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FESTIBOWL in Canary Wharf

FESTIBOWL Play Bowls in Canary Wharf


We are really excited to share with you details of Festibowl! From 6th to 23rd August will play host to its own luscious bowls green.

Between the buildings and surrounded by delicious street food vendors, guests will be able to try their hand at lawn green bowls.

The team behind Festibowl are keen to promote the activity locally and have made some slots available for community groups between 11 am and 12 pm on the following dates; 12,13,14,19,20 and 21 August.

The green can hold up to 48 people for each slot and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If your community group is interested in booking a slot at Festibowl please email: community@canarywharf.com with your group size and preferred date.


Metro Bowls Singles 2019

Metro bowlers group photo at the metro singles 2019

Metro Bowls Singles 2019

On Saturday the 10th of August at 9.30, Eric thanked all for turning up in time for the Metro Bowls Singles Tournament.  Eric thanked the 4 markers John, Steve, Josie’s husband David and Ken, and Ken’s wife Anne who helped Susan, the bowls club secretary, in the kitchen making teas and coffees all day.

After some group photos were taken the games started at 10 o’clock, four at a time.  The Metro players were separated into 2 equal groups.  Each game lasted an hour, and after all the group games had been played the 2 top teams in each group went onto the semi-finals of the cup.

Photos from the Metro Bowls Singles 2019

photos by Steven Simmons 

The rest of the players continued playing to see who would win the Plate.  2 of Metro’s new bowlers met in the final of the Plate and had a very exciting game.  Yusuf played well and was in the lead with 2 ends to go, then Mariza brought it back to 8-7 then in the last end managed to get another 2 shots to win 9-8.

In the semi-finals of the main competition,  Maureen beat another new bowler John Roulston, and Wilbert was just too good for Eric, winning 13-11.  In the final between Wilbert, who won the cup last year, and Maureen it was a closely fought encounter.

With 2 ends to go, Wilbert was 3 shots behind but then scored a 1 and a 2 to draw level, which meant they had to play an extra end to see who was going to win the cup.

It looked good for Wilbert when he put one of his bowls very close to the Jack only for Maureen to knock it out and take its place and so win the cup.

The president of VIBE, Visually Impaired Bowls England, Clive Robinson and his wife Bernadette came along for the day and watched all the games and said he was very impressed with the standard of the bowling, especially with the new bowlers.

It was then time for Eric to thank all for coming, and present Mariza with a voucher for winning the Plate, then gave Wilbert a voucher for being the runner-up in the cup then Maureen was given the big voucher and cup for being the Metro Bowls Singles champion for 2019.  15 Metro members then went round to the local Wetherspoon pub for a very enjoyable evening.

report by Eric Gallacher


Bowls: Metro Win against Kingston!

Bowls: Metro Win against Kingston!


On Wednesday the 7th of August, the Metro bowlers had their annual bowls match against KAB, Kingston Association for the Blind, bowlers.

Their coach arrived at 1.30 with 8 VI bowlers, 2 markers and a helper.  Eric had more than enough players who wanted to play in this nice friendly fixture, so it was agreed to play 3 games, 2 triples and a pairs.

All went well for 2 hours, then suddenly the heavens opened and all had to rush to the club house for shelter.  Eric and the KAB captain Jean agreed that they should play no more as the green was saturated and too dangerous to play any more.

Our club secretary Susan, then served up the food and drinks which was paid for by Metro.  Jean then read out the scores for the three games.  Jackie Venus, John Roulston and Maureen Ryan for Metro won 14-1:  Wilbert Williams with Yusuf Zeyrek won their pairs 14-5: Metro’s other triples Josie Wood, Junette Taylor and Khan Gause played well but lost 16-12.

This meant that Metro won the match 2-1 and had a better shot difference.  Eric invited them back next summer, and Jean said they would love to come again and try and win again like last year.

After they all got on their coach to take them back to Kingston, all the Metro bowlers went round to the local Wetherspoon for a nice evening.


Disability Bowls England Outdoor National Singles

Report from Disability Bowls England Outdoor National Singles

I played in the finals of the Disability Bowls England Outdoor National Singles at Leamington Spa but had to stay overnight for the early 10 am start.

8 players of different disabilities qualified to play. We were split into 2 groups of 4

I was the only Visually Impaired player.

My first match was against last years champion Mike Robertson (one arm) and just lost 13.11.

I then played Gary Swift (one arm) and lost 14.13

I then played against Paul Brown (one leg) and won 18. 6

In the end,  I came 2nd in my group on shots.

Mike Robertson 1st and plays in the final Paul Brown 3rd and Gary Swift 4th.

Overall very pleased to have played and competed so well against them.

Report by Steven Simmons 


Enjoyable Bowls Matchs Potter Bar

Metro bowlers enjoy their Potters Bar Match!


On Saturday the 27th of July, 17 Metro bowlers met at Kings Cross then got the train to Potters Bar to play their annual match against that club for the Charlie Bastin cup. Transport was organised for us to take us from the station to the bowling club.  For years we could only get 3 teams, but last year we managed to get 4 and this year we managed to increase it to 5 teams.

3 of our new members: Yusuf, Josie and David Wood played for us their first match.  There had been heavy rain earlier, but by the time we got there the rain had nearly stopped so each team was able to play 18 ends of bowls.

The Metro bowlers played well, but the Potters Bar teams were this time just too good for us and they won on all 5 rinks.  Our team of Josie, Yusuf and Wilbert did the best of our teams only losing 16-13.

After the games finished, we all went in for a nice afternoon tea and a drink.  Our captain Eric then presented the cup to their captain Steve who invited us back next year.  Cars were then provided again to take some folk to the station and the majority went to the local Wetherspoon pub for an enjoyable evening.

By Eric bowls organiser.