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Last Tuesday Mary McGreal, Nikki Rochelle and Bet Grieve from West End played Mary Moynihan, Judith Holroyd and Josie Gillingham from Trenance in the final of the ‘Mary Barratt’ triples competition, the game was close and low scoring until the last three ends when the home side pulled away to win, a first success for the club in this competition. Games continued on Wednesday with the finals of the remaining club competitions, the mixed triples was played between Janet Stevens, Mark Needs and skip Pat McCarthy against Martin Witcombe, Lois Knapp and skip Alvin May, in a game where the lead was constantly changing and the score 17 all going in to the last end Pat’s team managed to win by 2 shots. The mens pairs was played between Malc McCarthy and Alan Parker against Joel Januario and Martin Witcombe, Joel and Martin gave good account of themselves but the experience of Malc and Alan proved too strong and ran out winners.These games were followed by the mens and ladies 4 wood singles finals, in the mens Malc McCarthy played Alan Parker and whilst Malc got off to a good start once Alan found his line and length won the match 21 shots to 16. In the ladies final Pat McCarthy took on Pauline Thorne and in a close game Pauline won 21 shots to 17. On Saturday the club completed the season with a fancy dress roll up which was well supported with most players in fancy dress. The club will remain open until the end of this week and possibly beyond if the weather holds good.
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Press report w/e 8th Septemeber 2019

Pat McCarthy wins first all ladies singles final

Newquay West End had their annual bowls festival last week thanks to the support of local sponsors Andrew Henwood funeral director who supports both ourselves and Trenance, and two new sponsors White Acres holiday park and the Sailors Arms, both of which agreed at very short notice for which we thank them and look forward to a long relationship. Sainsbury kindly donated 8 car parking spaces for the week which was an incredible help. Local businesses also supported us with items for our raffles and items for our auction from, Bookers, Carnmarth Hotel, Floortech West, Little Gem, Mannings Hotel, Newquay Zoo, Sailors Arms, Sainsburys, Truscotts, The Walkabout, The Griffin Inn, and The Cribber.

The Festival was very well attended so much so that next year entries will be caped to 64 singles 32 pairs and 32 triples on a first come basis, anyone interested in entering next season email taclowcoth@aol.com. Many of the competitors travelling great distances from all over the country to play, but Bob Brownlee who comes every year wins the title of furthest journey as he comes all the way from Australia to participate. The weather was mainly dry with the exception of Friday, but this did not dampen spirits and a good standard of bowling continued.

We had two unfortunate incidents which put a bit of a damper on the week, Mike Blakeman a long time competitor who travelled down from Gloucestershire every year to take part during the first game of the day, collapsed on the green and sadly passed away despite the best efforts of the emergency services who responded very quickly. Two days later another competitor collapsed and the emergency services attended and this time saved the day. I cannot thank them enough, both the ambulance service and Town Beach RNLI life guards who were both in attendance at both incidents.

After Mikes passing play was suspended until the following day as a mark of respect, and knowing Mike as I did I know he would have wanted us to continue with the Festival, we had a minutes silence and again at the presentation and flew the club flag at half mast for the rest of the week in respect.

On the Wednesday play started at 8am and continued right though to a dimpsy 8pm with reduced ends matches but we caught up thanks to the cooperation of all the competitors. The green played very well according to those who won their matches the only complaints coming from the losers. The heads were tight and the bowling was of a very high standard so the green must have been playing well.

Finals day was on Saturday and the weather thankfully stayed dry, the club was well supported with many spectators who had a great time watching a feast of bowling. The first final on at 10 am was local pairing Terry Williams and Barrie Stephens playing Redruth pairing Brian Morrish and Glynn Pettifor, it was a great game keeping the spectators enthralled with the local pairing of Barrie and Terry winning to the crowd’s delight.   

The next game on at about 1pm was a Trenance trio of Janice and Steve Bridge skipped by Paul Sutcliffe, they were playing a all male Southampton trio, and went into the last end 17 points all but despite their best efforts the local team dropped a 2, they should be very proud of their performance, all three played very well.

The Open Singles final was the most anticipated match as it was the first time in the Festivals 32 year history that we had an all women final, Gloucestershire Johns player and 4 x England trialist Iona Bird was playing West Ends own Pat McCarthy. The game started on schedule at 2.30 with a nip and tuck start to 5 all, then Iona found her feet and charged ahead to 13 points to 6, Pat then got her gander up and scored a four to pull herself back into the game, doggedly she fought to even the score at 13 all. The game was a stunning display of bowling when Iona was holding, Pats determination showed and the crowd applauded both players. Pat was the definite underdog despite that she was on 20 points to Ionas 16, Iona started the end with a back toucher and picked up a 1 meaning either player could win the game in one end. Iona bowled three great woods to hold 3 when Pat pushed her own wood in for third wood to relieve the pressure, the atmosphere could have been cut with a knife, Iona’s last wood didn’t count, Pat got on the mat, got ready to bowl, got off the mat changed her hand and bowled her last wood, she played with controlled weight and took the jack back with a perfect contact   to score the shot she needed. The crowd erupted; the two ladies shook hands and cuddled to end a great game that was played in the best of spirits.

After a minutes silence, thanks were given by President Malc McCarthy, Sponsor Andrew Henwood presented the players with their trophies, an engraved glass and winnings to round off a difficult but enjoyable Festival for another year. Entries for next year are open and all the competitions singles pairs and triples are open to teams of one sex or mixed sexes.

Report w/e 25th August from Nikki Rochelle

Last Thursday the club played the annual ‘Ladies v Men’ match which was keenly contested and resulted in a good win for the men. Congratulations to Pauline Thorne, Bet Grieve and Pat McCarthy who won the group final of the Ladies Triples at Mylor on Friday, in other finals the pairs, rinks and champion of champions lost to teams from Chacewater and the Two wood pairs lost to Trenance. In the May Barratt semi-final Mary McGreal, Nikki Rochelle and Bet Grieve beat Penryn and will now play Trenance in the final at West End on 10th September. Our annual festival starts on Sunday and runs through until 6th September, food and drinks are available all day and all spectators are welcome.

Report w/e 18th August from Nikki Rochelle

Congratulations to the men who have won the Div 3 league and were presented with the trophy after their final game last week. The ladies have finished both Date and Rippon leagues while the two wood mixed triples league is also drawing to a close. We were pleased to host a touring side from Canterbury on Wednesday who enjoyed a friendly afternoon bowling followed by tea and presentations in the clubhouse. Good luck to Pat McCarthy who is playing in the Group final of the Champion of Champions on Sunday afternoon at Mylor and also Bet Grieve, Nikki Rochelle and Pauline Thorne who compete in group finals this weekend. Good luck also to June Jobbins who will be competing in the County quarter final of the Kernow Cup at Bodmin on Friday 29th August. We now look forward to competing in the Trenance tournament which starts 24th August for one week followed by our Festival commencing 1st September. 

The men unfortunately have had to pull out of the Summer Triples League as the second game clashes with Trenance BC Tournament which many of our players support, also should we have won the final would have clashed with West Ends Festival which would have put us in an impossible situation. Congratulations to John Jenareo who beat Alvin May in the final of the men's handicap singles, John having to get 22 to Alvin's 26 points;  Alvin then went on to win the Veterans singles in the afternoon, an open competition, against Nikki Rochelle, well done to all the finalists. More finals to follow.

Report w/e 18th August from Nikki Rochelle


Congratulations to June Jobbins who won the group final of the Kernow Cup at Mylor on Monday and now goes on to play the County quarter final at Bodmin on 29th August. On Tuesday afternoon the ladies Date team played at Trenance and won on one rink but lost on the other with Trenance gaining sufficient shots for an overall win. On Thursday Bet Grieve, June Jobbins, Pauline Thorne and Pat McCarthy travelled to Mylor to play in the county Over 55 singles, all had good close games and Pauline returned on Friday to play in the green final where she was beaten by Jossie Gillingham of Trenance. We ended the week on a hot Sunday afternoon enjoying a friendly home game against local opposition from Perranporth.

On Monday West End played St Austell C away, it was a lovely evening with West End winning 4 of the 5 points on offer. On Tuesday the men played at home against Stenalees C, it was a hard fought game with Stenalees winning on two rinks but fortunately Malc McCarthy's rink won by enough points to claim the overall win and extra 2 points. Thursday we travelled away to Grampound to play their A team in Division 2. It was a great evening with the pressure on Grampound as they needed 3.5 points to win the league for promotion to Div 1. Malc McCarthy’s rink won so we only needed one more point to allow Probus to win the league, it was very tight with Barrie Stephens rink only losing by one shot giving Grampound the title, well done Grampound and good luck in Division 1. On Friday we played Trenance D at home, we had a great evening and won 4 of the points on offer which guaranteed West End to be winners of Division three. This does not mean promotion as we already play in Division 2. Congratulations to Paddy May who represented the club in the youths Tol Pedn at St Stephen.


   Thanks go to all the club members, especially these members who played in the                triples -  

Arthur Booker
Annie Collins
Ron Green
Trevor Grieve
Betty Grieve
Linda Howarth
Harry Jewell
Mike Jobbins
Alvin May
Malcolm McCarthy
Pat McCarthy
Lionel McCarthy
Marjory McKenny
Glen Merrifield
Alan Parker
Chris Parker
John Raynor
Barry Stephens
Nigel Stephens
David Stevens
Janet Stevens
Ken Wynne

A special mention to Malc McCarthy & Barry Stephens who played in all games 

Report w/e 22nd July by Nicola Rochelle

Congratulations to June Jobbins who has made it through to the Group final of the Kernow Cup after a close and well contested semi-final game winning 21-20 at Truro last Tuesday, a day when West End also played in the Group semi-final of the Top Team against Chacewater. Well done to Dot Davenport and Pauline Thorne who won both singles while both the pairs and triples played well only losing on the last end by one shot in both matches and losing overall 3 rinks to 2. On Wednesday we hosted Truro in a Rippon match which resulted in a draw while on Friday we lost away at Chacewater. The final of the Group Millennium was played on a damp Friday evening at Trenance against St Austell, the team put up a good fight and won on one rink but lost on the other 2 giving St Austell an overall win.

On Monday the men played at home in Division 2 against Grampound, it was a hard-fought game played in good spirits with Newquay taking 4 of the 5 points on offer.

On Thursday we played Heavy Transport B, again we had a lovely evening and gained 4 of the 5 points

Commiserations to Alan Parker and Alvin May who lost the group final of the Benevolent pairs by one shot to the last wood of the match. Malc McCarthy suffered a similar fate in his group final of the Champion of champions against St Austell’s Ian Drew, it was a good game but 

Ian won well!

Press report w/e 14th July by Nicola Rochelle

On 8th July Bet Grieve, Pauline Thorne, Nikki Rochelle and Pat McCarthy competed in the county quarter finals of the Senior 4’s at Camborne but lost to a team from Helston, on Tuesday the Rippon team had a good away win at Carnon Downs and on Thursday Pauline and Pat and Bet and Nikki competed in the over 55 pairs at Trenance, Bet and Nikki won two games and went on to play at Chacewater on Friday where they lost in a close game to Chacewater. Congratulations to June Jobbins for reaching the semi final of the Kernow Cup to be played at Truro on Tuesday 16th July, also to Bet Grieve for reaching the group final of the Secretaries competition but losing to Jenny Prime from Chacewater.

The mens first game was played ay Probus away Division 2 rinks. It was so tricky due to the sparse covering of grass, we struggled with the alien conditions with Probus scoring 4 of the 5 points on offer

On Tuesday we played a Division 3 triples against Heavy transport C at home with Newquay only scoring 1 of the 5 possible points available

On Wednesday afternoon we played Mevagissey in the afternoon in Division 3, here we had a better result gaining all 5 points.

We were due to play St Austell C in a rearranged Division 2 game, unfortunately they could not raise a team so we are now playing on the 6th August

Report w/e 7

th July 2019 by Nikki Rochelle

On Monday West End men played St Stephen B at home, it was a great evening with West End  drawing one rink whilst losing the others, St Stephens picking up 4.5 points, well done St Stephens.

On Tuesday we travelled to St Stephens to play triples against their C team, West End won on one rink but despite losing on two rinks gained 3 of the five points on offer. Congratulations to Alan Parker and Alvin May who played Heavy Transports Peter Moyle and Zach Busby in the benevolent pairs progressing to the group final, well done boys. Congratulations also go to Malc McCarthy who won his Group semi final against St Columbs Paul Smallman to progress to the Group final against St Austells Ian Drew.

St Columb came to visit us on Thursday and played a Division 3 match, West End won on all three rinks taking the full five points.

On Friday we travelled to Grampound to play their B team in the triples we had a great evening the result being West End took 4 of the 5 points on offer.

On Sunday the men played their pairs competition with the final being between Mike Jobbins and Alan Parker and Trev Grieve and Malc McCarthy, it was a close game in blistering heat with Trev and Malc winning the title. Congratulations to Pauline Thorne and Bet Grieve who were winners of the Group 4 green Benevolent 2 wood pairs at Truro on Thursday.

The Ladies Rippon team had a good win away at Truro on Monday whilst the Date team won on one rink at Mylor but lost overall. The Captains Shield team lost to Chacewater on Friday by 4 shots. On Sunday Pauline Thorne, Bet Grieve and Pat McCarthy won their National county triples quarter final game at Bodmin but lost in the semi final against St Austell. On Monday Pauline, Bet, Nikki and Pat played the county quarter of the Senior 4’s but lost to Helston, we now look forward to playing in the County over 55 pairs at Trenance on Thursday. The club ladies pairs was played on Sunday where Mary McGreal and Janet Stevens were worthy champions. 

Report w/e 30th June 2019 by Nikki Rochelle

This was another busy week for the Ladies of West End with 2 Rippon and a Date league match all at home and winning all 3 games. Congratulation to Pauline Thorne , Bet Grieve, Nikki Rochelle and Pat McCarthy who won the Senior 4’s Group 4 green final at Chacewater on Friday and now go forward to the County quarter finals at Camborne next Monday. Good luck to Pat, Pauline and Bet who are playing in the County National Triples at Bodmin on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon we welcomed members of Torpoint Bowls Club for a Friendly fixture and enjoyed a good afternoon of bowling followed by a chat and few drinks in the club house before catching the coach home.

The men’s results as follows: played Div 2 V Trenance away and picked up 1 point

on Wednesday we played away against Mevagissey in boiling heat and gained 4 points, on Thursday Imerys A came to us, thanks to a healthy win on L McCarthys rink we took 3 points.

Bowls report w/e 2nd June by Nicola Rochelle

Last week the men played one Div 3 match against Veryan and suffered their first defeat of the season losing on two rinks. The ladies Rippon team went to Mawnan and after a close contest lost 16 – 15. The Date team also lost against Chacewater, on a more of a positive note the Millennium team won against Heavy Transport and on Monday the ladies Rippon team had a home win against Perranporth. Congratulations to Pauline Thorne and Pat McCarthy who had a good win in the National Senior pairs and Pauline Thorne, Bet Grieve, Nikki Rochelle and Pat McCarthy who had a good win in the National Senior Fours We are holding our first community prize BINGO on June 7. Doors open 6.30, eyes down 7 pm. The bar will be open. This will, we hope, be one of many, all welcome.

Weekly report - w/e 26th May by Nikki Rochelle

Kerry Bowls Tourists- (Welsh not Irish)

In the first week in May the men played two Div 3 games and were successful in both gaining the maximum 5 points in each game, last week they played two Div 2 games and were successful against St Columb gaining 5 points but lost to Trenance gaining one point. The ladies played their first Rippon games and won one and lost one while the Date team went to Falmouth and came away with one point, winning on one rink.

Congratulations to Pauline Thorne, Bet Grieve and Pat McCarthy who are the National Triples Group 4 green winners and have qualified to play in the county quarter finals at Bodmin on July 7th. The ladies played Stithians and Perranporth on Saturday winning both games to reach the final against Penryn on Sunday. In an exciting and close match Wets End won 16 -15. Congratulations also to Bet Grieve and Nikki Rochelle who were successful in the Group 4 stage of the National Pairs competition and have qualified to play in the county quarter finals at Truro on 9th June. Well done ladies and good luck in the next round.

On Saturday we were pleased to welcome the Kerry Bowls Club team who were here on a Daish’s tour from Wales. On a sunny afternoon all six rinks were keenly contested in a friendly manner and after 10 ends we all sat down to enjoy a Cornish cream tea. After the game we enjoyed a few drinks in the bar and were entertained with some novel presentations from the visitors.

Weekly report - w/e 14th April by Nikki Rochelle

The new bowling season at West End got off to a sunny start last Friday. President Malc welcomed all members and invited Jon Goodman, who works to promote Newquay on social media sites and Louis Gardner, Chair of Newquay Leisure and Tourism, to jointly roll the first bowls and declare the green open.

Members then stayed on to play 12 ends to get the feel of playing outside again before finishing up with a chat and few drinks in the bar. Next weekend sees us promoting the National  ‘Get into bowls’ initiative on Saturday and Sunday when we welcome anyone interested to have a free bowling session between 2pm and 4pm. We would like to thank The Griffin Inn, Fistral Financial Services, The Pavilion, Daish’s Holidays, Truscotts Fish and Chips, Trevella Park, ACE General Engineering, Christophers, Newquay Zoo, Andrew Henwood and Independent Living for their sponsorship and support. The club will now be open to the general public for 2hrs every morning from 10am (weather permitting) all equipment provided. For more information - facebook or phone 01637839039