Day 3 for the intrepid Jersey hopefuls found them again playing at the heavier Guernsey Bowls Club, although the drier conditions did help improve the pace from yesterday – that said it was still very much up and at it Bowls!
The Jersey foursome skipped by Greg Davis with Derek Boswell, Fiona Archibald and Kim Gallichan started with an encounter against Wales. A very cagey affair in the first set saw the Crappauds sneak a 1 shot victory having been tied playing the last. In the second set, although Competitive, our Welsh friends had slightly more prowess and the spoils were shared 1 set each.
The next game was against our local rivals and hosts Guernsey – who at this point were steam rolling the competition undefeated. Fresh off a 2-0 demolition of England, the in form Guernsey players and vocal home crowd made rather mince meat of a sorry Jersey team who couldn’t find the conversion rate or consistency of their Sarnian rivals. Guernsey ran out convincing victors in a 2-0 defeat of Jersey.
The afternoon game saw Jersey play Germany – a side improving every European Championships. Although there were more humps, lumps and bumps in the rink than any other that had previously sought to challenge the Jersey quarter, some excellent draw bowls coupled with some conversions that actually came off made for a pleasant 2-0 victory to complete the day.
The Mixed Fours concludes Friday morning against a tricky debutant side from Sweden who are grabbing points off teams throughout the group. Nothing can be taken for granted here!
Day Two of the EBU in Guernsey saw two very soggy Jersey Teams battle it out in the Men’s and Ladies Pairs.
The Ladies, playing at the scenic Delancey Park, had a tough day on paper, scheduled to face off against Scotland, England and Sweden which wasn’t the easiest of fixtures to kick off the campaign! However, Fiona and Kim returned a handsome 8 points from their days work which included a 2-0 defeat of Scotland, a 1-1 draw with England and a 1-1 draw with Sweden. Quite rightly, the girls were very satisfied with this horde of points and brimming with confidence for the remainder of the campaign.
The Men had the joys of Guernsey Bowls Club, which started very heavy and the continued and persistent rain only made it worse. The men faced off against Spain, Netherlands and Wales. In the first game against Spain, a shared 1-1 draw could have been so much better had Davis’ bowl not dived in off the line and narrowly missed the 3 Jersey Bowls begging for promotion and instead turned in a Spanish bowl to concede the set. Against Netherlands, a commanding Jersey duo stormed to a 22 shot victory over the two sets. The Welsh were by far the masters of the soaking conditions and heavy greens, opting for full length jacks. They outslung the Jersey hopefuls who unfortunately crumbled to a very wet 2-0 defeat. Still, half the points collected for the day and 4 games remaining for both teams!
At a wet and windy St Saviours yesterday, the first of two Irish Test Matches were played.
– Sue & Jackie won, Cathy & Liz drew, Chloe and Fiona Lost.
– Fiona won, Chloe lost.
Ladies Fours (Jackie, Cathy, Sue and Liz) lost.
Fiona, Chloe and Liz won, Jackie, Cathy & Sue lost
Thomas & Kevin won, Ross & Jared and Greg and Scott lost.
Ross won, Thomas lost.
Men’s Fours (Greg, Kevin, Scott, Jared) lost.
Ross, Greg, Scott lost and Thomas, Kevin and Jared lost.
Today brings better weather and a new test to St Saviours for anyone who wishes to watch some outdoor Bowls for possibly the last chance this season!
Winners of the Touchstone National Championships that go on to play CI Finals, please note the CI Finals will be played over the weekend of 1/2 June in Jersey.
Please make sure this date is in your diary early.
A draft schedule of play will be sent to you this week before being confirmed with Guernsey – at which point it cannot be changed as flights will have been booked!
Please can all winners of trophies last year who took them home please return them to the Sun Bowls Club this weekend, 1/2nd September.
Thank you for your co-operation in advance.
Bowls Jersey Finals will be held this weekend on 1st and 2nd September at the Sun Bowls.
Bowls Jersey needs to find markers for the Singles games.
2 Markers for Saturday 1st, 10am
2 Markers for Saturday 1st, 2pm
3 Markers for Sunday 2nd, 10am
2 Markers for Sunday 2nd, 2pm
Please email email@example.com if you are able to assist with marking a game. Your consideration and time is appreciated!
Due a late dropout, there is space for one more team in the Grouse.
There will be 16 rinks playing on Sunday, it’s going to be a great day with great atmosphere… it would be silly to miss out!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to take this space. Teams can be any gender from any club – it is totally open!
There are spaces for 2 more teams to play next Sunday, 19th August at Les Creux Bowls Club.
It’s a very popular competition with lots of entrants this year – come and be a part of it?
Open 2 wood pairs, players and partners can be from any club.
Please email email@example.com if you wish to take part.
Please note that catering facilities will not be open at Les Creux on Sunday 19th for Famous Grouse at lunchtime.
The bar will be open to provide liquid refreshment, but players are advised to bring their own lunches!