The Observer Report

Cowes Medina Bowling Club have recently held their Presentation Evening at Cowes Community Club. It was very well attended and Darren Griffith was their Guest of Honour who presented the awards. Darren and his partner Jack Berry reached the finals of the National Pairs this year.

The A Team came runners-up in Division One and were also runners-up in the Ridett Cup and reached the semi-final of the L.C. Guy Shield.

The B Team ended their season in Division One very strongly which meant they kept their place in this league.

The C Team made great progress and finished a creditable fourth in Division Two, only two points behind the eventual winners.

The D Team came runners-up in the afternoon league Division One and also won the Harris Cup.

The Ladies re-enforced their league position and welcomed several new players to their squad.

Fred Sly, the outgoing President of Cowes Medina, thanked all members and wished the Club continued success.

Graham Thorne, Social Secretary, commented, ”We are a Club moving in the right direction. We are attracting new members all the time and are always looking for new bowlers. We are a very sociable club, and will be holding various events to raise Club funds, and also to keep the Club spirit moving forward.”

The photo shows the award winners, along with Fred Sly and Darren Griffith.

Eastbourne 2019

Hi All,

A selection of Tour 2019 Evening Meal Photo’s have been added into the Gallery. If anyone has an further ones to be added then please forward onto Mark or Steve.

The Presentation Evening Awards and Photo’s to follow in due course


Thank You From Graham

Good Morning,

         Just a short message to say a big THANK YOU for making our Presentation Evening such a great success.

          I have thanked Keiron for the use of the Community Club as well as John and his staff for the meal.

          I thought the tables looked lovely, the service was quick and the food was delicious. I have had lots of positive feedback and let’s see if we can increase our numbers even more next year.

          I’d like to thank Brian Knowles, Steve Lewis and Rob Poynter for helping me set the room up on Friday afternoon. A big thank you to Steve and Jacqui Morris for organising the raffle and taking photos of the winners.

          A big thank you once again for your kind donations for the raffle, which made an amazing profit of £150!!

         My apologies to Sharon Hartill and Jacqui Morris AGAIN for accepting two of my trophies!! They didn’t take them home with them, and I have ordered THEIR trophies!

          We are a very friendly, sociable Club and long may this continue. We are planning other social events, and we are hoping to have a Race Night early next year. If any members have any ideas for social events to raise money for our Club, please let me know.

          If I’ve forgotten to thank anyone else, I’m sorry. If I can forget to order two trophies there is a good chance I have!

          Finally if anyone gets any good jokes in their crackers this Christmas, please save them for me.

                                             Take care and HAPPY BOWLING!                                                                 Graham

Presentation Evening

Good Morning,

Washing on the line and the sun is out! Am I dreaming?

An update on our Presentation Evening this coming Friday, October 18th …….

The great news is that 79 people are coming on Friday! That is the highest number we have had attending our Presentation Evening.

It is at Cowes Community Club, 6.30 for 7.00

We have done a seating plan, which will be on the door when you arrive. This is never as easy as it seems, but please enjoy the company of the people on your table.

Inside your place names I have written what you menu choice was, for those who might have forgotten!

The presentation of awards should begin at about 9.00 p.m. Our Guest of Honour is Darren Griffith.

Jacqui Morris has agreed to be our official photographer; we would like to take photographs of individual winners, AND if all winners could get together at the end of the presentation, it would be good to have group photo of all winners. Hopefully we can get this in the County Press.

There will be a raffle at the end of the evening, and any raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any last minute questions please call me.

Thank you for your continued support and let’s make Friday a great success.


C and D Team Report

C Team Report – Division 2

What a Season!!!!! We have finished the Season Joint Second on points but overall Fourth on Aggregate and was by far beyond my wildest expectations. Up until our final Match, we were in a position to finish joint top on points but unfortunately our aggregate score would not have promoted us.This was our Third year in the Division and each year we have improved our position. We have a great Team spirit, our priority is to win, stay relaxed, occasional banter and enjoy the game.

We welcomed two new Members in Mel Mason and Peter Hartill into the Team. Mel proved to be very useful backend player and Peter, who came from Crown Green Bowls (equivalent to Crazy Golf in the Golfing World) proved to be a huge success at Lead.

It was great to see Pat Barsdell back halfway through the season after his hip operation. At the same time, Dave Dawson was lost through injury but made a recovery in time for our last game.

I would like to thank both Roger Hendy (a Team Captain) and Fred Sly (B team Captain) for their co-operation throughout the season, Brian Blenkinsop for ensuring the Green was always prepared and marked out ready to play. To all Members who helped with Teas and Coffees as well as our Loyal Supporters.

D Team Report – Afternoon League – Division 1

It was always going to be tough season after we got promoted last year. However, we managed to finish second which was a great achievement by the Team. Our selection policy for the League Games was to give priority to the players who do not play for the C Team. If available, these players were encouraged to play in Tourist Matches for experience.

For the second year running, the D Team won the Harris Cup against a strong Sandown E Team and won a close match by 5 shots.

Once again, my thanks go to all Members who turned up to support us and who helped with the Teas and Coffees.

Alan Mabey – C and D Team Captain

Tour Fine News

Yes, we are back from the tour and if you weren’t on it then I am sure that you will hear some of the stories at some time! Wrong biases, walking into revolving doors the wrong way, a cowboy walking around Eastbourne late at night and many others.

We decided that the money raised from the fines would go to the Alzheimer’s Society Charity. We raised £200.28, which was a fantastic contribution, and that was without Jackie New! The rumour is that Graham contributed over half of that on his own! Well done to Fred Sly for chasing after us with the box.

However, the President of Leigh Park BC, who hosted us yesterday, always makes his members pay a £1 fine if they are more than 2 metres from the jack at touring games. Goodness knows how much we would have collected in the four games if Fred made us do that!

I am sure that Fred would accept any more contributions before he pays it in.

Harris Cup Winners 2019


A massive congratulations to our D Team who won the Harris Cup on Saturday against a strong Sandown team who kept up the pressure the whole game, but the D Team won in the end.

Alan and the team have asked me to say a big thank you to everyone who came to watch and support them. They felt that it made all the difference to the result.

Captain of The Day – Hazel

Hazel Hall – Captain of the Day at Gildredge

I had the privilege of being Captain for the day at Gildredge Bowling club Eastbourne. We were graciously welcomed and had a great afternoon of bowling and the beer and wine was flowing, also we had to celebrate Graham’s birthday with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’. Top rink was myself, Mel Mason, Pie Green and Graham Thorne who were presented with a mug. The losing rink was John Hall, Steve Morris, Mark Baker and Cate Kidd who unfortunately had the pleasure of ‘Eeyore’ and had a wooden spoon to wear for the duration of the day and until breakfast the following day, also a jumbo pack of playing cards.

If ever I am asked to be captain again, could I please have a captain’s hat fits!


Eastbourne 2019

Cowes Medina Bowling Club are going on Tour this weekend to Eastbourne – 4 Matches – Saffrons, Gildredge, The Parade and Leigh Park. Photo’s and Updates will follow next week.