The Bowls England National Finals takes place across 18 days; over two weeks packed with highs, lows but always top-quality bowls.
Below is a schedule of each day of the Finals, so whether you’re all about the focus and pressure of singles or want to watch the team camaraderie of the Fours, the choice is yours!
The second day of action sees the Men’s & Women’s Triples continue ahead of the Finals over the weekend. It’s a special day, too, for Disability Bowls England, and we’re delighted to host the Final of the DBE National Pairs, as well as some Mixed Ability Triples matches.
Our first Super Saturday of the Finals and it’s a cracker! Four finals take place, including the Women’s Triples champions and the Family Pairs. The finals of the White Rose Trophy and the Amy Rose Bowl round off an incredible day of sport in Leamington.
Sunday will see the conclusion of the Men’s Triples, as we find out who will follow Essex County BC into the record books – or indeed if they can defend their title! The Johns Trophy finals will also feature on this Bank Holiday Sunday, and the Men’s Pairs begin too. With no work on Monday, why not head down and soak in the atmosphere?
Bank Holiday Monday arrives and another packed day of action begins! The Men’s Pairs continues where it left off on Sunday, and elsewhere the Women’s Pairs gets started. It’s also time for the Juniors to enter the fray – the Men’s & Women’s Junior Pairs will see some of the future stars of the sport competing for a national title.
Who can forget 2021’s thrilling Men’s Pairs final, streamed on Facebook & YouTube? The pride of Norfolk Wayne Willgress & John Tufts overcame Devonians Sam Tolchard & Louis Ridout with a superb display – who will claim the crowns in 2022? Elsewhere, Day Five’s competitions continue to progress ahead of a bumper Wednesday.
What. A. Day.
Winners’ Wednesday has everything – six finals spread across the schedule, and the promise of some incredible bowls action. Most notably, the Women’s Pairs title, won so memorably in front of the streaming cameras by the Smith sisters in 2021, will be awarded – as well as Junior Pairs & Senior Singles for both Men & Women. The DBE National Singles Finals has been rearranged for Winners’ Wednesday.
The Men’s Club Two-Fours, one of our most keenly contested inter-club competitions, reaches its climax on Day Eight. Reading BC, Berkshire won this crown in 2021 with a 28-22 victory over Burton House BC, Lincolnshire. Alongside this, the Senior Pairs conclude for both Men & Women.
We finish the first full week of the Finals on a youthful note! Kat Bowman from Leicestershire won the Women’s Junior Singles last year and a number of hopefuls will believe they can claim the title this time round. Elsewhere, current Bowls England Male Junior Bowler of the Year and 2021 champion, Harry Goodwin, will be representing his new county Kent and will hope to qualify once again as the Men’s Junior Singles gets going.
Another of our Birmingham 2022 stars, Jamie Chestney, won the Men’s Champion of Champions last year, and the second Saturday of the Finals sees the final of that competition. The Men’s Junior Singles reaches its conclusion, and the Women’s Fours begins in earnest, culminating on Monday.
Fours is the name of the game this Sunday, as the Women’s Fours competition which started on Saturday continues. The Men’s Fours, won amidst brilliant scenes on A Green by Workington, Cumbria last year, is often one of the most exciting competitions and the action promises to be electric across Victoria Park.
One of the highlights of 2021’s National Finals was the emotional victory of the Essex Women’s Fours team, backed by a vociferous travelling support. It remains to be seen if the team will be making the trip up the A14 to defend their crown, but someone will get their hands on this trophy Elsewhere, Men’s Fours continues, and the Tony Allcock Trophy & the Women’s Two-Bowl Singles get underway.
Three competitions reach their end on this great day of lawn bowls. The Women’s Two Bowl Singles is a big highlight, and can Somerset’s Stef Branfield retain the title she memorably won in 2021? Elsewhere, the Men’s Fours comes to a climax, as does the Tony Allcock Trophy.
Commonwealth Games star Sam Tolchard – who will be hoping to have more medals around his neck after Birmingham 2022 – won the Two Bowls Singles title in 2021. This format is really exciting, and perfect for an introduction into watching the sport. Another prestigious Championship, the Women’s Singles, starts, as well as some Men’s Senior Fours action.
Stef Branfield was just a couple of shots away from completing an historic treble in 2021, namely winning the Women’s Champion of Champions, to go with her titles in the Two Bowl Singles and Singles competitions. The later trophy will be handed to someone today – could Stef retain it? Also at Victoria Park, you can catch the Men’s Singles & Senior Fours competitions.
Often one of the most keenly contested of the Bowls England Championships, Day 16 will see the Men’s Singles title decided. There will be no shortage of contenders who will have their eyes on this prize, currently held by Devon’s Sam Tolchard. Elsewhere at the Finals, the Senior Fours continue.
Four more winners will be crowned on the third Super Saturday of the National Finals. We will discover the Middleton Cup Champions for 2022, as well as the victors in the Mixed Pairs and Men’s Senior Fours. Ellen Falkner won’t be around to defend her Champion of Champions crown having moved to Australia, but will great friend, Commonwealth Games star and brilliant bowler Amy Pharaoh add to her illustrious record?
On the final day, we’re only dealing in trophies! Four competitions being played, and we’ll know the winners of each by the end of proceedings. The Balcomb Trophy, the Walker Cup, the Mixed Fours and the Women’s Senior Fours all have the honour of closing out the 18 day National Finals.
You can read the detailed Schedule here