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Last weekend Thame Bowls Club members celebrated their annual Presidents Day Triples Competition In honour of President Doreen Penn.
The day was a great success with some excellent bowling between the teams.

The eventual winners were John Walker, Maire Duncan and Skip Ron Duncan who won their rink by 29 shots to 5 shots. Many of the ends were won on the last wood bowled.
The Runners-Up were Christine Liddle, Terry Emberson and Skip Ray Plested who took the lead on the 14th end forging ahead to win by 7 shots.

As usual a very tasty meal was prepared by the ladies which was enjoyed by all, followed by the presentation of the trophies.
Vic Brooks passed away at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10 July.
He was inspirational to the Bowls Club and was instrumental in recruiting 31 members some 4 years ago and continued to work in recruitment ever since enabling Thame Bowls Club to have over 120 members.

He was a great leader and motivator which he put to great effect as Club Captain for three years. Not only that but he was an exceptional bowler having won the Coronation Cup (the premium singles competition for men at Thame) in only his second year and continued to win many club competitions to such an extent that Finals Day had to be changed to Finals Weekend so as to accommodate all the finals he was in.

He was a very loyal friend who helped me tremendously in developing the very successful Friday League in which 74 people now take part.

He was a great and witty orator and his total dedication to Thame Bowls Club will be sorely missed.
Bill Giles

Friend and Chairman Thame Bowls Club.
The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club have reached the final of the Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition by beating a very strong Oxford City & County side last weekend. Having already beaten Banbury Boro in the quarters, Thame showed their class at Oxford.

Captain Caroline Walker got them off to a great start by winning her Singles match 21 shots to 16. In the fours, namely Sharon Heafey, Marion Keal, Maureen Giles and skip Maxine Plested had the best start possible by winning with all eight woods on the very first end (known as a "hotshot" ) in their match. They ran out winners by 26 to 16.
Meanwhile the Triples of Jill Brooks, Christine Liddle and Barbara Waters were battling their way to a 20 shots to 15 victory over their opponents.
Only the Thame pair of Maire Duncan and Shirley Foster lost, by just 3 shots, in this very competitive tournament.
The final, in August, will be played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.


Several of our valuable Sponsors were there to see all Six Rinks being used by 48 of the 75 Members who took part in this year's League Competition. After this "exhibition" game of just 10 Ends, players joined other Members in the packed Clubhouse to enjoy the usual Friday "Club Night" atmosphere which has become synonymous with Thame Bowls Club.
The Winning Team for this season's Friday league was Team B led by Andy Walker, with Jesse Matthews, Maire Duncan, Christine Liddle, John Wheeler and Jane Kimber. Runner up was Team C with Captain Ron Duncan ably assisted by Leonard Grimshaw, Jackie Emberson, Frances Goodyear, Dave Holland and Pat Wills and in third place was Team J with Casper DuPreez, Gerry Barry, Margaret Boynton, Keith Rouse, Peter Southam and new bowler Carsten Jochum. All players received Cash Prizes for their efforts handed over by President Les Canfield.
Chairman Bill Giles then invited Vic Brooks to hand over the profit from this year's Friday League to Club Treasurer, Keith Wright who was able to announce that the sum of £1380 would be paid into our already substantial Club Funds. This has now increased by a further £75 after the final figures have been collated.

Then came a rather special presentation. Having learned that one of our Junior Bowlers had already received generous Sponsorship from Josie Silver, widow of the late and respected Member Les Silver, one of our generous Sponsors, Lightfoot Solicitors, had kindly offered to present a cheque for £200 each to two of Thame Bowls Club other Junior Members.
Thomas Tisbury and Jonathan Dadson received their cheques from Chris Biggs of Lightfoots and as an added surprise they each received a specially engraved trophy. Two active "senior" Club Members, Norman Hyde and Richard Ramsey had designed and made two unique trophies featuring Woods and Jack and each one engraved with the message "In Recognition of your Continued Bowling Success at Thame Bowls Club" and were both on hand to present these trophies personally to the two youngsters.


All three Junior Bowlers have represented Oxfordshire in Under-25 and Under- 18 Competitions this year as well as playing regularly in the Club's Thursday League team. We hope to see even more of their considerable playing ability next season.
The usual Friday Night Cash Prize Draw resulted in Prize Money totalling £75 being handed out to lucky winners.

The evening ended with a vote of thanks from President Les Canfield to the organisers of the Friday League, Bill Giles and Vic Brooks, who in turn promised that it will continue in similar format next season and for as long as it remains as popular. 


Nearing the end of the Bowling season and a quieter week at Thame Bowls Club.
Bad weather curtailed two games, however, in better weather, a rather unique fixture took place this week when Thame bowlers hosted a game against Wycombe Chestnuts, a group of blind and visually impaired bowlers. Two of these bowlers, Bob Gerhardt (who recently was winner of the National Blind Bowling Pairs Championship) and Mary Pitman, who both live in Thame, are members of Thame Bowls Club and together with their helpers and "guides"they brought some of their friends to take on two Triples of Thame Bowlers. The outcome was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's bowling played in competitive but friendly spirit, and it was only in the latter stages of the game that Thame pulled ahead to record a victory. A double fixture (home and away) is already being planned for next season.

The week at Thame finished with Finals Weekend at which 12 of the Club's Knock-out Competitions were completed. 


The 2015 finals of the Men's, Ladies and Mixed competitions were held over the weekend of 29th and 30th August - the first time that the finals had been held over 2 days rather than one. 
This made it a less crowded programme and certainly helped those bowlers who had managed to reach multiple finals. Six finals were played on Saturday 29th and six more on Sunday 30th. Unfortunately rain intervened on the Sunday afternoon but this did not deter the bowlers, and the spectators that attended were able to watch some entertaining and competitive games.

Saturday's programme kicked off with the final of the Men's Taylor Cup - a competition for men who have never previously won a club singles competition. This was won by Matthew Canfield who had a convincing win over Trevor Copley. This was followed by The Ladies Ford Cup final, a drawn pairs competition, and Ann Ashfield and Maire Duncan beat Marion Keal and Marthie du Preez. The Men's drawn pairs competition, the Victory Pairs final was played next and John Ashfield and Les Canfield were victorious against Mike Ralls and John Coward. (It's been pointed out that by coincidence the winners are both Presidents ! - Les of course is our own President and John Ashfield is President of Chinnor Rugby Club). Next was the final of the Michael Jones competition which is the only singles event in the club open to both Men and Ladies. Casper du Preez and Caroline Walker played out a very closely fought game with Casper just coming out on top. Next up was the Men's Jubilee Handicap singles competition which was won by Vic Brooks against John Coward playing in his second final of the day and the last final on Saturday was the Ladies 2 Wood singles which was won by Maxine Plested who beat Marthie du Preez, also playing in her second final of the day.

Sunday's finals started with the Married Pairs Final for the Josey Cup and this was a very close game which could have gone either way but was narrowly won by Marthie and Casper du Preez beating Sharon and Paul Heafey. The Mixed Pairs final was next and this produced another thrilling game that was eventually won by a single shot with John Ashfield and Shirley Foster beating Doreen Penn and her grandson Thomas Tisbury. This was very hard luck for Doreen and Thomas as it was the second successive year that they had reached this final and both times they lost by just a single shot! The Ladies Honour Cup was next and this was another very tight game played between Ann Ashfield and Marion Keal. This competition is played over 15 ends but the scores were tied at that point with Ann just managing to draw level. So the game went to an extra end and Ann was just able to secure the win following a measure. The men's Walker Cup was next, a 3 wood competition, and this saw John Coward playing in his third final of the weekend and he was finally able to mark up a victory with a convincing win over John Timms. This just left the two club championship singles finals to be played - the Pomeroy Cup for the Ladies and the Coronation Cup for the Men. The Ladies final saw Jill Brooks take an early lead but Marthie du Preez, playing in her fourth final of the weekend, clawed her way back into the game to lead by 14-10 after 14 ends. Jill replied decisively scoring 8 shots in the next 4 ends without reply and maintained her lead to eventually win by 21 shots to 17. The Men's final was played between Les Canfield and Vic Brooks and was unfortunately marred by an injury to Les who slipped in the wet conditions and injured his hip. Les was unable to carry on and both players agreed to resume the match at a later date when Les has recovered. The match stands with Vic leading by 6 shots to 3 and will be continued from that point.

A summary of the finals played and results follows:

Mens Taylor Cup - Matthew Canfield beat Trevor Copley 22-7
Ladies Ford Cup - Ann Ashfield & Maire Duncan beat Marion Kean & Marthie du Preez 28-18
Mens Victory Pairs - John Ashfield & Les Canfield beat Mike Ralls & John Coward 25-8
Michael Jones (Mixed) - Casper du Preez beat Caroline Walker 7-5, 5-8, 7-3
Mens Jubilee Handicap - Vic Brooks beat John Coward 27-17
Ladies 2-Wood Singles - Maxine Plested beat Marthie du Preez 15-8
Married Pairs - Marthie & Casper du Preez beat Sharon & Paul Heafey 20-16
Mixed Pairs - John Ashfield & Shirley Foster beat Thomas Tisbury & Doreen Penn 18-17
Ladies Honour Cup - Ann Ashfield beat Marion Keal 15-13
Mens Walker Cup - John Coward beat John Timms 23-10
Ladies Pomeroy Cup - Jill Brooks beat Marthie du Preez 21-17
Mens Coronation Cup - Vic Brooks leads Les Canfield 6-3 (game to be resumed to completion)


Kevin Dennington and Janine Rees were recently married, and pictured here are the happy couple after signing the book to prove it !
Kevin and Janine both joined Thame Bowls Club around 5 years ago after our annual Recruitment Drive and soon became good friends. It's nice to know that the Bowls Club brought them together.
They have both been extremely busy this year what with work commitments and organising their Wedding day but hope to find more time next season to be more involved again.
Congratulations to you both from all of your friends at Thame Bowls Club.


Avonmore complemented us on the great condition of the green when they treated it on 20 August 2015.
This is no doubt due to the hard work that Les Canfield and his merry helpers, who cuts the green on a daily basis, puts in. Well done to Les and all his helpers! Thank you for giving us a GREAT green to play on!
Here is the report we received from Avonmore.


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.

Mathew Canfield and Vic Brooks


Thame Bowls Club's 3 youngest bowlers represented Oxfordshire in the National Championships at Leamington on August 8th and 9th competing in the under 16's section for the Sutton Winson Trophy.
Thomas Tisbury, Jonathan Dadson and Mathew Canfield in Leamington.
Thomas Tisbury, Jonathan Dadson and Matthew Canfield all bowled well against some of the best young bowlers in the country but narrowly lost their matches.  Matthew progressed to round 2 before being beaten, and Thomas reached the semi-final of the Drawn Pairs competition with a young lady from Wiltshire.  Well done to all the lads - Thame Bowls Club is proud of your efforts.
Thomas Tisbury (above) and 
Jonathan Dadson (Left) in action...
President Les Canfield hosted the annual President's Day on Saturday July 18th and was rewarded with glorious sunny weather and a turnout of 12 Triples to contest the Trophy.
Assisted by many of his family members, sons and grandchildren, Les put on a wonderfully organised event culminating in a lavish 3 course feast with free wine.
Son Russell was responsible for the playing side of things and all instructions, score-cards etc were professionally produced leading to a very smoothly-run Competition.
Starting and finishing with a "Spider", Les donated £25 to each of the two lucky winners - Derek Goodyear and Maurice Ward.
The actual President's Trophy was competed for in two leagues of 6 teams, and after the initial session of play, the finalists emerged as Doreen Penn's trio with Jenny Lowe and Richard Plested, and making it a family affair, the Triple of skip Graham Penn with Grandson Thomas and Simon Bell.  In a very closely fought final over 8 ends, Doreen's team ran out winners by just a couple of shots.
They were presented with the President's Trophy by Les, and the runners-up received shiny medals.
A really enjoyable and well-organised day was appreciated by everyone who took part, and thanks again to Les and all his family for doing all the work to make is so successful.
The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club fought their way through to the semi-finals of Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition this week by defeating rivals South Oxford Ladies. This competition, which the Thame Ladies have already won twice in the past, is made up of a Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours match.

Representing Thame in the Singles was Hazel Westcott, who despite her efforts was defeated by in-form South Oxford's Sue Stewart. In the Pairs match Jill Brooks and Marthie DuPreez overcame an early 9 shots to 2 deficit to gradually claw their way back into a tight game and eventually take the match by 25 shots to 20 against the excellent Oxford pairing of Diane Rocket and Carol Mobley So, honours-even at this stage.

In the Triples match skip Doreen Penn was leading her other Thame Ladies, Margaret Boynton and Barbara Waters to a decisive 24 shots to 6 victory with some excellent bowling from the Thame trio.

It was now left to the Thame four of Maire Duncan, Maureen Giles, Caroline Walker and skip Maxine Plested to pick up the necessary point to carry Thame to the next stage of the competition and in the closest fought match of the tie it ended 18 shots apiece to share the point, leaving Thame Ladies with a two and a half to one and a half points victory.

The semi-final match at either Banbury Borough or Oxford City & County will take place on Sunday 16th August.
On Saturday July 4th the Ladies Coronation Cup Singles competition was competed for by 12 players who braved the sweltering conditions.
On one of the hottest days of the year, the Ladies played in two Leagues of 6 playing a total of 5 ends against the other 5 players in their group. At the end of this stage the winners of each group played a 5 end final.
This final was between Caroline Walker from League A and Jill Brooks from League B . Caroline coped with the hot conditions better than Jill and won by 7 shots to 3.
The whole competition was played in a tremendous spirit by all the Ladies who took part and they all deserve a mention.  In no particular order these were Frances Goodyear, Maureen Giles, Christine Liddle, Pearl Wheeler, Jill Brooks, Marthie Du Preez, Judy Copley, Jackie Emberson, Caroline Walker, Maxine Plested, Shirley Foster and Marion Keal. 
Well done to Competitions Sec. Paul Heafey for another well organised event, and thanks to the 6 Men who acted as Markers for the afternoon. They shall remain nameless - they know who they were !


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Thursday, 14th of December 2017