Newport Indoor Bowls Club was the venue for the BIIBC Under 18 Mixed
Championships for 2010. Players from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
and the Channel Islands arrived at the Stadium for a practice session on
the evening before the Internationals and found the blue carpet was
running well and the bowls were taking a good line back to the jack.
England won the Trophy when the event was first played at the Jim
Baker Stadium in Northern Ireland in 2009 and having chosen the 12
players to represent their Country from the 70 nominations, hope was
high for the players to regain the Trophy. Of the 12 players needed
England chose 6 girls and 6 boys although there was no rule to say this
should be done, but the England Selectors found that at the game at
Donyngs, where selection took place, the standard of the boys and the
girls was extremely high and chose the 12 best players. England had 2
teams, as had Scotland and Wales, but the Channel Isles and Ireland just
had the 1 team.
The Opening Ceremony took place when each of the
Countries marched on to the green to the tune of their country following
which the President of the BIIBC and the President of the Club declared
the Championships open.
Each of the teams comprised 5 players who
had to take part in 4 disciplines, the Singles, Pairs, Triples and
Fours, all of which were played in sets, on the Saturday and the morning
of Sunday. The Pairs and Triples were played at the quarter-final stage
on Saturday morning at 9.45am, the semi-finals at 11.45am and the final
at 2.45pm. After a short break the players took to the green at 5.00pm
to play the Singles and the Fours. It was an intense competitive format
but the bowling of all the youngsters from all the Countries was
excellent. On the Sunday morning the semi-final of the Singles and the
Rinks was played, followed at 11.30am with the final. All the players
took part in the finals playing for Winner and Runner-up naturally, but
also for the 3rd and 4th place, the 5th and 6th place and for the 7th
and 8th place, so everyone played their part scoring as many shots as
they could which would go towards the final counting of the points to
determine the overall winner of the Trophy.
England won the
overall Trophy beating Scotland into second place and members of each of
our two teams received a medal. Adam Clark from the Isle of Wight took
the Gold Medal for winning the Singles but each one of the players in
the two teams received either a Gold. Silver or Bronze medal.
members of the England team impressed everyone by the way they conducted
themselves both on and off the green and we can be assured that with the
skill the Under 18 team showed on the green at Newport, the future of
bowling is in safe hands.
For more information on the event
10th October 2010.