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Views From The Head – Dateline August 31st

 

Well, this is it peeps, the Final 2019 Views From The Head, a year that MUST be recorded as the wettest for the P&D since, well for as long as I’ve been bowling!!!

 

This View ties up all that happened since August 18th.

Leagues

 

In Division 1, Priory got over their loss at Leigh Park to seal the Runners-Up spot with a 27shot home win over Fareham. They won on all rinks, led by Adrian Snook’s 13shot victory.

They then finished the Div.1 season off with a 27shot home win over Lee-on-the-Solent, winning on 3rinks. Priory also took the opportunity to blood their two 12year old bowlers into what playing in the top division involves.

 

Leigh Park followed up their defeat of Priory by beating Cowplain by 37shots at their Front Lawn home. Again, they won on all rinks, led by the 14shot victory on Peter Robinson’s rink. Those 2 maximum point hauls meant they sealed 3rd place in the division.

 

Fareham ended their year with a 10shot home win over Alexandra. Both clubs won on 2rinks, with the 12shot victory on Bob Scottow’s rink proving decisive for Fareham.

The defeat ended a disappointing season for Alex, who ended the year 4th from bottom.

 

Finally, the two carpet teams met each other for their final match of the season at Waterlooville and it was Cowplain who went away with the spoils with an 11shot victory.

With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 29shot victory on Dave Luffman’s rink that did all the damage for Cowplain.

It wasn’t a game that would stay in ‘ville’s Joe Slatter’s memory, as it bookended a season he’d want to forget, as he had already suffered a 30shot drubbing at home in the 1st match of the season.

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners: Waverley;

 - Runners-Up: Priory;

 - Relegated: Vospers & Portsmouth Water.

 

 

In Division 2, the remaining matter to be decided was who joined College Park and Bridgemary in the drop into Div. 3. It was settled when College Park hosted Naismith, which saw Naismith winning by 47shots, sending Denmead down.

 

Finally, Rowner ended their season by putting Ruuners-Up Gosport firmly in their place by defeating them by 34shots at their place. Well, I say Rowner, but it was really Bill Ross’ rink with their 25shot victory. All that Gosport could say about it was that Jim Oswell’s rink prevented Barry Stafford’s rinks going the season undefeated by beating them by 5shots.

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners (and Promoted): Rowner;

 - Runners-Up (NOT promoted): Gosport;

 - Relegated: Denmead, College Park & Bridgemary.

 

 

In Division 3, Hayling Island had the chance to seal promotion when they hosted Purbrook Heath but could only manage a draw as both clubs slugged out a 77all tie. However, Purbrook got the majority of the points as they won on 2rinks to Hayling’s 1, with the 4th being tied. Hayling had to thank David Johns’ rink as their 15shot win gained them the tie.

 

Those points meant that Purbrook had the outside chance of overtaking Hayling to take the title if they took maximum points from their last two matches and Hayling stumbled badly in their last game.

 

So, their home match against Cosham Park had that added pressure. They must have thought they were in with a good chance as Cosham arrived 2short. Unfortunately, that worked against them, as one of the rinks that played played 1short proved the old adage that 2players having 3woods each do have an advantage playing 3players with 2woods each, as they won by 13shots. Even the 25% shot deduction for playing 1short didn’t help Purbrook as it only reduced the losing deficit to 5½, enough to mean that Purbrook only managed to pick up 14points from the game, which had the knock-on effect of them not being able to catch Hayling.

 

Gas Social ended their season with a 4th successive defeat, as they again lost to bottom club Phoenix, at least they reduced the deficit this time round to 23shots.

The defeat meant that Gas ended the season in 3rd place.

 

The season finally ended last Friday and saw Hayling Island celebrate their promotion with a 46shot, all rink away win over Emsworth. Chief celebrators was the Mike Hopper rink.

 

The defeat meant that Emsworth got the “Wooden Spoon” as Phoenix were gifted all the points for their final match as Pembroke couldn’t field a side.

 

And finally, Cosham Park ended the seaon with a 17shot win at Purbrook using their secret weapon of playing 1short on 3rinks which, funnily enough, all won.

Sadly, it looks like the match may well be the last game they’ll be playing in the Leagues for a while.

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners (and Promoted): Hayling Island

 - Runners-Up (NOT promoted): Purbrook Heath

 - Wooden-Spoon:

 

Combination

In Comb1, any chance of Cowplain Red overtaking Priory Black went up in smoke as they slumped to a 36shot defeat at Fareham “C”. By picking up all the points from the match, Fareham leap-frogged Cowplain to finish Runners-Up.

 

That defeat handed the title to Priory Black, so their game in hand against Waterlooville Gold became a lap of honour as they celebrated taking the title with a 23shot win.

 

(At least I got my prediction that Waverley Blue wouldn’t be doing Alexandra Blue any favours as they beat them by 15shots.)

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners: Priory Black;

 - Runners-Up: Fareham C;

 - Relegated: Rowner B & Priory Silver.

 

In Comb2, Vospers took the title with their 32shot away win at Lee-on-the-Solent C, aided by the fact that Hayling Island had slumped to a 59shot away defeat at the hands of Waterlooville Brown.

 

At the bottom, LotS defeat meant they were relegated as Waverley Blue had saved themselves from the drop with a 22shot home victory over Bedhampton B.

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners: Vospers B;

 - Runners-Up: Hayling Island B;

 - Relegated: Lee-on-the-Solent C.

 

In Comb3, Leigh Park Red took the title after they beat Forton, so the focus turned on who would claim the Runners Up spot, which went down to the very last match:

 - Any chances Star had of promotion disappeared when they were defeated by Gas.

 - The double header between Cosham Park B and Cowplain Green saw each club win their Home game, which meant that Cosham Park took over the 2nd spot.

 - So who went up was decided by Gosport’s home match at division winner’s Leigh Park. Gosport knew they had to win on all rinks to take the Runners-Up spot and after 18ends it looked like they were going to achieve their task. Unfortunately, two of their rinks ran out of steam, so, despite winning the match by 8shots, they only picked up 9points from the match.

 

So, Cosham Park B kept hold of the Runners-Up spot, a highlight in a troubled season for the club.

 

At the bottom, with Forton already relegated, it was between Gas Social and Pembroke Gardens as to who joined them:

 - Gas did their best with their 7shot home win over Star, which put them 1point above Pembroke Gardens.

 - So, it was finally decided when Pembroke travelled to Forton and left with all the points from their 14shot victory, thereby relegating Gas Social.

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners: Leigh Park Red;

 - Runners-Up: Cosham Park B;

 - Relegated: Gas Social B & Forton.

 

 

In Comb4, the battle to see who took the title was settled by the double header between already promoted College Park and Eastney.

 - College Park put their hands shakily on the trophy with 3shot home win, only winning on 1 rink.

 - That meant that in the return leg, Eastney would have to win by a landslide to take the title. The match proved there was little difference between the 2 clubs, but again College got the win, this time by 2shots, again only winning on 1rink but this time the other two were tied.

 

At the bottom, Cowplain Gold picked up the “Wooden Spoon” after they slumped to home defeat at the hands of Fareham B.

 

So, Season’s Winners & Losers were:

 - Winners: College Park B;

 - Runners-Up: Eastney;

 - Wooden Spoon: Cowplain Gold.

Midweek Triples

In Town Blue, Waverley put one hand on winning the division at their 1st attempt when they thrashed College Park Blue. It all went down to the last week, when Alex Blue travelled to College Park Blue and Waverley travelling to Vospers Blue. If Vospers won, they then had to beat Phoenix in the final match of the division.

 

Alex did their bit by thrashing College Park by 70shots (what sort of teams were put out one wonders), so it was all down to Waverley’s visit to Vospers, which turned into a knuckle biting job for the Southsea club who managed to get a 51all tie – but more importantly winning 2 of the Triples – giving them the Division by 2points.

 

In Town Red, Vospers ended their season by thrashing Alexandra, but College Park were doing the same to Eastney, so it all came down to College’s visit to Cosham Park knowing they had to pick up 10points from the match. And they only just managed that as they won by 1shot, winning on 2 of the Triples – giving them the Division by 1point.

 

So, the Town Final, played over Two-Legs, is between Waverley and College Park Red.

 

 

In the East, Cowplain Purple took the title after they thrashed Purbrook Gold in their penultimate match.

 

In the West, Fareham Gold took the title by winning their games in hand over all their rivals.

 

So, the District Final, also played over Two-Legs, is between Fareham Gold and Cowplain Purple.

 

 

In the Combination, Portchester Green stumbled at the final fence when the lost by 1shot at home to Bedhampton Red, only picking up 3points from the match. That meant that the victors in the Cowplain White/Portchester Black match could take the title. And it was the Blacks who overtook their compatriots with their 12shot victory, picking up 10points in the process.

 

So Portchester Black take the Winners Plaque, their Green side the Runners-Up.

 

 


Views From The Head – Dateline August 18th

 

In Division 1, Priory gave up the chase of Waverley as they slumped to a 17shot away defeat at the hands of Leigh Park, losing on all rinks. Three of the rinks were close defeats, so the Park club had to thank the 11shot win on Jamie Ward’s rink for the size of their victory.

 

Meanwhile, leaders Waverley were taking on old foes Alexandra at their Lowcay Road home and beat them by 24shots, despite only winning on 2rinks - but they were big victories for Paul Cooke & Matthew Marchant.

 

At the bottom of the table, Portsmouth Water were relegated after their 56shot away defeat on Waterlooville’s carpet. They did have a winning rink but the rest all lost heavily.

 

Meanwhile, Cowplain gave themselves every chance of avoiding relegation after their 27shot home win over fellow strugglers Vospers. They won 3rinks, led by the 16shot win on Bryan Franklin’s rink when they finally got themselves into gear. A 5 on the last end for Ray Porter’s rink gave Vospers a glimmer of hope as those points meant that they trail Cowplain by 14points – but Cowplain do have 2 games left in which to get the necessary 3points to stay up in the division.

 

In the night’s other match, Lee-on-the-Solent had a 9shot home win over Fareham, winning on 3rinks. John Travers’ men did their best for Fareham with their 14shot win but had no support from their compatriots as that victory was near enough cancelled out by the 13shot win by Peter Gentry’s quartet.

 

On Sunday, Vospers took on Waverley in a rearranged match knowing they had to not only beat them but win on all rinks to give themselves any hope of avoiding relegation. Well, they did the 1st bit by winning the match by 5shots. Unfortunately, they only managed to win 1 rink and tie another, so the 11points they got from the match wasn’t enough to overtake Complain, so they will be playing in Div. 2 next year along with Portsmouth Water.

 

 

In Division 2, at the bottom of the table, Denmead, having given themselves some hope of avoiding the drop with their 15shot home win over Crofton last week, increased their hopes with a 46shot home win over Star & Crescent, picking up 14points from the game. They had two big winning rinks in Tony Sewell’s & Glyn Jones. Those points moved them out of the relegation zone for the time being, but they are level on points with the two clubs below them, but they have now completed all their matches and the other two, Bedhampton & Naismith have games left to overtake them.

 

College Park have joined Bridgemary in immediately returning back to Div. 3 after their 71shot away defeat at the hands of Rowner, who, not surprisingly won on all rinks, thereby getting over their surprise defeat last time out.

 

Naismith gave themselves a boost in their fight to avoid relegation by travelling to Milton Park and coming away with a 9shot win, picking up 13points in the process. Doing all the damage for Naismith was the rink of Mick Penny with their 16shot win.

 

Gosport took full advantage of Milton’s mishap to claim the Runners-Up trophy after their tight 3shot home win over bottom club Bridgemary. Unfortunately for Gosport, only 1 club is getting promoted this season.

 

Finally, Bedhampton took it to the brink in avoiding a 2nd successive relegation.

 - On Monday, they fell to a 24shot away defeat at Crofton. They did manage to pick up 2points from their visit with a 13shot win on Ken Read’s rink – but his men had no support from their club-mates.

 - However, on Friday, in the only match that survived the rainstorm that hit the area, they kept hold of their Div. 2 status by beating Milton Park by 15shots at their Bidbury Mead home.

 

 

In Division 3, Gas slumped to their 3rd successive defeat, this time by 29shots at home to bottom club Phoenix (who seem to be making a late charge to avoid the “wooden spoon” or being branded the strongest club in the League!!) With Phoenix winning on 3rinks, the best being the 21shot victory for John Timmins’ combo, it meant that the result ended any chance Gas had of winning the division and gaining promotion.

 

Meanwhile, Pembroke Gardens shook of the effects of the two defeats they suffered last week by beating Emsworth by 31shots at their Old Portsmouth home taking all the points. Leading the way for them was Dave Brookes’ quartet with their 18shot victory.

 

With Friday’s matches being rained off, it won’t be till the end of the month that we’ll know who wins the division.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline Aug 13th

 

Rowland Cup – Semi-Finals

Last Saturday, on the Wind-Swept greens at Milton Park, there were 2 shock results in the Rowland Cup Semi-Finals which were between Milton Park & Lee-on-the-Solent (on Priory’s green) and Vospers & Southsea Waveley (on Milton Park’s home green).

 - In the 1st match, 2nd Division Milton trounced Div.1 Lee-on-the-Solent by 31shots, winning on all rinks. Whilst 3 of the rinks were fairly close matches, Mick Brown’s quartet were all over Dennis Wren’s foursome, winning by 21shots in the end. It was a bit surprising that the Solenteers didn’t call time earlier on the match – perhaps they were also tired out after their efforts the previous night in carpet-beating of Waterlooville.

 - The 2nd match was a tight affair throughout, but I think Waverley must have thought that they were on the way to victory when they were 7shots up at 14ends, with 1 rink winning well. However, that was all turned round over the course of the next 3ends as Terry Smith’s rink picked up 12shots to bring their game level and inspire the other 3 Vospers’ rinks so that by the end of the 18th end Vospers were now 3shots up overall. Despite Gary Starks’ rink picking up 6shots on the last 2ends, the other Vospers’ rinks kept their nerves to maintain that lead till the end. Starring for Vospers was Dean Boswell’s quartet with their 11shot win.

League Results

Clubs made use of the hiatus caused by the Portsmouth Open to fit in matches that had been postponed due to the deluges suffered during the season.

 

In Division 1, two clubs in the relegation zone were playing and both had bad results.

  - Portsmouth Water didn’t do their chances of avoiding relegation any good when they fell to a 3shot home defeat at the hands of visitors Fareham. Pete Musson’s rink must have thought they had given the “waterboys” every chance of victory with their 10shot win, but that was matched by the 10shot victory by Cyril Friend’s quartet for Fareham, which meant the fight back by Charlie Bailey’s quartet on the last 4ends which gave them a 5shot victory saw Fareham cling on for the win.

  - Meanwhile Waterlooville were having a bad case of the nerves as they fell to a surprising 21shot home defeat at the hands of Lee-on-the-Solent, but the 4points they got from the match was probably enough to keep them safe for another season in the top-flight. For the Solent club, all the damage was done by Martin Ellis’ quartet with their 24shot victory.

 

                                                              

In Division 2, at the bottom of the table, Denmead gave themselves some hope of avoiding the drop when they scored a 15shot home win over Crofton. They picked up 13points from the game – but they were left hoping on final results going for them to stay in Div. 2.

 

In Division 3, there was a full set of matches played and it turned out to be a good week for leaders Hayling Island.

 - They started proceedings off earlier in the week with a 16shot home win over Pembroke Gardens, picking up 15points from the game. Leading the way for Hayling was Martin Hopper’s quartet with their 12 shot win. They then had to wait and see what their rivals did on the Friday and it was pleasant reading for them!!

 - 2nd placed Gas Social could only pick up 1point from their visit to Cosham Park who put aside their own troubled season with an 11shot win with a good solid team performance on all their rinks.

 - Meanwhile, 3rd placed Purbrook Heath hopes of keeping in contact were scuppered by 4shot home defeat at the hands of bottom club Phoenix. In fact, Purbrook shot themselves in the foot by playing 1short on their only losing rink, with the 25% deduction proving to be the cause of the loss.

 

Finally, it was a bad week for Pembroke Gardens as they fell to an 8shot away defeat at Emsworth, who had Alan Lee’s rink to thank as their 16shot win more than matched the 13shot loss inflicted by John Fitzpatrick’s Pembroke quartet.

 

And as we are close to the end of the season, here’s how it goes in the other Leagues

 

Combination

In Comb1, it should be between Priory Black & Cowplain Red as to who wins the division, with the abbots holding the upper-hand. If both fail miserably in their final matches, then Alexandra Blue could pip - if Waverley gave them a helping hand (wot dyer mean fat chance!!). At the bottom both Rowner & Priory Silver are relegated.

 

In Comb2, both Vospers and Hayling Island are promoted and Vospers should take the title as they only need 1 point from their last match at LotS C, whilst Hayling have to travel to Waterlooville. At the bottom, only Alexandra Red are safe from being relegated. It doesn’t look rosy for Waverley or LotS C but the other 4 clubs are also having “squeaky-buttocks”, especially as Bedhampton have to travel to Waverley and Purbrook play Milton, so as it was said in that old kids TV program (bonus point if you can name it) “standby for action - anything can happen in the next half hour

 

In Comb3, Leigh Park Red leads the way and has 2games to play. Cosham could gain promotion if they win their “double header” against Cowplain Green, but that also applies to the carpet club. Star & Gosport must win their last game and hope.

At the bottom, Forton are relegated and it looks its between Gas Social and Pembroke Gardens who may be joining them, with Pembroke having slightly the upper hand having 2 matches against Forton, whilst Gas take on Star.

 

In Comb4, College Park and Eastney have already gained promotion and as they have play each other, the result could well decide who takes the title. It’s too tight to call who may carry off the “Wooden Spoon”.

 

Midweek Triples

In Town Blue, Waverley are enjoying their 1st season and look to be in pole position to make it to the Town Final. Vospers and Alex wait in the wings.

 

In Town Red, it’s between old rivals Vospers & College Park as to who make the Town Final, with College having the benefit of a game in hand.

 

In the East, Cowplain Purple requires 8points from their last 2matches to beat Bedhampton to the District Final.

 

In the West, Fareham Gold has 3games in hand over their rivals, although they currently lie 4th.  Fareham Cream, Forton and Rowner A are the others in with a shout of making the District Final

 

In the Combination, it’s between Cowplain White, Portchester Green and Portchester Black as to who take the title. And it could be the last match of the season between the chess pieces Whites & Blacks that could be the decider. If all goes badly for the top 3, Waterlooville do have the advantage of having a game in hand (but I wouldn’t hold my breath on it!)

 

 

 

 


Views From The Head – Dateline Aug 6th

 

In Division 1, leaders Waverley had mixed fortunes last week:

  - On Monday in a rearranged game they travelled to Leigh Park and left with 14points after beating the home side by 39shots. Leading the way for Waverley was Gary Starks’ quartet.

  - Then, on Friday, with their 1st team involved in a National Top Club match, they decided to travel to Fareham with a reserve side that had been performing well in other matches on home soil. Unfortunately, they found the wide open spaces at Fareham not to their liking at all, as they slumped to a 38shot defeat, losing on all 4rinks. Charlie Bailey’s quartet did all the damage for Fareham with their 25shot win and the result meant that Fareham keep their Div.1 status.

 

2nd placed Priory took advantage of that slip up by beating Cowplain by 33shots at Milton Park, winning on all rinks, led by Adrian Snook’s rink. Cowplain did have the chance to pick up points from the match as two of their rinks were tied going into their final ends but they couldn’t do the necessary. Probably a reminder that a match lasts for 21ends!!

 

In the battle to avoid relegation, Alexandra did themselves a power of good after they picked up 14points from their trip to Portsmouth Water, a result that means they now only have to pick up 5points from their remaining 2matches to avoid the drop. In a match where there were big winning margins on all the rinks, Alex won by 40shots, with Barry Harman’s 29shot victory being the star of the show. Alan Sprake’s quartet did their bit for the Watermen with their 17shot win. Their defeat dropped Portsmouth Water to the bottom of the table.

 

Vospers still fill the other relegation spot but their 4shot home win over Lee-on-the-Solent gave them some hope of avoiding the drop. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, Vospers had Ray Porter’s quartet to thank for their 17shot victory.

 

Waterlooville are also now probably safe as their 32shot home win over Leigh Park means that they now need 8points from their remaining 3matches to avoid the drop. ‘ville had big wins on two of their rinks and tied another.

 

Despite their losses, both Leigh Park and Lee-on-the-Solent are safe for another year.

 

With the Leagues having a break for the Portsmouth Open week, the matches next Monday which see Vospers travelling to Cowplain and Portsmouth Water travelling to Waterlooville could well settle the relegation spots.

 

At the top, Waverley needs 26more points from their remaining 3matches to retail their title.

 

                                                              

In Division 2, Rowner’s hopes of going through the season undefeated failed after their trip to Bedhampton, where they fell to a 13shot defeat. Three of the Rowner rinks did their best for the club, winning their matches but there winning margins couldn’t cover the 18shot defeat their other rink suffered at the hands of John Burn’s quartet.

 

In the race to see who picks up the Runners-Up trophy, Gosport maintained their challenge with a 15shot home win over relegation threatened Denmead. Gosport won on 3rinks, led by the 18shot win by Ken Stanbury’s rink, which covered the 16shot loss caused by Tony Sewell’s quartet.

 

Meanwhile, Milton Park suffered a surprising 7shot away defeat at another relegation threatened side, College Park. Both clubs won on 2rinks and the 28shot win on Andy McKain’s rink did give Milton some hope of picking up the spoils, but that was dashed by the 19shot defeat suffered at the hands of College’s Roy Carter rink.

 

Despite losing their penultimate match of the season, by 9shots at home to Crofton, this may still be Star’s best season of this decade. Crofton won on 2rinks and tied another, with the 10shot victory for Steve Pothecary’s quartet leading the way.

 

Finally, Naismith hammered the final nails into Bridgemary’s coffin with their 17shot away win on the peninsula. Naismith won on 3rinks, led by the 10shot win on Alan Cobb’s rink. The 4shot win on Peter Cooper’s rink couldn’t give anything for Bridgemary to be cheerful about as they made a rapid return to Div.3.

 

As to who gets relegated with Bridgemary, it’s not looking good for Denmead or College Park although both Bedhampton and Naismith are nervously looking over their shoulders.

 

 

In Division 3, with leaders Hayling Island having the week off, it was a good week for 3rd placed Purbrook Heath.

 - In a rearranged match from an earlier postponement, they had kept themselves in the battle to win the division when they got their own back for the defeat at Pembroke Gardens the previous Friday by beating them by 21shots on their home turf. They won on 3rinks, led by John Cree’s quartet.

 - Then, on Friday they hosted 2nd placed Gas Social and picked up all the points by beating them by 33shots, led by Mike Frank’s quartet with their 16shot victory.

 

So, despite having their feet up, Hayling remain 8points clear at the top from Gas, with Purbrook now 11points behind Gas but with a game in hand over the top 2.

 

In the other games in the division:

  - Pembroke Gardens recovered from their loss earlier in the week with an 18shot away win at Cosham Park, winning on 3rinks, led by the 24shot victory on Wayne Moore’s rink.

  - Emsworth lept-frogged Cosham after their 25shot home win over bottom club Phoenix, who are looking more and more likely to pick up the “wooden spoon”. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 27shot win on Alan Lee’s rink did all the damage for Emsworth.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline July 27th

In Division 1, the top 2 had easy wins.

 - Leaders Waverley beat visitors Vospers by 22shots. Although they won on 3rinks, it was the 18shot victory by Gary Starks’ rink that proved decisive. Ray Porter’s quartet did manage to gain Vospers 2points from the match with their 8shot win but the defeat leaves them 14points shy of escaping the relegation zone and they have played 1match more than other clubs at the bottom.

 - Meanwhile, 2nd placed Priory recorded an 18shot win at Lee-on-the-Solent. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 22shot win by Adrian Snook’s rink turned the match Priory’s way. However, Priory still lie 41points behind the leaders.

Alexandra lost for the 4th time in a row as they crashed to a 26shot home defeat at the hands of Fareham. The visitors won on 3rinks, led by the 22shot win on Lee Cunningham’s rink. Alexandra’s defeat means they could be sucked into the relegation battle so their match next week at Portsmouth Water could prove decisive one for one of the clubs.

Portsmouth Water now fills the other relegation spot after their 30shot away defeat at the hands of Leigh Park. The Park club won on 3rinks, with big wins on the rinks of Ben Cope & Peter Robinson.

The battle between the 2carpet clubs went the way of Cowplain as they managed to hang on to a 3shot home win over Waterlooville. It took a 6 on Mike Hyland’s final end to settle Cowplain’s nerves as they had been 16shots up with 5ends to play. The win moved Cowplain out of the bottom two.

                                                              

In Division 2, Rowner were celebrating after winning the division with four games in hand. They beat visitors Star & Crescent by 7shots in what was their toughest match of the season. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 16shot win by Barry Stafford’s rink was the decisive factor as that covered the 10shot win by Simon Filippi’s rink for Star.

The race to see who picks up the Runners-Up trophy looks like it will go to the final match of the season as Gosport and Milton Park both won.

 - Gosport recorded a 26shot away victory at Crofton, winning on 3rinks, led by Jim Oswell’s quartet.

 - Meanwhile, Milton Park were beating visitors Bedhampton by 32 shots, winning on all rinks. Bedhampton didn’t do themselves any good by playing the match 2short.

With three clubs being relegated this year, it’s not looking good for bottom club Bridgemary in their Silver-Jubilee year. A 38shot away defeat at fellow relegation haunted club Denmead certainly didn’t help them. Although both clubs won on 2rinks, Denmead had big victories on the rinks of Tony Sewell & Mike Wright. Despite the win, Denmead are still in the 3rd relegation spot.

Finally, it wasn’t a good night for next to bottom College Park as they fell to a 2shot away defeat at Naismith, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. The defeat means that College are now 28points behind Naismith, although they do have a game in hand over them.

 

In Division 3, the battle for the sole promotion spot looks to be down to 3clubs, Hayling Island, Gas Social and Purbrook Heath, with Pembroke Gardens having, at best, an outside chance of spoiling the celebrations.

Leaders Hayling beat visiting Cosham Park by 35shots. Although they won on 3rinks, they had to thank the 22shot win by Graham Theobald’s quartet for the victory. However, Hayling have played 1 more match than closest rivals Gas Social and have the week off in the next round of matches.

Gas Social kept the pressure up by beating visitors Emsworth by 36shots and got the maximum point haul from the game. Leading the way for Gas was George Reuter’s rink.

3rd place Purbrook Heath didn’t do themselves any good as the slumped to a 16shot away defeat at the hands of Pembroke Gardens. Pembroke won on 3rinks, led by Trevor Watkins’ quartet. Despite the defeat, Purbrook are still in the hunt as they have 2 games in hand over Gas and the two meet next week at the Heath.


Views From The Head – Dateline July 18th

 

In Division 1, leaders Waverley put their visitors Waterlooville to the sword, inflicting a 73shot victory. Not surprisingly, they won on all 4rinks, with only John Biggs’ quartet NOT recording a double digit winning margin.

 

Priory retained 2nd spot after their battle at Alexandra resulted in a slender 1shot victory, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. Priory won the match thanks to the 9shots picked up on the last end by three of their rinks.

 

Leigh Park moved clearer of the relegation spots with their 8shot victory at Lee-on-the-Solent. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 12shot win on Jamie Ward’s rink that swung the match the way of the Park people.

 

At the bottom of the table, it was indeed a 32pointer at Cowplain as the home club made full use of their carpet to inflict a 78shot beating on Portsmouth Water, which reduced the gap between the two down to 4points. All the Cowplain rinks had big wins and leading the way was the “odd-job” rink of Peter Little with their 30shot win.

 

Vospers are now 17points adrift at the bottom following their 51shot away defeat at Fareham. Fareham won on 3rinks, led by the 25shot victory by John Travers’ quartet. Ray Porter’s men at least got Vospers’ 2points from the match with their 2shot win.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner maintained their steam-roller approach to return to the top division with 2victories in the week.

 - On Monday, in their rearranged match at Star, postponed on “deluge” Friday, they recorded a 17shot victory, winning on 3rinks, led by the 11shot by Phil Pinder’s quartet.

 - They did even better on Friday as they whipped visitors Denmead by 34shots. They won on all rinks, with 2 of them winning by 11shots.

 

It was a bad week for Denmead, as on the Tuesday they became the 3rd team to lose to Bridgemary in a tough tussle. The Glyn Jones’ quartet did their best for Denmead as they recorded a 15shot win, but they were badly let down by their teammates as the other rinks all lost. It was Bridgemary’s 2nd win on the trot!!

 - Those 2defeats meant that Denmead dropped into the relegation zone (3 teams this year!)

 

However, Bridgemary couldn’t maintain their progress as on Friday as they fell to an 8shot defeat at Crofton. Peter Cooper’s quartet did their best for them with their 16shot win, but that was covered by the 15shot win on Pete Moody’s rink for Crofton and as they also won the other 2rinks the match went their way.

                                                                                                      

The match between the clubs in 2nd & 3rd place went the way of visitors Gosport who eked out a 3shot away win at Milton Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 8shot win by Dave Blackledge’s quartet that swung the match the way of the “Peninsula” men.

 - The win meant the clubs swapped places in the Division.

 

At the bottom of the table, Naismith moved out of the relegation zone with their 15shot home win over Star & Crescent. They won on 3rinks, led by the 19shot win by Howard Davis’ men. Simon Filippi’s quartet did their best for the Southsea club with their 13shot victory.

 

It’s looking bad for College Park after they fell to their 6th successive defeat with a 9shot home defeat by the carpet boys from Bedhampton. The 15shot win on Mike Case’s rink (well triple actually as they played 1short).

 - They and Bridgemary are now 20points shy of getting out of the relegation zone.

 

 

In Division 3, Emsworth played the top 2, with neither game going well for them.

 - On Monday they visited Hayling Island and left with just 2points after they suffered a 41shot defeat. All rinks featured big rinks, but the 15shot win by Emsworths’ Alan Lee rink was swamped by the winning margins on Hayling’s 3rinks, led by Dave John’s quartet.

 - They fared even worse on Friday as they suffered a 30shot home defeat at the hands of Gas Social. This was another match rescheduled from “deluge” Friday and it was the large wins on two of the Gas rinks (Budd & Reuter) that swung the match the Gas board’s way.

 

Purbrook Heath moved into 3rd place after their 20shot away win over Cosham Park, picking up 15points from the match. The only rink that let them down was captain Tony Wall’s, which had a tough tussle with John Corcoran’s quartet that ended in a tie.

 

The bottom two met in Old Portsmouth, which resulted in a 75shot, all rink home win for Pembroke Gardens over Phoenix. Mind you, at least two of Phoenix’s rinks put up a battle only losing by 6 and 8 shots. So what they must have thought of the 28 and 33 shot debacles on the other 2rinks leaves a lot to imagine (probably very strong whisky’s or whiskey’s for the Irish amongst them)

 


Views From The Head – Dateline July 8th

 

In Division 1, with the top 2 playing each other in the National Top Club, attention was turned onto the bottom of the table.

 

Portsmouth Water had a mixed week.

 - In a rearranged match at the start of the week, they fell to a 14shot home defeat at the hands of Leigh Park, with only Brent Riste’s rink preventing the white-wash. Starring for Leigh Park was Pete Robinson’s rink with their 14shot win.

 - However, the waterboys bounced back from that defeat by trouncing Vospers on Friday by 29shots, picking up 15points from the game. Brent Riste’s quartet again starred with their 29shot win, whilst Jon Sunderland’s rink managed to salvage a point for Vospers after they slugged out a 24all tie.

 

Cowplain couldn’t take advantage of the Vospers defeat as they fell to a 1shot home loss at the hands of Lee-on-the-Solent in a match that was settled by a tight measure on the last end. Mike Hyland’s rink did their best for Cowplain with their 21shot win but were let down by their compatriots.

 

In the remaining match played, Waterlooville did themselves a power of good with their 48shot, all rink home win over Alexandra. Starring for ‘ville was Brian LeMarquer’s rink with their 31shot victory.

 

So, Portsmouth Water have opened up a 20point gap over the bottom 2, but have played a game more, which means that their game next week at Cowplain is now a 32pointer.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner are still 100% after their 22shot away win at Crofton. They won on 3rinks, led by the Alan Prince rink with their 17shot victory. Peter Moody’s quartet prevented Crofton with their 3shot win.

                                                                                                      

2nd placed Milton Park travelled to Denmead and returned with a 20shot victory. They won on 2rinks, drawing a 3rd and had to thank the 19shot win on Dave Brown’s rink for the size of their win.

 

Gosport closed the gap to them with their 55shot, all rink home win over Naismith. Ken Stanbury’s rink led the way with their 21shot victory.

 

Star & Crescent got over their bad run with an 8shot home win over College Park. Alan Taw’s quartet did their best for the park-men with their 12shot win, but didn’t get any support from the rest.

 

Finally, Bridgemary managed their 1st home win as Bedhampton’s frailties on grass surfaced again. Bridgemary won by 30shots, winning on 3rinks, led by Peter Cooper’s quartet.

 

 

It was a busy week in Division 3 as clubs had to fit in two matches:

 - On Monday:

    - The top 2 met at Northern Road and resulted in Gas Social defeating leaders Hayling Island by 4shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the winning margins on the rinks of Stuart Townsley & Derek Langford for Gas covered the 10shot win by Tom Walsh’s Hayling quartet.

    - Emsworth’s chances of closing the gap on the top 2 foundered as they fell to a 35shot home defeat at the hands of Purbrook Heath. Purbrook won all rinks, led by the 12shot victory on Mike Frank’s rink.

    - Bottom club Phoenix fell to a 37shot home defeat at the hands of Cosham Park. Cosham won on all rinks, led by the 20shot victory for Ron Jacobs’ men.

- Then, on Friday:

    - Gas Social followed up their Monday win with a 38shot home win over Pembroke Gardens. They won on 3rinks, led by the 25shot win on Terry Budd’s rink.

    - Bottom club Phoenix completed a woeful week as they were beaten again at home by leaders Hayling Island, this time by 37shots. At least they managed to get a point from the match as George Russell’s quartet fought back on the last 3ends to get a tie. Leading the way for Hayling was the rink of Martin Hopper with their 18shot victory.

    - Finally, the match between Emsworth and Cosham Park was a tight affair, with the clubs winning 1rink each and drawing the other 2. The match was settled by the fact that Cosham were 1short on their only winning rink, with the resulting 25% deduction leading to Emsworth winning the match by 1shot.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline July 1st

 

In Division 1, leaders Waverley increased their lead at the top of the table with their 27shot home win over Cowplain, getting their own back on their shock defeat at Cowplain earlier in the season. Waverley won on 3rinks, led by the 18shot victory on John Biggs’ rink. Dave Luffman’s rink were, again, Cowplain’s only winning rink against Waverley, as a 3 on the final end gave them a slender 1shot win.

 

2nd placed Priory had a tough match at Vospers, finally winning by 6shots. They only won on the rink of Adrian Snook, whose 10shot victory covered the defeats on 2 Vospers rinks, with the final rink being drawn.

 

3rd placed Lee-on-the-Solent did Portsmouth Water no favours as they gained a 25shot away win in Havant. Although both clubs won on 2rinks, the 21shot victory by Martin Ellis’ men did all the damage for the Solenteers.

 

Alexandra handed out a 33shot, all rink home win over Leigh Park, led by the 11shot victory on Steve Feilder’s rink.

 

Finally, Fareham did themselves a power of good with their 44shot home win over Waterlooville. They won on 3rinks, led by the 28shot win on Cyril Friend’s rink.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner won again on the road, this time at bottom club Bridgemary by 35shots. Rowner won on 3rinks, led by the 18shot win by Phil Pinder’s quartet.

 

2nd placed Milton Park just managed to get the better of Crofton with their single shot home win. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 18shot victory on Andy McKain’s rink covered the losses inflicted by the Crofton rinks of Doug Currie & Peter Moody. The match was decided in Milton’s favour by the 4shots picked up by Tony Hurst’s quartet on the last end.

 

Gosport moved into 3rd place with their 51shot away win at College Park. They won on 3rinks, led by Ken Stanbury’s 29shot victory.

 

Star & Crescent nearly managed to beat Bedhampton on their carpet, failing by 1shot. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, Bedhampton just hung on to the victory as Star picked up 5shots on the last ends of 3 of the rinks.

 

Finally, Denmead had an excellent 15shot away win at Naismith, winning on 3rinks, led by Mike Wright’s 12shot victory.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders Hayling Island put 2nd place Gas Social firmly in their place with an all rink 43shot home win. Tom Walsh’s quartet led the way with their 27shot win.

 

Emsworth moved into 3rd spot with their excellent 35shot away win at Purbrook Heath. They won on 3rinks, led by the 23shot victory for Alan Lee’s quartet.

 

Finally, Cosham Park defeated bottom club Phoenix by 45shots on their home turf, with big victories on their 3winning rinks.

 

 

And now, something from my roving reporter:

 

Eventful Night Out in Southsea

It was all happening in Southsea on Monday night, just as the Black team were about to start their rearranged game against Waverley Blue there was a screech of tyres then a crash and police sirens. No, it wasn’t a raid to catch some Waverley scallywag but a police chase after a hit & run on a cyclist. In taking evasive action, the perpetrator tried to make a handbrake turn into Lowcay Road, only to hit a Silver Audi before trying to make his escape. Police vans and cars swept the area & Wattie hid out of sight.

 

Eventually the game got underway and it was a close affair all evening. On Rink 6, it looked like it was going to be a high scoring affair between Arthur Newland and Sean O’Mara with both sides picking up high shots as they tried to master a tricky rink. On Rink 5, “Odd Job” (formerly known as the Decorator) got the better of Mark Howe and raced to a 14-4 lead after 7 ends, then proceeded to get stuck for the next 8 ends as the Ronnie Adams banter & chat wore them down and the home side took over the lead. Finally, on Rink 4, Mike Fryatt’s four were engaged in a low scoring affair against a Phil Drewball’s rink, including ex Priory man Chris Bridle, which had a 5 shot lead at half way.

 

First to finish was Rink 6, where the Priory boys first took the lead on the 14th end and pulled away to end up 24-21. Next to finish was Rink 4, where Mick pulled back to go down by 3; 13-16, which meant the scores were level. So it all came down to the slow coaches on 5 who still had an end to play. Going into that Final End, the home side were 2 up, but when it came to the skips turn, Priory were holding 2. Then Mark drew second wood only for “Odd Job” to remove it to give him 2 shots again. Attacking the head to get the win, Mark only succeeded in knocking the jack to Priory woods, giving them 3 shots, where-upon, “Odd Job” bowled his best wood of the night by immediately downing tools and putting it under his arm to take the win.

 

An important win as the Blacks had slipped down the table and with the teams around them dropping points the 10 moved them back up to joint top and only behind on shot difference caused by 2 disastrous visits to the Waterlooville carpet.

 

A follow-up to the excitement at the start of the match, I met up with Sean later in the week,  who told me that if he had listened to his passenger, it would have been his car that was smacked into. So, as always, don’t listen to back-street drivers!!

 


Views From The Head – Dateline June 23rd

 

The 2nd half of the season started with a busy week for clubs with 2 matches being played:

 

In Division 1:

 - Monday’s matches were all good for the visitors as they all resulted in away wins.

   - Unsurprisingly, Waverley still leads the pack after their 22shot, 3rink win at Portsmouth Water. At least the Water men did keep the deficit to double figures AND they won a rink – take a bow Brent Riste’s quartet.

 

   - 2nd placed Priory were turned over by Waterlooville, who got their own back by being taken apart on their own carpet way back in April. ‘ville won by 12shots, thanks to the wins on the rinks of Joe Slatter, Richard Allen & Derek Holt. It must have been a bemused Steve Watt quartet which left the green after their 13shot win – wot were all the problems??

 

   - The most surprising result of the evening was at Fareham, where Cowplain gained their 1st victory on grass with their 28shot win. They won on 3rinks, led by Mike Hyland’s men.

 

   - Alexandra suffered a 34shot all rink drubbing at the hands of Lee-on-the-Solent. Dennis Wren’s quartet starred for the Solent men. The victory swapped the clubs around in 3rd/4th spot in the table.

 

   -  A tight match at Vospers went the way of Leigh Park who gained a 4shot victory, both clubs winning on 2rinks. The defeat pushed Vospers to the bottom of the table.

 

- Friday’s matches saw something of a return to normal:

   - Lee-on-the-Solent couldn’t build on their win at Alex as they ran into the Waverley juggernaut, who beat them by 30shots at their Solent home.

 

   - Priory recovered from the defeat by Waterlooville by putting visitors Portsmouth Water to the sword, winning by 31shots. Priory won on all rinks, led by Roly Bloy’s quartet.

 

   - Cowplain were another who couldn’t build on the momentum of their win at Fareham, as they lost at home by 3shots to Alexandra. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot win by Carl Baggott’s quartet that swung the match Alex’s way.

 

   - It was bad fortnight for Fareham as they fell to their 3rd successive defeat, this time by 27shots at Leigh Park. The park boys won on 3rinks, led by Jamie Ward’s rink.

 

   -  Finally, Vospers lost again, this time by 31shots at Waterlooville. The carpet boys won on 3rinks.

 

 

In Division 2:

 - On Monday:

   - Leaders Rowner travelled to Naismith and returned with a 48shot, all rinks win, led by Barry Stafford’s rink.

 

   - 2nd placed Star lost again, this time by 14shots to visitors Gosport. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, Gosport’s victory was thanks to the 23shot win by Ken Stanbury’s rink.

 

   - Milton Park moved into 2nd spot with their 25shot away win at bottom club Bridgemary. Milton won on 3rinks, led by David Bromley’s rink.

 

   - Bedhampton beat Denmead by 26shots on their carpet, winning on 3rinks, led by Keith Read’s rink.

 

   -  Crofton moved above College at the bottom of the table after their 6shot win at the park. Crofton had to thank Peter Moody’s rink for the win following their 11shot victory.

 

- On Friday:

   - The top two met at Rowner, with Rowner recording a 17shot win over Milton Park. Although Rowner won on 3rinks, they had to thank the 15shot victory by Alan Prince’s quartet for the size of their win.

 

   - Away from their carpet, Bedhampton were severely chastised, crashing to an 87shot thrashing at Gosport, only managing a team total of 38shots!!!

   - At the bottom of the table, Crofton moved 10points clear of the relegation zone with their tight single shot home, which saw both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

   - Denmead moved above College Park following their 18shot home win, but they are both still in the relegation zone.

 

   -  Finally, Bridgemary recorded their 1st win of the season as they travelled to Southsea to beat Star by 8shots. They won on 2rinks and tied on another.

 

 

In Division 3:

- On Monday:

   - Leaders Gas Social fell to an 11shot away defeat at the hands of Pembroke Gardens. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 11shot win by Dave Brookes’ quartet that did the damage for the Southsea club.

 

   - That defeat allowed Hayling Island return to the top of the table after their 10shot home win over Phoenix. Hayling had to thank Martin Hopper’s quartet for the win after their 12shot victory. The win also halted Hayling’s recent slump in form.

 

   - The two clubs who suffered most with players not getting to their matches last Friday thanks to the Hayling flood met at Cosham Park, and it was Emsworth who were celebrating after their 21shot win. Jack Llewellyn’s quartet did all the damage for Emsworth with their 20shot victory.

 

- On Friday:

   - Hayling maintained their form with a 13shot away win at Pembroke Gardens. Hayling won on 2rinks and tied another, with Mark Hollis’ rink doing the damage with their 16shot win.

 

   - Gas recovered from their Monday defeat to make it a week to forget for Cosham as they beat them by 39shots. Mike Hatchard’s rink did the damage for Gas with their 22shot victory.

 

   - Finally, Phoenix beat Purbrook Heath by 14shots to move above Cosham at the bottom of the table.

 


Views from the Head – Dateline June 18th

 

In Division 1, Waverley still leads the pack after their 19shot home win over Fareham. They won on 3rinks, led by the 11 shot victory on Paul Cooke’s rink. John Travers’ rink stopped any chance of Fareham being whitewashed with their 6shot win.

 

Priory lie 2nd after their 4shot away win at Cowplain. The winning margins on Priory’s 3 victorious rinks overcame the 15shot win on Cowplain’s Mike Hyland rink.

 

Alexandra and Portsmouth Water slugged out a 77all draw, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. The match was decided by a very close measure on the final end which denied Peter Musson’s rink a 3rd shot which would have won the match for the waterboys.

 

Leigh Park gave themselves some breathing room at the bottom of the table as they had an excellent 32shot home win over Waterlooville. They won on 3rinks, with the size of their winning margin down to the 22shot victory by Ben Cope’s quartet. Richard Allen’s 4shot victory prevented the whitewash.

 

It hasn’t been a good fortnight for Vospers:

 - In the only Div. 1 match played last week, they couldn’t build on their impressive victory at Alexandra as they fell to a 25shot home defeat by Portsmouth Water. The watermen won all 4rinks, led by the 17shot win on Brent Riste’s rink.

 - But it got even worse on Friday as they slumped to a 77shot thrashing at Lee-on-the-Solent. Unsurprisingly, the Solent club won on all 4rinks, with the rinks of Graham Hillier& Dennis Wren both recording 26shot victories.

 

 

In Division 2, with leaders Rowner match against Bedhampton not played due to the massive traffic problems around Hayling Island, Star & Crescent blew their chance of closing the gap to them as they fell to a 13shot away defeat at Crofton, only picking up 2points from the match thanks to Simon Filippi’s rink. Crofton won the other 2rinks, led by Charlie Read’s quartet.

 

Milton Park closed the gap to Star after their 32shot home win over College Park, winning on 3rinks. The size of the victory was down to the 27shot win by Andy McKain’s rink.

 

At the bottom of the table, Denmead lost again, this time by 16shots at home to Gosport. Gosport only won 1rink, but the 22shot win by Tony Horne’s men did all the damage.

 

Bottom club Bridgemary are still winless after their 25shot defeat at Naismith. Naismith won on 3rinks, with Mick Chandler’s rink doing all the damage with their 20shot win.

 

 

In Division 3, since going to the top of the table, Hayling Island have not found the rarefied atmosphere to their liking as they have fallen to two successive defeats:

 - In the only Div. 3 match played last week they fell to a 9shot defeat at Cosham Park.

 - Then, on Monday, they lost again away at nearest rival Gas Social by 8shots. Although both clubs won on 2rinks, it was the 18shot win by Derek Langford’s rink that swung the match Gas’ way.

 

However, on Friday, Gas couldn’t take full advantage of that win as they fell to a 13shot home defeat at the hands of Purbrook Heath, who won on 3rinks. However, the two match points Gas picked up, thanks again to Derek Langford’s rink, meant they took over at the top of the table.

 

The other two matches in the division suffered from players getting caught up in the road chaos caused by the Hayling burst water main:

 - Pembroke Gardens were victors again, beating a depleted Cosham by 10shots, winning on 3rinks.

 - Whilst Phoenix got their 2nd win of the season with a 35shot home win over a similarly depleted Emsworth. Phoenix won on 3rinks, led by John Timmins’ quartet, with Jack Llewellyn’s rink preventing Emsworth being whitewashed.

 

 


Views From The Head – Dateline June 9th

 

County Update

The first finalists from the East Area to the County Quarter Finals were ascertained on Saturday in the Senior Fours at Waverley BC.

 

 - The Cowplain quartet of Peter Doran, Brian Horn, David Luffman & Bryan Franklin got the better of the Fareham foursome of  Brian Shakespeare, Richard Ellis, Paul Nicholls & Tom Pullin by 2hots, recovering from being 6shots down at the half-way point.

 

 - The other finalists are the Lee-on-the-Solent quartet of Brian Knight, Graham Olden, Les Davis & Dave Turner, who beat the Denmead foursome of David Edwards, Kim Roberts, Steven Schofield & John Wildig by 4shots.

 

The County Club has now reached the Semi-Final stage and sees Fareham take on Priory, whilst Leigh Park hosts Waverley.

 

 - Fareham got thru’ with an excellent 15shot away win on the carpet of Waterloovile.

 - Priory also had 15shot away win, theirs being at Alexandra.

 - Leigh Park saw off Portsmouth Water by 22shots at their Front Lawn home.

 - A much changed Waverley side saw off Cowplain (also showing many changes) by 18shots.

 

P&D

Storm Miguel played havoc with Friday’s League bowls, washing out all of the matches that were due to be played.

 

However, two games were played on the Monday:

 

 - In Division 1, Vospers couldn’t build on their impressive victory at Alexandra as they fell to a 25shot home defeat by Portsmouth Water. The watermen won all 4rinks, led by the 17shot win on Brent Riste’s rink.

 

 - Meanwhile, in Division 3, leaders Hayling Island were brought down to earth with a bump after their visit to Cosham Park resulted in a 9shot defeat. They only picked up 2points from the match, thanks to Thomas Walsh’s rink, but they were let down by their other rinks where Cosham had easy victories - and John Corcoran finally broke his duck with a win!!

 

At least I can now turn my attention onto the Combination Leagues.

 

In Comb1, the hissing sound heard out of Milton Park was NOT (so I was told) the reaction to residents as the ginger-rug topped ********* entourage swept out of town, but the pricked bubble of Priory Black’s title hopes (again NOT my words) as they succumbed to an 18 shot defeat at the hands of Lee-on-the-Solent B.

 

That defeat meant that Cowplain Red’s victory in the carpet struggle against Waterlooville Green moved them to the top of the table. Cowplain won by 8shots.

 

It wasn’t a good night for the Abbots club, as their Silver side also lost at home, by 20shots to Waverley Blue, a result that leaves them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

 

A nail-biting 1shot victory by Alexandra Blue at Fareham C moved them into 3rd spot. The win was only achieved by the margin achieved by their only winning rink.

 

In the battle between two other sides at the bottom end, Waterlooville Gold walked away with a 29shot win at Rowner B. So embarrassed was the Rowner captain that he denigrated ‘ville’s match score by 10shots!!

 

 

In Comb2, the top 2 met at Purbrook Heath and it was Hayling Island that walked away with the spoils with their 34shot, all rink win over Purbrook’s Maroon side, which leapt-frogged them to the top of the table.

 

Vospers B missed the chance of going 2nd after they fell to a 9shot away defeat at the hands of Waverley Red.

 

Finally, Lee On Solent C moved level on points with Milton Park B after beating them by 7shots at the Solent home. The victory was due (so I was informed) by a wonderful performance by their captain, much to the displeasure of a certain Milton bowler.

 

The bottom of the table clash between Alexandra Red &  Bedhampton B resulted in a 4shot win for the Northern Parade side, with each winning on 1rink and the 3rd being tied.

 

 

In Comb3, Leigh Park Red moved to the top of the table with their 17shot away win at Milton Park C, just failing to garner all the points.

 

Previous leaders Gas Social lost at home by 8shots to Cosham Park, whilst Cowplain Green made full use of their carpet to move into 3rd spot with their 50shot thrashing of Gosport. (Note to Gosport – try a practice run-out on your own carpet beforehand).

 

 

In Comb4, Eastney failed to take advantage of College Park putting their feet up as they were drubbed by 19shots at home to visitors Naismith.

 

The battle between the 3rd & 4th placed sides went the way of Phoenix who made good use of their home turf to beat Portsmouth Water by 21shots.

 

Cowplain Gold won for only the 2nd time this season with their 12shot home win over Denmead, whilst on the peninsula, Bridgemary also managed their 2nd win with a 10shot home win over Fareham B.

 

Finally, a shufty at wots going on in the Midweek Triples.

 

In the Town Blue division, Waverley are enjoying their debut to this form as they lead by 9points from Vospers Blue, who do have a game in hand.

 

The Town Red division is looking like becoming the usual battle between Vospers & College Park, with Vospers 2points in front, but College do have a game in hand. Gas is 10points behind these 2.

 

In the East division, Bedhampton lead by a point from Cowplain Purple, with Hayling & Emsworth 10points further back.

 

In the West division, Fareham Cream lead by 5points from their Gold side and Forton, with Rowner “A” a further point behind.

 

Finally, the Combination division looks like turning into a 2horse race between the 2 Portchester sides, with the Black’s leading the Greens by 6points and Cowplain White a further 6points behind these two.

 


Views from the Head – Dateline June 2nd

 

In Division 1 the top 2 met at Waverley and it was the home side that increased their lead by beating Priory by 37 shots. They won on all rinks with big wins of the rinks of John Biggs & Matthew Marchant.

 

Fareham moved into 3rd place after their 40shot home win over Portsmouth Water. They won on 3rinks, led by Cyril Friend’s 34shot victory, whilst Brent Riste’s quartet prevented the whitewash.

 

Alexandra dropped to 4th spot after their 10 shot home defeat at the hands of Vospers. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 10 & 9shot victories on the rinks of Terry Smith & Dave Young respectively swung the match Vospers way.

 

Lee-on-the-Solent leap-frogged Waterloovile into 5th spot after thrashing them by 47shots at their Solent home. They won all 4rinks with the size of their victory helped by the 21shots win by Graham Hillier’s quartet.

 

Cowplain moved off the bottom of the table with their 20shot home win over Leigh Park. They won on 3rinks with the victory thanks to the 24shot win on David Luffman’s rink. In was a match between 2nd string sides, with Cowplain shorn of 5regulars (a way forward possibly!!), whilst the parkmen were 3down and short of their best skip.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner are still 100% record after their 34shot home win over peninsula rivals Gosport. They won on 3rinks, led by Phil Pinder’s quartet. Dave Blackledge’s quartet just prevented the whitewash.

 

2nd place Star & Crescent lost their 100% record after they fell to a 6shot away defeat at Milton Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 17shot win on Andy McKain’s rink for Milton overcame the 10shot defeat by the Star’s of Simon Filippi’s quartet.

 

Milton Park lie 3rd after their 22shot home win over Denmead. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 27shot win on Andy McKain’s rink that was responsible for Milton’s victory.

 

Bedhampton’s frailties on grass surfaced again as they suffered a 23shot away defeat at the hands of Naismith. The home club won all 4rinks, led by the 14shot win on Kelvin Chandler’s rink.

 

At the bottom of the table, Denmead dropped into the relegation zone after they were beaten by 11shots at Crofton. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 22shot win by Charlie Read’s rink that ensured Crofton of their victory.

 

Bottom club Bridgemary lost again, this time by 18shots at College Park, but at least they did manage to win on 2rinks. However, the 23shot win by John Hyslop’s men (which included a hot-shot) meant that College easily won the match which put them 7points above the relegation zone.

 

 

In Division 3 the top two met at Hayling with the home club recording an emphatic 64shot, all rinks win over visitors Purbrook Heath. The size of the victory margin was thanks to the 21shot win on Graham Theobald, closely followed by the 20shot victory by Tom Walsh’s quartet.

The defeat dropped Purbrook into 5th spot.

 

Gas Social now lie 2nd after their 30shot home win over Phoenix. They won on 3rinks, with the size of their victory down to the 26shot win on George Reuter’s rink.

 

Pembroke Gardens are now 3rd following their 21shot home win over Emsworth. At what is, at the moment, “fortress” Pembroke, thanks to the possible arrival of a ginger-haired ****** (depending on the weather), both clubs won on 2rinks, but Pembroke’s victory was thanks to the 22shot win on Dave Brookes’ rink backed up by the 20shot win on Trevor Watkins’ (or a Trevor Watkins look-a-like) rink.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline May 27th

 

It was a busy week for many clubs as they had to fit in 3 games, two Cups games and one League.

 

The week started with the Rowland Hospital Cup, which had a few shocks.

 - Milton Park, co-tenants Milton & Priory met and it was the 2nd division club Milton who scrapped thru’ by 3shots.

 - At Fareham, the home side fell to a 12shot defeat at the hands of Leigh Park.

 - But the biggest shock was at Cowplain, where the club’s League side were beaten by their “Combo” side by 14shots, thanks to big wins for the 2 Peter’s, Parry’s Red quartet and Harris’ Greenmen.

 

Also getting through to the 2nd round were Crofton, Gas Social, Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, Rowner, Southsea Waverley & Waterlooville Green.

 

Next up was the 1st round of the County Club on Thursday.

 - Priory got their own back on Milton Park, beating them by 27shots.

 - Fareham also bounced back from their defeat to beat 2nd division leaders Rowner by 39shots.

 - Alexandra defeated Gosport by 14shots, whilst Waterlooville thrashed Lee-on-the-Solent by 50shots.

 - The closest match was between Star & Crescent and Leigh Park, which saw the park-team get thru by a single shot thanks to a nailbiting last end shoot-out.

 

Things got back to normal on Friday, as the Leagues took over.

 

In Division 1 Waverley continued on their merry way with a 25shot away win at Waterloovillle. They won on 3rinks, with big wins on Mark Hammond’s & Matt Marchant’s. Barry Tovey’s quartet prevented the whitewash with their 6shot win.

 

Priory kept pace with the Southsea men with a convincing 39shot, all rink home win over 3rd placed Alexandra. The size of Priory’s victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Mike Elliott (by 16) & Nigel Mundy (by 16).

 

It was a mixed set of results for those clubs in the bottom half of the table.

 

Best result was by Vospers, who had an excellent 23shot home win over Fareham. The win was thanks to the 20shot victory on Dean Boswell’s rink, (making his debut as a skip) and the 16shot win by Dave Young’s quartet. Charlie Bailey’s men did their best for Fareham with their 13shot win. The other rink was tied.

 

The other two matches were dog-eat-dog affairs.

 - Leigh Park recorded an 11shot home win over Lee-on-the-Solent. They won on 2rinks, thanks to the quartets of Paul Robinson & Ben Cope, with Martin Ellis winning for the solenteers, the final rink being tied.

 - The bottom two met at Portsmouth Water, with the home side beating Cowplain by 19shots, winning on 3rinks. Doing the damage for home side was Alan Sprake’s men with their 13shot victory. At one stage Cowplain must have been hoping to pick up more than 2points from the game, but fell away on the last 5ends on two of their rinks.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner are still 100% after their 25shot away win at Denmead. They won on all rinks, led by Barry Stafford’s quartet.

 

Star & Crescent are also 100% after their 22shot home win over Naismith. They won on 3rinks, led by the 13shot win for Simon Filippi’s rink, with the 3th rink being tied.

 

Despite losing at Gosport, Milton Park are still 3rd – but only on shot difference. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, Gosport’s 13shot win was thanks to the 24shot victory on Ken Stanbury’s rink.

 

Bedhampton are level on points with Milton after their 8shot home win over College Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 16shot win on John Burn’s rink that swung the match Bedhampton’s way.

 

Even this early in the season, it’s not looking good for Bridgemary as they suffered their 6th successive loss, this time by 12shots at home to Crofton. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 12shot win on Doug Currie’s rink that ensured Crofton’s victory.

 

 

In Division 3 Hayling Island took advantage of leaders Purbrook Heath not playing again to take over top spot with a 12shot away win at Emsworth. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, they had to thank the big victories on the rinks of Graham Theobald and Brian Pullan for taking home the spoils.

 

The bottom two met at Phoenix and it was the visitors, Pembroke Gardens, who left with the spoils after their 6shot win. With both clubs winning 2rinks each, Pembroke won thanks to the big wins on the rinks of Jack Chernin & David Brookes, which offset the large win for George Russell’s rink for Phoenix.

 

 


Views from the Head – Dateline May 21st

 

In Division 1 Waverley got their defeat at Cowplain out of their systems by venting their spleen thrashing Leigh Park by 56shots on their home turf in Southsea. The size of the victory was down to the 36shot win on Gary Starks’ rink. (What made it all the more embarrassing for the visitors it that they actually won on 1rink, thanks to Barry Dixon’s 10shot victory.

 

Priory moved into 2nd place after their 5shot away win at Fareham. In a close match, it wasn’t Priory winning on 3 rinks that was decisive. Instead, as was pointed out to me by the hero, it was the fight back on Richard Smalley’s rink that turned the tables for Priory. Having dropped the maximum on the 12th end to go 16shots down, they then picked up 12shots over the next 7 (did their opponents switched off?) to only lose by 5shots.

 

Alexandra halted Waterlooville’s recent run of wins with a 43shot, all rink home win. The size of the victory was thanks to the 28shot win on Steve Feilder’s rink.

 

At the bottom of the table, Cowplain’s frailties on grass again saw them undone as they lost by 22shots at Lee-on-the-Solent. Both clubs won on 2rinks, but the Solent men had big wins on theirs to take the victory.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner maintained their 100% record with a 35shot, all rink home win over Crofton. Leading the way for Rowner was the rink of Alan Prince, with their 16shot win.

 

Star & Crescent are also 100% following their 22shot away win at College Park. They won on 3rinks, led by the 17shot win on Robbie Dennison’s rink.

 

Milton Park lie 3rd after their 22shot home win over Denmead. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 27shot win on Andy McKain’s rink that was responsible for Milton’s victory.

 

Naismith recorded an 11shot victory over Gosport at their Swordsand’s home. Both clubs won on 2rinks, but Naismith had big wins on the rinks of Dave Webber (making his debut at skip) & Kelvin Chandler by 18 & 17 shots respectively.

 

Bottom club Bridgemary suffered another big loss, but this wasn’t unexpected as they were playing at Bedhampton, who made full use of their carpet in recording a 56shot, all rink win. Leading the way for Bedhampton was the 24shot win on John Burn’s rink.

 

 

In Division 3 leaders Purbrook Heath had the night off, enabling Gas Social close the gap on them to 3points following their 28shot away win at Pembroke Gardens. Gas won on all 4rinks, led by the 18shot win on Terry Budd’s rink. Mind you Pembroke didn’t help themselves playing 1short - the recalcitrant needs keelhauling.

 

Emsworth fell from grace after beating leaders Purbrook last week as they were beaten by 23shots at Cosham Park. Both clubs won on 2rinks, but the 27shot win by Roly Lane’s rink (which also included a maximum) was the cause of Cosham’s win, despite them having to play 1short on their other winning rink!!

 

Hayling Island won their 2nd match of the season with a 57shot home win over Phoenix. Hayling won on all 4rinks, with big wins on 3 of them, led by David Johns’ quartet.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline May 13th

 

In Division 1, seismic shocks were felt in Cowplain causing residents of Padnell Road to leave their houses. The reason? Well the second big shock of the season was at Cowplain, where leaders Waverley fell to their 1st defeat of the season beaten by 7shots by the bottom club. Now, according to the scorecards, Cowplain only went in front at the end of the match, as all 4 of their rinks won the last end!! In reality, with 2 ends to go, Cowplain were in fact 8shots to the good. In utter silence (unheard of in a Waverley match) Gary Stark’s rink picked up a 4 on the 20th end but, on the 21st, the pressure told as Mike Hyland’s quartet picked up a 3.

 - Cowplain only had won one winning rink, a 23shot victory for Dave Luffman’s quartet but the victory was helped by Bryan Franklin’s men coming back from a 19shot deficit at the halfway point to only lose by 8shots.

 

Second placed Fareham also lost their 1st match, falling to a 29shot defeat at Waterlooville (their 1st win of the season on their carpet, thereby dispelling the rumours that they were going to take it up after their two successes of the previous week on grass!! The match had 3 big winning rinks, Waterlooville’s rinks of Richard Allan & Derek Holt recording 20 & 24 shot wins respectively, whilst Lee Cunningham’s quartet won by 15 for Fareham. Amongst all this mayhem, the other rink was tied!!

 

Priory edged above Waterlooville on shot difference by recovering from their shock in Havant, to record a 21shot home win over Vospers. Priory won on 3rinks but had to thank the 12shot win on Martin Eggleton’s rink for the size of their victory.

 

Earlier in the week, Alexandra went to Leigh Park and left with a 23shot victory, also winning on 3rinks. The size of Alex’s win was down to the large victories on the rinks of Steve Feilder & Don Lilliey.

 

Finally, in a battle between 2 of the bottom 3 clubs, Lee-on-the-Solent won their 1st match with a 15shot home victory over Portsmouth Water, winning on 3 rinks. And there was another match of little defence as the Ellis v Musson match saw both rinks sharing 58shots!!

 

So, 4points cover the clubs in 2nd-4th place, whilst 5 covers the bottom five.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Rowner maintained their charge to promotion with a 40shot, all rink home victory over bottom club Bridgemary who appear to be turning into the division’s whipping boys.

 

Star & Crescent dropped a bit further behind Rowner as they could only win on 3rinks following their 39shot home win over Bedhampton. However, it was a close match on three of the rinks as Star’s victory was all due to the 36shot win on Simon Filippi’s rink.

 

Milton Park recovered from their 1st defeat by travelling to Crofton and leaving with a 7shot victory. Both clubs won on 2rinks, with the 25shot win on Andy McKain’s rink for Milton being matched by the 27shot win on Charlie Read’s rink for Crofton.

 

Denmead had a welcome return to their own green as they beat Naismith by 29shots. They won on 3rinks, led by Paul Kennington’s 19shot win, with Kelvin Chandler’s rink getting their own back for Naismith with their 12shot win.

 

The final match was a close affair at Gosport, with Gosport finally edging College Park by 7shots. Both clubs won on 2rinks and each had big wins on 1 rink, 13shots for Gosport’s Ken Stanbury four, whilst John Hyslop’s men won by 14 for College Park.

 

 

In Division 3 leaders Purbrook Heath fell to their 1st defeat of the season, by 22shots at Emsworth who won on 3rinks. The win moved Emsworth into 2nd place.

 

In the other match, Phoenix won their 1st match of the season with an 18shot home win over Cosham Park. Phoenix nearly completed the whitewash, John Timmins’ rink just failing to win their game on the final end.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline 6th May 2019.

 

It was a busy week for most clubs as two matches had to be played.

 

In Division 1:

On Monday:

Alexandra hosted old rivals Waverley in a match that had such hullabaloo the dead were awakened and foxes left their lairs. Out of all the noise, Waverley went away with the spoils with a 9shot victory, winning on 3rinks. For Alexandra, Paul Lawrence‘s rink had a 14shot win but this was offset by the 15shot win recorded by John Biggs‘ quartet for Waverley. 

 

Fareham followed up their win last week with a 17shot home victory over Lee-on-the-Solent. Fareham had 3 winning rinks, led again by Charlie Bailey‘s rink who recorded a 17shot victory. For the Solent team, Dennis Wren‘s rink prevented the whitewash with their 7shot win.

 

Bouyed by their excellent away win last week, Priory recorded another big victory, beating Leigh Park by 34shots at their Milton Park home. The size of the victory was thanks to the rinks of Steve Watt & Adran Snook both recording a 16shot win. Jamie Ward‘s rink prevented Leigh Park being whitewashed. 

 

The two promoted sides are finding it hard going at the moment, both losing again.

 - Cowplain were soundly beaten by Vospers at Northern Parade by 44shots. Vospers had big wins on 3rinks, led by Dave Young‘s quartet, whilst Dave Lufman‘s rink gave Cowplain something to be thankful for with their 6shot win.

 - Meanwhile, Portsmouth Water were still feeling the effects of their trip to Waverley as they fell to a 32shot home defeat by Waterlooville, gaining only a single point from the match thanks to Aan Sprake’s rink managed to tie their game. Waterlooville managed to forget their home drubbing last week by winning on the other 3rinks, led by the 20shot win on Derek Holt‘s rink.

 

 

Then on Friday:

From my eye in the sky, I received this:

 - “There was a runaway juggernaut incident in Southsea on Friday evening - several elderly casualties from the Lee-on-the-Solent area reported!!

All of which mean that Waverley continued their excellent start to the season by inflicting a 68shot thrashing on visitors Lee-on-the-Solent. Not surprisingly, they won on all rinks, with only Martin Ellis’ rink managing to keep their deficit down to single figures.

 

The 1st big shock of the season occurred in Havant where Portsmouth Water recorded their 1st win of the season against previously unbeaten Priory. Having only picked up 1point from their 1st two matches they might have entered the match not fancying their chances against Priory, who had had handsome wins in their 1st two games, but they were undoubtedly up for the match as they beat Priory by 26shots, with three large winning rinks, led by Brent Riste. Adrian Snook’s quartet prevented Priory being whitewashed.

 

Fareham maintained their good start with a 25shot home win over Leigh Park, winning on 3rinks with Charlie Bailey’s men once again leading the way.

 

It would appear that Waterlooville prefer playing on grass to their home carpet this season as they recorded their 2ns away win of the week, this one at Vospers by 22shots. They won on 3rinks, led by Richard Allen’s quartet, with Ray Porter’s foursome getting Vospers sole rink points. There was an amazing match between Derek Holt & Terry Smith which saw 56shots scored with Derek edging the win by 3shots!!

 

 

 

Finally, Cowplain are still looking for their 1st victory of the season as they fell to a 33shot away defeat at Alexandra, who won on 3rinks. The size of Alex’s win was due to the 29shot win on Barry Harman’s rink.

 

In Division 2:

On Monday:

Rowner continued their quest for an immediate return to the top division with a 50shot away win at College Park. Rowner won on all rinks and it was only Mal Rimmer‘s rink that kept their defeat to single digits for College with a 3shot loss.

 

Star & Crescent also won again, this time an 11shot home win over Denmead, winning on 3rinks, which would have been 2 if Denmead had managed to put out a complete side!!

 

Milton are also unbeaten, but only just, as they held on to beat Naismith by 1shot at Swordsands, with both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

Bedhampton took some steps to put their thrashing last week with a 5shot home win over Crofton. Bedhampton had 2winning rinks, Crofton 1, with the other being tied.

 

Bridgemary are finding it hard going at the moment as they fell to a 35shot home defeat by Gosport, losing on all rinks. Ken Stanbury‘s rink led the way for Gosport.

 

On Friday:

Leaders Rowner maintained their 100% start to the season by inflicting on Milton Park’s their 1st defeat with an 11shot win at Milton Park. Rowner won on 3rinks with Barry Stafford’s rink gaining an 11shot winning margin. Dave Brown’s quartet prevented Milton being whitewashed.

 

Star & Crescent are hot on Rowner’s heels as they kept their 100% record with a 7shot away win at Bridgemary. Both clubs had big wins on 2rinks but the 22shot win on Robbie Dennison’s rink turned the match Star’s way.

 

College Park bounced back from their thrashing by Rowner to record an 8shot home win over Denmead. College won on 3rinks but their victory was thanks to Alan Taw’s quartet 19shot win cancelling out Mike Wright’s 20shot win for Denmead.

 

Bedhampton made good use of their two home games during the week with a 14shot win against Gosport. Bedhampton won on the rinks of Alan Greenhouse & John Burn, with Ken Stanbury’s rink responding for Gosport, whilst the 4th was tied.

 

The battle between the two clubs at the bottom of the table went Naismith’s way as they just managed to hang on to their 3shot home victory over Crofton. The reason for the nail-biting was caused by Charlie Read’s Crofton rink that was banging out a 29shot win. Unfortunately for them they weren’t supported by their team mates as Naismith had large wins on the rinks of Mick Penny & Howard Davis which nearly cancelled out the shot deficit.

 

 

In Division 3:

On Monday:

Purbrook Heath followed up last week‘s away win with a 12shot home win over Pembroke Gardens. Both clubs won on 2rinks, Mick Frank & Tony Wall for Purbrook, Dave Brookes & Trevor Watkins for Pembroke.

 

Hayling Island started their season with a 3shot away defeat at Cosham Park. The margins on Cosham‘s three winning rinks overcame the 11shot win recorded by Brian Pullan’s rink for Hayling.

 

Gas Social got their 1st win of the season with a 5shot away win at Emsworth that was all due to the huge 27shot win for George Reuter, their only winning rink.

 

On Friday:

Purbrook Heath maintained their winning ways with a massive 77shot, all rinks home win over Phoenix. They now lead the division by 16points. For Phoenix, it was only George Russell’s rink that managed to post a reasonable deficit.

 

Gas Social moved into 2nd place with a 3shot away win at Cosham Park which was helped by Cosham having 2rinks playing 1short, thus losing 25% of their final rink score.

 

Pembroke fell to their 2nd away defeat of the week, this time by 28shots at Hayling Island. Hayling won on 3rinks, with Graham Theobald’s quartet leading the way with their 19shot victory.

 


Views From The Head: Dateline April 29th

 

The new season started off last week with players:

 a) Trying to get over the excess of chocolate intake [hopefully bought from that National Supermarket chain who promise their chokies are made from “Rainforest Alliance Certified farms” (sic) – just doing our bit for the planet!!)

 

 b) Contending with the effects of Storm Hannah.

 

In Division 1, Portsmouth Water, making a return to the top table after a 9 year absence, felt the brunt of it the most as their visit to Southsea Waverley saw the home side begin their defence of the title a brutal 74shot victory. The size of Waverley’s win was down to massive victories on the rinks of Mark Hammond and John Biggs which both reached 40shots. It certainly wasn’t a friendly welcome back to ex Waverley Jon Leggett!!

 

Cowplain, the other promoted team, couldn’t make home advantage count as they fell to an 18shot home defeat by Fareham, which was led by the 16shot win on Charlie Bailey’s rink. At least Peter Little had the satisfaction of winning his first game as a League skip with a 12shot win.

 

It was a bad night for the carpet clubs, as Waterlooville fell to a 38shot home defeat at the hands of Priory, who had Nigel Mundy’s rink to thank for the size of their victory as he stormed to a 30shot win.

 

Leigh Park started their season well with a 29shot home win over Vospers. In a game where defence was thrown to the winds, there were big wins on all four rinks, with the Park boys getting three of them.

 

The final match in the division was completely the opposite of all the others as Alexandra battled to a 1shot victory at Lee-on-the-Solent. Paul Lawrence’s rink was the only winning rink for Alex and his 6shot win was the difference.

 

 

In Division 2, relegated Bedhampton completed a bad night for the carpet clubs as they were demolished by 93shots at Denmead. At least, Keith Read’s rink kept the losing margin down to single digits, but Denmead won by 20shots and over on the other three, led by Mike Wright’s quartet. (The tactic of heavily watering the green working again!!)

 

Meanwhile, Rowner, the other relegated club, started their campaign for a swift return with a 44shot home win over Naismith. Barry Stafford’s rink led the way for Rowner with their 24shot win, whilst Mick Penny’s rink prevented the whitewash for Naismith with their 2shot win.

 

The promoted Div. 3 clubs had mixed fortunes. College Park had an excellent 8shot away win at Crofton. Their victory was down to win by John Newton’s rink as the winning margins on the other College rink was cancelled out by the single Crofton winning rink, with the 4th being tied.

 

Meanwhile, Bridgemary fell to a 22shot away defeat at the hands of Milton Park, whose victory was thanks to the 21shot win on Mick Brown’s rink.

 

In the remaining match in the division, Star battled through to a 2shot win at Gosport, thanks to the wins on the rinks of Robbie Dennison and Alan New which just outweighed the 16shot win gained on Ken Stanbury’s rink for Gosport.

 

 

In Division 3, relegated Purbook Heath began their campaign to return to Div. 2 with a 13shot away win at Gas Social. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

Pembroke Gardens got their season off to an excellent start with a 25shot home win against Cosham Park. Pembroke won on 3rinks, led by the 15shot victory by Dave Brookes’ quartet.

 

The other match in the division was a nail-biter, with Emsworth, last season’s wooden spoonist’s, just getting the better of Phoenix by 1shot at Phoenix’s home turf, with the result of the match dependent on the last end of the game. Going into it, Emsworth were leading by five shots, having won two of the rinks that had ended. On the remaining rink, Scott Compton’s Phoenix quartet had been making a charge on the previous 5ends to give Phoenix hope, but they just failed to get the 5 required to tie the match.