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24th Sept 2018

P&D Men’s Bowls News Report

Along with playing competitive bowls in the P&D Leagues, several clubs run Open Events to raise funds for local charities.

The following are reports on Opens run by Pembroke Gardens & Priory for their chosen charities.

Pembroke Gardens

For 23 years Pembroke Gardens BC have been running two Open tournaments. This year was no exception as they ran their successful Open Fours and Men v Ladies Open Triples Tournaments which are both supported by bowlers from South Hampshire with this year’s proceeds going towards purchasing an automatic defibrillator for the Club.

Both events were blessed with the glorious weather we had this summer.

The 1st tournament, played over 7 ends, was the Open Fours on Saturday June 9th attracted 20 teams who each played 3 matches to determine the Quarter Finalists.

The 4 teams to emerge were from Purbrook Heath, Milton Ladies, Southsea Waverley and Milton Park who went on to play in two well contested Semi-Finals.

 - The 1st Semi saw Tony Wall’s Purbrook Heath team take on Jemima Meaden’s Milton Ladies quartet, with the Purbrook team going through.

 - The 2nd Semi saw Dave Watts Waverley team take on Alec Gall’s Milton quartet, with the Waverley team going through.

2018 Pembroke Charity Fours winners

Fours Winners: Tony Wall, Phil Jelf, Jim Duncan and Mike Frank

Having started their bowling efforts at 9.30 in the morning, 8 tired bowlers took to the green for the final time at 5pm and proceeded to produce a top quality match for the watching spectators.

After another one and half hours of bowls, the Purbrook four of Tony Wall, Phil Jelf, Jim Duncan and Mike Frank got the better of the Waverley quartet of Dave Watts, Martin Wake, Paul Porter and John Peacham.

The winners were presented with their winner’s trophy by Pembroke’s President Carol Reynolds, as well as sharing the winner’s pot of £120.

The 2nd Tournament, played over 5 ends, was the Open Triples on Saturday July 14th which attracted 24 teams who were spilt into two groups of Men & Ladies teams.

Each group was split into two halves and played with each team playing five preliminary rounds to decide the winner of each half.

The Men’s Group Winners were Alan Lewis’ College Park team, who won all of their group games, and Terry Williams’ Gas Social team, who were 1 of 3 teams to win 3 of their group games but had a huge shot difference which did the trick for them.

The Ladies Group Winners were Rose Rogers’ Milton Park team, who got through on shot difference in their group, and Caroline Cuerden’s Lee-on-the-Solent team, who were clear winners of theirs.

In the Semi’s, Caroline Cuerden defeated Rose Rogers, whilst Alan Lewis defeated Terry Williams.

The Final, played over 6ends, started at 5:30pm 8hours after it had all started so tired limbs were again to the fore.

Despite that, the spectators were treated to some top quality bowling from both teams and saw Caroline Cuerden and her team mates, Joan Dawkins and Elaine Bennett, get the better of Alan Lewis, Colin Dixon and Malcolm Rimmer. This was Caroline’s third win in the event.

2018 Pembroke Charity Triples winners

Triples Winners: Caroline Cuerden, Joan Dawkins and Elaine Bennett

The winners were presented with their winner’s trophy by Pembroke’s President Carol Reynolds, as well as sharing the winner’s pot of £90.

A postscript to this is that thanks to all of Pembroke’s fundraising efforts, plus the generosity of one of their members, the target was achieved and the Defibrillator has been purchased and a dozen members have already been trained in how to use it!!


Priory Open

Priory BC has been running their Open Fours tournament since the ‘70’s.

This year the proceeds from the tournament were going to “The Society of St James” who are a Hampshire-based homelessness charity and, thanks to generous sponsorship by SBS Kitchens, over £800 was raised.

After weeks of glorious sunshine, bowlers had to contend with the damp weather they are normally used to playing in.

24 teams of 4 bowlers were split into 2 groups with matches being of an hour’s duration with an hour on and an hour off between each game, with the winners of each group meeting in the Final.

The first section was a one-horse race with the team of Andy Chadwick, Nigel Brown, Steve Smith & John Peacham strolling into the final.

The other section came down to the wire with 3 teams still in contention and it was settled by a fortuitous bowl from Adrian Snook that saw him and his teammates Pat Reid, Clive Carter & Steve Feilder reach the final.

The final was a tight contest and saw the Snook rink go into the final end leading by 2shots. However, the Peacham rink fought back on that end to lie 4up with Steve Feilder left to play the final bowl of the match.

2018 Priory Charity Fours winners

His wood trailed the jack to reduce the shot count to a loss of 1shot, meaning they had won 7-6!!

The winners were presented their trophy by Priory’s President Terry Meaden, as well as sharing the winner’s pot of £160.

18th Sept 2018

2018 P&D Champion Of Champions

The closing tournament of the year is always the P&D Champion Of Champions which is a knock-out event played between the Men’s 4Wood Singles Champions from all the clubs affiliated to the P&D.

This year 23 champions (the best for ages) made their way to Milton Park where the 1st 3 rounds were played.

The closest match of the Prelim Round was between Fareham’s Charlie Bailey and Priory’s Andy Chadwick which Charlie finally won 21-18 after 26 ends.

In the 1st Round, Charlie had another tough match against Lee-on-the-Solent’s Martin Ellis but got through that 21-13, whist the longest match of the round was between Denmead’s Glyn Jones and Cosham Park’s Tony Hall, which finally went Glyn’s way 21-20 after he had had to fight back from being 15-20 down.

In the Quarter Finals, saw Charlie beating Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke 21-17., whilst in the other matches, Pembroke Garden’s Dave Brookes beat Gosport’s Andrew Sherwen 21-19; Milton Park’s Andy McKain beat Forton’s Neil Bunter 21-12; while Portsmouth Water’s Dave Denyer beat Glyn Jones 21-12.

The winners could then go home to have a long soak to prepare for the next day where the P&D Champion of Champions would be crowned at Alexandra Bowls & Social club.

The 1st Semi was between Charlie Bailey & Dave Brookes. It was a tight battle with Charlie’s greater experience meaning that he always found a way to get inside Dave’s woods to win the end. That nagging experience finally got to Dave as 2 bad ends meant that Charlie surged into an 18-1 lead and although Dave did finally win another end, Charlie ran out the victor 21-2.

The 2nd Semi between Andy McKain & Dave Denyer was nip & tuck up to the half-way point, with Andy edging it 9-6. Andy then had two good ends meaning he had extended that lead to 8shots and, despite Dave managing to pick up 2 triples, he held on to take the match 21-14.

The Final itself was another tight affair with Charlie having his nose in front after 13ends 11-9. Charlie then found another gear so that 5ends later he was 19-10 up and wrapped the game up 2ends later.

The win was Charlie’s 5th since 2010 and his 8th since his first in 2004.

Pictured above: Charlie Bailey (left) and Andy McKain

18th Sept 2018

Bowls Hampshire County Final Results

The P&D had five representatives in the 2018 BH Men’s Finals;

On the Finals Weekend itself, we had reps in the 4Wood Singles, Pairs & Triples finals which were all against Boscombe Cliff opponents!!

And it’s congratulations to Waverley’s Marty Wake & Gary Starks who, after a mid-match wobble, won the County Pairs 23-20.

In the others, the Bournemouth club came out on top with Alexandra’s Steve Feilder being beaten 21-10 in his Singles final, whilst the Waverley Triple of Mike Aldren, Ollie Mew & John Biggs lost 12-16 in theirs.

Due to Junior International commitments, the Junior Singles Final between Waverley’s Louis McCubbin & Danny Smith was held later than the rest of the other finals. In a close game, Danny Smith was the winner beating Louis 21-18.

Above: 2018 County Junior Single Champion Danny Smith.

Left: 2018 County Pairs Champs Marty (Big Din) Wake and Gary (Little Din) Starks.

Earlier in the year, Danny and Louis had joined forces to win the Junior Pairs.

The last Men’s County competition played was the 2Wood (or Benevolent) Triples which saw the Portsmouth Water Triple of Barry Shergold, Mick Edney & Brent Riste losing in the final 20-18 to a trio from Cove BC.

In the semi’s the Pompey trio had beaten their Fleming Park opponents 19-13.

18th Sept 2018

The P&D at the National Finals

The P&D were well represented at the National Finals held in Royal Leamington Spa last month.

The best results were achieved by our Junior (Under 25) bowlers, Waverley’s Danny Smith & Louis McCubbin.

- They started the ball rolling as Hampshire’s entry in the Junior Pairs, where they reached the Quarter Finals, having defeated the champions of Durham and Bedfordshire en route. Sadly, they were beaten in the Q/F by Cambridgeshire 11-18.

- In the Junior Singles, Danny again reached the Quarter Finals where he was knocked out by the eventual champion from Norfolk 14 – 21. Louis lost his 2nd round match.

Of our Senior entries, the best result that was achieved was by Waverley’s Mike Aldren, Ollie Mew & Mark Hammond in the Men’s Triples who lost in the 2nd round.

All our other entries lost their 1st round ties:
- Waverley’s Danny Smith, Jon Leggett, Marty Wake & Gary Starks In the Men’s Fours.
- Waverley’s Marty Wake & Gary Starks in the Men’s Pairs.
- Alexandra’s Steve Feilder in the Men’s 4Wood Singles.

18th Sept 2018

BIBC Junior Home Internationals

Waverley’s Louis McCubbin was part of England’s side that played in the British Isles Bowls Council Junior Home Internationals IBC played in Belfast earlier this month.

England finished runners-up to Scotland having lost to them in the deciding match by 8shots.

Louis did have to contend with having to use unfamiliar bowls as his hadn’t arrived with him on the plane journey to Belfast. Not that that seemed to faze him as in his 1st match against Wales his rink (in which he led) ran out the victors by 31shots!!

2018 P&D Competition Finals Report

The P&D Bowls season are drawing to a close and the weekend of 1st & 2nd Of September saw the P&D Competitions reach their final stages, with the Semi-Finals being held at Milton Park and the Finals at Rowner BC.

Organising the weekend was a real headache for the Competition Secretary as 9 bowlers had reached more than 1 Semi-Final, with four in three games and one in four and from those matches, three won through to play in two finals each!!

The Men’s Singles final was between Milton Park’s Mick Molloy & Gosport’s Ken Stanbury.

 - In the Semi’s, Mick had an epic 30end battle against club mate Andy McKain before emerging the winner by 21-19, whilst Ken had a slightly easier victory, beaten Geoff Anderson from Leigh Park 21-13.

 - In the Final, Mick got to terms with the green much better than Ken so that by the 10th end he was 15-5 up. From that point on, Ken finally found his line so that 10ends later he had won the match 21-17.

Pictured right: Ken Stanbury recieving the Singles Champion Trophy from President Ken Graham

The Men’s Over 60’s Singles final was between Geoff Anderson and Alex’s Steve Feilder.

 - In the Semi’s Geoff had defeated Waterlooville’s Derek Holt 21-17, whilst Steve had fought back from 13-18down to defeat Star’s Simon Filippi 21-20 (this was the start of several matches between the 2!!).

 -In the Final, Steve settled the quickest to hold an 11-6 lead by the 10th end. At that point, Geoff found his range and over the next 9ends scored 15shots to run out the victor 21-14.

Pictured left: Geoff Anderson receives the Over 60's Singles Trophy.

The Men’s Pairs final was between was between last year’s winners Steve Feilder, partnered by Paul Lawrence, and Simon Filippi, partnered by Russell Durham, in the last part of their battles against each other.

 - In the Semi’s, Steve had seen off Andy McKain 24-16, whilst Simon had beaten Priory’s Roly Bloy 21-15.

 -  In the Final, the Star duo raced into a 12-2 lead by the 9th end before the Alex pairing fought back to be 16-15 down with 2ends to play.

But Simon & Russell kept their nerve to win those last ends to run out 19-15 victors.

Pictured right: Filippi & Durham receive the P&D Pairs Trophy

The Men’s Triples final saw Simon & Russell return to the green with Geoff Dyer to take on Cowplain’s David Palmer, Bob Docker & Bryan Franklin, with David & Bryan also playing for a 2nd time on the day.

-In the Semi’s, the 3rd part of the Filippi/Feilder trilogy saw the Star trio beating the Alex trio of Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence & Mick Leeson 22-16, whilst the Cowplain trio had beaten Mike Frank’s Purbrook trio 14-9.

- In the Final, the Star triplet quickly came to terms to the rink to lead 13-5 by the 10th end and they kept control of the game to run out 17-11 winners.

Picture left: P&D Triples winners - Filippi, Dyer and Durham

The Men’s Fours final was between Waverley’s Billy McCubbin, Phil Drewball, Ollie Mew and John Biggs and Leigh Park’s John Blandford, Peter Nicklen, Nathan Hanley & Lewis Voysey.

 - In the Semi’s, the Waverley quartet fought back from being 19-6 down to a Priory Four skipped by Adrian Snook to be 24-19 up after 19ends.

However a 4 for the Priory quartet meant a tense final end which was won by the Waverley 4 which meant they had won 25-23.

In the other Semi, the Leigh Park quartet took on 4 from Alex, skipped by Steve Feilder. After 15ends, there was 3shots between the two sides, with Leigh Park holding the upper hand. From that point they scored 10shots over the next 4ends to take the match 21-8.

- In the Final, the score after 9ends was 10-9 in favour of the Waverley quartet. From that point on they took control of the game to run out 25-11 winners.

Pictured right: 2018 Fours winners - Drubble, Mew, McCubbin & Biggs

The Ivan Robb Memorial final was between Waterlooville’s Derek Holt and Cowplain’s Dave Wildman.

- In the Semi’s, Derek had an easy 21-4 victory over Eastney’s Bryan Cherry, whilst Dave had a long battle with club mate David Palmer before winning 21-15.

 - The Final was, without doubt, the best final of the day (well he would say that!) with outstanding bowls played (NOT).

Actually, it was a to and fro battle with score level at 15 all after 21ends.

Derek then picked up 3shots on the next 2ends to go 18-15 before Dave took the next 2 to reduce the score to 18-17 before Derek scored a 3 on the final end to win 21-17.

Pictured left: The Ivan Robb Memorial winner and slayer of P&D League Secretaries Derek Holt clearly jubilant after his momentous victory.

The Mixed Pairs final was between was between Fareham’s Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop against Linda Maple (Fareham) & Andy McKain (Milton Park).

- In the Semi’s, Sue & Dorian beat Bedhampton’s Jo Kingsbury & John Burn 31-9, whilst Linda & Andy had beaten Portchester’s Brenda & Malcolm Webb 18-16.

 - In the Final, Sue & Dorian were out of the traps like a shot and by the 5th end were 17-0 up.

Despite Andy's attempts to bash the Bishop, a 4 on the 6th end simply couldn't slide them back into contention.

Sue & Dorian kept their distance to run out 26-13 victors.

Pictured right: A very happy Dorian and Sue accept the P&D Pairs winners trophy from President Ken Graham

The Mixed Triples final saw Adrian Snook, Tracy & Andrew Hibberd take on Fareham’s Mandy Young, Richard Horler & Cyril Friend.

 - In the Semi’s, the Hibberd trio beat Denmead’s Steve Schofield, Julie & Phil Horn 22-6, whilst the Fareham trio picked up 3shots on the last 2ends to beat Cowplain’s Jane & Bryan Franklin and Daniel Palmer 18-15.

 - In the Final, the Hibberd trio were always in control and ran out 22-10 victors.

Picture left: Tracy and Andrew Hibberd with skip and ex-Middleton Cup Manager Adrian (Snookie) Snook accept the 2018 P&D Mixed Triples Champions Trophy.

The Mixed Fours final was between Cowplain’s David Palmer, Wendy Brown, Jane & Bryan Franklin and the Ward family (Tania, Sue, Jim & Jamie) from Leigh Park.

- In the Semi’s, the Cowplain quartet (with Dan Palmer replacing Bryan Franklin) beat Fareham’s Vic Bennett, Gina Pindar, Sue Wheeler & Dorian Bishop, last year’s winners, 28-13, whilst the Ward’s beat Stella Parish, Pat Macrae, Mike Elliott & Mick Molloy 17-14.

- In the Final, the Wards were 11-6 up after 10ends which after the 15th end they had extended to a 16-10 lead.

But a 5 on the 17th end moved the momentum to the Cowplain quartet as they moved 17-16 in front which they extended to be 3up with 2ends to play and managed to keep the Ward’s to singles on the last 2ends to run out 19-18 victors.

10th September 2018

Champion of Champions

The weekend saw some intense competition between Champions of clubs in the P&D region.


27th August 2018

2018 Rowland Cup WInners - Leigh Park Bowling Club

Leigh Park Captain Peter Robinson receiving trophy from P&D President Ken Graham


2018 Rowland Cup Final

Leigh Park Spoil Waveley's Treble Attempt

Last Saturday, Leigh Park spoilt (or maybe even spoiled) Waverley's Treble attempt of County Club, P&D Div 1 Champions & Rowland Cup by winning a tense final by 1shot in a game that went down to the Final Bowl of the match.

A full report can be read in the latest Views From The Head

Runners Up - Waverley Captain Graham Guy receiving trophy from President Ken Graham (Left)


13 August 2018

Waverley Strike Again

Congratulations to Southsea Waverley on retaining the County Club Trophy last Sunday.

In the Semi-Final they beat old foes Boscombe Cliff, the West Champions, before accounting for Fleming Park, the South Champions, in the Final.


25th July 2018

To Infinity and Beyond

The County Quarter & Semi Finals played over the last three weeks have seen success for East bowlers who have progressed thru’ to the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa that start in August.

Progressing through by winning their County Semi-Finals are the following:
- Men’s Four Wood Singles – Steve Feilder of Alexandra B&SC.
- Men’s Pairs – Marty Wake & Gary Starks of Southsea Waverley BC.
- Men’s Triples – Mike Aldren, Ollie Mew & Mark Hammond of Southsea Waverley BC.

They will also be contesting the County Finals on September 8th.

Due to the number of entries in the County competitions, Hampshire is also able to send a third entry to the National Finals. Joining the above are a Men’s Four from Waverley, Danny Smith, Jon Leggett, Marty Wake & Gary Starks. In the 3rd place play-off they beat a Milton Park quartet.

We nearly had another entry in the Men’s Two Wood Singles. Unfortunately for Lee-on-the-Solent’s Martin Ellis, having to play a 3rd match in the evening proved too much for him.


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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, whether they have achieved greatness or not, 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 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. We strive to 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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