Beaumaris Bowling Club Secretary’s Report 2016.

 

May I firstly thank Beaumaris Bowling Club, for putting my name forward for the nomination of President of the North Wales Coast League for 2016.The Presidents Day, which normally would have been held on the Beaumaris green was, due its poor condition, moved to the Llanfair PG bowling green and was held on Saturday the 1st October 2016. May I thank all the club members who came and supported me on the day and to Llanfair PG bowling club for allowing me the use their green and facilities.

 

2016 was a rather disappointing season for the club with a number of our teams ending up as the “bridesmaids” in the leagues and cup competitions we entered.

 

The expectation in April was high, with the hard work carried out by a number of club members on the green renovations in September 2015, expecting to bring the bowling surface back to its best. Unfortunately with Easter being early (March 2016), and the green being used by club members and the general public alike, the new grass failed and the bare patches were again prevalent across the green.

 

The club did engage the services of Geraint Owen to cut the green and as such on behalf of the club, I must thank him for all the hard work he carried out, which at times, due to the green deterioration was a thankless task. The club would also like to Pat Smithson for the voluntary work he did in giving the green a scarification and cut on two separate occasions

 

With the continuing problems the green has endured over the last two years, I as Secretary, requested an estimate from Chis Slater ( Colwyn Bay British Legion BC), to provide a tender for materials and labour for end of season work to be carried out on the green. His tender was £900.00 and after putting in a “Donation” request to the Beaumaris Town Council in July, they kindly agreed to pay £600.00 of the total charge. The work was carried out by Chris on Friday 16th September.

 

The club would also again like to extend their sincere thanks to Kim, Dave and their staff for supporting the club and keeping the pavilion shop open until 8pm to ensure all home and away players had their expected refreshments. I took it upon myself to buy a bouquet of flowers and present it to Kim by way of a thank you from the bowling club. I would also like to thank Derek Stanley for the arduous work he carried out throughout the season fly-mowing the bowling green banking and keeping the ditches free of weeds and to Gwyn and Wyn for strimming the wooden fence banking and surrounds.

 

The team performances for the season were as follows:

 

Premier Toyota Welsh Counties League.

The 2016 season finished on the 6th September with a fantastic 9/1 home win against Broughton bowling club.

 

The team improved on last year’s 7th position (109 points) to finish in 4th position (112points). We had two players in the top 10 of the aggregates – 2nd Barry Harris played 22 won 18 plus 106 and 7th John Short played 21 won 16 plus 128.

Llanfair PG bowling club again submitted an application to join the league in 2017, but after beating Colwyn Bay British Legion BC (5/3) on the 13th September at Llanrwst, they lost to St Asaph bowling club (3/5) in the final play off match on the 20th September at Rhos Park. However there is a strong possibility that one or more teams currently playing in the Super League may drop out in 2017, and as such Llanfair PG may be invited to join the league next season. If this is the case, Beaumaris bowling club may have debate their intention to play on in the Super League in the 2017 season at their Annual General Meeting later in the year.

 

North Wales Coast Saturday League – A Team.

 

The A team, led by Keith Bailey, finished the season in 3rd position on 150 points behind Rhos Park A and Min y don. This was an improvement on the 2015 season when they finished in 7th position on 133 points. Clearly the team suffered at the beginning and end of the season by the bowling green being in a poor condition. I can only extend my apologies and sincerely hope that the work carried out by Chris Slater will improve the playing season for 2017. The team had two players in the top ten of the aggregates, Barry Harris who finished in 2nd spot having played 22 games, winning 19 games and a final aggregate of plus 193 and Keith Bailey who finished in 6th spot having played 22 games, winning 18 games and a final aggregate of plus 115. Keith would like to thank the B team players ( Derek Stanley, Bill Roberts, Dave Edwards and David Graves) who filled in for the A team when they were short of players.

 

Barry Harris represented the A team at the Presidents Day qualifying round competition at the Penrhyn New Hall bowling green on Saturday 17th September but lost in his first match.

 

May I thank all the players who provided raffle prizes and Beryl Harris, who in the majority of home matches collected the raffle money and by so doing helped raise £421.00 for club funds.

 

In the May Ashenden Memorial Knockout Shield competition the team lost to Colwyn Bay British Legion BC in 5 home 5 away quarter final. With the handicap (plus 30) the Legion beat Beaumaris (plus 18) by 212/172 points overall.

 

 

North Wales Coast Saturday League – B Team.

 

The B team led again by Trevor Ashenden, as in 2015, had a very good season. They finished the season as runners up to a very good Prestatyn Highbury team on 165 points, having played 22 games and winning 15 games and a final aggregate of plus 572 points. By finishing as runners up the team secured £70.00 for the club funds. The team will now in 2017 be playing in Division 2 and have local derbies against Benllech, Caernarfon, Bethesda and Llanfair PG.

 

Brian Begley won the divisional aggregates having played 22 games, winning 18 games and a final aggregate of 161 points. Well done to Brian who received his trophy and cash prize at the Coast League Presidents Day at the Llanfair PG Bowling Club on Saturday 1st October.

 

Ken Thomas represented the B team, as Brian Begley and second placed Robin Davies were unavailable, at the Presidents Day qualifying round competition at the Penrhyn New Hall bowling green on Saturday 17th September, but lost in his first match.

 

May I thank everyone in the team who provided raffle prizes and to Daniel Owen who at the majority of home matches collected the raffle money and in so doing helped raise £421.00 for the club.

 

In the May Ashenden Memorial Knockout Shield competition, the B team reached the final. After being given a walk over by St Asaph City in the first round, they then beat Prestatyn Highbury in the 5 home 5 away quarter final 257/216, and Conway B in the 5 home 5 away semi-final 249/181.

 

In the final they were scheduled to play Colwyn Bay British Legion in a 10 v 10 match on their own green as the Coast League Vice President was from their club. The League Committee therefore moved the match to the Conway BC which was hardly a fair venue as at least two on the Legion team were ex members of the club. The team even with a handicap lead of plus 48 lost the match 2/8 in games and 208/227 (minus 19) on the aggregate. But congratulations to the team on reaching the final and securing £150.00 for the club funds.

 

 

Anglesey and Bangor and District Monday Night League.

 

It was a very long and arduous season for the team in that they had to play 22 matches which included a number of Friday nights and rescheduling of matches due to the Euro Football Championships. The infamous none playing of the Bangor v Penygroes match, which saw Penygroes being awarded the points and total aggregate as Bangor refused to play the match on a point of “principle”, had no doubt this year an effect on the general goodwill in which the league is normally played. The League Management Committee are determined to address the matter at their 2016 AGM to avoid it happening again in future seasons

 

The team finished in 6th place on 124 points having played 22 games and winning 14 matches. The best player being Kevin Fallows who played 20 games winning 13 and having an aggregate of plus 127 points.

 

The Monday Night League is used by the club to develop both young and inexperienced players and as such captain Dave Graves and myself would like to thank Tony Hughes, Daniel Owen, Martin Davidson, Hefin Williams, Geraint Owen, Kevin Fallows, Derek Stanley and Robin Davies (and to Tim Williams who turned out for the team when they were short), who individually played over two thirds of the matches through the season.

 

 

Anglesey and Bangor and District Wednesday Night League- A Team

 

The league got off to a poor start with Holyhead BC withdrawing from the league before a match had been played. This left the league with only six competing teams and bearing in mind that the League Fixture Secretary( Tim Williams) had already circulated the 2016 fixtures, it with Holyhead’s withdrawal, left weekly fixtures with one/two byes.

 

The A team captained by Dave Mathias finished 2nd in the league on 83 points, second to Llanfair on 95 points, having played 10 – won 8 – lost 2 and an aggregate of plus 402.

 

Ken Thomas finished second to Geraint Booth (Llanfair PG) in the league aggregates having played 10 – won 10 and an aggregate of plus 68. The team also had three other players in the top ten of the aggregates, Andrew Stanley (3rd), Barry Harris (4th) and Alan Caughter (7th)

 

In the Festival Cup the team lost out in the two legged final to Llanfair PG. With the aggregate deciding the winner, the team lost at Llanfair 163/176 (minus 13 points) with the highlight being Barry Harris’ comeback against Gwerydd Buckland, being at one stage 14/1 down to then run out a 21/14 winner. In the return leg at Beaumaris, on a horrendous rainy windswept night, the team beat Llanfair 175/165 (plus 10 points) which sadly meant they lost the overall match by 3 points. Highlights were Andrew Stanley’s 21/5 win against Glyn Roberts and Stuart Thomas’s 21/7 win against John Evans. Must also mention Derek Stanley who needed to win or lose his last match to 19 against Dafydd Jones to win the match for the team, fought gallantly coming back from 4/17 down to 15/17 before Dafydd secured the jack again and ran out a 21/15 winner.

So congratulations to Llanfair PG on becoming the 2016 Festival Cup Champions but well played the Beaumaris lads on being part of a cracking two legged final and winning £22.50 for the club funds.

 

Anglesey and Bangor and District Wednesday Night League – B team

 

The B team led by Geraint Owen ended the season in 6th and last place on 27 points having played 10 – lost 10 and an aggregate of minus 494.

 

They had one player in the top ten of the league aggregates – Allen Parry in 9th position.

 

In the Festival Cup the team beat Bethesda by 174/172 in the quarter final. The highlight being Tony Hughes’ 21/15 win in the last match on the green against Gloria Williams to ensure the win. But in the two legged semi-final they conceded the second leg to Llanfair PG after being 144/183 down after the first leg in Beaumaris.

 

 

Gwynedd Senior Citizens League – A Team

 

The season finished on the 13th September with the team beating, the 2016 Champions Elect, Llandudno A 7/2 at Happy Valley. The team, led by Brian Begley finished in runners up spot on 124 points (10 points behind Llandudno), having played 20 games and winning 15 games. The best bowler was David T Evans who played 20 games, winning 19 games and having an overall aggregate of plus 186 points. By so doing David also finished top of the Division 1 league aggregates table for 2016. So congratulations to David as he so narrowly missed out on the top spot in 2015. He now joins Brian Begley and Derek Stanley in the league aggregates Board of Honour list.

 

 

Gwynedd Senior Citizens League – B Team.

 

The B team led by Dave Edwards finished the season the runners up position three points behind champions Llanfair PG on 123 points. In so doing they have been promoted to Division 1 for the 2017 season. The best player was Robin Davies who finished up in third position of the aggregates table having played 20 games and winning 17 games. Trevor Ashenden finished up in 9th position having played 15 matches and winning 13 games.

 

Gwynedd and Glynne Owen Knockout Cup Competitions.

 

The A team after beating Holyhead in the first round and Bangor in the quarter final, played old rivals Llanfair PG 4 home 4 way semi-final on the 7th July. At Llanfair they drew the matches 2/2 but lost the aggregate 63/69 (minus 5) and at home they won the matches 3/1 and the aggregate 69/65 (plus 4). So they lost the overall match by 1 point on the aggregate. Llanfair then went on to lose in the Gwynedd Cup Final against Llanrwst BC at the Caernarfon on the 11th August by 144/125 points on the aggregate.

 

The B team having lost their first round match to Bangor were then entered into the loser’s cup, the Glynne Owen Trophy. They went on to beat Llandrillo BC 7/1 in games in the 4 home 4 away semi-final before playing Caernarfon BC in the final at The Blaenau Ffestiniog BC on the 18th August. The B team lost the games 2/6 and 135/155 (minus 20) on the aggregate. So congratulations to Caernarfon on winning the 2016 Glynne Owen Trophy and to the Beaumaris team on reaching the final and winning £30.00 for the club funds.

 

 

Special Congratulations.

 

The Club would like to congratulate Adam Harris on reaching the semi-final of the Welsh Senior Merit competition held at the Aston BC near Queensferry on Sunday 26th June. Adam beat Michael Pritchard (Llanrwst BC) 21/16, Kris Charlton (Fron Park BC) 21/16 and Martin Sivlis (Denbigh BC) 21/17 before losing to Chris Slater (Colwyn Bay Legion BC), 16/21 in the semi-final. By reaching the semi-final stage, Adam then qualified for the last 64 of the 101st BCGBA Flowfit finals which were held at the Llay BC in Wrexham on Saturday 30th July. Adam however lost in his first match 12/21 to Andy Moss of Shropshire who went on to reach the final. But well done Adam for being the first player from the club to reach the British Merit finals since David Mathias did it in 2001, ironically also at the Llay BC.

 

The club would like to congratulate John Short, Keith Bailey and Barry Harris (as reserve) for being selected for the Welsh Senior Men’s teams against Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

 

The club would like to congratulate Daniel Owen on being selected as reserve for the Welsh Junior team against Greater Manchester, North Midlands and Yorkshire. Hopefully Daniel can go one better in 2017 and be selected as a playing member of the team.

 

The club would like to congratulate club members Barry Harris, Adam Harris, Keith Bailey, John Short, Dave P Williams, Dylan Williams, Elfyn Jones, Tim Williams, Allen Parry, Ken Thomas, Stuart Thomas, Kevin Fallows, Ken Parry, Andrew Stanley and Derek Stanley for being selected for the Mon Menai GCBA matches against Airedale B, Liverpool/St Helens, Dudley and Southport.

The club would like to congratulate club members Ken Thomas, Dave Mathias, Pat Smithson. Brian Begley and Ken Parry on being selected for the Gwynedd Senior Veterans teams against Wrexham, Deeside and the Clwydians.

 

The club would like to congratulate club member David T Evans on being selected as official match referee for the British Senior Merit Final between Mattie Gilmour (Merseyside) and Andy Moss (Shropshire) on the 30th July and also as the official referee for the home leg of the Crosville Cup Final between Cheshire and Yorkshire on Sunday 4th September. He also refereed the final of the Champion of Champions competition at the Waterloo bowling green at Blackpool on Saturday 24th September.

 

The club would like to congratulate Tim Williams on winning the 2016 Briercliffe Cup, which over the years has also been known as the Beaumaris Club Champions Cup. The semi-finals and final were played at Happy Valley on Sunday the 11th September. In the semi-finals Tim beat Dave Mathias 21/11 and Allen Parry beat Geraint Owen 21/18. In the final Tim beat Allen 21/16 to secure the Club Championship. Commiserations to Allen who has lost in the last two finals 21/16.

 

The Presidents Day Competition of the Anglesey and Bangor and District League was held at the Benllech bowling club on Sunday 4th September. The club was represented by Derek Stanley (Monday team), Stuart Thomas (Wednesday A team) and David Graves ( Wednesday B team). Stuart Thomas reached the final but lost 21/9 to Sion Guto Roberts (Bethesda).

 

On a more pessimistic note, I feel that I must bring to the attention of the members that due to the Anglesey and Bangor Wednesday Night League in 2016 only being played with a total of 6 teams, there is a strong possibility that the league may be discontinued with in the 2017 season. The League Management Committee will in October be holding a meeting to discuss the matter and draw up recommendations for their 2016 AGM in November/December. A number of suggestions have been put forward and I list some of them below:

 

  1. Only having a Monday Night league, played as in 2016 or reverting to 8 or 10 player teams playing singles matches.

  2. Matches not played on Bank Holiday Mondays being then played on following Wednesdays thus avoiding the need for Friday Night matches.

  3. The Festival Cup and John Griffiths Shield be retained and played in conjunction with the Whitworth Cup and Tony Hughes Cup on Wednesday nights.

  4. That the possibility of a Doubles League be explored, split into two divisions and played on spare Wednesday nights.

 

I should stress that these are only “ideas” and any Notice of Motions put forward by the league will be discussed and voted upon at our AGM, thus giving a mandate to the clubs Management Representatives on how the clubs votes should be cast.

 

In the Walled Town bowling competition held at the Caernarfon Bowling Club on Sunday the 25th September, the Beaumaris team finished as runners up to Caernarfon Bowling Club. Keith Bailey and Barry Harris winning their three matches, David Mathias and Ken Parry winning one and losing two and Derek Stanley and Brian Begley winning one, losing one and due to torrential rain conceding their last match. The team then enjoyed a lovely three course dinner at the local Black Boy Inn.

 

As the players in the club will know, two of their longer serving members (Mike Ormond and Ken Parry) have over the season suffered from ill health and as such I, on behalf of the club, would like to wish them a speedy recovery and hopefully to see them both on the bowling green on a more regular basis in 2017.

 

I conclude my report by wishing all club members a very Happy Christmas for 2016 and continued good health for 2017, when hopefully I shall see you again in April for the start of yet another bowling season.

 

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