BOWLS REPORT - FEBRUARY 2016

27th February 2016 - HOUGHTON'S YETTON RUN ENDED

Houghton ladies cracking run in the Yetton Plate sadly came to an end as they were beaten 97-52 in the Quarter Finals by Lincoln at Leeds. A slow start meant the Houghton squad were always playing catch up but despite a valiant performance they came up short on the day, Joan Rodgerson’s quartet of E.Prudhoe, Evelyn Barkes and B.Robson went down 21-17 to K.Draper while J.Watt, Margaret Eggleston, Susan Forster and Betty Johnson were beaten 17-10 by J.Edson. The remaining two rinks went by 17 shots each, Maureen Hall, Audrey Vout, Mary Middleton and Jenny Smith were beaten 29-12 by L.Mountain and Florence Phythian’s rink of Ann Todd, E.Barren and Joan Baker were beaten 30-13 by Penny Strong. In the semi-finals Lincoln will face Acle who defeated Avon Valley by 35 shots. Staying on the Yetton subject the local bowls scene sadly lost another member of the Sunderland 1984 Yetton Cup national champions as Mary Irwin (84) passed away. Although not seen on the bowls scene for many years it was widely recognised that during the 1980’s Mary was one of the best skips in Sunderland.

In the Area final of the National Pairs the all Shields affair saw Phil Dixon & Gary Farquhar record a cracking win over Phil Smithson & Gary Smith, the winners now qualify for the latter stages at Melton Mowbray in April.

The final stages of the National Mixed Fours takes place this weekend at Lincoln, local hopes are with the South Shield’s quartet of Nina Riches, Ann Upsall, Ian Riches and David Bolt. The draw has been unkind to the Shield’s quartet and they will need to be at their best as they face the host clubs former World Singles Champion Billy Jackson in the last sixteen.

After a two month wait the Sunderland Inter club squad finally return to league action next Sunday as they face South Shields, the following squad has been selected.
At Houghton - P.Bulmer,W.Conway,R.Robinson,R.Mckie, P.Thomson,E.Downes,R.Jobling,P.Thomson, P.Collins,W.Roberts,J.Jones,M.Higgins
At Shields - A.Grimes,M.Carr,P.Smithson,W.Ferry,G.Brown,A.Wood,TW.Todd,S.Angus, M.Wright,P.Brickle,P.Dixon,G.Farquhar

The outstanding game against Aycliffe has been rearranged for Sunday April 3.

Latest League Table – Hartlepool 2-24, Gateshead 4-23, South Shields 2-16, Darlington 1-8, Sunderland 2-8, Great Aycliffe 3-5

On Wednesday the Houghton A Vets team will bring their season to a close as they entertain Gateshead at Houghton, although both teams cannot make the play offs the battle to avoid bottom spot in the group adds a bit of spice to the game as the losers will finish bottom.

Houghton A v Gateshead - T.Winship, C.Wallace, T.Joicey, I.Whorlton, J.Sutherland, J.Godfrey, F.Fletcher, D.Wright, J.Doyle, J.Thuburn, F.Johnson, P.Harding

On the same day the Houghton B team will also bring their group campaign to an end as they make the trip to Gateshead B, the Houghton team will need a 4-1 win to overtake Ferryhill and avoid bottom spot. 

The Sunderland A team now know they will travel to The Parks in the end of season Play Offs, the game has been arranged for Thursday March 10 at 10am. 

Houghton travel to Durham tomorrow for a mixed friendly fixture, the game starts at 2pm and the following team will take to the green -: J.Taylor, J.Wilson, P.Martin, B.Henderson, M.Henderson, M.Miller, M.Nicholson, M.Baker, C.Martin, E.Barren, C.Wallace, F.Phythian, M.Glover, M.Eggleston, A.Glover, W.Davis, J.Watt, J.Eggleston, J.Baker, TW.Todd, F.Holmes, M.Bullen, M.Lowis, W.Holmes, D.Wilson, I.Koch Klau, D.Taylor, R.Johnson, MA.Wallace, C.Middleton, A.Bullen, M.Middleton
There is another Mixed Friendly arranged for Tuesday March 22 against Peterborough at 230pm.

As the indoor season enters the latter stages of the season the various dates for the club competition at Houghton have been added.

Singles - R.Robinson v P.Thomson, J.Wilson v B.Holmes (Tuesday 5th April 630pm)
Pairs – P.Thomson/R.Robinson v W.Piggott, F.Froud v D.Armstrong (Wednesday 6th April 630pm)
Triples – V.Hendry v W.Holmes, P.Thomson v W.Piggott (Thursday 7th April 630pm)
Fours– W.Piggott v B.Henderson, J.Wilson v AJ.Dunn (Monday 11th April 630pm)

Over 60’s Singles – F.Fletcher v W.Laidler, M.Wright v A.Grimes (Saturday 2nd April 1000am)
Over 60’s Pairs – F.Fletcher v J.Wilson, W.Holmes v J.Coundon (Sunday April 10th 1000am)
Over 60’s Triples -  AJ.Dunn v J.Wilson, T.Pescod v W.Holmes (Saturday 9th April 1000am)
Over 60’s Fours – AJ.Dunn v R.Johnson, F.Johnson v W.Piggott (Wednesday 13th April 1030am)

Ladies Singles Semi Finals – J.Watt v B.Robson, E.Faith v S.Moody (Tuesday 7th April 230pm)
Ladies Pairs Semi Finals – B.Robson v N.Stephenson, B.Johnson v E.Faith (Monday 11th April 230pm)
Ladies Triples Final - N.Stephenson v E.Faith (Wednesday 13th April 230pm)


Last weekend Darlington hosted the Denny Cup quarter final tie between the defending champions Cumbria and Notts, a 92-78 win for the Cumbrian’s has set up a semi-final against Norfolk.

There was good news for both England’s Under 25 teams as the Ladies and Men’s teams lifted their respective trophies, the Ladies retained the Acle Trophy at Paisley while the men regained the Joyce Brimble Trophy with three wins over Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

 

20th February 2016 - SUNDERLAND VET'S SECURE PLAY OFF SPOT

As the round robin stage of the various seniors inter club groups come to an end only one local squad are through to the end of season play offs. In Group Three Sunderland A needed a point from their trip to leaders South Shields to secure the runners up spot in the group and a play-off place, after a torrid campaign it was team captain John Jones rink of Pat Collins, Billy Hearne and Fred Knubley that got the all-important point as they defeated John Kelso 21-8. Bobby Graham’s rink of Ronnie Robson, Michael Carr and Ray Robinson lost the last four ends to let slip a 10-8 lead and finish 16-10 down against Alan Lawton while it was a tough afternoon for Peter Bulmer, Barney Walsh, Michael Davis and Billy Ferry who never recovered from an opening end dropped six to finish 20-4 down against Alan Cummings, so despite the 9 shot defeat Sunderland A seal a play-off place. In the same group Houghton A’s hopes of catching Sunderland were ended as they could only manage a 3-2 points win at The Parks B although shot wise the game finished as a draw. Peter Harding’s rink of P.Noble, C.Wallace and Jack Thuburn defeated R.Harrison 13-12 and David Simpson, Fred Sanderson, Trevor Joicey and Ian Whorlton defeated P.Varty 11-9. The only defeat came from Tom Winship, John Godfrey, Freddie Fletcher and David Wright who let a 10-8 lead slip away to finish 14-11 down to C.Boyle. Houghton have one more game to play as they entertain Gateshead A, the losers will finish bottom of the group.

In Group Two the Sunderland B team produced a cracking performance to defeat a strong Stanley squad 5-0 at Houghton, Peter Thomson, Joe Maxfield, Peter Brickle and Terry Todd defeated Ian Staplin 22-13 while Bobby Usher, Tony Grimes, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling defeated Dave Webb 17-8. The remaining rink of George Brown, Tony Wood, Billy Conway and Billy Roberts ground out a 14-12 win over Billy Bell to secure a 20 shot win, despite the defeat and coupled with Darlington B losing Stanley held on to the second play-off spot by a single point from Sunderland B who will now be regretting last week’s 4-1 loss at bottom of the group Park View.

In Group Four Houghton B slipped to bottom of the group after a 5-0 home defeat by leaders The Parks B, all three Houghton squads were beaten. Frank Kell went down 17-6 to Ian Brown, Richard Thorpe lost 17-8 to M.Groundwater and Bob Johnson lost 17-6 to Brian Houghton which sealed a 51-20 defeat. Houghton will need to beat play-off chasing Durham B in their final game to avoid finishing bottom of the group.

Latest Standings
Group 1 - Great Aycliffe 7-26, Spennymoor 8-25, Shildon 7-17½, Darlington A 7-17, Durham A 7-4½ 
Group 2 - Hartlepool A 7-24½, Stanley 8-22½, Sunderland B 8-21½, Darlington B 8-19, Park View 7-7½
Group 3 - South Shields 8-33, Sunderland A 8-21, Parks B 8-15, Houghton A 7-13, Gateshead A 7-13
Group 4 - Parks A 9-35, Hartlepool B 9-31½, Durham B 7-26, Gateshead B 8-15, Ferryhill 10-13, Houghton B 9-9½

Houghton ladies head to the Jack Charles Centre in Leeds today for their Yetton Plate Quarter final against Lincoln, the winners will face either Avon Valley or Acle in the semi finals.

Houghton team – J.Watt, M.Eggleston, S.Forster, B.Johnson, E.Prudhoe, E.Barkes, B.Robson, J.Rodgerson, M.Hall, A.Vout, M.Middleton, JB.Smith, A.Todd, E.Barren, J.Baker, F.Phythian. Reserve – O.Charlton

In the Area final of the National Singles David Bolt won an all Shields affair against Ian McIntosh, trailing 16-12 Bolt recovered to seal a 21-16 and a place at the National Championships in April at Melton Mowbray.

The latest World Bowls Tour event starts on March 6 as the Co-Operative Funeral Care International Open takes place at Newton Hall Blackpool. Former Sunderland star Gary Smith is flying the regions flag but has been handed a tough opener as he has been drawn against newly crowned World Singles Champion Nicky Brett.

Last weekend Lincoln held the latest round of The Open Singles Circuit, locally only South Shield’s David Bolt made the trip. A cracking 5-4,4-6,2-1 win over home player Danny Brown was backed up with a second round 8-3,5-7,2-1 win over Ipswich’s Lea Blackham. Sadly Bolt’s hopes were ended in the third round by Spalding’s Jordan Philpott 8-0,2-8,2-1.

As many local bowler’s know the Houghton Indoor club is attached to one of the councils flag ship Primary Care Centres, this week during the first end of an evening league game club member Malcom Smith’s replacement hip shattered, somewhat surprisingly it wasn’t until after midnight that an ambulance arrived - a five hour wait.

There was some sad news as former Sunderland Indoor member Tommy Murray (73) sadly passed away.

 

13th February 2016 - DURHAM'S LIBERTY DREAM ON TRACK

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad produced a five star performance to book a semi-final place in this season’s competition with a comfortable 38 shot win over Lincolnshire at York. Durham enjoyed victories on five of the six rinks, Gary Smith’s quartet rattled off twelve shots over the last three ends to seal a 29-17 win over Billy Jackson while Paul Mosley (Hartlepool) eased to a 27-12 win over D.Auckland. Paul Hartley (Hartlepool) steered his rink to a 28-17 win over M.Spencer and Andrew Kirtland (Darlington) defeated Danny Brown 20-16, David Bolt (Shields) defeated Graham Smith 18-17 while Durham’s only loss came from Phil Smithson (Shields) 20-15 to M.Orrey. In the semi-final Durham will face Suffolk who defeated Leicestershire by 34 shots, the tie will be played on March 12 on a neutral green.

National Championships (Area Sections)
Singles (Area Final) – D.Bolt (Shields) v I.McIntosh (Shields)
Pairs (Area Final) – GR.Smith (Shields) v P.Dixon (Shields)
Triples (Regional Final Qualifiers at Durham March 13) – D.Bolt (Shields), G.Robson (Stanley), M.Laydon (Stanley)
Fours  (Regional Final Qualifiers at Darlington March 19) – I.McIntosh (Shields), I.Riches (Shields), C.Knott (West Denton)
Over 60’s Pairs (Inter Area Final) B.Poulter (Gateshead) v R.Gall (Cumbria)
Over 55’s Triples – (Inter Area Final) B.Arkley (Stanley) 10-12 R.McMath (Cumbria)
Over 60’s Fours (Inter Area Final) M.London (Parks) 22-19 R.McMath (Cumbria)

South Shield’s youngster James Sneller’s hopes of a Under 25 title were dashed at the last eight stage, after an initial 2-0 win over Jack Daniels (MidGlos) the Shield’s star was beaten 2-0 by Tom Bishop (Cyphers). The other regional hope made a last sixteen exit as Barry Hopkins (Darlington) was beaten 2-0 by the eventual winner Dan McVittie (Blackpool).

 The latest round of the Seniors Inter club fixtures take place this week, in Group two the Sunderland B team will be looking to end the season on a high as they finish with a home game against group leaders Stanley, the latter still need a point to guarantee a play-off place. The following Sunderland squad has been selected for the game at Houghton on Wednesday at 1230
R.Usher, A.Grimes, F.Froud, R.Jobling, G.Brown, A.Wood, W.Conway, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, J.Maxfield, P.Brickle, TW.Todd. Reserves – E.Downes, D.Gowland

Group Two Standings - Stanley 7-22½, Hartlepool A 6-20, Darlington B 7-18½, Sunderland 7-16½, Park View 7-7½

In Group three the Sunderland A team need a point at leaders South Shields to seal the second play-off spot in the group. The following team will look to avenge the 4-1 loss suffered earlier in the campaign.
P.Bulmer, B.Walsh, M.Davis, W.Ferry P.Collins, W.Hearne, F.Knubley, J.Jones R.Robson, M.Carr, R.Robinson, R.Graham. Reserves – R.Rollason, A.Baker

In the same group Houghton A will be looking to take advantage of any Sunderland slip up as they need consecutive 5-0 wins to sneak into that second spot should Sunderland fail to collect a point on Tuesday. Houghton meanwhile head to The Parks on Wednesday with the following team – J.Doyle, P.Noble, J.Thuburn, P.Harding, D.Simpson, F.Sanderson, T.Joicey, I.Whorlton, T.Winship, J.Godfrey, F.Fletcher, D.Wright. Reserve – C.Wallace.

Group Three Standings - South Shields 7-29, Sunderland A 7-20, Gateshead A 7-13, Parks B 7-13, Houghton A 6-10
In Group four Houghton B entertain The Parks A on Thursday with the following team – S.Barnes, A.Glover, W.White, F.Kell, P.Hicks, A.Gregory, T.Baister, B.Johnson, J.Matthews, K.Waterson, P.Taylor, R.Thorpe. Reserves – J.Eggleston, L.Williams

Group Four Standings – Hartlepool B 8-27½, Durham B 7-26, Parks A 7-25, Gateshead B 8-15, Ferryhill 8-12, Houghton B 8-9½ 

Houghton’s Inter County team were due to face a top of the table battle against leaders The Parks tomorrow however the opposition have had to cancel it.

The first Sunderland and District competition draw has been made, the 3-2-1 Knock Out triples defending champions will return to the scene of their final success last season with a trip to North Biddick. The full draw is - Silksworth v Grindon Mill, Washington Glebe v Roker Marine, Roker Park (BYE), Sunderland v Houghton Town, Ryhope v Dawdon, Seaham Town v Thompson Park, North Biddick v Barnes West End, Usworth v Wearmouth

Bowls England have announced a provisional 14 player short list for the 2016 World Championships in New Zealand  - Andrew Knapper (Berkshire), Robert Newman (Berkshire), Graham Shadwell (Wiltshire), Louis Ridout (Devon), Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire), Robert Paxton (Devon),  Sam Tolchard (Devon).
The women’s shortlist features the five Atlantic Games Gold Medal winners Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire), Wendy King (Kent), Sophie Tolchard (Devon), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire), Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Katherine Rednall (Suffolk), Amy Stanton (Worcestershire),

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) have announced that the English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA), the English Bowling Federation (EBF) and the British Crown Green Bowls Association (BCGBA) are to join the Safeguarding Bowls group alongside Bowls England (BE) and the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) under the umbrella of the BDA to ensure that the sport is kept safe for everyone to play. This will mean that the five National Governing Bodies and their affiliated members will follow the same policy, guidelines and templates which will be available to all clubs regardless of which format is played. County and Club Welfare Officers across the various codes will be able to access training to support them in their role and provide them with knowledge and information on any action they would need to take if a concern was raised within their club. This is a big step forward for the sport and has been welcomed by both Sport England and the NSPCC.

 

6th February 2016 - MIXED WEEK FOR SUNDERLAND VET'S

It has been a mixed week for the two Sunderland Senior squads as the A team almost sealed an end of season play off place while the B teams slim hopes were finally ended. In Group 2 the Sunderland B team made the short trip to bottom of the group Park View, the hosts had previously only amassed 3½ points all season so the 4-1 defeat for the Sunderland squad will be a bitter pill to swallow. The only bright spot came from the rink of Tony Grimes, Bobby Usher, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling who defeated D.Scanlon 14-11; sadly the other two rinks were well beaten. Peter Thomson, Eric Downes, Peter Brickle and Terry Todd never recovered from a 12-1 deficit and eventually went down 21-11 to A.Stewart. George Brown, Tony Wood, Billy Conway and Billy Roberts also started slowly trailing 8-1 and eventually went down 18-6 to C.Chapman which sealed a 19 shot Park View win. The B team will be playing for pride in their final game against leaders Stanley at Houghton. 
Group Two Standings - Stanley 7-22½, Hartlepool A 6-20, Darlington B 7-18½, Sunderland 7-16½, Park View 7-7½

There was better news in Group 3 as the Sunderland A team bounced back from the disappointing loss at The Parks to defeat Gateshead A at Houghton 5-0. Peter Bulmer, Barney Walsh, Michael Davis and Billy Ferry produced a second half charge to run out 22-8 winners over J.Wolfenden. Ronnie Robson, Michael Carr, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham eased to a 17-10 win over A.Birrell while Pat Collins, Billy Hearne, Fred Knubley and John Jones recorded their second win of the season 14-10 over I.Patterson. The 24 shot win means only Houghton A can prevent the Sunderland squad from taking the second play-off spot, Houghton must collect back to back 5-0 wins in their final two games and then hope Sunderland lose 5-0 at leaders South Shields.      
Group Three Standings - South Shields 7-29, Sunderland A 7-20, Gateshead A 7-13, Parks B 7-13, Houghton A 6-10

Sunderland were due to be in Inter Club action tomorrow however opponents Great Aycliffe have cancelled the game, this leaves Sunderland now with two cancelled games to rearrange although holders Darlington have bizarrely yet to play a game.

There will be no love in the air next Sunday as Houghton take on The Parks on Valentine’s Day in a crucial Inter Club fixture. With both teams unbeaten The Parks have only dropped 3½ points out of a maximum thirty six while Houghton are in the second promotion spot with a 12 point advantage over Durham who face bottom of the group Ferryhill. The following team will face the leaders –
At Houghton – J.Doyle, T.Patterson, J.Scullion, P.Harding, M.Thomson, S.Patterson, R.Thorpe, I.Whorlton, M.Baker, R.Johnson, D.Wright, B.Henderson (snr)
At The Parks – J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, J.Godfrey, AJ.Dunn, K.Armstrong, M.Henderson, F.Fletcher, J.McAdoo, T.Joicey, F.Sanderson, S.Tindale, D.Todner

The Houghton ladies return to Inter Club action on Wednesday as they face Hartlepool, the following team has been selected –
At Houghton – J.Watt, O.Charlton, S.Forster, B.Johnson, N.Colling, J.Classen, B.Robson, J.Rodgerson, E.Prudhoe, E.Barkes, A.Todd, E.Faith
At Hartlepool – M.Hall, M.Eggleston, A.Vout, M.Middleton, M.Metcalf, E.Barren, J.Baker, F.Phythian, N.Reay, M.Glover, M.Angus, JB.Smith

After their cracking Yetton Plate win over Hartlepool the Houghton ladies will face Lincoln in the quarter finals, the tie will be played at the Jack Charles Centre in Leeds on Saturday 20th February (1200), there is limited spectator space on the coach and anyone interested there is a list in the bowls hall.

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad head to York today for their quarter final tie against Lincolnshire, in recent times the neutral venue hasn’t been one of the counties lucky greens and they cannot afford to repeat their slow start from the Cumbria game, the winners will face either Suffolk or Leicestershire in the semi-finals.

In the Area semi-final of the singles South Shield’s David Bolt will have enjoyed his return to Stanley after defeating Brett Arkley 21-19, the Area final will be an all Shield’s affair as Bolt will face either Dan Targar or Ian McIntosh. The expected cracking area semi-final between Patrick & Peter Thomson (Houghton) and South Shield’s Phil Smithson & Gary Smith failed to materialise as the Smithson/Smith combination dominated from the first end to run out impressive 25-8 winners, in the Area final they will face club mates Phil Dixon and Gary Farquhar who defeated Dan Targar 17-16. The final stages of the Under 25 singles take place today and tomorrow at White Oak IBC, local hopes are with South Shield’s youngster James Sneller, in the last sixteen Sneller faces MidGlos Jake Daniels. Darlington’s Barry Hopkins faces Blackpool’s Dominic McVittie also in the last sixteen. This year’s Champion of Champions title went to the City of Ely’s Greg Harlow after beating Bodmin’s Paul Bennett 21-17, the ladies title went to Ipswich’s Katherine Rednall who defeated Barwell’s Barbara Lewis 21-14. In the Inter Area final of the Over 60’s singles South Shield’s Alan Lawton was beaten 21-13 by Cumbria’s Ricky Gallagher. In the Mixed Fours Inter Area final the Shield’s quartet of Nina Riches, Ann Upsall, Ian Riches and David Bolt secured a place at the final stages after a comfortable 28-10 win over Eden’s Peter Metcalfe, the final stages are being held at Lincoln and if the Shield’s quartet are going to be successful they will have to do it the hard way as they have been drawn against a Lincoln rink which has the former World Champion Billy Jackson in as a sub.  Next season the EIBA are introducing two new competitions, the family pairs and a men’s two bowl singles, there is also a change to the Over 60’s double fours which will now be played on a set date (Tuesday 1230) plus the entry fee to the various competitions will be £3.50 per player.

The 2016 Sunderland & District outdoor league fixtures are now available on the website.

 

 

 

 

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