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Moran, Ashby On Top of the World

Ireland's Stephen Moran defeated Guernsey's Neal Mollet 5-7, 9-7, 2-0 to take the men's title at the WIBC Singles Championships in Belfast. Meanwhile, England's Carol Ashby successfully defended her title with a 9-8, 9-8 victory over Wendy Jensen of New Zealand.

The Mixed Pairs title went to defending champions Julie Forrest and Mark Johnston (Scotland) after their 4-9, 8-4, 2-0 victory over Ireland's Muriel Wilkinson and Jonathon Ross.

Alex Marshall in Fine Form

Scotland's Alex Marshall (2) won the World Indoor Singles Championships today with an impressive 10-4,6-5 straight set victory over John Price (5) of Wales. Alex is now the current World Indoor Singles Champion, World Pairs Champion (2000) and Commonwealth Games Pairs Champion(2002).

Earlier this week in Women's competition, Carol Ashby (England) claimed the inaugural Women's Singles Championships when she defeated Ellen Alexander (England) 5-10,9-3,2-0.

Allcock Finishes in Style

Tony Allcock (England) won his 8th indoor and 15th career world title this past weekend to end his distinguished international bowling career in style. Allcock and partner David Holt won the World Indoor Pairs title with a 3-9,11-4, 2-1 victory over Robert Weale and Jason Greenslade of Wales.

Commonwealth Games - Manchester 2002 
Canada - Singles - Ryan Bester; Fours - Steve Bezanson, John Devonshire, Keith Roney and Chris Stadnyk.
Women - Sinlges - Laura Dewald; Fours - Shirley Fitzpatrick-Wong, Andrea Weigand, Melissa Ranger, and Anita Nivala. Blind Singles Women - Vivian Berkley.
Scotland - Singles - Darren Burnett ; Pairs - George Sneddon and Alex Marshall ; Fours - David Peacock, Gary Mackie, Willie Wood and Graeme Archer. 
England - Singles - Mervyn King ; Pairs - Dean Morgan and Stephen Farish ;  Fours - John Ottaway, Simon Skelton, Robert Newman and David Holt. 
Disabled Triples - D. Turner, D. Fisher  and R. Coates. 
Women :  Singles - Jean Baker ;
Pairs - Lynne Whitehead  and Amy Gowshall ;  
Fours - Ellen Alexander, Shirley Page, Gill Mitchell and Carol Duckworth ;  Blind Singles - Ruth Small. 
Ireland - Singles - Jeremy Henry ; Pairs - Martin McHugh and Gary McCloy ;  Fours - Michael Nutt, Noel Graham, Neil Booth and Jim Baker.  
Wales - Singles - Robert Weale ; Pairs - Steve Rees and Will Thomas ;  Fours - Ian Slade, Richard Bowen, Jason Greenslade and  Dia Wilkins. 
Women : Singles - Betty Morgan ; Pairs - Joanna Weale and Anwen Butten ;  Fours - Ann Sutherland, Pam John, Nina Shipperlee and Gill Miles. 

Men's British Isles Championships : Host country Wales failed in their bid for glory in the final match decider with holders England who retained the title in a 127-104 result to their favour. Wins for Andy Thomson over David Harding and a winning debut for Ian Bond at skip against John Price set the scene for an English back to back series victory. Meanwhile Scotland  in a comprehensive 140-88 winning score line over Ireland secured third place and therefore avoided the wooden spoon as was their fate last season in Belfast. 

Ireland's Jonathon Ross following his memorable win over England's Les Gillett in the play-downs captured the singles title at Swansea with a 21-17 victory over Welsh champion Mike Prosser. All was not despair for Wales however as Port Talbot's Jonathon Tomlinson stormed through in just 15 ends to take the Junior title at 21-12 over Neil Davies of England. Not to be disheartened and true to form Lincoln's Danny Brown and Billy Jackson charged through at  20-12 against Wales in the pairs for their piece of glory. The Channel Isles up for a double saw their hopes dashed in the triples by Coatbridge trio Mark McNeill, Sandy Syme and Jim Mclarrie as Scotland lifted the crown with a 24-14 result while in the fours defeat by England skipped by Mark Sharp at 24-15 made it a day to forget for the Islanders. 

Women's British Isles Championships : Scotland  recaptured the title at Bournmouth today in a 123-104 complimentary result over holders England.   Heroine of the match for the Scots was Cecelia Smith from East Fife who skipped her rink to a 32-9 defeat against Kath Strutt who until today was unbeaten in the series. Earlier the third and fourth place decider saw Wales romp to a 60 shot victory over Ireland in a 141-81 scoreline where the only success for the Irish was the rink skipped by Irene Minnes.

Guernsey's Alison Merrien along with Ireland's Rae Daly and Jennifer Dowds put an end to Betty Morgan's hopes of a British Championship double in Monday's finals. The Radnorshire star was beaten in the singles by Merrien 21-13 then partnered by clubmate Jenny Davis they fell to the Irish duo 22-12 to end a day of disappointment for them both. In the Under 25's, Scotland's World Junior Champion Caroline Brown added the British title to her CV as she edged out England's Sarah McKay to take the glory and the only silverware for her country when both the triples and fours crashed out in both finals. England's Esther Withers, Christine Webb and Jane Roylance convincingly beat the Scot's Jean Millar, Agnes Melrose and Sarah McLeish 26-5 while the Welsh Islwyn rink skipped by Anne Greenaway were victorious at 28-11 over Scotland's champions from Auchinleck. 

 

Hong Kong Classic :  Scotland's World Champion duo Alex Marshall and George Sneddon added another tribute to their stature and golden CV's when they captured the prestigious title. Their week long match winning form saw them battle through to eventually overcome and defeat New Zealanders Mike Galloway and Paul Girdler 18-15 in the semi-final and book their place in the final itself. Their opponents in the grand finale were to be Jason Greenslade and Robert Price of Wales who had narrowly edged out Aussies Bret Duprez and Adam Jeffrey by 22-21 to qualify for their chance of glory against the Scots. But the Welshmen's hopes were dashed when Marshall and Sneddon turned on a match winning performance from virtually start to finish to run out 21-12 winners and champions. 
 

Hong Kong : Edinburgh's stars Graeme Archer and Robert Marshall along with international team-mates Gary Mackie of Kirkcaldy and Chirnside's Robert Paterson flew out for this week-end's "Tiger Tournament" after being nominated by the Scottish Bowling Association to represent Scotland in the prestige event hosted at the Tai Po Bowling Green. Opposition in the series from the likes of  local heroes in Harry Thornton, Nelson To, Jimmy Cheng and Pairs Gold Medalist Adam Poynton along with fours from Israel, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei  to name but a few will provide first class experience for Archer and Mackie in their preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

85th Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament : Notably one of the most prestigious tournaments in the UK, the annual contest sponsored by the Bournemouth International Language College will take place during the first week of August 2002. This years competition attracted an entry of 800 and it is expected that the number of competitors for next year will increase as will the prize money attributed. 
To help promote the game and tournament a new bowl's site has been created which also contains articles related to lawn bowls and shortly will be profiling people from the sport, and players from abroad that will be entering the open. 

Scottish Greenguage Team Championship : Last Sunday's quarter final action saw Midlothian share the points 4-4 with Auchinleck but gain the verdict with a shot margin plus of  seven. Scott Matthews skipped the rink to a 13 shot triumph over Tommy Woods while Jeanette and Paul Conlan won by eight in the Pairs.
Bainfield added to a miserable week-end when following their Scottish Cup exit on Saturday they lost out to Arbroath at East Fife while Stirling beat Cumbernauld and Turriff were winners over Prestwick.

Senior's Scottish Cup : In this week's quarter finals holders Aberdeen remained on track in defence of their crown at Dyce to beat Garioch 66-56 and will now meet East Lothian who were 60-47 winners over Tweedbank at Portobello. Also challenging for a finals spot will be West of Scotland who won 67-53 against Paisley at Cumbernauld and Galleon 71-60 victors over Nithsdale at Clydebank. Semi-finals take place next Wednesday at Dundee and Stirling with the final to follow on 20th March at Perth

BUPA INTERNATIONAL
Care Homes Open 2001
OCTOBER 2001

FIRST ROUND
David Gourlay (S)(1) vs Christie Grahame (Can)
Andt Thomson(E)(14) vs Billy Jackson ( E)
Noel Kennedy (HK)(11) vs Danny Ho (HK)
Stephen Rees (W)(8) vs Alan Thurlow ( Aus)
Les Gillett (E)(7) vs Qual: Ch Islands
Mark McMahon (E)(10) vs Andrew Robertson (HK)
David Holt (E)16) vs Greg Harlow (E)
Paul Foster (S)(4) vs Brett Arkley(E)
John Price(W)(3) vs Qual: South Africa
Jonathon Ross (I)(13) vs Steve Posa (NZ)
Ian Bond (E)(15) vs Qual: USA
Richard Corsie (S)(6) vs Scott Kennedy (S)
Richard Weale(W)(5) vs Neal Booth (I)
Hugh Duff (S)(9) vs Qual: South Africa
Jason Geenslade (W)(12) vs Nicky Brett (E)
Alex Marshall (S)(2) vs Steven Glen (S)

International Double Rink Championships

Edinburgh and West Lothian's John Summers, Alex Ross, Peter Ball and George Sneddon are bidding to repeat Scotland's 1999 success when they won the inaugural title. This weekend they form part of an eight-strong national squad invading Wales for the Over 50's event when joined by Jim Bright (Perth), Robert Provan (Coatbridge), Cliff Eade (Prestwick), and Brian Rattray (Alloa) they tackle England, Ireland and Wales.
The series is promoted by the British Isles Indoor Bowls Council and is sponsored and hosted by Warner Holidays at the imposing Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in North Wales. The galaxy of 32 stars on parade bring an excess of 1000 international caps to this trip down memory lane but they dont all belong to Bygone Days as the likes of George Sneddon and Dai Wilkins (Wales) still perform on the major stage.

Scotland : Rink 1. John Summers, Jim Bright, Robert Provan, Cliff Eade .
Rink 2. Alex Ross, Peter Ball, Brian Rattray, George Sneddon.
England : Rink 1. Mike London,Terry Heppell, Mick Sharpe, Graham Stanley.
Rink 2. Derek Parsonson, Ronnie Gass, Bill Hobart, David Ward.
Wales : Rink 1. Terry Sullivan, Jim Hoskins, Russell Evans, David Wilkins.
Rink 2. Wayne Letman, Alun Morris, Mel Jones, John Dacey.
Ireland : Rink 1. Eddie McNally, Marcus Craig, Harry Elliot, Roy McCune.
Rink 2. Stan Espie, Willie McKelvey, Robert Johnston, Tom Kennedy.



TV - Bowls

Bowls Show Australia is a 15 series TV programme which will go out on Sky and the producers are currently visiting our shores to shoot features on UK personalities that include local based stars in the shape of Alex Marshall, The Logan Family, and Colin Stein. Australian Principals Lee Lorraine and Steve Boylan are in the Capital this weekend to capture a coaching session with Alex and film Rennie Logan in company with four of his five sons (Ian the youngest is on honeymoon) and five grandsons. The Rangers connection of Colin Stein is too appealing to the film makers who intend to capture footage of the football legend in historic Linlithgow. Stein, Scotlands first ever home 100,000 transfer (Hibs to Rangers) is also being whisked through to Ibrox for interview purposes.
This is the only Bowls Show programme in the World and I am pleased to say that it is sponsored by Taylors Bowls Glasgow commented Presenter Steve Boylan. Lee is the Producer and together we are filming in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and the UK he added

Edinburgh : District 12 -National Championships Quarter-Final Results :-
Singles : D. McGill (Braid) 21- 20 A. Nicholls (Balerno), D. Fisher (Colinton) 21- 11 D. Gilbertson (West End),
A Brown (Gorgie Mills) 21- 13 I. Neill (Ardmillan), G. Henderson (Lutton Place) 21- 10 D. Greig (Tipperlinn).
Junior Singles:S. Nolan (Sighthill) 21-12 G. Young (Carrick Knowe), A Hurry (Juniper Green) 21-7 G Anderson (Currie), S. Watson (Balerno) 21-8 N Pringle (Parkside).
Pairs : Colinton 20 - 10 Ardmillan, Carrick Knowe 22 - 15 Merchiston, Braid 17 - 16 Tipperlinn.
Triples : Juniper Green 19-8 Bainfield, Whitehouse and Grange 17-7 Merchiston, Sighthill 17-11 Coltbridge.
Fours : Currie 21- 10 Edinburgh, Mayfield 13 - 8 Merchiston, Coltbridge 23 - 16 Slateford.

AUSTRALIA vs SCOTLAND TEST MATCH

Australia added to their record of wins over Scotland in 1998 and 2000 when they beat the Scots 2-1 at Tweed Head's on the continent's Gold Coast today. Australia's No1, Steve Glasson beat Graeme Archer in two straight 9-2, 9-2 but in the pairs Adam Jeffrey and Rex Johnston lost narrowly 17-16 to George Sneddon and the legendary Willie Wood. The triples saw the Aussies again take the spoils with a one shot victory to win 15-14 and champion the one day series .


PBA QUALIFICATION

Scotland's Scott Kennedy emulated last year's success at Blackpool yesterday when he again qualified for the International Bowls Association Open at Sheffield in November by beating Cumbria's Stuart Airey 7-1, 7-3 to claim his place. Joining him will be Nicky Brett who put paid to the hopes of the much fancied and established professional Mervyn King in their section final 3-7, 7-1, 7-3. With two more places up for grabs today will see a battle royal to secure them as stars in the shape of Tony Allcock, Jeremy Henry, Gary Smith, Neil Booth and Les Saunders all vie for the all important staus as victors and qualifiers along with, Brett Arkley - Greg Harlow - Billy Jackson - Nicky Brett - Scott Kennedy.

BRITISH ISLES BOWLS COUNCIL

The future of the Home Internationals and British Championships is in doubt after defending champions Scotland quit the sport's organising body in a row over funding. Scotland have been asked to contribute 32,000 towards this year's running costs - an increase of 6,000 on last year, which has left them with no choice but to withdraw from the BIBC.
Roger Black, secretary of the Scottish Bowling Association said "The spiralling costs have left us little option. It's wrong that Scotland and England, as the two largest countries, should be left with the bulk of the cost".
However all was not doom and gloom when it was announced by the British Isles Indoor Bowls Council that this year's series postponed due to the Foot and Mouth crisis has now been re-scheduled and will take place at the original venue, Belfast Indoor from the 5th to 7th October.

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

In a sensational final Chipping Norton's Les Gillett defeated Bill Paxton 21-20 to take this year's National Championship title at Melton Mowbray. Gillett with a point to prove to the English selectors also put paid to earlier challengers John Ottaway and Andy Thompson on his way through to victory.

BRITISH ISLES BOWLS COUNCIL

The future of the Home Internationals and British Championships is in doubt after defending champions Scotland quit the sport's organising body in a row over funding. Scotland have been asked to contribute 32,000 towards this year's running costs - an increase of 6,000 on last year, which has left them with no choice but to withdraw from the BIBC.
Roger Black, secretary of the Scottish Bowling Association said "The spiralling costs have left us little option. It's wrong that Scotland and England, as the two largest countries, should be left with the bulk of the cost".
However all was not doom and gloom when it was announced by the British Isles Indoor Bowls Council that this year's series postponed due to the Foot and Mouth crisis has now been re-scheduled and will take place at the original venue, Belfast Indoor from the 5th to 7th October.

THE SCOTTISH CUP

Turriff, last years beaten finalists will be out to make amends for their disappointment when they line up for a second year in a row in the final this Saturday. In their semi-final at Stirling they saw off a strong Midlothian challenge by 88-82 to give themselves another crack at the title. Faceing them are Dundee who edged out northern rivals Aberdeen by 71-70 at the Midlothian stadium.
Due to the ongoing foot and mouth scare the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association has decided to switch the finals venue from Nithsdale in Dumfries to the recently opened Richard Corsie stadium in Edinburgh.

WORLD INDOOR BOWLS COUNCIL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
Belfast, Ireland - March 28th to April 1st

World Junior Champion Darren Burnett from Arbroath completed a Scottish double when he powered to victory over Ireland's Micheal Nutt from County Antrim in the men's final at Belfast. He needed just seven ends to take a 2-0 lead and, after Nutt had claimed the third set, Burnett sealed a 3-1 victory with a maximum four on the eigth end to emulate Betty Brown's triumph yesterday when she captured the Women's World Indoor title. Betty from Auchinleck in Ayrshire beat Australia's Marliyn Peddell 3-1to lift her prestigious third title this season, having already lifted the Scottish Singles and the British Isles Invitation titles. It was the iceing on the cake for her in what turned out to be a memorable tournament. For not only did she revenge her defeat at the hands of Edna Bessell in the Home Internationals last week, she also defeated the defending champion Marlene Castle from New Zealand on her route to the championship title. In the Mixed Pairs, a new event established this year, Guernsey's Alison Merrien and Adrian Welch despite dropping the first set, fought back to take the title 3-1 against Marlene Castle and Mike Kernaghan of New Zealand.

Men's Final
Darren Burnett (Sco) 7-0, 7-3, 4-7, 7-5 v Micheal Nutt (Ire)

Women's Final
Betty Brown (Sco) 7-3, 1-7, 7-4, 7-6 v Marilyn Peddell (Aus)

Mixed Pairs Final
Alison Merrien & Adrian Welch (Guer) 6-9, 9-1, 9-6 v Marlene Castle & Mike Keraghan (NZ)


CANADA PLACES 3rd AT CCC INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL FOURS

Also in Hong Kong, the Canadian Tiger Bowls team finished 3rd for the bronze medal at the CCC International Invitational Fours held at the Craigengower Cricket Club. The gold medal went to Scotland.

CANADA 5th AT THE TIGER BOWLS INTERNATIONAL FOURS

Recently in Hong Kong, Canada's Fours team finished in 5th place of the Cup event at the Tiger Bowls event played at the Kowloon Cricket Club. The event was won by the Hong Kong National Team and Scotland placed 4th.

TIGER BOWLS INTERNATIONAL FOURS

Canada has been invited to compete in the 2001 Tiger Bowls Fours in Hong Kong Feb 24-26. Selected members from the National Team are :

Alan Webster - Lead
Mark Sandford - 2nd
Chris Stadnyk - Vice
Christie Grahame - Skip

Countries scheduled to compete are Canada, Scotland, Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and China.

CANADA AMONG TOP INDOOR PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.

World Bowls Tour Ranking's : Scotland's David Gourlay retained his position as the World's No1and in doing so increased his table-topping lead to 53 points over fellow countryman Alex Marshall and John Price of Wales in joint second place.

1 - David Gourlay (Scot) 211 points,
2 - Alex Marshall (Scot) 158 points,
2 - John Price (Wal) 158 points.
4 - Paul Foster (Scot) 144 points,
5 - Robert Weale (Wal) 128 points,
6 - Richard Corsie (Scot) 108 points,
7 - Les Gillett (Eng) 104 points,
8 - Steve Rees (Wal) 86 points,
9 - Hugh Duff (Scot) 78 points,
10- Mark McMahon (Eng) 73 points,
11- Noel Kennedy (HK) 72 points,
12 - Jason Greenslade (Wal) 71 points
13 - Johnathon Ross (Ire) 70 points,
13 - Andy Thomson (Eng) 70 points,
15 - Ian Bond (Eng) 68 points,
16 - D Holt (Eng) 64 points

Canadian Mark Sandford from Toronto Ontario is currently ranked 32nd with 15 points in the Professional Bowlers Association.


PBA WORLD INDOOR SINGELS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Foster Wins All-Scot Final


Paul Foster (9) defeated Richard Corsie (14) 1-7, 7-3, 7-2, 7-4 to take the PBA World Indoor Singles Championships.

Canadian, Christie Grahame of Surrey, BC lost his opening round match against Rowan Brassey of New Zealand 7-3, 6-7, 7-0, 7-1.

McMAHON/GILLIETT WIN PBA PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP

England's Mark McMahon and Les Gillett have taken the PBA World Indoor Pairs Championships by defeating Hugh Duff and Paul Foster of Scotland 6-7, 7-4, 7-3, 3-7, 7-3.

BUPA HOME INTERNATIONAL SINGLES - Sheffield England

Recently Mark Sandford, from Toronto Ontario competed in the BUPA Home International Singles event in Sheffield England. This event is regarded as one of the top indoor singles tournaments in the world. Mark played remarkable all week which earned him a spot in the Quarter-Finals.

COMPLETE RESULTS

Final : David Gourlay beat John Price 7-2, 7-2, 0-7, 5-7, 7-3
Semi-finals : David Gourlay beat Noel Kennedy 7-5, 7-5, 1-7, 7-1
John Price Beat Mark Royal 3-7, 7-4, 4-7, 7-6, 7-2

Quarter Finals : David Gourlay beat Paul Foster 4-7, 7-3, 3-7, 7-3, 7-5
Noel Kennedy beat MARK SANDFORD 7-0, 1-7, 4-7, 7-5, 7-0
Mark Royal beat Richard Corsie 2-7, 7-4, 7-3, 7-4
John Price beat Jason Greenslade 7-3, 7-3, 7-3

Second Round : David Gourlay beat Greg Harlow 0-7, 7-1, 7-4
Paul Foster beat Hugh Duff 7-3, 7-4
Noel Kennedy beat Alex Marshall 7-4, 7-6
MARK SANDFORD beat Noel Burrows 7-4, 7-5
Richard Corsie beat Robert Weale 7-3, 7-5
Mark Royal beat Jonathon Ross 7-4, 0-7, 7-6
Jason Greenslade beat Andy Thomson 7-2, 2-7, 7-5
John Price beat Jeremy Henry 7-5, 2-7, 7-2

FIRST ROUND
David Gourlay beat Kerry Chapman 3-7, 7-5, 7-6
Greg Harlow beat Graham Robertson 0-7, 7-5, 7-3
Paul Foster beat John Luster 7-1, 7-1
Hugh Duff beat David Holt 3-7, 7-4, 7-6
Alex Marshall beat Nicky Brett 7-6, 7-4
Noel Kennedy beat Bobby Donnelly 7-5, 7-0
MARK SANDFORD beat Wynne Richards 7-2, 7-6
Noel Burrows beat Steve Rees 7-4, 4-7, 7-6
Robert Weale beat Rowan Brassey 7-6, 6-7, 7-1
Richard Corsie beat Danny Ho 7-2, 7-0
Jonathon Ross beat Mark McMahon 7-6, 7-6
Mark Royal beat Les Gillett 7-6, 0-7, 7-2
Andy Thomson beat David Le Marquand 7-1, 7-1
Jason Greenslade beat Mervyn King 7-2, 7-4
Jeremy Henry beat Tony Allcock 6-7, 7-0, 7-6
John Price beat Scott Kennedy 7-6, 7-5


Thanks should go out to John Devonshire for his contributions on some of the postings.