Following on from last year’s highly popular club open day, Stoke Park Bowling Club are inviting everybody to come and try their hand and the fantastic sport of bowls.

All equipment will be provided, all that we ask is that guests come wearing flat-bottomed shoes. Parking is free and the bar will be open. Prizes, music and basic coaching will be provided to get you started.

If you’re interested in joining a friendly and competitive bowls club in Guildford, whether you’re completely new to the sport or a seasoned old hand, this is a great opportunity to meet some of the club members and sign up. But no pressure – if you just want to see what all the fuss is about and have a free game in the fresh air with your friends and family, you’re assured a warm welcome.

No need to book, but if possible, please register your interest through Facebook here: https://fb.me/e/1ANX1Yq3G

Stoke Park’s Rodney Morrison claimed victory in the Surrey Men’s Two-Wood singles final on Sunday. Facing opponent Paul Bennet of Old Coulsdon Bowling Club, Rodney triumphed by 15 shots to 4.

Rodney’s path to victory included a 1 shot victory in the quarter finals and a 5 shot semi-final win. These successes mean that he has gained his County Badge and will be invited to play for Surrey.

The club are enormously proud of Rodney, not just for his fantastic achievements here, but as one of our club coaches, for his willingness to share his knowledge with fellow members and new starters.

Rodney Morrison receives his two-wood singles championship trophy at Croydon BC.
Rodney Morrison receives his two-wood singles championship trophy at Croydon BC.
Rodney Morrison (right) and finalist Paul Bennet (left).

A capacity contingent of 30 players took part in the annual one-day Murley Triples competition on Saturday 5th September. With ten teams of triples, the competition was fought over four round-robin matches, with the top two teams proceeding to a final.

Congratulations to Peter, Mike and Chris (left to right in the photo, below) who won the Murley Triples competition on Saturday 5th September after a very close final The gallant runners-up were Larry, Ken and David.

The Wednesday night open league is set for a thrilling final game of the season, with four players in contention for the Top10 Open League trophy. With a maximum of six points available from the final game, newbie David Loveder leads the league by three points, but will miss the final game as he’s off on holiday (commitment, man!). With Chris How and Alfie Simmons both three points behind and Guildford’s musical and bowls legend Francis Greene 4 points behind, it’s anybody’s guess who will win.

To the victor goes the eternal satisfaction of triumph and a tiny trophy. To the losers, nothing except the honour of a well fought contest in a testing year.

With Covid interrupting most of the season, it’s been wonderful to have 24 players taking part on Wednesday evenings, some getting their very first taste of the club and the sport.

The full league table is published on the Top10 League page.

The open Top Ten league will start up in August and commence til the close of the season. Stating Wednesday 5th August and continuing every Wednesday until mid September, the relaxed “come as you are” bowls evening will inject some gentle competition in to a season which has mainly consisted of private practice, given the covid safety measures required.

Players and watchers are all welcome. Players are invited to arrive from 6pm for a 6:30 start. No special attire is required. The format will aim to be randomly drawn pairs. Non-members are welcome to join in. Those new to bowls are recommended to contact the organiser, Alfie Simmons on to ensure equipment is ready for you and these is sufficient space.

Social distancing, cleaning and hygiene processes will be followed in light of the covid 19 situation. The clubhouse will be open and masks are mandated whilst inside.

The bar will be open, and thanks to a new card payment machine, contactless card payment will be available (and much preferred, thanks).

It has been dubbed lawn bowls’ answer to Twenty20 cricket.

A new bowls competition featuring shorter games returns for its second year this May. The Fast5 Open League has been designed to be an entertaining spectacle and exciting to play.  To accompany the weekly club social night, the 10-end quick match evening format is ideal for the working person. Players can simply turn up, be drawn with a partner, and play with whomever’s there.

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