Teddington v North Sheen - 13th August - at home. Unfortunately North Sheen were only able to play with 7 members so David H and Brian kindly stepped in and played for North Sheen. Again we played well and won - the score was 65 to us and 29 to them.
Again many thanks to Maureen and Vernon for the teas for both Sunbury and North Sheen.
Teddington v Sunbury - 10th August - we played four triples and had an enjoyable game - we won 66 to us and 51 to them - so well done everyone.
Teddington v Hampton - 6th August at Hampton
This proved quite a challenging game and certainly on rink 6 a challenging green. As usual when played Hampton it was a competitive game and Kevin who likes to win (as you all know) won very convincingly. He was gracious in his "speech" in that he said we had won two and lost two rinks so I agreed with him. The score was 53 to us and 91 to them. However we did win when it really mattered and got the points in the League! We also happened to win most of their raffle prizes too. Thanks to everyone who played. No doubt next season's games against Hampton will be just as competitive. Chris
Our President v Captain Match was played on Saturday 3rd August in a friendly but competitive way by 12/13 players. The spider was great fun as always and was won by Bob. The format was slightly different this year in that we played pairs for nine ends, then had a drink and a raffle. We then played triples for seven ends. Surprisingly the two teams drew both matches which goes to show we are all as good as each other! The raffles proved most amusing with Beryl and Eileen appearing to battle it between them as to who had the most winning tickets. They very kindly did not take all the winning prizes. Thank you to all who gave donations, to the players and supporters, and of course a big thank you to Maureen and Vernon who arranged the raffles and prepared a delicious tea. Chris
Match against Ember Bowls - 21st July 2019
After being informed by their Captain Pat, that some of their players had played very little or this was their first match, we were very lucky to win by one point! They all played very well and it was close on two rinks. The score was 43 to us and 42 to them.
Thanks to all who played and thanks to Maureen and Vernon who did not play but produced a very welcome and nice tea.
I think Teddington also won all four raffle prizes - unfortunately not me!
Teddington v Strawberry Hill - 16th July 2019.
After my mix up about the time the match started, for which I apologise, it is well done to the teams! It was a very enjoyable afternoon - made all the better by winning 56-39. It was a friendly game, good weather, good company and a lovely tea after the match - thanks to Maureen and Vernon. Thank you to Jonathan for playing for Strawberry Hill. Let 's keep it up and see if we can win more matches. Chris
Hampton v Teddington R&B Saturday 13th July 2019
Once again the weather was kind to us and the match was played in dry warm conditions but not unbearably hot.
Teddington achieved by far the best performance of the season, so far, by winning on all three rinks by 3, 8 and 11 shots and hence a comprehensive win over-all by four points to nil. On our rink an excellent team effort saw us through after, a shaky start, to win by 11 shots and I am sure that the team combinations worked well on both the other rinks to produce such a good result.
Bernard Winter (Match Captain)
NPL v Teddington R&B Thursday 11th July 2019
This was an even closer match than the last one. Again it was played in perfect weather, - sunshine and mid-twenties temperature,- but this time the evening sun created visibility difficulties towards the end.
On one rink we steadily went further behind to trail 20 points to 8 but recovered to lose 22 to 20. On the next rink we were ahead by 5 shots, after 8 ends, but a close match saw NPL draw level after 18 ends and go on to win 23-21. Starring for Teddington, on this occasion, were Roger B, Vernon, Ted and Bob who, after trailing by 7 shots after 10 ends went on to triumph 21-16, thus compensating for the other 2 losses to give us a winning shots total of 62 to NPL 61.
Hence the result was a draw, 2points each:- 1 rink to 2 and 62 shots to 61.
Bernard Winter (Match Captain)
Teddington v North Sheen - away - 4th July 2019
North Sheen were unable to play the three triples we had hoped so the best that could be arranged was two triples and three of us against one from North Sheen and Vernon. Vernon proved to be North Sheen's secret weapon and played some of the best bowls he has played - hopefully he can do the same for us one day! We enjoyed the afternoon but again the result went against us - being 55 to them and 43 to us. Thank you for your patience while the teams were being sorted out - it did take a while but we got there in the end.
The match against Mid Surry on 6th July was cancelled because they only had two players - maybe if we had played them we might have won! Chris
Teddington v Cambridge Park R&B Sunday 30th June 2019
This close match was played in a friendly spirit in perfect weather, - sunshine and mid-twenties temperature.
We were ahead on all three rinks until the eighteenth end and on two of them until the final end. However, Cambridge park rallied to win one and draw one. Fortunately, an excellent team effort from Chris, Jonathan, Bernard and Colin enabled Teddington to `win on points` by 59 to 56.
Thus Teddington won the match by two and a half to one and a half.
As usual, thanks to Maureen and Vernon for the tea and biscuits.
Bernard Winter (Match Captain)
Trip to Brighton and Hove Kingsway - 26th June 2019
After a pleasant coach trip, we arrived at the Bowling Club which to be honest was not as "palatial" as our own beloved Teddington Bowling Club. However the weather was brilliant, the teams were very friendly and we were made to feel welcome. Unfortunately they did not have as many players as we did which was very embarrassing for them. Being the kindly Club we are, we lent them some of our players which resulted in them beating us - obviously the borrowed players played too well. The result (according to them) was 66 to them and 61 to us but on a recount by myself I made the scores 71 to them and 56 to us. I thought we played well on "strange" greens - not helped by the wind of course or am I making excuses? This was the first time the caterers had prepared meals for after a match so there may have been a few teething problems. Thank you to everyone who came along, those who played for us and those of you who very kindly played for the other side. Well done and I hope you enjoyed the day. Thanks to Maureen and Vernon for the raffles. Chris (photo from Victor)
Teddington v Ashford R&B Saturday 15th May 2019
Fortunately, the forecast rain was light and brief so we were able to start the match on time and continue without interruption.
Congratulations to Gerrard and his team: Eileen, Derek and Victor, who scored a convincing victory by 12 shots. Unfortunately, our opponents were too good for us on the other 2 rinks where we lost by 6 shots and 15 shots respectively. (You will have deduced that we lost by 9 shots overall.)
Hence the final result was a 3-1 loss.
Bernard Winter (Match Captain)
Return to Adderbury
The bowling link between Teddington and Adderbury which seemed to have been severed three years ago was revived on Sunday (June 9) when four of our players took part in a new competition at the Oxfordshire club.
Teddington-Adderbury matches used to be a favourite part of our bowling calendar, being staged in alternative years at each club. But the tradition came to an end after we were the hosts and victors in the 2016 clash.
However, when Adderbury decided this year to stage an annual competition for the John Radley Memorial Shield, in memory of one of their stalwarts, they invited us to take part.
David Baker, Chris Caswell, Eileen Ball and I represented Teddington in a round-robin contest in which 10 teams took part, the others coming from Adderbury and surrounding clubs.
For the record, we came 5thequal, despite a dismal start in which we failed to score a single shot on the first nine (out of 25) ends we played.
Our hosts made us feel very welcome and left us in no doubt that we will be invited again next year. Gerrard Raven
Teddington v Hampton R&B 4th June 2019
Another close and enjoyable match with Hampton resulting in an honourable draw.
We lost on 2 rinks but won convincingly on the third so that, thanks to a great score from Bob`s team of Roger B, Maureen and Ted, we won 54 to 50 on shots overall.
Thanks to Maureen and Vernon for their usual delightful tea.
Bernard Winter (Match Captain)
Teddington v Sunbury - 23/5/19 at Sunbury.
After a very warm welcome from Sunbury and an equally warm day, we unfortunately lost by five points - 63 to us and 68 to them. It was a very friendly game and enjoyed by us all. Chris
Eastcote . Sunday 20th May
We had a very pleasant afternoon playing against Eastcote and we won 66-59. I do not normally pick out individual teams but have to say a huge thanks to Eileen, Jonathan and Bernard as they won 29-7 - well played! Thanks as always to everyone who played and again enjoyed a lovely tea prepared by Maureen and Vernon. Chris
Teddington v Hampton on 16th May was as expected a competitive match but Teddington lost by 2 points - the score being 49 to us and 51 to them. We did win however on 2 rinks out of 3. Teddington of course were gracious in defeat and said that they hoped to do better against Hampton in the forthcoming R&B match - no pressure then!
Again thanks go to Maureen and Vernon for a welcome tea after our defeat. Chris
Unfortunately the match against NPL on 9th May had to be called off after 5 ends which was very disappointing. However at that point Teddington were leading! We adjourned to the tea room and had a lovely tea prepared by Maureen and Vernon and much enjoyed by all. Chris
Teddington played Esher on Sunday 5th May which was an extremely cold day although to be fair it did not rain! The overall score was 54 to us and 38 to them so a good win for us. Thanks to everyone for playing and hoped you enjoyed the afternoon despite the cold. We also enjoyed our tea with Esher and look forward to seeing them later in the season.
Saturday 30th March 2019 Cambridge Park v Teddington
This was the last match of the indoor season against Cambridge Park and true to form, we lost again! I hasten to say we did not lose by as many points as we did in the previous match so that is an improvement. The score was 48 to us and 86 to them.
We seem to start off well but then we have the tea break when “everything changes after tea” and usually not in our favour – maybe we have too many biscuits! However the match was played in a good spirit and was enjoyed by all. Keep reminding yourselves that it is the taking part, not the winning that counts.
Thank you all for playing so well and trying very hard. Hopefully we will get our revenge outdoors. Chris
The long awaited start to the season began with the Mayor’s Match when the weather could have been kinder as it was very cold. As was expected, after many of us having played indoors, it was hard going but no doubt we will improve as the season goes on.
It was difficult to work out how the scoring worked but Teddington won – whichever way the scoring worked. The overall score was 88-43 and we won on 3 rinks out of 4 so I would say that was a pretty convincing win and it was pleasing to win against Hampton, although I am told it is the taking part and not winning that counts but I leave that for you to decide!
The Mayor came before the match and then after the match he kindly presented the trophy to Jonathan, Colin and myself as we were the winning team. To add to my win, I also won a tin of sweets in the raffle so I had a good result all round.
Thank you to Maureen and Vernon for the tea they provided and thank you to all the members who played in such cold weather. Chris, Captain
Sunday 17th February 2019 Cambridge Park v Teddington
We classed this as “our” match so to the amusement of Cambridge Park they were the visitors and therefore it was their jack. Unfortunately this seemed to mean it was their jack most of the game! I would like to thank all the members who played – it really is appreciated and hopefully you will try to make yourself available for the next match which is on Saturday 30th March.
You all played well but Cambridge Park do have some very good players and it is really frustrating when we are holding several points and “they” come along and take the point! Sometimes though it does work in our favour but not often enough. Still on a positive note – we managed to win the raffle 3-2 and I was given a packet of jelly babies, so not all bad!
Indoor Match - Cambridge Park v Teddington 13th January 2019. The score was 101-67.
At last the match against Cambridge Park took place and as usual a warm welcome was given to us by Captain Amanda and her players. Brenda, from Cambridge Park, kindly stepped in to play for us. I was going to say we were a player short but feared this might be misconstrued!.
I would like to thank everyone for turning up and playing and to our guests who supported us. I have to say I was extremely nervous (to say the least) and unfortunately did not play very well - I will put it down to nerves although I may be using that as a good excuse.
There were three rinks that had very close scores and were so close to winning and are to be congratulated for their efforts. Unfortunately the team I was playing in did not fare at all well. However in our defence we were against two outstanding players Amanda and Barry. They play for Osterley and all I can say is that I am glad we don't play against them outdoors.
The next match is on Sunday 17th March so please put your names down as you will be needed.