BIBC 2017

Good Luck!

The Bowls Jersey Management Committee wish the very best of luck to all the Men competing in Leamington at the British Isles Championships for 2017 champions.

Under 25 Singles: Jared Brown

Men’s Singles: Ross Davis

Men’s Pairs: Thomas Greechan, Michael Videgrain

Men’s Triples: Thomas Greechan, Michael Videgrain, Graham Thomas

Men’s Fours and Men’s Senior Fours: Rob Clive, Alex Stewart, Roddy Macdonald, Jim Douglas

*** Elizabeth Collings Cancelled ***

Clubs will shortly be informed that tonight’s Liz Collings game is cancelled.

Bowls Jersey have been forced to take this decision as the Ladies Series teams got disrupted by fog yesterday and the earliest flight back is 19.05 this evening.

The girls who were disrupted were forced to head to Brighton for accommodation for the night, after nothing was available in the Gatwick area.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but do not think it is in the interests of the clubs or players for this to go ahead.

Lawrence De Gruchy Games will still go ahead as planned unless agreement is reached between the two clubs.

BIWBC Series – Day 1

Day One of the BIWBC 2018 at Belmont Bowls Club in Belfast gave Jersey the long sought after breakthrough in the International Series they’d been looking for – unfortunately at the expense of our dear friends Ireland.

Jersey picked up a score of 1 on all 6 rinks on the first end, and never relinquished the lead. Storming into a 20+ shot lead, it was clear Ireland would fight back and so they did, eventually drawing Jersey to an agonisingly close 2 shot lead. Jersey held their nerve and pressed back on, quickly re-establishing a 10 shot lead and managing to cling on to what has been a long sought after victory in a match on this stage – and a moment the girls could quite rightly be proud of.

Team Manager Greg Davis commented on the win, “it was pleasure to watch the girls raise their game this morning and to make a real statement about Jersey’s right to be in the Tournament. 1 win in x years won’t turn away the doubters, but it’s a massive step forwards from where we have been. The girls played with such passion and enthusiasm, it was a joy to watch them in their work across all rinks – a solid team performance.”

Sunday Afternoon saw Jersey face Scotland, and whilst the overall score was disappointing, we were soundly beaten by the better team. Scotland were another class and relentless in their pursuit of shots and turning heads over. Only one Jersey rink found a winning position but Scotland skip Lorna Smith thwarted what was to be and sealed a resounding Scottish triumph. Whilst all the girls agreed the margin was incredibly disappointing, nothing could be taken away from a Scottish team who roared out the blocks and played conversion shots for fun.

Regardless of the results against Wales and England to come, Jersey will be bringing Home at least one win. This is progress. It’s baby steps towards building a compatible team who want the best for each other. The compliments received from members of all nations, particularly after this mornings win, prove we are slowly making the right decisions and we must continue to build on the more solid platform we’ve created.

Onwards, and upward! Wales in the morning 🙂

Finally, it is here!

Bowls Jersey President Greg Davis and all the Management Committee would like to wish all 6 of the affiliated Jersey Clubs the very best for their upcoming seasons.

May the weather be nice, the matches be friendly and your seasons be a success.

To all the members who continue to sacrifice their time and money to represent the Association, we are grateful and proud of your endeavours. Stay tuned as Bowls Jersey are aiming to do a lot more to assist you in reaching your ambitions over the coming 12 months.

And to Jersey’s grass roots bowlers – without you we are nothing. Thank you for your continued loyalty to your outdoor clubs, and always remember to encourage new people in our great game.

And lastly, a massive thanks to our sponsors, Touchstone (C.I.) Ltd and Seymour Hotels for their support of our pursuits locally and attracting visiting clubs to our island.

Heart Break on the Gold Coast

Not the end we wanted to write nor the result that the boys will have wanted to see, but Jersey were edged out by Canada in the Quarter Finals of the Triples on the Gold Coast today.

We can only imagine how disappointed they must feel but hope both Malcolm and the ladies can dust themselves down and go medal chasing again in the next disciplines.

Regardless, Jersey remain proud of the showing the boys have put on on the Gold Coast and the “shock”waves they generated across Australian Media on our behalf. One Aussie rag even wrote that losing to Jersey “was a crisis”!

You didn’t let anyone here down boys!

COMMONWEALTH GAMES *BREAKING*

Jersey Men’s Triples will play Canada in the Quarter Finals at 7.30am on Saturday.

Other draws are Australia v New Zealand, Scotland v Wales and England v Norfolk Island.

There is no Live Streaming nor Score Updates seemingly available which is disappointing.

The winner of Jersey v Canada will play the winner of Australia v New Zealand in the Semi Finals. There

It goes without saying that our boys have Jerseys full support – do what we know you can boys and get the just rewards of your commitment.

ITS A WIN DOWN UNDER!

Cracking start for the lads…

Watching through the most convoluted technical setup in the World, it was a joy to watch our triples conquer the Australians in their first group match.

Steady leading from Derek Boswell, some superb conversion Bowls from De Sousa who got picked on mercilessly by the commentators, and some fine drawing to add to counts and drawing to save from Skipper Ross Davis saw the boys come out on top. There were some unfortunate results that went against the Australian Triple – but the Jersey trio never let their heads drop (even after dropping 11 shots in a row having lead 8-0!) and caused an Aussie upset on the Gold Coast on Day One!

Rachel Macdonald put up a valiant fight against Scotland’s Caroline Brown in the first game of the Ladies Singles, but eventually succumbed 21-13. Everyone in Jersey will be behind Rachel going out and avenging her defeat in the next game!

For now folks, at 2am, its time for sleep!

Delight from Bowls Jersey Senior Vice President

Touchstone has done it again but this time in an even bigger way for Bowls Jersey.

They have agreed to sponsor this year all our Bowls Jersey National Competitions which is great news for bowls in Jersey, and their name will now be associated with the new National 2 Wood Mens Singles Trophy!

We have agreed with Touchstone how the money will be spent – for the betterment of all representative teams and people who compete locally in Bowls Jersey competitions ensuring the deal is of benefit to all Bowls Jersey members, not just the selected few.

We have been lacking support for these events ever since I started bowling almost 30 years ago.

Thank you Touchstone on behalf of our members, we have also been very aware of your support in other international events over the past few years. We certainly appreciate your involvement.

David Ingram –
Past President British Isles Bowls Council and Senior Vice President Bowls Jersey