Bristol & District League: Redland v GB’s (Home) 25/08/22

LOST: 2 Points

Your ” roving reporter” phoning in from Kingswood where the NE league team were hoping to finish the season as champions, unfortunately they couldn’t quite manage this and losing 2 points to 8 we ended in second place, losing out to Kingswood and Hanham on shot difference.

Never the less promotion to division one a great result.

Thanks to everyone who played, and the ladies who helped us make a full team when we short (and also played very well).

Onto the B&D team, I can’t give a detailed report, I was not there to see it as I was at Kingswood watching north east (I’m trying to ingratiate myself with the north east team as I may well not be selected for the B&D next yea,!)

Only losing by 5 a reasonable showing, nice to see 3 of our ” new guys ” getting into the swing of things, with much enthusiasm, let’s hope it continues next year, those guys are showing great promise.

Rink results for the record:

OnJim’s rink with Keith, Trev and Jon Emerson lost 12-14

On Will’s rink with Calvin, Gerry and Andy Won 19-10

On RKJ’s rink with Larry, Vince and Nick lost 17-25

As I said before, a disappointing season to see us going into division 2, but with current team and players “coming through” no reason to not feel optimistic about next year.

Finally, good luck to Jim and Andy who play in the National Pairs on Sunday at Leamington.

B&D League: Redland v Willmott Park (H) 18/08/22

Lost: 3 Points

Firstly congratulations to the North East League bowls boys who sealed promotion tonight to the first division. We await other results to see if we can still go up as champions.

On to less positive matters;

Tonight sealed our relegation fate, but we put up a good fight against a very strong Willmott Park team.

On Will’s rink, with Calvin, Jake and Pete Jones and Will having his B&D skip debut, it was a baptism of fire, and playing against a Willmott skip who’s about to go off to the Bowls England National Finals it was always going to be a bit of a struggle and we never quite seemed to get into it to end 6-25 behind.

The deficit here was not unsurmountable as on RKJ’s rink with Larry, Vince and Nigel were always in front and were 13-3 up at end 11, they conceded a few ends but ended winning 15-10.

At 12 ends we were only 5 shots behind and on Jim’s rink with Kev, Trev and Andy were always threatening to pick up a 3 or a 4, and if that had happened it might have been a different outcome to the match, but couldn’t quite pull it off due to some excellent bowling by the Willmott skip and finished all square at 12-12.

Chaps, in a “normal” season we would have accumulated enough points to remain in division one, but this year it was not to be.

Match Report: B&D League Redland v Weston Bath (a)

LOST: 29-68 0 points

We’ve been keeping the fat lady from singing over the last few weeks, but I’m afraid she’s on the stage, our campaign to stay in division 1 may be over, not mathematicaly certain perhaps, but I think we have to prepare for division 2 bowls next year.

Ok, so circumstances of the league arrangements (3 relegated this year) have conspired against us, in truth we haven’t bowled well enough in the league this season.

Onto the game:

On a very fast surface, we started badly and were in fact 22 down at 4 ends, perhaps then getting to grips with the conditions, we rallied slightly to be only 7 behind 4 ends later, and could we now push on?, but out of the remaining 27 ends across the board we only won 5 – not really good enough.

On Gerry’s rink with Calvin, Vince and Kev 13-19

On Jim’s rink with Steve, Trev and Keith 8-24

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Nigel and Larry 8-25

Apologies for slightly downbeat report, but no point fooling ourselves, however we’ve had good cup runs, and individual successes, this season, so clearly we can bowl well and no reason not to face next year with a positive attitude.

LL Match report week 14 (5th  August 2022) Away at Canford  ( 0 points )

Again the green was very, very, very fast , and the home team took full advantage of it. We were tripling on both rinks as several of the ladies have succumbed to COVID, get well soon.

Wendy’s  rink with Linda and Carol ,  started in the lead and stayed in the lead until the tenth end , three losses followed , picked up a six on the thirteenth end staying ahead until the end finishing 17 -13 , but the 25% deduction left us 12.75 v 13  

Karen’s rink with Gill, and Wanda  played a good game took an early lead , and held on to it until the thirteenth end , Canford had obviously got their eye in by the tenth end and, winning all of the remaining ends except one, finishing 14-20 , with their 25% finally scoring 10.5 v 20

The end of the season for the women in the Bristol ladies league in division one and two , we finished in second place 3 points behind the winners ,Henleaze B . The top two teams in each division are usually promoted, so we should go up to division One next year .

Match Report B&D League: Redland v Page Park (H) 04/08/22

Won: 47-46 6 points

A fascinating game which just saw us win to gain a very useful 6 points.

On Gerry’s rink with Kev, Vince and Andy started off really well to get a 5 on the first end, but couldn’t push home this initial advantage and went behind, but a class wood from Gerry to pull the jack into the ditch to gain a 2 on the last end, which would prove to be very important.

(Ps Page Park’s lead was a new bowler and he had the good luck to have Andy giving him his total bowls knowledge from end one and continuing over drinks at the end, Andy’s advice may have been very useful but the Page lead did leave Redland with a glazed look on his face!)

On Jim’s rink with Calvin, Trev and league debutant Ian Johnson started well but went behind at 10 ends, and this went on, but winning the last 2 including a 4 on the last end finished 14-17 down, but that 4 was important.

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Nigel and Roger were always in front, but could they get far enough in front to counteract the other 2 rinks?

So at end 15 we were 6 down overall, but that 2 from Gerry and the 4 from Jim meant we entered the last end all square, all to play for!

Rog Plant bowled a “dapper” and things looked good however this was taken off and after more woods we were 3 down with Rog Jones left to bowl, and what a cracker it was, a foot off the jack and shot, the opposition skip couldn’t change anything and Rog didn’t have to bowl his last wood, we had sneaked a overall win by one.

It’s not all over, still in with a good chance of remaining in the first division.

Match Report: Clarence Davy Semi Final v Bristol St Andrew’s 29/07/22


After our problematical Clarence campaign, we were in the semis, and whilst perhaps not having our total full strength team, with our north east players and our new guys playing the way they are I was never in any doubt that this was a game we could win, and we were so close to doing so.

On Jim’s rink with Mike Ingham, Trev and Keith powered into a 23 – 3 lead, conceding only 5 ends, but unfortunately 2 of these were towards the end, which was a pattern developing over the other Redland rinks, they ended 24 – 9 up, You can’t do anymore than that, and you give the team a real chance.

Across the green I think we all realised that you can’t be lulled into false sense of security by a rink steaming ahead.

On Steve’s rink with Mike Roth, Dave Edwards and Vince, this was a game of two halves winning 8 out of the first 13, then dropping away in the second half finished 12 – 28 (not a proper reflection of score, as 7 shots conceded on last 2 ends, endeavouring to go for extra shots).

On Calvin’s rink with Kev, Dave Sunter and Roger Plant went behind early on to be 5 – 13 behind, but kept plugging away to be only 2 down at 15, but following the Redland trend lost 4 of the last 5 to end 15 – 23 down.

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Nigel and Nick were behind early on won 5 ends in the middle and were only 2 down at 18 ends, again the Redland curse struck and we couldn’t quite get in front to be 15 – 19 down.

Starting end 18 we were actually 2 up overall, but your could feel the tide turning, and we were outplayed over the closing stages and the match was lost.

Not a good week for Redland, but I see a good number of our new guys with all the “makings of being really good bowlers”, so I’m very optimistic for the future.

Thanks to Marek, Phil and Ian Johnson for being on standby as reserves.

LL Match report week 11 (29th  July 2022) Away at Greenbank   ( 8 points )

A lovely evening for bowling , and no flying ants ! . Greenbank (second from bottom) should have been an easy win  , as we are second on the table  . The green was very, very, very fast , but the home team were not used to it either so it did not give them an advantage

Wendy’s  rink with Linda Carol and Nina    , playing against a triple from Greenbank , started in the lead and stayed in the lead until the end finishing 24-10  

Karen’s rink with Gill, Dot and Liz played a good game keeping it tight all the way. Picking up a 2, a 3 and a 1 on the last few ends gave them a win 16-11

Last week of the League’s division 2 season next week and we are guaranteed at least second place .

Match Report: Redland v Bristol St Andrew’s 28/07/22 B&D League (A)

Lost 34-51 2 points

We were hoping that this was a game we might win, but not to be, although 2 points may be very welcome at the end of the season.

On Jim’s rink with Steve, Trev and Vince went into a early 11-2 lead, but had the “middle wobble” and came back to be one behind at end 14, but managed to pick up and protecting their lead ended 17-16.

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Calvin and Roger Plant, were always behind, and actually winning more ends than their opponents ,just couldn’t get in front and finished 10-16 down.

On Gerry’s rink with Kev, Nigel and Andy were never really in the game and whilst not dropping any big counts kept being pipped on ends to run out 7-19 behind.

Interestingly we lost 7 out of the last 15 ends across the board, but out of those we dropped 5 threes, if they had been ones the match would have been very close……

Still struggling, still not out of it, onto Page Park next week.

Match Report: Glos Cup Section Final v Olveston 26/07/22

Lost (conceded at 18 ends)

Thanks firstly to Dave Sunter for being on last minute standby.

Chaps, Olveston are a stronger team than we are, that’s not negative just a realistic assessment, and when you play you hope perhaps we can be on top form and they can be slightly below, and then who knows what might happen?

Tonight that was not to be.

On Roger’s rink with Will, Trev and Calvin they held their heads high to be our most successful rink finishing only 2 behind.

On Jim’s rink with Steve, Nigel and Andy and on Gerry’s rink with Mike, Vince and Kev, both rinks never really got going and were both fairly well beaten.

All the best to Olveston in the semi final, and thanks to GB Britton for hosting the game and providing very welcome food afterwards.