win over luckless Gas. The big win was all due to Alan Lee’s 22shot defeat of Ron Langford with Jack Llewellyn and Pete Smith also winning. Derek Langford spared Gas’ blushes by just holding on for a tie with Dereck Leggett.


In the Combination Leagues, there were funny goings on at Alexandra as the Blues beat the Reds, despite all the practise the Reds had had the previous week.

And at Waterlooville, both visiting teams wished they hadn’t as they were both severely trounced, giving up over 100shots each.


Finally, remember to take 3 bowls with you to every match. This was something the stars from Waverley forgot as they turned up for the match at Priory to find their lead wasn’t turning up so they had to play with 3 each – which they didn’t have. So frantic running around and begging from Milton players managed to get them 3 matching bowls each!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bowls News Report w/e April 24th


The 2015 outdoor season began last week with games in the P&D Leagues.


In Division 1, champions Southsea Waverley gave notice to the rest of the division that they meant to maintain their iron grip on the title by inflicting a 49 shot, all rink home win over promoted Milton Park. The win was based on the 22shot win by Mark Griffith’s rink against Mick Molloy, backed up by Matt Marchant’s 12shot win over Dave Brown. Dave Biggs men tried hard to provide some comfort for the Park men, just falling short by 2shots against Paul Cooke’s rink.


Last year’s runners-up, Fareham, had a stiffer battle at home against last year’s Division 2 champions Denmead. They finally ran out with a 9shot win, thanks to Cyril Friend’s 8 shot defeat of Tony Sewell. Mike Wright gained some satisfaction for Denmead, beating Charles Bailey by 4shots.


College Park, who were the 3rd team in last season’s exciting finish to the Div. 1 title, fell to a 13shot away defeat at the hands of Alexandra. Alex’s win was thanks to Dave Deacon’s 21shot beating of Dave Smith with Carl Baggott also getting the rink win points. For College, Steve Feilder’s men defeated new boy Marty Wake by 14shots and Paul Lawrence also picked up a 1shot win with the last bowl of the match.


Priory started the season well with a 9shot home win over Vospers, thanks to wins on the rinks of Steve Watt, Mick Jinman & Mike Elliott (although I’m reliably informed it had b****r all to do with Mike), with Pete Sansbury getting Vospers’ sole points.


Finally, Rowner suffered another off-penisula defeat but did have a small excuse. It was on the carpet at Waterlooville and while the other 3rinks put up a stiff battle, Barry Stafford’s men subsided to a 17shot defeat at the hands of Dave Baxter’s ensemble.



In Division 2, the battle between the 2 relegated clubs went the way of Gosport when they defeated Lee-On-Solent by 2shots. Unfortunately for the Solent men, Dave Heather’s 20shot win over Ken Stanbury was negated the wins of the Gosport rinks of Ken Kingston, Dave Blackledge and Jim Oswell.


Portsmouth Water began their season with a 15shot home win over Cowplain, thanks to Mick Leeson’s 15shot win Peter Parry, backed up by the rinks of Brent Riste and Mick Edney. Cowplain’s Bryan Franklin did his best for his club, defeating Keith Wright by 13shots.


The battle between the last season’s top 2 from Div. 3 went the way of Naismith as they beat Bedhampon by 46shots at their Swordsands home, winning on every rink. Naismith’s win was thanks to Mick Penny’s 21shot beating of Graham Thomas, closely followed by Chris Kircher’s 15shot victory over Mike Case.


Cosham Park’s return to Division 2 didn‘t begin well as they fell to a 39shot home defeat at the hands of Star & Crescent. Star had big wins on the rinks of Mel Wilde, Simon Filippi and Robbie Dennison, with Peter Crane getting some solace for Cosham with a 4shot win.



In Division 3, last year’s relegated teams met at Hayling Park and home advantage told as Hayling ran out 35shot victors over Bridgemary. Hayling’s win was all down to Dave Friend’s 30shot win over Victor Clark, backed up by Dave Johns’ 7shot win over Alan Bloxham. Bridgemary managed to gain 4points from the game thanks to the rinks of Peter Cooper and Brian Adams.


Last year’s strongest team in the P&D (Gas) carried on as they finished off last season with a 6shot home defeat at the hands of Crofton. Crofton’s win was thanks to Tony Snutch’s 12shot win over Ron Langford, which was backed up by Ian Knowlton’s rink. For Gas, Terry Hayward & Derek Langford got rink win points.


Purbrook Heath got the better of Pembroke Gardens with a 16shot home win, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Brian Carrick and Tony Wall. Jack Chernin and Trevor Watkins got Pembroke their rink win points.


Eastney celebrated their return to League action by beating Forton by 7shots at their Milton home, despite playing 1short. And it was their short handed rink that did all the damage, with Ivor Gardiner’s trio getting a 22shot win over Steve Anderson. Forton won all the other rinks, thanks to Derek Page, Ian Mulholland and Brian Croucher.


But the surprise early leaders are Phoenix, who defeated Emsworth by 12shots at their College Park home, thanks to wins on the rinks of Alan Taw, George Russell and Jon Sunderland. Dereck Leggett responded for Emsworth. So, hankies all round for the Phoenix men to staunch the blood flow as they experience rarified heights!!



In the Combination leagues, the Rowner and Milton clubs fared little better in Comb. 1, both falling to away defeats at the hands of Alexandra Red and College Park Green respectively, whilst in Comb. 3, Eastney B matched the efforts of their 1st team beating Lee-On-Solent C by 35shots. That defeat ended a poor week for the Solent club, as their B Team had also succumbed to a 4shot home defeat at the hands of Waverley Blue.