Highworth Bowls Club

Ladies at Leamington

Our ladies rink of Maggie Jordan, Linda Young, Deanne Davis and Jo Hicks have qualified to play in the County Rinks Final which gives them a place at the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS at Leamington on 3rd, 4th and 5th of September. 

After wins against rinks from Supermarine, Chippenham Town and then Wroughton the ladies qualified for the last 8 which was played at Amesbury on Saturday 21st May. 

In the morning Quarter Finals the ladies easily overcame their opponents from Wilton by 30-4 before moving on in the afternoon to play a rink from Devizes. This was a closer game but our ladies were always in control before their opponents conceded after the 17th end with the score 20-11. 

Our fabulous four now play the County Final back at Amesbury on 30th July before moving on to represent Wiltshire in the National Finals.

A tremendous achievement for the ladies who should be rightly proud of their efforts.

Wantage Friendly – Saturday 14th May

On a beautifully sunny FA Cup Saturday, Highworth were victorious in their friendly with Wantage Bowls Club.

Each team were winners on two rinks but Highworth came out on top by 12 shots. Maggie, Bob and Neil took the honours as our highest winning rink. It was great to see Morgan our youngest member enjoying his game and new members taking to the green. 

Thanks to Josie for stepping in at the eleventh hour and contributing with Jackie B to another winning rink. 

Drinks were enjoyed after the game with our bowling friends from Wantage who we look forward to welcoming to Highworth next year. 

Top Club Success

The Men won their National Top Club match this evening against Royal Wootton Bassett B with a comfortable 3.5-1.5 win.

Highworth got off to the best possible start with a win by Richard Young in the 2 Wood Singles. This was followed by a comfortable win in the Triples by Kieron Pollock, Stuart Murray and Tom Walkley. 

Then came our only loss, but perhaps our most characterful performance, when Shaun Hicks and Gary Willis came back from a terrible start to their Pairs game being 16-2 down after 7 ends to lead 21-20 with one end to play. Sadly, the vastly experienced skip from Bassett bowled superbly to collect 2 shots and win the game.

The rinks team of John Jordan, Chris Mussen, Chris Davis and Robert Etherington were engaged in a very close tussle against their opponents but finally came out winners by 2 shots. 

With the match in the bag Tom Pittuck who was involved in a very close Singles match agreed a draw with his opponent to leave Highworth the victors.

Next up is a game at Westlecott against their very strong A team, to be played by 12th June. 

Swindon & District Representative v Bowls Wiltshire at Highworth Bowls Club

Can I start by saying a huge thankyou to all of the volunteers who worked to make our hosting yesterday of the Swindon & District v Bowls Wilts representative match such a great success. Thanks go to the team behind the bar, Maggie and her team of ladies who produced such a gorgeous roast beef meal and to the grounds team for preparing a green which received universal praise during the afternoon.

Several members played in the game, Bob Wilson, Gordon Pearce and Neil Biles made up a triple for Swindon & District whilst Stuart Murray played in a triple comprised of Officers of S&D, whilst John Jordan came it at the very last minute to play for Bowls Wiltshire.

The match was played in a great spirit with Bowls Wiltshire coming out on top.

Club Competitions

The draws for most competitions are now on the website under the ‘MEMBERS’ tab. You will note the play by dates, please feel free to organise your games as soon as you can, trying not to leave them too late to find a mutually convenient date to play. 

The early rounds of the Mixed Triples will take place on the 17th July, meaning that some players will play twice that day. 

The draws for the Men’s and Ladies 2 Wood competitions will be made on 24th July, including all who turn up on the day. It is intended to play the Men’s competition up to and including the Quarter Finals and play the Semi Finals in the ladies. 

Due to the lack of entries to the Ladies Pairs and of Ladies to the Mixed Pairs a decision has been made to not play these this season. However all entries to both of these have been combined into an Open Pairs event.

Please ensure that a scorecard is completed and handed to Phil personally within 48 hours of a match or left pinned near to the competition draws which are posted on the noticeboard to the left just inside of the entrance to the changing rooms. 

Rules for competitions are also posted on the same board as are Handicaps for all players in the Open Handicap Singles. 

If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of the competitions please contact Phil Lane.

5 Star Catering

The Management Committee are delighted to announce that under the excellent stewardship of our Bar and Catering Manager Maggie Jordan the club has secured a 5 star hygiene rating from Swindon Borough Council after the inspection on Friday 6th May.