Sunday 27th August saw the next “Big Game” of our continuing centenary celebrations when we welcomed a mixed team from Bowls Wiltshire. Guests were welcomed on arrival by the club President, Captains and Vice-captains and this concept of meet and greet has been warmly received by all our visitors.
The game, originally set for 6 Rinks became so popular with the Bowls Wiltshire players that in the end we played over 10 rinks instead. The game was extremely competitive but in a friendly manner, however with the strength of our team drawn from those who signed up to play being somewhat weaker than a group of 40 of Wiltshire’s finest the final result was inevitable and almost
At the after match socialising, a good meal and a few drinks were enjoyed by all, followed by speeches from our Captains and the Bowls Wiltshire lady Chair and Captain for the day June Corbett. After all the usual list of thanks BW captain proceeded to bring about a series of comical episodes by raising funds for the Air Ambulance by way of individual fines of £1.00 for the craziest of reasons like incorrect actions on the greens, arriving in the wrong coloured shirt, trying to pinch her donations basket when clearing the tables after the meal ect.
Below is an extract from June Corbets report on the Bowls Wiltshire Website.
“A Bowls Wiltshire mixed team of 10 rinks travelled to Devizes on 27th August for a match as part of the Devizes Centenary celebrations. It was a lovely hot sunny day, the bowling was good and the banter between the two teams helped to make the occasion special.
A much appreciated cooked meal was provided. Presentations were made and both Captains made the point that the result was not so important but more for the participation and enjoyment experienced by all, (however for those who like to know BW did win).
As usual fines were imposed and a very generous £80.13 was raised for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. BW Chair June thanked everyone for their support throughout the year. As a final note all monies collected from the four 2017 BW Mixed games raised a very creditable £217.80 which has been forwarded on to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity Appeal.”
On Thursday 24th August the “B” team were welcomed at Chippenham Town for a Mid Wilts Triples League game with a difference as we started late and finished the game under floodlights. Excellent facility in one way but playing with yellow jacks did not bode well and coloured woods were also difficult to see under the lighting.
The game resulted in another loss for Devizes by 66 shots to 75 giving a league point allocation of 2-12 with Dave Greenwood and Peter Romijn happy to be back on a winning rink for a change with the help of Colin Smith.
Team 1: Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel lost 13-17.
Team 2: Peter Romijn, Colin Smith and Dave Greenwood won 18-16
Team 3: Pat Chapman, Phil Coombes and Ray Ward lost 21-25
Team 4: Bernard Fox, Terry Miles and Phil Cave lost 14-17
On Thursday 17th August the “B” team welcomed Spencer Melksham to our home greens for the next episode of the Mid Wilts Triples League however, home advantage did not prevail, as the home side won on only two rinks, losing on two and missing out on the aggregate by a difference of 14 shots and thereby losing league points by 10 to 4.
Team 1: Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel won 18-12.
Team 2: Peter Romijn, Terry Miles and Dave Greenwood lost 15-19
Team 3: Pat Chapman, Phil Coombes and John Scoffield won 11-7
Team 4: Simon Northway, Bernard Fox and Phil Cave lost 6-26
On Sunday 13th August Devizes Bowls Club celebrated its centenary with a gala day that was planned to involve twelve clubs from around the county who sent one rink of mixed players to compete against us and help with our celebrations.
Teams from Chippenham Park, Wilton, Trowbridge Police, Swindon North End, Trowbridge Westbourne, Chippenham Park, Chippenham Town, North Wilts Chippenham, Salisbury, Avon and Spencer Melksham were in attendance but unfortunately Pewsey and Amesbury had to withdraw at the last minute.
The weather was kind to us, the atmosphere was competitive but very friendly and a great day was had by all.
The afternoon ended with another great feast, a few drinks and a grand raffle and the comments received by President Rosemary and Captains Dave and Sheila as they said goodbye to everyone as they left were all very positive everyone thanked the club for their invitation.
The “B” team traveled to Westbury on Thursday 10th August to continue their Mid Wilts Triples campaign for the 2017 season. Unfortunately it was a forgettable trip suffering yet another defeat with a overall score of 40 shots to 66 a 10 points to 2 loss.
Team 1: Steve Brown, Monty Smith and Phil Cave lost 7-17
Team 2: Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood lost 5-17
Team 3: Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel lost 11-18
Team 4: Patrick Chapman, Phil Coombes and John Scoffield won 17-14
Devizes Alpha travelled to Melksham to play against Spencer Melksham Smarties on Tuesday 22nd August and narrowly lost by just 2 shots 30-28.
The triple of Julie Romijn, Wendy Gaisford and Marguerite Alexander won 12-11 whilst on the second rink the team of Denise Howard, Bev Lilley and Sheila Garlick lost 16-19.
Two points very useful
Alpha Ladies had a convincing 53 – 25 shots win at home to Trowbridge Town on Tuesday winning by 28 shots and gaining 6 points.
The result was never in doubt with Marie Greenwood, Wendy Gaisford and Marguerite Alexander winning 30-14 while on the second rink Angela Roberts, Rose Merritt and Bev Lilley won 23-11.
Well done ladies
On Tuesday 8th August Devizes Demons Ladies Triples team played against a team from Trowbridge Town in their continued effort to be placed high in Division one of their league as the season drifts towards its final matches.
The night was considered very successful with one rink of Sue Long, Les Russell and Ellen Stiles winning 21-13 whilst Patricia Reeves, Joyce Little and Mary Jones missed out by just one shot at 14-15 a total aggregate of 35-28 gave the ladies an overall league point win of 4 points to 2
Report by Team Leader Sue Long
Thursday 17th August saw another Mid Wilts game against Spencer Melksham this time at home as one of the few remaining games to be played this season.
Unfortunately the trend against Melksham continued as yet again Devizes just missed out on obtaining a fully favourable result as Melksham took two rinks and Devizes two leaving the total result wholly dependent upon the aggregate score.
Rink 1 with Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel managed a tight win at 18-12 and on Rink 3 Pat Chapman, Phil Coombes and John Scoffield carved out a hard fought 11-7 win. On the other two rinks Peter Romijn, Terry Miles and Dave Greenwood fought hard but finished 15-19 down and Simon Northway, Bernard Fox and Phil Cave had a difficult match and a successful run of games came to an end at 6-26.
Overall score was therefore Devizes 40 and Spencer Melksham 44 just 4 points adrift from winning the aggregate and resulting in a 10-4 league point loss
Wednesday 9th August saw the annual trophy match between Devizes and Pewsey Vale named after a gentleman who was prominent in both clubs many years ago and competed in his name, “The Robin Hendry Memorial Challenge Match”. This event is held alternative at Devizes and Pewsey and this year we travelled to Pewsey’s home territory.
The game over six rinks and 21 ends was played in generous and friendly way but nevertheless with the usual competitive edge as each team fought to have the honour of their name on the cup.
At first home advantage played a major part in the way the game was playing out with Devizes only winning on two of the six rinks at the half way mark with two rinks well behind. As often happens though it became a game of two half and Devizes started to claw back the deficit eventually winning on three and loosing on three. This being the case the result all boiled down to the aggregate score and when the result was announced if was Devizes 113 and Pewsey Vale 106 so the trophy was retained by just six shots.
Top rink for Devizes also followed the trend of a close fight with two rinks being of equal shot difference therefor requiring a countback of ends won. The count resulted in a difference of just 1 win and the honour went to Henry Crate, Monty Smith, Wendy Gaisford and Sheila Garlick.
Rink 1: Henry Crate, Monty Smith, Wendy Gaisford and Sheila Garlick won 31-15
Rink 2: Julie Romijn, Phil Cave, Dave Greenwood and Gerald Webb won 23-7
Rink 3: Marie Greenwood, Angela Roberts, Chris Merrifield and Dave Reeves won 18-16
Rink 4: Bryan Reeves, Phil Brown, Terry Miles and Bev Lilley lost 13-31
Rink 5: Peter Romijn, Ken Roberts, Alan Sims and Marguerite Alexander lost 12-17
Rink 6: Ellen Stiles, Ken Surman, Patricia Reeves and Gerald Webb lost 16-20