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!




Press Release w/c 5.6.17

TRIPLE SUCCESS SEES PULBOROUGH FLYING HIGH!

The first of 2 league games of the week saw Pulborough BC travel to Bognor to face the RAFA club in the Brookes Motors League at 6pm. 2 triples played a competitive 18 ends, with both games going Pulborough's way! Skip, Len Adsett, with Pauline Adsett and Mick Ayling in support, had a strong game, with a 5 on end 12 catapulting them ahead to finish 18/10! Top rink by a country mile, went to skip and Captain, Paul Day, with Julie Day as lead and Chris Etherington as number 2, only allowing their opponents 4 winning ends and pinning them on just 6 shots to Pulborough's 31! The full 6 points go to Pulborough, who came top of the league in 2016.
Pulborough played Maltravers at home in the WSBL on Thurs at 6pm. 4 rinks of men played, with a mixed result of 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, giving 7 points from a possible 10, a fantastic result against tough opponents! Top rink for Pulborough went to Paul Day, Adey Stratton, Mick Ralph and Steve Adsett with a 29/10 result! The final score was 99/65 to Pulborough!
A club day on Sat heralded the return of the game of killer and a competitive streak in some of the players not witnessed outside of league fixtures! Just 12 members took to the green, but the banter was something to behold! Of the 4 players that made it to the finals, Jane Gray and Mick Ayling had the final 2 shots, with Mick coming out on top.
A long-awaited fixture returned to the calendar on Sunday 11th, when Grafham returned to the Pulborough green after an absence of over a decade! It was fantastic to see a high percentage of lady members on the Grafham side, with Captain Wendy giving the Pulborough Captain, Paul, a run for his money! The scores were tied until the 12th end, when Adey, Jane and Paul finally got the better of the green to pull ahead and win 16/12. Malcolm Gray and team managed 20/14, after some heavy scoring pulled them ahead from the 8th end - so it really does " all change after tea"!
Top rink went to skip, Ivan Salmon, with George Lewis as lead and Mick Ayling as number 2, 20/9. The final result was a friendly 56/35 to Pulborough and quite a few drinks at the bar!
Pulborough next play at home to Crablands in the BML on Weds, away against Tarring Priory in the WSBL on Sat from 2pm and away against Storrington in the BML on Sun from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pictures show George Lewis, Adey Stratton and Malcolm Gray (in that order),  in action against Grafham BC.


Press Release w/c 22.5.17

Pulborough hosted Norfolk BC for the latest round of the mixed BML league on Tues 23rd May. Play started at 2pm, with 2 league triples and a friendly taking to a very lush green under blue skies. It became evident, after just a couple of ends, that the home advantage was going to play out, with Pulborough pulling ahead from the outset on the 2 league rinks. The friendly rink, skipped by Melvin Green, looked to be holding their own until half way, when their opposition got a feel for the green to finish 6 shots ahead. Skip, Chris Etherington, with Julie Day as lead and Steve Meadowcroft as 2, scored a 5 on end 6 and didn't look back, finishing with an impressive 24/13 scoreline. Top rink of the day went to Paul Day, with Jane Gray as lead and Alan Jordan as 2. An impressive 7 on end 9 was the final nail in the coffin of the Norfolk side, after not scoring on the first 4 ends they finished 17 shots behind, with 14 shots to Pulborough's 31! The final score was the full 6 league points to Pulborough and 55/27 scoreline.
With a couple of cancellations, the next game was away at Bognor in the West Sussex Bowls League on Saturday afternoon. With the wind whipping across the exposed green, Pulborough made a slow start with just 9 shots in hand at half way. By full time, 3 of the 4 rinks managed to finish in front of the Bognor players. Ivan Salmon and team had a tough game but managed 16/13, Len Adsett, with George Lewis, Hugh Hubbard and Melvin Green, had a 10 shot lead on end 10, only to struggle in the second half, finishing just 5 shots ahead. Top rink of the day went to Vice Captain, Paul Day, with Mick Ralph as lead, Paul Smith as 2 and Steve Adsett as 3, 29/17. With 3 rink wins, Pulborough can claim 8/10 league points for this round in the competition.
The Cawston Tourists return to Pulborough on Bank Holiday Monday from 2pm, followed by a home game against Hotham on Weds, another WSBL game at Arundel on Sat 3rd and a friendly at home against Horsham on Sunday from 2pm, spectators and new members welcome.


Press Release w/c 15/5/17

Pulborough Pull Out the Stops Against Steyning BC!

With 3 games cancelled due to rain, play was hard to come by until the second half of the week. Friday 19th saw Ivan Salmon play his first round in the Club Champion of Champions, against an opponent from Norfolk BC in Littlehampton. The game was tight from the first end, but Ivan managed to pull ahead on the last 2 ends to snatch his first round win.
Saturday 2oth saw Pulborough's second game in the West Sussex Bowls League, away against newly relegated Pagham BC. Tipped to do well in the league this season, Pagham kept Pulborough honest from start to finish, with the scores level at halfway! Ivan Salmon and team battled their way to a 13 all draw, whilst skip and Captain, John Brown, with lead, Melvin Green, number 2, Mike Richards and number 3 , Len Adsett, seemed to wake up in the second half of their game, scoring 15 of their 20 points after end 10, to finish 20/15 and snatch top rink for Pulborough. The overall result was a hard-fought 4 points in the league for Pulborough and level score accross the 4 rinks!
In stark contrast to the rest of the week, Steyning BC arrived at the Pulborough green in glorious sunshine on Sunday 21st! 4 triples played 18 ends of fantastic banter and skill on the green, with the home advantage firmly with Pulborough from start to finish. Captain for the day, Malcolm Gray, with Kath Ayling and Paul Smith, had the tightest game, with the break for tea halfway doing them no favours! after being stuck on 15 shots for 6 ends, they finished 16/16. Alan Jordan and team lead from the front to finish with a respectable 22/16 win, whilst Melvin Green and team stepped up the pressure with 25/13. Top rink of the day went to Ivan Salmon, with Hugh Hubbard as lead and George Lewis as number 2, after winning 13 of the 18 ends and white-washing their opponents with a 29/7 final result! The overall score was a convincing 40 shots in Pulboroughs favour.
Pulborough next play at home against Norfolk in the BML league on Tues, followed by Pagham at home on Weds, Billingshurst at home from 6pm on Thursday 25th and away against Bognor in the WSBL on Sat 27th from 2pm, spectators very welcome.



Press Report w/c 7.5.17

A Trio Of Wins See Pulborough BC On Top Form!

Sunday 7th May saw Pulborough BC play away at Henfield. Of the 4 rinks,  3 came away with a positive result against tough opposition! Ivan Salmon and team had a tough start, but pulled level with a 5 on the 7th end to finish just 3 shots ahead at 19/16. Skip, Steve Adsett, with Pauline, Mick Ayling and Mick Ralph were ahead from halfway, resulting in a convincing 24/17 scoreline. Top rink of the day belonged to Melvin Green, with Paul Smith as lead, Douli as 2 and Mick Ralph as 3 with 10 shots in hand, 26/16. The final result was 84/65 to Pulborough.
On Tues 9th over 20 members of 3 Pulborough Churches came together to have a fun evening out on the green, with Pulborough players to show them the ropes. A fantastic time was had by all, followed by an extensive spread of food and obviously, a few drinks at the bar! Thanks go out to all those that made the evening the best yet!
Everybody prayed for some dry weather on Thursday,  as the first fixture in the West Sussex Bowls League loomed large! But it wasn't to be, with the heavens opening 3/4 of the way through and players reaching for their macs! Storrington BC seemed unphased by the heavy conditions and went on to steal 4 points out of a possible 6, but Pulborough can claim victory with 2 rink wins and overall victory by 5 shots. Top rink went jointly to skips John Brown and Alan Jordan, each with plus 8 shots.
Friday 12th saw the second fixture of the season against Marine Gardens, this time at home. Play started at 2pm with 4 triples from each side taking to the green. Conditions seemed to suit the home side, with all the Pulborough triples ahead at half-way tea. With the injection of sugar from some tasty treats, Marine Gardens tried to pull back, but it wasn't to be! A draw on one rink was as positive as it got for the away side, with Pulborough almost doubling their score at 105/52! Joint top rink went to John Brown and Melvin Green with plus 18 shots! 
The first of 2 Open Days in 2017 took place on Sun 14th, with a fantastic turnout of over 40 people! The green was busy with Pulborough players helping new and novice players with technique to enhance their bowling experience. Surprisingly, the weather was glorious which topped off a positive day for the club.
Pulborough next play Fittleworth on Weds from 6pm, Petworth away on Thurs from 6pm, Pagham away in the WSBL on Sat 20th and Steyning at home on Sunday from 2pm. Spectators and new members very welcome.


Press Release w/c 1.5.17

Pulborough BC Still on Top Form in 2017!

May day Bank Holiday heralded the return of the Ron and Eileen Branch Shield at Pulborough Bowls Club. 8 drawn pairs played 2 sessions of 8 ends, after which, the top 2 teams on shot difference, played a final of 5 ends to decide the overall winners. Jane and Malcolm Gray played against Ivan Salmon and Paul Smith, with the latter being the victors by just 1 shot! The shield was kindly presented by John Woolgar, Eileen Branch's brother.
Tues 2nd May saw the Pulborough bowlers head to Marine Gardens in Worthing to play the Grasshoppers, (a team of ex-police men and women). As soon as the players pulled into the carpark, the heavens opened and it looked like the game would be called off, but as luck would have it, Marine Gardens have 2 large, indoor bowls carpets that happened to be free, so the match was moved indoors. 16 ends of interesting bowls followed, with some of the players struggling to adjust to the faster carpet and others enjoying the unexpected challenge! Of the 5 matches, 3 went to the Grasshoppers and 2 to Pulborough, with the final score being 74/109 to the Worthing side. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip, Paul Day, with Jeff Davy as lead and Roger Jupp playing number 2, 16/12.
The weather cleared on Thursday, in time for Pulborough's first match of the season in the Brookes Motors League, or BML as it is otherwise called. The green was still playing a little heavy for the Storrington side, but this gave the home advantage to Pulborough, who used the jack length to play to their strengths. Malcolm Gray, Kath Ayling and Alan Jordan found themselves up against a similarly skilled triple, who kept the scores tight, despite loosing a 4 on end 9 and having to fight back point by point until a draw was reached at 18 shots a piece at 18 ends! Skip, Paul Day, with Julie Day and Mick Ralph in support, stayed ahead of the Storrington side from the second end, to finish with a top rink of 18 shots to 10. Pulborough stole a well deserved 5 out of 6 points from Storrington, to kick-start their 2017 BML campaign!
Saturday the 6th saw some fun in the sun on the outdoor carpet at Southbourne. A new favourite with some of the Pulborough players, the surface was quick, with plenty of swing on the woods, making for an interesting friendly over 18 ends. This time, the home advantage went to Southbourne, with wins on 2 out of 3 rinks. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Mick Ralph, with Steve Adsett as lead and Roger Jupp as number 2, 17/16. The final score was 62/45 to Southbourne, but a fantastic afternoon was had by all!
Pulborough BC visit Henfield on Sunday 7th, followed by a friendly roll-up with members of the Pulborough Church community on Tues, their first game in the West Sussex Bowls League, at home on Thursday against Storrington, from 6pm and a home game against Marine Gardens on Friday from 2pm.
On Sunday 14th May, Pulborough Bowls Club will be holding an Open Day for members of the public to come and try the game for free, in a relaxed, no pressure environment. Refreshments will be available and experienced players will be on-hand to coach and play alongside anyone that would like to have a go, all ages are welcome and practice bowls will be available to use, just wear some flat shoes! Gates open at 2pm, hope to see you there!




Press Release w/c 24.4.17

PULBOROUGH BOWLS CLUB BACK IN THEIR STRIDE FOR 2017!

The first week of competitive bowls for Pulborough Bowls Club took them away to the coast for their first 3 games. Weds 26th saw players dust off their whites and try to perfect their bowling stance enough to put on a show against a tough team at Beech House Park in Worthing. 3 triples played 18 ends of quality bowls, with Worthing just getting the better of Pulborough 64/43. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Melvin Green, with Mick Ayling as lead and Alan Jordan as number 2, 19 shots to 14.
The following day, Pulborough returned to Worthing, this time against Marine Gardens. The chilly conditions meant far too many layers of clothing to bowl comfortably, but Pulborough pulled out all the stops to erase the previous days result. Skip, Melvin Green, with Mick Ayling and Malcolm Gray, looked to be heading for a heavy defeat, until a 7 on end 16 reversed their fortunes and gave them momentum to finish 19/17 ahead! John Brown and team struggled to make their break until end 12, when a 5 edged them ahead enough to pull away and finish 19/12. Top rink went to Alan Jordan, Kath Ayling and Jane Gray, who kept their opponents on 0 for the first 7 ends, only allowing them to win 6 ends overall to finish 22/8 to Pulborough! The final score was 60/37 to Pulborough, a fantastic result!
The third and final game of the week was played on a very gusty green at Bognor against Hotham BC. Just being able to stand against the wind at the start of the game was a challenge, followed by rain at halfway, but the will to see the full 18 ends to their conclusion, kept the banter going and the spirits high! The difference at halfway was just 1 shot, with Pulborough fighting for every point to finish with just 3 shots in hand 48/45. Top rink went to Melvin Green for the second time in 5 days, supported by Adey Stratton as number 2 and Jane Gray as lead 19/9.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual return of the Ron and Eileen Branch Shield, a drawn pairs competition between Pulborough players, hopefully on a sunny green from 2pm! On Tues 2nd Pulborough travel back to Worthing to face the Grasshoppers at Pavilion from 6pm, followed by their first home game on Weds against Storrington in the Brookes Motors League at 2pm, an away game at Southbourne from 2pm on Sat and finally, away against Henfield on Sunday at 2pm, spectators always welcome!



Pulborough BC Press Release w/c 17/4/17

A New-Look Pulborough Bowls Club Celebrates The New Season!

Saturday the 22nd April saw the start of the outdoor bowls season at Pulborough Bowls Club, with players taking to the turf for some friendly competition and valuable green time.
It's been a long, hard-working winter at PBC, with plumbing issues at the end of September leading to the need to replace the entire clubhouse floor! Once repairs were complete, members moved onto the more positive task of demolishing the old canopy that covered the spectator viewing area and replacing it with a large conservatory that had been donated to the club. All costs incurred, by roofing and flooring, were covered by a generous County Council grant, with the members supplying the labour, tea and cakes! The difference the new viewing area makes to the spectator experience, was evident in it's use during the Opening Drive, with members soaking up the warmth of the sun without the chill of the wind!
Triples and pairs played an average of 15 ends, with some seeking the thrill of competition from the start and others happy to find their weight and get somewhere near the jack, with the green playing a little heavy.
Drinks at the bar, nibbles and plenty of chat, topped off the ideal start to the 2017 season.
3 away games face Pulborough this week. Wednesday the 26th see Pulborough play triples at Beech House Park in Worthing from 2pm, followed by a second Worthing side at Marine Gardens on Thursday from 2pm and a trip to Hotham on Sunday 30th for a midday start. Spectators are always welcome.


Pulborough BC Finals Weekend 2016

Pulborough Players Shine on Finals Weekend!

A soggy Saturday confronted the finalists of the Novice Cup and Salver, the Two Wood and Ladies Championship at Pulborough Bowls Club last week! With no let-up in the weather, a decision was made to go ahead with the finals to avoid a backlog of games of the Sunday. With full wets, Mick Ayling and Colin Pardy went head to head in the Novice Salver at 12.30. The first to 21 shots saw Colin take the win. The 2 wood at 1.30pm went to Steve Adsett, despite the best efforts of John Brown, followed by the second win of the day to Colin Pardy in the Novice Cup over Adey Stratton. With no sign of blue sky or sunshine, Jane Gray and Clare Stevens played a game of 2 halves, with Jane taking the first half convincingly and Clare finishing with a flourish to take the Ladies Championship in 2016.
Sunday's weather couldn't have been more different, with the competitions being played under more appropriate blue skies! With the spectators lining the clubhouse in anticipation, the first final to be played was the Singles Handicap. Ivan Salmon had to score 2 additional shots to beat Colin Pardy, which he did with a look of determination in his eye that hasn't been seen in recent years. The Drawn Pairs at 2pm saw the Father and Son duo of Mick and Martyn Ralph line up against Steve Adsett and Clare Stevens for a close game over 21 ends. Mick and Martyn pulled out a sizable lead, before Adsett and Stevens pulled back to within a couple of shots, just missing out on the win. The 3,2,1 Diggle Cup was played at 3pm between Chris Etherington and Colin Pardy. Yesterdays luck didn't help Colin against an on-form Chris, who went on to win his favourite trophy and the most ornate at Pulborough Bowls Club. The hotly anticipated final of the Men's Championship bowled off at 3.30pm between Adey Stratton and Ivan Salmon. A close fight saw Adey pull out some stunning shots that , on another day, would have won him the title, but Ivan matched each bowl and managed to find spaces that only a player on top form could find, just pulling ahead to lift the trophy in 2016.
Congratulations to all our winners and runners-up, who produced games worthy of finals weekend and results that they should all be proud of.
The banquet that followed the trophy presentations by Malcolm Gray and Paul Day, was a feast for the senses, with roast beef and gammon with a multitude of side dishes, followed by tarts and gateaux's, cheese and biscuits, all cooked and served by Kath and Mick Ayling and Joyce Woods. A huge thank you must go to the trio that finished the day with style!
Pulborough Bowls Club has now closed for play in 2016, but the work now begins to put the green to bed for the winter, renovate the clubhouse and erect a new conservatory on the veranda, so it's all hands on deck for the members before play commences next April, Winter well!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 29.8.16

A packed penultimate week for Pulborough BC began on Bank Holiday Monday with their annual President's Day game of drawn triples. 6 teams competed for the trophies and prestige of winning against their fellow club members. The day was organised by Club President, Malcolm Gray and Hon Secretary, Jane Gray, who watched over preceding's and ensured that everyone enjoyed themselves. The winners, with a total score of 27 shots after 20 ends, were Skip, Steve Adsett, Paul Day as lead and Pauline Adsett as number 2.
The final Brookes Motors League game for Pulborough in 2016 against Southbourne, took place on Weds 31st Aug on the Pulborough Green. It was a "must win" for Pulborough if they were to top Division 1 for the first time, so the pressure was on from the start! 2 triples played 18 ends of tight bowls that resulted in high scoring from both sides, but despite being on the back foot for the second half of the game, Skip Paul Day and team, clung on to win 19/17 and John Brown, Julie Day and Colin Pardy scored 8 points on the final 3 ends to win 25/17, claim top rink and secure the full 6 points for Pulborough and top spot in Division 1! Well done to everyone that has played in the BML for Pulborough in 2016, a fantastic achievement!
Despite the minor distraction of tree cutting by the Parish Council, Pulborough BC successfully hosted the Sussex Vice President's for their Annual fixture on Friday 2nd Sept. 6 rinks played the maximum 21 ends of banter-filled bowls, with Pulborough showing just how successfully they have dominated their opposition throughout 2016, by winning on 4 of the 6 rinks to finish 117/106. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip, John Brown, lead, Pauline Adsett, number 2 Julie Day and number 3, Chris Etherington 24/15. Jeff Davy and team finished 19/13, Paul Day's team managed 19/15 after gaining a 4 on the last end to pull ahead, Len Adsett and team won 20/17 and Jane Gray's team just got pipped at 22/23, a close finish!
Worthing Beech House visited Pulborough on Sat, for their last friendly fixture against the club for the next few years due to dropping numbers, so the 4 triples that played were made extra welcome and the bar was opened to quench their thirst! The weather held long enough to allow the full game to be played and the scores were close by midway, with just 7 shots in it! But Pulborough pulled away far enough on 2 rinks to secure the win 69/55. Top rink for Pulborough went to Ivan Salmon, Adey Stratton and Malcolm Gray, 23/9!
The final fixture for Pulborough BC, before their finals weekend on the 10th and 11th Sept, was an annual club event called the ashes, or President v Captain. The teams are drawn randomly the night before and the President, Malcolm Gray and Captain, Paul Day, then configure their teams from the names drawn. 9 players on each team meant that 3 games of triples were possible over 18 ends, with the overall scores determining the winning side. Rink 1 saw the Captain and President go head to head, with Paul and team dominating from the start and holding their opponents on 2 shots for the first 8 ends, to finish 26/11! Rink 2 saw Len Adsett and team face new skip, Jane Gray and team and win 19/13 and top rink went to Ivan Salmon, Melvin Green and George Lewis who secured the overall win for the President's side 60/47, by winning 30/8.
A full week of practice lies ahead for those Pulborough players taking part in finals weekend on the Sat 10th and Sunday 11th Sept, spectators will be made very welcome on both days!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 22.8.16

Positive Pulborough Steal Yet More Victories!

With the West Sussex Bowls League finished and just 1 game to play in the Brookes Motors League, Pulborough Bowls Club can shift their focus to the remaining few friendlies of the 2016 season.
A lighter timetable this week meant just 2 games to play at home, the first was against Ewhurst on Tues Afternoon from 2pm. 3 triples played 18 ends of friendly bowls, with Ewhurst finding themselves just ahead by tea at midway. Len Adsett and team fought back from 10/5 down to within 1 point, just loosing out on the last end 16/17. John Brown, Julie Day and Mick Ayling kept their opponents honest from the start, just snatching victory on the final end to finish 16/15 in front! They do say "it all changes after tea", probably something to do with the delicious, home-cooked sausage rolls on offer, but skip, Clare Stevens, with lead, Kath Ayling and number 2, Adey Stratton, came back with the bit between their teeth, only allowing the Ewhurst triple 1 point in the last 9 ends to finish 25 shots to 15 and snatch top rink for Pulborough! The final result was a 57/47 win for Pulborough.
A sweltering Saturday Afternoon fixture against local rivals, Petworth, would have been an even match, with 3 of the 4 triples finishing with just 1 or 2 points between them, but John Brown, with Lead, Joyce Woods and Adey Stratton as number 2, decided after 7 ends to dominate the 3 opposing players by holding them on just 7 points, whilst they scored 2's, 3's and 4's to streak ahead to a 29/7 win - pretty impressive! With their help, Pulborough finished with a 67/49 score line, another win to add to Pulborough's tally in a season when the losses seem very few and far between!
A sociable evening of port and cheese to celebrate the Birthday of Pulborough's Greenkeeper, Chris Etherington, finished the week off on a high, with Captain Paul Day raising a glass to Chris and another successful season at PBC!
The penultimate week of play at Pulborough kicks off with the final BML game of the season at home to Southbourne on Weds. A win for Pulborough should mean that they finish top of Division 1 against tough opposition- it's all to play for! The Sussex VP'S visit Pulborough on Friday from 2pm, Worthing Beach House on Sat from 2pm and the PBC Ashes are played on Sunday from 2pm, if nothing, the fancy dress is well worth a watch! Spectators are welcome, please wander in!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 15.8.16

Pulborough Top in BML League!

With 1 game left to play against Southbourne in the Brookes Motors League, Pulborough sit top of Division 1, with high hopes of remaining in the top spot after their home game on the 31st. Just 1 point separates the 2 teams, but Pulborough will have the home advantage of playing on grass, whereas Southbourne's artificial surface does nothing to prepare their players, giving hope to an on-form Pulborough team that are no strangers to success.
After promotion to the second Division in the West Sussex Bowls League at the end of last season, Pulborough look set to step up again in 1 of the two top spots on offer, alongside East Preston who still have 2 games to play. The Pulborough 16 have gone from strength to strength despite struggling at times to make the numbers. The loyalty of the members and the drive to succeed has ensured that a skilled team have played each match, with new members being attracted to join the club with the promise of competitive play. Hopes remain high of more ladies joining next season to boost the numbers and increase the possibility of a Ladies League being formed.
Of the 4 friendlies planned for this week, just 1 was played, due to lack of numbers at the rival clubs. This has become more of an issue as teams struggle to attract new and younger members to swell their numbers. Weds 17th saw Pulborough host Horsham Park for a game of 4 triples. With the green turned to avoid the late summer glare from the sun, Pulborough found themselves ahead by 21 shots by tea at halfway, despite the efforts of a good humoured Horsham side. With full stomachs, the Pulborough team set about maintaining their advantage, with the opposition close on their heals on two rinks! John Brown and team had a close call, dropping a 5 on the last end, but holding onto the win by 2 shots and Chris Etherington and team dropped 6 shots over the last 4 ends, winning by 2. Captain Paul Day, with Jane Gray and Mick Ayling in support, took 12 of their 18 ends to finish 11 shots ahead at 24/13, but top rink of the day by 3 shots, was skip Arthur Varndell, with Joyce Woods as lead and Derek Swaffield as number 2 with a fantastic 21/7 finish, quite the result! Pulborough finish with an impressive 83/54 clean sweep.With next years fixtures already settled, Pulborough will play Horsham Park in June and Aug 2017.
All being well, Pulborough next face Ewhurst at home on Tues, Petworth at home on Sat from 2pm and away at Southwater on Sunday 28th from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Release w/c 8.8.16

Triple Wins For Pulborough Keep Promotion Hopes Alive!

As the Evenings draw in at Pulborough Bowls Club, the climax of both the men's West Sussex Bowls League and the mixed Brookes Motors League are fast approaching. The first game of the week was at home to Goring Manor Spitfires in the WSBL, on Monday from 6pm. 4 rinks played 21 ends of close bowls, with Pulborough scoring points for 2 rink wins and overall victory, 72/67. 6/10 points see Pulborough in second place in the league behind East Preston. Top rink for the day went to skip, Alan Jordan, number 2, Mike Richards and number 3, Malcolm gray, after winning 16/21 ends to finish 25/7! 
A home game in the BML against bottom of the division Fishbourne went to form, with the opposition struggling on all 4 rinks against a confident Pulborough team second in the table in Div 1. The 2 friendly triples produced near identical scores, both winning over half their ends and sweeping the floor with Fishbourne, who remained in good spirits throughout! Top of the friendly triples was Alan Jordan, Clare Stevens and Roger Jupp with a 20/9 scoreline! Of the 2 league triples, the closest result was John Brown and team, who took it to a last end tied on 13 points each, winning by 1 point on end 18! Top of the league rinks were skip, Paul Day, number 1, Jane Gray and number 2, Colin Pardy, who dominated throughout, to finish 24 shots to Fishbourne's 9! Pulborough claimed the full 6 points for 2 rink wins and overall victory 38/22, a great result, with just 1 more BML to play on the 31st against Southbourne.
The final game for Pulborough in the WSBL was played at home against Tarring Priory on Sunday in ideal conditions. With ambitions for the full 10 points to keep hopes of winning the second division alive, Pulborough played a positive game to be 3 points ahead overall by midway. Skip, Len Adsett and team, had a strong game, exchanging scores of 5 with Tarring to be equal on score on the penultimate end, just loosing out to finish 24/25! Top rink for Pulborough went to Paul Day, Chris Etherington, Mick Ralph and Steve Adsett, who played out of their skins to finish 29/12 and take overall victory. Pulborough finished on 92/68 and 8 league points, with promotion to the first division almost certain, but the top spot yet to be decided!
Pulborough next play Horsham Park on Weds, Henfield on Sat from 2pm and Lancing on Sunday, all at home. Spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Release w/c 1.8.16

Penny Rhoder Cup Raises over £550 for McMillan!

On Sat 6th Aug, Pulborough Bowls Club and friends and family of Jeff and Penny Rhoder, came together to remember Penny and raise valuable funds for McMillan. Experienced bowlers were paired with less experienced or first time players in games of triples or pairs over a short format. The top 2 triples played off for the win, with Pauline Adsett, Alan Sealy and Steve Adsett coming a close second to the overall winners of the Cup, Amy Parker, Chris Rogers and Paul Day. Various fun games, a raffle, food and memory balloons released over the bowls green, all helped to add to the final figure of over £550 raised for McMillan on the day. A huge thank you must go to local business, Hamilton and Cole, for donating raffle prizes and to everyone that made the day such a huge success!
As the 2016 season approaches it's climax in mid September for Pulborough Bowls Club, the West Sussex Bowls League sees it's last few games to decide the top spots in each division. 2 more games were played this week, the first was at home to Storrington on Monday. 4 rinks played the full 21 ends, with 3 going Pulborough's way! A steady start, saw Alan Jordan and team stretch their lead just 1 point at a time, until their opponents staged a late comeback in the last 5 ends, taking 5 shots to finish just 6 behind on 18/12.
John Brown's team had a tough first half, being equal on points by end 12, but some heavy scoring the second half secured their win 19/12. Easily the top rink of the day went to Skip, Len Adsett, with lead, Mick Ayling, number 2, Roger Jupp and number 3, Colin Pardy, after a 30 points to 14 annihilation! The final result was another 8 league points for Pulborough and a convincing 83/57 score line!
Weds saw top of the table, East Preston face Pulborough at home. By end 11 there were just 11 shots in it across all 4 rinks, with East Preston stealing 2 rink wins and overall victory 74/67. Pulborough managed to secure another 4 league points to add to their tally thanks to wins by Paul Day's team and John Brown, with Adey Stratton, Fred Bushby and Chris Etherington as top rink for Pulborough 23/17!
A trip to the green at Steyning is always a pleasure and Sunday was no exception! 4 triples played 18 ends of competitive, yet friendly bowls against familiar rivals, with just 4 points in it by tea at halfway! Despite the lead changing on all rinks numerous times, the 4 point difference was still there at the end, with Steyning just pipping Pulborough 68/64! A fantastic day in good company!
Pulborough play their last 2 games in the WSBL away on Monday and home against Tarring Priory on Sunday from 2pm, alongside a friendly against Hotham on Tues and a BML game at home against Fishbourne at 2pm on Sat 13th, spectators are always welcome!  

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 25.7.16

John Brown And Pauline Adsett Lift The Branch Shield At Pulborough!

A challenging week for Pulborough began with an away fixture in the West Sussex Bowls League against Arundel on Tues. After Pulborough won convincingly at home in June, Arundel were keen to return the favour. The final score exactly matched that of their home encounter, with Pulborough gaining 1 more valuable point in the league to maintain their third place with 4 games to play. Top rink for Pulborough went to Len Adsett, with lead, Mick Ralph, number 2, Melvin Green and number 3, Arthur Varndell, with a 17 all draw.
A visit to the new green at Horsham on Sat proved more fruitful. 4 triples played 18 ends of friendly bowls on a fast green that seemed to suit the Pulborough players. Of the 4 Pulborough teams, 3 were victorious, even though Horsham staged a comeback in the second half in an attempt to steal a second! Top rink for the day went to skip, John Brown, with number 1, Ivan Salmon and number 2, Mike Richards, 17/15. The final score was a narrow victory for Horsham, but Pulborough can at least claim 3 rinks!
The hotly anticipated mixed pairs event, the Ron and Eileen Branch Shield took place at PBC on Sunday, after being moved from it's usual slot in May. 8 teams took part in 3 sessions of 7 ends, with the overall score determining the victor! Even with a lack of female players, the men didn't get it all their own way, with the top 2 pairings being mixed. Malcolm and Jane Gray matched their performance of last year by finishing second, after a tough second session against Len Adsett and Kath Ayling halted their progress. A 4 on the 17th end lifted their result just above the rest of the field, being one of just 3 pairs to finish with a positive shot difference! The runaway winners of John Brown and Pauline Adsett, took some hefty scores away from their opponents, with sessions of 7, 15 and 10 and a shot difference of +18, showing why they were impossible to match on the day! The Branch Shield was awarded by John Branch, on behalf of his family, who's name will be forever part of Pulborough Bowls Club.
Pulborough have a busy week ahead, with 2 league fixtures against Storrington and East Preston, followed by the Penny Rhoder Cup on Sat from 2pm and an away fixture at Steyning on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 18.7.16

Family Fun Day's A Flyaway Success!

A quieter week for Pulborough Bowls Club began with a Brookes Motors League fixture at home to Chichester on Monday from 2pm. 2 triples played 18 ends of largely one sided bowls, with Pulborough pulling ahead from half way. Skip, Alan Jordan, had a close game that could have gone either way, but 11 shots in the last 8 ends was enough to stop the opposition in it's tracks to finish 21/14. Top rink went to John Brown, with lead, Julie Day and number 2, Chris Etherington , who again found their stride on end 13 to finish with a flourish, 22 shots to 8! With overall victory and 2 rink wins, Pulborough scored the full 6 points against the odds!
Thurs 21st July saw the Worthing based Grasshoppers team of ex-police, visit Pulborough for a good natured friendly of 5 triples, followed by a hot supper of cottage pie supplied by the club members. 3 of the 5 games went Pulborough's way, with top rink going to skip, Paul Day, with lead, Julie Day and Chris Etherington as number 2. After a tight game, a 6 on the penultimate end, stretched their lead and snatched top rink from Melvin Green's team by 2 points to finish 23/10. A thoroughly enjoyable evening against good friends finished as a 93/75 win for Pulborough.
Sunday 24th July heralded the second Family Fun Day at PBC. Residents were invited from all areas of the village and beyond, to come along and try the game of bowls in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, with help from the members and coaching as required. Children were welcomed onto the green to play skittles, target bowls and junior bowls, with trophies being awarded to the most accomplished and hardest working children! Bacon rolls, nibbles and drinks were on offer to encourage everyone to spend their afternoon in good company out on the green and an extensive, local retailer sponsored raffle raised over £200 towards the roof for the new sun-room that will be constructed at the club in the Autumn. Our thanks also go to Cubitt and West for sponsoring the flyers for the event.
3 games next week see Pulborough away against Arundel in the WSBL on Tues, away against Horsham on Sat from 2pm and at home for the Branch Shield on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 11.7.16

Pulborough Gain Ground in BML League!

Another competitive week for Pulborough Bowls Club began with the first of 2 fixtures in the Brookes Motors League, away against Crablands on Tues. The weather was less than kind, with wind and rain affecting play from the start. Both teams agreed to finish at halfway, meaning that Pulborough took the spoils, with 1 rink win and overall victory giving them 4 valuable points. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Chris Etherington, lead, July Day and number 2, Mick Ayling, 14/3.
Next up was a game against the Littlehampton based Norfolk team on Thurs, again in the BML. This time the tables were turned and Pulborough won 1 of the 2 rinks, giving them 2 more league points against a tough team. Top rink was again Chris, July and Mick with a 6 shot lead, 21/15.
A friendly, local derby against Fittleworth on Sat 16th, was a new venue for some of the Pulborough players. A unique green lead to some interesting game play on all 3 rinks, with tight scores across the board! At halfway Fittleworth had a 4 shot advantage, but this was gradually eroded, until the teams were level at 18 ends! A friendly game with a competitive edge! Top rink for Pulborough went to John Brown, Mick Ralph and Chris Etherington 18/14.
Due to a lack of players, Stedham unfortunately had to cancel their Sunday fixture at Pulborough, leaving time for some inter-club competition. Top players for the day were Joyce Woods and Kath Ayling, who managed to outplay even the most experienced male league players. It just goes to show that the ladies shouldn't be underestimated!
A full week of fixtures sees Pulborough play twice more in the BML against Chichester and Southbourne on Mon and Weds, followed by a home fixture against the grasshoppers on Thurs at 6pm. Sunday 24th July is the second annual Family Fun Day at Pulborough Bowls Club. Everyone is welcome, with the gates opening at 2pm until 9pm. Target bowls, Skittles and Junior Bowls will all be available, alongside coaching for new players and competitions for those with more experience! Just wear some flat shoes, bowls will be provided. The bar will be open and bacon rolls will be available for just £1. A raffle will be held later in the day, with music and banter to help the atmosphere along! Come along and give bowls a try, what have you got to loose??


Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 4.7.16

League, County and Open Success Keep Pulborough Players Positive!

With unsettled weather and individual competitions alongside both friendly and league matches, Pulborough Bowls Club players are certainly kept on their toes! The first of 2 friendly matches this week, was at home to the Littlehampton Norfolk side on Weds from 2pm. 4 triples played the traditional 18 ends of banter and skill, with Pulborough getting the upper hand in both! A clean sweep of double digit victories meant that top rink had to be something special! Skip, Chris Etherington, with lead, Derek Swaffield and number 2, George Lewis, pulled out all the stops to win 12 points in the space of the last 3 ends, finishing with a fantastic 7 on the last end, just to rub it in, 28/8! The final score was 94/40 to Pulborough, one of their strongest performances in a friendly all season!
An away game against Billingshurst BC on Thurs proved to be a tougher draw, with close results on all but 1 of the 4 rinks. John Brown and team struggled to find the run of the green before halfway, but they do say that it all changes after tea and true to form, they managed to win 7 of the remaining 8 ends to win with a narrow margin, 14/10. Captain and skip, Paul Day, with lead, Julie Day and number 2, Colin Pardy, found themselves just 1 point ahead before the break, only to get a further 15 points in the second half to snatch top rink by quite a margin, 23/7. The final result was another win for Pulborough, 62/49.
The return match against the Witterings in the WSBL on Saturday, was a must win for Pulborough to keep their position as top of the table in Div 2 and they didn't disappoint! Malcolm Gray and team found the opposition stacked against them on rink 5 and despite their best efforts they couldn't match their pace. The other 3 teams fared better, with skip, Ivan Salmon, number 1, Mick Ayling, number 2, Shaun Jupp and number 3, Steve Adsett, scoring a 5 on the final end to achieve top rink with a 10 point win over their opponents 23/13. Pulborough exceeded their own expectations by leaving the Witterings with another 8 league points and a 79/71 victory.
The annual Stratton Cup, held in memory of Cliff Stratton, was hosted by Adey Stratton on Sunday once the had rain subsided. 8 drawn pairs competed over 3 rounds of 6 ends, each time moving to face new competition, with the top teams playing for the Stratton Cup. Malcolm Gray and Fred Bushby played off against Joyce Woods and Mick Ayling, with the former taking the win by 3 points. £60 was raised for Macmillan and a fantastic afternoon was had by all! 
3 members of Pulborough BC were noticeably absent from the Stratton Cup on Sunday due to participation in the Storrington Open from 9am. Despite a wet start, Paul Day, Chris Etherington and John Brown worked their way through to the final round to beat a team from Brighton and take the prize money and trophy, a fantastic achievement against tough opponents!
Steve Adsett has made it through to the semi finals of the County Singles Unbadged competition and will play again on Weds for a place in the final - good luck Steve!
Pulborough BC next face Crablands in the BML on Tues, Norfolk in the BML on Thurs, followed by friendlies against Fittleworth away from 2.30pm on Sat and at home to Stedham from 2.30pm on Sunday, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 20.6.16

Pulborough BC Host County Two Wood Competition!

Pulborough Bowls Club began their week on a high, with yet another very convincing win in the West Sussex Bowls League, Division 2, against Arundel. 4 rinks played 21 ends and on home turf, the Pulborough players excelled, with 3 rink wins and a draw. Skip, Len Adsett and team, had a tough time after pulling back a deficit in the first half of the game to be 11 all on end 15, pull ahead by 3 points, only to drop a 3 on the final end to finish 17/17! Captain Paul Day and team won 9 ends in a row to finish 18/12 ahead and skip, Alan Jordan, with Fred Bushby, Colin Pardy and Malcolm Gray, won with skill and banter to finish 19 points ahead on 28/9! The accolade of top rink for the game went to John Brown, with lead, Steve Adsett, number 2, Mike Richards and number 3, Chris Etherington, after winning all but 5 ends to finish 25 points ahead of Arundel on 33/8! The final result was 96/46 to Pulborough and another 9 league points, putting them close to the top of the table with games in hand over their closest rivals!
3 days later, the Pulborough team traveled to Littlehampton to face Maltravers on their return fixture, after previously winning 68/43 at home earlier that month. Of the 4 triples that played, 3 came back victorious, carrying Pulborough to a narrow 68/62 win! Captain for the day, Mick Ayling, coped with the pressure to lead his team of Mike Richards and George Lewis, to a 10 point win and top rink for the day, 26/16!
A narrow defeat at Stedham on Saturday, showed that Pulborough can be beaten on a good day! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Len Adsett, with lead Kath Ayling and number 2, Steve Adsett, 18/13. The final score was 48/41 to Stedham.
Sunday the 26th June saw Pulborough BC have the honour of hosting the Sussex County Bowls Two Wood Singles Competition. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and after a huge amount of behind the scenes preparation and preening of the green, play started at 9.30am with the first of 4 rounds, leading to the final round at 3pm. The starting 19 players were whittled down to just 2 winners by the end of the day, one of which was our own Pulborough player, John Brown, who will now go on to play in the Quarter finals in Lewes on the 12th of July,  A huge achievement against really tough opposition!
Pulborough player, Steve Adsett, played in the County Unbadged Singles competition against Mick Campbell from Crablands this week and is now through to the quarter finals after a tight 21/19 victory, a fantastic achievement in just his second full year of bowling!
Pulborough are hosting an Open Ladies Triples competition on Tues 28th June from 1.30pm, followed by a further 4 fixtures in the West Sussex Bowls League on Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sat at home to Worthing Pavilion from 2pm and finally a friendly at home against Southwater on Sunday 3rd from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

PBC Press Report w/c 13.6.16

Pulborough BC Team Up With Hepworth To Raise Money for Mary How.

A charity fundraiser in aid of The Mary How Trust, was held at Pulborough Bowls Club on Sunday 19th June. Members of Pulborough Sports and Social Club were invited to play against PBC in a long overdue local derby, kindly sponsored by quality local brewers, Hepworth, that are soon to move to their new site near Pulborough. Despite their lack of experience, the Social Club showed grit and determination and eventually a great deal of skill, to create a fun and competitive atmosphere, fueled by plenty of donated beer! The teams were mixed to even the odds and after 15 ends they called it a day, with top rink going to Paul, Melvin, Ben and Dean, 16 shots to 11. With green fees, donations and a game of "win the bottle of Kracken", over £200 was raised for the Mary How Trust, Pulborough BC's chosen charity. A huge thankyou goes to Mick Ralph for organising the fundraiser and championing such a worthy cause!
Earlier that week Pulborough won a triple of league matches, the first at home on Tues against Goring Manor Hurricanes in the WSBL. 4 rinks played 21 ends, with the majority of play going Pulborough's way. Of the 3 rink wins by skips Len Adsett, Paul Day and Alan Jordan, top rink went to Alan's team of Melvin Green, Malcolm Gray and Jeff Davy after winning all but 5 ends to finish on 28/9, another 8 league points to add to Pulborough's tally!
With Pulborough having another strong season in the Brookes Motors League, yet another positive result was just what the doctor ordered, when Crablands visited Pulborough on Weds 15th. 2 triples played 18 ends of friendly bowls, with John Brown and team having the closest game 24/12. The Captain's rink of Jane Gray, Alan Jordan and Paul Day as skip, consistently scored 3's throughout the game to keep their opposition in single figures and take top rink 26/9! Another 6 league points sees Pulborough near the top of the table and in a great position for the rest of the season.
Pulborough BC faced Tarring Priory away on Sat, a tough fixture on paper, but in reality, another chance for Pulborough to show their capabilities this season. 4 rinks played a close game, with only 1 result going Tarring's way. The 3 remaining rinks found it hard to find their feet before all pulling ahead from around end 8, with skip, John Brown, Lead, Melvin Green, Number 2, Derek Swaffield and number 3, Chris Etherington, snatching top rink with a strong result 27/12. Another 8 league points sees Pulborough fighting for top spot in Div 2 of the WSBL.
County successes see both the Pulborough triples and fours make it through to the next round of competition. Ivan Salmon's team of Martyn Ralph, Alan Jordan and Jeff Davy, saw off tough opposition from Worthing Pavillion, much to the bemusement of the Worthing skip, to finish with an impressive 22/11 score, well done lads!
Fixtures for Pulborough this week include a home game against Arundel in the WSBL on Tues, away against Maltravers on Fri from 2pm, away against Stedham on Sat from 2.30pm and Pulborough have the honour of hosting the County 2 Wood competition on Sun from 10am, well worth a watch!


Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 6.6.16

The Temperature Rises at Pulborough BC!

The positive results just keep coming for Pulborough Bowls Club, as their season hots up! Thurs 9th June saw Pulborough host the Maltravers team from Littlehampton. 4 triples played 18 ends of quality bowls against tough opposition. Mick Ralph and team were kept honest, with a 12 all draw on rink 3, John Brown and team scored consistently to finish 17/13 ahead and Len Adsett's team managed 17/11, with some heavy scoring in the first 11 ends. Top rink went to skip, Alan Jordan, lead, Pauline Adsett and number 2 Mick Ayling, after winning 12 of the 18 ends to finish on a fantastic score of 21/7!
For the first time this season, PBC had a tough game in the WSBL against top team, Worthing Pavillion on Sat, with the game not going Pulborough's way, but the return fixture on Sat 2nd July could be another story!
The final fixture of the week was away against Bognor BC on Sunday. 4 rinks played the full 21 ends, after the rain cleared to produce a stunning afternoon of bowls! Bognor didn't have the best of days, with losses on all 4 rinks, despite their best efforts, but this didn't dampen their spirits and the game was thoroughly enjoyed by both teams. The Pulborough scores were mostly in the 20's, but a special mention must again go to skip, Alan Jordan, number 1, Melvin Green, number 2, Len Hall and number 3, Mick Ayling, who won 15 ends, with a 7 on end 16, to finish on an astonishing score of 40/7, one of the best this season!
The Pulborough pairing of Mark Lancaster and Paul Day are through to the next round of the County pairs, after winning against M.Gardiner and T.Horner from Worthing Pavillion, 22/8, a strong result. 
The next week sees league games against Goring Manor Hurricanes and Tarring Priory in the WSBL and Crablands in the BML, alongside friendlies away against Ewhurst on Thurs at 2pm and a charity fundraiser against Pulborough Sports and Social Club on Sunday at 2pm, spectators always welcome

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 23/5/16

Another Winning Week for Pulborough Bowls Club!

A quieter week for Pulborough BC this week allowed for some valuable practice and time to prepare for forthcoming competitions. Tues 24th saw Pulborough play at home to Norfolk (Littlehampton), in the Brookes Motors League. After a 4 point haul against Chichester in the last round, hopes were high for a good result. 2 league triples played and 1 friendly. Mick Ralph, Kath and Mick Ayling left it until the last 2 ends to snatch victory in their friendly by 1 point, 17/16. Skip, John Brown, with lead, July Day and number 2, Chris Etherington, kept their noses ahead from the very first end, with just 1 or 2 shots between the 2 teams, a close game that finished 15/13 to Pulborough. Alan Jordan, Jane Gray and Melvin Green had a tougher game, being one step behind Norfolk, pulling it back to 7 shots a piece by end 8. A 5 on end 10 set the scene for the second half, with the Pulborough players persistently scoring 2's and 3's to finish on an Impressive 24/13 scoreline to steal top rink honours! Pulborough finished the day with the full 6 league points, a great result!
After some crossed wires on the fixture calendar, Pulborough hosted a local Derby involving players from both Storrington and Billingshurst on Thurs 26th at 2pm. 3 rinks played 21 ends of friendly bowls, with Alan Jordan, Mick Ralph, George Lewis and Joyce Woods gaining another top rink against Neil, Alan, Peter and Brian from Storrington, who kept them honest until end 15 when they pulled away to finish 21/12.
The week finished in the sunshine of Saturday afternoon against Fittleworth, in the first of 2 friendlies for 2016. Marc Lancaster and team struggled to keep pace with their opposition through the first half of the game, then suddenly the penny dropped and they were off, scoring a 5 on end 15 to pull ahead and win 17/13! Captain, Paul Day, with lead, George Lewis and number 2, Alan Jordan, scored heavily in the early stages of their game to be 10/5 ahead by end 10. Unmatched by their opposition, they finished 16/13 in front. Top rink for the day went to John Brown, Jane Gray and Mick Ayling, after being stuck on 6 points for 6 ends, they went on to win the next 9 ends, throwing in a 6 for good measure, to finish on 28/10! Final score to Pulborough 61/36, with the return fixture on Sat 16th July.
Pulborough host the Cawston Tourists on Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm, followed by fixtures against Horsham Park, Fishbourne in the BML on Sat 4th June and Horsham at home on Sun 5th June at 2pm, spectators always welcome.

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 15.5.16

Pulborough Fly High in West Sussex Bowls League!

After promotion to Division 2 for 2016,  Pulborough Bowls Club are leading the way in the West Sussex Bowls League, with 3 convincing wins against tough opposition! Sun 15th of May saw Pulborough at home to the Witterings at 2pm. 4 rinks played the standard 21 ends and by end 10, Pulborough were already 10 shots ahead! With no break for tea, there wasn't anything to interrupt the flow of points on all 4 rinks, with skip, Len Adsett, lead, Melvin Green, number 2, Adey Stratton and number 3, Arthur Varndell, just sneaking top rink by 3 points over Alan Jordan and team, to finish 8 points ahead on 24/16. The final score of 88/70 to Pulborough, yielded the maximum 10 points and a fantastic start to a promising season!
Rain put pay to the BML match against Hotham on Weds 18th and a cancellation against Petworth on Thurs, meant that the next game was again in the WSBL, this time away against East Preston on Sat 21st. The weather was less than kind, but Pulborough flourished in the inclement conditions winning on 3 out of 4 rinks quite convincingly. The battle for top rink honours between Previous President, Len Adsett and new member, Alan Jordan, saw both teams ahead by 14 and 10 points respectively at half way. Alan's team pulled together a further 10 points to finish 25/13, but Lenny held on, with the help of his team; Melvin Green, Mick Ayling and Malcolm Gray, to finish ahead on shot difference, 24/11! The final result for Pulborough was an eight point haul in the league and a 80/59 scoreline!
A challenging day on Sunday, had many of the Pulborough men playing back to back games at 10am and 2pm due to changes in the fixture calendar. This didn't seem to phase the players and with plenty of strong coffee, they commenced battle in the WSBL PC Cup against Middleton, at 10 O'clock. Of the 3 winning Pulborough rinks, the Captain and Vice Captain's rinks tied for top rink, both scoring 18 points over their opposition! Skip, Paul Day, with Mick Ralph, Jeff Davy and Mark Lancaster, scored back to back 6's on ends 8 and 9 to double their opposition's score and not look back, finishing on 28/10. John Brown, Melvin Green, Roger Jupp, and Chris Etherington, held the Middleton players on 8 points for 7 ends whilst pulling away to finish 30 points to 12. The final result for Pulborough was a 101/54 win.
The week finished with a friendly, yet competitive game against 4 triples from Steyning. Skip, Alan Jordan and team, scored a 7 on end 16 of 18, to pull ahead and win convincingly 22/16. Ivan Salmon, Jane Gray and Malcolm Gray, kept 3 quality Steyning players in single figures for the full 18 ends, nearly pinching top rink with a 20 point shot difference 26/6, but skip, John Brown, with lead, July Day and number 2 Melvin Green, managed 1 shot more, finishing 21 ahead at 28/7. A strong result against good friends, 101/40.
Another full week sees games against Norfolk, Pagham, the Torquay Tourists on Thurs at 2pm, away at Chichester on Fri 27th, at home to Fittleworth on Sat at 2.30 and the Cawston Tourists on Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm, spectators always welcome.


Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 9.5.16

Pulborough Win A Convincing Triple!

Pulborough BC's run of success continued this week with 3 outstanding results both home and away. Midweek saw Pulborough travel to Worthing to play Beach House Park over 18 ends. 4 triples played, three of which went Pulborough's way, with a dominant top rink going to skip, Chris Etherington, with lead, Melvin Green and number 2, George Lewis. The first half was all Pulborough, with a 6 on the third end setting the scene for things to come! By halfway, their opposition had faded, having scored just 2 points to Pulborough's 20 and the final score was a convincing 27/7 win to Pulborough. The score overall was a 71/53 victory to PBC.
Marine Gardens visited Pulborough on Sat 13th, hoping to continue their winning streak for 2016, but it wasn't to be! A strong showing by the Pulborough side produced 3 wins out of 4 triples, with a close contest for top rink between 2 experienced skips. Alan Jordan, with Pauline Adsett as lead and Melvin Green as 2, took a 6 on end 10 to double their opposition's score, finishing 20 points ahead 29/9. Lens Adsett, Mike Richards and Mick Ayling saved their 6 until the penultimate end to secure a 21 point lead and snatch top rink by just 1 point! The final score was 93/52 to Pulborough.
The second away game of the week took Pulborough to Littlehampton to face Norfolk. Ivan Salmon and team looked like an easy top rink until they dropped a 7 on end 15, reducing their lead to just 4 points! 7 points in the last 3 ends left them on 26/15. Skip, Alan Jordan, with lead, Mike Richards and number 2, Clare Stevens, kept their noses ahead from end 7, steadily building their lead to 12 points to snatch top rink for Pulborough. with 3 rink wins, PBC finished on 80/62, a great result!
Sun 15th May sees Pulborough play their first West Sussex Bowls League fixture for 2016 against the Witterings. 5 further games follow that week with a home BML game against Hotham on Weds 18th, away against Petworth on Thurs 19th, away against East Preston in the WSBL on Sat 21st at 2pm, followed by a double header on Sun 22nd, with the PC cup at 10am and Steyning at 2pm, a busy day! Spectators always welcome.

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 2.5.16

Pulborough's Positive Season's In Full Swing!

A trio of games this week saw Pulborough Bowls Club on good early form. The first fixture was a friendly against the Worthing Grasshoppers at 6pm on Tues. 5 triples played in chilly conditions, with all 5 teams putting up quite a fight! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Ivan Salmon, with lead, Joyce Woods and number 2, Malcolm Gray, 17/12. The Grasshoppers took a close victory, 88/74 after 18 ends.
A true taste of Summer saw the weekend temperatures exceed 24 degrees and Pulborough BC host Billingshurst in a local Derby on home turf. By half way, Pulborough were 12 shots down, but they say "everything changes after tea" and true enough, the scores began to reverse. Paul Day, with number 1, Mike Richards and number 2, Mark Lancaster, fought back from 4/14 down, to finish 21/17 and take joint top rink with Alan Jordan, Adey Stratton and Clare Stevens on 20/14. The final result was 85/74 to Pulborough, with the return fixture on Thurs 7th July.
Henfield hosted Pulborough on Sun under blue skies. 4 rinks played 21 ends of quality bowls, with Pulborough just having the edge at halftime. The results were split, with both teams winning 2 rinks each. Captain, Paul Day and team, were ahead from the second end, after scoring a 5 to take them 4 shots in front of their opposition, never to look back! They finished 21/15, a great result! Skip, John Brown, with lead, Melvin Green, number 2 Joyce Woods and number 3, Clare Stevens, took top rink for Pulborough after only allowing their opponents to score on 8/21 ends, keeping them in single figures until end 16, when they allowed just 2 more points, taking their final score to 24/10.  The overall score was a second win to Pulborough, 77/62.
4 games await Pulborough this week. The first is against Worthing Beach House Park on Weds, followed by Marine Gardens at home from 2pm on Fri, Norfolk away from 2pm on Sat 14th and at home on Sunday 15th to the Witterings, in their first WSBL fixture for 2016, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 25/04/16

A Positive week for Pulborough Against Tough Competition!

After the Opening Drive on the 23rd April, Pulborough Bowls Club wasted no time in getting stuck into their 2016 fixtures, with 2 away games this week against tough competitors.
The first game on Thurs 28th, was against Marine Gardens in Worthing. 3 triples played 18 ends, in chilly, coastal conditions, with Pulborough winning 2 out of 3 games. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Malcolm Gray, lead, Pauline Adsett and number 2 Mick Ayling, 21/11, after holding their opponents on 11 shots for the last 6 ends and taking a 4 on the penultimate end! Melvin Green and team had a closer game, after being level at half way, they went on to score a 5 on end 15 to win 17/12. The final score was 48/51 to Worthing, a close game in good company.
Sunday saw Pulborough's first game in the mixed, Brookes Motor's League, away against top team Chichester, in Priory Park. 2 triples played 18 ends under beautiful blue skies with the public looking on. Skip, Paul Day and team had a tough start after dropping 13 shots over the first 8 ends, but they pulled it back level by end 17 to force a last end shoot-out! Unfortunately it didn't go Pulborough's way, with the opposition scoring 3 shots to finish 21/18. The second rink was skipped by John Brown, with lead, Jan Barnes and Chris Etherington as number 2. They managed to pull out a lead of 8 points by the 8th end and spent the rest of the game defending their margin as their opposition pulled shots back, but they still managed to finish 5 shots ahead to secure 2 points for their win and a second 2 points for the overall victory for Pulborough, 40/38, a great score against the odds!
May Bank Holiday heralds the first Open Day for PBC this season, followed by fixtures against the Grasshoppers on Tues 3rd May, at home against Billingshurst on Sat 7th and away against Henfield on Sun 8th at 2pm, spectators are always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 07/09/15

Pulborough BC Finish on A High!

The final week of the 2015 season at Pulborough Bowls Club kicked off with the last friendly game, away at Cranleigh on Thursday Afternoon. 4 triples played 18 ends of competitive bowls, laced with a generous dose of good humor and banter! Cranleigh were hoping to revenge their previous defeat on the Pulborough green just 2 weeks before and it looked promising, with strong scores on 2 rinks by halfway. The remaining 2 games went in Pulborough's favour from the off, with Skip, Chris Etherington, lead, Kath Ayling and number 3 Colin Purdey scoring a 5 on just the second end, followed by consistent scoring to keep them well in front and almost taking top rink 23/12, but Skip, Malcolm Gray, Madge Marsden and Mick Ralph managed to take that honour on the very last end finishing 20/8! The final result was a close score of 64/56 to Pulborough, but I am sure Cranleigh will be keen to avenge their defeat when the 2016 season gets underway next April!
To signify the end of the outdoor bowls season at PBC, one last game was played between the Captain's and the President's teams to win the "ashes", or bragging rights for the next season! Teams were chosen at random, with members of the Captain's team wearing something red and the rest wearing black, some really got into the spirit of things with a bit of fancy dress, others chose to show their colours more on the green! 3 teams played for each side, with the rivalry being ever present and the scores staying close for the first third of the game, until President, Len Adsett, with Lead, Kath Ayling, number 2, Hugh Hubbard and number 3, Mick Ralph began to stretch out in front by winning end after end to finish 27/13 and take top rink against the Captain's team lead by Paul Day. Malcolm Gray and team took a 7 on end 11 and saved 4 shots against them on the very last end to cement their win 21/17. The final score was a win to the President's team 66/50.
Work now commences on drilling and under-filling the bowls green to improve the drainage and overall condition of the green and speed it up yet further for the 2016 season, this will help with the recruitment of new players that are looking for a quality green and competitive club to play for next year.
If you are interested in having a go when the new outdoor season begins in April 2016, you can reach us through our Website at www.pulboroughbowlsclub.co.uk, where you will find contact details for the club plus much, much more!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 30/08/15

Pulborough Bowls Club's Top Talent on Show In Finals Weekend!

The week began for Pulborough BC with a friendly away game against West Tarring on Weds 2nd Sept. 3 triples played 18 ends with tight scores throughout, but Pulborough just pipped Tarring by 2 shots 48/46. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Mick Ralph, with lead, Kath Ayling and number 2 Trevor, 19/16.
Arundel was the next stop for Pulborough on Friday, with 5 triples turning out for a fantastic days bowls! The banter flew and some high quality bowls from both sides made for a good natured game that again went in Pulborough's favour! Top rink, with a strong score of 36/16, after scoring 3 ends of 5 points and a 6 on end 16, was skip, Jan Barnes, with Malcolm Gray as number 2 and Colin Andrews as lead. Close on their heals was skip John Brown and team 24/8 and Len Adsett's team with 17/13. The final score was 106/70 to Pulborough and a memorable day had by all!
Finals Weekend at PBC brings out the year's most talented players producing some quality games and this year certainly didn't disappoint! Saturday began at 12.30 with the Novice Cup between Treacle and Steve Adsett. Despite her best efforts, Treacle couldn't keep up with the heavy scoring produced by Steve who won 21/11 after 19 ends. The 3-2-1, or Diggle, as it is known in Pulborough, was played next, with the winner needing 72 shots to be victorious. Matt Ives and Chris Etherington played a thrilling game of 23 ends with the result going to Matt 72/66! 2.30pm saw the pairs trophy contested by Ade Stratton/Mick Ralph and Alison Turrel/Ivan Salmon. Both teams produced some stunning shots but Ade and Mick kept their noses ahead to take the win 25 shots to 21. The final game of the day was the Two Wood at 3.30pm, between Steve Adsett and John Brown. Despite his best efforts, Steve couldn't keep pace with the scoring of John who finally took victory after 29 ends 24/17!
Sunday saw the conclusion of the Club Finals, starting with the Novice Salver at 1pm, played by Steve Adsett and Mick Ayling. The scores were level several times during the game with Steve breaking the 18 all deadlock on end 19 with a score of 4 shots to take the match 22/18. The Handicap Singles followed between Chris Etherington and Steve Adsett (who by this time was getting a little tired after his 3 other finals!). Chris took the lead early on, but Steve didn't give up and managed to get within 10 shots of his 21 point target by the time Chris reached 27, having given a 6 point handicap to his opponent. The final score was 27/17 to Chris. The Ladies Championship, played over 21 ends, was contested by Treacle and Jan Barnes at 3pm. The scores were level until end 16 when Treacle found another gear to pull ahead and win 23/16. The final Event on Sunday was the Men's Championship between top County player, Matt Ives and one of the Clubs biggest characters and highly skilled player, George Lewis. The lead changed hands throughout the game with the scores being within 1 point of each other until end 19 when Matt got his nose in front to win by just 2 points 21/19.
All the players that reached the finals in 2015 should be really proud of their achievements, the quality of the bowls produced in 2015 was outstanding and can only get better in 2016 with the influx of fresh talent joining for the new season!
Pulborough play their final game of the season away against Cranleigh on Thursday at 2.30pm, followed by the Captain v President competition on Sat 12th, spectators always welcome

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 24.08.15

Pulborough BC Win West Sussex Bowls League!

After just their second season playing in the West Sussex Bowls League Div 3, Pulborough Bowls Club have come top of the league with a total of 104 points and an average score of 6.5 points per game! A fantastic result against the likes of Chichester and Tarring Priory, who can no longer beat Pulborough to the top spot! Pulborough have had a strong season with a shot difference over their closest rivals, Tarring, of over 150 shots, meaning that they gain automatic promotion to Division 2 for next season.
Due to the unpredictable weather this week, the final game for Pulborough in the Brookes Motors League, at home against Southbourne on Weds 26th was called off, leaving 2 home friendlies to test the Pulborough players! The first challengers were Cranleigh on Thurs 27th. 5 triples played against an opposition team that should not be underestimated, based on past performances, but it was not to be their day, with 4 rink wins going to the Pulborough side! Top rink for Pulborough came from Skip Melvin Green, with lead, Mick Ayling and number 3, Jan Barnes, 23/8, after some heavy scoring in the first half of the game did the damage! Another strong score came from Chris Etherington and team, with 2 hot shots on ends 7 and 9 pulling them ahead by a margin that all but stayed with them to the end of the game, to finish 25/15! Skips Len Adsett and Mick Ralph, also saw their teams to victory, with the Pulborough finishing 20 points ahead of Cranleigh 94/74, a great result!
Saturdays game against Worthing Beach Park was an opportunity for Pulborough to avenge their away defeat in May and it didn't disappoint, with double digit victories on 3 out of 4 rinks! Joint top rink went to Skip Matt Ives, lead, Mick Ayling and number 2, Jan Barnes, 22/5 and skip Ivan Salmon with Mike Richards and Treacle, 26/9, both teams won by an impressive 17 shots! Close on their heals were John Brown's team with 26/9, making the final score, 88/42 to Pulborough, revenge is sweet!
Pulborough next play West Tarring away on Weds, Arundel away on Fri 4th and will be holding their club finals on Sat 5th/Sun 6th Sept. Spectators for the Finals Weekend are very welcome, the quality will be high amongst the cream of Pulborough players, so please come and Support from about 11AM.

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 17.08.15

Pulborough Fight To Keep Hopes Of Promotion Alive!

An important week for Pulborough Bowls Club started on Fri 21st, after a cancellation against Sutton on Thurs Evening. Pulborough played host to the Sussex Vice Presidents, a team made up of players from many different Clubs that play together several times a week and are a force to be reckoned with! 6 rinks played in glorious conditions on a Pulborough green that many said "has never played better", which is a credit to our Green Keeper, Chris Etherington. Of the six teams for Pulborough, 3 were victorious, with wins from Skip, Jeff Davy and team, after winning the last 8 ends to pull back from 13/5 down to win 16/14 and Len Adsett and team, 22/14. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip, Chris Etherington, with lead, Mike Richards, number 2, Fred Bushby and number 3, Jan Barnes, with 14 ends out of 21 and an impressive score of 26/8 against tough opposition! The final result went to the Sussex VP's by just 8 shots, 112/104, but there were no real losers, as a fantastic, banter-filled day was had by all!
The final game for Pulborough in the West Sussex Bowls League for 2015 was played away, against Marine Gardens, on Saturday, in the scorching temperatures! The breeze was a blessing, as Pulborough prepared for a good result, to secure them as league winners for the year! Both teams had lined up their best players and the games didn't disappoint, with Pulborough ahead on all 4 rinks by halfway! Len Adsett and team had a tough game, with the lead changing multiple times and 6 shots against them in the last 4 ends sealing their fate! Skip, John Brown and team, fought back from 18/12 down on end 16 to draw 19/19 and snatch 1 vital league point! Matt Ives, with his team of Mick Ayling, Jeff Davy and Ivan Salmon, scored steadily in the second half of their game, achieving two 4's and a 5 on end 15, to squash any hopes their opponents had of a comeback to finish 30 shots to 12! Top rink, with an even stronger score of 33/13, was Skip and Club Captain, Paul Day, with Steve Adsett as lead, Roger Jupp as number 2 and Mick Ralph as number 3, to secure 7 vital League points for Pulborough and keep their hopes of promotion to Division 2 a reality!
They can still be caught by Tarring Priory, who have a game still to play, but must score good points to beat Pulborough and win the league!
Pulborough have 3 home games to play this week; Southbourne in the Brookes Motors League on Weds 26th, Cranleigh on Thurs from 2.30pm and Worthing Beach Park on Saturday from 2pm, spectators always welcome! 

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 10.08.15

Positive Pulborough Produce More Wins in 2015!

In the closing weeks of the 2015 season, Pulborough BC has a busy timetable of friendlies to play, both home and away with this week being no exception! On Weds, Pulborough played host to Horsham Park. 4 triples played in the Afternoon sun and by halfway, the scores were close, with 2 rinks to each team. Horsham fought hard to turn the scores around and managed to win on 1 rink by 6 points, but the other 3 Pulborough  teams were less forgiving, with top rink for Pulborough going to Skip, Jan Barnes, with lead, Derek Swaffield and number 2 Treacle, 25/13. Mick Ralph and team were close on their heals with an impressive 21/14 score line and Colin Andrews and team, pulled it back from 8/8 at halfway to 20/14 after a 6 on end 11! Final score 78/59 to Pulborough.
Next to face Pulborough at home were Henfield on Saturday, after Pagham pulled out of Friday's fixture. 4 rinks played 21 ends of impressive bowls, with just Len Adsett and team being held to a draw at 16/16 after their opponents pulled 5 shots out of the bag on the last 2 ends to level the scores! Skip, Ivan Salmon and team, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to move from 2 shots down on end 18 to 3 ahead on end 19 and victorious 18/17 on end 21! Paul Day, Craig Jupp, Roger Jupp and George Lewis only allowed their opponents to win 7/21 ends and just 14 shots compared to Pulborough's 31, some heavy scoring saw them take the lead from end 3! If that wasn't impressive enough, skip John Brown, with lead, Derek Swaffield, number 2, Mike Richards and number 3 Chris Etherington, were ahead from the start and finished with an end in hand 36/14 and top rink! The final score was 101/61 to Pulborough.
Lancing played host to Pulborough on a humid Sunday Afternoon, with acrobatics from Eastbourne's air displays over-head and some skillful manoeuvres from the players on the green! out of 5 triples, 3 went in Pulborough's favour, with top rink going to skip, Len Adsett, with lead Melvin Green and number 2, Arthur Varndell, after a 6 on end 8 doubled their score and kept them well ahead for the rest of the game to finish 27/10. Paul Day and team used the tea at halfway to re-fuel and re-focus with their best bowls being saved for last, to achieve 21/8 at full time! John Brown and team won 20/10 and Malcolm Gray and team pulled out a 7 on end 14 to pull level and finish 16 shots a piece! Final score 94/58 to Pulborough. Some fantastic bowls were played, in great company, on a very well kept green, thoroughly enjoyable!
Pulborough face 4 games this week: Thurs at home to Sutton from 6pm, Fri at home to the Sussex Vice Presidents from 2pm, the final round of the WSBL against Marine Gardens, away on Sat from 2pm and away at Southwater on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press report w/c 3/08/15

Top of The League Pulborough Beat Tarring For 9 League Points!

Another busy week for Pulborough BC comprised of 2 league fixtures and a friendly, with all eyes firmly fixed on the Sunday game against Tarring Priory and the potential of gaining top spot in the West Sussex Bowls League for the first time!
An away game in the Brookes Motors League against Hotham on Tues Afternoon, finished just as the sun was setting over the seaside green at Bognor. 3 triples played in 2 league games and a friendly with the competitive side coming out in both teams! Skip Mick Ralph, with lead, Treacle and number 2, Jeff Davy, left the opposition in their wake winning all but 5 ends and finishing with an impressive 25/5 top rink. Malcolm Gray and team put up a good fight, but a wobble in the middle meant the end score was against them at 20/16. The friendly rink, skipped by Mick Ayling, saw 2 4's and a 5 on end 13 to finish 24/11 ahead. 4 league points ensures Pulborough keep their position in the league with just 1 game against Southbourne still to play.
A home friendly against Fishbourne on Sat was a mixed bag of results. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip Len Adsett, with lead, Joyce Woods and number 2 Mick Ayling, after consistent scoring saw them ahead from the first end to finish 18/12 in the positive! Ivan Salmon and team were tied on end 11, but a 5 sent them on the way to a win 20/16. With 2 wins and 2 losses out of 4 rinks, the overall score was tight, but Fishbourne just sneaked the win by 6 points, 69/75.
The hotly anticipated home game against top of the league, Tarring Priory on Sunday, set the player's pulses racing under the burning sun and many a temper flared as Pulborough set about dismantling the game of the opposition to show true class when it meant the most. 4 rinks played in the West Sussex Bowls League, with Pulborough ahead on all rinks by half way, or in the case of Skip, Paul Day, Craig Jupp, Hugh Hubbard and Mick Ralph, ahead from the first minute! Their opponents managed just 12 shots to Pulborough's 30! Len Adsett and team pinned their opposite numbers on just 1 shot for the first 13 ends, only allowing them to score when they were sure of victory 20/9! John Brown and team also didn't disappoint at 28/15. Matt ives and team had a tougher job with Tarring fighting back from 17/10 down on end 16 to finish with a draw at 18 points each! The final result was 96/54 to Pulborough and 9 valuable league points to put them ahead of Tarring in top spot with 1 game left to play! All eyes will be on the league tables in the last few weeks of the 2015 season to see if Tarring can pull back the points and pip Pulborough at the post!
Pulborough next play at home to Horsham Park on Weds, at home to Pagham on Fri from 2pm, at home to Henfield on Sat from 2.30pm and away at Lancing on Sun from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 27/07/15

Triple League Victories Put Pulborough in Hunt for Promotion!

A packed week for Pulborough, started with a home game against local rivals Storrington, in the Brookes Motors League, on Monday Afternoon from 2pm. 2 league triples played for 6 potential points, alongside a friendly game just for pride! All 3 games saw Pulborough ahead by halfway and gaining momentum, with the final results going in Pulborough's favour across the board! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Malcolm Gray, with lead, Treacle and number 3 Mick Ayling, with an impressive 20/8 scoreline in the friendly game! The final score was 33/29 to Pulborough and 6 points in the BML.
East Preston visited Pulborough for the first of 2 home WSBL fixtures on Weds Evening. The dominant performance of skip Ivan Salmon, with Martin Ralph, Mick Ayling and Jeff Davy as support, left the opposition pointless after 13 ends of play! By the end of the 21st end, they had mounted a comeback to steel 5 points and finish 28/5 down! Close competition for top rink of the day came from skip John Brown, lead, Melvin Green, number 2, Shaun Jupp and number 3 Chris Etherington with a commanding score of 29/7, only letting their opponents score on 6 of 21 ends! Paul Day and team also won 23/13 to give Pulborough 8 valuable league points for a 97/43 victory!
With a game in hand over Chichester in the West Sussex Bowls League, Friday was a must win fixture for Pulborough to keep hopes alive of promotion to division 2 in 2016. They didn't disappoint with a thrilling match between closely matched rivals and games being decided on the last end! Matt Ives, Hugh Hubbard, Jeff Davy and Ivan Salmon, had the only runaway score line, after winning the first 6 ends, only to get stuck on 11 for the next 6, until consistent scoring saw them steam ahead to a 20/13 victory! John Brown and team managed 29/25, after a 6 saw them take the lead on end 10 and not look back! Paul Day and team struggled to get a foothold in their game and were behind 10/5 by halfway. A 4 on end 12, put them back in contention and a battle of wills produced a final end shootout that went in Pulborough's favour 17/16! The fortunes were reversed for Len Adsett and team when they dropped a shot on the last end to finish 21/22 down, but the 8 league points gained by yet another WSBL win, helped to sweeten the result! Pulborough are now in a strong position for second place in the league, with a chance to go top if they beat Tarring Priory in next week's fixture and results elsewhere in the league go in their favour!
Sat 1st Aug saw the first Annual Penny Rhoder Cup played at Pulborough BC. Novice and experienced players alike, took to the rinks to try their hand at bowls in memory of the late Penny Rhoder, respected member of the PBC family and resident of Pulborough, who passed last year. A fantastic day was had by all, both on and off the green, with proceeds from the BBQ and raffle going to Midhurst MacMillan, a fantastic cause!
The final fixture of the week was away at Steyning on Sunday Afternoon. 4 triples played a close game, with the result just going in Steyning's favour, 65/54.
Matt Ives of Pulborough BC, played in the Finals of the County Singles competition at Popes Mead in Crawley on Sunday against Richard Moses. Despite his best efforts, Matt came away with the runners-up trophy, but what a trophy! He is quoted as saying "I will win it someday!" and with his determination, it will happen!
Pulborough next play in the BML away against Hotham on Tues, at home to Fishbourne on Sat from 2pm and at home to Tarring Priory on Sun from 2pm, well worth a watch!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 20.07.15

Double League Wins For Pulborough Keep Them In The Hunt For Top Spot!

Despite the soggy weather, the sun shone on Pulborough BC this week with a full house of positive results and 18 valuable League points!
The bowling week began with the first of 2 West Sussex Bowls League fixtures, away against the Littlehampton based Norfolk team, on Monday Evening from 6pm. As the clouds gathered, the scores for Pulborough gained momentum, with all 4 rinks being ahead by half way! With no break for tea and no let-up in the rain, there wasn't to be any miraculous recovery by the opposition and the final result was a clean sweep for Pulborough, with 4 rink wins and the full 10 league points to keep them in second place in the league and within reach of league promotion at the end of the season. The final score was 105/51 to Pulborough. Top rink went to skip, Matt Ives, with lead, Steve Adsett, number 2 Derek Swaffield and number 3 Malcolm Gray 32/8. They only allowed their opponents to score on 5 out of 21 ends, a very dominant performance!
5 rinks played against Horsham Park at their new facility on Saturday. The green was fast and the banter flew, in a close game between friendly rivals. The final result reflected the skills on show, with Pulborough taking the win 108/95.! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, John Brown, with lead, Jane Gray, number 2, Colin Andrews and number 3, Chris Etherington, 28/14. Len Adsett and team, also came home victorious after pulling back from 7/4 down to 25/14 after 21 ends!
The final fixture of the week, was at last, on home turf, against Marine Gardens in the WSBL on Sunday. In torrential rain, the game became more about who had the best wet-weather gear and who could grip their bowls in the chilly conditions! Pulborough again showed grit and determination, to stay ahead on 3 rinks and take overall victory, after the game was stopped on the 11th end to preserve the health of both the players and the green! Top rink for Pulborough went to Ivan Salmon, Steve Adsett, Shaun Jupp and Jeff Davy 22/5, a fantastic result. The Horsham players managed to dry off in time to enjoy an early supper and a few laughs, despite another 8 points going to Pulborough after a 60/28 win!
Pulborough next play Storrington in the BML on Mon, followed by 2 more WSBL matches against East Preston on Weds and Chichester on Fri from 5.30pm, with the last fixture of the week being away at Steyning on Sun from 2pm, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 13/07/15

Sunday's Fun Day Brings Pulborough Residents Through The Gates Of PBC!

The sun shone on Pulborough Bowls Club for it's first Community Fun Day on Sunday 19th July from 2pm, sponsored by Hub Electronics in Horsham. Members were busy preparing the club from early morning to ensure the success of the day and give the best reception to everyone coming along to join in the fun! The children's games were especially popular, with trophies being given for the best scores in skittles, target bowls and any other fun game that was invented by Mick Ralph on the day! Many adults were tempted to try their hand at bowls for the first time, whilst others looked to make the transition from indoor bowls to outdoor or dust off their bowls after years away. There was a true buzz in the air that brought a smile to even the most exhausted Pulborough players, even Ivan Salmon and Jeff Davy, that had been valiantly serving up burgers and hotdogs all day, managed to have a laugh and a well earned drink at the bar as the event carried on until 10pm. Music was supplied by Retrospect Event Sound and raffle prizes were donated by Countryside Meats of Adversane , the Flower Shop in Pulborough, Dyke Farm Shop, Guildbourne Meats and many generous club members. Approximately £400 was raised towards improvements to the canopy area at the front of the club over the Winter months. Our thanks go to the many people within PBC that made this event such a huge success in it's first year of many!
Bowls action from PBC started on Monday with a Brookes Motors League fixture against Chichester on the Pulborough Green. 2 mixed triples played, with top rink for Pulborough (by just 1 point!) going to skip Len Adsett, with lead, Steve Adsett and number 2 Treacle, 19/17. John Brown and team made it the full 6 points for Pulborough with a second winning rink 18/16. The final score was 37/33 to Pulborough.
The carpeted green at Southbourne made the second BML fixture of the week a much tougher proposition, with 2 tight games resulting in reverse fortunes for Pulborough and 0 league points.
4 Triples played the Grasshoppers on Thursday Evening, 2 wins for Pulborough came from skips Paul Day and Hugh Hubbard, with top rink going to Hugh, lead Fred Bushby and number 2 Malcolm Gray 15/11. The final result was 55/49 to the Grasshoppers, a very close game all round!
The fast surface at Petworth proved challenging for some of the Pulborough players on Saturday, but the result did go in their favour, with 2 rink wins and overall victory 73/64. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip John Brown, with lead, Julie Day and number 2, Mick Ayling 21/14.
An exhausting, but enjoyable week for Pulborough BC, will be remembered for the smiles on the faces of the children collecting their bowls trophies and the many players that gave their time to help with Sunday's funday!
Pulborough next play on Mon 20th, away at Littlehampton (Norfolk), away at Horsham on Sat at 2pm and at home to Marine Gardens in the WSBL on Sunday from 2pm, spectators always welcome!


Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 6.7.15

Pulborough Match Fittleworth Point for Point!

Thursday saw the first of just 3 games this week for Pulborough BC, away at Littlehampton's Norfolk Club. The sea breeze, brilliant sunshine and quality green, should have been the setting for a tight game, but with a much higher membership than Pulborough, Norfolk sent their A team to ensure victory in the Brookes Motors League fixture, 44/30.
A local Derby against tough rivals Fittleworth, was always going to be hotly contested, but Skip, Mick Ralph, with lead, Steve Adsett and number 3 Fred Bushby, made their game seem like a walk in the park, only allowing their opponents to score on 6 out of 18 ends! Their consistent scoring earned them top rink for the day 17/8! The other 2 Pulborough  triples didn't fare quite as well, but remarkably, by 18 ends, the scores were level at 44/44, a friendly draw! The home fixture back in May, was equally as close with Pulborough just steeling victory 48/45, showing just how evenly matched the two clubs have been this season!
A hotly anticipated home fixture against Stedham on Sunday, unfortunately fell victim to the weather, leaving the Pulborough players with a chance to catch up with the Wimbledon Men's Final and a well earned break!
Pulborough's County Singles player, Matt Ives, has made it into the Men's final, to be played at Popes Mead, Crawley on August 2nd 2015! He played Alec Martin from White Rock, Hastings on a green in Lewes and won convincingly 21/11. Everyone at Pulborough BC wish Matt all the best for his final and many congratulations for his performance so far!
Four games await Pulborough this week, starting with two BML fixtures on Monday and Wednesday, at home to Chichester and away at Southbourne. On Thursday, Pulborough play the Grasshoppers at home from 6pm and Saturday they are away at Petworth from 2pm.
Sunday 19th July, heralds the first Family Fun Day at PBC. Gates open at 2pm, with music, BBQ food, drinks and a raffle alongside a packed day of fun games on the green for all ages! Skittles, target bowls and junior bowls will all take place, with rinks reserved for visitors tempted to try bowling for the first time and those who crave a bit of competition! Entry is completely free and we hope to see some new faces discovering Pulborough's best kept secret! See you there!

Pulborough bc Press Report w/c 29.06.15

Pulborough Host Ladies Invitation Triples in the Summer Heat!

As the temperatures neared 30 degrees on Tues Afternoon, Pulborough BC played host to teams from all over Sussex, in their Annual Ladies Invitation Triples Event, sponsored by Comyn and James Estate Agents. 10 teams played a total of 20 ends, split into 4 games of 5 ends, with the top 2 teams playing off for the winners shield. Competition was fierce, with Pulborough and Norfolk being tied on equal points! The Pulborough triple of Treacle, Jane Gray and July Day, were just beaten to second place on ends won! The final between Norfolk and Preston A was a thrilling game but the Preston team of Val Aldridge, Brenda Bailey and Kate Sayers, snatched victory to claim the winners shield and prize money after a fast paced final!  The day was a huge success with everyone pulling together under the leadership of organiser,Jan Barnes, who did a fantastic job both on the day and in the many weeks leading up to the main event!
Thursdays away game against local rivals Billingshurst, didn't go Pulborough's way, but top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Mick Ralph, number 1 Jane Gray and number 2 Colin Andrews 16/11.
A trip to Middleton-on-Sea on Saturday, saw the positivity return to Pulborough's game, with a win in the West Sussex Bowls League! 4 rinks played over 21 ends, on a well manicured green in the Afternoon sun and Pulborough held their nerve against stiff opposition! Out of the 3 winning rinks, the tightest game came from skip, Matt Ives and team, who were 9 shots ahead at half way, but were hauled back to win by just 1 shot! Paul Day and team managed 3 shots over their opposition and top rink went skip John Brown, with number 1 Craig Jupp, number 2 Roger Jupp and number 3 Malcolm Gray, 24/16. The final score was an incredible 74/74 and 7 league points to Pulborough, to keep them in the top third of the Div 3 table!
Sunday saw the hotly contested Stratton Cup played on the green at Pulborough. 8 triples played a total of 20 ends, moving rinks after every successful 5 ends, until the total scores determined the victor! The random draw of players made for some unusual team dynamics and allowed some less experienced players to lead the teams. With that said, the old hand of Len Adsett, guided his team to an impressive victory after a fourth sector white wash gaining them 13 valuable points and handing them the victory and winners trophy! Hugh Hubbard and team came in second with +11 and Paul Day and team took third with +8 shots. The trophy was presented by Ade Stratton, proudly carrying on the Stratton connection with Pulborough Bowls Club by becoming a member several years ago.
The Pulborough four of Steve Adsett, Matt Ives, Chris Etherington and John Brown played in the County Quarter finals in Lindfield on Weds. They missed out on a place in the semi's by just 1 shot and should be very proud of their progression through the competition to that point. Matt Ives played in the Quarter Finals of the singles competition against David Moses from Mackie and won 21/18, He will now face Alec Martin from Hastings, in Lewes this week, good luck from all at Pulborough BC!
Pulborough next play away at Norfolk in the BML on Thurs, away at Fittleworth on Sat at 2.30pm and at home to Stedham on Sun at 2.30, spectators and new members always welcome!

Pulborough bc Press Report w/c 22.06.15

Pulborough Four Win Regionals to Qualify for County Quarters!

Highlights for Pulborough Bowls Club this week, came from both County and League success.
The Pulborough four of John Brown, Chris Etherington, Matt Ives and Steve Adsett, played in the area final of the County Fours against a team from Chichester on Friday Evening from 6pm. After the first 9 ends, there was nothing between them at 9 shots all, but Pulborough picked up the pace with a 5 on end 11 to pull ahead by 10. Chichester showed their pedigree by clawing back the deficit to finish just 1 shot behind Pulborough at 23/22. Pulborough next play in the County Quarters in Lindfield, on Friday 3rd July. Matt Ives is through to the Quarter Finals of the County Singles after yet another away win but unfortunately the triples met their match and are out.
The next round of the Abergavenny Cup was played at Pulborough and Tarring Priory on Weds, with the away team finishing with an impressive 20/11 victory, only to be knocked out by a home loss of 28/11 to Priory. Pulborough's campaign will start afresh next year with renewed vigour!
Two games were played in the West Sussex Bowls League this week, the first was away at Littlehampton's Maltravers, the second, at home against Norfolk. Skip Jeff Davy, with number 1, Derek Swaffield, number 2, Mick Ayling and number 3 Roger Jupp, took top rink for Pulborough against Maltravers with a strong 25/10 score line. Unfortunately that was the only 2 points achieved by Pulborough that day! A reverse of fortunes on Saturday saw a much more dynamic Pulborough team steel a valuable 8 league points from Norfolk with 3 rink wins and overall victory! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, John Brown, supported by number 1, Melvin Green, number 2, Mick Ayling and number 3 Chris Etherington with an embarrassingly good 36/10 score line! A 6 on the second to last end, just went to rub more salt into the Norfolk wounds! Other rink wins came from skip, Matt Ives, 32/8 and a fantastic comeback by Ivan Salmon and team from 18/10 behind to 25/19 by end 21, well done to the whole team! The final result was 111/60 to Pulborough.
This week, Pulborough have another 4 games, starting on Tues with the Annual Ladies Invitation Triples from 1pm, an away game against Billingshurst on Thurs, the next game in the WSBL away against Middleton on Saturday and the Stratton Cup on Sunday at home from 2pm. Spectators are always welcome and open practice sessions are every Monday from 6pm if you fancy giving bowls a try!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 15.06.15

PULBOROUGH STORM TO VICTORY OVER STEDHAM!

A cancellation against Arundel, meant that the week started for Pulborough Bowls Club on Friday, with a home match in the West Sussex Bowls League against Maltravers from Littlehampton. 3 rinks and a triple played for both sides and by half way there was just a 4 point difference between the teams. Skip Len Adsett, with lead, Melvin Green, number 2, Shaun Jupp and number 3, Mick Ayling, had a fantastic game, getting top rink with 28/14 after some heavy scoring in the second half including a 5 on end 18! The final result didn't reflect the closeness of the match with Maltravers achieving 96 to Pulborough's 64, but Pulborough did steel 2 vital league points to add to their tally for 2015!
An away game the following day at Stedham, heralded a change of fortunes for Pulborough. 3 triples played 18 ends and skip John Brown looked to have everything under control at halfway, with a 2 point lead, but Stedham fought back to pin the Pulborough team on 7 for the next 4 ends whilst they stretched out a 2 shot lead to cruelly finish 14/16 ahead. Skip Len Adsett and team were ahead from the first end to finish 18/12 in front after a tight game. Top rink for the day went to skip Mike Richards, with lead, Kath Ayling and number 2, Colin Andrews with an impressive 22/12 score line!
Sunday was a more relaxed affair, with a friendly against players from the local Sports and Social Club. Varied levels of experience, from novice to seasoned player, allowed for some good natured banter and valuable practice for some of Pulborough's potential players for the future! Needless to say that experience paid off and the Pulborough team of Len, Steve, Martin and Arthur, took top rink with 29/8, a comprehensive win!
County successes came from the Pulborough fours, triple and pairs, with John Brown, Matt Ives, Chris Etherington and Steve Adsett beating a team from Tarring Priory 26/13 to reach the regional semi-finals and Matt, Chris and John playing again in the triples against Chichester to win 20/15.
The next round of the Abergavenny County Double Fours took place on Weds, with one team playing at home and the other away at Petworth. The home team of John Brown, Mick Ralph, Jeff Davy and Len Adsett struggled until end 13 when a 7 shot them into the lead and halted Petworth's progress finishing with a convincing win of 27/11. The away team of Matt Ives, Steve Adsett, Ivan Salmon and Chris Etherington, had a close game but finished 3 shots ahead at 18/15. A shot difference of 19 means that Pulborough progress to the next round.
Pulborough next play away at Sutton on Tues at 6.30pm, away in the WSBL at Maltravers on Fri, at home to Norfolk in the WSBL on Sat at 2pm and a friendly against Southwater at home on Sunday from 2pm, spectators and potential players always welcome!

Pulborough bc Press Report w/c 7.6.15

A sizzling week for Pulborough yields positive results!

Pulborough faced Bognor for the second time this season, in a re-match on Sunday 7th June. Bognor were keen to avenge their previous defeat and made it tough for Pulborough throughout, with close scores on all rinks. Rink wins for Pulborough came from Skips Len Adsett and Ivan Salmon, both managing a 3 point victory and gaining another 4 league points for Pulborough in the battle for West Sussex Bowls League honours in 2015! Final score 71/76 to Bognor.
Tues 9th saw Pulborough host West Tarring for a friendly at 2pm. A mixed bag of results yielded a fantastic top rink for skip John Brown, with number 1 Melvin Green and number 2 Kath Ayling. The scores were tight until the home team killed their competition with a 7 on end 8 and winning ends from then on, to finish 28/8, a fantastic result! The final score for the day was a hard fought 62/82 to West Tarring.
Pulborough had their second of 3 away games of the week against top of the league Tarring Priory in the WSBL on Sat 13th. Top rink went to skip and Captain, Paul Day, supported by A.Stratton, R.Jupp and M.Ralph, with wins on 15/21 ends and a final score of 27/10! Overall victory went to Pulborough 80/77 and another 4 league points to add to their tally!
A local derby against rivals Storrington in the Brookes Motors League, delivered a comprehensive away win in the club's first meeting of the year on Sunday, with wins for all 4 triples and some consistent scoring from the Pulborough teams. Top rink for Pulborough came from skip Jeff Davy, number 1 Kath Ayling and number 2 Arthur Varndell, after the best possible start, of 5's on the first 2 ends, to quash any hope for their opponents, who only went on to score 9 to Pulborough's 27! Other wins came from skip Paul Day and team, 19/12, John Brown and team, 20/14 with a 5 on end 5 and Mick Ralph and team, 18/13, who moved into the lead with a 5 on 17 to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Final score 84/48 to Pulborough and the full 6 points in the BML, with the rematch on the 27th July.
County success came from the 4's and triples, who made their way into the next round of their County comp's. John Brown, Chris Etherington, Steve Adsett and Matt Ives, played just 16 ends to beat Tarring Priory and continue into the next round, well done to all!
Pulborough next play against Arundel on Tues 16th, Maltravers in the WSBL on Fri, Stedham away on Sat and at home against the local Sports Club on Sunday at 3pm, spectators and new players always welcome.

Pulborough bc Press Report w/c 2.6.15

Pulborough Pull Back in West Sussex League!

After a tough few games, Pulborough showed their skill against one of the top teams, with a 4 rink, 10 point, clean sweep against Middleton on Weds. Top rink went to skip, Ivan Salmon, with Mick Ralph as lead,  Fred Bushby as 2 and Jeff Davy as 3. After not scoring on the first 3 ends to be 5 shots down, they stormed back to take the next 11 ends, making it 24/5 in their favour. Their final score was an impressive 32/9 after 21 ends!
John Brown and team were equally impressive with a win of 29/8. Matt Ives's team took the first 8 ends to lead 20/2, finishing up 28/14 after their opponents staged a minor comeback! Skip Len Adsett and team had a closer game until they scored a 6 on the final end to crush all hopes of a last minute surge by their opponents! The overall score was 114/42 to Pulborough.
Congratulations to George Lewis who had the top score in the Captain v Greenkeeper match on Saturday Afternoon. Another trophy to add to his collection! A fantastic day was had by all, on what is now a regular fixture in the PBC bowls calendar.
Next week sees Pulborough home against west Tarring on Tues, away to Tarring Priory in the WSBL on Sat 13th at 2pm and away to Storrington in the BML on Sunday. Spectators and new players always welcome!


Pulborough bc Press Report w/c 25/05/15

Pulborough Play Host to the Presidents!

On Tuesday 26th May, Pulborough played host to the competitive Presidents versus Executives County Match, over 6 rinks. 5 Pulborough players took part, across all rinks, with the Presidents taking winning honours on all but 1 rink. The winning Executives team were made up of President Ken Woodcote, Terry Mitchell, Reg Strong and Pulborough's Chris Etherington.
After a cancellation at Horsham Park, Pulborough BC next played away at Fishbourne on Saturday Afternoon. 3 triples played 18 ends against tough opposition and skip, Len Adsett, chose his game to redeem himself after a tough run of late! His team of Melvin Green and Joyce Woods, took top rink, after leading from end 2, to finish 39/6 ahead! Skip Jan Barnes, with number 1 Pauline Adsett and number 2 Arthur Varndell, had a tough game after being behind by up to 10 shots in the first half, but a six on end 9, followed by a 4 the following end, pulled them in front 18/16, never to look back! They finished 24/21, a fantastic result! Not to be outdone, Joyce Broadribb, Steve Adsett and Colin Andrews also finished ahead 18/14, giving Pulborough overall victory on all 3 rinks, 81/41. The re-match is on Sat Aug 8th away at Fishbourne.
County successes were plentiful for Pulborough players this week with John Brown winning 22/11 in his County Singles against T.High, Chris Etherington/John Brown winning their pairs away at the Witterings and Ivan Salmon/Matt Ives winning their pairs at home after playing an extra end. Congratulations to all the winning players from everyone ay PBC.
Pulborough next play in the WSBL at home to Middleton on Weds 3rd, a club event on Sat 6th and an away game on Sun 7th at Bognor in the West Sussex Bowls League, spectators and new members are always welcome.


Pulborough BC Press Report W/C 18/05/15

A week Of Positives For Pulborough!

After a first half of the week to forget with a 66/81 scoreline in the County Cup at Pagham on Monday and 2 WSBL points, 83/40 and 0 points in the BML against Norfolk on Tuesday and a cancellation against Pagham on Weds, you could forgive a little negativity in the Pulborough ranks, but they were quick to recover with an upbeat match against the highly skilled Torquay Tourists on Thursday. As the banter flew, the scorelines were close throughout, with Pulborough winning on 1 rink and drawing on a second. The top rink for Pulborough with 21/13 went to skip Paul Day, with Adrian Knight as lead and Jan Barnes as number 2. John Brown and team fought to stay ahead from end 5, but their opponents took a 4 on end 17 to pull back and equal the score by the 21st end. The final scoreline was 91/110 to the Tourists.
Friday saw the second away fixture in the West Sussex Bowls League in the space of a week, this time at Chichester Priory. Pulborough held close scores on 2 out of 4 rinks, with top rink going to skip Matt Ives, supported by lead, M.Green, number 2 M.Gray and number 3 G.Ives 18/14. The final result was a further 2 league points to add to the Pulborough tally and a 61/90 scoreline.
The first home game of the week was against local rivals, Fittleworth on Saturday. For the first time this week, the sun shone on Pulborough and afforded them a victory with 2 rink wins and 3 points in hand! Top rink went to skip, Mike Richards, with lead, Jane Gray and number 2 Melvin Green 18/9. Malcolm Gray and team came in close behind with a win of 21/16 making the final result 48/45, a close call!
A welcome return for the Cawston Tourists from Norfolk and their mascot, Billy, on Sunday, heralded a fantastic days play, great takings at the bar and another tight win for Pulborough!
5 rinks played over 21 ends with a halfway break for tea. For 4 rinks, their fortunes stayed the same after the break with just skip Paul day and team being held to a draw and 1 rink with a narrow defeat. Top rink by a country mile, went to skip John Brown, number 1 Jane Gray, number 2 Joyce Woods and number 3 Hugh Hubbard 41/5! Other wins came from Ivan Salmon and team 41/11 and Joyce Broadribb and team 18/15. The final score was 111/73 to Pulborough and a fantastic day had by all!
County successes came thick and fast this week, with 2 wins for Matt Ives in the 2 Wood against Mathew Smith from Tarring Priory 21/16 and in the County Pairs with Ivan Salmon against a duo from Worthing Pavillion 20/9. Jan Barnes and Julie Day also won their County Pairs against Worthing Pavillion 13/19, congratulations to all!
Pulborough next play at home against the County on Tues at 2pm, away at Horsham Park on Thurs at 6.30pm, away at Fishbourne on Sat and at home to Horsham on Sunday, spectators and prospective new players always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 11/05/15

After rain prevented play against Hotham in the Brookes Motors League, on Thurs, the action commenced on a quirky green at East Preston on a sunny Saturday Afternoon.
The second game in Pulborough's pursuit of the West Sussex Bowls League title, was played over 21 ends on 4 rinks. Pulborough took the early lead, with 3 teams being ahead by half way and the fourth on equal points. Skip Matt Ives, with Martin Ralph as lead, Malcolm Gray as 2 and Hugh Hubbard as 3, stormed to a 29/11 top rink victory after allowing their opponents to score on just 8 ends! Skip John Brown and team, also won convincingly 25/12, after getting fours on ends 3, 7 and 10 to be 11 points ahead at half way! Pulborough stole 6 league points in total, for 2 rink wins and overall victory 88/68.
Sunday 17th saw Pulborough host friendly rivals Steyning at 2pm. The green played fast and true, which suited Pulborough and allowed them to score heavily despite tough opposition! After a 5 on end 2, skip John Brown, with Melvin Green and Chris Etherington as support, didn't look back, finally taking top rink for Pulborough by just 1 point over Malcolm Gray, 24/14. Malcolm Gray and team finished 19/10 and Ivan Salmon and team had a lucky escape when their opponents staged a late comeback to pull it back from 20/7 down on end 16, to finish 20/13. The overall score finished at 76/51 to Pulborough after some great on-green banter and healthy competition! Steyning have to wait until Aug 2nd for a re-match!
The standard of play at Pulborough has been helped in recent years by an influx of new and enthusiastic players and by joining the WSBL men's league and Brookes Motors Leagues. New players are always needed and anyone interested is encouraged to enquire through our website www.pulboroughbowlsclub.co.uk , by Email Pulboroughbc@gmail.com or to come along to our weekly open sessions on a Monday from 5.30pm.
Pulborough have a busy week ahead with 6 days of play, Tues at home to Norfolk, Weds away at Pagham, Thurs hosting the Torquay Tourists, Fri Away at Chichester for 6pm, Sat at home to Fittleworth and Sunday hosting the Cawston Tourists at 2pm, spectators very welcome!

Pulborough BC Press Report w/c 4/5/15

The May Bank Holiday afforded Pulborough players some valuable practice, with a new set of skips showing their skills on the green for the first time, some with more success than others, but all with a smile at the finish!
In the high winds and freezing temperatures of Weds 6th, Pulborough played away at Worthing Beach Park from 2pm. The conditions seemed to suit the hardy Worthing players, with the score line finishing 80/69 to Worthing. Skip John Brown took top rink for Pulborough, supported by Melvin Green and Mick Ayling 26/8.
Saturday 9th saw the return of the hotly anticipated, Ron and Eileen Branch Shield, a mixed pairs competition between the Pulborough players for the coveted silver shield. 10 pairs took part, split into groups A and B, each playing 5 games of 4 ends each. The winners of both groups played in the final. Group A winners were Jane and Malcolm Gray, group B winners were Captain Paul Day and Jan Barnes, who went on to win the final, 6 shots to 1, to raise the shield, presented by John Branch. A well earned victory!
Pulborough BC's first game of the season in the West Sussex Bowls League, (formally the Littlehampton Gazette League) was on Sunday 10th at home against Bognor Regis from 2pm.  Four rinks played and the sun shone on the Pulborough players in more ways than one! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Matt Ives with number 1 Mick Ralph, number 2 Malcolm Gray and number 3 Martin Ralph 26/9, a faultless performance after drawing ahead after just end 2! Skip Ivan Salmon and team fort hard to maintain their lead after being 9/5 up at half way, but were pulled back to 12/17 down by end 19. A score of 4 shots on end 20 spurred them on to snatch the win on the very last end by 1 shot to finish 18/17 to Pulborough! Skip John Brown and team kept their noses in front from end 2 to finish with a respectable win of 19/14. Bognor's best hope of a win came from rink 6 where Len Adsett and team were on the back foot for the second half of the game after being equal until end 12, but with some team encouragement and light refreshments, they refocused and took 1 shot on the very last end to equalize 13/13. A skillful and hard fort victory for Pulborough and a valuable haul of 9 league points out of a possible 10 on just their first league game of the season! A promising start!
Pulborough next play in the Brookes Motors League at home to Hotham on Thursday 14th May, Away in the WSBL on Saturday in East Preston and at home against Steyning on Sunday 17th at 2pm, Spectators always welcome!

Pulborough's week started with a chill, as they played the Worthing Grasshoppers in freezing temperatures on Tues Evening. 5 triples played and 3 were victorious. The top rink for Pulborough went to skip and Club President, Mick Ralph, with number 1 Kay Piper and number 2 Mick Ayling 22/12. Skip Ivan Salmon and team won 12/9 and John Brown and team came in with a respectable 10/8 win, with the overall score of 64/55 to Worthing. Both teams decided to call it a day after just 14 ends when they could no longer feel their fingers, but a hearty hot meal of sausage, mash and beans left everyone warmed through and barely able to walk to their cars! Many thanks to the Grasshoppers for their great hospitality.
The only home match for Pulborough this week, was on Saturday, in a local Derby against Billingshurst BC. The weather held and by half way, Pulborough had already edged into the lead by 4 points. Top rink went to skip Joyce Broadribb, number 1 Melvin Green and number 2 Malcolm Gray, who had the game of their life, only allowing their opponents 8 points to their 24! 3 ends with a score of 4 points showed the quality of play. Other wins went to skip John Brown, with number 1 Jane Gray and number 2, Chris Etherington 24/11, skip John Piper and team, 23/12 and skip Mick Ralph and team, 18/14, with a final score of 99/66 to Pulborough.
After a morning's rain, the cloud over Henfield lifted for long enough to produce a fantastic match on Sunday Afternoon. 6 rinks played in chilly conditions and by tea at halfway it was a 50/50 split with close scores throughout. The top rink for Pulborough was in no doubt, with a score of 30/9 to skip Len Adsett, number 1 Kay Piper, number 2 Joyce Woods and number 3 Colin Andrews, after only allowing their opponents to score on 6/21 ends, with a 6 on end 20 putting the final nail in the coffin! The hospitality was, as always, fantastic and the final score was not a refection on the closeness of the game at 131/91 to Pulborough.
A club competition on Bank Holiday Monday starts the new week for Pulborough, followed by an away game at Worthing Beach Park on Weds at 2pm, The Branch Shield at home on Sat at 2pm and the Pulborough's first match in the West Sussex Bowls League (WSBL) against Bognor, on Sun at 2pm. Spectators always welcome!


Sunday 26th April saw Pulborough play their first away game of the 2015 outdoor season, against Chichester Priory in the Brookes Motors League (BML).
2 triples played a game of 2 halves, with 1 rink turning the tables on their opponents in the second half and the other dropping points. Rink 3 was skipped by John Brown, with number 1 Jane Gray and number 2 Ivan Salmon. By end 9 they held a healthy lead of 3 points at 7/4 only to drop a 5 on end 10 and another 4 on end 13 to finish up 13/19 against a tough team in good form.
Rink 4 looked, for the first 8 ends, as if Pulborough were going down with a single figure score, but Skip and Club Captain, Paul Day, with number 1 Pauline Adsett and number 2 Chris Etherington, refused to give up and fought back from 14/3 down to within 1 point after 18 ends finishing 15/16, a fantastic comeback despite just missing out on any points for their first league match of the season!
A busy week lies ahead for Pulborough as they travel to Worthing to face the Grasshoppers for their first away friendly on Tues 28th at 6pm, followed by a home game against Billingshurst on Sat 2nd May at 2pm and an away game at Henfield on Sunday 3rd at 2pm. Spectators always welcome!



Pulborough BC Bowl Into The New Season!
On Saturday 18th April, with the warm Spring Sun on the green, the outdoor season started for PBC with the Opening Drive over 4 rinks and 18 ends. The first bowl honours went to new Club President, and experienced player, Mick Ralph, who takes over the mantle from Len Adsett, now Vice President in support. After the Winter cobwebs were dismissed, all the players got into their stride and found some of the form left behind last September! The teams skipped by Mick Ralph, Malcolm Gray, Ivan Salmon and Chris Etherington, came out on top, with Chris's team of just himself and Julie Day taking top rink honours with a score of 19/10 against tough opposition!
The following day heralded the first club friendly of the season against Southgate Park from 2pm. The game comprised of 3 competitive triples and a hottly contested home players rink, which included PBC's newest member, Alfie Knight. The unofficial top rink went to the friendly with Melvin Green, Mike Ayling and Alfie achieving the overall top score of any triple on the day, 24/8. 2 of the 3 remaining triples saw victory, with Captain Paul day, Jan Barnes and Steve Adsett showing early good form to win 18/10, followed by a win of 18/15 to John Brown, Chris Etherington and John Piper. The final score was a hard fort victory to the home side of 52/42, a promising start to the Summer season.
Congratulations go to Ivan Salmon and John Brown, for their County successes with indoor bowls over the Winter season and Ivan gaining his long sort-after County badge. Hopefully the list of County achievements for Pulborough players will continue to grow in 2015 which reflects well on the level of skill within the Pulborough ranks!
Pulborough next play on Sunday 26th April at 2pm, away against Chichester in the Brookes Motors League (BML), spectators always welcome!


PBC Press Release Last Week 2014

With the Evenings drawing in, the final week of play at Pulborough BC is usually a sad affair, but this year, the Club members made it a celebration of a successful year.
The week began on Monday with the penultimate fixture away against Pagham. 3 triples played with mixed results! The President's rink of Len Adsett, Treacle and Kath, struggled to gain any momentum being 15/9 down by end 14, but something woke the players and 14 points on the last 4 ends turned the game into victory 23/15! Skip John Piper, with number 1 Pauline Adsett and number 2 Joyce Woods, also had a strong game, finishing 17/13. Even with the 3rd rink in a deficit, the overall score line was a healthy 49/47 to Pulborough.
The final friendly fixture of the 2014 season was away at new rivals Cranleigh on Thursday. With 3 rinks in a positive, 1 draw and 2 losses, the Pulborough score line wasn't quite as rosy, finishing 66/87 to Cranleigh. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip and County player, John Brown, with number 1 Ade Stratton and number 2 Mick Ralph 18/11.
The foursome of Bernadine and Mike Philpott, Chris Etherington and John Brown made it to the Final of the Southwick Association Annual Open Bowls Tournament during the Weekend, but just lost out to a team from Burgess Hill, still another feather in the cap for Pulborough BC and something to aim for next year!
Saturday 13th September saw the President v Captain's fixture, re-named the ashes, after the ceremonial burning of the results cards after the game! The theme was to dress with red if you were drawn in the President's team and black if you were on Captain Chris's team. A few members really went to town, whilst others remained a little more conservative, choosing just to accessorise! Departing members, Malcolm and Jane Gray, made quite an entrance with the complete head to toe look, whilst their opposition could only attempt to maintain composure whilst bowling! 3 triples and 2 pairs played 16-18 ends of highly competitive bowls. The President's triple of Len Adsett, Hugh Hubbard and Ade Stratton, pulled out all the stops to allow just 7 points for their opposition and an overall whitewash of 21/7! Unfortunately for President Len, his other 4 teams didn't fair as well, with skip John Piper drawing against Paul Day and team 19/19, Malcolm Gray and Kay Piper being totally outplayed by the Philpott duo of Bernadine and Mike, 10/23, Ivan Salmon and team loosing 5 points to Captain Chris Etherington and team 15/20 and the pairing of Matt Ives and Pauline Adsett scoring just 7/20 against Steve Adsett and John Brown, making the final result 70/53 to Captain Chris's team, who hold the bowls Ashes for the first year!
With Club, County and individual honours and achievements, Pulborough BC can truly celebrate the strength and skill of it's players and the team spirit that keeps the Club flourishing year to year. The 2015 season starts in April and it can't come soon enough! New members are very welcome.

Press Release PBC w/c 01/09/14

After the cancellation of the only 2 friendly games this week by the opposition, it was only fitting that the cream of Pulborough BC were out to support their top players in the finals across Saturday and Sunday in the late Summer sunshine.
Saturday began with a lot of behind the scenes organisation by Mike and Bernadine Philpott, who will be sadly missed by the club next season.
The first of 4 games to be played during the Afternoon was the Novice Cup. George Lewis and Julie Day played a sadly one sided game on the score board that didn't reflect the tightness of the game or the capability of both players. The final score, after just 12 ends, was 21/2 to George.
Alongside the Novice Cup on rink 5 , Mike Beal and Treacle played in the Novice Salver and put on quite a show for the spectators! After being stuck on just 5 shots until end 12, Treacle had a point to prove and pulled back a 17/5 deficit to win with style, 21/19!
The Two Wood competition is a game of skill and accuracy that is a testament to those players with natural talent or years of experience under their belt. Two of the Clubs most competitive individuals, Matt Ives and Martyn Ralph, battled it out over 28 ends, to put on quite a show! In the end, the 3 shot handicap against Matt counted for nothing as he took victory 24/15.
The 3,2,1 competition, or Diggle, (as it is named at the Pulborough Club) has a reputation for being a long game but one of the favourites, as points can be scored by both players on each end keeping the score line potentially very close and it is the first player to 71 shots that takes victory! Malcolm Gray and Bernadine Philpott took just 23 ends to reach the remarkable scoreline of 69 shots each, Malcolm held his nerve to score 5 shots on the last end to snatch victory 74/70 and get his name on the Honours board for the third year in a row!
Play on Sunday started at the earlier time of 1pm, with the pairs final, of George Lewis and Mike Philpott versus Mick Ralph and Matt Ives. The scorelines on each end were not high but George and Mike managed to build a sizable lead to be 14/7 up by end 12 and finishing with the one sided scoreline of 23/7 over just 18 ends.
The Handicap saw the Captain and Vice Captain battle it out for top honours with John Brown emerging victorious 22/4 after pinning Chris Etherington on 4 shots from end 8!
The Men's and Ladies Finals were played consecutively on rinks 3 and 4. Both were hotly anticipated crowd pleasers that didn't disappoint! Bernadine Philpott and Jan Barnes were both fiercely competitive but Bernadine lead from the start and Jan just couldn't catch up despite her best efforts and the scoreline finished at 22/11.
Ivan Salmon and Matt Ives showed the watching crowds how to play a tight game of bowls with some of the best heads of bowls all season and a scoreline that was 9 a piece after 12 ends. Matt started to pull away in the second half with Ivan unable to counter his attack. He through everything he could at Matt but fell too far behind to catch him, final score 21/17.
The lamb spit roast, puddings and drinks at the bar cemented a fantastic weekend of bowls, teamwork and friendship that has developed over the last four and a half months. With just a couple of friendly games to play against Pagham on Monday 8th and Cranleigh on Thurs it will soon be time for the green to rest for the Winter!

Press Release PBC w/c 25/08/14

A quiet week for Pulborough Bowls Club might just be the calm before the storm of the Finals Weekend but the 2 games played were still hotly contested and went down to the wire!
The first game on Thurs, was at home to new rivals Cranleigh, not having previously played at, or against Pulborough BC. 6 triples played 18 ends and by the halfway tea bell, Pulborough were ahead on 3 rinks, equal on 1 and down on 2. The Captain's rink showed strong form throughout, with Chris Etherington, John and Kay Piper steeling top rink for Pulborough after pinning their opposing team on single figures 22/8. Other wins for Pulborough came from Skip John Brown, with number 1 Joyce Woods and number 2 M.Ralph 16/14 and Skip Mike Philpott, number 1 Kath Ayling and number 2 Mike Richards 21/14 to give 3 rink wins and a final score of 101/102 to Cranleigh, you can't get much closer!
Sat 30th heralded the return of Worthing Beach Park to PBC after an away game cancellation in July. 5 triples played and New County player, John Brown, showed how he earned his stripes by leading his team of Kay Piper and Steve Adsett to a convincing 23/6 victory, after allowing the opposition to score on just 5 ends! President Len Adsett and team drew 18 a piece but the remaining 3 teams had a tough time with the final score of 80/85 reflecting the drive of Beach Park at the tail end of the season.
With the League competitions over, the rush is on to squeeze in as many friendlies as possible before the green is closed down and prepared for the Winter. Weds 3rd of Sept sees Pulborough away to West Tarring at 2pm, followed by another away game against Arundel on Fri at 2pm and the climax of the Finals Weekend on Sat 6th and Sun 7th from 10am, all spectators will be made very welcome!

Press Report w/c 11/08/14

Rain Stops Play at PBC!

The best laid plans can always be destroyed by the weather and this week was no exception, with 2 out of 4 games cancelled due to rain! Weds and Thurs against Horsham Park and Marine Gardens were both cancelled with little time to rearrange with the season coming to an end.
Play finally got under way on Saturday with a home game against our friends from Henfield. The last encounter left Pulborough just 7 shots shy of a win, so revenge was in order to even the score! By the tenth end, Pulborough were ahead on all 4 rinks and showing no signs of slipping back. With fours and fives being scored by all the Pulborough teams the result was always going to be strong, but a top rink of 34/10 was unexpected and very welcome! The honours went to skip Mike Philpott, number 1 Kay Piper, number 2 George Lewis and number 3 Bernadine Philpott. Wins on all 4 rinks gave an overall score of 107/54 to Pulborough.
Sunday saw Pulborough host Lancing in their bi-annual return match. 4 triples played on a smooth, well playing green, in some unexpected sunshine, after heavy showers just minutes before play was due to get under way! A close game saw Lancing ahead on 3 rinks at half way, but despite their best efforts, Pulborough began to turn the tide and finished with 3 rink wins and overall victory 75/47. Top rink for Pulborough went to Captain and skip Chris Etherington, number 1 Jan Barnes and number 3 Arthur Varndel, 29/7. Their opponents only managed to score on 5 ends out of 18 and had a spell of 8 ends without a point!
A full week ahead sees Pulborough complete their challenge in the Littlehampton Gazette League, with the final 2 games against Norfolk on Tues and Petworth on Saturday, alongside a friendly against Sutton on Thurs 21st at 6pm, a tough game against the Sussex Vice Presidents on Fri 22nd at 2pm and an away game against Southwater on Sunday 24th. All are worth a watch as the skill level at this end of the season is evident in some of the top rinks on show!

Press Report PBC w/c 4/8/14

In the final month of play, Pulborough are pushing hard in League, friendly and individual competitions to move up the tables and show their increased skill level this season.
The first game of the week was played away at Hotham in the Brookes Motors League on Tues. 2 triples played, with Pulborough just loosing out to Hotham by 2 shots overall to finish 32/34 with 2 league points out of 6. Top league rink went to skip Chris Etherington with number 1 M.Marsden and number 2 M.Ralph 20/15. The friendly rink of John Piper, Colin Andrews and Mick Ayling trumped the score of the other 2 rinks to finish 10 shots ahead of their opponents despite an accident befalling one of the Pulborough players! Had their score counted, Pulborough would have walked away with the full bag of points!
Weds heralded the second of 3 BML matches this week, away against a strong Middleton side. 4 points out of a possible 6 showed an improving trend, with skip John Brown, number 1 Jan Barnes and number 3 M.Ralph steeling top rink 22/17, after 5s on ends 12 and 16 levelled the game then pulled them into the lead.
The third BML was at home to Fishborne on Saturday after a couple of days break. This proved valuable rest for the teams yielding 5 points out of a possible 6 for 1 rink win, a draw and overall victory 34/26. Top league rink went to skip John Brown, number 1 Pauline Adsett and number 3 Chris Etherington 18/10 but the star result was in one of the 2 friendly games that turned out to be a complete white-wash for the Pulborough side when the Middleton trio only managed 7 points against a strong score of 27 to Pulborough! It is also great to see the surname "Stratton" appearing on the score cards again after so many years, to follow in the footsteps of Cliff Stratton, former member of PBC.
The grand finale of the week was the Littlehampton Gazette League fixture at home to Tarring Priory on Sunday 10th. Pulborough are sitting second in the LGL table in just their first league season and needed a strong result to boost their chances of steeling the top spot, but it wasn't to be, with just 2 points out of 10 for Pulborough and an overall score of 55/80. Just 2 LGL fixtures remain this season with it all to play for, but even second place would be a fantastic achievement for such a small club!
Congratulations go to Pulborough player John Brown, who not only earned his County Badge earlier this season, but has now received his County Flash for being selected to play in 3 home County games. John's form this season has shown in his progress through the internal club competitions and top rinks achieved in the friendly games this year. Clarification was needed on the term "County Flash" to ensure that the meaning was suitable for family reading!
Pulborough next play away against Horsham Park on Weds, Marine Gardens on Thurs and at home to Henfield on Saturday 16th and Lancing on Sunday 17th at 2pm. Spectators always welcome.


Press Release PBC w/c 28/07/14

In the twilight of the season, the Littlehampton Gazette League (LGL) is coming to the end for Pulborough BC, with just 3 more games to play, the League Table looks promising and after this weeks results, they are in the running for one of the top slots in just their first season playing league!
Weds the 30th July saw the first of 2 LGL games of the week at home to East Preston and Pulborough didn't disappoint, taking 8 out of a possible 10 league points against a tough side. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip John Brown, supported by number 1 Martyn Ralph, number 2 Steve Adsett and number 3 Chris Etherington 26/16 after leading from the second end! Other wins for Pulborough came from skip Matt Ives and team 25/20 and Mike Philpotts team 21/15 giving an overall result for Pulborough of 86/67 to Pulborough.
By far, the toughest draw of the week, was on Friday when Pulborough faced the force of Chichester in the LGL league. For the first few ends it looked like Pulborough would be kept honest with a tight result going down to the wire, but, to the noticeable surprise of some of the Pulborough players, they started to see a gap develop and by half way, Pulborough were ahead on all 4 rinks! This trend continued to the 21st end when Pulborough took the full haul of 10 points for 4 rink wins and overall victory over Chichester 85/49. Top rink for Pulborough went again to skip John Brown, number 1 Martyn Ralph, number 2 Mick Ayling and number 3 Chris Etherington, 25/9.
The sun shone on Saturday as PBC played it's annual mixed pairs competition, the Ilene Branch Shield. 8 pairs took part in a round robin format and Ivan Salmon and Treacle, as team "St Clements" won by the largest points difference on +15 shots with Jan Barnes/John Piper as runners up with +13. The shield was presented by John Woolgar, (Brother of Ilene Branch) and President Len Adsett.
My highlight of the week, was the final away game against Steyning on Sunday. The banter flew and some fantastic bowls were played on a super fast green overlooking the South Downs. The score seemed to be in Steyning's favour several times during the Afternoon but by tea half way, Pulborough were 4 shots ahead with 9 ends to play. Despite being drowned by numerous cups of tea and stuffed with sticky cakes, Steyning couldn't stop the surge of Pulborough who finally won by 5 shots to finish 65/60 with wins on 2 rinks. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Ivan Salmon, number 2 Pauline Adsett and number 1 Treacle 16/11. Our thanks go to Steyning and their individual characters that made our visit so enjoyable.
Pulborough next play Hotham in the BML League on Tues 5th, Middleton BML on Weds 6th, Fishbourne BML on Sat 9th and Tarring Priory in the LGL on Sunday 10th at home, quite a week ahead!

Press Release w/c 21/07/14

After a last minute cancellation against Worthing Beach Park, the week finally got under way on Thursday with a game that sums up the term "friendly match", against a cross section of eager amateur bowlers from all the local churches in the Pulborough area. The attendance was much higher than in previous years leaving the Pulborough players with a bit of a dilemma as to how to structure the teams to give the best instruction and guidance to the visitors! It worked well with just 2 Pulborough players with each 6 from Pulborough Churches, acting as skips and directing play. There was a positive spirit throughout and many of the players showed great promise for the future. The session ended with a well earned Supper and drinks at the bar, combined with a lot of banter and good natured chatter. It is hoped that the player pool at Pulborough may be enhanced in the future in light of the fantastic time had by all.
Saturday saw play commence at the newly christened Horsham green. 5 triples played 18 ends in the scorching sun at 2pm, which took it's toll on a few players, but didn't dampen the determination of Pulborough to pull it out the bag and steel victory! By half way, just 2 Pulborough triples were ahead by a narrow margin, but by full time, the result of 2 rink wins and a draw with an overall score of 86/83 kept the spirits high and allowed the Pulborough team to leave with their heads held high. Top rink honours for Pulborough were tied between skips Paul Day, number 1 Kath Ayling and number 3 Jan Barnes and team Chris Etherington, supported by Mick Ayling and Bernie Philpott with scores of 20/12 each. Mike Philpott and team drew 16 all to complete the Pulborough successes.
The positivity of Saturday filtered into Sunday as Pulborough faced up to local rivals Storrington for a re-match in the Littlehampton Gazette League at 2pm. As play got under way, the feeling was positive, but Storrington showed again how to pull victory from under the noses of Pulborough and achieved 8 points out of a possible 10 to add to their League score. The winning rink for Pulborough, by just 2 shots, was skipped by John Brown, number 1 Max Pilbrow, number 2, Fred Bushby and number 3, Chris Etherington. It would have been easy for egos to swell, but the after match speeches were modest and in good taste, with Pulborough congratulating Storrington on their achievements thus far.
As the County Competitions reach their climax, Bernadine Philpott is through to the final of the unbadged singles after winning against Margaret Winton in the semi-final on Sunday. The club members would like to congratulate Bernie on her achievements at County level this season after gaining her County Badge earlier this year.
A quieter week for Pulborough see them next at home to East Preston in the LGL on Weds 30th, at home to Chichester in the LGL on Fri 1st Aug, at home in the Branch Shield Pairs competition on Sat and away at Steyning on Sunday 3rd, all games are well worth a watch as the skill levels reach their peak in the second half of the season!

Pulborough BC Press Release w/c 14/07/14

The week began for Pulborough with the latest game in the Brookes Motors League (BML) at home to Chichester. Top of the league Chichester made Pulborough work hard for their 2 points out of 6 for 1 rink win, skipped by John Brown with number 1 Martyn Ralph and number 2 Bernie Philpott. They scored a 4 on end 17 to take the lead and snatch the rink win. The final score over the 2 rinks played was 27/26 to Chichester, a near miss for Pulborough but still 2 valuable league points!
As the temperatures hit a Summer high on Thursday, Pulborough braced themselves for a hot and sticky home game, in full sun, against the Grasshoppers at 6pm. 5 rinks played and Pulborough showed their determination by being ahead on 3 out of 5 rinks by halfway. But it wasn't to be, as one by one the rinks fell victim to some quality play by the opposition and Pulborough ended up with 1 rink win and a close score of 76/85 to the Grasshoppers. The winning rink was skipped by Paul Day, number 1 Julie Day and Number 2 Mick Ayling. 23/7.
The latest round of the Littlehampton Gazzette League against tough opponents Petworth, took place on the fast, dry green at Pulborough, on Saturday Afternoon and provided quite the spectacle for any spectators overlooking the green! 5 rinks played and Pulborough looked like taking full points but were denied, when 1 rink drew and allowed Petworth a solitary 1 point as a souvenir! The a-team of skip Ivan Salmon, Derek Swaffield, Mike Richards and Mick Ayling totally out classed their opponents by scoring on 15 out of 21 ends to finish 31/8 with top rink. John Brown's team won 28/14, Mike Philpott's team won by 4 shots 22/18 and Matt Ives and team drew 15 all. Pulborough's men are climbing up the rankings in the LGL in their first season and are looking forward to using this year's experiences to push their skill levels even higher over the next few years.
Pulborough BC Played in the semi-finals of the Abergavenny Cup, home and away, against Sidley-martlets from Bexhill on the 16th but met their match on the day with the home team missing out by just 1 shot and the away team dropping 10 shots to finish 10/21. The teams of Martyn Ralph, Ivan Salmon, Paul Day and Matt Ives/Chris Etherington, Melvin Green, John Brown and Mike Philpott pulled out some fantastic shots to get to the semi-finals and should be very proud of their performances this year.
The climax of the week was the Invitation Mixed Triples Tournament on Sunday, between 16 triples from clubs from all over Sussex. The teams were organised into 2 sections of 8 teams to play 5 sessions of 6 ends each from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The event was organised by Bernadine and Mike Philpott with an army of Club volunteers to make the day run seamlessly and almost to time! After lunch, cakes, supper and drinks, the final was contested by the 2 group winners, Norfolk A and Gildridge Park over a session of 4 ends. Gildridge Park took victory after winning 3 out of 4 ends and were presented the winners shield and prize money by President Len Adsett in front of all the teams that had stayed to watch the grand finale! The day was a huge success and  all the teams vowed to try and make it for next year's tournament- a testament to all the hard work put into the event!
Pulborough next play against members of Pulborough Parish Churches on Thurs 24th at 7pm, away at Horsham on Sat 26th at 2pm and at home to Storrington in the LGL on Sunday- another busy week!

Pulborough BC Press Release W/C 7/7/14

Pulborough's Pride as Players Gain County Honours.

The week began for Pulborough BC with an away match in the Brookes Motors League against Norfolk. It was close throughout, but Norfolk won out with a score of 82/65. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Mike Ayling, number 1 Kath Ayling and number 2 J Collins 20/19.
Friday 11th was scheduled as a friendly home match against Pagham but was unfortunately cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Hopefully the away game on the 8th of August will go ahead as planned. It's always a close match against our coastal rivals!
A local derby against Fittleworth on Sat showed the quality of Pulborough's core players, with a convincing score of 62/39 and wins on all 3 rinks despite the home team's advantage and fantastic quality of play! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Joyce Broadribb, supported by new member Treacle as lead and number 2 Mick Ralph 22/12. .
As the temperatures soared on the green at Pulborough, the team from Stedham were welcomed back to give Pulborough the chance to even the score after an away defeat in June. 3 triples played and by end 9, all 3 Pulborough teams were ahead, with a fantastic second half in prospect! Colin Andrews's team of Kay Piper and Jan Barnes seemed unstoppable, but lost their focus for a few ends allowing their opponents to pull a 8 shots back, but they still managed a strong score of 28/13 and top rink. Malcolm Gray and his team finished 24/14 after getting a 6 on end 13 to seal victory. Stedham's Captain Maurice, helped his team slip ahead by just 6 shots to take 1 rink victory, but Pulborough won overall 103/43 to even the score. A quality game in great company and smiles all round over pots of tea and tasty sandwiches in the Clubhouse!
A team from Pulborough came second in their section in the Storrington Open on Sunday 13th July and narrowly missed out on the playoffs but our teams are through to the semi-finals of the Abergavenny Cup, after the home quartet of Mick Ralph, Ivan Salmon, Paul Day and Matt Ives won by 22 shots and the away team of Chris Etherington, Melvin Green, John Brown and Mike Philpott lost by 10 shots giving the teams overall victory over Arundel by 12 shots. They next play Sidley-martlets from Bexhill on Weds 16th July.
As the County competitions near their climax, the Pulborough teams and single players should be very proud of their achievements this season with Matt Ives coming second in the Badged Singles, Mike Philpott and Matt Ives reaching the semi finals of the County Pairs and the Four of Chris Etherington, Mick Ralph, John Brown and Paul Day playing a team from Lindfield and being  robbed of victory by the last shot on the last end, it couldn't have been closer! As a result of reaching the semi stage of the County Fours, both John Brown and Paul Day have earned their County Badges and can join the elite at County level that can be selected to play for Sussex- congratulations from all your friends at PBC! Bernadine Philpott won the Zone Final of the Delegates Singles against Jean Bracey from Henfield 21/19 followed by the Zone Final of the Unbadged Singles against Audrey Oliver from Arundel 21/20 in searing heat- a nail biting finish! She will next play in the semis of both events on Woman's Finals day on Sunday 27th July at Haywards Heath, which may prove to be a very heavy day of bowls!
Pulborough BC mext play at home to the Grasshoppers on Thurs 17th, at home to Petworth on Sat 19th and host an Open Mixed Triples event on Sunday 20th, spectators always welcome!

Pulborough BC Press release W/C 1/7/14

A mixed forecast gave way to brilliant sunshine as Tues 1st July heralded the annual Ladies Invitation Triples Competition at Pulborough Bowls Club. 12 teams took part from all over the County with every intention of leaving with the winners shield kindly donated by member Mick Ralph. Bernadine Philpott, husband Mike and numerous club members played different roles on the day from meeting and greeting to staffing the bar in order to match the successes of the previous year. The day didn't disappoint, with the final being hotly contested between Pulborough A and Midhurst. Clear victory went to skip Joyce Broadribb, Number 1 Pauline Adsett and number 2 Jan Barnes from Pulborough BC, who lifted the shield and collected prize money for their efforts.
On Thurs 3rd, Pulborough played a local derby away at Billingshurst bc. A friendly game resulted in 1 rink win out of 3 for Pulborough and some very close results! Pulborough were in the lead for the first half on all rinks but were trumped by Billingshurst in the second.
The Pulborough double fours of Martyn Ralph, Ivan Salmon, Paul Day and Matt Ives at home and Melvin Green, Chris Etherington, John Brown and Mike Philpott away at Worthing Beach Park, pulled out a classic victory in the Abergavenny Cup Quarter Finals on Weds winning by 5 shots home and away and will now play Arundel on Weds 16th.
The next round of the Littlehampton Gazette League (LGL) was contested away at Middleton on Sat 5th. Having only lost one previous leg to Chichester, Middleton were tough opponents to face, but Pulborough pulled out all the stops to win 8 out of 10 points for 4 rink wins and overall victory 100/59. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip John Brown with number 1 Chris Etherington, Number 2 Roger Jupp and number 3 Melvin Green with an outstanding score of 38/8 after stopping their opponents from scoring from end 9-19! The next LGL is on Sat 19th at home to Petworth.
The Stratton Cup was played on a sunny green on Sunday 7th by 6 drawn triples from Pulborough, in a round robin format, all striving to be the best on the day! The banter flew and the end result was a draw of plus 8 shots between Ivan, Trish and Pauline and Jane, Paul and Hugh with the deciding factor of rink victories giving it to Ivans's team for the second year in a row! The Trophy was originally given in memory of Cliff Stratton, former President and Trophy winner at PBC and was presented by Cliff's Grandson, Kyle.
The mens County Pair of Mike Philpott and Matt Ives are into the semi finals after beating a team from Norfolk 27/13 and will play their next round against Hove and Kingsway. Not to be outdone, the County Four of Mick Ralph, Chris Etherington, Paul Day and John Brown are also through after beating Pope Mead 15/12. A stunning finish by John Brown on the final end sealed victory and will see them play in the semi-final at Lindfield next week.
The fantastic results just keep coming and Pulborough are well and truly putting themselves on the County map for 2014!
Pulborough play Norfolk, Pagham, Fittleworth and Stedham in the next week, details are on the website and spectators are always welcome.


Pulborough bc Press Release w/c 22/06/14

A Busy Week For Pulborough Produces Some Quality Results!

The busiest of weeks for Pulborough BC began with a local derby on Sunday 22nd against Pulborough Sports and Social Club, which raised £60 for the Mary Howe Trust and added to the local rivalry between the two clubs! Many of the players are already regular bowlers for PBC and often challenge the players to a match or two!
Tues 24th was the highlight of the week for some of the PBC players, less for the result and more for the loud banter that flew between the characters that form the Sutton team on home turf. If you ever have the privilege of playing at Sutton, the green and the team are quite unique and never to be forgotten! They gave Pulborough a run for their money and stole the victory 26/24, a lovely evening amongst friends and we look forward to hosting them at Pulborough on the 21st Aug.
Fri 27th saw the first of two Littlehampton Gazette League matches away at Maltravers, The game could have gone either way, but the lack of two members on the day put Pulborough on the back foot from the start and allowed Maltravers to steal victory and reduce Pulborough to just 2 points for 1 convincing rink win, skipped by Ivan Salmon and supported by Martin Ralph, Mike Beal and Hugh Hubbard 31/16. Had the full team been available, the result could have been very different!
The tide turned in Pulborough's favour on Saturday, when they hosted Norfolk in the second LGL match of the week. By end 10, Pulborough already had double the shots of their opponents and were 25 shots ahead with a full head of steam! Top rink for Pulborough went to skip John Brown, number 1 Max Pilbrow, number 2 Roger Jupp and number 3 Chris Etherington 31/9! All 4 rinks saw victory and Pulborough stole a valuable 10 points for the overall result of 105/55 against a quality opponent!
Sunday's scheduled game at home to Southwater was cancelled as the opposition couldn't find a full team, leaving a rare opportunity for a few club competitions to be played into the next round. Some of the newer club players are making it very hard for the previous winners to progress and are giving them a run for their money!
County results this week see the Four of Chris Etherington, Paul Day, Len Adsett and John Brown progress to the quarter finals of the County Fours at Lindfield, with thanks going to Mick Ralph for his help as a sub to get them thus far. The doubles pairing of Mike Philpott and Matt Ives won convincingly to get through to their Quarter Final and Matt Ives plays in the Quarter Final of the County Singles on the 1st of July at Rottingdean and is well on his way to securing another title!
Pulborough are also through to the Quarter Finals of the Abergavenny Cup and will play a team from Beachurst Park.
All our wishes go out to one of the founder members, Ex-President and life member of Pulborough BC, Ken Perrier and his family whilst he is very unwell in hospital and we all wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Pulborough next play in their annual Ladies Invitation Triples day on Tues 1st at 1pm, followed by an away match at Billingshurst at 6pm on Thurs 3rd, an away leg of the LGL at Middleton on Sat 5th at 2pm and the Stratton Cup at home on Sunday 6th at 2pm, a great week for any spectators to support the club!

Pulborough BC Press Release w/c 16/06/14

A Tough Week for Pulborough Brings More Valuable Points!

Another busy week for friendly, League and County games saw Pulborough BC gain more valuable points to keep them high in the rankings, in the running for County titles and improving the skills and experience of some of the newer players this season.
The first home game of the week was against Arundel on Tues 17th. The green looked and played beautifully, showing off the skills of Chris and his team of helpers, that have taken over it's management this season. A friendly game of 5 triples saw Pulborough win on 2, with top rink for PBC going to skip Mike Richards, number 1 Mike Beal and number 3 Simon Griffin 21/13. The final score was a close fought 85/92 to Arundel.
Thursday 19th saw Pulborough play the latest game in their defence of the Brookes Motors League title at home to Middleton. It didn't quite go according to plan with a final score of 17/47 to Middleton, but there is always the return game in August to reverse the score!
The next LGL game on Fri 20th saw a less experienced Pulborough side play at home to Maltravers on 4 rinks. The top rink of 24/8 went to Skip Mike Philpott, with number 1 Mick Ralph, number 2 Roger Jupp and number 3 Max Pilbrow, after keeping their opponents to just single shots and scoring a 7 on end 17 to complete their misery! The final score was 4 league points for 2 rink wins for Pulborough and 6 to Maltravers with an extremely close overall score of 70/72!
Finally Pulborough played their last game of the week away at Stedham on Saturday with just 2 triples, but they were unlucky again with a score of 30/20 to Stedham.
County success saw the County Four of John Brown, Mick Ralph, Paul Day and Chris Etherington play Arundel and take the victory 20/11 to see them progress to the quarter finals at Lingfield. Both Pulborough pairings of Mike Philpott/Matt Ives and John Brown/Chris Etherington won their doubles matches to reach the next round of the County Pairs with Bernie Philpott and Jan Barnes also getting through to the semi-finals of the Trixie Pairs after beating a team from Crablands in their area final.
Matt Ives won the area final of the County Singles to get through to the Quarter finals of the Singles on the 1st of July in Rottingdean, when he plays an opponent from Gildridge Park. Good luck to all the Pulborough players in their forthcoming matches and any support from spectators is always welcome!
Pulborough next play away at Sutton on Tues 24th, away at Maltravers in the LGL on Friday 27th at 6pm, at home to Norfolk on Saturday 28th at 2pm and at home to Southwater on Sunday 29th at 2pm, all games are well worth a watch!

Press Release w/c 9/6/14

Pulborough Players Flourish in the Summer Sun!

The week began on a high for Pulborough with a friendly win over West Tarring on Tues 10th. 4 triples played 18 ends and by half way, Pulborough had a narrow lead of just 5 shots. They kept the pressure on in the second half and all teams moved into the lead finishing with a respectable score of 70/53. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Mike Richards in his first game as skip this season, he was supported by number 1 Trish and number 2 Mike Beal who came in with a fantastic score of 20/11!
The pressure was on Pulborough to keep their winning streak in the Littlehampton Gazette League alive with 2 more games over the weekend away against Tarring Priory on Saturday and Storrington on Sunday. The biggest success came on Saturday when Pulborough won overall against Priory but took just 5 points with a win by skip John Brown, number 1 Max Pilbrow, number 2 Mike Ellis and number 3 Mick Ralph 26/14, a draw by skip Ivan Salmon and team and overall victory on points 85/77. Sunday was less of a positive with just 2 points for Pulborough and top rink going to skip John Brown, number 1 Max Pilbrow, number 2 Melvin Green and number 3 Mike Philpott 20/13. Just for a change, on a usually exclusive men's fixture, the ladies were invited to play friendlies on the other 2 rinks, but a mix-up on the season's fixture cards meant the loan of 2 Storrington players to Pulborough to make up the numbers! The atmosphere was fantastic, despite Storrington winning with both triples 14/17 and 14/16. All the ladies said how much they missed meeting the organiser Bernie Philpott that made the event come to fruition.
The Pulborough County players have a had another exciting week with wins from all quarters. Single's success came from Matt Ives who won his 3rd round in the County singles and Bernie Philpott who is through to the area final of the un-badged singles competition.
The pairings of John Brown/Chris Etherington and Mike Philpott/Matt Ives both won their 3rd round of the doubles competition accompanied by a win in the County Fours for John Brown, Chris Etherington, Paul Day and Len Adsett who will be away to Arundel in the 3rd round.
Bernie Philpott and Jan Topping are through to the group final of the Trixie Unbaged Pairs and will face a team from Crablands this Friday. Bernadine also played Saturday Afternoon winning the Sussex Ladies Delegates Singles competition at Worthing Beach Park 21/20, after being at one point 20/11 down, quite a recovery by any standards and huge congratulations go to her from all the Pulborough players.
A busy week for Pulborough see them next at home to Arundel on Tues 17th at 2pm, Middleton on Thurs at 2pm and Maltravers on Friday at 6pm followed by an away game against Stedham on Saturday 21st at 3pm and a friendly against Pulborough Sports and Social Club on Sunday at 3pm, quite a choice for any spectators that wish to come along and support Pulborough BC!


Pulborough BC press release w/c 19/05/14

A Sunny Smile from Pulborough BC to Finish the Week!

Four fantastic fixtures this week stretched the players to the max and tested their resilience in tough times!
The first home fixture on Tues 20th against the Norfolk team in the BML League (Brookes Motors League), was a split result. Skip John Brown, with lead Jan Barnes and number 2 Chris Etherington took their time finding their green until a 5 on end 5 confirmed the trend for the rest of the match and a 6 half way crushed their opponents spirits, finishing the game 27/11.It was a similar pattern on the other league rink skipped by Len Adsett, lead Bernie Philpott and number 2 Arthur Varndell when a 5 on end 9 sealed their victory 26/15. Norfolk took the 2 friendly rinks but as Pulborough won overall 82/63, they gained the full 6 league points keeping them high in the table.
Chichester played host to the latest game in the Littlehampton Gazette League (LGL) on Friday at 6pm. 4 rinks played with skips John Brown, Mike Philpott, Len Asett and Paul Day showing steely determination against tough opposition. Despite their best efforts, Chichester's A-team won convincingly on all rinks to finish 94/67 and Pulborough left empty handed!
Their bad luck continued Sat when the home game against Fittleworth was rained off after tea leaving their opposition in the lead on points after 14 ends to take the victory 44/31!
With the Bank Holiday sunshine came renewed determination to end the week on a high with the hotly anticipated return of the Cawston Tourists from Norfolk in the penultimate game of their Sussex tour. Familiar faces could be seen on all 5 rinks and the loud retorts in response to banter from both teams set the scene for the entire match! The quality of game play fuelled by the constant practice of the Tourists at many local clubs created some tight heads of bowls and often meant the skips having to carve a route through to the jack! The previous years result of 102/89 to the tourists was soon forgotten as Pulborough began to stretch out a lead,(11 points before tea).
Skip Joyce Broadribb with lead Kay Piper, number 2 Joyce Woods and number 3 John Piper scored on 14 out of 21 ends to finish 20/8 with top rink. This was closely followed by a convincing win by skip John Brown and team after getting 4's on ends 12 and 13 directly after tea, to storm home 19/12. Skip Max Pilbrow and team finished 21/20 after taking the lead on end 9. Len Adsett and team drew 17 all and Paul Day and team lost their advantage on the last end to finish 1 point down at 14/15. The final result was 91/72 to Pulborough.
The invitation to return next year has been welcomed by Cawston and a return visit to Norfolk by PBC may be on the cards in the future, watch this space! Whatever happens, the Pulborough players would need to stay in Norfolk to have any chance of keeping up with the tally at the bar!
Pulborough next play on Tues 27th at 2pm at home to Marine Gardens, Worthing, a BML game away against Fishbourne at 2pm on Sat 31st and a home game against Horsham on Sunday 1st at 2pm. Spectators always welcome.
Pictures from many of Pulborough Bowls Club's games can be found on their website under "gallery" https://www.flickr.com/photos/jane_lewis_gray/


Pulborough BC Press Release W/C 12/05/14

 
A positive week for Pulborough kicked off with an Inter-Club Competition over the Bank holiday to encourage a bit of friendly rivalry and hone the skills of those just starting their first season with PBC.
On Saturday 10th May Pulborough played host to the first of 2 Tourist sides to return during May. The Berkhampstead Tourists played 6 rinks of triples against PBC on a green that is looking and playing fantastically well after the floods of Winter! The weather held fine but windy, (despite the forecast of heavy rain), making the day an enjoyable game amongst friends.
Top rink went to skip, John Brown, number 1, Kay Piper and number 2, Mick Ayling who pulled out a phenomenal lead, only allowing their opponents to score on 3 ends out of 18 and finishing with a score of 30/5! Other rink wins went to skip Len Adsett and team 15/12 and Mike Philpott and team 20/11. The final result of 97/88 showed the quality of the games played and scones produced by Captain Chris Etherington at tea, surpassed all expectations and put a smile on the faces of all the players!
Sunday 11th May was a milestone in the history of PBC as they re-entered the Littlehampton Gazette League (LGL) for the first time since the 1980's. Each round consists of 4 rinks playing 3 up over 21 ends. (when positions 1 and 2 from each team start at one end and 3 and skip start at the other), with their first home match being against Bognor BC. Warm sunshine bathed the club as both teams fought for 10 possible points, 2 for each rink win and 2 for the overall victory. Top rink went to President Len Adsett as skip, with number 1 Mick Ayling, number 2 George Lewis and number 3 Arthur Varndell , finishing with a masterful score of 31/17 after a 5 on end 10 took them 20/5 ahead. Skip Matt Ives and team also won convincingly 23/15 scoring a 4 on end 15 to take them 13/12 ahead. The final score was 88/70 to Pulborough and 6 points for 2 rink wins and overall victory- a good day at the office for the new entrants!
Pulborough next play at home against Hotham in the Brookes Motors League on Weds 14th May at 6pm followed by the next LGL match on Saturday 17th away at East Preston at 2pm and a home match against Steyning on Sunday 18th at 2pm. Spectators always welcome.
 
 

Pulborough Bowls Club Press Release W/C 5/5/14

A positive week for Pulborough kicked off with an Inter-Club Competition over the Bank holiday to encourage a bit of friendly rivalry and hone the skills of those just starting their first season with PBC.
On Saturday 10th May Pulborough played host to the first of 2 Tourist sides to return during May. The Berkhampstead Tourists played 6 rinks of triples against PBC on a green that is looking and playing fantastically well after the floods of Winter! The weather held fine but windy, (despite the forecast of heavy rain), making the day an enjoyable game amongst friends.
Top rink went to skip, John Brown, number 1, Kay Piper and number 2, Mick Ayling who pulled out a phenomenal lead, only allowing their opponents to score on 3 ends out of 18 and finishing with a score of 30/5! Other rink wins went to skip Len Adsett and team 15/12 and Mike Philpott and team 20/11. The final result of 97/88 showed the quality of the games played and scones produced by Captain Chris Etherington at tea, surpassed all expectations and put a smile on the faces of all the players!
Sunday 11th May was a milestone in the history of PBC as they re-entered the Littlehampton Gazette League (LGL) for the first time since the 1980's. Each round consists of 4 rinks playing 3 up over 21 ends. (when positions 1 and 2 from each team start at one end and 3 and skip start at the other), with their first home match being against Bognor BC. Warm sunshine bathed the club as both teams fought for 10 possible points, 2 for each rink win and 2 for the overall victory. Top rink went to President Len Adsett as skip, with number 1 Mick Ayling, number 2 George Lewis and number 3 Arthur Varndell , finishing with a masterful score of 31/17 after a 5 on end 10 took them 20/5 ahead. Skip Matt Ives and team also won convincingly 23/15 scoring a 4 on end 15 to take them 13/12 ahead. The final score was 88/70 to Pulborough and 6 points for 2 rink wins and overall victory- a good day at the office for the new entrants!
Pulborough next play at home against Hotham in the Brookes Motors League on Weds 14th May at 6pm followed by the next LGL match on Saturday 17th away at East Preston at 2pm and a home match against Steyning on Sunday 18th at 2pm. Spectators always welcome.
 

Press Release Pulborough Bowls Club W/C 28/4/14

The week began for Pulborough on Tuesday, in the sea air at Worthing. The match against the Grasshopper team of 5 triples saw Pulborough win on 4 out of 5 rinks with top rink honours going to new Pulborough member, Matt Ives as skip, with number 1 Max Pilbrow and number 2 Melvin Green, 19/11. The top end score of 5 shots on end 10 threw the opposition for the rest of the game, only scoring a further 5 shots to add to their tally! Skip Mike Philpott and team came in 14/10, Paul Day's team managed 17/11 and John Brown's team had a close match at 14/11. The overall score was a close call at 75/66 to Pulborough.
Saturday the 3rd May welcomed Billingshust BC to Pulborough for a 2pm start in the sunshine. Hopes were high for a home victory but it wasn't to be, with one half of the team being on top form and the other, still suffering the Winter blues! Top rink went to Skip John Brown, Number 2 Derek Swaffield and number 1, Club Captain Chris Etherington who scored on 11 out of 18 ends finishing with a fantastic score of 21/10. The other rink wins went to skips Paul Day 23/22 and skip Len Adsett 19/17. The overall scoreline was a respectable 95/88 to Billingshurst. Pulborough visit Billingshurst for the away game on Thursday 3rd July at 6pm and have high hopes of reversing the scoreline to sit in their favour!
The final game of the week away at Henfield on Sunday 4th enjoyed yet more sunshine, bringing the spectators out in force, who were treated to a close match, on 4 rinks over the full 21 ends. The determination of both teams showed as Henfield pulled out a healthy first half lead before tea, only to be hauled back by Pulborough in the last 11 ends to a split result of 1 rink win for Pulborough by skip Len Adsett, number 1 Chris Etherington, number 2 Kay Piper and number 3 Arthur Varndell 22/17 and 3 wins to Henfield finishing up 76/70 to Henfield, a result seemingly impossible after a scoreline of just 23/47 to Pulborough by end 10, quite a recovery to be within just 6 shots at the end! Pulborough will host Henfield at home near the end of the season on Sat 16th Aug.
A busy week ahead see Pulborough host the Berkhamsted Tourists on Sat 10th at 2pm and their first round in the Littlehampton Gazette League on Sunday 11th against Bognor, at 2pm, spectators are always welcome.

PBC Press Release 27/04/14 Pulborough Tough It Out Against The Priory!

The second week of the 2014 season saw Pulborough in their first playable away fixture against Chichester Priory in the Brookes Motors League.
The Pulborough triples were made up of acting Captain and rink skip, Bernadine Philpott, number 1 Julie Day and number 2 Melvin Green alongside skip Paul Day, number 1 Jan Barnes and number 2 Malcolm Gray.
Both teams had a tough start, in changeable weather conditions. The 3 shots scored by Bernadine's team on end 3, saw them get their match underway, but they were always playing catch-up, getting to within 2 shots of the opposition by end 13 and finishing with a respectable score of 15/19.
Paul Day's team were 6 shots shy of their opponents by end 8, but pulled it back to a lead of 2 by end 12 with some fantastic saving shots and good team play. A knock-out blow of 5 shots by their opponents on end 15 reversed the trend and there was no way back for Pulborough with a final rink score of 18/14 to Chichester and the overall result of 37/29 to Chichester yielding them the full 6 points in the Brookes Motors League.
The Scouts and Guides gave a wonderfully musical backdrop to the second half of the match in front of the Chapel of Chichester Priory, for St Georges's Day, the sun shone and the players and Captain, Wendy Adams, made the Pulborough team and spectators feel really welcome and we look forward to Chichester coming back to Pulborough for the home match on Monday 14th July at 2pm so that we can return the favour!
Pulborough play at home to Billingshurst on Sat 3rd May at 2pm followed by an away match at Henfield on Sunday 4th at 2pm, spectators are always welcome. Pictures of many of the Pulborough games can be seen via the Gallery page of our Website:​
 

Pulborough BC Launch into the new season!

The new warmth of Spring  paved the way for vigorous activity at Pulborough Lawn Bowls Club with A club spring clean and works party across 2 weekends, culminating in the first chance for bowlers to venture out and test the quality of the turf at the Opening Drive on the 12th April. The following weekend heralded the Captain's Drive when spectators enjoyed a lovely afternoon's bowling with players divided into triples teams playing a round robin format. The two top teams then played a final of 4 ends. John Brown, Jan Barnes and Joyce Woods defeated Paul Day, Pauline Adsett and Derek Swaffield in the final and the day ended with snacks and refreshments in the clubhouse and drinks at the bar.Unfortunately the weather didn't hold for the following weekend's scheduled away game at Southgate Park in Crawley but the end of April promises some great matches away against Chichester (the first Brook's Motors League game) on Sunday 27th at 2pm and away against the Grasshoppers (Worthing based) on Tues 29th at 6pm. Spectators are always welcome.


Press Release w/c 19/8/13

On Wed 21st Aug PBC hosted 12 Ladies Bowls teams from clubs in the
surrounding area in their inaugural Ladies Triples afternoon.Teams from Storrington, Horsham Bishopric, Petworth, Midhurst,  Arundel,  Field Place in Worthing, West Hoathly and Pulborough showed their support, with the Field Place team , ably led by Skip Yvonne Woodcock and supported by Tina Phillips and Chris Neate, winning the PBC Ladies Triples Shield donated by Mick Ralph, Vice President of the Club. They were closely followed by runners up, Arundel  (Barbara Cairns,Terri Finch and Pat Vinten) and Horsham Bishopric (Maggie Dellard,
Sally Hawkins and Angela Mitchell) with the two teams from Pulborough
sharing fourth place. ( Jane Gray, Val Pilbrow and Kay Piper.  Joyce
Woods, Julie Day and Bernadine Philpott)
The games were played in an wonderful spirit and all agreed that the
excellent facilities and warm welcome they received, made the
afternoon both memorable and enjoyable.
The success of the event was down to a concerted team effort by the
Pulborough members both on and off the green. Whilst the ladies played, the men were put to work behind the scenes, from serving to greeting the players, only being allowed out when their work was done!
It is hoped that the tournament will become an annual event on the
bowls calendar with the 1st of July next year already being earmarked to coincide with Wimbledon's Ladies day!
The aim of the event was to promote bowls and PBC.  Organiser,
Bernadine Philpott, commented that "this was an opportunity to share
Pulborough's best kept secret with others and show that bowls is truly
a Sport for All", our heart felt thanks go to Bernadine and Mike Philpott for all their hard work.
Thursday 22nd saw Pulborough at home to Sutton narrowly loosing out by 8 shots to finish 44/52. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day with number 1 Julie Day and number 2 George Lewis 22/11.
The Sussex Vice Presidents came to Pulborough on Friday 23rd and were treated to a fantastic Afternoon of bowls followed by drinks and music in the Clubhouse by local duo Jo and Graham. 6 rinks played and the banter flew as Pulborough romped to victory finishing 111/104 with 4 rink wins. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Mike Philpott, number 1 John Hunt, number 2 Malcolm Hayward, and number 3, fundraiser Max Pilbrow. Their opposition were prevented from scoring on all but 8 ends out of 21!
Max Pilbrow of Pulborough BC completed his Cycle tour of division 4 clubs to raise money for Junior bowls for PBC, by playing at Pulborough following the Vice President's game. His total score was 318 shots and he raised a fantastic £290 for 3 sets of bowls- well done Max!
Pulborough were away at Pagham for the latest round in the Brookes Motors League on Friday. 2 rink wins and overall victory 42/23,yielded the full 6 points to keep Pulborough top with 2 games to play.
A very busy week came to it's climax with an away game at Southwater in the glorious sunshine. Pulborough were kept honest all the way through with the score at tea being 22/20 to Pulborough, but they say it all changes after tea and the end result was 2 rink wins for Southwater and a score of 47/42 to Southwater. The only rink win for Pulborough came from skip Malcolm Gray, number 2 and wife, Jane Gray and number 1 Mike Ayling 15/13, a thoroughly enjoyable game to be part of and we look forward to the re-match next year! Our congratulations go to Derek Swaffield for reaching the finals of the Pulborough Men's Singles Championship, a fantastic achievement!

Pulborough next play away in the Brookes Motors League on Weds 28th at 2pm and at home to Worthing Beach Park on Sat 31st at 2pm, spectators are always welcome.

Press Release w/c Mon 5th Aug 2013

Pulborough BC's week started on a high with a landslide victory in the Brooks Motors League (BML) against Pagham on Wednesday. Pulborough scored another maximum 6 points for both rink wins and overall victory. The trio of skip Len Adsett, Number 3 Ann Wood and number 1 Captain Chris Etherington, only allowed their opposition to score on 4 out of 18 ends winning 33 shots to 5! Skip Mike Philpott and team won 23/13 making the overall score 56/18 holding Pulborough at the top of the league with 3 games to play and a game in hand.
The home game against Fishbourne on Saturday 10th saw Pulborough win 3 out of 4 rinks and overall victory by 78/53. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Mike Philpott, number 2 Max Pilbrow and number 1 Bryan Reed 21/7. Skip Bernie Philpott and team pulled a 7 out of the bag on end 8 to win 19/16 and skip Paul Day and team took the lead in end 4 with a 6 and didn't look back, they finished 23/13.The only rink to loose was pipped to the post by just 2 shots after staging a comeback on end 12 to be within a shot of the lead and falling at the finishing post.
After a wet start to the day, the sun shone on a glorious Maltravers green in Littlehampton for Pulborough's Sunday away game at 2pm. A very tight game resulted in 2 rink wins for Pulborough and an overall win of 72/64. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Paul Day with number 1 Pauline Adsett, number 2 Mike Ayling and number 3 Ann Woods 23/10. After scoring 4 on their first end, they didn't let their opposition get a shot until end 5 by which time it was too late!
Max Pilbrow's Division 4 Bowls Challenge starts on Friday 16th Aug, details are under Fundraising on www.pulboroughbowlsclub.co.uk
Pulborough next play away at Marine Gardens in Worthing, on Thursday 15th at 2pm, followed by a home game against Henfield at 2.30pm on Saturday and an away game against Lancing BC on Sunday 2pm, spectators always welcome.


 

Press Release w/c 29/7/13

The Ron and Ilene Branch Shield is always a popular fixture in house at Pulborough BC and 2013 was no different! The mixed doubles competition attracted 12 pairs ,although who wore the skirt in 3 was definitely in question, with men out numbering women 15/9!
The games were rotated over 6 rinks with Mike and Bernie Philpott winning overall with a score of +13 with John and Kay Piper close on their heals on +12. As in previous seasons, the shield was presented by Ilene's Son, John Walgar, and watched over by ex-President of Pulborough BC, Ken Perrier who is frequently seen supporting the club at internal and external fixtures throughout the season.

Sunday's away game was a close call, but Steyning were just too good for Pulborough BC on the day, winning overall by just 3 shots to continue their winning run and end Pulborough's after 3 clear victories. Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip John Brown, Lead George Lewis and number 2 Chris Etherington 22/8, a stacked rink if ever there was one! Both teams had a fantastic game and enjoyed a bit of banter both on and off the green, followed by a few drinks at the bar.

Pulborough next play at home in the Brooks Motors League on Wed 7th Aug at 2pm, followed by a home game against Fishbourne on Sat 10th at 2pm and away at the Littlehampton Maltravers Club on Sunday 11th, spectators are always welcome.

 

Press Release w/c 15/7/13

On Monday 15th July, the usually tough competitors, Chichester, helped Pulborough become top of their division in the Brooks Motors League with 3 games to play. Wins of 26/15 by skip John Brown and 26/8 by skip Mike Philpott, number 2 Ann Wood and number 1 Len Adsett, yielded the full 6 points for rink wins and overall victory.
5 triples played on Thursday against the non-affiliated Grasshopper side at Pulborough. 2 rinks won and one drew for PBC with top rink going to skip Len Adsett and team 25/12. Mike Philpott and team won 16/15 and Ivan Salmon's triple drew 14/14. Overall victory went to the talented Grasshopper side by 96/83, but both teams called it a friendly draw with 2 rink wins each!
Saturday saw a slightly cooler day for the club competition called the Stratton Cup that takes it's name from ex-president Cliff Stratton and was presented on the day by his Son, Adrian Stratton and Grandson Kyle. 8 triples played on a rotation basis with the highest overall score steeling victory. That honour went to team Bernie Philpott, Ivan Salmon and Melvin Green with 33 shots, 5 shots above their nearest rivals and worthy winners of the Stratton Cup.

Pulborough next face Petworth away on Friday 26th at 6pm, Horsham away on Saturday 27th at 2pm and their next home game on Sunday 28th against Storrington at 2pm, spectators always welcome.


 

Press Release w/c 1/7/13

Thursday evening saw the first of 2 friendly encounters designed to encourage both potential bowlers and old adversaries to visit the club and take on the members over a few ends, culminating in a few drinks and a bite to eat! Members of 3 Pulborough Churches were invited to have a go, many for the first time. The evening was a great success and we hope to see a few extra at our Monday evening roll-ups!
The heatwave on Saturday saw a slightly shorter, but equally as competitive encounter with Pulborough Sports and Social Club, that saw friendly rivals lock horns and add to the bar profits!
John Brown, Paul Day, Chris Etherington and Len Adsett played in the Quarter finals of the Men's County Fours away at Lindfield on Friday. A thrilling match saw both teams on 16 shots on the 20th end but the final victory went to Lindfield by 1 shot despite Pulborough's best efforts. The Pulborough Quartet had a fantastic run and did the club proud.
A double bill against the Littlehampton Maltravers Club saw Jane Gray loose out in the Champion of Champions against Margaret Burtenshaw away 21/14 but PBC saw victory against Maltravers later in the day, on home soil! Top rink went to Mike Wood's team of number 1, Colin Andrews, number 2 Edna Henley and number 3 Paul Day, with a convincing score of 43/19, after getting 6 shots on ends 4 and 13, followed by a 7 on the final end, just to rub it in! Other rink wins came from skip Len Adsett 22/13 and John Brown/Ivan Salmon 27/13. The overall score of 105/69 in the scorching heat of the Afternoon, was celebrated at the bar with many familiar faces from the Maltravers side that will seek revenge on Pulborough's return visit on 11th Aug!

The next game for Pulborough will be a double bill at home to the Littlehampton Norfolk club in a friendly and the Brooks Motors League (BML) at 2pm on Thurs 11th, followed by an away game at Fittleworth on Sat 13th and a home game against Stedham on Sunday at 2pm, spectators always welcome.


 

Final Press Release 2013

Pulborough BC, A True Team Effort.
 
The end of the bowls season at any club seems premature, but at Pulborough, the prospect of the club going from strength to strength makes it all worthwhile.
After the bowls finals on 7th, 8th and 9th September, the weather continued to add to the water table making the green unplayable for the last few open days, but Thursday 12th saw the start of a new era, with the arrival of a "slit tyner" and a handful of key PBC members to "slit" the green to remove thatch and encourage strong, firm root growth for next season. The labour intensive clean-up job was all but complete by 2pm ready for seeding, lifting and top dressing over the Autumn/Winter off season.
It is hoped that a firmer, free er draining and level green will result for next season ready for the introduction of Junior Bowling in 2014 and an increasing membership that added again to it's numbers in 2013.
With the introduction of the Pulborough Ladies Triples Afternoon, the Pulborough Open, 3 confirmed Tourist sides for next year and junior bowls. 2014 is set to be another positive and pro-active year for PBC. We look forward to defending our Brookes Motors League crown and setting a high standard of bowls in County, League and club competitions alike.
If you are interested in seeing what the game has to offer you in 2014, please contact the Membership Secretary, Pauline Adsett at paulineadsett@aol.com and she will be happy to pass on any details you may need, or visit www.pulboroughbowlsclub.co.uk for more details.
Pulborough Bowls Club needs you in 2014!
 

  

Press Release w/c 17/6/13

In a week of positives for Pulborough, we must congratulate John Brown for a resounding victory in the Quarter Finals of the County Men's Unbadged competition and like wise, Mike Philpott for getting through to the Quarters of the Badged competition. In her first year in the Champion of Champions, Jane Gray made it through her second round draw against a tough opponent from the Norfolk Club in Littlehampton, winning 21 shots to 7, a very unexpected and welcome result!
The Men's County Fours quartet of Chris Etherington, Paul Day, Len Adsett and Skip John Brown won their third round match 24/12. After a rocky start in the first 2 ends, they didn't release their grip, scoring on 14/21 ends.
In the BML (Brooks Motors League), Pulborough snatched a maximum 6 points against a surprised Middleton side who are currently top of the league, winning 46/23 with top link honours going to Skip John Brown 21/9, closely followed by Mike Wood 25/14. Both teams scored a maximum 6 points mid way in the game to cement victory!
An away defeat against a quality Stedham side on Saturday did nothing to dampen the spirits of a Club that is seeing the positive results flood in this season, driven by high spirits and a desire to win!

 

Press Release W/C 20/5/13

A busy week for Pulborough delivered a mixed bag of results. Tues 21st heralded both a BML game (Brooks Motors League) and a friendly game away against a very accomplished Norfolk side.  Pulborough saw a 6 point loss overall for the 2 BML triples but a win in the friendly, skipped by Joyce Broadribb, number 2 Mike Wood and number 1 Melvin Green with a score of 18 shots to 11.
The 3 triples that played away on Saturday 25th against Fittleworth, had a much smoother ride with wins on all 3 rinks, with top rink for Pulborough going to skip Mike Richards, Pauline Adsett and Melvin Green 23/12. Skips Joyce Broadribb and Paul day finished with scores of 22/14 and 16/15 to win overall by 61/41, a fantastic result!
An experienced Cawston Tourist side arrived at Pulborough by coach, at about 1.30pm, to play in what can only be described as ideal bowling conditions! The sun shone, the banter flew and some fantastic bowls over 21 ends resulted in a win to Pulborough on 2 out of 5 rinks but an overall loss of 89/102. The Pulborough rinks were skipped by Paul Day, Mike Richards, Len Adsett, Mike Wood and Ivan Salmon who won top rink with a score of 25/12, unbelievable when you think that the Cawston side play every day of the week in different venues and gain valuable experience on adapting their game to suit all types of green. I think they were glad to have a straight forward trip to Pulborough after suffering a puncture on their way to some of the coastal clubs and some awful weather conditions earlier in the week! A few Norfolk jokes and quite a few drinks later, the Cawston Tourists headed back to their hotel for a hard earned Sunday roast and the Pulborough players were left in good spirits after meeting some of the nicest people on tour, good luck to them for the rest of their games!

Press Release W/C 28/4/13

Tuesday 3oth April saw the first of 3 friendlies for Pulborough Bowls Club away at Worthing Pavillion at 6pm, against the Grasshoppers, a non-affiliated team of x-policemen and women that play at a variety of clubs throughout West Sussex.
Triples played, with skips Len Adsett, Mike Philpott, Ivan Salmon and John Brown seeing results of 18/12, 14/15, 20/17 and 15/26, with top rink for Pulborough going to President Len Adsett for a win of 6 points. The overall score of 67/70 to the Grasshoppers reflected a tight but enjoyable Evening match ending with a very tasty cottage pie Supper!
With a sunny weekend in prospect, Pulborough players hoped for a change of fortune against local rivals Billingshurst but it was not to be. Just 2 triples saw positive results, skip Joyce Broadribb and team won 17/16 and Paul Day's team won 16/14. Len Adsett, Mike Wood and Ivan Salmon all saw losses culminating in an overall score for Billingshust of 96 to Pulborough's 72, a home defeat that was to be quickly forgotten the following day away at Henfield!
The Sun shone on one of the nicest trips out to a club on Pulborough's fixture calendar. The Henfield club is tucked away in a quiet location where the loudest sound is birdsong! The Pulborough team regained form and had a fantastic game resulting in wins for all 4 rinks. Mike Wood and team lead from end 3 and won 22/16, Len Adsett, Colin Andrews, John Piper and myself were 1 shot down at tea on end 11 but pulled it back to win 22/16. Paul Day and team were all square at tea but scored a 5 on end 19 to seal a victory of 28/15, but top rink by a country mile went to skip Mike Philpott and team who lead from the start and scored a 5 on their very first end to finish with a fantastic result of 33/9! The overall score didn't reflect the skill shown by the Henfield players and the fantastic time had by both team to finish 105/56 to Pulborough.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the first of 3 Tourist (roving) sides to visit Pulborough this season, Essex Tourists, followed by Berkhampstead Tourists on Sat 11th May and Cawston Tourists on Sunday 26th May. Spectators are very welcome to support either Pulborough or the Tourist sides, games start at 2pm. 


Press Release 2-8th Sept 2013

A narrow defeat against West Tarring away on Weds 4th started the final week of games for PBC off to a slow start. The overall scores ended up 65/60 to West Tarring with Pulborough stealing 1 rink win and a draw out of 4 triples that played. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Bernadine Philpott, number 1 Mike Wood and number 2 Joyce Broadribb, who showed their years of experience with a win of 22/14. The rink that drew 13/13 was skipped by President Len Adsett, number 1 Julie Day and number 2 Ann Wood.
The final round of the Brookes Motors League on Friday away at Arundel was cancelled due to rain but Pulborough had already taken the crown to win division 1 of the league with a game in hand. They went away with 3 points for a draw, as did Arundel, who avoided relegation with their 3 point draw..
Finals weekend approached at speed as the clouds started to gather over Pulborough Bowls Club making for an interesting 2 days of sport. Saturday saw 4 championships come to a climax, with Julie Day winning the Novice Salver silver plate against Melvin Green, Bernadine Philpott and Melvin Green winning the drawn pairs against Ann Wood and Kay Piper, Mike Philpott winning the handicap against Captain Chris Etherington and Chris getting his revenge against Mike in the Diggle (1,2,3), a very sought after trophy held in high regard with the club and players alike!
As Sunday loomed, the fine weather broke and gave way to heavy showers, making the first 2 games of the day tricky and the Men's and Ladies championships impossible to complete. The games that did get played were the 2 wood final between Malcolm Gray and John Brown that went in Malcolm's favour, allowing him to lift the silver goblet for the first time. The Novice cup followed amidst torrential downpours, with victory going to Paul Day to complete both Novice titles over the last 2 seasons.
The Men's and Ladies Championships took place on Monday 9th Sept at 4.30pm and 5pm despite the best efforts of the weather to cause further disruption! Mike Philpott and Derek Swaffield played a game of 2 halves with Derek holding his scores for the first few ends but loosing out to a dominant second half by Mike to take overall victory 21/8. Equally absorbing to watch was the Ladies Championship at 5pm between Julie Day and Bernadine Philpott. The lead changed hands throughout the game with some fantastic heads and a lot of last bowl rescues but victory went to Bernadine 21/13 to complete the set for the Philpott household.
Pulborough BC would like to congratulate all this season's winners and thank them for producing some captivating games of bowls. The club has welcomed a lot of new players into the fold this year and we hope this trend continues in the new season to see Pulborough BC go from strength to strength. 
 



Press Release W/C 26/8/13

Wednesday 28th heralded the penultimate game for Pulborough BC in Division 1 of the Brooks Motors League (BML) against Middleton BC away. A win on 1 rink out of 2 and the 2 points yielded, were all that was required to seal victory in the top division with a game left to play! The rink win came from skip Mike Philpott, number 1 Bernie Philpott and number 2 Len Adsett 17/13. The final game in the BML league will be against Arundel on Friday 6th September.
In the twilight of the bowls season, the final home game honours at Pulborough fell to Worthing on Sat 31st Aug. Another glorious Afternoon saw Pulborough sneak yet another win in a season of more highs than lows. The final score of 89/80 saw Worthing win on 3 out of 5 rinks but loose heavily on the remaining 2. Rink wins for Pulborough came from skip Len Adsett, number 1 Arthur Varndell and number 3 Chris Etherington 21/12 and top rink went to skip Max Pilbrow, number 1 John Piper and number 3 Hugh Hubbard 28/13! Max's practice with his Division 4 Cycle Challenge earlier in the season must have done his game the world of good!
A positive Pulborough team topped off another great week with an inter-club friendly on Sunday where all entrants had a chance to play each other as triples and the highest individual score was deemed the winner. A dress down Sunday lead to a few opposing football shirts being aired and some questionable dress sense, but the winning male score of 21 shots came from Captain Chris Etherington with the ladies winner Kay Piper close on his heals with 20.
Pulborough's final game of the season is away at Arundel on Friday with the club finals weekend on Sat 7th and Sunday 8th Sept, well worth a watch!
 
 

Press Release 12-18th Aug 2013

A real mixed bag of results for Pulborough BC at the start of August shows the quality of the opposition at the tail end of the season.
The first friendly of the week against Horsham Park on Wednesday resulted in a narrow defeat of 14 shots in total on 3 out of 4 rinks finishing up 74/88 Top rink for Pulborough went to skip Bernie Philpott, number 1 Pauline Adsett, number 2 Melvin Green and number 3 John Piper, who drew level 28/28 after rescuing a 3 on the last end to avoid defeat! Skip Paul Day was robbed of his rink win by dropping a 3 on his last end to loose by just 1 shot!
Thursday the 15th saw the clouds hover over the Pulborough players despite the glorious sunshine and quality green. The banter flew as Pulborough split scores down the middle winning on 2 out of 4 rinks but loosing overall by just 9 shots, 61/70. Joint top rink for Pulborough went to skips Malcolm Gray and Colin Andrews with their teams both winning by 2 shots. All 4 rinks saw the scores swapping around throughout the Afternoon to make for a very enjoyable game on an exhibition green surrounded by learned spectators!
Finally the sun shone on Pulborough in their biannual away game against Lancing on Sunday 18th August. 5 triples played with Pulborough winning 4, 103/70. The quality green lead to a fantastic game against some lovely players, that made the Pulborough team feel very welcome! The accolade of top rink for Pulborough changed hands after tea with Captain and skip Chris Etherington, number 1 Pauline Adsett and number 2 Paul Day winning every end to finish 28/7. Skip Malcolm Gray and team also won convincingly 26/11, skip Joyce Broadribb and team scored 18/14 and skip Len Adsett and team won 19/16 in a tight battle of wills!

Pulborough next play in their Ladies Triples Open on Weds 21st at home at 2pm, Sutton at home at 6pm on Thursday 22nd. The Sussex Vice Presidents play at Pulborough on Friday 23rd at 2pm, also marking the end of Max Pilbrow's Division 4 Cycle challenge, view this at wwwpulboroughbowlsclubcouk/press/fundraising. Saturday 24th Pulborough are away at Pagham for the Brookes Motors League at 2pm and finally away at Southwater on Sunday  25th at 2pm, a very busy week with spectators always welcome.


 

Press Release 26-28th July 2013

At the height of the season, Pulborough Bowls Club showed their skill with triple victories over the weekend against some quality clubs and players!
First to face Pulborough on Friday Evening, were Petworth  BC on home turf. 4 Triples played, with top rink for Pulborough going to Skip Paul Day, number 2 Mike Lancaster and number 1 Colin Andrews with 23/9. Pulborough won on all 4 rinks with skip John Brown scoring 14/11, Ivan Salmon 23/14 and President Len Adsett 21/9, resulting in a clear win of 81/43 to Pulborough.
Saturday's away game against Horsham Bishopric had the added entertainment of 5 minutes of rain, numerous flying ants, seagulls and even a duck on the green stopping play! Despite this, Pulborough snatched victory on 3 out of 4 rinks, winning 77/54. Top rink went jointly to Skips Ivan Salmon and Len Adsett who both won, with their teams, by a clear 10 shots.
The local Derby on Sunday against Storrington, was a light hearted but competitive match of 4 rinks, over 21 ends with a little cooling rain thrown in for good measure! Both teams had County players in their ranks and a lot of skill was shown which unfortunately didn't reflect in the scoreline that saw Pulborough again win on all 4 rinks 88/65. Top rink for Pulborough went again, to skip Paul Day with number 1 Arthur Varndell, number 2 Joyce Woods and number 3 Max Pilbrow 23/15. To rub it in further, Storrington players were later stung for sponsorship for Max Pilbrow's Division 4 Bowls challenge to raise money to support the introduction of Junior bowlers to Pulborough BC, details of the challenge can be found on www.pulboroughbowlsclub.co.uk. The Storrington players were very generous, many thanks for all their donations.
Pulborough BC next play at home on Weds 31st against East Preston&Kingston followed by a doubles competition at home on Saturday 3rd Aug at 2pm and away against Steyning  on Sunday 4th at 2pm, spectators always welcome.

 

Press Release W/C 8/7/13

A week of victories for Pulborough BC and it's top players, began with a 4 point win over top of the league Norfolk, in the Brooks Motors League (BML), to put them joint top with a game in hand. They will next face Chichester on Monday 15th at home, a win will put them top with 3 games to play. Skip Mike Philpott won 21/12, Len Adsett and team lost 15/22 and skip Derek Swaffield won 19/17 in a friendly, along side the 2 BML rinks.
Saturday 13th saw PBC away at Fittleworth. 3 triples played with top rink going to President Len Adsett, number 2 George Lewis and number 1 Allison Turrell, with a fantastic score of 32 shots to 9! They only allowed their opposition to score on 4 out of 18 ends! Joyce Broadribb and team also won their rink 26/9 with the overall score finishing as 68/39, a convincing win!
The victory run continued on Sunday with a 61/48 win over Stedham at home. Captain Terry for Stedham saw his team's only rink win 19/16 with Pulborough's rinks being won by skips Ivan Salmon and Mike Wood 20/14 and 25/15. The souring temperatures and glorious sunshine were quite a contrast to the  wind and rain experienced when Pulborough were beaten away at Stedham earlier in the season!
The sun continued to shine on the Pulborough players when the trio of Chris Etherington, John Brown and Mike Philpott stormed to victory in the Storrington Open Triples competition on Sunday 14th. The contest was made up of 24 teams invited to take part. Teams were split into 2 groups. Pulborough won their group and played in the final over 7 ends, winning 7/4 to lift the Silver plate for the first time since 2001! A well earned win and one the club will be very proud of.

 
 
 


Press Release W/C 24/6/13

A beautiful Evening on Tuesday 25th set the scene for one of the most enjoyable games on the fixture calendar for PBC. In the wilds of the Sussex countryside, the green at Sutton is surrounded by fields, the Clubhouse is an ageing wooden structure and the facilities are basic and yet the Pulborough players clamber to play there every season. The Sutton team are skilled at negotiating the quirky green and don't hold back on the banter, especially when they beat Pulborough 43/47. Top rink for Pulborough went to skip, Malcolm Gray by a country mile, 17 shots to 11. Pulborough are looking forward to the re-match on home soil in August!
The Pulborough Quartet of Chris Etherington, Paul Day, Len Adsett and Skip John Brown stormed into the Quarter Finals of the Mens County Fours competition on home soil on the 28th, winning by 26/16! 6 shots on the 15th end turned the match in their favour and they didn't look back.
The tide continued to turn on Sunday with a convincing home win over a quality Southwater side that whitewashed Pulborough at the same time last year! Pulborough won on all 3 rinks, with Skip, Mike Wood scoring 28/17, Paul Day 32/8 and top rink honours going to Melvin Green with a resounding victory of 37/11 getting a 5 on the last end just to rub it in! He played with number 1 John Piper, number 2 Joyce Woods and number 3 Ivan Salmon, a very strong draw. The overall score giving a win of 61 shots, 97/36, which didn't reflect the efforts of a good natured Southwater side.
Pulborough players next face a team made up of Pulborough Parish Church members on Thursday 4th at 7pm, followed by a game against Pulborough Sports and Social Club on Sat 6th at 3pm and another home game on Sunday 6th at 2pm against the Maltravers side, any of which are worth a watch, spectators are always welcome.


Press Release Sat8th/Sun 9th June 2013

After the important exposure created for Pulborough Bowls Club by the efforts of Mike and Bernadine Philpott on Saturday 1st June at the Pulborough Expo event at the village hall, the 1st of 2 Open Days for the Club saw renewed interest in membership from the local community followed by a game of triples between club members in the blazing sunshine for spectators to enjoy!
Sunday saw a slightly cloudier start followed by an unfortunate departure from the Midhurst Cup for the Pulborough side, closely followed by victory at home, against a quality Arundel, side in the Brookes Motors League (BML).
Five triples played over 18 ends, two games came under the BML and 3 were friendly. The BML rinks were skipped by Len Adsett, with number 1 Bernadine Philpott and number 3 Paul Day who scored a draw 18/18 and Mike Philpott with number 1 Julie Day and number 3 Ivan Salmon who scored 20/14 with 3 points on ends 17 and 18 to clinch victory and claim 5 out of 6 points available for the BML League. The 3 friendlies were skipped by John Piper, Mike Wood and Chris Etherington who claimed top rink with a fantastic score of 31/13 due to getting 3 ends of 4 points and a 5 on end 9. Both John Piper and Mike Wood saw losses with scores of 14/20 and 10/33 to hand the overall victory to Arundel 55/66.

Next week sees the Pulborough players at home to West Tarring on Tues 11th at 2pm, a spectator friendly Club Event on Saturday 15th with an open morning from 10am-12 to welcome anyone who is interested in the game to come and have a look around and try it for themselves and a game away to Storrington on Sunday 15th June at 2pm.



 

Press Release 11/12th May 2013

The Pulborough Lawn Bowl Club were stretched in more ways than one on Sat 11th May, when 20 players were needed to play the Berkhampstead Tourist side at 2pm. In a thrilling match of 21 ends on 5 rinks, Pulborough saw wins for 3 out of 5 teams.
Top rink for Pulborough went to Skip Ivan Salmon, lead Julie Day, number 2 Alison Turrel and Number 3 John Piper with a score of 26/12. Skips Paul Day and Mike Wood also saw wins of 23/14 and 19/14 but losses of 7/33 and 10/20 on rinks 5 and 3 meant an overall score of 85/93 to Berkhampstead. Good fun was had by all and they are very welcome to return in the future for a re-match!
The sunshine of Saturday gave way to grey skys and rain on Sunday for the local Derby away  against a Billingshurst side that had beaten Pulborough on their home green the week before! Wins for 4 out of 5 triples for the Pulborough side over just 10 ends, meant a break for tea at half way signalled the end of the match, with top rink for Pulborough going to Skip Bernie Philpott, Colin Andrews and Jane Gray with a score of 12/2 having kept the opposition on 0 until end 10. The green played heavier in the damp weather putting another dimention on a game that was always going to be about revenge for the Pulborough side. They did triumph, but with just half a game it was a bit of a hollow victory, there's always next year!

Congratulations go to Bernie and Mike Philpott of Pulborough who played and won their National Mixed Pairs game against Homefield Park on the Pulborough Green on Sunday Morning. They won by 26/15 to make it through to the next round.

 


 


 



Press Release 27/28thApril 2013

On the 27th April Pulborough Bowlers played their first away game of the season at Worthing, Beach Park.
Always a tough fixture, this one proved no different, with a win to Worthing of 85/75. Skips for Pulborough were Mike Philpott, Bernie Philpott and Len Adsett who saw losses of 11/17,10/23 and 15/22 and  wins for Mike Wood 18/12 with Pulborough's top rink of 21/11 going to John Brown's team. Pulborough were in the lead with 3 ends to go but dropped their guard and suffered heavy losses with the finishing post in sight!

The B.M.L season got off to a fantastic start for Pulborough on Sunday 28th with a tight victory against one of the best teams in the league, away at Chichester Priory. The rinks were skipped by John Brown and Mike Philpott who both saw wins of 19/13 and 15/14 respectively. John Brown's team comprising of Bernie Philpott and Captain, Chris Etherington, were behind in the first half but turned it around with scores of 3 and 4 in ends 11 and 12. The second team of Mike Phillpott, Len Adsett and Ann Wood led from the start, but their opponents nearly caught them with a score of 3 on the last end. A hard fort 6 points against a tough side to kick start Pulborough's 2013 campaign. 
 

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