COAST CARPET BOWLS LEAGUE
» 24th July 2016
visited Heritage at Leiston Sports Centre on 24th July for the
5th running of this annual match, with Heritage still looking
for their first win.
were represented by Alburgh, Brockdish, East Harling, Garboldisham,
Old Buckenham, Roydon, Tasburgh and Wortwell.
of teams from Darsham, Kelsale (2 teams), Knodishall (3 teams),
Middleton and Sizewell.
started very badly for the home team with South Norfolk winning
5 of the 6 games in the opening session and only Knodishall 1
able to pick up a win. South Norfolk led 10-2 and it looked very
much as if they were heading for yet another win.
second session saw Heritage bounce back in the best possible
way as they swept the board, winning all 6 games to take what
was, after a dismal first session, a surprise 14-10 lead at the
half time break.
The third session
saw the points shared evenly as each side picked up 3 wins and
so with just one session to go Heritage held a 20-16 lead, but
it could still go either way.
to pick up at least 5 points to be sure of taking the trophy.
As the games
went on it was still evenly poised, but as the ends ticked down
Heritage appeared to have a slim advantage, the first 2 games
to finish went their way but the next one went to South Norfolk.
Heritage still needed to find one more point from the last 3
games. And they go it. Middleton picked up the win they needed
win to secure the title. The last 2 games were shared, giving
Heritage 8 of the 12 points from the final session to complete
a 28-20 win (shots 200-184).
All the Heritage
team contributed to the success with Knodishall 1 providing the
standout performance by taking 3 wins out of 3. Kelsale 1 &
2, Knodishall 3 and Middleton all won twice and Darsham, Knodishall
2 and Sizewell each picked up one win.
On the South
Norfolk side the standouts were Wortwell who won 3 out of 3 and
Brockdish and Garboldisham who each won twice.
to everyone who took part and contributed food for the tea break
and we are all looking forward to defending the trophy next year
South Norfolk 30
Heritage 18 (189-178)
2013/14 - Heritage 23 South Norfolk 25 (216-189)
2012/13 - South Norfolk 29 Heritage 19 (228-186)
2011/12 - Heritage 24 South Norfolk 24 (196-202)
HERITAGE FOURS » 13th March
entry was up to 18 teams, so without being able to divide the
teams into groups of 5 but still give everyone 4 games, everyone
was placed in a single group with the top 8 going through to
the Knockout Rounds.
dominated the opening stages of the event with 4 qualifiers,
all of whom finished in the top 6. Knodishall C finished top
as the only team to win all of their games. Three teams won 3
games and lost 1, Kelsale B, Knodishall B and Knodishall F. Leiston
St Margarets FC came home in 5th with 5 points and so close was
the competition (every team won at lead one game), that the final
three qualifiers could only manage to win 32 and lose 2. They
were Knodishall E, Middleton A and Kelsale A.
teams all finished on 4 points, but just missed out on shots.
Leiston St Margarets FC v Knodishall F
were off to a flier with 5 shots on the first end, after which
Leiston never got a look in. At 5 ends they were comfortably
10-1 ahead and while Leiston picked up the last 2 ends to bring
it back to a more respectable 10-5, Knodishall were never in
E v Kelsale B
The opening 5 ends were closely fought with only a single shot
scored on each, although Knodishall took 4 of them. Kelsale were
still in with a chance, but the 6th end saw Knodishall take a
decisive 3 shots to break the back of the game. They won the
last as well to finish 8-1 winners.
A v Kelsale A
Kelsale started the better of the 2 teams and slowly but surely
pulled away and led 6-0 after 4 ends. Middleton finally got started
on end 5 with 3 shots, but Kelsale were able to keep the game
under control as thier opponents chased shots. The last 2 ends
went to Kelsale who finished 9-2 winners.
C v Knodishall B
The top team after the round robin games, C were off to
a slow start as B won the first 2 ends to go 4-0 up. However,
true to form C brought themselves back level with their
opponents over the next 3 ends. But B put a stop to the
comeback in no uncertain terms with 3 on the 6th and capped the
game with one on the last to win 8-4.
Knodishall F v Knodishall E
the better of the two teams, winning the first 2 ends, although
by just one shot on each. E chipped into that lead with
1 on the next, and from then on in it was all E. They
took the lead with 4 on the 4th end and followed that up with
3 on the 5th and another 3 on the 6th, at which point they had
an unassailable 11-2 lead, at which point a halt was called to
A v Knodishall B
Knodishall were off to a great start with 2 on each of the first
2 ends. Kelsale were off the mark with one on the third which
was matched by Knodishall on the next to now lead 5-1. The fifth
end saw no score as the closest woods could not be seperated.
Time was running out for Kelsale and although they won the 6th
end it was only by 1 shot. One end to go and Knodishall led 5-2.
Kelsale would need at least 3 and finally got going, building
a decent head until Knodishall's No3 came in to cut the score
down to just 2. That wood was sitting out to the side and offered
a clear target but Kelsale's skip missed. The next Knodishall
wood did nothing so Kelsale's final wood needed to get third.
At last it was on target, knocking the best Knodishall wood through
to hold 5. Kndoshall's skip needed to hold his nerve and, resisting
the urge to play with weight, followed his No3's instructions
and drew in to cut the count all the way down to just 2 and deservedly
win the game 5-4.
can find a list of all the previous winners here.
David & Julie Hurr and Doug & Eileen Adamson (Knodishall
v Cedric Bennett, Howard Saxby, Jane Robinson & Josie
Smith (Knodishall B)
End 1 Josie's first wood is crucial, rolling one of B's
earlier woods in. David almost takes it out, but it remains shot.
B lead 1-0.
End 2 A good start from Howard, dropping just in front
of the jack with his first, while the others fall in behind.
David gets the jack free, but it's still 3 to B who lead 4-0.
End 3 Plenty of loose woods to start, but finally Julie
draws shot and there is stays. E are on the board. 4-1.
End 4 With B starting well Doug finally moves the jack
to the back of the carpet. E now hold 2, to which David adds
another 2. Now it's E who suddenly lead 5-4.
End 5 With B holding, David finally gets into the head
to push the jack out out and take one. 6-4.
End 6 A great start from Eileen and Julie puts B under
pressure. And there the jack stayed, surrounded by 4 black woods.
E have an almost unassailable 10-4 lead.
End 7 Any hope E might have had was ended by Julie's second
wood which draws shot and stays there. 11-4.
» 24th February 2016
23rd February, at Tunstall Village Hall, Kelsale Carpet Bowls
Club organised a Ladies Fours Tournament and Lunch to help raise
funds for The
Woolverstone Wish Appeal.
from across Suffolk entered with each team playing 4 games across
the day. The winners would be the team at the top of the standings
once all the games had been played.
With 3 games
played and one left to go there were still 5 teams in the running.
Belstead and Knodishall A led the way with 6 points, while Knodishall
B, Harkstead and Darsham had each won two games and drawn one
to stand just one point behind.
B would play Harkstead, which ended up in a resounding 14-2 win
for Harkstead. That meant that they had gone undefeated all day,
but one dropped point meant that they would be out of the running
for the overall win.
round of games saw Belstead just edge out Darsham 6-5 to finish
on maximum points, meaning that only Knodishall A could now beat
were going to need to win and score 9 shots in their final game
against Bramford, to make sure of overall victory. They started
well with 2 on the first end, but suffered a disaster on the
second, losing 5 shots. However the next 3 ends saw them claw
their way back ahead, and with 2 ends to go were 8-5 up. That
put them level on points and shots with Belstead but they had
more shots against, so not only would they need to hang on to
the win, but they would also need one shot more.
6th end went to Bramford to make the score 8-6 to Knodishall.
Still one end to go and still one shot needed. But although they
knew they needed to win the team had no idea how many shots were
required. Despite that they still fought to win the end and got
the one shot they didn't know they needed to take the win.
Game, Jane Robinson, Rosemary Timms & Shirley Tilbrook) finished
on 8 points and 35 shots, while Belstead (Maureen Howes,
Sue Holder, Margaret Southgate & Ann Smith) finished on 8
points & 34 shots.
to the winners and many thanks to everyone who were there to
compete and those who were there to help (including the men who
did all the washing up), all of whom helped us to raise £487
for the charity, the cheque for which was presented on 29th March.
» 15th February 2016
35 men played
in seven groups of 5, with the winners, runners-up and two best
third placed players going through to the knockout rounds.
topped the group with three wins out of four. Second place went
to Mick Jeffries who was the best of 3 players on fours
The group finished with three players on 6 points. First place
went to David Hurr (42 shots), ahead of John Whiting
(34 shots) and Peter Masters (25 shots), who also went
through as the best third placed player.
Chris Tilbrook and
John Collyer topped the group, both with 6 points. Chris
took first place by 5 shots.
won all 4 games to take the group win. Steve Newson was
comfortably second with 6 points.
(6 points & 31 shots), just finished ahead of second placed
Tim Hambling, by a single shot. Cedric Bennett's
4 points and 38 shots meant that he was third and the final qualifier.
dropped just the one point on his way to winning the group, finishing
two points clear of runner-up Basil Baker.
took 4 wins out of 4 to win the group, while second place went
to David Nash who finished on 6 points.
edged away from Mike Daniels and went into the last end
4 shots up and did enough to take the game 7-4.
David Hurr and Cedric Bennett
fought closely, with David 4-3 up with an end to go. It could
have gone either way, but David took all 4 on the last to win
David Collins was never behind against
Mick Jefferies, but there was never much in it. David
finished 5-2 up.
David Nash was 3-2 up with two
ends to go against Tim Hambling, but Tim took those last
ends to win 5-3.
got a look in as John Threadkell powered his way to a
in the 5th end gave Michael Easy a big lead against Peter
Masters and finished the 8-3 winner.
John Collyer came back to just
one shot behind Chris Tilbrook with an end to go, but
Chris took the last to win 6-4.
A strong start
for John Whiting saw him 8-3 up over Steve Newson,
coming home to an 8-6 win.
was never much in it between John Threadkell and Michael
Easy and it took a shot on each of the last two ends from
Michael to edge a 6-5 win.
It was a great
start for David Collins against Tim Hambling, taking
all 4 on the first end, followed by a single on the second. But
Tim was back in it with a full house on the third end, eventually
taking the winning shot on the last to finish 7-6 up.
Daniels and David Hurr it was just a shot an end for
most of the way through their game. But the clincher was 3 for
Paul in the middle of the game. He finished 7-2 ahead.
John Whiting led from start to
finish against Chris Tilbrook. At 8-3 up after 6 ends
the game was all sewn up.
ends in, between Paul Daniels and Tim Hambling,
it 2-2 and as close as you'd like. But a slip by Paul brought
the jack free on the 6th end and on a tricky hand Tim did well
to take the jack back with his final wood for 3 shots. Needing
at least 3 on the last Paul was too heavy and Tim took the win
John Whiting edged away from Michael
Easy one shot at a time for the first 4 ends, but the fifth
saw him take a full house and all but finish the game. Another
single on the 6th end meant that it was was all over at 9-0.
can find a list of all the previous winners here.
(Yoxford) v John Whiting (Knodishall)
End 1 Tim is a little wayward while John is generally
closer, taking 3 shots.
End 2 John's early wood sticks to the jack and
won't be moved. He leads 4-0.
End 3 Another early wood of John's can't be budged.
End 4 John is on the jack again, forcing Tim to
try and play into the head which he finally does, getting off
the mark with 2. 5-2.
End 5 Tim selects a ¾ length jack and then
proceeds to drop short, but by the end he's close enough for
a single. 5-3.
End 6 The jack gets moved back to John's advantage,
taking one to lead 6-3 going into the last end.
End 7 Tim draws shot with his second wood but can't
get any more as the head fills up. He's restriced to just the
one shot to give John the win 6-4.
» 15th February 2016
26 Ladies entered this year, up on last year. They played in
5 groups with the winners going straight through to the Quarter
Finals. The 5 runners-up and best third would play off to join
was an incredibly closely fought group. Once all the games had
been played the five players were separated by just 5 shots.
Each of them had won twice and lost twice, giving them 4 points.
The group winner, just, was Kay Masters who made it by
virtue of having scored 24 shots, just one ahead of both Kath
Nash and Barbara Barker. Those two not only scored the same number
of shots (23), but conceded the same number too (20). So a play-off
was called for, a one end shoot out, which went to Kath Nash.
With 3 wins out of 4 Mona Goldsmith won the group by a
clear 2 points. The runner-up, the best of 3 players on 4 points,
was Sue Moore.
won all four of her games to take first place. Yet again three
players finished on 4 points, with Sheila Mann's 33 shots
making her runner-up.
finished on top of the group with maximum points while Molly
Elmy lost just one to finish second.
Another close finish with 3 players all finishing on 6 points
and had to be seperated by shots scored. First was Jane Robinson
(34 shots), second went to Margaret Branton (32 shots)
while Jean Childs (27 shots) finished third. All three
qualified as Jean was the best third placed lady on the day.
a close start Sheila Mann ran away from Kath Nash
to win 10-2.
Molly Elmy was off to a good
start (5-0 up) after 2 ends against Sue Moore. And while
Sue came back towards the end, Molly held on for a 6-5 win.
Jean Childs was able to win the
first and last ends against Margaret Branton, but it was
just a shot on each and inbetween Margaret piled on 9 shots,
last 4 ends between Molly Elmy and Jane Robinson
saw the lead swinging back and forth. Jane took all 4 to lead
5-2. Molly it with 3. Jane took back 3 to go back in front 8-5
with an end to go. But Molly grabbed 4 on the last to win 9-8.
opened with 5 shots on the first 2 ends against Linda King.
Over the next 4 ends Linda levelled the score, only for Margaret
to knick it on the last, 6-5.
A back and
forth game between Clare Nessling and Kay Masters
saw Clare grab the lead on the penultimate end only for Kay to
take 2 on the last to win 5-4.
Mona Goldsmith and Sheila Mann
went through the game winning alternate ends, and while Sheila
won 4 of the 7, she was only picking up ones and a two, while
Mona took threes and a four to win 10-5.
had built up a 6 shot lead by the time Kay Masters had
even scored. But Kay was able to go into the final end with a
slim chance, needing all 4 to level the scores. However she could
only get 3 as Mona won 7-6.
took three on the first end against Molly Elmy and that
proved decisive. She was able to maintain a lead of a least 2
shots throughout the game, finally winning 7-3.
can find a list of all the previous winners here.
(Orford) v Margaret Branton (Sizewell)
End 1 Mona removes the jack from the carpet with her
very first wood, not a great start. Margaret leads 2-0.
End 2 This time the jack stays on and Mona has
a chance to redeem herself, just touching the jack back with
her last wood to go from one down to three up. Mon leads 3-2.
End 3 Mona falls short of the long jack that she
chose, but with her last forces her one of her woods up to take
shot and lead 4-2.
End 4 Margaret strikes back, reaching a long jack
while Mona falls short. 3 to Margaret to retake the lead 5-4.
End 5 A lot of wayward woods, but Margaret is just
the closer of the two on a very long measure. 6-4.
End 6 Margaret suddenly starts bowling too heavy,
running off the end with her last wood and allowing Mona to take
all 4 and regain the lead 8-6.
End 7 This time it's Mona who struggles. Margaret
takes two to draw level and take the game into an extra end.
Extra End Mona holds with a wood 6 inches short
of the jack. Margaret has one wood left, she manages to move
the shot wood a little off to the side, but her own wood rolls
through and Mona still holds, winning the game 9-8.
HERITAGE PAIRS » 24th January
Pairs tournament attracted 35 teams which were drawn into 7 groups
of 5. The winners and runners-up from each group would qualify
for the knockout stages, along with the best 2 third placed teams.
dominated the group, winning all 4 of their games. Behind them
everyone else struggled, Kelsale A cound only manage 2
wins and 2 losses, but that was enough for the runner-up spot.
With 4 wins out of 4 it was Knodishall A who came home
in first place, while Riverside B finished comfortable
runners-up on 6 points.
Before the last game was played the top 2 teams were already
decided. So the final game would only decide who was the group
winner. Kelsale C won the game to finish on a maximum
8 points, while Riverside A finished second on 6 points.
The top 2 teams each finished with 3 wins and a loss. Knodishall
E's 46 shots, gave them the group win, ahead of club mates
Knodishall B, who managed 28 shots.
The closest fought group of the day saw Knodishall J go
undefeated, although they won only 2 games and drew the other
2. Behind them Yoxford, on 5 points and 28 shots just
edged out Kelsale D (5 points and 23 shots), but Kelsale
would qualify as the best third placed team.
took the group with a maximum 8 points and second place went
to Knodishall C who won 3 and lost 1. Knodishall K
only had 2 wins, finishing third, but their 23 shots was two
better than the next best so they were through as the final qualifiers.
Knodishall I won
4 out of 4 to finish on 8 points, while Knodishall H dropped
just one game to finish second on 6 points.
With the greatest
number of teams entered Knodishall, unsurprisingly dominated
the last 16 with 8 teams. Kelsale provided 4, Riverside 2 and
Sizewell and Yoxford 1 each.
Knodishall A came
back from 6-3 down with 2 ends to go against Kelsale D, to win
Riverside B from the start and finished 7-2 winners.
A won the first end against Sizewell B and were always ahead,
H won the first, middle and last ends against Knodishall B,
but 'B' made the wost of the ends they won, taking the game 9-4.
After a tied
first end, Knodishall E took the first end against Knodishall
K. It was 4-3 after 4 ends, but 'E' ran away with the last 3
ends to finish 13-3 ahead.
after going 4-0 up over Knodishall C, were all square at 5 ends.
'I' took 2 on the 6th and managed to hang on, edging the game
led Yoxford 4-2 after 3 ends, but 8 shots over 3 ends
saw Yoxford take the lead , winning 10-5 at the end.
Kelsale B took
a single on the first end against Kelsale C, but 'C' took
the next 3 ends to lead 5-1. 2 shots for each team over the next
2 ends saw 'C' with a 4 shot lead going into the least end, doing
enough to win 7-4.
edged into a 5-1 lead over Knodishall A and despite losing the
last 2 ends, clung on to win 5-4.
4-0 up after 2 ends, were always ahead of Yoxford and went on
to win 8-4.
I versus Knodishall E was as close as you like with 5
ends played. 'I' lead, just, 3-2, but the 6th end saw them blow
the game apart with 5 shots, Knodishall I finally taking
the win 9-2.
between Kelsale C and Knodishall J was the big scores that Kelsale
managed on the ends they won, getting a 3 and a 4 while Knodishall
were only getting 1s and 2s. Kelsale C finished 9-4 winners.
again scored big, this time against Knodishall B. The final wood
of the first end saw the count swing from 1 to Knodishall to
5 to Kelsale. And the 3rd end saw a maximum 6, by which time
the game was all but over. An end was called to the game after
6 ends with Kelsale leading 18-1.
affair, but a very different one, with the lead swapping back
and forth. Kelsale A 1-0 up, Knodishall I 2-1 up, Kelsale 3-2
and then 4-2. Three to Knodishall gave them a 5-4 lead and Kelsale
brought it back all square with an end to go. But the final end
went to Knodishall I who had the jack covered and left
their opponents nothing to work with, winning 7-5.
(Chris & Shirley Tilbrook) v Kelsale C (Paul &
Fittingly the final came down to the 2 teams who had been the
best two qualifiers from the Group Stages.
Knodishall took the first end but were kept down to just the
one shot. Kelsale came back with 2 on the second end to take
the lead, but Knodishall did the same on the third and led 3-2.
Kelsale drew level on the 4th but Knodishall edged ahead 4-3
The 6th end
saw the jack pushed to the back of the carpet, but Kelsale had
a wood inbetween the jack and the edge. Knodishall came down
for second, Kelsale beat that one and held 2. Knodishall couldn't
get close enough and although there was space for another with
their final wood Kelsale were perhaps overly cautious and didn't
get close enough for another. they now led for the first time
since the second end 5-4.
held a single shot for most of the final end, although it was
very close for second. An extra end looked on the cards but on
a straightish hand with a wood to be pushed up and in for Kelsale,
Knodishall declined to try for a block, opting to go for another
shot. They failed and Kelsale were left with an opportunity.
Their final wood did the job, pushing a short wood in for shot
and itself stopping short to act as a block. Knodishall had nothing
much to go for and a heavy final wood did nothing but add another
shot for Kelsale who finished 7-4 winners.
It was the
second win for Paul & Rita in 3 years and a 7th Pairs win
for Paul (Note: James Rous & Jon Jordan won the title 4 years
on the trot from 2009/10 to 2012/13 and 6 times in 9 years).
can find a list of all the previous winners here.
» 21st September 2015
The 18th running
of the Charity Fours saw 32 teams from across Suffolk, Essex
and Norfolk to help us to raise funds in aid of East
Anglia Air Ambulance
and East Anglia's Children's
The teams competed
in a single group, playing four times, with the top 16 going
through to the Knockout Stages.
None of the
teams were able to win all of their group games, but 3 teams
took 3 wins and a draw, Bealing, Kelsale and reigning champions
Old Felixstowe. The other qualifiers were from Wissett, Copdock,
Martlesham, Witnesham, Knodishall (3 teams), Tithe Barn, Middleton,
Darsham/Kelsale, Felixstowe URC, Yoxford and Occold.
The final was
played out by Witnesham A and Knodishall D.
it through the First Round with a comfortable 10-4 win over Middleton.
The Quarter Final, though was a different story, at 5-1 down
to Tithe Barn after 4 ends, they looked down and out, but 2 ends
later they were level and took 2 on the final end to win 7-5.
And they also had to come from behind in their Semi-Final against
Kelsale/Darsham, although they were only 2 down before they got
on the board. It was always close, but they came home 5-3 winners.
it was much more straightforward. They beat Yoxford 16-1, Kelsale
8-4 and Bealings 8-2, all comfortable wins in which they led
all the way.
The final itself
was very close, until the very end. Knodishall took one on the
first, with Witnesham drawing level on the next and then leading
2-1 after 3 ends, with Knodishall then drawing level on the fourth.
The fifth end
was moving very much in Witnesham's direction as they held 4
and just needing to block out their opposition. But they got
too greedy and managed to do what Knodishall couldn't and moved
the jack into the open, only to snatch the end back with their
final wood to lead 3-2. Unfortunately they managed to shoot themselves
in the foot on the sixth end as well, taking the jack off to
hand Knodishall the lead, 4-3, going into the last end.
And at last
Knodishall hit their stride, nailing the jack and, on a carpet
that didn't respond well to weight, Witnesham couldn't get in.
Knodishall were left with a 5 on the final end to finish 9-3
winners. But for a couple of unfortunate woods the game would
have got to Witnesham, but it wasn't to be.
We would like
to thank everyone to joined us and for their generosity which
helped us to raise £688, an amount which makes the total
raised over the years from this event, to more than £25,000.
can find details of the money raised over the years here.
can find a list of all the previous winners here.