This list provides members, particularly newer members, with information explaining the external leagues and competitions our club and club members enter. Abbreviations match those in the club fixture book.
FRIENDLIES - MEN, LADIES, MIXED We play a large number of friendly matches against clubs in north east Surrey. Matches are friendly, between men’s, ladies’, or mixed teams. They can take place on any day of the week, but not usually on Mondays or Fridays (club Ballot days). After-match arrangements vary from drinks in the bar, tea and biscuits, sandwiches, to a full meal. Players are chosen by the Captains and Vice Captains from our general membership, with newer members given an opportunity to try their hand in friendly competitive matches. Dress code varies - usually whites for afternoon matches, greys for evening matches.
INTER-CLUB MATCHES & COMPETITIONS Members can indicate their interest in playing in any of these matches by writing their names in the men’s/ladies’ availability diaries in the club house. Team lists for each match are posted on the notice boards in the clubhouse. Dress codes: • Greys = grey trousers/skirt with white shirt/club shirt and bowls shoes. • Whites = white trousers/skirt with club shirt/club jacket, white socks and bowls shoes.
EAST SURREY LEAGUE - MEN (ESL) (click here for rules) Surrey County Bowls is divided into four areas. We are members of the East Surrey League which consists of 16 clubs. These are the highest level and most competitive club matches we play. They always take place on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and players from both clubs share a meal afterwards. Each club fields 4 rinks (16 players), with players selected on playing ability by the Captain and Vice Captain. Dress code is always whites. ESL Team Selection 2018 Our club selectors have selected an ESL squad from which they will pick the match teams. They will email squad members before the start of the season so they can indicate which dates they’re available for matches. Additions will be made to the squad during the season based on playing form. This means there will no ESL diary for members to put their names down for matches this year.
CRISTAL LADIES LEAGUE (click here for rules) There are 11 clubs in the Cristal League. The League was founded at a meeting of representatives held at Supreme Bowling Club in 1999. The Headquarters of the Cristal League changes every three years, with each of the participating Clubs running it in alphabetical rotation. The current Headquarters is Sutton Bowling Club. Each club plays two TRIPLES of 18 ends (plus two trial ends) and matches are played on a day agreed between the two Clubs. Clubs play each other Home and Away on alternate years.
CROYDON & DISTRICT LEAGUE - LADIES (CDLL) (click here for rules) There are 11 clubs in the Croydon & District League League. Matches are usually played on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. Dress code is usually whites
VILAMOURA LEAGUE - MIXED (VM) (click here for rules) This league, sponsored by ‘Vilamoura Bowls Holidays’ in the Algarve, Portugal, involves 10 clubs from the local area. Matches usually take place Monday - Friday and involve two triples teams. Both triples games are played simultaneously, one at home, one away. Players are chosen from our general membership. Dress code is greys.
TONS LEAGUE - MEN (TL) (click here for rules) The Tons League was originally set up by clubs with names ending in ‘ton’. All 12 clubs are in our local area. Matches usually take place on a Monday afternoon and involve two triples teams. Both triples games are played simultaneously, one at home, one away, and players take tea and biscuits after the match. Our Tons League team is organised by our Vice Captain. Players are chosen from our general membership, with newer members given an opportunity to continue developing their bowling skills by experiencing competitive matches and socialising with the members of other clubs. There are eleven matches during the season - see 'Men's Fixture List' for dates. Dress code is greys. This competition offers an ideal opportunity for newer members who don't play in the ESL to continue developing their bowling skills. If you are interested in playing, please enter the dates you are available in the Men's Availability Diary on the desk in the clubhouse. Teams will be selected and posted on the notice board in the clubhouse at least ten days before the match.
SMITH TROPHY 2 WOOD TRIPLES LEAGUE - LADIES These matches are played on a Monday evening, giving our working members the opportunity to play in league matches. One triple plays at home while the other plays away at the opponent’s home ground. Dress code is usually greys.
YONWIN CUP (MEN) (click here for rules) The Yonwin Cup started in 1950 after Mr Yonwin (Rosehill BC), whose son died in WWII, offered a trophy for competition by a league of local clubs. The Sutton & District Bowling Association was formed and continues to run the competition. The competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the Association and is played on a knock-out basis. Each club fields three rinks.
ARTHUR HUGHES TROPHY (MEN) (click here for rules) This is a men's triples competition limited to one team from each club affiliated to the Sutton & District Bowls Association. Players must be subscribing members of the clubs they represent. No restriction is placed on the players used, so it is permissible for different players to represent the Club in each round. The Arthur Hughes Trophy was first presented in 1983 to the winners, and from 1984 the runners-up received the Loriwyn Plate.
PAST TIMES TROPHY (MEN, LADIES) (click here for rules) This competition was originally called The Times Herald Competition (after the newspaper). The men and ladies field 2 rinks which play simultaneously, one at home, one away. The competition stopped in 2001 when the newspaper closed but was revived in 2002 and renamed the Past Times Trophy.
SURREY COMPETITIONS (MEN - AREA 3, LADIES - ZONE 2) These competitions are open to all club members. Notice of these events is distributed with the club Fixture List to members by the Men’s Secretary in February. The ladies information is distributed in August by the Ladies Section Secretary. Any member can enter any of these competitions by completing the relevant sections of the entry form which can only be returned via the Men’s Club Secretary or the Ladies’ Section Secretary.
Singles This competition is open to all members, including players who have a Surrey badge. Badged players are among the highest standard players, so in later rounds competition reaches a high level.
Unbadged Singles This competition is open to all members except Surrey badge players.
2-Wood Singles (Ladies) All the early rounds are played on one day at a specified venue.
Pairs This competition is open to all members. One of the pair usually completes the entry form and lists the second player.
Triples This competition is open to all members. One of the triple usually completes the entry form and lists the other two players.
Fours This competition is open to all members. One of the four usually completes the entry form and lists the other three players.
Secretaries’ Competition (Men) This competition is open to club secretaries only. Each club is allowed two entries - usually the Club Secretary and Match Secretary.
Officers’ Cup (Ladies) This competition is open to club secretaries, match secretaries and club delegates.
Benevolent 2-Wood Triples (Ladies) Proceeds from this competition are used for the benefit of Surrey members who are sick or injured or experience unexpected hardship. All the early rounds are played on one day.
Top 4 (Area 3 - Men) Teams of four players are selected by the clubs and take part in a knock-out competition. The winners of the Area 3 final go through to the Surrey County final.
Top 10 (East Surrey League - Men) Teams are selected by the clubs and take part in a knock out competition. Ten players take part in each match, which consists of four events - Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours, played simultaneously on the same green.
NATIONAL COMPETITIONS Individual members can enter the following national competitions run by Bowls England. Entry cards can be downloaded from the Bowls England website at www.bowlsengland.com - click on 'National Events'. The closing date for entries is the close of business on Friday 17th February 2012. • National Mixed Pairs • National Mixed Fours • National Men's 55 & Over Singles • National Men's 55 & Over Pairs • National Women's 55 & Over Singles • National Women's 55 & Over Pairs • National Family Pairs
Entry cards for the following National Competitions are distributed directly to clubs - these are not available on the website. Entry forms can only be returned via the Club Secretary. • National Champion of Champions - Men and Women • National Men's Club Two Fours • National Top Club - Men and Women • National Mixed Over 60 Club Two Fours • Tony Allcock Trophy - over 60 Club Mixed Doubles
OTHER PRIVATE ENTRY COMPETITIONS Notices for these competitions are posted in the clubhouse, or on the Bowls notice board in the corridor alongside the gym in the main Sports Club. Members can enter any of these competitions by completing the relevant forms.
BLESMA Pairs (Men) (click here for rules) Originally set up in 1950 by the secretary of the Sutton & Merton branch of the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, the competition is now run by the Sutton & District Bowling Association. Proceeds from the competition are donated to the BLESMA home in Blackpool. The competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the Sutton & District Bowling Association.
Paston Cup (click here for rules) The cup was originally presented to Cuddington B.C. by Charles Paston and is inscribed - “In memory of the lads, including my son, Ronald, who spent their younger days on the sports grounds in the Borough of Sutton and Cheam and would have possibly become our future bowlers, but who lost their lives during the war (1939 - 1945)”. After 1955 the cup was offered to the Sutton & District Bowling Association for competition between current champions and runners-up of clubs affiliated to the Surrey and District BA.
Croydon Postal Mixed Pairs (click here for rules) The competition was originally set up in 1973 by Bob Goodwin (Delivery Office Manager at Thornton Heath) and Walter Reed (Assistant Head Postmaster at Croydon), and is organised by the Post Office Sports & Social Club, to encourage mixed bowling. It is open to clubs affiliated to the Borough of Croydon Bowling Association, Sutton & District Bowling Association, and other invited clubs. The winners receive a cheque and the Walter Reed Shield; the runners-up receive a cheque and the Bob Goodwin Bowl. There are also prizes for 3rd and 4th place.
St Raphael’s Cup (Mixed Pairs) (click here for rules) This competition started in 2004 because the Sisters, members of a nursing and teaching order founded in Belgium in 1883 ‘for the education of girls, and the care of the sick’, were celebrating their centenary at their hospice in North Cheam. The winners’ cup was donated by Ken Shopland of Carshalton B.C. The finalists’ cup was donated by Denis Austin of Worcester Park B.C. The competition is run by the Sutton & District Bowling Association and proceeds are donated to the hospice.
For further information or advice about competitions, please ring: • Men’s Captain • Ladies’ Captain • Men’s Vice Captain • Ladies’ Vice Captain • Men’s Match Secretary • Ladies’ Match Secretary • Club Secretary • Ladies’ Section Secretary
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