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.



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.”


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.

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.


Aug 232017

 Sunday 13th saw the start of this year’s Berkhamsted Club Fours competition. This year a different approach to previous was used in order to determine the finalists to go forward to the Club’s Finals weekend on September 9th/10th.  

 The 24 entrants were drawn into 6 teams in the clubhouse before at the start of the day’s play at 10 a.m. These 6 teams were divided into 2 groups and each team then played three ‘9-end’ matches with points being awarded for winning both the match and the number of ends in each match.

 At the end of the highly entertaining, good humoured but very competitive day the winners of each group were decided in one case by 1 point and the other by shot difference after being equal on points.  The successful teams making the final were: Eric Lloyd, Janet Jackson, Alan Jones & Tom Presland and John Bell, Tony Smart, Anne Cutting & Ken Maynard.’

This week [w/e 20th August] our defending pairs Champions made it to the Final – David Brown & Kevin Clarke beat Martin Coles & Vinny Payne (Garston) 20-13 in the Watford & District pairs semi finals at Bushey Met Police Bowls Club last week. They will now be in the Finals on 2nd September at Watford Bowls Club in Cassiobury Park and play against a pair from Mill End Bowls Club. Once again Berkhamsted supporters were at Bushey in appalling conditions to cheer their players on, many thanks to them all.

In the Saturday friendly game against Harpenden, Berkhamsted had a good win by 112 shots to 79. The top rink was K Lingwood, Jackie Cormack and Derek Sandford who contributed a lot to the win with a score of 31-14.

Sunday saw the club Triples competition to determine the Finalists for the Finals weekend on 9th & 10th September. As for the previous week’s Fours competition a ‘Gala’ style competition was run. Once again in a highly enjoyable competition 12 teams battled in a series of 7-end matches to determine the semi-finalists who then rounded off the day to find the two finalists: Kay Lingwood, Maurice Primo and Brian Livesey edged out Tony Smart, Anne Furlong & Steve Burrell and Ray Kessler, Janice Murgatroyd and Derek Sandford narrowly defeated Lynn Kessler, Alan Jones and Dave Sear. The ‘new’ format for these two competitions seems to have been well received.

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