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PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Getting towards the end of the season only three more matches in the Tuesday League and four in the Thursday. A good win and what we could call a good loss this week.

Tuesday League.
Away – August 15 – Whitworth Park.
Good result against a team currently third in the league. Tony and Dawn could do no wrong and finished winning 21 – 0. Although we only won one other game our points tally was considerably greater than Whitworth because of this win. Rick and Edith came home with a 21 – 7 win, whilst Clara and Harry got a much deserved 15 points. Dennis and Sue also got 11 points against Whitworth’s best pair. The final result Parwich 68, Whitworth 49. Can’t be bad. Two matches next week in order to play the cancelled match against Wirksworth.
Next Match – Away – 21 August – Wirksworth – 5.30pm. ( Cancelled match ).
Away – 22 August- Matlock Bath – 6.00pm.

Thursday League
Away – Bakewell – 17 August.
Bakewell got promoted ahead of us in the league last year winning by 3 points. They are bottom of the higher league and we are second last. Shows what a good standard the higher league is. We did well in the doubles winning one game and losing one by a single point. The third game was a win for Bakewell. Bakewell 61, Parwich 53. Close games in the singles and although we only won two of the games we just finished 7 points down. All in all  however, we got a very creditable score, albeit a loss. Bakewell 143, Parwich 128. I don’t think this result will increase our chances of shooting up the league.
Next match – Home – Matlock Park – 24 August – 1.45pm
 
MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.

No Monday night this week as we off to play our cancelled fixture.

PS. If you can’t make Mondays just let Tony (724) or John (455) know and we will arrange an alternative.

John B.

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Unstoppable Edith

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

The weather played a part in this weeks jollies around the green, however what a show your village team players put up in the annual charity match.

Tuesday League.
August 8 – Away – Wirksworth.
Ready to roll, but the heavens had opened for most of the day. It is possible to play in the rain, but the only major weather problem on a crown green is a lightening storm. The snag is in the rain is to be able to judge the speed of the wood towards the jack. Rooster tails coming from the wood do not help. Anyway by the powers that be at Wirksworth it was decided that discretion being the better part of valour, the match should be cancelled. We will have to play a couple of Tuesday League matches next week.
Next Match – 15 August – Home – Whitworth Park – 6.30pm.
????????? – Away Wirksworth.

Thursday League
The Greenaway Trophy
So the annual bash to raise money for the Greenaway Centre took place this week. This is a competition open to all players in the Thursday League, in excess of 250. The pairs matches last all day and are played on a knockout basis. There are two sides to the competition with pairs who get knocked out in the first round playing in a repêchage competition. Now for those of you who have lived in the Village for a while will know of a chap, who is no longer with us, but who was the first player from Parwich to win the Trophy, Ron Birch. Ron was a great sportsman with many great sporting achievements to his name, one of which was playing for West Bromwich Albion in the First Division of the Football League. Since then John B has won the competition twice and various others have come close, so how would we do this year? Well, pretty well indeed. We had four players in the quarter finals in both the main draw and the repêchage, leading to three players in the semifinals and one player won the thing! This year our Edith, ably assisted by a Wirksworth player came out on top of the main Competition. She played a blinder. Unstoppable is a word that springs to mind. Great result for Edith. Commiserations to our other players who got so far.
Next match – Away – Bakewell – 17 August – 1.45pm

MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.
Not sure about this Monday’s fun time. It could be that the cancelled match against Wirksworth will be played.
PS. If you can’t make Mondays just let Tony (724) or John (455) know and we will arrange an alternative.

John. B

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Bowls

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Two for the price of one this week, but it is a bit like the curates egg, good in parts. I think we can safely say that our stay in the exhausted heights of the top division in the Thursday League is rapidly coming to an end. Was it Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck who said ‘it is not the winning, but the taking part that counts’ or similar words, or perhaps a French feller on about the Olympics, good old Pierre.

Tuesday League.
July 25 – Away – Bakewell.
The week off did us a little bit of good for this weeks match. We shared the four games, two apiece, but thankfully our pairs defeated their opponents with less scores against us. As you all know points mean prizes, or wins in our case. Dawn and Tony and Edith and Rick both managed to win 21 – 10. Whilst Harry B and Dot fought like demons to get 14 points. Best not mention John and Pat B’s result except to say they lost. The final score however was a win 64 – 62. Not a very big margin, but big enough. Our first win in ages.
August 1 – Home – Bradwell.
The rain had poured down for most of the day and there was a possibility that the match could not take place, however we all prevailed in the end and thank goodness we did. The troops were in storming form with Pat B and Harry B leading the way with a 21 – 2 win. Edith and Rick powered home 21 – 9, and even our esteemed captain Dawn, ably supported by Dot, won 21 – 11. To put the icing on the cake Dennis and Clara E charged home winning  21 – 15. Parwich 84, Bradwell 37.
Doubt if we will get to such giddy heights next week though.
Next Match – 8 August – Away – Wirksworth – 6.30pm.

Thursday League
July 27 – Away – Bradwell – 1.45.
The good thing about going to Bradwell is the journey is a nice one, the rest of the afternoon needs to be forgotten quickly. We only managed to win one game out of the three doubles and six singles played. Four defeats in a row now. Will the run ever end? Dennis and Audrey B put up a good show before accepting defeat 14 – 21. After the doubles we trailed 32 – 63.
Only one win in the singles, I can hardly believe it, although we came mighty close in three other games. Even so we were down 70 – 88. The final score, Bradwell 151(only 2 points away from a maximum 153), Parwich 102.
Unfortunately we are playing the top of the league next. Hang onto your hats.
Home – Hope Works – 3 August – 1.45pm.
Playing the top of the league is daunting enough at the best of times, but playing them in the form we are in – HELP. However we did not do so bad. The star performance of the day was Audrey B and Sue A beating a really good pair 21 – 18. Our other pairs did well too Clara and Dennis losing 16 – 21 and similarly Tony A and Ian J going down 14 – 21. A terrific show.
Now what this team do is only turn up to most matches with 9 players. We on the other hand say if you come to the green you get a game even if you are on crutches. Playing with
only 9 players is perfectly within the rules, but it does mean of course that 3 players have a very distinct advantage of getting used to the green. In the singles the 3 players who had already played in the doubles all won and two out of the remaining 3 didn’t. I rest my case. The final score although a loss was a very creditable result Parwich 116, Hope Works 139. At least we won’t have to play them next year.
No match next week in this league. It’s the annual Charity Match in aid of the Greenaway Centre.

MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.
Last week we were positively inundated with people ‘having a go’ on the green. You could not move for jacks (the little white thing you aim at) and Jills. Come down next week and get involved. Bring the kids. It’s school holidays for the passed week. I bet they are bored out of their heads.
PS. If you can’t make Mondays just let Tony (724) or John (455) know and we will arrange an alternative.

John B.

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Bowls

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

I suppose one consolation for only having one match this week is that we can only lose once, which indeed we did! However, I have great, if misleading fortitude, for the rest of the season. Hope springs eternal as they say.

Tuesday League.
July 18 – Blank week.
Next week we travel to Bakewell which is a problem in a number of ways, not least of which is trying to find somewhere to park. Always assuming you can find somewhere that is slightly closer than Chatsworth you then have to play on their green. Notwithstanding the fact that they are a great bunch of people the green is really tricky. Most greens are predominantly square whereas Bakewell’s is very oblong due to the fact you are playing in a very narrow public park overlooked on the sides by buildings. We will have to see how we get on.
Next Match – 25 July – Away – Bakewell, 6.30pm.

Thursday League
July 20 – Home – Hathersage – 1.45.
Not even our redoubtable singles players could rescue us this week. Our doubles pairs, however, played well against strong opposition. Harry and Audrey B cancelling a loss by winning 21 – 10. Ian J and Sue A, although losing played very well. After the doubles we only trailed Hathersage by 7 points.
The singles, although the games were shared 3 each, did not go well. It’s points that win prizes and their defeats were not as great as ours. Since joining the Club this year Keith B has only lost one game and again this week he was one of our three winners, Edith and Tony A being the other two. Their victories though were not good enough to give us a win. Final score Parwich 109, Hathersage 127.
Next match – Away – Bradwell – 27 July – 1.45pm.

MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.
Don’t forget that on Mondays we are at Parsons Croft and we need the practise more than ever. All we need is you.
PS. If you can’t make Mondays just let Tony (724) or John (455) know and we will arrange an alternative.

John B.

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Wheels (or Players) Still Required

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

We are in great need of new wheels. We lost all of them last week and are still trying to find some. Does anybody know where you can get four new ones. Selector tyres might do us a deal. Four new players would do us better!

Tuesday League.
July 11 – Away – Whitworth Park.
A poor night in all respects. Not only did we not play well, but it chucked it down with rain. Harry and John B gave us a good start winning 21 – 11. This was countered by Sue and Clara losing 21 – 9. Rick and Edith came back from the dead, but just failed 20 – 21. Dawn and Dennis again tried really hard, in the end they had to succumb 21 – 8. Final score Whitworth 74, Parwich 58.
Although we had a poor game last week and this week we will hopefully not drop too many places down the league. No match next week so at least we can keep trying to find our wheels.
Next Match – Blank week.

Thursday League
July 13 – Home – Baslow – 1.45.
Strange match this week even though it was on our midden. You would have thought that with Tony and Clara winning 21 – 4 (Clara playing with her special laser guided new woods) that we were on to a good thing. Unfortunately one of our pairs lost 21 – 3. Game even. John H and Sue were 18 – 4 down and clawed their way back to lead 20 – 19. regrettably on the next end they went two down. 21 – 20 Baslow.
For once we really lost our way in the singles winning only one game out of six. The final result was Parwich 98, Baslow 122. Looking at things from an optimistic viewpoint we got three more points than last week! Perhaps what we should do is to bury a killer whale under our green which we can call upon when times get hard.
Next match – Home – Hathersage – 20 July – 1.45pm.

MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.
Don’t forget that on Mondays we are at Parsons Croft and boy do we need the practise. We actually saw a new person on the green last Monday! Hope he comes again this Monday.
PS. If you can’t make Mondays just let Tony (724) or John (455) know and we will arrange an alternative.

John B.

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Wheels Fall Off

Oh dear, Oh dear it is not good when a few wheels fall off, but this week all the wheels fell off our wagon. Is it something to do with Wakes Week wobbles?

Tuesday League.

July 4 – Home – Matlock Golf Club.

Told you last week they were our Nemesis. We only managed to win one game out of the four. In the other three games we could not even manage to get to double figures! Pat B and Tony A came close but only got to 9. Dennis E and Sue A tried their level best, but failed 21 – 7. Dot H and Harry B unfortunately got even fewer and finished 21 – 6. Thank goodness we have Edith and Rick who got us our only win 21 – 10. Final score Golf Club 73, Parwich 43. Although we lost by 30 points we were 80 points ahead of the Golf Club so they are still well behind us in the league. 50 points to be precise so we will have to keep a reasonable perspective on the defeat.

As if playing our Nemesis this week was bad enough we are playing the top of the league next week. Let us hope we can put a few better ends together.

Next Match – Whitworth Park – Away – 11 July – 6.30pm.

Thursday League

July 6 – Away – Youlgrave.

I don’t think I have mentioned that there are some very devious, underhand, better players than us! It is difficult to convey how difficult Youlgrave green is to play on. (they probably think ours is unplayable as well). In the first half of the season we had beaten them by 21 points. What would happen on their green with the elephant bellowing like mad from beneath the green? Not a lot from a Parwich view point. John H and Audrey B Played like demons and only lost by one point. Our other two pairs however fell under the elephant’s spell. After the doubles we were 35 points down.

For once our singles players could not get us out of the jam. Only Dawn and Keith managed a win. The final score was Youlgrave 138, Parwich 95. For the first time this season we failed to get over 100.

Next match – Home – Baslow – 13 July – 1.45pm.

MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT

Each Monday evening (starting 10 July) through to the end of August from 6.30pm – 7.30pm, bowls club members will be holding their weekly practice session down at Parsons Croft. Judging by this weeks display we need it. At the same time you are welcome to come and try your hand. We will be pleased to explain rules (not many!) and give advise. We have spare woods for you to use, all you need are flat shoes and a sense of humour! We look forward to seeing you.

PS. If you can’t make Mondays just let Tony (724) or John (455) know and we will arrange an alternative.

John B.

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Crown Green Bowls

We are now on the reverse fixtures as we have started the second half of the season. Last week we played a team top of the division. This week in one league we played a team second in the division and the other match was against the top team. How would we get on?

Tuesday League.
June 27 – Away – Matlock Park.
Because of the vagaries of the fixture list this was our third away match in a row. To cap that our opponents were second top! We really do have a very good set of players in the Club. Not sure if we got new members whether they would ever get a game so good are we! Only kidding – please come and see how the game can be played. Two games each this time, it was all a question of the size of the wins or the fewer points lost. Our first two pairs did not fair well losing 21 – 8 and 21 – 11. What could our third and fourth pairs do? Captain fantastic Dawn led the way with Tony A an able partner. They came home with a win 21 – 17. Our final pair, the ones who walk on water, Rick and Edith nearly pulled off a brilliant win for the team. At one point it looked as though they were going to do it, but their opponents just managed to accumulate enough points for a Matlock win. Final score Matlock 66, Parwich 61. We were in third place in the league, but I am not sure if our 61 points this week will keep us there. Next week we play our nemesis team Matlock Golf Club.
Next Match – Matlock Golf Club – Home – 4 July – 6.30pm.

Thursday League
June 29 – Home – Hazelwood.
Having beaten the team top of the league last week we were entertaining the team who took over that mantle this week. Now bear in mind that Hazelwood have nearly 10 times our members, how would we do? Our doubles pairs did us proud. Tony A and Liz H not only played their little socks off, they played their shoes off as well, winning 21 – 9. Although Ian J and Harry B lost they battled so hard, at one point they were 20 – 4 down. They did not give in and managed to get up to double figures, just. Clara E and Dot H also kept on pegging and only just lost 21 – 18. Clara has just bought herself some new woods, just wait until she gets them on the green. Parwich 49, Hazelwood 51.
Six singles matches next. Our new member Keith got us off to a great start winning 15 – 10. The redoubtable Edith won 15 – 9. Dawn A came romping home 15 – 2. What a player she is. We had lost two of the other games and it was down to Rick playing with his Blackpool rock mint bowls. Any doubt? Not a chance he breezed home 15 – 10. Singles games, Parwich 72, Hazelwood 61. Final result Parwich 121, Hazelwood 112. I keep telling you to come and watch us!! Next week the elephant under the green club.
Next match – Away – Youlgrave – 6 July – 1.45pm.

If you get fed up with craning your neck looking for runners up Parwich Hill on Tuesday night come to the Green and cheer your bowls team on. Enjoy ‘wakes’ whatever you do.

John B.

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