‘BIBC NEWS’ – 2015 February

Once again, going into February, may I apologise on behalf of the Management Committee for the lack of heat in early January. As I said last month, this was due to faulty parts which could not be replaced until the shops opened again after Xmas. Plus, I would add, it has been very cold outside!  It took a little time but I think I can claim it is back to normal!  But thank you all (well, most of you!), for being understanding.

Not for the first time, some male players failed to turn up for Club Competitions. Let me point out that this is not acceptable, and the Committee will be considering payment in future for the match whether played or not.

Club Dinner: advance notice: Saturday 21st March. Tickets will be on sale shortly and you would be advised to purchase them early (numbers limited to 100).

Congratulations to Chloe Watson, who won the World  U25s Singles Title.  She is the youngest player ever to win this title.

Further awards are coming her way also: at the Belfast Telegraph awards she attained the Best Junior Player of the Year, beating off stiff opposition from other sports.

On the same night, Doreen Miskelly, our past Chairman, and past President of World Bowls (amongst other titles!) was awarded the Paddy Patterson Award by the NISports Forum for services rendered to her sport. Both Chloe and Doreen interviewed very well and both lifted our sport to a new level at a prestigious setting.

The Ladies ’ Section are holding their Annual Table Quiz on Friday 13th in aid of our own Irish Internationals who are going to Stanley in early March. They are also selling a pretty splendiferous drinks hamper at only £1 per strip. Please make an effort this year to support this worthy cause.

As both the ladies and the Irish men head off to Stanley we of course wish them well in the Championships as well as the International series. It is time for some Irish wins!

Saturday February 14th sees our Short Mat colleagues return for their Junior Championships.

Restaurant: congratulations to Alberta and her team for maintaining her 5 star rating for scores on the doors and environmental health.

Small space filler request: if you fill a plastic cup with cold water could you (please!) either empty it or take it with you when you finish bowling.

Point on subs: a sub CAN skip.

Note : if, perchance, you decide to leave your car in the carpark overnight you MUST inform a member of staff.

Irish Championships: Ladies: Firstly, major congratulations to our BIBC ladies who won all 5 (!) Irish titles:

  1. Ladies Fours : Chloe Watson, Karen Woodside, Cliodhna Eadie, Sandra Bailie.
  2. Ladies Triples: Chloe Watson, Cliodhna Eadie, Sandra Bailie.
  3. Ladies Pairs : Cliodhna Eadie, Sandra Bailie.
  4. Ladies Junior Singles: Chloe Watson.
  5. Ladies Senior Singles: Chloe Watson.

Obviously, a great weekend for Chloe, but also Sandra who won three titles, so as President this year of the IWIBA, she must be well pleased.

Men: all matches played in Ballybrakes:results for BIBC players:

1. Singles : Mark McPeak beat John McCullough in a repeat of last year’s final; once again the score was 21-19, but this time in favour of Mark.

2. Pairs : Great win for Paul Prunty and Paul McEwan over a pair from Co Antrim.

3. Triples : Chris Eadie, Stephen Kirkwood and David Nixon lost out in a close Final.

4. Senior Fours: Seamus Elliman’s rink lost out to an experienced Baker rink.

So, for both men and ladies from Belfast, it has been a very profitable January. Well done!