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To be classed as a Junior one has to be Under 18. Currently (2016/17) there are only 4registered Juniors in our county spread across 2 clubs.

Being a Junior does not necessarily mean being a novice -  many of our young players have now been bowling for several years and play regularly in league teams whilst several have successfully trialled for, and played in, the ESMBA Junior Team since it was reformed in 2006.

Several of these players have since played in the Senior England squad achieving success at National and World level. 



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APR 2017 - tba

APR 2016 - Cameron Breeze, Daniel Agar Lauren & Ben Finch

APR 2015 - Cameron Breeze, Daniel Agar

MAY 2014 - Cameron Breeze, Danny Langdon, Jamie Trigg, Daniel Agar and Lauren Finch all included in squad.

OCTOBER 2013 - Cameron Breeze and Charlotte Clark named in squad of 22.

OCTOBER 2012 - Squad news unknown

OCTOBER 2011 - Nathan Kotek, Edward Townend, James Clark, Matthew Jackson, Jake Potter and Joshua Burrow all made the squad of 25 (Nathan subsequently withdrew after his decision to quit the game completely)

OCTOBER 2010 - This year the ESMBA announced an U21 squad of just 20. Nathan Kotek, Edward Townend and James Clark who were selected last year are joined by Charlotte Clark, Matthew Jackson, and Jake Potter.

AUGUST 2009 - Once again the same 7 players as last year made the grade and have been accepted into the England U21 squad. These are David & Joseph Newsome, Jacinta & Edward Townend, Ben Render, Nathan Kotek and James Clark.

SEPTEMBER 2008 - The squad this year has been opened up to UNDER 21s and Joseph Newsome has been invited to re-join his brother David in the squad. Gareth will not be in it having moved on up into the senior England squad. However his younger brother, Edward, together with Jacinta will be joined by Ben Render, Nathan Kotek, James Clark as squad members.

SEPTEMBER 2007 - Note that three of the North Duffield Juniors were again selected to play in the England U18 team. Joseph Newsome has had to "retire" due to age (!) but Alex Robinson from Crossgates trialled for, and was accepted for this years squad.

OCTOBER 2006 - Four of the North Duffield Juniors, David & Joseph Newsome, Gareth & Jacinta Townend, were selected to play in the England U18 team  

North Yorkshires first England U18 players



Apart from the 1st NYSMBA Junior Championships in 2003 reported below, all other Junior Championships are now reported under the County Championship pages for the relevant year




25th March

The England Under 21 team played Wales in Carmarthen.  Three North Yorkshire players in the Main Team.  Daniel Agar, Lauren Finch and Cameron Breeze.

It was Cameron's last game for the Under 21s and as their longest serving player he was given the honour of carrying the flag.

England put in a fantastic performance in the first session with 7 wins and a draw.

This was followed up with 6 wins  and 2 losses in the second session to leave them only needing 3 wins from the last two sessions to clinch the game.

This was comfortably achieved in the third session and England had claimed the match with a session to spare.

The three Yorkshire players all performed well contributing to a large winning margin and the game was played in a fine spirit with players from both teams mingling through the day

Final result 50-14 (305-210)

(Courtesy Simon Breeze) See PhotoGallery




In March 2017 the England Under 21 team played Wales in Solihull.  3 North Yorkshire players played for the Main Team.  Daniel Agar Led a triple and Cameron Breeze Led a 4.  Lauren Finch started in the B Team but did play for the main Team in the subsequent sessions.  Danny Langdon was offered a place but had other bowling commitments.
England drew the first session 8-8 but then won all three of the remaining sessions 10-6, 12-4 and 12-4 to claim their first win in some years, certainly the first one I have witnessed.  It was uplifting to see the youngsters celebrating a well earned victory. The game was played in a great spirit and all 3 Yorkshire players performed well.
(Courtesy Simon Breeze - a year late!!)





April 30th - Tamworth - Daniel Agar, Ben Finch, Lauren Finch and Cameron Breeze attend England U21 trials.


England U21 v Wales U21 (24/4/16) - Bro-Myrddin IBC, Camarthen (Report Courtesy Simon Breeze)


North Yorkshire were represented by Daniel Agar and Cameron Breeze.

Daniel played lead in a four in all four matches - he played well and this was reflected in the scores, winning three of his four matches (9-3  3-6  8-7  7-5)

He looks set to cement his place in the team for years to come.

, playing No2 in a four didn't fare quite as well in spite of some very competitive games.  He won one out of the four games and narrowly finished with a positive shot difference (7-9  8-12  7-8  12-4) That last game included an impressive six on the last end with a ditched jack and several touchers in the ditch.
The match was still alive going into the last session but unfortunately England required 6 wins from 8 which was too big an ask.
The final scores were 25-39 to Wales (231 shots to 272) so the margins were quite small.  Wales fielded a strong team, as ever, and the England coach commented he recognised several of the Welsh team from the British Isles and World championships.  It was a very enjoyable day and it was good to see a lot of the younger players competing at this standard.

There was also a B team competition to give everyone a game and this was won 10 points to 8 by England.

Trials for next year are this Sunday May 1st ( so good luck to any North Yorkshire players taking part.


U21 v SOMERSET/DORSET  (28/2/16) (Report courtesy Daniel Agar)

On the 28th of February 2016, I played at Taunton (Somerset) representing England against a joint counties team of Somerset and Dorset. Cameron Breeze also attended but I can't give any information about his day. Overall, we were thrashed (I don't know the actual scores) but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. I lost 3 and drew 1, all very close scores. I played 2nd and lead in the matches so our Manager could analyze our play to sort out the A and B teams for our match against the Wales U21 team (coming up shortly in Camarthen). Even though it was a total loss, we learnt lots of new ways to improve our play and to hopefully beat Wales.




U21 v WORCESTERSHIRE (29/11/15) (Report Courtesy Simon Breeze)

On Sunday 29th of November England Under 21s took on Worcestershire in Bromsgrove.  Two of our youngsters (Daniel Agar and Cameron Breeze) took part in and played in all four matches.

In the fours in the first session Daniel, playing at lead as he did all day, lost a close game 5-9 but had a comfortable win in the triples 16-3 to end the morning with a win and a loss and a good aggregate.  In the afternoon he won the pairs 9-2 but lost the final fours 10-14 to end the day with a creditable 2 wins from 4 and a healthy aggregate score.

Cameron got off to a good start in the morning playing three in a four and winning 11-10.  He then played two in a triple and drew 8-8 to end a good morning.  The afternoon started with a tough pairs game, which he lost 3-15, and the final fours game which was a tight game but was lost 7-12.  So he ended the day with a win and a draw out of his four games.

The under 21s won overall 35-29 and 277 shots to 262.  It was noticeable how well organised the day was under the new manager Steve Bailey, who seems to be taking the team in the right direction.


U21 v WEST SUSSEX (10/10/15). (Belated report based on information obtained by Simon Breeze from Steve Bailey after the above report). Daniel Agar also took part in the U21 match against West Sussex playing Triples for 3 games followed by 1 Fours. Results were 2 wins (13-8 and 9-8) and 2 losses (6-8 and 12-20). The match result was a loss for the U21s by 22-50 (272-420) 


ENGLAND U21 v WALES(Saturday May 9) (Report Courtesy Simon Breeze)


The England Under 21s played the Wales Under 21s at Church Gresley.  6 North Yorkshire players were involved.  Cameron Breeze and Danny Langdon played in the main U21 team and Jamie Trigg, Daniel Agar, Ben Finch and Lauren Finch played in the U16 section.  Joseph Newsome was also involved as one of the umpires.
Cameron skipped a strong rink to win three out of four games (9-7,15-4,4-9,7-5) and was confident enough in his team to let his No3 and No2 act as Skip the last two games.  Danny skipped a triple and whilst all his games were close he only triumphed in one of them.
Jamie won all four games in the U16 section but I am afraid I don't know how the others got on.
At lunch time it looked as if England might achieve an historic first win in this fixture as they held a narrow lead.  A poor 3rd session though saw Wales gain the lead and left England needing 5 wins from 7 in the final session.  It was a nail biting finish but in the end England only managed 3 wins out of 7 and so were narrowly defeated. (ESMBA website says 34-22 and 249-219 shots)

The under 16 section won 22-10 and 125 shots to 103.  There was no prize for this section but it bodes well for the future.  If you combined the two sections it would have been a draw on points with England having the better shot difference.  Unfortunately the combined score didn't count on the day


Joseph qualified as an international umpire and received a generous round of applause. (See England team photo on PhotoGallery)




2014 U21 trials (Sunday May 11th)  - These were held at Northampton Indoor Bowls Club, Harborough Road, Northants.

Cameron Breeze, Danny Langdon, Jamie Trigg, Daniel Agar and Lauren Finch all attended and were all selected as part of the squad (no further details known). Congratulations to all 5 especially first timers Jamie and Lauren who are 15 and young Daniel who is only 10. They will all play on this years Presidents Day (Sep 13) which should prove a great experience for them.  


ENGLAND U21 v WALES (Camarthen - 26/4/14). (Report courtesy Simon Breeze)

3 players represented North Yorkshire and played in all four games.  Cameron Breeze played in a Four with a variety of players throughout the day while Josh Burrow and Danny Langdon played in a Triple together.

Cameron’s scores were 6-8, 9-5, 6-12 and 6-6, contributing a win and a draw.

Josh and Danny fared slightly better 2-12, 14-7, 9-5, and 7-10, managing two wins.

Overall England lost the match 38-18 so all the North Yorkshire players did a little better than the team overall.

The umpiring of the match was very strict with one of our players being pulled up for several foot faults, including one for his shoelace overlapping the line!

On the Sunday there was a prestigious charity Triples competition.  Playing together our three England Juniors put in a creditable performance to reach the last 16.   My own performance, with a scratch team with a Grandad/Grandson combination from Wales, against some tough opposition was not good enough to pass the group stage.  Several teams were made up entirely of Welsh Internationals and the standard was very high.

Unfortunately we were unable to stay for the final due to the long drive home but were made to feel very welcome by our Welsh Colleagues.

ENGLAND U21 squad v NORTH YORKSHIRE (8/3/14) - 23 squad members (including 2 of our own U18 members) visited the Galtres centre with their manager, Brian Claessen, to play against a representative team of North Yorkshire players. Jill Newsome, our Junior Coordinator had invited all 24 of our registered U18 players to take part but unfortunately only 7 of these were able to make it. The rest of our team was composed of our younger (under 30) players (including 3 past County Junior Champions) as well as committee members, parents and carers and some invited guest players. Our side numbered 33 in total. The main competition took place on 6 mats (5 Rinks and 1 Triple) over 4 playing sessions with a subsidiary "Bowls Drive" for those not playing in the current session on 2 additional mats. 10 ends were played in the morning, reducing to 8 in the afternoon.


The day started with a walk-on of the England team headed by our own Graham Sweeting, who had been invited to be the England flag bearer for the day. This was a proud moment for Graham who although he suffers from Downs Syndrome loves his bowls at North Duffield where he is well looked after and encouraged by club members. After a few welcome words from Chairman Pat Jones and Brian Claessen, who presented us with a small plaque as a memento, the match got under way.


Session 1 set the scene with England winning 4 mats, drawing 1 and losing 1 so picking up 9 points to our 3. However, North Yorkshire came back in Session 2 with 4 wins so at the halfway point, as everyone went off to enjoy a buffet lunch, the scores were 13-11 to the visitors. In the afternoon, England started with another good session with 5 wins to our 1, and although points were shared in the final session of the day, there was no hiding the fact that Brian's young players had ended triumphant with a victory by 29-19 (240 to 188 shots). We wish them all well in their future games both as Juniors but for some, as members of a future senior squad.  (See PhotoGallery)    




ENGLAND U21 squad 2013/14 - (see ESMBA website This season the squad is being managed for the ESMBA by a new Manager - Brian Claessen. Cameron Breeze made the squad of 22 at the trials and has played in both of the 2 games so far organised. The first was against the Norfolk Over60s and apart from knowing that this resulted in a loss for the Juniors no other details are known. In their 2nd match against Herefordshire in January (2014) the squad was issued with Team shirts and had an excellent result winning 28-12. The squad played as 5 Fours with everyone getting 4 games and Cameron's four won 2 of their games.


Next game is versus North Yorkshire on March 8 with a final match against Wales on April 26.


RICCALL PRIMARY SCHOOL JUNIOR BOWLS - This is an after-school club started and run by Jill Newsome (see article in the 2012/13 Handbook) but now hosted by Riccall SMBC and assisted and supported by members of that club.  They meet each Wednesday at around 5.45pm for a session that takes place before the club plays its normal senior league games. They have recently been successful in obtaining an £800 grant and have invested in 8 sets of Junior size bowls. Well done Jill and Riccall club - this is the sort of initiative that bodes well for the future of the game in your area and North Yorkshire in general.  (See PhotoGallery)


JUNIOR PAIRS at CHURCH FENTON - February 21st 10.30 - 2.30. (Report based on draft information supplied by Jill Newsome)

Janet and Nobby Clark assisted by Dave Herbert and Gordon Raggett organised a get together at Church Fenton SMBC for 12 junior players. These included 2 from Church Fenton, 4 from North Duffield and 6 from Jill Newsome's 'after school club' which takes place weekly at Riccall SMBC.  The group was organised into two groups of pairs with more experienced/older players partnering those with little experience (namely the 'after school' bowlers). They played a round robin competition then the winners of each group played off for small trophies.  Danny Langdon (current NYSMBA under 18's champion) partnered George Ward who has only played four times and they romped away with the group title but then had a tussle against North Duffield's Francis Garside (12) and his partner in the early stages of the Final.  This was a most enjoyable day and when you consider that there were at least 8 other young bowlers from the 'after school' group who were unable to attend it bodes well for the future of the sport in North Yorkshire. (See PhotoGallery)




NYSMBA Junior "Get together" Monday February 13th (Report by Janet Clark)


A ‘Get Together’ for junior bowlers to meet others from within the County was held on Monday 13h February at North Duffield Village Hall.  The aim of the day was to give the juniors chance to meet other junior bowlers from within the County as well as take part in a competitive game of bowls.


The day was organised by Noel and Janet Clark with 18 bowlers from 5 clubs taking part, the youngest participant being 10 years old with the eldest 18 years old.  The players were divided into 6 triples who played 2 round robins, with the winners of each round robin playing a final for a trophy. This was originally donated in 2005 when a competitive game was held between Crossgates and North Duffield who, at that time, were the only clubs with junior members. 

The winning triple was Ryan McKee (Crossgates), Ben Finch (North Duffied) and Luke Atkinson (Crossgates).

All those taking part were given a pen as a momento of the day.

(See PhotoGallery)

Nth. Yorkshire Juniors v St. Albans, Stockport Juniors - Tuesday January 3rd (Report by Janet Clark)

The fourth annual challenge match between North Yorkshire Juniors and St. Albans, Stockport Juniors took place this year away at Stockport. 

The format of the day was played on 3 mats for 6 sessions, 3 triples, 2 pairs, 2 mats of fours and 2 mats singles.

All North Yorkshire Juniors were invited to take part with 14 (which included the one Humberside junior) making the journey to Stockport.  As the maximum number required was 12, the younger players were rested for 2 sessions with the older juniors resting for 1 session.  As St. Albans did not have a full quota of Juniors so there were several older and more experienced players in their team.

The morning session was totally dominated by the older St. Albans players with the result that at lunch time the score was 24 – 0.  It has to be said that of the North Yorkshire players at least 5 were in their first season of bowling and had never met any of the other players or played in different venues.  However, after lunch the North Yorkshire players became more used to the mats and each other and made a very gallant effort with the final score being 39 – 9.

The North Yorkshire players played the games in an exemplary fashion and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Let us hope that in 2013 the cup will return to North Yorkshire.

A further ‘get together’ is to be arranged amongst the North Yorkshire Juniors in the February half term. (See PhotoGallery)


ESMBA WOODBRIDGE Trophy 2011 - (Sunday 2nd October) - Full details and scores unavailable but 8 teams took part including one scratch team of adults whose scores did not count. North Yorkshire had entered 6 players - one full team with Nathan Kotek, Matthew Jackson, Jake Potter and James Clark playing together and Charlotte Clark and Matthew Barnsley playing with Jamie Smith (Humberside) and Daisy Stewart (Surrey). In the final session, our 2 teams met with Charlottes team winning by 1 shot after Matthew played the jack into the ditch with his last wood to bring their woods into play. This gave Charlotte's team 8 points to tie the lead but on shot difference the Trophy went to Essex leaving our team a little disappointed to end in 2nd place.  (See PhotoGallery)    


ESMBA U21 trials - Once again there were 2 trial days and I have been informed that 5 of last year's players have once again been selected (see above). Unfortunately Charlotte Clark failed to make the squad this year although newcomer Josh Burrow from Church Fenton joins the squad for the first time. Well done all.   


England U21 v Wales (Saturday April 16) - Our 6 England U18s (see above) were joined by our 4 England Senior squad members (still U21) giving us 10 players in this annual match against Wales - once again held at the Bro Myrddin BC in Camarthen. Playing in mixed rinks, our players clocked up 6 wins, 3 draws and 11 losses between them as follows. 


Charlotte, Edward,  Jake (with David Gibbs)                          2 losses (6-11. 8-9) and 2 wins (9-7, ??)

Matthew (with Liam Smith, Mitchell Young, Jamie Ballard)     3 losses (7-9, 5-10, 4-11) and 1 win (10-3). Matthew did not play in the last game.

Nathan (with Katie Hawkins, Jack Knight, AJ Brown)             3 losses (5-16, 8-13, 7-11) and 1 win (8-5)

Gareth, James (with Kevin Pinkawa, Matt Sifford)                  2 losses (5-11, 7-13) and 2 draws (9-9, 12-12). James did not play in last game.

Jacinta, Ben, David (with James Hardwick)                           1 loss (9-11), 2 wins (7-6, 12-5) and 1 draw (13-13). Matthew replaced JH in last game


The best comeback of the day was in David's first game when they recovered from 1-12 down to eventually draw at 13-13. If at first..............!


Although Wales decisively won the match by 27-13, our "staff" on the spot (Pete Render - compiler and Jo Newsome - reporter) said "All the North Yorkshire players made their parents proud and once again put the county firmly on the Short Mat national map both for now and on into the future. Well done to all of you!""




North Yorkshire v St. Albans (Stockport) - (December 29th) - This was the third match to be organised against the St.Albans Juniors once again held at Bubwith and organised by the Chairman and his wife. Our team comprised 18 U18s (youngest was 11 years old) from 6 of our clubs + 1 from Humberside, plus 2 adults (David/Joseph Newsome) whilst Stockport were only able to bring 10 U18s so their team was supplemented by 10 adults. Four sessions were played using 5 mats with everyone getting 3 games (and a few getting 4). Session 1 and 3 were Fours (x5) whilst Session 2 was Singles (x2) and Pairs (x3). In the last session entrants played as Triples (x5).  Although the points in Session 1 were shared, North Yorkshire dominated the other 3 sessions and eventually ran out winners by 26-14 (180 shots to 125). 

Janet summed up the day as "a very good day which was a great experience for some of the young bowlers who only started playing in November". (See PhotoGallery)


ESMBA U21 Trials - For some reason, there were two trials weekends this year and this resulted in a squad of just 20 being announced. Our county is the most represented with 6 players (see above) followed by Lancashire with 3 and Essex and West Midlands who have 2 each. Derbyshire, Humberside, Dorset, W Sussex, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset each have 1 player in the squad.


ESMBA WOODBRIDGE TROPHY - Sunday June 13th @ Caroline Chisholm School Wooton (Northants) - 10 teams took part with each playing 5 games of 7 ends each. Our team consisted of Nathan Kotek, Matthew Barnsley, James & Charlotte Clark none of whom plays Short Mat during the summer although all are involved playing flat green bowls. This undoubtedly affected their first game against Essex 1 which they lost 0-15. However, having found their feet, they went on to win their remaining 4 games against Essex 2 (12-6), Essex 3 (14-8), West Sussex, who were undefeated to this point (9-3) and Essex 4 (14-3). This good performance gave them a very creditable 3rd place behind Essex 1 in 2nd and winners West Sussex. (With thanks to Janet Clark).     


International v Wales (17th/18th April) All 7 of our U21 squad players took part in this annual match along with Gareth Townend who, whilst a member of the full England team, is also under 21 years of age. Not bad representation in a team of 22. The match was based on 5 Rinks with 2 sitting out in each session. Wales won the day by 2 shots. Our reporter on the spot felt that with 3 wins required from the last session for victory, to leave Jacinta and Ben on the bench was poor team selection.  


Joseph - 1 win 3 losses  (playing No3)

Ben - 1 draw 2 losses (playing No2 then No3)

Jacinta - 1 win 2 losses (playing Lead)

Edward - 2 wins 1 loss (playing Lead in 3 different teams)

James - 2 wins 1 loss (playing Lead in 2 different teams)

Gareth - 3 wins out of 4 (playing No3 in a Rink of full England squad players)

Dave - 4 wins out of 4 (playing Skip)

Nathan - 1 win 3 losses (playing No3)


NYSMBA JUNIORS vs ST ALBANS (Stockport) - (Saturday February 20th) - This was nominally a return match to the one played at Bubwith last June and our team consisted of 12 Juniors from 5 of our clubs (Great Ouseburn, Tollerton, Boroughbridge, Riccall and Norh Duffield)  plus James Hardwick from Derbyshire. After the journey to the St. Albans Parish Hall (Offerton) there was a period of practice and initial introductions. The match then consisted of 6 sessions of play divided in two by a short lunch interval. Four mats were used for all sessions and 2 woods were used in all disciplines.


Session 1  - 4 x Singles (7 ends)

Session 2 - 4 x Triples (7 ends)

Session 3 - 4 x Pairs (7 ends)  


Session 4 - 4 x Fours (9 ends)  - (with 1 adult per rink making up the numbers)

Session 5 - 4 x Pairs (7 ends)

Session 6 - 4 x Triples (9 ends)


With the advantage of their home mats St. Albans won the day with an overall score of 33-15 and were presented with the Trophy before both teams said their "goodbyes" until the next time. The day was enjoyed by all and well supported by the parents of those taking part.


3rd Squad weekend (23/24th January - Kempston Bedford) All 7 of our U21s took part and after a "training/coaching day" on the Saturday they played in a match against a "Bedfordshire Select" side on the Sunday. This was a Fours only match against a very weak county (not yet ESMBA registered) and the Juniors had no trouble in taking victory by 31-2 (276-79 shots).



2nd Squad weekend (10/11th October - Storrington West Sussex) After a days coaching on the Saturday, the England U21 team played a "Southern Select" side on the Sunday - beating them 22-10 (163 -103 shots). The format was all Fours (played over 4 sessions on 4 mats) and all 7 of the North Yorkshire players took part (although there are no individual scores available). Because of the numbers involved some players only had 3 games and whilst some played in all 4 - a less than satisfactory format considering the distances that had to be travelled to the venue.    


1st Squad weekend (26/27th September - Melton Mowbray IBC Leicester) All 7 of our U21 squad members took part with the Saturday given over to coaching (4 games of Fours - 9 ends + a Skills session run by the new U21 ESMBA coach Alan Berry) and the Sunday was a promotional match against an adult Lincolnshire team (who currently are a non affiliated county). In the latter all had 3 or 4 games of Rinks over 10 ends and although no individual scores are available they all won the majority of their games with the result going to the England side by 27-5 (207-107 shots). All 7 have now been selected to play in the next Squad weekend in West Sussex in two weeks time.


ESMBA U21 trials - (30th August - Rugby) Jacinta & Edward Townend, David & Joseph Newsome, James & Charlotte Clark, Ben Render and Nathan Kotek attended along with 15 others (a further 5 did not turn up). All had 4 games in Fours and 1 in a Triples v Fours format due to the non-arrival of the 5 "no shows". This took place over 4 sessions of 9 ends and a final session of 7 ends. Our Juniors continued to perform very favourably against those from the other the counties and we have now learned that with the exception of Charlotte, all have been accepted into the squad. Four matches have been planned for the season ahead and we hope that these young players will have the opportunity to perform in all these games.  


NYSMBA JUNIORS v STOCKPORT - (28th June - Bubwith) As one of his first jobs in his new role as our Junior Coordinator,  Noel Clark organised this match against a Junior team from the St. Albans club (Stockport Metro league). This was a first for North Yorkshire as there had never been an external Junior game organised before. There were 16 players per team, although this included some adults in each side to even up the numbers. The day was organised in 4 sessions as follows.


Session 1 -  4 mats - 4 x Fours (10 ends)

Session 2 - 4 mats - 2 x Singles (12 ends) & 2 x Pairs (9 ends) both using 4 woods   


Session 3 - 5 mats - 5 x Triples (8 ends)

Session 4 - 4 mats - 4 x Fours (8 ends)


Our own team consisted of 13 Junior players from five NYSMBA clubs and one Humberside club, namely Riccall (2), North Duffield (6), Crossgates (2), Tollerton (1), Boroughbridge (1) and HOSM (1) with ages ranging from 9 to 17. Also taking part were Sheila & John Clapson from Crossgates and Gareth & Jacinta Townend from North Duffield.


There was some excellent bowling from both sides which showed once again that there is most definitely a place for keen interested youngsters in our game - in fact, in the long term, the game is unlikely to survive without them. Neither side was dominant especially in the Singles/Pairs games where the points were shared 4-4. However in the Triples  N. Yorks. won 3 and lost 2 (6-4 to us) and in the two sessions of Fours won 4 , lost 3 and drew 1.  The  over all final scores thus confirmed a win for North Yorkshire by 19-15 (159 shots to 124).  Noel is hoping that a return match can be organised sometime during the winter season when we can expect Stockport to make every effort to set the record straight on their home ground.

(See PhotoGallery for various views of the day)


WOODBRIDGE TROPHY (3rd May) - 14 teams took part and all were given 6 games of 7 ends. By using 7 mats, play was more or less continuous with only one short rest break and one for a lunch. This year two teams were entered from North Yorkshire. David Newsome (his last appearance in this Junior event) skipped our senior (older) team of Matthew Jackson, James Lambert and Nathan Kotek whilst our second team was composed of our younger players who were James and Charlotte Clark, Nicole Baddeley and Nicky Potts. (See PhotoGallery)


David's four had an excellent day beating N Yorks2 (17-3), W Sussex4 (16-2), Surrey1 (19-3), Kent (7-4) and W Sussex2 (8-6). Unfortunately they also just lost to Hampshire1 by 5-7 and this left them in overall 2nd place - our best ever result in this annual trophy.


Our other team lost to N Yorks1 (3-17), W Sussex1 (3-11), W Midlands (2-20), W Sussex3 (2-8) and Essex2 (4-8). However it was not all gloom and they also had a good 9-1 win over Essex3. No doubt they will be back in future years to try again with another year of experience under their belts. 


ENGLAND U21s vs WALES - (18th April - Bro Myrddin Bowls Stadium Carmarthen) - This was a "re-run" of last years U18 match except that our team had been "upgraded" to an U21 side (to match the Welsh team). This meant that Joseph Newsome, Gareth & Jacinta Townend and Ben Render were all able to take part along with David Newsome and James Clark (who was called in the day before the match to sub. for Leah Wood from Hampshire).  The match was played as a mixture of 6 Pairs (15 ends) and 6 Triples (12 ends) over 4 sessions on 6 mats. The result was again a win for the English side by 27-21 (291-274 shots) with our members contributing towards 11 of those points as follows. Between them, our players Won 5, Lost 4 and Drew 1 of the games they were involved in.


Jacinta & Dave (Pairs) - Won one 12-8 and lost one 7-12

Gareth & John Burton-Gow (Pairs) - Won one 14-12  and drew one 14-14

Joseph, Samantha Puttock & Andrew Beard (Triples) - Lost both games 7-13 & 8-10

James, Tom Deen & Joshua Higginbotham-Jones (Triples) - Won both 15-10 and 12-11

Ben, Coral Lucas & Kevin Pinkawa (??) - Won one (14-10) and lost one 9-16


Our correspondent at the match (Pete Render) said that "...all 6 players were a credit to North Yorkshire and showed the quality of youth we have in our county. Future prospects for England selection remains high - Well done NY lads and lasses!"


On the Sunday our 6 team members (plus Janet and Charlotte Clark) also took part in a charity match involving 16 groups of 5 triples from England, Scotland and Wales (no details).


ENGLAND U21s vs WEST MIDLANDS - (March - under negotiation) - TBC

ENGLAND U21s vs WEST MIDLANDS - (25th January) - Cancelled due to problems with venue




ENGLAND U21s vs CAMBRIDGESHIRE - (Sat. 15th November - Witchford Community Hall and Sun. 16th November - Royal British Legion Hall, Manea). David & Joseph Newsome, Jacinta Townend, Ben Render, Nathan Kotek and James Clark travelled to Cambridgeshire to play in a team of 24 against a Cambridge/Suffolk team on the Saturday and Cambridgeshire only team on the Sunday. On both days they all had 4 games playing in an all Triples match alongside other U21 players (although James & Joseph were in the same triple).  The total points available were thus 64 (no aggregate).


Saturday - Our 6 had a total of 20 games between them, losing 10, winning 9 and drawing 1. They thus contributed 19 points to the U21 match total of 29 with their opponents gaining the other 35 for a narrow(ish) win (189 shots to 184).

Sunday - With a slightly improved performance, the U21s just came out as winners by 33-31 (187 shots to 190). Our six contributed 23 points with 11 wins, 8 losses and a draw.


(With thanks to Jo Newsome)


ENGLAND U21s vs KENT - (21st September). Ben, Jacinta and Edward will all be playing in this first game of the season. No results provided.


ENGLAND JUNIOR TRIALS - (14th September) - These are now open to anyone UNDER 21. We were well represented with Jacinta and Edward Townend, David and Joseph Newsome, Nathan Kotek, Ben Render and James Clark all taking part. The day was organised in 8 sessions with the hopefuls playing a mixture of Pairs (8 ends) and Triples (5 ends) games. The selectors must have been impressed with what they saw and all 7 have been included in the squad (now expanded to 40 players) for the year ahead. Hopefully they will all get some of the games that have been organised by the ESMBAs Junior manager, John Jackson.


WOODBRIDGE TROPHY (11th May) This year David Newsome (16) was joined by James Lambert (16), Nathan Kotek (13) and James Clark (14) as our entry on this annual Fours competition. Along with another 13 teams they had 5 games during the course of the day. Although most of their games were very close, with shots tied going into the last end in three of them and just 1 down in another, they were very unfortunate to actually lose all five. Hopefully they will have another go next year and have better luck. 


ENGLAND U18s vs WALES (April 19th) This was the England sides first "international" match and their opponents were a Welsh side of Under 21s. The game took place in Camarthen and consisted of 2 sessions of Pairs and 2 of Triples (teams of 30) played on 6 mats. In the Pairs Jacinta, with Dan Blackman, won her first game 12-9 but lost the second 6-15 and David, with Scott Follis, won both his games, 14-10 and 15-8. In the Triples, Gareth was teamed with Simon Brindley and Matt Sifford and lost both, 7-9 and 4-12 whilst Alex, playing with John Burton-Gow and Tom Deen, won both,  11-8 and 16-11. Overall, the match went to the England side by 31 points to 17 (shots unknown).

(All our 4 players together with Noel and Janet Clark and Peter Brown also took part the next day in a Welsh Open Triples Charity match.)  


ENGLAND U18s vs CHESHIRE (February 24th) Gareth, Jacinta, David and Alex were all in the team of 24 (8 triples) for this match against the Cheshire team, played at the Winnington Recreation Club. Alex played with Geoffrey and A N Other (?) but lost both games (4-16 and 6-11). Jacinta was with Andrew Beard and John (?) and won her first game 15-7 but lost the second 8-13. However, David and Gareth, playing with Matt (?) had a good day winning both their games (13-8 and 16-8). The final result was 18-14 to Cheshire but the Juniors claimed the aggregate 4 points for having the higher number of shots (246-234) so the match was in fact declared a draw at 18-18. All four have now been invited to take part in the Junior teams first International game which will be against Wales at Camarthen in April.


ENGLAND U18s vs WEST MIDLANDS (February 3rd) - Cancelled




ENGLAND U18s vs WEST SUSSEX (November 18th) - Although Alex and David were both selected, they both had to opt out due to domestic problems leaving Gareth and Jacinta to make the journey down to the south coast to play against West Sussex at Chichester. The format was for 4 Triples and 4 Fours (a team of 28) with everyone getting just 2 games. Both our two played in a Four. Gareth skipped his rink and won 11-6 and 8-6 whilst Jacinta played Second in hers and won 7-4 and drew 6-6. Although the Junior team won 18-14 on points, the aggregate of 4 points went to the home team  who had an overall shot difference of +3 shots. The result was therefore an honourable draw.


ENGLAND U18s vs WARWICKSHIRE (October 21st 2007) - All our four played (Coventry) and although there are no details of individual scores/performances, the U18s won by 19-13 (+15 shots).


ENGLAND U18 Trials (September 2nd 2007) - Attended by Gareth/Jacinta Townend, David Newsome and Alex Robinson. All 4 eventually selected into this years squad. 


EBYDS School of Excellence - (July 15th 2007) - Gareth, Jacinta and David were part of a group of 32 of the countries top Juniors invited to take part in a skill assessment run by the ESMBA in conjunction with the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme. They travelled down to the Caroline Chisholm School (Northants) where their drawing skills were assessed by taking part in a series of tests. After this they then had to play 3 short singles games against others in their group (randomly picked). At the end of the day their cumulative score resulted in a relative ranking out of 32 in which David was placed 10th, Gareth 19th and Jacinta 24th. Well done once again!


WOODBRIDGE TROPHY - (Sunday 6th May 2007) - After their good run in 2006, the "famous four" (Gareth. Jacinta, David and Joseph) once again travelled down to Northampton to take part in the annual ESMBA Junior Fours competition where they played six games, each of 7 ends. Four of these were won.... 15-2 against Surrey; 8-3 against Kent; 13-6 against Somerset and 9-5 against Hampshire. However they had two defeats.... 4-6 against the eventual Runners-up from Devon and 2-5 against the eventual winners - a composite team made up of Andrew Beard (E. Sussex), Adam Freeman (Warwickshire), Jack Shepherd (Essex) and a.n.other (?) - all players in the current England Junior squad. This was another good run giving them joint 3rd place once again. Well done all!


Next year, should they choose to enter, it will be minus Joseph Newsome who is now getting a bit long in the tooth having celebrated his 18th birthday during the course of this season! Hopefully, he will now go on to bigger and better things.  



A report by Joseph Newsome


Saturday 3rd March 2007 - The weekend got under way at 10:15 when all four of us arrived at the Bitterne Park Community School in Southampton for an initial roll-call. (David and I had travelled by car with Mum and Peter whilst the twins had flown down from Manchester). We then had a roll up ready to commence the match at 11am.  First we lined up opposite the South of England team who were our opponents for this day. The Hampshire Chairman and the ESMBA U18s manager John Jackson and his assistant Barry Hedges carried out the formal proceedings. The team of 30 consisted of 6 Triples and 6 Pairs playing alternately on 6 mats over 4 sessions.

The first session was Triples with Jacinta teamed up with Somerset's Kevin Pinkawa and Warwickshire hot shot Adam Freeman as skip. They played 11 ends and managed to force out a 10 - 9 victory. Unfortunately the other triple featuring Joseph playing with Lancashire's Joseph Higginbotham - Jones and Essex's Matt Sifford, were crushed by a 7-15 defeat. Session 2 was Pairs. Jacinta (doubling up due to some people not turning up) played with the U18 Captain Karen Watson (from Cornwall) and they streaked to a 14 - 11 win whilst Gareth, who was paired with Leah Wood from Hampshire, drew 11-11. David and Essex's Jack Shepherd won their game 12-10. In the third session, Joseph's triple drew 6-6 whilst Jacinta's drew 11 - 11. Session 4 was Pairs again with Gareth and David both managing impressive wins, the former by 17-11 and the latter by 15-8 - after picking up two maximum fours on the way.

The day closed with thanks being expressed and our Junior side registering an excellent victory  by 35-13 (302 shots to 137)

Sunday 4th March 2007 - On Sunday we returned, this time to have a crack at the Hampshire County side. After the same initial procedure of roll call, roll up and housekeeping the day was played to a slightly different format with teams of 26.  This was made up of 2 Pairs, 2 Triples and 4 Fours playing on 4 mats only over 4 sessions. 

Session 1 was for the Pairs and Triples. Jacinta playing in the Pairs with Chris Page from West Sussex just lost 11-12. In Session 2 the Fours took to the mats with our other three interests playing. David, playing as skip, joined the Hampshire triple of Ashley Merryweather, Paul England and David White and clocked up a good 13-5 win. Joseph was teamed with Gareth, Hampshire's Ben Puttock and Warwickshire's Adam Freeman and after working hard and picking up a three on the last end they gained victory by 8-6. The third session saw Jacinta and Chris in action again, this time winning 11-9. The fourth and final session of the day saw two tremendous wins. After Ashley Merryweather was moved from David's team to Gareth's team to replace Adam Freeman, Joseph was moved up to number three with startling results - a massive 24-0 victory! Davids team, now with West Sussex's Daniel Blackman, couldn't quite match the other teams brilliant performance and only managed to win 23-1!!

The day then closed with more thank-yous and an even more convincing win for the England Juniors, this time by 27-5 (208 shots to 120)

The weekend was a great success all round where alliances were formed, friendships strengthened and the great spirit within the England Junior Team matured a little more.  I was proud that all four of us made a significant contribution to these victories only losing 2 of the 15 games we were involved in. All I can say is bring on the Northern Championships (Barnard Castle), the Nationals (Kettering) and this years Woodbridge Trophy!!.

Finally I would also like to use this opportunity to thank all North Yorkshire players and the NYSMBA Committee for their continual support and faith in us all. We hope our performances over the last year have justified this.

ENGLAND U18s vs CAMBRIDGESHIRE - (February 3rd 2007) Although our foursome (Gareth, Jacinta, Joseph and David) were invited to play in this, the 3rd England U18 match of the season, they all declined in favour of representing the Northern Select team game against the full England squad (see England report on Inter-County page). 


ENGLAND U18s vs NORFOLK - (Sunday 10th December 2006) This was the second match for the newly formed England Junior squad and once again the North Duffield foursome of Gareth and Jacinta Townend and David and Joseph Newsome had been selected as part of the U18 team. Norfolk proved to be a far tougher side than our own county team had been in October (see below), beating the Juniors by  23-9. However our four feel proud that they put up a good fight and after losing their first game 4-13 game back to win their second by 10-5, one of only 4 wins for the Junior side. Although all four were invited back to play in the next match against Cambridge in February, they have unanimously declined the invitation in favour of taking part in our own games against the England squad, an opportunity that may never happen again. They will however play against Hampshire in early March.    

ENGLAND U18s vs NORTH YORKSHIRE - (Sunday October 22nd 2006) (See separate report on Inter-County page).

  England U18 Select team - Gareth and Jacinta Townend from North Duffield impressed the ESMBA selectors enough in the two "trials" they attended (see below) for them both to be included in the England U18 Select squad for the coming year. Although David and Joseph Newsome also attended an England trial, they were not initially selected as part of the squad but we were told they were top of the reserve list of players. However they have since been "called up" and along with Gareth and Jacinta formed part of the team who played against our own County Team on October 22nd 2006.



England under 18 Trial - "Probables" vs "Possibles" (Sunday September 3rd 2006) Held at the Stantonbury Campus in Milton Keynes, this was the final trial of a series that started last year. Twins Gareth and Jacinta Townend had been invited back to play for the "Probables" after their performance in Hampshire back in March (see below) and brothers Joseph and David Newsome were given their chance to shine in the "Possibles" team. A total of 48 took part playing in Fours, Threes and Pairs. The twins were selected to play in a triple and had a great 23-3 win in their first game but were defeated 10-14 in their second. The brothers were teamed up with West Sussex's Mat Allen (National U18 runner up) and a very young and shy young lady from the West Midlands for their first game which they narrowly lost 9-10. In their second game, Mat was replaced by Lancashire's Joshua Higginbotham (National U18 Q Finalist) and they won this 13-9.


At the end of the day, ESMBA U18 Co-Ordinator, John Jackson, announced that the "Possibles" had in fact beaten the "Probables" in a very close result in which the two teams were only separated by 3 points (and 6 shots). Our four hopefuls must now wait to see if they will be chosen for the final 32  which will form this years National U18 Team. Good Luck!


The WOODBRIDGE TROPHY (May 7th 2006) Gareth and Jacinta Townend and David and Joseph Newsome (all from North Duffield) travelled to Brackley Bowls Club, near Buckingham to take part in the annual ESMBA Woodbridge Trophy (U18) competition against players from all over the country. There were 22 teams (Fours) taking part with everyone getting 5 games of 7 ends.  Our team had a very good day starting off with a 10-4 win over Hampshire followed by victories over two East Sussex teams, 11-4 and 14-5. Their only defeat of the day came next when they conceded 2 shots on the last end to lose 12-14 to the eventual Trophy winners (a combined Warwickshire/East Sussex four). In their final game they found themselves 1-4 down against another combined team this time containing the U18 Select captain, Karen Watson from Cornwall and the 2005 U18 runner-up, Andrew Beard. However, they kept their cool to clinch an excellent 5-4 win. At the end of the day they were all well pleased to have ended up in joint 3rd place (tying on points but beaten by just 2 shots by a Lancashire team). They knew however that if only they had not conceded those 2 shots at the end of their 4th game, they would have been returning with the Trophy as the winners. This is the first time North Yorkshire have been represented in this competition and if they decide to enter again next year the outcome could be somewhat different!!


England under 18 Select versus Hampshire - (March 26th 2006) At the invitation of ESMBA U18 Co-Ordinator, John Jackson, twins Gareth and Jacinta Townend from North Duffield journeyed to Southampton to play for an National Under 18 side against the Hampshire County team. The game had been organised as part of ongoing trials taking place which will ultimately result in a final National Under 18 team. Playing in a Four, with Gareth as skip and Jacinta as lead, the twins had just two games of 9 ends to show what they were made of and impress the ESMBA officials who were present. Although they actually lost both their games, the Juniors side actually won the match by 25-11. The twins played well enough individually to be promised a further invitation to play in another game in September when John will be matching two U18 sides (Probables vs Possibles) against one another. After this he expects to name a final squad of 32. Well done to both of them and good luck in September.    



 Nothing to report



Children in Need 2004


Congratulations to two of our U18 members, Joseph and David Newsome from the North Duffield club. The two brothers organised a "bowlathon" during which they both played continuously for five hours delivering over 800 woods each against various bowlers from local clubs. As a result of pledges, donations, a raffle and the sale of home made "goodies", they raised the sum of £560 for this years Children In Need Appeal - a tremendous effort for a very worthwhile cause. Well done lads!



1st Junior Championships - The first Junior Championships ever to be run by the NYSMBA attracted 15 young bowlers from six clubs across the county. The only qualification for entry was that they should be aged under 18 and be registered ESMBA bowlers. At 9 years old, the youngest player was James Clark whilst the oldest was Francis Boatman, a lad of 16, both of whom had only started bowling during the current season. All contestants had four 35 minute games during the day in the main Championship as well a two sessions in a subsidiary "Target Bowls" contest.

In the four Championship games, the usual scoring method was used so the maximum possible score over the day was 8 points. Richard Powell (Great Ouseburn), Alex Robinson (Cayton) and Jacinta Townend (North Duffield) all ended the day on 6 points having won three of their four games, whilst Martin Cook (Bilsdale) added a draw to his three wins to go one better with 7 points to take overall 3rd place. The top two players however were Francis Boatman (East Cottingwith) and Tom Rex (Kirkbymoorside) who both won all four of their games to finish on the maximum 8 points. Not only that, but both had also tied on 'total shots' (74) and only a single shot separated them on 'shot difference'. In the Final, both these two continued to keep the crowd of over 40 spectators guessing, with Tom just a single shot up with two ends remaining. However, Francis could not find an answer to Toms strong 3, 4 finish but can be justly proud of taking the Runner-Up Cup after only taking up the game earlier this season.

Tom Rex therefore takes home the very fine Champions Cup as North Yorkshires very first Junior Champion.

For a photo of the winner and runner-up go to the Photo Gallery

In the two Target competitions, all players in turn bowled 12 woods into a set of concentric circles placed at the opposite end scoring 10 for a "bulls eye" and progressively less for the outer rings. The morning winner was Gareth Townend  (42 points) with Tom Rex as runner up (37 points) whilst Gareths twin sister Jacintha came third (36 points). The afternoon contest was won by David Jackson (50 points) followed by Jacintha Townend (45 points) with Francis Boatman third (38 points).

Well done to all 15 young players in this first year - hope to see you all in 2004?