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.
Well done Alpha Ladies who have finished well up the league table. It was difficult for us at first with Sue Ochyra still very much in mind but the team settled down very well and newcomers Denise Howard and Julie Romijn also did very well.
Thank you to Bev for her assistance throughout the season, all in all I think we can feel very proud of ourselves.
The “B” team travelled to North Wilts for the final game of the Mid Wilts Triples season only to come away with yet another defeat. This however had no effect on the league positions so was not too disastrous and had the side effect that the win for North Wilts saw them move off the bottom end of the league table by a sufficient margin to stay in division 2 next year so well done them.
Team 1: Pat Chapman, Phil Coombes and Colin Smith lost 7-19
Team 2: Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Terry Miles Lost 14-19
Team 3: Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood won 16-14
Team 4: Bernard Fox, Simon Northway and Phil Coombes won 16-11
Next Game peter Bradbury Trophy against the “A” team.
Alpha ladies travelled to Box on Tuesday 29th losing 4 point to 2 but only losing the aggregate by just 2 shots.
Denise Howard, Rose Merritt and Bev Lilley had a very good win over the Alex Jacobs triples team 21-14 whilst Angela Roberts, Wendy Gaisford and Marguerite Alexander came unstuck against a Michelle Williams team who fired every good shot off we had in the head and in the end losing by 11-20 giving an overall aggregate of 32-34.
Thursday 31st August Alpha ladies played against their home rivals Devizes Demons looking for revenge after their defeat in the reverse fixture some weeks ago. The ladies had a very good win gaining all six league points.
Rose Merritt, Bev Lilley and Sheila Garlick had a convincing win over Patricia Reeves triples team 27-9 whilst Marie Greenwood, Wendy Gaisford and Marguerite Alexander had a much closer encounter against Sue Long’s Team winning by 16-14
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