Heritage Coast Carpet Bowls League


13th May 2008


This year's AGM was held on 12th May at Sizewell Sports & Social Club. There were no big changes this year, so this is just a summary of the more relevant items.

Election of Officers
All the officers from last year's committee were re-elected. This includes Pat Chapman as Secretary, who had previously said that she would be standing down because of ill-health. However, in the absence of anyone volunteering as a replacement, she has very kindly agreed to carry on, on the proviso that much of the work that has fallen to her over the last couple of years is picked up by the rest of the commitee. This includes the purchase of trophies for presentation night as well as prizes for the Charity Tournament and Team Bowl, all of which could easily fall within the remit of the Tournament Committee.

This Year's Charity
The meeting was asked for nominations for a beneficiary for this year's
Charity Tournament. Clubs were asked to get their suggestions to the Chairman by 1st July.
The only nomination on the night was for the
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.

Promotion & Relegation
Thorpeness officially confirmed that the club would be folding and as a consequence would not be competing next season.

Having finished as runners-up in Division 2 last season, they should have been promoted and the matter of what would happen in their absence was therefore discussed.

With a 3 up, 3 down system in place, Saxmundham, who had finished in 4th place in Division 2 were approached with the offer of a play-off between them and Knodishall B who had finished 8th in Division 1. However Saxmundham declined the offer, saying that they were happy to stay in Division 2 for next season.

It was therefore agreed that in order to keep 10 teams in Divison 1 for next season, thereby leaving a slot open in Division 2 for any new team wishing to enter, there would be just 2 teams promoted/relegated for the 2007/08 season, reverting back to 3 up, 3 down for next season.

Therefore Riverside and Reydon will be relegated to Division 2 and Darsham and Orford will be promoted to Division 1.

Committee Meetings
It was agreed to change the constitution to remove the necessity to have at least 4 committee meeting a year. They will now be held as and when necessary.

Postponed Matches
Reydon raised the matter of matches being postponed, because the team calling off the game were missing some of their better players, not because they did not have enough to make up a team.

The Chairman reminded teams that they could play a game with just 10 players and urged all teams to do their utmost to complete their fixtures in the alloted timeslot, saying that we did not want to have to go down the route of introducing a rule which would penalise teams who called off matches.

He also asked that if it was going to be necessary to postpone a game, that teams give as much notice as possible to their opponents, reminding them that it is quite acceptable to bring matches forward, so as to avoid fixture congestion at the end of the season.

Summer League
Once again the matter of a Summer League was raised and once again there were insufficient teams willing to commit, to be able to organise a league.

However, of the teams represented on the night, Darsham, Kelsale, Knodishall, Reydon and Sizewell all said that they were keen to play friendlies over the Summer months.

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11th April 2008

Finals Night

Walpole & Cookley
43 Knodishall A 32
Walpole had control of the Cup Final from the first few ends of the match, scoring heavily in the first couple of ends and holding on to much the same lead all the way through the rest of the match.

The first 2 games went to Walpole 11-5 and 10-6 to establish a 10 shot lead. The second set of games saw Knodishall take their first win of the night, 7-3, but the other game went to Walpole 11-5, so at the break Walpole had extended their lead slightly to 12 shots, 35-23.

With a comfortable lead in hand Walpole were able to take a conservative approach to the last pair of games. Again each team had one win, Knodishall taking one game 7-2, Walpole the other, 6-2, to win by an 11 shot margain overall.


Darsham 48 Middleton 48 (won by Darsham on an extra end)
The Plate final was a very different affair to the Cup, as the match swung back and forth between the two teams.

The first 2 games were split between the teams, with Middleton taking a 7-6 win, while Darsham had a 12-6 win which game them an 18-13 lead overall.

The second pair of games both went Middleton's way with wins of 9-6 and 9-3 which meant that they led 31-27 at the break. Hardly a decisive lead, but a good turnaround from their early deficit.

And early on in the final set of games it looked as if Middleton had it all sown up as they won the first ends of each game with a total of 9 shots to take their overall lead up to a comfortable looking 13 shots. But Darsham fought back, reducing the deficit bit by bit, taking it all the way to the final end of the last game to finish and taking the 2 shots that were necessary to draw the game and take it to an extra, deciding end, a first for any final in the league's history (as far as I know).

As so to the extra end, which was played between 2 teams who had just seen out an 8-8 draw between themselves. Moving from a slow carpet to a much faster one, both teams struggled to find the pace and early on the jack was taken to the end of the carpet by Darsham who had a wood right on top of the jack which ultimately forced the Middleton skip, who was in an almost impossible position, to knock the jack off and give the game to Darsham.

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4th March 2008

League Round-Up
Division 1
Although Kelsale now hold the top spot, Snape's game in hand and easier run to the end of the season, mean that they remain hot favourites to take the title for the first time in the club's history. Meanwhile Knodishall A look as of they have a very good chance of taking the runner-up spot, with 4 out of their last 5 matches being home games.

Division 2
It looks as though Darsham now have the upper hand in their fight with Thorpeness, for the Second Division title. Either way both of those teams are now all but assured of promotion. Third place now looks to be a straight fight between Orford and Saxmundham.

Division 1 Pl Pts







Wenhaston A



Knodishall A



Sizewell B



Sizewell A



Walpole & Cookley



Knodishall B