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Thame's opening game of the week was at home to Loudwater. The visitors avenged their defeat by Thame 3 weeks earlier with a 75 shots to 56 win. Highest rink for Thame was that of Marion Keal, Mike Smith and skip Trevor Copley who won by 9 shots.
Thame Ladies had yet another successful match, this time in the County Top Club quarter-final against South Oxford Ladies. Although Hazel Westcott lost her singles match, the Thame Ladies Pairs – Jill Brooks and Mathie Du Preez won by 5 shots, the Triples of Margaret Boynton, Barbara Waters and skip Doreen Penn won by 18 shots, and the Fours of Maire Duncan, Maureen Giles, Caroline Walker and skip Maxine Plested drew their match 18 shots each. This was enough to take the Thame Ladies to a semi-final against either Banbury Borough or Oxford City & County in August.
Thame Men's league Team lost again, this time to close neighbours Watlington in their Division 2 Match winning on just 1 of the 4 Rinks.
On Saturday, Thame's President Les Canfield hosted the Annual President's Day competition which was finally won by the Triple of Jennie Lowe, Richard Plested and skip Doreen Penn. Their opponents in the final were Doreen's grandson Thomas Tisbury, Simon Bell and Doreen's husband Graham at skip – almost a complete family affair.
To end the week on a high note Thame's Mixed Sunday Team led by Captain Ron Duncan easily beat Wendover for the second time in 3 weeks, this time by a massive 68 shots – 151 to 83. Top Rink at Wendover was that of Margaret Boynton, Dave Holland, Caroline Walker and skip Ron Duncan who won by 25 clear shots. Still only one defeat (by just 1 shot at Chesham) so far this season for this successful squad of players.
Last week's activities at Thame Bowls Club started with Thame Men losing by just 11 shots to Division 1 side Bicester. This 5 Rink Triples match was closely contested from the start, and although skips Paul Heafey and Bill Giles won on their repective rinks, the other 3 Rinks were outplayed by their stronger opponents.
It was then the turn of Thame Ladies to show the Men how it's done by keeping up their winning streak with a 17 shot victory at Wendover. Winning on all 3 Rinks, Thame's highest win was the 10 shots margin achieved by Caroline Walker, Ladies Captain Maire Duncan and skip Shirley Foster.
The mid-week fixture away to Cheddington was another closely fought encounter, and although skip Brad Liddle,  ably assisted by Jan Sargent and Peter Southam had success on their rink, the overall margin was just 6 shots in favour of Cheddington.
On Friday Thame Men lost narrowly to Division 1 side Headington in the 2 Rink (one home, one away) Hawker Cup match. The Thame home side skipped by Paul Heafey won by 1 shot but after battling hard at Headington the Thame 4 skipped by Andy Walker lost by just 7 shots.
The weekend Mixed games were rather disappointing for Thame. Travelling to Desborough, Maidenhead on Saturday the 6 Rink fixture was won by the home side. Although Thame won on 3 of the 6 Rinks with successes for skips Steve Silver, Trevor Copley and Thame President Les Canfield , they were outplayed on the very fast green and lost by 23 shots overall. The highlight of the Thame score was a "Hotshot" (all 8 woods scoring) on the second end played by Les Canfield's rink which included Judy Copley, Alfred Jochum and Simon Bell.
Sunday's trip to Woodstock for the 4 Rinks game saw Captain Ron Duncan's Thame side lose only their second Sunday Mixed Match of the season by 28 shots.
Another busy week at Thame Bowls Club began with the Thame Ladies travelling to Watlington and winning by 15 shots overall. Big winners for Thame were Viv Jones, Maire Duncan and Marthie Du Preez who won by 18 shots.
On Wednesday a full coach load of members travelled to Cheltenham for the annual 10 Rinks Match. In a close fought encounter, Thame won on 6 of the 10 Rinks but narrowly lost by 11 shots overall. Full details on Club website.
Thame Men suffered another League defeat on Thursday at Oxford Bowls losing on 3 of the 4 Rinks.
On Saturday, 12 Thame Ladies competed for the Coronation Cup which was won by Caroline Walker who beat Jill Brooks in the final by 7 shots to 3.
The week finished with another big win for Thame's Sunday Mixed team against visitors Flackwell Heath. This time Thame notched up 167 shots against 84 with the highest winning rink comprising of Maureen Giles, Frances Goodyear, Trevor Copley and skip Vic Brooks winning 41 - 1


An extremely busy week for Thame Bowls Club began with a win for Thame Ladies over South Oxford winning on 3 of the 4 rinks by 26 shots overall. Top Rink for Thame was that of Frances Goodyear, Margaret Boynton & skip Doreen Penn.
Then followed two mid-week Mixed games at Kidlington and Loudwater where Thame won by 12 shots and 21 shots respectively. Top Rinks Dave Powell, Jim Tite and Richard Plested at Kidlington and Alfred Jochum, Jim Tite and Maxine Plested at Loudwater.
Thame men lost their Thursday League match against high-flying Witney Mills by just six shots. On Saturday a Mixed team travelled to South Oxford and were beaten by 16 shots overall – top rink for Thame was Sharon Heafey, Sheila Hawes, Leonard Grimshaw and skip Will Hawes who won by 7 shots.
Sunday saw a 6 Rinks Mixed game at Thame who welcomed visitors Wendover. Thame proved far two strong winning on all six rinks by a massive 66 shots - 132 to 66. Top Rink for Thame was Jill Brooks, Jackie Emberson, Bill Sandifer and skip Bill Giles who won by 18 shots.
The mid-week game against The Oxford Bowls Club was cancelled by them. 
The Men's League team had a good win at home against South Oxford on Thursday winning on the two rinks skipped by Graham Penn and Paul Heafey and narrowly losing on the other two skipped by George Andrews and Vic Brooks. Thame won by the overall score of 69 shots to 62 to keep up their hopes of surviving in Div. 2 of the Oxfordshire Bowls League.
Thame sent a Men's team to Hagbourne on Saturday to play a 5 Triples match but Hagbourne proved far to strong for the Thame travellers and they lost on all 5 Rinks.
The Purser Cup on Sunday was enjoyed by 6 Triples of players and was won by the team skipped by Marthie Du Preez ably assisted by John Walker and Jim Tite.
Purser Cup Winners: John Walker, Marthie du Preez and Tim Tite
John Walker, Marthie du Preez and Jim Tite
Another busy week for Thame Bowls Club began with a narrow defeat for the mid-week team against visitors Aston Clinton. Thame's 2 winning rinks were skipped by Captain Barbara Waters and Brad Liddle.
Thame Men's League team lost in their away match at Charlbury on Thursday and things didn't improve on Friday night when they travelled to South Oxford for the second leg of the annual Norfolk Cup Challenge when they lost to a much stronger South team. Thame's only success was the rink of John Ashfield, Bill Sandifer, Casper Du Preez and skip Andy Walker.

Saturday saw a very close encounter at Thame's green with visitors Ladygate (Ruislip) bringing 2 Rinks of Ladies and 4 Rinks of Men for the annual fixture. The Thame Ladies won on both of their Rinks and the overall result was a draw, each team scoring 108 shots. Top Ladies for Thame were Carol Boyland, Shirley Foster and skip Maxine Plested.
Sunday's 5 Triples Mixed game at home to Princes Risborough brought Thame a much needed success over their local rivals, winning on 3 of the 5 Rinks by 17 shots overall. Top Thame Rink was that of Christine Liddle, Caroline Walker and skip Andy Walker who won by 18 shots.


Thame Bowls Club started the week in blustery, wet conditions with their mixed game against Oxford City & County being abandoned after just 12 ends. Thame were winning on 2 rinks and losing on 2, with the other rink tied when play finished. Top rink for Thame Alfred Jochum, Simon Bell and Barbara Waters.
Thame Men's league team had a very close match against a strong Adderbury team on Thursday losing by just one shot, 78 to 77. Thame's only winning rink was skipped by Andy Walker.
Thame Men got back to winning ways with a 17 shot victory at Tilehurst (Reading) on Saturday. Thame won on 3 of the 5 rinks with two of Thame's rinks winning by 13 shots each and another tied. Top rink skips were Bill Giles (28-15) and Vic Brooks (22-9).
Another win for Thame on Sunday when a mixed team beat visitors Oxford University Press by 6 shots. Top rink for Thame was skipped by Captain Ron Duncan ably assisted by Carol Boyland and Hazell Westcott, winning 23 shots to 9.
Another busy week for Thame Bowls Club began with a big win over visitors Tring by 86 shots to 44. Thame's best rink was that of Carsten Jochum, Carol Boyland and Mel Dale.
On Tuesday Thame Ladies entertained Princes Risborough Ladies and once again it was Thame who came out on top winning by 61 shots to 54. Top Rink for Thame was Frances Goodyear, Jill Brooks and Shirley Foster.
Thame Men did not have the same success, losing to close rivals Watlington in the League Match on Thursday and narrowly losing by just 5 shots to visitors Abingdon on Saturday. Top Rink for Thame was that of John Wheeler, Carsten Jochum, Jim Tite and Vic Brooks who won by 6 shots. 
The Thame Mixed team travelled to Chesham on Sunday and although winning on 2 rinks lost overall by 17 shots over the 6 rinks. Top Rink for Thame was Viv Jones, Jim Tite, Marthie Du Preez and Mel Dale.
Another mixed level of success for Thame Bowls Club last week.
Thame Men lost a close fought game against South Oxford on Friday for the “Norfolk Trophy”. Although winning on two of the four rinks they went down by over 20 shots overall. The 2nd Leg of this two match competition on June 12th at Oxford leaves a lot for the Thame Men to do to regain the Trophy.
On Saturday Thame entertained near neighbours Long Crendon and another close match ended in a win for Long Crendon by just 7 shots. Top rink for Thame was that of Jill Brooks, Marion Keal, Mel Dale and Skip Ron Duncan.
On Sunday, Thame travelled to High Wycombe for another Mixed match and yet another close game. This time Thame came out winners by just 5 shots. Top rink for Thame was Maire Duncan, Christine Liddle, Trevor Copley and skip Graham Penn.
A mixed week for Thame Bowls Club started with the Thame Ladies winning by 22 shots at Henley.
Thame Men's League team had a handsome victory over the Oxford Bowls Club on Thursday night winning by 34 shots recording a 5 points to 1 result. Andy Walker skipped the most successful Thame rink to a 30 shots to 15 win. However, Thame Men were beaten by their visitors Division 1 side Oxford City & County A Team on Friday evening in the National Double Fours competition losing by some 21 shots over the 2 rinks.
On Saturday Thame Men welcomed a side from Hagbourne for a 5 Triples game which resulted in a win for the strong visiting team. Top Rink for Thame was that of John Wheeler, John Hurley & Vic Brooks who won by 6 shots.
A mixed week of results started with the Ladies of Thame Bowls Club travelling to South Oxford for their first Triples match of the season where they comfortably won by 60 clear shots winning on all 4 Rinks. Top Rink was skipped by Maxine Plested with Maureen Giles and Shirley Foster winning by 34 shots to 4.

Thame Men lost their first League Match at Witney Mills last week losing on all 4 Rinks. A below strength Thame team, due to holidays and illness, held Witney on 3 of the 4 Rinks until the last quarter of the game but faded badly to lose by 46 shots overall.

The Mid-week team had a good win on Friday evening against visitors Wingrave. The overall score was Thame 73 to Wingrave's 60 shots, due in whole to Thame's top rink of Marthie Du Preez, Trevor Copley and George Andrews who won by 19 shots. On Saturday Thame men were soundly beaten by the visiting Adderbury team losing by 30 shots over the 4 rinks.

Success however for the Sunday Mixed match at Henley where Thame triumphed due mainly to the Top Rink of Maire Duncan, Jill Jenner, Trevor Copley and skip Bill Giles who won by the 11 clear shots that separated the two teams. 
Thame Bowls Club had a stunning victory over local rivals Watlington last week in the quarter final of the Oxfordshire League Cup. Having lost several key players from their usual team Thame started as underdogs but overcame Watlington by just one shot in a gripping match. Andy Walker skipped one rink to a 16-13 win whilst Club Captain John Timms and Graham Penn skipped rinks which lost 16-21 and 11-15 respectively. 
It was therefore left to Paul Heafey's rink ably assisted by John Coward, Jim Tite and Casper DuPreez who outbowled the Watlington four skipped by ex-Thame player Ron Slater to win by 19 shots to 12.  The narrowest of victories puts Thame in the semi-finals to be played in August.
On Saturday Thame traveled to Maidenhead Town and although winning on two of the 5 rinks lost by just 16 shots overall. Top rink for Thame was that of Jonathan Dadson, Alfred Jochum, Leonard Grimshaw and skipped by Captain for the Day Paul Heafey who won by 22 shots to 15.
On Sunday  Watlington visited Thame again,  this time for a Mixed Friendly match and once again the home side proved too strong for their visitors winning by an impressive 116 shots to 68. Top rink was that of Captain Ron Duncan backed up by Hazel Westcott, Robin Jenner and Caroline Walker with a massive 46 shots to 11 victory.
In gusty wind conditions and on rinks made heavy by the morning's rain, Thame's mid-week team lost to Waddesdon by 113 shots to 67.  The only winning rink (18-16) was skipped by Barbara Waters, ably assisted by John Rust and Margaret Boynton.
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Thursday, 14th of December 2017