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Week 8

As reported last week Sunday saw us hosting the Savegar Cup match between Penyglyn and South Wales and Monmouthshire, congratulations to the ladies from our club who were involved in the game which saw Penyglyn secure 4 points to SW&M 18, a creditable performance against a strong team.  Also well done to everyone involved in catering, bar duties, green duties and generally making our club a great host.

Tuesday saw the ladies team back in action and suffered a home defeat to Blaina 45-50 and getting 2 points to 8.

Wednesday is West Mon League day and our good start to the season continued with some good performances in a 12 - 2 win at Llanhilleth, more headaches for our selectors with some quality bowls from a number of guys knocking on the door for recognition in the first sixteen next Saturday.

The ladies match on Thursday was washed out as our poor weather continues and we can only hope summer season kicks in soon.

Our resurgence in the mixed league continued with a very good 4-1 win at Guest Memorial, the win puts us back in contention for a top four finish but with some very tricky fixtures coming up we need to be at our very best over the next few weeks.

Friday night turned very wet and on a difficult evening in Pontnewydd we came unstuck with the old problem of our players trying to play nice bowls on a slow surface, congratulations to the Pontnewydd guys who mastered the conditions better than us and also showed an enthusiasm to get over the winning line.  We wish them well in the next round and the remainder of the season.

Saturday our MBA match was off due to Ynysddu playing Carruthers and a rearranged friendly with Bedwellty Park was washed out too, remarkably only a few miles across the valleys we enjoyed a bright afternoon at Troedyrhiw, it was very pleasing to see our guys bounce back and a great spirited performance saw us secure a 12-2 win in the private greens league. only narrowly missing out on all 14.

Looking forward to this week, our club host the O60 championship team on Tuesday, we have several guys involved in the latter stages of the county competitions and our usual array of fixtures for members to take part in, names on sheets please ladies and gents.

Week 7

Week 6

Unfortunately our friendly with Mountain Ash on Monday was postponed as was the ladies match against Abertillery on Tuesday.

Wednesday saw us open our West Mon League fixtures, with a 12 points to 2 win at local rivals RTB Ebbw Vale.

Thursday our ladies had a hard battle at Merthyr West End but managed 2 points in a 8-2 defeat.

Friday our mixed team returned a very creditable 4-1 victory against a strong Rhiwbina team. Some of the guys then played again in a very good Monmouthshire Cup match at Bedwas & Trethomas and another very good performance saw us win by 9 shots.  The draw for the next round has been made and we face a difficult trip to one of the rejuvenated teams at Pontnewydd.

Saturday saw our MBA team have a tough day at Abertillery only managing 1 point, full credit to our hosts who mastered the tricky surface much better than us.

The GBL team had a much better day securing all ten points at Pontypool Park.

The club remain in a very good position and look forward to competing for the rest of the season.

Week 5

The club played host to the county O60 team on Tuesday, a good day for the club and special thanks are due to the many members who helped make this day a success. The green, the catering and the bar service all helped to make it a great day for the club.  Also a good start on the green for the new team manager who was thrilled with a narrow victory over a strong Mid Glamorgan team, congratulations Clive.

Our ladies travelled to Brynmawr Tuesday evening and recorded a 9-1 victory in the penyglyn evening league although the return fixture was cancelled on Thursday afternoon with our opponents unable to field a team.

Saturday was another great day at the club and we have a good indication of where we are as a team, with a 22 shot defeat at home to RTB, they have a lot of strength throughout the team and were well deserved victors. Hopefully a lot of our guys will have learnt about the small step up required to put us back in contention in the near future. Congratulations to RTB and good luck in your quest to retain the shield.

Better news for our GBL team who started with a 10-0 victory at Ynysddu.

Week 4

The week was supposed to start with a celebration match at Beaufort with the MBA President against the WLB President, unfortunately the poor weather meant this match was postponed and hopefully will now be played later in the season.

The ladies played Guest Memorial on Tuesday but were beaten scoring 36 shots to 52 and gaining 2 points to 8.  They then had their first win of the season on Thursday beating Troedyrhiw by 51 shots to 35 gaining 8 points to 2.

Another disappointing result in the mixed league at Abertillery with a very narrow 42-43 defeat gaining 2 points to 3.  A spirited effort on a tricky green but we will need to improve if we are to try and retain our title in this event.

Saturday was the second round of the Carruthers and another potential banana skin trip to Llanhilleth, a generally solid performance saw us victorious by 93 shots to 73. There was much excitement when the draw for the next round was made with us having a home tie against the current Welsh champions and local rivals RTB Ebbw Vale, a great test of where we are as a team at the moment.

Week 3

The week began with a friendly game against our friends from Havelock Park Vets, great bunch of guys and a good day was had by all.

Tuesday we had the county O60 trial on our green and another good day for the club, good bowls on show to give the selectors a headache in picking a team.

Penyglyn evening game on Tuesday was postponed and a new date will be posted when we get one. The ladies finally kicked off their season in the Penyglyn afternoon league on Thursday, an away fixture at Gilwern resulted in a 38-58 defeat picking up 2 points to 8.

Friday we started our defence of the South Wales Mixed league title with a tough away game at Barry Romilly, we recieved a very warm welcome and hospitality.  The green was one of the best surfaces we have played on this season by far, we gave a good account of ourselves before finally dropping to a 52-58 defeat collecting 1 point to 4.

Saturday saw the start of the Monmouthshire knockout games for the Carruthers shield, we had a potential banana skin away to New Tredegar, a club on the up with a number of young enthusiastic bowlers, sure they will be competing at a higher level pretty soon. Our guys started slow and things look very ominous during the early exchanges, but they kept fighting and got on terms in the middle section of the match and hanging on to secure a fort shot victory, 83-79. Again a great welcome and hospitality, we wish the New Tredegar boys all the best for the rest of the season.

Staurday evening the draw for the next round gives us another trip to Llanhilleth, where we played last week, but we will take nothing for granted as the Llan boys will be looking for quick revenge of their league defeat last week.
Week 2

I am looking at putting a weekly report on here to inform everyone of progress, maybe members could let me know what you think so that I am not wasting time. We can start here with WEEK 1. A great initiative this week when our club linked up with the local group of "YOUR NEVER ALONE", a group designed to help men with mental health and well being.  We had a walk of approximately six miles and returned to the club for an hour on the green bowling. Refreshments were then taken in the club and an enjoyable day had by all. It is hoped this venture will continue in the future as there are obvious advantages to both organizations and the participants as well.

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Six Nations Rugby 2024

The club is hoping to promote the six nations this year, for full details click on the link here.

Season 2023

Expectation was lower this year after several very experienced players decided to leave the club this season.  With a few more following this year it is a time for those stalwarts that are left to stick together and do our very best to rebuild our team as best we can.  The club itself is still in a very good shape and I am confident we can soon get the team back to where we would like to be too.

PG1

It is fair to say that after winning division 1 last year it was a very disappointing season and finishing bottom with just the one victory was difficult.  The good news is that we will now compete this year in the 2nd division which is now a very good league with a lot of good teams involved.  I am hopeful we can apply ourselves to this task and at least hold our own at this level and maybe push for a return to division one next year.

MBA 3

A mixed bag in this league with a few important wins when the team were strengthened when PG games didn’t clash.  Valuable experience has been gained by our squad and hopefully we can build on this and again hold our own and maybe push for a return to division 2.

GBL3

A new venture for the club in the two rink GBL league which proved a good success giving some of our members some much needed games and experience.

WML

Slightly lower in the league than our club has become accustomed but a mixture of experienced and newer members taking part in this league will prove invaluable going forward as there are quite a few promising players in there just needing some more experience and knowledge.

Ladies

A fantastic season for our ladies who competed in both the Pen Y Glyn leagues this year, they won the evening league, their first win ever, and finished mid table in the afternoon league.  It is great to see our ladies improving and I look forward to see how they go this year.

Mixed League

This has proved to be a very enjoyable league for all those who take part.  After winning this competition last year it was going to be a tough ask to do it again, but we did.  Well done to all concerned.

Competitions

Despite our disappointing team results this year we still managed some success on the competition front.

MBA County finals day was littered with our brick shirts with Aaron Rees a finalist in the champion of champion singles, Mike Perkins and Darren O’Callaghan were finalists in the O’60 pairs and Nigel Harris, Paul Hayden and Darren O’Callaghan were finalists in the O60 triples.

Roger Jones and Daniel Davies Jnr. are county pairs champions and Clive Williams, Paul Hayden, Peter Williams and Steve Batten are county O’55 rink champions.

Most of these guys went on to represent the county at the national finals and it was great to see so many of our shirts at Llandrindod Wells.

With Darren O’Callaghan on holiday they had to play a reserve in both the O60 pairs and triples.

O60 Pairs. Mike Perkins and Tony Musgrave played very well but lost their first game to the eventual champions from Harlequins.

O60 Triples. Tom Moodie, Nigel Harris and Paul Hayden had a tough first game against a strong Whitchurch outfit and also lost their first game.

Pairs. Roger Jones and Daniel Davies Jnr. had a great win in their first game against one of our former members Ryan Davies in their first match before losing the quarter final against Llanbradach.

O55 Rinks. Clive Williams, Paul Hayden, Peter Williams and Steve Batten started well with a win over Llantrsant before beating Barry Romilly in the quarter final.  They had a narrow win in the semi final against Gilfach Goch to make the final against a much-fancied Ferndale rink. It was another tight match as expected but our guys held their nerve to record a very narrow victory and are the new Welsh champions, a great achievement for our club.  They carry our best wishes as they will represent Wales in the British Championships in Leamington Spa in June.

Not to be outdone our ladies also featured well in the Penyglyn county competitions with the semi final greens littered with beaufort shirts.  The triple of Paula Denby, Cheryl Prosser and Alison Hayden progressed to be finalists and are to be congratulated.  Another indication that our ladies are continuing to improve.

 

What a Season 2022

A great first season in  the private greens division one doing better than anyone could have imagined and lifting the title.  A little disappointing to suffer a narrow defeat at Harlequins in the Carruthers last sixteen but another decent effort.  The MBA team were disappointed to suffer relegation but will soon find a level and enjoy their bowls.  The West Mon team were a little lower than usual but a good grounding for many of our players.

In competitions we have new Welsh champions in Ryan Davies the Welsh U25 singles champion and Daniel Davies Jnr, & Chris Klefenz the Welsh Pairs champions.  In the county we had many finalists which meant there were a lot of representation at Llandrindod, Daniel and Chris did the double winning the county pairs beating Ryan Davies and Roger Jones in the final.  Clive Williams and Peter Williams won the O60 pairs while Clive and Ryan had to settle for runner up in their O60 and U25 singles final.

An added bonus for Daniel Davies Jnr. was picking up the coveted Tenby Gold Cup, a great achievement.

An unusually low representation for us in the West Mon finals but congratulations to Lewys Thomas who won the U25 singles and then teamed up with Jon Norris as finalists in the pairs.

With that success came representative honours with Chris Klefenz representing Wales in the European championships in Scotland and Ryan Davies representing Wales in the junior championships in Ireland, which Wales won, fantastic season.

We also had a number of players in the county team who won the Welsh county championship and also in the senior county team who also won the Welsh senior county championship.  While there were a number of our players in the West Mon Association team who narrowly lost out on shot difference in the inter association championship.

All in all I would say a very good season for our club, well done everyone.


National Finals 2022

It was great to see the bricks at Llandrindod for the national finals, congratulations to all concerned.  Our fours never got into their stride and lost their first game but can still be proud of themselves for qualifying.

Paul Hayden, Anthony Batten, Joe Mower and Steve Batten.

In the over 60 pairs, the guys did manage to win their first game before coming unstuck in the second game against the eventual Welsh Champions from Brecon.

Clive Williams and Peter Williams.

In the open pairs we did exceptionally well getting both pairs through to the semi finals where Roger Jones and Ryan Davies narrowly lost to the Tenby pair.  Daniel Davies Jnr. and Chris Klefenz went on to take the title and are now the Welsh pairs champions and will represent Wales at the BIBC next year, fantastic result guys.

In the U25 singles, Ryan Davies continued to excel and has reached the semi final, although very disappointingly this has now been postponed until September.  We wish Ryan all the best for this event and hope he can go on and join the guys in the BIBC next year.

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B.I.B.C. Championships 2022

Due to some nations not having national competitions last year, Wales have to have a playoff between the 2019 champions and last years champions to see who will represent us at the B.I.B.C. in June.  This means that Aaron Rees our 2021 U25 WBA Champion will play R. Atkins of Llandrindod Wells for a place in the BIBC.  The full program can be found here.

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Congratulations to Lewys Thomas who has been selected for the WBA academy squad session to be held at Llandrindod Wells on Sunday 8th May.  Good luck mate.  The full squad can be found here.

 AGM 2020

Considering the circumstances, a very successful AGM was held via zoom last week and many thanks to Adam for arranging it.  The main points for members to be aware of is that both the secretary and fixture secretary have decided to stand down which is a great shame for us because they are both young capable and enthusiastic members of the management team.  I would like to thank Adam KIng and Danny Davies for their services over the last few years and hope they will rejoin the team at some point in the future.  In true Beaufort tradition though, other members have stood up to help the cause and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating and welcoming our new secretary MIke Perkins and our new fixture secretary Chris Melia.  Most of the team otherwise remains pretty much the same giving us stability going forward and there are also two new committee men standing up and I would also welcome Tom Moodie and Mike Wilcox to the team, I am sure they will both be great assets to us.

CLUB FINALS 2020

10:00.    A minutes silence in tribute to Terry Bunny O’Brien

10:02.     Pairs Final, Adam King & Peter Williams v Chris Denby & Daniel Davies Jnr.

12:00.     Handicap Final, Adam King v Lewys Thomas

12:30.     Memorial Final, Danny Davies v Daniel Davies Jnr.

12:30.   2 Wood Final, Peter Williams v Chris Denby

13:00.   Nigel Harris, Lewys Thomas & Jon Norris v Devi Chhetri, Mike Wilcox & Mike Perkins.

14:30.     Championship Final, Adam King v Craig Jones.

A good days bowling with the bar open so everyone welcome, please support as the matches run smoother with markers.  Good luck to all the players & congratulations to Danny & Chris for getting us to a finals day in a particularly difficult season.

 

Details of the tri-series on Saturday can be found here.

 

2023 season well and truly underway guys and delighted with a few recent additions to the club for both men and ladies, it would appear we are building again and but for a late postponement by Whiteheads today, we would be fielding three teams for the very first time. Great also to see our ladies team becoming more competitive and they have had a great start to the season. Onwards and upwards guys.

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It was great to see the bricks at Llandrindod for the national finals, congratulations to all concerned.  Our fours never got into their stride and lost their first game but can still be proud of themselves for qualifying.

Paul Hayden, Anthony Batten, Joe Mower and Steve Batten.

In the over 60 pairs, the guys did manage to win their first game before coming unstuck in the second game against the eventual Welsh Champions from Brecon. Clive and Peter Williams.

In the open pairs we did exceptionally well getting both pairs through to the semi finals where Roger Jones and Ryan Davies narrowly lost to the Tenby pair.  Daniel Davies Jnr. and Chris Klefenz went on to take the title and are now the Welsh pairs champions and will represent Wales at the BIBC next year, fantastic result guys.

In the U25 singles, Ryan Davies continued to excel and has reached the semi final, although very disappointingly this has now been postponed until September.  We wish Ryan all the best for this event and hope he can go on and join the guys in the BIBC next year.

Glad to add that Ryan went on to win this event beating fellow Monmouthshire player Ashley Naylor in the final.

A great day enjoyed by all who attended with a mixed bag of results.  Irrespective of your result here guys, we wish you all well in Llandod in the Nationals.

u18, Lewis Thomas gave a very good account of himself and narrowly lost out to Ollie Witchell 21-19.

u25, Aaron Rees also had a tussle with Ollie and also got beat 21-15.

Singles, Roger Jones beat Aaron Rees 21-15 in an all Beaufort final.

Pairs, Probably the game of the day with four great players on the green and Chris Klefenz and Daniel Davies Jnr. were just pipped 20-24.

Triples, Chris and Daniel made up for the earlier disappointment by winning the triples with Ryan Davies 20-14.

congratulations to you all.