TWBS Bowls Society Open Pairs Title goes to Kyle and Cameron!

TWBS Bowls Society Open Pairs Title goes to Kyle and Cameron!

Congratulations to Kyle Ferguson and Cameron Pinder of Year 10 who are this year’s TWBS Bowls Society Open Pairs Champions. A 6-0 result in their final game means that the boys win the league by 1 point, just pipping top seeds Louisa and Kira of the Newlands Girls’ School to the Title. The final league table is as follows: It has been a great year for the boys in the Bowls Society!  A total of 21 boys have played the game since its inception last year, six of whom have gone on to play fixtures for the Met Police Bowls Association, four of whom have since become paid up members of Desborough Bowls Club, with one continuing his membership of Iver Heath Bowls Club, and five have been invited to represent the county at U25 level alongside some excellent England U25 Internationals. With discussions currently taking place about forming a Berkshire Schools Bowls League with an initial four to five schools and a Berkshire Schools Singles competition commencing next year with TWBS Bowls Society and Desborough Bowls Club at the forefront, there is much to be excited about. For those students interested in taking part next year please come and see me in the Maths Department. Mr D...
Five students from TWBS Bowls Society play for the county

Five students from TWBS Bowls Society play for the county

On Sunday 3rd June Owen Davies, Fionn O’Neill, Kyle Ferguson and Bradley Harcup from Year 10 were selected to play for Berkshire County U25s against Oxfordshire. The boys from Windsor performed very well in their first ever fixture for the county, in a match that was always going to be a challenge, since they were playing against bowlers who have a great deal more experience and time playing the game, some of whom are Junior International grade bowlers.  Owen in particular had only just returned from the school rugby tour to Canada and was still jet lagged and there was a sickness bug going around!  However, some good bowling from the boys and noticeably great bowling from Kyle Ferguson, resulted in a victory for Berkshire against Oxfordshire and the boys should be very pleased with this result!  One end in particular saw the rink from The Windsor Boys’ School pick up a sizeable five shots. Also, congratulations to Callum Mockett in Year 9 who has also been selected this year to play for the county.  He however will be representing Buckinghamshire County U25s and with fixtures between Berkshire and Buckinghamshire still to come we could have five of our students all on the same green at the same time playing bowls at a similarly high county standard. Mr D...
The Windsor Boys’ School join up with Berkshire County U25s in an historic first

The Windsor Boys’ School join up with Berkshire County U25s in an historic first

On Sunday 6th May, four boys from The Windsor Boys’ School travelled to Thatcham Bowls Club to join up with the Berkshire County U25s in their annual Get Together.  They were joined by four girls from the Newlands Girls’ School; all eight bowlers have recently joined Desborough Bowls Club.  They were invited to bowl by Barry Dillon, the U25 Team Manager, after hearing such great news as to their progress over recent months.  The girls’ manager Gill also came along to see the quality of the bowling. All eight bowlers were quite nervous on arrival as this was only their second time ever on an outdoor green, and just a couple of rinks down were National and International bowlers of a similar age to them.  Thankfully both schools received great support and encouragement from the parents that travelled down with them and stepped onto the green with increasing confidence.  Barry invited both schools to play a match against each other and placed one of his best coaches, Jeff, on the rink to talk them through the finer details of the game. And so, The Windsor Boys’ School were about to play in an historic game of bowls… the first ever outdoor bowls match between two schools in Berkshire!  Wearing the colours of The Windsor Boys’ School were, playing Lead Fionn O’Neill, Two Owen Davies, Three Kyle Ferguson and Skip Bradley Harcup.  They were up against Katie, Simran, Kira and Poppie of Newlands Girls’ School. The going was tough at first as both schools struggled to adapt to the outdoor conditions on a very hot and dry day.  The pace of...
A shock result and the title race is wide open!

A shock result and the title race is wide open!

Friday was to be the last round of matches in this year’s TWBS Open Pairs Tournament with three pairs matches left to play.  Unfortunately Kyle and Cameron’s match against Charles and Jack had to be postponed due to other commitments, meaning that just two of the fixtures were played. On rink three Owen and Fionn were up against Joe and Bradley, and with Barry Dillon the County U-25 Team Manager watching from the sides there was a lot resting on this game.  “I’m nervous sir.  He keeps watching me!”  And watch the boys intently he did… he was scouting for bowlers who could make the grade and represent the county of Berkshire in this year’s National Championships! The game started slowly, and both sides struggled to find the pace of the green, with singles shared on the first three ends.  But as the game progressed, Owen playing as Lead got stronger and stronger and had one of his best games this year.  Bradley, time and again had to rescue the end, and he managed this on quite a few occasions, but the quality of bowling from Owen and Fionn was too great as they picked up a big count on the fourth end.  On one occasion, Joe and Bradley looked to get back into the match with a big score of their own but Fionn, with the U-25 Team Manager watching on, fired superbly killing the end, picking up a score of their own on the next end.  Fionn and Owen eventually won the match 8-2. On rink 5 it was an all Newlands Girls’ School affair with Louisa...
Controversial tactics, a tense last end, mind games, sledging, and a thumping win…  just an average day at TWBS Bowls Society!

Controversial tactics, a tense last end, mind games, sledging, and a thumping win… just an average day at TWBS Bowls Society!

Friday’s matches at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club were the fourth round of matches to be played in the TWBS Open Pairs.  The first game up saw Bradley Harcup and Joe Napier against top seeds Louisa and Kira of Newlands Girls’ School.  Louisa and Kira were clear favourites going into the match but some incredible bowling by both Joe and Bradley early on suggested an upset was on the cards.  A tight first end went the way of the boys, with the girls unable to get past some blockers by Joe and a close bowl by Bradley.  Both boys looked quite chuffed with themselves since I don’t think even they thought they could win a single end.  End two, and the girls bowled five cracking bowls into the head, showing the class that we have all come to expect of them, and at five down Bradley stood on the mat already under incredible pressure.  Well, Bradley doesn’t understand the word pressure and bowled a phenomenal front toucher finishing just an inch off the jack and lying shot.  A huge round of applause from the coaches watching and the girls looked rattled, Louisa firing with her last, just missing the head to the left.  2-0 to the boys.  Could they pull off an upset? Unfortunately the girls then showed their class going 8-2 up in 3 quick ends as they asserted themselves on the game, but a great bowl from Joe and some clever bowling from Bradley was enough to grab a single going into the last end 8-3 down needing to pick up a five.  Then, something akin to Italy versus...
A big win but not enough to hold on to top spot

A big win but not enough to hold on to top spot

Kyle Ferguson and Cameron Pinder went into Friday’s match top of the league, knowing that a good result would hopefully keep them above their rivals Louisa and Kira.  Some excellent bowling by both Kyle and Cameron, against a spirited display by Katie and Simran, was too much for their opponents as they took a big 8-2 win.  Both boys seemed to look at each other after the game with a nod of approval, “Job done!”. However, a victory for Louisa and Kira, and a score line of 10 shots for the girls would be enough for them to take top spot.  “Oh no Fionn, we’re against the girls!” a worried Owen Davies could be heard saying to his bowls partner, and he had plenty to be concerned about!  Such is the ability of these two girls from Newlands Girls’ School that it was as if the boys had lost the game before they took to the green.  Other than a consolation single on the third end the boys were absolutely battered.  It was clear that both girls knew that they needed to score big to go top and it showed.  Playing the last end, the score 9-1 to the girls, and the league tied at the top 29 points apiece, Louisa and Kira knew that just a single shot would be enough to take top spot going into next week’s fixtures.  However, the girls were not content with scoring just a single.  As the last wood came to a halt Fionn O’Neill conceded the end, “Two shots to you then…”.  “Er! No!  It’s three shots to us!” exclaimed Kira. ...
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