Happy New Year

Here at Merrow Village Bowls Club, we hope you all had lovely Christmas and New Year celebrations.

I’d just like to remind you of our next indoor match at Camberley, on 28th January. If you can play but haven’t put your name down, please contact Rodney Morrison.

Happy bowling!

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Mole Valley indoor match

On Wednesday, 29th November, Merrow players travelled to Leatherhead for a match of four rinks against Mole Valley IBC.

We managed to raise sixteen players for the match, with some not having played indoors before.

Unfortunately, we faced very strong opposition. The Mole Valley club is similar to Wey Valley, and draws its members from a number of outdoor clubs in the local area. Merrow did put in a spirited performance but were ultimately overwhelmed by a much stronger opposition.

However, we look forward to our next two matches against Burpham and Camberley.

First indoor fixture looming

On Wednesday 29th November, we travel to Leatherhead for our first indoor match of the Winter against Mole Valley.

As several of our members now play at Wey Valley, we’ll know what to expect and hopefully, give a good account of ourselves.

If you want to play, but haven’t put your name down, do please contact Brian Taylor.

Good luck everyone!

Presentation lunch

On Sunday, 22nd October, our annual Presentation Lunch was held at the Masonic Hall. We had a good turnout but, sadly, several members were unable to attend due to ill health and work committments.

A fine lunch was provided by Vic and his team, during which we all had a stab at Tony Cekys’ quiz, which caused much head scratching.

Once lunch had finished, and the quiz answers and results revealed, we moved onto the presentations. These were hosted by David Matthews, with Tony Oldland making the presentations. Photos of the presentations can be seen at the end of this post. As you’ll see, flowers were presented to Jean Boxall for her continuing help with the teas at home matches.

Following the presentations, the raffle was drawn, with everyone hoping for a winning ticket, with much cheering and applause when a winning ticket was drawn.

A good time was had by all, and we look forward to next year’s lunch, which will be held on 21st October 2018, at the Masonic Hall.

Finally, a big thank you to David Matthews, who takes on so much for the club, including the organisation of this lunch.

Raffle prizesThe prizesRodney Morrison, Men's ChampionshipSue Reigate, runner up Ladies ChampionshipDebbie Ewins, winner Ladies ChampionshipKen Burburry, runner up Junior ChampionshipDavid Eqins, winner Men's ChampionshipRodney Morrison, winner Two Wood SinglesColin Mitchell, runner up Three Wood SinglesKend Burburry, runner up Novices Derek Oliver CupDavid Ewins, winner Novices Derek Oliver CupSusan Roberts and Sue Reigate, runners up Ladies Drawn PairsDebbie Ewins and Lorna Raison, winners Ladies Drawn PairsRodney Morrison and Colin Mitchell, runners up Men's Drawn PairsRichard Duddy and Ken Burburry, wiiners Men's Drawn PairsSue and Brian Reigate, runners up Mixed PairsDavid and Debbie Ewins, winners Mixed PairsBrian Taylor, runner up Three SetsDavid Ewins, winner Three SetsTony Oldland, winner of the President vs Chairman matchColin Mitchell, runner up Handicap SinglesBob Carey, winner Handicap SinglesKen Burburry, Most Improved BowlerDavid Raison, bowling with a damaged right handJean Boxall, flowers for helping with teas at home matches

Competition results

The results of the club competitions are in! Well done to all who took part.

Competition  Winners
Three Wood Singles Calvin Haggis
Two Wood Singles Rodney Morrison
Ladies’ Drawn Pairs Championship Debbie Ewins and Lorna Raison
Novices – 2 years experience or less David Ewins
Three Sets David Ewins
Men’s Junior Championship David Ewins
Handicap Singles Bob Carey
Men’s Championship Rodney Morrison
Ladies’Championship Debbie Ewins
Men’s Drawn Pairs Championship Richard Duddy and Ken Burburry
Mixed Pairs Championship Debbie and David Ewins

A good win for our last outdoor match

For our last outdoor match of the 2017 season on Saturday, 16th September, Merrow entertained Shere. We played three rinks of triples over eighteen ends.

The day started promisingly enough under warm sunshine. However, after only six ends, the heavens opened and we all retreated indoors for an early tea. We all enjoyed delicious cakes made by Debbie which refuelled us for the second half of the match.

The rain eventually ceased and we were able to resume play on what had become a very wet green. Merrow dominated on two of the three rinks and the other, although winning, had a much closer result. However, it was a good natured and friendly match and we hope that the Shere players enjoyed their visit. The final score was Merrow 70, Shere 30.

Sadly, this was to be our last match against Shere as, due to a shortage of members, they have decided that their club, founded in 1900, must close. A sad day for them and the bowls community. We wish their members well at their new clubs and would like to extend a warm welcome to any who choose to join Merrow.

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Harding Cup – the final

On Monday, 11th September, Merrow met Albury in the final of the Harding Cup. The match was played on neutral ground at Puttenham and Wanborough BC. For those of you who are unaware of the Harding Cup, this is a competition played between local villages. Each side must provide two teams of triples, each team to include one lady bowler.

The match was played on an afternoon that was generally sunny and on a green that was extremely fast, with little opportunity for bowls to turn. Several members turned up to support Merrow’s players and they were rewarded with a thrilling match. With one end to play on one of the two rinks, Merrow needed three points to win, or two to draw and force a play-off. Sadly for Merrow, we could only make one point, meaning that Albury won the final by a single point. However, our disappointment was tempered by the fine performance by the Merrow team, comprising: Debbie, David E, and David M, Judy, Tony C and Bob. Well done for battling right to the end and so nearly taking the match.

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