JEFF LEADS THE CRUSADERS TO VICTORY!
A stunning 40 shots to 4 victory by Skip Jeff Richards and his team of Alan Jones, Chris Walters and Greg Davies were the difference in the Crusaders winning the points at Ammanford Town last Saturday .
All three other rinks went down in their matches but Jeff’s rink made the difference resulting in the final score being 80 shots to 74 in Crusaders favour!! A truly stunning performance !!
Crusaders came away with 8 points and Ammanford 6.
CRUSADERS WINNING RUN CONTINUES
The Crusaders won their latest league encounter on Saturday 13th July with a fine win by 86 shots to 66.75 at home to Parc Williams on Saturday. The Crusaders picked up 12 points for their efforts. Three rinks won their games, Jeff Richards by 28-14,Mike Rees by 20-12.75 and The Reverend Elson Phillips by 19-15. Only Clive Coles rink suffered a loss, going down by 19 shots to 25
AN EMPHATIC WIN SEES CRUSADERS CLIMB THE TABLE !
The Crusaders had an emphatic win against Cwmamman at the Park on Saturday with the final result being 119 shots to 52 in their favour! Three rinks were up on the day with the other one having to settle for a draw! The result sees the Crusaders move up to fourth in the table.
CRUSADERS WIN FOUR POINTS AT CROSS HANDS
The Crusaders came away with four points form their away game at Cross Hands last Saturday. Clive Coles and Mike Rees won their rinks by 17-14 and 21 respectively only for Jeff Richards and The Reverend Eldon Phillips to succumb to defeat in their matches.
Final Score : CROSS HANDS 78 CRUSADERS 60
CRUSADERS CLIMB UP THE TABLE WITH ANOTHER FINE WIN!
The Crusaders won their second match in the week with a ten point winning margin away at Tumble on Saturday.
Reverend Eldon Phillips’ rink lost by four shots, 15 -19, Jeff Richards won his rink by 25 shots to 12 and Wyndham Gravelle and his men won by just the one point by 17 shots to 16. Clive Coles rink drew their game 19 shots all.
Final Score : Crusaders 76 Tumble 66. Crusaders won 11 points.
VETS TUMBLE TO ANOTHER DEFEAT!
The Vets lost their latest Thursday league game when they lost by 23 shots to 18 against Tumble at Calsonic .
Gareth Jones, Alan Jones and Mel Davies won their rink by 11 shots to 9 but Lyn Rees, Arfon Jones and The Reverend Eldon Phillips lost their game by 14 shots to 7.
Crusaders came away with just 2 points.
A MID WEEK WIN FOR THE CRUSADERS!
The Crusaders returned to winning ways with a fine performance at home to Ty’rfran on Wednesday evening, running out winners by 76 shots to 55.
Wyndham Gravelle’s rink won by 27 shots to 9, Jeff Richards won their match by 17 shots to 15, Eldon Phillips rink also won their match by 17 shots to 15 whilst Clive Coles rink lost on the last end going down by one shot, 15-16.
Final score : Crusaders 76 Ty’rfran 55. Crusaders had 12 points
CRUSADERS LOSE BY 7 SHOTS !
The Crusaders went down narrowly by seven shots at home to Tybie on Saturday with the final score being 73 shots to 66 in favour of the visitors.
Mike Rees’ rink looked to be coasting to victory in their game as after nine ends, they led by 15 shots to 1 only for the visitors to fight back and clinch victory in the final end by 22 shots to 21!
Wyndham Gravelle’s four drew their rink 16 all whilst David Lloyd and The Reverend Eldon Phillips team both lost their games by three shots.
The Crusaders won only the one point for their efforts with Tybie gaining 13.
Crusaders will hope to fare better on Wednesday evening when they host Ty’rfran.
VETS LOSE AT HOME TO THE SAINTS
Crusaders Vets disappointingly lost at home to St Catherine’s on Thursday. Arfon Jones,Peter Harries and Chris Walters lost by 26 shots to 12 whilst Tudor Morgan,Alan Jones and Mel Davies went down by 22 shots to 16.
CRUSADERS CRASH AGAIN !
The Crusaders disappointingly lost their latest league encounter away at Parc William in Loughor on Saturday.
The final score was 87 shots to 64 in the hosts favour with only Jeff Richards’ rink winning their match. History was made on this rink as father and son, Jeff and Neale Richards made a winning debut together, playing on the same rink! The final score was 28 shots to 10 in their favour!
The other rink scores were :
Wyndham Gravelle lost by 10-24, Clive Coles by 14 -37 and the Reverend Eldon Phillips by 12-16.
The Crusaders came away with just 2 points.
CRUSADERS BOUNCE BACK WITH A WIN!
Crusaders put last Saturday’s demise at Tybie behind them with a fine winning performance at home to Ammanford Town on Wednesday evening.
David Lloyd’s rink won by 25 shots to 14, Wyndham Gravelle by 21-15 and Clive Coles by 26 shots to 14. Jeff Richards’ rink lost a pulsating match by one shot going down by one shot in the final end by 18 shots to 17.
The final score was CRUSADERS 89 AMMANFORD 61 with CRUSDAERS WINNING 12 POINTS
CRUSADERS CRUSHED IN LEAGUE OPENER !
The Crusaders suffered a heavy defeat in their first league game of the season when they lost by 106 shots to 61 at Tybie in Llandybie on Saturday.
All four rinks succumbed to defeat !
Clive Coles rink lost by 14 – 20, Wyndham Gravelle’s rink lost by 15- 33, Jeff Richards by 15 – 29 and David Lloyd by 17 -24.
The Crusaders hope to regroup and put in a much improved display in their next home game with Ammanford on Wednesday night!
CRUSADERS SUFFER HEAVY CARRUTHERS DEFEAT
The Crusaders went down to a heavy defeat at the hands of Premier League side Parc y Dre at People’s Park on Saturday. The hosts won the tie convincingly by 112 shots to 59l
VETS LOSE AT HOME TO BONT!
Crusaders Vets team lost their latest match at home to Pontarddulais on Thursday.
Lyn Rees, Mike Rees and Arfron Rees lost their rink by 7 shots to 29 whilst Herbie Morgan,Allan Jones and Mel Davies won their game by 24 shots to 10.
The overall score was Crusaders 31 Pontarddulais 39
CRUSADERS START THE SEASON WITH A WIN AT BURRY PORT!!
The Crusaders got their 2019 season off with a bang with an outstanding winning performance away at Burry Port in the Carruthers Shield!
In a thrilling contest, The Crusaders won the day by a one shot margin,winning the tie by 75 shots to 74 !
Captain Mike “Spud” Rees and his experimental rink of brothers, Greg and Johnathan Davies plus Herbie Morgan had a super day winning by 15 shots against the experienced skip Gary Hire and his rink. Clive Coles accompanied by David Noot, Alan Jones and Chris Walters won their match by 7 shots, 24 -17 against a rink which included County player Don Boucher.
Eldon Phillips rink of David Lloyd,Mel Davies and Peter Harries got off to a good start and were all square at 8-8 when David Lloyd suffered a back spasm and had to retire with Club Secretary, Jeff Richards substituting! They eventually lost their match by 14 shots to 27.
Wyndham Gravelle’s rink of Alun Davies,Steff Williams and Lyn Rees battled hard and were level at the half way stage only to finally succumb by 13 shots to 21.
Final Score : Burry Port 74 Dafen Welfare Crusaders 75.
CRUSADERS DO THE DOUBLE OVER LLANGENNECH & BRYN
Crusaders were back on form on Saturday as they did the double over Llangennech & Bryn at Dafen Park with a 25 shot winning margin of 86 shots to 61. Crusaders picked up 10 points and the visitors 4.
Other Division 2 Results on Saturday 25th August.
Cross Hands 66 (12) Ty’rfran 64.25 (2)
Cwmaman 72 (12) New Lodge 64 (2)
Tybie 91 (14) Parc Williams 55.75 (0)
CRUSADERS GO DOWN IN THE RAIN !
Crusaders lost their latest league match on a damp and dismal day at Cross Hands on Saturday!
Two rinks won their games, Mike Rees winning by three shots, 22-19 and Wyndham Gravelle winning by the narrow margin of 1.5 shots even after losing Greg Davies through illness after eight ends.
Mel Davies rink put up a good fight eventually losing by eight shots but Steff Willams and his men went down heavily by 28 shots to 9.
Final Score : Cross Hands 88 (10) Crusaders 66.5 (4)
Other Division Two Scores Saturday 18th August
Parc Williams 58.5 (2) New Lodge 87 (12)
Cwmaman 53 (10) Ty’rfran 48 (4)
Tybie 104 (12) Llandeilo 66 (2)
CRUSADERS SUFFER A SHOCK DEFEAT AT HOME TO LLANDEILO!
Crusaders suffered a shock home defeat at home to Llandeilo. Only Skip Wyndham Gravelle won his match on the day, beating his opponent 27-18.
All the three other rinks came out second best, Reverend Eldon Phillips 17-20, David Lloyd 20-22 and Jeff Richards 14-27.
Final Score Crusaders 78 (2) Llandeilo 87 (12)
A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR THE CRUSADERS
Crusaders promotion hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday as they were beaten by 40 shots in their visit to Cwmaman!
All four rinks struggled to find anything like their normal form,playing on a very heavy green after the lightening quick one’s in recent weeks!
David Lloyd’s rink were the only one’s who got close to their opponents going down by just two shots, 16 -14.
Jeff Richards saw his men lose by 25 shots to 19 whilst Skips, Reverend Eldon Phillips and Wyndham Gravelle saw their rinks lose by 28 shots to 10 and 29 shots to 15 respectively!
Final Score : Cwmaman 98 (14) Crusaders 58 (0)
CRUSADERS RETURN TO WINNING WAYS!
The Crusaders returned to winning ways with a fine all round performance against Ty’rfran at Parc Howard on Saturday which brought them 12 league points and a move up to third place in the league table.
Skip Jeff Richards, accompanied by Steve Pope,Alan Jones and Chris Walters won their rink convincingly by 25 shots to 14 with the skip himself putting in a match winning performance.
Veteran Skip David Lloyd was ably supported by Mike Rees,Greg Davies, and Lyn Rees to grab the points from their match by 17 shots to 15.
Wyndham Gravelle kept up his run of good form as he along with Steph Williams,Peter Harries and John James won on the last end by a one shot margin of 20-19.
The only downside of the afternoon saw the Reverend Eldon Phillips rink go down by 20 shots to 18. He and his team mates, Herbie Morgan, Alun Davies and Mel Davies putting in a stirling performance inspite of their defeat.
FINAL SCORE : TY’RFRAN 68 (2) CRUSADERS 80 (12)
CRUSADERS HAVE A DISAPPOINTING AFTERNOON AT HOME TO TYBIE!
The Crusaders had a disappointing afternoon at home to Tybie on Saturday going down by 82 shots to 65.25.
Reverend Eldon Phillips’ rink with Nigel Richards, Debutant player Johnathan Davies and Lyn Rees held their own for much of their game only to run out of steam in the final few ends to eventually lose by 23 shots to 16.
David Lloyds rink with Peter Harries, another Debutant in Greg Davies and John James battled hard to win their match by 19 shots to 17, gaining four shots in the final two ends!
Skip Mike Rees had to play with one man short with Herbie Morgan and Wyn Griffiths putting in a galiant effort only to finally succumb by 26 shots to 8.25
The final rink comprising of Skip Clive Coles, Steve Pope,Alan Jones and Mel Davies won in convincing style by 22 shots to 16. The highlight of their match was an 8 shot win in the eighth end!!
Final Score : CRUSADERS 65.25 (4 Points) TYBIE 82 (10 Points)
CRUSADERS WIN AWAY !
The Crusaders chalked up a fine away win at Llangennech and Bryn on Saturday in searing heat!
Reverend Eldon Phillips and his team of Wyn Griffiths, Nigel Richards and Chris Walters battled hard to go down by 22 shots to 16 in a closely fought encounter with the opposition four.
Skip David Lloyd with Steve Pope, Tom Williams and Mel Davies also took their opponents to the wire, narrowly losing by 20 shots to 15.
Clive Coles ,David Noot, Alun Davies and Mike Rees maintained their recent run of top form with another impressive win by 27 shots to 13.
In the final rink, Wyndham Gravelle with Peter Harries, Alan Jones and Steph Williams came up trumps again with a 26 to 21 shot victory.
Another good day for the Crusaders!
Llangennech & Bryn 76 (4 Points) Crusaders ( 10 Points)
Other Division 2 Scores : Saturday 30th June
Ty’rfran 118 (14 points) Llandeilo 63 (0 points)
Cross Hands 80 (10 points) Tybie 72 (4 points)
Cwmaman 78 ( 6 points) Parc Williams 82 ( 8 Points)
CRUSADERS PIPPED AT THE POST !
The Crusaders suffered an excruciating defeat at home to New Lodge on Wednesday as David Lloyd’s rink dropped 6 shots on the final end which led to the visitors winning the match by 1.5 shots. 76.5 to 75!
The final score for David’s rink was 25-16 to the visitors!
Reverend Eldon Phillips were beaten by the better four on the night eventually losing by 24 shots to 9.
Wyndham Gravelle maintained his recent run of good form with a 20 shots to 16.5 victory and Clive Coles rink led the way again with a superb exhibition of bowling to win by 30 shots to 11.
Final Score CRUSADERS 75 (4 Points) NEW LODGE 76.5 (10 Points)
CRUSADERS FINE FORM CONTINUES !!
The Crusaders maintained their recent run of good form with a 99 shots to 74 victory over Parc Williams in Loughor on Saturday on a lightening quick green!
Three rinks won their games with only David Lloyd’s quartet succumbing to the opposition! David’s team lost by 24 shots to 18 with Parc William’s, Sandra Jones in excellent form for the home side!
Wyndham Gravelle continued his outstanding recent form with a 29 to 14 shots win whilst The Reverend Eldon Phillips and his men won their rink by 3 shots with the final score of 20-18 in their favour.
Clive Coles was a jubilant skip as his men had a resounding win of 28 shots to 14.
Yet again, another good day for the Crusdaers in a day which saw league leaders Cross Hands lose their 100% record after being soundly beaten by Llangennech & Bryn.
CRUSADERS WIN AWAY AT LLANDEILO !
The Crusaders won their latest league match away at Llandeilo on Wednesday night by 90 shots to 76 and winning ten league points as a result!
In a night of mixed fortunes, Crusaders were up in two rinks and down in the other two.
Skip Wyndham Gravelle carried on his good form from last Saturday with his team in exhilarating form to win their game by 41 shots to 14 !
Clive Coles narrowly won his rink by one shot beating the Llandeilo four by 18 shots to 17.
Reverend Eldon Phillips fought back from being ten shots behind at one stage to narrowly lose by 21 shots to 19.
In the other rink, skip Jeff Richards had to play with one man short and eventually lost by 24 shots to 12.
Overall, another good night for the Crusaders.
Final Score : Llandeilo 76 Crusaders 90 Llandeilo 4 points Crusaders 10
CRUSADERS EDGE PAST CWMAMAN !
Crusaders just edged a win against Cwmaman on Saturday, winning the match by 3 shots!
Wyndham Gravelle’s rink made the winning difference by defeating their opponents by 14 shots with a 26-12 margin.
Jeff Richards’ four drew their game 15-15 whilst David Lloyd narrowly lost their contest by 14-19.
Clive Coles rink were neck and neck with the visiting four all through their match but a poor final two ends saw them eventually lose by 23 shots to 17.
Overall, Crusaders won the match by 3 shots!
Final Score : Crusaders 72 Cwmaman 69. Crusaders 9 points Cwmaman 5.
Crusaders are now third in the table behind leaders Cross Hands and second placed Ty’rfran.
CRUSADERS WINNING RUN COMES TO AN END !
Crusaders winning run came to an end on Wednesday evening when they were beaten by table topping Cross Hands at Dafen Park by 18 shots with the final score being 85 -67 in the visitors favour.
Wyndham Gravelle was the only Crusaders skip that saw victory on the night as his foursome won their match by 23 shots to 13.
Clive Coles rink came close as they lost 22-23 whilst David Lloyd and his team had a close game finally losing 22 shots to 17 in a keenly fought encounter.
Jeff Richards’ rink lost to a much better Cross Hands four on the night, going down by 27 shots to 5. Jeff stated ” We didn’t play badly, we were just out bowled !”
Cross Hands had 12 points and Crusaders 2
SUPER CRUSADERS THROUGH TO SEMI FINALS!
Crusaders won through to the semi finals of the D.J.Jones Competition with an emphatic 34 shots to 23 victory at Cross Hands!
Every player in both rinks played their part with some excellent bowling on view throughout the match.
Crusaders first Rink, consisting of Reverend Eldon Phillips, Mel Davies, Jeff Richards and Skip Clive Coles produced some fine tactical bowls to eventually win their tie by 18 shots to 12.
The second rink of Lyn Rees, Chris Walters, Wyndham Gravelle and Skip David Lloyd won a pulsating match against a strong Cross Hands four by 16 shots to 11.
The Crusaders will play either Blue Anchor Penclawdd or Dafen Welfare in the semi finals.
CRUSADERS WINNING LEAGUE RUN CONTINUES!
The Crusaders maintained their 100% league record with a fine win against Ty’rfran at Dafen Park on Saturday. Three rinks were up with only Jeff Richards’ rink having an off day and losing their match!
Crusaders won by 93 shots to 69.75 winning 12 points.
David Lloyd’s rink won 35-11, Clive Coles 22-16,Wyndham Gravelle 22-12.75 with the only reverse being Jeff’s rink who went down by 14-30.
CRUSADERS WIN FIRST LEAGUE GAME OF THE SEASON!
Crusaders made a great start to the League season with a magnificent away win at Tybie by 87 shots to 71. Three were rinks up one rink down. 12 points to Crusaders, 2 points Tybie.
Once again, there were some strong performances from individuals. Wyndham Gravelle’s rink gave a steady performance all round with PeterHarries bowling some strong woods and finished ahead of the opposition. Alun Davies was once again mentioned by his Skip as a player with a bright future! David Lloyd’s rink were never behind and put the end to a possible comeback, by taking 8 shots in the crucial 14-18 ends. Jeff Richards’ rink performed really well from the start and ran out easy winners, winning 15 of the 21 ends. Clive Coles’ rink ran into some very strong opposition, probably Tybie’s strongest rink and although typically cajoled by Clive , could not overcome the opponents.
Some work required to maintain this level of excellent performance, but are we are up to it, and prepared to put the time and effort into this season?
VETS IN FINE FORM!
The Crusaders Vets team were in fine form on Thursday when they beat Llangennech & Bryn by 46 shots to 22 at Dafen Park.
CRUSADERS KNOCK PREMIER LEAGUE HAVELOCK PARK OUT OF D.J.JONES !
Crusaders caused a major upset at Dafen Park on Bank Holiday Monday when they knocked Premier League side, Havelock Park out of the D.J.Jones Competition.
Rink 1 skippered by David Lloyd went down narrowly by 14 shots to 16, winning seven of their shots in the final three ends!
Rink 2 skippered by Clive Coles put in a superb performance to win by 16 shots to 9. A five shot win on the 13th end making all the difference.
The Crusaders won the tie by 30 shots to 25 !
Rink 1. Steve Pope, Nigel Richards, Wyndham Gravelle, David Lloyd.
Rink 2. Eldon Phillips,Mike Rees,Jeff Richards, Clive Coles
CRUSADERS GO DOWN IN FINAL CARRUTHERS GROUP GAME!
The Crusaders lost their final Carruthers Shield Group game when they lost by 86.5 shots to 67 at Dafen Park on Saturday. Only one home rink tasted victory with Skip Jeff Richards’ team of Herbie Morgan, Nigel Richards and Steff Williams recording a score of 26-19 in their favour.
Other Rink scores were :
Clive Coles : 12 -20.5
David Lloyd : 17-22
Wyndham Gravelle : 12 -25
Although the score suggests a big loss, there were some ‘Little diamond’, performances from individuals, and although a little rough at the edges at times (as to be expected from relatively new bowlers), they are showing that there is huge potential there. Nigel Richards and Alun Davies had some testy shots but shone through, to deliver some end changing shots, and an overall game performance that bodes well for their and our clubs future. Also once again Lyn Rees was a rock for Dai Lloyd, and also as David himself put in another top-drawer performance. Steve Pope continued to amaze with the form that saw him knock-out one of the County’s top guns, Eric Davies of Blue anchor in the WBA senior Singles tournament (What a Scalp) !!! We are all glad to see Wyndham Gravell put in a super performance after undergoing some very diificult personal problems. No doubt he will only get better as the season progresses. Well Done all………. bring on the league.
VETS LOSE AT KIDWELLY !
The Cruasders Vets team had a disappointing afternoon as they went down by 44 points to 29 at Kidwelly. Both Rinks lost 22-18 and 22- 11 respectively!
CRUSADERS WELL BEATEN !
The Crusaders went down by 99 shots to 57 in their second Carruthers Shield group game at home to Premier Division Parc y Dre at Dafen Park on Saturday. There was no disgrace in being emphatically beaten by a better side on the day!
VETS WIN AGAIN !!
The Crusaders Vets won an exciting encounter against Coed Bach at Dafen on Thursday winning the match overall by 36 shots to 33, which earned them 5 League points.
Rink 1 with Stephen Pope,David Lloyd and Wyndham Gravelle won their match by 18 shots to 15.
Rink 2 comprising of Clive Coles, Lyn Rees and Alan Jones drew their match 15 all after being well behind after 15 ends.
VETS WIN AT CWMAMAN
Crusaders scored their first win of the season in the Vets League, with
a well deserved victory at Cwmaman.It was a good display from both
rinks. Early on, on what was a heavy track to begin with, both teams struggled
with line and weight. The rinks improved as the sun shone and the quality
of the bowling improved. Outstanding on Clive Coles’ rink was our
newest member Lyn Rees, David Lloyd Commented, ” A player of real quality
and a great addition to our team for the coming season”
On Jeff Richards rink , after a subdued early few ends, Chris ‘Chips’
Walters sprung into life for the last 10-12 ends, , making some
extraordinary shots, and saving some critical situations. The opposing
skip called Chips a ‘Magician’ with the shots he pulled off, and he
ended up having a really good game.
Rink 1 Crusaders 16 Cwmaman 9
Rink 2 Crusaders 20 Cwmaman 8
CRUSADERS IN EXCITING CARRUTHERS WIN
Captain Mike Rees calling the shots!
David Noot sends one down!
Chairman Mel in a pensive mood!!
Herbie in full flow!!
The Crusaders won an exciting Carruthers Shield encounter away at Cwmaman by the narrow margin of 57.25 to 57 gaining 2 points in their first game in the group which also consists of Parc y Dre and Burry Port. Skips Jeff Richards and Dai Lloyd saw their rinks win 21 -11 and 14 -13 respectively with skips Clive Coles and Mike Rees making up enough scores to secure a win for the club.
Captain, Mike Rees was delighted with the win and ” Thanked all players who turned out and produced a fine first game of the season performance!”
VETS LOSE FIRST GAME TO LOCAL RIVALS!!
Dafen Crusaders Mid-Week Vets League team got off to a poor start losing to Dafen Welfare at home.
Result Rink 1 : Peter, Chris , Mike 14-23
Rink 2 : Alan , Mel Jeff 11–21
On Rink 2, although the score suggests otherwise, it was pretty close going into the last quarter, but Jeff dropped a 4 in the 16th end and that ended that , Having said that I thought Jeff had an outstanding debut at this level.
Rink 1 was a similar outcome, although the front pairing of Peter and Chris performed superbly. The Welfare team had too much quality, with Dennis Walters and Clowey John having very good games.