DBE National Indoor Open Pairs – 2018


32 bowlers competed at Solihull IBC for the National Indoor Open Pairs on Saturday 10th February. The pairs were as follows:-

NPC Participants 2018
NPC Participants 2018

Irene Cheer & Steve Angus
Kieran Rollings & Bob Love
Barry & Steven Nicholson
Kevin Vernon & Helen Wood
Tim Swann & Khalila Hussein
Gary Swift & Mac otton
Chris Richards & Colin Wagstaff
Dave Fisher & Jonathan Stokes
Barry Jones and Chris Gray
Steve Ireland & Bob Henstridge
Paul Hawkes & David Walker
Alex Comack & Steve Bigg
Alastair Domville & Becky Connelly
Keith Haggerwood & Steve Smith
Fynn Kyser & Harry Atkin
Mike Robins & Brian King

The competition was a Knockout format with the first round losers going into a Plate competition thus guaranteeing all teams a minimum of 2 matches.

It was a well contested tournament with a good mixture of disabilities and abilities. There were bowlers from all parts of the country, some new faces and many familiar ones.

These ‘Open’ competitions are a good opportunity for some of our less experienced bowlers to have a ‘crack’ at some of the seasoned players and in some cases beat them. The best way to learn and improve your own game is to play against experienced, successful players.

The day went very well and the competition was played in good spirit. The Solihull volunteers were very helpful and the club welcoming.

The finalists of the main event were Barry Jones (Canvey Island) & Chris Grey (Kettering) vs Dave Fisher (Colchester) & Jonathan Stokes (Luton).

Champions Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher
Champions Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher

Congratulations go to Dave and Jonathan, 2018 National Indoor Open Pairs Champions

The Plate finalists were Alex Comack (Barwell) & Steve Bigg (Wellingborough) vs Mac Otton (Warwick) & Gary Swift (Harrogate).

Congratulations to the Plate winners Gary and Mac

Championship & Plate Finalists
Championship & Plate Finalists

Full score sheets can be viewed on the attachment:-  Championship Score Sheet

Trophies were presented by Paul Rees, Director of Solihull IBC.

I look forward to receiving your entries to our future events.

Margaret Smith, DBE Competition Sec.


DBE vs EALABA 10th Anniversary, 17th December

DBE vs EALABA 10th Anniversary Match

EALABA celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a match against Disability Bowls England at Tamworth IBC last Sunday.  36 bowlers, including 10 Internationals, from all over the UK took part in this special match over six rinks of triples.  EALABA who won 5 out of 6 rinks and the match.  Highest winning rink for DBE were Steve Angus, Chris Rose and Steven Nicholson 24-10.  The day concluded with a two course meal and a speech from the EALABA Chairman Gary Swift.
DBE Squad
DBE Squad
Thinking the game
Thinking the game

Close call
Close call
Lovely grub
Lovely grub

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DBE vs Carlton Enderby IBC – 15th October

DBE vs Carlton Enderby IBC

DBE took their travelling band of bowlers to Carlton Enderby for an afternoon match against their Indoor Bowls Club.  Both fielded mixed teams and the match turned into a very challenging competition with Carlton eventually  being victorious by 79 – 59 shots.  The score did not reflect the closeness of this match that was played in a very competitive but friendly manner.

Well done to all and excellent catering.

DBE Top Region Challenge – 2017 Report

On arriving at the club for the Top Region Challenge at 8am (far too early afraid of getting held up in traffic) you would have been excused if you had thought that winter had arrived. It was bitterly cold. Fortunately, my husband had the foresight to make a flask of coffee and a breakfast roll which we tucked into and soon warmed up. Continue reading “DBE Top Region Challenge – 2017 Report”