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Views From The Head – dateline Sept 17th

The winners of the Midweek Town and District Leagues were crowned last week as the winners of the Red & Blue divisions met for the Town title, with the East and West 1 division winners meeting for the District title in the two-legged play offs, bringing down the curtain on the 2018 bowls season.

In the Town League, Vospers Blue met Priory with the 1st leg being played at Vospers’ Northern Parade home and both matches proved that each club preferred bowling on their opponents green.

 - In the 1st Leg, Priory won all 3Triples with Arthur Newland’s trio leading the way with their 19shot win, which meant that Priory took a 22shot lead into the 2nd leg after their 63-41 win.

 - In the 2nd Leg at Milton Park, Vospers won two of the triples, with Ray Porter’s trio leading the way with a 10shot win. However, Andy Hibberd’s Priory Triple nearly covered that with their 9 shot victory, leaving Vospers the winners of the leg 51-47.

So Priory, who were making their debut in the Play-Off Finals, took the Town title 110-92.

In the District League, East champions Bedhampton met West champions Fareham with the 1st leg being played at Bedhampton’s Bidbury Mead home.

 - In the 1st Leg, Bedhampton would have been hoping to make full use of their carpet to take a big advantage into the 2nd leg. And it looked like that could be the case as John Brightman’s trio scored a 12shot win. However, all their good work was undone by David Holland’s trio who recorded a 28shot win for Fareham, meaning that Fareham took a 13shot lead into the 2nd leg as Fareham won 58-45.

- In the 2nd Leg at Fareham, any chance Bedhampton had of getting back into the match was to get off to a fast start and build a big lead. However, at the midway point they were only 2shots up and from that point, Fareham applied the pressure to win all 3triples and the match 54-33.

So Fareham did one better than the previous year to take the District title 112-78.


Views From The Head – Dateline August 26th

 

P&D News

Last week saw the final of the Rowland Hospital Cup together with some rearranged League matches, two of which settled the remaining Runners-Up spots.

 

Rowland Cup

In a game that went down to the final bowl of the match, Leigh Park prevented Waverley achieving the treble of County Club Winners, Div.1 Champions and Rowland Cup winners by 1shot in a tense finale.

 

Waverley made a fast start to the match so that after 5ends they were 9shots up overall which they maintained that at the halfway point and were still 7shots up at the completion of the 15th end.

 

At that point, the matches between Ben Cope v Matt Marchant and Paul Hatherley v Gary Starks were both tight, with only 1 shot in it in both of them. Meanwhile, Leigh Park’s Pete Robinson rink had fought back from a 1-8 deficit against John Biggs to go 18-13 ahead, whilst Waverley’s Mark Hammond rink were 12shots up against Dave Vintin.

 

As the match drew to its conclusion, the game between Vintin & Hammond had become a tactical battle that meant they were 4ends behind the others.

 

After the other 3rinks had ended their games, both Matt Marchant’s and Gary Starks’ rinks had won by 2shots, whilst Peter Robinson’s rink had extended his lead to 11shots, so that Leigh Park were leading by 7shots. However, Mark Hammond’s rink were still up by 12shots so Waverley led by 5shots overall. At that point Dave Vintin began bowling out of his skin by putting in telling woods on ends 18-20 which meant that Leigh Park were up by 2shots overall. He did it again on the 21st end when, having to bowl his last wood, he was 4 down in the head. However, his final bowl trailed the jack back towards his teammates waiting woods only to see it bounce of one of the Leigh Park bowls to rebound to the covering bowl Mark Hammond had delivered with his first wood. However, Mark then needed to get 2nd shot with his final bowl to force the extra end but his only hope lay in bowling on a tricky hand which he couldn’t quite achieve.

 

Leagues

 

In Division 1, the only matter that needed to be resolved was who was going to finish second to Waverley and there were two clubs vying for that spot, Lee-On-The Solent and Alexandra.

 

Lee’s chances were dented after they fell to a 23shot away defeat at Waverley. Despite Lee winning on 2rinks, it was the 32shot win on Waverley’s Matthew Marchant rink that proved their downfall.

 

That defeat meant that if Alexandra beat Vospers then they would claim the Runners-Up spot. And they did it in style with an all rink 35shot victory, led by the 19shot win for Carl Baggott’s rink.

 

 

In Division 2, the final game of the division saw Cowplain finishing their season at Gosport in what was, for them a celebratory match, as they already knew they had won the Division.

The game resulted in a 12shot win for Gosport, with both club’s winning on 2rinks. Ken Stanbury’s 14shot win turned the match Gosport’s way, whilst for Cowplain, Peter Crowley’s 3shot win came despite dropping a maximum on the 8th end - apparently the 8th spot came about by the aforementioned Crowley punching up a Gosport bowl 8yds into the count!!

Gosport’s victory meant they finished 3rd in the division, some 24points behind the runners-up.

 

 

In Division 3, the winners College Park ended their season with a 10shot win over co-tenants Phoenix. Phoenix’s Mick Hall rink fought a lone battle but their 13shot victory was overtaken by the 16shot defeat handed out by the College rink skipped by Roy Carter.

 

Bridgemary, despite losing by 15shots at Gas Social, sealed the Runners-Up spot as the win by Craig Rimmer’s rink got them the 2points required. Captain Derek Langford’s rink led the way for Gas.

 

However, in their final game of the season, Gas couldn’t follow up that win as they fell to a 20shot home defeat at the hands of Cosham Park. Cosham won on 3rinks, led by the 12shot win on Mike Heat’s rink.

 

Midweek Triples

Both Town divisions looked like they were going to be settled by Shot Difference.

 - In the Blue division, it’s between Vospers & Alexandra, with Alex having the benefit of having a game in hand. If they both get maximum points from the remaining matches, then Vospers have the upper hand as they currently have the better shot difference.

- In the Red division, the battle is between Priory & Vospers. However, Vospers failure to pick up all the points from their match at Eastney means they have to get maximum points from the last match and hope Priory don’t do likewise from theirs.

 

The winners of the East division will be decided next Tuesday with leaders Bedhampton taking on Waterlooville, whilst Cowplain Purple are away at Denmead Brown. If Bedhampton win their game then they take the division and go on to meet West 1 winners Fareham in the District Play-Off finals.

 

In the West 2 division, Fareham Cream made it a double delight for the club as they finally stumbled over the line despite being defeated at home by Rowner. However, they did manage to get the rink win that gained them the 2points they needed.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline Aug 19th

 

This week’s round of matches settled many issues in the League and Combination divisions.

 

Leagues

 

In Division 1, the match between Rowner and Waverley supplied the Division Winners and who joined Bedhampton in being relegated.

Once again, Rowner’s poor home form was their undoing as they lost on all rinks to Waverley, thereby consigning them to join Bedhampton in Division 2 next season.

Waverley’s 25shot victory, mainly due to the 15shot win on Gary Stark’s rink, also meant they had retained their title. Wot would have been even more galling for Rowner was that Waverley didn’t field a full 1st team.

 

Alexandra have recovered from their mid-season slump to move into the Runners-Up spot with 2home wins.

 - On Monday they beat Leigh Park by 38shots, winning on 3rinks. The size of the victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Barry Harman & Carl Baggott. (The defeat had the parkites sweating until they heard Rowner had lost so their div.1 status was safe)

 - Then, on Friday, they beat closest challengers Lee-on-the-Solent by 21shots. Alex won on 3rinks, with the size of their victory thanks to the 27shot win by Carl Baggott’s quartet.

 

Lee’s hopes of finishing second weren’t helped by them losing at Waterlooville by the slender margin of 2shots. It was a tight match throughout with the match turning ‘ville’s way thanks to the fight back on Richard Allen’s rink who picked up 5shots on the last 3ends to tie their game.

 

However, the runners-Up spot is still between Alexandra and Lee-on-the-Solent, with the Solent men having the advantage of a game in hand.

 

Priory finished the season with 2home victories.

 - On Monday, they beat Vospers by 20shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the big victories on the rinks of Nigel Mundy & Martin Eggleton that swung the match Priory’s way.

 - Then, on Friday, they beat Leigh Park by 23shots, winning on all rinks, with Richard Smalley’s quartet leading the way with their 15shot victory.

 

Fareham ended their season with a 23shot away defeat at bottom club Bedhampton. Bedhampton won on 3rinks, each of which had sizeable victories.

 

 

In Division 2, Portsmouth Water ensured themselves of promotion with a 41shot home win over Naismith on Monday, picking up 15points in the process. The size of victory was down to the 23shot win on Pete Musson’s rink.

 

Cowplain maintained their push for the Div. 2 trophy with a 72shot all rink win over Denmead. Leading the way for Cowplain was Dave Powe’s rink with a 28shot victory.

 

On Friday, in the rearranged match between Portsmouth Water and Milton Park, the fact that the watermen couldn’t win on all rinks meant that Cowplain won the division.

Portsmouth Water beat Milton by 15shots, winning on 3rinks led by Brent Riste’s 10shot victory.

 

At the bottom, Purbrook Heath had to win their home match against Gosport to give themselves any hope of avoiding relegation. However, they fell to 62shot defeat, with Gosport winning all 4rinks, led by the 22shot victory on Jim Oswell’s rink. The defeat meant that Purbrook join Hayling in Div. 3 next year.

 

Purbrook’s loss was music to the ears of Crofton when they got home from their match at Milton, as they were beaten by 17shots. Steve Caine’s rink prevented them being whitewashed, whilst Mick Brown’s men led the way for Milton.

 

Star had a 22sot home win over bottom club Hayling Island. They won on 3rinks, led by the 22shot victory of Simon Filippi’s quartet.

 

In other rearranged matches on Friday, Denmead ended their season with 37shot home win over Star. Simon Filippi’s rink did their best for Star recording a 13shot win but they weren’t supported by the teammates as that win was covered by the 11shot win on the Denmead rink of Tony Sewell but it was the 35shot victory by Brian Goldacre’s quartet that was the cause of the size of Denmead’s win.

 

Hayling lost their final match by 19shots at Naismith. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 26shot win on Mick Penny’s rink that gave Naismith victory.

 

Finally, Crofton celebrated avoiding relegation by travelling to Purbrook Heath to win the game by 11shots ending Purbrook’s sad season. Crofton won on 3rinks, led by the 12shot win on Charlie Read’s quartet.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders College Park assured themselves of the winner’s trophy after their 72all home draw with Gas Social. It was a close match throughout with both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

Bridgemary missed the chance to assure themselves of the runners-up spot as they fell to an 11shot defeat at Pembroke Gardens. However the 4points they gained from the match means they only need to acquire 1point from their last 2 matches to assure themselves of promotion.

Pembroke’s win was thanks to the 13shot win on Dave Brookes’ rink.

 

The win meant that Pembroke ended their season on a good note as on Monday they had lost by 2shots at Cosham Park. Pembroke did in fact win on 3rinks but couldn’t cover the loss inflicted by Cosham’s Mike Heat quartet. The defeat that was self-inflicted as they played 1short and the 25% shot deduction cost them the match!!

 

Finally, Phoenix travelled to Emsworth and left with a 30shot win. They won on 3rinks with the size of their victory being thanks to big wins on the rinks of John Timmins and George Russell. In fact the Emsworth captain did his side a disservice when reporting the result forgetting that Jack Llewellyn’s rink had won his match not lost it. I put it down to the surprise at fielding a full side for once – unlike his opponents!!

 

 

Combination

In the Combination League, it’s only in Comb. 2 that the teams to be promoted haven’t been decided yet.

This is how it’s gone in the other divisions…

 - Comb 1

   - Winners: Waverley Blue; Runners Up: Cowplain Red.

   - Relegated: Hayling Island B & Milton Park B

- Comb 2

   - Relegated: Gosport B

- Comb 3

   - Winners: Bedhampton B; Runners Up: Purbrook Maroon.

   - Relegated: Eastney & College Park Green

- Comb 4

   - Winners: Cosham Park B; Runners Up: Forton.

 

 


Views From The Head – Dateline 13th August

Rowlands Cup

The finalists for this year’s Rowland Cup were resolved on Saturday as the Semi-Finals were played at Milton Park.

 -  In the 1st Semi, old rivals Southsea Waverley and Alexandra met with Waverley coming out on top by 23shots.

 -  In the 2nd, Leigh Park took on Bedhampton, who were making their 2nd successive appearance at this stage. However, like last year, that was as far as they got as Leigh Park ran out easy winners by 46shots.

The Final will be played Alexandra B&SC on Saturday August 25th, 10am start

P&D News

Only 3 matches survived Friday’s deluge, although there were rearranged matches played earlier in the week.

In Division 1, Rowner are hanging on by their fingernails to life in the top division after their 16shot defeat at Waterlooville. They only picked up 1point from the game thanks to the tie gained by Keith Gerrard’s rink.

Mathematically Rowner can escape but they need to win their lost match 16-0 and hope Leigh Park pick up no more than 3points from their remaining matches.

However, the problem for Rowner is that:

1) Leigh Park have 3matches left

2) Rowner’s last match is at home to Waverley and Rowner have only won twice at home all season.

It was not a good week for Priory as they lost both the matches they played. In a rearranged match they lost at home to Alexandra. Alex won by 20shots and on 3rinks, with big wins on the rinks of Barry Harman & Dave Deacon.

Then, on Friday, they lost at Fareham by 16shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 10shot victory by John Travers’ quartet that swung the match Fareham’s way.

That result meant that Fareham are now safe as earlier in the week they had lost by 20shots at Lee-on-the-Solent. The size of Lee’s victory was down to the 13shot win on Dennis Wren’s rink.

In Division 2, all Friday’s matches were washed out, which was unfortunate as two big matches were due to have been played that could have decided who got promoted and relegated.

 - At the top of the table, Portsmouth Water were due to play promotion rivals Milton Park where victory would have ensured their promotion.

 - At the bottom, Purbrook Heath were due to have played Crofton in a match Purbrook would have needed to win convincingly to give themselves any chance of overtaking their opponents.

In Division 3, Bridgemary have almost secured the Runners-Up spot after their 24shots home victory over Phoenix. Although both clubs won on 2rinks, Bridgemary had big wins on the rinks of Alan Bloxham and Craig Rimmer. They now need to pick up another 9points from their remaining three matches to ensure they don’t get overtaken. 

On Friday, only one game survived the weather and it saw Cosham Park beating Gas Social by 6shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win by Tony Hall’s quartet that secured the victory for Cosham.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline 4th August

 

P&D News

Despite the hiatus caused by the Portsmouth Open matches were played that affected Divisions 2 & 3.

 

In Division 2, Portsmouth Water moved a step closer to promotion with an all rink 61shot demolition of Crofton, with Pete Musson’s quartet leading the way with their 32shot victory.

 

The result means that if they beat Milton Park in next week’s top game they are promoted.

 

At the bottom, Purbrook Heath couldn’t give themselves a lift as they fell to a 13shot home defeat at the hands of Denmead. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 20shot victory on Tony Sewell’s rink that turned the match Denmead’s way.

 

Their fate could be sealed next week when they host Crofton in a winner takes all match.

 

In Division 3, Bridgemary recovered from their drubbing by College Park to edge closer to promotion with a 43shot home win over bottom club Emsworth. They won on 3rinks, led by the 31shot victory on Craig Rimmer’s rink. The win moved them 18points clear of their 3rd placed challengers.

 

Meanwhile, leaders College Park fell to a surprise 7shot defeat at Cosham Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 10shot win on Alan Francis’ rink that swung the match Cosham’s way and, no doubt, there was great joy on Pete Duncan’s rink as they put one over former members Muller & Hyslop!!

 

Phoenix leapfrogged Pembroke Gardens into 3rd spot with a 14shot home win. Although they won on 3rinks they had to thank the 25shot victory by Mick Hall’s quartet as it cancelled out the 22shot defeat inflicted by Dave Brooke’s rink.

 

Finally, the bottom of the table clash went the way of Gas Social as they beat visitors Emsworth by 31shots. Gas won on 3rinks, led by the 15shot victory on captain Derek Langford’s rink.

 

 

Midweek Triples

As its “Glorious Goodwood Week”, I can bring out all the racing metaphors, so as we enter the final straight, here’s how it stands in the Midweek Triples Divisions:

 

Town Blue

It’s a 3 horse race for the Blue title between Vospers, Alexandra & Naismith with the later 2 have a game in hand over Vospers. Naismith meet Vospers next week but it may go down to the wire

 

Town Red

A 2 horse race here between Priory & Vospers with Vospers having a game in hand. And they do have to play each other.

 

East 1

Bedhampton are almost there. 2more wins will guarantee them the District play-off berth but as their closest rivals Cowplain Purple & Waterlooville meet next week at the ‘ville they could be crowned after the next round of matches.

 

West 1

Gosport A, Fareham & Rowner A are having a titanic struggle with Rowner having the benefit of a match in hand. The top 2 meet each other next week whilst Rowner’s remaining games are against the bottom two.

 

West 2

Fareham Cream should win the division unless they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by losing at home to closest rivals Lee-on-the-Solent B who also have a game in hand on them.

 

Combination

Portchester Black won the division this week as their nearest challengers both lost.

The battle for the Runners-Up plaque is between 5 clubs and could be settled in next week’s match between Bedhampton Red and Bridgemary, who also have a game in hand over them.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline July 28th

 

Rowlands Cup

The Quarter Finals of the Rowlands Cup were played last Monday and resulted in the following Semi-Final line up:

 - Alexandra ‘B’ v Southsea Waverley ‘B’

 - Leigh Park v Bedhampton

They will be played on Saturday August 11th at Milton Park, 10am start.

 

Leagues

The Leagues are having a short break after this week’s matches as the Portsmouth Open takes centre stage. Meanwhile, there were a few unexpected results in this week’s games.

 

In Division 1, Waverley lost their 100% record when they visited Priory’s “aintree” green and fell to an 8shot defeat. With both club’s winning on 2rinks, it was the 12shot victory for Adrian Snook’s rink that swung the match Priory’s way. So, Waverley still need to win two more matches to secure the title.

 

The heady heights of 2nd place obviously caused oxygen deprivation at Vospers as they fell to a 22shot defeat at Leigh Park, only managing 2points from the match by hanging on for 2 tied rinks, although those points were nearly dropped as their opponents nearly got over the line on the last end of each rink. On the other 2rinks, Leigh Park won well, led by the 14shot victory on Jamie Ward’s rink. The defeat dropped Vospers to 5th place in the table.

 

Lee-on-the-Solent took advantage of Vospers slip to move into 2nd place by recording a slender 1shot win at Rowner in a hard fought match. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was a battle between the rinks of Lee’s Peter Gentry and Rowner’s Barry Stafford as to who would get the win for their club and it was the Gentry rink that won the day for the Solent team as their 18shot win covered the 14shot loss on the Stafford rink.

 

The defeat leaves Rowner 14points shy of getting out of the relegation spot. Their next match away at Waterlooville could well settle their fate.

 

Alexandra recovered from the defeat at Waverley to record a 6shot home win over Fareham. However, their victory was all down to the 21shot victory on Steve Feilder’s rink as Fareham won the other 3rinks.

 

The other match in the division was at Bedhampton, where the two carpet teams met. Perhaps knowing they were relegated removed the shackles from the Bedhampton club as they beat Waterlooville by 10shots, winning on 3rinks.

 

 

There were more surprise results in Division 2.

 

2nd placed Milton Park fell to a shock 22shot home defeat at the hands of Naismith that put a dent in their promotion hopes. Naismith won on 3rinks, led by Howard Davis’ quartet. And Milton nearly didn’t get any points from the game as Mick Penny’s rink nearly got the shots required on their last end against Mick Molloy to give Naismith all the points.

 

The second surprise was at Hayling Island where the already relegated home club, despite playing 1short, defeated Denmead by 14shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks it was the 17shot win on Mark Hollis’ rink that gave Hayling only their 2nd victory of the season and further dented Denmead’s promotion hopes.

 

Portsmouth Water took advantage of Milton’s slip to move into 2nd spot with a 13shot away win at Purbrook Heath, picking up 13points in the process winning on the rinks of Alan Sprake and Mick Edney. Gaining promotion is now in their own hands especially as their next match is a home game against promotion rivals Milton that could well settle matters.

 

Gosport still have an outside chance of promotion, but the 70-all draw they fought out at Star & Crescent didn’t help their cause. Although both clubs won on 2rinks, it was the 5shots the Gosport rinks picked up on the last end that gave them the draw.

 

All those results meant that the 71shot all rink drubbing Cowplain inflicted on Crofton meant that they had won promotion back to the 1st division.

 

At the bottom of the table the match between Purbrook Heath and Crofton when league games restart could well settle who gets relegated alongside Hayling Island.

 

 

In Division 3, the top 2 met at Bridgemary and it was leaders College Park who walked away with the spoils as they beat Bridgemary by 14shots. They won heavily on 3rinks which was just as well as Brian Adams’ rink dished out a 25shot victory for the home club.

The win did ensure College Park of promotion.

 

Phoenix won again but by the slenderest of margins at home to Cosham Park. Playing 1short, Phoenix were 3½ shots ahead with 1end to play and Cosham Park nearly spoiled their day as they picked up 3shots on that end to just fail to win the match for Cosham. When the dust had settled, Phoenix were even happier as they won on 3rinks.

 

It was a good week for Emsworth as they recorded their 1st victories for a month in a double header against Pembroke Gardens.

 - In a rearranged match, they recorded a 12shot win on their Recreation green. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, Emsworth’s win was thanks to the 13shot victory on Mike O'Reilly’s rink.

 - In the 2nd match, despite playing 2men short, they clung on to a 1¼ shot victory at Pembroke Gardens, both clubs again winning on 2rinks.

 

In the Combination Leagues, Bedhampton secured the Comb 3 title with their home win over Purbrook Maroon.

 


Views from the Head; Dateline July 23rd

 

P&D News

 

In Division 1, in another close battle with their old foes Alexandra, Waverley again came through by 7shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 12shot win by Gary Stark’s quartet that turned the match Waverley’s way. Following the other results from the division, Waverley just need to record two further victories to secure the title.

 

A few weeks ago, Vospers were just outside the relegation zone. Now, after their 14shot away win at Lee-on-the Solent, they now find themselves in 2nd place, overtaking the Solent team. Vospers picked up 13points from the match with Ray Porter’s rink leading the way with their 16shot win.

 

In a hard-fought battle at Waterlooville, Priory lost again but only by 3shots. The closeness of the match can be seen that the biggest winning rink margin was 2shots, with ‘ville winning on 2rinks and drawing another.

 

Fareham just managed to hang onto a 2shot home win over Leigh Park despite only winning on 1rink. In another close battle, it was the 6shot win on Lee Cunningham’s rink that turned the match in Fareham’s favour, although Leigh Park nearly got over the winning line as they picked up 9shots overall on the last end of each rink.

 

In the battle between the bottom two teams, Rowner recorded only their 2nd home win of the season with a 48shot victory over Bedhampton. Not surprisingly, Rowner won on all 4rinks, led by the 23shot victory on Bill Ross’ rink.

The result sealed Bedhampton’s fate as they cannot now avoid relegation back to Division 2, while Rowner have to keep on winning to avoid the drop.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Cowplain stumbled again on grass after their visit to Portsmouth Water. Portsmouth won by 30shots and were victorious on 3rinks, led by the 18shot win on Alan Sprake’s rink. Only Mike Hyland’s rink prevented Cowplain being whitewashed. - The result also kept alive the watermen’s hopes of gaining promotion.

Actually the use of the noun “grass” is a kind description of the surface. To quote an old bowler “it was the wrong colour green/black/yellow”.

 

2nd placed Milton Park recovered from their beating at Cowplain to inflict a similar result at Purbrook Heath, winning by 43shots, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Mick Molloy and Dave Brown. It was only a great comeback on the last 6ends on John Cree’s rink that prevented the whitewash as they fought back to tie their match.

 

Gosport also won again, this time by 18shots over a depleted Hayling Island side who had to play 2players short. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the burden of playing 1short on 2rinks sealed Hayling’s fate. The match also ensured that they are now relegated to Div. 3 - if they have enough members to play in the league next season that is!

 

Denmead’s chances of being promoted also suffered another blow as they fell to a 2shot defeat at Naismith, despite winning on 2rinks. Naismith were buying the drinks for Mick Chandler’s rink as their 15shot win earned Naismith the win.

 

Finally, Crofton followed up their victory last week with a 32shot home win over Star&Crescent. Crofton only won on 2rinks as the other two were tied, but they did win big on those 2rinks, led by Doug Currie’s 16shot victory.

 

With Hayling being relegated it’s not looking good for Purbrook being able to avoid the drop, especially as they have to play two clubs hoping for promotion.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders College Park had a tough battle at home against Pembroke Gardens before winning by 4shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win on Alan Lewis’ rink that turned the match College’s way.

 

Bridgemary won again, this week by 37shots at Cosham Park. They won on 3rinks led by the 19shot victory by Peter Cooper’s rink. They have now opened up a 19point lead over 3rd placed Pembroke.

 

In the other match in the division, Phoenix moved above Gas Social following their 6shot win at Northern Parade. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 9shot win on George Russell’s rink that turned the match Phoenix’s way.

 

The 1st promotion/relegation spot was decided in Comb 1 as Milton Park B can no longer achieve enough points to avoid the drop.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline July 14th

 

P&D News

 

In Division 1:

Waverley are closing in on retaining their title after their 43shot away win at Leigh Park. Waverley won on all 4rinks, led by the 16shot victory on Matt Marchant’s rink.

2nd placed Priory fell to a surprise 9shot defeat at home to Rowner, only managing 2points from the match thanks to Adrian Snook’s rink. A well-deserved win for Rowner was led by Barry Stafford’s quartet.

That result for Rowner was in marked contrast to their game the night before as they had suffered a 38shot home defeat at the hands of Fareham, who won all 4rinks led by Allan Leppard’s men.

However, Fareham failed to follow that win up as they fell to a 25shot away defeat at Vospers, who won all 4rinks led by Barry Robinson’s quartet.

Leer-on-the-Solent took advantage of Priory’s defeat to leapfrog them into 2nd place after winning by 28shots at Bedhampton. The solenteers won on all 4rinks led by Martin Ellis’ men.

In the remaining match in the division, Alexandra recorded a 17shot win at home to Waterlooville. With both sides winning on 2rinks the sizes of the victories on Alex’s winning rinks gave them the match.

 

In Division 2, the top match was at Cowplain where the top 2 met, and Milton Park left licking their wounds as they fell to a 62shot defeat, meaning that Cowplain have now opened up a 32point gap over them. Cowplain’s win was thanks to huge victories on the rinks of George Abraham (40shots to 5) and Dave Luffman (30shots to 10). It did look like Milton would get a win on the rink of Dave Brown but dropping the maximum 8 put paid to that.

Other results in the division also went Cowplain’s way as of their other challengers only Gosport recorded a victory.

Gosport’s win also put a dent in Denmead’s hopes as Gosport recorded a tight 2shot win against them on Denmead’s home green, Gosport winning on 3rinks, Denmead the 4th.

Portsmouth Water’s hopes of promotion were also checked as they fell to an 11shot away defeat at Star & Crescent. Star won on 3rinks, led by Simon Filippi’s quartet.

It was a good week for Star as, in a rearranged game, they had just managed to beat Naismith by a single shot on their home turf, the 2wins looking like they are now safe from relegation.

However, the win could have been scuppered as Alan Cobb’s rink almost singlehandedly won the game for Naismith, just jailing to get the shots required to tie or win the match on the last end.

Naismith responded to that defeat by travelling to Purbrook Heath to record an 8shot win, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. The defeat leaves Purbrook 19points adrift of safety.

Finally, Crofton did themselves a power of good in their hopes of escaping relegation as they took all the points from their 22shot away win at bottom club Hayling Island.

 

In Division 3, refreshed from their week off, leaders College Park travelled to bottom club Emsworth and left with a handsome 39shot victory that extended their lead over 2nd placed Bridgemary to 39points. College won on 3rinks, led by Alan Lewis’ quartet.

Bridgemary had a battle with Gas Social before edging them by 2shots at their Cunningham Drive home. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot win on Peter Cooper’s rink that swung the match Bridgemary’s way.

 

Finally, Pembroke Garden moved above Cosham Park into 3rd spot thanks to an 18shot home win. Pembroke won on 3rinks with victory supplied by Dave Brooke’s quartet.


Views From The Head – Dateline 2nd July 2018

 

County News

In the County Club, Waverley will once again be representing the East after their 10shot defeat of Cowplain in a hard fought battle where Waverley’s greater experience in these sort of matches came to the fore over the last few ends.

 

P&D News

 

Rowland Hospital Cup

The 2nd round of Rowland Cup was played last Monday and it saw last year’s winners, Cowplain, bow out beaten by 24shots at a heavily watered Leigh Park. Also out are last year’s runners-up Priory who lost by 28shots to Alexandra B. Surprise result of the round was at Swordsands, where 2nd division side Naismith beat a strong Waterlooville A by 14shots. Also throough to the Quarter-Finals are Rowner, Portsmouth Water, Waverley B and Bedhampton.

 

In Division 1:

Any thoughts Priory may have had of catching Waverley at the top look to be over as they fell to a 5shot defeat at Lee-on-the-Solent. Lee won on 3rinks while Nigel Mundy’s rink did their best to win the match for Priory singlehandedly.

 

Both clubs are now level on points in 2nd place, with Priory ahead on shot difference, but they trail leaders Waverley by 64points.

 

Waverley ensured that Fareham are still looking nervously over their shoulder as they beat them by 23shots at Fareham’s domain. Waverley won on 3rinks, led by Gary Stark’s quartet, whilst Charlie Bailey’s rink prevented Fareham suffering a whitewash.

 

Alexandra made it two wins on the trot as they thrashed bottom club Bedhampton by 49shots at their Northern Parade home. Alex got all 16 points with big wins on the rinks of Carl Baggot and Steve Feilder.

It’s starting to look like Bedhampton will be returning back to Div.2 at the end of the season.

 

It really isn’t looking good for Rowner either at the bottom as they lost again, this time by 16shots at Leigh Park. Leigh won on 3rinks, led by Ben Cope’s rink. Rowner are now 24points shy of getting out of the relegation zone.

 

Vospers eased their relegation worries with a 27shot home win over Waterlooville, which was all down to Terry Smith’s rink that produced a 33shot victory and was Vospers’ only winning rink!!

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Cowplain overcame Naismith by 7shots on their Swordsands green, with both clubs winning on 2rinks. Naismith fought back after being well behind to make Cowplain nervous. The turning point was the 20th end of Mike Hyland’s match where he was 6down as he played his 1st bowl. A trail of the jack saw him turn that into 2shots for his Cowplain rink easing the pressure on all his teammates.

 

Milton Park kept up the pressure on Cowplain as they recorded a 36shot away win at Hayling Island just failing to get all 16points. Leading the way for Milton was Mick Molloy’s rink which ran up a 20shot victory, whilst a comeback on the last 3ends by Dave Friend’s Hayling rink saw them gain a tie.

 

Gosport did get all the points from their home match against Crofton as they won by 55shots, with only Ken Stanbury’s rink not managing a double digit margin.  managed to win again on grass as they beat Hayling Island by 19shots, winning on all 4rinks led by Steve Crockford’s rink.

 

Portsmouth Water enjoyed their visit to Denmead as they ran out the victors by 15shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win on Brent Riste’s rink that turned the match in the Water boys favour.

 

Star & Crescent recovered from their savaging at Cowplain the previous week to inflict a 40shot victory over Purbrook Heath at their Southsea home, led by the 34shot win on Simon Filippi’s rink.

 

At the bottom, it looks like Hayling Island will not survive, whilst 12points cover the next 4 teams, Naismith, Star, Crofton & Purbrook.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders College Park recovered from their 2defeats last week to beat 2nd placed Cosham Park by 21shots, winning on 3rinks.

 

That defeat allowed Phoenix to leapfrog Cosham into 2nd spot after their 3shot away win at Pembroke Gardens, which was all down to David Blowe’s rink as their 12shot victory was Phoenix’s only winning score.

 

Gas Social moved into 3rd spot with a 52shot away win at Emsworth, winning on all 3 rinks. Emsworth didn’t help themselves by playing 1short again and some backroom failures haven’t helped their cause with penalties being accrued.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline 25th June.

 

It was a busy week for the clubs as they had 2 matches to play.

 

In Division 1:

 - On Monday, Waverley kept on their merry way with a 39shot home win over Waterlooville. They got maximum points from the match as they won all 4rinks with only Marty Wake’s rink not scoring a double digit victory.

 

Meanwhile, closest rivals Priory suffered a 30shot drubbing at Leigh Park. Only Nigel Mundy’s men prevented them suffering a whitewash.

 

Alexandra put an end to their poor run in great style with a 40shot away win at Lee-on-the-Solent. The size of the victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Barry Harman & Steve Feilder, while Dave Heather’s quartet just managed to hold on for a tie for Lee.

 

Fareham moved out of the relegation zone with a 35shot, all rink home win against Rowner. The size of Fraeham’s victory as thanks to big wins on the rinks of Cyril Friend and John Travers.

 

The defeat dropped Rowner into the relegation zone as Vospers beat bottom club Bedhampton by 36shots at their Northern Parade home. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the big winning margins by the quartets of Barry Robinson & Ray Porter that gave Vospers the victory.

 

- On Friday,  

With the top 2 not playing due to National Competitions, the focus was at the bottom of the table.

 

Rowner’s home green woes returned as they fell to a 26shot, all rink defeat at the hands of Vospers meaning they had gained “Null” point from the week, leaving them 17points adrift of safety.

 

Fareham backed up their win over Rowner by traveling to Waterlooville to gain a 2shot win. The match was won by the five picked up on the last end on Cyril Friend’s rink.

 

Bedhampton gained their 2nd win of the season with a 28shot home win over Leigh Park. They won on 3rinks, led by the big wins on the rinks of Mike Case & John Brightman.

 

 

In Division 2:

- On Monday, leaders Cowplain managed to win again on grass as they beat Hayling Island by 19shots, winning on all 4rinks led by debutant Steve Crockford’s rink.

 

Denmead remained in 2nd spot with a 17shot home win over Purbrook Heath. Both clubs won on 2rinks, but it was the 20shot victory on Glyn Jones’ rink that won the day for Denmead.

 

Portsmouth Water moved back into 3rd spot as they shook off Friday’s drubbing by travelling to Crofton and managing a 5shot victory. They won on 2rinks and shared another, with Mick Edney’s 10shot win turning the match their way.

 

Gosport prevented Milton Park doing the double over them as they beat them by 4shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, the 14shot win on Richard Frazer’s rink turned the match in Gosport’s favour.

 

Star & Crescent scored an 18shot away win at Naismith, winning on 2rinks, led by Simon Filippi’s 17shot victory, drawing the other 2.

 

 

- On Friday, leaders Cowplain made full use of home advantage to inflict a 74 shot, all rink savaging on Star & Crescent. Other results in the division went their way meaning they now have a 21point lead.

 

2nd placed Denmead fell to a 20shot defeat at Milton Park. As Milton won on all rinks, led by Mick Brown’s quartet, they overtook Denmead to move into 2nd spot themselves.

 

3rd placed Portsmouth Water fell again, this time at home to Gosport by 26shots. Gosport won on 3rinks, led by Tony Horne’s quartet.

 

6points covers the clubs in 2nd to 5th place.

 

At the bottom, Crofton did themselves a power of good with a 5shot home win over Naismith, with both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

Finally, the battle between the bottom 2 went the way of Purbrook Heath who inflicted a 21shot defeat to visitors Hayling Island, winning on 3rinks. That defeat means that Hayling are now 29points adrift at the bottom.

 

 

In Division 3:

- On Monday, leaders College Park lost their 100% record as they fell to a 5shot defeat at Pembroke Gardens, with both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

2nd placed Cosham Park travelled to Bridgemary and returned with a 9shot victory, winning on 3rinks.

 

Gas Social doubled up with a 2shot away win at Phoenix, both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

- On Friday, have the wheels fallen off at College Park as they lost again, this time by a single shot away at Gas. It was a close match throughout, with both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

Pembroke Gardens couldn’t follow up their victory over College as the slumped to a 33shot defeat at Bridgemary, who won on all rinks led by the 17shot victory by Craig Rimmer’s men.

 

Bottom club Emsworth slipped to a 3shot defeat at Phoenix and were not helped by playing 1short.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline June 18th

 

County News

The East Area County Club finalists was settled last Thursday as Waverley beat old rivals Alexandra by 17shots, whilst Cowplain again found Milton Park to their liking, holding on for a 6shot victory.

The clubs meet on Sunday July 1st to see who will represent the East at the County Club finals in August.

 

 

P&D Leagues

In Division 1, it’s worrying times at Alexandra as they lost for the 5th time in a row, this time by 4shots at home to Vospers, with both clubs winning on 2rinks.

 

The win took Vospers out of the relegation zone because Fareham fell to a 7shot defeat away at Priory to slip below them. Fareham managed to pick up 3points from the match as the wins on the rinks of Roly Bloy and Nigel Mundy gained the victory for Priory.

 

Meanwhile, Waverley were maintaining their 100% record with a 42shot, all rink away win at Bedhampton, led by Mark Hammond’s quartet.

 

Rowner finally managed to untangle the secret of winning at home as they beat Waterlooville by 26shots. They won on 3rinks led by Graeme Coles men. Derek Holt’s rink prevented ‘ville being whitewashed.

 

Lee-on-the-Solent kept up their good run of late with a 9shot away win at Leigh Park. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 13shot victory on Martin Ellis’ rink that turned the match the way of the Solent team.

 

 

In Division 2, leaders Portsmouth Water were felled at Milton Park, who beat them by 45shots. Milton won all 4rinks, led the 23shot win on Gary Snook’s rink. The defeat meant that the watermen dropped to 4th place in the table.

 

The victory completed a good week for Milton on their green as, on Monday, they had beaten Gosport by 43shots, just failing to gain all 16points. Gary Snook’s rink again starred with a 20shot victory, whilst Tony Horne’s men scrambled a tie for Gosport.

The two wins meant they moved into 3rd spot in the division.

 

Cowplain ensured that Gosport’s week didn’t end well as they beat them by 12shots on their carpet to take over at the top of the table. It started well for Gosport as they were 12shots up after 10ends. Cowplain then got their act together to be 2shots at 15ends. It remained close till the last 2ends of the game as, although Cowplain were winning well on 3rinks, Ken Stanbury’s men were singlehandedly keeping Gosport in the match, only to drop 6shots on those last 2ends, enabling Cowplain to win comfortably in the end.

 

Denmead moved into 2nd spot with a 35shot, all rink away win at Star & Crescent. The size of the victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Glyn Jones and Tony Sewell.

 

Crofton won for the 3rd time in a row, recording a 10shot home win over Purbrook Heath. They won on 3rinks, led by Ian Knowlton’s rink, with Mike Frank’s quartet replying for Purbrook. The win moved Crofton 12points clear of the relegation spots.

 

Purbrook had begun the week well as they had travelled to Hayling and beat them by 39shots, winning on 3rinks, led by Tony Wall’s men with Mark Hollis’ quartet gaining Hayling’s points. As it is they are now in the relegation zone along with Hayling.

 

And the week didn’t end well for Hayling as they suffered another home defeat at the hands of Naismith, who won by 21shots. Naismith almost garnered all the points as Alan Cobb’s rink just failed to score the 3 required to win his match having to settle for a tie.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders College Park further extended their lead at the top of the table after again beating Phoenix this time by 25shots. They won on 3rinks led by Chris Frost’s quartet, while John Timmins’ rink just prevented the whitewash.

 

Cosham Park remain in 2nd spot despite losing at Gas by 21shots. With both clubs winning on 2rinks it was the 18shot victory for Alan Larcom’s rink that won it for Gas (well what do you expect using a virgin skip!).

 

In the other match in the division, Bridgemary came a cropper at home losing all rinks and the match by 18shots to Emsworth. Leading the way for Emsworth was the rink of Michael O'Reilly who won by 10shots.

 

 

As we’ve reached the Half-Way point of the season, here’s how things stand in the rest of the P&D Leagues.

Combination

In Comb 1, Waverley Blue leads the way, 14points clear of Cowplain Red with Waterlooville Green 5points behind them. Last year’s winners Priory B are 36points adrift of clinging onto their title.

Milton Park B are the bottom side, 20points adrift of Lee-On-The-Solent B, with Waterlooville Gold just above them.

 

In Comb 2, Rowner are making the running, 12points ahead of Alexandra Blue, with Lee-On-The-Solent C & Naismith B in close attendance.

At the bottom, Gosport are 1 point behind Waverley Red and there is a gap of 22points to Alexandra Red.

 

In Comb 3, Bedhampton B are making the running 5points ahead of Leigh Park Red, with Purbrook Maroon a point behind them.

At the bottom, College Park Green are 11points adrift of Eastney & Milton Park C, with Gas Social & Cowplain Green just above those 2.

 

In Comb 4, it keeps changing week on week. Currently Cowplain Gold hold the lead 1point in front of Forton with Cosham & Naismith C chasing them both.

At the bottom, the race for the Wooden Spoon is between Denmead Gold, Portsmouth Water B, Phoenix B & Bridgemary B, with the last two tied on points at the bottom.

 

Midweek Triples

In Town Blue, Alexandra lead Vospers by 2points with Naismith a further 6points behind.

 

In Town Red, Priory are leading by 9points from Vospers, despite not being able to field full teams.

 

In District East, Bedhampton are 11points clear of Cowplain Orange with the others a distance behind.

 

In District West 1, Fareham are 9points clear of Rowner A, whilst Gosport B are 17points adrift at the bottom.

 

In District West 2, Fareham Cream are way ahead in the promotion race – 35points clear of Lee-on-the-Solent.

 

In Combination division, Portchester Black are 17points clear of Leigh Park, with

Waterlooville 2points behind them.

 

 


Views From The Head – Dateline June 10th

 

In Division 1, Waverley’s juggernaut carried on as they defeated their nearest rivals, Priory, by 30shots at their Southsea home. They won on all 4rinks, led by the 20shot victory for Gary Stark’s quartet. The victory means they now lead by 35points from Priory.

Lee-On-The-Solent remain 3rd, 10 points behind Priory, after beating Rowner by 21shots on their home green. Lee won on 3inks, led by Dave Heather’s men. Barry Stafford’s rink prevented Rowner being whitewashed.

Waterlooville are a point behind the Solent men after their home victory in the battle between carpet based teams. They beat Bedhampton on all rinks winning by 26shots.

At the bottom of the table, Vospers won for only the 2nd time this season after a hard fought battle with Leigh Park at their Northern Parade home. Both clubs won on 2rinks, each having a big win on a rink. So it was the 9shot win on Ray Porter’s rink that turned the match Vospers’ way.

Finally, in the match between two clubs not having the best of times in the last few weeks, it was a much changed Fareham side which prevailed over Alexandra. Fareham won by 15shots and on 3rinks, led by the 14shot victory on John Travers’ rink. Steve Feilder’s rink prevented the whitewash by gaining an 8shot win.

 

In Division 2, leaders Cowplain again failed on grass as they went down to a 2shot defeat as Crofton. Obviously buoyed by their first victory last week, the Crofton side outlasted their opponents to grab victory on the last end of the game. Crofton won on 3rinks, led by Pete Moody’s men with Mike Hyland’s quartet getting Cowplain’s sole points.

That defeat opened the way for Portsmouth Water to take over at the top as they had two matches to get in last week.

 - The 1st was at Hayling Island, where they got over their beating at Cowplain by inflicting a similar result on Hayling beating them by 37shots making the ton. They won on 3rinks led by Brent Riste’s rink, whose 33shot victory made up the majority of the winning total.

For Hayling, Neil Blacklin’s rink also had an impressive win by 18shots over last week’s saviour Mick Edney. Either his rink prefers playing on carpet or they shot their bolt, leaving a nasty stain at Cowplain!!

 - The watermen then followed that victory with a 14shot home win over Purbrook Heath. They won on 3rinks again led by Brent Riste’s rink with John Burrowes rink winning for Purbrook. They now lead the division by 4points with a match in hand.

Gosport could have taken over top spot but fell to a 23shot home defeat at the hands of Star & Crescent. Star recovered from their own surprise defeat by Crofton last week to beat Gosport on 3rinks, led by the 18shot win on Robbie Dennison’s rink. Richard Frazer’s rink managed to ensure Gosport didn’t suffer a home whitewash.

Denmead remain 3rd spot with an 18shot home win over Hayling Island, who were playing 2short. Denmead won on all 4rinks. They are now only 5points behind Cowplain with the benefit of having a game in hand over them.

Hopes that Milton had of making ground in the division were dashed as they fell to an 8shot away defeat at Naismith. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 12shot win on Alan Cobb’s rink that turned the match Naismith’s way.

In Division 3, the top 2 met earlier in the week in a match rearranged from the 1st week of the season. Obviously, College Park know the green better than their co-tenants Phoenix, as they ran out the victors by 25shots, winning on 3rinks, led by Roy Carter’s rink.

 

College followed that victory up with an 11shot home win over another close rival, Bridgemary. Both clubs won on 2rinks, with the 12shot win on Mal Rimmer’s rink ensuring the College victory. The match started stunningly with Roy Carter’s quartet picking up a “Hot Shot” 8shot haul on their 1st end. But, from that excellent start, they fell away to lose their game to Kenneth  Gayles’ men.

Cosham Park are now 3rd after further spoiling Phoenix’s week with a tense 1shot win. Cosham won on 3rinks with the shot differences on those rinks just outdoing the 12shot win on the Phoenix rink of Mick Hall.

Finally, Pembroke Gardens recovered from their home thrashing last week to inflict a similar beating away at Emsworth. They won by 38shots, making the ton and on 3rinks, led by the 28shot victory by Dave Brookes’ quartet. Peter Smith’s rink just managed to prevent the whitewash by winning the last 2ends to eke out a 2shot win.

 


Views From The Head – Dateline June 4th

 

County News

 

County Club

The 2nd Round of the County Club was played last week and the results ensured that the Area Final would be a Div. 1 v Div. 2 clash.

 

The 1st Area Semi features Waverley, who beat Gosport by 25 shots, meeting their old rivals Alexandra, after they defeated Portsmouth Water by 28shots.

 

The 2nd Semi is between Milton Park, who beat Waterlooville by 6shots, and Cowplain, who defeated Fareham by 21shots.

 

Senior Fours

The 1st Area Final was held on Saturday June 2nd to find out who would be representing the East Area in the County Quarter Finals of the Senior Fours at Atherley BC on Tuesday 26th June.

 

Those going through are:

 - Steve Fell, Brian Brown, Reid Wilcockson & Mick Molloy from Milton Park, who beat their Cowplain opponents 33-20

 - Brian Kelsey, Mark Crispin, Simon Batcheler and Tony Horne from Gosport, who beat their Portsmouth Water opponents 23-21

 

P&D Leagues

 

In Division 1, Waverley carried on their merry way with a hard fought 7shot away victory at Alexandra, winning on 3rinks. The win was down to the 8shot victory for Gary Stark’s rink as it offset the 7shot defeat to Alex’s Barry Harman rink.

 

Priory are hanging onto Waverley’s coat tails after their 29shot home win over Waterlooville. They won on 3rinks, led by the 17shot win on Nigel Mundy’s rink. Derek Holt’s rink ensured ‘ville avoided the whitewash with their 3shot win. The defeat halted ‘villes good run over the last few weeks.

 

Lee-On-The-Solent moved into 3rd place after their tight 1shot away win at Vospers, but they are a long way behind Priory. Lee’s win was all down to Dennis Wren’s rink as their 19shot win covered (just) the losses on their other 3rinks.

 

Fareham’s seasons travails continued as they fell to a 12shot defeat at Leigh Park. Leigh won on 3rinks led by Roy Collins’ quartet, whilst captain Cyril Friend’s men again prevented Fareham suffering a whitewash.

 

Bedhampton lost their virginity with a 7shot home win over Rowner. This was a strange match as at 18ends, Rowner were 15shots up. However, by the 20th end Bedhampton had fought back to level the score. The match was then settled by the 5shots picked up on John Brightman’s rink which ensured Bedhampton had finally won their first Div. 1 game.

 

 

In Division 2, Cowplain again made excellent use of their carpet to defeat one of their close challengers, Portsmouth Water, by 54shots. Cowplain won on 3rinks and the size of their victory was down to big wins on the rinks of Bryan Franklin and Mike Hyland. It wasn’t all one-way traffic though as Mick Edney’s rink scored a 9shot victory for Portsmouth Water.

 

Gosport kept pace with Cowplain with their 29shot away win at Hayling Island. They won on 3rinks led by Jim Oswell’s quartet. David John’s rink just managed to hold on to tie their match giving Hayling their sole point from the game.

 

Denmead moved into 3rd spot with a 42shot home win over Naismith. They also won on 3rinks with the size of their victory down to the 25shot victory on Tony Sewell’s rink. Mick Penny’s rink managed to ensure Naismith got a point from the match as they held on to tie their match.

 

Milton got over their home defeat the previous week by handing out a 41shot beating to Purbrook at their Miltonian home. They won on all 4rinks and the size of their victory was down to big wins on the rinks of Garry Snook and Andy McKain.

 

Crofton also lost their virginity with their 1st Div. 2 win, which was probably even better than Bedhampton’s as it was away at Star & Crescent. They recorded an 11shot victory, winning on 3rinks. The size of their win may have been even greater were it not for the efforts of Simon Filippi’s rink who recorded an 18shot win for Star.

Even better news for Crofton was that the win moved them out of the bottom two although they have played more games than the other clubs below them.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders College Park obviously had a hard talking too after their close victory of the previous week to take it out on Pembroke Gardens to record a 43shot win in Old Portsmouth. They won on 3rinks led by the 29shot win on John Hyslop’s rink. They almost managed to pick up all the points as Mal Rimmer’s rink picked up 10shots over the last 5ends to just fail to beat Jim Taylor’s quartet.

 

Phoenix moved back into 2nd spot with a 31shot home win over Gas Social. Although both clubs won on 2rinks, Phoenix did record big wins on the rinks of Peter Sawyer and Mick Hall.

 

The match between Bridgemary and Cosham Park resulted in Bridgemary moving into 3rd spot level on points with Phoenix after their hard fought 4shot win. Bridgemary won on 2rinks, Cosham on 1 with the other being tied.

 

Finally, something from my roving reporter

 

Priory B Win the InFirm Derby

 

Priory B/A took on the auld enemy A/B on a green which had more jumps than Aintree and hadn't seen a mower for 5 day on a dreary end of May night.

 

For the home side, the Mike Fryatt quartet playing on rink 5 got off to a flyer - scoring a 7 on the 4th end to race into a 14-0 lead, faster than when Nigel Brown demolished a Milton player (see below), only for the wheels to come off and them not scoring again for the next 5 ends. Meanwhile on rinks 2 & 3, Capt Fred & Arthur (rink 6 specialist so how was he winning??) were holding their own in what started out as fairly tight games.

 

Half Time Score (brought to you by “love it or hate it” the Bovril van):

 - MF 19-8, FH 12-5 AN 12-4 43-17

 

Following the tactical time out (or tea break) the auld enemy brought on a substitute for Ted Coward, who is struggling with his health, bringing on Chippy McCain on the rink against Arthur.

 

But that didn’t alter anything as things continued to go Priory's way, especially on rink 5 where Dave Saunders was pecking away at Mike's lead only for Mike to play some shot saving woods creating big turnovers, 4 down to 1 or 2 up, much to Dave Brown's frustration.

At the other end, Arthur was being pegged back as the mist started to roll in, while Fred kept a healthy distance away from Reid.

With a gloomy mist closing in over the sward, everyone kept their nerve to finish up with a full house of 12 points, Fred winning by 9, Arthur sneaking home by 1 shot and Mike winning by 11.

 

The game on rink 5 was not so much a game of 2 half but a 1/5 & 4/5 with Mike winning 14 -0 and then losing 14-17. In fact the second half scores were MF 9-9, FH 12-10 & AN 7-14  28-33

 

Final Score: MF 28-17, FH 24-15, AN 19-18 71-50 and ALL the points

 


Views From The Head – Dateline May 28th.

 

Another busy week for Clubs as the 1st Round of the Rowland Hospital Cup was played.

 

Rowland Cup

 

Unlike the 1st round of the County Club, there were no surprise results in the 1st round of the Rowland Hospital Cup, although 2 1st division clubs had a big scare against div. 2 opposition with Vospers just getting the better of Gosport by 3shots at their Northern Parade home, whilst Rowner squeezed through with a similar score away at Star & Crescent

 

At least they managed to raise sides unlike Alexandra ‘A’ and Denmead who both had to give their opponents walkovers.

 

P&D Leagues

 

In Division 1, Leigh Park were the latest club to lose to Waverley who administered a 66shot beating winning on all 4rinks, led by Mark Hammond’s quartet.

 

Priory kept up with Waverley after they travelled to Rowner and came away with a 23shot, all rink win. The size of the win was thanks to the 11shot win on Nigel Mundy’s rink. Rowner are still struggling to win at home!

 

After their difficult start to the season, Waterlooville are now up to 3rd spot, stretching their unbeaten run to 4matches with a 1shot home win against Alexandra with both clubs winning on 2rinks. This was a strange match with two of the rinks having a close game whilst the other two were running up cricket scores and it was all down to who had the biggest win. Steve Feilder’s rink must have thought they had won it for Alex with their 24shot win, but that was surpassed by the 28shot win on Steve Reilly’s ‘ville rink that turned the match in ‘ville’s favour.

 

At the bottom of the table, Fareham leap-frogged out of the bottom two with 39shot home win over Vospers. Fareham won on 3rinks, led, again, by Lee Cunningham’s rink with their 20shot victory. Terry Smith’s rink prevented the whitewash by picking up 7shots on the last 2ends to gain a 2shot win over the winless Dorian Bishop rink (I wonder how long before the Anne Robinson refrains will be heard?).

 

Bedhampton’s travails in the top division continued with another unfruitful game, this time at Lee-On-The-Solent who won by 36shots. The Solenteers won on all 4rinks, led by Dave Heather’s quartet.

 

 

In Division 2, Cowplain served notice on the rest of the division that they may have got over their problems on grass greens with 38shot win over Milton Park, who at the start of the season must have been hopeful of an immediate return back to Div.1. Cowplain tooped the ton by winning on 3rinks, led by the 23shot victory on Dave Luffman’s rink. Meanwhile, a 5 on the 19th end led to Dave Brown’s rink managing to avoid the whitewash for Milton as they clung on to win by 1shot.

 

Gosport moved into 2nd place on shot difference following their 13shot home win over early pacesetters Denmead.  Gosport won on 3rinks, led by the 18shot victory by Ken Stanbury’s men, with Bob Curd’s quartet fighting hard for Denmead to gain an 11shot win.

 

Portsmouth Water are on the same number of points as Gosport in 3rd spot after their 7shot home win over Star & Crescent. They won on 3rinks with their overall winning differences offset the 18shot win on Star’s Simon Filippi rink.

 

Naismith beat Purbrook Heath by 27shots, winning on 3rinks led by the 18shot victory on Howard Davis’ rink

 

Finally, in only their 3rd match of the season, Hayling Island gained their 1st win of the season with a 15shot away win at bottom club Crofton, winning on 3rinks.

 

 

In Division 3, leaders College Park had their toughest match of the season so far as they managed to overcome visitors Emsworth by 3shots. They had Mal Rimmer’s rink to thank as their 10shot win was College’s only win as they drew on one rink whilst lost the other two.

 

Cosham Park took full advantage of another night off for Phoenix to move into 2nd spot with a 19shot home win over Pembroke Gardens. Cosham had the 18shot win by Peter Duncan’s rink to thank for the size of their win.

 

Finally, Gas Social couldn’t recover from the previous week’s thrashing at Pembroke as they fell to an 8shot home defeat at the hands of Bridgemary, although they did manage to win on 2rinks.

 


Views From The Head: Dateline May 22nd

 

Another busy week for Clubs as the 1st Round of the Bowls Hampshire County Club was played.

 

County Club

 

In the 1st round of the County Club, there were two surprise results as 2nd Division clubs made full use of home advantage to defeat 1st Division opponents.

 

Gosport had to thank Richard Frazer’s rink for their 4shot win over Rowner as they were their only victorious rink and their winning margin of 16shots carried them through.

 

Meanwhile, Milton Park defeated Leigh Park by 9shots thanks to the 14shot win on Mick Brown’s rink.

 

In the other matches, Waverley, Alexandra, Waterlooville, Portsmouth Water and Cowplain all went through.

 

P&D Leagues

 

In Division 1, there was a major surprise at Alexandra as Rowner beat them by 43shots, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Phil Pinder and Graeme Coles. In fact only the fact that Rowner played one short prevented them walking away with all the points as the 25% deduction on that rink save Alex’s blushes.

 

Priory took advantage of Alex’s slip up to take over 2nd spot as they thrashed Bedhampton by 65shots at their Milton Park home, thanks to big wins on 3 of their rinks. Bedhampton are finding it hard going in their 1st season in the top flight.

 

Leigh Park and Waterlooville fought out a 73all draw at Front Lawn, with ‘ville picking up the majority of the points by winning on 2rinks to Leigh Park’s 1 with the other tied.

 

Fareham’s struggles continued as they lost again, this time by 13shots at home Lee Cunningham’s rink preventing the whitewash. The defeat dropped Fareham into the bottom two - shades of last season.

 

In Division 2, Cowplain took full advantage of Portsmouth Water’s night off, they were all busy making homage to one of Queen’s album (Day at the Races to the uninitiated) to take over top spot with a 74 shot thrashing of Purbrook Heath, making full use of their carpet. Not surprisingly they had big wins on all 4rinks, led by the 37shot victory on Bryan Franklin’s rink.

 

Denmead moved into 2nd spot after their 39shot home win over Crofton, also winning on all 4rinks. Tony Sewell’s men led the way for Denmead with their 18shot victory.

 

Gosport are now 3rd after their 12shot home win over Naismith. Gosport won on 2rinks, led by Tony Horne’s quartet.

 

In the other game in the division, Star beat Milton Park by 8shots at their Waverley home. Star had the 15shot win on Simon Filippi’s rink to thank for their victory as his was their only winning rink.

 

In Division 3, with the top 2, College Park and Phoenix, having the night off, Pembroke Gardens moved into 3rd spot with a 69shot home win over Gas Social. They won on all 4rinks, led by the 29shot win by Trevor Watkin’s quartet.

 

In the other match played, Emsworth beat Cosham by 19shots, with Alan Francis’ rink preventing the whitewash by battling to an 18all tie. The win moved Emsworth above Gas at the bottom of the table.

 


8th May 2018

Views From The Head: Dateline May 13th

 

In Division 1, Waverley carried on at the top of the table with an 11shot home win over Fareham, winning on 3rinks. The rink was set up by Gary Stark’s rink who won by 18shots, whilst Cyril Friend’s rink again saved Fareham’s face with a 14shot win.

 

Alexandra kept the pressure on Waverley by beating Bedhampton on their carpet by 22shots, winning on all 4 rinks, led by Steve Feilder’s 12shot victory.

 

Priory recovered from their last end defeat in their last match to defeat Lee-On-The-Solent by 41shots. They had big wins on the rinks of Martin Eggleton & Nigel Mundy. Only Peter Gentry’s rink prevented the complete whitewash for the Solent men as they battled to a tie against Roly Bloy’s quartet.

 

Leigh Park backed up their 1st victory with a 17shot, 3rink away win at Rowner. Jamie Ward’s rink led the way for them with a 13shot win, with Graeme Coles’ rink getting Rowner’s sole win with a 4shot victory.

 

Waterlooville followed up their win at Fareham by beating Vospers by 23shots on their carpet. The big win was set up by Richard Allen’s 20shot victory. Dave Harding’s rink did manage to win for Vospers, by 6shots.

 

Finally, in a rearranged match from the 1st week of the season, the bottom 2 met at Bidbury Mead and it was Vospers who came away with the spoils, beating Bedhampton by 9shots. Vospers won on 2rinks with the other 2 being tied.

 

In Division 2, the top 2 met at Havant as Portsmouth Water hosted Denmead, with the watermen making full use of their green to win on all rinks to run out victors by 24shots.

 

Cowplain put away their travel blues to make full use of their carpet to defeat Naismith by 70shots with big wins on all 4rinks. The win meant they overtook Denmead to take over 2nd spot.

 

Milton Park recovered from their defeat at Denmead to beat Hayling Island by 30shots at their Priory Crescent home. Milton’s victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Dave Brown & Andy McKain as Hayling won on the 3rd with the other being tied.

 

Star couldn’t build on the home victory as they fell to a 12shot away defeat at the hands of Purbrook Heath. Purbrook won on 3rinks, led by the 19shot win on Mick Frank’s quartet.

 

Finally, Crofton are finding it hard going in the division as they lost at home again, this time by 42shots at the hands of Gosport. The size of Gosport’s victory was thanks to big wins on the rinks of Richard Frazer & Tony Horne, with only Pete Moody’s men preventing the whitewash by battling to a tie on their rink.

 

In Division 3, College Park maintained their 100% start with a 21shot away win at Cosham Park. They won on 3rinks, led by John Hyslop’s 14shot win at his old club. Tony Hall’s rink prevented College picking all the points they scraped to a 1shot win but almost threw it away by dropping a 7 on the penultimate end.

 

College’s co-tenants Phoenix moved into 2nd spot with another nail-biting victory, this time by 1shot at home to Pembroke Gardens. Both clubs won on 2rinks.

 

Finally, Gas Social turned around the defeat in their 1st game to beat Emsworth by 14shots at their Northern Parade home. With both clubs winning on 2rinks and having big victories on one of them, it was the 21shot win for Derek Langford’s rink that proved decisive for Gas.

 


8th May 2018

 

P&D Men’s Bowls News Report

 

Despite the dire weather warnings for last Monday, it didn’t come to pass, so clubs could finally get their season underway. It was going to be a busy week for most of them with two matches to be played.

 

In Division 1:

On Monday, Waverley built on last week’s victory with a 24shot home win against Rowner. However, they had to thank Gary Stark’s rink again for the size of the victory as they recorded a 21shot win. Mathew Marchant’s rink also won for Waverley, whilst the Rowner rinks of Phil Pinder and Graeme Coles ensured the game wasn’t all Waverley’s way.

 

Newcomers Bedhampton gave Fareham a big scare as they only just lost their first match in Div. 1 by 5shots. In fact, it was the 5shots Cyril Friend’s rink picked up on the last end that swung the match Fareham’s way. Each club won on 2rinks, Fareham on Charlie Bailey and newcomer John Travers’ rinks, whilst Bedhampton won on the rinks of John Brightman and John Burn. The Burn’s rink almost won it for Bedhampton as they thumped Dorian Bishop’s rink by 21shots.

 

Alexandra started the season well with a 26shot away win at Leigh Park, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Don Lilley and Steve Feilder. Roy Collins’ rink ensured the men from Front Lawn got something from the evening with a 3shot win.

 

Waterlooville’s season didn’t improve as they fell to a 28shot away defeat at the hands of Lee-On-The Solent. There were big wins on the Lee rinks of Pete Gentry and Martin Lewis, with Joe Slatter’s quartet ensuring ‘ville managed to pick up their first points of the season.

 

Perhaps the most surprising result of the evening was the 63shot home defeat suffered by Vospers at the hands of Priory. It was only Dave Harding’s rink that gave the Priory side a battle as they only lost by 5shots. I’ll spare the blushes of the other Vospers skips by not naming them!

 

Then on Friday, Waverley carried on their victorious ways with an 11shot away win against Lee-On-The-Solent. Waverley won on 3rinks, led by the 10shot victory on Mark Hammond’s rink. Peter Gentry’s rink won for the Solent team, beating the previously unbeaten Gary Starks’ rink by 13shots.

 

Alexandra took over 2nd place with a nail biting 4shot home win over Priory, winning on 2rinks. With 1end to go, Priory led by 2shots. However, Barry Harmer’s rink picked up a 6 on that fateful end to turn the match Alex’s way. A case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory possibly??

 

Is Fareham’s season going to mirror last year? Having struggled to defeat newcomers Bedhampton in their match on Monday, Fareham then had an even worse result against another carpet team, on their home turf. Waterlooville recorded their 1st win of the season by beating Fareham by 17shots. They almost picked up all the points from the match as well as Joe Slatter’s men picked up a 4 on the last end to tie their game against Cyril Friend’s Fareham rink.

 

Vospers lost again at home but only by 3shots to Rowner. Terry Smith’s 30shot victory almost carried the day for Vospers but it was offset by the 27shot win on Barry Stafford’s Rowner rink with the Rowner men also winning on the other 2rinks.

 

Finally, the battle between the two promoted sides turned into a rout for Leigh Park as they defeated Bedhampton by 77shots with big wins on all 4 of their rinks. 

 

 

 

In Division 2:

On Monday, Cowplain couldn’t build on last week’s win as they found it heavy going at Denmead, falling to an 11shot defeat. Denmead won on 3rinks, whilst Mike Hyland’s quartet at least prevented the whitewash for Cowplain with their 4shot win.

 

Crofton were playing in the Div. 2 for the 2nd time in their history and it didn’t start well as the fell to a 49shot home defeat at the hands of Milton Park. At least Peter Moody’s rink had the satisfaction of getting Crofton’s first points of the season. Starring for Milton Dave Brown’s rink who recorded a 30shot victory.

 

Gosport got their season of with an 11shot home win against Purbrook Heath. Both clubs won on 2rinks with the 15shot win for Ken Stanbury’s rink turning the match Gosport’s way.

 

Finally, Naismith’s return to Div. 2 didn’t start well as they fell to a 10shot home defeat at the hands of Portsmouth Water. With both clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 9shot victory on Mick Edney’s rink that ensured the watermen of victory as the other 3rinks were all tough tussles.

 

Then, on Friday, Denmead followed up their victory over Cowplain with another home win against a relegated side. This time it was Milton Park who suffered falling to a 27shot defeat. Denmead won on 3rinks, with big victories on the rinks of Mike Wright and Paul Kennington.

 

Portsmouth Water won again away from home, this time by 7shots at Gosport. They won on 3rinks, led by Brent Riste’s men, with Ken Stanbury’s rink preventing the ignominy of a whitewash.

 

Having fallen foul of the weather, Star finally got their season off with a home win over Cowplain by 3shots in a game that was nip and tuck all the way.

 

Finally, another battle between two promoted sides went Naismith’s way as they recorded a 23shot home win over Crofton. The 16shot win for Chris Kircher’s proved to be the decisive factor for Naismith.

 

 

In Division 3:

On Tuesday, relegated College Park got their season of to an excellent start with a 37shot home win over Bridgemary. They won on 3rinks with Chris Frost’s men getting a 25shot win to boost the winning margin. Pete Cooper’s rink prevented the whitewash for Bridgemary.

 

Co-tenants Phoenix didn’t start as well on Monday as they fell to a 15shot away defeat at Cosham Park. The 15shot victory for Alan Francis’ rink was the basis for Cosham’s win.

 

On Friday, College carried on their winning ways by beating Gas Social by 15shots. George Reuter’s rink prevented Gas being whitewashed by hanging on for a tie, whilst Mal Rimmer’s rink led the way for the collegians.

 

Phoenix and Bridgemary both turned round their earlier defeats, both gaining away victories.

 - Bridgemary had a comfortable 16shot, 3rink win at Pembroke Garden’s, led by Brian Adams’ rink.

 - Meanwhile, Phoenix had a much tougher match at Emsworth, finally getting through by 1shot despite winning on 3rinks as Alan Lee’s rink almost got Emsworth home with their 8shot win.

 

 


Views From The Head: Dateline April 28th

 

A shortened View for the beginning of 2018 season readers, something to break you all in gently whilst I carry on drying out (no NOT from the drink).

 

Although the Combination & Midweek Leagues managed to get their games in last week, the League teams bore the brunt of the weather with only 2 games being played last Friday – both on synthetic surfaces.

 

In Division 1, Southsea Waverley began their defence of the title with an excellent 39 shot away win at Waterlooville. They won all rinks, with big victories by Gary Stark’s and Mathew Marchant’s quartets.

 

In Division 2, relegated Cowplain made full use of their surface and got their season off to an excellent start with a 41shots victory over Hayling Island, winning on 3rinks. The size of Cowplain’s victory was thanks to George Abraham’s rink who won by 34shots. David Friend’s rink spared Hayling’s blushes as they won by 12shots.