County Competitions

28 July

On Sunday the Fitz Park team of John Thompson, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan competed in the final of the Roland Starkie Men’s County Triples Competition at Wigton BC against a team from Wigton Park. Unfortunately the Fitz Park team, which won this competition three years ago, struggled early on but did recover somewhat to lose by only three shots (12-15).

 

 

Club Competitions

27 July

On Saturday the Club Drawn Fours Competition took place. Five teams were involved and they all played each other on a round-robin basis. The winning team was that of Mark Finlay, Dixon Barwise, Colin Mason & John Sewell and the runners-up were Karen Hind, Di Massingham, Colin Glover & Colin Jackson.

 

 

Eden Valley Mixed Triples League

30 July

On Tuesday afternoon Fitz Park A were away to Dalston B and won 9-1, a result which sent them to the top of Division 1 by three points over Dalston A. As Dalston A have only two games left to play compared with three for Fitz Park A it is looking promising for the Keswick team in their quest to win the league. On two of the rinks there were comfortable wins for the Fitz Park team – Kevin Hadley, Mike Cooper & Peter Tremble won 25-10 and Arthur Watson, Sue Tremble & John Sewell won 19-9. Mark Finlay, Harry Morter & Sean Mills were 14-4 up after nine ends but started the final end all square; fortunately they scored one shot on the final end to win 15-14. Colin Mason, Sue Watson & Derek Massingham started their final end three shots ahead but conceded three shots to draw 14-14.  

 

Also on Tuesday afternoon Fitz Park B were at home against Caldbeck. Before the game Caldbeck were eight points clear at the top of the table with Fitz Park B in second place, so a good result for the Keswick team was essential if they were to remain in contention for winning Division 2. It was indeed a good result for Fitz Park B as they won 8-2 to close the gap between them and Caldbeck to just two points. Fitz Park B have three games left to play but Caldbeck have only two games left so there is now a good chance of Fitz Park B winning the Division 2 title. Geeth Kumara, Keith Richardson & Alan Dalzell won 18-6; Jean Barwise, Colin Jackson & Tom Prescott won 18-11; Di Massingham, Keith Price & John Thompson won 15-13. Steve Jones, Dixon Barwise & Donald Holme lost 22-10. 

 

West Cumbria Men’s Fours League

26 July

Last Friday Fitz Park were at home against league leaders Whitehaven A. Earlier in the season, at Whitehaven, the result was 7-0 to Whitehaven A, but in the return fixture Fitz Park secured a 4-3 win. It was a very tight finish to the game. The four of John Sewell, Peter Tremble, Craig Phillips & Tom Prescott finished first and, though leading 16-10 at one stage, lost 20-18. Next to finish was the four of Mike Davies, Phil Barnes, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan who after eleven ends trailed 5-11 but recovered to draw 15-15. Last to finish were Colin Mason, Derek Massingham, Vic Emmerson & Mike Jackman, who playing the last end were level at 14-14 which meant a count of one shot would give a result of 3-4, a count of two shots would give a result of 3.5-3.5 and any more than two shots would give a result of 4-3. The outcome was three shots to the Fitz Park four and thus a 4-3 win for the home team. The result seriously dented Whitehaven A’s hopes of winning the league as, on the same evening, Workington A won 7-0.   

 

 

Eden Valley Ladies’ Triples League

Fitz Park had no game last week in this league.

 

County Competitions

25th July 2019

Last Thursday evening saw the second fixture of the season between the club’s two teams in this league. In the previous encounter the result was 6-2 to the A team so last week the B team were looking for revenge but, as it happens, the result was another win for the A team – this time 7-1. On two rinks there was soon never any doubt about which team was going to win but it was close on the rink between the A team four of Peter Rainey, Colin Mason, Richard Gaskell & Mike Robertson and the B team four of Alan Hind, Hugh Burton, Mike Davies & Alan Dalzell – with two ends remaining the A team led 18-14 but counts of three and one for the B team secured the latter their solitary point of the evening. John Sewell, Phil Barnes, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan won 30-5 against Phil Pridmore, Tom Mattinson, Syd Horsfield & Donald Holme and John Thompson, Colin Jackson, Vic Emmerson & Robin Phillips won 26-5 against Cliff Harding, Morgan Lowther, Peter Tremble & Owyn Cooper.  

 

Unfortunately for Fitz Park A, on the same evening league leaders Caldbeck won 6-2, so the Keswick team is still eight points behind in second place in the table with only four games left to be played by both teams. Fitz Park B are in fourth place in the table.

 

County Competitions

25th June 2019

On Tuesday evening the first round ties in the Men’s County Cup (Double Rink) Competition, in which the club entered two teams, got underway. It was a bad evening for the club as both teams lost.

 

Fitz Park A played Caldbeck and lost by two shots overall. At Keswick Mike Davies, Derek Massingham, Sean Mills and Dave Brannan lost by seven shots and at Caldbeck John Sewell, Huw Crosby, Vic Emmerson and Mike Jackman won by seven shots.

 

For Fitz Park B it was a particularly bad evening. At Keswick Peter Rainey, Colin Jackson, Richard Gaskell and Mike Robertson lost 26-5 and at Silloth Adrian Gill, Cliff Harding, Keith Price and Keith Goldsmith lost 30-8.

 

Eden Valley Mixed Triples League

25th June 2019

On Tuesday afternoon the A team was at Wetheral and lost 7-3. The rink scores (Fitz Park names only) were: Arthur Watson, Mark Finlay & John Sewell 15-8; Kevin Hadley, Sue Watson & Sean Mills 13-13; Christine Mills, Harry Morter & Keith Goldsmith 9-19; Colin Mason, Christine Metcalf & Derek Massingham 12-19.

 

Also on Tuesday afternoon the B team was at Keswick against Shap and won 10-0. The rink scores (Fitz Park names only) were: Jean Barwise, Colin Jackson & Tom Prescott 13-9; Geeth Kumara, Keith Richardson & Alan Dalzell 16-7; Adrian Gill, Dixon Barwise & Donald Holme 10-7; Di Massingham, John Thompson & Robin Phillips 20-7.

 

 

West Cumbria Men’s Fours League

21st June 2019

Last Friday evening Fitz Park were at Vulcan Park in Workington. For many years the green there has been notoriously heavy but this year it is receiving more frequent cutting and the its pace last Friday , though still pushy, was much improved. Although the result was 7-0 to Fitz Park it was no stroll in the park. Mike Davies, Huw Crosby, Mike Robertson & Robin Phillips won 19-10 but were only 12-10 up after eighteen ends. Vic Emmerson, Peter Tremble, Tom Prescott & Mike Jackman won 18-12 but they led by just two shots (10-8) after eleven ends. John Sewell, Phil Barnes, Keith Goldsmith & Dave Brannan won 19-17. The win keeps Fitz Park in third spot in the table – five points behind leaders Whitehaven A and three points behind Workington A, though the Workington team has played one game fewer.

 

Eden Valley Ladies’ Triples League

20th June 2019

Last Thursday evening the Fitz Park Ladies were at Temple Sowerby and left there without any points. Di Massingham, Sue Tremble & Lynn Hazell came close to securing at least one point but lost by one shot (12-13). Karen Hind, Glenda Holme & Sandy Emmerson lost 18-8.

Eden Valley Mixed Fours League

20th June 2019

It was a great evening last Thursday for both the club’s teams in this league as they picked up maximum points.

 

The A team was at Temple Sowerby where, given the non-regulation greens (two converted tennis courts) and the need to play a different type of game from that normally played, the home team often springs a surprise over stronger teams. Peter Rainey, Richard Gaskell, Mike Robertson & Robin Phillips won 23-14; Kevin Hadley, John Thompson, Derek Massingham & Vic Emmerson won 17-8; John Sewell, Colin Mason, Phil Barnes & Dave brannan won 19-12. With league leaders Caldbeck dropping two points in their game at Shap the gap between Caldbeck and Fitz park A is now down to five points.

 

The B team was at home against Penrith Castle Park. Mike Cooper, Morgan Lowther, Peter Tremble & Keith Goldsmith were always in command of the game and, despite conceding eight shots over the last three ends, won 21-14. Phil Pridmore, Cliff Harding, Keith Price & Donald Holme were 17-13 down with two ends to play but scored two counts of three to win 19-17. Adrian Gill, Hugh Burton, Mike Davies & Alan Dalziel were 14-7 down after twelve ends but came back well to win 17-14. This fine win put the B team into third place in the table.

 

 

Eden Valley Mixed Fours League

Last Thursday evening (23 May) the two Fitz Park teams met for the first time this season and, though the result was a 6-2 win for the A team, it could so easily have been a 4-4 draw or even a 6-2 win for the B team. The A team four of Kevin Hadley, Phil Barnes, Derek Massingham & Vic Emmerson defeated the B team four of Adrian Gill, Peter Tremble, Mike Davies & Alan Dalzell 19-10. The A team four of John Sewell, John Thompson, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan were up against the B team of Mike Cooper, Tom Mattinson, Morgan Lowther & Owyn Cooper and trailed 9-3 at the half-way point and, with two ends remaining, were one shot down; however, counts of four and three gave them a 16-10 win. The B team points came from the four of Keith Rrichardson, Hugh Burton, Keith Price & Keith Goldsmith who defeated Peter Rainey, Richard Gaskell, Mike Robertson & Craig Phillips 21-16.

 

 

Eden Valley Ladies’ Triples League

The Fitz Park ladies did not have a fixture last week.

 

Eden Valley Mixed Triples League

28th May 2019

Both of the club’s teams in this league were in action on Tuesday afternoon.

 

The A team were at home against Dalston A. Unfortunately, because of a controversial incident, the game on one rink was not completed and so the result of this match is in doubt and may have to await a ruling from the league committee. Three of the four rinks completed their game and Fitz Park were successful on two of them but lost on one of them. Kevin Hadley, Arthur Watson & Lynn Hazell won 17-10; Sean Mills, Sue Watson & John Sewell won 16-14; Christine Mills, Harry Morter & Keith Goldsmith lost 14-12. 

 

The B team were at Caldbeck who, before the match, were at the top of the table, so it was an excellent outcome for the Keswick team in winning 6-4. The match was notable in that it featured a debut for the Sri Lankan professional cricketer Geeth Kumara who, by all accounts, seems to be a natural at the game (should we be surprised?). The rink scores (Fitz Park names only) were as follows: Geeth Kumara, Keith Richardson & Alan Dalzell 24-9; Steve Jones, Glenda Holme & Keith Price 20-10; Jean Barwise, Colin Glover & Adrian Gill 8-13; Martin Ousby, Dixon Barwise & Donald Holme 9-18. 

 

West Cumbria Men’s Fours League

On Friday 24 May Fitz Park were away to Whitehaven A. Before the game the two teams were at the top of the table with twenty one points but the Whitehaven had played only three games compared to four games for Fitz Park. Although it was still early in the season some points were needed for Fitz Park was needed to ensure they remained in contention for the league title. Unfortunately it was a bad evening for the Keswick team as they failed to return home with any points. The closest they came to any success was on the rink which involved Colin Mason, Huw Crosby, Mike Robertson & Tom Prescott who, after thirteen ends were only one shot behind (12-13) but then failed to score again and lost 22-12. The four of John Sewell, Colin Jackson, Derek Massingham & Dave Brannan lost 16-9. For the four of Mike Davies, Peter Tremble, Vic Emmerson & Craig Phillips it was a game to forget as they were thumped 28-4.

 

 

County Competitions

On Wednesday 22 May the club had five teams competing in the first round of the Men's County Triples Championship but, sadly, only one of them progressed to the second round. Huw Crosby, Derek Massingham & Vic Emmerson were on their own green against a team from Cleator Moor and won comfortably 28-9, helped greatly by a count of eight on the first end. At Silloth, against a team from Aspatria, Peter Rainey, Richard Gaskell & Mike Robertson started well, being 8-0 up after three ends, but were pegged back and, though playing the final end 17-16 up, lost 18-17. Also at Silloth, Mike Davies, Phil Barnes & Craig Phillips were never really in the game and lost 17-10 to a good Courtfield team. At Cockermouth Croft the team of Adrian Gill, Keith Price & Alan Dalzell lost 17-13 to a team from Cockermouth Harris Park. At Workington the team of John Sewell, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan never got to grips with the rink and, after just twelve ends, conceded the game to a team from Aspatria. 

 

On Monday evening (27 May), at Wigton, the trio of Huw Crosby, Derek Massingham & Vic Emmerson were in action in the first round of the knock-out stages of the Roland Starkie Men’s Triples Competition against a team from Wigton Park. Unfortunately the Keswick team never fully recovered from a poor start and lost 18-10.

 

National Competitions

On Tuesday(28 May), at Fitz Park, Keith Goldsmith & Vic Emmerson played a first round tie in the National Senior Pairs Competition against a pair who won the competition three years ago – John Bell & Rick Gallagher. The home team had a poor start and, though they improved greatly in the second half of the game, could never catch the opposition, losing 18-9.

Friendly Fixture

On Sunday afternoon (26 May), marked with blustery showers, the club hosted Hartlepools Old Boys who were on a three day tour of the county. The visitors provided stern opposition for the hosts and won 105-98. The match was followed by a light tea which included delicious scones provided by Lynn Hazell.

 

Friendly Fixture

On Sunday afternoon (26 May), marked with blustery showers, the club hosted Hartlepools Old Boys who were on a three day tour of the county. The visitors provided stern opposition for the hosts and won 105-98. The match was followed by a light tea which included delicious scones provided by Lynn Hazell.

County Competitions 

13th May 2019

On Monday six teams from the club participated in the Roland Starkie Men’s CountyTriples Competition. The competition involved the use of eight various venues. At each venue all teams there played each other on a round robin basis and the top two teams from each section qualified for the knock-out stages which start later in the season. Two Fitz Park teams made it through to the later stages. At Appleby previous winners John Thompson, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan lost their opening game against Temple Sowerby but then won their remaining four games to qualify. At the Courtfield club in Carlisle the trio of Huw Crosby, Mike Jackman & Vic Emmerson, though winning only two games and losing three games  and starting their last game in fifth place, scraped into second place, thanks to results in other games going in their favour.

 

 

West Cumbria Men’s Fours League 

10th May 2019

Last Friday Fitz Park took on last year’s champions Workington A at Workington. Although the result was 5-2 to the Workington team it could so easily have been 5-2 to the Keswick team. Colin Mason, Mike Jackman, Mike Robertson & Tom Prescott started their final end one shot up but had to settle for a 13-13 draw. Mike Davies, Peter Tremble, Vic Emmerson & Robin Phillips started their last end one shot down but scored a single shot to draw 17-17. Unfortunately, though leading 16-13 after fourteen ends, the four of John Sewell, Derek Massingham, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan lost 23-16. 

 

 

Bowls England Tourists

10th May 2019

On Friday afternoon the club was honoured to receive a visit by a Bowls England touring team which included not only this year’s national president (Hazel Marke) but also the Senior Vice-President and Junior Vice-President. The tourists had been staying in Keswick all week and playing matches against other clubs in the county during the week. An eighteen end game of mixed fours took place in cool but dry conditions, and though the result was of no great importance it has to be reported that Fitz Park won by one shot. Following the game the national president was full of praise for the club’s hospitality and friendliness and said how much she and her fellow bowlers had enjoyed their week’s stay in Keswick.

 

 

Eden Valley Mixed Fours League

This year the fixtures schedule has provided a tough start for Fitz Park A as, in their first two games in this league they have met last year’s winners (Appleby) and the team which finished behind them in third place last year (Caldbeck).

9th May 2019

Last Thursday evening at Keswick, against Caldbeck, the result was a 4-4 draw, meaning two draws for Fitz Park A in their opening two games. John Sewell, Colin Jackson, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan always looked liked gaining two points with a strong start and, after twelve ends, led 17-3; however, they were rather stunned on the thirteenth ends when they dropped an “eight”. They finished 22-12. Kevin Hadley, Derek Massingham, Vic Emmerson & Robin Phillips struggled all evening and, though they started the final end 15-13 down, they actually held a winning position until the Caldbeck skip delivered the final bowl of the game. Unfortunately for the hosts he drew second shot meaning a 15-14 win for the visitors. Peter Rainey, John Thompson, Mike Robertson & Craig Phillips looked fairly safe after thirteen ends when leading 14-6 but then conceded ten shots over the next four ends to start the final end 16-14 down. They scored one shot on the final end to make it 16-15 to the visitors. 

 

Also last Thursday evening Fitz Park B travelled to Penrith to play Penrith Friars. The result was 6-2 to the home club. Alan Hind, Mike Cooper, Morgan Lowther & Owyn Cooper, though conceding five shots on the first end, won 22-14. Adrian Gill, Peter Redfearn, Keith Price & Syd Horsfield were 12-9 up with three ends to play but lost 13-12. It was a bad evening for Philip Pridmore, Tom Mattinson, Peter Tremble & Keith Goldsmith as they were well defeated 27-8.

Eden Valley Ladies’ Triples League  

Last Thursday evening Fitz park were at home against Caldbeck. Yvonne Davies, Jill Preston & Lynn Hazell dominated their game throughout and won 18-12. Sue Tremble, Hazel Horsfield & Sandy Emmersonnever really got going and lost 19-7. With Caldbeck winning the aggregate by four shots the result was 4-2 to them.

Eden Valley Ladies’ Triples League  

7th May 2019

On Tuesday afternoon Fitz Park A played ApplebyA at Keswick and maintained their fine start to the season with an 8-2 win, to make it three wins out of three to date. Sheila Sunderland, Sue Tremble & Sean Mills won 14-9; Colin Mason,  Christine Metcalfe & Derek Massingham won 19-9; Keith Richardson, Peter Tremble & Lynn Hazell (who played a winning final bowl when game down) won 13-9; Christine Mills, Harry Morter & Keith Goldsmith lost 15-10. 

 

Fitz Park B had a bye this week.

 

Fun Day - Sunday 5 May

5th May 2019

Unfortunately, this proposed event has, for various reasons, been cancelled.

National Competitions

29th April 2019

On Monday evening Sandy & Vic Emmerson played their first round tie in the National Mixed Pairs Competition at Workington against the young pairing of Vicky Forster & Stephen Cook. The Fitz Park pair had a disastrous start and, although they won the same number of ends as their opponents, they were unable to fully recover from it.

 

 

Friendly Fixture

28th April 2019

On a beautiful sunny afternoon in Keswick the club hosted Appleby BC in a “friendly”, the format of the teams being mixed triples. The match was won by Fitz Park, 80-71. The scores on the rinks (Fitz Park names shown only) were as follows: Di Massingham, Dixon Barwise & Sean Mills 16-8; Adrian Gill, Colin Jackson & Lynn Hazell 18-7; Betty Forsyth, Ian Gardiner & Phil Barnes 7-19; Jean Barwise, Cliff Harding & Tom Prescott 16-7; Sue Tremble, Alan Hind & Derek Massingham 9-13; David Bragg, Glenda Holme & Peter Tremble 14-17. After the game the players enjoyed a fine buffet.

 

 

Eden Valley Mixed Triples League

30th April 2019

On Tuesday afternoon Fitz Park A were at Dalston and Fitz Park B were at home against Appleby B. Both teams won 8-2. At Dalston it was close on all four rinks and the result could so easily have been much less favourable for the Fitz Park team. Cliff Harding, Harry Morter & Keith Goldsmith won 18-12 (it was 12-12 with three ends remaining); Sheila Sunderland, Sue Tremble & John Sewell lost 17-16 (it was 16 a piece playing the last end); Colin Mason, Peter Tremble & Lynn Hazell won 16-14 (it was 12-14 with three ends remaining); Tom Prescott, Christine Metcalfe & Derek Massingham won 17-14. At Fitz Park Colin Glover, Keith Richardson & Ian Gardiner romped home to a 25-4 win; Martin Ousby, Peter Bell and Donald Holme won 14-9; Glenda Holme, Keith Price & John Thompson came back from 6-10 to win 11-10 and Di Massingham, Adrian Gill & Colin Jackson lost 18-14. 

 

 

West Cumbria Men’s Fours League

26th April 2019

Last Friday evening, in cold but dry conditions, in their first fixture of the season in this league, Fitz Park were at home against Cleator Moor. In recent years the visitors have been one of the league’s more unpredictable teams – they have some good players and, on their day, with their strongest team, are capable of giving any of the other teams in the league a run for their money. The result was a 5-2 victory for Fitz Park. Peter Rainey, Richard Gaskell, Mike Robertson & Tom Prescott were drawing 9-9 after ten ends but then scored thirteen shots over the next five ends and ran out winners by 22-12. John Sewell, Derek Massingham, Sean Mills & Dave Brannan led all the way and won 23-15. Mike Davies, Phil Barnes, Vic Emmerson and Craig Phillips struggled for consistency all evening yet, trailing by three shots playing the last end found themselves holding four shots with the Cleator Moor skip (Carl Neen) having the final bowl of the game to play – unfortunately for Fitz Park he drew a perfect bowl on to the jack to make the result 18-14 to the visitors.

 

 

Eden Valley Ladies’ Triples League

25th April 2019

Last Thursday evening the ladies were at Appleby and, as expected, found the going tough. Karen Hind, Glenda Holme & Sandy Emmerson recovered from being 13-5 down to draw 14-14. Betty Forsyth, Di Massingham & Lynn Hazell were ahead 7-5 after eight ends but then failed to score again and lost 15-7. So, the final result was 5-1 to Appleby. 

 

 

Eden Valley Mixed Fours League

25th April 2019

Last Thursday evening Fitz Park A were at Appleby and Fitz Park B were at home against Temple Sowerby.

 

Last year Appleby pipped the Fitz Park team to the league title on shots difference so this fact added some spice to last week’s match. Only about a half an hour before the game started the green was covered in hailstorms as a result of a short but heavy downpour but, thankfully, the rain held off for the duration of the game, although it became rather chilly. Although Fitz Park won on two of the three rinks the result was a draw. John Sewell, Colin Jackson, Sean Mills and Dave Brannan looked like they were heading for a big win when leading 20-3 after ten ends but their opponents fought back and the final score was 22-17. Kevin Hadley, Derek Massingham, Vic Emmerson & Robin Phillips won the first five ends but found themselves all square after twelve ends; however, they pulled away to win 15-9. It was a bad evening for the four of Peter Rainey, Phil Barnes, Richard Gaskell & Mike Robertson who lost 30-8.

 

At Keswick the B team started their season well with a 6-2 win. Colin Mason, Hugh Burton, Keith Price & Syd Horsfield were 12-0 up after just five ends  and never looked back, winning 33-8. Cliff Harding, Keith Richardson, Mike Davies & Alan Dalzell had a comfortable 24-12 win. Adrian Gill, Alan Hind, Peter Tremble & Keith Goldsmith led 7-4 but then went six ends without scoring and lost 18-11.

League Fixtures

27th April 2019

Matches in the Eden Valley Over-55 Triples League got under way on Tuesday afternoon in which Fitz Park A, under the captaincy of Sean Mills, entertained Wetheral, and Fitz Park B, under the captaincy of Keith Price, travelled to Shap.

 

For both teams it was a very good start to the season with wins of 9-1 and 8-2 respectively. The results were as follows (Fitz Park names only): A team - Peter Redfearn, Sue Tremble & Sean Mills 20-9; Kevin Hadley, Peter Tremble & Lynn Hazell 12-12; Christine Mills, Harry Morter & Keith Goldsmith 13-10; Colin Mason, Christine Metcalf & Derek Massingham 14-12. B team – Di Masingham, Donald Holme & Alan Dalzell 27-4; Martin Ousby, Dixon Barwise & Robin Phillips 18-9; Colin Glover, Keith Richardson & Ian Gardiner 20-13; Glenda Holme, Keith Price & John Thompson 12-23

 

 

New club shirts

27th April 2019

Club shirts of a new design have been introduced this year. The men's shirts have been generously sponsored by “Greta Garden Services” and “Grogreen”. It is hoped that all players in league matches, friendly matches and county competitions will wear the new shirts with pride.