WELCOME TO THE INDOOR WINTER SEASON

 

LEAGUES

 

A very warm welcome to you all for the Indoor Season and especially to those members who have been away at other clubs for the summer Outdoor Season. The first few games in the indoors leagues have distinctly shown the readjustments needed after playing outdoors as rink after rink display a line of bowls played into the end gutters. Nevertheless the banter and laughter in the hall readily shows the spirit of the game and the great social element of the matches

We wish you all a very successful and enjoyable season and our substantial thanks for your contributions in making the leagues such fun occasions.

 

FRIENDLY MATCHES

 

We would also like to draw attention to the numerous friendly matches to be played against other clubs during the next few months and into the New Year. The notices for these individual matches are displayed on the notice board on the wall just as you turn into the dining area of the club. Any member can sign up for these matches

 

CALLING NEWER MEMBERS 

 

 

We especially encourage newer members to play in these friendly matches as they are a great way to broaden your experience in a competitive situation especially when the end result is not of too great importance, although it is always a much better feeling to win. Apart from the practice you will get to improve your game, there is also the experience of contributing your effort to the team and of learning the significance of playing at different positions in a team. It is not always about getting your bowl on the jack as tactical positioning and trying to follow instructions from your skip are skills that develop gradually. It is interesting to visit other local clubs partly to see their facilities, meet new people and in having to adjust your game to unfamiliar surroundings and conditions.

 

SOCIAL 

 

Most importantly, after the match there is food and refreshment and a lot of socialising to do.

 

Participation in these friendly matches is a terrific way to show your support for the club.

It is amazing how you will find that others will offer friendly advice to help you improve your game. You will make many new friends which extends into a lively and vibrant and inclusive social atmosphere around the club.  

 

SIGN UP!

 

It is with these thoughts in mind that we wish to reach out to as many members as possible to ask that you help us make this season programme of friendly matches a great success by joining in whenever you would like to and are able to. 

See the 'WESSEX LEAGUE' in the Main Menu!

OBA CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS 2018

 

16 Club Champion Bowlers from all over Oxfordshire descended onto the Greens at Oxford City & County Bowls Club. Unfortunately the weather decided to turn very wintery and the Competitors had to really work hard in the difficult conditions of wind and rain.

 

However, after all games had been played and the final pairing announced, everybody knew there was going to be a Red-Hot Final to watch.

 

It couldn't have been closer, but Howard Watts just managed to 'pip' Sam Watts by a meagre 1 point...21 -20 !!!

 

Congratulations to all Competitors and to the two fantastic Finalists.

 

photo:- Howard Watts receives the Trophy from OBA President Eddie Dorling

 

Summer Indoor League Finals         and       The Potato Challenge

 

Here are the Champions!.....

 

Bryan Slatter Trophy Drawn Pairs.............Sally Bentley and Geoff Powell

Runners-up...........................................                  June Steel and Ed Bentley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Pairs..................................................... Sally & Ed Bentley

Runners-up........................................................... Hilary Price & Alister Smith

 

 

 

 

League Champions...................................... 'Team Maples'  consisting of:-

                                                                  Trevor Gethins, Jean Rolfe, Elaine Gethins, Cynthia Young, Trevor Young Jenny Fonge

 

 

 

 

And now...The Potato Challenge Champions of 2018

 

The Potato Challenge is an historical Rawnsley Ritual whereby 20 or so avid Greenfinger Bowling Gardeners are given a bucket and a single seed potato to pit their harvesting skills during the summer season to produce

 

'The Great Spud Bucket-off'

 

And the winners are.....................

 

Heaviest Crop..............................Linden French with massive 9lb 7oz

Largest Single Potato..................Jane Walker with a magnificent 1lb 1oz Solanum Tuberosum

The Oxford Bowls Tour to the Isle of Wight, Sept 2018.

All the Bowlers having fun and a laugh after having a superb day in Competition against various Isle of Wight Lawn Bowls Clubs. By all accounts, they are better at 'Proper' Bowls than in the 'Tenpin' lanes!

 

 

  

 

John Drage trying his hand at TenPin Bowling and by the looks of his and Keano's expression, I think it best if he keeps to the Real Sport of Lawn Bowls!

 

The summer Sun is still with us, so get out on the Greens while you can! 


The Oxford City & County Bowls Club Competition Finals are on 8/9th Sept followed by OBA Champion of Champions on 22/23rd of Sept 

 

and THEN..........

on the 24th Sept, the Outdoor Greens will close for the winter period and stay closed until the 2019 season starts in the Spring!

 

However, don't worry, The Indoor season is nearly with us, so get in some practice on the indoor rinks and be ready for all those Club matches that you want to enter!

If you haven't seen the NEW LED lights over the Indoor Rinks, you will be in for a very pleasant experience.

Last few Club Matches of the season coming up.

 

Two away matches, one against Begbroke on the 25th August and one against Middle Barton on Saturday 1st September followed by home matches against Waddesdon on Sunday 2nd September and Thame on Thursday 6th September. Your last chance to represent the Club in an Outdoors match in 2018, so get your name on the board and experience how good it is to play. You will then be ready for Next Season!

Not sure of the format, what you need to wear, how to enter, or any other details? Ask Graham in the Office or just about anyone who looks like they might know. Don't be shy, it's easy, no pressure and good fun. Give it a go before the Summer Outdoor Season closes! The way to improve is to play against other Bowlers of any ability. Remember, everybody (including the Club Champion) had to start somewhere.

 

Don't forget the Club Competition Finals Weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of September.

 

 

All the Finalists in the many knockout comps will be doing battle to become Champions. If you are not one of those Fantastic Finalists, come along and cheer, have a drink and a snack and enjoy the last of the summer sunshine in style!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Read What Bob Scholes had to say on our Facebook Page.:-

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'Bob Scholes.... As a rider to the above may I encourage anyone who has never been to our club, to come along and soak in the atmosphere and friendliness that abounds.....in particular there are home matches on the 2nd and 6th Sept.....never know, you might get the 'bug' ! Certainly would be great to see you all.'

 

At the end of the National Championships, we will update the superb results attained by The Oxford City and County Bowls Club Ladies.

Just to qualify for the Championships is a Major achievement!

Well done to all.