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Firstly, I wish you all a Healthy and Happy 2021.

I never expected that I would be your President in 2021 but I look forward to carrying out my duties.

2020 has been a Year that we could never have imagined. Although missing being on the bowling greens, for me it was not being able to meet up with friends not only in Suffolk but around the Counties. Although Newark had to be cancelled, we do have County Indoor Champions who will, I am sure, be able to compete for a National title at some time.

We must look forward and stay positive that 2021 will be a year to remember for all the good things.

We will no doubt see changes, depending on when we are able to get back to some normality, but I am sure that SCWBA will be just as competitive as in previous years.

Whether playing at Club, County or National level I wish you all the Best for 2021.

I take this opportunity to thank all who have been working to get things under way for 2021 at some time in 2021. Our Treasurer, Sue, is moving out of Suffolk - best wishes Sue; you will be missed.

Stay Safe, Stay Positive and look forward to making up for a lost year.

Congratulations to all ladies who have reached the County Semi Finals. I am looking forward to meeting you all at Yoxford on Saturday. Best wishes to all. Good Bowling ,Good Weather most of all enjoy your day.

Barbara Rushbrook

SCWBA President

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Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association Bowls County Finals 2021

By Sally Smith    16/07/21    0 comments

Winners from four Suffolk area finals went forward to contest the Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association Finals at Yoxford Bowls Club on the weekend of 10th-11th July. The majority matches on semi-final day, Saturday 10th, were played in rain, but the bowlers did not let the conditions dampen their spirits and a high level of skill entertained the appreciative band of supporters.

Dominant performances by Georgie Marwood (Thurlton) against Ann Lilley (Ixworth) and Chloe Coleman (Waldringfield) against Debbie Allum (California) in the 2 bowl singles and Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway) versus Jackie Whitlock (Otley) and Angela Mondon (Old Newton) against Maria Brooks (California) in the 4 bowl singles saw them to progress comfortably to their respective finals. The Senior Singles semi-finals set up a final between Margie Robinson (Yoxford), who won against Pauline Black (Hadleigh) and Gillian Lamprey who defeated Christine Aldous (Thorndon). In the Champion of Champions, Liz Radford (Brandon) had an accomplished win over Jean Batley (Kessingland), but the other semi-final was a close match in which Christine Woollard (Hadleigh) eventually overcame Linda Nunn (Waldringfield). The Secretaries Singles semi-finals saw well-contested matches in which Sue Hender (Norbridge) won against Shirley Upton (Lowestoft Railway) and Margie Robinson (Yoxford) had a win against Gillian Saunders (Risbygate). The Under 25’s Singles required only one semi-final, in which Chloe Webb (Rookery) defeated Kylie Smith (Waldringfield).

The Pairs and Senior Pairs saw the Thorndon pairing of Margaret Thorpe and Christine Aldous involved in the semi-finals of both events. In the Pairs they had a 2-shot win over Sonia Collard and Donna Mills (Stone Lodge), with the other semi-final resulting a one-shot win for Marlene McGee and Diana Painter (Lowestoft Railway) over Valerie Holt and Mary Gillam (Melton). In the Senior Pairs the Thorndon ladies lost by three shots to Viv Sheppard and Maggie Page (Woodbridge). The second semi-final in this competition was a tight game won by one shot by Diana Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh) against Nora Rutherford and Barbara Taylor (Kessingland).

The 2 Bowl Rinks saw a close semi-final in which Jenny Roncetti, Pat Jennings and Ann Lilley (Ixworth) defeated Lorraine Huggins, Sue Hender and Julie Curl (Norbridge) by just one shot, while the other semi-final resulted in a confident win for Jean Batley Nora Rutherford and Barbara Taylor (Kessingland) against substitute Adrianne Earye, Beryl Gilder and Shirley Page from Framlingham Castle.

The sun came out on Sunday 11th July for the semi-final winners to play their finals. In the 2 Bowl Singles, Chloe Coleman (Waldringfield) played consistently with accuracy to win against Georgie Marwood (Thurlton) by 21 shots to 11. In-form Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway), who won through to three finals, overcame Angela Mondon (Old Newton) with a 21-9 win in the 4 Bowl Singles. Gillian also competed in the Senior Singles against Margie Robinson (Yoxford), coming away at the end of a hard-fought match with a win by 21 shots to 18. In the Champion of Champions final Liz Radford (Brandon) lost out to the experience of Christine Woollard (Hadleigh), by 10 shots to 21. The Secretaries Singles final was contended by Sue Hender (Norbridge) against Margie Robinson (Yoxford). Margie played steadily to win on her home green, 21-8. In the Under 25’s Singles both players had difficulty finding the green, but Beth Topping (Thurlton) achieved a 21-8 win against Chloe Webb (Rookery).

The Pairs Final was played confidently by Marlene McGee and Diana Painter (Lowestoft Railway), resulting in a 22 shots to 12 win over Margaret Thorpe and Christine Aldous (Thorndon). Christine Woollard and Diane Miller (Hadleigh) gained a Championship win in the Senior Pairs with a well-played match against Viv Sheppard and Maggie Page (Woodbridge), finishing 25-12 ahead.

In the 2 Bowl Rinks Jenny Ronchetti, Pat Jennings and Ann Lilley (Ixworth) met strong opponents Jean Batley, Nora Rutherford and Barbara Taylor (Kessingland). The match was level 12-12 with three ends left to play, but, helped by a three in the 19th end, the Ixworth ladies forged ahead to finish 18-12 winners.

The 3 bowl Rinks championship proved to be a nail-biting finale to the weekend’s bowls. Shirley Plummer, Chloe Webb and Jill Lambert from Rookery were against Gillian Lamprey, Pauline Anderson and Glenis Harvey from Lowestoft Railway. An early lead taken by the Rookery ladies was gradually eroded and the later stages of the match were characterised by very skilful play on both sides, with the game level at the 18th end. In the resulting extra end the Rookery team kept their nerve and achieved three-shots to win 18-15.

Outstanding play by two competitors in the 2021 SCWBA finals, resulted in winning two Suffolk Championships each. Gillian Lamprey of Lowestoft Railway won the 4 Bowl Singles and Senior Singles and was also a losing finalist in the 3 Bowl Rinks. Christine Woollard of Hadleigh won both the Champion of Champions and Senior Pairs Championships.

Other notable performances were achieved on Finals Day by Margie Robinson of Yoxford, winner of the Secretaries Singles and losing finalist in the Senior Singles and by Chloe Webb, member of the winning 3 Bowl Rinks team from Rookery, also runner up in the Under 25’s competition.

The Victrix Ludorum was achieved by Area A. The County Champions from the SCWBA Finals will represent Suffolk in the National Bowls Finals in Skegness in late August.

A separate file of photos will be attached shortly.

A Message from the President.

By Jane    14/07/21    0 comments

Best wishes to Suffolk County Women's Bowls Association Champions 2021. Enjoy the experience at Skegness. Win or lose, you are champions.

From President Barbara, President Elect Jenny and Junior President Mel

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Program for Finals 2021

By WebsiteCoordinator    10/07/21    0 comments

Please click Here

Area Finals Programs 2021

By WebsiteCoordinator    27/06/21    0 comments

Area Finals Programs are available in the below links:

For Area A program click Here

For Area B program click Here

For Area C program click Here

For Area D program click Here

Ellen Matthews Competition 2021

By Linda    24/06/21    0 comments

After careful deliberation SCWBA Executive Committee has decided that the Area Team Championship for the Ellen Matthews Trophy will not take place this season. We know that ladies who normally play in these matches will be disappointed with this decision, but we have had to take many factors into consideration, not least the Government’s recent decision to delay the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions until mid-July. We thank all of you who have put your names forward for your Area Teams and we hope that you will do so again in the future. The Executive Committee is committed to running this competition again in 2022.

Letter to Club Secretaries from the Executive Committee, March 2021

By Sally    11/04/21    0 comments

Click Here to read a letter from the Executive Committee to Club Secretaries regards 2021 season

SCWBA Diary for 2021/2022

By SCWBA Committee    25/02/21    0 comments

The Diary for 2021/2022 is available Here

Letter to Club Secretaries from the Executive Committee, August 2020

By Linda Nunn    11/08/20    0 comments

Click Here to read a letter from the Executive Committee to Club Secretaries.

A message to Club Secretaries, July 2020

By Linda Nunn    01/07/20    0 comments

Dear Club Secretaries,

In the letter that was sent out in April, we stated that SCWBA Executive Committee would review the situation regarding Covid-19 in late June and make a decision about the possibility of holding the Ellen Matthews Competition this season. Following consultation with Area Secretaries and consideration of the current Government regulations and EBF/EWBF guidance, we have decided that it will not be possible to play this competition this year. We realise that this decision will be disappointing for many of our ladies who look forward to playing and socialising with their fellow bowlers from other Areas of the County. However, as we emphasised previously, safety must be our priority.

We have also made the decision not to hold the County Novices Singles Competition this year. If Clubs have been fortunate enough to attract new bowlers, we hope we will be able to encourage them to enter competitions in future years.

We will update Clubs regarding other Area and County events planned for this season at the end of July.

Notification has been received this week from the EBF/EWBF that the National Indoor Competitions that were to have been played at Newark in April 2020, will now be played in April 2021 (19th – 25th). This means that there will be no County Indoor Competitions this year. It is hoped that the winners of our 2020 County Indoor Competitions will be able to represent Suffolk in 2021.

We thank you for your understanding and hope that you and your Club Members remain safe and well.

Kind regards,
Linda Nunn
Chairman (on behalf of SCWBA Executive Committee)

EBF Update on Outdoor Bowls May 2020

By Anon    20/05/20    0 comments

Click Here to read a letter from the EBF concerning the playing of Outdoor Bowls at this time.

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