E.A.L.A.B.A.’s bowlers, Gary Swift, Mac Otton, Irene Cheer, Barry Jones, Dave Fisher, Chris Gray, Ray Smith and Bob Love travelled to Solihull Indoor Bowls Club last weekend to take part in the Disability Bowls England’s National Pairs Championship. Thirty two bowlers from all over the UK took part in this knock out competition. First round losers played in a Plate competition.
This was a highly competitive tournament with Gary Swift and Simon Wright of East Yorkshire winning the Plate Final by a resounding 15 – 1.
The National Pairs Final was a tougher affair between Chris Gray partnered by Gemma Broadhead of East Yorkshire battling against Bob Love paired with Kieran Rollings of Northants. Bob’s pairing took a 17-8 lead after ten ends when their opponents mounted a fight back but, eventually Bob Love and Kieran won 17-14 making them National Pairs Champions 2017.
E.A.L.A.B.A. bowlers Dave Fisher, Chris Gray, Bob Love, Mac Otton, Gary Swift and Colin Wagstaff took part in the Ann Trotman Memorial Singles atr Gedling IBC, Nottingham on 11/12th March 2017.
The players were split into groups playing a round-robin format followed by Semi’s and final. All matches were played to 21 shots up or one and a half hours whichever came first.
Results were as follows,
Dave Fisher (Colchester) 13 v Chris Gray (Kettering) 18
Mike Robertson (Peterborough) 16 v Kevin Vernon (Sidmouth ) 12
Chris Gray 20 v Mike Robertson 13
Well done Chris
On the 25th March E.A.L.A.B.A. Mac Otton and Dave Fisher travelled to Wincester to take part in a multi disability Pairs competition organised by Riverside Indoor Bowls Club. On arrival we were welcomed by organiser Carol who showed us around and made us very welcome.
The competition consisted of 13 pairs of all disabilities, every pair were guaranteed 3 games with the top two pairs to play for 1st and 2nd and 2nd places playing for 3rd and 4th.
Having won all 3 games to get to the final Mac and Dave went on to win the final 10-4 to round of a very good day.
Danny Lockhart, Colin Wagstaff and John Rogers of EALABA and Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club travelled to Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Nottingham last weekend for the inaugural Disability Bowls England Maiden Singles Knockout Competition. This is an event for bowlers with a disability who have never won a county or national competition or represented their country, at any time.
Danny Lockhart clashed with John Rogers in the first round. The lead swapped between each bowler right up to end of time when an extra end was necessary and won by John Rogers 14-13.
Colin Wagstaff succumbed to Colin Price 15-10. Being a first round loser Colin Wagstaff was entered into the Plate Competition that he duly went on to win, beating Mike Robbins 21-9.
John Rogers continued undefeated to the final where he played Brian King of Daventry IBC beating him 16-10.
DBE National Outdoor Singles Champion 2017 Mike Robertson seen here receiving his trophy from DBE Finance Director Duggie Mitchell.
Read more: DBE National Singles Report
EALABA National Singles Championships 2017
Bowlers from all over England travelled to Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club for the English Amputee & Les Autres Bowls Associations, National Singles Championships. Three new EALABA members, two of whom had never played singles previously, were included in the 12 strong squad. There were two groups of six playing in a round robin format, guaranteeing each bowler five matches. Competition was strong, last years Champion Chris Gray just failed to make the finals that comprised World IBD Bowls silver medallist Ray Smith, facing DB England International Gary Swift for third and fourth places. Commonwealth Triples Bronze medallist Bob Love pitted against new comer Steve Ireland for first and second place, both undefeated in the preliminary rounds. All four are pictured in the attachment.
Gary and Ray’s match started very tightly level after 10 ends at 6 all, Gary altered the length putting Ray under extreme pressure Ray. Gary took third place from Ray 20-6.
Bob Love and Steve Ireland battled hard, in a nip and tuck affair, before Bob started to creep away to a 17-11 win and reclaim the title for the third time in four years.
Well done Bob and all bowlers. Thank you to all the supporters who travelled with the bowlers, the helpers/markers from Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club, umpire John Barr and caterers Nick and Teresa.
E.A.L.A.B.A. National Drawn Pairs Championship 2017
EALABA members came together at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club for their National Drawn Pairs Championships last Saturday. Teams were drawn into two groups playing on a round robin basis, each player using four bowls with matches over 90 minutes. The finals were contested between the lead team in each group, then the second, third and so on. The final places were as follows: 6th place - Mac Otton and Colin Wagstaff; 5th place - Neil Smith and John Rogers; 4th place - Jonathan Hartland and David Fisher; 3rd place Bob Love and Dennis Bridge.
Internationals Gary Swift and Barry Jones contended the Championship against fellow International Irene Cheer and Diane Rogers. Gary and Barry took a commanding lead of 8-0 before Irene and Diane got on the board, then pegging back the more experienced pair to 8-8 before going on to a nail biting last end. The lead changed with each bowl and end, finally Irene and Diane took command win by two clear shots to an incredible 10-8 win.
EALABA 10th Anniversary match vs Disability Bowls England
EALABA celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a match against Disability Bowls England at Tamworth IBC last Sunday. 36 bowlers, including 10 Internationals, from all over the UK took part in this special match over six rinks of triples. After six ends EALABA had a good lead of 51-20, by the 12 end their lead had increased to 116-37. DBE staged a small comeback eventually falling to EALABA who won 5 out of 6 rinks and by 149-70. Highest winning rink for DBE were Steve Angus, Chris Rose and Steven Nicholson 24-10. EALABA's best winning rink, 42-5, went to lead Chris Gray, Mike Passmore and skip Bob Love. The day concluded with a two course meal and a speech from the EALABA Chairman Gary Swift.