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KEYNSHAM BOWLING CLUB PRESS RELEASE 18 th NOVEMBER 2019
Whilst we are in a period of non-activity on the bowling green a lot is happening behind the scenes at Keynsham Bowls Club.
At the start of each season the Lady’s and Gent’s nominate a charity for the club to support and this year it was the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance. Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language, there being more than 100 different types the most common one being Alzeimer’s.
The local group provides support to sufferers and their carers and is working to making our two towns as dementia friendly as possible.
Our photograph shows the Captains Mo Dickinson and Carm Riccio presenting a cheque for Ł800.00 to the local Treasure and Secretary, Mike and Merrial Knight, which took place at the Club’s monthly coffee morning.
Later in the month the Annual Presentation Lunch took place at Knowle Golf Club when 90 members sat down to a superb meal. Trophies were presented to the winners of the various competitions which had taken place both on Finals Day and throughout the season. The accolade of the “Most Succesful Lady Competitor” went to one of our relatively new members Sally Difazio, who was involved in three single finals, winning two, plus being a member of the winning team in a triples competition.
The equivalent Men’s title went to Peter Iles who bagged three wins and runners up spot, just managing to overshadow his wife Jan’s haul of one win and three runners up. Four of our ladies, Marlene Tidey, Lesley Portch, Pam Edge and Sue Mounty, whilst playing for their team Route 66 in the indoor league at the Bristol Bowling Centre achieved a “Hotshot”. This occurs when all of the eight woods bowled by one team finish closer to the jack than the nearest wood of the opposition and as you may guess it does not happen very often.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting took place in the Clubhouse when about 80 members attended to hear the various reports and to fill the positions for the following year.
Following a vote, John Nix, a long standing member, was elected as the club’s new President with Margaret Church as Vice President.
The principal Officers were all re-elected, Barrie Davies as the Chairman, David Hockney as Secretary and Roger Price as Treasurer. Other positions, too numerous to mention, but essential in maintaining the life of a thriving bowling club were also filled.
On the playing side Carm Riccio continued as the Men’s Captain whilst Ann Newbery took over the role of Lady’s Captain from Mo Dickinson and the captain’s positions of the various league teams were also filled.
With the business out of the way members now look forward to the social activities at the club in the run up to Christmas.
John Conway (Capt. 'A' team)
As my first full year as 'A' team Capt. of Keynsham Bowls Club I am pleased to say we have improved our position on the league tables from last year, its with thanks and help from the 'A' team players and the more experienced players that we have done so.
On Thursdays in Bristol and District league Div.2 we finished 3rd being beaten by only 8 shots by Yate 'A. Yate 'A' and Knowle 'A' were promoted to Div. 1, both teams were the most consistent teams in the league and well deserved to go up.
Imperial proves to be a very difficult team to beat on their home ground, they have only lost one match all season in the Bristol and District League although we lost to them we did however win on 2 rinks losing by only 2 shots on the other, so that was a good result for us.
On Saturdays in the Somerset County league (Div.1 east) we finished 4th, this is a more difficult league to go up in as only one team can advance to Premier 2, this was the league Keynsham 'A' was in a couple of years ago.
During the season all clubs experience ups and downs due to holidays etc. we were no exception. A number of players from the 'B' team were selected and certainly did not let us down winning on their rinks so they retained their place.
One of the lows occurred when Keyn.'A' played Keyn.'B', Keyn.'B' winning by 3 shots! although we won on two rinks, one of the surprises to everyone was when one of our strongest rinks lost! it just goes to show it is all on the day but it also shows the strength of all the players in the club. Well done Keynsham 'B'!! This loss seemed to trigger a wake up call to Keyn 'A' and we went on to have an excellent run of wins including beating the then top of the table Norwest 'A' 72 shots to 42 giving us a 10 points to 2 win.
The strength of any sports club is their coaching system which takes place at Keynsham B.C. from May onwards every week Mondays and Saturdays at 11.00am.
Many of those who attended the coaching have gone on to become members and now play in the league, five getting through to Finals day and four winning their matches including a player playing in the novices who has only been playing for 3 months.
With all these new players Keynsham Bowls Club can look forward to a bright future.
KEYNSHAM BOWLING CLUB PRESS RELEASE 22ND OCTOBER 2019
The combination of plenty of rain plus some sunshine has made the playing surface of the bowling green in the park look the best it has been for a number of months. What a pity it is closed season!
Club Captain Carm Riccio has been reviewing the events of the men in the last six months. They did very well in reaching the quarter finals of the Turnbull Cup and also getting into the third round of the National Two Rink competition. We were particularly proud that our mens club champion, Paul Harsant, narrowly lost in the semi-final of the Somerset Champion of Champions competition.
In the September edition of the Voice we included reports from the various team captains. One that was overlooked was that of the Friday Triples League where we finished top with the highest total of aggregate scores since the inauguration of the league.
As the league fixtures finish some of the men depart for their annual tour and this year 24 of them were based in a hotel in Worcester and played matches against local sides. As one season finishes the planning for the next one is underway as the Match Secretary Tony Hunter starts to compile the fixture list for 2020.
Our lady captain was delighted to report that the ladies won the North Somerset league for the second consecutive year and came second in the Mendip league, this being a big improvement on the previous season when they finished bottom.
KEYNSHAM BOWLING CLUB PRESS RELEASE 24 th SEPTEMBER 2019
After a few days of indifferent weather the sun shone brightly at Keynsham Bowls club on the first Sunday in the month as members competed against one another in an attempt to win one of the Clubs Competitions.
Forty four players took part in a series of singles, pairs and triples, mens, ladies and mixed as the finals of fifteen cups were played for over all six rinks on the green. The event drew support from the playerâ€™s families and friends which resulted in spectators on all four sides of the green. Our photograph shows the ladies and gents champions, Lily Springer and Dave Galley.
The season finished midway through the month with a final roll up, after which nearly 70 members stayed behind for a fish/sausage and chips supper organised by the Social Committee.
Normally the final game would be on the final Sunday in the month but an early finish will allow the green keeper to carry out work to help ensure a good playing service in 2020.
A number of the team captains have submitted a report on their teamâ€™s progress during the year. John Conway who skippers the A team advises that in the Thursday Bristol and District League, the men just missed out on promotion to Division 1 finishing in third position behind Yate A and Knowle A.
On Saturdays they played in the Division 1 East of the Somerset League where they were aiming to regain their position in the Premier League which they lost as a result of relegation in 2018. The team however finished in 4 th position, losing one of their matches against Keynsham B, which was somewhat of a surprise.
Moving on to the B Team, Captain Ian Tweedie was disappointed with the overall performance. In the Bristol and District only 4 wins were achieved which resulted in relegation to Division 4 next season when they will come up against the clubs C side.
The team faired better in the Somerset League winning 6 of 13 fixtures played including the scalp of the A team, as mentioned above.
On Friday evenings ladies and gents join forces to play in the Mixed Somerset Mixed League under the captaincy of Bob Edge. The team finished in 4 th position, playing 14 different ladies and 17 different gents in the 7 matches played.
So outside woods have now been put away until next whilst some players will play indoors during the winter. Members will however meet up on a regular basis at the monthly coffee mornings and the variety of social events whichare arranged by the Social Committee.
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