Fareham and Alexandra show intent for season
FAREHAM and Alexandra got off to bright starts to the new Portsmouth & District League season.
They have set a marker down for how they intend to carry on in division one.
Alexandra demolished promoted Gosport by 62 shots at their Northern Parade home.
The rinks of Barry Harman and Marty Wake both recorded big wins.
The only bright spot for Gosport was the two-shot win for Richard Frazer’s rink.
Fareham defeated Waterlooville by 45 shots at home.
They won on all four rinks, with Charlie Bailey’s 32-shot win the biggest success.
Southsea Waverley got their defence of the title off to a good start by defeating Milton Park by 20 shots.
Lee-on-the-Solent fell to a seven-shot away defeat at Rowner.
The 14-shot win for Martin Ellis for Lee did not cancel out the other defeats.
Finally, College Park inflicted a 27-shot defeat on Priory.
Leading the way for College was the rink of Graham Wilson, with Steve Watt’s men gaining Priory’s consolation win.
In sad news before the season started, Copnor announced that, after 102 years of existence, they would be folding due to a lack of members.
In division two, Hayling Island inflicted a 27-shot defeat of their hosts Cosham Park.
Cowplain beat Bedhampton by a margin of 45.
George Abraham’s men led the way with a 21-shot victory.
For Bedhampton, Alan Francis’ rink staved off the whitewash.
Leigh Park was another club to win away from home.
They travelled to Swordsands and beat Naismith by 19 shots, led by Mark Miller’s men.
For Naismith, the rink of new recruit Les Wilkinson got their sole win.
Vospers beat Denmead by 32 shots at their Northern Parade home.
There were big wins for the rinks of Terry Smith and Dave Harding, while Tony Bradshaw’s rink prevented Denmead being whitewashed.
Purbrook defeated Star by 27 shots with captain Tony Wall leading the way.
In division three, Phoenix saw off Pembroke by 31 shots at College Park.
Portsmouth Water started life in division three with a nine-shot, threerink home win over Bridgemary.
Meanwhile, there was an exciting finish at Emsworth.
A six on the last end for Mike Budgen’s Forton rink tied the overall scores at 76-76.
Cosham Park are having an open day at their Northern Road home from 10am to 12midday on Saturday.
Contact Ron Jacobs on (023) 9261 4813 for more information or to a book a different time to go along.