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Outdoor VI Bowls – 11 Sept Copy

Outdoor Bowls Ravenscourt Park
Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road
Hammersmith, London, W6
2.00pm - 5.00pm
0208 985 6245
11th September 2019

Metro Weekly Vision Impaired Bowls at Ravenscourt Park!

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

Dates: Every Wednesday until the middle of September 2019
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
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 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).

Bowls  & Collection Volunteers

As always, our bowlers could always do with more help from sighted volunteers, if interested, please Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk – Call 0208 985 6245 or contact  Charlie, our Sports development officer: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org – call 07956292046. No Prior knowledge of Bowls is needed.

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


Bowl: VIBE indoor pairs report!

Maureen and David Runners up at the VIBE indoor pairs bowls 2020

VIBE National indoor pairs bowls tournament report

Three Metro pairs descended on Nottingham hoping to win the annual VIBE indoor pairs competition. They were, initially, to play four games each against randomly selected teams.

Maritza Jurgens and Wilbert  Williams fought hard particularly as Maritza had to get used to playing as a B1 for the first time. Her son is also having to learn as a director.

Gause Khanmuzaffarul and Steven Simmons played together. A formidable partnership. However, they were to play against stiff opposition. They failed to accrue sufficient points to get into the top four in order to try and win the main competition. Both of these pairs then found it hard going in the plate competition, not quite managing to finish in the top two.

However, Maureen and David got a slightly more comfortable draw. They won their first two matches comfortably. Then they had to play Maritza and Wilbur which proved to be more difficult, but they managed to win by 3 shots. In their last game Maureen and David played against the eventual winners, who had also won all 3 games. After a tight match the Metro pair managed to fall over the line.

This meant that Maureen and David qualified to play in the top four.  They then had to play the eventual winners once more. In what was otherwise a close game Maureen and David managed to drop 8 shots in one end.

In such a short match this was a disaster. Sadly, their second top four match was curtailed due to the unfortunate ill-health of one of their opponents. Therefore, our pair won by default. This meant that they needed to win their last game to finish runners-up. Despite some controversy on a couple of ends Maureen and David prevailed.

The hospitality at the venue was, as ever, excellent. We are grateful to all those who provided support. It is also nice to report that their were a few new VIBE bowlers at the tournament.

Maureen Ryan & David Mears. (From Metro). Runners up VIBE national indoor bowls pairs tournament Nottingham
Photo above of Maureen Ryan and David Mears [Metro] Receiving their runner up medals
report by David Mears

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.


Bowlers do well in Hastings!

Hastings Bowls Tournament 2019 Wilbert & Gause win the pairs cup

Metro Blind Sport Bowlers do well in Hastings!

10 Metro bowlers travelled to Hastings on the 13th of July and had a roll-up in the afternoon to get ready for the 52nd Annual Hastings Tournament that started on the Sunday morning.

Their helper John arrived on the Monday and stayed until the end of the games on the Friday afternoon.  John and most of the bowlers then stayed for the presentation and buffet on Friday evening, before travelling home on Saturday.

A few photos below

The tournament was divided into 4 sections: Open Triples, Open Pairs, Open Singles and a B1 section for the totally blind bowlers.  On the Sunday, the tournament started with the triples in which Metro had 3 teams.

While these games were taking place, Eric had a radio in his pocket with an earpiece so he could keep up with what was happening at Lords in the cricket final.  The Metro team that did the best, Eric, Junette and John Roulston in his first Hastings Tournament, managed to win all their games until the final on Friday where they lost to Preston.

In the Pairs Tournament, in which Metro had 5 teams, they did even better.  The Metro team of Wilbert and Gause won their way through to the final on Friday and beat the favourites from Preston to lift the cup.

In the B1 tournament, Eric won all his games so retaining the cup which he won last year, and Amit came runners-up again, only losing to Eric.  Constance was in the winning team on the Friday afternoon who played for the Plate.  All found it a very enjoyable tournament, and without a doubt the highlight was Wilbert and Gause lifting the Pairs cup.

The Hastings Tour next year will start on 12 July  .

Eric Bowls organiser