Captain’s Log 30th July

A few notes on the Triples Day, League Teams, Friendly Matches and Internal Competitions.

Triples Day: Sunday 4 August starting 10am

This is always a very popular and enjoyable day – please turn up to play even if not signed up. I’ve got my name on the honours board twice just by having the luck to be drawn with the right players.

Arrive 10 am to register for the draw, play starts 10:30. We anticipate 5 or 6 triples play short matches (6 ends) to determine 2 finalist triples who play 12 ends for the very fine Trophy donated by P.A.Bygraves, to be presented on the day.

We will break for lunch so PLEASE EACH BRING A SMALL PLATTER OF FOOD for us to share as a varied buffet.

League Teams

A mixed season in the leagues.

In the Monday night Men’s league, Steve’s B Team have already won Division 4 with 4 games still to play, and having won their first 10 matches are being hailed as The Invincibles.

Meanwhile in Division 3 Malcolm’s A Team are quietly establishing themselves as one of a group of teams that could sneak the title.

In the Tuesday night Ladies league Maz has more players available this season, results have improved and they have a firm grip on mid-table.

Less luck on Wednesdays as the newly promoted Over 60s side are battling to avoid relegation: John Griffiths has stepped down as captain, not as a result of fan pressure but to deal with the aftermath of an operation (good luck John). Steve has taken over.

Mixed Friendly Matches

I have had to cancel 3 games recently because we could not field enough players: not something I like to do and we will look more closely at the number of games we play in July/ August 2020.

We had no problem with teams for the 3 Brian Taverner Cup Games, still friendly but also competitive! We won them all and stand a good chance of retaining the Trophy which sits behind our bar. But this is decided on the total of points gained in each match and the final result won’t be known until all matches are played. I’ll let you know. I hope, win or lose, we can support the excellent Cup lunch in October.

With just 4 mixed friendly matches to play Des Cook leads the PLAYER OF THE SEASON table (97 points) from Danny (87) and James (68). But points can go down as well as up so this can still change (5 points for playing plus or minus shots difference on your rink).


Internal Competitions

As ever we struggle to fit in all the ties but we’ll get there. Will all those still in competitions not only play your ties soon but also leave SATURDAY 31 AUGUST free: this is Finals Day.

The Aussie Pairs League has been very popular with some great games and all matches played with enthusiasm: it has suffered from injury, illness and fixture backlog but we are hoping to wind up with final matches and 2019 Champions on 16 August. This league will be back in 2020, starting earlier, with improved format and more of you should enter: it’s good for your game.



Captain’s Log 7th June

There two more fixtures to sign up for before the Taverner Cup matches start:

Sunday 16 June (Letchworth Cons Home, 2:30) – THIS ONE IS NEW ONE, not previously on the sign-up list.

Thursday 20 June (Stotfold Away, 6:15).

And there’s time next week to play those internal cup matches.

Don’t forget the “Aussie Pairs” league starts Friday 14 June.

Read more on all of this below.

Friendly Mixed Triples Mid-term Report and Player of The Season

Of our first 10 MTs we have won 4, lost 4 and have a shot difference of plus 58 (2 have been cancelled by the opposition).

I’m calculating a “Captain’s Player Of The Season” and I thought you’d be interested in the results so far.

It’s based on appearances (5 points per match) and rink scores (plus or minus 1 point per shot).

All just a bit of fun, but here is the leader board after 8 games:

TOP 10ShotsGames Points
John G232548
Mike P113041

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The Brian Taverner Memorial Cup

Started by his widow in memory of a Sandy Town player, this competition is in its 4th year.

It’s awarded for results in the nominated 4xMT matches between Potton, Sandy Town, Sandy Cons and us.

The Cup was won by Sandy Cons in the first two years and is now sitting proudly behind our bar.

The matches this year are on Sun 23/6, Sun 30/6 and Sat 20/7: sign up asap please.

Internal Knock Out Competitions

The main round of matches must take place by 30 June, so contact your opponents and arrange dates soon.

Remember the Golden Rule: Never book a competition match to clash with a 4MT that needs players.

My top tips for dates – Tuesdays, Thursdays (exc 20th) and Saturdays

Write your date in the bookings diary as soon as you can.

The draws and contact details are on the Notice Board.

Australian Pairs League

Matches take place on Friday evenings (5:45) starting 14 June with the first round:

Keith & John vs Elaine & Ray

Steve & Steven vs Des & Maz

Mike & Alex vs Danny & Bill

Joy & James vs Joe & Malcolm

Get in touch with your partner/ opponent to check the date is OK and rearrange if necessary.

Format details, fixtures and dates are on the Notice Board.

Let me know of any problems.

Cheers – reply to me if you want to unsubscribe


Captain’s Log 23rd April

Holidays, work and sickness (get well soon Mike Whitlock and John Griffiths) have clearly all taken their toll on the work parties needed to ready the Club for the 2019 Season, and we are a little behind in some areas.

But Bill has been painting, Beryl weed-killing and I have been giving the green a haircut (it looks OK but needs a lower cut, scarifying and then some rain – which it  may get it in the next few days).

A reminder of what’s going on over the busy next couple of weeks:

·         Tomorrow, Wednesday 24 April – the Over -60s League Squad have a practice session lined up, but folks you will have to put out both the ditch mats and the rink markers

·         Friday, 26 April Spoon Drive starting 5pm – Beryl, as ever, and Joe will be making sure this happens and Beryl is arranging burgers, hot dogs etc. (Have a good time)

·         Saturday 27 April – Please support the Spring Coffee Morning at the Club, 10am to noon.

·         Tuesday 30 April – 10 am to noon, working party to make sure the clubhouse and ground is ready for the first match of the season

·         Thursday, 2/5 – first match vs. Bedford Priory at Home – we have just one place available for this match BUT I do need volunteers to prepare teas please.Anyone experienced willing to take their turn on the rota early??? (I’ll be sending the tea rota round soon)

·         Saturday 4 May – second match vs. Eynesbury at Home – by contrast we have only 5 signed up and need 12: please sign up online ASAP (and let me know if for any reason you want to play and can’t sign up)

·         Tuesday 7 May – 10 am to noon, it’s hedge cutting time and we’d appreciate any help we can get with that project.

·         Thursday 9 May – we are hosting a match between Beds County and a North Essex touring side, before an evening match away to Russell Park in Bedford – again we need some players signed up please.

One more thing for you:

We are trying to start the internal competitions earlier this year and a lot of you have signed up for them already: I have put a list on the Notice Board, please add your name to the competitions you want to enter (or delete it as appropriate).

It’s a full time job this bowls, isn’t it?

Thanks for your help

Keith Blaxill