EALABA Patron - Andy Thomson MBE

Established  2007

Gedling Open Pairs 2018 - Joan Blaney Memorial Trophy

EALABA were represented by Dave Fisher, Bob Love, Mac Otton, John Rogers and Gary Swift at the Gedling Open Pairs Competition, Gedling IBC on August 18/19th.  This is competition is for people with physical and sensory disabilities.  36 players, including 10 Internationals came from England, Wales and Scotland.  Played on a round robin basis over three groups, the winners plus the best runner up pair progressed to the finals knockout.  In the semi-finals Bob Love partnered by Helen Wood beat Welsh Internationals Babs and Kevin Woolmer, 12-9.  John Rogers partnered Gary Swift took out Scottish International Billy Alan and Glen Livingston, 9-8.  Bob and Helen went on to win the Tournament 12-8 when they got revenge over John and Gary for an earlier defeat.  More:  Photos













DBE North - South Challenge 2018

Neil and Ray Smith, Colin Wagstaff and Chris Gray took part in DBE's North - South Challenge held at Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club and held at the start of Bowls England's National Championships.  For a full report and photos go to DBE North - South Challenge












Gedling IBC Plant Welding Tournament

Gary Swift, Bob Love and Helen Wood won this years triples. Read more:  Plant Welding Triples


EALABA vs Gedling IBC - Cancelled due to severe weather conditions.


EALABA vs Tamworth IBC

Despite depleted numbers due to illness and Mike Robertson playing at the Commonwealth Games, EALABA managed to field two triples and three fours teams for their annual end of season match against Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club.


Rink 1 triples was a closely contested affair with the lead changing regularly before Tamworth eventually took the lead and running out 21-15 winners.


EALABA started slowly on the other four rinks, but, their strength started to dominate closing out the match for an emphatic win 4 rinks to 1.  Rink scores:  15 - 21; 18-13; 30-10; 20-8 & 19-15.  Overall 102-67.

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EALABA National Singles Championship 2018

Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club hosted the 11th EALABA National Singles Championships. Welcoming 5 new EALABA members and playing to a packed Club house, 18 bowlers contested the competition in a 3 group round robin basis.  


The winners of each group – Dylan Morton, Steve Ireland and Gary Swift automatically took one of the semi final places and joined by John Rogers as best runner up.  The first semi-final between Steve and Gary was a nip and tuck affair before Steve edged away to a 13-7 win.  Dylan who had beaten John in the group stage was after further success but, John wanted revenge and took the second semi 19-3.  The Final was very tight with neither bowler giving an inch, demonstrated by 13 shots over 11 ends.  John Rogers finally taking the Championship by 9-4.  


Many thanks to the Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club, their markers and helpers, Daisy Delights Catering and all the spectators, helpers and everyone else involved.


National Drawn Pairs 13th October

This years Drawn Pairs was well attended with 16 bowlers split in to 2 groups for a a round robin competition each pairs guaranteed 4 games.  We had some of our new members playing in this competition which was nice to see and we welcome the involvement of all new members.


After all the round robin matches were played, the top 2 from each group played for 1st and 2nd places and runners up in each group for the 3rd and 4th place.


The final result was

EALABA National Drawn Pairs winners:  Dylan Morton and Mark Cooper

EALABA National Drawn Pairs runners up:  Bob Love and Joe Peplow


3rd place went to Pip Smith and Neil Smith.

4th David Fisher and Steve Ireland.


As most of you know, we lost our dear friend and long standing member Marge Smith this year and the family of Marge have donated a trophy to be played for each year at the pairs.  As of this year you will be played for the Marge Smith Memorial Trophy.


The day went well with everyone having a good day.  It's nice to see some of our newer members get their names on the trophy.

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