On Sunday, 24th July, we enjoyed our annual match with the parent club, Merrow Village Club. The weather was not as hot as in the past week, but it was still a pleasant day.
Five teams from each side took part, with a lot of good humour and banter. As usual, the Village Club fielded a good set of players, winning some of the matches; which was very humbling for the bowlers. With any luck, we will be able to convert some of them into members of the bowls section!
Following the match, the Village Club laid on a splendid barbecue and following on from that, a raffle was held with numerous prizes, with the amazing total of £450 being raised for the Children’s Ward of the Royal Surrey County Hospital. A big “thank you” to all concerned.
On Sunday 31st, we have another match, this time between teams for the President and Chairman of the club. If you are unable to play, why not come along and support your favourites.
Here’s a date for your diary. On 24th July, we play our parent club, Merrow Village Club.
Previous years have seen a close-fought match, tempered with a barbecue and raffle. There is usually a good turnout from both sides, with those who have never bowled often showing us how to bowl!
Do try to come along. If you are able to attend, please add your name to the team sheet in the changing room.
See you there!
Saturday, 9th July, saw Merrow visit Astolat for a friendly four-rink triples match. The day was warm but tempered by a very strong wind, which had its own effect on the bowling.
In general, this was a hard-fought match, with the lead on some rinks some rinks see-sawing between each team. However, the final outcome was a good win for Merrow 74-60, with three of the four rinks winning. Congratulations to David Matthews, Calvin and Ken for notching up an impressive win on their rink.
Merrow normally only play a friendly with Astolat once a year, but this is likely to be our last match with them, as there are plans for Astolat to merge with Guildford and become Stoke Park Bowls Club. It is a pity to lose a well-liked club in this way but we wish their members well in the revised set-up.
On Wednesday 6th July, Mayford Hall visited us to play the return match. The match at Mayford had been rained off at the interval, so a warm and sunny afternoon was a real treat. It was a pleasure to renew acquaintances with those we had met earlier in the year and we looked forward to an enjoyable afternoon.
Merrow had several new bowlers playing in the match; David, Mo and Ken, all of whom acquitted themselves well and we look forward to their continuing involvement over the rest of the season.
We had four triples rinks in play and a hard-fought match ensued, with a mixture of results. However, Mayford ran out winners with a total of 75 points to Merrow’s 52.
On Saturday, 2nd July, a windy day with some sharp showers, we visited the new Ripley Bowls Club. The new green is right next to the A3 but the traffic noise was soon forgotten as we got into the match.
We were playing triples over four rinks. With such a strong wind, the bowls didn’t always go where one expected, and a rain shower prompted the interval tea break. However, the sun did come out and the latter half of the match was played in lovely conditions. Merrow won on three of the four rinks and had a good 34 point win overall.
The Ripley team team very welcoming and it was a pleasure to visit them. We look forward to the return match at Merrow on 23rd July.