This Sunday’s (4th June) friendly at Godalming was played in good spirits, sunshine, and with a brass band playing in the background. The home team played well as the score line indicates, but Merrow gave it their best. Congratulations to Debbie, Helen and Suheyla who were our highest scorers losing by only one shot.
Thanks to Godalming for their hospitality; they are a friendly team and we look forward to our match with them at Merrow next season. Report by Ken B
Saturday 3rd June we entertained Heathervale. Unfortunately they could only field two triples, however that gave the opportunity for eight Merrow bowlers (organised by Debbie) to enjoy two side games.
The match against ended up in a narrow victory 30-26 for Merrow with one each side winning a rink, Merrow’s victors were Ian, Joan and Richard. Thanks to Helen and Jo for the catering. Report by Richard
Open Day The Open Day was busy with 13 participants ranging from teens to nearly 90. Several have already returned for some coaching and we look forward to making them welcome in the club.
Tony D who joined us last year summed up the day:
Pretty obvious it’s a happy club! I’m fairly new, but love it here..!! 👍👍👍 I’ve learnt about rock cakes, plants, compost, and getting lower! Who could ask for anything more 🤣
Friendlies The match away today (28th May) was against Knaphill. Merrow presented stern opposition and were narrowly defeated by 10 points but won on two rinks. The occasion was convivial and the weather excellent. Well done to David E, Paul P and Sally in getting our top winning rink. Report by John W
The local derby match against Burpham on the 27th May was very popular with enough players to make a five triples game. The weather was good and we enjoyed an afternoon of catching up, bowling and tea with our near neighbours. Merrow won overall on shots with Burpham winning on 3 of the 5 rinks. Report by Debbie.
On Sunday 21st May, we made our biannual visit to Milford for a four triples friendly. We won narrowly overall by 70 – 65, with our winning rinks being achieved by Sue R, Dave F and David E and Chris, Steve M and Richard. The other two rinks of Sally, Tony R and Debbie and Brian R, Michael P and John W were just edged out.
Thanks to Milford for their hospitality which we look forward to reciprocating when they visit Merrow next season. Report by Richard
It was lovely to see so many familiar faces from the indoor season when Merrow played against Wonersh on Saturday the 20th May. The result proved to be very close on all rinks, however Merrow had to accept a narrow defeat in the end.
Allen, Pauline and Trevor were Merrow’s only winning rink but Jo, Tony R and Sally tied on their rink. The overall result was 53-61, which rightly reflected a close game all round.
Thanks to Steve D and Paul P for the splendid tea, which with the heat and blue skies, conjured up a vision of a quintessential old English garden high tea. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the opposition said that they were already looking forward to their next visit! Report by John W
Skills Everyone managed to score points in the second skills session with some tricky scenarios set up to test our ability to get the correct line and weight. Check out the table on the league tab and why not come and join us on a Monday afternoon and see how you fare in the challenges?
Friendlies A fine and sunny afternoon made an enjoyable friendly bowls match at Mayford Hall on Wednesday 17th. Mayford Hall fielded a strong team and beat Merrow 72-55. Tony D, Joan and Helen got the best result for Merrow forcing a draw on the last end of a 15-15 rink. Report by Allen M
Merrow achieved two firsts in our friendly at Liphook on Saturday (13th), our first friendly win of the season and the first game to be played in sunshine!
In what is our most distant journey of the season Merrow were the eventual winners by 88 shots to 44. Comfortable wins were achieved on rinks 1 and 2 by Ian M, Tony D and Michael P, and Pauline H, Steve M and David E. Rink 5 was a tight affair with Jo J, Allen M and Debbie E losing by one shot, with rink 6 even closer where a draw was achieved by Trevor R, Dave F and Richard D.
A big thank you to our hosts at Liphook, who we will entertain later in the season. Report by Richard D
Oatlands Park Bowl’s club were obviously keen to play our mid week game (10th May) as some of their team turned up early at 1.30 pm, all very smart in their blazers and ties. They even offered to help prepare for the game but this was declined and we gave them a cup of tea instead.
I would like to thank Ken and Lesley for being the caterers that day and also to thank Ken for swishing all of the rinks.
The game proceeded in not too bad weather, just a couple of light showers, we stopped for tea and biscuits after 10 ends, short speeches were made and Oatlands Park thanked us for being a friendly and welcoming club.
The second half started in a jolly fashion but then on the 12/13th/14th end the heavens opened up with hailstones and thunder. As everyone was drenched the captains decided to call it a day.
We won on two of our rinks but lost on one rink. The total score was in favour of Oatlands Park who despite the weather thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. We dried off in the bar with a drink. Report by Allen M
Our President David Foster officially opened the green on Sunday 16th April with a short welcome to new and returning members along with several spectators. After he put up the traditional couple of woods, those who are not still playing indoors joined in with (competitive!) 6 end triples games.
It was lovely to be able to catch up and we all enjoyed delicious cakes and tea in the very welcome spring sunshine.
It took just an hour and a half to get the ditch boards, posts and sheds painted in the glorious sunshine on Friday morning. Twenty-three members joined the working parties to get the painting done, clear out and spring clean the clubhouse and plant up and weed the beds and borders. It just goes to show that ‘many hands make light work’.
Well done to everyone especially the refreshment providers. We enjoyed our tea and coffee in the sunshine with some Easter goodies baked by Pauline.
The green is being officially opened next Sunday (16th April) at 2pm, so come along for a short bowl and to catch up with everyone at the start of the season. You never know there may even be cake to enjoy too.
What we hope to be the first of many annual indoor matches against Castle Green took place at Wey Valley on Sunday 19th March.
On the day Merrow had the stronger team, winning on all rinks with a final score of 121 – 65. To be fair to Castle Green, who only had six indoor players whilst Merrow had only two players who do not play indoors, if we applied a handicap of 5 points per outdoor player this would give a much closer score of 121-115.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the whole afternoon together, which concluded with a delicious meal.
Castle Green have promised revenge next year and Laurie Briggs, their captain, is already organising a rematch.
Indoor Season Match Report Burpham v Merrow 19th Feb Our winter season of indoor matches continued with an enjoyable afternoon Mixed Triples match with Merrow taking on a strong Burpham team at Wey Valley. At the tea break Merrow were up on three rinks but the final score was 75-126. Well done to all our bowlers and a special mention for our winning rinks Pauline, Tony and Steve M on rink 1 and Chris, David O and Trevor on rink 5. Sue R, Mike B and Barbara also had a very close game and just missed out in the end. I would like to thank all the Merrow bowlers for making the afternoon so enjoyable. (Trevor)
Green and surrounds
Mike and Derek have been working on straightening and supporting the ditch boards. In the equipment shed there is a wondrous tool/jig that they have designed and built to help with their sterling efforts! Once the hedge has been trimmed in early March, we hope to be able to lift the surrounding levels of the banks to alleviate the current trip hazards especially under the trees and the side entry to the green.