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HERTFORDSHIRE BOWLS
MEN'S COMPETITIONS 2016 & COUNTY LADIES' COMPETITIONS 2016
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Herts County Bowling Association

Social Group walk. 17th December

 
Neale Holmes-Smith lead a walk which included Wheathampstead station. According to wikipedia local volunteers, with financial support from the Parish Council, local businesses and local residents, have restored the platform. A short length of railway line has been laid, together with a restored wagon, a platform shelter, information boards and a picnic table.

Chris Sherriff given an award. December


Following his success at the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards 2015 where he got the Service to Sport award, Chris Sherriff rounded off the year by capturing the Hertfordshire award.

Supporting Keechs 2015

Keech is a Heartfordshire children's hospice based in Luton. Steve Albon, a Regional Fundraiser, visited the club and talked about the work of caring for children with life threatening illnesses, and their carers. We were shown a video of ther care given to the children and parents.
Norma Carter, the Ladies captain, had named Keech as her nominated charity for the year charity. wCollections amounted to £530, from the men & women members.
Keech will be cooecting at the Howard Centre on 19th November 2015 from 2pm to 6pm , and anyone who would like to help they can just come along on the day.
Photos from the presentation day can be found in the photos section of the web site.

Supporting Parkinson's 2015



Some of the W&DBC bowlers who were collecting for Parkinson's. 10/10/15

SADLBA Finals, 6 September 2015

Val Challacombe added to her 2015 trophy collection by winning the SADLBA Ladies Pairs final with her partner Deb Squires. Playing at Clarence Park on a tricky green where everyone had problems with line and length things were not helped by the creeping tree line shadow which also proved a slight distraction but our girls did the business beating a pair from Rowley Lane 19-17.


East Herts League, 28 August 2015

Welwyn Harts were narrowly beaten to third spot in the final Division 3 table by Rye Park who came with a late run of good results to finish just two points (and a better shot difference) above the Harts.
The Bucks look like finishing mid table in Division 1, whilst the Stags lie fourth with three results still to be included which gives them a mathematical possibility of finishing top. (in the final reckoning the Stags finished second.)


SADLBA Ladies Pairs, 26 August 2015

Deb Squires and Val Challacombe are through to the final of the SADLBA Ladies pairs, having beaten Brenda Hughes and her partner from Welwyn Garden City B.C. 20-14 in the semi-final.
The finalwill be at St.Albans B.C. on 6th September


Ladies County Unbadged Singles Finals, 20 August 2015

I am sure that everyone will wish to join with me in congratulating Val Challacombe on winning the Ladies County Unbadged Singles.
In the semi-final on 20 August she beat B.Ottaway of Herts B.C. 21-14; then later in the same day went on to beat S. Wright of Ware B.C. 21-15 in the final.
Val will now be awarded her Hertfordshire County Badge.


East Herts League, 20 August 2015

The situation at the top of division three could not be much more tense if it had been script written.

Sawbridgeworth Blus are top with 63 points.
Buntingord Bulls have 56 and a shot difference of 52
Standon and Puckeridge are third with 53 points.


They have all played all of their games.

Welwyn Harts are fourth with 50 points and a shot difference of 56.

So a win on both rinks on Monday would put Harts above Bulls on shot difference. Four points would see Harts above Standon and Puckeridge.

BUT in fifth place a the moment are Rye Park with three games left to play (so a possible 18 points) all against lower placed teams. They currently have 46 points. Maximum points on all three would put them top.


East Herts League, 27 July 2015

Welwyn Harts completed a disappointing eight day spell losing on both rinks at Aston. Added to this they also only gained two points away at Much Hadham a week earlier. Both matches emphasised the inability of the Harts squad to cope with heavy, unpredictable greens. Having the superb green that we have can be a disadvantage when we are faced with away matches on these less well prepared greens as an earlier-season experience at Whit Hern demonstrated. Neverthless all is not gloom and with eleven matches reported the Harts lie third in the league.


Welwyn Hatfield League, 27 July 2015

On a cold but dry evening Welwyn Woods played Greenside at home. The rink of Margaret Holdcroft, Val Challacombe and skip Alwyn Challacombe made a good start but were then pegged back in a closely fought match. On the seventeenth end Greenside edged ahead for the first time but on the final end the Welwyn team managed one shot to draw the rink 17-17.
On the other rink the team of Moira McKeown, Andy Scholes and in-form Chris Read played masterfully to dominate their opposition winning 21-9.
Overall Welwyn achieved 5 points out of a possible six to add to their league total.

On 17 July the Woods fought a draw with BSP, away at King George V Playing Fields,



SADLBA Ladies Singles. 26 July 2015

On a wet, rain swept Sunday morning at Harpenden Val Challacombe won 21-8 to move into the quarter final of the SADLBA Ladies singles.


County Success, 23 July 2015

Our modest and unassuming president/greenkeeper, not content with reaching the County Finals in the 2 wood singles last week, has now become Herts Champion of Champions having beaten John Bell of Hatfield this afternoon. He now goes on to play the Beds winner, Tom Cawdell of Luton Town BC for the honour of representing Beds/Herts at the National Finals at Leamington.
Well done Chris. I am sure that your fellow members will be very proud of you, and for you to achieve this in our anniversary year must be doubly satisfying.


East Herts League - 6 & 7 July

Welwyn & District Bucks hosted Sawbridgeworth in the EHL on Monday evening (6th July). With the Bucks struggling for points this season this was a must win match. It all went well for Malcolm Baldwin, Norman Mullerand skip Ian Snook who were never behind and ran out comfortable winners by 20 points to 11. It was a different story for Colin Duxbury, Tony Holdcroft and skip Chris Read who had a really slow start and were 16-7 down at the halfway mark and staring defeat in the face. However, they found a little form in the second half and were able to peg the visitors back to 19-19 with useful scores of 5 and 4 on a couple of ends and a clean take out on the final end to turn a deficit of 3 into plus 1 with the jack in the ditch. So 5 much needed points for the Bucks on the night.
Contributed by Chris Read

Two good nights for Welwyn Harts as they picked up another eleven points, which must put them somewhere near the top of the division.
On Monday at home to Stevenage Whites Harts had an easy victory. Peter Bowyer, Graham Hart and skip John Brown won 19-7 having never been behind in the game. Ian Whitcombe, Keith Phillips and skip Kevin Rylett also were never behind and ran out winners at 26-8.
Not only 6 points but an impressive 30 shots to add to the shot difference.

On Tuesday Harts travelled to Buntingford Bears. This was altogether a different matter and on a tricky green Malcolm Marvell, Ted Webb and skip Les Page dropped to a 5-19 deficit after ten ends. At that point Malcoml decided to bowl forehand instead of the backhand he had used hitherto, and the game changed. In the remaining eight ends Buntingford only scored one shot and the Harts team ran out winners at 22-20.
At this stage the other rink (Ian Whitcombe, Keith Phillips and Kevin Rylett) was tied at 13-3 with two ends to go. Urged on by the other trio that managed to end the match with one shot to each side resulting in a draw, 14-14.
A dramatic end to the evening, and five more points to the Harts' tally which this season already exceeds last season's total points, so objective No.1 achieved.
Contributed by Ted Webb


Top Club - 3 July

Welwyn and District travelled to the out of area round of the Top Club, the venue Rosedale, Cheshunt.
An excellent start to the evening was made by Phil Russell who dominated his opponent and won 21-9. Meanwhile the pairs, triples and rinks progressed with mixed fortunes. Two woods specialist Mike Poole had to sit patiently and wait for the four woods single to finish before he could take to the green. His observation of this match proved invaluable as he totally overwhelmed his opponent, only allowing him two points. Score 17-2.
The one hundred percentage win victory of the pairs, Stan Kenworthy and Norman Muller came to an unwelcome end when they met their match in a highly experienced Rosedale county pair.
We needed just one win from either the triples or rinks but it was not to be. As the tension mounted and the crowd noise increased, the rink of Alwyn Challacombe, Tony Holdcroft, Ian Snook and skip, Chris Sherriff, lost by just one shot. Likewise the triple of John Lee, Barry Smith and Sam Smith lost by just two shots.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Welwyn Bucks v Ware Wolves - 30 June

It was a very close game but overall we lost by 1 shot. Dave, Norman and Ian won 17 - 14, Malcolm, Andy Scholes and Stan lost 18 - 14. Ian's team got off to a flying start with a lead of 11 - 1 after 5 ends and were 16 - 4 up after 10 ends. However, after that they were pegged back only winning one end. Stan's game see-sawed up to the 13th end when they were 12 - 10 in front. However, they got the jack and brought the mat up the green and from then on, the Bucks did not manage to score again until the last end.
Contributed by Stan Kenworthy


Ranson Cup

Welwyn and District, holders of the East Herts League Ranson Cup, have progressed into the quarter finals. Team tactics played an important part in the selection of who would play away at Aston in this home and away knockout competition. The strength of the away team was evident when both quality skips, Barry Smith and Phil Russell, were selected together with the experienced Mike Poole and 'new boy' Kevin Rylett. On a challenging green the team only went down by three points.
By contrast, the home team of Alwyn Challacombe, Norman Muller, Ian Snook and skip, Chris Sherriff, had a much easier evening winning 23-8. The shot difference in favour of Welwyn and district sees them progress to the quarter–finals to be played on 23th July.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Ladies County Pairs

Congratulations go to Deb Squires and Val Challacombe who have reached the last sixteen of the County Pairs.


East Herts League

Welwyn Stags had a good six point win over Sawbridgeworth at home on 22 June.
Harts continued their campaign in the East Herts league with an away fixture against Amwell Rotary at the Allenburys bowls club. The triple of Peter Bowyer, Graham Hart and John Brown were ahead after the first end and never relinquished the lead to run out comfortable winners 17-9. On the next rink Ian Whitcombe, Keith Phillips and Kevin Rylett fell behind early on but fought back well to steadily pull away from their opponents and run out winners 17-11. On a difficult green the bowls were steady rather than spectacular but the Harts were well deserved winners collecting the full six points on offer. Contributed by Kevin Rylett


Welwyn Hatfield League

Mixed fortunes for Welwyn Woods. On Tuesdy Woods lost on both rinks to Datchworth Green but on Wednesdy at Welwyn Garden Citya after a good start the triple of Diane O'Shea, Val Challacombe and skip Alwyn Challacombe dropped a few big scoring ends to finally lose 20-12. By contrast the triple of Moira McKeown, Andy Scholes and skip Chris Read started slowly and then roared through to win 18-15. Welwyn Woods went home with 2 points for the league. Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Friendly Match v. Northaw and Cuffley - 19 June

An encounter in poor weather with rain stopping play with the situation W&DBC ahead on two rinks, Cuffley ahead on the other two. So counting of shots was resorted to, only to find that both teams had scored exactly the same number of shots.
Contributed by Chris Read


Bowls England - 17 June

It was a festive day at W&DBC as Bowls England president Marcia Dunstone, herself a Hertfordshire bowler based at Berkhamsted BC, brought her team of 24 bowlers from all over England to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. This time the furthest came from Cornwall, Lancashire and Yorkshire and we should be very appreciative that these people are prepared to put themselves to so much trouble and expense just to play against us in what is really only a friendly match. The sun shone and Welwyn bowlers acquitted themselves very creditably against some fearsome opposition, winning on one rink and only losing narrowly on one or two others.


Ladies Friendly 16th June

Welwyn and District welcomed a 9 lady team from Parkside for a 3 Triples match and 4 ladies from De Havilland, who combined with some home players for a triple and a three versus two game.
Against Parkside, Welwyn and District won one, drew one and lost one, losing overall by just one shot – a close fought match. The two teams playing De Havilland won comfortably.
It was a warm and sunny afternoon and all enjoyed a friendly game.
Contributed by Val Challacombe


East Herts League - 15 June

It was a game of mixed fortunes for the Stags on Monday night against Rosedale. The triple of John Lee, Barry Smith and skip, Phil Russell, played superbly to win 33-10. The triple of Alwyn Challacombe, Mick Clements and skip, Chris Sherriff, by contrast, had a woeful evening. For the latter triple it became a case of preventing their opposition posting as large a score as the winning triple. In this they succeeded so that the combined score was Welwyn and District 38 Rosedale 32.
League points on the night were Welwyn and District 4, Rosedale 2
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


National Top Club - 15th June

Five separate games are played in this competition: two wood singles, four wood singles, pairs, triples and rinks.
For this match Welwyn and District travelled to Bishop's Stortford, their conquerors in the first round of the National Top Ten competition earlier in the season.
The wind blowing across the fens straight from Siberia meant the chill factor was extreme, most members playing with three or four layers of clothing.
The first game to finish was the two woods of Mike Poole who came second 23-18, one up for Bishop's Stortford. All eyes took sneak peeps at the four woods score, where Phil Russell, after a slow start, was in a nip and tuck game with his opponent. Phil eventually won 20 -21 on the twenty third end. Score in games, all level.
The supporters by now were fully engrossed in the games and made noise more associated with football crowds.
The triple of Malcolm Baldwin, Pete Townsend and in form skip, Barry Smith, were next to finish. The score was fourteen all at eighteen ends so an additional end was played which the Welwyn and District won, so the final score was 14-15. Overall 1-2 to Welwyn and District.
The rink of Alwyn Challacombe, Chris Reid, John Lee and skip, Chris Sherriff, made an excellent start but had a major hiccup, three quarters of the way through, when they dropped seven. There was a mighty tussle in which the skips played a dominant role, Chris Sherriff coming out on top. Score 18 – 23. Overall 1-3 to Welwyn and District.
The inspired pairing of Norman Muller and Stan Kenworthy maintained their one hundred percentage win record and were up 18- 23 at twenty ends, when Bishop’s Stortford conceded.
Game over and Welwyn and District were through to the next round after a 1-4 win. Brilliant.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Friendly Match v Datchworth - 13 June

Datchworth bowlers are becoming almost a fixture at the Welwyn Green having appeared in several competitive events recently. But this was a four mixed triples friendly game on a day where the rain just about managed to stay away.
Welwyn ran out as winners overall by 77-64 but winning on two rinks and losing on two. Top rink for Welwyn was Margaret Holdcroft, Peter Wingham and skip Tony Holdcroft who won 25-6.


Ladies Senior and County Pairs

Deb Squires and Val Challacombe have continued to progress in the Bowls England National Seniors Pairs. On 1st June they won over a pair at Potters Bar 15-12.

On 15th June they travelled to Harpenden for a County Pairs match and had an excellent result 31-5, Harpenden conceding after sixteen ends.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe.


Eversley Trophy - 12 June

Welwyn and District hosted Welwyn Garden City, in the Hertfordshire Bowls Club Team Championship Trophy. This event sponsored by the Eversley Group is a three rink competition with the winner decided by the overall shot score.
It was with calm, collected excitement that we played a high quality Welwyn Garden City team littered with County and Middleton Cup players. On the rink of Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin (blondy) Rylett, Pete Townsend and skip, Barry Smith, the first five ends were productive for the visitors, before the home team won the mat and the real game started. Welwyn and District never relinquished control of the mat, winning 27 – 5.
The other two rinks fought hard and with great team spirit to always be in touch with their opponents. When Welwyn Garden City conceded with two ends to play the score on the rink of Mike Poole, Tony Holdcroft, Norman Muller and skip, Ian Snook, was 15-9. The rink of Joe Festa, Chris Reid, John Lee and skip, Chris Sherriff, was 19-15.
Overall score, Welwyn and District 61 - Welwyn Garden City 29. Will this forever be remembered as Fabulous Friday ?
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe.


Friends of English Bowling - 11 June

Bowlers from afar afield as Norfolk, Northamptobnsire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and even Cornwall descended on the Welwyn Green for the first of our major celebration events in this our fiftieth year as a club.
Starting with what someone described before the event as "nibbles" but in fact was more of a feast, followed by photos and a spider we eventually came to the match itself.
Against such strong opposition it was never expected that we would do well, but Barry Smith's rink won by 5 shots, only to be pipped at the post by Betty Singleton, Margaret Holdcroft, Tony Holdcroft and skip Ted Webb who won by six shots. Overall, needless to say, we lost.
But the sun shone and it waas tolerably warm; probably the best bowling day we have had this year
After the post-match meal John Thompson, Friends Captain of the Day, presented Chris Sherriff with a plaque commemorating the event; to be hung in the club house.




East Herts League - 10 June

A better night for the Bucks away at Hertham Common on Wednesday 10th June - this time against Hertingfordbury. It did look rather like a works outing on the night as Welwyn Stags were also visiting the same venue v Sele Farm.
The Bucks were not optimistic, having been well beaten by Hertingfordbury last season, but the 'never say die' attitude prevailed. Stan Kenworthy, Jim Summerfield, and Malcolm Baldwin had a good win (20-10), steadily increasing their lead as the game progressed. Chris Read, Tony Holdcroft, and Colin Duxbury were not to be outdone and just pipped their opponents with the last bowl of the evening to card a 16-15 win and secure all 6 points at stake - this despite getting stuck on 12 points for 5 ends, but being helped by pulling a 6 and a 4 out of the bag early in the game.
Contributed by Chris Read

A re-jigged Welwyn Stags team continued their scintillating start to the season with an impressive win over Sele Farm in Hertford. The green at Sele Farm is usually intimidating to visiting clubs but on Wednesday night it was the visitors who quickly found length and line.
The makeshift triple of Alwyn Challacombe, John Lee and skip Barry Smith, surpassed all expectations and won 36-5. The other triple of Mike Poole, Pete Townsend and skip Chris Sherriff, also won, 24-11.
A very satisfying evening as Welwyn and District went home with maximum points.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Ladies friendly league against Potters Bar - 10 June

Mary Clements, Jean Barclay, Jenny Hart, Sylvia Lane won 28-18
Val Challacombe, Deb Squire s, Norma Carter, Pat Thomson won 22-14
Contributed by Norma Carter


East Herts League - 9 June

A disappointing evening for the Bucks v Datchworth on Tuesday. This was a home fixture that we felt we ought to win. However it was not to be.
Stan Kenworthy, Jim Summerfield, and Malcolm Baldwin started well and were 15-7 up at 10 ends and looking comfortable. Then the Datchworth lads got into their stride and won all but one of the remaining ends to finish 23-17 ahead.
Ian Snook, Chris Read (subbing for David Humphreys), and Norman Muller never really got going properly, and although there was only 1 point in it at 11 ends, that was the closest we got and Datchworth ran out winners by 18-15.
So, another 'nil pointe' evening for the Bucks at home - and a poor start to the campaign. Hopefully it will get better as we go along.
Contributed by Chris Read


East Herts League - 8 June

Welwyn Harts entertained last year's third place team Standon and Puckeridge and won on both rinks giving them a total of 16 points from four games, plua a healthy shot difference.
Newcomer John Brown led his triple (Grahan Hart & Peter Bowyer) to a 21-13 win and Les Page, Joe Festa and Jim McKeown won 20-10.


Friendly v. Sawbridgeworth - 7 June

Welwyn won on three rinks, lost on 1 rink, but lost overall by 3 shots.
G. Hart, D Henton, J Festa won 18-14. M Clements, A Scholes, N Carter, won 21-15
Other rinks W&DBC 17-14, 8-24
Contributed by Norma Carter


East Herts League - 3 June

Welwyn Stags made an excellent start to their season in the East Herts League, with a convincing win at Ware, coming away with maximum points.
Without one of their usual skips, Chris Sherriff, sporting injury, the team performed beyond their expectations. Sam Smith was drafted in to skip Alwyn Challacombe and Mick Clements. They gelled well and posted a comprehensive win of 21-7.
Sam’s dad, Barry, not be out done, galvanised his team of Mike Poole and Pete Townsend to score seven on the final end.
The score difference on both rinks was the same, much to the approval of the Smith family.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


National Top Club

Five separate games are played in this competition: two woods singles, four woods singles, pairs, triples and rinks (four people).
A beautiful display of two wood bowling by Mike Poole led the way for Welwyn and District in their win over Potters Bar in the National Top Club Competition. Mike’s opponent conceded with three ends to play, score 15-8
Phil Russell returned to his impeccable best to win 21-12 in the four bowls singles. Welwyn and District two up.
The pairing of club captain, Norman Muller, and Stan Kenworthy maintained their one hundred percentage win record by defeating their opponents 19-12.
Three games won with only two to play meant Welwyn and District were the overall winners.
It was fortunate that the rink of Alwyn Challacombe, Tony Holdcroft, Ian Snook and Chris Sherriff was not required as they were well beaten by an in form Potters Bar rink.
The triple of Sam Smith, Pete Townsend and skip, Barry Smith, completed their last end and won 21-16 to put the icing on the cake.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


East Herts League - 2 June

A good evening for Welwyn Bucks in the EHL on Tuesday evening v Bengeo Blues with a 46-31 victory.
Stan Kenworthy, Jim Summerfield and Malcolm Baldwin won 20-16. They were cruising at 11 ends but then dropped a 7 - normal service was resumed after that blip.
Chris Read, Tony Holdcroft and Colin Duxbury also had a good result winning 26-15 after having a slow start and being 3-10 down after 5 ends. A great comeback followed.
A great improvement on the previous two East Herts matches, and Bucks now have 10 points from 3 games.
Contributed by Chris Read


Friendly match v. North Herts - 2 June

This week we invited North Herts for our mid-week friendly. The game started in light drizzle and overcast skies and finished in pleasant sunshine.
At the tea break Welwyn and District were up on three rinks and down in one. The tea break reminder that the losing rink does the washing up galvanized the rink of Hazel Wing, Keith Phillips and skip Malcolm Baldwin. From being 1-14 down they played magnificently to win by one shot 18-17. The "Super Star" rink of the day was Peter Wingham, Kevin Rylett and skip Jean Barclay, winning 24-6.
The overall score was an impressive 82-51 for Welwyn and District.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


County Competitions

In the Hertfordshire Bowls Men's Officer's Singles Competition Mike Poole has progressed to the semi-final stage where for the 2nd year running he will be playing Steve Kilford of Royston BC after beating his fellow Club Member Norman Muller by 21 shots to 10 shots against. Semi Final on Friday 17th July at Hatfield BC.

In the East Herts Bowls League Pairs Competition Phil Russell and Mike Poole had a run away win at Shire Park BC over Todd Canton and Peter Shadbolt by 38 shots to only 3 shots against.

Mike, Barry, Chris and Phil beat Rosedale 17-16 at Royston. Rosedale took an early 8-2 lead after 5 ends and our chaps gradually pegged them back to 16 all going into the final end. Rosedale were holding game when Phil came in with his last wood to get shot, right on the jack. Their skip fired fruitlessly for us to win the match. The green was extremely fast so the gusty wind had a significant effect upon play. The win secured the team a place in the semi-finals next Tuesday 9th June at Hatfield BC.


Ladies County 2 Wood Day at Batchwood, 30 May

Congratulations to Val Challacombe on getting through to the semi-finals at Hatfield on 16th July.


Friendly Match away at Ware, 30 May

Twelve ladies and twelve men from Welwyn and District travelled to Ware on a warm, sunny afternoon (contrary to the morning forecast).
As usual we were welcomed warmly by the home team and an afternoon of bowling took place in a friendly yet competitive spirit.
Sadly Welwyn's performance was not as sunny as the weather with only one of the ladies' rinks winning (Norma Carter, Margaret Holdcroft, Dorothy Henton, and skip Jean Webb. 21-19) and one of the men's rinks also winning (Alwyn Challacombe, John Brown, Robert Ducat-Brown and skip Ted Webb. 19-17). Not a good day for the club, but a good day for the Webbs. Overall scores; Ladies 45-65, Men 50-69.


Top Team Competition, 29 May

Welwyn and District hosted Oakhill, Barnet, in the Hertfordshire Bowls, Club Team championship Trophy. This event sponsored by the Eversley Group is a three rink competition with the winner decided by the overall shot score.
Hail, wind, rain and low temperatures tested the resolve of all competitors. However the rink of “new boy” Joe Festa , Chris Read, Ian Snook and “super skip” Chris Sherriff made light of the conditions to lead the way with an excellent win of 28-10
The rink of Alwyn Challacombe, Kevin Rylett, Pete Townsend and skip Barry Smith had a nip and tuck game but finally came out on top after their opposition conceded on twenty ends at 20-17
The sun was well below the horizon when the final rink finished. Club Captain, Norman Muller, Tony Holcroft, John Lee and skip Sam Smith made a valiant comeback after a slow start to keep in touch with their opponents. 16-21
The final score Welwyn and District 64 Oakhill 48
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Welwyn Hatfield League, 29 May

Newly promoted Welwyn Woods played at home against Knebworth Yellow on the same evening and won on both rinks, giving them two matches won and two lost so far this season. Hopefuly they can keep up this level of performance and avoid being relegated back to division 2 again next year.


East Herts League, 28 May

The visitors at Welwyn were the Bishops Stortford Ospreys. The Bucks got off to a bad start with Stan Kenworthy's triple dropping a 4 on the first end and although they did get level at 13 all on end 12, Ospreys just managed to keep that one shot advantage to the end of the game. Ian Snook's triple also started badly going 5-0 down on the first 3 ends. However, after that they settled down and pulled away to a convincing win. The green was lightening fast and Stan's triple never got to grips with the speed of the green, and none of the team felt comfortable on it. Final scrores; Malcolm Baldwin, Jim Summerfield and Stan Kenworthy lost 17-18 and David Humphreys, Norman Mullerand Ian Snook won 19-9. Welwyn Bucks won overall getting 4 points.
Contributed by Stan Kenworthy


Friendly Match v. Oakhill, 27 May

Welwyn and District were visited by Oakhill on Wednesday, 27th May, for a Friendly match of four Triples. The afternoon began with lovely sunshine, perfect for bowls. The visitors found the green very fast but most adjusted to the conditions. At half time Welwyn and District were leading on three rinks and tying on the fourth, with a shot score of 44-23. After the tea/raffle break the visitors made progress on some rinks but the overall shot difference improved slightly. During the second half it clouded over and became chilly but the sun still shone on Welwyn and District as they enjoyed solid performances on all rinks, winning three and tying the fourth with the final score being 80-55.
Rink 3, Joe Festa, Ron Thurman and skip, Val Challacombe, was the top rink, winning 24-11, including an outstanding friendly debut by Joe, which put the opposition under continual pressure.
Contributed by Val Challacombe


East Herts League, 26 May

Wewyn Harts visited Welwyn garden City Tigers for their first away match. this was always going to be a test for the Harts as Tigers were a division 2 team last year and Harts uis very much a team building for the future.
We came away with two points which, I guess, is as much I had been hoping for when I saw that they were in Div.2 last year. But it could have been so different because with one end to play Gary Shore's triple were only one shot down, 20-21 and John Brown's triple were 5 shots up; so we were well in the hunt for six points. Unfortunately Gary's rink dropped a four so ended 5 shots down. But we were still in with a possible four points if John's rink could hold on and get shot. Sadly it was not to be as they went down two on the last end. But they did give us our two points. Well done everyone.


Top Team Competition

Welwyn and District hosted a home fixture against Harpenden in the Top Team Competition.
A very exciting four hour epic battle under the guidance of Club President Chris Sherriff resulted in a win for Welwyn and District. Mike Poole playing on his 77th birthday against a Harpenden county young gun used all his experience to lead the way with an excellent hard fought win in the two woods. Score 1-0
Mr.Reliable, Phil Russell, was going well when the rain intervened and his stylish opponent made the most of a little hiccup from Phil to snatch a win. Score 1-1
The rink of Alwyn Challacombe, Tony Holdcroft, Ian Snook and skip, Chris Sherriff, started fast and focussed, with the result never really being in doubt. Harpenden eventually conceded the rink after 16 ends. Score 2-1
The triples Pete Townsend, Barry Smith, and skip Sam Smith fought well all morning but in the end came second. Score 2-2
It all came down to the final match on the green of new pairing club captain Norman Muller and "never say die" Stan Kenworthy. All team members and supporters watched with bated breath as rink string was called for to see if a Harpenden wood was out of the rink after the jack had been moved by Stan. Even this was not enough to make a decision so a 90 degree set square was used to finally decide that the Harpenden wood was out. Total silence reigned as the last wood of the day was delivered to decide the overall result. A huge controlled roar filled the skies as Welwyn and District won by a single shot. Brilliant,well done team! Score 3-2
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Friendly / League Match against Clarence Park, 10 May

Welwyn and District entertained Clarence Park St. Albans in a men's friendly combined with a Ladies District League match. The men lost 69-82, Barry Smith skipping the only winning rink, and the Club captain led the highest losing rink.
Welwyn & District Ladies lost 13-18 and 14-26 in their league match.
Contributed by Chris Sherriff


Celebratory Match, 9 May

Welwyn and District Bowls Club chairman and mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Les Page brought along a team of fellow Mayors and their consorts to play in a friendly game on Saturday morning. The "Chain Gang" as they dubbed themselves were split up so that each played in a rink or a triple with Welwyn Bowlers, and preferably with mayors in one team and their consort in the opposing squad. We were fortunate that after a bried shower the rain held off for the morning and we were able to have an enjoyable friendly match. Following the bowls everyone tucked in to a splendid lunch prepared by Babs Nicholson and her team of helpers. The general sentiment amongst the "Chain Gang" was that they had experienced something new and had been made very welcome by the club.


Top Ten, 8 May

Welwyn and District,Top Ten finalist in 2014, travelled to Bishop's Stortford on Friday night for the first round of this year's competition. A rejigged team travelled to compete against a full strength Bishop's Stortford team.
Mike Poole, playing the singles, did well against a young Middleton Cup player but in the end came second. The fours struggled all evening against a very in form team. The triple (Sam Smith, John Lee and Barry Smith) were ahead and the pairs ( Alwyn Challacombe and Chris Sherriff) holding their own against an internationally skipped pair. Eventually however the shot difference was so great that we, the visitors, had to concede the game.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


Welwyn Woods, 5 May

Newly promoted Welwyn Woods played their first game in division one of the Welwyn Hatfield League against Knebworth. On a cold, damp, windy evening the visitors coped better with the conditions and won 43-23.
Diane O'Shea playing her first game for the Woods joined Val and Alwyn Challacombe to win their triple 27-12. The triple Moira McKeown ,Andy Scholes and skip Chris Read spent seven ends on thirteen shots before coming home winners 16-11.
Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe


President's vs. Captains' Teams, 4 May 2015

As if to belie the image of bowls as a sport for fuddy-duddy oldies in cardigans, 52 bowlers, many in fancy dress, turned out to contest this annual tournament. Despite the weather forecast it remained fine for the duration of the game with some quite warm and sunny spells. This year's winners were the president's team and the award sof rht best fancy dress went to June Worman and Peter Townsend. The day rounded off with a splendid buffet.


Ladies Top Club, 2 May

Welwyn & District Ladies played Batchwood Hall ladies away in the National Top Club competition on Saturday 2nd May. It was a very close match, Welwyn & District having won the singles and the fours, and lost the triples, and with Welwyn & District two shots behind overall the pair of Dorothy Henton and Jean Webb were 13-16 down, with just one end to play. They needed 2 for an overall draw, and 3 for a win, but scored 4, giving Welwyn & District a victory of 3-1 games, the shots score being 67-65.

Contributed by Mary Clements

Maurice Watson Trophy. 1 May 2015

SADBA organises the Maurice Watson Trophy. It is awarded annually to the best performing rink of invited clubs playing against a district team. This years venue was Potters Bar and unfortunately the home team was draw against Welwyn and District on their favourite rink, number one. After a close fought competition Welwyn and District were victorious and overall achieved fourth place. The winning team was Townsend from St. Albans. The club was represented by Alwyn Challacombe, Mick Clements, Norman Muller and Skip Chris Read.

Contributed by Alwyn Challacombe

29 April 2015, The First Friendly Match of the season

For the first friendly game of the season Welwyn and District travelled south to Radlett. After a wet, rainy morning the skies cleared and for part of the match the sun shone. At the completion of 84 ends played on four rinks and 1344 bowls delivered the score difference was one, 69 -70 in Radletts favour. The star rink for Welwyn and District was that of Royce Venting, Andy Scholes, Norman Muller and skip Barry Smith.


18 April 2015, The Green Opening

Following the traditional full English breakfast President Chris Sherriff invited Cllr. Les Page, Mayor of Welwyn and Hatfield (and also Chairman of the club), to bowl the first bowl of the 2015 seaon. Cllr.Page was then presented with an engraved tankard commemorating the event in this our fiftieth year. Members then took advantage of the beautiful (if a little chilly) weather as they got to grips with outdoor bowling again.
















Winter activities - a walk in the Woods

On October 7th Neale Holmes-Simth led a walk in Sherrards Park Woods and gave us a lot of information about trees and the various other plants that grow in the woods. Afterwards we retired to the Red Lion for a post-walk drink.