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National Indoor Pairs 2019

English National Indoor Pairs Championships 2019

ENGLISH NATIONAL INDOOR PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

 This annual bowls championship was held at the Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre on the 16th and 17th of February.  This year 10 Metro bowlers attended the tournament, and travelled from St Pancras on the Friday so they all could have some practice on the green before the tournament started the next morning.

This year 18 teams entered from all over England, as far as Preston and Pennine in the north to Devon and Cornwall in the southwest.  Each team had 6 games to play, and after that the 2 top teams had to play in the final on the last session on the Sunday.

Some of the Metro teams did very well with Junette and her partner Peter winning 3 out of 6, Harish with Steve winning 3 out of 6, Eric with Gause winning 5 out of 6 and Maureen with David winning 6 out of 6.

There was only one other team, Alison and Geoff from Cornwall, who had won all their games so they had to play against our Maureen Ryan and David Mears in the final.  When the bell rang, after the usual 90 minutes, both teams were level on shots, so to get a winner an extra end had to be played.  Maureen put 2 of her bowls within 10 inches, but Alison had the shot 2 inches from the Jack which won the end and so the tournament.

Eric was presented with the shield for being the best B1 bowler of the tournament, and Maureen and David received the runners-up cup.  It was a very nice bowls centre, but quite far from the centre of town and our hotel, so quite expensive getting taxis to and from the bowling.  All the Metro bowlers enjoyed the weekend and travelled back on the Monday afternoon.

Report by Eric Gallacher bowls organiser

 

Outdoor VI Bowls – 12 Sept!

Outdoor VI Bowls – West London- Ravenscourt Park
Venue:
Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road
Hammersmith, London, W6
Time:
2.00pm - 5.30pm
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
12th September 2018
Cost:
FREE


Metro Weekly Vision Impaired Bowls

Why not Learn how to play Outdoor Vision Impaired Bowls, join us, enjoy the sunshine with some new friends!

Every Wednesday to the end of September 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith, London, W6
Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk  or Call 0208 985 6245

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game. Give Eric a all. We often go out for a meal and a pint or two after play ends, all are welcome, we are always happy to have sighted people along to help.

Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired Bowls Banner

Bowls is a game which is very suited totally blind and partially sighted players, as only very minor adaptations need to be made. Vision impaired bowlers can play singles, pairs, triples or in teams of four. There is no reason why vision impaired bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.

Although this skilful and fascinating game has been around for centuries, it was not until 1959 that the bowls started rolling for the blind, in Scotland.

Today, we use the ‘clock method’. The ‘marker’, who is stationed beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to those at the mat end, at what angle and distance from the ‘jack’ the bowl has come to rest. The ‘jack’ is the centre of the clock. So, six o’clock would be in front and twelve o’clock behind, with all other positions being relative to the clock. From the information given by the ‘marker’ the player can build up a mental picture of the ‘head’ (area around the jack), knowing exactly the position of each bowl.

The only small concession made to blind players is that a fine white centre string runs under the mat and is fixed at both ends. This is to help the bowler to judge the angle for the amount of green required.

These minor variations enable blind and sighted people to play together as they do not alter in any way the basic game (or the Bowls England rules).

Metro activities

Metro has helped to send many of our bowlers to the tournaments arranged all around England, the UK and abroad, through paying tournament fees; and subsidising accommodation, travel and kit.

On an annual basis, Metro bowlers undertake several collection days at major London mainline stations. These collections have contributed between £5k and £6k to the Metro coffers each year.

From the beginning of May until the end of September we play out-doors on grass, then for the rest of the year we play in-doors on carpet.

Want to know more?

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, why not get in touch with Eric Gallacher
ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Outdoor VI Bowls – 19 Sept!

Outdoor VI Bowls – West London- Ravenscourt Park
Venue:
Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road
Hammersmith, London, W6
Time:
2.00pm - 5.30pm
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
19th September 2018
Cost:
FREE


Metro Weekly Vision Impaired Bowls

Why not Learn how to play Outdoor Vision Impaired Bowls, join us, enjoy the sunshine with some new friends!

Every Wednesday to the end of September 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith, London, W6
Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or Call 0208 985 6245

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game. Give Eric a all. We often go out for a meal and a pint or two after play ends, all are welcome, we are always happy to have sighted people along to help.

Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired Bowls Banner

Bowls is a game which is very suited totally blind and partially sighted players, as only very minor adaptations need to be made. Vision impaired bowlers can play singles, pairs, triples or in teams of four. There is no reason why vision impaired bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.

Although this skilful and fascinating game has been around for centuries, it was not until 1959 that the bowls started rolling for the blind, in Scotland.

Today, we use the ‘clock method’. The ‘marker’, who is stationed beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to those at the mat end, at what angle and distance from the ‘jack’ the bowl has come to rest. The ‘jack’ is the centre of the clock. So, six o’clock would be in front and twelve o’clock behind, with all other positions being relative to the clock. From the information given by the ‘marker’ the player can build up a mental picture of the ‘head’ (area around the jack), knowing exactly the position of each bowl.

The only small concession made to blind players is that a fine white centre string runs under the mat and is fixed at both ends. This is to help the bowler to judge the angle for the amount of green required.

These minor variations enable blind and sighted people to play together as they do not alter in any way the basic game (or the Bowls England rules).

Metro activities

Metro has helped to send many of our bowlers to the tournaments arranged all around England, the UK and abroad, through paying tournament fees; and subsidising accommodation, travel and kit.

On an annual basis, Metro bowlers undertake several collection days at major London mainline stations. These collections have contributed between £5k and £6k to the Metro coffers each year.

From the beginning of May until the end of September we play out-doors on grass, then for the rest of the year we play in-doors on carpet.

Want to know more?

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, why not get in touch with Eric Gallacher
ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Indoor VI Bowls – 11 April!

Brixton indoor bowls every thursday with Metro Blind Sport
Venue:
Brixton Leisure Centre,  27 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8QQ
Time:
4.00pm - 7.00pm
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
11th April 2019
Cost:
FREE


Metro Weekly Vision Impaired Bowls

Why not Learn how to play Indoor Vision Impaired Bowls, join us, enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere with some new friends!

Every Thursday to the middle of April 2019
Please contact Eric to confirm final dates for these sessions 
Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Brixton Leisure Centre,  27 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8QQ
Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or Call 0208 985 6245

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game. Give Eric a call. We often go out for a meal and a pint or two after play ends, all are welcome, we are always happy to have sighted people along to help.

Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired Bowls Banner

Bowls is a game which is very suited totally blind and partially sighted players, as only very minor adaptations need to be made. Vision impaired bowlers can play singles, pairs, triples or in teams of four. There is no reason why vision impaired bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.

Although this skilful and fascinating game has been around for centuries, it was not until 1959 that the bowls started rolling for the blind, in Scotland.

Today, we use the ‘clock method’. The ‘marker’, who is stationed beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to those at the mat end, at what angle and distance from the ‘jack’ the bowl has come to rest. The ‘jack’ is the centre of the clock. So, six o’clock would be in front and twelve o’clock behind, with all other positions being relative to the clock. From the information given by the ‘marker’ the player can build up a mental picture of the ‘head’ (area around the jack), knowing exactly the position of each bowl.

The only small concession made to blind players is that a fine white centre string runs under the mat and is fixed at both ends. This is to help the bowler to judge the angle for the amount of green required.

These minor variations enable blind and sighted people to play together as they do not alter in any way the basic game (or the Bowls England rules).

Indoor VI Bowls – 4 April!

Brixton indoor bowls every thursday with Metro Blind Sport
Venue:
Brixton Leisure Centre,  27 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8QQ
Time:
4.00pm - 7.00pm
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
04th April 2019
Cost:
FREE


Metro Weekly Vision Impaired Bowls

Why not Learn how to play Indoor Vision Impaired Bowls, join us, enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere with some new friends!

Every Thursday to the middle of April 2019
Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Brixton Leisure Centre,  27 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8QQ
Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or Call 0208 985 6245

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game. Give Eric a call. We often go out for a meal and a pint or two after play ends, all are welcome, we are always happy to have sighted people along to help.

Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired Bowls Banner

Bowls is a game which is very suited totally blind and partially sighted players, as only very minor adaptations need to be made. Vision impaired bowlers can play singles, pairs, triples or in teams of four. There is no reason why vision impaired bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.

Although this skilful and fascinating game has been around for centuries, it was not until 1959 that the bowls started rolling for the blind, in Scotland.

Today, we use the ‘clock method’. The ‘marker’, who is stationed beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to those at the mat end, at what angle and distance from the ‘jack’ the bowl has come to rest. The ‘jack’ is the centre of the clock. So, six o’clock would be in front and twelve o’clock behind, with all other positions being relative to the clock. From the information given by the ‘marker’ the player can build up a mental picture of the ‘head’ (area around the jack), knowing exactly the position of each bowl.

The only small concession made to blind players is that a fine white centre string runs under the mat and is fixed at both ends. This is to help the bowler to judge the angle for the amount of green required.

These minor variations enable blind and sighted people to play together as they do not alter in any way the basic game (or the Bowls England rules).