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Captain's Bulletin

     The Scarborough weekend on 11/12 August proved to be another enjoyable time with our hosts North Cliff BC. They really do make us feel welcome and we had 2 challenging days on a good, interesting and quick green, especially on the Saturday when it was super quick.
     We were lucky with the weather but not so lucky with the match result!! Well done to Liz and Stuart for registering our only win and well done to Chris for winning our internal competition on the Saturday. Anne was second and Liz was third. 
     We tried out a new format called 'In a Yard'' which I thought went well given it was the first time we tried it. Do ask the others for their opinion because I plan to run this as a club competition at the back end of September and use it as fund raiser for the sprayer. Many thanks to Pam and Chris for their help in organising the weekend.

      Following on from this I am proposing that next season we also have a day out at 'The Waterloo in Blackpool' well known as the 'Wembley of Bowls'. I will send out a separate email about this with costings[it's not expensive] and I will conduct a straw poll to guage interest.

     Thanks for the good turn out for our recent friendlies against Fulwood, De La Salle and Abbeydale. All different and all very enjoyable. Abbeydale was the last external friendly for the season but we have a friendly against the tennis section on Sunday September 16th at 2.00pm and one against the rest of the Club on Wednesday afternoon  September 26th.

     Further ahead a reminder about the dinner/presentation evening on Saturday October 13th at the Hallamshire Golf Club. It is too early for details. I only mention it because diaries get full so put us in yours!

     Finally Trevor informs me that the Senior County Crown Green Bowls Championship Final is between  South Yorkshire and Warwickshire/Worcestershire. It will be held at Millhouses BC on Sunday September 2 starting at 2.00pm. Our own Trevor Kelly will be an assistant referee. Well done Trevor. Refreshments will be available and spectators are welcome.

     Congratulations to Liz Murray, Trevor Kelly and Colin Best for winning the Watson Trophy last Monday in the final against Julia Boler, Steve Kendall and John Ferretti. It was a closely contested final at 10-10 after 11 ends which meant a sudden death extra end with Liz delivering the decisive wood. We had 24 players in 2 groups of 12 playing 11 ends in each match so we all had 3 games and it worked very well especially after the early rain disappeared. It finished in lovely sunshine and we raised quite a bit of money. Many thanks to Jane and John Ferretti and Pauline Bullivant for organising the day for us and doing it so well.

     Fund Raising for the sprayer goes on apace. With entry fees and refreshments I am pleased to say that we raised £92.10 from the Watson Trophy. Well done. The quiz sheets have raised £100 from 92 sales and we have our first completed sheet which is in the returned box, so keep on selling and returning them. The closing date is Friday October 5. I still have 5 to get but I know others are closer!! We already have £161.73 from Captain's Day and £4 from Julia's plant sales which gives us a total of £357.83. I would like us to get to £450 by early October which means our revised target is now £92.17 and the Treasurer will provide the balance so we are nearly there. The next fund raising day is the 'In a Yard' competition on Saturday September 22 and it may be the last one we need. Refreshments will be on sale once again and with entry fees I hope we can do what we did on Watson Trophy day. The signing up list is on the board and I am looking for 24 players at least since matches will be in threes.

     Winter bowling is on the horizon and things are being organized so if you are interested the following are the people to contact.
     Indoor League bowling at Graves Leisure Centre and short mat bowling at Hallam Grange ---- Stuart Wilson
     Indoor social bowling at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre ------ Roy Darlison. Roy will be very helpful but it needs a group of 4 players to secure a lane so if 4 of you fancy it contact Roy. They usually play on Tuesday mornings.
     Outdoor social bowling on the all weather surface at Woodhouse West End --- Trevor Kelly.
     Outdoor league bowling at Netheredge BC on Monday evenings ---- Wendy Wilson.

     Finally I would like to say a big thank-you for supporting the Open Finals Day so well and making it into a terrific occasion for the finalists. Despite the weather yesterday I think it was a very enjoyable day for both the bowls section and for the club as a whole with the tennis finals going on at the same time. As a keen sportsperson I found it very heart-warming to see so many people enjoying an afternoon of sport. I think our teas went down very well and there was a constant flow of sweet toothed individuals all afternoon. Once again many thanks to all those who helped in any way.

The results of our sporting endeavours are as follows.
Novice Trophy    Winner - Ian Jacklin: Runner up  - Joyce Brown.
Open Doubles    Winners - Ian Folger and Martin Westley: Runners up - Steve Kendall and John Turner.
Veteran's Cup     Winner - Wendy Wilson: Runner up - Julia Boler.
Hoult Trophy/ Singles Champion    Winner  - Martin Westley:  Runner up -  Dave Denver.

Best Wishes,

John Turner,
      Club Captain


Other Information

If any newer members would like a roll up at a quieter time or a time at their convenience, please contact me (John Turner) and we will sort out a game. My mobile number is 07787554036 or email me.

As always general supporters are welcome at any Hallam Grange match. It is lovely to see people there.

   For all results see the Results Pages here.




    An ongoing reminder that in line with our do's and don'ts in the updated handbook, [and hard copies are in the pavilion], please continue to walk round the green in all matches rather than crossing the line of play. We all forget at times and most other teams have scant regard for it, but it is the Hallam Grange way.  



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