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Our ladies are doing well this season and they are enjoying themselves after such a bad 2020 for everyone.
Jackie Kingston and Lesley Taylor won through to the County Pairs Finals at Banister Park 31st July after a good win over an Atherley pair in the Area final score 22/5
Jackie Kingston, Cindy McLaughlin and Cynthia Hamilton got through to the County Triples Area Final at Pirrie Park on Monday 28th June, unfortunately they got pipped to the post and lost by 2 shots to the Waterside triple skipped by Janet Ballard. An enjoyable game they came back from 0/7 down to level the match and go ahead but needed 3 shots on the last end and only scored one. Final score 13/15
It was Cindy’s first time in a County Area Final, we are sure she will be back.
They had their revenge on Waterside and Janet Ballard when Jackie, Maureen Whaites, Cynthia and Lesley played them again at their Waterside BC, winning 18/9 taking them into the Area final. They played this in terrible weather on Monday 5th July against Mayfield Park and skip Lyn Booth; Andover had a resounding win, final score being 15/10 in extremely bad weather conditions. This takes them into the County final which will be at Banister Park 8th August. Well done Maureen in your first County Area final.
Jackie, Lesley and Cynthia have been selected to play in the first Johns Trophy game of the season after a successful trial on 3rd July. The game is against Buckinghamshire at Sutton BC Reading on 10th July.
Walker Cup (double rink)
Jackie has been selected to play in the Walker Cup on Sun 11th July against Surrey at Southey BC Wimbledon
Hampshire Women's Vice President
Three generations -
Andy (Josh's Dad) with Josh and Grandad Jim
Hampshire Women's Vice President 2020/2021
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WELCOME TO ANDOVER BOWLING CLUB
Following our Open Day this year we have had a record 32 new members and we're still getting enquiries.
Most of these have never played before and some are already entering competitions, and joining leagues. We set up two special coaching and bowling sessions which have proved very popular and it's gone from there.
Anyone of any age can play bowls, it's a game for everyone. It's not just a sport for retirees, there's now an under 18 and an under 25 international team.
If you're interested in learning how to play Bowls we'd love to meet you, so if you'd like to find out more do get in touch with us.
Games and Competitions
Details of all games and competitions can be found under Fixtures and Events
Bowling in 2020
Although things have been very different this season, once we were given the 'Go Ahead' we arranged games, thanks to Mick Corden, within the club for our members, and we had Friendly games with both Salisbury and Pewsey, home and away. We beat Pewsey both times and lost to Salisbury both times.
To make things a bit more interesting, Mick Corden organised an afternoon pairs league, which was won by Jim and Andrew Carnegie with Gordon Bazley and Tony Pratt runners up, also an evening triples league for two teams. In August our ladies had their own triples evening. As well as that we had quite a few fun games including a men v ladies contest, which the men won. The Ladies also had the annual Bradley Memorial competiion which was won by Cindy McLaughlin and the men's Sid Butler Competition with Pete Anthony the winner and Les Reeves, Runner Up.
To finish the season we had a 'crown green' tournament. It was great fun and everyone coped with the special rules that were set for the day. The winners were Rob and Tim with Mick and Dave Corbett runners up. This could become an annual event to finish the season
We have also welcomed some new bowlers to the club, and it was good to see them taking part in the year's events.
The Carnegie Three at Andover Bowls Club
Josh Carnegie (10) has joined his Dad and his Grandad to put three generations of the same family on the green at Andover Bowls Club.
Having seen a match on television last year, Josh was inspired to give it a whirl, so he went along to the club house with his Dad and rolled a few woods (bowls) across the carpet with then-President, David Hamilton.
On his first day on the green, Josh’s natural ability surprised onlookers as he landed a couple of woods right next to the jack — an impressive feat for a first timer of any age. Aspiring zookeeper Josh said he finds the sport “Relaxing — except when the bowl doesn’t go where I want it to go.”
Josh’s Dad, Andy, who has been bowling for two years, said, “Andover Bowls Club has been really great with him, even sourcing a set of junior woods and reducing the minimum age so he could play.”
Current club President Cindy McLaughlin commented, “We’ll always put the effort in to make people feel at home with us, whatever their age, and I think seeing a young player like Josh doing so well is a lift for us all.”
Josh and Andy are regularly joined on the green by Grandad Jim, who has been bowling for ten years. One of Josh’s two older brothers has cheekily claimed he’d be better at the sport than his relatives but has so far respectfully declined the opportunity to prove it.
This year the Club is again honoured to have one of our members, Cynthia Hamilton as Women's County Vice President. Cynthia has been our Club's Ladies Champion for the last 3 years, and has now made a new Club Record by winning the Title on 8 occasions in total. She has been a member for 30 years and has been active on our committee for many of those. Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, Cynthia has taken up her duties this year.
Other 2020 Activities
Some of our members, led by Rob Still, got together to give our clubhouse a facelift, it's quite a giant undertaking, as you can see in the photos below, but our undaunted volunteers took on the task valiantly. And still it continues. Well done to all of them.