DEVIZES Bowls Club continued their centenary celebrations by hosting Bowls Wiltshire men’s representative side for a six-rink match on their green at Long Street.
Devizes only took the honours on two of the six rinks, managing a draw on another as they went down 112-100 to the county men’s representative side.
Top rink honours were shared for the Devizes men with the foursomes skipped by Dave Reeves and Colin Little both winning by four shots.
Devizes men’s captain Dave Greenwood’s rink skipped by Gerald Webb managed to draw their match 16-16 against the Wiltshire county officials rink skipped by 2017 president John Southern.
“The match was played in a good spirit befitting the occasion and was on total shots and I believe the BWM won by a few shots,” said club spokesman Gerald Webb.
“Dave Greenwood (Devizes men’s captain) spoke about how the green was given to the club in 1919 and how the club had grown into the success it is today.”
Devizes were due to host the Bowls England representative side led by 2017 national president Viv Tomlinson (Lancashire) for an eight-rink mixed match, which was sponsored by local firm Renelec Groundworks Ltd, on Tuesday.
The hat-trick of matches in June is completed next week on Wednesday, June 21 when Devizes welcome the Chelsea Pensioners to their green for a six rink match starting at 2pm, which has been sponsored by another local firm MM Carpet and Flooring Supplies.
Devizes v Bowls Wiltshire men (Devizes names first), Rink 1: Don Tucker, Phil Cave, Bill Cowan & Pete Fielding lost to Gerry and Graeme Vincent (both Highworth), Sid Jay (Spencer Melksham) & Martin Salter (Wroughton) 11-21. Rink 2: Mike Alexander, Phil Coombes, Keith Scrannage & Trefor Jones lost to Alec Burden (Amesbury), John Snell (Alderbury), Bob George (Wro) & Richard Gardiner (Supermarine) 13-19. Rink 3: Bryan Reeves, Martin Thompson, Dave Greenwood (capt) & Gerald Webb drew with Pete Sanders (IPP), Stewart Allison (SVP), Dave Williams (JVP) & John Southern (2017 men’s president) 16-16. Rink 4: Ken Surman, Richard Bradfield, Tom Mullins & Dave Reeves beat Peter Naish, Cliff Gumm (both Trowbridge Westbourne), Clive Swift (Blue Circle) & Bob Fredericks (Salisbury) 22-18. Rink 5: Harry Garlick, Bernard Fox, John Scoffield & Colin Little beat Ken Bray, Malcolm Hole, Colin Easton & Tom Newman (all Avon) 23-19. Rink 6: Harry Crate, Peter Diwell, Terry Miles & Jonathan Cook lost to Barry Folland (Salisbury), Sid Wilson (Pewsey Vale), Dave Richards (Trow West) & Bill Collier (Ames) 15-19.
Score: Devizes Men lost to Bowls Wiltshire Men 100-112.
Report courtesy of Dave Eaton and the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.
The centenary season has now started in earnest as we welcomed the members of Southampton Old Green to the club on Sunday for our first of several centenary games. This one was special from three points of view, It was the first of the season, it was also St Georges Day and it was a game between the centenary club and the club playing on the oldest green in the world, first laid in 1299, a great cause for celebrations.
The game was played in reasonable weather, in a friendship developed over the years of playing annually here and in Southampton and although we were runners up with a score of 118 to 134, a shot difference of only 16 shots, it could be said that the match was fairly close. Congratulations to Harry Garlick, Debbie Greenwood, Rose Keen and Dave Reeves top rink on the top green and Ellen Stiles, William Ilott, Mike Mitcham and Robin Drake top rink on the bottom green.
Following the game Southampton made a presentation to the club of a suitably inscribed clock which now sits proudly on the glass shelf behind the bar. The members then stayed on and helped the club celebrate over a meal, lots of conversation, a bevvy or three and two great performances from the “Pewsey Belles Choir” with an interval session from Tom Coldwell a young and very talented jazz pianist.
Proceedings finished around 9.00pm and many congratulations are recorded to all who played their part in organising every aspect of the amazing day.
On Saturday we celebrated the opening of our greens with a drinks reception and buffet lunch with invited guests and seventy members. Following the lunch provided by Jenny, Mary & helpers, Howard Pryse, the Financial Director of Bowls England, gave an insight into the clubs history over the past 100 years with some interesting facts and amusing stories about some of our current and past members. Howard then gave an emotional eulogy to Sue and then invited Claire Perry MP to present the “Sue Ochyra Memorial Trophy” to Sue’s children Helen & Simon.
Claire then spoke about some of the clubs qualities and the clubs involvement in the local community. She congratulated the club on reaching this milestone and wished the club good luck as it enter it’s second century.
Following the speeches Claire joined Harry to unfurl the club’s new Centenary flag before bowling the first bowls of the season with the clubs Captains Sheila & Dave using Sue’s bowls.
Guests and members then took over both greens for their first roll up of the season.
The picture below shows MP Claire Perry with the club’s Captains Sheila & Dave delivering the opening bowls. I am told Dave was the furthest from the jack! I’m not sure who put the mat down either?
IT’S HERE. The Devizes Bowls Club Centenary season is starting soon and a lot of hard work and planning has gone into providing a full programme of events. There are many celebration games planned for the season in what is going to be a busy but memorable six months. It however, can only be memorable if you, the members, make it so. Please support your organisers and join in everything you can.
Yesterday, the 9th of November we said a sad farewell to Sue. There were people from all over the county and from the Devizes Club at a packed West Wilts Crematorium where they heard Helen (Sue’s daughter) and Mandy (Sue’s sister) pay moving tributes to Sue giving a small insight into her life. Back at the Club Eleanor gave a glowing tribute on behalf of the Bowls Club highlighting how successful Sue had been during her short bowling career and making comment on how much work Sue had done for both the Club (her second home) and the County. Helen thanked the members of the club for not only hosting the wake, but also for being such good friends to her mother.
On a very sad day Sue’s family, the Devizes BC and the County ensured that Sue had a fitting send off.
Sue joined Devizes BC in 2002 and it soon became apparent that with her sporting background she would soon excel at bowls and this was soon proven when she won the Ladies Novice Cup in 2004.
Sue continued to gain experience and it wasn’t long before she was playing in the Ladies Alpha League team. In 2007 she won the Ladies Handicap and then in 2009 she won the Ladies Singles Rose Bowl for the first time along with the Ladies Handicap.
In 2011 she won the Ladies 2 Wood, a cup she retained in 2012 and then in 2013 she achieved what no other lady had done before when she won all three of the Ladies major competitions the Rose Bowl, Handicap and the 2 Wood. In 2014 she won both the Rose Bowl and Handicap again to continue her remarkable run in club competitions.
By 2010 Sue had attained the necessary points to go onto the Ladies County Register and it was also in 2010 when she took on the role of Bowls Wiltshire Administrator and although she had little secretarial experience her “Can do Attitude” ensured she became, in Bowls England’s opinion, one of the best County Administrators in the Country.
In 2012 Sue made her first appearance for the BWL SWCL team and she also reached the semi-finals of the County Triples. This was followed in 2013 with her first appearance in the BWL Johns team. She continued to play in the Johns during 2014 and she was also selected for the Walker Cup Team. Sue finish 2014 by winning the BWL Champion of Champions at the County Finals in September at Devizes.
2015 saw Sue mount a strong challenge on the Ladies County Competitions when she reached the semi-finals of the Singles, Triples and Fours. She was also runner-up in the Ladies Over 55 Singles.
This year saw Sue achieved her dream when along with Rose & Patricia she represented the County at the BE National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa in the Triples and with Rose in the Pairs. On returning to the club she contested three of the Ladies competitions finals when not in the best of health but to her credit and fighting spirit she won the Rose Bowls for the fourth time, the cup she coveted so much.
Off the green Sue was involved in so much but most noticeable was her drive and determination to ensure that the Bowls Committee met the needs of the club bowlers and more recently her commitment and dedication to the Centenary Committee has in ensured that next years the club will have a celebration befitting the occasion.
Sue will be sorely missed by us all and she must never be forgotten for all she did for Bowlers at Devizes BC and in the County.
Devizes Triple of Rose M, Patricia R and Sue O, representing Bowls Wiltshire, enjoyed their first ever appearance at the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa when this morning they beat Nottinghamshire A 19 – 14 and then in this afternoons second round they defeated Lancashire B 18 – 17 to progress to the Last 16 tomorrow where they will meet Warwickshire B. Let’s hope for another successful day for Rose, Patricia & Sue tomorrow.
On Saturday 18th June Sue O and Rose M went to Holt BC to play in the Last 8 of the County Pairs. They played a very close game in the morning against a Pair from Wanborough BC and this went to an extra end which the Devizes pair won. In the Semi Final against a pair from Spencer Melksham they started slowly but soon got the mat and were able to play at a length that suited them. The game was still close but a 4 gave a bit of breathing space and enabled the Devizes pair to finish as the winners 21 -11. This means they will play in the County Final against the winners of the other Semi Final – a pair from Supermarine BC- on July 30th at Supermarine BC. They will also represent Bowls Wiltshire at the National Finals at Leamington in August.
At the Last 8 of the County Triples at Wilton BC on Saturday 11th June we had two teams in action. Both teams won their Quarter Final games in the morning – Sheila G with Bev L and Ellen S had a comfortable win but Sue O, Patricia and Rose M had a really close game against the 2015 winners which was poised at 17 all at 17 ends! With the Skips to bowl Devizes were in trouble but fortunately Sue drew the shot to finish the game with a win which took the team into the Semi Final.
In the afternoon Sheila, Bev and Ellen played a team from Box and were well down early in the game but they managed to reduce the deficit and fought hard to hold on but sadly lost out in the end.
Meanwhile Sue, Patricia and Rose were having a very close game against a triple from Amesbury with neither team managing to open up a gap in the scores until late in the game when the Devizes girls took a 4. Into the last end the Amesbury team needed 8 to draw but Devizes took 1 to finish 18-9 and take a place in the County Final at Supermarine BC on July 30th. They will also represent Bowls Wiltshire in the National Finals at Leamington in August. Congratulations to both of the Devizes Triples – a good day’s bowling!