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).