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28th September 2013

This afternoon we welcomed our visitors from Cippenham for a 6 triple friendly. Goin in to our last weekend of friendlies Hazells were looking to finish the season on a high with 2 final wins under their belt. With wins on 4 of the 6 rinks and narrow defeats on the other 2 it was Hazells that won the match 117-68. With such a large wiining margin there were several rinks fighting for the highest winning rink honour however this ended up falling to Ian Ramsay, Anne Farmer & George Murdoch with a 32-10 win.

26th September 2013

Today we welcomed Stony Stratford for the return friendly in our last mid-week friendly of the season and with a win in the first match at the start of the season we went in to the game with optimism that we could complete the double. This ended up being a very close game however it was Hazells that came out on top with a 100-97 win. Highest winning rink for Hazells went to Sue Smith, Eddie Justice, Ron Jay & George Murdoch who won 20-12.

22nd September 2013

After yesterdays dissappoining result Hazells were looking to bounce back to winning ways against their visitors from Tring. After an encourgaing start from Hazells the team never looked back and went on to win 4 an draw 2 of the 6 triples games. Highest winning rink of the day was won by Carol Chanell, Andrew MacKenzie & John Smith winning 21-15. The final match result was a 104-86 win for Hazells, almost a reverse of the previous days result.

21st September 2013

Todays game at Long Crendon is one that all players will want to soon forget as Hazells slumped to one of their worst defeats of the season losing 115-71 and losing on all 5 rinks. Congratulations though to Long Crendon for their win today and also for their mens win in the Mid Bucks Cup against Princes Risborough last week.

14th September 2013

Following a night of heavy rain there was some surprise that todays game at Winslow went ahead and the green was certainly still wet at the start of the game. However once the first few ends had been completed the green started to improve and it was then that the Hazells team started to pick up shots and take the lead. Hazells ended up winning 4 of the 6 triples matches and it was Inger McNeill, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick that took the highest winning rink with a 20-11 win. The overall score saw Hazells win 92-82

12th September 2013

This afternoon we welcomed Wendover for a 6 triples friendly match. Following the heavy defeat to Wendover in the Adams Cup this year expectations weren't too high going in to this game. Todays game saw a similar result to Sunday's with Hazells winning on 3 rinks and losing on the other 3. Our highest winning rink went to Don Russell, Anne Farmer & Lionel Cheshire who won 24-12. The overall score saw a close 96-88 win for Hazells which saw us continue our winning run.

8th September 2013

Today we welcomed our friends from the Zippers Bowls Team. led by our very own Lionel Cheshire, for what is always an enjoyable afternoons bowls and today was no exception. With both teams providing 6 rinks this was testament enough for how much this fixture is enjoyed by both teams. The final result of today's match saw a narrow 109-105 victory for Hazells however bowls was the real winner today and with both teams winning 3 games each a draw would have been a fair result. The highest winning rink honour for Hazells went to Pam Spokes, Peter Hamilton, Neil Thompson & Len Tuffs winning 26-13.

In addition to the Zippers match we also sent 2 rinks to take part in the Dunstable Town Bowls Club Gala Day. Last year our team finished runners up, only losing out to 1 of Dunstable's own teams in the final, so this year there was a determination to go one step further. With 2 teams this year we were trying to improve our chances and both teams got off to a great start winning their first games, only dropping 1 end in the process. However things started to go wrong for the team of Inger McNeill, Carol Crick, Roger Crick & Janet Moores in the 2nd game when they found themselves leading going in to the last end only to see them drop 4 shots on the last end to lose the game. However Gerald Moores, Eddie Chanell, Steve McNeill & Tony Leone continued their winning ways winning their 2nd game with ease. It was this team that progressed well winning their third game meaning that their final game against one of the Houghton Regis teams was going to be crucial in terms of group winners. The Hazells team were hoping to draw on the confidence achieved by beating Houghton Regis the previous day and Houghton in turn were looking for revenge. This ended up a close game but saw Hazells win the game and as it turned out this was enough for the team to win the overall competition. Congratulations boys and there is a phote of our winners in the gallery section of this site.

7th September 2013

Following the success of our Finals Weekend last week it was back to club friendlies and the men sent 5 rinks to Houghton Regis for what is usually a close, competitive game. Today's match certainly was competitive with the usual banter between the 2 sides creating an enjoyable atmosphere to play the game in. The final score of 111-78 would give the impression that this was a one sided match however the individual rink scores were very close on 4 of the 5 rinks however it was the team of Don Russell, Thornley Bryant, Eddie Chanell & Lionel Cheshire that gave Hazells their win with a 31-7 win. On the other 4 rinks we won 2 games and lost the other 2.

1st September 2013

 The sun was shining and expectation high for the second day of this year’s club finals weekend. Following a successful first day, players and spectators arrived this morning looking forward to seeing the Ladies Two Wood, Novice Singles & Ken Vincent Pairs matches. The Ladies Two Wood match saw ladies captain Janet Moores take on England Development Team, and new Hazells member, Freya Spokes. The game started with Freya taking a 7-0 lead after the first 5 ends and despite her valiant efforts this was too big a lead for Jan to recover from, especially in this format of the game. The match finished with a 17-7 win for Freya. In the Novice Singles competition Carol Crick took on Bruce Patterson and this was a great game for both players ad supporters. Carol took an early lead and retained that lead until the 15th end when the scores were 13-13. It was then that Carol took control of the match going on to lead 20-13 after 20 ends. Needing just 1 more shot to win the match Bruce then won the next end to put some pressure on Carol however Carol held her nerve on the next end to gain the 1 shot she needed to take the title. The final game of the morning session saw Roger Crick & Tony Leone take on Gerald Moores and Ian Brown in the Ken Vincent Trophy. This too was a game worthy of a club final which saw the lead swing one way and then the other with Roger & Tony taking the early lead only for Gerald & Ian to then take the lead before Roger & Tony then brought the scores level at 13-13 after 15 ends. Gerald & Ian then won 1 shot on each of the next 2 ends to take a slender lead until the 18th end when disaster struck for Roger & Tony who were then on the receiving end of a 8 wood Hot Shot. With just 3 ends left to play and a 10 shot deficit a final come back looked unlikely, despite Roger & Tony taking 3 shots on the next end. The 20th end saw further drama with Ian & Gerald holding shot the only option open to Tony was to try and kill the end and a precision wood saw just that outcome. The end was replayed and Roger & Tony won the end but only picked up 1 shot and so needed 6 shots on the last end. Some strategically placed woods from Gerald and Ian prevented the unlikely from happening and congratulations go to Gerald & Ian both for their Hot Shot and for winning the match.

The final session of the weekend saw 4 matches being played in increasingly tricky conditions with the pace of the green increasing rapidly which meant that bowlers would have to be on top form to win their respective matches. Many of this afternoon’s game saw bowlers that had already played in the morning sessions and with the heat and pressure of the competition it was going to be interesting to see if this would impact on any of the games. This morning pair of Roger Crick & Tony Leone were now going head-to-head in the Mens Singles with one of them finishing the day on a high not only taking the Mens Singles title but also being able to represent the club in next seasons Champion of Champions competition. It was Roger who took an early lead however both players were struggling to come to terms with the green and it took until the 7th end for Tony to start reading the green better and once he started to win shots he never looked back. After being 6-2 down after 6 ends he then went on to win the match 21-6 without dropping a further shot. In the Ladies Singles there was a chance for Janet Moores to take revenge for her morning defeat as she once again had to play Freya Spokes. This was a much closer game throughout with some fantastic shots from both players and after 15 ends Jan was leading 11-8. Freya, never looking worried about being behind, drew on her international experience to take 6 shots over the next 3 ends to take a 14-11 lead. From there on the players won alternate ends and it took 27 ends before Freya finally came out on top winning the match 21-17. In the Mens Handicap Singles Ian Brown was looking to add to his morning victory with a win against Fred Baldwin. Ian took the lead in this match with some fine bowls and despite Fred keeping up the pressure on Ian it was Ian the won the match 21-14. From all reports of the game though the score didn’t reflect how close a game this was or the high quality of the bowls on show. The final match of the day saw John Smith try to reverse his fortunes from his previous days triples defeat with a win in the Mixed Triples, joined by Ann Ramsay & Bob Worth. Facing him were Nina Lane, Norman Bonham & Eddie Chanell and it was they who took the lead in another closely fought match. After 16 ends in this 18 end match it was Eddie’s team that were 15-13 ahead and then came a similar turn to the Ken Vincent match this morning with Nina, Norman & Eddie picking up 5 shots on the 17th end meaning that Ann, Bob and John would need 7 shots on the final end just to force an extra end. Despite a valiant effort from Ann, Bob & John in the last end they actually dropped 2 further shots meaning Nina, Norman & Eddie won the match 22-13.

This was a fantastic 2 days of bowls and thanks go out to all the players, match officials and supporters for making this another memorable weekend in our clubs year.

Thoughts now go to our remaining club fixtures and Gala Day so please keep an eye on the notice board and get your name up for matches or if you can spare some time to help at the Gala Day.

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