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Sorry to report the death of one of our Metro Bowlers

Sorry to report the death of one of our Metro Bowlers: Ken Howell

Sorry to report the death of one of our Metro Bowlers

One of our bowlers Ken Howell passed away in hospital on the 5th of August 2020 at the age of 78.  He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and battled through his chemotherapy treatment, and stayed at home until shortly before his death.

I first met Ken when he was my model for my final exam at the physiotherapy school in 1964.  I passed the exam and went onto work for the NHS, and Ken qualified 3 years later and went on to have his very successful private practice with his wife Anne.

Ken was a regular bowler at White City, Ravenscourt Park in the summer and at Brixton in the winter.  When I organised the Metro Singles and Pairs tournaments, he was always happy to mark the games when I was short of markers. We will all miss him at the bowling and in the pub later.

Metro bowlers group photo at the metro singles 2019
Ken Howell – top row  -2nd from the right  – Metro bowlers group photo at the metro singles 2019 at Ravenscourt park –

On Friday the 4th of September, his wife was restricted to having only 30 people at his funeral due to Covid19.  Josie with her husband David, Gordon, Miriam and I were invited to attend the service in Billiricay, then onto the crematorium in Chelmsford then off to his son’s house for the wake.

We will all miss Ken and his big ho, ho, ho laugh.  Rest In Peace friend.

Eric Gallacher.

 

Metro’s Double UK Bowls Champion

Amit Amin Double UK Bowls Champion

Metro’s has a Double UK Bowls Champion

The UK Outdoor Bowls Singles are held every two years and the four home countries take turn in hosting these games.  Last July 2018 it was Wales’ turn to organise the tournament.  Metro’s Amit Amin was selected to play for England in the B1 section for totally blind bowlers.

Each country is entitled to select two bowlers in each of the four sections men and women.  Keith Brenton from Gateshead was the other England bowler to play with Amit.  By the end of the tournament, Amit had won more games than Keith and the other bowlers, so was presented with the gold medal.

Last month in April 2019, two Metro bowlers were selected by England to play in the UK Indoor Bowls Championship.  This tournament is also played every two years, but in the years when the Outdoors are not being played.

This time Metro sent Steve Simmons in the B3 section and Amit again in the B1s.  Steve did very well and came home with the silver medal.  In the B1 section, It was touch and go who was going to get the gold between Amit and Douglas from Scotland.

They both ended up with the same amounts of wins, but Amit just pipped Douglas as he had scored two more shots.  This now means that Amit is both the Outdoor and Indoor UK Champion in the B1 men’s section.

This Friday, the 10th of May, he is off to Israel to play against the best from several countries, so let’s wish him all the best.

article by Eric Gallacher

 

 

National Indoor Pairs 2019

English National Indoor Pairs Bowls 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

 

National Indoor Pairs 2019

English National Indoor Pairs Bowls 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

 

VIBE Outdoor Triples Worthing

Bowls: VIBE Outdoor Triples Worthing
Venue:
Worthing
Time:
TBC - TBC
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
20th August 2018
Cost:
TBC - Please Ask Eric


VIBE Outdoor Triples Worthing

Date:  20-23 August 2018

Venue: Worthing

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, please get in touch with Eric Gallacher Contact: Ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or call 0208 985 6245