Midlands Junior League

On Sunday 30th November 2014 the first game in the Midlands Junior League took place between Church Gresley and Tamworth at Church Gresley IBC.

The game consisted of three rinks of pairs playing 7 ends in a ‘round robin’ format.  One point was scored for each end won and the overall winning team scored 5 points.

There is a home and away leg to this competition, with the return match due to be played early next year, date to be confirmed.

The clubs are playing for a trophy kindly donated by Nottingham Bowls shop.

Tamworth won a very close and competitive game collecting the five points.

Kieran and Eleanor, our youngest pair, won two of their matches and lost the third 2 – 5.

Two of the games played by Alice and Eloise were lost by only one point each.  The other was a good win for Tamworth.

Jack and Holly won their second game but lost the others.

All the juniors, from both clubs, behaved impeccably, observing the etiquette of the game and were a credit to themselves and all the coaches involved.

It was a friendly and enjoyable experience and we all look forward to the return game.

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National Junior Competitions

The Junior World Championships will be taking place at the North Wales Bowls Center (Ffrith IBC, Prestatyn) 2nd – 5th December 2014.  For ticket information please contact the Bowls Center on 01745 886100 or WIBC secretary on 01792 538061.

Over the weekend of 31st January 2015 a Junior Bowls Tournament will be taking place at Petney IBC, Norfolk.  Anyone interested in going please see Steve Haywood for details.

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Carlton and Church Gresley Junior Challenge Cup

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Church Gresley and Carlton Junior Bowls Teams had the spectators on their feet for the nail biting finish to the Junior Challenge Cup.  Church Gresley trailed in the competition, played over two legs, by six ends having lost the home leg to Carlton during the summer.  At half time Cartlon had increased their lead to ten ends but Church Gresley started to get use to the pace of the away green and pulled back to level pegging in the second half.
With four teams of pairs playing, the lead changed several times and Carlton had regained a two end lead with two teams left to complete their games.
Fourteen year old Ethan Holmes of Church Gresley trailed the jack on the last bowl of their game to take shot and reduce the lead to one.
With only one team still playing Carlton were holding shot and looked like winning the cup.  Jack Hart delivered a wonderful bowl under immense pressure to take shot and draw the game. All of the youngsters and parents had a great day and each club will hold the cup for six months.  This is the first silverware for Church Gresley Juniors, formed two years ago and with many new and exciting games to come this year hopefully will not be the last.
Steve Haywood who runs the junior section says it is great to see the work put in on training resulting in success for our juniors.  We have juniors from 8 years old and they all really enjoy the sport.  We have just started a novice league on Tuesday evenings and several of our juniors play in that league with our adult players.

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Novice Bowls Drive

A novice Bowls Drive will be starting on Tuesday 7th October at 6.30 pm.
Although this is aimed at giving our novice bowlers and juniors a chance to play in a friendly relaxed environment it is of course open to all members of the club!
Just turn up at 6.15 for a game.

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Winter Season 2014/15

The winter league games are about to start.

Monday leagues start on the 29th September
Tuesday 10.30 am league start 7th October
Tuesday 6.30 pm league starts 30th September
Wednesday league start 1st October
Thursday leagues start 2nd October
Friday leagues start 3rd October

All games are posted on the notice board.  The results will be published on this blog every week.  Any contributions to this blog are very welcome, just add your comments in the box.



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Presentation Day and Spoon Drive

There will be a Spoon Drive followed by the presentation of trophies to the winners of the Club Competitions.  This will be on Sunday 26th October 2014, please arrive no later than   2:15 pm  for a 2:30 pm start.

At approximately 5.00 pm there will be a buffet (please bring a plate of food) followed by the presentations. A member from the winning teams must be there to collect the prizes.

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Dates for Junior Competitions

5th October 2014 – League game against Tamworth at home 10.00 am start

23rd November – League game against Bromsgrove at home 10.00 am start

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Premier Threes Finals

The latest details for this competition

2014 Imagine Cruising Premier Threes Qualifiers and Grand Final

        • Thursday 11th September Qualifier from Lincoln & District IBC
          16.45 to 18.30 British Eurosport 2 & British Eurosport 2 HD

        • Monday 22nd September Qualifier from Lincoln & District IBC
          13.00 to 15.00 British Eurosport 2 & British Eurosport 2 HD

        • Wednesday 1st October Qualifier from Swale IBC
          10.30 to 15.00 British Eurosport 2 & British Eurosport 2 HD

        • Thursday 2nd October Qualifier from Swale IBC
          17.00 to 19.00 British Eurosport 2 & British Eurosport 2 HD

        • Wednesday 17th December FINAL from Erewash IBC
          10.30 to 15.00 British Eurosport 2 & British Eurosport 2 HD

British Eurosport 2/British Eurosport 2 HD is available on BT TV (514/522), Sky (411) and Virgin Media (525/526).

Both channels are available online/on mobile via Eurosport Player: www.eurosportplayer.co.uk

Please note that while this information is accurate at the time of publication, schedules are subject to change.

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New Winter Competition

Starts Wednesday 8th October 2:30-4:30
This is an individual competition in the style of the Summer Monday Night Competition.
Teams will be drawn on the day with Skip, number 3 etc. and could be triples or fours
depending on numbers attending.
Everyone’s individual score is recorded each week and the one with the most
shots at the end of the season wins.
You will be allowed 2 ‘average score’ games for holidays etc.
Because of other fixtures the competition will run on the following dates:
8th October 2014, 15th October 2014,26th November 2014,3rd December 2014.
14th January 2015, 21st January 2015, 4th February 2015, 11th February 2015,
25th February 2015, 4th Match 2015, 11th March 2015, 18th March 2015.

Everyone is welcome to enter.

Entry Fee is £2.
Prizes will be 1st £30 , 2nd £20, 3rd £10.
Please add your name to the list on the notice board
Closing date 3rd October 2014

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Short Mat Bowls 2014

Every Tuesday throughout the summer there will be Short Mat bowling starting at 10.30 am and finishing at 12.30 pm.  The cost is £2.50 and is open to everyone including non-members.  Come along and have a go, bring your friends.

Casual wear is fine but bowling shoes or socks must be worn.

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