ENGLISH BOWLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
EBYDS County Finals - Horsham IBC - 10 February
There was a good increase in the turnout from
last year mainly due to the work being done at Grattons IBC to bring
youngsters into the game. As
usual the day provided the normal high standard of bowling from both the
boys and the girls.
For the third year running we combined the
Junior and Senior Finals on the same day.
There were 22 Junior (8-14 age group) entries (12 girls and 11
boys) and 9 Senior (15-18) entries (1 girl and 8 boys)
In the Junior round robin singles competition in
the morning, because the number of entries wasnít divisible by four, we
had to have 2 groups of five and 3 groups
of four. This meant that in the Groups of five, one player had to play
instead of three but their last score didnít
count. This was to ensure
that everyone else in the group played three games. The top boy in the
singles was Ellison Hankin (Grattons IBC) having won all three games
with a shot difference
of +21. This was some performance considering
Ellison had only just celebrated
his 9 birthday five days
before. The top girl in the
singles was Treana Smith (Worthing Pavilion BC) with a shot difference
of +17. Treana won it for the
second year running.
In the Seniors singles competition, once again
it had to be a Group of five and a Group of 4 and as there was only one
girl they just played for an overall winner.
The only girl, Hannah Maslen (Grattons IBC), was the winner with
3 wins and a
shot difference of +33 and the runner-up was
Archie Batten (Horsham IBC) with two wins and a shot difference of +13.
In the afternoon they all tackled the assorted skills such as jack
rolling, line bowling, controlled weight and beating a shot which was 2Ĺ
metres from the ditch. The
competition was again closely fought with the boys winner, Freddie Cable
(Eastbourne IBC) having amassed 40pts to win by 4 from Tudor Corinda
(Grattons IBC) on 36pts. For
the girls there was a tie between Treana Smith (Worthing Pavilion BC)
and Evelyn Urwin-Wright (Worthing Pavilion BC) both on 29pts. In the
Seniors skills girl power came to the fore again with Hannah Maslen
(Grattons IBC) beating the nearest boy, Hayden Clarke, by a single point
When the scores from the singles and skills were
combined the Overall Champion of the Juniors with 70pts was Freddie
Cable beating Treana Smith by
11pts. In the Seniors also
11pts separated the winner, Hannah Maslen 79pts
from the runner-up Hayden Clarke on 68pts.
The presentations were made to the Seniors by
the SBA President, Gordon Leaman and SWBA President, Brenda Davies.
That duty for the Juniors was
undertaken by SCIBA President, Ray Leggett and SCWIBA President, Sue
Mitchell and Vice President, Louise Kenward.
The attendance of all these dignitaries shows the importance both
Associations place on the bowlers of the future within the County.
Hannah Maslen, Hayden Clarke, Freddie Cable and
Treana Smith will now go forward to the Regional Finals at Horsham IBC
on Sunday 14 April where we
wish them the best of luck in attempting to reach the National Finals.
EBYDS County Coordinator