26th April 2018

REVIEW OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017/2018 INDOOR SEASON

JANUARY started the second half of the indoor season off and like last year it commenced with some very mild weather that meant very minimal disruption to club’s fixture programme. The restart of the league programme immediately after the partying over the festive season produced a few surprising results in the first week of the leagues as it always has done in past seasons.

The Scunthorpe ladies team played a match in the last 16 teams in the country of the prestigious National Indoor Ladies Knockout Competition the Yetton Plate (4 rinks of four ladies) against Eden Indoor Bowls Club (Cumbria). The encounter took place on a neutral green at York Indoor Bowls Club (Thanet Road) a green that provided a venue as a halfway point between the two Clubs. Over the last three ends the Scunthorpe team managed to secure a euphoric victory by 85 to 70 shots and a place in the quarter finals of this National Competition against Erewash Indoor Bowls Club (Derbyshire) to be played at Newark Indoor Bowls Club (neutral green). This quarter Final match was played later in the month and despite the Scunthorpe team bowling extremely well the Erewash team led throughout the encounter and never eased up to eventually secure the overall victory by 97 to 60 shots.

Boston Under 25’s played Scarborough Under 25’s in an English Bowling National Double Rinks match at Scunthorpe Indoor Centre (neutral green). These two teams started off their match in great form in an encounter that produced some awesome bowling from both sets of players. After a great tactical and competitive match overall the two rinks the end result was an extremely close victory to the Scarborough squad by a single shot (34 to 33 shots). The numerous spectators appreciated the display of quality bowling the players from both teams had produced in this excellent match.  

Lincolnshire County Leagues
Scunthorpe’s mixed team played at home against a visiting Lincoln team and then travelled away to play Spalding in its first two fixtures of 2018 in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League programme. The results were a satisfactory victory against Lincoln by 16 to 2 points (107 to 102 shots) Scunthorpe’s third win in the league. However this pattern did not continue as they were unable to secure any points in the away match against Spalding suffering a defeat by 18 to 0 points (129 to 77 shots).

The Men played their first 2018 Lincolnshire County League fixture away against a difficult Boston team. Despite the Scunthorpe team bowling well the Boston team dominated the match throughout and eventually secured the overall victory by 16 to 2 points (161 to 67 shots).

The Ladies lost their first match of 2018 away against a strong Lincoln team in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League (Trudy Bates). The home Lincoln team were in devastating form and eventually took the victory by a full house of 16 to 0 points (144 to 68 shots).

The senior men played a Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s League match away against Lincoln ‘B’ and although they played extremely well they were unable to secure a positive result as they eventually lost by 16 to 2 points (118 to 87 shots). They followed this up with another away match this time against Louth and after an extremely close fought encounter they secured just 4 points losing the match by 14 to 4 points (104 to 90 shots).
   
Domestic Leagues
The end of January saw Graham Lewis leading the Veteran Triples Div One and Mo Addlesee Div Two. Peter Collins led the Veteran Rinks Div One and Peter Bennett Div Two. In the Australian Pairs (Mon 6.30pm) Rob Skinner was leading and in the Australian Pairs (Tues 12.30pm) Linda Salmon was holding on to the top spot.
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Travel Celebrations
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It is this short
FEBRUARY saw the Scunthorpe Indoor Centre host the Lincolnshire County Bowls Association (EBF) Mixed Pairs Final stages with Scunthorpe’s Wendy Brown and Tom Whiteley taking part. Unfortunately although they played extremely well they lost to opponents who were in terrific form.

The Annual General Meeting of the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League (outdoor) was held at the Scunthorpe Centre. Rena Markham (Shires Bowls Club) was confirmed as the new President of the League for the 2018 Season while Epworth Bowls Club was invited to provide the President for the 2019 Season.

The Lincolnshire County Leagues
Scunthorpe’s Mixed team with three wins and three losses behind them played an away match against Horncastle and suffered their fourth loss of the season losing by 18 to 0 points (146 to 83 shots).

In the Men’s League Scunthorpe played their next home fixture in the County League against a visiting Lincoln team and were looking to collect a positive result. However they finished the match after hard fought battle having lost by 17 to 1 points (117 to 68 shots). On a low from this result the following week the Scunthorpe squad then took the desperate and disappointing decision to pull out of the County Men’s League due to the lack of support by the members.

The Scunthorpe Men’s Over 60’s team played two away matches against Lincoln ‘B’ and Boston securing 16 to 2 points (110 to 82 shots) victory. After a great result against Boston in the previous game the team fulfilled another home fixture against Boston. The Scunthorpe team got off to an excellent start and were able to retain it to the end of the match to finish with another victory by 15 to 3 points (105 to 98 shots).

Scunthorpe Ladies played host to Horncastle in a match in which they played well and secured their fourth victory of the season by 14 to 2 points (104 to 76 shots).

Domestic Leagues
The end of February saw Phil Parker heading the Evening Singles whilst Tom Whiteley is leading the Evening Triples, Phil Boulton was heading the Mixed Pairs (Mon 12.30pm) and Alex Mullin the Mixed Pairs (Mon 2.30pm). Jackie Pettitt led the Mixed Pairs (Frid 2.30pm) and in the Ladies Rinks Pat Kelly was sitting in the top spot.

MARCH turned out to be a difficult one for the Indoor Centre as a number of League matches were not played due to the indoor centre having to close it’s doors for five days because of heavy falls of snow that created not only extremely difficult access to the centre but challenging driving on a number of roads in the area.

However it turned out to be an excellent month for the Scunthorpe bowler Paul Grimbleby as he became the Lincolnshire Bowling Association (EBF) County Singles Champion after qualifying for the County Finals in awesome form. The Scunthorpe player has now qualified for the National EBF Finals Men’s Singles to be held at Newark Indoor Bowls Club in April.

Lincolnshire County Leagues
Scunthorpe’s Mixed team played two home games against Stamford and Spalding and it proved to be a month of victories. In the first fixture against Stamford the Scunthorpe team battled hard and eventually ran out the winners with a well-earned 16 to 2 points (131 to 79 shots) victory. The Scunthorpe squad brimming with confidence after their previous win faced a visiting Spalding team that had other ideas. The Scunthorpe team were in awesome form and at the end of the encounter it was the Scunthorpe team that secured the victory by 14 to 4 points (102 to 90 shots).

The Scunthorpe Men’s Over 60’s team played away against Sleaford and unfortunately lost a hard fought encounter by 16 to 2 points (103 to 87 shots). After a disappointing result against Sleaford away the previous week the team faced a home fixture against Lincoln ‘A’. The Scunthorpe team got off to an excellent start but were unable to retain it to the end of the match disappointingly suffering a 10 to 8 points (99 shots each) second defeat.

In the Ladies league Scunthorpe faced their last two matches of the season with a home match against Dunholme and an away game against Louth. In the first match against Dunholme the home team slotted straight into their stride and continued to lead throughout the game eventually beating the Scunthorpe visitors by 16 to 0 points (26 to 1 shots?). They followed this up with their last match of the season an away encounter against a Louth team. The Scunthorpe ladies struggled to find their form and finished their season with a 12 to 4 points (91 to 86 shots) defeat.

Domestic Leagues
The end of March saw Graham Lewis leading the Midweek Triples Div One, Chris Read Div. Two and Jim Sugden Div. Three. Dave Copley led the Evening Pairs Div One whilst John Fleming was leading Div. Two and in the Evening Triples Tom Whiteley was holding on to the top spot.
In APRIL the Scunthorpe Indoor Club’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Carlton Street Indoor Centre. The current President Ray Robinson welcomed everyone to the meeting and then proceeded to thank the Secretary, the Management team, stewards and all the people that make an exceptional and valuable contribution towards the running of the Club and the provision of a full season’s enjoyable bowling for all its members. Various reports were then presented to the meeting that included a Treasurer’s report during which the Club’s Annual balance sheet was discussed. After the reports the election of the various officers took place and then the President Ray Robinson closed the meeting by thanking the members for their attendance and wished them all an enjoyable and successful outdoor and 2018/19 indoor season.

The Indoor Club’s Individual Knockout Competition Finals were held and it produced an absolute feast of quality bowling. The bowling talent on show involved the Men, Ladies, Mixed and the Open Over 60’s knockout competitions and they produced some absolute stunning bowling that was enjoyed by the spectators that visited the indoor centre over the two days of these competitions.

Lincolnshire County Leagues
Scunthorpe’s Mixed team finished their programme in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League Division Two in fifth place out six.

Scunthorpe’s Over 60’s Men finished second to Lincoln securing their future in Division One.

In the Ladies (Trudy Bates) the Scunthorpe ladies finished in second place in their respective group table.
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One shot to us
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One shot down and one shot up
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A difficult decision

OUTDOOR SEASON


Will all Clubs please note that all Scunthorpe and District Outdoor League completed results sheets, Competition Entry Forms and articles for the Scunthorpe Telegraph should be sent to the League’s Results and Competitions Secretary (Ray Robinson), or posted in the letterbox in the single brown wooden doorway partway along the front wall of the Scunthorpe Indoor Bowling Centre.
(Note: NOT THE MAIN GLASS DOORS)
The SEVEN day rule applies as per 13b in the Scunthorpe & District Bowls League Constitution as revised at the 2015 Annual General Meeting).
Please Note:  That all CANCELLATIONS and REARRANGEMENTS must be notified to the League’s Results Secretary immediately.

                                                MORE ACTION FROM THE 2017/18 INDOOR CLUB FINALS    

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Its this far away
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Mark Pruett

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     Thursday May 10th       Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Club Reopens for the 2018 Summer League.