The closing day of the season was last Sunday , when the final day's play was held for members followed by tea and cakes and the award of trophies to the winners of the various club competitions that had progressed throughout the course of the season.
The competition finals' days were held over Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the previous week but Saturday's play was curtailed due to torrential rain flooding the green, with the result that the Ladies' Pairs final had to be abandoned as a draw.
The Men's final District Club rinks league fixture last Wednesday had been re-arranged from its original date in May. The delay did no favours to St Albans who lost away to Hemel Hempstead. The home side could not raise sufficient numbers in May but were nearer full strength this time and ran out winners on all three rinks for an overall winning score of 67-37. On Thursday the ladies joined with Townsend ladies to play against a district Team. Only one of the three rinks won for St Albans and, with Townsend's three triples, lost to the District overall. The Ladies' Gala earlier in the season had to be cancelled due to poor support from the ladies of other clubs in the St Albans & District. In its place, the club held its own gala last Saturday. Ten triples teams played four rounds of five ends each.
The Club held a Skills competition for its members last Sunday, to raise money for The St Francis Hospice. Players were set different, sometimes unusual, tasks on the bowls green to earn points. The event was blessed by good weather. The club was pleased to raise £400 on the day for the Hospice. Inter club fixtures resulted in two defeats. Wednesday's match at Harpenden was a mens' triples, the home side winning 87-65. Saturday's match at Berkhamsted was a mixed triples on 5 rinks. We won on only one, for an overall loss by 96-79,
We won matches on three consecutive days last week. The men’s FTL match against Hemel Hempstead was won home and away for a 36-31 win. The home leg was won by 20 shots to 17, and the away leg by 16 shots to 14. Two home matches were played at the weekend. Saturday's mixed triples against Townsend was won narrowly by 66-64, despite Townsend winning three of the five rinks.. Sunday's fixture against Luton West End, another mixed triples, was also won, this time on three of the four rinks,.
We played a mens' friendly triples match at home to Harpenden last Wednesday, winning two of the three rinks for an overall 48-40 win. The men's Friday Triples League fixture against Welwyn Garden City saw them draw their home leg 13-13, but go down in the away leg by 10-20, the result being a loss by half a point to one and a half points. Sunday's fixture was a home rinks match against Beech Hill of Luton. Despite our club winning three of the four rinks, Beech Hill won overall by 67-61. There was no club fixture on Saturday, which was set aside for the club's Millennium Cup Aussie Pairs competition.
The ladies came out on top in a District 2 rink league fixture at Harpenden last Tuesday, both teams having to contend with persistent rain. Far from being dampened, St Albans' spirits were buoyed by securing maximum points with wins of 23-14 and 20-14 on the two rinks. Sunday's mixed triples match at Batchwood saw St Albans win on three of the four rinks, for an overall winning margin of 78-44. However, on Wednesday the men played a Club rinks league match at home against North Mymms and lost by 34 shots to 53.
The ladies were competitive but ultimately unsuccessful in two midweek matches. In Wednesday's Double Rink fixture against Welwyn Garden City, they drew the home rink, but the away rink loss resulted in an overall loss by 19-35. In Friday's District Triples League match against Hemel Hempstead the away team won by 24-15, but the home team could not prevent an overall loss by 28-31. The club's men fared little better in a Friday Triples League match against North Mymms, the home and away teams both losing for an overall score of 23-44.
For Saturday's mixed triples fixture, Herts club from Watford unilaterally withdrew at short notice citing anticipated rainfall that, in the event, did not materialise. Sunday's opponents, Kitcheners in Berkhamsted, were unable to raise a full team so that we lent them two players. Both teams won two of the four rinks, but the mixed triples fixture was lost 56-63,
A men's triples match at home to Hatfield last Wednesday was won convincingly, We won on all three rinks and the match with an overall score of 63-29. Friday's District triples league resulted in defeat for the men but victory for the ladies. The men lost home and away to Shire Park, but the ladies beat Harpenden home and away for an overall winning score of 39-23. Sunday's mixed triples match at home to Hemel Hempstead fell foul of the weather. An early tea was taken in the hope the rain would pass over, with St Albans ahead on three of the four rinks, but the match was abandoned after ten ends had been played.
In a mixed triples match away at Townsend last Wednesday the result was a 68 - 79 shots defeat for St Albans, Townsend winning three of the five rinks. Saturday's mixed triples away game at Cheshunt began but had to be abandoned after six ends due to persistent heavy rain. Sunda's mixed rinks match at home to Kings Langley was played across five rinks, each club putting up twenty players. The visitors won three of the rinks, taking the match overall by 73 - 65.
In a 4 mixed Triples match at home against Batchwood on Saturday 1st July the result was a convincing win for Batchwood, as we lost by 3 rinks to 1, with an overall score of 47 to 79. This was our 3rd match at home against Batchwood in as many days. The ladies played on Thursday and lost on both rinks, although by only 1 shot on the last end on one rink. The men were more successful on Friday evening, winning on both rinks.
We lost both of last week's fixtures by the barest of margins. Wednesday's men's match away at Potten End was lost by a single shot, 75-76. Of the five rinks, St Albans won one, lost three and drew the other. On Saturday, a mixed triples match away at Tring saw St Albans winning two of the four rinks, but losing by the same single shot margin, 56-57.
We played three mixed matches last week. Thursday's away match at Harperbury was lost 68-59. Saturday's away match at Hitchin was a mix of three triples and one pairs match, with one of our players subbing for the opposition. Overall Hitchin won 75-54. Sunday's home match against Harpenden was won 64-53 when we took three of the four rinks.
The Club suffered two match cancellations, on Thursday and Sunday, due to the opposition being unable to raise sufficient numbers. Saturday's away match at Potters Bar, a mixed triples played over 5 rinks, went ahead and we won on all rinks and the match overall by a convincing 110-58 margin.
The club had a couple of wins against Radlett and Hertford Castle sandwiched between defeats to Townsend and one to Luton Town. The most impressive team performance was Thursday's home win over Radlett by 89-57, as 5 of last year's new intake of bowlers contributed to 4 of the 5 rinks being won. Our Club captain was in winning form last Friday in the first round of the London & South East Region Lonsdale Cup, scoring 21-12 against an opponent from Wolverton Town. Saturday's Hertford Castle away win was by 89-81. Sunday's away fixture at Luton Town was as close, but was a defeat by 75-64.
It being Bowls England's big bowls weekend, we ran Open Days last Saturday and Sunday. About 50 people came to Clarence Park to try bowls for the first time, of whom more than 20 signed up for coaching sessions. President's Day took place on Monday, with a match played amongst club members, and more than £100 raised on the day for the President's chosen air ambulance charity. The club managed to fit in a mixed triples friendly match away to Luton West End on Saturday, winning three of the four rinks, and the match overall 69-53,
Last Saturday a mixed triples friendly at home to Harperbury was lost 79-56 . There were better fortunes in Sunday's mixed triples friendly away to Hemel Hempstead, St Albans winning 84-76 overall despite losing 3 of the 5 rinks. The ladies won a District rink league match away at Batchwood last Tuesday. Each team won one rink, but St Albans prevailed overall by 26-23. The previous Thursday St Albans beat Hemel Hempstead at home in a ladies' triples friendly played across 3 rinks with a score of 64-28.
Despite bitterly cold weather, St Albans Bowling Club's first Open Day last Saturday welcomed 26 people new to the sport, some of who have already booked some coaching sessions. Two more Open Days will take place on 27 and 28 May.
St Albans played a mixed triples friendly on Sunday away to Welwyn & District, with an additional pairs rink. St Albans took 3 rinks to 1, the winning total being 75-51.
It has been mixed fortunes for the St Albans Bowling Club's start to the new season. A couple of early defeats to Luton Town and Batchwood and a third match abandoned after 6 ends due to rain were followed by two wins last weekend. Saturday's mixed triples friendly at North Mymms was won 114-96, Sunday was another away fixture, a mixed triples friendly at Shire Park in Tewin. St Albans won convincingly 102-71.