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20 September 2021

Wally Draper RIP

We have heard the sad news that Wally Draper passed away on Saturday after a long illness. Wally was a long standing member of Richmond Park BC and was President of the Men’s County in 2005 and an Honorary Life member of Bowls Hampshire. Our thoughts are with Pam and her family at this sad time


We have been advised that the funeral service will be at Bournemouth Crematorium East Chapel at 11.00am on Friday 8 October. There is a restriction of 90 people attending and no standing. The will then be refreshments afterwards at the Mayfair Hotel, 27 Bath Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2NW. No flowers by request but Donations may be made via this link under "Funeral Notices" on the funeral directors website - Funeral Directors in Poole, Dorset | Yeatmans | Dignity Funerals - to the British Heart Foundation

21 September 2021


Competition Photographs

Photographs of the competition winners have been uploaded onto the 2021 Competition page

19 September 2021


Leamington Final Weekend - Men’s Top Club

Sadly Atherley were defeated 2 - 3 in the Semi Final of the Men’s Top Club by Bromley this morning


18 September 2021

Home Counties Knockout Final

Saturday, September 19th 2021


Home Counties Final at Egham – Sussex v Hampshire


There was a slow start by Hampshire in the final, being 8 shots behind after 10 ends on the 6 rinks. However this gap remained fairly constant throughout the morning with Sussex eventually coming out on top with a win by 4 shots 119

Leamington Final Weekend - Team Competitions

This weekend sees the last action from the Bowls England Finals and Hampshire has three teams taking part in the Club team events


In the Tony Allcock Trophy Alton Social faced Banbury Central in the Quarter Final but unfortunately were defeated by 12 shots to 28

In the Women’s Top Club Oakley played Appleyard in the Quarter Final but also sadly were defeated 0 - 4

There was better news for Atherley in the Men’s Top Club as they defeated Langwith Junction in the Quarter Final and won all five disciplines. They will now play Bromley in the Semi Final tomorrow morning

05 September 2021

Leamington Day 18 - Balcomb Trophy

Today was the final day of the main Championships at Leamington and our Men’s Balcomb Trophy team were in the semi final against Somerset. Both rinks of Adam Clark, John Keat, Gary Starks, Jim Marsland and Jason Rogers, Chris Cranham, Colin Thresher, Leo May won to give us a 45 shots to 30 victory. In the Final we faced Northamptonshire and despite a good start unfortunately we were defeated overall by 34 shots to 40 to leave us agonisingly just short of a National Title

04 September 2021

Leamington Day 17 - Women’s Senior Pairs

This morning Janet Ballard and Susan Barnes of Waterside played in the Quarter Final of the Women’s Senior Pairs but unfortunately were defeated by Devon

Leamington Day 17 - Mixed Fours

This morning also saw the start of the Mixed Fours and the rink of Terri Beech, Annie Carter, Paul Schofield and David Sims of Alton played Gloucestershire in the First Round but unfortunately were defeated

03 September 2021

Leamington Day 16 - Mixed Pairs

Sharon Varndell of Braeside and Peter Ward of Ringwood played in the Quarter Final of the Mixed Pairs this morning and won against Kent by 17 shots to 13. In the Semi Final they faced a very strong pair from Essex and were unfortunately defeated but another great performance to reach the last four

Leamington Day 16 - Men’s Senior Pairs

The Men’s Senior Pairs started this morning for the Southbourne pair of Lee Croad and Steve Hockham but unfortunately they were defeated by Hertfordshire in the First Round

Leamington Day 16 - Women’s Senior Pairs

It was also the start of the Women’s Senior Pairs and Janet Ballard and Susan Barnes of Waterside won their First Round match against Durham by 24 shots to 9. They will now play in the Round of 16 this afternoon. Janet and Susan went on to win the second match by 21 shots to 4 and will now play in the Quarter Final tomorrow morning  


02 September 2021

Leamington Day 15 - Women’s Senior Singles

In the Quarter Final of the Women’s Senior Singles this morning Janet Williamson of Hyde Abbey faced Yorkshire and won the last six ends to secure a 21 shots to 14 win. In the Semi Final Janet was up against Sussex and found herself 16 shots to 20 down but again won the last four ends to win by 21 shots to 20 to reach the Final. In the Final Janet faced Nottinghamshire and again found herself behind before staging another comeback. Sadly this time it was not to be and Janet was defeated by 18 shots to 21 but another fantastic achievement to reach a National Final and come so close to the title

Leamington Day 15 - Men’s Senior Singles

Unfortunately Chris Daniels of Boscombe Cliff was defeated by Bedfordshire this morning in the Quarter Final of the Men’s Senior Singles

Leamington Day 15 - Mixed Pairs

The Mixed Pairs started this morning and we had two teams Hampshire. In the early First Round Peter Ward of Ringwood and Sharon Varndell played against Middlesex and won through by 21 shots to 11. Unfortunately it was not such a good result for Leo May of Cove and Margaret Holden of Alton Social as they were defeated by Essex. In the Round of 16 it was another win for Peter and Sharon to reach the Quarter Final which they will play tomorrow morning


01 September 2021


Leamington Day 14 - Men’s Champion of Champion’s Singles

This morning Daniel Taylor of Cove played in the Quarter Final of the Men’s National Champion of Champion’s Singles and won through against Nottinghamshire by 21 shots to 14. That put him into the Semi Final where he was drawn against Commonwealth Games player Jamie Chestney from Devon. In a very close match sadly Daniel was defeated by a single shot, losing 20 - 21, but he can be very proud of a fantastic achievement to come so close to reaching a National Final


Leamington Day 14 - Women’s Senior Singles

This morning saw the start of the Women’s Senior Singles and it was a win in the First Round for Janet Williamson of Hyde Abbey against Huntingdonshire. In the Second Round Janet faced Wiltshire and won again to reach the quarter final which she will play tomorrow morning

Leamington Day 14 - Men’s Senior Singles

At the same time the Men’s Senior Singles also started and Chris Daniels of Boscombe Cliff won his First Round match against Surrey. In the Second Round Chris repeated the win against Dorset and will be back tomorrow morning to play in the Quarter Final

 

31 August 2021

Leamington Day 13 -Women’s 2 Bowl Singles


It was another disappointing day for Hampshire as the Women’s 2 Bowl Singles started this morning. In the Preliminary Round there was defeat for Sharon Varndell of Braeside and unfortunately it was the same result in the First Round for Sue Brightman of Milton Park

Leamington Day 13 - Men’s 2 Bowl Singles

The Men’s 2 Bowl Singles also started this morning and we had success in the Preliminary Round as Peter Ward of Ringwood won against Dorset. Unfortunately David Sims of Alton lost his First Round Match. Peter however went on to win his First Round Match against Suffolk and followed this up with a Second Round win against Lincolnshire to reach the Quarter Final. Playing his fourth game of the day unfortunately he was then beaten by the eventual runner up from Essex

Leamington Day 13 - Men’s Champion of Champion’s Singles

Late afternoon saw the start of the Men’s Champion of Champion’s Singles and in the Round of 16 there was a 21 shots to 15 win for Daniel Taylor of Cove against Middlesex. Daniel is now into the Quarter Final against Nottinghamshire which he will play tomorrow morning

30 August 2021


Leamington Day 12 - Women’s Senior Fours

The Alton Social rink of Lesley Johnson, Alice Atwell, Hazel Marke and Margaret Holden played in the Quarter Final of the Women’s Senior Fours this morning against Berkshire and won by 17 shots to 12. In the Semi Final this afternoon they faced Yorkshire but started slowly and were 0 - 6 down after 4 ends. At ten ends they were still five shots adrift but a good last five ends saw them reach the final with a two shot win. They now play Lincolnshire in the Final this afternoon. Update - unfortunately it was a similar start as in the semi final and despite a good comeback the final ended in defeat but again a fantastic achievement to reach a National Final   


Leamington Day 12 - Men’s Junior Singles

Sadly not a good day for our Men’s Junior Singles players as Reece Graham of Alton Social lost in the Preliminary Round and this was followed up by defeat for Lewis Brimble of Knyveton Gardens in the First Round


29 August 2021

Leamington Day 11 - Men’s Junior Pairs

In the Quarter Final this morning, Ashley Nethercliffe of Oakley and Reece Graham of Alton Social won through against Cornwall to reach the Semi Final but unfortunately they were defeated by Northamptonshire

Leamington Day 11 - Women’s Junior Pairs

Sadly it was to to be a repeat of success in the Women’s Junior Pairs for Alice Lovett of Oakely who, along with Grace Read of Milton Park, were defeated in the first round by a very strong pair from Devon

Leamington Day 11 - Women’s Senior Fours

The Alton Social four of Lesley Johnson, Alice Atwell, Hazel Marke and Margaret Holden started with a win in the first round against Somerset and followed this up with a Second Round win this afternoon against Northamptonshire this afternoon. This puts them into the Quarter Final which they will play tomorrow morning


28 August 2021

Leamington Day 10 - Women’s Junior Singles

At last some great success to report for Hampshire as Alice Lovett of Oakley comfortably won her Junior Singles Quarter Final this morning by 21 shots to 4. Alice then progressed to the National Final by winning her Semi Final by 21 shots to 13. Sadly that there was the magic ended as she lost the final to Leicestershire but to reach a National Final is a fantastic achievement


Leamington Day 10 - Men’s Senior Fours  

Today also saw the start for the Atherley Men’s Senior Four of Mark Burnett, John Keat, Gary Carter and Colin Thresher who won their First Round match against Gloucestershire. Unfortunately they were defeated in the Second Round later this afternoon


Leamington Day 10 - Men’s Junior Pairs

More good news however as Reece Graham of Alton Social and Ashley Nethercliffe of Oakley won their First Round match against Berkshire and then repeated the win in the Second Round later this afternoon against Lancashire. That puts them into the Quarter Final which they will play tomorrow morning
 

27 August 2021

Leamington Day 9 - Women’s Junior Singles

This morning saw the start of the  Women’s Junior Singles but it was another defeat as Molly Firth of Milton Park was beaten in the preliminary round


However there was finally a win for Hampshire in the afternoon first round as Alice Lovett of Oakley won her match by a single shot. Alice then went on to win the second round match later this afternoon and will now play in the quarter final tomorrow morning

26 August 2021


Leamington Day 8 - Men’s Fours


This morning saw the start of the Men’s Fours and the Boscombe Cliff rink of Bob Kelly, Russell Morgan, Alan Geary and Chris Daniels were drawn in the preliminary round which they won against Durham. They will now play in the first round this afternoon, along with the Cove rink who had a bye

In the afternoon first round matches the Cove rink of Sam Selby, Chris Cranahm, Leo May and Jim Marsland were defeated by Buckinghamshire and unfortunately there was also no further progress for the Boscombe Cliff four who lost to Hertfordshire

25 August 2021

Leamington Day 7 - Men’s Triples

The Cove triple of Chris Cranham, Leo May and Jim Marsland faced Devon in the Men’s Triples quarter final this morning but agonisingly lost by a single shot in a very close match

Leamington Day 7 - Women’s Singles

Our run of disappointing results continued in the Women’s Singles which started this morning. Kate Fyfield of Alton Social was defeated in the preliminary round and clubmate Margaret Holden also lost early this afternoon in the first round  

24 August 2021

Leamington Day 6 - Men’s Triples

A better day at last for Hampshire at Leamington. The Atherley Men’s triple of Jason McLean, Jody Bright and Simon Doig won their preliminary round match this morning but were unfortunately defeated on an extra end in the first round this afternoon

The Cove triple of Chris Cranham, Leo May and Jim Marsland were given a bye to the first round in which they won against Cambridgeshire. In the second round this afternoon they then beat Derbyshire to reach the quarter final tomorrow morning when they will play Devon  

23 August 2021

Leamington Day 5 - Women’s Pairs

The Women’s Pairs started this morning but unfortunately it was another disappointing result as Rosemary Bailey and Sheena Mack of Fareham were defeated by just a single shot in the preliminary round


The Cove pair of Jan Allen and Sarah Bowen played their first round match at 12.30pm but unfortunately also lost

22 August 2021

Leamington Day 4 - Men’s Pairs

Today saw the start of the Men’s Pairs but the disappointing results for our teams continued. In the preliminary round this morning the Oakley pair of Ashley Nethercliffe and Nick Hardy lost to Durham and the Southsea Waverley pair of Rob Moran and Matt Marchant suffered the same outcome in the first round against Buckinghamshire

21 August 2021


Leamington Day 3 - Women’s Triples

The Cove triple of Jan Allen, Karen Cranham and Sarah Bowen were given a walkover in the preliminary roound of the Women’s Triples this morning when their opposition had to withdraw due to Covid-19 but were then defeated in the first round

Unfortunately it was a silmialr outcome in the first round for the Alton Social triple of Lesley Johnson, Hazel Marke and Margaret Holden to end Hampshire’s involvement


20 August 2021


Leamington - Day 2 - Men’s Singles

This morning saw the start of the Men’s Singles but unfortunately Colin James of Waterside was defeated in the preliminary round

Better news in the afternoon as Adam White won his first round match and will play again later this afternoon in the second round. Unfortunately Adam was then defeated in the second round

19 August 2021

Leamington - Day 1 - Women’s Fours


The National Championships start this morning and we wish good luck to all players from Hampshire. The first event is the Women’s Fours where we have teams from Milton Park and Pelhams taking part

The Milton Park rink of Sue Brightman, Tina Chambers, Wendy Brown and Alex Tymon were unfortunately defeated by Worcestershire in the preliminary round this morning. Pelhams start their first round match this afternoon


Sadly the Pelhams four of Rosemary Beales, Val Charig, Jennie Cooper and Pat Horgan lost in the first round this afternoon to complete a disappointing day for Hampshire

14 August 2021


Home Counties


In their first season in the Home Counties Hampshire have reached the final of the knockout competition with a 14 shot win over Surrey at Croydon


The rink scores were:


Andy Anderson 8 - 28

Richard Shelley 26 - 17

Nathan Durman 33 - 6

Colin Thresher 15 - 21

Jason Rogers 18 - 18

Gary Starks 22 -18


Score - Hampshire 122 - 108 Surrey


10 August 2021

Competition Finals


The programme for Finals Day on Saturday has been uploaded to the website

Competition Formats


There has been a lot of comment this season on the changes made by Bowls England to the competition formats and we wish to find out the views from as many competitors in Hampshire as possible to enable us to make a proper representation to Bowls England


We have devised a short survey and ask that you spend a couple of minutes completing this form to express your views. If you wish to expand and add further comments please complete a separate sheet. To ensure all answers and comments truly reflect the views of those within Hampshire we ask that you include your name and email address, along with the name of your Club


A copy of the survey can be found via the link below or the page on the home page of the website. All responses should be emailed by 31 August to survey@bowlshampshire.com


Click here for Survey form


07 August 2021

Johns Trophy

Sadly our run in this season’s Johns Trophy came to an end this afternoon in the quarter final against defending champions Surrey at Horsham. In a much closer match than the last time we played we won on 3 rinks but lost by 108 shots to 122


The rink scores were:


S Dyson 19-18

S Pullin 14-27

H Marke 15-18

J Ballard 26-16

J Williamson 13-27

M Holden 21-16


24 July 2021

Johns Trophy


A good win for the Johns Trophy team this afternoon playing Berkshire at Pewsey Vale BC. Winning four of the six rinks we won by 127 shots to 110. In the next round on Saturday 7 August we face Surrey County WBA in the area final which will be at Horsham BC

Rink scores were:

S Dyson 26-19

S Pullin 28-8

H Marke 16-31

J Ballard 21-12

J Williamson 10-26

M Holden 26-14


Middleton Cup

Sadly it was not such a good result for our Middleton Cup team against Kent at Worthing Pavilion BC as we were defeated by 107 shots to 143


Rink Scores were:

N Durman 17-24
C Daniels 15-21
J Marsland 23-18
R Shelley 17-22

G Starks 19-24

L May 16-32

18 July 2021

Balcomb Trophy

An excellent day for Hampshire in the regional semi final and final at Bromley BC


In the morning semi final we faced Surrey and we won by 44 shots to 32


Adam Clark, John Keat, Gary Starks, Jim Marsland 22 - 14

Jason Rodgers, Chris Cranham, Colin Thresher, Leo May 22 - 18


In the afternoon final we played Bowls Oxfordshire and won again by 44 shots to 21


Adam Clark, John Keat, Gary Starks, Jim Marsland 23 - 10

Jason Rodgers, Chris Cranham, Colin Thresher, Leo May 21 - 11


This puts us into the national semi final where we will face Somerset at Royal Leamigton BC on Sunday 5 September

Amy Rose Trophy


In the regional semi final this morning our Amy Rose team won a close match against Wiltshire by 42 shots to 39 but in the Regional final this afternoon we lost by 19 shots to 45 against Somerset


17 July 2021

Home Counties BA Knockout Cup

In the quarter final of this new competition for Hampshire this morningwe faced Middlesex CBA at Banister Park and won through by 126 shots to 108 to set upa semifinal away to Surrey on Saturday 14 August

The rinks scores were:


M Wise 27 S Boyle 14

C Thresher 20 B Gibson 19

A Anderson 22 T Waller 17

N Durman 16 D Pitt 16

A White 20 R Innes 22

C Daniels 21 J Rowlands 17


12 July 2021

Amy Rose Trophy

Details of the team selected for our Amy Rose match against Wiltshire this Sunday has been added to the website


11 July 2021

Balcomb Trophy

A good result for the Men’s Balcomb Trophy team away at Buckinghamshire this morning, winning on both rinks and by an overall score of 48 shots to 41. In the regional semi next Sunday morning we play Surrey at Bromley and again in the final in the afternoon if we win

Rink Scores were:

Leo May 26 - 24
Chris Daniels 22 - 17

Walker Cup

Sadly it was not such good news in the Women’s Walker Cup against Surrey this afternoon as we were well beaten overall by 17 shots to 48
 

Rink Scores were:


Hazel Marke 11 - 25
Margaret Holden 6 - 23

   
10 July 2021

Middleton Cup

A very good win today in the first round of the Middleton Cup against Bowls Isle of Wight. Playing three rinks at home and away we won by 126 shots to 110. In the next round on 24 July we face Kent County BA


Rink Scores were:

N Durman 18-12
C Daniels 25-24
J Marsland 23-14
T Orr 22-22

G Starks 18-25

L May 20-13

Johns Trophy

An even better win for the Johns Trophy team playing Buckinghamshire at Sutton BC. Winning five of the six rinks we won by 136 shots to 97. In the next round on 24 July we face Berkshire County WBA

Rink scores were:

S Dyson 18-18

S Pullin 22-15

H Marke 21-18

J Ballard 25-16

J Williamson 31-12

M Holden 19-18


03 July 2021

Women’s Senior Teams


Details of the teams selected for the Johns Trophy and Walker Cup matches have been added to the relevant pages

28 June 2021


Men’s Senior Teams

Details of the teams selected for the Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy and Home Counties matches have been added to the relevant pages


14 June 2021

White Rose Trophy

Details of the team selected for our White Rose match against Kent this Sunday has been added to the website


13 June 2021

Junior Championships

Our Junior Singles and Pairs competitions took place this weekend and congratulations to all who have qualified for Leamington. A report on the matches can be found via this link

02 June 2021


We plan to issue Newsletters to all clubs which along with increased use of social media, will hopefully improve communications within the County. The first Newsletter can be seen via the link on the home page or by clicking here

20 May 2021

Assistant Secretary


It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Cynthia Abraham, our Assistant Secretary has decided to step down with immediate effect from her role within the County for personal reasons


Cynthia has worked tirelessly for Hampshire County for over 20 years initially as Secretary of Hampshire County Women's Bowling Association and then following unification in 2010 as Assistant Secretary of Bowls Hampshire


Cynthia has a wealth of knowledge which will be hard to replace and I know I speak on behalf of all our bowlers both past and present when I thank Cynthia for all her dedication and hard work on behalf of the County but also at a National level when she worked on the archiving steering committee for Bowls England

County Teams Trial

The details of the invited players for the County Teams trial on Sunday 27 June have been added to the website on the Middleton Cup page

26 April 2021

County Development Officer

Bowls Hampshire have appointed Peter Little as our County Development Officer. Peter who plays at Cowplain Bowls Club in the East Area has taken up this position with immediate effect and will be looking to assist clubs with their drive to increase membership


We thank Peter for taking on this position and wish him every success

26 April 2021

Championship and County Competition Draws

The draws for all Championships and County Competitions have now been uploaded onto the website


09 March 2021

Bowls Big Weekend

Details of the Bowls England ‘Bowls Big Weekend’ can be found via this link. Clubs are encouraged to sign up to receive early notification of details and resources


03 March 2021

2021 Competitions

During the past few days Bowls England have been in consultation with all County Associations regarding the playing of competitive bowls during the coming season. Various timescales and options have been discussed and they have indicated that they will be updating counties by 22 March at the latest as to the guidelines and schedule for 2021


On receipt of this information we will, as an association, be able to review all playing arrangements and then publish all County draws and dates. It is  hoped that we will be able to complete all our competitions in 2021 but we are like everyone dependent on Government and Bowls England guidelines

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