2017 Newark report


                                                         2017 Finals Report

Welcome to the English Bowling Federation and English Women's Bowling Federation national indoor section.                                         

Played on the eight rinks green at the Newark Indoors Bowls Centre the EBF & EWBF Indoor National Finals at the Newark Indoor Bowls Club once again had all the promise for a fascinating week of high class bowling and did not disappoint in any way. The tournament organisers, Dave Woods, Beryl Beresford, Ray White and Ty Roberts had their work cut out with over 50 players duplications including, thirteen players in three, and forty five two in two competitions, this meant that some players if successful would play in all sessions on a day.

The opening ceremony on the Tuesday morning was hosted by EWBF President, Joan Mousley from Derbyshire. The official opening was carried out by the Mayor of Newark Councillor Dean Hyde and his consort, unfortunately the Chairman of the council failed to turn up. Following this the Ladies from twelve counties took to the green for the annual Harry Carver Trophy competition. The winners after a four match round robin were Norfolk, with the runners-up Lincolnshire.

Some highlights of the week:

Match play began prompt at 9.30 a.m. on the Wednesday with the opening rounds of the three rink competitions. Resulting in wins for Huntingdonshire in the men’s competition, Lincolnshire in the Ladies and Derbyshire in the mixed rinks.

There were some close games in the Finals with Ryan & Billy Jackson from Lincolnshire just edging out the Derbyshire pair of Gary Shepperson and Ashley Clipston in the Pairs by 17 shots to 15 after numerous dead ends. Another close and exciting game resulted in Ann Lennie from Northumberland just edging out Rebecca Moorbey from Huntingdonshire in the ladies singles, this being Ann’s fifth win in the competition since 2010. Liam Creaser won his first under 25 title beating Jonathon West from Lincolnshire.

In the Mixed Pairs final, Jeny Humphries and Colin Moore beat the Derbyshire pair of Danny Donson and Elaine Haddon-Holmes in another very close final, although most spectators at Newark during the week will have lasting memories of Colin’s last wood in the quarter final, where he was laying match shot down against the strong pairing of Nicky Brett and his daughter Chloe and with not much room to draw, bowling his wood he drew the shot right next to the jack.

On the Sunday afternoon, in the Derbyshire Trophy final, Durham who had qualified from the Northern section for the twelve year running played Huntingdonshire who had qualified for the first time since the competition began in 1984. As expected this was a close game with two evenly matched teams. The game fluctuated throughout the afternoon with Durham eventually wearing down the Huntingdonshire lads winning by 25 shots.

Plans are already underway for the 2018 EBF/EWBF Indoor Finals which will take place from Monday April 23rd to Sunday April 29th inclusive, at the Newark Indoor Bowls Club.

Once again I would like to thank the officials, the staff and the members of this lovely club who helped to make this another memorable championship, delivering all present with a never ending supply of tea, coffee and drinks while the bacon baps never failed to delight, as did the hundreds of lunches and sandwiches served throughout the games. Thanks to Mervyn Sankey our Photographer and also to the Umpires and Markers who gave generously of their time, the EBF and EWBF officials who organised and ran the tournament, the bowlers who delighted the spectators all the week and the spectators themselves who created the magical atmosphere for the English Bowling Family that is only found at Newark. 

Dave Woods