26th July Report

National Competitions
Val Challacombe ended her week in superb style by winning the regional final of the national ladies senior singles competition earning another trip to the Bowls England national finals. Phil Russell continued his fine run in the Bowls England Champion of Champions by defeating his opponent from Whitehorn BC in the Herts final. Phil has now reached the regional final of the competition and is one step away from qualifying for the national finals at Leamington.

County Competitions
The County finals will take place on Sunday 28th July at Bishops Stortford. Val Challacombe and Rhianna Russell will play in the Ladies Pairs final and Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones step up in the Triples final with both games starting at 10.00am.

East Herts League
The Stags maintained their unbeaten run with an excellent win over a committed Whitehern Blue team claiming the full six points in a tight encounter. Next up was a game against Ware Wolves with one triple winning comfortably and a narrow loss for the other resulting overall in 4 points gained. The Stags currently top the table with 5 games to play. Meanwhile, the Bucks went down to near neighbours WGC Lions and will be looking for valuable points in the next couple of games to consolidate their league position.

The Ransom Cup quarter-final against Hertford resulted in a 53-40 victory in the 2 rink affair. The quartet of Alwyn Challacombe, Paddy Jones, Joe Festa and Barry Smith playing away at Hertford fought back from 4-15 down to secure an excellent 23-19 win. The home team of Phil Russell, Chris Sherriff, Kevin Rylett and Mike Poole secured a 30-21 victory to ensure a semi-final spot against Parkside.

Rhianna Russell safely negotiated the preliminary round of the ladies Champion of Champions competition defeating a strong opponent from Hatfield.

Phil Russell moved into the latter stages of the Officers Singles competition with a win over his opponent from St Albans BC. He then teamed up with Paddy Jones to progress in the Pairs and with Paddy and Jim Summerfield to beat De Havilland in the Triples to move into the next rounds of the competitions.

Welwyn & District League
A good week for the Welwyn Woods. First up was a game against table-topping Parkside Greens where despite losing the game overall the team secured a valuable two points. Next was a home game against Hertford where the team secured victory on both rinks to win overall with Jenny Hart, Ian Whitcombe and Tony Holdcroft securing a last wood 21-20 victory and Val and Alwyn Challacombe and Linda Dawson running out winners 23-6. A welcome six points and a rise up the table.
Not so good news for the Wanderers who exited the Jubilee Cup at the quarter final stage with defeat to Datchworth on shot count despite winning one of the games.  

A six triple friendly against local neighbours WGC played in sweltering heat resulted in a narrow win for our visitors by 65 shots to 62.Top performers for us were Chris Reid, Jillian Jennings and Beryl Hill

Atkins Cup
A very close affair with Phil eventually securing victory snatching the title by 2 points from Rhianna with Mike Poole close up in third place.
A very enjoyable day had by all, hopefully we can get more members playing next year.

Club Night
A reminder that there will be a Fish & Chip Club Night to be held on Saturday night kicking off at 5.30pm.

Wrong Bias
There were at least 3 this week but the heat has got to me and I’ve forgotten who they were.

Enjoy your bowling and keep me updated with your results and progress in external competitions.

Best wishes

17th July Report

National Competitions
Evergreen Mike Poole was in great form in the regional final of the men’s national senior singles competition. Up against a strong and proven county player, Mike delivered a 21-11 win to claim his 6th win in the competition and earn a place in the national finals at Leamington. Phil Russell and Chris Sherriff are still going strong in the men’s national senior pairs playing excellent bowls to defeat their opponents from Abbotts Langley 24-6 to claim there place in the regional final. 

County Competitions
Val Challacombe and Rhianna Russell have had a very busy and successful 7 days in the ladies county pairs. First up was a resounding 27-14 quarter-final win against a team from Herts BC to claim the semi-final berth. Then on Tuesday evening Val and Rhianna played the semi-final at home against a team from Bishop’s Stortford.  Rhianna played some lovely woods as lead but the opposition bowled some great woods in response meaning the first few ends were tight and competitive. Gradually the W&D duo began to pull away and with Rhianna consistently on the jack with great line and length complemented by Val continuing to play well their lead was extended to 24-10 after 18 ends where the game finished. County final on 28 July followed by a trip to Leamington next on the agenda.   
The email sent earlier in the day publicising the match encouraged many club members to come down to support the team which I know was so much appreciated by Val and Rhianna.

East Herts League
The Stags picked up two wins and 10 points in the triples league and there was a great win for the Bucks over Datchworth Blue to keep their good run going. Phil and Rhianna continue to move forward in the mixed pairs competition winning 28-22 against opponents from Sawbridgeworth whilst Barry Smith and Kevin Rylett moved into the quarter-final of the men’s pairs recovering from 0-7 to defeat their Buntingford opponents 21-12.

The Challacombes and the Russells teamed up in the Stockman Winser mixed pairs competition but narrowly lost out to opponents from Potters Bar in the third round of the competition.

Welwyn & Hatfield League
A great win for the Woods over Knebworth Yellow 41-19 earning the full six points.

The club enjoyed two friendlies losing to Batchwood in a men’s triples encounter and drawing with Baldock in a game which saw Ted Webb, Les Page and Bette Philpott emerging as top performers.
The captains of the club sent a communication in the week encouraging more volunteers to put their names down for friendlies. Please do respond to the request by making yourself available to play – thank you. See https://www.welwynbowls.co.uk/friendlies/ 

Thank you
Thank you to those members that have supported the club by volunteering to help with the Middleton Cup and County games over recent weeks – preparing and laying out the green, working in the kitchen and providing the food and the bar stewards – without you we wouldn’t be able to host such events and your support is invaluable.

Finally please keep me posted with results and achievements…I can only post what I know.

Thank you and best wishes.  Kevin

8th July Report

National Competitions
Val Challacombe kept up her excellent form in the ladies national senior singles progressing to the 4th round with victory over her opponent from Rosedale. Meanwhile Mike Poole maintained his good run in the men’s senior singles recovering from 15-19 down to defeat his opponent from Garston to move in to the 6th round. Both Val and Mike are now one round away from qualifying for Leamington. Phil Russell continued his progress in the national champion of champions competition with a good win over a strong opponent from Royston 21-14.

The ladies travelled to the highly rated Baldock club on the hottest day of the year to contest their third game in the national top club competition. The whole team played with spirit and commitment but the quality of the opposition shone through and the ladies excellent run in the competition came to an end. It has been a good run for the ladies and we have developed a core of keen, competitive and improving players, so roll on next year.

County Competitions
Val and Rhianna defeated strong opponents from Bishops Stortford 23-7 to move into the last 8 of the competition but not so good news for Phil Russell and Paddy Jones who exited the men’s pairs in the fourth round with defeat at Cheshunt. The men’s senior fours quartet of Barry Smith, Joe Festa, Ian Kilford and Kevin Rylett disappointingly lost out in their quarter final match with Mill End after leading the contest for 16 of the 18 ends.
The men’s county league fixture against Batchwood resulted in wins on both rinks with a combined shot count of 63-26 earning the full 6 points on offer.
Congratulations to Val Challacombe on being part of the successful Johns Trophy team that defeated Bedfordshire to claim a place in the last 8 of the competition and to Rhianna Russell on being selected for the county junior squad to play in the Amy Rose Bowl at Leamington.

East Herts Bowls League
An excellent week for the Bucks. First up was an exciting game against Bishops Stortford Ospreys with resulted in a win apiece and the combined shot count level so 3 points for each side. Wins on both rinks against Buntingford Bulls meant the full six points and a rise up the league table. The Stags maintained their unbeaten run with a fine victory over neighbours WGC Lions earning 4 of the 6 points available.

In the 2nd round of the district triples we were matched up against WGC. The triple of Cyn Blakes, Clara and Rhianna Russell went down 15-23 whilst Sheila Grimmant, Jenny Hart and Val Challacombe won 18-13 resulting in 2 points for W&D overall. Val and Club President Jillian Jennings maintained their good form in the ladies pairs competition with an excellent win to move into the third round.

An early exit from the mens Bob Vise trophy in the tie against North Mymms. Victories in the triples and fours and defeat in the singles and pairs meant that the match was decided on shot count and we went down 76-67.

Welwyn & Hatfield League
A tough week for the Wanderers with defeat and no points against BSP whilst the Woods lost out to Parkside Greens on both rinks.

The club travelled to Radlett for a friendly and after an enjoyable afternoons bowls came away with a defeat losing all 4 triples. Heavy defeats in friendly games is becoming a regular occurrence and it is important that we answer the call to arms to ‘beef up’ members’ availability for what is important and enjoyable games to participate in. Can I ask all members to review the upcoming fixtures…..either look at the fixtures availability log in the clubhouse or access the details on line as detailed in recent emails…..and make yourself available please.

Best wishes and enjoy your bowling this week. Kevin   

1st July 2019 Report

Hello Everyone…..a double helping of results as I have been away on the county tour acting as carer for Messrs Poole and Smith,

National Competitions

An excellent performance saw Val Challacombe progress to the 3rd round of the National Women’s Senior Singles with victory over her opponent from the Herts club. Phil Russell maintained his good form in the National Champion of Champions competition with a win against a strong player from Buntingford before he teamed up with Chris Sherriff to move into the 4th round of the National Senior Pairs with victory over club mates Ian Snook and Eddie Goodhall.

County Competitions

Rhianna Russell overcame club colleague Jenny Hart in their County Unbadged match to book her place in the last 8 of the competition which will take place at Riverain on Wednesday 3rd July. Phil Russell and Paddy Jones have reached the last 16 of the County Pairs and now take on opponents from Cheshunt.

East Herts League

The Stags had a good week earning 10 points out of a possible 12 with victories over BSP and Ware Malsters whilst there was a welcome 4 points for the Harts from their encounter with Standon & Puckeridge. Kevin Rylett and Barry Smith moved into the 3rd round of the Pairs with a good victory over opponents from Rosehill. A great performance from the Ian Whitcombe, Ian Kilford and Len Tye defeating club mates Barry Smith, Joe Festa and Kevin Rylett in the Triples competition to move into the next round.

Val and Alwyn Challacombe maintained their good run in the Mixed Pairs competition with a hard fought victory over opponents from Buntingford.

A strong Ransom Cup performance from both fours enabled a comprehensive victory over Sawbridgeworth, winning on both rinks with a combined shot count of 54-24.


In the ladies triples league match with North Mymms. Betty Singleton, Petra Kniveton and Jenny Hart just lost out at home 14-19 but Sue Tye, Val Challacombe and Gill Reynolds delivered a 17-7 victory to ensure  an overall shots win and 4 points in the bag.

Welwyn & Hatfield League

The Woods and Wanderers faced each other in the Jubilee Cup with the Wanderers coming out on top in a hard fought match. In league games the Wanders garnered 8 points from 2 games against Datchworth teams whilst the Woods lost out to Datchworth Greens.


Hertford were the visitors for a Saturday morning friendly which was enjoyed by all. Both clubs shared victories in the four triple encounter but Hertford claimed the overall win on shot count. Top performers for us were Betty Singleton, Carole Woodman and late call up Eddie Goodhall. Hertford Castle were the visitors for another 4 triple friendly with both clubs claiming 2 victories apiece and Hertford winning on shots 72-64. Top triple for Welwyn was Betty Singleton (again), David Woodman and Ted Webb. 

Wrong Bias

The list of miscreants has reached record levels with some attention seekers bowling 2 in a match. Those that I know of from the last couple of weeks include: Ron Currell, Beryl Hill, Len Tye, Royce Venting, Betty Singleton and Jenny Hart.

Club Competitions

Draws are now published on the noticeboard and importantly on the club website… thanks to Phil Russell and Chris Moore for their sterling work in enabling our on-line draw updates. Please play your games by the deadline dates…remember no extensions will be allowed this year bearing in mind the generous time allocation allocated for the individual rounds,

Enjoy your bowling and keep me updated with your progress in external individual and team competitions.

Best wishes Kevin