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September 3rd, 2015:

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

U25 Four Counties Cup cancelled

‘The Under 25s Four Counties Cup scheduled for 6th September at South Oxford BC is cancelled due to Bucks and Middx being unable to raise teams. We are looking to reschedule the event for May 2016’.

HCL: Oxon lose final game

Oxfordshire travelled to Bletchley Town BC on Saturday 29th August to play Buckinghamshire in the final match in the Home Counties league.

The match started with both sides finding their way and Oxfordshire had a 1 shot lead after 5 ends. From thereon Buckinghamshire slowly took control of the match dominating three rinks and narrowly winning a fourth rink.

Jason King’s rink were 5 shots down after 14 ends but then took then took the next 6 ends and despite losing a single on the last end they won by 4.

Chris Earl’s four struggled throughout and lost by 16.

After a slow start Melvin Brain’s four recovered from 8-2 down after 8 ends to win comfortably by 12 shots.

Ian Whelpton’s rink were leading by 10 shots after 15 ends but Bucks took 5 of the last 6 ends to win by 1.

Alan Ley’s rink were only 3 shots down after 15 ends but also lost 5 of the last 6 to lose by 13 shots.

Kevin Alder’s four were in contention on most ends but local knowledge of an end rink by the Bucks skip proved an advantage to the home side who won by 18 shots.

Oxfordshire 100 shots 4 points Buckinghamshire 132 shots 18 points.

Oxfordshire finished the league program with a single win and 4040 points to finish in 6th place, finishing ahead of Berkshire.

Rink scores

P Lopez D Latter G Schwab J King 18, C Hounslow D Dickson J Efde R Doddinton 14;
S Tolhurst A Smith G Hooker C Earl 9, C Kirk R Nimmo I Harvey K Smith 25;
T Gripe J McGeough A Hall M Brain 23, B Ferns p Musgrave K Struthful M Golder 11;
H Beal T Beaumont S Jones I Whelpton 21, K Higgins K Higgins R Hill N Farnish 22;
M Jones R Jackson N Galletly A Ley 16, N Harvey A Litchfield A Squires D Ross 29;
B Bloomfield P Latter P Skidmore K Alder 13, H Axelson D Heller N Clifton M Drage 31.