Even More Success

 

What a great year it is becoming for our lady bowlers with yet another success leading to another appearance at Royal Leamington Spa representing Wiltshire as champions in the Bowls England Senior Pairs competition.

The honour went to Sheila Garlick and Bev Lilley (pictured above)  who gained the title and the opportunity to compete with the best in the country at Leamington with an historic win over Wiltshire top bowlers and previous champions Alex Jacobs and Sue Cooke by 19 shots to 18 on their home patch at Box.

Well done ladies, Best wishes for the 4th August from all of us at Devizes Bowls Club.

 

Dave Greenwood

Ladies National 4 Wood Singles

In Saturday’s Bowls Wiltshire National Singles played at Holt Bowls Club Bev Lilley won her quarter final and semi final matches to qualify to represent Wiltshire at the Bowls England National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa in August.

In the mornings quarter final Bev defeated Sue Cooke from Box in a close match winning 21-20 then in the afternoon beat Kathryn Yeoman also from Box 21-14.

It could have been an all Devizes semi final but unfortunately Sheila Garlick lost to Kathryn by just one shot 21-20 in her quarter final.

Congratulations to both Ladies for a great achievement especially in the excessive heat we all experienced on Saturday.

FOOTNOTE

On Saturday Bev played against Anne Roberts-Phare from North Wilts in the ladies four wood singles final and won 21-6 and is now going to Leamington as Champion.

Wiltshire Ladies

Many congratulations to the Ladies of Bowls Wiltshire Johns Trophy Team who, following a magnificent win over the highly rated Devon team, qualified for the national semi-finals to be held at Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday August 4th. We are very proud to say that the team includes our very own Ladies Captain Bev Lilley. Well done the ladies, well done Bev.

Should anyone wish to go and see them please refer to my email announcing that there is a coach organised by Bowls Wiltshire Ladies starting from Melksham.

Dave Greenwood

Chelsea Pensioners Trip

 

On Wednesday 20th June 2018, a group of Devizes bowlers and visitors, went to London to plays bowls against the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

We were given a very warm welcome, had an interesting but enjoyable game followed by an excellent tea in the Great Hall. The weather was perfect and a great day was had by all.

Captain Bev

 

Weymouth Tour May 2018

On the week-end of 11th, 12th and 13th May, a number of Devizes bowlers undertook a mini-tour to the south coast playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Blandford Forum, Weymouth (Greenhill) and Swanage respectively whilst staying for two nights at the Royal Hotel on Weymouth sea front.
Bowling wise the tour had limited success with a record of two losses and one win. However, socially the tour was a resounding success with the weather improving each day, the hotel food and service exceptional and good company all week end with plenty of excellent banter both on and off the rinks.

At Blandford we suffered heavy losses on most rinks with Colin Littles rink achieving the least loss with a score of 17-19 his team being Jeff Whiting, Peter Diwell and Geoff Woollan.
At Greenhill we faired much better winning on three rinks and losing on three but gaining the overall aggregate win. Top rink was Michael Alexander, Rachel Whiting, Simon Northway and Dave Greenwood with a great score of 34-14.
Sunday on the tricky rinks at Swanage we lost on five rinks and won on just the one captained by Steve Mulligan and a team of Pat Cartwright, Richard Bradfield and Angela Roberts who registered a score of 23-16.

There was another success indicating that Devizes bowlers as well as being good on the greens are also knowledgeable as the team were successful in winning the hotels Saturday night quiz organised in the bar.

Special thanks were recorded to those who organised the events and also to Geoff Woollan and Terry Miles who did day trips, Geoff to Blandford Forum and Terry to Swanage, to help make up the numbers where we were short of players.

Photos below:-

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Bowls Wiltshire Mixed

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
un-publishable.

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.”

 

Centenary Gala Day

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.

Robin Hendry Challenge Trophy

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.

Results:
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

Devizes v Friends of English Bowling

 

On Wednesday July 19th the members of Friends arrived from 9 different counties (including 96 year old Gordon Short from Devon). We individually received a very warm and personal welcome from President Rosemary and other members of the Management.


President Rosemary Bradbury, Ladies Captain Sheila Garlick and
Men’s Captain Dave Greenwood greeting the guests
Rosemary and Dave greet Ken Graham from Hampshire

Rosemary and Dave greet Ken Graham from Hampshire

Prior to starting the game we enjoyed a magnificent buffet luncheon in the spacious clubhouse, before going onto the two outdoor greens with 9 rinks, taking part in the latest Centenary match for Devizes

The ladies who provided us with a superb
buffet lunch. Rachel, Sue and Patricia

The Centenary Committee have worked very hard over the past two years planning a series of events for 2017, entertaining Bowls England, The Chelsea Pensioners and the Ladies and Gents from Bowls Wiltshire to name but a few. The Friends were pleased, proud and privileged to be invited to Devizes Bowls Club to conclude this year of achievement and celebration.
The Club has grown steadily over the years with extra rinks being added, with now two full sized 6 rink greens in operation, complimented by a superb clubhouse built in 1999. The facilities of the club would be the envy of many a club, with full use being made of them throughout the year with socials, short mat and charity events – what’s not to like!
At the half way stage the top green were looking strong with Devizes showing a score-line of 52:39, whereas on the bottom green, the Friends were in charge with a score of 48:23. There was intense rivalry between both greens throughout, with scouts from each green looking across to see what was going on in each other’s rinks. The game was clearly played in great spirits, judging by the noise being generated by all players, making it a game to remember for the enjoyment it gave.
As the game finished the Friends managed to keep two winning rinks on the top green but the bottom green triumphed with a win for the Friends on all four greens. The overall winner of the game for The Friends with a score of 31:6 was Maxeen Fletcher, Ken Graham, Graham Annetts & Mike Skerry.
The final score was a win for the Friends with 210:154.
Having had a super game, we retired to the club house to enjoy a delicious cooked meal served by the ladies, who had worked tirelessly, putting together the buffet and serving the after match meal, which were appreciated by all players. The bar staff were also greatly appreciated for all their hard work in supplying us with liquid refreshment.

Captain of the Day Graham Rogers presenting the
certificate to Captain Sheila

Thank you Devizes for a delightful day and we hope your club continues to thrive for many years to come.

Article and pictures courtesy of Friends of English Bowling Website

 

Devizes v Barbarians

Devizes Bowls Club continued its centenary celebrations last Thursday with a special match against the Barbarians Bowls Association.

The visiting Barbarians BA was formed in Wales in 1963 and membership of the association is by invitation only and comprises mostly of bowls administrators who have given up their time for the benefit of the sport of bowls and those who have achieved honours as a result of their playing ability, hence its motto “To Honour High Achievement in Bowls”. Primarily the Association accepts invitations to play clubs who are celebrating a chapter in their history.

Several men from Wiltshire such as Westlecot’s Reg Jackson, an ex-Welsh international is a member as is Calne’s George Henderson and former presidents of the Baa Baas association. Both played in this celebration match in a rink along with fellow county players Dave Richards and Hedley Bowen.

Devizes fielding a mixed team found the going tough against the all-male Barbarians side only winning on two rinks and drawing on another but losing heavily on the other three.The hosts went down by 27 shots as they were beaten 124-97.

Top rink honours for Devizes went to skips Marguerite Alexander (12 shots) and Trefor Jones (five shots) while Dave Reeves managed a 19-19 draw courtesy of four shots on the 20th and penultimate end. Devizes only trailed overall 33-24 after five ends but that had increased to 66-47 at halfway (11 ends). From then on they were playing catch-up with the gap increasing to 100-82 after 18 ends and finally losing 124-97.

“This was another most enjoyable event befitting the centenary occasion,” said Devizes official Gerald Webb.

The next special game was scheduled for this Wednesday – a nine rink match against Friends of English Bowling.

RESULTS

Rink 1: Michael Alexander, Sue Reeves, Tom Mullins & Wendy Gaisford lost to Andrew Goodwin 10-28. Rink 2: Bryan Reeves, Eleanor Mahoney, Terry Miles & Gerald Webb lost to Gareth Humphreys MBE 13-22. Rink 3: Nicola Sage, Sheila Turner, Chris Merrifield & Dave Greenwood lost to Dave Holloway 11-28. Rink 4: Ellen Stiles, Alison Cross, Ken Surman & Dave Reeves drew with Reg Birmingham 19-19. Rink 5: John Scoffield, Keith Scrannage, Dave Keen & Trefor Jones beat Reg Jackson, George Henderson, Dave Richards & Hedley Bowen (all from Wiltshire) 21-16. Rink 6: Pat Miller, Phil Coombes, Sue Long & Marguerite Alexander beat Noel Tippett 23-11.

Score: Devizes lost to Barbarians BA 97-124.

Article cutesy Dave Eaton

Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.