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theclock
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Posted - 02/05/2021 :  13:52:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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.

theclock
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Posted - 09/05/2021 :  08:52:37 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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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theclock
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Posted - 14/05/2021 :  07:30:55 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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Posted - 14/05/2021 :  12:48:51 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!
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theclock
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Posted - 18/05/2021 :  10:22:43 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.
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theclock
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Posted - 22/05/2021 :  09:55:26 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.
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theclock
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Posted - 23/05/2021 :  14:10:14 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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theclock
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Posted - 27/05/2021 :  08:20:18 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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.
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theclock
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Posted - 30/05/2021 :  10:59:48 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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





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theclock
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Posted - 06/06/2021 :  11:29:52 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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Posted - 07/06/2021 :  08:28:26 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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.
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