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Ultimate Triples Series 2020 Episode 1

At last the long-awaited Ultimate Triples League is back albeit in a slightly truncated form with six Teams taking part. Our numbers may be down but the quality is probably better than ever with at least 9 players with first team aspirations on show.

Ultimate Triples Week 1

Match 1 - Moody Blues v Simply Red:

The Joymiester emerged from Numptyworld and led the magnificent Moody Blues to a two set win and maximum points over a luckless Simply Red (well they said they were unlucky anyway)! The Skipper really (K)enjoyed himself ably supported by Alan Gamblin and Julian Cooke whilst Terry Lemon bowled brilliantly in a losing cause for the Simply Reds. In all fairness Stuart Stephens and Brian Cookson also bowled well but to no avail. The first set was fiercely contested with the Blues stealing it at the death 10-9. The second set was more of a canter finishing 11-3

Match 2 - Pink Floyd V Black Sabbath:

This was something of a heavyweight clash with 4 potential first team players on show plus the evergreen Tony Jennings and Frank Westfield. For the Sabbath Alan Bliss strode onto the Green like the bowling equivalent of W.G. Grace and left it like D.I.S Grace. Sadly it appears that he was totally outbowled by opposing skip John Pinson who confounded those who say he is well past his best, so well done John we are all happy for you. John was supported by Mike Barron and Tony Jennings whilst Graham Cox and Frank Westfield sort of supported Alan Bliss. The first set finished 8-5 to Pink Floyd and the second 9-5 giving all the points to the Floyd.

Match 3 - King Crimson v Deep Purple:

With the best will in the World this match appeared weighted in favour of Deep Purple who boasted a very strong looking  team of the mighty Jim Garner, Chris Hollier whose reputation has proceeded him and Dave Kirkham who isn't a bad player either. They were matched against a Crimson team of Geoff Shand, Bill Harris, and Meg Nicklen who put the Purple under extreme pressure, they are a perfectly decent team but honestly which way would you bet?

Anyway, as we all know no sport is won on paper and the Crimsons performed magnificently to take the first set 8-7 and only lost the second 9-10 after being 9-1 up! They were unfortunate to lose the tie break that really could have gone either way. Congratulations to Meg Nicklen for being the first Lady to officially appear in the Ultimate Triples League and didn't she do well! 


So well done everybody for turning up and on time, also thanks to those who just came along to support especially the bi-partisan ladies! I hope that everybody enjoyed the evening although we did miss the bacon baps! A special thanks to Chris Dennis for all his work.

I know that everybody accepts that any observations that may appear here are made caringly and constructively (if you believe that you'll believe anything).

Your roving reporter Alan ‘The Quiz’ Gamblin              

 

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

Like buses just when you want one two come along!

Joe Staddon has played very consistently this year and was rewarded by reaching the final of the Champion of Champions at Dorchester.  He played Brian Fitzgibbon from Sherborne in the final and won 21–12.

A fantastic achievement lets hope he doesn’t rest on his laurels next year!  Well done Joe.

Champion of Champions
Champion of Champions

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

A heart felt message from Gill Moxom
“I want to thank everyone who has played for the second team for their wonderful support and hard work in getting us a promotion.
Twelve months ago we were all feeling rather despondent as we had gone down from the C league to the D league, but what a difference a year makes.  We were determined to go back up, we had a job to do and thanks to Sue's cunning plan (better than Baldrick’s) we did it.
Not only did we manage to get promotion, we did it in style, with a massive shot difference and became Champions to boot.  What a wonderful achievement.
I would like to thank Sue for all her encouraging E-mails and support at Selection.  This has helped the Team enormously.   I do appreciate that Sue let us have first choice of Rinks at Home games and realise this may sometimes have been to the detriment of the 1st and 3rd Teams.  So, Sue a really BIG thank you from me and the rest of the Team.
I must also mention Bobbie who is always so positive and encouraging and full of fun.  She never sees a bad wood even if it is staring her in the face, so thank you Bobbie.
Lastly, many thanks to ALL the ladies who played for us, in particular, Lola, Hilary and Jen.  Both Rinks tried exceptionally hard and worked as a team supporting and encouraging each other and it did pay off.  I am really looking forward to the B & D Lunch and hope as many of you as possible will be there and don't forget to raise the roof when we go up to receive the trophy.

Thank you everyone”.

Gill Moxom

We Are the Champions
We Are the Champions
Bank Holiday weekend 25/26th August 2019 saw the culmination of all the club knockout competitions expertly organised by Roger Parnell.  The green was prepared and cut on both days so along with the very sunny weather the weekend was enjoyed by players and spectators alike.  Tony Milton arranged a menu throughout the two days which many of us took advantage of.  The weekend would not have been such a success without all the volunteers and supporters.  Well done to Branksome Park Bowls Club.
 
There were some great battles over the two days (Full Results below) culminating in the men’s and ladies singles finals which started at 2.30 pm with a very knowledgeable and supportive audience.
 
Hilary Jenkins played Lyn Gamblin and her experience as a skip won the day.  Whenever she was in trouble a forcing shot got the points.  Lyn nearly got back on level terms but Hilary was very consistent and ran out a worthy winner.
 
Finals Weekend - Magna Mazda
Hilary & Lyn with marker Sue Harris (centre)
 
The men’s final featured Barry Stone and Jim Garner both very experienced singles players.  Barry got off to a fast start and at one time led 18/13.  Then suddenly the momentum changed and Jim edged back to 18/18.  Both players played some great running shots and drew accurately when they had to.  Jim was holding two and Barry had one bowl in his hand, if he could pick up the jack he may have won but it just passed by and Jim won 21/20.
 
Finals Weekend - Stevens
Jim & Barry with marker Graham Cox (centre)
 
More photos of all participants will be posted at a later date.
 

Finals Weekend Results

Ladies

Competition   Winner/s

Newman

Janet King

23 v 10

Jean Coates

Janet King

Lola Barker

Jen Cookson

21 v 10

Lyn Gamblin

Jen Cookson

Glockler

Hilary Jenkins

9 v 18

Bobbie Cover

Bobbie Cover

Matthews

Jackie Collishaw & Gill Moxom

19 v 10

Bobbie Cover & Jean Coates

Jackie Collishaw & Gill Moxom

Magna Mazda

Lyn Gamblin

21 v 11

Hilary Jenkins

Hilary Jenkins

Gentlemen

Competition   Winner/s

Sivyer

Stuart Stephens

7 v 14

Barry Stone

Barry Stone

Malcolm

Bob Harris

21 v 15 Jim Garner Bob Harris

Dawbarn

Barry Stone

21 v 14

Alan Bliss

Barry Stone

Drawn Pairs

Wally Barker & Andy Upshall

17 v 16

Roger Parnell & Doug Mayhew

Wally Barker & Andy Upshall

Agar

Doug Mayhew

20 v 21

Brian Prosser

Brian Prosser

Howling

Tom Whelan

16 v 9

Alan Bliss

Alan Bliss

Mason Chris Dennis & Edmund Sandell 16 v 19 Wally Barker & Geoff Shand Wally Barker & Geoff Shand
Stevens Barry Stone 20 v 21 Jim Garner Jim Garner

Mixed

Competition   Winner/s

Bobbie Cover 101

Bob Harris

101 v 91

Stuart Thomson

Bob Harris

GM Mixed Pairs

Val King & Dave King

25 v 12

Alex Findlay & Hilary Jenkins

Val King & Dave King

During this season 2019 the men formed ten teams of triples (each team consisting of a squad of five or six players) playing a ‘ round robin ‘ over 9 weeks.  The teams were named and players in each selected and seeded to ensure a blend of talent right across the board.  Each game consisted of two sets of 9 ends.  If a game was drawn then one extra end was played to decide the winner.  A range of 0  - 6 points per game was on offer as well as penalty points for ‘ no shows’.  After the first penalty points were awarded there was a 100% attendance for the rest of the games. 

The competition and banter rights were hard fought and on the last night there were fours teams in the running to take the title of Ultimate Triples Champions.
 
Our sincere thanks to Alan Gamlin & Chris Dennis for organising the competition, to Tony Milton and the ladies who provided players and supporters with food and to Bob Harris for running the bar. 

Third place went to Banksies Beauties who won on count back from The Gardeners. 

Ultimate Triples - 3rd Place

Dave Banks receiving 3rd prize on behalf of his team

Second place went to The Archie’s
Ultimate Triples - 2nd Place
Dave Kirkham accepted the prize on behalf of the team
 
First place went to The SinneD who were all present to receive their prize from Club Captain Alan Bliss. 
 
The SinneD consisting of Chris Dennis / Alan Trevett / Frank Westfield / Andy Roberts and Brian Prosser with Alan Bliss and Alan Gamblin who looked after the running of the competition.

 

 

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