As at August 2016

As we are now into the Olympics in solidarity with our national team it has been decided to use the sobriquet Team Deane

Petanque at Bordon Thursday 4th August against Medstead and Four Marks.

The first of the sporting fixtures this week took the Deane team of Rouse, Vickers, Graydon, Clarke, Lentell and Day to Bordon .

Both this event and Bowls the next day had Sat Nav implications. The German efficiency of Kevin's Mercedes decided shortest was best. The chosen route prompted two bouts of nostalgia with Jonathan recalling his schooldays Geography field trip and gave a detailed exposition on the sunken roads of the upper green sand escarpment.

On passing the satellite dishes at Oakhanger Kevin remembered previous visits to certain possibly classified establishments. The other passengers in the car wish to place on record that any breach of The Official secrets Act is all down to Chief Vickers.

Eventually we located the venue and met with our team mates and the opposition.

Since being the sports club for the large military presence in Bordon now long departed the former glory of the establishment had faded somewhat.

Battle commenced with the two triples.

The teams 1 Rouse,Vickers and Clarke and 2 Graydon,Day and Lentell.

Team 1 did not start well as the captain converted a score of 2 up to one down. We then began to get the measure of the terrain to run out reasonably easy winners.

This was emulated by team 2 to give us a 2-0 lead.

We then moved on to the doubles with the pairs of 1 Rouse and Vickers,2 Graydon and Clarke and 3 Lentell and Day.

Rouse and Vickers did not start well having moved to another part of the terrain they were finding difficulty in reading the pace and slope and found themselves 9-1 down.

At this juncture Graydon arrived with news of a 13-0 victory to put Team Deane into a winning 3-0 lead . They had taken a 5 point lead on the first end and raced away with game.

With the pressure off Rouse and Vickers stormed back to win 13-10.

unfortunately we were not quite able to make it a clean sweep but a 4-1 victory takes us through to the finals at Lymington yet again.

We then retired to the Club House for refreshment. Despite its appearance the drink and food were good and very reasonably priced. Medstead had come with a group of supporters and a convivial evening was had by all.

During the evening we learnt that Brian the Medstead sports officer had had chemo treatment the day before and had to substitute himself . We wish him well for a speedy recovery.

As previously mentioned the Finals which consist of the quarters,semis and final take place in ymington on Sunday 18 September.

Historically this is when the professionals from the coastal area enter the fray and we have yet to move beyond the quarters. A choice of a good lunch or possibly a plate competition are the possibilities. Volunteers to play are requested as various clashes already exist for some team members.

Bowls at Malshanger Friday 5th August against Bishops Waltham

Three of the previous night's petanquers Rouse Vickers and Graydon were joined by another Jim (Lawson) to form the bowls team. Having two Jims makes it easier for the other side to remember names.

Again Sat Nav had a part to play, relying on theirs the visitors had a scenic tour of housing and industrial estates before arriving some 10 minutes late. A further delay was needed for some sartorial adjustment and we then got  under away

The first end went to BW, Deane drew level,BW took the lead again 2-1 to BW after 3 ends.   It was then Deane began to get the measure of the green with a score of 2 on the 4th end.   They then advanced by singles over the next 5 ends to make it 9-2 to Deane after 9 ends.   BW pulled 1 back Deane took the next 2 with singles  11-3 after 12 ends.

Any thoughts of over confidence were removed when BW scored 5 on the 13th end 11-8 a lead of 3 with 2 ends to play. The tension mounted!

Not wishing to go to a final end showdown as with the last match Deane surged back with a 5 of their own to lead 16-8 at the final end .

Two good opening bowls by Jim Lawson removed any possibility of an 8 shot loss which would have taken us to an extra end and in fact we took 3 shots to give a final score  of 19-8 to Deane.

Back to the club house. The caterers Enid and Denise had arrived earlier but the delayed start exhausted their patience and they departed before the end. Before doing so they had laid the table and set out all the requisites.   Jim G showed advanced tea making skills whilst Jonathan contended with coffee.

The table was set with cake and biscuits courtesy of Rouses of Oakley Bakers.

After an enjoyable tea and chat the opposition departed armed with detailed directions to supplement their sat nav.   Kevin then demonstrated remarkable washing up skills.

It should at this stage be mentioned that the opposition looked resplendent in matching Yellow polo shirts.

While 3 of our team were sporting our club shirts one was not .   Message to regalia officer please have words with Mr Graydon . He needs a shirt with his name on not only to help him remember who he is but to match the rest of us.

Where next?

It appears the Bowls is organised a bit like American Football with the North East Conference and the South West Conference. We are now in the North East final against either Medstead and Four Marks or Southsea Castle. We are at home.

The winner will go through to I suppose “The Super Bowl” against the winner from South and West.

So we are at least a semi finalist overall

Memo to treasurer please budget for at least Bronze medals

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