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13th October 2017

Up the P&D!
After their efforts at the National Finals, our bowlers returned to play in their respective County Finals.

A magnificent performance by all saw P&D bowlers becoming County Champions in five disciplines.

Men's Junior County Pairs

The Alexandra pairing of Harry Hutchings and Danny Smith started the ball rolling when they became the first Bowls Hampshire Men’s Junior Pairs winners. (Right)

As Counties could only send 1 representative to the National Finals, this competition was played to a final on July 1st. In that game, the Alex lads took on Rowner’s Bradley Godden & Matt Sweetenham and won convincingly 24-6.

When the other finals began, we knew we were guaranteed two more Champions as the 4Wood Singles and Pairs were between P&D bowlers.


County Singles

Our 2nd champion was in the 4Wood Singles, where Fareham’s Charlie Bailey (pictured below) made up for his Leamington disappointments by beating Rowner’s Graeme Coles 21-15.

County Pairs

This was then followed up by Alexandra’s Steve Feilder & Paul Lawrence who beat Waverley’s John Biggs & Louis McCubbin 21-18 in the Pairs. (pictured below)



County Triples

Finally, in a game that had to be abandoned at the first time of asking, Priory’s Peter Alcock, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook edged through to win the Triples 17-16 (pictured above)


County 2 Wood Singles

Waverley’s Mike Aldren then added to the haul by winning the 2Wood Singles 21-8. (pictured above)


Junior County Singles

We did have one other finalist - Waverley’s Louis McCubbin in the Junior Singles.


Agonisingly, he mirrored his National Finals experience by again losing 20-21.

21st September 2017


The P&D at the Bowls England National Championship Finals


2017 was an eventful year for P&D bowlers, as a fair few reached this year’s Bowls England National Finals, held at Royal Leamington Spa.


The closest we had to getting a Finalist was in the Mixed Pairs, where Carla Woolvin & Marty Wake (sporting his good side below) unfortunately lost by 2 shots in the Semi-Final, having dispatched opposition from Middlesex and Somerset.



Three others did make it to the last 16 of their Competition:


- In the Men’s 4Wood Singles, Rowner’s Graeme Coles lost 12-21, having beaten opponents from Leicestershire & Surrey.

- In the Men’s Pairs, Waverley’s John Biggs & Louis McCubbin (pictured below) lost 16-26, having previously won their 1st & 2nd Round matches by the same score – 21-20!!



- In the new Junior (Under 25) Pairs, Alexandra’s Harry Hutchings & Danny Smith (pictured below) started off with an excellent extra end victory over a fancied pairing from Devon. They were then unfortunate to lose their last 16 match on the final end by 1shot.



Only one other bowler made it through the 1st round and that was Waverley’s Mike Aldren, who lost 11-14 in the 2nd round of the Men’s 2Wood Singles.

This is how our other representatives got on:


- In the Junior Singles, Waverley’s Louis McCubbin agonisingly lost 20-21 in his 1st round game.

- In the 4Wood Singles, Fareham’s Charlie Bailey, our other representative in this championship, fell in the 1st round.


- In the Pairs, Alexandra’s Steve Feilder & Paul Lawrence (pictured below),our other representative in this championship, agonisingly lost 17-18 in their 1st round match.



- In the Triples, Priory’s Peter Alcock, Roly Bloy & Adrian Snook lost in the Preliminary round, whilst Emsworth’s Merv Netley, Colin Clark & Allan Leppard lost their only game in the 1st round.


- Charlie Bailey’s experiences at Leamington were brief as he also lost in the 1st Round of the Champion Of Champions.


P&D 2017 Champion Of Champions

The P&D outdoor season wound up with the traditional Champion Of Champions competition where the Men’s Singles champions from the clubs that make up the P&D compete to see who is best.

Once again, Milton Park hosted the early rounds with the Semi’s and Final being played at Southsea Waverley.

On the Saturday, 16 Club Champions turned up for the draw and battle commenced at 9am.


In the 1st round, the closest match was between College Park’s Roy Lowless and Leigh Park’s John Blandford. In a tough match, Roy finally edged it 21-20.


The Quarter Finals saw three tense matches, with Star’s Simon Filippi beating Roy Lowless 21-19, Naismith’s Mick Chandler overcoming Vospers’ Dave Harding by the same score and Waverley’s Mike Aldren getting thru’ 21-16 against Purbrook’s Tony Wall. Denmead’s Glyn Jones had an easier time of it over Cosham’s Tony Hall.


Sunday’s Semi’s saw Simon Filippi take on Mick Chandler, whilst Mike Aldren met Glyn Jones.

The 1st match was tied at 8all after 8ends, at which point Simon took over as Mick lost his line to move ahead into a 17-8 lead by the end of the 15th end. The match ended 3ends later, Simon winning 21-10.


In the 2nd match, Mike found his line better than Glyn to move 11-2 up after 9ends. Glyn then fought back to reduce Mike’s lead to 3shots by the 14th end but then dropped a 4 to hand the initiative back to Mike who went onto win 21-12.


The final, played on a tricky rink, was nip and tuck until the 13th end, where Mike picked up a 4 to move 11-9 ahead. Two 3’s then had him 18-12 up after 18 but Simon fought back to bring the score back to 17-18. The pair then shared 2’s on the next 2 ends, with game ending on a lose end with Mike getting the single he needed to become the 2017 P&D Champion Of Champions. Click here to see full draw



P&D President Martyn Reynolds with Champion of champion Finalists - Mike Adren (left) and Simon Filippi



P&D 2017 Competitions

The Semi-Finals & Finals of the P&D Competitions were held over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd of September, with Milton Park hosting the Semi’s and Leigh Park BC hosting the Finals.


Mixed weather met the competitors, with Saturday’s Semi’s bathed in sunshine, whilst the Finalists at Leigh Park had to contend with rainfall that varied from light to heavy downfalls.


The Semi’s was a busy time for several bowlers, with Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke and Carl Baggott in 3 & 2 matches respectively, Rowner’s Mary & Phil Pinder in 2 Mixed Semis and Portsmouth Water’s Brent Riste also in 2 Men’s Semis.

Unfortunately for Brent, that was as far as he got as he lost his Over 60’s Singles and Pairs, but for the others it was a successful day as they all got through to their respective finals.


So, onto the Sunday at Leigh Park, where the finalists were not treated kindly by the weather at all as, soon after the start, it began raining, a slight drizzle at first which got heavier as the day progressed although not heavy enough to halt play.


So for those who had reached multiple finals it would be a case of having enough towels and dry clothing to change into.


In the Men’s Singles, Alex’s Jamie Cooke was attempting to set a record by being the 1st bowler to complete a hat-trick of winning performances, having won it in 2015 & 16. He was up against Portchester’s David Hill who had finished Runner-Up in the 2016 Over 60’s competition.


Jamie made a strong start and went 9nil up after 4ends, whereupon Dave found his range to bring it back to 9-6 after 8ends. From that point, Jamie took command to run out the victor 21-9.


Record setting Jamie Cooke receives the 2017 P&D Singles Trophy from JVP Paul Kennington

The Men’s Over 60’s Singles final saw Lee-On-Solent’s Martin Ellis take on Fareham’s Cyril Friend.


This was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout, with never more than 2shots between the two of them. The match ended on the 23rd end as the weather finally got to Cyril as he dropped a 3 meaning that Martin was the new holder of the “George Leason Memorial Trophy” 21-16.


Paul Kennington presents Martin Ellis with the 2017 P&D Over 60's Singles Trophy

The Ivan Robb Memorial Singles final was between Gosport’s Ken Stanbury (the very 1st winner of the trophy) and College Park’s Roy Lowless.


Ken raced out into an early 9-2 after 8ends, at which point Roy fought back to tie the scores by the 14th end. Shots were shared over the 6ends so that by the 20th end, Ken was up 13-12. He then scored 6shots on the next 3ends to be on the brink of victory only for Roy to peg him back on the next 2ends.


Finally, on the 26th end of the match, Ken picked up the 2 he needed with the very last wood of the match to win 21-15.


Ivan Robb Memorial Singles Winner 2017 - Ken Stanbury

Earlier in the day, Jamie Cooke had played his 1st final in the Men’s Fours, where the Alexandra quartet of Mick Leeson, Neil Scutt, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott took on Waverley’s Ron Adams, David Ellis, Iain Mackenzie & Shaun O'Mara.


This was another close match at the start so that, after 8ends, they were tied at 8all, which became 15-14 to the men from Alex. At that point, Alex turned the screw and picked up 9shots on the next 4ends to take a 24-14 lead and a 3 on the 20th end meant they had an unassailable lead of 12shots with only 1end to play, so won the match 27-15.


2017 Mens Fours Winners - Cooke, Scutt, Baggott & Leeson

Whilst that match was going on, there was another extremely close affair going on in the Men’s Triples between Cowplain’s David Plowright, David Luffman & George Abraham against Lee-On-Solent’s Alec Deller, Terry Strutt & Brian Underwood.


The 1st 4ends saw both triples picking up a five but, from then on, the maximum that was scored in any one end was 2shots so that, by the 18th end, Cowplain were leading 16-15.

A single for the Lee-On-Solent team meant that an extra end was required, on which the Cowplain trio scored the all-important shot after another closely contested end.

2017 P&D Triples Champions - Luffman, Abraham & Plowright


At the end of the day, Jamie Cooke was on the green again with partner Carl Baggott to take on Alex clubmates Paul Lawrence & Steve Feilder in the Men’s Pairs.


Paul & Steve surged into an 8-0 lead after 5ends and over the next 7ends limited their opponents to single shots so that by the 12th end they were 10-4 in front. A run of 8shots on the next 4ends meant they were now 18-4up and although they then dropped a 2, a 3 on the 18th end lead to a shaking of hands meaning that Paul & Steve had done the rare double of being County and P&D Pairs winners in the same year.


Paul Lawrence and Steve Fielder - 2017 P&D Pairs Champions

The Mixed Finals proved how resilient bowlers are as Rowner’s Mary & Phil Pinder were in two finals, the Mixed Pairs & Triples.


In the Mixed Pairs, Mary & Phil took on Bedhampton’s Jo Kingsbury & John Burn and raced into a 12-3 lead by the 8th end, which they extended to be 19-9 up by the 15th. Jo & John then fought back so that after the 20th end had been completed they were only 1shot down – 20-21.

A tense final end saw the Pinder’s gain a single to win 22-20.


Mary and Phil Pinder - 2017 P&D Mixed Pairs Champions


After a break, the Pinders were back on the green again for the Mixed Triples, with John Bailey for support to take on Cowplain’s Jane Franklin, Daniel Palmer & Pam Lambshead.


By the 9th end, the Cowplain trio had edged in front 8-6, a lead which they extended on the next 2ends to be 13-6 up. However, a 6 on the next end for the Rowner trio completely changed the complexion of the match so that going into the last end they were 20-15 up.


Needing to trail the jack with her last wood to tie the match, Pam Lambshead couldn’t get it past the Rowner policeman, so could only manage a two, leave the Rowner trio winners 20-17.


John Bailey, Mary Pinder & Phil Pinder - 2017 P&D Mixed Triples Champions

The first winners of the day came in the Mixed Fours, where the Fareham quartet of Vic Bennett, Gina Pindar, Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop took on Lee-On-Solent’s Val & Jeff Passmore, Jenny Calder & David Heather.

The Fareham quartet settled first into the early conditions and raced into a 13-0 lead after 5ends, a lead they never relinquished, keeping their opponents to single shots on the ends they lost so that, by the 17th end they were leading 23-4, at which point their opponents conceded.


Vic Bennett, Gina Pindar, Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop - 2017 P&D Mixed Fours Champions




30th August 2017


Bowls England Youth Development Test Team


Congratulations to Waverley’s Louis McCubbin who has, once again, been named as part of England’s Under 18 squad for the third Test Series against Wales, being held at Clevedon BC over the weekend of 16th/17th September.


Marchant Wow's the Selectors

Having had to endure performing well in trials for England's Senior Team, Waverley's Matt Marchant has been rewarded for his performances in the last 2 Home International Series by being preselected for the England’s Senior 2018 International Team for the International Series which will be held next year at Royal Leamington Spa, on 30th June and 1st July.

2017 P&D President's Day

Martyn Reynolds President's Day was well supported by bowlers from the P&D Clubs, as the attached photograph attests to.

Martyn thanks all who turned up to help him celebrate his day.


23rd August 2017


Rowland Hospital Cup Final 2017


Carpet Baggers take Cup Home

The final of the Rowland Cup was held last Sunday between Priory, who last won the trophy in 1950, and Cowplain, who were making their 1st appearance in the Final, at Alexandra BC.

Priory probably had high hopes of winning as they had already beaten Cowplain three times in the season whilst Cowplain had just finished bottom of Div. 1.


After 5ends, Cowplain were 5up across the boards. Then, on the next 5ends, Cowplain’s Graham King rink scored 14shots, which meant that Cowplain now lead by 23shots overall with only Nigel Mundy’s rink giving Priory some hope as he lead by 6.


However, any hopes Priory had of making a comeback were quashed over the next 7ends as Dave Wildman’s rink picked up 18shots so that by, the start of the 18th end, Cowplain’s lead had extended to 38shots.


All of which meant that all that the Cowplain rinks had to do was ensure they didn’t drop any big scores, which they did perfectly well, topped by Bryan Franklin executing a perfect take out with the last wood of his game against Leamington bound Adrian Snook to pick up a 6 meaning that the final match score was 103-65.


After the completion of the match, P&D President Martyn Reynolds presented the Rowland Runners-Up trophy to Priory’s Captain Richard Smalley and then the “Sir John Rowland” Winners Trophy to Bryan Franklin, the proud Cowplain Captain.



9th August 2017

Waverley go 10 Rounds 10 Ends before Boscombe Cliff concede championship

Southsea Waverley retain the County Club Championship title after a troubled encounter with the formidable Boscombe Cliff at the Atherley Bowls Club on Sunday 6th August.


Reports suggest that Boscombe Cliff players were guilty of 'calling' opponents bowls through the head. For those of you unaware of the etiquette, this un-gentlemanly practice includes vocally willing your opponent's bowl to miss, run though or get a result unfavourable to the team who bowled it. This behaviour is frowned upon as gamesmanship.


Having engaged in this objectionable behaviour, certain Boscombe players were chastised and an argument ensued. This quickly turned nasty and a Waverley player was attacked. Following a head-butt the Waverley player fell to the ground and in doing so a broken finger was suffered. Apparently, the Boscombe player continued to hit out as fellow players restrained him.


Although substitutions were discussed the match was conceded at this point by Boscombe Cliff, leaving Southsea Waverley the winners - the 2016 winners thereby retaining their crown.


Etiquette forms a major part of the game of Bowls. It is sad to see in recent years lesser players with limited experience and questionable competence engaging in behaviour intended merely to intimidate opponents.  There is an old saying... 'Let your Bowls do the talking'.


Sad as it is to see a match degenerate into a brawl, let this be an object lesson in how not to behave. Show respect for your opponent and remember, rules and etiquette have developed over the millennia to help make the great sport that is Bowls.

Report: 5th August 2017

Pembroke Gardens Bowls Club Open


Pembroke Open Fours Finalists 2017


Pembroke Garden Bowls Club. 2017 Open Fours Finalists

(l to r) Fred Hayter, Darren Brown, Dave Heather, Danny Smith, John Peacham, Martin Wake, Rob Dawkins and Joan Dawkins


Pembroke Open Fours Winners 2017: Darren Brown, Danny Smith, John Peacham and Martin Wake


Pembroke Open Triples Finalists 2017


Pembroke Garden Bowls Club. 2017 Open Triples Finalists


(l to r) Trevor Watkins (Tournament Secretary), Mal Jones, Margaret Hutchinson, Margaret Stothard, Roy Toovey, Shirley Paton, Alan Davey and Carol Reynolds (Pembroke Gardens BC President)


Pembroke Open Triples Winners 2017: Margaret Stothard, Margaret Hutchinson and Shirley Paton


Pembroke Gardens BC Charity Fund Raising


For over 20 years, Pembroke Gardens BC has been raising funds for local charities via a number of functions including running two Open Bowls Tournaments.


This year was no exception with their chosen charity being the Queen Alexandra Hospital Rocky Appeal for their “Robotic Surgery Project” and their two Opens were well supported by local bowlers as well as friends from Petersfield and Rogate.


The 1st Open held was their Open Fours Tournament which took place on Saturday 10th June.


The tournament consisted of three preliminary rounds of 7 ends to decide the 8 teams that went forward into the Quarter Finals. The winners of those games then provided two exciting Semi-Finals, one of which needed an extra end to decide who went through to the Final.


The final itself was between John Peacham’s Quartet of himself, Martin Wake, Danny Smith & Darren Brown against a Lee-On-Solent team of Dave Heather, Fred Hayter and Rob & Joan Dawkins.


The nine end final proved to be another quality game, much appreciated by all those who watched, with the Peachem rink running out the eventual winners.


They were rewarded for all their efforts over the day with the Tournament Trophy and a cheque for £120.


The 2nd Open was the “Ladies v Gentlemen” Triples Bowls Tournament, which took place on Saturday 8th July. As is suggested by the name, this event is divided into two sections consisting of triples made up entirely of Ladies and Men, with the eventual winners of each section meeting in the Grand Final.


In the Ladies Group, the Rose Rogers’ team (defending champions) met a Petersfield trio led by Margaret Hutchinson in the Section Final. However, Rose’s team couldn’t manage a repeat as the Petersfield girls ran out the winners.


The Men’s Group Section Final was between two Alexandra teams with Malcolm Jones’s trio meeting Ian Rixon’s triplets, with Malcolm’s team coming out on top.


So, after having already played 35 ends of bowls, the Grand Final was between Margaret Stothard, Margaret Hutchinson & Shirley Paton and Malcolm Jones, Roy Toovey & Alan Davey.


As beaten finalist in last year’s event, Malcolm Jones was hoping for a better result. Sadly, it was not to be as the Ladies ran out the victors by 7 shots to 4 in an excellent final watched by many of the bowlers who had taken part during the day.


The winners took home the Tournament Trophy together with a cheque for £90.



3rd July 2017


Rules Clarifications


Recently I have had some queries about dress code for P&D games and also Smoking on the green.


So, can I please ask you to ensure all your bowlers are aware of the following which applies to ALL games played under the P&D jurisdiction.


1) Smoking on the Green.


Only 3 clubs in the P&D allow smoking on the green – Alexandra, Waverley & Star.

So, if visiting any other club, please follow their ruling re smoking – which can be found on their club's entry on the P&D Website.


In short, you CANNOT smoke on any green, other than the 3 mentioned above, and this ALSO includes e-cigarettes (vaps is another term i believe).


A lot of clubs have designated smoking areas, so PLEASE accede to the Host club's regulations.


2) Dress Code


In all P&D matches, players MUST wear (as stipulated in League Rule 12b)


- White or Club Shirts

- Grey or White Trousers

- Heelless Bowls Shoes


NOTE Also that SHORTS may NOT be worn for any P&D game.


3) Coloured Bowls Shoes


It appears that manufacturers are now producing Bowls Shoes in colours other than White, Grey or Brown.


Unfortunately, under the Laws of Bowls (have a look at the inside back cover) the only colour of bowl shoes that can be worn are White, Grey or Brown.


As we play to the Laws Of Bowls then these are the only type of bowls shoes that can be worn.


I have just spoken with Bowls England who have told me they are looking into this matter with the possibility that this ruling will be changed for next year.





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

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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

Dave Wildman in drag

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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