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.