It is with much sadness that I inform you of the death of our President and honorary member William “Billy” Burrows on 22nd December 2006.

Billy was a colossus in bowls, both indoor and out and held a number of Presidencies and other positions during his 50 years involvement with the game.  He was a long-time member of Belfast IBC, a very industrious and hard working honorary secretary for 20 years from 1978 to 1998 and President and honorary member from 1998 until his death.  A service was held at Roselawn Crematorium on 29thDecember.

Billy will be greatly missed by his many friends at the stadium and his death leaves a large void that will be very hard to fill.  We will always cherish his memory.


Congratulations to:

AIIB Championships  8/9/10 December 2006  CAIBC

Ø      John Boyd who won the singles title by beating fellow club member Brian Prunty in a very closely fought game 21-20.

Ø      Matt Martin, Simon Martin and Barry Quinn who, in another very close game, won the triples against Michael Nutt, Andy Kyle and Stephen Coleman, CAIBC 14-13.

BIBC ladies national championship qualifiers

Ø      Singles   C McMillan beat S Bailie

Ø      Pairs       I Minnis/C Young beat A Stanney/A Doggart

Ø      Triples   A Pinnington/E Bell/ B Donnelly beat A McKenna/V Wilson/M Fearon

Ø      Fours     A Pinnington/ K Megrath/E Bell/B Donnelly beat

M Scott/A McKittrick/S Bailie/P Smyth

Hot shots winner  -   Terrie McJury/ Kathy Briggs/June Wilson/Ellen Gordon

Best wishes to:

Ø      5 young men from the Club who have been selected to represent Ireland in the BIIBC Junior International Series to be held at Islwyn IBC, Wales on 13/14 January 2007.

Ø      14 girls from the Club who have been selected to represent Ireland in the BIWIBC Junior International series to be held at Arbroath IBC on 20/21 January 2007.

World Indoor Championships, Potters Leisure Resort,  8 –28 January 2007

Jonathan Ross will compete in the World Indoor Singles championships and Jonathan & Greg Harlow (Eng) will compete together in the pairs championship.  Jonathan is seeded 11th and Greg 1st in World Bowls Tour rankings.

Jonathan’s first game in the singles is on the18th January and his first game in the pairs is on the10th January.

Clifford Craig and Noel Graham won the local PBA pairs qualifier and their first match is on the 8th January against the USA.

Steven Moran, CAIBC won the local PBA singles qualifier and his first game is on the 9th January.

There are ladies singles & mixed pairs competitions but there will be no Irish competitors as no Irish lady is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association.

Other competition news:

There are a lot of competitions taking place this month so everyone involved should read the notice boards frequently and carefully.  The various league results are published frequently and there is growing sizeable number of rinks with 2 outstanding games to be played.

Entries to AIIB (Irish) championships have to be in by 6th January 2007.


The following events have been arranged –

13th January                               Musical entertainment

20th January                               Poker Night


Everyone who wishes to improve his or her game is very welcome.

If anyone has any information or news they wish published in the Newsletter, please contract the editor Jimmy Sayers or the Manager.