LATEST 2019 NEWS

13th July - Alsop No26 Title Secured

Well cometh the hour cometh the man…. Going into our final Alsop fixture we needed at least a 17-5 win against the unbeaten defending Alsop champions Northumberland at a damp Dairy Lane, the lads set there stall out early and by the 10th end mark we were 15 shots up but more importantly winning on 5 rinks, by the 15th end mark the overall game was safe as we were 37 shots up and the only question was could be win on 4 rinks to take the trophy. The moment that probably sealed the deal came when team captain Dale Oram’s rink grabbed a 5 on the 17th end to open up a 7 shot lead and with Albie Hill, El-Presidente Jeff Wilson and Ray Robinson well up the title was heading to god’s country.  In the end we got home by 36 shots but more importantly 18-4 to take the Alsop Trophy by a couple of points. Pick of the rinks was Barnes Park’s Albie Hill’s quartet of Eric Downes (Silksworth), Tom Calder (Lyndhurst) and Hunden’s Stuart Clarke who ran out 33-16 winners. President Jeff Wilson got home by 11, Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson won by 9 and team captain Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram won by 6.

12th July - Stella Ends On A Low Note

It was a tough afternoon for our Stella Logan squad as they were beaten 108-64 and whitewashed 10-0 at Sessay against Yorkshire today, seven days earlier we beat the same team 8½-1½ by 7 shots. As you can imagine there wasn't much good news kicking around however to be fair none of the five rinks took a real thumping..... it was just a collective thumping, Shildon's Esther Helm lost by 7 while Horden's Jennie Collin and Newton Hall's Christine Budd both lost by 8, Horden's Val Gray lost by 10 and Hetton's Karen Sinclair's skipping debut ended in a 11 shot loss....... so the season ends on a bit of a low note but overall played 6 and won 3 is a decent effort, many thanks to everyone who played this season.

6th July - Middleton Campagin Ends On A High...again!

Well after the Wigton horror show it was down to pride in the final group game of the Middleton Cup, a win would lift us off the bottom of the group. On a blistering afternoon and on a cracking Houghton Dairy Lane playing surface we bounced back with a 146-95 win, points wise it was 20-2 which lifted us off bottom. Across the green we had 5 winners, Hartlepool Park’s Ian Jackson got home by 20, club mate Dale Oram by 18 and Silksworth’s Ian Riches by 16, team captain Silksworth’s David Bolt won on the last end 19-18, our young gun’s had perfect Leamington prep as Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow steered them to a tidy 10 shot win. Stockton’s David Fenwick lost his unbeaten tag going down by 12, so in a repeat of last season we end on a high and if only the Lancashire result went our way maybe the Cumbria horror show may not have happened, Cumbria’s win over Lancashire secured top spot and a last eight tie against Northumberland.

6th July - John's Quiz

Well the answer to the John’s quiz question from 22nd June was …. it was only last season…… no prize as the correct answer wasn’t on a post card.

5th July - Stella Win

After the disappointment of losing to leaders Cumbria our Stella Logan squad bounced back in great fashion defeating Yorkshire 90-83, the 8½-1½ points return moves us up to second only 4½ points behind Cumbria with one round of games to go, however Cumbria would need to slip up against winless Northumberland to lose the title and we would have to beat Yorkshire again. Across the green we had 3 winning rinks and a draw, the pick of the bunch was Carmel Guy (Dairy Lane), Gloria Armstrong (Horden), Heather Boon (Bishop Auckland) and Esther Helm (Shildon) who ran out 20-11 winners, one shot behind them was Stockton’s Josie Hodgson and Newton hall’s Christine Budd got home by 1 shot, Horden’s Jenny Collin played a draw while Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe went down by 11. So the curtain comes down on Friday at Sessay against Yorkshire, whoever wins will finish second.

4th July - Sam Lands Two Bowl Title

It was Two Bowl day at Horden, a field of 20 players battled it out for the title. Defending champion Stockton’s Teresa Parnell looked on course for the final only to come unstuck in the semi finals against club mate Josie Hodgson 17-6, the eventual winner was Darlington North Park’s Sam Pegg. In the first round Sam beat Stockton’s Chelsea Parnell 16-11, a 16-13 win over club mate Jane Hewitson set up a quarter final against Jarrow West End’s Jean Clift. A 15-11 win saw the North Park star into the semi finals, a tense 14-13 win over Durham City’s Joyce Woodward set the final up against Hodgson. In the final Sam ran out a 15-8 winner to secure a first county title, both players by reaching the final qualify for Leamington Spa in August.     

28th June - Northern Trophy Woe

Our Northern Trophy hopes took a hit at Sunderland as leaders Yorkshire beat us by 14 shots overall. The 7½-2½ points return in the visitors favour leaves us nine points adrift of the leaders with only two games to play. Two rinks up and a draw, Jacklyn Classen, Ann Camp, Julie Robinson and Teresa Parnell just took top honours 24-19 with host clubs Sue Almond finishing four up, Norma Stephenson snatched the draw. On the downside Ann Anderson narrowly lost by three, Joyce Woodward by five and Joan Rodgerson’s quartet lost their unbeaten record going down by fifteen.  Next up Northumberland at Stockton in two weeks time.

28th June 2019 - Gordon Stewart

We are sorry to inform you of the death of our 2001 County President Gordon Stewart (90) (pictured).  Elected as our 78th president Gordon was the first from Cockton Hill, despite having the unenviable task of following Charlie McCain’s Middleton Cup success that didn’t deter Gordon from conducting his year in office in his own unique style. Our condolences go to all his family from everyone connected to Bowls Durham

23rd June 2019 - Walker Cup Progress

Durham 45-25 Yorkshire
Both our rinks put in impressive performances on a belter of a Dairy Lane green, Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson steered  Teresa Pearson (Consett Park), Joan Brown (Pelton Fell) and Stockton’s Teresa Parnell 23-12 win and it was a similar story on the other rink. Susan Forster (Dairy Lane), Fay Slinn (Newton Hall), Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson (both Dairy Lane) won 22-13 to seal a cracking 20 shot win and progress to the regional finals day at York Railway on July 14th.
We play the winner of the Notts-Derbyshire tie, already through are Lincolnshire and Lancashire

22nd June 2019 - Alsop Squad Get Revenge

A chance to avenge last years loss to Cumbria at Courtfield was enough incentive for our Alsop squad, it may not have been as hot but at least there was grass on the green, we got off to a flier leading 32-16 after 5 ends then extending it to 63-42 by the half way, at 15 ends we still led by 14 but by 18 it was was down to 6 and in fact at one stage Cumbria looked likely winners as they levelled it off, however we didn't buckle and saw it home 116-111. Across the green four rinks up and a couple down, the pick of the bunch was Tony Greathead, Colin Howie (both Hartlepool Park), debutee Seaham Town's Bryan Henderson and Leadgate's David Wanaby rattled off a 26-9 win over Mark Little. Roker Marine's Richie Mckie got home by 4, Dairy Lane's Jimmy McAdoo not only saw the game out bu also grabbed his point 22-20 and tema manager Hartlepool Parks Dale Oram sneaked a last end win. Points wise it was 18-4 which puts us 3 ahead of holders Northumberland who have played a game less and they play Cumbria next week.

22nd June 2019 - John's Hopes Extinguished

Here is a quiz qestion... When was the last time we managed to play 2 John's Trophy group games..... answers on a postcard, sadly not this year as we slumped to a 18-4 39 shot loss at the hands of Lincolnshire. With it being only a group of three and this being Lincolnshires second win our final game against Notts is a dead rubber and will not be played. Across the green at Dunnington we managed a couple of winning rinks albeit they both won by a single shot each. Hetton's Norma Stephenson got home 21-20 and Woodland's Ann Anderson got home 19-18, both Sunderland's Sue Almond and Stcokton's Teresa parnell lost by a couple each. The reliable Joan Rodgerson's quartet went down by 10 and it was a long afternoon for Durham's Joyce Woodward losing 34-7.

21st June 2019 - Stella Loss

After completing the double over Northumberland we were on th end of a double as Cumbria completed one over us in the latest round of Stella Logan fixtures, the May 5 shot loss at Dalston was topped up with a 8 shot loss at Stockton. Across the green we won on two rinks, Kath Toulson, Nicole Kirtland (both Darlington North Park), Horden’s Liz Morris and Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe won 21-14, our other winner was Stockton’s Josie Hodgson who got home by a single shot, Horden’s Jennie Collin played out a draw. Our two losing rinks were Newton Hall’s Christine Budd and Shildon’s Esther Helm both losing by 8 each. So points wise it was 7½-2½ in Cumbria’s favour which puts a dent in our title hopes, our remaining two games are against Yorkshire.                      

20th June 2019 - Porter Takes U25 Title

There was a little bit of history in the women’s Under 25 singles final, in an all Darlington North Park affair 14 year old Abi Porter became the counties youngest ever winner when she beat club mate Nicole Kirtland 21-4, this is the sixth consecutive year that North Park have won the Under 25’s, both players do qualify for the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August.

19th June 2019 - Parnell Completes Box Set

Well its the only title missing from Stockton's Teresa Parnell's collection until now, in a cracking final against Darlington Woodland's nine time champion the Stockton star got home 21-19 to land her first women's singles title. In the semi final it was nearly all over as Dairy Lane's Susan Forster lead Parnell 16-11 however six singles and a four over the next seven ends saw Parnell get home 21-16. In the other semi final Ann Anderson beat Dairy Lane's Carmel Guy 21-8 to set up a repeat of the 2017 final. The latter stages of the final saw both players produce some cracking bowls, with the game tied at 19-19 Anderson saved a match lie with a cracking final bowl draw however it was just a stay of execution as Parnell produced a pin perfect bowl to lift it out for two and the match.

Last season we celebrated Silksworth’s David Bolt’s achievement of becoming the first player to have won all the main county titles in his career, so it’s only fitting we acknowledge the tremendous achievement of Stockton’s Teresa Parnell on becoming the 6th woman to have won the lot.

Teresa joins Irene Lawson (Spennymoor), E.Dunn (Shildon), Doris Rewcastle (Bishop Auckland), Ann Anderson (Darlington Woodlands) and of course the legend Norma Shaw (Ropner Park).
Teresa’s record - Singles -2019, Pairs – 2008, Triples 2008, 2019, Fours 2003, 2019, Two Bowl Singles 2005, 2007, 2008, 2018

16th June 2019 - Under 25's Bring It Home

Following a change in format by Bowls England the Under 25 White Rsoe competition reverted to a single rink instead of a double rink, our four young guns were Jordan Harston (Hundens), Matthew Gleeson (Spennymoor), Jaxon McKenna (Silksworth), Josh Halcrow (Silksworth). In the regional semi final our lads beat Cumbria 14-7 and thne in the final beat Lincolnshire 18-12 to secure a trip to Leamington Spa. The draw for the quarter finals at Leamington will see our lads tackle Wiltshire on Sunday 1st September.

15th June 2019 - Middleton Cup Shocker

After the near miss against Lancashire this was a must win game at Wgton against Cumbria, sadly on a decent surface we came up short and were well beaten by 63 shots - our worst loss in over a decade. The only bright spot came from Stockton's David Fenwick's rink of Keith Burton, Peter Coulson (both RA) and Silksworth's Paul Baker who beat Stephen Farrish 18-14, sadly it was a tale of woe as the remaining five rinks all lost, Hartlepool's Dale Oram did manage to get back within three after trailing 19-5. David Bolt and Paul Mosley both went down by 12 a piece, Ian Riches went down by 12 each while Gary Farquhar went down by 19, the day was complete with Ian Riches gonig down by 21. So the Middleton dream is done and dusted for another year with only pride left to play for against Yorkshire in two weeks time. rink scores

Ends Split (Cumbria first)

5

10

15

18

21

28-21

59-35

106-69

127-78

150-87

14th June 2019 - Stella Double

Our Stella Logan squad completed the double over neighbours Northumberland at Alnwick, our 8-2 win complimented the previous 9-1 win at Pelton Fell nicely. Across the green we had wins on three of the five rinks, the pick of them were Gloria Armstrong (Horden), Jane Pattison (North Park), Karen Sinclair (Hetton) and Esther Helm (Shildon) who ran out 28-12 winners, Stockton’s Josie Hodgson won by 5 as did Horden’s Jennie Collins. The losses came on Newton Hall’s Christine Budd and Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe, so the 8-2 points return keeps our title hopes alive with leaders Cumbria next at Stockton………..come on!!!!!!!  rink scores

9th June 2019 - Balcombe Exit

Hopes of a repeat win over Derbyshire in the Balcombe were dashed at York RI as we were beaten 42-27, sadly both rinks were left chasing the game and both eventually succumbed. Gary Farquhar went down 19-12 and David Bolt lost 23-15.... not really much more to add.

Bowls Development Alliance Official Press Release

50 Women Can Packages available now!

Does your club need more women members? Have you thought about running a special event just for women?
If you have now is the chance to apply for £250 to help you set up and run the event
We are inviting 50 clubs to apply for a Women Can Funding Package to support an exciting woman only event at your club.

It might be a Prosecco & Bowls evening, Cappuccino & Bowls morning or Cake & Bowls on a lovely sunny afternoon all focused on introducing new women into your club.

For more details or to download an application form or go to our website: http://playbowls.org/womencan/women-can-packages or call Kara in the BDA office 01664 777001 for more information

The event needs to be run by the end of November 2019.Applications are open to clubs that may have applied this year for a Play Bowls Package but is not available to clubs that are working with the Women’s Institute programme.
All clubs must be affiliated to Bowls England and/or the EIBA

8th June 2019 - Alsop Squad Bounce Back

After last weeks disappointing loss to Lancashire the lads bounced back in the rain at York Railway to beat Yorkshire 129-80, in tricky conditions we got off to a quick start 11 up after 5 ends which was extended to 25 at the half way, by 15 ends we were out of sight 30 shots clear and it finished off at 49 shots. Across the green we came close to grabbing all 22 points, Ray Robinson's quartet of Alan Hind, Tom Calder and Derek Metcalfe led the way with a 26-6 win, team captain Dale Oram got home 25-12 win and Albie Hill matched that score, our 4th win came from Jimmy McAdoo. Dave Warnaby was a touch unlucky to miss out on a win dropping a single to finish 17-17 and county president Jeff Wilson nearly snatched a last end win only to go down by 3 in the end. So points wise it was 19-3 which actually puts us top as leaders Northumberland didn't have a game, the other game saw Cumbria go to Heaton Hall Manchester and beat Lancashire 20-2. Next up is a trip to Courtfield where nothing short of a win will keep alive our slim hopes of taking things to the final game against neighbours Northumberland. A quick mention on the York Railway green - considering all the rain it had to endure it played well.

Ends Split (Yorkshire first)

5

10

15

18

21

18-29

35-61

59-89

69-111

80-129

7th June 2019 - Northern Trophy Loss

After back to back wins our women's Northern Trophy squad came unstuck at Horden as Cumbria ran out 111-108 winners, with 4 rinks up and 2 down it was definitely one that got away. Joan Rodgerson's quartet of Susan Forster, Lorraine Breheny and Glynis Morgan maintained there unbeaten record with a 24-14 win, Teresa Parnell's run of form continues with a 19-10 win while Joyce Woodward got home by 6, the 4th winner was Ann Anderson by 5 to give us a 30 shot advantage. Sadly our two losing rinks went down by 33, Sue Almond lost 23-14 and Norma Stephenson suffered a third loss 35-11 but remember folks its a team game, points wise it was 6-4 in Cumbria's favour, next up is another home game as we entertain Yorkshire at Sunderland.

1st June 2019 - Alsop Caps Off Bad Weekend

Our Alsop squad opened there season up at Stockton against Lancashire, last season we did them by 7 shots at Southport sadly the roles were reversed as we were beaten by 8 shots collecting only 4 points on offer. Our only two winnings rinks were by a single shot so we just avoided a whitewash, Leadgate's David Warnaby steered his rink to a 23-22 win and Dairy Lane's Ray Robinson recovered brilliantly from 12-2 down to get home 20-19. To be fair the biggest loss on the remaining four rinks was only by 5 and we actully led overall by 1 at the 15th end mark so things could quite easily have gone our way..... but hey hooo. The other game saw holders Northumberland beat Yorkshire 18-4, we head to York RI next in a must win game. rinks scores

Ends

5

10

15

18

21

29-29

58-65

89-88

102-110

119-127

 

1st June 2019 - Middleton Cup Heartache

Well it was a case of what might have been as our Middleton Cup campaign started with a hard to take 1 shot loss to Lancashire. We started well on a difficult surface leading by 12 at the half way mark , the momentum changed over the next set of five ends as Lancashire led by 4 and by 6 at the 18 end mark, but fair play the lads kept going and nearly snatched it at the end. Across the green David Fenwick steered Peter Coulson, Keith Burton and Paul Baker to a 24-13 win over Rhys Vaughan. Dale Oram’s rink was always playing catch up losing 22-17 to Chris Gale as was Ian Riches who lost 21-17 to Dominic McVittie. Gary Farquar got home 19-16 against Rob Stirling and despite failing to score on ten consecutive ends Ian Jackson got home on the last end 18-17 against Ian Mayne while Paul Mosley slipped to a 26-19 loss to Jason Parkinson. The other group result saw Yorkshire get home 14-8 at Cumbria so it’s still all the play for, next is a trip to Wigton in a fortnight.

Ends

5

10

15

18

21

30-19

59-47

76-80

93-99

114-115

Group Standings – Lancashire 16, Yorkshire 14, Cumbria 8, Durham 6

31st May - Stella Performance

After our opening loss at Dalston our Stella Logan squad bounced back beating Northumberland 97-73 at Pelton Fell today. It was a good day across the green with only Jenny Collins tasting defeat losing 16-14. Pick of the bunch was Gillian Harle, Jennifer Howey, Val Gray and Josie Hodgson who ran out 23-11 winners, Karen Sinclair notched back to back wins 23-16, Esther Helm got home by 4 and Christine Budd by 3, well the win takes us top and next up is the return fixture against Northumberland at Alnwick. rink scores

27th May - Stockton Trio Complete Double

The second women's county title is heading down the A19 as the Stockton trio of Barbara Ward, Lisa Simpson and Teresa Parnell secured the triples title to add to the fours title they won last week. A 23-16 semi final win over Duhram City's Joyce Woodward set up a final against Hetton Workmen's Norma Stephenson, the latter got home on th elast end 20-19 against Newton Hall's Christine Budd. In the final it was the Hetton trio that led for most of the game, 13-9 up with four ends to play before a game changer...... it started to rain.... and that was the cue for there title hopes to slip away as Parnell collected a four to level it up 13-13. The tide had turned another Parnell single was followed by a decisive 4 on the 17th to extend the lead to 18-13, with bowls up the wicket hopes of a Stephenson count on the final end were never there and the Stockton trio secured a 20-13 win. Both squads will head to Leamington Spa to represent Duhram in the National Championships in August.

25th May - Muras Disappointment

The now traditional double header saw the destination of the Muras Trophy decided; sadly for us a 117-98 opening loss to Northumberland ended our hopes although the 20-2 points return looked harsh. The early exchanges were level at the 5 end mark and by the 10th we were still in it trailing by 4, sadly it slipped away 10-15 ends as Northumberland went 19 up and we never got it back to single figures. Across the green we did only muster one winning rink with Mark Hodgson, Albert Ward, Gary McPheators and Ian Jackson getting home 22-17 against Josh Minto. The other five rinks all lost, David Fenwick went down by 7 as did a weary team manager David Bolt, Dale Oram lost by 5, Gary Farquhar by 3 and Paul Mosley by 2. rink scores

In the afternoon game against Cumbria (who beat Yorkshire 18-4) mathematically both could have still won it but that would need a Northumberland collapse against a Yorkshire outfit having lost both games to-date. As the weather took a turn for the worse we trailed by 8 after 5 ends, by 10 ends the deficit was 5 and by 15 ends it was down to 3, in fact with only David Fenwick left on we needed a three to draw and a four to win, with the last bowl David held three and as the final bowl went up looked nailed on for a fourth but it lifted the shot bowl onto the jack and had to settle for three to leave it a 93-93 score draw with both teams grabbing 11 points each. Gary Farquhar won 18-12 and Dale Oram won 16-12, David Fenwick with that last end three got home 17-16. Our three defeats saw Paul Baker lose by 4, Paul Mosley by 1 and David Bolt by 6. The draw overall saw us finish third a point behind Cumbria, Northumberland retained the trophy for a fifth year in a row as the beat Yorkshire 112-78 (20-2) rink scores

Final standings – Northumberland 59, Cumbria 32, Durham 31, Yorkshire 10

It looked like the end of the road for the Muras Trophy however full credit to all FOUR counties as it would have been a travesty had the 84 year event been left on the scrap heap.

24th May - Northern Trophy Win Number 2

After the narrow single shot win at Redcar over Yorkshire our Northern Trophy squad headed to Ponteland to face Northumberland. It was another good day’s work for our Trophy squad ran out 24 shot winners collecting eight of the twelve points on offer. Joan Rodgerson’s quartet of Susan Forster, Carmel Guy and Lorraine Breheny were again top rink winning 24-11 although Sue Almond’s rink were just behind them winning 23-11, Teresa Parnell won by 8 and Joyce Woodward by 4, the two losses saw Norma Stephenson go down by 9 and Ann Anderson suffered her first defeat of the campaign losing by 4. So two out of two and we head the table after two rounds by a point from Yorkshire, after two away days it’s a home game against Cumbria next at Horden. rink scores

22nd May - Stockton Quartet Land Fours Title

The first women’s county title was decided today as Bishop Auckland hosted the latter stages of the women’s fours. In the morning semi finals the 2016 winner Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson beat Hunden’s Susan Walker 23-16 while Stockton’s Teresa Parnell not only recovered from 16-10 down but clinched a place in the final with the last bowl against Sunderland’s Sue Almond 20-19. In the final it was the Stockton quartet who were quickest out of the blocks and led 18-8, with ends running out credit to the Dairy Lane squad as they got it back to 20-15 with two ends left but a 20th end Parnell double sealed the deal 22-15. This was a first county title for Barbara Ward, Chelsea Parnell and Lisa Simpson while its another one to add to the ever growing Parnell CV. Both squads go forward to Leamington Spa to represent Durham in the National Championships in August. (ps….. technology who would have it me camera went on the blink)

22nd May - Bolt Lands Team Silver

Silksworth’s David Bolt may have missed out on the medal in the fours but did collect a team silver as the Atlantic Games came to an end. After the bronze in the triples there was sadly no repeat in the fours as the England quartet failed to get out of the group stage, however the games did finish on a high as both England men’s and women’s squad finished runners up in their overall classification to collect silver medals.

19th May - Bolt lands Bronze

Silksworth's David Bolt has added a Atlantic Games bronze medal to his Commonwealth Games bronze, representing England in the triples and playing in th emiddle of Devon's Ian Lesley and Sam Tolchard they narrowly missed out on a final spot losing on an extra end 15-14 against Scotland's Darren Burnett. In the nine game round robin group the English trio only lost twice 18-11 to Argentina and 17-13 to the eventual gold medalist's South Africa. Seven wins however did secure a play off against Malta which duly won 25-9 only to miss out in the semi finals.

18th May - Muras Win

Our men’s Muras squad made a winning start to their three game campaign with a hard fought 16 shot win over Yorkshire at Dairy Lane. We had three debutee’s Silksworth’s Paul Hartley, Old Boy’s Bryan Henderson (jnr) and Dairy Lane’s Keith Carruthers. Across the green we notch three wins, a couple of draws and only suffered one loss in an 18-4 points return. Dale Oram steered his rink to a 24-14 win while Gary Farquhar got home 21-15, our third win was a 16-11 for Ian Riches. David Fenwick collected a last end single for a 17-17 while Paul Mosley fought back well to get a 19-19 draw. So a nice little start and next weekend it’s the double header over in Cumbria. rink details 

17th May - Stella Loss

Our Stella Logan squad made a losing start to their 2019 campaign, despite a spirited performance they were beaten 105-100 by Cumbria at Dalson. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks, the pick of them being Hetton Workmen’s Karen Sinclair’s quartet of Kath Toulson (Darlington North Park), Jennifer Parkin (Norton) and Liz Morris (Horden) who ran out 30-9 winners, Horden’s Val Gray won 29-13 to give us a 37 shot advantage, sadly the remaining three rinks went down by a combined 42 shots, Shildon’s Esther Helm lost 21-17, Horden’s Jennie Smith lost 35-12 and Newton Halls Chris Budd went down 27-12. Points wise was a harsh looking 8-2 loss, next up is a new tie against Northumberland at Pelton Fell in two weeks time. rink details

15th May - Bowls England 2019 News

A bit of forward planning, here are three documents to help our National Championship hopeful's at Leamington Spa

2019 Womens Championship Leamington Spa Draw Details
2019 Men's Championship Leamington Spa Draw Details
2019 Competitors Guide for the Leamington Spa Bonanza



Bowls Development Alliance News - CALLING ALL CLUBS


You may or may not be aware that we recently (the BDA) announced an exciting new partnership with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI). The partnership aims to provide opportunities for WI members to get involved in the sport of bowls through our WOMEN CAN campaign. Currently, only 32% of the bowling club population in England are women and this campaign has been developed to increase that number to 45% by 2021 and of course bring more members to your bowls club.
The programme invites WIs and Federations to take part in a 6-week bowls programme, hosted by a bowls club like yours, local to the applicant WI. Members will be required to pay a small nominal weekly fee of £3 per person, per week to take part (payable to hosting club). 
Your club will need to identify someone to communicate with the local WI to make all the necessary arrangements
What is required from your club?

  • A friendly, welcoming approach
  • Capacity to host a WI group for 6 weeks (1-2hrs once a week for 6 weeks)
  • Club equipment to loan to the group (bowls)
  • Refreshments available for the group to purchase/ tea and coffee facilities
  • A coach or club activator to meet the group and support them through the 6-week programme
  • A relaxed dress code which allows the group to bowl in smart/casual clothes

We are now inviting all affiliated clubs to express an interest in hosting a WI group. This is not a guarantee that you will be selected to be part of a programme as there may not be any groups in your area, but we aim to get as many clubs involved as possible.
If you would like to put your club forward, please email womencan@playbowls.org or call Kara on 01664 777001 with your club name, location, key contact name and contact details including phone number and email address by no later then Monday 20th May 2019.
Once the deadline has passed Kara, our WOMEN CAN project lead, will start the process of putting the club contact in touch with the lead WI contact so that both parties can agree that best day/times for the group to come down to the club. We currently have over 125 WI Groups looking to get involved.
Thank you.

Coachbowls.org - Latest Local Course News

Play Bowls Activator Module

The purpose of this 4 hour Play Bowls Activator Module (formally Play Bowls Introductory Module) is to equip both new and existing coaches and volunteers with some basic knowledge, information and skills to offer a fun, informal and relaxed introduction to the sport of Bowls. A new bowlerʼs first impression of the sport is often the difference between them taking up membership of the club or not.
This course will provide you with:
• Skills to welcome any new bowler into your club
• Confidence to organise an entertaining, relaxed and an enjoyable introductory session
• Ability to create a positive lasting impression

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11th May 2019 - Northern Trophy Win

Our Northern Trophy women made a winning start to their 2019 campaign, a cracking 106-105 win at Redcar over a Yorkshire outfit that did the double over us last season is a terrific effort. From the team selected in March we only had one change with Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan coming in for Mary McGee.

Across the green we had two winning rinks, the pick of them being the reliable quartet of Susan Forster, Lorraine Breheny, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson who ran out 26-9 winners, Woodland’s Ann Anderson was our other successful rink 23-17. Out of the four defeats, Stockton’s Teresa Parnell was unlucky to go down 20-19 and Hetton’s Norma Stephenson lost by only 4, Durham’s Joyce Woodward lost by 8 and Sunderland’s Sue Almond lost by 9 but we held on to a one shot win overall. Next up is a trip to Ponteland to face Northumberland in a fortnight. Rink details

14th April 2018 - Competition Updates

Here are the three main document's regarding the changes in the National Championships (County) and the National Competitions (Everything else)

Bowls England Competition Regulations 2019 (issued October 2018)

Summary of Changes to Regulations (as issued October 2018)

Summary of Rules 2019

1st April - Bowls England NATIONAL FACILITIES STRATEGY: FLAT GREEN BOWLS

I am contacting you directly to ask for your contribution to a major piece of research regarding our clubs that is being undertaken on behalf of Bowls England.

The purpose of this project is to provide Bowls England with comprehensive and robust evidence regarding the quality, adequacy, security and ownership management profile of all bowls clubs across the country. There is also an indoor project running concurrently which means this research will provide the most comprehensive information on flat green bowls ever gathered in England.

This information base will enable Bowls England to support clubs and county associations more effectively over the coming years, particularly with facility‐related enquiries, negotiations with local councils and grant funding applications.

Given the scope and ambition of this project, Bowls England has worked with sports consultancy firm 4global to develop a national survey. The survey is very comprehensive in its scope and we estimate it should take respondents around 30 minutes to complete. We appreciate this represents a significant amount of time for volunteers but we are confident that this investment will be an invaluable contribution to the future of bowls in this country and prevent many of the ‘ad hoc’ requests currently submitted to clubs and county associations regarding their clubs and members from various sources.

Again, I thank you in advance for your time and contribution to this work and we look forward to the opportunities and benefits its undertaking will provide in the future.

Please note, this survey is an online survey but you can pause and re‐start provided you do so using the same device (your phone, tablet, laptop etc.) and internet browser software (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) – this means you can close the window and restart later without losing your answers.

To access the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Bowls_England_Survey

If you have any questions regarding this survey in the first instance, please contact Richard Boardman at 4global by e‐mail:  research.team@4global.com

Yours sincerely

Tony Allcock MBE Chief Executive
Bowls England

31st March - TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2019 ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Atlantic Championships, which will take place in Wales next month.

The elite level sporting event will be hosted at four venues across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan between 10th and 23rd May with a record-breaking number of international teams entered to participate.

The greens at Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys, Penarth Windsor and Penylan will all be utilised, with the full schedule available to view on the Welsh Bowls website. 

Spectator tickets start from just £5 per day and offer the opportunity to experience the excitement of world-class live bowls. Day tickets allow you to visit any of the four venues to watch any match on the date of that ticket.

A 14-day Tournament Pass, priced at £50 (a saving of £30) is available for total flexibility and access to any game at any venue throughout the tournament - including playoffs and finals. 

Bowls England will be represented at the Atlantic Championships by the following players:

Men’s Singles: Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Men’s Pairs: Steve Mitchinson (Essex) & Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Men’s Triples: Ian Lesley (Devon), David Bolt (Durham) & Sam Tolchard (Devon) 
Men’s Fours: Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Ian Lesley (Devon), David Bolt (Durham) & Sam Tolchard (Devon)

Women’s Singles: Natalie Chestney (Devon)
Women’s Pairs: Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) & Natalie Chestney (Devon)
Women’s Triples: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) & Sian Honnor (Kent)
Women’s Fours: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) & Sian Honnor (Kent)

To purchase your ticket/s, or for more information, visit: https://www.welshbowls.co.uk/atlantic-rim-2019

17th March - Safeguarding Bowls Info

Bowls England provides a bursary in support of members of affiliated clubs who wish to attend a relevant safeguarding course.

Note to all clubs that if they need assistance to contact any of the County Officers and/or District Secretaries.

Here is a link to the Bursary application form

The Safeguarding Bowls website can be accessed via this link - http://www.safeguardingbowls.org/

16th March - Bowls England Update

Bowls England is now in the position to advise further regarding qualification for the 2019 Bowls England National Championships.

‘C’ Representatives
All counties with five per cent or more of the total number of entries in that National Championship from the previous year will be entitled to three representatives at the National Championships.

Below is a table outlining the counties that have reached the required number of entries for a third representative at the 2019 National Championships in each Championship event.

Championship Event

Men – Number of entries required in 2019

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2019
(See Regulation 3.1)

Women – Number of entries required in 2019

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2019
(See Regulation 3.1)

Singles

219

Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

104

Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Kent, Surrey

Two Wood Singles

138

Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

101

Essex, Kent, Surrey

Pairs

214

Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

122

Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

Triples

137

Devon, Essex, Kent, Surrey

89

Devon, Essex,  Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Fours

90

Essex, Kent, Surrey

54

Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Men's National Junior Singles Championship
One county (Isle of Wight) submitted no entries for the 2019 Men’s National Junior Singles Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals.

  • The next four counties with the lowest number of entries for the 2019 Men’s National Junior Singles Championship are Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire and Northumberland. Each of these counties will receive just one entry for the National Championship finals.
  • All other counties will have two qualification places.

Men’s National Junior Pairs Championship
One county (Isle of Wight) submitted no entries for the 2019 Men’s National Junior Pairs Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals.

  • All other counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

Women’s National Junior Singles Championship
Three counties submitted no entries for the 2019 Women’s National Junior Singles Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Isle of Wight, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.

  • Three counties submitted one entry for the 2019 Women’s National Junior Singles Championship therefore they will have one representative at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.
  • All other counties will have two qualification places.

Women’s National Junior Pairs Championship
Eight counties submitted no entries for the 2019 Women’s National Junior Pairs Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Durham, Isle of Wight, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Yorkshire.

  • All other counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

We trust this information is of assistance to you. It is anticipated that the National Championship draws will be circulated to County Associations not later than w/c Monday 6th May.

15th March 2019 - Bowls England Update

The Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association, Disability Bowls England and Activity Alliance are working to provide clubs with relevant support and guidance to ensure they have the capacity to provide access to their facilities and activities for current and future members – regardless of ability or personal circumstances.

Nationally, 43 per cent of people over the age of 65 are reported to have at least one impairment, with the percentage increasing to 75 per cent for those over the age of 80. We expect a significant number of club members to have a health condition that would affect their bowling, although it might not necessarily be considered as a ‘disability’.

It is essential for us to get an understanding of the most common challenges in order to know how best to support clubs in the future. Therefore, we are asking clubs to complete this survey to help us find out the biggest and most common challenges.
If a club does not hold sufficient information to complete the survey, we would ask them to provide us with an educated estimate based on your best knowledge of your current facilities and membership.

To access the survey click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C5ZV7GH

Should any clubs have queries regarding this survey please contact George Babalev (BDA Club Development Co-ordinator) at: georgebabalev@bowlsdevelopmentalliance.com

The closing date for responses is Sunday 7th April.

9th February 2019

You may recall that over the past twelve months or so we wrote to all clubs offering to provide advice and guidance to affiliated clubs on behalf of the County Association, so far as the potential impact that cuts in local authority leisure service provision may have on clubs in the forthcoming years. This included the services and advice that are available from Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to assist clubs on topics ranging from grants/loans, coaching and umpires to club development issues including the attraction of new members.

We have been in recent discussions with the Bowls Development Alliance about the implementation of the club development programme in the County not only for those clubs that are suffering because of the reduction in service provision and loss of membership but  also for those clubs wishing to expand their membership base.

Therefore attached for your information and attention details of the Development Programme which we would encourage you to read and consider adopting. We have already two clubs (Consett Park and Lyndhurst) who have participated with great success, the latter winning the coveted Bowls England Club of the Year title. Details of the scheme are also on the County Website.

If you need any help or advice please contact either the county secretary or Anna Coulson at the BDA or speak to the successful clubs.

Here are the links to the Programme Application Form and Programme Guidance Notes

8th February 2019

BOWLS ENGLAND MEN’S SENIOR INTERNATIONAL TEAM MANAGER JOHN BELL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
(John Bell photo courtesy of Bowls England)

John Bell has announced his retirement as Bowls England Men’s Senior International Team Manager after almost two decades of loyal and dedicated service. Bell was appointed Men’s International Team Manager in 2000, a position he held for 17 BIBC Series’, four World Championships, and two Atlantic Championships, in addition to the position of Performance Director at three Commonwealth Games and one Atlantic Championships.

Under Bell’s guidance at world level, England attained an impressive 371 victories from 522 matches at a win rate of 71%, achieving 39 medals in the process, including 14 at the Commonwealth Games. Announcing his retirement, Bell said: “It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the position as the Men’s Senior England Team Manager. There are a number of reasons for this decision but suffice it to say after 20 years as a Team Manager and Performance Director I feel the time is right to step aside.

“I would like to think that during my period of office I have done my utmost to ensure our England teams performed to the best of their abilities and enhanced their reputation, and that of Bowls England, on the world stage. I am also proud that the conduct of our England teams both on and off the greens has been exemplary. “I fully support the appointment of a permanent Performance Director, who will herald the introduction of a new structure to support and hopefully enhance international performance. My retirement will enable the Performance Director to commence their duties with a clean slate with a new support team going forward. They have my full support.

“I have been fortunate to have had the benefit of the assistance and friendship of many talented colleagues who I sincerely thank. To Tony Allcock and everyone in the Bowls England office, my fellow selectors, members of my Commonwealth Games management teams, to the incredibly supportive Norma Hazzledine, who was fully committed to the cause of improving England’s international performance, and to Rex Hazeldine too for his encouragement and his professionalism which inspired us all - I thank you. “I will also thank my supporter in chief – Mrs Bell – over a glass of red, or possibly two, and a nostalgic curry at the Paprika Club!  

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as Bowls England Manager and as Commonwealth Games Performance Director. It has been a pleasure and a privilege undertaking my role and I hope I have contributed to a positive and successful chapter in the performance of England teams at world and international events. “I wish Bowls England every success in its future efforts to achieve further glory at international level.”

 Bowls England Chief Executive, Tony Allcock MBE, added: “John’s commitment to Bowls England and the English Bowling Association over the past two decades has been exemplary. He has ensured that England is a force to be reckoned with at an international level and his record speaks for itself. John has been a credit to work with and will certainly be a tough act to follow.”  

Bowls England wishes to thank John for his dedication both to his country and the sport of bowls. An advertisement for John’s successor will be circulated shortly.

7th February 2019

LAWS OF THE SPORT CRYSTAL MARK EDITION (VERSION 3.1)
The revisions to the Laws of the Sport which were approved at World Bowls Council Meetings in December 2016 and April 2018 have been incorporated into the ‘Crystal Mark Third Edition’ to create Version 3.1 of that document. A copy of both Version 3.1 and a document containing the Revisions can be downloaded from the ‘Laws of the Sport’ section under the ‘Laws & Umpiring Link’ on the World Bowls website: www.worldbowls.com  

The section has also been updated to provide an explanation of the Laws review and approval process. Your attention is drawn to the final paragraph in the section which explains what Laws and Laws-related documents individuals should have in their possession whilst participating in the sport. As a by-product of the creation of Version 3.1 of the Laws, the text associated with the ‘WB Laws Decisions’ section under the ‘Laws & Umpiring Link’ on the WB website has been updated and the Revisions approved in 2016 and 2018 have been removed.

Here are the revisions in version 3.1.....(we have also downloaded a copy of the full rule book HERE )

Revisions to the ‘Laws of the Sport – Crystal Mark Third Edition’ The ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls – Crystal Mark Third Edition’ was approved at a World Bowls Council Meeting in August 2014. Subsequent revisions to the Third Edition were approved at World Bowls Council Meetings in December 2016 and April 2018.
World Bowls Council Meeting – December 2016
The following revisions were approved.

Law D2 Bias side of a bowl: the side of the bowl that is the more rounded of the two sides, which is identified by the small grooved rings surrounding its centre.

Law 52.1.3 Each set of bowls can carry a player’s individual emblem, logo or engraving as a distinguishing mark on both sides of every bowl.
52.1.3.1 The distinguishing marks must be the same design and colour on each bowl, but can be different in size.
52.1.3.2 The distinguishing mark on the bias side of the bowl must be inside the smallest grooved ring surrounding its centre.
52.1.3.3 If there are grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side, the distinguishing mark must be inside the smallest ring.
52.1.3.4 If there are no grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side, the distinguishing mark must be inside the indentations designed to help the player grip the bowl during delivery. 52.1.3.5 As well as the distinguishing marks, each set of bowls can carry a player’s name or signature. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided.

Law 52.1.8.4
all bowls belonging to players within a team or side must have these markings on them and the markings must all be the same design and colour. However, players may use markings which are different in size from those used by other players in their team or side where this is necessary due to differences in the sizes of either the manufacturers’ rings or the distinguishing marks on the bowls.

Law 53.1
Licensed Manufacturers and Licensed Testers are entitled to imprint the registered World Bowls Stamp on the bias side of bowls. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided wherever possible.

World Bowls Council Meeting – April 2018 The following revisions were approved.
Law 52.1.6.1
52.1.6.1 measure between 112 millimetres and 134 millimetres across at their widest points; and
Law 52.1.7.1
52.1.7.1 measure between 112 millimetres and 131 millimetres across at their widest points; and

4th February 2019

NEW WORLD BOWLS CHALLENGE EVENT HEADED TO MOAMA

The creation of a new marquee international bowls event will see the Australian Jackaroos face a composite team made up of the world's premier players, to be staged at Moama Bowling Club in November, 2019. The World Bowls Challenge, announced jointly by World Bowls and Bowls Australia, will feature Australia v Rest of the World in an exciting ten-a-side format played across November 29 and 30, on the covered surfaces of the state-of-the-art Moama Bowling Club, fresh off multi-million-dollar renovations.

World Bowls President John Bell will assume the duties of Coach of the Rest of the World, while the architect behind the Jackaroos' success in recent years, National Coach Steve Glasson OAM, will take the reins of the Australian team. Australia is unquestionably the most in-form nation on the global stage, having secured four gold, two silver and one bronze medal from eight disciplines at the most recent World Bowls Championships in 2016, in addition to five gold and two silvers from 10 disciplines at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It is envisaged that the event will be staged every two years with each subsequent new host nation then forming the side to contest the might of the rest of the world. Unsurprisingly, the competition format will deviate from tradition, with sets-play matches and sessions staged across two days, in order to bolster its appeal to audiences.The event will begin with mixed triples, followed by men’s pairs, women’s pairs, then mixed pairs, and conclude with ten singles matches (five men’s singles matches and five women’s singles matches) staged across staggered starts.

The announcement of the inaugural World Bowls Challenge at Moama Bowling Club continues Australia’s trend of procuring the sport's eminent International events.Over the next two years, Adelaide Bowling Club will host the 2019 and 2020 World Singles Champion of Champions, Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club will stage the 2019 World Cup, and Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale and Musgrave Hill Bowls Club will jointly host the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships and 2020 World Bowls Championships.

Further announcements regarding the World Bowls Challenge team compositions, Coach and Captain selections, scheduling and viewing details will be made over the coming months.

23rd January 2019

REGIONAL FINAL VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 AND 2020

Bowls England can now confirm the host venues for the Inter-County Competition Regional Finals for the next two years. 

Balcomb Trophy (Sunday 23rd June 2019 and Sunday 21st June 2020)
North: York RI BC, Yorkshire
East: Maulden BC, Bedfordshire
South: Old Coulsdon BC, Surrey
West: Clevedon BC, Somerset

Walker Cup (Sunday 14th July 2019 and Sunday 12th July 2020)
North: York RI BC, Yorkshire
East: Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire
South: Bromley BC, Kent
West: Box BC, Wiltshire

White Rose Trophy (Sunday 16th June 2019 and Sunday 14th June 2020)
North: Middlesbrough BC, Yorkshire
East: Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire
South: Cranleigh BC, Surrey
West: West Backwell BC, Somerset

7th January 2019

BOWLS ENGLAND NAMES 2019 ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Many congratulations to Silksworth’s David Bolt on being named in the team to compete at the 2019 Atlantic Championships in Cardiff from 10th May to 23rd May 2019.

The full team is as follows

Men:
David Bolt (Durham), Ian Lesley (Devon), Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Sam Tolchard (Devon) and Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Reserves: Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire) and Andrew Walters (Worcestershire)
Women:
Natalie Chestney (Devon), Sian Honnor (Kent), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) and Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire)
Reserves: Katherine Hawes (Oxfordshire) and Laura Holden (Somerset)

6th January 2019

Please find a list below of the upcoming locally based Coach Bowls courses including coaching, safeguarding, working with disabled & play bowls activator module.

Further information can be found at http://www.coachbowls.org , including how to book onto the courses.

Event Name

Event Date

Venue

Town

Postcode

Booked Places

Places left

Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module - Thornaby IBC

26/01/2019

Thornaby IBC

Thornaby

TS17 9EW

0

16

Play Bowls Activator Module - Darlington South Park BC

21/04/2019

Darlington South Park BC

Darlington

DL1 5TG

14

2

 

 

 

 

15 MONTHS CIVIL LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER FOR THE PRICE OF 12!
Bowls England is delighted to announce that affiliated clubs can sign up to the Civil Liability Insurance scheme and take advantage of up to 15 months cover for the price of 12. 

Our insurance scheme runs from 1st April until 31st March.  In normal circumstances, the annual premium would be charged when joining mid-term.

However, if you join from now until 31st March 2019, the scheme insurers Allianz Insurance plc, will waive the costs for this period.

This is subject to you renewing the policy on 1st April 2019 for the full 12 month period.

Annual Premiums for:
·         £5,000,000 Civil Liability, including £10,000,000 Employers Liability is £93.00 (including Bowls England’s administration fee of £18.00)
·         £10,000,000 Civil Liability, including £10,000,000 Employers Liability is £118.00 (including our fee)
 When things happen that are out of your control, it’s important to have the right insurance in place – protecting you, your club and your members from the unexpected. 
Bowls England has entrusted Sutton Winson to provide Civil and Employers Liability Protection to its affiliated clubs and organisations. This policy, amongst other benefits, includes: 
v  Wider protection than a standard public liability policy, as it includes professional liability, abuse, libel/slander and Officers Liability (including Trustees)
v  Employers Liability included as standard to cover all employees AND VOLUNTEERS
v  Unique scheme only available to Bowls England affiliated Clubs and organisations
v  Compensation associated with injuries, litigation and negligence
v  No policy excess
v  No additional hidden fees
v  Option to increase the Civil Liability limit to £10m (as requested by some local authorities)
 The 2019/20 Bowls England Civil Liability Protection Brochure is attached, which provides an overview of our scheme. To commence a policy please fully complete the attached form and return it to Bowls England with the appropriate payment for the 2019/20 twelve month cover. 

If you would like to discuss further, please contact John Hughes at Bowls England on 01926 334609 or email insurance@bowlsengland.com

 

 

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