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Congratulations to Hazells Hotshots in the Ray Keen league for securing their 3rd promotion in successive seasons and who will now join the Hazells Wunders in Division 1 next season.
3rd to 5th September – Finals Weekend
Thanks to all those of you that entered competitions this year for making sure we cleared the backlog of games that enabled us to have a fantastic finals weekend. The weekend started with the Mens & Ladies Two Wood competitions along with the Open Handicap Singles. In the Mens 2 Wood Keith got off to the better start against Matthew however Matthew then went on a run of winning 8 out of 9 ends to go 14-6 ahead after 13 ends and he managed to take the win with a 16-9 victory. In the Ladies 2 Wood Carol Crick only lost 2 of the first 10 ends to take a 13-2 lead against Sue Watkins and she managed to see the game out, winning 16-7. In the Open Handicap Singles Daniel Watkins didn’t take it easy on his dad and despite having to give Andy a 1 shot head start he soon got himself ahead in the match, picking up 11 shots in 6 ends, without reply. He continued to control the game and won 21-5. On Saturday morning the Mens Triples saw Daniel Watkins, Joe Sweetman & Paul Rogers take on Matthew Crick, John Stone & Mark Newman. Matthews triple picked up a 5 on the first end, only to drop a 4 on the next end and then on the 6th end they dropped a 7 to go 11-8 behind. They managed to put that behind them and by the 14th end they had taken a 15-14 lead. They then dropped another 4 and lost 4 of the last 5 ends which saw Pauls team win 23-17. In the Open Singles Roger Crick was taking on Eddie Chanell and Roger took a 7-1 lead after 5 ends however Eddie then pulled 4 shots back from the next 2 ends but this just seemed to inspire Roger who then won 7 of the next 9 ends to win the match 21-10. In the Mixed Singles League final Steve McNeill was in fine form against Keith Harper, taking a 12-0 lead after just 7 ends. Steve never let Keith settle in to the game and he went on to win 21-6 after just 15 ends. In the final game on Saturday Zoe Watkins & Carol Crick were playing Sue Watkins & Judy Rogers in the Ladies Pairs and this was a great game which saw Judy & Sue pick up 5 shots from the first 2 ends only for Zoe & Carol to level the scores after 5 ends. Sue & Judy then got back in to the lead and after 10 ends they were 13-6 ahead. Zoe & Carol then won the next 5 ends to trail 13-11 and by the 19th end the scores were level at 15-15 and Zoe & Carol managed to win the last 2 ends to win the match 17-15.
On Saturday afternoon Matthew Crick was playing in the London & Southern Counties Lonsdale Singles final at Bounds Green Bowls Club and with no fixtures in our club finals that afternoon some of our members went to Bounds Green to support Matthew, which he greatly appreciated. In just the 2nd season that the club has entered the London & Southern Counties competitions this was a great achievement to reach 1 of the finals. Matthew was playing a very good player from Atherley Bowls Club in Hampshire and despite having a great game himself, Matthew just couldn’t quite keep up with his opponent who was drawing some magnificent shots. At 20-5 down Matthew pulled off a brave shot to save the game and then went on to win the new few ends to get back to 20-10 before finally losing the game on the next end to a fantastic last bowl from his opponent. Well done though Matthew on a great run in the competition representing Hazells.
On Sunday morning we were back to our club finals and in the Mixed Triples Sue Watkins, Matthew Crick & Ian Ramsay were up against Steve Goodchild, Teresa Newman & Andy Watkins and this was to be a tough game for Ian’s triple. This was however a tight game for the first 10 ends with most ends being won with a single shot however it was Steve, Teresa and Mark that took the lead and never gave the lead up, eventually winning the game 16-6. In the new Silver Stars Pairs competition Norman Bonham & George Murdoch were up against Ann Ramsay & Andrew MacKenzie and it was Ann & Andrew that took the early lead, going 6-2 up after 5 ends however by the 10th end they were then 8-6 down. The last 5 ends were also close and they went in to the last end with the scores level at 10-10, with Ann & Andrew picking up 2 shots on the last end for the win. In the Mens Pairs Pete Coyne & Roger Crick struggled to keep in the game against Daniel Watkins & Josh Henly who were both playing some great bowls. Daniel & Josh picked up a 6 on the 2nd end and by the 7th end they were 15-3 ahead and this was always then going to just be a case of controlling the game out, whereas Pete & Roger were having to play catch up and try to force shots to get back in the game. But a fantastic performance from Josh & Daniel saw them take the title with a 26-13 win after 18 ends. Back in action after lunch Daniel Watkins was then playing with Andy in the Ken Vincent Trophy against Ian Ramsay & Keith Harper. Daniel continued his fine form in this game and extended his winning run over the weekend courtesy of his and Andy’s 22-10 win. In the Novice Singles Steve Goodchild was also looking to add to his morning win when he took on Joan Sweetman. This was a great game that saw Joan take a 6-0 lead only to see Steve get back level 2 ends later and Joan then went 14-7 ahead however Steve then fought back and went 15-14 ahead. The game continued in the same way with the lead switching places however it was Steve that managed to finish the game on top, winning 21-18 to secure his 2nd win of the weekend. In the Mens Handicap Singles Roger Crick was looking to put the disappointment of his morning loss in the pairs behind him as he played Mark Newman. Roger got off to a great start going 6-1 ahead after 6 ends and this seemed to settle the nerves as he went on to win 21-13. In the final session of the weekend we saw 4 more great games. In the Colchester Memorial Trophy Kishore Seegoolam & Roger Crick were up against Joan Sweetman & Daniel Watkins and Roger and Kishore got off to the best possible start picking up 40 of the 50 points available from the first 5 ends however Daniel & Joan then picked up 34 of the next 50 available points to reduce the deficit to just 12 points. They then scored maximum points from 2 of the last 5 ends and went on to win 77 to 73, giving Daniel an impressive 5 final wins from the weekend. In the Ladies Handicap Singles we saw another great game between Liz Goodchild & Carol Crick and this was a close game throughout and one that lasted 27 ends however it was Carol Crick that picked up her 3rd win of the weekend courtesy of her 21-13 win. In the Ladies Singles final Sue Watkins was playing Teresa Newman and Sue got off to a great start taking a 7-2 lead after 4 ends however Teresa then started to find her form and after 8 ends Teresa was 9-8 ahead and she only dropped 1 more shot on her way to a 21-9 win and another shot at next seasons Champion of Champions competition. In the Mens Singles we saw another great tussle between Matthew Crick and Andy Watkins and this match went on for 27 ends although having taking the lead after the 1st end Matthew never lost the lead throughout the game. Both players played some great shots during the match, despite the pressure however Matthew eventually won the game 21-18 to earn his debut in the Champion of Champions competition next season.
Thanks to all of you that came along to support the matches over the weekend and to those of you that gave up your time to help with marking and running the BBQ. This all helped to make this a great weekend and as the season now starts to draw to a close please remember that there are still plenty of friendlies left so please make yourself available for as many as possible.
2nd September 2021 – Hazells v Princes Risborough – Away – Lost 94 - 66
This afternoon 5 triples made the short journey to Princes Risborough and this turned out to be a tough afternoon for our team. Marion Garrett, Karen Seegoolam & Rod Bacon were leading 8-5 at the half way stage however the hosts the picked up 4 3’s in the 2nd half and went on to win 19-12. Gill Errington, John Stone & Brian Abigail also struggled and only won 6 ends in the game, losing 19-9. Norman Garrett, Ellen Livett & Andrew MacKenzie were level at 7-7 after 9 ends and still level at 13-13 after 17 ends however they dropped a 3 on the last end to lose 16-13. Sheila Lawlor, Liz Goodchild & Dave Wheeler got off to a slow start and were 8-2 down after 9 ends however they then started to fightback and probably needed a couple more ends as they picked up 5 shots from the last 2 ends and lost 16-13. Steph Rose, Steve Goodchild & Geoff Knott picked up a 5 and a 7 in the first 10 ends to go 15-12 ahead however by the 17th end the scores were level at 19-19 and they then dropped a 5 on the last end to lose 24-19.
22nd August 2021 – Hazells v Cheddington – Friendly – Away – Won 84 - 68
This afternoon we were back at Cheddington, looking to bounce back from the recent Hanson trophy defeat at the same venue. Norman Garrett, Steve Goodchild & Eddie Chanell took the lead after 5 ends and then picked up 11 shots from 4 ends and from there they saw the game out with an 18-13 win. Liz Goodchild, John Stone & Mark Newman had a comfortable win, picking up 2 5’s in the first 5 ends to go 13-1 ahead and they only lost 5 ends in a 26-8 win. Ann Ramsay, Norman Bonham & Paul Rogers got off to a slow start and were 7-2 down after 8 ends however they then started to fight back and would have needed a couple more ends to complete the comeback however they lost 14-13, despite winning 4 of the last 5 ends. Marion Garrett, Joan Sweetman & Teresa Newman won 12 ends in their game as they won 16-9. Maureen Warwick, Geoff Knott & Andrew MacKenzie got off to a slow start in their game and they were 7-2 down after 7 ends however they then picked up 9 shots from the next 5 ends to go 10-7 ahead. Unfortunately that was to be the last end that they won and they ended up losing 24-11.
21st August 2021 – Mixed Triples
Following last weeks successful Mens Triples this week we turned our attention to the Mixed triples which threw up some great games. Ian Ramsay, Matthew Crick & Sue Watkins were up against Liz Goodchild, Carol Crick & Steve McNeill played out a close game and it was Ian’s team that won 18-13. Barbara Ramsay, Judy Rogers & Pete Coyne were playing Norman Bonham, Zoe Watkins and Mark Newman and they won 18-8. The 2 winners of these games played each other in the semi-final and it was Ian, Matthew & Sue that ran out comfortable winners 21-6 to take their place in next weeks final. In the other half of the draw Steve Goodchild, Teresa Newman & Andy Watkins had a comfortable 26-7 win against Tony Brindley, Joan Sweetman & Paul Rogers which meant they would play Ann Ramsay, Anne Farmer & Daniel Watkins the semi-final after their comfortable, 19-10 win against Inger McNeill, Ashley Dean & Roger Crick. The semi-final was also a rather 1 sided affair with Andy’s team winning 28-4
17th August 2021 – Hazells v Wingrave – Friendly – Away – Won – 62 - 53
This evening we were looking to bounce back from the disappointing result on Friday night with a trip to Wingrave with 4 triples. Karen Seegoolam, Geoff Knott & Tony Osborne had a comfortable win, losing just 4 ends in the game that they won 23-5. Carol Chanell, Tony Brindley & Eddie Chanell had a much closer game although the 5 shots they dropped on the 3rd end meant that they were behind for much of the game however they fought back well and narrowly lost 16-13. Leila Brindley, Kishore Seegoolam & Paul Rogers led from the start in their game and never gave up the lead in their 19-8 win. Paul Warner, Ian Ramsay & Judy Rogers couldn’t have got off to a worse start losing the first 8 ends to go 16-0 down however they kept battling away and ended up losing 24-7.
15th August 2021 – Club Mens Triples
After several changes of date for this years Mens Triples we finally managed to get the quarter and semi finals played today with some great games of bowls to be seen. With 6 triples there were 2 games in the morning and 2 triples had a bye through to the afternoon session. Matthew Crick, John Stone & Mark Newman were playing Tony Brindley, George Murdoch & Pete Coyne in the first quarter final and it was Pete’s team that got off to a good start picking up 6 shots from the first 2 ends and by the halfway stage they were 8-7 ahead however they then dropped 6 shots from the next 2 ends and Marks triple finished the stronger of the 2 teams and earnt their place in the semi final with a 23-12 win. Kishore Seegoolam, Ashley Dean & Eddie Chanell were playing Joe Sweetman, Daniel Watkins & Paul Rogers and this was a close game throughout, although Eddies triple picked up a 5 on the 14th end to go 17-13 ahead however they then dropped 2 3’s and ended up drawing 19-19 after 18 ends so they had to play an extra end which saw Joe, Daniel & Paul get the winning shot and the other place in the semi-final. The afternoon semi-finals had drawn the winning team from the morning playing the team with a bye and it was the experience from the morning games that won through. Steve Goodchild, Ian Ramsay & Steve McNeill were up against Matthew, John & Mark and it was Marks team that came out on top in this match, winning 17-7. In the other semi-final Paul, Daniel & Joe were up against Norman Bonham, Josh Henly & Andy Watkins and Pauls team took the early lead however Andy’s team then picked up a 5 on the 7th end to trail by just 1 shot, however they then dropped a 7 & 4 on the next 2 ends and this was to prove to big a deficit to make back up and it was Paul’s team that won 21-13.
14th August 2021 – Club Aussie Pairs
This afternoons Aussie Pairs was played under a different format with each game being played over 2 sets of 5 ends and a single end playoff if the scores were level at 1 set each. The winners from the first round played again in the Cup and the losers played a 2nd game in a plate round. Paul Rogers & Ann Ramsay beat George Murdoch & Karen Seegoolam and Teresa Newman & Joe Sweetman beat Pete Coyne & John Stone to reach the final of the Cup whilst Mark Newman & Kishore Seegoolam beat Anne Farmer & Steve Goodchild and Steve McNeill & Marion Garrett beat Joan Sweetman & Norman Garret to reach the plate final. Well done to Teresa & Joe for winning the Cup competition and earning £15 each, with Paul & Ann taking £7.50 each as Runners Up. Mark & Kishore won the plate and £8 each whilst Marion and Steve took £4.50 each.
13th August 2021 – Hazells v Cheddington – Hanson Trophy – Away – 1st Leg – Lost 93 - 83
This evenings game should have been the return leg of this competition however the 1st game was postponed due to a flooded green and will be played on 10th October. Liz Goodchild, Anne Farmer, Pete Coyne & Eddie Chanell got off to a slow start in their game picking up just 2 shots from the first 9 ends however they then picked up 13 shots from the 2nd 9 ends, winning 15-13. Leila Brindley, Steve Goodchild, Josh Henly & Steve McNeill played out a close game, although they too got off to a slow start picking up just 4 shots from 9 ends however by the 15th end the scores were level at 12-12. Unfortunately they then dropped a further 3 shots, losing 15-13. Ann Ramsay, Kishore Seegoolam, Brian Abigail & Mark Newman won the first 2 ends however by the 9th end they were 8-4 down but they then picked up a 5 and went on to win 17-11. Zoe, Sue, Daniel & Andy were always behind in their game and despite fighting back throughout they were always playing catch up and ended up losing 16-12. Teresa Newman, Carol Chanell, Tony Brindley & Tony Osborne started well until they dropped a 6 on the 4th end however they soon bounced back and by the 14th end they were 16-10 ahead, however they then dropped 6 shots over the next 3 ends to go in to the last end level at 16-16 and we managed to pick up a single shot on the last end to win by 1.Paul Warner, Karen Seegoolam, Inger McNeill & Paul Rogers had the toughest game of the evening and despite winning the first 2 ends they then dropped 7 shots from the next 3 ends and were playing catch up for the rest of the game. By the 15th end they were just 4 shots behind and with hope of getting something out of the game however they dropped another 10 shots from the last 3 ends to lose 23-10.
10th August 2021 – Hazells v Tring – Friendly – Home – Won – 108 - 50
This evening Tring were the visitors to Hazells and this was to prove another successful night for Hazells. Ann Ramsay, Anne Farmer & Tony Osborne never dropped more than a single shot in any end and they won their game 22-6. Steve Goodchild, Leila Brindley & Eddie Chanell led their game from the start although this was a much closer game throughout but they managed to hold on for a 16-12 win. Barbara Ramsay, Inger McNeill & Mark Newman also had a close game and they dropped a 5 on the 4th end and they were behind for most of the game and were 16-10 down with 4 ends to play however they then picked up a 4 & 2 from the next 2 ends to level at 16-16, only to drop 2 shots on the 17th end. However they then picked up 3 from the last end to earn a 19-18 win. Carol Chanell, Tony Brindley & Steve McNeill picked up 2 sixes and a 5 during their game, losing just 5 ends in the game and finishing with a 29-7 win. Teresa Newman, Liz Goodchild & Josh Henly started well, going 5-1 ahead after 4 ends and from there they continued to put the pressure on their opponents and they went on to win 22-7
8th August 2021 – Hazells v Wing – Friendly – Home – Won – 118 - 54
This afternoon we welcomed Wing to Hazells and we were looking to continue our current great run of form in friendlies. Karen Seegoolam, Andrew MacKenzie & Brian Abigail struggled during the first half of the game and were 10-6 down after 11 ends however they then picked up 10 shots from the next 6 ends and were 16-13 ahead going in to the last end however they unfortunately dropped a 5 to lose 18-16. Ellen Livett, Inger McNeill & Mark Newman had a great game and were 17-0 ahead after 9 ends and they didn’t let up in the 2nd half and went on to win 28-6. Steve Goodchild, Ashley Dean & Steve McNeill also led from the start in their game and although the score wasn’t as comfortable as Mark’s rink they still won 21-9. Sheila Lawlor, Kishore Seegoolam & Paul Rogers were 7-7 after 9 ends however they then dropped 9 shots over the next 3 ends but managed to get them back and by the 16th end the scores were back level at 16-16. They then picked up 3 on the next end and finished in style with 7 shots from the last end to win 26-16. Liz Goodchild, Judy Rogers & Pete Coyne also controlled their game throughout and only lost 4 ends during the game. Not wanting to be outdone by Paul’s rink they too picked up 7 shots on the 17th end and won the game 27-5.
7th August 2021 – Hazells v Buckingham West End – Friendly – Away - Won 89 - 85
This afternoon we managed to miss the heavy rain for our game at Buckingham, although had it been at home the game would probably have been abandoned as our green was partially under water when we got back after the game. This was a very close game overall, although we only won 2 of the 6 triples. Gill, Rod & Eddie picked up a 5 on the 6th end to go 8-4 ahead and from there they didn’t give up the lead and went on to win 18-10. Marion, Ian & Steve were 4-2 down after 5 ends however they then picked up a 4 and from there they took control of the game and they picked up 10 shots from 4 ends to take highest winning rink with a 23-8 win. Barbara, Tony Brindley & Inger started their game well and went 6-2 ahead after 4 ends however they then lost the next 7 ends and finished up losing 18-11. Ann Ramsay, Anne Farmer & Matthew got off to a slow start and were 9-3 down after 7 ends however they then started to get back in to the game and were 13-13 after 16 ends however they then dropped a 3 and were only able to recover 1 of those shots on the last end and finished up losing 16-14. Steph, Norman Garrett & Roger were winning alternate ends for the first 11 ends, after which the scores were level at 9-9 however they only won 1 more end and ended up losing 19-13. Margaret, George & Paul Rogers had a tough afternoon on a typical ditchside rink where they found it very difficult to find a line closest to the ditch however they kept battling and narrowly lost 14-10.
6th August 2021 – Hazells v Wendover – Adams Cup – Home – Won 92 (202) – 90 (172)
This evening we went in to the 2nd leg of this years Adams Cup with a 28 shot lead from the first game however this was to be a much closer game tonight. Paul Warner, Steve Goodchild, Naomi Hooper & Roger Crick got off to a slow start and were 12-5 down after 12 ends however they then turned the game around, winning the remaining 6 ends to earn a 16-12 win. Anne Farmer, Geoff Knott, Matthew Crick & Tony Osborne were also slow to get started in the game and they were 16-6 down after 11 ends and despite winning 5 of the last 6 ends they lost 18-13. Leila Brindley, Liz Goodchild, Ian Ramsay & Steve McNeill led this game from the start and on the 8th end they picked up a 6 to go 14-3 ahead and they controlled the game very well to get a 22-8 win. Ann Ramsay, Andrew MacKenzie, Keith Harper & Eddie Chanell also took an early lead and by the 12th end they were 15-6 ahead and despite only winning 1 more end they held on for a 19-14 win. Carol Chanell, Kishore Seegoolam, Josh Henly & Mark Newman had one of those games to forget, winning just 3 ends in the game and losing 30-4. Barbara Ramsay, Karen Seegoolam, Carol Crick & Paul Rogers won the first 8 ends in their game to take an 11-0 lead and although the teams won 5 ends each for the remainder of the game we still held on for an 18-8 win
County Unbadged Singles Final – Chesham Bowls Club Sunday 1st August
Roger Crick played Chris Fox from Wexham Bowls Club in the final of this years competition and with both bowlers coming through tough semi-finals where they had to come back from losing positions both were hoping to put in a better performance and get in to the game early on. Despite the rain making the green challenging Roger managed to take the early lead and kept up the pressure on his opponent throughout the game and he ended up winning 21-6 after just 47 mins and so finally manages to win the competition that he has previously reached the semi-final and final of.
1st August 2021 – Hazells v Thame – Friendly – Home – Won 126 - 66
This afternoon we hosted Thame in a 5 triples friendly and we continued our great recent run of form with another good win. Ann Ramsay,. Geoff Knott & Steve McNeill were 4-1 down after 5 ends however they then picked up 9 shots from the next 5 ends and 8 shots from the last 5 ends in a 20-17 win. Sheila Lawlor, Inger McNeill & Brian Abigail got off to a great start in their game going 8-1 ahead after 5 ends and they continued to control the game throughout and were looking to have won their rink as they went in to the last end 15-11 ahead however they then dropped a 5 to lose 16-15.Ellen Livett, Judy Rogers & Ian Ramsay were 6-5 down after 5 ends however they then picked up an 8 and only lost 2 more ends throughout the game as they picked up highest winning rink with a 36-9 scoreline. Anne Farmer, John Stone, playing his 1st friendly for the club, & Mark Newman led from the 1st end and despite dropping a 5 during the game they won 23-17. Teresa Newman, George Murdoch & Josh Henly rounded off the win for Hazells with a comfortable 32-7 win.
17th July 2021 – Hazells v Aston Clinton – Friendly – Away – Won 43 – 42
This afternoon 4 triples went to Aston Clinton, although due to the heat it was agreed to reduce the game to 15 ends and 1 shot on the first 2 ends. Marion Garrett, Joan Sweetman & Mark Newman played out a close game and after taking a 4-2 lead they then went behind 10-4 but then picked up a 3 on the next 2 ends to level the game again and this continued to remain close and we went in to the last end 1 down but managed to pick up a 2 to win 15-14. Joe Sweetman, Teresa Newman & Judy Rogers picked up highest winning rink, losing just 5 of the 15 ends during a 20-8 win. Norman Garrett, Dave Wheeler & Andrew MacKenzie were 4-2 up after 5 ends however they then dropped a 4 to go behind. However they then won the next 7 ends to go 13-6 ahead and despite dropping 2 on each of the last 2 ends they held on for a 13-10 win. Margaret Oliffe, Steve Goodchild & Paul Rogers won the first 4 ends to go 8-0 ahead, although by the 9th end they were only 9-8 ahead but they managed to push on and get a 15-10 win.
14th July 2021 – Ray Keen League
Wing v Hazells Wunders – The Wunders were at Wing and found the green much heavier than they were used to and so took time to adjust however despite going 8-2 down they came back to earn a 13-13 draw
Hazells Hotshots v Cheddington Bees – The Hotshots got off to a bad start in their game, dropping a 7 on the 3rd end and then a couple of ends later they dropped another 5. With the reduced number of ends they had to play the rest of the match trying to make back shots and ended up losing 23 - 10
11th July 2021 – Hazells v Bletchley St Martins – Friendly – Away - Won 80 - 79
This afternoon we had 5 triples making the trip to Bletchley St Martins and this was another enjoyable game on a good green with very little between the 2 clubs. This is always a good fixture and today was to be no exception. Leila Brindley, George Murdoch & Mathew Crick got off to a great start picking up a 5 on the 1st end and by the 6th end they were 11-1 ahead however the home side started to get back in to the game and by the 11th end we were 12-8 ahead and we stayed ahead and went in to the last end 18-11 ahead, only to drop a 5 on the last end and finish 18-16 winners.Anne Farmer, Tony Brindley & Roger Crick had a close game on their rink with the led swapping between the 2 teams at regular intervals and we went in to the last end 2 shots ahead however we then dropped a 3 to lose by 1, 17-16.Teresa Newman, Andrew MacKenzie & Pete Coyne spent most of the game trying to play catch up, having one 8-2 down after 7 ends. Despite winning 9 ends each we lost 16-11. Ann Ramsay, Judy Rogers & Mark Newman struggled in their game, dropping 2 fives during the game and they ended up losing 22-10. Highest winning rink for Hazells went to Steve Goodchild, Carol Crick & Paul Rogers who picked up 2 fives and a four during their game, winning 25-8, which was enough to win the match by a single shot
10th July 2021 – Hazells v Chandos Park – Friendly – Away – Won 107 - 71
After our convincing home win against Chandos earlier in the season we went into todays game at Chandos confident of securing the double and despite losing on 2 rinks we were able to achieve another good win, all be it by a smaller margin. Anne Farmer, Dave Wheeler & Eddie Chanell were highest winning rink, only losing 3 ends during the game that they won 28-4. Norman Handley, Rod Bacon & Paul Rogers looked in complete control of their game at the halfway point as they were 10-3 ahead however they then dropped a 6 and single shot to go level at 10-10. On the 14th end they then picked up a 5 to regain control and they went on to win 3 of the remaining 4 ends to win 22-13. Carol Chanell, Liz Goodchild & Mark Newman took the early lead in their game and were looking comfortable until they dropped 9 shots in 4 ends to go 15-12 down however that seemed to give them the kick start they needed and they picked up 10 shots from the last 5 ends to win 22-15. Karen Seegoolam, Naomi Hooper & Judy Rogers led from the 1st end to the last and finished up winning 15-10. Teresa Newman, Kishore Seegoolam & Josh Henly played out a close game and were level at 5-5 after 10 ends however the wheels then fell off as they lost the next 7 ends and lost 15-7. Steve Goodchild, Geoff Knott & Steve McNeill were also involved in a very close game throughout and there was never more than a couple of shots between the 2 teams and despite picking up 2 on the last end we lost 14-13.
4th July 2021 – Hazells v Berkhamsted – Friendly – Away – Won 83 - 59
This afternoons game was reduced to 4 triples as Berkhamsted couldn’t get enough players for 5 triples. Ann Ramsay, Tony Brindley & Mark Newman got off to a bad start dropping 9 shots from the first 4 ends however they then started to get back in to the match and when they picked up a 6 on the 10th end they were just a single shot behind and this seemed give them the encouragement they needed as they went on to pick up another 6 shots from the last 3 ends to earn a 22-17 win. Leila Brindley, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill went ahead early in their game and were always in control and went on to win 24-14, which included picking up a 6 on the 15th end. Anne Farmer, Judy Rogers & Inger McNeill played out a close game and were 14-9 ahead with 5 ends to go however they then lost those 5 ends to lose the game 16-14. Andrew MacKenzie, Rod Bacon & Paul Rogers got off to a slow start again going 10-2 down after 6 ends however they then picked up 12 shots from the next 4 ends and only lost 2 more ends in the match as they ran out 23-12 winners
3rd July 2021 – Hazells v Potten End – Friendly – Away – Drew 79 - 79
This afternoon we took 5 triples to Potten End and the game ended in a draw, with 2 winning rinks each and a drawn rink. Anne Farmer, Rod Bacon & Eddie Chanell got our first win, helped by picking up 9 shots from the last 5 ends in a 19-9 win. Margaret Oliffe, Carol Crick & Paul Rogers struggled this afternoon and despite winning 9 ends each they only once managed to score more than a single shot on an end and lost 19-10. Norman Handley, Matthew Crick & Inger McNeill found themselves behind early on and when they broke for tea were 10-4 down and hoping for the tea jinx to work in their favour. They then picked up a 4 first end after the break and thought that their luck had changed, however this was short lived optimism as they only won 2 more ends and went on to lose 24-11. Marion Garrett, Ian Ramsay & Steve McNeill only won 6 ends during their match but with 3 ends to go were 16-13 ahead however they then dropped a shot on each of the last 3 ends to draw 16-16. Norman Garrett, Ann Ramsay & Roger Crick were 13-2 ahead at the break and despite dropping 6 shots over 3 ends they then picked up a 5 and went on to pick up highest winning rink with a 23-11 win.
2nd July 2021 – Hazells v Wendover – Adams Cup – Away – Won 110 - 82
The 1st game of this years Adams Cup was switched to Wendover due to several of our rinks being used for the Mens EBA Singles. Having won this cup last year we were looking to retain it and get off to a good start in the away game. Karen Seegoolam, Steve Goodchild, Leila Brindley & Keith Harper were involved in a close game up to the 12th end where the scores were level at 7-7 however we then picked up 4 shots from the next 2 ends, followed by 8 from the last 3 ends to win 19-8. Teresa Newman, Joan Sweetman, Ian Ramsay & Steve McNeill were highest winning rink, although after 10 ends the scores were close with us 12-9 ahead however we then picked up a 6 and 2 fours during the remaining ends and went on to win 31-13. Paul Warner, Kishore Seegoolam, Andrew MacKenzie & Eddie Chanell got off to a great start picking up 6 shots from the first 2 ends but by the 7th end the scores were level at 6-6. We then had a bad run, losing 5 ends in a row and went in to the last end 15-11 behind however we managed to pick up a 5 to win by a single shot. Ann Ramsay, Liz Goodchild, Tony Brindley & Tony Osborne also had a game of 2 halves with a close first half, 8-6 ahead, followed by a commanding finish to win 24-12. Barbara Ramsay, Naomi Hooper, Dave Wheeler & Mark Newman were looking in comfortable control of their game from the start, going 6-2 ahead after 5 ends and then 11-5 after 12 ends however they then started to lose their grip on the game and ended up losing 14-12. Anne Farmer, Carol Chanell, Inger McNeill & Josh Henly were 8-7 ahead in their game at the halfway stage however they then lost the last 8 ends in a row to lose 20-8.
30th June 2021 – Ray Keen League – Round 2
Hazells Wunders v Crendon Evans Above – Home – Drew 11 - 11
Karen Seegoolam, Dave Wheeler, Naomi Hooper & Steve McNeill were ahead for most of this game however they just couldn’t quite hold on long enough and ended up drawing the game 11-11
Hazells Hotshots v Risboro A – Home – Won 24 – 13
Paul Warner, Norman Handley, Matthew Crick & Pete Coyne were looking to build on the success from last weeks game against Risboro A, who had also won last week. We got off to a great start going 7-0 up after 4 ends however then dropped 10 shots over the next 3 ends. Despite the disappointment of losing so many shots over a couple of ends the team re-focussed and picked up 17 shots over the next 7 ends, without reply , before dropping a 3 on the last end which resulted in a 24-13 win.
Hazells Nutters v Cheddington Demons – Away – Lost 22 – 11
Leila Brindley, Anne Farmer, Rod Bacon & Tony Brindley got off to a good start at Cheddington this evening however they then dropped a 5 on the 6th end to go 9-4 down and from there they were always trying to play catch up, although after 12 ends they were just a shot behind. Unfortunately they then dropped 10 shots from the last 3 ends
29th June 2021 – Hazells v Waddesdon – Friendly – Cancelled by Waddesdon
Saturday 26th June 2021 – Hazells v Bradwell – Mixed Friendly – Won 113-49
This afternoons game at home to Bradwell saw a comfortable win for Hazells with all 5 triples winning. Teresa Newman, Karen Seegoolam & Inger McNeill took highest winning rink courtesy of their 37-7 scoreline, which saw them lose just 3 ends and they picked up a 6 & 5 during the game. Norman Garrett, Rod Bacon & Mark Newman took the early lead in their game and they picked up a 5 on the 8th end to go 11-4 ahead and from there they went on to win 21 – 11.Kishore Seegoolam, Joan Sweetman & Steve McNeill were involved in a closer game for the first 12 ends, at which point they were 11-9 ahead, however they then won the last 6 ends to record a 21-9 win. Marion Garrett, Leila Brindley & Paul Rogers got off to a very slow start going 8-1 down after 7 ends, however they slowly started to get back in to the game and then picked up a 6 on the 13th end to take the lead 12-10 and managed to hold on for a 17-11 win. In the final game Norman Handley, Andrew MacKenzie & Tony Brindley had the opposite of starts to Paul as they won the first 6 ends to go 8-0 ahead and they controlled the game well throughout, also winning 17 – 11.
Saturday 19th June 2021 – Hazells v Wolverton Town – Mixed Friendly – Won 90 - 44
This afternoon we welcomed 4 triples from Wolverton Town for what turned out to be a successful afternoon for Hazells. Ann Ramsay, Norman Handley & Carol Crick started well, picking up 5 shots from the first 3 ends but they then lost the next 6 ends and found themselves 10-5 down however they then picked up 11 shots from the next 4 ends and they then went on to win 20-15. Marion Garrett, Kishore Seegoolam & Ian Ramsay earnt a comfortable 23-8 win this afternoon. Barbara Ramsay, Karen Seegoolam & Roger Crick put in a highest winning rink performance, going 14-1 ahead after just 7 ends and they only lost 5 ends in the game on their way to a 27-8 win. Norman Garrett, Anne Farmer & Andrew MacKenzie went 8-5 ahead after 5 ends however they then lost the next 5 ends to go 11-8 down after 10 ends however they then only lost 1 more end during the match and won 20-13.
Sunday 13th June 2021 – Hazells v Bletchley St Martins – Mixed Friendly – Won 79 - 39
On a very hot afternoon it was agreed to reduce this game to 15 ends, with no trial ends and this proved a good decision as by the end of the game players were beginning to feel exhausted by the heat. Unfortunately Bletchley St Martins were only able to bring 4 triples for the game so we played 1 rink with all Hazells players. Joan Sweetman, Pete Cotyne & Steve McNeill were just ahead until the 8th end when they dropped a 4 to go 9-6 down and despite the scores remaining tight for the rest of the game they dropped a 2 on last end and lost 15-12. Joe Sweetman, Eddie Chanell & Paul Rogers started slowly in their game going 7-2 down after 6 ends but they then picked up a 4 and this seemed to give them the kick start they needed as they then went on to win the game 17-12. Ann Ramsay, Judy Rogers and Mark Newman picked up highest winning rink with some great bowls for all the team, although Ann in particular had a great game and they lost count of the number of touchers she had during the game, although Mark was later seen down the newsagent stocking up on replacement chalk sticks. Teresa Newman, Carol Chanell & Roger Crick dropped a shot on the first end but then picked up 15 shots from the next 6 ends and on the 10th end they picked up a 6 to go 23-2 ahead and heading for highest winning rink however they then lost the last 4 ends and finished up winning 24-7. In the final game we had 2 Hazells triples playing each other with Anne Farmer, Carol Crick & Ian Ramsay dominating the game from the start and their opponents, Norman Handley, Matthew Crick & Inger McNeill only managed to win 3 ends in a 29-5 defeat.
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