DBE vs Sawbridgeworth B C Report
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:-
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.
DBE at the Oundle Gala
Two DBE members attended the Oundle Gala Day and gave them a lesson in outdoor bowls winning all their matches winning 10-5, 11-0, 12-10 and 6-3. An excellent display against able bodied bowlers.
Photos: Test matches
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DBE vs Cove Bowls Club
Plant Weld Triples Competition
Ten teams of triples competed over the 2 days. Teams were split into two groups played a round robin with the top 4 teams competing for the prizes.
Competition was very keen with many close matches.
Group 1 with one round to go, found two teams on 4 points and Colin Wagstaff’s team on 6. The final round, Colin’s team kept a clean sheet and finished on 8 points, Ray Kirks team finished in second place on 6 points and went on to play-off for 3rd or 4th place.
Group two, with one round to go looked to be a forgone conclusion. John Greaves’ team finished their four matches on 6 points with plus 26 shots. The remaining four teams all had one match to play. Ray Smith and Gary Swift’s teams were both on 4 points, and their last match was against each other. Their shots differences of plus 16 and plus 14 respectively left them both needing to win by an awful lot of shots which seemed unlikely as both teams had played so well in their previous matches. Gary’s team shifted up a gear and won the last match by an amazing 21 shots finishing with a total of 6 points and plus 35 shots. Disappointing for John’s team but they did play off for the 3rd and 4th prize.
Final placings were as follows;
Prizes and prize money was generously sponsored by Doug Carlin of Plant Wedling, Colwick , Nottingham. Doug, his wife Gill and granddaughter Sky, all in the above photos, came along to present the prizes.
The Gedling helpers were wonderful as always with many of them coming along to watch when they weren’t working on the green.
Several new faces and many old ones in the competition making for another successful weekend.