WELL DONE JENNY

 

 

OXFORD CITY & COUNTY FINALS WEEKEND

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MATCHES ALL START 5.30

                      

MENS OVER 70s

GARY GRAY   V    OTHMAN SHARRIF

 

4 WOOD MIXED PAIRS

J.FLITTER/V.BYE  V   26  K.GALLOWAY/J.DRAGE

 

VIC ROBERTS 3 WOOD PAIRS

 C.POLLARD/G.KERR   V   A.GALLOWAY/T.GRIPE

 

SATURDAY 10.AM START

 

LADIES SINGLES

CAROL PENSON  16  V   21 KATHERINE HAWES

 

LADIES NEVER WON

JANE BUNNING  21 V  19  JODY FLITTER

 

LADYS TWO WOOD SINGLES

JACKY GRAY   V    KAREN GALLOWAY

 

MENS CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

VIC BYE/CHRIS EARL 19  V 23  DENNIS RICHENS/ROB LUCAS

 

MENS HANDICAP SINGLES21

OTHMAN SHARRIF  21  V  14  HAROLD JERRED 

 

SATURDAY LUNCH TIME 12.OO START 

 

MENS NEVER WON SINGLES

ANDREW GALLOWAY 17   V  21  MARCUS BUNNING

 

GEORGE KING CUP

MARK GILBERT  11 V  15 TERRY GRIPE

 

 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON  1.30 APPROX

 

LADIES HANDICAP

LORRAINE GASKINS    V    JODY FLITTER

 

MIXED  2 WOOD PAIRS

K GALLOWAY/J.DRAGE   V   H.TOMS/D.RICHENS

 

 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 2 OCLOCK START

 

MIXED SINGLES

CAROL PENSON    V    OTHMAN SHARRIF

 

MENS HANDICAP PAIRS

C.EARL/C.LEWIS    V   P.LOPEZ /ALAN LEY

 

EVA HODGE  PAIRS 3.30 APROX

J.FLITTER/M,STACEY    V    K.GALLOWAY/H.KINGSLEY

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING  10 AM START

 

MENS TRIPLES

V.BYE ,M.GLEESON, C.EARL   V    P.LOPEZ, C.LEWIS, A.LEY

 

MARGRET STACEY  PAIRS

J.FLITTER/J.GILBERT    V    P.RIST/C.GASKINS

 

OVER  65 LADYS

CAROL PENSON    V   JEANETTE BERRY

 

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 2.00 START

 

CHAMPIONSHIP MENS SINGLES

OTHAN SHARRIF    V    ALAN LEY

 

LADYS DRAWN PAIRS

J.FLITTER/C.PENSON     V    K.GALLOWAY/H.KINGSLEY

 

Results for 2017 Indoor Competitions

 

Ladies:-

 

Betty Hudson Championship Singles:-

Runner up, Jeanette Berry.

Winner, Jacky Gray

 

Christabel Drawn Pairs:-

Runners up, Jeanette Berry & Mavis Hale

Winners,    Margaret Stacey & Liz Sims

 

Margaret Ellis 3 wood Singles:-

T.B.A   (not played due to injury)

 

Mixed

 

Phelps Mixes Singles

Runner Up:- Alex Fleming

Winner, Sam Watts  

 

Membery Drawn Pairs

 Runners Up:- Alex Fleming & Shirley

Winners :-  Geoff Powell & Pam Faulkner

 

   Stewards 2 Wood Triples:-

Runners Up:-  Julie Jackson, Jacky Gray, Gary Gray

Winners:-  Jan Gore, Phil Warner, Colin Pollard

 

Mens:-

 

Vic Cardy Triples:-

Runners up:- Ian Hale, Alan Scholan, Brian Bloomfield

 Winners:-  Sam Watts, Paul Comley, Mark Charlett

 

Dan Collett Pairs:-

Runners Up:- Ian Hale &  Brian Bloomfield

Winners:-   Paul Comley & Chris Earl

 

Keith Bateman Championship Singles:-

Runner Up:-  Paul Comley,

Winner:-   Sam Watts

 

League Champion of Champions 2016/17

 

Winners ....... Lazy Gits.

 

Plate ........... Maggies Mates.

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - OCTOBER 2016
 
Presentation evening was a let down this year, as only 18 players were available; only 4 were men.
Only 50% of the prizewinners were present. This is no way to support the club.  Very disappointing indeed.
 
Ladies Champion of Champions was Carole Galletly, and runner-up was our own Carol Gaskins.    
Mens Champion of Champions was Howard Watts, and runner-up Alan Carter.  
 
Two very good charities received a boost, as Geoff Powell and Jane Walkers evening raised £1106.00 for Maggies.
A very good night as the "Crimps" band donated their fee as well.  
 
The Macmillan Coffee morning was enjoyable, especially if you like cakes, and they raised £234.00 so well  done to all who participated.
 
Indoor Prizegiving was very well supported. The Brian Slatter Trophy was won by Margaret Johnston and Claude Barber, and was presented by Brians son and daughter Lin Lovely to see them again. Margaret also won the Pairs with Gordon Turland.
 
The Summer league is well organised by Geoff Rawnsley, who also gives a trophy to a player , who helps over the summer. Renee Wytham was the recipient, and if you talk to her, you will find that she is a most remarkable lady, of many talents.
 
 
Missing Husband.
 
A woman went to the police to report her husband missing.
She said,"He,s fifty-one, six foot three inches tall,
dark eyes, dark hair,athletic build weighs 18 Stone 5 pounds,
smartly dressed and softly spoken."
 
"He,s five foot two inches,overweight,bald scruffy and has a big mouth!" her friend protested.  
 
"I know," said the wife. "But who wants HIM back?".                                                                                                                                                                         

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - SEPTEMBER 2016

 

 

Congratulations Donna.

 

It gives me great pleasure to report that Donna Knight has won The National Championship Ladies Singles title, at Leamington.

 

This is the first time ever, that Oxfordshire has had this honour. It is a marvellous achievement so well done Donna.

 

Our Ladies Fours did us proud too, tied at twenty-one ends, holding shot, until the very last wood somehow got through the pack and took the end.  Such a shame to lose like that.  Disappointing, but ladies you all did well to get there.

                                                                                                                                                                      President's day was a very happy day, and I must thank everyone for taking part and making it so successful. I received some lovely flowers, gifts, and cards. To all of you, who helped organise it, thanks once again.

 

We have one more Touring team, to come to us on September 7th, so please try and support the club, as you have done all season. 

                                                                                                                                                                      Club Finals weekend is on September 10-11th, so I wish every-one involved, the very best of luck.

 

Maggie's Charity Social Night is the September 16th,"The Crimps," are the group playing, and tickets are available from Jenny, Jane Walker, and Geoff Powell.

                                                                                                                                                                      Please make a note that Macmillan Coffee morning will be held at the club on Sept.26 at 10am.If you can attend, please bring a cake ,and a raffle prize, as it is for a good cause.

                                                                                                                                                                      

Changing a Light Bulb.

An elderly man with one arm bumped into an old friend.

"Where are you off to?" asked the friend.

"To change a light bulb," replied the one-armed man.

"That will be a bit difficult for you, won't it?"

"Not really, "said the one-armed man. "I kept the receipt."

 

Vicky.

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - AUGUST 2016

 

 July has been a very busy and successful month for the club and its members.

Going to Leamington for the National Championships are these successful ladies,

     

Two wood singles; Jeannette Berry, and Myra Lewis.

 

      

Singles; Kathy Hawes and Donna Knight.

 

Fours; Karen Galloway, Margaret Stacey, Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson.

 

Congratulations to you all, I hope club members will give you lots of support.

 

We went to Southbourne, Bournemouth for our annual seaside outing. It was very well organised by Helen Kingsley, ably assisted by Colin Pollard. Weather was excellent, the picnic was a great success, except I got fined for dropping food, oh well! The bowls went well and Southbourne Club were great company. Hope to have a return fixture with them.

 

On July 11th, the club welcomed the Dennyside Association. This is a Charity raising organisation men's team that go around the country, raising money for local charities. Helen and Douglas House were the charity of the day, and the amount raised was a wonderful £2,2OO. This was a most enjoyable day for me as they were such gentlemen. Thank you Dennyside.

 

We also had a successful charity day for Sobell House, again well organised by Colin Pollard and we raised £1833.25. Well done to all that participated.

 

Wedding Night Nerves

A seventy-seven-year-old man married a girl almost 50 years his junior. As he climbed into bed for the first time with his bride, he said, "Did your mother tell you what to do on your wedding night?" "Yes, she told me everything" replied the girl, kissing him gently. "Good" said the elderly gentleman, turning out the light, "because I've forgotten".

President Vicky.

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - JULY 2016

It was received with great sadness, the news that Harold Winstone passed away on June 17 2016.

He was a well-loved and respected member of our club. A former President of The Oxfordshire Bowling Assocation, a Club President and Company Secretary, his influence over many years,has helped to make this club what it is today. He will be sadly missed.                                                                                                 The funeral is on July 8 at 1.pm.

 

We welcomed a new touring side from Sherwood Park, it was their first visit to us.

They were a lovely group and very friendly.Hope we can repeat this fixture again next year,as it is always our aim to encourage and welcome any touring teams.     One small critisism, trying to make five balanced happy rinks from twenty players available, was no easy task, as all captains know, Some players were not content with their positions, so perhaps this is the time to repeat The Selectors Prayer.  

Blessed are they who can play sport,

Blessed are they who can still be taught.

Blessed are they who accept with grace,

To play in any selected place.  

 

With respect to Harold, I will not include a joke this month,but would like to send our condolences to Greta and his family on behalf of the club,

President Vicky.

 
 
 
 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - JUNE 2016

Hi Everyone

We had a good game against our friends from Cheltenham, and managed to win. Nice to have seven rinks in use.We meet again,away on June 11.  

It was such a shame that the Watlington match was rained off,as we will not meet them again until next year.

 

The Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies Blay Cup drawn pairs was won by Jeannette Berry and Jan Gore. Well done both of you.

 

 

Last Tuesday the club hosted the E.B.A versus E.I.B.A.

The weather was so wet they decided to play indoors,and produced a great afternoon of bowls with much laughter.

Fourteen counties were represented,Lancaster down to Cornwall.  The Indoors just won by two shots.

Jenny,Julie and Linzie produced 83 meals,afterwards, a wonderful job,and everyone said how well they enjoyed it,

so ladies ,I say, Thankyou for a marvellous effort                                                                                        

Photo By Karen Galloway

 

Anniversary Celebration                                                                                                                                                              

Two men were chatting in a bar. "Isn,t it your Fiftieth wedding anniversary soon?" asked one of them.                                    

"Yes, it is," said the other.                                                                                                                                                                

"And are you going to do anything to celebrate?".                                                                                                                            

"Well, for our Twenty-Fifth, I took my wife to Australia".

"So maybe for our Fiftieth,I,ll go and fetch her.. ."

 

Vicky

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - MAY 2016

Club Finals Day was very good, and I think everyone enjoyed the meal and presentations,I know I did!

Thanks to Jackie and Gary Gray for their organisation.

Pics of some of the winners

                                                      

 

Photo By Karen/Andrew Galloway

 

WERE ON ON OUR WAY TO WEMBLEY

The Club laid on a coach to Wembley Stadium for the final of the Johnstons Paint Trophy, in which OXFORD UTD faced BARNSLEY 

  

Photo By Karen/Andrew Galloway

 

 

Onwards to the Outdoor Season,we were lucky so far with the weather,chilly,but dry.The greens bowled well.

The game against Witney Town was a close match,which we just won. With nine rinks in use, it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Please continue to put your name down for matches, and support our club.

 

 

Three men who were a little hard of hearing, were walking along the street on a blustery day.

One said,"Windy, isnt it"?

"No",said the second, "Its Thursday".

The third man said,"So am I, lets have a beer"

Tens' Final Sunday 10th April.

Report By Alan Holmes

 

City & County won a thrilling final against Carterton by 3.5 pts to 1.5pts (shots 82 to 69)

 

 

Singles; A hard fought and thoroughly entertaining game throughout, with the scores level at 20 all, Chris Weedon for Carterton won the game with his last bowl.

Peter Boyle of City & County being the unlucky loser.

 

Pairs; Jacky Gray and Othman Sharif were always in control of this game, running out comfortable winners 22 to 14.

 

Triples; A strong City and County team consisting of Margaret Stacy. Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry found themselves down 11 shots to 1 at 5 ends, and after 11 end they still trailed by 15 shots to 4, they went on to win the next 7 ends to win their match  19 - 15.

 

Fours; The team consisted of our Club President Vicky Harrison, Geoff Powell, Gary Gray and John Drage.

Despite dropping a 7 on the 10th end the hung in with steady scoring and managed to finish with a well-earned draw 19 shots each,

 

Paul Holt from Newbury Building Society (our sponsors) came along to present the Runners up cheque to Wendy Sandy of Carterton and the winner's cheque and trophy to Vicky Harrison of City and County.

My thanks to all the spectators who attended.

And well done City and County.

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - APRIL 2016

The Club hosted the annual Oxfordshire IBA Mens versus OWIBA Ladies, which proved to be highly competitive .

The ladies won by six shots . Well done ladies

 

Also held here was the Four President,s game Marvellous afternoon,some excellent bowling was achieved  

Presidents : OWIBA Dulcie Smith, OIBA Robin McStay, C&C Vicky Harrison, OBA Bill Jarvie   , OWBA Wendy Cross

 

The OBA men won by a very narrow margin..
 

Easter Tournament was enjoyed by all. Winner,s were the ;JAGS; June Steel, Geoff Powell and Andy Crawley.

 

County Fours Final was held at Chipping Norton, Sam Watts,Adie Twinn,Chris Earl and Ray Gaskins took the Trophy by one shot.


Very good game,nice picture in the Oxford Mail.  

Sam Watt,s and Chris Earl did not do so well in the County Pairs.They lost to Carterton.

Terry Gripe also lost the Over 60s Singles.

The ladies however had remarkable success in their County Finals. We swept the board,and won all Four Titles.


         

 

Jeannette Berry won the Singles and with Margaret Stacey,s assistance won the Pair,s . Helped by Rosemary Phelp,s they went on to win the Triples. The Four,s added Karen Galloway to the mix, coming in as a late substitute for Carol Gaskin,s who unfortunately couldn,t make it ,Karen played very well. So ladies a great boost  for the Club,s History! Well done, a Brilliant Acchievement

 

A little old man shuffled into an Ice-cream parlour, pulled himself slowly and painfully up on to a stool, and ordered a banana split.

The waitress asked "Crushed Nuts?"

No he replied "Arthritis"!.  

 

President Vicky.

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - MARCH 2016

I am very proud and honoured to be your President for 2016, and thank you all for your kind words and encouragement 

The AGM went very smoothly this year. A major change is to the Secretary, Harold Winstone,he has served us so well for many years. He has stepped down due to ill health. We owe him a real debt of gratitude. Thank you Harold, please continue your journey back to fitness .

Past President Vic Bye,who did a grand job as President last year,has bravely taken up the position of Company Secretary.

Thankyou also to Richard Jackson,who gave us a brilliant reminder of how good our Fire Security is covered. His explanation was very well received.

Jane Walker and Geoff Powell had a very enjoyable joint birthday bash and also raised £900 pounds for their chosen charity, Maggies.

On the bowling front Ladies County Fours, Margaret, Carol, Rosemary and Jeannette won through to the next round, results are on the Website. Club competitions are proceeding well, I will look forward to the finals.

 

A little joke to finish on ---- A man arrived home from work and noticed that his father seemed to be avoiding the grandchildren. "What's the problem?." he asked. "You usually love playing with them." The old man produced a medicine prescription from his pocket and said,"Read the label.Thats why!" The son took the bottle and read the label. "Take two pills a day. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN."

 

President Vicky

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - FEBRUARY 2016
 
This is my last prattle. It has been a great honour to be president of this wonderful Club.
I would like to thank all of you for your support during the year. I hope the same support will be given to the next president.
Special thanks must go to the members, staff and caterers who made the Junior International Weekend in September such a great success. I feel that it certainly put City & County Bowls club on the international bowls map.
 
 
PRESIDENT'S DAY
 
This was held on Sunday 24th January. I asked for everyone to wear green. Some members even came as elves? The spider was won by John Drage and the highest rink went to A Keen D Richens R Lucas and C Pollard (the elves).
My thanks to you all for supporting this game as a result of the spider and the raffle I will be sending a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support for £ 250.00.
 
Club Matches
 
Once again thanks to all the members who put themselves forward to play matches, it has been a great help to the captains
 
Finally I must thank my wife Liz for all her support during my year in office.
 
 
President 
 
Vic
 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - January 2016

CLUB NIGHT

Christmas Club Night is on Saturday 9th January.

There will be a selection of quizzes and games. Come along and have some fun

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

The draw was held on Friday 11th December.There was a good selection of prizes and it raised £ 322.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue and Jeanette for getting the prizes.

 

CHRISTMAS BINGO

This was well attended and raised £ 190.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue Lacey, Sue Mayo and Colin Pollard for the organisation.

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY

This is being held on Sunday 24th January commencing at 2.15p.m.  Everyone plays. It will be a normal 2l end game with a meal to follow so please sign up and come along for an enjoyable afternoon's bowling.  Dress will be casual but bowling shoes must be worn please wear anything green.

 

 

President

 

Vic

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - December 2015

CLUB NIGHT

Christmas Club Night is on Saturday 6th December.

The Witney Town Band will be providing a programme of Christmas Carols and Songs.  All for only £6.00.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

The draw will be held on Friday 11th December aWhere else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper for 20p!

CLUB COMPETITIONS

It is a shame that the entries are down on many of the competitions.

The draw for all Club Competitions has now taken place and the relevant sheets are on the notice boards.  Please note carefully the play-by dates and whether you are the Challenger or not.  It would be helpful to everyone - players and Competition Secretaries - if you could get your games played in good time wherever possible and avoid leaving it to the last minute.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

 

President

 

Vic

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - November 2015

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS

Entry forms for all club competitions are now on the Notice Boards so please give it a go this year - you never know your luck.  Closing date is 6th November so there is still time to get your form in.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

The ladies played in the Masons Trophy and have won against Whiteknights (49 - 28) and Handy Cross (42- 34)

However, in the Yetton they lost to West Berks 66 -79.

 

The men played Foxhills in the Denny Cup and won 75- 67.

In the Over 60's double rink the B side beat Foxhills 44 - 41

But lost to West Berks in the next round

 

The A side have to play Oxford & District

CHRISTMAS DRAW

The draw sheets for our Christmas Draw are now up - one by the front desk and the other next to the kitchen - only 20p a line! 

Where else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper to name but a few of the 100 prizes we aim to purchase, and all for 20p a go! 

Any Duty Officer on the desk will gladly accept and confirm your chosen numbers.

 

BRYAN SLATTER

As you are all aware Bryan Slatter died on 21 October.  He was a long standing member of the club and well-liked by everyone.

 

Club Matches

A word of thanks to all members who have been putting their names up for

matches this has made the Captains job a little easier as they have not had to chase people to play.

 

 

President

 

Vic

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - October 2015

Finals Weekend

We had a fine weekend for our Club finals and there were some very good games.  Well done all the finalists and congratulations to the winners. 

Our Men's Club Singles Champion this year is Paul Lopez and the Ladies Singles Champion is Katherine Hawes.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Paul Lopez on winning the champion of champions on Sunday 20 September.

Katherine has I am very pleased to say has retained her place in the Senior England Squad. Also Donna has been named as a travelling reserve

 

Harold Winstone

I have spoken to Harold's family. He is progressing better than expected, and can now walk unaided.

He is also talking better but still gets tired.

It is hoped that he will soon be moved from the hospital, exactly when is not known.

As I have said before the family have asked that a rota be set up for members of the bowls club wishing to

visit him. Should you wish to be added to this rota please let me know either by phone or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bowls England - Junior International Series

What an amazing weekend of bowls. To see so many under 25's playing at that level was a wonderful sight, in such an electric atmosphere. Although there were many spectators it was a shame that many club members were not able to witness it.

The British Isles Bowling Council (the organisers of the competition) were really pleased with the Club's efforts. A letter was sent on Monday congratulating the Club (it is posted on the notice board by the bar).

My thanks go to all the members, green keepers, caterers and bar staff who helped to make it such a success. It would be nice if we could more events like this.

 

Bedfordshire Tourists

After a late arrival the match was played with the threat of rain, but we only had a light shower. We won the match comfortably but they were pleased with their welcome. My thanks to those members who were able to play.

 

Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes

This was held on Saturday 26th September and was preceded by a match in the afternoon, it was disappointing to see so few bowlers. It was a sunny day, and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.  

The dinner was well attended and we were very pleased to welcome the Ladies County President, Wendy Cross together with the Men's County President, Steve Tolhurst as our guests.  We had an excellent three course meal followed by the presentation of the trophies to the Winners and Runners Up by the two County Presidents.

 

Indoor Summer Bowling

The Indoor Pairs Competition was won this year by Elaine & Trevor Gethin

The League by the Firs with the Aces as runners up

 

President

Vic

City & County's Paul Lopez

Win's Oxfordshires Champion of Champions

Paul Lopez recovered from a nightmare start to beat Watlington's Sam Watts 21-16 to lift Oxfordshire Champions of Champions title at Oxford City & County.

Playing on his home rink, Lopez lost six of the first seven ends to trail 9-1. But he got into his stride, taking eight of the next nine ends to lead 15-10.

The game developed into a marathon, before on the 26th end, Lopez scored a three to secure the silverware.

 

Pictures by Geoff Powell

City & County Ladies Win County 2015 Top Club Championships

The final of the Ladies County Top Club was played at Banbury Chestnuts on a lovely autumnal morning on Sunday 6th September 2015 and was won by Oxford City and County BC with a total of 4 - 0 against Witney Town BC.

Scores:

Oxford City & County first

Singles: Shirley Crick 21, Val Hill 11.

Pairs: Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry 31, Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield 18.

Triples: Julie Jackson, Margaret Stacey and Marion Darton 23, Jean Smith, Yvonne Hodgkinson, France's Riley 21.

Fours: Jody Flitter, Eileen O'Shea, Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson 22, Margaret Ludlow, Lyn Cooper, Jan Cameron and Jill Hutchins 13.

 

 

Wales Snatch title from England.

 

Oxford City & County Bowls Club hosted the 2015 British Isles Junior U25s Internationals this weekend and treated the 500 plus crowd to a festival of bowls  

 

 

England narrowly missed out on retaining the British Isles Bowls Council Junior International Series at the weekend by just two shots at Oxford City & County BC,

England.

A 24-shot victory against Scotland on Saturday morning gave the England team, which included 11 new caps, the ideal start, while Wales secured a 17-shot

victory over Ireland.

The afternoon saw England draw 121-121 with Wales, despite being almost 30-shots behind with less than 20 ends to play over the six rinks. England Captain

Jamie Walker led by example with four perfect bowls on the final two ends under pressure. The remarkable fight back was also aided by Martin Heitzman's rink

securing 10 unanswered shots on the final three ends, a count of six on Alex Walton's rink on his 21st end and a pickup of five shots on Ryan Atkins' 20thend.

The draw with Wales gave England a narrow seven-shot lead over them heading into Sunday's final session against Ireland. Finishing a few ends in front, Wales

defeated Scotland by 24-shots, giving England the knowledge that a 17-shot victory over Ireland would ensure that the Sealy Trophy would be retained. With just

one end to play, England needed to pick up four shots on Ben Render's rink to secure the 17-shot victory to take the title, however the Ireland back-end players

reduced the count with every bowl, giving England just the two shots to secure a 15-shot victory - losing the Series on shots difference to Wales by just two

shots.

 

 

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

Shots For

Shots Against

Shot Diff

WALES

3

2

1

0

362

321

41

5

ENGLAND

3

2

1

0

394

355

39

5

SCOTLAND

3

1

0

2

333

371

-38

2

IRELAND

3

0

0

3

333

375

-42

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - September 2015

National Competitions

National Pairs Winners 2015

 

Congratulations to Donna and Katherine on winning the National Pairs. After some close finishes in the early rounds and the semi-final they won the final 20 shots to 11.

 

Chris Lewis and David Wedge unfortunately lost in the quarter finals of the Senior Pairs.

 

 

 

County Competitions

 

Congratulations to Othman Sharif on winning the Longford Cup.

Omar beat Brian Bloomfield in a thriller, With the scores level at 8-8 each after 11 ends, Omar scored on the next five ends to open up an eight-shot lead.

 

His opponent fought hard but was unable to get any closer than four shots before Omar finished the game with a single on the 25th end for a 21-16 victory and condemn Brian to another runners-up position.

 

 

 

Harold Winstone

For those who do not know Harold has Encephalitis and is very ill. His family has asked that club members do not telephone them. I have been made contact for any updates and will let members know by way of notices in the club. I am willing to accept calls from members should you want up to date information

PRESIDENT'S DAY - SUNDAY 9th AUGUST 2015

I was pleased that so many of you turned out for my President's day. I invited rinks from Banbury Central, Kidlington, Kingston Bagpuiize, Watlington and Witney Town. Together with other club members it made a match of eight rinks. My team won but on the day I think it was the game of bowls that was the winner.

We had a very good meal provided by Jenny and her team. The spider was won by Margaret Stacey and with the raffle we raised £ 230.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. I must thank my wife Liz for all her hard work during the day and for her support during the season so far.

 

Finals Weekend

Due to certain circumstances these will now be run from Friday to Monday 4th to 7th September.

Good luck to all finalists. Please come along and support the finals.

 

Bowls England - Junior International Series

As you are all aware we are hosting the above event on 12th and 13th September 2015. Please come along to support these young bowlers. There is also a club night on Saturday 12th September with a BBQ and entertainment all for £ 6.00 per person, put your name down now to help with the catering.

 

Bedfordshire Tourists

We will be welcoming a side from Bedfordshire. This is an 11 triples match. At the moment we are a few players short. Please put your name down if you can.

 

President v Captain

Don't forget to put your name down for the last game of the season. With a meal and prize giving afterwards. This is traditionally a fun day to finish the outdoor season. Details of the menu are on the match notice board.

 

President

Vic

Latest News & Gossip From The Front Line

BUSY TIMES - EXCITING TIMES - AND ITS ALL HAPPENING AT OCCBC.

So with the outdoor season only with us for a few more weeks - culminating in the usual hectic activities getting to see who won what etc and the ensuant Presentation Dinner to round things off….and thats just for starters, for we must also remember that our Summer Section Indoor competitions are also reaching their climax….much to look forward to.
 
We are now delighted to announce a link with Oxford United FC - as part of their Community Programme - which will bring together people of all sports and encouraging people to take an active part if at all possible. To this end we have had several lunches and meetings with Darryl Eales (Chairman OUFC) Mark Ashton (CEO) Cheryl (PA to Directors) and Caroline Robbins (Community Operations Director), to move this worthwhile enterprise further - and also enabling us to be part of the wider picture which hopefully will benefit many more youngsters and adults in the area.
 
9th SEPTEMBER….a note for your diaries.
 
To get us started, we will be holding a OPEN DAY with Oxford United FC at Oxford City and County Bowls Club, where the owners, CEO, Manager, players and staff will all join in what we know will be a fun event….nows your chance to meet, chat and mix and pit your skills with them all on the Bowls Green - yep, for most people it will be their first taste of what it is all about - our coaches will be there to give a helping hand!  The day starts around 3pm and will go on until about 8pm (we will supply all equipment - but it would help us for those who 'will have a go' if they would wear flat shoes. If it is wet on the day, we do have the luxury of both Indoor and Outdoor Rinks).  OUFC will be presenting prizes……..
 
We are also delighted that Stewart Donald who owns Bridle and Eastleigh FC as well as being major sponsors to both us and OUFC, will also be coming along.
 
The evening will conclude with a FANS FORUM, when Darryl, Mark and Michael Appleton will be in the firing line to answer all your questions about anything OUFC.
 
The Bar and Kitchen will be open throughout………so, if you are coming straight from work,  we will have hot and cold food available.
 
BBC Radio Oxford will be covering this event……Rosemary Phelps, our Coaching director, will be speaking with Jerome Sale on Rad Oxford at halftime during OUFC v Bristol Rovers, to further promote their Community Program - and our Open Day.
 
 
 
For info, I have copied and pasted a draft copy of a piece written by OUFC which will be in their programme for the match against Yeovil…….hopefully it will further paint the picture we are all trying to achieve…….thus:
 

Balls of All Sorts

We're about more than just football; the Oxford United Community Trust is about trying to engage people from across Oxfordshire in positive activities of any kind, with balls of all shapes and sizes and some with no balls at all. 

As hinted at last week, one of the activities we're working to promote and engage people in is bowls. Sometimes seen as an old man's game this sport is hugely undersold. Hosted by the City and County Bowls Club Darryl Eales, Chairman, Mark Ashton, CEO and Caroline Robbins, Operations Director have all had a go and let us tell you, it requires some serious skill to get those weighted balls to where you want them to be but it's brilliant fun working out how to do it. 

To help us get our eye in the Bowls Club have very kindly offered to host an open evening on the 9th September. 

From 3pm children, young people, parents and careers are welcome to come to the club and have a go, get some expert tips from Rosemary, the in house coach at the Bowls Club and see Olly and Olivia give it their best shot too. 

At 5.30pm anyone is welcome to come along and try their hand. Fans are invited to enter teams of 3 or 4 people in a friendly competition with prizes available from Oxford United and the Bowls Club. Rosemary will be on hand to provide tips and Oxford United players and staff will be joining teams giving fans the opportunity to really get to know the names and faces of both the Club and the Community Trust. 

Once prizes have been awarded the City and County Bowls Club have kindly agreed to host an Oxford Fans Forum, giving fans the chance to ask us any questions you might have. With a bar and kitchen open serving food and drink throughout the evening there's not much more you could ask for. 

We're all really excited about the event and the chance to get people active in something a little different. Darryl said, 

'With the development of the Community Trust and our aim to increase participation across various sports and activities we're thrilled to be working in partnership with the City and County Bowls Club to offer something different. The Club have been brilliant in supporting us to pull this event together and we can't thank them enough for offering us a real opportunity to get to know fans in a social and friendly environment, bringing a little taste of our Austria tour back to Oxford.'

If you would like to enter a team and have your chance to play with and alongside some of our players and staff please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your team name and team member names.

 
 
11th SEPTEMBER………
 
The BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast Programme (7am - 9am) will be held at City and County….where we will be attempting to introduce Ross Heaton to the game of Bowls - and also to tell you something about another great event we are hosting the following day………………….and that relates to the UK Under 25 International Series - a chance for us all to witness the very best that England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland can offer. A must see.
 
BBC Radio Oxford will be covering this event too. 
 
12th AND 13TH SEPTEMBER…….
 
…..this is when the Under 25's show us what it is all about………..we are expecting a good crowd, so my advice is to arrive early.
 
AND SO MUCH MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO……
 
Our Indoor Season gets going in a few weeks time……..and we welcome back to our fold, so many of our regular members whose other clubs do not have an indoor rink………we have quite a healthy fixture list this coming season and the Members Indoor Year Book will be sent out to you all in a few days - so you will be able to get notice of all up-coming fixtures et al, including our in-house leagues……worth mentioning that last year we had a total of 89 teams competing on the various days and there seems to be a similar number this season.  A special mention to Vera Logue who does such a sterling job in this respect……as do so many others.
 
Finally a mention of our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson for his tireless work making this Web-Site work - our readership is quite staggering…..but I am sure Merv would be delighted to hear from anyone who wants to make a contribution…….
 
Happy Bowling my friends…..and above all, have fun.
 
Bob Scholes
 

Ladies Nationals:

Knight & Hawes win pairs

National Pairs Winners 2015

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women's National Pairs Championship, sponsored by Sporting Highlights. They defeated Cambridgeshire's Linda Churchman and Cheryl Salisbury yesterday at Leamington Spa in the final by 9 shots.

The duo beat Sarah Newson and Catherine Popple from Huntingtonshire in the semi final after a string of close fought games to reach the final. Hawes now just needs to win the national singles to complete her full collection of national titles.

 by Donna.

ELLEN CLARKE MEMORIAL REPORT 2015

 

 

Winners - Pauline , Pam  and Ann  from Hanborough Bowls Club

 

 

Runners Up - Pat, Angie, Margaret. from Banbury Borough Bowls Club.

 

3rd prize, Jane Murphy, Jacky Gray and Julie Jackson, Oxford City & County B.C.

 

Thanks to Ron and Carole Thornhill for acting as Umpires; to Marston's Brewery for sponsoring the event, OC&C for hosting; to President Vic Bye for giving out the prizes, a role usually carried out by the nephew of Ellen Clarke, Ken Meadley, who, due to ill health, was unable to join us this year. We hope to see him and the sister of Ellen Clarke (who usually accompanies him) in 2016.

 

Number of teams - 11, down from previous years - the names of clubs are attached.

 

 

 Our grateful thanks must go to Helen Kingsley for all her hard work in organising this competition.

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - August 2015

CLUB NIGHT

Is on Friday 7th August, with BBQ, and entertainment by Cody. He has been before and is very good. Why not come along and enjoy yourself.

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY - SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST 2015

This year's President's Day will be on the above date commencing at 2.30 p.m. with a spider, followed by the usual game and a three course meal afterwards with wine.  

SOBELL HOUSE DAY

On Saturday 18th July 24 teams of triples had a great fun day to raise money for Sobell House in memory of Gavin Anderson.   A grand total of just over £1700 was raised. The trophy winners were Julie Jackson, Carol Gaskins and Ray Gaskins. The spider was by John Stacey who donated it to the raffle. Photo Geoff Powell

 

MENS COUNTY COMPETITIONS

Othman Shariff and David Wedge are through to the semi-final of the Longford Cup which will be played to a finish at the club on Sunday 2nd August. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LADIES COUNTY COMPETITIONS

We had representatives in the finals as follows:

Singles

Runner up  Katherine Hawes

2 Wood Singles

Winner  Jeanette Berry 

Runner up  Carol Gaskins

Pairs

Runners up  Donna knight and Katherine Hawes

Triples

Winners   Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes

Runners up  Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jackie Gray

 

Under 25's

Runner up   Katie Glenn

 

The National Championships start on 3rd August.

If you wish to support them the playing dates are:

Singles             6th to 8th August

Pairs                12th to 15th August

Triples             10th to 12th August

Under 25's      2nd to 3th August                      

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to David Wedge and Chris Lewis on reaching the finals of the senior pairs. Perhaps they will be able to go one better that Mike Petersen and Alan Ley and win it this year.

 

Also Congratulations to Carol Gaskins on reaching the final of the Ladies Senior Singles.

They will be playing on:

David and Chris                  14th to 16th August

Carol                                 8th to 9th August

 

President

 

Vic

View from the Bank

GENERAL CLUB SCENE…...
So now we are well into the summer season and things go on at apace……..Merv, our Web Master is certainly keeping us afloat with many things - especially the results of matches….aided by some great photo's…..and our President, Vic Bye making a valuable contribution too.
 
Now if I may refer to more everyday matters….perhaps to advise on some of the activities which sometimes can go unnoticed…..or should I say, forgotten.
 
Whereas our outdoor season is now in full flow, we shouldn't forget the ever increasing number of members who like to play indoors the whole year round……there are a couple of organised 'roll-ups' weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.00am) - just turn up - while many make their own arrangements with friends to meet up and have a game - there's plenty of space for all….so come along and join in!
 
On the subject of 'Indoor", our ever popular Indoor Wednesday Morning Indoor League is in full flow and ever popular……speaking with Geoff Rawnsley who runs the show he tell me that sometimes teams do lose a player for varying reasons……so if you would like to play in a team I know Geoff would be pleased to hear from you and fit you in when a vacancy occurs - send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will pass your name on to Geoff..
 
Returning to 'Outdoor"….well this season has seen the birth of our Wednesday Outdoor Triples League (yep, we run the two together)……..very ably run by Sandy and David Nash. Not sure whether they have any of the teams requiring an individual replacement this season, but if you should be interested, send me an email and I will pass on your details to Sandy and David.  Incidentally, they are now taking bookings for teams to play in the 2016 season…..6 people are required for a team but if you want to play as an individual, I know Sandy/David would be able to slot you in somewhere.
 
COACHING…….
Well, this something we think we excel at…..Rosemary, Graham and Liz, really do put in a shift on varying days of the week……….as they say, when you enjoy something it is not a chore.  For those of you who are new to the game, come along…..on Fridays at 6pm we hold friendly coaching/individual 'welcome to the game' sessions…….its great fun - just turn up - casual dress ok and we supply all equipment…………
 
Our group of youngsters, ranging  from 8 to 15 years old, come to to coaching on SATURDAY MORNINGS in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  They are becoming skilled young bowlers.
 
The Saturday Youngsters Group has been continuing for eleven years. Two of our earlier players have recently had an England Under 25 Trial and several of our earlier players belong to the County Under 25's teams and two have played in the National Under 25s Finals ladies and men's competitions.
 
We are always happy for young people aged 8 or over to come and join us.. We start at 10.00 am and all equipment is available and there is no charge for lessons.
 
Incidentally…..during a recent session, Kathy Hawes invited one of our youngsters to join her for a few ends……..he was thrilled……great stuff Kathy!
 
OPEN DAY……
Our last Open Day got off to a slow start - mainly due to the inclement weather……..but the sun started to shine and we were more than pleased with the eventual  turn out….so many new faces 'had a go, had a chat…and as we boast, viewed the best kept secret in Oxford'……..can we persuade those of you who have not been to see us yet, to pay us a visit…..it would be our pleasure.
 
OCCBC on RADIO OXFORD……..
Colin Pollard and Rosemary Phelps were the guests of Danny Cox on the Radio Oxford Saturday Sports programme recently………if you want to listen to it, I think it is available for 28days after broadcast…..just go to Saturday 27th June (Danny Cox)…….2pm show…..and its about 45minutes in….well worth a listen.
 
BOWLS ENGLAND HOME INTERNATIONAL SERIES…….
Under the auspices of our President Vic Bye, plans are now well afoot to ensure that the Under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland  International series go off smoothly. Vic has assembled a great team around him…..much work to do! Practice session is on Friday 11th September while the real action gets under way on the the 12th and 13th September……..please make a note in your diaries. 
 
SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS…..
Our social membership is strong and many more are joining…….a great way to enjoy to comforts and friendliness of our club.  I notice our Snooker and Billiard players are increasing in numbers. Terry Gripe does a great job running this show.  Anyone for whist?….well, thats here too! 
 
TO THOSE WHO GO UN-NOTICED……
There are so many people who keep our club running and it is to them I would like to say, that the best compliments anyone can have, are the ones they never hear………I can assure them that there are many…….We as a club are fortunate in this respect.
 
OUR WEB-SITE……
For those who have not read it recently, there are many new features…….if any of you would like to contribute, I am sure Merv would be pleased to hear from you.
 
Happy Bowling my friends.
 
Bob Scholes……
(In Arduis Fidelis)
 

 

City & County Triples seal national championship spot

The victorious triples teams. From left: Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Jacky Gray, Margaret Stacey and Vicky Harrison

The victorious triples teams.

From left: Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight,

Jacky Gray, Margaret Stacey and Vicky Harrison

 TWO women's triples from Oxford City & County have qualified for the National Championships at  Leamington Spa in August.

 Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jacky Gray comfortably beat Pauline Illott's trio by 14 shots in the  last eight, before claiming victory over Gill Lambourne's team by nine shots in the semi-final, held at  Banbury Borough.

 Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes had a close-fought battle with Caroline Campion's team in  the quarter-final sneaking a threeshot victory.

 But it was more clear-cut in the last four clash, as they beating the host club's triple, skipped by        Angie Ives, by 11 shots.

 Both go on to represent Oxfordshire next month.

 RESULTS

Quarter-finals: P Illott 15, J Gray 32; G Lambourne 18, C Bloomfield 16; A Norton 15, A Ives 18;         C Campion 13, K Hawes 16.

Semi-finals: J Gray 20, G Lambourne 11; A Ives 9, K Hawes 20.

 

 

Meanwhile, Oxfordshire's flag in the National Pairs Championship will be flown by Hawes and Knight (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central).

 

The former enjoyed a 19-16 win over Carol Penson's pair in a semi-final clash which lasted three hours and 40 minutes at Shiplake BC.

 

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - July 2015

 

Club Matches

We recently hosted touring teams from Desborough (Northampton) and Torbay.

In the match with Desborough over the ten rinks the score was tied at 157 shots each. It seemed that everybody enjoyed the day with some just managing to finish before the heavy shower.

The buffet put on by Jenny and her team went down well, with all the players and visitors.

Our thanks go to The Oxford and Abingdon bowls clubs for supplying a rink for this match.

The next day we were hosts to the Torbay Tourists which again provided an enjoyable game with City & County winning by 171 to 140 shots.

 

Ladies County Competitions

Congratulations to the following members for qualifying to play at Leamington:

2 Wood Singles

Jeanette Berry and Carol Gaskins

Pairs

 

Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight

Triples

Katherine Hawes, Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes

Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jackie Gray

 

Congratulations also to Katherine Hawes for helping England retain British Isles Women's Bowls Council international team title.

 

In the men's county competitions we do have any players who will play in the finals at Leamington.

 

Club Outing

This year we went to Clevedon. Before the match we had a buffet lunch on the front at Weston Super Mare. Once again the buffet was provided by Chris and Gerry McGrath of The Kings Arms, The Moors, Kidlington which was enjoyed by everyone.

There was some confusion as Clevedon were only expecting to play 5 rinks but we had six.

However as usual our Captain Bryan Flitter managed to overcome this by getting two of their players to join in and play a triple. The match was won by City & County.

Our thanks to Helen Kingsley and Colin Pollard for organising such a wonderful day.

 

 

President

 

Vic

OXFORDSHIRE v BERKSHIRE

 

OXFORDSHIRE let slip a winning position as they lost 122-111 to Berkshire in their second Middleton Cup match of the season. 

The hosts led by ten shots after five ends, were 11 ahead after ten and a huge 18 up after 15 ends in their South Group Section B clash at Oxford City and County.

But the visitors produced a superb turnaround, and secured a 29-point swing in the closing stages to run out convincing winners and pick up 17 points to Oxfordshire's five.

Mark Charlett's rink strugged against Lloyd Sabatini's four, but were level at 16 ends before defeat in five of the last six saw them lose by five shots.

On the adjoining rink, Howard Watts's four were ten shots ahead at 15 ends.

They went into the final end three shots to the good, but some ended with honours even.

Baden Sparkes's four were level after 18 ends, but ended up falling to a six-shot deficit.

Ian Snowdon's quartet ran out three-shot winners in one of only two victorious Oxfordshire rinks.

The other success came courtesy of Mark Sykes, whose four ran out 16-shot victors, despite losing three on the final end.

However, the biggest winning margin came in rink five, where Oxon's Paul Sharman was on the end of a 30-11 defeat against Robert Newman.

The three sides in the group to have played twice have all won one and lost one, with the other two teams - Surrey and Buckinghamshire - facing each other this weekend.

          

Oxon 111 (5pts), Berks 122 (17pts)

(Oxfordshire rinks first)

Rink 1: P Lopez, S Claridge, N Rae-Welsh, M Charlett 16; T Moore, C Barrett, D Holder, L Sabatini 21.

Rink 2: K Holloway, P Comley, I Henwood, H Watts 22; A Merry, L Brown, N Gauld, A Knapper 22.

Rink 3: M Nash, A Martin, C Whitehead, B Sparkes 16; D W-Emberton, D Parsonage, G Knapper, A Collins 22.

Rink 4: J Philpott, R Gaskins, G May, I Snowdon 19; A Symondson, M Thornton, N Jones, C Holliday 16.

Rink 5: S Watts, S Cooper, B Lambourne, P Sharman 11; B J Byles, G Ballantyne, J Heapy, R Newman 30.

Rink 6: A J Docherty, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes 27; A Piper, R Goodchild, T Broad, R Buckett 11.

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - June 2015

May has proved to the best weather for outdoor bowls.

The league cup has not gone well this season with the A team losing at Shiplake and the B team losing at Banbury Central.

The friendly matches have all been played with City and County winning all 5 games.

County Competitions

These have now started and I wish you all good luck in them, and hope that the weather is kind to us all.

Trip to Clevedon   23rd June 2015

There are a few places left for this trip. If you are interested let Helen Kingsley or Colin Pollard

know. They will be on a first come first served basis.

Why not come along and enjoy a good day out.

Women's Senior British Isles Championships

 

Leamington Spa on Friday 12thand Saturday 13th June

Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis are representing England so if you can go along and support them.

 

Club Matches

We have two touring sides coming on 26th and 27th June please get your name down if possible.

 

President

 

Vicp

 

OXFORD CITY & COUNTY BOWLS CLUB

MARSTON FERRY ROAD, OXFORD OX2 7EE

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THE ELLEN CLARKE

MEMORIAL LADIES TRIPLES

 

Monday, 27th July, 2015

 

9.30 am for 10.00 am start

Dress - whites

(as this competition is licensed by BE sandals are not allowed)

 

1st PRIZE - £100

2nd PRIZE - £60

3rd PRIZE - £30

 

Entry Fee - £12 per team

 (to be enclosed with your entry form please)

 

With many thanks to Marstons for helping to sponsor this competition

Application forms are available underneath this notice or from Helen Kingsley (07766007806), but please note that if you entered a team last year you will automatically be sent an individual entry form.

 

DOWNLOADS

 

Ellen Clarke Memorial Entry Form 2015

Ellen Clarke Memorial Competition Rules

Ellen Clarke Memorial Timetable for the day

 

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - May 2015

The indoor season has now ended. On finals day there was some very good bowling. A report has already been done by Bob Scholes so I do not need to say more.

The outdoor weather has started well and the men's league teams were in action in the League Cup.The A team started their campaign with a convincing win over Chipping Norton only to lose by three shots at Shiplake. The B team started with a win over West Witney only to lose to Banbury Central in the next round.

Forms for Club competitions are now available in the club. I hope that you all have a successful outdoor seasons, and will support the club in friendly matches as much as possible.

President

Vic

 
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL INDOOR CAMPAIGN.
 
 
 
 
So we see yet another indoor winter league season coming to an end……stretching from the end of September until the second week in April, some 89 teams took part on a weekly league basis - split into several different leagues; viz
 
Monday morning league, Monday mid-day league, Monday evening ladies league, Tuesday mens league, Wednesday afternoon league, Wednesday evening mixed league, Thursday morning league, Thursday evening ladies league and the Friday evening mens league………….
 
That everything went so smoothly is in no small way thanks to the efforts of the individual League Secretaries - so a big thank you to Phyl Austin, Liz Sims, Margaret Stacey, Sam Watts, Margaret johnston, Brian Flitter, Graham Kerr and Pat Austin…..and who can forget Jan Cook who had the task of collating it all.
 
Of course, each league had several teams competing ……..some teams with funny sounding names, others were called after flowers, some animals, I see in there and some with names which made no sense at all!!!!!……..but as time went by, we all got to know the groups of lads and lassies who constituted their team. I hesitate to announce the names of each group winner, for to an outsider they might just think that we had 'lost it' somewhere along the way - suffice to say, it was all very serious stuff…….but not forgetting that some banter was allowed - whether some liked it or not!!!!!
 
However, however…..the winning side from each group came together for a Champion of Champions evening - always an event to look forward to.
 
 
The Final was keenly fought, with the Blackbirds who won the Monday Morning League, taking on the mighty Optics from the Friday Mens League. The Blackbirds took the honours and were represented by Carol Gaskins, Liz Bye, our President, Vic Bye and that other stalwart of many a year, Richard Jackson.
 
All good stuff I might add and very well done and congratulations to the Champion of Champions!
 
Now we come on to the results of the Individual Competition Finals…..a special mention to our Oxfordshire under 25 Bowler, Sam Watts for a deserved hatrick.
2 Singles and a Pairs win (with Adie Twinn).  For the Ladies, Jan Gore takes two out of three……well done Jan!
 
So, in summary:
 
Ladies Championship Singles:…..Jacky Gray and the runner up went to Caroline Bloomfield (21 - 16)
 
 
Ladies Three Wood Singles:….Jeanette Berry and the runner up was Jan Gore (21 - 13)
 
 
Ladies Pairs:……Rosemary Phelps and Jan Gore and runners up were Pam Willoughby and Eileen O'Shea (14 - 12)
 
 
Mens Championship Singles:…….Sam Watts with the runner up being Othman Sharif (21 - 10)
 
Mens 2 Wood Pairs:……Sam Watts and Side Twinn and runners up Richard Jackson and Gary Gray (20 - 18)
 
(No Picture Received )
Mens Triples:………Andy Crawley, Len Lacey and Colin Pollard with the runners up Harold Jerred, John Jarvis and Bob hands (21 - 6)
 
Phelps Trophy Mixed Singles……Sam Watts over Alan Scholan (2 - 0)
 
Mixed Pairs………Alison Eastgate and Brian Bloomfield and runners up Peter Boyle and Carol Gaskins - 14all - decided on ends won.
 
(No Picture Received )
Mixed Triples……Jan Gore, Phil Warner and Colin Pollard with runners up Katie Glenn, Joe Glenn and Sam Watts (14 -13)
 
 
 
Again, so much work going into administering these competitions and so a big thank-you to Gary Gray and his lovely wife Jacky who do a splendid job as our Competition Secretaries.
 
So much more going on of course, the Tens, Wessex ets etc……but I will leave it to my other colleagues to paint the picture on these events.
 
 
 
 
We must not forget our organised 'roll-ups' which take place twice weekly and will continue (under the watchful eye of Keith, Alan and Pat) - along with so many of our other members who make their own arrangements.  Shortly our Wednesday Indoor League will start - always popular.
 
If anyone reading this would like to contribute, I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson would be pleased to hear from you. (for those who don't know him and would like to put a face to him, scroll up and look at the picture of our 'Tens Winners and you will see him with a broad smile at the extreme right of the picture.
 
So there it is folks, another new dawn with our outside season being officially opened by our President Vic Bye last Saturday.  Whether its outdoor or indoor for you now - (or both!), I wish you all good bowling, good friendships and of course, Good Health.
 
Bob Scholes.
 
 
 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - APRIL 2015

The indoor season is almost at an end with the outdoor starting on 18th April.

We can only hope that the weather is kind to us during the season, with no need for the wets etc.

 

Congratulations to the following in the Indoor County Competitions

Men's

WinnersCounty Triples     Sam Watts,  Chris Earl,  Ray Gaskins.

 

Still to play in the final of the County Fours

S Watts,  C Earl,  M Gleeson,  M Petersen.

 

Ladies

County Singles Champion.

Jacky Gray 

 

Pairs Champions

Sue Stewart,  Liz Sims.

 

Triples Champions

Shirley Crick, Ann Faulkes, Eileen O'Shea

 

Fours Champions

Jacky Gray, Julie Jackson, Vicky Harrison, Jane Murphy 

With County President:  Dulcie Smith                

 

 

 

 

Forthcoming events

Indoor AGM  8 April.

 

Club Finals    11 and 12 April   Coffee etc. and food will be available on Saturday morning to keep everyone going. 

The presentation of the prizes, preceded by a 2 course meal will take place in the evening at 6 p.m.  Details are now on the club boards

 

Please remember to support the captains during the outdoor season and I wish you all the best of luck in any competitions.

 

 

President

Vic

 

RECENT FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
 
MARCH FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
So here we go again with a brief summary and comment on our endeavours during the month of March.
 
1st March- Home -  was due to be played against Abingdon (Men), but alas despite being changed to a mixed match, it was, for various reasons, called off.
 
3rd March... Home match, our Ladies entertained Chipping norton but a close encounter saw them go down to our visitors by a margin of 56 - 67.
Our highest winning rink going to Lorraine Gaskins, Liz Sims, Carol Bloomfield and Carol Gaskins.
 
5th March... Home match was against Hagbourne (Men)-..loss of more browny point for yours truly, because I haven't got the result to hand…whoops! (will endeavour to find it and advise later).
 
7th March… Home again, for a match against the Royal Household (Men) which we won by a score of 138 - 97.
HWR going to Mark Plested, Peter Jeffries, Mervyn Gleeson and John Drage.
 
8th March… Home to Shiplake in a mixed match where we ran out comfortable winners by a score of 147 - 84.
HWR on this occasion going to Elaine Gethins, John Whittaker, Stella Powling and Phil Woodville.
 
15th March.. Our home match (mixed) was cancelled by Slade.
 
21st March.. Home to our friends from Oxford and District in a mixed match - we really had to struggle on this one but eventually claimed a victory by 89 - 81. HWR this time went to Bob Hands, Josie Gilbert, Trevor Gethins and Phil Woodville.
 
22nd March.. This time at Home to Abingdon (mixed), but still awaiting the cards….hope we won - but haven't a clue!
 
24th March.. Home to Foxhills (mixed)………now this was really a tight affair but it all ended in smiles for us when we just got home by 110 -109.
HWR claimed by Margaret Stacey, Eileen Smith, Keith Croxon and Phil Woodville.
 
My thanks to the Captains who took these games - we all know how much work goes into making things happen. A special thanks to Liz Sims who does stirling work keeping track of matters. I think we had some of our 'new' players to the game taking part for the first time - and I am pleased to know that they all came through with flying colours……but more importantly learned that they really did enjoy the experience…….keep putting your names on the board for selection folks.
 
As an aside I am pleased to see so many new faces joining our club - so many complete beginners who really did call in to "have a chat", they really did "have a go", they really did view "Oxford's Best Kept Secret" - and bingo, we are now pleased to have them as fellow members.  
 
Our three coaches. Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr all really work so hard showing them the ropes and making them feel welcome……but as they say, when they enjoy doing it, it really is their pleasure. More new faces are always welcome too.  
 
As ever, my grateful thanks to our Web-Master Merv Gleeson for all his help and guidance on all matters 'Web-Site"……. 
 
In the next round-up, I will announce the winners of the various indoor leagues………..and throw in any anecdotes 
I can find which might broaden the scene so to speak.
 
So, very shortly we welcome the new outdoor season, when with our usual busy schedule we will be lucky enough to witness the whole spectrum of the 'bowling world' ranging from International (this year we are hosting the under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland series) - Middleton Cup, County, Club league, individual competitions and more……..some people just like to have a game among their friends….with our two rinks, we are well able to cope . 
 
Thanks to Sandy Nash, we are seeing the introduction of a Wednesday Morning Outside Triples League…….do sign up for this if you haven't already done so. So far Sandy has 8 teams registered but there is time for more to join….the matches will commence on Wednesday 13th May, commencing at 10am and be 14 ends duration. This is open to bowlers from other clubs - and very welcome they will be too.
 
….but lets not forget, for those who enjoy the Indoor scene, the 'roll-ups' and the highly successful Wednesday Morning Indoor league will continue……….yep, it will run alongside the new Outdoor Triples league…….what a choice!
 
Our Indoor entertainment evening will shortly be upon us again - make a note, its is on the 11th April……a great evening and still only £5.50 to include a snack and live entertainment with Cody - popular 50s, 60s and 70's music and more…so the chance for a good old sing-a-long.
 
Last but not least, please remember its our Indoor AGM on Wednesday 8th April at 7pm……..please try to be there.
 
Happy days…..
 
Bob Scholes.
 
 
 

 

Newbury Building Society Ten's Competition

 

During the indoor season we run a Ten's Competition on Sunday mornings starting at 10am.

The competition is based on the Ladies Top Club as played outdoors nationally, but adapted to a mixed format with strictly 5 Ladies and Men taking part.

However you can play in any combination within the Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours as long as the team consists of 5 Ladies and Men.

There is money to be had. Our sponsors is the Newbury Building Society and the first prize is £250 with £125 for the runners up.

In previous years we have had 12 teams entered, this year 2 teams dropped out, leaving us unable to run 3 leagues, having only 10 teams it was  necessary to run just 2 leagues of 5 teams, which meant each team playing 4 games in the league format,

In normal circumstances we have Semi Finals and Finals, but with extra games being played dates were not available for Semi Finals, so this year it is a straight Final, between the winners of Leagues A and B. Hopefully next year we can revert to having Semi Finals.

There are still 3 matches to be played, but these will not affect the final placing in either league.

League A has been won by Oxford City & County, League B by Chipping Norton.

The final will take place on Sunday 12th April at 10am, so why not come along and give both teams your support.

Catering is available, you can have a breakfast on arrival or a roast lunch, or maybe both, and the choice is yours. The bar will be open from 12 noon.

The next Ten's Competition starts in early October. We need more Teams, if you are interested please contact Alan Holmes E Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Tel 01865 820331

Teams do not have to come from a specific club, just has to be 5 Ladies and 5 Men.

The Tens were founded and have been run for the past 12 years by Peter and Rosemary Phelps, what great job they have done. I have a hard act to follow, but with your support the Ten's will continue to be a successful and enjoyable competition.

 

Alan Holmes

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - MARCH 2015

 

It is an honour to be elected President of this wonderful club and many thanks to those who have given their good wishes. Having been a member for many years my hope is that we see the club go from strength to strength.

Please let me know of any achievement by members in order that they can be mentioned here.

We should be recognising the achievements of members as it can be an inspiration to all members especially our newer bowlers.

 

Club Matches

I have noticed over the last few weeks that we have been struggling for players. Being a captain is not an easy job but it can be if members make themselves available for matches.

This saves the captains having to cajole people into playing.

 

Indoor County Competitions

In the semi-finals we have the following representatives

Men's 

Singles         O Sharif

Pairs            S Watts        C Earl

Triples          S Watts        C Earl           R Gaskins

Fours            S Watts        C Earl           M Gleeson     M Petersen

 

Ladies

Singles         J Berry         J Gray          L Simms

The following teams

Pairs            S Crick         S Stewart

Triples                   S Crick         J Gray          L Simms

Fours            J Berry         S Crick         J Gray          M Hale    

 

Forthcoming events

Club night     7 March

Ladies County Finals 27 and 28 March

Indoor AGM  8 April

Club Finals    10 and 11 April

Prize Giving and Social      11 April

I look forward to your support during the coming year.

Best wishes to you all,

 

President

Vic

 

THE KIDS ARE COMING

 

Well, things have certainly gone apace at City and County over the past few months - with friends old and new turning up in ever increasing numbers - hooray!

 
A few reflections to tell you about……first perhaps, to mention that many of our juniors have progressed to 'higher' things……many are now playing in adult matches (always a welcome sign) with one group now having their own team in our Friday Indoor league - and certainly showing some of us golden oldies the way home………another of our 'juniors' is on the fringe of Middleton Cup selection and indeed won their outdoor Club Championship Singles. Several of our youngsters are now playing in the County under 25 team and one of our girls has won the County under 25 Singles Championship. All good stuff and it is nice and rewarding to think they are the product of our coaching system.  Incidentally, with many of our juniors now moving on 'up the scale' so to speak, we would like to see more coming forward to have a go……….so come on kids - speak to Mum and Dad and ask them to bring you along. (we'll give them a coffee while they are watching!).
 
So you see, to those who have yet to visit us and  'have a go', it is not just about us geriatrics and we look forward to more new faces, irrespective of age, paying us a visit……a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - of that I can guarantee. One of these sports where the whole family can take part - from the tots to grandparents - and dare I say it, great grandparents too.
 
We have many qualified coaches, but perhaps Rosemary, Liz and Graham are foremost in their endeavours to promote our game……between them, they have  countless years coaching experience to offer. We are delighted to welcome people of all abilities……….from absolute beginners to those experienced bowlers who just want to 'tweak' their game,  and I know they will be there at your side to make you feel comfortable and at ease in getting to whatever standard you want to achieve. Initially we can provide all equipment - so just bring yourself along.
 
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You'll find Graham (back row right), Liz (front row left) and Rosemary (front row right) with a few of our juniors they are currently coaching…..usually on a Saturday morning twix 9am and 10am. (incidentally, Liz does smile - promise!)
 
Senior coaching sessions are usually held on Fridays twix 5pm and 7pm.  Coaching sessions outside these times by prior arrangement. (the outdoor season starts towards the end of April when you will have a choice of both indoor and outdoor and times will then vary no doubt)
 
I invite you to read through our website and hopefully it will answer a lot of your questions…..if not, please get in touch and we will do our best to put you in the picture.
 
Any suggestions you may have to improve this Site,  I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson, would be pleased to hear from you.
 
Bob Scholes.  
 
RECENT FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
January 2015

 

JANUARY FRIENDLY MATCHES:

 
Having shaken off any self imposed over indulgence during the festive season, our members embarked upon a busy schedule for the month of January. As usual meeting friends both old an new, we enjoyed their company and all the matches were played in the right spirit - but of course in the world of bowls, that is nothing new.
 
Saturday 3rd January.
We played hosts to Kidlington and ran out winners by 108 - 84. HWR on this occasion went to Elaine Gethins, Vicky Harrison, June Watts and Peter Baskerville.
 
Tuesday 6th January.
Town and Gown were our visitors - another win by some 99 - 70. We won on three rinks and drew on one other. Regret I do not have the HWR names to hand.
 
Thursday 8th January.
Our Ladies entertained their counterparts from Oxford and District and ran out winners by 60 - 51…a close match. HWR on this occasion went to Brenda Sydenham, Vicky Harrison and Pat strange. (triple)
 
Saturday 10th January.
Our friends from Hagbourne were the visitors, but alas - for them - they went home empty handed having lost  129 - 68. HWR John Jarvis, Graham Kerr, Terry Gripe and Pam Faulkner.
 
Sunday 11th January.
This saw the return match against Avon Valley from Warwickshire…..we avenged a defeat at their club in November by running out victors on this occasion by 134 - 118. HWR was claimed by Joyce Clark, Dulcie Smith, John Jarvis and Brian Bloomfield.
 
Tuesday 13th January.
This was - or should have been - a Ladies match against Whiteknights, but unfortunately they had to cancel.
 
Saturday 17th January.
Banbury Cross were or visitors - but again another win by us, this time 130 - 87. HWR went to Vicky Harrison, Shirley Buckingham, Carol Bloomfield and Omar Shariffe.
 
Sunday 18th January.
We welcomed Rivermeade - but despite the score - a win by us by some 145 - 64 - this was a particularly good encounter enjoyed by all. HWR went to Alison Eastgate, Shirley Clarke, June Watts and Brian Bloomfield.
 
Thursday 22nd January.
Our friends from Harrow and District made the long journey to see us and a close triples match saw us just getting home by 112 - 101. HWR Kath Hadris, Shirley Buckingham and Terry Gripe.
 
Friday 23rd january.
This time it was a Ladies match ( 3 Rinks)….another home win for us I'm afraid  - this time the score being 73 - 49. HWR was claimed by Margaret Stacey, Pat Strange, June Watts and Carol Gaskins.
 
Saturday 24th January.
Witney Town were our visitors and they were better on the day - running out victors by 160 -152. Regret I do not have info re HWR.
 
Sunday 25th January.
PRESIDENTS DAY……..We have been blessed with many excellent Presidents and this year it is Margaret Stacey who has presided over us. Without exception Margaret has been the epitome of what a good president should be….her kindness to all and the exemplary way in which she has carried out her duties has endeared herself to us all without exception. A really great day and I will leave it to Margaret to give a flavour of the day in her "Presidents Prattle" which should be out soon.
 
Thursday 29th January.
We played hosts to Florence Park and another win for us by 60 - 46. HWR went to John Jarvis, Rosemary Phelps and Alison Eastgate (triples).
 
Over the course of the month, a special thank-you to the Captains who came forward to take these matches…..Vera Logue, Peter Baskerville, Alan Holmes, Margaret Stacey and Gary Gray and not forgetting Jeanette Berry who was due to take the cancelled match against Whiteknights………I don't need to tell you how much work and administration goes into putting a side together and etc. (if I've missed anyone out my apologies - blame Vera Logue our fixture secretary!!!!!)….
 
Perhaps I should sneak in a really special mention to Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr for the splendid work they are doing - especially on Fridays and Saturdays - coaching our newer and 'learner' members - many are now coming through quite nicely and featuring in some of our matches…….the influx of new members is very encouraging indeed and seems to be growing.
 
Well there it is folks - as I said before, a busy schedule…..all matches being at home this month as seems per usual for January. My thanks again to Merv Gleeson, our Web-Master for all his help promoting our web-site….nearly 1500 visitors already this week. If anyone out there would like to make a contribution, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
Bob Scholes. 
 
 

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - FEBRUARY 2015

 

 

My year as President is now almost over and this will be my last prattle.  I have enjoyed writing it and hope that you have found it interesting and, at times, amusing.

My very grateful thanks to you all for your help and support throughout the past year which has enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the experience.  (I will miss the bowing and scraping!!!)   Please continue to give that same help and support to our next President and also to the Club itself.

 

We have a wonderful Club so be as proud of it as I am.  Your help is always appreciated in  many areas of the running of the Club so don't be afraid to come forward and offer your services - maybe become a Committee Member, a League Secretary or even just  putting out and collecting in match jacks for the Captain on match days, clearing the tables of plastic cups, returning glasses to the bar or mugs to the kitchen after your game, all make a contribution and together we will continue going forward and keep the flag flying for City & County and bowls in general.

 

INDOOR PRESIDENT'S DAY

What a wonderful afternoon we all had on Sunday 25th January.  The green looked so colourful with our red "outfits" and with the superb meal afterwards by Jenny and Jill, it was truly an enjoyable, memorable day for me and really rounded off my year as President so well.  It was great too to have some of our newer members  bowling.  I know they all enjoyed the experience so I hope they will now feel confident enough to put their names down for a match or two soon.  The prizes for first lady and first gentleman on the jack were won by Laura Pollard and Tony Wright respectively, the first team to score 4 or more in one end by Joyce Clark, Rod Bennett, Sue Lewis and Graham Kerr and the first team to reach 15 shots by Marcus Bunning, Jan Pratt, Shirley Clarke and Brian Ealey. The spider was won by Kath Hadris.  Thank you everyone so very, very much for such a super afternoon.

 

              

 

              

 

MONDAY AND THURSDAY MORNING LEAGUES

As some of you will know, Phyll Austin had a nasty fall at home and has cracked or broken 2 bones in her neck.  I am glad to say that she is progressing well and by the time you read this, she should be back at home albeit with a neck brace.  This does mean that our stalwart League Secretaries Pat and Phyll will not be able, for the time being, to run the above leagues.  So John and I will be looking after the Monday League and Margaret Johnston the Thursday League temporarily. Any queries or postponements of games therefore, should be made to Margaret or ourselves - our telephone numbers are in the Indoor Yearbook.  

 

CLUB NIGHT

Unfortunately last month's Club Night had to be cancelled due to the large number of people who succumbed to the dreaded lurgy which has been haunting the Club for weeks now.  Hope you are all feeling much better and have managed to shake it off.  The next Club Night is scheduled for Saturday 7th February starting at  6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and from 6.45 p.m.          onwards for non-bowlers.  Entertainment this month will be provided by a new duo - Jazz It Up - commencing at 8.30 p.m. 

 

UNDER 25'S

Our juniors played Westlecot in the Under 25's Double Rink Competition at the beginning of the month but they proved to be too strong for us on the day despite our best efforts.   Well done all of you - you got through one more round than last year.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Alison Eastgate made her way through  to the last 32 of the Ladies Over 60's National Competition with some great games but then went out to S. Faulks from Hertfordshire.  Brilliant stuff Alison - very well played.  Sam Watts,  Chris Earl and Ray Gaskins have also been doing very well in the Mens National Triples and now face Robert Newman's team on Wednesday 4th February at 6.30 p.m. at home for a place in the last 32 of this competition.  Should be worth watching.

 

MATCHES

We have had a number of matches during January, all well supported I am glad to report, but please, do remember to check the sheets (or ring in) to see if you are playing. If you have been selected and find you are unable to play after all, let the captain know immediately.  Don't just cross off without advising him/her.

 

It is very encouraging to see a number of our newer members taking the plunge and playing in matches. We have played 8 mixed, l mens and two ladies  matches this month, all of which we won.  One ladies match was cancelled by the opposition as they were unable to raise sufficient support for the game.

 

TENS COMPETITION

This is now just over half way through the competition and at present Chipping Norton are heading Group B and City & County Group A.   As we only have 2 leagues this year instead of 3 as in previous years, the top team from each group will play the final to be held on Sunday 12th April.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Just a reminder that Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis will be representing England in the Fours at theWomens Senior British Isles Championships being held at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June this year.  Make a note of these dates and do go along to support and cheer them on.  I don't know yet what times they will be playing but these will be published in the Clubhouse in due course.

 

We are hosting the Mens Junior International Series on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September so again make a note of these dates.  Quite a bit of help and assistance will be required both before and on the day in organising this prestigious event to make it a resounding success for the Club, so please come forward and offer your services.  Notices will be posted for volunteers and we can never have too much help. 

 

As I now join the ranks of the "has-beens", I leave you with these thoughts :-

 

 

Save the Earth - it's the only planet with chocolate!!

 

Work harder - millions on benefits depend on your taxes!!

 

Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country!!

 

A fine is a tax for doing wrong - a tax is a fine for doing well!!

 

The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first!!

 

 

 

Thanks once again for all your support during the past year.

 

Best wishes to you all,

 

Your Prezzie

Margaret

 

 

 

City & County win 2015 TEN'S Competition

 

Newbury Building Society Tens Competition

 

 

The final of the Ten's Competition took place at City & County Bowls Club on the 12th April between City & County and Chipping Norton.

After a hard fought game City & County triumphed 3 point to 2,  79 to 65 on shots.

The trophy and winners cheques were presented by Karen Smith area manager of Newbury Building Society, sponsors of the  competition.

Chipping Norton  did'nt  go home empty handed, they received the runners up cheque.

The Match;

Singles; The singles between Peter Boyle (C &C ) and Martin Shepherd ( C/N ) was an extremely watchable game, Peter went into  a 6 shot lead after 7 ends, Martin pegged this back and gained a 1 shot lead at 11 ends, Peter and Martin then traded shots and having played 23 ends the score was 20 all. Peter narrowly missed the jack with his last bowl, leaving Martin with one shot and victory.

 

Pairs; Sam Watts and Othman Sharif took a convincing lead at 9 ends leading 15 shots to nil, C/Norton did collect a few shots, but Sam and Othman ran out winners 24 shots to 10.

 

Triples; Julie Jackson , Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry formed and all ladies triples, they had a slow start to trail 11 shots to 5 at 8 ends, they managed to level the scores 15 all at 14 ends, but C/Norton finished the stronger to win 20 shots to 15.

 

Fours; Jacky Gray, Vicks Harrison. Merv Gleeson and John Drage took a 5 shots lead at 6 ends, but C/Norton fought back and by 12 ends they lead by 3 shots, City & County regained control winning by 20 shots to 14.

This was my first year as organiser of the Ten;s so it was especially nice to have City & County as the winners.

Well done everyone.

 

Alan Holmes

City & County  v  Chipping Norton
         
SINGLES Peter Boyle 20 21 Martin Shepherd
         
PAIRS Sam Watts     Steve Whitcombe
  Othman Sharif 24 10 Richard Barnett
         
TRIPLES Julie Jackson     J. Dix
  Rosemary Phelps     C. Thornhill
  Jeanette Berry 15 20 D. Zenyik
         
FOURS Jacky Gray     Viv Harris
  Vicky Harrison     Nicola Jones
  Mervyn Gleeson     Keith Field
  John Drage 20 14 Jim Stevens
         
TOTAL SHOTS   79 65  
         
TOTAL POINTS   2 2  
         
  City win on shot Difference      

 



 

 

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE JANUARY 2015

 

UNDER 25'S

Our Junior Section of the Club are doing well this year defeating Foxhills in the first round of the David Cornwell Under 25 Double Rink Competition.  Both home and away teams had good wins, giving us an overall score of 47-34.  The home team of Katie Glenn, Gavin Higgison, Ben Dickson and Skip Joe Glenn won 21-15 and our away team - Carlos Lali, Jonathan Dadson, Connor Hathaway and Skip Sam Watts won 26-19.  Having lost to the same Club last year in this competition, this was a very satisfying result.  Well done lads and lassie. Good luck in the next round which is on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at 10 a.m. against Westlecot so come along everyone, give our young players your support and cheer them on.  They are after all, the future of bowls.

 

Congratulations must go to Sam Watts who played extremely well in the Westlecot Open Singles run by Planet Bowls last month.  He reached the semi-final but lost to the eventual winner of this competition.  Well done Sam - keep it going.

 

CLUB NIGHT

The Christmas Club Night held on 6th December was another resounding success. Our thanks must go to the Organisers who decorated the Clubhouse beforehand and worked very hard to make the evening go with a swing, to Jenny for her lovely food and the Witney Town Band for their excellent programme of carols etc.  Thanks too to all of you who came and made it such an enjoyable time.  The next Club Night will be on Saturday 10th January commencing at 6.30 p.m. so don't forget to make a note in your nice new 2015 diary. 

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Many thanks everyone for making our raffle such a success.  All the prizes have now been claimed with the exception of one, the winner of which is on a world cruise and will not be back until the New Year! (That wasn't the prize by the way!!) We actually sold £980 of raffle tickets, spent £507 on prizes and raised £473 for Club funds.

 

MATCHES

We had four mixed matches in December, winning the first three (click here for a fuller report) and the fourth was our annual encounter with Whiteknights immediately after Christmas.  This is always a very popular game and this year - as I was in charge! - I am glad to say was no exception.  We had a very good result there, winning on 5 rinks and drawing on the sixth.

 

We have ten matches fixed for January so please get your names down and support your Captains.

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY

 

This is being held on Sunday 25th January commencing at 2.15 p.m.  Everyone plays - everyone welcome - young/old, new bowlers/established bowlers.   It will be a normal 2l end game with a meal to follow so please sign up and come along for an enjoyable afternoon's bowling.  Dress will be casual but bowling shoes a must and no jeans in accordance with Club rules. Please wear something red - anything you like - to brighten up the game.

 

 

NEW AGE ALPHABET

 

A's for arthritis.  B's the bad back. C's the chest pains - perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline. E is for eyesight - can't read that top line!

F is for farting and fluid retention. G is for gut droop, which I'd rather not mention.

H is high blood pressure - I'd rather it low. I's for incisions with scars you can show.

J is for joints - out of socket, won't mend.  K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L's for libido - what happened to sex? M is for memory - I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia in nerves way down low.  O is for osteo - bones that don't grow!

P's for prescriptions - I have quite a few - just give me a pill and I'll be good as new.

Q is for queasy - is it fatal or flu?  R is for reflux - one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights - counting my fears.  T's for tinnitus - bells in my ears.

U is for urinary - troubles with flow.  V is for vertigo - that's dizzy you know.

W for worry - now what's going round?  X is for x-ray and what might be found.

Y for another year I'm left here behind and Z is for the zest I still have - in my mind!

 

I've survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,

Now I'm keeping twenty six doctors fully employed!

 

 

A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR FOLKS!

 

 

Your Prezzie

Margaret

RECENT FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
We have been kept busy with many interesting friendly matches - well aren't they all interesting!
 
Since the 20th November we have played in seven games - been on the winning side for six of them, but coming unstuck at Avon Valley in Warwickshire.
 
20th November.
We entertained our old foes from Kidlington (friendly ones……..I think!) in an evening game and after a slow start, we ran out comfortable winners. Help, I haven't got the score to hand though. Our HWR consisted, John Drage, Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and the ever reliable June Watts. Have to say a Hot Shot 8 helped the cause!
 
22nd November
We hosted Witney Town- we ran out winners by 105 to 86.  On this occasion on our HWR was Peter Baskerville, Richard Jackson, Sylvia Holmes and Peter Boyle. We won on 3 rinks, drew on one and lost the other.
 
23rd November
We travelled to Avon Valley Bowls club in Warwickshire - but alas, despite our best efforts, had to admit second best - going down 116 - 128. We did have a HWR though…….Keith Croxon, Eileen O'Shea, Bill Britz and Bob Hands. What was particularly pleasing however, was that we did take six rinks - which bearing in mind our club was involved with  both the Tens and the Wessex on the same day, was a great effort by everyone concerned.
 
29th November
Saw us again being the hosts - this time welcoming Bletchley. Another hard earned win with Brian Stewart, Margaret Johnson, Vicky harrison and Jacky Gray claiming the HWR. Match score being 126 - 110 in our favour.
 
30th November…..The match scheduled against Foxhill was postponed and will now take place in the New Year - the 4th January.
 
4th December
And another home match - this time, we entertained West Witney…..it was a triples match resulting in a 102 - 87 win for the home side.  HWR was claimed by Chris and Sue Lewis and Alan Holmes.
 
   
 
6th December
And we welcomed Wantage for a match of 6 triples.  This time the HWR went to June Watts, Shirley Buckingham and Graham Kerr in what turned out to be another winning effort….this time the margin being 110 - 83.
 
13th December
…….We travelled to Banbury Cross….this was an exceptionaly close encounter and it was only on the last end of the last match still on rink that we managed to get four shots to help us to a winning score by 118 - 115.  (should add that this was achieved by Colin Pollards team with Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and Kathy - who had the misfortune to be on the end of the HRW against - so at least they did something useful!!!!!)  Denis Richens, Ron Howes, Pat Strange and Alan Scholan with our HWR on this occasion.  Should add that in their Captains comments on the game, he did mention that this was the first loss that they (Banbury cross) has suffered this term…….well, what can one say…….
 
My grateful thanks as ever, to Merv Gleeson (our webmaster) for the continuing success of this form - which seems to be read in increasing numbers.
 
Bob Scholes - Roving Reporter.

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE

 DECEMBER 2014

 

Where has this year gone?  It's time to look out that Christmas Card and Present List once more and it seems like only yesterday that John was putting all the decorations etc. back up in the loft and now they have to come down again!

 

CLUB NIGHT

To help get you into the Christmas spirit, come along to the Christmas ClubNight on Saturday 6th Decemberkicking off at 6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and 6.45 p.m. for non-bowlers.  You will be greeted with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and later on Jenny will be serving her excellent Turkey Baguettes with pickles etc. The Witney Town Band will be providing their usual brilliant programme of Christmas Carols and Songs.  This will certainly put you in the mood and all for only £5.50 - superb value.

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 

Our other big Christmas event at the Club is of course, the raffle.  The draw will be held on Friday 12th December at 7 p.m. We will have at least 100 prizes this year and it's only 20p a line.  So far, we have collected in and spent £400 on prizes so keep your 20p's rolling in.  If you can spare an hour or so on that Friday evening (12th) to come and help with checking the numbers drawn against the raffle sheets, we would love to see you.  We are now on Sheets 14 and 15 and there's still over a week to go so your help on the night would be much appreciated.

 

MATCHES 

We have had 7 mixed matches and 2 ladies matches in November with a further two cancelled and one postponed. We won 5 and lost 2 of the mixed games and the ladies won l and lost l of their games. Very good result down at Rivermead ladies - well done.  We do have a return fixture with the Oxford & District ladies on 8th January.  This a new fixture for us and is not in the fixture list so please make a note in your diaries and sign up.  We mean to have our revenge!  The postponed game against Foxhills has now been re-arranged for Sunday the 4th January so please also make a note in your diaries of this new date and support this match.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS 

Sadly both our ladies and mens teams are now out of all National Competitions for this year.  The ladies lost to Bletchleyin the Yetton Plate and the men lost in the Denny Cup Plate to Oxford & District.

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS 

The draw for all Club Competitions has now taken place and the relevant sheets are on the notice boards.  Please note carefully the play-by dates and whether you are the Challenger or not.  It would be helpful to everyone - players and Competition Secretaries - if you could get your games played in good time wherever possible and avoid leaving it to the last minute.

 

DISABLED PARKING 

Apparently one or two people are using the disabled car parking spaces who are not entitled to do so. Please be considerate and respect the fact that these spaces are for Blue Badge Holders only.

 

MORE NOTICES    

(I promise these are the last!)

 

In a Launderette:               Automatic washing machines: Please remove all your

                                         clothes when the light goes out.

At a Conference:                For anyone who has children and doesn't know it,

                                         there is day care on the lst floor.

On a Repair Shop Door :   We can repair anything.  (Please knock hard - the bell

                                         doesn't work).

 

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

 

POLICE BEGIN CAMPAIGN TO RUN DOWN JAYWALKERS

Better watch your step everyone!

 

NEW STUDY OF OBESITY LOOKS FOR LARGER TEST GROUP

Weren't they fat enough?

 

ASTRONAUT TAKES BLAME FOR GAS IN SPACECRAFT

That's what he gets for eating those beans!

 

KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS

Wonder what they taste like?

 

LOCAL SCHOOL DROPOUTS CUT IN HALF

Chainsaw Massacre again?

 

HOSPITALS SUED BY 7 FOOT DOCTORS

Wow! They're tall.

 

AND LASTLY

 

TYPHOON RIPS THROUGH CEMETERY - HUNDREDS DEAD

What a surprise!

 

 

I WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR

 

Your Prezzie

Margaret

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - NOVEMBER 2014

The Indoor Season is now in full swing with the in-house Leagues, matches, tens competition, Wessex League and the triples roll ups all thriving. Many congratulations must go to two of our ladies, namely Vicky Harrison and Pat Strange who won the Warners Champion of Champions Competition with another couple from Eastbourne.  See separate report elsewhere on this website.  Brilliant both of you.  Keep it up.

 

LADIES ANNUAL COUNTY DINNER

As our ladies were so successful this year in the County Competitions, at the risk of boring you once more, I felt I had to include another mention of their achievements.  We actually collected 13 trophies at the Dinner this year.  Not everyone was able to attend but here is a picture of some of us with the silverware we won.  (Apologies for quality of photo).

 

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS

Entry forms for all club competitions are now on the Notice Boards so please give it a go this year - you never know your luck.  Closing date is 9th November so there is still time to get your form in.

 

MATCHES

We have played a total of  8  matches in October losing both the ladies matches (Slade and Chipping Norton)  but winning the 6 mixed games. 

I am very pleased to report that we regained the Gwen Clarke Trophy in the match against Oxford & District.  This Trophy is played for annually and is in memory of Gwen Clarke's many happy bowling hours. 

We had a new fixture this year which was against Swindon Manor and had a most enjoyable afternoon with them after going round and round in ever decreasing circles before we eventually hit upon the venue!  The road works didn't help but at least we will know where to go on our next visit.  We were made very welcome at West Berks as usual and were also pleased once again to entertain our friends from the Oxford Masonic at home. 

The game against High Wycombe was reduced to 5 triples due to the ladies Yetton Competition being held on the same day which affected the number of available players for both teams.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Our ladies played a very closely fought match against Banbury Cross ladies in the Masons Trophy (this is a double rink competition) with  both the home and away teams drawing their games.  The extra end however, was won by Banbury Cross.  Hard luck ladies, but very well played.

The men's A & B sides competed in the Over  60's Double Rink Competition, the A side playing Oxford & District and the B side Handy Cross.  Unfortunately the B team had to concede their game as there was a misunderstanding as to the start time of their game so we were unable to field the correct number of players and the A side lost by 14 shots.  

The ladies have also played the Yetton against Handy Cross but lost rather heavily by 29 shots.  We are now in the Yetton Plate (which is a competition for first round losers) so fingers crossed for better results in this.

 

CHRISTMAS DRAW

The draw sheets for our Christmas Draw are now up - one by the front desk and the other next to the kitchen - only 20p a line!   Where else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper to name but a few of the 100 prizes we aim to purchase, and all for 20p a go!  Any Duty Officer on the desk will gladly accept and confirm your chosen numbers.

 

OPEN DAY

We held another very successful Open Day last Sunday (2nd Nov) and I am very pleased to say that a further 14 prospective new members have signed up for coaching lessons - two of whom have already applied for Social Membership.  Welcome to you all - I hope to see you and make your acquaintance at the Club later on.

 

MORE NOTICES:

In a London Department Store:  Bargain basement upstairs!!

 

In a Health Food Store Window:  Closed due to illness.

 

In a Farmer's field:  The Farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free

                                   But the bull charges!

 

On a leaflet:  If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons!!

 

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

MAN KILLS SELF BEFORE SHOOTING WIFE AND DAUGHTER

A miracle!

 

MINERS REFUSE TO WORK AFTER DEATH

Good-for-nothing lazy so-and-so's.

 

 

PANDA MATING FAILS: VETERINARIAN TAKES OVER

What a guy!

 

JUVENILE COURT TO TRY SHOOTING DEFENDANT

I wonder if that will work better than a fair trial!

 

RED TAPE HOLDS UP NEW BRIDGES

That must be strong tape!

 

Hope it's made you smile.

 

 

Margaret Stacey

President

 

 

"OPEN DAY 2nd NOVEMBER'
 
Another resounding success and despite the weather, the response was exceptionally pleasing.
 
Amazing how far some people travelled - a couple from Glos who have already signed up as members and who together with others, will I am sure add much to our ever growing circle of new friends.
 
Our three coaches, Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr were barely off their feet for the whole time (1.30 - 6pm) - how they kept going goodness only knows but with so many people wanting to have go and a taste of our great game it is amazing how time flies when you're having fun!
 
Luckily enough our new found friends arrived at varying intervals so we were able to give them all sufficient time to explain what our club is all about……Colin Pollard, Bob Scholes and Keeno were also kept really busy on this aspect with guided tours etc.. A particular mention and thanks to Alan Holmes, who after a busy morning officiating at the 'Tens', put in a valuable shift too.  Many have expressed their wish to take their interest further and indeed many have already booked-in for our coaching sessions being held on Fridays twix 5pm and 7pm. It was also particularly pleasing to have two youngsters come along - future stars no doubt.
 
So, this day has passed, but I would encourage those who do not know about us - maybe new to Bowling - please get in touch…..whether you are interested in a social membership or would like to know more about our great sport and have a go.  A warm welcome will await you…….that is one thing we can guarantee.

Vicky Harrison and Pat Strange bask in glory

Oxford duo Vicky Harrison and Patricia Strange picked up a share of the £3,000 first prize after winning the Warner Leisure Hotels Open Fours Champion of Champions competition held at Lakeside Coastal Village, Hayling Island.

The Oxford City and County IBC members qualified for the nationwide finals after winning an open fours competition at Bembridge Coast Hotel.

However, playing partners Peter Woodville and Virginia Hulbert were unable to attend the three-day final so Harrison and Strange found themselves playing with Pat and Tony Bourne, from Croydon, who were in the same situation with half of their team unavailable.

The quartet won their group of six and two more successes saw them into the final to face Terry Hill's rink from Wey Valley (Guildford).

 

England indoor bowls captain Andy Thomson presents the winner's cheque to, from left: Vicky Harrison, Pat Bourne, Patricia Strange and Tony Bourne

England indoor bowls captain Andy Thomson presents the winner's cheque to, from left: Vicky Harrison, Pat Bourne, Patricia Strange and Tony Bourne


 

 

 

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - OCTOBER 2014

This Summer has gone by so quickly.  It doesn't seem so long ago that I was struggling to put a jack up outside let alone a wood and now when I can, it's time to put the outdoor greens to bed!  Overall though, we have had a good Summer for bowling outside with just the odd soaking here and there.

 

It's the time of the year now when that envelope drops through your door with a request for subscriptions together with the Yearbook.  Do read this.  The Yearbook will not only familiarise you with a good deal of what is going on in the Club throughout the Winter, it also contains General Rules, League Rules, information on Club Competitions and 'Making the game more enjoyable for everyone'.  If you are not sure about anything or would like more information, do ask any of the Club Officers.  Their names are on page 1 of the yearbook.  Or alternatively, any of the Management Committee or myself will be only too pleased to help with any queries you may have.

 

INDOOR SUMMER BOWLING

The Indoor Pairs Competition was won this year by Jan Cook and Stan Smith and the League by the Rowans - Captain, Tony Logue.   This should have been reported  in last month's prattle so many apologies folks, but  the news didn't filter down to me in time.

 

OUTDOOR MATCHES

We played three mixed matches at home in September namely Thame, Ross-on-Wye and OUP all of which were very enjoyable and a lot of fun.  Ross-on-Wye had been on tour and on their way home, rounded off their tour with a stop at City and County.  They arrived in time for a light lunch before the match, the sun shone for our game and with the usual excellent two course meal afterwards, they were very impressed with our facilities!  We also had a most enjoyable ladies match at West Oxford one evening, playing the last few ends in the twilight which all added to the fun.  Must remember to take a torch next time!!

 

LEAGUE CUP FINAL

Our A team came so very close to winning this final and causing an upset (fuller report elsewhere on the website) but it wasn't to be.  Very well played lads - next year will be yours.

 

CLUB FINALS and CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

We had a fine weekend for our Club finals and there were some very good games.  Well done all the finalists and  congratulations to the winners.  

Our Mens Club Singles Champion this year is Othman Sharif and the Ladies Singles Champion is Kathy Hawes.

We were very pleased to host the Mens County Champion of Champions Competition which took place this month.  Othman, our representative, played some great games to reach the final where, in a close fought fight against Kevin Alder from West Witney, he just lost out.  Well done Othman, you did us proud.

 

Kathy was invited to the Senior Ladies England Trials for next season the same weekend that the County Ladies Champion of Champions Competition was held and I am very pleased to say that she has retained her place in the Senior England Squad.  Great stuff Kathy and many congratulations.

 

ANNUAL DINNER AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

This was held on Saturday 27th September and was preceded by a "friendly" match Ladies -v- Gents in the afternoon.  It was a beautiful sunny day, just right for bowling and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.   Victory went to the men on this occasion - well played gentlemen.

The dinner was well attended and we were very pleased to welcome the Ladies County President, Margaret Morris together with the Men's County President, Mike Andrews as our guests.  We had an excellent three course meal followed by the presentation of the trophies to the Winners and Runners Up by the two County Presidents.

 

INDOOR SEASON

This is now under way with the Leagues, and matches will begin soon. I look forward to seeing everyone again after the Summer break.  The carpet has already been stretched for the start of the season and for those interested is running at a speed of 18 seconds.

 

Please sign up for the matches which are always good fun and also give you good practice.  It's the best way to get to know other Club members and learn more about the game, so newer members, take the plunge and jump in and you "oldies" keep putting your  names up - we need you all.

 

CLUB NIGHT

This now reverts back to a Saturday evening each month for the Winter Season, the first one being held on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER from about 6 p.m. with entertainment by Kev G later on in the evening.   The next Club Night will be on Saturday 1st NOVEMBER - thought I had better give you advance notice as my prattle will not be published before that date!

 

OPEN DAY

Following our successful Open Day in August, we are holding another one on Sunday November 2nd from 1.30 - 6 p.m.  So spread the word and encourage everyone you know to come along and see what's on offer.  Bowling equipment will be available for those who want to have a go, with "experts" on hand to offer help and advice.

 

NOTICES ON DOORS  or  IN OFFICES

 

At a Gynaecologist's office :  "Dr. Jones at your cervix".

On a maternity room door :  "Push, Push, Push".

At a Plastic Surgeon's office :  "We can help you pick your nose".

At an Optician's office :  "If you can't see what you're looking for, you've come         

                                           to the right place".

At a Funeral Director's :  "Drive carefully  -  we'll wait".

On a café door :  "PUSH  - if that doesn't work,

                              PULL  - if that doesn't work

                              We must be CLOSED".

In a gents toilet :  "We aim to please,

                                You aim too, please!"

Finally, from the USA :  "This business is guarded by shotgun 3 nights a week.

                                           You guess which 3!"  

Mind that door!

 

Margaret Stacey.

President.

Top Honours for Katherine

 

City & County's & Oxfordshires Katherine Hawes has maintained her place in the England team for next year's

Women's Senior International Series at Royal Leamington Spa on June 14th - 16th 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis Land Pairs Title in Dramatic Style

Gail Gilkes (left) and Myra Lewis with the Oxfordshire pairs trophy

 

Oxford City & County's Myra Lewis and Gail Gilkes were crowned Oxfordshire Ladies pairs champions after a tense shoot-out victory over Banbury Central's Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

With the final finishing level at 17-17, it was a superb shot from Gilkes that won it in front of her home crowd.

The Banbury Central pair held the shot, but Gilkes fired the jack to the back of the rink and then drew the winning shot to claim the title.

 

County Triples Final

Gilkes then teamed up with Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes to record a 21-14 win over clubmates Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis and Jeanette Berry in the triples final.

 

Under 25s Singles Final

City & County's Katie Glenn beat Banbury Central's Amy Stone 21-15 in the under 25s final.

 

 

FINAL RESULTS

Pairs: M Lewis & G Gilkes (Oxford C&C) 18, C Galletly & C Campion (Banbury Central) 17 (extra end).

Triples: D Knight, G Gilkes & K Hawes (Oxford C&C) 21, S Mayo, M Lewis & J Berry (Oxford C&C) 14.

Under 25 singles: K Glenn (Oxford C&C) 21, A Stone (Banbury Central) 15.

OTHER RESULTS

Officers' Cup final: K Hawes (Oxford City & County) bt H Kingsley (Oxford City & County).

Plate final: A Ives (Banbury Borough) bt L Batten (South Oxford).

City & County Club Finals 2014

 

                                 

Othman Sharif & Katherine Hawes  2014 Club Singles Champions 

 

CITY AND COUNTY CLUB FINAL RESULTS 2014
     
CHAMPIONS RESULT FINALIST
     
Men's Singles Championship    
Othman Sharif 21 - 10 Chris Lewis
     
Ladies Singles Championship    
Katherine Hawes 21 - 19 Myra Lewis
     
Men's Pairs Championship    
Mike Petersen & Mervyn Gleeson 23 - 14 Gary Gray & Brian Flitter
     
Ladies Pairs Championship    
Donna Knight & Myra Lewis ???? Pat Rist & Carol Caskins
     
Men's Triples Championship    
Mike Petersen, Mervyn Gleeson, Richard Jackson 16 - 6       Colin Pollard, Gary Gray,              Alan Keen
     
Ladies over 65 Singles    
Jackie Gray 21 - 18 Shirley Crick
     
Men's 2 Wood Singles    
Othman Sharif 18 - 5 Darren Johnson
     
Men's Never Won Singles    
Alan Keen 21 - 20 Dennis Richens
     
Men's Handicap Singles    
Othman Sharif 21 - 8 Paul Lopez
     
Ernest Stone over 70 Singles    
Terry Gripe 21 - 12 Robert Hands
     
Men's Handicap Pairs    
Colin Pollard & Graham Kerr 25 - 23 Brian Flitter & Paul Lopez
     
3 Wood Pairs    
Chris Lewis & Terry Gripe 15 - 12 Brian Flitter & Paul Lopez
     
Mixed Singles    
Chris Lewis 21 - 12 Brian Eastgate
     
4 Wood Mixed Pairs    
Helen Kingsley & Nigel Satchell 21 - 15 Alison & Brian Eastgate
     
2 Wood Mixed Pairs    
Jackie & Gary Gray 19 - 16 Alison & Brian Eastgate
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

       

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - SEPTEMBER 2014

 

Well, what a month this has been for me - our ladies and gentlemen doing so well at Leamington, the Men's A team through to the League Cup Final and  a wonderful President's day - but more of that later.

 

LEAGUE CUP FINAL

Well done gentlemen - through to the final against Headington.  This will take place at Kidlington Bowls Club on Thursday 4th September at 6.15 p.m. so get along there everyone and cheer our lads on.

 

LADIES AND MENS NATIONALS

As I reported last month, we had representatives in all the ladies disciplines.  Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson reached the semi-finals of the Senior Pairs and after a hard fought game went into the last end just one shot adrift.  Their opponents from Sussex however, made another two shots to clinch their place in the final and they then went on to win the Championship.  Kathy Hawes reached the quarter finals of the Four Wood Singles and Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis won through to the quarter finals of the Pairs where they battled against two Junior Internationals (Natalie Melmore and Sophie Tolchard from Devon) only losing out over the last two ends.

The icing on the cake with cherries on top, however, has to be the magnificent success of Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis in becoming the National Fours Champions.  The quarters and semi-finals were nail biters, winning by just one shot on both occasions.  In the final however, they seemed to be cruising to victory, 20-9 up when Northants came back at our ladies and the score stood at 20-15 with two ends to go.  We sat there, holding our breaths, everything crossed. We were down - was the unthinkable going to happen?  Then Gail trailed the jack to our woods at the back and with the Northants Skip unable to find a way through, we picked up a 5 together with the trophy and one end to spare.  Very well done ladies, you were all brilliant.

Kathy's team now goes on to represent England in the fours in next year's Home Internationals against Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Isles.  This competition will be played at Leamington, so not too far for us to go and watch and give our support. When times and dates are known, they will be displayed at the Club so that you can put them in your diaries.

 

Oxford Mail: Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship

Mike Petersen and Alan Ley also had great success in the Men's Senior Pairs winning right through to the final.  Another nail biter, one up going into the last end but Alan couldn't find a way through to the jack and so they dropped a 3 to become the runners up.  Well done gentlemen, you did us proud - sorry I wasn't there to cheer you on but I had, rather inconsiderately, arranged my President's Day on the same day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY 2014

I had a lovely President's day - couldn't have asked for better so thank you everyone for coming along on the day, and for your support and assistance in various ways which all contributed to a successful afternoon.  I have written a separate and fuller report which is on this website and a copy is also posted in the clubhouse.

 

OPEN DAY

We held a successful open day at the beginning of the month and as a result several people are having coaching lessons.  We look forward to welcoming them as members in the near future.  A fuller report of this day has also been posted on the website.

 

MATCHES

We have had 6 matches in August, three very enjoyable away games at Witney Town, Charlbury and Carterton. We are always made most welcome when we play away so please, please give your support on these occasions.   The other 3 matches were at home against Hagbourne (men's match), a re-arranged game against Oxford Masonic and a touring side from Shanklin.  The game against the Masonic was played indoors due to inclement weather.  We had a lovely day with the tourists from Shanklin who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Two further ladies matches had been fixed for this month but sadly these were cancelled by Woodstock and Banbury Borough.

 

CLUB NIGHT

Another very successful Club Night was held on Friday 15th August with a tasty BBQ and super side salad dishes.  Our grateful thanks must go to Colin Pollard and all his helpers, particularly his wife, 'Salad Queen' Jackie, who made this such a great evening. This was the last outdoor Club Night for this season.  The indoor Club Nights will commence on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER  with entertainment by KEV G so make a note in your diary folks.

 

MENS COUNTY COMPETITIONS

I am very pleased to tell you that Paul Comley won the Longford Cup earlier this month.  Congratulations Paul.

 

CLUB FINALS 

Our finals this year are on the weekend of 6th/7th September starting at 10 a.m. on the 6th.  Spectators very welcome - do come and help create a bit of atmosphere for our worthy finalists.  Two ladies County finals are also being played on Sunday 7th  - namely, the pairs and triples and we have representatives in both of these games.

 

ANNUAL DINNER AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

Diaries out once more folks and make a reservation for Saturday 27th September. Full details are now up in the Clubhouse and choice of menu is available.  

 

THIS MONTH'S RIB TICKLER!!!

On a beautiful summer's day, two American tourists were driving through Wales.

At the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch they stopped for lunch and one of the tourists asked the waitress -

"Before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us.

Can you pronounce where we are very, very, very slowly?"

The girl leaned over and said -

"Burrr ……… Gurr ……… King".

 

Have a nice day!

President Margaret

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Oxon Veteran Alan Ley Reaches 800-Games Milestone

Oxford City & County's Alan Ley chalked up another landmark with his 800th game for Oxfordshire in their 129-89 win over Buckinghamshire in a friendly at Long Crendon.

Alan, who made his Oxon debut in 1966 at the old Blue Circle club, near Kidlington, was unable to mark the milestone with a rink victory as his four were pipped 17-16.

The 66-year-old beat the previous record of 459 set by Walter Lester while playing for Summertown in 1992.

His remarkable tally is also believed to be a record for any county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Reflecting on the achievement, Alan said: "It hasn't been done for any reason. It has just happened - the games have just accumulated.

"It is great to get there. I still enjoy it and they still keep picking me."

Meanwhile, Alan is set to embark on his next century when he makes appearance No 801 as Oxfordshire take on Gloucestershire at Witney Town on Wednesday.

         

Alan Ley and Mike Petersen

Denied in National Agony

Oxford Mail: Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship
Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship

 

Oxfordshire's Alan Ley and Mike Petersen suffered an agonising 20-18 defeat in the Bowls England Men's National Senior Pairs Championship final at Royal Leamington Spa.

Holding a one-shot advantage going into the last end of their clash with Derbyshire's Les Jinks and Dave Brennan, the Oxford City & County duo dropped three shots to finish runners-up.

Ley said: "We led all the way up until the very last end and lost it.

"We had mixed emotions really. We were very pleased that we got there and very disappointed to lose it by two shots at the end."

Ley and Petersen had beaten Gloucestershire's Vince Wilks and Dougie Lewis 21-13 in the semi-finals of the over 55s competition at Victoria Park.

In the last eight, the Oxford City & County pair eased past Middlesex's Ron Edgar and David Pitt 24-15.

They had opened their challenge with a 27-18 victory against Leicestershire's Michael Haywood and John Godden, before overcoming Peter Lowe and Colin Gray 18-11 in round two.

PRESIDENT'S DAY - 17TH AUGUST 2014

 

I had a great day on Sunday, the sun shone a bit, the clouds threatened a bit and the wind blew a lot but we had fun and didn't get wet.  The afternoon started with a "spider" (won by Vic Bye), followed by the match.

 

I had invited 5 Club Presidents from Oxfordshire to bring or send along a rink each to play for me against a City and County side led by Captain of the day, Colin Pollard.  They all came and "played their socks off for me" (that means the President's team won overall!!!).  I did lose on my rink however, Colin not understanding that he was supposed to let me win!   There was enough City and County players to form a further 4 triples and so two of these also played for me.  It was great to see both greens being used and practically full.  Thank you C & C members for all  your support.

                                                          

 

I was very pleased to welcome the visiting rinks from Abingdon (Captain Peter Baskerville), Hagbourne (Vice-Captain Howard Rose), South Oxford (President Keith Mobley), Thame (President Hazel Westcott) and Witney Town (Mel Cameron).  Thank you so much for coming and supporting me.  I hope our links and association with you all will continue for many years to come.

 

It was great to see some of our "retired" bowlers too who joined us for the meal after the match, together with a new bowler who has promised that she will take the plunge and be bowling in next year's President's game.

                             

 

When I went into the Clubhouse during the game for the usual comfort break, the tables looked lovely - just as I wanted it.  Jenny and Jill had done a grand job and with Keith's flowers, it was a picture.  After the game, we had a superb meal - (roast beef + trimmings, black forest roulade and cream with cheese and biscuits to follow).   Thank you once again Jenny and your helpers.

                                                           

                                                           

My highest winning rink turned out to be the triple of Jacky Gray, Alan Keen and Carol Penson with Liz Bye, John Jarvis, Myra Lewis and Graham Kerr being the Captain's highest winning rink.

 

I had such a wonderful and memorable day and hope you all enjoyed it too.  Thank you, thank you everyone for making it so special.

 

PRESIDENT MARGARET

CITY & COUNTY Girls claim National Fours title

 

 

 

Oxfordshire's Myra Lewis, Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women's National Fours Championship, sponsored by Dorset Bowls Resort.

The quartet, from Oxford City & County BC, defeated Maggie Edwards, Jasmin Spear, Yvonne McKee and Brenda Bishop from Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire, in the final held this afternoon at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Earlier the Kingsthorpe four had beaten defeated Maggie Jordan, Joyce Evans, Joanna Richman and Linda Kingston (Highworth BC, Wiltshire) in the first semi-final whilst Oxfordshire progressed thanks to a victory against Sheila Short, Jackie Branfield, Laura Holden and Stef Branfield (Clevedon BC, Somerset).

Results:

Semi-Finals:
Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire (B Bishop) bt Highworth BC, Wiltshire (L Kingston) 23-11;
Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire (K Hawes) bt Clevedon BC, Somerset (S Branfield) 21-20;

Final:
Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire (K Hawes) bt Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire (B Bishop) 25-15;

 

WELL DONE GIRLS

OXFORD CITY & COUNTY OPEN DAY
 
Well the weather was very kind to us, and the response we had was more than pleasing,…….it was a delight to welcome so many people, most of whom are new to our great game.
I think they were surprised at what they found and the welcome they received…….as we often say, its Oxfords Best Kept Secret!….and just importantly for us, it was our great pleasure to welcome new friends. Hey, and forget about the adults for a moment, delighted to see nine year old Zoe (a star in the making I am sure) and her parents there as well - great supporters of the club.
 
         
 
 
Without exception, after being 'meeted and greeted' and shown around, everyone did not take much persuading to 'have a go'…..so you can imagine our Coaches, Rosemary and Graham were kept busy……ably supported in one way or another from 'our gang' consisting of Chairman Peter Phelps, our President Margaret Stacy - whilst John Stacy, Colin Pollard, Alan Keen, Helen Kingsley,Shirley Crick,Tony and Vera Logue and Bob Scholes added their colour to the tapestry on view during the event.
 
Jenny providing excellent food as ever and Spencer doing his bit behind the bar.
 
Almost all of our new friends have either booked, or expressed a desire to have lessons……..so hopefully as time goes on we shall see more new members joining our throng - and most welcome they will be too….great stuff guys.
 
Bob Scholes