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Donald Steward Trophy Team 2019, with Jo Whatling, Team Captain

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Donald Steward Trophy Team 2019, with Jo Whatling, Team Captain and the Area Selectors

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Donald Steward Team Selectors, June Laws (Area C), Valerie Pryke (Area B), Ann Meadows (Area A) and Viv Nunn (Area D)

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Sadie Church, President Elect 2019

Donald Steward match v. North Cambs, 5th June 2019


By Sally Smith    08/06/19    1 comments

The Borough of Eye Bowls Club hosted the first home game of the season for the Donald Steward Team. The North Cambs. side set quite a challenge for our ladies. Half way through the game all rinks were just a few shots apart, but with North Cambs. in control overall. Suffolk fought back well in the later stages of the game and capitalised better on their chances. The first rink to finish, led by Sandy Sargent, was even into the last end, but our triple managed to take a one to win 23-22. Sadly, this situation was reversed on the next rink to finish, where Pat Jenning’s triple lost 21-22. Suffolk won on two out of the remaining three rinks, with Ann Lilley’s triple gaining the best result, 6 shots ahead (28-22). Jackie Whitlock’s triple fought back to win the last end by 2 shots, but it was not enough and they went down 21-23. Mary Rayner’s triple had a good win, 23-19. The end result was a very satisfactory overall win by 8 shots, 116-108, gaining 14 points to 4. After two rounds of the Donald Steward competition, Suffolk has equal points to Norfolk, but is second in the table on shot difference.

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County Matches versus Huntingdonshire, 29th May 2019

By Linda Nunn    30/05/19    0 comments

There were mixed fortunes in the first matches for our County teams on Wednesday 29th May. At the Donald Steward game at St Ives Bowls Club the ladies did very well on tricky rinks to get the better of the Hunts ladies. Our team won on 4 of the 5 rinks, thus scoring 8 points. Suffolk also had the higher number of shots overall 122-95, thus scoring another 8 points to give a win by 16 points to Hunts' 2 points.

The new rink of Margie Robinson (Yoxford), Elaine Felgate (Dennington) and Pat Jennings (Ixworth) had the highest win, 32-14, to claim the thimbles. A spirited fight back by Joy Squire, Maggie Page and Mary Rayner helped the team to the overall 27 shot win. A good afternoon was had by all and the rain held off although it was rather chilly!

The results were not so good for the Jubilee Vase team at Somersham Bowls Club. They managed to win on 2 rinks and draw on 1, so sharing the 10 points available, but the team total of 92 shots wasn't enough to match the Hunts' total of 110 shots. The result was a 5-13 defeat for the Suffolk ladies. The thimbles were presented by SCWBA President, Rosemary Gyford, to Jean Batley, Angela Monden and Skip, Sue Bryenton- Rochard.

The next game for the Donald Steward team is on June 5th against N Cambs, at Borough of Eye Bowls Club starting at 1pm. The following Wednesday, June 12th, both Suffolk teams travel to Norfolk, the Jubilee Vase playing at Martham Bowls Club and the Donald Steward playing at Acle Bowls Club starting at 1pm.


2019 national finals newark


By Sally Smith    25/03/19    1 comments

Harry carver Team Trophy: After winning the Harry Carver in 2018, it was a disappointment to the Suffolk Team to achieve only a mid-table result at the 2019 Newark Indoor Finals. Early losses to Hunts and Norfolk, were followed by wins over North Cambs and Northants resulting in 10 points overall, level with Humberside, but with a smaller shot difference. Although not able to match last year’s result, Linda Nunn reported that the Suffolk players enjoyed the day.

The individual competitions at Newark started on Wednesday 24th April and Suffolk lady bowlers were in action through to Saturday 27th. The 8-rink bowls centre is an impressive venue and play in all competitions was of a very high standard. Although there were some strong performances from the Suffolk ladies, they were unable to raise their game sufficiently to progress to the concluding rounds of their competitions. The full results for SCWBA players can be found in the Indoor Competitions section of the website.

EWBF 4 Bowl Singles: This competition commenced on Thursday 25th. Sue Bryenton-Rochard was drawn against a strong North Essex player. The match started well for Sue, who had a 2 shot lead after 11 ends, but she was affected by a wrist injury later in the game and was only able to take two further shots. The 21-12 result did not represent Sue’s strong play earlier in the game.

EWBF 4 Bowl Senior Singles: Margaret Thorpe represented Suffolk again this year and had the benefit of a bye in the first round. Experience certainly played a part in her round 2 win against Lincolnshire 21-20. The Lincs opponent initially went into a considerable lead, only to see it gradually eroded by determined play from Margaret. It was fitting that this exciting match was eventually decided with a measure. Sadly, in the semi-final, Margaret was unable to produce a similar late match rally and was beaten by North Essex 21-13.

EWBF Pairs: The Suffolk representatives, Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander, came up against strong opposition from the pair from Northants and were defeated 8-19 in the first round.

EBF Mixed Pairs: Suffolk were represented by Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford in this competition, drawn in the first round against Cleveland. Shirley played steadily throughout the game, but Andrew was unable to find his usual level of accuracy and they lost 9-18 to the eventual winners of the Northumberland Trophy.

EWBF 2 Bowl Rinks: In the first round Paula Gooch, Lesley Alexander and Thelma Tasker played steadily against North Cambs. and held their lead through most of the match to win comfortably 23-14. Sadly, in the second round, played later in the day, Suffolk came up against a strong Lincolnshire triple and were defeated 24-9.

EBF Mixed Rinks: Carol Pybus, John Sewell and David Sewell were matched against North Essex in the first round. After a nervous start the Suffolk players settled into the game, assisted by gaining a four in the 10th end. In the 15th end the Suffolk skip played a superb saving shot to take out both the opponent’s counting bowls, resulting in 2 shots to Suffolk. The match continued to be well fought to the end, with Suffolk eventually winning 19-16. However, later in the day, their second-round match was disappointing, with the Suffolk triple losing to Cleveland 27-8.

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Sue Bryenton-Rochard, 4 Bowl Singles

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Margaret Thorpe, Final End,
Senior Singles Semi-Final

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Shirley Plummer, Mixed Pairs

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Paula Gooch, Lesley Alaxander and Thelma Tasker,
2 Bowl Rinks

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Carol Pybus, John Sewel and David Sewell,
Mixed Rinks


Indoor Competitions


31/3/19   

NATIONAL INDOOR COMPETITION FINALS 2019

Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th April at Newark

Details of the event can be found Here


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Mixed Pairs Final

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Mixed Pairs Winners

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U25 Final

Suffolk County Bowls Association Indoor Finals 2019


By Sally Smith    25/03/19    1 comments

Suffolk women bowlers were again in action at the SCWBA Indoor finals, held at Ipswich Bowls Club on the 16th and 17th March 2019. In the semi-finals of the mixed pairs S.Plummer and A.Pulford won 19-11 against J.Blowers and A.Blowers and there was a close win for C.Pybus and D.Sewell over J.Truin and R.Goodchild, 18 -17. In the 2-Bowl mixed rinks R.Goodchild, D.Goodchild and J.Truin progressed to the final with a 21-8 win against P.Quilliam, K.Culley and J.Whitlock and in the other semi-final D.Sewell, J.Sewell and C.Pybus won 19-16 against L.Alexander, S.Pleasance and M.Payne.

The under 25 competition was completed on Saturday 16th. Poppy Childs, aged 8 and a half, from Yoxford had a 21-15 win over C.Cooper in her semi-final and went on to play a spirited game against Andrew Pulford, considerably her senior in age and experience. Sadly the final was an unequal contest, but Poppy won admiration for her confident approach to the game.

Finals day saw wins for women players from the Rookery Club. In the Mixed Pairs S.Plummer and A.Pulford won 23-14 against C. Pybus and D. Sewell. The 2-Bowl Mixed rinks resulted in a 20-10 win for D.Sewell, J.Sewell and C.Pybus against R.Goodchild, D.Goodchild and J.Truin. Trophies were presented by S.C.B.A President, Barrie Davis. The winning finalists will represent Suffolk in the National Federation Indoor Finals in Newark from April 23rd to 28th.

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks 1st Semi-Final

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks 2nd Semi-Final

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final


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Introducing the Triples Finalists

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Glenis Harvey, Celia Hacker, Lesley Alexander and Paula Gooch in the Triples

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Tense Last End in the Triples Final

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Triples Extra End Measure

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S.C.W.B.A. Indoor Competition Finals 2019, Saturday 2nd March


By Sally Smith    05/03/19    1 comments

The 2019 indoor competitions, played throughout the season, culminated in an excellent finals day on 2nd March, with a warm welcome for both players and supporters from Sole Bay Bowls Club in Southwold.

The morning saw the 4 bowl Senior Singles won by Margaret Thorpe and the 2 bowl Pairs won by Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander. These matches were followed by the 4 bowl singles, won by Sue Bryenton-Rochard. The most competitive match of the day was the concluding competition, the 2 bowl Triples. Skips Thelma Tasker, with Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander, and Margaret Beck with Glenis Harvey and Celia Hacker, led their blocks to a very tight match. In the 17th end Margaret took the jack off the green when one shot down. The replayed end resulted in two shots to Margaret’s block, giving them a 15-11 lead. In the 18th end a further two shots increased their lead to a seemingly unassailable 17-11. However, an exciting fight back in the last three ends from Thelma’s block, including a three on the 21st end, won them an extra end. Continuing to reflect this closely contested match, the extra end was won on a tight measure. With the final score line of 18-17, it was a match where Margaret’s block were definitely runners-up, not losers, and the high level of skill displayed was greatly enjoyed by the supporters at Sole Bay.

At the closing of the day Chairman Mrs Linda Nunn, together with our President, Mrs Rosemary Gyford, thanked all those who had contributed to planning and organising this successful event, especially the excellent refreshments provided by the club. Thanks were due to Mike Nunn for umpiring. Rosemary expressed our pleasure that the men’s Suffolk County President, Mr Barrie Davis was able to be with us. The players and supporters were encouraged to promote involvement in the indoor competitions for the 2019/20 indoor season. Entry forms will be available at Area finals and then at County finals, as well as from Area Secretaries. The day concluded with the presentation of trophies to the winners by President Rosemary Gyford.

For full details of County indoor competition finals results please refer to the Competitions section.

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Margaret Thorpe Over 60s Singles

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Lesley Alexander and Sue Bryenton-Rochard Singles

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Sue Bryenton-Rochard Singles

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Lesley Alexander and Paula Gooch Pairs


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The Annual Presentation Luncheon


By Sally Smith    02/06/18    6 comments

Ufford Park again proved to be an excellent location for the annual presentation luncheon. We were pleased to be joined at lunch by the President of the SCBA, Trevor Lord, who made an interesting presentation. We were also addressed by our President, Rosemary Gyford. The 2017-18 season was especially memorable with the Suffolk ladies team achieving indoor honours, while the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee teams both progressed to play at the National Finals at Skegness. In August in Skegness, such was the success of the women’s and men’s representatives, that the teams gained both the victrix ludorum and victor ludorum trophies, a rare achievement. Following this highly successful season, there were many National trophies on show at the lunch as well as the trophies won at County level. The County trophies were presented to the winners and runners up after the meal

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President of the SCBA, Trevor Lord

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President, Rosemary Gyford

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SCWBA Novices Singles Competition

By the Press Secretary    02/09/18    6 comments

As the Federation bowls season draws to a close, ladies who have been bowling for less than a year are invited to take part in the County Novices competition. This provides new bowlers with a gentle introduction to taking part in County Competitions and allows them to compete against ladies with similar experience. This year the competition was held at Sweffling Bowls Club and attracted 8 ladies from bowls clubs around the County. Spectators and officials were impressed by the standard of bowling in the 10-end matches played as a round robin in the morning. The final between Amy Finch and Maria Reeder, both from Thurlton BC, was very enjoyable to watch with many ends having tight heads. It took 28 ends for Amy to finally get the better of Maria and win 21- 16 but throughout both bowlers showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with in future seasons.

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Novices winner with President, 2018