Drawn Hat Competition

Drawn Hat Competition – Thursdays 1215- 1415 hrs

We have developed a new competition to introduce “roll-up” players to a more competitive (but friendly) environment, whereby any member can enter on the day and compete in a team, which is drawn from a hat on the day to play against other members. It is essentially a singles competition, as individuals are likely to play with different people each week, but will accumulate points for each game played based on the score of their team and whether they win or lose on the day.

This is how it works:

On each Thursday, members may record their name on a sheet provided and take a disk, which has a number on it, and put it in the hat. This needs to be done by 1210 hrs on the day, as this is when the draw will take place. The format on the day will vary dependent on the number of people participating and could involve pairs, triples or rinks (see attached chart to see how it will be organised for the number of people). The minimum number for the event to go ahead is 4 and the maximum is 32, if more want to play, it is the first 32 that put their disk in the hat that get the chance to play.

Your personal score will be the number of shots recorded by your team during the two hour period, plus two points for a win and less two points if you lose. Drawn games will just score the points gained during the game. At the end of the season, only those players with six games or more will be eligible to win the trophy and the status of “Drawn Hat champion”. However, this should not lessen your enjoyment of playing with different members and getting to know them in a semi-competitive event if you don’t manage to play six times. If you play six times or more, your score will be an average of all those games achieved and the highest average will determine the “Drawn Hat Champion”.

I will keep the scores and display a league table from time to time

John Hurren. Comp Secretary

Outdoor Competition Finals 2019

We were blessed with a lovely day and the bowls green looked excellent and played very well.  Well done to Martin and Keith. 

The first game was the ‘Drawn Open Mens Pairs’ between Percy Hickman and Mike Harris against Mike Boobyer and Tony Smith. The game was very close with single shots being scored on alternative ends resulting in level pegging at 19 ends.  At this point in the game Mike Boobyer took the lead by 3 shots on the final end, but Percy had a wonderful shot picking up the jack to lay 5 shots and this won a very exciting and close game.

In the afternoon Percy played Alex in the ‘Over 60s Singles’, only just qualifying by age.  This was a close game for much of the time but Percy managed to win.

The ‘Never Won Singles’ competition was played in the afternoon.  Roberta put up a valiant fight, but Alex Fleming managed to win.  It was a close game and Alex should watch out next year.

The ‘Ladies Singles’ was an excellent competition between Sue Field and Pat Brown.  It started with Pat scoring very quickly and reaching 17 shots leaving Sue stuck on 6 shots.  Sue then made an excellent recovery and they reached 20-20 with Sue then going on to win. A great game to watch.

‘Men’s Singles’ was an excellent game with John Benfield playing Percy Hickman. This game remained close until the end and was a pleasure to watch.  On the last end the winner was Percy who won by a millimetre.  Another great game to watch.

‘2 Woods’ involved Percy Hickman playing against Martin Sparks.   Martin started very well and scored the first 6 shots but as the green dried up Percy got the better of Martin, but watch out next year, well done Martin. 

The ‘John Quinn Sets’. This again was an excellent game with the first set going to Alex Fleming.  Martin Sparks took the second set and the tiebreak went to Martin, at last a win, well done

‘Drawn Open Pairs’ was an  excellent game with Tony Smith & Pat Brown against Tony Backer-Holst and Elaine Cook.  This was a long game which remained close right up to the end.   As this was our final game they had plenty of support.

Prior to finals weekend we held a ‘Triples Day’ which was very successful with Geff Martin, Martin Acock and Tony Backer Holst winning.  Worthy  winners.

The ‘Married Couples’ had to be played in advance of the weekend due to two of the competitors having to play long games on the Saturday and Sunday.   

Ladies Singles

2019 Ladies Singles Champion – Roberta Jarvie.  Roberta beat Julie Singer in the final.


Mixed Pairs

Winners of the Mixed pairs competition 2019 – Sheila wright and Martin Acock,

who beat Sue Field and John Hurren in the final


Finals (Never Won/Ladies and Mens Pairs

Knock Out Competition Finals 2019 – Completed over the weekend 30/31 March

Never Won Finalists

“Never Won” winner Rob Funning on the right with the Mike Boobyer (left)

Rob dominated the first half of the game getting into a 20-9 lead after 17 ends,

however Mike found another gear and  fought back to 20-20 before finally being beaten on the deciding end.


Ladies Pairs Finalists

An evenly contested game for 19 ends, then the killer blow – a win by 7 shots on end 20, which gave Shirley Crick and Lynne Marrow  victory (on the left) with a win by 22-16.

Runners up, shown on the right were Bev Timms and Noreen Biddlecombe


Mens Pairs Finalists and Winners

Finalists for the Mens Pairs championship played on Sunday 31 march, with eventual winners, Martin Acock and John Benfield in the centre flanked by runners up Richard Marrow and David Stanfield. The score was 24-16 at the finish.

Mens Singles Final



Twelve times Men's Singles Champion 2019 - Martin Shepherd with the trophy, following a hard fought and highly skilled display between David Stanfield and himself (also shown).

Photos of Triples Finalists

Triple Winners for 2019 - Alex Shepherd, Richard Barnett & John Hurren




Finalists, from left to right: Alex Shepherd, Richard Barnett, John Hurren, Carole Thornhill, David Stanfield & Tony Backer-Holst.


Three Set Open Singles

Event in Action


The 4 semi-finalists - Shane Cooper, Julie Singer, Shirley Crick and David Leighfield


The Champion David Leighfield with Runner-up Julie Singer;

Finals - Results

Chipping Norton Bowls Club

Club Knock out Competition Finals



Men’s Singles Final

Winner:  Martin Shepherd  

Runner up:  David Stanfield


Ladies’ Singles Final

Winner: Roberta Jarvie

   Runner up:  Julie Singer 


Never Won Single’s Final

Winner:    Rob Funning

      Runner up:  Mike Boobyer 


Men’s Pairs Final

Winners:  M. Acock / J. Benfield

            Runners up:    D. Stanfield / R. Marrow


Ladies’ Pairs Final

Winners:    Lynne Marrow / Shirley Crick

              Runners up:    Bev Timms / Noreen Biddlecombe


Mixed Pairs Final

  Winners:   M. Acock /Sheila  Wright

Runners up:  J. Hurren / Sue Field


Triples Final

Winners :    R. Barnett, J. Hurren, A. Shepherd

                          Runners up:   D. Stanfield, Carol Thornhill, Tony Backer-Holst


Rinks Finals

      Winners:    D. Stanfield, Jenny Funning, Carol Thornhill, B.Stewart.

Runners up:   P. Robbins, Shirley Crick, Robin Cox, P.Demczek

Rinks Final

Rinks Final 2018

The first indoor final of the season has been won by Rinks team - Carol Martin, Tom Edwards, Richard Morrow and Nigel Lidster who beat their opponents Orren Bennett, Bev Timms, John Hurren & Dave Leafield. Nigel's team took the first three ends by a point each before David's team rallied to take a 10-3 lead after 7 ends. However the number ten proved a barrier to progress or the next 6 ends with Nigel's team going 16-10 up. A short term revival got the scores back to 16-14, but Nigel's team went on to win 24-15.  Congratulations to the winning team.

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