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Match reports July 2023


Saturday 29th July 2023

On a blustery and overcast day, Dinas Powys welcomed Barry Athletic to their home turf. The teams were ready to showcase their skills and compete in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere.

The action kicked off with Mike Prosser leading the charge for Dinas Powys, facing off against Martin Clarke-Squires from Barry Athletic. After ten ends, Dinas had built a solid lead, with the score standing at 13-7 in their favour. The momentum continued to swing in their direction as they skilfully navigated the challenging conditions. Eventually, Prosser's team emerged victorious with a final score of 28-14, earning valuable points for the home team. Over on rink two, Matthew Woodcock took the helm for Dinas Powys against Nigel Leigh from Barry Athletic. The game started with some challenges for Dinas as they found themselves trailing at 10 ends, with a score of 5-13 in favour of Barry. Despite their best efforts to mount a comeback, Barry Athletic managed to hold on to their lead. The game concluded with a final score of 14-24, granting Barry 2 points.

The battle on rink three was nothing short of remarkable, with Chris Chapman leading Dinas Powys against Chris Wright. Dinas came out with an impressive display of skill and determination, dominating the first ten ends with a score of 26-6 in their favour. Chris Chapman's team maintained their composure and carried their momentum forward to secure a resounding victory. The match ended with a score of 35-16, adding another significant win to Dinas Powys' tally.

On the final rink, Richard Bowen guided the Dinas Powys team in a clash against Glynn Thomas, with the visitors leading 11-5 at the 10-end mark. As the game progressed, Barry held their position and eventually emerged victorious with a final score of 23-14.

With the scores tallied, Dinas succeeded in securing 10 points rounding off a fantastic weekend. The players demonstrated great skill, determination, and sportsmanship throughout both games, making it an enjoyable event for all involved.

Final score - Dinas Powys 91 (10 points) Barry Athletic 77 (4 points)

Many thanks to our sponsors - Absolute Grasscare, Autospray Cardiff Ltd, Glamorgan Motors, Baywater Healthcare.

Friday 28th July 2023                                                                                                                                                     

Dinas welcomed league favourites and reining Welsh champions RTB Ebbw Vale to St Andrews Road this evening and, with both teams missing a few players it was all to play for. The home team started the stronger with the rinks of Woodcock and Chapman leading the way. After five ends Dinas had run into a 14 shot lead but then the champions started to show their class and Dinas started to wobble. By the 10th end RTB had turned the table and led the home side by two shots but Dinas then started to fight back with the rink of Ian Paterson, Tim Hurcom, Alex Meddins, and Matt Woodcock picking up 13 shots in five ends and by 15 ends across the board Dinas had a lead of 11 again. 

This time they were determined to hold on to it and came away with a great 12 points. Final score – Dinas Powys 72-53 RTB Ebbw Vale                        Rink scores: C Chapman 17-15 B Jones  R Bowen 15-12 J Tomlinson  M Prosser 14-15 L Stone   M Woodcock 26-11 A Guess                    Tomorrow Dinas welcome Barry Athletic to St Andrews Road, looking to complete a 'double' over our nearest rivals.

Sunday 23rd July 2023 

Dinas entertained Cardiff today in the PG Top Club Competition. The sun was shining and after yesterday's downpour the green was running well. The pairs, triples, fours, and two wood got underway and it was Cardiff who drew first blood winning the 2 wood singles. Dinas were winning the pairs and fours at the halfway stage and Cardiff the triples. So with the singles starting it was all to play for. The rinks secured the first point for Dinas and this was quickly followed by a pairs win for Dinas, taking them into a 2-1 lead. The singles was an even match until some good conversion shots saw Cardiff gain another point taking the score to 2-2. The Dinas triple secured the win for Dinas, which saw them win 3-2.                                                          Competition scores:- 2 wood singles - T Hurcom 6-18 D Mason   Singles -  M Woodcock 14-21 M Petrie  Pairs - E Evans & R Bowen 21-10 D Sage & S Gabb  Triples - T Bratcher, P Marks & C Chapman 17-12 R Cox, B Watts & P Wakins  Fours - M Gershenson, A Locker, D Turner & M Prosser 14-8 J Wilder, K Davies, P Simpson & R Jones

Friday 21st July 2023

This evening Dinas entertained Ystradfechan at St Andrews Road, with Dinas in good form and Ystradfechan coming down from Division 1 this was going to be a very competitive game. However, Ystradfechan showed their class and started fast out of the blocks, running into a 15 shot lead by end five. Dinas looked to fight back, but they found this a hard challenge with Ystradfechan still leading at end 10. Dinas kept fighting and at 15 ends the deficit had reduced to only six shots. Ystradfechan picked up 13 shots to Dinas eight over the last 12 ends and so it wasn't to be.

Ystradfechan fully deserved the 12 points to 2 win. Hopefully the return fixture will be just as competitive and enjoyable.

Rink scores:  R Bowen 13-12 C Price  C Chapman 17-18 M Thomas  M Woodcock 16-21 N Jones  M Prosser 16-25 J Price                                      Dinas Powys (2) 62-76 (12) Ystradfechan

Dinas would like to thank their sponsors, Autospray Cardiff Ltd, Baywater Healthcare, Glamorgan Motors and Absolute Grasscare for their support. 

Tuesday 18th July 2023

The ladies recorded their fifth Doubles Rink win of the season with a hard fought 32-25 victory at home to Penarth Rectory Road. Lynn Marks rink were very steady as they recorded regular one and two shots ends to come home 16-12 winners. Jayne Illiingworths rink meanwhile dropped a big five on the 12th end but recovered magnificently to get four shots back on the very next end as they came home 16-13. Another excellent result for the ladies.                                                                                   

Rink scores: J Illingworth 16-13 J Lewis   L Marks 16-12 J Gaskell   

Saturday 15th July 2023

Today Dinas Powys travelled to Llantrisant and with the weather not being kind it was fingers crossed the game would go ahead. 

The game started on time and Dinas started the better to lead by three shots after five ends across the board. It was a challenge not only with the winds but also with the green, as most rinks seemed to have a good hand and straight hand. By 10 ends Dinas had extended this to eight shots but with nothing in the game it was still all to play for.

The rink of Steve Linney, Matt Gershenson, Darren Turner and Mike ‘Pickles’ Prosser got their diggers out and fought back with five ones and a four to lead on their rink at 15 ends by one shot. The rinks of Bowen and Woodcock were firmly in control but the rink of Terry ‘Lance’ Bratcher, Tim Hurcom, Gareth Griffiths and Chris Chapman had let a 9-2 lead slip to find themselves 16-14 down with six ends to go. Dinas dug deep to see the game out and take 12 of the 14 points available and by 14 shots. Final score - Dinas Powys 82-68 Llantrisant                                                                                  Rink scores: C Chapman 17-23 B O’Keefe R Bowen 25-12 D Bevan  M Woodcock 22-17 B Davies  M Prosser 18-16 M Williams

Our 'A' team travelled down to the all-weather surface of Cowbridge on which our team found it hard to adjust to the carpet surface. It was the first game Dinas had lost in a while and I'm sure they will try to bounce back next week.  Final score - Dinas Powys 45 (2pts) - Cowbridge 48 (8pts)            Rink scores: C Daw 11-25 Nixon   P Marks 13-14 D Snelling   G White 21-9 Payne.                                                                                                    Thanks to our sponsors Absolute GrassCare  Glamorgan Motors. Baywater Healthcare. Autospray Cardiff Ltd

South Vale County Finals 

Once again Dinas has been well represented across all disciplines in this seasons South Vale County Competitions, the finals of which are being played this week. Best wishes to the Dinas Powys players in their following games:

Monday 10th July 2023 - Venue at Windsor 6.00pm. Open Fours   ** Win for Dinas 16-14 **  M Gershenson, R Bowen, M Woodcock, M Prosser vs. L Romans, B Powell, G Galivan, C Coomber (Sully Sports)

Tuesday 11th July 2023 - Venue at Penarth 6.00pm  Open Pairs    ** Loss for Dinas **  M Woodcock, R Bowen vs. M Clarke-Squires, G Thomas (Barry Athletic)   

Thursday 13th July 2023 - Venue at Barry Romilly 6.00pm  Senior Triples    ** Win for Dinas  **  A Harvey, C Williams, R Bowen vs. P Rogers, S Howells, D Townsend (Barry Athletic)     

Sunday 16th July 2023 - Venue at Windsor 2.00pm    ** Win for Dinas **  Senior Singles  C Williams vs. D Parker (Barry Romilly)     

Monday 17th July 2023 - Venue at Windsor 6.00pm  Open Triples    ** Loss for Dinas **  M Gershenson, R Bowen, M Woodcock vs. G Thomas, J Killen, M Clarke-Squires (Barry Athletic) 

Open Singles - C Williams vs. P Rogers (Barry Athletic)  ** Win for Dinas **                                                                       

Saturday 8th July 2023

In a highly anticipated away clash the Dinas team made their way to Pontyclun without their esteemed captain, Matthew Woodcock, as well as Alex Meddins. However, the absence of these key players did not dampen the spirits of the team, as Vice Captain Tim stepped up to lead the charge. After a delayed start due to rain, Tim rallied his teammates with an inspiring team talk, setting the stage for an exciting contest.

Right from the outset, Dinas showed their intent and started strongly, swiftly taking the lead on three rinks after just four ends. Approaching the halfway stage of the match, Dinas had maintained their momentum and had built an impressive 30-shot lead. The team's consistent performance across all the rinks showcased their depth of talent and ability to work together seamlessly. Despite the absence of their captain, the Dinas Powys players remained focused and determined, driven by their desire to secure victory.

As the match progressed, Pontyclun fought back valiantly, particularly on the rinks led by Rhys Fielding and Colin Dowling, as both players displayed their resilience, staging impressive comebacks and narrowing the gap. However, the Dinas Powys rinks proved to be formidable opponents, showing great composure and maintaining their advantage throughout the contest.

When the final bowls were delivered and the scores were tallied, it was Dinas who emerged triumphant.

The final scoreline reading Dinas Powys 95 - 57 Pontyclun with Dinas taking all 14 points.

Individual performances on the rinks were notable, with R. Bowen leading the way for Dinas Powys with a hard-fought victory of 20-15 against the talented C. Dowling. C. Chapman showcased his skills as well, securing a 19-14 win over the determined R. Fielding. M. Prosser delivered an outstanding performance, leading his rink to a resounding 28-15 victory against G. Fielding. Lastly, M. Ackland demonstrated his prowess, leading his rink to a convincing 28-13 win over K. Agius.

Overall, it was a memorable day for the Club, as the 'A' team also secured an excellent 67-53 home win against a very good Cardiff Athletic side, collecting eight of the 10 points on offer.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Baywater Healthcare, Absolute GrassCare, Glamorgan Motors, Autospray Cardiff Ltd

Wednesday 5th July 2023

Game nine of the Munro Cup season saw the midweek team host Penarth Belle Vue on a lovely bright evening for bowls. After six ends, whilst three rinks were being evenly contested, Paul Marks rink, again on rink six, had raced into an unassailable 18-1 lead.  As the game progressed the home rinks all took control with Dinas eventually running out convincing winners, across all four rinks, with a 99-41 victory, to record their seventh win of the season. 

Rink scores:  C Daw 21-9 M Thomas    M Gershenson 17-10 G Field    R Janes 25-9 T Ford    P Marks 36-13 B Bagwel

Monday 3rd July 2023

Having narrowly lost at home earlier in the season, the Dinas Ladies Evening League team exacted a measure of revenge on Penylan Ladies as they ground out an excellent 31-24 victory in the return fixture.

Leading 12-4 at one stage the rink of Glen Watts, Denise Letts, Lynn Marks and skip Linda Woodcock saw off a late comeback from their opponents to win the last two ends and secure a 16-11 rink win. This was backed up by the rink of Sonia Letts, Christine Hope, Jayne Illingworth and skip Judith Meddins who, after dropping a five on the fourth end showed great spirit to themselves pick up a six on end six before again coming from behind to win the last two ends and triumph 15-13. Another excellent win for the Ladies. Final score: Dinas Powys 31-24 Penylan

Saturday 1st July 2023  

With our PG1 team fixture against Ystradfechan cancelled it was over to our 'A' team this week to keep the momentum going for the club, and they certainly did not disappoint. The Dinas boys took an early lead of five shots by the fifth end in which was always going to be a tough fixture away at Whitchurch Hospital, but Dinas were also in fine form going into this game and by the halfway stage had proved this, not taking their foot off the gas, and extending their lead to 15 shots with two rinks very much in control and one fighting back. Dinas eventually ran out comfortable winners by 46 shots overall with top honours going to the rink of Mark Diment, Keith Davies, Chris Daw and Ritchie Janes.
Rink scores:  G White 30-8 E Griffiths    P Marks 16-22 H Kent     R Janes 37-7 X Price
Dinas Powys 'A' 83-37 Whitchurch Hospital 'A' and take 8 of the 10 points available. 
Dinas would like to thank their sponsors for their continued support.
Absolute GrassCare, Glamorgan Motors, Baywater Healthcare, Autospray Cardiff Ltd.