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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)
 
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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.
 
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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.