A warm welcome
and District Bowls Association
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In the National Champion
of Champions Martin Ellis of Lee-on-Solent BC
agonisingly lost his Last 16 match 21-20 in an
18th Aug 2016
County Club Finals
Southsea Waverley who won the Bowls
Hampshire’s County Club Competition
after a titanic struggle with Cove in
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
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
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
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.
Rowland Cup Winners - Waverley BC
Below: 2016 Rowland Cup R/U - Fareham BC
28th June 2016
Not Everything is
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
All who attended
thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as can be seen in
these delightful pictures.
VIEWS FROM THE HEAD
Appreciate the bowls scene
from the whimsical point of view of our resident 'roving' reporter - DW
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Your attention is
drawn to the Child Protection Policies now being
applied. Please refer to the
Protection section for details and
downloadable forms that must be used.
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 by
before it is
If you have
let us know.
will be of
to fill gaps
it before we
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.
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