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Mens Top Club - Aylesbury Town - Away - Won 3-2
On a wet and windy evening we made the short journey to Aylesbury Town for the first round of this season’s Top Club competition. Following the ladies great win on Sunday the men were determined to ensure that they followed their lead and get both teams through to round 2. This was to prove a tough match however Keith Harper got us off to a great start in the Two Wood with a comfortable 17-7 win. In the singles Mark Newman got off to a disappointing start, dropping 4 shots in the first end and from there he found it tough trying to get back in to the game against Chris Hounslow and eventually lost 21-11 which levelled the match at 1 point each. In the pairs Matthew & Roger Crick had an equally tough match which they never really got in to and lost 26-12. Andrew MacKenzie, Steve McNeill & Brian Abigail managed to level the match at 2-2 with their great win in the triples, winning the first 7 ends and then picking up an 8 on the 11th end on their way to a convincing 27-8 win. In the deciding match Ian Ramsay, Gerry Moores, Pete Coyne and George Murdoch played out a close game which was level at 6-6 after 10 ends and the Aylesbury started to pull away, going 15-8 ahead with 4 ends to play. We then picked up a 5 to close the gap and despite dropping 1 the next end we then picked up a 4 to go in to the last end 1 shot ahead and with a touch of luck we managed to get in for shot and held on for the 18-16 win and the overall 3-2 win. We will now be playing Marlow away in the next round on Sunday 25th June at 10am
Round 2 - Marlow - Away - 25th June 2017 - Won 3-2
This morning we travelled to Marlow, current Bucks Cup Winners, for our 2nd round match in this year’s Top Club Competition. In the Two Wood Keith Harper had a tough game, going behind early on whilst trying to get used to the green and unfortunately he just couldn’t quite get back in to the game. In the singles Mark Newman had a similar game going behind early on however he fought back well although just lost out, leaving Marlow with just 1 more win required. In the pairs Matthew & Roger Crick were looking for a better performance than in the previous round. Having taken an early 8-3 lead Marlow then got back in to the game going 9-8 ahead. By the 14th end we had managed to get in to a 15-14 and from there we picked up 10 shots over the next 4 ends before winning 25-20. In the triples Andrew MacKenzie, Steve McNeill & Brian Abigail got off to a slow start and were 9-4 down after 9 ends however by then we were starting to find the green and only lost 2 more ends on the way to a 15-11 win to tie the game up at 2-2. In the Fours Ian Ramsay, Gerry Moores, Pete Coyne & George Murdoch got off to a bad start dropping a 5 on the first end and were 13-5 down after 11 ends however we then went on to win 9 of the last 10 ends to win 22-16 and give us the overall 3-2 win and a home draw against Waddesdon in the next round.
Round 3 - Hazells v Waddesdon - Lost 3 - 2
Following our win against Waddesdon earlier in the season in the Bucks Cup we went in to this game knowing that despite all of the “Waddesdon Stars” if we played well we would have a great chance of progressing to the next round. In the Two Wood Gerry Moores started well against Keone Wilson taking an early lead however by the 9th end the scores were level at 6-6 and from there Gerry started to struggle and ended up losing 16-10. In the previous 2 rounds Mark had played well in the singles but just couldn’t hold on to win either of those games however tonight was going to proove different as Mark controlled his game against Andrew Litchfield and he only lost 6 ends on his way to a 21-10 win. Matthew & Roger Crick had a tough game against Jamie Richardson & Trevor Room and when they dropped 5 shots one end the game started to drift away from them. In the triples Andrew MacKenzie, Steve McNeill & Brian Abigail were up against it and were 12-4 down after 12 ends. However they then picked up 8 shots over the next 5 ends to go in to the last end 1 shot behind and with the overall match still in the balance. At 1 point we were holding the shot we would need to force an extra end however Paul Seymour then came in with a great wood to take the shot that would secure the win. Ian Ramsay, Eddie Chanell, Peter Coyne & George Murdoch were playing well and leading in the fours until the match had been decided on the other rinks and so despite claiming the win in the fours we ended up losing the match 3-2.
Mens Two Fours - Round 2 - Hazells A - Wendover - Away - Lost 35-30
- Round 1 - Hazells B v Wendover Home - 12th May - Lost 42-30
Mid Bucks Knockout Cup - Hazells v Stony Stratford - Home 29th July 10am
This morning we played Stony Stratford in a format similar to the Top Club, except there is no Two Wood Match. In the singles Keith Harper got us off to a great start with a 21-9 win. In the pairs Matthew & Roger Crick were involved in a close game that scores the scores level at 11 – 11 after 11 ends however we then picked up 8 shots over the next 4 ends. We managed to hold on for a 21-19 win. In the triples Steve McNeill, Pete Coyne & Brian Abigail had a great game winning 12 of the first 13 ends to go 18-1 ahead and although they then lost the last 5 ends they still managed to get an 18-9 win and give Hazells a 3-0 lead and a place in the semi final against either Aylesbury Town or Bletchley St Martins. In the final match Ian Ramsay, Rob Stanbury, Mark Newman & George Murdoch got off to a slow start, going 9-2 down after 5 ends and from there they struggled to get back in to the game, eventually losing 27-11.
Mid Bucks Knockout Cup - Semi Final - Bletchley St Martins v Hazells - 26th August 2017 100am
This morning we had a Men’s team travel to Bletchley St Martins for the semi-final of this year’s competition, similar to Top Club but without the Two Wood. Keith Harper got us off to a great start in the singles with a close game that he won 21-18. In the pairs Matthew & Roger Crick played out a great game and despite some great bowls from all players it was the hosts that levelled the match with a 22-14 win. In the Triples Gerry Moores, Pete Coyne & Mark Newman had a comfortable win, dropping just 5 ends in the game, winning 21-9. With a 2-1 lead the match was then resting on the outcome of the Fours which saw Ian Ramsay, Jack Pipe, Andrew MacKenzie & George Murdoch play out a close game. Going in to the last end we were 23-20 behind however with a 7 shot lead in the match we knew that we just needed to get 3rd wood to progress to the final. We actually picked up 2 shots to lose 23-20 but win the match 78-72. This has now set up a Final against Waddesdon on September 17th which will now be played at Aylesbury Town as the final has been switched to a neutral ground having originally been scheduled to play at Waddesdon.
Mens Champion of Champions - Brain Abigail v George Lee (Cheddington) - Lost 21-10
16th May 2017 - Hazells v Ayelsbury Town - Mid Bucks League - Won 92-91 (8pts to 2)
This evening we got our Mid Bucks League campaign underway with a good win at home to Aylesbury. Although there was just 1 shot in it at the end of the match the individual games were not so close. Len Tuffs, Matthew Crick & George Murdoch kept the game tight for the first half however they then picked up 4 shots to take a 9-6 lead and from there they pushed on to take a 19-7 lead, although lost the last 2 ends to finish 19-11 winners. Dan Livett, Rob Stanbury & Mark Newman got off to a slow start however once they got in to the game and went 8-7 ahead they never lost the lead, winning 23-17. Bob Perry, Gerry Moores & Brian Abigail started their game slowly going 9-4 down however they then picked up 16 shots over the next 6 ends to go 20-9 ahead. Despite dropping off the pace at the end they managed to secure a good 24-17 win. Rob Whetter, Andrew MacKenzie & Steve McNeill struggled in their game, losing 25-15. In the final match Ian Ramsay, Keith Harper & Roger Crik had an equally disappointing game winning just 5 ends in the 21-11 defeat, although they did pick up 5 of their shots in the last 2 ends which help to earn Hazells the win.
18th May 2017 - Long Crendon v Hazells - Mid Bucks League - Lost 85-78 (2pts to 8)
Following Tuesday’s successful start to this season’s MBL we travelled to Long Crendon on a cold, damp evening, looking for another positive result. Although the conditions were difficult for both teams it was the hosts that had the better of the evening. Bob Perry, Matthew Crick & Mark Newman were only once able to pick up more than 1 shot an end and so struggled to keep up, losing 16-8. Andrew MacKenzie, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill played a very tight game and were 9-8 ahead after 12 ends and with just 1 wood to be bowled were holding 6 shots on the 13th end, only for Long Crendon to get in and take the shot. This seemed to affect Stteve’s team as they didn’t win another end, losing 18-9.Len Tuffs, Rob Stanbury & George Murdoch won the first 2 ends however the hosts then picked up 10 shots over the next 4 ends and from there on we were playing catch up, losing 23-11. Rob Whetter, John Smith & Eddie Chanell got off to a flying start, going 11-0 ahead after 5 ends, then 18-4 after 11 ends and ended up winning 23-12. Ian Ramsay, Keith Harper & Roger Crick got off to a slow start again, with flashbacks to their defeat on Tuesday playing on their mind, as they went 12-3 down after 7 ends. We then picked up 6 shots on the next 2 ends to get back in to the game. Determined not to be dropped from the next game, which a heavy defeat would probably have called for, we then went on to win 7 of the last 9 ends, picking up 18 shots on the way to a 27-16 win. With just 2 winning rinks we only managed to score 2 league points out of a possible 10.
24th May 2017 - Hazells v Waddesdon - Bucks Cup - Won 10-4
This evening we got off to a great start in this year’s competition, playing most people’s favorites to win our division. With 2 triples at home and 2 away we started the games slowly with both triples at home 7-1 down after 5 ends. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Brian Abigail were the 1st of the triples to get back in to the game and they were level at 8-8 after 10 ends. They pushed on from there in a great game to finish with a 15-12 win. The other home triple saw Gerry Moores, Keith Harper & Roger Crick leave their comeback a little later as they were 14-5 down after 12 ends, however they then started their fightback and finished off losing 15-13, giving us a 1 shot lead at home. The 2 away triples saw Andrew Mackenzie, Eddie Chanell & George Murdoch play out a very close game, losing by 1 shot, 16-15. The final triple of Pete Coyne, Steve McNeill & Mark Newman found themselves 9 shots down early in the game however they went in to the last end level at 17-17 and with the overall match score level they held their nerve to pick up the crucial shot for an 18-17 win and the overall match.
31st May 2017 - Hazells v Princes Risborough - Bucks Cup - Lost 14-0
This evening we were looking to follow last week’s narrow victory against Waddesdon with another win against Princes Risborough however the outcome couldn’t have been further from the expectation as we lost on all 4 rinks.
7th June 2017 - Hazells v Wendover - Bucks Cup - Lost 12-2
This evening we went in to our game against Wendover determined to try and get back in to the competition following last week’s defeat against Princes Risborough. At Wendover Gerry Moores, Rob Stanbury and Keith Harper had a tough night and when they dropped 6 shots on the 3rd end they were always trying to play catch up and found themselves on the wrong side of a 25-17 score line. Andrew MacKenzie, Eddie Chanell & Mark Newman also had a tough night losing 14-10. At home Pete Coyne, Steve McNeill and George Murdoch went behind early on in their match and just when they had caught up by the 14th end they then dropped a 5 and lost 19-13. Fearing another whitewash for Hazells Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick found themselves 19-8 down after 14 ends however they fought back well and went in to the last end 19-16 down. They then managed to pick up 5 shots and win the game 21-19 and earn 2 points for the winning rink. Next week we face Aston Clinton in a must win game if we are to remain in the Cup competition next season.
14th June 2017 - Hazells v Aston Clinton - Bucks Cup - Won 14-0 (84-44)
In a must win game to avoid relegation back to the Plate next season our men’s triples put in some great performances, led by Steve “Little Star” McNeill who put in a captains performance. Bowling with Steve were Pete Coyne & George Murdoch who cruised through their game winning 24-9. In the other game at home Andrew MacKenzie, Keith Harper & Mark Newman took a 16-4 lead after 10 ends however they then dropped 5 shots on the next end which seemed to give the visitors some hope as they won the next 4 ends however some great determination saw us win the game 19-16. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick had a comfortable evening winning 26-5. The final game saw Eddie Chanell, Rob Stanbury & Brian Abigail involved in a much closer game, which saw the scores level after 10, 12, 14 & 17 ends however we picked up the crucial shot on the last end to get the clean sweep of wins 15-14.
21st June 2017 - Hazells v Aylesbury Town - Bucks Cup - Won - 12 - 2 (75-58)
We went in to this game knowing that we had to get a good win and then rely on results elsewhere if we were to progress to the quarter finals. Having been in bottom spot just 2 weeks ago last week’s results ensured that we still had something to play for. At home Eddie Chanell, Rob Stanbury & Brian Abigail picked up 6 shots on the 2nd end however then dropped 4 the next end. This started off a close game however we managed to get our noses ahead and pushed on to win 18-11. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick got off to a slow start and were 8-4 behind after 6 ends and by the 12th end we were still 4 shots behind, 14-10. We then managed to pick up a 6 on the next end to get ahead for the first time in the game and just dropped 1 more shot on the way to a 21-15 win. At Aylesbury Town Andrew MacKenzie, Keith Harper and Mark Newman cruised to a 20-9 win however Pete Coyne, Steve McNeill & George Murdoch had a tougher game against Keith Stratful, losing 23-16. However with 3 winning rinks and a 75-58 win we were then waiting on the result of the Princes Risborough v Aston Clinton game, knowing that if Princes Risborough got more than 10 points we would have to settle for 3rd place. So luck was on our side as Aston Clinton managed to win 8-6 courtesy of their 60-57 win, which would have come from just 1 winning rink covering the other 3 losing rinks. We will now be playing Gerrards Cross away in a very tough match on Sunday 16th July.
16th July 2017 – Gerrards Cross v Hazells – Bucks Cup Quarter Final – Lost 89 - 45
This morning we made the trip to Gerrards Cross for the 4 triples match against a very strong team filled with Home Counties League & Middleton Cup players, for what would prove to be as tough a game as we had thought. Despite making a positive lead which actually saw us take an early lead our opposition soon got in to their stride and demonstrated their experience and class. Andrew Mackenzie, Gerry Moores & Mark Newman were just 2 shots down after 9 ends, playing some great bowls, and managed to stay with their opponents until they dropped a 7 on the 16th end and at this point they shook hands, losing 25-13. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick took an early lead however they then dropped a 5 on the 5th end and from here they were always playing catch up. After 9 ends they were 13 – 7 down however they then won 5 of the next 7 ends, before dropping 7 more shots in the last 2 ends to lose 23-12. Pete Coyne, Steve McNeill & George Murdoch were struggling 12-4 down after 10 ends however we then got a bit of confidence back picking up 5 shots on the next end however this wasn’t to be enough as we lost 19-11 on this rink. Rob Stanbury, Eddie Chanell & Keith Harper were still in their game at the half way stage however like the other rinks it was Gerrards Cross who finished the stronger, winning 22-9. Despite the scoreline this was a great game of bowls, against some fantastic players and the Hazells team should take great pride in the performance they put in.
14th July 2017 - Aston Clinton v Hazells - Mid Bucks League - Won 8-2 (95-88)
After the excitement of the EBA competitions recently we were back in action in the MBL tonight, away to Aston Clinton. Having won our first game against Aylesbury and then losing to Long Crendon it was important to get back to winning ways. Rob Stanbury, Eddie Chanell & Keith Harper got off to a slow start going 13 -1 down after just 6 ends however they then went on to win the next 10 ends, including 2 5’s, to take a 22-13 lead in to the last 2 ends, finishing with a 22-16 win. Andrew Mackenzie, Gerry Moores & Mark Newman got off to a positive start picking up a 5 on the first end and by the 5th end they were 13-3 ahead. They pushed on from there to earn a comfortable 23 – 12 win. Jack Pipe, Ian Ramsay & George Murdoch were involved in a tight game until they dropped a 5 on the 11th end. However by the 16th end the scores were level at 17 – 17 and we then dropped 2 shots on the last 2 ends to lose 19-17. Lionel Cheshire, Matthew Crick & Roger Crick picked up a 6 on the first end and were still ahead until Aston Clinton won 4 ends in a row, picking up 11 shots in the process, to go 15-10 ahead however we then got back in to the game and managed to scrape a 19-18 win. Len Tuffs, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill had a tough evening and having gone 11 – 1 behind they were always going to find it hard to get back in to the game although by the 16th end they were just 3 shots behind however they then dropped a 5 and finished up losing 23-14.
21st July 2017 - Hazells v Princes Risborough - Mid Bucks League - Won 8-2 (84-65)
Following last week’s win against Aston Clinton we were back at home this week to get revenge for our heavy loss against Princes Risborough in the Bucks Cup. On rink 1 Len Tuffs & George Murdoch were joined by Tom Holland for his first outing in this competition for a while. We controlled this game from the start winning 18-8. Andrew MacKenzie, Pete Coyne & Steve McNeill were up against it this evening, losing the first 10 ends and then only winning 4 of the last 8 to lose 18-7. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick got off to a good start going 5-0 ahead after 3 ends and from there they only lost 5 ends in a game they won 20-7. Lionel Cheshire, Eddie Chanell & Brian Abigail also cruised to a comfortable 26-11 win. Neil Thompson, Rob Stanbury & Mark Newman started positively going 8-3 ahead after 6 ends however the visitors then took control of the game and we only won 3 more ends on the way to a 21-13 defeat. The overall score was an 8-2 win and we now have Waddesdon up next on the 27th.
27th July - Hazells v Waddesdon - Mid Bucks League
Apart from Alan King, Rob Stanbury & Mark Newmans 14-9 win there was not much to “write home about” this evening with a very disappointing result. With many of their “Stars” not playing tonight we had a great opportunity to extend our lead at the top of the table however this was not to be our night as we lost on 4 rinks and only wo n on 1. We now just have the re-arranged game at home to Cheddington on 11th August left to play in this years competition and that has now become a must win match.
11th August 2017 - Hazells v Cheddington - Mid Bucks League - Won 77-74 (7-3)
This evening we played the last of this seasons Mid Bucks League matches knowing that the best we could probably hope for was a 3rd place finish with Waddesdon & Long Crendon both ahead of us in the league with a game each still to play. Len Tuffs, Andrew MacKenzie & George Murdoch led the team well and despite the game being close in the early stages we then picked up 12 shots over 4 ends to take a 19-6 lead and went on to win 22-11. Roy Richardson, Keith Harper & Mark Newman also started well and were 8-4 ahead after 9 ends however they then dropped 10 shots over the next 5 ends and lost the game 15-14. Rob Stanbury, Eddie Chanell & Steve McNeill struggled to get in to the game and only won 6 ends in their 16-12 loss. Matthew Crick, Ian Ramsay & Roger Crick didn’t fare much better as they lost 19-12. Despite only winning 8 of the 18 ends Lionel Cheshire, Gerry Moores & Brian Abigail made the most of them by winning their game 17-13 and ensuring that we won the overall match by 3 shots.
5th September 2017 - Amersham v Hazells - 5 Triples Friendly - Cancelled
13th September 2017 - Hazells v Aylesbury Town - 4 Triples Friendly - Lost 55 - 49
Unfortunately I haven’t been given many details about this afternoon’s game other than we only had 1 winning rink and that was Dave Edwards, Rob Whetter & Eddie Chanell.
7th October 2017 - Hazells v Houghton Regis - 5 Rinks Friendly