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

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - AUGUST 2014

 

SUMMER INDOOR SEASON

This continues to be very popular and is flourishing with the two roll-ups each week (Monday and Thursday mornings), a league on Wednesday mornings and a pairs competition running throughout the season as well.

 

MATCHES

There were only two friendly matches in July, one being a re-arranged Ladies Triples Match away against Abingdon.  Just as we were about to set foot on the green, we had a very heavy shower but fortunately it didn't last too long and we were able to ditch the wets.  After early resistance from the Abingdon Ladies, we drew ahead to win the match.   The other game was a mens triples match away against Hagbourne.  We came second on this occasion and a very pleasant but hot afternoon was had by all.

There are several matches arranged for August and we desperately need more names.  Please, please sign up where you can.  One of the games is against a touring side (Shanklin) who are visiting us at the end of August and we need a lot of players for this one.

 

CLUB NIGHT

Please note that the date for this has changed from Friday 8th August and will now be on   Friday 15th August.     There will be a BBQ and entertainment by Joe Holio.

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY - SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST 2014

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.  I have visiting rinks coming on this occasion so please come andjoin in this my special day.   Everyone welcome.

 

SOBELL HOUSE DAY

On a very hot, sunny Sunday 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 £1500 was raised which Marilyn was very pleased to accept on behalf of Sobell House.  The trophy winners were Gary Gray, Alan Keen and Jacky Gray.

 

ELLEN CLARKE MEMORIAL TRIPLES

On a another fine sunny day, 16 Ladies teams from around the County had a great day's competitive bowling in this annual event organised and run by Helen Kingsley.  A fuller report can be read elsewhere on the website or on the Ladies Notice Board at the Club.   However,  no team won all their matches and the runners-up - Linda Price, Jenny Banton and Joyce Clark from Headington - only lost out to the winners, Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins and myself by a shot difference of 6!

 

 

MENS COUNTY COMPETITIONS

Paul Comley is through to the semi-final of the Longford Cup which will be played to a finish at South Oxford on Sunday 3rd August.  Go for it Paul!

 

LADIES COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Our Club hosted this event on 26th/27th July.  Donna Knight became Two Wood County Champion defeating Carol Galletly (Banbury Central) in a very close game while Kathy Hawes became the Four Wood Singles County Champion overcoming Carol Penson, another C & C player.  Next day, however, Carol together with Carol Gaskins, Marion Darton and your truly became the Fours County Champions beating Kathy, Donna Knight, Myra Lewis and Sue Mayo.  The County Triples and Pairs finals are to be played on Sunday 7th September and will run alongside our own Club Finals Day.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS

I am very pleased to report that Mike Petersen and Alan Ley have won through to the Mens Senior Pairs Finals.  Many congratulations gentlemen. Alan first qualified for National Championship Finals back in the 1960's (!!) when the men's finals were played at Mortlake.  He subsequently also played at Worthing where the Men's Championships have been for many years. As from this year, however, the Men's Competitions and Championships are being played at Leamington so not so far to go now to have a day out on August 15th to cheer our two "Seniors" on.  There must be very few men who can boast of  having played the National Finals at three different venues.  Donna Knight  is also through to the Champion of Champions defeating Jackie Squires from Milton Keynes to book her place at Leamington.

 

The Ladies National Competitions etc. commence  August 2nd and unbelievably we have a representative in every one of the ladies disciplines this year!!  Must be a record surely. Well done ladies. Schedule is as follows-supporters welcome.

 

Junior Singles       -  Aug 3/4        Katie Glenn

Senior Pairs          -  Aug 3/4/5     Carol Penson & Carol Gaskins

Fours                    -  Aug 5/6/7     G. Gilkes, K.Hawes, D.Knight & M.Lewis

                                                     C.Penson, C.Gaskins, M.Darton & M.Stacey

Champ of Champs -  Aug 6/7     Donna Knight

4 Wood Singles     -  Aug 7/8/9      Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson

Senior Singles       -  Aug 8/10       Myra Lewis

Triples                  -  Aug l0-13      K.Hawes, G.Gilkes & D.Knight

                                                     J.Berry, S.Mayo & M.Lewis

2 Wood Singles    -   Aug 12/13     D. Knight

Pairs                    -   Aug 13-16     G.Gilkes & M.Lewis

Junior Pairs          -   Aug 16/17     Katie Glenn & Amy Stone

 

Kathy Hawes and Howard Watts (Headington) have also won through to National Mixed Pairs finals at Leamington.  Well done again.

 

LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL

Our Mens League A team is through to this semi-final against Witney Town which will be played at South Oxford in the evening of Thursday 14th       August.  So go along and give our lads all the support you can. 

 

 

ARE YOU PROUD TO BE BRITISH?

 

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV!!

 

Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in Britain do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

Only in Britain do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.

Only in Britain do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the driveway and lock our junk and cheap lawn mowers in the garage.

 

 

Makes you think!

 

 

 

 

President Margaret                                                                  2nd August 2014

ELLEN CLARKE MEMORIAL TRIPLES

 

This year's competition took place on a very warm, sunny day - Monday 28th July with 16 teams from various Clubs in the area entering for this annual event.  

 

After three games, only two teams had won all their games so with one game to go, who would it be - Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town) or Jeanette Berry (C & C)?  Caroline then played Carol Penson (C & C) and Jeanette played Jane Murphy (Didcot) in their final games. However, both teams lost giving a completely different picture on the final results as follows:-

 

FIRST PRIZE  -  £100

Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins                      3 wins + 1 draw

& Margaret Stacey   (C & C)                               Shot difference +18

 

SECOND PRIZE -£60

Linda Price, Jenny Banton                          3 wins + 1 draw

& Joyce Clark   (Headington)                               Shot difference +12

 

THIRD PRIZE - £30

Jane Murphy, Helen Moore                        3 wins

& Sally Gilbert   (Didcot)                                     Shot difference + 18

 

We were very pleased to welcome Ellen Clarke's sister-in-law, Vera Church, who is now 94 years young, who came along with Ken Meadley

(Ellen Clarke's nephew) to present the trophy and prize monies.

 

                

Our grateful thanks must go to Helen Kingsley for all her hard work in organising this competition and to her assistants (Betty Marriott, Sylvia Holmes and Shelagh Amor) who all contributed to a very successful day.

City And County Line Up for the National Seniors Championships at Leamington

Oxford City & County's Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson will compete in the women's pairs competition.

They beat Kidlington's Eileen O'Shea and Pat Hunt 28-7 after 16 ends,

and will be in first round action on Sunday, August 3.

Clubmates Alan Ley and Mike Peterson will be in the men's pairs,

which begin on Friday, August 15.

City & County will also be represented in the ladies' singles, after Myra Lewis beat Mo Cox (Banbury Central) 21-20.

Her campaign starts on Saturday, August 9,