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Match Reports

9th October 2016 – President v Captain’s Match

This afternoon President Tom and Captain Steve selected their teams to battle it out for the winter bragging rights. The match was played with 1 pairs match, 4 triples and 1 triple v rink. John Griffiths, Kate Griffiths & Steve McNeill played Ellen Livett, Carol Crick & Tom Holland and it was the Presidents team that got off to a great start winning the 1st 5 ends to go 7-0 ahead. Unfortunately it wasn’t to get much better for Steve’s team as they only managed to win 5 ends in the match, picking up a single shot on each of those ends. The final score saw a 19-5 win for the President. Barbara Ramsay, Roy Richardson & Jan Moores were representing the Captain against Kath Cowan, Lionel Cheshire & Neil Thompson and this was to be a close game throughout and they went in to the last ends with the scores tied at 14-14. It was the Captain’s team that picked up 3 shots on the last end to earn the 17-14 win. Paul Warner, Ann Ramsay & John Smith represented the Captain’s team against Don Russell, Norman Handley & Ann Richardson representing the President, although am not sure why Ann, our ladies captain, was playing for the President !! However it was Ann’s team that won the game 13-9. Dan Livett, Len Tuffs & Mark Newman were playing on the Captain’s team against Teresa Newman, Jack Pipe & Keith Harper. Despite losing the 1st 2 ends Mark’s team went on to win 10 of the next 11 ends on their way to a 20-10 win. Hazell Harper, June Redding, John Simmons & Roger Crick played Karen Seegoolam, Ian Ramsay and Gerry Moores and it was Gerry’s team that dominated the game for the President’s team, winning 26-12. The pairs game saw Brian Abigail & Kishore Seegoolam represent the Captain against Rod Bacon & Nick Griffiths. This was a close game throughout and with the scores level at 14-14 after 18 ends it was Brian & Kishore that then picked up 5 shots on the next end to take a lead in to the last 2 ends that wouldn’t be overturned. The final score in the match saw the President’s team win 98-83 however the 1 consolation for Steve was that the match was tied with 3 wins each.

9th October 2016 – Mixed Singles League Final – Ellen Livett v Nick Griffiths

This morning Ellen & Nick played the final of this years Mixed Singles League Competition. Firstly I would like to thank them both for arranging & playing their group games and apologies on behalf of those that were unable to fulfil their fixtures. The final itself was a great game played to the usual singles format of first to 21 shots, rather than the 7 ends played in the group stage. Ellen took the early lead going 5-1 ahead after 4 ends however 4 ends later the scores were level at 6-6. Nick then won the next 4 ends to take a 12-6 lead only for Ellen to win the next 4 to go 16-12 ahead.  Yet again Nick managed to win the next couple of ends however when Ellen won the shot on the 19th end she then went on to pick up a single shot on each of the next 4 ends to win the match 21-15. This was a great game and congratulations to both players and a special well done to Ellen.

8th October 2016 – Hazells v Houghton Regis – Lost 99 - 84

So we have now reached the end of the season’s friendlies and it was Houghton Regis that visited Hazells. In a game originally scheduled as 5 Men’s Rinks we actually ended up playing 1 rink and 4 triples. Andrew MacKenzie, Steve McNeill & Mark Newman started well however they then dropped 10 shots in 4 ends to go behind and from there they struggled to keep with their opponents and finished losing 22-14. Len Tuffs, Neil Thompson & Eddie Chanell took an early lead in their game, which they never relinquished and went on to win 17-15. Jack Pipe, Nick Griffiths & Tony Leone were trailing in this game until the 11th end when they picked up 6 shots to take a 13-11 lead. From here they managed to hold on to their lead to win 19-16.  Norman Bonham, John Smith & Gerry Moores had a great start going 8-0 ahead after 5 ends and they continued to lead until the 14th end when they dropped 5 shots, which was followed up by a further 6 shots over the next 3 ends which resulted in them losing the game 21-19. The final game was the rink match which saw Geoff Knott, Dan Livett, Keith Harper & Brian Abigail drop a 7 early in the game and this was an end they weren’t able to recover from, losing 25-15.

2nd October 2016 – Hazells v Buckingham – Won - 115 – 90

In our penultimate game of the season we welcomed Buckingham for a mixed triples friendly. Having won our earlier encounter in the season 105-95 we were hoping to complete the double today. Ann Ramsay, Len Tuffs & Gerry Moores got off to a great start going 9-1 ahead after 5 ends however the visitors got the score back to 12-11 after 12 ends before we extended our advantage to win 18-14. Rod Bacon, Neil Thompson & Jan Moores went 11-1 ahead after 5 ends and although by the 13th end we were just 13-12 ahead we then picked up 6 shots in the next 2 ends and finished the match 22-15 winners. Sue Morgan, Kim Challinor & John Smith struggled in their game, only winning 6 ends in the match, which saw them lose 21-15. Barbara Ramsay, Pete Coyne & Brian Abigail controlled their game from the start and won 24-14 to take highest winning rink. Sue Smith, Ian Ramsay & Mark Newman were involved in a close game until the 12th end when they picked up 5 shots to take a 14-6 lead and went on to win 16-11. Kath Cowan, John Simmons & Eddie Chanell fought back from 11-6 down to win 20-15.

1st October 2016 – Hazells v Chalfont St Giles – Won 79 - 77

After several phone calls from Chalfont about numbers and then the heavy rain and thunderstorms they had over there. We started the game stating that if the rain came our way and it started to pour we would stop.

Ann Ramsay, Norman Handley and Tony Leone had a very steady game with the lead changing several times, by the time the game was called to a stop because of the weather they had completed 16 ends and were winning 13-10

Kath Cowan, Nick Griffiths and John Smith had a tougher game losing two 5’s in the 3rd and 4th ends. The seventh end saw them gain 4 shots but it wasn’t to be their day. They had only completed 13 ends when the game was halted and finished 10-21

Don Russell, Andrew McKenzie and Ann Richardson went into an early lead but by seven ends were even, at 10 ends they were even again but then Chalfont started to pull away, by 14 ends they were 5 shots ahead. They completed 16 ends finishing10-13

Teresa Newman, Roy Richardson and Neil Thompson had a good start and were 8-1 ahead on the sixth end; they stayed the 7 shots ahead for several ends with both sides scoring evenly. They also completed 16 ends with the final score 16-11

Anne Farmer, Lionel Cheshire and Mark Newman had a steady start, after scoring 4shots on the sixth end they gradually pulled away to finish the game on the 14th end 18-6

Dave Edwards, Jack Pipe and Kim Challinor had a slow start finding themselves 11 shots down by the 5th end. With determination they pulled back keeping the opposition to 1 or 2 when they scored and on the 15th end had come up to 12-16

Despite the early finish the total score was 79-77.

27th September 2016 – Hazells v Winslow – Won 92 -  39

This afternoon we welcomed 4 triples from Winslow, having reduced the game from 5 triples. This was to prove a rather 1 sided game with Hazells running out comfortable winners on all rinks. Kate Griffiths, Len Tuffs & Gerry Moores lost just 6 ends on their way to a 21-6 win. Don Russell, Ellen Livett & Nick Griffiths started well, going 12-1 ahead after 6 ends and from there they continued in the same manner winning 23-12. Sue Smith, Rob Whetter & Brian Abigail didn’t get ahead until the 7th end in their game however from there they took control and finished up winning 26-15. Highest winning rink was won by Sue Morgan, Ron Jay & Lionel Cheshire courtesy of their 22-6 win which included a run of winning 8 ends in a row.

1st September 2016 - Hazells v Princes Risborough - Away - Lost - 65 - 84

Following a disappointing weekend match our attention turned to this afternoons midweek afternoon friendly at Princes Risborough. Kath Cowan, Rob Whetter & John Simmons took the early lead and looked in control of the game until they dropped 6 shots on the 13th end, followed by another 4 shots a couple of ends later on their way to a 21-14 defeat. Terry Root, Rod Bacon & John Smith won the 1st 5 ends in this game however the hosts soon found their way back in to the game and eventually won 14-11. Our only winning rink of the afternoon went to Don Russell, Andrew MacKenzie and Kim Challinor. Winning the 1st 8 ends to take a 13-0 lead we went on to win 22-9. Paul Warner, Bob Worth & Lionel Cheshire had a tough afternoon losing 22-6. Dave Wheeler, Bob Perry & Len Tuffs took the early lead however the hosts soon got back in to the game and eventually went on to win 18-12

28th August 2016 - Hazells v Potten End - Home - Lost 107 - 117

This afternoon we welcomed Potten End for a 6 mixed triples friendly in a game that we lost in the away match and so were looking to level the scores today. Ellen Livett, Norman Handley & Gerry Moores didn’t get us off to the best of starts losing 9 of the first 12 ends to go 21-5 down and despite a late comeback the deficit was to big to overcome and they lost 28-14. Sheila Lawlor, Rod Bacon & Andrew MacKenzie were involved in a much closer game however we dropped 5 shots on the 16th end to go 6 shots behind and we were only able to get 5 shots back in the last 2 ends, losing 20-19. Kath Cowan, Ann Ramsay & Brian Abigail got off to a good start picking up 7 shots in the first 3 ends and by the 15th end the scores were level at 14-14. However we won the last 3 ends to win 17-14. Anne Farmer, John Simmons & Len Tuffs took the highest winning rink courtesy of their 25-11 win, during which they only lost 6 ends. Bob Worth, Norman Bonham & Kim Challinor got off to a slow start going 11-1 down after just 5 ends however a determined fightback saw them go 14-13 ahead after 14 ends however we only won 1 of the last 5 ends and lost the match 17-15. Maureen Warwick, Brian Fearnley & Bob Perry had a tough game during which they dropped 5 shots on 3 separate ends and ended up losing 27-17.

21st August 2016 - Hazells v Cheddington - Away - Won 107-82

An enjoyable afternoon at our hosts Cheddington, played on what can only be described as a challenging rink, in which Hazells came out on top. Leading by 2 shots going in to the final end, Geoff Knott, Norman Bonham and Kim Challinor then dropped 4 shots to lose 20-18. Maureen Warwick, Bob Perry and Norman Handley led 9-8 after 12 ends but then picked up 15 shots in the remaining 6 ends to finish the day as the highest winning rink, winning by 24-9. It was a game of two halves for Ellen Livett, Rod Bacon and Keith Harper, losing just 2 of the first 9 ends, but then winning only 2 of the second 9 ends to lose their game 15-9. Hazel Harper, Len Tuffs and Neil Thompson came out on top 18-17 in a very close game on their rink, whilst Andrew McKenzie, Anne Farmer and Lionel Cheshire enjoyed a more comfortable game, winning 20-11. In the final game, Dan Livett, June Redding and Tony Leone finished the stronger picking up 12 shots in their last 6 ends to win 18-10..

20th August 2016 - Hazells v Bicester - Won 74-62

This afternoon with 6 triples only to find they had the game down as 5 triples in their fixture list so big thanks to Ann, Roy & Sheila for offering to sit out of the game. After losing the first end Dan Livett, Anne Farmer & Carol Crick then took control of the game winning the next 7 ends to take an 8-1 lead. Both teams won 5 of the last 10 ends but it was Hazells that won this game 15-8. Ellen Livett, Bob Worth & Neil Thompson had a tough afternoon losing 20-10 against a string Bicester triple. Brian Fearnley playing his first game for Hazells for several years, Gary West & Lionel Cheshire got off to a slow start losing the 1st 4 ends however they then managed to pick up 9 shots over the next 4 ends and never looked back on their way to picking up highest winning rink with 21-9 win. Rob Stanbury, Pete Coyne & Roger Crick were involved in a very close game, losing the 1st 3 ends, then winning the next 3, losing the next 5 and winning the following 5 and with just 2 ends to go they held a 13-9 lead. They then dropped 2 shots on the 17th end and on the last end were 1 shot and a measure down but managed to win the measure to earn a 13-12 win. In the last game Kath Cowan, John Simmons & John Smith had the slower start finding themselves 7-3 down at the halfway stage of the game however they then managed to pick up 5 shots in 1 end and only lost 3 of the last 9 ends winning the game 15-13.

13th August 2016 - Hazells v Flackwell Heath - Won 120 - 83

This afternoon Flackwell Heath made their first visit to Hazells, although they were only able to bring 6 triples rather than the 6 rinks that we should have played. Karen Seegoolam, Jack Pipe & Eddie Chanell were involved in a close game for the 1st half however they managed to take control of the game and only lost 6 ends in the match that they won 21-13. Despite a slow start Ellen Livett, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick soon took the lead in their game and went on to win 26-15. Rob Bacon, Norman Handley, playing against his old club, and Lionel Cheshire earnt the highest winning rink this afternoon, winning 9 of the first 10 ends on their way to a comfortable 28-10 win. Bob Perry, Andrew MacKenzie & Jan Moores were involved in a much closer game and despite going 12-6 ahead the game ended in a 15-15 draw. Kath Cowan, John Simmons & John Smith had taken the early lead however they then dropped 9 shots in 3 ends to go behind and they were unable to get back in front going down 20-16. June Redding, Len Tuffs & Neil Thompson led their match from the start and never looked back winning 14-10.

7th August 2016 - Hazells v Wing - Home - Won - 75-59

This afternoon we welcomed Wing to Hazells for a 4 mixed triples friendly. Len Tuffs joined club captains Ann & Steve and they certainly put on a captains performance winning their game 26-12. Neil Thompson, Norman Handley & Jan Moores started the game well going 10-5 ahead after 8 ends however our visitors then managed to get in to the game and they restricted us to winning just 1 more end in the match and we lost 23-11. Rod Bacon, Roy Richardson & Brian Abigail were involved in a close game until they picked up 7 shots in 2 ends to take a lead which they didn’t give up, winning 18-14. Inger McNeill, Lionel Cheshire & Gerry Moores earnt a comfortable 20-10 win in their match which also ensured a comfortable 75-59 win for Hazells.

6th August 2016 - Hazells v Buckingham West End - Away - Won - 105-95

This afternoon we travelled to Buckingham West End for a 5 rink mixed friendly. Barbara Ramsay, Carol Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick had a tough afternoon whish saw them only win 8 ends on their way to a 25-14 loss, during which they almost dropped a hotshot with Buckingham picking up 7 shots in 1 end. Kath Cowan, June Redding, John Simmons & John Smith had a much better game which saw them control the game from the start, winning 23-11. Highest winning rink went to Bob Perry, Matthew Crick, Len Tuffs & Neil Thompson courtesy of their 37-12 win. Sue Morgan, Ellen Livett, Kate Griffiths & Pete Coyne were involved in a close game up until the tea break, following which it was Buckingham that took and lead and finished up winning 21-14. Sue Smith, Maureen Warwick, Norman Bonham & Nick Griffiths started slowly and were 18-5 down at the break however a spirited fightback saw them get back to 20-17 down however they then lost the last 3 ends ot finish up 26-17 down. However despite only 2 winning rinks we still managed to secure a 105-95 win.

5th August 2016 - Hazells v Wendover - Adams Cup - Lost 123-94

We travelled to Wendover tonight holding a 25 shot lead going in to the 2nd leg of this year’s Adams Cup and feeling confident that we could regain the trophy. Kate Griffiths, Lionel Cheshire, Inger McNeill & Tony Leone led from the off and despite dropping 6 shots over the last 3 ends they managed to hold on to a 20-17 win. Barbara Ramsay, Karen Seegoolam, Keith Harper & Nick Griffiths took the early lead in this match however it was the home side that finished the better picking up 17 shots in the last 7 ends to win 24-11. Jack Pipe, Norman Bonham, Neil Thompson & Ann Richardson picked up a convincing 22-13 win, even though they did only win 1 more end than their opponents. Carol Chanell, Maureen Warwick, Roy Richardson & Brian Abigail started well and there were only 2 shots in the match after 10 ends however we lost 7 ends in a row and finished up losing 21-14. Gary West, Hazel Harper, Ian Ramsay & Gerry Moores took an early lead in their game going 11-4 ahead however they then let Wendover back in the game and with the scores level at 15-15 with 2 ends to go it was Wendover that picked up the 18-15 win. Ann Ramsay, Andrew MacKenzie, Eddie Chanell & Steve McNeill had a tough game which saw them 9-1 down after just 5 ends and unfortunately luck was just not on their side this evening as they slipped to a 30-12 defeat. The final score on the night was a 123-94 defeat meaning that Wendover retained the cup with a 5 shot overall win.

2nd August 2016  - Hazells v Beech Hill - Away - Lost 77 - 61

Unfortunately due to a lack of support for this midweek afternoon friendly at Beech Hill we could only get 4 triples for the game. Sue Smith, Dave Wheeler & Inger McNeill got off to a great start going 9-1 ahead after 5 ends and from there they continued to control the game winning 19-11. Paul Warner, Anne Farmer & John Simmons had a closer game however we had to come from behind to sneak ahead by the 14th end however we couldn’t hold on and ended up losing 17-15. Kath Cowan, Ron Jay & Lionel Cheshire had a tough afternoon during which they only won 6 ends, losing the game 24-8. Sue Morgan, Gary West & Norman Handley looked to be in control of this game after 9 ends when they were 14-4 ahead however they then dropped 5 shots on each of the next 3 ends and ended up losing 25-19.

31st July 2016 - Hazells v Thame - Away - Lost 117 - 105

This afternoon we visited Thame for a 6 rink friendly and with a strong team out we went confident that we could follow yesterday’s win with another good result. Sue Morgan, Kate Griffiths, Lionel Cheshire & Tony Leone battled out a close match which we took control of about half way through and with 2 ends left we were 17-11 ahead however a disappointing finish saw us drop 2 shots followed by 4 shots to end up with a 17-17 draw. Sue Smith, Inger McNeill, Jan Moores & Roger Crick had a tough afternoon and despite a late fightback that saw them pick up 8 shots in the last 4 ends they still lost 20-15. Carol Chanell, Rod Bacon, Kim Challinor & Mark Newman got off to a slow start going 7-1 down after 5 ends however 5 ends later they were 12-10 ahead only to go 16-13 down a further 5 ends later. This game ended up in a 22-16 defeat. Ellen Livett, Len Tuffs, Eddie Chanell & Steve McNeill found themselves behind in this game throughout the first half of the game however they then picked up 7 shots in 2 ends to take the lead. However with just 2 ends to play they found themselves 20-17 behind however a captains performance saw them pick up 5 shots in the last 2 ends to win 22-17. June Redding, Norman Bonham, Carol Crick & John Smith struggled in this game picking up just 4 shots in the 1st 12 ends and despite a late comeback this game finished in a 22-15 loss.  Highest winning rink for Hazells this afternoon went to Maureen Warwick, Gary West, Neil Thompson & Gerry Moores courtesy of their 20-16 win.

30th July 2016 - Hazells v Leighton Buzzard - Home  - Won

Unfortunately this afternoon’s 5 triples friendly had to be reduced to 4 triples as our visitors from Leighton Buzzard were unable to field a full team. When they arrived they were another player short so Jack Pipe agreed to stand in for them. Bob Perry, June Redding & Jan Moores played out a close game this afternoon which saw the lead change hands several times and at the end of the game the score was tied at 15-15. Don Russell, Carol Crick, & Kim Challinor took the early lead in this game going 7-2 ahead after 5 ends however their opposition then started to find their line and went on to win 21-14. Karen Seegoolam, Anne Farmer & Keith Harper led this match from the start and won 11 of the 18 ends on their way to a 17-11 win. Matthew Crick, Sheila Lawlor & John Smith had an equally comfortable afternoon winning 11 ends on their way to a 25-9 win.

24th July 2016 - Hazells v Long Crendon - Away - Lost 138 - 90

This 6 triples friendly at Long Crendon ended up with one of our worst results of the season, despite having 2 winning rinks in the match. Sue Morgan, Norman Handley & Pete Coyne started well going 9-1 ahead however they then lost the next 6 ends dropping 18 shots in the process. The final score saw a 26 – 13 defeat. Ellen Livett, Rod Bacon & Len Tuffs played out a much closer game but managed to edge it 18-17 thanks to picking up 5 shots on the last end. Sue Smith, Gary West & Keith Harper had an afternoon to forget and despite going 6-4 ahead they then lost 11 of the last 12 ends finshing up 28-9 down. Dave Edwards, Ann Ramsay & Nick Griffiths had an equally bad afternoon winning just 5 ends on their way to a 34-7 defeat. Dan Livett, Kate Griffiths & Neil Thompson had a closer game however they couldn’t turn it in to a win, losing 21-16. Andrew MacKenzie, Bob Perry & John Smith managed to restore a little pride thanks to their 27-12 win

17th July 2016 - Hazells v Wolverton - Home - Won 69-48

This afternoon we welcomed Wolverton to Hazells for a 4 triples friendly. Ann Ramsay, Norman Handley & Brian Abigail got off to a slow start losing the first five ends however they then got in to the game and with 4 ends to play they were 12-11 behind however they won the last 4 ends to win the game 19-12. Sue Morgan, Colin James & John Smith picked up highest winning rink of the afternoon courtesy of their 23-11 win. Ian Ramsay, Bob Worth & Andrew Mackenzie won 12-9 and in the final match Rod Bacon, Anne Farmer & Len Tuffs fought back well after losing the first 5 ends however they narrowly lost 16-15 after dropping 5 shots in the last 2 ends

2nd July 2016 - Hazells v Potten End - Away - Lost 121 - 100

This afternoon we visited Potten End for a match played between the heavy showers. On rink 1 Sue Morgan, Carol Crick & Andrew MacKenzie played out a close game which saw the scores level after 8 ends however we then managed to take control of the game and went on to win 27-22. Carol Chanell, Ann Ramsay, & Ian Ramsay were involved in a close game which they narrowly lost 14-12. Barbara Ramsay, John Simmons & Lionel Cheshire struggled in their game, winning just 6 ends and losing the game 26-9. Don Russell, Kim Challinor & Eddie Chanell got off to a very bad start dropping 12 shots in the 1st four ends and from there they were always up against it in trying to get back in to the game. In the final 14 ends of the game they actually won 11-10 however they just couldn’t do enough to overcome the 1st 4 ends. Sue Smith, Ellen Livett & Roger Crick claimed the highest winning rink with a comfortable 29-12 win, which included a run of 7 ends without dropping a shot. Dan Livett, Neil Thonpson & Anne Farmeronly won 5 ends in their game, losing 25-12.

1st July 2016 - Adams Cup - Hazells v Wendover - Won - 135 - 110

This evening we hosted the first leg of this year’s Adams Cup in the hope that we could regain the trophy after last years defeat. Jack Pipe, Len Tuffs, Rob Whetter & Steve McNeill got off to a great start going 10-1 ahead after 5 ends however Wendover then came back in to the game and had taken a 15-14 lead before we then won the next 6 ends, picking up 16 shots in the process on their way to a 33-16 win. John Griffiths, Kate Griffiths, Lionel Cheshire & Tony Leone found it hard going in a game that they were always behind in and that they ended up losing 27-18. Carol Chanell, Andrew MacKenzie, Inger McNeill & Brian Abigail were involved in a close game and they were level at 13-13 after 13 ends however we then finished the stronger winning 6 of the last 8 ends on their way to a 23-16 win. Gary West, Denise Boult, Kim Challinor & Nick Griffiths found themselves behind from the start in this game and with just 3 ends left they were 23-16 behind however they picked up a couple of shots to go in to the last end 6 shots behind and unbelievably they got the 6 shots on the last end to earn the draw. Sheila Holland, Bob Worth, Neil Thompson & Tom Holland led from the start in this game and despite dropping 4 shots on the penultimate end they managed to hold on for a 16-13 win. Anne Farmer, Nina Griffiths, Roy Richardson & Eddie Chanell started slowly, losing the 1st 4 ends however they then won the next 6, picking up 14 shots and from there on the win was never in doubt as they won 22-15. We now look forward to the away match knowing that we have a strong 25 shot lead.

25th June 2016 - Hazells V Bradwell - Won 190 -90

This afternoon we welcomed Bradwell for what turned out to be a 6 triples friendly, even though we had it down for a 5 triples match. We managed to get 3 players to ensure we could play the full fixture, in what turned out to be a comfortable win. Colin James, Ellen Livett & Steve McNeill got off to a great start picking up 10 shots in the first 2 ends and from there on they controlled the game, winning 22-15. Barbara Ramsay, Bob Perry & Roger Crick also took control of their game from the start and they took the highest winning rink for the day with their 25-10 win. Dan Livett, Ann Richardson & Inger McNeill played out a close game however they just post out 20-17. Kath, John Simmons & John Smith started their game well however they then dropped 13 shots in 6 ends, without reply, to go behind in the game and they were unable to recover losing 18-12. We had a scare on rink 5 when Graham Matthews felt unwell and thanks to Jan & Helen for calling for the paramedic which saw Graham taken in to hospital, ending up with 3 stents being inserted. Thankfully Graham is recovering well and is saying that he is feeling better than he has done for a while. In terms of the match Don Russell stepped in to take Grahams place, alongside Roy Richardson & Ian Ramsay and it was there team that recorded a comfortable 19-8 win. The final match saw Ann Ramsay, Anne Farmer & Lionel Cheshire play out a close game until the 14th end when they dropped 6 shots and they were unable to claw that back, losing 19-14.

19th June 2016 - Hazells v Dunstable  Friendly - Won - 105-83

This afternoon we bounced back from the disappointment of the previous day's results to win on 4 of the 6 rinks and take a 105-83 win against Dunstable. Taking highest winning rink this afternoon was Ann Ramsay, Bob Perry & Steve McNeill courtesy of their 25-10 win which saw them only lose 5 ends in the game. Sue Smith, Gary West & Ian Ramsay were not so lucky going behind from the start and they were never able to get back in to the game, losing 19-9.Sue Morgan, June Redding & Gerry Moores needed a strong finish, taking 9 shots in the last 4 ends, to get their 18-16 win. Barbara Ramsay, Norman Bonham & Carol Crick played out a close game however they dropped 6 shots in 2 ends late on in the match and narrowly lost 16-12. Don Russell, Ellen Livett & Norman Handley were also involved in a tight game however they finished the stronger of the 2 sides picking up 8 shots in the last 4 ends to win 19-12. The final game saw Dan Livett, Maureen Warwick & Roy Richardson dominate their game from the start and like rink 1 they only lost 5 ends in the game, winning 22-10.

18th June 2016 - Hazells v Aston Clinton - Friendly - Lost 108-95

After a disappointing morning for the men in the Top Club Competition we welcomed our friends from Aston Clinton Bowls Club for a 6 Triple friendly. Ellen Livett, Ian Ramsay & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start going 7-1 down after 4 ends however they then got back in to the match and were level at 16-16 however they finished the game as they started and lost 20-16. Dan Livett, Kim Challinor & Keith Harper played a close game from the start however they then took control of the game in the later stages to win 21-12. John Griffiths, Carol Crick & Mark Newman got off to a disastrous start finding themselves 19-2 down at the halfway stage and despite picking up 7 shots in 2 ends towards the end of the match they lost 29-13. Sheila Lawlor, Matthew Crick & Jan Moores were involved in a close game throughout however although they started well they fell behind after 8 ends and were never able to get back in front and lost 16-13. Gary West, Mike Sillett & Andrew MacKenzie were also involved in a close game but, like the other games, they were also unable to grab that elusive win, going down 19-17. The final game saw Bob Worth, Neil Thompson & Lionel Cheshire lead from the start to win 15-12.

12th June 2016 – Hazells v Bletchley St Martins – Friendly – Won 110 - 108

On an afternoon that threatened heavy rain and thunderstorms the game didn’t get off to a good start as we realized that we should have been playing 6 Mixed Rinks whereas we had turned up with just 6 triples. With Bletchley having spare bowlers the captains agreed to play 7 triples with 3 Bletchley bowlers playing for Hazells for the afternoon. At a venue where have played out some great games in the past against a competitive side this was always going to be a tough game. On rink 1 Andrew MacKenzie, Kim Challinor & Gerry Moores got off to a slow start going 10 – 5 down after 10 ends however we went on to win the remaining 8 ends to earn a 19-10 win. Nina Griffiths, Len Tuffs & Roger Crick got off to a great start, racing to an 11-1 lead however the hosts slowly started to get back in to the game and despite dropping 5 shots on the last end we managed to hold on for a 17-16 win. Don Russell, Colin Beasley & Eddie Chanell found it tough going and were behind throughout the game and despite keeping the scores close for most of the game we lost 15-10.  John Griffiths, Rod Bacon & Jez Maughan took advantage of the “home” player on their team to earn the highest winning rink of the afternoon with a 29-8 win. Dan Livett, Carol Crick & Pete Coyne played out a very close game which never saw more than 2 shots between the teams and they went in to the last end with the scores level at 13-13 all however it was the hosts that picked up the shot on the last end for a 14-13 win. Danny Stewart, Bob Perry & Lionel Cheshire got off to a slow start and although they picked up 4 shots on the 13th end to close the gap to just 11-9 down they then went on to drop 11 shots in the next 3 ends and finished up losing 22-14. In the final game Carol Chanell, Matthew Crick & Neil Thompson took 8 ends before they picked up their first shot and things didn’t get much better after that as they only won 5 ends in the game, losing 23-8.

11th June – Hazells v Watlington – Friendly – Lost 82-79

This afternoon we welcomed Watlington Bowls Club to Hazells for a 5 triples friendly. June Redding, Len Tuffs & Anne Farmer played a tight game for the first 12 ends at which point the scores were level at 12-12 however the game then slipped away from us as they lost the last 6 ends to lose 26-12. Colin James, Kim Challinor & Keith Harper were also involved in a close game however they too never managed to get ahead in the game and narrowly lost out 13-10. Sheila Lawlor, Ian Ramsay & Ann Richardson were also involved in a close game however after being behind for the majority of the game they finished the stronger of the teams to win 19-12. Hazel Harper, Carol Crick & Nick Griffiths got off to the best possible start in their game and found themselves 18-2 ahead after 11 ends however the visitors went on to win the remaining ends although were unable to pull back enough shots and we won 18-12. Ann Ramsay, Norman Handley & Roger Crick struggled to come to terms with their rink, finding themselves 10-3 down after 7 ends however they managed to fight back and finished up winning their gamer by 1 shot, 20-19. The overall match score saw a narrow win for Watlington 82-79.

5th June 2016 – Hazells v Waddesdon – Friendly – Won 102-84

This afternoon we welcomed Waddesdon for a 5 triples friendly.Don Russell, June Redding & Inger McNeill put in a highest winning rink performance taking a 21-5 lead after 9 ends and they only lost 4 ends in the 2nd half of the game to win the game 31-11. Maureen Warwick, John Simmons & Pete Coyne got off to a disappointing start and despite picking up 6 shots on one end they only picked up 2 more shots in the macth and lost 31-13. Ann Ramsay, Norman Bonham & Nick Griffiths had a comfortable win losing just 5 ends in the match which saw them win 26-7. Ellen Livett, Rob Stanbury & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start and were 8-7 down after 9 ends however they then picked up 9 shots over the next 3 ends, going on to win 20-12. In the last game Dan Livett, Kate Griffiths & Andrew MacKenzie struggled against a strong Waddesdon triple and they only won 6 of the ends on their way to a 33-13 defeat.

4th June - American Tournament

This afternoon 24 members joined in with this years American Tournament which see bowlers play 5 games of 5 ends, changing team and playing order each game. With 8 triples this was an enjoyable afternoon and one which saw some “New Skips” emerging. After 5 games though it was Steve McNeill that won the competition with a total of 35 shots, with Carol Crick coming a close 2nd with 33. 

28th May – Hazells v Leighton Buzzard – Friendly – Won 88-79

Whilst many of our members were on tour we were still able to put out a strong team against Leighton Buzzard for a 5 triples friendly. Graham Matthews, Sheila Lawlor & Tony Leone got off to a great start taking an 18-1 lead after 8 ends however the visitors then won the next 6 ends but were unable to reduce the deficit and we won this game 21-12.Sue Smith, Bob Perry & John Smith also took control of their game early on and although there was just 1 shot in the game at the half way stage we went on to win 22-10. Norman Handley, June Redding & Ann Richardson took the early lead however they dropped 11 shots over 5 ends and despite winning the next 4 ends they then dropped 6 shots on the 15th end to trail 19-9. However a couple of ends later we got the 6 shots back but this was just too late and we lost the game 20-17. Karen Seegoolam, Roy Richardson & Jan Moores started their game well and were 8-3 ahead at the halfway stage however a disastrous end to the game saw them drop 22 shots in 7 ends to lose 25-12. Sue Morgan, Fred Baldwin & Gerry Moores led from the start in their game won 16-12

27th to 30th May 2016 – Duck Doo Dah Tour to Great Yarmouth

This weekend saw 27 of our members join Kim’s Ducky Doo Dah tour and spirits were high as soon as the coach arrived to get the weekend underway. The Tyske’s & Wine were flowing from the off and that may have had an impact on the result of our first game at Bradwell. With 6 triples we had just 1 rink that drew their game, Barbara Ramsay, Norman Bonham & Anne Farmer finishing 17-17. Carol Chanell, Ian Ramsay & Brian Abigail were the first winners of the Ducky Shower Caps which they had to wear for the game on day 2, representing their achievement of highest losing rink, 26-16. The Friday evening was rounded off with some live entertainment at the hotel with plenty more wine & spirits consumed. On Saturday we started the day with a crazy golf competition that Steve won by 1 shot from Ian, who picked up a penalty for playing the wrong ball. In the afternoon we visited Martham Bowls Club where we were treated to a fantastic green, welcoming members and a cheap bar, not that some people needed it following the night before !!!. Today’s match involved 6 rinks and with all the teams desperate to make sure they didn’t wear the ducks the following day there was some determination from each rink to win their game. With 3 winning rinks to each side it was Keith & Hazel Harper and Carol & Roger Crick taking highest winning rink for Hazells with a 23-8 win, closely followed by Anne Farmer, Jack Pipe, Inger & Steve McNeill with a 30-16 win. The highest losing rink today went to Maureen Warwick, Dan Livett, Len Clark & Lionel Cheshire who lost 31-11.  Unfortunately the final result saw another loss for Hazells, 117-13. When we got back to the hotel we celebrated Neil’s birthday and once again the wine was flowing freely. On Sunday 8 of us had a Tenpin Bowling completion before we visited Caister Bowls Club where we received a warm welcome although it was soon made clear that in Norfolk there are many clubs with large memberships split between an A & B team as they play in multiple leagues and that weekend friendlies are a rarity and that they are usually played by the “B” teams. The green here didn’t play as well as the previous day and we struggled once again to come to terms with both the green and the strong winds blowing in off the sea and we had just 2 winning rinks with John Simmons, Andrew MacKenzie, Neil Thompson & Kim Challinor winning 27-21 and Keith Harper, Ann Ramsay, Steve & Inger McNeill won 28-17. Winning the caps for the last day were Lionel Cheshire, Len Clark, Roger & Carol Crick who lost 31-8. The final match score saw a 3rd defeat for Hazells; 114-158. On Monday we stopped at Connaught Bowls Club on the way home for our final game of the weekend. Looking for our first win of the weekend we once again won on 3 rinks and lost on the other 3 and it was Neil Thompson, Barbara Ramsay & Brian Abigail that took highest winning rink 22-12 and highest losing rink, earning themselves the duck shower caps to wear on the coach for the rest of the journey home, were Anne Farmer, Hazel & Keith Harper who lost 22-9. Unfortunately the weekend finished the same way it started, with a 95-101 defeat. Despite the 4 losses all those that attended seemed to enjoy the weekend and special thanks went to Kim for organizing a great weekend and thoughts have already turned to repeating the tour next year so see below for details.

Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Home Linslade

This afternoon we welcomed Linslade to Hazells for a mixed triples friendly. Despite losing the first 2 ends Dan Livett, Kate Griffiths & Neil Thompson soon got back in the game and won 6 ends in a row on their way to taking a 10 shot lead with 2 ends to go. The visitors then picked on 6 shots on the 17th end to set up a nervy finidh however we managed to hold on for an 18-15 win. Dave Edwards, Sheila Lawlor & Gerry Moores led their game from the start and despite a valiant fight back from our guests we held on for a 17-15 win. Sue Smith, Kim Challinor & Nick Griffiths earnt the highest winning rink today with a resounding 30-7 win. Ellen Livett, Rod Bacon & Len Tuffs played out a tight game which saw the 2 teams go in ot the last end level at 16-16 however we managed to pick up the shot need to win the game17-16. Sue Morgan, Jack Pipe & Andrew MacKenzie got off to a slow start, finding themselves 11-4 behind at the half way point in the game. A stronger finish though saw them turn the game around and the scores ended tied on 17-17. In the final game Colin James, June Redding & Lionel Cheshire won the 1st 8 ends to lead 15-0. The 2nd half of the game continued in a similar way although Linslade did manage to win 4 ends but the game ended with a 23-8 win to Hazells. The overall match score saw Hazells secure a 122-78 win.

Saturday 21st May 2016 - Away - Aylesbury Town

Following the Men’s Mid Bucks League win at Aylesbury Town on Tuesday we travelled back for a Mixed Triples Friendly this afternoon looking to complete an early season double against our local rivals.  Karen Seegoolam, Len Tuffs & Inger McNeill played out a close game dropping 6 shots in the 1st 2 ends however they soon got this back and by the 12th end they were 15-12 ahead, although by the 16th end the scores were level at 17-17 however we managed to pick up 1 shout on each of the last 2 ends to win 19-17. Bob Perry, Kim Challinor & Steve McNeill had an equally close match which saw the scores level at 10-10 after 15 ends. We then won the next 2 ends and dropped a shot on the last end to win 12-11. Bob Worth, Norman Bonham & Andrew MacKenzie got off to a slow start going down 7-1 after 5 ends, 5 ends later they found themselves 10-9 ahead only to find themselves 14-12 down a further 5 ends later. The game finished with a 15-15 draw. In the last 2 games the scores were not so close with Anne Farmer, Neil Thompson & Roger Crick dominating their game from the start, winning 32-6 whereas Maureen Warwick, Carol Crick & Brian Abigail struggled in their game, losing 23-9

Sunday 15th May 2016 - Home v Princes Risborough

In recent seasons this has been a game that has seen our visitors go away with the win and Dave Edwards, Andrew MacKenzie & Steve McNeill were unable to dispel those fears again today, losing 24-9. However June Redding, Inger McNeill & Pete Coyne managed to win their game with a 21-16 win. Teresa Newman, Len Tuffs & Mark Newman got off to a fantastic start taking a 24-6 lead at the halfway stage however we only managed to win 2 of the last 9 ends but still managed to hold on for a 26-20 win. In a close game Colin James, Neil Thompson & Jan Moores won 20-19 having picked up the vital shot in the last end. Kate Griffiths, Rob Stanbury & Gerry Moores took the lead in this game and never gave it up ontheir way to a 20-12 win. Highest winning rink today went to Anne Farmer, Bob Perry & Eddie Chanell thanks to their 35-12 win, which included 19 shots in just 3 ends.  The final match score, 131-103 gave Hazells the win they needed

Saturday 14th May 2016 - Home v Kitcheners

After a disappointing loss at Amersham Town in our last game we were looking forward to completing a double against Kitcheners who we beat just a couple of weeks earlier. Matthew Crick, Ann Richardson & Nick Griffiths took control of this game early on and finished up taking highest winning rink with a 25-12 win. Sheila Holland, Roy Richardson & Tom Holland were involved in a close game for 11 ends however the visitors then took control of the game on their way to a 21-12 win. Ian Ramsay, Keith Harper & Roger Crick took an early lead, which included picking up 7 shots on the 3rd end, however a valiant fightback from our visitors saw the game go in to the last end with the scores tied on 17-17. We managed to pick up the shot on the last end to win on this rink. Don Russell, Inger McNeill & John Smith just lost out in their game going down 22-19. Kishore Seegoolam, Jan Moores & Brian Abigail found themselves behind from the first end and it took them until the very last end to get in front, winning the game 16-15. Barbara Ramsay, Gerry Moores & Mark Newman only won 3 of the first 12 ends and so despite a strong finish to the game they lost 24-20. Unfortunately the double wasn’t to be achieved, missing out by 1 shot in the overall score

Thursday 12th May 2016 - Away v Amersham Town

This afternoon we made the trip to Amersham Bowls Club looking to follow up on our last win. Kate Griffiths, Terry Root & John Smith fought out a 15-15 draw.  Paul Warner, Ron Jay & Nick Griffiths didn’t pick up any shots in the 1st  5 ends however they then won 4 of the next 5 ends only to lose the subsequent 5 ends to find themselves 21-12 down 3 ends to play. Amersham picked up 8 shots on the last end to take a 29-13 win. Don Russell, Rob Whetter & Eddie Chanell won their match thanks in part to picking up 7 shots on the 5th end, winning 24-13. Anne Farmer, Jack Pipe & Fred Baldwin picked up 5 shots on the first end however the hosts soon fought back and were actually 18-12 ahead with just 3 ends to play however we managed to pick up the 6 shots required to earn the 18-18 draw. Dan Livett, Rod Bacon & Gerry Moores got off to a bad start going 9-0 down after 5 ends and the game didn’t improve much from there as we lost 20-13. The final match score saw Amersham pick up a 95-83 win.

Tuesday 10th May 2016 - Home v Wingrave

This evening we welcomed Wingrave for a 5 Triples friendly. Despite taking an early lead Kate Griffiths, Inger McNeill & Pete Coyne were unable to hold on to their lead and finished up losing 18-12. Paul Warner, Pat Martin & Nick Griffiths dropped just 1 shot in the first 12 ends to take an unassailable lead 26-1 and the finished their game 28-7 winners, taking highest winning rink. Ellen Livett were involved in a tight game until the 15th end when they picked up 6 shots to take a 17-10 lead on their way to a 21-16 win. Dan Livett, Neil Thompson & Ian Ramsay took control of their game early on, taking a 16-5 lead with just 4 ends to go however it was the visitors that finished the stronger picking up 8 shots in the last 4 ends. Colin James, Rob Whetter & Gerry Moores picked up just 1 shot in the first 8 ends however despite a late fight back they were unable to overturn the deficit and ended up 18-13 losers. The overall match score saw a Hazells win 90-72

Sunday 8th May 2016 - Home v Cheddington

Just 2 days after the Men had successfully come through their match against Cheddington we welcomed Cheddington back to Hazells for a Mixed Triples friendly. This would be another close match and on rink 1 Sue Smith, Bob Worth & Brian Abigail played out a 13-13 draw. On rink 2 Kishore Seegoolam, Inger McNeill & Gerry Moores put in another highest winning rink performance with a 28-8 win. Ellen Livett, Kim Challinor & Steve McNeill got control of their game early on and managed to pick up 5 shots on both the 12th & 14th ends on their way to a 25-10 win. Sue Morgan, June Redding & Nick Griffiths took an early lead in their game however the visitors managed to get themselves back in the game before going on to win 15-10. Karen Seegoolam, Rod Bacon & Jan Moores had a tough afternoon and won just 6 ends in their 25-9 defeat. In the final match Dan Livett, Kate Griffiths & Andrew MacKenzie found themselves 11-10 ahead at the halfway stage however it was the visitors that finished the stronger, winning 24-17. The final result of the match gave Hazells their 7th friendly win out of 8 games at the start of this season so lets hope that continues and can be replicated in competitive games

Saturday 7th May 2016 - Away v Chalfont St Giles

On a lovely sunny afternoon we made the longer trip to Chalfont St Giles for a 6 triples friendly. Nick Griffiths, Norman Bonham & Ian Ramsay took the highest winning rink honor this afternoon thanks to their 22-7 win, losing only 6 ends in the process.  Norman Handley, joined by John Griffiths and Keith Harper were hoping to celebrate Norman’s 60th wedding anniversary with a win however unfortunately this was not to be their day as they lost 24-7, winning only 5 ends. Barbara Ramsay, Carol Crick & Ann Richardson took the early lead going 11-2 ahead after 7 ends however the hosts got back in to the game and we then found ourselves 17-16 down with just 3 ends to play. Ann’s team put in a captain’s performance to win the last 3 ends and earn a 19-17 win. Teresa Newman, Bob Perry & Steve McNeill were also involved in a very close game which was tied at 15-15 after 17 ends however it was the hosts that took the last end for a 17-15 win. Despite winning only 8 of the 18 ends,  Maureen Warwick, Roy Richardson & Roger Crick managed to win their game 18-11. In yet another close game Paul Warner, Inger McNeill & Mark Newman were level at 14-14 with just 2 ends to go however unfortunately they lost 17 -14.  With 3 winning rinks each it was probably only right that the game would end up so close but it was Hazells that came out on top with a 95-93 win.

Thursday 5th May 2016 - Home v Stony Stratford

This afternoon we welcomed Stony Stratford for our early season mid-week afternoon friendly for what is always a “competitive” friendly and this year was to be no different. Sheila Holland, Gary West, Jack Pipe & George Murdoch picked up 7 shots from the 1st 3 ends and from there they continued to dominate the game and ended up 30-14 winners. Andrew MacKenzie, Ron Jay, Anne Farmer & Gerry Moores had, what appeared to be an easy game, losing just 6 of the 21 ends to finish up 27-12 winners. June Redding, Dan Livett, Rob Whetter & Nick Griffiths were involved in a much closer game up until the 17th end at which point they found themselves just 13-9 down however they then dropped 7 shots and lost the game 22-12. Don Russell, Bob Worth, Jan Moores & Tom Holland got off to the worst possible start losing the first 7 ends , dropping 17 shots in the process. This was to be too big a deficit to reverse and the game ended up with a 29-11 win to Stony. Ellen Livett, Norman Bonham, Roy Richardson & Brian Abigail played out a close game with Hazells winning 1 more end than the visitors on their way to a 2015 win. The Final match saw Kate Griffiths, Paul Warner, Eddie Chanell & Fred Baldwin play out a game of 2 halves with our team finding themselves 13-9 ahead after 11 ends however the 2nd half of the game would see Stony pick up 15 shots to Hazells 5 to take a 24-18 win for Stony. The overall match score was a 2 shot win for Hazells.

Monday 2nd May 2016 - Colchester Memorial Trophy

Following the draw for this year’s club competitions we held the first of this year’s competitions with the Colchester Memorial Trophy. This is a pairs fixed jack competition which sees teams drawn in to 2 division and each team plays 3 matches, with the winner of each group progressing to the final which is played during finals weekend. With points scored for the 4 closest woods to the jack this format requires a good drawing game and teams to build the head to get as many scoring woods as possible. With the weather being kind to us and a full entry of 24 bowlers, 12 teams an enjoyable afternoon was had by all. In Group A Roger Crick & Ellen Livett won the group with 102 points, with Mark Newman & Hazel Harper runners up with 96 points. In Group B  Teresa Newman & Bob Perry won the group with 111 points with Steve McNeill & Maureen Warwick runners up with 96 points. Congratulations to Roger, Ellen, Teresa & Bob for reaching the final.

Sunday 1st May 2016 - Away - Kitcheners

This afternoon we travelled to Kitcheners looking to bounce back from the disappointment of yesterday’s defeat to Aston Clinton. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Jan Moores took an early lead, going 8-2 ahead after 5 ends however the hosts then came back in to the game and the scores were level 10-10 after 12 ends however it was our triple that  then took control of the game to win 24-11. Carol Crick, Andrew MacKenzie & Steve McNeill got off to the best possible start picking up 5 shots on the first end and despite a late comeback they managed to hold on for a 16-13 win. Rob Stanbury, Keith Harper & Mark Newman were involved in a great game which stayed tight in the early stages but we took control of the game and went on to win 21-14. Continuing his great start to the season Gerry Moores, joined by Pete Coyne & Barbara Ramsay, found himself winner of highest winning rink again taking their game 21-8. The final game saw Anne Farmer, Rod Bacon & Eddie Chanell complete the clean sweep with a 17-10 win to give Hazells a 99-56 win.

Saturday 30th April 2016 - Away - Aston Clinton

This afternoon we travelled to Aston Clinton, for what in past years has been our 1st friendly of the season, looking to continue our winning run. Matthew Crick, Len Tuffs & Brian Abigail got off to a good start 6 of the 1st 7 ends and were 9-5 ahead when it was time to stop for tea. Yet again that curse struck and we only picked up 2 more shots in the game and ended up losing 17-11. Karen Seegoolam, Lionel Cheshire & Nick Griffiths had the same fate going from 9-8 ahead at tea to lose 24-13. Kate Griffiths, Jan Moores & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start, finding themselves 10-3 down after 6 ends, however they managed to fight back and soon took a lead that they wouldn’t give up, winning 23-14. Anne Farmer, Bob Perry & Gerry Moores put on another great display dropping just 6 ends in the match and taking highest winning rink again with a 28-11 win. Norman Bonham, Norman Handley & Roger Crick were also struck by the curse of the tea going from a 7-6 lead at the break to lose 28-12. The final match saw Maureen Warwick, Carol Crick  & John Smith took an early lead, which they never surrendered, and finished with a 15-12 win. The final score saw Aston Clinton win 106-102

Thursday 28th April 2016 - Away - Dunstable

Following our 2 wins at the weekend we went in to our first mid-week friendly of the season with a trip to Dunstable Bowls club. On rink 1 Kate Griffiths, Norman Bonham & Fred Baldwin played out a very tight game for the first 11 ends, at which point we were 9-8 behind however a strong finish saw this rink take highest winning rink picking up 18 shots in the last 7 ends to win 26-9. On Rink 2 Dave Wheeler, Rod Bacon & Jan Moores got off to a great start going 14-1 ahead after 5 ends, including a 7 on the 4th end. However this seemed to be just the wake-up call that Dunstable needed as they went on to win 7 of the next 8 ends to get back to 15-14 down. Hazells then got control of the game back and went on to win 22-19. Maureen Warwick, Bob Perry & John Smith had a similar game on their rink with scores level at 7-7 after 8 ends, then losing the next 7 ends ot go 19-7 behind however the late comeback saw Hazells pick up 9 shots in the last 3 ends to finish with a narrow 19-16 defeat. Andrew MacKenzie, Len Tuffs & Eddie Chanell played out a close game throughout, although they did find themselves 14-9 down with 5 ends to play however the managed to earn a 15-15 draw. Anne Farmer, Roy Richardson & Nick Griffiths were involved in the “game of 2 Halves” with the hosts finding themselves 13-6 ahead after 10 ends however they went on to win the last 8 ends to win 17-13. In the last match Paul Warner, Norman Handley & Gerry Moores were looking to extend Gerry’s winning start to the season having won all his matches so far this season. It wasn’t long before they took control of the game and despite winning 9 ends each it was the Hazells team that won 17-11 to give Hazells the 113-86 win

Sunday 24th April 2016 - Away - Flackwell Heath

This afternoon we travelled to Flackwell Heath for a new fixture however it was with some disappointment that we were unable to field a full team, having to reduce it from 6 rinks to 6 triples. With Flackwell having extra bowlers the game became 5 rinks and 1 triple. On rink 1 Kate Griffiths, Norman Handley & Gerry Moores were joined by a Flackwell player and despite a slow start, dropping 5 shots over the 1st 3 ends they then picked up 8 shots over the next 2 ends. However by the time this game reached the 12th end Hazells were 20-10 down but an excellent end to the game saw them earn a 29-23 win. On rink 2 Matthew Crick, Jan Moores & John Smith were also joined by Flackwell player and in this match we took control of the game from the start and never looked back on the way to a 25-8 win, taking the highest winning rink honor for the day. On rink 3 Ann Ramsay, Len Tuffs & Steve McNeill found themselves 9-1 down after 5 ends and although they managed to close the gap to 10-8 down after 10 ends they were never able to fully recover and ended up losing 18-14. On rink 4 Bob Perry, Carol Crick & Nick Griffiths played out a close game, had it not been for the 6 shots dropped on the 5th end, resulting in a 23-17 loss. On rink 5 Anne Farmer, Rod Bacon, & Eddie Chanell also found it difficult to keep up with the hosts, finding themselves 6-3 down after 6 ends and despite winning more of the remaining ends they just couldn't overcome the difference, ending up losing 18-13. In the final game Inger McNeill, Lionel Cheshire & Mark Newman took control of the game from the start, winning 9 of the 1st 11 ends on their way to a 21-10 win. The final score ended up with a 119-100 win and the perfect start to the season with 2 wins

Saturday 23rd April 2016 - Home v Chesham Broadway

This afternoon we welcomed Chesham Broadway for our first game of the season. With the green looking in great shape, fully starred, and a dry but cold afternoon the scene was set to begin the new season. With Chesham still in transition between current and new home they are currently struggling for members and in order to retain the fixture we provided 4 bowlers to ensure the 4 triples friendly could go ahead. On rink 1 Anne Farmer, Pete Coyne & Brian Abigail were involved in a tough game, winning just 4 ends in the match which saw them lose 23-9. On rink 2 Matthew Crick, Rob Stanbury & John Smith got off to a great start, taking a 13-3 lead by the half way mark. They continued to control this game and ended up 19-8 winners. On rink 3 Ann Ramsay, Roger Crick & Steve McNeill got off to a slow start losing the first 2 ends however they picked up 10 shots over the next 3 ends and didn't look back taking highest winning rink with a 29-12 win. On rink 4 Inger McNeill, Len Tuffs and Mark Newman were involved in a close match which saw the scores level at 9-9 after 11 ends however it was the Hazells team that then took control of the game, picking up 6 shots in 1 end to finish the match 21-13 winners. The final score gave Hazells a 78-56 win.

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