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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

DBE National Pairs Championship 2019 Report

DBE National Pairs Championship – 2019

This years DBE National Pairs Championship was held at Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday 13th July.  Bowlers from across the country turned out to compete in this knock out National Ranking competition.  Players who lose in the first round are entered into a Plate competition, guaranteeing every bowler 2 matches.

DBE National Pairs Competitors 2019

Each match was played over 15 ends or first to 21 with respot if the jack is killed.  DBE were honoured by Steve Glasson, Head Coach for Bowls Australia agreeing to present the prizes in conjunction with our Mo Monkton.

Steve Glasson, Head Coach Bowls Australia & Mo Monkton

Plate Competition

Colin Wagstaff & Daniel Adams contested the final against Tim Swann & Lee Whiteley.  This was a nip and tuck afair with both pairs not giving an inch right up to the last end when the score was levelled at 16 all.  An extra end was played, Colin & Daniel took the vital shot to win the plate.

Plate Winners Colin Wagstaff & Daniel Adams
Plate RU Tim Swann & Lee Whiteley

DBE National Pairs Championship

Played at a very high standard the final went down to the wire with a shock at the end!  18 shots shared over 15 ends demonstrates the competitiveness of this match.  Like the Plate final an extra end was played.  With only two bowls left to be played, Jonathan & Mike held shot with a bowl 14 inches behind the jack, Chris played his last wood and trailled the jack to hold two shots.  Mike had the last bowl of the competition……he fired……the jack shot out of the rink, killed.  Respot.  One of Chris Grays bowls was nearest the respot giving him and Stephen the Championship.  Brilliant end to an excellent Championship.

DBE Pairs Champions Stephen Hartley & Chris Gray
DBE Pair RU Jonathan Stokes & Mike Robertson
DBE Pair RU Jonathan Stokes & Mike Robertson

Finalist with Steve Glasson

Well done everyone.  Thanks are extended to Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club for allowing DBE to use the venue and very Special Thanks to Steve Glasson, Head Coach of Bowls Australia for presenting the trophies.

Report by Maggy Smith and John Rogers.