This is the July 2019 copy of the Club's News letter.

President, Keith Kendrick, writes: Well another season is already over halfway through and I would like to think that everyone is enjoying their bowls!  I also hope that everyone enjoyed my President’s evening and that the magician left you stunned and amazed with his performance.  I wish to thank everyone who gave me help and advice to make the evening a success.  Our green is looking and playing extremely well once again and this is due to Anthony and his small group of volunteers.  I would like to thank them all for their hard work to achieve this.  Just to let you know I will be holding another Quiz Night on the 27th of this month and I hope that I will see a lot of you there – it should be fun.  That’s about it for now, enjoy the rest of the season!  

Message from the Chairman: Viv Sword  In the blink of an eye we are heading towards the end of the season.  One more month and it’s nearly all over – certainly as far as league games are concerned.  How quickly time passes.  Unfortunately, however, this has not been our most successful seasons bowling.  The Thursday A Team is doing well, currently lying second in the Division.  The Monday evening and the afternoon teams are holding their own in the middle of their Divisions, but, our other teams are in the bottom half of their respective divisions – some actually in last place!  On a more positive note, we have recruited some lively new members, and the Friday evening roll ups are proving a success (thank you Rob & Philippa) with the bowling and ensuing social evenings being very enjoyable.  It would be good to see some more members taking part.  If you don’t want to bowl, come along for a drink and a chat – on some Fridays nibbles are also provided!  Once again, we have hosted some successful events at the Club, and we have a reputation for doing these things well – good clubhouse, good green, good food, good parking!  On this subject, the catering team feels that the time has come to step aside and let some fresh faces and fresh ideas take over.  So ladies, bowlers and non-bowlers, how about it?  If you are interested, please contact the current Catering Manager, Julia Maycock, for a chat about what’s involved.  I wish you all enjoyable bowling for the rest of the season.

Green Keeper: Anthony Foulger  The green seems to be running rather well.  We have had many pleasing comments from our members and visiting teams!  The green was drying up, but the rains came at a convenient time.  We are already halfway through the season and the rinks are bearing up well!!  Some of our captains are again using rink one.  It is considered a bit tricky, some of our members love it, others loath it!  It ought to be a home advantage to us.

Sandy Sargeant: Club Captain  We are halfway through the season and it seems to have flown by.  There have been some good and not so good league results so far.  Captains, sometimes it helps to rearrange blocks and make sure players are in their preferred positions. I know we all want to enjoy our bowling but it’s so much more pleasurable when we win.  A fighting spirit is needed, never give up, because bowls is so much more than JUST A GAME!  Let’s hope we can improve for the rest of the season.  The green is brilliant once again this year thanks to Anthony’s hard work, now we need some sun.

TEAM CAPTAINS’ REPORTS: 

Irene Pibworth: Monday Afternoon Bury League: We have had a mixed first half of the year with results, but everybody has enjoyed their games.  We, unfortunately, lost out to G W Staniforth in the knock - out competition but the games were enjoyable.  We are at present fourth in the league with 20 points, so we have improved from last year.   Well done team.  

Viv Sword: Monday Stowmarket A Team: At the time of writing we are in third position in the league.  We are some way behind the leaders Mendlesham and although there is only one point between us and Old Newton A, they do have a game in hand.  There are only five more games to play – that’s still enough to change the league significantly, so hopefully we can continue to play well and win some of them.  As always, I am grateful to all the members of my squad who have given their best each week they have played.

Philippa Rixon: Tuesday Stowmarket A Team: We went up a division last year and we knew it would be challenging this season.  It has proved to be just that.  After a reasonable start by drawing with Rookery, we have only picked up a few points for rink wins not overall wins.  The last two weeks have proved better by taking the 7 points and then 6 points.  Let’s hope that the second half continues in this way.  I thank all the team for their efforts.  I have had to call on all reserves for several matches, which means we have not built consistent teams.  We are now looking forward to the return matches in warmer weather without waterproofs!  Many thanks to the whole team. 

Bob Giles: Tuesday Stowmarket B Team: To say we have had a disastrous start to the season would be an understatement.  It is not because we have played badly, just that the opposition has played better.  Has this dampened out spirits?  Well, the rain tried, but no we are still enjoying our game and doing our best, for which I am very proud of my team.  And we are still progressing through the Thurlow Shield competition, having beat Thornham Magna! 

Christine Foskett: Area D Triples The Triples League on Tuesday evenings is now over halfway through the season and we are standing at 6th position in League One.  It has been difficult for me as captain this year to pick settled blocks every week and here I must thank those bowlers who have stepped in to fill an empty space on the team sheet.  It’s good to have the support.  Sadly, this year we have been eliminated from the Knock Out Cup, after a bye in the first round, we lost out to Ixworth in round 2 but only by three shots overall.  A close game against stiff opposition. I hope the remaining five games will see us progress up the table by a few shots and hopefully into one of the top four places.  Happy bowling for the rest of the season and well done for all your efforts thus far.

Margaret Brown: Wednesday Stowmarket Triples We have made a poor start to the season, but recently improved by winning 2 of the last 3 games.  We are a happy squad and try hard.  Nineteen players have been used so far this season.In the Moira Hayward Trophy, we played well and achieved a twenty shot advantage. ‘Well done everyone’.

David Maycock: Thursday Bury League A Team We are over halfway into the season with just 5 league games left.  We are currently second, just 1.5 points behind the leaders, Coney Weston, and 4.5 points ahead of third placed Great Barton.  Promotion back to Division 1 has to be our aim, and if we maintain our position, we’ll have done it.  Every match in Division 2 is tough and scores of 6-1 or 7-0 very rarely reflect how close games can be.  The margins between a win and a loss are very small.  We achieved a very good victory over Division 1 team, Greene King, in the first round of the Shield and will now face Old Newton Blue at their green in the next round.

Barry Pegram: Thursday Bury League B Team Now we are halfway in through the season we are not doing as well as we did last year, but it is expected as we went up a league.  But we have had some very tight games, only losing by a few points on many rinks.  We all enjoyed the games with the ‘A’ Team losing by only a few points on some of the games which shows that we have a very good amount of players at the club.  In all, I had fifteen players for the team. So very well done to everyone and good luck in the rest of the games and enjoy yourselves. 

Competition Secretary: Anthony Foulger Once again entries are down from last season.  Unfortunately, some of our regular members are unable to enter the competitions due to the fact that they will be unavailable for finals day.  It is disappointing that only three members have entered the non-winners singles competition.  This means that one player is already in the final!  This would have been a golden opportunity for some of our less experienced players to get their name on a trophy!!  The weekend competitions are also down on last year.  We have had just enough players to make it worthwhile.  Many thanks to the regulars for making the effort when I know you would probably rather be at home watching the sport on TV.   







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