10 year anniversary, 2007 - 2017
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