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Peter Fox, Sue Fox & Melly Woodhouse pictured in Cambs in their first game for Norfolk Over 60s

Barley's Select beaten by in-form Norfolk Over 60's   

Former Suffolk county star Derek Barley brought a Select team to Lakeside for a match against Norfolk Over 60’s but could not stop Norfolk recording a 31-17 home win. Norfolk started well with a 6-2 points win in the first session with Sheila Redwood, Billie Barker & Melvyn Barker leading the way with a 14-8 win. Barley’s Select hit straight back to level the game in the second session with only Alice Payne, Keith Halford & Mike Boswell successful for Norfolk. In the third session Malcolm Reynolds, Margaret Reynolds & Sue Hunt scored their second win of the day but with only Jane Frary’s triple, who drew 6-6, adding to Norfolk’s total Derek Barley’s team moved 13-11 up. Norfolk Over 60’s moved up a gear in the next session sweeping the board with four wins as Rex Cox, Marjorie Hall & Geoff Payne all skipped their triples to their first wins of the day and Mike Boswell’s triple scored their second win. Another good session followed with Peter Stearman, Ted Redwood & Colin Coman winning 6-4, Geraldine Potter, Eric Frary & Jane Frary winning 7-6 & Malcolm Reynolds, Margaret Reynolds & Sue Hunt winning 6-3 to move Norfolk into a 25-15 lead. In the final session another three wins were put on the board with Geoff Payne’s triple winning 11-4, Marjorie Hall’s triple winning 7-3 & Mike Boswell winning 8-7. A good day was had by all with players enjoying a carvery at the interval. After the match Derek Barley invited Norfolk Over 60’s Organizer Teresa Goldsmith to a return match at Carlton Colville.

                                                                                                                                            Posted 14-1-12

             Norfolk Over 60's 61 (586) v North Yorks 35 (471) 25/9/10

Full write up on this game on Latest News page with photo's
Other photos from this day can be viewed on Over 60's Photo Gallery

                                 10th Anniversary Celebration
It was celebration day at Lakeside Country Club as the Norfolk Over 60's Squad celebrated their 10th Anniversary. NCSMBA President John Aggas and Past President John Richardson both attended the event which saw a special match between players from the very first Norfolk Over 60's team and the current line-up. John Aggas opened the day by welcoming everyone and congratulating the Norfolk Over 60's Squad on ten successful years. He finished his address by presenting the organizers Teresa Goldsmith & Avril Grapes with bouquets in gratitude for their work in running the squad for ten years. The match was hotly contested and with one session remaining the scores were tied at 10 points apiece. The last session saw the current line-up win four games to clinch an 18-12 win and their top triple on the day were Sheila Redwood, John Poynter & Jock Pollock with wins of 11-5, 14-8 & 11-5. Ray Potter, Jimmy Dye & Gerald Chilvers led the way for the original team with two wins of 7-5 & 11-6. John Richardson closed the anniversary day by highlighting the success of the Norfolk Over 60's over the ten years and their many trips away which included Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Ireland, the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Wight. He reminisced about his trip to Cyprus with the squad and the memories that it had brought back for him from his time on Cyprus during less happy days. He spoke of the special comradeship developed between players over the years and of the fact that members who were now unable to bowl still liked to attend squad days to spend the day with their old friends. John Richardson then presented members of the original team with medals to commemorate the event before making a further presentation of baskets of flowers to Teresa Goldsmith & Avril Grapes. Members and guests then enjoyed a slice of a 10 Year Anniversary Cake made specially for the day.
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                                                                                       Posted 8-9-10

                              Friends Of Kent v Norfolk Over 60's
Norfolk Over 60's visited Kent for the return match against the Friends of Kent side managed by David Kruse. A bright start by Norfolk saw them 10-2 up on points after the first triples session and with the first pairs session ending level the visitors hoped to be on their way to avenging their home defeat but it was not to be. The match turned in Kent's favour in the second triples session as only Ray Potter, Frank Edy & Peter Johnson won and the next pairs session proved to be bad news for Norfolk with three Kent wins and just one Norfolk win. After the six sessions were completed Kent had completed the double over Norfolk with a 34-26 points win. The only Norfolk triple to remain unbeaten were Sprowston's Mary Jarvis, Pat Smart & Peter Smart with an 11-0 win and two 8-8 draws. In the pairs Saxlingham's Alice Payne & Kirby Bedon's Selwyn Goldsmith won their three games by 16-12, 12-7 & 13-10 to gain maximum points. Peter Smart & Selwyn Goldsmith were both playing as under-age guests in the Norfolk team.
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                                                                                           Posted 27-5-10

                                  Norfolk Over 60's v Friends of Kent
Our Kent friends came to Norfolk for a visit and with each side comprising of 12 pairs & 8 triples ten mats were in use for a good all day Saturday match. Kent made a good start establishing a 13-7 points lead in the first session and Norfolk were always on the back foot after this set-back. The opening session did see a great performance by Shirley George & Jock Pollock who did Norfolk proud winning by 29-6. The final score was 69-51 to Kent on points and we will now travel to Kent looking for revenge with the match date set as Saturday 22nd May. Top Norfolk scorers on the day were Jenny Walker & Roy Grapes who won all their three games while Len Thurston & John Poynter won two games and drew the other.
                                                                                            Posted 14-5-10

                                   Norfolk Over 60's v Scarborough

Edwin Smith brought his Scarborough bowlers to Norfolk for Easter Weekend and matches were played on Good Friday, Easter Saturday & Easter Monday. After 56 games the result was unbelievably close with Norfolk scoring 57 points and 671 shots and Scarborough scoring 55 points and 673 shots. With Teresa awarding Scarborough two extra points for shots an honourable 57-57 draw was agreed. Scarborough started strongly on Friday winning 20-8 on points despite Alice Payne, Len Thurston & Geoff Payne picking up wins of 13-5 & 18-8. Scarbourgh pulled further ahead on Saturday with a 16-12 win although Shirley & Joe Brown won their pairs game by 17-13 and with Ray Potter won their triples game 15-9. Sunday was a different story though as Norfolk hit back winning the morning match 20-8 with a string of great results. Peter Johnson, Dorothy Muttitt & Richard Kightley produced a 21-6 win while Margaret Reynolds, Betty Cox & Malcolm Reynolds won 18-6. The great comeback was completed in the afternoon match as Norfolk won 17-11 with Carol Johnson, Shirley Brown & Joe Brown winning their games by 22-5 & 17-10 and Malcolm Reynolds' triple winning by 15-7 & 19-10.   
                                                                                               Posted 6-4-10

10th Anniversary
This yearwe celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Norfolk Over 60's Squad. We began on the 25th August 2000 with a home match against Cambridgeshire, which we won, as well as the return fixture. 28 people played and 12 are still with us today: Geoff & Alice Payne, Laurie & Marjorie Hall, Ray & Geraldine Potter, Pat Bunn, Dot Dawson, Gerald Chilvers, Jimmy Dye, Russell Hales & Barbara Owen. Its great that they have kept with us. Over the 10 years we have traveled to the Isle of Skye in the north, to the Isle of Wight in the south, to Lowestoft in the east and to Ireland in the west. We have started short mat bowls in Paphos, Cyprus & Malta and taken a relaxing break in Turkey.
We have had laughs like trying to kiss the Blarney Stone, dancing round broomsticks and walking in a rainstorm in Ireland. We said prayers and learnt a new type of bowls in Scotland. One person got bit by a cat in Cyprus. We walked up so many hills, got caught in a thunderstorm in Malta. We have made many bowling friends in West Sussex, West Midlands, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Northants, West Sussex, Kent, Yorkshire, Essex & Gloucestershire. We have loved and lost people who have touched our lives and our hearts and we will never forget them. Avril & I have enjoyed these last 10 years and I hope we have another successful 10 Years.  

                                                                                                           Posted Feb 2010

                             Norfolk Over 60's v Northants Over 60's

                                  Eastern England League 25-03-10

Norfolk suffered a 14-20 home defeat against Northants at Lakeside. It proved to be a close game throughout but two last end defeats for Jock Pollock spelled disappointment after a great match.

                       On The Road Again to North Yorkshire!

Once again the much traveled Norfolk Over 60's team embarked on another long weekend jaunt orchestrated by organizer Teresa Goldsmith. Early on the morning of the last Friday in September their coach departed Norwich bound for North Yorkshire where matches had been arranged against a Scarborough League select team, put together by Edwin Smith on the Saturday, and a Sunday match against North Yorkshire's "A" and "B" teams arranged by North Yorkshire Secretary Roger Green. For this, their second trip to North Yorkshire, Teresa had arranged a 4 night stay at the Burn Hall Hotel in Huby situated about nine miles from York. The staff of the hotel, which had recently undergone a major refurbishment, gave the Norfolk team a warm welcome on their arrival prior to the party enjoying their first meal at the hotel.
Saturday morning after breakfast it was back on the coach to head for the B.S.A Sports Centre in Swinton where Edwin had arranged a full days bowling for the 44 Norfolk bowlers with 8 mats in place for a 12 triple and 4 pair format which gave everyone 4 games each. Edwin had brought a party of bowlers to Norfolk where the Norfolk Over 60's had put out three different teams over three days on Easter Bank Holiday weekend to play them so this was a return fixture. An excellent day of bowls was enjoyed by all with the Norfolk team emerging winners by 77-51 on points, 680-557 on shots. Edwin presented all the Norfolk bowlers with an attractive Scarborough fridge magnet and the Norfolk bowlers presented each of their opponents with a Norfolk SMBA badge featuring the Norfolk Wherry. Teresa also presented Edwin with a cut glass Colman's Mustard Pot to remind him of his bowling friends in Norfolk. Edwin will bring a party of bowlers back to Norfolk on the next Easter weekend for another match.
Sunday morning the Norfolk Over 60's coach headed for the York & District Indoor Bowls Club at Dringhouses to face the North Yorkshire County Squad on their warm-up weekend fixture. The day consisted of two matches with one Norfolk side playing the North Yorkshire "A" team on four mats and another Norfolk Over 60's side playing North Yorkshire "B" on another four mats. As expected the "A" team proved to be too tough a nut to crack and stormed to a 37-3 victory but the Norfolk Over 60's gained revenge with a 25-15 points win against North Yorkshire "B". John Andreae of Cromer and Peter Johnson of Kirby Bedon found themselves in unfamiliar territory playing four wood singles for Norfolk but excelled with John winning 19-13 and 16-13 and Peter winning 18-7 and 16-9 as all ten points came Norfolk's way in that discipline. In the closing ceremony Roger Green announced he hoped to bring the North Yorkshire county team to Norfolk in September 2010 for a return fixture.
The Norfolk Over 60's team received a tremendous warm welcome on both days form the North Yorkshire bowlers and officials and enjoyed both matches immensely. On the Monday the group enjoyed a relaxed trip out spending time in Pickering and Whitby on a glorious day considering it was late September. Some elected to take a boat trip in Whitby while others went on the open top tour bus. Others including Norfolk Chairman Selwyn Goldsmith, who had accompanied Teresa and the squad on their trip to the north, spent their time searching out the best fish and chip shop they could find. A slight delay occured when the coach broke down on their way back to the hotel but a rescue coach from a local company was quickly acquired to get the bowlers safely back to their hotel in time for dinner. A fitter called to the scene of the breakdown ensured that the coach and Chris the coach driver were also back to the hotel in time for Chris to get his meal as well. At 9.30am on Tuesday the happy but tired Norfolk Over 60's squad headed back to Norfolk where some players were needed by their clubs for winter league action that evening. Who said retirement was the time to put your feet up!