(Club Captain, Hailsham Bowling Club)

The month of May was a busy month for the club, with many fixtures and competitions to complete.  The season started with mixed success in our friendly matches with other clubs in our area. Our win/lose ratio was about 50%, but as everyone knows, these games are all about friendliness and concord.

In the national and county competitions our gents teams didn't fare too well.  After a promising start in the National Double Fours when we beat Crouch by a single shot in the first round, we came to grief in the next match against Spartan and Lakeside and were eliminated.  Spartan also got the better of Hailsham in the National Top Club Competition round one.

The gents section also played in the Edward Rowland Trophy.  A new experience for the men playing further afield than normal, to all parts of Sussex.  Alas our two teams fell at the first hurdle going out of the competition to The Drive BC at Hove and The Isle of Thorns BC at Chelwood Gate.

In the County Double Fours, (called the Abergavenny for some reason) Hailsham was drawn against Bexhill.  The original date of the tie was postponed because of bad weather, but it was played the following evening. Our team playing at Bexill's green gave us great hope with a 25-10 victory. However, our home team didn't have such a good night and went down 32-8 leaving Bexhill winners overall.

Our ladies played the Top Club Competition against Buxted Park – both teams won on two rinks and lost on two rinks, however Buxted Park won the match with the highest overall score.  The ladies have also had mixed fortunes with both wins and losses in the Wednesday Ladies League matches.

In the Gladys Roland Competition one team who reached the semi-final last year, progressed to the third round before being beaten.  Our other team were beaten by one short on the last end in the first round.

Our recruitment day was a resounding success with ten new members joining the club.  How nice it is to see them playing the game we love with great confidence. This has been achieved by the training schedules and expertise of Peter Baker and his helpers (too numerous to mention) who gave up their time to come and coach the newcomers when they could.  A big, big thank you to Peter, who in the absence of our regular coach William Wheeler, took on the task of coaching and did an absolutely fantastic job. Our newbies are already taking their place in the teams.

On the home competition front, congratulations go to Mike Cooke on his win in the Comerford Trophy and many thanks to Pat Smith who actually managed to organise the event and then get to the final, where he was beaten by the aforesaid Mr Cooke.

The club competitions are racing along, with most reaching the semi-final stages already.  Our club finals take place at the beginning of September.

Our regular inter club league on Tuesday evenings is The Aubrey Crowe League.  All the teams are given the name of birds and this season it is The Finches, The Doves, and The Skylarks who are setting the pace. Everyone enjoys the camaraderie of this event.  Where else could you get that much fun on a Tuesday night!

The Ladies held their Ladies Invitation Day on Friday 21st June.  Four visiting teams from Horam, Hellingly, Gildredge Park and Herstmonceux took part playing each of the Hailsham teams.  Horam were the visiting winning team and Hailsham Team D consisting of Edie Vine, Alison Murray and Doreen Ryall were the winning home team.  Following the match afternoon tea was served and enjoyed by all.

Up and coming events are the Ladies Double Rink against Woodingdean, the interclub Simmons Cup for mixed pairs and the Harris Bowl ladies singles competition.  We also have two teams of ladies in the Lifeboat Triples Competition and two teams in the Eastbourne Women’s Bowls Fours Competition.

So, as we approach the end of June, we have high hopes of super mid summer weather with lots of great bowling for all our members in July and onwards.

As Captain Kirk would say 'Captains log star date 2019' I am happy to say.......

CAPTAINS BLOG over and out until next month.

Bobby Bennett (Club Captain)

(Ps. A glorious thank you to Kathy and Peter for taking charge of the website and editing the material. Am I ok for three lines?)  Never!!!

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