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Newsletter – “2 Wide 2 Heavy”

It’s been a quiet year on the bowls front, as well as in many other areas to be honest. However, at Olveston we did manage to play a little bowls, albeit mainly roll-ups and a couple of internal Club competitions.
Here we have our Newsletter, edited by our Secretary Nigel Cloke, rounding up the events of the year with the help of a number of officers of the Club, including our Chairman and President.
Oh, and if anybody wanted to take over the editing of the newsletter next season, I’m sure that Nigel would be happy to discuss it with you.

ODBC Finals Day

Well, Finals Weekend was a little slimmer than in previous years. Due to the events of the year we were reduced to the final games of the Covid Challenge and the Men’s and Ladies Championship.

The final round of the Covid Challenge was contested between Ian Barton, Chris Blake, Reg Muldoon and Alan Tregoning.
The winner was – Ian Barton

The Men’s Championship was contested between Ian Barton and Chris Blake.
The winner was – Chris Blake

The Ladies Championship was contested between Trish Barton and Sue Wilkins.
The winner was – Trish Barton

Well done to everybody who competed and gave us a a good 6 hours of bowls. There was a good crowd to enjoy the bowls, the beer and the companionship. Let’s hope that things can get back to normal (or a new normal) and that we can continue where we left off in 2019 and compete on many fronts and enjoy some good friendly bowls too.

DAVID J. BRYANT CBE (SOMERSET)

The following is the Obituary published by Bowls England:

Bowls England is saddened to learn of the passing of the man regarded by many as the greatest lawn bowler of all time, David J. Bryant CBE, at the age of 88.

David won five Commonwealth Games gold medals, eleven World Outdoor Bowls Championship medals and nine titles at the World Indoor Championships during an illustrious career.

He was widely recognisable as the face of bowls and was renowned for using a tobacco pipe whilst playing. He was awarded the MBE and then CBE for services to lawn bowls.

David Tucker, Bowls England Board Chair, said: “David was an icon for many decades, whose name was synonymous with our sport. He was well-respected by all who knew him. I was fortunate to compete against David on the green on many occasions, often coming on the wrong end of the scoreline, but a match against him was always a pleasure and includes many memories that I will never forget. My thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this time.”

David claimed his first Commonwealth Games successes at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia, where he secured Gold in both the singles and fours. He went on to claim singles gold in 1970, 1974 and 1978.

He won the inaugural World Outdoor singles title at Kyeemagh, Australia, in 1966 and went on to win a further four gold medals at the World Outdoor Championships (two singles, one triples and one team), securing eleven medals in total (five gold, three silver, three bronze) between 1966 and 1988.

At the World Indoor Championships, David won no fewer than nine World Championships – three singles and six pairs titles with Tony Allcock OBE.

He also helped his county, Somerset, win the Middleton Cup on numerous occasions, as well as being crowned National Champion on 16 further occasions:

  • National Singles – 1960, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
  • National Pairs – 1965, 1969, 1970
  • National Triples – 1966, 1977, 1985
  • National Fours – 1957, 1968, 1969, 1971

Bowls England sends its condolences to wife Ruth and the rest of David’s family and friends. His service to the sport will not be forgotten and he will be missed by many.

The following is Tony Allcock’s tribute:

It is clear that David John Bryant CBE had, in my opinion, uniqueness of inner strength above any individual when it came to playing this sport. He was 100 per cent focussed on the job in hand – call it blinkered if you like – but nothing would deter him.

Firstly, he designed a delivery for himself that no other player in living memory has utilised to the same effect.  He had unequalled conviction in his approach and focus. He really was undeterred and would never ever ‘lay down’ until he was beaten. Always consistent in body language and personality – he could laugh with the opponent and then immediately stand on the mat and deliver an absolute killer of a bowl.

In respect of technique his strength was, undoubtedly, the draw shot. This was closely followed by his drive – again unique in its execution with that recognisable self-designed statue that would immediately get the crowd buzzing when demonstrated.

There is one other attribute that made David a formidable opponent on natural greens (irrespective of which part of the world) – his fantastic ability to accept the limitations or otherwise of the rink. He had a tremendous perception of each of the playing hands and would dedicate concentration to this – more than most.

Anyone playing the card game of Solo (for money) with David would soon appreciate that whenever he called a hand you might as well pay there and then!

He is the greatest player that I have ever met for reading a green and I shall never forget when in 1988 in Aberdeen we stood on a bridge overlooking the River Dee, when David pointed out where the fish were situated. He obviously could read a flowing river as well as he could a green!

What is certain is that the DJB mould is unique. A man whose individuality within the sport bordered on eccentricity at times just adds to the fascination.

It was usual in all tournaments requiring accommodation for players to share a twin room – so invariably we were roommates. The morning prior to the commencement of the World Singles, I awoke to find David sitting on his bed with a bowl in hand. From the pile of five sets of bowls which he had stacked against the bathroom wall he had taken a brand new set out from their wrappings and then proceeded to deliver them up and down the bedroom carpet. Whilst I was still wiping the sleep from my eyes I saw David using sand paper on these new bowls. After I realised it wasn’t a dream I asked him what was happening. He revealed that he liked the feel of these new bowls, which he was going to try in the World Championships, but thought the problem would be that they would be too shiny!

The most memorable match I ever saw was the World Singles Final in New Zealand in 1988 between Willie Wood and David. It was fair to say that Willie played the better bowls on that day but David, true to form, never gave up hope. He held on to a thread that was so fragile it was almost invisible but through applied determination combined with that platinum strength of character to overcome, he obstinately persisted. As a reward, in the final minutes, a miracle head change on the last end found David J Bryant the world champion again.

I certainly miss the smell of ‘Holland House’ – the aromatic pipe smoke which was so familiar to me when playing with him!

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan with Katherine Rednall, winner of multiple titles, including World titles, the first of which she won when she was just 18. She is now only 24 and still winning. It was interesting to listen to somebody who is playing rather than another official. It’s good to get a player’s perspective on markers and umpires.

Q&A with Alan Thornhill

Join Allan with World Bowls Tour Deputy Tournament Director , Bowls Scotland Administration Team currently Competitions and Event Co-ordinator and Lawn Bowls Tour Technical Operations Manager at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

THE EXTRA END – Bowls England Official Podcast | Episode 8 – John Bell

Sian Honnor talks to World Bowls President, John Bell

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 7 – JON COCKCROFT

Bowls England’s recently appointed Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, gives his early reflections and thoughts about the future on the latest episode of our official podcast ‘The Extra End’.Jon, who joined Bowls England on 1st June, speaks to Bowls International Editor, Sian Honnor, about his wish to involve everyone in the development of a strategy that takes our sport forwards.Jon also gives an insight into his background, what skills he brings to the role and the importance of what a home Commonwealth Games can bring to our sport.

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan with Michael Johnson for more marking and umpiring chat. Mark is from New Zealand and has been playing umpiring since he was 14. He has officiated at Commonwealth and Works Championship events. He has also been an International Technical Officer as part of World Bowls and, alongside his umpiring out on the green, Michael is also a member of the Wellington Umpires Executive Committee and has previously tutored new umpires.

Newsletter – “2 Wide 2 Heavy”

Following the announcement that Ken Tudor is to retire as editor of “2 Wide 2 Heavy” the Club is pleased to inform you that, in addition to his current post of Club Secretary, Nigel Cloke has volunteered to take on the role as the new editor.

Club re-opening – Update

Following the past couple of updates on the Club’s re-opening, here is the latest information from our Chairman, Robert Harris.

  • An internal competition is to be run for those people who expressed an interest in one. The format is going to be different from what people are used to but it will be fun.
  • An afternoon competition is planned for Saturday 15th August.
    • Initially, we are looking at 4 rinks of triples but if there’s sufficient interest then we will consider staggering games to accommodate more players. Again, only for those who feel safe in doing so
    • It is hoped that a full bar service should be available for the afternoon/evening
    • It may even be possible to provide some simple refreshments
  • Changes to the general arrangements for roll ups include:
    • A ‘mini bar’ facility payable by an IOU system from Monday 20th July
    • So members can utilise this facility, the 20 minute limit on leaving the premises has been suspended although the rule restricting arrival to 10 minutes before a session will remain
    • A number of benches will be made available for general use
    • Spectators are also welcome to watch the bowls
  • Also, an investigation will be made with other clubs to see whether there is any appetite for a couple of friendly fixtures during August and September.
  • The season close has been pushed back to Sunday 27th September allowing a little a longer for bowling.

Update [23rd July]
The Men’s and Ladies Club Championship competitions are to go ahead. This is based on advice from BE and GBA that champions will be able to enter next seasons Champion of Champions competitions as well as those Club Champions from the 2019 season.

Obviously, all of the above is subject to Government and BE guidance.

For the original arrangements and guidance regarding roll ups, please refer to both of these documents.

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