It is a great honour to be elected as your President for 2022.
I thank those of you who have agreed to support me in carrying out my duties throughout the year.
My very best wishes to our county teams, the Harry Carver Indoor Trophy team and all who will represent SCWBA at the National Championships at Newark and Skegness.
As a county Suffolk is held in high regard and I will do all I can to uphold our county`s reputation during my Presidential year.
SCWBA President 2022
By WebsiteCoordinator 19/09/22 0 comments
The National Championships at Skegness this year were held in unusually warm and sunny weather in the main and the players generally found the greens improved compared with last year. Unfortunately, continuous rain for a large part of Thursday led to all play being cancelled, but schedules were hurriedly altered and the greens adjusted to eight rinks to accommodate the remaining matches. Although this resulted in later than expected play on Friday and Saturday, the Championships were completed on Saturday afternoon.
Tuesday, the first day of matches for the SCWBA ladies, saw disappointments for several players, however Jackie Whitlock (Otley) progressed with a skilful win 21-18 against Northants, winning the important points towards the end of the match. Sue Deeves (Old Newton) also had a challenging game in the 4 bowl singles, largely trading single shots against a very experienced player from Nottinghamshire. She found herself down 14-18 before finishing the game in style to win 21-19. In the Mixed Rinks the Newsome family (Kessingland), Veronica, Christian and Neil, played steadily, putting pressure on their opponents from Derbyshire. A comfortable win, 22-10 resulted. SCWBA players unable to progress beyond the first day were, Elaine Felgate (Otley) in the 2 Bowl Singles, Di Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh) in the Senior Pairs, Linda Fairs, Jayne Ordowski and Sally Fisher (Bramford) in the 2 Bowl Rinks and Shirley Plummer and David Brown (Rookery) in the Mixed Pairs.
Wednesday was another full day of competitions for our ladies. Sue Deeves, this time competing in the Senior Singles, initially pulled away, but her Northants opponent applied pressure, coming back within one shot. Her revival was finally dealt with by three excellent concluding ends by Sue for a 21-15 win. Sue was soon back on the green for the second round of the 4 bowl singles, playing a Durham competitor. This was a well-contested game initially, but Sue proved the stronger player on the day, resulting in a 21-14 passage to the semi-final. In the second round of the Secretaries Singles Jackie Whitlock was up against a strong opponent from Nottinghamshire. Undeterred, she played an extremely competitive match, pulling back when down and finishing that important one shot ahead, 21-20 for a place in the semi-final. Later in the day, with a bye into the second round, Rachelle Barber and Julie Witham (Bramford) had their first match in the Ladies Pairs, against North Essex. The players were closely matched and the lead changed hands several times. Down 15-16 after 18 ends, the Suffolk ladies scored a 4, from which North Essex were not able to recover, with the final score 20-17. Our 3 Bowl Rinks Champions, Brenda Akester, Linda Masters and Ruth Swarbrick (Aldeby) took too long to get onto the scoreboard due to the skilful play of their North Essex opponents and were never able to get into contention. Donna Mills (Stone Lodge) was another disappointed SCWBA competitor, leaving the Champion of Champion competition in the first round. Unfortunately Liz Radford (Brandon) was unable to get to Skegness to play in the Senior Mixed Pairs. In the second round of the Mixed Rinks, the Newsome family had a strong start to their game, with Veronica leading well and were just one down at the 14th end, but unfortunately went one down when they had been holding three and their opponents took full advantage, pulling away in the final ends.
Friday dawned fine again after the rains of the previous day, but prospects for Suffolk ladies were not so bright, with all three of the day’s matches ending in defeat. In the Under 25’s Singles, Ella Baker (Otley) initially went well ahead against her Derbyshire opponent, but her lead was steadily reduced in the later part of the match. At 20-18 down Ella stayed in the game with a close measure by the Umpire, but the match finished the following end, with another measure putting Ella out by 21 shots to 19 against the eventual Championship winner. Melanie Smith (Waldringfield), played with Jack Carter in the Open Under 25’s Pairs. Against Northumberland they were behind from the start but, despite a late rally, were unable to catch up. In the 4 Bowl Singles semi-final Sue Deeves had a disappointing game, failing to find the green against a strong competitor from Huntingdonshire.
Saturday. There were still semi-finals to be played on Saturday morning. These involved Jackie Whitlock (Secretaries Singles) and Rachelle Barber and Julie Witham (Ladies Pairs). Although making some good shots, Jackie fell behind early in the game and was unable to match her opponent from Huntingdonshire, losing her semi-final by 21 shots to 12. Although obviously disappointed, Jackie was pleased that she had come so far in her first singles appearance at Skegness. In the Ladies Pairs semi-final steady play throughout the match saw Rachelle and Julie keep the pressure on Northumberland. An early lead was maintained and extended towards the end of the game, with a comfortable 17-10 win the result. Rachelle and Jackie went on to play an equally skilful game in the final, claiming the National Ladies Pairs trophy with a 22 shot to 12 win over Northants. Many congratulations to the ladies from Bramford Bowls Club.
Despite previous concerns, it has now been confirmed that the EBF/EWBF 2023 finals will take place in Skegness.
To see a gallery of photographs from Skegness please click Here.
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Please click here here for the SCWBA Luncheon Menu. Bookings, requiring menu choice and cheque payment of £25.00 will be taken at your Area AGM on Monday 5th September, as in the County Handbook.
Suzanne Deeves SCWBA Champion in the 4 Bowl Singles and Senior Singles
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The area finals held on 2nd/3rd July provided passage for the winners into to the County finals, hosted very enjoyably by Stanton Bowls Club over the weekend of 9th-10th July. As usual for this summer, the weather was warm and sunny and encouraged some very competitive matches. The full results can be found in the 'Competitions' section. To access a photo gallery, which includes the matches played by SCWBA ladies in the men’s finals on 23rd/24th July at Stanton BC, click Here.
2 Wood Singles:
Elaine Felgate (Otley) had a comfortable win in her semi-final and met Christine Aldous (Thorndon) in the final. A skilful match was won by Elaine 21-15.
4 Wood Singles:
The semi-finals saw both Suzanne Deeves (Old Newton) and Joanne Clements (Stone Lodge) progress easily. However, the final between them turned out to be very closely contested, as Suzanne came back to win from a seemingly impossible position of 20-12 shots down.
This competition was to be to be Suzanne Deeves’ second County title. A win against Mary Gillam (Melton) 21-9 took her to the final against Andrea Dickinson (Brantham), which concluded 21-11.
Jackie Whitlock (Otley) and Claire Ransom (Hopton) played a very closely contested final. The lead changed hands several times during the match, but Jackie was eventually victorious 21-19.
The Pairs title was won by Julie Witham and Rachelle Barber (Bramford) after a sem-final win 23-13 against Paula Clarke and Julie Filby (Thurlton). In the final the Bramford pair had another comfortable win, 20-8 against Elaine Felgate and Jackie Whitlock (Otley).
Both semi-finals were keenly contested, with Joy Squire and Lesley Culling (Halesworth) heading Rochelle Dryburgh and Liz Radford (Brandon) 17-14 to reach the final. Defending Champions Di Miller and Christine Woollard had an even closer match, just pipping Viv Sheppard and Maggie Page (Woodbridge) by one shot, 17-16. The final was easier for Di and Christine, who won by 19 shots to 13 to retain their title.
2 Bowl Rinks:
A closely-fought semi-final saw Linda Fairs, Jayne Ordowski and Sally Fisher (Bramford) progress to the final 21-18 where they met Judy Chittock, Elaine Felgate and Jackie Whitlock (Otley), victorious in their semi-final by just one shot 19-18 against the Old Newton block. The final was rather more one-sided, the title going to the Bramford triple, 22-13.
3 Bowl Rinks:
The players were all different to those who competed in the 2 Bowl Rinks and it was good to see some new faces. The final was contested by Linda Masters, Brenda Akester and Ruth Swarbrick (Aldeburgh) who won 18 shots to 13 against Adrienne Earye, Teresa Frost and Veronica Southey (Framlingham).
Champion of Champions:
Donna Mills (Stone Lodge) won the first semi- final with a 21-15 win over Liz Radford (Brandon) and the second place in the final was claimed by Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway), 21-13, against Linda Nunn (Stone Lodge). The final proved to be a confident win for Gillian, 21-14.
Experienced singles player, Chloe Webb (Rookery) had a comfortable win. 21-8, against Chelsea Turner (Thurlton) to gain the first final place. In the other semi-final, Ella Baker, had a competitive match against Hannah Brooks, which finished 21-17 in her favour. The final was another close match, which Ella won 21-17.
Under 25’s Open Pairs:
Competing in the SCBW finals, Melanie Smith, playing with Jack Carter (Waldringfield), progressed comfortably 21-10 to the final. The pair were up against Ryan Hard and Jo Sims (Norbridge) in the final, which proved to be the closest of matches, with an eventual win 16-15 for Melanie and Jack.
Shirley Plummer and David Brown (Rookery) had an easy win in their semi-final and played confidently in the final to overcome Julie and Matthew Filby (Thurlton) by 18 shots to 13.
Senior Mixed Pairs:
Having reached the final with a 21-11 win, Liz Radford and Trevor Dodds (Brandon) found the final a much greater challenge. A last end decider saw them win by 18 shots to 17 over Jean Batley and Terry Thacker (Kessingland).
A comfortable semi-final match saw Sue Deeves, Paul Salmon and Shaun Leeder (Old Newton) reach the final, where they played V Newsome, C Newsome and N Newsome (Kessingland). The Newsomes were to become the eventual champions with a 22-14 win.
Chelsea Turner (Thurlton) playing Chloe Webb (Rookery) in the first U25 semi-final
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The County Semi-final and Final results are now available under Competitions.
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Please find the program for the semi-finals Here
S.Deeves (Old Newton) overcame L.Radford (Brandon) 21-19 in a very close match
C.Davies, A.Denholm, C.Ransom of Hopton winners of the 3 Wood Triples against Rookery BC
S.Deeves played A.Mondon, both from Old Newton BC, in the 4 Wood Singles, finishing 21-11 ahead
A measure required close to the end of the 2 Wood Singles. C.Aldous (Thorndon) won 21-15.
By WebsiteCoordinator 07/07/22 0 comments
The Area D lady bowlers met at Great Barton Bowls Club on Sunday 3rd July, aiming to progress to the SCWBA County Finals which will be held on the weekend of 9th-10th July at Stanton Bowls Club. Excellent hospitality from the Great Barton Club made for a very successful day, assisted by warm sunny weather, although a rogue shower hit the very last session. The high level of competition was appreciated by SCWBA President, Jenny Ronchetti and Area D Secretary, Jo Whatling. A number of established players had qualified for several competitions, but it was good to also see some new faces competing in these finals. Full results will be found in the competition results pages.
S.Deeves, against C.Ransome in the Secretaries Singles, pulled ahead to win 21-16.
L.Radford in the last of 5 matches in the day had a comfortable win 21-7 against P. Last, Bacton BC.
Senior Pairs. R.Dryborough and L.Radford (Brandon) won against C.Kelly and J.Truin (Woodfield) 19-12
The ON triple, L.Canfer, A.Mondon and S.Deeves had a close game against C.Davies, A.Denholm, C.Ransom of Hopton, winning 22-19
15 year old Megan Leeder of Old Newton, confident against experienced Chloe Webb from Rookery, but eventually lost 21-13
R.Dryburgh and M.Lummis in the Pairs, won 18-12 by Dryburgh and Radford against Lummis and T. Webb
SWWBA President Jenny Ronchetti flanked by Pauline Black and Ann Craigie
By WebsiteCoordinator 04/07/22 0 comments
Ladies assembled from across Suffolk to celebrate Jenny’s Presidents Day on Saturday 18th June at Stanton BC. Although the weather forecast had been a concern, the overcast skies did not produce any lasting rain and our spirits were certainly not dampened by a passing shower. With the help of just a few men, a very enjoyable game was played on all six rinks.
With a tea break and a spider the afternoon passed all too quickly, followed by delicious refreshments in the clubhouse. The Stanton ladies did us proud, with a wide array of sandwiches and savouries followed by homemade cakes. Wine was kindly donated by Richard Sewell, Secretary of Stanton Bowls Club.
On receiving gifts from the Executive Committee and the Area D Committee, Jenny paid tribute to all those who have helped her during this Presidential year, not least husband Mike.
Jenny’s charity, St Nicholas Hospice, benefitted from generous donations from Stanton Bowls Club members and funds received on the day. The raffle, in aid of the County, was also well supported with a variety of donated prizes. As the event came to an end, Jenny presented each player a gift as a memento of a lovely day.
A Message from SCWBA President Jenny Ronchetti
I would like to thank all on the Exec. Committee and the Area D Committee for the gifts you gave me on my presidents Day at Stanton BC. Donations of cards from my fellow bowlers were also greatly appreciated. My charity is St Nicholas Hospice and our Treasurer will be sending a substantial cheque for funds raised by the raffle. I shall have very happy memories of my presidents Day for a long time to come.
Under 25`s A Team
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Suffolk`s U25s County Teams played their first match of the season at Halesworth Bowls Club on Sat May 28th. They were visited by the EWBF National President, Paula Gooch, and the EBF Junior Deputy President, Trevor Flatt, both from Suffolk. In this match Suffolk's A team played Suffolk`s B team which resulted in a good win for the A team.
Both teams will be playing teams from Norfolk and Huntingdonshire in the coming weeks.
Under 25`s B Team