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11th October 2015
So the final day of the season arrived and with it the popular Corner’s Competition in which bowlers are trying to finish as close to each corner of the green as possible, with the bowlers playing in turn and the closest wood remaining on the green after each wood has been bowled. This year’s winner’s were Roger Crick, Carol Crick (2 wins), Kishore Seegoolam, Dave Edwards, Keith Harper, Ian Ramsay (2 wins), Nick Griffiths & Neil Thompson. Each of them winning £5 per corner. This was followed by Bacon Rolls before the Men v Ladies match. Kim Challinor & Carol Crick were responsible for selecting the Ladies team and Keith Harper & Roger Crick selecting the Men’s team. The format of the match was 2 Singles, 2 Pairs & 2 Triples, although the men did have 4 extra bowlers which they rotated in 3 of the teams. In the singles we were treated to an excellent match between Jan & Gerry Moores and with Gerry leading 20-19 this match went down to the wire, and deservedly so. Jan was holding 2 shots, enough to take the match, however Gerry wasn’t prepared to let his singles winning run come to an end and he came in with his final wood to take the shot and the match. In the 2nd Singles the Ladies Handicap Singles winner Ellen Livett was up against Neil Thompson and Neil took control of this game from the start however Ellen put up a great fight despite losing 21-6. In the pairs Sue Smith & Carol Crick were drawn against Keith Harper & Roger Crick and it was the ladies that got off to the better start going 7-2 ahead after 6 ends however Keith & Roger fought back and only lost 4 of the last 15 ends on their way to a 21-12 win. In the other Pair’s match Maureen Warwick and Anne Farmer were up against Ian Ramsay, Jack Pipe & Matthew Crick, with each of the men playing 14 of the 21 ends. The game started well and at the time of the 1st change in the Men’s team the Ladies were 9-6 ahead however Matthew came on to take Ian’s place and the Men promptly dropped 7 shots on the next end to leave themselves with a mountain to climb. However both Maureen & Anne continued to play some great bowls, even after the final change in the team when Ian & Matthew finished the game, to record a 27-14 win for the ladies. In the triples Margaret Matthews, Hazel Harper & Kate Griffiths were up against Dan Livett, Graham Matthews, John Griffiths, Lionel Cheshire & Brian Abigail. The match started with Graham, John & Brian taking an early lead however when it came to changing the teams around Brian & John were replaced by Lionel & Dan and the ladies then started to pull the game back and they went in to the final end a shot ahead. However the Men took 1 shot on the last end to earn a draw, although the ladies took the match on number of ends won, 10-8. The final game saw Sue Morgan, Carol Chanell & Kim Challinor take on Paul Warner, Rod Bacon, Norman Bonham & Nick Griffiths and this too was a great game which remained close throughout the game, with neither side more than 3 shots ahead at any time. They actually went in to the last end level at 15-15 and it was the ladies that picked up 1 shot on the last end to win 16-15. The meant that the match was tied at 3 wins each however the Men earnt the win with a final score of 106 to the ladies 94. Well done Men and commiserations to the ladies. I have to say that this was a fantastic way to finish off the season and we can now start looking forward to a relaxing winter break before it all starts again next April.
10th October 2015
Despite the number of entrants dropping from ~30 to 16 those that did take part in the competition had an enjoyable game. With bowlers split in 2 groups, playing 3 games each it was the top 2 teams from each division that qualified for the final and 3rd place play off. Winning all 3 of their group games Lionel Cheshire & Jack Pipe won the group with Roger Crick & Nick Griffiths finishing runners up. In group B Brian & Kim won the group with 2 wins out of 3 and Neil Thompson & Geoff Knott runners up. Following an enjoyable lunch Brian & Kim played Lionel & Jack in the final and cruised to a comfortable win. And in the 3rd place play off Neil & Geoff beat Roger & Nick.
4th October 2015
It was great to see so many members getting involved in this afternoon’s game and the warm, sunny afternoon ensured that everyone enjoyed the game. With a mixture of Triples & Rinks the teams had been selected and the Captain was feeling confident that he could end a successful season with a final win. Hazel Harper, Carol Crick & Roger Crick got the Captain’s team off to a great start with a 26-8 win against Andrew MacKenzie, Norman Bonham & Jan Moores. In the other triple Ellen Livett, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill played out a closer game against Maureen Warwick, Neil Thompson & Brian Abigail but managed to hold on for a 17-15 win. Norma Haines, Jack Pipe, Rod Bacon & Eddie Chanell were up against Dan Livett, Sheila Holland, Gerry Moores & Tom Holland and it was Tom’s team that led this game from the start, winning 28-13. Sue Smith, Bob Perry & Keith Harper took an 8-0 lead after the first 4 ends against Paul Warner, Rob Stanbury, Kim Challinor & George Murdoch and they retained the lead throughout the match, winning 20-15. Matthew Crick, Dave Wheeler, Inger McNeill & Tony Leone took highest winning rink for the Captains team courtesy of their 33-11 win over Kishore Seegoolam, John Griffiths, Anne Farmer & Lionel Cheshire. In the final match Karen Seegoolam, Carol Chanell, Len Tuffs & Mark Newman cruised to a 17-4 lead after 10 ends for the Captains team against Don Russell, Nina Griffiths, Denise Boult & Thornley Bryant. The game finished with a 27-13 win for Mark’s team. The overall match score saw a Captain’s win, 136 - 90
3rd October 2015
So we have now arrived at our last friendly of the season for this home Men’s match where we were looking to overturn the 28 shot defeat from the away match a couple of weeks ago. With this match being played on a better quality green it was no surprise that it was the Hazells team that had the better of the afternoon. With both teams having a player let them down Inger McNeill & Kim Challinor stepped in to help even up the sides although Houghton still had to start the match with 1 less player leaving them with a triple playing against Andrew MacKenzie, Steve McNeill, Roger Crick & Brian Abigail. Despite starting slowly we soon took the lead and found ourselves 14-10 ahead after 14 ends however we then lost the next 4 ends to go 19-14 behind and the game ended in a 21-19 defeat. The remaining games were all rinks matches and on rink 1 Bob Perry, Inger McNeill, Gerry Moores & Tony Leone got off to a fast start going 11-0 up after just 4 ends and from there on they never looked back on their way to a 29-20 win. Matthew Crick, Norman Bonham, Eddie Chanell & George Murdoch started their game fairly evenly matched however they then picked up 5 shots on 1 end and took control of the game, winning 21-16. Dan Livett, Len Tuffs, Neil Thompson & Mark Newman were all square at 8-8 after 10 ends however they only lost 3 of the remaining 11 ends and ended up with a 22-15 win. The final rink saw Don Russell, Nick Griffiths, Fred Baldwin & John Smith pick up 7 shots on the 1st end putting them in a commanding position for the game which saw them win 12 ends but a strong fightback saw the game finish with a narrow 20-19 win for Hazells.
27th September 2015
This afternoon we played our last Mixed Friendly of the season at home to Buckingham. This was to be a tough game and Sue Smith, Kim Challinor & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start, going 10-0 down after the 1st 4 ends however they did manage to pull the score back and ended up losing by 3, 19-16. Maureen Warwick, Ellen Livett & Eddie Chanell let the visitors get their noses in front from the start and despite getting back on level terms after 7 ends they let the game slip away again and finished off losing 19-12. Len Tuffs, Inger McNeill & Brian Abigail got off to a slow start however they soon got themselves ahead and going in to the last 2 ends 16-9 ahead it looked like a win was on the cards, unfortunately not as they dropped 6 shots on the last end and lost 17-16. Carol Chanell, Norman Bonham & Neil Thompson got off to the better start going 5-1 ahead after 5 ends however they then lost the next 8 ends to find themselves 18-5 down, however a strong finish saw them rescue an 18-18 draw by the end of the game. Bob Perry, Rod Bacon & Anne Farmer struggled to keep up with their opposition and lost 24-13.
26th September 2015
This afternoon we were looking to restore some pride against Chalfont St Giles, having suffered our worst defeat of the season in the reverse fixture where we lost 130-79. Despite dropping 2 shots on the 1st end Roger Crick, Matthew Crick & Steve McNeill went on to win 11 of the next 12 ends to take a 19-3 lead. The last 5 ends saw Chalfont pick up 5 shots and Hazells 4 to give us a 23-8 win. Sylvia McNulty, Roy Richardson & Mark Newman played out a much closer game and despite dropping 5 shots on the last 2 ends they managed to hold on for a 19-17 win. Ellen Livett, Inger McNeill & Andrew MacKenzie took the early lead, however the visitors then got back in to the game and took the lead in the 13th end. They continued to extend their lead and despite picking up 4 shots on the last end we were unable to win the game, losing 15-14. Kate Griffiths, Len Tuffs & John Smith played out an excellent match with the sides trading shots from end to end and from the way the game went it was no surprise that the game ended in a 16-16 draw. Having seen rink 1 win by 15 shots Jack Pipe, Ann Richardson & George Murdoch were determined to make sure it was the Ladies Captain taking highest winning rink rather than the Men’s Captain. In a game that they didn’t start to take control of the game until the 11th end they then went on to finish the game by picking up 19 shots in the last 7 ends to win 31-13, winning by 18 shots. In the final game Karen Seegoolam, Thornley Bryant & Nick Griffiths not only had to contend with the “joys” of rink 6 but also had to come back from losing the 1st 5 ends. Despite only winning 7 ends during the game we were still able to win 20-14 thanks to picking up 8 shots on the 10th end. A great result saw us win the match by 40 shots, 123-83, not quite pulling back the 51 shots we lost the away game by however a good win all the same.
24th September 2015
Having waited almost the whole season to avenge the 132-124 loss at Stony Stratford today’s game was another close match. Sue Smith, Don Russell, John Simmons & John Smith got off to a slow start, going 8-1 down after 6 ends however we then got back in to the match and with just 3 ends to go we were just 1 shot behind. Unfortunately we dropped 3 shots on the next end and were only able to get 2 back in the last 2 ends, losing 20-18. On rink 2 Andrew MacKenzie, Ian Ramsay, Jack Pipe & Jan Moores took control of their game on the 5th end and never lost the lead, finishing up with a 19-17 win. On rink 3 Dan Livett, Maureen Warwick, Peter Coyne & Nick Griffiths were involved in a close game for 16 ends at which point the scores were level at 14-14, however it was the visitors that finished the strongest, winning 25-14. Kate Griffiths, Dave Wheeler, Gerry Moores & Fred Baldwin were also involved in a tight game with the visitors taking an early lead only for Hazells to pull the game back level after 20 ends and we picked up 1 shot on the last end to win 15-14. Dave Edwards, Bob Perry, Len Tuffs & Anne Farmer found themselves behind form the start however they soon got in to the game and found themselves 14-10 ahead after 17 ends. However Stony Stratford finished the game in the way they started picking up 7 shots in the last 4 ends to win 17-14. In the final game Sylvia McNulty, Dave Booker, Norman Bonham & Brian Abigail were involved in a high scoring game which they won 25-20. The final match score saw Stony Stratford complete the double over us winning 113-105.
20th September 2015
This afternoon we welcomed Tring for a 5 Triples friendly, where we looking to reverse the result of the away match when we lost by 3 shots. Sue Morgan, Thornley Bryant & Brian Abigail got us off to a great start winning their match 24-10. On rink 2 Ellen Livett, Ian Ramsay & Mark Newmanwon the first 2 ends however their fortunes soon changed and they didn’t win another end until the 10th end and unfortunately went on to lose 21-8. Highest winning rink of the afternoon went to Dave Edwards, Andrew MacKenzie & Steve McNeill who were 11-1 ahead after 6 ends and they continued to dominate the game finishing up 32-11 winners. Anne Farmer, Neil Thompson & Nick Griffiths had the best start of the day going 16-0 ahead after just 5 ends. Having built such a big lead they could afford to drop a few ends before finishing the game well to earn a 26-16 win. Jack Pipe, Kate Griffiths & Gerry Moores also got off to a great start going 13-3 ahead after 6 ends and they too remained in control of the game winning 21-17.
19th September 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Long Crendon for a 5 Rinks friendly. On an enjoyable yet disappointing afternoon we struggled to take control on any of the rinks, holding a lead on a couple of rinks for a few ends at the most. On rink 2 Maureen Warwick, Norman Bonham, Roger Kane & Lionel Cheshire lost 17-13. On rink 3 Sue Smith, Len Tuffs, Matthew Crick & Nick Griffiths played out a close game for the first 15 ends, with the scores level at 12-12, however they only won 1 more end in the match to finish off losing 21-13. The biggest turnaround came on rink 4 where Bob Perry, Ellen Livett, Carol Crick & Roger Crick went in to an 11-3 lead after 7 ends however the tide soon turned and they got stuck on 13 for 7 ends and lost the game 28-17. On rink 5 Sylvia McNulty, Ann Ramsay, Roy Richardson & Brian Abigail played out a close game and despite finding themselves 17-8 down they were able to fight back and narrowly lost 19-18. In the last game Sue Morgan, Ann Richardson, Neil Thompson & John Smith came the closest to winning a game for Hazells, leading their match 16-11 with 4 ends to go however they were also unable to hold on to their lead, losing 17-16.
15th September 2015
Gala Day this year was on Tuesday 15th September but the hard work from a dedicated band of Hazells members starts well before then. With over 96 players and their guests to accommodate, make comfortable and suitably refreshed it’s not difficult to understand the labor of love this day has become. Teams from all over the county and beyond play 4 matches in 4 groups with the winner of each group playing in the finals. Each team comprises of four players and this year the 4 group winners were Kingsbury 42 points South Oxfordshire 38 points, Cheddington 38 points, Long Crendon 36points. Kingsbury therefore played South Oxfordshire in the final and Cheddington played Long Crendon for 3rd and 4th places. The weather throughout the day was changeable starting off quite bright and even sunny but becoming overcast with heavy showers. The teams however were determined to get their matches finished despite a good soaking on more than one occasion. Fortunately the final and runners up spots were played in damp but relatively dry conditions with both matches being played simultaneously. The final games were played over 9 ends and were very tight and exciting affairs with the result resting on the last end of each game, a just reward for all those who had stayed behind to watch. South Oxfordshire won the competition beating Kingsbury 8 to 7 and Long Crendon finished third beating Cheddington again by 8 to 7. The day finished around 6.30pm with our President Tom Holland presenting the prize money to the winners and thanking those many people who made the day possible.
13th September 2015
Hazells Wunders, being Division 1 Champions, were in action today at the County Finals Day and they were drawn against a team from High Wycombe in the Semi Final. With Inger McNeill, Gerry Moores, Steve McNeill & John Smith representing the Wunders team they got off to a strong start and held on to their lead through the match. Despite a late comeback from High Wycombe the Wunders went in to the last end with a 5 shot lead and although they dropped 3 shots they progressed through the final where they played Chandos Park, who they played in the Final last year. This was another tough game for the Wunders and although the score was kept tight throughout the first half of the game it was Chandos that started to edge ahead later in the game to earn a 9 shot win over the Wunders and repeat the standings from last year. However this was another fantastic achievement for the club to reach to final and let’s hope they can go 1 step further next year – 3rd time lucky??
This game was changed from 6 rinks to 1 rink and 5 triples as we were unable to field a full team for the 1st time this season. Luck was not to be with us today however we certainly couldn’t blame the green for the result as the green played very well and was an excellent, fast, pace. On rink 1 Don Russell, Carol Crick & Neil Thompson were involved in one of those “Games of 2 halves” holding a slender 7-6 lead after 9 ends however a disastrous 2nd half of the game saw them lose 22-13. On rink 2 Dan Livett, Kim Challinor & Nick Griffiths won more ends than their opposition however they dropped 14 shots in 6 ends in the middle of the game which left quite a mountain to climb to get anything out of the game, however they did manage to close the gap and finished losing 19-15.On rink 3, the only rink game, saw Maureen Warwick, Len Tuffs, Jack Pipe & Lionel Cheshire get off to a great start picking up 7 shots in the 1st 2 ends. They continued to control the game throughout and finished up winning 20-14.on rink 4 Kate Griffiths, Andrew MacKenzie & Roger Kane took the highest winning rink honor for the day courtesy of their impressive 20-8 win, losing just 6 ends in the process. On rink 5 Dot Russell, Norman Bonham & Roger Crick struggled from the start and soon found themselves 9-2 down. They did manage to get the game back to 10-10 after 10 ends however they went on to drop 13 shots in the last 5 ends to lose 27-14. On the final rink Matthew Crick, Thornley Bryant & Anne Farmer gave themselves an uphill task in this match by dropping 7 shots in 1 end. They did reply with 5 shots the next end however a few ends later they dropped another 6 in the 1 end and the game finished in a 27-15 defeat.
12th September 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Winslow for a 5 Triples friendly. On what was to prove a challenging green this turned out to be a close game. On rink 1 Sue Smith, Dan Livett & Eddie Chanell got off to a slow start, finding themselves 13-4 down after 11 ends however picking up 11 shots in 2 ends helped turn the match in our favor to earn a 19-17 win. On rink 2 Sue Morgan, Inger McNeill & Andrew MacKenzie played out another close game but another strong finish saw us win 17-13. On rink 3 Sylvia McNulty, Neil Thompson & Anne Farmer were the better side from the start of the match taking a 12-8 lead by the 10th end however this time it was the home side that finished the game strongly to earn a narrow 17-16 win. On rink 4 Ann Ramsay, Rob Stanbury & John Smith started well, going 6-1 ahead after 5 ends however the home side picked up 6 shots over the next 3 ends, before we picked up 7 over the next 5. We went on from there to win 17-12. On the final rink Ellen Livett, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill played a close match with the scores tight throughout the game and with Steve’s team 3 shots ahead with 2 ends to go they hoped to secure the win however the hosts picked up 2 shots on each of the last 2 ends to win 17-16.
6th September 2015
So after a successful Bucks Plate competition this season, winning all 4 group matches and finishing top of our group on 51 points, 16 points clear of 2nd place Cheddington. We then eased past Burnham in the Semi Final followed by Bassetbury Manor in the Semi Final. This set up a final against Richings Park at Aylesbury Town on Sunday morning. Going in to the game we were confident that we could go all the way and put Hazells on the map. It was great to see members coming along to support and they certainly made their voices heard throughout the match, we had compliments from Richings Park players about the great atmosphere our supporters were creating. The game started slowly for us and we soon found ourselves behind on 3 of the 4 rinks however that belief that we could win the match drove us on. Despite a confident performance Pete Coyne, Eddie Chanell & Brian Abigail were unable to claw back the early shots they dropped and finished up losing by 7 shots. Neil Thompson, Nick Griffiths & Roger Crick took control of their game early on and despite finding the scores level mid-way through the game they managed to go on to win their match by 5 shots. Matthew Crick, Gerry Moores & Tony Leone came from behind to win their match with our highest winning rink. The final game to finish saw Steve McNeill, Dave James & George Murdoch come back from 11 shots behind to ensure that Hazells won the match by 11 shots overall. Congratulations go out to all those that played in the competition this season and a big thanks to all those who supported the team. Following the game a few players went back to Hazells to ensure that the Bucks Plate Champions Flag was flown from the flagpost.
This game was dropped to 4 rinks however was still an enjoyable afternoon for all those involved. On rink 2 Sue Morgan, Kishore Seegoolam, Rod Bacon & Ann Richardson had a good start scoring 8 shots within 3 ends and this carried on throughout the game with them having a win 29-8. Rink 3 had Sue Smith, Sheila Lawler, Denise Boult & Roy Richardson who had a much tighter game being 12-13 down at 11 ends, 25-23 up at 20 ends then unfortunately dropping 4 shots on the 21st end to lose out by 2 shots with a final score 25-27. Rink 4 saw Ann Ramsay, Dan Livett, Jack Pipe & Andrew MacKenzie have a good steady game being 9-3 in front on 11 ends which ended with a 21-9 win. On rink 5 Ellen Livett, Karen Seegoolam, Norman Bonham & Len Tuffs were 4-12 down at 11 ends pulling up to 4 shots down by end 15 unfortunately they didn’t manage to catch up and finished 13-23. The final score was 88-67 win.
Despite only being a 4 rink game we still managed to raise a reasonable amount for the Zippers with a spider, Raffle and a scotch raffle for a bottle of brandy. In all a successful and enjoyable afternoon
5th September 2015
We travelled to Houghton Regis this afternoon for one of the Men's favorite end of season matches and received the usual warm welcome from our hosts. This was to be a tough afternoon though as it soon became obvious that Houghton Regis were having trouble with the council that look after the green. The hosts were very apologetic about the conditions and both teams played the match in the right spirit, putting the issues with the green behind them to have an enjoyable afternoon. Don Russell, Norman Bonham, John Simmons & John Smith found it hard going on rink 2 and despite keeping the match tight for 12 ends they then dropped 15 shots over the next 5 ends and finished up losing 27-11. Andrew MacKenzie, Len Tuffs, Nick Griffiths & Fred Baldwin also kept the game close through the first half of the match however the hosts then took the lead and never gave up their lead, winning 26-15. Colin James, Roger Kane, Neil Thompson & Gerry Moores got off to a great start taking a 12-6 lead by the half way mark. They continued to control the game and finished up highest winning rink with a 21-14 win.Bob Perry, Ian Ramsay, Steve McNeill & Roger Crick played a rollercoaster of a match going 12-2 ahead however the score was then back to 12-10 4 ends later. We then took back control to go 21-10 ahead after 15 ends. Yet again the tables turned and 4 ends later the score was 21-20. However having never been behind in the game we went on to win 27-20. On the final rink Matthew Crick, Dan Livett, Eddie Chanell & George Murdoch dropped 7 shots over the 1st 2 ends however by the 9th end the scores were tied at 9-9. The 2nd half of the game went the home teams way and they finished the game the same as they started although this time the dropped the 7 shots on the very last end to lose 29-14
28/29/30th August 2015
So the season is flying past and we reached Finals Weekend once again. With Gerry reaching 5 finals this year it became necessary to start the matches on Friday evening. The 2 games played on Friday saw Roger Crick play Gerry Moores in the 2 wood and a fine display of bowls from Gerry saw him win the match with a convincing 17-3 win. The other match on Friday saw Nick Griffiths & John Griffiths play Dan Livett & Mark Newman in the Men's Pairs. As you would expect with Finals this was another great match which saw Dan & Mark take the early lead, going 15-7 ahead after 12 ends however a strong finish from John & Nock saw them pick up 12 shots over the next 5 ends and the match ended up with Nick & John winning 23-20. On Saturday morning the Men's Triples saw Matthew Crick, Gerry Moores & Nick Griffiths play Ian Ramsay, Rob Whetter and Fred Baldwin and it was Nicks team that took the early advantage taking a 12-4 lead after 12 ends. Fred's team then managed to pick up 7 shots over the next 4 ends to bring the score back to 12-11 with 2 ends to play. Nicks team picked up shot on the 17th end and in the last end they were holding shot with just Fred's last wood to come. Fred managed to find a gap in the head to push through the shot wood and pick up the jack however luck just wasn't with them and their 2nd wood just rolled out, preventing a play off end. A cracking start to the day saw Matthew, Gerry & Nick win 13-12. The Mixed Triples was also played on Saturday morning which saw Roy Richardson, John Simmons & Jan Moores play Sheila Lawlor, Norman Bonham & Keith Harper. Jan's team took control of this game from the start and saw them win 20-7. The other game in the morning saw Teresa Newman & Kate Griffiths play Sandy Hinton & Inger McNeill in the Ladies Pairs and it was Teresa & Kate that took control of the game from the start , winning the first 7 ends, taking a 9-0 lead. Sandy & Inger then picked up a shot on the next 3 ends and were fighting hard to get back in the match when they then dropped 7 shots on the next end to go 16-3 down. Many players would have almost given up after that however this just seemed to spur Sandy & Inger on and they went on to win the next 6 ends to close the gap to 16-12. However the deficit was just too large to overcome and it was Teresa & Kate that won the match 19-15. Saturday afternoon saw Roger Crick play Nick Griffiths in the Men's Handicap Singles and it was Roger that controlled the game, winning 21-8. The Novice Singles saw Pete Coyne play Roger Kane and it was Pete that took control of the game from the start which he went on to win 21-11. In the final game of the day Gerry Moores & George Murdoch played Teresa & Mark Newman in the Ken Vincent Trophy. Teresa & Mark got off to the better start going 6-1 ahead after 4 ends however Gerry & George then found their way in to the match and went on to win 10 of the next 12 ends to win the match 27-9. Sunday morning saw a great game between Mark Newman & Roger Crick in the Open Singles and it was Mark that managed to put the disappointment of Saturday's results behind him to win this match 21-9. The Ladies Two Wood saw Teresa Newman play Jan Moores and Teresa built on her success from Saturday with a 15-7 win. The final game of the morning saw Gerry Moores & Sue Morgan play Bob Perry & Maureen Warwick in the Colchester Memorial Trophy. This is a fixed jack competition where the 4 closest woods all score points making it possible for both teams to score each end. This match was played over 18 ends and it was Gerry & Sue that won the match 91-59. We were lucky enough to welcome the Colchester family to the club this morning to watch the final and they were delighted to be able to present all of our winners/runners up from the morning with their trophies. Sunday afternoon saw the remaining finals played in the rain with the Ladies Handicap Singles between Ellen Livett & Kim Challinor. Ellen put up a great display and only lost 3 ends in a final that she won 23-6. The Ladies Singles saw Ladies Captain Ann Richardson take on Jan Moores and it was Jan that got off to the better start taking a 10-3 lead after 6 ends. However Ann managed to get back in to the game, closing the gap to 10-9. Jan then regained control and went 19-11 ahead after 15 ends. Still not giving up Ann got back to 19-17 down but was just not able to hold on with Jan picking up 5 shots in the next 2 ends to win 24-17. The Men's Singles saw Gerry Moores looking to win all 5 of his finals play Roger Crick. A high scoring start saw the score 8-7 after just 5 ends however it was Gerry Moores that continued to play the better bowls and he went on to win 21-13. To end the afternoon we held a family BBQ and despite the rain Mark Newman & Ron Jay took responsibility for the cooking. It was great to see so many of our members stay on to join in with the BBQ which I think was enjoyed by all. A big thanks goes out to all our competitors, officials and supporters for making this another successful Finals weekend.
27th August 2015
This afternoon we welcomed Princes Risborough to Hazells for a 5 Mixed Triples Friendly. Inger McNeill, Len Tuffs & Eddie Chanell got us off to a great start with a 17-9 win. Carol Chanell, Jan Moores & George Murdoch added a convincing 23-13 win. Don Russell, Anne Farmer & Brian Abigail played out a close game however it was the visitors that had the stronger finish ot the match and won the game 18-13.Kate Griffiths, Roger Kane & John Smith drew 15-15 and Sheila Lawlor, John Simmons & Gerry Moores got off to a good start however they then dropped 6 shots in 1 end and despite a strong comeback were unable ot pull back the deficit and finished up losing 19-16. The final score in this match saw an 84-74 win for Hazells.
23rd August 2015
This afternoon we made our first trip to Potten End for a 5 Mixed Rink Friendly. On Rink 1 Nina Lane, Maureen Warwick, Norman Bonham & Anne Farmer got off to a great start taking an 8-0 lead after the first 5 ends and from there they controlled the game winning 25-16. On rink 2 Sue Smith, Colin Crosby, Neil Thompson & John Smith played out a close game for the first 13 ends where the scores were level at 8-8, however we then dropped 6 shots over the next 2 ends and struggled to get back in the match, losing 19-11. On rink 3 Kate Griffiths, Ian Ramsay, Andrew Mackenzie & Steve McNeill got off to a dissappointing start and only managed to win 2 of the first 11 ends, going 19-4 down, however they started to get back in to the game and narrowly missed out on a HotShot picking up 7 shots in 1 end. Unfortunately it was too late to recover from the early deficit losing the game 24-18.Rink 4, with Bob Perry, Kim Challinor, Roy Richardson & Inger McNeill, was a close game and a run of 6 ends, picking up 13 shots, in the middle of the game built a 19-9 lead however the hosts fought back well although we were able to hold on to a 24-20 win. Rink 5 was also a close game with Sue Morgan, Rod Bacon, Ann Richardson & Nick Griffiths. It took us until the 10th end to take the lead in this match but once we were ahead we never lost the lead and won 19-15. This meant an overall win of 97-94 to Hazells.
16th August 2015
This afternoon we travelled the short distance to Cheddington for a 6 Triples friendly and thankfully 1 that we didn’t have to drop any rinks for. On rink 1 Inger McNeill, Len Tuffs & Brian Abigail got off to a terrible start finding themselves 23-4 down after 9 ends however the break for tea gave them a chance to take a breath and following the break they managed to get back in to the game, although they did still lose 29-14. On Rink 2 Kishore Seegoolam, Lionel Cheshire & Jan Moores got off to an even worse start as they found themselves 21-8 down after 8 ends however the tea break helped them as well as they managed to reduce the deficit and lost the game by 7, 24-17.Bob Perry, Kim Challinor & Steve McNeill got off to a better start, leading 9-5 at the break. Continuing to control this match we went on to win 23-12. Karen Seegoolam, Andrew MacKenzie & Gerry Moores also got off to a good start leading 7-3 at the break. Despite a comeback from Cheddington we were just able to hold on for a 12-11 win. On Rink 5 Colin James, Roger Kane & John Smith found themselves 8-2 down after 6 ends however a strong fightback some us take a 16-11 lead after 14 ends and were able to hold on to the lead to earn a 17-15 win. On the final rink Sheila Lawlor, Neil Thompson & George Murdoch got off to a great start going 8-1 ahead after 5 ends and despite dropping the odd shot here and there throughout the match they went on to earn highest winning rink with a 24-10 win.
15th August 2015
Yet again we were on the receiving end of a change in fixture with Bicester reducing the match from 6 Triples to 4 so rather than asking 6 of our members to drop out we decided to give Bicester 3 of our players in order to play 5 triples each. On Rink 1 Don Russell, Steve McNeill & Brian Abigail got off to a great start picking up 4 shots on the first end, against a triple which included Thornley Bryant. Despite the visitors picking up 4 shots themselves the nest end it was Brian’s triples that took control of the game and went on to win 28-12, losing just 5 ends in the game. On Rink 2 Rob Stanbury, John Simmons & Roger Crick were up against a triple including Roy Richardson and it was the Bicester team who soon took control of this game and were Bicester’s highest winning rink with a 20-11 win. On Rink 3 Inger McNeill, Pete Coyne & Tom Holland got off to a slow start going 7-1 down after the first 5 ends. Bu the 14th end we were just 1 shot behind however we then dropped 6 on the next 2 ends and finished the match losing 18-15. On Rink 4 Dot Russell, Matthew Crick & John Smith also got off to a disappointing start going 9-2 down after 5 ends and by the 10th end they were 12-6 down however a great fightback saw Hazells sneak the game 18-17. In the final match Sue Smith, Ann Richardson & George Murdoch were playing against a triple that included Sue Morgan and it was George’s team that took control of the game early on, even picking up 8 shots in 1 end on their way t a 23-10 win to give Hazells the 95-77 win.
9th August 2015 - Jubilee Shield
What a great afternoon we had again today and with 42 bowlers turning up to take part in the event, this was testament to what a great club we have. The format of the competition saw a group of 6 rinks and another group with 6 triples, with each team playing 3 games of 7 ends, with a point for each end won and 3 points for each game won. There were some great games on view this afternoon for the spectators to keep themselves entertained. With 24 points the rinks group was won by Lionel Cheshire, Sue Smith, Denise Boult & Jack Pipe. In the triples group 20 points was enough to see Nick Griffiths, Nina Griffiths & John Simmons win the group and earn their place in the final. Unlike most of our competitions the final for the Jubilee Shield is played on the same day and so following a short break both teams played out a 9 end final. After the first 5 ends the scores were level at 5-5 however it was the rinks team that then took the lead picking up 2 shots on each of the next 2 ends. Despite pulling 1 shot back on the 8th end it was Lionel’s team that picked up 2 further shots in the last end to take the trophy. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all those who made this another enjoyable afternoon.
8th August 2015
This week were made the trip to Chandos Park for the reverse fixture from last weekend when we lost 76-51 at home to Chandos. Unfortunately Chandos Park were once again unable to fulfil the full 5 Triple fixture so the game was once again reduced to 4 triples. . With just 1 winning rink from Nina Griffiths, Ian Ramsay & Nick Griffiths with a 20-15 win this was once again going to be a tough afternoon. Sue Smith, Rod Bacon & Andrew MacKenzie struggled against a strong home triple and they were only able to win 6 ends in the match and lost 26-12. Barbara Ramsay, John Griffiths & Neil Thompson were involved in a very tight game throughout however a stronger finish from the home side saw us lose 17-15. The final rink saw Sue Morgan, Ann Ramsay & John Smith get off to a slow start going 7-0 down after the first 4 ends however they then won the next 5 ends to level the scores at 7-7. Unfortunately they were only able to win 1 more end during the game and finished up losing 20-8
4th August 2015
This evening we travelled to Tring for a 5 Mixed triples friendly. This was a very close match, enjoyed by all. In his game at Tring Steve McNeill, Ian Ramsay & Kate Griffiths had a tough game and despite a positive start they ended up losing 15-10. On Rink 3 Dave Wheeler, Jack Pipe and Anne Farmer found themselves 4-1 down after the first 3 ends however they then went on to win the next 10 ends to take a 22-4 lead and with highest winning rink looking almost assured a rapid change of fortunes saw Tring win the remaining ends with the match finishing in a 2 shot win for Anne’s rink 22-20. Dave Booker, Carol Crick & Dave Booker played out a very close game with the scores tied at various points in the match and they even went in to the last end tied at 16-16 however they dropped a shot on the last to lose 17-16. Colin Crosby, Neil Thompson & Inger McNeill played out an equally close match and with the scores level at 11-11 after 14 ends they dropped 4 shots on the next end only to get 3 of them back the following end. Unfortunately they lost the last 2 ends and lost the match 18-14. Paul Warner, Matthew Crick & Roger Crick took control of their game early on and were 17-6 ahead with just 3 ends to play however they dropped 6 shots from those ends which meant the overalls match score saw a narrow win for Tring 82-79.
2nd August 2015
Following this morning’s success in the Bucks Plate we travelled to Wing for a 4 Mixed Triples friendly in the hope to add to the day’s success. Kim Challinor, Andrew MacKenzie & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start and were unable to claw back the deficit and ended up losing 23-15. Inger McNeill, Neil Thompson & Dave James trailed 9-5 after 8 ends however they went on to pick up 10 shots over the next 4 ends and form there on never looked back, sealing a 22-11 win. Nina Lane, Roger Kane & Lionel Cheshire got off to a great start picking up 9 shots from the 1st 4 ends and they too never looked back, controlling the game thoughout to earn a 29-16 win. This wasn’t the highest winning rink for Hazells though as that honor went to Colin Crosby, Rod Bacon & John Smith who won 25-11
1st August 2015
Unfortunately we had another match where our opposition were unable to field a full side and this game was reduced to 4 triples. Sue Morgan, Rob Stanbury & John Smith played out a close game and a run of 5 ends without reply helped them to take a 13-9 lead after 15 ends however the visitors managed to take 4 shots from the last 3 ends to earn as 13-13 draw. Don Russell, Sheila Lawlor & Andrew MacKenzie also played out a tight game with the scores level at 10-10 after 12 ends we finished the game off the stronger picking up 4 shots on the 16th end which helped us to win 17-13. That was to be our only winning rink as Matthew Crick, Carol Crick & John Simmons only won 4 ends on their way to a 26-10 loss. Sue Smith, Bob Worth & Fred Baldwin didn’t fair much better winning just 5 ends and losing 24-11.
28th July 2015
Unfortunately this afternoon we were victom of another club unable to fulfill the full fixture, reducing the match from 5 to 4 triples however for the triples that did play they had an enjoyable game. With the sun shining this match was played in conditions more associated with bowls. Dave Wheeler, Sheila Lawlor & Thornley Bryant won 17-5 win however the highest winning rink went to Sue Smith, Pete Hamilton & Roy Richardson courtesy of their 24-6 win. Sue Morgan, Andrew MacKenzie & John Smith also controlled their game throughout and ended up winning 23-11 and the final match saw Sylvia McNulty, Mick O'Neill & Brian Abigail complete the wins for Hazells with a 24-18 win to give Hazells an overall 88-40 win.
26th July 2015
On a very wet afternoon with the game in doubt due to the rain both clubs agreed to play the game however after the first couple of ends the rain strengthend and it became clear that the game couldn't continue so both teams agreed to end the game after just 8 ends. With the scores favoring Thame at 49-30 the rain could have saved us from a heavy defeat.
25th July 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Leighton Buzzard for a 4 Mixed Triples Friendly, having had teh match reduced by the hosts who were unable to field the original 5 triples. The 4 remaining triples were determined to ensure that we won the match for those players that had to be left out at the last minute. Ann Ramsay, Colin James & Fred Baldwin won the highest winning rink honour for Hazells with an impressive 30-14 win, ahving trailed for the first half of the game. A strong finish picking up 10 shots in the last 2 ends sealed the win for this triple. Andrew MacKenzie, Anne Farmer & John Smith played out a much tighter game which they won 18-15. Kate Griffiths, Norman Bonham & Lionel Cheshire got off to a great start and kept control of th egame througout, only losing 6 ends, on their way to a 21-14 win. Ou tonly losing rink saw Maureen Warwick, Bob Perry & Nick Griffihts get off to a good start with 5 shots in the first 2 ends however the hosts soon got in to the game and took over control to win 21-14. The final match score saw an 83-64 win for Hazells.
19th July 2015
Having had the away fixture against Bletchley Town cancelled earlier in the season as Bletchley couldn’t get a side today’s game was also reduced from 5 Triples to 4. This ended up as a very close game overall and despite Len Tuffs, Karen Seegoolam & Roger Kanelosing 18 -7 on rink 1 the match was put back in our favour thanks to a 22-8 win for Peter Hamilton, Andrew MacKenzie & Anne Farmer. On rink 3 Kishore Seegoolam, Ann Ramsay & Tom Holland got off to a slow start however they then picked up 5 shots on the 6th end to level the scores. This continued to be a close game and with just 1 shot between them going in to the last end this game finished in a 15-13 defeat for Hazells. On rink 4 Sylvia McNulty, Ian Ramsay & Brian Abigail got off to a good start taking an 8-3 lead after 6 ends however they then dropped back to 13-12 down after 12 ends. A strong finish, picking up 9 shots in the last 3 ends gave us a 21-18 win. The final match score saw Hazells win 63-59
18th July 2015
What a wonderful afternoon was had by all and it was great to see so many members turn out for our annual International tournament. With the green extended to 7 rinks to accommodate the 46 bowlers who wanted to join in the fun. With the additional support of members coming to watch it showed why we have such a great friendly club to be proud of. The afternoon started with a spider competition with the proceeds going to charity. The bottle of whiskey was won by Don Russell and the bottle of wine went to Andrew MacKenzie. We then split in to our 2 teams with 5 triples matches and 2 rinks matches. With both of the rink matches being won by the England/Wales team 53-21 it would be down to the triples to get the Rest of the World team back in to the match. Looking to avenge last years defeat though it was the England/Wales team who took control of the match with Brian, Colin & Nina winning 35-4 and Don, Matthew & John winning 23-4. The Rest of the World team did win 3 of the triples 19-18, 18-11 & 25-10 however these scores were not enough to retain the trophy with England/Wales winning 150-91.
12th July 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Wolverton for a match played in very “tricky” conditions. Despite winning 9 ends each Maureen Warwick, Roger Kane & Ann Richardson lost 20-15 on their rink. Rod Bacon, John Griffiths & Kim Challinor took an early lead however dropping 8 shots in 2 ends late on saw their lead slip and they finished up losing 21-17. Nina Griffiths, Denise Boult & Roy Richardson gave us our only winning rink with a 25-12 win. On the final rink Ann Ramsay, Norman Bonham & Neil Thompson struggled to keep up with their hosts, losing 20-11. The final score saw Wolverton win 20-11
7th July 2015
This afternoon we welcomed our friends from Deane Park for 1 of our most popular friendlies of the season which sees 7 Mixed Rinks matches played. Winning 5 of the 7 rinks ensured that Hazells won the match and the individual rinks cores were as follows:
Andrew MacKenzie, Sheila Holland, Ann Richardson & Tom Holland won 27-11
Sue Smith, D Booker, Roy Richardson & John Simmons won 19-17
Sue Morgan , Pete Hamilton, Maureen Warwick & Thornley Bryant lost 14-20
Ellen Livett, Kate Griffiths, Jan Moores & nick Griffiths won 24-19
Carol Chanell, Dan Livett, Norman Bonham & Eddie Chanell lost 19-24
Sheila Lawlor, Nina Lane, Don Russell & Brian Abigail won 22-16
Colin Crosby, Tom Pinches, Ann Ramsay & George Murdoch won 28-11 to also earn highest winning rink
5th July 2015
Following this morning's disappointing Top Club defeat at Bletchley St Martins we stayed on for a 5 rink mixed friendly this afternoon. On rink 1 Sue Smith, Ian Ramsay, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill started slowly finding theselves 11-2 down after 7 ends however we then started to get a grip on the game and ended up winning 27-17. Sue Morgan , Ellen Livett, Norman Bonham & Lionel Cheshire played out a close game but ended up losing 20-19. Bob Perry, Ann Ramsay, Len Tuffs & Inger McNeill had a comfortable game, winning 23-13.Barbara Ramsay, Maureen Warwick, Rod Bacon & Neil Thompson took the early lead and never lost it again during the match, winning 18-12. In the final rink Sheila Lawlor, Dan Livett, Kim Challinor & Eddie Chanell lost 21-6, despite winning more ends than the home side. The overall match score saw a 102-73 win for Hazells.
28th June 2015
This afternoon we hosted a 5 Triples Mixed Friendly against Berkhamsted. This turned out to be a successful afternoon for Hazells winning on 4 of the 5 rinks. Nina Lane, Anne Farmer & Brian Abigal fought back well to earn a 16-13 win, Pete Hamilton, Dan Livett & Dave James were involved in an equally tight game, just edging it 19-17. Our only losing rink saw Colin James, Ellen Livett & Steve McNeill lose 17-9.Colin Crosby, Rod Bacon & Nick Griffiths had a tight game which saw then pick up 5 shots only the 17th end, only to drop 4 on the last end but they were still able t hold on to a 22-20 win. Highest winning rink of the game went to Kate Griffiths, Andrew MacKenzie & Inger McNeill with a 24-8 win.
27th June 2015
This afternoon we welcomed Chesham Broadway to Hazells for a 4 Mixed Triples friendly. It was our visitors that got off to the best start taking an early lead on 3 of the 4 rinks, with just Kim, Bob & Len showing the way for Hazells. They continured to control the game on their rink and ended up 18-12 winners on rink 2. On rink 3 Ellen, Rob & Pete found theselves 6-0 down after 3 ends however they then won the next 3 ends to close the gap and from there they took control of the game. Despite dropping 6 shots on the 16th end they still managed to win their game 21-15 and take highest winning rink for the afternoon. On rink 4 Ian, Carol & John found theselves behind early on in the game and despite a valiant effort to get back in to the game they still foundselves on the losing side, 18-15. In the final game Barbara, Colin & Neilalso got off to a slow start but they soon turned it round to end up with a 3 shot winning advantage, 19-16
26th June 2015
This evening we went to Wendover for the first leg of this year’s Adams Cup looking to retain the trophy that we won back least season. On rink 1 Nina Lane, Dave Edwards, Norman Bonham & Nick Griffiths controlled their game from the start winning 7 of the first 9 ends and despite the tables being turned in the 2nd half to the game we had already built a good lead and won 19-12.On rink2 Inger McNeill, Colin Crosby, Keith Harper & Brian Abigail got off to a slow start going 10-3 down after 9 ends however a strong fight back saw them win teh game 17-16. On rink 3 Ann Ramsay, Ann Richardson, Ian Ramsay & Steve McNeill played out a close match but unfortunately lost 16-12. On rink 4 Anne Farmer, Thornley Bryant, Maureen Warwick & Andrew MacKenzie lost 17-11. On rink 5 Pete Hamilton, Rob Whetter, Kate Griffiths & Gerry Moores added another winning rink for the team with a closely fought match which we won 19-18 and on the final rink Colin James, Jack Pipe, Roy Richardson & Jan Mooores won 17-10 to give us the first leg win 95-89
20th June 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Bradwell for a 5 triples Mixed Friendly and it was the weather that once again spoiled the afternoon's match with some heavy rain after the first few ends which mad ethe green almost unplayable. Despite a short stoppage the game continued and Ian Ramsay, Kim Challinor & Roger Crick won 19-13. Barbara Ramsay, Carol Crick & Nick Griffiths lost 19-11, Matthew Crick, Kate Griffiths & Gerry Moores took highest winning rink for Hazells with a 26-13 win.Rob Bacon, Ann Ramsay & Jan Moores had a close game losing out 18-15 and the final game saw Sheila Lawlor, Neil Thompson & Roger Kane lose 21-13 however the overall match score was an 84-84 tie.
18th June 2015
This evening we travelled to Waddesdon for a 5 Mixed Triples friendly, on an eveing when both sides had players unavailable due to County Competitions. However we managed to send a strong team and recorded one of our best wins of the season. Of the 5 triples we had just 1 losing rink, 17-15, from Kate Griffiths, Rob Stanbury & Brian Abigail. Highest winning rink for Hazells went to Keith Harper, Neil Thompson & Rob Whetter with a 27-6 win, including 6 shots on the 16th end. Colin James, Kim Challinor & Nick Griffiths picked up a 21-12 win whilst Andrew MacKenzie, Pete Coyne & Lionel Cheshire took their game 27-14. In the final game Don Russell, John Simmons & John Smith finished of the game off with a 2014 win to give Hazells a resounding 110-63 win
14th June 2015
With a much brighter day than yesterday we travelled to Dunstable for a 6 Mixed Triples Friendly.On rink 1 Kate Griffiths, Inger McNeill & Neil Thompson lost 15-10, Ellen Livett, Len Tuffs & Steve McNeill won 18-15, Sheila Lawlor, Roger Kane & Roy Richardson drew 13-13. On rink 4 Helen Robinson, Norman Bonham & ann Richardson lost 25-18, Da n LIvett, Maureen Warwick & Nick Griffiths won 20-15 and in the final match Bob Perry, Rod Bacon & Anne Farmer took the highest winning rink with a 22-16 win to give Hazells a slender 2 shot victory in the match 101-99
13th June 2015
This afternoon's game at Aston Clinton was cut short by the heavy rain which left conditions very difficult and forced the abandonment after 12/13 ends. However with the home team leading on 4 of the 6 rinks no one complained about having to come off early.
7th June 2015
This afternoon we welcomed Bletchley St Martins for a 5 Rink friendly, although we did have to provide 4 players to our visitors who were unable to field a full team. Thanks to Sue, Ann, Roger & Sheila for agreeing to play for Bletchley to ensure that as many of our bowlers got a game over the weekend.
Rink 1 – Helen Robinson, Ian Ramsay, Andrew MacKenzie & Steve McNeill won 29-11
Rink 2- Ann Ramsay, Dan Livett, Roy Richardson & Gerry Moores lost 27-21
Rink 3 – Barbara Ramsay, Ellen Livett, Neil Thompson & Brian Abigail lost 24-12
Rink 4 – Dot Russell, Bob Perry, Len Tuffs & Keith Harper lost 27-16
Rink 5 – Carol Chanell, Rod Bacon, Kim Challinor & Tom Holland lost 20-16
6th June 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Watlington Bowls Club for a 5 Mixed Triples match. Despite a lovely sunny afternoon we got off to a dissappointing start to the afternoon, losing on all 5 rinks after the 1st 8 ends and it was only the rink of Don Russell, John Simmons & John Smith that were able turn their game around to win 20-12. Although there were some enjoyable games on the other rinks with some good bowls on display it was to be another loss for Hazells today with Maureen, Rob & Roy losing 23-15, Andrew, Carol & Roger losing 16-12, Matthew, Ann & Nick losing 19-14 and Kate, Norman & Lionel losing 14-13. The overall match score was an 84-74 win for Watlington.
4th June 2015
This evening we sent 3 Mixed Triples to Chesham Broadway for what will probably be the last time we play at their current home as they hope to move to a bigger site in time for next season. This is always an entertaining game on an "interesting" green and tonight was no exception. On Rink 1 Kate Griffiths, Rob Whetter & Roger Kane were evenly matched against their opposition with Hazells taking the early lead, only for Chesham to take back the advantage for a couple of ends in the middle of the game and then a strong finish from Hazells saw them earn a 19-16 win. On the middle rink Ian Ramsay, Carol Crick & Roger Crick struggled to come to terms with the green and fell behind early on and despite pulling the game back to 9-8 down after 13 ends they then lost the remaining ends to lose 19-8. On the "hedge rink" Matthew Crick, Bob Perry & Nick Griffiths had a high scoring game picking up 6 shots on the 2nd end, however Chesham replied by taking 7 shots from the next 3 ends. The match continued to sway back and forth but it was Hazells that won on this rink 20-17. The overall match score was a 52-47 win for Chesham Broadway.
31st May 2015
This afternoon we welcomed back our "regular" visitors from Waddesdon for a 5 Triples friendly. After the mixed emotions of Friday's matches against Waddesdon with 1 team winning and 1 losing we looked to this game to get back to winning ways. Ann Ramsay, Gerry Moores & Steve McNeill had an evenly matched game for the first half of the match but then took control to win 17-12. Kate Griffiths, Len Tuffs & Brian Abigail got off to a good start, finding themselves 17-4 up after 9 ends and they continued to play the better bowls, earning a 27-14 win. Inger McNeill, Pete Coyne & Mark Newman got off to a slow start however once the yfound their line they too took control of the game to come out 18-13 winners. Don Russell, Rob Stanbury & Nick Griffiths kept uo with the rest of the team with a positive start going 10-3 ahead after 5 ends and they continued to control the game to earn an 18-10 win. Our only losing rink came through Rod Bacon, Andrew MacKenzie & Lionel Cheshire, 14-9. The final score of the match was an 89-63 win for Hazells.
30th May 2015
This afternoon we held our annual American Tournament which is always well supported and this year was no different with 36 members coming along to join in the fun. With the sun shining and a good turnout there was a great atmosphere ahead of the draw for the first game. With bowlers randomly selecting their team, rink and position in the team the draws threw up some interesting teams with recognized “Leads” having to “Skip” games and similarly new bowlers getting the chance to tell recognized “Skips” what to do. After 5 games the final result saw 4 bowlers finish within 4 shots of each other and it was Mark Newman who finished 1st with Nick Griffiths finishing 2nd. Full results are available via the Hazells Website
24th May 2015
Today it was turn of Dunstable to visit us, bringing 6 triples with them. With 5 out 6 winning rinks for Hzells we got back to winning ways with Carol Chanell, Kim Challinor & George Murdoch winning 18-15, Sue Smith, Kevin Goymer & Dave James won 26-16, Ellen Livett, Don Russell & Eddie Chanell won 16-12, Sue Morgan, Maureen Warwick & gerry Moores won 23-17 and Barbara Ramsay, Norman Bonham & Mark Newman won 15-13 to give Hazelss a 108-96 win.
23rd May 2015
This afternoon we welcomed 5 triples from Leighton Buzzard and although this was meant to be a Mixed friendly Leighton Buzzards ladies were involved in a Top Club match and so were unable to play in this game. This was a hard fought game with some high scores on both sides. With 2 wins each and 1 drawn rink the highest winning rink honor for Hazells went to Matthew Crick, Roy Richardson & Nick Griffiths who took the lead from the 1st end and continued to lead throughout the match, winning 22-15. Our other winning rink cam throughAnne Farmer, Jack Pipe & Fred Baldwin. Despite winning on these 2 rinks we still lost the match 99-89
17th May 2015
Bouyed by our success at Aylesbury Town we travelled to Linslade hoping to win both of our weekend matches however that hope was soon cut short as we suffered our biggest defeat of the season, 122-76. There is not much to say about this match other than we did win on 2 of the 6 rinks, however that was by 2 shots for Colin James, Karen Seegoolam & Neil Thompson and by 1 shot for Reg Byer, Kim Challinor & Roger Kane
16th May 2015
Today we travelled the short distance to Ayelsbury Town for a 6 Triples friendly looking for a better weekends results that last weekend. Having played Aylesbury Towns Mens team in the Mid Bucks League, winning the match with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 lost rink optimism was high that we could repeat this result today. On Rink 1 Carol Crick, Nick Griffiths & Roger Crick took control of the game from the first end, picking up 4 shots, and from there on they never looked back earning a highest winning rink score of 28-10.Rink 2 was a closer game for most of the match with Matthew Crick, Denise Boult & Brian Abigail taking a slender lead for most of the game however they picked up 6 shots on the 17th end to help them earn a 22-13 win. On Rink 3 Steve must have thought it was going to be another one of those days as his triple with Inger McNeill & Pete Coyne went 10-1 down after the first 7 ends however determined to "lead by example" they won th enext 6 ends to go 14-10 ahead. They continued to extend their lead running out 22-14 winners. On Rink 4 Colin James, Fred Baldwin & John Smith also took control of this game early on, winning 8 of the first 10 ends on their way to a 21-8 win. On Rink 5 Pete Hamilton, Kim Challinor & mark Newman took a while to get going, finding themselves 14-8 down after 10 ends however having been inspired by their Captains rink turning the game around they too got back in the and the 13th end was the turning point in this match going from 15-10 down to 16-15 up. Following this up with 5 shots over the next 2 ends the ran out 23-19 winners. In the final game Sheila Lawlor, Neil Thompson & Tony Leone took the early lead however in this match it was the hosts that cam eback to win 18-12. The final score in the match being a 128-82 win for Hazells.
10th May 20115
Following on from yesterday's disspoointing result at Kitcheners we travelled to our friends at Princes Risborough determined to get back to winning ways. Unfortunately this wasn't the case as we narrowly missed out going down 82-78. Sue Morgan, Inger McNeill & Nick Griffiths – Lost 21-11. Kate Griffiths, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill – Lost 15-14 – Got off to a slow start going 10-0 down after 4 ends however this appeared to be the shock they needed and they got the score back to 14-13 ahead after 17 ends, only to drop 2 shots in the last end. Kishore Seegoolam, Rob Stanbury & Roger Kane – Lost 16-12 Close game most of the way through however it was the home side that managed to keep their noses in front to earn the 16-12 win. Sheila Lawlor, Bob Perry & Ane Farmer – Won 22-18. Taking a good early lead Hazells didn’t look back although from 22-6 ahead after 13 ends the final score was 22-18. Sue Smith, Len Tuffs & eddie Chanell won 19-12 although this could have been more convincing had it not been for the 7 shots they dropped in 1 end half way through the match however they only dropped shots on 4 more ends to take the highest winning rink honour for the day.
9th May 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Kitcheners looking to gain revenge for the 107-102 defeat we suffered 2 weeks earlier at Hazells. On a challenging green that would test both teams Dan Livett, Maureen Warwick & Brian Abigail got off to the perfect start taking an 11-2 lead after just 5 ends. However they then dropped 11 shots in the next 2 ends and were never able to get back in the game, losing 25-17. Nina Lane, Kim Challinor & Roger Crick got off to a slow start and although the scores were level after 8 ends the curse of the "Tea Break" struck again and they then found themselves 17-8 down with 2 ends ot play. Despite picking up 6 shots in the next end to make the score a little more respectibel the final score was 18-14 to Kitcheners. Colin Crosby, Denise Boult & Andrew MacKenzie also got off to a slow start finding themselves 14-6 down after 8 ends however a solid fightback saw them win the game 20-16. Matthew Crick, Norman Bonham & Jan Moores also struggled to come to terms with the green and they too found theselves 10-4 down at the half way stage. However they then won the next 6 ends to take a 12-10 lead only for the hosts to take the last3 ends, winning 15-12. In the final game Ellen Livett, Neil Thompson & Carol Crick took the early advantage but were soon pegged back ot 8-8 after 8 ends. As with the other games this afternoon Kitcheners took control of the game and won the game 19-14. The final match score saw Kitcheners win 93-77.
7th May 2015
This afternoon we welcomed 5 Mixed Triples from Amersham Town for a match that we hoped would keep us on a winning run following a successful weekend. We got off to a mixed start with Sue Morgan, Fred Baldwin & George Murdoch picking up just 1 shot from teh first 5 ends however they then started to find their line and proceeded to win 9 of the remaining 13 ends coming out 19-12 winners. A closer game was played out on rink 2 with Pat Martin, Colin Crosby & John Smith edging their game 18-17. Rink 3, with Carol Chanell, Don Russell & Gerry Moores, got off to a flying start going 13-0 up after 7 ends however the visitors then picked up 8 shots over the next 4 ends to close the gap. This then seemed to spur Gerry's team on to record a 20-13 win. Rink 4 saw our only defeat of teh afternoon with Paul Warner, Anne Farmer & Brian Abigail losing 20-14. Highest winning rink today went to Andrew MacKenzie, Tom Holland & Janet Moores with a 19-9 win. Final score in the match was a 90-71 win for Hazells.
5th May 2015
This evening we travelled to Wingrave for a 5 Triples Mixed Friendly. Dan Livett, John Griffiths & Nick Griffiths got off to an early lead which found them 8-5 up at the half way stage however when the hosts pcked up 5 shots in 1 end the game turned and we ended up losing 17-12. Anne Farmer, Ellen Livett & Mark Newman traded shots in the early ends although found themselves 8-5 down at the halfway stage. Unfortunately they only won 3 of the remaining ends and lost 17-11. Kate Griffiths, Inger McNeill & Lionel Cheshire were got off to a strong start going 8-1 up after 5 ends. They continued to control the game and ended up winning 16-13. Theresa Newman, Peter Coyne & Steve McNeill also played out a tightly fought game which saw them go in to the last end level at 12-12. We took the last end with 1 shot. The final rink with Nina Griffiths, Rob Stanbury & Jan Moores got off to a dissappointing start trailing12-3 after 8 ends. Amazingly they managed to pull the game around and soon found themselves 18-16 ahead with just 3 ends to play. Unfortunately they then dropped 6 shots in the 16th end and lost th egame 22-20. The final overall score saw Wingrave win 81-72.
4th May 2015
Today our Club Captains made the draws for all of the Club Competitions and details will be available on this website over the next couple of days and posted on the noticeboards in the changing rooms. Bowlers should start arranging their games asap and please note the round closing dates and ensure that you get your games played on time. Following the draws we held a Bank Holiday Fun Bowl where 25 of our members came along to take part in a fun competition aimed at trying to help members practice their drawing game. Bowlers were spilt in to 8 teams and we played 4 games of 6 ends with a different format to each game. Starting with a standard game of bowls we then played a Fixed Jack game, followed by 4-3-2-1 and finished with a Yard Stick game. Everyone that took part thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon, played in much better conditions than the previous days match. The event was won by Matthew Crick, Andrew MacKenzie & Roger Crick, winning by 2 shots from the teams of Sue Morgan, Ian Ramsay & Colin James and Carol Crick, Roy Richardson & Lionel Cheshire.
3rd May 2015
This afternoon we welcomed our friends from Cheddington for a 6 Triples friendly. Following a morning of heavy rain there were some fears that the game may not get played however due to the great work by our green team and the great drainage we have we managed to play the game. Unfortunately the rain wasn't finished for the day and with thunder storns in the area this was never going to be a game for the spectators. However for those bowlers that did take part they commented on how weel the green bowled, despite the conditions, and were still able to play some good bowls. Following on from our success at Chalfont St Giles the previous day we won this match 105-82 with the highest winning rink going to Sheila Lawlor, Inger McNeill & Dave James who won 30-5, losing just 3 ends during teh match. Our other winning rinks coming from Sue Morgan, Rob Stanbury & Mark Newman 18-16, Don Russell, Norman Bonham & Keith Harper 19-16 and Theresa Newman, Dan Livett & Gerry Moores 15-9. well done everyone for surviving the rain and earning another victory for Hazells.
2nd May 2015
This afternoon we travelled to Chalfont St Giles for a 6 Triples Friendly, looking for a return to winning ways after 2 narrow defeats in out last couple of games. On Rink 2 Matthew Crick, Neil Thompson & Jan Moores took the early lead however they then dropped 10 shots in 3 ends and found themselves 10-5 down after 6 ends. We then regained control winning the next 7 ends to take a 14-10 lead and despite then dropping 3 shots we then picked up 9 shots and won the game 23-14. Rink 3 saw Anne Farmer, Carol Crick & Nick Griffiths game follow a similar pattern to rink 2 with us 5-4 down after 6 ends and 15-4 after 8 ends however the "Tea Break" worked in our favour in this game as we then went on to win 6 of the last 9 ends, taking the game 22-18, On Rink 4 Ann Richardson, Kim Challinor & John Smith also got off to a slow start goin 6-2 down after 5 ends however they too managed to regain control of the match winning 9 of the remaining ends, winning the match 21-11. On Rink 5 Ann Ramsay, Len Tuffs & Steve McNeill played out a tight game being 7-6 ahead at the halfway stage and going in to the last end they were 13-12 ahead however they then dropped 4 shots to lose 16-13. On Rink 6 Kate Griffiths, Denise Boult & Brian Abigail took control of this game from the off and played some great bowls on their way to a 23-12 win. In the last match on Rink 7 Bob Perry, Roy Richardson & Roger Crick also took an early lead, finding themselves 12-5 ahead after 9 ends. Despite stopping for tea the usual change in fortunes didn't occur on this rink either and Hazells won 28-8, dropping just 5 ends on their way to taking the highest winning rink honour for the match. The final score saw Hazells earn a resounding 130-79 win.
30th April 2015
Today we made the trip to Stony Stratford for a 6 rink friendly, a game which is always popular with our members and at a venue where we always receive a warm welcome. Following 2 closely fought matches today's game was to be no different. On Rink 1 Carol Chanell, Kevin Goymer, Jan Moores and Eddie Chanell took a commanding lead, 17-2 at the half way stage however this deficit was halved in the 10th end with Hazells being on the receiving end of a Hot Shot. Stratford continued their fightback and were 21-18 ahead after the 15th end. Hazells then picked up 3 shots on the next end and amazingly 7 shots on the 17th end followed by 2 more, leading 30-21 with 3 ends to go. Going in to the last end Hazells were 30-27 ahead and despite dropping 2 shots on the last end they managed to hold on for their win. oN Rink 2, despite a slow start, Nina Griffiths, Ann Ramsay, Norman Bonham & George Murdoch found themselves 10-7 ahead at the half way stage. This continued to be a close game until the 18th end and with Hazells 18-17 ahead it was Stony Stratford that took control with 11 shots in the last 4 ends to win 28-19. On Rink 3 Colin Crosby, Sheila Lawlor, Len Tuffs & Nick Griffiths took the early and lead and never looked back throughout the match and despute twice dropping 5 shots they won 21-19. On Rink 4 Andrew MacKenzie, JOhn Griffiths, Maureen Warwick & Brian Abigail were also involved in a very close game with there never being more than a couple fo shots between until the 17th end when they took 9 shots from the next 3 ends to earn themselves a 23-16 win. On Rink 5 Kate Griffiths, Paul Warner, Anne Farmer & Fred Baldwin got off to a slow start, finding themselves 8-0 down after 5 ends and 12-5 by the 10th. Stony continued to add the pressure however now wanting to to be highest losing rink Hazells won the last 5 ends to finish the match losing 20-15. On Rink 6 Sue Smith, Bob Perry, Rod Bacon & Jack Pipe started the game by winning alternate ends for the first 6 ends and by the 14th end the scores were tied at 12 all and by the 20th end it was 16 all. Unfortunately we dropped 4 shots on the last end to lose 20-16. The final match score saw Stony Stratford win 132-124
26th April 2015
After our close win yesterday we welcomed Kitcheners to Hazells today for a friendly with 3 triples and 3 rinks for each team. On Rink 1 Nina Lane, Eddie Chanell and George Murdoch got us off to a great start taking a 10-0 lead after the first 6 ends. Never looking back they continued to control this game and ended up winning 21-9. On Rink 2 Karen Seegoolam, Ian Ramsay, Inger McNeill & Jan Moores didn't start quire as well, finding theselves 10-3 down after the first 6 ends. However they then got in to the game and found themselves 11-10 up after 10 ends. Unfortunately we weren;t able to retain control of the game and Kitcheners then went on to win the match 23-16. On rink 3 Theresa Newman, Sue Smith and Steve McNeill started off the game trading shots with Kitcheners however a run of bad luck saw them fall behind and they wer eunable to pull the game round, losing 20-7. On Rink 4 Colin James, Kate Griffiths, Ann Ramsay & Mark Newman got off to the best start of the day taking a 13-0 lead after 6 ends and from there on they never looked backed, winning 26-17. Colin Crosby, Nick Griffiths & Brian Abigail also got off to a great start on rink 5, leading 8-1 after 6 ends, however Kitcheners then got back in to the game and after 11 ends the scores were level. This match continued to be close however it did see a Hazells win 14-11. On Rink 6 Carol Chanell, Kishore Seegoolam, Gerry Moores and Tony Leone found theselves behind early on and unfortunately were never able to get back in to the game with the score ending up a 27-18. After another close match the final score was a 107-102 defeat for Hazells
25th April 2015
Finally the first game of the season has come round and with the weather forcast predicting the usual rain for our match with Aston Clinton it was a pleasant surprise to have the whole match played in the sunshine. It was also great to see so many names up for the first few games of the season and although this makes it difficult for Steve to ensure everyone gets a game it shows how inclusive a club we are. So with the team selected we got our first match underway in mixed style, taking an early lead on 4 rinks and losing on 2. On rink 1 Jack, Denise & Roger lead 11-1 after the first 9 ends and despite not stopping for the "jinxed" tea break they still struggled in the 2nd half of the game 7 of the last 9 ends however they just held on for a 13-11 win. Rink 2 saw Matthew, Len & Steve taking a similar lead at the halfway stage 11-5 however they also held off the fightback winning 17-13. On rink 3 Andrew, Fred & John got off to a dissappointing start losing the first 6 ends however they started a valiant fightback only to end up losing 17-14. On rink 4 Inger, Gerry & Tony took the Highest Winning Rink title for the day with some great bowls played in their 26 -12 win. On rink 5 Don, Anne & Jan also took an early lead, 8-4 ahead at the halway point however it was Aston Clinton that took control of the game winning 18-12. On rink 6 Bob, Carol & Eddie got off to the worst possible start dropping 11 shots in 3 ends, however they fought back well and with a couple more ends they could probably have turned the game round however the match finished 18-15. This gave Hazells an overall 97-89 win.
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