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We are now back on the green, even though with some restricitions still in place with a maximum of 24 players on the green at any one time and the clubhouse closed, except access. Hopefully these restricitions will soon ease further and we can welcome more members and visitors back to Hazells
Sunday 6th June 2021 – Hazells v Chandos Park - Mixed Friendly – Home – Won 161 - 78
The format of his afternoons game changed a couple of times as Chandos only had 15 players available on Friday however by Saturday evening they managed to get 2 more and so rather than having to ask more players to sit out it was agreed that we would play 5 triples and a pair to give everyone a game. Matthew Crick and Andy Watkins played the pairs game on the “Badgers Rink” and this was to be a high scoring game, during which we picked up 2 6’s and 3 4’s on our way to a 36-17 win. Leila Brindley, Inger McNeill & Josh Henly dominated their game from the start and they only lost 3 ends during the game, winning 32-3. Sue Watkins, Carol Crick & Paul Rogers were 13-0 ahead after 5 ends and despite dropping a 5 late on they won 23-16. Zoe Watkins, Eddie Chanell & Steve McNeill were also involved in a high scoring game which they won 31-7. Naomi Hooper, Judy Rogers & Mark Newman were involved in the closest game and they were 12-11 down after 12 ends but they then picked up a 3 & 4 and went on to win 19-17. Teresa Newman, Tony Brindley & Daniel Watkins were 9-4 down after 7 ends however they then picked up a 6 to get back in to the game. They then lost the next 5 ends to go 16-10 down but a strong finish saw them pick up 10 shots from 4 ends to give us a 20-18 win and all 6 rinks to Hazells.
Saturday 5th June 2021 – Hazells v Stony Stratford – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 105 - 99
This afternoon we had 6 triples travel to Stony Stratford and this saw both teams win on 3 rinks. Ann Ramsay, Ashley Dean & Steve McNeill started well and were 9-4 ahead after 6 ends and 15-9 ahead after 13 ends however they then lost the next 3 ends and the scores were close but we managed to win the last 2 ends and earn a 19-13 win. Kishore Seegoolam, Ian Ramsay & Josh Henly, despite dropping 7 shots from the first 2 ends, only lost 3 more ends during the game, winning 22-12. Highest winning rink for Hazells this afternoon went to Karen Seegoolam, Pete Coyne & Paul Rogers who were 6-0 down after 5 ends however they then picked up a 6 on the next end and from there they were never behind again in the game and went on to win 23-11. Teresa Newman, Barbara Ramsay & Inger McNeill played out a close game but when they dropped a 4 on the 12th end they went 13-10 down and from there they just couldn’t get back on level terms and ended up losing 19-13. Norman Handley, Keith Harper & Mark Newman got off to a slow start going 9-0 down after 4 ends and 12-5 down after 8 ends however they then picked up a 7 to level the scores at 12-12. Unfortunately having got back in to the game they immediately dropped a 5 but were back level at 17-17 after 13 ends. However a couple of ends later they dropped another 6 and this was too late to get back in the game and they lost 25-19. Rod Bacon, Judy Rogers & Tony Osborne started slowly and were 5-0 down after 3 ends and despite getting back level 3 ends later they then only won 4 more ends and ended up losing 19-9.
Saturday 29th May 2021 – Hazells v Leighton Buzzard – Mixed Friendly – Away – Lost 57-43
This afternoons friendly at Leighton Buzzard was reduced to 3 triples and so to give a couple more people a game, rather than asking them to sit out, we had 4 players that shared a game. Norman Bonham & Maureen Warwick shared a game and they played with Dave Wheeler & Andrew MacKenzie. This turned out to be a tough afternoon and we were 14-0 down after just 5 ends and things didn’t improve much as we lost 31-7. Joan & Joe Sweetman also shared a game and they played with Kishore Seegoolam & Pete Coyne and despite being 11-2 down after 7 ends we then managed to get back in to the game and we picked up a 5 & 6 on our way to a 20-15 win. Karen Seegoolam, Norman Handley & Keith Harper also started slowly and they too were behind early on and by 9 ends they were 8-4 behind however they too fought back well, picking up a 5 on the 15th end to finally take the lead, 14-10, and the held on for a 16-11 win.
Sunday 23rd May 2021 – Hazells v Linslade – Mixed Friendly – Home – Lost 62-60
This afternoon saw a very tight game with Linslade and Teresa Newman, Marion Garrett & Inger McNeill led from the start in their game and despite the scores being level at 8-8 after 11 ends we went on to win 15-11. Norman Garrett, Karen Seegoolam & Mark Newman had a tough game, winning just 5 of the first 14 ends however a strong comeback saw them narrowly lose 18-15. Kishore Seegoolam, Rod Bacon & Andrew MacKenzie were on the wrong side of a 21-12 scoreline, winning just 6 of the ends. Geoff Knott, Joan Sweetman & Josh Henly picked up a 5 on the 5th end to take control of their game and they then went on to win 6 ends in a row to earn an 18-12 win.
Saturday 22nd May 2021 – Hazells v Aylesbury Town – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 104 - 79
This afternoon we made the short journey to Aylesbury Town with 6 triples for what turned out to be a successful afternoon. Ann Ramsay, Judy Rogers & Andy Watkins started their game well and they picked up a 6 on the 8th end to go 13-2 ahead however their hosts then got back in to the game and after 15 ends the scores were level at 16-16. We then picked up a further 3 shots and held on for a 19-17 win. Norman Handey Inger McNeil & Matthew Crick were also involved in a close game and they were level at 10-10 after 13 ends but managed to pick up 5 shots from the next 3 ends and only dropped 1 shot on each of the last 2 ends to end up 15-12 winners. Barbara Ramsay, Daniel Watkins & Steve McNeill had the better of the first half of the game, leading 11-6 after 12 ends however they only picked up 1 more shot in the match and narrowly lost 15-12. Steve Goodchild, Sue Watkins & Paul Rogers were involved in a tight game and were level at 11-1 after 14 ends however they then lost the last 4 ends to lose 16-11. Anne Farmer, Carol Crick & Mark Newman played out a great game, with the odd “Hazells glide” being deployed, however they only lost 5 ends during the game which they won 17-9. Teresa Newman, Zoe Watkins and Roger Crick got off to a great start in their game going 7-1 ahead after 5 ends and with some great bowls being played by both Teresa & Zoe they went on to take highest winning rink with a 30-10 victory.
Sunday 16th May 2021 – Club Two Wood Day
Today we ran the qualifying rounds of the Mens & Ladies 2 Wood Competitions and despite being so early in the season there were some great matches played. Congratulations to Matthew Crick for reaching the final, having beaten Steve Goodchild, Roger Crick & Andy Watkins in his qualifying matches. Congratulations also to Keith Harper for reaching the final having beaten Paul Rogers, Steve McNeill and Ian Ramsay in his 3 rounds. In the ladies competition congratulations to Sue Watkins who has reached her first final courtesy of her win against Naomi Hooper and she will meet Carol Crick who had a close match against Ann Ramsay and then won against Inger McNeill in the semi final.
Saturday 15th May 2021 – Hazells v Kitcheners – Mixed Friendly
This afternoons return match at Kitcheners was cut short by the weather with 11 ends completed on most rinks and with Hazells in control of the game with leads on all rinks. We were at least able to take cover and share a drink with our hosts and wish them a successful season as we will not play them again until next year.
Sunday 9th May 2021 – Hazells v Cheddington – Mixed Friendly – Won 165 - 67
Today our friends at Cheddington agreed to play 3 triples at each of the 2 venues in order to comply with current guidelines but also to give as many members as possible a game. As you will have seen from the score line they may have been regretting that decision, although everyone appeared to enjoy the game and it was great to meet up again after such a long time. Sue Watkins, Ashley Dean & Carol Crick picked up a 4 on the first end and from there they were always in control of the game, winning 10 of the ends and ending up 25-15 winners. Norman Handley, Joan Sweetman & Matthew Crick played out a closer game and by the midpoint the scores were level at 6-6 however they went on to win 7 of the last 9 ends to win 15-8. Joe Sweetman, Daniel Watkins & Andy Watkins picked up 10 shots from the first 3 ends and unsurprisingly went on to take highest winning rink of the match courtesy of their 38-12 score line. Teresa Newman, Eddie Chanell & Steve McNeill only lost 5 ends during their game and they picked up 14 shots from the last 4 ends in a 31-10 win. Ann Ramsay, Judy Rogers & Mark Newman won the first 6 ends to take a 12-0 lead and despite dropping 8 shots from the next 4 ends they went on to win 25-12. Steve Goodchild, Roger Crick & Paul Rogers picked up 9 shots from the first 2 ends and they finished off a successful afternoon with another 31-10 win.
Sunday 9th May 2021 – Buck Cup Warm Up Game – Hazells v Newport Pagnall – Won 77 - 54
This morning we welcomed Newport Pagnall for a Bucks Cup warm up match, suggested by Newport Pagnall, in preparation for the start of this season cup competition. Having just earnt promotion to the cup they were looking to play some early fixtures against other teams in the Cup competition and we were only too pleased to accommodate their request. With the new format of 2 wood triples this would be a great training session for both teams and a chance to see the impact of changes. The speed of the game was certainly noticeable with the match finishing in about 1¾ hours. Despite being so early in the season there were some great ends played on all of the rinks and it was great to get that winning feeling back in preparation for next weeks opener against Waddesdon. As the match was just a friendly practice session both teams switched their sides around during the game to give additional players a chance to play. Ian Ramsay, Tony Osborne, Roger Crick and the Matthew Crick earnt a fairly comfortable 20-10 win, having picked up 7 shots from the first 3 ends. Matthew Crick, Steve McNeill, Paul Rogers and Tony Brindley were always in control of their game although they did drop 5 shots from the last 2 ends but held on for a 19-14 win. Daniel Watkins, Eddie Chanell & Mark Newman played out a close game and only went behind once after the first end, dropping a 2, however they picked up a 3 the next end. That was shortly followed by winning 5 ends in a row to take a 15-6 lead and they went on to win 22-12. Keith Harper, Pete Coyne & Andy Watkins played out a close game, which was probably decided by 2 ends which saw us drop a 4 and a 6 and although we picked up 10 shots from 4 ends ourselves, to go in to the last 2 ends level on 16-16, we then dropped a shot on each of the last 2 ends to lose 18-16.
Saturday 8th May 2021 – Hazells v Chalfont St Giles – Mixed Friendly – Lost 72 - 62
With heavy rain for most of Friday night, into Saturday morning this afternoons friendly was in doubt however the rain eased off around lunchtime ensuring that the game could go ahead. The strong winds didn’t help in what were already tricky conditions. Paul Warner, Judy Rogers and Ian Ramsay took their time adjusting to conditions, going 12-2 down after 10 ends, however once they started to come to terms with the green they put in a great finish, picking up 17 shots from 7 of the remaining 8 ends to win 19-15. Ann Ramsay, Sue Watkins & Paul Rogers were always behind in their game, only winning 6 ends in a 26-10 defeat. Zoe Watkins, Matthew Crick & Andy Watkins couldn’t have asked for a better start picking up 11 shots from the first 5 ends however their hosts then started to get back in to the game and we only won 4 more ends but the big lead meant that they were able to hold on for an 18-13 win. In the final game Barbara Ramsay, Joan Sweetman & Daniel Watkins could have done with an extra end as they came back from 16-9 down with 4 ends to play to lose by 1 shot, 16-15.
Thursday 6th May 2021 – Hazells v Stony Stratford – Mixed Friendly – Lost 77 - 63
This afternoon we welcomed 4 triples from Stony Stratford for a mixed friendly. Teresa Newman, Norman Handley & Tony Osborne got off to a great start in their game going 10-1 ahead after 4 ends and from there they controlled the game, winning 22-10. Ann Ramsay, Steve Goodchild & Kishore Seegoolam had the opposite start, going 12-0 down after 4 ends however they then picked up 8 shots from the next 3 ends to get back into the game. Unfortunately they only won 4 more ends during the game, losing 23-14. Karen Seegoolam, Rod Bacon & Andrew MacKenzie had an equally tough afternoon, dropping a 5 and 2 4’s in their game, losing 25-12. Joan Sweetman, Dave Wheeler & Mark Newman got off to a great start going 11-1 ahead after 6 ends however the visitors then managed to get back in to the game and we only won a further 4 ends, losing 19-15.
3rd May 2021 – Colchester Memorial Trophy Qualifying Round
The Colchester Memorial qualifying round was moved to the morning, due to the weather forecast for later that day and this turned out to be a good decision as, despite the cold, we stayed dry and had some enjoyable games. With a full green of 24 bowlers split in 2 groups of 12 (6 pairs) each team played 3 games of this fixed jack competition with 10points available each end for the 4 closest woods. Group A included the pairs of Paul Rogers & Carol Crick, Daniel Watkins & Joan Sweetman, Mark Newman & Barbara Ramsay, Eddie Chanell & Naomi Hooper, Matthew Crick & Ann Ramsay and Josh Henly & Zoe Watkins (who kindly stepped in at the last minute). This group was won by Daniel & Joan with a total score of 105. Group B contained Ashley Dean & Judy Rogers, Sue & Andy Watkins, Steve McNeill & Carol Chanell, Teresa Newman & Karen Seegoolam, Roger Crick & Kishore Seegoolam & Ian Ramsay and Inger McNeill. This group was won by Roger & Kishore who will play Daniel & Joan in the final over finals weekend. This was another enjoyable game and thanks to everyone for supporting this competition
2nd May 2021 – Hazells v Kitcheners – Friendly – Home – Won 71 - 62
This afternoon we once again played a reduced fixture of 4 triples, however hopefully we will soon be back to something that is closer to normality. Joe Sweetman played his first friendly for the club this afternoon, with Steve & Josh and although he didn’t get off to a winning start he played well and hopefully enjoyed his game. His triple got off to a bad start going 15-1 down after just 7 ends, although they started to come back at the visitors but it was just too big a deficit to overcome, losing 22-16. Norman Handley, Inger McNeill & Pete Coyne picked up 8 shots from the first 2 ends and never looked back, winning 23-9. Joan Sweetman, Teresa Newman & Tony Osbourne got off to a slow start going 6-2 down after 7 ends however they then picked up a 5, 6 & 4 on the next 3 ends and went on to win 24-12. Anne Farmer, Eddie Chanell & Mark Newman found conditions on rink 4 rather tricky this afternoon and only managed to win 6 of the 18 ends, losing 19-8, however the overall score provided Hazells with their 3rd consecutive friendly win of the season.
1st May 2021 – Club Mixed Singles League
This morning we completed the draws for all of the club competitions, details of which can be found later in the newsletter, followed by the start of the Mixed Singles Competition. With 18 competitors, 2 of which were not available for the day, a draw was completed to split these in to 4 groups. Groups A & B included the 2 entrants that were unable to play today and so they have these games to be played during the season. Group C was a closely fought group with Carol Crick, Josh Henly, Joan Sweetman and Matthew Crick. Carol, Joan and Josh all won 2 of their 3 games however going through to the semi-finals, on number of ends won, was Joan. Group D saw George Murdoch, Steve Goodchild, Paul Rogers & Ian Ramsay play out some close games but it was Steve that won all 3 of his games to qualify for the semi-finals.
29th April 2021 – Hazells v Dunstable – Friendly – Won 71 - 53
This afternoon we welcomed 4 triples from Dunstable and with an almost completely different side compared to the weekend we added another win to the start of the season. Marion Garrett, Rod Bacon & Eddie Chanell played out a close game and the scores were level at 11-11 after 14 ends. Despite taking the next end we then dropped 2 shots on each of the next 2 ends and were only able to pull 1 shot back on the last end, meaning we lost 15-13. Norman Garrett, Kishore Seegoolam & Mark Newman were also involved in a close game finding themselves behind for almost the entire game and with 1 end left to play there were 1 shot behind and they managed to get shot on the last end to earn an 11-11 draw. Karen Seegoolam, Paul Warner & Andrew MacKenzie were 9-0 down after 6 ends however they fought back well picking up 11 shots over the next 6 ends and were then level at 11-11. Despite dropping another 4 we were still able to win 4 of the last 6 ends on our way to a 19-16 win. Geoff Knott, Dave Wheeler & Anne Farmer picked up highest winning rink of the match in a game that saw them pick up 3 fives in the game on their way to a 28-11 win
Sunday 25th April – Hazells v Wingrave Friendly – Won 136 - 72
We had our first friendly in almost 18 months this afternoon and in order to accommodate as many people as possible that wanted to play, both clubs agreed to play 3 triples at home and away. At home Karen Seegoolam, Ashley Dean & Andy Watkins got off to a good start, although with Josh Henly playing for Wingrave as they had a player drop out at last minute, this turned out to be a tougher game than it may otherwise have been. We went 5-1 ahead after 5 ends however by the 10th end we were 8-6 down but we then went on to pick up 8 shots from the next 4 ends before going on to win 15-13. Rod Bacon, Matthew Crick & Daniel Watkins lost the 1st 3 ends in their game however they then picked up 7 shots from the next 3 ends. By the 12th end they were 14-8 down but they then picked up 9 shots from the next 3 ends and went on to win 20-17. In the final game at home Sue Watkins, Kishore Seegoolam & Roger Crick got off to a slow start going 6-2 down after 6 ends however they then got back into the game and only lost 2 more ends on their way to a 23-9 win. Away from home Judy Rogers, Ian Ramsay & Mark Newman picked up a 5 and 6 in the first 5 ends and they were always in control of this game and ended up winning 31 – 12. Teresa Newman, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill had a slower start with the scores level at 3-3 after 5 ends however they then went on to win 8 of the next 10 ends to go 23-5 ahead and they ended up winning 24-8. The final game saw Inger McNeill, Eddie Chanell & Paul Rogers drop a 4 on the first end however they picked up a 3 the next end and on the 5th end they picked up a 7 to start a winning run of 5 consecutive ends to take a 19-6 lead and although the hosts started to get back in to the game we ended up winning 23-13.
Saturday 24th April 2021 – Club Friendly Game
This afternoon with no friendly scheduled 22 of our members turned up for a fun competition played in the American Tournament style. We played 3 games of 7 ends with each bowler drawing their team and playing position prior to each game. Each bowler then records their own score across the 3 games and the top 3 bowlers received a cash prize. On a warm sunny afternoon it was great to see so many people back enjoying each others company and a fun game of bowls, whilst adhering to the current covid guidelines. Despite being very early in the season the green was bowling well, despite a few little bumps along the way, which meant there was some very good games being played. In 3rd place this afternoon was George Murdoch with a score of 26 shots from the 21 ends. Andy & Daniel Watkins tied for the lead with 27 shots each however the winner was determined by shot difference and with a shot difference of +13 compared to his dads +8 it was Daniel that started this season as he finished last season, in winning ways. Congratulations Daniel and thanks to everyone that came along and supported the afternoon and lets hope for many more enjoyable days this season