Victoria make an unbeaten start to the season

Ashcombe Park Ladies BC opening day.

Ashcombe Park Ladies BC opening day. - Credit: Archant

Victoria Bowling Club enjoyed the first week of the season with a 100 per cent winning start.

VICTORIA Bowling Club enjoyed the first week of the season with a 100 per cent winning start winning their first three games.

The first game was a friendly hosting Avon & Somerset Police, which despite the overall score was a close game, with two rink wins each and three of the rinks decided by just one shot.

Victoria’s win owed much to the excellent performance of Harrison Whyte, Eric Sage, John Newman and skip Mike Taylor, who recorded a 10 shot win to secure the victory.

Weston (Bath) were the visitors in a five-rink friendly with Victoria losing on just one rink and won the match by 17 shots. Top rink was skipped by John Newman, supported by Darren Beard, Hugh Gibbs and Tony Uccellini.

Victoria Vikings were on top form away to Clarence Gold in the Weston & District Over-60s League. Victoria won on four rinks with John Turton, John Mingo-West and Eric Sage top rink winning by 11 shots.

Vice-captain Cliff Chudley stated that he was encouraged with the win and 16 points and was confident with the squad available, the team would improve on last season’s results.

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Victoria 84, Avon & Somerset Police 65: M Milliner, R Rockett, A Barnes, D Jones 16-17; D Fairhurst, C Chudley, M Campbell, K Harvey 22-23; H Whyte, E Sage, J Newman, M Taylor 28-8; J Codrington, J Smart, P Leadbeater, M Fletcher 18-17.

Victoria 97, Bath (Weston) 80 D Beard, H Gibbs, A Uccellini, J Newman 24-8; P Wyatt, K. Holland, R Fenwick, K Harvey 21-17; N Stocker, M Fletcher, M. Manning, M Stocker 21-21; A Waygood, T Gatehouse, P Fisher, D Hurst 13-21; G Richards, N Sell, K Curtis, J Howell 18-13.

Victoria Vikings 109 (16), Clarence Golds 89 (4): T Gilbert, G Hodge, C York 12-20; J Turton, J Mingo-West, E Sage 20-9; G Thynne, G Thorne, D Jones 22-13; I Linham, T Farmer, J Downing 16-18; W Nicholls, L Kelly, A Shattock 17-16; R Jacobs, C Chudley, G Frost 23-13.

ASHCOMBE men kicked of the season with an inter-club friendly between the Crusaders and the Knights.

Although they are second in the league, the Knights were triumphant, beating the Crusaders to win by six shots.

Knights 104, Crusaders 98: D Cooper, A Cracknell, T Bass 20, D Stanton, D Bleasdale, J Whitton 14; R.Cole, I Baker, J Main 17; T Morgan, M Southwood, J Creasey 15; M Parry, W Spring, K Hallet 10, P Sheppard, A Little, J Whitlow 24; B Jones, B Underhay, E Roberts 19, S Hedges, A Freke, J Hornett 15; R Counsell, J Price, E Hopkins 13; G Wilkinson, R Powell, J Taylor 20; G Mills, G Kinsey, E Hooper 25, G Tottle, C Hughes, B Webber 10.

Ashcombe drew a friendly match at Knowle, and on all the rinks there was no more than three shots separating the teams.

Unfortunately on the rink skipped by E Hooper, they were three up on the penultimate end, only to drop five shots on the last end to lose by two.

Ashcombe 72, Knowle 72 (men’s friendly): T Morgan, K Halton, I Baker, J Main 19-22; G Sansam, R Tasker, M Parry, G Finnegan 20-17; G Tucker, G Mills, S Hedges, E Hooper 16-18; M Unwin, B Benstead, W Spring, P Gaulton 17-15.

Ashcombe were involved in another close game, this time Ashcombe beating Burnham by four shots. It was nip and tuck on rink two, skipped by T Roberts, at 19 ends it was 19-all, on the 20th end 19-21, Ashcombe pulled one back on the last end to lose by one shot.

On rink six, skip J Creasey pulled away early and the Burnham side could not quite catch them, always a few shots behind. It was the same scenario on rink three, skipped by I Shannon.

Ashcombe 102, Burnham 98 (men’s friendly): B Noyes, R Counsell, J Whitlow, E Roberts 20-21; F Bertram, A Cracknell, A Freke, I Shannon 20-11; R Powell, M Bass, L Cox, T Bass 22-26; J Marlow, B Underhay, I Day, DA Williams 19-25; F Ham, G Kinsey, C Hughes, J Creasey 21-15.

CLARENCE, Bowls England’s Club of the Year, staged an England v Rest of the World match, when members of Clarence ladies and Wessex ladies also took part.

With dress code casual on a fine afternoon, the fun match comprised eight rinks of triples and ended in victory for the Rest of the World. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed an American supper.

The Golds, Clarence’s second team in the Weston & District Over-60s League, have begun their campaign already. They were at home to their Victoria counterparts, the Vikings, who beat them by 20 shots.

Winning home skips were Maurice Phillips and Dick Jackman, the latter’s trio picked up seven shots on the last three ends to finish two ahead, while Gerry Phillips lost by only one. This year, the Golds are led by club vice-captain Brendan Duffy.

Clarence Golds 89, Victoria Vikings 109: J Norris, K Marshall, M Phillips 20-12; A Taylor, John Hayes, M Davies 9-20; C Tippett, M Scoins, B Duffy 13-21; B Difford, M Skyrme, D Jackman 18-16; J Larvin, D Grier, G Phillips 16-17; J Hawkins, B Cheffers, J Edwards 13-23.

Clarence’s first team, the Blues, start their Over-60s fixtures on April 30, away to Victoria Saxons.

ST ANDREW’S men opened the new season with a home defeat at the hands of Portishead.

New captain Jim Warren’s rink,skipped by Don Bailey, went down by 14 shots, while Tony Steer was edged out by one shot on his rink.

Danny Favis’ four won by four shots and Gordon Wride quartet won by two, but could not stop an overall deficit of nine shots.

St Andrews 75, Portishead 84: R Smith, M Goddard, D Price, A Steer 20-21; B Rogers, P O’Conner, B May, D Favis 25-21; G Sims, J Warren, A Horsburgh, D Bailey 12-26; K Uglow, G Cooper, G Tofte, G Wride 18-16.

The men travelled to Congresbury for their second game of the season and this time came away with a nine-shot win. Favis again skipped his rink to victory, this time winning on the last end by one shot.

Unfortunately, Tony Steer’s rink went the other way, dropping a four on the last end after going into it all square. Captain Jim Warren made amends from the previous day, when his strong rink skipped by Brian Reeves won by 10 shots. The final rink skipped by Brian May edged home by two shots.

St Andrews 76, Congresbury 67: G Sims, J Warren, A McMillan, B Reeves 23-13; A McNab, A Horsburgh, G Webber, D Favis 17-16; R Smith, G Cooper, G Wride, B May 19-17; K Uglow, G Burgess, G Tofte, A Steer 17-21.

The Saints’ first outing outdoor on their home green ended in defeat, despite leading for most of the match.

St. Andrews 59, West Backwell 83: J Warren, Mrs I Tofte, B Reeves, Mrs J. Pitman 16-17; R Smith, Mrs B McCollum, Mrs E. Blight, A Horsburgh 16-25; Mrs J. Forse, Mrs A. Greenwood, G Tofte, Mrs A Campbell 17-14; G Sims, Mrs E. Reeves, G Cooper, Mrs J. Smith 10-27.

WINSCOMBE visited Yatton for their first match of the new season on a sunny afternoon.

Despite initial promise on three rinks, Yatton won decisively as Winscombe only won on one rink, skipped by returning member Reg Birmingham.

Yatton 112, Winscombe 80: S Easterby, J Swift, K Whatling, M Adams 16-17; R Lowman, R Kibble, G Neville, R Birmingham 26-14; R Weller, A Pye, P Fredersdorff, M Nash 11-27; G Lloyd, D Owen, L Collier, A Dudley 9-35; J Sprouting, M Trenchard, R Lacy, R Feltham 18-19.

ISLE of Wedmore’s outdoor season started this week with three friendly matches.

The men played at home against Victoria Park, winning convincingly 109-58. The best performing team was led by Brendon Cottrell scoring a decisive 34-8 win.

Wedmore men’s team won three out of five rinks against Congresbury, but lost overall 104-94. Captain Keith Burt’s team had the best result with a 26-15 win.

The ladies played their first match of the season at home against City of Wells and lost 51-39. Pauline Cottrell’s team gave a good performance, but it was not enough to swing the match in Wedmore’s favour.

With the summer season underway, Wedmore Bowls Club are running their free taster days for anyone interested in taking up bowls, or wishing to join the club.

The first two tasters are this weekend (April 27-28) at 2pm. These events have been highly enjoyable in past years.

Anyone who is interested should call Brendon on 01934 743271 or Keith on 01934 733237. Bowls and shoes will be provided and members of the Wedmore coaching team will be on hand to help beginners. The indoor rinks will be used if bad weather prevents outdoor bowling.

CONGRESBURY 67, St Andrews 76 (men’s friendly): K Cole, D Gosling, M Huggett, L Beck 16-17; P Dawes, C Blagden, D Rivers, R Stewart 17-19; J Freemantle, G Wilcock, G Stenner, R Becker 21-17; M Kimmings, D Byett, P Reay, R Archer 13-23.

Congresbury 138, Burnham 98 (mixed friendly): E Archer, J Freemantle, D Byett, V Harding 14-20; M Kimmings, H Tranmer, D Rivers, B Huggett 31-15; A Edwards, D Davis, C Andrews, R Archer 28-8; C Lewis, D Gosling, J Blagden, B Herbison 13-26; A Harding, C Blagden, R Horton, K Herbison 27-15; C Wilcock, R Jones, F Horton, M Huggett 25-14.

Congresbury 104, Isle of Wedmore 94 (men’s friendly): A Edwards, D Gosling, C Shipway, R Kirkham 28-10; P Reay, R Anniuk, D Rivers, L Beck 28-16; R Jones, J Freemantle, D Byett, R Becker 15-22; C Everett, F Horton, M Huggett, R Stewart 18-20; D Manning, J Churchward, R Archer, J Stone 15-26.

YATTON 63, Avonmouth 79 (mixed friendly): W Williams, A George, D Goddard, P Goddard 15-23; N Allen, S Pascoe, B Hardwick, P Allen 17-17; A Storm, L Manning, J Parker, T Storm 18-19; W Gable, B Parker, C Cheesewright, D Blundell 13-20.

WESSEX ladies opened the bowls season with their president’s day.

The new flag purchased with a bequest from the family of Norma Smart was dedicated by captain Pat Hanson, a major in the Salvation Army.

President Mary Davis assisted by Somerset president Mary Sutton and captain Pat Hanson then raised the flag, watched by guests from local clubs and Clarence Bowling Club.

The spider was won by Margaret Baker, president of Clarence Ladies and the bowls drive was won by the county president, Mary Sutton. The consolation prize was won by Christine Maxwell.

A delicious tea was enjoyed by members and guests and the floral table decorations were beautifully arranged by president Mary.

ASHCOMBE Park president Val Webber opened the ladies’ section with a friendly game played by numerous members, officers and guests from the men’s section.

The spider competition opened up proceedings, being won by Mary Tasker. The following fun game was won by John Hornett, with Chris Hedges and Jim Creasey as runners-up.

The game was followed by a delightful meal served in the clubhouse by members of the men’s section and prepared by some of the ladies.

Anyone interested in playing bowls are welcome to attend coaching on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am at the club, free of charge.

Experienced players are also welcome and anyone interested, please call in or telephone the secretary, Averill on 01934 514855.

VISUALLY impaired bowler Ann Bryant, from Ashcombe Park Bowls Club, won a bronze medal at the UK singles championship at the East of Scotland Indoor Bowls Club in Glasgow.

The wards were given out by Sandra McLeish, the voice of Potters Bowls, and Jonathan Ross.

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