MENS MATCH REPORTS
Saturday saw the start of the Somerset County Leagues season and there were mixed fortunes for the three Victoria sides. The C team entertained Chew Stoke and despite Stallard, Cleeves, Hubbard and Frost having a good 23-10 win the team lost by the narrowest of margins losing 55-56.
The B team however produced a clean sweep with three out of three triumphs. Leading the way were Robbins N, Nicholls, Pocock and Holland winning 33-20. Next up were Whyte, Carmine, Manning and Burgess 18-13 and finally by a mere shot the team of Kelly, Bromet, Milliner, and Newman 17-16. Final result 49-68.
The A team completed the fixtures with a home victory over The Isle of Wedmore. The key win was that manufactured by the Sloman, Fairhurst, Davies and Heal rink that won by a nice 33-7 margin. This was backed up by the Coumis, Wheatley, Gazzard and Cooper rink who scored 21-15 victory. The team nearly picked up maximum points just missing out despite the efforts of Carpenter, Owen, Jackson and Harrison who drew 18-18. Overall score 72-40 to the custodians.
Victoria Saxons maintained their winning start in the over sixties league with victory over Clevedon Prom. On a breezy day the Victorians acclimatised to the conditions and the green well. Of the six rink matches two went to the home side and four to the Weston team. However there were some big victories recorded. The biggest margin was a 32-6 triumph by Coumis, Pocock and Owen. This was closely followed by the Rockett, Mannings Gibbs combo who won 23-7. Bromet, Whyte and Jackson also won 22-11 and the final winners were Carpenter, Holland and Wheatley by 25-15. This resulted in the final score of Clevedon Prom 78 Victoria Saxons 123.
Victoria got the week of to a great start on Wednesday evening in the National Double Rink when they played against Bristol. Fielding a very strong team the Victorians led from pillar to post with an excellent all round performance. The first rink had Sloman leading Harrison at two Fairhurst at three and Nutt as skip. This Weston quartet bowled very impressively to post a superb 27-6 victory with all players playing their part Fairhurst particularly on song. On the other rink the experienced Gazzard led by example with Cooper at two Davies at three and Heal the skip. Once again this foursome was outstanding and ran out victors by 22-05 leaving the match score 49-11 to the Westonians.
May 3rd 2022
Victoria Vikings travelled to Nailsea and returned with the spoils. The overall score was 103-98 in favour of Victoria Vikings. There was two stand out rinks for the Vikings. Firstly the Johnson, Gatehouse and Cleeve combination who recorded a 29-06 win. Closely followed by the Smart, Hollier, and Pratt trio, who also triumphed 24-07. Veteran Frost led his team with Manning and Willets to complete the wins by 15-13. Please be advised that Victoria will be running free open days with coaching every weekend in May From 10-12 all welcome.
May 3rd 2022
Victoria Saxons made it two wins from two with another hard fought victory over Clarence Blues. Two of the rinks had only one shot wins and there was also a draw. The best performing rink for the Saxons was skipped by Don Wheatley and aided by Roger Rockett and Harrison Whyte. Arthur Jackson led his trio and he was impressed by Vice Captain Dave Carpenter who excelled at lead. The trio’s of Cooper, Gibbs T. Puddy and Harrison, Campbell and Bromet was the rinks that had the narrowest wins. In another nip and tuck contest Owen, Pocock and Coumis drew 13-13. The final score was 94-88 in favour of the Victoria Saxons.
April 30th 2022
Victoria bowls club played fellow seaside neighbours Burnham on Sea in a pre season friendly. The match was played in a very sporting spirit with the Burnham captain showing humility when saying “let’s call it a draw”. However on a surface that the home side adapted to better than the Victorians, Burnham won four of the six rinks. The good news for the visitors was that the two rinks that won produced some of the best bowls. Father and son Dave and Kaegan with the assistance of Kim Burgess triumphed 25-4 with Kaegan leading the way. Rink 6 skipped by Don Wheatley and aided by Pete Sloman and Mike Willetts also won comfortably 25-12. Final score Burnham 105- Victoria 84. Please note that every weekend Victoria will be running free open day sessions between 10- 12 in the morning for any beginners interested. Just pop into the club where you will receive a warm welcom
April 22nd 2022
Victoria bowls club hosted a friendly with their friends across the water Penarth on this cold and breezy April day. Unfortunately for the visitors they came up against a strong Vic side that ran out 111-73 winners. On rink one the Gazzard led team was all square after eleven ends but then pulled away for a comfortable win. Rink two was a tighter contest but Wheatley’s charges triumphed. Colin Heal’s team recorded the Vics biggest win 31-10. Rink 5 was another winning rink for the custodians with Dave Fairhurst in outstanding form. Victoria’s next match is away to Burnham on Saturday before the league season begins on the 14th May.
APRIL 23rd 2022
Victoria welcomed Bath Weston in this pre season friendly. This match is played annually as a curtain raiser and is played in a jovial spirit. The match is usually a tight encounter and so it proved with the visitors winning by just four shots. The blustery conditions were difficult but happily this did not affect the quality of bowls on show. There were some very good performances by some Victorians. Rink six led by Will Harrison won by a 31-17 margin with John Newman particularly impressive. On the neighbouring rink Colin Gazzard directed his team to a 33-16 win, with both Carmine and Graham Richards producing good form. The other winning rink had a much tighter game finally overcoming their opponents by 19-12. Mike Cooper led by example with newcomer Tony Hines again showing promise, Captain Mike Milliner also playing some crucial woods. The final score was Victoria 118 Bath Weston 12
21st April 2022
Victoria Vikings took a short journey across town to take on Clarence Gold’s in the over sixty’s league. In ideal conditions Clarence adapted better to the conditions and ran out winners taking four of the six rinks. The final score was 122-81 in favour of the Gold’s. Despite the setback there was some encouragement for the Vic. The Graham Richards rink with Bryant and Hubbard trailed by 12-4 after six ends but showed much character storming back to win by 25-22. On the next rink the evergreen Derek Jones led his rink to victory in a nail bitter winning 17-16.Trevor Puddy and Les Kelly both having good games.
Victoria Bowls Club founded in the year 1900, the oldest Bowls Club in the County of Somerset held their Presidents Day in glorious April sunshine. The ceremonial encounter involves a President select team playing the Captains team to officially open the green for the summer. The match was preceded by the spider a fun event which was won by Pete Sloman. The atmosphere on the green was fantastic and the laughter and healthy banter was there for all to see. Rink 0ne saw a high scoring encounter with the Presidents team winning 31-23, with Graham Rain setting the tone with a solid performance. This rink included Victoria’s gifted 15 year old Keagan Fairhurst. On rink two the Presidents team was well skipped by returning stalwart Colin Gazzard aided by the evergreen Eric Sage( eighty four years young) ran out 26-11 victors. Rink three witnessed the President Graham Hodge skipping against the Captain Mike Milliner. With Mike in good form and ably supported by Nigel Robbins they ran out convincing 34-10 win. Rink four saw the inclusion of Kim Burgess a very welcome new recruit, on the rink there was good bowls from Martin Payne and Harrison Whyte, Presidents winning 24-13. Rink five saw two further debuts from the promising duo of Tony Hines and Eric George who both did themselves proud. John Newman’s led rink coming out on top 19-15. The final rink was another win for the Presidents. Led by Mike Cooper and despite David Ferrari’s good efforts Cooper’s team won 31-11. This resulted in the final score of Presidents team overcoming the Captain’s team by 137-111. However the winner today was Victoria Bowls Club who in its 122nd year had an opening day to remember.
LADIES MATCH REPORTS
19TH MAY 2022
VICTORIA LADIES TRAVELLED TO KEYNSHAM ON 18TH MAY TO PLAY IN THE MENDIP LEAGUE.
ALL THREE RINKS WERE VERY MUCH EVEN BY 10TH END. ON RINK 3 15TH END IT WAS 17 ALL WITH KEYNSHAM TAKING ANOTHER SHOT ON END 16 TO GIVE TOTAL OF 18 TO KEYNSHAM. ON THE 17TH END, VICTORIA TOOK ANOTHER SHOT MAKING IT 18 ALL AND ON THE LAST END SKIP SUE SOKOL AND HER TEAM OF MARGARET KELLY, BRENDA WILLIAMS TOOK THE WINNING RINK SHOT. TOTAL 19 TO VICTORIA AND 18 TO KEYNSHAM.
RINKS 2 HAD A CLOSE GAME WITH VICTORIA BEING ONE POINT UP ON END 15, WITH GOOD BOWLING FROM FIONA PAYNE, MAUREEN SLAVIN AND SKIP KAY WILSON, HOWEVER IT WAS NOT ENOUGH AND KEYNSHAM TOOK 4 SHOTS IN THE LAST 3 ENDS WITH A FINAL RINK SCORE OF 13 FOR VICTORIA AND 16 FOR KEYNSHAM.
RINK 3 WITH HANNAH FRYE HAVING AN OUTSTANDING GAME AS SKIP, SUE NEWMAN AND NANCY WHYTE, FOUGHT HARD TO WIN THEIR RINK. AT END 15 VICTORIA WERE 2 SHOTS DOWN BUT THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH TO WIN THE RINK AS IN THE LAST 3 ENDS VICTORIA TOOK 2 SHOTS AND KEYNSHAM 5 SHOTS, RESULTING IN A LOSS TO VICTORIA OF 5 SHOTS.
5th May 22
On 1st May, Victoria bowls held their Fun Day which was attended by up to 25 Ladies and Gents pitting their wits on a variety of 5 different obstacles.
Each member scored for themselves and the result was very close, with Hannah Frye winning on 59 points and Harrison Whyte and Dave Fairhurst equal points on 58. The weather could have been warmer but good fun was enjoyed by all.
Victoria Ladies played in the Wessex League on 3rd May away to Clevedon Prom Ladies, unfortunately, one rink won and Victoria lost 2 rinks.
The Victoria winning rink of Gill Poolman, Jane Bakonyi, Sue Newman and Annie Holland held up to win 16, 14. On the 5th end, the score was even at 5, by the 10th end, Victoria was 9 -7 down. However, ends 11 to 15 saw Victoria pick up 8 points and another point on end 17.
On the 5th May, Victoria Ladies played the Wessex League at home to Clevedon Ladies, again, winning one rink and losing on 2 rinks.
The Victoria winning rink of Dot Gibbs, Gill Poolman, Margaret Hillman and skip Rose Cleeves, had a very close game indeed, winning 20 points to 15.
At end 15, Victoria was trailing by 2 points, however, they took 4 points on end 16, one point on end 17 and 2 points on the 18th end, resulting in a win.
29th April 2022
Battle of the Sexes
Victoria ladies and gents held their annual Battle of The Sexes on Sunday 24th April in glorious sunshine!
Rink 3 with Fiona Payne, Sue Newman and Brenda Williams put up a good performance against their opponents, Les Kelly, Dave Fairhurst and his son Keegan Fairhurst (15), with the ladies finishing on 11 points to 16 points.
Rink 2 ladies with Maureen Slavin, Rita Bailey and Skip Sue Cooper just couldn’t quite beat their opponents, Alan Hollier, Harrison Whyte and John Newman, and were pipped by 7 points
Rink 1 with Dot Gibbs, Margaret Kelly and skip Nancy Whyte were no match for the excellent performance put in by Roy Bromet, Trevor Puddy and Mike Cooper finishing 14 points to 32 points.
Rink 4 ladies also did their best to beat their opponents, however, Dawn Callister, Hannah Frye and Kay Wilson were also up against a very good team from Martin Payne, Hugh Gibbs and Colin Gazzard with the men winning 22 points to 14 points.
25th April 2022
Victoria ladies played 3 triple rinks in the Mendip League against Keynsham Ladies, the first League game of their season.
Stellar performance put in by Skip Sue Sokol on rink 4 with some great bowls being played on a very tricky rink. On the 16th end it was neck and neck then Victoria lost 1 on end 17 and 2 on end 18 giving final rink score of 12 Victoria and 15 Keynsham.
Rink 3 saw Sue Newman, Brenda Williams and Sue Cooper getting off to a good start and maintaining their lead throughout the 18 ends with a score of 22 points Victoria to 11 for Keynsham.
Rink 2 again saw Victoria storm ahead with Fiona Payne, Margaret Kelly and Kay Wilson playing some excellent bowls and only losing on 7 ends. Victoria finished the game 22 Victoria and 12 Keynsham giving an overall total to Victoria of 56 to 38 which is a positive start to the Mendip League.
Victoria Ladies held their Opening Day on Monday 18th April with the traditional Captain v Vice Captain game. The fine weather held up throughout the game and a good day was enjoyed by all players and visiting Bowls Clubs
The traditional Spider Competition was won by Fiona Payne.
Vice Captain Team won on the day, led by Somerset Ladies President, Carolle Skeates and Captain’s team led by Nancy Whyte. Final scores were 61 to 46.
New Bowler Dawn Callister showed great promise and had a very good game for her debut.
The day finished off with a lovely 3 course Dinner served by Victoria’s own Chef to the Ladies, Carmen Santosuosso and his band of willing helpers.