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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

Annual VIBE indoor pairs!

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

 

World Blind Bowls Championships 2017

World Blind Bowls Championships 2017

Metro Blind Sport member of the England team Maureen did very well in the World Blind Bowls Championships 2017 and came home with 2 bronze medals and Steve Simmons related to Eric our bowls sports lead that he won his first 2 games, but unfortunately lost all the other games so did not get a medal.  The full report from VIBE  is below.

A party of 23 bowlers, directors, managers and supporters gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to represent Visually Impaired Bowls England in mid-March. Grateful thanks are due to Steve Watson of Travel Places and Chris Brothers of One Turn Trading for their help and, in particular, to Lions International for their amazing support both at home and in Cape Town.

Having left Heathrow at a chilly 8 degrees, it was something of a shock to arrive in 30 degrees plus – and even more of a shock as temperatures soared to 40, causing a suspension of play on one afternoon.  Further complications included a nasty outbreak of gastro-enteritis which affected several England players as well as some from others of the 10 participating nations. Inevitably, the climate, illness and the switch from indoor to outdoor surfaces affected the English players whereas the southern hemisphere countries were more used the conditions and had been bowling outdoors for at least 6 months.

Bowls world championship 2017 medal winners
Bowls world championship 2017 medal winners

Play was at the bowling greens of Western Province Cricket Club – a superb multi-sport facility. The organising committee, led by Jenny Phillips, did a brilliant job, ably supported by the groundsmen, technical, catering and bar staff!

The real highlight of the tournament, from England’s perspective, was the superb performance of Berkhamsted’s totally-blind (B1 category) Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall gold medal winner
Sarah Marshall

who made up for her disappointment of four years ago in Worthing (where she suffered a catastrophic knee injury) by winning the World Championship gold medal and trophy.

Other notable performances for England were Maureen Ryan (Bronze medal in the B2 Ladies’ Singles) and Maureen Ryan and Ron Homer (Bronze medal in the B2 Mixed pairs). The main tournament concluded,there was time for some sight-seeing and a friendly, one-day 2-wood triples international tournament, organised by Graham Ward at Jaggers Bowling Club – a superb end to a great trip.

report by David J Stott

 

VI Bowls England – Israel in 2016 and South Africa 2017!

Visually Impaired Bowls England Fund Raising Israel and South Africa Tour

I don’t think it’s right that Visually Impaired people have to pay their own way to represent their country at the pinnacle of their chosen sport.

V.I.B.E. receives no Government, Lottery or Sport England Funding. 

We needs your support to: Fund development work to allow more visually impaired people to play bowls, provide coaching / training camps to develop players’ and directors’ skills and support the England Team at forthcoming international competitions, including the World Blind Bowls Championships 2017 in Cape Town South Africa. Please donate what you can…

To Donate to V.I.B.E click link below.
Visually Impaired Bowls England – Israel & South Africa – JustGiving

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