2016 season Club Report
Ross Men went through to the regional semi final in Area 5 in the Top
Club but lost away to Cheltenham BC, with our two singles players of
Dan Palmer 4 wood and Paul Brown having especially good performances
and the other players were again a credit to our club. Ross Men’s
A team again reached the Regional quarterfinals in the National Double
Rinks. Ross Ladies won the Herefordshire Area of the National Top
Club against Brimfield BC but were beaten by King’s BC Torquay that
were the eventual National finalists, but who lost in the final at
Hereford Times Cup
Ross started with a win but lost in the semi finals to the eventual winners Kington BC.
Dave Magness got through but was runner-up in the Men’s Singles.
Martin Smith won the Area Senior Singles for the third year in
succession and they were the only two Men from our club that reach the
Bowls England Championships @ Leamington Spa in 2016.
Men’s County League.
Good result in Division 1 for Ross A, who came second to Ledbury
BC. Unfortunately for the coming season Ross will only be
entering 3 teams in this competition.
Great result for Ross Men on winning this competition on the last end
of the last game to gain the 18 points needed to beat Monmouth
BC. Ross Ladies won their part of the competitions this
year. However, there are to be changes in the format of the Men’s
Competition, will reduce the number of our Men players, this has come
about due to the lack of members in the other clubs taking part in the
In the 2016 Friendly Men and Mixed Fixture
the Club Won 11. Lost 20. Fixtures cancelled by opposition
2. Bad weather 1. Cancelled by RBC 4 due to lack of
players. However, added to this number we had some games reduced
to 5 rinks or 6 Triples. Against the overall fixtures played the
Club members won 43, lost 56 and drew 3 games.
The club has adopted Club coloured wet/windproof jackets that has had
wide support from the members, although this is not a club dress
requirement. However, at the AGM there was wide support for the
introduction of Bowls England approved Shorts and Roll-ups can be
played in smart casual or tracksuits, both of which are now
incorporated into the Club Dress rules.
In this coming season 2017, several of the Club competitions round will
be held on set dates i.e. Men’s Rinks, Men’s and Ladies’ triples, Two
Wood Open singles, Two Wood Open drawn Pairs. Depending on
numbers wishing to take part there is also a plan to hold a Friday
evening mixed Pairs League on set dates throughout out the
The Monday afternoon triples league is still a firm favourite with the
Club members, which is organised by Terry Horsley. The winners
this season were: Elaine George, Rob Mann & Tom Buttery; the
runners-up were Pam Cook, Renée Buttery & Harold Aubrey. The
winners of the late season evening Triples league, organised by Richard
Cooke, were Lyn Evans, Geoff Harnwell, and Tom
The Clubs outdoor season 2106 there was a disappointing representation
in the County finals from Ross in the Men’s Herefordshire County
Competitions. However, Ross Ladies did better with Elaine George,
Teresa Williams, Mary Gardner & Kate Williams coming runners up in
the ladies Rinks and Teresa, Mary & Kate also runner-up in the
Triples and they then represented Herefordshire at the Bowls England
National Championships. Marcia Gwynne and Jenny Murray won the
County Senior Pairs, and Marcia came runner-up in the Ladies’ County
Champion of Champions.
RBC now starts the winter short mat season with weekly Club Internal
and County league Competitions, and also skittles, crib and Pétanque
leagues competitions all start in October. The RBC Annual General
Meeting was held on Thursday 17th November.
If you are interested in any of the sports on offer at the Club please
look us up on our website or come along to our regular Wednesday 7.30pm
evening short mat fun games that began in October.
There are plans to hold an Open day for New Club Members on Saturday
3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017 from 11am to 3pm, this is an opportunity
for you your family and friends to try Outdoor and indoor short-mat
Bowls, also turn your hand at Pétanque. The Club also has Crib
and Skittles teams and social membership is also available.
Ross Bowls Club 2015 Half Season Report
Under the auspices of the Club Captain Phil Bridges and Ladies’
Captain Joan Baker, RBC this season so far has taken part in the
National Double Rinks competition where Ross A team had convincing wins
against Eastnor BC and then Kington BC and Ledbury BC. Representing
Ross A were Dave Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Martin Smith, Rob Gwilliam
and Dan Palmer, Dave Magness, Barry Payne, Shaun Jones. Also in the
team were Glyn Williams, Paul Brown. Ross B beat St Martin’s BC in
their opening round with Ivan Beesley, Ian Roe, Paul Rainthorpe, Phil
Middleton and Alan Page, Mike Baugh, Richard Cooke, John Cummings,
Reserve player was Tony Vitale, but they lost to Ross A in June, who
then went on to narrowly lose away in the Regional area game to Tetbury
In the Men’s National Top Club Competition Ross beat Brimfield BC, then
Ledbury BC and St Martins but lost to St Dunstan’s BC Worcestershire in
the Regional area game, representing RBC were 2 Wood Singles Shaun
Jones (marker Richard Cooke) 4 Wood Singles Dan Palmer (marker Roger
Gwynne) Pairs Dave Watkins and Rob Gwilliam. Triples Glyn Williams,
Dave Magness and Martin Smith. Rink Paul Rainthorpe, Jeremy
Watkins, Phil Middleton, and Barry Payne, the team’s reserve was
Ross Ladies played away in the National Top Club competition against
Brimfield; losing on shot difference after Marcia Gwynne won the
Singles 21-20. Sue Dix and Jenny Murray won the pairs by 7 shots.
Joyce Tebbenham, Hilary Churchill, and Joan Baker in the Triples and
Elaine George, Betty Aubrey, Kate Williams, Mary Gardner in the rink
both lost their respective games. Pam Cook was the club
reserve. Ross Ladies then went on to be narrowly beaten in
the County Top Club to Leominster BC.
In the Men’s County finals last year’s runners-up from Ross BC in the
Rinks, are this years winners, and will go to the National Bowls
England Championships at Leamington Spa in August. They are Dave
Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Martin Smith, and Robert Gwilliam. Also going
to Bowls England as finalists from RBC are Martin Smith and Rob
Gwilliam County Pairs winners, Shaun Jones Two Wood Singles winner and
runner up Barry Payne, Shaun will also he competing as the runner up in
the 4 wood Singles.
In the National Mixed Double Rinks, Elaine George, Kate Williams,
Jeremy Watkins, Paul Brown won the opening round against the opposition
at St Martin’s BC but lost away to the Leominster rink in the next
Ross Men won their games in the Hereford Times Cup against Brimfield
and Ledbury and are in this competition final. The rinks were
Ivan Beesley, Paul Rainthorpe, Phil Middleton, and Barry Payne.
Dan Palmer, Les Williams, Dave Magness, Shaun Jones. Dave
Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Martin Smith, Rob Gwilliam, playing reserves
are Richard Cooke, Alan Page. They will play Eardisland BC in the
final after beating St Martin’s BC at Eastnor BC in the semi
In the Men’s Hereford League to date in Division One, Ross A are five
points behind in second place but with one game in hand over Ledbury BC
in first place. Ross B in fourth place with 2 points ahead to
Ross C. In the Second Division Ross D are in fifth place
In the Wyvern League fixtures, Ross Men are in a commanding position
having lost only one game away at Monmouth BC. Ross Ladies are in
second place but with several games in hand as the other clubs in their
part of the competition have not been able to provide their triples
Ross have had a number of friendly weekend fixture cancelled due to
varying reasons, but otherwise are doing reasonably well in those they
have competed in so far this season.
2014 End of Season Report
As the 2014 Ross Bowls Club outdoor season draws to a close we look
back on a successful year when our members have achieved some good
results. It started with a Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal for
Paul Brown in the Para Triples Lawn Bowls held at Kelvingrove at the
end of July.
The Ross Ladies’ rink of Sue Dix, Joan Baker, Marcia Gwynne (Ladies
Captain) and Jenny Murray became the County rinks Champions, Shaun
Jones won the Men’s County Two wood championship with Dan Palmer the
Two Wood runner-up, Dan went on to reach the quarterfinal at the Bowls
England National Championship; also at Leamington were Martin Smith,
the Regional Over 55 Singles Champion’ Dave Watkins, Jeremy
Watkins, Martin Smith and Rob Gwilliam, runners-up in the County Rinks,
and Dave Watkins and Martin Smith runners up in the County Pairs.
Kate Williams took part in the Under 25 Singles along with Abigail
Herbert from Leominster BC; they also paired up to play the under 25
pairs for the County at Leamington. All went on to represent
Herefordshire at the National Championships.
After the Championships Kate went on to beat Abigail in the under 25
Ladies’ County Singles. Marcia Gwynne and Jenny Murray regained the
title of Duckham Pairs Champions for 2014.
Ross Men achieved excellent results to reach the Regional quarter
finals and semi-finals in the National Double Rinks: Ross B were beaten
in their quarterfinal away by Chester Rd BC and Ross A were beaten away
in their semi-final away by Olveston BC. In the National Top
Club, we reached the semi-final, which was played at Ross and were
narrowly beaten by Worcester BC.
Jones captained the Ross Men in the teams that won both The Hereford
Times Cup and the Ross A team in the Hereford Men’s League Division
One. John Hyde and Richard Cooke captained Ross B to win the
Second Division, and will join Ross A and C in Division One next
season. Ross D, captained by Ray Bilby and Terry Horsley, came
sixth in the second Division.
Club Captain, Roger Gwynne, captained Ross Men to retain the Wyvern
League Trophy. Ross Ladies came a creditable second place behind Royal
Forest of Dean BC in their competition, taking part for RBC Ladies were
Betty Aubrey, Joan Baker, Pam Cook, Sue Dix, Marcia Gwynne, Jenny
Murray, Joyce Tebbenham.
In September RBC went to Eastbourne on a five day mixed bowls tour,
organised by Phil Bridges. The Lady tourist was Renée Buttery and
Roger Gwynne the Men’s tourist.
RBC Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 November.
The Pétanque section celebrated a very successful Winter League on 14th
April at the end of the Season, when presentations were made to the
winners of the two competitions.
The new Summer League will start at the end of April/ beginning of May.
Pam Cook Ida Turner Denise Mason Tess Wilson Winners of the 2013 Winter League
John Edwards Colin Boyse David Mason Winners of the 2013 Summer League
Short Mat League Results 2013/14
Thank you to everyone who has taken part and made the leagues such a
My particular thanks go to George Marshall whose efforts in putting
mats out, preparing the cards and administering the playing fees have
ensured that the leagues have run so smoothly.
WINNERS and RUNNERS UP
2013 Condensed End of Season
The good weather made it an enjoyable outdoor season for Ross Bowling
Club, during which the Ross Men’s teams got through as the
Herefordshire winners to both the Area 5 quarter-finals firstly in the
National Top Club Competition and in the National Double Rinks, but
lost in the next round of both competitions.
Ross Ladies won the Club’s internal five rinks friendly Game against
the Ross Gent’s team by 111 shots to 72. Guesting for the
Ladies were Mike Baugh, Bernard Glover, Roger Gwynne, and Roger
Pearce. The Ladies winning on four rinks and drawing on the fifth.
A great victory for the Ladies (helped by a couple of blokes) No gender
gap there then!
Pictured below the whole shebang.
In the Men’s National Top Club away game against Eastnor, RBC,
Captained by Shaun Jones, pulled off a good win, winning all five
games. In the 2 Wood and 4 Wood Singles were Paul Rainthorpe
& Dan Palmer; Pairs Jeremy Watkins & Rob Gwilliam; Triples Dave
Watkins, Martin Smith & Shaun Jones and Rinks Dennis Gardner, Frank
Garrett, Les Williams & Phil Middleton. In the next round at
Home it was a hard fought game against Kington BC and RBC narrowly won
by three games to two.
RBC Men won both the Wyvern League and the Hereford Men’s League (Ross
Ross Men’s rink of Jeremy Watkins, Richard Cooke and Martin Smith,
the Herefordshire County Triples Champions and Robert Gwilliam, the Two
Wood Singles Champion. Dan Palmer, Martin Smith, Shaun Jones, and
Robert Gwilliam were the County runners-up in the Rinks and all
represented Herefordshire and RBC in the last Men’s National Bowls
England Championships to be held at Worthing.
In the Hereford Times Cup Ross were beaten by St Martins in the
semi-finals. The Ross A squad in the Hereford Men’s League held
onto their title and Ross men also did the same in the Local Wyvern
League Competition, with Ross Ladies narrowly losing out on equal
points to Lydney but came runner-up on shot difference so were unable
to retain their Wyvern League title.
The Ross Ladies’ two rinks triples ‘A’ team of Ali Roe, Hilary
Churchill & Jenny Murray and Sue Dix, Joan Baker & Marcia
Gwynne won the prestigious County Kington Shield, which the RBC Ladies
last won in 1995, beating Brimfield B in the semi-final and Brimfield A
in the final - a great achievement.
Both Marcia Gwynne and Paul Rainthorpe were the runners up in the
County Champion of Champions Four Wood Singles competitions.
year’s winners, Marcia Gwynne and Jenny Murray became Runners-up in the
Duckham Pairs but are the new County winners in the Over 55 Pairs
competition. The Ladies under 25’s Singles winner was Abigail
Herbert from Kingsland with Kate Williams from RBC becoming a
Ross Bowling Club internal Championships for 2013 took place over the
weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday
this year and the results are shown in the > internal comps section
The President Mr John Perks thanked the official markers, the
Competition organisers Richard Cooke, Les Williams and David Mills,
Phil Bridges Umpire, also the ladies that provided the food and a
special thanks to the Green keepers who prepared the Green for the
competitions and their efforts once again this year in keeping the
Green fit for play during this season.
Men’s: Won 9, Lost 5
Mixed: Won 9, Lost 9
Ladies’: Won 4, Lost 4
Cancelled: 14 (9 by opposition, 3 by RBC, 2 due to weather)
Activities at the Bowls Club during the winter continue with
Short Mat Bowls, Club internal Competitions being organised by Mrs Ali
Roe and Ross also has three teams in the County league and several
members in the County team. Also played at the Club are Skittles,
Crib, and Petanque Competitions, and there are short-mat social
evenings on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm for all members, to which
interested new members are most welcome to come along. Outdoor
Bowls starts again in mid-April. The Club welcomes new members
throughout the year.