August 2018 news

Disappointment at Leamington

A fantastic effort by Lorraine Slater, saw her win the Hampshire Area, Champion Of Champions Final and as a result represent, Hampshire at Leamington.

Unfortunately Lorraine was defeated 21 - 16, by Kirsty Richards of Warwickshire. This was a brilliant effort by Lorraine, as Kirsty was the 2017, All England Women's Singles Champion.

Ladies Cruise Into S&D Club Championship Semi Final

A really spirited display, saw the Ladies progress to the Semi Final of the S&D Club Championship, at the expense of Follands.

The match which was played at Follands , consisted of five rinks, the winners being determined by the Club who won three or more of the matches.

Maxeen Fletcher had a comfortable win in the 2 bowl singles, to put Lockswood 1 up.

Lorraine Slater continued her impressive season with victory in the 4 bowl singles, to make it 2 - 0.

Our Triples team, consisting of, Christine Prince, Paddy Christopher and Jan Collins, were winning 10 - 7 going into the last end, but dropped 3 shots, to tie the match. The team had an anxious wait, to see if a deciding end would be necessary.

Our Rinks team,  Vi Oliver, Gill Fenna, Dilys Lillywhite and Carol Windust, certainly had the worst of the opening exchanges and found themselves 13 - 0 down, but in a really determined display of bowling, they fought back to within 2 of their opponents and it looked for a time as if they may snatch victory. Unfortunately it was not to be and Follands pulled a rink back to make it 2-1 overall.

The pairs match saw Jen Ford and Sheena Mack representing the Club. The pair always appeared in control and Follands had to concede the match before the final end, as they were unable to make up the shot difference. 

This made the overall score 3 - 1 to Lockswood and a drawn rink in the Triples.

Well done to all the Ladies, who now play their semi final match, on 19th August, on a neutral ground, against Hyde Abbey.

Finals Weekend 11th & 12th august 

As always The Lockswood Finals Weekend was a great success, there was some very fine bowling, a number of very close matches and all excellently organised,  both on the day and throughout the qualifiers, by Competitions Secretary Harry Bryant.

Congratulations to the Winners and commiseration to the runners up and thanks to all those who participated throughout the season.

It was very pleasing to see some new names taking the honours, Pam Smith - The Bill Hibberd, Malcolm Fenna - The Goater and Rosemary Farr in the Ladies Pairs.










Martin Wellstead and Neil Fletcher competed in the Willcocks Cup, with Martin winning 21-20, after an enthralling encounter.

Special thanks to the Club Members and family and friends who came and offered their support.

All the results can be found in the Competitions Pages.

More photos of the weekend can be found in the Gallery.

Many thanks to Rod Maxted for the images.

Marker's Awareness Course 2018

On Tuesday 31st July, fifteen Lockswood Members attended a marker's awareness course, at the Club. The course was run by, three EBUA Umpires; Alex Wilson, Vicki Miller and Julie Greenwood.

The morning session was a very relaxed affair, with the group being split into three teams and answering a series of rule related questions. It was a very useful exercise which promoted lively discussion and debate.

After lunch, the teams remained together and went onto the green, where they were shown, how to correctly wedge and measure, the correct way of measuring into the ditch, the use of callipers and measuring the distance from mat to jack, to check it's legality. Although most of us can currently make these measures, it is surprising how much easier and accurate it is, if done properly and systematically.  

The final part of the course, concentrated on the marker; where to stand, how to correctly answer questions from the players, tips on how to judge distances, tricks to keep the game flowing and all manner of useful information.

All the pupils had a chance to get  " hands on" with the measuring and the course was both fun and informative.

All those present received a EBUA Certificate Of Attendance and a Home Study booklet.

Thanks to Neil & Maxeen for arranging the course and to Alex, Vicki and Julie for making it so interesting and worthwhile.

Lockswood Triumph at Gosport & Fareham Finals

This year, Portchester hosted the G&F Finals and Lockswood had three competitors; Lorraine Slater in The Bowler Of The Year Competition, Ron Collins, in The Presidents Trophy and Neil Fletcher in the Treasurer/Secretary Trophy.

Lorraine faced Sue Wilde from Crofton and with Sue struggling to find the green, Lorraine ran out winner by 21 - 2.

Ron Collins was in command of his rink and was ahead 14 - 7, when his opponent, Richard Fraser of Gosport, conceded the game, following a knee injury.


With two in the bag for Lockswood, attention turned to Neil's rink, where he faced Steve Cain from Crofton. With the wind strengthening, conditions were tricky and Neil was struggling to find his game. At 19-9 down the afternoon looked over for Neil , but a very determined effort, saw him pick up two shots, and then a four on the next end to decrease the deficit to 19 - 15. Amazingly, Neil followed this with a three on the next end to put him just one shot behind, followed by yet another three, to win the match and the trophy!

the gama trophy

Tuesday saw the introduction of a new trophy at the Club. The GAMA Trophy ( GArdening & MAintenance )

Traditionally there has always been a friendly rivalry between the Gardening and the Maintenance team, so to settle the differences, it was decided to hold an annual bowls match between the two factions.

The match was played over two hours and each team entered two triples rinks.

The match was won comfortably by the maintenance team, who took both rinks.

The banter on the rink was exceptional, as was much of the bowling and everybody had a great time. The competition will definitely be repeated next year, but rather than settle the rivalry, the match has possibly heightened it!!

Two Bowls Eleven Ends 2018

The annual Club Competition took place on Bank Holiday Monday and although it attracted less entrants than last year, it was still a very competitive tournament. The knockout rounds in the morning produced some good bowling and close matches.

The afternoon was devoted to the Quarter and Semi Finals and saw John Windust and Andy Dawson reaching the Final with wins over Harry Bryant and Pam Smith respectively.

The Final was tight throughout, with neither player able to establish a substantial lead. Going into the eleventh end, John was leading by 1 shot and with Andy to play his last bowl, John was holding 2. Andy played with weight and took the jack back for 1 shot to force a deciding end, which Andy won to take the match.

Thanks as always to Harry Bryant for the organisation, Jenna Pallet for looking after the scores throughout the day and the kitchen staff for keeping us all fed and watered.

Last 16 results can be found here.

How Division One of the G&F will look next season

G&F Leagues


Remain in Division One


Promoted to Division One as Champions


Promoted to Division One as Runners Up


Relegated to Division Four

Ladies' Club Championship Semi Final

Lockswood Ladies succumbed to Hyde Abbey in the Semi Final, with Hyde Abbey winning every rink, on the neutral ground at Banister Park.

Unfortunately due to illness & holiday commitments, the team was not at full strength, but those who stood In, did admirably, against a very strong Hyde Abbey squad.


A special mention to Ladies Captain, Carol Windust, who was draughted In to play the four bowl singles. Carol found herself facing Janet Williamson, a Johns Team member and County player, Carol led for much of the match and accrued a nine shot lead, unfortunately a couple of stray ends cost Carol and Janet went on to win 21 - 17.

champion of champions semi finalist

Congratulations to Lorraine Slater who reached the Semi Final of the Champion Of Champions. Unfortunately Lorraine was beaten by her old adversary, Margaret Holden, from Alton Social, but to reach the last four was a great achievement.