Burnham Hillside played it last Friendly game of the 2019 Season on Friday 20th September. It was a home game against Southchurch BC over four mixed rinks and what a resounding victory they had. On one of the rinks it was a very close game all the way through which Southchurch just managed to win by one shot. It was a different story though on the other two rinks as Burnham's bolwers forged ahead from the start and never looked back. In the end they both won by a good margin giving Burnham an overall winning score of 74/27. What a good note to end the season on!
What a Great Finals Weekend at Burnham:
On Saturday & Sunday 14th/15th September the Burnham Hillside Bowls Club Finals were held. There was lots of good bowling and some very close finishes to keep the Club members watching attention. The weather was bright, sunny and warm over both days, ideal conditions for playing bowls. The day was a great success and our congratulations go to all of the winners and commiserations to all of the runners-up.
Thanks must go to Jeanette Wilson and Paulette Norfolk, our Competition Secretaries, for organising these finals. Thanks also go to Jeanette, Paulette, Hazel Bradley and Christine Reynolds for supplying the available refreshments on the day. Thanks must also go to Wall’s (aka David Gamble) for supplying the ice-creams, on those very warm days. Thanks also go to the umpires, the markers and bar staff who also helped out on the day.
The Winners &Runners-up On The Day
LADIES ROSE BOWL: Christine Reynolds, Joy Campbell WOOLF HANDICAP: Kevin Olley, David Gamble MEN’S CAPTAINS CUP: Fred Wallace,Dennis Bonning LADIES CAPTAINS CUP: Paulette Norfolk, Patsy Hammond RALPH HERRING CUP: David Gamble, Sid Curtis BILL KING TROPHY: Kevin Olley, Fred Wallace PARKSTONE TWO WOODS: Len Hyam, David Cable MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Len Hyam, Kevin Olley LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Dawn Hood, V Hyam JOHN DEED PAIRS: Kevin Olley & Robert Gould, Nigel Barnes & John Greenane MIXED PAIRS: Kevin Olley & Christine Reynolds, Jeanette Wilson & Len Shippey LADIES HANDICAP: Dawn Hood, Joy Campbell
Burnham's Last Away Friendly a Good Win:
BHBC played its last away friendly for the 2019 season on Wednesday 11th September against South Benfleet with the game being over 4 mixed triples. The Burnham teams did well on the day by winning on 3 of the 4 rinks and came away with an overall winning score of 85/59.
Len & Dawn Retain Their Mixed Pairs Cup:
The finals of the Chelmsford & District Competitions were held at RHP BC on Sunday 8th September. This year Burnham Hillside were in two of the competitions. Kevin Olley was playing in the singles Champions of Champions Cup against a many times singles winner from Maldon BC and Dawn Hood & Len Hyam, last years mixed pairs winners, were looking to retain their title against a pair from Great Baddow. Kevin played very well but eventually lost to his opponent. In the Pairs game it was a fight to the end with Dawn & Len just taking the last end and winning by one shot so retained the Cup as last year’s winners. Well done to all three players for reaching the finals and congratulations to Dawn & Len on winning their game.
Burnham Just Lose Out in the Writtle Hospital Cup:
On Saturday 7th September a team of 3 rinks from BHBC played in the final of the Hospital Writtle Cup against their local club Southminster BC. The last time these two teams met in this final, two years ago Southminster won so this year BHBC were looking for a better result. It was a very tight game overall with both sides initially leading well on one rink each with the other rink being even. In the end the overall score was so tight it was all down to the last ends and the last bowls and it was Southminster who were the victors with a win by just 2 shots. The overall score was 56/54
Result of Wickford Friendly:
Burnham Hillside played its second friendly against Wickford BC on Thursday 5th September which was at Wickford. Burnham were hoping to make it two wins in a role after beating Wickford at home at the beginning of the season. The game was over four mixed triples and proved to be a good contest with the leads changing hands a number of times. In the end both sides won two triples each but when all the score were added up Burnham just managed to win overall 68/62.
Burnham Beat Stock in Friendly:
BHBC sent a team of 5 mixed triples to Stock & Buttsbury for a friendly on Saturday 7th September. Overall it was a close game with Burnham winning three of the triples with Stock taking the other two and when all the scores were added up it was Burnham who won with a score of 77/66.
DHBA Final Singles Result:
After a delay, due to illness, the Dengie Hundred BA Singles final was held on Tuesday 3rd September at Southminster BC. The Opponents were Val Hyam from Burnham BC and Eddie Barker from Southminster BC. Both players played extremely well, with lots of chalk being used. In the end though it was Eddie who was to take the game to become the 2019 Singles Champion.
Burnham Ladies Play Their Last Friendly of the Season:
BHBC ladies played their last friendly of the season at home against Southminster BC. The game was over two triples and what an enjoyable game it was with the weather being just right, the Green bowling well and lots of chatter! As for the end result this time it was Southminster's turn to be triumphant. They won in both the triples and had an overall winning score of 34/24.
Result of Maldon Friendly:
Three triples of Burnham's mixed bowlers visited Maldon BC for a friendly on Saturday 31st August which turned out to be a good result for the Burnham team as they won on two rinks and won overall 51/40. The Green bowled well with a very fast pace and after the game Maldon served up an excellent salad tea and cakes.
Friday Club Night League Winners:
BHBC's final Friday Club Night league games were played on 30th August. This internal social competition is run as a drive and each week individuals who play accumulate points and at the end of the season the winners are the man and woman with the highest points. This years winner are Patsy Hammond with 109 points and Alan Johnson with 87 points. Well done to both of them and thank you to everyone who turned up over the season. Click here to see Final League positions.
Ladies Home Friendly Result:
Burnham Ladies had a home friendly on Wednesday 28th August over two triples against Tillingham. This is always a good game as being a local club all the bowlers know each other. On the day Tillingham were on better form than Burnham so won both triples and had an overall winning score of 36/23.
DHBA Finals Day Results:
On Saturday 24th August the Dengie Hundred Bowling Association Finals day took place at Southminster Bowlers Club. It was a glorious day weather wise so bowling was good. President Eddie Barker resided over the day with various Southminister members helping with all the hospitality etc., which we thank them for. There was some excellent and very close games so it was a shame that some had to win and some had to lose. Sadly, due to ill health of one of the Singles finalists, their game could not be played and will be rearranged once their health returns, but to see all the other results CLICK HERE.
Below are a few photos from the day which if you click on them they will enlarge.
Plate Competition Result:
Nigel Barnes & John Greenane Played in the quarter final of the Coronation Plate competition on Thursday 22nd August away against a team from Lionmede, sadly the Lionmede team were just too good for the Burnham duo on the day so won the game.
Burnham Pairs Results in Coronation Quarter Finals:
Burnham's Len Hyam & Neville Evans played in the quarter final of the Coronation Pairs Competition at home on Saturday 24th August. Their opponents were from Maldon Bowls Club. On the day the Burnham pair did their best but were out bowled. Better luck next year Len & Neville. On Monday 26th Burnham's Dawn Hood & Steve Nicholls also played in the quarter finals of the Coronation Pairs. Their opponents were from Chelmsford with the game being at Chelmsford BC. Sadly Dawn & Steve also lost.
Burnham are back in the Writtle Hospital Cup Final:
On Thursday 22nd August Burnham played at home in the semi final of the Hospital Writtle Cup competition over three mixed rinks against the Falcon BC. This was not expected to be an easy game and it proved just so.The Falcon teams played very well and for a good part of the game Burnham were behind overall. However, they came back and it finished with both clubs winning one rink with the third being a draw, but Burnham just won with an overall score of 66/61, so now play in the final in early September at Writtle BC.
A Good Night for Burnham's C&D 'B' & 'C' Teams:
On Wednesday 21st August Burnham's 'B' & 'C' teams played their last 2019 league games, which were both at home. The 'B' team were against Danbury 'B' and they had to gain at least 8 league points from Danbury to give them any chance of avoiding relegation to the 4th Division and they did better than that as they took all 10 league points. Having done all they could it was a question of waiting to see if Falcon 'B' could beat Boreham by more than 7 league points, which thankfully they did by taking all 10 points themselves so Burnham 'B' ended up 3rd from bottom and remain in the 3rd Division for 2020. Burnham's 'C' team who were bottom of the 4th Division were looking to finish the season on a high against Ingatestone 'B', which they did by taking 8 of the available 10 league points. Well done to to the 'B' & 'C' team players and thank you for taking part throughout the season.
If you wish to see ALL the final league positions Click Here.
Burnham Lose in Southminster Friendly:
On Sunday 18th August a Burnham team of 4 mixed triples visited Southminster BC for a friendly. As always the Southminster members made the visit very welcoming but sadly, as always, they played very well. Burnham managed to win in one of the triples but lost the other three. Southminster's overall winning score was 79/47.
Good Day Out at Framlingham Castle BC:
The coach trip out to Framlingham Castle BC took place on Saturday 17th August and what an enjoyable day it was. On arriving early the 35 Burnham visitors had a walk around the local shops and market and topped up their energy at various eating places. Eventually they all met back at the Bowls Club to play in the friendly six mixed rink game. With Framlingham Castle as a back drop it was a very picturesque scene, particularly as the weather for the day was mostly bright and sunny. As for the game it was not a good day for the Burnham players as the Framlingham bowlers were much on form. In the end Framlingham won on five rinks and had an overall winning score of 139/86. After the game an excellent buffet was provided with plenty of laughter, chat and drinks and even some of the Burnham bowlers won raffle prizes. Towards the end Burnham's Captain of the day, Sid Curtis, thanked the Framlingham club and their members for providing the hospitality and a very enjoyable day.
Kevein Reaches Final of C&D Champions of Champions Comp.:
Kevin Olley played his semi final game, at Burnham BC, on Friday 16th August in the Chelmsford & District BA Champions of Champions competition against a Chelmsford BC player. Kevin Played well and won the game so now plays in the final against Andy Squires, from Maldon BC, at RHP in early September.
Joy Campbell Played Final Round of Area C Champions of Champions Comp.:
Burnham's Joy Campbell played in the final round of the ECWBA area C Champion of Champion competition on Thursday 15th August at Maldon BC. Her opponent was from Great Baddow. Joy did her best but on the day but she was out bowled so ended up losing the game. Hard luck Joy but well done on reaching the Area C final leg.
Joy & Val Lose Out in C&D Semi:
Joy Campbell and Val Hyam played in their semi final of the ladies Chelmsford & District Pairs Competition on Wednesday 14th August. They played at Lionmede BC against two ladies from Stock & Buttsbury BC. Sadly Joy & Val could not make the final as they have done in previous years but well done to them for reaching the semis.
Result of Friendly Against Thorpe Bay BC:
Burnham had their second friendly against Thorpe Bay BC this summer when they played them at home on 15th August. The game was over 4 mixed rinks and Burnham were looking to do one better then the previous game when they lost overall to Thorpe Bay, which they did by winning on all four rinks and had an overall winning score of 76/51.
Congratulations to Burnham's C&D 'A' Team:
Burnham's Chelmsford & District Wednesday night league 'A' team had their last league game on Wednesday 14th August. All through the season they have been top of the 2nd Division so were already destined to be promoted back to the 1st Division. However, their last game was away against Great Baddow 'B' who were second in the league but had the same number of league points as Burnham 'A'. Therefore, it was a crunch game to see who was going to win the league. It had been a wet day and it was still lightly raining when the 3 rink games started. On one rink Burnham's side were always in command of the game and won easily. On the other two rinks though they were much tighter games but in the end both of them won giving the Burnham team a clean 10/0 win on league points and crowning them champions of Division 2. Well done to all the Burnham players who took part through the season.
Burnham's 'B' team sadly did not do so well on the night. Before the game there were 3rd from bottom in the 3rd Division and needed a good win to try to stave off being relegated to the 4th Division. They were playing Maldon 'B' at home who played well and managed to beat Burnham 'B' on two rinks and had the highest overall score leaving the Burnham 'B' side with only 2 of the available league points. There is one more league game to play on 21st August and depending on how the other lower teams do it is a game Burnham 'B' need to win 10/0.
Burnham's 'C' team also played at home against Chelmsford 'C'. They are in the 4th Division and were currently in bottom place. With no relegation taking place there were just looking to have a win on the night but sadly, despite winning on two rinks they lost overall so only gained 4 of the available 10 league points. Better luck to them next week in their last league game.
Coach Party Turn up from Cheriton BC for Friendly:
The Cheriton Bowls Club had a coach trip out on Tuesday 13th August and their main event was to visit Burnham Hillside BC for a friendly game of bowls. After they took a boat trip along the Chelmer river they arrived at Burnham early afternoon with 26 bowlers and 20 visitors. The weather was very good and the game, over 16 ends of 6 mixed rinks was enjoyed by all. After the game a sumptuous buffet was provided thanks to Christine Reynolds, Hazel Bradley and Tina Wallace. The bar was continually open and our appreciation goes to all the Burnham bar volunteers who served on the day plus our thanks to Terry Jerome & Shirley Sims for selling the raffle tickets. Before they left their Captain expressed his club many thanks for Burnham's hospitality, their friendliness and complimented our club's excellent Green. As for the result of the game Burnham managed to win 99/73.
Perfect Weather for Ladies Day:
After last years very wet Captain's Ladies Day, this year fingers were crossed that the weather would hold up and thankfully it did. Burnham Hillside's Lady Captain , Christine Reynolds, presided over her day which was on Thursday 8th August at which various invited lady bowlers from other clubs attended as well as a number of the Burnham lady bowlers. In all the competition was played over six triples of 3 games of 6 ends each and in each game random positions and teams were picked. Unfortunately due to last minute problems 3 of the ladies could not attend so 3 of the Burnham men bowlers were happy to stand in at the last moment, but for some reason would not adorn a dress, but thanks anyway to David Gamble, Steve Nicholls and Len Shippey.
As is traditional on the Ladies Day it's the turn of the men to pamper the ladies , so a team of men (suitably clad in female hawian aprons, prepared and served up the the two course salad meal and kept the glasses topped up with the wine, generously provided by Christine Reynolds. Our thanks to Alec Campbell, Bob Hollis, John Noble, Tony Burke, Nigel Norfolk, Dennis Bonning & Sid Curtis plus Terry Jerome, who sold the raffle tickets and of course the two bar staff John Wilson and Steve Andow.
Before the game started a spider was held with a bottle of Prosecco for the bowler who had their bowl nearest to the Spider Jack. This year the winner was Anji Gold. As for the Competition there appeared to be lots of chatter going on during play with lots of good bowling. Over the three games each bowler kept their own score and after the final game all the cards were handed to the Club Chairman, Greg Gladden, to determine which player had the highest shots and who had the lowest.
After everyone had feasted on the meal it was time for the Captain (Christine) to give her talk and announce the winner and loser. Firstly though she expressed her appreciation to all the men helpers and the last minute players and to all the ladies in attendance for making her day a great success. When it came to the winner of the competition it turned out to be a double occasion for Anji Gold as not only did she win the Spider but she also had the highest shot count, so Christine was able to present both prizes to Anji. As for the lowest shot count this went to Burnham's Sheila Shuker, who was presented with a gift from Christine. After Christine had finished her speech our President Hazel Bradly thanked Christine for the successful day and her generosity. She then presented Christine with a couple of gifts in recognition of the day and her year as the lady Captain.
Well, here's a view of the Burnham Green that you don't often see!
If you click on the image you will see a larger copy.
Beginner's Guide to Bowls - Link:
A new link has been put on the Link page above directing you to a website that has a comprehensive Beginners Guide to Bowling. Take a look it's pretty good.....
Next BHBC Committee Meeting
Monday 7th October 2019 10.30am
Team Selections Made
C&D Wednesday League:
"FRIDAY NIGHTS" IS CLUB NIGHT IN THE CLUBHOUSE COME DOWN FOR A SOCIAL EVENING STARTING TIMES 7.00PM IN THE WINTER & 6.00PM IN THE SUMMER
THE BAR WILL BE OPEN
DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF THE YEAR PLAY INDOOR/OUTDOOR BOWLS - CARDS - DARTS OR JUST SOCIALISE AND HAVE A DRINK AND A CHAT
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