The Annual Charity Game is fast approaching !!!.
As usual Mermaid's Men (and women !!) will be taking on Smarty's Army at James Norths on Easter Monday, 21st April. Team Captains Michelle Conway and Brian Smart are busy assembling their two teams to do battle in singles and pairs matches. It always proves to be a competitive but fun day where both teams are keen to win but raising money for the nominated charity is the important thing. Due to fixture clashes there was no event last year but in 2012, almost £2000 was raised for The Stroke Association.
This year on the recommendation of Whaley Bridge's Fire Fighting player Paul Hawker the selected charity is Terri's Trust. Terri Noon from Offerton sadly died from a brain tumour in 2010 and last year her family pledged to mark what would have been Terri's 21st birthday last May by trying to raise £21,000 for Wish Upon A Star.
Full details of Terri's story can be found on the Charity Game page on the James North
website. Terri's family also have a Just Giving page justgiving.com/TERRI-NOON where even if you can't make it on the day, you could still donate any amount you wish big or small.
Everyone is welcome on the day whether it's to take part or just watch. There will be fun refreshments available and challenges throughout the day and a big raffle.
Once again Perrigo Sports have kindly donated a set of Taylor's Bowls and a bag to be raffled aswell.
If you'd like to play just pick your team and let either Brian or Michelle know via phone (Brian 07983 632019, Michelle 07917 817291), via either the Stockport Bowls or James North web forums, or via the Facebook page HERE. Anyone, beginner or Pro who wants to play will get a game. All that we'd ask is that all players donate £5 into the pot.
Brian has just raised some early money using the "Sponsor A Player" form, he reports :-
"Attention All Bowlers taking part in the charity match.
I had to call in to a company today to meet with the Director. I took my sponsorship form with me and in the time that it took me to ask 6 individuals, I had raised £30.
I'm not boasting, I am just telling you how easy it is. If 10 of us do that, it's £300 for no effort.
Please, please print the sponsorship form and ask people to sponsor you. The 6 people that I asked simply entered a fixed pledge of £5 instead of pennies per point. Trust me, charitable actions like our annual event bring out the very best in the human race.
Print the form
It's as easy as peas!!!!! "
Following the success of Glossops initiative to attract new members last season, Andy Dawson has created a leaflet that clubs can download, customise for their particular club and print off. Both Glossop and recently Hadfield Bowling Club have applied for and been awarded grant money to use to attract new members, both with great success.
Hadfield held an Open Day where locals flooded through the door to such an extent that they nearly ran out of spare bowls and members to show people the ropes. Everyone had a great day which resulted in 13 new members joining the club on the day, with more saying they would return.
Woodley Sports have also been successful in applying for the same sort of grant and will soon be announcing how they are going to use the money to attract new members to their club. All 3 clubs have shown that with a bit of effort and application, we can reverse the trend of dwindling numbers of people playing the game.
You can view and download Andy's leaflet HERE
2014 Cheshire Merit.
Cheshire Secretary Jim McGurk has had permission to run a Cheshire Merit qualifier in Stockport area on Saturday 17th May 11am start. Players must be registered with a S&D club. Please note players can only enter in one area only for the Cheshire Merit. There will need to be a minimum of eight entrants for it to be viable. The intention is to use a green outside of the A & B division and this will be announced after the closing date of 4th May. Entrance fee will be £4 and last season all competitors on the final day received prize money. The 2014 Cheshire Merit Final Day will take place on Sunday 15th June 10-30am start at Coppenhall WMC, 103 North Street, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 4NJ. Any players interested should contact Jim via pm, on the Cheshire website contact page or by phone if you have his number.
Woodley Sports Spring Classic
Week 2 Qualifiers - 6th April
N. Whittaker 6 P. Dudley 21 - Drew 16 for final day
D. Watters 14 D. Burgess 21 - Drew 2 for final day
C.McDonald 18 J. Grimston 21 - Drew 7 for final day
D. Ferris 12 S. Lea 21 - Drew 5 for final day
WEST HEATON BOWLING CLUB
OPEN PAIRS TOURNAMENT (SPONSORED BY THWAITHES)
(TOTAL PRIZE MONEY £600.00)
TO BE PLAYED OVER 3 CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS IN AUGUST 2014 (Hot food will be available)
SUNDAY 10th AUGUST 6.00pm Qualifying Round (Practice 5.30pm)
SUNDAY 17th AUGUST 6.00pm Qualifying Round (Practice 5.30pm)
SUNDAY 24th AUGUST 6.00pm Finals Night (Practice 5.30pm)
Pairs Winners Prize £300.00 & (Trophy) Pairs Runners up Prize £100.00 Pairs
Semi Final Losers Prize £50.00 Pairs Quarter Final Losers Prize £25.00
Please indicate which qualifying Sunday you prefer…
Entrance Fee £16.00 per pair (Cheques made payable to WHBTS Club)
Entrances must be received before Sunday 27th July 2013.
Mr E Tasker Bowling Section West Heaton Bowling Tennis, And Squash Club Princes Road Heaton Moor Stockport SK4 3NQ
Email: ETASKER19UK@AOL.COM or Call 07546486098
Woodley Open Pairs Competition
Sunday 20th July 2014
Bowling to commence 10am prompt - no practice
Cost £10 per pair men's, ladies or mixed pairs can enter Please Note: No homesters unless draw isn't full
First 32 pairs to enter and pay guarantees entry - Prize money dependant on entries
Entry and further information to Clint Crowther Tel 0161-285-7026 Mobile 07505359353
E- Mail email@example.com
Entries must be paid within 21 days to guarantee place
Any Money not received will not be chased up. No unpaid entries will be allowed into the draw.
Wilmslow Bowling Club
Open Mixed Pairs
Saturday 16th August staggered starts from 10am
Entry £8 per pair
Handicap - 2 visitors +4, 1 visitor & 1 homester +3, 2 homesters +2
All games 21up
Entries to Sheila Broadhurst, 11 Treen Close, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 3PT
Tel 01625 616976
Cheques payable to Wilmslow Bowling Club
Woodley Sports Spring Classic
Week 2 Qualifiers - 6th April
S. Barber 18 G. Downs 21 - drew 10 for final day
P. Owen 14 P. Bradley 21 - drew 14 for final day
M. Gatley 18 T.king 21 - drew 1 for final day
C. Lane 16 I. Booth 21 - drew 15 for final day
Draw for the Joe Broadhurst Clic Sargent 1 Day Pairs Competition on the 18th May 2014 at Wilmslow Royal British Legion. Joe was a legend not only at Wilmslow RBL but in Cheshire generally and the charity Clic Sargeant which supports children and young people affected by cancer is a very worthy cause, The same event last year raised over £1000. If you'd like to contribute, Organiser Mark Sandham has a Just Giving page where you can donate online, offline or via Text. Just click on the link below.
J Garratt Jnr & J Lester V S Broadhurst & V Cragg
M Heald & B Holbrook V V Manning & L Kenyon
P Smith & M McDonnell V S Ramsbottom & P Gill
A Murray & AN Other V J Garratt & P Garratt
D Hulme & J Hardman V P Fields & R West
R Morgan & D Leigh V F Penlington & A Penlington
R Crawshaw & M Mellor V G Coldwell & L Jay
D Morrison & M Ogiliev V C Nelson & P Nelson
G Taylor & T Hulme V P Barlow & A Young
C Dooley & P Dooley V J Caveney & D Caveney
S Cook & C McGuigan V W Jeavons & L Powell
D Blunt & R Hardman V D Ford & K Williams
T Norman & M Norman V R Newton & C Lloyd
P Wrigley & A Potts V GA Howson & W Wickenden
P Johnstone & T Johnstone V A Tonge & AN Other
GN Howson & S Davies V D Byrne & L Barlow
Could bowlers who play in the Stockport & District Men’s League 'C' Division and
Mixed Friday Night (Workshops) Friday League 'A' Division please note that
The George & Davies & Metcalfe now play at the Romiley Arms, Romiley.
The George has also changed it’s home matches to a Thursday.
This has not been entered correctly in the Friday Night Workshops Book,
Woodley Sports Spring Classic
Week 1 Qualifiers
N. White - Drew No 3 On Finals Day
G. Ellis - Drew No 4
L. Dale - Drew No 11
J. Metters - Drew No 13
D.Wilkinson 21 v J McDonnald 14
P.Dooley 21 v K.Knowles 16
M.Bacon 14 v J.Hynes 21
J.Jones 14 v M.Sutton 21
D.Wilkinson 16 v P.Dooley 21
J.Hynes 20 v M.Sutton 21
P.Dooley 21 v M.Sutton 9
Good Friday £1000 Invitation 16 Sponsored by A1 Radiators Ltd.
Last 4 £125.
Last 8 £75.
18th April 2014. 1pm Start. 12-30pm Practice.
Ashley Daykin v Jack Hargreaves.
Wayne Ditchfield v Chris Brown.
Graeme Wilson v Andrew Buckley.
Richie Goddard v Dave McDermott.
Callum Wraight v Gary Ellis
Simon Coupe v John Bailey.
Robert Hitchen v Noel Burrows.
Glynn Cookson v Gareth Gwilliam.
A bookmaker will be in attendance and refreshments will be available all day.
LADY ON THE GREEN LADIES GRANGE CLASSIC 2014
Entries being taken for this years competition qualifing takes place on Sun Aug 3rd in 2 sessions 10am or 1PM Final 16 to take place on Sunday 24th Aug the day after the mens finals night @ 12 noon start.
Organiser Jimmy Parker is hopeful a local hotel will give consessionary prices to bowlers. Entry is £10 with £1000 total prize fund. It has been indicated that this year the competition WILL BE a ladies Champion of Champions qualifier.
PM Jim to enter. Early entry advised as it filled in a week last year.
Tel 07748 491913
Wilmslow British Legion are Looking for new players for the 2014 season. They play in the Alderley Edge & District Bowling League, Alderley Edge & District Bowling Vets League and the Knutsford Bowling League or if you are just looking for a friendly social bowling club please contact Mark Sandham on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark on 07747405510 for further details.
Woodley Spring Classic
All sessions - Practice 10:30am - Start 11am
Spaces still available - Contact Gail Knowles on 0161 285 3918
or Mobile 07718 794498
30th MARCH 2014
Space V G Podmore
M. Holden V Space
M. Birchall V N.Wte
K. Morris V I. Booth
D. Clutton V P. Duranovic
K.Boon V G. Hunt
M.Goddard V S. Trewartha
G.Ellis V A.Sorsby
L.Brown V A.Bailey
M.Gee V N.Simpson
J.Metters V L. Johnstone
M.Hill V P.Garwood
D. Okonski V P.Owen
J. Bowler V S.Frewin
Space V L.Dale
V S. Waring
6th APRIL 2014
L.Guess V S.Barber
J.Garrett Jnr V C.Bridden
G.Downs V G. Smedley
T.Gatley V J.Hanson
P. Bradley V Space
B. Scott V Space
M. Ogliev V Space
J. Bromley V Space
C. Shore V G. Horan
J. Garrett Snr V M.Gatley
G.Hoof V T. King
T. Batchelder V I.Hulme
J.Davies V J.Guess
Space V R. Bridden
Space V A.Sykes
J. Gatley V Space
13th APRIL 2014
N. Whittaker V D. Golpin
P. Whalley V B. Burlington
I. Moore V M. Ferris
G. Jones V P.Dudley
I. Hazlehurst V P. Hawker
P. Grimston V J. Bailey
A. France V B. Smythe
K. Nicholas V M. McDonnell
Space V J. Jones
W. Archibald V C. McDonald
J. Grimston V M. Jones
D. Jackson V W. Jevons
G. Dulson V M. Hicks
D. Jones V S. Lea
A. Jones V A. Nicholas
J. Golpin V D. Ferris
20th APRIL 2014
J. Lloyd V A. Manuel
C Brown V P.Leah
G. Gwilliam V K. Williamson
B. Hill V D Sillitoe
C. Wraight V J. Gloag
C Flattley V J. Williamson
P. Morris V J. Brown
A. Spragg V J. Mordue
A. Jobson V B. Gloag
D. Ferris V J. McDonnell
D Gwilliam V C. Mordue
A. Hallas V B. Phillips
G. Wilson V P. Bailey
R. Burroughs V C. Ward
R. Sandham V T.Riley
D. McDermott V D Morrison
Local hopes in the BCGBA World Club Championship 2014 at Irlam rest with Whaley Bridge. They are there on Sunday 6th April, starting at 11am and take on the top Warwick & Worcester outfit The Greville Arms. Ironically should they get through that game they would have an easier game to qualify for the last 8 by taking on the winner of the New Brighton Quarry Vikings (Merseyside) against Marown (Isle of Man) tie.
Just a few places left in the Woodley Spring Classic. There are just 4 left on Sunday 30th March, and 10 on the 6th April.
Contact Gail Knowles on 0160 285 3918 or mobile 07718794498
Interested in Crown Green Bowling?
Meeting new friends, enjoying fresh air and exercise, then come down to
Houldsworth Park Bowling Club, Houldsworth Street, Reddish.
Well established club - competative and social bowling for men and women.
We have an Open Day on Tuesday 1st April. Come and have a try, a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Contact: A. Massey: 480 1913
Ashton Cricket Club
Champion of Champions
Gareth Gwilliam 21 v Martin Ogiliev 7
Matt Jones 21 v David Gwilliam 10
Gareth Gwilliam 21 v Matt Jones 20
Cheshire Club Competitions all entries need to be in by 1st March 2014. Please remind your club officials. A list of entries received can be found at the link below.
http://cheshire-bowls.org/cheshire-club ... ions-2014/
Mark Sutton is running a One Day Open 32 at Fallowfield BC on Sunday 30th March starting at 11am start with practice from 10.30am.
Entry is £8 per person.
Call Mark on 07702452810 to reserve a spot.
Ashton CC - Sunday 16th February
Dave Gwilliam 21 v Ben Gloag 15
Julie Foster 21 v Lee Turner 14
Dave Gwilliam 21 v Julie Foster 8
Keith Knowles 15 v Val Smith 12
Ashton Cricket Club Winter League
Final week review by Organiser MarK Sutton
"Well we have arrived at the final week with probably the worst conditions of the whole league but with John Blezzard waving his magic wand the league was completed and the bowling was of a very high standard and the league got the final week it deserved with the runners spot going to the very last bowl in the game between Legionaires and Guys and Dolls. On form Billy Smyth just had to win to make it a tie between Born Winners and Legionaires but Guys and Dolls Jonnelle Pertoldi had other ideas and produced three fantastic bowls to win 21-20 and cost Legionaires runners up spot. In fairness to Billy he was very sporting and bought Jonnelle a drink in the bar so well done Billy.
Thanks must go to John Blezzard, Geoff Moxon, Antony and the other bar staff for all their hard work."
Legionaires 83 v Guys and Dolls 55
Born Winners 76 v Madfield 54
The Grapes 81 v Springbank Dogs 67
A.J.Jokers 60 v Ashton Allstars 71
1.Champions;The Grapes 1246
2.Born Winners 1220
4.Springbank Dogs 1184
5.Madfield Hillbillys 1132
6.Ashton Allstars 1114
8.Guys and Dolls 848
9.Wonder Girls 825
Draw for the Navigation & Railway Open Singles Tournament 2014
Sunday 8th June
Rob Witherington v Steve Barber
Brian Hill v Tom Heyes
Dan Golpin v Derek Wright
Dave Mcdermott v Geoff Boulton
Dave Hallam v Martin Hicks
Cliff Johnson v Dave Jackson
Tommy Johnstone v Neil Simpson
Charlie Roberts v Scott Woodward
Kerry Morris v Gareth Gwillam
Andy Jones v Nathan Brown
Ged Smedley v Clay Flattley
Craig Shore v Richard Howson
Jeremy Muff v Chris Heyes
Paul Sutcliffe v John Golpin
Chris Ward v Andy Spragg
Tony Bachelor v Tom Vickers
Sunday 15th June
Lee Brown v Gerwyn Davies
Mel Evans v Graeme Wilson
Joe Williamson v Lee Fletcher
John Taylor v Richard Dandy
George Podmore v Jeff Brown
Chris Mcdonald v Mike Gee
Andy Hughes v Chris Barton
Dave Leigh v Martin Ogleive
Matt Hill v Graham Hunt
Alan Manuel v Mike Holden
Gary Owen v Matt Jones
Paul Dudley v Kieran Dodd
Dom Okonski v Greg Smith
Lynn Pritchatt v Glenn Beeley
Keith Williamson v Danielle Miller
Ian Moore v Matt Fellows
Sunday 22nd June
Rob Hitchin v Dave Carter
Tony Riley v Steve Baskerville
Gavin Parker v Steve Hargreaves
Martin Gilpin v Danny Sillitoe
Darren Smith v Gary Ellis
Martin Hodson v Jamie Fitzpatrick
Paul Morris v Josh Mordue
Lee Heaton v Chris Brown
Glynn Cookson v Chris Mordue
Andy Cairns v Hugh Hornsby
Lee Cavill v Ian Nicholson
Mick Gretton v Paul Heap
Jack Hargreaves v Robbie Fitzpatrick
Mark Bennett v Phil Cookson
Callum Wraight v Andy Milsen
Glynn Storer v Ian Booth
Sunday 29th June
Simon Tyler v Paul Bailey
Daniel Jones v Paddy McGuiness
Nick White v Roger Morgan
John Mcdonald v Gary Beeley
Kevin Truby v Matt Gilmore
Mick McGuiness v Dave Baskerville
Tommy King v Jane Bowler
Chris Kelly v Anthony Thompson
John Davies v Ryan Clarke
John Lloyd v Simon Coupe
Dave Gwillam v Martin McGuiness
Paul Leigh v Neil Coupe
Elliott McGuiness v Mick Mcdonald
Ben Gloag v Andy Sorsby
Paul Hawker v John Bailey
Billy Smythe v Daniel Hughes
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 8th February
Wonder Girls 44 v Grapes 84
Guys and Dolls 50 v A.J.Jokers 84
Ashton Allstars 66 v Born Winners 84
Springbank Dogs 54 v Legionaires 76
Catch Up Match
Wonder Girls 44 v Springbank Dogs 84
Standings after Week 16
3.Springbank Dogs 1117
4.Born Winners 1060
5.Ashton Allstars 1043
6.Madfield Hillbillys 994
8.Wonder Girls 825
9.Guys and Dolls 762
Details of a 1 day Mixed Pairs comp and an Open pairs comp at Houldsworth WMC on the Comps 2014 page
Ashton CC - Sunday 2nd February
Jackie Gloag/Dave Gwilliam 21 v Paul Craven/Alec Kurucz 6
Gary Hoof/Charlie Roberts 21 v Mark Sutton/Ian Bardsley 19
Jackie Gloag/Dave Gwilliam 21 v Gary Hoof/Charlie Roberts 16
John Hignett 15 v Ian Cranston 3
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 1st February
Springbank Dogs 80 v Ashton Allstars 69
Guys and Dolls 76 v Wonder Girls 77
Madfield 71 v Grapes 83
A.J.Jokers 60 v Legionaires 71
Completed game from last week
Ashton Allstars 64 v Legionaires 83
It has also been agreed to play a 20 player Challenge match between the Winter regulars at Love Lane and Ashton CC. There will be a 10 a side match at Love Lane start time 9.30am and 10 at Ashton CC starting at 12.30pm
A Trophy has kindly been supplied by Mike Bacon. This match will be played on April 6th. Refreshments will be available at both venues.
Standings after Week 15
3.Madfield Hillbillys 994
4.Springbank Dogs 979
5.Ashton Allstars 977
6.Born Winners 976
8.Wonder Girls 737
9.Guys and Dolls 712
Details of this years Stockport Bowls Festival can now be found on
the Link below or HERE
Profelt Roofing Services Nursery Open 2014
7 June 2014 6pm
C Kearns v A Batchelor
D Bennett v Glen Beeley
C Kelly v G Smedley
J Taylor v N Whittaker
R Bancroft v I Moore
Gary Beeley v D Jackson
J Durrands v G Hunt
A France v R Clark
14 June 2014 6pm
P Hawker v N Burrows
A Daykin v T Heyes
D Smith v J Gatley
C Flattley v A Lea
S Lea v M Richardson
C Heyes v P Leah
T Gatley v R Morgan
C Wraight v A Milsom
21 Jun 2014 6pm
J Guess v P Morris
S Goodwin v D Beardmore
A Manuel v P Dudley
S Baskerville v G Owen
J Brown v Dean Ferris
M Birdall v C MacDonald
C Armitage v D Baskerville
N Tideswell v M Jones
28 June 2014
J Towey v N Sorsby
D Holt v L Brown
D Okonski v P Grimston
W Smythe v M Hill
N White v S Barber
M Fellowes v M Sims
S Leech v G Podmore
G I Wilson v J Grimston
Last 8 19 July 2014 6pm
Total prize money £1300 First Prize £500
Crown Greener’s Chris Brown and Danny Barwise will be taking part in a pair’s exhibition game to be shown as part of the BBC TV coverage of the World Indoor Bowls Championships from Potters Leisure Resort on Sunday 26th January 2014.
The game follows the viewing figures success of the exhibition game hosted at the World Championships in January 1013 which saw Chris Brown take Greg Harlow to the wire. So this January, to the delight of all involved, The World Bowls Tour in conjunction with Input Media, the production company for BBC, has asked two high profile Crown Green guys to take to the blue portable rink in a filmed pairs exhibition game against two of the World Bowls Tours top Indoor players.
Chief Executive Officer of the World Bowls Tour Richard Maddieson said ‘We were so pleased with the viewing figures of last year’s exhibition game and have been inundated with so many positive comments, we are delighted to ask these two stars of Crown Green to take part in this exhibition game as part of the BBC’s extended coverage of bowls from within the World Championships at Potters.’
Chris ‘Lucky’ Brown (Rotherham) said, ‘I’m so glad last year’s game got so much positive feedback within the Crown Green World. I’m looking forward to taking to the rink again this year,’ Danny ‘Dangerous’ Barwise (Merseyside) added ‘For our sport to get any sort of mainstream TV coverage is great and thanks to all those involved in the hard work surrounding the event.’
So look out for Crown Green feature on BBC2 on the afternoon of Sunday 26th January 2014
Houldsworth Working Mens Club.
Good Friday £1000 Invitation 16
Sponsored by Brooklands Sheet Metal.
Last 4 £125.
Last 8 £75.
18th April 2014.
These are the 16 players in the field, and the draw will follow when available. A bookmaker will be in attendance and refreshments will be available all day.
Navigation & Railway Open Doubles 2014
One day event May 18th 2014 10am Start
First 32 pairs with payment to guarantee entry
Entry £15 per pair
Prize money £480 on full entry(unsure on sponsorship at present)
Prize money at present Winners £200 Runners Up £100 Semis £50 Quarters £20
Entries to : Dave Mee 07800659600 74 Redhill Drive, Bredbury, Stockport SK62HQ Cheques payable to David Mee
Ashton CC - Sunday 19th January
John Davies 21 v 11 Geoff Moxon
Martin Ogiliev 21 v 14 Andy Jones
John Davies 21 v 6 Martin Ogiliev
Dave Gwilliam 15 v 11 Peter Riley
Only a very small number of places left for the Wilmslow British Legion 1 Day Charity Pairs on 18th May for further information contact Mark Sandham on 07747405510 or for more details see the Comps page
Details of comps at Wolstanton WMC and Winsford Cons on the Comps page
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 11th January
Madfield Hillbillys 58 v Springbank Dogs 71
Guys and Dolls 51 v Ashton Allstars 84
Born Winners 84 v Grapes 67
A.J.Jokers 73 v Wonder Girls 52
Game of the Day
Born Winners v Grapes
M.Bennett 21 v Mike Gee 20
G.Gwilliam 21 v C.Roberts 12
B.Gloag 21 v C.Price 19
D.Gwilliam 21 v M.Flitcroft 16
84 - 67
Standings after Week 13
2.Born Winners 896
3.Madfield Hillbillys 849
4.Springbank Dogs 839
6.Ashton Allstars 776
8.Wonder Girls 660
9.Guys and Dolls 595
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 21st December
Born Winners 82 v Wonder Girls 40
A.J.Jokers 64 v Springbank Dogs 70
Grapes 83 v Guys and Dolls 50
Madfield H 79 v Legionaires 73
Game of the Day
Madfield H 79 v Legionaires 73
N.Armstrong 21 v M.Ogilev 18
A.Murrey 21 v A.Raymond 14
R.Armstrong 21 v J.Davies 20
A.Yates 16 v S.Barber 21
Standings after Week 11
Springbank Dogs 768
Born Winners 728
Madfield Hillbillys 727
Ashton Allstars 611
Wonder Girls 566
Guys and Dolls 491
Ashton CC - Sunday 15th December
John Hignett 21 v Lynn Crossley 16
Billy Smyth 21 v Craig Borlaise 13
John Hignett 21 v Billy Smyth 14
Andy Jones 15 v Gary Hoof 13
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 14th December
Legionaires 74 v Born Winners 76
Ashton Allstars 65 v Grapes 75
Wonder Girls 64 v Madfield 82
Springbank Dogs 84 v Guys and Dolls 47
Standings after Week 10
Springbank Dogs 698
Madfield Hillbillys 648
Born Winners 646
Ashton Allstars 611
Wonder Girls 526
Guys and Dolls 441
Ashton CC - Sunday 8th December
M Sutton 21 v S.Barber 20
A.Jones 21 v A.Kurucz 13
A.Jones 21 v M Sutton 19
J.Davies 15 v I.Cranston 14
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 7th December
Ashton Allstars 80 v Wonder Girls 56
AJ Jokers 66 v Madfield 84
Grapes 71 v Legionaires 68
Born Winners 67 v Springbank Dogs 75
Standings after Week 9 (Half way)
Springbank Dogs 614
AJ Jokers 576
Born Winners 570
Madfield Hillbillys 566
Ashton Allstars 546
Wonder Girls 462
Guys and Dolls 404
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the bowls recruitment debate tonight, a bigger turnout than anticipated.
My bullet points from the meeting are ;-
Twenty people attended.
Sheila Bryning represented the Stockport Bowls Development Group and is a Cheshire Area coach.
Andy Dawson represented Glossop BC who have recruited 35 new members this year. Clubs represented, Whaley Bridge, Chapel Park, New Mills, Thorn Grove, Queensgate, Crown, Poynton Sports, Woodley Sports, Hadfield, Grapes, Glossop, Friendship and Romiley Arms.
Coaches are plentyful and are available to coach potential coaches or just new players. Children. Clubs don’t need anyone with a CRB accreditation aslong as the child is accompanied by an adult.
We could gather the information and publicise which clubs have qualified coaches as members. This could be included in club details in league handbooks, or made available via the website.
Queensgate in Bramhall have had success in attracting new members via regular Open Days.
Grants are available from up to 75 different bodies. Glossop obtained money from the local council to help fund the purchase of bowls. It would seem council grants are readily available.
The Stockport Bowls Development Group have bowls that they use when coaching kids that could be available for clubs to use especially at weekends.
Non bowlers won’t visit the website, so how do we direct them to it to see what might be available ?.
Facebook, Twitter, Apps ?.
Advertising what’s coming up in the local media, radio, libraries, parish magazines are all a good route to non-players.
All groups to be targeted, kids, adults who have maybe played other sports in the past, seniors who want a social activity, disabled, partially sighted, deaf groups aswell.
An idea to get existing players to all bring a non-player on an Open Day.
Make sure people know which winter greens are available.
Clubs need to ‘buy in’ to a recruitment drive.
Easier for some clubs (Bowling/Sports clubs over Pubs/Parks) to ‘buy in’.
Some clubs with many teams don’t have many times available when new players could use the green, often only having Saturday mornings or Sundays free. But aren’t these good times ?.
The stockportbowls website will publicise anything that is going on and where non-players can go to ‘have a go’.
It was recognized that getting people playing without having to necessarily join a club or buy bowls or register to play league bowls is the first step and fundamental to attracting new players.
Follow up meeting In February to see if clubs have done or are planning to do anything specific, but also to define a general advertising campaign for all clubs for the Easter weekend.
Hopefully this is just the start of tackling the problem of falling numbers. Ultimately it's up to all clubs to think about what they can do to attract new bowlers.
Ashton CC - Sunday 1st December
Billy Smyth/Matt Jones 21 v Ian Bardsley/Ian Hulston 10
John Hignett/John Blezzard 21 v Barbara Ashbourne/Lyn Crossley 17
Billy Smyth/Matt Jones 21 v John Hignett/John Blezzard 12
Dave Gwilliam 15 v Terry Lord 13
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 30th November
Born Winners 76 v Ashton Allstars 63
Grapes 84 v Wonder Girls 50
A.J.Jokers 84 v Guys and Dolls 52
Legionaires 71 v Springbank Dogs 75
Standings after Week 8
2.Springbank Dogs 539
5.Born Winners 503
6.Madfield Hillbillys 482
7.Ashton Allstars 466
8.Wonder Girls 406
9.Guys and Dolls 404
Full details of the Frank Beeley Open at Houldsworth WMC and the Open Pairs comp at Woodley Sports on the Comps 2014 page
The Cheshire County Parks AGM is to take place at the Victoria Bowling Club on 11 December following the Stockport Parks AGM at 7.30pm
There are just a few vacancies in the early season Woodley Classic
20th April is Full but will take reserves. 13th April only 4 spaces left. Spaces available on other two dates, 30th March & 6th April. See the full details on the Comps 2014 page
The Panel we will be holding the Xmas handicap as usual up to and over the Xmas period with the final day taking place in 2014. The players each day have been finalised and are shown below. 20 Panel players first to provide 5 winners, then 12 guests providing 3 winners, all of whom come together on Sunday 5th January 2014 @ Noon playing for £1200.00 in prize money. Cost of entry will be £2-00 for everyone each day including final day when there will be the usual mega raffle, a bookmaker in attendance & Maria's butty wagon. All the heaters are working in the viewing lounge & hot drinks are also available.
It's 12-30pm start with practice from 11-30am.
Draw will be made each day about 12-20pm
Monday 16th December - Neil Bithell, Dave Phillips, Jim Taberner, Duncan Watkins Tuesday 17th December - Charlie Bebbington, Phil Boydell, Dave Higginbottom, Fr Geoff Hilton
Wednesday 18th December - Martin Bacon, Paul Bailey, Neil Jenkinson, Stephen Leach Thursday 19th December - George Chadwick, Rick Cochrane, Mark Foster, Dave Jenkinson
Friday 20th December - Noel Burrows, Paul Dudley, Mike Leach, Chris Morrison
Monday 23rd December - Chris Brown, Peter Consterdine, Lee Johnstone, Billy Speed Friday 27th December - Carl Armitage, Simon Coupe, Matt Gillies, Gareth Gwilliam Monday 30th December - Tommy Johnstone, Daniel Jones, Dave Gwilliam, Callum Wraight
Wilmslow Royal British Legion are looking for new players for the 2014 season they play in the Alderley Edge & District Mens League , Knutsford Mens League and the Veterans Alderley League (60+) for futher information please contact Mark Sandham 07747405510.
Ashton CC - Sunday 24th November
Gareth Gwilliam 21 v Liam Lambert 11
Andy Jones 21 v John Blezzard 17
Gareth Gwillam 21 v Andy Jones 14
Martin Oglieve 15 v Paul Whitehead 13
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 23rd November
Legionaires 75 v A.J.Jokers 75
Grapes 75 v Madfield 61
Ashton Allstars 49 v Springbank Dogs 84
Wonder Girls 56 v Guys and Dolls 73
Standings after Week 7
Madfield Hillbillys 482
Springbank Dogs 464
Born Winners 427
Ashton Allstars 403
Wonder Girls 356
Guys and Dolls 352
With numbers falling and many clubs struggling to field teams, Andy Dawson and Glossop BC have reversed the trend and had great success in attracting new members to the club. People who might be potential converts to the game probably don't know anything about Crown Green Bowls. Don't know where greens are. Don't know who to contact if they want to play. Don't know what's on offer by playing the game socially or competitivly.
It's a big problem that it's often not easy for potential new players to get involved in Bowls and there doesn't seem much direction from the BCGBA in addressing the issues. So as a first step to see what we could do in Stockport, there will be an open forum to which anyone with an interest in tackling these issues is welcome to attend. It's in the downstairs room at High Lane Conservative Club on Monday 2nd December at 8pm. Tony Bryning will be there to represent the Stockport Bowls Development Group and Andy Dawson will be there to explain what Glossop have done. Anyone who has any ideas or wants to be involved or anyone representing a club who wants to attract new players is encouraged to attend.
We can talk and moan about the state of the game as much as we like, and often do, so this could be an opportunity to forumulate a plan on how to reverse the downward trend in our area.
21up's Jeff Russell has set up a facility for every club to have their own basic website using the www.mybowls.co.uk.
If anyone needs help contact Jeff at email@example.com, he would be happy to assist
Ashton CC - Sunday 17th November
John Blezzard 21 v Steve Barber 13
John Davies 21 v Gareth Gwilliam 19
John Davies 21 v John Blezzard 14
Matt Jones 15 v Graham Mc Dermott 7
Woodley Sports Bowling Club are looking to start a 2nd team in the Longendale league next year, if they can get enough players.
For more details please contact Clint Crowther 07505359353
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 16th November
Born Winners 70 v A.J.Jokers 78
Springbank Dogs 84 v Wonder Girls 46
Guys and Dolls 60 v Madfield 79
Ashton Allstars 70 v Legionaires 75
Game of the day was a good win for the Legionaires over Ashton Allstars
S.Foster 20 v M.Ogiliev 21
K.Knowles 13 v J.Davies 21
M.Sutton 16 v B.Symthe 21
I.Bardsley 21 v S.Barber 12
70 to 75
Standings after Week 6
Born Winners 427
Madfield Hillbillys 421
Springbank Dogs 380
Ashton Allstars 354
Wonder Girls 300
Guys and Dolls 279
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 9nd November
Abandoned due to the weather
Details of the Whaley Bridge and Nursery comps
on the Comps 2014 page
Budenbergs ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams need players for the LV Altrincham & District League for the 2014 Season. Both teams are in the first division and would like to attract some good experienced players. If you fancy giving the LV league a go and want to play at the top level in one of the best leagues around then please get in touch.
Contact Martin Ogiliev on 07910 204605 or Terry Norman on 077809 76732
Budenbergs Address Details
14 Jubilee Way
Ashton CC - Sunday 3rd November
Semi Final Pairs Comp
Martin Ogiliev/Billy Smyth 21 v Andy Jones/Steve Barber 8
Mark Sutton/Ian Bardsley 21 v Mark Bennett/Dave Gwilliam 17
Mark Sutton 21 v Martin Ogiliev/Billy Smyth 20
Consolation Singles Final
Simon Cauly 15 v Alec Kurucz 13
Ashton CC Supa 4"s League, Saturday 2nd November
Grapes 78 v Born Winners 77
Wonder Girls 61 v A.J.Jokers 82
Sprigbank Dogs 62 v Madfield Hillbillys 72
Ashton Allstars 74 v Guys and Dolls 65
Match of the day was the game between The Grapes and Born Winners
which went down to the last bowl with the Grapes coming out on top by a chalk..
GRAPES V BORN WINNERS
Colin Price 20 v Mark Bennett 21
Paul Leah 21 v Steve Cook 15
Mike Flitcroft 16 v Jack Hargreaves 21
Mike Gee 21 v Dave Gwilliam 20
Standings after Week 5
The Grapes 400
Born Winners 357
Madfield Hillbillys 342
Springbank Dogs 296
Ashton Allstars 284
Wonder Girls 254
Guys and Dolls 219
Details of the Woodley Spring Classic and a new comp at the Navigation in Woodley
on the Comps 2014 page
Ashton CC - Sunday 27th October
Ian Bardsley 21 v Mark Sutton 14
John Davies 21 v Paul Craven 17
John Davies 21 v Ian Bardsley 20
Next week is pairs £8 per pair 10am Practice for 10.30am Start
Ashton CC - Saturday Winter League
Guys and Dolls 47 v Born Winners 75
Madfield Hillbillys 57 v Ashton Allstars 71
Legionaires 84 v Wonder Girls 41
A.J.Jokers 64 v Grapes 84
The Grapes 322
Born Winners 280
Madfield Hillbillys 270
Springbank Dogs 234
Ashton Allstars 210
Wonder Girls 193
Guys and Dolls 154
A Success Story
As all clubs seem to be struggling to recruit new members and with a general consensus that the game is on its knees, one club in 2013 has made great strides to reverse the trend and actually increase membership. Club Secretary Andy Dawson explains :-
"I've just returned from two week's holiday to find out that I am this year's winner in the High Peak Community Sports Network Awards in the category of "Service to Sport Award". I have now been put forward as the nomination from the High Peak to the County Finals and if short-listed as a nominee for these finals, will receive an invite to attend a function at The Roundhouse in Derby.
The document Recruitment Drive explains what we found and how we addressed the problem.
To achieve the success we have had in 2013 is was important to:-
1) – Hold a Pre-Season Get Together. Something we have been doing now for a couple of seasons.
2) – Have an Introductory Afternoon in early April
3) – Have equipment to use
4) – Encourage attendance at regular Monday Practise Nights from Mid April to September
5) – Have members willing to explain about bowls, the game etc.. on Practise Nights
6) - Encourage new people who turn up to join the Club
7) – Have a welcome pack
8) – That new members are able to access facilities at any time of the day.
9) – Issue membership cards
10) – Issue a Simple Guide
11) – Encourage team participation
12) – Run a “Members Cup”
13) – Have an End of Season Thank you Night
14) – Have our Annual Presentation Night
15) – Run monthly get together nights in the close season
We already have 6 more people ready to join us in 2014.
Click on Glossop Life and then the Glossop Bowling Club link where it flashes by on Local Stories .... It just shows what one Club can do in a season. We are now looking at adding a new mixed pairs team in 2014 and this will of course, involve some of our new members registering as BCGBA Life members. Some are also joining existing teams. We had three new members playing in teams last season. All three were new to the game prior to April. One man (60) started in the Vets team and immediately won his first match and continued to win! One man (35) played the last seven matches (Longdendale) of the season, won 5 of them, including beating an opponent on his own green, who was top of their Club averages for the season! One Lady (60) progressed into the Vets Team. "
If anyone wants further details they can email Andy at :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheshire Parks Veterans Association is to hold a meeting of all players past and present and any who wish to be considered for next season, at the Victoria Bowling Club, Webb Lane, Offerton, Stockport on Wednesday 6th November at 2.00pm. This meeting has been called at the request of Mr Irving Cummings the Association President and he would like to see as many players there as possible.
Ashton CC - Sunday 20th October
Mark Sutton 21 v Andy Jones 14
John Blezzard 21 v Liam Lambert 20
Mark Sutton 21 v John Blezzard 19
Craig Borlaise 21 v Paul Whitehead 19
Parks Vets Final League Tables updated HERE
S&D VETS LEAGUE.
A DIV, WINNERS, SOUTH REDDISH PARK, R/UP VICTORIA 1. AVERAGE WINNER K.CHATTERTON,
B DIV, WINNERS, HADFIELD, R/UP FRIENDSHIP 1. AVERAGE WINNER I.HULME
C DIV, WINNERS, MARPLE PARK R/UP SPRING GARDENS 2, AVERAGE WINNER D.SHARP
D DIV, WINNERS, WOODLEY SPTS 2 R/UP FRIENDSHIP 2 AVERAGE WINNER G.TAYLOR
S&D PARKS VETS LEAGUE
A DIV, WINNERS VERNON R/UP H.W.M.C.1
B DIV, DELAMERE PARK, R/UP DIDSBURY
C DIV HYDE PARK 2, R/UP HOULDSWORTH PARK 2
WINNERS DELAMERE PARK R/UP VERNON.
Manchester Childrens Hospital
Charity 32 Invitation.
Stalybridge rec 2013.
Sunday 6th October.
Practice from 9-30am.
Start at 10-30am.
Raffle & Closet to bottle competition.
Bookmaker in attendance.
Entrance only £1.
With a few drop outs there are some places available.
If interesterd contact Matt Jones on 07557 947126
Nursery Open Pairs
John Hambleton & Jim Somerwill 17 - 21 Sean Waring & Phil Burns
Benny Scott & Mark Bennett 10 - 21 Dave Gwilliam & Fatima McDermott
Jamie Bramley & Chris Barlow 20 - 21 Steve Ellis & Iain Dunbar
Paul Garwood & Neil Thelwall 16 - 21 Jeff Brown & Jim Hartshorn
Sean Waring & Phil Burns 21 - 6 Dave Gwilliam & Fatima McDermott
Steve Ellis & Iain Dunbar 21 - 13 Jeff Brown & Jim Hartshorn
Sean Waring & Phil Burns 18 - 21 Steve Ellis & Iain Dunbar
In 2 one sided games the end of season Longdendale Cup finals were decided at The Grapes
In the Premier William Husband Cup Victoria 'B' only dropped 1 chalk to pull back a 33 chalk handicap to romp home by 45 against Glossop. In the secondary Jim Winning Plate New Mills made light work of Hyde Park pulling back the 45 chalk handicap and going on to win by 25.
Brian Pownall and the Vic lads with the Husband Cup
New Mills captain Danny Gartside collects the Jim Winning Plate
Sixteen year old Ben Gloag finished off a remarkable week by picking up the Great Moor Floodlit
title by beating Houldsworth WMC's Lee Johnstone 21-14 in the final. After winning last
weekends David Lloyd junior title Ben went on to beat the games number 1 Gary Ellis on his
own green on Monday night. He followed that up by beating another of the games top
players Gareth Gwilliam to qualify at Great Moor. And to top all that he made sure
that his mum Jackie's bet on him at 16/1 came in by nailing the Great Moor title.
Credit also to young Matt Sands who put out Cheshire County man Lee Fletcher in the last 16
and took Lee Johnstone all the way in the quarter final.
Matt Sands 21
Lee Fletcher 15
Mick Burns 10
Lee Johnstone 21
Jack Holland 15
Dave Jackson 21
Paul Leah 15
Mike Heald 21
Neil Dolan 8
Ben Gloag 21
Steve Barber 21
Dene Hibbert 19
Dave Fox 17
Paul Hawker 21
Craig Ramell 21
Dave Bennett 10
Matt Sands 18
Lee Johnstone 21
Dave Jackson 21
Mike Heald 9
Ben Gloag 21
Steve Barber 14
Paul Hawker 15
Craig Ramell 21
Lee Johnstone 21
Dave Jackson 16
Ben Gloag 21
Craig Ramell 16
Lee Johnstone 14
Ben Gloag 21
Great Moor Floodlit Qualifiers
Wednesday 25th Sept
Dave Bennett 4
Dave Jackson 21 (Drew 6)
Neil Dolan 21 (Drew 9)
Ryan Sandham 20
Dan Golpin 15
Lee Johnstone 21 (Drew 4)
Steve Wooding 20
Dave Fox 21 (Drew 13)
Thursday 26th Sept
Mick Burns 21 (Drew) 3
Sam Hall 18
Phil Clapham 11
Mike Heald 21 (Drew 8)
Lee Fletcher 21
(Drew 2)Dave Rigby 12
Sean Wearing 5
Matt Sands 21 (Drew 1)
Final - Friday 27th Sept, 6pm Start
Matt Sands (Woodley) v
Lee Fletcher (Poynton)
Mick Burns (Rishton) v
Lee Johnstone (Warrington)
Jack Holland (Hyde) v
Dave Jackson (Macclesfield)
Paul Leah (Ashton) v
Mike Heald (Poynton)
Neil Dolan (Warrington) v
Ben Gloag (Woodley)
Steve Barber (Chapel) v
Dene Hibbert (Ashton)
Dave Fox (Stockport) v
Paul Hawker (Whaley Bridge)
Craig Ramell (Accrington) v
Dave Bennett (Warrington)