EGM Crisis Meeting This Week

Thursday 24th January is a big evening in terms of the survival of the Sherwood League.

The Secretary has resigned and will only carry on if a new league modernised format is passed at this weeks EGM.

The scenario is that one of the following proposals are passed, a new Secretary takes over the reigns or the league could well fold this week.  Due to the takeover of Sherwoods in Darlington the league is also currently without a sponsor, a new format may be a tool to promote the league future.

The league changes currently proposed are as follows:-

Option 1 – 2 Rinks of Australian Pairs & 1 Rink of Fours

  • 2 Rinks of 4 Bowls Each Australian Pairs – 15 ends
  • 1 Rink of 2 Bowls Each Fours – 15 ends
  • 1 Point per winning rink
  • 1 Points for overall shot difference

 

Advantages:

  • Only 8 players in total required therefore those struggling for teams would field 1 less player
  • More exciting variation in format of play
  • Still has a simple 4’s format to easily integrate new bowlers with a team of people to look after them

 

Disadvantages:

  • Minimum number of players per team becomes 7 rather than 6
  • Rules of Australian Pairs to be filtered down to all members 

 

 

Option 2 – 2 Rinks of Australian Pairs & 1 Rink of Triples

  • 1 Rink of 4 Bowls Each Australian Pairs – 15 ends
  • 1 Rink of 2 Bowls Each Triples – 21 ends
  • 1 Point per winning rink
  • 1 Points for overall shot difference

 

Advantages:

  • Only 7 players in total required therefore those struggling for teams would field 2 less players
  • Easier to promote to new teams across Durham as it commits few players and makes it easier for new teams to justify an entry
  • More exciting variation in format of play
  • Still has a simple Triple’s format to easily integrate new bowlers with a team of people to look after them

 

Disadvantages:

  • Rules of Australian Pairs to be filtered down to all members

 

 

Option 3 – 1 Rink of Australian Pairs & 1 Rink of Fours

  • 1 Rink of 4 Bowls Each Australian Pairs – 15 ends
  • 1 Rink of 2 Bowls Each Fours – 15 ends
  • 1 Point per winning rink
  • 1 Points for overall shot difference

 

Advantages:

  • Only 6 players in total required therefore those struggling for teams would field 3 less players
  • Opportunity for those with more players to enter more teams
  • Easier to promote to new teams across Durham as it commits few players and makes it easier for new teams to justify an entry
  • More exciting variation in format of play
  • Still has a simple 4’s format to easily integrate new bowlers with a team of people to look after them
  • Minimum of 5 players required to play rather than 6

 

Disadvantages:

  • Rules of Australian Pairs to be filtered down to all members
  • Some teams may have too many players for only 6 positions but not enough for 2 teams to be entered 

 

 

Australian Pairs – The play:

After rink selection the teams decide which member will lead first and toss up for the jack. The winner of the toss can choose to lead-off or for the opening end only choose to give the mat away. He/she leads off in the normal way and delivers two woods. The players then exchange ends, the skip then delivers his/her four woods. Ends are then exchanged again when the remaining two woods are delivered by the first player. For the next end the roles are reversed.

 

Option 4 – 2 x Singles, Pairs, Triples

  • 1 Rink of 2 Bowl Triples – 21 ends
  • 1 Rink of 4 Bowl Pairs – 15 ends
  • 1 x 4 Bowl Singles – 21 shots or 21 ends (whichever comes 1st)
  • 1 x 2 Bowl Singles – 21 shots or 21 ends (whichever comes 1st)
  • Home player of each singles to mark the other singles on that same night
  • 1 point per rink
  • 1 point overall shots

 

Advantages:

  • Only 7 players in total required therefore those struggling for teams would field 2 less players
  • Easier to promote to new teams across Durham as it commits few players and makes it easier for new teams to justify an entry
  • More exciting variation in format of play (MOST OF ALL IDEAS)
  • Still has a simple triples format to easily integrate new bowlers with a team of people to look after them

 

Disadvantages:

  • Adaptation to new format a little more complicated, reliance on captains to keep everyone right

 

 

***** All 3 options draw for rinks used but select their own player to play in whatever the disciplines may be!

 

Other feasible options that could be discussed are:-

  • Double Fours
  • 3 x Pairs with a rink sacrificed for a no show
  • 4 x Pairs with a rink sacrificed for a no show

 

 

Reasons to change:-

  • An opportunity to re-promote league with a new name now Sherwoods have been sold
  • An opportunity to promote a new forward thinking idea to clubs across Durham/North Yorkshire/Teesside and start rebuilding/securing the leagues future.
  • Gain some press using the theme ‘Bowls of the Future’ and looking for sponsors
  • League is dying, same old excuses and issues every year and no signs of positivity, improvement and a huge reluctance to change

 

Alternative:-

Find a new committee & keep things as they are.

 

Additional Proposal by North Park Bowls Club

    • Matches consisting of 4x teams of Aussie pairs, details of which have been briefly explained. As ends take slightly longer than normal it will be necessary to reduce the number of ends played to about 15 or 16 per game.
  • 4 points being available per match. [Plus one point for the long end] An alternative is to split games into 2 parts, each part consisting of 8 ends, with 1 point available for each part.
  • 8 points being available per match. The traditional Long End point could still be retained in either scenario, giving a total of 5 or 9 points per match. The split game system was recently introduced at Ferryhill indoor bowls and has proved very popular. It would fulfill Scott’s need for a different format, and a reduced number of players. The benefit of 2 parts is that a disastrous end in the first part does not decide the points and gives a second chance for the underdogs to redeem themselves. In the event that a Club is 1 or 2 players short then only 3 games are played and 2 points are forfeited to the other Club, and Long End is decided on the 3 games actually played.
  • In the event that both teams are 1 or 2 players short then the fourth game is void and points are decided by the other 3 games.

 

 

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2019 Season in doubt

The league has hit a bit of a crossroads.

Sherwoods Vauxhall has been sold which put the leagues sponsorship in doubt, also currently we do not have any committee to run the league as it stands.

An EGM has been arranged and members tasked with agreeing on a new forward thinking proposal to re-promote the league or risk the league folding.

The hope is that a new format will be agreed in January which then can be re-promoted in the press, to other clubs and try and revive the interest within the league.

Watch this space!

Season Ends

No real surprises at the seasons end.  The RA deservedly won the league with probably record points.  Woodland took 2nd prize and numerous point deductions raised South Park 1896 into 4th bottom.

Only one competition left to go and its the 4’s between JUC and Darlington Woodland under floodlights on Monday evening.

We look for new officials for 2019 and hopefully some ideas in how to improve the image of the league.  Disney wants to end its 20 year contract……..

Champions

Well, all prizes have been confirmed apart from the Fours knock-out which is due to be played September 10th between JUC & Darlington Woodland.

The league was undoubtedly won by Darlington RA with a surprise 2nd place of Darlington Woodland. The knock-out was also won by Darlington RA against Cummins A with ease.

The new league singles champion is Vic Tunstall who emphatically beat Paul Bailey 21-5. The champion of champions singles final was a much more exciting contest though with Alan Stephenson throwing away a big lead to scrape through and beat John Carmichael 21-20.

The pairs was a comfortable win for Vic Tustall and John Boddy over Iain Prentice and Tracey Fairless and the triples was a closer game with Simon Brodie, Scott Morland and Carl Mafham losing 19-17 to Ron Wardle, Dave Newman and Tony Hepper.

South Park win 1st match!

The bottom team holding everyone up ‘Darlington South Park’ beat their own teammates ‘South Park 1896’ 3-1.  Sadly due to unplayed games they are still likely to end the season on minus points!

Woodland gained some consolation points away at Cummins A – we think it was 4-0 but we have conflicting submissions…..

JUC made big steps up to 3rd with a home win to Alpha Plus 3-1

North Park and Cummins B decided that they didn’t fancy the rain, either that or it was heavier in other parts of the town…..

 

Woodland loss sees 2nd spot open up

Darlington RA all but confirmed the title this week with a win over Woodland, albeit the scores across all 4 rinks were very close.

This defeat for Woodland opens 2nd place upto numerous teams, Cummins B are in 3rd and Cummins A might have cost themselves 2nd spot by refusing to rearrange games, very unfortunate for them.

JUC also have 2 games to arrange which will probably cost them 2nd place too.

North Park got revenge on a South Park team this week with a 4-0 win, again games all close but this narrows the gap for North Park to try and get out of the bottom 2.

League prizes already sealed?

It seems the RA have walked the league this season with 4 games left to go, Woodland are also in a strong position for 2nd.

As not many teams like playing on a Friday night should we just call it a day and watch the premier league football instead?

Either way we look forward to another AGM where no one has any ideas of how to make the league more enjoyable and reject any ideas to promote or change the league format to help the league survive – whoop whoop!