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Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Priory Silver (away) on Wednesday 19th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

A Lord

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

P Willis  

Two

R Newman

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

A New

 

Three

G Dyer

Skip

B Weaver   

Skip

C Lihou  

Skip

P Willoughby

    Reserves: R Wallbridge & P Wright  
Combination Team Match Report
Star & Crescent 58 (8) Milton Park Red 46 (4)  After 2 losses, the combination side produced a better performance on Wednesday in defeating the previously unbeaten Milton Park Red team. Although we only won on one rink it was all due to the effort by Bob Weaver and his team who laid the foundation for ultimate victory. Leading at one time 25-1, they ensured that their final score of 28-8 was enough to compensate the other losing rinks to clinch the overall match victory. The Russell Durham rink were never in the lead (bar the 1st end) against strong Milton rink opponents and shared the same number of ends before finally losing by 15 shots to 22. The old cliché of a game of 2 halves couldn't be more truer for Robbie Dennison's rink in their match.  Comfortably leading at the half way stage 13-5 they then had a well below par 2nd half to lose the match 15-16; however it will have to go down as 2 points lost.
Dates for Your Diaries
This weeks postponed division 3 match against Cosham Park (away) has been rescheduled for Monday 8th July
Our 1st round match in the Rowland Cup, opponents unknown at this time, is on Monday 22nd July.  If we was to win than the next round will be played the following Monday the 29th July
Just a reminder that the postponed combination division 2 match against Naismith (away) is ON Monday1st July.
 
Club Competitions
The club championship singles got underway this week when Kevin Hudson had a very good result when beating Martin Ward 21-14. There were also walkovers for Colin Lihou & Tony Portch after their opponents withdrew from the competition.
 
Fri 14 June 24
 
 
 
Division 3 Result
Star & Crescent 91 (16) Naismith 55 (0). Well, what a difference a week makes and back to our comfortable surroundings at the Waverley. We may have been playing the bottom of the league at our home venue, but these are the sort of matches where we can come unstuck. Not today however, where everyone seemed a lot more focused and put in a performance to be proud of. Again, leading the way was Robbie Lewsley's boys who got into the groove early on and then steamrollered the opposition by taking 13 ends and winning 29-10. This set us up quite nicely, but casting a worrying eye over at rink 4 meant that we couldn't take anything for granted. So next up was Geoff (I don't like rink 6) Dyer, who was all level at 10 ends, then won 6 of the last 7 to come through 18-11. Steve Sprake's four got through with a steady team effort,  the game being tightly balanced, but again winning 6 of the last 7 ends and ending at 20-14. It seemed that the good work of these 3 rinks would be of no avail as Alan New’s rink were having a terrible time (understatement) in their match. They picked up their first shot on the 8th end and after 10 they were 1-18 down. The worry at that stage was that if they carried on like this it would cost Star the match.  Then the rink had a light bulb moment and started playing like men possessed by winning 6 of the last 8 ends and scoring 23 shots (including a count of 7) to finish 24-20. It was unbelievable and not too good for the captain’s blood pressure! It just shows with all 4 rinks coming on strong at the end, this  disproves our record of always falling away at the death.
 
Mon 10 June 24
 
 
 
Match Postponed
Our number of matches for June has just been decreased after our Division 2 fixture scheduled for Friday 14th June against Cosham Park (away) was postponed.  Again, this means there is only one match next week again.
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Milton Park Red (home) on Wednesday 12th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

A Lord

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

R Newman

 

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

G Dyer

 

Three

A New

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

B Weaver 

    Reserves: P Willis & Tony Portch  
 
Sat 8 Jun 24
 
 
 
Club Singles Competitions
The draws for the Club Championship & Handicap Singles have been made and are shown on the relevant pages of this web site.
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
Richard Cunnington goes marching on in the 2-wood singles after he defeated Bob Scottow 14-8 at Fareham. Only Andrew Hibberd (Priory) stands in his way for him to qualify for the Area Finals.
 
Sun 2 June 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
June is a very lean month for matches with only 6 games scheduled to be played throughout.  As a consequence, next week there is only 1 match on our fixture list which is for next Friday.  Obviously some players will unfortunately miss out and be disappointed. 
Division 3 match against Naismith (home) on Friday 7th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

M Ward

Two

W Ames

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

B Weaver

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

R Durham

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Lewsley

    Reserves: K Hudson & A Lord   
 
Division 3 Result

Purbrook Heath 61 (12) Star & Crescent 59 (4) Disappointing is the obvious word that springs to mind, with our opponents being one place above us in the league and just 2 points ahead. It was always going to be tough on a tricky green, but the manner of the loss and how we managed to let the win slip from our grasp, had echoes of last season and our inability to get a win away from home. So, with 2 winning rinks we at least had something to build on and the story unfolded as we hit 8.05pm. The first to finish was Steve Sprake's rink, who won 13 ends finishing at 22-8 and leading the team out with +14 to defend. Next was Geoff Dyer, who at the half way point was winning and after 13 ends were holding their own at 12-12, then managed to lose the last 5 ends including a count of 6, walking off the green at 12-23. The shot difference was now disappearing fast with only +3 in hand. This was followed by Alan New who only won 6 ends, scoring nothing more than a single and the scoreboard reading 6-17. We were now trailing by 8 shots with only Bob Weaver to finish. Going into the last end he was 7 shots ahead and at one stage holding another shot, but their skip managed to convert and we ended up winning 19-13. Losing a game which we should have won by just 2 shots, just shows that every end is vitally important even if you are losing, dig in and play to the finish. Finally, away from the result, I would personally like to thank Ted Nutland. He is the perfect example of a good club man, turning up as reserve for both away games this week, never a moan just being there if we need him.

Sat 1 June 24
Combination Division 2 Result
Bedhampton 68 (12) Star & Crescent 29 (0) Star once again failed to come to terms with playing on artificial surfaces.  Our record over the last 20 years is pretty poor with not a single win recorded at Bedhampton. Robbie Dennison's rink only won 5-ends in their matchewhen losing 9-18 although the score line probably was a little harsh after restricting the opposition to scoring just a single shot on 10-ends.  Bob Weaver's men also only won 5-ends but unfortunately were never in the hunt and lost rather heavily 7-29.  Although losing 13-21 Geoff Dyer's four would have the satisfaction of winning the second half of their game after a poor start left them with too much to do. The only positive is that there are no more carpets to be played on this season!
Thurs 30 May 24
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Bedhampton (away) on Wednesday 29th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

J Bell

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

P Willoughby

Three

A New

 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

 G Dyer

    Reserves: R Wallbridge & T Nutland 
Division 3 match against Purbrook Heath (away) on Friday 31st May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

R Durham

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

S Sprake

    Reserve: T Nutland   
Division 3 Result

Star & Crescent 79 (14) Pembroke Gardens 59 (2) Another strong showing at home against a side sitting 2nd in the league. Once again, Alan New's rink had another convincing victory, winning 8 of the first 10 ends and cruising at 18-2. In spite of losing the next 4, they held on to win 22-11. Bob Weavers rink split the game at 9 ends each, but after scoring a 7 on the 5th end, never really looked back to win 20-15. Rob Lewsley's boys played their part in a tight match, easing away in the last few ends to win 18-13 and another 2 points for the team. Regrettably Steve Sprake's rink couldn't complete the clean sweep. Out on rink 6 they matched the opposition but against a skip who consistently played heavy woods into the head, meant that holding positions were lost. However 2 counts of 6 kept them in the match and picking up a 2 on the last end reduced the arrears to 19-20. Well done everyone and rest up because next Friday at Purbrook is on a much heavier green.

 
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
Not a good week for Stephen Greenwood who bowed out of both singles competitions.  In the 2-wood singles he was well beaten by Carter Blandford (Leigh Park) 2-18 whilst in the 4-wood he fared better but still lost out to Tony Hall (Milton Park) 17-21.  Our only remaining bowler left in any of the County competitions is Richard Cunnington who defeated Dave Meyer (Milton Park) 17-9 in the 2-wood singles.
 
Score Card Responsibilities
Just a reminder, as per the Bowls England Laws the skips are responsible for their rink score cards. ONLY if BOTH skips agree can the maintaining of BOTH scorecards be transferred to another player in their rink. i.e. both cards MUST be at the same end of the rink at all times and checked throughout the match. At the end of their match, each skip MUST ensure that both cards show the same result and then sign both cards, thereby showing they have performed this check. They MUST also record the time the game finished on their card. Adhering to these rule will cut out the anomalies that have been occurring lately and putting us at risk with penalty points being deducted.  Also. would you please annotate any tied ends with the letter "T" to avoid any confusion with the cards.
 
Sun 26 May 24
 
 
 
Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 50 (2) Leigh Park Red (10) Star lost their second consecutive home match last night rather disappointingly.  With the victory in sight and a 3-shot lead going into the final end the result was turned on it's head when Alan New's rink had a nightmare of a last end when losing 6-shots to finish 13-21 in arrears and with it the match. It was a shame for this rink as they had fought back from a 9-shot deficit to reduce the arrears to just 2-shots only to fall away at the last hurdle.  Although Rob Lewsley and his men won by a good score of 26-15 they can count themselves unlucky that it was not by more with the "Parkers" skip saving a number of shots which avoided a much heavier defeat.  Russell Durham's rink was in with a chance to achieve a win in their match but a stronger finish by the away team ended in a loss for our lads 13-21.
 
Thur 23 May 24
 
 
 

Division 3 Result

Waterlooville 99 (14) Star & Crescent 61 (2) Whilst it was disappointing to lose our first away game of the season, Waterlooville's all-weather surface is likely to be one of the more trickier greens we play on this year.  There were some battling performances but let’s start with our only winning rink on the night. Alan New’s boys deserve a pat on the back, coming from 13-17 down with only 2 ends remaining to then pick up 10 shots, and win 23-17. Geoff Dyers rink (with a strong Welsh influence) had a topsy turvey game and in spite of winning the final 3 ends, closed the gap but still lost 16-18. Steve Sprake's rink was looking reasonably comfortable at the half way stage, leading 8-7 and bowling well. However the opposition got the jack and brought the mat up and from then on it was a struggle. Although it was 9 ends each they managed to lose 13-24. Russ Durham's four were up against Waterlooville's strongest rink and were always going to come off 2nd best. Unable to get into the game until the 8th end, they just left themselves with a mountain to climb trailing 0-26. Although they won 7 of the last 11 ends, the scoreboard still made horrific reading, losing 9-40. So we will brush ourselves down, learn from the experience and get back on track, home to Pembroke next week.

 
Sun 19 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Leigh Park Red (home) on Wednesday 22nd May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

W Ames

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

T Nutland

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

 G Dyer

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

    Reserves: S Greenwood & R Dennison  
Division 3 match against Pembroke Gardens (home) on Friday 24th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

R Philbrick

 

Lead

G Davies

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

J Bell

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

W Ames

Three

P Willis

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

S Sprake

    Reserves: T Portch & T Nutland   
Combination Division 2 Result
Milton Park Black 43 (2) Star & Crescent 72 (10)  Star dominated this away match from the start and were relentless throughout and well deserved their victory. Captain Alan New's rink led the way and only lost 5-ends when winning 30-10.  The rink included Kevin Hudson who made an encouraging debut for Star.  Russell Durham's quartet were never in trouble and were the other winners on the night with a 26-15 success.  Despite winning more ends than the opposition, Robbie Dennison's four paid the price for dropping a 6-count (avoidable) on their way to losing 16-18.  With our bad record of not performing very well when travelling, it was great to get off the mark with a victory in our 1st away match.  Long may it continue!
 
Rearranged Match
Please note for your diaries.  The postponed Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) that should have been played on 1st May has now been rearranged for Monday 1st July.  Unfortunately, this means that we are also playing Naismith again on the Wednesday of that week.
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
What a terrible week for our players in the county competitions with no successes to report although Richard Cunnington came very close in the 4-wood singles but lost out on the smallest margin of 20-21 to Brian Cherry (Milton Park).  Also in this competition Tony Portch lost at Denmead to Mike Wright 5-21. It was not a good week for Tony who also lost in the2-wood singles to Dave Brown (Milton Park) 2-20. Both our triples were on the wrong end of success; Stephen Greenwood, Russell Durham & Alan New travelled to Gosport where they lost 14-21 to Neil Butler whilst Geoff Dyer, Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake found the going tough at Northern Parade when losing to Steve Feilder (Alexandra) 7-17.  To cap off a bad week, Stephen Greenwood, Robbie Dennison, Alan New & Steve Sprake were thrashed at Priory by ex-Star man Adrian Snook
 
Sat 18 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Milton Park Black (away) on Wednesday 15th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

 M Ward

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

A New

 

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

B Weaver 

    Reserves: P Willoughby & P Willis   
Division 3 match against Waterlooville (away) on Friday 17th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

R Philbrick

Two

P Wright

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willis

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Durham

    Reserves: T Nutland & K Hudson   
Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 35 (1) Waverley Red 50 1/2 (11) Not the result we wanted.  Despite playing against a team a man down, Star failed to rise to the challenge against the strong Waverley side and were well beaten.  The only crumb of comfort was the point gained by Robbie Dennison's rink who managed to draw 14-14 though truth be known in all honesty it should have been a win and 2-points after a very good start was lost. Rob Lewsley's men just missed out on a rink victory when playing against the depleted rink.  After the opposition had the mandatory 25% shots subtracted, the home team needed to win the last end to secure the rink points.  Unfortunately, it was the men in maroon who won the end and the 2-points by 131/2 - 11 .  Russ Durham's foursome were outshone by the bowling of the Waverley skip, Barry Starks, and suffered a loss of 10-23.  The good news was the promising debut of Wayne Ames who had a fine game.
 
Division 3 Result
Star & Crescent 89 (14) Gas Social 56 (2) So, it was a good start to our 1st season in division 3, with a comfortable win over Gas Social 89-56, winning on 3 rinks which meant a points tally of 14-2. Lets  start with Geoff Dyers rink who kept it tight throughout and in spite of winning 10 of the 18 ends and picking up a 3 on the last, just lost 17-19. Alan New's rink had a tough first half and then accelerated away to win 20-11, only losing 5 ends in total. As always Rob Lewsley came out all guns blazing, picking up 7 shots on the 6th end and although holding a 4 on the 17th, their skip moved the jack and we went 5 down. They did however hold on for a 26-18 win. Finally, out on rink 6, Steve Sprake's boys enjoyed the evening sunshine in what was an all round good team performance. Everyone played their part in the 26-8 win and having kept the pressure on right from the start, it was the 10th end with the score at 20-0 before the opposition managed to get on the scoreboard. A point worth mentioning, however and without being too negative, our old failings of leaking shots at the business end of matches arose again as illustrated on the 17th end when 3-rinks managed to drop 12-shots, which in a tighter game could have cost us the win.
 
P&D Competitions
The draws for the 2024 P&D competitions have been made.  The relevant web page has been updated to show those matches involving our players.
 
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
The county competitions got underway this week with the pairs, now on a fixed date.  It was mixed fortunes for our pairs with the only success being Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake who beat Vic Phipps (Alexandra) 21-16 whilst Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer lost out to Nathan Hanley (Purbrook Heath) 11-19.  A preliminary round of the triples saw Geoff Dyer, Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake proceed to the next round without bowling a wood when their opponents from Lee-on-the-Solent conceded the match.
Sat 11 May 24
New Members
We are very glad to welcome two new members to the club Wayne Ames & Kevin Hudson - two very good prospects for the future.  We hope they enjoy their time & bowls with us.
Team Selection
After a belated start, the first team's league matches gets underway this week resulting in 2 games per week from now on for our bowlers.  The teams' selected for this weeks encounters are shown below but may be subject to change depending on medical & availability matters:
Combination Division 2 match against Waverley Red (home) on Wednesday 8th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

B Weaver 

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 M Ward

 Reserves

K Hudson

Division 3 match against Gas Social (home) on Friday 10th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

R Philbrick

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

R Newman

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

B Weaver 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

R Dennison

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

T Nutland

 Reserves

R Wallbridge

Club Pairs Competition
Yesterday, for the first time since 2012, the club pairs competition was played.  With 16 bowlers participating (including our new members Wayne & Kevin), the pairs were randomly drawn and split into two leagues with each pair playing on a round robin basis of 7-ends per match with the winners of each league contesting the final. Games were evenly matched (well most) with no pairs losing all their matches but with no team winning all their three matches.  The winners of each league were finally decided by shot difference with Martin Ward / Stephen Greenwood & Wayne Ames / Andy Lord coming out top in their respective leagues. The final itself was a very tight match with no more than 1-shot scored on each end.  With the match all square on the last end and facing defeat, Stephen bowled an outstanding wood (under pressure) & drew the shot to win the match 4-3 although Andy was not far away with his last wood in snatching the championship.  The winners of the competition were presented with the Davis Cup which now sits proudly on Martin's mantelpiece.  Many congratulations to all the competitors especially the finalists, who took part in making this a successful rebirth of the competition. Many thanks to John Bell for stepping in as substitute at the last minute to complete the pairings & ensuring the pairs went ahead. In his first competition, Colin Lihou must also be congratulated in ensuring this competition was resurrected and ran smoothly  which resulted in a successful day and was enjoyed by all.  The weather helped of course. Let us hope that this pairs comp can now be a regular annual fixture on our calendar.  Photos and results will appear on this web site at a later date not too far in the future.
Sun 5 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Once again there is only one game this week and that is the in the combination league.  As of last week there is an overload of players available for this game. The aim of the selectors is to ensure that everybody who missed out last week will play this week which means some players will miss out.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) on Wednesday 1st May starting at 6.00 pm is:

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

C Lihou

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

A Lord

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

A New

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Dennison

 S Greenwood

 Reserves

T Nutland

Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 55 (12) Rowner 45 (0)  Despite having to reshuffle the team prior to kick off due to 3 withdrawals, the team got off to the best possible start with an all rinks victory over a strong Rowner side.  The team came storming out of the traps and quickly  established a 12-shot lead but by the 15th end this lead had vanished and then it was anybody's game.  However, an excellent finish by all rinks secured the win for the home team.  Rob Lewsley's rink scored a 5-shot count on his penultimate end to win 20-14.  Robbie Dennison's four also left it late and also scored 5-shots this time on the last end to win 17-15 despite losing 9-ends on the trot midway through the match. Russell Durham's match swung to and fro before getting over the line 18-16 in a tight game.
 
Club Pairs
The competition will now take place on Saturday 4th May. It was hoped that a total of 16-players would wish to play but unfortunately this number fell disappointingly short with only 12-players willing to compete.  Pairings will be drawn randomly this Tuesday, with each team consisting of a front end and back end bowler.  Format to be decided.  There will be a nominal entry charge similar to the club's singles competition of £1.50 which will cover the costs of medals for the lucky winners.
 
Thur 25 Apr 24
 
 
Team Selection
For the first combination league match of the season, the selectors were faced with an overload of players available to choose from. (If only it could be like this every week throughout the season). Obviously, with only 1 match next week & only 12 places up for grabs some players will unfortunately miss out and be disappointed. For those players that weren’t selected, you can be assured that they will be playing in the next  match.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Rowner (Home) on Wednesday 24th April starting at 6.00 pm is:

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

R Wallbridge

Three

A New

 

Three

G Dyer

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

R Durham

 

 C Lihou

 Reserves

B Weaver

Wed 17 Apr 24
 
Priory Friendly Result
It was a good first outing for the club this morning on a green that lived up to it's reputation! Although we lost the match 56-58 it was the ideal type of green that we have to conquer in the forthcoming season if we want to achieve our main aim of promotion back to the 2nd division. We won on 2-rinks with Steve Sprake (20-10) & Russell Durham / Bob Weaver (19-16).  Unfortunately, Russell had to retire with a bad back due to the heaviness of the green. Our losing rinks were Alan New (9-16) & Geoff Dyer (8-16)
 
Sun 14 Apr 24
 
 
 
Friendly v Priory
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Sunday) is the friendly against Priory (A) starting at 10.30. Unfortunately we are a couple of players short for a full team - hope this is not a taste of things to come. However, the team selected is:
Rink 1: Stephen Greenwood, Peter Willis, Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer, Rink 2: Paul Wright, Bob Weaver & Russell Durham, Rink 3: Tony Portch, Ted Nutland, Robbie Dennison & Alan New, Rink 4: Robin Philbrick, Colin Lihou & Steve Sprake.
 
Rowland Cup
In the 1st Round of the Rowland Cup, we are lucky enough to be given a bye.
Sat 13 Apr 24
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
The draws for the 2024 County Competitions have been made.  The relevant web page has been updated to show those matches related to our players.
Half Yearly Meeting
I will shortly be issuing paperwork relevant for the Half Yearly Meeting scheduled for Thursday 21st March 24 starting at 7.15 pm at the Waverley Club. There are some members who have outstanding 2023 payments for P&D and Club Singles Competitions.  You will find these have been added to your 2024 membership fees.
 
Wed 6 Mar 24
 
 
 
Portsmouth & District BA Latest
Following the Portsmouth & District BA AGM on Thursday, the following Rules Amendments were made:
a).  All League, combination and relevant competition games (ends not shots) to be played over 18 ends.
b).  If there are less than 21 teams declared to play in following season at the time of decision (31st October) then leagues will consist of 10 teams each.
c).  In leagues of less than 8 teams then there will be a 1 up (promotion) and 1 down (relegation) scenario plus a playoff over 2 legs between the second bottom team in the higher league and the second top team in the lower league.
d).  Players skipping in combination games to be disallowed after they’ve skipped 3 times in league team rather than the 5 as it is now.
 
Opening of the Green
The opening of the green will be on Sunday 7th April
 
Waverley Fees
At the Waverley BC AGM the 2024 membership fees was discussed and a proposal to increase them was thought necessary.  The following increase was agreed to put up the fees by £5.00 per person.  The Star & Crescent committee have agreed to pay this increase out of the club's current account for each member this year.
 
Sat 10 Feb 24
 
 
 
Keith Rodgers
Sadly, another one of our old members has passed away.  Past president  Keith Rodgers died on 7th January at QA Hospital at the age of 95.  The funeral was yesterday which I attended on behalf of the club. Apologies for not letting anyone know previous but the family had not notified the club and I was fully unaware of the situation until I read it in "The News" obituary column.
Wed 7 Feb 24
 
 
 
Half Yearly Meeting
The Star & Crescent Half Yearly Meeting has been arranged for Thursday 21st March 7.15pm at the Waverley Club.
 
Tues 30 Jan 24
 
 
 
Committee
Following Simon Filippi's departure, the vacancies on the Committee have been filled as follows:  Colin Lihou will now undertake the posts of Club Competition Secretary as well as being the Safeguarding Officer whilst myself will be the club's Bowls Hampshire & Portsmouth & District BA representative.
 
Mon 29 Jan 24
 
 
 
Conformation is given that Mick Dunnington's funeral will be on Friday 26th January at 2.30 pm Portchester Crematorium with the wake following at the Victory Indoor Bowls Club.
 
Unfortunately, Simon Filippi has decided to seek pastures new and has now left the club.  Although it is very disappointing news for the club, we wish Simon all the best with his new club Waverley (surprise surprise!) and thank him for all he has done for the club since he joined.  Consequently, this now means that there are vacancies on our Committee which needs to be filled: Club Competition Secretary and Bowls Hampshire & Portsmouth & District BA representative.  If you feel that you would want to fill either post please let me know. Simon was also our nominated Safeguarding Officer which is mandatory for every club; this also needs to be filled.
Sun 14 Jan 24
Mick Dunnington
It is with great sadness to inform you that one of our old members, Mick Dunnington, passed away on Boxing Day following a car crash.  I will let you know funeral arrangements when known.
2024 County Competitions
Could I remind you that the closing date for entries to the 2024 County Competitions is 31st January 2024.  So far I have received very little number of entries.
 
Posted Saturday 30 Dec 23
 
 
 
2024 League & Combination Draft Fixtures
The draft league fixtures for next season are shown on the relevant pages on this website. Once again the League team has a belated start to their Division 3 season when they entertain Gas Social on Friday 10th May. The Combination side have an earlier start in the revamped Combination Division 2. They also start with a home match with Rowner as their opposition on Wednesday 24th April.
Posted Saturday 9 Dec 23
AGM
I would like to thank the 12 members who attended the AGM last week in what was a very disappointing turnout; the lowest number recorded for a very long time. Also, thanks are given to President John for buying the drinks for those members present which was much appreciated.
For those members that were unable to attend here is a brief recap of the relevant matters discussed:
Obituaries: Paul Whiffin & Ron Manning.
P&D

1.  The following items were proposed by P&D and will be voted by all clubs at the P&D AGM in January.  

a).  League stays at 3 divisions but with 1 up / 1 down and a play-off between second top and second bottom. (This means we would be in Division 3 with Cosham Park, Gas Social, Naismith,  Pembroke Gardens, Purbrook Heath & Waterlooville).

b).  Matches to be played over 18 ends.  Star will support this proposal

c). Combination League format next season is to change to three divisions of 9, 9 and 10. (This would mean that our Combination team would be in Division 2 with Bedhampton, Leigh Park Red, Milton Park Black, Milton Park Red, Naismith, Priory Silver,  Rowner, & Waverley Red).

d).  Combination matches will be played over 18 ends

e).  As soon as first team/league player skips in the league he will not be permitted to skip for a combination team (this being a change to the current 5 match rule).  Star will vote against this proposal.

2.  If the P&D League stay at three divisions then that leaves more Monday nights free so the Rowland Cup could be delayed to July.
 
Bowls Hampshire

County Competition Entry Forms are available with closing date of 31st January 2024. Entry fee are as last year - £4 per person per entry. There is a proposal to Play men's pairs & senior fours County competitions on a fixed day. Men's pairs to be played on a Tuesday, in the same week that the County Club is held & men's Senior Fours to be played on a Monday.

 
Next season Bowls England is increasing their Affiliation fee for bowlers from £5.00 to £7.00 which is the first rise in over 10 years. To compensate for any other additional costs that may arise, it was proposed and carried that our membership fees should be increased from £15.00 to £20.00.
 
It was widely thought the club should increase efforts to attract more new members e.g. produce flyers and better use of Facebook.
Members were very keen to resurrect the club pairs competition next season possibly before the season starts in earnest.
 

Presentation of Trophies:

Club Singles Champion -  Geoff Dyer
Club Singles Runner-Up - Bob Weaver
Handicap Singles Champion - Richard Cunnington
Handicap Singles Runner-Up - Colin Lihou
 
Committee elected for 2023 / 2024 is:
President:  Colin Lihou
Past President:  John Bell
Hon Secretary:  Robbie Dennison
Hon Treasurer:  Derek Boulter
Team Selection Committee: “A” Team Captain - Steve Sprake, “B” Team Captain - Alan New & 3rd Member - Robbie Dennison
Club Competition Secretary:  Simon Filippi
Bowls Hampshire and P&D Rep:  Simon Filippi
Finance Examiner:  Geoff Dyer
 
Posted Monday 20/11/23
 
 
 
Paul Whiffin
The funeral arrangements for Paul can now be confirmed. Paul's funeral is on Monday 13th November 12.30 pm at Kingston Cemetery Chapel followed by the wake at "The Good Companions" public house.
 
Posted Wednesday 8/11/23
 
 
 
AGM Paperwork
You should all have received the AGM paperwork via my email yesterday.  Please could you let me know if you didn't receive it or if you need a paper copy
 
Paul Whiffin
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that one of our longest serving members, Paul Whiffin, passed away earlier this week. Paul's funeral is on Monday 13th November 1.30 pm at Kingston Cemetery and afterwards at the Waverley.
Posted Sunday 5/11/23
Annual General Meeting
The club's Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 16th November at the Waverley BC starting at 7.00 pm. It is hoped to see as many members there as possible.  I will be e-mailing the relevant paperwork for the AGM to you all a bit nearer to the date.
Outstanding Costs
I was reminded by the Treasurer that we still need to collect the entrance money from those players who participated in the P&D and Club Singles competitions.  With that in mind, I will shortly be issuing the necessary paperwork for settlement of payment which ideally could be collected at the AGM or sooner if you prefer.
 
Posted Tuesday 10/10/23
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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