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Ross Bowling Club Short Mat Bowling 2015-16

The short mat bowling season started in the best possible way for the club with its first capture of the County Summer League title. After winning their round robin group with only a single defeat in their 8 matches, Ross 1 progressed to the Final where they defeated Aston Ingham 8-2 to take the title.

As usual the club ran a full programme of internal competitions across the winter which culminated in a Finals Evening which started with the final rounds of the Club Singles competition, followed by presentation of trophies and prizes for all of the club competitions by president John Perks and a buffet supper.

In the Singles competition the final was between two Herefordshire county premier team singles players.  In the semi-finals Dave Watkins had seen off the challenge of Phil Jenkinson, whose achievement in reaching this stage of the competition in his first season of short mat bowling was highly commendable, whilst defending champion Tony Vitale produced some very accurate draw bowling to defeat Alan Carver. The final saw Tony make another strong start with sustained high quality draw bowling from the off and although Dave settled and clawed back some shots he was unable to make significant inroads into Tony’s lead and prevent him from winning his 3rd title in 4 years.

The competition winners in full were:

Tony Vitale

Evening Triples
Betty Aubrey, Maurice Leake, Ian Roe

Afternoon Pairs
Liz Nicholson, Harold Aubrey

Afternoon Australian Pairs
Pauline Mills, Les Williams

Afternoon Triples (1)
Gwen Lambert, Stella Bufton, Tony Vitale
Afternoon Triples (2)
Liz Cole, Mike Nicholson, Harold Aubrey

In the county competitions Ross had their most successful season for many years. Following disappointing National Qualifiers, which saw only the triple of Ali & Ian Roe and Ian Park advancing to represent Ross in the national finals, the club then enjoyed a phenomenal run of success in the County Championships which began with Kate Williams, partnering Joe Loveys from the Gorsley Chapel club, winning the County Pairs. Next up saw two titles captured in a weekend with the County Triples being won by Ali & Ian Roe and Ian Park and then the County Fours falling to George Marshall, Ian Roe and Pam & Ian Park. Next up was the Bromyard Triples Challenge and victory for George Marshall, Les Williams & Dave Watkins before finally the County Mixed Fours was won by Elaine George, Ian Roe and Pam & Ian Park. For the club to have won 5 of the 6 county competitions represents a remarkable achievement.

Despite all of the county championship successes, Ross A had to settle for the runners-up spot in the county Winter League, yet again losing out to a team from rivals Woolhope. Ross B finished in 4th place in Division 2 of the Winter League and Ross C finished 8th in that division.

In other events, Ali Roe, Dave Watkins, Pam & Ian Park finished runners-up in the Gavin Wright charity tournament held at the Larruperz Centre in September and the season was rounded off with Les Williams, Dave Watkins, Ian Roe & Ian Park winning the Fownhope Open Fours charity event in April.

Across the season 6 Ross players also represented the county teams in the Inter County Championship with Kate Williams, Dave Watkins and Ian Roe appearing in the ICC Premier Consolation Final when Herefordshire lost narrowly to Northamptonshire in their first ever final at Premier level.


County Mixed Fours Mar 16

County Pairs Dec 15

Gavin Wright Trophy 2015

Fownhope Fours Shield Winners 2016 - Ross

County Fours Jan 16

Bromyard Triples 2016

2015 County Triples

Opening of the Green 2015

In glorious sunshine, there was a large turnout of members at the Opening of the Green on Saturday 11th April. 
Opening 2015
In his speech, before he delivered the first wood of the season to mark the opening of the Green, the President, Mr John Perks, announced that the monies raised in his 2014 Presidency would be split between the local First Responders team, to enable them to purchase a much needed defibrillator, and Heartstart, who do such important work in training people in what to do if they are with someone who has a heart attack.  John also stated that his Charity for 2015 would be St Michael’s Hospice.  John Perks also thanked all those members who had worked so hard to prepare the Green, Clubhouse and surrounding areas.
Opening 2015

Paul Brown
, Bronze Medalist at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014, has had a very successful tournament in the 2015 World Disability Bowls Championships in New Zealand, winning a silver medal in the singles and a bronze medal in the pairs.  Paul said that the Greens were very different from here in comparison one of the greens was three or four yards quicker than his indoor green back home.

Shaun Jones has had a very successful indoor season playing in the Planet Bowls Circuit. He won the Grand Prix Singles in October 2014, got to the semi final of the Barwell Open Singles in December and in February Shaun got to the Boston quarter-final after beating Simon Skelton in first round; he also got to the semi-finals of the North Wiltshire Planet Bowls Open Singles in March and had a very tight game but lost in a tie-break to the eventual winner.  This brings him to No 7 in the rankings. 

Both Kate Williams and Luke Rawlings have been part of the England U21 Short Mat Bowling Squad.  Kate was very proud to captain the U21 squad in their game against Carmarthen. 

Luke Rawlings, pictured second from right) is seen receiving his runners-up medal in the Woodbridge Trophy, the Under-18’s plate competition, at the 2014 National Short Mat Championships. Luke came up against more experienced bowlers in his round robin group but advanced to the plate competition where he really hit form, advancing through the knockout rounds and winning his semi-final by a single shot. Despite losing in the final to Nathan Bailey of the West Midlands Luke can be proud of his fine performance.
Woodbridge Trophy

Short Mat. 
A very successful short mat season for the Club, which included:

November.  The recent singles and pairs County Championships saw an improved turnout from Ross (7 singles entrants and 4 pairs entrants) with David Watkins being our best performer, finishing runner-up in the singles championship although the pairs was won by Betty and Harold Aubrey who are club members but represent Weston at short mat.

Currently 6 Ross short mat players are playing regularly for the county Premier team with another 3 club members representing the county under other short mat club banners.

December.  The HSMBA Junior Pairs competition, which is an annual tournament and takes the form of a Pairs competition where each pair comprises a junior player and an adult partner, was held at Ross on 6th December.  The competition is targeted at the development of young players within the sport and is open to entrants from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and other invitees.  In the Plate, last year’s Trophy winners, Luke Rawlings and Tony Vitale (Larruperz), defeated Matthew and Stephen Kite (Lea) in the final.  Certificates and trophies were presented by Norman Allen, President of HSMBA who, with the organiser, Janet Cooper, had the highest praise for the Ross members who helped facilitate the day and, particularly, Ann Watkins and Von Brock who provided excellent catering.

LEH.  Ross won an extremely tight and exciting LEH Trophy tie against Wotton Hall by a single shot by virtue of the rink of Elaine George, Hilary Churchill, Dave Mills and Les Williams garnering an astonishing 6 shots in the last end of an otherwise very tight final game with Ross trailing in the match at that point by 5 shots.

February.  Congratulations to Ross members who were successful at the recent weekends of National Qualifiers and County Championships.

In the National Qualifiers Tony Vitale (a Ross member who plays short mat for Larruperz) won the Singles, Ali & Ian Roe won the Pairs and Kate Williams qualified in the Triples with Luke Rawlings and Joe Loveys, two other Herefordshire players in the England Under-21 squad with Kate. All of them will now compete in the National Finals in March and April.
In the latest round of County Championship disciplines Sue Dix, Rob George and Dave Watkins won the County Triples title and Kate Williams and Tony Vitale, together with Luke Rawlings and Joe Loveys, won the County Fours title. It was a great weekend for Ross, particularly as we hosted the triples event at the club and played with 5 mats down in the hall which worked very well.

March.  We conceded 14 shots to Gloster Knights in the away leg of the LEH semi-final, a creditable performance given that player availability was affected by holiday absences.  Ross lost to Gloster Knights again in the second leg played on 12th March.

Ross Bowling Club brought their winter short mat bowling season to an end with the climax of the Club Singles competition and an awards presentation and buffet supper on Monday 23rd March.

In the Singles competition the final was between the previous two years’ winners as Tony Vitale saw off the strong challenge of short mat newcomer John Cummings in his semi-final whilst Harold Aubrey produced consistently accurate draw bowling to defeat Rob George. The final was a tight affair with Tony making a strong start which Harold responded to but failed to fully recover from as the ends ran out and Tony was able to clinch his second victory in 3 years with a clinical final 2 ends to seal the match.

Club president John Perks presented the awards for all of the club competitions which had run over the winter season and paid special thanks to Ali Roe and George Marshall who had organised and run them.

Competition Results
Autumn Triples:
Winners: Betty Aubrey, Hilary Churchill & Ian Roe
Runners-up: John Churchill, Bob Baker & Dave Watkins

Winter Handicapped Singles:
Winner: Tony Vitale
Runner-up: Harold Aubrey

Autumn/Winter Pairs:
Winners: Pam Cook & Tony Vitale
Runners-up: Peter Wiles & Harold Aubrey

Autumn Triples:
Winners: Betty Aubrey, Pam Cook & Les Williams
Runners-up: Lyn Cole, Liz Nicholson & Harold Aubrey

Winter Triples
Winners: Peter Askwith, Steve Lambert & Harold Aubrey 
Runners-up: David Millington Jones, George Marshall & Leo Hughes

Many congratulations to all this year’s winners and runners up. I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this year’s leagues. I hope that you have all had fun and enjoyed some quality short mat bowling.  Once again many thanks to George Marshall who has worked so hard to put the mats down, organise the score cards and collect the mat fees each week.

Ali Roe
Short Mat League Organiser

Short Mat
Front Row (From Left to Right: Tony Vitale, Harold Aubrey, Betty Aubrey, Ian Roe, John Churchill, David Millington-Jones, Les Williams, Leo Hughes, George Marshall   Front Row: John Perks, Hilary Churchill

We have had some sad losses during the last few months, Jack Smith and Don Burford in December and Edgar Lewis, husband of Beryl Lewis in March 2015.

Maintenance/Work at the Club
Work on and around the Green continues throughout the year and it looks good!  We have had a new fence erected at the car park side of the Green.  It looks great and has made the car appear larger and will help with the condition of the Green.

President: Mr John Perks
Vice President: Mr Roger Pearce
Treasurer: Mr Ian Roe
Club Secretary: Mrs Marcia Gwynne
Club Captain: Mr Phil Bridges
Vice Captain: Mr James Zimmerman
Junior Vice-Captain: Mr Martin Smith
Fixtures’ Secretary: Mr Martin Smith
Ladies’ Captain: Mrs Joan Baker
Ladies’ Vice-Captain: Mrs Sue Dix
Ladies’ Fixtures Secretary: Mrs Sue Dix
Ladies’ Chairman: Mrs Teresa Williams
Ladies’ Secretary: Mrs Pam Cook

Membership Fees
Membership Fees have also changed.  They are now:
Full membership £70
Junior / Discretionary £23
Junior U-16 Free
Social £14
Short Mat £35
Pétanque £28

Social Events
There have been several social events over the Winter, including a Country & Western evening, Christmas Eve and New Year get-togethers and Juke Box Jury Quiz.  Our next event is the pre-season party on Saturday 11th April which should be good fun with excellent entertainment.

Ross-on-Wye BC Tournament
Ross BC is hosting a tournament on Monday 4th May 2015.  Initially invitations will go to non-Ross members, with Ross members taking up any shortfall if numbers are low. 
Teams will consist of three members, of which there should be one male and one female i.e. mixed triples.  The first session will start at 9 a.m. culminating in the final at 17.30 to 18.30 p.m.  On arrival players will be offered tea/coffee and sausage/bacon rolls.  Lunch will be supplied as part of the entry cost.  After each session’s ‘round robin’ stage a buffet will be supplied.  Cash prizes to winning teams. 
Details from Glyn Williams: Tel: 01989 564847  e-mail:

Open Day
We are having an Open Day on Sunday 24th May. Starting at 11 a.m. and running through the day.  Why not visit and see what we have to offer members.  Come and try your hand at Bowls, Pétanque or Short-Mat – equipment will be provided.  Refreshments will be available during the day.  For anyone wishing to join there will be a reduced membership fee if they join before 31st May.

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