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Some of the winners of Singles and Pairs competitions from the Finals Weekend of 9th and 10th September were caught in action here by Susan Dadson - see Gallery for larger images.

 

       

 

The weekend of 9th & 10th September saw the culmination of our various club competitions with 12 finals played. There were some cracking games and several were decided by just a single shot providing great entertainment for the several people that came to watch. The weather for the most part stayed dry with a couple of brief flurries of rain on both days but not enough to disturb our intrepid bowlers. So congratulations to all our winners, especially to our Men's Coronation Cup Championship winner Les Canfield who lifts this trophy for the first time after his many years of membership, and also to Caroline Walker our Ladies Pomeroy Cup Championship winner. Commiseration also goes to the losing finalists. Below is the full list of finals weekend results:

 

Competition

Winner(s)

Runner(s) Up

Coronation Cup

Les Canfield

Robin Jenner (receives Bill Dodds Cup)

Jubilee Handicap

Robin Jenner

Jonathan Dadson

Walker Cup

Bill Giles

Paul Heafey

Taylor Cup

Ian Rutherford

John Walker

Michael Jones Cup

Paul Heafey

Ray Plested

Victory Cup (Men's pairs)

Mike Ralls & Chris Shannon

Matthew Canfield & Leonard Grimshaw

Pomeroy Cup

Caroline Walker

Shirley Foster (receives Pomeroy r/up trophy)

2 Wood Cup

Maxine Plested

Shirley Foster

Honour Cup

Marion Keal

Frances Goodyear

Ford Cup (Ladies pairs)

Marion Keal & Caroline Walker

Frances Goodyear & Maureen Giles

Josey Cup (Married pairs)

Sharon & Paul Heafey

Christine & Brad Liddle

Warwick Cup (Mixed pairs)

Maureen Giles & Ray Plested

Jill Brooks & Bill Gile

All trophies will be awarded on Presentation Night on Saturday 30th September 2017. This will be a great night with fish & chip supper AND entertainment so please try to get there.

Thame Bowls Club has started a remarkable process that may grow into a notable feature in the world of flat green bowling.
 
On the 4th September 2016, Thame Bowls Club hosted the first ever Oxfordshire Blind Bowling Competition event. The organisers were the Thame Lions Club assited by Bill Giles OBE and the Committee of Thame Bowls Club.
 
The success of this event has now aroused attention on Bowls International level and Foxhill Indoor Bowls Club in Aylesbury have requested a friendly match against our visually impaired bowling friends.
 
Bill Giles extended his sincere thanks to all the Thame Bowls Club members that helped to make this historic day such a great success; in Bill's own words in an email to club members:
 
"As you can see from the e-mails below it was so successful Bowls International are interested and Foxhill want to play them this winter. Look what you’ve started!!"
 
Read a full report of the Thame Bowls Blind Bowling Competition in the "In The Spotlight" section of the website (this link will direct you to the article). Images of the event can be viewed in the Gallery.
 
The 2016 finals weekend saw some excellent bowling and some very close games as well as extremes of weather.
 
The Saturday kicked off with the Ladies 2-Wood competition and saw Carol Boyland winning comfortably against Maire Duncan and also the Men’s Walker Cup with Robin Jenner beating John Coward. Both of these games were played in the rain which was heavy at times and these were followed by the Ladies Ford Cup pairs competition. This was played during the worst of the day’s weather and produced some very spirited bowling from the ladies involved and a match finally decided by just a single shot. Maureen Giles and Shirley Foster came out the winners against Jenny Lowe and Carol Boyland.
 
With the wet conditions starting to dry up, the afternoon saw the Men’s and Lady’s Championship singles competitions. For the ladies, Doreen Penn overcame Maxine Plested by 7 shots in the Pomeroy Cup and Graham Penn joined his wife as club champion beating Paul Heafey after 24 competitive ends in the Coronation Cup.

Sunday was a complete contrast in the weather with warm, sunny conditions and the programme started with Maureen Giles gaining her second trophy of the weekend, beating Jenny Lowe in the Honour Cup. At the same time Paul Heafey played Ian Rutherford in the 3 set Michael Jones competition. Paul comfortably won the first set but Ian came back well to take the second. The final set went to 7 ends with Paul Heafey finally coming out on top. The men’s Victory handicap pairs final was next and this saw Gerry Barry and John Coward overcome their 2 shot handicap deficit to win against Mike Ralls and John Timms. Next was the Jubilee Handicap men’s singles final between Jonathan Dadson and Ken Calcutt – approximately 6 decades age difference between them! The match was close with barely a shot between the players until the 18th end when Ken began to pull away and held on to achieve victory. This was Jonathan’s first competition final for the club and we’re sure there will be many more to come! The Josey Cup Married Pairs competition was next between the Giles’s and the Heafeys and was another very close affair, decided by just a single shot with the trophy going to Bill and Maureen – Maureen’s third success of the weekend. The last Sunday final was the Taylor Cup final between Steve Silver and Brad Liddle. This was another close affair with Steve taking the win by 3 shots.

The last final was one of the most exciting and played on Monday – the Mixed Pairs competition with Jill Brooks and Bill Giles taking on Caroline Walker and Graham Penn. Jill and Bill stormed ahead and led by 16-4 after 12 ends but Caroline & Graham then found their form to take the next 7 ends and go 1 shot ahead with the final end to play. Jill and Bill held 3 shots and looked certain to take the match until Graham’s final wood of the day which deflected off a front wood to roll in for shot and win the cup for him and Caroline.

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners, commiserations and a big well done to all runners up and thank you to all who came to watch and help with marking etc.
           
A number of Thame players took part in the annual Watlington U25 funday on 28th August 2016, including Victoria Nemar for the first time. Eight teams were drawn and played each other in a round robin format competition. Thomas Tisbury, Matt Canfield, Victoria Nemar and Jonathan Dadson (all from Thame BC) were drawn on different teams. The competition, decided on shot difference, was won by one of the two Triples teams including Matt Canfield from Thame, with Jonathan Dadson in the runners up team.
 
The top three placed teams were as follows:

Winners: David Leighfield, Matt Canfield and Katie Bland
Runners Up: Jazz Alder, Bradley Squires, Lucas King, Jonathan Dadson
Third: Chris Gilkes, Dan Swanson, Jody Buckett, Luke Gilbert

The winners received their medals from Watlington's President Henry Franklin.
 
Matt (on the right) displaying his winner's medal
Mathew displaying his medal...
 
Jonathan (second left) displaying his runner's up medal
Jonathan displaying his medal...

 

It was a wonderful day last Sunday (4 September 2016) when 22 blind bowlers used our green and played a competition over 5 games.
 
Keith Wright organised all the helpers and markers from our club as well as supplying all the medals for those who played. He has asked me to thank, most sincerely, all those who gave up their time to mark and help all the bowlers last Sunday. He says, and I completely agree with him, that you all did a wonderful job and that you can all be very proud of yourselves.
 
I would also add my thanks to all of our members and friends who helped out in the kitchen and behind the bar and together with the markers and helpers made it such a successful and memorable day. I felt very proud to be a member of Thame Bowls Club.
 
Bill Giles OBE
 
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.

 

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)

DON'T FORGET THAT PRESENTATION NIGHT IS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th STARTING AT 7pm. THERE WILL BE A FISH/CHICKEN SUPPER, A PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL HANDBELL RINGERS, AND PRESENTATION OF ALL 2015 TROPHIES (including Winter Short-Mat).

IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY GOT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST IN THE CLUBHOUSE PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ALL-IN COST WILL BE £6 PER PERSON.
 
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.
 
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