Saturday, March 29, 2014

2014 Up and Running - Thanks Ray

Well, that's it.

All Secretaries have made it in on time; a big thank you for that. 495 entries have been received, including a last minute telephone call from Ms Connor (Hayes) to enter the ladies triples.

My sincere thanks go to Ray Lee who once again did the draw honours and, of course, came out of the hat first in every comp' he entered! No, not really.

I've now typed up the draw sheets, getting them copied over the weekend (12/13) and, once proof read, they will be collated in order to be distributed to the various clubs. Sheets should be at ALL clubs by 30 04, even if I have to drive around the borough as I did a few years ago.

Seven of the disciplines have end of May / early June first round play-by dates, but two of the most popular comps' have a first round play-by of the third week of May, so be warned.

The top competition, namely the Open Singles Championship, carries a cash prize as well as the usual trophy this year. Someone might buy a round with an extra £30 in their pocket!

Here's hoping for good weather!

Dennis Hodgkins

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Photos - 2013 Hillingdon Finals Day

Finals Day Report - 2013

The Hillingdon finals at Rosedale Park were held under terrific conditions with a decent green and perfect warm weather. A bumper crowd of over 170 witnessed some of the best bowling of the year throughout an action packed day.

Karen at the rush

Harefield’s Karen Rushton took pride of place this year winning all three finals that she took part in. Firstly, the ladies triples which saw her and colleagues Sheila Cordingley and Phyllis Blakes come from behind to take an impressive win. Down 6-9 at half-time, the Harefield trio took two consecutive counts of five shots off the Linda Jackson Ladygate entry. The rest of the ends were shared evenly but the damage had been done; Harefield winning 24-13.

After a short break Karen was back on the green doing battle with Jean Matthews of Rosedale for the singles title. Storming into an early lead, Rushton led 11-4 and again 13-8, before Matthews really kicked into gear. Forcing every end to count Matthews clawed her way back to 15-15 after a mammoth 22 ends. Rushton showed grit once again to extend to a 22-17 win in an exciting match.

Rushton’s day was completed by a win in the mixed triples watched by a huge noisy crowd. Joined by husband Nigel and Myles Arnold they were involved in the finish of the day. Mike Hulbert’s Mill BC triple held a half-time lead 10-9 but contrived to lose a massive count of six which turned the game in Harefield’s favour. Mill fought back bravely to draw level after the penultimate end 15-15 before a single shot saw the silverware go into Harefield’s trophy cabinet.

Ciampini adds to his Hillingdon titles haul

Atillio Ciampini joined with Derek Reap to provide the Uxbridge club with their first trophy of the day. In the men’s pairs they scored two early counts of five shots which set up a good lead against Dennis Hodgkins and skipper Mick Kirby of Rosedale. Always in control, the Uxbridge pair ran out 26-17 winners with an end to spare.

The match of the day, The Open Championship, saw Ciampini up against Steve Skinner of the Ladygate club. Terrific early scoring by Ciampini meant an early lead 12-6 before Skinner found his length and fought back winning three consecutive ends which included a massive count of three shots. Ciampini’s lead had been cut to 12-11, but then it was his turn to win a few ends and extended again to lead 19-15. Skinner would not be denied and a run of four ends with counts of 1-2-2-1 saw him claim the major Hillingdon title for the first time.

Ciampini was called onto the green for a third time late on in the day. He joined Uxbridge team mates Don Hazelgrove and John Geeves for the men’s triples where Stan Driver’s Cowley team were in opposition. An early count of five shots put the Cowley men in the driving seat but Uxbridge then won five ends straight to take a 14-7 advantage. Try as they might, the Cowley trio could not get back on terms as Uxbridge ended up emphatic 21-10 victors.

Geeves had earlier played in the men’s singles final which was a well contested affair. Tony Waller held leads of 11-2 and 13-8 but, although he closed to within two shots at one stage Geeves succumbed 15-21 as Waller of Ladygate added to his Hillingdon title haul.

A game of two halves is an expression in another sport but the men’s over 60s title match was a game of three thirds. Ray Lee of Uxbridge led Dave Parrott of the host club 9-6, then Parrott won five ends on the spin to take a decisive 18-9 lead before a rallying Lee countered with four winning ends to be facing only a 15-18 deficit. Parrott stepped up yet again to take the title 21-15.

In an uncompetitive match the Fassnidge pair of Angela Martel and Mandy Simpson ran out 27-12 winners in the ladies’ pairs against Ladygate.

Ray Lee joined his Uxbridge partner Moira Steven for the mixed pairs later in the day. Starting brightly, they led 9-3 after seven ends against Anicea Skinner and Chris Harris from Ladygate. Ends were exchanged and the Uxbridge pair held an impressive, almost unassailable, 13-5 lead after 11 ends, but then the wheels came well and truly off. Skinner then showed husband Steve that there was more than one bowler in the family. The Ladygate pairing won nine of the next ten ends to win comfortably 20-14 in a real game of two halves.

Organiser, Dennis Hodgkins, said that the finals had been one of the best supported in years and the separate sets of fans from different clubs added to the atmosphere on the day. Rosedale can be proud that so many of its’ members, acting as volunteers, helped to fashion such a wonderful day.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thank you to A P Taylor Trust

For the sixth year running the bowls competitions in this area have been supported by the local A P Taylor Trust. They give out monies each year to a variety of scouts, girl guide, W Is and sporting groups.

This year's donation to Hillingdon Competitions will help cover the cost of trophies, engraving and programme production for Finals Day.

Sincere thanks to all at the Trust.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The draw is done, now for the proof reading.

My thanks to Ray Lee of Uxbridge BC who did the draw at the beginning of April.

The draw sheets are typed up and are now being proof read. Sheets will be posted / delivered to members / Hon Sec's before the end of April.

The earliest first round date is in the Men's Pairs, Friday May 24 due to a large entry number.

Ray, you're a star!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Arrangements for 2013 Season

As you know I advertised for someone to take over the running of the Hillingdon & District Competitions project in this year's Finals Day programme. This request became necessary as my wife, Gerry, has lung and bone cancer and the future is uncertain.

Even though over 600 bowlers take part in the competitions, no offers to take over the running of the project were made. The job involves issuing entry forms in November / December, analysis of entries made, issue of competition draws in April, ordering trophies in July, running Finals Day on Bank Holiday Monday, getting trophies engraved and banking throughout the year.

As a result, I have been asked to continue as Organising Secretary in the short term, so I will remain in post for another couple of seasons and search for a new secretary at the end of the 2014 season.

I will now issue 2013 forms in late December / early Jan 2013.

As the forms have already been designed, done in anticipation of a new secretary, I can email forms immediately to any Hon Sec' who would like me to do so. Just drop me a quick email requesting same.

Winter well, and keep healthy.

Best wishes


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 Finals Day Pictures - Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Finals Day Report 2012

The Hillingdon finals were played under a sunny sky for the most part which was much better than the forecast had predicted. Play was interrupted for about 15 minutes when a heavy shower passed over in late morning.

Nothing could deter local bowlers Derek Cutmore (Harlington) and Sylvia Laws (Ladygate) as they both took three titles apiece.

Cutmore started his day with a good quality singles match in the Over 60s against Mick Ransom of Court Park. Ransom led 7-6 and again 12-8 before three counts of three later in the game enabled Cutmore to march to a 22-14 victory.

Sylvia Laws started her day in the pairs with partner Viv Powell. Playing club mates Gwen Richards and Ray Bragazza this was a match of twists and turns and very exciting for the watching crowd. Powell and Laws led early 7-6, then the Bragazza duo found their form and won the next five ends which included a count of four shots to open up a lead of 17-7. Winning six ends on the bounce the Laws pair clawed their way back to a deficit of just 15-18 as they were playing the last end. A miraculous power bowl by skip Sylvia Laws converted the head to a winning count of seven. The experienced pair of Powell and Laws, who had won the Hillingdon title a few years previously, eventually winning 22-18 in a dramatic climax.

Cutmore re-entered the fray then to skip Harlington club mates Sheila Cutmore and Peter Rance in the mixed triples against Uxbridge. Harlington were 1-7 down after just five ends but showed a lot of spirit to win the next five ends. 7-7 at half-time, the lead changed hands in the second half a number of times. The score was 14-13 to Harlington with the last end to play; Harlington defended well to pick up a single shot and win a close fought match 15-13.

Sylvia Laws played her second match in the ladies championship decider against club mate Ann Bell. Laws led 7-2 early, and 12-6 at half-time. Bell came back well to be just 11-14 down but the effort took it’s toll and Laws powered on to a 21-15 victory to pick up her second silverware of the day.

Cutmore’s third title came in the men’s singles where he faced host club captain Dave Parrott. Parrott led 7-1 and 9-3 before Cutmore’s short game proved very effective and he won nine consecutive ends to run out a 21-10 winner.

Laws’ third title came in the ladies triples event against Hayes. Leading throughout, 8-3 after five ends, 13-7 after ten and then 19-8 with just four ends to play. Ladygate defended well enough to keep the rallying Hayes trio, (Joyce Westlake skip), to low scores on those later ends, Ladygate winning 19-14.

Rosedale’s Mick Kirby took the main title of the day, the Open Championship Singles with a good display of weighted bowling. Kirby led 7-3 early on before a strong Attilio Ciampini attack got him back into the match at 11-11. Kirby refused to buckle and scored three counts of two shots in the second half of the game, winning the last four ends to run out a 22-14 victor to lift the claret jug.

Ciampini had earlier lifted the men’s pairs title with Mill BC colleague David Garside. They always had the upper hand against Rosedale’s Bob Matthews and Jason Rowlands. The Mill pair led 6-2 and again 9-5 at half time in a close low scoring tussle. Mill extended the lead to 12-6 and went on to win the last three ends to win comfortably 18-10 as the Rosedale pair were forced into chasing the game.

Rosedale’s Rick Vye, Eric Milsom and Dave Parrott won the men’s triples running out easy 22-5 victors against Court Park.

The day ended with a very hard fought mixed pairs contest. Rosedale’s Sue Pocknell and Bob Matthews faced club mates Eric Milsom and Rose Mayo. The Matthews duo led 10-3 at half time before the Mayo pair came storming back to win six of the next seven ends to level at 12-12 with four ends to go. The pairs could not be separated as they went into the last end tied at 15-15. Pocknell and Matthews lifting the title by a single shot to end an exciting day’s play.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Land line Number

Hi to all competitors,

Just to let you know that my new land line number is 01895 252612.

It is now all set up for taking results messages. Enjoy your matches!