23rd November 2017

                                                               SECOND HALF RECOVERY IN DENNY PLATE
In the National Men’s Knockout Inter-Club Championship (Denny Plate) game (two rinks at home and two rinks away) Scunthorpe played their first match against a difficult Horncastle team that included a number of quality players. As the match started the Scunthorpe team went into an overall (both home and away scores) lead of 21 to 17 shots over their Horncastle opponents in the early stages of the game. As this encounter continued the Horncastle team started to edge their way back level and then took the lead overall by 43 to 30 shots as the halfway point in the match was reached. In the second half of the match the Scunthorpe team upped their game and managed to reduce the Horncastle lead and eventually went on to take the lead and maintained it to eventually claim the victory for Scunthorpe by a close overall score of 77 to 70 shots.

The home Scunthorpe rink of Ray Morrell, Norman Anderson, Peter Cox and Paul Johnson started well by leading their visiting Horncastle opponents in the early stages of the encounter by 6 to 3 shots. By the halfway point in the match the Scunthorpe quartet had settled into the match well and playing some excellent bowls extended their advantage to lead by 11 to 7 shots. In the second half of the game the home rink were now brimming with confidence and further extended their lead to 19 to 7 shots. The visiting Horncastle quartet tried hard to reduce the Scunthorpe rink’s lead but the home four maintained their awesome form and eventually ran out the winners by a comfortable 29 to 13 shots.

The other home rink of Barry Halliday, Neil Poole, Warwick Wooldridge and Alex Mullin soon found themselves trailing their visiting opponents from Horncastle by 6 to 2 shots and by the halfway stage of the encounter the visitors had extended their lead to 17 to 2 shots. As the game continued the home quartet continued to find the going tough as the visiting Horncastle rink maintained their foot on the accelerator to lead by 22 to 8 shots with just three ends to play in the game. Producing some quality bowls the visiting Horncastle rink controlled the final ends of this match and maintained their lead to run out the victors by a deserved 24 to 10 shots.

It was a different story at Horncastle where the Scunthorpe rink of Neil Rowe, Tom Whiteley, Rob Skinner and Ray Robinson soon found themselves leading in their match by 10 to 3 shots over a home rink that were playing some excellent bowls. However an exceptional exhibition of form from the visiting Scunthorpe quartet maintained their lead at 14 to 8 shots by the halfway stage of the match. Continuing to maintain this quality of play the Scunthorpe four fended off any attack by the home rink and eventually ran out the winners by an excellent 23 to 13 shots score.

The other Scunthorpe rink at Horncastle of Vinny Bolton, John Downs, Phil Parker and Phil Boulton soon found themselves trailing by 5 to 3 shots in the early stages of their match. By the halfway point in this battle the quality Horncastle quartet had extended their lead to 11 to 3 shots and continued to produce the awesome form to further increase their lead to a satisfying 18 to 7 shots. Battling on to their credit the Scunthorpe rink never gave up the fight and carried on playing some good bowls that started to pay off as they remarkably reduced the home rinks advantage down to just 5 shots at 18 to 13 shots. In the final stages of this match the excellent performance produced by the home rink and the ends running out proved to be too much for Scunthorpe rink that eventually lost to the Horncastle four by 20 to 15 shots.

The result of this victory for the Scunthorpe club is a place in the next round against Boston on the Saturday 9th December 2017.


An off the rink approach


A lower view of the head


A discreet 3 shots

                                                                                 SCUNTHORPE SUCCESS
Scunthorpe Mixed played a home friendly match against a visiting team representing the Gainsborough Standard Bowls League. The visiting Gainsborough team contained a number of Scunthorpe players that also play in the Gainsborough outdoor leagues. Both teams set off well in an evenly balanced encounter that produced an early overall draw of 13 shots each. As the game continued the Scunthorpe team started to take the lead and by the mid-point of the match had been reached the Scunthorpe team were winning overall the four rinks by 35 to 28 shots. Although the Gainsborough squad managed to reduce the deficit the home Scunthorpe team still continued to maintain an advantage eventually winning the game overall by 84 to 76 shots with both the Scunthorpe and Gainsborough teams winning two rinks each of the four rinks.

Scunthorpe’s Sheila Betts, Greta Deboer, Tony Betts and Joan Bolton soon found themselves leading early in their match by just 4 to 3 shots. As the game progressed the home rink continued to extend their lead to 14 to 3 shots by bowling extremely well and eventually going on to seal the victory for Scunthorpe by a comfortable 30 to 11 shots.

The Scunthorpe four of Vinny Bolton, Sandra Newlove, Chris Ellis and Ian Robinson found themselves leading early in their match by 6 to 1 shots and had extended it further by the halfway stage of the match to lead by 14 to 2 shots. Although continuing to bowl well the visiting Gainsborough rink found that they could not ease their way back into the game and were unable to stop the Scunthorpe quartet from eventually taking the victory by 28 to 10 shots.

The Scunthorpe four of Ruby Heatley, Linda Salmon, Robert Bugg and Dave Saxby found themselves trailing early in their match by 4 to 1 shots and as the battle continued the visiting Gainsborough quartet extended their advantage to lead their Scunthorpe opponents by 10 to 5 shots. With dogged determination from the Scunthorpe four they continued to fight back and managed to draw level and then took the lead by 18 to 16 shots with two ends left to play in the match. However the Gainsborough rink played some excellent bowls over the two final ends to win them both and scored a total of 4 shots to eventually run out the winners by 20 to 18 shots.

The Scunthorpe rink of Len Dixon, Robert Meldrum, Teresa Bennett and Gill Borrill found themselves trailing early in their match by 5 to 2 shots and as the match progressed on the Gainsborough quartet extended their lead at 13 to 2 shots as the mid-point of the encounter was reached. However it did not get any better for the home rink as they struggled against a Gainsborough quartet that was in excellent form and extending their lead to 26 to 3 shots. Although the Scunthorpe four stuck to their task they were unable to stop the visitors from further increasing their lead and eventually the Gainsborough rink secured the victory by a comfortable 35 to 8 shots. After the match tea/coffee and biscuits was enjoyed by all the players that took part in the game.

In the Veteran Rinks Division One the Peter Collins team on 18 points holds on to the top spot having opened up a gap of 4 points over the second placed team of Ron Kelly on 14 points.       The teams of Josey Rayner on 12 points and Gordon Bissett on 11 points are shadowing them closely waiting for any slip-up.

In this Division Ron Kelly’s team took on the team of Julie Hargraves in a game that proved to be a game that was evenly balanced for the first half of this interesting match. The Hargraves quartet got off to a steady start playing some good bowls and developing themselves an early score-line of 6 to 0 shots after some excellent play.

As the match progressed on the Kelly rink steadily edged back reducing their opponents lead down to 8 to 6 shots. By the three quarter stage of the battle the Kelly four had pulled back to level and then they took the lead for the first time in this intriguing match with a score-line of 10 to 8 shots. Then back came the Hargraves rink to level the game at 10 shots each with just two ends left in the match to play.

After two final ends of excellent bowling by both rinks it was the Ron Kelly quartet collected a total of 2 shots over these ends to secure the victory in this well fought match.  

The Veteran Rinks Division Two leader is the team of Peter Bennett on 14 points that is followed closely by the teams of Peter Dawson on 12 points in second spot and Chris Cooper on 11 points in third place followed by Eileen Horton’s team on 9 points in fourth position.

Neil Berry’s team took on the team of Eileen Horton in a game that was comfortably controlled by one team in the first half of the battle. The game started with the Berry squad taking an early lead of 8 to 0 shots and playing some consistent competitive bowls that they maintained over the next few ends to give them a lead of 9 to 2 shots at the halfway point in the encounter. As this intriguing match continued into the second half it was the Horton rink that started to produce the goods to steadily edge their way to level the match at 11 shots each with two ends to be completed in this battle.

The race was now on for the victory and it was the Horton quartet that continued this comeback scoring a single shot on next end but that was followed by the Berry squad producing the goods and scoring a single shot on the final end to finish the game with a draw of 12 shots each.

In the Veteran Triples Division One Graham Lewis’s team on 16 points is currently at the top of the table 4 points clear of the Peter Collins team on 12 points in second place and John Hopkinson’s team in third place also on 12 points.

Steve Hutchinson’s team played a match against John Hopkinson’s team that turned into a real battle with one team securing the victory after an excellent second half of the match. At the start of this encounter both teams were playing well but it was the Hopkinson squad that secured an early lead of 3 to 0 shots and by the time the halfway stage of the game had been reached their advantage had been reduced slightly to lead by 7 to 6 shots.

This battle continued into the second half with the Hopkinson team eventually building themselves a lead of 14 to 6 shots with just four ends left to play. However then the Hutchinson trio scored a single shot on the first of these final ends and followed that with another single shot on the next and 3 shots on the third of these ends to trail by 11 to 14 shots.

On the final end with some quality play the Hutchinson rink again won this fourth consecutive end but unfortunately only scored a single shot to leave the victory to the John Hopkinson squad by just 14 to 12 shots.


It's about this short

Applause for a good shot

Just bowl in here

This week in Veteran Triples Division Two the Keith Sylvester team on 12 points remains in the top spot with the teams of Mo Addlesee in second place also on 12 points and Meg Gall on 11 points following closely behind and having played one less game that the leaders.

John Morrell’s team played a match against Heather Mackfall’s team that developed into a extremely evenly balanced and competitively fought match that ended in a remarkably close finish. The match started with the Morrell trio slotting straight into their stride and easing into an early lead of 6 to 2 shots. As the game progressed on the Mackfall rink steadily clawed the deficit back eventually producing a score-line of 7 to 5 shots still just in favour of the Morrell rink.

With some excellent play and just four ends to play the Mackfall squad had managed to draw level at 8 shots each. The Mackfall rink won the first end followed by the Morrell rink winning the next to level the match at 9 shots each with two ends still to play. Then the Mackfall trio won the next end and scored 2 shots taking them back into the lead by 11 to 9 shots and just one end left to play.

As the final end commenced both trios produced some excellent bowls and as the last bowl came to rest it was the Morrell rink that won the end but only scoring a single shot resulting in the Heather Mackfall rink winning this excellent encounter by just 11 to 10 shots.

The Australian Pairs 6.30pm (Mon) sees John Whitwell on 18 points in the top spot followed by Paul Johnson on 16 points in second place followed by Rob Skinner on 14 points in third place and Geoff Lamplough on 13 points in fourth place.

Sue Wooldridge partnered by Margaret Dargue played against June Deboer and Ray Morrell (Vic Deboer team) in a match that developed into a game that produced a quality final two end finish. As this match commenced both teams produced some excellent bowls but it was the Wooldridge duo that secured an early lead of 4 to 1 shots. As the battle continued the Deboer pair produced some awesome form and by the halfway point in the match had been reached they had pulled back to trail by just 5 to 4 shots.

However at this point of the encounter the Deboer duo opened the throttle winning the next two consecutive ends to edge their way into a lead of 9 to 5 shots with just four ends remaining to play. Dramatically the Wooldridge pairing scored a total of 5 shots on the next end to take the lead by 10 to 9 shots and that was followed up by the Deboer pair scoring a single shot on the next end to level the match at 10 shots each. With only two ends left to play both pairings were still playing with extreme determination and producing some highly competitive bowls.

However at the end of this game it was Sue Wooldridge and Margaret Dargue that won the final two ends scoring a total of 3 shots to secure the victory by 13 to 10 shots.

In the Australian Pairs 12.30pm (Tues) Vic Deboer on 8 points hangs on to first place closely followed by second placed Linda Salmon also on 8 points. Third placed Mike Roots followed by fourth placed Neil Poole are both also on 8 points and are waiting for any slip-up by the leaders.

The match that took place between Steve Palmer accompanied by Dave Batchelor against the Graham Abbott partnered by Len Turton (Mal Hopkins team) set off with the Abbott/Turton duo playing well and taking an early lead of 8 to 0 shots. However the Palmer/Batchelor pairing eventually settled into the match but the Abbott/Turton pair maintained their lead at 11 to 6 shots as the mid-point of the match was reached.

As the game progressed into the second half the battle continued with the Abbott/Turton pair extending their lead to 17 to 8 shots with two ends remaining to be completed. The Abbott/Turton duo scored a single shot on the first of these ends and followed it up on the final end by producing some quality bowls scoring just a single shot to take the victory by 19 to 8 shots. 

                                                                    FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Thursday November 23rd Scunthorpe Men play away in the Lincolnshire County Over 60’s League against Lincoln ‘A’ commencing at 10.30am.

Thursday November 23rd Scunthorpe Ladies play at home in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League  (Trudy Bates) against Louth commencing at 1.00pm.

Saturday November 25th  Scunthorpe Men play at home in the Lincolnshire County Men’s League against Boston commencing at 1.00pm.

Tuesday November 28th     Scunthorpe ‘A’ Men play 1 rink home, 1 rink away in the National Inter - Club Over 60’s Double Rinks against Skegness commencing at 10.00am.