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Latest Club News

AGM

Just a reminder that as the season is coming to a close that you make sure the date of the AGM is in your diaries: Thursday 25th October 2018. This is an important meeting so please ensure that you are able to come along as this is your chance to have a say in how the club is run.

Nomination sheets are now up on the noticeboard for anyone wanting to join the committee and take on 1 of the roles available within the club.

Green Starring

The County Starring committee visited the club on Friday 27th April and we have achieved a full starring this year so thanks to all those who have worked hard to make this possible

Match Reports

30th September 2018 – Hazells v Buckingham West End - Friendly – Home – Lost – 105-93

This afternoon saw our last Sunday friendly of the season and we welcomed Buckingham West End, looking to avenge the narrow defeat we suffered back in August at their green. Unfortunately this was not to be our afternoon as we only had 1 winning rink out the 6. Carol Chanell, Andrew MacKenzie & Gerry Moores controlled their game from the start and only lost 7 ends in a game they won 20-12. Ann Ramsay, Denzil Ashcroft & Roger Crick only won 1 of the 1st 8 ends in their game and despite a late comeback they lost 14-11. Carol Crick, Sid Brotherston & Pete Coyne took the early lead in their game however they lost 6 ends in a row, dropping 10 shots in the process, on their way to a 16-12 defeat. Anne Farmer, Rob Stanbury & Steve McNeill also had a nightmare start going 14-2 down after 6 ends however they then started to come back in to the game and by the 13th end they were 16-15 ahead. However they then dropped 6 shots over the next 3 ends and lost 21-19. Inger McNeill, Kim Challinor & David Logan played out a close game until the 12th end when they dropped a 7 to go 17-11 down and although they managed to get back to just 18-16 down they then dropped another 5 on the 16th end and lost 23-19. Rod Bacon, George Murdoch & Eddie Chanell also found themselves trying to play catch up as they were 8-3 down after 7 ends, however they never really got back in to the match and lost 19-12.

29th September 2018 – Hazells v Chalfont St Giles – Friendly – Home – Drew 104 - 104

This afternoon we welcomed Chalfont St Giles for this 6 triples friendly and I would like to thank all those of you that stepped in at last minute to ensure that the game could be played following several late drop outs from the team. Leila, Roger & Steve got off to a disappointing start, dropping 5 shots from the 1st 2 ends and despite getting 3 back the next end they then lost the next 5 ends to go 13-6 down and the afternoon didn’t improve much from there as they lost 22-11. Anne Farmer, Dave Wheeler & Ian Ramsay got off to a great start picking up a 6 on the 1st end and although the scores were back level just 2 ends later they then got back in front and kept their lead throughout, winning 20-16. Carol Crick, Sid Brotherston & David Logan played out a close game during which they took the lead after 3 ends and were then behind 2 ends later. They then picked up 2 shots on each of the next 3 ends to take a 9-6 lead and despite dropping a 5 in the 2nd half of the game they managed to hold on for a 22-16 win. Highest winning rink of the afternoon went to Dave Edwards, Ellen Livett & Tony Brindley who were 9-1 ahead after 5 ends and from there they went on to win 25-10. Sheila Holland, Tom Holland and Ann Richardson fought back well in their game coming back from 9-1 down and then 18-15 down to win 19-18, with both teams picking up a 6 from 1 end. June Redding, Roy Richardson & Denzil Ashcroft had an afternoon to forget as they only won 6 ends in a game that they lost 22-7.

22nd September 2018 – Hazells v Long Crendon – Mixed Friendly - Home – Lost 77-72

This afternoon we welcomed Long Crendon for what turned out to be a close game, although cut short due to the weather. Carol Crick, Rob Stanbury & Roger Crick got off to a slow start and dropped 2 4’s in the first 7 ends to find themselves 10-4 down and despite managing to get themselves back level at 11-11 after 12 ends they only picked up 1 more shot in the game, losing 21-12. Sheila Lawlor, Sid Brotherston & Denzil Ashcroft were involved in a close game and there was only 1 shot in it after 10 ends however the visitors finished the stronger, winning 15-8. Ellen Livett, Ann Ramsay & Andrew MacKenzie lost the 1st 6 ends, dropping 14 shots in the process however they then started to fight back but this was going to prove too big a deficit to overcome and they eventually lost 21-14. Teresa Newman, Josh Henly & Mark Newman picked up a 5 & 4 in the middle of their game to take a 7 shot lead and they managed to hold on for a 17-10 win. Highest winning rink of the afternoon went to Barbara Ramsay, Matthew Crick & Ian Ramsay courtesy of their 21-10 win.

16th September 2018 – Hazells v Thame – Mixed Friendly – Home – Won 101-59

This afternoons friendly against Thame turned out to be a rather one sided affair with Hazells winning on all 5 rinks. Rob Stanbury, Pete Coyne & Brian Abigail got off to a great start going 10.3 ahead after 6 ends and from there they held on to the lead throughout the game, although by the 12th end they were just 1 shot ahead 12-11. They went on to win 20-13. Sheila Lawlor, Karen Seegoolam & Denzil Ashcroft looked good for highest winning rink after 10 ends as they were leading 15-1 however Thame then started to get back in to the match, picking up 11 shots from 3 ends. We managed to hold on for a 19-15 win.Norman Bonham, Kim Challinor & Gerry Moores got off to a great start picking up 7 shots from the 1st 3 ends and they were 12-7 ahead after 10 ends however they then dropped 7 shots over the next 2 ends and the scores were level at 16-16 going in to the final end and we managed to pick up the winning shot in that end. Jack Pipe, Teresa Newman & Mark Newman picked up highest winning rink today as they only lost 4 ends and only 1 shot on each of those as they won 25-4. Andrew MacKenzie, Sid Brotherston & Ann Richardson also got off to a great start as they took a 14-1 lead after 8 ends and again the win was never in doubt as they went on to win 20-11.

15th September 2018 – Hazells v Princes Risborough – Home Friendly – Won 89-68

This afternoon’s game saw a mixture of rinks and triples as Princes Risborough weren’t able to field a full team and so Sid & Rod kindly offered to help out. Sid put on a performance to show Steve he should have played for Hazells as his rink beat Kishore Seegoolam, Karen Seegoolam, Matthew Crick and Paul Rogers 27-21. Inger McNeill, Denzil Ashcroft & Steve McNeill lost the 1st 5 ends in their game to go 7-0 down however they then picked up a 6 the next end to get back in to the match and they picked up a 3 the next end to take the lead and from there they never lost the lead again, winning 19-17. Judy Rogers, Andrew MacKenzie & Roger Crick picked up highest winning rink, mainly thanks to the 1st half of the game where they took a 16-3 lead and although the visitors then won 4 ends in a row to close the gap we picked up a further 8 shots from the last 4 ends to win 24-11. Eddie Justice, Anne Farmer, Carol Crick & Brian Abigail picked up a 6 on the 1st end and a 5 on the 5th end to take a 13-3 lead and from there they went on to win 25-13.

14th September 2018 – Hazells v Leighton Buzzard – Floodlit Friendly – Away – Won 70-42

This evening 3 triples went to Leighton Buzzard for a floodlit fixture and despite some early rain in the game this turned out to be another enjoyable evening in interesting conditions. Kishore Seegoolam, Rob Stanbury & Pete Coyne played out a close game with the lead switching hands on numerous occasions and so it was probably fair that this game ended in a 17-17 draw. Karen Seegoolam, Carol Crick & Roger Crick were 4-3 ahead after 5 ends however they then picked up 12 shots from the next 3 ends and despite dropping 2 3’s they went on to win 25-13. Kim Challinor, Daniel Watkins & Andy Watkins went behind early on in their game but once they had come to terms with the different conditions they picked up a 5 & 4 from 2 ends to take the lead and from there they went on to win 28-12.

9th September 2018 – Hazells v Wing – Friendly – Won 80-73

This afternoon’s game at Wing was a close match with some great bowls from both sides. Sheila Lawlor, Roy Richardson & Mark Newman were in control of their game for most of the match and then on the 14th end they dropped a 6 to let Wing back in to the game and despite picking up 2 shots the next end we then lost the last 3 ends to draw 17-17. Ann Ramsay, Kim Challinor & Steve McNeill were involved in a close game however it was the hosts that just held on for a 17-15 win. Teresa Newman, Denzil Ashcroft & Ann Richardson picked up 8 shots from the 1st 4 ends to take control of their game and they went on to win 18-14. Karen Seegoolam, Rod Bacon & Jan Moores had to come from behind in their game on a couple of occasions and with 3 ends to play they were 13-9 down however we won the last 3 ends to win 15-13. Kishore Seegoolam, Andrew MacKenzie & Gerry Moores were always in front in their game although this was still a close match which we won 15-12.

8th September 2018 – Hazells v Houghton Regis – Away – Won 96-84

This afternoons fixture at Houghton Regis has always been a popular fixture and today was no different. We are always given a great welcome and despite this being a friendly it is always a competitive match, played in the right spirit. Unfortunately this afternoon there was a mix up in terms of the format so we ended up playing a mixture of Trips & Rinks. Kim Challinor, Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & George Murdoch took an early lead however the hosts managed to get in to the lead and were 15-11 ahead after 15 ends however we then picked up 7 shots over the next 4 ends to go 17-15 ahead only to drop 5 shots over the next 2 ends and the game finished in a 20-19 defeat. Barbara Ramsay, Daniel Watkins, Denzil Ashcroft & Mark Newman also had to come from behind in their game however by the 13th end they were 16-11 ahead. The hosts then won the next 4 ends to bring the scores level with 4 ends to play and we managed to edge the game 18-17. Judy Rogers, Carol Crick & Andy Watkins were 9-4 down after 9 ends however they then picked up 8 shots over the next 3 ends to take lead and with 3 ends to play were still 17-14 ahead however we then dropped 5 shots over the last 3 ends to lose 19-17. Teresa Newman, Andrew MacKenzie, Josh Henly & Steve McNeill led from the start in their game and they went on to win 18-13. Eddie Justice, Inger McNeill & Paul Rogers got off to the perfect start picking up 8 shots from the 1st 2 ends and despite winning only 10 of the 21 ends they managed to earn a 24-15 win.

4th September 2018 – Hazells v Waddesdon – Mixed Friendly – Home – Won 68-40

This afternoon we welcomed Waddesdon to Hazells and this turned out to be a comfortable afternoon for Hazells as we won on all 4 rinks. Eddie Justice, Ann Richardson & Brian Abigail started slowly however by the 10th end they managed to take the lead, 8-7, and from there they went on to win 18-9. Dave Day, Terry Root & George Murdoch picked up a shot on each of the 1st 5 ends however 5 ends later they were 7-6 behind. They then picked up 7 shots over the next 5 ends and went on to win 13-11. Dave Wheeler, Sid Brotherston & Gerry Moores earnt the highest winning rink courtesy of their 20-8 win. Roy Richardson, Rob Stanbury & Eddie Chanell were looking certain for highest winning rink after 7 ends as they were 13-0 ahead however the visitors then won the next 5 ends to get the score back to 13-10 however we then managed to win a couple more ends to relieve the pressure and went on to win 17-12.  

FINALS WEEKEND

What a fantastic Finals Weekend we witnessed last week and I would like to pass on my thanks to all those that took part, either playing in the great games or just coming along to give the players your support. This season saw more members taking part than in recent years and a higher number of different winners which just goes to show how much we are improving as a club. The weekend got off to a fantastic start  on Friday evening with the Open Handicap Singles match between Teresa Newman & Rob Stanbury. This started off as a close game however Rob picked up 6 shots across 3 ends to take a 15-8 lead however Teresa put up a great fight and the scores were level at 15-15 and then 17-17 before Rob managed to pick up the 4 shots he needed for a 21-18 win. Saturday morning saw the family battle between Matthew & Roger Crick in the Men’s Two Wood and this too was a close game. Roger took the early lead to go 5-1 ahead however Matthew then won the next 5 ends to go 8-5 ahead. Roger went on to take a 16-11 lead with 3 ends to go and despite dropping 3 shots over the next 2 ends he held on to win 17-14. In the Men’s Pairs Rob Stanbury & Eddie Chanell were playing Pete Coyne & Paul Rogers. Paul & Pete got off to a great start picking up 9 shots in the 1st 3 ends however by the 10th end they were just 11-10 ahead. However they then extended their lead and were 22-15 ahead with 2 ends to go and this turned out to be just too big a gap for Rob & Eddie to come back from, although they did pick up 4 shots from the last 2 ends, losing 22-19. The Ladies Pairs was a game of 2 halves with Ellen Livett & Inger McNeill only winning 2 of the 1st 7 ends which saw them 12-2 down against Michelle Higgs & Teresa Newman. However the tide the turned and by the 19th end Ellen & Inger were 19-16 ahead. They then dropped a 4 to go 1 down with 2 to play. By winning 1 shot on the 20th end it meant that the 21st end would be the decider and this couldn’t have been a closer finish however Ellen & Inger managed to pick up the all important shot to win the match 21-20. Saturday afternoon saw some more great games although none of them were quite as close in terms of the final scores. In the Ladies Two Wood Anne Farmer got off to a great start, winning 8 of the 1st 10 ends to take a 10-2 lead and in the 2 wood format this proved too big a deficit for Ellen to overcome and the match finished with a 15-7 win to Anne. The Ladies Handicap Singles was a rather 1 sided affair with Carol Crick struggling to come to terms with the green and it took Teresa Newman just 12 ends to win the match 21-1. In the Ken Vincent Trophy Paul & Judy Rogers were playing Andy & Daniel Watkins and it was Andy & Daniel that started well picking up 8 shots from the first 4 ends however Paul & Judy then started to find their line and they picked up 23 shots over the next 11 ends to take a 23-10 lead after 13 ends. From there they went on to win 32-15. In the final game of the day Dave Wheeler, Matthew Crick & Ashley Dean played Kim Challinor, Gerry Moores & David Logan in the Mixed Triples and it was Dave, Matthew & Ashley that came out on top winning 20-15. Sunday morning saw 4 great games being played with Ian Ramsay & Ellen Livett playing Judy Rogers & Andy Watkins in the Colchester Memorial. This is the fixed jack competition which encourages draw bowling where the 4 closest woods scores points. This was a close game and after 12 ends there were just 4 points between the teams however Judy & Andy finished the stronger and won the match 94-66. Rob Stanbury, Gerry Moores & Mark Newman were playing Norman Bonham, David Logan & Brian Abigail in the Men’s triples and this was a close game throughout and with 2 ends to play Norman, David & Brian were 15-12 ahead and holding shot wood. Mark decided to fire with his last wood and although it started off target it deflected off an outside wood and took the shot bowl clean out of the head and they went from being 1 down to pick up an 8 and go 20-15 ahead with just 1 end to go. Despite the fortune of the wood they had won more ends throughout the game and picked up a further 2 shots on the last end to win 22-15. In the Open Singles Alan King picked up 1 shot on the 1st end against Teresa Newman and then went on to lose the next 7 ends to go 10-1 down. From here the 2 players were trading shots almost every end however it was Teresa that went on to win 21-13. In the Men’s Handicap Singles Roger Crick had to give Pete Coyne 4 shots and this game provided some excellent ends of bowls with both players playing at the top of their game. Between them there was only 1 end that was won with a shot that was outside of a yard from the jack and most ends saw shot wood within inches of the jack. After 16 ends the scores were level at 10-10 however Roger then managed to get in to a 20-13 lead after 22 ends however despite needing just 1 shot Pete kept up the pressure on Roger, winning the next 4 ends to get the score back to 20-17 however Roger managed to pick up the final shot required to win the match. The Sunday afternoon matches saw the Men’s, Ladies & Novice Singles and these were also 3 great games. In the Novices Josh Henly played David Logan and despite the scoreline seeming to suggest that this was a 1 sided final it was a much closer match as Josh Henly played some great bowls but just couldn’t get the better of David who won 21-6. The Men’s Singles saw Paul Rogers take on Brian Abigail and this was a close game for much of the match with Paul taking the early lead only for Brian to get the scores back to level at 10-10 after 14 ends. Brian then managed to get in to the lead and started to put the pressure on and picked up 9 shots over 4 ends as he went on to win the match. Congratulations Brian and good luck next season representing Hazells in the Champion of Champions competition. The Ladies Singles was an amazing game which saw Ann Richardson take a 17-4 lead against Teresa Newman however Teresa hasn’t achieved the singles success that she has enjoyed over the last few years without having that fighting spirit and by the 22nd end the scores were level at 19-19. Teresa then picked up 1 shot on the next end to go 20-19 ahead however despite only winning 1 of the last 10 ends Ann too showed some fighting spirit and she picked up 2 shots on the next end to win 21-20. Congratulations to Ann and good luck to you in next seasons Champion of Champions competition.

30th August 2018 – Hazells v Princes Risborough – Away Friendly – Won 85-80

This afternoon we sent 5 triples to Princes Risborough for some last minute practice for our finals weekend. June Redding, Ellen Livett & Andrew MacKenzie put themselves under pressure from the start dropping a 7 on the 2nd end however by the 9th end they were getting back in to the match and were just 12-9 behind and from there they continued to eat in to the hosts lead and by the 16th end they had managed to get in to a 17-15 lead and they held on to win 18-16. Sheila Lawlor, Rod Bacon & George Murdoch controlled their game from the start and lost just 6 ends in the game on their way to a 19-11 win. Dan Livett, Dave Wheeler & Anne Farmer got off to a slow start dropping 6 shots from the 1st 3 ends however they then managed to get back in to the game and were actually 11-6 ahead after 9 ends however the hosts then got themselves back in to the game and went on to win 17-14. Carol Chanell, Karen Seegoolam & Sid Brotherston had a tough afternoon, only winning 7 ends, which saw them lose 22-12. Kath Cowan, Kishore Seegoolam & David Logan got off to a great start picking up 12 shots from the 1st 5 ends and despite losing 3 of the next 4 ends the game never looked in doubt, even when they dropped a 5 late on, as they went on to win 22-14.

27th August 2018 – Club Fun Bowl  - Aussie Pairs

With the International Tournament cancelled on Saturday and the Potten End Friendly on Sunday due to the weather we held a fun bowl on Monday. With 20 members turning up we played an Aussie Pairs Tournament with each pair playing 3 games of 7 ends and the 2 teams with the highest number of points after the 3 games would play in the final. There were some great games played this afternoon however the final saw Daniel Watkins & Ann Ramsay take on Rob Stanbury & Sid Bortherston in the final. This was an excellent game which saw Ann & Daniel lead by a shot going in to the last end however Rob manage to pick up the jack and take it back behind the head, making it difficult for Ann & Daniel to get back in. Sid & Rob picked up the 1 shot to force an extra end and they then went on to win the match.

Thanks to those of you that came along and supported the event and I hope that you all enjoyed the afternoon.

26th August 2018 – Hazells v Potten End – Match Cancelled due to Weather

19th August 2018 – Hazells v Cheddington – Won 90 - 52

This afternoon we sent 5 mixed triples to Cheddington for a friendly which saw us pick up another good win. Sheila Lawlor, Ian Ramsay & Paul Rogers got off to a slow start and although they were getting back in to the game they picked up a 7 on the 12 end to take the lead and went on to win 19-11. John Hamilton, Kishore Seegoolam & Rod Bacon got off to the better start going 5-0 ahead after 4 ends however Cheddington then got back in to the game and this remained close throughout with the scores level at the 11th, 13th & 15th ends however we ended losing by 1 shot, 11-10. Judy Rogers, Daniel Watkins & Andy Watkins had the easiest of afternoons, winning the first 9 ends and they only lost 3 ends all game. They also picked up an 8 on their way to a 27-4 win. Teresa Newman, Anne Farmer & Mark Newman played out a close game, winning 18-15, despite dropping a 6 one end. Karen Seegoolam, Alan King & David Logan took the early lead in their game and always remained in control as they won 16-11.

18th August 2018 – Hazells v Bicester – Won - 100 – 64

This afternoon we were looking to bounce back following last week’s thrashing at Flackwell Heath and made the trip to Bicester knowing that this could be a tricky afternoon as their green hasn’t always been one of the better ones we play on. Judy Rogers, Andrew MacKenzie and George Murdoch got off to a great start going 9-0 ahead after 4 ends and they continued to control this match throughout, even though they did drop a 7 late on, however they won 27-14. Teresa Newman, Denzil Ashcroft  & Roger Crick also got off to a great start on a challenging rink which the home side didn’t even want to play on. Although this was a relatively low scoring game we won 17-8. Sid Brotherston, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill played out a close game on their rink taking an 8-4 lead before going 11-8 down. They came back again and going in to the last end the scores were level at 13-13 and Steve managed to get the shot to win 14-13. Anne Farmer, Dave Wheeler & Paul Rogers dropped a 6 on the first end and from there the found it difficult getting back in to the game and ended up losing 17-12.  Our highest winning rink of the afternoon went to Carol Crick, David Logan & Mark Newman who picked up a 5 on the first end and then a 6 on the 5th end and another 5 of the 6th end on their way to a 30-12 win.

8th August 2018 – BCBL – Week 7

In Division 2 both the Wunders and Cruisers were desperately looking for 3 points to help push them up the table and the Wunders were able to get a 31-9 win at home to Wing Arrows. However the Cruisers were at Princes Risborough and narrowly lost 14-12. In Division 4 the Seekers had a convincing 33-7 win at home to Wendover Warriors whilst the Hotshots suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 21-14 away to Wing Wanderers.

7th August 2018 – Hazells v Tring – Mixed Friendly – Won 90 - 81

This evening we played one of our rare midweek evening friendlies at home to Tring. This is a popular fixture and we had 30 names down for this game which Mark a tough job in picking the 15 he needed for the game. Andrew MacKenzie, Tony Brindley & Gerry Moores were slow to get in to the game, going 7-1 down after 5 ends however they then managed to get back in to the game and were 15-14 ahead going in to the last end. Unfortunately they dropped a single shot to earn a draw. Len Tuffs, Josh Henly & Mark Newman played well in their game and only lost 6 ends during their 20-12 win. Judy Rogers, Denzil Ashcroft & Jan Moores were close in their game until they dropped 11 shots in 3 ends and they were then having to play catch up. Unfortunately they didn’t get back in to the game and lost 21-15. Leila Brindley, Kim Challinor & Paul Rogers were 8-4 down at the half way stage of their game however they then picked up a 7 which gave them the confidence boost they needed and they went on to take highest winning rink with their 28-13 win. David Day, Terry Root & George Murdoch struggled in their game and lost 20-12.

5th August 2018 – Hazells v Wing – Mixed Friendly – Home – Won 75-70

Sheila Lawlor, Judy Rogers & Mark Newman took an early lead in their game however they then lost 5 ends in a row to go from 5-1 ahead to 7-5 down but they then won the next 7 ends on their way to an 18-8 win. Josh Henly, Anne Farmer & Andrew MacKenzie were 8-3 ahead after 8 ends however they only won 1 more end in the match, losing 17-9. Leila Brindley, Kishore Seegoolam & David Logan had a tough afternoon and the 5 they picked up on the 17th end only helped to reduce the deficit as they lost 23-10. Ann Ramsay, Denzil Ashcroft & Brian Abigail started their game well and were 12-4 ahead after 12 ends however they then lost the next 5 ends and the scores were level at 12-12 with 2 ends to go. They won those 2 ends to win 17-12. Karen Seegoolam, Tony Brindley & Paul Rogers picked up the highest winning rink of the afternoon courtesy of their 21-10 win.

4th August 2018 – Hazells v Buckingham West End – Away – Lost 130 - 123

This afternoon’s game at Buckingham turned out to be a high scoring defeat with more than 40 shots scored on 5 of the 6 rinks. Dave Edwards, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill knew they were in for a tough afternoon when they dropped a 5 on the first end and although they managed to win 7 ends they still lost 30-14. Sid Brotherston, Josh Henly & David Logan were in control of their game throughout and when they picked up 14 shots in 4 ends this was going to be a question of how big the winning margin would be. It turned out to be a 33-16 win. Geoff Knott, Anne Farmer & Roger Crick played out a very close game although when they picked up a 6 on the 14th end to take a 20-11 lead it looked like this would be another winning rink for Hazells however they then dropped 8 shots in the next 2 ends but managed to hold on for a 21 – 21 draw. Norman Bonham, Carol Crick & Paul Rogers had an afternoon to forget and even the half time tea didn’t help as they picked up just 4 shots in the game, losing 38-4. Sheila Lawlor, Daniel Watkins & Mark Newman picked up 10 shots in the first 4 ends and went on to win 25-10, losing just 5 ends in the game. Kath Cowan, Denzil Ashcroft & Andy Watkins were 6-3 down after just 3 ends however they went on to win 8 of the next 9 ends to go 23-7 ahead on their way to a 26-15 win.

3rd August 2018 – Hazells v Wendover – Adams Cup Away – Lost 113-99  

This evening we took a 6 shot lead to Wendover for the 2nd leg of this years Adams Cup. Ann Ramsay, Karen Seegoolam, Inger McNeill & Mark Newman struggled this evening, winning just 6 ends in their game which they lost 26-11. Dave Wheeler, Roy Richardson, Josh Henly & Keith Harper were involved in a much closer game and although they were 16-14 down with 3 ends to play they won those ends to win 18-16. Leila Brindley, Andrew MacKenzie, David Logan & Steve McNeill started slowly losing the first 4 ends however they slowly got back in to the game and when they picked up a 5 on the 8th end they took the lead, which they held until the 19th end when they dropped a 3 and went on to lose 18-14. Judy Rogers, Kim Challinor, Ian Ramsay & Brian Abigail struggled to come to terms with the green in their game, winning just 5 ends in their 27-7 defeat. Kath Cowan, Tony Brindley, Alan King & Roger Crick took a while to come to terms with the green and were 10-6 down after 11 ends however they then picked up 9 shots over the next 3 ends and went on to win 25-14. Kishore Seegoolam, Carol Crick, Ann Richardson & Paul Rogers started well in their game and were 15-2 ahead after 9 ends and they continued to control the game throughout as they went on to win 24-12. Unfortunately the final score over the 2 games was an 8 shot win for Wendover.

28th July 2018 – Hazells v Leighton Buzzard – Won 94 – 65

This afternoon Karen Seegoolam, Andrew MacKenzie and Pete Coyne got off to an unbelievable start in their game picking up two 8’s in the first 2 ends, although we won’t ask who didn’t learn their lesson from the 1st end to miss out on a Hot Shot twice in 1 afternoon. By the 6th end they were 21-0 ahead and although they lost 5 ends in the game they won 32-7. Ann Ramsay, Sid Brotherston & Denzil Ashcroft dropped a 4 on the 1st end however they soon got back in to the game and when they picked up a 5 they took a lead that they wouldn’t give up, winning 22-17. Carol Crick, Matthew Crick and David Logan got off to a great start and were 11-2 ahead after 5 ends however they then dropped 13 shots over the next 4 ends and having gone behind they were never able to get back in front, losing 23-19. Kishore Seegoolam, Rob Stanbury & Ian Ramsay took the early lead in their game and were always in control although they did drop 7 shots in the last 2 ends which made the score closer than the game suggested, winning 21-18.

25th July 2018 – BCBL – Week 5

This evening all 4 of our teams were in action and once again there was mixed success. In Division 2 the Wunders had a comfortable 24-8 win at home to Risboro A whilst the Cruisers managed to get their first win of the season, 18-12, away to P Rismatics. In Division 4 the Seekers were away to Wing Wobblers and they lost 19-9 whilst the Hotshots picked up another win to retain their unbeaten record courtesy of their 39-9 win at home to Wendover Warriors.

22nd July 2018 – Hazells v Long Crendon – Mixed Friendly – Away – Lost 90-61

I think that for most of our bowlers who made the trip to Long Crendon this afternoon they would probably not want me to give a report of the game and so all I will say is that we lost on all 5 rinks, although we did finish within 3 shots of Long Crendon on 3 of the rinks.

18th July 2018 – BCBL – Week 4

In division 2 the Wunders were at Aston Clinton and they had a tough night losing 22-13. In the same division the cruisers were looking to get their season underway, having lost their first 2 games, however their disappointing start to the season continued tonight as they lost 15-12 at home to Wing Arrows. In division 4 the Seekers were playing the Hotshots and with neither team having lost yet this season it was going to be a tight game which ended up in a 13-13 draw.

14th July 2018 – Jubilee Shield

This afternoon’s Jubilee Shield saw 28 bowlers play 3 group games and the 2 group winners played the final on another hot afternoon. With 1 group of triples and 1 rinks there were some great games. In the Triples group Dan Livett, Ann Richardson & Steve McNeill got off to a great start with an 8-6 win against Judy Rogers, Roy Richardson & Roger Crick however they then lost their 2 other games 8-6 & 6-5 to finish on 12 points. Sheila Lawlor, John Simmons & David Logan drew 8-8 in their first game against Barbara Ramsay, Jack Pipe & Paul Rogers however they then lost their 2nd game 13-4 against Judy, Roy & Roger although they did go on to win their last game 6-5 to finish with 14 points. With 1 win and 1 defeat Judy, Roy & Roger played Barbara, Jack & Paul in the final group game with both sides knowing the winner would qualify for the final and it was Barbara, Jack & Paul that won 7-4 to finish with 18 points and a place in the final. In the rinks group Michelle Higgs, Ann Ramsay, Ian Ramsay & Paul Brotherston had a disappointing afternoon, losing all 3 of their games. Kath Cowan, Dave Edwards, Ellen Livett & Ashley Dean won their 1st game 6-5 however they then lost 6-2 to Anne Farmer, Sid Brotherston, Carol Crick & Eddie Chanell before winning their last game 9-6 against Eddie justice, Josh Henley, Denzil Ashcroft & Inger McNeill. Eddie, Josh, Denzil & Inger only won their middle game, 6-5 and finished the afternoon with 13 points. Winners in this group were Anne, Sid, Carol & Eddie who drew their first game 7-7 and won the next 2 6-2 and 16-3, which included picking up a 7 in the first end.  A 7 end final was then played between the 2 group winners and it was the triples that came out on top winning 10-2.

11th July 2018 – BCBL – Week 3

With the England World Cup match on many of tonight’s games were postponed however Hazells Seekers arranged an early start for their game against Wing Wanderers and this was to be a great decision as they won 23-12 to get their 2nd win from 2 games this season and they now play the Hotshots next week, who have also won their 1st 2 games so this should prove an interesting match next week.

8th July 2018 – Hazells v Bletchley St Martins – Mixed Friendly – Away  - Lost 114 - 70

This afternoon we took 6 triples to Bletchley St Martins looking to repeat the win we had at home earlier in the season. Unfortunately this was not to be our day and with just 1 winning rink our aggregate score against Bletchley St Martins meant we came out 2nd best (183 – 204). Maureen Warwick, Ann Ramsay & Pete Coyne took an early lead however they then dropped a single shot on each of the next 7 ends to go 8-3 down after 10 ends however a great finish saw them win 15-10. John Simmons, Rod Bacon & Rob Stanbury struggled from the start in their game, going 8-1 down after 6 ends and although they managed to win alternate ends for the remainder of the game they lost 19-12. John Hamilton, Norman Bonham & Eddie Chanell saw some big scores in their game and they were 7-5 up after 8 ends and then dropped a 6, followed by a 4 a couple of ends later. However they then picked up 9 shots over 4 ends to take a 17-15 lead with 3 ends to play and then promptly dropped another 5, losing 22-17.Karen Seegoolam, Josh Henley & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start, losing the 1st 4 ends however they managed to get back in to the game before dropping a 5 to go 13-8 behind and despite winning 3 of the last 6 ends they narrowly lost 16-13. Kath Cowan, Andrew MacKenzie & Ian Ramsay only won 4 ends in their game, losing 19-7 and Kishore Seegoolam, Sid Brotherston & David Logan didn’t do much better as they only won 6 ends and lost 28-6.

4th July 2018 – BCBL Week 2

There was mixed success for the Hazells teams again tonight in the BCBL with the Wunders narrowly losing at Wing Arrows, 18-16. In the same division the Cruisers had another disappointing night losing 14-11 at home to Risboro A. In Division 4 the Hotshots followed up last weeks win at Wing by winning at home to the other Wing team, 13-7. Having had a week off last week the Seekers got their campaign off to a winning start courtesy of their 23-9 win at Wendover.

1st July 2018 – Hazells v Berkhamsted – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 96-79

This afternoons friendly at Berkhamsted proved a challenge with the green conditions however our bowlers managed to come to terms with the conditions to record another friendly win for the club.Ann Ramsay, Denzil Ashcroft & David Logan took highest winning rink this afternoon courtesy of their 28-6 win, during which they only lost 4 ends. Leila Brindley, Judy Rogers & Alan King struggled at the start of their game and were 11-5 down after 10 ends however they then got back in to the game and were 15-14 down going in to the last end however they then managed to pick up 2 to win 16-15. John Hamilton, Anne Farmer & Paul Rogers lost the first 3 ends however they then picked up 16 shots in the next 5 ends, before losing the next 5 ends however they went on to win 19-15.  Graham Matthews, Carol Crick & Andrew MacKenzie had a slow start however by the 15th end were 19-9 ahead and looking comfortable however they then dropped 9 shots in the last 3 ends to snatch a 19-18 win. Matthew Crick, Josh Henley & Kim Challinor started well in their game however they then dropped 11 shots in 4 ends to go 21-10 behind, with the final score a 25-14 loss.

30th June 2018 – Hazells v Potten End – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 108-95

This afternoon we were at Potten End on a high following the recent wins in both friendlies and external competitions, detailed later. There were some great games played this afternoon and the closest saw Kath Cowan, Matthew Crick & David Logan go in to the last end tied at 19-19 and they managed to pick up the 1 to give them a 20-19 win. Kishore Seegoolam, Geoff Knott & Rod Bacon got off to a disappointing start dropping a 6 to go 11-1 down after just 5 ends. Unfortunately the afternoon didn’t get much better for them as they went on to lose 26-10. Carol Crick, Sid Brotherston & Roger Crick restricted the hosts to single shots in their match which we won 21-9. Sheila Lawlor, Anne Farmer & Andy Watkins struggled in their game and were 13-3 down after 11 ends however they then managed to get back in to touching distance picking up 7 shots over the next 3 ends however when they dropped another 3 shots the difference was just to much to make up and they ended up losing 17-14. Barbara Ramsay, Daniel Watkins & Paul Rogers took highest winning rink of the afternoon as they only lost 4 ends during their 22-7 win. Karen Seegoolam, Ian Ramsay & Denzil Ashcroft were involved in a great game which saw the lead change hands several times during the game with both sides picking up 6 shots in an end, however it was the Hazells triple that held on for the 21-17 win

29th June 2018 – Hazells v Wendover – Adams Cup 1st Leg – Won 101-95

This evening we were at home for the 1st match in this years Adams Cup and were looking to regain the cup that we lost last year. After 9 ends things were looking bleak with all 5 rinks losing, 57-30 however as soon as 1 rink started to make a come back the others all followed. Inger McNeill, Tom Holland, Denzil Ashcroft & Brian Abigail came from 11-8 down to win 26-20. Kath Cowan, Carol Crick, Alan King & Paul Rogers came back from 12-8 down to win 19-18. Leila Brindley, Matthew Crick, David Logan & Steve McNeill came back from 11-5 down to win 21-19. Judy Rogers, Andrew MacKenzie, Ian Ramsay & Keith Harper were 9-5 down and were unable to get ahead in their game losing 18-14. June Redding, Josh Henley, Gerry Moores and Roger Crick were 13-4 down in their game however they went in to the last end tied at 20-20 and managed to pick up a single shot on the last end to win 21-20

27th June 2018 – BCBL – Week 1

This evening we started this years BCBL season with mixed success. In Division 2 the Wunders had a comfortable 24-8 win whilst in the same division the Cruisers lost 25-18 against Aston Clinton Diamonds. In Division 4 the Hotshots were at Wing Wobblers and were 13-0 up after 5 ends and despite the home side making a recovery the Hotshots ran out 29-15 winners. The Seekers didn’t have a game tonight

23rd June 2018 – Hazells v Bradwell – Mixed Friendly – Won 103 - 62

This afternoon we welcomed Bradwell and were looking to extend the winning run. This was to prove another successful afternoon for Hazells as we won on 4 of the 5 rinks. Daniel Watkins, David Logan & Keith Harper took control of their game from the 1st end and only lost 5 ends in the match, winning 24-7. Ellen Livett, Denzil Ashcroft & Andy Watkins started well picking up 6 shots from the 1st 4 ends, without reply, and by the 18th end were 18-14 ahead however with almost everything covered it was looking like another win for Hazells until the Bradwell skip got an almighty wick in and somehow managed to pick up a 5 to win 19-18. Debutant Laura Oliver had a great 1st game for the club with Pete Coyne & Roger Crick in a game where we were 7-2 down after 6 ends however we then got back in to the game and ended up winning 20-12. Kath Cowan, Rob Stanbury & Eddie Chanell led from the start in their game and managed to get a 10 shot victory, 21-11.  Ann Ramsay, Andrew MacKenzie & Brian Abigail rounded off the comfortable win for Hazells courtesy of their 20-13 win.

22nd June 2018 – Hazells v Deane Park – Mixed Friendly – Won 86 - 81

This afternoons friendly was reduced to 16 ends which resulted in mixed fortunes for Hazells. Graham Matthews, Carol Chanell & Brian Abigail were probably hoping that the game would have been further reduced as they only won 2 ends in a 31-4 defeat. Gary West, Roy Richardson & Anne Farmer were involved in a much closer game and they were 12-8 ahead with just 2 ends to go but unfortunately dropped 5 shots over those 2 ends to lose 13-12. Sheila Holland, Tom Holland & David Logan took the early lead in their game however they dropped a 5 on the 8th end to go 8-5 down. By the 13th end the scores were level at 11-11 and they shared the shots in the remaining ends to finish 13-13. Dave Edwards, Ann Ramsay & Eddie Chanell had a slow start in their game and were 8-6 down after 10 ends however they won the last 6 ends to win 19-8. Michelle Higgs, Rod Bacon & George Murdoch took the early lead in their game going 6-1 up after 5 ends and they continued to control the game winning 19-9. In the final game Margaret Matthews, Andrew MacKenzie & Denzil Ashcroft only lost 4 ends in their 19-7 win.

17th June 2018 – Hazells v Dunstable – Mixed Friendly – Won 105 - 58

This afternoon we completed an excellent weekend’s friendlies which saw us win on all rinks in both games having secured a 106-61 win on Saturday against Aston Clinton we repeated the result today against Dunstable. June Redding, Daniel Watkins & Eddie Chanell were involved in the closest game although having been 10-3 up they found themselves going in to the final end level at 14-14 however not wanting to be the only rink to lose all weekend they picked up 2 shots to win 16-14. Ellen Livett, David Logan & Steve McNeill had a great start in their game picking up 13 shots in 4 ends as they went on to win 23-10. Bob Worth, Alan King & Paul Rogers were 8-6 down after 8 ends however they then picked up a 6 on the next end and from there they only lost 1 more end to win 24-9. Geoff Knott, Kim Challinor & Gerry Moores picked up a 5 on the first end to get off to a great start however they then only won 1 more of the next 8 ends and were 9-3 down at the halfway stage however they then got back in to the lead and picked up another 5 on the 17th end before finishing 20-12 winners. Anne Farmer, Denzil Ashcroft & Andy Watkins picked up 7 in the first 3 ends however they also only won 1 more end in the next 9 to find themselves 12-10 down after 12 ends however they then got back in to the game and finished well to earn a 22-13 win.

16th June 2018  - Hazells v Aston Clinton – Mixed Friendly – Won – 106 - 61

This afternoon we got our friendlies back to winning ways against Aston Clinton, winning on all 5 rinks. Kishore Seegoolam, Anne Farmer & Brian Abigail took highest winning rink this afternoon courtesy of their 26-8 win. Karen Seegoolam, Denzil Ashcroft & Ashley Dean got off to a great start going 12-0 ahead after 4 ends although by the 11th end they were just 13-11 ahead. We then finished the game well again winning 23-13. Carol Crick, David Logan & Roger Crick were involved in a very close game and after they dropped a 5 on the 8th end they were 12-6 down. They then went on to win the next 6 ends to take a 15-12 lead only to go in to the last end 16-15 behind however they then picked up 2 to win 17-16. Ann Ramsay, Jack Pipe & Eddie Chanell were also involved in a close game and finally got ahead on the 9th end when they picked up a 5. Both teams matched each other for the rest of the game and we won 15-14. Sheila Lawlor, Ian Ramsay & Andrew MacKenzie got off to a slow start going 6-2 down after 5 ends however they then only lost 3 more ends in the game and finished 25-10 winners

12th June 2018  - Waddesdon v Hazells – Mixed Friendly – Lost 56 - 82

This afternoon we went to Waddesdon for a 4 triples friendly and despite some great recent results in friendlies this was to be one of those games to forget. John Simmons, Gary West & Ann Richardson were involved in a close game and were 12-7 ahead after 14 ends however they then dropped 8 shots over the next 3 ends and lost 15-14. David Day, Ann Ramsay & David Logan got off to a flying start piking up 7 shots in the first 2 ends and they controlled their game throughout, winning 21-12. Ernie Able, Sheila Lawlor & Denzil Ashcroft had an afternoon to forget losing 29-11, as did Kath Cowan, Terry Root & Roy Richardson who lost 26-10.

10th June 2018 – Hazells v Bletchley St Martins – Mixed Friendly – Won 113 - 90

This afternoons friendly against Bletchley St Martins was an enjoyable and competitive game and is always a great fixture. Denzil Ashcroft, Rob Stanbury & Mark Newman lost the first couple of ends however they soon got back in to the game and once they had taken the lead they never lost it, winning 23-14. Paul Warner, Judy Rogers & Pete Coyne played out a close game however narrowly lost 14-12. Anne Farmer, David Logan & Steve McNeill got off to a flying start going 9-0 ahead after just 3 ends and from there on they put in a highest winning rink performance finishing 29-10. Karen Seegoolam, Inger McNeill & Paul Rogers won 9 ends each in their game however dropping 11 shots in 6 ends on the middle of the game gave them a tough battle to get anything out of the game and although they picked up 4 shots from the last 2 ends they lost 18-15. Maureen Warwick, Rod Bacon & Andrew MacKenzie took the early lead in their game and held on to it until the 16th end, when they were 13-11 ahead however they then dropped 4 shots on each of the next 2 ends to lose 19-13. June Redding, Norman Bonham & Gerry Moores were 11-10 ahead after 4 ends, including a 7 on the 2nd end however by the 14th end the scores were level at 14-14. We then finished well to win 21-15.

9th June 2018 – Hazells v Watlington – Mixed Friendly – Won 94 - 79

This afternoon we welcomed 5 triples from Watlington. Andrew MacKenzie, Steve McNeill & Paul Rogers were involved in a close game and after 13 ends the scores were level at 11-11 however it was the visitors that finished the stronger winning 19-13. Highest winning rink for Hazells went to June Redding, David Logan & Roger Crick who only lost 5 ends in their game, winning 26-12. Matthew Crick, Jack Pipe & Mark Newman got off to a slow start going 9-2 down after 6 ends and were 14-4 down after 11 ends. However they then went on to win the remaining ends and won the game 20-14. Kath Cowan, Denzil Ashcroft & Keith Harper also got off to a slow start going 8-0 down after the 1st 3 ends however they fought back well and by the 15th end were level at 15-15. Unfortunately they only managed to pick up 1 more shot, losing 19-16. Judy Rogers, Pete Coyne & George Murdoch took control of their game from the start, taking an 8-0 lead after 3 ends and although Watlington fought back well to be within 1 shot after 11 ends we then picked up a 5 to regain a comfortable lead and went on to win 19-15.

26th May 2018 – Leighton Buzzard v Hazells – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 106 - 73

With many of our members away on tour this weekend it was great to see that we could still put out a team for this 5 triples friendly. Although we had some members playing in positions they weren’t used to they all coped well and special thanks to Denzil for stepping in as captain for the game. Rod Bacon, Ernie Able & Tony Brindley took an early lead, 10-3, before being pegged back and with 2 ends to go they were 14-11 ahead however they then dropped a 5 to go in to the last end 2 shots behind however we then picked up a 7 to win 21-16. Gary West & David Logan played in a pair and they were behind throughout the match until the last end when they managed to draw shot to earn a 20-20 draw. Sid Brotherston, Fred Baldwin & Josh Henly had a comfortable afternoon losing just 5 ends in their 31-9 win. John Hamilton, Geoff Knott & Denzil Ashcroft were involved in a close match and although they went behind early in the game they kept plugging away and finally got ahead in the 13th end and went on to win 14-13. Leila Brindley, Dave Wheeler & Pete Coyne took a few ends to get in to their game however a run of 7 ends won helped them on their way to a 20-15 win.  

20th May 2018  - Hazells v Linslade – Mixed Friendly – Won – 91 - 54 

This afternoon we welcomed 4 triples from Linslade and had several bowlers playing their 2nd game of the day after the morning competitions. That earlier “practice” certainly seemed to help David Logan and Steve McNeill who, with the help of Sid Brotherston, started their match off by achieving a Hot Shot. From such a great start this game was never in doubt and they went on to win 26-15. Michelle Higgs, Ashley Dean and Brian Abigail were involved in a much closer game and were 12-10 down after 11 ends however they then won the next 5 ends and despite dropping 2 shots on the last end they held on for a 16-14 win. Highest winning rink of the afternoon went to Andrew MacKenzie, Gerry Moores & Paul Rogers who won 1 ends in their 23-10 win. Denzil Ashcroft, Rob Stanbury & Alan King went 5-1 ahead after 3 ends and then dropped 5 shots on each of the next 2 ends however this seemed to kick start their game and they only lost 4 more ends in a game they won 26-15.

19th May 2018 – Hazells v Aylesbury Town – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 103 - 96

This afternoon we made the short trip to Aylesbury Town for a 6 Triples friendly. Anne Farmer, Andrew MacKenzie & Paul Rogers got off to a slow start and were 10-4 down after 6 ends however they fought back to get within a shot by the 11th end however they just couldn’t get ahead and lost 19-16. Sheila Lawlor, Denzil Ashcroft & Andy Watkins started well and were 12-10 ahead after 9 ends however they only won 2 more ends in the game, losing 21-15. Highest winning rink went to Teresa Newman, Josh Henly & Ann Richardson who won 23-9. Judy Rogers, Rod Bacon & Mark Newman found themselves 8-2 down after 5 ends however 5 ends later they were 10-9 ahead and went on to win 21-17. June Redding, Roy Richardson & Roger Crick played out a close game and with the scores level at 8-8 we then picked up a 5 to take the lead and managed to hold on for a 16-14 win. Ann Ramsay, Daniel Watkins & Matthew Crick struggled in their game going behind from the start and despite getting to within a shot by the 13th end they lost 16-12.

13th May 2018 – Club Two Wood Day

This season was the 1st season for a Two Wood Day which saw both the Mens & Ladies rounds played on the same day, up to the semi-finals. This turned out to be a successful & enjoyable for all those taking part and there were some excellent games for those that came along to support. With the 1st games starting at 9.30 Kim won 16-9 against Ann Richardson to set up a quarter final against Anne Farmer who won 16-12 against Carol Chanell. Keith got off to a great start against Ian, picking up 7 shots in the first 5 ends and he went to win 16-9. Fred dominated his game against Steve, winning 15-4 to set up a quarter final against Pete Coyne, who played out a close game against Dave Edwards, winning 16-12. Rob Stanbury won 4 of the first 5 ends against Roger Crick to take a 6-2 lead however Roger then won the next 7 ends to take a 10-6 lead and he went on to win 16-9. Ellen Livett earnt her quarter final place against June courtesy of her 15-3 win against Michelle Higgs. June Redding was 16-4 ahead against Sheila Lawlor after 13 ends however a fantastic fight back from Sheila saw her win the last 8 ends however she ended up 1 shot behind losing 16-15. In the semi-finals Anne Farmer played out a close game with Kim until she picked up 7 shots in 4 ends to 14-6 ahead, with the game finishing 14-10. Booking her place in the final against Anne was Ellen who needed just 16 ends to get passed June with 1 17-5 win. In the Mens competition Eddie just edged his game with Paul Rogers, winning 16-13. Surprise result of the round saw Dan Livett beat Gerry Moores 16-13 to set up a quarter final against Eddie. Matthew Crick eased past Alan King 16-5 to set up a quarter final against Keith Harper. Dan couldn’t repeat his exploits from the previous round, losing 16-2 against Eddie. Matthew took the early lead against Keith and with 2 ends to go he was 16-12 ahead however not giving up Keith then picked up the next 4 shots to force an extra end which Matthew held his nerve to win 17-16. Fred booked his semi-final place with a 18-8 win against Pete Coyne. In the Semi Finals Roger won the 1st 6 ends against Fred to take an 8-0 lead and he only lost 4 ends on his way to a 15-4 win. In the other Semi-Final Matthew won the 1st 2 ends however Eddie then got in to the game and after 17 ends he was 14-8 ahead. Matthew then fought back well picking up 6 shots in the last 4 ends to force his 2nd extra end of the day. Matthew again held his nerve picking up the shot that sets up a “family” final where Roger will play Matthew.

12th May 2018 – Kitcheners v Hazells – Mixed Friendly – Away – Won 77–57

This afternoon you would have thought we had gone back in time to winter on a cold and wet afternoon. Despite the weather we were given a warm welcome and played an enjoyable game where we were looking to follow on from our 4 shot win the home game a couple of weeks ago. Andrew MacKenzie, Kim Challinor 7 Paul Rogers lost the first 3 ends however they then started to come to terms with the conditions and won 8 of the next 10 ends to go 14-6 ahead on their way to a 20-8 win. Sheila Lawlor, Ellen Livett & Rod Bacon also controlled their game from the start, losing just 5 ends in their 16-8 win. Teresa Newman, Sid Brotherston & Mark Newman won the 1st 2 ends however the hosts then won the next 9 ends to take a 12-2 lead which they further increased to win 16-10. Barbara Ramsay, Matthew Crick & Eddie Chanell never really got in to their game losing 9 of the 1st 10 ends and they only played 16 ends due ot the weather however they were losing 20-9 at the time. Despite dropping a shot on the 1st end Dan Livett, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick went on to take highest winning rink today with a 22-5 win.

8th May 2018 – Hazells v Wingrave – Mixed Friendly – Home – Won 105 - 65

This evening we welcomed Wingrave to our club for a 5 triples friendly. Josh Henley, Denise Boult & Paul Rogers got us off to a great start with a 20-10 win. Barbara Ramsay, Anne Farmer & Ann Richardson played well in their game winning 7 of the opening 8 ends to take a 14-3 lead and although they continued to control the game they did still drop a 4 & 5 on their way to a 23-16 win. Teresa Newman, Norman Bonham & Andrew MacKenzie started well in their game going 5-1 ahead after 4 ends however the visitors then got in to the game and we only won a further 3 ends, losing 19-9. Gary West, Ian Ramsay & Mark Newman were involved in a close game for the first 12 ends at which point the scores were level at 12-12 however we then picked up 13 shots over the next 4 ends and went on to win 26-13. In the final game Paul Warner, Alan King & Andy Watkins put in a highest winning rink performance and when they picked up a 5 on the 6th end they only lost 3 more ends on their way to an impressive 27-7 win.

6th May 2018 – Hazells v Cheddington – Mixed Friendly – Home – Won – 122-77

Following yesterday’s narrow defeat we were looking to bounce back against Cheddington and that was achieved with some style as we won on all 6 rinks. Ellen Livett, Ian Ramsay and Steve McNeill were involved in a close game and after 16 ends the scores were level at 12-12 however they then picked up a 6 and won the game 19-12. Anne Farmer, Daniel Watkins & Paul Rogers game was equally as close and they were 10-9 down after 13 ends but managed to finish the stronger picking up 7 shots in the last 5 ends to win 17-11. Teresa Newman, Judy Rogers & Mark Newman lost the first 3 ends but then picked up a 7 to go 7-6 ahead. They then lost the next 3 ends before picking up another 5 and although they then lost the next 2 ends to go 16-12 down after 10 ends they then got hold of the match winning 7 of the remaining 8 ends to win 27-17. Karen Seegoolam, Sid Brotherston & Andy Watkins shared the ends with Cheddington winning 9 each however we came out on top, 19-13. Dan Livett, Gerry Moores & Keith Harper were involved in a close game and despite being ahead throughout the game the final score was a 13-12 win for Hazells. Sheila Lawlor, Geoff Knott & Eddie Chanell took highest winning rink this afternoon courtesy of their 27-12 and the narrowly missed out on a Hot Shot as they picked up an 8 on the last end. We won’t ask them whose wood didn’t count ?

5th May 2018 – Chalfont St Giles v Hazells – Mixed Friendly – Away – Lost 97-96

On a very hot afternoon we played out a very close match on a very tricky green. Maureen Warwick, Ellen Livett & Paul Rogers picked up a 5 on their first end however they then lost the next 5 ends and soon found themselves 10-8 behind. We then went on to finish the game as we had started, winning 20-11. Paul Warner, Sid Brotherston & Rob Stanbury found themselves 6-0 down after 2 ends and despite a run of 5 winning ends in a row they were unable to win their game, losing 23-14. Kath Cowan, Josh Henley & Steve McNeill were behind throughout their game however going in to the last end they were 4 shots behind however they managed to pick up a 4 on the last end to earn a hard fought draw. Matthew, Carol & Roger took the lead in their game from the first end and never gave it up and although they only won 8 of the 18 ends they won 16-15. Norman Bonham, Roy Richardson & Andrew MacKenzie played out a close game with the lead swapping sides throughout the game and with 2 ends to go we were a shot ahead however we then lost the next 2 ends to lose 19-16. Dan Livett, Rod Bacon & Ann Richardson were also involved in a close game and they too took the lead from the start and managed to stay in front going into the last end 15-12 up they then dropped a 2 to hold on for a 15-14 win.

3rd May 2018 – Hazells v Stony Stratford – Mixed Friendly – Home – Lost 94 – 63

This afternoon we welcomed Stony Stratford for what is usually a competitive game. Unfortunately this afternoon it was our visitors that came out on top. Geoff Knott, Sid Brotherston & Gerry Moores went behind from the start of their game and although they kept it close through the first half of the game it was the visitors that won 16-8. Sheila Lawlor, Ellen Livett & George Murdoch started as a close game and then we picked up a 5 only to drop 5 the next end and this seemed to be the encouragement that Stony needed as they went on to win 19-14. Anne Farmer, Andrew MacKenzie & Brian Abigail took the early lead in their game and a run of winning 5 ends in a row took them 17-6 ahead with 5 ends to go however they didn’t win another end but still managed to hold on for a 17-13 win. Pat Martin, Jack Pipe & Fred Baldwin had the toughest afternoon winning just 3 ends in a rather 1 sided game which we lost 37-3. Kath Cowan, Rob Whetter & Eddie Chanell managed to restore some pride taking the lead from the start and only lost 5 ends on their way to a 21-9 win.

29th April 2018 – Hazells v Kitcheners – Mixed Friendly – Home – Won 102-98

This afternoon we welcomed Kitcheners for the 1st of 2 close fixtures, with the return game being played this coming weekend. Teresa Newman, Andrew MacKenzie & Andy Watkins got off to a great start taking a 9-0 lead after the 1st 5 ends and from there they controlled the game throughout, winning 18-15. Kim Challinor, David Logan & Mark Newman also got off to a good start winning the 1st 4 ends to take a 7-0 lead and they never lost the lead despite dropping a 4 & 5, with the game finishing 18-16. Carol Chanell, Rob Stanbury & Steve McNeill struggled this afternoon winning just 6 ends during their 23-11 defeat. Maureen Warwick, Daniel Watkins & Paul Rogers played out a close game during the first 12 ends, at which time the scores were level at 11-11 however we then pushed on to win 23-12. Norman Bonham, Gerry Moores & Eddie Chanell came from behind in their game to win 16-11.  Ellen Livett, Ian Ramsay & Keith Harper only won 7 ends during their game however that did include a 5 & 6 but they lost 21-16.

26th April 2018 – Hazells v Dunstable – Mixed Friendly – Away – Lost 80-69

This afternoon we travelled to Dunstable for our first midweek friendly in the hope of following on from Sundays win against Flackwell Heath. Gary West, Roy Richardson & Anne Farmer took the early lead in their game and were 11-5 ahead after 11 ends however it was at this point that the game turned as we dropped 13 shots over the next 4 ends and finished up losing 21-13. Ernie Able, Dave Edwards & Andrew MacKenzie were behind for most of their game and despite winning 8 ends they lost 17-11. Kath Cowan, Geoff Knott & George Murdoch started slowly in their game and were behind for the entire game although had they had an extra end they could have snatched the win, coming back from 16-4 down after 15 ends to finish just 1 shot behind at 16-15.Pat Martin, Jack Pipe & Fred Baldwin started well in their game going 5-1 ahead after 3 ends and from there they never lost the lead although the scores were level at 12-12 after 15 ends although we managed to hold on for a 15-14 win. In the final game Terry Root, Sid Brotherston & Gerry Moores took a while to get in to the game and were 8-4 behind at the halfway stage however they then started to find the green and fought back well to earn a 15-12 win

Sunday 22nd April – Hazells v Flackwell Heath – Friendly – Won 148–58

What a great start to this seasons fixtures on a lovely sunny afternoon. It was great to see some new faces playing for us this afternoon and we hope they enjoyed playing for us as much as we enjoyed their company. I am sure this is the start of another great season for the club and as we continue to grow our membership the Hazells family grows. In terms of this afternoon’s game goes there were some stand out results with Carol Crick, Denzil Ashcroft & Andy Watkins winning their first 10 ends, taking a 20-0 lead and from there they only lost 2 ends finishing up with a 30-3 win. Judy Rogers, Ian Ramsay & Mark Newman dropped 4 shots over the first 2 ends however that just gave them the kick start they needed, as they won the next 5 ends to take a 17-4 lead, picking up 7 shots on just 1 end. They went on to win 30-10. Teresa Newman, Josh Henly & Eddie Chanell got off to a bad start dropping 7 shots in the first 2 ends however by the half way stage they were just 10-7 behind and they then went on to win the last 9 ends, earning a 23-10 win.Anne Farmer, Daniel Watkins & Paul Rogers got off to a great start picking up 7 shots in the first 3 ends and they went on to win 28-8. The final 2 games were closer with Kim Challinor, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill trading shots with Flackwell and after 9 ends the scores were level at 9-9 and 4 ends later the scores were still tied at 13-13.we then managed to edge the final 5 ends winning 18-14. Paul Warner, Rob Stanbury & Roger Crick found themselves 8-3 behind after 7 ends however they then picked up 8 shots over the next 2 ends and from there they never gave up the lead going on to win 19-13.

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