Prior to starting the Captain and Presidents Day match, a cheque for £547 was presented to the Club for winning the Clevedon & District Over 60’s Triples League. The club receives £200 and the remainder goes to our charity which this year is the Children’s Hospice South West.
Ian Gough and Roy Withey receive the cheque from Duncan Crawshaw
Full list of winners in this years competitions
Presidents Cup (Championship)
Winner S Secker Runner Up K Chaney
Winner K Chaney Runner Up L Tassell
Two Wood Handicap
Winner S Secker Runner Up B Excell
Two Wood Championship (21 ends)
Winner J Bridle Runner Up S Secker
Winner S Secker Runner Up D Welsh
Winner J Bridle Runner Up K Chaney
Winner A Longdon Runner Up B Excell
Winners D Vowles & D Everett
Runner Up A Britton & S Secker
Winners L Tassell, M Roberts, D Gregory
Runners UpP Kelly, B Scruby, K Chaney
In this mornings Final, the “Fixed Jack” competition, which is unlike the other singles competitions as the the winner is the first person to get to 101 points. It was a quite one sided final with Jeff Bridle defeating an out of sorts Keith Chaney 101-60.
In the afternoons final, The “Presidents Cup” (Club Championship) Keith was again involved this time against 4 times previous Champion Steve Secker. On a difficult rink and in a see saw match in which the lead changed hands a number of times, Steve eventually came out on top, winning 21-15.
It was a good finals weekend but it was disappointing that it was not well supported by club members. Well done to everyone who did find the time to attend and all members who managed to get to a final.
With only 1 game remaining after todays match at Ashcombe we needed 4 points to ensure we stayed in the First Division of the WSM Triples League, we managed it by winning on 2 rinks and losing on 4. We had to concede a rink due to being a player short, so losing 10 shots and the rink points, luckily it didn’t matter in the end. The player short was our fixture secretary! who thought we were playing on Friday!
We play Ashcombe again tomorrow at home in our last triples match of the season.
A good win today in our final C & D Triples match away to Clevedon Prom, winning on five rinks with only Dave Groves losing to Chris Crees by 5 shots. So 9 points out of 10.
The schedule for finals weekend this year has been altered due to the illness of Keith Chaney who was in 4 finals. On Saturday only 3 finals were played.
In the morning Alan Longdon overcame Barry Excell 21-13 in the Novices, Barry was 13-9 ahead after 12 ends but failed to get another shot.
In the Gordano Trophy Steve Secker beat Dave Welsh 26-10 to win the trophy for the first time as Steve has only qualified to play in it this year. (you need to be over 60 to play)
In the only afternoon match Steve Secker was again involved this time in the Pairs with Alan Britton his partner against Don Everett and Derek Vowles and for most of the game it looked like Steve and Alan would win but they dropped a 5 near the end to lose the match by just 2 shots 19-17.
A beautiful sunny day for the re-arranged President & Captains Day. A well attended occasion with participants from the Portishead Club as well as from the RBL Ladies, the Poppies.
The winner of the game was the person with the most number of shots over 4 games of 5 ends, teams were selected on a purely random basis with players drawing their rink and position out of the bag which was ably organised by Ken Lane.
The winner this year with 32 shots was Norman Castleton, with the wooden spoon going to Tony Staniland with 11 shots. After the match we retired to the clubhouse for a wonderful buffet and the first drink being paid for by Roy and Jeff.
Unfortunately Jeff was unable to attend due to health reasons. Get well soon Jeff.
Message from Roger Spragg
Congratulations to Portishead RBL getting back on top after a three year absence and pushing Isle of Wedmore into second place. The surprise package this year being West Backwell who finished third in the Over 60’s as well as finishing third in the Evening league and winning the Charity Cup. The prize money for this has been presented to The Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The Final of the Over 60’s Inter Club Triples KnockOut Cup was played at West Backwell on Friday with Clevedon Promenade proving too strong for Congresbury.
The Champion of Champions competitions were finalised at Congresbury two weeks ago with Dave Nicholls, Isle of Wedmore, beating Adam Knights, West Backwell, with some very strong and accurate bowling whilst Daniel Rycroft and Jerry Ashmore, West Backwell, comfortably overcame Graham Tripp and Jeff Brommage, Clevedon.
A big thank you must go to Britannia Windows for their continued sponsorship of the Association allowing excellent prize money to be allocated to the top three teams in both Leagues and to all players for their 10p donation to charity every time they played a match allowing Portishead RBL to donate £548 to their chosen charity, Children’s Hospice South West.
That’s it for another season, all matches and competitions completed, friendships renewed and fond thoughts of those we missed this year.
Thanks again to all bowlers and Clubs for playing the game in the right spirit and allowing their greens to be used for the various Association activities outside of the Leagues.
Just a quick update on todays 2 finals.
L Tassell, M Roberts & D Gregory 19
P Kelly, B Scruby & K Chaney 8
Jubilee Cup (4 Wood Handicap)
K Chaney 25 beat L Tassell 16
Will give a more detailed report tomorrow.
As many of you will be aware not all the finals were played last weekend because Keith Chaney was not well.
Sunday am: Fixed Jack
K Chaney vs J Bridle
In the first of todays 2 finals, the Two Wood Championship (21 ends) Steve Secker was narrowly beaten by Jeff Bridle after finishing the 21 ends at 12 shots each and Jeff won the extra end by a close measure.
In the afternoon match between Steve Secker and Barry Excell in the Two Wood Handicap, due to the handicap system Steve had to get to 26 and Barry had to reach 20, Steve started well and it seemed to be heading for a quick game but Barry started to put Steve under pressure and got back into the game, at one stage Steve needed 5 to win and Barry 6. But Steve triumphed in the end by 26-15, but a good game, very enjoyable to watch and played in the right spirit.
Well done to everyone who took part in all the finals.
Portishead RBL Finals Weekend 7th & 8th September
K Chaney – J Bridle Marker N Rogers
A Longdon – B Excell Marker A Strong
D Welsh – S Secker Marker I Gough
A Britton, S Secker – D Vowles, D Everett
L Tassell, M Roberts, D Gregory – P Kelly, B Scruby, K Chaney
Two Wood Championship (21 ends)
S Secker – J Bridle Marker L Slatter
L Tassell – K Chaney Marker J Scott
Presidents Cup (Championship)
S Secker – K Chaney Marker R Withey
Two Wood Handicap
S Secker – B Excell Marker A Strong
It our finals weekend this Saturday and Sunday, the 7th & 8th, if you can make it please come along to support all the members who have made it to the finals this year. It is sure to be a great weekend culminating in the Presidents Cup on Sunday afternoon to see who is this years club Singles Champion. Will it be the defending Champion Steve Secker or Keith Chaney, a new member but an experienced bowler having previously been the Champion at Clevedon Prom. Both Steve and Keith are in numerous finals.
I will put a full itinerary of all the matches this weekend on the website when I receive them.
As the season draws to a close the Over 60’s continue to battle for League honours. With two good wins in two days Portishead RBL have secured first place in the Clevedon & District Britannia Windows Over 60’s Triples League. West Backwell having beaten Chew Stoke 8-2 on Thursday morning were eager to know the second of RBL’s two matches, the one against Congresbury on Thursday afternoon. Congresbury only took two rink points from the match which was great news for West Backwell as they secured third spot in the table.
Best of luck to The Poppies in their Fear Cup Final tomorrow against St Andrews at Ashcombe starting at 2.00 pm. A great achievement ladies, well done.
On a sunny day in Portishead we entertained Clevedon Prom on the top green and managed to win on 5 rinks only losing the sixth rink by 1 shot. This gave us 9 points and almost certainly gave us the league title which we can confirm by beating Congresbury tomorrow. We still have to go to Clevedon Prom next week in our last C & D Triples match.