Draws for 2018-19 Lincs IBA competitions

posted 16 Sep 2018, 11:45 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 09:40 ]

The draws have been made for the qualifiers for the Lincolnshire Indoor Bowling Association disciplines to be played internally at Stamford IBC in the forthcoming weeks.

With current county singles champion Stephen Harris now representing Spalding and unable to defend his title in Stamford colours, local bowlers are looking to still make a good show in the inter-club knock-out stages, with Stamford by far and away the best represented in the local qualifiers.

Christine Ford and Martyn Dolby are hoping to go one better in the mixed pairs having lost to Horncastle in last year's final but will first have to overcome Jeff and Jeanette Bourne in the qualifying first round.

Elsewhere the women are represented on equal terms against the men in the Open sets singles through Ford, Shirley Suffling, Denise Mackie, Helen Holroyd and Pat Jones.

The county semi-finals will be held at Horncastle on March 30 and the finals at Boston on April 28.


Lincs County singles (6 to qualify, 21-up): Group A -J Holroyd v M Hebden or A Speechley; Group B - J Pearson or J Hebden v G Oliver or K Gentry; Group C - D King or T Barwell v W Aspinall or G Cameron; Group D - M Humphreys v R Allam or A Romaine; Group E - M De Camp or O Aspinall v M Ramsden; Group F - A Warrington or T Christie v C Ballard. First round matches must be played by November 11, final qualifiers by December 9.

Lincs IBA Open Singles sets (6): Group A - H Holroyd or A Romaine v P Jones or M Ramsden; Group B - O Aspinall or J Holroyd v J Hebden or A Speechley; Group C - W Aspinall or M Humphreys v C Ballard or A Warrington; Group D - J Pearson or M Hebden v K Gentry or G Oliver; Group E - C Ford or R Allam v K Rippin or S Suffling; Group F - De Mackie or D King v T Barwell or G Cameron. First round matches by November 11.

Lincs IBA Open Over 60 singles (4 to qualify, 21-up) Group A (first round by November 11 - M Dolby or A Speechley v M De Camps or A Romaine, T Barwell or K Vinter v D Mackie or K Rippin. Winners play-off by December 9. Group B - G Cameron or S Suffling v B Warters or C Watson (winners by December 9; Group C - M Ramsden or R Allam v P Jones or J Bourne (winners by December 9); Group D - D King or C Ford v J Pearson or K Gentry (winners by December 9).

Lincs IBA men's pairs (3 to qualify): Group A - Bailey or N Wright v R Allam or M Hebden, winners to play G Oliver or C Watson; Group B - K Vinter or T Christie v C Ballard or J Holroyd; Group C - K Rippin or B Warters v M Ramsden or T Barwell. First round matches by October 14, second by November 11.

Lincs IBA Men's triples (3): Group A - R Allam or C Ballard v C Watson; Group B - M Ramsden or K Vinter v J Holroyd; T Barwell or N Wright v M Hebden. First rounds by November 11.

Lincs IBA mixed pairs (3): Group A - D King or T Barwell v R Allam; Group B - M Humphreys or P Bailey v J Holroyd or C Watson; Group C - A Speechley or C Ballard v J Bourne or C Ford. First round by November 11.

Lincs IBA men's fours (2 qualifiers): N Wright or T Christie & C Ballard or TBC. (winners by December 9).


posted 27 Aug 2018, 08:28 by Keith Rippin

Stamford IBC bowlers will be better represented than ever in the early rounds of the English Indoor Bowling Association national championships, hoping to make the final stages in Melton or Nottingham next Spring.

An expected fresh influx of competitive players joining Stamford IBC, guarantees a healthy representation in several competitions - especially in the senior age group events - where the club already has a history of success.

Stamford youngsters Louise Harris and Helen Holroyd will also be challenging Spalding IBC stranglehold on Area 5 women's events.

In several competitions local bowlers will have to face clubmates in order to progress further against Barwell, Leicester and Melton players - including the men's pairs, where Ally McNaughton faces Paul Dalliday and John Holroyd meets Simon Law. Adam Warrington also takes on Law in the triples.

Martyn Dolby, who reached the final stages of the Over 60s singles last year faces singles specialist from Peterborough Jeff Pitt in the first round, while Keith Rippin's rink takes on Ray Keating in a bid to again reach the closing stages of the Over 50 triples.

Stephen Harris, the 2017-18 club singles winner will be representing Stamford in the EIBA champion of champions singles, even though he has switched his allegiance to Spalding IBC for 2018-19 national competitions. His first round opponent is Jeff Pitt (Peterborough) to be played by November 11. Joan Robinson plays England International Ruby Hill at Spalding by November 25.

Selected first round draws (Stamford IBC unless stated):

Men: singles - S Harris (Spalding) v T Barwell, A Warrington v J Pearson; pairs - A McNaughton v P Dalliday, J Holroyd v S Law; Warrington v N Wilkie; triples - Warrington v Law, J Philpott (Spalding) v J Holroyd; fours - Law v Philpott (Spalding).

Over 60 singles - Barwell v Pearson, D King v J Hope (Grantham), T Scarr v J Needham (Spalding), J Pitt (Peterborough) v M Dolby; Over 60 pairs - B Warters v T Scarr, J Crees v R Barrett (Grantham); Over 60 fours - Warters v K Rippin, Scarr v G Wright (Spalding). Over 50 triples - Keating (Peterborough) v Rippin, T Berridge (Grantham) v King, Scarr v N Orrey (Grantham), Wright (Spalding) v J Holroyd, N Wilkie (Spalding) v P Bailey.

Family pairs: L Harris v A Wild (Spalding), Bailey v N Orrey (Grantham), C Tomlin (Spalding) v M Hebden; mixed pairs - H Holroyd v A Dunham (Spalding), Bailey v M Spencer (Spalding)

Women: singles - L Harris v R Hill (Spalding), Holroyd v Tomlin (Spalding); pairs - Harris v D Wild (Spalding); triples - Harris v Tomlin (Spalding); fours - Harris v A Dunham (Spalding); over 50 triples - G Edwards v S Craig (Peterborough), G Haney (Spalding) v C Ford.

Bob Warters


posted 22 Aug 2018, 14:32 by Stamford Indoor Bowls

In order to comply with English Indoor Bowling Association standards, Stamford IBC will introduce a new dress code forthwith, for bowlers playing, marking or umpiring in organised sessions, including domestic leagues and club, county and national competitions.

The edict follows observations and complaints that the dress code for organised matches has become too relaxed, with the appearance of grey or black cargo trousers, leggins and jeans, deemed unacceptable.

However, smart casual clothing is acceptable for roll-ups on spare rinks from 12-2.10 pm sessions (apart from Monday). Whites and club shirts will continue to be worn when representing the club in Lincs county leagues.

The change in the club's dress regulations will allow more colourful shirts to be worn which is an attraction to youngsters to enter the game.  It will also allow for the first time indoors shorts to be worn but it should be noted that they must be of the tailored variety.

The full dress regulations can be viewed by clicking on the Bye Laws tab in the footer of this page.


posted 7 Aug 2018, 07:02 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 9 Aug 2018, 03:39 ]

Stamford Indoor Bowls Club has announced that its winter season of day time league matches will start at noon on Monday September 10. The full league programme, including evening sessions, will start on September 17.

Details will also be released shortly of when the club will be open for evening practice sessions during the week commencing September 10, when annual memberships can also be paid. Members are reminded that membership must be paid before bowlers can play a league fixture.

Team captains are also reminded that they must update registered player details and contact information ahead of the season. Contact league secretary John Holroyd at

Fixtures for the new season are available on the club website at Stamford Indoor Bowls Winter Leagues 2018/19

FOOTNOTE: Stamford IBC will be staging open mornings for potential new members from 9.30 to noon on Saturday, September 15 and Saturday, September 22 when equipment is provided free of charge and coaches and experienced bowlers will be on hand to help.

Bob Warters


posted 6 Aug 2018, 05:42 by Keith Rippin   [ updated 6 Aug 2018, 05:44 by Stamford Indoor Bowls ]

Paul Maynard, the Aylesbury bowler who won the Stamford Open Indoor Singles last October, showed little compassion when a Stamford Saints team visited his Foxhill club at the weekend in a bid to reach the latter stages of the EIBA Fantastic Fives competition.

In the four-discipline event, for which the visitors had qualified out of their group, Maynard beat Tony Barwell 12-5 in the singles, then turned over Barwell and Jeanette Bourne 24-7 in the pairs to help claim an overall eight-points victory.

But the cumulative 49-23 shot win didn't paint a full picture. Jeanette and husband Jeff with Judy Barwell and David Howarth only lost the fours 7-5 while Jeff, Judy and David were pipped in the two-bowl triples 7-6.


With just a handful of matches to play, the Stamford Indoor Bowls Club's summer season of fixtures is reaching an exciting climax.

There is all to play for in the Monday evening triples with four teams separated by just four points - Paul Galloway's Alpha on 25 points, leading Echo (George Cameron) by one, Delta (Terry Weaver) by two and Charlie (Arthur Chapman) by four.

Runaway leaders in the Tuesday pairs are Tulips (Peter Edwards) on 26 points, with Lavender (Garry Oliver) on 17 ahead of Paul Green and Tim Stokes.

David Howarth's Wakes are comfortably top of the Wednesday first division triples by eight points from Cameron and Weaver, while evergreen Hazel Cotterill and Jeanette Wynn battle to stave off relegation to the second division where Edwards, Oliver, Ian Hall and Janet Lonslow are chasing promotion.

Galloway's Daimler triples team are also top of the show on Friday - seven points clear of Wayne Aspinall and Green.



posted 2 Aug 2018, 10:13 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 3 Aug 2018, 00:11 ]

The current World Indoor No.1 bowler Greg Harlow (pictured right) together with former world champion Nick Brett will feature in the Nigel Kettle Memorial Open singles tournament at Stamford IBC on Sunday September 30, chasing the £750 first prize.

The rivals will be part of a star-studded line-up that also includes defending champion Paul Maynard, former winner Mark Royal and 2016 world outdoor bowls gold medallist Jamie Walker.

Harlow - a Potters Leisure Resort
Bowls Ambassador is the only player on the World Bowls Tour (WBT) to have won 3 consecutive International Open Titles and has 7 other WBT Titles to his name. He last played the Stamford tournament in 2016 when he lost in the final to Jordan Philpott (Spalding).

Brett (pictured left), a former World Indoor Bowls no. 1, who lives at Yaxley, and who has slipped to the no, 6 spot this season is renowned to be one of the game's fiercest competitors, with dozens of professional titles to his name he will be fighting to the last bowl to prove himself again this season.

Brett's daughter Chloe - an England Under 25 international - is also playing.

Other England internationals taking part include Philpott and Spalding colleague Graham Smith together with Ed Elmore (City of Ely), the current British Isles Under 25 singles champion.

The event will start at 6pm on Saturday, September 29 and will include several Stamford bowlers including Chris Ballard, Christine Ford, Shirley Suffling, Tony Barwell, Derek King John Holroyd and his daughter Helen, together with a handful of players from clubs local to the venue hoping to progress to the last 16 on the Sunday afternoon when some of the worlds top indoor bowlers are likely to be in contention.

The tournament is part of the the Open Singles Circuit with players seeking ranking points as well as cash leading to a grand final at Potters Resort in November following.

The Potters Leisure Bowls retail outlet will also be at the event during Sunday's play.

Less than a handful of entry places still remain. Download an entry form HERE.


posted 24 Jul 2018, 14:27 by Keith Rippin

At the first attempt, Stamford Saints secured their place in the knock-out stages of the EIBA Fantastic fives competition with a well deserved six points against Northampton club Kingsthorpe IBC.

They will play either Foxhill (Aylesbury) or Kempston Park (Bedford).

Sadly Stamford Bulls - despite an unbeaten campaign by Peter Edwards in the singles -missed out on slim hopes of qualification when Charnwood beat Melton.

Against Kingsthorpe Tony Barwell won his singles 15-4 then won 10-8 with Jeanette Bourne in the pairs. David Howarth, Betty Sims and Jeff Bourne lost their triples but secured both points with the addition of Jeanette in the fours (11-4).

County mourns the death of Helen Crow

posted 12 Jul 2018, 07:27 by Stamford Indoor Bowls

Helen Crow, a multi Northants Women's Bowling Federation champion and twice a winner of national rinks titles, has died after a long struggle with motor neurone disease. She was 67.

The Langtoft Pearl and Parkway Bowls Club member was a loyal supporter of her county along with her late husband Bob, who died in May 2016. Even after contracting her illness and being restricted to a wheelchair Helen was a cheerful follower of county fortunes at the national finals in Skegness.

Formerly a receptionist with Finning (UK) Ltd in Peterborough, her greatest bowling achievements were alongside Sarah Newson and Julie Masters in winning the EWBF two-bowl triples in 1996 and with Pat Reynolds and Sarah taking the 3-bowl rinks title at Skegness in 2014.

Funeral details will be advised as soon as they are known.

Still hopes of Fantastic Fives progress

posted 11 Jul 2018, 14:45 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 12 Jul 2018, 03:03 ]

Stamford Bulls travel to Loughborough on Saturday needing four points against Charnwood IBC to be assured of a place in the kick-out stages of the EIBA Fantastic Fives summer competition.

For Stamford Saints the task is similar to reach the next stage - needing  two points against Kingsthorpe (Northampton), despite a 7-1 defeat at Daventry.

The latest solitary point came from the 8-8 pairs draw by Jeanette Bourne and Tony Barwell.

Elsewhere there was a singles defeat by Barwell (15-7), and no joy in the triples (David Howarth, Judy Barwell, Jeff Bourne) or the fours (with Jeanette) in an overall 40-26 shots defeat.

Wheelchair Bowling

posted 5 Jul 2018, 12:11 by Keith Rippin   [ updated 9 Jul 2018, 02:57 by Stamford Indoor Bowls ]

Reading about the fact that Stamford Indoor Bowls Facility recently hosted a national disability training day back in May, Pally Marsdunn contacted the club to see if it would be willing to let her father have a go.  Now her father has recently moved to Stamford so that he can be nearer his daughter.

No problem you may think until it transpired her father is 82 years old, registered blind and has had both legs amputated below the knee.  Club Chairman, Keith Rippin, said no problem I know just the man for the job, our head coach, John Little, has just undertaken training course to assist disabled bowlers and to becomes one of three coaches at the club who can cope with circumstances like these.

So Hugh Dunn duly turned up at the bowls club only to inform the coaches that he too had been a coach but in athletics, in Northern Ireland, where he had reached the pinnacle in coaching, a level FIVE certificate.  In fact this proved to be an advantage rather than a hindrance as he was well aware of how we needed to assist him and was a star pupil on the day.

Having one disability can be challenging enough to some people but it might be thought that having two, such as Hugh has, could be so debilitating that it would not be possible to participate in the game. NOT SO as bowls is game that can be played by people of all abilities to a level that they feel comfortable with and so it was with Hugh, who enjoyed it so much he is going to come back for another go.  In fact he is determined he is going to master it as he believes it is something he can do.

Above: Hugh being carefully watched by his daughter.
Right: Coach, John Little showing him the line to take.
Below: Hugh's congratulated by John Little for his first efforts

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