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Thame Bowls Club members on tour in 2009...
Hello All - I hope you are all emerging safely from your Winter hibernation.  Only just over 4 weeks before the new season gets under way, so I thought I would mention a few things that are on the horizon.
SATURDAY APRIL 12TH - WORK PARTY 9am -  PLEASE COME ALONG AND HELP TO COMPLETE ALL THE JOBS THAT ARE NECESSARY BEFORE THE GREEN OPENS.  Last year there were over 20 volunteers and all work was done in just two hours!   Many hands make light work, so Les Canfield looks forward to seeing you all there. Les can't be expected to do all of these jobs on his own, so please make a note in your diary NOW to be there. Jobs include: tidying edges of green, weeding area in front of clubhouse, chairs/benches/tables to be put outside and wiped clean, all Sponsor Boards to be cleaned and put in place, and general tidying up.  In this 90th Anniversary Year let's aim to make Thame Bowls Club a club to be proud of and show that we care.
SATURDAY APRIL 19TH - OPENING DAY COMPETITION STARTING 1.30pm.  A Competition is to be arranged for this day, and a list is on the Notice Board for names to be added to enter this competition. Full details of the format will be published shortly on the notice board. There will be bacon and sausage butties ("a la Friday League") included in the £2 entry fee with more available to purchase at £1 each, and a cash prize draw.
Finally, sheets are up for the first games of the season, so please get your names down early to avoid disappointment. The first team selections will be made by the various captains quite soon - don't delay - add your name today..

I look forward to the season with great optimism - let's make this special year a year to remember. Please support all team captains and do your bit to make the running of Thame Bowls Club as smooth as possible.

Vic brooks



Short mat bowls starts Friday, October 4th at 7.30pm. 
The first games in this winter's short mat bowls start next Friday at 7.30pm. Based on last years' format, teams will be picked at random from the list of willing participants and the schedule for games two weeks in advance will be available to see every Friday night at the clubhouse. 
Derek Goodyear will draw teams from the list and John Hurley will keep all records relating to scores etc. John will also continue to arrange the ever-popular weekly meat draw.

Scoring will be 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss, with a bonus point awarded for a score of 15 shots or more. The winner of the league will be the person with the most points scored over 15 games; if a player plays more than fifteen games their lowest scores from the "extra"games will be deducted.

Please support the short mat bowling by adding your name to the list of players on the clubhouse notice board and indicating when unavailable to play (holidays etc). Please help to spread the word to those members not on e-mail.

Knock-out competitions will start in the New Year.
See you Friday!

Derek Goodyear/John Hurley 


Congratulations to Thame bowlers Adie Twinn (who beat another Thame bowler, Chris Billingham in the quarter final) and Ade Kemish who have both qualified for the Semi Final of the County Alison Cup competition.
The Semi Final games take place at Shiplake Bowls Club on Sunday, August 4th and any support would be most welcomed. Good luck to both players - who knows, you could meet each other in the Final if the draw is favourable.
Thame Ladies have also done the Club proud by getting to the Final of the County Top Club Competition for the 4th year running. They comfortably beat a strong South Oxford Ladies team last Sunday morning.
The pairs combination of Margaret Boynton and Marthie Du Preez were always too strong for their opponents. The Thame Triples of Jill Brooks, Caroline Walker and Doreen Penn had a slightly tougher time but ran out comfortable winners in the end. The Fours of Maire Duncan, Sharon Gardner, Shirley Foster and Skip Maxine Plested picked up two sevens in their storming victory. In the Singles, Hazel Westcott faced a very experience opponent, new to The S. Oxford Club and eventually lost by 8 shots.
Another great performance from Thame Ladies !! It will be Shiplake in the final (again) on Sunday August 25th at Kidlington B.C.
Congratulations to Thame Ladies, "The Three M's" , Maire, Marthie and Maxine who have won through to the quarter-finals of the Oxfordshire County Ladies Triples having beaten a trio of Ladies from Hanborough in the 3rd Round of the competition. The quarter-finals/semi-finals of this competition are being held at Thame this Saturday (22nd) starting at 9.30am. Please come along and lend your support to the occasion.
Also, on Friday (21st) Thame's only remaining player in the Men's County Singles, Ade Kemish, is playing at Thame at 6pm against Omar Sharif (no, not that one !) from Oxford City & County B.C. in an effort to reach the quarter-finals of this tough competition.
Good luck to all concerned - make Thame proud !
Last Saturday, Sept 22nd, saw the last game of the season played on our green this year - the Ladies took on the Gents in a 6 Triples game. Played in glorious sunshine, the Ladies, led by Caroline Walker (in the absence of "Cruising" Ruth Timms) came out strongly in the first few ends but faded rather badly as the game went on, and at the end the Gents (led by Vic Brooks) won quite handsomely!
The game was played in tremendous spirit, and although this game had been a regular fixture in the Thame Bowls Club calendar it wasn't played last year. It was however agreed by all concerned that it should now be put back in the diary. The Ladies will no doubt be looking for revenge in 2013 so the Gents need to be on their guard.
The Trophy (originally presented to the Club by A.W. & M. Liquorish) was duly handed to the winning team and will be kept safely in the Clubhouse until next season.
The week before, another fixture that hasn't taken place in recent years, Captain v Vice Captain, was re-introduced. This game was also played in beautiful weather, and the Captain's 6 Triples easily overcame the challenge of the Vice Captain's team with a comfortable 122 shots to 84 victory. The Vice Captain's team was led by President Les Canfield due to John Timms absence on holiday.
The game was a "mixed" 6 Triples and it is hoped that this also becomes an annual regular for the diary.
Twelve students from Lord William's School took part in a unique experiment at Thame Bowls Club this year.
For 6 weeks during the summer 12 students attended a course in Lawn Green Bowls under the guidance of Terry Gripes, Oxfordshire coach and Keith Wright, Thame coach with the help of six other coaches from across the county together with many Thame bowls club members.
The course was arranged by teachers, Chris Daplyn and Sue Benson and was part of their GCSE Sports examination which they all passed with flying colours. The course was featured on BBC1 Television Oxford News.
Bill Giles, Thame Bowls Club Chairman, said he was delighted with the way that all of the students adapted to bowling and hoped that many of them would join Thame Bowls Club next year. This will become an annual event with each successive GCSE year having the option to learn and enjoy bowling at Thame.
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Saturday, 19th of August 2017