We pay Wolvey a visit

This week we visited our rivals at Wolvey, it felt a little strange, this due to the fact we generally play away to Wolvey last game of the season. This could be good because it now means we get a home game at the end season.

The weather although overcast for most of the game interspersed with some sunny spells was pleasant. The actual green bowled pretty good, again due to the recent rain we have been having, nice to see an actual “green”. Thank you to Captain Alan and fellow members of Wolvey for a very warm welcome and a lovely afternoon.

Ok, the ends score this week was scored over 105 ends and was split as follows, Jaguar scored 51ends and Wolvey scored 54. This appears to suggest the game would be fairly close as there was only 3ends in the overall game. We will see later if this proved to be the case….

Rink 1 skippered by Luke lost with a score of 18/20, we had a small problem when we arrived at the venue. One of the Jaguar players took ill on the journey to Wolvey, this would mean that the Jags gave 25% of their score away. Halfway through the game the Jags held a small 5 shot lead, the next 6ends saw Wolvey score 11shots. Over the closing 4 ends jaguar scored 5 on 3 of the ends and gave Wolvey 2 on 1 end. These 2 shots meant Wolvey took the win, fairly academic when the penalty was applied to Jaguar.

Rink 2 skippered by John B lost with a score of 14/18, Halfway through the Jaguar team had scored on 3 ends (5shots) at this stage Wolvey had scored on 8ends(11shots). looking at the scorecard it appears it was a game of 2 halves, above you can see Wolvey controlled the start. The second half saw Jaguar score on 7 ends (9shots) and Wolvey score on 3ends(7shots) . Big effort from all the jaguar players who just came up short this week.

Rink 3 skippered by Darren lost with a score of 13/15, the scorecard shows that Jaguar although kept up, just couldn’t find that groove to get ahead. The result doesn’t truly reflect the game play, Jaguar tried everything. One member of the Jaguar team asked “who had run over a robin on the journey there”. 8th end there was 1 shot in it, the 12th end still 1 shot, the 15end just 1 shot. The Jags conceded 1 shot on the next 4ends giving Wolvey a 5shot lead, the most they had all day. The jaguar team scored 3shots over last 2ends just running out of time.

Rink 4 skippered by Geoff lost with a score of 13/30, Jaguar did score well on the ends they won, a run from Wolvey over 7 ends saw them score 18 shots. Before and after this period it looks like Jaguar had the measure of the Wolvey team.  (Comments were made across the rinks, not needed during a game). The middle section is where the damage was done and Wolvey scored a convincing win.

Rink 5 skippered by Paul C won with score of 20/14, at the mid point Jaguar was 2 shots behind, a run of 4ends meant Jaguar had turned it around and held a 4 shot lead. Losing a 1/1/4 over next 3 ends meant the Jags fall 2 behind once more, Jaguar then scored on all remaining ends 3/2/3 this seals a great confidence building win for the new skipper. Great job by all the Jaguar team, its great to see a smile on the skips face after the game.

The overall score was 74/97, when we look at the end scores on individual rinks the game was evenly shared . However, it does show that scoring heavily on the ends you win is very important, you can be close on the ends won but be out scored overall.

The highest winning ( only winning ) rink this week goes to Rink 5 Paul, Ann, Shirley and Steve. Congratulations and Well Done.

This week it was extremely difficult to get a team together. At this point I would like to thank all the Ladies who helped us out this week. Without these willing ladies we wouldn’t have been able to field a worthwhile team. The ladies in question know who they are, but nevertheless , Shirley, Ann, Carol, June and Pat. Also Thank you to Bill K and Steve Y who also helped us to get a team.

I would also like to wish Val all the best and our thoughts are with you and wish you a speedy recovery.


Travels to Ambleside

This is one of those weeks when we play the same opponent within a few weeks. This week we travelled to Nuneaton to visit our friends at Ambleside. Last time we played only a few weeks ago, it rained rather a lot and the game was curtailed. Not so this week, although it was overcast the rain held off. There was stories before our visit that the “green” wasn’t very green, mud was mentioned. I would like to add at this point that the green team at Ambleside should be proud of their surface. Yes, the recent rain showers made the surface heavy and a little unpredictable, but on the whole it bowled as well as can be expected. Through necessity this week we played triples (3wood), which also meant 18 ends, due to number of woods and timescales.

Unfortunately, one of the skips gave his scorecard to his No2 and he took the mentioned card home. We have managed to get the rink score, but the ends won/lost we don’t have all the information. (sorry). So without the data off Rink 4 the ends tally was thus Jaguar 47 Ambleside 43. This would suggest that the result was fairly close, we have to wait and see..

Rink 1 skippered by Chris, I believe this maybe his first time at skip. Jaguar won with a score of 15/10. At the halfway point the Jags held a promising 6shot lead, the second half saw all points shared. The Jags took 12/6 in the ends tally, seemed to be in control throughout, Well Done .

Rink 2 skippered by Darren won with a score of 19/13, after scoring a 3 on the 5th end, the Jags gave a 4 straight back. The next 4 ends saw the Jags reel off 9 shots, thus taking a 10 shot lead. The second half saw Jag score only 4 shots, but some control over the game saw Ambleside restricted to scoring only 1 shot on 4 ends. Jaguar won 11ends to Ambleside 7

Rink 3 skippered by Ken lost with a score of 9/20, middle of the game the scores were shared it would appear. However, 3ends saw Ambleside score 11 shots these scores made the difference in the end. Jaguar scored on 7 ends to Ambleside 11.

Rink4 skippered by Derek, this is the missing scorecard. I was informed the score was 15/19 to Ambleside.

Rink 5 skippered by Paul C lost with a score of 13/14, I think this may be Pauls first game at skip. ( if wrong I apologise and will correct if anybody knows different). A solid 3 on the 4th end got the Jags off the mark and levelled the scores. Losing 7 shots to 1 over next 5 ends meant the Jags were looking at a 6 shot deficit. The Jags rallied and by the 14th end the Jags had got it back level, best of 5end shot out. Ambleside took 3 end to Jags 2, and just took the win. Unlucky Jags , good game looking at the scorecard.

Rink 6 skippered by Geoff won with a score of 18/14, the ends were shared on this rink 9/9, I think what made the difference was the level of scoring from the Jags. A little 3 end run in the middle scoring 6 shots helped defend the lead Jaguar held.

So the highest winning rink this week went to Rink 2 Skipped by Darren, ( yessss). He would like to thank the members of his team for their contribution and effort during what was a trying afternoon. The overall score was 89/90 lost by just 1 shot, did say it was close earlier.

Thank you to the ladies (Jo, Sally and Pat) for playing.

Stoke return game

Confusing now because we have another posting for our visit from Stoke Bowls Club. Confusing because the writer was away last week and as only just got round to writing up the previous post.

Well what a difference in the weather, last week wash out , this week back to wall to wall sunshine. And mind you it may seem better conditions but gee was it hot, relentless some added. As we’ve said we played Stoke on a return visit, it was good to see Captain Brian and his fellow bowlers, thinking back it was blisteringly hot when we played at their venue. We fielded 5 rinks this week and thank you to everyone who bowled and put their name down. The number of ends won this week was really close with Stoke just coming out on top, Jaguar scored 51ends and Stoke scored 54 ends. After 105ends played to come down to just 3 ends between the teams could mean a close result.  We’ll see…

Rink 2 was skippered by Luke won with a score of 26/10, a run of 9ends from the Jags saw them rack up 19 shots. After the 6th end which Stoke had scored on the previous 4 ends they went to sleep, only managing to score a further 3 shots in the game.

Rink 3 was skippered by Darren lost with a score of 12/21, a 5 on the 9th end gave the Jags a nice lead and some much needed confidence. However, scoring only 1 shot over next 8ends saw Stoke score 14shots and take a 8shot lead . Don’t know what else to say now, when the bowls are against you for whatever reason it doesn’t matter  what you have done in the past. “Just not getting the rub of the green” the Number 3 commented, Darren added “welcome to my world”.

Rink 4 was skippered by John B Lost with a score of 12/20, the Jags were just 3 shots behind, Jaguar managed just 1 shot over next 7ends. Stoke scored 11 shots to take a 13 shot lead, the Jags did restrain Stoke from scoring too many more but the damage had already been done.

Rink 5 was skippered by Geoff H won with a score of 27/15,  the scorecard shows that the Jags scored heavily on several ends ( 3xfours and 3xthrees). At the 8th end it was all square, honours even. At the 11th end Jaguar held a slim lead of 4 shots, 14th end Stoke had got it back level again. Then the Jags, over the last 7 ends restricted Stoke to just 3 shots, during these closing stages Jaguar scored 15 shots. This helped secure a great win and well done to all the Jaguar boys.

Rink 6 was skippered by Derek lost with a score of 14/21, Stoke done all the damage in the first half of the game amassing a 12 shot lead. A further 5 shots over next 5ends saw their lead extended . Jaguar made a spirited fight back over the closing 5 ends and scored their best points(9shots), although the Jags made a great effort , just running out of ends.

The overall score this week went to the Jags scoring 91against 87 from Stoke . Well done the Jags.

Thank You to the ladies in the kitchen for a lovely summer meal, in this weather it is much appreciated all the work involved. (Amy, Sadie, Carol and Val).

Thank You to Marsha behind the bar.


We hosted Ambleside

This week we were paid our seasonal visit by on of our Nuneaton neighbours                 ” Ambleside”. The weather finally broke and caused all sorts of chaos, some said a few showers would have been nice, not the deluge we got. Weather conditions were the same for both teams, and everyone tried their best.

Eventually we settled on 6 rinks, this after some tense phone calls / hair pulling and disbelief. The resulting weather meant the game was sadly cut short, usually with agreement from both Captains. The game lasted an average of 12 ends due to the severity of the rain. The ends score was in Jaguars favour with 39/37, close game based on ends won result, although the overall result meant Jaguar made the most of the tricky weather, Jaguar came out on top this week winning with a score of 70/59. Well Done to all players who braved the elements and to Vice Captain Luke who had a difficult day overall.

Rink 1 skippered by John B lost with a score of 9/10, looking at the scorecard this was all even going into what was to be the final end. Scoring was shared throughout the game with the Jags picking off a 3 on the penultimate end to level the game only to lose out. 13 ends was the total played on this rink.

Rink 2 skippered by Derek won with a score of 23/8, game of two halves when looking a scorecard. First half fairly even 8 ends played and only 1 shot in the scores, then Ambleside crumbled, the Jags scored on everyone of the last 6 ends, amassing 16 shots. This also meant that Derek takes the highest winning rink this week, Well Done .

Rink 3 skippered by Ken lost with a score of 11/12, a 6 on the 4th end gave the Jags a kickstart into the game and by the 10th end it was all square at 10/10. with what would be 3 ends to go, it was a best of 3 shoot out . Ambleside was prepared for this and won 2 to just take the result.

Rink 4 skippered by John E won with a score of 12/7, the Jags restricted Ambleside to just 4 ends. With John scoring on 7 ends and producing the consistent pressure in the second half contributed to the win. This rink managed 11 ends before the game was suspended and fought out a good result.

Rink 5 skippered by Luke won with a score of 12/7, winning 10ends out of the 14 played meant it was going to be hard for Ambleside, although having said that the ends that the Jags did win Ambleside restricted them to just 1 shot (8ends). Good win given the conditions.

Rink 6 skippered by John G lost with a score of 3/15, bad day at the office and the weather clearly affected some players more than others. Winning 3 ends out of 11, and scoring 1 point on each of these shows just how difficult this game can be when the weather gets involved.

Would like to thank the ladies for the meal.                                                                         Also Thank you to the bar staff.                                                                                     Just a general BIG THANK YOU to all the members who played this week.                      BIG THANK YOU to Luke for fulfilling the captains roll this week, I accept the weather was awful and I dodged it somewhat.

Highway new venue

Hi everyone, this week we played Highway at their new home venue, St Barbaras. It felt a little strange, almost like a knockout competition on neutral ground. After some head scratching we reduced our numbers to 4 rinks to match up with the Highway numbers. The weather held out, another warm pleasant day, the (green) bowled fairly well and the Highway welcomed us warmly as always. A few niggling problems to start, a couple of drop outs, managed to plug the gaps with reserves. Then the captain gets taken crock on Thursday with gout in his toe. Again pulled in another player, then on the day another withdrawal meaning the Captain has to play. The captain said he fully understood this withdrawal and hopes everything is ok with the members family.

The ends this week was a close affair and the result showed just how close in the end, the Jaguar men won 43 ends and Highway men won 41 ends. Just 2 ends in the whole game, we played 21 ends this week due to the weather being a little cooler. The result overall, well we’ll get to that later. As we’ve said we played 4 rinks this week, and the honours were shared, 2 rinks each, again an indicator that the result may be close.

Rink 2 skippered by John E, ex member of both clubs ( StBarbaras and Highway), won with a score of 16/14. Not a great deal in this game, the 5th end saw Jaguar score a 3 to take a small lead. However, by the 12th end the Highway team had pegged us back. Over the next 6 ends saw Jaguar won 5 ends, achieving a nice 5 shot lead. One end to go Jaguar drop a 3 and the win is in the bag for the Jags, well done.

Rink 3 skippered by Luke, won with a score of 18/14, a run of 6 ends scoring 10 shots gave the Jags a comfortable 11 point lead at the halfway stage. A mini blip meant the Highway team won the next 4 ends scoring 9 shots to get back into the game. The Jags added 3 shots in the next 2 ends to get a 5 shot lead, final 3 ends went in Highways favour winning 2, but taking only 2 shots meant that the Jags held on at the end.

Rink 4 skippered by Captain Darren, lost with a score of 17/23, the score doesn’t reflect truly the order of play. When the Jags managed to catch up they followed it with a needless mishap and dropped shots. The ends in this game were fairly even Jag 10 / Highway 11. With all the team changes this week and on the green issues on the day from the adjacent rink it gets harder and harder just to play a game and enjoy it. It was embarrassing and left a black mark on our club. Apologies were extended to the Highway Captain for the Jaguar members conduct.

Rink 5 skippered by Derek, lost with a score of 15/19. Looking at the scorecard it is evident that the old cliché of “game of 2 halves ” is bang on. At the hallway point the Jags were 13 shots adrift, in the second half the Jags tried everything registering 12 shots to 3 shots. The ends were close at 10/11 and well done to the Jag boys for a massive effort in the second half. Perhaps the experience of Mr Price at lead helped out.

Well Done to Steve Hingston, only your 2nd game for the Jags, the feedback and lovely positive comments from both skips on your rink about your play, must be encouraging for you.

The highest winning rink went to Luke this week on Rink 3, well done after all the disruption at the beginning of the game. The overall score this week went against the Jaguars and was 66/70, only just lost and this is encouraging when you take into account the green condition.

Big Thank You to the following for stepping in:                                                                   John G, Bill P and Dafydd P.

Also Thank you to John Hurst (Highway) for stepping in, when one of our members had to leave the green unexpectedly, (dubious reasons though) (Rink 3).


Warm welcome to Rugby Oakfield

This week we welcomed one of many clubs based in Rugby, Oakfield paid us a return visit on yet another warm day. There was a little cloud at the start but the sun soon put this to right and the temperature started to rise. The game was played in good spirit and I believe everyone had a good game, frustrating at times, but that’s the nature of bowls. This week we played 5 rinks of triples (3wood) over 18 ends as agreed by the captaincy of sides. We had to lose some players to match up with the opposition and then a spanner was thrown in the works when Oakfield informed us they were a player short. Last minute panic and fuss to try and get a player.

We ran the spider this week, as we try to at every home match, instead of a jack in the middle of the green Ken Orton kindly let us borrow an actual knitted spider with one yellow foot, used by the district. The object being to get as close to the yellow foot as possible, this week the winner was Derek from the Jaguar club.

Ends won this week was a fairly close affair with 90 ends to play, Jaguar won 49 ends and Oakfield won 41 ends. At the halfway point of the match the Jaguar bowlers held a small lead of just 1 shot, could we capitalise or collapse only time will tell.

Rink 2 skippered by John B lost with a score of 15/19, all seemed under control, Jaguar, thanks to a 5 on the 7th end followed by a 3 on the 12th held a lead of 8 shots. However at this point the wheels appear to have come off with Oakfield managing to keep Jaguar out of the game. Scoring every end to see out the game, 12 shots over the last third.

Rink 3 skippered by Darren lost with a score of 13/23, Jaguar team had a good game overall just 2 ends got away where the jaguar team switched off. After fighting to get back level on the 8th end, the team lost a costly 6 very next end. On the 12th end a shot was called for the Jaguar boys, but before the opposition could agree their bowl dropped when they claimed the shot. Discussions where held and debated and the shot given back. 4shots adrift with 3 ends to play meant we had a shout, then came the killer punch a 7 shot drop, game over . No where to hide when your Captain, one member said they would never do the role because they could see how it has affected the captains game.

Rink 4 skippered by Derek lost with a score of 18/19, this rink was all square at the halfway point. In the second half jaguar scored 10 shots and Oakfield scored 11, Oakfield scoring 2 shots on the last end to snatch a win by just 1 shot. Jaguar took 10ends to 8ends in this game and only just lost out . Great effort guys keep up the good work.

Rink 5 skippered by Ken won with a score of 18/14, always going to be close when the ends are shared, both teams winning 9ends. Looking at the scorecard the scoring was shared with the Jaguar team scoring three big scores to Oakfields one. At halfway point Jaguar found themselves 6 shots adrift then Ken hit back with 2 four shot scores this gave the Jaguar a slender lead and some consistent scoring over 3 ends and a 3 on the 17th end secured victory.

Rink 6 skippered by Vice Captain Luke won with a score of 31/11, what can I write, looking at the scorecard it is difficult to find anymore praise, Perfect, Outstanding. The Jaguar team won 15ends restricting Oakfield to just 3ends. The only down side is the 3ends that Jaguar lost they dropped 4/4/3, I say downside loosely because I am pretty sure Luke wouldn’t be totally happy dropping these shots. Does the scorecard flatter the actual game play? you would have to talk to the skip on the day.

The overall score on the day was Jaguar 95 Oakfield 86, well done everybody who took part, another win in the bag. Jaguar actually lost out on the rink score this week losing 3/2, but rink 6 was the golden rink taking the highest winning rink.

Thank you to the ladies in the kitchen for the meal, Amy, Sadie and Jo                             Thank you to Val for dropping in when Oakfield were one short at the last minute.           Thank you to Pat for filling in Vals place in the kitchen.                                                      Thank you to Vice Captain Luke who fulfilled the Captaincy role this week, good job both on the green and off.

This week we travelled to Stoke.

This week saw us travel away to Stoke, the burning car on the Binley Road was an omen I think. The weather is continuing to shine and is having a massive affect on the greens and the bowlers. Thank you Captain Brian for a warm welcome I think generally we all had a good day despite the intense sunshine. Yet again the game was reduced to 18 ends due to weather, bowlers safety in these conditions has to be a consideration.

The ends won score this week was Jaguar 40 ends and Stoke 50 ends. I wonder if the ten end difference proved an influence on the end result. Accepting the green was the same for  everybody, I can confidently say that  everybody struggled on the green this week.

Rink 1 was skippered by Jim, won with a score of 21/15. not much in the score at the halfway point. Stoke took a 3/5 on the 8/9 ends respectively, jaguar returned the score a couple of ends later with two 4 point scores. Taking 5 shots in the last 4 ends proved decisive and sealed the result.

Rink 2 skippered by Ken, lost with a score of 15/16, Jaguar came out of the blocks slowly today, not scoring till end 6. Taking 5 over next 3 ends brought Jag back into the game. End 13 Jaguar took a slim lead but gave it back in the next end, Stoke increased their lead the next end and Jaguar rallied scoring 3 in the last 2 ends, however just not enough for the win.

Rink 3 skippered by Luke, lost with a score of 11/27. Looking at the scorecard this was a struggle, Jaguar won 5 ends in total. Stoke scored consistently throughout the game and their lead deserves a special mention, Mr B Thomas is a bowler who is partially sighted with a sight stick. The level of skill I witnessed from the next rink was outstanding, he bowled with a guide and was consistently in and around the jack.

Rink 4 skippered by Darren, lost with a score of 11/23. Although the Jaguar team kept the score down from the opposition, two 5 point scores from Stoke proved too much for the Jaguar team. The rink didn’t bowl very well at all, the lack of water has had a terrible affect. When we got the width on the bowl the weight was not enough, slightly tight and the bowl just goes on and on. Stoke managed to take the jack to the ditch on two occasions thus killing the game, to get close you had to give it the green then the bowl just wouldn’t stop.

Rink 5 skippered by John B, won with a score of 21/14. All square at the halfway point, Stoke took a 3/1 next two ends to take a small lead. Jaguar rallied at this point scoring 14 unanswered points over next 4 ends this gave Jaguar a 10 shot lead. Despite losing a 4 at the end Jag held on to the win. John also took the highest winning rink this week, congratulations to the team on Rink 5.

This week saw 4 rinks changed after selection, the captaincy would like to thank the following members for stepping in at short notice. Ken, Dafydd and Mick. Also thank you to Sally and Val without these two ladies we would have been up the creek. When greens fall into this condition it affects every bowler, it does nothing at all for the confidence of new bowlers and leaves some scratching their heads. The overall score this week was Jaguar 79   Stoke 95 .

Could I please ask all members if you are not available and have placed your name on the availability sheet it is YOUR responsibility to write N/A next to your name. DO NOT rely on telling the captaincy your not available, we have enough to do and remember, without this adding to it.


Our visit to St Barbaras

This week we visited our friends at St Barbaras, the weather is still on our side. However it would be nice to have a little cooling shower, the game was reduced, with agreement from both Captains, to 18 ends due to the continuing heatwave. Our local rivals have had an issue this last week with their watering system and this was evident by the green condition. Difficult to read and hold the weight doesn’t even begin to explain how the green played.(ice)

The number of ends won this week shows that this was going to be a close game, Jaguar won 45ends and St Barbaras won 45 ends , wow this is tight game. When you consider the green condition ( and we accept it was the same for both sides ) the Jaguar team are probably chuffed with the result. The final score actually came down to the last end of the last rink on the green, the score being Jaguar 83 / St Barbaras 82. To get a win on this green, admittedly by only one shot was a massive feat of achievement and thank you and well done to all involved.

Rink 1 was skippered by John Gardner won 18/17, with 5 ends to go Jaguar was 6 shots up, take nothing for granted in this game, St Barbaras hit back with 8 shots over 3 ends to take the lead at a crucial time in the game. Jaguars No 3 Jenny took the jack into the ditch this enabled Jaguar to take 2 shots on final end and the match.

Rink 2 skippered by Captain Darren won with a score of 20/17, with 3 ends to play Jaguar dropped a 6. Up to this point Jaguar was keeping the scoreboard ticking over then on the 15th end the dreaded 6 this levelled things up and best of 3 ends ensued. St Barbaras struck first with a 2 Jaguar scored a 1 this meant one shot behind last end. Jaguar struck with a 4 on last end, this also meant winning 10ends to 8ends for the Jag. Thanks to all the players on the rink, one end must be a record for with 6 players already bowled there was a grand total of 4 woods on the green ( I use green as a generic term related to bowls)

Rink 3 skippered by John Eyles lost with a score of 12/18, this rink looked like a draw and with 2/3 of the game played there was little in it. The scoring was shared between the two teams over the first 12 ends. However, the 14th end proved decisive Jaguar was hit with a 5 from St Barbaras and this was enough.

Rink 4 skippered by Bill Price won with a score of 20/11 again 2/3 into game all looked even, scoring was shared through this period of play. Although in the last third the ends won were shared also, the only difference was that the Jaguar three ends scored 9 shots against 4 from St Barbaras. This proved enough for Bill to take the highest winning rink this week, well done to all the Jaguar players on Rink 4.

Rink 5 skippered by Ken lost with a score of 13/19, looking at the scorecard this was a struggle, we had to sub a player this didn’t help, but that’s not an excuse. Jaguar scored their first point in the 7th end ( 2/3 into game) remember the tricky green mentioned earlier, by this stage Jaguar was 10/1 down. Jaguar scored a three to get off the mark, but St Barbaras reeled off 8 shots over 4 ends. looking at the card Jaguar tried really hard to catch up, picking up 10 shots over 5 ends to make the score more respectable.

We have already mentioned how difficult the green was today, no fault of St Barbaras, equipment failure is one of those things. When you combine these circumstances with the current weather anomaly and it has a massive affect on the actual playing surface.

I would like to thank Val Gardner for her assistance in collecting the match fees before the game. With the support of the committee, I personally can’t see any reason why this system can’t continue.

Thank you to all the ladies who put their names down for this game, it was a little uncomfortable at the last mixed game when the opposition ask where are all the ladies for a mixed game.





Please be aware the closing dates for any competition rounds, if these dates are not adhered to it as an affect on the next round. We appreciate your cooperation and also understand about holidays and illness. Also there are a few members who have still to pay their entry fee, the competition secretary has asked for some assistance from website.


This years mens gala is fast approaching and we are still in need of prizes. If anybody can help with a small donation that would be most gratefully accepted. Also we need volunteers on the day various jobs need to be done to make this a success, car park attendant(arrival and departure), scorecards/ board, setup and clearing rinks, timekeepers, raffle. Please if you can help just a few hours, if we can share the tasks (not jobs) then that would help also.

This years ladies gala will soon be upon us also (time flies) we would like to ask politely for any donations to the gala raffle. Wine, chocolates etc all very welcome. Same applies as above regarding volunteers on the day the tasks (not jobs) are still pertinent.

Please if you can help it would be appreciated.


We hosted Sphinx this week.

This week was always going to be difficult, events earlier in the week and our tough dogged opponents. Thank you to all the members from Sphinx and Jaguar for their support at this time, bowls doesn’t really matter at these times, however, we as a club owe it to the memory of our passed friends to continue the best we can. Thank you to Captain Carl for visiting our club on such a lovely sunny day. The weather has been on our side all year so far, there must be a storm brewing soon, it doesn’t feel right. That’s right we haven’t actually played Nuneaton yet due to one bad day.

Carrying on our stats the ends won this week was actually really close 54ends to Jaguar and 51ends to Sphinx . The closeness of this stat would normally suggest that the score would be close. The overall score at the end of the game was 115/82 to the Jaguar Club. Our winning margin away was 19 shots and the return leg at home the margin was 33 shots, this we should expect as the bigger margin is on home tuff (green). Of course what this also means is that we have done the double on Sphinx this year, although they did put up a great fight. Well done to all those members who played home and away, thank you for all your efforts.

Rink 1 skippered by VC Luke won with a score of 28/12, posting a good winning margin would it be enough. Looking at the scorecard things looked fairly equal with 5 ends left in the game. Luke team then produced consistent scoring to stop the Sphinx team, racking up 14 shots over the close. Well done

Rink 2 skippered by Derek lost with a score of 12/22, the scorecard suggests a tough game, made all the more so when playing against one of our own. We had to lend one of our players to Sphinx and sometimes it bites you on the butt. Its only fair to the players we are actually able to lend that we rotate them.

Rink 3 skippered by Captain Darren won with a score 28/10, we all knew there was a win in there. I would like to thank Ken for his support on Saturday especially the  emotional side, the words and the arm on my shoulder helped a lot. The game, well 10ends in Jaguar had won 9/2 the only thing missing was a big score and they got that on the 12end a 6. On the card this game never looked in danger, however, after the 6 jaguar lost 5 shots over 4ends. But there was nothing to worry about as the jaguar rink scored 9 over last 3 ends .

Rink 4 skippered by John Eyles won with a score of 26/12, around 12 ends there wasn’t a lot in this game scoring was shared evenly between the teams. But whether Sphinx collapsed or Jaguar just asserted themselves, what a difference. The last 9 ends Sphinx won 1 shot, Jaguar amassed 19 shots. What a performance well done to John and his team.

Rink 5 skippered by John Brown lost 21/26 the scorecard shows this was a game of two halves. The score in these halves was fairly equal but Sphinx just edged it. The first half won by Jaguar scoring 18/8, Sphinx won second half 18/3, by end 18 Sphinx had got it back all square. Now it was best of 3 ends and Sphinx took it 2/1. Skips always joke about being stuck on dreaded 13 shots, but this week Jaguar just couldn’t get off 20.

From the above details it can be seen that not only did the Captain win but he took the highest winning rink prize. You can also see the highest winning rink fight was really close this week and this could have gone to anyone of the three winning rinks.

I’ve neglected to Thank the two people who help every home game to set the rinks up, without their help and support lets just say it would make the weekends in general harder. BIG THANK YOU to PAUL HITCHCOCK and DAFYDD PRITCHARD.

Thank you to all members for their contribution to the new system for match fee collection,(payment on arrival to Capt/VCapt), it is felt by the Captaincy that the system, although in its infancy is working well. Some will bemoan the system because its different or not the norm, but generally change can be good if given the chance.

Thank you to the AMY, SHIRLEY, PAT and MARILYN for the tea                                     Thank you to Marsha behind the bar.                                                                                  Thank you to all our green team, I’m not going to name you all.

If there’s anybody I’ve missed then I apologise it’s not intentional.