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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.

Defford Charity Bowlathon

In August Defford SMBC held its 4th Annual Bowlathon in support of Midlands Air Ambulance, and raised £1430 gift aided which was presented to the organisation on 12th September. Thanks to players, sponsors and helpers who provided continuous games, music and refreshments. Special thanks to Woodmancote and Westbury on Severn for their participation. Also thanks to the four Air Ambulance Crew who gave us time on their day off to play. Who knows they could be potential young recruits to short mat. Our 2018 target is £2000, so please come and join us for a 2 hour session in support of this invaluable charity. Details will follow early in the New Year.
Dave Yendole (Defford SMBC).

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

Two Shires Friendly

The two shires friendly competition between Worcestershire v Gloucestershire on the 1st October has had to be posponed until either 3rd or 10th March could those interested in playing please leave these dates free for selection.

Premier Team Captain

The Association is looking to recruit a County Premier Team Captain. Anyone within the association who is interest and suitably qualified to take on the role should in the first instance contact the County Chairman Stewart Minchew for further details and a job description. Applications close on 20 August 2017.

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 Website Updates

A number of updates have been completed on this website to provide some additional facilities. A new top menu item "LEAGUE+" has been added that gives you direct access to all the league forms and rules and in addition direct access to the various league associated email facilities. The Summer league has been running successfully with email only results, in anticipation of the same results return system being agreed for the Winter and Seniors League, a new all-encompassing results email form has been incorporated.

Hardwicke Mens Charity Competition

Hardwicke SMBC annual Mens Charity Competition this year is being held at their new venue "Kingsway Community Centre" and will be held on Sunday November 5th 2017. This year they intend to support a chosen Cancer Charity, details to follow. The closing date is Saturday 21st October but it is recommended that you get team entries in early to ensure reserved place/s. A detailed poster can be viewed here.

Defford Charity Bowlathon

Defford SMBC are holding a 24 hour Bowlathon in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance which is being held from 08:00 hours on Saturday 19th August to 08:00 hours Sunday 20th August 2017 at Defford Village Hall, Defford WR8 9BL. A poster and details can be found here. It will be played in 2 hour slots on either one or two mats according to the number of bowlers and the fee is £5 per person per slot. Music to suit all tastes will accompany bowlers throughout the 24 hours. Light refreshments will be available and all proceeds will be donated to the Midland Air Ambulance charity. If any of your members or friends are interested in joining Defford's Bowlathon please email Dave Yendole by no later than 5th August with both the names and the time slot you would like.

Obituary - Iris Wadley

Iris, after a short illness,  passed away peacefully on the 17th May. Iris was a member of Wotton Hall and Gloucester Co-op bowling clubs. She was a well respected lady and will be sadly missed by so many people for her larger than life personality, humour and sense of fun. The funeral will be on Friday 2nd June 2pm at Gloucester Crematorium.

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.

County Championships and National Qualifiers 2016/17

Yet again another season of County Championships and National Qualifying games have been completed. Congratulations to all winners, runner ups along with well done and thank you to all other participants who took part. Good luck to all players who have qualified and are now going to represent Gloucestershire at the National Finals in March and April

GSMBA County Championship Results 2016-17
Singles Winner - Stewart Minchew
Runner Up - Ryan Knight

Pairs Winners - Gill Johnson, Stewart Minchew
Pairs Runners Up - Rose Wilson, Derek Wilson

Triples Winners - Ryan Knight, Steve Holdsworth, Ollie Hipkiss
Runners Up - Gill Johnson, Carole Preece, Stewart Minchew

Fours Winners - Clive Baldwin, Veronica Baldwin, Pauline Turner, Bryan Taylor
Runners Up - Ollie Hipkiss, Vince Dornan, Tom Clough, Pete Hesling

Mixed Fours - Winners Bryan Taylor, Pauline Turner, V Taggart, R Taggart
Runners Up - Gill Johnson, Pete Thorn, Carole Preece, Stewart Minchew

National Qualifiers 2016/17
Singles - Ryan Knight
Pairs - Lynn Williams, Chris Rudderham, Ryan Knight, Vince Dornan
Triples - Ryan Knight, Steve Holdsworth, Ollie Hipkiss - Peter Hesling, Vince Dornan, Jack Knight
Fours - Ollie Hipkiss, Vince Dornan, Tom Clough, Pete Hesling - Lynn Williams, Chris Rudderham, Barbara Bubb, Tony Freegard
Mixed Fours - Barbara Tucker, Sandie Lees, Len Tucker, Mark Lees

Obituary - Della Jones
It is sad to report the passing of Della Jones a long standing member of Hardwicke short mat bowling club. Della had managed to stay an active bowling member of the club with the help of lifts from fellow members. She was very proud of the trophies that she had won and having represented her county in the national championships.

Obituary - Allan Spring
It is sad to report the passing of Allan Spring a long standing member of Chalford short mat bowling club. Allan was truly a very underestimated bowler, he was able to demonstrate his prowess playing in the County 'A' team on many occassions. He will be sadly missed by all.

Another Win for Gloucestershire

Well done Ryan and Vincent (Gloster Knights) on winning the ESMBA Open Pairs at Tamworth on 3/4 September 2016