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September, 2015:

Summertown Trophy

Summertown Trophy Winners 2015

Banbury Chestnuts were again hosts of the Summertown Trophy final’s day, with 10 qualifying teams from across the County battling it out for the £1,000 prize money – all teams playing each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format.

With 4 games gone it was Carterton B leading the pack with +14 shots, closely followed by 3 sides on +9. After lunch, Watlington B won their next 3 games to climb to +22, with a 7 point gap over 2012 winners Banbury Borough and Banbury Central A. However with just 2 games to go Carterton B had put themselves back in contention with a 9 shot win over Watlington to throw the competition wide open again.

Going into the last round there were still a number of sides still in contention – Carterton B needed their A side to defeat new leaders Banbury Central, plus Watlington and defending champions Headington B were also still hoping for results to go their way. Despite wins for Watlington B and Headington A in their final game, they still fell short of Banbury Central A’s +20 total and the Banbury side claimed 1st prize in the closest ever Summertown Final competition.

Andy Wilkin, Lee Young, Graham Morbey, and Nigel Galletly were winners for Central, leaving Watlington A to claim second prize and the Astall Ley trophy, with Headington B finishing third.

Farewell to The Oxford Bowls Club

“All good things come to an end sometime.
This weekend sees the last of what has been a truly excellent experience.
Thank you all & best wishes for the future of bowls everywhere”.

These were the last words on the back of the programme at Sunday’s last ever after-match meal at The Oxford Bowls Club.

A mixed rink each from Banbury Central, Carterton, Headington, Oxford City & County, South Oxford and Watlington had been invited to take part in what will remain a very memorable event for them, the very last game on the green at The Oxford Bowls Club. Many of the visiting players will have various memories of playing on the green, no doubt happy ones when they won and not so happy ones when they came second.

The club under a variety of names has a history going back to 1953 when the club started and was then called the Pressed Steel Bowls Section. In 1983, the name changed to Rover (Cowley) Bowls Club. In 2011 it’s name changed again, this time to its final name,The Oxford Bowls Club. Rover is the name that most of today’s bowlers remember the club by and more than likely will be for years to come.

Flags representing the clubs three titles fluttered proudly in the afternoons gentle breeze.
After the meal, President Jim Warland expressed his thanks to the many persons that had been instrumental in the fine running of the bowls club over the many years, along with thanks to those individual guests and guest clubs who had joined the club members in celebrating this memorable day.

OBA Competition Secretary, who had brought a rink from Banbury Central, thanked the club under it’s many titles, for the support that it had given to the County over the years in making its facilities available for representative games and County Competitions, before assuring members that their membership of any club in Oxfordshire would be welcomed with open arms.
Chairman Roy Edney confirmed that the clubs last result was a draw, three rinks each. A very fitting end.


Bullock wins ladies county champion of champions

Congratulations to Margaret Bullock of Shiplake BC on becoming the 2015 Bowls Oxfordshire Champion of Champion. An exciting final with excellent bowling from both finalists.

We had 12 participants from around the County, taking part at South Oxford BC, who had each won their club singles.

Quarter finals:

Beryl Fisher (OUP) 11, Gill Muir (Carterton) 21
Sue Stewart (South Oxford) 6, Margaret Bullock (Shiplake) 21
Sheila Oldham (West Witney) 21, Emily Baldwin (Blackbird Leys) 7
Angela Ives (Banbury Borough) 21, Jenny Banton (Headington) 3

Semi Finals:

Gill Muir 20, Margaret Bullock 21
Sheila Oldham 12, Angela Ives 21


Margaret Bullock 21, Angela Ives 17

Lopez brings the season to a close

County Champion of champions winner 2015Paul Lopez, playing on his own club green Oxford City & County, brought the OBA competition season to a close, taking the Champion of Champions title against Watlington’s Sam Watts.

The success rounded off a memorable season for him which started with his entry into the Middleton Cup team. Watts’ presence in the final added to his Under 25 Singles title and his appearance in the Singles final where he lost out to Banbury Borough’s Mark Sykes.

In Sunday’s final, Watts started off the better of the two, taking six of the first seven ends to move into a 9-1 lead before Lopez got into his stride by taking eight of the next nine ends to lead 15-10. Suddenly the two’s and three’s dried up and singles became the order of the day over the following nine ends. The game developed into a marathon and the warm sunshine that had replaced the damp morning mist appeared to encourage everyone on the green to enjoy leisurely strolls to assess the heads or take their place for the start of the next end. Although the Watlington bowler had taken six singles to Lopez’s three, he was still two shots behind his City & County opponent. The 26th end brought matters to a close with Lopez breaking the sequence of singles to collect a three and get his hands on the silverware. In the semi final’s, Lopez had a tight game against Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield to win 21-19, whilst Watts got out of the blocks quickly against Headington’s Mark Charlett to move into an 11-0 lead after six ends and always staying in the lead to win 21-14

Earlier round scores were:
Preliminary Round:
P. Hooley (Bicester) beat G. Giles (O.U.P.) 21-9
M. Charlett beat M. East (Charlbury) 21-13
First Round:
M. Charlett beat P. Hooley 21-12
W. Campion (Banbury Central) beat J. Bland (Shiplake Village) 21-7
S. Watts beat P. Galdden (Adderbury) 21-18
K. Alder (West Witney) beat J. Baldwin (Blackbird Leys)
P. McGrath (Kidlington) beat P. Sharman (Carterton) 21-14
B. Bloomfield beat R. Green (South Oxford) 21-15
P. Lopez beat B. Clarke (Woodstock) 21-12
D. Leafield (Chipping Norton) beat M. Fraser (Middle Barton) 21-4
M. Charlett beat W. Campion 21-16
S. Watts beat K. Alder 21-20
B. Bloomfield beat P. McGrath 21-12
P. Lopez beat D. Leafield 21-8

Banbury Borough Four shine in HCBA Championships

The Banbury Borough rink of Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, Paul Hilton and George Schwab brought Sunday’s HCBA Championships at the South Oxford BC to a close in the most dramatic way, with the skips from both teams playing the perfect shot with their last wood of the game.
With the Borough boys having taken 12 of the first 17 ends and looking comfortable with a 16-10 lead, six shots from the next three ends saw their Buckinghamshire opponents from Aylesbury Town BC draw level going into the final end.
All the other finals had been decided and everyone watched as the Oxfordshire four held shot with each skip having one wood left. The Buckinghamshire skip, Keith Stratful played his last wood, resting out the shot wood to hold two.
Schwab delivered his wood, the shouts from his team-mates indicated a result was on, and suddenly the jack was moved, a couple of ricochets and then it finally stopped. One to Oxfordshire, the title was theirs.

Middlesex were the major winners on the day with Ron Edgar, Phil Shepherd and David Pitt (Masonians) taking the Triples, Chris Harris & Tony Waller (Ladygate) the Pairs and Attilio Ciampini (Uxbridge) the Singles,

Fourteen year old Ajay Morphett (Spartan) Sussex completed the finals, winning the Under 25 singles against Oxfordshire’s Sam Watts.

The programme and results are available on the HCBA website.

National Top Club: Banbury Central Runners Up

National County Top Club Runners Up

Banbury Central BC are the 2015 Bowls England Women’s National Top Club runners up after just losing out to the reigning champions Egham BC. The team consisted of Carole Galletely in the singles, Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion in the pairs, Gill Hunt, Sue Waring and Anne Norton in the triples and Melody Sykes, June Bone, Brenda Havard and Mary Tee in the fours with reserves of Gill Sharpe and Eloise Jones. The Banbury team beat strong teams from Derbyshire and Leicestershire to reach the final with the Egham team from Surrey winning on a shot difference.

Final Rink Scores:

Singles: 8-21
Pairs: 20-14
Triples: 15-28
Fours: 28-18

Quarter Final: Banbury Central BC (Oxon) bt Stute BC (Derbs) 3-1
Semi-final: Banbury Central BC (Oxon) bt Kingscroft BC (Leics) 3-1
Final: Egham BC (Surrey) bt Banbury Central BC (Oxon) 2-2

The Men’s top club saw Carterton reach the semi finals before losing out to Garston BC from Hertfordshire.

Quarter Final: Carterton BC (Oxon) bt Norfolk BC (Norfolk) 3-2
Semi-final: Garston BC (Herts) bt Carterton BC (Oxon) 3-2

Ladies County Top Club won by City & County

The final of the Ladies County Top Club was played at Banbury Chestnuts on a lovely autumnal morning on Sunday 6th September 2015 and was won by Oxford City and County BC with a total of 4 – 0 against Witney Town BC.


Oxford City & County first

Singles: Shirley Crick 21, Val Hill 11.
Pairs: Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry 31, Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield 18.
Triples: Julie Jackson, Margaret Stacey and Marion Darton 23, Jean Smith, Yvonne Hodgkinson, France’s Riley 21.
Fours: Jody Flitter, Eileen O’Shea, Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson 22, Margaret Ludlow, Lyn Cooper, Jan Cameron and Jill Hutchins 13.

Headington A celebrate League & Cup double

League Cup Winners 2015

League title winners Headington A, were crowned ‘double’ champions for the second year running, after celebrating victory in the Oxfordshire Bowls League Cup final.
Having defeated their B side in the semi-final, Headington A came up against 3 times winners Banbury Central A on the floodlit green at Kidlington.

At the half way stage there was nothing to choose between the sides, as Central led on 3 of the 4 rinks but were still equal on shots over all. Headington’s rink of John Nichols, Steve Hainge, Paul Mabbutt, and Jason King were proving the difference between the 2 sides and were able to dominate short jacks to help stretch their lead. As the darkness descended Headington managed to step up a gear across all four rinks, finishing the last 5 ends strongly to romp to a 29 shot victory. Will Campion’s four went down fighting, with a narrow win for Central, and Nigel Galletly’s rink held on for a well fought draw.

A delighted team captain, Mark Charlett commented, “To collect the League and Cup double for the fifth time is a great finish to the season and I’m delighted with the success we’ve had at the club again this year. I’d also like to congratulate Banbury Central A on a good battle and Kidlington Bowls Club for being such excellent hosts again”.

Headington A 79, Banbury Central A 50: N Rae-Welsh 20, I Whelpton 9; H Watts 16, W Campion 17; M Charlett 16, N Galletly 16; J King 27, K McNeil 8.

Carterton and Banbury Central through to top club finals

Carterton men and Banbury Central ladies have qualified for the national top club quarter finals which will take place at Leamington Spa on Saturday 12th & 3th September.

Carterton men will play Norfolk BC, Norfolk on Saturday 12th September 2:30pm on B green while Banbury Central ladies will face Stute BC, Derbyshire on Saturday 12th September at 10:30am on A green.

The teams selected are as follows:

Caterton BC

Two-Wood: Stuart Richens
Singles: Sammy Timms
Pairs: Bob Turley & Baden Sparkes
Triples: Tim Jupp, David Clanfield & Paul Sharman
Fours: Chris Weedon, Remy Clanfield, Gordon Walker & Robbie Clanfield
Reserves: Andy Martin, Any Wise

Banbury Central BC

Singles: Carole Galletly
Pairs: Pam Shepherd, Caroline Campion
Triples: Gill Hunt, Sue Waring & Anne Norton
Fours: Melody Sykes, June Bone, Brenda Havard & Mary Tee
Reserves: Gill Sharpe, Eloise Jones

Under 25s and Under 31’s – Final Weekend

Oxfordshire’s White Rose team lost out in the national semi-final against eventual winners Devon at Leamington on Sunday. Playing at this stage of the competition for the first time since 1991 and for only the second time ever, the Oxon players went into the game with belief in themselves and confident of a good performance but could unfortunately not reproduce great form of the four qualifying rounds and eventually went down by 13 shots (29-42).

Devon went on to beat Northants in the final to complete the men’s hatrick of Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy and White Rose.

Oxfordshire White Rose team 2015

The previous day, Oxfordshire’s Under 31s ladies played Leicestershire in the Amy Rose and in a tense finish won on the extra end having been involved in a game that swung both ways as it progressed. The final score was 47-46. Emma Dickson of Woodstock made her debut in the competition having been reserve for the past couple of years. In the quarter-final the girls came up against strong opposition in the form of Somerset and despite being within two shots at one stage could not take the lead and eventually lost 30-48.

Both men’s and ladies teams can be justly proud of their achievements this season and have represented the county in very positive fashion.

Amy Rose Team 2015

To round off the bank holiday weekend of junior bowls, Watlington BC hosted the eighth Under 25s Day on Monday, The weather conditions were not favourable but, as is normal for this event, players, organisers and supporters alike all got on with it and had another thoroughly enjoyable day. Six teams competed in a day long round robin with the longest ever Bowl for Goal competition at lunchtime (won by Thame’s Graham Penn with 4 goals out of 4…a first!). Luke Gilbert from Banbury Central, Ollie John of Woodstock and Chipping Norton’s David Leighfield all played in the day for the first time with Luke and David both taking home medals. Luke and Ollie are new bowlers while David has joined us from Wiltshire.
The competition was eventually won by a four skipped by Joe Woodward with Ryan Full, Emma Gilkes and Jonathan Dadson. Second were Shane Cooper, Jazz Alder, Luke Gilbert and Bradley Squires and third place went to David Leighfield, Will Soden, Claire Soden and Brandon King.

Following the success of the raffle in 2010 a second ‘buy a square’ draw was started during the day to again raise funds for shirts, equipment and events for the Under 25s and to aid in keeping costs down for players and their parents. The draw will be made during next year’s event. First prize is a set of AeroBowls. If anyone (or club) would like to purchase a square or squares for £1.00 each, please contact Steve Gilkes.

Sadly the weekend also saw the end of six players’ Under 25s careers. Ryan Full, Dean May, Gary May, George Schwab, Dan Wakeman and Joe Woodward all move on through age.

Watlington Under 25s Day Winners 2015