League News 2018

General Secretary's Update

posted Nov 21, 2017, 1:00 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Secretary’s Report to November Management Meeting 

Ladies and gents - it’s been a busy month that has included dealing with rule change proposals from club, a meeting of the Future Ideas Sub Group and then a follow-up meeting of your League’s officers. I’m just thankful that I have Marg to help ease the load when it comes to the annual dinner countdown! 

In relation to the presentation night, we have ratified this year’s divisional averages prize winners and discussed a few tweaks to the evening’s programme. But we still want Steve Wall’s rolling picture show please! 

I have dealt with an inquiry from Prince of Wales Hotel about fines for non attendance at League executive meetings and been in contact with Brian Williams regarding his brother Ally’s ban from bowls, which I will report on under County Matters later on the agenda. But I think the case is going to BCGBA level now . . .  

I have received a copy of Harry Parsonage’s explanation of, and apology for, his foul mouthed outburst at the Shropshire junior inter-league in the game between Ludlow and Mid Shropshire at Burway. As this apology has been accepted by the Sinclair lady concerned I consider the matter closed. 

But I have still not received anything official from Wolverhampton-based ECC to say whether they intend to go ahead with a bid to join our Friday night divisions in 2018. 

They have until the AGM in January to make a final decision – and, with regard to that night I think we need to consider if the League is going to create any more life members this year (to be discussed at December meeting) 

Still looking ahead to next year, your chairman is anxious to call a pre-season meeting of club greenkeepers and groundsmen with a view to setting up an informal group that can meet and share ideas and even look to make bulk orders to cut costs. 

Last, but not least, Allscott have come up with a provisional date of Saturday 29th September 2018 for the second Mid Shropshire League ladies versus gents challenge for the Dave Ellis Shield. This clashes with the Champion of Champions weekend so there may need to be a re-think . . . 

Thank You 

PS: The League is still looking to appoint an assistant secretary in 2018 to shadow the general sec and take over some of his duties - with a view to them succeeding him full time in 2019 when he plans to stand down.

Anyone interested is urged to contact either chairman Sean Round or general sec Malcolm Fletcher - even if it is just for an informal chat!

Special Trophy Return Chance

posted Nov 17, 2017, 1:26 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Clubs and bowlers with trophies that need returning for engraving ahead of January's annual presentation dinner have an extra opportunity tomorrow - Saturday 18th January.

League chairman Sean Round will be on hand at Wellington club Bowring from 9.30am to 3.30pm to accept them on behalf of competition secretary Phil King.

A number of the divisional trophies won in 2016 and competition trophies won this year have already been returned, but there are plenty of others that need to be handed back ASAP!

Breaking Through The 200 Barrier Again . . .

posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's annual dinner will see another 200-plus attendance again early in the new year

The number of bookings for the function on Saturday 13th January 2018 at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel reached 203 today (Tuesday 14 Nov).

And there are still a couple of clubs working on last minute extras so that number could be set to rise further.

Bowlers should have told their clubs if they wanted to attend, but the menu is listed below and if you want to join the party you have until Friday (17 Nov) to book a place  . . .  


MOLSON COORS MID SHROPSHIRE LEAGUE ANNUAL DINNER

 

SATURDAY 13th JANUARY 2018 – at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Wellington, 7pm (7.30 meal) till late

 

 Tickets cost £20 adults, £10 juniors, book with Malcolm Fletcher know on 01952-771134 or email mc.fletcher@btinternet.com

 

Full payment and menu requirements are needed by the December meeting.

 

MENU

 

STARTERS – CREAM OF VEGETABLE SOUP WITH TOASTED CROUTONS

 

Or   FAN OF HONEYDEW MELON WITH BERRY COMPOTE

 

Or   CHICKEN LIVER PATE WITH TOASTED CRISP BREADS

 

MAINS – ROAST TURKEY WITH SEASONAL TRIMMINGS AND PAN GRAVY

 

Or    STEAMED SALMON FILLET WITH PARSLEY SAUCE

 

VEGETARIAN OPTION: PENNE PASTA BAKE WITH VEGETABLE RATATOUILLE & PARMESAN

 

SWEETS - APPLE CRUMBLE & CUSTARD

 

Or     CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE WITH CREAM

 

Or    FRESH FRUIT SALAD

 

PLUS - COFFEE & MINTS

 

SPECIAL DRINKS PRICES - WINE £14 a bottle ORDERED IN ADVANCE, payable on collection

 

BECKS, BODDINGTONS AND GAYMERS £3 a pint OR £12 per pitcher

    

Play-offs For MSBL . . .

posted Nov 12, 2017, 2:13 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The play-off phenomenon has been the biggest success story in Shropshire bowls in recent years – and could be looming for Mid Shropshire clubs.

Shropshire Premier League officials rightly boast that their play-off final game attracts the biggest crowd of the season on the local scene, having replaced the County Cup final at the top of the pile.

Attendances in excess of the 300 are virtually guaranteed for the showdown on the first Friday in October - as was again the case this year when Wem USC retained their Premier place at the expense of 2017 Mid Shropshire champions Hadley USC at Meole Brace.

And it was the long running success of the Premier play-offs, going back to the late 1990s, that led to Whitchurch League officials producing plans for a play-off structure for their top flight last year.

Now it’s the turn of the Molson Coors Mid Shropshire League to toy with the idea as they look to build on a number of positive developments in recent times, including the launch of the new Dennis Lewis Thursday Division.

Following a meeting of its Future Ideas sub group, a League secretary Malcolm Fletcher said: “We want to work towards Friday night promotion play-offs in divisions one and two between teams finishing third from bottom in them and sides who come third from top in divisions two and three.”

It’s a long term goal that Mid Shropshire officials will try to progress in 2018 by convincing member clubs that two new play-offs will deliver added interest in the league and further raise its profile.

"If such games ever come to fruition they would obviously not attract crowds on the same scale as the Premier play-offs, but they would give teams who just miss out on the two automatic promotion places in divisions two and three a reward with potential big benefit for a fine campaign," he added.

Sadly for Whitchurch League chiefs, their play-off plan involving the teams who finished second bottom of division one and second from top in division two failed to win support and have now been shelved - lack of interest from clubs lower down their seven divison pecking order being the decisive factor..

Now a similar notion has been taken up by Mid Shropshire and, if current officers are re-elected at the league’s AGM in January, a firmed up proposal looms in 12 months time.

And, if the idea had been in place this year, the crunch games - 12-a-side at neutral venues - would have been:

Division one play-off - Donnington Wood A v Broseley A.

Division two play-off - Shifnal A v Allscott B.

Now there's something to reflect on over the winter . . .  

League Minutes

posted Nov 9, 2017, 3:46 AM by Stephen Wall

The minutes for the 2017 Season have been uploaded onto the leagues website and normal service regarding these will resume for the 2018 season and beyond. Minutes of meetings will only appear on this site once they have been ratified by the League meeting, which meets on the first Tuesday of every month. This site will also host all the proposals for the forthcoming AGM to be held in January 18.

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