A Busy Week
Herne Bay Bowls Club had a busy week. The men won 5 of the 6 triples played against Probus and won by 54 shots. They then only 1 of 5 rinks at home to Maidstone losing by 40 shots. The game against Hesketh Park was close. Although Bay won 3 of the 4 rinks they only won by 8 shots overall.
Herne Bay Bowling Club will be hosting their annual Finals Weekend - 8th and 9th September. The programme for the weekend can be downloaded by clicking here. Congratulations to all those that have reached the finals and good luck.
A Step Closer
Herne Bay have moved a step closer to winning the East Kent Mixed Triples League. They shared rink honours 3 a piece at Birchington but lost overall by 8 shots. All 8 points were then picked up in the home game with Ashford Town with Bay winning all 6 triples. They now only need 2 points to secure the title.
The worst thing about writing "The Bugle" is that whenever, unless we achieve the ultimate, it must conclude with failure. The good bit about the 2018 Bugle is that it ends with "Glorious Failure". Our remaining rinks: - Bill Gibbon, Tony Knibbs, Gordon Kent and Bob Day together with Ritchie Callanan, Roy Chillingworth, Ray Chipperfield and Alf Collar eventually had to succumb to a very strong Canterbury side in the Area Semi-Final of the Cox Cup. Gents, the hats of all Herne Bay members go off to you in what must be classed as a magnificent run in the competition beating other clubs, some of whom only entered one side in the competition. I also include Paul Evans and Peter Gibson who both played in earlier rounds.
Strange Twist of Fate
First an apology for the lack of bugle last week. Having arrived late back from Lenham and off early the following morning to Gravesend and then immediately off to Faversham for a FOB game it completely went out of my mind. Or in other words I lost the mouthpiece, so I couldn't blow the thing or get a note out of it. Suffice to say two of our sides suffered defeats to Lenham and Lyminge whilst our other team consisting of Bill Gibbon, Peter Gibson (in for the unavailable Tony Knibbs), Gordon Kent and Bob Day, and Ritchie Callanan, Roy Chillingworth, Ray Chipperfield (in for the unavailable Paul Evans), and Alf Collar completed a fine win over a very strong Ashford Rail side.
Herne Bay bowlers had mixed fortunes in the final stages of the County competitions. Shaun Woolford lost 21-14 in the quarter final of the singles. Dave Mason and Grant Allen lost by 3 shots in the pairs quarter final. Alfie Lewis, Shaun Woolford, Ian Robb and Paul Woolford were beaten in the 4’s quarter final. However, the 4 of Dave Mason, Scott Whiting, Joe Kelly and Grant Allen beat a team from Gravesend in the quarter final and Chatham in the semi-final to reach the County 4’s final to be played at Halls (Dartford) on Sunday 29th July.
Well and truley "Sandwich'ed"
Our interest in the EBA Double 4's ended this morning in Sandwich. Both of our rinks of Dave Mason, Scott Whiting, Eddie Allen and Grant Allen and Terry Kelly, Shaun Woolford, Ian Robb and Joe Kelly although leading at 10 ends had to succumb to some excellent bowling from Sandwich in the second half. On reflection the players and myself agreed that on the day the best side won. So, after congratulating the lads from Sandwich and wishing them well in the next stage of the competition we will lick our wounds and continue our quest for honours tomorrow in the Cox Cup. My thanks to Lyn and John Philips for their support and their offer of a black cup of tea.
Team Manager's Trumpet
Success for "The Bay" means further matches in our calendar.
On Sunday 15th July at 10am we have two rinks at Sandwich in the County Semi-Final of the English Bowling Association Double Fours. Once again some of the best bowlers in Kent will be on view. All support for the lads would be gratefully received.
On Monday 16th July at 6pm in the Cox Cup we have three teams in the 2nd Round. Whilst the three home rinks do battle at Spenser Road their opposite halves will be doing battle at Lyminge, Ashford Rail and Lenham. For those unfamiliar with the rules of the Cox Cup. One rink plays at home and the other plays away and the combined score determines the winner. Herne Bay have entered three teams in this competition and as far as we can remember this is the first time "The Bay" have three teams in the 2nd Round. Any support at any of the venues would be gratefully received.
Smiles All Round
There were smiles all round in the bar area of Spenser Road last night as our two remaining sides in the Cox up experienced excellent victories in the 1st Round. They join our other successful side who demolished Folkstone Park on “Super Saturday” morning. Old cobwebs were blown away as one old timer was heard to remark "Never 'appened in my lifetime son, three through to the 2nd round of the Cox? 'Un'eared of". The rink of Mike Trotter, Len Brown, Bob Baldwin and Brian Dennis had a great victory at Hythe winning 26 - 14 whilst their home pairing with David Knight, Steve Brown, Brian Gisby and Jim Watson (who took a six on the final end) won 22 - 18. Making a total victory of 48 - 32. Our final double rink eased to a 55 - 23 victory over Whitstable with Les Mason, David Mason, Paul Woolford and Grant Allen thrashing their opponents 35 - 11 whilst the home rink of Alfie Lewis, Eddie Allen, Ian Robb and Joe Kelly easing to a 20 - 12 win. The team and I would like to thank Sandra, Mo and Angie for the food and drink supplied last night and the numerous supporters including Alf and Joyce who joined me at Whitstable - your support ladies and gents is really appreciated. One interesting fact emerged was that whilst Herne Bay entered 3 teams with reserves, two sides (Hythe and Folkestone Park) entered only 1 (their best?). At the time of writing our next opponents are not known.
Club Mixed Triples Results
After an enjoyable afternoon of bowling in the Club Mixed Triples competition yesterday, we are pleased to announce the first set of finalists in the line-up for Finals Weekend. A big congratulations goes to Val Keleghar, Chris Adams and Sara Trotter who will play Mary Gibbon, Russell Cooper and Terry Kelly in a full 18 end match in the finals. Well done.
Thank you to all the players for their support, and to everyone who helped out to make the afternoon run smoothly.
If you read our Presidents article on Fabulous Friday, we managed to have a Super Saturday to follow. Herne Bay entered three teams in this year’s Cox Cup and at the request of Folkestone Park one of our rinks was requested to play on Saturday morning instead of the usual Monday evening. What followed can only be described as a total destruction. I was fortunate enough to witness Bill Gibbon, Tony Knibbs, Gordon Kent and Bob Day complete 30 shots to 10 win at Spenser Road. Communication with the away rink was not at its best but late in the game the message came through that the rink of Ritchie Callanan, Roy Chillingworth, Paul Evans and Alf Collar were winning by a similar score to our lads at home. They eventually won by 27 shots to 10. Considering Folkstone Park only entered one side I think that this reflects the all-round strength of "The Bay". Very well done to both the home and away sides you did "The Bay" proud. The next round will see the same 8 selected (Ray Chipperfield replacing the unavailable Tony Knibbs) play either Canterbury 'A' or Ashford Rail 'B' on Monday 16th July at 6pm.
We all knew about Super Saturday when GB won all those golds at the London Olympics in 2012. Well today was FABULOUS FRIDAY for Herne Bay BC. This morning Mike Trotter, Len Brown, Bob Baldwin and Brian Dennis had a convincing win in the Divisional Final of the over 55 fours and progress to the County semi-final to be played at Kemsley BC on Saturday 28 July.
Putting HBBC on the Map
On Sunday our fours team of Pat Knight, Cath Watson, Gill Baker and Ellen Foster contested the County Divisional Final at Boughton where they unfortunately lost to a strong 4 from Ashford Rail.
On Monday evening Shaun Woolford won the Divisional Final of the badged singles beating Gordon Charlton 21 - 15 at Birchington. Shaun will play his County quarter final and hopefully semi-final at OGF Bowls Club, Gravesend on Tuesday 17 July in his attempt to reach the County final.
Last night Dave Mason and Grant Allen won the Divisional Final of the pairs at Ashford Rail and will play their County quarter final at Ditton on Wednesday 18 July.
Tomorrow night Shaun is in another Divisional Final (2 wood) at Folkestone.
On Friday of this week Len Brown, Mike Trotter, Bob Baldwin and Brian Dennis will play the Divisional Final of the over 55 fours against a 4 from Victoria Park. This will be held at Herne Bay starting at 10.30. For this match it has been agreed that the main green will play away from the pavilion and then be turned on completion of the match. Any support for the men would be appreciated.
On Friday evening at Aylesham & Snowdown we have two 4's through to the Divisional Final. Alfie Lewis, Shaun Woolford, Ian Robb and Paul Woolford will play a 4 from Sandwich and Dave Mason, Scott Whiting, Grant Allen and Joe Kelly will play a 4 from Canterbury.
Don't forget that the Cox Cup gets under way starting on Saturday morning where our home rink will be playing Folkestone Park at 10.30 and on Monday night when home rinks will be playing Whitstable and Hythe.
Finally our Ladies commence their Mollie Cleggett campaign next Tuesday against Ashford Town with the home rink starting at 2.00.
These are exciting times for the club, show your support when you can. It is much appreciated.
Bay to Face Sandwich in Crunch Tie
Round 5 of the English Bowling Association sees the lads from Spenser Road travel to Sandwich on Sunday 15th July at 10am. A feast of bowls is promised as two of Kent's finest fight it out for a place in the semi finals. Anyone in the area will be more than welcome to cheer the lads on together with our regular away support.
A further reminder that the Cox Cup is about to get underway with one rink playing home and away at Folkestone Park at 10am next Saturday morning 7th July at 10am. Two further rinks will be playing Hythe and Whitstable home and away on Monday 9 July at 6pm. All supporters welcome to attend.
Team Manager's Bugle
The Bay eased themselves into Round 5 of the English Bowling Association Double 4's at Spenser Road this morning. After 5 ends we lead Ramsgate by a combined score of 17 shots to 2. From that point onwards, the result never appeared in doubt. Ramsgate eventually conceding defeat after both rinks had played 14 ends. The rink of Terry Kelly, Shaun Woolford, Ian Robb and Joe Kelly winning 20 - 7 and the rink of Dave Mason, Scott Whiting, Eddie Allen and Grant Allen winning 26 - 6. A special thank you from the team and myself go to Lyn & John Phillips for giving up their Saturday morning and ensuring we were well fed and watered. Plus, John turning the green twice just for our pleasure.
Round 5 will see us visiting Birchington or Sandwich who play off Sunday morning.
Team Manager's Trumpet
Round 4 and the last 8 in the county await our lads in the English Bowling Association Top Club 4's. We have been drawn at home to Ramsgate on Saturday 30th June at 10am. All support will be most welcome ( I will ensure the bar is open), I guarantee the team really appreciate friendly faces around the green during play. Even if you are new to the game come along and see how the top boys do it, I am sure you will be impressed.
Team Manager's Bugle
I promised a spectacular at Spencer Road last night in the English Bowling Association Double rink 3rd Round game against Canterbury, and what we got was a classic. Whether or not I would have classed it as such had Grant's last bowl had a different ending remains to be seen. However, those fortunate enough to attend were rewarded with a bowls match between two evenly matched sides that lived up to what one would expect from some of Kent's finest.
Team Manager's Trumpet
A festival of bowls is promised next Thursday the 14th June at 6pm at Spencer Road when we host Canterbury in the 3rd round of English Bowling Association Double 4's. For those who are unaware some of the finest bowlers in Kent (representing both sides) will be on view. All supporters will be most welcome, and I know the lads would appreciate the view of friendly faces in and around the green.
Team Manager's Bugle
It is always easier to sound out the bugle when I have a win to report. Today was such a day when in the English Bowling Association 2nd round of the Double Rinks we defeated a Canterbury side by 53 shots to 29. It looked as if it was going to be a very close contest after 9 ends with Canterbury leading overall by 2 shots. Obviously superior fitness then took over as The Bay took a further total of 39 shots in the remaining ends to Canterbury's 12. Team scores - Terry Kelly, Scott Whiting, Eddie Allen and Grant Allen won 30 shots to 11 whilst the rink of Shaun Woolford, Bill Robb, Ian Robb and Joe Kelly won 23 shots to 19. Canterbury conceding defeat after 18 and 20 ends. The team and myself thank Mo and Angie for the ploughman’s it was really appreciated.
Team Manager's Bugle
Herne Bays interest in the Top Club ended on Thursday evening when our remaining side deservedly went out to a better Sandwich side. Whilst the 2 - 3 reverse may have appeared close, in all fairness I felt that Sandwich always held the upper hand. Our two single players suffered reasonably heavy defeats and our fours were always playing catch up. Unfortunately, excellent wins in the Pairs (Scott Whiting and Paul Woolford) 18 - 12 and the triples (Terry Kelly, Bill Robb and Joe Kelly) 23 - 11 were not enough to see us through. A mention must be given to Alfie Lewis who came into the rinks at the last minute and gave a most impressive debut at this level. Well done Alfie maybe the singles next year?
Men's Captain vs Men's Junior Vice-Captain
Monday 26th September 2016 10:47 am
A fun day had by all yesterday playing the annual Men's Captain vs Men's Junior Vice-Captain, there was even a sneaky appearence and a half game played by the Men's Vice Captain which might have tipped the overall score in the Captains favour 130 - 112. The Men's Captain's Team would like to convey their thanks to all the players for their support, the kitchen and bar staff and anybody else who helped to make the afternoon enjoyable.
Men's Club Competitions
Friday 29th January 2016 5:46 pm
A reminder to all Men who wish to enter the Club Competitions, the closing date is Saturday 23rd April (Opening Day). A copy of the application form can be found here. Also to view the list entries already received please visit the Competition tab above.
Wednesday 29th April 2015 8:43 pm
The Men are away to Ashford Town tomorrow night (30th April) in the National Double Fours, and home to Sandwich in the Double Fours also this Friday, both 6pm start. We are then away to Sandwich in the Top Club Friday 22nd May at 6pm, all support welcome.
Mens Team Manager
Monday 8th December 2014 9:08 pm
The Captains team along with the President interviewed the 2 applicants for the new post of Mens Team Manager. Following the interviews one of the applicants withdrew their application. Based on this we can inform members that Tony Bishop has now been offered the post and has confirmed his acceptance of the same.
Men's Evening Triples Results
Saturday 10th August 2013 12:51 pm
Congratulations to the Magpie's (Bob Baldwin, Robbie Irons, John Rawlings, John Phillips, Paul Bryson, Nick Lockwood and Brian Dennis) on winning the Club Men's Evening Triples. Please click here to view the final standings of the league.
Last Wood heartbreak for Bay pair!
Monday 22nd July 2013 3:48 pm
David Mason and Ian Robb came up against former indoor World champion Andy Thompson partnered by Paul Field in the Kent County pairs quarter final held at Duke of Kent, Mottingham. Having lead 10 â€“ 1 and 16 â€“ 7 earlier in the match the Bay pair were one shot behind going into the final end and with Mason and Robb holding a match winning count of 4 shots were looking good to progress when Thompson with the final wood of the match drew to the jack to take a 22 â€“ 20 victory.
Thanks from the Captain
Thursday 4th July 2013 3:18 pm
A big thank you to all those that turned up as spectators for the National Double 4's Kent Quarter Final. For those not aware we managed to win the match against Borough Green 37 - 33. We were 5 shots adrift after 17 ends played on both rinks but the support given to the lads I am sure carried them through. Thanks again.