National Singles success for Moody


Tuesday 24 October saw young Jordan Moody win his first round of the National Singles 21-9 against an experienced Dolphin player, Malcolm Potts. Please check out our Facebook page here for further details.

Winning weekend continues in Top Club

This morning saw the Five Rivers mixed team venture out for its first outing in the National Mixed Top Club competition against a strong and hungry Dolphin side.

The first match to reach a conclusion was the Ladies’ Two Wood Singles with Five Rivers’ Ladies’ Singles Champion, Diane Makepeace, playing Lyn Howard. The match turned out to be a relatively single-sided affair with Lyn running out a 17-8 winner. This match was followed by the Men’s Two Wood Singles with Five Rivers’ Men’s Singles Champion, Jordan Moody, playing regular Open Singles Circuit player, Gary Fountain. The match was a very close affair with the scores stood at 12 a piece after 16 ends. However, a strong end from Gary saw him collect a full count of two on the penultimate end and despite Jordan’s fantastic efforts on the last end, Gary ran out a 15-12 winner.
The mixed pairs saw regular mixed pairs combo Janice Rowe and Tom Warner take on England Ladies International, Julie Leake, and Carl Fountain. A close start saw the score stood at 6-4 to Dolphin after 7 ends. However, a fantastic count of four on the eighth end saw Five Rivers take a narrow lead. However, the lead soon grew and at 10 ends, Janice and Tom were leading 11-6. The game drew close again with the lead cut to 14-11 at 14 ends. However, four unanswered ends saw Five Rivers take the pairs 19-11.

The next match to finish was the mixed fours. This was another close match with the score stood at 7-6 to Five Rivers after 10 ends. A number of good bowls by all in the Five Rivers rink saw them take a 13-10 lead after 16 ends. The seventeenth end was a big turning point with Dolphin holding five shots with Nick’s last bowl to come. A fantastic forehand draw saw Nick draw second bowl and cut the count to one shot. On the last end some good drawing bowls from the Dolphin rink saw the Dolphin foursome holding a crucial and game-changing four shots. However, another good draw from Nick saw him draw right to the jack and trail it three inches, unfortunately three inches too far and Dolphin collected two shots to tie the rink 13-13.

Whilst this was going on the triples match was a very close affair with Five Rivers leading 13-12 after 15 ends. The next end proved to be a real turning point with Dolphin holding a solid two shots, Fraser played a timing bowl down his backhand and lifted the white about two yards to the edge of the rink for two shots. Chris Weekes then had two bowls to draw within a yard and luckily for Five Rivers was slightly heavy on both of them and, with Fraser adding a third, Five Rivers collected a vital three shots. The seventeenth end was an interesting affair for the crowd with Dolphin holding one shot and Five Rivers having three second bowls. Chris elected to drive the jack in the ditch, despite the risk of removing his own bowl and dropping a crucial three shots. However, the drive was slightly off target and removed three bowls but stayed around for the one shot. The last end was an up and down affair with the eventual result being decided by a perfectly weighted bowl from Fraser to get second wood and take the match.Five Rivers now face Bournemouth on Sunday 5 November.

Five Rivers 10 points
Dolphin 6 points

Match scores (Five Rivers teams first):

Ladies’ Two Wood Singles: Diane Makepeace lost to Lyn Howard 17-8
Men’s Two Wood Singles: Jordon Moody lost to Gary Fountain 15-12
Mixed Pairs: Janice Rowe/Tom Warner beat Julie Leake/Carl Fountain 19-11
Mixed Triples: Janice Bull/Graham House/Fraser Boynton beat Sally Williamson/Clive Truscott/Chris Weekes 16-14
Mixed Fours: Ann Hindley/Ros Corke/Jamie Reynolds/Nick Revell drew with Anthony Hobby/Ann Warner/Penny Cresswell/Les Manning 13-13

Success for Men in Denny Cup


On Saturday 21 October the 16-strong men’s team faced Riverside in the first round of the National Denny Cup competition. With the Riverside green running at a considerably slower pace than Five Rivers’ carpet, it looked to be a tough match with the eight players playing at Riverside knowing they needed to keep the away scores tight.

At 5 ends Five Rivers led 22-17 overall due to strong starts from the home rink skipped by Jamie Reynolds (9-1) and away rink skipped by Fraser Boynton (5-2). Tom Warner’s rink playing at Riverside struggled over the first 5 ends suffering an 11-15 deficit, after dropping a 6 and a 5 on the first two ends.

At 10 ends the gap of 5 shots remained with the overall scores sitting at 41-36 with the two home rinks winning 10-4 and 13-8 respectively and Fraser’s away rink winning 10-7, however’s Tom rink continued to slip with a score line of 17-8 down after 10 ends. The gap closed even more with the overall score at 15 ends 58-57 to Five Rivers. However, at 18 ends Five Rivers were trailing 70-66, the first time they had been behind in the match – this was a combination of Tom’s rink trailling 28-15, Dennis’ rink drawing 15-15 and Fraser’s rink trailing 15-12. However, Jamie’s rink at home had pulled it together and were winning 24-12 at 18 ends.

Over the final three ends the Five Rivers team showed real strength and team spirit with Tom’s team rallying to reduce the deficit on the rink to 29-20 and Dennis’ rink at home winning the final three ends 7-1 to produce a final score of 22-16. Fraser’s team led into the last end 18-15, but after two brilliant bowls by Chris Ralph to secure a three left the rink score 18-18. Jamie’s rink contined on their impressive streak securing a 24-15 win.

Five Rivers 84 – Riverside 79 (Five Rivers teams first):

Home Rinks

Jim Stanford, Bob Hayes, Graham House, Dennis Shipp vs A Moore won 22-16
Mike Crane, Jack Stone, Brian Merritt, Jamie Reynolds vs R Snook won 24-16

Away Rinks

Rich Hindley, Ron Thompson, Jordan Moody, Tom Warner vs E Bates lost 20-29
Allan Wilson, Mike Stock, Ashley Plumb, Fraser Boynton drew 18-18

Five Rivers now face the winner of Banister Park and Atherley in the next round on Saturday 4 November.

Players selected to represent Wiltshire in Liberty Trophy


Six players from Five Rivers have been selected to represent Wiltshire in their upcoming Liberty Trophy match against Oxfordshire on Saturday 28 October at Westlecot BC, Swindon. The Liberty Trophy is a 24 player match between counties on a knock-out basis.

Four of the players (Ashley Plumb, Jamie Reynolds, Fraser Boynton and Tom Warner) have been selected as a rink together, with the two remaining Five Rivers players (Jordon Moody and Nick Revell) being selected as a lead and three respectively.

Team Sheet vs Oxfordshire

Success in Egham Trophy


On Sunday 15 October a mixed team consisting of eight men and eight ladies played the first round match in the National Egham Trophy competition against Eastleigh-based side, Banister Park. This is the first year since 2010/11 that the Club has entered this competition which is an indication of the strength of existing and new players at the club and Five Rivers were determined to not fall at the first hurdle.

At 5 ends Five Rivers led 25-9 overall due to strong starts from the home rink skipped by Tom Warner (12-2) after taking a 7 on the second end and the away rinks skipped by Nick Revell (7-0) and Jamie Reynolds (6-1). This lead continued into 10 ends where Five Rivers led 38-23 with Tom continuing to an 18-3 lead and Nick continuing with a 9-3 lead. The gap narrowed slightly over the next 5 ends with the overall scores at 55-42. However, the next 3 ends saw a flurry of activity with Five Rivers winning the 3 ends 21-8 overall. The game came to an early conclusion with the Banister Park home rinks conceding at 20 ends.

Five Rivers 82 – Banister Park 63 (Five Rivers teams first):

Home Rinks

Mary Brown, Ros Corke, Jordan Moody, Tom Warner vs S Rice won 29-14
Carol Francis, Lynne Stanford, Ashley Plumb, Graham House vs B Dibden lost 12-23

Away Rinks

Ann Humphries, Jenny McShane, Dennis Shipp, Nick Revell vs P May won 23-16
Janice Bull, Janice Rowe, Brian Merritt, Jamie Reynolds vs B Barber won 18-10

Five Rivers now face Loddon Vale in the next round on Sunday 29 October.


Team Selections


Please find a link below for the dates on which Five Rivers’ Men’s matches will be selected for all competitive external leagues and National Competitions.

Selection Meeting Dates

Success for Five Rivers at World Pairs Qualifiers


Sunday 24 September saw the qualifiers for the World Pairs competition, held at Potters in January 2018, played at the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club in Poole. 16 pairs took to the stage to battle it out to earn their place as the Dolphin qualifier at Potters on 12 January.

As the day reached the semi-finals stage Five Rivers had three players still remaining in the competition. Tom Warner (Five Rivers), partnered with Scott Edwards (Oxford City & County), were drawn to play Shaun Jones (Malvern Hills) and Neil Collett (Clarrie Dunbar). Whilst in the other semi-final Jordan Moody and Jamie Reynolds (both Five Rivers) were drawn to play last year’s finalists Paul Sharman and Andy McIntyre (both Carterton).

Both semi-finals went down to a tie break with both Five Rivers’ representatives winning their matches in tightly fought contests.

The final was a nice affair for both pairs as Tom, Jordan and Jamie all knew that at least one Five Rivers player was going to make it to Potters this year. Tom and Scott started very strongly taking the first set 10-4, however the second set proved to be a much tighter affair with Tom and Scott narrowly getting over the line 7-6.

Tom and Scott now attend Potters on 12 January to battle it out with the three other English qualifiers (Bromley, Lincoln and Cumbria) to earn their place in the Last 8 of the World Pairs.