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Bowls Competitions and Tournaments

By Mike Canning Crediton Bowling Club

Wednesday, 16 June 2021


Crediton Bowling Club Contributor


Bowls Competitions and Tournaments

When you first set out on a journey with a sport you have to learn the rules and regulations and then try to improve your ability. It is just the same when writing articles for the Courier and to those of you who are seasoned bowlers apparently I’ve been mixing up my articles by not differentiating properly between a competition and a tournament. I will try to improve as my weeks copy goes on but in seeking clarification from a well known England bowler I tried to simplify things by suggesting that a tournament is played on one day but a competition is played over weeks and months. Her response will all give you the clarity we seek when the reply back was ‘Sort of! Tournament’s tend to be a one off event put on by a Club for a prize. Competitions are usually County or National which are based on knockout system. But they could also be Club Competitions! There are very few Tournaments taking place so it’s safer to call everything Competition!’ There you are clear as mud. So here is a round up of this weeks results from matches played!

On Bank Holiday Monday the traditional needle match between the men and the ladies went right down to the wire. Triumphing on the final end were the Men which means the Ladies have the honour of being awarded the ‘Wooden Spoon’ for this year. In the National Fours the Crediton team of Rob Paxton, Chris Bond, Liz Smerdon and Amy Simpson lost 21 - 15 to Barnstaple but there was better news for Chris and Amy as they battled through to the next round of the National Mixed Pairs. In the County Pairs Liz Smerdon and Mike Canning defeated a pair from Heavitree and will next play the Crediton pairing of Roy Andrews and Alison Blackburn. The Club Mixed Pairs day was won by Trevor and Jenny Newbury.

As a sign that normality is beginning to return the Exeter and District Triples League has returned and over the coming weeks the 3 Crediton teams will alternate between home and away as competitive bowling against other clubs is back. In the first week the ‘A’ team beat Okehampton and the ‘C’ team overcame Exonia. The ‘B’ team travelled to Belmont but will have to wait for their first victory.

During this past week many who attended the England Bowls weekend have been returning to try their hand once again on the green. When you are out in Newcombe Meadow for your walk you can always see the telephone number displayed on the side of the Clubhouse for those who want to give it a try. And have I mentioned before that for those who become members the bar prices are very very very competitive against what you might pay elsewhere in the town. Not that that should be the reason to join!

Contact Information

Amy Simpson

  • 07989 112989
  • 01363 773095

Find Crediton Bowling Club

Newcombes Meadow, Belle Parade, Crediton, Devon, EX17 2AA


Additional Information

Car parks in the Town Square and at St Saviours Way are the nearest to the club. Local streets have time restraints up to 6pm. No parking in the library car park