PRESS REPORT w/e 17 March

In Division 1 of the County Indoor League the men had a tough time against Yeovil, losing 52-99 overall and on all four rinks.  At home, Colin Moss’ men started slowly but pushed on and took the lead on end eight.  The lead changed hands a couple of times but at end 17 things were looking promising with a lead of four shots but this was overturned by Yeovil scoring five.  On the last end Wedmore trailed by five, put in a good shift but unfortunately lost by one.  Ron Barron’s side started well but lost the lead on end four and never saw it again, finding it hard to cut inroads in a Yeovil team into their stride.  Away skippers Thurkettle and Payne had similar problems as the opposition ran up big scores.
Scores: J Runciman, J Harris, J Runciman, C Moss, 22-23;  D Collins, D Stansfield, K Pettit, R Barron, 11-25; C Panchaud, D Brown, J Fear, E Payne, 9-27; J White, B Back, K Phillimore, R Thurkettle, 10-24; overall 52-99.
In a late season fling the Mixed Friendly squad won five of six matches.  Against Long Ashton, Wedmore won on both rinks, overall score 47 shots to 20. Richard McHale’s team had a good time winning 27-6 by dint of restricting the other side to to three shots on the last eight ends,whilst Bryan Aston’s group did a similar thing by going from nine shot all at end ten to win all the remaining ends bar one to win 20-14.  Against Woodspring it was 2-0 on rinks, 41-22 overall when skippers McHale and Aston again did the business.
Wells were defeated on both rinks and 38-29 overall with Joan Hunt’s crew putting in a good performance and despite fading at the end still won 19-13, whilst Richard McHale lead all the way and, despite losing a five score, won 19-16.  Avon and Somerset Police brought a strong squad as usual and rinks were split but Wedmore prevailed overall 40-32 thanks to Brian Tagg’s outfit playing steadily for 27-10 and sparing Tony Shepherd’s blushes for the 13-22 loss.  In a very tight match at home to Bridgwater, rinks were even but Wedmore sneaked the overall win 33-30, Alan Birch’s three shot loss being compensated by Trish Newell’s team winning 18-12 after some hard pounding in the earlier part of the game.  On the return fixture, rinks were again even but Bridgwater won 24-52 overall with Brian Aston’s side having a good win but Richard McHale was lost at sea.
The men lost a friendly with North Petherton winning both rinks and overall by 29-44 shots.  Roy Thurkettle’s crew were level at end 13 but couldn’t hang on whilst Dennis Stansfield’s boys had a similar tale – within two at end 16 but being outpaced to the finish.


Indoor bowling is an excellent way to have fun, especially in the winter. Wedmore Bowls Club is offering free taster sessions on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd from 9.30am until 4pm so that you can give it a try. Good for your health and enjoyed by all ages, men and women. No appointment is necessary, equipment is provided and no special clothing is needed other than flat shoes which can be borrowed from the club stock. Just turn up and play, friendly coaches on hand.

The club is on the Mark road out of Wedmore, beyond the church and on the right just after the school. For enquiries ring Keith Pettit 01934 733237.
Existing members can come along too – with friends, family and neighbours!


Isle of Wedmore Bowls Club – July 2018 News

July is with us once more and it’s the time of the year once again when we need to address our indoor winter programme which starts in late September, so we need your applications for Leagues and Competitions as follows:-

Club Leagues – an application list for each league is on the notice board outside the Bar, closing date for entries is the 31st July.

A reminder of the Leagues available:- Monday morning triples; Tuesday afternoon 4’s; Tuesday evening triples; Friday morning triples; Friday afternoon triples. Don’t forget that you can apply to play in as many leagues as you wish.

Invitation Leagues – most of last seasons team Captain’s have confirmed entries for 2018/19, but team vacancies are still available for some leagues. If you wish to enter a new team contact Keith Pettit 01934 733237 or, closing date for entries is 31st July. A reminder of the Leagues :- Monday afternoon Open Australian Pairs ; Wednesday afternoon Open 4’s ; Wednesday evening Men’s 4’s ; Thursday afternoon Ladies 4’s ; Thursday evening Open 4’s ; Friday evening Open Australian Pairs; Saturday afternoon Open triples.

Pre-booking a casual session – any new enquiries for a 2 hour session throughout the winter season, please contact Keith Pettit.

Indoor Competitions – entry fee £1 per competition, please return forms to the Competition Secretaries Julie Collins and Tony Shepherd at the Indoor Section Social Evening on Friday 31st August or by the final date for entries 15th October. Competitions for 2018/19 include open singles ; men’s singles ; ladies singles ; men’s pairs ; ladies pairs ; mixed pairs and mixed triples. All pairs and triples teams will be seeded and drawn by Committee as previously. The 1st and some 2nd round of the mixed triples will be played on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November and the Competitions Finals will be played on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019.

Please remember that if you enter you need to be available on these dates.

Club friendly fixtures, County league and competitions – a comprehensive programme of matches has again been arranged for the forthcoming season. To enable you to readjust to the indoor carpet we will again be holding pre-season fun days with an Australian Pairs Day on Monday 24th September and a Triples Day on Wednesday 26th September, watch the notice board for applications, numbers are limited.

New members are always welcome, if you have friends or relatives interested encourage them to view the premises and have a taster session. The indoor rinks will be open for free taster sessions for prospective new members on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September between 9.30am and 4.00pm. An alternative date / time can be arranged if necessary. Shoes and bowls are available for newcomers to try the game

Social evenings – we will continue our programme of Saturday evening Drives and fun bowls evenings with supper, organised by Iris & Paul Rowlett and a quiz evening hosted by Claire & Tony Biggs. Drives are on a turn up and play basis, those with supper add your name to the list on the notice board.

The Indoor Annual membership fee of £40 for 2018/19 is due on September 1st, fees should be paid to our Membership Secretary, Don Trow.

Indoor rink fees have been amended this year and a full list of rates will be posted on the notice board and enclosed within the A4 rink booking folder. The 2 hour session is now £2.50 pp and all other fees pro-rata ;

Reminder – a date for your diary:- Friday 31st August 7.30pm – Indoor Section Social Evening – meet old friends, have a drink and a chat, renew your indoor membership, collect the fixtures booklet, enter and pay for your Indoor Competitions. All indoor members are urged to attend and ensure that fixtures booklets are collected.

Keith Pettit 01934 733237

PRESS REPORT 17th June 2018

The men had a clean sweep claiming all the points in a County League match when the B team met Nailsea B at home, scoring three nil on rinks and 65 shots to 50 overall.  Roy Thurkettle’s men won the first four ends to establish a nine point lead which had grown to eleven by half way.  Nailsea pushed back to come within four shots at end 19 but Wedmore prevailed 25-18.  Clive Panchaud ’s boys also started fast, building an eight shot lead by end seven.  The scales were turned as Nailsea scored ten shots, including a five, in winning five ends in succession and so led at end 18.  Wedmore shut them out for the last four end and so won 19-15.  Greg Annuick and co. were playing catch up in the first half and then there were five switches of the lead in six ends with Wedmore winning the last two ends to win 21-17.

Scores: V Matthews, R Bull, D Trow, R Thurkettle, 25-18; J White, J Runciman, S Fisher, C Panchaud, 19-15; C Heller, PD Rees, T Simpson, G Annuik, 21-17; overall 65 shots to 50.

The A Team played Taunton A at Home in the County Premier 1 League and had a hard time, losing one to two on rinks and 45-74 on overall shots.  Roger Hughes’ group salvaged two points for a rink win 19-16.  Taunton were in close contention throughout, eventually drawing level on end 19 but Wedmore had enough to clinch it at the end.  Dave Nicholls’ outfit scored first, then fell behind in a game of fine margins, taking the lead briefly on end 12 but then couldn’t hold the opposition who pulled away to win 11-21.  Eddie Payne’s fellows fought hard early on but conceding six on end six put paid to any hopes of leading as their opponents steadily pulled away in the second half to a punishing 15-37.

Scores: T Brown, I Gallop, R Newell, R Hughes, 19-16; D Collins, C Moss, K Burt, D Nicholls, 11-21; A Birch, D Wederell, K Pettit, E Payne, 15-37; overall 45-74.

Hosting Long Ashton in the Weston Triples League, Wedmore restored the feel good factor with an overwhelming victory of six to nil on rinks and 146-65 on overall shots.  Ray Newell and friends had a day to remember, winning 14 of 18 ends, racking up a score of 30 shots, including two fives and conceding only five.   Ron Barron’s bunch also had plenty to be pleased with, racing straight into the lead fuelled by a six and a five score to lead by 17 shots at end 11 which was sustained to a 29-10 victory.  Roger Hughes’ side, already ahead, made their lead an unassailable 12 shots by scoring six on end ten and marched on to a 26-10 victory.  Colin Moss’ team were never behind and just kept scoring steadily across the game, leading by eight at end ten and carrying that forward to win 21-14.  Eddie Payne’s people were mostly ahead but couldn’t quite shake off their opponents until the final third when they posted a 17-12 win.  Keith Pettit’s men conceded five shots on end six which led to a tussle for supremacy with the score returned to parity on 11, whilst scoring eight over the last three ends made it 23-19.

Scores: D Barnett, I Gallop, R Newell, 30-5;  T Collingwood, C Panchaud, R Barron, 29-10; A Birch, K Burt, R Hughes, 26-10; R Bull, J Harris, E Payne, 17-12; J Runciman, D Colins, C Moss, 21-14; D Trow, S Fisher, K Pettit, 23-19; overall 146 shots to 65.

In the Triples League, the Ladies lost at home to Victoria White by one rink to two and 49-62 on overall shots.  Jenny Collingwood’s ladies were in a close contest with the lead changing often, when a six on end nine stabilised the game.  Victoria couldn’t get a look in as Wedmore scored eight shots in winning seven of the last eight ends for a clear win of 20-14. Marie Trow’s team were in a game that could have gone either way until the opposition scored five on end 13 and went on to win 14-22.  Pam Beard’s trio had a poor first half, 23 down on end 10 but then looked a lot brighter, scoring 13 in winning seven of the remaining ends but the deficit was too much and still lost 15-26.

Scores:  FD Rees, M Barron, J Collingwood, 20-14; M Hordle, A Hughes, M Trow, 14-22; P Jenkins, T Newell, P Beard, 15-26; overall 49-62.


PRESS REPORT 11th June 2018

The men played Portishead at home in the Weston Triples League, winning by three rinks to two, with one tied, and by a convincing 116 shots to 79 overall. Clive Panchaud’s men built the foundation of their result in the first half with 20 shots to 2 on end nine.   They kept up the pressure to finish 30-10, winning twelve ends.  Alan Birch’s boys were in front from start to finish, an early six powered up a big lead which turned into 24-10.  Ian Faulkner’s side also won by a ten shot margin, 22-12, after leading throughout.  Tony Brown’s team failed to score in the first four ends but were only two shots in arrears after taking end five.  The score drifted away to 4-12 at end ten, then came a revival with a five score at end 16 taking the lead for the first time but the prospect of victory evaporated as Portishead scored four shots on the last two ends to claim a 17 all tie.  Stuart Fisher’s folk trailed in the first half, caught up and took the lead on end ten but couldn’t hang on and lost 13-16.  In a low scoring game Keith Burt’s bunch led briefly early on and took the last three ends but it all added up to 10-14.

Scores: C Weller, I Gallop, C Panchaud, 30-10; D Skelton, M Green, A Birch, 24-10; D Trow, B Cottrell, I Faulkner, 22-12; V Matthews, J Runciman, T Brown, 17-17; M Batchelor, D Barnett, S Fisher, 13-16; M Davies, T Simpson, K Burt, 10-14; overall 116 shots to 79.
The Ladies played Ashcombe at home in the Wessex Ladies League, losing on rinks 0-2 and a tie, 38 shots to 61 overall.  Having led most of the way, Pam Beard’s ladies lost it on end end 14, led again at end 18 with a five score then Ashcombe shut them out for the last three ends resulting in a tie 14-14.  Marie Trow’s side started well but a six score loss on end seven put the opposition in front by five and they took some catching.  Wedmore scored six on the last two ends but it wasn’t quite enough and lost 17-19.  Elaine Deverill’s rink only won six ends and suffered a 7-28 defeat.
Scores:  J Collins, M Fisher, T Newell, P Beard, 14-14;  B Disbury, M Hordle, M Trow, 17-19; A Hughes, B Clark, C Pettit, E Deverill, 7-28; overall 38-61.
In the return leg of the  Mixed Mark Moor Cup, Wedmore took a slender lead of three shots from the home fixture.  Whilst winning on rinks 4-2, for Wedmore the overall score is what counted – 140 shots to 99 to win the competition. After taking the lead on end five, Ron Barron’s team galloped away to win 16 ends, scoring five on end 18 and shutting Mark out for the last five ends to triumph  31-10.  On Ray Newell’s rink, it was a close game with Wedmore trailing, until end 11 when scoring a six boosted them into the lead to take seven of the last 10 ends and victory by a good margin, 27-14.  Marie Trow led her side to a convincing win, boosted by a five on end eight, winning 13 ends to take the game 26-14.  Dennis Stansfield’s crew experienced a swingometer game when, leading four to two on end six they then had a dry spell of six ends by which time the deficit was eight shots.  Then it was Mark’s turn for famine for eight ends and Wedmore, picking up a six, won easily by 25-15.  Roy Thurkettle’s group scored eight shots without reply over the first seven ends and looked comfortable at 16-10 on end 18 but Mark defeated them by scoring seven shots over the last three ends – 16-17.  Don Trow’s team had an eight point lead on end 12 and then fell prey to their opponents scoring 22 shots over the last nine ends – result 15-29.
In the national Top Club competition, Wedmore’s men beat Bristol B on three of the five elements to progress further.  In the two wood singles Colin Moss enjoyed a 19-4 victory and Ron Barron with Keith Pettit took the pairs winning 12 of 18 ends including the rarity of a seven score, finishing 36-7.  Dave  Nicholls triples group similarly won 13 ends, including a six, to finish 32-11.  Eddie Payne skippered the rinks game and led for the first half but a six score put Bristol in front and they won 14-22.  Roger Hughes fought a close game in the four wood singles but despite leading most of the way, narrowly lost 18-21.

PRESS REPORT 27th May 2018

Wedmore won through to the next round of the Tony Allcock national knockout mixed competition by beating Bristol away.  Whilst it was one rink each, the overall score was a fine win of 45 shots to 34.  Colin Moss’ side started slowly, eight shots down after three ends but fought back to lead by one shot at end ten.  Scoring solidly put the game beyond Bristol’s reach, ending a resounding 30 shots to 16.  Ron Barron’s team started well, lost the lead on end nine then fought back to a one shot lead with two ends to go but Bristol’s last gasp made it 15-18.

Scores: Au Birch, E Deverill, K Pettit, C Moss, 30-16; P Jenkins, M Barron, Al Birch, R Barron 15-18; overall 45-34.

The Southey is a Somerset County Ladies knockout competition. Against Bridgwater Wedmore won the pairs, the triples and the rinks but lost the singles thereby winning 3 rinks to 1.  In the next round Wedmore went out to Congresbury, winning on rinks but losing on the other elements.

The Ladies are enjoying a run of good form with some outstanding results.  At home to Wrington in the Triples League they won three rinks to nil and by a huge 77 shots to 27.  Skipper Maureen Holder’s ladies showed what could be done by steadily plugging away and racking up a big score, winning 13 of the 18 ends to deserve their 30-7 victory.  Jenny Collingwood’s side also had a good day, doubling their scoring rate in the second half after a modest start to triumph 25-10.  Carole Pettit’s rink also made a strong contribution when their six score on the second end boosted them to the front. They kept up the pace by winning their ends  well and restricting the opposition to singles when they took an end – result 22-10.

Scores: D Gallop, J Hunt, M Hordle 30-7; J Collins, L Hamblin, J Collingwood 25-10; A Hughes, M Barron, C Pettit 22-10; overall 77-27.

Away to Keynsham in the Triples League, the Ladies did it again, 3-0 on rinks and a crushing 83 shots to 24 overall to put another full pointer in the bag. Elaine Wederill led a strong group and made that pay by leading from beginning to end, denied Keynsham any scoring for 11 consecutive ends and won 14 ends for a pace setting victory 38-4.  Shirley Wederell’s cohort  didn’t really get going until half way and then won ten successive ends to come home 23-8.  Maureen Hordle and team-mates were never really threatened and a strong burst just after half way put them out of reach, sustaining that to finish 22-12.

Scores: M Barron, T Newell, E Wederill 38-4; P Jenkins, P Beard, S Wederell 23-8; J Collins, A Birch, M Hordle 22-12;  overall 83-4.

As the matches came thick and fast, two days later Wedmore were at home to Burnham-on-Sea in the Weston League, winning by two rinks to one and by 50 shots to 41 overall.  Pam Beard’s ladies were initially in a close game, with scores level at half way but a burst of seven shots over the next four ends provided a seven point lead which, together with a strong finish towards the end was enough to survive Burnham’s five score on the last end to win 20-15. In a low scoring game, Jenny Collingwood’s crew started well, were briefly overtaken on end eight but a five score on end 11 was enough to keep the opposition at bay and go on to a 16-11 victory.  On Marie Trow’s rink it was always tight and apart from a brief lead at end five they were always close but not in front with a 14-15 photo finish.

Scores:  A Hughes, T Newell, P Beard 20-15; J Collins, M Hordle, J Collingwood; 16-11; B Disbury, J Hunt, M Trow 14-15; overall 50-41.

The Ladies visited Fosseway in the Triples League for a low scoring but hotly contested match where it was one each and a tie on rinks with a remarkable 49-49 on overall shots.  The  lead changed hands five times on Julie Collins’ rink with scores level at end 16.  Fosseway took the next end with a single shot but Wedmore clinched the game by scoring three on the last end to win 17-15. Maureen Hordle’s folk trailed for most of the first half but caught up and passed their opponents on end 16.  In another nail biting finish each side scored two more shots to tie 17-17.  Shirley Wederell’s women did not score until end four and then took the lead on the next end, holding it for eight more ends but then giving way, losing narrowly 15-17.

Scores: J Weller, AM Wilkinson, J Collins 17-15; FD Rees, P Jenkins, M Hordle 17-17; A Birch, T Newell, S Wederell 15-17;  overall 49-49.

Wedmore men also had some glowing wins mixed in with a couple of losses. In the County League the B team played at home to Clevedon Prom C and won three rinks to none and 75 shots to 38 overall – a clean sweep of all the points on offer.  Roy Thurkettle’s men played a stormer winning the first six ends and building up a 17 point lead right to the end, 26-9.  2Kevin Phillimore and pals trailed most of the first half, then took the lead on end 11.  A remarkable sequence followed with Wedmore scoring 12 points over the last eight ends, winning 14 in total to decide an important victory 24-12.  Greg Annuik and co. took the lead on end five and stayed there despite a challenge on end nine which was resisted, prompting a surge to the end to prevail 25-17.

Scores: V Matthews, M Green, D Trow, R Thurkettle 26-9; PD Rees, J Runciman, S Fisher, K Phillimore 24-12; R Bull, C Heller, C Panchaud, G Annuik, 25-17; overall 75-38.

Two days later the men were at home again to Clevedon Prom in the Clevedon Triples League and won five to one on rinks and 128-83 overall.  Roger Hughes’ rink announced itself with a bang of a six score on end five and Clevedon only scored twice after, as Wedmore charged on to win 13 ends and an overwhelming winning score of 31-6.  Despite not taking the lead until end eight, Colin Moss’ men also took 13 ends and the game by 24-9.  In a remarkable turn around Ron Barron’s boys didn’t even score until end seven and then took the lead on end 14 as Clevedon ran out of steam and Wedmore won the last seven ends in succession for a 22-14 victory.  Eddie Payne’s side had a closely fought game in which they were mainly in the lead with their opponents snapping at their heels.  Scores were level at end 11 but Wedmore persisted and came out on top 15-13.  Dave Nicholls troupe kicked off with a six on end three and had a thirteen point lead by end 10 as Clevedon had a six end drought which was followed by a
dry patch from Wedmore who only scored one more shot to the end but it was enough to hang on for a 20-19 win.  Keith Pettit’s crew held the lead for one end but were mostly behind whilst keeping in touch but lost 16-22.

Scores: J Runciman, I Galopp, R Hughes, 31-6; V Matthews, D Collins, C Moss, 24-9; I Faulkner, R Newell, R Barron, 22-14; A Birch, K Burt, E Payne, 15-13, D Barnett, S Fisher, D Nicholls, 20-19; D Trow, Stansfield, K Pettit, 16-22;  128-83 overall.

In the County League, Wedmore B beat Portishead RBL by 2-1 on rinks and 71-40 overall. Clive Panchaud and pals ensured a big victory by taking 16 of 21 ends to rack up 38 shots to 10.  Stuart Fisher and co. looked in command most of the way until a Portishead six score gave them a platform to counter-attack and took the lead on end 15.  Wedmore came back two ends later and finished well to win 21-15.  Roy Thurkettle’s group mostly trailed but were never out of it and after a  close finish it was 12-15.

Scores:C Weller, M Green, T Simpson, C Panchaud, 38-10; M Bachelor, J Runciman, D Stansfield, S Fisher, 21-15; V Matthews, D Barnett, R Grant, R Thurkettle, 12-15.

The C Team lost away to Yatton B, one to two on rinks and 52-64 overall.  Keith Burt’s rink had a good game, emerging in the second half to build a strong lead to win 26-9.  Terry Simpson’s side were in contention with the score level at end 12 but couldn’t hold on, losing 16-23, whilst Dennis Stansfield side couldn’t make much impact and lost 10-32.

Scores:S Wilkinson, M Batchelor, J White, K Burt, 26-9; D Skelton, S Young, T Walker, T Simpson, 16-23; T Collingwood, I Faulkner, T Shepherd, D Stansfield, 10-32; 52-64 overall.

Wedmore found Portishead RBL harder to handle, playing away in the Clevedon Triples League, losing on ends one to four plus a tie and 92-105 overall.  Roger Hughes’ bunch had a close game but pulled out a big enough lead towards the end to win 15-11.  Keith Pettit and co. were mostly behind but snatched the lead on end 16, Portishead took it back and a single shot from Wedmore made it a 13-13 tie.  Ron Barron’s boys experienced a lot of lead changes from the middle of the game onwards and the score was level on end 17 but Portishead stole the victory 14-16.  It was also a close thing on Eddie Payne’s rink but a strong finish from them was not quite enough so losing 17-19.  Colin Moss’ men were in a tight contest with level sores at end ten.  However they only scored four shots in the remaining eight ends and lost 16-22.  Dave Nicholls’ side were in the game, despite giving away a seven shot loss, and the score was level at end 11, one behind on end 16 but two threes from Portishead gave them a 17-24 win.

Scores: R Bull, A Birch, R Hughes, 15-11; P Smith, R Thurkettle, K Pettit 13-13; D Trow, R Newell, R Barron, 14-16, T Simpson, K Burt, E Payne, 17-19, C Weller, D Collins, C Moss, 16-22; J Runciman, T Brown, D Nicholls, 17-24;  92-105 overall.

The Mixed Friendly squad had two wins and a draw. Against Avon and Somerset Police it was two all on rinks but 88-70 overall with skippers Dennis Stansfield and Ron Barron leading their rinks to big wins.  At home to Wellington was three nil plus a tie on rinks and 73-61 overall when skippers Roger Hughes, Stuart Fisher and Keith Burt produced victories and Maureen Hordle had the tie. Hosting Wrington, it was two all on rinks and 68 all overall with Skippers Marie Trow and Clive Weller posting the wins.


I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the members of the Isle of Wedmore Bowls Club for choosing to donate your winnings from the 3 league games and cup final to Dementia UK. It sounds like you really are rather skilled and £1338 is incredibly kind of you!Your fundraising will help us to provide specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. They work alongside people with dementia and their families when things get challenging or difficult, providing one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Families that have support from our Admiral Nurses have someone truly expert and caring by their side – helping them to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

You can and should be really proud of your achievement. The money you have raised will take us one step closer to making Admiral Nurses available to everyone that needs them, people like Janet;

“My Admiral Nurse was the one who comforted me, who listened in a compassionate manner, who advised and gave me information that other professionals had failed to supply, who found the time to try and explain and understand my mental turmoil. Knowing that she is there for me is a great reassurance. Words cannot express my debt to the Admiral Nurse”.

Thank you all once again for your support and good luck with your competitions this year!

Holly Draper
Community Marketing Executive

PRESS REPORT 19th February 2018

In a period of six friendlies, Wedmore lost only one.  The Ladies showed the way by winning two Ladies’ Friendlies, the first against St Andrews of Weston-super-Mare, winning on both rinks and overall by 43 shots to 29.  Julie Masters’ ladies took the lead from the start but the game was finely balanced when the opposition took the lead with a five score on end 11.  This provoked an immediate response  and Wedmore scored 13 shots on the next five ends for a twelve point lead and couldn’t be caught, winning 27 shots to 15.  Maureen Hordle’s  side held the lead for most of the first half but lost it on end 13 and at end 19 the scores were level.  Wedmore saw out the last two ends to win16-14.

It was one rink all against Victoria but Wedmore Ladies again squeezed out a victory overall with 36 shots to 35.  Julie Masters team took the lead on end six but the game was close and scores levelled at end 13.  Wedmore hung on to the lead and seized the game with a five score on the last end to win 20-14, a good foundation for the overall match.  Maureen Hordle’s group had a tougher time but overcame a deficit of eight shots to take the lead on end nine.  After much lead swapping, Victoria put their noses in front and defeated the home side 16-21.

Not to be outdone the men won a friendly against North Petherton, taking both rinks and an overall score of 40 shots to 24.  Ray Newell’s men were in a scrap early on but had a five score on end nine going on to win thirteen ends and by 21 shots to nine.  Dave Nicholls’ band never lost the lead although the score was tied on end 18 as Wedmore pushed on to win 19 shots to 15.

The Mixed Friendly squad won two out of three matches.  Against Congresbury it was 2-0  on rinks and  38-23 on overall shots.  Julie Masters’ bunch enjoyed their afternoon by retaining the lead for the whole game, winning twelve of eighteen ends, scoring 22 shots to 8.  It was the proverbial close run thing on the other rink where Richard McHale and co. were given a good game.  It was tied at end 17 and Wedmore took the last end by a single shot, winning by 16 shots to15.

The loss came against Bridgwater who took both rinks and won by 46 shots to 24 overall.  On Joe Harris’ rink they had the lead a couple of times and by scoring  five on end 16 came within three shots of their opponents who nonetheless won 21-14.  Richard McHale and support started well enough but dried up after end nine, scoring only one further shot to lose 10-25.

That loss was remedied by a narrow win against Avon and Somerset Police when it was one rink each and 38-34 overall to Wedmore.  Richard McHale’s rink had a good win, scoring a couple of fives and ran out 22 shots to 14.  Dennis Stansfield’s crew looked as if they might win when the match was level at half way and only one point in it at end 20 but the police won the last by three so Wedmore lost 16-20.

PRESS REPORT 4th February 2018

The men put on a strong performance in the County League against North Petherton, winning by 82-66 on overall shots, with rinks two all, and scooping 12 of the 16 points available.  At home, Dave Nicholls and his men scored steadily throughout the game, including two five scores to triumph 29 shots to 10.  On the other home rink, Eddie Payne’s side stayed in touch with the opposition and were only three behind at half way but then North Petherton turned up the pressure slightly and slowly expanded their lead to win 16-25.

Colin Moss’ rink had a remarkable away win, limiting their opponents to winning only six ends and so claiming an emphatic win which, at 23 shots to 12, made a substantial contribution to the club’s victory.  Keith Pettit’s lads fought hard and were level after 11 ends, only two behind after 18 and whilst conceding the win, limited the damage to five shots.

Scores: J White, V Matthews, R Barron, D Nicholls, 29-10;  R Bull, R Thurkettle, D Stansfield, E Payne, 16-25; A Birch, J Runciman, R Newell, C Moss, 23-12, D Collins, D Brown, J Fear, K Pettit, 14-19;  overall 82 shots to 66.

The men also won a Friendly against North Petherton at home, with the overall score 50 shots to 41 with rinks one all.  Roy Thurkettle’s group laid down the foundation with a convincing victory, after retaking the lead on end four they never looked back.  A five score on end 11 gave a 12 point lead which was sustained for the rest of the game, helped by another five, winning 31 shots to 18.  Clive Panchaud’s bunch worked hard, winning more ends than their opponents but not by as much as them.  Conceding a seven score didn’t help but a spirited finish led to a close result at 19-23.

The Mixed Friendly squad won a close match at home against St Andrews of Weston-super-Mare, with one rink each and 33 shots to 29 overall.  Richard McHale’s outfit didn’t take the lead until end 12 but then made it pay by pulling away, with the help of two six scores, to a 21-14 victory.  Maureen Hordle’s rink prevented the opposition from scoring until end six but they took the lead on end ten and by dint of winning nine of the last eleven ends, took the match by three shots, 12-15.