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The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club have reached the final of the Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition by beating a very strong Oxford City & County side last weekend. Having already beaten Banbury Boro in the quarters, Thame showed their class at Oxford.

Captain Caroline Walker got them off to a great start by winning her Singles match 21 shots to 16. In the fours, namely Sharon Heafey, Marion Keal, Maureen Giles and skip Maxine Plested had the best start possible by winning with all eight woods on the very first end (known as a "hotshot" ) in their match. They ran out winners by 26 to 16.
Meanwhile the Triples of Jill Brooks, Christine Liddle and Barbara Waters were battling their way to a 20 shots to 15 victory over their opponents.
Only the Thame pair of Maire Duncan and Shirley Foster lost, by just 3 shots, in this very competitive tournament.
The final, in August, will be played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.


The 2015 finals of the Men's, Ladies and Mixed competitions were held over the weekend of 29th and 30th August - the first time that the finals had been held over 2 days rather than one. 
This made it a less crowded programme and certainly helped those bowlers who had managed to reach multiple finals. Six finals were played on Saturday 29th and six more on Sunday 30th. Unfortunately rain intervened on the Sunday afternoon but this did not deter the bowlers, and the spectators that attended were able to watch some entertaining and competitive games.

Saturday's programme kicked off with the final of the Men's Taylor Cup - a competition for men who have never previously won a club singles competition. This was won by Matthew Canfield who had a convincing win over Trevor Copley. This was followed by The Ladies Ford Cup final, a drawn pairs competition, and Ann Ashfield and Maire Duncan beat Marion Keal and Marthie du Preez. The Men's drawn pairs competition, the Victory Pairs final was played next and John Ashfield and Les Canfield were victorious against Mike Ralls and John Coward. (It's been pointed out that by coincidence the winners are both Presidents ! - Les of course is our own President and John Ashfield is President of Chinnor Rugby Club). Next was the final of the Michael Jones competition which is the only singles event in the club open to both Men and Ladies. Casper du Preez and Caroline Walker played out a very closely fought game with Casper just coming out on top. Next up was the Men's Jubilee Handicap singles competition which was won by Vic Brooks against John Coward playing in his second final of the day and the last final on Saturday was the Ladies 2 Wood singles which was won by Maxine Plested who beat Marthie du Preez, also playing in her second final of the day.

Sunday's finals started with the Married Pairs Final for the Josey Cup and this was a very close game which could have gone either way but was narrowly won by Marthie and Casper du Preez beating Sharon and Paul Heafey. The Mixed Pairs final was next and this produced another thrilling game that was eventually won by a single shot with John Ashfield and Shirley Foster beating Doreen Penn and her grandson Thomas Tisbury. This was very hard luck for Doreen and Thomas as it was the second successive year that they had reached this final and both times they lost by just a single shot! The Ladies Honour Cup was next and this was another very tight game played between Ann Ashfield and Marion Keal. This competition is played over 15 ends but the scores were tied at that point with Ann just managing to draw level. So the game went to an extra end and Ann was just able to secure the win following a measure. The men's Walker Cup was next, a 3 wood competition, and this saw John Coward playing in his third final of the weekend and he was finally able to mark up a victory with a convincing win over John Timms. This just left the two club championship singles finals to be played - the Pomeroy Cup for the Ladies and the Coronation Cup for the Men. The Ladies final saw Jill Brooks take an early lead but Marthie du Preez, playing in her fourth final of the weekend, clawed her way back into the game to lead by 14-10 after 14 ends. Jill replied decisively scoring 8 shots in the next 4 ends without reply and maintained her lead to eventually win by 21 shots to 17. The Men's final was played between Les Canfield and Vic Brooks and was unfortunately marred by an injury to Les who slipped in the wet conditions and injured his hip. Les was unable to carry on and both players agreed to resume the match at a later date when Les has recovered. The match stands with Vic leading by 6 shots to 3 and will be continued from that point.

A summary of the finals played and results follows:

Mens Taylor Cup - Matthew Canfield beat Trevor Copley 22-7
Ladies Ford Cup - Ann Ashfield & Maire Duncan beat Marion Kean & Marthie du Preez 28-18
Mens Victory Pairs - John Ashfield & Les Canfield beat Mike Ralls & John Coward 25-8
Michael Jones (Mixed) - Casper du Preez beat Caroline Walker 7-5, 5-8, 7-3
Mens Jubilee Handicap - Vic Brooks beat John Coward 27-17
Ladies 2-Wood Singles - Maxine Plested beat Marthie du Preez 15-8
Married Pairs - Marthie & Casper du Preez beat Sharon & Paul Heafey 20-16
Mixed Pairs - John Ashfield & Shirley Foster beat Thomas Tisbury & Doreen Penn 18-17
Ladies Honour Cup - Ann Ashfield beat Marion Keal 15-13
Mens Walker Cup - John Coward beat John Timms 23-10
Ladies Pomeroy Cup - Jill Brooks beat Marthie du Preez 21-17
Mens Coronation Cup - Vic Brooks leads Les Canfield 6-3 (game to be resumed to completion)


Kevin Dennington and Janine Rees were recently married, and pictured here are the happy couple after signing the book to prove it !
Kevin and Janine both joined Thame Bowls Club around 5 years ago after our annual Recruitment Drive and soon became good friends. It's nice to know that the Bowls Club brought them together.
They have both been extremely busy this year what with work commitments and organising their Wedding day but hope to find more time next season to be more involved again.
Congratulations to you both from all of your friends at Thame Bowls Club.


Avonmore complemented us on the great condition of the green when they treated it on 20 August 2015.
This is no doubt due to the hard work that Les Canfield and his merry helpers, who cuts the green on a daily basis, puts in. Well done to Les and all his helpers! Thank you for giving us a GREAT green to play on!
Here is the report we received from Avonmore.


A busy week for the Thame bowlers finished on Sunday with the annual Men's drawn pairs competition, the Potter Cup. 
Ten pairs of bowlers competed for this trophy on a "round robin"basis, and at the end of a closely contested competition, the eventual winners were Matthew Canfield and Vic Brooks.

Mathew Canfield and Vic Brooks


Thame Bowls Club's 3 youngest bowlers represented Oxfordshire in the National Championships at Leamington on August 8th and 9th competing in the under 16's section for the Sutton Winson Trophy.
Thomas Tisbury, Jonathan Dadson and Mathew Canfield in Leamington.
Thomas Tisbury, Jonathan Dadson and Matthew Canfield all bowled well against some of the best young bowlers in the country but narrowly lost their matches.  Matthew progressed to round 2 before being beaten, and Thomas reached the semi-final of the Drawn Pairs competition with a young lady from Wiltshire.  Well done to all the lads - Thame Bowls Club is proud of your efforts.
Thomas Tisbury (above) and 
Jonathan Dadson (Left) in action...
President Les Canfield hosted the annual President's Day on Saturday July 18th and was rewarded with glorious sunny weather and a turnout of 12 Triples to contest the Trophy.
Assisted by many of his family members, sons and grandchildren, Les put on a wonderfully organised event culminating in a lavish 3 course feast with free wine.
Son Russell was responsible for the playing side of things and all instructions, score-cards etc were professionally produced leading to a very smoothly-run Competition.
Starting and finishing with a "Spider", Les donated £25 to each of the two lucky winners - Derek Goodyear and Maurice Ward.
The actual President's Trophy was competed for in two leagues of 6 teams, and after the initial session of play, the finalists emerged as Doreen Penn's trio with Jenny Lowe and Richard Plested, and making it a family affair, the Triple of skip Graham Penn with Grandson Thomas and Simon Bell.  In a very closely fought final over 8 ends, Doreen's team ran out winners by just a couple of shots.
They were presented with the President's Trophy by Les, and the runners-up received shiny medals.
A really enjoyable and well-organised day was appreciated by everyone who took part, and thanks again to Les and all his family for doing all the work to make is so successful.
The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club fought their way through to the semi-finals of Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition this week by defeating rivals South Oxford Ladies. This competition, which the Thame Ladies have already won twice in the past, is made up of a Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours match.

Representing Thame in the Singles was Hazel Westcott, who despite her efforts was defeated by in-form South Oxford's Sue Stewart. In the Pairs match Jill Brooks and Marthie DuPreez overcame an early 9 shots to 2 deficit to gradually claw their way back into a tight game and eventually take the match by 25 shots to 20 against the excellent Oxford pairing of Diane Rocket and Carol Mobley So, honours-even at this stage.

In the Triples match skip Doreen Penn was leading her other Thame Ladies, Margaret Boynton and Barbara Waters to a decisive 24 shots to 6 victory with some excellent bowling from the Thame trio.

It was now left to the Thame four of Maire Duncan, Maureen Giles, Caroline Walker and skip Maxine Plested to pick up the necessary point to carry Thame to the next stage of the competition and in the closest fought match of the tie it ended 18 shots apiece to share the point, leaving Thame Ladies with a two and a half to one and a half points victory.

The semi-final match at either Banbury Borough or Oxford City & County will take place on Sunday 16th August.
On Saturday July 4th the Ladies Coronation Cup Singles competition was competed for by 12 players who braved the sweltering conditions.
On one of the hottest days of the year, the Ladies played in two Leagues of 6 playing a total of 5 ends against the other 5 players in their group. At the end of this stage the winners of each group played a 5 end final.
This final was between Caroline Walker from League A and Jill Brooks from League B . Caroline coped with the hot conditions better than Jill and won by 7 shots to 3.
The whole competition was played in a tremendous spirit by all the Ladies who took part and they all deserve a mention.  In no particular order these were Frances Goodyear, Maureen Giles, Christine Liddle, Pearl Wheeler, Jill Brooks, Marthie Du Preez, Judy Copley, Jackie Emberson, Caroline Walker, Maxine Plested, Shirley Foster and Marion Keal. 
Well done to Competitions Sec. Paul Heafey for another well organised event, and thanks to the 6 Men who acted as Markers for the afternoon. They shall remain nameless - they know who they were !


A large group of 48 members of Thame Bowls Club enjoyed their trip to Cheltenham on July 1st to play what is now becoming the Annual Ten Rinks Match against Cheltenham Bowls Club.
On the hottest day of the year so far, the (much appreciated) air-conditioned coach left Thame at 9am and arrived at the Suffolk Square rinks at around 10.30am. After unloading all Bowls equipment members then headed for the nearby Montpellier district of Cheltenham to seek a shady corner and cool refreshment. By now the temperature was approaching 30 Degrees !
After lunch at the various pubs/restaurants/wine bars members returned to Suffolk Square suitably refreshed and ready for a 2pm start.
Captain John Timms had agreed with Cheltenham Captain John Doody to play just 18 Ends due to the sweltering conditions.
After 10 Ends with Thame trailing by 14 shots across the 10 Rinks players wearily retired for Tea & Biscuits in the Clubhouse.
After the break Thame slightly improved their overall performance but after the 18 ends were still 11 shots behind their hosts scoring 144 shots against Cheltenham's 155.
Notable performances from Thame were the Top Rink of skip Paul Heafey ably assisted by Jonathan Dadson, Jan Sargent and Marthie Du Preez, who won 21 - 11 and the "Penn Family Rink"skipped by Graham with grandson Thomas leading,  daughter Amanda at 2 and Doreen at 3. They won 14 - 13 in a very tight game. 
Other winning Rinks for Thame (winning on 6 of the 10 Rinks) were skips John Timms (16 - 13) George Andrews (18-11), Maxine Plested (17 - 12)  and Vic Brooks ((20 - 11).
Complete Rink Scores from Rink 3 through to Rink 11 were as follows;
Richard Plested, Marion Keal, Terry Emberson, Chris Billingham  10 - 20; 
Dave Holland, Judy Copley, Barbara Waters, Bill Giles 13 - 22;
Sharon Heafey, Maurice (guest), Casper Du Preez, Vic Brooks (20 - 11); 
Jill Brooks Simon Bell, Robin Jenner, Maxine Plested 17 - 12; 
John Hurley, Derek Goodyear, Trevor Copley, John Timms (16 - 13);
Jackie Emberson, Frances Goodyear, Brad Liddle, Ron Duncan (6 - 24); 
Maire Duncan, Christine Liddle, Bill Sandifer, George Andrews (18 - 11);
Graham Penn & Paul Heafey rinks mentioned previously;
Maureen Giles, Jim Tite, Leonard Grimshaw, Will Hawes (9 - 18).
Non-playing members who enjoyed this day and managed to keep cool were John & Pat Wills, Ray Waters, Gwen Andrews, Jill Jenner and Val Birchley.
Due to the popularity of this trip, the fixture has already been arranged for next year and therefore another great day out to look forward to.
The Purser Cup on Sunday was enjoyed by 6 Triples of players and was won by the team skipped by Marthie Du Preez ably assisted by John Walker and Jim Tite.
Purser Cup Winners: John Walker, Marthie du Preez and Tim Tite
John Walker, Marthie du Preez and Jim Tite
Thame resident, Marjorie Spencer celebrated her 100th Birthday this week and as part of the celebrations, Marjorie together with family members, was invited to a reception at Thame Bowls Club. Marjorie had been a prominent member of the Club having joined in 1974 and played for 25 years until well into her eighties. She was Secretary of the Club for 8 years, played in several National Finals at Leamington. She was also runner-up in the 1979 Champion of Champions competition. The visit last Saturday to the Bowls Club was organised by the current Ladies Captain, Maire Duncan, and coincided with the opening of the green to herald the start of the new bowls season.
Marjorie was welcomed to the Club by Chairman Bill Giles, OBE. and over sixty current and past members were there to congratulate Marjorie on her wonderful achievement.  Also present was SODC Chairman Anne Midwinter who added her own congratulations by saying that Marjorie, having achieved this milestone,  was a wonderful advertisement for the game of Bowls.
In thanking her many friends Marjorie also suggested that by playing Bowls "maybe we can all live to be 100 !"
After enjoying a typical Bowls Club "Tea"of home made cakes etc, Marjorie was presented with a bouquet by the Bowls Club's youngest member, Thomas Tisbury, who at 13 may have another 87 years of bowling to look forward to !
Here is the list of all the competition results played during the 2014 season. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the participants that made the 2014 season a success.
It is worth noting that many of the competitions on the finals day were won with only one or two shots in it - even the runners up would have been worthy winners on the day...
Vic Brooks 12 - 17 John Coward
Chris Billingham 1 - 2 Casper Du Preez (7-0, 2-7, 0-7)
Janine Rees 11 - 12 Carol Boyland
Bill Giles, John Timms 24 - 23 John Coward, George Andrews
Doreen & Graham Penn 22 - 21 Marthie & Casper Du Preez
Chris Billingham 25 - 28  Vic Brooks (36 Ends)
Maire Duncan, Ann Ashfield 32 - 8 Maureen Giles, Jackie Davis
Sharon Gardner, Paul Heafey 19 - 18 Doreen Penn, Thomas Tisbury
Maxine Plested 11 - 13 Maire Duncan
Derek Goodyear 21 - 20 John Coward
Marthie Du Preez 5 - 21 Caroline Walker
Les Westcott 15 - 21 Vic Brooks
Winners: F. Goodyear & M. Giles
Winners: J. Kimber, H. Westcott, J. Brooks
Not played
Winners: P. Rogers, G. Murray, A. Osborne (Aylesbury Town)
Winners: S. Bell, R. Jenner
Winners: J. Tite, K. Rouse, M. Du Preez
Winners: W. Rawson, P. Donathy, V. Brooks, A. Walker
Not played
To mark Thame's 90th Anniversary Year, 15 of Oxfordshire Bowling Association County Past Presidents, captained by the current President, Mike Andrew, arrived at Thame playing 4 Mens Rinks.
Halfway through the game Thame had a slim 9 shot lead; enthusiasm and knowledge of the green helping the home team to play well.  Although Thame lost on 2 rinks and drew on 1, they managed to win one of the most exiting games played at Thame this year by 86 shots to 73.  
Top Rink honours went to Rink 6; Derek Goodyear at lead, Terry Emberson, John Hurley and Skip John Timms, who won by 35 shots to 9. After dinner Thame thanked their honoured guests for making the time to celebrate their 90th year.
To kick off their 90th Anniversary Celebrations, Thame Bowls Club invited the Presidents of Bowls Oxfordshire Men , Mick Andrews together with the President of Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies, Margaret Morris, to bring a mixed team to play at Thame. 
Vic Brooks, Margaret Morris, Hazel Westcott and Mick Andrews
Players representing many of Oxfordshire's Bowls Clubs were welcomed by Thame Bowls Club President Hazel Westcott and Club Captain, Vic Brooks, and basking in glorious Spring sunshine a great game of Bowls  was enjoyed by one and all. 
The Bowls Oxfordshire team included two England Ladies Internationals, Kathy Hawes and Carol Galletly, and many more of the County's top players. The visitors proved far too strong for the Thame team, winning on all rinks. 
Thame Bowls Club have several more "special" games lined up this Summer to celebrate their 90th Year, and look forward to seeing many of the Country's top players on the green. 
Congratulations to Thame bowlers Adie Twinn (who beat another Thame bowler, Chris Billingham in the quarter final) and Ade Kemish who have both qualified for the Semi Final of the County Alison Cup competition.
The Semi Final games take place at Shiplake Bowls Club on Sunday, August 4th and any support would be most welcomed. Good luck to both players - who knows, you could meet each other in the Final if the draw is favourable.
Thame Ladies have also done the Club proud by getting to the Final of the County Top Club Competition for the 4th year running. They comfortably beat a strong South Oxford Ladies team last Sunday morning.
The pairs combination of Margaret Boynton and Marthie Du Preez were always too strong for their opponents. The Thame Triples of Jill Brooks, Caroline Walker and Doreen Penn had a slightly tougher time but ran out comfortable winners in the end. The Fours of Maire Duncan, Sharon Gardner, Shirley Foster and Skip Maxine Plested picked up two sevens in their storming victory. In the Singles, Hazel Westcott faced a very experience opponent, new to The S. Oxford Club and eventually lost by 8 shots.
Another great performance from Thame Ladies !! It will be Shiplake in the final (again) on Sunday August 25th at Kidlington B.C.
Congratulations to Thame Ladies, "The Three M's" , Maire, Marthie and Maxine who have won through to the quarter-finals of the Oxfordshire County Ladies Triples having beaten a trio of Ladies from Hanborough in the 3rd Round of the competition. The quarter-finals/semi-finals of this competition are being held at Thame this Saturday (22nd) starting at 9.30am. Please come along and lend your support to the occasion.
Also, on Friday (21st) Thame's only remaining player in the Men's County Singles, Ade Kemish, is playing at Thame at 6pm against Omar Sharif (no, not that one !) from Oxford City & County B.C. in an effort to reach the quarter-finals of this tough competition.
Good luck to all concerned - make Thame proud !
Last Saturday, Sept 22nd, saw the last game of the season played on our green this year - the Ladies took on the Gents in a 6 Triples game. Played in glorious sunshine, the Ladies, led by Caroline Walker (in the absence of "Cruising" Ruth Timms) came out strongly in the first few ends but faded rather badly as the game went on, and at the end the Gents (led by Vic Brooks) won quite handsomely!
The game was played in tremendous spirit, and although this game had been a regular fixture in the Thame Bowls Club calendar it wasn't played last year. It was however agreed by all concerned that it should now be put back in the diary. The Ladies will no doubt be looking for revenge in 2013 so the Gents need to be on their guard.
The Trophy (originally presented to the Club by A.W. & M. Liquorish) was duly handed to the winning team and will be kept safely in the Clubhouse until next season.
The week before, another fixture that hasn't taken place in recent years, Captain v Vice Captain, was re-introduced. This game was also played in beautiful weather, and the Captain's 6 Triples easily overcame the challenge of the Vice Captain's team with a comfortable 122 shots to 84 victory. The Vice Captain's team was led by President Les Canfield due to John Timms absence on holiday.
The game was a "mixed" 6 Triples and it is hoped that this also becomes an annual regular for the diary.
Twelve students from Lord William's School took part in a unique experiment at Thame Bowls Club this year.
For 6 weeks during the summer 12 students attended a course in Lawn Green Bowls under the guidance of Terry Gripes, Oxfordshire coach and Keith Wright, Thame coach with the help of six other coaches from across the county together with many Thame bowls club members.
The course was arranged by teachers, Chris Daplyn and Sue Benson and was part of their GCSE Sports examination which they all passed with flying colours. The course was featured on BBC1 Television Oxford News.
Bill Giles, Thame Bowls Club Chairman, said he was delighted with the way that all of the students adapted to bowling and hoped that many of them would join Thame Bowls Club next year. This will become an annual event with each successive GCSE year having the option to learn and enjoy bowling at Thame.
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Friday, 23rd of August 2019