Defford Bowlathon The Defford Short Mat Bowls Club is, once again, holding its annual Bowlathon in aid of the Air Ambulance from 8:00 am Saturday 10th August to 2:00 am Sunday 11th August see poster. Bowling is in 2 hour slots with an entry fee of £5 per person per slot. If you are interested in playing please contact Dave Yendole on 07909 536653
Another win for Gloucestershire
Well done to Gloster Knights who, after a hard fought battle with Woolhope, have won this years LEH competition by 17 shots. A Team Results
Thank you to everyone who played this past season in the county ďAĒ team. I know that everyone who played enjoyed doing so and I appreciate the part played by people who came in at the last minute because of someone being ill and so there was always a full team on the day. We didnít win them all but getting to the semi-final of the plate knockout and only losing by 22 points to 18 against Dorset was very good. The most frustrating result of the whole season was losing to Hereford by a single shot on the very last end and very last bowl of our final match to put them a single point above us in the ICC league table. Thank you all again, you did me and the county proud. David Bubb County 4's and Mixed 4's Championships/National Qualifiers 26/27 January
Congratulations go to Lye Taylor, Pauline Turner, Steven Holdsworth and Bryan Taylor winners of the mixed 4's and Tom Clough, Saul Featherstone, Jack and Ryan Knight winners of the 4's. Runners-up were Barbara Bubb, Lynn Williams, David Bubb and Chris Rudderham (mixed 4's) and Pauline Schofield, Rose Wilson, Derek Wilson and Dave Moss (4's). AGM 2019
The date of this years AGM has been set at 26th April. The venue will be the purple room at Churchdown CC, start time 7:30 pm. Can all winners/runners up holding county trophies please return them so that they can have the engraving updated.
Obituary - Ray Ball UPDATE
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ray Ball on Thursday 17 January. Ray was a talented green and short mat bowler but had not played out doors for a couple of years. He belonged to Wotton Hall SMBC for many years but latterly he played for Tewkesbury BC and Woodmancote SMBC. His funeral will be at 11 am on Friday 15th Feb at Cheltenham Crematorium.
County Triples Championships/National Qualifiers 5 January
Congratulations go to Gill Johnson, Carole Preece and Stewart Minchew against some very stiff opposition won the Triples. Runners-up (also from Tewkesbury BC) were Rose & Derek Wilson and Dave Moss who just missed out on the title due to a last minute fantastic left handed final wood from Stewart. Well done to both teams and once again a well organised and run event care of David, Barbara and Clive. County Pairs Championships/National Qualifiers
Congratulations go to Ryan Knight and Ollie Hipkiss who were winners of the Pairs and to the runners-up Jo Lau and Saul Featherstone (both from Gloster Knights), held at Churchdown CC on 24 November. Once again a well organised and run event care of David and Clive. 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 runners-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.
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), 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
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.
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