August 2019

31st August
A fine win today for our A Team as they beat Clevedon 61-50 and picked up 10 points to secure our third place in Premier 1 Division of the County League.
It was also a good day for our B Team who beat Clarence A 64-47 and won on all three rinks. It has come a little late though as our B Team are relegated to County League North 2.

Keith and Barry wait for Dave to get to the mat

23rd August
Another fine win today at Chew Stoke where the weather was good, the green looked fantastic and played very well, a credit to Martin. We won on 5 of the 6 rinks, our only losing rink lost by just 1 shot, this keeps our challenge up for the C & D League double. We are now 10 points in front of the Isle of Wedmore with 4 games remaining, so we have to win all games to ensure winning the league. Our next game is against Portishead on the 27th August, so all to play for.

Norman & Ian waiting for Jeff to bowl

17th August
Mixed fortunes for our teams in the County League today, the A Team scored a 12-0 win over Clevedon Prom which means The Prom are relegated from Premier 1. Our victory moves us into 3rd place just 2 points ahead of Clevedon who we play in our last match on 31st August. 
Our B Team managed a win against Victoria B but it looks like we will be relegated and playing in North 2 next season.
Our C Team lost by just 2 shots against Nailsea B but won 2 of the 3 rinks.

Phil, Tim and Pete at The Prom

12th August
It was the Formidable Charity Evening and it was a very well supported event, we managed to raise £250 for the Captain’s Charity from the raffle, all the prizes being kindly donated by club members. All in all a great evening.

Donated Raffle Prizes

9th August
On a blustery evening we managed to score a comfortable win against Winscombe by 123-67 which means we reach the final of the North Somerset Cup.
On 25th August at St Andrews we play West Backwell in the morning in the Four Dimension Final and Isle of Wedmore in the final of the North Somerset Cup in the afternoon, so a busy day. 
President and Captain’s Day has been moved to Saturday 21st September so remember to put your name down.

25th August
Mixed fortunes on a day of finals at St Andrews. The weather was fantastic and the welcome from St Andrews Bowls Club could not have been better, refreshments on arrival followed by a great lunch and tea plus the bar open all day, what more could you ask for.
The Four Dimension Final was close most of the way and either side could have won, but in the end West Backwell ran out comfortable winners, winning 3 of the 4 disciplines and thoroughly deserving their victory. 
After a fine lunch of ham, egg and chips it was time for the Final of the North Somerset Cup against the Isle of Wedmore, after a few ends some rinks were winning well and some were well down, but as the game wore on, RBL managed to get in front  and we gradually increased our lead and ran out fairly comfortable winners in the end. So a mixed day of results but a great achievement to reach both Finals.

20th August
A convincing win against Clevedon Prom in the WSM Triples League today, winning 133-90 and collecting 16 points, however the Prom did us a favour yesterday by beating the Isle of Wedmore in the C & D Triples League which means apart from a bad run of results in our last few matches we should win the league to complete a C & D League Double. 

19th August
Message from Alan Spencer
I have been asked by the Poppies to thank all those RBL members who helped on the Poppies Captain and President’s Day on Saturday. The comments I have received have all been extremely complimentary using words such as “very helpful” and “professional”.
Of the order of thirteen or fourteen of our members turned out to help serve food and drink on the day under the watchful eye of “Maitre D'” Lionel Slatter. Perhaps none was more elegant than Alan Longdon who turned out in waistcoat and bow tie, but all were very much appreciated.
My wife Paddy (Poppies President) was particularly thankful and appreciative of the help given.
Once again, well done to all those who helped on the day.

14th August
C & D Charity Cup Evening
Message from Roger Spragg, Secretary C & D Leagues
What a night this competition brings to the end of the Association’s evening campaign.
10 Clubs entered 5 rinks each and battle commenced at five venues in slightly damp but playable conditions. Headquarters, Long Ashton, was buzzing as matches finished and the expectation of results being returned from Clevedon Promenade, West Backwell and Congresbury. As each set of scorecards returned Roy Kirkham checked them and handed them to myself to add them to the tally sheets. John Couch had promised to bring the results back from Chew Stoke. Last ones in and all to be checked and tallied. John stated he had had a big win at Chew. Roy handed me John’s card as the last one, all other results recorded and all Club scores had been totalled. I added the final score looked through the tally sheets and saw Isle of Wedmore had four wins as well as West Backwell. Checked and double checked the shots totals and found West Backwell had won with a much higher shots difference. Duncan Crawshaw, Chairman, asked me to read out the results going from 10th up to 3rd. In my excitement I nearly announced that Isle of Wedmore had won but the cheque had been made out to West Backwell so Duncan quickly got me back on track and I was delighted that Burt Budd, West Backwell Captain on the day, walked up and collected the Cup as I grabbed the cheque. West Backwell’s cheque was for £300, £200 for the Charity Cup win and £100 for the Club by finishing third in the Evening League, West Backwell’s highest position for years, In fact, Duncan said in living memory, wow.  The Evening League Trophy was handed to Portishead RBL Captain, Jeff Scott, with cheque and Clive Shipway, Congresbury Captain, stepped up to receive the cheque for second place in the league. 

Thanks to all Clubs and their players for participating and to Chew Stoke, Clevedon Promenade, Congresbury, Long Ashton and West Backwell for use of their greens. An extra special thank you to Eddie Russell, Carolle Bennett and her kitchen crew and Long Ashton members for keeping us well fed and watered throughout another spectacular Charity Cup night. 

13th August
Another fine win in the C & D Triples League against West Backwell, winning on 5 rinks, the only losing rink was by just 1 shot. So with only a few games left in the league we are well placed to score a league double, having already won the C & D Evening League. Our next game is away against Clevedon on the 21st August.

7th August
In the Four Dimension Semi Final we overcame Victoria 3-1. Steve Secker getting us off to a fine start by winning the singles 21-13. The Triples were next to finish and won 24-14, so we needed the Pairs or Fours to win to ensure victory, the Fours finished next and after being 9 down with 9 ends to go managed to win by 4. The Pairs didn’t play the last 2 ends but were only 1 shot down so they could have won. We now play in the Final at St Andrews on the 25th August. We now have the Semi Final of the North Somerset Cup on Friday against Winscombe.