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||Posted - 02/05/2021 : 13:52:13
The 2021 season is up and running at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club as they hosted the bowlers from Ynyddu in the first game of the2021 season. Prior to the game the club President Mr Keith Jones paid a fitting tribute to the club members who sadly passed away in recent months . Mr Terry Cavaender , Mr Gwyn Rogers, Mr Jim Oliver, Mr Tony Burston and Mr Jim O’Connor were all members or former members of the club who had given stalwart service to Bedwellty Park Bowls Club and will be sadly missed , not just as bowlers but as good friends and comrades both on and off the green. All present joined in a tribute, with a round of applause in their memory.
The game against Ynsddu was played strictly to Government Covid rules and the Monmouthshire Bowls Association advice The usual four per side has temporarily been dispensed with, with each rink consisting of three per side.
The Ynysddu side have always been welcome visitors to Tredegar and once again the game was played in an excellent spirit. The early rain held off as both sides settled into the game. The Ken Holly rink of John Ridley and club champion Craig Hughes were in good early form and pulled away in the final ends to secure a 16-8 victory.
It was nip and tuck in the early exchanges on the Martin Taylor rink, the front men Malcolm Higgs and Ian Waite matching the opposition two. Tactical sub Martyn Jones joined the rink and they eventually took the game with a 15-12 victory.
Skip Paul Jenkins with support from Steve Jenkins and Darren Bruton kept the pressure on the Ynysddu threesome and secured a victory by 21-12 with an all round excellent display. The one reverse came for the Karl Cooper rink, with Mark Warren and Warren Harries making their Bedwelty Park debuts the rink lost the final ends going down 10-17.This gave the home side a victory by 62- 49
Although it was good to record a victory there were no points at stake and it was good for both sides to get back on the greens after what has been a tragic and traumatic year for many people.
Hopefully we can move forward as a club and continue to build particularly in memory of our former players. We have enrolled a few new members and hopefully they will become a part of our club and enjoy all the benefits the club and the sport has to offer
Sadly the open day which was scheduled for Sunday May 9th has been postponed until further notice. The club pavilion is currently under going renovations which will see a new sitting and viewing area as part of the building When this is completed a new date will be set and all potential bowlers members of the public and our sponsors will be welcome to join us to view the new alterations.
The club’s league programme starts this week with Belle Vue the visitors on Wednesday for a Gwent League Fixture. Both teams travel away on the weekend with the MBA side visiting Blaina and the GBL team travelling to Caerleon.
|22 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 02/08/2021 : 14:13:07
For their latest Monmouthshire League fixture the Bedwellty Park bowlers travelled down the valley to top of the table Abercarn. Having surprisingly lost the home game the Tredegar bowlers were keen to seek a victory to strengthen their own challenge for league honours. Selecting from strength the Tredegar bowlers knew it would be a difficult task against a team and a green which can provide a strong challenge.
The visiting rink of Ken Holly, Gerraint Jones Griffiths , Craig Hughes and skip Jake Flower had the closest battle as the Abercarn four took the early initiative, Incredibly at the end of ten ends the score was eight shots to two to the home four with neither rink scoring more than one shot. Five shots on two ends saw the Tredegar rink take the lead with two to play. A four shot advantage with one to play it was looking good for the Flower four, but Abercarn weren’t finished as they looked for the rink points. However their three shots on this final end was not quite enough to overhaul the visitors who claimed the narrowest of wins
The Park quartet of Howard Bull, Ray Dunning, Paul Jenkins and Karl Cooper were never behind after conceding the first end. A controlled performance saw them gradually ease away from their counterparts, as they took the middle ends of the game to put the pressure on the home four. A ten shot lead with two to play was looking good, but again the Abercarn rink had the better of the final two ends claiming five shots , but not enough to claw back that early deficit. A six shot win was enough to claim the second rink win of the afternoon.
Claiming just four ends the home four had no answer to the impressive performance of the Bedwellty rink skipped by Martin Taylor, with superb support from Mark Warren Ian Waite and Granville Hooper they controlled the afternoon, not allowing their opponents to settle into the game. A minor consolation came as the hosts took the final end, but the visitors dominated with a 38-5 win.
With three rinks wins it was left to the final foursome to claim a full house and they did not disappoint. Shaun Andrews, Darren Bruton, Neil Packer and Wayne Hughes again took the mid game ascendency as they took the advantage. This advantage was vital as the host four had a mini revival on the final ends claiming seven shots, however the early rink performance gave them a thirteen shot victory
A superb all round team performance gave the Tredegar side maximum points with 102-49 overall victory which takes them to second place. in the table and a position from which they can challenge for the coveted top spot.
||Posted - 30/07/2021 : 17:27:42
For their final celebration game of their 120th Anniversary season the Bedwellty Park bowlers welcomed the Welsh President Mr Paul Watkins and his invitation side to Tredegar. The Welsh selection included bowlers who travelled from all over the Principality to help the Tredegar club in their celebration. Bowlers from North Wales, Newtown Montgomeryshire Carmarthen and local bowlers all came to enjoy the facilities at Bedwellty Park, with the recent upgrade making it one of the best locations in the County.
What an exceptional afternoon it proved to be with everyone joining in the celebration to make it an enjoyable after noon of bowls. Six rinks of bowls all joined in friendship and a sporting attitude to mark the occasion.
Dai Foote, Ian Waite and Paul Jenkins took on the rink skipped by Pontymister favourite Alan Goodwin. The edge just went to the Tredegar rink in the middle section of the game This was maintained as they came away with a seven shot victory.
This result was reversed as the Tredegar trio of Dai Parry, Ray Dunning and Shaun Andrews took on former Welsh President and Rhymney Gwent stalwart Noel Tippet’s rink. .Eight shots on consecutive ends gave the visitors the advantage as they eased themselves to 15-9 win
As well as they bowled the Home three of Keith Jones Malcolm Higgs and skip Karl Cooper had to give second best The away rink skipped by President Paul Watkins with Adam King of Beaufort and former Welsh President Will James in support had the Midas touch, turning over everything the home rink did and ran out easy winners.
The Tredegar trio of John Thomas, Granville Jones and Martin Taylor shared the spoils with the opposition, settling for a 14-14 draw. The President rink skipped by Bill Martin of the Newport club St Julian’s a great supporter of bowls in Wales took the game in the middle section. but a six brought the Bedwellty rink back into contention. With one to play the home three had a two shot advantage, this final end went to the visitors as they shared the spoils.
Darren Bruton skipped his treble to the highest win of the afternoon. with Steve Davies and Martyn Jones in support Despite the visitors winning most ends a vital seven on the tenth and seven on the final two ends made the difference between the rinks and an eleven shot victory was their reward.
The final rink of the afternoon again went to the home side Geraint Jones Griffiths Mark Warren and Granville Hooper claiming a 15-8 result With the ends shared the home three were having winning ends of twos and threes restricting their mid Wales opponents to just ones. This gave them an overall victory
A remarkable afternoon of bowls produced a remarkable, result whilst there are no points at stake its all about camaraderie, friendship and enjoyment. But at the end of the day there is a result and in this game the result was 81-81.
||Posted - 30/07/2021 : 16:36:35
For their latest Gwent Bowls League fixture the Tredegar bowlers of Bedwellty Park travelled to the former roman fortress town of Isca Augsta or as the residents now call it Caerleon. The town is well known for its archaeological importance, and the Tredegar bowlers dug deep on their bowling experience to record a deserved victory.
GBL fixtures have been a rare event this year with cancellations and teams dropping out of the league , but it should settle down in the coming weeks with the Tredegar side well placed to challenge for top place,
The Bedwellty foursome of Howard Bull Keith Jones Granville Jones and Ian Waite gave the visitors the early impetus as they claimed the early ends. They maintained this early advantage taking twelve of the ends played and opened up a five shot advantage. And after the final wood it was that five shot advantage that gave them a deserved 14-9 victory
The Tredegar rink of Steve Davies Karl Cooper and Darren Bruton shared the ends with the Caerleon bowlers, .but three four for the home foursome was proving the difference between the two rinks. Despite these reverses they still went to the final end holding a one shot advantage. However the home quartet had the better of the final end with four shots claiming 20-17 victory.
The Park rink of Dai Parry, Howell Jones Malcolm Higgs and skip Granville Hooper held the advantage all afternoon over their opponents A determined performance by the Tredegar bowlers overcame the Caerleon four as they took fourteen of the ends played to secure a match winning 22-9 advantage. This gave the visitors a welcome ten points to keep them in contention fourth in the table.
The next GBL fixture sees the Abergavenny side Bailey Park visit Tredegar on Saturday July 31 with 2-30 PM start
||Posted - 28/07/2021 : 07:54:36
Following a close win at New Tredegar the previous week by just 4 shots, the Bedwellty Park bowlers continued their Monmouthshire League programme as they hosted the bowlers from Rhymney Royal. Having won the away game earlier in the season, the home side were keen to complete the double and consolidate their league position. The second placed Rhymney side were also determined to maintain their league position as they battled for the points. The game proved to be a close contest with all the rinks keenly contested until the final end.
The Paul Jenkins four with Howard Bull, Steve Davies and Ken Holly in support, took their game to the final wood before the rink was decided. The opening ends were shared as the lead changed hands on a regular basis. The home rink eventually edged in front after fourteen ends with a three shot advantage. The Royal four however were not deterred and were soon level. Again the home rink took the initiative, as they searched for the all important rink win. With three to play a three shot advantage made them slight favourites, but the Royal foursome had the better of these final ends and claimed the two points with a one shot 17-16 win.
The home rink skipped by Wayne Hughes had a very similar game. The front men of Dai Parry and Malcolm Higgs had an even battle with their opponents, with Neil Packer and his skip having a nip and tuck contest with the visitors back two. By the half way stage the Tredegar foursome had a five shot advantage, but this disappeared on one loose end as the visitors took five shots to make it all square. The home four took the next few ends by a narrow margin and going into the final end had a two shot advantage. Holding three the home four looked good for another rink win, but the Royal skip drew shot with his final wood to cut down, but not quite enough for victory as the Park took another two points by just one shot.
Another close contest was playing out on rink five as the home and away rinks, fought another close encounter. Mark Warren, G J Griffiths, Darren Bruton and their skip all played their part to take the advantage over the Royal foursome. The visitors had the early lead and were looking to forge ahead as the ends were played out. But the home quartet grabbed the middle of the game picking up twelve shots to come back into contention. Two ends to play at 18-18 and it could have gone either way. The visitors claimed the penultimate end to take a two shot advantage, this set up an enthralling finish. With all woods played the thirds entered the head to decide the result A touching wood gave the home rink one shot, it now took a measure to decide the rest. Another shot to the home four making it all square, a few anxious moments, as the third shot was decided on a close measure, this went the way of the visitors as the rink played out a 20-20 draw,
The nerves were jangling as the final rink was played out with the spoils going to the victors. The home rink of Granville Jones , Ray Dunning Ian Waite and Martin Taylor were never behind until the eighteenth end, when the visiting rink took a one shot advantage. They also took the nineteenth by one to open up a two shot lead, were the home rink finished ? not by a long way a superb twentieth end saw them pick up a magnificent seven to take a five shot lead into the final end. This end went to the away four but just the one shot was not enough
.A superb if narrow victory by just four shots keeps the Tredegar side still in contention for a league title. Next up in the league is a visit to top of the table Abercarn on Saturday
On Thursday the Tredegar side play their final 120th Anniversary Celebration game against the “big three” . Having already entertained The Barbarians and The Monmouthshire Presidents Invitation side, visitors to the Park will be the Welsh Presidents Invitation side. An invitation is extended to the general public to come along to the game and enjoy the facilities at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club . Enjoy watching the game from the new Pavilion patio and enjoy a tea or coffee, or better still alcoholic refreshments with the bar open at 12-30pm with the game starting at 2-00pm
||Posted - 21/07/2021 : 14:38:12
For their latest GBL fixture the Bedwellty Park bowlers travelled down the valley to meet local rivals Blackwood. The Sirhowy Valley club were founded in 1904 just three years after the Tredegar club and are one of the oldest in Monmouthshire. Since their founding many games have been played between the clubs and its always been competitive but friendly competition and the latest fixture was no different.
Blackwood were top of the league with five wins so far, with the Tredegar side mid table. The visitors foursome skipped by Ian Waite with Keith Jones playing third had a close contest with their opposition and actually won ten of the ends played. With support from father and son Jason and Jamie Reynolds, Jamie making his club debut it was anyone’s games as the ends played out. The two front men both of whom are current Welsh Rugby League wheelchair internationals gave their skip good early woods in the head but the experienced Blackwood four were always in contention. With two to play the home four had a five shot advantage but Tredegar weren’t finished taking the final two but falling just short by two shots.
The Park rink of Bill Parry, Lee Raz another player making his debut, John Thomas and skip Darren Bruton had an early lead which they maintained until the tenth end. The Blackwood foursome took the lead and battled out the final ends to slowly forge ahead They took seven shots on the closing ends to give the home club another rink win by 15-11
The visiting quartet of Martin Taylor, Howell Jones Malcolm Higgs and skip Granville Hooper were never behind and claimed twelve ends The early ends were closely fought with visitors just keeping ahead. A surge on the final three ends took them away from their hosts as they posted a 27-12 victory
Eight points takes the Tredegar side two places up the table with quite a few games to play
||Posted - 16/07/2021 : 08:16:36
Finally the GBL side at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club were back in action. Following the postponement of many games for various reasons , the Tredegar side hosted Newport based Whiteheads, in a game originally planned for April but obviously postponed due to the Covid restrictions. On a beautiful summers afternoon it was great to see both sides out on the green and enjoying the wonderful facilities in the park
Result wise the sun shone on the Tredegar side as they completed a three rink win by 68-38 to claim maximum points and improve their league position. Although there will be no promotion this season, the club are still in with a chance of becoming League Champions with quite a few fixtures yet to be played,
On a tricky rink the visitors were soon opening up an advantage over the Bedwellty foursome of Malcolm Higgs, Dai Foote Andrew Cofeey and Shaun Andrews, after five ends they were holding a nine shot advantage. But the game of bowls is not a sprint, with each end an opportunity to get back into the game. Gradually the home four got back into the contest winning seven consecutive ends to go ahead. This comeback brought them right back into it and seemed to knock the confidence of the visitors who only won three more ends, an excellent 24-14 win was a great overall start.
The home rink of Steve Davies, Martyn Jones Karl Cooper and Granville Hooper also came from behind to secure the second rink win. Once they took the lead they built on their advantage and secured victory with an excellent mid game performance taking fourteen shots A mini revival by the visitors on the final ends saw them claim a few shots but that overall ascendency for the home rink gave them an eight shot victory and two rink points
The final rink of the afternoon also went the way of the Bedwellty bowlers, taking twelve of the ends played the Darren Bruton rink with support from Jason Reynolds John Thomas and Karl Cooper claimed an excellent twelve shot victory With the front men providing the vital early woods in the head they were able to build on this early advantage and keep the visitors at bay. As the rink was played out they continued picking up the shots and secured another rink win to give the home side maximum points
Due to another postponement the GBL side don’t return to action until next week when they visit both Blackwood and Pontypool Park. The next league fixture for the park bowlers will be a difficult challenge in an MBA fixture against old rivals and friends at the New Tredegar club
||Posted - 12/07/2021 : 10:21:20
As part of their 120th Anniversary celebrations the Bedwellty Park Bowlers were pleased to welcome to Tredegar, the Monmouthshire Bowls Association Presidents Invitation side. This year’s President Mr Tony Pask represents the Panteg House Bowls Club and his invitation team had a good representation of Monmouthshire teams
His own rink consisted of himself his Junior Vice –President Mr Gethin Hill of the Abergavenny Club and Senior Vice –President Mr Mike Jones of Caerleon. They were hosted by Club Captain Karl Cooper Club Vice Captain Malcolm Higgs and Vice Chairman John Thomas On the day the visitors were the better rink and came out on top in an entertaining encounter.
It was all square on the home rink of Howard Bull, Martyn Jones and Paul Jenkins . They hosted a Blaenavon rink and picked up one shot on the final end to level it up.
Shaun Andrews Steve Davies and Howell Jones edged the rink representing Newport Bowls Club . The Newport trio came back on the final ends but the home rink kept their momentum to take a five shot win
The Granville Hooper threesome gave the celebrating Tredegar club another victory as his rink of Jason Reynolds and Granville Jones edged out the local side RTB Ebbw Vale skipped by Mostyn Lewis.
The Blaenavon rink took the honours against Anthony Richardson Andrew Coffeey and Mark Warren, claiming the finals ends the visitors pulled away to secure their win.
It was a disappointing result but an enjoyable contest for the final rink of Phil Phillips Gerraint Jones Griffiths and Keith Jones , as they battled against the rink from Cwmbran Bowls Club. The visitors took the honours in an entertaining game .
The visitors took the game by a few shots which the President graciously declared an honourable draw.
Presentations were made after the game to acknowledge the Bedwellty Park sides Anniversary. The club are the second oldest in Monmouthshire behind Abergavenny The next celebration game is on Thursday July 29 when the Welsh President will bring his invitation side to Tredegar to continue the Anniversary Celebrations.
||Posted - 05/07/2021 : 07:45:08
For their latest MBA fixture the Bedwellty Park Bowls side travelled to Six Bells to play the team who were bottom of Division Three. After the twenty one ends on each rink had been played it was the home side who were cheering as the bells rang out, as they celebrated a thirteen shot overall victory leaving the Park side with just two points,
Prior to the game the home side had lost the seven league games they had played, and the Tredegar side were looking to boost their points total to stay in the top three. Despite this setback the visitors retain their third place, but were disappointed with just two points on a green where in recent years they have usually come out on top. The home side kick started their season with twelve match points
The only bonus for the visitors was the two points secured by the Jake Flower rink, with backup from Ken Holly, Ian Waite and Neil Packer they shared the ends in the afternoon exchanges and went into the final end all square at eighteen all. The final end went to the Park rink by the narrowest of margins giving them a one shot victory.
The Tredegar four of Mark Warren, Geraint Jones-Griffiths, Paul Jenkins and skip Karl Cooper had a similar result with just one shot separating the rinks, however it was not in favour of the Tredegar side. They were stuck on three shots for seven ends as the home four gradually took the ascendency to open up a ten shot advantage. A comeback was required and the visiting four duly obliged taking five of the next seven ends to square the match. The outcome was decided on the final two ends, the Tredegar rink went in front by one shot on the twentieth end to take the lead for the first time in the game. However the Six Bells rink weren’t finished, as they claimed a rink win by just one shot with two scoring woods on the final end.
It was disappointment for the Bedwellty foursome of Granville Hooper, Martyn Jones, Wayne Hughes and skip Martin Taylor, their opponents lead throughout the afternoon, as they went in search of the rink points. They secured the win as they bossed the final ends to take a win by 19-11
Five shots separated the final rink as the Tredegar quartet of Howard Bull, Granville Jones, Darren Bruton and skip Craig Hughes battled throughout the afternoon to secure the points, the home four finally had the better of the exchanges and secured a win by five shots.
The 67-80 defeat was not the result the visitors were looking for as they attempt to take the Division Three title, the league is now at the half way stage and the Tredeagr side will be looking to consolidate as they seek vital league points. There will be no league fixtures this week as both sides have byes
The next fixture at Bedwellty Park will be a celebration game when the Tredegar side will welcome a Monmouthshire President Invitation team to help celebrate the clubs 120th Anniversary. The game is on Thursday at 2-30 pm Visitors are welcome to enjoy the clubs facilities with the bar open at 1-00pm and seating available within Covid retractions on the clubs new patio extension.
||Posted - 28/06/2021 : 10:43:52
St Julian’s is a district in the County Borough of Newport and one the patron saint of hospitals, the visit to Tredegar by the St Julian’s bowls club on Saturday inflicted more disappointment on the home side.
The visitors were in mid table prior to the game with a fifty per cent record but should climb the table after they took twelve points off the Bedwellty Park side. It proved a disappointing afternoon for the home four of Howard Bull Ian Waite Ray Dunning and their skip. They were pegged back by the Newport rink who dominated from the beginning and took a victory by 21-5, an off day for the Tredegar four who have shown good form recently and will hope to be back on the winning path in the next league fixture
Seven winning ends was never going to be quite enough for the Park quartet of B Berry, Martyn Jones Neil Packer and Wayne Hughes. Trailing early in the exchanges they picked up a five on end thirteen to bring them back into the game, but the visitors did enough to keep in front and claim a four shot victory.
The Park rink of Granville Hooper Malcolm Higgs Mark Warren and skip Paul Jenkins secured the home sides first points of the afternoon. With very little to separate the two rinks throughout the afternoon the lead changed hands on a regular basis. However the final four ends were claimed by the home rink and this boost gave them an overall four shots win.
Save the best till last is a popular saying, and this proved to be right on the final rink. Having shared the early ends, the visiting foursome gradually eased their way in front and looked comfortable and confident with a four shot advantage with one to play. However that confidence took a knock after the final woods had been bowled, As the thirds entered the head to count the shots three woods went out in favour of the home rink of Shaun Andrews Keith Jones Darren Bruton and club captain. Karl Cooper. A measure determined the destiny of the fourth shot, again in favour of the home rink. All square and a final measure to determine the final shot. After much deliberation and a few measures that vital shot went to the home rink a superb five shot final end gave them a rink win by 17-16. Four points was disappointing return from a home fixture , but the Park bowlers remain confident of retaining their top three position.
The Gwent League side played only their second game of the season due to postponements and unfortunately sides dropping out of the league. Visitors to Bedwellty Park on Sunday were Abergavenny Avenue. Again home advantage did not help the home rinks with the visitors claiming a six shot victory 53-47. Top rink for the Tredegar side were Martin Taylor Howard Bull I Waite and Darren Bruton a 23-10 victory gave the home side their only points of the afternoon. Claiming twelve winning ends they always had the edge on the Abergavenny rink
It was disappointment for the home four of Karl Cooper Malcolm Higgs John Thomas and Granville Hooper. The visitors deservedly took the rink as they gradually increased their lead to take a ten shot victory . The rink skipped by Mark Warren were also down with support from Richard Lewis B Berry and John Ridley The Abergavenny four took control in the middle section to keep them ahead. The home four had the better of the final ends but not quite enough to bring them back into the game.
The League programme continues next weekend with the MBA tean travelling to Six Bells and the Gwent League side visiting Blackwood
||Posted - 26/06/2021 : 10:26:16
In 1901 Queen Victoria died never having heard of Bedwellty Park Bowls Club, William Mckinley was sworn in, for a second term as President of the United States and never mentioned Bedwellty Park Bowls club in his acceptance speech, Tottenham Hotspur won the FA Cup without the help of anyone from Bedwellty Park Bowls Club.
But somewhere in Tredegar possibly on the gardens by the Bandstand in Bedwellty park, the members who had founded Bedwellty park bowls gathered to form the club.
The club is the second oldest club in Monmouthshire preceded only by Abergavenny and pre dates the formation of the Monmouthshire Bowls Association.
This year the club celebrates its 120th Anniversary and as part of the celebrations the President of The Barbarians Bowls club Mr Peter Brill brought his side to Bedwellty Park. The Barbarians are an invitation side selected from all parts of the British Isles, and included bowlers from Stafford, Northampton, Somerset and local clubs. Also included in their ranks was former Welsh International Gareth Humphries with over eighty appearances for Wales and still enjoying his bowls with his home club Barry Athletic.
Whilst the result is not of a major importance games of this quality are about tradition, celebration and creating new associations and friendships but just for the record the Tredegar bowlers were winners by the narrowest possible margin 87-86
Phil Red. Granville Jones and skip Darren Bruton came out on top on their rink with a victory over the rink skipped by Rhymney Gwent stalwart and former Wales and Monmouthshire President Noel Tippet 16-11
Mark warren with front men Jason Reynolds and John Ridley in support settled for a 13-13 draw. Top Barbarian rink on the day was skipped by former Monmouthshire President Andrew Goodwin, with support from another former Monmouthshire President and Blaenau Gwent Mayor Mostyn Lewis. with support from former county player Phil Reid of Crickhowell Bowls Club on the day they overcame the home three of John Thomas, Malcolm Higgs and Paul Jenkins
The Karl Cooper three with Keith Jones and Martyn Jones gave the Park bowlers a victory by 19-7, with the Barbarians President very complimentary about the way they played and the atmosphere on the rink
Steve Davies, Shaun Andrews and skip Ray Dunning came out on top against a Barbarians rink which included another former Monmouthshire President the long serving St Julian member Billy Martin they took the game by 21-12
This year’s current Welsh President Paul Watkins, of the Cross Keys Club led his rink to a nine shot victory over the home three of Howell Jones, Steve Jenkins and Granville Hooper.
A superb afternoon was enjoyed by everyone with the visitors very complimentary about the facilities at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club. For the first time the club were able to use the new patio extension to the pavilion which gives spectators a comfortable and superb view of the green
The next celebration game takes place on Thursday July 8th when the current Monmouthshire President Tony Pask of the Panteg House club brings his invitation side to Tredegar.
||Posted - 22/06/2021 : 18:26:22
You wait ages for a bus to come along and then two come along at the same time, this is similar to Bedwellty Park Bowls Club as they secured back to back victories on consecutive weekends in the Monmouthshire League. The visit down the valley to Llanhilleth, who were top of the Division 3 table with four wins out of five, gave the Tredegar side an excellent return with just one single rink defeat.
The top rink this week went to Mark Warren, Ray Dunning, Paul Jenkins and Club Captain Karl Cooper they dominated their exchanges right from the beginning with sixteen shots on the scoreboard before the hosts responded. The domination continued as the Llanhilleth foursome took only four of the twenty one ends, two rink points and an excellent 28-5 win was an excellent start for the Park bowlers.
The Jake Flower rink with Steven Jenkins, Gerraint Jones Griffiths and Neil Packet in support, also seemed on target for another rink win, coming back from five down after the early ends, they eventually opened up a three shot advantage with one to play. However the home rink took this final end picking up three shots to level it at sixteen all.
The rink of Howard Bull, Darren Bruton, L O Connor and skip Craig Hughes also suffered early setbacks as they were down by eight shots. It got slightly worse in these early ends as the Llanhilleth four pulled away to go thirteen shots up. The Bedwellty rink had the better of the mid section game , but that early setback proved the final difference between the rink with the home side securing the rink points with a ten shot victory.
Taking the game by eleven ends to ten the Tredegar foursome of Granville Hooper, Martyn Jones, Wayne Hughes and skip Martin Taylor secured an excellent rink win, a five, two fours and two threes kept the home quartet at bay and gave the visitors a twenty seven to eighteen win to secure another two points
The eleven match points and an 87-65 victory closed the gap on the league leaders and takes the Bedwellty Park side to third place in the league. Next weeks league action sees the Newport based St Julians visit Tredegar.
On Thursday the club entertain The Barbarians in a game to celebrate the one hundred and twentieth anniversary of the club. The game starts at 2-00 pm with the bar open from 1-00pm. If you would like to come along the cubs new pavilion patio area will be partly open. With tables and chairs available for you to enjoy the game along with some liquid refreshments.
||Posted - 14/06/2021 : 08:20:56
In their latest Monmouthshire League Fixtures home advantage has not been the best friend of Bedwellty Park Bowls Club, but a three rink to one and an eighteen shot overall victory over visitors Blaina has put the Tredegar side back on course following two recent home defeats.
For many years Blaina have provided strong opposition in the Monmouthshire League and as usual for their visit to Tredegar they came looking for the points, but a determined effort by the home rinks secured twelve points and took the Park side to fourth in the league.
Across the board the Bedwellty Park bowlers claimed fifty one of the eighty four ends played, and this enabled them to secure victory by eighty shots to sixty two
The one reverse for the home bowlers saw the rink of R. Perry, Granville Hooper, Ken Holly and skip Jake Flower down by seven shots. Although taking ten ends they were restricted by the Blaina four to ones and twos. Blaina claimed two fours and three threes and this proved the main difference between the rinks
First off the green were the home foursome of Howard Bull. Gerraint Jones Griffiths, Darren Bruton and Martin Taylor. At halfway the honours were shared at eleven shots each but a determined finish by the Tredegar rink saw them pick up eight shots. The board on the bank showed them having achieved a nineteen to fourteen shot victory.
Karl Cooper with support from Dennis Turner, Martyn Jones and Mark Warren brought home the second rink victory. Having to recover from a five shot deficit early on the Park four kept on track and a six on the ninth end saw the Balina rinks lead disappear. It was close on the closing ends but the mid game ascendency from the Bedwellty Park quartet, saw them home by twenty two to eighteen.
Not always holding shot but with woods in the head the front men of Steven Jenkins and Malcolm Higgs fought out an even battle with their opposition. Having lost the first end the rink completed by third Ray Dunning and skip Paul Jenkins were never behind throughout the afternoon. The Blaina four were kept at bay as the home four dominated the middle section. to increase their lead. The Blaina foursome were stuck on seven for eight ends as the home rink pulled away. Blaina took the final two ends but it was not enough as the home four secured a seventeen shot victory.
Again the GBL side were left without a fixture due to Belle Vue pulling out of the league. The next league action sees the MBA side travel to Llanhilleth as they look for away points to strengthen their league position.
||Posted - 07/06/2021 : 08:28:26
Following their exit from the Monmouthshire Cup the previous evening the Bedwellty Park bowlers were back in league action on Saturday afternoon. Providing the opposition were the Pontypool based side Panteg House . who the Tredegar bowlers had beaten earlier in the season in the Welsh Cup. With two defeats in their previous three leagues games the Park side were keen to get back on the winning path and secure league points
Six changes in the side from the previous evening saw a few new combinations , which unlocked the home team and provided another victory away from home. Again the early exchanges were close between the rinks as both sides battled for the early advantage, At the half way stage the Bedwellty Park side held a sixteen shot overall lead, the home team clawed this deficit back with five to play across the board and came back to within just nine shots at one stage .
The one reverse for the visitors saw the home rink take three of the final four ends to claim the narrowest of victories by one shot.. After eighteen a one shot lead for the Tredegar foursome of Shaun Andrews , Ian Waite, Ken Holly and Craig Hughes meant the final ends would be tight as they sought the two points for a rink win. However the Panteg four had the better finish with a 16-15 win.
Twelve winning ends was enough to secure the rink points for the Tredegar quartet skipped by Neil Packer . Howard Bull, Gerraint Jones Griffiths and club captain Karl Cooper provided the support as they took control over the final six ends. All square after fourteen the Park bowlers kept the home rink at bay claiming six of the final seven ends and a well earned rink win and two points with a 17-12 victory
Another close encounter of the bowls kind saw the experienced Bedwellty Park foursome of Mark Warren, Granville Hooper Paul Jenkins and Lee O Connor take the honours but again by the narrowest of margins. Six shots on three ends in the final quarter of the game saw the home rink take the advantage and they were confident of a rink win having opened up a three shot advantage with three to play. The experience of the visitors rink came through as they shut out the home four on the final ends taking four shots and secure another two rink points by 18-17
The eight match points were secured for the Park bowlers as their rink of Wayne Hughes, Ray Dunning Darren Bruton and skip Martin Taylor overcame a strong home four. Never behind after the first end they gradually built up a lead to edge in front. A mid game recovery by the Panteg four saw them pick up eight shots on four ends, this did not deter the determination of the visitors who kept the pressure on their opponents on the final ends. This determined performance secured another rink win by ten shots and gave the Bedwellty Park bowlersa n excellent fifteen shot victory and a much needed twelve match points.
The battle for points in the MBA continue next Saturday with Blaina providing the opposition at The Park It is hoped the GBL can get back into action with a visit to the Newport bowlers of Belle Vue.
||Posted - 06/06/2021 : 11:29:52
An old cliché attributed to football managers was “ we are out of the cup we can now concentrate on the league” this can now be attributed to Bedwellty Park Bowls Club as they suffered a home defeat to visitors Ynysddu in the Monmouthshire Cup. The Division four club overturned what should have been home advantage to the Tredegar side and went away with a fifteen shot victory to take their place in the next round
It was a disappointing evening for the Tredegar foursome of Granville Hooper, Ian Waite Mark Warren and Ken Holly an un characteristic performance by the home rink saw them having to give the advantage to the visitors They were down by 16 before getting on the score board as the Ynysddu rink took control, The visitors continued to dominate and eventually took the game by seventeen shots
The three reaming rinks now battled for the shots , Jake Flower with support from Steve Jenkins Gerraint Jones Griffiths and Darren Bruton was down by six at the half way point but they rallied in the remaining ends to claim a 15-12 victory. Warren Harris John Thomas Neil Packer and skip Wayne Hughes shared the ends claiming nine each and indeed shared the shots as they finished all square on 11-11
Skip Craig Hughes with Malcolm Higgs Keith Jones and Lee O Connor had the early advantage opening up a seven shot lead, but they went six consecutive ends without adding to their total as the visitors came back into contention With just three to play the Ynysddu four were just edging it, Into the final end the home foursome needed four to level and five to win, the three shots they claimed left them just one behind at 16-17
The visitors were delighted with their victory the home club were left to reflect on another home defeat
||Posted - 30/05/2021 : 10:59:48
For their final WBA group match in the Welsh Cup the Bedwellty Park bowlers travelled the short distance to Beaufort. The home side are a force in Monmouthshire bowls with a strong representation of county bowlers and internationals . However the Tredegar side were not daunted and were determined to give a good account of themselves despite being the underdogs.
There is an old saying that states “ its not over until the fat lady sings” and the Bedwelty Park bowlers were hoping she could have started her rendition after fourteen ends had been played as they held the advantage. But in reality its not over until the final wood has been bowled and it was the home side who were on song in these final ends to claw back a ten shot deficit to claim their place in the knockout section.
The Tredegar bowlers came up with two winning rinks by the narrowest of margins Skip Wayne Hughes and his support Neil Packer and Martin Taylor took the honours against the Chris Kleffenz trio. A superb start in the early ends saw them open up an eleven shot advantage before the home rink put a shot on the board, however by the thirteenth end the Beaufort trio had levelled it up at 12-12. The Park Bowlers came back with a four to again secure an advantage, with three to play. The final two ends were taken by the Beaufort threesome but it was not quite enough as the visitors claimed a one shot victory
The Jake Flower rink with Shaun Andrews and Gerraint Jones Griffiths up front had a similar situation as they also at one stage held an eleven shot advantage against the Danny Davies home rink. However after the thirteenth the shots dried up for the visitors as the Beaufort trio put on the pressure . The ten shots they took on these final ends were not quite enough as the Tredegar rink just about held on to claim a one shot victory.
It was an off day for the Bedwellty rink of Howard Bull Karl Cooper and skip Lee O Connor against a strong home rink skipped by Roger Jones. A twelve shot deficit after the early ends was proving difficult to cut back .Claiming twelve of the ends played the Beaufort threesome kept the pressure on eventually taking a win by 25-12.
Ken Holly trio with Paul Jenkins and Mark Warren in support were also in contention against the Darren O Callaghan rink. They also took the early advantage and were only behind once in the first fourteen ends, but again the final ends proved the difference between the rinks. With four to play they held a three shot advantage, but Beaufort weren’t finished and took the advantage on the final four claiming nine shots to take the rink by six shots
In the end it was a disappointing result for the Bedwellty Park bowlers against the Private Greens League side but with some excellent performances throughout the afternoon and at one stage taking the advantage over their hosts, they can be pleased overall despite the defeat The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the hosts for their welcome and wish them all the best in the first knockout round when they travel to West Wales.
Finally the club’s Gwent League side have managed to play its first league Early Covid restrictions the weather and league withdrawals all contributed to a delayed start in the league programme. The first opposition of the season were Blackwood Bowls Club and the game gave the Tredegar side an opportunity to introduce some new bowlers to league competition.
The club were disappointed in the final result which gave the visitors a victory by eight shots .but the game showed there is a lot of potential in the club as the new bowlers will gain experience as they progress in the game
The top rink of the day for the hosts was the Darren Bruton foursome of Warren Harries, Richard Lewis both making their GBL debuts and third John Thomas. Claiming fifteen of the twenty one ends they secured an excellent win to take the rink by 26-13
Despite claiming ten of the ends played the park rink of former Ebbw Vale welfare stalwart Dennis Turner Martyn Jones and Granville Hooper gave support to their skip Ian Waite who was also making his GBL debut and conducted the pattern of play on his rink. The Blackwood four took control in the mid section of the game claiming twelve shots leaving the park rink slightly adrift as the ends were running out. The honours eventually went to the visitors who claimed an eleven shot victory
Again despite claiming ten of the ends played the home foursome of R Parry, GBL debutant Rob Morgan Malcolm Higgs and John Ridley came off second best to the visitors When winning ends they were taking just one shot The Blackwood four controlled the mid game section picking up fifteen shots to take the lead. The park rink took the final four ends but again it was just the one shot This mid game ascendency gave the visitors a ten shot victory.
The GBL continue this week with a visit to Bailey Park Abergavenny. Friday sees the the second round of the MBA cup when Ynysddu visit the park The MBA fixture sees them visit Panteg House who the club beat earlier in the season in the Welsh Cup
||Posted - 27/05/2021 : 08:20:18
For their latest fixture in the Monmouthshire League Bedwellty Park bowlers played host to the visitors from Abercarn . Having secured a Welsh Cup victory at Abercorn’s ground two weeks previously, the home side were confident of repeating the result against the South Monmouthshire side .However fortunes change and again the Tredegar side struggled for a result on their home green.
In a close contest the Bedwellty bowlers went down by 56 shots to 62 claiming just one rink win, this gave the visitors twelve of the fourteen points available
The Lee O Connor rink of S Jenkins G Hooper and G Jones – Griffiths came close to securing a rink win but went down on the final end 12-13 . It was a close contest throughout the evening as the visiting four were just shading the exchanges, with three to play they held the advantage with a six shot lead The home four responded picking up a vital five shots on the penultimate to level it at twelve all. It was winner take all on the final end and the visitors took it with the narrowest of margins claiming one shot and a rink win 13-12.
It was a similar result for the home foursome of Dennis Turner , Ian Waite Neil Packer and Wayne Hughes, again there was little to separate each rink . An early lead for the Tredegar rink was clawed back by the visitors who had levelled it and taken the lead after ten ends.The ascendency went back to the home four with six shots in two ends but the visitors were difficult to shake off and with two to play it was all square. A big advantage went to the Abercarn four as they claimed four shots with one to play A big ask for the Bedwellty rink on the final end , and they came up just short picking up three to give the spoils to the visitors by just one shot.
The one success of the evening for the Park bowlers came with a victory for Malcolm Higgs, Martyn Jones Mark Warren and skip Ken Holly. A six shot advantage set them up early on but seven consecutive ends brought the visitors back into contention. It was a battle of the jack with the Abercarn four preferring a short kitty. By end eleven the advantage was with the South Mon rink as they took a two shot lead, but the home foursome stayed in the game claiming the next three ends, With two to play it was all square and a battle on to secure the points. These two final ends were the narrowest possible as the home four took one on each to secure a two shot victory by 15-13
The Karl Cooper quartet with support from Howard Bull, John Thomas and Ray Dunning at the half way stage were all square despite only winning four of the ends played. They continued to build good heads of bowls only to see the advantage disappear when the rub of the green went against them. Eventually they got ahead but a six on end thirteen took the visitors in front. The Abercarn four took the final three ends and claimed a rink win by 18-12.
A disappointing league start for the Tredegar bowlers with home games lost , but there is a long way to go in the season yet and with experience in the side and the development of new talent the club are hoping to turn things around.
This weekend sees the final group matches in the Welsh Cup and the Tredegar bowlers travel the short distance to Beaufort. The GBL side who have yet to commence their programme will entertain Blackwood with a 2-30 start.
||Posted - 23/05/2021 : 14:10:14
In the latest of the group matches in the Welsh Bowling Association cup competition the visitors to Bedwellty Park were Pontypool side Panteg House. The home side needed a victory to ensure they would still be in contention for a place in the knock-out stages.
Despite heavy rain in the previous forty hours the green was in good condition if perhaps a little heavier than normal. The competition rules state it is the team with the most overall shots that takes the win, so its vital each rink makes a contribution to ensure a team victory.
First off the mark for the Tredegar side were the rink of Granville Hooper Gerraint Jones Griffiths and skip Jake Flower .They bossed most of the ends restricting the visitors to just six winning ends with five ones and a double in their seven shots. The twelve winning ends gave the home trio a victory by nineteen shots to seven.
The closest battle of the afternoon saw the home rink of Mark Warren Paul Jenkins and Ken Holly open up a 13-5 advantage and they steadily started to forge ahead, however a hiccup on the sixteenth end saw the visiting threesome pick up seven shots to bring the game back to 14-13 to the home rink with two to play. The home side took one on the penultimate end to take a two shot advantage into the final end and It was anybody’s game as the advantage changed with each wood bowled . It came down to the final wood to decide the rink, holding one in the head the away skip was unable to build on this and the home rink took a narrow game by 15-14
The Tredegar rink of Shaun Andrews Martin Taylor and Craig Hughes were slow starters as the Panteg rink took an early advantage to open up a ten shot lead, it would have been easy for heads to fall at this stage of the game but the Tredegar rink rallied after a discussion and were soon putting the pressure back on the visitors. A determined effort saw a comeback as the Park three took a one shot advantage into the final end picking up eleven shots in five ends. The final end was the decider in what had now become a close contest. However it was the visitors who finally took the spoils as they took three on this end to take the rink by two shots. This excellent fight back by the home three ensured the Bedwellty bowlers were still in the hunt for the overall victory
The final rink of Howard Bull Karl Cooper and Lee O Connor were also in a close encounter in the early ends, as the shots were shared. At the halfway stage the home treble were up by just one shot, however match winning middle ends saw them pick up twelve shots in five ends to put them in the ascendency. This put a damper on the visitors response as they were only able to take two of the final ten ends. This surge gave the home trio a victory by twenty five shots to ten
The overall victory of 76-50 means Bedwellty Park side will visit Beaufort next Saturday looking for a victory to take them to the knockout stages
The GBL fixture this weekend fell foul of the weather as the Baily Park green was deemed unplayable .Next Saturday the GBL side entertain Blackwood. Wednesday sees a home game in the Monmouthshire League as Abercarn provide the opposition in the park
||Posted - 22/05/2021 : 09:55:26
For their first away game in the Monmouthshire League the bowlers of Bedwellty Park made the short trip over the mountain to near neighbours Rhymney Royal and it proved a worthwhile journey as they completed a victory by 85 shots to 54 taking twelve points from the game.
On top form for the Tredegar side were the foursome of Steve Jenkins, Gerraint Jones –Griffiths Mark Warren and skip Jake Flower. They restricted the Royal four to just six winning ends as they opened up a sixteen shot advantage The Royal rink picked up three of the final five ends, but the early advantage gave the visiting rink a 23-11 win,
Also on early season form were the Bedwellty rink of Shaun Andrews, Granville Hooper, Ken Holly and Craig Hughes, down by a couple after the early exchanges they consolidated in the middle ends opening up a ten shot gap. They continued this impressive form restricting the home side to just six winning ends, as they took the rink by thirty shots to twelve
The one reverse for the Tredegar bowlers was the rink of Malcolm Higgs, Ian Waite Wayne Hughes and Karl Cooper. There was nothing to separate the rinks in the early exchanges as they shared the spoils. The home side took the honours on the final ends. It was all square at twelve each with four to play, but it was the Rhymney rink who claimed these finals ends to take an eight shot victory.
The opening ends of the final rink again saw the shots shared. The Tredegar foursome of Howard Bull, Keith Jones, L. O’Connor and skip Paul Jenkins , then bossed the middle section taking nine consecutive ends. They then restricted the home rink to just two of the final nine ends to clinch a rink win by twenty shots to eleven
The three to one rink win gave the Bedwellty Park Bowlers an excellent win having lost their first league game of the season to New Tredegar
This weekend the Welsh Cup takes over and the visitors to Tredegar on Saturday will be the Panteg House team from Pontypool. The Tredegar side will be keen to build on their first victory against Abercarn in the round robin to set a final group match against Beaufort.
||Posted - 18/05/2021 : 10:22:43
The Welsh Bowls Association cup competition has provided the bowlers of Bedwellty Park with their first competitive win of the season. A visit to centenary celebrating Abercarn Bowls Club gave the Tredegar side a victory by 69 shots to 48, in the first of the round robin group matches.
Four winning rinks was an excellent start to this year’s competition. Top spot went to the Tredegar trio of Warren Harries, Martin Taylor and Wayne Hughes. Taking an early lead they kept the Abercarn rink at bay and gradually accelerated as the ends progressed The final rink score of 19-8 gave the Tredegar bowlers an excellent start.
The closest contest of the afternoon was the rink of Howard Bull , Karl Cooper and Lee O’Connor there was little to separate the two rinks throughout the afternoon, but the final two ends were the deciding factor in the contest and the Tredegar rink took a victory by just two shots 17-15
A six shot victory was a deserved reward for the park threesome of Mark Warren Paul Jenkins and skip Ken Holly. Again the early ends were shared , but the away rink edged the final ends to take a 17-11 win
The afternoon was completed as the Bedwellty combination of Dennis Turner, Gerraint Jones- Griffiths and skip Jake flower took a narrow but deserved victory by 15-11. The Abercarn trio put the pressure on as they narrowed the gap on the final ends but the Tredegar rink held strong to make it a clean sweep.
Unfortunately the home game against Pontyfellin for the GBL side was rained off It was hoped to start the game at various times during the afternoon but the rain interfered at every attempt and eventually a wise decision was made to call it off.
The WBA competition continues this weekend with the visit of Panteg House to Tredegar The GBL side visit Abegavenny where the opponents are Bailey Park.
||Posted - 14/05/2021 : 12:48:51
It's really good to see that the Bedwellty Park bowls Club is thriving as a sports and social venue in the town.
All credit to the faithful members who have persevered over many years, and to everyone who have contributed in making this possible.
Thank you clock for the regular match updates and forthcoming events.
Here's wishing you good luck for your next run of matches, and bowls and bowls of wins!
||Posted - 14/05/2021 : 07:30:55
The competitive season got under way at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club with the visit of New Tredegar Bowls Club in a Monmouthshire Bowls Association fixture. The game was obviously played under the Covid restrictions still in place and unfortunately the weather curtailed the final ends , but it was great for both sides to be back in league action. The clubs have been entertaining each other in many league and cup competitions over many years and as usual the game was played in excellent spirit.
The away side took the honours on this occasion with a 58-31 victory to claim the points, but with three more games to follow during the season between the clubs the Park bowlers will be keen to reverse this setback. The Ray Dunning rink of Dennis Turner making his club debut and Geraint Jones –Griffiths in support opened up an eight shot advantage, but the away rink staged a fight back in the final ends to level it up and shared the points. The Paul Jenkins trio with, Martyn Jones and Shaun Andrews in support looked to be heading for a rink win . but three on the final end for the visitors took them to a victory.
The rink of Keith Jones, Malcolm Higgs and Craig Hughes had an early lead which disappeared as the New Tredegar three some picked up five shots on end number seven. This seemed to give the opposition a boost and they went on to complete a ten shot victory. The Ken Holly rink with Steve Jenkins and John Ridley were also adrift of their opposition who claimed victory as they secured nine winning ends.
This weekend sees the start of competition in the Welsh Cup. The round robin sees the Park bowlers travel to Abercarn for their first fixture in the competition before they entertain Panteg House and then travel to Beaufort for the final fixture . The GBL side have a league bye this week. but will host Pontyfellin in a friendly game
||Posted - 09/05/2021 : 08:52:37
Unfortunately the weather was the winner this weekend with both MBA and GBL fixtures postponed due to the conditions. The competitive season will now start on Wednesday May 12th with a MBA home fixture against New Tredegar. The season continues on Saturday with the first round of the Welsh Cup, with a visit to Abercarn. whilst the GBL side will play Pontyfelin in Tredegar.
Work has started on the new outdoor seating area which is an extension to the pavilion, this will provide excellent viewing for bowls and a seating area for private functions. For the latest news on the club please visit our facebook page.
A new date for the clubs open day will be announced shortly, this will give everyone an opportunity to visit and view the facilities at the club, not just for bowling but the chance to view the pavilion as a venue for your private functions.
Further information and contacts available on club website.
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