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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.
 
 
 

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.