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View From The Head

A lighthearted look at what’s gone on in the world of Portsmouth & District Bowls

Views From The Head – Dateline May 25th 


League News

Long COVID has struck the P&D scene with several clubs having to concede games because they couldn’t raise the minimum numbers required to play the game. Let’s just hope this isn’t an ill omen!!

Div. 1

Leaders Waverley travelled to Fareham and left with 13points after a 7shot victory. They won on the Starks’ Father & Son rinks, with another drawing. Charlie Bailey’s foursome responded for Farehamwith a 10shot win.

Meanwhile, 2nd place Rowner travelled to Cowplain and proved they had now got to grips with an artificial surface, by winning by 17shots, thanks to victories on the rinks of Graeme Coles & Barry Stafford, with Barry’s doing all the damage. Cowplain did garner 4points from the night with narrow victories on the rinks Steve Wiggins & Dave Luffman.

Bottom club Lee-on-the-Solent finally got on winning ways with a 16shot home win over Alexandra. With both Clubs winning on 2rinks, it was the 14shot win on Martin Ellis’ rink that proved decisive.

Waterlooville must have travelled to Priory with high hopes after their huge win of the previous week, but were brutally put in their place as Priory thrashed them by 79 shots!! The closest any ‘ville rink got was an 8shot defeat on Derek Holt’s rink. Meanwhile, the other 3 Priory rinks were having the time of their lives as they ran up cricket scores, led by the 37shot win by Adrian Snook’s men.

Finally, Leigh Park put last week’s hammering behind them as they got their first win of the season with a 41shot home win over visitors Lee-on-the-Solent, just failing to top the Ton. Big wins on the rinks of Barry Dixon and Jamie Ward were backed up by another from Mark Miller’s quartet. For the visitors, Graham Hillier’s rink came back from being 7down to snatch a 1shot victory. The win moved the Park boys out of the Bottom 3 whilst depositing the Solenteers to bottom spot.

Div. 2

In the only match played in the division, neighbours Vospers walked down the street to take on Portsmouth Water at their Alexandra home and walked back again with 13points in their pockets after their 2shot win. Whilst 2of the rinks were having a toe-to-toe struggle, with Vospers winning one by 2shots with the other being drawn, the other two were battling to see who finished with the biggest win and it ended with both getting 16shot victories, Terry Smith for Vospers, Pete Musson for Pompey Water.​

Div. 3

Leaders Denmead travelled to Purbrook Heath and returned with a 16shot victory. They won on 3rinks, led by Mike Wright's foursome, whilst Mark Berry’s rink prevented the whitewash with their 1shot win.

Gas Social is keeping the pressure on Denmead after beating visitors Pembroke Gardens by 25shots. Gas won on 3rinks, with large wins on the rinks of George Reuter & Stuart Townsley. David Brookes' quartet prevented the whitewash with their 4shot win


Views From The Head – Dateline May 17th


League News

Div. 1

Leaders Waverley took on visitors Priory, another Club with hopes of displacing them at the top, and came away with a 12 shot victory. They won on 3 rinks, led by the 16 shot win on captain Gary Stark’s rink. That covered the 19 shot  defeat suffered by his father’s rink at the hands of Adrian Snook.

Meanwhile, 2nd place Rowner were involved in a close tussle with Fareham, finally winning by 5 shots on their Home green. All the rinks were close ending in single digit margins, but Rowner managed to win three of them. [I was told it was a cracking game a great advert for P&D Bowls – but put it down to the home captain blowing his trumpet!!]

Bottom club Lee-on-the-Solent finally got on winning ways with a 16 shothome win over Alexandra. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks. it was the 14 shot win on Martin Ellis’ rink that proved decisive.

In the other match, Leigh Park was hoping to build on their close game against Waverley. Unfortunately for them, the match was on Waterlooville’s carpet, which proved too much for 2two of their rinks who thrashed by a total of 71 shots in their 73 shot defeat. They did manage to win on 1 rink but only just as Jamie Ward’s men got through by a single shot, having been 5 up with 2 ends to play.

Div. 2

Leaders Vospers lost their first match of the season after they travelled to bottom club Gosport and fell to a 3 shot defeat. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, the 14 shot  win by Dave Young’s Vosper’s rink was covered by the 15 shot & 7 shot wins on the Gosport rinks of Simon Batcheler & Ian Homeyard, respectively. The win moved Gosport of the bottom of the table.

In the other game played in the division, Milton Park leap-frogged over Star & Crescent with a 20 shot home win. Both clubs won on 2 rinks, but whilst there were close affairs, it was the 19 shot win on Andy McKain’s rink that did all the damage for Milton.

Those two results meant that Naismith is now the “strongest” team in the Division!!

Div. 3

Leaders Bridgemary fell to a successive defeat, this time by 29 shots at Gas Social. Gas won on 3 rinks, led by the 18shot victory for Stuart Townsley’s rink. Brian Adams’ rink prevented Bridgemary being whitewashed with their 7 shot win.


Denmead are the new leaders of the division as they made full use of home advantage by eviscerating luckless Pembroke Gardens by 73 shots. Whilst 3 of their rinks were enjoying themselves at their visitors expense, led by the 33 shot trouncing handed out by George Carmichael’s rink. (Mind you it didn’t help Pembroke’s cause that one of their players couldn’t find his way out of the City!!) Denmead teammates must have been wondering how they didn’t get all the points as Pembroke’s Dave Brookes’ rink fought to tie their game 20 shots apiece – but it could have been better for the Southsea men as they dropped a Five on the last end!!

Views From The Head – Dateline May 10th


County Competitions

Bowlers hoping to reach the 2022 National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa began the long process in late April and there has been one shock already.

 - At Lee-on-the-Solent, the Grandfather & Grandson Pairing of Roy Cullen & Joshua Thompson beat a Waverley Pair consisting of England International Matthew Marchant & Hampshire Middleton Cup bowler Paul Cooke 15-14

 - Meanwhile, in the 4Wood Singles, a rerun of last year’s Area Final saw last year’s surprise package, Mark Berry of Purbrook Heath, again defeat Priory’s Roly Bloy 21-12.

League News

In the League, it was a busy time for Div.1 Clubs as they had 2 games to play in the week.

Div. 1

Tuesday Matches

The Waverley juggernaut continued onwards with an 82 shot home thrashing over luckless Waterlooville AND ‘ville even managed to win a rink! 2 Waverley rinks topped the 40 shot mark, but Danny Smith’s rink take all the plaudits with their 49-3 win. All of this must have bemused ‘ville’s Richard Allen rink as, despite the carnage around them, they won by 10 shots.

2nd place Rowner kept up with the Southsea men with a 2nd successive Home win, this time by 29 shots over local rivals Lee-on-the-Solent. They won by double digits on 3 rinks, led by the 12 shot win by Phil Pinder’s rink. Martin Ellis’ rink prevented the Solent men being whitewashed with their 5 shot win.

At Cowplain, the 2 Clubs who had lost heavily met and it was Cowplain who heaped more misery on Alexandra, winning by 40shots and 3 rinks. However, it was only 1rink that let Alex down, as Don Lilley’s men crashed to a 33 shot defeat. Carl Baggott’s rink spared Alex’s blushes with a single shot win.

Fareham got their season off with a tight 4 shot home win over Leigh Park. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, it was the 7 shot win by Charlie Bailey’s rink that turned the match Fareham’s way.


Friday’s Matches

Waverley was made to fight hard to finally beat Leigh Park by 4 shots. With both Clubs winning a rink with the other two being tied, it was 10shot win on Danny Smith’s rink that gave Waverley the win as that overcame the 6 shot win for Leigh Park by Mark Miller’s rink.

2nd placed Rowner fell to an 8shot away defeat at Priory. In a tight game, Priory winning on 3rinks gave them the match.

Fareham followed up their win over Leigh Park by thrashing Cowplain by 54 shots on their Home turf. Fareham won all 4rinks but it was the big wins on the rinks of Charlie Bailey and John Travers that were the cause of the size of the victory.

Finally, Alexandra got their act together with a 50 shot Home win over Waterlooville. Alex won on 3 rinks with the other being tied but the size of the victory was thanks to the 28shot win on Steve Feilder’s rink. Derek Holt’s rink picked up 7 shots on the last 3 ends to get ‘ville a point by getting a draw.

Div. 2

At Northern Parade, two Clubs who had won their first match met up and it was Vospers who took home all the spoils with a 34 shot Home win over Milton Park. Vospers won all 4 rinks, but it was the size of the victories on the rinks of Dave Young & Terry Smith that helped the final margin.

Earlier in the week, Naismith found out that putting a full side out always helps, recovering from their defeat the previous week by winning away at Portsmouth Water by 6shots. They won on 3 rinks, led by Howard Davis’ quartet. Brent Riste’s rink spared the Watermen’s blushes with their 9shot win.

However, they couldn’t carry on the good form on Friday, as they crashed to a 44 shot defeat at Star & Crescent. They weren’t helped that one of their side had to leave the game through illness and they didn’t have a travelling reserve to step in. Star won on 3 rinks and the size of their victory was thanks to the 30 shot win on Robbie Dennison’s rink. At least Kelvin Chandler’s rink got Naismith 2 points from the game with their 3 shot win.

Finally, Portsmouth Water recovered from their Naismith defeat by travelling onto the peninsula to beat Gosport by 5 shots. Both Clubs won on 2 rinks, with each having a rink that won big. It was the 14shot victory for Brent Riste’s men that overcame the 10  shot loss to Jim Oswell’s quartet.

Div. 3

Denmead opened their season with a rousing 38 shot, all rink win over visitors Gas Social. Boosting them to that victory were the 11shot wins on the rinks of George Carmichael and Glyn Jones.

In the other match, Bridgemary couldn’t quite follow up their win of the previous week as they fell to a 3 shot defeat at Purbrook Heath. With both Clubs winning on 2 rinks, it was the 13 shot win on Mick Frank’s rink that overcame the 10 shot loss to Craig Rimmer’s Bridgemary rink, as the other 2 cancelled each other out.

Views From The Head – Dateline May 3rd


League News

The P&D Leagues got back to normal with a full competitive start last Friday, but the intervening two years caused by the COVID outbreak has meant that lots of Clubs have made large changes to their League sides caused by player turn round. In addition, we Lost Eastney due to player shortage and other Clubs have found that they can no longer run a League Side as bowlers have found other things to do rather than bowl, so the Leagues now just have 20 Clubs playing in them.

Div. 1

A much changed Waverley took on old rivals Alexandra (similarly much changed) and announced their determination to keep hold of the Peter’s Bowl by thrashing their visitors by 65shots. Not surprisingly, they won all 4 rinks, with huge wins on the rinks of John Biggs and Gary Starks. For Alex, only Carl Baggott’s rink kept the loss down to single figures

Rowner made an excellent start on their return to Div. 1 by beating visitors Leigh Park by 31shots, winning on all 4rinks. However, all the damage was inflicted by Graeme Coles’ men as they made full use of home green knowledge to win by 18shots, whilst the other 3 Leigh Park rinks kept things tighter. Seeing 1 of their rinks dropping 14 shots on 2 ends couldn’t have done much for the morale of the other Park rinks butt they stuck to their tasks.

Priory also started well with a 29 shot way win on the carpet at Cowplain. They won on 3rinks, led the 21shot win on Adrian Snook’s rink. They probably should have got all 16points except that Martin Eggleton’s rink dropped sixes on 2 of the last 3ends!!

In the other match in the division, Waterlooville made use of their carpet to beat Lee-on-the-Solent by 10shots. They won on 3rinks and their victory was thanks to the 8shot win on Barry Tovey’s rink as the other 3rinks were all close affairs.

Div. 2

Vospers got their season off to an excellent start with 25shot away win at Naismith, who washampered by having to play 1short. Vospers won on 3rinks, led by the 12shot win on Ray Porter’s rink. For Naismith, Vic Robertson’s quartet picked up 6shots on the last 3ends to take the game by 1