The 2019 Autumn Indoor Bowling season will commence on Thursday September 12th with the Thursday Evening Triples. 106 teams will contest the ten different leagues, with the leagues including “Fours”, “Triples” and “Pairs” in their fixtures. New teams in the Saturday “Shield” are” Marbles”, captain Ian Smith, “Ghurkas”, captain Millie Wheelwright and” Phoenix” captain Phil Hallowell. There is a session on a Monday morning at 11.00 a.m. for any interested people to “have a go”. This session will commence on Monday September 16th. There is also a “social  session” on a Thursday morning at 11.30 a.m.

Fixture lists are available in the Indoor Bowling hall.

The Outdoor Winter league will commence on Thursday October 10th with sessions at 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon. All teams have entered from last year with newly promoted” Mavericks” and “Simply the Best” hoping to cause a few upsets in division 1 and relegated” Pellon” and” Kingston” expected to set a high standard in Division 2. The first seven games will see the Division 1 teams play on green 1 and division 2 on green 2. After 7 games Division 1 will play on green 2 and division 2 will play on green 1. There will be the usual popular “bacon butties” for sale.

Winter Bowling Week 1 2019

The first week of Halifax Bowling Club’s Winter league got off to a cloudy and wet start with sixteen teams setting off in their quest for honours.

Newly promoted Simply the Best (Lyn Carter, Chris Barker, Lyn Saxby, Julie Mallinson) found themselves up against the champions Clayhouse. ( Mel Fielding, P. Oliver, Hedley Kettlewell, Jack Summers), Both teams had two winners Carter beat Fielding 21-17, Mallinson restricted Summers to 12 points and for the champions Oliver and Kettlewell registered 21-10, 21-12 wins against Barker and Saxby. The teams finished with honours even at 17 points each.

Indoor Bowling Results Week 5 October 2019

Photo of Dennis Patrick. Patrick plays for Wellhouse in the Saturday “Shield”, and plays “skip” for Spartans in the Monday Evening Fours, for Endeavour in Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours and for Saxons in the Wednesday Evening Fours. He also plays with new bowler Eleanor Carney in the Friday Evening Pairs.

Wellhouse (Dennis Patrick, David Laycock) two of the most experienced indoor bowlers at Halifax Bowling Club, and leaders of the Saturday Pairs “Shield” with 100% record found themselves up against  a new team  Marbles (Sylvia Allott, Ian Smith) in their latest Saturday morning game. Games in the “Shield” play for an hour and a half compared to the Saturday “Plate” where the teams play for one hour. Patrick, a Republic of Ireland, representative player is quickly finding the Halifax rinks to his advantage. However he plays with “lazor” size 5, yellow narrow running bowls and teams are finding the best way to combat his skills are to try and “block” his road to the jack. In a “nip and tuck” encounter all four players quickly found their “line and length”. Wellhouse took a narrow 7-6 lead before a “3” for Marbles saw them take a 9-7 advantage. At the start of the last end Marbles had a narrow 10-9 lead but scored a “3” at the final end to take the game by 13 shots to 9.

Indoor Bowling Results Week 4 October 2019

Photo of Les Holmes. Holmes is the lead player for Northern Lights in Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours. He also plays for Amethyst  in the Monday Evening Fours, Arriva in the Wednesday Evening Fours and Red Mist in Division 1 of the Friday Triples. He is one of the best lead players playing in the leagues as he has the ability to bowl a minimum 23 metre mark and then change the jack length to a longer  31 metre mark.

Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours in Halifax Bowling Club’s Autumn leagues saw some of the top sides in opposition. Northern Lights (Les Holmes, Steve Rothwell, Mick Walker, Michael Hutchinson) and Black Cats (Brian Winrow, Gordon Bradford, John Sharp, Paul Gill) played out a thrilling “nip and tuck” encounter. With both teams finding their length and line the “skip” for Black Cats Gill saved the day for his team in the early stages of the game as he ran the jack at two of the first three ends saving a “6” and a “3” to keep his team in the game. At the start of the last end Black Cats were leading 12-7 before Northern Lights scored a “5” at the last end for the sides to finish with honours even and share a 12 all draw.

Indoor Bowling Results Week 3 September 2019

Photo of Mick Walker. *Mick is the “skip” for Madlams in the Monday Evening Fours. He also plays for Madlams in the Thursday Evening Triples and Northern Lights in Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours).

One of the most exciting games at Halifax Bowling Club’s Indoor leagues)  was played in the Monday Evening Fours when Madlams (Malcolm Griffiths ,Ian Smith, Derek Smith, Mick Walker) were up against  Avengers (Mick Skwarek, Steve Rothwell, Keith Hanson, Nick Blackburn), who have made an excellent start to their Autumn campaign. Avengers scored a “4” at the first end before Madlams replied with another “4”. The sides then settled down and it became a “nip and tuck” encounter. At the start of the final end Madlams  held an 11-8 advantage leaving Avengers the task of scoring a “4” to win the game. Madlams were holding a “3” before Nick Blackburn, the “skip” for Avengers with his first bowl, ran the jack to the back of the rink for his side to hold a “2”. Walker, the skip for Madlams could not disturb the “head”. With his final bowl, Blackburn narrowly missed out on scoring another “shot” bowl as Madlams ran out 11-10 winners.

Indoor Bowling Results Week 1 & 2 September 2019

Lady bowlers took the honours in the first weeks of Halifax Bowling Club’s 2019 Autumn season. Leading the way were “Sisters” (Del Haigh, Val Bax) in the Friday Evening pairs when superb bowling by “skip” Val Bax saw them run out 20-5 winners against the experienced T.N.T. (Peter Grant, Neil Mount). Eleanor Carney has no experience of competitive indoor bowling but along with partner Dennis Patrick (E.& D), the pair registered a 11-6 win against the Spring runners up C-Dogs (Ray Clegg, Michael Hutchinson). New indoor member Patrick is originally from Halifax but moved to Southern Ireland where he has represented  the Republic of Ireland. His experience helped Eleanor to claim her first win in indoor bowling.