Victoria enjoy a satisfactory year

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Victoria Bowls Club reported a satisfactory year at their annual meeting.

VICTORIA recently held their annual meeting with reports from club captain Cliff Chudley and president Beric Saward.

Cliff Chudley reported that overall it was a satisfying year with successes in the Somerset League for the A team achieving promotion to Premier 1, the C team gaining promotion to North 2, the B team consolidating their position in North 1 and the D team, while only winning two games, were competing in North 3 against six other B teams and four C teams.

In the Weston & District Over-60s League, the Saxons finished third just five points behind the runners-up in Division 1 and the Vikings achieved seven wins in Division 2.

Beric Saward acknowledged the efforts of many members of the club who gave their time and expertise all year to ensure the smooth running and maintenance of the club. In addition he gave a vote of thanks to the ladies of the club, who provide much needed support to the men providing teas and fundraising.

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With the indoor season reaching the halfway stage, the Goldfinches, captained by Mike Milliner, lead the way with an eight-point advantage, but with games in hand, both Ibis and Thrushes can still take advantage of any slip up by the Goldfinches.

In the men’s triples, Milliner’s team Bravo lead the way with a six-point lead over Charlie, with Echo just a further point behind with a game in hand.

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On the rinks, Victoria men played St Andrews in the Denny Plate and were convincingly beaten with just the rink of John Newman, Cliff Chudley, Nick Sell and skip Malcolm Campbell emerging triumphant with a 10-shot victory.

Victoria fared better against Minehead in the Somerset County League, picking up four points with two-rink wins skipped by Mike Stocker and Mike Taylor, but Victoria lost by 15 shots.

Victoria ladies are upholding the reputation of the club with Margaret Hillman skipping the team to victory in a friendly against Wedmore.

Victoria 48, St Andrews 100 (Denny Plate): P Wyatt, G Rain, L Stocker, M Stocker 11-24; A Webb, H Whyte, B Pocock, D Sealey 9-25; J Newman, C Chudley, N Sell, M Campbell 22-12; Carmine, M Willetts, M Manning, D Fairhurst 6-39.

Victoria 75, Minehead 90: P Wyatt, M Willetts J Newman, M Stocker 22-16; R Bromet, H Whyte, M Nash, M Campbell 13-23; L Kelly, M Milliner, C Chudley, M Taylor 28-24; D Williams, J Griffiths, N Sell, M Manning 12-27.

Victoria Ladies 29, Wedmore 12: T Ellis, S Newman, M Chudley, M Hillman 29 -12.

ST ANDREWS progressed into the last 16 of the Denny Plate after beating Kingsley of Bideford 82-64.

The away rinks of Barrie Forse and Phil Villis kept things tight, although Phil’s rink were behind all the way Phil eventually lost by nine shots, 12-21 and Barrie won by nine shots 25-16.

At home, it all looked all over at halfway. At 10 ends, Andrew Owens’ rink were 17 shots up at 18-1, and at 11 ends, Gordon Wride’s rink were 12 shots up at 15-3, but Kingsley got the mat and shortened the length which proved the downfall of Gordon’s rink, only getting two more shots in the remaining 10 ends, still they came off with a 17-17 draw.

Saints were not too worried at this stage as the rink of Andrews pushed to 24-5 at 15 ends and finishing with an 18-shot victory 28-10, giving StAndrews an overall win by 18 shots.

St Andrews 82, Kingsley, Bideford 64: J Wilkes, K Curtis, B Reeves, G Wride. 17-17; A Hyde, G Millard, C Walker, A Owen 28-10; S Davies, R Venn, W Harrison, P Villis 12-21; K Uglow, G Webber, D Johnston, B Forse 25-16.

In the Weston and District League, St Andrews recorded their first defeat at the hands of Victoria, despite an exceptional win of 17 shots by Roger Brereton’s rink. With the other three rinks losing, Saints lost by 10 shots.

St Andrews 49, Victoria 59: J Forse, K Dobney, P Smart, R Brereton 23-6; L Yeates, D Cooper, A Cooper, M Pattenden 10-17; I Cracknell, B Cracknell, G Cooper, J Smith 6-15; C Venn, S Sinclair, E Hooper, R Gill 10-21.

IN THE County League, Wedmore men had a good, if narrow win, against Taunton with each club winning one rink at home and one away.

There were large swings in rink scores, but Wedmore triumphed overall, in no small measure thanks to Eddie Payne’s men winning 17 ends at home and rattling up 35 shots to eight.

In their winning away rink, Steve Heely led his team to a 22-18 victory, having been behind most of the match, but seizing their chance with five shots in the 20th end.

At home, Dave Nicholl’s side were also much helped by a five shot win on end 18 to keep the damage down to an 11-shot loss. Meanwhile, Colin Moss’s group playing in Taunton were in touch with the Taunton leaders for most of the match, but couldn’t score in the last five ends, losing by 15 shots.

Wedmore 85, Taunton 80: R Bull, A Brown, D Stansfield, E Payne 35-8; D Collins, J Runciman, K Pettit, S Heeley 22-18; B Back, A Birch, R Barron, D Nicholl 17-28; V Mathews, C Panchaud, R Newall, C Moss 11-26.

A few days earlier, Wedmore had played Taunton in the 2+2 Egham Cup for mixed teams when Taunton won a close match.

At home, Dave Nicholl’s side were ahead from start to finish, winning 25-17. Eddie Payne’s home group also won, by 22-18 in a ding-dong struggle where five shots in the 18th end proved decisive.

In Taunton, Ron Barron’s outfit lost 16-24 and Steve Heeley’s people lost by 10-24. So Wedmore went out of the cup in this round with an overall score of 73-83.

In three friendlies, success was the usual outcome. In a mixed home match against Minehead, Wedmore had a good win with Beryl Carson’s bunch in particular on a spree with 30-8.

Another mixed match against Clarence was played in a good spirits when Alan Birch’s mix won 14 ends to drive to a 27-7 win, while Ray Newell’s bunch also won handsomely by 24-12, with an overall score of 51-19.

The exception was a ladies’ single rink match against Victoria away, where Marie Trow’s ladies had an early lead, but conceded 18 shots in a bad run of five ends just before halfway. The second half only had one shot in it, but Wedmore lost 12 shots to 29

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