2 Bowl Singles: Margie Robinson v Sheree Kemp
4 Bowl Singles: Angela Mondon v Andrea Dickinson
Senior Singles: Gillian Lamprey v Sandy Sargeant
Champion of Champions: Ann Lilley v Tanya Saunders
SCWBA Winners 2019, with President Rosemary Gyford
Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (SCWBA) Finals.
By Sally Smith 11/07/19 1 comments
Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (SCWBA) Finals were played on 6th and 7th July at Ipswich and District Bowls Club. The semi-finals on Saturday saw some closely-contested games, particularly the 4 Bowl Singles, each won 21-19. The Pairs, Senior Pairs and Senior Singles each had one very close semi-final and the two Champion of Champions matches were close, separated by just one and two shots respectively.
The high-quality play continued into the finals held on Sunday. The 2 Bowl Singles was won by Margie Robinson (Yoxford BC), 21-20 and the Senior Singles saw Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway BC) win 21-19. Margie Robinson went on to win the Secretaries Singles 21-18 and there was also a second title for Gillian Lamprey, playing with Pauline Anderson in the Pairs, with a 18-9 win.
The Champion of Champion Singles was closely fought, resulting in a win 21-17 for Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC). Angela Mondon (Old Newton BC) dominated the 4 Bowl Singles, with a 21-9 win and the Under 25 Singles was won confidently by Ellie Last (Marlborough BC) 21-7. The Senior Pairs competition saw a comfortable win 19-14 for Diane Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh BC). The day came to a close with the 2 Bowl Rinks and 3 Bowl Rinks. The 2 Bowl Rinks resulted in an easy win for Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert and Ann Baison (Rookery BC) 29-12 and the 3 Bowl Rinks was won in a closer game, 22-11, by Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC).
The Victorix Ludorum cup for the most points was won by Area D (West Suffolk). The winners of the County titles will go forward to represent Suffolk in the National Finals in Skegness in August.
For full results select: Competitions/ County Finals
3 Bowl Rinks: Carol Kelley, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin v Sue Hender, Emma Euston & Julie Curl
Under 25 Singles: Ellie Last v Chloe Webb
Secretaries Singles: Margie Robinson v Celia Gordon
Pairs: Pauline Anderson & Gillian Lamprey v Sue Hender & Emma Euston
Senior Pairs: Diane Miller & Christine Woollard v Jenny Bugg & Sue Deeves
2 Bowl Rinks: Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert & Ann Baison v Jo Handley, Pauline Llewellyn & Jackie Whitlock
Area Finals and County Finals
Details of the events can be found in the Area Finals and County Finals sections of the Competitions menu
Silver Jubilee Vase Team 2019 with Sadie Church our President Elect.
Silver Jubilee Vase Team 2019 with Carole Swan, National President and Sadie Church, Suffolk President Elect
Suffolk v. Northants. Silver Jubilee Vase Match, Wednesday 3rd July at St Botolphs BC.
By Sally Smith 06//07/19 1 comments
At the start of this afternoon’s match, the Suffolk ladies knew that a four rink win against Northamptonshire (16 points to 2) would take them above Norfolk in the Silver Jubilee Vase (South) competition, with Norfolk having played all their games. Suffolk made a nervy start to the match, with Northants ahead on four rinks around the middle of the game., However, Suffolk fought back as the game progressed, possibly spurred on by the arrival of Carole Swan, National President. Carole and the Suffolk supporters were treated to a superb comeback by the Suffolk team and saw Jan Truin’s block draw level with two ends to go. After one Suffolk block had lost, a win on this rink would secure the one point needed to go ahead of Norfolk. The tension increased when they drew level with a two in the 24th end. Happily, they were able to seal it in the last end, eventually winning 27-26. The thimbles were won by Pam Ward, Paula Gooch and Angela Mondon, whose rink won by 33-12.
After the match Carole Swan joined the team photograph and we were delighted that she was able to stay to enjoy a meal with the teams. With Huntingdonshire due to play Northamptonshire on 10th July, there is still an anxious wait to establish whether the ladies will be representing the Southern area at Skegness, but hopes are high.
SCWBA County Competitions, Area D Finals, Sunday 30th June 2019
By Sally Smith 03/07/19 1 comments
The West Suffolk area ladies finals were hosted in brilliant sunshine by St Botolph’s Club, Botesdale. The close fought two wood and four wood singles matches were won by Sheree Kemp (Thorndon BC) and Angela Mondon (Old Newton BC) respectively. Sandy Sargeant (St Botolph’s BC) won the Senior Singles in another close game, Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC) won the Champion of Champions and Celia Gordon (Tuddenham BC) won the Secretaries Singles. Shirley Plummer and Ann Baison (Rookery BC) were winners in the Pairs and a close match in the Senior Pairs was won by Jenny Bugg and Sue Deeves (Old Newton BC). In the 2 wood triples Rookery BC players, Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert and Ann Baison had a comfortable win and Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC) won the 3 wood triples. The Under 25 Singles was closely contested, won by Chloe Webb (Walsham Le Willows BC).
The winners go forward to the County Semi-Finals and Finals on 6th and 7th July at Ipswich Bowls Club. For full results see “Competitions/Area Finals”.
Andrea Dickinson 4 wood singles winner
Christine Woollard Secretaries singles winner
Diane Miller and Christine Woollard Senior Pairs winners
Edith Roberts Champion of Champion winner
Area C Finals 2019
By Ann Simpson 04/07/19 1 comments
Area C had a good day at Bramford on Sunday 30th June playing our Area Finals. The weather was hot but fortunately there was a bit of a breeze which helped the bowlers. Huge thanks to those bowlers who were in more than one competition, especially Sue Hender who was through in four! Bramford’s green was in superb condition. Thanks go to Jason Smith the Green keeper for all his hard work. Many thanks go to Barbara Rushbrook for umpiring for the day and helping me to ensure the players were on the green on time. Thanks also to my markers Joe Sims, Ken Laws, Helen Swift and Sally Fisher. Also many thanks to Joyce and her team for working hard in the kitchen. Good luck ladies at the County Semi-finals on Saturday at Ipswich and District BC.
Ellie Last Under 25's winner
Maria Brooks 2 wood singles
Sue Hender and Emma Euston Pairs winners
Sue Hender Emma Euston and Julie Curl 3 wood Triples winners
President’s Day, Borough of Eye Bowls Club, Saturday 15th June 2019
By Sally Smith 23/06/19 1 comments
The Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association President, Mrs Rosemary Gyford, welcomed a crowd of Suffolk’s lady bowlers (and a few select men) to celebrate her President’s Day and to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the SCWBA (1959-2019). As befits such an important occasion, the weather was on our side, with threatening shower clouds passing over without dampening our spirits.
An interesting display of the 60 years history of the SCWBA was a focus of attention on arrival, while refreshments were enjoyed. The afternoon’s bowling commenced with an unusual spider. Umpire, Mike Nunn, made a pyramid of cotts in the centre of the green. We then had a countdown to bowl at these, not knowing until afterwards that only two of the cotts were winners. This disappointed Ann Lilley, who was nearest, but was not near a winning cott. The two winners were Jenny Ronchetti and Keith Crabbe, SCBA Deputy President Elect.
The match players then took their places for the competition between the President’s team and the President Elect’s team. Unusually, after 10 ends there was a break for tea and cake. Although some bowlers commented that being full of cream scones and cake did not help their performance, it was a very pleasant interlude. The match then continued to a conclusion at 21 ends, by which time the green was bathed in sunshine. As is the custom, even though the total number of shots scored by each team may suggest otherwise, the match was won by the President’s team. Rosemary, Elaine Felgate and Margie Robinson were the President's winning rink and the highest winning rink for the President Elect’s team was Mel Cole, Linda Nunn and Pat Jennings,
The Borough of Eye Club provided an excellent after match meal, enjoyed by all. Afterwards Rosemary made a short address. Linda Nunn, (standing in for President Elect Sadie Church) awarded the trophy to the “President’s” team. There were prizes for the winning rinks and a lovely floral display and garden vouchers were presented to Rosemary from the Suffolk lady bowlers.
The proceedings finished with a raffle, which took quite a while as there had been so many generous donations. A total of £240 approx. was raised. Gifts made to Rosemary’s chosen charities, St Elizabeth’s Hospice and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice totalled £440.
To close the proceedings, two celebration cakes (one fruitcake, the other sponge) were cut and distributed. A fitting end to an excellent occasion.
Later a note of thanks was received from Rosemary.
Note of Thanks.
Just to say a big thank you to all of those who helped to make President’s Day such an enjoyable event.
My, thanks to all of those who helped me to prepare for the day and those who helped in so many ways on Saturday.
To all our bowlers past and present for making the effort to take part.
It is always a great pleasure to see people catching up with friends and renewing old acquaintances.
Thank you also to SCWBA for the beautiful flowers that were presented to me at the end of the meal. They are truly magnificent.
Thanks also for the Garden Vouchers I received; I will look forward to purchasing something that will be a permanent reminder of such a magical day.
This was the start of the Associations Diamond Jubilee celebrations. .
This year we were celebrating the three competitions that were first contested in 1959, The 2 Wood Singles, The Pairs Trophy and the 2 Wood Rinks.
It was good to see past and current winners of these three competitions with us on our special day and to recognize their achievements. I am sure that there will be many more successes for Suffolk in the coming years.
Finally thank you so much for all the cards and good wishes and for your generous donations to my chosen charities.
The final total was £440 which I spit equally between East Anglian Children’s Hospice and St Elizabeth’s Hospice.
Well done, your generosity is really appreciated.
I look forward to seeing many of you again this season and to supporting our County Champions when they reach Skegness.
Very best wishes Rosemary
Images from the Ellen Matthews v Marie Denny Charity match April 2019
By Anon 03/07/19 1 comments
Donald Steward Trophy Team 2019, with Jo Whatling, Team Captain
Donald Steward Trophy Team 2019, with Jo Whatling, Team Captain and the Area Selectors
Donald Steward Team Selectors, June Laws (Area C), Valerie Pryke (Area B), Ann Meadows (Area A) and Viv Nunn (Area D)
Sadie Church, President Elect 2019
Donald Steward match v. North Cambs, 5th June 2019
By Sally Smith 08/06/19 1 comments
The Borough of Eye Bowls Club hosted the first home game of the season for the Donald Steward Team. The North Cambs. side set quite a challenge for our ladies. Half way through the game all rinks were just a few shots apart, but with North Cambs. in control overall. Suffolk fought back well in the later stages of the game and capitalised better on their chances. The first rink to finish, led by Sandy Sargent, was even into the last end, but our triple managed to take a one to win 23-22. Sadly, this situation was reversed on the next rink to finish, where Pat Jenning’s triple lost 21-22. Suffolk won on two out of the remaining three rinks, with Ann Lilley’s triple gaining the best result, 6 shots ahead (28-22). Jackie Whitlock’s triple fought back to win the last end by 2 shots, but it was not enough and they went down 21-23. Mary Rayner’s triple had a good win, 23-19. The end result was a very satisfactory overall win by 8 shots, 116-108, gaining 14 points to 4. After two rounds of the Donald Steward competition, Suffolk has equal points to Norfolk, but is second in the table on shot difference.
County Matches versus Huntingdonshire, 29th May 2019
By Linda Nunn 30/05/19 0 comments
There were mixed fortunes in the first matches for our County teams on Wednesday 29th May. At the Donald Steward game at St Ives Bowls Club the ladies did very well on tricky rinks to get the better of the Hunts ladies. Our team won on 4 of the 5 rinks, thus scoring 8 points. Suffolk also had the higher number of shots overall 122-95, thus scoring another 8 points to give a win by 16 points to Hunts' 2 points.
The new rink of Margie Robinson (Yoxford), Elaine Felgate (Dennington) and Pat Jennings (Ixworth) had the highest win, 32-14, to claim the thimbles. A spirited fight back by Joy Squire, Maggie Page and Mary Rayner helped the team to the overall 27 shot win. A good afternoon was had by all and the rain held off although it was rather chilly!
The results were not so good for the Jubilee Vase team at Somersham Bowls Club. They managed to win on 2 rinks and draw on 1, so sharing the 10 points available, but the team total of 92 shots wasn't enough to match the Hunts' total of 110 shots. The result was a 5-13 defeat for the Suffolk ladies. The thimbles were presented by SCWBA President, Rosemary Gyford, to Jean Batley, Angela Monden and Skip, Sue Bryenton- Rochard.
The next game for the Donald Steward team is on June 5th against N Cambs, at Borough of Eye Bowls Club starting at 1pm. The following Wednesday, June 12th, both Suffolk teams travel to Norfolk, the Jubilee Vase playing at Martham Bowls Club and the Donald Steward playing at Acle Bowls Club starting at 1pm.
2019 national finals newark
By Sally Smith 25/03/19 1 comments
Harry carver Team Trophy: After winning the Harry Carver in 2018, it was a disappointment to the Suffolk Team to achieve only a mid-table result at the 2019 Newark Indoor Finals. Early losses to Hunts and Norfolk, were followed by wins over North Cambs and Northants resulting in 10 points overall, level with Humberside, but with a smaller shot difference. Although not able to match last year’s result, Linda Nunn reported that the Suffolk players enjoyed the day.
The individual competitions at Newark started on Wednesday 24th April and Suffolk lady bowlers were in action through to Saturday 27th. The 8-rink bowls centre is an impressive venue and play in all competitions was of a very high standard. Although there were some strong performances from the Suffolk ladies, they were unable to raise their game sufficiently to progress to the concluding rounds of their competitions. The full results for SCWBA players can be found in the Indoor Competitions section of the website.
EWBF 4 Bowl Singles: This competition commenced on Thursday 25th. Sue Bryenton-Rochard was drawn against a strong North Essex player. The match started well for Sue, who had a 2 shot lead after 11 ends, but she was affected by a wrist injury later in the game and was only able to take two further shots. The 21-12 result did not represent Sue’s strong play earlier in the game.
EWBF 4 Bowl Senior Singles: Margaret Thorpe represented Suffolk again this year and had the benefit of a bye in the first round. Experience certainly played a part in her round 2 win against Lincolnshire 21-20. The Lincs opponent initially went into a considerable lead, only to see it gradually eroded by determined play from Margaret. It was fitting that this exciting match was eventually decided with a measure. Sadly, in the semi-final, Margaret was unable to produce a similar late match rally and was beaten by North Essex 21-13.
EWBF Pairs: The Suffolk representatives, Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander, came up against strong opposition from the pair from Northants and were defeated 8-19 in the first round.
EBF Mixed Pairs: Suffolk were represented by Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford in this competition, drawn in the first round against Cleveland. Shirley played steadily throughout the game, but Andrew was unable to find his usual level of accuracy and they lost 9-18 to the eventual winners of the Northumberland Trophy.
EWBF 2 Bowl Rinks: In the first round Paula Gooch, Lesley Alexander and Thelma Tasker played steadily against North Cambs. and held their lead through most of the match to win comfortably 23-14. Sadly, in the second round, played later in the day, Suffolk came up against a strong Lincolnshire triple and were defeated 24-9.
EBF Mixed Rinks: Carol Pybus, John Sewell and David Sewell were matched against North Essex in the first round. After a nervous start the Suffolk players settled into the game, assisted by gaining a four in the 10th end. In the 15th end the Suffolk skip played a superb saving shot to take out both the opponent’s counting bowls, resulting in 2 shots to Suffolk. The match continued to be well fought to the end, with Suffolk eventually winning 19-16. However, later in the day, their second-round match was disappointing, with the Suffolk triple losing to Cleveland 27-8.
Sue Bryenton-Rochard, 4 Bowl Singles
Margaret Thorpe, Final End,
Senior Singles Semi-Final
Shirley Plummer, Mixed Pairs
Paula Gooch, Lesley Alaxander and Thelma Tasker,
2 Bowl Rinks
Carol Pybus, John Sewel and David Sewell,
NATIONAL INDOOR COMPETITION FINALS 2019
Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th April at Newark
Details of the event can be found in the Indoor section of the Competitions menu