Wallasey Crown Green Bowling Association 2019

 President / Competition Secretary: Keith Etches: Tel - 07759 956998

Chairman: Mike Costall: Tel -  0151 639 2866 

Vice Chairman / League Fixture Secretary: Colin Jones: Tel -  07930 934876

Secretary / Treasurer: Peter Dodd; Tel -  07908 974768

Executive Committee:

Graham Bunting, Bill Dow, Mary Fishwick, Peter Fishwick,

John Joy, Andy Wainwright, Tommy Walker

Tue Apr 23rd 11 Matches
Wed Apr 24th 2 Matches
Thu Apr 25th 10 Matches
Tue May 7th 12 Matches



Supporting Wallasey C.G.B.A. Bowls



Linda Howard is the Registrar for Merseyside County CGBA and will now issue all BCGBA Membership Cards.

Any requests for a BCGBA Membership Card can be sent to Linda at her address detailed on the BCGBA Membership

Application Form, which can be downloaded from the Merseyside County website and accompanied by a cheque

payable to Merseyside CCGBA. The costs are £12 for new bowlers and £4 for replacement cards.

Linda can be contacted via email at registrar4mccgba@gmail.com.



Saturday March 9th

Terry MacDougall

Terry's Thanksgiving Service took place at Landican last Tuesday and his Wife, Sylvia & her family members would like to thank all the friends and neighbours for their cards and kind words of support during this sad time for everyone who knew Terry. Terry enjoyed his bowls until illness prevented him from playing and both he and Sylvia made many friends during their time together around the greens. 


Thursday March 7th

2019 Team Handicaps

All the Team Handicaps for the 2019 season were reviewed at last nights Handicap Committee Meeting and can now be seen via the Team Handicap link in the table at the left of this page if you are using a computer or at the top of the page if you are using a Tablet or Mobile Phone. 


Monday February 25th

Terry MacDougall

I am very sad to have to inform everyone of the sad passing of Terry MacDougall today after a long period of illness. Terry was a former player at Marine Park, Bronze and Great Float Bowling Clubs. Our condolences go to Terry's wife Sylvia and their children and extended family members at this sad time. Terry's Funeral service will take place at 9-30am in the Central Chapel, Landican on Tuesday March 5th. Terry's family would like to welcome all mourners to the family home at 2 Eldon Road, Wallasey after the Funeral service.


Monday February 18th

2019 Pairs League Fixtures

The 2019 Pairs League Fixtures have now been updated onto this site. It has not been easy organising the fixtures this season with quite a few Clubs sharing greens and an increase in Teams having to play home fixtures on Wednesday evenings. The Divisions have been set up by using the final Main League Tables from the 2018 season.


Sunday February 10th

2019 Starred Player List

The 2019 Starred Player List has now been updated and the complete list can be seen by accessing the 2019 Starrred Player link in the table at the left of this page if you are using a computer, or via the other pages link, if you are using a Tablet or Phone. Thank you to all the Club Secretaries who have provided me with this years Starred Players details.


Thursday January 31st

Mad as Hatters

My wife, Hazel thinks we are all 'Mad as Hatters' when we play bowls in all sorts of Weather during the season but I think we took it to the limit on Tuesday Night at Bradley, Wrexham when we completed a full Evening League's Fixture in Arctic conditions. I don't think I will be able to refuse to go shopping in the rain anymore !!!!




Thursday January 31st

New Secretary at Liscard Bowling Club

Liscard Bowling Club have appointed Bernie Voller as their new Club Secretary and his contact details are available to all Club Secretaries or their representatives by logging into this site and accessing the 2019 Club Contacts page.


Thursday January 31st

Thanks to all Club Secretaries & Treasurers

I would like to thank all Club Secretaries and Treasurers for returning all their Registration forms and Affiliation Fees before the January 31st deadline. I will be sending out the request for Starred player lists during the next week or so but if you have your Starred Players already organised I will gladly accept the names from now onwards. Hoylake Central & Melrose & Upton Victory Hall Bowling Clubs have already sent me their Starred players and I thank Ian and John for their early return.


Tuesday January 22nd

Divisional Cup Draws

The draws for the Harold Jones, Sheppick and Association Cups were made at tonights Executive Committee Meeting and can be seen via the League & Cup Results link in the main table on this page. Will all Clubs please note that as this is a 6 home 6 away competition, matches from the First Round onwards are played on different days because of the ruling that only one match be held on any green on any night. I have altered the dates of First Round matches to be on 16th,17th and 18th April for Clubs with A & B teams or even A, B, C and D teams. This will become clearer once the results of the Preliminary Round matches come in and if further changes of dates are required Clubs will be notified immediately any change is made.


Monday January 21st

Polite reminder to Club Secretaries

I would like to politely remind all Club Secretaries who have not already returned their 2019 registration papers and first Account payments, of my request to try and get everything to me by this coming Saturday, January 26th instead of the normal January 31st deadline date if possible.


Monday January 21st

Executive Committee Meeting

Our first Executive Committee Meeting of 2019 takes place tomorrow evening at New Brighton Cricket & Bowling Club and the Divisional Cup draws for the new season will take place at that meeting. Full details of the draws will be on this site tomorrow.  


Monday January 21st

Winter Flyers

Though there had been rain in the night the green was in excellent condition for the Flyers Tournament on Sunday. Over the years Tixall's Mick Andrews has been the most successful player in these tournaments and in his first appearance since the New Year he came through some stiff competition to yet again take the winning spot beating Robbie Fitzpatrick, also of Tixall, in a hard fought final. In his quarter final game he beat New Brighton Quarry Viking's Joe Edwards, the winner from two weeks ago and then he had to get the better of Tixall's Jamie Fitzpatrick in the semi final. In his run to the final Robbie Fitzpatrick had to be at his best to overcome two of the players who had come over from North Wales, Hawksbury's Paul Roberts and John Jones. As might have been expected from these two players the final was a great game but in the end it was Andrews who came out on top to take yet another win.


Quarter Finals: M. Andrews 21, J. Edwards 18; J. Fitzpatrick 21, E. Dutton 16; J. Jones 21, V. Williams 13; R. Fitzpatrick 21, P. Roberts 11.

Semi Finals: Andrews 21, J. Fitzpatrick 11; R. Fitzpatrick 21, Jones 19. Final: Andrews 21, Fitzpatrick 17.

(Report courtesy of Bill Atkinson)


Monday January 14th

Winter Flyers

It was a cool blustery morning yesterday in Birkenhead Park for this week's Winter Flyers but thankfully the rain held off. The Tournament was won by Port Sunlight Village and Works Nick Woodward who had his first win in the Flyers for quite some time. In the final he beat Cammell Lairds Peter Holian. Though a long time regular at the Flyers Woodward had not managed to make many appearances before Christmas so it was good to see him back to winning ways. In his quarter final game he beat Cammell Lairds John Squires and then he had another fairly comfortable win against Liverpool's John Hignett Snr in the semi final. Meanwhile Holian had a somewhat more difficult run; he had a very good 21-11 win over Hawksbury's Paul Roberts in the quarters before he scraped through to the final after a very close battle with The Magazine's Andy Buchanan. In the final Woodward maintained his good form and after a fairly even start he was able to pull away and take the first prize with a 21-14 win.


Quarter Finals: P. Holian 21, P. Roberts 11; A. Buchanan 21, C. Portis 10; J. Hignett Snr 21, E. Dutton 18; N. Woodward 21, J. Squires 11.

Semi Finals: Holian 21, Buchanan 19; Woodward 21, Dutton 12. Final: Woodward 21, Holian 14.

Last weeks Tournament was won by New Brighton Queens Royal's Joe Edwards who beat West Kirby Victoria's John Harrison 21-16 in the final.

(Report courtesy of Bill Atkinson)


Friday January 11th

What a difference a day makes

After the shock withdrawal of St Georges Bowling Club on Wednesday and having to re-arrange a new set of League Fixtures for the coming 2019 season, I received a phone call from the Upton Victory Hall Secretary, John Sherlock asking if Upton Victory Hall could put a C Team into the Wallasey Association. We have accepted Upton's request without hesitation and their C Team will be playing in Division Three in the new season. As previously stated, Poulton will not be relegated this season despite finishing in 8th place in Division Two last season. The complete 2019 Main League Fixtures have now been added to this site and can be seen by clicking the League and Cup Results link in the table either at the left of this page if you are using a computer or at the top of this page if you are using a Tablet or Phone.

I would like to say a big 'Thank You' to Mike Beckett for his patience in helping me to deal with a difficult 2 days trying to organise the League Fixtures both straight after the St Georges withdrawal and then again after the inclusion of the Upton Victory Hall C team.

As usual Three Teams (New Brighton Queens Royal, New Brighton Quarry Vikings and West Kirby Victoria) have requested that they don't have any League fixtures in the June Isle of Man week and their request has been granted with the fixtures now taking place at the end of July. 


Thursday January 10th

A belated Happy New Year to all our Members

St Georges Bowling Club

Unfortunately after having set all our dates for 2019 and compiling all our Main League Fixtures for the new 2019 Season, we have now been hit by the shock withdrawal yesterday of St Georges Bowling Club from our Association. St Georges say they now have only 10 registered players available for the 2019 season and this is reduced to 8 every second week because of shift working by some of their players. Despite our regulations stating that clubs must resign before our Annual General Meeting, St Georges late resignation now means that our Main League set up will have to be revised. After lengthy discussions between the Officers of the Association yesterday it was decided that for 2019 we will still operate 3 Divisions in the main League with Division Three unfortunately now only having 8 teams. This would mean that only one team (Queens) will be relegated from Division Two for 2019 but 2 teams, Upton Victory Hall 'B' and Magazine will still be promoted to Division Two. As was discussed at our Annual General Meeting on November 28th last year it was felt that operating with just two Divisions would lead to too many matches in both divisions being non competitive because of the playing strength of the teams having to play at a higher level than normal. The Officers of the Association can only apologise to all of our Clubs for this re-organisation at this late stage and this will mean that Division Three Clubs will now only have 14 Main League matches instead of the original 16. Our Pairs League season will still commence on Thursday August 1st as scheduled. I will attempt to revise the 2019 Main League Fixtures in the next couple of days with the new fixtures being posted onto this site as soon as possible. 


Wednesday December 5th

Wallasey CGBA 2019 Season

Our Calendar of Events for the 2019 Season has now been completed and can be seen by accessing the Calendar of Events link in the table at the left of this page. All our Cup Finals have been highlighted in red, our Federation National League matches are highlighted in blue and our Individual Competition dates are highlighted in green. After a difficult season in 2018 when for one reason or another, we were only able to stage 3 Individual Competitions, we have set our dates early for 2019 and can only hope other Associations or indeed Clubs will work their own Competitions around our dates. Unfortunately with so many competitions available for players to enter in Wirral & Merseyside there will obviously be occasions when dates will clash but our Competition dates will not alter from those published today.

The new rules regarding Cup Finals agreed at our AGM last week have now been updated and our Constitutional Laws can be accessed from the table at the left of this page.

If you are reading this website on your I Pad, Tablet or Phone then the information above is accessed via the Other Pages link at the top of the home page on those devices.


Thursday November 29th

Annual General Meeting

Last night's Annual General Meeting at Manor Road Bowling Club was, as usual, well attended with only one Club not being represented on the night. After the all the usual reports from the Secretary, Competition Secretary and Treasurer had been given, the Notices of Motion section of the meeting saw a proposed new rule regarding the Presidents Cup and Wallasey News Cup being played on a six home - six away basis being heavily defeated by the delegates present.

The following New Cup Rules were all accepted by the delegates.

New Cup Rules

New Rule 4.

All team competition cup finals shall take place on a date determined prior to the start of each season by the Executive Committee and shall not be changed.

New Rule 5.

Clubs unable to field a team for any final must notify the Association Secretary as soon as possible but at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled final. Failure to notify the Association secretary at least 48 hours prior to the final will render the club involved liable for all for costs incurred by the Association such as printing costs, referee’s fees etc. and an additional fine of £25. Such clubs will also forfeit the trophy & any prize monies due.

New rule 6.

If whilst a team competition final is being played more than 2 players are missing the team concerned shall be deemed to be unable to raise a team as per rule 5.  Teams attending finals with missing players shall then be fined at a rate of £10 per player (Maximum £20) in addition to any fines imposed as per the above rule 5.

A proposal by Manor Road Bowling Club, seconded by Harrison Park Bowling Club, to change our Regular League Points Scoring system was heavily defeated by the delegates present.

New Brighton Quarry Vikings Bowling Club applied to enter a 'D' team into the Association for the 2019 season and this was unanimously accepted by the delegates present. This team will play in Division Three next season.

Wallasey Royal British Legion Bowling Club have now changed their Team Name but they will still be playing at Withens Lane. The team will now be known as Withens Lane Bowling Club and the old Wallasey Royal British Legion Club will now be called the Withens Lane Social Club.

Dave Gilmore is the new Secretary of Manor Road Bowling Club having taken over from Brian Hampson.

Andy Wainwright was elected on to the Executive Committee and all the present Officers and Executive Committee members were re-elected en bloc after an excellent speech and proposal by one of our Life Members, Rick Keeley.

Our Chairman Mike Costall reminded the delegates present that it is easy to criticise our Officers and Committee members but there is a right way to go about voicing any complaints members may have about things that they maybe do not like or agree with and any complaints will be addressed in the proper manner if received in the proper manner.