Press Report w/c 9.9.19

Pulborough Players Celebrate With A Season's Finale!

After the pressure of Club Finals the previous weekend, this week was a chance for Pulborough Bowls Club players to let their hair down and enjoy bowling on a first class green for the final time this season. The "Ashes", or President v Captain game on Saturday the 14th was a game of 2 halves, with 8 players drawn on each team and encouraged to dress in team colours for the game, namely red for the Captain's team and blue for the President's team. 4 rinks played an initial 10 ends, before swapping to play a further 10 ends against fresh opponents. With no trial ends it was a challenge from the start, but President Malcolm Gray's team of Kathleen Ayling, Terry Rollason and Jane Gray took the first session by 5 shots after winning 6 of the 10 ends, whilst past President Len Adsett lead his team of Linda Meadowcroft, Paul Smith and Roger Jupp to a second session victory of 17 shots to 4. The final score was an impressive win, yet again, for the President's team by 43 shots to 26! The wooden box of ashes from the first President v Captains game some years ago was reluctantly presented by Captain Mick to President Malcolm after the game!
With the 2019 season at an end, congratulations must go to all the trophy winners, not only from the club finals, but the many inter-club competitions during the year. The prestige of achieving the most Top rinks this season goes to Club Captain, Mick Ayling with 15, closely followed by John Brown on 14, Ryan Davy and Paul Day on 13 and the top lady Jane Gray with 11 top rinks.
Hopes are high for another successful season in 2020, with the launch of the Annual Greenkeeper's Men's Invitation Triples on the 25th July and the continuation of the Ladies Invitation Triples on Tues 23rd June. Pulborough will play in Division 1 for the Brookes Motors League and Division 2 of the West Sussex Bowls League, entertain 18 clubs and the Sussex Vice Patrons for friendlies and challenge it's members with 6 internal club days, roll on next season! First play is on Sat 18th April 2020!



Press Report 2.9.19

What A Week For Pulborough BC!

If the prestige of hosting the Sussex Vice Patrons wasn't enough, the penultimate week of play at Pulborough Bowls Club also contained 2 home friendlies and a weekend of club Finals to boot!
With the clubhouse, gardens and green all looking their best, the Sussex VP's arrived for a 2 pm start. 5 rinks of top players from around the County went up against 20 of Pulborough's best, with 3 of the 5 games being close fought. The top rink for Pulborough, despite playing against some of the biggest names in the VP's arsenal, were skip Steve Adsett, Paul Smith as lead, George Lewis as 2 and Ian Younger as 3, after winning over half of their ends to finish on an impressive 28 shots to 17! The games were full of banter and the after dinner speeches continued along the same lines, only stopping to seriously praise the fantastic quality of the Pulborough green this season.
Next up was a visit from 3 triples from Norfolk BC in Littlehampton on Wednesday. Ryan Davy, with Linda Meadowcroft as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, managed to stay in touch with their opposition throughout, finally missing out by just 1 shot 12/13, a fantastic effort! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip John Brown, With Kathleen Ayling as lead and Pauline Adsett as 2, after a hard fought game saw them snatch the lead on the 16th end to win by 15 shots to 14. The final score was 42/49 to Norfolk after a fantastic game with friends.
A clean sweep against Marine Gardens on Thurs 5th saw 3 winning triples for Pulborough, a top rink of 25 shots to 15 for John Brown, Sylvia Smith and Len Adsett and a final score of 57/38 to Pulborough! A fantastic result!
Finals Weekend began on Saturday the 7th at 1 pm with the Novice Salver between Jim Humphreys and Jeff Elliott, with the latter being victorious after coming back from 17/9 down on the 15th end to win by 23 shots to 19! 2 pm was the Two Wood, contested by Jane Gray and John Brown over 34 ends. A fantastic game of touch-bowling resulted in just 1 shot difference, with John taking the Cup for the second year in succession 21/20. The Novice Cup between Ryan Davy and Paul Smith was owned by both players until Paul finally pulled clear on the 20th to finish on 21 shots to 17. Last up at 4 pm was the Diggle, or "3, 2, 1, as it is commonly known, where a total of 6 shots can be scored between the 2 players each end, whilst heading for a winning score of 71 shots. Malcolm Gray and Paul Leatherbarrow had a close game until end 18, when Paul took the lead, finally snatching the win after 21 ends by 71 shots to 54.
With blue skies and sunshine setting the scene for day 2 of the Finals, Jeff Davy and Steve Meadowcroft took to the green at 1 pm for the Singles Handicap, marked by George Lewis. A surprisingly short game resulted in a win for Steve, who has shown fantastic form throughout the 2019 summer season. The Drawn Pairs kicked off at 2 pm, with Paul Smith and Paul Day pulling back an 11 shot deficit against Jeff Elliott and Steve Adsett, only to drop the final 2 ends and miss out by 17 shots to 19! A familiar pairing in the Ladies Championship final at 3pm, resulted in a close game between Jane Gray and Pauline Adsett and 18 ends of competitive bowls, with Jane finally taking the win and lifting the trophy for the 5th time! Mick Ralph and Ian Younger were last up at 4 pm to play the Men's Championship Final. Mick never gave up hope of a win, pulling back from 12/3 down to 19 all on the 17th end, only for Ian to play his best shots of the match to snatch the win by 21 shots to 19. A brilliant match showcasing quality bowls to the many members and spectators that came to support the players throughout Finals weekend. 
The presentations by club Captain, Mick Ayling and President, Malcolm Gray followed, with the players being immortalised forever in the group photo of winners for 2019. Congratulations to everyone that took part this year.
The final game of the season is the club Ashes on Saturday the 14th September from 2 pm, spectators are welcome!


Press Release w/c 26.8.19

Pulborough BC Celebrate President's Day in Glorious Sunshine!

With just a handful of games left to play in 2019, the opportunity for a little healthy, in-club competition is hard to resist! Bank holiday Monday saw 10 drawn pairs take to the green at 2 pm, under the watchful eye of club President, Malcolm Gray! 5 sessions of 4 ends followed, with the cumulative shot difference after 20 ends deciding the victors. Jeff Elliott and George Lewis came third with +5 shots, the runners-up were Pauline Adsett and Paul Smith with +11 shots, but the out right winners with an impressive +17 shots were Steve Adsett and Sid Roots, who were presented with wine and chocolates by Malcolm Gray.
Pulborough's final game in the Brookes Motors League for the 2019 season followed on Wednesday. Southbourne fielded 2 mixed triples of their best players to face the Pulborough six, with the result being split down the middle! Top rink for Pulborough, by some margin, was skip Paul Leatherbarrow, with Jane Gray as lead and Mick Ralph as 2, after winning 12 of 18 ends and some heavy scoring resulted in a 28/11 win! The final result was 48/37 to Pulborough and 4 final league points, leaving the home side in 3rd place in Division 1, with hopes of the top spot next year!
For the last couple of years, Pulborough BC have come close to promotion to Division 1 of the West Sussex Bowls League, but have missed out due to changes in the league structure, so when the realisation of a potential second place and possible promotion this year filtered through to the 16 men taking on Maltravers on Sunday afternoon, the pressure was on! 8 points was all that stood between Pulborough and promotion and for the first half of the game, it looked truly possible, with Pulborough ahead on 3 rinks, but it was all to change, with the away side having nothing to loose and Pulborough having it all to do! Skip John Brown, with Melvin Green as lead, Roger Jupp as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, lead from early on, winning over half their ends and finishing on a promotion worthy 22 shots to 13, but unfortunately the final result went to Maltravers by just 1 shot and Pulborough remain with their friends in Division 2 for another season!
Pulborough next play the Sussex Vice Patrons on Monday from 2pm, followed by friendlies against Norfolk and Marine Gardens on Weds and Thurs at 2pm and the club finals on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th from 1pm, spectators are always welcome!

Press Release w/c 19.8.19

Clean Sweep For Pulborough BC Sees Another Four Wins!

With just a handful of matches left to play, the Pulborough players are showing their class out on the green with another positive week of results! First up at Pulborough were Ewhurst on Tuesday afternoon. 3 triples played 18 ends of quality bowls, with new skip, Ryan Davy and team leading from the start to finish on 15/13, closely followed by John Brown, Linda Meadowcroft and Pauline Adsett on 16 shots to 12, after winning exactly half their ends, but top rink of the day went to skip Len Adsett, with Sidney Roots as lead and Steve Meadowcroft as 2, after 6 shots on the last 2 ends catapulted them to a 7 shot win! The final score was a convincing 48/35 to Pulborough.
A visit to Sutton BC is always a treat, especially with their much improved green and quaint facilities. The candle-lit supper, with platters of home-made cakes is quite a draw, but the banter-filled game is always a tough challenge against a skilled home side! Of the 3 triples that played for Pulborough, just 1 was victorious, but by such a margin that the overall result went to Pulborough by just 1 shot! Skip Len Adsett had George Lewis as lead and Jane Gray as 2, who worked as a team and complimented his game well enough to win 13 of the 18 ends and finish on 24 shots to 11. The final score was 46/45 to Pulborough, with a rematch on the cards for June next year!
Pulborough's penultimate game in the Brooks Motors League took place against Petworth on Thursday the 22nd from 2 pm. 2 mixed triples played 18 ends of one-sided bowls, with the Pulborough players coming straight out the blocks! John Brown, with Julie Day as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, scored a 6 on the 8th end to put them clear of the away triple and allow them to relax and enjoy the rest of their game, finally finishing with a 7 shot advantage, 23/16. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day, with Linda Meadowcroft as lead and Jeff Davy as 2, who scored heavily throughout, finally winning convincingly 24/11. The final result was the full 6 league points to Pulborough, which should help them to finish in the top 3 in Division 1 this season.
Last but not least, was the penultimate West Sussex Bowls League game at home to Bognor B, who are already confirmed as relegated next season. Joining the 4 rinks of men playing league, were 2 teams of ladies playing a friendly on rink 6. Skip Jane Gray, with Sylvia Smith as lead, Linda Meadowcroft as 2 and Pauline Adsett as 3, had an eventful game, with the scores being level 3 times and the away side pulling out their best game, but the home side were to prevail, taking 2 shots on the final end to win 16/15! The men's game was also tight, with John Brown and team winning by 9 shots, Paul Day, with Ray Knight, Mick Ralph and Paul Leatherbarrow in support, winning 25/13 and top rink of the day going to skip Steve Adsett, with Mick Ayling as lead, Malcolm Gray as 2 and Ian Younger as 3, who, after scoring 2 6's on the first and 4th ends and leading by a massive 18 shots to 0 by end 5, won over half of their ends to bring home 28 shots to 13 and 8 valuable league points, putting Pulborough 3rd in the table with 3 of the top 4 teams all having 1 game left to play!
Pulborough have a quieter week ahead, with President's day on Bank Holiday Monday, their final BML match against Southbourne on Weds at 2pm and their final WSBL match against Maltravers on Sunday 1st from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Release w/c 12.8.19

Pulborough Win Again in West Sussex Bowls League!

With rain putting pay to the first two friendlies of the week against Horsham Park and Pagham, the well rested Pulborough players first took to the green at Marine Gardens, in their final away game of the West Sussex Bowls League. 4 rinks played 21 ends on a tricky green, with a Pulborough win essential to keep any hopes alive of promotion in 2020. John Brown and team looked on for the win after 2 consecutive 3's took them ahead on the 15th, only to drop back to finish on 17/21. Steve Adsett's team fared a little better, finishing just 3 shots off the win, but the 2 remaining Pulborough rinks made up the deficit to finish on 83/72 and take the 2 points for the overall win! Ivan Salmon, with Paul Smith, Roger Jupp the "Super Sub" and Steve Meadowcroft, stayed in front from the third end, even scoring a 6 on the 13th to secure victory by 22 shots to 18. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Paul Leatherbarrow as 3, after some consistently heavy scoring kept their opponents in single figures, only managing a mere 9 shots in reply to Pulborough's 23! Pulborough added another valuable 6 League points to their tally and look on to finish second or third in Division 2 this year.
Sunday the 18th saw Henfield visit the fast Pulborough green for a 2pm start. After a win for Pulborough away at Henfield in May, the opposition had revenge on their minds! 4 rinks played 21 ends of competitive bowls, with Pulborough starting slowly and picking up pace towards the end. Paul Day, with Linda Meadowcroft, Paul Smith and Jane Gray, got stuck in single figures for 15 ends, but pulled back to just 3 shots down on the final end, to finish on 17/21. Top rink for Pulborough went to Pulborough's youngest skip, Ryan Davy, with Wendy Welling as lead, Kathleen Ayling as 2 and Melvin Green as 3, after pulling back from 11/2 down to win by 19 shots to 15, a fantastic result! The overall win went to Henfield, but Pulborough will be looking to exact their revenge in May 2020!
Pulborough next play at home against Ewhurst on Tuesday, away against Sutton on Wednesday evening, at home to Petworth in the Brookes Motors League on Thursday 22nd from 2pm and at home to Bognor B in their penultimate game of the  WSBL for 2019, on Saturday 24th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Release w/c 4.8.19

Pulborough's Penny Rhoder Cup Raises Over £500 for MacMillan!

A packed week for Pulborough began with a trip to the countryside green in Grafham, for a game that was rearranged due to rain earlier in the season. 3 triples played 18 ends from 6 pm on Tuesday evening, with 2 of the 3 Pulborough teams taking an early lead and the home side dominating the third. Jeff Davy and team battled throughout, finally taking a 3 on the last end to cement victory by 14 shots to 9. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Malcolm Gray, with Jane Gray as lead and Steve Meadowcroft as 2, after a 4 on the 11th end saw them pull clear to win 12/18 ends and finish on 18 shots to 10. There was just 3 shots in it overall, with Grafham just sneaking the win 44/41. A fantastic supper followed with plenty of chat to finish a memorable evening of bowls.
A local Derby away against rivals Storrington followed on Thursday at 2 pm. 3 Pulborough triples took on the challenge of finding the Storrington green, with limited success! A qwerky rink 2 saw the triple of Mick Ralph, Linda Meadowcroft and Jane Gray, just pipped to the post by 3 shots, whilst the top rink of Malcolm Gray, Paul Smith and Hugh Hubbard battled from 14/2 down on the 9th end to win by 20 shots to 15, one of the best comebacks of the season so far! Storrington eventually took the win 57/46.
With just four West Sussex Bowls League matches left to play in 2019, Pulborough need strong results to pull back up the Div 2 league table, so when they played Bognor A on Saturday afternoon in changeable conditions, they knew that every shot needed to count! A customary slow start from the home side had the spectators worried, but everything began to change after halfway. Ivan Salmon, with Paul Smith, Ryan Davy and Steve Meadowcroft in support, found themselves trailing by 8 shots on the 11th end, but managed to pull back to 26/16 with some quality bowls and consistent scoring. Steve Adsett and team had a tight game, but kept their noses ahead to finish 5 shots clear of the Bognor side, whilst top rink by a country mile went to skip Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Paul Leatherbarrow as 3, after a 6 on the 19th end put the final demoralising  nail in the coffin for the Bognor 4, finally taking the win by 34 shots to just 16! 3 rink wins and the overall score gives Pulborough 8 crucial league points to keep their 2019 campaign alive! 
Sunday the 11th Aug saw the return of the popular Penny Rhoder Cup in aid of Macmillan cancer support. 10 triples played 18 ends of banter-filled bowls, with the hotly contested win going to Sylvia Smith, Ryan Davy and Mike Richards, with John Walsh, John Brown and Jenny Garland coming a close second. A celebration of Penny's life continued throughout the afternoon, with a balloon release in her memory, spider, BBQ, with meat from Suters butchers and a locally sponsored raffle with hundreds of quality, donated prizes. All proceeds from the day, that will far exceed £500, will be going to Macmillan. The day was organised by Penny's husband Jeff, daughter Tara and son Ryan and was supported by generous donations from local companies and Bowls Club members, Mick Ralph and Ian Younger, amongst others. 
Congratulations must also go to Pulborough member, Ray Knight, for being awarded his Sussex County badge this week.
Pulborough next play at home to Horsham Park on Weds and Pagham on Friday at 2 pm, followed by an away game in the WSBL against Marine Gardens on Sat from 2 pm and a home friendly against Henfield on Sunday from 2 pm. Spectators always welcome.


Press Report w/c 29.7.19

Pulborough Go From Strength to Strength In League!

With the 2019 season fast approaching it's climax, every result becomes more crucial, especially when you have ambitions of the top spot in the Brookes Motors League! Pulborough need every point they can get, if they are to repeat their past success in winning Division 1, but the likes of Norfolk and Chichester have a good chance of stealing it away! 
The first game of the week was at home against RAFA in the mixed league on Weds afternoon. The two Pulborough triples played 18 ends of mirrored bowls, with one team having a tough game, finishing 12/24 down and the other winning by the same margin to be 24/12 up! The top rink of Paul Day, Jane Gray and Mick Ayling, stayed ahead from the first end, even scoring 6 shots on the 12th and winning 12 ends overall, a fantastic result and one that secured the team another 3 league points for a draw!
Next to challenge in the league were Chichester on Friday evening. With the Pulborough green in peak condition, it didn't take the away team long to find their game, but the trio of Paul Day as skip, Jane Gray as lead and Paul Leatherbarrow as 2, pulled back an early deficit, scoring heavily in the final 6 ends to win by 6 shots and cancel out the loss on the second rink, resulting in 4 more valuable league points and another win for the home side! Pulborough only have 2 more home BML games left to play this year against Petworth and Southbourne, with high hopes for more positive results!
Saturday the 3rd August saw the heats of the internal Pairs competition played from midday. 12 pairs took part in the first round eliminations, with the games being played over 15 ends on all rinks. Of the 6 winning teams, the top 3 were Paul Smith and Paul Day who won by 9 shots, Mick Ayling and Ian Younger by 10 and Steve Adsett and Jeff Elliott by 11 shots. After lunch the Semi-finals were again played over 15 ends on different rinks and settings to their original games, adding to the challenge! Rink 3 was drawn by Ian Younger/Mick Ayling V Steve Adsett/Jeff Elliott, with the latter taking the win by 14 shots to 11. Rink 4 was Paul Day/Paul Smith V John Brown/Silvia Smith, with the 2 Pauls battling to a 21/18 win and rink 5 was played by Jane Gray/Pauline Adsett V Ivan Salmon/Julie Day, with the tightest game of that round going to Jane and Pauline by just 2 shots, 16/14. The 2 pairs going forward to the finals in September was decided on ends won, with Jane and Pauline not progressing to the next round.
The final game of the week was a friendly away against Steyning BC. 4 triples played 18 ends of banter-filled bowls, with a stop for tea at halfway. 2 of the Pulborough sides were victorious, with skip Steve Meadowcroft, Wendy Welling and George Lewis battling their way to a 16/14 win and Paul Day, Paul Smith and Jane Gray making up the losses from the other games by scoring heavily from the start and taking 3 4's off their opponents during the game, resulting in an impressive 23/8 win and a  2 shot win overall for Pulborough!
Congratulations must also go to Pulborough's President, Malcolm Gray and Captain Mick Ayling for coming second in the Grasshopper's 50th Anniversary Open at Worthing Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon, a fantastic result!
Pulborough next play away at Grafham on Tuesday evening, away at Storrington on Thursday the 8th from 2pm, at home to Bognor in the WSBL on Saturday the 10th from 2pm and the Annual Penny Rhoder Cup returns on Sunday the 11th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!



Press Report w/c 22.7.19

Team's Tied at Top For Stratton Cup! 

With 3 out of 4 fixtures going ahead, despite the best efforts of the weather, Pulborough began their week with a local Derby away against their friends at Fittleworth BC on Weds evening. Play began at 6 pm, with 2 of the 3 home sides starting strongly, but despite their best efforts, skip Mick Ayling, with Kathleen Ayling as lead and Pauline Adsett as 2, pulled out an 11 shot lead by half way, putting Pulborough firmly in the driving seat. Steve & Linda Meadowcroft and George Lewis had a tight game, pulling ahead from 12 all on the 13th end, to win by just 2 shots, but a dominant performance from Mick, Kathleen and Pauline saw them extend their lead to 20/12 on the 18th end, helping Pulborough to a 49/44 victory! A fantastic supper followed a banter filled game against friends, on a unique green that challenges the most experienced bowlers!
An away game at Maltravers in Littlehampton is always a challenge, but Pulborough put out 4 strong rinks to play the West Sussex Bowls League on Thursday evening. Paul Day, with Ray Knight, Mick Ralph and Paul Leatherbarrow in support, managed a draw, after a 4 on the 18th end brought them back into contention, only to drop 1 shot on the final end to finish on 19 shots a piece! Top rink of the day went to Skip Steve Adsett, with Mick Ayling as lead, Malcolm Gray as 2 and Ian Younger as 3, after leading from the start and winning 14 of the 21 ends to finish on 22 shots to 15. 3 important League points away, bodes well for the Maltravers return visit to Pulborough on the 1st September, when hopes are high for another strong performance!
With Horsham BC cancelling due to rain, the focus moved to the Annual Cliff Stratton Memorial Cup on Sunday afternoon. 8 teams of drawn triples played 4 games of 5 ends to determine the victor on shot difference. Third place went to Malcolm Gray, Paul Smith and Kathleen Ayling, who won 2/4 games to finish with +2 shots, second went to Ryan Davy, Sylvia Smith and Jane Gray, who played 3 strong games and headed into the 4th with +11, only to be beaten by the overall winners to finish on +7. Joint first place on +12 shots went to Jeff Davy, Wendy Welling and Paul Leatherbarrow, after a 5 and 2 ends of 4 shots saw them finish on 25/13 after winning 10 ends overall, but the top spot was given to Paul Day, Jeff Elliott and Mike Richards, after the same overall score resulted from 14 winning ends! The Stratton Cup was presented by son Adey Stratton, Grandson Kyle Stratton and club Captain, Mick Ayling.
Pulborough have a busy week ahead of them next week, with two home Brookes Motors League matches against RAFA on Weds and Chichester on Friday, followed by the Drawn Pairs competition all day on Saturday the 3rd Aug and an away game against Steyning on Sunday from 2 pm, spectators always welcome.


Press Report w/c 15.7.19

Pulborough Flying High After A Hat Trick Of Wins!

An away match on the carpet at Southbourne is always a challenge, but especially when you are playing for points in the Brookes Motors League! In recent years a modest haul of 2-4 points has been the best that Pulborough BC could squeeze out of the home side, but as the evening progressed the battle between the two sides produced some quality bowling and tight scorelines. Skip John Brown, with Wendy Welling as lead and Jeff Davy as 2, kept nibbling away at the Southbourne side until they took the lead on the 13th end, to finish with a 2 shot advantage on 14/12. Joint top rink went to Skip Paul Leatherbarrow, with Jane Gray as lead and Ryan Davy as 2, after a strong start saw them stretch out a 6 shot lead, only to drop a 5 and bring their opponents back into the game! No more than 2 shots divided the 2 teams to the end, with the final result being 21 shots to 19 in Pulborough's favor and the full 6 league points, bringing them back into the race for the top spot!
Thurs 18th saw Pulborough host 5 triples from the Grasshoppers, a team of ex-police based at Worthing Pavilion, for an evening game of 18 ends. The standard of play was incredibly high, with 2 away sides winning by just 3 and 4 shots, whilst the remaining 3 Pulborough triples had a stronger result. John Brown and team pulled clear of the 11 all scoreline on the 11th end, to finish on 21/12, whilst Steve Adsett, with Paul Smith and Steve Meadowcroft in support, fared a little better with a positive 20/7 result, but top rink of the day went to skip Paul Day, with Jane Gray as lead and Ray Knight as 2, after a 6 on the 5th end catapulted them into a convincing lead, followed by another 2 ends of 4 and an impressive 26 shots to 8 final score! Overall Pulborough won by 23 shots, after a banter-filled evening of bowls in fantastic company.
Saturday the 20th saw the first home match in the second half of the West Sussex Bowls League season. Pulborough played host to close rivals Goring Manor, who are just above them in the Div 2 league table. 4 rinks played 21 ends in hot conditions, with Pulborough needing a good points haul to ensure progression up the table. Of the 4 rinks, 3 went Pulborough's way, with the 4th only missing out by 5 shots. Ivan Salmon and team played a close game, only securing the win with a 3 on the penultimate end! Skip John Brown, with Melvin Green as lead, Len Adsett as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, did the damage by winning the first 7 ends 13/0! After that it was just a case of keeping the scores low to maintain the advantage and finish on 22 shots to 16. Joint top rink went to skip Steve Adsett, with Mick Ayling as lead, Malcolm Gray as 2 and Ian Younger as 3, after pulling back from 7/1 down to finish 6 shots ahead on 24/18! Pulborough secured 8 of the 10 league points on offer, to put them just 1 point behind Goring in the league table, with 5 games still to play.
The final event of the week was Pulborough BC's annual Family Fun Day, where the gates open to all ages wanting to have a go and play fun bowls games out on the green. After a slow start at 2 pm the rinks gradually filled with more and more adults and children of all ages, wanting to learn the basics of the game in the company of Pulborough BC members giving tuition and guidance to allow them to get the best out of their time on the green. Trophies and prizes for the children helped to focus their attention towards playing calmly, whilst their parents bowled separately. Some families chose to bowl together, with the intention of returning in the future for more experience. With sales of bacon rolls and tickets for the extensive raffle, enhanced by prizes from local Pulborough retailers, the club made a healthy profit which with go towards the running costs and annual maintenance of the club, green and grounds.
Pulborough next play away at Fittleworth on Weds evening, away at Maltravers in the WSBL on Thurs at 6pm, away at Horsham on Sat at 2pm and at home in the Stratton Cup on Sunday the 28th from 2pm, spectators always welcome! 


Press Release w/c 8/7/19

Pulborough BC Play Host To Local Church Members
When Pulborough Bowls Club play host to groups of new or novice bowlers, it usually makes for a lively evening and the Pulborough Churches together group were no exception! 22 members from St Mary's, the United Reform Church and St Crispin & St Crispians, took to the green at around 6.30 pm with bowls club members, who were tasked with showing them the basics and encouraging some healthy competition within the group. 10-14 ends of interesting bowls followed, with PBC bowler, Paul Smith leading his team of Steph Pioli and Marian Graves, to a +15 shot win. A sumptuous buffet , raffle and plenty of banter followed, with talk of a repeat fixture at the same time next year!
A trip to Littlehampton to face Norfolk in the Brookes Motors League on Wednesday, yielded 2 more valuable league points for Pulborough, with top rink of the day going to skip Len Adsett, with Kathleen Ayling as lead and Ryan Davy as 2, after a late comeback from Norfolk left them with just a 1 shot lead, finally finishing on 21 shots to 20.
Saturday the 13th saw Pulborough travel to East Preston for the West Sussex Bowls League at 2 pm. Although unsuccessful, the Pulborough players held their nerve to put on a good show, with skip Steve Adsett, with Paul Smith as lead, Malcolm Gray as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, getting to within 2 ends of a win, finally loosing out to the home side on the final end.
Stedham payed Pulborough a visit on Sunday afternoon. 18 ends of friendly bowls resulted in 1 rink win for Pulborough, after Ryan Davy, with Wendy Welling as lead and John as 2, lead from halfway, finally scoring 5 shots on the 13th end to pull clear and finish on 24/11.
Next week Pulborough travel to Southbourne on Weds to play the next round of the Brookes Motors League, followed by a home game against the ex-police men and women of the Grasshoppers on Thurs evening, a home WSBL game against Goring Manor on Sat 20th from 2 pm and the annual Family Fun Day open to the public on Sunday the 21st July from 2-9pm. Come and join in the fun!


Press Release w/c 1/7/19

Pulborough Trio Win Storrington Open!

Pulborough's week began with an away friendly against Norfolk in Littlehampton. 2 triples played some quality bowls, with top rink for Pulborough going to skip Steve Meadowcroft, with Linda Meadowcroft as lead and Jeff Davy as 2, after a 5 on the 15th end pulled them clear of the home side, finally finishing on 19 shots to 10! The overall result was a 36/50 win for Norfolk.
Next up on Thursday evening, was a local Derby against Billingshurst on their home green. 4 triples played 18 ends in humid conditions, with Melvin Green and team managing a draw after a very close game, whilst Ryan Davy, Kathleen Ayling and Mick Ayling fared a little better with 18/16 and skip Paul Leatherbarrow, with Jeff Elliott as lead and Malcolm Gray as 2, were ahead from the very first end, finally finishing with an impressive 19 shots to 10! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Steve Meadowcroft, with Linda Meadowcroft as lead and Mick Ralph as 2, after some heavy scoring resulted in 25/13! The final result was 80/57 to Pulborough after a friendly evening of bowls.
Last up was an away match at Worthing Beech House in the West Sussex Bowls League on Saturday the 6th from 2pm. In scorching conditions it looked hopeful that Pulborough would stealing back the 6 points lost to Beech House on their visit to Pulborough, but it wasn't to be. Pulborough came away with 2 valuable league points, that will help towards their quest for the Division 2 top spot. Top rink went to skip Ivan Salmon, with Paul Smith as lead, Ryan Davy as 2 and Steve Meadowcroft as 3, after 4 points in the last 3 ends and some fantastic shots from Ivan secured them a 16/13 win!
Sunday the 7th July heralded the return of the annual Storrington Open. With players arriving from 9am, play started early, with 2 groups of teams playing alternate matches of 7 ends on 6 rinks. The home side was well represented with 4 teams, which were joined by 16 others from all over the south, including Goring Manor, Chichester, Tarring Priory and others from a mixture of clubs, like the "Pirates" and "The Dream Team. Pulborough entered 2 triples, skipped by Jeff Davy and John Brown. Unfortunately the little sun that did appear, only shone on John's triple, comprising of Steve Adsett and Paul Day, who went on to win all 5 of their qualifying rounds to finish top of their group. The final play-off was against Chichester and after a tense few ends, the lads from Pulborough came through to win by just 1 shot on the final end! What a win and the second by a Pulborough team in recent history! A fantastic result!
Pulborough next host the Churches Together on Tuesday evening from 6pm, play the next round of the BML away against Norfolk on Thurs 11th, away against East Preston in the WSBL on Sat 13th from 2pm and at home to Stedham on Sunday from 2pm, spectators are very welcome!   


Press Report w/c 24.6.19

Pulborough BC Host Another Successful Ladies Day!

With the temperatures set to soar, 16 triples of ladies, from all over the south, took to the green at Pulborough Bowls Club on Tuesday 25th June, for the return of the annual ladies Invitation Triples, sponsored by Comyn & James Estate Agents. After the National Umpire, Ian Phillips, inspected the sets of bowls being used by the entrants, play began at 1.15 pm. Teams played 4 out of 6 sessions, comprising of 5 ends each, with breaks between for refreshments and a two course buffet at the end. The two home triples, of Jane Gray, Julie Day, Elaine Lewis, Pauline Adsett, Linda Meadowcroft and Wendy Welling, played well, but unfortunately failed to make the final, which comprised of teams from Chichester and East Preston, the latter of which took home the winner's shield and prize money, after a tense, but one sided 4 end final. The day was another huge success, raising the profile of the club, it's facilities and the quality green, alongside generating valuable funds to help the club move forward. It is hoped that next year Pulborough BC will be able to host it's first Men's Invitation Day, so watch this space!
All bowls clubs hope to attract younger members, so when Pulborough were approached by their local primary school, St Mary's C of E, to host an introduction to the game, on Friday the 28th, from 11 am to 3 pm, they jumped at the chance, but little did they know that the popularity of the event would encourage upwards of 175 pupils, from 4 year groups to attend! 4 sessions of 45 minutes were arranged, with teachers, teaching assistants and bowls club members, joining groups of up to 10 pupils on each rink, learning the etiquette, technique and challenges of bowls! It was fantastic fun and hopefully will become a regular event.
The day continued with an evening fixture in the Brookes Motors League, away against Chichester, but unfortunately the long day took it's toll on the Pulborough players and Chichester took the win, but it is hoped that the return fixture on home soil in August, will yield a better result!
The the mini-heatwave taking a firm grip on the temperatures, 16 Pulborough players took to their home green on Saturday afternoon, for the next round of the West Sussex Bowls League against Marine Gardens. 4 rinks played a scorching game of 21 ends, with 3 of the home sides being victorious! Ivan Salmon and team scored a 6 on the 9th end and pulled out all the stops to score 8 shots in the final 4 ends to finish on 25 shots to 22. Skip Paul Day, with Ray Knight, Mick Ralph and Ian Younger in support, kept their noses ahead throughout, to win by 22 shots to 16, but top rink of the day went to skip John Brown, with Melvin Green as lead, Mick Ayling as 2 and Paul Leatherbarrow as 3, who fought back from a 8/0 deficit after 4 ends, to take the lead on the 13th and win by 7 shots overall, 20/13! The final result was an impressive 81/72 to Pulborough and 8 valuable league points, which leaves them in a strong position, just 6 points away from the top spot in Div 2 with 3 games in hand!
Pulborough next play away at Norfolk on Weds at 2pm, away at Billingshurst on Thurs 4th at 6pm and away at Worthing Beech House in the West Sussex Bowls League on Saturday afternoon at 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 17.6.19

London Bowls Tourists Visit Pulborough!

With rain putting pay to the first game of the week against Grafham, the club's focus soon shifted to Wednesday, when a Touring side, called the London Bowling Secretaries, came to challenge Pulborough to 21 ends of bowls. 4 rinks of Pulborough players were joined by 2 rinks from Sutton, as originally, Weds 19th was to be a home fixture against Sutton, but was cancelled to accommodate the Tourists. Play began at 2pm, with the threat of rain ever present, but luckily it stayed mostly dry throughout the game. Of the 2 Sutton teams, Skip N.Farr and team were victorious, after scoring 12 shots in the last 6 ends to finish on 21 shots to 12.
Pulborough managed 2 wins and a draw, with Melvin Green and team leveling their match on 19/19, Len Adsett, with Julie Day, Sidney Roots and George Lewis in support, took the lead on the 14th end to finish on 17 shots to 15, but top rink for Pulborough went to Skip John Brown, with Wendy Welling as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Jane Gray as 3, after some heavy scoring resulted in a 24/13 win! The final result was a close 104/109 win for the Tourists.  Drinks and nibbles followed, with plenty of smiles, banter, the odd joke from the visitors, the customary group shot on the green and promise of a return visit in 2021! After a fantastic day, both on and off the green, Roger Cornwell and his team, will be welcomed back with open arms!
Friday the 21st saw Middleton BC visit Pulborough for the next round in the Brookes Motors League. With a need to avenge their 6 point defeat at home, Middleton played out of their skins, but only managed to claw back 5 points, by winning overall by 1 shot! Pulborough still hold the top spot in Division 1. The friendly rink that played alongside, was won by Pulborough skip Ryan Davy, with Jim Humphreys as lead and George Lewis as 2, with a 17/13 scoreline.
An away game at Stedham is always a treat and Saturday's game was no exception! 3 triples played 18 ends of friendly bowls in brilliant sunshine. Ryan Davy, with Jane Gray and Mike Richards in support, managed to steal the win by 2 shots, finishing on 20/18, but top rink of the day went to Skip Malcolm Gray, with Linda Meadowcroft as lead and Hugh Hubbard as 2, after a strong second half of the game resulted in 21 shots to 14. The final score was 53/58 to Stedham.
Pulborough next host their annual Ladies Invitation Triples on Tuesday the 25th from 1pm, when 16 teams from all over West Sussex will play for prize money and the winner's shield. Last year Steyning BC took the crown and will be looking to retain the title this year! 200 school children from St Mary's C of E Primary school in Pulborough will be visiting the bowls club on Friday the 28th between 11am and 3pm, to try out bowls and learn a bit about the game and 6 Pulborough players travel to Chichester BC in the evening for the next round of the BML, followed by a home game in the WSBL against Marine Gardens, on Sat 29th from 2pm, spectators are very welcome!


Press Report w/c 10.6.19




Press Report w/c 3/6/19

County Success See Pulborough Triple Reach Area Quarters!
Monday the 3rd June saw Pulborough players John Brown, Ian Younger and Ray Knight play to reach the area quarter-finals of the County Triples at Maltravers in Littlehampton. A close game resulted in a 18/13 scoreline and progression to the last 8 for the Pulborough trio, with the next round at home to Chichester on Monday the 10th at 6pm. Good luck lads! 
With every point crucial to hold onto the top spot in the Brookes Motors League, Pulborough BC were hoping for a productive trip to play RAFA at Bognor on Tuesday the 4th June, but the weather scuppered all chances of a 6 point victory when the game was called off by the host side, resulting in a 3 point draw! Pulborough will have to wait until the end of July to face RAFA at home. 
Pulborough next played at home in the West Sussex Bowls League against Worthing Beech House on Saturday the 8th at 2pm. 4 rinks played 21 ends of close bowls, with the scores on all rinks being within 1 or 2 shots by half way. Skip Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Ian Younger as 3, fought hard to stay in touch with their opponents and finally steal the win by 1 shot, 23/22, but top rink for Pulborough went to John Brown, Mick Ayling, Hugh Hubbard and Paul Leatherbarrow, after a 5 on the 17th end was enough of a blow to secure a 24/16 win and another valuable 4 league points for Pulborough, who currently sit 3rd in the league table, just 1 point behind Worthing Beech House with a game in hand, so it's all to play for!
The final game of the week was at home on Sunday to local side Grafham, in a banter-filled friendly of triples over 18 ends in hot conditions. With the visiting side approving of Pulborough's much-improved green, they got off to a fast start, finally pipping Pulborough to the post by 56 shots to 42. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Malcolm Gray, with Paul Smith as lead and Mike Richards as 2, after holding their opponents to a 15 all draw!
Pulborough next play at home to Storrington on Tues, away at Ewhurst on Thurs 13th, at home to East Preston in the WSBL on Saturday 15th from 2pm and an evening with the Rotary Club of Storrington and Pulborough on Sunday the 16th from 6pm. Spectators are always welcome!



Press Report w/c 27/5/19

PULBOROUGH TOP THE TABLE IN BROOKES MOTORS LEAGUE!

With the season well under way, Pulborough BC players are coming into form, with yet more wins to their name!
The first fixture of the week was a new club competition called "Greenkeeper's Day", aimed at having fun out on the green, whilst adding a few pennies to the club pot! 18 players took to the green in triples chosen by the club President and Greenkeeper - Malcolm Gray, to play 2 games of 8 ends from corner to corner, with the highest shot difference deciding the victors. Runners-up were Jeff Davy, Steve Adsett and Jeff Elliott on +12 shots, just out-scored by Paul Leatherbarrow, Malcolm Gray and Wendy Welling on +13 shots. Crystal glasses were a just reward for some quality bowls.
Wednesday the 29th heralded the 3rd game in Pulborough's 2019 challenge for Division 1 of the Brookes Motors League, played away against Middleton BC in poor weather conditions at 2pm. Skip John Brown, with Kathleen Ayling as lead and Paul Leatherbarrow as 2, scored a 6 on the first end to catapult them into the lead, where they stayed for the entire match, finally finishing on 18 shots to 16. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip Paul Day, with Julie Day and Mick Ayling in support, after winning 14 of the 18 ends played, out-classing the Middleton trio to win by 20 shots! The final result was the full 6 league points, a 43 shots to 21 win and top of the table for Pulborough BC!
An away match in the West Sussex Bowls League against Bognor A, was the next challenge for Pulborough on Saturday the 1st. 4 rinks played some quality bowls, with top rink for Pulborough going to skip John Brown, with Melvin Green as lead, Mick Ayling as 2 and Paul Leatherbarrow as 3, after leading from the first end to win by 9 shots on 24/15. Pulborough managed another 4 valuable league points to add to their tally with 11 games left to play.
The final game of the week was a home friendly against Horsham BC. Melvin Green and team had a close game with a 22/20 win, but top rink went to skip John Brown, with Ray Knight as lead and Paul Smith as 2, who scored a 6 on the 10th end to push them ahead, where they stayed to finish on 21/17. The final score was a close 84/92 to Horsham.
A quieter week this week sees Pulborough away in the BML against RAFA on Tuesday, at home to Worthing Beech House on Sat 8th from 2pm and at home to Grafham on Sunday 9th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 20.5.19

Triple Wins See Pulborough on Top Form!

Pulborough played their first game of the week on home turf, against Norfolk BC, in the Brookes Motors League at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon. 2 league triples and 1 friendly played 18 ends of close bowls, with Norfolk taking the friendly, whilst Pulborough came out top with 5 out of 6 league points! John Brown, with Kathleen Ayling and Jeff Davy in support, scored a 6 on end 9 to bring them back into contention, only to drop 6 shots on the last 2 ends to finish with 1 point for a 20 shot draw. Top rink for Pulborough by a country mile, went to skip Paul Day, with Julie Day as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, after winning all but 5 ends with some heavy scoring, to crush their opposition and finish with a clear 26/6 win and the overall score!
A 6pm start against Billingshurst BC on Thursday evening promised to be a close match, with the local rivals on good form. 5 triples played 18 ends of fantastic bowls, with skip Malcolm Gray just holding onto a win by just 2 shots to finish on 18/16, Ivan Salmon and team holding their own to finish on 19 shots to 16 and Len Adsett, Linda Meadowcroft and Mick Ralph out-playing their opposition by 10 shots on 20/10. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Steve Meadowcroft, with Sylvia Smith as lead and Kathleen Ayling as 2, after a 6 on the 13th end sent them clear, to finish with an impressive 11 shot lead! The final score for Pulborough was 94/74.
The final game of the week was away in Bognor in the West Sussex Bowls League on Sunday afternoon from 2pm. 4 male rinks played the league, alongside a friendly rink of ladies. By the 8th end, Pulborough were already 11 shots ahead across the board, with only rink 4 struggling to keep pace with the Bognor side, only to pull clear in the last 8 ends to finish on 21 shots to 15! Top rink for the men went to skip John Brown, with Melvin Green as lead, Mick Ayling as 2 and Paul Leatherbarrow as 3, after winning all but 6 ends conclusively, out-classing Bognor 34/10! The final score was 99/52 to Pulborough and the full 10 league points, putting Pulborough in a good position for early in the season! The ladies rink, skipped by Jane Gray, with Julie Day as lead, Kathleen Ayling as 2 and Pauline Adsett as 3, kept their noses ahead from the very first end to win by 21 shots to 16.
County success came in the form of John Brown, Ray Knight and Ian Younger, who beat a team from the Witterings in the County Triples at home, by 16 shots to 15, to progress to the next round, a great result!
Pulborough next play a club friendly called the "Greenkeeper's Day", on Bank holiday Monday, followed by an away game in the Brookes Motors League at Middleton on Weds, an away game in the WSBL against Bognor A on Sat 1st from 2pm and a home friendly against Horsham on Sun 2nd from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 13.5.19

Pulborough's League Challenge Begins in Earnest!

A busy week for Pulborough Bowls Club saw the Opening games in both the Brookes Motors League and West Sussex Bowls League, 2 friendlies and action in the Home Counties. 
Local team Fittleworth, bought 4 triples to the much improved Pulborough green for a 6pm start. A host of familiar faces put up a good fight, but found themselves 16 shots down to the Pulborough side by halfway. Melvin Green and team scored a 5 on the 11th end to catapult them into the lead, where they stayed, finishing on 19 shots to 11. Paul Day, with Kathleen Ayling and Steve Adsett in support, lead from the start to finish 10 shots ahead on 20/10, but top rink of the day went to skip Steve Meadowcroft, with Jane Gray as lead and Mick Ralph as 2, after winning all but 6 ends to finish with an impressive 28 shots to 8! The final result was a convincing 81/45 to Pulborough, played in good spirits against a competitive side.
An away game in the BML against Petworth BC on an artificial surface is always a challenge, but a strong team effort to grab the overall score and one rink win out of two, shows the strength of the side fielded by Pulborough. The strong challenge put forward by the home side against skip Paul Day and team, was counteracted by the destruction of the Petworth game on the second rink by Skip John Brown, Lead Ryan Davy and number 2 Jane Gray, resulting in 37/30 win and 4 league points - a fantastic start to Pulborough's BML challenge in 2019.
Saturday the 18th May saw Goring Manor play host to Pulborough BC at Field Place in Durrington in the WSBL. The warm sunshine was a nice bonus after the previous year's chilly temperatures! 4 rinks played some competitive bowls, with Pulborough holding their own for the first half of the game, only to be held to a draw on the overall score at full time! With 1 rink win and 1 draw, Pulborough gained a valuable 4 league points out of 10, which is a strong result on a green that has comprehensively beaten them in the past! John Brown and team held their opposition to a 22 all draw, whilst top rink for Pulborough, by a Country mile, went to skip Paul Day, with Mick Ralph as lead, Hugh Hubbard as 2 and Ray Knight as 3, with 34 shots to 12. The final result was 83 shots each.
Finally Pulborough played host to Steyning BC on Sunday the 19th at 2pm. With the addition of newer players to each team, valuable experience was gained for future matches and Steyning went home with the win overall, after a friendly game of 18 ends. 
A team of 4 Pulborough players represented Sussex in the Home Counties game against Buckinghamshire at Ivor Heath on Tuesday 14th May.  Skip John Brown, with Paul Leatherbarrow as lead, Jeff Davy as 2 and Paul Day as 3 fought hard to reach firstly 6 shots all, then 13 shots a piece, before finally pulling ahead to snatch the win 25/19 - well done lads!
Pulborough next play at home against Norfolk in the BML on Tuesday, followed by Billingshurst at home on Thursday 23rd at 6pm and away at Bognor in the WSBL on Sunday the 26th at 2pm. Spectators are always welcome!


Press Release w/c 6.5.19

Pulborough BC Open Their Gates To The Public For A Day Of Fun On The Green!

The week for Pulborough Bowls Club began on a high with the return of the Ron and Eileen Branch Shield, an annual drawn pairs competition with the shield presented to the winning duo. 24 players took part, with experienced and less experienced players paired off in the name of sportsmanship! 3 sessions of 7 ends were played with the cumulative shot difference deciding the victors. Third place went to Mick Ralph and Jane Gray with +7 shots, the runners-up were Melvin Green and Jim Humphreys with +10 shots and Ray Knight and Jeff Elliott, in only his second competitive game, came first with an impressive +13 shots after winning all 3 of their sessions in some style!  The Branch Shield was kindly presented by John Woolgar, Eileen Branch's Brother.
Cranleigh BC visited Pulborough on Thursday the 9th for a 2pm start. 4 triples played 18 ends of competitive bowls, with 3 Pulborough rinks coming out on top. Len Adsett and team lead from the 7th end to finish on 14 shots to 9. John Brown, with Kathleen Ayling and Mick Ayling in support, finished strongly with 8 shots on the last 3 ends and a 19/13 scoreline, but top rink for the day by a country mile, was skip Melvin Green, with Mike Richards as lead and Ryan Davy as 2, after winning all but 5 ends and scoring heavily throughout, to trample their opposition with 32 shots to 6! The final result was 78/52 to Pulborough.
Saturday the 11th May saw the second of 3 Open Days at Pulborough BC. The day looked doomed to fail at 2pm when the heavens opened, but luckily the cloud and rain gave way to clear skies and warm sunshine and within fifteen minutes, players and members of the public began to arrive, filling the green with activity! A number of new players had a go at bowls for the very first time, with help from some of the Pulborough members and the junior bowls were put to good use with a group of school aged children in competition with one another to win a trophy! With proceeds from the bar and raffle, coupled with sales of bacon rolls, valuable pounds were added to the club funds and 3 new members joined the Pulborough BC family! A very successful day!
The final game of the week was away at the Witterings in the first round of the knockout PC Cup. 4 rinks played 21 ends of fantastic bowls, with Pulborough looking good for the win on +7 shots with 3 ends to go, only to have a run of bad luck, on a very qwerky green, to finish 4 shots down and loose their place in the draw. The Witterings team played a strong game and will now progress to the next round. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Ivan Salmon, with Paul Smith as lead, Ryan Davy as 2 and Steve Meadowcroft as 3, with a 20/17 win.
Pulborough next play at home to Fittleworth on Weds 15th at 6pm, away at Petworth in the Brookes Motors League on Thurs 16th at 6pm, away at Goring in the WSBL on Sat 18th at 2pm and at home to Steyning at 2pm on Sunday the 19th. Spectators are always welcome!



Press Release w/c 29.4.19


3 Wins For Pulborough Sets The Stage For A Fantastic Summer Of Bowls!

With 4 friendlies to play in a week, there was plenty of practice to be had for the Pulborough players! The first of 3 away games was played on the first class green at Worthing Pavilion, against the Grasshoppers, a team of ex-police men and women. Of the 5 triples that played, 3 were victorious. Jeff Davy and team took their win on the very last end to finish 17 shots to 16. Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead and Hugh Hubbard as two, pulled ahead from 10 shots a piece on end 12 to win by 9 shots 20/11, but top rink of the day went to skip Len Adsett, with Julie Day as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, who lead from the very start, really putting the pressure on in the second half to finish with a 17 shot advantage and a 28/11 scoreline! The final score was a 97/80 win for Pulborough. President Malcolm Gray was presented with a commemorative decoupage picture to celebrate the first game of the Grasshopper's 50th anniversary year. 
Weds the 1st May saw the only home game of the week played against Sutton BC at 6pm. 3 triples played 18 ends of competitive bowls, with wins going to skip Jane Gray and team with 14 shots to 9 and top rink for Malcolm Gray, with George Lewis and Ryan Davy in support, with an impressive 24/12 scoreline! Only 10 shots separated the 2 teams in the end with 51/41 to Pulborough.
A visit to the artificial rink at Southbourne BC is always an education, but with the added high winds, rain and hail showers, it was quite a challenge, but one that Pulborough grabbed with both hands, winning 2 of the 4 rinks, but loosing the overall score 50/75! Paul Day, with Jane Gray and Ray Knight in support, managed a 2 shot win and Steve Adsett, with Mick Ralph as lead and Ryan Davy as 2 managed 19 shots to 11 and top rink of the day.
Sunday the 5th saw the final game of the week played away at Henfield BC at 2pm. 4 rinks played a shortened game of 18 ends due to the onset of frostbite! Skip Paul Day and team managed to pull away after team at halfway, to win by 3 shots 14/11, but top rink went to John Brown, Kathleen Ayling, Paul Smith and Mick Ayling, who lead from the third end to win 19/12.
Bank Holiday Monday heralds the return of the Ron & Eileen Branch Shield, a drawn pairs competition for members, followed by a home game on Thurs 9th against Cranleigh BC at 2pm, the second of 3 Club Open Days for the public on Sat 11th from 2pm and the first round of the knockout PC Cup at Witterings on Sunday 12th from 2pm, spectators are always welcome!


Press Report w/c 22/4/19

Pulborough Bowls Club Opens it's Gates to the Public!

With the 2019 season gaining pace, Pulborough BC played their first away game against Marine Gardens in Worthing on Thursday afternoon from 2pm. With a chill in the air, 4 triples took to the green for some competitive bowls with mixed results. Skip Paul Day, with Julie Day as lead and Len Adsett as 2, had a game of 2 halves, with the first 10 ends yielding a 1 shot lead, only to be stuck on 13 shots for 5 ends, allowing their opponents to pull ahead and take victory by just 3 shots! In contrast, top rink for Pulborough by some margin, went to skip Paul Leatherbarrow, with Mike Richards as lead and Malcolm Gray as 2, who kept the Marine Gardens triple in single figures, whilst pulling out a sizable lead to finish on 20 shots to 8! The overall result went to Marine Gardens with Pulborough vowing to return the favour in September when they next meet in a friendly and June in the Men's West Sussex Bowls League.
Sunday the 28th April saw the first of 3 Open Days for the public to join Pulborough players for an afternoon of tuition, practice and a few competitive ends of bowls. With great support from both club players and local residents, the green soon filled up, with a few waiting in the wings for an opportunity to join in. Luckily, the weather held it's own, allowing play for the full 4 hours, fueled by the odd bacon roll, sandwich and drink from the bar! It is always hoped that a few of the people that came through the gates may choose to join our club, but at least they have had a taste of everything that can be gained from being part of a friendly, sociable club like Pulborough BC!
Pulborough players next take to the green on Tues 30th away at the Worthing Grasshoppers, followed by an away game at Southbourne on Sat 4th at 2pm and Henfield away on Sunday 5th from 2pm. Spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 15.4.19

Pulborough Bowls Club Launch into 2019!

After so much work on extending the Clubhouse, widening the steps to the green, planting bulbs in the borders and renovating the green to a fantastic standard, it was a relief for the members to finally down tools and enjoy the fruits of their labour at the Pulborough Bowls Club Opening Drive on Saturday the 20th April.
32 players in teams of 4 took to the green just after 2.30 pm in glorious sunshine, which was probably the best turnout for an Opening Drive in years! 21 ends of interesting bowls followed, with many players taking time to find their feet after a winter relaxing away from bowls and others adjusting from a season of short-mat or indoor bowls.
Paul Leatherbarrow and team had a tight game against Skip, Steve Meadowcroft, with Melvin Green, Hugh Hubbard and Ian Younger in support, just loosing out by 1 shot, 20/19! Ivan Salmon, Jeff Elliott, Len Adsett and Pauline Adsett beat Malcolm Gray and team by 3 shots after pulling ahead from the 12th end to finish on 21 shots to 18. Skip Steve Adsett, Ryan Davy, Ray Knight and Linda Meadowcroft scored a 5 on the 5th end to pull ahead and never looked back, finishing with +12 shots on Paul Day and team! Top marks and Top rink for the day goes to skip John Brown, with Kathleen Ayling, Mick Ayling and Sidney Roots, who won all but 8 ends and scored 11 shots in the last 5 ends to finish 15 shots clear of Jeff Davy's team on 27 shots to 12!
With the new season gathering speed, Pulborough play their first away game of the season against Marine Gardens at 2pm on Thurs 25th April, followed by a Club Open Day for new and potential members to try bowls for free, with coaching and advice from the members and registered coach, John Brown, on Sunday the 28th April. Everyone is welcome, so please come along and have a go !


Press Release w/c 10.9.18

Pulborough Show Strength in PC Cup Final!

You couldn't finish Pulborough's outdoor bowls season with two more contrasting games! The return of the annual "Ashes" game of President v Captain kicked off at 2pm on Saturday 15th under blue skies. 10 pairs played 18 ends of competitive, yet fun bowls in a variety of eye catching clothing, including a Minion onesie, pj's and some unmissable Hawaiian shirts! President Malcolm Gray's team pulled it out of the bag, winning by 17 shots overall, beating Captain Mick Ayling's team to re-claim the Ashes for 2018! Top rink went to Mick Ralph and novice bowler, Jeff Elliot, with +14 shots on their opponents George Lewis and Mike Richards.
After a number of years playing in the West Sussex Bowls League and entering the knockout PC Cup, 2018 has been the first year that Pulborough BC, as a much smaller club than many of the other entrants, has reached the Cup final at Worthing Pavilion, something they can be very proud of! The day began with team photographs of both the finalists, Pulborough and Chichester, out on the green at Worthing Pavilion, before play began at 2pm. 4 rinks played games of 21 ends, with the weather smiling on the teams for the second day in succession! John Brown, with Alan Jordan, Roger Jupp and Steve Adsett in support, had the form for the first half of their game, leading by 12 shots to 4, before Chichester pulled back to lead by 20/12. A late comeback by the Pulborough 4 came too late, with Chichester stealing the win by 21 shots to 19. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day, with Mick Ralph as lead, Mike Richards as 2 and Ray Knight as 3, after winning 14 /21 close ends and holding on to win 23 shots to 20! Chichester claimed the cup for the 4th year in a row, with Pulborough coming a very close second.
Pulborough can be very proud of their achievements this year in friendlies, league and County fixtures, with the whole club pulling together to show what can be achieved when everyone puts in the time both on and off the green. With fantastic facilities and a very fast, high quality playing surface, it is hoped that membership levels will increase in future years and allow Pulborough to challenge for promotion in the WSBL again in 2019!


Press Release w/c 3.9.19

Pulborough's Finals Weekend Thrills the Spectators!

Pulborough's penultimate week began with the final friendly of the year against Marine Gardens in Worthing. 3 triples played on the super-fast Pulborough green, with Paul Day and team scoring consistently, winning 11/18 ends to finish on 21 shots to 10. Skip John Brown, with John Walsh as lead and Kathleen Ayling as 2, showed just how one-sided a game can be when the whole team is on form, by winning all but 4 ends, scoring 8 shots on the 5th end, scoring heavily enough to finish with a 32 shot lead! The final score, after a friendly afternoon, was 73/38 to Pulborough.
Finals Weekend began at 1pm in Saturday 8th September with the Novice Salver between John Walsh and Paul Smith. A close game resulted in 20 ends of quality bowls, with Paul Smith stealing the win with 21 shots to John's 14. The Two wood between County players John Brown and Paul Day, was always going to be difficult to call, but it's all on the day and John brought his A game, finally winning 21/10 after 21 ends of tense bowls! Last up was the Novice Cup at 3.30pm between John Walsh and Jim Humphreys, with John playing a more confident game second time around, winning by 21 shots to 14, after a friendly game of 18 ends. Unfortunately the Final if the "321" or Diggle, could not take place due to the ill health of one of the finalists, so it was given by default, to the second finalist , Jane Gray for 2018.
Day 2 of the Finals began at 1pm, with the 4 Wood Handicap between father and daughter - George Lewis and Jane Gray. With both players on good form, the result was never going to be obvious, especially with the scores tied at 11 all and 17 all, when Jane finally found the form to get a nose ahead and make up the 2 shot handicap against her, with 3 shots on the final end, finishing on 25 shots to 18 after 22 ends and nearly 2 hours of competitive bowls! The Pairs began at 2pm with husband and wife pitted against each other on opposing teams! Julie Day and Jeff Davy, faced Hugh Hubbard and Paul Day, with the later gaining early advantage by winning the first 6 ends before Julie and Jeff got off the mark! The final result, after 20 ends of close bowling, was 21 shots to 8 for Paul and Hugh. After just a 15 minute break between games, Jane Gray took to rink 4 against Pauline Adsett in the Ladies Single Championship. Unfortunately for Pauline, Jane was warmed up and ready to go after the 4 Wood Handicap just minutes earlier and took the early advantage! The final score didn't reflect the close battle at the head that took place on multiple ends, before Jane took the win 21/9. Last up was the Men's Singles Championship between John Brown and Steve Adsett, that was always going to be a tight game, but the tension built as they were repeatedly tied on scores, with both players pulling of shots worthy of National competitions! But a momentary lapse in concentration for Steve, allowed John Brown to steal 3 shots and the victory, finishing on 21 shots to 18!
The trophy presentations followed, with Captain, Mick Ayling and President, Malcolm Gray congratulating the winners and runners-up and presenting a large bottle of whisky to National Umpire, Ian Phillips, who kindly volunteered to oversee the entire weekend to support Pulborough Bowls Club and help to guide the markers in each game and help to improve their overall knowledge of top competition.
A roasted banquet of beef and gammon followed, expertly prepared by Catering Manager, Kathleen Ayling and her family of helpers! A fitting way to finish a successful weekend of top quality bowls and a positive season for Pulborough Bowls Club!
The final weekend of the season will see the "Ashes", or President V Captain match from 2pm on Saturday 15th and Pulborough will play in the final of the PC Cup at Worthing Pavilion on Sunday the 16th from 2pm - good luck lads!


Press Release w/c 27.8.18

President's Day Proves a Huge Success!

August Bank Holiday Monday heralded President's day at Pulborough Bowls Club, with members pitting their skills against each other in 5 games of 4 ends, alongside a mystery partner. With little time to adjust to each rink, the first 2 rounds were close, with just Steve Adsett and Linda Meadowcroft showing a sizable lead of 7 shots to 1. After 3 rounds, Ivan Salmon and Wendy Welling were neck and neck with Mick Ayling and Pauline Adsett on +9  shots, but a tie for top spot betwean Mick/Pauline and the eventual winners, Paul Smith/Jim Humpreys, resulted in a 4 end final and  trophy presentation. Well done to everyone who supported the event.
The final Brookes Motors League game against Southbourne took place on Wednesday afternoon under cloudy skies. 2 triples played some tight ends of bowls, with John Brown and team playing a steady game, finally crushing any hopes of their Southbourne opponents on the 14th end with 6 shots, finishing on 25/10! Skip Paul Day, with Jane Gray as lead and George Lewis as 2, won all but 5 ends to finish with an impressive 27 shots to 6! The full 6 league points secure Pulborough position in Division 1 for 2019.
Friday the 31st saw Pulborough host 5 rinks of players from the Sussex Vice Presidents, with help from their friends at Fittleworth BC. Played kicked off at 2pm, with Steve Adsett and team battling their way to a 3 shot win, after a 6 on end 12 gave them momentum, finally finishing with a satisfying 22/19. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip John Brown, with John Walsh as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Ray Knight as 3, after stalling on end 16 and clinging on to a 19/15 win! County Secretary, Rod McBeth commented on the high quality of the Pulborough green and was forced to "eat his hat", baked by PBC player, Kathleen Ayling, in response to his previous jokes about the Pulborough facility!
With the end of the 2018 season looming fast, Pulborough next play Marine Gardens at home on Thurs 6th at 2pm, followed by Club Finals Weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, play starts at 1pm on both days - well worth a watch!


Press Report w/c 20.8.18

Pulborough BC Storm Into Final Of PC Cup!

A packed week saw Pulborough face 2 friendlies, 2 league games and the semi final of the PC Industrial Products Cup against Arundel!
Pulborough have never made it past the first couple of rounds of the PC Cup before, let alone through to the final at Worthing Pavilion, so the stakes were high when Arundel arrived for a 5.30pm start on Mon 20th! 4 rinks played in fading light, with both clubs fielding their top players for maximum impact. By half way, with 3 rinks going Pulborough's way, it was clear that Bognor were failing to stop the charge! Paul Day and team won 14/21 ends to finish on 17 shots to 11 at full time, Ivan Salmon, with Malcolm Gray, Paul Smith and Jeff Davy in support, managed 12 shots in just 4 ends to pull clear and win by 10 shots and top rink by some margin, went to skip John Brown, with Alan Jordan as lead, Roger Jupp as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, keeping the Arundel 4 in single figures with just 8 shots to Pulborough's 26! The final result was a comprehensive win by Pulborough 89/56 and progression to the final at Worthing Pavilion on September 16th - well done lads!
Just 2 triples played against Ewhurst on Tues at 2pm, with Pulborough just sneaking the win by 3 shots overall! Top rink went to skip Alan Jordan, with Jane Gray as lead and Mike Richards as 2, with a score of 14 shots to 12.
An away game at Sutton's country green is always a draw for the Pulborough players, despite the quirky nature of the rinks and a few navigational difficulties! 3 triples played against a home side that knew the habits of every rink, with just 1 Pulborough triple finishing with a positive score! Luckily, the scores were such that Pulborough sneaked the win by 4 shots overall, 53/49. Top rink for Pulborough went again to John Brown, with Kathleen Ayling and Alan Jordan in support, finishing with an impressive 26 shots to 12! A candlelit supper followed, with great food and warm conversation, topped off with a huge serving of home made cake and banter!
A win in the penultimate BML fixture of 2018 against the Witterings on Thursday afternoon, was far from a certainty, with the away side fighting relegation to Division 2. Pulborough produced 2 strong triples, with Paul Day, Wendy Welling and Mick Ralph keeping close to their opponents until end 14, when a series of quality shots sealed their win 16/13! Top rink for the third time in a week, went to skip John Brown, with Jane Gray as lead and Alan Jordan as 2, finishing with a flourish on the final end to secure a 22 shot to 14 win and the full 6 league points for Pulborough in the BML!
A chance to recharge the batteries on Friday, ensured that a refreshed Pulborough side faced an early 10.30am start against Bognor in the WSBL on Saturday morning. 4 rinks played, with the result being split down the middle - 2 rink wins for each team and the overall score, by just 1 shot to Bognor 74 shots to 73! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day, with Melvin Green as lead, George Lewis as 2 and Ray Knight as 3 , with 22/18. 4 more league points put Pulborough second in the table with just 1 round left to play!
Pulborough next play in their internal President's Day on Bank Holiday Monday from 2pm, the final BML of 2018 on Weds against Southbourne at 2pm and the Sussex Vice Presidents visit Pulborough to play on Friday 31st at 2pm, definitely worth a watch!



Press Report w/c 12.8.18

Pulborough's  Penny Rhoder Cup Raises Over £600 for MacMillan!

Supported by local businesses, family, friends and Mr Anonymous, the annual Penny Rhoder Memorial Cup at Pulborough BC was, as always a fantastic club event, made all the more important by the funds raised for MacMillan, the charity chosen by Penny's family. Play began at 2pm on Sunday 12th, with 6 triples taking to the green to play 3 sessions of 6 ends to decide the victors! Close scores all round, resulted in Paul Smith, Mick Ralph and Jenny Ralph coming runners up to Steve Meadowcroft, Sylvia Smith and Roger Jupp, who claimed the trophy as overall winners. With sponsorship, raffle money, sales of food and kind donations, the total raised for MacMillan was an astounding £632, which exceeded last years total of just over £550! Special thanks go to Elaine Lewis for cooking all the bacon rolls, everyone who helped to man the bar and organise the day and the many who supported the day financially, without all of you it wouldn't be possible!
Pulborough's penultimate game in the West Sussex Bowls League against Arundel BC, took place under sunny skies on Saturday the 18th at 2pm. 4 rinks played 21 ends of competitive bowls, with Pulborough first out the starting blocks! The first half saw Pulborough pull out a 20 shot lead, followed by 3 rink wins and overall victory 90 shots to 62. Paul Day and team won by 28 shots to 13, John Brown's team fought hard to win by 17/12 and top rink for the day went to skip, Ivan Salmon, with Mike Richards as lead, Paul Smith as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, who held their opposition in single figures, winning all but 6 ends to finish 29/9! 8 crucial league points lift Pulborough to 3rd in the table with 1 game left to play against Bognor on Sat 25th Aug!
The week finished with a home friendly against Henfield on Sunday 19th at 2pm. 4 triples played the first 9 ends at close quarters, but a break at half way for tea seemed to recharge the Pulborough side, with the closest match finishing with a 1 shot win by Pulborough 20/19 and top rink going to skip, John Brown, with Kathleen Ayling as lead and Paul Smith as 2, who held Henfield on just 3 shots for 12 ends, finally allowing them 6 shots to their 25! The overall result  was a 91/52 win to Pulborough, some fantastic banter and several drinks at the bar!
Pulborough have a make or break game against Arundel BC, in the semi-final of the PC Cup, on Monday the 20th at 5.30pm, followed by a friendly against Ewhurst at home on Tues, away against Sutton on Weds at 5.30pm, at home in the BML against Witterings on Thursday 23rd at 2pm and their final match in the WSBL against Bognor on Sat 25th at the revised time of 10.30am, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 6.8.18

Pulborough Beat Witterings to Climb To Within 10 Points of the Top Spot!

With rain preventing play in Pulborough's only away match of the week against Storrington in the BML, 2 challenges remained in the West Sussex Bowls League at home against Goring on Wednesday evening and Witterings on Saturday afternoon.
With the light against them, play began in earnest at 5.30pm, with both Goring and Pulborough equal on shots after 10 ends, but a second half surge from the away side secured victory on 2 rinks, with Pulborough taking 3 points for a win and a draw. Skip John Brown, with Alan Jordan, Roger Jupp and Steve Adsett in support, lead from the 3rd end and despite some strong play from Goring, won the final end to draw on 19 shots a piece. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day, with Melvin Green as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Ray Knight as 3, after scoring 10 shots in just 2 ends to win convincingly 26/19 and give Pulborough 3 valuable league points to lift them up the table.
After being strong all season, Witterings showed signs of weakness against an on-form Pulborough side on Saturday afternoon. With every point in their last 3 league games all important, Pulborough seemed to be on a mission from the very start! The toughest game was on rink 5, with the scores being tied multiple times throughout the game, but a fantastic shot by skip Steve Meadowcroft on the final end, saved the day and won the game by 2 shots 22/20! Paul Day and team waited until end 16 to stretch out a lead, finally crossing the finishing line with 3 shots in hand! John Brown, with team mates Alan Jordan, Roger Jupp and Steve Adsett, kept the pressure on by winning end after end by just 1 or 2 shots, managing a 17/11 rink win. Top rink for Pulborough by a country mile, went to skip Ivan Salmon, with Malcolm Gray as lead, Paul Smith as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, who racked up the shots 3 or 4 at a time, keeping Witterings to singles or 2's and using every type of shot at their disposal to gain the advantage and squash their opposition with a 30/10 scoreline! The final result was an impressive 89 shots to 58 and the full 10 league points, lifting Pulborough to 3rd in the table with 2 games to play, just 10 points shy of Goring Manor in top spot!
Sunday the 12th Aug will see the return of the Penny Rhoder Cup, followed by away games at Horsham Park and Pagham, a WSBL fixture against Arundel on Saturday the 18th from 2pm and a friendly against Henfield on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome!



Press Report w/c 30.7.18

Top Triple Wipe Out The Opposition in Stratton Cup!

Monday the 30th July saw the annual return of the Cliff Stratton Memorial Cup from 2pm. 8 drawn triples took part, raising money for Pulborough bowls club and McMillan, the chosen charity for the event. 4 sessions of 4 ends were played, with George Lewis, Malcolm Gray and Hugh Hubbard winning all 4 of their sessions by a sizable margin to far out-bowl their opponents with a shot difference of +21! Second place went to John Brown, Ivan Salmon and Jane Gray with +5 shots and Len Adsett, Steve Adsett and John Walsh came third with +4.The presentation of the Cliff Stratton Cup, was made by Son, Adey Stratton, who represents the proud bowling history of the Stratton family at Pulborough bowls club. 
A busy week followed, with 2 Brookes Motor League games, the heats for the club drawn pairs competitions and a friendly away against Steyning BC on Sunday 5th Aug. The first to try out the improved, faster green at Pulborough were RAFA on Weds evening. 2 triples played a game of 2 halves, with Paul Day and team having a stronger first half, holding their own until half way, when they got stuck on 7 shots, whilst the RAFA side pulled out a lead to finish 21/12 ahead. The team of skip John Brown, with Jane Gray as lead and Len Adsett as 2, proved a strong combination, pulling back a deficit of -13 shots on end 11 to win by 10 shots! A 6 on the 13th end may have helped! The final result was a win for Pulborough by 1 shot and 4 valuable league points to help their climb back up the BML Division 1 table.
The second league game against Chichester was always going to be a tough ask, with several places dividing the two teams in the league table, but Pulborough were determined to make them work for every point and came tantalisingly close to a second win, with just 3 shots separating the 2 teams on end 18! Paul Day, Julie Day and Mick Ayling spent most of their game 1 step behind the Chichester triple, until a 5 on end 17 brought them back into contention, only to drop a 5 on the last end to finish 6 shots adrift! Skip John Brown, again with Jane Gray as lead and Len Adsett as 2, fought hard to stay in contention and pull out a small lead, but a win by 3 shots wasn't quite enough for overall victory, so Chichester claimed 4 points to Pulborough's 2. A hawl of 6 points in the BML will certainly help Pulborough's challenge in the league table for 2018!
The heats of the club drawn pairs competition took place in scorching temperatures on Saturday the 4th from midday. 8 pairs took part in the first quarter-finals over 15 ends, with the winners progressing to the semi-finals later in the afternoon. Steve Adsett and Mick Ayling played against Julie Day and Jeff Davy, keeping within 2 or 3 shots for most of the game, before a grandstand finish saw Jeff draw the deciding shot on the final end to steal victory! Paul Day and Hugh Hubbard kept their noses infront from end 6 against Jane Gray and George Lewis, but a late comeback saw 2 shots take the later to within a shot of a draw! Paul and Hugh, Julie and Jeff now progress to the club finals on the 8th/9th Sept.
5 triples played against Steyning BC on Sunday afternoon. With both warm temperatures and a very warm welcome, play got underway at 2pm. The first 8 ends were a friendly affair with the scores tied at halfway, but whatever went in the tea had the desired effect and 3 of the 5 Pulborough triples lost their way, resulting in a 92/71 win for the home side and 2 rink wins for Pulborough. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Malcolm Gray, with Sylvia Smith as lead and Jane Gray as 2, with 14 winning ends out of 18 and a 18/5 scoreline! 
Pulborough next play at home to Goring in the WSBL on Weds, away at Storrington in the BML on Thurs, at home to Witterings on Sat 11th at 2pm and the Penny Rhoder Cup at home on Sunday 12th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 22.7.18

Fourth Family Fun Day Raises Funds For Pulborough BC!

Under blue skies, with souring temperatures, the local community came out in force to support the fourth annual Pulborough Bowls Club Family Fun Day on Sunday 22nd July 2018.
Free entry and the lure of cold drinks, bacon rolls and rocket lollies, (kindly donated by Sainsburys of Pulborough), helped to keep the temperature down and allow over 100 locals to sample the game of bowls in a relaxed environment, with help and tuition from bowls club members. Life member, Mick Ralph, did a fantastic job of entertaining the children, allowing the adults time to enjoy the game, whilst Club President, Malcolm Gray, with Pauline Adsett, George Lewis and a handful of other members, took turns to show the locals the ropes without any pressure to perform!
The hotly anticipated Local Retailers Raffle took place just after 5pm, with prizes donated by Wilmers, The Flower Shop, Pulborough Stores, The Oddfellows Arms, Hennings, Suters Butchers, The Tea Room and Countryside Meats from Forest Green, raising a fantastic £160 for "Building Heros" and Pulborough BC.
A generously donated bottle of Jamaican Rum from Tesco of Pulborough, caused quite the rivalry between members and visitors trying to win the prize by sliding a £1 coin as close to the bottle as possible. After breaking the PBC record for "rolling for the whisky", the final amount raised was a fantastic £72! With the club open until 9pm for visitors, the day was labelled a huge success, with valuable funds raised and the increased awareness of Pulborough BC within the local community helping to ignite interest in the game and generate new members for the second half of the season!
An away game against local rivals, Fittleworth on Weds 25th from 6pm, proved a challenging fixture for Pulborough BC. 3 triples played 18 ends of competitive bowls, with the home team taking 1 win, a draw and a loss, to finish just 7 points ahead on 49/42 - a fair result for good natured game amongst friends! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Len Adsett, with Linda Meadowcroft as lead and George Lewis as 2, after taking the lead on the 5th end and not looking back, finally finishing on 17 shots to 12.
4 triples played away at Horsham on Saturday the 28th, with home advantage playing out and Pulborough leaving empty handed despite their best efforts! Top rink for Pulborough went to Steve Meadowcroft, with Jim Humphreys and Mike, who took the game to Horsham and came within 3 points of a win 19/22.
Rain and high winds put pay to Sunday's home game in the West Sussex Bowls League against Pagham, but 5 points for a draw will help Pulborough move back up the table with 4 home games left to play an another 40 points to play for!
Pulborough next play the Stratton Cup on Monday at 6pm, a BML game against RAFA on Weds from 2pm, at home against Chichester in the BML on Fri 3rd at 5.30pm, the Drawn Pairs competition on Sat 4th from midday and away at Steyning on Sun 5th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 16.7.18

Pulborough Storm Into Semi of PC Cup!

A bust week of bowls saw Pulborough BC face Crablands in the PC Cup quarter finals on home turf on Mon 16th July. 4 rinks played 21 ends from 6pm, with Pulborough leading in the first half by 8 shots. John Brown and team dropped a 4 on the 14th end to go 12/8 down, forcing them to play out of their skins to pull level at 15 shots a piece by the 21st end! Len Adsett, with Mick Ayling, George Lewis and Steve Meadowcroft in support, found themselves level on end 12 at 10 all, with it all to play for! The next 9 ends yielded another 10 to finish with an impressive 20 shots to 15. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Ivan Salmon, with Malcolm Gray as lead, Paul Smith as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, after leading from the 8th end, picking up 2 4's enroot and an end score of 25/16. The final score for Pulborough was 78/70 and passage through to the semi-finals of the PC Cup!
Next up was a visit to the carpet at Southbourne BC in the BML League on the 18th. Always a challenge, this game was no different, with Pulborough struggling to find line or pace and going home empty handed. Hopefully the return fixture in August will be more fruitful!
The final evening fixture of the week was on Thursday against the Worthing based Grasshopper side on the Pulborough green. 5 triples played 18 ends of good natured bowls, with the banter flying in all directions! The fast Pulborough green seemed initially to suit the ex-police side, but it soon became evident that home advantage counts for a lot, with 4/5 rinks going Pulborough's way! Ivan Salmon and team worked hard to win by just 1 shot 18/17, Mick Ralph and team also scraped a win by 2 shots, 17/15. Malcolm Gray, with Hugh Hubbard and George Lewis in support, looked more impressive with 26 shots to 10, after a 5 on the 4th end gave them the kick-start they needed, but top rink for Pulborough, by just 1 shot, went to skip Paul Day, with Mick Ayling as lead and Ray Knight as 2, after scoring a 7 on the 13th end and winning 11/18 ends to finish on 26/9! The final score was 100/73 to Pulborough. The evening finished with a cottage pie supper and a few well-earned drinks at the bar!
The second BML fixture of the week took the Pulborough side to Witterings to play 18 ends of competitive bowls under blue skies. Play began at 2pm with both Pulborough triples holding their own to draw level on the 16th end! Mick Ralph and team got pipped on the final end, whilst Paul Day, Kathleen Ayling and Paul Smith managed to win by 2 shots 17/15, to claim 2 more league points for Pulborough!
Sunday 22nd July heralds the Annual Family Fun Day at Pulborough BC, followed by an away friendly at Fittleworth on Weds, a home game against Beech House on Thursday 26th from 2pm, an away friendly at Horsham BC on Sat 28th from 2pm and a home game in the WSBL against Pagham on Sunday 29th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!



Press Report w/c 9.7.18

Pulborough Open Their Gates For Churches Together!

With upwards of 30 players on the green, 2/3 of which were non bowlers having a go for the first or second time, there were sometimes more bowls in the ditch the than on jack! But Pulborough Bowls Club love to encourage a light-hearted atmosphere to allow people to relax and just have a go at the game with no pressure and the members of 3 local Pulborough Churches were determined to do just that! With just under an hour on the green, players were allocated with club bowls, a rink and an experienced team member to show them the ropes and play commenced just after 7pm. Some teams played a small competition, while others just had a roll-up and a lot of banter, followed by a few drinks and a hearty supper. Great company, a quiet setting and a gentle game, the perfect way to spend a Tuesday evening!
Thursday afternoon saw Pulborough travel to Littlehampton to face Norfolk in the next round of the BML at 2pm. 2 triples played some tight ends of bowls, with Len Adsett and team managing to stay ahead of their opposition until the 16th end, when either Norfolk picked up their game or Pulborough dropped theirs, resulting in a 21/16 win for the home triple. Skip Mick Ralph, with Pauline Adsett as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, had the opposite game, being behind until the 15th end and picking up 8 shots to finish 4 shots clear on 20/16. The final result was a very tight 37/36 to Norfolk and 2 more league points for the Pulborough side against a skilful team.
The final game of the week, (after Stedham cancelled due to the World Cup!) was another away fixture, this time at East Preston in the West Sussex Bowls League. Pulborough's home game against Preston in June yielded 8 points out of 10 and the home side this time were determined to return the favour! A slow start from Pulborough left too much of a deficit to pull back, despite a late surge in the final 5 ends. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Ivan Salmon, with Malcolm Gray as lead, Paul Smith as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, after a 6 on the 15th end gave them the boost they needed to pull ahead and finish on 24 shots to 19! Preston had their wish and the final score was 88/78 to Preston and 2 valuable league points to Pulborough. The final 5 WSBL matches of the season are at home for Pulborough, which will hopefully give home advantage and allow them to pull further up the table!
Pulborough next play at home in the third round of the PC Cup against Crablands on Monday, away on the artificial rink at Southbourne in the BML on Weds at 6pm, at home to the Grasshoppers on Thursday at 6pm, away at the Witterings in the BML on Saturday and hosting Pulborough's annual Family Fun Day on Sunday the 22nd from 2pm, everyone is welcome to come along and have a go for free! There will be a raffle, food, games on the green for adults and children and free tuition for anyone who is interested in the game. Come along and see what we have to offer!






Press Report w/c 2.7.18

Pulborough Pip Billingshurst in Local Derby!

2 friendlies, 1 West Sussex League, County Competitions and Vice President matches kept the Pulborough team fully stretched and well practiced this week, with club members getting plenty of game-play!
The week began at home against the Littlehampton based Norfolk side, known for being one of the tougher teams to play in our region! 3 triples played 18 ends, with Pulborough taking an early home advantage of +12 shots at half way. The speed and quality of the green seemed to favoured the Pulborough side, who never looked like dropping behind, finally winning on all 3 rinks, by some margin. Top rink of the day went to skip Len Adsett, with Kathleen Ayling as lead and George Lewis as 2, with 22 shots to 14. The final result was 58/36 to Pulborough. The rematch will have to wait until early September, when Pulborough visit the Norfolk green.
A local derby against Billingshurst BC on Thursday evening proved a tougher match for the 4 Pulborough triples. 2 rink wins, 1 draw and one to the home side disguised a very tight game that went down to the wire! Malcolm Gray and team had a tough game but pulled back 7 shots in the last 2 ends to get within 2 shots of a win! Len Adsett, Kathleen Ayling and John Walsh were level on the 8th end and pushed hard to pull out a 3 point lead, finally winning 15/12. An early lead by Alan Jordan's team was soon pulled level to become a "tit for tat" game that ended in a friendly draw 14/14. Top rink went to skip Steve Meadowcroft, with Jane Gray as lead and Mike Richards as 2, after winning 12/18 ends to finish on 16 shots to 10. The final result was a respectful 60/53 to Pulborough.
With increasing temperatures, Pulborough headed for the Witterings for a revised 10.30am start on Saturday 7th, to avoid a clash with the World Cup England game at 3pm! 4 rinks of men played 21 ends of friendly bowls in the West Sussex Bowls League, with the lead on 3/4 rinks swapping continuously, keeping the spectators on the edges of their seats! Ivan Salmon and team fought tooth and nail for a 17 all draw and skip, Len Adsett, with Mick Ayling, George Lewis and Steve Meadowcroft snatched a win on the very last end to finish 16/15 to secure 3 more valuable league points for the Pulborough team, who now sit second in the Division 2 league table by 5 points, with 2 less games played than the leaders - the Witterings! It's all to play for in Pulborough's final 6 league games, 5 of which are on home turf!
The County Four of Steve Adsett, Ray Knight, Paul Day and John Brown travelled to Lindfield to play the Quarter Finals of the Sussex County Fours competition on Friday evening and despite being knocked out by a Burgess Hill side with home advantage, they should be very proud of having represented Pulborough BC at the top level, not bad for a small village club! Steve Adsett and Ivan Salmon will play in the Quarter Final of the Sussex Un-badged competition on Weds 11th and will have the support of the club travelling with them- good luck lads!

Pulborough next host a group of 24 non-bowlers from the Pulborough church community for a fun evening of bowls on Tuesday evening, followed by a buffet and drinks at the bar! Thursday 12th will see Pulborough travel to Norfolk for a Brookes Motors League fixture at 2pm, followed by a WSBL match at East Preston on Saturday 14th and a home friendly against Stedham on Sunday at 2pm, spectators and new members always welcome. We are open every Monday evening from 5.45pm for anyone to try the game of bowls for free, just walk in!


Press Report w/c 25.6.18

Pulborough Host Ladies Triples - What A Scorcher!

Traditionally, the Pulborough Ladies Invitation Triples is an excuse to don the rain macs and dive for cover, but after wishing for dry weather for a year, the scorching temperatures were quite a contrast! 15 teams of triples from all over Sussex, arrived for a 2pm start, armed with sun hats, factor 50 and sun shades! The format for the day consisted of 5 rounds of 5 ends each, with every team playing 4/5 sessions, with the top 2 teams, based on their overall shot difference, playing a final of 4 ends for the prize money and winner's shield. The 2 teams from Pulborough had a good run of games, facing a variety of opponents and enjoying the afternoon, coming 5th and 14th in the overall rankings. Fittleworth BC came 3rd with +17 shots, the Grasshoppers came second with +20 shots and Steyning topped the table with +27. The final proved a little one-sided, with Steyning dropping their only 2 shots of the entire tournament on the very last end, beating the Grasshoppers 7/2. The winners shield and prize money of £120 were presented by club President - Malcolm Gray. The runners-up received £60, with all prize money being kindly donated by Comyn & James Estate Agents of Pulborough. With many of the teams vowing to return next year, the organiser - Jane Gray, of Pulborough BC has already booked blue skies and sunshine, with hopes of a bigger and better event at the same time in 2019!
Pulborough took a trip to Chichester on Friday evening for the next round in the Brookes Motors League. 2 triples played a tight game, with Chichester winning overall by just 2 shots.
Saturday 30th June saw the return of the Rotary Club of Storrington and Pulborough visiting Pulborough BC for a fun evening of bowls with the Pulborough players. 12 triples played a game if 15 ends, with the teams being split into either the blue or red teams to generate some healthy competition between the novice bowlers! Experienced players mixed with Rotary members to give tuition on technique and to ensure that everyone enjoyed the evening. The final result, much to everyone's amazement, was 62 shots to both teams! A sumptuous buffet followed, with sweet and savoury dishes mixing well with chat and banter, resulting in another successful event raising valuable funds to support the Bowls Club.
Pulborough next play at home to Norfolk BC on Weds 4th at 6pm, away at Billingshurst on Thurs 5th at 6pm and away at the Witterings in the WSBL on Sat 7th at 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Press Report w/c 18.6.18

Pulborough Four Win County Area Final!

A busy week for Pulborough saw 3 more valuable West Sussex Bowls League points added to Pulborough's tally for 2018, after a productive game away at Goring, leaving them top of the table in Division 2 at the halfway point of the season! A draw for Len Adsett and team, after the lead changing hands multiple times, was a good result and top rink of the day went to skip John Brown, with Alan Jordan as lead, Mike Richards as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, after a 5 on the 14th end gave them an uncatchable lead, to finish 25/20.
A trip to Graffham bowls club, in it's quiet, rural setting, is always a treat and Tues evening didn't disappoint! 3 triples played 18 ends of friendly bowls, on a much-improved green, attributed to a lot of hard work and dedication from the members and greenkeeper. Unfortunately for the Graffham side, a faster green seemed to suit the visitors, with strong scoring on all 3 rinks. Malcolm Gray and team had the closest match, with 12 ends going in their favour and a final score of 19/13. Joint top rink went to Melvin Green, with Jane Gray and Alan Jordan, who lead from the 3rd end to finish with +16 shots and Len Adsett, with Jim Humphreys and Kath Ayling who scored heavily to finish 25/9, also +16 shots! 
Weds 20th saw Pulborough welcome Sutton BC for a 6pm start in glorious sunshine! 2 triples played a good-natured game, full of banter and skilful bowling from both sides, with Sutton pulling out all the stops to halt the charge of the experienced Pulborough side! Mick Ayling, with Jim Humphreys and Pauline Adsett as support, had a strong last 3 ends to pull ahead and finish 16 shots to 12.Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Alan Jordan, with Julie Day as lead and Jane Gray as 2, with a strong 32/6 scoreline! I'm sure that Sutton will return the favour in their home match on the 22nd Aug!
A hot trip to Stedham proved less fruitful for the Pulborough side, but the bonuses came in the form of a warm welcome, fantastic green, great banter and a lovely spread of food at the end! Stedham came out top with a 51/35 result.
Thanks to Petworth withdrawing from the PC Cup, Pulborough will now face Crablands in the next round by the end of June. Despite a home win in the Double Fours or "Abergavenny", the away score was not strong enough to secure another game, so Pulborough will have to try again in 2019.
The County four of John Brown, Paul Day, Steve Adsett and Ray Knight, travelled to Chichester to play the area final of the County Fours and a decisive win of 23 shots to 13 secured them a place in the Sussex quarter finals to be played in Lindfield on July 6th and with both Steve Adsett and Ivan Salmon in the quarter finals of the Sussex Unbadged Singles competition, Pulborough's County performances continue to impress - congratulations to all!
Pulborough next host their Ladies Invitation Triples event on Tuesday 26th June at 2pm, followed by an away match in the BML against Chichester on Friday 29th at 6pm, a friendly evening with the Pulborough and Storrington Rotary Club on Sat 30th from 6pm and a home game against Southwater on Sunday 1st July at 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Press Report w/c 11.6.18

A Clean Sweep For Pulborough - Just What the Doctor Ordered!!

After last weeks tough game against RAFA in the Brookes Motors League, Pulborough needed a full-house of points to push them up the table and keeps hopes alive for the season. Local rivals, Storrington, started strongly, with the first few ends on both rinks going their way, but John Brown and team found their rhythm and held their opponents on 6 shots long enough to pull out a sizable lead that wasn't to be caught, finally finishing with 7 shots in hand 19/12. Skip Melvin Green, with Kath Ayling as lead and Jane Gray as 2, were on top form from the start, winning all but 5 ends with some heavy scoring, resulting in an embarrassingly good 28/6, the overall win and the full 6 league points - just what the doctor ordered!
The first round of the "Double Fours" or Abergaveny, as it is otherwise known, played out on Wednesday evening, with 4 players travelling to Pagham BC and the other 4 playing on home turf against a Pagham team. Skip Paul Day, with George Lewis as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, found the home match quite a tussle, with the scores equal on at least 5 occasions, finally dropping a 2 on the last end to draw 19/19! Len Adsett skipped the away leg, with Alan Jordan, Mick Ayling and Steve Meadowcroft in support. A 6 on the very first end, set the scene for the rest of the game, with Pulborough winning 12/18 ends and doubling the Pagham score of 14 shots! The final home/away result was a win for Pulborough by 14 shots and progression to the next round on Weds 20th. 
Sat 16th June saw East Preston travel to Pulborough for their first match-up in the WSBL this season. Preston started strongly on 2 rinks, only to be pulled back in the second half! Skip, Len Adsett and team, spent the first 17 ends clawing back the deficit, before pulling ahead to win 24/18. Ivan Salmon, with Malcolm Gray, Mike Richards and Jeff Davy played some quality bowls to win 21/16 and top rink for Pulborough went to skip, John Brown, with Alan Jordan as lead, Roger Jupp as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, after scoring 14 shots in the final 6 ends to finish on an impressive 30 shots to 13. Pulborough bag another 8 league points for 3 rink wins and 92/65 overall, keeping them top of the table in Division 2 by 3 points over Pagham BC!
County results this week saw both Steve Adsett and Ivan Salmon win their respective games in the area finals of the Un-badged singles, they will now go on to represent their Division in the Inter Regional Quarter and semi-finals at Worthing Pavilion on the 4th and 11th July. The County Four of John Brown, Ray Knight, Steve Adsett and Paul Day played away at Chichester BC in the area semi-final, winning 24/18 to progress to the area final on Friday 22nd June. Congratulations to all concerned!
Pulborough have a busy week this week, with a WSBL match against Goring on Monday, 2 friendlies against Graffham and Sutton on Tuesday and Wednesday, the second round of the Double Fours also on Weds, Stedham away on Saturday 23rd at 2pm and the second round of the PC Cup at home on Sunday morning at 10am! Spectators always welcome!

Press Report w/c 4.6.18

Pulborough Top the Table in West Sussex Bowls League!

They always say "2 out of 3 ain't bad" and Pulborough's results for the week followed suit, with a tough game against the RAFA team in the BML league being eclipsed by two decisive wins.
Congratulations must go to RAFA for a clear 6 points in the BML league against Pulborough on Tuesday evening, but hopefully the tables will be turned for the return match at Pulborough on the 1st of August!
Saturday the 9th June saw Pulborough travel to Selsey to play Crablands in the WSBL at 2pm. 4 rinks played 21 ends of competitive bowls, with the lead on most rinks changing periodically! Ivan Salmon and team fought hard to pull back a deficit and draw level on end 15, only to drop the next 3 ends and finally claw back to a one point draw at 16 shots a piece! John Brown, with Alan Jordan as lead, Roger Jupp as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, lead from the start, with their opponents constantly chasing them down, until a 4 on the 11th end gave them space to stretch their lead and finish 23/14. Top rink of the day, by a country mile, went to skip Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Melvin Green as 3, after winning all but 6 ends with some heavy scoring, to finish on an embarrassingly good score of 32 shots to 9! The final score was 81/59 to Pulborough, 7 league points and a trip back to the top of the table in Division 2!
The final game of the week was a much more relaxed affair, against local team Graffham. 3 triples played 18 ends ,on a steamy Sunday afternoon, with 2 Pulborough teams being victorious. You could not have predicted the final score of 54/49 to Pulborough, as on end 9 Pulborough were 9 shots down to the experienced Graffham side! The tide seemed to turn in the second half, with skip, Malcolm Gray and team, turning their game around and winning 6 ends on the trot to win 20/15. Top rink of the day went to Melvin Green, with Jane Gray as lead and Alan Jordan as 2, with a hard fought 19/9 win.
County performances were also strong, with Ivan Salmon and Steve Adsett reaching the area finals of the Unbadged Singles. A win in the Area finals on the 13th June will see them progress to the final 8 in Sussex! The triple of Jeff Davy, Melvin Green and Ray Knight played and won in Fishbourne, now progressing to the semi-finals at home on the 11th June and the four of John Brown, Ray Knight, Steve Adsett and Paul Day beat a side from Norfolk 20/11 to reach the second round on the 15th June - Good luck to all involved!
Pulborough next play at home to Storrington in the BML on Tues 12th, at home to East Preston in the WSBL on Sat 16th, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 21.5.18

Pulborough Produce Against Top League Teams!

With the weather putting pay to Pulborough's home game against Billingshurst on Thursday evening, the week consisted of two league fixtures against the Littlehampton based Norfolk team on Tuesday and an away fixture at Bognor on Sunday.
Pulborough's first fixture in the Brookes Motors League began well, with the home team ahead on both the league and friendly rinks at half way. Paul Day and team had their noses ahead until the 16th end when they dropped a 4 and couldn't catch back up, finishing on 13 shots to Norfolk's 19. Skip John Brown, with Julie Day as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, scored consistently, out-running their opponents by 24 shots to 18 and resulting in a draw and 3 league points a piece, a fair result and a healthy start to the season.
Sunday's fixture on a sun-baked green near Bognor seafront, seemed, on paper, to favour the home side, with a qwerky, yet fast green and a tough team of home players. 4 rinks of men played 21 ends of competitive bowls in the West Sussex Bowls League, alongside 2 teams of ladies in a friendly. The ladies seemed equally matched, with Bognor just sneaking the win by 3 shots, despite Pulborough winning more ends! Len Adsett and team found themselves 10 shots ahead on end 16, only to loose the final 5 ends, resulting in a very tight 19/18 win! Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Melvin Green as 3, scored 7 shots on the 11th, closely followed by a 6 on end 14 producing a final score of 27/17. Ivan Salmon and team faired similarly, with a 10 shot win and top rink went to John Brown, Alan Jordan, Roger Jupp and Steve Adsett after getting 4 shots on ends 5,7 and 14 and knocking the stuffing out of the Bognor side, resulting in a 26/11 victory, 4 rink wins and 10 league points - a fantastic result against tough opposition!
County success came in the form of Ivan Salmon and Steve Adsett, who both played opponents from the Witterings and won, progressing to the second round of the Unbadged singles and the triples team of Melvin Green, Ray Knight and Jeff Davy, who pulled together to produce a 22/15 win to progress to the next round.
Pulborough next play the Cawston Tourists at home on Bank Holiday Monday, Hotham at home on Weds from 6pm, away at Arundel in the WSBL on Sat 2nd June from 2pm and at home to Horsham on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome!



Press Report w/c 14.5.18

Pulborough Win Against Local Rivals!

Another strong week saw Pulborough rack up 2 more wins against Fittleworth and Steyning BC'S.
Play began Weds evening at 6pm with Fittleworth joining Pulborough for some good hearted banter and a lot of laughs out on the green! 3 triples played 18 ends, with Pulborough having a strong start and taking a 28 shot lead in the first half of the game. Jeff Davy and team had a good tustle after leading 11/3 on end 9, only to be hauled back to 11/9, before picking up pace to finish with 3 shots inhand 16/13. John Brown, with Kath Ayling as lead and George Lewis as 2, stormed into an early lead, taking 7/10 ends, with a 5 on the 10th end and finishing with a 23/12 score at full time. Top rink of the day went to Paul Day, with Mick Ayling and Alan Jordan as support, after scoring 13 shots in just 2 ends to finish with an impressive 29/6! The final score was 68/31 to Pulborough.
A tougher game came on Thursday on the artificial surface at Petworth BC. Again, 3 triples played and top rink went to skip, John Brown, with Steve Adsett as lead and Jeff Davy as 2, who annihilated their opposing team, skipped by ex-Pulborough player, M. Lancaster, by winning 13/18 ends to finish 23/7! Overall, Petworth's home advantage played out, with the final score being 57/44 to Petworth.
Saturday the 19th saw Pulborough travel to Pagham for a 2pm start in the warm, coastal sunshine. With the ladies looking on, skip John Brown, with Steve Adsett, Mike Richards and Malcolm Gray secured another 2 valuable league points in the West Sussex Bowls League by getting top rink and finishing 24/22 ahead. Pulborough play Pagham for the return leg on July 29th.
Familiar faces from Steyning BC arrived at Pulborough for a 2pm start on Sunday in glorious conditions. With the green playing well, the Pulborough side managed to pull ahead in the second half of the game, with the most convincing result coming from skip Len Adsett, with Kath Ayling as lead and Jeff Davy as 2, who finished 23/14 to take top rink. The final score was a close 67/59 to Pulborough and 3 rink wins.
With County competitions and VP matches picking up pace, the Pulborough players have their work cut-out over the coming weeks, but past results show that they may be juggling commitments for many weeks to come!
Pulborough next play at home to Norfolk in the Brookes Motors League on Tues at 2pm, Billingshurst at home on Thurs at 6pm and the next game in the WSBL on Sun 27th at 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report w/c 7.5.18

Pulborough BC Knock Top Team Pavilion Out Of Cup!

May Day heralded the return of the Ron and Eileen Branch Shield to Pulborough BC, a drawn pairs competition between members, comprising of 5 rounds of 4 ends, against different opponents on 5 different rinks. Play began at 2pm, with the eventual winners Steve Meadowcroft and Hugh Hubbard, only pulling clear after their 4th session to finish on +28 shots, 19 shots clear of the second place pair of Ivan Salmon and John Walsh on +9. The Branch Shield was kindly presented by John Woolgar, Eileen Branch's Brother.
The wave of positive results for Pulborough Bowls Club kept momentum this week with the first two home games in the West Sussex Bowls League. Wednesday saw the Division one demotes - Crablands, arrive at the Pulborough green with high hopes of victory, only to be brought back down to earth by the level of competition given by the home team. 4 rinks played 21 ends of close bowls, with the team of Ivan Salmon, Paul Smith,Malcolm Gray and Jeff Davy taking an early lead with a 4 on end 5 and 11 winning ends overall to finish 16/13 up. Top rink of the day went to skip, Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Melvin green as 3, who scored heavily in the first half of the game, pulling out a 18-3 lead, only to be reeled back in to finish 20/14 ahead - a close call! With tight scores throughout, the final result was 70-68 to Pulborough, 2 rink wins and 6 points in the league.
Friday 11th May heralded the long awaited PC Cup match against Worthing Pavilion - who play in the top division in the WSBL and are widely regarded as having one of the best teams and quality greens in the area! You could feel the tension between the 2 sides with the loosing team being knocked out of the Cup! The overall scores were level at 36 shots a piece on end 10, with everything to play for, when the Pulborough team switched up a gear and started to pull ahead! John Brown and team had a strong start with a 19/8 lead by end 13, only to be run to the wire by the Worthing side to finish just 2 shots clear on 23/21! Ivan Salmon, with Paul Smith, Malcolm Gray and Jeff Davy, used a 6 on end 15 to cement their lead with a convincing 24/13 full time score! Top rink for Pulborough went to last years Captain - Paul Day, with Ray Knight as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Melvin Green as 3, who won all but 5 ends to give their opposition a lesson in team work and control to finish 25/7 and secure the overall win for Pulborough by 20 shots! Pulborough will now progress to the second round of the PC Cup, with a sizable scalp to their name!
Pulborough next play at home to Fittleworth on Weds at 6pm, away at Petworth on Thurs 17th at 6pm, away to Pagham in the WSBL on Sat from 2pm and at home to Steyning on Sun 20th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Press Report w/c 30.4.18

Hotshot Lenny Leads Team to Victory!
Tues 1st May saw an end to the grumpy weather of April and moments of brilliance on the green for the Pulborough players, who took their first trip of the season to a damp Worthing Pavilion to face the Grasshoppers, a team of ex-police men and women bowlers. 5 triples played 18 ends, with 4 teams being victorious. Paul Day and team kept their opponents to single figure scoring with a final result of 21 shots to 9, closely followed by Malcolm Gray and team with 22/9. Top rink of the day went to skip Jeff Davy, with Pauline Adsett as lead and Steve Adsett as 2, after pulling a 7 out of the bag on end 17 to finish with a fantastic result of 28/9! A special mention must go to the team of Len Adsett, Julie Day and Mick Ayling, who not only won convincingly 26/13, but in a first for many years at Pulborough BC and a first in Len Adsett's 33 years playing at Pulborough, scored a "Hotshot" or full house of 9 shots in one end - a recognised achievement by Bowls England, earning their triple a badge and certificate each to cherish - congratulations! The final result for the match was a convincing 110/64 to Pulborough.
The Bank Holiday weekend began with a home friendly against Southbourne at 2pm. The original plan of 3 male triples and a ladies game went out of the window when Southbourne arrived with 3 players missing! Pulborough's 2 reserves - Mike Richards and George Lewis, stepped in to help, adding to the Southbourne side, but the format still needed to change to 2 rinks and a ladies triple. George - or Georgina Lewis as he is now nicknamed, joined the opposition ladies side, adding strength to their ranks and keeping their score close, until a 5 from the Pulborough triple on the 17th end sealed their fate 19/13! Ivan Salmon and team won 12/18 ends to finish with a respectable 21/9, but there was no catching John Brown's team of Mick Ralph, Malcolm Gray and Paul Day, who were ahead from the 4th end and scored a 7 on the 14th end to finish 37/10! The final result was 77/32 to Pulborough!
The third and final game of the week saw Pulborough travel to Henfield for a 21 end game of rinks. With tit-for-tat scoring the game could have gone either way, but Len Adsett and team held their nerve to finish 20/18. Another win by John Brown saw his team keep their noses ahead to finish 18/15. Paul Day and team fought hard to win by 5 shots 21/16, with top rink of the day going to Jeff Davy, with Steve Adsett as lead, Jim Humphreys as 2 and Ivan Salmon as 3, who finished on 23/11, giving the Pulborough team as a whole, a 82/60 win and a triple of victories in their first heavy week of matches!
May Bank Holiday sees the return of the Ron and Eileen Branch Shield at PBC from 2pm, with drawn pairs playing 5 games of 4 ends each to determine the top 2 teams who battle it out for the winners shield. Pulborough then face their first 2 games in the West Sussex Bowls League, both at home, firstly against Crablands on Weds from 6pm, then Pavilion in the PC Cup on Friday 11th from 6pm.
Pulborough host their second Open Day of 2018 on Sunday 13th May from 2-6pm, with players of all ages and abilities welcomed in to try the game, the green and all the club has to offer. Members will be on hand to help and practice bowls will be available to use. Feel free to join us! 

Press Report 23.4.18

Pulborough Give Marine Gardens a Run for Their Money!

The first away match of the season is always an exciting affair, with players keen to blow away the cobwebs and see what they can do after a long Winter! 
Thursday the 26th April saw Pulborough travel to the coast to face Marine Gardens in Worthing at 2pm. With the weather looking sketchy, play commenced under cloudy skies and soon into the game the waterproofs were deployed, but no sooner had the zips been drawn, the rain ceased and the sun put in an appearance!
3 triples played 18 ends, on a well-maintained green in good company, with Len Adsett and team taking the lead on end 7, only to stall on the dreaded 13th end to loose 15/16! A similar story for John Brown's triple resulted in their opponents scoring a 4 on the 14th ends to steal the win 16/15, but Skip Melvin Green, with Mike Richards as lead and Malcolm Gray as 2, took the lead on the second end and kept the scoring low, resulting in a frustrated Marine Gardens triple loosing by 2 shots 13/11! The final result was a friendly draw, with Marine Gardens visiting Pulborough for the return match at the end of the season on the 6th September.
Saturday 28th saw the first of 2 Open Days at PBC, with members of the public invited to join players for some free tuition and a bit of fun on the green. Pulborough members played  friendlies amongst themselves, allowing new and novice players to join in and experience bowls for the first time or to see how they liked the green and the friendly atmosphere at the club. After the raffle, drinks were taken at the bar well into the evening, with everyone looking forward to the second Open Day on Sun 13th May at 2pm.
Pulborough next play away against the Worthing Grasshoppers on Tues 1st May at 6pm, at home to Southbourne on Sat 5th at 2pm and away at Henfield on Sun 6th at 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Report 16.4.18

Pulborough Bowls Club Open For Business!

Despite the best efforts of the British weather, the launch of the 2018 bowls season at Pulborough BC went ahead as planned on Saturday the 21st of April at 2pm, on a beautifully manicured green, hardened by a few days of intense sunshine and carefully tended by our new green keeper - Malcolm Gray.
For a small, village club, a two thirds attendance on the Opening Drive, was a triumph! Hopefully memberships will have a boost from our two Open Days this year on Saturday 28th April and Sun 13th May from 2pm, when members of the public are invited to try the game for the first time, with club bowls and free tuition.
President - Malcolm Gray welcomed the players and sent the first bowl up the green, which has been a club tradition for many years. 3 rinks were in use on Saturday, with 4 teams playing triples and 2 as rinks. New Captain, Mick Ayling, drew the teams randomly to keep it fair, but you still seem to end up with a few stacked rinks!
The first 10 ends saw the green bed in and the bowls begin to swing on their bias and by the final 18th end, you could feel the potential for a great season. The tightest game was on rink 5 where Captain and skip, Mick Ayling and team, met his match in Melvin Green, Jane Gray, Kath Ayling and Paul Smith, who scored a 4 on the 16th end to steal victory 19/15!
Malcolm Gray and team had a difficult time getting points on the board against a determined Paul Day, George Lewis and Pauline Adsett, who scored heavily on 12/18 ends to finish 23 shots to 8! Top rink on the day went to skip Len Adsett, with Mike Richards as lead and Mick Ralph as 2, who won 11 ends on the trot to finish 25/7 - a fantastic result! 
With the season now underway, hopes for wins in both the BML and WSBL, plenty of friendly matches and a quality green under foot, Pulborough BC looks to go from strength to strength in 2018, so why not join in the fun?
Pulborough next play away at Marine Gardens in Worthing on Thursday 26th April from 2pm, spectators are very welcome!

Press Release w/c 4.9.17

Pulborough BC'S Finals Weekend Is A Huge Success Despite The Rain!

The final week of play at Pulborough Bowls Club always arrives too soon, but a visiting Tourist side is guaranteed to lift your spirits! The Shrivenham Tourists from Swindon booked in at PBC for their first game in a week-long tour of Sussex and the South Coast. Play began at just after 2pm, after the usual confusion with directions sent their coach on an unwanted tour of the local housing estates! 3 rinks of Pulborough players were joined by groups from Billingshurst, Petworth and Fittleworth to make it a true local Derby! 21 ends of competitive bowls lead to wins on all 6 rinks by the local sides, with top rink going to the Billingshurst quartet of Alan Readshaw, Marion Clark, Alan Knight and Anita Colliety, with a phenomenal score of 41/10! The final result was 166/95 to the home side.
Wednesday took 3 Pulborough triples to the Littlehampton based Norfolk club for their final friendly of 2017. 3 triples did their best to master the fast paced green, but despite their best efforts the final score was 44/55 to Norfolk, with Pulborough looking forward to a re-match in 2018!
The clouds seem to gather in preparation for Finals weekend on the 9th and 10th of September. Blue skies were at a premium, but the competition was as hot as ever when play commenced at 1pm on Sat afternoon with the Novice Cup. A late come-back couldn't help Adey Stratton, who was beaten to the prize by Roger Jupp and his relentless scoring, 22/13.
The 2 wood handicap kicked off at 2pm, with husband and wife rivals, Jane and Malcolm Gray both vying for the prize. With just the 2 woods to draw to the jack, any mistakes or weaknesses are punished and when Jane found her self victorious by 21 shots to 5, the result won't be forgotten in the Gray household for a while!
The 3,2,1 Diggle Cup between Ivan Salmon and Martyn Ralph was an unexpectedly one-sided game, after Ivan took the lead on the 4th end and didn't look back, finishing on 75/33.
The final game of the first day was the Singles Handicap between Steve Adsett and Jane Gray. After an earlier defeat by Jane in the semi-finals of the 2 wood, Steve was out for revenge and duelly found it, when Jane struggled to find her feet after reading the green too late and letting Steve gain momentum. The final score was 21/11 to Steve - a well deserved victory!
Day 2 began with the Novice Salver between Roger Jupp and Paul Smith at 1pm. After being tied on 7 shots a piece on the 10th end, Paul pulled ahead with a 4 on the 11th end, only for Roger to level the scores again at 17/17 on the 20th, finally clawing his way to a 24/17 hard-fought win!
The Drawn Pairs commenced at 2pm, with the equally matched pairings of Steve Adsett and Adey Stratton against Paul Day and Mick Ayling. 21 ends of highly competitive bowls resulted in a 5 shot win by Paul and Mick, 20/15.
The familiar pairing of Jane Gray and Pauline Adsett in the Ladies Final at Pulborough was guaranteed to deliver some quality bowls to the spectators undercover in the club conservatory! With howling winds and torrential rain to contend with, grip was always going to play a part and with the combination of long jacks and adverse weather, the conditions suited Jane, who fought hard to pull ahead from the 9th end to finish 23 shots to 12. The score didn't reflect the quality bowls that were produced by both sides.
The coveted Mens Singles Trophy was contested by last years winner, Ivan Salmon and Alan Jordan. The sideways rain played into the hands of Ivan, who kept a grip on the game until the 17th end when Alan pulled level, only to be out-bowled on the final 8 ends, handing the title to Ivan for the second year in a row with a score of 21/17. Our thanks must go to our Umpire, Ian Phillips from Fittleworth, who braved the weather to cover both days of play.
The trophy presentations by President Malcolm Gray and Captain Paul Day, were followed by a sumptuous spread of cold meats, salad and dessert prepared by Kath Ayling, Joyce Woods and Mick Ayling and enjoyed by everybody present!
With work taking place on the green from next weekend, Pulborough BC now closes for the Winter, but new members are being sought for next year to boost numbers and keep the club healthy, find out more on our website www.pulboroughbowlsclub.co.uk. The 2018 season starts in April, see you then!



Press Release w/c 28.8.17

Pulborough Pull Out All the Stops to Host The Sussex VP'S!

As the outdoor bowls season draws to a close, Pulborough BC turn their attention to hosting their annual club events, fundraising for charity and welcoming the Sussex Vice Presidents to the Pulborough green.
Pulborough BC welcomed the local band "Hindrance" for a fundraising evening in aid of Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice. With the free performance from the band and proceeds from the raffle, the night was a huge success, raising over £100 for a very worthy charity.
President's Day at PBC was organised for the third year, by current club president, Malcolm Gray. 6 triples played 3 sessions of 6 ends, cullminating in a six end final, contested by skip, Paul Day, with Linda Meadowcroft and Hugh Hubbard in support and Steve Adsett, John Walsh and Malcolm Gray as the second triple. Despite a strong route through to the final, Steve Adsett and team had to settle for second place with a score of 10 shots to 3 in favour of their opponents! The glass trophies were presented on the green, followed by a buffet, raffle and the all important drinks at the bar!
The final round of the Brookes Motors League betwean Pulborough and Southbourne on Weds at 2pm, was to decide the winners and runners-up in the top division. After holding the title for the last 3 years, Pulborough had to hand the honours to Southbourne, after they produced the game of their lives to get the required points to beat Pulborough to the top spot for 2017 - congratulations Southbourne, but Pulborough will be fighting for the title again in 2018!
The annual visit of the Sussex Vice Presidents is always one to watch and this year, Pulborough were joined by teams from Fittleworth and Petworth to add to the mix. The maximum 6 rinks of players took to the green, with the skill level evident from the first shot! The Petworth quartet found it difficult to match the VP's on grass, but Fittleworth excelled, gaining top rink with a 22/10 scoreline! The Pulborough teams produced a mixed bag of results, with 1 win, a draw and 2 losses against some well practiced club and county players. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Len Adsett, with Kath Ayling as lead, Mike Richards as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, 18/16.
Sunday 3rd Sept saw the resurection of the bowls "Ashes", or President v Captain, as it is otherwise known! 6 triples played a total of 18 ends in horendous conditions, with rain soaking the players and making reaching the jack that bit more difficult! The overall result was 2 wins out of 3 for the President's team, (who wore pink), but the overall result going to the "true blue" Captain's team, after skip, John Brown, lead, Ivan Salmon and Roger Jupp as 2, scored heavilly throughout their game, finally producing a 29/9 victory, lifting the Captain's result to +10 shots.
Pulborough next play on Monday, when they host the Shrivenham tourists, an away game at Norfolk on Weds, at home to Petworth on Fri 8th and the club finals weekend over the 9th and 10th of Sept, spectators always welcome!



Press Report w/c 21/8/17

Pulborough Reach The Top in West Sussex Bowls League!

With just 1 final game to play in the West Sussex Bowls League, Pulborough BC knew that only a high points win would put them in second position in Div 2 and secure promotion to the top Div in 2018! Worthing Pavilion stole the top spot, but after missing out on a technicality the previous season, there was a point to prove!
Play started on the Pulborough green at 2pm, with the home side taking a few ends to find their stride! Len Adsett and team were matched point for point throughout the game, finally drawing at 20 shots a piece. Skip, Paul Day, with Adey Stratton as lead, Alan Jordan as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, had a rocky start, being level on 10 shots at half way, but the drive for promotion spurred them on, scoring a further 21 shots, including a 6 on the 14th end, to finish with an impressive 31/22 scoreline! Top rink, by a country mile, went to Ivan Salmon, Malcolm Gray, Hugh Hubbard and Jeff Davy, after a dominant performance from start to finish, only allowing the Bognor side a mere 9 shots to their 32, showing the cohesion of the Pulborough quartet! The final result was 96/76, a magnificent 7 points for Pulborough and that all important promotion spot!
Friendlies this week began with a home match against Ewhurst on Tues. 4 triples took to the fast Pulborough green under sunny skies, with high hopes for a good result! They were not to be disappointed, with the worst result for a Pulborough triple being a draw and the best being a 24/13 win by skip, Chris Etherington, Lead, Linda Meadowcroft and number 2, Mick Ayling. The overall result was a convincing 66/45 to Pulborough and an enjoyable day against a nice group of players.
After a years absence, Pulborough returned to play on the quirky green at Sutton on Weds from 5.30pm. The welcome was warm, the green a little unpredictable and the smiles and laughter came by the bucket-load! You can't imagine a more peaceful setting for a game of bowls, with nothing but farmers fields and a church surrounding the green with the players being truly part of their club, supporting it through thick and thin, welcoming teams for a social evening and a candlelit supper! The result went Pulborough's way this time, with top rink going to skip, Malcolm Gray, lead, George Lewis and Jim Humphrey as 2, scoring an unbelievable 8 on the 15th end to finish 29/3!, With a few more years experience on an improving green, the Sutton team will be ones to watch!
A busy week faces the Pulborough side, with President's Day on Bank Holiday Monday, the deciding game for the top spot in the BML against Southbourne on Weds, a home game against Cranleigh on Thurs from 2.30pm, the Sussex VP's visiting on Fri 1st from 2pm and the President v Captain game "the Ashes" on Sun from 2pm, come along and enjoy the spectacle!




Press Report w/c 14.8.17

Competitive Pulborough Continue to Shine!

With a quieter week this week, Pulborough players had some valuable time to practice and progress through the latter rounds of any internal competitions they may still be playing.
Horsham Park were the first to visit the home side, with 3 rinks heading onto the green on Weds at 2pm. Alan Jordan and team battled hard to pull back from 10/4 down, to 12/11 on end 12, but they were unable to pull clear, loosing ground to the Horsham side and finishing 4 points shy of a win. A tough battle for top rink saw skip, John Brown, with Kath Ayling as lead, Pauline Adsett as 2 and George Lewis as 3, pull 13 shots ahead by end 14, only to loose 5 of the remaining 7 ends, finishing with a very respectable 21/16 win. Len Adsett, with Mick Ayling as lead, Jane Gray as 2 and Chris Etherington as 3, kept their opponents in single figures until 18 ends, by which time a comeback was a tall order! The result being 22/12 to the Pulborough quartet. Pulborough finished with 2 rink wins and overall victory 62/51, a close result against a quality side.
Popular rivals Henfield, were the second to visit the Pulborough green, on Saturday afternoon under changable skies. As the players prepared to go out, the heavens literally opened, for just 5 minutes, as if to declare a stormy match! But luckily play was able to commence shortly after and the 4 triples took to the green just after 2pm. Len Adsett and team had a tough match, but despite dropping a 7 on end 12 they still kept in touch to finish 12 shots to 25. Ivan Salmon and team didn't fair much better, with 8/16, but the club as a whole, held their heads up to finish 11 shots ahead of Henfield, thanks to a win by John Brown, Linda Meadowcroft and George Lewis 17/10 after winning 11/18 ends and an outstanding game by skip, Paul Day, with Pauline Adsett as Lead and Melvin Green as 2, who scored 2 6's on ends 8 and 18, only loosing 4 ends to finish 30/5! A result worthy of top rink status!
Pulborough next play Ewhurst at home on Tues, followed by an away friendly against Sutton on Weds evening from 5.30pm and the final round of the WSBL at home to Bognor on Sat 26th from 2pm, well worth a watch!



Press Report w/c 7.8.17

Pulborough Top The Table in West Sussex Bowls League!

With the rain leading to yet another cancellation on Weds 9th, Pulborough BC had to sacrifice 5 valuable league points to Arundel when the game was declared a draw. This meant that with just 2 more league games to play, Pulborough and top of the table Pavilion, were tied on games played, but 7 points still divided the rivals!
With the sun putting in an appearance the next day, a new fixture hosting the Rotary Club of Storrington and Pulborough District, posed a new challenge for the Pulborough players! 20 novice players took to the green with our more experienced bowlers, for some tuition, a bit of banter and and just a hint of competition! Upwards of 11 ends were played, before time was called and the players could retire for a well earned glass of wine and a sumptuous 2 course buffet. With the event being declared a huge success, a date for next year is certainly not out of the question!
The penultimate game in the West Sussex Bowls League for Pulborough BC took place under blue skies, on a quality Pulborough green, from 2pm on Sat 12th Aug. 4 rinks of players took to the turf, with a good result being a must to keep Pulborough in the hunt for that elusive promotional spot to Div 1 next year. Paul Day and team, took the lead from the start and maintained a healthy lead, with some heavy scoring in the last quarter lifting them to a 21/13 win. Top rink for PBC was hotly contested between the team comprising of: Skip, Alan Jordan, lead, George Lewis, number 2, Mike Richards and number 3, Malcolm Gray, who started slowly, but got into their stride after the first 4 ends to finish 24/11 ahead and County player, John Brown, with Paul Smith, Jeff Davy and Ivan Salmon in support, who added 2 ends of 4 shots to boost their tally to 26/13! Joint top rink gives both teams equal glory for 2 fantastic scores that ensured overall victory and 3 rink wins, giving Pulborough another 8 valuable league points! Pulborough are, for a brief time, top of the league table, but Pavilion are 1 game behind, so it's still all to play for!
The heats of the internal drawn pairs competition took place from 10am on Sunday morning. A few players were undoubtedly regretting their antics on Saturday night, but everyone made the early start and played with grit and determination. With 8 teams entering, 16 players became 8 to play for places in the Club finals on Sept the 9th and 10th.  The 2 teams of finalists were Paul Day/Mick Ayling and Steve Adsett/Adey Stratton, who will now play each other for the coveted pairs trophy in September, definitely worth a watch!
Pulborough next play at home to Horsham Park on Weds, away at Pagham on Fri 18th from 2pm, at home to Henfield on Sat at 2pm and away at Lancing on Sun 20th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!



Press Report w/c 31.7.17

Pulborough's Penny Rhoder Cup Raises Valuable Funds For Macmillan!

With a rain cancellation against the RAFA in the Brookes Motors League on Weds, netting another 3 league points for Pulborough BC, hopes were high for some actual match-play for the rest of the week!
A home friendly against Chichester on Fri evening, proved a valuable opportunity to seek revenge for the all-rink defeat on the Chichester green at the end of June! 4 triples played 18 ends of highly competitive bowls, but the Pulborough players lead from the start across the board. The closest game was on rink 2, with Alan Jordan, Mike Richards and George Lewis, who had to fight for their 15/13 win. Malcolm Gray and team managed 20/15, despite dropping a 5 on the 10th end! Pulborough's 2 newest players; Jim Humpheys and John Walsh, showed fantastic potential by being in the top 2 scoring triples of the day, with top rink going to skip, Paul Day, with Jane Gray as lead and Jim Humphreys as 2, 31 shots to 7, winning 12 of the 18 ends! The final score was 86/46 to Pulborough.
Saturday the 5th Aug heralded the 3rd Annual Penny Rhoder Cup at Pulborough BC. Regular players mixed with Penney's family and friends to play a game of triples under blue skies for the most part, until the heavens opened halfway through and the players had to run for cover from the torrential rain and hail, that put pay to play for the rest of the day! The result was generated from the scores after 8 ends, with second place going to Alan Jordan, Hugh Hubbard and Amy Parker with Birthday boy - George Lewis, Linda Meadowcroft and Martyn Ralph winning the Penny Rhoder Cup! The sponsors of the day; Duncan Reeds of Billingshurst, Lee Davy and Martyn Ralph, helped to ensure that in excess of £550 was raised for Macmillan in memory of Penny and hopes are high to top that amount in 2018!
The final fixture of the week was away against our friends at Steyning BC on Sunday afternoon. 1 win, a draw and 2 losses, allowed Steyning to sneak victory by a mere 4 shots, with top rink for Pulborough going to skip, Paul Day, with Jane Gray as lead and Mick Ayling as number 2, 20/14. A few drinks at the bar and a stream of banter throughout the game made for a fantastic afternoon of bowls in great company!
Pulborough next play at home in the WSBL against Arundel on Weds 9th from 5.30pm, a club day with the Rotary Club of Pulborough and Storrington on Thurs from 6pm, at home to the Witterings in the WSBL on Sat from 2pm and the heats of the internal pairs competition take place on Sunday from Midday or 2pm, time TBC. Spectators always welcome.



Press Release w/c 24.7.17

Pulborough BC In The Hunt For League Top Spot!

With the rain putting pay to all but the final game this week, the Pulborough players were well rested for their only game on Sunday, against 3rd place Pagham in the West Sussex Bowls League!
Play commenced at 2pm, with Pagham taking an early lead on rink 2 against skip Len Adsett and team. The first 8 ends were dominated by the away team, until the come back commenced from 12-2 down! Slowly but surely, point by point, the defecit reduced until Pulborough took the lead on end 15 and finally the win after 21 ends - 18/16.
Alan Jordan's team held the Pagham players on just 2 shots for the first 12 ends, by which time their healthy lead was enough to hold off any advance by their opponents until the finish, 26 shots to16.
2 teams were on the hunt for the Pulborough top rink :- Paul Day, with Adey Stratton as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, took the lead on the 3rd end, only for Pagham to pull level on end 14, before finally giving in to the Pulborough onslaught to finish 24/13 to the home team. John Brown, with George Lewis as lead, Paul Smith as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3, lead from the front with some heavy and consistant scoring, until they dealt their trump card, scoring 6 shots on end 14, causing their opponents heads to drop and allowing the home side time to disappear into the distance, bringing home the final 2 points required for a full house of 10, top rink, a 95/57 win and keeping them well in the hunt for the top spot in division 2 behind Worthing Pavilion!
Pulborough next play at home to the RAFA team in the BML on Weds, at home to Chichester on Fri 4th from 5.30pm, The Penny Rhoder Cup on Sat from 2pm and away at Steyning on Sun 6th from 2pm. Spectators always welcome!



Press Release w/c 17.7.17

Pulborough Flying High At The Top of The BML League!

A positive week for Pulborough began with the first of 2 West Sussex Bowls League fixtures, away at Worthing Pavilion on Monday afternoon. With close scores on 3 out of the 4 rinks, Pulborough did well to add to their points tally by a valuable 2 league points, keeping them second in Division 2, with Pavilion holding the top spot by just 6 points. Top rink of the day went to skip, John Brown, with Steve Adsett as lead, Mick Ralph as number 2 and Chris Etherington as number 3, 20 shots to 18.
The only artificial green on Pulborough's BML circuit faced them on Weds at Southbourne. 2 triples played some intense, but good natured bowls, with Pulborough managing to steel a hard-fought 2 league points, where many others have failed! Pulborough top the Brookes Motors League table in division 1, after winning the entire league in 2016! The final result was 35/39 to Pulborough and a top rink to Alan Jordan, Kath Ayling and Paul Smith, 24/19.
The Worthing based Grasshoppers visited Pulborough on Thurs, for a game of 5 triples over 18 ends, in warm conditions. The team of x-police and invited guests struggled to adapt to Pulborough's green and found themselves behind on all 5 rinks by half way. The trend continued until the end, with Pulborough just edging ahead on the 5th rink by just 2 points! Top rink, by a country mile, was skip Paul Day, with Julie Day and Mick Ralph in support, 31/5! The final result was a convincing 99/47 to Pulborough.
The final game of the week was a home game in the West Sussex Bowls League against Tarring Priory on Friday from 2pm. With a further 10 league points on offer, Pulborough pulled out all the stops, with a quality line-up of experienced players, mixed with some talented new blood for 2017! Some tight games made for a good spectacle, especially with the lead changing multiple times! 2 out of 4 Pulborough rinks were successful, with wins going to Len Adsett and team and John Brown, with Mike Richards as number 1, George Lewis as 2 and Ivan Salmon as 3, who gained yet another top rink, with a 25/15 win! The final score was 79/70 to Pulborough and 6 league points.
Sunday the 23rd of July heralded Pulborough BC's annual Family Fun Day, with the intention being to enjoy some sunshine, whilst having a go at bowls alongside some of the regular Pulborough players. The weather made sure that the green was out of bounds, with torrential rain all afternoon, but this didn't stop upwards of 50 people showing their support for Chestnut Tree House and Mary Howe, by buying tickets for the locally sponsored raffle, eating multiple bacon rolls and propping up the bar all afternoon, with a few stragglers staying on until closing! The children were entertained by Malcolm Gray and Steve Meadowcroft, who invented games all afternoon and gave out trophies for the best results! Overall, a potential disaster was converted into a valuable fundraiser for both the club and the 2 charities it supports. A huge thank you goes out to all the Pulborough businesses that donated some fantastic prizes for the raffle and helped to raise in excess of £200!
Pulborough next play away at Fittleworth on Weds 26th, away at Horsham on Sat 29th from 2pm and at home to Pagham in the WSBL on Sun 30th from 2pm, spectators always welcome.



Press Release w/c 10.7.17

Positive Pulborough Bank Yet More League Points!

Another busy week saw Pulborough play 3 league games away and a friendly at home on Sunday. One of the longest trips of the season to Crablands in Selsey, proved to be worth every mile, despite the torrential rain that greeted them! Pulborough topped the table in the Brookes Motors League in 2016 and hopes are high for another strong performance this year. 2 triples played in soggy conditions, with the friendly rink alongside calling it a day after just the trial ends! Alan Jordan and team managed a tight win, after the game was cut short by the rain after 11 ends. They finished 12/10. Top rink went to skip, Paul Day, with Julie Day as lead and Mick Ralph as number 2, who won 9 of their 11 ends to finish with a fantastic score of 24/4. With the game being played to half way, full points were given and Pulborough netted themselves a maximum 6 points.
A trip to Norfolk in Littlehampton helped to dry out the bowls kit from the previous day, but the result was unfortunately reversed, despite the best efforts of the Pulborough side to carry on their previous home performance, where they scored 6 points on the 23rd of May. A friendly in September will give PBC a chance to exact revenge before the season closes!
4 rinks played in the West Sussex Bowls League against local rivals, Storrington, on Saturday from 2pm. With 2 rink wins and a draw, Pulborough put on a strong performance with a quality side of players. Ivan Salmon and team, brought home a 1 point draw on rink 2, whist John Brown, Melvin Green, Mick Ayling and Steve Meadowcroft won over half of their ends to win by 3 shots 18/15. Top rink went to Captain and skip, Paul Day, with Adey Stratton as lead, Mick Ralph as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, beating some familiar names on the opposing team, to bring home 2 points and a 21/16 win. A haul of 5 valuable league points will help towards Pulborough's march towards the top of div2.
After playing Stedham away a matter of weeks ago, it was nice to catch up and continue the banter out on the green! Cloudy skies on Sunday left question marks over the weather, but it stayed dry for the duration, allowing for close games and tight scores. 1 win, 1 draw and a close second place, meant that Pulborough came out on top with a score of 59/42, with top rink going again to Paul Day and Steve & Linda Meadowcroft, 29 shots to 10.
A busy week next week, sees Pulborough away at Worthing Pavilion in the WSBL on Monday, away at Southbourne in the BML on Weds, At home to the Grasshoppers on Thurs 20th from 6pm, at home to Tarring Priory in the WSBL on Fri 21st from 6pm and holding their annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 23rd from 2pm, everyone welcome!



Press Release w/c 3.7.17

Pulborough's Fantastic Form Continues!

A 6pm start on home turf seemed to suit the Pulborough players on Weds, when they faced Norfolk in a friendly with 3 triples. The family trio of husband and wife, Malcolm and Jane Gray, with Jane's dad George, had a tight game, winning less ends, but scoring more consistently than their opposition, to finish level on 13 all. Top rink of the day went to skip, Len Adsett, with Alan Jordan as lead and Mick Ayling as 2, who were ahead from the start and managed 4's on ends 5 and 9, only to drop a 6 on the final end to finish 26/15, a respectable score! The final result was 50/46 to Pulborough.
A local derby away against Billingshurst on Thurs 6th proved as competitive as predicted! Billingshurst certainly had home advantage with good knowledge of their green, but Pulborough just scraped through with a win by just 2 shots, thanks to a healthy top rink by skip, Mick Ayling, with Pauline Adsett and Steve Meadowcroft in support, who lead from start to finish, resulting in a 25 shots to 9 win!
The next round in the West Sussex Bowls League away against the Witterings, faced Pulborough on Saturday afternoon under blue skies. 4 rinks played 21 ends of highly competitive bowls, with Pulborough ahead on all 4 for most of the game, just loosing out on 2 of the 10 points in the last 5 ends! Paul Day and team kept their opponents in single figures by winning 15/21 ends to finish 26/8. Top rink by just 1 additional shot, went again to skip Len Adsett, with Melvin Green as lead, Andy Heath as 2 and Steve Meadowcroft as 3, 29/10. With 3 rink wins and the overall result, Pulborough BC add to their points haul by another 8 valuable league points, keeping them in the top third of the table.
The annual Cliff Stratton Memorial Cup was played at Pulborough in steamy conditions on Sunday afternoon from 2pm. 8 drawn pairs took part, raising money for Palatine Community Special School in Worthing. 3 session of 6 ends were played, with the top 2 pairs on shot difference going through to the 6 end final. Melvin Green and Kyle Stratton played off against Ivan Salmon and Len Adsett, who continued his winning form with Ivan as skip, to finish with a 4 shot win. The presentation of the Cliff Stratton Cup, was made by Son, Adey Stratton, who continues the proud bowling tradition of the Stratton family at the Pulborough club. A total of £115 was raised by the raffle and bottle auction to go to Adey's chosen cause.
Congratulations go to Melvin Green of Pulborough BC, who reached the quarter finals of the unbaged singles this year, a huge achievement! Paul Day, Steve Adsett and John Brown took part in the Storrington Open on Sun 9th, with hopes of defending their 2016 title, but after winning all 5 of their games, they came third overall based on shot difference, a fantastic achievement against tough opposition! Well done lads!
Pulborough next play on Tues away against Crablands in the BML, away at Norfolk in the BML on Thurs, away at Storrington in the WSBL on Sat 15th from 2pm and at home to Stedham on Sun from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Press Release w/c 26.6.17

The Heavens Opened on Ladies Day at Pulborough BC!

After the recent glorious weather, hopes were high for a dry day for the Annual Pulborough Ladies Open Triples event on Tues 27th June. 11 triples played, including 2 from the home team, Storrington, East Preston, Grafham, Fittleworth, Billingshurst, Arundel and Steyning - a fantastic turnout! Play started promptly at 2pm, after a short intro from Club President, Malcolm Gray and Official Umpire, Ian Phillips from Fittleworth. 5 sessions of 4 ends were planned, but after the 1st, the heavens opened and set the scene for the day! Despite the clouds overhead, spirits remained high and the skill on the green, with slippery bowls and wet-weather gear, was something to behold! A planned break after the 3rd session called for a meeting of skips, resulting in an early finish, some warm cups of tea and an excuse to dry off before supper! The final result was based on the best games from each team, with Grafham coming second, with a shot difference of +7 and Billingshurst winning the top prize of £120 and the shield, with a score of +10 shots. A generous buffet and raffle followed, with the prize giving out on the green being hurried by the rain! Fantastic banter and positive feedback means that the event will take place at the same time next year, hopefully under sunny skies!
An away game at Chichester on Friday evening proved quite a challenge for Pulborough, firstly competing against the traffic coming out of the festival of speed at Goodwood and secondly adjusting to a fast green and tough opposition. Chichester came away with the win, with top rink for Pulborough going to skip. Alan Jordan, with Jane Gray as lead and Mick Ayling as number 2.
The final game of the week, due to a cancellation by Southwater, was a home game on Saturday in the West Sussex Bowls League, against Worthing Pavilion, who took full points away from both games facing Pulborough the previous year! The Captain's rink of Paul Day, Adey Stratton, Mick Ralph and Steve Adsett, had a tough start, only pulling level on end 7, but some heavy scoring ensured that they stayed ahead to finish 21/18 by end 21. Ivan Salmon and team had a tight game throughout, finishing just 2 shots ahead 18/16. Top rink and the overall win on points for the team can be attributed to the stonking game produced by skip Alan Jordan, supported by Melvin Green, Paul Smith and Malcolm Gray, who kept pulling further ahead, finally stretching their lead to 27/11 after winning 13 of the 21 ends! The final result was 8 points from a possible 10 for Pulborough and 76/67 on the scoreboards - an amazing result compared to last year!
4 games next week comprise of 2 friendlies against Norfolk and Billingshurst on Weds and Thurs evenings from 6pm, a WSBL away fixture against the Witterings on Sat from 2pm and The Stratton Cup at home on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome, just walk in!



Press Report w/c 18.6.17

Pulborough Steal 4 Points From Storrington in the Brookes Motors League!

Pulborough again showed their prowess by winning over Storrington on their home green on Sun 18th June! 2 triples played 18 ends in the Brookes Motors League, with every point being hard-fought. Pulborough managed 1 rink win and the overall points victory 41/27, yielding them a valuable 4 points to keep them top of the table. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Ivan Salmon, with Kath Ayling and Steve Meadowcroft in support with a convincing 30/9 scoreline!
A friendly away game at Grafham on Tues was a tougher ask for the Pulborough players, with just 1 of the 3 triples winning 15/12, in stark contrast to the 3 rink win for Pulborough on their own green. Skip Alan Jordan, with Jane Gray as lead and Paul Smith as number 2, battled hard for top rink 15/12, with Grafham definitely holding the home advantage! The final score was a friendly 36/47 to Grafham, after an absence of over a decade from Pulborough's fixtures.
A late booking saw Pulborough host Sutton for a friendly on Weds 21st. Just 2 triples played the full 18 ends in tropical conditions, with the green proving too much of an adjustment for the Sutton players, with a convincing win for Pulborough 44/24. Top rink went jointly to both Pulborough Skips; Malcolm Gray, with Jane Gray and George Lewis 20/10 and Paul Day with Paul Smith and Mick Ralph 24/14.
Maltravers in Littlehampton hosted Pulborough BC for the next round of the WSBL on Friday at 6pm. Despite Pulborough's best attempts to stay in touch, they managed just 2 league points from a possible 10, to add to their tally for the season. Top rink for Pulborough went to Captain, Paul Day, with number 1, Adey Stratton, number 2, Mick Ralph and number 3, Steve Adsett 19/18 - a tight result!
Pulborough travelled to Stedham for a friendly on Saturday afternoon in blustery conditions! The green played well, with the home side managing to find their lines a little easier than their visitors, winning on 2 of the 3 rinks and finishing with a friendly result of 38/50 to Stedham. A fantastic spread of food and great conversation made the result insignificant in the scheme of things, afterall, bowls is, above all, a friendly, sociable game with a competitive edge!
The week concluded with a local derby against our friends from Pulborough Sports and Social Club. Their side comprised of various levels of experience, from the old-hands to current league players, the combination of which proved too hot to handle for PBC! The scores couldn't have been closer, with just 1 point in it overall and 2 rink wins from 3 for Pulborough. Top rink went to skip, Steve Meadowcroft, Mike Richards, Martyn Ralph and Jeff Davy 24/19, with the total score as 59/60 to the Sports and Social Club. A friendly afternoon of bowls, followed by a raffle and a game of "roll for the bottle", which raised a total of £76 for Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice, our Captain's charity for 2017.
Pulborough BC host their annual Invitation Ladies Triple event on Tues 27th June from 2pm, followed by an away game against Chichester on Fri 30th, at home to Worthing Pavilion in the WSBL on Sat from 2pm and at home to Southwater on Sunday 2nd July, spectators always welcome.


Press Release w/c 12.6.17

Pulborough BC's Winning Streak Continues!

After 3 rounds of the Brookes Motors League, Pulborough Bowls Club are again topping the table in Division 1, after winning the league in 2016! Game 4 saw the Crablands team visit Pulborough for a 2pm start. With strong results for both the home triples, skip Paul Day, with lead, Pauline Adsett and Alan Jordan as number 2, stole the show, after winning 12/18 ends and producing an impressive 20/9 scoreline! The full 6 points see Pulborough heading to Storrington on Sunday with confidence high!
Just 2 triples made the journey to Ewhurst for the Thurs fixture, but the welcome was worth the trip! A stunning green, impressive facilities and warm/sunny weather added to buoyant atmosphere as the 2 teams went head to head over 18 ends, with a break for tea and home-made cakes at halfway. After a slow start and a disastrous 10th end, Alan Jordan and team managed to pull back a 5 shot deficit, to finish 18/16. Len Adsett, with Pauline Adsett and Mike Richards in support, had a more strait-forward game, leading from the 3rd end to win 20/14 and snatch top rink! The final score was 38/30 to Pulborough.
Sat 17th saw Pulborough head to Tarring for the next round of the West Sussex Bowls League, Div 2. 4 rinks played 21 ends of competitive bowls. Ivan Salmon and team, fought hard to finish with a draw 19/19, Alan Jordan, with Mike Richards, Hugh Hubbard and Malcolm Gray as support, started strongly to build a 13 shot lead, only to have a wobble and allow their opponents to pull back, finishing with a narrow win 23/19! Top rink of the day went to skip, Len Adsett, with Melvin Green as lead, Mick Ayling as number 2 and Steve Meadowcroft as number 3. Strong scoring from the start and winning 16 of the 21 ends created the perfect storm, resulting in a 31/11 scoreline and 7/10 league points for Pulborough in the WSBL!
Congratulations go to Melvin Green for making it through to the next round of the County Singles Unbadged, good luck in the next round.
Pulborough next play on Sun 18th against Storrington in the BML, Tues away against Grafham, at home to Sutton on Weds from 6pm, away at Maltravers in the WSBL on Fri 23rd from 6pm and away at Stedham on Sat from 2.30pm, spectators always welcome!















































































 
 


 
 

 

 

  
 






 
 

 

 
 
 
 





 

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