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Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Leigh Park Red (home) on Wednesday 22nd May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

W Ames

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

T Nutland

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

 G Dyer

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

    Reserves: S Greenwood & R Dennison  
Division 3 match against Pembroke Gardens (home) on Friday 24th May starting at 6.00 pm

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Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

R Philbrick

 

Lead

G Davies

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

J Bell

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

W Ames

Three

P Willis

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

S Sprake

    Reserves: T Portch & T Nutland   
Combination Division 2 Result
Milton Park Black 43 (2) Star & Crescent 72 (10)  Star dominated this away match from the start and were relentless throughout and well deserved their victory. Captain Alan New's rink led the way and only lost 5-ends when winning 30-10.  The rink included Kevin Hudson who made an encouraging debut for Star.  Russell Durham's quartet were never in trouble and were the other winners on the night with a 26-15 success.  Despite winning more ends than the opposition, Robbie Dennison's four paid the price for dropping a 6-count (avoidable) on their way to losing 16-18.  With our bad record of not performing very well when travelling, it was great to get off the mark with a victory in our 1st away match.  Long may it continue!
 
Rearranged Match
Please note for your diaries.  The postponed Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) that should have been played on 1st May has now been rearranged for Monday 1st July.  Unfortunately, this means that we are also playing Naismith again on the Wednesday of that week.
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
What a terrible week for our players in the county competitions with no successes to report although Richard Cunnington came very close in the 4-wood singles but lost out on the smallest margin of 20-21 to Brian Cherry (Milton Park).  Also in this competition Tony Portch lost at Denmead to Mike Wright 5-21. It was not a good week for Tony who also lost in the2-wood singles to Dave Brown (Milton Park) 2-20. Both our triples were on the wrong end of success; Stephen Greenwood, Russell Durham & Alan New travelled to Gosport where they lost 14-21 to Neil Butler whilst Geoff Dyer, Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake found the going tough at Northern Parade when losing to Steve Feilder (Alexandra) 7-17.  To cap off a bad week, Stephen Greenwood, Robbie Dennison, Alan New & Steve Sprake were thrashed at Priory by ex-Star man Adrian Snook
 
Sat 18 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Milton Park Black (away) on Wednesday 15th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

 M Ward

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

A New

 

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

B Weaver 

    Reserves: P Willoughby & P Willis   
Division 3 match against Waterlooville (away) on Friday 17th May starting at 6.00 pm

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Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

R Philbrick

Two

P Wright

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willis

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Durham

    Reserves: T Nutland & K Hudson   
Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 35 (1) Waverley Red 50 1/2 (11) Not the result we wanted.  Despite playing against a team a man down, Star failed to rise to the challenge against the strong Waverley side and were well beaten.  The only crumb of comfort was the point gained by Robbie Dennison's rink who managed to draw 14-14 though truth be known in all honesty it should have been a win and 2-points after a very good start was lost. Rob Lewsley's men just missed out on a rink victory when playing against the depleted rink.  After the opposition had the mandatory 25% shots subtracted, the home team needed to win the last end to secure the rink points.  Unfortunately, it was the men in maroon who won the end and the 2-points by 131/2 - 11 .  Russ Durham's foursome were outshone by the bowling of the Waverley skip, Barry Starks, and suffered a loss of 10-23.  The good news was the promising debut of Wayne Ames who had a fine game.
 
Division 3 Result
Star & Crescent 89 (14) Gas Social 56 (2) So, it was a good start to our 1st season in division 3, with a comfortable win over Gas Social 89-56, winning on 3 rinks which meant a points tally of 14-2. Lets  start with Geoff Dyers rink who kept it tight throughout and in spite of winning 10 of the 18 ends and picking up a 3 on the last, just lost 17-19. Alan New's rink had a tough first half and then accelerated away to win 20-11, only losing 5 ends in total. As always Rob Lewsley came out all guns blazing, picking up 7 shots on the 6th end and although holding a 4 on the 17th, their skip moved the jack and we went 5 down. They did however hold on for a 26-18 win. Finally, out on rink 6, Steve Sprake's boys enjoyed the evening sunshine in what was an all round good team performance. Everyone played their part in the 26-8 win and having kept the pressure on right from the start, it was the 10th end with the score at 20-0 before the opposition managed to get on the scoreboard. A point worth mentioning, however and without being too negative, our old failings of leaking shots at the business end of matches arose again as illustrated on the 17th end when 3-rinks managed to drop 12-shots, which in a tighter game could have cost us the win.
 
P&D Competitions
The draws for the 2024 P&D competitions have been made.  The relevant web page has been updated to show those matches involving our players.
 
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
The county competitions got underway this week with the pairs, now on a fixed date.  It was mixed fortunes for our pairs with the only success being Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake who beat Vic Phipps (Alexandra) 21-16 whilst Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer lost out to Nathan Hanley (Purbrook Heath) 11-19.  A preliminary round of the triples saw Geoff Dyer, Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake proceed to the next round without bowling a wood when their opponents from Lee-on-the-Solent conceded the match.
Sat 11 May 24
New Members
We are very glad to welcome two new members to the club Wayne Ames & Kevin Hudson - two very good prospects for the future.  We hope they enjoy their time & bowls with us.
Team Selection
After a belated start, the first team's league matches gets underway this week resulting in 2 games per week from now on for our bowlers.  The teams' selected for this weeks encounters are shown below but may be subject to change depending on medical & availability matters:
Combination Division 2 match against Waverley Red (home) on Wednesday 8th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

B Weaver 

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 M Ward

 Reserves

K Hudson

Division 3 match against Gas Social (home) on Friday 10th May starting at 6.00 pm

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Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

R Philbrick

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

R Newman

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

B Weaver 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

R Dennison

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

T Nutland

 Reserves

R Wallbridge

Club Pairs Competition
Yesterday, for the first time since 2012, the club pairs competition was played.  With 16 bowlers participating (including our new members Wayne & Kevin), the pairs were randomly drawn and split into two leagues with each pair playing on a round robin basis of 7-ends per match with the winners of each league contesting the final. Games were evenly matched (well most) with no pairs losing all their matches but with no team winning all their three matches.  The winners of each league were finally decided by shot difference with Martin Ward / Stephen Greenwood & Wayne Ames / Andy Lord coming out top in their respective leagues. The final itself was a very tight match with no more than 1-shot scored on each end.  With the match all square on the last end and facing defeat, Stephen bowled an outstanding wood (under pressure) & drew the shot to win the match 4-3 although Andy was not far away with his last wood in snatching the championship.  The winners of the competition were presented with the Davis Cup which now sits proudly on Martin's mantelpiece.  Many congratulations to all the competitors especially the finalists, who took part in making this a successful rebirth of the competition. Many thanks to John Bell for stepping in as substitute at the last minute to complete the pairings & ensuring the pairs went ahead. In his first competition, Colin Lihou must also be congratulated in ensuring this competition was resurrected and ran smoothly  which resulted in a successful day and was enjoyed by all.  The weather helped of course. Let us hope that this pairs comp can now be a regular annual fixture on our calendar.  Photos and results will appear on this web site at a later date not too far in the future.
Sun 5 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Once again there is only one game this week and that is the in the combination league.  As of last week there is an overload of players available for this game. The aim of the selectors is to ensure that everybody who missed out last week will play this week which means some players will miss out.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) on Wednesday 1st May starting at 6.00 pm is:

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Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

C Lihou

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

A Lord

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

A New

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Dennison

 S Greenwood

 Reserves

T Nutland

Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 55 (12) Rowner 45 (0)  Despite having to reshuffle the team prior to kick off due to 3 withdrawals, the team got off to the best possible start with an all rinks victory over a strong Rowner side.  The team came storming out of the traps and quickly  established a 12-shot lead but by the 15th end this lead had vanished and then it was anybody's game.  However, an excellent finish by all rinks secured the win for the home team.  Rob Lewsley's rink scored a 5-shot count on his penultimate end to win 20-14.  Robbie Dennison's four also left it late and also scored 5-shots this time on the last end to win 17-15 despite losing 9-ends on the trot midway through the match. Russell Durham's match swung to and fro before getting over the line 18-16 in a tight game.
 
Club Pairs
The competition will now take place on Saturday 4th May. It was hoped that a total of 16-players would wish to play but unfortunately this number fell disappointingly short with only 12-players willing to compete.  Pairings will be drawn randomly this Tuesday, with each team consisting of a front end and back end bowler.  Format to be decided.  There will be a nominal entry charge similar to the club's singles competition of £1.50 which will cover the costs of medals for the lucky winners.
 
Thur 25 Apr 24
 
 
Team Selection
For the first combination league match of the season, the selectors were faced with an overload of players available to choose from. (If only it could be like this every week throughout the season). Obviously, with only 1 match next week & only 12 places up for grabs some players will unfortunately miss out and be disappointed. For those players that weren’t selected, you can be assured that they will be playing in the next  match.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Rowner (Home) on Wednesday 24th April starting at 6.00 pm is:

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

R Wallbridge

Three

A New

 

Three

G Dyer

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

R Durham

 

 C Lihou

 Reserves

B Weaver

Wed 17 Apr 24
 
Priory Friendly Result
It was a good first outing for the club this morning on a green that lived up to it's reputation! Although we lost the match 56-58 it was the ideal type of green that we have to conquer in the forthcoming season if we want to achieve our main aim of promotion back to the 2nd division. We won on 2-rinks with Steve Sprake (20-10) & Russell Durham / Bob Weaver (19-16).  Unfortunately, Russell had to retire with a bad back due to the heaviness of the green. Our losing rinks were Alan New (9-16) & Geoff Dyer (8-16)
 
Sun 14 Apr 24
 
 
 
Friendly v Priory
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Sunday) is the friendly against Priory (A) starting at 10.30. Unfortunately we are a couple of players short for a full team - hope this is not a taste of things to come. However, the team selected is:
Rink 1: Stephen Greenwood, Peter Willis, Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer, Rink 2: Paul Wright, Bob Weaver & Russell Durham, Rink 3: Tony Portch, Ted Nutland, Robbie Dennison & Alan New, Rink 4: Robin Philbrick, Colin Lihou & Steve Sprake.
 
Rowland Cup
In the 1st Round of the Rowland Cup, we are lucky enough to be given a bye.
Sat 13 Apr 24
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
The draws for the 2024 County Competitions have been made.  The relevant web page has been updated to show those matches related to our players.
Half Yearly Meeting
I will shortly be issuing paperwork relevant for the Half Yearly Meeting scheduled for Thursday 21st March 24 starting at 7.15 pm at the Waverley Club. There are some members who have outstanding 2023 payments for P&D and Club Singles Competitions.  You will find these have been added to your 2024 membership fees.
 
Wed 6 Mar 24
 
 
 
Portsmouth & District BA Latest
Following the Portsmouth & District BA AGM on Thursday, the following Rules Amendments were made:
a).  All League, combination and relevant competition games (ends not shots) to be played over 18 ends.
b).  If there are less than 21 teams declared to play in following season at the time of decision (31st October) then leagues will consist of 10 teams each.
c).  In leagues of less than 8 teams then there will be a 1 up (promotion) and 1 down (relegation) scenario plus a playoff over 2 legs between the second bottom team in the higher league and the second top team in the lower league.
d).  Players skipping in combination games to be disallowed after they’ve skipped 3 times in league team rather than the 5 as it is now.
 
Opening of the Green
The opening of the green will be on Sunday 7th April
 
Waverley Fees
At the Waverley BC AGM the 2024 membership fees was discussed and a proposal to increase them was thought necessary.  The following increase was agreed to put up the fees by £5.00 per person.  The Star & Crescent committee have agreed to pay this increase out of the club's current account for each member this year.
 
Sat 10 Feb 24
 
 
 
Keith Rodgers
Sadly, another one of our old members has passed away.  Past president  Keith Rodgers died on 7th January at QA Hospital at the age of 95.  The funeral was yesterday which I attended on behalf of the club. Apologies for not letting anyone know previous but the family had not notified the club and I was fully unaware of the situation until I read it in "The News" obituary column.
Wed 7 Feb 24
 
 
 
Half Yearly Meeting
The Star & Crescent Half Yearly Meeting has been arranged for Thursday 21st March 7.15pm at the Waverley Club.
 
Tues 30 Jan 24
 
 
 
Committee
Following Simon Filippi's departure, the vacancies on the Committee have been filled as follows:  Colin Lihou will now undertake the posts of Club Competition Secretary as well as being the Safeguarding Officer whilst myself will be the club's Bowls Hampshire & Portsmouth & District BA representative.
 
Mon 29 Jan 24
 
 
 
Conformation is given that Mick Dunnington's funeral will be on Friday 26th January at 2.30 pm Portchester Crematorium with the wake following at the Victory Indoor Bowls Club.
 
Unfortunately, Simon Filippi has decided to seek pastures new and has now left the club.  Although it is very disappointing news for the club, we wish Simon all the best with his new club Waverley (surprise surprise!) and thank him for all he has done for the club since he joined.  Consequently, this now means that there are vacancies on our Committee which needs to be filled: Club Competition Secretary and Bowls Hampshire & Portsmouth & District BA representative.  If you feel that you would want to fill either post please let me know. Simon was also our nominated Safeguarding Officer which is mandatory for every club; this also needs to be filled.
Sun 14 Jan 24
Mick Dunnington
It is with great sadness to inform you that one of our old members, Mick Dunnington, passed away on Boxing Day following a car crash.  I will let you know funeral arrangements when known.
2024 County Competitions
Could I remind you that the closing date for entries to the 2024 County Competitions is 31st January 2024.  So far I have received very little number of entries.
 
Posted Saturday 30 Dec 23
 
 
 
2024 League & Combination Draft Fixtures
The draft league fixtures for next season are shown on the relevant pages on this website. Once again the League team has a belated start to their Division 3 season when they entertain Gas Social on Friday 10th May. The Combination side have an earlier start in the revamped Combination Division 2. They also start with a home match with Rowner as their opposition on Wednesday 24th April.
Posted Saturday 9 Dec 23
AGM
I would like to thank the 12 members who attended the AGM last week in what was a very disappointing turnout; the lowest number recorded for a very long time. Also, thanks are given to President John for buying the drinks for those members present which was much appreciated.
For those members that were unable to attend here is a brief recap of the relevant matters discussed:
Obituaries: Paul Whiffin & Ron Manning.
P&D

1.  The following items were proposed by P&D and will be voted by all clubs at the P&D AGM in January.  

a).  League stays at 3 divisions but with 1 up / 1 down and a play-off between second top and second bottom. (This means we would be in Division 3 with Cosham Park, Gas Social, Naismith,  Pembroke Gardens, Purbrook Heath & Waterlooville).

b).  Matches to be played over 18 ends.  Star will support this proposal

c). Combination League format next season is to change to three divisions of 9, 9 and 10. (This would mean that our Combination team would be in Division 2 with Bedhampton, Leigh Park Red, Milton Park Black, Milton Park Red, Naismith, Priory Silver,  Rowner, & Waverley Red).

d).  Combination matches will be played over 18 ends

e).  As soon as first team/league player skips in the league he will not be permitted to skip for a combination team (this being a change to the current 5 match rule).  Star will vote against this proposal.

2.  If the P&D League stay at three divisions then that leaves more Monday nights free so the Rowland Cup could be delayed to July.
 
Bowls Hampshire

County Competition Entry Forms are available with closing date of 31st January 2024. Entry fee are as last year - £4 per person per entry. There is a proposal to Play men's pairs & senior fours County competitions on a fixed day. Men's pairs to be played on a Tuesday, in the same week that the County Club is held & men's Senior Fours to be played on a Monday.

 
Next season Bowls England is increasing their Affiliation fee for bowlers from £5.00 to £7.00 which is the first rise in over 10 years. To compensate for any other additional costs that may arise, it was proposed and carried that our membership fees should be increased from £15.00 to £20.00.
 
It was widely thought the club should increase efforts to attract more new members e.g. produce flyers and better use of Facebook.
Members were very keen to resurrect the club pairs competition next season possibly before the season starts in earnest.
 

Presentation of Trophies:

Club Singles Champion -  Geoff Dyer
Club Singles Runner-Up - Bob Weaver
Handicap Singles Champion - Richard Cunnington
Handicap Singles Runner-Up - Colin Lihou
 
Committee elected for 2023 / 2024 is:
President:  Colin Lihou
Past President:  John Bell
Hon Secretary:  Robbie Dennison
Hon Treasurer:  Derek Boulter
Team Selection Committee: “A” Team Captain - Steve Sprake, “B” Team Captain - Alan New & 3rd Member - Robbie Dennison
Club Competition Secretary:  Simon Filippi
Bowls Hampshire and P&D Rep:  Simon Filippi
Finance Examiner:  Geoff Dyer
 
Posted Monday 20/11/23
 
 
 
Paul Whiffin
The funeral arrangements for Paul can now be confirmed. Paul's funeral is on Monday 13th November 12.30 pm at Kingston Cemetery Chapel followed by the wake at "The Good Companions" public house.
 
Posted Wednesday 8/11/23
 
 
 
AGM Paperwork
You should all have received the AGM paperwork via my email yesterday.  Please could you let me know if you didn't receive it or if you need a paper copy
 
Paul Whiffin
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that one of our longest serving members, Paul Whiffin, passed away earlier this week. Paul's funeral is on Monday 13th November 1.30 pm at Kingston Cemetery and afterwards at the Waverley.
Posted Sunday 5/11/23
Annual General Meeting
The club's Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 16th November at the Waverley BC starting at 7.00 pm. It is hoped to see as many members there as possible.  I will be e-mailing the relevant paperwork for the AGM to you all a bit nearer to the date.
Outstanding Costs
I was reminded by the Treasurer that we still need to collect the entrance money from those players who participated in the P&D and Club Singles competitions.  With that in mind, I will shortly be issuing the necessary paperwork for settlement of payment which ideally could be collected at the AGM or sooner if you prefer.
 
Posted Tuesday 10/10/23
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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