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And We’re Off … The Indoor Season has Started!

Great to see so many people on Saturday and Sunday getting out their indoor bowls and trying hard not to put so much physical effort into delivering shots up the green!

 

Saturday’s mixed drive saw 22 members take to the green whilst Sunday’s Men v Ladies numbers went up to 30, although we had to borrow Jim “Jemima” Blyth and Jim “Jillian” Parker.  Both of our ‘new girls’ played well and Jemima was on Joan O’N’s top winning rink with Di S and Ann D.

Needless to say the Men won on this occasion but at half time, the Ladies were only 1 shot behind.  We obviously gave the men the wrong tea.  Drat!

There were 3 wrong biases over the weekend, none of which were delivered by Laurence or Norman!  The three R’s – Reg, Rita and Roy – are now logged on the new WB Register being kept by Laurence.

Thanks to Ann M who manned the bar, Roy, Audrey, Gerry and everyone else who clubbed together to make tea, wash and clear up.  All help was greatly appreciated.

Transition from Outdoor to Indoor Bowls

The nights are drawing in and there are just a few outdoor matches and leagues left.   Actually it’s pretty wet and chilly.  What’s happened to our ‘normal’ Indian Summer?!

Thinking ahead to indoors, if any outdoor bowlers want to move indoors please let us know.  If anybody knows anyone who would like to have a try at bowls, we are holding Open Evenings on 18th, 19th & 20th October.  Flyers should be available from the Club later in the week if you could hand out or leave in a good place for them to be seen.

The last outdoor fixture is the Ladies v Gents on Saturday 23rd September with presentation of club trophies afterwards.  Check out the noticeboard.

On Sunday 24th September, feel free to have a roll up indoors.  There won’t be anything organised (unless my work trip is changed).  Sign up sheets for the Mixed Drive on Saturday 30th September and Men v Ladies on Sunday 1st October are up on the board.

If you’re planning to go down and have a roll up indoors one evening, be sure to let Jane know so the club won’t be locked before you get there.  We’ll be down this Wednesday evening from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm with some new members if anyone wants to come down knowing that there will be someone at the club.

Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday – FINALS WEEKEND

A great weekend in glorious sunshine – makes a change from the usual monsoon finals weekends in previous years!

Every match was well fought with none of them being particularly one-sided.  Well done to Margaret Barnes & Anthony Headland for scoring a hot shot in the Mixed Pairs Final, a feat that they couldn’t repeat in the Drawn Mixed Pairs Final on Monday.

 

Winners in red!

Sunday:  Umpire Rita McD

10.00 am   Ladies’ Drawn PairsNadine & Corale v Jean & Joan

2.00 pm    Ladies’ ChampionshipCathy T v Nadine – Marker, Jean

2.00 pm    Men’s ChampionshipNorman v Brian N – Marker, Gerry

2.00 pm    Mixed PairsMargaret & Anthony v Corale & Brian

Monday:  Umpire Dave S

10.00 am  Men’s Pairs – Kevin & Tony v Terry & Laurence

10.00 am  Mixed Drawn Pairs – Margaret & Anthony v Nadine & Norman

2.00 pm    Men’s Handicap – Kevin (2) v Roy E (2) – Marker, Norman

2.00 pm    Ladies’ Handicap – Joan (5) v Dawn (9) – Marker, Sheila

The Ladies’ Pairs is postponed to a future date and the 75 shots will not be contested as Ken W is still poorly.  We wish him well.

 

Saturday 26th August – Mixed v Royal Household

Cambridge Park Team - photo by Roy Ebinezer

Cambridge Park Team – photo by Roy Ebinezer

 

The sun shone on us on Saturday as we headed over to play The Royal Household.  The green was very fast and not without difficulties as we tried to accustom our bowls to what our head was telling them!

There were wins for Steve G and Ann H’s teams, a draw for Brian C, a nearly-made-it for George H and Laurence & Dawn fought over who had bottom rink (Laurence as his opponents scored on one more end than ours despite shot difference and actual scores!).  Being bottom means you quite often get your opposition’s top rink prize and some of us a quite jealous of the engraved glass Laurence, Margaret, Ron & Joan received!

It was a competitive yet social afternoon followed by a very nice supper adjourning to the bar for the raffle and then staying on for a further drink.  I guess this is what it was like a few years’ ago before everyone dashed off to do something else after a match.

Gerry made a very good speech highlighting the successes of the CP ladies this season in their representation of Middlesex and Leamington and the wonderful overall win in the Ladies’ Fours by Ann H, Jean S, Nadine & Cathy T.  The men were advised to pull their socks up, enter the Middlesex & National comps next year to see if they could get their and Cambridge Park’s names on the honours board.

We are hoping for a re-match outdoors either home or away and the RH would like to play us indoors in 2018-19.  Great stuff.

Teams:

Alan B, Jim P, Audrey & skip George

Brian N, Corale, Dave S & skip Ann H

Rita, Roy E, Bernard C & skip Steve G

Joan O’N, Ron C, Margaret B & skip Laurence

Stella, Gerry, Reg & skip Brian C

Eric, Rocket, Sheila & skip Dawn

 

National Championships – And the Rest ….

Despite all players doing their best to emulate the Fours’ success, it wasn’t to be.

Dawn went out to Cornwall in the first round of the Singles

Ann, Jean & Cathy went out in the first round of the Triples to Sussex

Ann went out to Ellen Faulkner from Cambridgeshire in the first round of the Two Wood Singles

Ann & Jean also lost their opening round of the Senior Pairs

It was a terrific achievement by all the girls to actually get to Leamington.  Winning lots of earlier rounds within the County up against strong opposition is brilliant.

Elaine Gokmogul also went out in the first round of the singles to an eventual semi-finalist.

The Grovelands Four didn’t make it through to the second round.

The Bishop Duppas trio made it through to the last 16 of the Triples

Kay S from Hurlingham Park narrowly lost the opening round of the Senior Singles.

Terri From Broomfield also lost her first round match in the Two Wood Singles but Janine from West Ealing won two rounds then lost the third by one single shot.  Aaargh!

Sue & Sarah from Holtwhites won their “Early First Round” match but lost on the last end of the second round.

Branka & Alison from Isleworth also joined the ranks of runners-up in the first round.

Hurlingham Park are representing Middlesex in the Senior Fours but they have to wait until 23rd August for their challenge

 

National Championship Update – WIN, WIN, WIN, WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAB FOUR!

170810 - Fab Four

Ann Halliday, Jean Staples, Nadine Mullins

& Cathy Taylor.

Winners of the Ladies Fours at the National Championships at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Thursday 10th August

Although no strangers to the National Championships, having reached the quarter-finals in 2010 and the semi-final in 2012, the Cambridge Park Fab Four started their challenge for the 2017 trophy on Monday7th August in glorious Leamington Spa.  The draw meant they had to play an “Early First Round” in which they toppled a Lincolnshire 4 by 26-13.  Great start!

Bright and early on Tuesday morning, the girls donned their Middlesex uniform and headed off to support the team from Grovelands compete v Herefordshire.  Undeterred by their loss, Ann, Jean, Nadine & Cathy launched into the second round v Northamptonshire and after a tense battle came through victorious 25-21.  Phew.

Nadine Gets Down to It under Cathy's Supervision
Nadine Gets Down to It under Cathy’s Supervision

The heavens opened on Wednesday morning when they headed off to play Leicestershire at 9.30 am.  (Rumour had it the supporters were not over impressed by the early start!)  In yet another tense match where the Middlesex President’s nails were bitten down to the quick, the girls triumphed 20-19 on the extra end.  Not content with the emotional and frazzled state of their supporters, they launched into the quarter final v Cornwall and managed to grab the bull by the horns for a 16-14 victory. following yet another nail-biting match.   Hardly daring to peer through the fingers in front of their eyes, the supporters cheered the team on to a 25-16 semi-final v Cambridgeshire, skipped by World No.1 Ellen Faulkner, who had been interspersing the Fours with the Champion of Champion competition—no mean feat.  By this time, the sun was shining across the greens and the mood was extremely buoyant as they stepped onto ‘A’ Green for the final.  All those matches and all that way to play next door county rivals, Surrey!

Ann in Full Flow!
Ann in Full Flow!

They knuckled down with true grit and determination as the tension mounted.  To be fair the Surrey lead never really got going but the No.2 more than made up for it with consistently landing her woods next to the jack.  A surprisingly poor 17th end by the Surrey No.3 leaving their skip to a difficult save, gave our girls the chance to go a few shots into the lead. It was still anyone’s game though when it reached the 21st end but Cathy put a dream of a bowl right on the jack loading immense pressure on the Surrey team.  It was down to the last two bowls by the Surrey skip who missed trailing the jack back to 3 waiting woods (which would have given them the win) by a cat’s whisker and a very relieved Ann did not have to bowl her final wood.   Actually I think it was all the teams’ supporters who were as relieved as Ann!

 Whoopee!!

A fantastic “bowls’ life-time” achievement for all four girls who will now be representing England in the British isles Championships next June in Belfast

Ta-dah!  And now we're just off to get measured up for our England blazers!
Ta-dah! And now we’re just off to get measured up for our England blazers!

 

 

Middlesex Ladies Competitions – Finals Day Results

What a watery, windy, wet Finals Day.  Such a shame after all the lovely weather we’ve had this summer.

Results:

Two Wood Singles – Ann H beat Janine (West Ealing)

Triples – Ann H, Jean S & Cathy beat Isobel, Sue H & Joyce (Bishops Duppas)

Singles – Dawn beat Elaine (Hurlingham Park)

Fours – Ann H, Jean, Nadine & Cathy lost to Sandra, Bobby, Helen and Mary (Grovelands)

Senior Fours – Rita McD, Ann H, Jean & Nadien lost to Renah, Elaine, Phil & Kay (Hurlingham Park)

Unbadged Singles – Hannah (Holtwhites) beat Kate (Harefield)

Pairs – Branka & Alison (Isleworth) beat Sue & Sarah (Holtwhites)

Under 25 Singles – Kelly beat Megan (both West Ealing)

The Wealdstone members had worked very hard to get the green into shape following vandalisation of two of the rinks a fortnight ago.  Meanwhile in the clubhouse, the members did a great job with the catering and accommodating so many people inside because of the awful weather.

Well done to Terri W & Maureen L (Competition secretaries); Sally (President); Jacquie (Secretary); Mandy, Diane, Jacquie & Darren (soaked-to-the-skin markers/umpire); Kevin; and all the spectators and supporters who braved the torrential rain and thumping drumbeat from the Leisure Centre throughout the day.

Good luck to all the finalists who make it through to the National Champsionships in Leamington.   Schedule can be found here https://bowlsengland.247.tv/?stage=f  The Fours are first up on Monday 7th August at 2.30 pm