A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

As we approach the mid-point of the playing season I would like to reflect on my ongoing year of office as your President.

On the playing side I have witnessed some excellent performances by our representative teams and some thrilling bowling at our competitions. The Ladies Merit at the New Brighton Club produced an outstanding final between Linda Williams and Christine Beer. Linda of course was a previous winner not only of this title but also the Ladies Champion of Champions at the Waterloo. Chris has been a stalwart of her Club and a very successful playing member in the leagues.  A game that finished 21-20 to Chris was of the highest quality with Chris hounding Linda all the way until she took the lead for the first time at 19. The last two ends were memorable and Chris edged it with some outstanding play from two talented individuals.

The Gwyn Morris Welsh Senior Merit took place at Coed Talon and what a feast of bowling was enjoyed by a huge crowd. The sixteen players, contesting the title represented the cream of our talented bowlers so expectations were high and they certainly did not disappoint. After a day of top class play, which frequently drew applause from the spectators, Chris Slater emerged as the deserved winner of the final against Neale Charlton. The performances of Neale in the earlier rounds had been of great quality and perhaps the final was a game too far for him considering his heroics in the previous rounds. Chris Slater is a worthy champion with solid and consistent play throughout the day. I am grateful to my own Club for agreeing to host this event and to those members who willingly supported the needs of the crowd.

The Green was in excellent condition thanks to the work of the unsung heroes-- our Greenkeepers.

 

At British level our representative teams continue to give a good account of themselves. The Juniors, The Ladies, the Veterans and the Seniors continue to earn the respect of our opponents and I know from my discussions with our British counterparts that there is enormous respect for Welsh bowls, players and officials and particularly for the Clubs who readily agree to host our major events. There will be a full review of the playing season at our AGM next February.

This is a mid-season report just to underline some of the achievements to date with hopefully more good news to come!

 

Now briefly on to other matters!

 

Any Sport is about players and playing but to support those endeavours we need effective management and associated structures. The current Management Committee have recognised that we need to update our administration and decision making process and to that end have embarked upon a fundamental review of how we manage our game at national level. The details of the review and its recommendations will be subject of a Special General Meeting in October where you will be asked to approve a set of recommendations and rule changes that will determine the way we, as the National Governing Body for Crown Green Bowls in Wales, will continue to administer our sport in this country. Your attendance at the Special General Meeting is essential as we seek to take the game forward.

 

 

Tom Middlehurst

President