Bustards v Poole Park

The Poole Park team arrived in soggy Downton, fresh from their surprise victory over top of the league Swanage yesterday.
After a quick shower before the start, it stopped raining for the minimum 12 ends required to call a result & although it did then start to rain, we did manage to finish all 18 before it started to pour it down.
We were leading on both rinks after 12 ends & managed to keep that form going, to win both rinks. Despite the weather making the going good to soft, the green still played really well.
Rink 1 – Paul, Muriel & Cathy won 26-14 (19-7 after 12). A strong start 10 of 3 ends & a strong finish 7 of the last 3 ends, helped the cause, as does winning 11 ends.
Rink 2 – Rosemary, Alan & Ivan won 17-9 (10-7 after 12). Although this was a fairly low scoring match, our team won 13 ends & after losing the first end, were never behind again.
Overall score Bustards 43 v 23 Poole.
We are now only 5 points behind second placed Lyndhurst, so a good victory over them in next weeks home match, could see us move up a place. The following week we are away to Swanage & a convincing win over them, could see us go top!
Ivan Buss – 30th July 2023.

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New Forest Men- A Respectable Third

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!
Alan W.

S&D Downton v Andover Lions, [results)

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

New Forest League, Downton v Ringwood

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

Bournemouth Broncos v Bustards

22nd July 2023. Match Result.
The Bustards team travelled to Mayrick Park, hoping the weather forecast would be wrong & we would be able to play at least the required minimum 12 ends. Fortunately, after 30 minutes of rain, the clouds kept away just long enough for us to complete the match in full. This was good news for us, as Cathy’s rink was losing 10-14 at this stage.
Rink 1 – Paul, Ivan & Cathy won 21-15, after finding their form from end 11 onwards.
Rink 2 – Rosemary, Alan & Geoff won 29-6. A commanding performance right from the off, winning 13 ends, which included a 6 & four 3’s.
Overall match result – Bustards 50 v 21 Broncos. We now sit comfortably in third position in the league.

Next weeks match is the rearranged home match against Poole Park, which is being played on Sunday, with an 11am start.  The bar will be open from midday and all spectators are welcome.

Men’s Captain Report for June/July

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.

Bustards v Highcliffe

8th July 2023. Match Report.
Firstly, I would like to say well done to the green keeping team. With all the bad weather we have had recently, the green played really well & produced two very good games.
Rink 1 – Tony, Ivan & Cathy won 20-12, helped by a 6 & a 4 in the 12th & 14th ends.
Rink 2 – Muriel, Alan & Geoff battled hard before going down 9-15, but crucially they managed to score 2 on the last end, which enabled us to win the match overall 29-27.
Next week we are at home to Poole Park. The bar will be open from midday & all spectators are very welcome.

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Branksome Park Falcons v Downton Bustards

1st July 2023. Match Report.
The Bustards made the long trip to picturesque Branksome Park to play bottom of the league Falcons.
After a bit of light rain, their snooker table looking green played superbly well, which helped produce two excellent matches.
Rink 1 – Muriel, Alan & Geoff played out a really hard fought game, which they finally won 19-15, taking 7 shots in the last 4 ends.
Rink 2 – Paul, Ivan & Cathy all played very consistently to take their match 15-10.
Overall score Bustards 34 Falcons 25. The Bustards stay 3rd & the Falcons bottom.
Next week we are at home to Highcliffe. The bar will be open from midday & all spectators are very welcome.

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