Metro Bowls Pairs 2022 – Results and Photos!

Group photo of Metro Bowlers outside Ravenscourt Park Bowls Club House at the Metro Bowls Pairs Competition 2022

Metro Bowls Pairs Competition  2022- Results and Photos

Last Saturday, 12 of the Metro bowlers participated in a round-robin pairs’ competition at Ravenscourt Park on a very hot day.

For your interest, a list of the results are presented in the table below:

Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
Joe & Marjorie 4 3 0 1 30 19 +11 6
Eric & Josie 4 3 0 1 29 22 +7 6
David & Jackie 4 2 0 2 30 28 +2 4
Mark & Wilbert 4 1 0 3 26 30 -4 2
George & Junette 4 1 0 3 19 35 -15 2

Photo from Metro Bowls Pairs 2022

 

Interested in Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls?

 You can visit our Bowls page, and check out our Bowls videos or Bowls Events pages.

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about  blind and partially sighted bowls, please get in touch with  Wilbert Williams
Contact: wilbert.wwilliams@outlook.com or call 07956 352 199

 

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

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Cricket: The Line Belongs to the Umpire!

Group photo of the Metro Devils team on the grass smiling in sun

Surrey VICC v Metro Devils – 19  June!

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A lesson for both teams to learn from the BCEW south and west regional T20 quarter-final where the Devils played Surrey on Sunday. In a game where all no balls result in a free hit, there were 24 bowled in this match with many proving to be more costly to the sides than the single penalty run. In the third over Alan would have dismissed the home side’s captain Dave only for the umpire to call no ball.

The same batter got another life in the eighth over when bowled by Chris off a free hit ball when he was on 21. He seemed to have a charmed life when bowled by Ahmed in the thirteenth over on another no ball before going on to score 44 when was finally bowled by Ryan in the fifteenth over. Chris may have had a good chance for an LBW dismissal in the sixteenth but the umpire did not have to worry about that as it was a no ball.

Surrey also handed chances to the Devils as Chris was able to score a single when caught at cover off a no ball in the fourth over. Just before drinks, Hassan hit wicket on a free hit, while Ryan was saved by a free hit at the start of the thirteenth, bowled by Surrey’s skipper, before getting 6 more off the over to reach his 50.

The total extras count was 50 handed to Surrey; 27 wides and 15 no balls plus 6 byes and two leg byes. The Devils were handed 30; 18 wides and 9 no balls plus a bye and two leg byes. So the end result – Surrey scored 124 off the bat to reach 174 while the Devils scored 127 from the bat to reach their 157 and fall short by just 17.

Surrey will face the winners of the Gloucestershire against Berkshire match in the semi-final; with the winner of that game set to face Dorset Dolphins at Broad Halfpenny Down in September.

This was a great game of cricket with the result in doubt until the last couple of overs as the Devils kept pace with the score set by Surrey around that captain’s knock and a rapid 50 from Dave Allen, who put on almost 100 together after Alan and Rob had given the Devils a good start after Hassan won the toss by reducing the home side to 9 for 2.

The other wickets to fall were on the last two balls of the innings with Prem getting two run outs as risks were taken to try and maximise the score.

The chase was almost a mirror image innings, with one early run out as Ryan West’s direct hit ran out Chris as the Devils were trying to up their run rate which was under 7 an over in the first 5. Hassan and Ryan then put on 73 during which time Hassan reached 600 runs in his career scoring 32 at almost a run a ball.

He and Shiv were both bowled late on in the chase which was ended by a great caught and bowled to dismiss Prem. This just left Ahmed the opportunity to face a few balls and take 6 with a guide to third man as Ryan running for Anil took a “three for two” before sending Ahmed’s exhausted runner back to the bowlers end to complete the third run.

The Devils next play away to Hampshire in three weeks’ time and will hope for a third league win to allow them to challenge for the title.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

Metro Devils – The Development Team

Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils at h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  07966 260089

 

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

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Metro European Friendly Tennis Tournament

Group photo of all the player and volunteers smiling and waving at the first Metro Blind Sport European Friendly Tennis Tournament 2022

Metro Blind Sport European Friendly Tennis Tournament

On Sunday 12th June 2022, Metro Blind Sport hosted a European Friendly Tennis Tournament at Islington Tennis Centre.

Twenty-eight B1-B4 players arrived to play singles and doubles matches. This included nine players from Poland, seven from Italy, one from Spain and the remainder from across South England.

We are grateful to Real Eyes Sport for helping the Italian athletes participate in the tournament and a huge thank you for the photos!

Metro had hired four tennis courts for 6 hours, so it was shaping up to be a busy yet fun afternoon of tennis. The tennis began with singles, with all players put into boxes, playing twenty-minute timed matches.

Each player played each other person within their box, and the quality of the tennis was exceptional. Once the winner of each box was determined, finals took place to establish court winners.

Photo from the Event

Photos courtesy of Real Eyes Sport.

Results Below

Congratulations to Metro member Oliver Cousins, who won the singles title on court 2. Davide Vaglia, from Italy, put in an excellent performance to take the title on court 3. Metro member Helen Potter stole the show on court 4.

The B1 singles were extremely close, but Giancarlo Berganti, from Italy, did extremely well and won the title.

After a quick photo break, it was time to get to the doubles. Unfortunately, the Polish group had to leave to catch their flight home, resulting in 9 pairs playing in the doubles. Like the singles, the standard was incredibly high.

After all the box matches had finished, spectators gathered around to watch the B1 and B2-4 finals.

In the B2-4 doubles final, in second place, we had Anil Kanani and Helen Potter, who were pipped at the post by Davide Viglianti and Gianluca Marini. In an extremely close B1 doubles final, Lara Cotton and Carlos Arbos Ginard beat Tracy Compton and Giancarlo Berganti 6-4.

A special thank you to the twelve volunteers who came along to support the tournament; Metro couldn’t have done it without you!

It was a great day for players to meet and play against new players. Many conversations were had, including discussing the future of VI tennis and upcoming tennis tournaments (watch this space).

Metro looks forward to continuing to strengthen relationships with other VI tennis clubs and centres across Europe (and the rest of the world).

report by Lucy Simper

 

 

Want to play blind & partially sighted tennis?

Check out our tennis page here: Tennis 

 

 

Want to Volunteer for Metro Blind Sport

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you can visit our volunteering page  or contact Lucy Simper, Our Sports Development Officer  Email:  lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org or call 07966 260089.

 

 

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Cycling: The Velodrome Experience by Ashrafia Choudhury

Three photos of Mark and Ashrafia on a tandem at the Velodrome

The Velodrome Experience

When I got there I met with Mark the ‘pilot’ who would be cycling with me on the track.
Mark was really lovely and told me what to expect and put my mind at ease, as nerves soon transformed into excitement.

I could tell Mark has worked with VI people before, as his audio description of the pedal lock, the special shoes and details were clear and reassuring.

Mark gave me the courage to be in control of my experience by saying that ‘Communication is the key’ – if I want to go faster, slower, if I want to stop, or if I want more time on the track!

I felt comfortable that we could ride the way I wanted to.

Mark and Ashrafia at the Velodrome below!

What does it feel like?

I didn’t have a care in the world!  It was an amazing distraction, I felt free, free from my thoughts, disability, totally free and in the moment.

Feeling so free was helped by having someone there with me, so I knew I was safe, and if I wanted to we could stop.

I was buzzing afterwards, high on endorphins, I was so happy and having fun, and getting fit without realising!

The ride wirth Mark gave me a kick start to want to get into fitness – he helped push my fitness to the next level, as my body felt flowing and this is a feeling I want to keep.

For myself – I found I needed padding for my derrière – possibly because I wasn’t used to it – so this would be my advice to myself for next time!
I can’t wait to go again!

Ashrafia Choudhury
(Chairperson of Beyond Sight Loss)

 

Olympic Velodrome event info below

The Olympic Velodrome in Stratford runs two-hour para sessions for disabled cyclists on certain  Monday afternoons, please call to confirm before travel.

Dates:  Mon 27 June,  22 Aug,  12, 26 Sept  2022  Time: 2 pm

Book Online: https://tinyurl.com/CyclingVelodromeBook

£17.00   Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB

Email: velopark@leevalleypark.org.uk |  Telephone: 03000 030 613

Website: https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/lee-valley-velopark

 

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Athletics Open 2022 – A Huge Success!

Photo of the start fo the 100m junior track race at the Athletics Open 2022

The Athletics Open 2022 shone and not because of the blue skies and sunshine!

It could have been one of many reasons. 68 competitors, with over 52 individual events! Some competitors came from as far away as Poland and Santa Barbara, California. All determined to beat their personal best and win that elusive medal!

There is nothing like the Athletics Open! The loud starter pistol, the cheers as you run past, or the sound of running shoes hitting the track.

Download results below in Word format

Download: Track Event Results      |   Field Event Results    

Martin did a great job as the compere this year! He announced the races. Encouraged the competitors and let you know who was running past, about to jump or throw.

We had 38 amazing volunteers & officials, with 16 being guide runners. New faces learned the ropes from experienced volunteers and expert officials! Sharing knowledge is priceless.

This year’s Athletics Open was golden! A fun and uplifting day. The Metro team thanks everyone who volunteered and participated. As you all helped make this event shine!

A big shoutout to Martin, Lucy, Joyce & Roy for all their hard work!

Here are some of the fantastic photos from the day from Chris Vaughan Photography

Athletics Open 2022 Photo Gallery

Register your Interest for Next year!

Please register your interest for next year now! As it will be Metro’s 5oth, the Athletics Open 2023 will be bigger,  better and even more fun!
Contact: Lucy Simper. Email lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org

 

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