Captains vs. Vice-Captains Matches

The traditional curtain-opener to the season took place on Saturday 21 April, with the first leg of the Captains vs. Vice-Captains match. There were signs of post-winter rustiness on all 6 rinks, but the bowling was enthusiastic, and the Captains' team ran out the winners.

The return leg, though, on Saturday 15 September, was a different matter, with the Vice-Captains' team chalking up an 85-65 win. Honours even?

Club Champions 2018                            

                            Men                    Ladies

 Championship   Chris Ballard
   Di Newman 
 Two Woods   Geoff Izzard
   Di Newman
 Handicap   Chris Munro
   Di Newman
 Veterans   Vic Saunders
   Chris Munro
   Jenny Wyld
 Jubilee   Chris Ballard
   Rosemary Wilman

James Seeley & Ron Weight

   Sheila Brunning &  Andrea Nunney   
 Mixed Pairs

 Julian Cowdery & Rosemary Wilman

  Rosemary Wilman &   Julian Cowdery

Sutton & Epsom League

Auriol's Mens team, led by Frank Grigor, has finished seventh in the Sutton & Epsom League, our highest placing for a very long time.

Racal Decca Mixed League

The season ended with Auriol's mixed team finishing in 10th place (out of 14) in the RDML table. This is despite our getting through to the Final of both the Peter Ungless Shield and the RDML Presentation Day competition. Our challenge for 2019 is to get back up into the top 5 again!

ABC Winners

Congratulations to the Balti team, captained by Ron Weight, supported by Chris Ballard, Lynn Dewfall, Ron Kitchen and his replacement Bill Brown, James Rayne, Sally Urlwin & Rosemary Wilman for winning the 2018 ABC League. Runners-up were the Korma team, just 6 points behind.

Peter Ungless Final

The Final of the Peter Ungless Shield (a trophy competed for by the clubs in the Racal Decca Mixed League) took place against Carshalton BC at the neutral Chessington BC ground. In a hard-fought contest, the teams from Auriol (Geoff Izzard, John Ainsworth, Doreen Weight and Brenda Lisney; Di Newman, James Seeley, Rosemary Wilman and Chris Munro) initially took the lead, but slowly but surely Carshalton adapted to the difficult playing conditions and moved ahead, to emerge as overall winners of the Shield.

More RDML success for Auriol 

In the knock-out competition held at the RDML Presentation Day, the team from Auriol (Di Newman, Rosemary Wilman, Geoff Izzard & David Regan) reached the final, topping a group comprising the hosts, Ember, plus Carshalton, Cheam, Hook & Southborough and Epsom Court. In the final they met the team from Malden Lime Grove, who emerged the overall winners.

Triples Finalists

Congratulations to the Auriol team of Brenda Lisney, Anneke Simms and Rosemary Wilman for reaching the Final of the Cheam Ladies B.C. New Bowlers Triples Event. They beat teams from Malden Manor, Sutton and Coulsdon B en route to the Final, just losing out to Cheam Fields at the last hurdle.

Trophy Triumph
After a nail-biting finish to the Home and Away legs of our annual Hazel Williams Trophy match against Burpham BC, Auriol won back the Trophy. The first leg ended in a draw, but Auriol won the second leg, at Burpham, by 5 shots (76-71), thus clinching the series.