National recognition for Joe Justin of Carterton BC

Ryan Full, our Under 25's Manager writes:
As you all know, our very own Joe Justin had his Under 25s National Trial on Saturday up at Victoria Park BC in Leamington Spa, and after a brilliant display of his talent across both trial games, I am thrilled to say he has been awarded with Reserve place in the England Junior National Squad for the Junior International series in Belfast in September.
Whilst I am sure you will share with me, and all who know of Joe's ability, a sense of disappointment that he's not in the starting line up, it is still a remarkable achievement and may I say long overdue, especially after his first trial, and considering the amount of strength and pedigree at that level, to break into the top 15 Junior bowlers in England on his bowling ability alone, is a massive achievement and I have no doubt, knowing Joe, he will go one better next year! 
Congratulations Joe, you've made all of us, and more importantly yourself, very proud.
As well as Joe making a name for himself this weekend in Leamington, we also had Ronnie Marson, Gethin Osling and Kaylem Curley, all representing themselves, their club and the county at the Junior International Development Day on the Sunday (19May), joining Under 18s from all across England in a series of coaching drills and games. All three gave a strong account of their skills and maturity, well done lads!
As I keep saying, the future is bright for Oxfordshire Bowls, lets keep supporting our young & new talent, and give them all our support to achieve great things in bowls.

OBL League Cup Final 2023

This year’s League Cup final saw defending champions Headington A make it a League and Cup double for the third year in a row, securing a nail-biting victory against close rivals Banbury Central A in a repeat of last year’s final.

Once again hosted under the floodlights at Kidlington, Headington were quickest out of the blocks, opening up a 19 shot lead on the game after just 7 ends. At the halfway stage,Headington remained ahead on 3 of the 4 rinks, with captain Mark Charlett’s four leading the charge.

However, in a game of 2 halves, Central adjusted far better to the floodlights and the changing green conditions, mounting a terrific comeback to push the match to an exciting climax.

With the Central skips of AJ Doherty, Nigel Galletly and Will Campion winning most of the remaining ends, Headington’s comfortable lead started to reduce rapidly.

Thankfully for Headington, Jason King’s four had finished their game early, coming off with a resounding 25-6 victory. However, with Central’s captain Will Campion last to finish and well up on their rink, he was able to kill the final end twice to try and pick up the shots needed.  Like last year’s final though, Will’s strong finish was once again to no avail, as Headington secured victory by 5 shots overall.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented afterwards, ‘The final was played in great spirit, and was a fitting climax to the League season. I would like to congratulate Banbury Central on a really good comeback and for pushing us so close once again. I would also like to thank my own team for securing the League and Cup double, along with the Hawker Cup. A huge thanks to the League and Cup sponsor Chris Quainton, and to Kidlington Bowls Club for being great hosts and supporters of the competition’.

The League Cupsponsor Chris Quainton presented the trophy to Headington’s Mark Charlett, congratulating both teams for an excellent and exciting final.

Headington A,  70–Banbury Central A,  65: 

Ian Snowdon 14, Nigel Galletly 17; Nathan Lewis 12, Will Campion 29; Mark Charlett 19, AJ Doherty 13; Jason King 25, Keith McNeil 6.

BOL Champion of Champions 2023

2023 Champion of Champions (Ladies)

This was held at Kidlington on Saturday September 9 in very warm conditions!

Fifteen ladies, from the following clubs, took part:

Adderbury – Claudia Stokes

Banbury Borough – Margaret Morris

Banbury Central – Carole Galletly

Blackbird Leys – Emily Baldwin

Carterton – Claire Walker

Charlbury – Cynthia Briant

Chipping Norton – Linda Boyd

Kidlington – Joy Williams

OUP – Beryl Fisher

South Oxford – Jennie Lynch

Watlington – Caroline Auger

West Oxford – Maggie Painton

Witney Mills – Lyn Dunsby

West Witney – Jazzmin Alder

Woodstock – Barbara Burton

Through to the semi-finals were Linda Boyd and Carole Galletly, with Carole running out winner by 15 - 3, and Jennie Lynch and Margaret Morris who had a very tight match, Jennie eventually winning 12 – 9.

The eventual champion was Carole Galletly (15 – 6), the fourth occasion she has held this title.  Congratulations to her!    (see photos below)

Many thanks to Kidlington for hosting the competition (and for providing a delicious lunch), to all those who turned up to mark, and to umpire Paul Comley.

President Pat Ray presenting the Champion of Champions trophy to Carol Galletly ( Banbury Central)

Carol Galletly (winner) with finalist Jenny Lynch (South Oxford)

Hawker Cup 2023


Hawker Cup Winners 2023 - Headington A team.

BOL Success at National Finals

Congratulations to our Lady bowlers from Oxfordshire who have achieved magnificent results in the 2023 National Finals at Leamington Spa:

Junior Pairs Semi finalists and losing by just one shot for an extra end to win a place in the final (Georgina Fuszard and Zoe Pratley)

Semi finalists in the Fours (Donna Grant, Carol Gaskins, Katherine Hawes-Watts and Lorraine Kuhler).

Semi finalists in the Triples (Donna Grant, Katherine Hawes-Watts and Lorraine Kuhler).
And after superb bowling National Pairs Winners (Carol Gaskins and Donna Knight) Photo attached

OBA Domestic Finals - Sunday 6 August

  Chipping Norton Bowls Club hosted the OBA Domestic Cup semi-finals and finals this weekend, on Sunday 6 August.  

Results were as follows:

    ALLISON CUP - semi-finals 

                                    Matt Osling (Cart)   21        bt       Russell Vircavs (Ban Chest)  17

                                    Dave Pearce-Jones (Cart)  19  lost to  Ian Gilbert (Ban Cent)   21

    LONGFORD CUP - Semi-finals 

                                    Tim Jupp (Cart)    21          bt        Paul Costin (Head)  15

                                    Mick Jelfs (Add)    15     lost to      Othman Shariff (Oxf C&C)  21

    OFFICERS CUP - Semi-final at 10 am:

                                    Richard Morris (Ban Chest)  9  lost to  Brian Bloomfield (Wit T)  21

                                     David Lattimore (C.N)  16   lost to  Roy Radband (Wit T)  21 


       FINALS .      Allison Cup

                                     Matt Osling (Cart)   18   lost to  Ian Gilbert (Ban Cent)   21

                           Longford Cup   

                                      Tim Jupp (Cart)   11   lost to   Othman Shariff (Oxf C&C)  21

                           Officers Cup

                                     Brian Bloomfield (Wit T)  21  beat  Roy Radband (Wit T)  13




Allison Cup Winner - Ian Gilbert (Banbury Central)