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June 3rd, 2016:

U25s JHCL v Berks

The OBA U25s will play Berkshire in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Thatcham Bowls Club. The team has been selected: Oxon U25s v Berks JHCL

U25s: Success for the White Rose team

The OBA Under 25s White Rose team beat Buckinghamshire in the national double rink at Waddesdon on Sunday evening. Shane Cooper’s four beat Nathan Harvey’s rink by 22-11 while Chris Gilkes and his team overcame George Reid by 22-19. All round this was a very good performance in front of Oxon President Peter Latter, deputy Bill Jarvie and a good number of travelling supporters along with a very noisy home support. Thankyou to all that came along and supported the boys. It means a lot! By virtue of the win, qualification is secured for the regional finals at Croydon BC on 19th June.

The season kicked off for both junior squads with a friendly game against Kidlington BC on 1st May. Our thanks to the club for raising a team at short notice.

On Sunday 22nd May 2016 the OBA Under 25s played the annual pairs competition at South Oxford BC. Orren Bennett of Carterton and Joe Glenn, Oxford City & County ran out winners with Dan Swanson, Watlington and Bicester’s Brandon King runners up.

On the same day, also at South Oxford, the BOL Amy Rose squad took on Wiltshire in a friendly/practice game. It proved a good early season test for both teams with Wiltshire winning by six shots overall. 39-33:
Captain, Helen Young with Jody Flitter, April Shipton, Katie Bland and Claire Soden beat opposing captain Jo Richman by 19-15 while Oxon’s second rink of skip, Jazz Alder, Emma Gilkes, Katie Glenn, Dickson and Zoe Pratley were tied at 11 all but then a run of ends from England U18 star Katy Smith and her four saw them end up defeated 14-24. Nevertheless this was a good performance from Oxon with valuable experience and green time gained.
Next Game: Oxon take on Berkshire at Thatcham on Sunday 5th June at 10.30am in the Junior Home Counties League.

If anyone would like details of Under 25s bowls, how to get involved or if you have a young player at your club either playing or interested, please call
Steve Gilkes on: 07868 435052 or email stevegilkes@btinternet.com