Congratulations to our National Title winners of the 2018 Tony Allcock Trophy after their win yesterday on the last day of the National Championships at Leamington.
 
The Mixed Double rink champions took the title after defeating the 2016 champions Lindfield BC from Sussex.
In Saturday's afternoon's quarter-final Central defeated Hemingford BC from Huntingdonshire 33 - 32 in a nail biter, then returned on Sunday morning to beat Cove BC from Hampshire 38-34, though all the measuring on the last end with Cove looking for a five to take it into an extra end was nerve wracking for the spectators. In the end it was only a single.
 
In the final Lindfield went off on a flyer, only for Central to pull back and move on to build a steady lead. Around the three-quarter mark, Linfield had come back, with Central's lead looking a bit delicate.  However, both rinks kicked in again to take the title with a comfortable 47-35 win.
 
Rink scores were, Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 20-16 and Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 27-19.
 
Whilst all this excitement was going on at Leamington, Central's ladies were in action in the County Top Club final against a team from Witney Town BC, held at Oxfordshire's south-east bowling outpost at Shiplake Village BC.
In the Singles, Mo Cox gave Central a good start with a close win 21-20. in the Pairs a good game against a strong Witney pairing saw Jennt Williams and Helen Young just miss out at 16-20. Hownever, the Triple of Gill Hunt, Bev McNeil and Carole Galletly won 24-6, whilst the Fours rink of Jull Hart, Jan Williams, Sue Waring and Anne Norton won 19-8, securing the title for the club for the second successive year.
 
With title in their pocket, it was in the cars and off up to Leamington, to watch our new National Champions.
And some people think that Sunday is a day of rest.
 

Here is how our ladies fared at the National Championships at Leamington.

 

Overall with 1 semi-final and 3 quarter-final placings, Central's women enjoyed a good year at the Bowls England National Finals at Victoria Park, Leamington.

They started well in the Fours with Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion reaching the quarter's after good wins against Surrey 24-8, Hertfordshire 262-17 and Buckinghamshire 28-9. In the quarter-final they came up against the rink of Catherine Popple from Huntingdonshire and lost 14-19 in a close contest throughout.

 

Caroline Campion had a great run in the Singles with wins against Surrey 21-3, Essex 21-19, Worcestershire 21-13 and Dorset 21-16. In the semi-final Caroline came up against Lincolnshire's Amy Gowshall, losing 13-21.

 

Central had both triples representing Oxfordshire. Mary Tee, Pam Shepherd and Mo Cox had good wins against Devon 20-14 and Gloucestershire 24-7 before losing out in a close game against the Isle of Wight 13-18.

Central's other triple of Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion had wins against Yorkshire 34-3, Norfolk 17-10 and a close game against Surrey, coming back from a 9 shoy deficit to win 16-13. They lost out in the quarter-final to a strong Sussex triple skipped by Lorraine Kuhler 13-23.

Later that day, Carole Galletly lost her two-wood singles 10-15 against Nottinghamshire.

 

In the Pairs, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion again started well with wins against Cornwall 20-12, Surrey 26-9 and Suffolk 27-16. In the quarter-finals they lost out to this year's National winner of both the Champion of Champions and Two-wood singles, non other than Lincolnshire's in form Amy Gowshall 20-14. Caroline will remember her when she looks back on this year's finals.

 

Well done ladies, you have done the club proud.

 

The mens Championships start today and Central are represented in the Fours by Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion.

 

Central women were in action early on Saturday morning in the re-arranged County Finals at Oxford & City.
 
The County Two wood final was a close game with Central's Carole Galletly getting a good start on Katherine Hawes from the City & County club in the first half of the game. Katherine came back well in the second half but Carole managed to hold on to her lead and won 15-14.
 
In the County Singles finals, Central's Caroline Campion was up against Karen Galloway who was playing on her own green. Caroline was 2-8 down in the early stages of the game but came back to lift the title with a 21-13 win.
 
Carole and Caroline joined up to contest the Pairs against Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes in yet another close contest between representative of the two clubs. This time however, it was the Oxford City & County bowlers who lifted the title with a 16-13 win.
 
Carole Galletly, BOL 2018 Two Wood Singles Winner
 
Caroline Campion, BOL 2018 Singles Winner
 

Saturday mornings Ladies County Fours final at the Oxford City and County club saw Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion up against Jeanette Berry's City and County four. In a keenly contested game played in tricky conditions, the Central girls made a spirited comback before losing out to their opponents 19-24.

The afternoon Triples final was an all Central affair with Carole, Helen and Caroline playing against fellow clubmates, Mary Tee, Sue Waring and Mo Cox, proving to be too and taking the title with a 21-8 scorleine.

 

The remaining finals, due to played on the Sunday, were cancelled beacause of the poor weather conditions and have been rearranged to take place on Saturday 4th August, starting at 9am at the Oxford City & County club.

 

Last week's League games saw the "A" team play their rearranged fixture against Headington "A" at home on the Tuesday evening. Despite a strong showing in their top of the table clash Central lost by three rinks to one, but with a scoreline of 67-68. So near yet so far. Ian and Luke Gilbert, Les Campion and Will Campion lost 20-21, Chick Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkins and Keith McNeil lost 11-16 and Lee Young, Nick Spencer, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly lost 11-18. Central's winning rink of Dave Boneham, Mal Leather, Eric Trinder and skip Tom McKenna won 25-13.

 

The "B" team added ppoints and shots to their campaign to keep out of the relegation area with a home win against bottom club Oxford City & County "B", with a win on all four rinks for a 92-45 scoreline.

John Bone, Graham Tilbury, Ron Havard and Eric Trinder won 18-12. John Hart, Tony Smith, Jim Gow and Keith Williams won 20-16. Dave Boneham, Bob Wilkins, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna won 34-5 and finally, John Pardoe, Tony Carey, Ron Cox and Jim Pickering won 20-12.

 

On Wednesday evening, the ladies league team put their shock defeatto Carterton & Burford by responding with a strong performance at home against West Witney, winning 56-44 and collecting 8 valuable points.

Jenny Williams, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 16-11. Eloise ones, Jane Williams, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly won 29-12. Mary Tee, Ann Norton, Mo Cox and Sue  Waring lost 11-21.

 

Earlier in the week, the ladies beat Leamington in a friendly at Horton View by 75-54 in a four rink triples match.

Eloise Jones, Tizzy Mueck and Pam Shepherd won 21-15, whilst Mo Cox, Bev McNeil and Sue Waring and also the triple of Jenny Williams, Jane Williams and Carole Galletly both won 20-11.June Bone, Mary Tee and Ann Norton lost 14-17.

 

In the mixed friendly away to Little Compton and played in very dry and warm conditions, Central lost 3 rinks to 1 with  a scoreline of 55-63. Jenny Williams, Dave Davies, Ian Gilbert and Keith Williams lost 11-16, Kay Oliver, Angie Price, Sue Winter and Graham Tilbury lost 14-17 and John Bone, Like Gilbert, Andy Winter and Paul Humphris lost 12-18. Cenral's winning rink at 18-12 was Eloise Jones, Tony Lawford, June Bone and Jim Gow.

 

Tony Allcock Trophy.

Central were involved in the later stages of the Tony Allcock Trophy on Monday evening against Stroud BC with the game being played on the neutral green of the Broadway BC in Worcestershire. The prize for the winner was a place in the last 8 of the competition, to be played at the end of the National Championships at Leamington.

The rink of Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Tom McKenna and Nogel Galletly were involved in a close contest but found themselves 10-19 downwith 6 ends left to play.They managed to close the deficit to 2 shots, losing 18-20.

The other rink of Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil were invloved in another close game, with the scores all square going into the last end. They managed to take the two shots to make it a draw and they were the rink that had to play the extra end. This was p;layed in semi darkness with Graham scooping up the jack to take the shot away from Stroud. Central held on to the shot to win the game and to book their place at Leamington on September 1st.

 

Central's women had three pairings involved in this weekend's County Pairs Quarter and Semi-finals which were held on Saturday at the Thame bowling club. In their morning quarter-final, the pairing of Mo Cox and Sue Waring came up against a strong duo from the City & County club who had previously lifted the National Pairs title and proved to be too strong for them. The other two pairs representing the club were unfortunately drawn against each other in their quarter and in a closely fought contest, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion came out on top against Eloise Jones and Pam Shepherd winning 17-9. In their semi-final Carole and Caroline had a comfortable 27-3 win against the Under 25 Watlington pairing of Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes who had reached the semi-final after making a tremendous fight back in their quarter, forcing and extra end which they went on to win. 

Caroline has now qualified for four County finals and thereby four visits to Leamington in August. 

 

The Men's County finals took place on Sunday at the West Witney club with Central having representation in the Fours with Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion. Their opponents, playing on their home green, were Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder who always had the edge, eventually winning 21-11.

The Central lads now look forward to their visit to the Natonal's finals at Leamington after the ladies have completed their endeavours.

 

This year, for the first time, all four members of the Campion family will be representing their County at Leamington with father and son Les and Will Campion having qualified for the Men's Fours, whilst Caroline Campion and daughter Helen Young will be contesting the Women's Fours and Triples.

 

We wish every success to all the Central bowlers who will be making their way to Leamington. Check the dates and go and support them.

 

In the Oxfordshire Bowls League the men's 'A' team continued their recent formwith an emphatic 5.5-.5points win away at nearby Kidlington. Keith McNeil with Chick Boyd, Andy Winter and Andy Wilkin top scored for Central with a 21-6 win.

Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Will Campion won 22-11, whilst Michael Andrew with Ian Whelpton, Ian Gilbert and Les Campion won five of the last 6 ends to come back and win 24-16. The only blemish was on the rink of Nigel Galletly with Lee Young, Nick Spencer and Bob Joiner who also staged a second half recovery to draw 18-18.

 

Not to be outdone, the 'B' team won their home fixture against Blackbird Leys 4-2. The lost points were down to the rinks of Eric Trinder 11-19 and Mal Leather 15-17. Jim Pickering's four won 15-13 and Tom McKenna's men grabbed the match points for Central with a resounding 23-5 victory.

 

In the National Mixed Over 60's Tony Allcock trophy, Central's double rink travelled down to Marlow in Buckinghamshire for the area Semi-final and came away with a 46-34 victory. Eloise JOnes, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 23-14 and Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 23-20. Central now play Stony STratford in the Area Final.

 

Central's women were still flying high last weekend, winning their County Top Club sem-final against Shiplake Village.

They received a great start by Helen Young, comfortably winning 21-7 in the singles.

The triple of Gill Hunt, Bev McNeil and Mary Tee were involved in a close game, but the 6 picked up by them on the penultimate end proved very decisive in their 20-14 win.

Eloise Jones, and Sue Waring were involved in another close tussle in the pairs but managed to hold to win 21-20.

Jenny Williams, Jane Williams, Gill Sharpe and Anne Norton were narrowly beaten 15-19 in the fours.

 

Witney Town will provide Central's opposition in the final which will be played at Shiplake Village on September 2nd.  

Tuesday the 26th saw Central gain revenge in their friendly home fixture against local rivals Adderbury for the drubbing the 'B' team had recently received in the league. All four rinks went in our favour for a 80-37 shot scoreline. Five days after the longest day of the year amidst the hottest and sunniest period of fine weather for a long time, the game was played over 18 ends. How soon the nights start drawing in.

The scorelines were as follows.

Eloise Jones, Jill Hart, Andy Winter and Mal Leather beat Yvonne Twomey, Pete Briggs, Graham Tyrell and Chris Twomey 24-7.

Ray Puddle, Tery Humphreys, Jim Gow and Sue Waring beat Dennis Roberts, Peter Wells, Cliff Hall and David Salter 25-7.

Sue Winter, Tony Lawford, Jane Wiliams and Bob Joiner beat Bill Dowling, Dave Watson, Chris Holmes and Malcolm Brown 16-13.

John Hart, Jackie Humphreys, Tony Carey and Tom McKenna beat Tony Collett, Dave Drinkwater, Dave Allington and Bryan Ogilvie 15-10.

 

The West Oxfordshire ladies league produced another win for Central at Hanborough, despits losing on two of the three rinks. The storming 22 shot win on Caroline Campion's rink ensured Central took the overall score 52-42 and the accompanying four points.

Jenny Williams, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 30-8.

Eloise Jones, June Bone, Mary Tee and Sue Waring lost 11-16.

Jill Hart, Sue Winter, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly lost 11-18.

 

With the Men's 'A' team on stand down, the Central Men's 'B' team travelled to Headington to play their high flying 'B' team. The visit was not as successful as on the two previous occasions, this time being crushed by 77shots to 46 and only managing to pick up 1 point from the 19-12 win on the rink of John Bone, Bob Wilkins, Jim Gow and Eric Trinder.

Ron Havard, Ray Puddle, Paul Humphris and Jim Pickering lost 13-18.

Dave Boneham, Graham Tilbury, Tony Smith and Tom McKenna lost 5-28.

John Hart, Bob Rogers, Keith Wiliams and Mal Leather lost 9-19.

 

Saturday and Sunday saw Central's women enjoying success in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the County Triples and Singles. 

In Saturday's Triples, held at Chipping Norton BC, Mary Tee, Pam Shepherd and Sue Waring took the morning quarter's against Jeanette Berry's Oxford City & County trio 20-11, whilst their fellow Central threesome,in the other half of the draw, Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won their game against Maggie Alderson's South Oxford side 18-13.

In the afternoon semi's, Waring's team had a good win against the Oxford City & County triple skipped by Carol Gaskins, who conceded with two ends remaining.

Central's other semi finalists came up against England International, Katherine Hawes and her City & County team mates, booking a place in the final, going one shot better with an 18-12 win.

With both triples having made the finals at the end of July, the club is sure of the winner and runner-up in the Triples County Championship which is played at the end of July

 

In Sunday's singles, played at the Witney Town club, Caroline Campion had a convincing win in the morning quarter's, 21-2 against Banbury Borough's Margaret Morris. Her afternoon semi-final opponent was none other than the skip she had been victorious over in the triples, Katherine Hawes. Following on from her morning success, Caroline proceeded on her way to a final place with a 21-5 win. In the final she will meet Karen Galloway from the Oxford City & Couny club.

 

The National Championships which will start at Royal Leamington Spa at the beginning of August will feature both the Central triples and Caroline in the singles.

 

By then the nights will have started to draw in.

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to all those members who supported the game against the Caister Tourists last Saturday in what proved to be a lovely afternoon and a very successful day for the club.

In the annual quest for success in the County competitions and the lifting of trophies, the triples of Mo Cox and Caroline Campion have reached the quarter-final stage which will be played at Chipping Norton BC this coming Saturday.

Caroline will also be contesting the quarter-finals of the Singles on Sunday at Witney Town BC.

The women's County Senior Fours has reached the final and Central will be represented by Mo Cox's rink against a rink from local rivals from Banbury Borough Ladies. This will be played at 2.00pm on Thursday July 5th at Banbury Chestnuts.

 

The men still have representation  in the triples and fours played to day and tomorrow evening. The next round os which will be the quarters on July 3rd & 4th respectively.

 

The Summertown Trophy compettionstarts on July 10th and the Hawker Cup on the 13th.

There is still plenty of bowling in the calendar.

Central's women had a successful weekend in the County competitions with the rink of Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion qualifying for the Bowls England National Fours Championship in August.

They had a close game on Saturday morning against Karen Alder's rink from West Witney, but came out 19-12 winners to claim a semi final place where they met the Banbury Chestnut's rink of Chris Purnell, Sheila Maishman, Pat Ray and Pat Taylor. The Central girls took the game 28-12 to book their place at Leamington.

 

South Oxford BC hosted Sunday's County rounds of the National Two wood competition and following on from her success in Saturday's Fours, Carole Galletly progressed through three rounds to reach the Final and at the same time qualify for another visit up the M40 to Leamington.

Banbury Central men returned to Witney Mills to play the Men's National Top club, four days after having lost there in the league.

Lee Young got Central off to a flying start with a comfortable 15-8 win in the Two-wood. After a tight start he found his form and the recalled Middleton Cup lead never looked troubled. 

AlanCarter, also on Middleton Cup duty this year, took over in the full singles and similarly eased to a  21-9 victory.

Yet another Central player featuring in this year's Middleton Cup team, Will Campion, paired up with Graham Morbey in the Pairs and fought a close to be 111-12 down after 14 ends. Things changed remarkably as they then took a six, a five and a four on consecutive ends to put the game beyond doubt, sucring a 32-13 win, which ensured an overall win for Cenral.

The Four of Chick Boyd, Nick Spencer, Andy Wilkin and Keith McNeil were always in control looking comfortable at 18-8 with five ends to go, but a spirited recovery by the Mills made it look closer, getting back to 16-20 down before Keith's men finished strongly, reasserting their authroity by winning the final two ends and finishing 26-16 winners.

Central's only defeat was in the Triples where Tom McKenna, Bob Joiner and Nigel Galletly were up against a very in-form Paul Robbins who had some telling woods that Nigel couldn't quite match, losing 14-20.

Overall a 4-1 victory gaining sweet revenge for the League defeat and moving on to play either South Oxford or local rivals Banbury Borough in the next round.

 

Women's National Top Club.

Central played Oxford Cioty & County in rainy conditions down at Oxford on Monday night.

In a closely fought contest the team came away with a 2.5 - 1.5 win.

The Pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won comfortably 23-14, the singles was won 21-10 by Carole Galletly.

The Four of June Bone, Jenny Williams, Mary Tee and Mo Cox were under pressure from the start from a strong City & County rink skipped by current international Kath Hawes, supported by International Team Manager Gail Gilkes. They lost their game so it was all down to the triples to decide the match.

Central's Eloise Jones, Sue Waring and Helen Young kept it close throughout and managed to draw the game 16 all. to give Cenral the half point needed for the win.

Well done everyone. 

The club completed a clean sweep of victories over the last week.

 

Our ladies led the way this week with wins away from home in the West Oxfordshire league against the combined Woodstock/Kidlington team and in the County Top Club first round game against Oxford City & County.

 

Top rink for Central in their league match 70-45 success saw Mary Tee, Jane Williams, Sue Waring and Mo Cox take the honours with a 29-17 scoreline, one shot difference better than Jenny Williams, June Bone, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly on 23-12.

Not to be outdone, Gill Hunt, Anne Norton, Helen Young and Caroline Campion made it a full house and maximum points, winning 18-16.

 

Sunday morning's Top Club game produced wins for Pam Shepherd in the singles, Eloise Jones and Helen Young in the pairs and Jenny Wiliams, Bev McNeil and Sue Waring in the triples. Unfortnately, Jill Hart, Jane Williams, June Bone and Mary Tee were unable to make it a full house.

 

At home in the Oxfordshire Bowls League, the men's 'A' team thumped Kidlington 75-44 in a 5-1 points win.

Stewart Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkin and skip Keith McNeil lead the way, winning 27-6. Lee Young, Alan Hunt, Les Campion and Mike Andrew made their contribution with a 19-12 win, whilst Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and Will Campion held on for a one shot win at 16-15. Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner, Nick Spencer and Nigel Galletly just mssed out on making it a full house, losing 13-16. 

 

Central's Mens 'A' team and the Ladies were both in league action this week. The men found the 'elite' team of Oxfordshire bowls Headington at their best, when heavily defeated away 54-78. The mens match in its new format of 18 ends but still retaining the 4 rinks saw a solid performance by Stewart Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkin and skip Keith McNeil achieve a 20-18 win for Central's only point of the evening.

The other 3 rinks found the goind tough with the scorelines:

Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner, Nick Spencer and Nigel went down 10-15.

Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Lee Young and Will Campion lost 16-19.

Dave Green, Mick Andrew, Ian Whelpton and Les Campion managed to drop 3 fives as they struggled their way to a 8-26 defeat.

 

In the Wednesday night Ladies League, 18 ends and 3 rinks, the Central ladies built up their momentum as the game unfolded, to run out with a 25 shot victory against their Hanborough opponents.

Helen Young, Jane Williams, Melody Sykes and skip Caroline Campion had a ten shot win at 22-12, one shot better than Sue Waring, Jenny Williams, Mary Tee and Mo Cox who won 21-12. 

Pam Shepherd, June Bone, Eloise Jones and Carole Galletly made it a full house, winning by six shots, 22-16.

 

Sunday's mixed 4 triples away to the Buckinghamshire, Chandos Park club, saw honours shared evenly between the clubs with both winning two triples each and finishing on 68 shots apiece. Central's top trio were Jenny Williams, Jill Hart, and Paul Humphris had a six shot win on 19-13, one better than Eloise Jones, Randy Chaney and Jim Gow, 19-14 winners.

Sue Winter, Terry Ulph and skip Pam Shepherd missed out by four shots at 14-18, whilst Andy Winter, Jane Williams and Keith Williams went down 16-23.

 

Thame BC v Banbury Central BC - League Cup first Round.

On Thursday May 3rd Central went to Thame BC for the first round of the 2018 League Cup competition and came away with a good 73-49 victory.

Keith McNeil's high scoring rink of Stuart Boyd. Jim Gow and Andy Wilkin roared away to a 19-4 lead before dropping a 7 to give the Thame four some hope. It was quickly dashed on the next end with our boys picking up a six  and eventually running out 29-14 winners.

Nigel Galletly's rink of Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner and Nick Spencer won 13 of the 18 ends played. In a tight game (4 all after 6 end and neither side scoring more than a two on any end, a good run of ends in their favour saw the Central lads end with a comfortable 17-7 win.

Les Campion's rink of Dave Green, Michael Andrew and Ian Whelpton was also tightlly contested (5 all after 6) but winning 12 of the 18 ends saw them run out 15-19 victors.

The only loss of the eveing was Will Campion's rink of Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert and club President Graham Morbey who shared the ends but dropped a few large scores, losing 12-18.

TThe next round is against Watlington, away again. in the quarter-final on August 16th.

 

The club started the new season last Sunday with a visit to the Startford Upon Avon bowls club, situated alongside the famous river. 

On a cold but dry afternoon, the match produced plenty of quality bowling from both clubs in the 18 end game and a win on all 5 rinks by the Central side who recorded a 107-62 victory.

Andy Winter, Jane Williams, Ian Gilbert and Graham Morbey led the team home with a 23-6 win ahead of Terry Ulph, Randy Chaney, Pam Shepherd and Keith Williams, second highest at 21-10. Sue Winter, Luke Gilbert, Carole and Nigel Galletly recorded a 9 shot win at 23-14. Two shots behind them on 24-17 were Jill Hart, Paul Humphris and Bob Joiner, but there was no record of whether or not this was with 25% removed from their scorecard. Even so, if not they were still one shot ahead at the finish. Jenny Williams, Pete Buzzard, Alan Carter and Will Campion rounded off the day with their 16-15 win, to send the Central bowlers home happy with their winning start to the season.

 

The club started the new season last Sunday with a visit to the Startford Upon Avon bowls club, situated alongside the famous river. 

On a cold but dry afternoon, the match produced plenty of quality bowling from both clubs in the 18 end game and a win on all 5 rinks by the Central side who recorded a 107-62 victory.

Andy Winter, Jane Williams, Ian Gilbert and Graham Morbey led the team home with a 23-6 win ahead of Terry Ulph, Randy Chaney, Pam Shepherd and Keith Williams, second highest at 21-10. Sue Winter, Luke Gilbert, Carole and Nigel Galletly finished recorded a 9 shot win at 23-14. Two shots behind them on 24-17 were Jill Hart, Paul Humphris and Bob Joiner, but there was no record of wether or not this was with 25% removed from their scorecard. Even so, if not they were still one shot ahead at the finish. Jenny Williams, Pete Buzzard, Alan Carter and Will Campion rounded off the day with their 16-15 win to send the Central bowlers home happy with their start to the season.

 

The outdoor season finished on a wet note but with an excellent game at home to our friends from Byfield.

Thanks to Nigel, Ron and Eric, my outdoor season finished on a high, thanks again lads.

I have had great pleasure in my role as Press Officer for the club and I also managed to please Steve at the BG. 

From the Press point of view, I have been able to report on great success for the club in both the County and at Leamington. It is great when a plan comes together.

 

Back to Sunday's game which was brought to a sudden halt, as we all abandoned ship when the Heaven's opened with a sudden deluge. The rinks were shared two apiece, with Byfield edging the game by one shot, 56-55. In the spirit of the game we loaned June and John Bone along with recent new boy Chris to our visitors to complete their line-up. You could say that the Bone's made a major contribution on the two rinks that went in Byfield's favour. John went in at lead, helping his new found team mates to a 17-8 win over Bob, Jenny, Andy and Terry, whilst June used her local knowledge to help her adopted rink go even better, with a 18-7 victory against Jim, Mo, Sue and Pete.

 

Thanks to the excellent trio around me, who covered my mistakes as we romped to a 21-9 win, and finally our captain Keith who has worked hard throughout the season in getting teams out and who showed his skipping prowess as, with help from Eloise, Melody and Graham he led his rink to a 19-12 success.

 

If only we had given the opposition someone else instead of the Bone duo!

 

That's it for the outdoors, next month we will be back indoors, where I will try to avoid a wrong bias and the potential hazard of my wood ending up in the swimming pool.

 

I will put my pen to paper again in the spring.

 

Our run of defeats continued on Thursday evening when we travelled down the road for an evening game at Adderbury and returned home having lost 75-115. This made it five losses in a row.

Mal's rink with Jon P, Graham and myself led after 15 ends only to let it slip and go down 12-18. 

Bob R, Sue Winter, Tony Lawford and skip Tom McKenna really suffered at the hand of the opposition, losing 13-35.

Mo moved to the back end of the rink and skipped Eric, Andy and Terry and things looked good until they dropped a six on the 19th end which led to their 19-21 defeat.

Bob Wilkins' rink with Sue Waring between two Ray's, unfortunately not of sunshine, were chasing the game from the start and ended on 16-25.

Our final rink skipped by Ron C, with Ann, Jane and Alan setting things up for him was the big plus of the night with their 21-15 shot win. Was the inclusion of two girls in this rink that made the difference.

 

Saturday's return match against Rugby Rail was was extremely tight but we managed to get back to winning ways, albeit by one shot, 110-109.

Andy, Sue Waring, yours truly, with Terry at skip won 19-12. I must have had some good wood's during the afternoon.

Eloise, Mo, Tony Smith and skip Jim had a much needed 27-16 win.

Kay, Jane, Ray and Tom Rogers found their opponents much to strong and lost 9-29.

Our triple on the day, Pete and Jill with Pam at skip had a tight game only to lose 17-21.

Pauline, Keith, Eric and Will who also looked after the bar, lost by one shot (the bowling kind) 18-19.

Last but not least, Paul at skip had the pleasure of bowling with Chris, Sue Winter and Jenny (two ladies again!) and came off the green with a 20-12 victory.

 

Byfield at home will hopefully be another win.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Carole Galletly on reaching the final of the National Mixed Fours at Leamington on Saturday along with team mates Kathy Hawes (Oxford City & County), Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) and Howard Watts (Headington).

After wins against rinks from Sussex 22-16, Hampshire 21-14 and Derbyshire 25-19, there Essex opponents in the final took the lead in the sixth end and managed to stay in front for the rest of the game to run out 23-16 winners.

Our ladies exploits at Leamington in the National's started as slowly as was possible with Carole, Pam, Helen and Caroline going out of the Fours in the preliminary round on August 7th, followed by Myra and Helen going out in the first round of the Pairs ten days later.

The third week of the Championship's saw an improvement in the weather and with the sun on their backs, our Senior four of Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion showed their true form, with three good wins against Nottinghamshire, Dorset and Berkshire taking them into a semi-final against the Hertfordshire, Riverain rink.

A place in the final was not to be, but congratulations to one and all for such a sterling effort.

 

Sunday saw our girls contesting the County Top Club final at the Thame club, playing against the ladies from Shiplake Village B.C. and hoping to go one better than last year when they lost in a closely fought final against Thame.

 

This year they took the title with a comfortable 3-1 win.

Mo Cox, fresh (or tired) from her exploits at Leamington, got things off to a good start with a comfortable 21-7 win in the singles. Mary Tee and Pam Shepherd followed this up with a 32-16 Pairs win, whilst Eloise Jones, Gill Sharp and Myra Lewis wrapped up the Triples 23-13. The only lost point was in the fours where Melody Sykes, Bev McNeil, June Bone and Anne Norton lost out to their opponents 12-23.

 

Well done girls, after a dissapointing start to the month, you are leaving August on a high.

At last, the "A" team got their act together with an outstanding win, the best of their very few this season, in the final League game of the season, away to Oxford City & County "A".

After winning the County Offcers Cup the previous Sunday, Nigel continued his winning vein, collecting a vital 1 shot win 20-19 supported by his rink partners, Jim, Tom and Bob.

Graham, with Andy at three and father and son Ian and Luke at the front had a resounding 27-8 win, but even this was beaten by Alan, Lionel, Lee and Wills who romped home 33-10 winners.

Jon P, Stuart "Chick", Mike and Ian contributed 13 shots to Central's overall 93 shots but saw their opponents, led by the evergreen Alan Ley collect 25 which was only one short of half the City & County 52 scoreline.

 

The final readings showed Central in 5th place, half a point behind West Witney and only 2.5 points behind third place City & County. With last seasons League champions, Carterton, being relegated this season, it shows how competitive the league is and how easy it is to end up in trouble.

 

Let's hope that next season the title is within our sights rather than the threat of relegation.

Tune in next May when it will all start again.

 

The "A" team pulled out the stops last evening in their last league game of the season with a 5-1 win against Oxford City & County "A".

The win ensured another season in the leagues first division.

Well done to the boys for hanging in there.

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Thursday, 20th of September 2018