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DBE Newsletter – February 2022

How great it was to meet so many of our Visual Impaired players & directors at the DBE High Performance indoor trials in Solihull IBC, who once again pulled out all the stops to make us welcome and I am looking forward to returning in April to witness the Indoor Home International series. Continue reading “DBE Newsletter – February 2022”

HP Squad 2022/2023

DBE High Performance Management Team & Selectors are very pleased to announce the

Indoor High-Performance Squad – 2022/23
B1 Keith Brenton Gateshead IBC Newcastle 
B1 Taylor Vasey Scarborough IBC Yorkshire
B2 Anthony Phillips Tilbury IBC Essex
B2 Chris Turnbull Scarborough IBC Yorkshire
B2 Sarah Marshall Berkhamsted IBC Hertfordshire
B2 Sue Taylor Taunton Deane IBC Somerset
B2 Stephen Hartley Plymouth Life Centre IBC Devon
B3 Alison Yearling Plymouth Life Centre IBC Devon
B3 Khanmuzaffarul Gause Paddington IBC Greater London
B3 Steve Simmons Lewisham IBC Kent
B4 Gareth Harwood Leeds & District IBC Yorkshire
B4 Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall Barwell IBC Leicestershire
VI Directors
Brian Vasey (Katy) Scarborough IBC Yorkshire
Chris Venn TBC Warwickshire
Don Taylor Taunton Deane IBC Somerset
Doreen Metcalf TBC
Isaac Shieh Paddington IBC Greater London
Jane Herbert Barwell IBC Leicestershire
Mark Bilsby Leeds I& District IBC Yorkshire
Mark Wherry TBC Cornwall
Nigel Morgan Swindon Manor IBC Wiltshire
Sue Wherry TBC Cornwall

B6 Craig Bowler Bridgman IBC Bedfordshire
B6 Joe Peplow Malvern Hills IBC Worcestershire
B6 Michelle White Dartford Stone Lodge IB Kent
B6 Simon Wright Hornsea IBC Yorkshire
B6 Steve Ireland Preston IBC Sussex
B7 Fynn Kyser Barwell IBC Leicestershire
B7 Bob Love Tamworth IBC Staffordshire
B7 Gill Platt Wey Valley IBC Surrey
B7 Helen Wood York & District IBC Yorkshire
B7 Jonathan Stokes Riverain IBC Hertfordshire
B7 Steve Angus Stanley IBC Durham
B8 David Fisher Colchester West End BC Essex
B8 Gary Swift Harrogate IBC Yorkshire
B8 Jennie Sandford Wealdon IBC Sussex
B8 John Greaves Wellingborough IBC Northamptonshire
B8 Kieran Rollings Kettering Lodge IBC Northamptonshire
B8 Mike Robertson Spalding IBC Lincolnshire

As at 21/02/2022

DBE v Rest of the North

DBE v The Rest of The North 2022

On Sunday 23rd January 2022 Stanley IBC in County Durham hosted the first ever Disability Bowls England v Rest of the North challenge… 16 DBE members from around the Country played against 16 players from 4 Clubs from the North East, South Shields Vipers, Gateshead IBC, West Denton IBC and Stanley IBC….

Players representing DBE
Jeff Crowe – Louth & District IBC
David Masterman – Redcar IBC
Ali Domville, Claire Domville & Rob Domville. – New Earswick IBC
Steven Nicholson, Barry Nicholson, David Nicolson & Marie Nicholson – Leeds IBC
Graham Patterson – Gateshead IBC
Gary Swift – Harrogate IBC
Steve Angus & Brett Arkley – Stanley IBC
Craig Dalton… Durham IBC
Diane Rogers & Bob Love – Tamworth IBC
Players Representing The Rest of the North…
Sandie Thompson, Brian Poulter, Keith Atkinson & Jimmy Talyor – Gateshead IBC
Ann Lennie, Karen Waites, Herbie Blacklock & Sheila Storey – West Denton IBC
Vicky Happer, Brenda Harper, Mick Baker & Paul Hart – South Shields Vipers
Ryan Henson, Benson Turnbull, Brenda Turnbull & Ann Baggett – Stanley IBC

The format for the event was 2 sessions of 1 rink of 4 bowl singles (2 Sets of 9 ends, 1 end tiebreak if needed), 3 rinks of 3 bowl pairs (2 Sets of 8 ends, 1 end tiebreak if needed), and 3 rinks 2 bowl triples (2 Sets of 8 ends with a 1 end tiebreak if needed). With 2 Points for a set win, 1 point each for a tied set and 1 point for tiebreak win. 
After some close games on session 1 the Rest of the North lead DBE by 20 points to 10 points… After the Buffet lunch a rejuvenated DBE came out strong and again showed their skill and by the end of the 2nd session the points were DBE 30 –30 Rest of the North…so ends won had to be counted and DBE won 108 ends with Rest of the North winning 114
Medals were presented to the winners Rest of the North and the runners up DBE..
The event was played in great spirit and new friendships were made…
Also in attendance was Richie Mckie from The Wrong Bias Podcast who live streamed on social media the singles and pairs (afternoon session) game which featured Bob Love v Brian Poulter…The 2nd session live stream featured Claire Domville and Steve Angus v Brenda & Benson Turnbull…
The live streams can be viewed on YouTube by searching for the Wrong Bias Podcast..

An enjoyable day was had by all, players are already looking forward to next year’s event which with be extended to a 2 day event which will be held on 21st and 22nd January 2023…

DBE Development Team will be returning to the North of England with a “Bowls with a Disability” Taster session and open competition on Saturday 26 March at Eden IBC Penrith, Cumbria everyone is welcome to come along and learn and try disability bowls.

Below are some quotes from members of The Rest of North Team

To be in the company of players from DBE is a humbling experience. Their determination to play sport is to be admired. We at West Denton felt very privileged to be in their presence. We wish you all the very best of luck in all you wish to achieve…. Ann Lennie…West Denton IBC

What a fantastic day & great experience – I loved it. Fantastic talent and level and of bowling all round. Very awe inspiring & inspirational and lovely to meet new people. I look forward to taking part in many more!… Vicky Happer.. South Shields Vipers

What an experience this was for me playing against Bob Love. Great bloke, and it just goes to show what can be achieved with these disabilities. Such accuracy bowling with his feet, unbelievable. Thanks Stevie Angus for the invitation…. Brian Poulter… Gateshead IBC

“Although The Rest of the North came out Victor’s”, it was an awesome experience playing members of Disability Bowls England. Their skill and determination to win justifies all the opportunities our sport should and can give. A great day was had by all. Congratulations to the organisers and Stanley IBC who hosted the event… Sheila Storey… West Denton IBC

It was a fantastic day played in a great friendly spirit, looking forward to the next one either as a player or spectator. The Wrong Bias live stream of the singles has created a lot of interest in the event at our club… Keith Atkinson….Gateshead IBC

A great day of bowls, excellent venue and superb hospitality from Stanley Bowls Club, Very high standard of bowls from the DBE Team…. Paul Hart… South Shields Vipers

Steve Watson (Chairperson DBE) said
I would like to thank Steve Angus and Stanley IBC for having the foresight for putting this event together to showcase to other clubs that our game of bowls is a sport for all and inclusive games and matches are the way forward for everyone to enjoy the sport we love. We are looking forward to returning to the Stanley IBC next year for a 2 day event and look forward to meeting old and making new friends.

We would also like to thank the Wrong Bias Podcast team for live streaming this day which has raised the profile of “Bowlers with a Disability” to a wider audience around the world.
A Sport For All!!

Steve Angus…Disability Bowls England
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Combined Supporting Inclusion courses/Disability Taster & social fixture days

Disability Bowls England in partnership with Coach Bowls with funding supported by Sport England and WheelPower are very pleased to announce a series of combined Supporting Inclusion Courses/Disability Taster & social fixture days across the English counties. Continue reading “Combined Supporting Inclusion courses/Disability Taster & social fixture days”

Ann Trotman Singles 2022

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022 

There was a full entry of 24 bowlers for the event with bowlers coming from all parts of England and even 2 from Scotland. The competition has been running for approximately 20 years and is always well supported.
Bowlers were drawn into 4 groups of 6, played a round robin in their groups over 2 days with the winners of each group playing a semi final followed by a final. All games 1 hour 20minutes to the bell.
Semi – finals
Arthur Redfearn – Bridlington v Chris Grey – Kettering.
Bob Love – Tamworth v Kieran Rollings – Kettering.
The final
Chris Grey – 16 shots v Kieran Rollings – 20 shots
The bowling over the whole weekend was of a high standard and the final was exceptional.
It was great to see so many on the green again and to hear the banter.
A ‘BIG’ thankyou to the Gedling IBC member helpers, for marking, pushing wheelchairs, tea and coffee making and anything else they were asked to do. They too were ‘exceptional’.
Maggy Smith.