President's day starts the new season at Victoria

PUBLISHED: 14:43 25 April 2018

Victoria Men's BC.

Victoria Men's BC.


Victoria Bowling Club started the new season with the traditional president's day.

Victoria Bowling Club’s president’s day, the traditional opening game of the outdoor season was well worth the wait of a long winter.

The game was played in perfect bowling condition on a superb green which produced a competitive game resulting in a narrow five-shot winning margin for the president, courtesy of their sole rink win by Terry Gilbert, Mike Milliner, Phil Owen and skip Colin Heal.

The captain’s highest winning rink was skipped by Graham Hodge with Graham Jones, Beric Saward and George Frost.

President Stewart Evans thanked all members who had worked tirelessly to prepare the club for the opening and to the ladies who provided their usual first class tea.

Victoria Vikings were the first team to play a competitive game against Clarence Golds in the Weston & District Over-60s Triples League and although they went down to a defeat there were three excellent wins on the rinks skipped by George Frost, Brian Johnson and John Langridge.

Weston Bath were the early season visitors for a friendly which resulted in a defeat for Victoria with a sole rink win by Mike Milliner, Malcolm Campbell shared game with Alex Waygood, Graham Rain and Mike Cooper.

Victoria still has opportunities to experience bowls at their open days which this year are being held on Saturday and Sunday, and May 5 and 6.. Men and ladies of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend with all equipment provided with coaching staff in attendance.

Victoria boasts a superb outdoor bowling green, an indoor bowling rink, snooker tables, a skittle alley and a comfortable lounge bar – right in the heart of the town. The club is located 100 yards from the junction of Albert Quadrant and the Boulevard. Look for the blue hanging Victoria Bowling Club sign near the bus-stop in Albert Quadrant and walk along the lane to the club which is set back from the road. President Select 103, Captain Select 98: C Santosousso, B Johnson, G Richards, B Pocock 16, J Dyet, P Coumis, M Campbell, S Evans 18; T Gilbert, M Milliner, P Owen, C Heal 38, D Carpenter, A Shattock, R Bromet, M Manning 12; J Stallard, H Whyte, P Wyatt, P Fisher 22, D Hubbard, L Kelly, E Sage, M Cooper 23; A Hollier, J Langridge, J Smart, D Jones 15, G Jones, BSeward, G Frost, G Hodge 27; B Nicholls, A Waygood, P Lunn, R Rockett 12, M Payne, T Gatehouse, G Rain, J Newman 18.

Vikings 70 (6), Clarence Golds (14) 114: L Kelly, C Chudley, G Hodge 5-20; N Robbins, S Evans, G Frost 18-15; A Hollier, D Hubbard, B Johnson 15-14; B Nicholls, J Smart, E Sage 5-26; G Jones, J Kerr, T Gilbert 7-24; A Waygood, G Richards, J Langridge 20-15.

Victoria 67, Weston Bath 86: L Kelly, G Frost, P Wyatt, J Smart 19-24; M Milliner, M Campbell (A Waygood) G Rain, M Cooper 20-18; J Dyet, B Pocock, J. Newman, C Gazzard 16-19; R Bromet, J Langridge, P Owen, P Fisher 12-25.

Clarence Park’s new season started with sun block on, then a cold sea mist rolled in and shrouded the greens, so jackets were put on.

The Golds got off to a flying start in the first game of the season. With both sides taking three rinks apiece, the Golds had three high-scoring rinks and took 14 of the available 20 points on offer.

Rink of the day goes to Bob Rossiter and Alan Bishop skipped by Steve Browning, winning the first four ends taking seven shots. They never looked back only dropping three ends in the entire match with the winning margin of 21 shots.

Clarence Golds 114, Victoria Vikings 70: D Symes, M Turnbull, A Cord 20-5; J Edwards, J Hayes, C Tippet 14-15; M Harryman. F Al-Hinai, B Underwood 15-20; B Rossiter, A Bishop, S Browning 26-5; N Buckley, G Andrews, M Scoins 24-7; M Peters, D Weston, M Davies 15-18.

In the traditional start of season warm-up matches, Ashcombe’s Division 1 Crusaders took on Division 2 Knights.

Always a friendly ‘needle match’, the Crusaders did not have it all their own way, winning four of the seven rinks. However on shot difference, the Crusaders scored an emphatic win with a final result of Crusaders 138, Knights 95.

Crusaders 138, Knights 95 (Crusaders first): A Dawes, B Benstead, G Sansam 23, K Powell, L Cox, B Alden 14; J Main, S Hedges, W Kolasinski 14, D Wynne, E Roberts, G Fews 16; D Carr, J Taylor, D Cooper 32, T Morgan, J Hornett, D Barnes 10; G Wilkinson, K Wheeler, A Wilmot 21, E Booth, R Counsell, B Jones 10; T Cottrell, P March, F Bertram 22, E Hopkins, G Mills, B Bishop 9; T Bass, G Tottle, G Kinsey 13, A Tucker, R Smith, G Pople 14; J Creasey, R Powell, A Freke 13, A Cracknell, M Paterson, J McKenzie 22.

Ashcombe played two friendlies, one home and a mixed game away. The away match against Midsomer Norton based Prattens, was four rinks with both clubs winning two rinks each. On shots it was Prattens who came out on top, winning with 74 shots to 55.

The home match against Congresbury resulted in a decisive win for the visitors, who took all five rinks with a final score of 109 shots to 74.

Ashcombe 74, Prattens 55: M Tasker, B Bishop, C Falconbridge, R Smith 16-15; R Powell, J Matthews, S Noyes, B Miles 8-19; S Weaden, L Cox, D Underhay, M Main 10-24; A Tucker, R Humphries, C Smith, D Lewis 21-16.

Ashcombe 109, Congresbury 74: J Creasey, M West, R Counsell, C Vardon 18-19; T Bass, K Powell, P Barnes, G Tucker 15-25; K Wheeler, M Bass, G Pople, C Harris 19-21; A Cracknell, B Underhay, A Harris, A Wilmot 13-24; J Taylor, D Bleasdale, C Gerlach, N Coombes 10-20.

The final match of the week was another traditional fixture with Ashcombe visiting Burnham for a start of season friendly triples match.

Due to sickness, Ashcombe travelled with one man short, but Burnham stepped in and loaned one of their players to make up the rink. Both clubs won three rinks each, with Ashcombe emerging as winners with 103 shots to Burnham’s 87.

Ashcombe 103, Burnham 87: R Tasker, J McKenzie, T Rhodes (Burnham player) 16-21: J Main, M Butt, W Kolasinski 13-17: D Wynne, E Roberts, S Hedges 17-14; D Carr, M West, G Tucker 11-17; G Wilkinson, M Paterson, R Smith 26-10; A Dawes, B Benstead, G Kinsey 20-8.

St Andrews men began their outdoor season with a victory and a defeat in two friendly triples matches at home.

The win, by 21 shots against Yatton was set up by handsome victories from the rinks skipped by evergreen octogenarians Gordon Wride and Jim Warren, who finished, respectively, 12 and 11 shots up.

Mike Stocker’s triple, seven behind after 11 of the 18 ends, hit back impressively to lead by three going into the final end, only to drop a three and draw. Darrell Johnston’s rink were also seven down, after 13 ends, then had a run of nine shots to win by one.

St Andrews 93, Yatton 72: R Potter, B Reeves, G Wride 23-11; J Ling, A McMillan, M Stocker 14-14; D Reynolds, A Cooper, J Warren 24-13; P Smart, R Brereton, D Bailey 15-18; T Lay, G Cooper, D Johnston 17-16.

Tony Bray, Darrell Johnston, Mike Stocker and Sam Stocker all made their outdoor debuts for St Andrews in the four-shot home defeat by Bridgwater.

The newcomers had mixed fortunes. Bray and Johnston, three ahead with three ends to go, went down by four, while Mike Stocker came back well from eight down only to lose by one. Seventeen-year-old Sam Stocker, Mike’s grandson, was a winner by two shots.

As in the victory over Yatton, octogenarian skips were the most successful for Saints, with Don Bailey finishing nine ahead and the ebullient Warren winning by five.

St Andrews 102, Bridgwater 106: L Fisher, T Bray, D Johnston 16-20; G Sims, K Curtis, D Bailey 21-12; B Rogers, R Wootten, M Stocker 14-15; J Keay, S Stocker, D Favis 19-17; A Frost, N Bassett, T Ware 15-30; R Smith, B May, J Warren 17-12.

Sam Stocker was a member of the Somerset under-25 team who beat their Wiltshire counterparts by 21 shots at Chippenham.

Winscombe men opened the season with their first game at home against friends and rivals from Banwell.

As ever it was a closely-fought match with the home team winning by eight shots. Notable wins on Mike Adams and Tom Ellis’s rink sealed the victory.

Winscombe 102, Banwell 94: K Whatling, R Kibble, M Fletcher, T Ellis 27-11; M Newing, P Cast, R Fisher, G Neville 15-21; G Lloyd, R Lowis, J Feltham, M Adams 30-13; D Brown, D Johnson, M Nash R Lowman 13-27; R Knight, A Pow, B Paul, W Ainsworth 17-22.

The ladies first game of the season was at Ashcombe in the North Somerset Triples League.

The home team played the early green conditions better, but Winscombe captain Mavis Adams led from the front on the only winning rink for Winscombe.

Winscombe 32 (2), Ashcombe 54 (8): T Miles, R Lowis, M Adams 17-13; C Hopes, C Bryant, W Weller 7-19; M Sprouting, L Whatling, S Caddy 8-22.

Winscombe play an indoor league on Thursday afternoons at St Andrews during the winter. They also have a shortmat league in the club pavilion, four mornings a week throughout the winter months.

Members of both leagues enjoyed an excellent end of season dinner and presentation evening at the club. After presentations to the league winners, David Johnson and Mike Newing shared a substantial rollover sweepstake prize for correctly guessing the winners and runners-up of the indoor league. Thanks were given to Wilf Ainsworth and Bob Kibble, organisers of the two leagues.

It was particularly appropriate for Wendy and Bob Weller to win the shortmat as they are shortly leaving the club and moving back to Kent.

Winscombe Bowling Club is holding an open day on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Anyone interested in playing bowls at this friendly club are welcome to attend. Members and coaches will be available to show you the basics of the game – so come and give it a try. Children are also welcome to have a go.

All you need is some flat-soled shoes, while the club will supply the bowls.

Bowls is a great social game and the club has a well-stocked bar with drinks at reasonable prices.

It was a slow start to the season for Banwell. Having won the first friendly match against Congresbury, they went down in the next two games.

Banwell 79, Congresbury 57: T Burnett, J Wright, H Woodards, B Taylor 21-15; T Hyde, P Wilfan, C Coffin, H Guckian 17-22; T Garfield, G Bean, J Rickerty, L Pheasant 22-10; V McArdel, J Evans, J Amos, J Davies 19-10.

Over five rinks, Winscombe proved to be the better side, although Banwell won on three of the five rinks, but went down by eight shots at the end.

Banwell 94, Winscombe 102: D Mabbutt, C Coffin, J Amos, A Vickery 11-27; T Garfield, L Bean, H Woodards, B Taylor 21-15; V McArdel, T Brice, P Aldus, M Davies 13-30; P Wilfan, G Bean, T Burnett, J Davies 27-13; T Hyde, M Kirby, M Laycock, P Villis 22-17.

In a well contested four-rink mixed game, it was pretty even halfway through, but Yatton started to pull away and won the game by 10 shots

Banwell 66, Yatton 76: M Garfield, J Amos, D Mabbutt, G Millard 12-20; P Mabbutt, S White, T Garfield, L Pheasant 22-11; D Baker, J Wright, C Coffin, H Guckian 24-21; Jan Davies, K Wright, A Cockayne, J Davies 8-24.

Congresbury 57, Banwell 79 (friendly): A Lewis, I Beveridge, R Jones, L Beck 15-21; D Folds, C Nunn, D Norman, M Huggett 22-17; M Craig, P Dawes, J Freemantle, R Kirkham 10-22; B Baker, D Gosling, R Anniuk, D Byett 10-19.

Congresbury 90, Bristol Arrow 59 (friendly): G Andrews, D Manning, M Wear, L Beck 33-8; R Stewart, C Nunn, R Jones, R Becker 26-16; K Cole, A Lewis, F Horton, T Yearsley 14-16; B Baker, D Gosling, P Reay, D Byett 17-19.

Congresbury 109 Ashcombe 75 (friendly): M Kimmings, R Anniuk, R Kirkham, M Wear 19-18; A Collins, D Norman, D Manning, C Shipway 24-13; J Freemantle, P Hayward, A Fisher, R Becker 21-19; R Baker, D Gosling, M Huggett, T Lewis 25-15; R Stewart, R King, F Horton, T Yearsley 20-10.

Congresbury Ladies 57, Ashcombe 40 (friendly): J Blagden, J Lewis, P Baker, A King 22-9; J Byett, C Lewis, R Horton, C Andrews 24-8; C Wilcock, A Harris, H Tranmer, A Jones 11-23.

Congresbury Ladies 53 St Andrews 43 (friendly): H Tranmer, L Storey, C Lewis, D Harrison 21-8; C Wilcock, G Lee, R Horton, P Baker 19-19; J Byett, J Craig, V Harding, B Huggett 13-16.

Clarence ladies opened their season with their president’s day.

The greens are once again immaculate and new member Pam Rolls took the honours in the spider in blustery weather.

The ladies and guests from St Andrews, Victoria, Wessex and Clarence men played a fun yardstick competition, Shelly Owen came out victor.

Mick Edlin and his helpers produced a delicious hot meal to round off the day. Chairman Tony Mannion thanked Sarie for stepping in to assist when president Ronnie Jones reported in ill.

Wessex Ladies Bowling Club president Norma Peters opened the season on a sunny afternoon by raising the flag and welcomed Somerset Bowls Association president Hilary Leaman, guests from local clubs and members.

A spider and yard stick bowls drive were played with Wessex member Karol Dibble winning the spider and also the consolation prize for the drive. Tony Mannion, chairman of Clarence Bowls Club won the drive with a score of 23.

A delicious tea was enjoyed with trifles made by the committee. President Norma thanked everyone for coming and wished them a successful season.

Ashcombe Ladies started their season with a friendly game away at Congresbury, resulting in a loss, followed by a North Somerset Triples League match at home to Winscombe securing a win.

A full programme of matches and competitions has been arranged and the ladies look forward to a sunny season.

Ashcombe Ladies 41, Congresbury 57: M Main, L Shanks, J Matthews, S Weaden 23-11; M Tasker, J Field, A Bass, L Paterson 9-22; S Appleby, A Bryant, P Wynne, N Counsell 9-22.

Ashcombe Ladies 54 (8), Winscombe 32 (2): L Paterson, N Counsell, J McInally 22-8; P Wynne, M Tucker, J Wilkinson 13-17; M Main, M Tasker, S Weaden 19-7.

Rustiness showed for St Andrews Ladies, as they lost by 10 shots at home to their Congresbury counterparts in the first outdoor fixture of the season.

Because of rain, Saints Ladies had been forced to play their opening-day match indoors on the previous Sunday, so many of them were taking to the outdoor green for the first time.

At one point, they were down on all three rinks. But the ever-reliable Meg Favis skipped her four home by three shots, while captain Jackie Pitman’s quartet drew. Barbara Mangan made her St Andrews outdoor debut in that rink.

St Andrews Ladies 43, Congresbury 53: J Yeates, D Baker, S Sinclair, A Campbell 8-21; J Forse, M Wride, B Mangan, J Pitman 19-19; C Venn, M McMillan, M Bailey, M Favis 16-13.

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