News 2017  from our secretary Graham...

6th August

Cobham played OGF at VCD this morning in the divisional finals of the KCBA Cox Cup and had a convincing win. This is the competition we won last year.

Many thanks to our supporters who watched the games;  Eric and Jan White, Len and Susan Burkett and Colin Collier.  And a special mention to Dave Clancy who came to support (either or both of Cobham and OGF). 

And an extra special thanks to Paul Smith who surpassed on four fronts: Our travelling reserve, the first non-player to arrive (and perhaps last to leave), donated his "reserve" Cobham shirt to a team member who mislaid their own (no names mentioned, Richard). A true all-round guy.

The Cox Cup finals are at Folkestone on 24 September 2017.  We play Bromley BC in the morning and, if we get through, we play the winners of Milton Regis and Sandwich in the afternoon.  No challenge then?

Well done to all our players in the Cox Cup to date in getting us as far as we have.  And good luck to all on 24th September.

And also thanks to Dave White who emailed congratulations to us all from his holiday in Spain.

6th June

More good news. We won both the two fixtures below. Details to follow.

Top Club 30 May  - Cobham v OGF Away.

Two Fours  By 4 June - Cobham v Horton Kirby Away.

27th May

Good afternoon everyone. We have a choice for you on Tuesday evening !!

Congratulations to our Over 55s rink of Colin Arterton, Terry Ralph, Brian Fox and Brian Chellingsworth who have reached the Divisional Final (into the last 8 in Kent) and play their next game this coming Tuesday at Danson Park.

And we are in the next round of the Top Club, playing away at OGF on the same evening.6.00 pm start for both games.Take your pick.  Please choose which game you would like to watch.  Or, for the adventurous, take time out to see bits of both games.

24th May

Good evening everybody. Sorry to say the home game this Saturday against New Romney has been cancelled.  Only two New Romney players put their names down !!  We had 35 (well done all).We are trying to arrange an alternative fixture but it is late in the day.  Please watch this space.

Further depressing news is that Cobham BC lost to Cliffe in the RACS 3-rink knock-outs last night, by the tightest of margins.  We were streets ahead then they started drawing us back, using the tactic of longer jacks.  It went down to the last end of the last rink but we lost by a handful of shots.

On a different front, they are crying in their beer at Halls.

Top Club 15 May - Cobham beat Halls at Halls (result declared as 4 - 1 to us).

Two Fours 1st May - Cobham beat Halls at Cobham (34-6) .... they retired hurt.

Over 55s  23 May - Cobham beat Halls at Cobham ...... didn't go beyond 18 ends.

Well done to everyone involved. The next Club National games in this series are:

Top Club 30 May - Cobham v OGF Away.

Two Fours  By 4 June - Cobham v Horton Kirby Away.

Good luck to all involved. Please look at the Club Competition Board to see the draws for the Men's and Mixed competitions and in particular the "Play-By" dates.  Those on top must arrange the games.

22nd March

Good afternoon everybody. On this cold, miserable and wet March afternoon, we have some happy news to share with you.

We are actively promoting the Club to new members this year.  (You may have seen a very welcome notice in last week's Gravesend Messenger, under the Cobham village report section, telling everyone what a fine club we are.)  In addition to this, a notice is to be posted in the coming days in and around the area on Parish or commercial notice boards.

Details of the Dartford and District BA 2017 Competitions and entry forms will also be posted on the notice board in the Pavilion.  If you would like to enter any of these, please let me know by email on or before Thursday 4 May so I can put in a Club application and meet the D&DBA application deadline.

News 2016  from our secretary Graham...

2nd September

The intensity of games has subsided after the hectic months of June and July when some members were playing every day (as sometimes more than one game a day too).  But that does not mean that the activity has subsided. 

The Committee met last Sunday and approved the minutes of the previous meeting.

Finals Day is a week on Sunday, 11th September.  A number of us have been watching the quarters and semi-finals played over the last week or so and the standard of play has been exceptional.  We will also see some new faces competing next Sunday.  We are all expecting it will be even more successful than last year when we had a near record attendance of spectators, nearly all of whom sat down to an excellent lunch and evening buffet.  Lists are up to get names and numbers for those eating, together with lists asking for help in organising the food. Please can you put your names down over the next three or four days if you can, to help finalise the catering plans.  We would also welcome raffle prize donations.

Talking of lists, the County entry list is now on the board and men's names are needed by 30 September.  There is also a list for those men who hold county badges to advise if they are available to play in a KCBA game in 2017.  That list needs to be back with KCBA by 30 September so it will be taken down on Sunday 25 September.

Another list is up for those who would like to play for the club against Cobham Cricket Club on Saturday 24 September.  This is a very popular and enjoyable fixture, with much banter in evidence.  The cricketers already have their full team (and a number of reserves as well) and as a first (or at least a first for a number of years), the cricketers are providing the teas.  There is speculation that it may involve pizza and pasta ..... and maybe other hot Italian delicacies.

The final list to mention is the one for the Barn Dance organised for Saturday 22 October at the Manor Hotel.  Posters have been on display in the pavilion for the last fortnight but no tickets have yet been sold.  We would like this to be a success so please can you show your interest by putting your name down on the list by Finals Day, showing whether you will or will not be attending.  We are not asking for money yet, just that we know the numbers of members (and their guests) who would like to go along.

Enough of lists.  The annual green maintenance day has been arranged for Tuesday 27 September.  We will have contractors coming along with their equipment to slit the green and sand and seed the surface.  The green takes around four tons of sand, which translates into a need for a number of volunteers to carry the sand bags from the gate to the machine.  If you are fit and available on the morning of Tuesday 27th, you will be more than welcome.  No bribery is involved at all ... except maybe the magnificent bacon rolls and mugs of tea which are prepared under the capable guidance of Wally and Colin Collier.  Please let Terry know.

And finally to the news of the Friday Evening roll-ups.  Please come along if you can this evening, by 5.45 pm for a 6.00 pm start.  The last couple of weeks were sparsely attended, no doubt due to firstly the rain then last Friday being the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, with people away or committed.

hank you to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to respond to my email about the artificial green, either by an entry in the Comments Book in the pavilion or by emailing me.  As we perhaps may have anticipated, many though not all are in favour.  Please keep the comments coming.

21st August

New Men's and Ladies' national Competitions are announced. Those between 25 and 55 should not be concerned. We will be putting up entry forms for the Counties / Nationals on the board as usual shortly.

Last Friday's weather was poor and our roll-up was cancelled.  (Many thanks to Prakash, Mike and Terry who ventured out and we hope you will be joined by many more when we play this next Friday (wonderful weather is forecast).)  Given the cancellation last week, the overall result will be based on the best 4 scores.  So everyone still has a chance to win !!  Please come along to play and support.

Julie has done a magnificent job in organising our end of season event at the Manor Hotel, Singlewell Road, Gravesend.  A Barn Dance and buffet meal will take place on Saturday 22 October.  Please put the date in your diary.  As with the competition entries, we will put a list on the board.

Club Competitions are in full flow, with Finals Day only three weeks away.  Yet more lists will be on the board for everyone to join the players for two magnificent spreads, around 12.30 and after the games.  Please add your names.

As we are getting close to the Finals,  Please can you check to make sure you play your games within the timetables.  The Men's Plate is strict.  No play, the top name is eliminated.

The next Committee meeting is next Sunday (28 August).  If you have any questions or comments you would like raised, please let a Committee member know in advance.  (Names of the Committee are on the board opposite the bar.  I was going to write that the list was between the men's and the ladies' but that sounded like transgender ... and we don't want to have a transgender board.  Do we?)

14th August

Freddy Mercury had a hit in 1977.  Cobham had a hit today.  WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS !!  Cox Cup Winners 2016 - thanks to the fantastic skills of Nigel, Terry, Matt and Colin on one rink and Richard, Ian, Dave and Alan on our second rink.  On aggregate, we squeezed past Milton Regis this morning with a 1 shot margin and beat Bromley in the afternoon with a 3 shot margin.  Thanks also to Bill for being our sub today and to all the other members who helped out over the way, by playing or spectating.  We had a great turn out of spectators at The Warren today and you did our club proud.

The Cox Cup and some of the players of the Winning Teams

Left to Right: Colin Arterton, Dave White, Graham Dunnachie, Nigel Luck, Richard Crawford,

 Terry Ralph, Matt Wabe, Alan Waterson, Bill Chellingsworth and Simon Smith. Ian Luck not present.

     

We also won the RACS.  Congratulations to our mixed pairs team who beat Cliffe in the final at Cliffe on Friday.   Sadly, we came second in the mixed three rink knock-out final today where we lost by a net 4 shots.  So close but (as they say) so far away.  Next year, Barry.  Well done for getting us to the Finals.

11th August

Our Cox Cup team is set out below.  The game starts at 10.00 am on Sunday at the Warren, Met Police ground (post code BR2 7AL for your satnav) and all members and guests are more than welcome to come along to spectate and support. Opponents include Herne Bay (Div 4) and (we think) Bromley (Div1).  Div 3 played last night and we do not yet know the winner.

Alan Waterson Colin Arterton
Dave White Matt Wabe
Ian Luck Terry Ralph
Richard Crawford Nigel Luck

Reserve: Bill Chellingsworth.

Also taking place on Sunday is the RACS Finals at Cliffe.  We are represented in the triple rinks and spectators are welcome (if you prefer a shorter journey).  We are also in the Mixed Pairs final, which takes place tomorrow night at Cliffe to allow our opponents to play their final on Sunday.

Last Friday saw the first of eight Friday evening Club games.  Nine players took part on their road to collecting as many shots in their favour as possible over the next two months.  The accolade of Friday Night Star goes to the person who amasses the most shots (scored by each of their different weekly teams picked from a hat), counting the best five scores over the eight weeks.  They are fun and give you a great opportunity to play with people you may not otherwise see.  Everyone is welcome and your support is greatly appreciated.  (AND NO GREEN FEES !!!)

10th August

Our men had a grand win against VCD in the Division 2 final of the Cox Cup on Monday evening, winning by 11 shots.  The VCD team were at full strength, arriving in their blazers that had more flashes than a photographer at a royal wedding.  But Cobham were even stronger ... Well done, and well done to our friends and fellow members who came along to support the team.

The finals are at the Met Police ground at the Warren, Hayes, BR2 7AL on Sunday. Don't know yet who we are playing but I will let you know as soon as I know.  The semi finals are in the morning followed by the final in the afternoon.

Directions are - Take the M25 and exit at junction 4 heading onto the A21 towards Bromley.  Just past the old Fantail restaurant, fork left onto the A232.  Follow that for about 2 miles and you pass Prestons Road on the right.  Take the next right, about 100 yards further on into Warren Wood close and its signposted from there.

The Met Police Bowls Club are putting on a lunch and would like numbers.  Please see the email below.  If this is of interest, please can you let me know by tomorrow night and I will let them know.  It will maybe depend on how we get on in the morning so please factor that in.

We expect the team selection to be announced this evening.  Please watch this space.

4th August

The details for the next round of the Cox Cup arrived this afternoon (or at least some of the details arrived).

We play the Division 2 final this coming Monday (8 August), with both teams taking part at Empire (with a 5.30 pm start).

The team at Empire is:

Colin Arterton   Alan Waterson
Matt Wabe   Graham Dunnachie
Terry Ralph Ian Luck
Nigel Luck   Richard Crawford

Reserve: Simon Smith

The attachment to this email sets out the timings and required dress code - Tim Peake says its easier to be an astronaut that meet the KCBA dress rules.

The only thing that we have not been told by Peter Cooper is the identity of our opponents, although Facebook, Twitter, instagram and snapchat all suggest it is VCD.  Please come along and support the team on Monday next.

Well done to the RACS League team tonight, taking 7 of the 8 available points against Empire at Empire, the League leaders (and probable League winners).

Commiserations to Anne Bowyer and Paddy Pearce for missing out on a RACS Mixed Pairs finals slot, after going into the last end three up in their semi final last night ..... and dropping a 4.  Congratulations to Julie and Graham who get there instead.  The Finals are all played at Cliffe with the Mixed Pairs on Friday 12 August at 6.00 and the other Finals on Sunday 14th (we are in the Club 3-Rink final but not the Individual Rink knock-out final).

This week-end is a belter.  It begins tomorrow night with our Late Summer Shake-up competition.  If you would like to take part, we aim to draw the teams around 5.45 for a 6.00 pm start.  It finishes on Sunday afternoon with our inaugural Club "Pick your own Triples" competition - a fun competition (although you may not think so if you see the strength of some of the teams), followed by a sumptuous feast of the finest barbecue fare cooked by none other than our resident 3-Star chef de maison, Monsieur Daveed Clancie. Please come to support if you are not playing, with ample food available for those who would like to try.

30th July

As I write, the last few bowls are being played at Cobham on the Eli Smith Invitation Day. Congratulations to all the members and guests who took part and to the team of ladies who provided the teas.  Attached are a couple of snaps of the Spider which started the proceedings.

Well done to our men last Tuesday in the Medway & District Civic Cup knock-out rinks. From a deficit of 15 -2, they won on the last end.  Our next opponents are understood to be Sturdy.  Date to be agreed.

The men overpowered Northfleet in the County Cox Cup on Monday and have the pleasure of playing Halls in the Divisional semi-final this coming Monday, 1 August, home and away.  All members and guests are invited to come along to Cobham or Stone Lodge to support our team, which consists of:

PLEASE NOTE THE GAME STARTS AT 5.30 PM

N Luck  

R Crawford

T Ralph

D White

M Wabe  

G Dunnachie

C Arterton

B Chellingsworth

Maurice Thorpe is raring to go, wanting to order our new fleece jackets as soon as possible. If you have not told him yet, please place your order by letting Maurice know your (preferred) size. (A picture of the smart new navy fleece with the crest on a gold background will be available shortly. Sorry, Maurice, your email has not arrived.

August begins on Monday and our friendly Friday Evening Club shake-up starts.  Every Friday from 5 August until 30 September, all members are invited to come along. The names are all put in a hat and drawn out, with each team to decide the playing order.  The games will be arranged as triples wherever possible, then pairs in preference to rinks. Everyone will get a game and, if there is an odd number, two players will share a game, with each playing one half of the match.  A prize will be awarded to the player with the highest aggregate shots scored by their team over their best six games (out of the nine games available in August and September).  Games start at 6.00 pm in August and will start earlier as the light fades.  These are designed to be fun evenings so please come along, take part and enjoy.

Last but not least, the updated Cub Competition draw is now available, showing who has progressed to the later rounds.  A new competition draw is included, the Singles Plate.  This consists of the 16 men players who were knocked out of the first rounds of the other competitions.  Please can everyone involved do their best to play the games by the due dates.  The Plate round dates are particularly tight and the top name will automatically go forward if the result is not posted on the board by the date shown.

PS - All typed on my new all-singing all-dancing computer, running on that stalwart Windows 7 technology.  Thank you, Mr Microsoft and his friend Hew Packard.

25th July

I bought my computer a year ago and that day I upgraded it to Windows 10.  It thanked me than by immediately refusing to work.   Many hours of research, kicking and shouting, it worked.  Every morning ...... providing I used no capital letters or the 'at' symbol as used in email addresses.  Afternoons? No, forget afternoons.  Then, miraculously and all by itself, it started working properly, for three months.  Then the same happened again ... and three months later, again.  On the annual anniversary of the purchase, it has gone doolally again.  So, apologies for not giving you all the updates you deserved before now.  This email comes from a 15 year old steam-driven desktop.

Men - we won our Cox Cup tie last week against Bexley park, home and away.  The teams play against Northfleet this evening. Home is Ian Luck, Nigel Luck, Colin Arterton and Simon Smith.  Away is Terry Ralph, Dave White, Graham Dunnachie and Alan Waterson.  Please come along if you would like to spectate and support our team.

We are still in the Medway and District Civic Cup ..... next game is Wednesday .... book your space.

Mixed - a great result last Thursday.  Our 3 rink team are through to the final of the RACS club knock-outs.  Don't know who we play yet.  Barry may know.

Ladies - I saw some of the Mollie Cleggett home game last week and we had one of our best teams performing.  Sadly, Milton Regis prevailed on the night.  We came second.

The annual Ladies Invitation day took place last Sunday ... and it was magnificent.  A full house of visitors and some of our ladies as well.More support from the home side next year would be greatly appreciated - to avoid having twice as many visitors as home team.  That aside, what a fantastic spread the ladies enjoyed after the game.  Brilliant job, Anne and the team.  By the way, Anne, hope you recover very quickly after your misfortune on Friday with the kettle that spilled and burned your arm and chest.

The County President this year is Rick Travers.  He is also the County Secretary.  I emailed him three times over the last six weeks to get agreement to our navy coloured fleece jackets.  He is clearly a very busy man because I had no reply.  However, Maurice resolved this by phoning him - who said old technology doesn't work?  (I did, because you would not believe how slow a 15 year old computer performs.)  We have approval so all we need now is a full order list.  If you would like one (at a remarkably modest price) please contact Maurice on 01622 717125 and let him know your size.

6th July

The County Divisional Finals are over and congratulations to all that played in them (and to those who went along in support to watch).  A special congratulations to those who won and now look forward to playing in the Kent finals, the Triple of Jean Webster, Jenny Cloke and Julie Wright.  Brilliant .... and badges as well.  The men who played were mentioned in my last email, other than the Pair of Colin Arterton and Bill Chellingsworth.  Apologies for missing you out (and not knowing you were still in the competition).

Our Ladies also had a good game in the Medway & District Civic Cup last Friday, winning at home against an ever-competitive Chatham BC.  Sadly, our two Men's teams fared less well in the Gravesend & District Bert Barnes competition on Monday, winning only one of the four games and that was by a slender margin. 

3rd July

Apologies for the late notice but our ladies team of Jean Webster, Anne Bowyer and Julie Wright are in the Divisional finals of the County triples at Borstal tomorrow, not today (due to the numbers of other ladies who are playing in more than one Divisional final.

1st July

Alan Waterson played well yesterday evening in the County divisional semi-finals at OGF and had Roger Kendrick rattled.  However, the VCD man won through at the end, with a 21 - 16 margin. That still leaves a rink and a triple from Cobham contesting the final on Sunday 3 July at Hesketh Park.

And further success, our Ladies triple of Jean Webster, Anne Bowyer and Julie Wright are in the County finals at Borstal on Sunday, time to be confirmed.

30th June

My previous email should have included an earlier success of another Cobham team reaching the Division 2 finals of the KCBA knock-outs.  The rink of Nigel and Ian Luck, Dave White and Colin Arterton joins the triple of Stan Andrews, Paul Smith and Alan Waterson, playing the final at Hesketh Park on Sunday 3 July.  Alan will also command another place on Sunday, if he wins against Roger Kendrick this evening in the County Singles semi-finals at OGF.  Good luck Alan.  All members are invited to come along in support, both for this evening at OGF (6.00 start) and Sunday at Hesketh Park, Dartford (timings dependent on who is playing).

A letter was delivered this afternoon, from Cobham Parish Council and, cutting to the chase, it says "..... Cobham Parish Council commend your proposal development [sic] and are very pleased to offer our full support in whatever ways we are best enabled to do so [to progress our synthetic green project].  Great news.

We are in the middle of the busiest time of the year for all our men and lady bowlers.  Club team games to come for the Cox Cup, Civic Cup and Bert Barnes, County knock-outs still running (for some), Gravesend, Medway and RACS leagues and individual knock-out competitions running and Club knock-outs as well.  And we have our week-day and weekend friendlies on top.  Like ships that pass in the night, my wife said to me yesterday morning "See you tomorrow, then".  A sentiment that many members will share. Still, July starts tomorrow and, in four weeks time, everything will be back to normal, the adrenalin rush will be over and we will wonder what do to with all the spare time.

28thd June

It is scary to think we are nearly half way through our bowls season  - and summer hasn’t arrived yet. 

The County competitions are in full swing, with two of our teams contesting the Divisional Triples semi-finals in the rain this evening at Halls.  Paul Clare, with Ken Gipson and Bob Taylor were neck and neck with the Gravesend team of Paddy, Gary and Clive (Burnham) until the seventeenth end when the nasty tooth fairy gave Gravesend a 7.  Stan Andrews, Paul Smith and Alan Waterson played in the other semi-final against the Rugby Club.  Drama happened.  All square going into the last end.  Then the game was won with two shots scored.  BRILLIANT !!  The boys play in the final on Sunday morning at a neutral green (to be advised).  Book your badges here ........ 

We have our Ladies team playing in the Medway & District Civic Cup on Friday (Jean Webster, Anne Bowyer, Jenny Clode and Julie Wright) after their great 2015 performance and the men playing four rinks in the Gravesend & District Bert Barnes double fours on Monday 4th July (two rinks at home and two rinks at OGF).  Our teams would love to see you in support, if you wish.

And then we are into the Gravesend & District knock-out competitions, with our own Club competitions running at the same time during July and August.  Its all go.

While we are on the domestic front, huge congratulations are in order to Dave Clancy, partly for organising a fantastic wine and cheese evening for our advertising sponsors last Friday (with some of our more canny members taking part and also sampling the fine cheeses and finer wines themselves) but mostly for signing up three new men members and five new lady members.  Well done Dave.  (I say this in the full knowledge that he will not blush at this report ..... because Dave doesn’t do email !)

And we have had another influx of new members.  You may know that our synthetic green project looks for support from local communities and their leaders.  We have had letters of support from our Gravesham MP, Adam Holloway, our Kent County Council local councillor, Brian Sweetland and the New College, Cobham.   We have had other warm gestures from Cobham Primary School, Gravesham Council and their Planning Department.  And perhaps as importantly, we had a very helpful meeting with Cobham Parish Council a month ago.  As well as looking for their support for the project, we asked the Parish Council to agree in principle to a lease extension to 2045 and consent for our necessary planning application to Gravesham Council for the new green and floodlights.  The Parish Council met, we understand, on 13 June and we await their response.   We also welcome support from our immediate neighbours, Cobham Cricket Club.  We are delighted to welcome four prospective new members from the Cobham Cricket Dads Club. 

Now to even more exciting things. 

Put the date of Sunday 7 August in your diary !  This is the occasion when you can witness at first hand the culinary expertise and delights of none other than Mr David Clancy.  On that afternoon, he will be painting a smoky portrait of barbequed burgers, sausages and other cremations cooked in oils (or perhaps magnolia emulsions), coupled with salads and fine breads to celebrate the completion of our latest Club event, a “select your own rink” extravaganza.  All are welcome.   Choose your rink of four or put your name down if you would like to be placed in a team.  We all play then we enjoy the meal.  All in fun.  First prize is a dinner-date with Dave.  Second prize is two dinner-dates with Dave.

And as a warm-up prelude, we launch the "2016 season Friday evening Club series" on August 5th.  We started this format last year.  All members (full / junior / associate / other) are welcome for a 6.00 pm start on Friday evenings and we draw teams from the hat.  Each person has their score recorded for each weekly game.  These scores are added together over the eight to nine weeks of competition and the winner is the person with the highest number of total shots.  Lots of fun, with no pressure or compulsion.  Just enjoyment.  We finished last year with a hugely popular fish and chips evening and plan the same again for 2016.  More of this as we get closer to the start date.

You may see new faces in the Club over the next month or so.  Please give them a warm welcome, as a permanent reminder to them of the friendliness of Cobham Bowls Club.

22nd June

Congratulations on good wins this evening for Colin Arterton and Bill Chellingsworth in the County Pairs away against Hesketh Park and Nigel Luck and Dave White at home against Horton Kirby in the Gravesend & District Pairs.  I watched at Cobham and there were some spectacular bowls from Nigel and Dave and also in the other games between Richard Crawford and Harvey White v Ian McDermid and Chris Chew (Club Pairs) and Matt Wabe v Ian Luck (Handicap Singles, admirably marked by Mr Clancy), with the first names winning each Club game.  As the rounds progress, it really is entertaining and encouraging to come along to watch and support our players.

Talking of Mr Clancy (I speak in a whisper so he won't hear me), Dave has done a fantastic job in renewing the Club's advertising boards along the boundary with the primary school playing field, raising thousands of pounds in the process which go towards subsidising members' subscriptions.  Well done, Dave and well done sponsors.  As a big thank-you to sponsors, Dave has organised a wine and cheese evening for this coming Friday from 6.30 to 8.30.  He is too modest to tell you he is providing all the wine and cheese for sponsors, although members are free to join in (and meet prospective new members ..... and pay for their own wine and cheese).

3rd June

If the sun shines on the righteous, we must have been naughty over the last few days.  Commiserations to those who have been playing, struggling with frozen fingers, the gloom of impending dusk (and if you were at Winget in the RACS last night, a very stiff shoulder this morning).  Slow?  My bowl was overtaken by a snail.

Despite best efforts, we were ejected in the first rounds on the National Double Fours and Top Club, away at Halls for the first and at home against Danson Park for the second. Still, next year .....

The County competitions started this week and run for the next six weeks, with Fours on Mondays, Triples on Tuesdays, Pairs on Wednesdays, Singles on Thursdays and Unbadged Singles on Fridays.  There are four unbadged games at Cobham this evening, for those who would like to spectate/ freeze.  We also have the Cox Cup to come, with the first round being played on American Independence Day, Monday 4th July.

The Gravesend & District competitions started with a new "preliminary round" played a couple of weeks ago.  It caught a number of players on the hop, with double bookings or other commitments being cancelled.  The explanation was that the semi finals can be played earlier in the season so that they are less likely to finish in the dark.  (My team mates said that, last night at Winget, I was in the dark about where the jack was.)

We also have the Bert Barnes fours competition to look forward to.  You may remember that Cobham won the competition last year, with a tight fought final against ..... Cobham. The format is that each team has a rink playing at home and a rink playing away, against the same opposition.  We have entered two teams so we are looking for a minimum of sixteen players for each round, plus reserves on the day and others to replace anyone who is on holiday or otherwise engaged for later rounds.  A list is on the notice board for those who would like to play.  Please put your name down if you are interested.

On the subject of new members, we are planning to put adverts on local village/ shop notice boards to attract seasoned or new bowlers to the Club.  If there is anyone you know who may be interested, application forms are on the notice board at the end furthest from the bar.

Finally, we have new merchandise on the way.  Maurice Thorpe has sourced some quite remarkable Club jackets, in the royal blue of the Club colours and with the Club logo embroidered onto them.  But wait, there is more.  They are reversible, with a rich fleece on one side and shower proof material on the other side.  All of this for the most modest price of £20 each, available in sizes Small to XXX Large.  A sample is behind the bar for viewing (although this one does not have our logo on.)  If you would like one (or more), please let Maurice know (on 01622 717125 or email at t.maurice@yahoo.co.uk) so he can bulk order them.

16th May

Congratulations to the team of Alan Waterson, Stan Andrews, Richard Crawford and Bill Chellingsworth who won the Halls Drive earlier this month.  Always a fierce contest.

Can we ask for your help on the following matters:

1. The availability sheets for Men and Ladies are short of names for our Coach match at New Romney, departing from Cobham at 11.00 am on 28th May 2016.  Your participation in this game would be highly appreciated.
2. The Captain asks that members on bar duty or whose partners are helping with teas who wish to play in the respective home matches put their names on the availability sheets and add "Bar" and / or "Tea" after their name.  This will invariably lead to their selection.  Otherwise, it will be assumed the member is relaxed about whether or not to play.
3. Doug Abbott has made a fantastic job of presenting the gardens round the green in all their glory.  He is seeking volunteers to help.  If this is you, please call Doug on 01474 351709.

For information, some of the emails which are circulated to members will be printed off and posted on the notice board.  This is for the benefit of those who choose not to have an email address.  This is not a substitute for you receiving the emails directly because you will continue to get the emails hot off the press rather than waiting a week or two for them to be printed and posted (and longer still if you are not a regular visitor).  We continue to encourage all members to have email access, either through their own computer or that of a friend or family member.

13th May

We received envelopes today for those who have entered the Gravesend & District competitions.  Each envelope sets out the draw and the latest dates to complete each round.

We have also made the selection for the first round of the forthcoming National Double Rinks and Top Club.  These are as follows:

Double Rink: Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 6.00 pm at Halls BC

N Luck   D White
I Luck R Crawford
C Arterton   A Waterson
T Simmons B Chellingsworth

Reserve  G Dunnachie.

Top Club: Friday 27 May 2016 at 6.00 pm at Cobham BC

2 Wood   A Waterson
Singles D White
Pairs   N Luck, H White
Triples I Luck, C Arterton, B Chellingsworth
Rink   R Crawford, G Dunnachie, M Maplesden, T Simmons

The Double Rink game clashes with the preliminary round of the Gravesend & District Pairs.  If this affects you as a selected player for our Club Double Fours team, please can you try to change the date or time of your Pairs game and also let Dave White know the situation.

News 2015 from our secretary Graham...

8th September

   

GRAVESEND AND DISTRICT BOWLING ASSOCIATION

SUMMER COMPETITION FINALS DAY PROGRAMME 2015

AT OGF BOWLING CLUB ON SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Times may vary

 

   
TIME

 

 COMPETITION

 

CHALLENGER

 

 CHALLANGEE

 

RINK

 

9.00  MIXED PAIRS D. Burnham A. Woodington 1
 

 

 

 

C. Burnham

 

B. Woodington

 

 
9.00 SEC TRIPLES GRAVESEND Fixt GRAVESEND Sec 4
    J. Lawrence W. Cook  
    G. Clarke P. Cook  
    A. Dodd

 

F. Haynes

 

 
9.00 BERT BARNES  COBHAM A COBHAM B 5 & 6
    M. Fidge D. Clancy  
    G. Dunnachie C. Chew  
    A. Waterson M. Wabe  
    T.Ralph P.Smith  
    A. Simmons B. Gregory  
    J. Tichener M. Maplesden  
    R. Crawford I.McDermid  
    N. Wright

 

S. Andrews

 

 
10.00

 

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

 

S. Lang

 

J. Williams

 

 3

 

11.00  TRIPLES KNOCK OUT  D. White J. Firth 2
    I. Luck S. Butcher  
    N. Luck

 

T. Bowie

 

 
12.00 MEN’S PAIRS G. Clarke R. Goodwin  3
    C. Burnham

 

 K. Stapley

 

 
15.00 RINKS B. Woodington J. Eyers 2
     C. Coomber K. Stapley  
    D. Munday T. Lewis  
    M. Fisher

 

R. Goodwin

 

 
15.00

 

SINGLES

 

N. Luck

 

C. Burnham

 

4

 

17.00 TRIPLES LEAGUE  B. McDonnagh A. Dodds 5
    J. Dewar G. Clarke  
    B. Bond

 

C. Burnham

 

 
    Umpire :- M. Yearley    

8th September

We are one of the luckiest clubs in England.  Our members, family and friends did us proud yesterday, supporting our Finals in all sorts of ways.

First, those who came to watch. The Clubhouse veranda had no seats to spare.  If a seat came free, two or three others looked to take it.  And keen supporters were at the other end and in the Clubhouse as well.  We even had spectators leaning over the fence to share the excitement.

Our thanks are extended to the full house of guests who enjoyed a fine lunch.  Our Ladies put on a banquet.  What a variety, from an array of meats, a salmon poached to perfection and every salad accompaniment you could imagine.  It was magnificent .... and all orchestrated by Anne Bowyer with a willing and very able team of helpers.  The evening buffet was also a feast.  Popular is not the word.  The plates ran out, then the bowls.  Many thanks to all our ladies who spent their time preparing and setting out food for us.

And the matches themselves saw some outstanding play on every rink and many of the games were very close.  Exceptional skill was there throughout (although one member was overheard to say "Why don't I get wicks like Terry and Graham?"). Congratulations to all who took part, particularly those who played both morning and afternoon and the markers in the singles matches.  And my special thanks goes to my Pairs partner, our youngest member of the Club and a fine bowler (and all round athlete, for that matter), who played in his first bowls competition and in his first final ..... and won.  Brilliant !

The results:

Men' Championship Dave White 21 - Richard Crawford 15
Ladies Championship Jean Webster 21 - Marion Munns 14
Men's Handicap Nigel Luck 25 - Terry Ralph 22
Men's Consolation

Graham Dunnachie 21 - Matt Wabe 8

Ladies' Consolation Linda Ray 21 - Linda Newton 19
Men's Pairs  Graham Dunnachie and Harvey White 22 - Terry Ralph and Pat Entwhistle 15
Ladies Pairs Jean Webster and Giri 22 - Anne Bowyer and Linda Ray 11

Mixed Triples

Bill Chellingsworth, Brenda Waters and Jean Wallace 18 - Chris Chew, Ken Gipson and Margaret Smith 13

Thanks were also extended to Terry who presented an immaculate green, to those who ran the Bar and to Wally who organised a very successful and popular raffle

The final word must go to the couple who have put so much into Finals day for so many years, Anne and Dave Bowyer.  Anne has led the arrangements for meals for as long as most remember and had the honour of presenting the Trophies in her 28th year at the Club. Dave has been the Competitions organiser for many years.  Tribute was paid to them by the Chairman and Julie Wright presented a wonderful bouquet of flowers to Anne and, for Dave, a small token of something to keep the cold at bay on dark winter nights.

On to other news.

Next Saturday sees the Finals of the Gravesend & District competitions at OGF Fleetway.  Sixteen players represent Cobham in the Bert Barnes Men's Club two-rink finals.  Our Ladies are at Chatham on the same day playing for the Civic Cup (Club single rink knock-outs) in the Medway & District Finals. Best wishes to all involved.

We are approaching the end of the season now, with only five more home matches before Winter Maintenance takes place on 21 September.  A mixed team plays Herne Bay this afternoon, our Ladies play Clarence then Cliffe this Wednesday and next, our men play Bearsted on Sunday 13th and our local Derby against Cobham Cricket Club is on Saturday 19th (intriguingly described in the Fixtures book as an "Away" game ..... on the Cricket square perhaps ?).  We also have the final two sessions of our popular Friday Evening Series, taking place this Friday and next.  Great fund and thoroughly enjoyed by all who take part.  Please come along to support

20th August

A fine result this afternoon against Cliffe - Stan Andrews as acting Captain was too modest to quote the numbers but it was comfortable.

Last weekend saw a hotly contested Captain's v President's match.  Great fun, a spider won by a popular member and some superb bowls.  The President's side inched through.

On the competitions front, we are playing Kemsley in the semi-final of the Medway & District men's fours (you will recall that our ladies have already sailed through to the finals). The venue is Chatham and the time is 5.30 pm on Thursday 3 September 2015.  Please come along if you would like to support the Club. For interest, Kemsley have not lost a Medway Triples League round this season (so I am reliably informed) so they will be feeling pretty confident.  (For that matter, so were Queenborough who we beat in the last round !!)  If we win through, the final is at Chatham on Saturday 12 September 2015, time to be announced.

The Civic Cup final is played on the same day as the Gravesend & District Club Men's fours Bert Barnes final.  To let you know, Cobham has won the Bert Barnes 2015 trophy.  But we do not yet know if Cobham A or Cobham B has won.  The teams are below.  Please let me know who you think has the best chance.  Who knows, a book might open!

Cobham A

Dave Clancy Paddy Pearce
Chris Chew Brian Gregory
Mick Maplesden Ian McDermid
Paul Smith Stan Andrews

Cobham B

Mick Fidge Tony Simmons
Dave Bowyer John Tichener
Alan Waterson Graham Dunnachie
Terry Ralph Richard Crawford

The venue is OGF, starting at 9.00 am on Saturday 12 September 2015, two weeks today.  I plan to be there for 8.30.  Unlike the RACS final, no mention of bacon rolls ...... yet.

While we are on competitions, our Finals Day is next Sunday .... only eight days away.  The challengers have been posted on the notice board by our excellent competitions organiser and Vice Chairman, Dave Bowyer.  There are three matches starting at 10.00 am next Sunday morning and five matches scheduled for 2.00 pm in the afternoon.  And in between, a most magnificent fare prepared by Anne Bowyer .. the lunch of the season.  Don't take my word for it.  Look at the other 35 members who also think this is the bargain of the year with a gourmet spread - at the unbeatable price of £4 each.  Put your names down fast if you have not yet done so.  When they're gone, they're gone!

A heads up for next season.  The Kent County entry  list is on the notice board by the telephone (there is no easy way to say "between the toilets").  Also there is a list of those County Badged players who want to be considered for a County game next year.  Both lists close on 30 September so put your name down if you are interested.  (Check the County entry fees first.)

Can I indulge myself on a final note.  We have now had three weeks of the new format "Friday Evening Bowls".  And we are all overwhelmed by the support for this, especially from our lady members.  Sadly the first week was a literal wash-out.  But the last two weeks have been great, with two triples playing each evening.  (We had more players than that but one or more stood down to make sure everyone had a good game.)  There are three more games before the end of the season.  With the light starting to fade, we will kick off next Friday at 5.45 pm so please be there in advance if you would like to enjoy this event.

20th August

We can hardly credit that it is now more than three months ago since we welcomed Eli Smith's family and Gravesend Vets for a commemorative Charity game.

Photographs of the day and letters exchanged with the chosen charity have been on our notice boards for the past two months.  There comes a time when we need to replace them with other news but, rather than take them away altogether, a copy is attached for all who would like to be reminded. 

Beyond that, tomorrow will be the first uninterrupted Friday Social Evening event.  The weather looks fine.  The company will be even better.  Look forward to seeing all who arrive.

19th August

The nights are drawing in ... and my good lady threatened to put the heating on last night.  Just had enough time to run round and turn off the oil at the tank.

The Men's Kent County entry list is up on the notice board by the bar.  Try those nerve soothing tablets, though, before you look at the prices - £19 to enter a rink !!  The good news is that the entry list doesn't close till 30 September.  The earlier date I circulated last week was the deadline for notifying KCBA of our membership numbers, not the closing date.

A reminder that, after the monsoon we endured last week, brave souls will venture out again this coming Friday for a social evening.  Please make it if you can, 5.45 for a 6.00 pm start (after we have drawn the teams and rinks from the hat).  It was great that we had 15 people arrive to play last week and we hope for the same or more over the next six weeks.

15th August

Congratulations to our Ladies for reaching the finals of the Medway & District Civic Cup.  They play in a strong division but the opponents are not strong enough to halt our ladies of Jean Webster, Brenda Waters, Jenny Cloke and Ann Bowyer from taking the Club through to the Finals on 12 September at Chatham BC.  Our Men's team are also through to the Civic Cup semi-finals, winning away against a Middleton Cup studded Queenborough team on Wednesday 12 August.  Well done, Ian McDermid, Graham, Paddy and Dave Clancy.

On the subject of a winning result, congratulations  to an unsurpassable winner today in the RACS mixed rink final.  It was a shoot-out of Cobham against Cobham.  And the winner was .......... Cliffe Bowls Club Rink One.  Nobody could play against Rink 1.  Twenty five years since Rink 1 last lost.  They are masters.  If you were narrow, you were punished.  If you were wide, you were punished.  If you were on the line, you were punished.  But congratulations to the team that came second, Terry, Dave Bowyer, Jean Webster and Anne Bowyer.  And commiserations to the team that came third, Julie, Ken, Brenda and Graham.

A list will be up on our notice board tomorrow for entries into the 2016 Kent County competitions.  They must be struggling for funds because their entry fees have gone up by a fair amount, but not as much as the diary price which is now £5.  The list will be taken down on 9 September 2015, giving everyone over 3 weeks to place their entries.  As ever, the name entered on the list is responsible for pre-selecting their team and collecting the entry fees from them.

An email has been circulated to those who played in the Gravesend & District men's Bert Barnes 2 Fours knock-out competition to gauge availability for the final (Cobham A v Cobham B at GRFC on 12 September).  We do not yet know the times but, as said before, we want to keep as many of the winning team players as possible to play in the final.

On a final note, yesterday we had the inaugural meeting of the Friday Evening Club Players game.  And what a resounding turnout we had.  Fifteen good men and ladies arrived to play.  We arranged a triple and two pairs, drawn by rink and side.  Each side then decided who played in which position, be it lead, second or skip.  And the evening bounded off to a great start ......... then the deluge struck, after two ends.  One hour of tropical rain storms.  One evening of dashed hopes.  Still, everyone was really enthusiastic about the format and said they relished playing again next Friday (only six more Fridays till the end of the season).  So if you are up for it, please take part on Friday evenings at the Club. Just turn up and play !  We cannot guarantee a fish & chip supper every Friday (which a number of players enjoyed last night- and those that looked on were really envious) but we hope we may have one on the last Friday (18 September) which is also planned to be the grand finale and prize giving.

10th August

A number of members have said they are at a loose end now that many of the competitions are over,  To fill the gap, we are introducing a series of Club games to be played every Friday evening from now until the end of the season. Everyone is invited to arrive for 5.45 pm and we will draw names out of a hat to play triples or pairs (as numbers dictate) from 6.00 pm until 8.00 pm (or earlier if the light fails).  The first game is on this coming Friday, 14th August. To add a bit of spice, we will have a prize for the series winner (based on the highest number of aggregate shots up from the best 5 games over the 7 week series).  Please support this if you can.  

We have the Captain v President game coming up on Sunday 23 August and the Club Finals Day two weeks later.  Our Ladies have always done us proud by making a terrific meal for both these events.  To make sure nobody goes hungry, we would really like to know in advance how many to cater for so please please put your name down (and the names of any guests you would like to bring) on the lists on the Notice Board by the Bar.  There are still a few places left to play in the Captain v President game so please put your name down there as well if you are available.

Please can all trophy holders return them to Dave Bowyer so they can be prepared ahead of finals day.

It has been agreed that mid-week Club games can start at 2.00 pm (as an alternative to the current 2.30 or 3.00 start).  This applies even if there are later afternoon games in the reservations book which have a higher priority for rink selection purposes.

Finally, we have decided to follow the lead of England Bowls which announced in May that shorts could be worn in all England Bowls competitions.  All Cobham players may now wear white tailored shorts (for "whites" games) or grey tailored shorts for other games, provided they are worn with white ankle socks and conventional shoes (but not sandals or the like).  Please note though that this will not apply at away games unless other clubs have followed suit.

7th August

Last night, Cobham A beat Halls in the Gravesend & District men's Bert Barnes knock-out competition, to reach the final.  There they play Cobham B who also won last night against GRFC.  Well done to all.  The final is at the Rugby Club on 12 September, the Gravesend & District finals day.  Timings are dependent on who gets through in the other competitions to be contested that day.  Also, our team selection will depend on whether any Cobham players get through in the other games.  However, we will keep the teams that have played in the rounds to date, as best we can.  More news on this later.

Another competition with an all-Cobham final is the RACS mixed rinks knock-out.  Last Friday, the team of Julie Wright, Ken Gipson, Brenda Waters and Graham Dunnachie squeezed a 13 - 12 win (on the 22nd end) against Empire (no less than Bruce (Chalky Chalky) Woodington, Colin Coomber, Avril (?) and Aggy Woodington.  Then, on Monday just past, our other semi-finalist team of Terry Ralph (standing in for Neil Wright who is on holiday), Jean Webster and Dave and Anne Bowyer (could you pick a stronger mixed team from Cobham ??) beat Wingetts.  The final will be played at Cliffe at 10.00 am next Saturday, 15 August.  Your support will be greatly appreciated

2nd August

We have both Cobham A and Cobham B through to the semi-finals of the Bert Barnes competition (Gravesend & District Men's two-fours knockouts). All sixteen players are at Woodlands at 6.00 pm on Thursday 6 August.  Cobham A play against Halls and Cobham B have the GRFC - Rugby Club.

The teams are:

Cobham A

Dave Clancy Paddy Pearce
Chris Chew Brian Gregory
Matt Wabe Ian McDermid
Paul Smith Stan Andrews

Cobham B

Mick Fidge Tony Simmons
Graham Dunnachie John Tichener
Alan Waterson Richard Crawford
Terry Ralph Dave White

Look forward to seeing you there, if you can make it.

24th July

This is one of the most hectic weeks of the season !  Gravesend & District club, league and knock-out matches competing with Medway & District league and club knock-outs, not to mention RACS (knock-outs this week) and our own club competitions. We'll go in date order so we can build to a high on Saturday morning.

Monday saw us consolidate our position in the Medway Triples league with a win against Kent Officers Bowls Club (the club was formed for the officers (management types) of Kent County Council back in the 1930s.  They played at Pennenden Heath until the council shut it down and are now based out of Rochester Clarence (very nice people, by the way).  We are close to the leaders in the Medway Triples League and have opportunities to repeat last year's victory (under the superb leadership of Paul Smith).

Cobham played  Kent Officers again in the Medway & District club single rink Home and Away knock-out Civic Cup on Tuesday.  And we won !

On Wednesday, after we won the trophy in 2014, the RACS three rink knock-out Cup will go to a new home later this year, after we came second during the to Empire.  Well done to all involved in getting us to that stage.

Thursday saw both Cobham A and Cobham B compete in the different halves of the Gravesend & District Bert Barnes club two-rink knock-out competition.  Both sides won convincingly and are through to the semi-finals to be played by 6 August 2015.  We are waiting for details of our opponents and also the greens to play on (last year, the semi-finals were on a neutral green, even though the competition is played Home and Away).  (Apologies in advance to Barry Hearn who is also looking for a mixed team of twelve on 6 August to contest our [very important] league match away against ..... RACS.  Please can all our men and ladies put your name down on the RACS list if you are at all available.)

We were blessed on Friday with a good rainfall.  Little bowls was played. 

The finale of the week will be the Kent County Ladies Bowling Association finals at Hesketh Park, Dartford tomorrow.  Our own Julie Wright is competing at 10.30 am in the final of  the Maude Wood trophy, which will earn the victor a Kent Ladies badge (which is much more difficult to get than a Men's badge).  Support Julie if you possibly can.

Later on Saturday, the club is proud to honour our loyal traditions by playing the Eli Smith memorial game.  Almost all will know that Eli was one of the longest serving club captains and endowed the club with the changing room facilities we now have.  Eli was also the father of Bryan Smith, whose memorial photographs are mentioned above.  

And the final game of the week is a club friendly on Sunday against one of our favourite competitors, Gravesend Rugby Football Club.  One not to be missed.

18th July

Lucky members saw one of the finest displays of bowls this year as our team of Nigel Luck, Dave White and Ian Luck progressed to the next round of the District triples against another Cobham team at home on Wednesday.  All three demonstrated the art of the scalpel, with precision bowling.  The winners were joined by Colin Arterton in the side which contested the men's Kent County fours semi - final at Aylesham yesterday (the Club played a friendly game against Aylesham last Sunday and reports on the green were favourable - then, it played true and fair).

Our County competitors on Friday were strongly supported by family and friends, from our youngest Club member to well nigh our oldest active Club member giving their support.  But what a difference five days makes. Between last Sunday and this Friday, the Barber of Seville had been contracted to shave the green.  Think Lewis Hamilton on amphetamines. Not just quick but awesome. Couple that with a gusting wind that blew straight down the rink.  The combination made for almost impossible bowls.  One end saw elite players from the county of Kent put twelve out of sixteen bowls into the ditch ... and all trying to draw to the jack.  On another end, with all the bowls on the rink, only two were within five feet of the jack and some as far as six yards away, with no bowls being played with intentional heavy weight.  It is reported that Andy Thompson, described as England's most distinguished and decorated player, was heard to lodge a complaint against the conditions.  And that was after he won his game!  Why did Aylesham do it and why did the County permit it?

But what a thrill our Cobham team gave.  Racing ahead at the start (against the youngsters from Herne Bay), Cobham took a commanding lead.  Nigel played some brilliant bowls, drawing onto the jack on several occasions with perfect weight to take shot, in those staggering conditions.  But the Herne Bay team fought back and levelled the game on the 21st end.  Then Herne Bay won the extra end .... putting a finish to our run in the 2015 men's County and National competitions (Herne Bay lost by only one shot on the last end in the next round to Andy Thomson's team - what might have been for Cobham).  But very well done to our players.  Superb bowls.

The finale of the week was Cobham hosting the charity World Lignums guests on Friday evening for reportedly their 40th year.  It was a pleasure to see those magical relics going up and down the green, as well as some old wooden bowls.  Cobham prevailed before a fish and chip supper which everyone enjoyed (and organised by one of our favourite ladies).  The first raffle price went to Giri who selected the Air Ambulance to receive the Lignums donation of £100.  Well done Giri and the Lignums.

And onto the coming week.  More excitement.  Civic Cup (Medway Men's fours knock-outs at home on Tuesday), RACS knock-outs (at Empire on Wednesday) and two teams in the Gravesend & District Bert Barnes men's two rink knock-out on Thursday (home and away against Woodlands and OGF).  And the highlight is Hesketh Park on Saturday when Julie Wright contests the final of the Kent Ladies (Unbadged Singles) Maude Woods competition.  Please lend your support to our players, home or away, if you possibly can.

14th July

First the County competition status.  Sadly, Alan Waterson was knocked out of the Unbadged Singles today, at the penultimate stage. Success would have seen him play in the finals at Canterbury BC on Sunday week.  But Alan won his badge, nonetheless

Nigel Luck, Dave White, Colin Arterton and Ian Luck play for their Men's Kent County Fours finals place against Herne Bay this coming Friday at Aylesham & Snowdown, just beyond Canterbury.  They would be delighted to see you there if you can manage.  If not, we host the World Lignums at Cobham on Friday evening, with fish and chips to follow.  (Please let me know if you are not playing but would like fish & chips and you will get them, at a very modest price.)  Some members are going to Aylesham then back to the Club for fish and chips - what a great plan.

And don't forget that Julie Wright is already through to the Kent Ladies final at Hesketh Park on Saturday 25th July.  Please be there.

Rick Travers has forwarded the attached details of the County competitions taking place this week.  He says the details of these have been available on the County site and the County calendar, though confusion may have arisen as some venues have changed since the County diary was produced earlier in the Year.

Finally, both our Cobham A and B teams were successful in their first round Gravesend & District Bert Barnes Mens two-rink home and away knock out matches against Gravesend and Northfleet respectively last Thursday.  Cobham A won both games against Gravesend, each on the last end. Cobham B despatched Northfleet with a 37 shot margin.

The next Bert Barnes games are on Thursday 23 July at 6.00 pm against OGF (Cobham A) and Woodlands (Cobham B).  The teams are:

Cobham A

Home

 

Away at OGF

 

Dave Clancy Paddy Pearce
Chris Chew Brian Gregory
Paul Clare Ian McDermid
Paul Smith Stan Andrews

Cobham B

Home

 

Away at Woodlands

 

Mick Fidge Tony Simmons
Graham Dunnachie John Tichener
Alan Waterson Dave White
Terry Ralph Neil Wright

5th July

A momentous weekend of bowls.

Cobham Men had an all-rinks win against Borough Green on Saturday 4th July.  Joining in with the American Independence Day theme, my opposite number said he felt like the victim of a Cherokee warrior ..... scalped.  Then, not 24 hours later, the barricades of Horton Kirby came tumbling down when they also came second after an all-rinks defeat. Congratulations to all involved (including the six Cobham men and ladies who joined our visitors' sides to make their numbers up to full strength).

But keep the best till last.  Julie Wright had a fantastic win today, beating her Sevenoaks BC opponent in the semi final of the KCWBA Maude Wood Trophy (the Ladies' version of the Kent County Men's Unbadged Singles).  And all of this over 24 ends including 90 minutes of incessant rain.  Julie now plays for her Kent County Unbadged Championship title and Badge on Saturday 25 July at Hesketh Park (timings not yet known).  Please make it to support Julie if you possibly can.

You will have seen the earlier email advising that we are in the final phase of the County Men's finals.  Alan Waterson is playing in the Unbadged Singles quarter/semi finals at West Wickham on Tuesday 14 July.  Our fours of Nigel Luck, Dave White, Colin Arterton and Ian Luck are playing at Aylesham and Snowdown on Friday 17th July.  The Kent Bowls website will give you details.

We have two teams entered in the Gravesend & District Bert Barnes Fours knock-out competition.  Sixteen Cobham players in all.  The format is one rink from each team playing at home and the other rink playing at the opposition ground.  A list has been up on the Club board for the last 5 weeks inviting members to put their names forward.  Sixteen members did so and all are playing this coming Thursday 9th July - except one who was double-booked.  The Selection Committee decided on the names and venues as follows:

Cobham A

Home

 

Away at Gravesend (Bat & Ball)

 

Paddy Pearce Dave Clancy
Brian Gregory Chris Chew
Ian McDermid Matt Wabe
Stan Andrews Paul Smith

Cobham B

Home

 

Away at Woodlands

 

Mick Fidge Tony Simmons
Graham Dunnachie John Tichener
Alan Waterson Richard Crawford
Terry Ralph Neil Wright

(A number of other members would have loved to play but had pre-booked commitments which meant they did not put their names down).

1st July

Congratulations go to our players who won their Men's Division 2 finals at Woodlands on Sunday last.  Alan Waterson prevailed in the unbadged singles and our winning fours rink was Nigel Luck, Dave White, Colin Arterton and Ian Luck.  Best wishes to all at the County finals.

Congratulations also to Julie Wright who won the Maude Wood Kent County Ladies unbadged singles Division 3 final by one shot over a Bearsted lady.  The Kent Finals winner is awarded the Kent Ladies Badge.  Good luck, Julie !

The Cox Cup first round is being played against Halls next Monday, 6 July.  The home and away teams are:

Home

 

Away

 

John Tichener Bill Chellingsworth
Terry Ralph Alan Waterson
Ian Luck Richard Crawford
Nigel Luck Dave White

16th June

We are into an exciting time of the season.  This week decides who will play in the men's County Division 2 semi finals.  We have contenders in most of  the competitions.

Last night saw Nigel Luck's Rink (Nigel, Dave White, Colin Arterton and Ian Luck) into the semi finals against Mr. Poulastides. (I'm guessing he may be of Greek descent) and his team from Danson Park.  A second side through to the semis is Paul Clare's Rink (Paul, me, Ken Gipson and Barry Hearn).  Both teams play next Friday at Halls at 6.00 pm.

This evening, Richard Crawford and his triple contend against Halls (M.Searles) at Cobham.  Good luck and even better bowls to our side!

A night off on Wednesday.  No one through in the Pairs (if I have read the County website correctly).  But next year is another story

Thursday sees a classic encounter of Nigel Luck against Roger Kendrick in the County Singles.  Roger will be hoping for revenge after his drubbing against Nigel's Rink yesterday in the County Fours at Cobham.  But it's being played at Cobham again. Nigel is the Champion of Champions holder of our area (2014) and delivered a great singles win in the Top Club earlier this year.  An odds on favourite.

We are fortunate to have two contenders in the Unbadged Singles semi finals on Friday.  Alan Waterson is at home against an OGF veteran, Mr. Goodwin and Bill Chellingsworth has a journey to Swanley for his match against Mr. Barnes.

If you have the chance, please come along to support our players.  On the green, they may look totally focussed on their game (as they should) ....... but rest assured, they know you are there and are on their side giving your support.  It really counts.

As the results come through, I hope to give everyone an update.