BOWLS NEWSLETTER: June 2019

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Diary Dates:
Underwood Trophy (Men v Ladies) – Monday 3rd June 6:00pm start
Surrey Ladies Trips Quarter Final – Wednesday 19th June 6:00pm start
“Australian” Fun Day – Saturday 29th June 2:00pm start
Bowls v Rest – Monday 1st July 6:00pm start
County Area 2 Pairs Finals – 4th July 6:00pm start
Chairman v Captain’s match – Saturday 10th August 2:30pm start
Captain’s Charity Evening – Saturday 10th August 7:30pm

LADY CAPTAIN                                                                                     PAT COOKE
Captains’ Charity Evening 10th August 2019 7.30pm £15 per head
Ember’s Summer Sea Cruise
After the afternoon of bowling when the Captains’ team takes on the Chairman’s team, you are invited to the clubhouse at 7.30pm for ‘Ember’s Summer Sea Cruise’!
Yes –you will embark on the Good Ship Ember for an evening where we will be ‘all at sea’, raising money for the Captains’ Charity this year, Elmbridge Rentstart.  You can look forward to all the ingredients of a good cruise – food, drink, games and entertainment.  Please save the date (10th August) and look out for more details and the sign-up sheet which will be in the clubhouse in June.
Charity Collecting Tin
The collecting tin is behind the bar waiting to collect your 50p fines when you bowl a wrong bias or swear on the green.  Chairman Ken is very hot on this so don’t expect to get away without paying your ‘fine’ if he is about!
Match Report
Thank you to all the ladies who have signed up to play matches so far.  Now we are all back in the swing of bowling and the greens have got faster, please consider putting your name down for a few friendly matches.  It is very relaxed and good fun and there is always the chance that you might win something in the raffle!  It would be lovely to see some new names on the sign-up sheet (or even a few old ones who have taken a few weeks to ‘warm up’.)

MEN’s CAPTAIN
Robert Postle will have finished his month as Captain by the time you read this, thank you Robert. As we have not had any volunteers, I will be your Captain during June with assistance from Iain Gregg.  Malcolm Baird has volunteered to do July and Andy Hughes August but, we do not have any other volunteers to cover September.
If you wish to know more about the role, or about helping as a Vice Captain, contact me on 01483-282384 or any other committee member or ex-Captain. 

SIGN-UP FOR FRIENDLY MATCHES
Despite my appeal in last months newsletter we are still not getting members to sign-up in the availability books.
Please make life easier for the Captains by signing up for friendly matches. The green is bowling well, and everyone is as rusty as each other and so are the opposition so do not feel you are not good enough. The sign-up folders are in their usual place under the honours board.

RESULTS SO FAR
At the time of going to press we have played 7 mixed games and have won 6 and lost 1 and we have played 1 men’s game which we won. Details of results and future fixtures are available on the website. www.embersportsclub.org.uk/bowls/fixtures-scores-and-events

RACAL DECCA MIXED LEAGUE                                            MALCOLM BAIRD
So far, we have played Malden Manor (won 49-47), Imber Court (won 62-39), Auriol (won 61-54) and Ewell Village (won 57-49). We have earned a total of 32 points in this league, which is a good start and a very much better position than last year at this stage!
Racal Decca Peter Ungless Trophy.
This is a knock-out competition in which all the clubs in the RDML are able to participate. Our first match was against Cheam and we managed to win this by the closest of margins. With the last bowl of the match Mike Cutts managed to take the jack through to our waiting back bowls and turned a losing position into a winning one.  Very well-done Mike! The final score was 37 shots to 35. We are due to meet either Sutton Common or Carshalton in the next round.

NWS MEN’S FRIDAY DOUBLE RINKS LEAGUE                     ANDY HUGHES
Ember has got off to a slow start in the NW Surrey Double Rink League, and after three matches is still bottom of the score card!  But with Egham and Weybridge as early opponents we expected to start this way; later in the season we hope to soar ahead.

EMBER EVENING LEAGUE
The evening league kicked off with the first 2 matches on a cold, damp May evening and Bravo and Charlie overcoming Alpha and Delta respectively. The bowling as usual was competitive with some very good heads. It was pleasing to see new bowlers involved and contributing to their team’s performance, Let’s hope the next games are played in better weather. 

CLUB COMPETITIONS                                                             DAVE BARDSLEY
The draw for this year’s competitions was made on 13th May.  The draws for the individual competitions are in the competition files on the noticeboard and also published on the website.  Entries are reduced this year, but several matches need to be completed by 24th June (particularly in the Men’s singles Handicap and Open Drawn Pairs Handicap).
The draws in the Two-Wood competitions and the Non-Winners Championship will be made later this month.  If you would like to enter the Non-Winners competition, there is a Sign-Up sheet on the noticeboard.
Please don’t forget that if you are the ‘Challenger’ it is your responsibility to make the match arrangements.  Please do not leave it too late.
Good luck to all.

“AUSTRALIAN FUN DAY” Sat 29 June                                 DAVE BARDSLEY
Well, it was fun last year so we are trying it again.  It’s a fun event involving 8 drawn Triples, seeded by handicap, playing other teams over 6 ends in two leagues.  The ‘Australian’ twist is that the team’s order of play changes each end, so each player plays at lead, two and skip.  The winners of each league then play each other in the final, again over 6 ends.  The miracle is that it worked last year!
We need 24 players for it to work, plus reserves in case of no-shows.  This will be on a first come, first served basis on the sign-up sheet in the Mixed Matches Folder.  So please sign up early. 

BAR DUTY
There are still spaces left to fill in June so please fill the gaps in the list on the notice board.  We also cover Monday evenings in July for which there is a separate list on the club noticeboard. 

RECRUITMENT
We have had a very successful recruitment campaign with 17 new bowlers signed-up.
A big thank you is due to ALL the members involved in advertising and helping out at the Club Open day and to the ladies who provided cakes and helped in the kitchen on Open day.
An extra special thank you is due to the coaches, Sylvia Jones, Jenny Baird, Colin Jones, Mike Cutts and Robert Postle who ran the Beginners course and to all their helpers. 

BONUS BALL                                                                              MALCOLM BAIRD
Winners so far are Sylvia Jones (4), Mary Collins (10), Colin Fellows (41), Bill Budge (24), Linda Pillman (3), and Bill Budge (again) (24). If you have bought a number(s) in the current 10-week period but not been lucky so far, there are still another 4 draws to be made so don’t despair (yet).  You now have the opportunity to buy numbers in the next 10-week tranche which starts on 29th June so if you have not already secured your numbers you may soon get a tap on the shoulder. The good thing is that half the proceeds go to the lucky winners and the remainder goes to the Bowls section!

 

Take a look at these websites to keep up to date with bowls at county and national levels
www.bowlsengland.com
www.surreycountybowls.co.uk
www.ladiesbowlssurrey.co.uk

 

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