An exceptional week-end of competition was witnessed at the club and coupled with excellent weather, enjoyed by all who played and watched, over the two days of competition.The pinnacle of this week-end culminated in the presentation night that followed a long Presidents/Captains day as we came to the end of the season.
Held on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st were the finals of the season long list of club competitions with some tight games, some surprises as well as expected champions being created. Whilst commiserating with some long-term champions who this year did not quite repeat previous successes, it was nice to see a few new names which will appear on the club honours board after the presentations on President/Captains day next Sunday.
Many congratulations to those who won and very well done reaching the finals those who were runners up. Many more congratulations and thanks to our competitions organiser Sheila Garlick who again did a phenomenal job of ensuring the competitions ran smoothly.
Took place on Sunday 15th September after the annual game between the Presidents team and the Captains team which this year was won by the captains team.
Winning rink for the captains team was Ashley Galloway, Angela Roberts and Sue Long. whilst Wendy Gibbon, Mary Pearce and Monty Smith were winning rink for the presidents team.
Other noteworthy successes outside the usual local club competitions that are recorded under honours tab on the website were announced as:-
Les Griffin reached the quarter finals of the county unbadged two wood, Johnathon cook, Gerald Webb, Colin Little and Chris Holt reached the quarter finals of the Senior Fours, Matt Thompson led the four rink team to the finals of the West Wilts 4 x 4 knockout competition beating no less than Spencer Melksham in the semi-final, the Devizes Mixed Double rink “A” team also reached the quarter final stage of this competition, Sue Reeves runner up on Patrons Day and of course a final mention for Bev Lilley and Sheila Garlick who got to national finals at Leamington.
Some good news for the men at last after what has been a very poor year all round in the league programme.
White Horse League (Tea & Biscuits) Devizes “D” team gain promotion from Division 4 to Division 3 next year. See report from team captain Tom Mullins below:
“The season started with a squad of 7 players Barry & Viv Alexander, Terry Miles, Pat Miller, Tom Mullins, Mike Ponting & John Scoffield. Holidays and other commitments made selection very difficult, so we soon added Ian Wilson.
The season started with 2 wins but we were soon brought back to reality with 3 defeats the worst being against Chippenham park “A” 40-11, however, our fortunes turned between mid-June to mid-July with 5 wins on the bounce the best being 25-9 at home against Box Foxes.
With 4 games left we were struggling to field a team we added Colin Shewring to the squad , with 1 game left we were sitting fourth on the same points as the teams in second and third place but our shot difference was -30 the other two teams both had positive figures, however, one team had completed their games the other lost their last game and we beat our opponent Box Foxes at their ground 24-12 to end in second place. The season overall result was”
The end of the outdoor playing season will soon draw to an end and the first indication is this email advertising the first two social events being organised by the new social committee. Coupled with this is the notice to all members that a new social event ring binder is now on the table in the hall with more details and more events that are planned along with appropriate sign-up sheets. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS NEW COMMITTEE’S ENDEAVOURS AND MAKE THEIR HARD WORK WORTH WHILE AT THE SAME TIME AS ENJOYING YOURSELVES ALONG WITH YOUR FELLOW BOWLERS.
Sunday 1st September is a CREAM TEA for £2.50 pp at the end of the Devizes Bowls Club Finals Weekend, If you are a social member come and watch then enjoy socialising afterwards. This also applies to playing members who, for whatever reason, did not make the finals.
Monday 9th September Why not try FLOODLIT BOWLS with a hotdog/burger afterwards for £1.50 pp. All would be very welcome, come along to play if you are a full member or watch if you are a social member, then participate in the refreshments afterwards.
If anyone is interested they can either email me e.stiles@talktalk. and I will contact them with further details of times etc, or put your names down in the social events sign-up book on the table at the club.
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