*BIBC GETS UNDERWAY*
The BIBC in Ayr gets underway today with the 2018 Champions battling it out for the British Isles Honours.
U25 Singles: Jared Brown
Singles: Ross Davis
Pairs: Malcolm De Sousa, Ross Davis
Triples: Thomas Greechan, Mike Videgrain, Graham Thomas
Fours: Alan Quemard, Cyril Renouf, Alan Shaw, Derek Boswell
Senior Fours: Mervyn Richardson, Peter Le Long, Brian Bisson, Mick Baudin
Good luck to all Jersey representatives!
The Champion of Champions event for the Men was held at Sun Bowls Club, Saturday 22nd June.
T Greechan (St Brelades) bt S Brown (JBC) 21-15.
T Greechan bt D Black (St Saviours) 21-12
S Brown bt D Black 21-4.
T Greechan (St Brelades) was then duly presented with the trophy.
This weekends Champion of Champions events will now he contested between just 3 men for the Men’s event in a round robin format, and the Ladies competition will not be held at all.
The Bowls Jersey Management Committee in meeting on Wednesday 12th June had sought to add more value to the competition when it was realised that there would be just 4 men and 3 ladies playing the competition – meaning for the Ladies there would be 2 games in a round robin event to be crowned the grand title of Champion of Champions.
After discussion, it was hoped one of the Champions would be in better health if the competition was played later in the season, but with no weekends for it to be a round robin, for one year only the competition would be played as a knockout.
Unfortunately, the changes proposed by the Management Committee have been misinterpreted by many members and the President accused of manipulating the Competition to allow his brother to play who would be the other champion missing out. This certainly is not the case.
Furthermore, as a result of the un-rest and the allegations of “governing with an agenda” – the President has himself withdrawn as Sun Champion from the event.
Tomorrow’s Champion of Champion event will therefore be contested solely by Simon Brown (JBC), David Black (St Saviours) and Thomas Greechan (St Brelades).
President Greg Davis is disappointed this is the case commenting “I think members on this occasion have overlooked and not considered how the changes proposed may have benefitted the Ladies Competition in particular; they suffer the most from this. Whilst I am happy for members to be upset with any proposed changes made to the competition by Bowls Jersey, the personal allegations against myself for having an agenda in governing Bowls Jersey have left an incredibly sour taste in my mouth not only for being wholly untrue but after all I’ve personally done for Bowls Jersey at the BIWBC over the last few days I believe I have proved I have the best interests of every island bowler, male or female, at heart. It has left me with no choice but to withdraw as I remain incredibly angry with the claims made against me and I shall need to consider my long term position leading the association.”
Tomorrow’s event starts at 10am at the Sun Bowls Club.
Once again proving we are human (yes, we make mistakes too!) – due to some paperwork difficulties the Ladies Sets Singles has needed to be re-drawn.
This is now on the website and available at this link: https://bowlsjersey.com/national-competitions/
Obviously, we apologise for this inconvenience this has caused.
It has been brought to my attention that there is some quiet (and some vocal!) unrest about the bringing forwards of some of the Competition Dates this season and the overall structure of the Bowls Jersey Competitions.
This statement is to explain the two primary reasons as to why this has been done and the mitigating factors taken to try and cause the minimal disruption.
This year, the Atlantic Championships are being held in Wales throughout the course of May. Our Island representatives are competing from 6th May to the end of May on a world stage to qualify Jersey for World Bowls 2020, and it has long been Bowls Jersey’s primary ambition not to preclude any bowler from competing in events that can get them to the British Isles by scheduling rounds whilst they are on International Duty. This is a principal used in 2018 for the Welsh Test Series, and a principle being used again in 2019.
The players in the Atlantics are already unable to enter the National 2 Wood Singles due to date clashes, and it is only by sheer luck of the draw that arrangements were possible for them to play in the Sets Singles – in other words they have already made sacrifices domestically to represent their island and may well have been expected to make bigger sacrifices than they already have.
Obviously, in many recent years with the Championships being in the southern hemisphere or further abroad, competitions have been in September thru November and therefore provide no scheduling headache as our seasons are over and the greens put to bed. This year it is different, and with countries closer to home putting in much welcomed bids to host tournaments, this scenario will only occur more in the future. World Bowls 2020 in Australia (OK, no closer to home!) is set to run through May and June – so Bowls Jersey will face the same issue next year – regardless of whether the plan this year is a success or failure, the Bowls Jersey Committee will have valuable feedback to assist with next year’s season plan. Commonwealth Games 2022 will run July thru August so it is clear the traditional way of scheduling games is going to run into more regular headaches. It means 4 years in 5 will have major events in the middle of our traditional bowling season – times are indeed a-changing and we need to try and adapt with them.
This leads nicely onto the second reason for the different structure…
Club Green Time
All the Clubs this year have suffered a decline in membership once more. This is through a variety of reasons (age and health being factors outside a clubs control), but there are other reasons. Failure to properly integrate new members into bowls so they play one season and give up, not enough club events for members to enjoy their green time. The Clubs therefore came up with an action plan, and it was agreed that for as many Fridays in July and August as possible, Clubs would have unfettered use of their greens for club events. Being a set date, it was hoped a combined marketing campaign to encourage new and existing members to join regular club activities on these Friday evenings without Bowls Jersey taking up rink space would have a positive impact on club recruitment possibilities, and club social options. There was, and remains, a lot of method in this madness. Bowls is a great sport – the Clubs need a chance to sell that so we arrest this decline. This provides a healthy chance for the clubs to build a solid plan and foundation for the season and better use their fantastic facilities.
It means to do this, Bowls Jersey had to find a new way of structuring competitions. It was my idea, so please direct all frustrations at me, to divide the season into two halves. Traditionally, all our competitions start in May and play out through August. It means there are a lot of games early in the season, but far fewer towards the end as all competitions are in the quarter and semi final stages where fewer bowlers are engaged. This doesn’t utilise green space particularly well, nor does it keep people bowling throughout an entire season if they do not progress to the latter rounds.
So this year the 2 Wood Singles, Sets Singles, Mixed Pairs and National Triples will be played throughout May and June to the semi final stages. At this point, the Singles, Pairs and Fours will commence and play in the tail end of June and throughout July and August, spreading the green time whilst also buying the clubs more green time where Bowls Jersey do not interfere.
This year, Bowls Jersey took the un-precedented step of publishing the proposed dates of the rounds on the Competition Forms so that if people were away the clash would have been aware to them at the time of entering. There are people who have not entered these competitions as they were aware they would not be available on the dates set out. For this reason, the Committee held fast that as people hadn’t entered knowing they couldn’t make the dates – it would be a totally unacceptable course of action to publish new dates once the draws had been completed – and as such the published early dates must stand.
Of course, this season from the structure perspective is a trial run – if it falls flat on its face not only do I take full responsibility but it shall be put back to the way it was for the 2020 season.
Bowls does need to change and adapt, and Bowls Jersey must adhere to the wishes of its member clubs. It also does everything it can for its representative bowlers balanced against all the Competitions our members enter and support. It is not an easy balancing act. Delegates from all clubs were present at sub-committee meetings and it was all agreed to give some new ideas a chance this year. As President, I obviously take the ultimate responsibility for driving these changes forwards. I know, and hopefully those who don’t agree can still sympathise, that we will never do right by everyone – but it is vital as a small Island with declining membership we continue to challenge the way we have always done things and not be afraid to try new things. They may not work, and I will be the first to hold my hands up. People will be able to vote with their ballot papers on November 6th to elect a new President if they feel they can no longer support the course I charter for our Association, but I remain fully committed whilst in office to shaking off our stereotypes and trying to help our sport breathe new life into our wonderful game.
As ever, I am grateful for the people continually coming up with ideas and feedback and I hope that together, we can have a successful season and find something that works for the majority.
I wish all players and clubs the very best for the upcoming season and thank you for taking the time to read this statement.
If having read this statement you have any questions, please email email@example.com and I shall do my best to answer them.
Yours in Sport, Greg
Greg Davis – Bowls Jersey President
Please be advised that the Men’s National Singles has been required to be re-drawn due to entrants being missed from the original draw.
The updated draw is now on the Bowls Jersey website and can be found here:
We are looking for 2 more teams to enter the Waitrose Mixed Pairs on Sunday, 9th June.
This is an all day pairs competition, split into groups and the winners play out the groups into the knockout stages.
Players do not need to be from the same club; anyone can have a go. It is a friendly and welcoming day and we’d be grateful for your support.