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Phoenix Blog 6 May 2019

Updated: May 9, 2019

Saturday Mixed Div 3

Probably the latest start to a season I can remember but finally we’re well and truly underway with 5 matches in consecutive days! Just a shame the weather still feels like November with the first Saturday game being played in gale force winds, not that that deterred us with an excellent performance and a fine 10-4 win over Atherstone Grove B. This was followed up with a battling 6-6 defeat at Dunlop B but we’re really pleased with a valuable 6 away points and current 3rd place in the league. We’re delighted to welcome both Stephen Arnold and Mark Rowley to our Saturday squad this year. Nice to have you both as part of the team.

Mens Midweek Div 2

Just the one game played so far in midweek 2, this being away from home against a much fancied Attleborough side who proved way too strong for us on the night with our only point coming from an excellent performance by Matt. A 1 - 9 and 71 shot defeat see’s us firmly stuck at the bottom of the league but hopeful of improved results to come now we’ve got possibly the most difficult game out of the way.

Mens Thursday Div B

We’ve also played the first 2 Thursday games suffering a 2-6 defeat on the very difficult Potters Green slope before fighting back with a fine 9 shot and 6-4 victory over BBC B - a team who beat us at our venue last year so this result shows how much improvement we’re making! We’re delighted to welcome Chris Tonks to our Thursday squad for 2019 and hope that Chris will be available to make his debut in our next game at Standard. Welcome to the Foxes Chris!

Mens Sunday Div B

The 2 games played so far in the Nuneaton Sunday league have both resulted in well fought 2-7 away defeats, the second of which by just 1 shot at a very difficult BBC B. We are currently lying bottom but one but this doesn’t reflect how well the team has performed so far in 2 tough away fixtures. We were particularly unlucky at BBC performing better than usual by some 50 shots or more! Better things to come I’m sure.

Brandish Cup & County Cup

As well as the hectic league start to the season we’ve also been in action in both the Brandish Cup and County Cup, securing excellent victories in both competitions and progressing through to the next rounds. Lets hope the draw’s kind !!

Firstly the Brandish Cup saw a comfortable 27 shot victory after handicap over our friends from Albany with Foxes securing 5 out of 6 individual victories on the Coundon slope.

Secondly the County Cup saw much tougher opposition in the form of Weddington Social but again 6 out of 8 winners were carded and an excellent 28 shot victory after handicap. Special mention for 2 of our new members from last year - Paul Lancaster carding a fine 21-9 victory and Dennis Casey securing a very creditable 18-21 score.

Ladies Thursday Div C

Just the one game for our ladies team so far resulting in a very narrow 3-3 and 3 shot home defeat against Stockingford B. Susan Lineker’s 21-5 being the best card, well supported by Judy 21-8 and Adele 21-18. 3 points leaves us lying 3 places above bottom spot in 7th.

Green Maintenance

Following last years hot, dry Summer major renovations were completed in the Autumn including hollow tining, deep scarification and over-seeding.

October 2018

We’re now beginning to see the benefits from this work although inevitably the surface of the green is a little rough. This will improve as the season progresses although the grass length will be left at around 6mm this year to allow the green sufficient time to recover. This is slightly longer than normal but shouldn’t have any major affect on how the green runs. Most

March 2019

top golf greens are also cut at 6mm.

We have an intense maintenance program for the green over the next 12 months which focuses on improvement of the soil by addition of natural bacteria. This is essential given that we’re faced with a soil structure made up of over 96% sand making water and nutrient retention very difficult. There will be need for the odd chemical additions but our primary aim is to improve the quality of the green through natural means.

In the last couple of weeks a wetting agent has been applied to the green to help prevent localised dry patch (or the inability of areas of the green to accept water) and aeration to a depth of 50mm completed. A good program of aeration allows water and nutrients to get to the grass root zone resulting in much healthier turf. We have also had to water quite aggressively because of the unusually dry start to the season.

There are 4 essential elements to maintaining bowling greens each of which are equally important:

L - Light

A - Aeration

W - Water

N - Nutrients

Our maintenance program will focus on each of these key elements.

News & Events

Following the amazing success of our free coaching sessions last year, we will be running them again this season. Keep an eye open for dates soon! In the meantime, we always meet at the green socially on a Tuesday evening - anyone fancying a game then please call in - complete newcomer or experts, all very welcome! We don’t even mind if you play for another club but just fancy trying a different green!! It’s costs nothing and we’d love to see you!!

The annual Phoenix Race Night will be run again this year. Date for starters orders is yet to be announced but likely to be around the end of September. Support for this important fundraising event has always been excellent, lets hope we have a record year in 2019 !! Open to all members, family, friends and other clubs - in fact everyone !!

If you can’t wait until September then our friends at Albany are running a similar event on 8th June at Albany Club. Tickets are £10 each including buffet with all proceeds going towards renovation of an old green in Spencer Park. Good luck guys! Anyone wanting tickets, please let Brian know.

Football Predictor Results

2 lucky winners this week following the 1-1 scorelines in the games between Huddersfield Vs Man Utd, and Arsenal Vs Brighton.

Congratulations to Danny Edkins & Dick O’Donahue each winning £40.50.

Thanks to everyone who supports this important fund raiser !

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