7th February 2019


The Scunthorpe’s mixed team faced a home fixture in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League when they played a difficult match against a visiting Dunholme team. The Scunthorpe team were very determined to put on a positive performance in this encounter against near neighbours Dunholme.
On the commencement of the match the home team managed to edge into an early overall lead of 27 to 24 shots and continuing to play well they were able to maintain their advantage as at 49 to 46 shots lead by the halfway stage of the match was been reached. The Dunholme team maintained their game against a home team who were fighting hard and trying to keep their lead. At the three quarter point in the battle the visiting team’s quality form was starting to show as they continued to apply pressure to the home rinks by powering their way into a lead of 82 to 75 shots. With just three ends remaining in the game the Dunholme squad hung on to their advantage and managed to hold off any late counter attack by the Scunthorpe team across the final ends of the match. The overall result of this hard fought game was an excellent victory after an awesome performance for the visiting Dunholme team by 14 to 4 points (102 to 99 shots) securing wins on three rinks out of the five rinks.
The Scunthorpe rink of Heather Mackfall, Sandra Newlove, Ian Robinson and Ray Robinson started off leading their visiting Dunholme opponents early in their encounter by a score-line of 8 to 3 shots and were able to increase their advantage of 15 to 4 shots as the halfway stage of the match was reached. Continuing to play well the Scunthorpe quartet maintained their form throughout the rest of the game eventually finishing this encounter with an excellent victory by 24 to 12 shots.
Chris Ellis, John Davison, Linda Salmon and Rob Skinner for Scunthorpe soon found themselves leading their visiting opponents early in their match by 8 to 2 shots. Then the visiting Dunholme rink edged their way back as this quality battle continued to trail by a score-line of 10 to 9 shots still just in favour of the home rink as they reached the mid-point stage of the match. In this hard fought match the Scunthorpe rink continued to produce some quality bowls maintaining this evenly balanced battle with scores 16 shots each and then 121 to 16 shots to the Scunthorpe rink with just three ends to play. Continuing their momentum the Scunthorpe quartet hung on to their slim lead and finished up running out the winners by 26 to 17 shots.
Scunthorpe’s Ron Kelly, Maz Addey, Mike Parsons and Pat Kelly found their visiting opponents in good form from the off and were soon trailing early in the match by 13 to 1 shots. The Dunholme quartet steadily increased their lead with some excellent bowling to 20 to 7 shots by the halfway point in the match had been reached. At this point in the match the Scunthorpe rink started to steadily increase the pressure on the visiting quartet and pulled back to trail by a score-line of  25 to 20 shots still in favour of the visitors and only three ends remaining to complete this match. These final ends produced some excellent competitive play from both rinks but it was the visiting Dunholme four that scored a total of 4 shots to the home rink’s 4 shots leaving the visiting quartet to run out the winners by 29 to 24 shots.
The home rink of Shirley Burnett, Shirley Booth, John Moore and Neil Rowe soon found themselves trailing their visiting Dunholme rink early in the game by 5 to 3 shots. The Scunthorpe rink were unable during the course of the first half of the match to reduce their opponents advantage as the Dunholme rink who were now starting to play extremely well gradually increased their lead to 9 to 6 shots at they reached mid-point stage of this interesting battle. Although the Scunthorpe rink tried hard to overhaul their opponents and take the lead in the game but they were not able to stop the visiting quartet from increasing their advantage and claiming the victory by 20 to 11 shots.
The final Scunthorpe rink of Ray Brown, Jane Wardle, Adrian Wardle and John Downs found themselves leading by 7 to 1 shots early in their match and maintained it to lead by 11 to 4 shots by the mid-point of the match. The Dunholme rink delivered some excellent bowls in the second half of the encounter and the home four could not stop them from lifting their game to take lead by 18 to 13 shots at the three quarter stage of the match. With just two ends left to play the visiting four were now in full flow as they powered their way with some awesome play to a lead of 22 to 14 shots. In the final ends the Dunholme rink maintained their quality of play winning both of the final ends and scoring a total of 2 shots to secure the victory for Dunholme by 24 to 14 shots.

Visitors enjoying their bowls

David v Kenny

A unique family encounter occurred in the Evening Pairs Division Two when David Portanier and son Kenny Portanier faced up to one another in a match that was so close that in the final reckoning there was only a single shot that decided the victors.
The match started with Kenny Portanier and partner John McArthur taking an early lead of 4 to 1 shots and they maintained a lead of 7 to 3 shots as the battle reached the halfway stage of the match. In the second half of the game father David Portanier and partner Mike Parsons started a revival as they clawed their way back to 7 shots each.
However back came David and John to retake the lead by 11 to 7 shots but this was followed by David and Mike clawing back to take the lead by 13 to 11 shots with just a single end left to play. The final end contained some excellent play from both pairs but as the match came to an end it was Kenny and John that won the end scoring a single shot to leave father David Portanier and Mike Parsons to secure the victory by 13 to 12 shots.  

Paul Johnson

EIBA Champion of Champion National Finals


The English Indoor Bowling Association Men’s Champion of Champions Finals were held at Warner’s Leisure (Hayling Island), Hampshire. Representing Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Club was local player Paul Johnson who put up an excellent performance against an in-form Glen Adams from Herga IBC in the last 16.
The match was close all the way through as both players matched one another bowl for bowl producing scores of 5 shots each. Then Glen took the lead by 9 to 8 shots before Paul edged into the lead by 13 to 11 shots. In this close battle the scores went back to level at 15 shots each before Glen Adams then took 6 shots from the final two ends to secure the victory by 21 to 15 shots in what had been a quality encounter with some awesome bowling from both players.
Overall it was an excellent performance from Scunthorpe’s Paul Johnson.

The Annual General Meeting of the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League (Outdoor League) will be held at the Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Centre on SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2019 at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.

Perfecting the delivery

Coach giving instruction

                                                                               FORTHCOMING EVENTS

                 Sunday February 10th      Scunthorpe Mixed play away in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League
                                                                      against Grantham commencing at 1.00pm.

                Thursday February 14th  Scunthorpe Ladies play at home in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League 
                                                                      (Trudy Bates) against Dunholme commencing at 1.00pm.