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2016 Season

Final 2016 Views From The Head


Well that’s it the final games in the P&D leagues were played last week, so nearly time to go into hibernation, so to keep you awake till you scrunch down, here’s what happened.


Div. 1 saw Waverley and Fareham slug out an 80-all tie, with Fareham taking the match points as they won two rinks to Waverley’s one.


Meanwhile, in the Midweek Triples Combination division, the “winner takes all” game between Bedhampton Red and Waterlooville went Bedhampton’s way as they got over the beatings they had suffered the previous week to win 68-37. That meant that Bedhampton won the division seven years after their 1st title.


So, all that remains are the Town & District Midweek Play-Offs and its all over till 2017. Have a good winter!!



Views From The Head - Dateline August 27th 2016


P&D Leagues

Congratulations go to Alexandra BC as they have ended Waverley’s 11year run as Division 1 winners after travelling to Gosport and winning by 33shots. Alex needed to win on all 4rinks to ensure that Waverley couldn’t catch them, and they managed that, led by captain Carl Baggott’s rink, although Mary Wakes rink nearly spoiled matters.


Combination Leagues

In the Combination Leagues, Waverley had something to cheer about as Waverley Blue won their last game to retain their title. Needing to beat Lee-On-Solent B on all rinks, they managed it with ease, as LOS rolled over to have their tummies ticked. Captain Ollie Mew’s quartet led the way with their 22shot demolition of John Allen’s men.


At the bottom, Rowner B won their “Winner-takes-all” match against Fareham C by 4shots, thanks entirely to 8shot win for John Lovegrove’s men, Rowner’s only winning rink.


So Fareham C returns back to Combination 2 after being promoted last season.



Midweek Triples

The teams who will be playing in the Midweek Triples Town and District play-offs on 6th & 8th September have now been finalised. However, who will win the Combination division now depends on the final game of the season.


Town Section


 - In the Blue Division, Vospers wrapped the title after Alexandra were well beaten by 39shots at Pembroke Gardens, a result that meant that they couldn’t catch Vospers. Vospers celebrated by beating College Park by 40shots.

 - In the Red Division, College Park celebrated winning the division by travelling to Priory and coming away with a 32shot win.


All that means that the Town Section Play-off will see Vospers host College Park on Sept 6th, with the return at College Park on Sept 8th.


District Section


 - In the East Division, Bedhampton celebrated winning the division by travelling to Waterlooville and winning by 7shots.

 - In the West Division, it was between Fareham & Rowner A and Fareham, with Rowner holding a 2point lead. Fareham did their best by beating Lee-On-Solent by 15shots at home, but they dropped a rink in the process. That meant that Rowner just had to match that result, which they did with their own 11shot home win over Crofton.


So the District Play-off sees Bedhampton host Rowner on Sept 6th, with the return at Rowner on Sept 8th.



Combination Division


Bedhampton Red may have blown their title hopes after they lost both their matches against Bridgemary last week, by 29shota at Bridgemary and then, inexplicably, by 33shots at home. So, it’s all down to the final game between and Bedhampton and Waterlooville next week.



Views From The Head - Dateline August 13th 2016


County Front

Last Sunday, Southsea Waverley won the Bowls Hampshire’s County Club Competition after a titanic struggle with Cove in the Final. In the Semi’s, Waverley saw of the Southern Area Champions Eastleigh Railway 92-73, whilst Cove, the Northern Area Champions, despatched Boscombe Cliff, the Western Area Champions, 78-54.

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


P&D Leagues

With the season drawing to a close, after a busy week for most of the clubs as 2 games were played, some of the promotion and relegation issues have been resolved but there are still some to be resolved following match postponements earlier in the season.


In Division 1, who wins the title has still to be decided….


On Monday, leaders Waverley ensured that Rowner’s poor run of form continued after they won on all 4rinks to inflict a 51shot defeat, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Matt Marchant & Gary Starks.


At the same time, Alexandra were condemning College Park to Division 2 after beating them by 36shots, winning on all 4rinks, led by Carl Baggott’s rink.


That set up the crunch match on the Friday as Alex took on Waverley at their Northern Parade home and it was Alex who came out on top, finally defeating their old foes this season, at the 4th attempt, by 13shots. With both teams winning on 2rinks, it was Barry Harman’s rink which swung it for Alex with their 16shot victory.


So, Alex now top the table by a single point with both having 1more game left, Alex at Gosport, Waverley at home to Fareham.


At the bottom of the table, with College Park having been relegated, it was between Lee-On-Solent and Gosport as to who joined them in Division 2 next year.


On Monday, both teams had narrow home victories. Lee just got the better of Priory by 1shot. The victory was thanks to the 7shot win for Dave Heather’s rink, their only winning rink - but it did cover the losses suffered on 2rinks. The 4th was tied.


Gosport also gave themselves a glimmer of hope of avoiding relegation after their 5shot home win against Waterlooville, with both teams winning on 2rinks.


However, on Friday, Lee succumbed to a 26shot all rink loss at Fareham which left them biting their finger nails waiting to hear how Gosport had got on. Leading the way for Fareham were the rinks of Charlie Bailey and Lee Cunningham.


That defeat meant that to give themselves any hope of avoiding relegation, Gosport had to win their home match against relegated College Park. But it was as if finally being relegated had lifted the worries from the shoulders of the Park men as they won on all rinks to record a 26shots victory, despite playing 1short. The result meant that Gosport will be returning back to Div. 2.


Fareham had a mixed week as on Monday they had suffered a 32shot away defeat at the hands of Milton Park. Milton won on 3rinks, with big wins on those of Gary Snook & Dave Brown. However, they then recovered from that loss to inflict a 30shots, home win over Priory, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Lee Cunningham & “He Who Cannot Be Named”.


Priory ended the season with their 5th successive defeat after Waterlooville beat them by 4shots at their Milton Park home. ‘Ville’s win was thanks to Joe Slatter’s rink.


Finally, Rowner ended the poor run that had cost them any hope of winning a trophy after they beat Milton Park by 22shots on their home turf, thanks to wins on the rinks of Graeme Coles and Phil Pinder.



In Division 2, the battle as to who got promoted hotted up after Leigh Park won their game in hand against Naismith by 19shots, picking up 15points in the process. Again it was Mark Miller’s rink who led the way, with Peter Robinson’s men spoiling the party by dropping a 3 on the final end to tie their game. The win took them to the top of the table, setting up a tense final set of games.


However, on Monday, their excellent run of form came to an end at Denmead as they fell to a 13shot defeat. Despite winning on 2rinks, they couldn’t cover the 10shot defeat inflicted on Barry Dixon’s men by Glyn Jones’ quartet.


That defeat meant that Cowplain’s 6shot away win at Hayling Island took them back to the top of the table. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win for George Abraham’s rink that swung the match Cowplain’s way.


Vospers moved into 2nd place after they beat relegated Cosham Park by 28shots at their Northern Parade home. Vospers picked up 15points from the game with Cosham’s Ron Jacobs rink preventing the whitewash.


Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, it is between Naismith & Purbrook Heath as to who joins Cosham in Division 3.


On Monday, Naismith nearly did themselves a power of good at home against Star & Crescent but finally fell to a single shot defeat. However, the 4points Naismith gained lifted them 5 clear of Purbrook. Star had to thank the Filippi rink (purveyors of excellent ice-cream) for their victory.


So, it was all down to Friday’s games as to who went up to Division 1, with the teams battling relegation also involved as they were involved in the games.


Quickly out of the blocks were Cowplain in their home game against Naismith as they picked up 12shots on the 1st end and by the 10th end the game was as good as over as they had amassed a 61shot lead. At the end, the winning margin had extended to 89shots as Cowplain won on all 4rinks, led by Bryan Franklin’s quartet 40shot victory.

That result meant that Cowplain won the division.


So now it was between Leigh Park and Vospers as to who finished Runner-Up.


Leigh Park did their bit with a 26shot, 3rink home win over Hayling Island, with big wins on the rinks of Pete Robinson and Ben Cope.


Meanwhile, Vospers travelled to Purbrook Heath and with Pete Musson’s rink leading the way with their 23shot win, came away with a 30shot 3 rink win that clinched the 2nd promotion spot, 4points ahead of Leigh Park. The only ray of hope for Purbrook in their relegation battle was the 2points gained by Mick Frank’s rink with their 12shot win.


The other result of these matches was that Purbrook need 4points from their final match at home to Bedhampton to avoid relegation.


In the other games played in the division, Star beat Bedhampton by 8shots to finish 4th in the division, just above Denmead who beat bottom club Cosham Park by 14shots.



In Division 3, Portsmouth Water made certain of the title with their 17shot away win at Bridgemary. They won on 3rinks, led by the 19shot win for Colin Boyes’ rink.


That defeat put paid to any hopes Bridgemary had of gaining promotion, this despite their earlier away victory at Phoenix by 4shots, winning on 3rinks.


However, the battle of who goes up with the watermen has still to be decided with Emsworth playing a big part in the matter.


Pembroke Gardens ended their season last Monday with a 31shot home defeat at the hands of Emsworth, only picking up 2points from the game, thanks to Les Maddock’s rink. Starring for Emsworth were Alan Lee’s men with their 20shot win.


Their only challengers, Crofton, beat Gas Social in a rearranged game by 30shots, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Steve Caine & Ian Knowlton to narrow the gap. However, last Friday they travelled to Emsworth and failed to pick up a point as they fell to a 37shots defeat. Again, Alan Lee’s men starred winning by 24shots.


So now, it’s all down to Crofton’s final match next Friday, which is at home to division winners Portsmouth Water, as to who takes the Runners-Up spot.


The battle as to who ends the season with the “Wooden Spoon” came down to a double-header between Gas Social & Forton. In the 1st leg, Forton rose to the challenge with an 8shot away win. With both teams winning 2rinks, Forton had Ian Mullholland’s quartet to thank for picking up the win bonus as they won by 15shots. The 2nd leg next week is a winner takes all game on the peninsula.


Combination Leagues

Last week’s matches saw some more Promotion/Relegation issues resolved:

 - In Comb 2, Cowplain Red gained promotion after their home win against Leigh Park, which also resulted in the park team being relegated.

 - In Comb 3, Waterlooville Brown has won the division and Lee-On-Solent C has finished as Runners-Up. At the bottom, Portsmouth Water has been relegated.

 - In Comb 4, College Park White has won the division, with Waterlooville Red Runners-Up.

 - In Comb 5, Cowplain Green has won the division and Phoenix has finished as Runners-Up.



Views From The Head 31/07/2016


P&D Leagues

In Division 1, with leaders Waverley match against Fareham being postponed, Alexandra reduced their lead to 7points after they beat Rowner by 32shots. Alex won on 3rinks, led by the 26shot win by Carl Baggott's rink. It has been a bad month for Rowner, whose own challenge for the title has fallen badly away.


Meanwhile, Milton Park enjoyed a good week of results. Last Monday, in a rearranged game, they picked up 15points with their 34shot away win at College Park. Then, last Friday, they beat near neighbours Priory by 2shots. Their win was down to Mark Hammond's rink as their 10shot victory was Milton's sole winning rink. However, it was a strange game as either team could have won on all the rinks, as the last 4ends saw big turnarounds on every rink, with Priory gaining the most to win on 3rinks. So this year’s expensive import to avoid relegation has paid off again!!


At the bottom, Lee-On-Solent are now 27points clear of the relegation zone after they picked up 15points from their 46shot home win over neighbours Gosport, led by the 24shot win for Phil Sander's rink.


Despite their Monday loss, College Park gave themselves some hope of escaping relegation with their 12shot home in over Waterlooville. With both teams winning on 2rinks, Park's victory was thanks to the big wins on the rinks of Mal Rimmer & Marco D'Apice.


However, things are not looking good for either Gosport or College Park being able to avoid relegation, despite them both having games in hand over Lee-On-Solent.



In Division 2, the match at Front Lawn was the key game of the week as 3rd placed Leigh Park took on leaders Vospers. The Front Lawn men took their revenge from their huge defeat Vospers had inflicted on them earlier in the year as they won by 31shots, picking up 15points in the process. As has happened in the last few games, it was Mark Miller's rink that led the way with their 18shot victory. Obviously the parkites took on board Vosper's tactics from earlier in the season and turned their green into a cabbage patch.


Meanwhile, Cowplain's 42shot home in over Denmead meant they took over the lead at the top of the table. Cowplain won big on 3rinks, whilst Pete Parry's rink nearly recovered from a disastrous start against Tony Sewell's rink to only lose by 2shots.


The promotion battle is now between Cowplain, Vospers and Leigh Park, with Cowplain having a 5point lead over Vospers and 13 over Leigh Park. However, Leigh Park has a game in hand, which is next week at home against Naismith.


Bedhampton moved into 4th spot after their 70shot home win over relegation threatened Naismith. Not surprisingly, Bedhampton won all 4rinks, with monster wins on the rinks of Mike Case and Keith Read.


Star had a mixed week. Last Monday, they recorded a 44shot home win over Purbrook Heath. Then, on Friday, they fell to a 22shot away defeat at Hayling Island. The 15points Hayling picked up from the match has probably ensured they remain in Division 2 as they now only need 2points from their last 2games to be certain of avoiding relegation.


Finally, Purbrook recovered from their mauling by Star to put the final nail into Cosham Park's coffin with a narrow 3shot home win. John Hyslop's rink did their best for Cosham, winning by 28shots, but the rest of their compatriots couldn't help, as the other 3rinks lost. The 18shot win for Purbrook's Chris Wall rink helped to negate the big loss.


The win for Purbrook gives them some hope of avoiding relegation as they now have the same number of points as Naismith, who despite having a game in hand, have away games at Leigh Park and Cowplain to look forward to.



In Division 3, leaders Portsmouth Water assured themselves of promotion after their 4shot home win over Phoenix. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the Watermen had the rink of Neville Henley-Smith to thank as they won by 13shots, which counteracted the 10shot defeat that was inflicted by Paul Hoad's rink. So, they now need 9points from their last 2games to win the division.


2nd placed Pembroke Gardens had a mixed week. First, in a rearranged game, they put a dent in Phoenix’s hopes of promotion by beating them by 14shots, winning on 3rinks, led by Les Maddock’s rink.

However, on Friday, they slumped to a surprising 15shot away defeat at bottom club Gas Social. What was even worse was that they only picked up 1point from the game, thanks to Dave Brooke's rink picking up 8shots in the last 3ends to tie their match.


Bridgemary didn't do their promotion hopes any good as they fell to a 13shot away defeat at the hands of Emsworth. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 18shot win for Alan Lee's rink that swung the match Emsworth's way.


Crofton meanwhile kept alive their hopes of promotion with a 28shot, all rinks away win at Forton. Starring for Crofton was the rink of Pete Moody, winning by 17shots.


So, the battle for who gets promoted with Portsmouth Water is now between Pembroke, Bridgemary & Crofton. Crofton do have games in hand over their rivals, although their last game is against Portsmouth Water, but it is at home. And Emsworth will also a big say to who gets promoted as they have to play both Pembroke & Crofton.   


At the bottom of the table, Gas' victory moved them above Forton.


Despite falling away in the last few weeks, Phoenix have cause to celebrate as they won't be end up with the "Wooden Spoon" this year and will probably have their best placed finish for a good while.


As the P&D Leagues has a short hiatus due to the Portsmouth Open, it’s a good time to look at how things are going on in the other P&D Leagues.


Combination Leagues

In Comb 1, Priory B are the current leaders, 7points clear of Waverley Blue, with Lee-On-Solent B 3rd. However, Priory have played more games than the other two.

At the bottom, things don’t look good for College Park Green who are 8points adrift of the teams above them and they have also played more games than them. Rowner and Hayling Island are the clubs who are in the relegation zone, but Fareham C and the 2 Alexandra teams are also in the mix.


In Comb 2, Cowplain Red are leading the way and 15more points should guarantee them promotion. Waverley Red are second from Waterlooville Green, with Priory C and Gosport B also in the mix. At the bottom, things don’t look good for Naismith and Leigh Park and it’s perm 1 from 3 others as to who may join them in the drop.


In Comb 3, Waterlooville Brown are guaranteed promotion and 3more points will give them the title. Lee-On-Solent C are looking favourites to join them in Comb 2 next year, 8more points will seal it for them as only Bedhampton can possibly catch them. At the bottom, any three from Bridgemary, Portsmouth Water, Denmead and Pembroke Gardens may be relegated.


In Comb 4, College Park White are promoted and 10more points will give them the title. The match between Waterlooville Red and Star & Crescent could well decide who is also promoted. At the bottom, things don’t look good for Fareham B as they only have 1more game to play and the other teams in the relegation battle have games in hand over them.


In Comb 5, Cowplain Green only need 2 more points to take the title. Phoenix look to have the best chance of joining them in Comb 4 next year. At the bottom, it does appear that Cosham C will be getting the “Wooden Spoon”.


Midweek Triples Leagues

In Town Blue, Vospers Blue are 13points clear of Alexandra Blue.


In Town Red, it’s tight at the top of with College Park Red leading from Naismith and Vospers Red. However, College do have 2games in hand over their rivals.


In District East there are still 4games to go. It looks like it’s between Bedhampton, Cowplain and Hayling Island as to who goes into the District Final, with Leigh Park having an outside chance. Cowplain still have to play Bedhampton and Hayling on their home carpet, so those matches could well settle it.


There is still a long way to go in the other 2 Divisions.


In District West, Rowner A currently lead from Fareham with Crofton in 3rd place.


In the Combination division, Waterlooville lead from the two Bedhampton teams.



Views From The Head 24/07/2015


Rowland Cup

The Final of the Rowland Cup, which will be held at Alexandra BC on Sunday August 14th at 10am, will be between Fareham and Southsea Waverley. Last weekend, Fareham defeated Lee-On-Solent, whilst Waverley received a walkover as Waterlooville couldn’t manage to raise a team!!!


P&D Leagues

In Division 1, leaders Waverley extended their lead over Alexandra with their home 42shot, all rinks win over Priory. Leading the way for Waverley was Mark Griffiths’ rink with their 15shot defeat of Adrian Snook’s men.


Alexandra kept up the pressure on Waverley by finally recording their first win on Waterlooville’s carpet beating them by 32shots. Both clubs won on 2rinks and on 3 of them there was only 1shot in it. However, Alexandra won the game thanks to Steve Feilder’s rink which beat Peter McWilliam’s men 41-8!!


Rowner’s poor run of form continued as they lost at home to Fareham by 10shots. Again, both clubs won on 2rinks, so Fareham had, yet again, to thank Mark Hanson’s rink for getting their own back over Rowner, as they won by 13shots.


It was a bad night for the bottom two clubs as the both lost away from home. Gosport fell to a 48shot, all rinks defeat at the hands of Milton Park. Milton had big wins on the rinks of Gary Snook and Andy Mason.


College Park were beaten by 31shots at Lee-On-Solent. The Solent men won on 3rinks, led by Pete Gentry’s rink. However the win for College’s John Newton rink lifted them above Gosport at the bottom. But things don’t look good for either club avoiding relegation as they are 25points behind Lee-On-Solent.



In Division 2, the top two met at Northern Parade with Vospers gaining the all-important win, by 6shots over Cowplain. With both teams winning on 2rinks, Vospers had Pete Sansbury’s rink to thank for the win as they beat Peter Parry’s men by 22shots.


Leigh Park kept up the pressure on both clubs after their 61shot all rinks away win over Cosham Park, the division’s punch-bag team. Mark Miller’s rink led the way again, winning by 31shots. Next week’s game between Leigh Park & Vospers could well be key to who may be getting promoted.


Denmead remain in 4th place despite their 9shot home defeat at the hands of Star & Crescent. Star won on 2rinks, Denmead on one, with the 4th being tied.


Naismith maintained their good form of last week by beating Purbrook Heath by 15shots at their Swordsands home. By also winning on 3rinks, Naismith are now 16points clear of Purbrook and the relegation zone.


Haying Island should be safe from relegation, but their 21shot home defeat at the hands of Bedhampton means they may be starting to get nervous as they have played 1game more than the other two clubs. Bedhampton won on 3rinks, led by Jamie Wards rink.



In Division 3, leaders Portsmouth Water extended their lead with a 13shot home win over Emsworth. The watermen won on 3rinks, led by the 11shot win for Brent Riste’s rink.


Pembroke Gardens took advantage of Phoenix having the night off to move into 2nd place after their 42shot, all rinks home win over Forton. The size of Pembroke’s victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Dave Brookes and Les Maddock.


Bridgemary moved into the promotion hunt after their 10shot home win over Gas Social. Six points now cover the clubs in 2nd, 3rd & 4th places. Bridgemary won on 3rinks, led by Vic Clark’s rink. The defeat left Gas rooted to the bottom of the table.



Bowls News Report


20th July 2016


Rowland Cup

In the delayed Rowland Cup Quarter Final, Waverley beat Vospers by 32shots.


P&D Leagues

In Division 1, it now looks like it’s a two-horse race for the title. The top four all had 2 matches in the week and the results of those games appear to have reduced the chances for Fareham and Rowner.


Waverley maintained their lead at the top of the table with 2wins. Last Friday, they travelled to Gosport and won by 26shots, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. Three of the rinks had close games, but it was the astonishing 30shot win for Matt Marchant’s rink that meant Waverley picked up the win.

Then, last Saturday in their rearranged game at Fareham, they won by 12shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was again Matt Marchant’s rink that did the damage for Waverley, beating Charlie Bailey’s men by 15shots.


Alexandra kept up the pressure by also winning both their games. In their rearranged match against Rowner last Thursday they had an excellent 22shot away win. Each club won on 2rinks but Alex took the game thanks to the 31shots win by Marty Wake’s rink.

Then on Friday they beat Fareham by 30shots on their home turf, completing a bad two days for Fareham. Alex won on all 4rinks, led by the 17shot win for Clive Carter’s rink.


Rowner also had their own bad two days as on Friday they fell to a 13shot away defeat at the hands of Priory. Priory won on 3rinks, led by the 11shot win for Nigel Mundy’s rink.


At the bottom of the table, Waterlooville did themselves a power of good by defeating Lee-On-Solent by 14shots on their carpet. ‘Ville won on 3rinks with the Solent team having to thank Martin Ellis’ rink for not being whitewashed for the 2nd game running.


At the bottom, it does look like it’s perm two from Lee, Gosport and College Park as to who goes down, although Lee have played 2 games more than the other two.



In Division 2, leaders Vospers fell to a surprise 20shot defeat away at Star & Crescent. Although both teams won on two rinks, the win for Star’s Mel Wilde cancelled out the losses to the two winning Vospers rinks, so it was the 19shot win for Robbie Dennison’s rink that swung the match Star’s way.


That defeat meant that the 65shot, all rinks win for Cowplain on their carpet against bottom club Cosham Park took them to the top of the table on shot difference. The size of Cowplain’s victory was thanks big wins on the rinks of George Abraham and Mike Hyland.


Third place Leigh Park are still in the hunt as they have a game in hand over the other two. On Friday, they travelled to Purbrook Heath and inflicted a 49shot defeat on them, topping the ton. Leigh Park won on all four rinks, with big wins on the rinks of Roy Collins and Pete Robinson.


Despite winning on only 1rink, Bedhampton defeated Denmead by 10shots on their carpet, thanks to the 16shot win for Mike Case’s rink.


At the bottom, Naismith moved above Purbrook out of the relegation zone thanks a 20shot home win over Hayling Island. Both teams won on 2rinks, but Naismith had big victories on their 2 rinks of Keith Brocks and Howard Davis.





In Division 3, Portsmouth Water took over the lead at the top of the table after their 35shot, all rinks away win at Gas Social. Pete Legget’s rink led the way for the watermen, winning by 16shots.


Previous leaders Phoenix lost at Emsworth by 12shots and only picked up 3points from the game. For Emsworth, the 13shot winning margin for Alan Lee’s rink settled the match.


Pembroke Gardens had an excellent 14shot away win at Crofton and are now only 9points behind Phoenix in 3rd place and have a game in hand. Pembroke won on 3rinks, with Les Maddock’s rink being the pick of the bunch. Crofton’s only winning rink was down to getting Steve Caine out of his moth-balls.


In the other game to be played, Bridgemary won the peninsula battle away at neighbours Forton by 35shots. Both clubs won on 2rinks, but Forton couldn’t contain the Bridgemary rinks of Vic Clark and Brian Adams, who both had big victories.



Views From The Head 26/06/2016


It was another busy week for the clubs as they had two sets of fixtures to play.


Division 1

Monday's Fixtures

Waverley won again as they had an 11shot away win over Milton Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot win for Gary Starks' rink that swung the result Waverley's way.


And there was good news for the Southsea men as there was a surprising defeat for nearest challengers Rowner who fell to a 7shot away defeat at the hands of Lee-On-Solent, only the 2nd win for the Solent team. Again, both teams won on 2rinks, but the 15shot defeat for Rowner's Keith Gerrard rink did all the damage for their title hopes.


Fareham took advantage of this slip up to move into 2nd place after they travelled to Waterlooville and won by 11shots. With both teams winning on 2rinks, Fareham again gave thanks to the recent excellent for of Mark Hanson's rink as they won again, this time by 18shots. And perhaps time might be up for "He who cannot be named" at skip as he slipped to a 10shot defeat.


Priory got their own back on College Park and beat them by 39shots, winning on all rinks. It's troubling times at the college.


The match between Gosport & Alex fell foul of the weather.


Friday's Fixtures

There was a shock of seismic proportions in Southsea as Waverley fell to their 1st defeat of the season at the hands of lowly Lee-On-Solent by 3shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks and the winning margins for Waverley’s Paul Cooke rink being cancelled out by LOS’ Phil Sanders’ rink, it was the 9shot win for LOS’ Peter Gentry rink that out did the 6shot loss to Waverley's Mark Griffith’s men.

Now I was implored by a certain someone to mention his rink for their fight back – but perhaps he should have pondered on why he dropped 12shots on the 1st 3 ends!!


Fareham were again the winners of this shock result as their 21shot, 3rink home win over troubled College Park narrowed the gap to Waverley down to 8points. Big shock here was the defeat of the seemingly impregnable Mark Hanson rink. And he who cannot be named nearly did it again, letting slip a 15shot lead to scrape thru by 6.


Rowner recovered from their defeat on Monday to beat Waterlooville by 29shots at home. Rowner won on 3rinks, with Barry Stafford’s rink leading the way with their 16shot win, thanks to picking up 13shots on the last 3ends. And they nearly took maximum points as John Bailey’s rink just failed to pick up the five required on the last end to win his rink, only getting 4shots to tie his game.


Alexandra stuttered to a 3shot home win over Milton Park, with Steve Feilder & Carl Baggott winning for Alex, Dave Brown & Andy Mason responding for Milton.


Finally, Priory inflicted a 47shot thrashing on Gosport, winning on all rinks at their Milton home.



Division 2

Monday's Fixtures

Leaders Vospers travelled to Denmead and won by 12shots, thanks to Pete Musson's rink, which won by 11. While both clubs won on 2rinks, the match was a tale of "what might have been". For Vospers, Pete Sansbury's rink held an 11shot lead with 7ends to go. At that point Glyn Jones' men decided to turn up to the party and picked up 13shots on those ends to win by 1. Meanwhile, the Denmead rink of captain Mike Wright were 9shots up with 2ends to go and then lost the plot by dropping a 7 on the 20th end and were thankful to manage to get 2nd wood on the last end to scrape a 1shot win.


At Bidbury Mead, the battle between the two carpet teams of Bedhampton & Cowplain was easily won by Cowplain, who had a 32shot, 3rink victory. Cowplain won big on the rinks of George Abraham & Bryan Franklin and the 14points they picked up from the game meant they overtook Vospers to take the lead in the division.


In the only other game to survive the weather, there was a very surprising win for bottom club Cosham Park, who travelled to Hayling Island and won by 16shots, lifting them above Naismith. Cosham had the rink of the Four Amigo's to thank as they won by 19shots.


Apparently the other 2games were called off as all the players obviously had masochistic tendencies and wanted to watch England attempt to win a football match - when will they learn??


Friday's Fixtures

Cowplain moved further ahead at the top of the table as they beat Star & Crescent by 44shots, winning on all rinks. Whilst there were big wins on the rinks of George Abraham & Bryan Franklin (who appeared to get complacent half way thru and were pegged back to only lead by 4), there were sterner challengers from the Star men on the other 2rinks, which were only subdued on the last 2ends of each game.


Vospers lost a little ground as, despite beating Hayling Island by 32shots at the Northern Parade home, they dropped a rink in doing so, the normally dependant Pete Musson rink being the culprits.


Leigh Park also won again, despatching Bedhampton by 33shots at their Front Lawn home. Mick New’s rink prevented Bedhampton from being whitewashed, beating Barry Dixon by 6shots.


Denmead moved into 4th spot after they travelled to Purbrook and beat the Heath men by 11shots, winning on 3rinks. The rink of Purbrook’s Tony Claydon did offer some hope as they ran up a 19shot win, but he was let down by the normally dependable Tony Wall rink who suffered a 33shot defeat at the hands of Tony Sewell’s men.


The remaining match was the bottom of the table clash between Cosham Park & Naismith, which went Naismith’s way as they ran out victors by 25shots, led by Mick Chadler’s men who racked up a 15shot win.


Division 3

Monday's Fixtures

Only 1 game survived the weather and I'm not sure if Forton ended up too pleased with that. Despite winning on 3rinks, they fell to a 3shot home defeat at the hands of Emsworth, thanks to the 17shot defeat suffered by John Hamilton's rink.


Friday's Fixtures

The top two met at Havant as Portsmouth Water took on Pembroke Gardens. And it was the Watermen who came away with the spoils, winning by 15shots. They had to thank Curly’s rink for the win, as their 25shot victory was their only winning rink, although they did manage to tie 1rink.


That result left the gate open for Phoenix, who took it gratefully as they defeated Crofton by 53shots on their College Park green, not surprisingly winning on all 4rinks. The win took Phoenix back to the top of the table, level on points with the Watermen, but with a better shot difference. Apparently, the victory was down to the return of their captain, who gave his troops a harsh talking too and threatened to send them to the Siberian wastes he had just escaped from!!!


In the other match played, Emsworth defeated Gas Social by 17shots, despite playing 2short. Emsworth’s win was thanks to Alan Lees rink, which ran up a 23shot victory. I wonder if the missing 2 were out celebrating the brexit??




Views From The Head 19/06/2016


P&D Leagues


In Division 1, Waverley increased their lead at the top of the table after they beat old rivals Alexandra. However, unlike their earlier battles in the County Club & Rowland Cup, this match was much closer. With one end to go, Alex were 1shot up, however Paul Cooke’s rink gained a 2 to win the match for Waverley. Alex only won on 1rink as Steve Feilder’s quartet inflicted a 16shot defeat on Mark Griffith’s rink, but this was offset by the 12shot win for Matt Marchant.


Rowner took advantage of Alex’s loss to leap-frog them into 2nd place after they travelled to Milton Park and inflicted a 26shot, all rink defeat to the park men. Leading the way for Rowner was the rink of Bill Ross who won by 15shots over Mick Brown.


Fareham followed up their win last week by travelling to Lee-On-Solent and beat them by 32shots (topping the ton), winning on 2rinks and drawing the other 2. Mark Hanson’s rink was again the stars as they defeated Martin Ellis’ rink by 22shots.


In the other game to beat the weather, Waterlooville just managed to hang on to defeat Priory by 1 shot. The Priory rink of Mike Elliott finally came good and won by 18shots, but this was off-set by ‘ville winning the other 3rinks with Cyril Hilton’s quartet winning by 14shots. The master stroke pulled by Priory’s captain of using Roly “I only play at skip” Bloy to lead in the Elliott rink nearly paid off then.


So, at the half-way point of the season, Waverley leads the division by 15points from Rowner, with Alex & Fareham close behind them. At the bottom, Gosport are 3points behind the Solent men and there is a 12point gap to College Park, who have a game in hand.


In Division 2, leaders Vospers beat Purbrook Heath by 12shots, winning on 2rinks a drawing another. Although Tony Wall’s rink did manage an 11shot win for Purbrook, it couldn’t cover the wins on the rinks of Vospers’ Pete Musson (12shots) & Terry Smith (11shots).


Cowplain cut Vospers lead to 1point after their travel to Swordsands where they inflicted a 61shot thrashing to Naismith. Cowplain again won on 3rinks, with Bryan Franklin’s reconstituted rink again topping the charts with a 33shots rink. Cowplain almost won on all 4rinks but Naismith’s Mick Chandler managed to gain a 2 with his final wood to tie his game.


Leigh Park remained 3rd after a nail bighting 1shot away win at Hayling Island. In a game with little defensive qualities, both clubs had big wins on 2rinks with Pete Robinson’s 17shot win for Leigh Park just outdoing the 16shot win for Hayling’s Brian Pullan.


Bedhampton’s 17shot home win over Star & Crescent took them into 4th spot in the table. Bedhampton won on 3 rinks, with Keith Read’s rink doing the damage with their 13shot win over Simon Filippi’s quartet. The rink of Star’s Paul Whiffin prevented the whitewash.


That defeat for Star dropped them to 6th spot as they were also overtaken by Denmead, who inflicted a 22shot home win over the division 2 whipping boys of Cosham Park. Denmead won on 3rinks with Cosham’s Tony Hall rink again preventing another whitewash.


Vospers & Cowplain have opened up a 16point gap to 3rd placed Leigh Park, who themselves are 15points clear of the 4th placed team. At the bottom, it’s not looking good for Naismith or Cosham Park, who are 14 and 24points shy of safety.


In Division 3, Phoenix couldn’t take advantage of Portsmouth Water and Pembroke Gardens having the week off as they fell to a 4shot away defeat at Bridgemary. With both teams winning on 2rinks, the wins for Phoenix rinks of Mike Tull and George Russell couldn’t cover the losses suffered by their compatriots Paul Hoad and Tom Slight. Has the bubble burst for Phoenix or will they arise again?


Crofton maintained their impressive form of the last fortnight to close the gap to Phoenix to 1point after their 3shot home win over Emsworth. With both clubs winning on 2rinks and the 13shot wins for Crofton’s Ian Knowlton and Emsworth’s Dereck Leggett cancelling each other out, it was the win for John Wilkinson’s rink that gained Crofton their victory.


The match between Forton and Gas fell foul of the weather.



As the season has reached the half way stage, here is a breakdown of how it stands in the other P&D Leagues.


Combination Divisions

In Comb 1, last year’s winners, Waverley Blue lead the way, but are only 5points clear of the B-teams of Lee-On-Solent & Priory. At the bottom, Hayling Island and Rowner fill the relegation spots, but have 2 games in hand over the 2teams above them, College Park & Alex Blue.


In Comb 2, promoted Cowplain Red lead the way, 5points clear of Gosport B. The two clubs relegated last year are finding it hard going again this season. The surprise here is how well Waverley Red are doing.


In Comb 3, relegated Waterlooville Brown are 9points clear of Lee-On-Solent C. These 2 have opened up a 15point gap on the rest. At the bottom, promoted Bedhampton are finding it tough going, as are Bridgemary.


In Comb 4, promoted Star lead the way from College Park, with Waterlooville Red in 3rd. These 3 are 17points clear of the rest. Languishing at the bottom are the park-ites of Cosham B & Milton C.


In Comb 5, Cowplain Green lead the way from Emsworth and they have opened up a healthy lead over the rest. Cosham Park C are clinging hard onto the wooden spoon they won last year.


Midweek Triples

In the Town Blue division, Pembroke Gardens are the surprise leaders but the 2 teams behind them, Alex & Vospers both have games in hand over them.


The Town Red division has also been hard hit by the weather. Currently Vospers lead it from Naismith, both having played 6games. Town Champions College Park are 3rd with a game in hand. Alexandra & Gas Social have been hardest hit, having only managed to play 4 games each.


In the District East division, Hayling Island top the table, waving the flag for grass lovers, as the lead Cowplain by 3points. Last year’s divisional winners, Bedhampton, are languishing in 5th spot some 21points behind the leaders. And, much earlier than usual, Denmead have won a game!


In the District West division, last year’s divisional winner’s Rowner A lead the way, 5points clear from Fareham. These 2 have pulled away from the rest, having opened up a 15point gap on them.


In the Combination division, last year’s champions Bridgemary are finding it hard. They are currently 5th, 31points behind leaders Bedhampton Red.




June 12th Views


P&D Leagues


In Division 1, the two remaining 100% clubs met last Friday as Rowner hosted Waverley. Although both team had two winning rinks, Waverley won the match by 12shots thanks to Gary Starks’ rink who defeated Phil Pinder’s men by 17shots.


Meanwhile, Alexandra kept pace with the Southsea club by defeating College Park by 28shots, winning on 3rinks. The size of the win was down to the 20shot victory for Mary Wake’s rink.


Fareham put some of their woes behind them as they managed to defeat Milton Park by 9shots. However, the victory was all down to their sole winning rink which saw Mark Hanson’s men defeat Dave Brown’s by 16shots. And it appears that the talking to from the “Beak” had some effect as their troublesome rink managed to tie – although they did let slip an 11shot lead. So Beak’s decision to see for himself what “the matter was” may lead to ……….


Lee-On-Solent’s away day blues still continue as they fell to a 30shot defeat at the hands of Priory. The size of Priory’s win (who topped the Ton) was thanks to Adrian Snook’s rink, who finally managed to win a game and celebrated by defeating Rab Foster’s men by 27shots.


However, the 2points Lee picked up from the match lifted them above Gosport at the bottom of the table, as their peninsula brethren were thrashed by 50shots on Waterlooville’s carpet. Not surprisingly, ‘ville won on all 4rinks, with Dave Baxter’s men leading the way with a 25shot beating of Ken Stanbury’s men. 


In Division 2, leaders Vospers had a 25shot away win at Cosham Park, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Pete Musson & Dave Harding. At least Cosham did manage to win 1rink, thanks to Tony Halls’ men.


Cowplain recovered from their defeat last week and made full use of home advantage to beat Haling Island by 32shots. They won on 3rinks, led by Bryan Franklin’s rink who won by 32shots, nearly.


Leigh Park recovered from their thrashing by Vospers last week to gain an 11shot home win over Denmead, with both club’s winning on 2rinks.


Star & Crescent moved into 4th spot after their 26shot home win over Naismith. Star won on all rinks, led by the 16shot victory for Simon Fillipi’s band of wandering ice-cream sellers.


Purbrook must be pleased that they don’t have to play on carpet again this season as they suffered another huge defeat at the hands of Bedhampton, this time by 52shots. Unsurprisingly, Bedhampton won on all rinks.


In Division 3, Portsmouth Water and Pembroke Gardens took full advantage of Phoenix having the week off to move above them at the top of the tables.


The Watermen took over top spot after their 20shot away win over Forton. Although both teams won on 2rinks, the 18shot win for Pete Leggett’s men sealed the victory.


Pembroke meanwhile had an 8shot away win at Emsworth, winning on 3rinks. Unfortunately for Emsworth, the 16shot win for Dereck Leggett’s rink was matched by the 15shot win for Pembroke’s Jack Chernin rink.


In the other match played, Crofton had an excellent 15shot, 3rink away win at Gas, with the 18shot victory for Pete Moody’s rink more than making up for the 15shot defeat by Derek Langford’s rink. It seems that Crofton’s tactics of picking their skips with a pin is having some effect!!



June 5th Views


County News

White Rose Trophy

Hampshire’s Under 25 side beat Surrey by 17shots in the National White Rose Trophy. The win was thanks to the rink that contained Waverley’s Louis McCubbin & Alexandra’s Harry Hutchings (a late replacement for the injured Danny Smith) who chalked up a resounding 38-14 victory.


The victory means Hampshire are now in the South’s Regional Finals, which takes place on Sunday 19th June at Croydon BC. They play Oxfordshire, with the winners of that game meeting the victors of the Kent vs. Berkshire match to see who reaches the National Finals.


County Club

The Quarter Finals of the East Area County Club were played last week and saw home wins for Waverley, against Milton Park and 2nd Division Cowplain against 1st Division Rowner - their first team defeat this season. Meanwhile Leigh Park had an impressive away win over Vospers, whilst Gosport had a walkover against Waterlooville, who failed to turn up with a full team so had to concede the game.


Waverley now host Cowplain, whilst Gosport host Leigh Park.


Oh and it says something when I’m pleaded for a good write-up so here it is Barry – “Good job your number 2 played”


P&D Leagues

In Division 1, as all four of the top teams had the night off as their games were called off, the attention was centred at the bottom of the table.


In the battle between two peninsula teams, Gosport finally won their 1st match of the season after defeating Lee-On-Solent by 7shots at their Anglesey Park home. By also winning on 3rinks, Gosport leap-frogged over their opponents at the bottom of the table, but both are still in the relegation spots.


The Milton Park battle saw Priory run out the winners after they crossed the pathway to beat Milton Park by 7shots, winning on 3 rinks. Milton’s only win was thanks to Gary Snook who beat brother Adrian by 5shots. Rumour has it that Priory are seriously considering moving greens as they found the Milton’s turf better suited to their brand of bowling then their home turf.


In the only other game completed, Waterlooville made full use of their carpet to defeat College Park by 22shots, both clubs winning on 2rinks.



In Division 2, leaders Cowplain fell to their 1st defeat on grass this year when Denmead defeated them by 19shots and won on 3 rinks. Apparently the win amassed by the Kennington rink has staved off the rink rebuilding for another week.


That defeat meant that the winners of the Vospers v Leigh Park game would take over top spot. In a complete reversal of form from the previous night’s County Club meeting between the two, Vospers thrashed Leigh Park 120-48 to retake the lead of the division. Not surprisingly, Vospers won on all 4rinks, led by Pete Musson’s rink 43-14 massacre of Barry Dixon. I’m reliably told that “the **** hoodwinked us. First, they lulled us into a false sense of security in the County Club; then they turned the green around” It would seem investing in a turf cutter to achieve this green reversal is a bit much, but c’est la vie.


Star & Crescent moved above Hayling Island after their 5shot home victory over them. Star won on 2rinks, Hayling on 1, with the 4th being tied. So, Star were buying Mel Wilde’s boys the beers for securing the victory for them as his 10shot win overcame the 8shot defeat suffered by Paul Whiffin.


Naismith won for only the 2nd time this season as they eked out a 5shot home win over Bedhampton, winning on 3rinks. However, Naismith still occupies the 2nd relegation spot as they are 13points behind Bedhampton.


Finally, there was a glorious firework display at Cosham Park, as Cosham celebrated their 1st win of the season as they defeated Purbrook Heath by 19shots, led by the 18shot win for Tony Hall’s rink.



In Division 3, the game of the week was between the top 2 as Portsmouth Water travelled to Phoenix. And again, it was Brent Riste's rink that the Watermen feted as their 26shot win (their only rink victory) meant they won the match by 5shots. Phoenix still leads the division, but their lead has been cut to 3points. Apparently, Phoenix’s captain will be deciding the suitable punishment during his fortnight’s cruise (that’s if he doesn’t do a “Maxwell”).


Pembroke are also now only 3points behind Portsmouth Water in 3rd spot after their narrow 4shot home win over Gas Social. Bemoaned the Social captain “we wuzz let down again by 1rink turning turtle – I’m gonna have strong words wiv me bruvver”.


Briggemary’s good form of the last few weeks deserted them as they fell to a 6shot home defeat at the hands of Emsworth. They only lost on 1rink and that was where Emsworth played 1short. And after all the complaints about today’s teaching standards, I’m not so sure as neither Team Captain could manage the simple arithmetic sum of dividing 28 by 4 to get the 25% deduction - or are the grey cells fading that badly.

(Oh and any answers for that difficult sums question are to be sent to me on the back of a Blue Note)


Finally, in the clash between the bottom two, Crofton moved up the table after their home win over Forton by 38shots, winning all 4rinks.



May 29th Views


County News

Hampshire announced the Middleton Cup team for their first match against Berkshire on June 4th and there are plenty of P&D representatives in it.

Making the team are Fareham�s Charlie Bailey along with Waverley�s Louis McCubbin, Jon Leggett, "Buzz" Aldren, John Biggs, Mark Griffiths, Paul Cooke and Matt Marchant, while Alex Marchant has made the bench.


Meanwhile, it was another busy week for some clubs as the 2nd Round of the Rowland Cup was played.


The big match of the round was the rematch of last year�s finalists, Alexandra & Southsea Waverley. The two met at Alex and Waverley took their full revenge winning 101-53.

In the words of my Norwegian colleague who covered the match for me �Those Alex boys took one hell of a beating�.


Also through to the Quarter Finals are Rowner, Fareham, Lee on Solent, Star & Crescent, Waterlooville �A�, Priory and Vospers.


P&D Leagues

In Division 1, leaders Waverley had their toughest game of the season so far when they went to Priory last Friday. They finally managed to win the game by 9shots, thanks to Paul Cooke's rink, who beat Nigel Mundy's men by 10shots. Waverley won on 2 other rinks, while Priory's Steve Watt's rink prevented the whitewash.


Meanwhile, Fareham seemed to be suffering from a hang-over from their poor results last week when they entertained 100% Rowner. Rowner maintained their excellent start as they inflicted a 33shot defeat on Fareham. Rowner won on 2rinks and drew the 3rd, but the star of the show for them was the rink of Bill Ross who inflicted a 31shot beating on the rink of he-who-cannot-be-named. Methinks a calling to the "Beak's" office may be in order.


Despite that victory, Alexandra moved above Rowner into 2nd place after their 46shot home win over hapless Waterlooville, winning on all 4rinks, led by Barry Harman's men.


College Park gained their 2nd win of the season with their 26shot home win over travel weary Lee on Solent, winning on 3rinks, led by President John Newton's men.


Finally, Gosport almost managed their 1st win of the season when they hosted Milton Park. In a very tight match, they had to settle for a draw, despite winning on 2rinks and tying a 3rd. It was the rink of Secretary Ken Stanbury that prevented the champagne celebrations, as they fell to a 4shot defeat at the hands of Gary Snook's rink.



In Division 2, the match of the week was at Cowplain, where leaders Vospers took on 2nd place Cowplain. Cowplain made full use of home advantage to pull away over the last 4ends to win by 31shots and gain maximum points by winning on all rinks. The size of the victory, which meant Cowplain took over top spot, was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Ted Howard & Mike Hyland.


Leigh Park took advantage of Vospers slip to move into 2nd spot after their 40shot, 3rink home win over bottom club Cosham Park. Well at least Cosham improved from their performance of last Friday and they did manage to win a rink thanks to John Holdaway's men.


Bedhampton also made full use of their carpet to beat Hayling Island by 41shots. Only Hayling�s Tom Walsh rink got to grips with the surface and managed to beat Mick New�s troop.


Purbrook also recorded a big victory, beating Naismith by 32shots at their Heath home, winning all 4rinks.


Finally, Star recorded their 2nd win of the season as they defeated visitors Denmead by 11shots.



In Division 3, Phoenix had the week of, which allowed 2nd placed Portsmouth Water to close the gap on them as they travelled to Emsworth and beat them by 18shots. Both clubs won on 2rinks, so the 20shot win by Brent Riste's men settled the game in the Watermen's favour.


Pembroke maintained 3rd spot with their 17shot away win at bottom club Forton.


Bridgemary maintained their momentum by following up last week's win with a 2shot away win over Gas Social, both clubs winning on 2rinks.



Views From The Head w/e 20th May


It was another busy week for those clubs who had entered the County Club.


County Competitions

The 1st round of the County Club was played last week. Gosport put their league woes behind them by defeating neighbours Lee-On-Solent by 8shots, whilst Rowner had an excellent 5shot away win over Fareham. In the other games, Waverley, Milton Park, Cowplain, Waterlooville and Vospers all progressed into the 2nd round.


In the County Pairs, there will be different finalists this year as both of the Waverley pairings who reached the finals last year have been defeated by Priory’s Adrian Snook & Arthur Newland.


P&D Leagues


Lightning DOES strike twice!!


In Division 1, the biggest game of the season so far was at Fareham where 100% leaders, Fareham, took on another 100% team, Alexandra. And it was a case of lightning striking twice as, just like 2years ago to the date, Fareham failed to keep hold of a winning position. 5up with only 1end to play the rink of “he who cannot be named” couldn't defend that position as Steve Feidler's rink picked up a 5 to tie the match. In fact, it was worse than that the Fareham rink contrived to drop 13shots in the last 4ends to lose the game by 2. Despite the scores ending up level, Alex got the majority of the match points as they won on 3rinks to Fareham’s single rink victory.


That result left the door open for Waverley took take over the lead in the division and they took it with both hands as they inflicted a 67shot, all rink home thrashing of bottom club Gosport. The size of the win was based on huge wins on the rinks of Paul Cooke and Gary Starks.


Rowner are still also 100% after their 25shot home win over Priory. Rowner won on 3rinks, with only Nigel Mundy's rink preventing Priory's whitewash.


Milton Park gained their 2nd win of the season with their 17shot, 3 rink home win over College Park.


Finally, Lee-On-Solent got their 1st win of the season when they took full advantage of home turf to beat travel-sick Waterlooville by 16shots, winning on 3rinks. The win meant the men from the Solent leap-frogged their opponents out of the relegation zone.



In Division 2, Vospers maintained their 100% record with a 14shot home win against Star & Crescent, with both teams winning on 2rinks, Vospers by much better margins than Star.


Cowplain recovered from their home defeat last week by inflicting a 71shot, all rink, away thrashing over bottom club Cosham Park. In fact, Cowplain topped the ton by the 17th end, whereupon Mike Hyland's rink took some pity over their opponents to only win by 1shot.


Leigh Park had a busy week. On Tuesday they went to Bidbury Mead to play Bedhampton. However, it appears that the weekend break meant they forgot how to win on carpet as they fell to a 48shot defeat, only winning on 1rink. They made up for it on Friday by defeating Purbrook Heath by 38shots at their Front Lawn home. Only Tony Wall's rink prevented Purbrook being whitewashed.


On Friday, it was back to earth (literally) for Bedhampton as they travelled to Denmead and suffered a 33shot defeat, only winning on Alan Greenhouse's rink. Star for Denmead was the rink of Tony Sewell.


Finally, Hayling defeated visitors Naismith by 9shots. The big win for Naismith's Les Wilkinson's rink couldn't cover for the shortcomings of his teammates.



In Division 3, Phoenix found a puncture repair kit to plug their leaks to good effect as they inflicted a 44shot, all rink home win over Emsworth. However, there are rumours of an illegal Austrian betting ring becoming interested in “The Rise From The Ashes” as, apparently, schillings have changed hands.


Portsmouth Water remain 2nd after beating visitors Gas Social by 29shots, winning on 3rinks.


Pembroke leaped into 3rd place after their 61shot home thrashing of Crofton. Only newbie Steve Caine had anything good to remember as at least he managed to tie his rink in his 1st start with his new club, thereby gaining Crofton’s sole point.


Finally, Bridgemary moved out of the re-election zone with their 33shot home defeat of bottom club Forton, winning on 3rinks.




It looks like the P&D is imitating the Premier League, as there has been a rash of ditching team captains. Fortunately, it does seem that a certain Jose appears to be out of the running to take over a slot.



Bowls News Report 15/5/2016


Another busy week for the clubs as the Rowland Hospital Cup (the P&D’s “League Cup”) kicked off.


Rowland Cup

The tie of the round was at Cowplain, where the leaders of Divs. 1 & 2 met. It was a close game throughout but it was Fareham’s greater experience that told as they finally won by 7shots. Elsewhere, Alexandra ‘A’ saw off Waterlooville ‘B’ to set up a rematch against old rivals Waverley – although this time they have home advantage. Milton Park got their revenge against Gas Social after their shock defeat last year. There were also a few “Peninsula” scraps as Rowner beat Bridgemary, whilst Lee-On-Solent saw off Gosport.



P&D Leagues


In Division 1, both Fareham and Waverley got maximum points from their away fixtures. Fareham beat Priory by 34shots, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Charlie Bailey & Mark Hanson. Waverley defeated College Park by 26shots, with John Biggs’ rink leading the way.


Alexandra and Rowner lost ground slightly as, despite winning their games, they both dropped a rink. Alex defeated Lee-On-Solent by 28shots with Barry Harman’s defeat at the hands of Martin Ellis spoiling the party. Rowner had an excellent 28shot win at bottom club Gosport, led by Phil Pinder’s rink. For Gosport, Ken Stanbury’s rink gained only their 2nd rink win this season.

That win maintained Rowner’s claim to be the Peninsula’s top club.  


Meanwhile, Waterlooville finally got their season underway as they managed a narrow 5shot home win over Milton Park with both clubs winning on 2rinks.



In Division 2, Cowplain suffered their 1st defeat of the season as they lost at home to Leigh Park by 9shots. The game was settled on the last end of each rink as Leigh Park picked up 10shots across the board and picked up 3 winning rink points.


Vospers took full advantage of this slip up to take over top spot as they beat Bedhampton by 9shots on their Bidbury Mead carpet. Although Vospers won on 3rinks, their victory was thanks to Terry Smith’s rink, whose 19shot win covered the 11shot defeat by the rink of Bedhampton’s Alan Francis.


The battle between the bottom two went Star & Crescent’s way as they won their 1st match of the season by 42shots over Cosham Park, winning all 4rinks, topping the ton and playing with a full team!!.


Hayling leap-frogged over Purbrook Heath after their 13shot away win, with both clubs winning on 2rinks.


At Swordsands, Denmead maintained the impetus from their opening win last Friday to edge Naismith by 5shots with both clubs winning on 2rinks.


In Division 3, Phoenix suffered their 1st defeat of the season as Gas beat them by 22shots at their Northern Parade home, winning on 3rinks. Has the Phoenix bubble burst??


In the other game played, Crofton had a 13shot, all rink win over Bridgemary.



Bowls News Report 12/5/16


Last week was a busy time for clubs, with two rounds of League fixtures as well as the Preliminary Rounds of County Competitions to fit in.


County Competitions


Waverley got their own back on Alexandra for defeating them in last year’s Rowland Cup Final (thus preventing them from completing the P&D Double) when they beat them by 36shots in the Preliminary round of the Bowls Hampshire County Club. In fact, Alex waved the white-flag with 9ends left to play. And all this under the eyes of the self-styled Middleton Cup Vice-captain.


There have also been some notable scalps taken in the early rounds of the County Singles, with some of our Middleton Cup players biting the dust. Cowplain’s Dave Plowright got the better of Waverley’s Louis McCubbin on his home turf, whilst another Waverley player, John Biggs, was beaten by Mike Slater of Crofton. Meanwhile the battle between Alex’s Jamie Cook & Marty Wake went Marty’s way.


P&D Leagues


In Division 1, it was a good week for Fareham, Waverley, Alexandra and Rowner as they all maintained their 100% records. Fareham top the table after their 14shot away win at College Park last Tuesday. They won on 3rinks, led by the 18shot win by Cyril Friend’s rink, with Dave Smith’s rink preventing the whitewash with their 20shot demolition of Doreen’s rink. Then, on Friday, Fareham recorded a 39shot, all rink home win against Gosport, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Charles Bailey and Mark Hanson.


Waverley moved into 2nd place following their 2 victories. On Tuesday, they travelled to Lee-On-Solent and won by 23shots, winning on 3rinks. Phil Sanders rink gained Lee’s sole points. Then, on Friday, Waverley went to town against Waterlooville, recording a 57shot victory - despite losing on 1rink.


Alexandra are 3rd after recording two away wins. On Tuesday, beat Milton Park by 37shots, winning on 3rinks. Then on Friday they went back to the park to defeat Priory by 17shots. Alex won on 2rinks, Priory on the 3rd with the other being tied thanks to Nigel “Wonder Bowler” Mundy.


Rowner are 4th after they travelled to Waterlooville last Tuesday and beat them by 4shots on their carpet, with both teams winning on 2rinks. They then had another close battle at home against College Park on the Friday before edging the game by 3shots, again with both teams winning on 2rinks.


It was a bad week for the bottom 3 teams. Having lost on Tuesday, Lee-On-Solent then fell to an 8shot away defeat at Milton Park, Milton’s first win of the season. Gosport were beaten by Priory on the Tuesday by 25shots, losing on all 4rinks.


So, after 3games, the top 4 have opened up a 17point game over 5th placed Priory and it’s already looking grim for the bottom 3, Lee, Waterlooville & Gosport. None have won a match and are already trailing by 12points.


In Division 2, Cowplain & Vospers have opened up a 17point gap over 3rd placed Leigh Park, although the park boys have a game in hand.


On Tuesday, Cowplain had their first taste of grass and found it to their liking as they travelled to Star and beat them by 35shots only dropping 1point in the process. Star were hampered again by playing 1short again. Then, on Friday they inflicted an 82shot mauling on visitors Purbrook Heath, with two rinks almost breaking the score boards by topping 40shots!!


Vospers kept in touch by going to Hayling Island and winning by 18shots, also dropping just the 1point. Then, on Friday, they won at home, beating Naismith by 22shots on 3rinks.


It was a bad week for Star as on Friday they travelled to Leigh Park and lost by 16shots, despite winning on 2rinks. (It also didn’t help that they again played 1short.)


Purbrook’s week had started brightly as they had travelled to Denmead on the Tuesday and recorded a 27shot, 2rink win.


Denmead recovered from that defeat to record their first win of the season, edging to a 3shot home win against Hayling Island, compounding a bad week for the Islanders.


It was also a bad week for Cosham Park as they also lost twice. On Tuesday, they fell to a 23shot away defeat at Swordsands, despite winning on 2rinks. Then, on Friday they fell to an 8shot home defeat at the hands of Bedhampton.


Cosham & Star are now 6points adrift at the bottom of the table.


In Division 3, Phoenix must be feeling a little light headed as they have got off to their best start for ages. On Tuesday, they travelled to Crofton and came away with a 15shot, 2rink win. Then, on Friday, they recorded a 37shots, all rinks home win over another peninsula team, Forton.


They have now opened up a 15point gap on 2nd placed Portsmouth Water who lost at Pembroke on Tuesday by 8shots, winning on only 1rink and drawing another, before bouncing back to claim a 7shot home win over Crofton on Friday, despite only winning on 1rink.


Emsworth are 3rd after their 4shot away win over Gas Social, both teams winning on 2rinks.


Finally, Bridgemary won their 1st game of the season by home win against Pembroke Gardens by 11shots.


Bowls News Report 5/4/16


The 2016 P&D Outdoor Bowling Season commenced last week as bowlers wrapped themselves up in their winter clothing to take on the elements.


However, the season got off to a sad start when Copnor BC announced that, after 102 years of existence, they would be folding due to a lack of members. Their presence of the greens will be missed by all.


Most clubs have been busy in the transfer market during the off-season with a lot of players swapping clubs.


In Division 1, a couple of clubs topped the ton. Alexandra got their season off to a fast start as they demolished promoted Gosport by 62shots at their Northern Parade home. They won on 3 rinks, with big wins on the rinks of Barry Harman (39-10) and Mary Wake (36-10). The only bright spot for Gosport was the 2shot win for Richard Frazer’s rink over Alex’s newcomers.


Fareham was the other club to top the ton as they defeated Waterlooville by 45shots at home. Fareham won on all 4rinks, top of the class being Charlie Bailey’s 32shot win (40-8). ‘ville may have come away with a rink win if Dave Baxter hadn’t dropped a 5 on the last end to lose by 1!!


Waverley got their defence of the title off to a good start by defeating Milton Park by 20shots, winning on 3rinks.


Lee-On-Solent, the other promoted team from last, found life a bit harder as they fell to a 7shot away defeat at Rowner. The 14shot win for Martin Ellis couldn’t offset the losses suffered by the other 3rinks.


Finally, College Park (who lost many of their 1st team over the winter) got off to an excellent start as they travelled to Milton Park and inflicted a 27shot defeat on Priory (replete with the superstars they have garnered). Leading the way for the 3rink wins for College was the rink of Graham Wilson which beat Mike Elliot’s men 21-6. Steve Watt’s men gained Priory’s sole rink win.


In Division 2, Hayling Island, last year’s Div 3 winners, got off to an excellent start as they inflicted a 27shot defeat on their trip to Cosham Park, winning on all 4rinks.


In Cowplain, the battle between the 2 carpet-burns teams saw the home side top the ton as they beat Bedhampton by 45shots. Cowplain won on 3rinks, with George Abraham’s men leading the way with a 21shot victory. For Bedhampton, Alan Francis’ rink staved off the whitewash.


Leigh Park was another club to win away from home, as they travelled to Swordsands and beat Naismith by 19shots, winning on 3rinks, led by Mark Miller’s men. For Naismith, the rink of new recruit Les Wilkinson got their sole win.


In the battle between last year’s relegated teams, it was Vospers who came out on top as they defeated Denmead by 32shots at their Northern Parade home. There were big wins for the rinks of Terry Smith & Dave Harding, whilst Tony Bradshaw’s rink prevented Denmead being whitewashed.


Finally, Purbrook defeated Star by 27shots at their home on the Heath. Purbrook won on 3rinks with captain Tony Wall leading the way. Star was hampered by Paul Whiffin not being able to navigate his way out of the town.


In Division 3, Phoenix again won their 1st match of the season, defeating Pembroke by 31shots at College Park, winning on 3rinks. Alan Taw let his club down by only winning by 6shots. They must be hoping this season doesn’t follow last year, where the rarified atmosphere at the top of the table got to them.


Portsmouth Water started life in Div. 3 with a 9shot, 3rink home win over Bridgemary.


Meanwhile, there was an exciting finish at Emsworth v Forton match. A six on the last end for Mike Budgen’s Forton rink tied the overall scores at 76all, with both teams winning on 2rinks.