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International selection for Spalding players

Spalding will be well represented on the International stage in the coming months, with another impressive number of our players being selected to represent England, following trials over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd December. In the Under 25s, Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin form the back-end of one rink, with Chelsea captaining the side in the series, which will be held at Nottingham IBC on 10th & 11th February. Special mention goes to Danielle Wild who has been selected for her debut in the Under 25 British Lions team for their series, which is also at Nottingham on 10th & 11th February. Jordan Philpott retained his place in the Under 25 mens team. His series will be held in County Antrim on 17th & 18th February. In the seniors, Annie Dunham, Chelsea Tomlin & Ruby Hill have been selected for the ladies series at Paisley IBC on 9th, 10th & 11th March. Matt Whyers, Graham Smith & Martin Spencer retained their places for the mens series on 15th, 16th & 17th March, which is also in Paisley. Congratulations to everyone who has been selected and good luck in your respective matches.

Ladies progress in national knockout competition

Spalding ladies beat Barwell in the latest round of the Yetton trophy on Saturday 9th December, winning by 79 shots to 61. Julie Hicks’ set led the way as they posted an impressive 23-12 score-line away from home. Also winning away was Gloria Haney’s set, winning 20-15. At home, Chelsea Tomlin won 17-14, with Annie Dunham narrowly losing by one shot, 19-20. Next up is South Forest on Saturday 6th January

Friendly round up

Spalding’s Friendly team played their latest match against Cambridgeshire VPs on Sunday 3rd December. The game was played in a great atmosphere, with Spalding coming out winners with a score of 134 to 76. The best winning rink was Alan Garrett, Gill Haydon, Mick Laidler and Ian Stafford.
Captains of the day were Maisie Belding and Jan Sinclair.

Under 18 singles

On Sunday 3rd December, nine Spalding juniors travelled to Horncastle with hopes of qualifying through to the next stages of the County 18 & Under singles competition. The senior section, Aaron Wild and Aaron Barnes qualified, with Nathan Puttrell, Harry Mycock, Jamie Goodliff and James Cherry reaching stage two of the junior section. Other bowlers who narrowly missed out were Jonathan Field, Emily Day and Bailey Day.

Memorable weekend for Spalding

Members of Spalding IBC spent a wonderful weekend of fun, laughter and entertainment at the renowned Potters Bowls in Norfolk. The event was the finals of the Open Singles Circuit, which had two of our lads flying the flag for Spalding. The visitors were entertained by a fine display of bowling with round robin group stages, followed by a knockout competition. As always in this type of competition there are surprising results as was the case when we lost our club captain in the group stages. However Jordan Philpott showed tremendous form leaving a number of excellent players in his wake. Unfortunatelyin the final game he lacked the form he had shown throughout the event and to be fair to his opponent he hit top form when it really counted. There were fifty-four of Spalding bowlers, family and friends who travelled on the excursion, organised by Roger Perkins and a total of sixty were present to cheer him on in the final, the highest yet as mentioned by the organiser. It has to be said that all present were proud of Jordan in the way he represented the Spalding Club and we thank you Jordan. Potters were at their usual high standard and the added bonus was that the entertainment on the Saturday night was the all new Christmas show which was something special and enjoyed by all.

Defeat in the Egham Trophy

Spalding lost to Lincoln in the national mixed knockout competition, in a match played home and away on Sunday 26th November. Spalding won on one rink, drew on another and lost two, as they fell to a 68-84 defeat

International trials for Spalding players

Spalding will be well represented at the International trial weekend of 2nd and 3rd December, which will be held at the Rugby Thornfield club. On 2nd December, the senior trials takes place, with Annie Dunham, Rebecca Simpson, Chelsea Tomlin, Ruby Hill and Louise Catchpole being selected for the ladies. In the mens match, Matt Whyers, Graham Smith, Martin Spencer and Mathew Orrey will bid for a place in the team. On 3rd December, it’s the turn of the Under 25s. Danielle Wild has been selected for her first trial, and will be joined by Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin, with Jordan Philpott playing in the mens match.
Congratulations to everyone who has been selected and good luck in the trial.

National knockout weekend sees mixed results.

Spalding’s ladies had a good win in the Yetton Trophy as they beat Peterborough by 92 shots to 41 on 18th November in a match played to a home and away format. Rink scores: Home: A Dunham 22-8, S Wade 20-12; Away: G Haney 25-10, J Hicks 25-11. They face Barwell in the next round on Saturday 9th December. The men had a more disappointing morning as they lost to Melton 53-89. Rink scores: Home: G Smith 13-16, M Whyers 11-29; Away: A Caress 15-25, J Philpott 14-19

Fun day

The Club organised a 66-player tournament played over three sessions of seven ends per session. Despite the very cold conditions due to a failure in the heating system the bowlers wrapped up as much as possible and did their best to enjoy themselves despite the adverse conditions. Fortunately the cafe remained open throughout serving hot meals and drinks. The bowlers appeared to be playing in a very relaxed manner and laughter could be heard on many occasions. A good day for all concerned. Thanks go to Graham Smith for organising the paperwork and Edna Perkins for assisting on the day. In third place the team of Connie Cronin, Rob West and David Lunn. In second place was Sue Lovett, Eris Wiltshire and Derek Groves. The well deserved winners was the team of Judy Dolton, Emily Day and Jordan Philpott sharing £90.00 prize money.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s fourth game of the season was at home against Grantham on Thursday 16th November. Spalding started strongly and at the half way stage were winning on 3 rinks and holding the advantage on the aggregate score by 14 shots. Grantham fought back and after 15 ends were winning on one rink and drawing on two rinks and only 6 shots adrift on the aggregate score. However, Spalding finished strongly winning on 4 rinks and securing the aggregate by 29 shots. The final result was Spalding 16 points to Grantham’s 2, aggregate score being 113-84. The best winning rink was skipped by Graham Hicks ably assisted by Mike Taylor, Mick Lamb and Brian Skelton. Captains for the day were David Lunn and Graham Hicks.

Egham trophy success

Spalding progressed in the national mixed knockout competition, with a 95-54 victory over Boston on Sunday 12th November. The early few ends were a close affair but Spalding took control by the half way stage with a good run of ends. Rink scores: Away: Ashley Caress won 20-14; Jordan Philpott won 20-17. Home: Martin Spencer won 24-11; Graham Smith won 31-12. They face Lincoln in the next round on Sunday 26th November.

Mixed county league

The mixed team played at home against Stamford on Sunday 12th November,  winning by 113 shots to 78. They won on all rinks, the best of which came from the quartet of John Laud, Freda Huggins, Betty Deaton and John Needham.

Friendly round up
Our Friendly section played host to Boston IBC in what transpired to be a game that exceeded all expectations. As much as one hopes a game is competitive and played in a friendly and sociable manner, this one was exceptional. The home team knowing the run of the green typically went ahead for a period but then Boston found the pace and closed the gap after which time the game was nip and tuck all the way to close of play. The final result was that the teams won three rinks each and the aggregate was an amazing 88 to 88, with 48 people playing in 6 teams this was quite an achievement. An excellent result and well deserved by all taking part. The winning rink for Spalding was Jan Sinclair, Martin Cox, Rod Briars and skip Lily Drawbridge. Captain of the day was Roger Perkins.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s third game of the season was at home against Lincoln ‘C’ on Thursday 9th November. Spalding started strongly and were winning on 4 rinks for most of the game, before winning on 3 and taking the aggregate. The final result was Spalding 14 points v Lincoln ‘C’ 4 points, by 110 shots to 74. The best winning rink was skipped by Maurice Elding, ably assisted by Peter Godding, John Bailey and new squad member Kim Knott. Captain for the day was Graham Hicks.

Philpott finalist at awards event

Congratulations toJordan Philpott who was runner-up in the Sportsman of the Year category of the 2017 Lincolnshire Sports Awards. Jordan joined around 300 people at the awards ceremony held at the Epic Centre at Lincoln Showground, hosted by BBC TBH presenter Delyth Lloyd. Lincoln City football managers Danny & Nicky Cowley attended as special guests who told stories of their incredible FA Cup run last season. A judging panel of local sportspeople chose 3 finalists for each category, with winners chosen by the people of active Lincolnshire.

Friendly round up

On Sunday 5th November, Spalding’s Friendly team enjoyed a friendly game against Peterborough IBC. Spalding started well and held a 19 shot lead at the half way stage. They continued to lead throughout the second half and the final score was 125-76 to Spalding, with Spalding winning five out of the six rinks. The best winning rink was Jenny Collins, Roger Rout and skip Derek Groves with a score of 25 to 7. The match was followed by an excellent meal at the club. Captains of the day were Phyl Borst and Jenny Horner. Thank you to everyone who took part.

National progress for Spalding

Spalding’s men progressed in the Denny Cup, the national club knockout competition, beating Boston 85-45 in a match played on a home and away basis on Saturday 4th November. They took the lead early on and never looked back, to set up a clash with Melton on Saturday 18th November.

In the ladies equivalent, the Yetton Trophy, opponents Carlton conceded and Spalding face Peterborough in the next round on 18th November.

In the mixed Top Club competition, Spalding travelled to Doncaster to face York on Sunday 5th November. The neutral venue proved favourable to Spalding, as they won on 4 rinks to win 12-4 and will face Lincoln at home on 7th January. Rink scores: Ladies singles 13-11, Mens singles 15-10, mixed pairs 19-13, mixed triples 11-21, mixed fours 19-7.

National progress for Spalding’s Egham team

Spalding played Grantham in the second match of their Egham trophy campaign on Sunday 29th October. The match was played with two rinks at each venue; at home Matt Whyers won 40-6 as Martin Spencer won 18-16. At Grantham, Ashley Caress lost 14-22, with Jordan Philpott winning 35-9 to post an overall score of 107-53.

Mixed county league

Spalding’s mixed league team travelled to Louth on Saturday 28th and a high quality game was evident. They came away with 4 match points courtesy of two winning rinks, the best of which was John Laud, Janet Staples Betty Deaton and skip John Needham. The overall score was 106-79 in Louth’s favour.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s second game of the season was away against Skegness on Thursday 26th October. Spalding were always going to struggle on the very fast carpet at Skegness and at the half way point, despite winning on 3 rinks, found themselves 16 shots behind on the aggregate. Spalding gradually pulled back on the aggregate (worth 8 points) and going into the last end were 3 shots ahead, but Skegness scored 6 shots over the 5 rinks to finish 3 shots ahead. Spalding finished winning on 2 rinks but losing the aggregate. The final result was 14-4 in Skegness’s favour, the shots score being 99-96. The best winning rink was skipped by Maurice Elding ably assisted by new squad member Maurice Arbon, Paul Lockie and Derek Overton. Captains for the day were David Lunn and Graham Hicks.

Friendly round up

On Sunday 22nd October, Spalding played a friendly game against Lincolnshire VP’s. Spalding took an early lead and by half way were leading 63-33. They continued to lead throughout the second half. The final score was 125-70 to Spalding, with Spalding winning five out of the six rinks. The best winning rink was Jan Sinclair, Paul Lockie, Trish Stafford and skip Mick Laidler, who won 29 - 5. Captains of the day were Ian and Trish Stafford.

Friendly round up

Spalding were hosts in a friendly game on Sunday 15th October against Fenland Bowlers. Spalding played well from the start and were in control for the complete match which finished with a score in Spalding's favour of 131 shots to Fenlands 70. 
Best winning rink with a score of 40 to 6 was Vera Elms, Tony Westland and skip Trish Stafford, this team actually achieved a ' hot shot' which in bowling terms is about as good as it gets.

Victory in the Egham

Spalding’s national knockout mixed team beat Sleaford in the home and away match played on 15th October. They started well and despite a comeback from Sleaford, they ran out comfortable victors, winning on all rinks. Score: Home: M Spencer won 23-14. G R Smith won 16-14. Away: M Orrey won 18-14. J Philpott won 28-14.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s over 60’s team finished last season in the relegation zone of division one, so are playing in division two for this campaign. Their opener was at home versus Dunholme on 12th October. At the half way point Spalding were well ahead on 3 rinks but the remaining 2 rinks were close. Spalding finished strongly winning on 4 rinks and posting a score of 101-84, taking 16 of the 18 points on offer. The best winning rink was skipped by Chris Stagles ably assisted by John Bailey, Paul Lockie, and Pat Fillbrook. Captains for the day were David Lunn and Graham Hicks.

Juniors progress in double rink

Spalding’s double rink team played their first game in this newly formed competition home and away against Melton. The home rink of Ruby Hill, Chelsea Tomlin and Jordan Philpott won 25-14 whilst the away rink of Lauren Finbow, Rhys Hill and Ben Wilson won 34-9, a total overall score of 59-23 to Spalding. They now play Stamford in the next round.

Charity presentation at SIBC

Our ladies section recently presented a cheque for £1,183 to Dennis Bell at the Butterfly Hospice. The money was raised by cake and book sales, raffles and other events.  Well done ladies!!

Friendly round up

Spalding’s Friendly team won at Sleaford on 6th October by 116 shots to 55, winning on 5 rinks, the best of which was I Tyler, A Garrett, N Putrell and I Stafford.

Martin victorious with England

Martin Spencer played for England in the Mixed International Test match in Bristol on 27th & 28th September, beating Wales by 7 match points to 4. Martin played in the triples event with Laure Holden and Perry Martin but they lost a close match 0.5-1.5. Martin narrowly lost out in the mixed pairs too, this time with Janice Gower as England ended day one 2-3 behind. Day two was much more fruitful for the hosts, as they took five out of the six singles matches, with Martin winning the final match of the series.

Umpiring invite for Colin

Colin Wilson, from Spalding indoor bowls club has been invited to Umpire at the Mens International Test match between England and Scotland on 11th &12th October. The event comprises of two triples and three pairs matches on the first day, then 6 singles games on the second day. It’s held at the New Earswick club in York and will be televised live on ITV4. There will be six of the top eight players in the world competing, including Alex Marshall and Paul Foster for Scotland and Greg Harlow and Nick Brett for England. On 14th and 15th October he’ll travel to Bristol for the Under 18 BIBC International Series. Comprising of quarter and semi finals of singles, pairs, trips and fours on the first day with the Finals of each on the following day. The Club congratulates Colin on his achievement and wish him all the best in the two prestigious events.

Friendly round up

Spalding IBC kicked off their season of Friendly games against the team of Perkins Retired from Peterborough. This is a game played twice annually and has been so for many a year whereby the competitors become more than just opponents and become more friendly acquaintances. However this is only until such times as we all get on the green and then it's play to win; and win Spalding did with excellence. As much as Perkins retired have not beaten Spalding in the last six years they fight gamely on, at the start they held their own and at ten ends the score was 48 to Spalding against 44 for Perkins but after this the home team dominated the game and finished at 142 against 69. Regardless of the hefty defeat everyone finished friends and a very good meal was enjoyed by all. Spalding's winning rink with a score of 30 to 8 was Edna Perkins, Paul Lockie, Freda Huggins and skip Jenny Horner. The Captain of the day was Roger Perkins and the return match is Sat 13th January 2018.
Top club defeat in national semi finals - Saturday 29th April 2017
Spalding lost their semi final of the national mixed Top Club competition on Saturday 29th April, in a match played against Clarrie Dunbar at York IBC. Spalding won two events but were unable to claim enough overall points to reach the final.
Chelsea Tomlin won the ladies singles 14-9, whilst Matt Whyers lost the mens singles 8-13. The triples of Scott Dunham, Annie Dunham and Matt Orrey posted a convincing 26-11 scoreline but with the fours (Rebecca Simpson, Louise Catchpole, Ashley Caress and Graham Smith) narrowly losing 11-12, the mixed pairs (Ruby Hill and Martin Spencer) needed to win or draw to claim a place in the final. Despite a late comeback, they were pipped by a single shot also, to lose at the semi final stage for the second consecutive year.
Spalding’s Yetton ladies go close - Sunday 23rd April 2017
Our ladies team were just one match away from winning a National title, as they narrowly lost to St Neots in the final of the Yetton Trophy on Sunday 23rd April at Bristol. In the semi final, Spalding faced North Wilts and were comfortable throughout, winning on two rinks out of four, with one a defeat by only one shot and posting a 78-54 scoreline.
Rink scores: S Wade 13-20; A Dunham 21-9; G Haney 15-16; C Tomlin 23-8.
In the final, they faced tough opponents in St Neots, who had the current National singles champion in their ranks. It was St Neots who took the initiative, and were leading by ten shots with just a few ends remaining. Despite a late comeback, where Spalding got within two shots, they held on to take the title and become national champions.
Rink scores: Freda Lyon, Maisie Belding, Betty Deaton & Sylvia Wade 7-22; Judy Jackson, Janet Staples, Rebecca Simpson & Annie Dunham 9-21; Danielle Wild, Val Bowker, Barbara Hurst & Gloria Haney 23-15; Ruby Hill, Gill Needham, Louise Catchpole & Chelsea Tomlin 23-8. Overall score 62-66.
Congratulations to St Neots on a well deserved victory. Huge congratulations to the Spalding ladies on a fantastic run; they should all be very proud to have reached the final and being so close to the title.
Spalding Juniors represented at the School of Excellence - Sunday 23rd April
Three Spalding players attended the Midlands Regional Finals of the EIBA School of Excellence at Melton Mowbray on Sunday 23rd April, joined by thirteen other players from clubs across the area. Nathan Puttrell, Jonathan Field and Jamie Goodliff qualified from the local event in January, playing three games to the ‘sets’ format, followed by a skills test in the afternoon. Points were awarded for the various events, with Nathan finishing 9th, Jonathan 13th and Jamie 14th. Congratulations to all three on a great performance both on the day and for reaching the final stages which is a fantastic achievement in itself.
County finals
Maurice Elding and Graham Smith claimed county titles at the weekend, both in singles events. Elding beat Stamford’s Martyn Dolby by 14 shots to 12 in the Over 60s, whilst Smith beat Jonathan West 5-3; 9-1 to take the Sets singles title. It was mixed fortunes for Spalding, as Andy Dunham, Jordan Philpott and Mathew Orrey lost the triples 4-17 to J West and Matt Whyers, Graham Smith, Martin Spencer and Mathew Orrey lost to P Roberts 14-16 in the fours.
Over 60s county league
On Thursday 20th April the Over 60's county league team played their last game of the season at home to a very strong team from Skegness "A". Even though Spalding hung on for a few ends it was plain they were up against a superior side and gradually began to lose their way and by the tenth end they were trailing by nearly thirty shots. Some of the home team rinks raised their game and came back at the opposition but this was not happening on all rinks. The deficit remained throughout, finishing with the home team losing by 75 shots to 109. The consolation was that Spalding won on two rinks to pick up four points leaving Skegness with fourteen points to their credit. The Spalding winning rink of the day was Derek Overton, Brian Skelton, Pat Fillbrook and skip Graham Wright. Team captain was Pat Fillbrook.
Success for Spencer and Dunham
Martin Spencer and Annie Dunham represented England in the World Indoor Bowls Council Championships in Swansea between 11th and 14th April. Both qualified out of their group in the singles before losing in the knockout stages but they were paired together in the mixed pairs, with great success.  
In the group stages, they had a tough opener against Chloe Watson and Graham McKee but managed to run away with the second set after drawing the first. They then beat C De Graaff and M Van Tol from the Netherlands. After struggling for most of the first set, they found themselves 8-1 down with two to play and picked up two fours to win it 9-8 and ran away with second set.
In the winner takes all final group game, they played Pauline Price and Jarred Breen from Wales. They lost the first set narrowly as Breen took out their closest bowl before winning the second with a jack trail from Spencer in the deciding end. In the tie break, it was more tension before the England duo took the spoils to reach the semi finals where they faced Amy Williams and Mark Harding.
In the semi, they controlled the match but only won both sets narrowly, to reach the final.
In the final against Amy Stanton and Damian Doubler, Annie continued her good form, backed up well by Spencer and they were always in the control, taking the title with ease.
Seabourne takes the Under 25 Spalding Open title
Dan Seabourne, from Acle IBC, won the Under 25 Spalding Open on Sunday 9th April, beating David Bristow from Sleaford in a high quality final. The annual event, again generously sponsored by Hughes Electrical, was played to the Premier Threes format, with some of the best young players in the area on show.
After ten sessions of round robin matches, the top two in each group went through to the knockout stages. An open quarter final draw saw four Spalding players in the mix but they were drawn against each other as Jordan Philpott edged out Ben Wilson 2.5-0.5 and Aaron Wild beat Ruby Hill by the same score. In the other matches, David Bristow continued his excellent group form by beating Rhys Morgan 2-0, with Seabourne beating Glenn Williams 2-0.
The semi finals were both tense affairs, as all players’ good form continued. Bristow took another straight sets victory, this time against Wild as Seabourne beat Philpott 2-1, a match that went right to the last bowl played.
A packed crowd watched the final as Seabourne became the first player to take a set off Bristow, edging the first 3-2. The next turned out to be the last in this best of three match, with Seabourne edging another close one 2-1 to take the £300 for first prize. Bristow picked up a consolation prize of £150. The two losing semi finalists received £75 each and quarter final losers took £25 each.
Thanks must go to all players, spectators, markers and umpire Colin, as well as tournament organiser Graham Smith.
Our biggest thanks go to Graham Boor and his team at Hughes Electrical for sponsoring the event and providing a generous £700 in prize money. Without such gestures, tournaments like this couldn’t be held. Graham presented the cheques to the players and congratulated them on their efforts. 
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