CLUB FINALS WEEK 8-12 APRIL 2024

Monday, 8th April –  Friday, 12th April all Finals will start at 6 pm each evening

Friday, 12th April the Singles Finals will be followed by The Presentation evening

Please come and support your fellow bowlers who have worked hard to get to Finals week. They will appreciate your support.

The full daily programme of matches with named players can be viewed on the Bowlr Diary.

The Bar will be open and food served from 5.30 – 7 pm each evening, so grab yourself a drink, something to eat and sit back and enjoy a competitive evening of bowls.

UPDATE:
To see a full list of Winners and Runners-up, please click on the Games tab and scroll down to ‘Club Competition Winners’.

NEW CLUB MANAGER

The Club is pleased to announce that MIKEY TITCOMBE has been appointed as our full-time Club Manager.  This is a new appointment for the club and, as we go from strength to strength, we know Mikey will be a valuable asset in moving the club forward. Mikey is well known in the world of bowls and we welcome him on board and look forward to working with him. He takes up his post on Monday, 15th April 2024.

Etiquette

All players are reminded of the following points of etiquette:

  • When at the head, bear in mind that some bowlers like a clear view of the rink markers. Stand behind the head, inside the rink markers, but not obscuring the central rink number.
  • Do not place your bowls at the end of a rink if it is still being played on. Wait until the previous game has finished before entering rink side.
  • Standing directly behind the jack in white shoes can make the jack difficult to see.
  • Questions, information and instructions should only be shouted while you have ‘possession of the rink’ – as soon as your bowl comes to rest ‘possession’ is transferred to the opposing player.
  • Players at the mat-end of the rink who are not delivering a bowl should stand at least 1 metre behind the mat.
  • Call or shout at your own bowls by all means – but do not ‘call’ your opponents bowls to go through gaps, get ‘wrecked’, or to promote your bowls.
  • Do not applaud or cheer an unintended bowl from the opposition which results in an advantage to your team.
  • Wishing misfortune on your opponents bowls is unsporting.
  • Further points of Etiquette can be viewed by clicking on Membership and then Etiquette.
  • The Rules of the Game are clearly defined in the ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls’ (Crystal Mark 4 Edition) and can be viewed on www.worldbowls.com

TESTIMONIALS

READ WHAT OUR MEMBERS THINK . . .

Just an update on our progress. . . 
We are still playing, some games are better than others, but  practice makes perfect. That is where the easy access to the coaches, extra coaching sessions and “roll ups” come in. We have, so far played in two summer leagues and are at present playing in the winter league as a “mixed triples” team. Belinda is also playing in a ladies triples team. During these matches we have played against other members, young and old, (oldest being 90 years young and the youngest under 20, some being even younger).  It is NOT as some people think a “senior citizens” game at all, but it is a friendly one. We play for exercise and fun.  Not to say that we do not like to win sometimes!
The social side is very good – we have had a Christmas Fayre, Christmas Carol Concert (with brass band), Jake Ward, singer and entertainer, and we’re looking forward to the Race Night and the Quiz. Being disabled myself (although I have said before that I do not class myself as so) the facilities that the club offers are superb and you are made very welcome and given every respect.
Bill and Belinda January 2024 – progressing, reasonably new bowlers

We played Indoor Bowls for the first time nearly five years ago when we attended a coaching course. We quickly got to know the people we were training with and after a while it seemed that we enjoyed it a little bit more every week. The existing members were also very friendly and keen to help us, and the skill level ranges from new starters right up to a few people who play in national competitions. The facilities are excellent, including a lounge bar where you can get a pint of beer or great value coffee.

We would encourage anyone of any age or fitness level to come along and have a go.

Jenny and Baden Morton

BOWLS – KEEPING YOU HEALTHY

It has been medically proven that Bowls improves your general health and helps to strengthen the immune system. Playing a game of bowls gives your muscles and joints good anaerobic exercise because you are not giving your cardiovascular system a workout.
During an average game, you will:
*Bend more than 40 times
*Walk about 1260 metres
*Swing your arm more than 40 times to deliver a bowl weighing more than 3 lbs.
This gives your muscles and joints good exercise as well as exercising your mind as you try to outwit your opponent!
‘Bowls – The Sport for All’

Also recommended by the British Heart Foundation

FINALS – WEST BERKS SHIELD

The Finals of the West Berks Shield are being held on Saturday,  30th March at 11 am at West Berks IBC.

The Finalists this year are Thatcham A  -v-  Suttons in the Shield, and Thatcham B  -v-  Littleton in the Plate.

The West Berks Shield is a longstanding rinks competition sponsored and hosted by West Berks IBC for outdoor clubs only and is played throughout the winter season, culminating in the Finals for the Shield and Plate. Prize money is awarded to the winning clubs and to the runner up clubs.

UPDATE:
**Congratulations to Suttons on winning the Shield and Thatcham on winning the Plate**
See you all next season!

COUNTY FINALS

The County Finals (Champions of Champions) are being held at Desborough IBC on the 26th and 28th March 2024. Our Club has done well and has representation in 3 out of 4 Finals, one of which is West Berks v West Berks.

Singles – Barry Williams v John McGuinness on Tuesday, 26th March starting 6.30 pm

Fours  – Nik Elphick, Pete Sweeney, Mick Powell and Michael Knight. Playing on Tuesday, 26th March starting 6.30 pm.

Triples – we have both teams in the Final – Fred Brown, Trevor Mortimer & Gordon Ballantyne v Nik Elphick, Mick Powell & Barry Williams. Playing on Thursday, 28th March at 6.30 pm.

UPDATE:

Well done to all players for reaching the Finals and congratulations to Fred Brown, Trevor Mortimer and Gordon Ballantyne who were victorious in the Triples.

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