League News 2019

Two Things To Ponder . . .

posted by Malcolm Fletcher

1 - Competition secretary Phil King warns: "I will be chasing people and clubs that still owe money for various competitions this week.

"So if you are unsure if you owe money then please pm me. Thanks."

2 - Fancy putting on bowls taster sessions at your club to try and increase junior participation and membership numbers in general?

Well one way is to become an qualified Activator by taking a course at Bridgnorth BC next week.

County development Officer and coaching chief Pauline Wilson explained: "This course is aimed at equipping volunteers with some basic knowledge, information & skills to offer fun, informal & a relaxed introduction to bowls.

"If your club is only interested in running taster sessions this is course for you."

As of today, seven people had booked places with Pauline (07746-224824) ...

Activator Course - Wednesday 28th August at Bridgnorth Bowling Club from 6 to 10 pm. Cost £25.00

Two Finals Into One WILL Go!

posted Aug 16, 2019, 12:09 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

As was the case last year, the finals of the Ashton Cup and Shield will be played on the same evening at the same venue.

Saturday 7th September is the big day with the two greens at Wrockwardine Wood selected by League comps chief Phil King to be the centre of attention from 6.30pm

Second Time Lucky?

posted Aug 9, 2019, 2:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Mid Shropshire big guns St Georges have a second shot at Shropshire team knockout glory this season tomorrow (Saturday 10th August).

The Dragons take on Meole Brace in the County Cup final on the old green at Prees (6.30pm start), eager to recover from last weekend's Shropshire Cup final against Telepost at Whixall.
It’s been 28 long years since Meole Brace last got their hands on the prized Glynn Hill Trophy, but St Georges won it as recently as 2017.

The club's first division stars Paul Beer and Sonya Lucas both played in the Shropshire Cup final defeat and are determined to avoid another dose of final misery.
Saturday’s final pairings – Meole Brace v St Georges:

Will Tarrel v Rob Roden, Scott Moseley v Peter Grimston, Dave Redge v John Cooke, Julian Cooke v Clay Flattley.

Andy Wigginton v Dave King, Jon Lyttle v Michael Wainwright, Mark Thomas v Sonya Lucas, Nigel Bound v Andy Morgan.

Doug Edwards v Tony Rhodes, Will Tyler v Lewis Scott, Martin Middleton v Martin Gaut, Tim Jordan v Paul Beer.

Don't Miss Out On Activator Course Chance

posted Aug 6, 2019, 1:18 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 1:23 PM ]

Bowlers of member clubs have just 2 last chances to qualify as a coach this year . . .

1 -  Activator Course - Weds 28th  August at Bridgnorth Bowling Club. 6 to 10 pm, cost £25 

This course is aimed at equipping volunteers with some basic knowledge, information and skills to offer fun, informal and a relaxed introduction to bowls.

"If your club is only interested in running taster sessions this is course for you," said Pauline Wilson, the county's coaching chief and SCGBA Development Officer. 

Her contact details if you want to book a place is on this website under Admin and League Contacts

2 - Level 1 Course – at Wombourne Bowling Club on 27 August & 15 October, 9am to 5pm both days, cost £130:00 

"This course is being organised by Staffordshire but anyone interested can apply," said Pauline.

"Level 1 is aimed at clubs wanting to run more regular coaching sessions & includes both theoretical & practical sessions. It provides a nationally recognised qualification.

"The course still attracts a large subsidy from BCGBA & support from Shropshire CGBA 

"Anyone interested should go direct to the COACH BOWLS website & book direct from the course list." 





Have A Holiday . . .

posted Aug 5, 2019, 12:42 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Just a reminder to member clubs, secretaries and delegates that there is NO League meeting in August.

So tomorrow - Tuesday the 6th - the meeting room at the Sir John Bayley Club will be all quiet . . .

Club's First Shot At History

posted Aug 1, 2019, 11:50 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Shropshire bowls history beckons for St Georges.

Bowlers from the Mid Shropshire club have the chance to become the first to win both the County Cup and Shropshire Cup in the same season, having reached both finals.

They will aim to complete part one of the double on Saturday (3rd August) when they take on Telepost in the final of the Shropshire Cup at Whixall (6.30pm start).

But Telepost, beaten finalists in 2017, will fancy their chances of going one better as they have sights set on a double of their own to go with cup success – the Tanners Shropshire League championship and promotion via the play-offs to the Premier League.

The Shrewsbury versus Mid Shropshire final is sure to be a noisy affair at the north Shropshire village club . . . and St Georges also have the County Cup final against Meole Brace to look forward to on August 10.

Shropshire Cup final pairings – St Georges v Telepost:

Jonathan Davies v Sam Onions, Jim Kellett v Lee Barker, Sonya Lucas v Richard Addison, Darren Lord v Hayden Lewis.

Ryan Mills v Gary Neal, Graham Turner v Dan Williams, Alison Cotton v Mick Pritchard, Phil Jones v James Mammone.

Paul Beer v Shaun Bould, Barry Gilder v John Addison, Steve Pessall v Danny Wornell, Jim Gaut v Sam Cartwright.

Club Welfare Officers Get Call To Safeguarding Course

posted Jul 30, 2019, 11:57 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

All Shropshire affiliated clubs have been urged to encourage their welfare officers to go on a safeguarding course

And to help them achieve the goal, the British association’s safeguarding/welfare officer is booked to come to the county in August to run such a course.

“Paul Ashmore has suggested a date he will be in the Shropshire area to hold a course and it is Saturday, August 24 (11am to 2pm), at a location to be confirmed,” said Juliette Swire, secretary of the SPS Whitchurch League which is organising the event.

“The cost is £15 but it will only take place if 15 to 20 Safeguarding Officers attend - and it is strongly recommended that all club Safeguarding Officers attend this course.

“Please forward your name and club name to me (email secretarywdbl@gmail.com) so that I can put a list together.”

This potential course is open to all clubs in the county - Mid Shropshire included - so don't miss out . . .

Sisters Deliver A First . . .

posted Jul 24, 2019, 11:43 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 27, 2019, 12:31 AM by Stephen Wall ]

Young sisters Bethany and Charlotte Hailes have delivered a county first for member club Bridgnorth.

Bethany (10) and 12-year-old Charlotte are the first juniors in Bridgnorth to receive the new Shropshire Junior Bowls Award.

Both girls are members of Bridgnorth BC and started playing last year after bowls taster sessions with St Leonards school in the town.

Club Coach Pauline Wilson, who runs Sunday morning classes between 10:30 and 11.45am, said “We are very pleased that Bethany and Charlotte are amongst the first in Shropshire – and certainly the first in Bridgnorth - to get their level one awards.

“It was well deserved and I look forward to taking them through level two."

Other junior clubs in Mid Shropshire are running at Sinclair, Shifnal and Newport, the 2019 link between Charlton and Hadley Learning Community having ended when the children broke up for the summer holiday.

Member Club Returns To Premier Stage

posted Jul 20, 2019, 9:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

League title chasers Hadley USC will return to the Premier League stage tomorrow - Sunday 21st July.

The former Premier club will host the Premier’s Merit finals 16 from 5.30pm, with a first prize of £300 at stake.

And the last 16 includes former Hadley star Peter Farmer, a six time winner of the title . . .  

Succession Planning Starts Now . . .

posted Jul 12, 2019, 9:10 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Preparations for the future of the League started at the July executive meeting.

The minutes from one of the items on the agenda it will read:

"The general secretary said the chairman Sean Round had now confirmed he would be standing down at the 2020 AGM, following in the footsteps of auditor David Winwood.

"His auditor’s role will be taken by Steve Anyon, but clubs were urged to go away, talk to their members and nominate willing and able people who would like to take on the chairmanship – and indeed any other posts that may become vacant next year.

"He pleaded with delegates and their clubs not to leave it to the management to come up with successors . . . "

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