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September 22nd, 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.