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County Over 55 Pairs Championships/National Qualifiers

Congratulations go to Stewart Minchew & Tony Wheeler who were winners of the Over 55 Pairs and to the runner-up Adrian Attrill & Bob Wood, held at Churchdown CC on 3 November. Once again a well organised and run event care of David and Clive despite some last minute drop outs.

County Election Meeting 22 October

At the above meeting the following were elected as county officers to replace those who resigned on or about the 1st October:

Chairman - John Glass, Secretary - Jane Hawkes, Treasurer - Gwen Wheeler, Competition Secretary - David Bubb & Veronica Baldwin was co-opted as Premier Team Captain.

County Committee Meeting 22 October

A specially important County Committee meeting will be held Monday 22 October, at Kingsway Community Centre at 7.30 pm to elect county officials to fill the vacancies left by the resignations of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Competition Secretary and Premier Team Captain. Details for the meeting can be obtained from your individual Club Secretary.

County Singles Championships/National Qualifiers

Congratulations go to Jack Knight and Ollie Hipkiss who were winner and run up respectively in today's (14th October) Singles Championship held at Churchdown CC. The victorious pair are pictured here with their trophy's, well done both. A big thankyou must also go to David Bubb and Clive Baldwin for stepping in at the last minute to allow the contest to go ahead and also to all those who arrived early to set out all the equipment. Well done all and thankyou.

Summer League Results

Now that we have the last result in for the league I can confirm the results are as follows:
Division 1- Winners Yorkley A, Runners up Longhope Hopesbrook
Division 2 - Winners Kingsway Swans, Runners up Forest of Dean Bells
Division 3 - Yorkley C, Runners up Westbury D

Congratulations to all

County Team Trials

All GSMBA registered clubs are invited to submit names to play in the county A & Premier team trials which will be held at Mid-Glos indoor bowls club on Sunday August 19th 10am to 4pm. Clubs may submit as many names as they wish.

The county teams will only be selected from those who attend the trial but if anyone is unable to attend on this date a follow up will be arranged so that everyone interested will get a chance of a trial. Clubs should submit names to Ryan Knight by email.

County Championships/National Qualifiers

The dates for the county championships/national qualifiers are now on the diary page. Closing date for all entries is September 30 2018.

Great News from GSMBA National Triples Championship Sunday 15 April 2018.


It gives me great pleasure to announce that a Gloucestershire county team won the ESMBA National Triples Championship held at Melton Mobray on Sunday 15 April 2018. Stephen Holdsworth, Tom Clough and Ryan Knight are the new national champions - a tremendous achievement, congratulations from all of us in Gloucestershire. Stewart Minchew - Chairman.

Winter League Results

Although there is one more match to play in division one of the Winter league the clear winners are Gloster Knights with Tewkesbury Avonside a close runner up. Division two has a draw on points between Bishops Cleeve Cougars and Defford so the winners on shot difference are Bishops Cleeve Cougars with Defford as runners up. Division three winners are Forest of Dean Oaks with Yorkley as runners up.

The Seniors league division one winners are Tewkesbury Mustard with Forest of Dean Bells as runners up. Division two winners are Kingsway A, runners up Defford A. Division three winners, in their first year in the league, are Whaddon Wonders (well done Whaddon), the runners up were Defford B.

World Triples Success (18 Mar)


On behalf of our county it gives me great pleasure to announce that Ryan Knight, a member of the England team, has won the world triples title at the World Championships held in Sweden today, well done Ryan.
Stewart Minchew, Chairman

There were nine umpires from the uk officiating over the event two of these were from our Gloucestershire association, Chris Evans and David Bubb.

League rules amendment

At the GSMBA Committee meeting of 12th March it was agreed that core rule 8b of the league rules should be deleted. This removes the limit on skips visiting the head and reverts back to standard ESMBA ruling. This amendment will come in to force from the beginning of the 2018 summer season. The rules booklet on this website has been updated to show the amendment.

County Championships and National Qualifiers 2017/18

The final leg of the county championships was completed on Saturday & Sunday 27/28th February at Churchdown CC which was the pairs and singles. The finalist for the pairs were Ryan Knight & Ollie Hipkiss (Gloster Knights) v Julian Kellett & Margaret Willis (Longhope)
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the eventual winners were Ryan Knight & Ollie Hipkiss (Gloster Knights) see winners. The finalist for the singles were Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury) v Ollie Hipkiss (Gloster Knights), the eventual winner was Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury). see winners The organisers would like to thank everyone who took part for the money raised from the tea and coffee, £161.15 has been donated to Multiple Sclerosis Therapy and Information Centre.

Obituary - Ian Baldwin

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ian on Sunday 21 January. Although he had not played bowls for the last few years due to other commitments he was a talented short mat bowler having represented our Gloucestershire county on many occasions, he will be sadly missed. Ian's funeral will be at Gloucester Crematorium on 9th February at 10 am and afterwards at the Playhouse Theatre Cheltenham. Family flowers only, donations to Sue Ryder or Maggies.

County Championships and National Qualifiers 2017/18

The fourth leg of the county championships was completed on Sunday 7th January at Churchdown CC which was the triples. The finalist were Gill Johnson, Carole Preece and Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury) and Vincent Dornan, Karl Hudson and Pete Hesling (Gloster Knights). The eventual winners were Gill Johnson, Carole Preece and Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury).  see winners

County Championships and National Qualifiers 2017/18

The third leg of the county championships was completed on Saturday 6th January at Churchdown CC which was the fours. The finalist were Gill Johnson, Rose & Derick Wilson and Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury) and Veronica Baldwin, Pauline Turner, Jenny Carter & Bryan Taylor (Wotton Hall). The eventual winners were Gill Johnson, Rose & Derick Wilson and Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury). see winners

County Championships and National Qualifiers 2017/18

The second leg of the county championships was completed on Saturday 30th December at Churchdown CC which was the over 55 pairs. The finalist were Gill Johnson & Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury) and Jan & Phil Jennings (Kingsway). The eventual winners were Gill Johnson & Stewart Minchew (Tewkesbury). see winners

Obituary - Beveley Collier

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Beveley on Thursday 7 December after fighting against cancer for most of this past year. Beveley was a member of Yorkley short mat bowling club and progressed quickly to represent the Gloucestershire county team during the past few years, she will be sadly missed.

County Championships and National Qualifiers 2017/18

The first leg of the county championships was completed on Sunday 17th December at Churchdown CC which was the mixed fours in which eight teams competed. The finalist were Barbara Tucker, Sandie Lees, Len Tucker & Mark Lees (Forest of Dean) and Vicky Knight, Gale Dornan, Vincent Dornan & Ryan Knight (Gloster Knights). The eventual winners were Vicky Knight, Gale Dornan, Vincent Dornan & Ryan Knight (Gloster Knights). see winners

Gloucestershire Ladies v England Ladies

On Sunday 29th October twenty-eight of our Gloucestershire Ladies took on the ESMBA England Ladies team in a friendly match played at Churchdown CC. Our ladies, from ten different clubs around the county put on a brilliant show and really gave the England Ladies a hard fought match, the England Ladies did eventually win the match by a narrow majority of 6 points (21 v 27). The ESMBA President Mr George Clarke said at the end of the match that this was the best work out their team had had this season. Well done our ladies you did Gloucestershire proud. Thank you must also go to all those who helped, supported and organised the day in particular Veronica and Stewart.

New Premier Team Captain

At the GSMBA Committee meeting 4 September Bob Wood was voted in as the new Premier Team Captain. Please give Bob every assistance in his new role.

League Rule Changes

At the GSMBA Committee meeting 4 September the following changes to the league rules were agreed and are shown in detail in the new rules booklet available on this website. The three leagues concerned are the Winter, Summer and Seniors.

No trial ends and visitors choice of mat
No 3's up
Skips can only visit the head on the last end of a game
All games will be 10 ends
All leagues will include bonus points
The Seniors League to use the same rule as the Winter League for cross-team substitutions
Where possible all communications to be by email
It is recommended that breaks are tea and biscuits only
The annual league booklet will no longer be issued in paper form. Copies can be printed from this website

County Championships & National Qualifiers for 2017-18

Below and on the “Diary” page are the dates for this year’s County Championships & National Qualifiers. Entry forms will be available shortly. There is a new ESMBA National Competition namely the Over 55's Pairs and this will also be included in our County Competitions. All games will be played at Churchdown Community Centre and the dates and disciplines are:
Mixed Fours - Sun 17 Dec 2017, Over 55's Pairs - Sat 30 Dec 2017, Fours - Sat 6 Jan 2018, Triples - Sun 7 Jan 2018, Pairs - Sat 27 Jan 2018, Singles - Sun 28 Jan 2018.  The Under 18's is yet to be confirmed.

GSMBA Charity Competition 2017 in aid of Macmillan Nurses


The GSMBA charity competition held at MidGlos April 2017 was again a successful event. Thanks must go to all those who helped organise the event and made the day run smoothly ensuring a good days bowling was had by all. Apologies for one name not thanked on the day and that was Mike Edginton for collecting and returning the trailer & mats. Mike Thank you.

After twenty teams had competed in a competitive, hard fought and enjoyable Round Robin of 5 games, two teams came through the groups to play the final. These two teams were Hardwicke consisting of J Jennings, P Jennings, P Farley and G Ewers and Ross consisting of E George, P Park, D Watkins and L Williams. After a hard fought final the Winners of the Competition was Ross.

Well done to all teams who took part and contributed to a marvellous sum of £784 which will now be passed onto the Macmillan Cancer Support for distribution to the Macmillan Nurses.

Seniors League Final

The Seniors League final was played today (25th April) at Kingsway CC, Forest of Dean A team v Tewkesbury Monks. It was a hard-fought very competitive match with Tewkesbury emerging the winner by 3 points to 1, 14 shots to 9. Congratulations to Tewkesbury and well done both teams.

National Singles Win
Congratulations to Ryan Knight for again winning the ESMBA National Singles Championship.





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