For any member participating in championships or competitions bound by Bowls England rules in 2019 then getting acquainted with the rule changes released in November 2018 might be of interest. All changes are highlighted within the document to make it easier to work your way through the document.
With the dates of all the men’s leagues, ladies’ rinks and weekend friendlies now confirmed, along with a number of “special” fixtures already booked in, the 2019 schedule is progressing well. The arrangement of the ladies’ triples fixtures is about half way to completion, whilst the ladies’ friendly with Faringdon is confirmed and a date is awaited from Hungerford in order to finalise friendlies.
Friday Afternoon Triples dates have been drafted, but the actual number of rounds required will be dependent upon the number of teams participating next year. Assuming the same number of teams and same approach as 2018, then, with no touring team to host next year and the green open an additional week in September, there will be no non-Friday fixtures in the schedule.
The Evening Triples fixtures cannot begin to be defined until the men’s and ladies’ S&D league fixture arrangements are finalised, after which, the evening availability of the Highworth green will be known, leading to the determination of whether Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening within each week is to be scheduled. Like the Friday Afternoon Triples, the actual number of weeks required will be determined by the number of participating teams and a special challenge this year, will be trying to fit matches in given some weeks see all league sides at home.
Highworth Bowls Clubs Annual General Meeting will be held at the club on Tuesday 4th December starting 7:30pm. All members are urged to attend.
Nomination sheets for club officials for 2019 are now up and it would be good to have plenty of nominations in advance of the AGM. Please remember that you should obtain the agreement of the nominee beforehand.
Saturday 20th October – Highworth’s annual indoor friendly at Swindon Cheney Manor didn’t go the way it had in previous years, with the Highworth team pulling out all the stops and surprising their opponents, who had been unbeaten at home over the past two years. Highworth led from very early on in the contest and when the teams broke for refreshments at the half way point, there was an 18-point lead in place. Fears that the break would herald a change in fortunes for the home side looked justified as a fightback began immediately on resumption. However, the Highworth ship stabilized and the margin kept to double figures, Highworth coming home 70 – 58 winners.
David Murray’s rinks were the stars in a solid team performance, winning by eleven shots, although they did blot their copybook by dropping a five at the final end! The other two winning rinks had contrasting fortunes at the start of their matches but both edged home with two shot victories, whilst the only losing rink, came close to defeating the opposition’s strongest rink on the day.
|Rink 1||Rink 2||Rink 3||Rink 4|
|J. Spencer||J. Tompkins||M. Woolmer||D. Clements|
|Ge. Vincent||A. Lin||J. Hicks||R. Henshall|
|I. Dandy||J. Jordan||C. Davis||C. Hidden|
|D. Armitage||B. Clements||S. Murray||D. Murray|
|Won 18 – 16||Won 16 – 14||Lost 14 – 17||Won 22 – 11|
Well done to all who participated and a big thanks to Bob Clements for helping to assemble the side.
Next year’s match promises to be interesting. To be sure, our opponents will be looking for revenge!
Now the outdoor bowls season has finished, attention turns to indoor activities at the club. The weekly cribbage league kicks off on Thursday 27th September 2018 (not 2019 as poster indicates!).