Five Arches 79 (12 pts.) Haverfordwest Castle 74 (2pts)
26th April 2014
The TP Hughes and Welsh Gift Shop sponsored Five Arches team were in action last Saturday against Haverfordwest Castle. This was the Arches' first league game back in the top division and the players were determined to get their league campaign off to a winning start. The game was played in terrible conditions with a strong wind together with heavy rain making accurate bowling difficult for both sides. However it was the Arches' players who finished the game stronger to bag the win, picking up twelve points to the Castle's two. This was a tremendous team performance from the Arches, with everyone playing their hearts out to obtain the win.
On rink one, the Captains rink, skipped by Ashley, found themselves drawn against Barry Absalom and his men. With Barry having a fine game together with some luck thrown in, he steered his rink to victory by 22 shots to 11. Rink 2 saw Gerald and his men up against Gareth Jones and his crew. This game turned out to be a cracker, with the two Steve's and John all playing well. By the 17th end with the Castle rink picking up four shots, the Arches found themselves adrift by 20 shots to 18. The last four ends turned into a personal duel between the two skips with Gerald coming out on top with lovely weighted bowls on a sodden green to draw shot on the last four ends to see his rink home by 22 shots to 20. Well done G man.
On rink four Dai and his men ended as top rink for the Arches. Up against Dave Summers they cruised to a 23 shots to 11 win. With the two Lewis boys, Kevin and Thomas, laying the foundation, Ken and Dai had a stress free afternoon adding to the shot count. The biggest concern they had was trying to keep themselves dry - well done the commandos ! Rink 5 saw Tiger and the cubs back in action against Roger Price and his men. This was another close game which went to the final end. Although picking up a six on the fourth end and a five on the 15th, the cubs found themselves two shots adrift playing the final end. The whole rink then bowled a superb end to pick up three shots to win the game 23-22 - well done the cubs.
Rink Scores (Five Arches first, Castle skips only)
John Hubbard, Tony Powling, Steve Williams, Ashley Hooper 11: Barry Absalom 22
John Rees, Steve Sheldon, Steve Davies, Gerald Hewitt 22: Gareth Jones 20
Kevin Lewis, Thomas Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Dai Spencer 23: Dai Summers 11
Jim Taylor, Bill Benham, Peter Hooper, Ray Taylor 23: Roger Price 22
Five Arches 86 Pendine 65
13 April 2014
The Arches opened the new season with a nice friendly game against our friends from Pendine. Due to several Arches players being unavailable,we were very pleased to accept the offer from the Tenby Captain and Vice Captain Joseph Richards and Paul Diment to step up and play for us. This was much appreciated by the Arches players and the Captain in particular,with the season now well underway we need all Arches players old and new to make every effort to confirm their availability to be considered for selection, the Arches next game is another friendly against Pembroke Dock Pater away on Sunday, team selected :
Jon Hubbard, Bill Benham, Tony Powling, Ashley Hooper
Thomas Lewis, Kevin Lewis, Ben Cloake, Dai Spencer
Harold Ebdon, Fred Broomhead, Steve Davies, Ray Taylor
John Rees, Jim Taylor, Ken Lloyd, Gerald Hewitt.
Cars will depart from the club 1pm.
FIVE ARCHES 81 (9 pts) ST. THOMAS 77 (5)
Last Saturday, the visitors to Sutton Street were St. Thomas for what was the Arches’ penultimate league game.
This turned out to be a very tough encounter, with the Tommys winning on two rinks and drawing on another. It was down to Ashley’s rink to secure the points for the Arches, which they did with a 10-shot win over Norman Brown and his men.
The Arches have been setting the pace in division two from day one of season way back in April, and with their last league game also at home against Pembroke Dock Pater on Sunday, the Arches players were determined to finish their campaign on a high note.
Rink scores (Five Arches first, St. Thomas skips only):
John Rees, Steve Davies, Clive Webb, Ray Taylor 18; Mike Richards 19.
Ray Hine, Kevin Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Dai Spencer 17; Lyndon Frayling 22.
Mike Gouldingay, Jon Hubbard, Tony Powling, Ashley Hooper 27; Norman Brown 17.
Ron Hurlow, Jim Taylor, Peter Hooper, Gerald Hewitt 19; Phil John 19.
Division 2 Champions
FIVE ARCHES 117 (14 pts) PEMBROKE DOCK PATER 46 (0)
On a beautiful day for bowling, on a superb green prepared by Paul Diment, the Arches clinched the second division title with a powerful performance on Sunday.
With all four rinks winning their games, the Arches gained a 14 points to nil victory, with a shot count of 117 to 46 for the Pater team.
This win brought the curtain down on what has been a magnificent league campaign for the Five Arches squad. Every player who has represented the team has played a part in the success.
First off were Dai and Ken playing on their favourite rink two. With Ben Cloake and Kevin Lewis in top form, the rink cruised to a 32 shots to nine win.
Next off were Tiger and the Cubs with an 18-12 win over Pater captain Steve James. This was a much closer game, as Steve, who had a cracking game, kept changing the head with saving bowls when the Cubs were holding numerous counts. The Cubs then made sure of the points by picking up 11 shots over the last six ends - well done John, Steve, Clive and Ray.
Rink four saw Ashley’s crew once again top rink, with a 36 shots to eight win over Martin Hyde and his men. With Cameron White having a superb game up front, Jonno, Tony and Ashley had a stress-free afternoon, building up the shot count. This win saw Ashley maintain his unbeaten league record.
On rink one, Gerald and his men were going to be last off. With Ron, Jim and Peter all bowling well, Gerald stepped on the mat with his last bowl to deliver the coup de grace, and ensure a 31 shots to 17 win over skip Steve John and his rink.
Second division champions and Brain Cup winners - well done everyone. It was now time for the fat lady to sing! The Arches players would like to thank all the ladies who looked after us with our teas, all our supporters and the youngsters who stepped in to play for us when we needed them, namely the three Bens, Cameron and Luke.
The Arches players would also like to congratulate Andrew and the Tenby squad on winning the County Shield, again, and on their Carruthers semi-final appearance.
Rink scores (Five Arches first, Pater skips only):
Ron Hurlow, Jim Taylor, Peter Hooper, Gerald Hewitt 31; S. John 17.
Ben Cloake, Kevin Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Dai Spencer 32; B. Duncombe 9.
Cameron White, Jon Hubbard, Tony Powling, Ashley Hooper 36; Martin Hyde 8.
John Rees, Steve Davies, Clive Webb, Ray Taylor 18; Steve James 12.
Arches triumphant in Brains Cup Final
Last Sunday, the Five Arches played against St. Thomas in the Brains Cup final.All the Arches players knew they were in for a very tough encounter as the Tommies had won the last three finals, and would not relinquish their hold on the trophy without a fight. And what a final it turned out to be with the Arches sealing victory with the last bowl of the game to win by one shot.The win was built on a superb team effort with every player showing a determined attitude to take the cup back to our Sutton Street headquarters.
The Tommies made the better start to the game and by the 10th end were leading by 49 shots to 26, and things were looking bleak for the Arches. However, by the 15th end the Arches had reduced the deficit to 13 shots. At this stage of the game, the experience of our four skips started to pay dividends as the deficit was reducing all the time with every Arches player doing their bit for the cause. By the 21st end with three rinks completed, the deficit was down to four shots with Tiger and the cubs playing the last end knowing they had to make a five to win the cup. With John, Steve, Clive all drawing into the head, they were holding four shots.
John Dockerty, the Tommies skip, then drew second shot, then up stepped Tiger who took the bowl out as sweet as a nut for the Arches to still be holding the four shots. Dockerty then played a running wood into the head and missed. With the game tied, it was down to Ray to draw another shot with his last bowl for the Arches to lift the trophy. Cometh the hour cometh the man, Ray played a lovely weighted bowl to draw the fifth shot required for victory. This was the first time in the game that the Arches were ahead.
A very proud captain was then presented with the cup by Mr. Roger Gosnold, the president of the Pembroke County Bowling Association. It was then to the bar to celebrate and to enjoy a lovely meal provided by the Pendine ladies. The Arches players would like to thank all of our supporters who travelled to cheer us on, although outnumbered by the Tommies followers, ours certainly made themselves heard, well done everyone. Rink scores, Five Arches first, St. Thomas skips only:
Rink one: Joe Hewitt, Jon Hubbard, Tony Powling, Ashley Hooper 23 Len Hoad 14.
Rink two: John Rees, Steve Davies, Clive Webb, Ray Taylor 20 John Dockerty 14.
Rink three: Harold Ebdon, Kevin Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Dai Spencer 16 Mike Richards 22.
Rink four: Ron Hurlow, Jim Taylor, Peter Hooper, Gerald Hewitt 17 Lyndon Frayling 25.