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Round Up of Suffolk performances at National Federation Bowls Finals 2018.

By the Press Secretary    27/08/18    6 comments

It should come as no surprise that the excellent weather this summer enabled good bowling conditions for most weeks this season. The County scene produced some excellent matches with both the Men's Adams and Newton County teams winning their National Inter-county Southern sections and progressing to the National finals at Skegness. The Adams won very easily against National debutants Cleveland, and the Newton team also won their final against Nottinghamshire in what was a very close match throughout and was won on the very last end of the final rink to finish. Nail- biting stuff of the highest order to the delight of the many travelling supporters from Suffolk.

Both the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase Ladies teams did very well to reach the National Finals but sadly were runners up to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire respectively. During the season Jean Batley and Joy Squire were presented with their 100 match badges having both played in Suffolk County teams for the past 15 years.

In the Individual National Finals, the week did not start particularly well, with some well-fancied individuals and rinks losing games in which many believed they might be successful. But come Friday afternoon two Suffolk bowlers had fought through some tough games and earned the right to contest the final of their individual disciplines. Phil Quilliam of Otley BC had some minor scares on the way to a well- deserved success in the Men's Secretaries Final, swiftly followed by Sue Deeves of Old Newton BC who overcame a very tough opponent on a difficult rink in the Ladies Secretaries Final. Friday afternoon also gave Suffolk supporters great hope for the Saturday Finals as Paul Cook of Ixworth BC had reached the Men's Senior Singles final after some excellent performances and Sandy Sargeant of St Botolphs BC had fought nerves and tough opposition to reach the Ladies 2 bowl Singles Final.

Then it was the turn of the of the younger bowlers to strut their stuff and they duly obliged with Ryan Claxton of Thurlton BC and Georgie Marwood also of Thurlton BC reaching the Open Under 25s 2 bowl pairs Final. Ryan was not finished yet and proceeded to reach the Final of the Men’s Under 25s 2 bowl singles with some fine bowling, something he had produced throughout the week of competitions. So Suffolk followers had several players to support on the final day of competition, and what a day that turned out to be with ALL FOUR finals going the way of Suffolk bowlers. Not only did Suffolk bowlers win six individual competition trophies, but both of our County Presidents, Trevor Lord and Rosemary Gyford, were delighted to find out that each would be presented with a National Trophy, the Victor Ludorum for the Men and the Victrix Ludorum for the Ladies, for the County with the most points accumulated throughout the week of both team and individual competitions. This was the icing on the cake for two individuals who had served three years of office culminating in the big finish at Skegness.

The weather had been kind to bowlers, supporters and officials making for a splendid week of quality bowls competition. Other Suffolk bowlers performed well without progressing to the latter stages of the week, but did their County proud with good performances, notably the Thorndon BC trio of Margaret Thorpe, Margaret Cattermole and Christine Aldous who reached the semi-final of the Ladies 3 bowl triples, Sue Deeves who also reached the semi-final stage of the 4 bowl singles, Emma Herrieven of Yoxford BC who was beaten semi-finalist to the eventual winner of the Ladies Under 25s singles and Sheree Kemp and Doreen Coppen of Thorndon BC who reached the semi-finals of the ladies pairs, having had to play all 3 games on one day. Well done to everyone who helped make it another memorable week for Suffolk Federation Bowls.

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100 games badge, Jean Batley

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100 games badge, Joy Squire

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Donald Steward team at Skegness

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Jubilee Vase team at Skegness, 2018

SCWBA County Competition winners 2018

By the Press Secretary    09/06/18    6 comments

The Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (Federation) County Semi Finals and Finals were played in glorious sunshine at Fressingfield Bowls Club last weekend. Spectators were treated to some close, exciting games with several players bowling outstanding ends. There were several nail-biting finishes on what were often very tricky rinks. This year’s County President, Rosemary Gyford, put up a very spirited performance on her home green only losing by 2 shots to Jenny Ronchetti after 33 ends in the final of the Senior Singles. Suzanne Deeves once again showed what a consistent bowler she is, beating Joy Squire in the 4 Bowl Singles and Mel Cole in the Secretaries Singles. The U 25 Singles produced some very good bowling from both players with Emma Herrieven, last season’s winner, eventually gaining the upper hand to beat Emma Jessop. There were some very good heads in the 3 Bowl Rinks Final which seemed to be going the way of the ladies from Thorndon. However, their opponents were beginning a fighting comeback, holding all 6 shots when the Skips went to the mat. Much to the relief of the 2 Margarets and to the disappointment of their opponents, skip Christine Aldous bowled a perfect bowl to draw the shot and claim another end on their way to victory.

Area D ladies were the emphatic winners of the Victrix Ludorum having won 6 of the County titles.

All County Champions will represent Suffolk at the National Finals in Skegness in the week beginning Aug 20th.

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Area D Finals Weekend

By Sally Smith    02/06/18    6 comments

The SCWBA semi-finals and finals were held on the weekend of 1st/2nd July 2018. The Area D competitions were played at Stowmarket Woodfield Bowls Club. The highly competitive matches were complimented by hot sunny weather and excellent refreshments provided by the club, resulting in an enjoyable weekend for players and spectators alike.

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Mixed fortunes for Suffolk Ladies

By the Press Secretary    13/06/18    6 comments

The EBF National President, Jean Phillips, received a warm welcome when she visited the County to meet the Suffolk and Norfolk County teams.

Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association Jubilee Vase team started their season at St Botolph’s Bowls Club with a superb win against their old adversary, Norfolk. Taking 15 points to Norfolk’s 3 was a tremendous achievement showing Suffolk ladies’ determination to beat Norfolk after being 19 shots down at 15 ends. Both sides had some telling bowls throughout the game, skips often making crucial changes to the result of the end with their final bowl. Suffolk used the advantage of the Federation rule that allows changes in playing position with good effect at times and slowly chipped away at Norfolk’s lead over the final 10 ends. A victory was within sight at 20 ends with the home side only 1 shot behind and a magnificent push over the last 5 ends saw a 4-shot victory for Suffolk.

C. Warrington, S. Lilley, J. Truin 19-28;
P. Gooch, M. Robinson, M. Lambert 21-18;
M. Coles P. Ward, S. Rochard 24-19;
J. Batley, S. Church, E. Roberts 19-19;
C. Coleman, A. Craigie, M. Beck 26-21;

SCWBA Donald Steward Trophy team had started their season on June 13th with a very comfortable win over the ladies from North Cambridgeshire at March Town Bowls Club. With a victory of 18-0 under their belts, Suffolk ladies were eager to repeat this performance against Norfolk ladies at the Borough of Eye Bowls Club on June 20th. Sadly, it was not to be, with the afternoon resulting in a win on only one rink. Joy Squire, Maggie Page and Skip Mary Rayner ensured that Suffolk did at least take 2 points from Norfolk this season. However, a 26-shot deficit overall was a very disappointing outcome for everyone.

E. Felgate, E. Aldred, C. Aldous 12-25;
S. Hender, P. Jennings, A. Lilley 12-31;
S. Kemp, J. Ronchetti, Y. Harper 20 -23;
D. Mills, J. Whitlock, S. Sargeant 20 -25;
J. Squire, M. Page, M. Rayner 30 -16;

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Jubilee Vase team with National President, Captain and selectors