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Marlborough Cricket Club: April Fixtures

Saturday 21st April:

1st Team:    v  Potterne  -  at home

2nd Team:   v  Swindon Civil Service  -  at Minal Cricket Ground


Sat 28th April:

1st Team:    v   Melksham & Beanacre - at home

2nd Team:   v  All Cannings  -  at Minal Cricket Ground


All fixtures start at 2pm


Home Ground - Savernake:



Minal Cricket Ground:





Match reports to follow.........

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Come on girls, it’s time to enjoy yourself …playing bowls

With female membership down to a dozen stalwarts, Marlborough Bowls Club has issued an urgent plea for more women to join on the eve of its new season, which begins on April 22.

The club, founded more than 70 years ago, has a thriving male membership of 80 as well as a host of social members who enjoy its facilities in the Salisbury Road recreation ground.

“I’d love us to have another 20 women joining up,” club secretary Angie Watts told Marlborough News Online. “The trouble is that the perception  of most people is that bowls is only for old women in cardigans.”

“But thanks to TV that is no longer true, the image is changing and younger women are enjoying playing bowls and taking part in competitions, which we have unfortunately had to give up.”

Pressure of work and looking after their families is also a problem, but playing bowls on a summer’s evening is one way of taking the stress out of life – and the normal membership fee of £50 has been reduced to £25 for new playing members.

The male members of the club, which has practice sessions on Monday evenings, have three possible leagues to play in, as well as friendly matches and gala events.

The club also stages an internal floodlit competition in September and has provisionally booked May 26 as an open evening when you go and see if bowls is a new sport worth trying.

Angie Watts is on 01672 511335

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Marlborough hockey club end the season with a convincing win over league rivals

Marlborough vs Exeter University  C        -       Marlborough win 3-2

After securing a third place finish in their league division the previous week, Marlborough went in to the last game of the season (Saturday, March 24) in high spirits determined to finish of a positive note against second placed Exeter University C.  The game itself started slowly as both teams took their time to adjust to the heat and the slowness of the playing surface with several passes not finding their intended recipient.

After the initial cagey exchanges, the game developed into a much more open affair and soon both teams were enjoying themselves with some fast flowing, attractive, attacking play which produced several near misses for both sides.  Marlborough opened the scoring after some excellent linked up forward play from Matt Osbourne and Rich Holman led to Ed Gosling effortlessly dribbling around the keeper to slot home into an empty net. 

Exeter Uni replied almost immediately levelling with some sharp work of their own. Then youngster Harry Tawney scored his first goal for the Marlborough first team giving the home team a 2-1 lead at half time.

The second half continued in a similar vein as both teams poured men forward with attacking intent but were somewhat neutralised by their defensive counterparts.  It wasn’t until midway through the second half when a terrific solo run and successful finish from Gosling looked certain to have given Marlborough an unassailable lead.

The energy levels of both teams visibly dropped in the scorching heat, but Exeter dug deep and again pulled themselves back into the game with five minutes to go.  Marlborough saw out the game with some excellent ball retention to frustrate their opponents - suitably capping off an excellent, controlled performance.

With the league finished for the year and gaining a highly respectable third place, Marlborough Captain Richard Holman expressed his pride at how the team had conducted themselves and the endeavour which they had displayed both at training and during the games. September cannot come soon enough! 

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Two vital victories secure third place for Marlborough Hockey Club in their league division

Marlborough Hockey Club: 

reports of matches in the Premier Division 3 of the Davis Wood Hockey League – which includes clubs from the west of England and south Wales:



Marlborough vs Old Bristolians     Marlborough Win 8-1   Saturday, March 17, 2012

Marlborough  travelled away to Old Bristolians knowing that only a win would be acceptable in the race for third place with Taunton Vale and Cheltenham.  Marlborough started the game somewhat sluggishly with several misplaced passes and miss-traps and were fortunate not to concede early on as OB’s had an uncontested shot from the top of the ‘d’.  Marlborough nerves were soon calmed after excellent work near the opponents goal from Ed Gosling resulted in a penalty flick being awarded which was converted by Anil Sud.

Matt Osbourne soon doubled the lead after a series of sublime passes through the midfield allowed the striker to place his reverse stick shot underneath the advancing goalkeeper.  Ed Gosling made it 3-0 before half time with a clever shot from a tight angle which caught the goalkeeper unawares.

The second half began much as the first half had finished with Marlborough dominating the game in all areas and soon had further goals from Sud, Osbourne and skipper Richard Holman.  The rout continued when Sud completed his hat trick and Gosling added another to make the score 8-0. 

With two minutes remaining OB’s managed a consolation goal to lift their spirits. However, the game finished 8-1 giving Marlborough the perfect platform for the following day’s game against arch rivals Cheltenham.



Marlborough vs Cheltenham   Marlborough win 4-3   Sunday, March 18, 2012

With a win guaranteeing third place in the league, Marlborough knew they could not afford any slips against Cheltenham who had beaten them 2-0 earlier in the season.  No extra motivation for the game was necessary as over the past several years the fixture between the two sides has become something of a grudge match.

Both teams started the game well playing the free flowing, attacking brand of hockey that they have displayed all season - leading to several chances being created at both ends.  Marlborough took the lead after John Bromley’s patented ‘crash ball’ play allowed Anil Sud to slot home from close range.  Marlborough went close to doubling their advantage several times and did so after Sud found Rich Holman to score also from close range.

At two-nil up at half time Marlborough had the momentum at the start of the second half and increased their lead with Holman scoring from a short corner routine.  This forced Cheltenham to push more people forward and they soon found themselves back in the game with two quick goals leaving Marlborough’s fans nervously counting down the minutes to the finish. 

The key moment of the match came when Cheltenham were awarded a penalty flick which could have spelled disaster for Marlborough, but goalkeeper Brian Marnane saved brilliantly to his left.  Marlborough looked home and dry after Sud scored his second making the score 4-2 but Cheltenham pulled another goal back almost immediately making for a very tense finish.

The game finished 4-3 with Marlborough securing a third place finish with one final game to go, an achievement defensive stalwart Matt Way rated as one of the most satisfying of his career.

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Marlborough boxing club’s creation of a new gym backed by town council

Marlborough Amateur Boxing Club’s proposal to renovate the Old Pavilion, in Elcot Lane, into a new gym for its members has been given the support of the town council’s planning committee – despite opposition from neighbours.

The committee was told that Kevin Ellis, who lives in Barrow Close, had written to Wiltshire planners protesting that it was “grossly misleading” for the Boxing Club to suggest that neighbours were aware of their plans to renovate an otherwise derelict building.

“On the contrary, local residents are concerned about the impact of the use of the premises as a boxing gym, and also the suggestion that ‘other indoor sports and recreational activities’, which although not specified, will also be incorporated,” he protested.

But Councillor Peggy Dow told the committee: “We cannot reject this proposal.  We’ve been asking for this building to be upgraded for years.”

Councillor Nick Fogg declared: “This is a great initiative. I support it 100 per cent,” and property committee chairman Councillor Guy Loosmore added: “This is potentially a worthy asset for the town.  We should go forward with it.”

The committee agreed.

 

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Sun 22nd April: get fit now for Prospect Hospice's BIG BIKE RIDE

Get on your bike! That’s the message from Prospect Hospice as it launches its latest event aimed at raising money for the charity – the Prospect Hospice Big Bike Ride, which takes place on 22 April this year.

This is only the second year that the Wroughton-based charity has put on the event, which last year saw 80 people ranging from families to the experienced cyclist, take on two routes from F1 Karting at Wroughton Airfield, raising over £6,500 in the process.

The event is being planned and jointly organised by members of Mountain Bike Swindon, who have devised the route and will be supplying some marshals for the event.

Tom Stickland, from Mountain Bike Swindon, said: “We’re really pleased with the routes that we’ve put together for this year’s event. The ride sets off from the Nationwide Pavilion, and covers two routes; a 24km route for any reasonably fit rider and a 40km route suitable for mountain bikes.

“Both routes start and finish using our volunteer-built mountain bike trail at the Croft Woods. It was designed to be suitable for novice riders as well as giving experienced riders a decent challenge. The trail is a purpose-built single track and has some narrow and muddy sections with easier options around any tricky parts.

 “The long route joins together some of our favourite sections of single track including two fast descents. We’ve added an optional bonus section so that another great downhill run is included. We’re really looking forward to this year’s Big Bike Ride and we’re sure it will be a lot of fun for everyone involved.”

Becky Gammon, Prospect Hospice’s event organiser, said: “We’ve tried to create an event that will appeal to both new and experienced cyclists, from families with children to members of cycling clubs and the more dedicated cyclist.

“We wanted to create something of a challenge for Mountain Bike enthusiasts, and were really grateful to MB Swindon for all their help in planning this.”

Events such as Prospect’s Big Bike are a vital part of the hospice’s fundraising. Each year Prospect Hospice needs £5m to deliver its care and services within the community, seventy percent of which it needs to raise itself. If you’re interested in taking part in Prospect Hospice’s Big Bike Ride, contact Becky Gammon in the fundraising team on 01793 816161 or visit www.prospect-hospice.net/bigbike

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St John’s starts work on six new tennis courts for school and community use

Work will start on Monday to construct six new tennis courts at St John’s, Dr Patrick Hazlewood, headmaster of the Marlborough school, announced today (Friday).

The tennis courts, sited on land between the school and the new housing development on the site of the old St John’s Upper School, are expected to be completed and ready for use early in June.

The project will cost the school £250,000, money which has been raised through a range of  activities and donations organised by the St John’s Foundation Trust.

Thanking parents for their support, Dr Hazlewood said: “The tennis courts will be an enormous benefit to students at St John’s.  We will also be making the courts available for use by community groups during evenings, weekends and school holidays, giving a real boost to the provision of sports facilities in the town.

“My huge thanks to the many parents and friends of St John’s who have donated money to help us achieve this project.  I am also very grateful to the members of the St John’s Family and Friends Association, who have raised £15,000 towards the project, including £10,000 for additional student lockers which will be installed over the coming weeks.”

It was originally hoped that the tennis courts would be completed at the same time as the new school, which opened in December 2009, but this proved impossible, explained business director Barry Worth.

“Building the new St John’s has been an expensive project, achieved without the backing of any central government funding.  We paid for the new £26,500,000 building through a combination of land sale, fundraising, and a loan to cover the final cost of furniture and IT.”

“The money we initially set aside for the Phase 2 project to complete the tennis and netball courts and artificial grass pitch was eroded when the new building came in 1.5 per cent, some £500,000, over budget”.

The tennis courts are being built by Sports Facility experts McArdle Sport Tec Ltd of Wallingford, who aim to complete the project in two months.

The next phase of building at St John’s will be the completion of the Phase 2 plans, which includes an all-weather sports pitch.  Fundraising at the school continues and £300,000 is still required through grants and donations towards this project.

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Knockout approval for Marlborough Boxing Club’s pavilion project

Marlborough Boxing Club’s plans to bring back to life the dilapidated Old Pavilion, in Elcot Lane, received a pat on the back last night (Monday) from members of Marlborough town council’s Property Committee.

“I think what you’re doing is fabulous,” Councillor Richard Pitts told three members of the club involved in the renovation exercise, “I congratulate your efforts.”

And Councillor Andrew Ross, who chairs the Marlborough sports forum, agreed. “Very encouraging,” he said.

Club secretary Steve Hurst revealed that the club, founded in 2009, had now submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council for the project thanks to raising the necessary funds by staging a charity event.

Support to turn the eyesore building into a worthwhile project is now supported by the Amateur Boxing Association and the club has made an application for funding to Sport England.

“It’s been a long and challenging road,” added Steve. “We are looking forward to having the pavilion up to scratch and open for business by September or October.”

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Marlborough Hockey Club’s two wins and a defeat as end of season nears

Marlborough Hockey Club reports of matches in the Premier Division 3 of the Davis Wood Hockey League – which includes clubs from the west of England and south Wales:

Marlborough vs Hereford  :  Marlborough win 3-2


After last week’s disappointing result against Taunton Marlborough went in to the weekend’s two games desperate to make amends and collect a maximum six points to get themselves back in to the running for third place in the Division.
Their opponents on the Saturday (March 3) were Hereford who earlier in the season had eased to victory against Marlborough with some swift counter attacking play.  The game started as a cagey affair with Marlborough well aware of their opponents strengths but soon started bossing the game from the middle of the park with Will Seward and John Bromley dominating proceedings. 

Marlborough soon took the lead after a swift counter attack led to Rich Holman scoring with an incredibly inventive shot on the volley.  Marlborough doubled their advantage in the last play before half time after excellent improvisation play from Will Seward following the break down of a short corner routine.

The second half began with Hereford noticeably putting in higher effort levels and as a result scored two quick goals of their own leaving Marlborough shell-shocked and in complete disarray.  With fifteen minutes to go Marlborough rallied and threatened to retake the lead but were unable to do so until Man of the Match Will Seward arrived at the top of the ‘d’ and thundered his shot, with bullet like precision, into the corner of the goal.  The remainder of the game was seen out in good style with Marlborough keeping possession well and frustrating their opponents.

Marlborough vs Firebrands  : Marlborough win 4-3

Having beaten the ‘brands earlier in the season with some degree of comfort, Marlborough went into this game(March 4) full of confidence but also wary as their opponents results over the last few weeks had improved greatly.  The game started with both sides exchanging attacks and it was clear that ball pace and speed of thought would determine the winner. 

Marlborough took the lead after Rich Holman scored with a flick from close range but barely minute later Firebrands levelled after a sharp shot form a tight angle.

Matt Osbourne gave Marlborough the lead again after some mazy dribbling and calm finishing, and Osbourne increased Marlborough lead again after sweeping home from close range after the Firebrands goalkeeper had stopped Rich Holman’s slider shot.  The game was seemingly over when Anil Sud scored with a reverse stick strike to give Marlborough a 4-1 lead.

Firebrands did not give up and egged on by their numerous pitch side supporters drew a goal back from a slick short corner and then soon after scored again to make it 4-3 and leaving Marlborough with a nervous final ten minutes to see out.  Marlborough dug in and keep ‘brands at bay to cap off a terrific six point weekend leaving them tied third with a game in hand.


Marlborough vs Plymouth Marjon : Marlborough lose 1-0

With four games left in the season and tied in third place in the Division, Marlborough looked to use their game in hand on their competitors to good affect with an away fixture against Plymouth Marjon (March 10.)  With the earlier meeting in the season between the two sides ending in a bizarre 10-5 Marlborough victory the chances were that this would be another goal filled game with most clinical side likely to come out as the victors.

Neither side started the game well and there were plenty of misplaced passes and miss-traps adding to the slow start.  Chances were few and far between and it wasn’t until midway through the first half that Marlborough started to look like scoring only to be denied on several short corner routines by some solid goal keeping and defending.  Marlborough were awarded a flick after a deliberate foul in a shooting position but were unable to convert leaving the game nervously poised at 0-0 going into the second half.

The second half went much the way of the first half with neither team looking like gaining an advantage until Marjon were given a questionable flick of their own which they were able to convert. For the next twenty minutes Marlborough tried desperately to force the game but were just missing that final pass or perhaps the bit of luck that they needed.

The game finished 1-0 to Marjon who, to their credit, had applied themselves tirelessly to keep Marlborough at bay.  After a hugely disappointing result Marlborough look to their double header next weekend against Old Bristolians and Cheltenham to redeem themselves.

Find out more about Marlborough Hockey Club here.  And here for details and fixtures in the Davis Wood Hockey league.

 

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Your chance to run the Marlborough Mile and raise funds for Comic Relief

One of the country’s most popular charity events is coming to Marlborough for the first time, and anyone who signs up before Thursday March 1 will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win tickets to see boy band JLS perform live.

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, part of Comic Relief, is taking place nationwide on Sunday March 25 – and Marlborough is in on the act.

The Marlborough Mile, organised by Marlborough and District Junior Athletics club, will take off from the Leisure Centre on College Fields from 9.30am.  Up to 300 people are set to dash, jog or walk round the course, which also features three- and six-mile versions.

Ben Tarring, the athletics club’s publicity officer, told Marlborough News Online:  “The club is proud to be organising the town’s first Sport Relief Mile and many of our athletes will be involved, both behind the scenes and on the course.”

“Sport Relief is an excellent way of raising money for good causes and I hope that our event will reach its capacity of 300 people.  Come on Marlborough, get your running shoes on!”

To enter, log on to www.sportrelief.com.  The cost is £3 for a child, £6 for an adult and £15 for a family. The money covers the cost of organising the event, so all participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship.

The funds go to Comic Relief, which helps people living tough lives, both in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

The course will start and finish at the Leisure Centre and go round the Marlborough College playing fields.  Everyone who takes part will get a Sport Relief medal.  The Leisure Centre is laying on its new bouncy castle for children during the event.

Parking is in the Marlborough College overspill car park: the turning is off the A4 opposite College Fields, next to the Memorial Hall.

The 10 winners of the JLS competition will be announced on Friday March 2 and will receive five tickets each to the one-off JLS Sport Relief concert on Saturday March 24 at the O2 Arena, where the band will perform their Sport Relief single, Proud.

 

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Marlborough’s Sports Forum given £1,000 grant to boost its work


The Marlborough Sports Forum is to be given a £1,000 grant by the town council to boost its campaign aimed at promoting and developing sport and sports facilities in the area.

The funding will come out of a residue of £2,600 that remains unspent in the budget of the Marlborough town council’s finance and policy committee.

And it follows the creation of a “mission statement” from the Sports Forum that was presented to the committee, which includes encouraging young people to participate in sport and to support them with financial assistance when appropriate.

The Forum also plans to create its own website to increase awareness of its activities.

“We should be facilitating and helping organisations like this in the town and supporting their activities,” Councillor Guy Loosmore told the committee.

And Councillor Peggy Dow added: “Organisations like this are working so hard in the town and we should give them all the help we can.”

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