Open Day and Club Match Results(May 13, 2018)
Marine Gardens hosted the first of it's two Open Days last Sunday offering the general public the opportunity to try their hand at bowls with a view to perhaps joining the Club and taking an active part in this intriguing sport.
Consequently, over 12 people applied for membership with other applications still in the pipeline, a total of new members way beyond the expectations of the club's President and Captain and to the delight of all supporters. On the day, a plethora of budding new bowlers occupied all 6 rinks trying their hand under the watchful eye of the club's coaches Terry Urben, Terry Ashley plus members. It was truly a fun time with everyone noting the amount of enthusiasm displayed by people of all ages also appreciating the health and social benefits the sport provides. The next Open Day is scheduled for Sunday 27th May starting at 11 am.
The remainder of the week however was not so fortunate for Marine Gardens than the previous period, with a defeat in three successive matches.
In a non league friendly playing Pagham BC at home, only one rink was successful with skip Mike Elboroough (21 - 14) taking the top rink prize assisted by Jan Hartley, Kaye Elborough and Harry Tattersall, whilst David Sayers (9 - 22), Pauline Hughes (16 - 22) and Pauline Sayers (6 - 28) all unfortunately went down. At the halfway mark, Marine Gardens had an 18 shot deficit and despite a concentrated effort in the second half, failed to catch Pagham with the visitors claiming victory scoring 86 to 52.
A four shot deficit prevented Marine Gardens from snatching victory against Norfolk BC playing in their friendly encounter at home over 5 rinks, with Norfolk avoiding defeat scoring 90 - 86. Luigi Sebastiano leading 16 - 4 at the halfway stage on his rink, suffered a 4 shot loss on the 12th end, however managed to counteract that with 4 shots on the 19th and eventually winning 25 to 13. Jim Gray (19 - 13) was the other successful skip, however, Mick Collins, (11 - 19), Leon White (12 - 23) and Ivan Godsmark (19 - 22) all lost. Top rink went Sebastiano supported by Brian Vernau, Colin Markland and Norman Deegan.
Playing the first of the Stracey League matches of the season, Marine Gardens went down to Tarring Priory 73 to 87 in a 4 rink match played last Friday. With 19 shots down at half time, Marine Gardens endeavoured to make up to make up the deficit during the second half, and despite scoring another 38 shots, were unable to eliminate the shortfall. Ivan Godsmark was the only successful Marine Gardens skip facilitated by Terry Urben, Roy Mills and Jenny Ashman and awarded the top rink prize as a result. Brian Fuller (18 - 19), Jim Gray (19 - 25) and Mike Elborough (14 - 23) unfortunately went down Tarring was awarded 8 Stracey League points with Marine Gardens collecting 2.