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First Win of the Season for Moonfleet in National Competition

Egham Trophy v Dorchester

With two mixed rinks at home and two away in the first round of the National Egham knockout competition, Monfleet bowlers enjoyed a superb win against Dorchester who conceded on all four rinks before the final ends were played.

At home, Karen Hofen, Jennie Brown, Derek Devonald-Batt and skip Barry Patterson had a game of two halves with the Dorchester rink well in control and 15 – 7 ahead by end ten. From that point on though, the Patterson rink went up a gear and, only losing one end for the rest of the game, overtook the Dorchester foursome to claim a 21 – 16 win.

The other home rink of Gill Lock, Warwick Brown, Margaret Crawford and skip Mike Gale dominated from the start and, keeping the Dorchester rink right out of the game, notched up an amazing 23 – 1 lead by end thirteen. The three more ends won by the visitors made little impact on the home side who finished with a superb 28 – 5 victory.

In Dorchester Chris Rod, Mairi Mathie, Keith Wyman and skip Jamie Lockwood had a close first nine ends to lie just one shot ahead 9 – 8. The Lockwood rink then took complete control and, with Dorchester only managing to pick up single shots on two more ends, the Moonfleet foursome ended with a resounding 26 – 10 triumph.

The other away rink of Eileen Devonald-Batt, Anne Chislett, Ryan Nash and skip Jamie Watkiss had a closer contest ahead by 10 – 8 after nine ends. Again Moonfleet proved to be the dominant side as they widened their lead to finish 21 – 13 ahead at the point where all four Dorchester rinks conceded.

Moonfleet’s impressive 96 – 44 combined winning total means they now move forward to meet Taunton in the next round.

Dorset County Indoor Bowls Association

Having recently attended a meeting of the DCIBA they have announced the creation of a new website which looks very good and is for both the Men and Ladies, all the results for the County and Local competitions  will be published and for those that affect Moonfleet there will be a link from the Dorset Results page under the League table heading.

You can find it at

Pay a visit and have a look.

The Dorset Committee (Men) have also appealed for more members to enter the County Knockout competitions, your chances of doing well are quite good owing to the small number of entries received. Look out for the notices coming up on your notice board. I am sure this applies to the Ladies competitions too.

Summer Open Mixed Triples League

The competition has now ended and Moonfleet Greens came a close second to Bournemouth – again – with Moonfleet Whites coming a creditable 6th. Our thanks go to Phil Lock, Steve Wilson and Richard Caseley for picking the teams and ensuring that every fixture was fulfilled.

The final table is below and can also be found under the League results header at the top of the page.

Position Team Played Won Drawn Shots For Shots Against Difference Points
1 Bournemouth 14 10 1 500 386 114 58
2 Moonfleet Greens 14 10 1 493 393 100 56
3 Bridport Blues 14 9 0 501 387 114 51
4 Dolphin Blues 13 8 1 410 411 -1 42
5 Dolphin Reds 14 4 1 433 450 -17 37
6 Moonfleet Whites 14 4 1 401 457 -56 32
7 Dorchester Falcons 14 4 0 421 501 -80 29
8 Dorset Resort 13 3 1 340 514 -174 25


Moonfleet Whites v Dorchester Falcons 1 July 19

What a close match this was, rink 3 had Julie Watts, Gill Gwilliam and Mal Smith up against Jim and Pauline Trim and their skip Pat Garrett, whilst on rink 4 Richard Caseley, Marty Groves and Eddie Rees were playing M Bickell, H Ryan and Steve Gamlin.

Mal and his team got off to a slow start only scoring 1 in the first 5 ends to Dorch’s 8, then they got stuck on 8 as Fleet reeled them in to be 9-8 up after 10 ends. Then it was nip and tuck as the lead went back and forth to be 13 all with 2 ends to go. A super shot from the Dorchester lead had them holding one which was knocked off to give us 2, then a fine bowl from their skip pushed one of theirs in for one to them. Mal stepped up, knocked another of theirs in to give them 2, Oh no… 13-15 to Dorch. Final end and another good start for Dorch had them holding one and the jack surrounded with one bowl to come from Mal Smith. It looked impossible but there were some back bowls. How does it go, ‘an extra yard of pace a little off the green’, ah well, here goes. Crack, into the pack, 2 to us and an honourable draw!

Meanwhile, on rink 4, Eddies team were looking ok until end 6 when they dropped a 7! That’s going to take some getting back as Dorch were now 3-10 up. A couple of good ends for the Fleet made the score 8-12 after ten ends but disaster, another 4 to Dorch. A spirited final few ends saw the gap closing but Fleet eventually ran out of ends to lose by 15-18. A final tally of 30-33 and 1-5 in points.

Moonfleet Whites v Bridport Blues

Played on 3 June, doesn’t time go quickly, the team of Pat Holmes, Marty Groves and skip Malcolm Smith, Kerry Wilson, Eddie Rees and skip Helen Monelle played Bridport Blues skipped by Phil Hedges and John Burwood in the Summer Mixed Open League.

On rink 3 Mal’s team got off to a very slow start losing the first 3 ends before scoring a single, and after 6 ends were 3-6 down. End 8 and Moonfleet were looking at 4 down with 2 bowls left, a controlled drive put the jack in the ditch to hold 2 and a measure, Phil didn’t get in with his final bowl and a draw from Mal made it 4, the next end saw a 5 for Moonfleet making the score 12-6, that’s better. Steady scoring from then on shut out the Bridport recovery giving a final score of 18-13 to Moonfleet.

Rink 4 was a much more one sided contest with Helen’s team scoring consistently throughout, a 4-1 lead after 4 ends was never relinquished and with all three players keeping their concentration it was a good victory of 20-10 for Moonfleet.

Overall a 38-23 and 6-0 to Moonfleet! Come on you Whites…

Winter Presentation

All the pictures are on the Gallery Page of the Chronicle


You’ll never get there at this rate Bruce!

The club has been kind enough to allow me a little space on the website and also to email everyone about the charity bike ride I shall be taking part in on the weekend of June 21st. I am hoping that this publicity will enable me to raise a few extra pounds for the charities that have been nominated by the organisers, Dorchester Rotary. The main beneficiary being Dorset and Somerset air ambulance.

After crossing from Poole to Cherbourg we will be cycling just over 20 miles to St Mere Eglise for an overnight rest. On Saturday we will complete a further 45 or so miles to reach our destination of Bayeux. The return journey on Sunday of 67 miles will, I know, cause me great suffering as I usually start to seize up at around half that distance, so wish me luck.

Blooming hard work this is

Dorchester Rotary do not make use of any of the excellent online charity donation websites so the easiest way for me to keep track of how much I have raised is to send any donations to me. The account to use is sort code 11-08-38, account number 10933662, reference Bayeux. I will then forward the aggregated amount to Dorchester Rotary. If you see me around the club it would obviously be easier to approach me directly.

In the unlikely event that anyone should want to track my suffering (see photo on the left) I will try to remember to log my journey on the well known cycling app – Strava.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

Bruce Taylor (Chorans, Tryers, and Thursday Rollers)







Two-wood Drawn Pairs

Trixie Dempsey & Colin Chatburn

Brian Kibbey & Pat Rod

Mixed Triples

Warren Smith, Anne Chislett, Mike Chislett

Ryan Nash, Kath Desmond, Barry Patterson

Men’s Veterans

Tim Munro

Eddie Rees

Women’s Veterans

Eileen Devonald-Batt

Ruth Neary

Women’s Drawn Triples

Gwen Rees, Di Carteur, Eileen Devonald-Batt

Val Spicer, Mairi Mathie, Carol Venton

Men’s Triples

Mike Day, Micky Durrant, Jamie Watkiss

Derek Spicer, Andy Clark, Mick Moxham

Novices’ Drawn Triples

Erika Fry, Di Carteur, Marty Groves

Steve Sparnon, Andy Boatswain, Martin White

Women’s Singles

Anne Chislett

Linda Bryson

Men’s Singles

Jamie Watkiss

Andy Clark

Novices’ Singles

Andy Boatswain

Bob Bullin

Women’s Pairs

Karen Hofen & Margaret Crawford

Gwen Rees & Val Spicer

Men’s Pairs

Ryan Nash & Barry Patterson

Dave Clegg & Malcolm Smith

Drawn Handicap Pairs

Di Carteur & Colin Chatburn

Carol Venton & Eddie Rees

Mixed Pairs

Mairi Mathie & Jack Mathie

Mary Bull & Ashley Welsh

Aussie Pairs

Linda Bryson & Gill Lock

Val Spicer & Derek Spicer


There was a record number of entries for the 2018/19 winter knockout competitions so congratulations to all the winners and indeed to all the finalists.

We would also like to thank the umpire, markers and competent persons for their contributions to the smooth running of the 15 events.

Trophies and prizes will be given to league and competition winners & runners-up at the Winter Presentation Night on 11 May; tickets will go on sale shortly and will be available to all club members. We strongly encourage the attendance of all league and competition winners & runners-up to collect their prizes or to get a representative to do so or their behalf. The ticket price will include food and the bar will be open.


And finally a reminder: the closing date for entries for the Summer Knockout Competitions is 26 April. Entry forms can be found in the blue box on the table by Reception.

Jennifer Browne & Steve Wilson

Competition Secretaries


Moonfleet Ladies C team travelled to Poole for their final game of the season in the Ladies County Inter-Club League. Pam Jones, Lyn Wellman, Di Carteur and skip Ruth Neary had a really close contest against the Dolpin rink with skip A Mousley. At eight ends the scores were tied 5 – 5 and the game of changing fortunes continued with scores even 8 – 8, 10 – 10 and 11 – 11 by end fourteen. Dolphin then claimed three shots to move into the lead, only to see Moonfleet bag four shots to go ahead 15 – 14 with two ends to go. After all the hard work, the next end spelled disaster for the Moonfleet rink as Dolphin picked up six shots and, with Moonfleet picking up a further two shots, they saw the hosts pip them at the post with a 20 – 17 win.

On the other rink Mary Collins, Gwen Rees, Jean Lucas and skip Val Spicer had the edge over the first five ends against the home rink with skip C Webb with Moonfleet just ahead by 5 – 3. By end ten, the Weymouth ladies were still in control at 8 – 5, but two ends later the hosts had caught up to lie just one shot behind at 7 – 8. It was time for the Fleet quartet to move up a gear which they did by bagging four shots on the very next end and, by steadily adding to their score, were able to claim a victory of 18 – 11, an overall 35 – 31 final total and 6 out of the 8 league points to finish the season.


Moonfleet Ladies A team travelled over the hill to take on Dorchester A in their latest game in the County inter-club league. Monique Gandy, Mairi Mathie, Jennie Brown and skip Linda Bryson found themselves 4 – 13 down after five ends having dropped 7 shots on the fourth end against the Dorchester rink with skip Margaret Cullip. Undeterred, the Moonfleet quartet came back into the game and, with a helpful 5 shot haul, by end twelve, they had narrowed the gap to lie 13 – 18 behind. The final six ends went Moonfleet’s way as they gradually clawed their way back to finish only three shots adrift at 18 – 21.

On the other rink, the story couldn’t have been more different as Karen Hofen, Di Edwards, Chris Thompson and skip Margaret Crawford took on the Dorchester four with skip Freda Yates. After five ends the Weymouth ladies were 8 – 0 ahead and after another five ends, with the Dorchester ladies still yet to score, the lead had widened to 17 – 0. By end fifteen with Dorchester still not on the board, the Fleet foursome were galloping away with a massive 24 – 0 lead. Two shots to the hosts on the penultimate end prevented a whitewash, but Moonfleet enjoyed an impressive 28 – 2 victory, an overall 46 – 23 total and they took home 6 out of the 8 league points for the game.


With one home and one away rink, Moonfleet Ladies B team took on Dorchester C in this latest round of the Dorset Ladies inter-club Knockout competition. The home rink of Julie Watts, Jo Taylor, Heather Gillingham and skip Liz Williams quickly moved into a commanding lead and were 10 – 4 ahead after five ends against the Dorchester rink with skip Gwen Caundle. Five ends later saw the Fleet foursome in an even stronger position at 18 – 5 up with Dorchester really struggling to make any headway. The Moonfleet ladies went from strength to strength and, by end eighteen, the gap had widened to 24 – 10. The final three ends saw the hosts dominate completely and, adding a further seven shots to their total, the Williams rink romped home with a tremendous 31 – 10 victory.

Over in Dorchester the story was very different as Mary Dunne, Ruby Spavins, Judy Why and skip Jill Gwilliam found themselves trailing by 4 shots to 8 after five ends against the Dorchester rink with skip Hazel Newboult. The Dorchester ladies continued to apply the pressure and, after another five ends, their lead had increased to 16 – 6. Two ends later, though, the Moonfleet quartet had a breakthrough as they picked up an impressive 6 shot haul to lie only three shots behind. The advantage swung again to Dorchester as they added another ten shots over only three ends to widen the gap to 26 – 13. Just as the outcome seemed decided, the Moonfleet rink opened up the throttle to take complete control of the next four ends adding 15 shots to their total. With the combined scores at 59 – 36 on this nineteenth end, the Dorchester rink conceded leaving the Moonfleet ladies to go through to the next round against Bournemouth A.


Moonfleet Ladies A team travelled to Christchurch where they had a close contest in their latest game in the County inter-club league. Chris Rod, Mairie Mathie, Chris Thompson and skip Jennie Brown got off to a flying start and were 9 – 0 ahead after six ends against the East Dorset rink with skip N Mapes. The hosts then rallied and took control and, by end thirteen had narrowed the gap to lie one shot behind at 9 – 10. This game of two halves finished with the final five ends seeing the advantage go to first one side then the other and with a conclusion of a 12 – 12 draw.

On the other rink Karen Hofen, Gill Lock, Di Edwards and skip Helen Monelle had an equally close tussle over the first half of their game against the East Dorset rink. With the scores 5 – 5, 6 – 6, 7 – 7 and again 8 – 8 the contest could not have been closer. From end thirteen though the Moonfleet rink took control and, winning five ends on the trot, added five shots to their total to finish with a 13 – 9 victory, an overall 25 – 21 total and 7 of the 8 league points for the match.


With one home and one away rink Moonfleet B faced Dolphin C in this second round game in the Dorset Ladies inter-club Knockout competition. The home rink of Julie Watts, Jo Taylor, Heather Gillingham and skip Trixie Dempsey had a slow start against the opposing rink with skip A Mousley who, by end five, were 6 – 0 ahead. Fortunately the local ladies then came to life and gradually closed the gap to lie level at 9 – 9 by end ten. The close tussle continued for the next seven ends with the advantage moving from one rink to the other and by end seventeen the scores were level at 15 – 15. A breakthrough to the Fleet foursome on the next end with a four shot haul gave them the edge to control the final ends and finish with a 22 – 17 victory.

Over in Poole Mary Dunne, Ruby Spavins, Judy Why and skip Jill Gwilliam got off to a positive start against the Dolphin rink with skip S Ball and were 7 – 3 ahead after five ends. The hosts though got in and, by end ten had narrowed the gap to lie just one behind at 9 – 10. The Moonfleet quartet then went up a gear and took back control to lie 15 – 11 in front by end fifteen. The final six ends saw the Moonfleet ladies shut out the opposition and, adding a further twelve shots to their total, the Gwilliam rink finished with a very comfortable 27 – 12 win. The combined score of 49 – 29 means that Moonfleet B will progress to the next round where they will face Dorchester C later in the month.