Monday, December 9, 2013
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 :- email@example.com
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)