24th June 2019 Report

Phil Russell and Paddy Jones defeated a duo from St Albans in the county pairs and moved into the last 16 of the competition. Meanwhile, it was a good week for the Stags in the East Herts Triples league picking up 10 points out of a possible 12 with 2 good victories whilst the Harts secured 4 points with a welcome win over Standon & Puckeridge. Success was achieved in the Ransom cup with a 2 rink victory over Sawbridgeworth 54-24 earning a tie against Hertford in the next round.
In friendly fixtures, there were narrow defeats against St Ippolyts and Hertford with the rinks being shared but losing both games on shot count. Star performers for Welwyn were Betty Singleton, Carole Woodman and Eddie Goodhall. In the Welwyn and Hatfield league, the Wanderers secured a Jubilee Cup win over the Woods in an all Welwyn first round tie.

17th June 2019 Report

National Competitions

Welwyn and District Ladies played their second Top Club match on Saturday 15th June against strong opposition in Oakhill Ladies. This four discipline event: singles, pairs, triples and fours began with Val Challacombe in the singles who narrowly lost out to her opponent but managed to keep the deficit to 5 shots. The pairs team of Sue Tye and Jenny Hart were beaten by a strong pair but should be encouraged by winning more than half of the ends and the quartet of Cyn Blakes, Sheila Grimmant, Carole Woodman and Jean Webb showed how well they are developing as a team with all playing their part by winning their match by 9 shots. The triples team, Petra Kniveton, Sylvia Lane and Rhianna Russell, playing in a changed order, were outstanding and won by 17shots! With the overall match tied at two games each the W&D ladies triumphed on overall shot count 78-65 to move into the next round. Mike Poole continued his good form in the national senior singles with a comfortable win to move onto the round 5 of the competition

County Competitions

A mixed week in county competitions. Our last representative in the men’s singles Phil Russell exited at the third round stage but better luck for him and partner Paddy Jones as they moved safely into the fourth round of the pairs with an excellent win over a strong duo from Potters Bar. Not such good news for the pairings of Joe Festa/Kevin Rylett and Mike Poole/Jim Summerfield who lost their third round matches.

Rhianna Russell narrowly lost out by one shot in her ladies singles tie but bounced back by teaming up with Val Challacombe to comfortably win their second round pairs match. The men’s senior fours quartet of Barry Smith, Ian Kilford, Joe Festa and Kevin Rylett overcame their opponents from Abbots Langley to reach the quarter finals of the event but sadly Phil Russell, Alwyn Challacombe, Mike Poole and Paddy Jones lost out on an extra end in a tight match at Mill End.

The ladies and men played their first County League games of the season. Both games were played in gloomy, wet and cold conditions and unfortunately the results mirrored the weather. The ladies, Sue Tye, Cyn Blakes, Rhianna Russell and Val Challacombe played some good bowls but found their Harpenden Ladies opponents too strong going down by 20-5. The men lost out to Potters Bar and will need to bounce back in the second game in the competition against Batchwood BC at the beginning of July to maintain an interest in the competition.

The week ended on a disappointing note for the men in the County Club Championship with defeat to a strong WGC team. The 3 rink match saw our lads losing out on 2 of the 3 rinks, which effectively secured victory for our opponents but there was some good news from the encounter with a battling victory for the quartet of Alwyn Challacombe, Keith Phillips, Joe Festa and Barry Smith.


Our President, Jillian Jennings, played a competitive match for the first time in a while pairing up with Val Challacombe in the Ladies Pairs Competition and securing a 25-12 victory – well done Jillian.

Phil Russell safely negotiated the first hurdle in the Champion of Champions event with a hard earned victory to secure a place in the next round. 

Welwyn & Hatfield League

The Woods played their postponed John Brown Cup match against Parkside and were on the wrong end of a combined 2 rink defeat 50-34. The Wanderers also exited the competition losing on both rinks to Datchworth Green.

Friendly v Riverain

The rain stayed away temporarily and we had a very enjoyable friendly match with a lovely group of Riverain bowlers. Good to see a couple of people playing their first friendly games this season, Pat Thompson and Dave Woodman, so the number of our members playing is gradually increasing.

We won on 3 rinks out of four:

Pat Thompson, Ron Currell and Royce Venting won 17-13

Sheila Grimmant, Sue & Len Tye won 18-13

Dave Charlwood, Dave and Carole Woodman won 24-12

Overall we won by 70 shots to 60 and it was good to receive the warm compliments from our opponents about how the green played.

Friendly v Datchworth

Our team of 6 men and 6 ladies played a strong team of 11 men and 1 woman from Datchworth and lost by 3 rinks to 1 and by 84 shots to 66.

Our winning rink of Betty Singleton (who was fantastic throughout!), Len Tye and Malcolm Baldwin beat a strong team of 3 very friendly and entertaining men by 32 shots to 9. The highlight was Betty`s 3 touchers on one end.

Wrong Bias

None this week – the only misdemeanor was the miscreant who bowled his partners wood in error…and it was a toucher!!

Let’s hope the weather turns this week and as many people as possible can enjoy their bowling in the various competitions and friendly games.

Best wishes Kevin

10th June 2019 Report

Yet another busy week on the green with some great results.

National Competitions

Mike Poole reached the fourth round of the National Senior Singles with a comfortable victory whilst there were narrow third round defeats for Phil Russell and Ian Snook. Val Challacombe and Gill Reynolds were thrilled to get through their first match in the National Senior Pairs 18-11 beating a strong Harpenden duo. The men’s Top Club encounter with a strong Harpenden outfit ended with defeats in the singles, pairs, triples and fours but an excellent victory for Mike Poole in the two wood singles.

County Competitions

After five wins in the competition our triple of Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones were pitted against a formidable trio from Garston BC in the semi-final of the county competition with the prize of a final place and trip to Leamington at stake. The Welwyn boys raced into an early lead but were pegged back and the opposition moved ahead by the half-way stage and looked in control. Alwyn, Kevin and Paddy hung in there and lined up on the 18th, on what we thought was the final end, holding a slender lead of one shot. Great bowling by our opponents resulted in a definite one shot to them and the possibility of a second. The umpire’s measure indicated in Welwyn’s favour so we were tied at 16-16 and moved on to an extra end which commenced in darkness at 9.50pm with a few knees knocking. The last bowl was delivered just after 10.00am and to cut a long story short the Welwyn lads were holding the one shot they needed to claim their place in the county final.

Val and Rhianna paired up for the first time to play a strong pair from Potters Bar in the first round of the county pairs.  After 21 ends the score was 21-21. A tense extra end followed and Rhianna surrounded the jack with all four woods and despite of the opposition’s best efforts Val and Rhianna won by one shot.

Last week saw the first round of the county men’s singles which resulted in a victory for Phil Russell but early exits for Mike Poole and Joe Festa. Better news in the county men’s pairs second round with wins for our double acts of Joe Festa and Kevin Rylett, Phil Russell and Paddy Jones and Mike Poole and Jim Summerfield. The Men’s Senior Fours quartet of Ian Kilford, Kevin Rylett, Joe Festa and Kevin Rylett moved in to the third round of the competition after a productive visit to St Ippolyts. Alwyn Challacombe, Mike Poole, Paddy Jones and Phil Russell joined them in the next round after overcoming fellow club members Ian Snook, Eddie Goodhall, Malcolm Jacobs and Norman Muller.

Congratulations are due to Val Challacombe who has been selected for the county John’s Trophy team and to Rhianna who was named in the squad as reserve. More congratulations to Phil Russell and Mike Poole who represented Herts against Norfolk in The Middleton Cup and to Barry Smith who was reserve. Phil was also selected for the county’s Balcomb Cup squad to play against Cambridgeshire in a national two fours event.

East Herts League

Barry Smith and Kevin Rylett overcame opposition from Hertingfordbury to secure a win in the pairs competition and move into the third round. The Stags maintained their 100% record securing all six points from their visit to Bengeo with a combined rink score of 53-25.

Welwyn & Hatfield League

A disappointing week for both our teams. The Wanderers were only able to claim 2 points from their encounter with Hertford whilst the Woods lost on both rinks to Datchworth Yellows.


An excellent 4 triples friendly against Stevenage ended with 2 wins apiece but with Stevenage winning on overall shot count 61-52. Winning triples for W&D were Sheila Grimmant, Don Ellis and Jim McKeown and Kate Green, Sue Tye and Tony Holdcroft.

Wrong bias

Two that I know of this week both on the same day and both in County Pairs matches….one woman and one man. First up was Val who was probably distracted by having me play on the next rink to her. The other one was delivered in the trial end by someone whose name can be roughly translated into: kind, gentle and handsome…any guesses?

Enjoy your bowling this week and don’t forget to keep me informed of results.

Best wishes, Kevin

3rd June 2019 Report 

Another busy week on the green with a number of members making progress in external competitions.

National Competitions

Val Challacombe safely negotiated the first round of the ladies senior singles with an excellent 21-17 win over a strong opponent. Congratulations to Mike Poole who has advanced to the fourth round of the senior singles competition with an excellent victory over his opponent from Sawbridgeworth.

The combination of Ian Snook and Norman Muller overcame their opponents from Buntingford 24-8 to secure their place in the next round of the senior pairs whilst Snookie and Pip Barratini narrowly lost out to a strong duo from Oakhill in their mixed pairs match. The excellent run of Phil and Rhianna Russell in the mixed and family pairs came to an end  with them losing out in two tight matches to strong opposition. The men visited Royston on Sunday evening to contest a national two-fours match with both our rinks making encouraging starts and leading at the half way stage. It was a different story as we moved into the second half of the game as Royston pulled ahead to win on both rinks. Thanks to the team for making themselves available on a Sunday evening.

County Competitions

The intrepid trio of Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and skip Paddy Jones travelled to Potters Bar to contest the quarter finals of the county triples against a team from Rosehill Hoddesdon. The scores were level after six ends in what was initially a tight encounter but a purple patch in the middle section of the game enabled the boys to open up a substantial lead from which they never looked back eventually running out winners 24-18. The reward for the victory is a semi-final against top rated Garston to be played at our club on Thursday 6th June.

The two Ians, Whitcombe and Kilford, entertained a formidable duo from WGC in an exciting county pairs encounter. Our lads raced in to a 10-4 lead only for the visitors to respond with great bowls to move in to 10-19 lead. The lead was narrowed gradually over the closing ends but our WGC visitors ran out winners 20-16 in what Ian K described as a great game.

East Herts League

Barry Smith and Kevin Rylett advanced to the next round of the pairs competition with a victory over a team from Whithern whilst in the same competition victory went the way of Ian Snook and Eddie Goodhall over Keith Phillips and Peter Bowyer in an all W&D encounter. Eddie then turned his attention to the singles competition and turned in a great performance narrowly losing to his opponent from Rosedale 21-19. Phil and Rhianna moved into the second round of the mixed pairs competition with a good win away to a duo from Sele Farm.

The Bucks suffered defeat to Castles in the triples league and were unable to add to their points tally for the season whilst the Harts garnered 2 points from their encounter with Stevenage Blue.

Welwyn & Hatfield League

The newly promoted Wanderers picked up 4 points from their match against Parkside Greens to maintain their impressive run and now occupy a top two position in the league ahead of a run of testing away games.

Friendly v Oakhill

We entertained Oakhill in a 4 mixed triples friendly played against a backdrop of grey skies and drizzle. Our visitors were winners in 3 of the 4 matches and claimed an overall shot victory by 70-52. The winning rink for W&D was Ann Currell, Dave Charlwood and Royce Venting.

Enjoy your bowling this week and please continue to keep me informed with your results and information for both individual, friendly, EHBL, SADBA, SADBLA and Welwyn & Hatfield matches.

…….and finally please look to support the friendly matches that have been organised and let the club captains know of your willingness to play by putting your name down on the availability sheets. Enjoy your bowling this week.

Best wishes Kevin

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