After a serious struggle over the first 12 ends in ferocious heat at Gloucester Spa, Central managed an impressive comeback with 6 ends to play coming from 12 down to win 47-38.


On Mike Andrew's rink, Gloucester's Mavis Kennedy (86) had to retire with heat exhaustion and her able replacement Vera piled on more agony as Mike along with Mary Tee, Brenda Havard and Nigel Galletly fell steadily behind to trail 8-24.

Mary then also succumbed to to the heat and was replaced by Bev McNeil who, in spite of being unable to keep the jack within the confines of the rink, bowled commendably to steady the front end, which inspired a resurgent back end and with the edges finally going against Gloucester, Central gradually got back into the match to take the last 6 ends 15-2 to finish only three shots down on 23-26.


Keith McNeil's four of Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd and Graham Morbey were always competitive in their game, even though their opponents, in addition to some excellent woods, benefitted in the early stages from an element of luck.

With Eloise finding the rink to her favour in one direction and Pam the opposite direction, the back end always had shots in the head. They also piled on the pressue over the last 6 ends with 13 shots to 4 to end with a 24-12 victory and secure Central's 9 shot win.


It appears Central can bowl well in the heat as well as in the dark.


Their next game in defense of their National title will be at home against Olney or Newport Pagnell.

It started with the Jackson 5 and this week it was the Central 8.

Having already beaten Headington's "B" and "C" sides in the National Club Two Fours, Central completed the hat-trick on Wednesday with a 41-39 shot win against their "A" side.


Lee Young, Andy Wilkin, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly got off to a great start winning the first 5 ends to lead 11-0, but then conceded ten shots over the next 5 ends to reach the half way mark 11-10 in front. Central's other rink of Alan Carter, Bob Joiner, Keith McNeil and Will Campion up against Howard Watts' four reached the start of the eleventh end 9-7 in front, coming back fron 3-4 down after five ends. After 15 ends Central had built up a 17-12 lead on both rinks, with the pressure building on the visitors for the final stages of the match. As one would expect, Headington made a late rally, which was reduced by some great saving woods by both Central skips for the rinks to finish 20-21 and 21-18 with Galletly (fortunately) not having to play his last wood.


Not to be outdone by the men, Central's women continued their good form with a convincing win in the National Women's Top Club against Oxford City and County. Carole Galletly took the Singles 21-11, whilst in the pairs, Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion nearly completed a whitewash with a 33-1 win. The triples provided another Central winning scoreline for Bev McNeil, Pat Ray and Helen Young, 14-4. The foursome of Mary Tee, Melody Sykes, Gill Sharpe and Brenda Havard just missed out on a win, drawing 12 all.

Aylesbury Town will be their host's in the next round.

Having despatched Headington's 'B' side at home in the National Club Two Fours, the next round brought us up against their "C" side on their own green.

Despite the poor weather Central put in a strong performance, winning easily 45-19 with the home team wisely pulling stumps at 15 ends to avoid further embarrassment.

Alan Carter, Bob Joiner, Keith McNeil and Will Campion picked up an early 7 on the fourth end to take command and never looked troubled winning 24-10.

On Central's other rink, lead Lee Young put in a stellar performance, ably assisted by Andy Wilkin, leaving the back end of Graham 'Little Dot' Morbey and Nigel Galletly with little to do in winninng 21-9.

Central's next game is at home against the third of Headington's Holy Trinity, their 'A' side, which we expect will be a more challenging task

A week ago today, the club overcame the high tide to record a success against the north Yorkshire, Castleton Tourists.

The match like the weather produced heartbeat moments but both clubs put in a 'reet grand' performance, with the host attracting the biggest catch over eighteen ends, by 95 shots to 84 and 4 rinks to two.


The rink scores were as follows:

Jenny Williams, Eric Stewart, Ed Creed and Paul Humphris led the way for Central with a 22-6 win.

Jackie Humphreys, Lieran Buzzard, Carole and Nigel Galletly 25-13.

John Hart, Mike Hughes, Pam Shepherd and Chick Boyd 18-11.

Mary Tee, Terry Humphreys, Sue Waring and Bob Joiner 16-11.

the two central rinks that took hospitality a little too far were;

Kay Oliver, Jane Williams, Mal Leather and Keith McNeil who lost 8-26.

Eloise Jones, John Sole, Tony Lawford and Keith Williams 6-17 

A week of mixed results for Central Bowls Club with the men kicking off with a 37-32 home win in the National Men's Club Two Fours against Headington 'B'. Lee Young, Andy Wilkins, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly lost 15-8 but a 22-14 success by Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion assured a 5 shot win.


With the 'A' side having a rest week, the league spotlight was solely on the 'B' side who were playing at home against Shiplake Village. Ron Cox, George Fergusin, John Sole and Jim Gow led the way for Central with a 26-5 win, followed by Tony Smith, Paul Humphris, John Hart and Ed Creed who won 17-16.

Alan Roche, Dave Davies, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna lost 15-21 along with Bob Wilkins, Tony Carey, John Pardoe and Keith Williams who lost heavily at 8-27. The rinks were shared 2 each, but the 3 shot difference in their favour 69-66, gave the visitors from the deep south-east of the county the extra two points on offer.


Central ladies suffered their first defeat of the season in the West Oxfordshire League at the hands of the West Witney team, winning on only one of the three rinks, losing 2 points to 8. 


The Oxfordshire County Top Club trophy against Banbury Borough Ladies proved to be the ideal opportunity for our ladies to get back on track as they moved on to the next round after sharing the match with two disciplines each but a 81-59 shot scoreline in Central's favour. Mary Tee took the singles 21-7 against Carole Walker, Pam Shepherd and Helen Young lost the Pairs 15-20 to Margaret Morris and Angela Ives. The Triple of Jenny Williams, Mo Cox and Pat Ray beat Jean Newman Erica Brown and Sandra Wase 26-12, whilst Melody Sykes, Jane Williams, Bev McNeil and Gill Sharpe lost by a single shot to Carol James, Adrienne Brown, Linda Coles and Christine Purnell, 19-20.


After losing to West Witney in the league, Central's ladies gained revenge in the National Top Club comptition with a 3-1 win in games and 79-41 shot scoreline. Carole Galletly took the Singles 21-9, Mo Cox, Pat Ray and Helen Young took the triples 20-10 and Mary Tee, Melody Sykes, Gill Sharpe and Brenda Havard had a convincing 27-6 win in the fours.

Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion lost a close Pair game 11-16.


Two friendly matches were squeezed in the busy week, both wins against Chestnuts 69-46 and Southam 80-70.


Tuesday of this week saw Central's National Tony Allcock Trophy champions start the defence of their title, at home to Gerrards Cross. The visitors started off best moving into an 18-7 lead at 8 ends and leading on both rinks.

As the game progressed Central upped their game, eventually taking both rinks for a 39-28 win.

Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey, Caroline Campion (the only change to the title winners) and Keith McNeil 21-16.

Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Mike Andrew 18-12.

The next round is away to either Hazells (Aylesbury) or Chesham.

Many thanks to all those members who supported the game against the Caister Tourists last Saturday in what proved to be a lovely afternoon and a very successful day for the club.

In the annual quest for success in the County competitions and the lifting of trophies, the triples of Mo Cox and Caroline Campion have reached the quarter-final stage which will be played at Chipping Norton BC this coming Saturday.

Caroline will also be contesting the quarter-finals of the Singles on Sunday at Witney Town BC.

The women's County Senior Fours has reached the final and Central will be represented by Mo Cox's rink against a rink from local rivals from Banbury Borough Ladies. This will be played at 2.00pm on Thursday July 5th at Banbury Chestnuts.


The men still have representation  in the triples and fours played to day and tomorrow evening. The next round os which will be the quarters on July 3rd & 4th respectively.


The Summertown Trophy compettionstarts on July 10th and the Hawker Cup on the 13th.

There is still plenty of bowling in the calendar.

Central's women had a successful weekend in the County competitions with the rink of Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion qualifying for the Bowls England National Fours Championship in August.

They had a close game on Saturday morning against Karen Alder's rink from West Witney, but came out 19-12 winners to claim a semi final place where they met the Banbury Chestnut's rink of Chris Purnell, Sheila Maishman, Pat Ray and Pat Taylor. The Central girls took the game 28-12 to book their place at Leamington.


South Oxford BC hosted Sunday's County rounds of the National Two wood competition and following on from her success in Saturday's Fours, Carole Galletly progressed through three rounds to reach the Final and at the same time qualify for another visit up the M40 to Leamington.

Banbury Central men returned to Witney Mills to play the Men's National Top club, four days after having lost there in the league.

Lee Young got Central off to a flying start with a comfortable 15-8 win in the Two-wood. After a tight start he found his form and the recalled Middleton Cup lead never looked troubled. 

AlanCarter, also on Middleton Cup duty this year, took over in the full singles and similarly eased to a  21-9 victory.

Yet another Central player featuring in this year's Middleton Cup team, Will Campion, paired up with Graham Morbey in the Pairs and fought a close to be 111-12 down after 14 ends. Things changed remarkably as they then took a six, a five and a four on consecutive ends to put the game beyond doubt, sucring a 32-13 win, which ensured an overall win for Cenral.

The Four of Chick Boyd, Nick Spencer, Andy Wilkin and Keith McNeil were always in control looking comfortable at 18-8 with five ends to go, but a spirited recovery by the Mills made it look closer, getting back to 16-20 down before Keith's men finished strongly, reasserting their authroity by winning the final two ends and finishing 26-16 winners.

Central's only defeat was in the Triples where Tom McKenna, Bob Joiner and Nigel Galletly were up against a very in-form Paul Robbins who had some telling woods that Nigel couldn't quite match, losing 14-20.

Overall a 4-1 victory gaining sweet revenge for the League defeat and moving on to play either South Oxford or local rivals Banbury Borough in the next round.


Women's National Top Club.

Central played Oxford Cioty & County in rainy conditions down at Oxford on Monday night.

In a closely fought contest the team came away with a 2.5 - 1.5 win.

The Pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won comfortably 23-14, the singles was won 21-10 by Carole Galletly.

The Four of June Bone, Jenny Williams, Mary Tee and Mo Cox were under pressure from the start from a strong City & County rink skipped by current international Kath Hawes, supported by International Team Manager Gail Gilkes. They lost their game so it was all down to the triples to decide the match.

Central's Eloise Jones, Sue Waring and Helen Young kept it close throughout and managed to draw the game 16 all. to give Cenral the half point needed for the win.

Well done everyone. 

The club had a mixed bag of results this week.

On the bad side - an avalanche of a defeat for the 'A' team away to Headington, a more appealing result for the 'B' team in their home victory against Chadlington and continuing success by our ladies league side away to West Witney.


The 'A' team rink results saw Ian and Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil produce the closet result losing 13-23.

Alan Carter, Paul Humphris, Mike Andrew and Will Campion also picked up 13 shots but conceded 30.

Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe, Keith Williams and Nigel Galletly lost 11-32, whilst Jim Gow, Lionel Lewis, a certain A.N. Other and Lee Young went down 12-27.


The 'B' team shared the rinks 2 each but took the game 75-58, with the 29-7 victory by Tony Lawford, new member Alan Roche, Graham Tilbury and Tom McKenna wrapping up the points.

Central other winning rink was John Hart, Terry Ulph, and  the two Ronnies, Havard and Cox, 20-16.


In the ladies league game at West Witney, Gill Sharpe, June Bone, Sue Waring and Mo Cox looked set for a win before dropping a five on the last end and sharing the points with an 18-18 scoreline.

Kay Oliver, Jane Williams, Myra Lewis and Pam Shepherd had to play second best, going down 13-27.


Jenny Williams, Jil Hart, Helen Young and Caroline Campion trounced their opposition 26-7 to tie up the game with a 57-52 overall scoreline andCentral returning home with a 7points to 3 victory.


The local friendly at Byfield was also a success for Central with a 87-67 win.

Jim Gow, Jill Hart and Terry Ulph won in style 30-10 as did Jane Williams, Ian Gilbert and Keith Williams 19-8.

Mike Hughes playing with on song Eloise Jones nd Tony Lawford recovered after a drinks break to record an 18-10 win.

Central two other rinks treated their hosts more kindly with Jenny Williams, Luke Gilbert and Sue Waring losing 13-19 and Kay Oliver, John Hart and John Pardoe being over generous losing7-20.

The warm welcome by the hosts was certainly returned by a hot Central performance.


The ladies had a resounding win in the midweek league at home against the Carterton/Burford side, 85-37.

Mo Cox, Jill Hart, Annie Gilkes and Caroline Campion moved into the lead on the third end and from 15-7 after eleven ends continued to control the game to win 21-12.

On the rink of Myra Lewis, Gill Sharpe, Pam Shepherd skipped by Anne Norton it was one way traffic from the start with them leading 16-0 after only seven ends. The visitors did score 5 shots over the next two ends but the traffic direction went back to Central who score on the remaining 12 ends, for a final score of 38-5.

The third rink of Bev McNeil, Jane Williams, Helen Young and skip Carole Galletly also shot out of the blocks going 17-2 up after eight ends and then winning the remaining thirteen ends 9-8 for an 26-10 win.


The men's "A" team at home to Watlington found the visitors too strong and  slumped to a 68-98 (0-6) defeat, losing on all rinks.

Ian Gilbert, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Keith McNeil lost 14-23.

Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe, Mike Andrew and Ian Whelpton folowed suit losing 14-28.

Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow, Lionel Lewis and Lee Young put up a more spirited performance before losing 20-25, whilst Central's final rink of Alan Carter, Paul Humphris, Nigel Galletly and Will Campion fought back tremendously from a drastic first half to just lose out on 20-22.


The "B" team had better fortune in their away game against Headington "B" winning by one shot and sharing the points at 3 each.

Bob Rogers, Eric Trinder, Roy Wilkins and Mal Leather never recovered from two bad ends in the middle of the game and lost 15-30.

John Hart, Terry Ulph, Ron Havard and skip Ron Cox contested a tight game which saw their hosts edge away in the finals leaving the central lads going down 14-18.

Tony Lawford, Graham Tilbury, Keith Williams and Tom McKenna trailed for most of their match finally losing 14-21.

And then, lo and behold, along came the cavalry in the guise of John Bone, Eric Knowles, Ed Creed and Jim Pickering who galloped home with a 35-8 win and in the process collecting all of the three Central points.


Sunday's mixed game away to Witney Town saw the Central team win on three of the four rink to take the game 84-66.

Eloise Jones, Jim Gow, Sue Waring and Keith Williams won 24-14.

John Bone, Randy Chaney, June Bone and Pam Shepherd also won 24-14.

Kay Oliver, Jane Williams, John Pardoe and Paul Humphris won 20-15.

Jenny Williams, Graham Tilbury, Ron Havard and Terry Ulph lost 16-23





Banbury Central will be represented at Leamington in August in the Bowls England National Women's Fours after Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion reached the Final of the Oxfordshire Women's Fours.


In the quarter-final, Campion's four faced Maureen Osborne's rink from Banbury Borough. After 21 ends the game took a dramatic twist with the scores level and the resulting extra end needed to find the winners. With the Borough women having taken the jack, Campion, with the final wood of the extra end in hand was shot down. As her draw wood came to a halt the shot had changed to Central, 17-16 and a place in the afternoons semi-finals beckoned.


In their semi final they found themselves up against the Oxford City & County rink of Carol Gaskins, current Bowls England Women's Singles champion Donna Knight, England International Kathy Hawes and Bowls England Senior Women's Manager Gail Gilkes.

The Central women took it in their stride, chalking up a 14 shot victory 26-12.


Their opponents in the Final played over the weekend of 29th/30 July will be the West Witney rink of Maggie Miller, Sue Wilson, Jazz Alder and Karen Alder.

Last weeks midweek men's and ladies league teams both had success.

The ladies game on Wednesday evening at home to Witney Town produced a nail biting finish.

Mo Cox, Bev Mcneil, Helen Young and skip Caroline Campion held on for a 14-13 win after their opponents just missed out on a share of the points, picking up a three on the last end.

Myra Lewis, Jenny Williams, Anne Norton and skip Carole Galletly were level at 12-12 with three ends to play, but had no answer to the strong finish by their opponents who collected seven shots without reply to leave leave the Central ladies suffering a 12-19 defeat.

Central's third rink of Gill Hunt, June Bone, Annie Gilkes and Pam Shepherd turned their game around from a 6 shot deficit to pick up 16 shots  to the Witney Town ladies 2 over the last six ends for a 25-17 win and more inportantly an overall match win by two shots.


The men's 'A' team had a more convincing 82-64 win in their Oxfordshire Bowls League game away to South Oxford. 

Allan Hunt, Jim Gow, Lionel Lewis and Lee Young lost a tight game 18-21 in a game of two halves in which they lead at the halfway stage before losing out in the second.

Stewart Boyd, John Pardoe, Mike Andrew and Ian Whelpton won 19-17 in a game that tight throughout.

Central's third rinkn of Ian Gilbert, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Keith McNeil won overwhelmingly 29-11. This was established by them picking up a 6 on the eigth end and thena 5 on the twelfth.

The fourth and final rink saw Nigel Galletly, easing himself back in at lead after a his recent health scare, backed up by Paul Humphris, Alan Carter and skip Will Campion win their rink 16-15 after conceding a four on the nineteenth end.


Sunday's friendly match with Southam ended in abandonment with four ends left to play and Central leading on all three rinks when a heavy rain storm resulted on soaking not only the players but also the rink.

The deluge had begun.



Banbury Central Ladies won their Quarter final of the County Top Club with a convincing 3-1 victory over South Oxford B.
Pam Shepherd got Central off to a great start winning the singles 21-2.  Mo Cox and Eloise Jones won a very tight pairs match 18-16, whilst a very strong finish by the triple of Annie Gilkes, Jenny Williams and Gill Sharpe gave them a 19-10 victory. Helen Young, with Melody Sykes, Jane Williams and June Bone fought back well from an early deficit in the Fours before finally losing 14-18.
Central Ladies now play away against Shiplake Village Ladies in the semi-final on 19th June.
Bank Holiday Monday saw the playing of the annual Godden Cup under cloudy skies. A chilly breeze and a quick firm green made for some interesting bowling.

Ten pairs played 5 games each of 5 end 3 wood pairs followed by semi-finals and a final.

Jenny & Keith Williams and Carole & Nigel Galletly both convincingly won their respective sections and then won through to the final where Carole & Nigel came out on top. If the sun had made an appearance it would have been a great day. The 3 wood format proved just about the right amount of bowling and will be repeated in future years.

Black Section
June & John Bone 4 points / 0 shots
Melody Sykes & Mal Leather 4 points / +4 shots
Angie Price & Graham Tilbury 0 points / -16 shots
Carole & Nigel Galletly 8 points / +8 shots
Eloise Jones & Will Campion 4 points / +7 shots

Red Section
Jane Williams & Graham Morbey 2 points / -10 shots
Jenny & Keith Williams 8 points / +8 shots
Anne Norton & Terry Ulph 4 points / -14 shots
Helen & Lee Young 4 points / +5 shots
Jill & John Hart 2 points / +3 shots

Semi Finals
Carole & Nigel 9 - 0 Helen & Lee
Jenny & Keith 5 - 3 Eloise & Will

Carole & Nigel 9 - 3 Jenny & Keith

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