National Finals Schedule – 2021

Please find below the schedule for the Bowls Jersey National Finals, 2021.

To be held at St Brelades Bowls Club over the weekend of the 4th & 5th of September.

Congratulations to all finalists for making it this far.

Dress to be Club Club Colours or Whites.

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered the Bowls Jersey Nationals this year, to the Bowls Jersey Competitions Committee, the Club Board Delegates and Peter Ascroft and Joan Renouf. Without you, there would be no finals weekend.

May the weather be nice, the bowls be good, and the crowds be large.

Greg Davis – Bowls Jersey President

Pitcher & Le Quesne Bowls Open, hosted by the Sun Bowls Club

Firstly, thank you to everyone who has submitted their teams to support the Pitcher & Le Quesne Bowls Open.

There are 2 spaces left and the Sun Bowls would love to fill them to get a full complement!

The Open will be run over Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August and £12 per person to include a guaranteed 4 games and a bbq plus un-rivalled atmosphere it’s not something to miss out on – deadline for entry is Friday 16th July!

Teams of 3, must be mixed but can comprise of any member from any club.

Thank you in advance for your support – we hope we can fill the competition!

Good luck to St. Brelades hosting their Triples Competition this weekend, and be sure to grab yourselves an entry form to St Saviours Open Pairs Competition to be played in August! Great to see the Clubs doing so many new things and with generous sponsors backing them!

St Brelades Bowls Club – Mixed Open Triples

Did you know that entries for the St Brelades Open were due to close today? Fear not, entries can still be sent to Mike Videgrain at the details in the poster below before 25th June!

It promises to be a great weekend, why not enter a team and see if you can get a share of the prize money?

With every club having an Open Competition, it would be great for members from all Clubs to support each Open where possible – these Opens have been prioritised to freshen up the Island Competition Schedule.

Website Updates

Dear Members,

Please be advised the Bowls Jersey website now has the Island Novice draw displayed upon it, and can be found here: National Competitions 2021

Additionally, the schedules for the Morel, Le Marquand, Collings and De Gruchy were inconsistent with the the club boards, and the website has now been updated. You can see the amended schedules and the running league totals by clicking here: Inter Club Leagues

Thank you to everyone who is taking part – the atmosphere around all the clubs is brilliant and we hope this continues long into the future.

Bowls Jersey National Competitions

Bowls Jersey National Competition Draws are now on the website and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you to all those who have taken the time to enter the Competitions, and to those of you who haven’t we hope to tempt you back next year!

On behalf of the Management Committee of Bowls Jersey, we wish all Bowlers a successful, safe but most importantly an enjoyable season.

Our thanks go to the Competition Secretaries who have worked so hard to get the draws to this point.

British Isles (BIBC and BIWBC) Statement re 2021

The British Isles Bowls Council (BIBC) and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council (BIWBC) have today announced the cancellation of all events for the 2021 season.  The decision reflects the challenges related to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and has been made to enable more grassroots bowlers to enjoy the sport this summer.

Whilst we remain positive that people will be out on the greens this summer, the international series and championships necessitate an extra level of logistical planning and delivery for players, spectators and officials. Given these extra considerations, particularly around international travel and the varying restrictions across Britain expected to continue for months, it was not viable to continue without damaging the integrity of the events.

All nations agreed that the early decision was important to provide clarity to players and spectators, give every nation the opportunity to make the most of their domestic calendar and provide much-needed support to clubs.

No decision has been taken on British Isles events for 2022 as this will form part of a wider review taking into account a number of considerations including the Commonwealth Games taking place at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Notes:

The members of the BIBC are: Bowls England; Irish Bowling Association; Bowls Guernsey; Bowls Jersey; Bowls Scotland; Welsh Bowling Association

The members of the BIWBC are: Bowls England; Irish Women’s Bowling Association; Bowls Jersey; Bowls Scotland; Welsh Women’s Bowling Association

AGM Voting Forms 2020

Dear Members.

This year, our AGM has to be different due to COVID. We still need to have an AGM per the Constitution, and we still need to reach 40 members to have a quorum.

This year, we will have Officers at Les Creux and have asked each club to invite 5 members to attend. We are hopeful the remaining members can attend their respective Club to listen to the AGM via Video Conference if they so wish to.

It is vital however all the membership who wish to contribute in the business of the meeting – so we have digitised the voting form! This can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Even if you cannot attend the AGM in person, you can help us carry the business of the meeting forwards.

I am available to answer any questions on bowlsjersey@gmail.com – please drop me a message anytime.

Thanks for your support in 2020 – the AGM papers are being circulated shortly by the Club Secretaries.

I wish you all the very best of winters whatever your chosen Bowls activities may be, and look forward to seeing you back on the greens in 2021.

Greg

ST. SAVIOURS “JEMEC” OPEN PAIRS

In a season that has been disrupted by COVID-19, St. Saviour’s Bowls Club are pleased to announce their hugely successful Open Pairs competition, proudly sponsored by JEMEC, will be proceeding over the weekend of the 5/6th September.

In the event of a large number of entrants, players should be advised that earlier rounds may be played on the evenings of the 3rd and/or 4th September.

Bowls Jersey President Greg Davis commented “It’s fantastic St. Saviour’s Bowls Club have been able to help us sample a little normality by re-scheduling the JEMEC Open Pairs. Given our usual program of inter-club Bowls has necessarily been shelved this year – this competition will give players of all Clubs the chance to come together in what is always a quality tournament. It also provides those aspiring to apply or wishing to maintain their places in the elite squad some much needed local competition for their CVs. I wish St. Saviours every success and trust the event will be well supported.”

Entry forms can be found at each Bowls Club – please get your entry in as soon as possible.

BOWLS JERSEY COMPETITION REFUNDS

As previously announced in our newsletters, with Bowls Jersey Competitions being cancelled full refunds have been offered to everyone who entered.

If you would like to receive your refund, please get in touch with Treasurer Peter Ascroft who will organise this on your behalf.

If you haven’t been in touch by the end of August, we will assume you are most generously donating the funds to the association 😉

Thank you to everyone who has donated their funds to the Bowls Jersey coffers – your generosity is appreciated.

Greg

Bowls Greens – Re-Opening

Following on from my newsletter over the weekend, notification was provided on Monday that as part of the move to Level 3 in Jersey, the Bowls Greens can re-open.

Unlike under Level 4 where the Government guidelines were that venues similar to Bowls Greens stayed shut, through Bowls Jersey’s consultation with Jersey Sport and Government it has now been determined that the risks can be suitably mitigated to allow the greens to re-open. Great news at last!

It is down to each individual club whether they choose to re-open or not, and when. Each Club has different circumstances. There are many considerations that need to be made so that members can enjoy recreational bowls sensibly.

Bowls Jersey have liaised with all clubs on the island, and issued guidance for the opening of greens for recreational purposes only. The guidelines mean that Bowls activity is very restricted, and the guidelines Bowls Jersey have issued are more stringent than those provided by Jersey Sport, who are the intermediaries between Sport and the Government.

This is done because we are aware that some of you will be nervous returning to the greens, and we totally understand that. You need to be re-assured that you aren’t putting yourselves in harms way, and we need to demonstrate that we are not being reckless. We all know the majority of you would like to spend some of your outdoor hours on a tranquil Jersey green.

Your Club Committees are starting to meet to discuss the next steps, again using video conferencing facilities that Bowls Jersey have provided to cover the duration of this crisis to keep clubs functional. Please be patient, and give your Club Committee your full support.

There will be decisions taken that you agree with, don’t agree with or feel indifferent about. Everybody is entitled to their own decision. Ultimately, even if your Club does open, it remains your choice whether you would wish to use the green or not.

I have every confidence that your Clubs will allow the use of their greens as soon as practically possible (there are a lot of procedures and policies to put in place with regards to cleaning, sanitisation etc) but I am confident the guidelines we have issued support the Clubs in this process.

A copy of the current Bowls Jersey Guidelines is attached below for your reference, and they will be reviewed every fortnight.

As ever, we remain contactable at bowlsjersey@gmail.com and we would be happy to answer any further questions. We remain at the disposal of all Club Committees.

Until then, thank you for your continued support of your local clubs and I hope you feel safe enough to enjoy some green time when the opportunity arises for you.

Greg

Greg Davis – Bowls Jersey President