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Sunday 16 June - Nationals update

Kent started the day well beating Buckinghamshire 44-22 but in the regional final they lost to Hampshire 40-37, so will not be able to defend their crown as 2023 champions..

Meanwhile at Canterbury our two fours in the Tony Allcock Trophy were dodging showers as they played against a strong team from Lenham.

On rink 7 were Maddie McConomy, Yvonne Gambrill, Tony Dobson and Alan Cornfoot.

Yvonne, Tony, Maddie and Alan

On rink 8 were Chrissie Barr, Mandy Catt, Chris Dawson and Jeff Vane.

Clockwise from top left.......Jeff Vane.....Mandy and Chrissie......Chrissie in heavy rain mode.....Chris Dawson....four woods of Chrissie and Mandy.

Our fours won 38-23 and now progress to the regional semi-finals when they will be away to Bearsted & Thurnham to be played on or before 30 June

Saturday 15 June - attention now turns to National matches

If bowlers' lives weren't complex enough, if you keep on winning or you are good enough, you can probably end up playing every day of the week in all sorts of distant places.

For example, Joe Vandepeer and Tom Attaway are part of the Kent Under 25 team who are representing Kent in the National White Rose Trophy tomorrow, Sunday. It starts early morning and if Kent beat Buckinghamshire in that match, the regional final starts at 2pm. The match takes place at Horsham (160 mile round trip on motorways with Sunday roadworks).

Closer to home, Canterbury in fact, at 10am tomorrow we are putting out two fours, both consisting of two men and two women on each rink in the Tony Allcock Trophy (named after the former world singles champion and now CEO of Bowls England). We entered two teams in this trophy, our B side played Lenham B and lost in an earlier round and tomorrow it is the turn of our A side to play the Lenham A side.

So that's Sunday sorted. On Monday you can see more National action when our Canterbury A side play away against Herne Bay in the National Top Club regional quarter-finals starting at 6pm. 

You could switch between there and Birchington where Pete Foster is playing in the County finals at the same time.

Best wishes to all our teams wherever they are playing.

Friday 14 June - what a good week in the Counties (continued)!

On a cold and blustery June evening three teams of fours from Canterbury competed for places in the Divisional Fours Finals. Two teams from Canterbury playing each other. It was a four of Isaac Tompkins/Colin Strouts/Andy Ferguson/Darren Ellis against the four of Steve Wells/Alan Cornfoot/Chris Dawson/Paul Causer. The Tompkins four got off to a fast start and after only a few ends the Wells four were 8-0 down. However they made a rapid recovery and overtook the Tomkins four by eight ends.

There was some fine bowls played, particularly by the two leads. However the greater consistency of the Wells four told in the end and they came away with a 22-14 victory.

On the other rink a Canterbury four of Jeff Vane/Matt Rich/Tom Attaway/Pete Foster overcame a strong Folkestone Parks team skipped by Jason Avery with Dave Johnson and the two Trows. Our Canterbury team playing some fine bowls led from the start and were worthy winners 18-9.

You wouldn't think they were winning

Both our teams through to the Divisional Finals will be playing at Lenham on 21 June at 6pm.

Friday 14 June - what a good week in the Counties!

At the start of the week we were hoping that all our players would get into the Divisional Finals of the Counties. That hope became reality on Thursday evening at Hythe when Paul Causer won his match in the Unbadged singles 21-8.

Paul Causer

So to recap on where to go to watch the next stage of the Divisional Finals:

17 June. Pete Foster will be at Birchington in the Singles starting at 6pm. He will play L Sands from Lenham.

18 June. Matt Rich/Alan Cornfoot and Jeff Vane/Pete Foster will be at Victoria Park in the Pairs starting at 6pm. Matt and Alan will be playing A Lewis and I Robb from Herne Bay. Jeff and Pete will be playing R Holiday and P Philpott from Boughton.

20 June. Paul Causer will be at Folkestone Town in the Unbadged singles starting at 6pm. Opponent to be announced.

We wish them all well.

PS. It could all get even better as we have 3 fours from Canterbury battling it out tonight to go through to the Fours Finals.

Sunday 9 June - a fine effort

It was never going to be an easy task to get through another round of the National Top Club for the ladies of Canterbury. They had done well in the previous round to defeat Whitstable, but Appleyard were a step up in opposition.

It was an early start on Sunday morning and the umpires were doing their job of measuring the rinks which were going to be played on to check that they were all legal. It is not always appreciated the amount of preparatory work which takes place at National level matches.

The two sides were happy to be photographed before the serious business started.

Appleyard had paid Canterbury the compliment of bringing their first team to play against them. They included the former English Women's Team Captain and now English Women's Team Manager, Sandy Hazell. The up and coming star of the Under 25's England Women, Imogen Jenner, together with four other England players, past and present.

We'd like to announce a major upset, but after a few closely fought ends, the greater experience and consistency of the visitors overcame our ladies as they slid to an honourable defeat.

We will now follow the progress of these Appleyard women and hope that they end up being English Top Club champions.

Thursday 6 June - coaches doing a grand job

If your open day is very successful, that is a good thing, but it puts a great strain on our coaching team of Michael Hutchison, Maddie McConomy and Carleton Horner as they have to arrange the subsequent coaching programme. They are all volunteers and their time is freely given. The participants get their coaching for free and the coaches get the satisfaction of showing their charges how bowls can be fun, with the hope that this is a start for them of a long term relationship with the sport.

Carleton (the one in the shorts) together with three enthusiastic new bowlers yesterday


Wednesday 5 June - under 25's progress 

Kent are currently the holders of the National competition for men under 25 (the White Rose Trophy), the finals of which are held at Leamington in the autumn. The first round of the White Rose was held at Maidstone last weekend when Kent took on Surrey. Both Joe Vandepeer and Tom Attaway from our club played a part in the 41-34 victory.

The next stage is a double-header to be held at Horsham Bowls Club in Sussex on Sunday 16 June. Kent will play Buckinghamshire in the morning and, if successful, will play either Sussex or Hampshire in the afternoon to see who will represent the South in the later stages of the Trophy.

The teams have not yet been published for these matches.

Sunday 2 June - photography challenge

A while ago we challenged you to replace the photo below with a new one. We invited you to be adventurous and to send us your masterpieces.

It would be an exaggeration to say that we had been deluged with entries.

At an early stage we decided that the Artificial Intelligence revolution might solve the problem of refreshing our Home Page image and we plugged in the desirable descriptors such as "lawn bowls", "players having a good time", "nice surroundings", "Canterbury" etc.

The results were not quite what we had in mind:

So this is the AI future; you have been warned. In the interim, we decided to take the photo submitted by Robert Page as our flagship picture, but having made a change we will keep an open invitation to all Club members to provide us with further images which show what a great place our Club is to play bowls.

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