Bowls Group Update

Hi Folks,

I have already started the Winter Indoor Bowling Sessions, (as per the subject times). Having spoken to the majority of the Wednesday Afternoon League Players, you would all like me to re-enter the U3A team for the Winter Season.

No doubt the Carterton Bowls Club Secretary Diana Wright will be contact with the past League Players for Registration/Payment, (a requirement to play in the Leagues),                                               !! Keep an eye out for the dates!! 

 As I have previously stated, joining the Bowls Club offers you the opportunity to play in the Leagues, Friendlies, Comps, and use of the Social Facilities. I look forward to seeing you all again, happy bowling!!

Roger 01993212780

Bowls Group Update

Many moons ago Ken Gillians, a stalwart U3A Member, thought that as a keen Carterton Bowls player to introduce the game to the other U3A Members. He conceived the idea to contact the Club Committees, and arrange a Thursday Morning session, this was readily accepted by both organisations, and the Bowls Group was started, with Ken as Group Leader.

Carterton Bowls Club has six outdoor, and two indoor rinks to County Standard, with approximately 70/120 Members Summer/Winter mix. Many local Clubs use the Winter facility, and there is a Bar, and other Social events that take place.

As Standards improved, it was decided to enter a U3A Team in the Wednesday afternoon League, to enable this a total of Nine U3A Members joined the Bowls Club ( A prerequisite), as Full Members, this than affords them the opportunity to play in other Leagues, Friendlies, and Competitions.

To date the side is very competitive, and everyone appears to enjoy themselves, the Thursday Morning training session has also  proved popular, and given this extra “Mat” time the standards of play are improving. We  have a regular 8 to 15 U3A Members that play, and I  have sought, and been granted the permission of the Carterton Committee to carry forward the weekly Thursday Morning session to the Outdoor Rinks.

The Carterton Bowls Club has been very good in letting our Members use their Bowls, and Shoes for trial purposes, and a decision can be made at a later date to purchase their own if they want to seriously take up the sport. As with all Ball games if you have the eye/arm coordination, it becomes an addictive game, and so simple in the rule of getting your Wood  closest to the Jack. It is also a game whereby you can play as little or often as you like, and to whatever level you chose, if you have the ability, and determination, anything is achievable.

Not an over strenuous game, it gives people the opportunity with the walking, and bending to exercise in a sensible way, it is quite amazing the distance that you cover in a two hour session. Hopefully through this short presentation, we can encourage other U3A Members to give it a go, you never know you just might enjoy it!! All the necessary details are shown on screen at the regular monthly meetings, and we accept all U3A Members that are not necessarily Carterton based.

Roger Oliver – Group Leader

Bowls Group update

An excellent win yesterday, well done Bob, Ken, and Roger, two games to go, our only consolation is that we will end up in third place, the first two uncatchable, and we will avoid the wooden spoon. I have seen remarkable progress in our playing Members standards, and that the extra weekly practice session has helped, this can only benefit the team in our next campaign, to which I look forward to. 
Please note that the Outdoor Season will also run on a weekly basis, Thursday 10:00 to 12:00, again same rule to be present at 09:45 to play, the U3A calendar will reflect this.
I have also been asked by Carterton Bowls that if you are interested in playing for the Club on a regular basis that there will soon be a Recruitment Drive, and I will personally sponsor anyone interested.
Many thanks for your time, and commitment, 

Bowls Group

Congratulations to Jeff, and Tom as bubbly, and beer winners of the one wood draw, Jeff had only purchased his woods minutes earlier from the Bowls Club, now that is what you call a good investment!!
The second photo includes a lot of our stalwart members that regularly turn out to represent the U3A on our practice day. Another win in the Wednesday League for Brian, Bob, and Tom (where have I seen that name before?), let’s keep it going folks.
It only remains for me to hope that you have all had a Merry Christmas, and prosperous New Year, as you read this in late January, my link to the U3A site Pam H is having a well deserved break in  NZ, I hope that Pam, and Henry have traveled well.
Roger 212780

Bowls Group News

A hard ground out match to get us off the foot of the Wednesday League Table. The top side were also heavily beaten, so we are back in the mix.
Unfortunately or maybe fortunately I have been absent from our regular Thursday mornings roll ups as I have used the U3A, and Carterton Bowls Club as a springboard to represent the Oxfordshire County Indoor Bowls Team.
I try to encourage our Members to join Carterton League sides, and engage in friendly matches, as it is mat time, and live games that count towards being a better player. I can see the potential that we have, it is just a case of harnessing it.
As a side we are improving, unfortunately so are the opposition, we just need to be positive, as I believe that we will do well in the end, and every one loves to win!!

Bowls Group

Bowls group have a team in the Wednesday league and had a good win against The Dodgers 19 to 10.  

Bob and Jo were excellent;  hope fully we can soon get off  the bottom of the league table!!!.



Bowls Club Update

A slow start to the Winter Campaign, two losses, and a draw in the Wednesday League, and a growth in numbers in the Thursday Open Session, with one new player joining. We average 8 to 10 players on a regular basis.

I try to make the Sessions enjoyable by mixing, and matching people of all abilities to get even sides.

I can already see an improvement in our Members Standards over this last year, and given time, and practice, believe that we will become a very proficient side.

Everyone that attends takes the Game very seriously, has a winning attitude, our only handicap being inflexibility, and maybe eyesight due to age, however with determination we will succeed.

Yes, it is only a Game, but an enjoyable Game that we all want to win, if it was that easy everyone would be a great player, or get bored quickly!! That is the beauty of the beast!!

Roger Oliver

Group Leader 212780

Bowls Group News

With the Summer Season over, and the guarantee of a dry Indoor Season, we have started with a mixture of joy, and dread. Our Wednesday League opponents are a challenge, and as I have told our U3A Members  we will need to be on our best form to win matches, and I believe that we will succeed in the long game. On a slightly brighter note, we had a very good opening match on Thursday amongst our U3A Members, the result of which you can see on the attached photo, well done Pam H. Looking forward to seeing you all again in this enjoyable, and at times frustrating game!!


Winter Bowls Dates

The Thursday Indoor Bowls will commence on a weekly basis from 05th October 17 to 26th April 18, there will be a Christmas Break on the 28th December.

Would all Players please note that they need to be ready to play at 09:45 for a prompt start at 10:00.

It will be a two hour session, and as far as I am aware the cost is the same as last year of £3. The reason that I say 09:45 is that we are never sure how many will turn up, and it takes time to organise; your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing all again,  any new Bowlers are more than welcome.