This is the July copy of the Club's Newsletter

The Newsletter is dated JULY 2016

Message from the Chairman.
Hello all. I thought ‘Wet,Wet,Wet’ was a pop group, but no we find out in 2016 it’s the summer weather in Suffolk. As I told you all in the pre-season report, the winter had not been kind to our green and I have to report summer at present is no kinder. But visiting players have given it the thumbs up many times and so have many of our members – so we will try and keep one step in front of the weather. The clubhouse is looking very smart with all the new blinds, furniture and alterations that have been made and added. Many thanks to all for their time and effort. Could I now wish you all luck in the second half of the year, and remember to put your water – wings in your bag.
David Lister.

President Anthony Foulger writes:
I am now halfway through my term as your President. This term has been rather more traumatic than last year with certain controversial issues in the club having to be resolved. Despite the weather in the afternoon, my President’s Day Drive and Dinner appears to have been a success. Well done Peter for getting into the spirit of things! Many thanks to all members who helped me to make the day a success. The weather so far has been appalling with several games having to be postponed. It is difficult to
know who is doing well and who is struggling.

Congratulations to the club on reaching the area final of the Junior Cup. The club house is now looking great with new lights,
ceiling, blinds and comfy chairs.  Hopefully the weather will improve – enjoy the rest of the season.

Captains’ Mid-Season Reports

Viv Sword – Monday Evening Stowmarket League ‘A’ Team
We got off to a cracking start with good wins over Thorndon, Bramford and Thornham Magna and although things have settled down a bit, we are still doing well and maintaining a mid - table position. This is particularly pleasing in view of the fact that we have lost three skips this season (Brian Elliott, David Gort and John Williamson) and have welcomed some new members to the squad. Thanks to every member of the squad for turning out in some really horrible weather and for playing well at home and away. Please keep it up! 

Barry Pegram - Monday Stowmarket League ‘B’ Team
With a cold damp start to the season, which is not much better now, we have had some unlucky results with many games losing on the last end. Taking over from Eric, after him being captain for so long, was a little daunting. Also not playing myself for two months I was able to watch the team play and try to place them in the best possible positions. Now halfway into the season everyone is settling down, playing well and the main thing is enjoying the games. Well done team!

David Lister – Tuesday Afternoon ‘A’ Team
Halfway through and it’s hard to say we are in the bottom four and it’s very tight down there. But we have a great little
team that fight hard against some very good opponents. Stick in ‘chaps’ we will get there.

Keith Kendrick - Tuesday Afternoon ‘B Team’  
The Tuesday Afternoon ‘B’ team started off having quite a good early season, although we have not played to our full potential recently, and have dropped a few points which is reflected in our current league position. Hopefully we will be able to rectify this and move up to somewhere near the top of our league in the coming weeks.

David Gort – Tuesday Evening Area D Triples League
The team has done well and is in about the middle of the League. We didn’t do so well in the Knock Out Cup being knocked out by Stow Rookery but we have had a very good team spirit through the season so far.
Finally, I would like to thank all those who have been supporting the team this season. It is also encouraging to see some new faces. Let’s keep this good team spirit going as we head into the second half of the season.

Margaret Brown – Wednesday Triples
Despite poor results, we remain a happy team, try really hard and aim to improve our results.
My thanks to the twenty members who have played for me so far this season.
Regarding the Moira Hayward, many thanks to all who played and to those who contributed food. ‘A very enjoyable afternoon.’ ‘Well done!’

Anthony Foulger – Thursday Night Bury League ‘A’ Team 
We started the season rather well, winning our first two home games (1 more than last season!) Then we have experienced some bad results, the nature of our defeat away to Ixworth was most embarrassing. We now have to concentrate and avoid dropping back into Division 2. We also made a quick exit in the Shield away to Hengrave A. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways again. So let’s keep plugging away and finish the rest of the season off with some good results and maybe then I can break into a smile!   

Christine Foskett – Thursday Night Bury League ‘B’ Team
Here we are half way through the season and so far we have managed to keep away from the bottom of the league. For this I would like to thank all my squad for their combined efforts in spite of the bad weather. We have played 7 games so far, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 4, and unfortunately lost 3 skips and a strong lead along the way. I wish all four of you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the green soon.
A real test for us comes in a few days’ time when we meet Hengrave ‘A’ team in he Bury Shield, good luck to us all in that! I am sure we will pick up more than a few more points in the coming weeks and although I do not expect promotion this year finishing in the
top 5/6 place would be nice. 

David Maycock – Club Captain
Half the season gone already and what a lot has happened.
Loads of highlights and in no particular order:
Congratulations to Sandy on winning the Area D titles in the SCWBA Ladies’ Senior Singles and the Ladies 4 wood competitions. Good luck in the County Semi’s at Sole Bay.

Congratulations to all those bowlers (and there are more than a few this year) who are still going in the County, Stowmarket and Bury Competitions.

Welcome to all those new members (14 of them) who joined following our very successful Open Day.

We were beaten in the Marie Curie at Thorndon and our entry in the other charity tournament, the Bullen Cup, proved an entry too far as we had to forfeit our game against Old Newton – we did make a contribution to the charity however.

We were beaten in the first round of the Stowmarket KO Triples Cup by Walsham at home. I thought we might have done better – but Walsham deserved to win.

Our defence of the Agnew Cop has started with a comfortable win over Elmswell.

I said in no particular order, but I have saved the best to last.

Following three excellent wins over St Edmundsbury (away), Ixworth (home) and Great Barton (away) we have reached the Area D final of the Junior Cup where we will play Greene King at Risbygate. Our best team has proved a match for any other club in Area D. The last time a team from this area won the Junior Cup was in 1962 (‘I remember You’ by Frank Ifield was top of the charts) when the Botesdale Bell won the cup.

What does the second half of the season hold in store?

News Flash!
Irene Pibworth and Philippa Rixon playing with June Bunn from Barrow won the ‘Mary Hamnett Trophy’ in the Suffolk West W. I Triples Tournament on 1st July at Risbygate. They beat four teams including Ixworth, Walsham le Willows and Risbygate. Well done ladies.

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