2018 - 2019 Club News

(Mid April 2018 to Mid April 2019)

All Items By Eddie Hawkins, Press Officer, Braintree Bowling Club


2018 April

Friendly - Men v Ladies 

Braintrees 2018 Ladies Gents Chairpersons Match

Braintree’s Men’s v Ladies Chairperson bowling teams, started their annual outdoor fixture on an immaculately prepared, pristine lush green. With four rinks taken up with mixed Triples and the greens only using short jacks to protect the early tender grass, plus the excellent weather conditions, it was an excellent opening to the new outdoor season for all the members taking part. 

Because of the unequal number of Lady to Gent members, the teams were mixed, which added to the enjoyment of the match. There was plenty of banter and mischievous remarks, mostly coming from the male members, which added to this friendly annual pre-season fixture atmosphere.

The outright winners were the teams representing the Ladies Chairperson, though the margin was by only a few shots. However, the main winner on the day was the ever-developing camaraderie between the players of Braintree Bowling Club.

Easter BunnyTo encourage new members and promote the game of bowls within the district, the Club are holding an Open Day on Saturday, 28th April at 11am at their club house in Clare Road, Braintree CM7 2PA (entrance between No. 29-30).  Any interested new or present bowlers can also get in touch with the Club's secretary, Richard Dodd - 01376 326142 or visit our website: - www.braintreebowlingclub.co.uk

As a prelude to this event, a few days earlier there had been a charitable event at the club for anyone interested in coming along to a Coffee Morning and a belated Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny turned up to entertain the children and each child received an Easter Egg. The Macmillan Cancer Support were the recipients of the funds collected. 




2018 May

Ladies Top Club

Ladies Top Club 2018 

In this prestigious County Competition, Braintree Ladies Top Club drew at home to Dovercourt Bowling Club, which resulted in a very closely fought match.  The teams included ten players from each club, using 4 rinks for Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours, where the total of shots decided the eventual winners.  Unfortunately for Braintree, victory fell to the visitors who won on 3 rinks - Singles, Triples and Fours, with the Braintree Pairs team of Olive Hawkins and Linda Butcher taking the honours in their match.

The game was played in a friendly spirit on an extremely well-prepared green.  In fact, due to the quality of the Braintree Bowling Club's Green of 6 rinks, the Essex County Bowling Association have booked several Trial and Full County matches to be played at the Club over the rest of this season.  This is a "feather in the cap" for the green keeping team of volunteers who take pride in their work, producing probably one of the best greens in the County.


2018 June

Friendly - Braintree v Clacton IBC

Braintree v Clacton IBC 2018 

On a very fast green, more suited to Indoor Bowlers, the outdoor bowlers from Braintree found their home advantage diminished by their own club’s lightning quick surface.  It created a more even game, which saw the visitors taking advantage early on, while the home players found it hard to find the right weight for their shots, hence loosing many shots by bowling too long into the ditch. 

With six rinks of triples, Clacton took an early total shot lead overall, but this eventually changed by the end of the game, with Clacton winning on four rinks and losing heavily on two, giving the Braintree Team a home victory by 10 shots, with an overall score of 110 - 100 shots.

This was a most enjoyable day with a good friendly atmosphere and plenty of goodwill banter adding to this annual club friendly.


2018 July

Fixed Jack

Fixed Jack FinalistsOn a day more suited to having a nice long ice-cold drink in the shade of an exotic beach, Braintree Bowling Club held their annual Singles, 4 Wood Fixed Jack competition, an internal competition only for members.  It entails a round robin set up, where players play 8 ends, with the jack being placed at minimum length at one end and maximum length at the other end.  Shots are gained by bowlers trying to get as near to the jack as possible, without moving it.  If the jack is moved, then the jack is replaced back on its original starting point.  Because of the unusual low number of participants, there were 4 teams of 3 players who played each other to see who won their game by scoring the most shots.  Then in the semi-finals the winners of each team were drawn against one of the other winners, to go through to the final.

This type of competition brings out the best in players who are good at drawing the bowls close to the jack.  The spectators were not disappointed with any of the games, as each challenger produced some extremely tight heads throughout the whole competition.

The players who made it through to the semi-finals were, Carl Cheetham who was narrowly beaten by Eddie Hawkins and Tony Heales who was the victor in his game against George Carter.  After 7 ends in the Final game, the shot difference was too great for Eddie Hawkins to win the match and victory went to Tony Heales.  To make victory a little sweeter for Tony, it was his first ever Internal Club competition win.

Finalists - Eddie Hawkins (left) and Tony Heales (Right)