14th February 2019

TWELVE FOR SENIORS


Scunthorpe’s seniors were prepared for a tough encounter when they played a home game against Horncastle in their next fixture in Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s League. The Scunthorpe squad in great form soon found themselves leading overall early in the match by 32 to 15 shots and by the mid-point of the encounter the home Scunthorpe team had maintained their lead at 57 to 41 shots. As the match progressed on the Horncastle team managed to claw back the scores in the game but their Scunthorpe opponents were in tremendous form and hung on to their lead with some quality team play to eventually secure the overall victory by 12 to 6 points (104 to 98 shots).
The Scunthorpe four of Vinny Bolton, Roy Coultard, Ray Bartholomew and Dave Copley found themselves leading their visiting opponents early in their game by 7 to 5 shots. The Horncastle rink seemed a little unsettled by the speed of the green and consequently they were unable to take the lead as the Scunthorpe quartet maintained their lead albeit by just 11 to 10 shots by the mid-point of the match had been reached. In the second half of the match the home rink bowled well and managed to extend their lead to 22 to 14 shots and as the match drew to a conclusion it was the Scunthorpe four that finally ran out the winners by a comfortable 30 to 17 shots.
Scunthorpe’s John Davison, Keith Ellis, Brian Ryles and Pater Cox started well by playing some excellent bowls against their visiting opponents with some excellent play in the early stages of the battle that created a lead of 9 to 3 shots by the mid-point of the game had been reached. Now the Scunthorpe rink were in winning mode as they maintained their form by increasing their lead and eventually taking the victory by 27 to 9 shots.
Dave Batchelor, John Downs, Terry Newton and John Moore for Scunthorpe found themselves in their match beating their Horncastle opponents by an early lead of 7 to 1 shots. Things continued to get better for the home quartet as they increased their lead to 15 to 8 shots as the encounter moved on to the halfway stage of the match. The home quartet tried hard to maintain their lead but they were unable to stop the Horncastle quartet from eventually taking the lead and holding on to seal the victory by just 24 to 22 shots.
Scunthorpe’s John Rayner, Stan Shellard, Mike Roots and Vic Deboer soon found themselves trailing their Horncastle opponents by 4 to 3 shots. However as the home four started to settle to the green they upped their game and managed to take the lead by 10 to 9 shots. The second half of the encounter was evenly balanced until the last few ends when the visiting Horncastle rink pulled all the stops to retake the lead and held on to eventually secure the victory by 22 to 14 shots.
The Scunthorpe quartet of Roy Hindmarsh, Tom Whiteley, Graham Lewis and Ray Robinson were leading early in their match by 6 to 2 shots. At the halfway point in this fascinating duel the Horncastle rink had pulled the scores back and then proceeded to take the lead by 23 to 9 shots. The Scunthorpe quartet tried extremely hard to win this game but struggled to stop an in-form Horncastle four from taking the victory by 26 to 11 shots.

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A full house


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Bowl this way

MIXED SECURE POSITIVE RESULT
 
Scunthorpe’s mixed team faced their next fixture in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League away against a challenging Grantham team in a fixture that always proves to be difficult to secure points from. The match started with the visiting Scunthorpe team settling straight into the game and building themselves an early overall lead of 30 to 12 shots. By the mid-point of the match the Scunthorpe squad producing some excellent form had increased their overall lead to 60 to 30 shots.
As this battle progressed on into the second half of the encounter the Grantham team continued to fight hard but the visitors were in scoring mode and they further increased their lead to 102 to 57 shots. In the final stages of the battle although the home team bowled well and made every effort to reduce their opponent’s lead it was a confident Scunthorpe team that extended their lead to finish up the winners by 16 to 2 points (115 to 69 shots) leaving a satisfied visiting Scunthorpe squad to reflect on their victory as they travelled back home.
Maz Addey, Paul Wilkinson, Eleanor Nicholson and Ray Robinson for Scunthorpe were in awesome form playing some excellent bowls to take an early lead of 8 to 0 shots and they were able to extend their advantage to lead to 20 to 1 shots by the halfway point in the match had been reached. A stronger second half of the game from the Scunthorpe rink increased their advantage to 32 to 3 shots. The home Grantham quartet continued to try to apply pressure to the visitors but with the visiting rink in full flow they were unable to stop the Scunthorpe quartet from eventually running out the winners by a massive 36 to 5 shots.
Scunthorpe’s rink of Heather Mackfall, John Davison, Linda Salmon and Rob Skinner found themselves leading their Grantham opponents early in their match by 7 to 1 shots. As the game continued the visiting quartet started to produce some great bowls to increase their lead to 17 to 7 shots and then on to 20 to 8 shots.
The Scunthorpe four were in devastating form as they extended their advantage to eventually run out the winners by 28 to 10 shots. June Deboer, Sandra Newlove, Chris Read and Vic Deboer for the visitors were soon leading by 4 to 3 shots early in their game. However at the halfway stage of their match the visiting Scunthorpe quartet had upped their game and extended their lead to 13 to 3 shots. As the battle continued into the second half of the game the Scunthorpe quartet maintained their advantage until the final ends of the match to secure the victory by 18 to 15 shots.
Scunthorpe’s Jenny Rowe, Maureen Wilkinson, Robert Bugg and Ian Robinson started extremely well in their match and soon found themselves with a deserved early lead of 4 to 3 shots and in this close battle they were able to stop their home Grantham opponents from taking into the lead. The Scunthorpe quartet maintained their slight lead throughout the match to eventually run out the winners by 15 to 13 shots.
The final Scunthorpe rink of Shirley Burnett, Ron Kelly, Pat Kelly and John Moore started well by leading their home Grantham opponents by 7 to 5 shots but by the mid-point in the match the home quartet had taken the lead by 13 to 9 shots. Unfortunately it did not get any better for the visiting Scunthorpe rink in the second half of the game as the Grantham rink opened the throttle and extended their lead and held on to it to run out he victors by 26 to 18 shots.     

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Maureen Wilkinson


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Brenda Dawson

DOMESTIC LEAGUES ROUNDUP

In the Veteran Rinks Division One the Peter Collins team on 21 points still retains the lead in the Division but has the Ron Kelly team also on 21 points snapping at their heels in second place. These are followed by the teams of Josey Rayner on 18 points, Gordon Bissett on 16 points and Dave Batchelor’ also on 16 points in third, fourth and fifth places.
Sandra Newlove’s team took on the team of Ron Kelly that turned into an encounter in which one team secured the victory by a single shot. The Newlove rink settled first and got off to a flyer securing an early lead of 5 to 3 shots. As the match progressed on the Newlove quartet with some excellent play increased their lead to 9 to 6 shots by the halfway stage of the match was reached. However the Kelly rink then suddenly appeared to spring into action as they began to edge their way back into the game eventually pulling the scores back to level at 9 shots each.
As this interesting battle continued and with some excellent bowling from the Newlove rink they started eased their way into the lead by 13 to 10 shots and then back came the Kelly squad to reduce the Newlove lead to 13 to 12 shots with just three ends remaining to be played. Although a little disappointed after the last end the Newlove four were able to win the next end scoring a single shot to increase their lead to 14 to 12 shots. In the final two ends of the match the Kelly rink managed to stop the rot as they played well and scored a single shot on the first of these ends to trail their opponents by 14 to 13 shots.
However the game was not over yet as the Ron Kelly rink produced some stunning bowls scoring 2 shots to close out their outstanding performance with a dramatic victory by 15 to 14 shots after being behind their opponents for most of the game.

In Division Two the Chris Cooper team on 22 points is in to the top spot with just a 2 point lead over the second placed Tony Betts team on 20 points. They in turn are followed by the teams of Eileen Horton also on 20 points and Neil Berry’s team on 21 points who are all shadowing them closely waiting for any slip-up.
The Tony Betts team took on the team of Sue Fox in a match that went right down to the wire and was finally decided by 3 shots scored in the final three ends. The battle commenced with the Betts rink playing well and securing an early lead of 4 to 1 shots and they moved on to extend their lead to 6 to 2 shots. As this match continued the Fox rink managed to reduce the Betts rink’s lead down to 6 to 4 shots as the halfway stage in the match was reached.
Following this both rinks started to match one another bowl for bowl with some awesome bowling that produced a score-line of 7 shots each with four ends to play. However both quartets were not in a mood for giving in and competitively fought on but it was the Fox rink that scored first as they collected a single shot to lead by 8 to 7 shots. Then the Fox four upped their game on the next end scoring another single shot and followed it with 2 shots to go into the final end leading by 11 to 7 shots.
As this encounter drifted into the last end and after some well delivered bowls it from both squads it was the Tony Betts rink that eventually produced the goods in the final end scoring just a single shot to leave the Sue Fox rink to secure the victory by 11 to 8 shots after a tremendous game of bowls.

In the Veteran Triples Division One the Petr Collins team remains at the top of the table on 27 points followed by Graham Lewis’s team chasing the leaders closely in second place on 26 points. These two teams are followed by Neil Poole’s team on 24 points, John Hopkinson’s team on 22 points and Steve Blakey’s team also on 22 points in third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
An excellent game was the order of the day in a match between the teams of Norman Anderson and Warwick Wooldridge. The Wooldridge trio shot out of their starting blocks with some excellent bowling to secure an early lead of 5 to 1 shots. To show that this was no fluke they continued to retain their advantage extending it to 10 to 1 shots by the halfway point of the match was reached.
The Anderson squad were still trying hard to turn this score around and on the next end they scored a single shot and followed it up with 4 shots on the next end to trail by 10 to 6 shots. With just four ends to play in the match the Anderson rink suddenly stepped up a gear winning the next end and scoring a total of 2 shots to pull the scores back to trail by 10 to 8 shots. Still with determination the Wooldridge trio continued to play some good bowls and managed to win the next end scoring a single shot to remain in the lead by 11 to 8 shots with just a two ends to play in the match.
Both rinks played some awesome bowls in these finals two ends that was changing with virtually every bowl played but on the final count up it was the Anderson trio that eventually scored a single shot on each end to leave the Warwick Wooldridge rink to secure the victory by 11 to 10 shots.
 

In Division Two Martin Hammond’s team remains in the top spot with 18 points and Ian Robinson’s team also on 18 points in second place. These teams are followed by the Trevor Smith team on 16 points and the team of John Parrott also on 16 points.
An intriguing match that took place between John Morrell’s team and Trevor Smith’s team produced a competent performance from one team. The encounter started with the Morrell rink slotting straight into their stride and developing themselves an early lead of 4 to 3 shots. However the Smith trio playing well skilfully edged their way into the lead and increased it to 12 to 5 shots by the halfway stage of the match had been reached. As the encounter moved into the second half the Smith rink continued to maintain their form and steadily increased their lead to 16 to 5 shots with just four ends remaining to complete.
The Morrell rink never gave up as they battled on to try to reduce the Smith trio’s lead but they were unable to get any kind of foothold in the game due to excellent form of the Smith rink. With two ends to play the Smith rink were still leading by 20 to 5 shots and looking comfortable with everything the Morrell rink could throw at them. Finishing with quality bowls the Smith rink still producing great form won the first of these ends scoring a single shot.
The final end produced an excellent display of competitive bowls from both rinks but as the final bowl came to rest it was Morrell team that won the end scoring a single shot leaving Trevor Smith’s rink to secure the victory by 21 to 6 shots.

In the BC Roofing Australian Pairs 6.30pm (Mon) the team of Paul Johnson heads the table with 38 points followed by the teams of Geoff Lamplough in second place on 30 points and Rob Skinner’s team on 28 points followed by Richard Waltham’s team on 26 points.
A close battle are the words that described a dramatic contest between Roy Harmer partnered by Gill Borrill and Mo Regan partnered by Jim Roe a match that turned out to be an extremely interesting battle. It was the Harmer/Borrill pair that started well getting into their stride immediately and creating themselves a small early lead of 5 to 1 shots. As the match progressed on the Regan/Roe duo fought back to trail by 7 to 5 shots and unfortunately they were unable to stop the Harmer/Borrill pair from maintaining a lead of 11 to 10 shots at the halfway point in the match.
As the battle continued the Regan/Roe pairing won the next end scoring a total of 2 shots to take the lead by 12 to 11 shots and continued to increase their lead to 17 to 13 shots. With both pairs still playing well and two ends left to play the Harmer/Borrill pair delivered some awesome bowls to win the end and scored a single shot to trail in the match by 17 to 14 shots.
The final end commenced with the both pairings playing well and producing a very competitive end but on the final count up it was the Mo Regan and Jim Roe pairing that won the end scoring an extremely welcomed single shot to secure the match victory by 17 to 14 shots.

In the Australian Pairs 12.30pm (Tues) the John Moore team is in top spot with 29 points with Ray Robinson’s team sitting in second place on 27 points and a game in-hand. These top two are being followed by the teams of Linda Salmon on 26 points, Joan Bolton and Neil Poole both on 21 points.
The teams of John Moore and Graham Lewis were involved in an encounter against Neil Poole partnered by Graham Wells that produced an extremely evenly balanced battle. The match started with the Poole/Wells pair slotting straight into their stride by playing some quality bowls that produced for them an early advantage of 4 to 2 shots. As the match continued both pairs played some awesome bowls the resulted in a 5 shots each score-line as the match reached the halfway point in the battle.
Then the Moore/Lewis pair winning the next three ends and scoring a total of 4 shots to lead by 9 to 5 shots and now had the winning post in their sights. The Poole/Wells duo hit back again by winning the very next end and scoring a single shot followed the Moore/Lewis on the next end scoring a single shot to lead by 10 to 6 shots.
The Poole/Wells pair won the next two consecutive ends collecting a total of 4 shots to level this intriguing game at 10 shots each with just a final end to play. As the last bowl came to rest in this last end it was the Neil Poole and Graham Wells pair that won the end and scoring 3 shots to eventually secure the victory by 13 to 10 shots.

In the Australian Pairs 4.30pm (Tues) Paul Wilkinson on 21 points remains in the top spot a single point clear of Titch Seymour on 20 points who is in second place shadowed by Mal Torn on 18 points sat in third place.
A match between the pairs of Barry Moore partnered by Jean Moore and Colin Petch and partner Peter Brocklesby produced a game that developed into a real battle of attrition. The Moore pair set off well developing themselves an early advantage of 3 to 2 shots and by the halfway stage of the game the Moore’s had increased their lead to 9 to 3 shots.
This fascinating encounter continued on with both pairs bowling well and matching one another in accuracy and competiveness. With just five ends left to play and the Moore pair in the lead by 10 to 4 shots things looked under control. However the Moore duo were not in the mood for losing this intriguing game and suddenly struck out by extending their lead to 12 to 8 shots.
With just one end remaining to play the Barry and Jean Moore pair produced some exceptional play to score a single shot on this final end securing the victory by 12 to 8 shots.


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Can you bowl in here?


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 It's this far away

INFORM NORTHUMBERLAND

Humberside played their second match in the Northern Section of the EBF Derbyshire Trophy, making the long trip up to West Denton IBC, Newcastle to take on Northumberland. It proved to be a very tough day for the Humberside team who came up against a very strong Northumberland team, all who play at West Denton IBC.
At the end of the match Humberside managed just one rink win, with Northumberland winning by 110 shots to 80, meaning a 12-2 points score in their favour. Local players for Humberside included Peter Cox, Ian Pringle, Martyn Burman, David Hall and Ben Sharpe.

OUTDOOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League (Outdoor League) will be held at the Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Centre on SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2019 at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.

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 It's our shot


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You're this far through

                                                                               FORTHCOMING EVENTS

                   Thursday February 14th       Scunthorpe Ladies play at home in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League 
                                                                              (Trudy Bates) against Dunholme commencing at 1.00pm.

                    Sunday February 17th            Lincolnshire Bowling Association (EBF) Ladies Singles  -  All Day

                    Wednesday February 20th  Scunthorpe Men’s Over 60’s play at home in the Lincolnshire County
                                                                               Over 60’s League against Boston commencing at 10.30am.    

                    Wednesday February 27th  Scunthorpe Ladies play away in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League 
                                                                              (Trudy Bates) against Louth commencing at 10.30am.