Club News & Publicity

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


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The club holds and attends many and varied events, some of which our press officer sends to the local newspaper.  See below and side panel for all the latest  club news and previous events and publicity.


2018 September

Finals Weekend

With ideal weather conditions for bowling, the Club’s Internal Competitions Finals presented the players with every opportunity to show their true prowess as accomplished bowlers. They did not disappoint the spectators on both days, with some extremely close scoring games and ones that did not really reflect the competitive play.

Saturday's morning games brought about a very tight Hunnable Mens Singles game between two County class players, Graham Easterbrook and Roy Etheridge. This went right to the final end, with Roy taking the winning the shot to win the game 21 shots to 20 shots. On the other greens, hard-fought matches resulted in Josh Heffernan losing to Rob Doleman in the Mens Two Wood Singles and Jean Baxter and Gill Costin losing to Donna Fennelly and Pauline Green in the Joan Taylor 2 Wood Pairs.

Saturday afternoon saw Roy Etheridge and Vic Cole pair up to take the Random Pairs game against David Grice & Lyndon Hopkins. David Hunt fought and won a close game against Roni Taylor in the Keith Hunt Open (Sets) pairs and in the Ladies Random Pairs, Gill Costin and Donna Fennelly took the match against Danielle Gibbons and Nita Watson.

The internal competitions resumed on Sunday morning with the continuation of some very close games, notably in the Ladies Novice's competition, which once again saw the finalists, Donna Fennelly and Freda Laidlaw, playing well above their novice status. The match was nip and tuck for the full game with Donna just edging a win on the final end. The Ladies Dyson Championship gave Gill Costin her second win of the weekend when she took on Olive Hawkins. Andy Beatty once again continued his good bowling run with a close win over Ian Rubens in the Mather Singles Handicap, while Vic Cole went down to Roy Etheridge in the Mens Veteran Singles.

The afternoon started off as the morning with close games. In the Mens Novices Singles, David Grice gained the vital winning shot against George Carter after over 2 hours play. Roy Etheridge claimed his third trophy win in the Daniel Robinson Self- Select Pairs with partner Chris Long, playing against Albie Ayres and Pauline Green. Gill Costin staked her claim to her third trophy, winning the Ladies Senior Singles against Nita Watson.

The longest match of the day was in the Loving Cup, which took over 3 hours to complete, with the winners Olive Hawkins and Eddie Hawkins taking the title against an extremely unlucky bowling couple, Danielle Gibbons and Carl Cheetham.


North West Essex Bowling Association (NWEBA) League Finals

Braintree Bowling Club had the privilege of hosting the NWEBA Finals at the weekend. With perfect weather for this annual event, the spectators were treated to some very close fought matches, with scores ebbing and flowing between the rival teams. The two finals, Singles and Triples, which involved players from Braintree Bowling Club were nail biting contests.

Martin Spencer NWEBA Singles FinalistThe Singles, involving Martin Spencer from Braintree B.C. and Adrian Papple from Silver End B.C., saw Martin take an early lead, but this was slowly eroded by Adrian until the 17th end, when the Silver End player took a two-shot lead (16 shots to 14 shots). Martin then tightened up his game to narrow the score, but was unfortunately unable to match Adrian's shots over the remaining ends and the Silver End player finished with 21 shots.

Success came in the Triples match against a very strong Bocking B.C. team, which again was a nail-biting affair. The Braintree three, Brian Taplin, Roy Etheridge and Josh Heffernan, battled their way through this eighteen-end competition to gain the winning shots on the last end. This was the third consecutive year that Braintree had been in the final, winning it in 2016, finalists in 2017 and champions once again in 2018.

NWEBA Triples Winners

Triples Team - Left To Right – Brian Taplin, Josh Heffernan, Roy Etheridge and Far Right, Andy Beatty (Substitute Who Had Played In An Earlier Round Of This Competition). 


Timber Trade Benevolent Society Bowling Competition

Whenever possible, Braintree Bowling Club open their greens up for charity games to benefit deserving Benevolent Societies. This was the case last Thursday when the Timber Trade Benevolent Society (Charity Registration No. 207734) held their annual Fours competition on the club's green.

There were 6 teams of 4 club teams, of which one was from Braintree Bowling Club, two of the clubs came from Suffolk, Avalon Forest B.C. and Boxford B.C., both clubs entering 2 teams, while the sixth team was provided by the Timber Trade Society.

The competition was run on a Round Robin basis with each team playing one another over an 8 ends game. This meant that each player would play 40 ends in total, which related to approximately 5-6 hours total play on the green. Fortunately, there was a break after two matches, followed by a Fish & Chip meal, then a resumption to finish the final 3 games, which in turn was followed by tea and biscuits and the presentation of the trophy and prize money. The scores were added up - 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and nothing for a loss. Every game was closely fought with many a yo-yo effect on the scores, but eventually Avalon Forest 'B' ran out the Winners with Boxford Bowls ' B' taking second spot.

Timber Trade Benevolent Society presentation

Presentation by Malcolm Cowley to Avalon Forest 'B' Team. David Francis is in the Back Line. 

The generosity of some of the Winning players was borne out when they returned their monetary prizes to the Benevolent Society, making a grand total of £250 for this charity, which caters for the welfare and health of past and present employees of the Timber Trade. 

Avalon Forest Team

 The Two Teams from Avalon Forest Bowling Club A & B Teams with the Trophy.

An appreciative vote of thanks for arranging this Benevolent Day, was shown to Malcom Cowley and David Francis, both members of Braintree Bowling Club.