There are no longer separate Heats for the Nationals. Entrants must instead
qualify by entering the relevant County Championship
Total ESMBA National entry
= 169 : 28 Singles
16 Pairs 11
Mixed Fours 12
- Our total entry this year was the largest ever and
resulted in us being allocated 3 Finals places in the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Mixed Fours with
2 in the Fours and 4 in the U18 Singles - 18 teams and 42 players
in total. In the initial round robin stages of the Finals, 12 of these teams made it
through to the KO stages - a much better than usual
The best achievements in each discipline
Bronagh Malone (last 16)
and Matthew Jackson (last 8)
Rose Haynes/Roger Green
and Geoff & Anne Whitehead
Sean Conroy/Bronagh Malone/Joanne Senior
Rose Haynes/Simon Holtby/Paul Williamson/Roger
Green (last 4)
M Fours -
David & Joseph & Jill Newsome/Marlene Jackson
With 3 teams reaching the Semi-Finals, this years
Nationals were the best ever recorded for our county and have certainly raised
our profile on the National stage.
reports on each discipline below. (For a Norfolk perspective see
Also see the
Final Order of Merit for this year,
OOM placings for the last few years and the
Saturday 2nd April 2011 (8 ends)
Ben Render/Sean Conroy/Bronagh Malone/Jayne Rudd
David, Jo & Jill
Rose Haynes/Gareth &
Jacinta Townend/Roger Green
As in 2010, we had 3 places
allocated and with 3 strong teams, hopes were again high.
Rose's foursome felt they did not play badly in
their 3 tight games but found that an 8-7 win (Essex 3), a 4-6 loss (Shropshire)
and a 5-5 Draw (Oxford 2) was not good enough to let them progress further. David's
four also had 3 tight games but won them all - 7-6 (Norfolk 3), 7-5 (Worcs 1)
and 7-5 (Oxford 1). Ben's four likewise won all
their games but by more comfortable margins - 12-2 (Essex 2), 10-6 (London) and
14-5 (Norfolk 4). David's four then slipped
through into the Quarter Finals with a 9-8 win over Surrey 1 (after an extra
end) and Ben had another good win - 9-2 over Herts
2. A win for both in the Quarter Finals would now have set up a Semi-Final
between both our teams and a guaranteed a NY place in the Finals....... but this
was not to be.
Newsomes and Marlene had yet another tight game and
it was finally left to David to draw in a second wood with his last bowl to
claim a Semi-Final place by 8-9. Having won all their games so far by
comfortable margins, Ben's Four had a disastrous
start against Norfolk 1 dropping a 6 on the first end. They battled back
valiantly and were in with a chance on the last end of picking up a 4 to force a
draw but Norfolk shut the door and went through by 9-8.
Norfolk 1 then went
on to beat David and Co. 12-5 in the Semis and then
win the Final by 8-6 over Essex 1. Who knows what might have been, if Ben and
Co. not had such a poor start in their QF? However, this result equals our best
showing in this competition so far (Rose having
reached the Semi-Final in 2007).
Sunday 3rd April 2011 (11
Nathan Kotek, Charlotte Clark, Matthew Jackson
Once again we had 4
places allocated. Charlotte unfortunately did not
improve on her last years performance, losing all 3 games in the round robin but
Nathan, Matthew and Jake
(in his first finals) fared much better winning all of theirs - a great start.
Jake then fell to Mitchell Young (Essex) by 3-18. Matthew and Nathan reached the
Quarter Finals by respectively beating Jack Rollings (W Sussex) 11-9 and Ryan
Young (Hampshire) 11-7.
In the Q Final, Nathan
took Mitchell Young (Essex) to an extra end (8-8) but was given no chance when
Mitchell ditched the jack with his first wood and Matthew just lost out 7-9 to
Edward Elmore (Cambridge) who then went on to win the title.
This was probably our
best overall performance to date in the U18s (not forgetting David Newsome's
title in 2009).
Thursday 7th April 2011 - (11
Sean Conroy, Bronagh Malone and David
Sean's first game against former Singles and Pairs Champion Gareth Stanway
resulted in a loss by a single shot (9-10) - a great effort but then he lost his
second 8-11 to Surrey's No2 Mark Jones so in spite of a 8-7 win in his 3rd game
an unhappy Sean had not quite done enough to progress any further.
meanwhile had two good wins - 9-4 against Essex's Adam Sultana and 12-6
against the 2004
Fours Champion, Dennis Leather from Cheshire. He also took last years Singles and Pairs Champion Lee Toleman from Devon
to a 7-7 draw. Bronagh likewise
was undefeated with 11-7, 9-7 and 10-8 wins over Norfolk1, Dorset1 and W Sussex2.
In last 32,
lost out 7-10 against E Sussex1 Andrew Beard whilst Bronagh beat Worcester1
Anthony Ruddy 12-7 to reach the last 16. Here she was disappointed to
go out by a single shot 8-9 to Adam Sultana. A good performance but all 3 felt
they should have gone further. Roll on 2012!
Friday 8th April 2011 - (10
Paul Williamson/Simon Holtby
Rose Haynes/Roger Green
Geoff & Anne Whitehead
Paul/Simon had a good
12-7 win over Oxfordshire2 but lost both their other games - 7-9 to Norfolk2 and
3-9 to Humberside2. Geoff/Anne started by defeating Cheshire2 9-7 and
followed this up with a very convincing 16-3 defeat of Hertfordshire1 so their
5-11 loss to Oxfordshire3 did not stop them from reaching the knockouts.
Rose/Roger beat Warwick1 10-3 and Wiltshire2 10-5 but were defeated 3-11
by Gloucester1 so they too went into the last 32. However this proved to be the
end of the line for our Pairs with the Whiteheads losing 7-9 to West Sussex2 and
the Great Ouseburn duo just failing against Norfolk1 by 8-9.
Saturday 9th April 2011
- (8 ends)
Rose Haynes, Simon Holtby, Paul Williamson and Roger Green
and David & Joseph Newsome/Ben Render/Richard
David's team (current Northern England Fours Champions) were hopeful of a good run at the Nationals but
started with a disappointing 4-7 defeat against East Sussex1. However, a 9-3 win
against Norfolk3 was followed by a 10-6 win over Cornwall so they were into the
knockouts still hopeful. Here they met Essex1 who held them to a tight match and
eventually ended their campaign by a single shot 7-6.
Meanwhile Rose's Four started with 2 wins - 8-6 against Humberside3 and
19-2 against Herts1 and then they just lost their last against Chris Hopkins England
Four by 5-6. In the last 32 they had a good 12-5 win over Surrey4 and followed
this up by beating Gloucester1 5-4 in the final 16 to reach the Quarter Finals.
Another tight game, this time against Gloucester2 was won 6-5 so
Rose and Co.
now found themselves in the Semi-Finals. This was to prove the end of the line
but not before another tight match resulted in yet another single shot 6-5
victory but this time for the opposition - Norfolk1.
Sunday 10th April 2011
Sean Conroy/Bronagh Malone/Joanne Senior
Dennis Jarvis/Simon & Megan Holtby
Nathan Kotek/Francis Boatman/James Lambert
Nathan's trio just won their first game against Suffolk1 by 11-10 but were then
soundly defeated 2-14 by West Midlands4. Their day finally came to an end and they found themselves heading for home after
also losing their third game 10-18 to Shropshire1 - a good effort
considering this team then went on to win the Triples title.
Dennis and Simon had the distinction of playing with Simons daughter Megan who
had just turned 13 and is believed to be the youngest ever finalist in the
senior competitions. They had drawn a very tough group and their first game was
against WestMidlands1 which they lost by 5-9 - an excellent performance
considering the strength of this team. Their next game was
against a strong Derbyshire team but this resulted in an 8-7 win. The final game
almost produced the upset of the Championship. Playing against Gareth Stanway's
Cheshire2 team, they gained a 5-0 lead but were pegged back to 6-6. They then
picked up a 5 to put themselves in a strong position with only 2 ends to go.
However they failed to protect this lead and conceded a 5 on the very next end
and then lost a single to register a 11-12 defeat. Megan, helped along by her
Skip and her Dad can be justly proud of an excellent performance on her first
trip to the Nationals.
Sean's trio made a good start with an 8-7 win over Norfolk2, a 7-7 draw against
Gloucester1 and a 16-0 flattening of Oxford3. (The latter team included L.
Woodward who had the day before been in the Oxfordshire team that had won the
Fours Championship!). So as the long weekend drew to a close, North Yorkshire
still had an interest and there was a good crowd of supporters who stayed on to
lend some vocal encouragement. Sean and Bronagh had a good Skip/No2 relationship
and were ably supported by steady drawing from Joanne in the Lead position. This
combination led to a 6-4 win over Dorset1 then a 16-7 defeat of Warwickshire2 to
take them to the Quarter Finals. This proved a very watchable tussle against
Dominic Reed's Essex2 triple. (Dominic had just won the Singles crown and was
also runner-up with his father in the Pairs). Great bowls all round and a great
8-4 result took Sean and Co. into another North Yorkshire Semi-Final. However
our 3 could not maintain their high standard against the very competitive West
Midlands trio and they finally bowed
out after a 12-5 defeat.
ALL IN ALL THE BEST NATIONALS PERFORMANCE BY NORTH
WELL DONE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS