League News 2018

Calling All 2 Green Clubs . . .

posted Oct 12, 2018, 7:43 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Member clubs with two greens have until Sunday 28th October to apply to host a British championship next year . . . at a cost of £500!

British Crown Green Bowling Association
Applications are invited from Clubs wishing to tender to host the
2019 BCGBA World Club Championships 
Clubs must tender their application in writing and must include responses to all of the points listed below. They may, of course, include any further details which they think will support their application.
The Club must:
Be able to host the competition in the Spring of 2019.
Their green must be available on Sunday March 17 th, Sunday March 24 th, Sunday March 31 st, Sunday 7 th April and Sunday 14 th April.
Have a minimum of two greens in close proximity, in good condition and good size.
Be able to offer suitable facilities for the BCGBA Officers to run the competition.
Have a PA system which reaches both greens and can be heard clearly.
Be able to provide ample parking.
Be able to provide reasonably priced hot and cold refreshments (eg. bacon baps, sausage, baps, hot pies, soups, sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks) and a licenced bar.
Provide details of the Club’s address, including post code, its location and accessibility from the main motorways.
Provide details of competitions which the club has hosted in the past.
Provide full details of a named contact.
The successful club will host for one year and will be required to pay BCGBA a hosting fee of £500. 
Applications to Mark Bircumshaw, 123 Broad Gauge Way, Wolverhampton, WV10 0BA Tel 07887713009 E: ceo@bcgba.org.uk to arrive no later than Sunday 28 th October 2018


Chairman To Stand Down

posted Oct 6, 2018, 3:36 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Chairman Sean Round told delegates at the League's October executive committee meeting that he intends to stand down from the role at the 2019 AGM in January.

The Bowring stalwart officially succeeded the late Dennis Lewis in the key position at the 2014 AGM and has proved himself as a respected and capable guiding hand.

He reported the proposals of the Future Ideas Sub Group at the meeting - and they will be further developed at a meeting of the Sub Group and the League's officers later this month.

And one thing League officials will now have to look at for next year is the structure of the top three divisions on Friday nights after division one champions Highley won promotion to the Shropshire Premier League by beating Hanmer by 13 shots in the play-off at a sodden Old Shrewsbury.

Accounts, Trophies & Dinner Booking Deadlines

posted Oct 1, 2018, 12:47 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's October Executive Committee Meeting is on Tuesday, October 2nd, at the Sir John Bayley Club at 7.30pm

And, stresses treasurer Celia Miles, it is the DEADLINE for ONE key thing . . .
1 End of season ACCOUNTS must be paid by member clubs by this meeting at the latest

2 ALL TROPHIES need to be returned to Competition Secretary Phil King – via any officer – by the November meeting at the latest.

3 The November meeting is also the deadline for ANNUAL DINNER BOOKINGS & PAYMENTS

4 The deadline for proposed changes to LEAGUE RULES to be with the General Secretary, in writing, is October 31


1  Chairman’s remarks to open the meeting

2  Apologies & In Memoria

3  Minutes of the September Management Committee Meeting

4  Matters arising

5  General Secretary’s report & Correspondence

6  Treasurer’s report – club annual accounts to be paid by October executive meeting

7  Fixture Secretary’s report – end of season round-up

8  Competition Secretary’s report – Harris Cup final & Junior Doubles review

9  Annual Dinner update – including guests to be invited on Sat 12th Jan 2019

10 Report from Sub Group meeting (on 29th August)

11 Handbook in 2019?

12 Post-match refreshments

13 County matters (nomination for Deputy President for executive meeting on Mon 8th Oct?)

14 Any Other Business

15 President Mike Potter’s remarks to close the meeting

Clubs are reminded that failure to send a representative to an Executive Committee Meeting will result in a fine of £5 as per Rule 6(e)

Hat-trick Heroes Horsehay Lead Champions Parade

posted Sep 30, 2018, 5:08 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Congratulations go to the eight champions of the League in 2018 - with Horsehay leading the way with a treble.

The A team booked a quickfire return to the top flight as winners of division two, adding the fourth and sixth division titles for good measure (C and D teams) to give the club plenty to celebrate at the annual presentation dinner on Saturday 12th January at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel..

Highley, having already won the Shropshire Cup, finished three points clear at the top of division one and will now have a crack at the Premier League play-offs - just four years after joining the League's Friday night scene!
Very well done too to Allscott Heath B for topping division three, St Georges C for winning division five, Newport on taking the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division crown and SInclair for retaining the Saturday Division title.

Supper Time on Thursday

posted Sep 25, 2018, 5:11 AM by stephen wall

Home teams in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division are reminded that as it is the last game of the season this week, it is tradition to put on post match refreshments to celebrate the end of yet another successful season.

Cup Final Cracker!

posted Sep 21, 2018, 8:11 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Two member clubs with proud title-winning credentials are tipped to produce a cracking Harris Cup final on Saturday 22nd September.

Bylet and Bowring do battle on the bottom green at Wellington’s Bayley Club (6.30pm start) for the League’s main team KO honour - with teams packed with Premier League bowlers - see Competition News for the full draw.

Bridgnorth-based Bylet, led by county man Scott Harries, won the County Consolation Cup in 2004 and were Mid Shropshire champions in 1995, 2004 and again two years later.

Bowring, with another county star in Rich Lawson at the helm, lifted the County Consolation Cup twice before making the big breakthrough by winning the County Cup in 2016.

And the Wellington club have also triumphed in the Harris Cup three times since 2003

League secretary Malcolm Fletcher said: “It has all the ingredients to be a close encounter so we are hoping for a cracking final in front of a big crowd.

"And to avoid any embarrassment for League chairman Sean Round, who is Bowring through and through, the trophy ceremony afterwards will be conducted by President Mike Potter and vice-chairman David Evans."

What A Title Race!

posted Sep 19, 2018, 12:24 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

One of the closest championship chases in years is about to come to the boil.

Highley, Hadley USC and St Georges are separated by just three points at the top of division one - with just two games to go in a thrilling title race.

And St Georges entertain Hadley on Friday 21st September in a potentially decisive encounter while leaders Highley host local rivals Bylet.

Then Highley go to Hadley in another crucial game on Thursday 27th September for a fixture brought forward a day due to Champion of Champions weekend absentees.

That means St Georges will know exactly what they have to do on the final night of the season 24 hours later - when they go to Madeley Cricket Club - to regain a crown they last lifted in 2013.

Highley and Hadley have both applied to feature in this year’s Shropshire Premier League play-offs, but they must be Mid Shropshire champions to take on Premier wooden spoonists Hanmer on Friday 5th October 5.

Hadley USC are the reigning MSBL champions who lost to Wem USC in last year’s Premier play-off final, having been relegated themselves from the Premier at the end of the 2016 season.

Calling All Club Safeguarding Officers . . .

posted Sep 17, 2018, 12:26 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

It may not be too long before the BCGBA makes it a rule that all Club Safeguarding Officers attend a safeguarding course.
So why not get in early - and close to home - next month?
For  BCGBA Safeguarding Officer, Paul Ashmore, is holding safeguarding courses again this year at Meole Brace BC in Shrewsbury . . . and there are still places left on them.

“It is recommended - but not yet compulsory - that all club and league Safeguarding Officers attend a safeguarding course,” stressed a Shropshire association spokespesrson.

The courses at Meole are on Sunday, October 7, from either 11am to 2pm or 3 to 6pm and the cost is £15 per person.
For more details and to book a place email Phil Scott (phildonholsteins@hotmail.co.uk).

Junior Inter-league Teams & Venues

posted Sep 13, 2018, 10:31 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 4:43 AM ]

Mid Shropshire will have 3 teams competing in the 2018 Shropshire junior inter-league championship on Sunday 16th September in the Shrewsbury area.

Two teams feature in the round robin group to played at Bicton while the B side plays at Oxon (report 9.30am for a 10 o'clock start at both venues). Matches for the under-18s are six-a-side.

Mid Shropshire's teams are:
A team - Harry Church & Joe Dorricott (both Sinclair), Susie Lawson & Lucy Hireson (both Bowring), Joe and Tom Killen (both Shifnal).
Captain: Susie Lawson; manager Brenda Slingo.

B team - Byron Fletcher, Callum Corbett, Dan Corbett & Jordon Millman (all Sinclair), Akeel Khan (Shifnal), Adam Rowley (Bowring).
Captain: Byron Fletcher; manager: Derek Killen 

C team - Dan Greaves (Albrighton), Keane Sutherland (Sinclair), Will Thomson (Sir John Bayley), Hayden Jones & Alex Hart (both Donnington Wood), Lillie Ann Clayton (Shifnal).
Captain: Dan Greaves; manager: Philip Venables.

The teams in each of the trop groups are:

Group A at Bicton (SY3 8EC):
  • Tanners A
  • Mid-Shropshire A
  • Whitchurch B
  • Mid-Shropshire C
Group B at Oxon (SY3 5BH):
  • Ludlow
  • Whitchurch A
  • Mid-Shropshire B
  • Tanners B
The finals - main and consolation - will take place at Hanwood (SY5 8LJ). 

Ludlow are the reigning champions while Mid Shropshire A won the consolation shield last year, both finals played at Craven Arms  

Joe Joins Junior Elite

posted Sep 10, 2018, 11:42 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 11:51 PM by stephen wall ]

Shifnal’s Joe Killen has joined an elite band of young League bowlers.
He beat his twin brother and clubmate Tom in the final of Under-15 Merit to complete a junior double after winning the Under-18 Merit earlier in the season.
Only Harry Church of Sinclair has achieved that feat in recent years – in 2015 – and Joe did it with a fine burst on Donnignton Wood No.1 on Sunday 9th September.
The 13-year-old trailed Tom, winner of the Under-15 title last year at Trench, 10-8 before roaring 20-10 up en route to winning 21-13 in a showdown held over from earlier in the campaign.

The triumph put the icing on a super season for Joe, who won the Peter Ashton consolation KO at the Shropshire Junior Merit finals at Whixall in July.

League chairman Sean Round presented theUnder-15 trophies before a super six pairs contested the Junior Doubles on the same green later the same afternoon. Details to follow . . .

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