Central players had another busy day on the green on Saturday, with the men travelling to Iver Heath at the bottom end of the M40 for the National Club Two Fours competition and the women playing in the Quarters and Semi finals of the County Singles competition at Banbury Chestnuts.

 

In the Two Fours the rink of Alan Carter, Bob Joiner, Keith McNeil and ship Will Campion found their range after the first couple of ends and went ahead on the 4th end, to stay just in front for the rest of the game to win 18-14. Central's other rink of Lee Young, Andy Wilkin, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly got off to a good start winning the first five ends and then like Central's other rink, stayed in front for the rest of the game and also finishing 4 shots in front on 20-16.

Their next game is at home against Bletchley.

 

Central had 3 representatives in the Women's County Singles quarter finals, Mo Cox, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

Mo won her game against Watlington's Katie Glenn 21-20, Carole 21-18 against Carterton's Wendy Sandy and Caroline recovered from a 9 shot deficit to beat Wendy Cross from the Shiplake Village club 21-19.

With three of the four semi-finalists being Central bowlers, the club was guaranteed a finalist, but also guaranteed that one of them was going to go home disappointed. The unfortunate semi pairing saw Mo and Caroline doing battle in a closely fought game on a tricky rink with Caroline taking her place in the final, winning 21-16.

Carole's semi-final opponent was none other than Oxford City & County's England International, Katherine Hawes and the pair produced a good contest which went the way of Carole 21-12, ensuring that Central will have the 2019 Women's County Singles Champion.

 

 

Banbury Central Women had a busy weekend on the green and enjoyed success in the Quarter and Seni Finals of both the Triples and Fours.

 

Saturday's Triples were hosted by the Shiplake Village club and in the morning Quarter final Central's triple of Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 27-9 against Cynthia Bryant's Charlbury triple.

The afternoon's semi-final against  Katherine Hawes' Oxford City & County team produced a much tighter game on a tricky rink with Central taking a final spot with a 22-18 win.

 

The Saturday trio, joined by Pam Shepherd travelled to Chipping Norton for Sunday's Fours Quarter and Semi finals. Their opponents in the mornings Quarter final were none other than fellow Central bowlers Gill Hunt, Jenny Williams, Gill Sharpe and Sue Waring who found their clubmates too hot to handle, losing 5-25.

The semi final brought Galletly, Shepherd, Young and Campion up against the Watlington rink skipped by Emma Gilkes with the Banbury rink moving into the final on the back of a 27-13 victory.

 

The successful Triple and Four will contest the County finals at the end of July, with this weekends achievements having also qualified them for the respective competitions at the National Championships at Leamington Spa at the beginning of August.

Saturday mornings Ladies County Fours final at the Oxford City and County club saw Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion up against Jeanette Berry's City and County four. In a keenly contested game played in tricky conditions, the Central girls made a spirited comback before losing out to their opponents 19-24.

The afternoon Triples final was an all Central affair with Carole, Helen and Caroline playing against fellow clubmates, Mary Tee, Sue Waring and Mo Cox, proving to be too and taking the title with a 21-8 scorleine.

 

The remaining finals, due to played on the Sunday, were cancelled beacause of the poor weather conditions and have been rearranged to take place on Saturday 4th August, starting at 9am at the Oxford City & County club.

 

Last week's League games saw the "A" team play their rearranged fixture against Headington "A" at home on the Tuesday evening. Despite a strong showing in their top of the table clash Central lost by three rinks to one, but with a scoreline of 67-68. So near yet so far. Ian and Luke Gilbert, Les Campion and Will Campion lost 20-21, Chick Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkins and Keith McNeil lost 11-16 and Lee Young, Nick Spencer, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly lost 11-18. Central's winning rink of Dave Boneham, Mal Leather, Eric Trinder and skip Tom McKenna won 25-13.

 

The "B" team added ppoints and shots to their campaign to keep out of the relegation area with a home win against bottom club Oxford City & County "B", with a win on all four rinks for a 92-45 scoreline.

John Bone, Graham Tilbury, Ron Havard and Eric Trinder won 18-12. John Hart, Tony Smith, Jim Gow and Keith Williams won 20-16. Dave Boneham, Bob Wilkins, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna won 34-5 and finally, John Pardoe, Tony Carey, Ron Cox and Jim Pickering won 20-12.

 

On Wednesday evening, the ladies league team put their shock defeatto Carterton & Burford by responding with a strong performance at home against West Witney, winning 56-44 and collecting 8 valuable points.

Jenny Williams, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 16-11. Eloise ones, Jane Williams, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly won 29-12. Mary Tee, Ann Norton, Mo Cox and Sue  Waring lost 11-21.

 

Earlier in the week, the ladies beat Leamington in a friendly at Horton View by 75-54 in a four rink triples match.

Eloise Jones, Tizzy Mueck and Pam Shepherd won 21-15, whilst Mo Cox, Bev McNeil and Sue Waring and also the triple of Jenny Williams, Jane Williams and Carole Galletly both won 20-11.June Bone, Mary Tee and Ann Norton lost 14-17.

 

In the mixed friendly away to Little Compton and played in very dry and warm conditions, Central lost 3 rinks to 1 with  a scoreline of 55-63. Jenny Williams, Dave Davies, Ian Gilbert and Keith Williams lost 11-16, Kay Oliver, Angie Price, Sue Winter and Graham Tilbury lost 14-17 and John Bone, Like Gilbert, Andy Winter and Paul Humphris lost 12-18. Cenral's winning rink at 18-12 was Eloise Jones, Tony Lawford, June Bone and Jim Gow.

 

Tony Allcock Trophy.

Central were involved in the later stages of the Tony Allcock Trophy on Monday evening against Stroud BC with the game being played on the neutral green of the Broadway BC in Worcestershire. The prize for the winner was a place in the last 8 of the competition, to be played at the end of the National Championships at Leamington.

The rink of Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Tom McKenna and Nogel Galletly were involved in a close contest but found themselves 10-19 downwith 6 ends left to play.They managed to close the deficit to 2 shots, losing 18-20.

The other rink of Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil were invloved in another close game, with the scores all square going into the last end. They managed to take the two shots to make it a draw and they were the rink that had to play the extra end. This was p;layed in semi darkness with Graham scooping up the jack to take the shot away from Stroud. Central held on to the shot to win the game and to book their place at Leamington on September 1st.

 

Central's women had three pairings involved in this weekend's County Pairs Quarter and Semi-finals which were held on Saturday at the Thame bowling club. In their morning quarter-final, the pairing of Mo Cox and Sue Waring came up against a strong duo from the City & County club who had previously lifted the National Pairs title and proved to be too strong for them. The other two pairs representing the club were unfortunately drawn against each other in their quarter and in a closely fought contest, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion came out on top against Eloise Jones and Pam Shepherd winning 17-9. In their semi-final Carole and Caroline had a comfortable 27-3 win against the Under 25 Watlington pairing of Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes who had reached the semi-final after making a tremendous fight back in their quarter, forcing and extra end which they went on to win. 

Caroline has now qualified for four County finals and thereby four visits to Leamington in August. 

 

The Men's County finals took place on Sunday at the West Witney club with Central having representation in the Fours with Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion. Their opponents, playing on their home green, were Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder who always had the edge, eventually winning 21-11.

The Central lads now look forward to their visit to the Natonal's finals at Leamington after the ladies have completed their endeavours.

 

This year, for the first time, all four members of the Campion family will be representing their County at Leamington with father and son Les and Will Campion having qualified for the Men's Fours, whilst Caroline Campion and daughter Helen Young will be contesting the Women's Fours and Triples.

 

We wish every success to all the Central bowlers who will be making their way to Leamington. Check the dates and go and support them.

 

In the Oxfordshire Bowls League the men's 'A' team continued their recent formwith an emphatic 5.5-.5points win away at nearby Kidlington. Keith McNeil with Chick Boyd, Andy Winter and Andy Wilkin top scored for Central with a 21-6 win.

Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Will Campion won 22-11, whilst Michael Andrew with Ian Whelpton, Ian Gilbert and Les Campion won five of the last 6 ends to come back and win 24-16. The only blemish was on the rink of Nigel Galletly with Lee Young, Nick Spencer and Bob Joiner who also staged a second half recovery to draw 18-18.

 

Not to be outdone, the 'B' team won their home fixture against Blackbird Leys 4-2. The lost points were down to the rinks of Eric Trinder 11-19 and Mal Leather 15-17. Jim Pickering's four won 15-13 and Tom McKenna's men grabbed the match points for Central with a resounding 23-5 victory.

 

In the National Mixed Over 60's Tony Allcock trophy, Central's double rink travelled down to Marlow in Buckinghamshire for the area Semi-final and came away with a 46-34 victory. Eloise JOnes, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 23-14 and Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 23-20. Central now play Stony STratford in the Area Final.

 

Central's women were still flying high last weekend, winning their County Top Club sem-final against Shiplake Village.

They received a great start by Helen Young, comfortably winning 21-7 in the singles.

The triple of Gill Hunt, Bev McNeil and Mary Tee were involved in a close game, but the 6 picked up by them on the penultimate end proved very decisive in their 20-14 win.

Eloise Jones, and Sue Waring were involved in another close tussle in the pairs but managed to hold to win 21-20.

Jenny Williams, Jane Williams, Gill Sharpe and Anne Norton were narrowly beaten 15-19 in the fours.

 

Witney Town will provide Central's opposition in the final which will be played at Shiplake Village on September 2nd.  

Tuesday the 26th saw Central gain revenge in their friendly home fixture against local rivals Adderbury for the drubbing the 'B' team had recently received in the league. All four rinks went in our favour for a 80-37 shot scoreline. Five days after the longest day of the year amidst the hottest and sunniest period of fine weather for a long time, the game was played over 18 ends. How soon the nights start drawing in.

The scorelines were as follows.

Eloise Jones, Jill Hart, Andy Winter and Mal Leather beat Yvonne Twomey, Pete Briggs, Graham Tyrell and Chris Twomey 24-7.

Ray Puddle, Tery Humphreys, Jim Gow and Sue Waring beat Dennis Roberts, Peter Wells, Cliff Hall and David Salter 25-7.

Sue Winter, Tony Lawford, Jane Wiliams and Bob Joiner beat Bill Dowling, Dave Watson, Chris Holmes and Malcolm Brown 16-13.

John Hart, Jackie Humphreys, Tony Carey and Tom McKenna beat Tony Collett, Dave Drinkwater, Dave Allington and Bryan Ogilvie 15-10.

 

The West Oxfordshire ladies league produced another win for Central at Hanborough, despits losing on two of the three rinks. The storming 22 shot win on Caroline Campion's rink ensured Central took the overall score 52-42 and the accompanying four points.

Jenny Williams, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 30-8.

Eloise Jones, June Bone, Mary Tee and Sue Waring lost 11-16.

Jill Hart, Sue Winter, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly lost 11-18.

 

With the Men's 'A' team on stand down, the Central Men's 'B' team travelled to Headington to play their high flying 'B' team. The visit was not as successful as on the two previous occasions, this time being crushed by 77shots to 46 and only managing to pick up 1 point from the 19-12 win on the rink of John Bone, Bob Wilkins, Jim Gow and Eric Trinder.

Ron Havard, Ray Puddle, Paul Humphris and Jim Pickering lost 13-18.

Dave Boneham, Graham Tilbury, Tony Smith and Tom McKenna lost 5-28.

John Hart, Bob Rogers, Keith Wiliams and Mal Leather lost 9-19.

 

Saturday and Sunday saw Central's women enjoying success in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the County Triples and Singles. 

In Saturday's Triples, held at Chipping Norton BC, Mary Tee, Pam Shepherd and Sue Waring took the morning quarter's against Jeanette Berry's Oxford City & County trio 20-11, whilst their fellow Central threesome,in the other half of the draw, Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won their game against Maggie Alderson's South Oxford side 18-13.

In the afternoon semi's, Waring's team had a good win against the Oxford City & County triple skipped by Carol Gaskins, who conceded with two ends remaining.

Central's other semi finalists came up against England International, Katherine Hawes and her City & County team mates, booking a place in the final, going one shot better with an 18-12 win.

With both triples having made the finals at the end of July, the club is sure of the winner and runner-up in the Triples County Championship which is played at the end of July

 

In Sunday's singles, played at the Witney Town club, Caroline Campion had a convincing win in the morning quarter's, 21-2 against Banbury Borough's Margaret Morris. Her afternoon semi-final opponent was none other than the skip she had been victorious over in the triples, Katherine Hawes. Following on from her morning success, Caroline proceeded on her way to a final place with a 21-5 win. In the final she will meet Karen Galloway from the Oxford City & Couny club.

 

The National Championships which will start at Royal Leamington Spa at the beginning of August will feature both the Central triples and Caroline in the singles.

 

By then the nights will have started to draw in.

 

 

 

 

 

Club Coach Alan Carter will be providing some more Bowls Coaching sessions at the end of the season.

 

Bowls Coaching will be available on the Friday evenings of August 25th and the 1st and 15th September, from 6pm - 8pm at the Banbury Central Bowls Club, Horton View (behind the Tennis Courts). 

 

The cost will be £2.00 per session. Just turn up on the night, wearing flat shoes (no heels).

 

All are welcome, but no unaccompanied youngsters please.

 

The Bar will be open and you are welcome to sit and enjoy a drink on the patio afterwards.

Here are the timings for the first games for our ladies who have reached the National Championships and National Competitions at Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club, Victoria Park, Archery Road. Leamington Spa, CV31 3PT

If you drive up parking is available in the park itself. Parking is £5.00 per day or you can purchase a book of 5 tickets for £20 (£4.00 a day), available at the gate when you enter the park.

if you don't want to drive let the train take the strain from Banbury station.

 

I am sure the games will be anything but a stroll. We wish them all the best.

 

If you can, go and give them your support.

 

First game times are:

 

Sunday August 6th 9.30am. Senior Pairs; Myra Lewis & Brenda Havard, "E" green, Rink 5.

 

Monday August 7th 2.00pm. Fours; Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young & Caroline Campion, "D" green, Rink 2.

 

Saturday August 12th 12.30pm. Senior Singles; Carole Galletly, "B" green, Rink 4.

 

Saturday August 12th 9.30am. Sutton Winson Trophy; Luke Gilbert

 

Thursday August 17th 9.30am. Pairs; Myra Lewis  & Helen Young, "C" green, Rink 5.

 

Wednesday August 23rd 9.30am. Senior Fours; Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly & Caroline Campion, "D" green, Rink 3.

 

Friday September 1st. Mixed Fours; Carole Galletly.

 

 

 

 

 

We nearly had the perfect week with the girl's again in sparkling form in both the West Oxfordshire League and the County Top Club Trophy.

 

The girls certainly have produced a glorious run this season, beating Carterton/Burford this week,61-34. This resulted from three good rinks once again, with excellent performances from, Helen,Eloise,Jenny Gill, Pam, Bev, Jill, Anne, Mo, Mel, June and Mary.

 

The County Top Club found Mo defeated in the singles by one shot, whilst Mary and Pam won the pairs.

In the triples it was a win for Eloise, Myra and Helen followed by a win in the fours for Jill, Bev, Sue and Anne to book a place in the final against Shiplake Village in August.

 

As Hannibal said in the TV series "I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER", applied to the mens "A" team in the Oxfordshire Bowls League when they produced the right result against basement boys South Oxford "A" winning 87-65 and collecting a valuable 5 points in the process.

Will's rink had a thumping 30-12 win and it was nice to see Keith's rink at last get the rub of the green to help to snatch a one shot win, 15-14. Mick's rink provided another point with their 25-17 victory, whilst Nigel's rink just missed out on a perfect result going under 17-22.

 

The "B" team's two shot defeat away to Hanbourough proves how close it is in their division behing runaway leaders Charlbury. Jim Pickering's rink won 23-14 and Tom McKenna's rink won by the closest margin 16-15. Ron's four drew 15-15 but unfortunately for Central, Mal's rink lost 13-25, which left the host's two shots in front  on 69-67 and a points result in their favour of 3.5 to Central's 2.5.

 

An exciting week for the club resulted in another heavy win for the ladies. Both mens league teams gained valuable league points. But the ‘A’ team relegation fight will go to the wire.

The ‘B’ team drew and intriguingly the way it’s going in this division makes good copy for all to read.

The friendly home game was against Chandos Park, what a difference a week can make a 27 shot win followed by a 40 shot defeat. You win some, you loose some. A bad day at the office.

The scores in all games as follows: Ladies first: Carole Galletly, Jenny Williams, Anne Norton and Mary Tee - a game of two halves, from 10-2 down to win 18-15.

Caroline Campion, Myra Lewis, Jane Williams and Helen Young a convincing win 29-8.

Pam Shepherd, Eloise Jones, June Bone and Mo Cox another big win 22-13. This gave an overall total 69 to central and 36 to Witney Town.

The ‘A’ team away against West Witney saw wins for Nigel Galletly, Jim Gow, Bob Joiner and Lionel Lewis by 27-19 and also Will Campion, Alan Carter, Paul Humphris and Lee Young by 18-16.

Defeats on the other rinks for Ian Whelpton, Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe and Michael Andrew 10-23, and likewise for Keith Mcneill, Ian and Luke Gilbert with Graham Morbey 17-21. The overall result going 4-2 to West Witney.

The ‘B’ team against Bicester, resulted in a big win for Tom McKenna, Alan Roche, Graham Tilbury and Keith Williams 34-12.

Three defeats in other rinks for Ron Cox, John Hart, Terry Ulph and Ron Havard 18-24.

Ed Creed, John Bone, Paul Dobson and Tony Smith 16-26, also Mal Leather, Tony Lawford, Eric Trinder and Bob Wilkins 19-20, thanks to the cracking winning rink score they held on overall to win 87-82 shots giving the result 3-3.

The friendly home to the Buckingham based club, three triple defeats, Keith Williams, Sue Winter and Eloise Jones 11-21. Terry Ulph, Andy Winter and Jenny Williams 16-20.

The biggest defeat included myself with June Bone and Jill Hart 8-36, sorry ladies I could not see the woods for trees.

Well done Nigel Galletly, Pete Buzzard and Ron Havard a win 21-19
 

This weekend saw the final stages of the Women's County Pairs played at Oxford City & County BC in sometimes demanding conditions.

Banbury Central was represented by the pairs of Myra Lewis & Helen Young, and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

Both teams progressed through the quarter finals in the morning by winning against teams from Eitney Town and West Witney by 5 and 7 shots respectively.

in the afternoon unfortunately they were drawn to play against each other. Myra and Helen came out winners in a closely contested game which was all square with one end to play.

Congratulations to all Banbury Central players who have qualified for the final stages of the National Championships, which will be held at Leamington in August. Well done for getting so far and good luck next month.

 

Qualifiers are:

Women's National Pairs, Myra Lewis and Helen Young.

Women's National Fours, Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion.

Women's Senior Singles, Carole Galletly.

Women's Senior Pairs. Myra Lewis and Brenda Havard.

Women's Senior Fours, Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

Oxfordshire Under 31's Amy Rose team, Helen Campion.

 

A win and a defeat in the league in two close matches and a resounding win in the return mixed fixture away to Southam, this was a more than satisfactory return for everyone's contribution.

 

The 'A' teams 4-2 win at home to a strong Carterton team certainly eased the relegation fears. The two clubs shared the four rinks but by virtue of the shots difference of 80-71 we claimed the win bonus.

The rinks went as follows: Will Campion skipped the first rink alongside Paul Humphris, Lee Young and Jim Gow winning by the nine shot margin that claimed the bonus, finishing 25-15.

 

Ian Whelpton skipping the second rink of Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe and Mike Andrew also had a good win 22-17.

 

Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Bob Joiner and Lionel Lewis despite holding the edge coming into the finishing straight went down 16-20.

 

Keith McNeil's rink of father and son Ian and Luke Gilbert alongside Club President Graham Morbey never had the rubof the green for long periods but nearly grabbed a draw on the final end, going down by 18-19.

 

The 'B' team suffered defeat away against Division three winning favourites Charlbury by 2-4 who took the win bonus with a 76-69 scoreline.

 

Central's rink scores were:

Bob Wilkins, Graham Tilbury, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna 19-18.

 

Ron Havard, Ed Creed, Ron Cox and Jim Pickering 19-16.

 

John Bone, Bob Roberts, Tony Smith and Eric Trinder 17-19.

 

John Hart, Tony Lawford, Terry Ulph and Keith Williams 14-23.

 

The Sunday friendly away to Southam, unlike the heavy rain affected home fixture last month, was a sweltering success with the weather, food and scoreline, Central taking the game 94-67.

 

Rink details were:

John Bone, Sue Winter, Paul Humphris and Terry Ulph, 24-18.

 

Jenny Williams, Andy Winter, June Bone and Ian Gilbert, 23-17.

 

John & Jill Hart, Ron Havard and Keith Williams, 22-18.

 

Jim Gow, Jane Williams, 'black eyed" author Mike Hughes and Pam Shepherd, 25-14. A personal thanks to them for pulling me through the two hour plus.

 

 

 

On Thursday Banbury Central A visited Division I's bottom club Shiplake Village at the other end of the county.

Due to distance, holidays and work commitments Central had a much weakened side but they still managed an excellent 5-1 victory relegating Shiplake to Division II for next season in the process.
 
Will Campion with Alan Carter, Jim Gow and Lionel Lewis won 26-8 and Nigel Galletly with John Pardoe, Luke Gilbert and Paul Humphris won 30-15. Les Campion with Allan Hunt and Mike Andrew also won 21-14 (reduced to 15.75-14 by the absent player rule) but Ian Whelpton's rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil lost 16-25.
 
Central now move up to third place in the league with two games to play.
 
In the Hawker Cup Banbury Central A also recorded a good win against Witney Town A moving them through into the quarter final. The Home rink of Chick Boyd, Mike Andrew , Les Campion and Ian Whelpton won 19-14 and the Nigel Galletly's Away rink of Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow and Keith McNeil were winning 21-17 at 20 ends when the result from Banbury came through and Witney Town conceded the match.

 

In the latest round of the National Womens Top Club Banbury Central had a good win against West Witney winning 4-0.

Carole Galletly won the Singles 21-5 against Sheila Oldham.  Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won the Pairs convincingly 34-6 against Rachel MacIntyre.  

Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Brenda Havard won 20-11 in the Triples against Jazz Alder and Melody Sykes, Anne Norton, Annie Gilkes and Mo Cox won 20-9 in the Fours against Barbara Thorne.

They have now reached the Inter County phase and will be playing the winners of Bucks on Wednesday 24th August at Thame Bowls Club.
 
While the Central B team had a rest for their bye, this week saw Central A at home to Witney Mills who were fighting possible relegation from the top tier. A win for Mills would have put Central back in the demotion battle.
 
Will Campion with John Pardoe, Jim Gow and Graham Morbey won 23-18 and Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Keith Williams and Paul Humphris won 18-14. Les Campion's rink of Allan Hunt, Lionel Lewis and Mike Andrew had a tight match against a strong Mills four and lost on the last end 19-20. The final rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles, Keith McNeil and Ian Whelpton finished strongly picking up 8 shots in the last three ends to only lose 18-21 and secure the match win for Central by 78-73.
 
The 4-2 result puts Central 6.5 points clear of Witney Mills with a game in hand over their opposition and virtually secures Central place in Division One next year.

 

Banbury Central travelled over the border to Southam in South Warwickshire for a return fixture against our local rivals.

Keith Williams with Jim Gow, Jill Hart and Terry Ulph won 26-10, Jonny Pardoe with Jenny Williams, John Hart and Graham Tilbury won 20-10. On the Captain's rink Nigel Galletly with Kay Oliver, Alison Brocklehurst and Ian Gilbert won 17-15.

The overall result of 63-35 was similar to the earlier home result so Central claim the honours for 2016.
 
Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion and Pam Shepherd and Annie Gilkes are through to the ladies pairs national finals at Leamington in August following their semi final wins today at Banbury Borough.

In the quarter finals Galletly and Campion swept aside Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson (Oxford City & County) 28-7 and then beat last years national pairs champions Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) 24-15 in the semi final to book their place in the national finals.

Shepherd and Gilkes beat Jean Webb and Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 25-13 in the quarter final before edging past Helen Skidmore and Rachel Macintyre (West Witney) 19-16 in the semi final.

 

With a much weakened side Banbury Central 'A' visited Carterton on Thursday for a second place battle in Division 1 and unfortunately came away well beaten.

Keith McNeil with Chick Boyd, Allan Hunt and Graham Morbey were the only successful rink convincingly winning 26-9.

Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin and Lee Young narrowly lost their rink by 1 but with the penalty for an absent player the score finished 15-21.

Will Campion with 12 year old debutant Luke Gilbert, Lionel Lewis and Paul Humphris lost 10-21 and Les Campion with Dave Green, Ian Gilbert and Mike Andrew lost 11-23. The overall result of 1-5 leaves Central most likely looking for at best a third place in the league this year.

 

Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion have booked a place at Leamington following Saturday's quarter and semi finals of the ladies triples.

In their Quarter- Final they warmed up with a 23-12 win against Oxford City & County's Jacky Gray and her triple, then followed on in the afternoon with an even more comfortable victory, 25-5 against Yvonne Hodkinson's triple from Witney Town.
 
On Sunday 19th June the ladies progressed to the final of the BOL Top Club with a 3-1 win away to Shiplake Village BC.

Pam Shepherd convincingly won her Singles 21-6 while Mo Cox with Eloise Jones won the Pairs 24-16.
Annie Gilkes, Sue Waring and Gill Hunt lost out 12-18 in the Triples but a 22-15 win in the Fours by Anne Norton, June Bone, Jane Williams and Melody Sykes took our girls into the Final.

 
Five days after their success in the BOL Top Club, another 3-1 scoreline, this time at home against Oxford City & County saw our ladies move into the second round of the Womens National Top Club Competition.

Pam Shepherd joined Caroline Campion in the Pairs where they recorded a good 25-16 win which was added to by the Triple of Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Brenda Havard who took a close game 19-15. An even closer victory was achieved by Carole Galletly in the Singles 21-20. A full house was denied us by a strong City & County four who won 21-10 against Melody Sykes, Sue Waring, Anne Norton and Annie Gilkes.

The second round game is at home against West Witney on Sunday 17th July.
 
Banbury Central A continued their recovery in the Bridle Oxford & District Division One with a home game against third place Oxford City & County A.

Once again Les Campion's rink of Graham Morbey, Ian Gilbert and Mike Andrew top scored with a 25-14 win. Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow and Lee Young won 21-16 and Will Campion's rink of Alan Carter, Dave Green and Paul Humphris won 28-25. The final rink led by Ian Whelpton with Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil also won 20-19.

This strong performance quashed any lingering relegation worries and the 6-0 victory lifted Central above City & County in the table. Central are now joint second on 23 points with Carterton.

 

 
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