Alpha Ladies Record Another Win

Devizes Alpha Ladies gained a welcome 6 points with a home win against Avon Nova Ladies on Friday evening 23rd June. The triple of Denise Howard, Bev Lilley and Sheila Garlick won 18-14 and the second triple of Marie Greenwood, Wendy Gaisford and Marguerite Alexander won 19-15 giving a total score of 37 shots to 29, an 8 shot advantage on the aggregate score. Well done ladies

Report by team captain Marguerite Alexander.

Demons Mixed Fortunes

On the 6th June Demons visited Trowbridge Town and came back with mixed fortunes having won on one rink but lost on the other.

Mary Jones, Sue Long and Joyce Little won 20-11 on their rink whilst Josie Mulligan, Rosemary Bradbury and Patricia Reeves finished with a small loss of 18-21. Total score therefore was 38-32 giving Demons the aggregate and therefore league points of 4-2.

Next week the team travel to Box and then the week after Box come to Devizes so all players will be well aware of each other skills by then which should make for interesting results.

Mid-Wilts “B” Roller Coaster

Life on the green with the Mid-Wilts “B” team is turning into a roller coaster ride in terms of the results of the last three games.
On the 8th June the team had an excellent win gaining maximum 14 points by winning on all four rinks and gaining the aggregate score as well with a total of 81 shots to 36.5. The half shot being the result of a mathematical calculation as on one rink Box only fielded two men and by the rules of the game forfeited 25% of their final score on that rink.
On the 15th June the team visited Trowbridge Town and the good run blipped again with a loss of 11 points to 3. Devizes only won on one rink with a team of Jeff Whiting, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood with a score of 16 – 14 whilst the third point came from a drawn rink of Phil Coombes, John Scoffield and Phil Cave at 14-14. With losses on the other rinks of 11-18 and 6-25 the aggregate points went to Trowbridge
The 22nd June saw a home game against Chippenham Town and unfortunately the team had a further upset going down by 70 shots to 85 and league points of just 1 to Trowbridge Towns 13. The one point was achieved by Phil Coombes, Colin Smith and Phil Cave who were winning handsomely, then catastrophe, dropped a 7 on the last end for a 20-20 result. All other rinks were fairly close with hard battles throughout the game. Rink 2 of Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood lost 17-21 whilst on rink 3 Michael Alexander, Monty Smith and John Scoffield lost 17-24 and finally on rink 4 Simon Northway, Will Wrobel and Terry Miles dropped a 5 on the 16th end to lose 16-20.
Hopefully the good form will return next week at home to Blue Circle Westbury.

Devizes v Bitterne

On Wednesday 7th June the members of Bitterne Bowls Club decided to have a day trip out at Devizes Bowls Club where the teams competed in a six rink mixed friendly game. The game was played in a very friendly manner and even the weather was friendly so a good day all round.

Even the result in terms of rinks entered into the theme of things with each team winning three rinks but from a pride of place as far as Devizes is concerned was rink 1 on the bottom green who were declared as the top winning rink so well done Ellen Stiles, Dave Russell, Richard Bradfield and Terry Miles winning by 26 shots to 19.

Top Green:
Rink 4: Simon Northway, Kelvin Packer, Angela Roberts and Rosemary Bradbury 13-17.
Rink 5: Alison Cross, Mary Pearce, Michael Alexander, Ken Roberts 20 – 14.
Rink 6: Will Ilott, Ken Curtis, Bryan Reeves and Sheila Garlick 17-16.

Bottom Green:
Rink 1: Ellen Stiles, Dave Russell, Richard Bradfield and Terry Miles 26-19.
Rink 2: Lynne Williams, Stan Rutherford, Denise Howard and Keith Scrannage 15-17.
Rink 3: Marie Greenwood, Jane Ilott, Jeff Whiting and Lesley Russell 13-18.

Devizes 104 v Bitterne 101

Dark Horses Great Win

On Monday, 12th June the Dark Horses team travelled to Corsham for their second away game of the season which proved to be a successful evening returning home with a full 6 points.

The triple of Lynn Hicks, Alison Cross and Rosemary Keen won 26 – 10 and Rachael Whiting, Debbie Greenwood and Sue Reeves won 27 – 10.

A special well done goes to Rachael who played her first game!!

Rose Keen

Bowls England Celebration Game

Tuesday 13th June saw the next step in the continuing story of the clubs centenary celebrations with a match against Bowls England. Visitors to the club came from far and wide to help the club enjoy the anniversary and were met by President Rosemary, club captains Sheila Garlick and Dave Greenwood along with their respective vice-captains Bev Lilley and Tom Mullins. All the visiting players were presidents or past presidents and officials of their respective counties. We had travellers from Wales, the South East, the West Country, the Midlands and as far north as the Lancashire dales and the Yorkshire borders.

The proceedings started with a buffet, drinks and a lot of conversation followed by a photo call where both teams were pictured separately and then together standing behind the figure 100 formed from several sets of bowls.

The game itself was extremely competitive with a convincing win for Bowls England by 122 shots to 189. After a good meal and a drink or two the presentations proceeded with an opening address from President Rosemary welcoming our guests and relating the history of the Moonrakers legend and the development of Devizes Bowls Club. Presentations were made to winning rinks from both greens, however, there wasn’t one on the bottom green so the honours went to the least losing rink of Keith Scrannage, Kiwi, John Scoffield and Marguerite Alexander. This was rather fitting as Kiwi, though a member of the club, was a guest of honour representing match sponsors Renelec. Congratulations to the winning rink on the top green of Rose Merritt, Dave Russell, Patricia Reeves and Gerald Webb.  Gifts were also presented to the Bowls England President and captain of the day Babs Salter.

It was then the turn of Bowls England President Viv Thomlinson to respond, she spoke of the work done on these special occasions in helping clubs with special celebrations to enjoy such occasions and further promote the sport we all love. Presentations and thanks were made to the club, the bar staff and the kitchen staff and servers before a toast was made to the club.

An additional presentation took place where Bowls England paid tribute to the hard work, enthusiasm and sporting achievements of our own Sue Ochyra ending with a Certificate of merit being given to Simon, Sue’s son who gratefully accepted it on behalf of the family.


Match Results.

Top Green

Rink 1: Michael Alexander, Izzy Scoffield, Chris Merrifield and Sheila Garlick 8-22.

Rink 2: Rose Merritt, Dave Russell, Patricia Reeves and Gerald Webb 24-16.

Rink 3: Harry Garlick, Will Wrobel, Sue Long and Bev Lilley 19-15.

Rink 4: Marie Greenwood, Phil Cave, Rose Keen and Colin Little 14-32.

Bottom Green

Rink 1: Ellen Stiles, Ken Oliver, Les Russell and Dave Greenwood 17-27.

Rink 2: Pat Miller, Debbie Greenwood, Tom Mullins and Wendy Gaisford 9-30.

Rink 3: Keith Scrannage, Kiwi, John Scoffield and Marguerite Alexander 12-17.

Rink 4: Joyce Little, Roy Chumbley, Julie Romijn and Trefor Jones 19-30.

Centenary Game v Bowls Wiltshire Men

DEVIZES Bowls Club continued their centenary celebrations by hosting Bowls Wiltshire men’s representative side for a six-rink match on their green at Long Street.
Devizes only took the honours on two of the six rinks, managing a draw on another as they went down 112-100 to the county men’s representative side.
Top rink honours were shared for the Devizes men with the foursomes skipped by Dave Reeves and Colin Little both winning by four shots.
Devizes men’s captain Dave Greenwood’s rink skipped by Gerald Webb managed to draw their match 16-16 against the Wiltshire county officials rink skipped by 2017 president John Southern.
“The match was played in a good spirit befitting the occasion and was on total shots and I believe the BWM won by a few shots,” said club spokesman Gerald Webb.
“Dave Greenwood (Devizes men’s captain) spoke about how the green was given to the club in 1919 and how the club had grown into the success it is today.”

Devizes were due to host the Bowls England representative side led by 2017 national president Viv Tomlinson (Lancashire) for an eight-rink mixed match, which was sponsored by local firm Renelec Groundworks Ltd, on Tuesday.
The hat-trick of matches in June is completed next week on Wednesday, June 21 when Devizes welcome the Chelsea Pensioners to their green for a six rink match starting at 2pm, which has been sponsored by another local firm MM Carpet and Flooring Supplies.
Devizes v Bowls Wiltshire men (Devizes names first), Rink 1: Don Tucker, Phil Cave, Bill Cowan & Pete Fielding lost to Gerry and Graeme Vincent (both Highworth), Sid Jay (Spencer Melksham) & Martin Salter (Wroughton) 11-21. Rink 2: Mike Alexander, Phil Coombes, Keith Scrannage & Trefor Jones lost to Alec Burden (Amesbury), John Snell (Alderbury), Bob George (Wro) & Richard Gardiner (Supermarine) 13-19. Rink 3: Bryan Reeves, Martin Thompson, Dave Greenwood (capt) & Gerald Webb drew with Pete Sanders (IPP), Stewart Allison (SVP), Dave Williams (JVP) & John Southern (2017 men’s president) 16-16. Rink 4: Ken Surman, Richard Bradfield, Tom Mullins & Dave Reeves beat Peter Naish, Cliff Gumm (both Trowbridge Westbourne), Clive Swift (Blue Circle) & Bob Fredericks (Salisbury) 22-18. Rink 5: Harry Garlick, Bernard Fox, John Scoffield & Colin Little beat Ken Bray, Malcolm Hole, Colin Easton & Tom Newman (all Avon) 23-19. Rink 6: Harry Crate, Peter Diwell, Terry Miles & Jonathan Cook lost to Barry Folland (Salisbury), Sid Wilson (Pewsey Vale), Dave Richards (Trow West) & Bill Collier (Ames) 15-19.
Score: Devizes Men lost to Bowls Wiltshire Men 100-112.

Report courtesy of Dave Eaton and the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.

Dark Horses Out In The Cold

Dark Horses first away game of the season was against Avon Astras on a cold evening on 7th June.  They came away with 2 points thanks to the great effort of the triple of Sue Reeves, Debbie Greenwood and Ingrid Thorogood.  However the triple of Rosemary Keen, Jan Hodgetts and Margaret Cave were unable to match their opponents and lost heavily.

Well done Sue’s team!!

Dark Horses Battle Hard

On the evening of Tuesday, 30th May, Dark Horses played another home game.  This time their opponents were Chippenham Town Dragons. After a hard fought game they came away with another 4 points. The triple of Rosemary Keen, Lynne Williams and Lynn Hicks won 19 -12 but unfortunately despite a brave fight the triple of Sue Reeves, Jan Hodgetts and Alison Cross were unable to seal a win but fortunately we were able to maintain the aggregate and as a result Dark Horses  won 4 points to 2.

Report by Rose Keen team captain


Mid Wilts “B” Go Down at North Wilts

Mid-Wilts “B” team travelled to bottom of the league North Wilts “B” on Thursday 1st June and came to the end of their winning streak going down by 12 points to 2.

Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood gained a convincing 26-10 win whilst the three other rinks dropped points, one 23-4, however, the other two were close but the tension at the end was noticeable as all were watching the final rink to finish who, with one end to go, were only 1 shot down and the aggregate was all even. With just one bowl to go, from the opposing skip, the situation was even but the skip played with weight and got the luck drawing a two shot win to take the rink 13-16 and making the final total 66 to 68.