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COMPETITION NEWS – CHAIRMAN’S SHIELD

HESKETH ARMS BOWLING CLUB

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2021

CHAIRMAN’S SHIELD

Congratulations to Kez Adams and Liam Gregson on winning the Chairman’s Shield at the weekend by overcoming Derek Ainsworth and Roy Webster in a high-quality final.

Kez and Liam had a tough draw in their first game against Vultures team-mates Kevin Leddy and Steve McManus and had to stage a comeback to win 21- 19. They followed this with wins against Janice Hobson and Derek Wignall (21-5) and Wayne Graham and Kevin McCormack (21-15).

Derek and Roy started off with a win against Darren Edgerley and John Hughes (21-15) before progressing to the final with comfortable wins against Jeff Brown and Kim Montgomery and in the semi-final, last year’s winners Brian Sutton and Dave White.

The final looked to be going in favour of Derek and Roy as they led 16-11 but Kez and Liam counted four to narrow the gap to 15-16 and a three at the sixteenth end helped them to a 21-17 victory.

WINNERS KEZ ADAMS LIAM GREGSON
Runners up. Derek Ainsworth Roy Webster

PRESIDENT’S CUP

The next club competition will be held on Sunday, 4th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This is a singles handicap with plate and will start at 12 noon. Please register by 11.45 am to allow for a prompt start.

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

On Sunday 27th June, the Southport Federation team take on Bradford ‘A’ in their first match of the season. The home leg is being played at the Hesketh Arms and any support or help with marking and measuring would be greatly appreciated.

The home players chosen to represent Southport at the Hesketh Arms are Kez Adams and Fergal Wright. Hesketh Arms’ players selected to play in the away leg are Ray Atkinson, Darren Edgerley, Chris Harding, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde.

Both legs start at 2.00 pm.

HESKETH ARMS BOWLING CLUB

Botanic  Road, Southport, PR97NA

Tel:- 01704214675 Mobile 07977500131

Email:- secretary@hesketharmsbowlingclub.co.uk

george@hitchmough.co.uk

Website:- www.hesketharmsbowlingclub.co.uk

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June Newsletter 2021

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2021

MAGHULL & FORMBY MINI-LEAGUE

The Maghull and Formby Mini-League has now been completed and our two teams finished in good positions in their respective divisions.

The ‘A’ team (Owls) finished runners-up in Division 2, just one point behind 1st placed Scarisbrick NSC. Best individual performers for the Owls were Peter Smith with 11 wins out of 14 games played and Brian Sutton with 10 out of 13.

The ‘B’ team (Sparrowhawks) won eight out of their 12 matches to finish in a creditable 3rd place. For the Sparrowhawks, George Hitchmough had the most wins with 7 out of 8 games played. Janice Hobson and Dave White both won 6 out of 8.

Our two teams now move on to the Maghull League’s 2021 season of fixtures.

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

On Sunday 27th June, the Southport Federation team take on Bradford ‘A’ in their first match of the season. The home leg is being played at the Hesketh Arms and any support or help with marking and measuring would be greatly appreciated.

The home players chosen to represent Southport at the Hesketh Arms are Kez Adams and Fergal Wright. Hesketh Arms’ players selected to play in the away leg are Ray Atkinson, Darren Edgerley, Chris Harding, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde.

Both legs start at 2.00 pm.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

On Sunday 11th July (12 pm start) we will be holding our inaugural Champion of Champions competition when members will be competing for the “Blowick Cup”. This will be an invitation event for winners of our club competitions or team merits in 2020. It is hoped that this will become an annual event in the Club’s calendar and will normally be scheduled for the beginning of the season. It was not possible to hold it in April this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The “Blowick Cup” was acquired towards the end of last year and belonged to the old Blowick Hotel Bowling Club (the Blowick Hotel pub was situated where the Thatch and Thistle now stands).  

The following members, who were successful in 2020 club competitions or team merits, have qualified to play in this competition :-

Kez Adams – Championship Cup

Sue Andersen – Spring Pairs

Jason Chapman – Last Chance Cup

Jim Halsall – Rose Bowl / Spring Pairs

Chris Harding – Vice-Presidents Trophy

George Hitchmough – Blizzard merit

Graham Meadow – Tempest Merit

Pat McArthur – Ladies’ Championship

Mike Milne – Coronation Cup

Chris Porter – President’s Cup / Last Chance Cup / Hurricanes Merit

Phil Richards – Floodlit Trophy

Jon Roberts – Vice-Presidents Trophy

Brian Sutton – Chairman’s Shield / Floodlit Trophy / Thunder Merit

Dave White – Chairman’s Shield

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 4th July – President’s Cup (singles handicap with plate) 12.00 pm start.

GREEN BOOKINGS

Saturday 10th July – the green will be unavailable for members’ use due to a private booking.

Saturday 31st July – Burscough League President’s Day – spectators welcome.

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LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP

The Club held it’s first ever Ladies’ Day at the weekend when fifteen members competed for the Ladies’ Championship. It was particularly pleasing to see several new recruits to the Club playing in their first competition, including some who have been taking part in the Bowls for Health sessions. We hope to see them again at future club events.

In a change of format, the early stages of the competition were played using a group system with the players divided into three groups of five, giving all participants four games. The three group winners qualified for the semi-finals along with the best runner-up. Sue Andersen, Margaret James and Chris McManus finished top of the three groups and the best runner-up was Sue Davies.

The semi-finals were won by Sue Andersen and former winner Sue Davies, who had a narrow 11-10 win against Chris McManus. In the final Sue Andersen started well, winning the first three ends and was able to maintain the good form she had been in all afternoon to claim the Ladies’ Championship for the first time with a 15-7 win.

SUE ANDERSEN WINNER LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
RUNNER UP SUE DAVIES
SEMI FINALIST CHRIS NcMANUS
SEMI FINALIST MARGARET JAMES

Many thanks to those who helped with scoring, measuring and serving refreshments but in particular thanks must go to George Hitchmough for organising the excellent afternoon tea, which was extremely well received. Thank you also to the member who kindly donated prizes for the winner and runner-up

CHAIRMAN’S SHIELD

The next competition will be held on Sunday, 20th June, when we will be playing for the Chairman’s Shield. This is a non-random pairs and will start at 12 noon. Please register by 11.45 am to allow for a prompt start.

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COMPETITION NEWS 10 – CHAMPIONSHIP CUP REPORT

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

Congratulations to Chris Porter on winning the Championship Cup with a 21-16 win against Derek Ainsworth in the final.

Having overcome Dave White in his first game, Chris had two good wins against Vultures team-mates Liam Gregson (21-16) and in the semi-final, Darren Edgerley by a narrow 21-20 scoreline. Derek reached the final with wins against Terry Corfield (21-5), Kevin McCormack (21-19), Mark Rowlinson (21-6) and in another close semi-final, Mike Milne (21-19).

The final started off with neither player dominating and after twelve ends Chris led 8-7 but three 2s put Chris in control of the match to lead 14-7. Although Derek was able to win five consecutive ends to close the gap to 15-17, CP was able to score the chalks required to claim the title. Chris had previously won this competition 33 years ago in 1988 !!!

CAMPIONSHIP WINNER 2021 CHRIS PORTER
Chairman with Championship Cup Winner Chris Porter
RUNNER UP DEREK AINSWORTH
Semi Finalist MIKE MILNE

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COMPETITION NEWS 9 – JUNE 2021

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

Our next club competition will be the Championship Cup, which will be held on Sunday 6th June, starting at 12.00pm. This is the men’s singles championship and will be played off scratch, with no plate. There will be no more than four games on the green at any time during this competition. Following recent changes to the government guidelines, pre-booking will no longer be required, but please register by 11.45 am to ensure that a prompt start can be made.

LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP

The following week, on Saturday 12th June, we will be staging the Ladies’ Championship for the fourth time. In a change from previous years, we will use a round robin format for the early stages of this competition to ensure that all participants get two or three games. Please register by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start.

CORONATION CUP

Quarter-Final Results

Chris Harding 21, Laurie Townson 15

Roy Webster  21, George Hitchmough  11

Brian Sutton 21, Bill Bloor 7

Fergal Wright  21, Dave White 16

The semi-finals and final will be played on a date to be arranged.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 20th June         Chairman’s Shield (non-random pairs / no plate)

Sunday 4th July            President’s Cup (singles handicap with plate)

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COMPETITION NEWS 8 – SPRING PAIRS REPORT

COMPETITION NEWS 8 – SPRING PAIRS REPORT

SPRING PAIRS

Congratulations to Sue Andersen and Darren Edgerley on winning the Spring Pairs yesterday. This is a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day and this was the second successive win for Sue in this competition, having won it with Jim Halsall in 2020. It is good to see Darren back bowling after a break of several years and this was his first competition win at the Hesketh Arms since winning the Rose Bowl in 2011.

Sue and Darren had reached the final after surviving a fightback by Janice Hobson and Fergal Wright in the semi-final to win 21-16 and their opponents in the final were the experienced pair of Dave Bedford and Keith Maiden. It also good to see Dave Bedford playing competitive bowls again and Keith returning to the Hesketh Arms after a break of fifteen years. Dave and Keith had reached the final with wins against Ray Sutton and Roy Webster (21-18), Roger Van Beever and Dave White (21-14) and Pat McArthur and John Unsworth (21-7).

The first half of the final was close with Dave and Keith leading 10-9 but Sue and Darren took control by scoring three 3s in five ends to run out convincing 21-10 winners.

WINNERS DARREN EDGERLEY & SUE ANDERSEN
RUNNERS UP DAVE BEDFORD KEITH MAIDEN
SEMI FINALISTS

A plate competition was held for those knocked out in their first game and the final between George Hitchmough and Noel Morgans and Sue Davies and Chris Harding has been held over to be played at a later date.

CORONATION CUP

The following Coronation Cup quarter-finals should be played as soon as possible but no later than the end of May. A finals day will then be arranged for the semi-finals and final.

Quarter-Finals – games to be played by the end of May

Chris Harding (+2) v. Laurie Townson (+4)

George Hitchmough (+4) v. Roy Webster (+4)

Bill Bloor (Scratch) v. Brian Sutton (+4)

Dave White (+4) v. Fergal Wright (+2)

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Our next club competition will be the Championship Cup, which will be held on Sunday 6th June, starting at 12.00pm. This is a men’s singles and will be played off scratch, with no plate competition. Following recent changes to the government guidelines, pre-booking will no longer be required, but please register by 11.45 am to ensure that a prompt start can be made.

The following week, on Saturday 12th June, we will be staging the Ladies’ Championship for the fourth time. In a change from previous years, we will use a round robin format for the early stages of this competition to ensure that all participants get two or three games. Please register by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start.

Sunday 6th June           Championship Cup (men’s singles / no plate)

Saturday 12th June      Ladies’ Championship (ladies’ singles / round robin format)

Sunday 20th June         Chairman’s Shield (non-random pairs / no plate)

Sunday 4th July             President’s Cup (singles handicap with plate)

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RETURN TO PLAY

BCGBA Guidelines :- https://www.bcgba.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Return-to-Play-Step-3-Guidance.pdf

Following the above guidance, The green booking system will no longer be applied as it is not now mandatory.

Should you wish to use the green for practice you must use your own equipment.

You must follow government guidelines on social distancing, regarding the maximum of 6 people in any one group.

Please respect other people who may be using the green. We would ask that no more than 8 people are on the green at any one time.

Hand sanitiser is available inside the club toilet.

STRICTLY MEMBERS ONLY. NO GUESTS

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Team Subs

SUBSCRIPITIONS REMINDER !

Now that some team bowling has commenced, I would like to remind all team players that a further £20 is required from you in respect of team bowling subs.

Methods of Payment

(a)  Cheque payable to Hesketh Arms Bowling Club, Post to Mike Milne 20 Coudray Road, Southport, PR9 9NL

(b) Bank Transfer:- Hesketh Arms Bowling Club Account number 01007849 Sort Code 30-97-88 Please text Mike Milne on 07752352065 to confirm payment or email secretary@hesketharmsbowlingclub.co.uk to confirm payment

(c) Cash to Mike Milne or your team captain.

Thank you to all those members who have already paid.

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COMPETITION NEWS 7 – ROSE BOWL REPORT

COMPETITION NEWS 7 – ROSE BOWL REPORT

ROSE BOWL

The Club’s programme of competitions continued on Sunday when members competed for the Rose Bowl.

In the top half of the draw, Len Southworth reached the final with four good wins against Mark Rowlinson (21-16), Dave Bedford (21-13), Fergal Wright (21-19) and in the semi-final, Janice Hobson (21-14). Len’s final opponent was John Unsworth, who having won the first pairs competition of the season, continued his good form with wins against Derek Wignall (21-6), Noel Morgans (21-12), Darren Edgerley (21-10) and Chris Lancaster (21-11). The final was close all the way through but it was Len who got over the line with a 21-19 win. Congratulations to Len on his first competition win at the Hesketh Arms.

LEN SOUTHWORTH ROSE BOWL WINNER

A plate competition was held for those knocked out in the 1st Round and this was won by Alex Rimmer with a 15-11 win against Dave White in the final. Losing plate semi-finalists were Jim Howard and Roger Van Beever.

CORONATION CUP UPDATE

The Coronation Cup has progressed on schedule and the quarter-final line-up is as follows :-

Quarter-Finals – games to be played by the end of May

Chris Harding (+2) v. Laurie Townson (+4)

George Hitchmough (+4) v. Roy Webster (+4)

Bill Bloor (Scratch) v. Brian Sutton (+4)

Dave White (+4) v. Fergal Wright (+2)

SPRING PAIRS – SUNDAY 16th MAY

Entries are still being taken for the Spring Pairs, which will take place on Sunday 16th May. To book a place, please contact Mike Milne (michaelmilne66@outlook.com / 07752352065) as soon as possible. This is a random pairs with plate (pairings to be drawn on the day), starting at 12 noon. Please register by 11.45 am to allow for a prompt start.

Players booked in so far are :-

Sue Andersen ; Terry Corfield ; Sue Davies ; Mike Dunlop ; Darren Edgerley ;

George Hitchmough ; Barry McArthur ; Pat McArthur ; John McCabe ; Alex Rimmer ;

Lynne Smith ; Peter Smith ; Roger Van Beever ; Tony Wakefield

CLUB PLATES

If any member holds one of the Club’s plate trophies could they please return it next time they play in a competition so that the engraving can be brought up-to-date.

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COMPETITION NEWS 6 – MAY 2021


ROSE BOWL

The Club’s next competition will take place this Sunday, 9th May, when members will compete for the Rose Bowl. This is a singles handicap with a plate competition for those who lose their first game. So far 19 entries have been received and these are listed below. If your name is not on the list and you wish to enter, please contact Mike Milne (michaelmilne66@outlook.com / 07752352065) as soon as possible.

Bill Bloor ; Dave Bedford ; Jason Chapman ; Terry Corfield ; Sue Davies ;

Darren Edgerley ; Chris Harding ; Janice Hobson ; John McCabe ; Noel Morgans ;

Alex Rimmer ; Lynne Smith ; Peter Smith ; Len Southworth ; Ray Sutton ;

Tony Wakefield ; Derek Wignall ; Sue Wignall ; Fergal Wright

Please register by 11.45am for a 12 noon start.

CORONATION CUP – FIXTURES

The Coronation Cup has been progressing well and six of the eight quarter-finalists are now known. Games to be played are :-

2nd Round – games to be played by Sunday 9th May

Chris Harding (+2) v. Chris Porter (+2)

Laurie Townson (+4) v. Sue Davies (+4)

Quarter-Finals – games to be played by the end of May

George Hitchmough (+4) v. Roy Webster (+4)

Bill Bloor (Scratch) v. Brian Sutton (+4)

Dave White (+4) v. Fergal Wright (+2)

SPRING PAIRS – SUNDAY 16th MAY

Entries are now being taken for the Spring Pairs, which will take place on Sunday 16th May. To book a place, please contact Mike Milne (michaelmilne66@outlook.com / 07752352065) as soon as possible. This is a random pairs with plate (pairings to be drawn on the day), starting at 12 noon. Please register by 11.45 am to allow for a prompt start.