Acle, GYIBC, Coastal Short Mat bowls reports

Acle IBC

At home to Diss A Acle Men’s A only needed two points to retain the Norfolk County Championship for the third year in succession and for the fifth time.

John Colcombe, Jim Fruin, captain Simon Elliott, George Tubby scored a 5 on the 4th and a 4 on the fifth to go 15–1 up. A 4 on the 10th to go 23–5 and by 15 it was 32–6 going on to win 36–10. Mark Elliott, Wyn Willimott, Rob Parker, Tony Dunton were 12–5 at 10 ends 18–5 at 15 and went on to win 23–9. Young Daniel Seabourne, Roy Himpleman, Jamie Howlett, Jason Roope were 9–6 at 10 ends and 19–7 at 15. two out of rinks delayed the elation as they eventually won 23–13. John Marshall, Mick Groome, Daniel Noble, Ian Wones were 8–7 at 10 ends 13–8 at 15 and won 20–14. Result 102–46 and all 7 points. Another County Championship was confirmed, with a 300 shots difference.

Away to neighbours Browston the Men’s B team were playing for a top three finish. Dennis Edwards, Graham Osden, Graham Downing, Barney Wymer were 7 each at 10 ends and 11 each at 15 but dominated from here winning all the ends to finish 25–11. Dan Mills, Brian Kirby, John Harris, Ivan Borrett were 5 each at 6 ends scored a 4 on the 13th to go 17–6 up and went on to win 21–14. Johnstone Mackie, Sid Siely, Ken Copeman, Bimbo Meeks were 5 each at 7 ends, 9–6 at 10 but by 15 were in charge 20–6 going on to win 23–10.

Alan Rowsell’s rink were 0–11 down at 7 ends. 2–13 at 10 and 4–20 at 15 losing 11–22. Result 80–57 and 6–1 pts. They finished joint second on 61� pts.


The B team played their last game of the season away against Gallow B team at Fakenham in Division 5.

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Despite losing 7-0 (114-44) the game was played in a good spirit and the Yarmouth players did their best against one of the best teams in the Division. Although Great Yarmouth B have not had a very successful year the team have honoured their commitments, played well together and had an enjoyable season.

Coastal Short Mat League

The 17th AGM of the Coastal Short Mat Bowls League took place, together with the annual pairs event for 13 teams, at Hemsby Village Hall.

Group 1: Woodbastwick Eagles A: Tony Wright & Trevor Hallett, Bradwell Red B: Val Pryor & Derek Bones, Martham A: R Porter & G Porter.

Group 2: Martham B Pam Manning & Beryl Thompson. Bradwell Blue B: Peter Walker & Allan Collins, Woodbastwick Owls A: Margaret Nudd & Damian Lamb.

Group 3: Hemsby A: T Byrne & Les Tooley, South Walsham A: Jim Balls & Maddi Balls, Bradwell Blue A: Jenny Walker & Mike Harvey.

Group 4: Bradwell Red A: Keith Baker & Keith Cooke, Hemsby B: J.Byrne & Joan Tooley, Woodbastwick Owls B: Peter Johnson & Jim Couling, South Walsham B: M Barrett & Margaret Capps.

In group 1 Woodbastwick Eagles A won with 4 points and 28 shots. Group 2 was won by Bradwell Blue, who also managed 4 points with 26 shots.

South Walsham A won group 3 with 4 points and 25 shots.

In group 4 Woodbastwick Owls won with 5 points and 29 shots.

In the semi-finals Bradwell Blue A, Peter & Allan played against Woodbastwick Owls A Peter & Jim. Bradwell Blues got off to a fine start managing 5 shots in the first two ends. Woodbastwick Owls picked up a three in round 3. Bradwell scored a massive 5 in round 4, and they went sailing ahead 10-3, and although The Owls won the next three ends they never fully recovered. The final score was 13-6 to Bradwell Blues. The other semi-final saw Tony Wright & Trevor Hallett from Woodbastwick Eagles A, beat Jim & Maddi Balls, representing South Walsham A 10-2.

So it was to be yet another Woodbastwick Eagles v Bradwell Blues showdown. The first end Peter and Allan managed one shot, the second end Trevor and Tony scored 1, then 1 to the Blues. Round 4 the Eagles scored 2 shots to go in the lead 3-2. In round 5 The Blues scored one shot, so now it was dead level 3-3. Round 6 the Blue Boys managed 1 shot again, but in the penultimate Eagles scored a massive three shots, to lead 6-4. It was now the final 8th round and things were not looking too good for the Blues. Peter played some cracking shots followed by a real howler from Allan, managing three shots and thereby winning the finals 7-6.

The new ‘Merit Award’ was presented to Jim Couling from Woodbastwick Owls, who was our chairman for some years and gave a sterling service.

Gorleston Cliffs BC

The first roll-up will be on Saturday, April 28 at 1.45pm.

Anybody wishing to join this friendly club, whether for fun or to play in the leagues, is welcome. Help and equipment is available for newcomers to the sport.

Call Michael on 01493 657342, Theresa on 01493 781870 or Tich on 07860 335535 for details.