Clarence Davy (rearranged game) v GB Britton (A) 19/07/22

Won 86-67

After a fraught couple of weeks, including arranging a date and a team, and whether we were going to face temperatures hotter than the face of the sun (folks I wouldn’t take those weather forecasts as gospel!), eventually a game of bowls was played and a winner found.

I’m very pleased that was Redland.

Thanks to everybody who played, special thanks to Marek, Jake Peggs for being on standby as reserves and Steve Ford for being travelling reserve and also thanks to GB Brittons Chairman for his genuine thanks and wishes for the best of luck in the next round.

Onto the game on Gerry’s rink with Mike, Dave Edwards and Pete Jones started well to go 6-3 up, slipped behind to go 10-17 down, and at this point in the game all was fairly equal and they could have let the score get away, however winning 6 out of the last 8 ends came back to keep the deficit down to 3 shots( 16-19), over 4 rinks 3 behind can be handled.

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Trev and Nick Hunt went into a 5 nil lead, but matching Gerry also went 10-17 behind, but also regrouping pulled it back to finish 21-20.

On Andy’s rink, inspired selection putting Andy at skip (we won’t do that again!) seriously though he had a  a good game, and with Kev, Nigel and Jon Emerson, Andy had advised Jon to use the same tight woods as him (for the first time in this game), which was clearly rediculous advice and  Jon really struggled to get his woods more than a foot away from the jack on every end, so perhaps advice usefull, a great game from Jon. We went 10-4 down, but again as on the other rinks it started changing from end 14 and charged ahead to win 25-14.

On Calvin’s rink with Larry, Dave Sunter and Roger Plant were always in front, and were 13-5 in front at 11 ends, again pegged back to be only 3 in the lead, again as on the other rinks regrouped and sealed the win 24-14. 

Being only 3 shots up across the board at 14 ends, we won 20 of the remaining 26 ends, so it just goes to show my paranoia about Redland always falling behind towards the finish, may not be justified!

Excellent win, thanks and well-done to everyone.

Match Report: Top Club v Olveston (A)

LOST 0-5

All a bit of a damp squib really, when you play a club as strong as Olveston you have to be on top form and hope perhaps your opponents ,slightly below, to have a good chance – not negative ,just a realistic assessment.

Andy started in the 2 wood and was pipped on the final end to be  one down.

In the pairs with Calvin and Steve, unfortunately we had to concede this game, due to a back injury to Steve.

With 2 disciplines lost and with RKJ rink, with Trev and Larry slipping behind, and although with us bowling well but with Chris Blake, I thought a friend of ours?, put his woods right on the jack, not very friendly!, Jack Drysdale and Paul Bryant (Olveston’s Skip) clearly having a fantastic game the whole game looked dead, and we conceded at 14 ends.

On Gerry’s rink with Will, Mike and Kev always matching opponents, but conceded at one behind with 4 ends to go.

Jim Russell, in the singles playing Ian Gauld, both players very sportingly started to play, and whilst Ian gained an early advantage, who knows what might have been had the game hinged on this, however they shook hands early and retired to clubhouse for a second pint.

A useful little run in this comp – always next year.

Editor’s Apology:

In the Match Report dated 14/07/22 “Redland v Yate (A)” I made a reference to John Smallwood of Olveston. It has been pointed out to me that this was very poor judgement on my part and I can only sincerely apologise to John and say that in light of this poor judgement by me I feel it is only right that I stand down as Editor of these Match reports which I do with immediate effect. Andy Gadd.

Match Report: Redland v Yate (A) 14/07/22

Won 61-43: 8 points

A very welcome 8 points in our Bristol & District League campaign.

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Trev and Calvin started in front but losing a few ends on the trot slipped behind to go 12-6 down, a spirited comeback got to level pegging at end 14, however the momentum couldn’t be maintained and we ended 14 17 down.

On Jim’s rink with the special ones’ (that’s Vince and Steve [Will please notice correct punctuation mark!]) and once again they seemed to have been put on the worst rink of the whole green, judging by the numerous complaints (I think they might be getting a bit paranoid?), but they can complain as much as they like if they carry on winning and this they did, picking up 3 fours and winning 11 ends to finish 27-10 up.

Editor’s Note: [Deleted]

Over on Gerry’s rink with Larry, Dave and Kev went into a 8-0 lead, but were pegged back and at 11 ends were 12 all and in the game  we were only 4 up overall, but picking up a 4 were back in front with Jim’s rink powering ahead the game was won. The question remained could we get maximum points?. Roger was just pipped at the end, but Gerry’s rink managed to win the last 3 ends and the rink ended 20-16 up.

As I said at the start, a useful result.

Important week ahead, Top Club Saturday, Clarence Tuesday and League Thursday, let’s hope we are on a winning roll……

PS It’s been pointed out to me that I didn’t thank Trev for his support both on Monday and on Tuesday – thank you Trev!

Gloucestershire County Cup: Redland v Avonvale (A) 12/07/22

Won 59-53

I don’t know where to start, a classic example of the “carry on bowls club”, you never know what’s going to happen next!

Here’s some background.

Andy was playing in Swindon (National over 55 singles , Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire area semi-final, which he unfortunately just lost, but had committed to making it back to play in this game. With the motorway etc however if delayed we had a reserve on standby. Andy was on his way back so our reserve was partly stood down, Andy arrived at the green , so reserve was fully stood down.

It was now noticed one player wasn’t there who was contacted and we were told “I couldn’t find the green, so went home”, unbelievable, so a call went into our reserve to hot foot it over to Avonvale and with discussions about the rules with the opposition it was decided that if he turned up by 6.45 the game was still on. The reserve duly arrives at the green with one minute to spare or we would have forfeited the game to a walk-over!

Thank you to Avonvale for their patience.

So the reserve did turn up within time and we did play and we did win, who was this knight in shining armour you ask?, none other than Dave Sunter, who put the team and club first, no trial ends and bowled some bloody good woods!

Not the best of starts to get into the right frame of mind.

To the game ;

On Gerry’s rink with Mike, Dave and Kev, always in front and with Gerry bowling brilliantly, with help from the rest of the rink, keeping losing ends to only one down, ended 23-7 up.

On Jim’s rink with Steve, Pete Jones and Andy, they seemed to be getting frustrated with the green/rink (we’ve all been there) were always behind and 7 down on end 13 and getting more and more frustrated it didn’t look good, however a game changing shot from Jim, when 5 down, pulling the jack back to us to pick up a 5 we ended 15-23 down.

On Rogers rink an equally game changing end when 5 down, we picked up a 6, so 11 across the board and we were now in front on the match, Roger’s crew kept it tight and ran out 21-23 down.

We finished 6 up overall, so very close really, but in the circumstances a very good result.

Gloucestershire Two Rink (2): Redland v Page Park (A) 11/07/22

Lost 45 – 43

A cracking effort against Page Park’s A team, in fact a rink of 4 of their best players stood down from the next round of the Glos 4s which they had qualified for in order to play, fair play to those guys putting club in front of personal (we didn’t have that option, as most of our Glos 4 guys had played in the A team on Saturday.)

On Dave Edward’s rink with Dave Sunter, Jon Emerson and Roger Plant, were nip and tuck for the first 13 ends but their opponents and arguably the Page Park top rink started to put on the pressure, at 20-10 down it looked as though the game might get away, but we kept it tight and finished 13-24 down.

Meanwhile on Mike’s rink with Phil, Alan and Marek they were always in front and started pulling away, to be 20-9 up and with Dave’s rink finishing first, we went into the last end all square, we needed a dapper* but this was not to be and we dropped a 2 to be 2 behind and losing the game overall.

Disappointing result in the end, but our guys can be very pleased with the way they played and made Page work hard for their win.

* Definition – dapper- a wood right on the jack on the last 2 ends

Glos Two Rink: Bristol St Andrew’s (A)

LOST (On both rinks)

Jim with Steve, Pete Jones and Larry.

RKJ with Will, Kev and Calvin.

After winning this competition last year our defence of the title was a damp squib.

For your interest we were losing finalists in 2017.

Out in first round in 2018/2019.

Winners in 2021

Out in first round 2022

A very volatile record – is it us or the glorious uncertainty of bowls?

All the best to our other Two Rink team on Monday at Page Park.

Match Report: Redland v Knowle (H) 07/07/22

Win 57-37: 8 points

A very welcome win and one we really did need to get under our belts. After last Sunday’s win in the Top Club and 2 rink to come on Saturday this could be building into a good week?

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Trev and Calvin went into a commanding 16-4 lead on 8 ends and winning 12 out of the 17 ended 23-7 up. Not sure how everybody played on this rink but clearly all must have played a part to win this well.

Editors Note: On leaving the rink RKJ was noted as saying that Will had a particularly good game.

On Jim’s rink with Larry, Nigel and Andy, coincidentally also being up 16-4 on 8 ends, but only winning 9 ends out of 17 (Editors Question: “only”? ;-)) finished 10 up. In reply to Editor’s Question I don’t care if they only won 3 ends to win by 10 is more than enough……

There was one wood bowled on a wrong bias and I am not sure who bowled that, but clearly couldn’t have been the “special one” could it? Editor’s Note: Middleton Cup Leads simply do not bowl a wrong bias – sometimes however spectators may be surprised at the tactics employed which mean staying well away from the head and possible even leaving the rink with your bowl 🙂

Over on Steve’s rink with Gerry, Dave and Kev they were slipping behind early on but with the other two rinks going well it was less crucial to the overall game win, if the deficit could be kept to manageable levels, but an extra 2 points would have been welcome, however we couldn’t get back into it and ran out 12-18 down.

Steve’s game may have been affected by Gerry knocking over Steve’s can of cider early on and one end Gerry lept up, we thought because of excitement, but he had sat on on top of Kev’s lighted ciggy, with all this going on, not a relaxing night!

We know we’ve got a fight on to remain in the first division, but the start of that was completed tonight.

Thanks to everybody for their good bowling and valued support over the last couple of weeks – onwards an upwards.

Top Club v Bradley Stoke (H) 03/07/22

WON 4-1

*STOP PRESS*. Trev has bought a new pair of trousers, which will save a repeat of the unseemly incident last week when they fell down!

Playing against a second division team the statistics say that we should actually win and that proved to be so, but having said that a likeable crew from Bradley Stoke made us work for the win.

As we know if you can win the two singles disciplines you are well on the way to winning the game.

Editors Note: The Captain is well known for his excellent maths 🙂

Andy got us off to a great start in the two woods taking an 8-2 lead and matching his opponent in winning the remaining ends ended 16-11 with two ends left to play.

Jim in the 4 wood singles proved a bit harder task being 6-7 down at 8 ends, but scoring a 4 the game changed round and we finished 21-15.

In the triples RKJ with Trev and Larry were always in front, but losing the last 4 ends finished 12-14 down.

On Gerry’s rink with Will, Nigel and your humble leader; the way Gerry was bowling I think his week away was at a high performance bowls course……He played some super woods and the rink went 12-3 in front. Gerry kept on standing where he wanted the jack but as Kev pointed out “I think you are going to have to put up with it where it ends up Gerry”. A 5 was dropped but the rink regrouped to end 17-14 and the overall game was won.

Incidentally Wendy commented that everybody says you’re short Kev but you seem to be getting near the jack (thanks Wendy, my demise is much exaggerated!)

Editors Note: When people say you are short Kev could they possibly be talking about your height and/or jack length?…….. 🙂 🙂 🙂

In the pairs with Steve and Calvin they went about their business in their usual efficient manner, were always in front and finished 19-10 up.

Thanks to Jim Gregory and Vince for marking and thanks to Wendy, Marek and Dave Edwards for their support (interestingly Bradley Stoke had more supporters than Redland!)

PS: On one end your “humble leader” sent a wood down and said, “That’s too tight, too short, nowhere near” and ended as a toucher. Which provides two lessons, shut up until your wood finishes and what many have suspected for many years, Kev doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

Redland v Olveston (A) 30/06/22

Lost 30-44 ( abandoned after 12 ends) 1 point

Your worst nightmare a wet, windy, cold night at Olveston, although the natives are always friendly!

On RKJ’s rink with Will, Trev and Vince, Roger returning from his holiday and having a great game (clearly practising whilst he’s been away – although I’m not sure they have any greens in the Alps!) and with the rest of the rink playing very well, although going 12-1 down, got back into it and ended 13 all.

(Editors Note: The opposing skip, Ian Gauld was noted as saying that without Roger sending up some great “saving” woods Redland could easily have been 30 shots down…..)

On one end Trev’s trousers were falling down (fortunately, only his waterproofs) and whilst holding them up he managed to pop one right on the jack (I don’t think Alex Marshall has ever had that problem :-))

On Jim’s rink with Larry, Nigel and Andy again going down early on got back to 10-15 behind when the game was abandoned.

On Steve’s rink with Calvin, Dave and Kev, the third Redland rink going behind got back in, out, back in (the hokey cokey rink?) finished 7-16 adrift.

Who knows what might have been had the game gone to a conclusion?

A washout night really (literally) but thanks to Olveston for their usual hospitality.