Winter Bowls 2018/19

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Topsham Bowling Club Winter Bowls 2018/19

The last game of the season Topsham lost 37-78 to our friends at Madeira.  Well done Barbara B who was just beaten by one shot in the last end 14-15, at 20 ends they were 14 all.  That is a tight game and a delightful afternoon.  Thanks to Alan Woodley who was Captain of the day.

A big thank you to all Topsham players who have played so well through out the season.  Thank you to Maurice, Pete and Gary for spreading the word on the web, Social media and the Estuary magazine.  Dare I say only 206 days to our next game at ISCA. All games next season will be triples and we will be visiting 6 different venues instead of 7; there will be 14 games instead of the 20 this season.  I hope this mix will give me a chance to find more reserves and take the pressure off those who have played in almost very game this season.

John Thompson
Indoor fixture secretary

Topsham lost 37-54 against an excellent Exonia team.  Congratulations  to Les Baker with a winning rink 17-15.  It was an excellent afternoon with a good crowd.  Captain of the day John Thompson.

Next game and final game of the season with Madeira on Monday 18-3-19.  Captain of the day Alan Woodley.

Topsham lost 34 - 113 to a superior Honiton team.  John Brand (Captain of the day) had to pull out with a personal injury, thanks to Mike Mills who joined the team (this morning) and skipped one of the rinks in his absence.  Don Pepperell and Mike Mills both had two excellent games, congratulations to Mike who won 13-12 and Don 12-19.  The Honiton Captain remarked that their players probably play about 17 game a month, and realised that Topsham was at a disadvantage playing 17 games a season at different rinks  It was an enjoyable afternoon despite the wind, rain and sunshine ....  Captain of the day John Thompson..

Next game Exonia 17-3-19 Captain of the day John Thompson

Topsham lost 62-14 to Budleigh this afternoon. The Topsham players played well but were beaten by good back-end Budleigh players who were clearly masters of their own rink. It could have been worse, the game was played to 18 ends instead of the usual 21 ends. Two players pulled out during the last 24 Hrs both with personal injuries. I wish Sue B and Barry C a speedy recovery from their short illnesses. Thank you to Sylvia G and Graham T who both came to my rescue and played in today’s game. Captain of the day John Thompson.

Next game Honiton on Sunday 10-3-19 Captain of the day John Brand.

A sad afternoon for Topsham who lost 94-28 against a more superior team from Sidmouth. Thanks to Jose who was Captain of the day.  

Next game Budleigh on the 8-3-19  Captain of the day John Thompson

Excellent game at Dawlish this afternoon.  Dawlish won 48-57 - only 9 points difference!  Congratulations to Les Baker's rink who won 19-17.  My sincere thanks to Dawlish who provided a replacement player, just before 10 ends, when Barbara was taken poorly and had to sit out for the rest of the game.  Well done! Don for taking over as replacement skip, you were 14-14 at 17 ends and I could see the makings of a winning game, but not this time. Captain of the day John Thompson.

Next game at Sidmouth on Wednesday 27-2-19 Captain of the day Jose Northey

Excellent result today well done Topsham!  Topsham lost 49-63 .. Congratulations to Jeff’s team who lost 10-11 .. just one point well done!!! My sincere thanks to Honiton who managed to get a player to make up one of our triples.  We extend our good wishes for a speedy recover to Mick Mills who had to drop out at the last moment and is now home from hospital recovering from a virus infection.   

Captain of the Day was Jose, thank you once again.

The next game at Dawlish on the 24th Feb.  

Here are the results of the Madeira Game.  Topsham 37 Madeira 66.  Les Baker’s rink made excellent progress today and felt cheated losing 13-17, had the two extra ends been played that could have been a winning rink for Topsham.

The next game is at Honiton on Sat 16-2-19 with Jose Northey as Captain of the Day.

Dear team

In respect of the funeral of Maurice Brooks on the 8th Feb I have cancelled the Budleigh game.  Budleigh have been informed.

John Thompson

Fantastic result, Topsham lost 53 - 62 to Dawlish.  Congratulations to Barbara B (21-15) & John B (19-16) who were skips on the two winning rinks.  Once again the team was let down by a missing Topsham player who failed to turn up for the game, sincere thanks to Dawlish for providing us with a player. Thanks to John Brand who was captain of the day.

The next game is Madeira  5/2/19 Captain of the day John Thompso


Topsham lost 36 - 78 to Madeira. Congratulations to Jeff Ramsden 18-24 and Alan Woodley 13-17 who both skippered two very good rinks. Despite my meticulous planning one Topsham player failed to turn up and another had to be reminded that he was playing today.

Captain of the day was Jose Northey - sorry Jose that you have to put up with the pain of changing to a Triples game.

The next game is 20/1/19 at Dawlish - John Brand will be Captain of the day.

John Thompson


ISCA 94 Topsham 46

Best rinks were Les Baker (16-18) who lost by 2 shots and Vic Guest (15-16) who lost by 1 shot.  At 9 ends both teams were in a commanding lead only to be beaten in last couple of rounds. Well done!

Captain of the Day John Thompson

Next game Madeira 14/1/19 - Captain of the Day Jose.


A challenging game for Topsham who lost 26-91 to Madeira.  
Many thanks to Jose who was captain of the day.


Great afternoon we lost 40-74.  Congratulations to Mick Mills' rink who won 22-18.  That is our first winning rink of the indoor season.

Next game 12-12-18 at Madeira Jose Northey Captain of the Day.

John T


Topsham 34 Madeira 62.  Thanks to Jose Northey Captain of the Day.  

Next game 1/12/18 Dawlish


Honiton 87 Topsham 44 - We drew on one rink 14-14 Well done to John Brand who was also Captain of the Day.

Next Game Exonia 31-10-18  John Thompson


The TBC Winter Bowls season.  All members of the Topsham Bowling Club are eligible to participate in the series with no further payment.  All matches will be mixed players; dress code Club or White shirts and greys; rinks fees will be payable on the day.  Players should make their own travel arrangements to arrive at the matches 30 minutes before the start.  

For further information please contact John Thompson 01392-873663.


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