Success in National Competitions


Congratulations to Pete Ward who has qualified for the National Finals in the Men’s Two Wood Singles competition following a tight affair with Steve Shaw of Loddon Vale. Pete ran out an eventual 21-16 winner and books his place at Nottingham on Wednesday 30 March where he will face A Lawston of South Shields Vipers.

Congratulations again to Pete Ward who skipped his rink of Jordan Moody, Fraser Boynton and Tom Warner to a 22-12 area final win over Ben Paulley’s rink from Bournemouth. They will now face a rink skipped by England international Nicky Brett on Monday 4 April at the National Finals at Nottingham.

Pete Ward will be in action again on Friday 4 March where he will be looking to reach the Nottingham for the third time. This time he will be skipping a triple of Graham House and Bob Armstrong where they will face Robbie Bines’ triple from Atherley. The winner will make the preliminary round of the National Finals on Tuesday 5 April where they will face the winner of Area 5 (Roger Cooper of Leicester and Brian Martin of Spalding).

Five Rivers through to National Finals in Men’s Over 60s Pairs


A huge congratulations to Dennis Shipp and Bob Armstrong who beat their opponents Brian Baxendale and Eddie Bates from Riverside IBC 26-4 in the Area Final of the Men’s Over 60s Pairs on Tuesday evening.

This sees Dennis and Bob progress to the Last 16 at the National  Finals at Nottingham IBC on Wednesday 10 April. Their first round match will be at 2pm against the winner of Area 13 – currently contested by Charles Wright & Co (Gullivers IBC) and Ralph Steele & Co (Grattons).

The Club would like to wish them the best of luck at the National Finals!

Wiltshire Liberty Trophy success for Five Rivers players


On Saturday 15 December eight players from Five Rivers traveled up to Westlecot IBC, Swindon to present Wiltshire in the Liberty Trophy national competition. The Five Rivers contingent made up one third of the Wiltshire side and one rink featured on the day was made up of four Five Rivers players.

Wiltshire beat Oxfordshire 135-121 and booked their place in the national quarter final where they host Devon at Westlecot on Saturday 12 January looking to repeat last year’s victory in the Last 16.

Five Rivers players photo

(Left to Right): Chris Lawrence, Fraser Boynton, Phil Lawrence, Jamie Reynolds, Ashley Plumb, Jamie Reynolds, Tom Warner
(Not pictured): Gary Fountain

Terrific Top Club performance


This morning saw the second round of the National Mixed Top Club played at Bournemouth IBC. Bournemouth have been fantastic in this competition in recent years winning the national title in 2012/13, national semi-finalists in 2013/14 and national runner up in 2014/15.

The Five Rivers team knew this was going to be one of the toughest matches they had played in recent years but set off to Bournemouth in good spirits knowing that a win would fill them with confidence in the matches to play.

The men’s two wood singles was played first as Alan Geary from Bournemouth had to leave early. Five Rivers’ current club champion, Jordan Moody, set the pace early taking a 7-1 lead drawing close and consistently. The two wood singles now played over 18 ends was over very quickly with Jordan showing a demonstration of clinical precision winning the match 17-9 and securing 2 points for Five Rivers in the match.

Unfortunately the ladies’ two wood singles was a one-sided affair but for Bournemouth this time. Bournemouth’s stalwart singles player Sue Dadson played fantastic bowls from start to finish, not letting Five Rivers’ Ann Humphries even a look in and Sue took the match 22-5, but more importantly securing 2 points for Bournemouth.

The mixed pairs saw the regular Five Rivers duo of Janice Rowe and Tom Warner play against Mixed Pairs National Finals regulars Julie Hudson and Chris Daniels. The Bournemouth pair started off brilliantly taking a 13-3 lead after 11 ends. However, ‘unlucky 13’ proved to be the case with some big bowls from Five Rivers saw them pick up six unanswered shots and bring the scoreline closer at 13-9 after 14 ends. Despite a single from Bournemouth on end 15, the Five Rivers due pulled out two big counts of 3 and 4 on ends 16 and 17 to take a 16-14 lead going into the final end. After 7 bowls from each side the state of play was Bournemouth holding the two shots needed to tie the match. However, a big final bowl from Tom saw him promote his own bowl onto the white and give the shot to Five Rivers. Unfortunately this only left one of Tom’s bowls in the head with Bournemouth having two seconds – Chris then played a fantastic attacking bowl to remove Tom’s from the head and pick up three shots to win 17-16 and 4 points.

The next match to finish was the mixed fours consisting of Five Rivers newcomer Jenny McShane, Joan Coleman, Jamie ‘Jock’ Reynolds and Nick Revell against Joan Halliwell, Liz Messer, Barry Coates and John O’Donnell. This match started in a similar fashion to the pairs with Bournemouth taking an early 7-0 lead after 3 ends and continuing in this way with a 13-5 lead after 8 ends. However, the Five Rivers’ foursome started to play great bowls with some fantastic conversion shots from the back end saw them pick up nine unanswered shots over the next five ends to take a 14-13 lead after 13 ends. Despite a single from Bournemouth on the fifteenth end, the Five Rivers four saw out the match 18-15 and picking up a crucial 4 points.

With the match now stood at 6 points a piece the match all rested on the result of the mixed triples, with Five Rivers knowing that they must get a win as a draw would not be enough due to Bournemouth’s superior shots scored. At the halfway point the Five Rivers’ triple of Janice Bull, Graham House and Fraser Boynton trailled 11-7 to Bournemouth’s Jean Arnaud, Craig Patterson and Dave Kerr. However, in the same spirit as the other disciplines exhibited the Five Rivers’ threesome played some big bowls to take a 16-14 lead after 15 ends. The next end saw Dave’s final bowl executed perfectly by removing Graham’s bowl from the head and picking up a big count of 4 shots to take a 18-16 lead with two ends to play. However, the Five Rivers’ team spirit was not dampened and the next end proved to be a big one – on Dave’s first bowl, with Five Rivers holding shot, a perfectly timed attacking bowl saw the jack hit four yards to the back of the rink. Luckily, for Five Rivers one of Janice’s bowls at the back was in a perfect spot to hold shot when Dave trailled the jack through. Fraser’s first bowl was drawn beautifully securing a near enough back toucher to an off-centre jack to hold two shots. Dave’s bowl was overplayed and floated through to the back and Fraser drew another shot jack high. Luckily for Five Rivers Dave’s last bowl was short and tight and enabled Fraser to draw a crucial fourth shot to take a 20-18 lead into the final end. The last end, watched by the remainder of both teams and several supporters, proved to be a nail biting affair for both sides. Graham’s first bowl was played beautifully to draw the shot about three inches away, however Craig, not to be outdone, played a beautiful forehand draw for shot about two inches away. The head stayed this way until Graham’s last bowl in which a wonderful forehand draw saw him land right on the jack for shot – then it was time for Five Rivers to go defensive. Fraser played a brilliant back bowl splitting all of the Bournemouth bowls up and played a blocker which was in the eye line, although slightly further adrift than Fraser would have liked. Despite Dave’s best efforts Five Rivers kept the shot, took the last four points and took the match 10-6.

The team spirit, enthusiasm and bowling ability was fantastic with all Five Rivers players exhibiting clinical control and precision. Five Rivers now host Victory A in the next round on Sunday 7 January.

Denny Cup disappointment


On Saturday 4 November the Men’s team played Atherley in the second round of the National Denny Cup competition. This match always looked to be a tough match and tough it was. At 5 ends the match looked quite positive with Tom Warner’s rink at Atherley taking an early 12-0 lead and the other rinks skipped by Nick Revell (at Atherley), Jamie Reynolds and Fraser Boynton (at Five Rivers) all quite close.

However, the next 5 ends proved to be crucial with Atherley playing some big bowls and consistent drawing saw them rack up the shots and take a convincing lead at 10 ends. Unfortunately for Five Rivers this onslaught continued and Atherley ran out winners 86-63 winners.

Rink scores as below (Five Rivers skips first):

Jamie Reynolds lost to Martin Wise 15-23
Fraser Boynton lost to Micky Barrett 15-22
Tom Warner lost to Stuart Rowney 17-19
Nick Revell lost to Gary Carter 16-22

Five Rivers 63 – Atherley 86

Disappointment in Egham Trophy


On Sunday the Five Rivers mixed team played Loddon Vale in the second round of the National Egham Trophy. The match started off much as anyone expected with Loddon Vale playing some very good bowls early on and taking a 21-10 lead across the four rinks after 5 ends (this included a brilliant 4 being taken off Jamie Reynolds’ rink away and 5 shots taken off Tom Warner’s rink at home).

However, in typical Five Rivers’ fashion the gears were turned up and at 10 ends the gap had been reduced to a mere five shots (31-26) with Tom’s rink taking a 9-7 lead, the other home rink skipped by Fraser Boynton narrowly trailing 8-6, Nick Revell’s rink winning 7-5 and Jamie’s rink trailing 11-4. The next five ends continued in a similar fashion with Five Rivers now trailing 47-41 at 15 ends. However, the next 3 ends proved to be the nail in the coffin with Fraser’s rink dropping 6 unanswered shots, Nick’s rink losing 6-1 over the three ends, Tom’s rink winning two ends with single counts and a dropping a single, but Jamie’s opposing skip, Neil Clarke, playing a fantastic shot to collect 6 shots on the eighteenth end to take a 21-8 lead.

The next three ends, the Five Rivers’ team tried everything to narrow the gap with a brilliant 4 collected by Tom’s rink and a big final push from Jamie’s rink, but unfortunately they couldn’t quite get over the line. Despite a disappointing result there is a lot of positives to take from this, the main one being that on a return to the competition after seven years out, the mixed team are competing with established clubs and ‘knocking on doors’. Plenty more to look forward to from Five Rivers!

Five Rivers 62 shots – Loddon Vale 78 shots

Mary Brown/Ros Corke/Jordan Moody/Tom Warner beat Trevor Morgan 21-12
Ann Humphries/Joan Coleman/Ashley Plumb/Fraser Boynton lost to Doug Morgan 12-21
Janice Bull/Janice Rowe/Brian Merritt/Jamie Reynolds lost to Neil Clarke 15-24
Dawn Toomer/Jenny McShane/Clive Bowhill/Nick Revell lost to Geoff Green 14-21

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