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27th Sept 2016


Louis' Triumphant Travels


The middle of September was a busy time for Southsea Waverley’s Louis McCubbin as he travelled the length and breadth of Britain playing for Bowls England’s Junior International Teams.

The weekend of 10th/11th September saw him in Scotland as part of England’s Men’s Under 25 team who were playing in the British Isles Bowls Council Junior International Series, held at the Moray Bowls Club. This competition feature teams representing England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland.


In last year’s competition, which saw Louis getting his 1st cap, England lost out to Wales on shot difference, so they were hoping to make up for it this year.


In their 1st match on Saturday morning, England defeated Scotland by 5shots, with the rink Louis was playing Lead in going down to a 12shot defeat.


His rink turned that around in the 2nd game in the afternoon against holders Wales, recording a 2shot win. However, the match result was decided on the final end, with England going into it trailing by 4shots overall. With the skips to bowl, England held two shots and England’s skip held his nerve to calmly draw two more shots which secured a well-deserved draw.


All that meant that England could secure the title with victory against Ireland in their final match which they did in emphatic style with a 40 shot victory, with Louis’ rink recording a 14shot win.


England’s victory meant they have now won the series three times in the last four years.


But that was not the end of Louis travels, as on the weekend of 17th/18th September he was in Wales playing for England’s Under 18 Mixed Team which took on Wales’ Under 18’s in the second Under 18 Test Series between the two countries at the Barry Athletic Bowls Club.


The Test Series consisted of a mix of Boys, Girls & Mixed matches, with points being awarded for each match won & drawn. Louis played in three of the games.


On Saturday, he led in a Boy’s Pairs that won 32-11. He then followed that up in the afternoon by skipping a Mixed Triple which drew 14all. Finally, on the Sunday morning, he played 3 in a rinks match and won again, 23-17.


All those results helped England win the match series 13-11.



Marchant in England's 2017 BIBC Team


Congratulations to Matt Marchant who has been selected as part of Bowls England team for the BIBC International Series to be held at Belmont BC, Belfast from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd July 2017.


Matt was part of the England team who won the 2016 series.



Midweek Triples Section Play Offs

The curtain was brought down on the 2016 season as the Midweek Triples Play-Off’s to find the Town and District Champions were held.

In the Town Section, the Blue Division winners, Vospers Blue, took on the Red winners, College Park Red, met each other for the 6th time in 10 years.

In the 1st leg, played at Northern Parade, the Vospers triple skipped by Ray Porter sped into an 8shot lead by the 8th end, but this was offset by the College Park triple of Ray Markwell, who were 7up at the same point. By the end of the match Ray Porter’s triple lead had been cut so that they only won by 4shots, whilst Ray Markwell’s had extended their lead to win by 12shots. As the other triple was tied, it meant that College took an 8shot lead into the 2nd leg.

In the 2nd game, College held a slender 1shot lead after 5ends which was reversed by the 10th end. By the 15th end, thanks to Dave Smith’s triple, College had moved into an 8shot lead which proved to be key, as fight backs on the Vospers triples of Ray Porter & Dave Harding meant that Vospers won the leg by 2shots.

All of which meant that College Park Reds had retained their Town title by 6shots overall.

In the District Section, the East winners, Bedhampton, took on the West winners, Rowner A.

In the 1st leg, Bedhampton took full advantage of being at home in the 1st leg to build up a near impregnable 43shot advantage. The only Rowner triple that managed to handle the carpet was that of Ian Rogers, who only lost by 3shots, whilst the other two triples lost heavily.

To have any chance of getting back into the game, Rowner had to make a fast start in the 2nd leg on their green. However, the Bedhampton team didn’t let that happen. In fact, the triple of Mick New took the battle to their Rowner opponents and built up an 11shot lead by the 9th end to effectively end the game. In the end, Bedhampton won the leg by 15shots to take the District title by 58shots overall.



5th September 2016

P&D Competitions

The P&D Outdoor Season is nearing its end. The Bank Holiday Weekend saw the culmination of the P&D Competitions that have been running since the middle of June and it was a busy time for some of the bowlers who had qualified in more than one Semi-Final, played at Milton Park.
Some had good results, others not, with Leigh Park’s Pete Robinson being one of the chief sufferers. Having reached 3 Semi’s, he unfortunately lost them all.

The Finals themselves were played at Alexandra BC and had two of last year’s winners trying to retain their titles.

In the Men’s Singles, Alex’s Jamie Cooke took on Fareham’s Dorian Bishop and took control of the game after 7ends, scoring a 3 and 4 to go 11-1 up. He never relinquished his grip on the game and finally won it 21-7, thereby retaining his title.

The Men’s Over 60’s Singles saw Fareham’s Charlie Bailey take on Portchester’s Dave Hill, the 1st time anyone from Portchester had reached Finals day. For Charlie, it was his 2nd Final of the day and it was his greater experience that told as he ran out the victor 21-6.

In the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy, Cowplain’s David Palmer took on Bob Curd from Denmead. It was a match that swung too and fro until the 17th end, when a 3 put David in command to go 18-13 and he finished things off shortly afterwards, winning 21-14.

The Men’s Pairs was between Waverley’s Robbie Moran & Tony Ingram against Priory’s Andrew Hibberd & John Peachem. It was a close game up to the 16th end, but a 3 for Robbie & Tony put them up by 6shots and they ensured that the Priory duo could score singles in the remaining ends they won, so that they took the trophy 22-18.

The Men’s Fours was between Fareham’s Bob Scottow, Richard Horler, Cyril Friend & Charlie Bailey against the Denmead quartet of Bob Curd, Ian Moy, Keith Roberts & Tony Sewell. The Fareham teammates took command from the off, racing into a 10zip lead by the 5th end and then turned the screw to be 25-4 up after 13ends. The Denmead quartet tried hard but called it a day after 19ends.

The Mixed Pairs was between Linda Maple (Fareham) & Andy McKain (Milton Park) and Lee-On-Solent’s Val & Jeff Passmore. It was a tight game up to the 10th end, but 4 & 2 on the next 2ends put Linda & Andy 15-8 up. A fightback by the Val & Jeff saw them pull back to be 2down by the 17th, but they then dropped another 6shots on the next 2ends which enabled Linda & Andy to see out the game 24-17.

The Mixed Triples saw the Pullin ensemble of Husband and Wife Tom & Sandy together with Sandy’s twin sister Carol from Fareham attempt to retain their title against Cowplain’s Brian Horn, Jane & Bryan Franklin. In a tight game, it was the two 5’s the Cowplain trio picked up, the 1st on the 6th which brought them back into the game and, more importantly, the 2nd on the 17th end that meant it was they who picked up the trophy, winning 22-17.

The Mixed Fours was between Bedhampton’s Sue Brightman, Ann Greenhouse, Jim & Jamie Ward against the quartet of Pat Macrae & Stella Parish of Milton Park Ladies and Mick Molloy & Mike Brown of Milton Park. Despite playing on carpet at home, the Bedhampton quartet were 24-15 up after 17ends but, at that point, the Milton four fought back and a five on the 19th end closed the gap to 2shots. Going into the last end, the Miltonians were 1down but picked up a two to take the game 25-24.


2016 P&D Champion Of Champions

The final P&D competition – the Champion Of Champions – was held last weekend at Milton Park.

Fifteen club champions turned up on the Saturday to take part in the competition and this number was whittled down to the last four who returned the next day to play the Semi-Finals and Final.

In Sunday's 1st Semi, Priory’s Andy Chadwick took on Bridgemary’s Peter Cooper. Andy took command from the off and moved into a 19-7 lead. At that point, nerves appeared to set in as Peter fought back to pick up 9shots in the next 4 ends to be 3 behind. However, Andy pulled himself back together to pick up a two on the next end to win the match and move into the Final. In the 2nd Semi, Fareham’s Charlie Bailey took on Crofton’s Charles Read. It was a tight game for the 1st 8ends, when the score was 8all. Charlie then called on his greater experience as he only lost 4 more ends as he won the game 21-12 after 18ends.

The Final was a mirror image of Charlie’s Semi, as Andy held him to 8all after 9ends. From that point, Charlie took over so that 7ends later, he won the title 21-8, his 4th in the last six years.

Charlie was presented the trophy by Martyn Reynolds, P&D Senior Vice President.




National Finals Update

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In the National Champion of Champions Martin Ellis of Lee-on-Solent BC agonisingly lost his Last 16 match 21-20 in an exciting game.


18th Aug 2016


County Club Finals

Congratulations to Southsea Waverley who won the Bowls Hampshire’s County Club Competition after a titanic struggle with Cove in the Final.

In the Semi’s, they saw of Eastleigh Railway, the Southern Area Champions, 92-73, whilst Cove, the Northern Area Champions, despatched Boscombe Cliff, the Western Area Champions, 78-54.

In the Final, Waverley raced off to a large lead, only for Cove to fight back so that with 2ends to play the scores were level. But the Waverley rink skipped by Gary Starks kept their nerve to pick up singles on each of them to win the match by 2shots.


Rowland Hospital Cup Final


Last Sunday, Southsea Waverley added the Rowland Hospital Cup to their trophy cabinet as they easily beat Fareham by 33shots to regain the trophy after losing out to Alexandra last year.

Waverley took command from the start and surge into a 22shots lead after 5ends. At the half-way point they were 17shots ahead and extended that to 36shots by the 15th. Fareham conceded defeat soon afterwards.



Above: 2016 Rowland Cup Winners - Waverley BC           Below: 2016 Rowland Cup R/U - Fareham BC



28th June 2016

Not Everything is about Bowls

For the last 20 years, Pembroke Gardens BC have been supporting local charities by running Fund Raising events as well as running Open Triples & Fours tournaments, proceeds from which are passed onto their chosen charity.

For the last two years, Pembroke have been supporting the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association (PDSA).

A few weeks ago, Pembroke held a Fund Raising event to which they invited a few families along who are members of the PDSA.

All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as can be seen in these delightful pictures.


Appreciate the bowls scene from the whimsical point of view of our resident 'roving' reporter - DW

Look out! Go there now...


Child Protection


Your attention is drawn to the Child Protection Policies now being applied. Please refer to the Child Protection section for details and downloadable forms that must be used.

Honours Boards

In keeping with the P&D's attempt to make a record of the history of Bowls and Bowlers in Portsmouth photographs are being added to the various honours boards as and when they become available. It is hoped this will capture memorabilia before it is lost to time and give everybody a chance to put faces to the many names who have achieved success in the sport. It can be nice to see faces of long lost friends and adversaries.

If you have photographs of any individual or team that have been honoured please let the Secretary borrow them so they may be copied and posted. Unless we make the effort now we may never get the chance again.

But please don't stop there. If you have photos of your club, its teams, the members or any events that might make interesting viewing we can add these to our photo gallery.

Let's not lose our history and heritage. Many thanks in anticipation.


The P&D needs your help

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We are presently trying to capture the history of the P&D by placing on record within this website as much information as possible before it is lost.

If you have anything that might help please let us know.

Things that will be of particular interest are old photos and information to fill gaps on honours boards.

Everything and anything will be gratefully received. Let's list it before we lose it.


A Big thank you

Our appreciation to everybody who has contributed in our quest to fill in the missing information on Honours Boards. Please keep it coming and we will eventually compile a complete record of all those who are worthy to call themselves winners in this great district.

We hope you find discovery of historical 'artefacts' relating to the P&D interesting.


Members of the P&D are actively encouraged to submit reports and photos of their matches, club activities or any articles that might be considered amusing or of general interest.



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