On Wednesday 8th May 2019, Pinchbeck Guides tried their hand at bowls at Spalding Indoor Bowls Club. The young ladies were well behaved and had a fun evening. Spalding Indoor Bowls Club's junior coaches assisted with the evening as well as two junior bowlers, including Danielle Wild who represented England at under 18 level in 2018. It is hoped that the guides enjoyed their evening enough to come back for junior coaching when is held on a Saturday morning between 8.45am and 11am. Junior bowls sessions do not take place during the summer however, they are due to start again in September 2019.
Spalding Indoor Bowls Club has prided themselves on their junior bowls section, some of which have come through the junior ranks and represented England at under 18, under 25 and senior level, as well as win club, county, national and British Isles titles. The club under 25 team have also won the national double rink title twice in recent history. As a result of the club being well known for their excellent junior section, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club will host the national under 25 singles finals for the first time in 2020.
Our club really does show that bowls is a sport for all ages and the enjoyment shown by the Pinchbeck Guides is proof of that. Please remember our junior bowls sessions in September 2019 if you know anyone who would be interested to give bowls a try!
Spalding Domination At County Finals
On Sunday 28th April 2019, Boston Indoor Bowls Club hosted the men's and ladies county finals. Spalding Indoor Bowls Club was well represented and contested eleven finals, winning ten of them. Due to Danielle Wild being at the England under 18 international trials on county finals day, the all Spalding clash in the county senior under 18 singles final was brought forward and played at Spalding on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. In a closely fought battle which went down to the final bowl of the match, Danielle Wild beat Harry Mycock, 21-20 to win the title for the first time. The county junior under 18 singles final was also an all Spalding affair as James Cherry defeated TJa Spiller, 21-11. Being able to boast all four under 18 singles finalists really does show that the future of the club is in good hands. The blue ribbon singles event for both the men and the women was always going back to Spalding as Graham Smith defeated Kevin Ekins, 21-12, winning the title for a record equaling fifth time, whilst Chelsea Tomlin beat Ruby Hill, 21-15 to win the title for the second time. The next two finals were also all Spalding clashes, with Smith making it a singles double, beating Martin Spencer in the sets singles final in straight sets (6-5, 7-4) and win the title for the third successive season, whilst Hill got revenge on Tomlin as she won 21-11 in the ladies under 25 singles to win the title for the first time, beating Tomlin in her final under 25 season and stop the run of four consecutive title wins. Spalding made it an under 25 singles double as Stephen Harris won the open under 25 singles title for the first time, beating Lincoln's Sam Ashton on the last end of the tie break, 2-1 (6-7, 8-6, 2-1).
The men's pairs was won by Spalding's Matt Whyers and Jordan Philpott, beating David Bristow and Paul Roberts from Sleaford. The young Spalding pair fell behind early however, a count of six shots gave them the lead for the first time as they eventually closed out the match, 21-15. The pairs title was extra special for both Whyers and Philpott as Whyers now has the main set (singles, pairs, triples and fours) of titles over his already impressive bowls career whilst Philpott won his first senior county title. The ladies pairs title also went to Spalding as after competing against each other for two games in the morning, Hill and Tomlin joined forces to collect the county pairs title for the second time, beating Rachel Stanley and Tina Reeson from Louth, 18-14. The final title of the day going back to Spalding was in the men's triples in dramatic fashion as Matt Whyers, Martin Spencer and Graham Smith, collected four shots on the final end to win by a single shot, 18-17 against a trio skipped by Scunthorpe's Phil Parker and win the county triples, also for the second time.
The only disappointment for the day for Spalding was in the men's fours where David Staples, Andy Dunham (sub for Nick Wilkie), Maurice Elding and John Needham, lost by a single shot, 13-14 against a set from Lincoln, skipped by former world singles champion, Billy Jackson, with Alan Watts, Dean Stevenson and Kevin Rands.
Congratulations to everyone involved!