Putting the green to bed

A group of members got together a couple of weeks ago to help David prepare the green for Winter.

On a busy Saturday, we spread top dressing, seeded, fertilised, and top dressed again, before Ken brushed everything in. The best part was finishing before the heavens opened!

Thanks to all who turned out, and here are a few photos.

Smile for the camera!
Ken and John getting the spreader ready
There were a lot of empty bags!
On with the grass seed
Time for brushing
End of the job

A great finish to the Knaphill Triples

In a storming year, Merrow finished third in our section of the Thursday Knaphill Triples. We were generally up against strong opposition, as witnessed by the scores for the two clubs that finished above us in the league. You can see the results on the League Tables section of the website. In previous years, we have not done as well, so this season’s result is a great credit to captain John and his merry band.

Compared to the other leagues that Merrow compete in, the Knaphill Triples is a fairly new competition for us. We take part as it is the only league that permits a mixed team to play, thus giving our very talented ladies a chance to shine.

We plan to continue in the league next season, so be sure to put your names down when we get underway in 2020. Onwards and upwards!

Get ready!

Our second jumble sale of 2019 is coming on 26th October!

If you have any jumble to donate, please bring it to the club ahead of the sale.

If you can spare some time to help, we need volunteers on Friday 25th from 10pm to set up, and from 8:30 onwards until midday on Saturday 26th.

Spread the word among your friends and family.

Our last outdoor matches of the season

Over the weekend of 21-22 September, Merrow played our last two matches of the outdoor season: Seale and Sands at home, and Castle Green away.

Seale and Sands

On Saturday, 21st September, Merrow hosted our annual match with Seale and Sands. This was only our second match, so still an unknown quantity. On an autumnal day, we played three rinks of triples. In a close match, Merrow were victorious on one rink but narrowly lost on the other two, with a final score of 38-44. Well done to Mark, Joan, and Bob, who won 17-9.

Castle Green

For our final outdoor match of the season, Merrow visited Castle Green for a match of four triples. Heavy rain in the morning stopped in time for the match and held off until the finish. Each side won on two of the rinks but Merrow came out on top overall with a score of 68-63. Our top rink was Lesley, Joan, and Bob with a tremendous score of 23-9. A great result. Close behind were Judy, Lewis (playing in his first match), and Ken with a score of 16-12. Again, well done. Commiserations to the other two rinks.

No photos of either match I’m afraid, as I was still on holiday. As a result, this report is derived from the score sheets!

Coming up next…

…is our indoor match against Mole Valley at Leatherhead on Wednesday, 27th November.  Do put your name down to play. The team sheet is in the hut, or you can email merrowbowls@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list.

A cracking Finals Day

How lucky were we with the weather! Our club Finals Day on Sunday, 8th September, was played in glorious sunshine.

Starting at 10am, the first few of the finals got under way, high levels of concentration being the order of the day. We had a really good turnout of spectators, and we all did our best to put on a good show for them.

First up were: 3 Sets, Ladies’ Drawn Pairs, and Novices followed at 11:30 by the 3 Wood Singles. After a short break for some lunch, at 2pm the Men’s Drawn Pairs, Junior Championship, Men’s Championship, and Ladies’ Championship began, followed at 4:30pm by the Mixed Pairs. Due to match times, the 2 Wood Singles, and Handicap Singles were deferred to a later date.

This year saw several new players in the finals: Jackie, Jarek, and Lewis. Jackie and Lewis were successful, while Jarek was unfortunate with a narrow loss. Well done to each of them!

A big thank you to all the club members who undertook marking duties; we couldn’t have done it without you.

Compared to last year, there are only a few photos, as your correspondent was involved in the Men’s Drawn Pairs, which took most the afternoon.

For the full results, please see the website here.

Another success for Merrow

On Saturday, 31st August, Merrow played host to Ripley for a friendly of four triples.

Both sides started well, and a good match was in prospect. Merrow soon moved ahead, and managed to win on three rinks. The final result was a win for Merrow, 84-59. A tremendous performance by Allen, Richard, and John saw them win 32-10; a great result.

Well done everyone.

Keeping up the fight

Another win for Merrow at Holloway Hill on Wednesday, 28th August.

We played a match of three triples on Wednesday afternoon, with some interesting line-ups for Merrow; it was good to see Robin back in action again.

Merrow were overall victors in this match, winning 51-45. Well done all.

Our next match is at home to Ripley on Saturday, 31st August.

Back to winning ways

On Saturday, 24th August, Merrow hosted the return match of our local derby with Burpham. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, with the benefit of a light breeze, and we were all thankful for the shade offered at one end of the green.

We were to play four triples over eighteen ends. The match was soon underway, with both teams fighting hard for every point. However, fortunes were mixed with Burpham leading on three rinks when we stopped for tea at the halfway mark.

We did not have a volunteer to handle the teas, so several players joined forces to provide the repast. Our thanks go to Joan, Lesley, Debbie, and Lorna for all their efforts, and the lovely cakes.

After the break, Merrow came out reinvigorated, and the fight back began. Unfortunately, one Merrow player was suffering badly with the heat, so David E kindly stepped in as substitute.

After a most enjoyable afternoon’s bowling, honours were even at two rinks each. However, the overall score favoured Merrow, who won 61-58. Well done team. Our top rink was Sue (retired), David E, Lorna, and Richard, winning 24-10. A special mention to our second rink of Mark, Brian, and Ken, who fought hard to win 14-12. The remaining two rinks also fought back to limit their losses, so well done to them.

We look forward to our next match against Burpham, which is on Sunday, 16th February 2020 at Wey Valley.

A Reality Check

On Saturday 17th August, Merrow hosted the return match with Woking Park. Under a threatening sky, we were to play three triples of eighteen ends.

Due to other competition commitments, Woking Park were only able to field eight players, so Len was drafted in from Merrow to make up their numbers. Merrow got off to a good start, really putting pressure on Woking. At the break, Merrow were leading on rink three, with the other two rinks staying close to Woking.

After the break, Woking really got into their stride, and moved ahead. Despite a spirited fight back on rink one, Woking won on all three rinks, with a score of 49-70. Commiserations to rink one’s team of Tony, Lorna, and Bob, who lost by just two points after a strong second half.

Our thanks to Brian T for providing the interval teas.