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m_Bill ReevesIt is with great sadness that we have to report that one of previous club members Bill Reeves has passed away at the age of 90.

In years gone by Bill was a great supporter of Marldon Bowls Club, he was always involved in everything going on and was a respected bowler who played his part in many a great game for the Mens MDL League Team. He was also a keen supporter of the club competitions and he himself was a winner on a few occasions.  He was the Mens 2 wood singles champion in 2000, he won the Mens Pairs title in 2004 bowling with John Sterry, and he was part of the winning trio in the Mens Triples in 1998 with Neil Jones and Dennis Wyman and again part of the winning team in 2001 alongside Roy Lovell and Eric Glanfield.

When he was not playing bowls, Bill could be seen striding out anywhere around Marldon and Preston as he was always a keen walker.

Needless to say Bill is part of our bowling club history and will be missed by family and friends alike. Our condolences go out to those family and friends at this sad time.



D& C Police were the winners in this year's Neil Jones Memorial Match against Marldon. Captain Bryan Salter decided to reduce the match to 18 ends due to the threat of bad weather.

The Marldon Rink of Ray O'Brien, Colin Vallis, Bob Tame and Doug Potter bowled well as a rink and achieved a 19-11 win but the other Marldon Rinks were less successful. Terry Bowles along with Colin Whiley, Gerald Phillips & Ray Sandercock were unlucky to lose by two shots after being 15-9 up with three ends to go

Ricky Knapp and his team of Paul Stretton, Pat Edwards & Graham Dowell started well enough to get a 7 -2 lead before the police pulled back to level scores at 7 all. Ricky's rink scored a four on the next end but the police team upped their game and only allowed Ricky to score on one more end as they ran out as 27-14 winners. Shaun O Leary bowling with Gordon Page, Gordon Hewer & Ken Brenchley and Bryan Salter who was bowling with Colin Egan, Barry Hodges & Ed Sosnowski  also lost.

Tony Powell along with Colin Cradock, Martin Rolfe & Pam Hills were involved in a neck and neck match and finished with a 16-16 draw.




Bob Tame


Last Wednesday night was the final club triples evening this season. It turned into a very exciting finish as 2 teams were only 1 point apart for 1st and 2nd place. The Rolling Stones team had 102 points, and The Skittlers had 101 points.

Allan Coombe, Paul Stretton and Sheila Hooper played for The Rolling Stones team, against Ray & Linda O'Brien & Dennis Quincey, playing for NEG (Not Enough Green) team. John Gibbons, Pat Edwards & Tony Mason played for The Skittlers against Jo & Ray Locke and Betty Amos for The Bumblebees. Both contenders won the first two sets, then it was all down to the last set. Amazingly, they both won the last set too, making The Rolling Stones the overall winners, by 1 point. Congratulations to both teams for a great season.

After the game everyone retired to the clubhouse for refreshments, the prize -giving, a free raffle (where everyone who played over the season received a prize). Much fun was had by all.

I would like to thank  all those who helped make this another brilliant year. As for the last 4 years, we also raised £400 pounds for the club.

Thank you Reg ( Sturch) for having this great idea for the club. We still miss you.


We have three winners in the latest Lottery Competition. Betty Amos, Yvonne Knapp & Sue Lockyer have shared the prize pot on this occasion, each collecting £31.50 each. Now we move on to the final game of the season, good luck everyone (especially me the Editor!).


Steph & Alan

Alan Routledge & Steph Strawbridge (now Mr & Mrs Routledge) were married on September 2nd in Malta. All our best wishes and congratulations to the Bride and Groom.


(Some photos will be added later)

Could everyone who won a trophy last season please return them To Competitions Secretary Colin Whiley.

As soon as possible. Please ensure they are CLEANED & POLISHED ready for this years Presentation.


In conditions that were hot Alan Routledge and Ray Sandercock took to the green to establish this year's 4 wood singles champion. Everybody was sat with bated breath; drink in hand, all in anticipation of what was to come. Nobody could have foreseen what occurred in front of them. Alan got off to a great start finding his line and length straight away punishing Ray by taking a very swift 7 shot lead. Ray then gets on the scoreboard to open his account and hopefully start the fight back. Alan, however had other ideas and posted another 8 shots in three ends to leave Ray floundering in his wake. Ray then picked up another single before Alan posted 2 on the scoreboard to lead 17 - 2. At this point Ray decided enough was enough and conceded the game to make Alan the champion for 2017.


An intriguing battle developed between this year's finalist's Doug Potter and Graham Dowell. Doug took the early lead before Graham drew some great woods to nudge ahead after four ends. From this point on Doug got into the groove and bowled six consecutive winning ends to establish a 7 shot lead. Graham mounted a mini revival to get back to just 2 shots behind with three ends to play. Doug held his nerve though to win ends nineteen and twenty to take a 15 - 11 and unassailable lead to become champion this year.


On a bright morning Shaun O’Leary and Gary Routledge took to the green to contest this final. Shaun had by far the better start in this one and crafted a 14 shot lead by the half way point in the game. Gary then found a line and length that suited him and the fight back was on. Gary won five of the next six ends to edge closer but still found himself 11 shots behind after sixteen ends. Shaun maintained his firm and nibbled away to post a winning score of 21 – 11 and become champion.


Doug Potter and Graham Brough kicked things off on a bright and sunny Saturday morning in this final. It was Graham who got the slightly better start but Doug then found his line and length to fight back and get in front after nine ends. From thereon in it was a tight final with some great bowling from both players. After twenty on ends it was all square on the scoreboard, 18 shots apiece. The next end was a nail biter. Graham held 2 shots for certain as Doug played his last wood. Then came the tension of a measure for 3. The tape favoured Graham who picked up the vital 3 shots to win the title 21 – 18.


This looked to be a tasty final with Gary Routledge & Jamie Phillips up against Doug Potter & Mark Turley Green. The manner in which the game was played certainly lived up to expectation. There were never more than two shots in it for the first two thirds of the game. Each player seemed to take their turn in nailing the jack. It looked like Jamie & Gary had taken the upper hand when getting themselves 6 shots ahead after fifteen ends. Doug & Mark fought back valiantly though and squared the game on the eighteenth end. A tight couple of ends followed and despite a couple of great woods from Mark & Doug they found themselves 3 behind going into the last end. Jamie & Gary kept it as tight as they could on the last and as things went their way to pick up 3 and with it take the game and title 21 - 15 in what was a cracking game of bowls.


Terry Bowles, John Gibbons & Paul Stretton  versus Doug Potter, Colin Egan & Colin Whiley contested this final on Thursday 14th September. Doug and the two Colins got off to a flying start opening up a 9-1 lead after 5 ends with Colin W finding line and length straight away. Then Terry, John & Paul took over picking up 13 shots over the next 5 ends giving them a 14-9 lead after 10 ends.  It was then Doug and the two Colins turn to take over in a game that seemed to being played in 5 end phases as they picked up 5 shots on two separate ends as well as a 3 shot gain on another to hold a healthy 22-17 lead with only 3 ends to play. Although Terry, John & Paul won the remaining ends they could only manage to score another 3 shots meaning Doug and the two Colins finished as Champions winning the game 22 - 20.


This year's final was contested by June Gibbons and Pat Haynes. The game got under way with the sun beating down on all and sundry. Pat established the early lead on the scoreboard before June fought back to within 1 shot after eleven ends. Pat then delivered a massive blow picking up 4 to pull away once more before we saw June pick up a 4 a couple of ends later to get back into the game once more. June followed this up with a 2 to set the game all square at 14 shots apiece. Pat then played four great ends of bowls amassing the 7 shots she needed to win the game and take the title 21 - 14.


Pam Hills and June Gibbons played this final on Saturday 2nd September. Early on in the game there was nothing to choose between these two competitors but then Pam found a line and length she liked to pull out a bit of a lead. It wasn't long before June was back on her tail ensuring the score was all square on more than one occasion through to the nineteenth end when it was 16 shots apiece. With everything to play for it was Pam who found the telling bowls to pick up 2 shots on each of the next two ends. This meant the game and the championship was taken by Pam 20 - 16.


This final had Sheila Hooper pitched against Pat Edwards. Sheila was to play to 21 whilst Pat had to reach 24. The game started off fairly even but it was Pat who got into her stride the better after that. Having pulled out a 10 - 3 lead the crowd were willing Sheila on to get back into the game. Sheila obliged picking up a 2 but then disaster, a dropped 4 saw Pat pull further away. Try as Sheila did nothing was working for her today as Pat scoring regularly. With a punishing final four ends of the game it was Pat who took the title 24 - 7.


This final pitted Sheila Hooper against Jane Lake. The game started off very close over the first few ends and then Jane put in a string of winning ends to pull out a 6 shot lead. It looked as if the game could run away from Sheila but she was anything but daunted by the scoreboard. Sheila rallied well and then put in her own streak of winning ends to assume the lead once more. The game then took on a tit for tat format through to twenty five ends after which the score was all square, 20 shots apiece. So a one end shoot out, tensions rose as each wood arrived at the head. Finally the last wood arrived, shot wood to Sheila and the Championship was hers 21 – 20.


Pat Edwards & Sheila Hooper played out a marathon against Pam Hills & Gill Hartley in hot conditions. After an even start it was Pat & Sheila who played the more accurate bowls to open up a lead of 8 shots. Pam & Gill fought back well to get within 3 shots of their opponents and every chance of a win. A 4 shot lead for Pam & Sheila was taken to the final end where, try as they might Pam & Gill could only muster a single shot to lose out 17 - 14 to the new champions Pat & Sheila.


Maureen Heath, Gill Hartley & Lynda Taylor took on Theresa Cornelius, Chris read & Pam Neale in this final. Maureen's team got off to a great start getting 8 shots on the board before Pam's team got going. Maureen's team then put more punishing ends together with good shot counts to really extend the lead. As hard as Pam's team tried they could not get closer to their opponents scoreline. After seventeen ends the game was conceded by Pam's team with the score showing as 25 – 9 making Maureen, Gill and Lynda this year's champions.


This was the last of the club finals to be played this year. The competition saw Pat Edwards & Gordon Hewer taking on Steph Routledge & Doug Potter. Steph & Doug got off to a great start picking up 6 shots on the first end. The lead was then increased to 9 - 0 before Pat & Gordon got themselves onto the scoreboard. It was at this point of the game with the scoreboard showing 9 - 1 that with the occasional wick or two (Pats words) things changed. After that single shot gain Gordon & Pat took control of things from thereon in. After 19 ends had been played and with the score showing as 20 - 13 in favour of Pat & Gordon, Doug conceded leaving Pat & Gordon this year's winners.


Gill Hartley, Paul Stretton & Bryan Salter played this final out against Derek Denbow, June Gibbons & Tony Mason. Both teams had to play in hard fought semi finals in the morning before coming together on a hot afternoon to contest the final. Attention seeking Derek played the semi final (quite rightly) in grey trousers but was sweating in more ways than one when he realised he needed whites for the afternoon. An SOS was issued to family members but the game had to get underway with Derek still displaying his "alternative" whites. This didn't affect the bowling as both sides were very evenly matched with the lead changing hands on several occasions. There was much applause when Derek finally got the white trousers he so craved just so he could blend in with the others. Sadly, the white trousers didn't help the scoring as it was Bryan's team that had the better of the final few ends as they posted a win to become champions 18 - 15.


This year the competition was played on a round robin basis with only five couples entered. The following table shows the state of play a few days prior to the finals weekend. A team won 3 points for a win.






Shots For

Shots Against


John & June Gibbons








Alan Routledge & Steph Strawbridge








Gordon & Carole Page








John & Chris Gilbert








Steve & Maureen Heath








Before all matches were played John & June had accrued enough point so as to have an unassailable lead in this one so they are crowned Partnered Pairs Champions for this year.

We cannot let this event pass without saying thankyou to Colin Whiley for organising all the competitions. The finals weekend itself was made all the more enjoyable because of the food and drink available throughout. Amongst the many who helped we must say a big thankyou to Gordon & Carole Page, Ray O'Brien and Barry & Linda Hodges for keeping the much needed nourishment on tap. If we have not mentioned your name apologies but anyone who helped in any way we are most grateful.


The final for this years Paxton Trophy saw the day dawn bright and sunny, a perfect day for bowling. After a great seasons competition it came down to the last two standing to battle for the trophy at Marldon Bowls Club. This year saw Alan Hawke pitched against Graham Heaven, both for Torbay Country Bowling Club (so no rivalry there then). Steve Brilli, who was last years Champion was the organiser of this years competiton and the marker for the final.Paxton Trophy 2017

The game started off even enough before Alan picked up a maximum 10 points on the fifth end to open up a lead. Graham fought hard to pull back the deficit but although Graham was picking points the lions share was still going to Alan as he extended his lead. The real punishment came on the closing ends as Alan picked up nearly all the available points to close out an excellent win 98 - 42. Well down to both players for an intriguing final and we look forward to next years competition which will be organised by the new Champion, Alan.


Given the weather in the week leading up to this year's Marldon Open Tournament you could be forgiven for being a little pessimistic (The green was under water just four days before!!). However as Sunday dawned, it was dry, warm and perfect for bowling. In what were fantastic conditions as it turned out, everyone had a marvellous day. After some excellent bowling and three matches completed for each and every team it was time to identify the winners. In third place were S Rixon, I Fortt, M Busby & C Clark. The runners up position was taken by B Marldon Fours Winners 2017Jeffery, R Hore, P Bond & J Bond.  In first place was a team consisting of G Heaven, P Philips, M Simmons & T Berry (Pictured right). As two of the team had to leave early to play in yet another competition the Marldon Fours 2017 Trophy Presentationtrophy was collected by M Simmons & T Berry (Pictured left receiving their trophy and cheque from Maureen Heath M.B.C. Ladies Captain). Well done to everyone taking part and especially to those that won!

The green was in very good condition bearing in mind the weather in the lead up to the tournament, so many thanks have to go to Paul Stretton and his team for their work to provide such a good playing surface.

None of this could have occurred without the planning and preparation behind the scenes to make the day go without a hitch, well done and thankyou to Fran Vallis for taking up the mantle and organising the day.

Alongside Fran on the day was Val Howe who kindly supported the event by being the Competent Assistant for the day having been called in at the last minute, many thanks to Val. Both Val and Fran were backed up by scorers Colin Cradock and Ken Brenchley who recorded and posted ongoing results. 

Car parking was again under the control of Keith Durbridge who marshalled the parking with great aplomb as well as the fetching high visibility jacket. Keith himself broke a record this year and managed to fit 54 cars into the car park!!!!!

As ever the Club looked superb for the day with lovely planted pots and hanging baskets – supplied by Barry Hodges, Dave Alcorn and others. The draw was once again excellently run by Pat Edwards who with her helpers put their heart and soul into selling a record amount of tickets.

It’s not just the bowling that makes the day go well, the social aspect was first class as ever. Special thanks have to go to Colin Whiley and all those that helped with the running of the bar, apologies for not having the names of all those that helped. The catering was first class so our thanks must be extended Carole Page and to all those involved in the provision of lunches, teas, coffees, bacon rolls etc.

A superb day with the club showing itself off well – we have named some people here who helped make things happen. There were many other members who helped out in advance of and throughout the day, too many to mention (and too risky for Editor to miss someone out) but you know who you are – THANKYOU.

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