NEWS

Update w/e 18th August 2019

August 17, 2019

In the second half of the Tunbridge Wells Tournament last week, the Grosvenor triple of Simon Watson, Lionel Hanmore and Norman Barton unfortunately lost out to eventual winners Brian Simmons, Dave Hayward and Terry Prince of Tonbridge on a challenging rink at Culverden Bowls Club.

The winning Tonbridge triple beat Jon Broomfield, Brian Chalklin and Trevor Russell, also of Tonbridge BC in the final.

The pairs competition didn't go so well for our 4 Grosvenor pairs, with only Norman Barton and Simon Watson making it past the first round. However, they did extremely well and lost to the last bowl of their quarter final. An excellent effort!

The winners of the pairs competiton were Keith Blackman (Southend) and Dave McCathie (Essex County), beating Phil Boddy (the Grove) and Eric Rogers (Calverley).

Graham Bridges played in the singles final on Saturday afternoon against Jon Broomfield from Tonbridge BC. Graham found himself trailing for most of the match but made a spirited comeback, while one shot from defeat! He managed to draw level at 20-20 and the shot changed hands multiple times on the final end, but with his final bowl, Jon Broomfield drew shot bowl for a well-earned victory. Congratulations, Jon, and commiserations, Graham, but it was an exciting final to watch and Grosvenor has had much to be proud of this tournament!

This week, Jo Cartwright went to the National Championships in Leamington Spa to compete in the two-wood singles competition. She won her first round match against a lady from Wiltshire, reaching the last 32 in the country, but lost to a lady from Somerset in the next round. A good effort to reach the Nationals, Jo.

Lastly, some sad news to report. On Saturday 10th August, Grosvenor member Barry Wise passed away. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Shirley at this difficult time.

TW Tournament - Wednesday

August 06, 2019

Wednesday morning saw the semi-finals of the singles competition, watched by a good sized crowd at Culverden BC. Keith Blackman (Southend) v Graham Bridges (Grosvenor) and Jon Broomfield (Tonbridge) v Duncan Hanmore (Borough Green).

Jon Broomfield raced into an early lead against Duncan, and the former Grosvenor player never quite managed to get back into the game, despite some dominant ends. Broomfield held his nerve and finshed the match by taking the jack into the ditch to pick up the two shots he needed.

Keith Blackman v Graham Bridges was an altogether slower-paced game, with some excellent drawing on a tricky rink. After a close start to the match, Graham gradually edged into the lead and continued to stretch the gap. Congratulations, Graham!

Singles final on Saturday, time TBA:

Graham Bridges (Grosvenor) v Jon Broomfield (Tonbridge BC)

In the evening, the triples competition continued with the two Grosvenor triples meeting at The Grove. With former winners Stuart Moaby, Steve Jenner and Graham Bridges the favourites on paper, it was a slight surprise for spectators to see Simon Watson, Lionel Hanmore and Norman Barton six shots up with two ends to play. With the defending champions holding five shots on the 17th end, Norman did well to affect a 'no end', but on the replayed end still dropped a 4, leaving his triple two shots ahead going into a nervy final end. Graham's triple held two shots, which they needed to tie the match, but with his last bowl, Norman drew the shot, sealing his team's win. What a game! Well done to all our Grosvenor players!

Simon, Lionel and Norman will play the semi-final against Brian Simmons's triple at Culverden on Thursday at 5.45pm.

Thursday morning sees the start of the pairs competition. Simon Watson and Norman Barton have received a walkover, and so will play a second round match at 2pm at Culverden.

Meanwhile at 9.30am at The Grove, Keith Morgan & Chris Tapp, Stuart Moaby & Graham Bridges, and Lionel Hanmore & Steve Jenner will be first round matches. Good luck to all of them!

TW Tournament - Monday

August 04, 2019

In the first round of the singles this morning, the 10am matches were played in persistent rain. Graham Bridges came through a tough first round against Brian Chalklin from Tonbridge BC to go through to tomorrow's second round where he will face former Grosvenor player, and friend of our club, Martin Mapp. Steve Jenner received a walkover and will play C Bailey (Burgess Hill) in his second round game. Current Grosvenor captain Chris Tapp was drawn against former Grosvenor captain and life member Lionel Hanmore in the first round and came off second best. Lionel will square up to J Broomfield (Tonbridge) in his next round.

The rain had passed over by the time the 1pm matches began and Grosvenor's Norman Barton was able to overcome Trevor Verrall of Culverden, who was playing on his home green. Tomorrow, Norman will face former Grosvenor player Duncan Hanmore. 

In the evening, defending champions Graham Bridges, Steve Jenner, and Stuart Moaby faced stiff opposition from Malcolm Ward and co. in the opening round of the triples competition. They eventually won through by a single shot to progress to the second round.

Tuesday schedule (current Grosvenor players in bold)

10am Culverden:

Steve Jenner v C Bailey

Martin Mapp v Graham Bridges

10am The Grove:

J Broomfield v Lionel Hanmore

Norman Barton v Duncan Hanmore

1.30pm: The Grove

All singles quarter finals (ie. winners from the morning games)

5.45pm: The Grove (triples)

Graham Bridges v B Grundy

Norman Barton v D Easton

Update w/e 4th August 2019

August 02, 2019

Some Grosvenor success to report this week! Last Saturday, Jo Cartwright played in the Kent ladies' two-wood singles final. In rainy conditions but the green playing well at Cranbrook Bowls Club, Jo overcame her opponent from Empire Bowls Club (Greenhithe) to become Kent champion - congratulations, Jo! She will compete in the first round of the national championships in Leamington Spa on Tuesday 13th August.

In the Tunbridge Wells Mixed Triples League, a couple of away matches without picking up any points cost Grosvenor the top spot, and despite a good win over Groombridge in the last game, we have finished as runners-up, a single point behind winners Grove A. This is still great achievement having only been promoted to the top division last season. Well done to the team!

In our friendly matches, we have lost the last couple (away at Culverden and in a drive against the SEC 10 pin bowlers), but we've enjoyed the games against lovely people. Today (Saturday) we travel to Paddock Wood to challenge ourselves on their artificial green.

On Monday, the Tunbridge Wells Tournament begins with the singles on Monday morning. 

10am: 

Graham Bridges (the Grove)

Chris Tapp (Culverden)

Lionel Hanmore (Culverden)

1pm:

Norman Barton (Culverden)

Steve Jenner has received a bye into the second round. All second round matches begin at 10am on Tuesday. Check the tournament website, Grosvenor Facebook page, or this news page for results.

The triples competition begins at 5.45pm on Monday and Graham Bridges' triple will be playing at Culverden. Norman Barton's triple received a bye and will be playing at the Grove on Tuesday evening at 5.45pm.

Good luck to all Grosvenor players! If you can, please go along during the week to support our players and the hosting clubs!

Update w/e 28th July

July 22, 2019

On Saturday 27th July, Jo Cartwright will play in the County two-wood singles final at Cranbrook Bowls Club at 9.15am. All the Ladies' finals will be taking place at this venue on the same day, so there will be plenty of action and spectators are encouraged! We wish Jo the very best of luck!

Because of the date of the KCWBA finals, we have moved our game with the SEC 10 pin bowlers to the following day, Sunday 28th July at 2.30pm. This is always great fun and there are trophies to be won!

In the Tunbridge Wells Mixed Triples League, Grosvenor are still at the top of the table, but by a single point, with some tough games still to come. This Thursday (25th), Grosvenor travel to Wadhurst to play Wadhurst's A team. Anyone who wishes to watch is welcome to come along - 6pm start.

We are now just under a fortnight away from the start of the Tunbridge Wells Men's Open Tournament, held jointly between The Grove BC and Culverden BC. There are plenty of Grosvenor entries to support, and with refreshments available at both venues, it is well worth going along to watch! This is a terrific event for the bowling community in Tunbridge Wells and it is important to make sure it is worthwhile for the hosting clubs, so please drop in to see some games if you can. A full list of the draws is available in the tournament programme (ask Graham Bridges if interested) and on the tournament website. Please click the button below.

Update w/e 7th July 2019

July 04, 2019

County updates: The triple of Graham Bridges, Steve Jenner and Stuart Moaby had a good game in their divisional semi final at Maidstone, but lost on the last end. Hard luck, guys!

Jo Cartwright and Su Barton also came second in their divisional pairs final last weekend. Losing to a pair of England internationals, despite an early lead. Good effort, girls!

Jo Cartwright managed to win her two-wood singles divisional final and will now play in the Kent semi-final on Sunday 7th at Maidstone. Good luck, Jo!

On Monday 1st the Grosvenor men played against Maidstone BC in the Bert Cox Cup (one rink at home, one rink away with the over all score determining the winner). The home side kept it close, losing by a few shots but the away side had a good win, meaning that Grosvenor will face Marden in the next round on Monday 8th July.

League update: Despite a disappointing narrow defeat away at Groombridge last Thursday, coming away with no points, Grosvenor's team remained top of the Tunbridge Wells mixed triples league by 2 points ahead of this week's fixtures. We travelled to the Grove, to play against the Calverley 'B' side, hoping to find form again. Graham Bridges, Keith Waymont and Simon Watson had a comfortable win on their rink, and Jo Cartwright, Steve Jenner and Chris Tapp managed a draw - 5 points out of a possible 6, so Grosvenor stay on top for another week!

Friendly matches update: Grosvenor have been enjoying our friendly fixtures, especially in this great weather, and have been on the winning side a majority of the time so far. We face a tough challenge on Sunday, when we welcome Hastings Rosemount to the Grosvenor green. Spectators are always welcome!

The draw for the Tunbridge Wells Tournament taking place in August has been made and is now available on the tournament website. There are a fair few Grosvenor entries so please have a look and go along to support, if you can! (Click on the picture to take you to the  Tournament Draw Page)

Click the button below to see our TW triples league page with results, fixtures and the latest available table.

Grosvenor in County Competitions

June 21, 2019

Good news for Grosvenor players in their county competitions this week!

 

Graham Bridges, Steve Jenner and Stuart Moaby won at home on Wednesday against a triple from Tonbridge. This means they play a team from Borstal in the divisional finals at Maidstone BC on Wednesday 26th June at 6pm.

On the ladies' side, Jo Cartwright and Su Barton won away against a pair from Sevenoaks and will play a team from Sittingbourne in the divisional finals at Tonbridge BC on Sunday 30th June (time TBC).

Congratulations to our players - the whole of Grosvenor will be behind you in your finals!

Update w/e 23rd June 2019

June 17, 2019

With county competitions reaching the later stages, Grosvenor players have had some success, but the last two remaining county entries are Graham Bridges' triple (with Steve Jenner & Stuart Moaby), which plays at home against a team from Tonbridge on Wednesday evening, and the pair of Jo Cartwright & Su Barton, who travel to Sevenoaks on Friday. Good luck to our Grosvenor players!

The Grosvenor team is now three matches into the Tunbridge Wells mixed triples league season, and we are currently top of the first division, having taken maximum points from the first three games. Our next fixture is at home on Thursday to third-placed Wadhurst A. Do come along and give the team your support if you can! See full details of results and fixtures for all divisions at the league website.

Our friendly fixtures are dodging the showers with some success. Unfortunately a couple have been lost to the weather but several have been played around the rain, with early teas and the occasional use of wet weather gear! This Sunday we play host to Cranbrook Bowls Club. We are hoping the summer weather will have arrived by then!

The club competition draws are up in the changing rooms and in the members section of the website, and the first of those matches start this week!

In the meantime, we invite anyone to come and join us at our regular Wednesday evening practice night from 6pm. 

Update w/e 2nd June 2019

May 27, 2019

With the season fully underway, Grosvenor have won 3 out of our 5 friendly fixtures so far, with two matches this week - away at Calverley on Wednesday, and away at Bidborough on Sunday.

Grosvenor's newly-promoted league team begins their campaign in division 1 on Thursday with a home match against Calverley 'B'. Spectators are always welcome!

Last week, Jo Cartwright and Su Barton won their preliminary round in the ladies' county pairs competition away against strong opposition from Borough Green. They play their 1st round match at home against a pair from Tonbridge Bowls Club on Friday. The men's unbadged county singles also begins on Friday, with Steve Jenner playing at home.

On Tuesday, Jo Cartwright won her preliminary round of the ladies' county singles away at Wrotham, and on Monday travels to Ditton for the first round.

The men's pairs county competition begins on Tuesday evening. Chris Tapp and Graham Bridges both have away draws, with Steve Jenner receiving a bye in the first round. We wish good luck to all our Grosvenor players!

On Bank Holiday Monday, Rotherfield BC held their annual triples day competition, and a Grosvenor triple of Jo Cartwright, Steve Jenner, and Graham Bridges finished runners-up to an excellent Hellingly triple after a great day of bowls! Thank you to our friends at Rotherfield for organising such a fun event. (Photo by Ray Cassidy)

Members, please note that our competition draws have now been made, and can be viewed in the changing rooms or in the members' area of this website.

Update w/e 12th May 2019

May 11, 2019

On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, we welcomed all-comers to the Grosvenor green to have a go at bowls. We had a huge age range trying their hand at the sport which takes a moment to understand and a lifetime to master! Thank you to everyone who came to try bowls and to all our members who volunteered to help.

If you weren't able to join us at our open day but would still like to give bowls a try, please remember that you will always be welcome to come along to our regular Wednesday evening practice night. We are on the green from 6pm until we lose the light or get tired! If you cannot make practice night, just get in touch via our contact form and we can arrange a day and time to get you onto the green with guidance from some of our members!

We are now three games into our season and our next match is on Saturday 18th May, at home to Bayham & Lamberhurst. Spectators are welcome, so please feel free to sit on the benches inside the fence and give us some support!

If you would like to know when and where we will be playing, please click the button below to see our list of fixtures and results.

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