SHORT MAT CAPTAIN’S UPDATE – JULY/AUGUST 2017

Only two months until we move indoors and switch our attention to short mat. We will be having our normal Work Party on Thursday 28th September when we put the green to bed, take down the changing room partitions, bring in the mats and generally get the Clubhouse ready for the short mat season.  Please put the date in your diary and come along and help if you can. Our normal weekly roll-up sessions will officially start on Monday 2nd October but feel free to start playing over the weekend before if you wish.

We have a very full programme of league and friendly matches alongside the roll-ups and some special events. Roll ups will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons (2:00 for 2:15), Tuesday mornings (10:00 start) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 start). We have 14 weekend friendlies in the diary and there will again be two Sunday drives organised by Dave Morrell. On the League side, good luck to Cobham Yellow following promotion to SHAB Div.2  there will be a “friendly” between Blue and Yellow on Wednesday 11th October before both teams kick off their season later in the month.

We have entered a team in a new Surrey Triples league which will run alongside the Lightwater Friendly league on Monday evenings, so plenty of opportunity to play at Wey Valley as we still have Pink and Green teams playing in the Thursday Charity league. Monday leagues start on 25th September and the Thursday league on 21st September (before our mats go down) so watch the Notice Boards!

Following clarification with Surrey Short Mat Bowling Association, we are required to register all Club members, who play short mat bowls, with the County and ESMBA and not just those members who play in the leagues. The cost is £6 which includes personal accident cover. So, even if you only intend playing at roll ups or in friendlies, you need to be registered.

  • If you are a “short mat only” member, Sandra will collect this when she sends out the subscription renewal advices next month.
  • If you are a Full member, who intends to play short mat at some stage during the winter season, then please can you let me have your £6 in cash or cheque made payable to Cobham Bowling Club. You can either pass this to me in person (I will be at Novices Day/BBQ on 9th August), or put in a sealed envelope addressed to me clearly marked with your own name and hand in to Heather at the bar for safekeeping.

 I would ask all members to deal with this promptly and let me have your payment by 31st August at the latest as we will be holding a selection meeting in early September to determine squads and we will be unable to allocate members if they haven’t paid.

For those new members who haven’t played short mat before, we will be arranging coaching sessions in October and November so watch the Notice Boards for further details.

STEVE THORNES