keynsham bowls club september
AS we arrive at the tail end of the 2021 bowling season, members look back on what might have happened but did not.
While league fixtures against some clubs have been played, the competitiveness has been lost as the decision was made to cancel promotion and relegation with clubs in 2022 starting in the same divisions as they now are.
Activity in cup competitions remained and our men played at home to Bloomfield from Bath in the fifth round of the Turnbull Cup. The match remained on a knife edge right to the finish, with a measure being taken after the final wood was bowled on the last rink playing. Bloomfield won the end by one shot and took the match by 76 to 75 shots. Who says bowls isn’t an exciting game?
In the Friday Triples, our men were drawn away to league leaders Avonvale and despite a good win on one of the four rinks, they suffered a heavy defeat on another and lost by five shots.
The annual fixture between our men and Frys took place, with Frys being the trophy holders. Frys left Keynsham Park again with the trophy, having won by 75 to 59 shots, despite Keynsham narrowly winning on two of the four rinks.
Frys returned to our green some three weeks later to play a Bristol and District League fixture, when Keynsham won on all three rinks, with shots totalling 48 to 31, and hence picking up all 10 points.
During the month we played host to the Southam United Club from Warwickshire, who stopped in Keynsham on their way home from a tour. Keynsham won on four of the five rinks played with a total shot score of 99-70.
As a result of our open day earlier in the year, the ladies have welcomed seven new members, taking their number up to nearly 40. The ladies have joined the new Somerset Ladies County League which plays on Saturdays. They have performed well in cup matches, reaching the quarter finals of the Southey Trophy.
Keeping the surroundings of a bowling club plus its buildings in good condition is a time-consuming and costly exercise. Fortunately we have a dedicated group of men who meet every Monday throughout the year, rain or shine, to keep everything in order, saving the club a great deal of money. In appreciation of their work, one of our generous members decided to give them a treat, and our picture shows them at the Lock Keeper enjoying a drink before tucking into their meal.