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Wednesday Night Mixed Drive Bowls

Wednesday mixed drive bowls will run again from 22nd May. These start at 6.15pm and all members are welcome to come and play or just watch (the bar will be open).

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Palmerston Honours Board

The Honours Board has now been updated to reflect all the recent results.

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Summer Leagues schedules

The summer league schedules for the 2019 season are now available for downloading.

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HIBA County Finals Report

The Matches in the morning played at Palmerston IBC on 6th April 2019 produced some convincing wins.

The Victory Four of Dale Evers, Mike Leeson, Terry Smith & Adrian Ash got off to a fast start and after 7 ends were leading 15:2. The next 8 ends were shared at 7 each. So the Victory Four won the Fours final by 22:9 against the Loddon Vale Four of Jeff White, John Holmes, Ashley Nethercliffe and Gary Lovett.

The Triples was a similar story, this time the Cummins brothers, Alan, Chris & Pete from Banister Park, after 9 ends were leading 15:3, but they continued in the same vein and won comfortably 24:7 against the Palmerston Triple of Ian Stafford, his son Barry Stafford and Colin Jackson.

The pairs result was in doubt for a long time. After 9 ends the score was 8 each. After 14 ends the Atherley pair of Martin Wise and Wayne Stewart were still in the game, only 3 down. The Chawton Park duo of Barry Smith and Nathan Beeson finished strongly to win by 20:10.

The afternoon brought us firstly a convincing win by Ashley Nethercliffe of Loddon Vale against Danny Smith of Victory by 21:6. This is the fifth time that Ashley has won the Under 25 Singles Championship.

Following that, there was a real battle for the County Singles Championship. The match was tied at 10 each after 12 ends. After that Russell Gadd of Palmerston just inched ahead and stayed ahead but after 18 ends he was still only 3 shots clear. David Bines of Atherley kept up the pressure, but Russell kept his grip on the match and managed to win 21:16. Over the years, Russell has been in three County Singles Finals before successfully gaining the Championship at this fourth attempt.

The match of the day was the Mixed Pairs final. The Palmerston pair of Tracy and Tony Farrington were playing against the more experienced Chawton Park pair of Margaret Holden and Adam White. Although the ends were shared, as they won 8 ends each, some remarkable conversion shots from Tracy made all the difference. The Farringtons scored three fours and two threes for a terrific win against the strongest of opposition 21:10.

The over 60 2 wood triples Final between two Victory teams was played on 4 April as some of the players were involved in EIBA finals at Nottingham on 6 April. The match was a classic, both teams playing well and after 17 ends the match was tied. Dave Watts, Dale Evers and Adrian Ash gained the crucial shot on the last end to win 16:15 against Charlie Bailey, Len Reeves and Barry Starks.

Thank you to Palmerston IBC for hosting the event and to the supporters and spectators for attending to help make this a special occasion for the players.

The scores are available here.

Bill Jackson
HIBA Competition Secretary

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League Registration – Vacancies

The leagues which presently have vacancies are listed below:-

  • Mon 2:00 pm Ladies Triples 5
  • Mon 4:00 pm Mixed Fours 5
  • Mon 8:15 pm Australian Pairs 3
  • Tues 9:30 am Mens Triples 1
  • Tues 11:30 am Mixed Triples 1
  • Tues 2:00 pm Ladies Triples 2
  • Tues 6:15 pm Open Fours 2
  • Wed 11:30 am Ladies Triples 4
  • Wed 6:15 pm Mens Triples 1
  • Wed 8:15 pm Open Triples 8
  • Thurs 2:00 pm Ladies Fours 5
  • Thurs 4:00 pm Mens Triples 1
  • Thurs 6:15 pm Open Triples 4
  • Thurs 8:15 pm Australian Pairs 2
  • Fri 4:00 pm Australian Pairs 1
  • Fri 6:15 pm Mens Pairs 7

All new teams have been registered, including 12 teams which fill the new Australian pairs league at 4pm on Friday. Closing date for final withdrawals or registrations is 14th July. Schedules for league matches will be available from 12th August.

Bill Jackson