Lloyd Trophy 06.06.23

News has just reached me of the clearly nail biting game at Redland where the North East Team played an extra end and finished 49-47 up – an excellent result – well done to all, especially as we were still getting a team together at 2 o clock this afternoon!

In the Lloyd Trophy v Keynsham Redland won 61-29

I was fairly confident going into this game and that proved to be the case.

On Jim’s rink with Will, Trev and Vince, having dropped a 5 on the second end (if you’re going to drop a count – drop it early, another one of my “words of wisdom”)!, we then regrouped and it was close halfway through but picking up a 6 then pulled in front to finish 19-11.

Editors Note: Are you sure it wasn’t the “Sage of Redland” Jim Russell rather than our esteemed Captain with “words of wisdom”?

On Josh’s rink with Kev, Gerry and Jon it was a bit more of a struggle, with Josh, by his own admission feeling a bit “after the lord’s mayors show”, from the previous night*, frankly nobody had a great game but perhaps everybody did something at sometime and we ended 18-15.

All of this didn’t really matter as on RKJ’s rink with Calvin, Larry and Andy and all clearly bowling very well they once again powered to a stunning 24-3 win after 15 ends when Keynsham conceded the game ,dropping only 2 ends in the process.this “unit ” seems to be on fire at the moment.

Again a confident win – onto the next round.

*Editors Note – This statement needs some clarification/explanation. On Monday evening two Redland Green teams battled it out to get to the Quarter Finals of the Glos Triples competition. The teams were Mark Powell, Calvin and Josh against Andy, Will and Jim.

In what proved to be an epic encounter only finishing on a second extra end at 9.55pm after 3 hours and 55 minutes Mark, Calvin and Josh won by 1 shot.

Everyone bowled very well especially Mark in his first major competition. At the same time however Josh was kind enough to say that Andy’s leading was the best that he has ever seen, thank you Josh – but it has to be said that Josh also played some stunning shots including killing the first extra end when Andy had put a “dapper” right on the jack.

Mark, Calvin and Josh now play on Friday evening at Glos City Bowls club and I am sure that everyone at Redland wishes them the very best of luck.