Redland Green Bowling Club

                                         Match reports 2017

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B&D League Result Away v Yate 'A' 24/08/17 Won 54.25-36 8 Pts. 

Commiserations to the North East League boys who narrowly missed promotion by a whisker, finishing just 3 points short of the line.  Nonetheless an excellent performance from all the players, we were in the mix up right to the end finishing with a fine 10 pointer.

Meanwhile the main interest of the evening for the B&D boys lay with the sweets and whether ‘Jim the Greedy Gregory’ would collar all the Liquorice Allsorts, not to be these were snaffled by ‘Jim the Mussel Russell’ and crew, packing him off to his supply of Fruit Pastimes. So onto the serious business a good win was secured elevating us to 6th position in the table and the scores for interest only were: The ‘Wine Gum Rink’ with just three players skipped by Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles and Roger Plant 11.25 -18. The ‘Fruit Pastimes Rink’ comprising Kevin French, ‘Jim the Greedy Gregory’, Dave Edwards and Andy Gadd 21-8. Lastly ‘Jim the Mussel’ with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Dave Longley 22-10. With that, following this final game we can in summary be content with our seasons efforts by achieving the goal, to remain in Division One. As the ‘Redland Sage Jim the Mussel Russell’ (whose titles are becoming impossibly and improbably long) was heard to say, “It probably wasn’t as difficult as anticipated and that we should appreciate that we have some very fine bowlers at the Club, we should convince ourselves of that”.  With those words of wisdom clanging in your ears I’d like to thank everyone from both Teams who played throughout the season. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been your Captain, (that’s 95% pleasure and 5% exasperation by the way). Many thanks to ‘Dave the Editor Longley’ and Eric Mitchell for all their organisation and thoughtful input to selection coupled with the logistics of fielding teams each week. Finally we can reflect that throughout the season we enjoyed some good bowling and some good evenings with some good friends, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

Kevin French

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B&D League Result Away v Willmott Park 17/08/17 Lost 44-52 4 Pts.

Finally and for the first time in 17 weeks I could rest easy in my bed safe in the knowledge that Division One status was secure, we had achieved our goal, well done to everyone. Success away at Willmott is never easy, the natives are raucous, but with 2 rinks winning we were at one high point in the overall lead. Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley got off to a good start scoring a 5 on the 2nd end but failure to capitalise on this meant the opposition pulled away to put us 14-26 down. Kevin French found himself on a very tricky rink with Dave Edwards, Jim Gregory and Andy Gadd [ Editor: it was the rink that was tricky not his team mates!]; here it appeared to be a ‘Leads Game’ with Andy generally topping the opposition to give us a good start. Good and bad shots followed where every shot gained was a battle but with cagey bowling to protect our woods a 16-13 win was achieved. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant fought a close game with shots traded equally early on but at the 9th end Willmott pulled 2 ahead and appeared to have ascendancy; however Gerrys boys dug in bowling sensibly to win 6 of the last 7 ends prevailing at 14-13 up. In hindsight with Keynsham losing 0-10 we could have chucked our woods aside saving ourselves all the stress and strain of the evening with no worries whatsoever, we were safe in Div One regardless. So onto Yate, who were pummelled by Bristol 0-10, here we can focus on improving our league position.

Kevin French

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B&D League Result Home v Olveston 10/08/17 Lost 34-63 2 Pts.

A comprehensive defeat at the hands of the runaway league winners but another 2 points for Redland secured, although with Keynsham gaining 8 points our future in the 1st division is not yet secured. Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Dave Longley went off to a slow start and required Jim to pull the team out of trouble early in the game, however they all bowled very well and concluded with Colin nailing the Jack on the crucial last end to gain us an excellent 2 points winning 18-16. Gerry Wickham with Calvin Schlaepfer, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant had a poor start and were unable to pull back into the game eventually finishing 6-25. Kevin French with Dave Edwards, Jim Gregory and Andy Gadd also started poorly but were able to pull back somewhat until dropping a 6 on the 12th end after which they struggled to get back into the game losing 10-22. So onto the Pie/Pasty Report, post match we witnessed Pie v Hotdog Wars initiated by 5 Star Ted ‘Gordon Ramsey’ Farrant invading the kitchen with a crack division of 30 Hotdogs. Discombobulated Dave L reduced his supplies of Pies & Pasties with talk of sabotage abound and suspicion rife when Dave ‘forgot’ to put Teds Hotdogs in the oven.  Graciously and generously though Ted supplied his much appreciated Hotdogs free of charge to both teams, many thanks to him for his generosity also very agreeably all the Pies & pasties were sold meaning it all ended happily ever after! A score draw in the ‘Hotdog War’. Finally many thanks to Dave for all his hard work in providing post match sustenance for the team and opposition all throughout the season.

Kevin French

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B&D League Result Away v Knowle ‘A’ 3/08/17 Lost 41-54 2 Pts.

I knew this could happen; this was a poor result against the bottom team who had only managed one win until last night. We slipped behind early on pegged it back a little but never clawed the match back characterised by us dropping a batch of ends on the trot across the rinks. Roger Jones with Calvin Schlaepfer, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant were trading shots in the early stages but then the ‘Curse’ struck losing 5 on the bounce, they tried to make a comeback but the Rub of the Green was not always in their favour and they finished down 11-16. With Kevin French were Dave Edwards, Chris Blake and Andy Gadd, again the ‘Curse’ struck and the first of 5 ends were lost going 2-12 behind, at which point the team awoke with strong leading from Andy, the ‘Curse’ was banished with the Rub going their way they won 6 of the last 7 and squeaked a 17-16 victory. Jim Russell with Trevor Knowles, Colin Sara and Dave Longley started well leading by the 5th end, then the ‘Curse’ raised its ugly head and 6 ends were lost, the situation was rescued somewhat by making a 5 to put them only 3 in arrears, unfortunately failure to win the last 2 resulted in a 13-22 defeat. So with our 2 points we maintain the deference between us and our nearest rivals and are slowly edging toward the ‘Safe in Division One Line’. Still I caution against taking it for granted.

Kevin French

 

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Gloucester Cup Away v Greenbank Tuesday 1st August Lost 51-56

We are getting our comeuppance and those teams we beat earlier in the season are extracting their revenge. By winning on two of the three rinks away at Geenbank it’s very disappointing not to win overall, in truth it’s a game we could have and should have won!! After all we were in front for most of the match but going into the last end found ourselves 2 down and could not prevail eventually losing by 5. Gerry Wickham with Jim Gregory, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant went behind early on then began to recover until a dispute over a whether a jack was dead or alive which appeared to affect our teams concentration far more than the oppositions and were unable to make any further progress finishing 8-25 down. Kevin French with Dave Edwards, Calvin Schlaepfer and Andy Gadd were all bowling well and raced ahead to 19-9 by the 12th end, unfortunately they only managed to win 3 of the last ends and couldn’t quite push home the early advantage finishing 23-18. Jim Russell with Trevor Knowles, Roger Jones and Dave Longley were all performing well and again went ahead to 14-4 after 10, they too had a slight wobble in the middle but did regain the advantage to run out 20-13. Just one or two more positive ends would have made all the difference, but that’s how it goes. So not a great few days for us but clearly we’re bowling well enough at times to give any team a run for their money.

Kevin French

 

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Gloucester 2 Rink Final Lost to G B Britton 27-41.

Gloucester 2 Rink Semi Final Won by Redland v Cheltenham by 2 shots.

 Sadly in the end we couldn’t quite make over the line but we’ve enjoyed a very satisfying if at times nerve racking experience in the 2 Rink campaign. The semi final for us was against Cheltenham who weren’t actually quaking, as predicted by Gerry, but were definitely wobbling. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Roger Jones and Andy Gadd had bowled well but slipped behind by the finish of their game. Nevertheless Jim Russell with Kevin French, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley were leading sufficiently to give Redland an overall advantage. On the penultimate end the opposition skip Steve Knight and Cheltenhams Champion was firing ferociously at the head, and missing, concentration was high, Jim R who’d had a tremendous game, strode purposely to the head examined it for a moment and announced a blocker was in order, good tactics Jim except Cheltenhams skipper has bowled his 2 woods!! So to the final end with a one shot lead which we increased to two, so defeating the days favourites. However the final was against our old adversaries G B Britton, unfortunately though we were unable to replicate the League win over them on this occasion, being always slightly behind in the game Redland slipped away to a 14 shot defeat. A disappointment but very encouraging and terrific for the Club to be involved in the shake-up of this type of competition, for sure it makes life interesting. Many thanks to Ted Farrant who played in round one. Also to Jim Gregory who attended as reserve and was on standby for the Finals. Lastly thanks to all the team who gave their very best.

Kevin French

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B&D League Result Home v G B Britton 27/07/17 Won 47-34 10 Pts  

As Gerry said, rather foolishly I thought, “Following a win like that Cheltenham ‘A’ (another of our opponents in the Glous 2 Rink finals) will be quaking in their boots”. But really what an excellent win with all 10 points against 3rd in the table, moving us up to the dizzy heights of 6th. On the ‘carnival rink’ your humble Captain continued with his astute tactics of playing so badly that the front end was forced to raise their game to compensate. They duly obliged with Dave Edwards, Calvin Schlaepfer and Andy Gadd all bowling well and storming into a 11-1 lead, they were then pegged back to 11-9 losing 5 ends on the bounce but by winning the last 4 fashioned a 17-9 victory. Gerry Wickham with Jim Gregory, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant produced a competent performance to lead 10-4 at 8 ends; with the opposition fighting back they managed to protect the lead winning 14-11. Actually we were always a few shots ahead overall during the match, but Jim Russell with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Dave Longley were struggling somewhat and trailing 3-10. It appeared for awhile as if the situation was slipping away, but Jims crew won 6 of the last ends including three 3s and ran out winners at 16-14. As the Sage Jim R commented on his rinks performance, “We were out bowled by the opposition but still won, that’s bowls for you”. Overall we finished comfortably 13 shots ahead and interestingly our score of 47 really wasn’t that high, providing a clear example of how tight sensible bowling pays dividends by dropping just one 4 and losing in only ones and twos across the rinks. Thanks and well done everyone.

 Kevin French

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Glos Cup Away v Canford  25/7/17 Won 73-31 

This season's first round venture in this competition was at the notoriously difficult green at Canford. Our third division opponents are obviously well versed in the anomalies of their home venue but on the night the team proved superior on all rinks to register an emphatic victory. Jim Russell, Trevor, Tony (deputising for Roger Jones to whom we extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery) and Dave Longley stamped their authority immediately stretching out into an 11-0 lead in the early stages. I have been authorised to report that I played my part along with Trevor who was especially walking on water. Jim was his usual self digging us out of trouble on several occasions culminating in an eventual 27-10 win. On the "carnival rink" Kevin' "teammates", Andy, Calvin and Dave Edwards spent the evening encouraging Kevin to introduce his woods to the jack! Kevin claims to be 5ft 8" which is about as close as he got for most of the night although it has to be acknowledged there were several ends where he contributed to the 31-10 victory, especially pulling the jack for a 4 when 3-8 down. The final rink of Gerry, Jim G, Ted and Roger P had a sterner test quietly going about their business in a much closer affair, and had moved ahead at 15-11 after 20 ends when an end to proceedings was eventuality conceded by our opponents. Thanks must go to the support of the three wise men supporting from the bench, Terry Russell, and the two Mikes's, Tarr and White, who gave a good impression of Statler and Waldorf plus friend,  posing as see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil! Thanks guys.

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B&D League Result Away v Bristol 'A' 20/07/17 Lost 60-36 1 Pts 

Our second defeat by Bristol in 7 days and once again we failed to get into the game, in fact our bowling seemed just a bit jaded and lacking the bite we had earlier in the season. We did managed to gain 1 point but failed to make our target of 2 against the Top Teams. However the teams just above us also failed to make maximum points so we maintain the position of 7th in the league. Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley were always behind and finished 9-24. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Andy Gadd fought hard from 4-13 down and by winning the last 4 of 5 ends finishing 11-18. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant were involved in a close match with Roger P matching Bristols Superstar Lead, (Middleton Cup & National Finalist) our old mucker mate Jason Ovens. We made a 5 on the 15th then dropped a 4 finally finishing with a 3 to gain a hard working draw 18-18. So right now our league position is quite healthy but strange results can happen during the seasons final run in, I think we must knuckle down and get back to performing well.

Kevin French

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Clarence Davey v Bristol Away Friday 14th July 2017 

 

 

 

After the highs of last week we end this week on a low, in truth we never really pushed Bristol on the night. With 2 rinks going down the other 2 could not build a big enough lead to cover the deficit, even though at one point we were only 13 shots down we couldn’t recover. Still we enjoyed a good run but were beaten by the better team on the night. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Mike Tarr and Roger Plant 18-18, Roger Jones with Tony Stone, Mike Roth and Andy Gadd 7-26, Kevin French with Dave Edwards, Ted Farrant and Chris Blake 19-15, Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley 11-24.

Kevin French

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NE League Result Home v Bradley Stoke 13/07/17 Won 45-44 8Pts. 

Here's my ‘two for one’ offer of the week, with a report for both the NE and the B&D, and it appears that the North East boys are also at it, not to be outdone by the B&D team they proved that they too can keep the Captain and assorted watchers on tenterhooks, with a nail biting winning margin of one! Thus we maintain our 3rd position in the NE league with St George and Avonvale above us and the next two games against both, it gets interesting now! With Eric Mitchell were Dave Sunter, Will Carter and Chris Blake, they were behind most of the game but finished well to win 15-14. Mike Roth with Tony Stone Mike Tarr and Alan Taylor were always in front and Mike R bowled 2 excellent woods on the last to pick up a 3 and finish 20-14. Conversely Alan Cox with Colin Edwards, Adrian Miles and Mike White were always behind but kept the game tight. It transpired that we only needed second wood on this rink on the final end to win the game and that was the position as Alan prepared to bowl his last wood, a great bellow went up from the Redland players, “Don’t bowl”, he stood down from the mat declining to bowl and the game was secured by one shot. I think Alan was winding us up really and never intended to bowl, anyway well done all.

B&D League Result Home v Greenbank 'A' 13/07/17 Lost 41-53 2 Pts.    

For the B&D it was a more dispiriting affair after our recent successes, in truth we were never really in the game and Greenbank avenged their loss to us in the Clarence Davey. Nonetheless we only lost by 12 shots and gained 2 more valuable points which as the season drifts on are all accumulating. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant dropped a 5 on the first end and were never in the game finishing down 8-24. Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley were also always behind but bowling well on the last ends managed to get to 2 down and 1 to play. Your esteemed Captain then tried to bribe Jim R with a ‘fiver’ to take the jack back for a 3, sadly that failed and the rink finished down 14-18. Editor: clearly a miserly bribe! More success for Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Andy Gadd though, they were 10 all after 10 but boringly and in their usual manner went on to win 19-11 (well done again chaps). So onward we go putting that all behind us and regrouping for tonights match v Bristol in the Clarence Davey.

Kevin French 

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Gloucester 2 Rink v Victory Park Home Saturday 8/7/17 Won by One Shot. 

I can't take much more of this, my nerves are shot away! Really winning these games by one is extremely stressful and this was truly a stunning win to take us into the semi finals of the Two Rink Competition. Having been behind for most of the game we managed to get to just 3 down by the 18th end. Unfortunately though we went into the last end having slipped to 9 shots behind that was it we were out, or were we? On Jim Russells rink with Kevin French, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley, both Dave and Calvin bowled their 4 woods behind the jack and the opposition drew in to hold 4, your ‘Revered Correspondent’ however managed to pull the jack back to our woods to convert 4 down to 4 up, Jim then drew a further 2 to take our count to 6 and the 6 were safe with the opposition skip sailing through with both his woods. Now the game was right on. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Roger Jones and Andy Gadd were in a similar position, Trev not to be outdone by his ‘Old Mucker Kev’  also took the jack back to home woods and 2 shots, or was it just 1? After much debate it was decided we held 2 and Gerry needed to bowl another with his last wood, which he did to within 2 feet. That gave us the required 3 to level the scores, we were into an extra end. With a good start from Andy and our opponents matching us wood for wood it was down to our close wood 18 inches from the jack to cement the win, what a finish and what a result. Many thanks to those who supported us and to Jim Gregory for turning up as reserve once again.

 

Kevin French 

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Clarence Davey v Greenbank Away Friday 7/07/17 Won by One Shot.

After the game I said to Roger Plant “I’m speechless” he replied “that's a first for you”! But seriously gents this was probably one of the best Redland wins I can remember, especially from the position we were in early on. At 7 ends we were down by 27 shots, losing on three rinks, and looking to ‘shake hands’ well before the end of the game. But then things started to change and as the ‘Great Redland Sage’ Jim Russell once said, “You never know what's going to happen in bowls”.  And at the 16th end we were only 13 behind, sadly further slips meant at the 18th we were back at 20 down and that looked like it, however it flipped again and suddenly we were in front, with an end to play on each rink. Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley matched their opponents early on and then pulled in front to end 26-12. They were the opposite of the rink featuring Kevin French with Roger Jones, Marek Hola and Ted Farrant who went 17-0 down before pulling some shots back to end 15-30 adrift. In reality this game was decided by whether our heavily winning rink of Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Adrian Miles and Roger Plant could match our big losing rink. Gerrys crew went off like a rocket to go 14-2 up and just keep going and going, with excellent bowling from all, complimented by Trevor and Gerry being in good “sync” they finished 34-6 up. Eric Mitchell with Mike Roth, Mike Tarr and Mike White were always struggling but winning 4 out of the last six ends kept us in contention ending 10-36 down. Back to the game Redland picked up 11 shots across the board on the 20th end, meaning Erics crew had a 4 shot advantage going into last end, when the Greenbank skip with his last wood ‘wicked’ and moved the jack, it didn’t look good for us. But with skilled measuring from Mike Roth it turned out we were only 3 down and had won the match by 1. Phew, what a thriller! So well done to everyone and thanks to John Crichard for being on standby, as reserve.

Kevin French 

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B&D League Result Away v Keynsham 'A' 6/07/17 Drawn 49-49 6 Pts    

A truncated report today, because there are two more reports over the next two days and I'm running out of things to say! A slightly disappointing outcome, especially considering the good start we made going 15 up after 4 ends, however I suppose that we can console ourselves in that we increased the points difference between us and the teams below us. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Andy Gadd lost 22-12, Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley won 19-13 and Kevin French with Roger Jones, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant won 18-14.

Kevin French

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B&D League Result Home v Bristol St Andrews 29/06/17 Won 50-48 8 Pts    

A good night for Redland with a great win away for the North East boys at GB Briton, which puts them 1 point off the top two teams, well done, and the good news continued with another win in the B&D. Gerry Wickham with Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Andy Gadd appeared not to be playing at their normal high standards and were down 3-15 at 9 ends, in addition across the rinks we were 15 down with the match slipping away. However winning 4 out of 5 ends including a 6 Gerrys crew fought back to be only 10-15 down, this gave fillip to the other rinks and although finishing 14-23 the other rinks were gaining. Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley were always in front with more excellent bowling from Dave well backed up by Calvin with the two Jims adding important woods at critical points, they scored two 5s in the 19-11 win. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant had a much closer affair with a few tactical not bowled last woods, Roger ‘P’ had a solid game throughout well backed up by Ted in the second half enabling a second score of 5 on the 11th end. At this point the game was going Redlands way, 7 up with one end to go, we then dropped 6 across the rinks cutting the lead to one on the last end. ‘Dapper time’ and Roger ‘P’ supplied two cracking ‘dappers’ right on the jack and that’s where they stayed to the end, the opposition skip fired down his last wood to gain second wood but a win by 2 shots was assured. A good result against Keynsham next week will help consolidate our current 7th place in the league.

PS: Pie and pastry report, all were sold last night so we didn't have to check whether Dave had fulfilled the ‘waste food disposal regulations’ (2017) there are some, believe it or not! Editor: I don’t believe it, just another ‘Frenchie Fantasy’ J.

 

Kevin French

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Gloucester 2 Rink v Barnwood Home 27th June Won 37-26.

A very competent performance against a very competent Barnwood, which puts us into the quarter finals of the Gloucester 2 Rink Competition. On Jim Russels rink with Kevin French, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley the opposition lead was bowling at top form, it needed Dave Longley to be at his very best and so he was, having an excellent game. This was encapsulated when 2 woods from the opposing lead were 2 inches in front of the jack and Dave bowled in to get shot, as Jim Gregory commented “that’s the sort of wood you bowl every 5 years", I don’t think Jim meant that Dave only bowls a good wood every 5 years, I think he meant....well you get the picture. The rest of the rink performed well and there were never more than a couple of shots in it with a good run in with the final score 16-11. This was always good enough because Gerry Wickhams rink with Trevor Knowles, Roger Jones and Andy Gadd won 8 out of the 9 first ends and were 13-2 up, overall we were always in front, and  Gerrys crew stayed in front to finish 21-15. I’m not sure whether we want Andy to have a good game for the sake of the team and have to hear how great he was or a bad game for him to shut up! Anyway, clearly on this rink everybody had an excellent game with Gerry once more seeming to be on top form. We were never more than 11 or so in front but we protected our lead by bowling solidly on every end. Thank s to all who supported us, and especially to Jim Gregory who turned up as reserve and also stood down from the team to enable us to "jiggle" rinks around to give the club the best chance of winning.

PS:  The pasty and pie situation was okay this week all were as advertised and so conformed to the trades descriptions act (1979)! Editor: Blimey how many Acts do I have to conform to, 1979 this week 1973 last week, difficult job Pasty management, any takers? J

 Kevin French 

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North East League Half Term Report.

The boys in the NE league are having an excellent season so far, winning 7 out of 9 games and currently 3rd in the league, our new guys are undoubtedly having a positive effect backed up by our "old stagers”.  A win next week against GB Britton would take us into 2nd in the league, All the best.

The Captains and NE Co-ordinator would like to thank all players from both teams for their support for a good first half of the season. 

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B&D League Result Home v Yate 'A' 22/06/17 Won 57-46 8 Pts    

What a game that was, not in 30 years at Redland can I remember picking up two 8s in one night. With Gerry Wickham were Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Andy Gadd who had a brilliant game (or so he kept on telling me!). Stunningly they picked up an 8 on the 5th end (NB: Andy you only had 2 woods which means that the rest of the rink must have bowled close too!) and this 8 was followed 3 ends later by an equally impressive 6 to take the score to 20-3, at this point we really had a chance to win the game  and although the opposition fought back Redland kept plugging away to finish 29-12. Clearly to finish this well on the rink all were bowling well, not just Andy Gadd. The game with Roger Jones, Kevin French, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant was a close affair until the 10th end when Redland were 7-6 up, but then dropped away to end 8-17 down. We were always a few shots up on the overall game but on Jim Russells rink with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley it was a tough fight to attempt to gain 8 game points by winning on their rink and at 7-15 down on the 12th end it didn't look good. However a great wood by Jim pulled the jack 2 yards back to pick up the second amazing 8 of the night, Jim had previously bowled an equally brilliant wood when we were 6 down to get the shot (a match winning wood) then all the on rink played tight and sensibly to cement victory by 20-17, a good night for us and an upbeat end to the first half of the season. Ps Dave Longley may be reported under the sale of goods act (1973) for selling cheese and onion rolls rather than sausage rolls as stated. Editor: Oh heck I'm worried. J

Kevin French

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B&D League Result Home v Willmott Park 15/06/17 Lost 44-49 4 Pts    

I don’t know whether to feel pleased or disappointed with 4 points, at the beginning of game we would have accepted that, but winning on two rinks and not winning the game is disappointing. Against vociferous opposition and with many distractions we just got our heads down and bowled our woods. Gerrys rink with Trevor Knowles Dave Edwards and Chris Blake went off to a flying start 7 nil up after 3 ends, however some tactical mat and jack placing by Willmott seemed to put the Redland boys off, and they only won 1 of the next 11 ends, however winning 3 out of last 4 ends helped to bring deficit down to 11-24. On Jim Russells rink with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley the bowling was strong from all, picking up two 4s with Jim playing 2 excellent take out shots they were always in front to finish 18-11. On Roger Joneses rink with Kevin French, Ted Farrant and Roger Plant,  Roger ‘P’ having a excellent game on his return from holiday were 2 ends behind everybody else and at 4-10 down the game was slipping away but scoring 11 over the next 5 ends we went into the last two ends only 1 down (the opposition seemed to be a lot quieter at this point!), holding 2 shots on the penultimate end  the Willmott skips last wood  came off a wing wood to take the jack sideways for 3 shots to them, sometimes things go against you in this game. It was then a question of holding on to at least win on the rink, which we successfully did. It could so easily have been 4 more points but we added 4 more to our league total to keep up our quest to at least remain in Division 1.

Kevin French 

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Gloucester 2 Rink v Frampton on Severn Won Saturday 10/06/17.

When you travel to these Gloucester Clubs you never know what strength you’re going to face, as it happens this game proved much easier in reality than Fridays opposition at Avonvale. It proved however that over 2 rinks and all on song Redland are a strong bowling unit. So at 5 ends we were 16 up but at 10 ends we were 12 up with the opposition coming back. On Gerry Wickhams rink (Gerry having a particularly good game) with Trevor Knowles, Ted Farrant and Roger Jones picked up a 7 on the 12th end carrying on to power ahead  and making a 6 on the 19th the result was never in any doubt finishing 30-14 up. The other rink with Jim Russell, Kevin French Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley bowled competently and were always in the lead and with Gerrys rink so far in front it was just a matter of keeping it tight which we did to finish 19-13 up. In addition we are pleased to thank Jim Gregory for his support who was “resting” although his jaw was far from resting when he disappeared to shovel down a huge breakfast!!

Gloucester 2 Rink v Bristol St Andrews Lost Sunday 11/06/17.

With fitness problems and holiday commitments upsetting selection over the last 2 weeks it was thanks our 3 new members and helpful established players that we were even able to get a team out! Unfortunately we were up against St Andrews strongest combination so the chips were stacked against us. Both Redland rinks managed to win 7 ends each and the game was played with good spirit and good humour, many thanks to all the players. Also thanks to the 4 supporters, all incidentally members of the A Team squad.

Kevin French

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Clarence Davey played against Avonvale away Friday 9/6/17 won 71 -69

We Just got over the Line!

On a tricky green things started reasonably well and after 5 ends it was level pegging but then the game began to slip away and at the 10th end we were 18 behind. On Jim Russells rink with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley things were looking grim at 10-21 down at 15 ends and looking to be in for a big defeat but picking up 6 of the last 7 ends finished the match 20-23 down. Kevin French with Dave Edwards, Kevin Thomas and Ted Farrant were down early on but winning 5 ends on the trot edged in front only to drop the last 4 ends. Gerry Wickhams rink with Trevor Knowles, Chris Blake and Mike White won 6 ends on the bounce coming from 8-14 down to edge the game 17-15. Roger Jones with Mike Tarr George Dyer and Andy Gadd again came from behind but plugged a way back into the game to win 21-15. So at 19 ends there was only 1 in the game but sensible bowling and communication between rinks helped in a tense situation where a losing rink may be okay if the winning rinks win by more!  So well done to all and onto GB Briton next round a much tougher assignment I think, finally special thanks to George Dyer and Mike White who played at the last minute and were both on winning rinks.

Kevin French

 

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B&D League Result Away to Olveston 8/06/17 Lost 36-60 2 pts   

It appears that our target of earning 2 points against stronger opposition is prevailing, although apart from the awful defeat on one rink the whole game could have been so very different. Kevin French with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Ted Farrant provided the awful defeat for which there is no useful comment to make, lost 3-32. Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley went into an early lead and traded shots up to the mid game but by the 12th end were 8-14 down, they did come back winning 4 of the last  5 ends unfortunately though were unable to creep in front losing by 1 shot 15-16  Andy Gadd was welcomed ??? back and joined Gerry Wickhams rink with Trevor Knowles and Dave Edwards they started well going 6-1 up but then stumbled over the next few ends to go 8-12 down but sound bowling pulled them through to win the last 5 ends to finish 18-12. So we must strive for at least the same preferably better against more strong opposition at home to Willmott Park next week.

                                                                           Kevin French

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Top Club Competition home v Bristol St Andrews Saturday 3rd June Lost 3-2   

Many thanks to all club members who came and supported the team.

Kevin French  

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B&D League Result Home to Knowle 'A ' 1/06/17 Won 61-38 10pts 

We gained a welcome full house with all the points in what was a must win game, even at this early stage of the season. The start was faltering across the rinks but eventually we managed to pull in front and hang on well.  After losing the first 2 ends Kevin French with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Ted Farrant managed to pull in front and with a strong finish delivered a 21-10 win. It was more of a nip and tuck affair for Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley with the scores level 7 all at 7 ends but then Jim Russell produced a fine shot to score a 4 and along with other fine woods from him helped the team to a 19-14 win. It looked more problematic for Gerry Wickham with Dave Edwards, Chris Blake and Roger Plant at 3-5 down but they then picked up a 6 to go in front only to drop 2 threes to go behind again. However with scores unluckily level on 13 all on the 13th end they picked up another 6 and with a couple of singles to finish ran out winners at 21-14. Well done to everyone.

 

Kevin French

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Lloyd Trophy Result Away to Weston Bath 30/05/17 Lost 43-54

  Kevins rink went down 13-21 Jim Russells rink 12-18 but Gerry Wickhams rink won 18-15

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                B&D League Result Away to GB Britton 25/05/17 Lost 36-46 2pts 

It’s proving to be hard work but still we managed to sneak two points out of the match, which will make a difference in the long run. The rink skipped by Kevin French with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Ted Farrant couldn’t find the green until the 12th end by which time they were 4-14 down, but then winning the next 5 ends they made a respectable score of 9-16. With Gerry Wickham were Trevor Knowles, Adrian Miles and Roger Plant they lost out on the early ends and were 5-17 down after 12, but winning 4 of the last five ends gave them a decent result 13-17. Jim Russell, with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley matched the opposition right to the last end at 13-13 the game was with the opposition until Jim R rammed the jack into the ditch to give the team the winning wood 14-13. So look we are not getting stuffed, just not getting into these games early enough, we’ll keep on plugging away though.

Kevin French

 _____________________________________________________________________________                B&D League Result Home to Bristol 'A'  18/05/17 Lost 43-58 2pts 

Two points, not a shabby result against the mighty Bristol Bowling Club and without being negative we need these odd rink wins against strong opposition to keep our campaign going. The points came from Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Chris Blake and Dave Longley, a close fought encounter they dropped a 5 on the fifth but retaliated with a 4 and a 2 and played tit for tat until the last 3 ends picking up a 4, 3, and a single to win 21-13 clearly all bowled well. Gerry Wickhams rink with, Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Roger Plant struggled despite playing reasonable well but dropping a 6 mid game did not help the cause, they kept plugging away but ended up 24-13 down. Kevin French, with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Tony Stone went off to a poor start losing the first 4 ends to go 11 down and never really got into the game, eventually defeat was inevitable 9-21. Nonetheless we must keep at it with our aspirations high for the next encounter with GB Britton.

                                                                    Kevin French

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------           Top Club Competition home against Henleaze Monday 15th May 2017 Won 3-2

The singles was won by Jim Gregory, fighting back from 8-2 behind to win 22 -18 whereas Kevin French in the 2 Wood appeared to be in a winning position at 4 up with 4 to go sadly let the game slip to go down 12-13. The fours comprising Jim Russell, Gerry Wickham, Chris Blake and Roger Plant were all bowling well and always in front and from the 11th end began to pull away to win 23-8. The triples, Mike Roth, Dave Edwards (moved from the Fours last minute) and Colin Sara were again always leading until a 4 was dropped on the 15th end only to score a 4 of their own on the following end, from then they buckled down and went on to win 19-15. The Pairs played by Roger Jones (not to well) and Dave Longley struggled a bit after a good start to go 10 behind at one point but kept plugging away winning 5 ends on the bounce to get to just 4 behind. However the last end was not played with the team game already won. So congratulations to all concerned on a good win in far from ideal conditions.

                                                                     Kevin French

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                B&D League Result Away to Greenbank  11/05/17 Lost 26-56 0pts 

We knew it would be harder this year but this night we made it hard work; I think we really are better bowlers than this!  Kevins rink with Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Ted Farrant started fairly well only losing by singles on the first 4 ends, then the tide turned a 6 was dropped and they never got back into it ending 7-18. Jim Russells rink with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley (9-24) went away with a single but dropped an 8 on the 5th really scuppering the game with Redland now 29-7 down. Our only realistic hope now was to score a couple of rink points and this looked a possibility with Gerrys rink including Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Roger Plant really going for it with all playing very well and at the 15th were indeed 1 up, sadly though the last 2 ends were lost along with our hopes for a couple of points (10-14). We won’t dwell on this though boys rather move on optimistically to a home game next week.

                                                            Kevin French

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------            B&D League Result Home to Keynsham 04/05/17 Won 59-45 10pts 

Phew what a game that was! Unusually for Redland we went off like a rocket, Jim Russell,Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley scored a six on the first end. Kevin French, Roger Jones, Colin Sara and Ted Farrant cruised to a 10-0 lead whilst it was nip and tuck for Gerry Wickham, Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Roger Plant. We were 17 up after 11 ends and flying but that’s not the Redland boys style we decided to make things difficult again, Gerrys rink slipped to 2 or 3 behind, Kevin lost 6 ends on the bounce and Jims crew dropped a 7( Jim went away with the scorecard presumably trying to hide the evidence!?).  All this left us 5 down after 14 ends but then Gerrys rink score a 6 and this appears to galvanize the whole team Kevins crew sneak in to win 16-15 with some fine bowls from the skip. Gerrys boys romp home 22-11 and Jim Russell brilliantly removed the oppositions shot wood to score a 3 making 21-19. An excellent 10 points leaving us still ahead of Olveston in the league , top show!

                                                             Kevin French.

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                 B&D League Result Away at Bristol St Andrews 27/4/17 lost 37-60 1pt 

Well it was the usual first game of the season against Bristol St Andrews, as a rule we lose 8pts to 2 but this time we lost 9pts to 1. Up until the 11th end it was all quite close with only 5 or 6 in it overall, unfortunately we then dropped 11 shots over the three rinks and from then on it was always a struggle. Gerry Wickhams rink with Trevor Knowles, Dave Edwards and Roger Plant were always behind and although the team bowled reasonable well they lost 11-25. Jim Russell with Jim Gregory, Calvin Schlaepfer and Dave Longley were in front at 1-7 after 10 ends but then had several bad ends to lose 11-20. Kevin French with Roger Jones Colin Sara and Ted Farrant led early in the game went behind in the middle but sneaked in at the end to score a draw 15-15.

So not the best start to our new seasons campaign but we can draw some comfort in that we all bowled reasonable well on a bitterly cold night and with a little improvement can progress on to winning ways in the future.

                                                                    Kevin French.

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 Lead   Andy Gadd
Dave Longley 
 Roger Plant
 Mike White
 No 2 Ian Anderson
 Eric Mitchell
 Adrian Miles
 Steve Bird
 No 3 Jim Gregory
 Dave Edwards
 Roger Jones
 George Dyer
 Skip Jim Russell
Kevin French 
 Gerry Wickham
 Mike Roth
Res:-  M Tarr 
 Lead   Andy Gadd
Dave Longley 
 Roger Plant
 Mike White
 No 2 Ian Anderson
 Eric Mitchell
 Adrian Miles
 Steve Bird
 No 3 Jim Gregory
 Dave Edwards
 Roger Jones
 George Dyer
 Skip Jim Russell
Kevin French 
 Gerry Wickham
 Mike Roth
Res:-  M Tarr 
 Lead   Andy Gadd
Dave Longley 
 Roger Plant
 Mike White
 No 2 Ian Anderson
 Eric Mitchell
 Adrian Miles
 Steve Bird
 No 3 Jim Gregory
 Dave Edwards
 Roger Jones
 George Dyer
 Skip Jim Russell
Kevin French 
 Gerry Wickham
 Mike Roth
Res:-  M Tarr 
 Lead
 Roger Plant Dave Longley
 Ian Anderson
 No 2
 Adrian Miles Alan Nye

 Tony Stone 

 No 3 Roger Jones Dave Edwards
 Jim Gregory
 Skip

 Gerry Wickham 

Lost 15-22

 

 

Kevin French  

D 15-15 

Jim Russell

L 9-15 

 

 Lead
 Roger Plant Dave Longley
 Ian Anderson
 No 2
 Adrian Miles Alan Nye

 Tony Stone 

 No 3 Roger Jones Dave Edwards
 Jim Gregory
 Skip

 Gerry Wickham 

Lost 15-22

 

 

Kevin French  

D 15-15 

Jim Russell

L 9-15 

 

 Lead 
 Andy Gadd Dave Longley Roger Plant
 No 2 
 Ian Anderson Ted Farrant Adrian Miles
 No 3 Tony Stone Dave Edwards Roger Jones
 Skip Jim Russell Kevin French Gerry Wickham
  W 20-12 W 18-8 L 12-14

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