Mens Press Reports 2024

W/E 26th MAY

Victoria Saxons got the week of to a great start for the club with an outstanding win over Portishead RBL on Monday afternoon. This was a great all round performance with five out of six rinks winning, no mean feat against reputable opponents. Leading the way were the Heal, Bromet and Milliner trio with a super 31-06 outcome, next up, Bradley, Rockett and Holland 21-08. The other triples to win were Owen, Carpenter and Wheatley 25-19, Newman, Coumis and Manning 17-12 and finally Cooper, N Robbins and Campbell 16-13 resulting in a final score 126-78 to the Victorians.

Thursday saw a run of four ladies matches begin. The first game Victoria lost out on against Congresbury 43-61, despite this, Wilson, Lawrence and Sage spared the blushes with a great 20-13 win.

On Friday the ladies welcomed Ashcombe in the Wessex League looking to continue their good run. However they were given a fright losing two rinks but were saved by the quartet of S Cooper, Bailey, Newman and Stevens who recorded a match winning 27-06 triumph, to give Victoria a 54-40 advantage and victory.

Saturday witnessed the Vic Whites and Blues in action in the County League with mixed fortunes. The Blues went down to a strong team away at St. Andrews however the Whites beat Mark Moor 68-42, winning two from three. Leading the way were Stevens, Callister and Jones with an emphatic 30-08 win, backed up by A Holland, E Williams and B Williams 22-14.

The final match of the week was the Tony Allcock National trophy which entails two rinks made up of four Ladies and four Men. In ideal conditions visitors Street began well on rink three but this was being nullified by the Vic’s good start on rink four. As the rubber progressed Victoria began to build an unassailable lead to win 40-24 and move on to the next round. The winning rink comprised of Davies, Miles, Coumis and Wilson, with skip Davies and Wilson particularly impressing in their 27-07 win.

 

W/E 19TH MAY

VICTORIA PRESS REPORT

Victoria got off to a flying start on Tuesday when the Saxons had a superb win over last year’s runners up and neighbours Ashcombe Crusaders. In ideal conditions the match began as expected with little to choose between the teams. However as the game progressed slowly but surely The Vic began to pull away to triumph 113-81.The top rink was the Heal rink with Colin being ably assisted by Bromet and Wheatley 28-07. Next up was the John Newman team of Coumis and Crawford 30-12. Final victors were Cooper, N Robbins and Campbell winning 19-11. Captain Phil Owen was delighted with the win in this local derby which is always fiercely contested.

Wednesday saw Victoria Vikings travel to Winscombe where they lost 93-122. There were two winning rinks for The Vic via a great showing from the Johnson, Rossiter and Hubbard trio 31-11 and Stone, Kelly and Hollier 20-15.

Victoria Ladies went into action on Friday hosting Ashcombe in the Wessex League. The match began evenly with one rink going well for the visitors, one level and one for the Victorians. However the game began to swing in favour of The Vic when the B Williams, R Bailey, S Sokol and A Fewings came back from 5-7 down after eight ends to win by a staggering 25-10. There was an even better showing from the B Jones. D Callister, E Wade and S Harrison team victorious by 29-08 resulting in Victoria winning 63-32.

Saturday morning saw the two clubs at battle again when the Vic Ladies Blues took on Ashcombe Ladies. This time the victory was even more conclusive with The Vic winning by a superb 75-33 with all three rinks triumphant. Leading the way F Waters rink involving A Culpeck, who had an excellent game and P Taylor.  Next up was the S Cooper, M Slavin and M Hawkins trio 19-11 and finally K Wilson, I Miles, and s Sokol 19-13.

Saturday afternoon witnessed some revenge for Ashcombe when their B team overcame Victoria B in a close match 52-63. The highlight for The Vic was the D Fairhurst team of Carmine, Campbell and Holland who won 26-18.

Unfortunately the Vic C team also lost 47-59 to Winscombe B 47-59; however the Westonians will be pleased with the efforts of H Gibbs, R Rossiter, D Hubbard and R Stone who won their encounter 25-08!

Sunday saw the important Four Dimensions Knock Out competition when Victoria visited Winscombe. Victoria began well when D Fairhurst bowled very well to win the singles 21-09. This was followed by another great showing when D Nutt and D Wheatley paired up to win 23-11. The triplet of Davies, Heal and Carpenter and the quartet of Cooper, Gazzard, Owen and Sloman completed the white wash and a result of 4-0.

W/E 12TH MAY

VICTORIA SPORTS REPORT

Victoria bowls club began a busy week on Monday when the Vic Vikings welcomed the Ashcombe Knights. As expected it would be a difficult task playing against a team from a higher division in this cup match. The visitors duly obliged going through to the next round, however there was some good news for the Vikings in the performance of the triplet led by Graham Rain with Simon Pratt and Colin Cleeves who had a great 23-12 win.

Wednesday saw the Vikings back in action at the Quadrant when they entertained the visit of Mark Moor in the league. This match happily got the Westonians off the mark with an excellent first win of the season. Top triple was the Barlow, Ferrari and Nicholls combination 22-12; this was closely followed by Johnson, Rossiter and Hubbard 18-9. Tony Hine’s debut as a skip was fruitful as his team of Sharp and Hollier won 15-10. There were two more winners for the Vic both winning by four shots namely Smart, Kelly and Pratt, and the trio of Brookes, Cleeves and Sage to result in a final score of 19-1 to the Vikings.

Thursday witnessed reigning champions Saxons visit Burnham on Sea looking to kick start their season and they did this in style with an emphatic win on the road, The Saxons started well and controlled the game throughout winning five of the six rinks with an overall score of 125-72. Star showing came from the Heal led tem aided by Campbell and Milliner 29-08. There was a further big win for Bradley, Whyte and Bromet 26-09. Newman, Coumis and Crawford won comfortably 23-15 and there were also victories for Owen, Carpenter and Manning plus Cooper, Robbins N. and Fairhurst D.

On the same day Victoria Ladies took on Clevedon in the Wessex League. With conditions ideal the match began well for the Vic who was holding a twelve shot lead at the midpoint. However the visitors fought back hard but in the end the Vic prevailed by 55-49 and won all three rinks which all came down to the wire, The Wefare, Gibbs, Wade and Harrison rink won 24-21. Kay Wilson team of Hartree, Cleeves and Frye won a low scorer 14-12. Finally the Stephens rink of Turner, Lawrence and Taylor won a nail bitter by one shot.

Friday Victoria ladies travelled to Portishead in the Weston District League. Despite winning two of the three matches Victoria lost 43-54. There was a superb display by S Cooper, I Miles and H Frye who won 21-9. The other win was a closer affair when K Wilson led her team of F Payne and B Williams to a two shot victory.

Saturday saw all three of the Victoria men’s teams in action. The C team lost at Nailsea 36-60. The highlight being the G Frost rink which salvaged some pride winning their rubber by the smallest margin 15-14 George was helped by K Fairhurst, B Nicholls and N Robbins. The B team shone in a supreme triumph winning all three rinks in their defeat of Portishead RBL 76-39. The best win went to the Burgess four which featured R Rossiter, R Crawford and Brian Johnson who had an outstanding game 27-09! Next up the Harrison rink of Carmine, R Bromet and J Newman won 27-18 and the other winners were D Fairhurst, H Whyte, M Campbell and H Gibbs. Finally the A team took on a very strong Taunton team in the top league in Somerset and despite losing by eight shots the team can be extremely proud that they won two of the three ties. Firstly, S Davies, P Coumis, P Owen and C Heal who had a very tidy game won by three. Also the reliable D Nutt quartet featuring D Carpenter, M Milliner and P Sloman won with the very last bowl by one shot. Considering the circumstances the A team must take heart from another fighting effort.

Sunday saw the final game of the week with a crucial cup tie against Congresbury in the N Somerset KO Cup. The match began with neither side giving way and at the half way stage the score was tied at 46-46. However the next five ends were the turning point as the Vic surged forward and took a commanding lead to finally win 93-76. Top Team was S Davies, P Coumis, R Bromet and P Owen 22-11. Next up was C Gazzard, H Gibbs, M Campbell and A Bradley who came back from a shaky start to triumph 21-15. There was two further wins for Victoria both by one shot. Firstly D Fairhurst, Carmine, M Milliner and K Burgess and secondly D Nutt, D Carpenter, D Wheatley and P Sloman completed the week on a high note for the Victorians.

W/E 12th May

Victoria bowls club began a busy week on Monday when the Vic Vikings welcomed the Ashcombe Knights. As expected it would be a difficult task playing against a team from a higher division in this cup match. The visitors duly obliged going through to the next round, however there was some good news for the Vikings in the performance of the triplet led by Graham Rain with Simon Pratt and Colin Cleeves who had a great 23-12 win.

Wednesday saw the Vikings back in action at the Quadrant when they entertained the visit of Mark Moor in the league. This match happily got the Westonians off the mark with an excellent first win of the season. Top triple was the Barlow, Ferrari and Nicholls combination 22-12; this was closely followed by Johnson, Rossiter and Hubbard 18-9. Tony Hine’s debut as a skip was fruitful as his team of Sharp and Hollier won 15-10. There were two more winners for the Vic both winning by four shots namely Smart, Kelly and Pratt, and the trio of Brookes, Cleeves and Sage to result in a final score of 19-1 to the Vikings.

Thursday witnessed reigning champions Saxons visit Burnham on Sea looking to kick start their season and they did this in style with an emphatic win on the road, The Saxons started well and controlled the game throughout winning five of the six rinks with an overall score of 125-72. Star showing came from the Heal led tem aided by Campbell and Milliner 29-08. There was a further big win for Bradley, Whyte and Bromet 26-09. Newman, Coumis and Crawford won comfortably 23-15 and there were also victories for Owen, Carpenter and Manning plus Cooper, Robbins N. and Fairhurst D.

On the same day Victoria Ladies took on Clevedon in the Wessex League. With conditions ideal the match began well for the Vic who was holding a twelve shot lead at the midpoint. However the visitors fought back hard but in the end the Vic prevailed by 55-49 and won all three rinks which all came down to the wire, The Wefare, Gibbs, Wade and Harrison rink won 24-21. Kay Wilson team of Hartree, Cleeves and Frye won a low scorer 14-12. Finally the Stephens rink of Turner, Lawrence and Taylor won a nail bitter by one shot.

Friday Victoria ladies travelled to Portishead in the Weston District League. Despite winning two of the three matches Victoria lost 43-54. There was a superb display by S Cooper, I Miles and H Frye who won 21-9. The other win was a closer affair when K Wilson led her team of F Payne and B Williams to a two shot victory.

Saturday saw all three of the Victoria men’s teams in action. The C team lost at Nailsea 36-60. The highlight being the G Frost rink which salvaged some pride winning their rubber by the smallest margin 15-14 George was helped by K Fairhurst, B Nicholls and N Robbins. The B team shone in a supreme triumph winning all three rinks in their defeat of Portishead RBL 76-39. The best win went to the Burgess four which featured R Rossiter, R Crawford and Brian Johnson who had an outstanding game 27-09! Next up the Harrison rink of Carmine, R Bromet and J Newman won 27-18 and the other winners were D Fairhurst, H Whyte, M Campbell and H Gibbs. Finally the A team took on a very strong Taunton team in the top league in Somerset and despite losing by eight shots the team can be extremely proud that they won two of the three ties. Firstly, S Davies, P Coumis, P Owen and C Heal who had a very tidy game won by three. Also the reliable D Nutt quartet featuring D Carpenter, M Milliner and P Sloman won with the very last bowl by one shot. Considering the circumstances the A team must take heart from another fighting effort.

Sunday saw the final game of the week with a crucial cup tie against Congresbury in the N Somerset KO Cup. The match began with neither side giving way and at the half way stage the score was tied at 46-46. However the next five ends were the turning point as the Vic surged forward and took a commanding lead to finally win 93-76. Top Team was S Davies, P Coumis, R Bromet and P Owen 22-11. Next up was C Gazzard, H Gibbs, M Campbell and A Bradley who came back from a shaky start to triumph 21-15. There was two further wins for Victoria both by one shot. Firstly D Fairhurst, Carmine, M Milliner and K Burgess and secondly D Nutt, D Carpenter, D Wheatley and P Sloman completed the week on a high note for the Victorians.

w/e 4th May

Victoria Vikings began the week on Tuesday with a trip to Nailsea. It was the custodians who started best and this set the pattern for the entire match. The one bright spark for the Vikings was the performance of the Brian Johnson rink with Alan Hollier and Trevor Puddy who put in an excellent performance winning 18-12. Nailsea ran out comfortable 132-76.

On the same day, Victoria Ladies began their campaign in the Wessex league with a tough fixture away at Clevedon Prom a place where they have not come away with much in the past. The match began with nothing being given away and at the halfway stage Clevedon held a slender two shot lead. However things were about to change as Kay Wilson’s rink who were five shots in arrears after nine ends came back brilliantly to record a 25-15 victory. Kay’s team featured Irene Miles, Maureen Slavin and Annie Holland. Recording another great win were Sue Sokol’s rink of Dot Gibbs, Jill Poolman and Brenda Williams 24-14. The other Victoria rink lost by a cruel one shot for a final outcome of 66-47 in favour of Victoria.

There was further good news for Victoria when they sent their team of eight to Somerton on Thursday evening in the National Double Rink. In cold and slow conditions The Vic team acclimatised well to the conditions and they held a comfortable 27-5 lead at the midway point. Somerton hard as they tried could not turn the tide and Victoria triumphed by 46-13. Leading the way was Dan Nutt who bowled superbly to lead his team of Paul Coumis, Pete Sloman and Dave Fairhurst to a 31-03 win. The team of Mike Cooper, Dave Carpenter, Colin Gazzard and Steve Davies all played well in their 15-10 win to leave the final score 46-13 and see Victoria progress to the next round.

Saturday morning saw two matches in the Ladies County League. Victoria Blues welcomed Wedmore to the Quadrant and in sunny conditions a terrific match took place. With both teams evenly matched Wedmore held a narrow three shot lead at the midpoint after nine ends. However the Blues fought back hard and Sue Sokol led her team to a 22-17 win, with Irene Miles and Pat Taylor gelling well with Sue. Kay Wilson’s rink with Maureen Salvin and Nancy White came back from 5-10 to win 16-13 and give the Blues a great start to the season winning 10-2. Victoria Whites just missed out against Ashcombe losing 43-55. However the rink led by Imogen Cracknell aided By Dawn Callister and Hannah Frye had a great 19-13 triumph.

Saturday afternoon saw the Men start their County League campaigns. The A team had a very difficult fixture away to a powerful Ilminster team boasting many Middleton Cup players. Ilminster started best but the Dan Nutt team of Carpenter, Milliner and Sloman were giving The Vic hope by getting off to a good start. With approximately eleven ends to play Victoria held an unlikely five shot lead. However things fell right for the Custodians to win 64-58. Special mention to Dan Nutt who had a superb game following up Thursday’s great showing leading his rink to a sensational 31-07 win away to Ilminster, truly brilliant! The B team were also defeated by Ashcombe A team 53-83. The highlight for The Vic was the Kim Burgess rink with Andrew Kimitri, Richard Crawford and Brian Johnson who had a superb 26-23 win.

w/e 27th April

VICTORIA PRESS REPORT

Victoria Vikings began their season with a very tough fixture away to Clarence Park. With the Vikings introducing a couple of debutants the home side adapted to conditions best and led from pillar to post to record a convincing victory.

Reigning Champions Victoria Saxons also did not start well when they visited Winscombe on Thursday. Once again the home team started best and ran out victors by 109-81. Despite the setback there were some good showings from The Vic with Don Wheatley, Captain Dave Carpenter and Paul Coumis winning 20-13. Alan Bradley’s team of Roy Bromet and Malcolm Campbell cruelly missed out losing on the last end by one shot 12-11. Captain Carpenter remained upbeat and said “it’s a long and tough season and I’m certain we will be challenging by the end of the season”.

There was better news for The Vic on Saturday when they visited neighbouring Burnham on Sea for the final pre season friendly. With conditions unseasonal and many jackets in view Victoria began the match determined to finish the week on a positive note and this was certainly achieved with all six visiting rinks recording victories to give the Westonians a convincing 116-72 score line. The two leading performances came from the Alan Bradley, Graham Robbins and Roy Bromet trio and Pete Sloman’s team of Andy Kimitri and Mike Milliner who both recorded identical 25-10 wins. Mike Cooper, Ray Stallard and Trevor Puddy triumphed 18-12 and Kim Burgess aided by Carmine and Vice Captain Hugh Gibbs who had an excellent game at two won 15-11. The final two winners were the Fairhurst father and son combination David and Kaegan who had the experienced Malcolm Campbell alongside and the John Newman, Paul Coumis and Nigel Robbins team completed the whitewash.    

w/e 20th April

VICTORIA PRESS REPORT

Victoria Bowls Club welcomed Weston Bath on Saturday in the traditional pre season friendly. As in the past the match was played in a great spirit with the lots of camaraderie on the green. From the beginning it was clear for all to see that the custodians were adapting to the conditions better than their visitors from Bath. In fact Victoria had a comfortable 56-23 margin at the midpoint, despite gallant efforts from Weston Bath, the Westonians ran out triumphant by 117-60, furthermore winning every rink. Top scorers were the Cooper rink with Kimitri, Puddy K and Smart 33-08. Next up was the Gazzard rink who won 24-14 featuring Cleeves, Kelly and Milliner. The Colin Heal rink with Carmine, Barlow and Bradley notched with a nine shot margin. Veteran Wheatley spearheaded his team of Carpenter, Sharp and Puddy T, followed by the Fairhurst , Hollier, Coumis and Burgess quad to complete a clean sweep and get the summer season off to a good start. Captain Dave Carpenter was very pleased with the performance and expressed his optimism for the coming season.

Saturday 13th April

VICTORIA BOWLS CLUB PRESS REPORT

Saturday saw the traditional opening of the green for the summer of 2024 with the President Will Harrison leading his team against the Captain’s team led by Dave Carpenter. Surprisingly with all the rain this winter the green was in good condition and allowed for a good match. This is an exciting year for Victoria after their promotion to the top league in Somerset, and proving themselves to be Weston Super Mare’s highest ranked Club and only representatives at this level, a great accolade for the oldest club in Somerset. The match itself was a little one sided with the Presidents team always in control and running out 120-98 winners. Victoria welcomed two new bowlers for the game Paul Sharp and Andrew Kimitri and also the returning Alan Bradley. It was clear from this match that all three will be great assets for the Vic. The best winners for the Captains team was the triplet of Andrew Kimitri, Paul Coumis and Mike Cooper who won by nine shots and with Kimitri impressing many experienced eyes. However the best win of the day with a twenty shot margin 31-11 was the Pete Sloman skipped rink featuring Nigel Robbins, Keith Holland and Mike Milliner. With the summer fast approaching Victoria would welcome anybody interested to join and participate in this great pastime. Just contact Victoria Bowls Club where we promise a warm welcome and free coaching.