At the end of all the proceedings on Saturday afternoon, it was sad to have to wave goodbye to Corale as she takes flight on Tuesday to start a new chapter of her life in Melbourne, Australia, returning to where most of her family are based.
It’s a huge move. On the plus side, there are bowls club all over Melbourne so we hope she settles into one soon and makes new friends. Send photos!
Good luck! We will miss you at Cambridge Park after so many years as a member. Thank you for being part of our club, community and team and for your support at competitions.
The weather stayed dry and mainly sunny and everyone was in good spirits before, during and after the game. Phew!
Great to have all 6 rinks full of bowlers enjoying the fun and trying their hardest to beat the opposition.
It was 3-3 rink draw – don’t listen to Norman!
The ladies had to borrow a couple of men to balance out the numbers and about 10 men volunteered. Ooh!
Thanks to Roy for setting up the green, to Sarah & Jacqui and Tony & Alasdair for meeting Ladies and Men’s Captains for the day. Thanks also to Jane behind the bar, to Ann Macey for selling more raffle tickets for the MacMillan Cancer fund-raising (draw on Saturday 30th at Race Night) and to all our visitors. Last, but by no means least, thanks to all the players both old and new for making it such an enjoyable occasion to round off the outdoor season not only with your playing but also for taking all the ditch mats and rink markers up and tidied away so that the new green keeping company can get to start on the autumn work this week.
We should also give a big thanks to Ray Verralls who has been the Outdoor Fixture Secretary as well as Indoor Fixture Secretary for the last few years. For various reasons, he is standing down from both posts so we’re on the lookout for a volunteer to take on the Outdoor Fixtures for next season (and there’s no time like the present to get the calendar started!).
So the end of the outdoor season is upon us.
Friday Night Leagues tomorrow I bekieve
Saturday – the Annual Men v Ladies outdoor match. We should have 6 triples or 3 rinks and 2 triples. Fortunately one of the chaps signed up on the ladies side of the sheet, so we might nab him and a couple of others to balance the numbers. Match starts at 1:00 pm so please be there before 12:40. Whites and any coloured shirt. Light refreshments afterwards.
From Monday, indoors.
The usual midweek roll ups daily from 10:00-12:00
For those who can’t make the day time there wil be evening roll ups on Monday 25th, Wednesday 27th September, Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th October at 6:00-ish and Saturday 30th September at 2:00.
On Thursday 28th at 7:00 pm, it’s the AGM. It’s good to see the nominee names for the Board. Thank you to those who signed up.
On Saturday 30th, it’s the Race Night at 6:00 or 6:30 (Apologies I forgot to double check).
Also it will be the Grand Raffle in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Tickets are £1:00 per strip and available from Ann Macey or Jane behind the bar. There are some fantastic prizes so please support this cause, even if you can’t make the Race Night.
the first friendly of the season is on Wednesday 4th away v King George Field and our first National comp is Sunday 8th Top Club v Hounslow
So, let’s jump right in next week and get the indoor season party started!
Belated happy birthday to Terry Macey. We hope you had a good day.
Unfortunately Sarah & Karen’s Aussie Pairs final was rained off so they are playing at Fordbridge Park tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2:00 pm
Kevin managed to not only squeeze his 75 shots in but also squeezed a 76-74 victory over Martin Payne who earlier had won the main Singles.
Dave Pitt is completing his Gillette Cup competition v Ashley Tanner today. Dave is 10-2 up when the match resumes.
Great weather for coming to the end of the outdoor season. It’s been lovely this week, hasn’t it? Not sweltering like last weekend!
The last of the Mixed Friendlies is v Masonians tomorrow with Roy, Shaf, Alasdair, Adrian, Paul, Wiola, Jacqui, Ann & Cathy heading over to Chiswick on behalf of the club
Sarah & Karen are playing the Final of the South Middlesex Aussie Pairs competition at Staines. They face Kevin Keown & Bill Rush. Kevin is also playing in the 75 Shots beforehand, so he might be a bit tired! The girls start at 14:30 if anyone can get over there to support
I have played quite a few games for the Friends of English Bowling this season. It’s great fun playing with and against people you don’t know and on greens where you never usually play. Tomorrow we’re playing v Disability Bowls England in Charlbury
Next Saturday is the final outing with the Annual Men v Ladies match There are quite a few names up but we could do with more. I shouldn’t think we will get 48 to fill the 6 rinks but it would be nice to get at least 32 out playing. Match starts at 1:00 pm
We start indoors on Monday 25th when the autumn work commences on the outdoor green.
Our Indoor Captina, Kevin Keown & his partner CHris Pusey made it through to the Middlesex Mixed Pairs semi-final at the weekend.
They beat the Franklands from North London/Bounds Green and, despite a great comeback, lost by just a few shots to Glen & Sue Adams from Paddington. The Final is on 23rd September when the Paddington duo play Rose Mayo (Rosedale BC) and Tony Waller (Ladygate).
Tony is the man behind the Bowls Middlesex Facebook page, updating it daily throughout the outdoor season with reports of competitions as well as days at Leamington during the Nationals. He does a brilliant job!
The Club AGM is on Thursday 28th September in the Clubhouse at 7:00 pm. You will no doubt see Kevin K there and maybe Chris as well, so give him/them a pat on the back!
Whilst on the AGM, members can view Ange’s document outlining the roles of Board Directors and you can find it via the link on the Members’ Page. Members can access with a password.
Mixed Drawn Pairs: Gordon & Dave beat John & Peter J on the final end!)
Mixed Open Pairs: Jacqui & Brian beat Dawn & Steve
Men’s Pairs: Scott & Dave P beat Gym & Roy
Men’s Championship: Peter J beat Peter M marked by Peter C.
In the blazing heat, the players enjoyed a great day along with the spectators carefully not trying to melt in the heat! Thanks to Margaret B, Beryl, Jane and Ann M who between them served teas/coffees/lunches, drinks and assorted raffle tickets and generally looked after us all. I’m sure Roy had a large hand in setting up the green too.
Thanks to everyone who entered too!
Finally a HUGE thanks to Peter Chapman who stepped up to take in the Competition Secretary’s role and did a great job. He wasn’t frightened off and is willing to do it all over again next year so let’s give him all the support we can!
Last outdoor match is the Men v Ladies. Get your names down and let’s close out the outdoor season with a bumper turn out on Saturday 23rd September starting at 1:00 pm. If you can’t get to the club in the next 10 days, please let Jane or one of the other regulars at the club know so they can add your name to the list. Thanks.
Get the suncream, hats and water bottles out. It going to be very hot out there today, with a slight risk of thunderstorms. What do you expect? It is England after all!
There were fewer competitions this year. Perhaps everyone was just too busy to enter? Certainly quite a few have booked their holiday for early September so couldn’t enter. Nevertheless, Peter Chapman has done a great job of keeping it all going in his first season as Outdoor Competition Secretary . Thank you!
First up at 10:00
75 Shots – Brian Crickmay v Roy Ebinezar
Mixed Drawn Pairs: John Eve & Peter Judge v Dave Pitt & Gordon
At 2:00 approximately
Open Mixed Pairs: Dawn Slaughter & Steve Gibson v Jacqui Lund & Brian Crickmay
Men’s Championship: Peter Judge v Peter Moyce
Men’s Pairs: Gym Brown & Roy Ebinezar v Scott Cumine & Dave Pitt
Sandwiches available at lunchtime. Bar open. Supporters and spectators very welcome!