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WELCOME TO ANDOVER BOWLING CLUB
NEWS & EVENTS
GREEN OPENING DATE - SATURDAY 17th APRIL
We have a great, socially distanced, season planned. There's something for everyone, and we're all looking forward to catching up with each other after the Covid restrictions.
Sunday games and competitions - a full programme throughout the season. Links to full details of the games can be found under Fixtures and Events.
On 29th May we're again hosting the Amy Rose County Trials
Leagues - Games will be starting in May - Ladies Leagues, Stan Hardman and Men's fixtures are now on the relevant League pages
Club Competitions -These will go ahead as usual.
NEW BOWLERS OPEN DAY - SATURDAY 29TH MAY
Come along between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon.
If you're interested in learning how to play Bowls you'll be very welcome, we'd really like to meet you.
Some of our members will be on hand, together with our coaches, answer your questions and show you how to play
Bowls will be available, all you have to do is turn up. Please wear flat shoes, most trainers are suitable.
All ages are welcome, it's truly the game for everyone. It's not just a sport for retirees, there's now an under 18 and an under 25 international team. We are hosting the Amy Rose County Trials at Andover again this year, which is the County Trials for women under 31
Winners - Rob Still & Tim Poynter
Bradley Memorial Competion
Winner - Cindy McLaughlin and Runner Up Jackie Kingston
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've 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 this year, and it was good to see them taking part in this 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 will be taking up her duties next year.
Hampshire Women's Vice President 2020
Hampshire Women's Vice President
Three generations -
Andy (Josh's Dad) with Josh and Grandad Jim
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.
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