Marine Gardens BC - Report w/ending 30, August 2020(August 30, 2020)
“Battle of the Ashes – sort of!
Wednesday 26 August and Marine made the journey to the attractive green at Henfield. A very friendly afternoon of bowls ensued, but as expected the hosts made the most of home knowledge and ran out winners by 54 shots to 44. Two rinks were defeated but at least the trio of Leon White, David Hughes and specialist skip Ivan Godsmark held out for a hard-won victory. Tied on 13 shots each after 16 ends, they held off the challenge of the hosts and finished with a deserved 16 shots to 13 win.
Rink scores summarised below -
Matt Ryan, Shaun Coppard & skip Mike Hitchin – 12 shots lost to D McLaughlin 21 shots
Leon White, David Hughes & skip Ivan Godsmark – 16 shots beat S Williams 13 shots
Gerry Perch, Alan Paterson & skip Harry Smith – 16 shots lost to R Richie 20 shots
Marine Gardens 44 shots lost to Henfield 54 shots
Saturday 29 August and Marine hosted three triples from Worthing / Homefield Park. A week earlier the same fixture away at Beach House Park had produced a very tight match, with the hosts only winning by 3 shots. Sadly, the game at Marine Gardens proved a rather one -sided affair with the visitors winning by a handsome 43 shots. There were two bright spots for Marine Gardens. The trio of Mark Berriman, Paula Seymour & stalwart skip Harry Smith had a good win; by 16 shots to 14. And on rink 5 debutant June Chalkley put in a gradually improving performance against experienced and tough opposition. Although it should be noted that the visitors were a player short, so Marine Garden’s fixture secretary Bob Cole kindly stepped in to make up the trio.
He proceeded to have an excellent game, often undoing the good work of debut lead June, and was a key part in the visitors hammering the hosts by 34 shots to 5. But his club-mates will forgive him. Eventually!
Rink scores summarised below –
Paul Baker, Sandra Baker & skip Frieda Goulding – 10 shots lost to R Hallett 26 shots
Mark Berriman, Paula Seymour & skip Harry Smith – 16 shots beat T Poole 14 shots
June Chalkley, John Eilbeck & skip Terry Urben – 5 shots lost to M Page 34 shots
Marine Gardens 31 shots lost to Worthing / Homefield Park 74 shots
Away from the inter-club matches the internal competitions have reached the semi-final stage. Sunday 30 August saw the battle of the Ashes – sort of! Club secretary Jenny Ashman was up against club coach Terry Ashley in the veteran singles. A low scoring but high-quality match ensued. Ashley often took his time to study the head and settle on his next shot; as he is entitled to do, but Ashman was also focused and showed a consistently deft touch with her draw bowling. In the end that accuracy paid dividends as Jenny emerged victorious by 18 shots to 12.