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President’s Message


It is an honour for me to have been elected as President of SCWBA in 2019, our Diamond Jubilee Year.

I will continue to do my best to uphold the high standards and traditions set by those who have preceded me.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me, my club Fressingfield, my area committee, the County Executive and of course my ever-patient family.

I wish you all the very best in your bowling this season and, whilst winning is the aim, it is important that we enjoy our bowling and continue to forge friendships both locally and further afield. We are at an exciting point in our County history with the introduction of our web site. We hope to use this platform to celebrate the many successes of our bowlers and keep everyone informed about the County Competitions, Area draws and forthcoming events. Photographs, that in previous years have been included in the County Handbook, and press reports, will be published on this website and, whilst bowlers may be named, no other personal details will be disclosed.

A celebration of our 60 years can also be found there.

We hope that this will soon become the “go to” place for all your County news, please let us know anything you would like to be added and keep us up to date with your local news and events.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the season and wish you the very best for the 2019 season and beyond.

Rosemary Gyford

President SCWBA 2019.

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LATEST NEWS


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.

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Sue Bryenton-Rochard, 4 Bowl Singles

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Margaret Thorpe, Final End,
Senior Singles Semi-Final

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Shirley Plummer, Mixed Pairs

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Paula Gooch, Lesley Alaxander and Thelma Tasker,
2 Bowl Rinks

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Carol Pybus, John Sewel and David Sewell,
Mixed Rinks


Indoor Competitions


31/3/19   

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


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Mixed Pairs Final

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Mixed Pairs Winners

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U25 Final

Suffolk County Bowls Association Indoor Finals 2019


By Sally Smith    25/03/19    1 comments

Suffolk women bowlers were again in action at the SCWBA Indoor finals, held at Ipswich Bowls Club on the 16th and 17th March 2019. In the semi-finals of the mixed pairs S.Plummer and A.Pulford won 19-11 against J.Blowers and A.Blowers and there was a close win for C.Pybus and D.Sewell over J.Truin and R.Goodchild, 18 -17. In the 2-Bowl mixed rinks R.Goodchild, D.Goodchild and J.Truin progressed to the final with a 21-8 win against P.Quilliam, K.Culley and J.Whitlock and in the other semi-final D.Sewell, J.Sewell and C.Pybus won 19-16 against L.Alexander, S.Pleasance and M.Payne.

The under 25 competition was completed on Saturday 16th. Poppy Childs, aged 8 and a half, from Yoxford had a 21-15 win over C.Cooper in her semi-final and went on to play a spirited game against Andrew Pulford, considerably her senior in age and experience. Sadly the final was an unequal contest, but Poppy won admiration for her confident approach to the game.

Finals day saw wins for women players from the Rookery Club. In the Mixed Pairs S.Plummer and A.Pulford won 23-14 against C. Pybus and D. Sewell. The 2-Bowl Mixed rinks resulted in a 20-10 win for D.Sewell, J.Sewell and C.Pybus against R.Goodchild, D.Goodchild and J.Truin. Trophies were presented by S.C.B.A President, Barrie Davis. The winning finalists will represent Suffolk in the National Federation Indoor Finals in Newark from April 23rd to 28th.

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks 1st Semi-Final

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks 2nd Semi-Final

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final


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Introducing the Triples Finalists

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Glenis Harvey, Celia Hacker, Lesley Alexander and Paula Gooch in the Triples

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Tense Last End in the Triples Final

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Triples Extra End Measure

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S.C.W.B.A. Indoor Competition Finals 2019, Saturday 2nd March


By Sally Smith    05/03/19    1 comments

The 2019 indoor competitions, played throughout the season, culminated in an excellent finals day on 2nd March, with a warm welcome for both players and supporters from Sole Bay Bowls Club in Southwold.

The morning saw the 4 bowl Senior Singles won by Margaret Thorpe and the 2 bowl Pairs won by Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander. These matches were followed by the 4 bowl singles, won by Sue Bryenton-Rochard. The most competitive match of the day was the concluding competition, the 2 bowl Triples. Skips Thelma Tasker, with Paula Gooch and Lesley Alexander, and Margaret Beck with Glenis Harvey and Celia Hacker, led their blocks to a very tight match. In the 17th end Margaret took the jack off the green when one shot down. The replayed end resulted in two shots to Margaret’s block, giving them a 15-11 lead. In the 18th end a further two shots increased their lead to a seemingly unassailable 17-11. However, an exciting fight back in the last three ends from Thelma’s block, including a three on the 21st end, won them an extra end. Continuing to reflect this closely contested match, the extra end was won on a tight measure. With the final score line of 18-17, it was a match where Margaret’s block were definitely runners-up, not losers, and the high level of skill displayed was greatly enjoyed by the supporters at Sole Bay.

At the closing of the day Chairman Mrs Linda Nunn, together with our President, Mrs Rosemary Gyford, thanked all those who had contributed to planning and organising this successful event, especially the excellent refreshments provided by the club. Thanks were due to Mike Nunn for umpiring. Rosemary expressed our pleasure that the men’s Suffolk County President, Mr Barrie Davis was able to be with us. The players and supporters were encouraged to promote involvement in the indoor competitions for the 2019/20 indoor season. Entry forms will be available at Area finals and then at County finals, as well as from Area Secretaries. The day concluded with the presentation of trophies to the winners by President Rosemary Gyford.

For full details of County indoor competition finals results please refer to the Competitions section.

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Margaret Thorpe Over 60s Singles

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Lesley Alexander and Sue Bryenton-Rochard Singles

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Sue Bryenton-Rochard Singles

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Lesley Alexander and Paula Gooch Pairs


Indoor Competitions


18/02/19   

S.C.W.B.A INDOOR COMPETITION FINALS 2019

Saturday 2nd March 2018 at Sole Bay Bowls Club


Details of the event can be found in the Competitions menu


NATIONAL FINALS ARE AT NEWARK INDOOR BOWLS CLUB AND BEGIN ON TUESDAY 23rd APRIL UNTIL SUNDAY 28th APRIL, 2019

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The Annual Presentation Luncheon


By Sally Smith    02/06/18    6 comments

Ufford Park again proved to be an excellent location for the annual presentation luncheon. We were pleased to be joined at lunch by the President of the SCBA, Trevor Lord, who made an interesting presentation. We were also addressed by our President, Rosemary Gyford. The 2017-18 season was especially memorable with the Suffolk ladies team achieving indoor honours, while the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee teams both progressed to play at the National Finals at Skegness. In August in Skegness, such was the success of the women’s and men’s representatives, that the teams gained both the victrix ludorum and victor ludorum trophies, a rare achievement. Following this highly successful season, there were many National trophies on show at the lunch as well as the trophies won at County level. The County trophies were presented to the winners and runners up after the meal

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President of the SCBA, Trevor Lord

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President, Rosemary Gyford

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SCWBA Novices Singles Competition

By the Press Secretary    02/09/18    6 comments

As the Federation bowls season draws to a close, ladies who have been bowling for less than a year are invited to take part in the County Novices competition. This provides new bowlers with a gentle introduction to taking part in County Competitions and allows them to compete against ladies with similar experience. This year the competition was held at Sweffling Bowls Club and attracted 8 ladies from bowls clubs around the County. Spectators and officials were impressed by the standard of bowling in the 10-end matches played as a round robin in the morning. The final between Amy Finch and Maria Reeder, both from Thurlton BC, was very enjoyable to watch with many ends having tight heads. It took 28 ends for Amy to finally get the better of Maria and win 21- 16 but throughout both bowlers showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with in future seasons.

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Novices winner with President, 2018


Round Up of Suffolk performances at National Federation Bowls Finals 2018.

By the Press Secretary    27/08/18    6 comments

It should come as no surprise that the excellent weather this summer enabled good bowling conditions for most weeks this season. The County scene produced some excellent matches with both the Men's Adams and Newton County teams winning their National Inter-county Southern sections and progressing to the National finals at Skegness. The Adams won very easily against National debutants Cleveland, and the Newton team also won their final against Nottinghamshire in what was a very close match throughout and was won on the very last end of the final rink to finish. Nail- biting stuff of the highest order to the delight of the many travelling supporters from Suffolk.

Both the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase Ladies teams did very well to reach the National Finals but sadly were runners up to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire respectively. During the season Jean Batley and Joy Squire were presented with their 100 match badges having both played in Suffolk County teams for the past 15 years.

In the Individual National Finals, the week did not start particularly well, with some well-fancied individuals and rinks losing games in which many believed they might be successful. But come Friday afternoon two Suffolk bowlers had fought through some tough games and earned the right to contest the final of their individual disciplines. Phil Quilliam of Otley BC had some minor scares on the way to a well- deserved success in the Men's Secretaries Final, swiftly followed by Sue Deeves of Old Newton BC who overcame a very tough opponent on a difficult rink in the Ladies Secretaries Final. Friday afternoon also gave Suffolk supporters great hope for the Saturday Finals as Paul Cook of Ixworth BC had reached the Men's Senior Singles final after some excellent performances and Sandy Sargeant of St Botolphs BC had fought nerves and tough opposition to reach the Ladies 2 bowl Singles Final.

Then it was the turn of the of the younger bowlers to strut their stuff and they duly obliged with Ryan Claxton of Thurlton BC and Georgie Marwood also of Thurlton BC reaching the Open Under 25s 2 bowl pairs Final. Ryan was not finished yet and proceeded to reach the Final of the Men’s Under 25s 2 bowl singles with some fine bowling, something he had produced throughout the week of competitions. So Suffolk followers had several players to support on the final day of competition, and what a day that turned out to be with ALL FOUR finals going the way of Suffolk bowlers. Not only did Suffolk bowlers win six individual competition trophies, but both of our County Presidents, Trevor Lord and Rosemary Gyford, were delighted to find out that each would be presented with a National Trophy, the Victor Ludorum for the Men and the Victrix Ludorum for the Ladies, for the County with the most points accumulated throughout the week of both team and individual competitions. This was the icing on the cake for two individuals who had served three years of office culminating in the big finish at Skegness.

The weather had been kind to bowlers, supporters and officials making for a splendid week of quality bowls competition. Other Suffolk bowlers performed well without progressing to the latter stages of the week, but did their County proud with good performances, notably the Thorndon BC trio of Margaret Thorpe, Margaret Cattermole and Christine Aldous who reached the semi-final of the Ladies 3 bowl triples, Sue Deeves who also reached the semi-final stage of the 4 bowl singles, Emma Herrieven of Yoxford BC who was beaten semi-finalist to the eventual winner of the Ladies Under 25s singles and Sheree Kemp and Doreen Coppen of Thorndon BC who reached the semi-finals of the ladies pairs, having had to play all 3 games on one day. Well done to everyone who helped make it another memorable week for Suffolk Federation Bowls.

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100 games badge, Jean Batley

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100 games badge, Joy Squire

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Donald Steward team at Skegness

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Jubilee Vase team at Skegness, 2018