BOWLS NEWSLETTER: June 2024

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DIARY DATES:
5.30pm for 6pm Monday 1 July – Rearranged date to play the Underwood Trophy (Men v Ladies)
3pm Monday 10 June – Marking and Measuring training session (see below)

Beginners Course (Sylvia Jones and Jenny Baird
The beginners course started on 12 May, and we delighted that 14 prospective new members turned up. See the pictures at the start of the course.

There were a number of sessions during May with membership decisions by the end of the month. So far six new members have joined the Club, and more are expected. A great effort from the coaches who have put in a tremendous amount of hard work.

Fun Day 19 May (Tony Baker)
We were very fortunate in having a lovely sunny afternoon for the Fun Games Day on 19 May. It proved very popular with adult and children competing in the six games: target woods, hit the teddy, hoopla, balls in the bucket, golf putting and quoits.
Tea and cakes were available as well as the bar being open all afternoon. A big thank you to all the bowls members who contributed to running the games, making, and serving cakes, on the bar and running the games.
It did make money for the Bowls Club and helped the bar turnover, but the main aim was to have a fun time; it proved just that as the following pictures from the afternoon show.

Friendly Match Results (Chris Axton)
Ember have played 6 friendly matches so far (Sunbury, Malden Manor, Byfleet, Bishop Duppas, Esher and Malden Lime Grove). We have won 4 lost one and drawn one. Unfortunately, the weather has not always been kind and a couple of these matches were shortened due to rain but nevertheless everyone has enjoyed playing.
It would be good to see more members offering their services to play in friendly matches. There is no pressure to play to any particular standard, but it provides a good opportunity to meet other clubs and to gain experience of playing in a slightly more competitive environment.

Handicap Cards (Chris Axton)
If you have not yet collected your handicap card, then please speak to Chris Axton who is still holding a few that have not yet been handed out.

Ember Ladies (Rosie Burges)
The ladies had a rather wet start to their season of friendly matches, with a visit to Malden Manor. After only 8 ends, we called it a day with a win on one rink each. Overall, however, Ember were the victors . Many thanks to the ladies who played in such unpleasant conditions. 
We look forward to brighter days ahead with upcoming games against Cuddington, Bookham and Bishop Duppas. Please do sign up for these friendly matches either online at Bowls Surrey or in the traditional way, by putting your name on the appropriate list in the coloured folders on the shelf in front of the Bowls notice board in the clubhouse.

Marking & Measuring ̴ 3pm to 5pm Monday 10 June – Final Reminder! (Sylvia Jones)
Do you understand the basic duties of a marker?
Can you efficiently and accurately carry out measures?
Help is at hand to guide you through what is straightforward, but only once you know!
An Ember team will help you for the usual charge of nothing.
Numbers are not limited for the class; however, it is essential to book a place by contacting Sylvia: sylviatheaker@ntlworld.com 01932 788701/07778 034793

Bar Service (Adam Willson)
The Bowls members are doing the bar in June and support from all the able members is needed! Adam Willson has a handful of slots still to fill but hopefully will have a full allocation by  1 June. But we need volunteers please!

Competitions (Linda Pillman and Mary Baker)
The competition sheets are now up, and you can see when your matches take place.  You may want to bear the following points in mind, particularly if you are new to the competitions.
1.  Many of the matches need not be completed until the end of July, but please take into consideration the amount of time it takes to arrange a match between six, or even four, people. Don’t be caught out by leaving it, assuming you have loads of time.
2.  If you have a forthcoming commitment, like a holiday, make sure the rest of your team know in plenty of time.
3.   If something unforeseen comes up, like injury or a hospital appointment, and you can’t compete on the day, let us know and we will help your team find a suitable substitute.
4.  You may have notices that in the Fixtures List, Sunday 16 June was left as the Mixed Triples First Round day.  However, there is no first round this year, but don’t let that stop you using that day for your match, if you are all available.  Remember to book a rink if you want to play on that day.
Finally, remember to put the winners on the match sheets.  You don’t need to submit the card.

Surrey Top 10 Ladies (Linda Pillman)
Ember battled hard but lost out on all four matches in the Tope 10 Surrey  knockout competition against a very strong Southey team; all ten Southey players were County bowlers and three were England internationals.
Pictures are taken from the matches: a singles, pairs, triples and rink.

Racal Decca Mixed League (Tony Baker)
We have not made a great start to the RDML although all the matches have been close. We lost our first match away to Walton on Thames winning one game and losing two but overall, a loss 35 to 37. We then had a home match against Imber Court, and we won two games and lost one but were overall winners 48 to 40. Again at home against a strong Ewell Village team we won one game but lost two and overall lost 42 to 55.

Peter Ungless Knockout Cup (Tony Baker)
We played away in the first round of this cup against a strong Sutton team and that was our last round! We had a very good win by 6 shots on one game (19 to 13) but a big loss by 16 shots on the other (8 to 24). We will try again next year!

Ember Evening League (Ken Homewood)
The evening league is underway despite the weather. We have 6 teams this year as we did last year. The first 2 rounds of matches have been played. So far, only Delta have failed to have a win and Bravo and Echo top the table having won one and drawn one. This means that only 1 point separates the top 5 teams. The results will be available on the website so you can see how the teams are doing by a quick visit to the website.
The completion of the scorecards has left a challenge to the organiser to interpret the results. On the first matches NONE of the scorecards show the date and one card had the teams transposed and also had a unique way of recording the scores. I have taken this up with the 2 team leaders and trust it will not happen again. Please take care in correctly completing the scorecards so that I do not have to make an interpretation which may be incorrect.
On a positive note, most of the games were very close and all the games seemed to have been enjoyed by the bowlers which is what the intention of the league is.

Let us hope the weather improves.

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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