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    THE ENGLISH SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION (ESMBA)     

The ESMBA is the national governing body for our sport and was formed in 1984. They are run by a management committee of 12 (elected annually at the AGM). Usually 6 Committee meetings are held each year with 2 of these being full weekend "seminars".  An AGM is held in July.

The ESMBA are responsible for setting the standards of our game (Rules, Umpires, Coaching, Discipline etc) as well as the future development of it. They organise the National Inter-County Competition (ICC), the National Championships and select and manage the England teams. In 2009 they introduced a National inter-club competition to replace the summer ICC for which support had fizzled out. They also run an annual open club competition (in association with the TLH resort in Torquay) as well as U21 matches against county teams and/or training days.In 2016 and 2017 they introduced open competitions in all 4 disciplines.

ESMBA membership - In the 2003/04 season numberd peaked at 26,350 registered players - a rise of just 95 over the previous year. Member counties varied in size from Devon with 2322 players to Durham who only registered 51. In that year, North Yorkshire were the 12th largest county with 967 registered players. However, most counties have been losing members in recent years and the latest published figures show an overall reduction during this period of over 25% with the total registered membership now (2016/17) only 18,337. This represents a contraction of around 3% per year - a worrying trend. We have maintained our own numbers reasonably well and now find we are the 9th largest county.  

Information Pack - Every affiliated club in the country (941 in 2016/17) has been issued with an "ESMBA Information Pack" containing full details of all committee members, a copy of their Constitution, an up to date copy of "The Laws of the Game" plus other useful/interesting information such as details of their Insurance and Loan schemes and guidelines for dealing with young players. The intention was to issue updates annually but this has recently fallen by the wayside. However, In 2012 all clubs were sent a CD with a full copy of the latest Information Pack.  The latest copy is now published on their website.

Website - The ESMBA maintains its own web site at www.esmba.co.uk as do several of its member counties. Links to these are provided on at OTHER SITES

England Trials - Each year trials are held to pick a squad of players suitable for playing at international level. Winners of the annual National Championships are automatically invited into this squad. The current squad of 52 is shown on the ESMBA site. There are also Junior and Ladies trials,

BRITISH ISLE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 - 15th/16th November - SELWYN SAMUEL CENTRE, LLANELLI South Wales. Congratulations to Jacinta, Danny and Ben on being selected for the main BI team this year. David and Jo will also takes part as part of the BI A team.

RESULTS

Main team: A good year for ENGLAND winning the Individual PAIRS, TRIPLES and FOURS (3rd in the SINGLES). In the TEAM event (4 rinks) Jacinta, Danny and Ben contributed to an overall 2nd place behind Ireland. These successes meant that ENGLAND accumulated more overall points than the other 3 teams thus winning the Ronnie McDermott Trophy.

A team: In the Individuals ENGLAND ended up 4th in the SINGLES, 3rd in the PAIRS and FOURS but came out 1st in the Triples beating the Irish by one shot in a tight final game. Congratulations to West Yorkshire's Darren Cookson, an old sparring partner, who skipped this triples team.  In the TEAM event, Joseph and David helped the A team to an overall 2nd place.

For full details and photos see the ESMBA website http://www.esmba.co.uk/bi_championship

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 - 28-30 MARCH - CAMARTHEN WALES

This biennial competition takes place between teams representing the various countries where Short Mat is played. The basic format is for teams of 20 (2 x Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours) although some countries are not strong enough to field a full team. This year 12 countries were represented.

Our team contained players from 9 counties with North Yorkshire once again represented by Dave Newsome, Ben Render and Jacinta Townend. Dave and Ben had once again been selected as one of our 2 Pairs and although they won 6 of their 9 games, this was not good enough to take them into the semi-finals and so ended their 2 year reign as World Pairs Champions. Jacinta, leading in one of the Fours, won 4 of her 6 games but again, did not make the semis. 

Englands best result was in the Pairs where Gareth Stanway and Jack Shepherd reached the Final only to lose to the Irish who also took the Singles and Triples crowns but lost by a single shot to the Welsh in the Fours.

See full table of results and PhotoGallery

BRITISH ISLE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 15th/16th November - Congratulations to Jacinta, Ben and David for making the team for this years contest in Northern Ireland (Coleraine). They all played in the "Team Event" ( 4 x rinks). This is apparently Ireland's 25th win in the Team event.   

B. I. 2013 RESULTS SUMMARY

EVENT

Players

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

3rd

4th

TEAM

(4 rinks)

Soller, Render, Beard, Proctor IRELAND ENGLAND WALES SCOTLAND
Reed, Sultana, Pay, Young
Wiggins R, Wiggins D, Sifford, Townend J
Stanway, Pitcher, Packer, Newsome D

SINGLES

McLean WALES SCOTLAND IRELAND ENGLAND

PAIRS

Hopkins, Knight SCOTLAND WALES IRELAND ENGLAND

TRIPLES

Stanway, Neal, White IRELAND WALES ENGLAND SCOTLAND
FOURS Brown, Davies, Cross T , Cross G IRELAND ENGLAND WALES SCOTLAND

ESMBA AGM 2013 - July 13th 2013 (Northampton): Official minutes can be found on the ESMBA website. Click here for a report back from NYSMBA delegates. 

TLH/ESMBA National TopClub Competition - 19th-21st April 2013: This is a new annual competition for CLUB teams from across the country. Jake Potter, Danny Langdon James Clark Roger & Dianne Ellis and Joseph Newsome got together as a team from North Duffield and after playing in a heats playoff back in February in Birmingham, successfully qualified as one of the 16 clubs in the Finals at the TLH centre in Torquay. Playing in groups of four in a mixture of Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours they managed to get through to the quarter finals before getting knocked out by Kingcliffe 1 from Somerset.   

ENGLAND TRIALS April 2013 : This year all 5 of our triallists were successful in making the England squad for 2013/14. These were Ben Render, David Newsome, Jacinta Townend, Joseph Newsome and Danny Langdon. (Gareth Townend did not trial as he is have a years sabbatical from bowling). Well done to all 5 especially Joseph who makes the squad for the first time and to Danny who at 16 years old becomes our youngest ever qualifier for the squad.

BRITISH ISLES 'A' TEAM INTERNATIONAL - March 16th/17th 2013 Team selected - (22/2/13) David Newsome, Ben Render and Gareth Townend all feature, as expected, in the team for the International match to be held in Dumfries in March. David and Ben will have a busy time having not only been picked to play alongside Gareth (and Simon Willies) in one of the four Rinks but to also represent their country in the Individual Pairs. Their stature as one of the best Pairs in the World would be confirmed with another good performance to add to their world title. However in the Rinks, the four of them will have to do somewhat better than they did last weekend when they  were defeated at the hands of our 'B' team captain, Arthur Jackson!! Best of luck lads to you and our whole team.

B. I. RESULTS (March 20 2013)

SINGLES: Mitchell Young took the title on shot difference over Wales with wins over Ireland (18-8) and Scotland (18-9) and a  loss to Wales (10-11)  PAIRS : Ben and David were runners up with wins over Scotland (18-10) and Wales (16-7) and a loss to Ireland (?). TRIPLES: Dave Lamb, Derek Johns and Nigel Reed were runners up with wins over Scotland (14-8) and Wales (16-8) and a loss to Ireland (?) FOURS: Robert Martin, David Glennerster, Stephen Stanton and Paul Seaman were runners up with wins over Scotland (22-8) and Wales (22-3) and a loss to Ireland (?)

In the TEAM EVENT our 4 Rinks clocked up a 73-29 win over Scotland and a 63-27 win over Wales but fell to Ireland by 30-49.  David, Ben and Gareth playing together with Simon Willies had 23-3 and 24-5 wins over Scotland and Wales respectively but lost to Ireland 5-15.

saint patricks day Four Leaf Clover 09 clip art The Irish take their 9th title on the trot - perhaps if we moved it away from St. Patricks day we may win!saint patricks day Four Leaf Clover 09 clip art

ENGLAND TEAM MANAGER - (February 2013) (Reports copied from Norfolk SMBA site - with thanks)

BRANDON GETS THE ENGLAND TEAM MANAGERS JOB (17/1/13) In a surprise move Craig Burgess of Essex has withdrawn his application for the England Team Manager’s position. Burgess had communicated his plans for a complete revamp of how the England team is run to all Counties in an attempt to garner support for his application and his surprise withdrawal appears to leave the way clear for current Assistant Manager Brandon Whittaker to succeed Keith Smith in the hot seat. Whittaker was thought likely to be the favoured candidate by the majority of the ESMBA Committee, who are responsible for filling the post, so the withdrawal of Burgess has probably made little difference to the eventual outcome

(7/2/13) Brandon Whittaker of Cheshire has been appointed as the new England Manager for the next three years (subject to contract agreement). As Assistant Manager to Keith Smith, during his successful period in charge, Whittaker was always thought to be the favourite for the job so the news will come as no surprise. Brandon Whittaker has vast experience as an England player and is highly regarded by his fellow bowlers. His fellow Cheshire bowler Keith Lackford will fill Whittaker’s previous role of Assistant-Manager.

(12/2/13) Following his appointment as England Manager Cheshire’s Brandon Whittaker has outlined his plans on how to take the team forward into a new era. Speaking this week Whittaker told Selwyn Goldsmith (Norfolk SMBA) he was delighted and excited at the prospect of Managing the England Team. After his time as Assistant Manager alongside the legendary Keith Smith, where they were part of some great successes, Brandon said he would set challenging and achievable targets for the England team. He intends to also look at areas which affect not only the England senior squad, but also the Under 21’s, Under 18’s and anyone who wants to fulfil a bowling ambition in England. The new Manager said that he wants to create an atmosphere and team spirit that encourages players to perform at their best and be prepared to achieve that standard in all competitive fixtures. With his Assistant Manager, Keith Lackford, Brandon Whittaker is focused on blending experience, youth, ability and ambition to produce the England team he wants. One of the major problems for players chosen to bowl for England is the cost involved in an amateur sport. Many bowlers have found the money involved far too much for them to accept an invitation therefore denying a Manager the chance to field the team of his choice. It is pleasing to hear that Whittaker is hoping to address this issue. His opinion is that it is not acceptable to make playing for England a matter of who can afford to play. Whittaker will look at reducing the expense and make it affordable to all. He revealed that he has already put forward proposals to the ESMBA Committee to reduce the costs and said that these proposals will be announced in the near future. If England are to ever reach the standard of Ireland, the world’s number one short mat bowls nation, Whittaker knows that there is a lot of work to do on the mats and off the mats. Many in the sport think that Brandon Whittaker’s way is the route to take for England to achieve that.

ENGLAND v NORTHERN SELECT (February 16th 17th 2013) Format - Each of the 2 days was played to the same format with each side fielding 2 Singles, 2 Pairs, 2 Triples 2 Fours (the "Individuals)" and 8 Fours (the "Rinks") - 52 players apiece. There were 4 sessions played on 8 mats with a break for a buffet lunch after Sessions 1 and 2 during which a team photo was taken in the Galtres Theatre. After a line-up of both sides, welcome words from NYSMBA Chairman, Pat Jones and an exchange of mementos, the day got under way. There were no illusions about the battle ahead but the main objective was to improve on our performance in 2007 when the entire weekend netted just 12 points out of 128.    

 

DAY 1 -  (See full Saturday Team)

 

Singles - Steve Packer was 11-4 up against David Newsome but failed to close the door tight allowing Dave to get back to 12-12 for the final end. However he hung on to score a single and give us our first 2 points. Sean Conroy was always in with a chance against Mitchell Young with the scores level after 7 ends but Mitchell just eased ahead to win 11-8. Steve had a good start in his second game against Mitchell with a 2 and a 3 but after levelling 7-7 after 6 ends Mitchell kept the initiative eventually winning 15-11. Sean meanwhile, took a 7-2 lead against Jack Shepherd and would not let Jack back in, claiming 2 more points with a 14-9 win.

Pairs - After a sound 6-16 defeat in their first game Simon Holtby and Royston Lewis were 8-8 going into their last end in their second game - against World Champions David Newsome and Ben Render. Dave, lying 2 down with one wood left, played his front wood into the head to pick up the single required to take the game 9-8. Try as they might, Darren Cookson and Dave Fletcher could make no headway in their two games losing 8-24 and 4-18. 

Triples - Geoff & Anne Whitehead and Geoff Dye picked up 1 more point after Geoff played his final wood with perfect weight  to rest on the jack and make the 2 shots necessary to draw 7-7.  However in his other game, after conceding two 4's and a 3, a 4 on the final end still left him adrift by 11-15. Richard Lochman, Clint & June Crowther meanwhile took a 12-1 lead in their first game and in spite of England then winning 4 of the last 5 ends, they clocked up our most decisive win of the day 16-7 to give us 2 further points. It looked as if they might double this as in his second game they were 10-8 up with one end to play. But the England team never give up and scored a 3 leaving Richard disappointed at 10-11.

FoursRoss Martell's Derbyshire Four dropped a 5 and a 4 in both their games and thus 4-16 and 6-13 defeats came as no surprise. Walter Stockhill's Four likewise failed to score in both games with 10-12 and 3-12 score lines.  

 

Rinks - Many of these games can only be described as disasters for the home team although it is fair to point out that several rinks  were made up of players who had never before had the pleasure of each others company. Scores of 1-20, 1-19, 2-19, 2-20, 3-17, 3-16 paint a sorry picture and in 10 of the 16 games our teams were only able to score on 1 or 2 of the 9 ends played. But hey, what did we expect - this is the National team we were playing and they take no prisoners. However there were three successes and these must be applauded. Arthur Jackson, Jill Newsome, Pat Jones and Lesley Harris must have felt that as North Yorkshire Committee members they needed to set an example and netted 2 points after a convincing 13-6 victory whilst Alan Banthorpe, Dennis Jarvis, Barry Simmonite and George McDowell drew 11-11 for another point after picking up a 3 on their last end. In the final game to finish, Bernard Fennell, Arthur Redfearn, Maxine Groce and Pat Beardsley always had the opposition under pressure causing them to kill 3 ends (and concede 3 shots) and register our final 2 points of the day with a 9-4 win.

 

Final Day 1 score 12-52 (212-412).    See Sat. results sheet

 

DAY 2 -  (See full Sunday Team)

 

With no initial line up the day got under way early. The Northern Select team had been refreshed with 26 new players and all hoped for some improvement over Day 1.  

 

The Singles once gain produced 4 points with Derbyshire's Ivan Lunn always keeping his nose just ahead of Dave Lamb to win 12-10 and West Yorkshire's Darren Cookson overcoming Mitchell Young y 14-10 after the latter fought back after being 2-11 down. In the Pairs, Ross Martell and Ellen Lunn could never recover from 0-14 down after 5 ends and David Newsome and Ben Render finally saw them off by 25-9. In their second game they gave themselves a good chance needing a 2 on the last end for victory but Dave Wiggins and Steve Proctor were never going to let them in and they went down 9-11. 2 more points came from Arthur Jackson and Jill Newsome, winning their second game against Jon Pitcher and Jacinta Townend by a very convincing 18-9. The Triples added another win and a further 2 points when Sean Conroy, Richard Lochman and Jayne Rudd overcame Dominic Reed's trio by 14-9 in their second game. Meanwhile Stockport's Bernard Fennell and Clint & June Crowther fought hard in both games but just lost out in both, 7-8 and 8-11 to the triples of Dave Glennerster and Dave Lamb respectively. In the Fours Alan McCallum & Co from Durham could not really get into gear losing 2-20 and 7-13 but Steve Packer's West Yorkshire four had two close games, losing the first 6-11 and drawing the second 7-7 to pick up 1 point.      

 

Once again, we suffered badly in the Rinks with the first session producing no points at all and a shot difference of -75 ....the worst session of the weekend. However, the final session of the day did produce 4 more points with an 9-5 win from Gordon Raggett, Matthew Jackson, Dennis Jarvis and Harry Welch and a 8-5 win by Joseph Newsome, Robert Harris, Bryan Jones and Megan Holtby.      

 

At the final line-up, Chairman Pat Jones thanked all players on both side for a memorable weekends bowling. She also thanked the Galtres Centre for their help in organising the event, especially Carol, Gill Fletcher and Anne Simmonite (catering) and the 6 umpires, Graham Foote, Robert Harris, Jeff Warburton, Maxine Groce, Lesley Harris and Paul Williamson and all those who had played their part in organising the weekend. Brandon Whittaker, the England team manager, likewise paid tribute to the organisation which had been enjoyed by all his squad. He then took the opportunity to hand back the memento (presented to him yesterday) to Pat for safe keeping in the North Yorkshire display cabinet in the Centre. Finally, in accordance with tradition, he then called upon those in his side who had lost or drawn their games, turned up late or without a blazer or wearing odd socks (etc etc) to pay a fine. (These fines are accumulated and at the end of the season the total amount collected is matched by the ESMBA and then donated to charity).  

 

Thus ended a very enjoyable weekend. The final score was, as expected, a substantial victory for the National team by 103-25 points (809-412 shots). However, we had achieved our main objective of improving our performance over our last contest in 2007 and of giving a substantial number of players from across the North the opportunity to try out their skills against the best in the country.

 

See Sun. results sheet and for a selection of photos see PhotoGallery  including Press Report 

 

BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 November 17th/18th held at POTTERS Norfolk - The team of 26 was selected from the full squad after several trial days. Our 2 World Champions, Dave Newsome and Ben Render were disappointed not to make the grade as was Gareth Townend who almost took the Triples title in last years world contest. However his sister Jacinta was included as the lead in one of our 4 Rinks in the team event - so well done Jazz!

 

FINAL MATCH RESULTS

 

BI SINGLES CHAMPION - WALES

SINGLES

Played

Points

Diff

WALES

4

8

40

IRELAND

4

6

16

SCOTLAND

4

3

-6

IOM

4

3

-25

ENGLAND

4

0

-25

 

BI PAIRS CHAMPIONS - IRELAND

PAIRS

Played

Points

Diff

IRELAND

2

8

42

WALES

2

6

27

ENGLAND

2

2

2

SCOTLAND

3

2

-19

IOM

3

2

-52

 

BI TRIPLES CHAMPIONS - ENGLAND

WELL DONE - Chris Hopkins, Ed Sawbridge & Chris Weston

TRIPLES

Played

Points

Diff

ENGLAND

4

8

27

IRELAND

4

6

38

WALES

4

4

22

IOM

4

2

-37

SCOTLAND

4

0

-50

 

BI FOURS CHAMPIONS - IRELAND

FOURS

Played

Points

Diff

IRELAND

4

8

43

ENGLAND

4

6

18

SCOTLAND

4

4

-5

WALES

4

2

-25

IOM

4

0

-31

 

BI TEAM CHAMPIONS - IRELAND

RINKS

Played

Points

Diff

IRELAND

3

6

57

WALES

3

4

14

ENGLAND

3

2

26

SCOTLAND

3

0

-97

 

 

ENGLAND LADIES MATCH NO 2 (Fri/Sat 28th & 29th September 2012) Report and photos courtesy Derek Beardsley. This return match saw  a squad of 25 England ladies travel to Northern Ireland to take on the might of  the ladies from the NI Armagh Zone over 2 days at the Rich hill Recreation Centre in Armagh. The England squad included Rose Haynes from Great Ouseburn and Pat Beardsley from Knaresborough. Each day four sessions were played, 2 of individuals (3 pairs, 3 triples, 2 rinks) and 2 of team games (6 rinks). The scoring was 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw in the individuals and 1 point for each rink win with half a point for a draw. There was also an additional 6 points for the overall shot win, 3 points for a draw, in each team game sessions. This was a very significant in the overall outcome of the match.

 

In the first session Rose, playing in a triple, went down five shots in one end at an early stage in the game but recovered to finish 10-9 winners. By the end of the first session Armagh were leading by 4 points.

 

In the next session Rose’s four, which included Pat, had a very tight game up to the sixth end and then moved up a gear to win 9-6. The session proved to be a good one for England only losing one game, which gave them the overall lead by lunchtime of 5 points.

 

The first session after lunch was not so successful for our bowlers. Pat went down in the pairs on a very difficult mat and Rose skipping a triple lost after leading most of the way. The session was also not good for England, losing by 8 points which now swung the match Armagh’s way.

 

The final session of fours resulted in an outstanding win for Rose and Pat who won 10-6 against a team skipped by Pauline Beattie - a NI National Champion. The day ended with England trailing 24-32 points (254-290shots).

 

In the Saturday morning session Rose in the pairs was very unfortunate to lose by one on the last end and Pat in the triples won 11-9. Together again in their fours team they were one up with one end to play but went down 7-9.  Overall it was a costly session with only two wins and the 6 bonus points going to Armagh.

 

After lunch Rose in the pairs had a most testing game against an outstanding 14 year old girl pairing with Pauline Beattie. Rose was a match for Pauline but on some ends she had too little support and finished up losing 10-17. In direct contrast, Pat in a triple had a very good win, 18-2. Together again in the team games they once again came up against Pauline and were finally beaten 14-9 by some bowling of a very high standard.

 

The final outcome of the match was a win for Armagh 65-47 points (567-533 shots).

 

All enjoyed the two days of bowling and the England team considered they had done very well considering that they had not played together since the match last year. The Irish hospitality added to the enjoyment of the visit and it is hoped to be continued in future years.

(See PhotoGallery)

 

Session

 

England Points

Armagh Points

England Shots

Armagh Shots

1

6

10

69

94

2

10.5

1.5

59

45

3

4

12

79

91

4

3.5

8.5

47

60

Day 1 Total

24

32

254

290

5

10

6

89

95

6

2

10

46

55

7

8

8

94

71

8

3

9

50

56

Final Total

47

65

533

567

Individual Results

(Rose played 8 sessions, Pat 7)

 

Day 1

Rose         Triples       10-9      9-12

Pat             Pairs         6-14

Rose/Pat   Fours         9-6       10-6

 

Day 2

Rose         Pairs          11-12     10-17

Pat            Triples         11-9     18-2

Rose/Pat   Fours            7-9      9-14

The 3rd INTERNATIONAL SHORT MAT OPEN April 7th/8th 2012 This took place over the Easter weekend at Havering IBC in Essex. This is a non-ESMBA event organised jointly by Craig Burgess and Barry Hedges (two active and well known Essex bowlers). On the Saturday the competition was for FOURS for the David Hedges Trophy whilst Sunday  was for PAIRS playing for the John Burgess Trophy.  The entry fee is £20 p player.

The FOURS were organised in groups of 5 and David & Jo Newsome, Ben Render and Bronagh Malone won 2 of their 4 group games and lost 2 qualifying them for the Plate KO where they were eliminated in their first game. On Sunday for the PAIRS there were 40 entrants organised in 8 groups of 5 in which Bronagh and Dave won all their games but then lost after reaching the last 16. Jo and Ben however lost 1 and won 3 and then progressed right though the to the Final to win the John Burgess Cup (and £400) and claim the title of this years INTERNATIONAL PAIRS CHAMPIONS.  (See PhotoGallery)

2012 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. March  23rd/24th - Ballymoney, Ireland. These Championships are held every two years and this year attracted representatives from 12 countries. Each country can enter a team of up to 20 (2 Singles, 2 Pairs, 2 Triples and 2 Rinks) and the "big six" (Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden) did in fact enter a full complement. The remaining 6 teams varied in size with Germany and the Isle of Man  entering teams of 15 and 14 respectively whilst Holland, India, Norway and Italy had very small contingents and only entered selected disciplines (e.g. India 1 Single and 1 Pair and Norway 1 Triple).

The countries in each discipline were drawn into two groups (A & B) and they then played against ALL countries within their group. The winners of each group in each discipline then played a Final to determine the World Champions.

In RINK group B, Jacinta Townend was lead  along with Ben Pay, John Manley and skipped by Roger Wiggins (2011 National  Fours Champion). Wins over Germany, Ireland and Scotland were balanced by losses against Belgium, Sweden and Wales leaving them in 4th place in their group. The other England RINK (Jason McLean, Craig Burgess, Chris Shakeshaft and Chris Williams) came 3rd in group A.

TRIPLE group B was skipped by Alan Williams (last years National Pairs Champion and National Fours Champion in 2009 & 2010) and had Gareth Townend leading to Bronagh Malone at number 2. After a consistent run over their 8 matches they were undefeated  - their "low point"  being a draw against Sweden and they were clear winners in their group 3 points ahead of Wales.   This took them into the final deciding match against Ireland who had won all 7 games in their (smaller) group. As in all good contests it all came down to the final few woods. Needing 3 shots to force an extra end they were lying with 2 on and skip Alan  had a couple of chances to draw into space to tie (the nearest Irish wood being about 2 feet away). His first went through the head and his second pulled up short leaving the Irish as Champions by 8-7. Needless to say, the England trio were bitterly disappointed to end as World Triple runners-up but a great performance none the less. The other England TRIPLE (Mitchell Young, Mark Jones and Chris Hopkins) came 3rd in group A.

In the PAIRS it was to be a far happier ending. In group B, David Newsome and Ben Render lost to Ireland and drew with Wales but their 13 points was just good enough to win their group ahead of both Ireland and Wales who ended in second place with 12 points each. In group A, meanwhile, the other Welsh Pair were undefeated (having had a draw against Ireland and winning their other 7 games). So David and Ben had a final match to clinch the title. In the event, they sailed through to become World Pairs Champions by 9-3 with an end in hand. Many, many congratulations on a great performance.

In the SINGLES, Englands Dominic Reed was the runner up (no other details known)

See PhotoGallery

WORLD TRIALS February 12th 2012 Today the final trials were held to select the elite top 20 players who will make up the England team at the World Championships in Ballymoney Ireland on 23/24 March. After a full weekends bowling, the team was finally announced late in the afternoon and it is great to be able to report that ALL FIVE of our squad members have made it into the side. Dave Newsome will skip one of the Pairs with Ben Render as his lead. Gareth Townend will lead in one of the Triples with Bronagh Malone at No2 (and Alan Williams as skip)  whilst Jacinta Townend will lead in one of the Fours. No doubt details of the full squad will shortly appear on the ESMBA website.

Just think - 25% of the team from North Yorkshire! Many congratulation to all five - it does not get much better that this.

BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONSHIPS. November 19th/20th 2011 DUMFRIES SCOTLAND - This is an annual 5 way contest between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man with each fielding a team of 26 players consisting of the Internationals (a team event of 4 Rinks) and the Individuals (one each of Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours). Our team was selected from the full England squad of 52 (see http://esmba.co.uk/senior_squad_141.html ) and included both Bronagh Malone and Gareth Townend. Everyone gets 4 games (one against each of the other countries) over the weekend and historically the Irish have dominated the competition with England last winning in 1992.

Gareth (playing lead) and Bronagh (at No 2) were in different Rinks both of which won 2 and lost 2 of their games. However, overall the Rinks won 10, lost 5 and drew 1 in the Internationals. England, Ireland and Wales all won three of their four matches and it is great to report that it was England who squeezed out Ireland by +107 shots to +93 (with Scotland on +32). In the Individuals England also took the Singles and Triples crowns (coming 3rd in the Pairs and the Fours).

Our 5 squad members are now eagerly awaiting to see if they have been chosen for the WORLD Championships which take place in Balleymoney in Ireland in March.

ENGLAND LADIES - October 1st/2nd 2011 This historic match between the newly formed England ladies team and the ladies from the NI Armagh Zone took place over 2 days at the Bridgman BC (Harrold - Sat) and Kempston IBC (Bedford - Sun). Four sessions were played on each day and although the bookies had the experienced Irish team down as hot favourites, the England team performed well above expectations to clinch victory by 63-49 points. This convincing score line however, disguises the very close nature of the match which if judged on overall shots would still have gone to England by just 51 shots - 609-558. (Note that the very close 667-662 score line announced at the end of the match is to be double checked in view of the recorded session scores listed below)  

This result is quite remarkable considering that this was a newly formed team in which none of the players had played alongside each other ever before. 

Session 1        England  13    Armagh 3        119-68

Session 2        England    6    Armagh 6          62-53

Session 3        England    7    Armagh 9          83-94

Session 4        England    4    Armagh 8          48-65          Day 1 England 30     Armagh 26    312-280

 

Session 5        England  12    Armagh 4        104-90

Session 6        England    8    Armagh 4          58-49

Session 7        England    8    Armagh 8          81-91

Session 8        England    5    Armagh 7          54-48          Day 2 England 33    Armagh  23    297-278

 

Bronagh and Rose played in all 8 sessions whilst Jacinta and Pat played in 6 sessions.

 

Bronagh        SINGLES    17-8  13-18  9-17               PAIRS     22-3              FOURS     15-5  9-10  12-4  4-11

Rose               SINGLES    9-13 14-12  15-12             FOURS   11-7  16-3  4-12  9-7  11-6

Jacinta           FOURS       15-11  16-3  4-12  15-10  11-4  11-6

Pat                  TRIPLES     12-8   13-6  14-8  6-13      FOURS 11-8  6-8

 

Apart from the bowling, the teams enjoyed a meal laid on at the Bedford Golf Club on the Saturday evening followed by a very enjoyable and informal gig laid on by Bronaghs fiancee, Sean Conroy. Sean, whose group ISHKA are well known on the Scarborough club/pub circuit, then performed a half hour of superb card illusions for a group of bowlers staying at his hotel. Fantastic!  

 

(See PhotoGallery)

 

LADIES TRIALS July 16th/17th 2011 78 lady bowlers from across the country (43 n Sat and 35 on Sun) attended the first England Ladies Trial in order for the ESMBA to pick a squad of 30  to play against the Armagh (Ireland) Ladies on October 1st/2nd. We had nominated 6 to attend but in the event only Jacinta Townend, Rose Haynes, Bronagh Malone and Pat Beardsley were able to go down (Kempston).  Rumour has it that all four played well but the final selection will not be made until the ESMBA seminar weekend on 23rd/24th July. August 3rd - Jacinta, Rose, Bronagh and Pat have ALL been selected into the squad of 30. They will now attend a practice day on September 18th in preparation for the match against Ireland on October 1st/2nd. Very well done ladies - enjoy competing at the top level.   

ENGLAND TRIALS May 22nd/23rd 2011  Trials for the England team were once again attended by a large contingent from North Yorkshire. In the Seniors, previous team members, David Newsome, Ben Render, Gareth and Jacinta Townend were joined by Joseph Newsome and Bronagh Malone. Competition was particular tough this year with around 75 attending for just 45 places in the squad. In the Juniors, last years team members, Matthew Jackson, James Clark, Jake Potter, Edward Townend and Nathan Kotek were joined by Cameron Breeze and Josh Burrows. Charlotte Clark who was unable to make this weekend will attend a further trial later in the year.

June latest - We now have 5 in the England squad - Bronagh joins David, Ben, Gareth and Jacinta. Unfortunately, Jo did not quite make the grade. No news yet regarding the Juniors.

BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONHIPS November 20th/21st 2010 David Newsome together with brother Jo and Ben Render took the ferry to the Isle of Man for this years Championships where David had been selected to play in one of our 4 Rinks. The BI is a 5 way fight between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man and this year England ended in 2nd place behind Ireland. Dave had a great experience with his Rink winning 2 of their 4 games. (See PhotoGallery)

BI TEAM October 2010 From the 52 strong England squad announced on the ESMBA website, a team has now been chosen to play in the British Isles Championships in the Isle of Man on November 21st - 22nd. The format requires 1 Single, 1 Pair, 1 Triple and 1 Four and 4 Rinks - 26 players in total. David Newsome in his first year in the England squad was delighted to have caught the selectors eye and to be in this elite group. The full team is as follows.  

 

Northants - Chris Hopkins, Edward Sawbridge, Leigh Hall

West Midlands - Simon Willies &  Chris Willies

Cheshire - James Neil, Steve Proctor, Steve Burrows, Martin Walker, Grant Soller

Shropshire - Alan Williams, Chris Shakeshaft, Chris Williams, Warwick France

Oxfordshire - Trevor Brown

Warwickshire -  Tom Millerchip, John Pitcher, David Haywood

East Sussex - Andrew Beard

Essex - Craig Burgess

North Yorkshire - David Newsome

Hampshire - Jason McLean (Hampshire),

Cornwall - Karen Watson

Devon - Lee Toleman, Michael Ivings

 

ENGLAND TRIALS August 2010 - (28th/29th August) Gareth Townend attended the England trials for the 3rd year running and  this year he was joined by 49 other hopefuls including his sister, Jacinta together with Ben Render and David Newsome. After a series of Rinks matches over the 2 days it is great to report that all 4 of them were invited to join the final squad of 44. (Update - October 18th - The final squad as recently published on the ESMBA website actually comprises 52 players)

They will all now play over the Presidents weekend in September as well as attending 3 coaching/team building days during the season and will all have hopes of being selected to play in the Britsh Isles Championships in the Isle of Man (Nov 21/21), a match against Wales in (Feb 13) and the British Isles A team Championships (Mar 19/20). Our best wishes to them all for a successful (and enjoyable) season at National level.  

 

ENGLAND TRIALS June 2009 - Gareth Townend has once again trialled for, and been accepted into the England squad.

 

ENGLAND TRIALS June 2008 17 year old Gareth Townend (soon to turn 18), who has played since the age of 11 at North Duffield, attended the main England squad Trials held over in May. Here he was assessed over the course of 2 days during which he had to play a total of 8 games along with over 60 others who were hopeful of getting into the squad. The squad is selected afresh each year so he found himself playing alongside many regular and experienced England players from the past few years who were trying to hold on to their places. By his own admission, he played at his best and had an excellent weekend. His efforts were rewarded as he has just learnt that he WILL be in the team squad for 2008/09. This is great news for him, his family and his club as well as our county as a whole and just shows that nothing is out of reach if you just persevere and commit yourself. We wish him all the best in the opportunities he will now have, which include playing in next years British Isles Championships in Northern Ireland. Go for it Gareth and make sure everyone knows what part of the world you come from!! (See Photogallery)