Had a great day and really proud to have captained such a great bunch.
Really proud to captain the DBE team v Didcot B C the welcome from the home team members was as warm as the weather, tea, coffee and biscuits ready on our arrival.
As always the bowls matches were very competitive but played in a very friendly atmosphere and we had a good laugh on our rink.
The DBE team results as follows
1. Thomas Martin/Liam Tucker
2. Fynn Kyser
Skip. Khalila Hussain
Result DBE 8 Didcot 11
1. Jason Page
2. Kris Rose
Skip. Colin Wagstaff (Capt)
Result DBE 12 Didcot 11
1. Richard Carey
2. Jeanette Maisey
Skip. Richard Ball
Result DBE 12 Didcot 18
1. Jamie Pugsley
2. Denise Rolland
Skip. Jerry Sanders
Result DBE 12 Didcot 11
So after 15 ends of very friendly yet extremely competitive bowls it finished 2 – 2 we won’t worry about the points lol both DBE wins came on the last end.
After the match there was filled rolls and cake served and lots more laughs between the players before we thanked Didcot members and headed home.
Report by Colin Wagstaff and photos taken by Sandra Groves.
Five pairs, of varying degrees of sight loss but with a combined maximum of B5, came together for a wonderful day of bowls, hosted by Basingstoke Town B.C. Our hosts couldn’t do enough for us and we were royally treated to tea and biscuits on arrival, a great value lunch and liquid refreshments throughout the day. This was Basingstoke’s first time hosting a DBE event and they would be eager to host this event again (and others) in future years and, based on everything we experienced, I would recommend returning in the future.
The five pairs played a full, round-robin competition, which allowed each pair one ‘session off’ out of the five sessions of play. Games were contested over 7 ends or 1 hour, whichever came first, with a ‘handicap’ system in place, giving a 2-shot start for every pair including a B1 (totally blind) player. This gave one pair a 4-shot advantage in most games – a not inconsiderable advantage in such a short game.
After four rounds out of the five had been completed, one pair (Jeanette Maisey and Stephen Hartley) had finished their games, with 4 points from their 2 wins and a -1 shot difference. The ‘crunch’ match in Session 5 was that between Eric Gallacher (B1) and Gareth Harwood (B4) versus Alison Yearling (B3) and Geoff Wherry (B2). Eric and Gareth scored a resounding victory to take the title with 6 points and a shot difference of +20, with Alison & Geoff finishing in ‘joint’ third place with Maurice Williams and Sam Dickson (4pts and -7), leaving Jeanette and Stephen as runners-up.
Many thanks to President Margaret at Basingstoke – and to all her team for their wonderful support. A fantastic day!!
On Saturday 22nd May the 2021 Disability Bowls Competitions got underway with 2 of the 5 Regional Singles competitions at Selby B C and Egham B C.
The event at Selby B C attracted 3 entries and the event was won by Arthur Redfearn.
The event at Egham had 10 entries and the players were split into two groups, with chilly weather throughout the early sessions and then a downpour in the fourth session the sun finally came out during the final session. Group 1 was won by Isaac Shieh who won his first 3 games and then had a walkover in the final game after a player had to withdraw with an injury. Group 2 was a closely contested affair with Stephen Stockley and Steve Simmons going into the final match each with the chance to progress, Stephen had already won 3 games and Steve had won 2 games but with a win he could overturn a shot difference deficit, Steve started the stronger and had built a 13 – 8 lead and holding the 2 shots he need to win the game, Stephen drew the shot and kept his chances alive, he continued to peg Steve back and when they reached 14 all and the jack was cast the bell rung to signify the end of the session, Steve managed to get the shot on the final end to win the game and draw level on points. The shots difference was then used to determine the group winner, Stephen Stockley progresses with a shot difference of 26 compared to Steve who had a shot difference of 16.
DBE Unclassified singles – January 5th 2020 Gedling IBC
Due to illness, several bowlers had to withdraw from the competition which would usually be run on a knockout basis it was decided to form 2 groups, play a round robin with a final. This guaranteed each bowler plenty of bowling during the day.
Green Group Khalila Hussain, Colin Wagstaff, David Masterman, Georgia Tucker and Claire Domville.
Winner after round robin was Claire Domville.
Harry Atkin, Amy Brookes, Rhys Taylor , Daniel Adams, Ray Kirk and Chris Gray.
Winner after round robin Daniel Adams.
On the 7th end of the final Claire was 10 – 3 up, by the 11th end it was 10 all then Daniel got into his stride and forged ahead to win 21 – 10.
During the day our classification team classified two of our new members which now means they can compete in the classified singles in the future.
All in all, it was a good day and enjoyed by all.
The medals and trophy were presented to the winners by Gedling IBC President Mal Frost.
Maggy Smith, DBE Competition Secretary thanked the markers and helpers and wished everyone a ‘Happy and healthy New Year’ and safe journey home.
DBE Maiden Singles – Sunday 17TH November 2019, Gedling IBC
16 bowlers entered the event on Sunday, sadly 3 had to withdraw due to illness and travel disruption just a few days before the event. It didn’t cause too much of a problem and the event went ahead without very little upset.
The format was a knockout with a Plate for those losing in the first round thus guaranteeing everyone at least 2 matches.
There were several very close, well fought matches which kept the spectators entertained.
Semi-finals saw Colin Milner from Milton Keynes take on Michelle White from Surrey. Michelle had won her previous games very convincingly but Colin from the 9th end forged ahead and won the game.
The other semi-final was an amazing game between Alastair Domville from York and new member Nigel Bechelet , Nigel is the Hampshire president. After 24 ends and the bell had rung the score was 18 shots all !! So we go into and extra end which Nigel won by one shot. Great game and good to watch.
The final for most part was a close game with Nigel pulling ahead on the last few ends to win.
The plate final was between Keith Mason from Northants and Colin Wagstaff from Grantham. Colin coming out the winner.
During the day our classification team, Physio Gill and technical classifier Sally, accessed 4 new members and reviewed one of our Elite squad.
All in all, a very busy day for all!
Thanks were given to the helpers who kindly marked the games and pushed the wheelchairs.
Trophies were presented and everyone wished a safe journey home.
Report provided by Margaret Smith (Competition Secretary)
Heavy rain and dangerous driving conditions across the country did not deter the players turning up for this celebration match. After some initial delays, the introductions and exchange of DBE pennant and Leicester County plaque, the match finally got under way and DBE really did show Leicester the WAY. From the off DBE took the lead and gently but surely increased their lead throughout the 18 ends.