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2016/2017 SEASON

Oxfordshire Short Mat Bowling Association (OSMBA)

The format for the 2016-17 season has been changed and the top four teams from the two divisions last year have been combined to create a new Division 1. The bottom four teams from each division have been combined to form a new Division 2. In both divisions, each team will play each other home and away twice in the season doubling the amount of matches teams will play from 14 to 28.

The club have a new captain this season Peter van de Mortel who has taken over from Gordon Rothwell.

It is hoped that the team can build on last season when they reached the knock out stages and that the new players can build on the experience they gained last season.

The match format remains the same and consists of two three wood triples.

RESULTS to date

Date Opposition H/A Teams F A Pts  
13 Sept Drayton Hammers A H Todd/P Pearce/P Mortel 8 6 8  
J Potter/J Woods/F Monk 9 7
18 Sept Drayton Hammers H S Brown/P Pearce/J Brown 10 0 8  
J Potter/C Moss/J Woods 10 0
28 Sept Aston Astons A S Brown/J Brown/ J Woods     0  
H Todd/F Rothwell/F Monk 8 12
5 Oct Aston Astons H F Rothwell/J Woods/G Rothwell 14 10 8  
T Waring/P Pearce/P Mortel 21 4
10 Oct Benson SMBC A S Brown/J Brown/P Mortel 11 4 7  
J Woods/P Pearce/G Rothwell 12 12
19 Oct Benson SMBC H F Rothwell/J Potter/G Rothwell 11 6 7  
C Moss/P Pearce/P Mortel 10 10
27 Oct Harwell Eagles A S Brown/J Potter/F Monk 13 8 7  
J Brown/P Pearce/P Mortel 11 11
2 Nov Harwell Eagles H J Potter/H Todd/G Rothwell 8 14 2  
F Rothwell/P Pearce/F Monk 11 8
9 Nov Abingdon Park R H T Waring/J Potter/F Monk 11 7 8  
F Rothwell/J Woods/G Rothwell 9 7
18 Nov Abingdon Park R A T Waring/J Brown/F Monk 2 19 0  
S Brown/J Potter/J Woods 4 13
23 Nov Drayton Wasps H P Pearce/H Todd/P Mortel 9 3 2  
T Waring/C Moss/F Monk 5 15
29 Nov Drayton Wasps A F Rothwell/J Brown/F Monk 1 21 2  
S Brown/J Potter/P Mortel 20 4
7 Dec Stanford Blues H S Brown/J Brown/J Woods 7 9 6  
F Rothwell/H Todd/P Mortel 13 6
13 Dec Stanford Blues A S Brown/J Brown/F Monk 8 17 0  
J Brown/J Potter/P Mortel 10 15

The above fixtures complete the first half of the season, the players have done well and we are currently second in the league but more than twenty points behind the runaway leaders Drayton Wasps.

A new short mat medium speed carpet was purchased by the club in November 2016, it was put down on Wednesday 7 December after the last home game before the Christmas break. It will allow practicing for six weeks before the next home game on 18 January 2017

We are now well into the second half of the season, Drayton Wasps are walking away with the league having only lost a couple of games, four teams are battling for second position, Kingston Kites, Abingdon park Rangers, Stanford Blues and Aston Astons. With five games to play, Kingston Kites are hanging onto second place.

Date Opposition H/A Teams F A Pts  
10 Jan Drayton Hammers A F Rothwell/G Rothwell/F Monk 14 3 1  
T Waring/P Pearce/P Mortel 3 16
17 Jan Drayton Hammers H S Brown/P Pearce/J Brown 10 0 8  
J Potter/C Moss/J Woods 10 0
29 Jan Aston Astons A T Waring/P Pearce/P Mortel 13 3 7  
J Woods/J Potter/F Monk 9 9
1 Feb Aston Astons H J Brown/J Potter/J Woods 10 14 0  
S Brown/H Todd/P Pearce 5 9
10 Oct Benson SMBC A S Brown/J Woods/ P Mortel 12 5 2  
J Brown/P Pearce/F Monk 5 16
19 Oct Benson SMBC H T Waring/H Todd/j Woods 11 3 8  
C Moss./J Potter/F Monk 18 6
27 Oct Harwell Eagles A j Brown/J Potter/F Monk 7 7 1  
S Brown/H Todd/P Mortel 4 13
2 Nov Harwell Eagles H H Todd/P Pearce/F Monk 18 4 8  
B Kinchin/J Potter/P Mortel 18 6
9 Nov Abingdon Park R H S Brown/J Potter/J Woods 11 10    
F Rothwell/P Pearce/G Rothwell 9 8
18 Nov Abingdon Park R A          

Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor Bowls club came into existence in late 1990 when the Short Mat Bowling Club was formed. It quickly became a very successful club operating two teams and boasting several county players and one England international. Matches and Club nights which were originally held in Southmoor village hall were very popular with two mats operating fully with other members having to wait in the wings for the next roll-up game to start.

The club won a number of honors during this period.

1996-97 Division 1 Winners (Kingston Gunners)

1997-98 VWHDC Division 1 Winners (Kingston Gunners)

2003-04 VWHDC Division 2 Winners (Kingston Bagpuize & Southmoor)

2005-06 VWHDC Division 2 Winners (Kingston Bagpuize & Southmoor)

Individual League Competition honors include:-

1996-97 County Fours Winners (L Foster, A Foster, A Atkins, P Mortel)

The opening of the full size all weather outside bowling green along the Old Oxford Road resulted in the club just playing short mat in the winter months thus joining the Winter league and dropping out the the short mat Summer league. Unfortunately this resulted in a number of the very keen short mat bowlers electing to leave the club and join other local teams (Grove) as they needed to play short mat bowls all year round to maintain their developed skill levels.

When the Outdoor Bowls Club clubhouse was extended playing short mat bowls was transferred from the village hall to the bowls club. There is only enough space for one short mat but the enthusiasm of the current short mat members is as strong as ever.

Short Mat roll-ups are held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2.00pm throughout the winter months.


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Last Updated 14 March 2017