WELSH CROWN GREEN BOWLING ASSOCIATION.
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Endsleigh County Championship.
Wales – v – Shropshire.
The second round matches in the Senior Championship were held at the weekend were Wales played Shropshire at Pontesbury Bowling Club (away) and Betws-yn-Rhos (home) – Sunday June 4th.
Pontesbury is a favourite home green for Shropshire County and with a very strong first four from Shropshire, Wales were off to a tough start.
The squad were led out by Paul Hallet (Llay), who had a difficult game against Callum Wraight, losing 21-14 and Leighton Roberts ( Esclusham), who had a tough fight with Richie Goddard. Leighton trailed behind Richie for a good part of the game, but fought hard to eventually beat Richie 21 -16.
Wales played three reserves, who stepped up to the plate on the day. David 'Dickie' Jones,(Gresford Colliery),was narrowly beaten by Kiah Roberts 21-19. Martin Jones, (Cunliffe), had a thrilling game against Michael Beer and won 21-18. Unlucky Andrew Armstrong, who was playing his debut game for the Senior squad, drew veteran Colin Beaman and although he lost 21-7, put up some excellent bowls. Final score at the away venue Shropshire 222 – Wales 192. To lose by 30 at this particular venue is no disgrace.
At the home venue, Betws-yn-Rhos, Wales failed to make headway, losing by 3 points over all. The best game was John Short (Bangor), versus Glyn Picknell were John won 21-12. Other notable wins were Jason Jones ( Abergele) beat Andy Moss 21-17, Steve Lawley ( Rhos Park) beat Martin Lloyd 21-14, and Paul Walley ( Abergele), beat Rob Burroughs 21-15. Final score at Betws-yn-Rhos Wales 215- Shropshire 218.
Wales have Warwick and Worcester for their third game. Tough but achievable. Keep the faith – let's hear the Dragon roar.
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Bank Holiday weekend and the Welsh Ladies Merit competition was held Sunday 28th May at Abergele Bowling Club.
There were 22 entries with both Welsh Ladies squad members and non members playing for the Mel Higham Shield.
Referees included Peter Hayes, Alan Davies, Derek Evans and Stan Warburton and the competition was run by Wales CEO Matt Foster, Tournament secretary, Dave Walker and hosted by Dusia Price WCGBA President 2017.
In the opening round, young Nia Jones had a tough game against Linda Williams. Cath Rogers had a comfortable win over Kelly Fleet 21-6, Sue Dace beat Gemma Buxton 21-14. Val Beaumont led a spirited fight back to 17 across against opponent Linda Kirkham, who had led for most of the game, to finally clinch her place in the second round with a score of 21-17. Jane Jones had an excellent game against Belinda Lloyd and a stunning shot on the last end ensured a 21-18 win.
One of the best games of the competition was that between previous winner Olwen Edwards and defending Champion Kelsey Morgan Rowlands. They were well matched, with fortunes shifting from one player to another. The final result was a 21-20 win for Kelsey.
In the semi finals Gay Cooper ( Connah's Quay ) played Miriam Forder ( Rhos Park ) and Sue Dace ( Eirias Park ) played Kelsey Morgan Rowlnads ( Esclusham )
Gay won 21-15 and Kelsey beat Sue 21-17.
In the final, Gay won the toss and got off to a good lead. She was well ahead at 14 points to 6 over defending champion Kelsey. Kelsey fought back to 14-12. Fortune favoured each player from time to time in the match with Gay playing the 'wicked' corner well. Unfortunately, Kelsey was unable to make up any more ground and lost to 21-12.
Gay Cooper now represents Wales at the Ladies Champion of Champions at Blackpool later in the season.
For future Ladies Merits, it would be nice to see a bigger entry. There are many more talented lady bowlers in our clubs than the entry this year would imply.
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Drake's Pride Junior County Championship.
The opening match of the Drake's Pride Junior competition, held at the weekend, Sunday 14th May, saw Wales score a decisive win over their Staffordshire opponents.
BCGBA CEO, John Crowther was there to support the start of the Junior County season.
Teams and spectators were welcomed on arrival by WCGBA President, Dusia Price.
There were mixed fortunes for the home team at the British Legion Club, Colwyn Bay. Junior squad selectors, Dave Jones and Lee Davitt along with Junior Co ordinator, Phil Maddox, were well aware of the daunting prospect for some of the team who were making their debut for their County.
Wales lost at least 6 players from a strong squad at the end of last season when they became ineligible for the Junior side. There were some commendable performances that are worthy of note. Harry Lawton played an excellent game to win 21-19 in the first four, and there were stunning wins from young stars Tom Owen 21- 7, Mathew Hewitt 21-7 and Rhys Bolton 21-11.
Rhys was presented with the Man Of the Match award at the Home venue. For both Tom and Rhys, this was their first appearance for Wales. Other new faces included Andrew Hughes, Emily Owen and Lucy Parisella.
Many of these youngsters play in local leagues, and they all displayed a maturity that is humbling to observe. They give great support to their team mates, often acting as mentors and bowls buddies to one another; truly a team.
For the away side, the results speak for themselves. A more experienced side with just a couple of new squad members.
Veteran Joe Langford had the best win 21-4, whilst he was closely followed by Joe Hayes 21-5, Ryan Bond 21-7, Thomas Jones 21-8 and Jake Barlow 21-11.
With support from organisers, family and friends, the future looks bright for Junior
bowling in Wales.
1. Home team. 2. BCGBA CEO and Wales 3. Rhys Bolton
President with Rhys Bolton
Home Man of the Match.
WELSH CROWN GREEN BOWLING ASSOCIATION.
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Endsleigh Senior County Championship.
The Senior County Championship got underway on Sunday 7th May with Wales playing Derbyshire in the first round.
The home side were in action at Gresford Village where the Deputy British President, Mr Keith Andrews ( Lancashire ) came along to support the first game.
Referee, Ian Hulse, also from Lancashire presided over the match with assistance from Jim Clarke and Ashley Zepeda.
Captain, John Bonatti, led the team, but found the conditions challenging and, although down for a good part of his game, fought back to lose 21 – 15.
David ( Rocky ) Jones also had a tough game, but rallied to end on 16.
The Away side played at Barton Bowling Club, Derbyshire. An excellent 21-6 win by Francis Penlington was matched by Mike Pritchard at 21-9 and Leighton Roberts 21-11.
At the half way stage of the match, Wales was up by 14 points.
Selector, Joey Williams, said he had chosen the team after the green had been selected.
'Most of the players here play this green well in the leagues and it is nice to see former Junior player, Andrew Armstrong in as a reserve.'
It had been a difficult job choosing the squad. Joey explained' It's tough when you have so many good players to pick from, especially as we have a number of highly experienced and talented juniors now able to take their place in the Senior squad.'
The dry and fast conditions surprised many and although, Referee Ian Hulse, said the conditions were excellent, they proved challenging for all. Wales eventually lost by 19 at home and 1 point away. Man of the match for Wales, at home, was Richard Zolman.
Wales now have two tough matches ahead, Shropshire and Warwick and Worcester. We have a lot to do, but it is not beyond our capabilities. With a wealth of experience and some raw talent the Team Manager's job will be a hard one. But remember, if you are chosen to play with the squad, give it your best, you are playing for your Country too.
Below are photographs of the Home and Away teams and Richard Zolman and Keith Andrews.
WELSH CROWN GREEN BOWLING ASSOCIATION
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The days are getting longer and weather warmer – we hope. It must be the start of the 2017 bowls season.
Meole Brace Open – Doug Marrs Trophy 2017.
This tournament continues to be a popular early season event with an excellent venue, good organisation and fair turnout for spectators. We were treated to a pleasently warm day. The BCGBA President, Phil Brown and his wife Kate, along with the BCGBA Chief Executive, John Crowther and wife Pat were among the guests for the day.
Wales had five qualifiers for this finals day; Gwerydd Buckland, John Jones, Andrew Armstrong, Andy Hughes, and Martin Jones.
Round one saw John Jones beat fellow Dragon, Gwerydd Buckland 21-14. John lost to Andy Moss in the second round 21-18. Young Andrew Armstrong held his nerve beating Stuart Mort 21-18 in the first round. He showed great maturity in his next game against Callum Wraight but lost 21-10. Andy Hughes, a previous winner of this tournament in 2015, lost 21-15 to Michael McDonnell and Martin Jones just missed out at 21-19 to Jack Dyson both in the first round.
Top players Callum Wraight, and GI Wilson went out in the quarter finals, still leaving four very good players in the semi-final. The eventual winner was Ryan Prosser who beat Kevin Boon 21-8.
WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The World Club Championships at Fox Lane, Leyland held the fourth qualifying day on Sunday 9th April with two Welsh teams in action; Esclusham and Coed Talon.
The weather was glorious.
Both teams fielded some very experienced players. On Green 1, Esclusham faced Colne Cricket Club. Good wins were had by Darren Lacey 21-10 and Brian Hayes 21-15. Kieron Roberts made a spirited recovery from 14-9 down to win out 21-19. Esclusham came out on top winning 159 – 145.
Coed Talon played Norton Central on Green 2. They acquitted themselves well, with good results from Nick Jones 21-8 and John Bonatti 21-14. Unfortunately, they lost by the narrowest of margins 144-145. This was an excellent performance from the team as it was their first appearance at this championships.
In the second round, the weather had clouded over and so did Esclusham's fortunes. Now playing on Green 2 against Wolstanton High Street. The game was hard fought, but it was not to be and they lost 153-130.
The full results of all the games and the finals day draw are on the British Crown Green website.
Next up is the Stan Higham Shield, a Welsh Referees Society tournament 23rd April at Rhos Park BC. The winner goes on to represent Wales at the British Referees Patrons Day - Terry Nicholls Trophy at Winsford Cons. On Saturday 3rd June.
May sees the start of the County matches, Senior, Juniors and Ladies.
Bring it on!
PLAYERS – PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THE BCGBA RULE CHANGE TO THE DRESS CODE. TROUSERS MUST BE BLACK.
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The 2017 season kicks off with the World Club Championship at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland (PR25 1HB ) on Sunday the 19th March. It is an 11am start and play takes place every Sunday for the next five weeks with the final played on 16th April.
The two clubs representing Wales are Esclusham ( winners of the Welsh Club Championship 2016) and Coed Talon, the runners up.
Both clubs play on the same day ( 9th April ) and the draw for the first round is as follows:
Esclusham v Colne Cricket Club (NLF)
Coed Talon v Norton Central ( Potteries)
This competition is in its second year at Fox Lane. It was held previously at Irlam Steel.
In the 2016 championship, Parkfield Labour (NLF) beat Kings Heath Park (W&W) 150 to 131 respectively.
We wish both clubs well.
Take a look at the news from Welsh Junior Co-ordinator, Phil Maddox. An Open Day has been scheduled for Sunday 9th April at two venues,
Colwyn Bay RBL BC – for Gwynedd/North West wales Area
and Gate Hangs High BC – for Flintshire/Wrexham Area
Start time is 11am prompt.
Says Phil ' The Welsh Junior selectors are holding an Open Day for all Juniors to come down and showcase their talents, regardless of age and ability. All are welcome to attend. Our Juniors are the stars of the future.'
We need to encourage the next generation of bowlers for Wales and this is a superb opportunity. Bowls teaches hand/eye co ordination, patience and great personal communication skills. It needs tactics, planning and determination and is a sport you can play life long. So if you know a seasoned Junior or a fledgeling, get them to come along to one of the sessions. Encourage them to bring along a non-bowling friend if they wish. The more the merrier.
Please pass this message to any Junior bowlers in your clubs and let's make it a success.
Contact deatails. Dave Jones (07794651187) or Lee Davitt ( 07837906094) for attendance at Colwyn Bay RBL.
Kevin Stephenson (07792585036) or Jay Salisbury ( 07712229163)
for attendance at Gate Hangs High.
Welsh Junior Co ordinator
Upcomming event: Welsh Referees Society Annual Stan Higham Competition to be held at Rhos Park BC 23rd April. 11 o'clock start.
Contact Peter Hayes.
WCGBA Referees Secretary.