A message to Club Secretaries, July 2020
By Linda Nunn 01/07/2020
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.
Chairman (on behalf of SCWBA Executive Committee)
EBF Update on Outdoor Bowls May 2020
Click Here to read a letter from the EBF concerning the playing of Outdoor Bowls at this time.
Presidents Day 2020
Click Here to read a letter from our President about her Presidents Day.
A letter from the Executive Committee
Click Here to read an important letter, sent by the executive committee, describing County Bowls plans for this season.
Indoor and Outdoor Competitions
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing conditions, the National Indoor Finals at Newark have been postponed until September
Click Here for a recent statement (18th March) issued by the English Bowling Federation regarding Coronavirus. As soon as the implications of this statement for Suffolk's lady bowlers have been considered by the Executive Committee, further information will be available from the Area Secretaries and on this website.
Joan Blowers and Carol Pybus, Mixed Pairs Semi-final
Joan Blowers and David Sewell check the head
Shirley Plummer and Sally Smith, Mixed Pairs Semi-final
Shirley Plummer and Joan Blowers, Mixed Pairs Final
A competitive head, Mixed Pairs Final
Andrew Pulford and Shirley Plummer, Mixed Pairs Champions
SCBA Indoor Finals – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020
By Sally Smith 21/03/2020 1 comments
The Suffolk County Bowls Association Indoor Semi-Finals and Finals were played at Ipswich and District Bowls Club. SCWBA players took part in the Mixed Pairs and 2 Bowl Mixed Rinks competitions. Sadly, this Championships proved to be the last for a long while, but provided players and supporters alike with lasting memories during times ahead when competitive bowls will be very restricted.
The first semi-final was between Joan Blowers and Martin Rumball (substituting for Alan Blowers) and Carol Pybus and David Sewell. The Hengrave pairing led through the whole match despite some closely-contested heads and eventually came out 22-6 winners against Carol and David.
The second semi-final saw reigning champions, Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford, drawn against the less experienced pairing of Sally Smith and Phil Smith. Once the Champions got into their stride the result was not in doubt and match concluded 26-5 in their favour.
The final was played on Sunday between Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford and Joan Blowers and Martin Rumball. It was a competitive match, with some close ends, but ultimately the defending Champions Andrew and Shirley prevailed. The final score, 23-7, did not represent the quality of the play.
2 Bowl Mixed Rinks:
The initial semi-final saw Joan Blowers, Alan Blowers and Martin Rumball against Carol Pybus, John Sewell and David Sewell. This turned out to be another one-sided match, won 25-5 by Joan, Alan and Martin. The reporter was unable to provide more detail or pictures because of playing at the same time as this match.
The other semi-final was a much more closely-contested match. Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford were against Jan Truin, Roger Goodchild and David Goodchild. After the initial ends, Shirley’s block appeared to be moving ahead, but 2 shots gained in a tight head with an umpire measure in end 8 brought Jan’s block back into contention, 9-8 down. They took the next two ends to take them ahead to 9-12 at 10 ends. However, Shirley’s block fought back, assisted by another tight measure, to conclude end 12 at 15-12 ahead. The Woodfield block were unable to score again, with the eventual score 21-12 to Shirley, Bob and Andrew.
The final was played between Joan Blowers, Alan Blowers and Martin Rumball and Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford. After 12 ends Shirley’s block were comfortably ahead at 7-12 and they had a six-shot margin after 17 ends (9-15). The game then took a dramatic turn when Joan’s block scored a 5 in the 18th end. They followed this with 2 shots scored in end 19 to pull up within one point of the leaders (16-17). With time running out, the final end was to be the 20th, which was as close as the later stages of the match. Joan’s block was holding one shot as skip, Martin changed ends with the hope that an extra end would result, but Andrew kept his nerve and concluded the contest by drawing into the head. The resulting close measure and the Championship went to Shirley, Bob and Andrew, 16-18
2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Semi-Final, tight 8th end Umpire measure
Bob Sillett and Shirley Plummer wait while Jan Truin and John Sewell discuss the head
2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final. Joan Blowers, Martin Rumball, Bob Sillett and Shirley Plummer.
2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final. 18th end, Martin measures for five.
2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final. Tension mounts in the last end.
2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Champions. Andrew Pulford, Shirley Plummer and Bob Sillett.
Jenny Ronchetti, Barbara Rushbrook, Veronica Southey and Linda Nunn open the Championships
Pauline Wright and Shirley Plummer in the 2 Bowl Pairs
Jan Truin and Sue Rochard in the 4 Bowl Singles
The crucial measure goes to Sue, 4 Bowl, Singles
Sue Rochard and Margaret Thorpe in action, 4 Bowl Senior Singles
Margaret Thorpe, Shirley Plummer, Marie Spink and Sue Rochard, 2 Bowl Triples
Against the run of play, a 5 is scored, end 17 in the 2 Bowl Triples
SCWBA Indoor Championships 2020
By Sally Smith 7/3/2020 1 comments
The finals of the Suffolk Womens Bowls Association indoor competitions 2019-20 were held on Saturday 29th February at Meadlands Bowls Club in Stowmarket.
The proceedings were opened by President Barbara Rushbrook, accompanied by President Elect Jenny Ronchetti, Chairman Linda Nunn and Indoor Coordinator Veronica Southey. Play began with the four wood singles, contested by Jan Truin and Sue Rochard and the Pairs, between Pauline Wright playing with substitute, Janice Brackenbury and Shirley Plummer with Stella Utteridge.
4 wood Singles
The match was initially dominated by Jan Truin, while Sue Rochard struggled to find the weight on the slow-paced surface. Jan was close to victory at 19-12 up when Sue stepped up her play. At 20-14 the game took a dramatic turn when Jan thought she had done enough to secure victory, but a close measure revealed that Sue had taken the end. Despite her obvious disappointment, Jan continued to apply pressure, but was unable to prevent Sue progressing by single shots to 20-17. A two-shot end took Sue to 20-19, but two further ends were needed for Sue to bring the score to 20-21 and retain the County title.
2 wood Pairs
The Pairs final proved to be a very well contested game, in which the less-experienced Brandon pairing of Pauline Wright and Janice Brackenbury did well to keep in contention throughout the match. Although never ahead in the match, Pauline and Janice pulled up to 13-15 after 17 ends. However, Shirley Plummer and Stella Utteridge continued their accurate play in the closing ends and Janice’s superb shot onto the jack in the last end was too late to make a difference. Shirley and Stella won the County Championship 14-19.
4 wood Senior Singles
The next session saw Sue Rochard playing again, this time against defending champion Margaret Thorpe. The early ends of the match predominantly went to Margaret, but Sue started to play more confidently and pulled back to 11-13. However, Margaret’s accurate play prevailed in the final ends and she won the Championship 11-21.
2 wood Triples
The finals day finished off with Shirley Plummer, Margaret Thorpe and Stella Utteridge matched against Marie Spink, Sue Rochard and Mel Dyer. Steady play by Stella’s block took them into a commanding lead 22-6 after 17 ends. Just as the audience were thinking that the last end was in progress, an effective fire from Marie aided Sue’s block towards a 5 shot score and the match continued! In the 19th end Marie, Sue and Mel gained another shot, but the Championship was sealed in the 20th end with a win 24-12 by Shirley, Margaret and Stella.
A welcome to the Championships was extended to the Suffolk County Bowls Association President, Neil Parfitt by Barbara Rushbrook, SCWBA President. It was good to see that a number of entries for the competitions had come from bowlers who had not previously entered these Championships. More newcomers are encouraged to enter the 2020-21 competitions. The runners-up and winners were congratulated by our President Barbara Rushbrook, with Jenny Ronchetti and Linda Nunn. Trophies were presented by Barbara to Margaret Thorpe, Stella Utteridge, Shirley Plummer and Sue Rochard. The winning bowlers will represent Suffolk at the Newark Finals from Tuesday 23rd until Sunday 28th April.
The new blue County blazer was on display at the Championships. The blue blazers will be part of the county dress for our Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase teams this season. The SCWBA is grateful to Meadlands Bowls Club for the use of their facilities.
Barbara Rushbrook presents Sue Rochard with her trophy and certificate as 2 Bowl Singles Champion
County Champions, Margaret Thorpe, Stella Utteridge, Sue Rochard and Shirley Plummer with Barbara Rushbrook
4 Bowl Singles Champion, Sue Rochard
4 Bowl Senior Singles Champion, Margaret Thorpe
2 Bowl pairs Champions, Stella Utteridge and Shirley Plummer
2 Bowl pairs Champions, Stella Utteridge and Shirley Plummer
The New SCWBA Blazer
SCWBA Indoor Finals 2020
Saturday 29th February 2020 at Meadlands Bowls Club at 9.50am
The draw in Competitions - Indoor is up to date with the final results
A Recent Message from Past President Rosemary Gyford
I have finally made the time to write to you and send a belated thank you for the lovely gift presented to me at the recent AGM.
I am pleased to say that the print of Aldburgh is now adorning one of the walls in the lounge of our new home. Although it is only just over two weeks since we moved, we are settling in well. The house is 95% straight, thanks in no small part to our newly found “handyman” how did we ever manage without him. We have blinds being fitted next week to the windows that remain blank so I think that will be the time when things really come together.
Anyway enough of my ramblings you have endured them for the past two years.
I just wanted to say that I will miss you all absolutely loads and thank you all for your friendship and support during my bowling years in Suffolk. I am so pleased that I took the plunge and went along for a trial for the teams which lead me to becoming your President. I had the most marvellous time in the run up to and the two years that I was your President. All those games, good and not so good will live long in my memory and whilst, at this moment in time, I am not sure whether I will join a club in Derbyshire, I dearly hope that I will continue to bowl and I hope to see many of you again in the future.
Thank you all for everything and I wish your new President Barbara the very best in her year of office, I will be keeping a close eye on results and expect to see Suffolk represented in Skegness next year.
Very best wishes to you all and to SCWBA.
President SCWBA 2019.
SCWBA County Presentation and Luncheon
By Sally Smith 25/10/19 1 comments
A happy crowd of SCWBA members, with a few male guests, bowled up to the Ufford Park Hotel on Saturday 19th October to celebrate the 2018-19 season. An excellent luncheon was enjoyed, after which the winners of the County Indoor and Outdoor Competitions were presented with their trophies. This relaxed and pleasant event concluded with an enormous raffle of generously donated prizes.
For the addresses after the meal we heard first from Barrie Davis, the President of the SCBA. Barrie paid tribute to the assistance of his wife, Mary, the SCWBA Match Secretary, congratulated our lady bowlers and toasted the SCWBA on our 60th anniversary. Our outgoing President, Rosemary Gyford, responded with an interesting and entertaining review of the year. Sadly, this season was not as successful as our exceptional season last year, but we can particularly celebrate the Silver Jubilee Vase win at Skegness and that the Donald Steward team did well to reach the final. Rosemary’s personal highlight was winning the Silver Jubilee Vase with her team. She passed our best wishes to Sadie Church, who was to have been our President next year, but for the time being has had to stand down due to ill health. Our guests were toasted by Paula Gooch, who was also a member of the winning Silver Jubilee Vase Team and is the EWBF Junior Deputy President. The SCWBA is grateful that Rosemary agreed to continue as President for a second year and the members wish her well for her impending move to Derbyshire with her partner Martin Hewat.
The trophies were presented by Rosemary with the able assistance of Jane Pitcher, the County Finals Coordinator. Most County Outdoor and Indoor winners were at the luncheon to receive their awards, although just a few were unable to make it to the event. There were gifts for members of the two County Teams and their captains, Jo Whatling and Mary Davis. Gifts were also given to the County Selectors, Ann Meadows, Valerie Pryke, June Laws and Vivien Nunn. The final award was the Ellen Matthews Trophy, presented to Area D Secretary, Jo Whatling, on behalf of her team. Rosemary thanked Jane Pitcher for her excellent organisation during the year.
The raffle, organised by Pam Kemp and Veronica Southey raised £389 for SCWBA funds.
Pictures of the winners with their trophies and other pics from the luncheon can be found by clicking on the following Link
SCWBA AGM 2019
The following documents refering to the AGM are available
Novice Singles Competition, Sunday 1st September at Norbridge Bowls Club
By Jane Pitcher 17/09/19 1 comments
Some fantastic bowls was played by ladies who had only been playing some 5 to 6 months. A good time was had by all on a warm, sunny day with a lovely lunch of rolls, cheese scones, sponges and fruit cake and the odd mug of coffee or tea.
Those taking part were:
Diane Lewis, Lorraine Huggins (Runner up), Laura Green (mother to Chelsea), Cathy Saunders, Debbie Tait (Winner), Chelsea Green (9yrs old), Linda Pepper and Dawn Brooks.
Winner, Debbie Tait
Mixed fortunes for SCWBA Bowlers at Skegness National Finals
In 2018 Suffolk won the Victorix Ludorum for the most points accumulated in the National Finals week, but 2019 was to prove quite a challenge for Suffolk to repeat that success, with competition at this level being a new experience for some of our bowlers.
The Suffolk Silver Jubilee Vase Trophy team, runners up at the National Finals in 2018, were delighted to again qualify for Skegness. Their determination to win was rewarded by a 110 shots to 100 triumph against Humberside. The thimbles for the top winning rink score (29-17) were awarded to Tracy Webb (Walsham le Willows BC), Lesley Alexander (Sole Bay BC) and Rosemary Gyford (Fressingfield BC).The following day, the Donald Steward Trophy team also found themselves against Humberside. Sadly, although they were in the lead with 5 ends to go, they were unable to sustain pressure on their opponents in the later stages of the game and lost by just 6 shots overall (93-99). The thimbles were won by Margie Robinson (Yoxford BC), Pat Jennings (Ixworth BC) and Elaine Felgate (Dennington BC) with a pleasing 27-14 win.
After the initial success of the Silver Jubilee Vase Trophy team, the following days proved a disappointment, with many of our bowlers unable to progress beyond their initial matches. Sadly, there was to be no Suffolk representation in the semi-finals this year. However, the Championships did produce some notable performances, competitive matches and enjoyable experiences. Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway BC), moved into the second round in the Senior Singles with a one-shot win over the N. Cambs representative, but was subsequently defeated 14-21 by Derbyshire. Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC) had a decisive 21-6 win against N. Cambs in the first round of the Champion of Champions competition. In the next round she played against a very respected player from Cleveland, ultimately losing 21-17 in a close match. In the Mixed Pairs, Tracey and Carl Johnson (Borough of Eye BC) had a confident win (17-12) in the first round, but lost to the Hunts pair 14-21 in the second round. Perhaps the most competitive games were played by Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC) in the 3 Bowl Rinks. In a very skilful first round match they beat the Hunts triple by 19 shots to 16. In the second round they were up against Norfolk and again produced some excellent play, but lost 15-17 after an extra end.
Those losing in the first round included Shirley Plummer, playing with Paul Bugg and David Brown (Rookery BC), in the 2 Bowl Mixed Rinks. This closely-contested match ended 18-19 after an extra end. In the Senior Mixed Pairs June Alderton and Tony Leftley lost by just one shot (14-15) to the Durham pairing. Suffolk was represented in the Senior Pairs by Diane Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh BC), who played a competitive match, but went down 19-21 to Hunts.
Full results can be found Here
Further Pictures are available Here.
Area C v Area D last end measure
Area C v Area D
The Area D team with Area Secretary, Mrs Jo Whatling.
Area D Win the Ellen Matthews Trophy
By Sally Smith 14/08/19 1 comments
The Ellen Matthews Trophy finals were held this year at Fressingfield Bowls Club on Sunday 11th August. The extreme gales of the previous day had moderated, with conditions blustery but dry. The 3rd-4th place play-off match between Area A and Area B was played in the morning, with Area B coming out the winners.
The trophy match was between Area C and Area D, a re-match of last year’s final. This year the tables were turned with a convincing win by Area D, 123 shots to 78. There were good wins on four rinks, with one drawn. The winners of the thimbles for Area D were Shirley White (Walsham-le-Willows BC), Celia Gordon (Tuddenham BC) and Sue Chapman (Thorndon BC), with a 26-12 win. The best rink thimbles for Area C went to Jean Hughes, Linda Fairs and Sally Fisher (23-17).
Jo Whatling, Area D Secretary, receiving the trophy from President Rosemary Gyford
Windy conditions in the Area A v Area B match
Area A v Area B
Lucy Ratcliffe and Tracey Johnson, Mixed Pairs Final
June Alderton and Gill Lamprey, Senior Mixed Pairs Final
Emma Euston and Shirley Plummer, Mixed Rinks Final
SCBA Finals, 20th & 21st July 2019, at Yoxford Bowls Club
By Sally Smith 27/07/19 1 comments
The men’s County semi-finals and finals were hosted by Yoxford BC. An exciting weekend of bowls included SCWBA ladies in three of the events. Sunday 21st July saw three finals with lady players. Tracey Johnson and C. Johnson (BofE) were against Lucy Ratcliffe and pairs partner R. Prentice (Bram) in the Mixed Pairs final, with the Borough of Eye pair victorious in a close game by 22 to 18.
In the final of the Senior Mixed Pairs June Alderton and pairs partner T. Leftley (S&D) won 14-11 in another tight game, against Gill Lampray and P. Webber (LR).
In the Mixed Rinks final there was an even narrower score line, with Shirley Plummer, P. Bugg and D. Brown (Rook) sealing a 20 shots to 18 win in the last end against J. Sims, Emma Euston and M. Euston (Norb).
2 Bowl Singles: Margie Robinson v Sheree Kemp
4 Bowl Singles: Angela Mondon v Andrea Dickinson
Senior Singles: Gillian Lamprey v Sandy Sargeant
Champion of Champions: Ann Lilley v Tanya Saunders
SCWBA Winners 2019, with President Rosemary Gyford
Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (SCWBA) Finals.
By Sally Smith 11/07/19 1 comments
Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (SCWBA) Finals were played on 6th and 7th July at Ipswich and District Bowls Club. The semi-finals on Saturday saw some closely-contested games, particularly the 4 Bowl Singles, each won 21-19. The Pairs, Senior Pairs and Senior Singles each had one very close semi-final and the two Champion of Champions matches were close, separated by just one and two shots respectively.
The high-quality play continued into the finals held on Sunday. The 2 Bowl Singles was won by Margie Robinson (Yoxford BC), 21-20 and the Senior Singles saw Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway BC) win 21-19. Margie Robinson went on to win the Secretaries Singles 21-18 and there was also a second title for Gillian Lamprey, playing with Pauline Anderson in the Pairs, with a 18-9 win.
The Champion of Champion Singles was closely fought, resulting in a win 21-17 for Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC). Angela Mondon (Old Newton BC) dominated the 4 Bowl Singles, with a 21-9 win and the Under 25 Singles was won confidently by Ellie Last (Marlborough BC) 21-7. The Senior Pairs competition saw a comfortable win 19-14 for Diane Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh BC). The day came to a close with the 2 Bowl Rinks and 3 Bowl Rinks. The 2 Bowl Rinks resulted in an easy win for Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert and Ann Baison (Rookery BC) 29-12 and the 3 Bowl Rinks was won in a closer game, 22-11, by Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC).
The Victorix Ludorum cup for the most points was won by Area D (West Suffolk). The winners of the County titles will go forward to represent Suffolk in the National Finals in Skegness in August.
For full results select: Competitions/ County Finals
3 Bowl Rinks: Carol Kelley, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin v Sue Hender, Emma Euston & Julie Curl
Under 25 Singles: Ellie Last v Chloe Webb
Secretaries Singles: Margie Robinson v Celia Gordon
Pairs: Pauline Anderson & Gillian Lamprey v Sue Hender & Emma Euston
Senior Pairs: Diane Miller & Christine Woollard v Jenny Bugg & Sue Deeves
2 Bowl Rinks: Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert & Ann Baison v Jo Handley, Pauline Llewellyn & Jackie Whitlock