2018 results

Yorkshire Level Play League

Sheffield team inflict heavy defeat

Sheffield U3A Parkhead inflicted a heavy defeat on our Level Play team in a match played at Bishop Monkton on August 28.The win will propel the visitors into joint top position with Sheffield Ecclesall U3A in the Level Play League table.

Bishop Monkton team: Ian MacPherson (captain), Simon Horner and Colin Hunter. 

Sheffield U3A Parkhead team: Peter Read, Elizabeth Turner and Jonathan Powell-Wiffen.

Earlier in the year the team got off to a good start with a 7-5 win over York.

Next came a match against a very strong Ripon team which resulted in a 2-10 defeat.

For  League position before this match click on League tables.

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Yorkshire Handicap League

Title hopes are shattered


A picnic sheltering under the trees

Hopes of winning the Handicap League were shattered when our team went down to an  8-12 defeat in a rain affected match at Brodsworth Hall.

It now seems likely that either Brodsworth or one of the Sheffield teams will win the title.

Our team:  Jack Upsall (captain), Alan Ebbutt, Richard Field and Patrick Davey.

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Winning run comes to an end


Our winning run came to an end when Sheffield Parkhead defeated us by 13-7 in a match played on our home ground.

Sheffield, who fielded mostly the same team they use in the Level Play League, ran out easy winners with our main successes coming in the doubles where we won three of the four contests. We were less successful in the singles.

The home team was pleased to include two members from the U3A Section, Chris Higgins and Kneale Kimber, who both performed well.

Bishop Monkton team: John Feeny (captain), Richard Field, Chris Higgins and Kneale Kimber.

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Depleted team forces a draw


John Feeny needing to clear blue to avoid a possible defeat in the final doubles. 

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The late drop out of one member of our team meant we had a tough battle on our hands for our away match against Sheffield Croquet Club on August 18.

Under the rules, since we had only three players available, we had to concede one round of singles and two doubles meaning we started with a deficit of six of the 20 available points.

Due to strong play by our team we won eight of the singles matches and both doubles while our opponents won just four of the singles and lost both of the doubles. This meant we ended on a 10-10 draw.

This result means we are still in with just a chance of winning the Handicap League this year, but have three more matches to play, with Sheffield U3A Club or Brodsworth being our main challengers.

Team: Jack Upsall (captain), John Feeny and Richard Field.

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Squeezing home in the last round

Lepton came close to reversing a recent 14-6 defeat by Bishop Monkton when they went down in a return match by 11-9.

The Huddersfield team showed a considerable improvement in form over last time with the ladies running hoops confidently and using their bisques very intelligently.

For the home team Simon and Izzy were the best performers, each winning three of their four singles matches.

After five round Lepton trailed by just 8-10 so knew they could force a draw if they won both of the final doubles.  In the end they won one of the two, so Bishop Monkton squeezed home with an 11-9 win.

Bishop Monkton team:  Richard Field (captain), Simon Horner, Ian MacPherson and Izzy Poyntz.

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Comfortable 14-6 win at Lepton


Bishop Monkton moved to the top of the Yorkshire Federation Handicap League table with a convincing 14-6 away win over Lepton, Huddersfield on Wednesday, June 27.


Richard Field and Kneale Kimber both won all their four singles matches and also one of the two doubles.

Lepton will get their chance to gain their revenge when they visit Bishop Monkton for a return match on Tuesday, July 17

Team: Richard Field (captain), John Feeny, Ian MacPherson and Kneale Kimber.

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A narrow defeat to Sheffield U3A


Bishop Monkton's winning run in the Yorkshire Handicap League came to an end with a narrow 11-9 defeat to Sheffield U3A at the Sheffield Parkhead ground.

The day's best performance came from Patrick Davey who won three of his four singles matches.

Our team comprised: Jack Upsall (captain), Richard Field, Patrick Davey and Izzy Poyntz.

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A comfortable win over Brodsworth

In the second match of the season Bishop Monkton maintained its winning ways by beating Brodsworth by 12-8 at home on May 29.

Simon Horner and Alan Ebbutt both won all of their four singles.

The team comprised: Alan Ebbutt (captain), Simon Horner, Kneale Kimber and Izzy Poyntz.

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A great start to our campaign


Bishop Monkton started their 2018 campaign with a resounding win over Sheffield CC by 14-6 games running 124 hoops compared with Sheffield's 99.. The match on May 16 was played in freezing conditions with a strong north wind blowing. Players were not amused when a home team member told the visitors they would shortly be served ice cold drinks!

All members of the home team performed well, each contributing to the excellent result competing against a team which included players with handicaps of 0 and 3 and two on 6. The home team won 13 of the 16 singles and one of the doubles.

The home team comprised: : Richard  Field (captain), John Feeny, Ian MacPherson and Patrick Davey.

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Village Friendles

The end of a successful season

Ben Rhydding are well known for laying on  delicious home-made cakes.

The last friendly of the season resulted in a comfortable 123-111 win over old rivals Ben Rhydding in a match played on their greatly improved ground in warm autumn sunshine.

The win meant that during the season Bishop Monkton teams have played played nine fixtures, won seven, and lost two.

They beat Ben Rhydding (twice),The Dales (twice), Bishop Monkton U3A, Bishop Auckland and Brodsworth (home). The only losses were to Brodsworth (away) and Durham (away).  An impressive record! Well done to everyone who has played in any of these matches.

Bishop Monkton team:  Richard Field (captain), Izzy Poyntz, Martin and Kathryn Bethel, Pauline Houseman, Ian Galloway, Kneale Kimber, Ian MacPherson and Anne Hales.

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Only second defeat this season


Photo: Colin Barnes

Our team suffered only its second defeat of the season when it went down by 119 to 93 to Brodsworth in an away game played on September 2.

We could only raise six players so there was some friendly swopping around of players.

Our team: Alan Ebbutt (captain), Ian and Sara MacPherson, Daphne Pepler, Pat Field and Patrick Davey.

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Comfortable win over The Dales


Players enjoying tea together after the match.

In a keenly contested friendly played at Bishop Monkton on August 29 the home team ran out comfortable winners by 132 to 103 hoops won.

The home team got off to a cracking start winning the first round by 25 - 9 but after that the visitors came back more into the game with the scores 83 - 52 at lunch and 132 - 103 at the end.

Bishop Monkton team: Richard Field (captain), Pat Field,  Martin and Kathryn Bethel, Ann Hales, Ian and Sara MacPherson,Patrick Davey and Izzy Poyntz.

The Dales team: Bryan Lye, Chistine Stedman, Christine Thomason, Rachel Lawson, Maureen Marshall, John Marshall, Val Jessop.Janet and Richard Cooper.

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Nail biter between Village & U3A!

The friendly between the club's Village and U3A sections played on August 21 produced a thrillingly close match with a nail biting finish!

Fortunes switched from side to side as the match progressed.

U3A got off to a good start  leading 22 to 17 after the first round, but their lead was slowly whittled away until the teams were level on 92 each after five rounds. After the sixth round the Village led by 109-108 but then in the final round, despite two strong U3A performances, the Village squeezed home by 128 - 125.

A thrilling match played in a very friendly and sporting atmosphere.

Village team: Jack Upsall; (captain), Daphne Pepler, Ann Hales, Simon Horner, Patrick Davey, Izzy Poyntz,  Martin and Kathryn  Bethel and Pauline Houseman. 

U3A team: Dave Schaer, Kneale Kimber, Chris Higgins,  Robert Barraclough, Brian Hey, Dawn Hey, Norma Collett and Maureen Boland. 

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19 hoop win over Bishop Auckland

Bishop Monkton scored a good home win on July 24 against Bishop Auckland by 104 to 85 hoops run.

Bishop Monkton team: John Feeny, Alan Ebbutt, Ian and Sara MacPherson, Trevor and Lesley Wood, Izzy Poyntz, Daphne Pepler, Pauline Houseman and Liz Kimbell.

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Impressive win against old rivals


Bishop Monkton scored a comfortable win by 128 - 98 hoops run in a match played on our hosts' impressive new ground at Bedale.

Now The Dales look forward to a chance to gain their revenge when they come to Bishop Monkton for a return match in August.

Bishop Monkton team: Richard Field (captain), Jack Upsall, Ian and Sara MacPherson, Pat Field, Pauline Houseman, Izzy Poyntz and  Derek Jeary

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Comfortable win over Brodsworth

There was a damp start and some threatening clouds for this friendly match at home against Brodsworth but later the day turned into warm sunshine. 

This was an enjoyable competition with Bishop Monkton winning by 127 hoops to 99 – which, as Lesley pointed out, with seven rounds of four games per round, was just a one hoop advantage to us per game.

In the team were: Jack Upsall (capt), Ian MacPherson, Sara MacPherson, Daphne Pepler, Izzy Poyntz, Patrick Davey,Trevor Wood, Lesley Wood, Pauline Houseman and Ann Hales.

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Coming unstuck in the North East


Our journey to The Wear ended our hithero unbeaten record this season on June 8.

We were beaten 101 to 72 in this friendly by a well disciplined Durham  team which including some low handicap players.

The game was played on the Durham club's new ground at Chester-le-Street in the impressive Riverside Park.

Afterwards Richard Field congratulated the Durham team on their win but predicted a closer result when they visit Bishop Monkton for a return match on August 8. He also thanked the host club for their warm welcome and generous hospitality.

Home team: Alan Ebbutt (captain), John Feeny, Richard Field, Derek Jeary, Pauline Houseman, Izzy Poyntz, Patrick and Jill Davey.

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A strong opening performance


Tea time after a keenly contested match.

The new season got off to a good start with Bishop Monkton  beating Ben Rhydding by 118 to 86 hoops run in the club's first friendly match this year.

Club Chairman Richard Field welcomed the visitors and said the two teams had been meeting regularly for the past 11 years with honours pretty evenly shared.

The home team comprised: Alan Ebbutt ( captain), Simon HornerTrevor and Lesley Wood, Ian and Sara MacPherson, Richard Field, Derek Jeary, Patrick Davey and Izzy Poyntz.

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U3A Friendlies

Mixed fortunes for our U3A team

Our U3A team started the season with matches against The Dales and Brodsworth.

In the first, against The Dales, the team went down by 59-71 and  in a later match beat Brodsworth 75 - 71.

A planned match against Bishop Auckland was called off because the visitors could not raise a team.

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Nail biter between U3A and Village

The friendly between U3A and the club's Village section played on August 21 produced a thrillingly close match with a nail biting finish!

Fortunes switched from side to side as the match progressed.U3A got off to a good start  leading 22 to 17 after the first round, but their lead was slowly whittled away until the teams were level on 92 each after five rounds. After the sixth round the Village led by 109-108 but then in the final round, despite two strong U3A performances, the Village squeezed home by 128 - 125.

A thrilling match played in a very friendly and sporting atmosphere.

U3A team: Dave Schaer, Kneale Kimber, Chris Higgins,  Robert Barraclough, Brian Hey, Dawn Hey, Norma Collet and Maureen Boland.

Village team: Jack Upsall; (captain), Daphne Pepler, Ann Hales, Simon Horner, Patrick Davey, Izzy Poyntz,  Martin and Kathryn  Bethel and Pauline Houseman. 

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