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Thame Ladies welcomed Ladies from Watlington for a mid-week game of Triples. The result was a win for the home team by 81 shots to 36; the huge margin due mainly to the Top Rink of Marion Keel, Jill Brooks and Skip Maxine Pleated who had 39 shots to 6 victory.
 
Thame's mid-week game at Cheddington resulted in a win for the home team, who won on three of the five rinks by 98 shots to 88. Top rink honours for Thame went to veteran Simon Bell at lead, John Hurley and Skipper for the first time Dave Holland who won by 25 shots to 17.

 

On Tuesday Thame Ladies welcomed Ladies from Henley for a game of Triples. Both teams won one rink each and drew one, but the margin of 9 shots went to Thame who won by 54 shots to 45. Top Rink honours went to Jane Kimber, Jill Brooks and Skip Doreen Penn with a 24 shots to 9 victory.
 
On Wednesday the Midweek Bowlers welcomed bowlers from Chesham to contend 5 Rinks of Triples. Although there was a slight cross wind, the weather was kind and the game was enjoyed by all. Local knowledge helped Thame to win on all 5 Rinks although the visitors only lost by 3 shots on two of the rinks. The result was Thame 95 shots to Chesham’s 62. The Top Rink honours went to Marion Keal, Terry Emberson and Skip Brad Liddle with a 20 shots to 10 win.
 
On Tuesday Thame welcomed bowlers from Waddesdon for a game of 5 Mixed triples.
 
The visitors won on 3 rinks giving them a winning score of 85 shots to Thame's 78. Top rink for the home side was Graham Watson, John Walker and Skip Brad Liddle winning 18 shots to 15.
 
Another busy week of mixed results at Thame Bowls Club started with a resounding victory for Thame Ladies at Aston Clinton. They won on all 3 rinks scoring 65 to 42 shots with the highest score coming from Frances Goodyear, Maureen Giles and skip Shirley Foster who won by 12 shots. 
 
On Thursday the Thame mid-week mixed team had an even bigger win against visitors Oxford Masonics, this time by 44 shots over the 4 rinks.  Top rink for Thame was that of Dave Powell, Shirley Foster and skip John Rawson who won 29 shots to 6. 
 
Regrettably Thame Men couldn’t keep up this success rate when they travelled to South Oxford on Friday evening for the first of two Norfolk Cup challenge matches and lost by 20 shots over the 4 rinks.
 
On Saturday the Thame Mixed team travelled to near neighbours Long Crendon and at the halfway stage there were just 6 shots separating the teams.  However, Long Crendon proved stronger in the second half and ran out winners by just 20 shots over the 5 rinks.
 
On Sunday the Mixed team again welcomed High Wycombe to the Thame green and this proved to be a much closer affair. Only 2 shots separated the two teams at the end of play, but unfortunately that was in High Wycombe’s favour. Thame won on 3  of the 6 rinks, the best score being that of skip Paul Heafey’s rink who won 21 to 15.
 
Another week of mixed results in a busy week at Thame Bowls Club.  Thame Ladies got their season off to a flying start with a big win, 73 shots to 38,  against Henley Ladies. Top rink for Thame was that of Carol Boyland, Maire Duncan and skip Val Birchley. 
 
Unfortunately Thame Men couldn’t match the Ladies performance in the Thursday League and lost to a strong Headington side. Thame did have a winning rink skipped by Graham Penn, aided by Vic Brooks, John Rawson and Robin Jenner, but their score wasn’t enough to secure the overall win.
 
On Saturday Thame Men’s team travelled to Hagbourne and put up a brave show in the 5 Triples match but lost by just 20 shots overall. Top winning rink for Thame was skipped by Les Canfield with Gerry Barry and Michael Ralls assisting. 
 
On Sunday the first of the two annual Ladies versus Gents matches took place and resulted in a win for the Men by just 14 shots, 85 to 71.  With just a few ends to go the match was very evenly balanced but Thame Men secured wins on the last ends to creep ahead. The Ladies won on 3 of the 5 rinks but it was the big win by skip Paul Heafey, Will Hawes and new bowler Chris Shannon that made the difference winning by 20 shots .  Captains Caroline Walker and John Rawson and their teams will do battle again in August. 
 
There will be another Open Evening at the Queens Road green on Tuesday May 31st to give you the chance to have a go at this wonderful game.
 
Another busy week at Thame Bowls Club saw a gradual improvement in performances. Although the Men’s league team lost their first league match of the season to Hanborough, with just two ends to go it looked like honours even, but dropped shots on the last ends handed the overall win to Hanborough.
 
On a cold Friday evening the Thame mixed match away at Wingrave proved to be an even closer affair. Although Thame’s top rink of Maureen Giles, Christine Liddle and skip Trevor Copley won by six shots, the final result was a one shot difference in Wingrave’s favour, 83 to Thame’s 82.
 
On Saturday Thame Men’s team travelled to Adderbury and faced a very tough test against a team in a higher League. Thame’s team included several new bowlers who all performed well, but Adderbury ran out winners by 28 shots over the 4 rinks.
 
Sunday’s Mixed game against Henley at Thame proved to be a complete turn around of this season’s previous results with a resounding win for Thame. Top rink was that of Jill Brooks, John Walker, Mike Smith and skip Mel Dale who won by 10 shots contributing to the final score of 101 to 66 in Thame’s favour.
 
The bowling season at Thame Bowls Club is well under way and so far results have not been in Thames’s favour.
 
The midweek team lost to visitors Waddesdon despite a big win by Peter Southam, Simon Bell and skip Trevor Copley .
 
On Saturday Thame entertained Maidenhead Town and although Thame were winning on 4 of the 5 rinks for most of the game, the last few ends went in Maidenhead’s favour who ran out winners by 19 shots. Top rink for Thame was that of Norman Hyde, Leonard Grimshaw, John Rawson and Les Westcott who won by 11 shots.
 
On Sunday Thame travelled to near neighbours Watlington and once again were beaten by a much more experienced team. Thame’s rink of Frances Goodyear, Alfred Jochum, Maureen Giles and skip Steve Silver were the only success winning by 14 shots.
 
Don’t forget the Open Evenings at the Bowls Club on Wednesday May 25th and Tuesday May 31st to try your hand at this wonderful game. Just bring flat-soled shoes – all other equipment will be supplied as well as coaching by the more experienced players.
 
Last week’s activities at Thame Bowls Club started with the Men’s League Team being well beaten in the 1st round of the League Cup by a very strong team from Headington. Things didn’t improve much at the mid-week Mixed game when the visitors from Princes Risborough proved far too strong for the Thame team winning on all 5 rinks.
 
On Saturday Thame Men travelled to Maidenhead for the annual fixture and this proved to be a much closer game. Thame won comfortably on two rinks, highest score of 21 shots to 10 going to skip Les Westcott supported by Jonathan Dadson, Ian Rutherford and Club Captain John Rawson. The other winning rink was that of Graham Penn. Lots of the newer bowlers (over 50 have joined in the last few years) at Thame are now gaining experience and results are bound to improve soon.
 
On Sunday a very close fought match took place at Thame when Aylesbury Town were the visitors. The game was evenly contested throughout and ended with the visitors winning by just 4 shots, 74 to 70. A very creditable performance by Thame whose top rink was that of skip Trevor Copley supported by Gerry Barry, Marion Keal and Barbara Waters who ran out 25 shots to 16 winners. Captain Andy Walker’s rink also won by 15 shots to 11.
 
The new bowling season at Thame Bowls Club got off to a chilly start at the weekend . Thame bowlers emerged from their winter hibernation to play their first games in fairly wintry conditions. On Saturday Thame, Captained for the first time by new Club Captain John Rawson, entertained a strong mixed team from Flackwell Heath and despite the Thame bowlers winning on two rinks the visitors ran out winners by 16 shots.
 
Top rink for Thame was that of skip Trevor Copley ably assisted by Sharon Heafey, Alfred Jochum and Derek Goodyear with a score of 27 shots to 13.
 
On Sunday Thame travelled to Chesham to play on the artificial surface at Chessvale and in even chillier conditions were eventually beaten by just 12 shots.
 
Top rink for Thame was that of Captain Andy Walker with Vic Brooks, Marion Keal and Shirley Foster contributing to the 21 shots to 11 victory.
 
There will be Open Evenings at the Queens Road bowling green on Wednesday May 25th and Tuesday May 31st for anyone interested in taking up this great social sport. Watch local press for more details.
 
The last few games of the season took place at Thame Bowls Club with more success for this vibrant Club. Although the Mid-Week team lost at Bassetsbury on a very poor green the other results went in Thame's favour.
 
The Thame Ladies finished their campaign in style easily beating neighbours Princes Risborough by 74 shots to 37. Top Rink was skipped by Marthie Du Preez with Amanda Tisbury and Maureen Giles contributing to their 19 shot victory. Captain Maire Duncan led the Ladies through a great season winning 11 of their 12 games scoring 729 shots against 459 in the process.

The Saturday Mixed team overcame visitors Cheddington by 120 shots to 78 winning on 4 of the 5 Rinks and drawing on the other. Top Rink for Thame was led by Mel Dale, with Marion Keal, Ian Rutherford and Bill Giles lending their support to the 32 shots to 14 victory.

The Sunday Mixed game versus Hazells was yet another success for Thame this time winning by 22 shots overall. Top Rink for Thame was that of Viv Jones, Mike Smith and skip Ron Slater winning by 27 shots to 14. A great finish to the season for Sunday Captain Ron Duncan emulating wife Maire, the Ladies Captain.

The season finished in traditional style with the Captain versus Vice Captain Challenge Match. Captain John Timms led his side to a 20 shots victory over Vice Captain Paul Heafey's team. Played in glorious sunshine and in wonderful spirit the match was a fitting end to what has been a great season at Thame Bowls Club. The Captain's Top Rink was that of Dave Holland, Brad Liddle and skip Maxine Plested whilst Paul Heafey led his trio with Jonathan Dadson and Carol Boyland to the Vice Captain's top rink winning by 12 shots.

The AGM of Thame Bowls Club will be held on Monday, October 19th at 7pm.

 

A mixed week for Thame Bowls Club started in cool conditions on Tuesday afternoon when Thame Ladies once again proved too strong for their visitors, this time it was the Ladies of Long Crendon who met the in-form Thame team. Winning on all 3 rinks and scoring 62 shots to 35 the Ladies are proving difficult to beat. Top Rink was that of Viv Jones, Captain Maire Duncan and Hazel Westcott who won by 20 clear shots.

On Tuesday evening Thame Men travelled to near neighbours Princes Risborough for their annual 6 Triples match and conditions were even cooler and wetter. However, it was the Thame Men who handled the difficult conditions well and completely outplayed their opposition. The overall score was 119 shots to 66 shots in Thame's favour. Top Rink was that of Junior Player Thomas Tisbury, Leonard Grimshaw and skip Bill Giles who won by a massive 22 shots. Other winning skips for Thame were George Andrews, Graham Penn and Paul Heafey.

Thursday saw visitors City and County, Oxford beat Thame's mid-week team by 28 shots after a mix-up over the format of the game resulting in Thame dropping 4 of their key players to accommodate the reduced numbers.

On Saturday Thame travelled to Marlow for their annual 6 Rinks fixture and the winning formula returned with Thame winning on 3 rinks, losing on 2 and drawing on 1. The overall score was 131 shots to 100 shots in Thame's favour thanks to a big win by the rink skipped by Captain for the Day Bill Giles who led his four of Judy Copley, Ian Rutherford and Terry Emberson to a 27 shot victory. Other winning skips were Les Canfield, Mel Dale with Maxine Plested earning a draw on her rink.

On Sunday in glorious sunshine Thame welcomed old friends and rivals from South Oxford Bowls Club for yet another thoroughly enjoyable game of 6 Mixed Rinks. Although Thame won on 3 Rinks they were narrowly beaten by just 13 shots overall 103 shots to 116. Winning rink once again involved Thame Bowls Club Chairman Bill Giles who together with Maire Duncan, Barbara Waters and skip Casper DuPreez won by 5 shots. Mel Dale and Club Captain John Timms were the other winners for Thame.

 

Nearing the end of the Bowls season Thame Bowls Club continues to flourish in what has been a very busy year. Thame Ladies kept up their winning ways when they visited Aylesbury Town winning by 11 clear shots. Top Rink was that of Wendy Rawson, Ladies Captain Maire Duncan and skip Doreen Penn who won by 25 shots to 9.

Saturday's game at home to Waddesdon was a very close match. Thame's mixed team of 5 Triples managed to win on 3 of the 5 Rinks but lost overall to the visitors by just 18 shots. Top Rink for Thame was led by skip Mike Smith who won by 21 shots to 12. Paul Heafey and Club Captain John Timms were Thame's other winning skips.

On Sunday Thame's Mixed team welcomed visitors Chessvale, Chesham and this time Thame proved too strong for their opponents. The final score over the 5 Rinks was 118 shots to Thame against 75 shots. Top Rink was led by Team Captain Ron Duncan at skip, with Viv Jones, Jim Tite and Marthie Du Preez contributing to a 30 shots to 7 victory.
 
Another busy week at Thame Bowls Club started with a Mixed team travelling to The Oxford Bowls Club (formerly Oxford Rover) to play their last ever game with this old established Oxford club which will be closing at the end of the season due to re-organisation of the Sports Ground at what is now the BMW factory.  So, a sad occasion but nevertheless an exciting game which the Oxford players narrowly won by just 2 shots.  Top rink for Thame was that of Marion Keal, Frances Goodyear, Brad Liddle and skip Casper Du Preez winning by 11 clear shots.
 
On Thursday a Thame Mixed team entertained local rivals Princes Risborough and once again proved too strong for the visitors. Winning on 4 of the 5 rinks, the Thame players won by 40 clear shots, the outstanding Triple being that of Marion Keal, Jill Brooks and skip Brad Liddle who won 28 shots to 6.
 
On Thursday Thame Men's League team failed to reach the final of the League Cup when they were defeated in the semi-final by Division 1 side Banbury Central A. Played at South Oxford Bowls Club, Thame put up a spirited fight and after 12 ends of the 18 ends competition were on level terms, but gradually dropped shots on three of the rinks to eventually lose by 30 shots overall. Only Graham Penn's rink was successsful for Thame winning by 10 shots.
 
Friday evening at Thame saw the annual Ladies versus Gents match, always a competitive but friendly occasion.  Ladies Captain Maire Duncan had 6 strong rinks of Ladies playing against Captain John Timms Men's team, and after a closely fought encounter, the Men's team finally triumphed by 17 shots.  Honours were even with each team winning 3 of the 6 rinks but the top Men's rink of new bowler Kris Warwick, Terry Emberson, Richard Plested and skip Mike Smith proved to be the difference winning by the 17 shots margin of victory.
 
On Saturday a Mixed team travelled to near neighbours Long Crendon for a 5 Rinks match, and once again Thame came out winners of a closely contested match by just 9 shots. Winning skips Les Canfield ably assisted by Margaret Boynton, John Wheeler and Bill Giles,  and Graham Penn supported  by Thomas Tisbury, John Walker, and Hazel Westcott proved to be difference between these two closely matched sides.
 
On Sunday morning Thame Ladies travelled to Oxford City & County to play their semi final of the Top Club competition.  Although Hazel Westcott got the Thame Ladies off to a winning start in the Singles match, in the other three matches consisting of Pairs, Triples and Fours the Thame Ladies were all narrowly beaten by their much more experienced opponents.
 
A busy week for the Thame bowlers finished on Sunday with the annual Men's drawn pairs competition, the Potter Cup.  Ten pairs of bowlers competed for this trophy on a “round robin” basis, and at the end of a closely contested competition, the eventual winners were Matthew Canfield and Vic Brooks.
 
Thame Bowls Club Ladies continued their winning ways on Tuesday beating Watlington Ladies by 9 shots overall. Top rink for Thame was Marion Keal, Maureen Giles and skip Doreen Penn who won by 17 shots.
 
Thame's mid-week team beat visitors Cheddington on Wednesday by 97 shots to 60.  Winning on 4 of the 5 rinks Thame proved far too strong for Cheddington with Team Captain Barbara Waters leading her own rink of Marion Keal and Simon Bell to a 15 shot victory.
 
Thame Men's League team lost their final match of the season at South Oxford, the team who then finished up as Division 2 Champions.  Next year Thame will establish themselves in Division 3 and aim to get promotion straight back to Division 2.
 
On Saturday an entertaining Men's game at Thame saw visitors Tilehurst, Reading achieve a complete reversal of the result in June when Thame visited Tilehurst and won by 16 clear shots. This time Tilehurst won by the same margin, so honours even this season in this well established fixture.  Top rink for Thame was Club Captain John Timms helped by John Wheeler, Jesse Matthews and Terry Emberson who won by 7 clear shots.
 
Last weekend, three young Thame bowlers Jonathan Dadson, Thomas Tisbury and Matthew Canfield played in the National Championships at Leamington and all performed well.  Jonathan and Matthew both lost narrowly in their singles matches, and although Thomas also lost his singles match he went on to the semi finals in the Pairs Competition with a young lady from Wiltshire before losing to another Oxfordshire pair.  More details of these matches (including photos) are on the Thame Bowls Club website – see article under Top Stories on the Home page.
 
Thame Bowls Club Ladies kept up their winning ways on Tuesday at home to Henley Ladies winning convincingly on all 3 Rinks.  The overall score was 76 shots to 34 in Thame's favour, the highest rink score being that of Viv Jones, Maureen Giles and Marthie Du Preez who won by 27 shots. 
 
The mid-week Mixed team entertained 5 Triples from Chesham on Wednesday and Thame's stand-in Captain for the day, John Hurley, led his team to a 9 shot win in a very close fought encounter.  It was the winning rink of relatively new bowler John Walker, Maureen Giles and skip Gerry Barry who won convincingly by 26 shots to 6 that carried Thame to victory.
 
Thame Men's League team had a rare success at home on Thursday defeating Charlbury on all 4 Rinks to gain a 6 points to nil win. However, this win is too late to save the Thame Men from being relegated to Division 3 of the Oxford & District Bowls League next year.
 
 On Saturday Thame hosted a 6 Triples Mixed game against Bicester and lost by the narrowest of margins; 106 shots to 110.  Played in tremendous spirit and with friendly banter between these old rivals, an enjoyable afternoon was had by one and all.  Thame's highest winning rink was that of Marion Keal, Leonard Grimshaw and skip Trevor Copley who won by 21 shots to 8. Other winners for Thame were skips Les Canfield and Jesse Matthews in this close-fought encounter.
 
Thame finished their weeks' activities with another close match but this time with victory over neighbours Watlington.  The Sunday Mixed team continued their good season with a 98 to 88 shots victory at Watlington.  Top Rink for Thame was led by skip Casper Du Preez with John Hurley, Christine Liddle and Maureen Giles lending their support in the 30 shots to 12 victory.
 
Thame Bowls Club midweek Mixed team were involved in a very close game against Bassetsbury, winning on 2 of the 4 Rinks but losing overall by just 3 shots; 65 – 68.  Top Rink for Thame was that of Ian Rutherford, Simon Bell and skip Gerry Barry, who when leading 20 shots to 10 had to end their game at the request of the opposing Bassetsbury skip.
 
Their next game brought success to the midweek squad reversing the recent poor result against Waddesdon with a comprehensive 102 shots to 71 shots victory at Thame. Winning on 4 of the 5 Rinks, Thame's top Rink was that of Peter Southam, Jonathan Dadson and skip Maxine Plested.
 
Thame Men's league team suffered another defeat, this time at Adderbury. However, the highlight of the match was a “Hotshot” (all 8 woods scoring) by the Thame 4 of Les Canfield, Leonard Grimshaw, Casper Du Preez and skip Paul Heafey which helped them to be the only winning Rink out of the 4 for Thame on the night.
 
Thame's 6 Rinks return Mixed match at home against Desborough on Saturday saw a reversal of the result of the recent match at Maidenhead where Thame lost on 3 Rinks.  This time Thame won on 5 Rinks and won comfortably overall by 137 shots to 89.  Top Rink for Thame was that of Jill Brooks, John Wheeler, Les Canfield and skip Graham Penn, who won by 17 shots.
 
The 6 Rinks Mixed game at Hazells on Sunday was curtailed by rain, but after bowling only 8 ends Thame were already leading by 19 shots overall so were heading for another successful outcome.
 
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