Top Club Home v Olveston Tuesday 19th June Lost.
It’s always a challenge playing this likable lot they’re such a good outfit but we didn’t make it easy for them. We were competitive across all disciplines and by the mid point there was a chance for us to pull out a result sadly they proved just too strong. Onto Yate in the league then Gloucester in the 2 rink Saturday.
B&D League Home v Bristol 'A' Thursday 14th June Lost 29-61 0pts.
Results have not been kind for us in the last few matches and after a close outcome at Olveston last week; sadly we were well beaten across all 3 rinks by Bristol this week. Gerry Wickham with Calvin Schlaepfer, Dave Edwards and Tony Stone went off to a shaky start, not improved by losing 5 ends on the bounce they eventually lost 4-28. However my understanding is, that the opposing Rink won 35-7 last week so perhaps Gerrys team came up against a unit on a roll. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Ted Farrant and Chris Blake were only 1 adrift after 8 ends but they too lost the next 5 and with the rub not going their way finished 12-16 down. Jim Russell with Andy Gadd, Colin Sara and Dave Longley had a tough game mostly behind but fighting for 2 points and on the 16th end the score was 13-13, Dave Longley bowled a thoucher with his first but this proved insufficient, Bristol making a 4 meant the rink lost 13-17. As I alluded to last week, there are some eccentric results in the league with some of the weaker teams prevailing over the stronger teams, I think we may find this year to be more of a tussle than we might have first contemplated however we can only keep plugging away and bowling to the best of our ability whilst preparing ourselves to welcome Yate ‘A’ to Redland next week.
Top Club Away v Ardagh Saturday 9th June Won 4 Games to 1 .
2 Wood: With regard to the selection changes particularly in the singles disciplines, that cheeky, ‘young whippersnapper Chris Blake’ announced that he had brought 4 Woods and a Tennis Racket as he had no idea what the hell he would be playing. Anyhow ‘Blakey’ performed admirably in this game despite his impertinence matching his opponent early on and then moving on to win convincingly 15-8.
Triples: with Jim Russell, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley, they went 4-6 down after 5 ends but this was a good hard game. Players on both sides played well but with persistent pressure over the last 4 ends our boys finished 19-11 in front.
Pairs: with Kevin French and Tony Stone, all seemed lost for this pair at 5-17 down after 12 ends but here Kevin used his ‘motivational skills’?? Suggesting to Tony that they were the sacrificial rink, this seemed to get right up right up Tonys nose who proceeded to bowl like a demon and the pair won the next 9 ends to win 22-17. Well done Tony.
4 Wood Singles: Andy Gadd was battling against a strong young and upcoming star Josh Phillips, his battle was not aided by bowling a ‘Wrong Bias’!! Anyway with the match won they were still playing and Andy realised no one was really interested and he offered Josh a draw albeit being only 1 up at the time, not overly generous at all! Josh was further flabbergasted when Andy had the neck to offer him advice on how to bowl his last wood!! This kid is very good.
Fours: With Roger Jones, Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Roger Plant,started badly going 0-8 down but showed some real resolve to score 14 in the next 5 ends, including two 5s but towards the end with the match won perhaps concentration waned and they finished 23-26 behind, good effort though.
It was a very pleasant morning with a good result, guess who’s next before June 24, the mighty Olveston, yet again, but this time at home we can do it I’m sure.
B&D League Away v Olveston Thursday 7th June Lost 35-38 2pts.
Unsure as to be pleased or displeased at a measly 2 Points, we could of won this match against the mighty Olveston, our bowling was so tight in this low scoring game showing that we really can compete, concentration was obviously very high on both sides. The League is turning up some surprise results this year, supposedly weaker teams defeating the fancied stronger teams, for us though not tonight, meaning we are now down to 7th in the Table so the next 3 games which are all at Home are crucial, we are just 6 points from the bottom 2 clubs!! So onto the Rinks, Kevin French, with Roger Jones, Tony Stone and with some nearly World Class Bowling Chris Blake, backed up with excellent bowling from the rest of the rink pushed us into an 11-10 lead at 12 ends, unfortunately losing the last 4 ends with the opposition Skip John Smallwood bowling some outstanding woods we finished 12-17 behind. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Roger Plant were always behind but fought hard with 8 consecutive ends of singles to finish a creditable 8-11 down. Here’s the rub at 14 ends there was only 1 in the game, so close to a Champagne evening. Jim Russell with Andy Gadd, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley were always in front and fighting hard to increase our shot difference sadly they could not offset the deficit of the other 2 rinks finishing 15-10. This was not at all helped by our allegedly new super star number 3 on the rink measuring Dave Longley’s bowl as one of the opposition’s bowls, perhaps he’s colour blind or just??? Anyway, look we’re clearly all bowling very well and just need a little extra tweak to sneak ahead and win some of the upcoming home games starting with Bristol ‘A’ next week.
Comment from Andy Gadd: On the plus side although a close measure Dave's wood was definitely just outside the count :-)
NE Cup Away v Bristol Arrow Lost 49-55
Only 6 points in it, nearly did it hard luck chaps.
B&D League Home v Willmott Park Thursday 31st May Lost 38-58 2pts.
We were probably flattered by early results but now we’re against stiffer opposition and finding the going a little more tricky however by persistently plugging away there was a realistic chance of 4 points towards the end but not to be. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant had ‘one of those days’ clearly Willmotts front end were right on the jack making it extremely difficult for our back end to retrieve the situation, nonetheless they persevered without losing heart to finish 8-34 behind. With the game probably lost by midway it was up to the other 2 rinks to try and pick up the points. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Tony Stone and Chris Blake were only behind for the first 3 ends and thereafter with good bowling finished up 20-10. Meanwhile Jim Russell with Andy Gadd, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley appeared to be on for a win and another vital 2 points, they were in the lead until the 14th end and had bowled well enough to win 9 of 13 ends, here’s the not to be, Willmott won the last 4 ends and consigned the rink to a 10-14 defeat. Chaps, another welcome 2 points they all add up at the end of the season!
B&D League Away v G B Britton Thursday 24th May Lost 43-59 2pts.
This evening began with warm May drizzle and ended in cold persistent rain akin to late September. It was overcast and gloomy accurately reflecting our match play and brought about our first loss, thereby ending the excellent start to the B&D season. Nonetheless we still managed to sneak 2 valuable points lifting some of the gloom. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant went down 4-10 early on but clawed it back to just 1 behind at 11-12, they held 3 or 4 shots several times after that but the opposition skip thwarted they’re efforts finishing 11-16 behind. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Dave Edwards and Chris Blake went 5-1 up but a dire performance was to ensue, losing 5 ends on the trot including 2 really bad ones. Your Captain having bowled a wrong bias and failing to save twice resulted in a 12-25 defeat. Not good enough!! Meanwhile Jim Russell with Andy Gadd, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley also succumbed to the gloom going 2-10 behind but fought back with great spirit winning 7 of the last 10 ends scoring 9 over the last 4 as we all watched nervously to see the rink win 20-18. So once again and it’s worth repeating the Sage, 'Jim Russell’, “You never know what’s going to happen in Bowls” OK gloomy and disappointing but lets ready ourselves to welcome Willmott Park to Redland next week on the last day of May, that’ll be fun!!
Clarence Davey Plate Away v Begbrook Green Monday 21st May Won 77-67.
Well we certainly made hard work of that! A very close game throughout but eventually we prevailed to win by 10 shots. On the rink with Roger Jones, Dave Edwards, Mike Tarr and Andy Gadd it was very close until the 13th end but then picked up a 6 and played out the remaining ends to win 22-13. Jim Russell with Tony Stone, Will Carter and Dave Longley went behind after 5 ends and from there on struggled but stayed reasonably close to finish 14-22 behind. Kevin French with Calvin Schlaepfer, Colin Sara and Chris Blake were in arrears by the 7th end but won 12 of the last 14 ends including 2 World Class Woods from Calvin to end 26-13 winners. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant the Well Oiled Bowling Machine, was slightly miss-firing but kept the game tight to finish 15-19 down. So although we won the game it was not a very convincing performance however we are winning games and getting into the habit of doing so. Thanks to Eric Mitchell for turning up as reserve and staying to the end.
B&D League Home v Weston Bath Thursday 17th May Won 52-39 8pts.
As Dave Edwards said, “I can’t remember the last time we won our first 4 games”, and I’ve always maintained that it seems to take us a few games before we realise that we are actually good bowlers and got on with it. This year we haven’t taking that time and have ‘got on with it’ from the start. So to reduce my stress levels could we keep on winning please!!
On to the Rinks: Kevin French with Andy Gadd, Dave Edwards and Chris Blake were level pegging until the 9th end when they dropped a 5 and from there on were always behind fighting to keep the opposition shots to a minimum, scoring a 3 on the 16th end meant they finished 12-17 behind. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant continued to play like a well oiled bowling machine taking the lead from the 9th end and winning 6 of the remaining 8 ends including a 6 on the last to run out easy winners 22-10. Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley won the first half of the game also including a 6 to go 15-3 up by the 8th end, reversing their usual trick of winning the second half of a game. However they only won 2 of the last 9 ends but by restricting the opposition to 1s and 2s kept the game tight and finished 18-12 winners.
An excellent performance, so onto next week and G B Britton but who cares who the opponents are now, we’re on form to beat anybody and second in the league!!
Glos Triples Wednesday 16th May.
Redland came up against a Fairford Triple which included the reigning County Four Wood Champion, Tim Bloomer, leading.
Redland were in the game until the 16th end when the Fairford skip turned a 2 wood Redland position into a 4 for Fairford.
The final score was 19-15 to Fairford.
Lloyd Trophy Away v Olveston Tuesday 15th May lost 27-69.
When you come up against Olveston you have to be on top form, they’re clearly a strong team and every end has to be tight and hard fought. On this occasion we were not on top form and failed to compete against them. However Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant once again provided a solid performance with the lead swapping back and forth to end very creditably 11-14 down. Kevin French with Tony Stone, Dave Edwards and Chris Blake were always behind never really getting into the game finishing 5-22 in arrears. Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley played nip and tuck until the 8th end then the opposition applied pressure to take the game 11-33. It’s no shame to lose against a strong outfit like Olveston, so we’ll forget this one and carry on with the rest of the season. Point of interest, a cloud of smoke engulfed the Match and it wasn’t the Captain with his fags rather a local bonfire out of control. At times you could barely see the end of the rink, unfortunately though the scoreboards were still clearly visible.
Glos Triples Monday 14th May.
In a nail biting extra end finish that went down to the very last bowl Andy Gadd, Kevin French and Jim Russell beat a triple from St Andrews to reach the Quarter Finals of the Glous Triples Competition.
The Quarter Final will be played on Wednesday 16th May at 6.15 at Cotswold Bowls Club.
B&D League Away v Greenbank Thursday 10th May 60-57 8pts.
As your correspondent was leaving Greenbank, one of their players suffered a massive heart attack. In view of this a report seems inappropriate.
What I would like to report though, is that due to the efforts of Scott Avery and Chris Blake who performed CPR (following instructions from the emergency call centre) for at least an hour and coupled with the combined efforts 10 NHS staff the chap was still with us when he was taken away to hospital. Clearly he was in a very serious condition and we wish him a successful recovery.
For your information here are the rink scores.
Roger Jones with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant, 20-21.
Jim Russell with Tony Stone, Will Carter and Dave Longley, 20-18.
Kevin French with Andy Gadd, Dave Edwards and Chris Blake, 20-18.
B&D League Home v Long Ashton Thursday 3rd May Won 51-42 6pts.
I’m not persuaded to be pleased or disappointed with this result, as in the early half of the game the future looked decidedly dismal, so to come away with 6 points and very nearly 8 was a result indeed. Anyhow here’s how the rinks played. Kevin French with Calvin Schlaepfer, Dave Edwards and Chris Blake were always slightly behind but managed to hang in and finish 12-16 in arrears. Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Will Carter and Dave Longley went off to a terrible start, 2-9 down with an overall team score of 15 behind, however here on this rink long jacks were called for and they won all of the last 12 ends!! winning 25-9. Meanwhile Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant were always behind in score and 3 ends behind the other rinks but they managed two fours in the last 4 ends to finish 14-17 as the rest of the team watched nervously in the gloom. So it’s a pity to gain just 6 points with a 9 shot win but in reality 12 points from 2 games is a reasonably good start to the season. Therefore I think we can progress with some optimism and hopefully achieve some revenge over Greenbank away next week.
Clarence Davey Away v Greenbank Monday 30th April Lost 48-81.
This was a bad result and a poor performance against a team depleted of many fine Greenbank players of recent years. However with three Redland rinks going behind in the early stages we found ourselves 12 to 14 points behind and we seemed unable to pull it back. With the game progressing it became obvious that defeat was inevitable and with two rinks still playing we conceded. Not a good game by us on a very cold evening.
Here’s the sorry tale in numbers.
Gerry Wickham, with Trevor Knowles, Colin Sara and Ted Farrant 12- 22
Kevin French, with Tony stone, Will Carter and Dave Longley 17-22
Jim Russell, with Calvin Schlaepfer, Eric Mitchell and Roger Plant 10-18
Roger Jones, with Dave Edwards, Mike Tarr and Chris Blake 9-19
However let’s not worry too much its early days with rotten weather and tricky heavy greens. Let’s see when the sun starts to shine how we progress elsewhere, a whole lot better I’m sure, we’re way better than this. Chins Up!!
B&D League Away v Bristol St Andrews Thursday 26th April Won 44-41 6pts.
This, from my memory was one of the nicest evenings for the start of a new season for a long time and a good win was ground out against our usual first game opponents on a very heavy green. Traditionally we only manage 2 points or worse against this lot, but tonight gave us the win and 6 points! At times we were on for 8 points but then we stumbled and it looked as if the usual 2 points would be the result. However with sensible bowling over the last few ends we managed to prevail.
On to the rinks starting with, Kevin French, Calvin Schlaepfer, Colin Sara and Andy Gadd - they played level for the first 5 ends then falling away to 5-12 in arrears but fought back to13-12 up, but conceding a 4 on the 16th end certainly didn't help the cause finishing 14-16 down. Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Chris Blake and Dave Longley stormed off to a 8-1 lead but collectively seemed to run out of muscle as the sun sank and the moisture rose thus winning only 4 of the last 11 ends to finish 12-20 including a catastrophic dropped 5. Meanwhile on Gerry Wickham's rink with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant against opposition Team Captain & Rink Skip Steve Hunt, the self proclaimed, “unluckiest skip in Bristol", we have to say we're very sorry Steve, (all of us sincerely), very unfortunate Steve but truly there was no bad luck at all here just excellent bowling from our boys, always in front, deservedly finishing 18-5 up!! Just enough to balance the 2 losing rinks. So that's it, first game of the season always tricky, greens heavy, no good lines, all you can do is plug away and not worry too much if you don't get it exactly right. With that thanks to everyone for getting down to it and getting us off to a good start. Good Job.