Short Mat Reports

This year has seen major advances in the development of the winter short mat activities where on a number of occasions over 20 members have turned up for a game which was more than could be accommodated. Ideas on how this can be overcome are on the agenda for the forthcoming bowls committee meeting but in the meantime below is a report from short mat leader Terry Miles.

13th November 2017
Urchfont’s visit to Devizes Bowls Club was a very successful evening. Urchfont brought 16 players, so everybody had a game. After 8 ends we stopped for supper which was very kindly provided by some of our players, then carried on to play another 8 ends. The result was a good one for the club, with a convincing win.
Our return visit is on 30th January 2018. All in all a very enjoyable evening.

27th November 2017
This was Bromham’s first visit to our Club, they brought along 8 players of a high standard which gave our players a better insight into what would be required to play in the leagues. Bromham won easily, hope we can improve on our next return game, which is yet to be arranged.

5th December 2017
This was our second visit to Seend and this time we took along a few new players. It bodes well for the future of short mat within the club when we report that they did us proud by only losing the game by 1 shot. There were 3 mats out, 12 players per side – we lost two and won 1, which was very encouraging. All had a good evening and we look forward to the return game on 17th January 2018.

6th December 2017
Leo’s (Junior Lions) had a return visit to the club to have a taster session to short mat. Unfortunately their numbers were a bit depleted this year with only 8 Leo’s. With the addition of a fish and chip evening all had a good time.

Terry Miles