Men’s versus Ladies Charity Gala Cancelled

I am sorry to have to let you know that your Captains Jenny and Jim have decided to cancel the Men’s versus Ladies Charity Gala that was programmed to be held on this coming Monday 26th August.
In its place there will be a Roll-up 1.45 for 2pm for those of you who have put your name down to play in the Gala or anybody else who wishing to swing their arm on Monday afternoon.

Men’s Captains Day is on 31st August now

Jim McKeown is holding his Captain’s Day from 2pm.  A list of all the men in the Club is being placed on the notice board in the clubhouse so that you can indicate on it that you wish to play followed by an after-match meal, cost £5, very kindly being prepared by the Ladies Captain Jenny and her band of lady helpers.

It would be good to see every rink being used on Saturday 31st August, but if you are unable to get to the Club to nominate to play or should you for any reason not be available to play on the 31st can you please let Len Tye the Men’s Vice-Captain know. Thank you and let us all make this a memorable day for Jim and the Club.

Report 19th August 2019

National Competitions
Val Challacombe travelled up to Leamington for the first of her games in the Bowls England National Finals. Competing in the first round of the Women’s Senior Singles Val was unable to overcome a strong opponent from Lincolnshire and her great run in the event came to an end. Well done and congratulations to Val on a brilliant run in the competition.

Rhianna Russell was also a visitor to Leamington at the weekend competing in the Sutton Winsor competition, an event for junior bowlers from across the country. Bowlers were placed in groups in the first instance and Rhianna won both of her games to top her group and move into the final stages of the event. Rhianna came up against a strong opponent in the next round and despite her best efforts was unable to secure victory and she exited the competition. A brilliant effort from Rhianna.

Rhianna and Val then teamed up in the Women’s Pairs taking on formidable opposition from Lyme Regis BC in Dorset. After falling behind early on the Welwyn duo showed their mettle fighting back with fine bowling to stay within reach of their opponents but were unable to close the gap and eventually succumbed 26-16. A great run in the competition for Val and Rhianna who have played some outstanding bowls; defeated a number of notable opponents and had a wonderful campaign in this prestigious National Competition. Brilliant – well done Val and Rhianna.

The end of the second week of the Leamington experience saw the arrival of Chris Sherriff and Phil Russell to contest the Men’s Senior Pairs finals. First up, our intrepid pair were drawn against the Northumberland champions and after falling behind 7-14 staged a magnificent fightback to achieve a one shot victory 15-14 and secure a last 16 place in the draw. That meant a match against the champions from Oxfordshire which was another tight affair with the lads edging out their opponents 17-16 to claim a quarter final spot against Somerset. This game was a little bit more comfortable in terms of the score line and Chris and Phil won 20-9 to reach the semi-final  against former champions from Buckinghamshire. The game was a tight and competitive affair but the Herts Pair eventually succumbed 17-14 to a strong duo who were eventually to go on and claim the national title for a second time. Hats off to Chris and Phil for an almighty effort and many congratulations on a brilliant run in the competition.

County Competitions
The Ladies HCL v Welwyn Garden City was a very even game with great shots from all of the team on the last few ends eventually winning 20 – 17. The men entertained Harpenden in a two rink county league game seeking qualification for the Divisional finals of the competition. The rink of Barry Smith, Joe Festa, Kevin Rylett and Malcolm Baldwin battled well to overcome their opponents 18-13 whilst the quartet of Paddy Jones, Mike Poole, Keith Phillips and John Brown lost out by 19-13 resulting in the narrowest of losses on overall shot count 32-31. Two points garnered and qualification for the Divisional final assured.

East Herts Bowls League
Welwyn & District Bowls Club defeated Parkside in the Ranson Cup semi-final and will play neighbours WGC in the final at W&D on 8 September. In the EHBL triples league the Bucks continued their winning run with excellent wins over Whithern Blue and Bengeo to claim the full 12 points and move up the table. The Harts were less fortunate going down to Aston. The Stags maintained their unbeaten record with a good win over Bishop’s Stortford Ospreys to gain six points and remain at the top of the table with three games to play,  Phil Russell and Paddy Jones defeated their opponents from Sawbridgeworth to claim their spot in the EHBL Pairs semi-final against a duo from Ware.

The Welwyn and District Ladies had a tough league match against Potters Bar, losing at home 16-25 and away 14-26. Better was to follow in the next game against Oakhill winning at home and losing away and claiming four of the six points on offer with a superior shot count.

Phil Russell and Paddy Jones exited the Pairs competition beaten by a duo from WGC. Better news in the Triples where Jim Summerfield, Paddy Jones and Joe Festa (subbing for Phil Russell) were victorious in their last eight match against a Hatfield triple to claim a semi-final spot. The Jones Cup semi-final, a two rink affair against Townsend, was played in horrendous driving rain and wind, The home rink of Barry Smith, Joe Festa, Jim Summerfield and Alwyn Challacombe were in great form and secured a 29-11 victory whilst the away rink of Mike Poole, Paddy Jones, Kevin Rylett and John Brown ground out a  hard fought 16-14 win at Townsend. Overall a 45-25 win on shot count and a place in the final on SADBA finals day at Potters Bar on 7 September.

Welwyn & Hatfield League
The Wanderers travelled to  Knebworth Yellows and came away with three points with the teams unable to be separated on 33 shots apiece

Next up for the Wanderers was the local derby against the Woods. The game was a tight encounter with the teams winning one rink apiece and the Wanderers securing overall victory on shots 38-34.  Wanderers 4 points and Woods 2 points. Both teams looked to have secured their top flight status for next year and Royce tells me that Roman Abramovic has been in touch to tell him his position is safe.

The home Friendly match against Hitchin was a close affair with the W&D winning by 75 shots to 70 with the rinks being shared 2-2. Our top performers were Ann Currell, debutant Reg Parsons, Jim Mckeown and Ted Webb who won 27-6.  Next up was a visit to Cheshunt which ended with the teams sharing the four triples played but victory overall to Cheshunt on shots 80-62. Top triple was Ron Currell and Cyn and Dave Blakes.

The club travelled to Harpenden on Sunday 11 August, playing a reconfigured match consisting of 2 Men’s Triples, 2 Ladies Triples and a Mixed Triple. An enjoyable afternoon ended with another good performance and W & D winning by 90 shots to 72 and by 3 rinks to 2. Our best triples were Ann Currell, Linda Dawson and Chris Read who won 28-3 and Bette Philpott, Cyn Blakes and Jenny Hart who won 20–9.

Two more friendlies this week begun with a visit to Whit Hern. The combination of a very heavy green and good opposition meant that we were heavily beaten by 49 shots to 104. Our only consolation was a fine win from Gloria Turner, Dave Hill and Cyn Blakes. After the torrential rain on Sunday morning, we played at home in the afternoon against a very powerful Barton Le Clay team who had obviously selected a team with several of their strongest club players. We lost all four Triples and by 43 shots to 91.

It would be nice to see some of our stronger players being available for the final 10 Friendlies this season.

Triples Week from Len Tye
Last week the Club held its ever popular Mixed Triples Week. 33 bowlers participated and 11 teams enjoyed fine weather, `friendly` competition and an excellent green to decide which 2 teams would progress to our version of `Leamington` at finals weekend in September.

The event was well supported, particularly on Monday evening, when a good number of vocal and enthusiastic spectators added humour and often unsolicited advice, particularly to anyone who made a mistake. However there was much generous support of good bowling which was greatly appreciated by the players.

After the first set of qualifying matches seven teams were eliminated, leaving four to contest the semi-finals. The triple  of Evelyn Tenorio, Len Tye and Rhianna Russell were always in control against Ron Currell, Gill Reynolds and Jenny Hart and won by 24 shots to 12. The other game was extremely close and was only decided on the last shot of the last end as Linda Cousins, Eddie Goodhall and Peter Bowyer just edged out Jillian Jennings, Petra Kniveton and David Humphreys by 20 shots to 19. Another enjoyable week and thanks again to Phil for organising it and all the Green Team for the super playing conditions.

Captains Day
Could I ask the men who have not signed up for Captains Day on Saturday 31st August to do so as quickly as possible to enable the ladies catering team to know how many meals are required. Non players are obviously most welcome as well. Please indicate your attendance for this event by adding your name to the notice in the clubhouse.

Special mention
Mention should be made of our wonderful president who stood out in the torrential rain for almost 3 hours and 27 ends  to mark a Ladies Singles match between Sue and Evelyn . A great example to everyone to help out when needed! Well done Jillian.

Best wishes

Report 5th August 2019

National Competitions
Phil Russell and Chris Sherriff travelled to WGC to take on a pair from Baldock in the regional final of the Bowls England Senior Pairs competition. After a slow start they soon found themselves 12-5 down but fought back well, winning nine consecutive ends to deliver a 22-12 victory and secure their place in the national finals at Leamington.

Next up for Phil was the final Leamington qualifying round of the Bowls England Champion of Champions competition against a strong opponent from Bedford in the Herts/Beds final. Played at the neutral venue of Baldock Phil was up against a skilful draw bowler and the early ends were tight with both players demonstrating why they had reached this stage of the competition. At ten ends Phil was one shot in front but from there he gradually increased his lead to draw ahead eventually winning 21-14 after twenty three ends.

County Competitions 
Finals day at Bishops Stortford saw two Welwyn & District teams fighting for county honours. Val Challacombe and Rhianna Russell were pitted against the reigning champions from Harpenden in the Ladies Pairs. Falling behind early on the W&D duo showed their mettle by fighting back and reducing the deficit in the second half of the contest but were unable to get back on terms eventually going down 22-14. Consolation for Val and Rhianna is a place in the Bowls England national finals at Leamington which is richly deserved.

On the adjacent green the Men’s Triple of Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones were up against formidable opposition from Harpenden. After taking a early lead, holding their own and being level after nine ends the Welwyn boys conceded a six from which they found it difficult to recover especially against such class opposition. The game eventually finished 21-12 in a deserved Harpenden victory with the Welwyn lads, like the ladies, looking forward to a trip to Leamington.

Sue Tye, Carole Woodman, Rhianna Russell and Val Challacombe went over to Hatfield for a Herts County League match. After a good start in unpleasant conditions they found themselves 12-7 up but eventually succumbed 13-18. In the earlier matches in the County League a 5-20 defeat  to a very strong Harpenden team was followed up by an outstanding win against De Havilland 38-7. The men’s County League campaign continued with victories over De Havilland and St Albans earning ten points from the twelve on offer.

East Herts League
Barry Smith and Kevin Rylett contested the East Herts League Pairs quarter final against a strong duo from Ware BC. In a topsy turvy game the Ware bowlers raced into an early lead at one stage were leading 17-6 and then 20-10 after seventeen ends. With Barry and Kevin picking up ten shots on the last four ends the game ended 20-20 and an extra end was played. Regretfully it didn’t go our way and Ware picked up the victory.

The Stags defeated close rivals Allenburys in the East Herts Triples league to preserve their unbeaten record and maintain top spot in the division. The Bucks had a magnificent victory over high flying Ware Malsters to claim the full six points to move them up the table.

The ladies had a very successful match against Parkside in the SADLBA Triples winning 24-5 at home and 30-4 away, earning the full six points. In the two previous matches they gained four points against North Mymms and two against Welwyn Garden City. Next up for the ladies was a match against Potters Bar in the SADLBA double rink competition. The home team of Cyn Blakes, Diana Barrett, Sheila Grimmant and Carole Woodman lost by a narrow margin 18-20. The away team of Sue Tye, Jenny Hart, Rhianna Russell and Val Challacombe overcame the heavy Potters Bar green and had a comfortable team win of 27-11. Val Challacombe and Jillian Jennings continued their fine run in the Ladies Pairs defeating opponents from North Mymms to reach the quarter finals of the competition.

The reconfigured SADBA Triples team of Norman Muller, Eddie Goodhall and Len Tye were unluckily beaten on the extra end after the match against Harperbury  was tied at 17-17, but a brave effort!
The club were matched against Harperbury in the quarter final of the Jones Cup, a men’s two rink competition, and secured a comfortable overall victory. The home rink of Phill Russell,  Mike Poole, Jim Summerfield and Kevin Rylett were victorious 30-5 with Barry Smith, Joe Festa, Alwyn Challacombe and Ian Kilford winning 20-11. The semi-final will be against Townsend BC.

The friendly against Rosehill was an enjoyable encounter and we secured victory winning all 3 triples with a combined shot count of 59-31.  Our top triple were Cyn and Dave Blakes with Jenny Hart. Congratulations to Susan Bassett who made a winning start with Les Page and Bette Philpott in her first competitive club match. Norma Carter, the ever reliable Royce Venting and Len Tye secured a close win on their green.

Next up was a home game against North Mymms consisting of five triples in which we came out on top with three wins and two losses with an overall shot count of 97-70. Top triple was Norma Carter, Royce Venting and Dave Blakes  played really well to win 28-9, closely followed by Dave Hill, Jillian Jennings and Dave Woodman who won 21-10.

Recent results have been encouraging, winning three and drawing one of our last four games. We have eighteen friendlies to play in the latter part of the season so it would be great to continue with the encouraging availability and good results.

Caterham continue to lead the Formula 1 Triples Grand Prix League but after six rounds it looks like it will be a very close race this year with probably three teams still in contention and four rounds to play.

There was a very good turn-out for the Club Night last Saturday with some friendly and enjoyable bowling ( a team of Daves` won on their rink!) with Jean and Ted providing excellent coaching and support for new and potential new players. A big thank you to John Brown for organising the event and everyone else who helped..

Good luck and best wishes to all members with your internal and external competitions and enjoy Triples week.
Best wishes