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Welsh Champion of Champions 2017

Sunday 1st October 2017 at Criccieth BC, Gwynedd

In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, Wales held its third Champion of Champions at Criccieth Bowling Club. Sixteen competitors, all winners of qualifying events and tournaments in Wales throughout 2017, ranging from the Senior Welsh Merit winner to winners of competitions held at the Colwyn Bay Festival to open competitions and league average successes all battled it out to lift the coveted trophy. This years field included the inaugural winner Jason Jones (Abergele) and the reigning champion Lewis Scott (St Asaph). We were also treated to a pair of well known names in the games of bowls; Andy Cairns winner of the 2017 George Davies Trophy and Tommy Johnstone, this years winner of the Colwyn Bay Legion Singles. Referees on the day were DT Evans, Allen Davies, Stan Warburton and Arthur Peake,

The first round got underway in wet and blustery conditions. Most games were fairly close and there were comfortable wins for Chris Slater (Colwyn Bay BL) and Lewis Scott. Martin Jones(Cunliffe) had quite a battle with Andy Cairns but was finally pipped to a 21-20 win for the Rossendale visitor. Tommy Johnstone secured his place in the last eight where he met Sam Williams (Cunliffe), twice Welsh Junior Merit Champion. With a game of touch and go, Tommy's greater experience trumped Sam to a 21-19 win.

Andy Cairns and Tommy Johnstone met in the first semi-final match. It was always going to be an interesting one. Both players had seemed to settle down with the challenging conditions but it was Tommy who edged away to win 21-17. In the second semi-final, home grown pair, John Bailey (Llanrwst) and Lewis Scott traded shot for shot with John Bailey finally coming out on top 21-14. The final started off in a tight game with both Tommy and John taking the lead at various stages. In the end, it was the Manchester man who was to take the trophy outside Wales for the first time with a 21-16 win.

This competition has become a favourite end of season event and we look forward to returning the cup to Wales in 2018.

Full Results

Welsh Champion of Champions 2017

Welsh Champion of Champions 2017 Competitors

Welsh Champion of Champions 2017

Presentation by WCGBA President Dusia Price to winner Tommy Johnstone

Welsh Champion of Champions 2017

Winner Tommy Johnstone

Welsh Champion of Champions 2017



Qualifiers to date - updated due to error on Llanfair PG singles



Welsh Champion of Champions

The Welsh Champion of Champions held at Cunliffe BC on Sunday 2nd October 2016

The results :-

Welsh Champion of Champions

Welsh Champion of Champions

Lewis Scott 2016 Champion of Champions with Peter Higham BCGBA President and Lea Southby from the sponsors Co Op Funeralcare

Welsh Champion of Champions

Lewis holds the cup aloft

Welsh Champion of Champions

Lewis leaving quickly with the cheque before John Percy can ask for a loan

Welsh Champion of Champions

This unlikely looking group are apparently all Champions (except Peter Higham of course)

It has been agreed that the WCGBA Champion of Champions Competition should go around to all 4 areas.


2016 Wrexham
2017 Gwynedd
2018 Flintshire
2019 Glyndwr

The qualifying competitions for 2016 are as follows

Welsh Senior Merit
Welsh Ladies Merit
Welsh Junior Merit
Welsh Veterans Merit
George Davies Colwyn Bay Festival
Ladies Rose Bowl Colwyn Bay Festival
Bill Hughes Colwyn Bay Festival
Hawkesbury Round Table Flintshire
Field Cup Gresford Village Wrexham
St Asaph Open Glyndwr
Colwyn Bay Legion Open Glyndwr
Abergele Singles Glyndwr
Don Morgan Trophy Gwynedd
Baxter Cup Gwynedd
Llanfair P.G. Floodlight Gwynedd
Caernarvon Singles Gwynedd


1. Welsh Counties Average Winner
2. Wrexham Premier Division Average Winner
3. Coast League Division 1 Average Winner
4. Flintshire Midweek League Division 1 Average Winner
5. Dicken Cup
6. Alun Jones Trophy Colwyn Bay Festival
7. Waterhouse Cup Flintshire
8. Trefnant Singles Glyndwr

WCGBA Competitions

Senior Merit

Ladies Merit

Junior Merit

Vets Merit

Mix Pairs

Ladies Pairs

Club Competitions

Langley under 18

Esclusham Open