Press Report w/c 20.5.19

Triple Wins See Pulborough on Top Form!

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


Press Report w/c 13.5.19

Pulborough's League Challenge Begins in Earnest!

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


Press Release w/c 6.5.19

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

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



Press Release w/c 29.4.19


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

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


Press Report w/c 22/4/19

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

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


Press Report w/c 15.4.19

Pulborough Bowls Club Launch into 2019!

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


Press Release w/c 10.9.18

Pulborough Show Strength in PC Cup Final!

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


Press Release w/c 3.9.19

Pulborough's Finals Weekend Thrills the Spectators!

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


Press Release w/c 27.8.18

President's Day Proves a Huge Success!

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


Press Report w/c 20.8.18

Pulborough BC Storm Into Final Of PC Cup!

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



Press Report w/c 12.8.18

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

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


Press Report w/c 6.8.18

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

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



Press Report w/c 30.7.18

Top Triple Wipe Out The Opposition in Stratton Cup!

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


Press Report w/c 22.7.18

Fourth Family Fun Day Raises Funds For Pulborough BC!

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


Press Report w/c 16.7.18

Pulborough Storm Into Semi of PC Cup!

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



Press Report w/c 9.7.18

Pulborough Open Their Gates For Churches Together!

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






Press Report w/c 2.7.18

Pulborough Pip Billingshurst in Local Derby!

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

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


Press Report w/c 25.6.18

Pulborough Host Ladies Triples - What A Scorcher!

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

Press Report w/c 18.6.18

Pulborough Four Win County Area Final!

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

Press Report w/c 11.6.18

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

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

Press Report w/c 4.6.18

Pulborough Top the Table in West Sussex Bowls League!

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


Press Report w/c 21.5.18

Pulborough Produce Against Top League Teams!

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



Press Report w/c 14.5.18

Pulborough Win Against Local Rivals!

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


Press Report w/c 7.5.18

Pulborough BC Knock Top Team Pavilion Out Of Cup!

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

Press Report w/c 30.4.18

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

Press Report 23.4.18

Pulborough Give Marine Gardens a Run for Their Money!

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


Press Report 16.4.18

Pulborough Bowls Club Open For Business!

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

Press Release w/c 4.9.17

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

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



Press Release w/c 28.8.17

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

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



Press Report w/c 21/8/17

Pulborough Reach The Top in West Sussex Bowls League!

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




Press Report w/c 14.8.17

Competitive Pulborough Continue to Shine!

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



Press Report w/c 7.8.17

Pulborough Top The Table in West Sussex Bowls League!

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



Press Report w/c 31.7.17

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

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



Press Release w/c 24.7.17

Pulborough BC In The Hunt For League Top Spot!

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



Press Release w/c 17.7.17

Pulborough Flying High At The Top of The BML League!

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



Press Release w/c 10.7.17

Positive Pulborough Bank Yet More League Points!

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



Press Release w/c 3.7.17

Pulborough's Fantastic Form Continues!

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


Press Release w/c 26.6.17

The Heavens Opened on Ladies Day at Pulborough BC!

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



Press Report w/c 18.6.17

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

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


Press Release w/c 12.6.17

Pulborough BC's Winning Streak Continues!

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




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.











































































 
 


 
 

 

 

  
 






 
 

 

 
 
 
 





 

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