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HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS

Colin & Bryan - Life MembersAt the recent Annual General Meeting it was announced that two of our longest serving club members have been bestowed the great honour of becoming Life Members of the Club.

Colin Cradock and Bryan Salter have long been key members within the Club. Both have enjoyed the role of Mens Captain, Bryan in 2008 & 2014 whilst Colin was in this role in 2003 and will be in the role again for next season. Both have had the honour of being President of the Club, Bryan in 2010 and Colin in 2014. Add to this a multitude of committee roles over the years as well as grafting behind the scenes on a variety of work parties to keep the Club looking spick and span. You can see why these two men are deserving of such an accolade.

We have an awful lot to thank these two gentlemen for as the Club we enjoy today was in part moulded by these two individuals.

They are to be congratulated on their past work and indeed for this being recognised as they join an exclusive group of Life Members of Marldon Bowling Club. Well done gentlemen, thank you from the entire club membership, you deserve it.

 

In Memory...m_Mike & Audrey Coles

It is with very great sadness that we have to report that Mike Coles passed away recently.

As many will recall, Mike, along with his wife of 64 years was one of the very early members of Marldon Bowls Club. It’s only a matter of months ago that we were writing in memory of Audrey. As a couple they were instrumental in the early days getting the Club off the ground. Mike, alongside Audrey was one of the group that joined Marldon Bowls Club from S.T.C. Those that knew Mike would remember that he and Audrey joined with the likes of Ted Piller and Tina Rhodes. Mike along with fellow S.T.C. bowlers ensured that Marldon managed to acquire a massive amount of bowling equipment from S.T.C. to get itself up and running in the early days. Many will remember that the cost of acquiring such equipment was a £100 donation towards the children’s Christmas Party at S.T.C. In today’s money it doesn’t sound much but back then we as a Club were the lucky recipients of all manner of items including the shed that to this day provides our changing rooms.

Mike could always be found at the Club, pitching in and helping out in any way to improve the facilities and the environment for other club members. He was also involved for a number of years with the management of the Club through his varied roles on the Committee.

Mike was a very proficient bowler, playing in league teams representing the Club over a number of seasons. He was a Club Champion as well, taking the Partnered Pairs title with his wife Audrey in 1997. Mike was the epitome of true sportsmanship both on and off the green. He was always positive, offering advice and encouragement to all his fellow bowlers around him, a true gentleman of the sport. 

As a symbol of the wider appreciation amongst club members for Mikes ongoing work and support for the Club, he was elected as Mens Captain in both 1997 and 2000. He was also bestowed the honour of Club President in 2002.

Such was the contribution of Mike and Audrey over the years to Marldon Bowls Club they were made Honorary Life Members of the club in recognition of their efforts. This honour is not handed out very often at all. Whilst many at the Club will not have seen what Mike and his friends did in the early days, rest assured, we are all truly grateful and recognise that what we have today would not have been was it not for the effort and commitment given by Mike and Co.

As a long time friend of many of our bowlers he will be sadly missed. All our thoughts at this time are with Mike’s children and their families as well as his many friends.

LOTTERY COMPETITION

We have our winner in the final Lottery Competition for this year. Graham Dowell has secured the prize pot on this occasion, collecting £94.50 all for himself. Well done Graham - we will see you at the bar!!

CLUB TRIPLES LEAGUE

Last Wednesday night was the final club triples evening this season. It turned into a very exciting finish as 2 teams were only 1 point apart for 1st and 2nd place. The Rolling Stones team had 102 points, and The Skittlers had 101 points.

Allan Coombe, Paul Stretton and Sheila Hooper played for The Rolling Stones team, against Ray & Linda O'Brien & Dennis Quincey, playing for NEG (Not Enough Green) team. John Gibbons, Pat Edwards & Tony Mason played for The Skittlers against Jo & Ray Locke and Betty Amos for The Bumblebees. Both contenders won the first two sets, then it was all down to the last set. Amazingly, they both won the last set too, making The Rolling Stones the overall winners, by 1 point. Congratulations to both teams for a great season.

After the game everyone retired to the clubhouse for refreshments, the prize -giving, a free raffle (where everyone who played over the season received a prize). Much fun was had by all.

I would like to thank  all those who helped make this another brilliant year. As for the last 4 years, we also raised £400 pounds for the club.

Thank you Reg ( Sturch) for having this great idea for the club. We still miss you.

CONGRATULATIONS

Steph & Alan

Alan Routledge & Steph Strawbridge (now Mr & Mrs Routledge) were married on September 2nd in Malta. All our best wishes and congratulations to the Bride and Groom.

CLUB FINALS 2017

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MEN 4 WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP

In conditions that were hot Alan Routledge and Ray Sandercock took to the green to establish this year's 4 wood singles champion. Everybody was sat with bated breath; drink in hand, all in anticipation of what was to come. Nobody could have foreseen what occurred in front of them. Alan got off to a great start finding his line and length straight away punishing Ray by taking a very swift 7 shot lead. Ray then gets on the scoreboard to open his account and hopefully start the fight back. Alan, however had other ideas and posted another 8 shots in three ends to leave Ray floundering in his wake. Ray then picked up another single before Alan posted 2 on the scoreboard to lead 17 - 2. At this point Ray decided enough was enough and conceded the game to make Alan the champion for 2017.

MENS 2 WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP

An intriguing battle developed between this year's finalist's Doug Potter and Graham Dowell. Doug took the early lead before Graham drew some great woods to nudge ahead after four ends. From this point on Doug got into the groove and bowled six consecutive winning ends to establish a 7 shot lead. Graham mounted a mini revival to get back to just 2 shots behind with three ends to play. Doug held his nerve though to win ends nineteen and twenty to take a 15 - 11 and unassailable lead to become champion this year.

MENS HANDICAP

On a bright morning Shaun O’Leary and Gary Routledge took to the green to contest this final. Shaun had by far the better start in this one and crafted a 14 shot lead by the half way point in the game. Gary then found a line and length that suited him and the fight back was on. Gary won five of the next six ends to edge closer but still found himself 11 shots behind after sixteen ends. Shaun maintained his firm and nibbled away to post a winning score of 21 – 11 and become champion.

MENS FRED PITMAN

Doug Potter and Graham Brough kicked things off on a bright and sunny Saturday morning in this final. It was Graham who got the slightly better start but Doug then found his line and length to fight back and get in front after nine ends. From thereon in it was a tight final with some great bowling from both players. After twenty on ends it was all square on the scoreboard, 18 shots apiece. The next end was a nail biter. Graham held 2 shots for certain as Doug played his last wood. Then came the tension of a measure for 3. The tape favoured Graham who picked up the vital 3 shots to win the title 21 – 18.

MENS PAIRS

This looked to be a tasty final with Gary Routledge & Jamie Phillips up against Doug Potter & Mark Turley Green. The manner in which the game was played certainly lived up to expectation. There were never more than two shots in it for the first two thirds of the game. Each player seemed to take their turn in nailing the jack. It looked like Jamie & Gary had taken the upper hand when getting themselves 6 shots ahead after fifteen ends. Doug & Mark fought back valiantly though and squared the game on the eighteenth end. A tight couple of ends followed and despite a couple of great woods from Mark & Doug they found themselves 3 behind going into the last end. Jamie & Gary kept it as tight as they could on the last and as things went their way to pick up 3 and with it take the game and title 21 - 15 in what was a cracking game of bowls.

MENS TRIPLES

Terry Bowles, John Gibbons & Paul Stretton  versus Doug Potter, Colin Egan & Colin Whiley contested this final on Thursday 14th September. Doug and the two Colins got off to a flying start opening up a 9-1 lead after 5 ends with Colin W finding line and length straight away. Then Terry, John & Paul took over picking up 13 shots over the next 5 ends giving them a 14-9 lead after 10 ends.  It was then Doug and the two Colins turn to take over in a game that seemed to being played in 5 end phases as they picked up 5 shots on two separate ends as well as a 3 shot gain on another to hold a healthy 22-17 lead with only 3 ends to play. Although Terry, John & Paul won the remaining ends they could only manage to score another 3 shots meaning Doug and the two Colins finished as Champions winning the game 22 - 20.

LADIES 4 WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP

This year's final was contested by June Gibbons and Pat Haynes. The game got under way with the sun beating down on all and sundry. Pat established the early lead on the scoreboard before June fought back to within 1 shot after eleven ends. Pat then delivered a massive blow picking up 4 to pull away once more before we saw June pick up a 4 a couple of ends later to get back into the game once more. June followed this up with a 2 to set the game all square at 14 shots apiece. Pat then played four great ends of bowls amassing the 7 shots she needed to win the game and take the title 21 - 14.

LADIES 2 WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP

Pam Hills and June Gibbons played this final on Saturday 2nd September. Early on in the game there was nothing to choose between these two competitors but then Pam found a line and length she liked to pull out a bit of a lead. It wasn't long before June was back on her tail ensuring the score was all square on more than one occasion through to the nineteenth end when it was 16 shots apiece. With everything to play for it was Pam who found the telling bowls to pick up 2 shots on each of the next two ends. This meant the game and the championship was taken by Pam 20 - 16.

LADIES HANDICAP

This final had Sheila Hooper pitched against Pat Edwards. Sheila was to play to 21 whilst Pat had to reach 24. The game started off fairly even but it was Pat who got into her stride the better after that. Having pulled out a 10 - 3 lead the crowd were willing Sheila on to get back into the game. Sheila obliged picking up a 2 but then disaster, a dropped 4 saw Pat pull further away. Try as Sheila did nothing was working for her today as Pat scoring regularly. With a punishing final four ends of the game it was Pat who took the title 24 - 7.

LADIES FRED PITMAN

This final pitted Sheila Hooper against Jane Lake. The game started off very close over the first few ends and then Jane put in a string of winning ends to pull out a 6 shot lead. It looked as if the game could run away from Sheila but she was anything but daunted by the scoreboard. Sheila rallied well and then put in her own streak of winning ends to assume the lead once more. The game then took on a tit for tat format through to twenty five ends after which the score was all square, 20 shots apiece. So a one end shoot out, tensions rose as each wood arrived at the head. Finally the last wood arrived, shot wood to Sheila and the Championship was hers 21 – 20.

LADIES PAIRS

Pat Edwards & Sheila Hooper played out a marathon against Pam Hills & Gill Hartley in hot conditions. After an even start it was Pat & Sheila who played the more accurate bowls to open up a lead of 8 shots. Pam & Gill fought back well to get within 3 shots of their opponents and every chance of a win. A 4 shot lead for Pam & Sheila was taken to the final end where, try as they might Pam & Gill could only muster a single shot to lose out 17 - 14 to the new champions Pat & Sheila.

LADIES TRIPLES

Maureen Heath, Gill Hartley & Lynda Taylor took on Theresa Cornelius, Chris read & Pam Neale in this final. Maureen's team got off to a great start getting 8 shots on the board before Pam's team got going. Maureen's team then put more punishing ends together with good shot counts to really extend the lead. As hard as Pam's team tried they could not get closer to their opponents scoreline. After seventeen ends the game was conceded by Pam's team with the score showing as 25 – 9 making Maureen, Gill and Lynda this year's champions.

MIXED PAIRS

This was the last of the club finals to be played this year. The competition saw Pat Edwards & Gordon Hewer taking on Steph Routledge & Doug Potter. Steph & Doug got off to a great start picking up 6 shots on the first end. The lead was then increased to 9 - 0 before Pat & Gordon got themselves onto the scoreboard. It was at this point of the game with the scoreboard showing 9 - 1 that with the occasional wick or two (Pats words) things changed. After that single shot gain Gordon & Pat took control of things from thereon in. After 19 ends had been played and with the score showing as 20 - 13 in favour of Pat & Gordon, Doug conceded leaving Pat & Gordon this year's winners.

MIXED TRIPLES

Gill Hartley, Paul Stretton & Bryan Salter played this final out against Derek Denbow, June Gibbons & Tony Mason. Both teams had to play in hard fought semi finals in the morning before coming together on a hot afternoon to contest the final. Attention seeking Derek played the semi final (quite rightly) in grey trousers but was sweating in more ways than one when he realised he needed whites for the afternoon. An SOS was issued to family members but the game had to get underway with Derek still displaying his "alternative" whites. This didn't affect the bowling as both sides were very evenly matched with the lead changing hands on several occasions. There was much applause when Derek finally got the white trousers he so craved just so he could blend in with the others. Sadly, the white trousers didn't help the scoring as it was Bryan's team that had the better of the final few ends as they posted a win to become champions 18 - 15.

PARTNERED PAIRS

This year the competition was played on a round robin basis with only five couples entered. The following table shows the state of play a few days prior to the finals weekend. A team won 3 points for a win.

Team

Played

Wins

Draws

Lost

Shots For

Shots Against

Points

John & June Gibbons

4

4

0

0

100

44

12

Alan Routledge & Steph Strawbridge

3

2

0

1

66

31

6

Gordon & Carole Page

2

1

0

1

38

41

3

John & Chris Gilbert

3

1

0

2

35

77

3

Steve & Maureen Heath

4

0

0

4

59

105

0

Before all matches were played John & June had accrued enough point so as to have an unassailable lead in this one so they are crowned Partnered Pairs Champions for this year.

We cannot let this event pass without saying thankyou to Colin Whiley for organising all the competitions. The finals weekend itself was made all the more enjoyable because of the food and drink available throughout. Amongst the many who helped we must say a big thankyou to Gordon & Carole Page, Ray O'Brien and Barry & Linda Hodges for keeping the much needed nourishment on tap. If we have not mentioned your name apologies but anyone who helped in any way we are most grateful.

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