Author: Alan Pilkington

Saturday’s Presidents Cup

The last of our all-day club competitions takes place this Saturday. It’ll be played in a round-robin format over a series of shorter games played with 4-3-2-1 scoring. The weather forecast for the day is looking pretty good, hopefully not too hot – they’ll be plenty of opportunity for breaks from playing or marking as they’ll be 18 players/markers on the green at one time and we’ve had offers of other markers. As usual the draw will take place on the day – please congregate from 10am for a 10:30am start. Here is the playlist so please let me have changes asap.

AlanP; AlanT; Alison; Anita; BobH; Charlie; Chris; Eileen; JenB; Jenny; John; Julia; Karen; Keith; Lynda; Maggie; Neil; Nikki; Pat; Peter; Richard; Roger; Tracy

This year’s Bluewood Shield(Cup!) is fast approaching which is a day-long competition involving Sunbury, Hampton and hosts Fordbridge Park – a series of short games competed over Mixed Triples, Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Pairs. We actually won it last year Bluewood Cup 2023, the first time in six years, and I’m sure previous winners Hampton, in particular, will be very keen to wrestle the trophy back. If you’d like to be considered for playing please sign-up on the sheet in the clubhouse.

For info, the new date for the postponed SML team match against Bishop Duppas is Thurs 29th August 2:30pm.

Thanks again for all the enthusiasm to get games played in the Club Competitions – all the draws are pretty much up to date online and on the sheets in the clubhouse. Competitions 2024


Anita on top

Anita won through to the Middlesex Women’s Unbadged Singles final in dramatic style at Ashford on Saturday. She came from behind in both her quarter-final and semi-final matches to level the score at 20-20 and went on to get the winning shot in both games on the deciding end. As for JenB, competing in the same competition, on her own admission and standards, it was a bad day on the bowls green! Karen put up a great effort fighting it out amongst the county’s women club champions on Sunday losing to an eventual finalist in her quarter final in Champion of Champions.

Anita plays her final on Saturday 10th August at Cambridge Park .. all support welcome.

We enjoyed a good afternoon of bowls at Ember on Sunday in the latest team friendly. Despite some traffic headaches we all got there on time, beating the opposition in one case as she went to Sunbury by mistake! The rinks were shared 2-2 but we nicked the win 55-54 on overall shots.  Congratulations to John who picked up the prize money for the shot nearest the spider, a novel change to the raffle.

It wasn’t quite the same story in our SML game at Staines on Saturday, with the “green” being the challenge. The start was delayed due to traffic issues (a recurring theme!) and in the end we came away contented with an 8-2 loss. We move onto the next game on Sunday 21st at Fordbridge Park.

Friday Triples resumed this week with wins for the teams led by AlanP, Eileen and Nikki. In a complete reversal of fortunes, this leaves last year’s winning captain at the bottom and the wooden spoon holder on top! .. Nikki (8pts); Alison (6); Eileen (6); AlanP (4); Karen (4); Diane (2)

The green is open!

After being pelted with around a month’s worth of rain over the last few days, the green is now fully open. Activities are returning to normal with Friday Triples resuming after last week’s postponement. The green will also get its regular cut on Friday evening, but please be aware it may need swishing before any play. If you treat it like a warm-up before bowling it isn’t so bad! You may also notice a few changes taking place inside the club chalet with plenty of clear boxes on show .. let us know what you think.

We have a couple of team games this weekend, both are away matches ..

Sat 13th 2:30pm – Staines v Sunbury (SML)

Sun 14th 2:30pm – Ember v Sunbury (friendly)

Also this weekend, we wish the very best of luck to three of our women bowlers who are flying the flag for Sunbury Bowls Club in county competitions. Anita and JenB compete in the Middlesex Unbadged Singles quarter-finals at Ashford on Saturday. If both were to win they’d play each other in a semi-final afterwards. Karen has a little further to go, travelling to Broomfield on Sunday, to play in the Middlesex Champion of Champions quarter-finals. Again, a semi-final awaits the same day if she were to win. Good luck to all.

Rain on top!

Unfortunately the weather is winning at the moment, forcing a postponement of last Sunday’s SML team match with Bishop Duppas, upsetting some club competition games, as well as cancelling this week’s Club Night! The green has been badly impacted, with the worms having a field day.

On the positive it does look to be improving in time for Friday Triples and the weekend’s matches with Staines (SML) and Ember (friendly) as well as any ad-hoc roll-ups.

Looking a little further ahead we have the last of our day-long club competitions on Saturday 20th – the Presidents Cup. The format will be a series of shorter Singles games played using the scoring format 4-3-2-1 for the 4 bowls closest to the jack, regardless of who’s holding shot bowl. The current playlist is here so please get in touch if you can no longer make it or would like to be included. Final names will be announced a few days before.

AlanP; AlanT(?); Alison; Anita; Barry; BobH; Charlie; Chris; Eileen; JenB; Jenny; John; Julia; Karen; Keith; Linda; Lynda; Maggie; Nathan; Neil; Nikki; Pat; Paul; Peter; Richard; Roger; Tracy

All the competitions have been updated online (as at Sunday 7th) so please get in touch with any updates/errors .. Competitions 2024

Champs go through

The reigning Men’s and Women’s champions negotiated tricky opening games this week to progress to the quarter-finals. Dennis saw off Nathan and Karen beat Eileen; both games proved to be a great watch .. but perhaps not great for the competitors’ nerves!  There’s been lots of other games played in all competitions and without any concessions which is great testimony to the enthusiasm afforded by all .. win or lose!

There were some mixed results in the Middlesex county competitions this week. The highlight was Karen coming out on top in her Women’s Champion of Champions match at Staines. She then received a walkover from Strawberry Hill in the next round to progress to the quarter-finals. Tracy & Barry enjoyed a good run in the Mixed Pairs but came out second best to an Ashford pair; as did Anita & Bob at Staines. Our last-standing Women’s Triples of Jenny, Tracy & JenB tried their best against a very experienced Ashford team.

Unfortunately, this week’s Friday Triples was postponed due to some wet weather .. it is Wimbledon after all! The matches will be played at some future date.

Next up on the green, apart from club competition games, is an SML team match with Bishop Duppas on Sunday 7th.

Just be aware that our next Club Night on Tuesday 9th coincides with a cricket function .. a T10 Exhibition Match featuring Middx & England Legends v Sunbury All Stars, starting at 5:30pm. The paddock will be open for parking.

Another sunny day

We were blessed with yet another sunny day for the latest club competition, the Presidents Plate. An unprecedented number of entrants saw ten teams of triples play a series of four short games according to a swiss-system format. Despite some mighty close games, and numerous draws, two teams finished clear of the chasing pack and qualified for finals weekend. Hats off to Andrea who has been in fine form of late and qualified for her first final, alongside more seasoned teammates Cassie and AlanP. The second spot went to Pat, Keith & Dennis with a vital win in their last game. Thanks once again to Nikki, overcoming some particular challenges yesterday, to provide refreshments and lunch. Everyone is welcome to enter the last of our day-long competitions on Saturday 20th July, the grandly named Presidents Cup. It’s a singles 4-3-2-1 scoring format which favours those who may get close to the jack but tend to get pipped to shot wood!

Presidents Plate 2024

The latest round of Friday Triples saw a first win for the team managed by AlanP, inflicting a first defeat for Alison’s team. There were also wins for Karen’s team and Nikki’s, who moved into joint top spot …  Alison (6pts); Nikki (6pts); Eileen (4pts); Karen (4pts); Alan (2pts); Diane (2pts)

Sunbury have entered a team into Thursday night’s NW Surrey Mixed Fours league for some time, ably managed by Eileen. This year it was decided to enter another team, effectively doubling the woes for Eileen in arranging teams. But things are looking pretty bright thus far .. Div 2 (won 5; lost 2); Div 3 (won 3; lost 3).

Good luck to all those representing Sunbury in external competitions this week and to those partaking in our club competitions and Club Night .. the summer is racing through with July here tomorrow!

County success

Sunbury enjoyed some success in this week’s Middlesex county competitions. Anita beat the woman who Tracy lost to in the previous round and JenB beat Karen to progress to the quarter-finals of the Unbadged Singles. If both win their next games they will face each other in the semis! In the Women’s Triples there was a fine 19-16 win for Tracy, Jenny and JenB against a team from Bishop Duppas and next face a tricky visit to Ashford. Unfortunately, Karen, Nikki & Eileen lost out 21-20 at Cambridge Park.

Looking at our Club Competitions, the last-32 round of matches of the Open Handicap (the largest draw of all the competitions) was completed this week. Many thanks to everyone for getting their games in before the deadline and making life so easy for the Competitions Secretary! The last two matches are early contenders for this season’s longest with Cassie & Colin playing 28 ends and then Anita & Neil usurping this the following day with a staggering 31 ends, matching Dennis v AlanP in last season’s Men’s Handicap final. We’re all set for Saturday’s Presidents Plate with 30 confirmed players. This makes 10 triples with higher handicapped players due to be placed in different teams – the actual draw taking place on the day. It’ll be played as a swiss-system with a random first round then winners v winners and losers v losers. The top two teams will go forward to finals weekend. Please congregate from 10am with the first games starting 10:30am.

We then move into July and team matches resume; first up is an SML game on Sunday 7th with Sunbury hosting Bishop Duppas. Since our last game other teams have been climbing past us in the table .. let’s hope we can do some climbing of our own!

Mixed/Open 2024

Bob on top

BobH finished the day as the only unbeaten player at Sunday’s Mixed 2-wood Singles competition. Played on a blazing hot day it was Bob and JenB who won through to finals weekend with semi-final wins against other group winners/runners-up Jenny and AlanP. It was good to see some notable wins for less experienced players and even a couple of draws in the 52 games played. The day went on a little longer than anticipated but was kept in control under the guidance of Gary. Thanks are also due to Nikki and Dennis for sorting out refreshments throughout the day. Lastly, thanks to all who participated, every match was played/marked in great spirit. Mixed 2-woods 2024

The next club competition is the Presidents Plate on Saturday, 29th. Here are the current players signed up to play so please get in touch if anything’s changed : AlanP; Alison; Andrea; Anita; Barry; Bindley; BobH; Brian; Cassie; Charlie; Chris; Colin; David; Dennis; Eileen; JenB; Jenny; John; Karen; Keith; Lynda; Maggie; Neil; Nathan; Nikki; Pat; Richard; Roger; TonyH; Tracy; Tarun.

There’s a fair bit of activity scheduled for this coming week so the very best of luck to everyone competing in Club or County competitions. Club Night continues on Tuesday as does Friday Triples on .. Friday!

Alison’s team in front

Alison’s team remain unbeaten in the Friday Triples after pipping Eileen’s team on the final end in the latest round of games; Nikki’s team continued their good form with a comfortable win against Diane’s team; Alan’s team prop up the table after a battling loss against Karen’s team! The next games continue on Friday 28th.

6pts – Alison

4pts – Eileen; Nikki

2pts – Diane; Karen;

0pts – Alan

The club competitions are progressing nicely and we’re all set for the second day-long one tomorrow, Sunday 23rd. It’ll be closely followed by the Presidents Plate on Saturday 29th. For that, there are currently 27 listed players which is a nice number as it’s played in triples, but there may well be changes as we get closer so please do let me if you’d like to play, or can no longer make it. Playlist : AlanP; Alison; Andrea; Anita; Barry; Bindley; BobH; Brian; Charlie; Chris; Colin; David; Dennis; Eileen; JenB; Jenny; John; Karen; Keith; Lynda; Maggie; Neil; Nikki; Pat; Richard; TonyH; Tracy

Summer is here?!

The British summer is trying its best to finally arrive and with it lots of activity on the bowls green .. whether it be competition matches or friendly roll-ups, it’s all great to see. Club Night returns to it’s usual place tonight, Tuesday 18th – please try and register in the clubhouse by 5:45pm.

Whilst there’s a break from team matches this coming weekend we have the second of our day-long club competitions in the shape of the Mixed 2-Woods Singles. We’ve had an unprecedented number of entries .. ten more than last season! It’s fantastic that so many are embracing the chance to compete but it will inevitably result in less actual playing time, although a great opportunity for increasing step counts with plenty of marking involved!

Here’s the playlist and a final call for any changes : AlanP; AlanT; Alex; Alison; Andrea; Anita; Barry; BobH; Brian; Cassie; Chris; Colin; David; Eileen; JenB, Jenny; John; Karen; Keith; Lynda; Nathan; Neil; Richard; Roger; Sandy; Simon; Tracy; Viv

The day will be played in a round-robin format over a series of shorter games, so not a knockout. Refreshments and lunch will be available during the day and by the end we should hopefully have two players going forward to compete in finals weekend on 31Aug-1Sep. The winner for the last two seasons has been Anita so no pressure there to make it a hat-trick! See you all, and any supporters, on Sunday from 10am for a prompt 10:30am start.