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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ENGLAND JUNIOR INTERNATION TEAM FOR BIBC SERIES ANNOUNCED

Bowls England has announced the Junior International Teams for the forthcoming season, and although no County player has been selected for the Women’s Team, a County player has received his call up for the Men’s Team.

Connor Cinato, Kettering Midland Band BC, has retained his International place, and will skip a rink in the Series, to be held at Belmont BC, Belfast, on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, 2018.

He will have with him regular Internationals Louiis McCubbin of Hampshire BA at Lead, Jamie Barker of Cambridgeshire BA at No. 2 and Edward Elmore of Huntingdonshire BA

DISABILITY BOWLS INTERNATIONAL SERIES – COUNTY PLAYER INVOLVED

Disability Bowls England will host the 2018 Home International Para Bowls Championships at Clarence Park BC, Clarence Park, Walliscote Road , Weston super Mare, Somerset BS23 4BN on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, the 8th, 9th & 10th June, 2018, and a County Player is involved.

Kieran ROLLINGS, Kettering Lodge BC has been selected to represent England in this Tri-Nations tournament, which, in addition to England, involves Scotland and Wales.
The format is that there are to be 3 teams of 5 players, 2 of them for physically disabled (PD) players, and the 3rd for Visually impaired (VI) pla

ENGLAND JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL TRIALS

The England Junior Trials, under the auspices of Bowls England, will be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on Monday, 28th May, 2018, and several County players will be there trying to attract the selectors’ eye.

In the Women’s Junior Trial, Katie Smith, Desborough Town BC and Abby Woodward, Burton Latimer Town BC, have been selected , and in the Men’s Junior Trial, Connor Cinato, Kettering Midland Band BC, Adam Pitfield, Burton Latimer Town BC & David Walker, Northampton West End BC, have been selected.

We wish them every success.

ENGLAND MIXED UNDER 18 TEAM FOR THE BIIBC INTERNATIONAL SERIES

Well done to Shannon Swift, Northampton & District IBA, on her selection for the England Squad for the Mixed Under 18 forthcoming series.

The English Indoor Bowling Association has just published its squad for the Mixed Under 18 International Series, to be held on the 13th & 14th October, 2018, at Newport IBC, South Wales, and Shannon Swift has been selected in the 12 player squad. England has entered two teams in the event, which will consist of a Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours for each team. Shannon is a Travelling Reserve for Team !, with her team members including Ajay Morphett of Egerton Park IBC, Bexhill-on-Sea, Joseph Vandepeer of Oyster IBC, Kent, Matthew Bell of Scarborough IBC, Danielle Wild of Spalding IBC and Devon Cooper of Riverain IBC, Herts. Shannon has had success in the last few months, winning the NBYDS Pairs, the Women’s County Fours, and qualifying for the National Championships in the National Fours.

Well done to Shannon on her selection, with best wishes when the time comes.

WORLD BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS – PROGRESS OF COUNTY PLAYERS

GREAT NEWS FOR ENGLAND AND OUR COUNTY PLAYERS – A GOLD MEDAL AND A SILVER MEDAL.

The World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand started on the 29th November, with the Women’s Singles, Women’s Fours, Men’s Pairs and Men’s Triples, and our two County members of the England Team have been in a very successful team, with Silver and Gold medals their reward.

Firstly the Women’s events:

SINGLES: Sophie Tolchard of Devon, did not have a successful tournament at all, only winning 2 matches out of 9 played. The wins for her were against Teokotai Jim of Cook Island, who she beat 21-11 shots and Carmen Anderson of Norfolk Island, who she beat 21-12 shots. Otherwise she lost to the representatives of Brunei, Ireland, Malaysia, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

FOURS: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Rebecca Wigfield, Desborough Town BC, Wendy King (Kent) & Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire) had a very successful run of 9 matches in the Group Stage, having a 100% record of wins and consequently topping their Group. In these Group stage matches they beat the USA 29-13 shots, Scotland 22-16 shots, Spain 22-8 shots, Turkey 32-3 shots, Norfolk Island 31-15 shots, Philippines 16-15 shots, Malaysia 17-10 shots, Japan 23-17 shots & Israel 14-13 shots.
In the Semi-Final they met the Philippines rink again, comprising Hazel Jagonoy, Ronalyn
Greenlees, Sonia Bruce & Rosita Bradborn, and they beat them 18-15 shots to proceed to the Final
In the Final played at 8.0 p.m. 2.12.16 (GMT) at the Burnside BC, they met Australia represented by Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch & Natasha Scott for the Gold medal.

This match started pretty evenly, with both rinks playing well, and although the first half showed Australia ahead by 11-2 shots at 9 ends played, that score did not reflect the true nature of the game at that stage. When England were sitting multiple shots on ends 1 & 7, the Aussie skip fired very accurately and sent the jack off the rink, which normally means the end is replayed, but in this Championship the jack is placed on the full length ‘T’ mark, and on both of these occasions the nearest bowls were Australian ones, and therefore from a possible 9 shots, which would have given England a decent lead, instead they dropped 3 shots on those 2 ends.

Thereafter the England players seemed a bit dispirited and did not play to their potential whilst their opponents played very well, so Australia took the gold medal, winning 23-8 shots

Nevertheless a very good achievement to take the Silver Medal.

Men’s Events:

PAIRS: Louis Rideout & Sam Tolchard, both Devon, had a pretty successful campaign, especially in the Group Stage, where they won 7 of the 9 matches, losing just to South Africa and Australia, but by winning the other 7 matches they were in 2nd place in their Group. This put them in what is known as an ‘Elimination’ Final for qualification to the Semi-Finals, and here they met the Ireland pairing of Gary Kelly & Ian McClure, and lost that match 10-17 shots.

TRIPLES: Jamie Walker, Northampton West End BC, Andrew Knapper (Berkshire), & Robert Paxton (Somerset) had a brilliant championship. In this 2 bowls per player Triples they had an excellent record in the Group Stage – playing 9 matches and losing just 1 of them, to head the Group and qualification for the Semi-Finals.
In that Group Stage they beat Spain 14-11 shots, Norfolk Island 23-13 shots, Scotland 18-13 shots, South Africa 21-10 shots, Japan 19-10 shots, Niue 31-8 shots, Fiji 16-13 shots, Zimbabwe 21-15 shots and the one loss was their last in this stage against Brunei, losing that 13-18 shots.

In the Semi-Final they beat the Japanese trio of Hank Sato, Ken Emura & Kenta Hasebe 18-9 shots
They met in the Final, played at 12mn 2.12.16. (GMT) at the Burnside BC, the Australian triple of Barrie Lester, Mark Casey & Aaron Sherriff, and what a close affair it turned out to be. England was trying to win the Triples crown for the first time since 1980, when Jimmy Hobday, Tony Allcock and David Bryant were champions in Melbourne, Australia, and this match was one of the best seen in a World Championship. They did it – and are World Triples Champions.

The match was extremely competitive from the start, with Australia keeping a small lead until England drew level 6shots each on the 8th end, and then took a 3 shots lead on the 9th when the England skip, Robert Paxton, took out the Aussies’ shot bowl. All the players were putting in some very good woods, and in particular our own County’s Jamie Walker was very steady indeed and he had a great tussle with his Aussie counterpart.

The 13th end was certainly unlucky 13 for England, for they dropped a big count of 4 shots, the most on any end in the match, when none of the England players bowled it very well, and Robert was unlucky on a firing shot, when 4 down, to only remove one Australian bowl, leaving the Aussie skip to replace it, which he duly did. This put Australia back in front, but 2 ends later the scores were level at 12 shots each.

2 more ends and England got their noses in front 14-12 shots, and with the last end being played the Australian skip fired with his last bowl and he took England’s 2nd bowl out and almost got the 3rd shot he needed for victory, but a measure showed that the match was tied up at 14 shots each, thus requiring an extra end.

England gave the jack to Australia to start and when the Aussie lead put his first bowl very close to the jack, Jamie was up for it and he bowled a brilliant wood to trail the jack and stay with it, making it very difficult to beat. That proved to be the case for, despite their best efforts, Australia could not shift Jamie’s bowl, although going close, and the Gold Medal was England’s, and they were the World Triples Champions.

What a tremendous honour for Jamie and his fellow England players, well done to them all.

MEN’S SENIOR INTERNATIONAL BRITISH ISLES SERIES INVOLVING COUNTY MAN

British Isles Senior Men International Series – Shot Difference costs England the Title

England Men were unable to retain the British Isles Men’s Senior International Series at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, last weekend. The England men, who had won the previous three Series, recorded a 123-106 victory in the opening match against Scotland, however were unable to follow this result up against Ireland, losing 98-133.

In order to stand any chance of winning the title, England needed to beat Wales in the final game by almost 40 shots. The England team started strongly, leading by almost 20 shots at the halfway mark. The England men eventually secured the victory by 21 shots, 18 shots short of what was required.

Results involving our own County’s Jamie Walker:

1. England beat Scotland 123-106 shots

England had 3 winning rinks and 3 losing rinks

Martin Spencer, Andy Knapper, Tom Millership and Jamie Walker lost to Jason Banks, Stuart Hogg, Robert Marshall and Iain McLean 17-30

2. England lost to Ireland 98-133 shots

England only had 1 winning rink, that of David Bolt

Martin Spencer, Andy Knapper, Tom Millership and Jamie Walker lost to Nigel Beggs, Alan Paul, Mark Wilson and Ian McClure 11-30

England beat Wales 128-107

England had 4 winning rinks and 2 losing.

Martin Spencer, Andy Knapper, Tom Millership and Jamie Walker beat Lee Daniels, Richard Underwood, Chris Klefenx and Ross Owen 18-13

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