Wednesday 17th January saw the next game in the phase of friendly matches being played by the short mat members of our club with another match at home against Seend.
The format for this one was two teams of four players playing ten ends on one mat before changing to the second mat for the second half of the game, another ten ends.
The team of Geoff Woollan, Alison Cross, Dennis Helm and Peter Charters had a magnificent though tight first half winning 9-8 but unfortunately, as can happen, the wheels came of the truck during the second ten ends when they lost 4-15.
Meanwhile Keith Scrannage, Kevin Hannam, Lynn Williams and Jeff Whiting lost narrowly on both phases of the match with scores of 8-10 and 3-9.
As ever with the matches against Seend the night was played in great spirit and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Last week saw the arrival of a third mat opening up the opportunity for additional players to join in. As it can be seen from the photographs the associated additional equipment is not yet fully up to specification and will not be until the toilet rolls have run out!
Well done the short mat team a great enhancement to the clubs facilities.
This year has seen major advances in the development of the winter short mat activities where on a number of occasions over 20 members have turned up for a game which was more than could be accommodated. Ideas on how this can be overcome are on the agenda for the forthcoming bowls committee meeting but in the meantime below is a report from short mat leader Terry Miles.
13th November 2017 Urchfont’s visit to Devizes Bowls Club was a very successful evening. Urchfont brought 16 players, so everybody had a game. After 8 ends we stopped for supper which was very kindly provided by some of our players, then carried on to play another 8 ends. The result was a good one for the club, with a convincing win.
Our return visit is on 30th January 2018. All in all a very enjoyable evening.
27th November 2017
This was Bromham’s first visit to our Club, they brought along 8 players of a high standard which gave our players a better insight into what would be required to play in the leagues. Bromham won easily, hope we can improve on our next return game, which is yet to be arranged.
5th December 2017
This was our second visit to Seend and this time we took along a few new players. It bodes well for the future of short mat within the club when we report that they did us proud by only losing the game by 1 shot. There were 3 mats out, 12 players per side – we lost two and won 1, which was very encouraging. All had a good evening and we look forward to the return game on 17th January 2018.
6th December 2017
Leo’s (Junior Lions) had a return visit to the club to have a taster session to short mat. Unfortunately their numbers were a bit depleted this year with only 8 Leo’s. With the addition of a fish and chip evening all had a good time.
The autumn work has now started on both top and bottom greens and Trefor is looking for help next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, subject to dry weather, so please ring him (his number is in the handbook). As you will see from the pictures below it is not all hard work there are moments of relaxation and creativity as we now have Short Mat indoors and Micro Mat outdoors
On Thursday 7th September the annual battle took place for the Peter Bradbury Trophy between Mid Wilts Triples league rivals Devizes “A” and Devizes “B” to honour the memory of Peter who was a founder member of this league format.
With the holiday period in full swing both sides had to bring in reserves as well as playing over five rinks instead of the normal format of four so that all members who had played in the league during the season were able to have a game in this important annual competition.
After the game socialising, a few drinks and a fish and chip supper finished the evening of well and the trophy was presented to the “A”, the winning team for 2017, by President Rosemary Bradbury.
For those interested in statistics the “A” team won on all but one rink though a second one was very close with only one shot difference whilst the overall score resulted in an 18 shot win for the “A” team.
Results. “A” team “B” Team
Richard Bradfield Steve Brown
Bryan Reeves Terry Miles
Tom Mullins 13 Will Wrobel 16
Harry Garlick Bernard Fox
Ken Surman Simon Northway
Dave Reeves 17 Phil Cave 15
Don Tucker Pat Chapman
Kiwi Phil Coombes
Chris Merrifield 16 Ray Ward 9
Peter Charters Ken Curtis
Dave Russell Peter Romijn
David Ryde-Rogers 16 Dave Greenwood 15
Alan Sims Michael Alexander
Peter Fielding Geoff Woollan
Bob Budden 22 Colin Smith 11
On Friday 8th September we hosted Portishead as they travelled back home from touring the Isle of Wight. The weather was not good and the game was in danger of being cancelled but all had been prepared to provide a finger buffet on arrival and, to add to the problems the team coach was held up in traffic in Salisbury and arrived behind schedule.
It was decided to have the buffet then the two captains would assess the situation on the green. When the time arrived the sun had come from behind the clouds, the greens were payable with care so in order to ensure we had a social period after the match and the coach driver would not exceed his legal hours it was decided to play just 10 ends to at least finish their tour with a short game with us.
In the end Devizes won on four rinks, Portishead on two and one was drawn and the end shot difference was just 6 shots in our favour. All agreed that despite the trials and tribulations a great time had been had and all expressed the view that we would love to meet again for a full game. Perhaps the fixtures secretaries could arrange something.
Captains Charity Day, played on the revised date of Thursday 14th September, was played over only nine ends when a torrential rainstorm drenched the greens and all returned to the safety of the clubhouse. Whilst the numbers in attendance was lower than usual, despite the weather, good companionship prevailed and very enjoyable home made cakes and tea or bar drinks were enjoyed by all.
The captains offered their very grateful thanks to the ladies who had made the cakes and to all who had provided raffle prizes, so many that ladies captain Sheila asked if those in attendance minded if a few were reserved for the forthcoming Presidents day.
The whole proceeding took place in the presence of a few members of the British Legion who set up a stall full of interesting objects and following a speech and presentations for top rink and bottom rink, humorously reversed by Sheila, Bob Shergold from the Legion was invited to speak on their behalf and provided the gathering with some astonishing facts about the levels of money raised nationally each year for support and welfare for ex service personnel in need of help.
The Dark Horses finished the season on a high gaining 20 points in the last four games, 4 points each from Holt and Trowbridge Angels and the full six points from Spencer Melksham Smoothies and Chippenham Town Dragons.
I would like to express my congratulations to my team and say how proud of them I am as we have finished top of the Third Division of Norwest League (sharing 49 points with Spencer Melksham Smoothies but we achieved a bigger shot difference which has given us the top spot!!)
Well done Alison Cross, Lynne Williams, Debbie Greenwood, Sue Reeves, Liz Soellner, Jan Hodgetts, Lynn Hicks, Rachel Whiting, Margaret Cave and Ingrid Thorogood.
On Wednesday 6th September Devizes travelled to North Wilts Bowls Club in Chippenham to join them in a six triples friendly match. The weather was reasonable the company good and the game, ah well, two out of three is pretty good.
North Wilts won on three rinks, Devizes on two and one was drawn providing an overall result of 86 to 113. Congratulations to top rink of Ken Curtis, Phil Coombes and Terry Miles who won 25-11.
Ken Curtis, Phil Coombes and Terry Miles won 25-11
Pat Cartwright, Simon Northway and Bev Lilley drew 15-15
Stan Rutherford, Richard Bradfield and Dave Greenwood lost 5-21
Ingrid Thorogood, Marie Greenwood and Geoff Woollan lost 10-25
Peter Diwell, Lynn Hicks and Wendy Gaisford lost 15-27
Ellen Stiles, Roy Chumbley and Sheila Garlick won 16-14
The club competitions finals week-end was equivalent to the occasional match we play that becomes known as a match of two halves when a team is well behind then catches up in the second half. In terms of the club competitions this took the shape of a magnificent sunny ideal bowling day on the Saturday then a horrible cold wet and windy Sunday, conditions that some bowlers managed better than others.
Congratulations to all those who qualified to play in these finals, particularly those who won their games to become champions but without doubt special congratulations must go to Peter Fielding who qualified for five events and won all of them. This is the first time in the recent history of these competitions that this has been achieved.
Results are shown in the table below following the photographs.