2015 has been a good season, riding high on the satisfaction stakes, according to the many comments made over recent months is; “The environment the Club has created with the improvements to the green, grounds and surrounding garden”. Thanks must be extended to both Ray Carthey (our groundsman until August) followed by a volunteer group of members who have worked hard, on a steep learning curve, to maintain the green’s standard to see out the season. The gardeners worked very hard throughout the season to give us a showcase of spectacular colour to the delight of us all. Thanks a lot! The activities in the Club were many and varied including: competitions, Fun days, Tea parties, B.B.Qs, Friendlies. Indoor we were entertained at a Music Night, Coffee Morning, Club Lunch, Race Night, Skittles Night and so on! It should be noted, members not only entered into the spirit of the events but contributed to the funds of the Club. Many thanks must go to David Fullwood who organised the Round-Robin competitions. Thanks must also go to the Social committee who were responsible for, not only, organising the many events but giving their time and skills to participating throughout most of the events. I am sure all Members who attended will remember the delightful afternoon spent in July enjoying ‘Afternoon Tea’ served by the ladies of the Social Committee. See the pictures on our new website: [hammerwichbowls.com]
Club Competitions The Club Singles were held on June 7th. A healthy number of entrants (ladies and gentlemen) participated. The winner was John Dixon whose name will be mounted on the Club House Trophy Board. Likewise the Pairs competition was also well attended on the 16th August. The winners were Mick Shaw and Stuart Harley, their names will also be scribed on the Club trophy board. Well done to all the winners.
Friendlies Jim Bowen and Vic Cowley organised and captained the Friendlies against Whittington, Lichfield Museum and Little Aston. They achieved a majority win over the five matches played. Thanks to both Jim, Vic and helpers. What a good result achieved, well done.
Needwood ‘A’ Team (over 50’s). Monday afternoon Captain: Bryan Day The Needwood ‘A’ team performed very well over the season coming 3rd in the League, losing 2nd place by only a single point. It should be noted that our success is not down to one or two exceptional players but a collective effort by all the members of the team and as captain I found it gratifying to have such support. My thanks goes to a Team that can stand up to the best opposition and to each individual who have given their best in every match played. Thank you again and good look for next season.
Needwood ‘B’ team (over 50s). Monday afternoon Captain:Nick Power Although we did not have much success in the league this season, we are, never the less, a very happy team enjoying the visits to our rival clubs and friendly competition. We are equally proud to show off our home ground to our visiting teams.
Darlaston ‘A’ Team. Saturday afternoon Captain: David Fullwood Following promotion to Division 1 of the league last season, the Saturday team has consolidated its position having finished 4th out of 7 teams. It has been a good enjoyable season with improvement shown by the newcomers to the team.
Lichfield league Over 50s. ‘A’ Team Thursday afternoon. Captain: Tony Finch After a sluggish start we gradually got into our stride. We excelled ourselves in defeating the Windmill, a team that are considered leaders in the league. I also consider we performed exceptionally well over the season, our position being 5th out of 10 teams. Wendy Carthey, who unfortunately could not play this season was sadly missed, her skills could well have progressed us to 3rd position. Regarding the Merits completion, the team was represented in the singles by; Alan Garfield, and in the pairs by; Gwynneth Derry and Elain Watterson. All participants put up a spirited performance. I look forward to renewed vigour next season.
Lichfield league. ‘A’ team Tuesday evening. Captain: Alan Garfield This season started with the team having lost one or two good players and were replaced by newcomers who, had to settle in. As a consequence our season, literally; became a game of two halves. Traditionally we have always won by more shots at home matches than away. The first half of the season produced a negative aggregate and made us potential contenders for relegation. The second half performance however, produced a positive aggregate as the newcomers gained experience, leaving the Team finally in a comfortable 5th position in the league. Thanks to everyone in the Team.
Walsall Vets League. ‘C’ Team Tuesday afternoon. Captain: Bill White. After a nervous start, I have really enjoyed my season as captain of this fantastic team. I would like to thank them all for their help and understanding. The Team won the first round in the League Cup and lost by only 1 shot in the second round, our efforts made all the more satisfying as both the opposing teams we played were in higher divisions than ourselves. At the close of the season the Team finished 7th in the division, I am sure the experience gained this season will result in an even better performance in 2016. Well done everyone.
Walsall Vets League. ‘A’ team Tuesday afternoon. Captain: Peter Jones. I would like to extend my thanks for the support the Team have given me. I think everyone has enjoyed the season and, of course, we would have liked to have finished higher in the league table, but we have stayed up, ready to do better next year. Congratulations goes to Ray Carthey having achieved ‘Top of the averages’ in the division.
Walsall Vets. ‘B’ Team Tuesday afternoon. Captain: Gloria Day. I replaced John Ewell, as team Captain, who sadly passed away. I was very excited at the prospect of the Team doing well. Unfortunately I contracted a virus that left me unable to participate. Thank heavens for Alan Whitehouse who organised the Team in my absence. After several weeks I returned to a Team that was well established in the division and continued to end the season at the top of the division. Very well done to all members of the team. Our success didn’t rest there, as Gwyneth Derry achieved top of the division averages and Alan Whitehouse second. The Team is looking forward to 2016 season’s challenge, we are of a single mind that, having done it before we can do it again. Well done everyone and thanks for your support.
Lichfield League (over 50’s) Thursday afternoon. Captain: Dennis Cope Our season was eventful but not for the best reasons> we enjoyed ourselves but unfortunately several players were unable to bowl due to illness, this naturally affected our performance and for most part of the season we struggled to compete. Still there is always another year and we hope to do better, thanks to everyone for your support. Editor’s note: Unfortunately one or two captain’s reports did not arrive in time before the News Letter went to print.
In conclusion. I don’t think we can close without mentioning a prestigious event for the Club, that of being selected again for a County match. A good afternoon was spent when Staffordshire County played Lancashire County, on our green in May. Staffordshire fared well at home beating Lancashire but, lost by some margin at the match played on Lancashire’s home ground. An attendance of approximately 50 spectators gave voice to their teams and many complimentary comments were made regarding our grounds. Thanks must be given to the Church Lands Trust who have, once again honoured us by awarding the Club considerable financial help for the continued improvement of our capital equipment and grounds. Good news: John Dixon has created a new bowling club website [hammerwichbowls.com] Lots to see and the Newsletter! Finally may we remind you of forthcoming events that we hope you can attend? Skittles night. Friday 20th November 2015. (Cricket Club) Coffee morning. Sunday 13th December 2015 (6 Middleton Close) End of season lunch. Sunday 24th January 2916 (Aston Wood G.C.)