May 072019
 

Press Report Week Ending 19th May

 On Tuesday 14th May Berkhamsted Bowls Club played host to Wingrave Bowls Club. It was an enjoyable evening with good sportsmanship prevailing throughout; good weather and an excellent green. On this occasion Wingrave had the upper hand winning a significant number of ends. However the final score was close Wingrave 69 and Berkhamsted 62 points. Berkhamsted did have a top rink of Kay Lingwood, Alan Baker and Bill Howells. 

On the same evening Berkhamsted Men played two W&D Triples matches.  Phil Bunting, Tony Howard and Dave Gomm played and beat Gary Eagles and his team from Hemel Hempstead.  But then Bob Anderson, Brian Ralphs and Kevin Clarke lost to a team from Gerrard’s Cross, who are new to the W&D League.  Berkhamsted  were leading 12-10 and holding 3, when their skip trailed the jack to pick up 3 and they lost 18-13.

However the Men had more success when they played Potters Bar in the National Two Fours when they won 47 – 32 in a combined score of the Two teams who were Jack Bunting, Trefor Jenkins, Phil Bunting, & Tony Howard, winning 20 – 18  and Steve Burrell, Brian Ralphs, David Brown & Kevin Clarke, winning 27 – 14.

The week finished on a high for Berkhamsted when they beat a visiting team from Bushey, on a warm & dry afternoon by 107 shots to 76. Berkhamsteds top rink was Dagmar McKay, Dave Drew and Bill Howells.

 Press Report Week Ending 12th May

 A wet, windy and miserable day was made even more miserable by by Berkhamsted being beaten 111 – 67 shots by Townsend Bowls club.

There was only 1 winning rink for Berkhamsted with the team of Geoff Drew, Dagmar McKay and Paul Mackness winning 18 – 16. Other rink scores: Frank Cutter, Richard Gardener, Jackie Cormack  22 – 13; Janice Murgatroyd, Lesley Brown, Gary Fisher 29 – 9 ;  Maurice Primo, Kay Lingwood, Anne Cutting  19 – 15; Linda Ralphs, Allen Dann, Dave Drew 25 – 12.

In the Men’s County Senior 4’s competition Berkhamsted fared better in the rain with the team of Bob Anderson, Paul Sims, Tony Smart & David Brown beating a team from Riverain 22 Shots to 11. Unfortunately in the Ladies County triples 2 teams from Berkhamsted were drawn against each other but the winners were Sarah Marshall, Alice Biggs & Kay Lingwood 17 – 10. In the same competition Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong & Jackie Cormack beat a trio from Bushey closely by 3 shots on an extra end.

More success in the National Mixed Fours with the team of Lesley Brown, Linda Ralphs, Brian Ralphs & David Brown beating as team from Welwyn & District 21-18. The team were particularly pleased as the same team, from Welwyn, beat them last year by 1 shot in the same competition.

The week finished in lovely sunshine when Berkhamsted hosted Croxley Guild at home and ran out winners 88 – 77 and this was despite lending Jill Griffin, one of Berkhamsted members, to play for Croxley, who were 1 player short. Top rink for Berkhamsted was John Webb, Gill Howells, Anne Cutting and Bill Howells who won on their rink 22 – 9

Press Report Week Ending 5th May

 The Season and the week did not start well for the Men with a loss against Kitcheners by 57 Shots to 75. There was a top rink of Steve Burrell/Pete Batchelor/Brian Ralphs & Kevin Clarke who won by 19-17.

The other teams of Paul Mackness/Dave Drew/Trefor Jenkins & Phil Bunting ; Jack Bunting/Eric Lloyd/Alan Jones & Ken Maynard and Paul Sims/Toby Bunting/Dave Sear & David Brown did not quite pull it off .  The Berkhamsted Captain reported that they dropped a lot of shots towards the end and it looks like a trip to the Gym to work on Stamina 3 times a week.

However  the Men’s team of Bob Anderson, David Brown and Kevin Clarke  fared a lot better in the First round of the County Triples, just beating a team from Herts by 20 shots to 19. The Ladies Team of Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong, Anne Cutting and Jackie Cormack also made a good start to their County Fours campaign by also having fought a close game against a team from Tring, winning 19 – 16.

The week finished on a high when Berkhamsted visited Harpenden and won 87-60, winning on all rinks with a top team of Lyn Kessler, Eric Lloyd and Gary Fisher.

 Press Report Week Ending 28th April

Clearly Berkhamsted club members are fair weather players, for as the weather improved late afternoon yesterday, so did their fortunes in a match against their old local rivals Potten End.  Berkhamsted rallied from being down by about 15 shots at the halfway mark, to win by 131 shots to 102.Top rink was Frank Cutting/Dave Drew/Gill Howells/Tony Howard (returning to his old hunting ground), who won 38-8 on Rink 6.

The other scores were: Rink 1: Maurice Primo/Maws Smart/Alan Jones/Pete Batchelor 13-18. Rink 2: Jill Griffin/Alan Baker/Bill Howells/Jackie Cormack 28-20 (they rallied from 13-20 down), Rink 3: Liz Baker/Peter Burke/Dave Sear/Brian Ralphs 16-26. Rink 4: Corinne Little/Tony Smart/Kay Lingwood/Gary Fisher 19-10. Rink 5: Marion Maynard (sub Mary Clarke)/Geoff Drew/Anne Cutting/Ken Maynard 17-20

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Sep 272017
 

Berkhamsted played their last friendly match of the season against Wendover and finished the season on a high by winning 129 shots to 85, winning on 5 out of the 6 rinks. The top rink was the team of Dagmar McKay, Alan Baker and David Brown. On Saturday the final of the Mary Pedlow cup was played, which is a game of Australian Pairs and it was won by Richard Gardener and Brian Smith. Our picture shows them being presented with the cup by President of Berkhamsted Kevin Clarke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, President’s day, at Berkhamsted’s final event of the season was a sunny colourful occasion as twelve triples teams adopted a floral theme being named after popular flowers. All the teams played three games each with the Dahlias team of Brian Livesey, Dave Biggerstaff & Joan Luther coming out on top by one point from the Forget Me Nots. A slap up meal by the first lady, Jackie, helped by Linda was followed by a short quiz and a grand draw ensuring an uplifting end to another eventful season at the Club. Our picture shows all the competitors in the event dressed in a flowery theme.

 

 

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Sep 212017
 

“This last weekend [9th  & 10th September] saw the culmination of all Berkhamsted’s competitions during the season and the results were as follows….

LADIES SINGLES CHAMPION – Liz Temple; MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION – Steve Burrell; LADIES PAIRS – Anne Furlong & Jackie Cormack ; MEN’ PAIRS – Steve Burrell & David Scoot ; MIXED PAIRS – Steve Burrell & Carole Dunn ; LADIES TWO WOOD SINGLES –Janice Murgatroyd ; MEN’S TWO WOOD SINGLES – Kevin Clarke ; UNDER 18’S SINGLES – Connor Hawkins ; HANDICAP SINGLES – Chris Webb ; VETERANS SINGLES – Brian Ralphs ; NOVICES SINGLES – Bill Howells ; HIGHLAND TROPHY – Jackie Cormack ; MIXED TRIPPLES – Kay Lingwood , Maurice Primo & Brian Livesey ; MIXED FOURS – John Bell, Tony Smart, Anne Cutting & Ken Maynard.  This year there was a new competition for Newcomers and this was won by Tony Smart.

Congratulations to all the winners and better luck next season to all the Runners Up. “

As the season is coming to an end Berkhamsted only had 2 matches this week [w/e 17th September]. The first was a Dacorum shield match against Kings Langley which unfortunately they lost 53 – 59 shots. The only winning rink was the men’s rink of Dave Biggerstaff. John Webb, Bill Howells & David Brown by just 1 shot. The overall score was 1 point to Berkhamsted and 4 to Kings Langley. In the other friendly game against Kitcheners, Berkhamsted had more success and ended up winning by 11 shots with a top rink of Kay Lingwood, Noreen Codina, Dave Biggerstaff & Steve Burrell who won 24 -17.”

 

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Sep 052017
 

After winning her semi-final in the Watford & District Officers singles semi-final, Lesley Brown, went on to win the Final on Saturday after another exciting game against Jill Willis from Tring Bowls Club. The game was very hard fought over 25 ends and could have gone either way but Lesley eventually won 22 shots to 19.

In the morning Lesley’s husband, David, played in the Watford & District Men’s Pairs Finals with Kevin Clarke but did not fair so well by losing to David & Justin Horwood from Mill End. They lost by 1 shot on the last end, losing 17-18. But at least there was one winner in the Family.

In the friendly match against St Albans on the same day Berkhamsted had a comprehensive win against St. Albans, winning 86 – 53. Every rink won with a top rink of P Healy, Elizabeth Baker, Gill Howells and Mike Low. However it was not so good in the friendly against Aylesbury on Sunday when Berkhamsted lost 49 – 93, losing on every rink, mind you the weather did not help.

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Aug 292017
 

In the St Albans & District Men’s Semi-finals John Webb and substitute David Brown lost on the Final end to a pair from Potters Bar. John & David were holding 4 shots on the final end until the opposing skip got a wick off a side wood to win the game.

In the only other game this week, the Saturday match being cancelled by the opposing team, Berkhamsted unfortunately lost. The match was a Dacorum Shield Charity match against Tring and only the Men’s team of Steve Burrell, Bill Howells, David Scoot and skip David Brown won by 21 shots to 12. Both the Ladies and Mixed Teams lost. The overall score was 48 – 52 to Tring who won by 4 points to 1.

 

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