May 2019 Reports

27th May 2019 report

Another busy week for the club with some excellent results across a number of competitions.

National Competitions

A good week for our 3 competitors in the senior singles with wins for Ian Snook, Mike Poole and Phil Russell with all progressing to round 3 of the competition.

County Competitions

Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones defeated a trio from Harpenden in the county triples and have now advanced to the quarter finals with games to be played at Potters Bar on Thursday 30 May. The ladies quartet of Gill Reynolds. Jenny Hart, Rhianna Russell and Val Challacombe finally exited the fours with defeat to an impressive outfit from Bishops Strortford at the last sixteen stage.

The ladies top 10 encounter with Whithern was a pulsating affair with the result in doubt right up until the last bowl. Wins in the singles and pairs and narrow defeats in the triples and fours meant the result was determined on shot countback. The old maxim that every single shot counts was never more apparent than when the clever ones around the green worked out that with singles, pairs, triples and fours evenly shared W&D had emerged victorious by… shot 75-74.

Jenny Hart, Rhianna Russell, Ian Kilford and Kevin Rylett have all reached the third round of the county unbadged competition

Congratulations to Val Challacombe on her selection for the next Johns Trophy county match and to Mike Poole, Phil Russell and Barry Smith on being selected for the Middleton Cup squad for next weeks county game.

East Herts League

The Stags played the Bucks in what was an evenly contested couple of triples with the Stags winning 37-28 and earning 6 points. The Harts had a productive trip to Much Hadham Hawks turning in a great performance and  winning both triples gaining 6 points to kick start their season.

Ian Kilford overcame a resolute opponent to progress to the next round of the singles whilst Kevin Rylett and Barry Smith had a comfortable win at Whithern in the men’s pairs. Triples success for Ian Snook, Eddie Goodhall and Norman Muller overcoming their counterparts from Buntingford to secure their place in the next round. Norman described their performance as ‘good start, dodgy middle and strong finish’. They were joined in the next round by Joe Festa, Kevin Rylett and Barry Smith.

Welwyn & Hatfield League

Five points for the Wanderers against Knebworth Yellows to keep their winning run going. A 29-6 victory and 17-17 draw secured the points for the Wanderers – Royce now has an eye on securing a European place for next year if the good form continues.

Friendly match

We welcomed our good friends from Bovingdon for a 5 triple and 1 pairs match. Luck was with us as the weather held and each club won 3 of the matches played. Based on shots W&D emerged overall winners 134-82 with the top triple being Phil, Clara and Rhianna Russell who also achieved a ‘hot shot’ on one of the ends. A father and son from Bovingdon were playing their first game of bowls on our green and were very impressive in making their debuts.

Wrong Bias 

Double whammy this week with the unfortunate bowler delivering a couple of wrong ‘uns…would you believe it. All I can say is the future is orange.

Top tip

A great way to learn and develop your experience, particularly shot selection and game management, is to volunteer to mark in county and district singles games. Nothing better than to be behind the head and observing good bowlers make their decisions.

Enjoy your bowls this week and remember to keep me informed.

20th May 2019 report. 

A busy week at W & D

Friendly match against Shire Park

We welcomed our visitors from Shire Park for a friendly match under a blue sky and warm sunshine. The game consisted of 6 triples with Shire Park emerging victorious winning 5 of the matches and winning 112-79 overall. The top rink for W&D consisted of Jim McKeown/Norma Carter, Cyn and Dave Blakes who won 20-15. Thanks to everybody who took part and enjoyed the afternoon’s bowls and to those who prepared the buffet which was enjoyed by everyone,

National Competitions

Success for the men’s two fours against Harperbury with Alwyn Challacombe, Ian Whitcombe, Joe Festa and skip Barry Smith winning 24-19 and Ian Kilford, Kevin Rylett, Paddy Jones and Phil Russell coming out on top 21-13. Next stop Royston in the next round.

The club made an early exit after a hard fought battle against Buntingford in the mixed fours Tony Allcock Trophy. Val and Alwyn teamed up with Dave and Cyn Blakes and drew their match but Sylvia Lane, Jenny Hart, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones just fell short and the match was lost by four shots overall.

In the men’s national pairs Phil Russell and Chris Sherriff had a comfortable victory to move into the next round of the senior pairs. Phil and Chris then teamed up with Rhianna and Deb to advance to the next round of the national mixed pairs with a comfortable win over a quartet from Harperbury. Phil and Rhianna advanced in the national family pairs winning 21-6 and were particularly impressive in winning their national mixed pairs game defeating very strong opponents 21-10 to move to the next round. Val and Alwyn’s run in the same competition ended after their defeat to high calibre opponents from Royston.Mike Poole’s participation in the senior singles came to an end with defeat after a hard fought match against his Baldock opponent.

County Competitions

The ladies four of Gill Reynolds, Jenny Hart, Rhianna Russell and skip Val Challacombe had a tremendous win over strong opponents from North Mymms to progress to the last sixteen of the county fours. The match was hard fought with the Welwyn ladies emerging victorious. Highlight  of what was great team effort was skip Val’s ‘worldy’ bowl to turn 3 down to 5 up.

Mixed results in the men’s triples with Phil Russell, Barry Smith and Mike Poole exiting the county competition at the third round stage after defeat to a talented Harpenden outfit.

Better news though with Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones reaching the last sixteen of the county triples with a hard fought win over a strong WGC triple. Not so good news was the elimination of Kevin, Paddy, Joe Festa and Ian Kilford from the county fours coming up against an in form quartet from WGC. We were on the end of men’s Top Ten defeat against Sawbridgeworth only winning the triples and coming up just short in the other disciplines.

Finally congratulations go to Val Challacombe and Rhianna Russell on their selection for the Johns Trophy County squad and to Mike Poole, Phil Russell and Barry Smith who were selected to represent Hertfordshire in the Eastern Counties league.

East Herts

The East Herts triples league got in to full swing with excellent wins for the Bucks and Stags. The Bucks travelled to Hertingfordbury and nabbed all 6 points with wins for both triples. Norman Muller, Ian Snook and Ed Goodhall winning 23-9 and Stan Kenworthy, Ian Whitcombe and John Chalkley coming out on top 20-15. A similar story for the Stags with 6 points from their visit to Herford Castle with Barry Smith, Joe Festa and Kevin Rylett ahead by 30-10 and Ian Kilford, Mike Poole and Paddy Jones winning 19-10. Not so good news for the Harts who came away from Rosehill Kingfishers pointless despite putting up stern resistance.

Phil Russell began his campaign in the East Herts singles competition with a comfortable victory over his opponent from Whithern.


Ian Snook and Norman Muller overcame opponents from Harperbury 23-18 to move to the next round of the pairs competition whilst Mike Poole and Jim Summerfield went down by one shot to a duo from WGC.

Welwyn and Hatfield League

Welwyn Wanderers continued their good start to the season with victory on both rinks in a tight match against Datchworth Yellow. The Woods lost out to Datchworth Green losing on both rinks but picked up 3 points from their visit to Hertford after a 35-35 combined score. Congratulations Sue Tye, Jean and Ted Webb for securing the Woods first rink win of the season.

Wrong Bias

Two culprits in rogues gallery this week and as we are now a month in to the new season there will be a zero tolerance approach to naming the individuals.

First up is a bowler of some repute who was mentioned earlier in despatches as bowling a ‘worldy’ bowl to convert 3 down to 5 up. The second malefactor, no beating about the bush…was me Kevin Rylett. My skip ordered me to bowl a wrong ‘un in a trial end so as not to show the opposition too much early on.

Another busy week of bowls coming up….enjoy and don’t forget to keep me informed.

Best wishes Kevin

13th May 2019 report

Friendly at Hemel Hempstead

Our friendly season commenced with a visit to Hemel Hempstead. Playing on their ‘second green’ we secured wins on two of the four rinks but lost with an overall score of 93-43.

National Competitions

Alwyn and Val Challacombe negotiated the first round of the National Mixed Pairs with a convincing 20-12 victory over a pair from Whitethorn. Not such good news the following day in the National Mixed Fours with our team of Alwyn, Val, Jenny Hart and Joe Festa succumbing to a strong team from Berkhamsted 18-12.

County Competitions

A busy week at home and away in county competitions with many of our bowlers involved. First up was Ian Kilford who battled his way to a 22-20 win over fellow club member Keith Phillips in the County Unbadged competition. The game which was expertly marked attracted a crowd of one man and no dog.

We have two triples who have reached round three of the competition. Phil Russell, Barry Smith and Mike Poole overcame the stiff resistance of club colleagues Norman Muller, Eddie Goodhall and Ian Snook to go through 21-11 to the next round. Away at Oakhill Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and Paddy Jones were pitted against a competitive triple and managed a hard fought victory 16-10 in a game that finished at 9.15pm in darkness.

The County Fours second round saw Mike Poole, Alwyn Challacombe, Barry Smith and Phil Russell lose out to a very experienced outfit from Harpenden 21-14 whilst the four of Ian Kilford, Kevin Rylett, Joe Festa and Paddy Jones defeated a quartet from Potters Bar 24-10 to secure their place in round three.

Welwyn & Hatfield League

The newly promoted Wanderers played two games this week. Two points from a possible six were secured away to BSP followed up by four points at home to Datchworth Green.

Wrong Bias

An errant bowl was delivered in a County Triples match and you will know that the offender cannot be named. In his defence the unnamed player did bowl the wrong ‘un in a trial end stating that it was intentional and he didn’t want to give anything away to the opposition.

If your team or individual result is not included it’s because I don’t know about it so please keep me informed of both team and individual results.

Enjoy your bowling. Kevin

7th May 2019 report

Results update

Our first friendly match of the season away to Hemel Hempstead is fast approaching and it has been encouraging to see so many club members at the club getting back into the swing of things. We had an excellent President v Captains team event on Bank Holiday Monday and although I can’t remember the score I know, more importantly, that all participants enjoyed an excellent afternoon of bowls. Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of the event and for the excellent fayre served up after the hard fought match.

National Competitions

Phil Russell began his national Champion of Champions campaign against a highly regarded opponent and eased to a 21-4 victory. A couple of days later Phil teamed up with Rhianna in the National mixed pairs competition and secured an excellent win 26-15. In the same competition, Ian Snook and Pip Barratini were in devastating form emerging victorious in their first-round match 32-8.

County competitions

County competitions are now in full swing and we had mixed results in the first round of the triples. Mike Poole, Barry Smith and Phil Russell emerged victorious from their trip to Harperbury and Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett and new boy Paddy Jones were winners against a Townsend triple. Not so fortunate were the trio of John Brown, Ian Kilford and Joe Festa who went down to a powerful Harpenden outfit.

This week sees more national and county competitions including mixed pairs, triples and fours.

Wrong bias

One wrong bias to report but as it is early in the season I will overlook it particularly as the miscreant is likely to bowl another one pretty soon….any guesses.