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Gedling Open Pairs Tournament 2019

Gedling Open Pairs

Joan Blaney Trophy

This years Gedling Open Pairs competition was, again, very well attended over the weekend of 17th/18th August. Organiser Maggy Smith, in her usual efficient and cheery style arranged all 24 bowlers into two round robin groups of six pairs.

Group one

Ray Smith & Khalila Hussain, Colin Wagstaff & Daniel Adams, Helen Wood & Bob Love, Steve Angus & Darren Moon, Mark Cooper & Claire Domville, Ray and Hilary.

Group two

Val & Alan, Steve Biggs & John Greaves, Alastair Domville & Lee Whiteley, Alex Comack & Andy, Paul Hawks & Harry Atkin, Gary Swift & John Rogers.

Matches were played over 90 minutes each, one shot counting on the first end only, killed jacks being re-spotted on the ‘T’.  Winners of each group played in the final for the trophy and and group runners up played for 3rd and 4th places.

Colin Wagstaff and, fellow Club member, Daniel Adams played Gary Swift of Harrogate and John Rogers from Tamworth, this was an extremely close affair with Colin and Daniel winning by 1 shot to take 3rd place.

Daniel Adams & Colin Wagstaff
Gary Swift & John Rogers

Helen & Bob looked to repeat last years success meeting Steve Bigg & John Greaves.  Both undefeated in their respective groups.  The early ends were extremely close with the lead changing frequently before the experience of Helen & Bob took them into the lead eventually winning by 7 shots.

Steve Bigg & John Greaves
Bob Love & Helen Wood


Well done to all competitors treating the many spectators to a high standard of bowls.  Thanks go to organiser Maggy Smith, to Gedling IBC for running the competition, to their many helpers and Mr Bill Blaney for sponsoring the tournament, trophy and prizes.

Match report:  John Rogers

DBE vs Sawbridgeworth B C Report

DBE vs Sawbridgeworth B C Report

We had a great afternoon with some excellent bowling.  Unfortunately we lost on all our triples as you can see, with the overall score 46-61.  Jake and Thomas Martin had a very profitable afternoon when a spectator said he would give them a pound if they hit the jack.  A few pounds later he stopped!!!!  New members Dan Rogers and Michelle White bowled well and enjoyed their first friendly with DBE.
My thanks go to the members of Sawbridgeworth BC especially Captain Robin and Natalie Chalcraft for their kindness and hospitality.
Report and photos by DBE Captain Colin Milner.

DBE North South Challenge – 2019

DBE North South Challenge – 2019

For the second year the DBE North South Challenge was held at Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club and was a featured event during Bowls England’s National Championships.  Players turning out for this event was, again, excellent travelling from all over England and bringing with them many, many, supporters.

The match was over 6 rinks and the teams were as follows:-

Hazel Marke, Bowls England President presenting the winners Trophy Captain of the South Gill Platt.
Tony Allcock congratulating all DBE competitors

Tony Allcock gave a really supportive speech after the match encouraging the players, thanking the helpers and said that Bowls England where very pleased to support DBE and welcomed us back next year.
Well done everyone.
Photos:  North/South

DBE National Outdoor Singles Final 2019 Report

DBE National Outdoor Singles Final

The DBE National Outdoor Singles final was held on Saturday 3rd August at Royal Leamington Spa during Bowls England National Championships.

Mike Robertson and Mike Distin played their final just prior to the North South Challenge.  On a bright sunny day the match started in Mike Robertson’s favour quickly taking a 7-0 lead before Mike Distin picked up two shots and the mat.  The course of the match changed with Mike Distin chipping away at his opponents lead.  At 7 all the mat changed hands when Mike Robertson picked up a 3 then piling the pressure on finally running out Champion at 14-10.  An excellent performance by both bowlers in ideal conditions.

Mike Distin receiving runners up trophy from Maggy Smith


Mike Robertson with his Championship Trophy and Maggy Smith