Downton v New Milton A,27th July 2023 Downton Men faced NM needing a result with a four point difference in their favour.This being the final NEW FOREST LEAGUE match with NewMilton in third and Downton fourth. The bonus match points were never in doubt due to the Triple of Alan Waters, Simon Stacey and Lewis Ambler creating an almighty cushion 18-0 after eight ends. We then wanted another winning Rink. Nick Purkis, Paul Fox and Paul Tanner, were up with the opposition most of the way, but just lost out over the last few ends 13-17. Geoff Warr, Neil Gillespie and Charles Burrows, did well to claw back from 3-13 to finally end 15-17 in NM’s favour. Fortunately the steady trio of Colin Morris, Steve Allen and John James held firm all the way to give us the other winning triple 18-12. Downton finished third in the League, and to celebrate the match, Lewis has written a Limerick ditty:
On the green we aimed for a score, ‘gainst New Milton we’d give all we bore. With precision we’d throw all our bowls in a row, for a triumph that left them in awe!
Downton v Andover Lions 24/7
How do we keep doing this? Our home match against one of the stronger League sides, again ended with Downton losing by one shot on the last end. Paul Tanners triple were holding the two needed to win, when the oppositions skip sneaked one to take the final end. A great effort by the lads, Lewis, Colin and Dibbie Emm won their Rink by 6,. John James’ triple lost by seven, with Paul Tanner, David Fretwell and Dave Galpin by two. So unlucky again.
Regards, Alan 25/7/23
This, the penultimate match of the season, transpired into a game of some importance. In the League table, Ringwood lie fifth to Downton’s 4th, with a two point gap. The game was played at Ringwood, and you could hear the muffled chatter of the Ringwood players enthusing with a must win attitude as they are not confident of overtaking us with points from their last match on the carpet at Braeside the following week.
The fast speed of the Green took some getting use to, especially with the characteristic runs and swings the surface has at this time of the season. A pattern was set from the off with Colin Morris, Steve Allen and John James coping very well, as did Paul Bromage, Nick Purkis and Paul Tanner. The others floundered a bit, although the Waters triple did pull back some much needed shots at the end. Three rinks finished ahead of Colin’s triple, who went into the last end knowing two shots would take the match. There was a good deal of advice from the sidelines as Colin had the last shot to play holding one shot, but with Ringwood a very close second. Does he take the shot or try for the extra shot to win the match.? He returns to the mat to play his wood, which was wide of the mark. Match drawn at 73 shots each, and points shared.
Alan W. 22/7/23
New Forest. We are in 4th place, but with only two games to play there is only a slight chance of climbing up the table to 3rd. Four wins and a draw with five loses. Just two weeks to go makes the NF season quite short. One highlight was actually winning two triples out of 4 at Braeside, always a challenge on their surface.
Salisbury and District: Played 9 matches in this league, so just over halfway through the fixtures. As usual, so not unexpectedly, we are propping up the League table, although not without success. A very good win against Amesbury and an excellent victory over Alderbury where our up and coming skips, John James and Lewis Ambler, both won their rink.
In a lot of the games rinks have come close to winning overall, but the opposition always have that edge. The Herbie Turner knockout cup was conceded as we could not find twelve players. Again I think the league should give thought to allowing ladies to compliment the sides for this and also the league.
Bournemouth and District. The Bustards have just past halfway and are third. It would be a really big ask for them to improve on that position, but, with 6 games to play, stranger things have happened. The Dragons are 4th and have seven games to play, so are quite capable of runners up or winning this league.
Competitions of all sorts have been, or are still ongoing. Some notable successes, one being the victory over a very good rinks side at Ringwood in the New Forest fours. Still a couple of us in the plate competitions. As I have said before, the men have been remarkable in their support of all the League games.
Alan Waters, 18/7/23.
We beat Alderbury 56-49 shots and 10-2 on points.
John James won 20-18, Lewis Ambler won 23-9 and I lost 13-22.