First indoor friendly of the season

Wey Valley versus Merrow and Mayford Hall (27th November)

Several months ago, Merrow were asked if they would make up half the team to play Wey Valley in a friendly fixture. Not fighting shy of the task but rising to the occasion, Merrow agreed to put up three rinks. Although Wey Valley won the overall match, the three rinks provided by Merrow more than acquitted themselves well!

Rink 1: Barbara, Joan, Allen and Ken Lost 16-19

Rink 3: Debbie, Melanie, Pauline and John won 20-19

Rink 6: Sally, Helen, David F and Trevor won 24-11

I would like to thank all the players who took part. You did the club proud

John

Annual Presentation Lunch

Our presentation lunch was very well organised by Trevor and Sheila and held at Weybourne House. We enjoyed drinks in the sunshine, a quiz by John and a three-course meal. The formal awarding of the trophies and medals were overseen by Julie and Richard. The afternoon was rounded off by a raffle with ticket sales and folding by Joan and Sue R, with the draw itself ‘co-ordinated’ by Ken, Andy and Barbara. Here are a few pictures courtesy of Andy and Allen to give you a flavour of the afternoon.

September Round-up

The evenings are drawing in and since the announcement of the hosepipe ban it seems to have rained non-stop. However, looking back over the month plenty has happened.

The end of the club night league resulted in torch-lit play for the last end and Helen came out top with Steve D second. Thirty-nine different bowlers took part in this over 18 weeks and it made Thursday evenings very interesting. David O topped the skills challenge leader board and we have all had the opportunity to use our skills in match-play to good effect.

Who’s holding shot?

Very poor weather meant no bowling at our fish ’n’ chips night so we adjourned to the main club instead to eat. Ken, Trevor and Andy ran the raffle and eventually managed to distribute all the prizes. Thank you to everyone who contributed – just under £100 was raised for club funds.

Club competition finals were played on a dry weekend 10th and 11th September. There were lots of finalists and supporters who came to watch some very close matches and eat cake. Well done to Julie for organising and all those who took part to make the event a success. The winners and runners up will be presented with trophies and medals at our annual presentation lunch in October.

Merrow has had some great success this year and for the second year in a row won the Harding Cup, this year against Albury. Thank you to Ripley for hosting, to David Poole for organising and to Mariane for the delicious cakes.

Our Harding Cup Team

As top of their zone our Knaphill Triples squad qualified for the semi-final and finals playoff. Due to poor weather the two matches were played in one day. Well done to the team for defeating Knaphill in the semi-final. Merrow eventually ended up second to Camberley after a tiring but rewarding day.

Knaphill Triples Runners Up – still standing after a tiring day!

We played our annual match against the main Club on Sunday 18th September. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, the green still looking and playing well. The club players got their eyes in quickly and were in the lead half-way through. However, the bowlers eventually came good to win the trophy back with a resounding victory 96-70. We had a wonderful barbeque and salad provided by the club and Ali. Thanks to everyone who made the day possible.

July and August Round-up

We have had a busy and hot summer, so hot in fact that some matches have had to be cancelled or postponed! However we have been grateful to the trees for the shade during fixtures that have been played and the opportunity to have refreshments greenside thanks to the new tables and chairs.

The Monday afternoon skills have proved useful for improving our confidence in match play – sometimes we can draw round short bowls or wrest out and remain to hold shot! The goal to get within mat length for 2 points means we are focussing on accuracy.

Merrow have had a successful season in the leagues finishing mid-table or above in all including a very pleasing 3rd for the ladies in our zone of the Surrey Ad. With a few more fixtures to play in the Knaphill Triples we could be through to the semi-final stage. Good luck to the squad. We have won all three of our Harding Cup fixtures and are through to the final on Monday 12th September.

The Aussie Pairs Competition Day was a great success and is likely to become an annual fixture. The very close final was won by Michael and Bernard by one shot with Steve M and Steve D (who were winners of the league stage) runners up. The token prizes were bottles of wine for the winners and wine gums for the runners up. Thanks to Dave E for organising the day.  

The Club Night League has two rounds left to play and with at least half a dozen possible winners from the thirty-nine who have taken part, there is all to play for. You can check out the leader board in the fixtures tab under league tables.

President v Chair 23rd July

What a difference a year makes! Last year we were rained off and had to postpone but this year there has been hardly a drop of rain to be seen. Umbrellas this year are being used to provide welcome shade for our spectators.

Rosemary did the honours and acted as President for us for the day and Richard headed up the Chair’s team. We had 26 players in a mixture of triples and pairs over 5 rinks. The overall winner was the Chair, 98-70, with Richard looking delighted to be able to accept the trophy.

Following the game we had a picnic and drinks. Our new tables and chairs were put to good use once again.

Round-Up for May

Apologies for the lack of more regular match reports but things have been busy on and off the green, so here is quick update for May working backwards…

On Tuesday 31st a thunderstorm deposited enough hail to stop play and turn the Green white. An early tea gave time for the hail to melt, and the game resumed with a dramatic win for Stoke Park on the last end.

Despite the weather getting worse as summer approaches we have played all our fixtures and have had some success with friendlies both home and away. Notably we beat Burpham and Knaphill at home over the weekend 28th/29th May. We travelled to Oatlands Park for a new fixture and were made very welcome despite the rain.

League fixtures continue with varied success in Tuesday Triples, Knaphill Triples, WSBA Midweek league and the Surrey Ad. Again all fixtures have been played despite the weather.

Our Thursday Club Night league is proving popular with new and old bowlers, with 25 different members currently taking part. Skills sessions on a Monday afternoon are giving us opportunities to practise shots and track our progress. Everyone is welcome to join either of these – it doesn’t matter if you have not been before.

This year several members have entered Surrey and WSBA competitions for the first time and have had the opportunity to play singles, pairs, triples and rinks against other clubs and visit new grounds.

Lots of people have been involved in improving the green surrounds and environment led admirably by Barbara and Steve D. We now have a composting system to recycle our grass cuttings. The banks are full of colour and the two flower beds near the clubhouse are looking splendid. Len sourced two planters for us from the National Trust which were filled with manure and compost before being planted up. Ask Mike B or John W about collecting the manure!

Final week of the season

End of Season Fish ‘n’ Chips

Our last Thursday club night of the season saw 24 members playing a timed triples match which was narrowly won by Trevor’s team despite being down at the half-way mark.

We then adjourned to the main club for drinks and a well-deserved fish ‘n’ chips supper. The raffle draw curtesy of Allen M and Ken caused a great deal of amusement but eventually all the prizes were distributed.

This was the first of the social events that John and Trevor are arranging over the winter so keep a look out for the Quiz and Race Nights along with our three planned indoor fixtures.

Work on the Green

The end of season work on the green started early thanks to the fact that our last two friendly matches were away to Seale and Sands and Castle Green. We lost both matches but were well entertained by both clubs and many of our new bowlers were able to play over the weekend.

Meanwhile Steve M was introduced to tining. You can see him above sporting his new PPE whilst ‘driving’ the hollow tining machine. It certainly made life easier being able to alternate the work with a rest and a cuppa. The green was hollow tined, scarified and cleared up on Saturday before sarel rolling and overseeding the next day – just in time for the rain!

Second pass of scarifying in progress

Green ‘cleaned’ ready for sarel rolling and overseeding

Harding Cup Success

Our Harding Cup squad of John and Sally, Trevor, Steve M, Lorna, Jarek, Ken B, Debbie and David played ‘home and away’ triples against the local village clubs throughout June, July and August to reach the final for the first time in 6 years. Merrow last won the cup in 2013.

We met Puttenham in the final with a little trepidation, having lost to them in the qualifying rounds, but playing on a neutral ground at Ripley meant both teams had a challenge. On the day Merrow were winners on both rinks for a hard-fought victory.

After the match there was a presentation ceremony, followed by a wonderful tea provided by Mariane for the players and many spectators from all the participating clubs.

We would like to thank Ripley for being fantastic hosts and David P for the organisation of the whole competition.