Bumper Weekend of Bowls with Top Club Finals and Juniors in Belfast

16th September, 2022 by Daniel Ellicott

This weekend, we will see more thrilling action at Victoria Park with the culmination of the National Finals in the Men’s and Women’s Top Club. We will crown our 34th and 35th National champions for 2022.

Following glory for England at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games this summer, England’s junior squads will be competing in Belfast, Northern Ireland this weekend. Managers Stuart Thomas and Nicola Bowe with their 24 strong team aim to bring home the British Isles Junior International Series title.

 

British Isles Junior International Series

For the first time, the Junior Women’s and Junior Men’s International Series will take place together as Belmont BC, Belfast play host for 2022.

England will be represented by 12 men and 12 women to compete against Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a combined six-rink international series. Alongside the combined competition, there will also be separate competition for both the women and men.

Nicola Bowe, Women’s Junior Team Manager, said: “We have a tremendous record in the women’s junior series and our selected team rewards those who have served us so well in the past, together with providing opportunities for some of our younger players to continue to benefit from their experience.”

Stuart Thomas, Men’s Junior Team Manager, added: “We opted with the men’s side to select a team of players that were all under 25 at 1st April 2022, so not utilising the extended age limit. There are 15 counties represented within the men’s squad and this team gives us a fantastic blend of existing junior internationals and new caps that will benefit from a first taste of international experience. I’m confident this group of players will perform well in Belfast.”

England Team for BI Junior International Series
Junior Men – Manager: Stuart Thomas (Buckinghamshire)

Kieran Kniveton (Topsham BC, Devon)

Tom Holmes (Ross-on-Wye BC, Herefordshire)

Alasdair Williams (Porthleven BC, Cornwall)

Harry Goodwin (Appleyard BC, Kent)

 

Dan Mills (County Arts BC, Norfolk)

Anthony Booth-Young (Heaton Hall BC, Lancashire)

Adam Pitfield (Thrapston BC, Northamptonshire)

Jordan Philpott (Royal Mail Cart BC, Lincolnshire)

 

Mark Smith (Avenue BC, Warwickshire)

Adam Barker (St Neots BC, Cambridgeshire)

Ben Coldrick (Cheltenham BC, Gloucestershire)

Tom McGuinness (Gerrards Cross BC, Buckinghamshire) – Captain

 

Travelling Squad Member

Harvey Griffiths (St Dunstans BC, Worcestershire)

 

Non-Travelling Squad Members

Ryan Lowe (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire)

Ben Bywater (Long Eaton Town BC, Derbyshire)

 

Travelling selector: TBC

Junior Women – Manager: Nicola Bowe (Cumbria)

Emma Cooper (Kings BC, Devon)

Jasmine Wilson (Radwinter BC, Essex)

Morgan Merryweather (Island Bohemian BC, Berkshire)

Harriet Stevens (Kings BC, Devon) – Captain

 

Ruby Hill (Royal Mail Cart BC, Lincolnshire)

Chloe Brett (Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire)

Nicole Rogers (Kings BC, Devon)

Katherine Rednall (Norfolk BC, Norfolk)

 

Devon Cooper (Royston BC, Hertfordshire)

Imogen Jenner (Appleyard BC, Kent)

Emily Ferguson (Appleyard BC, Kent)

Rachel Tremlett (Royston BC, Hertfordshire)

 

Travelling squad member

Izzie White (Chester Road BC, Worcestershire)

 

Non-Travelling squad members

Kat Bowman (Birstall BC, Leicestershire)

Paige Dennis (Appleyard BC, Kent)

 

Travelling Selector: Sandy Hazell (Kent)

Schedule of Play

Saturday 17th September

9:30am – England v Scotland

2:30pm – Ireland v England

Sunday 18th September

9:00am – England v Wales

Live Scoring

Live Scoring of the matches plus the table can be found here

 

Top Club National Finals

The final stages of the Men’s and Women’s National Top Club will take place at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Kings BC, Devon will be looking to extend their reign as Women’s Top Club champions to a fourth consecutive year after winning in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Also looking to secure the Women’s Top Club title are three-time winners Wigton BC, Cumbria. Kings BC and Wigton BC could potentially set up a semi-final clash that would promise to be a captivating clash.

Surrey’s Sutton BC have been runners-up twice in the Women’s Top Club (2008 and 2018). They will be vying to do the trick in 2022 and become winners.

Kent’s Appleyard BC will be feeling confident in the Men’s Top Club after they beat 2021 champions and fellow Kent club Bromley BC in the last 16. They will face Wellingborough BC, Northamptonshire for a place in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere, 2021 runners-up Culm Vale BC (Devon) go head-to-head against 2019 runners-up Gerrards Cross BC of Buckinghamshire in the quarter-finals. Both clubs will be hoping that they will be winners this year.

 

The quarter-finals of both events will take place on Saturday, with the semi-finals and finals being played on Sunday.

The quarter-finals of the Men’s Top Club will commence at 9:30am on Saturday with the women’s last eight starting at 1:30pm.

The semi-finals for both competitions will be at 9:30am on Sunday with the finals scheduled for 1:30pm.

Please note that this event is non-ticketed. No live scoring will be available but results from these matches will be uploaded to our Competitions Portal as soon as possible after all matches in the rounds have been played.

Last 8 of the Women’s Top Club

Kings BC (Devon) v Eastbourne BC (Sussex)

Wigton BC (Cumbria) v Royal Leamington Spa BC (Warwickshire)

Norfolk BC (Norfolk) v Oxford City & County BC (Oxfordshire)

Gerrards Cross BC (Buckinghamshire) v Sutton BC (Surrey)

Find the results here

Last 8 of the Men’s Top Club

Aspatria BC (Cumbria) v Boscombe Cliff BC (Hampshire)

Cheltenham BC (Gloucestershire) v Romford BC B (Essex)

Culm Vale BC (Devon) v Gerrards Cross BC (Buckinghamshire)

Wellingborough BC (Northamptonshire) v Appleyard BC (Kent)

Find the results here

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