Pembroke Dock v Tenby Ladies
11th May 2017
Last Thursday afternoon, Tenby Ladies played their third game of the season over at Pembroke Dock, where we received a very warm welcome. Unfortunatley the weather was not so kind and we were forced to take an early tea break to avoid a downpour. Before the break, Pembroke Dock Ladies on rink two were having an excellent start, leading by 10 shots to four after eight ends. After tea, everything changed and the Tenby rink consisting of Carol, Meryl, Jan and Gerry started to make progress and it was all even at 11 each at the 13th end. Tenby's luck held and the final score was Tenby 26 Pembroke Dock 12. Over on rink one, the Tenby team of Margaret, Liz, Lynn and Jo went into an early lead and were ahead by 11 shots to three after the eighth end. Pembroke Dock fought back well, but Tenby managed to maintain their lead after the tea break, with the swingy hand on the ditch side seeming to suit them. The final score was Tenby 21 Pembroke Dock 10.
Tenby Ladies v Tasker
3rd May 2017
Last Wednesday evening saw Tenby Ladies play their second game of the season against Tasker Haverfordwest. Looking very smart in our new shirts and jackets, we knew we had another battle on our hands as two of our skips were missing from the normal line up. On rink 5, Katie played an impressive game on the mat and soon scores started to even up with us pulling back to 10-all after 12 ends. It was not meant to be, however, as Tasker stepped up a gear. Final score on Jo's rink with Katie, Liz and Lynn was 19-10 win for Tasker. Rink 4 was an entirely different game, with Carol, Meryl, Jan and Gerry storming away to a 13-3 lead and Tasker fighting hard to claw back some shots. It was a great battle with Tenby holding on for a final winning score of 18-13. On rink five, Liz rolled a wood on the wrong bias and had shot wood on rink four - good job it was a trial end ! Many thanks again to Lesley Fisher and Tenby House for their continued sponsorship and support.
Five Arches 78 (10pts) Pembroke Dock 71 (4pts)
29th April 2017
After last week’s encouraging performance against Haverfordwest, we welcomed Pembroke Dock to Tenby on a cold April afternoon. With our new shirts dazzling the opposition , the Five Arches started brightly. On rink 1, Ashley, together with James and Mike and the Australia bound Jonno, hurried into an early lead, which they maintained through to half time to lead by 13 shots to 7. A storming second half including a count of 5 shots on the last end, granting a 30 shots to 13 victory. Webbie, Beano and the returning Turbo and Ken were up against it on rink 2. After a slow start , they trailed by 12 shots to 4 at tea. A tight second half ensured the Pembroke Dock quartet did not run away with the game. The end result a 20 shots to 9 victory for the Dock boys. Neil assisted by Steve, TP and John also had a slow start, 10 shots to nil down after 6 ends, however by tea they had pulled right back to be level. The Pembroke Dock rink pulled away slightly in the second half to gain a 23 shots to 15 victory.
Our dream team of Viv, Dave, Dai and Simon continued their serene progress on their favourite rink 4, starting like a train they led by 11 shots to 3 after 6 ends and by 17 shots to 7 after 12. After dropping a few shots in next couple of ends, they eased to a comfortable 23 shots to 15 win. A good win with a good finish over the last 2 or 3 ends across the board to gain the victory. We have a break for two weeks before the next game, in Saundersfoot on the 13th May.
Mike Day, Jon Hubbard, James Criddle, Ashley Hooper 30 Brian Dowling 13
Ken Lloyd, Tom Lewis, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 9 Richard Jones 20
John Rees, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Neil Dickinson 16 Mathew John 23
Viv John, Dave Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Simon Evans 23 Reg Thomas 15
Haverfordwest 87 (12 pts) Five Arches 67 (2pts)
23rd April 2017
Another season begins, first up home to Haverfordwest, last year’s runners up in the league. On a sunny afternoon we welcomed two debutants to the Five Arches ranks. Peter (Inch) Thomas and Ritchie Hyland. After the usual problems with parking , Neil and his rink of John, Bill and Steve kicked off the new season on rink 1 in front of the adoring crowd. An impressive start gave them a 9 shots to 2 lead after 8 ends, unfortunately the wheels came off, dropping 11 shots in the next 3 ends saw them fall behind. After a fightback to get within 2 shots, Gareth and his Haverfordwest rink finished strongly to win by 7 shots, 22 to 15. Webbie once gain teamed up with Beano on rink 2, assisted by new boy Ritchie and veteran Five Arches player Tony , they struggled initially , trailing by 14 shots to 4 after 11 ends. Picking up 5 shots in the next 3 ends brought them right back into the game, unfortunately this was the highpoint , the Haverfordwest rink then pulled away to win by 25 shots to 14. Captain Ashley and his rink of James, Inch and Mike had a ding dong battle against ex Tenby player Alan Whitehouse. Level at 10 ends , 15 ends and 20 ends. It all came down to a last end shoot out with Alan, no doubt still angry about his parking ticket, playing a brilliant bowl to secure a 19 shots to 16 win. Finally our dream rink out on rink 4 were involved in another exceptionally close game. Simon aided and abetted by Viv, Dave and Dai started strongly and led by 7 shots to 1 after 4 ends. They were reeled in to be level after 8 ends and then pulled away strongly to lead by 17 shots to 9 after 14. Two moments of madness led them to drop 10 shots in 2 ends which saw them fall behind but a very strong finish including a superb drawing bowl from Simon with the last wood of the game let them snatch a one shot win by 22 shots to 21. Not a bad performance against a strong Haverfordwest team. Hopefully we can improve from this and go on and win the next game. Next up , home to Pembroke Dock on Saturday 29th April.
John Rees, Bill Benham, Steve Davies, Neil Dickinson 15 Gareth Barrett 22
Ritchie Hyland, Tony Powling, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 14 Richard O’Leary 25
Mike Day, Peter Thomas, James Criddle, Ashley Hooper 16 Alan Whitehouse 19
Viv John, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Simon Evans 22 PDS Jenkins 21
TENBY 126 (14 pts) FIVE ARCHES 61 (0)
27th August 2016
The Tenby team kept on course for a ninth successive Pembrokeshire League title with a comprehensive victory over the Five Arches in last Saturday’s ‘local derby’ clash. But they did not have things all their own way on the immaculate Sutton Street, specially cut for the occasion only minutes before the eagerly-awaited action began. In fact, at the halfway stage, the Arches were holding on to a narrow three-shot lead, with two rinks up and two down.
Their captain Ashley Hooper was leading by example as he played some impressive bowls against the Ryan Thomas skipped rink, while alongside, Jonathan Webb had his nose in front against Keiron Peregrine in a keenly contested tussle.Simon Evans and his men were also giving as good as they got against Paul Diment’s crew and at one stage were locked together at 7-7, while Neil Dickinson and his rink were not far behind against the talented Guymer twins, who were aided and abetted up front by stalwart Dai Rees and current county singles champion Mike Jackson, who was in excellent form.
After tea, though, the wheels began to come off the Arches’ gallant challenge. As so often has happened in the past, the Tenby side seemed to find another gear and moved into overdrive in the second half to completely run away with the game, winning on all four rinks and by over 60 shots - quite a turnaround! Jonathan Webb eventually went down by eight, to be the Arches’ top rink, while Neil Dickinson and his lads were not far behind as they went down by 10. As for the other two Arches rinks, well perhaps the least said the better, but suffice to say the remainder of the 65-shot deficit was sort of shared between them, although we are not sure of the exact scores. Although Tenby remain in second place in the league after their victory, they are only five points behind with a game in hand on current leaders Haverfordwest, who have finished their matches. Tenby’s final game, a rearranged fixture, is at home to Pendine on September 24, when they will need six points to again clinch the title.
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Simon Evans 12 Paul Diment 43
John Rees, Mike Day, David Lloyd, Neil Dickinson 17 Craig Guymer 27
Bill Benham, Kevin Lewis, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 18 Keiran Peregrine 26
Viv John, Jon Hubbard, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 14 Ryan Thomas 33