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.
“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
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.
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
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
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
Devizes Mid Wilts Triples “B” team travelled to Chippenham Park on Thursday 3rd August expecting a hard battle on what is reputed to be a heavy green to find that the greens played very well and as expected the battle was close with Devizes coming on top by just 6 shots.
The team manged to win on three of the four rinks with only Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis missing out going down 11-22 whilst Michael Alexander, Will Wrobel and Geoff Woollan, who stood in for Terry as captain for the day and for his first time, well done Geoff, won 15-13 and on the other rinks Bernard Fox, Phil Coombes and John Scoffield won 24-11 and Steve Brown, Colin Smith and Phil Cave won 19-17
Total was 69-96, a 12 point to 2 win
The Mid- Wilts “B” team entertained North Wilts “B” team on Thursday night looking to turn around the result from the game in Chippenham earlier in the season when North Wilts won and subjected the “B” team with its first loss of the season.
The result this time was in the end favourable with two rinks, that of Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel on one team and Steve Brown, Phil Coombes and Phil Cave on another winning 27-7 and 20-18 respectively having been in the lead for most or all of the game.
Rink 2 with Patrick Chapman, Colin Smith and Dave Keen pulled off a third win with a magnificent recovery as they were well behind at the half way mark and struggling to get a look in. However, it was a game of two halves with the second half belong to the home team who caught up then went ahead to win 18-15.
Unfortunately the game did not go well for the fourth team of Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood who played catch up all evening never quite getting ahead and finishing with a loss of 11-19.
Final result was 76-58 and a 12 points to 2 win for the home team.
The Mid-Wilts “B” triples team travelled to Box on Thursday night hoping to halt a run of lost games. At the end of the evening it looked as though they had fallen into the trap that can be created by the scoring system of allocating 6 points to the team with the highest aggregate score. Devizes were winning on three rinks but losing on the fourth and the aggregate score was such that it was possible to win three of the four rinks but lose the game by losing the overall aggregate. However, luck prevailed because when the score were collated after the game the result was a tie at 73-73 so the 6 points were shared resulting in a 9-5 win for Devizes.
Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel 20-19 .
Simon Northway, Terry Miles and Dave Greenwood 21-11.
Steve Brown, Bernard Fox and Phil Cave 22-15.
Patrick Chapman, Phil Coombes and Dave Keen 10-28.
The early form of the season appears to have deserted the Mid-Wilts “B” team of late as the visit to Spencer Melksham on the 6th July and the home match to Trowbridge Town the following week both resulted in a loss.
This game finished with a total score of 64 to Devizes and 74 to Spencers and therefore a points loss of 4 to 10.
Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis playing, were winning on the last end by one shot and were holding two on the last end when Spencers number 2 killed the end and on the re-run the home team won by four shots. Two other rinks were winning comfortably but dropped big numbers on the latter ends
Rink 1. Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis lost 16-19
Rink 2. Monty Smith, Michael Alexander and Will Wrobel lost 15-19
Rink 3. Colin Smith, Phil Coombes and Patrick Chapman won 21-15
Rink 4. John Scoffield, Bernard Fox and Steve Brown won 22-11
The following week at home was a close fought match with each team being in the lead at differing times in the game but the home team faltered at the end and Trowbridge came out on top.
Rink 1. Dave Greenwood, Simon Northway and Ken Curtis lost 14-17
Rink 2. Terry Miles, Michael Alexander and Will Wrobel won 20-17
Rink 3. Colin Smith, Phil Coombes and Patrick Chapman lost 15-22
Rink 4. John Scoffield, Bernard Fox and Steve Brown won 16-15
Final score 66-71