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The End of the Lollipop

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

This is it. When you come to the end of your lollipop all you have left is the stick! We can put the woods away until April next year. What will we find to do with all the time we have ? Now let me think?

Thursday League
Away – Hope Works – 14 September.
Having battled away last week and got a good win could the unthinkable happen and we manage to stay up in the top division? The chap who does all the admin on the league, bless him, only updates the results every year or two so we don’t know how we have done since last weeks match! However, as true Parwichians we would keep right on to the end of road even though we are tired and weary. I’m getting all emotional I must pull myself together. So, back to bowls, considering we were playing the top of the league, two of our doubles pairs performed as if we were top and not bottom. Because of holidays and injury Rick was playing twice and was joined in the game by Dot. They played their little socks off beating Hope’s top pair 21 – 14. Ian J and Harry B just would not give in and finally lost the game on the last end 20 – 21. Best not mention our third pair, but suffice it to say they did not win. After the doubles we were 12 points down.
Now Hope are like a lot of the top teams they usually only play with 9 players and not 12. This dear reader means that 3 of their players also play in the singles and of course the 3 who play twice are the best in the team! We of necessity were also one player short. Of the 6 games we won 4! with Keith and Rick winning against their two best players! The final outcome in the singles still meant we lost 74 – 75. Great effort. The final, final score was Hope 131, Parwich 118, which under normal circumstances would have had us doing cartwheels across the green. Well in our dreams anyway. Will we avoid the big drop? Don’t think so, but playing in the lower division suits us really. The people in the higher echelons take it too seriously. I will let you know.

Just as an aside we did finish fourth in the Tuesday league. Terrific result.

John B.

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Whimper or Glory?

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Last match in the Tuesday League and penultimate match in the Thursday League. Could we go out in a blaze of glory, or a whimper?

Tuesday League.
Home – 5 September – Chatsworth.
Really nice bunch of people play for Chatsworth so win or lose we would enjoy the games. Both Edith and Dawn were away so we had to have a bit of a scratch team. Tony playing with Clara got us of to a great start winning 21 – 9. Similarly Pat and Sue strolled home winners 21 – 15. You can probably have a guess what happened in the two remaining games. Well John B and Dot had been playing as though their lives depended on it, winning games at a canter for the past 3 or 4 weeks, not this week though. They spluttered and coughed their way to a defeat 12 – 21. Rick playing with Harry this week against Chatsworth’s best pair just lost by 5 points. The final score Parwich 70, Chatsworth 66. Not our most convincing win, but a win never the less. Before this last match were were lying in fourth place in the league and if my calculations are correct we should just about hold our own there.

Thursday League
Home – Whitworth Park – 7 September.
Another nice bunch of people to play against. They are considerably higher in the league than us, but then who isn’t. Things did not auger well as in two of our doubles games we only managed a combined score of 10 against 42! However  Rick, having to play twice because of our lack players, playing with Audrey showed how it could be done and clawed back some of the deficit by winning 21 – 12. Parwich 31, Whitworth 54.
The singles was thankfully another story as we won 5 out of the 6 games and the sixth game we only just lost. Tony won 15 – 4, Keith 15 – 7, Pat B and Rick 15 – 8. The combined scores were Parwich 87, Whitworth 55. Although I am sure that we will be relegated we still managed a win 118 – 109. Last game of the season is against the team top in the league so that will definitely seal our fate.
Last match – Away – Hope Works – 14 September – 1.45pm

No Monday night play now. We will be putting the green to bed for the winter.

John B.

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Bowls

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Penultimate match in the Tuesday League this week and only two more matches left in the Thursday League. Not a lot to play for in either league really except of course your bowling village stalwarts have just about survived another season. The way things are shaping however the end of the bowls club could be not too far away. I wonder what the green could be used for?

Tuesday League.
Home – August 29 – Ashwood Park.
For the first time since I can remember our opponents only turned up with 7 instead of 8 players. It was probably just as well as the chap playing on his own scored 15 points with his two woods. We thankfully managed to score 21 with our four woods. Dot and John B have been playing like demons for the past few weeks and they continued their purple patch winning 21 – 2. Rick and Edith came home winners 21 – 14. Our ever present captain Dawn playing with Tony romped home 21 – 19. The final score Parwich 84, Ashwood Park 50. Great result which should keep us in a safe place in the league.
Final Match – Home – Chatsworth – 5.45pm

Thursday League
Away – Tideswell – 31 August.
Now for most of this season the writing has been on the wall for us to be relegated from the  top division. What a surprise when the league table after last weeks results put Parwich fourth from bottom. In this league the bottom three get relegated!! It was essential that we lost the match against Tideswell who were the team immediately above us to ensure that we are relegated. Thankfully we played to our strengths and promptly lost the doubles 29 to 63. The singles players needed to do equally badly. Our two star lady players, Dawn and Edith were missing so losing was certainly on the cards! We played very well considering the gravity of the situation and finished up winning the singles 77 – 62. Not enough to give us a win thank goodness. Final score Tideswell 125, Parwich 103. Even if we had won, the final two matches are against teams who are much higher in the league than we are so congratulations to Tideswell.
Next match – Home – Whitworth Park – 7 September – 1.45pm

MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.
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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Every Picture Tells a Story

Thank you to John B Lord (presumably from Matlock?) for these very entertaining photos of the friendly match between Parwich and Matlock Park B on 24 August. Plenty of opportunities for captions………

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Parwich in Penalty Shoot Out

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Only a few matches left this season. The Tuesday League matches now have to be started earlier because of the shorter days. Probably just as well as you can’t have old peeps wandering around in the dark with a set of woods in their hand.
 
Tuesday League.
Away – August 21 – Wirksworth.
This was the match that was cancelled because of the weather. Perhaps it should have been cancelled permanently. We had two good wins and two not so good losses. Dot and John B got to grips with the big green and won 21 – 15. Edith, playing this week with Sue A, Rick having tootled off to somewhere else, won 21 – 18. The remainder of the games we managed to lose quite well which gave a final score of Wirksworth 75, Parwich 58.
Away – August 22 – Matlock Bath.
We certainly did well on the old 50p green this week. Leading the way was Dot and John B who inspired everyone with their unbelievable skill in winning 21 – 4. Well John B needs bulling up as he has played rubbish for weeks. No need for any encouragement for Edith who fortunately had found Rick reasonably close at hand, they won 21- 14. Tony and Dawn nearly grasped defeat from the jaws of victory, but held on to sneak home 21 – 19. Although our fourth pair lost they battled to the end coming in 21 – 15 down. The final score Matlock Bath 58, Parwich 78. A cracking result on that green.
Next Match – Home – 29 August – Ashwood Park – 5.30pm.

Thursday League
Home – Matlock Park – 24 August.
This team are riding high in the league in second place and the match could be carnage, but no, your gallant band of intrepid, if not ancient bowlers rose to the cause! Well they had a go. Although we lost the three doubles, which as you devotees of this editorial will know, is not unusual, we were only 24 points behind. Which for us is tantamount to getting close!
Could the singles players get us back? You just had to be there. We won four out of the six games, but after 5 games the scores were tied at 107 each. You could have cut the air with a jellymould. Dawn was our final player and you could not have asked for a better. She soon went into a commanding lead, but her opponent came back and soon it was 14 each. Winner of the next end would win the match. What tension, it was greater than England in a penalty shoot-out with Germany, and the result was better, Dawn won the last end. Parwich 122, Matlock Park 121. Although it is inevitable we will be relegated at least we are going down fighting.
Next match – Away – Tideswell – 31 August – 1.45pm
MONDAY NIGHT IS BOWLS NIGHT
6.30pm – 7.30pm.
No Monday night this week as its a bank holiday and I’m sure you will be doing more exciting things.
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

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.
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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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