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Midweek Evening League Cup Final

On a beautiful summer's evening in Swallownest, the final of the Midweek Evening League Cup was played between Valley Park Boston and Treeton Miners Welfare A.

The result was very close all the way through, with only three points between the two teams with the final two games to end. In the end, Treeton A won by 110 points to 95.

We would like to congratulate both teams for a close game played in the right spirit, as all those who took the time to attend will testify.

We also thank all the members of Swallownest BC for offering to host the event and making it such a good evening. Special thanks to the ladies who produced the refreshments and some very tasty snacks during the evening.

Pictured below are the two teams after the end of the game.

The Midweek Evening League Knock-out Cup winners Treeton A (left) and Valley Park Boston

July 14, 2022

Armada Trophy

Please note that the date of this year's Armada Trophy has been changed and will now take place at Maltby Community BC on Sunday, 21st August. This year, the Armada Trophy will be a singles knock-out competition.

Amended entry forms have been distributed to all clubs.

July 15, 2022

Midweek Evening League Cup Final

We are now able to confirm details for the Midweek Evening League Cup Final after making arrangements with everyone concerned.

The final will be between Valley Park Boston and Treeton A, the current top two in Division 1, so it should be a good, even contest.

The game will be played at Swallownest BC on Wednesday, 3rd August with a 7pm start.

We are grateful to Swallownest BC for offering their green for the game.

Please consider going along to give your support (from a neutral standpoint, of course!) to both teams.

We look forward to seeing you there.

July 14, 2022

Statement from RRPBA re heatwave

The committee of the RRPBA are aware of the forecast of very high temperatures in this area, potentially reaching 36C, on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

We are concerned for the welfare of all bowlers and have taken the decision to postpone all fixtures in the Singles League on Tuesday, 19th July. Those matches will now be played at the end of the season.

Temperatures are predicted to drop to around 22C next Wednesday, so at the moment, we are intending the Doubles League on Thursday, 21st July to be played as normal. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and will decide early next week if we need to change these plans.

July 14, 2022

Statement from RCCGBA re heatwave

It has been widely forecast that temperatures early next week are due to rise as high as 36C.

We are concerned for the health and well-being of all bowlers and have taken the decision to postpone all Midweek Evening League games on Monday, 18th and Tuesday 19th July. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision on matches to be played from Wednesday onwards early next week.

Matches postponed will now be played in the blank week commencing Monday, 1st August (7pm start). The Midweek League Cup Final is due to be played that week, but we hope that some will still be able to attend and give their support.

There is still a ‘spare week’ for rearranged games at the end of the season, which clubs are welcome to use if necessary.

The forecast for this coming Saturday (16th July) is for temperatures of approx. 26C. We are not postponing those matches, but we will allow any team who is sufficiently concerned for the welfare of their players to postpone their game if they wish. Any team wishing to postpone their game should contact their opponents as soon as possible, and the Registrar once a postponement has been confirmed. Those matches should be played in the “spare week” at the end of the season.
Matches on Friday, 15th July will go ahead as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor the weather situation, but the forecast is for temperatures to drop by next Wednesday, so at the moment, we hope that matches from next Wednesday in all our Leagues will go ahead as scheduled.

July 14, 2022

Midweek Knock-out Cup Final

Thank you to all clubs competing in yesterday's semi-finals for submitting their results so promptly.

That enables us to be able to announce that the final will take place between Treeton A and Valley Park Boston.

The final is due to take place at Swallownest BC in the week beginning 1st August. There are no Midweek League matches scheduled for that week, so we hope that a number of bowlers will take the opportunity to go along to watch what should be a good competitive final between the current top two teams in Division 1.

July 5, 2022

Midweek Knock-out Cup Semi-finals

The semi-finals of the Midweek League Knock-out Cup are being played this evening (4th July), and we hope that some neutral spectators will go along to the games to give them your encouragement and support.

The games are as follows:
Valley Park Boston v Brinsworth - at Barkers Park, 7pm start
Treeton A v Marquis - at Greasbrough, 6.30pm start

Thank you to Barkers Park and Greasbrough for offering to host these matches.

The final will be played at Swallownest in the week commencing 1st August.

July 4, 2022

Kevin Ellis

Details of Kevin's funeral service have now been received. It will take place at Rotherham Crematorium on Wednesday, 13th July at 12.30pm.

June 29, 2022

Kevin Ellis

It is our sad duty to let you know that Kevin Ellis, a player at Treeton MW, died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack on the perimeter of their green.

We would like to express our sorrow at this news, and extend our sympathies to his family, friends and bowling colleagues. It was an understandably distressing experience for the players of Treeton and Kings BC who were present at the time.

Kev was a well liked person without a harsh word to say against anyone, as well as being a formidable opponent on the bowling green.

Treeton's players have had a meeting and have decided to go ahead with all their matches this week, but they will be holding a minute's silence before their game at Valley Park Boston this evening.

June 20, 2022

Valley Park Tabard - withdrawal of teams

It is with regret that we have to advise you that Valley Park Tabard, who play in Division 2 of the Midweek Evening League and Division One of the Friday Doubles Leagues, have had to withdraw their teams from those divisions.

In addition, the newly formed Valley Park team have withdrawn from Division 2 of the Saturday League.

These resignations are with immediate effect.

This has implications for all three divisions where their teams were competing.

All their fixtures will be replaced by byes. It also means that all results of matches already played against their teams will be void, so all points and player records for those fixtures will be reversed out of the records. This may take a little time to take effect, but will be done as soon as possible. As the results will be deleted, it will allow the few remaining players they have to play for other teams this season, should they so wish. I have agreed this course of action with the rest of the committee, and I will be entering a proposal at the 2023 AGM to take account of this kind of eventuality, should we be unfortunate enough to be confronted with the same situation again in the future.

It is always a sad day when we lose teams from the leagues, and when it becomes three teams spread amongst the three different leagues within the RCCGBA, it is even more regrettable. I know that their decision has not been taken lightly and they have continued on as long as they could, but the problems have been insurmountable.

To save confusion, new fixture lists for the affected divisions have been emailed to all team captains and club secretaries this afternoon. The web site fixture pages will be updated to reflect these changes over the next few days, but have been marked with a notice on the affected pages. The downloads of the fixture lists will be changed as soon as possible.

All other teams playing at Valley Park (Boston and Stag) are unaffected and their teams will continue as planned.

If anyone has any queries or problems, please contact the Registar.

June 15, 2022

Meeting and Competition dates for 2022

MID-SEASON MEETING ON 08/06/2022 AT TREETON MW

CALVERT CUP, OPEN LEAGUE DOUBLES ON 12/06/2022 AT SWALLOWNEST
CLOSING DATE 8/6/2022 AT MID SEASON MEETING
£5 PER PAIR - PRIZE MONEY £50 FOR WINNERS, £30 R/UP AND LOSING SEMI FINALIST GET £15


CHAMPIONS TROPHY TEAM COMPETITION 2 SINGLES AND 1 DOUBLES MATCH KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT ON 11/09/2022 AT FIRBECK
CLOSING DATE 4/9/2022
£5 PER PAIR - PRIZE MONEY £50 FOR WINNERS, £30 R/UP AND LOSING SEMI FINALIST GET £15

GEORGE CORTON TROPHY INTER LEAGUE MATCH 9 SINGLES GAMES AGAINST MALTBY LEAGUE AT WICKERSLEY CI DATE (TBC)

ARMADA TROPHY LEAGUE SINGLES COMPETITION ON DATE 31/07/2022 AT MALTBY COMMUNITY BC
£2.50 PER PLAYER - PRIZE MONEY £50 FOR WINNERS, £30 R/UP AND LOSING SEMI FINALIST GET £15


END OF SEASON MEETING 18/10/2022 AT TREETON MW

May 13, 2022

Midweek Knock-out Cup

Even though several of the matches were only played last night, all the results for the first round of the knock-out cup have now been received. Thank you to all concerned for being so prompt in sending the details in.

That means we can now confirm the draw for the second round will be:

Kings v Valley Park Boston
Phoenix v Brinsworth
Treeton A v Wickersley Village
Phoenix Bradgate v Marquis

The home team for each pairing is to be decided by the lottery bonus ball, so we will be obliged if the first team in each pair of teams listed will contact their opponents to decide who will be the odd/even team for the bonus ball.

There is a week free of Midweek League fixtures in the week commencing Monday 30th May, and all cup games should be played in that week.

Good luck to the teams left in the cup - commiserations to the eight that were less fortunate this week.

May 5, 2022

Fixtures 2022

Another successful indoor season came to a close this morning.

Pictured are the Divisional Winners.

Div 1 : Graham Chambers, Drakes.
Div 2 : John Baxter, Valley Park B.

Runners Up were
Div 1 : Aurora
Div 2 : Wickersley Village

April 13, 2022

Fixtures 2022

The fixtures for the Rotherham Combined and the RRPBA have been distributed to club secretaries and team captains and are now available on the fixtures pages of this web site.

PDF versions of the fixture lists will be available later today via the "information downloads" section of this web site.

March 24, 2022

News update

A few dates for your diary:

RCCGBA mid-season meeting - Treeton WMC - Wednesday, 8th June, 7pm start.

RCCGBA end of season meeting - Treeton WMC - Tuesday 18th October, 7pm start.

RCCGBA Presentation night/Race night - Treeton WMC - Saturday, 26th November.

March 14, 2022

RCCGBA Annual General Meeting

We would like to remind all clubs that the Annual General Meeting of the Rotherham Combined will take place at Treeton WMC on Tuesday, 22nd February. The meeting will start slightly earlier than usual, at 7.15pm, as we will be making various presentations that would normally have been given at the end of year Presentation Evening.

We sent out various documents relating to the AGM to club secretaries yesterday evening, which we hope arrived safely. If any club has not received them, please get in touch as soon as possible.

February 10, 2022

Merry Christmas!

The committee of the RCCGBA would like to wish all bowlers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that you enjoy the festivities and, most of all, that you stay safe and healthy during that time.

December 24, 2021

Roy Guest

It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Roy Guest last Friday after a long illness.

Roy has been a well known figure around the Rotherham bowling scene for many years and has played for Clifton, Silverwood and Dinnington bowling clubs amongst others. He was also a qualified bowling referee.

Roy's funeral will be on Monday, 6th December at 11am at Rotherham Crematorium. The family have asked that no flowers are given, but instead ask for donations to be made to the British Heart Foundation.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences to his family, friends and team mates at this sad and difficult time for them.

November 17, 2021

Update after End of season meeting

Following the end of season meeting at Treeton WMC yesterday evening, we confirm, particularly for clubs who did not send a delegate, that the next meeting of the RCCGBA will be the AGM, which will be held at Treeton WMC on Tuesday, 22nd February 2022 with a 7.15pm start. There will be NO presentation evening this year, due to the continuing Covid situation, and all presentations will be made at the start of the AGM meeting.

It was also agreed at the meeting that for 2022, the Friday and Saturday leagues will remain at 6 players per side, as it has been this season. The decision will be ratified at the AGM, but clubs now know the situation when they decide on their team entries for 2022.

October 6, 2021

Indoor fixtures at Doncaster

The indoor season at the Hexthorpe indoor bowling centre has now started.

The fixtures for the 2021/22 winter season are now available - click on the "Indoor League" option to the left for the fixtures.

September 24, 2021

Wilkinson Trophy Final

The final of this year's Wilkinson Trophy will be held on Friday, 27th August at Phoenix Bowling Club, with the match starting at 2pm.

August 24, 2021

End of season meeting

All clubs are advised that the End of Season meeting of the RCCGBA will be held at Treeton WMC at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 5th October.

We will be grateful if all trophies can be returned at this meeting - if that may prove to be a problem, please contact a member of the committee to make alternative arrangements.

August 22, 2021

Notice to all clubs

All club secretaries have recently received a message from the South Yorkshire Crown Green Bowling Association about an increasing problem being experienced by County officials.

As other players may not be aware of the message, we are reproducing it below, and ask that everyone complies with their request.

"On behalf of South Yorkshire Crown Green Bowling Association, I would like to ask for your help in eliminating a problem that has occurred in recent months that is putting the future of our county in jeopardy.

There have been several instances recently where unjust criticism has been made both privately and publicly about the way Keith Turton and Lesley Allan run the South Yorkshire Bowling Association which has caused great upset to the people involved.

I should not need to remind anybody that without Keith and Lesley, South Yorkshire as a county wouldn’t exist and having worked closely with them for a number of years now, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for them both and the outstanding jobs they do running South Yorkshire.

I know emotions can run high on occasions and I am sure any criticism that has been made is not aimed to cause upset but unfortunately some of the things that have been said are both unacceptable and inaccurate and therefore if this continues, we run the risk of losing two of the best administrators the county has ever had.

Please can I ask you to remind all your members to be polite, professional and respectful in all their future dealings with Keith and Lesley because in my view that is the least, they deserve for all their hard work and providing us with an excellently run county that is second to none.

Yours sincerely

Paul Bailey"

July 12, 2021

Notice from Anston BC.

All clubs should note that with immediate effect, there will be NO smoking inside the gates of the bowling green at Anston Bowling Club. Anyone who wishes to smoke will have to do so outside the gates/fence perimeter.

The condition has been advised to Anston BC by the Anston Parish Council Recreation Ground Charity, who are the bowling club's landlords.

Thank you in advance of your co-operation in this matter.

June 21, 2021

Step 3 - Return to Play

The latest update on the regulations that will apply to the game of crown green bowls has just been issued by the British Crown Green Bowling Association. A full copy of this document can be downloaded from the "Information download" section of this web site, along with the documents that were issued for Steps 1 and 2.

All clubs should have received a copy via South Yorkshire, but it will be your responsibility to make yourselves familiar with its contents.

Most notably, car sharing will be permitted, indoor hospitality can resume and spectators will be allowed - although there will be a limit of 30 people in total on and around the green.

April 25, 2021

2021 fixtures

Fixtures for the Midweek, Friday and Saturday Leagues have been distributed to team captains and club secretaries (subject to the latest contact information we have) this afternoon. PDF copies of the fixtures are now available on this web site via the "information downloads" link. The fixtures are also available on the relevant league pages.

Please note that the Vets League fixtures are not yet available.

April 25, 2021

2021 season update

Thank you to all clubs for responding to our questionnaire and team entry email, and for the views and details given.

A committee meeting of the RCCGBA has been held and we have taken your views into account. To reflect the situation and wishes of clubs, our original intentions have been amended.

Our priority this year is to get everyone back playing bowls in an environment that we are all comfortable with. This past year has been exceptional and we hope our arrangements will help in resuming some normality this summer.

The following will therefore apply this season.
1 – The season will start on Monday, 17th May with the Midweek League. Friday matches commence on 21st May, and Saturday matches on 22nd May.

2 – It will be a competitive season, with promotion and relegation to be applied at the end of the season. Teams not entering this year will be treated sympathetically if they re-enter teams in 2022.

3 – All cup competitions are suspended for this year to prioritise league games and to enable the season to end in mid-September.

4 – We appreciate that evening matches in September will be affected by the evenings drawing in. Please consider moving those matches to earlier in the summer or of having an earlier starting time. That will be for each club to decide, but we urge clubs to make those discussions as soon as possible so alternate date options are maximised.

5 – Matches should only be postponed when absolutely necessary and within the rules of the RCCGBA. Please play matches as soon as possible after the scheduled date so the season can finish on time. No “spare weeks” will be allocated in the fixture list.

6 – Clubs are expected to be familiar with the “Return to Play” documents issued by the British Crown Green Bowling Association and to comply with their rules and guidance. Those documents will be available for download on the RCCGBA web site via the “Information Downloads” link. All social distancing must be followed, sanitising made available and carried out etc. The maximum number of people attending should be enforced and ‘track and trace’ records kept.

7 – Equipment should not be shared unless absolutely necessary. To help with this, FOR THIS SEASON ONLY, we will allow out of date jacks to be used to enable each player to have their own jack. In-date jacks should be prioritised. Players should measure their own ends and use their own tapes if possible.

8 – Due to current restrictions, a mid-season meeting of the RCCGBA will not take place, as indoor meetings are currently not allowed. We plan to hold an end of season meeting and a Presentation Evening – dates to be confirmed. The usual schedule of meetings will resume in 2022, but any urgent issues should be referred to a committee member for attention.

9 – We must point out that car sharing is currently not allowed under the BCGBA guidance. The government’s guidance on safe travel should be referred to if necessary.

Discussions with two clubs have to be completed before fixture lists can be issued, but we hope that fixtures will be released no later than next weekend (24/25 April).

April 16, 2021

News - 2021 season planned to start 30th April

After holding a virtual committee meeting of the RCCGBA on Monday afternoon, we are pleased to announce that we are planning to start the 2021 season on Friday, 30th April.

The decision has been taken following BCGBA issuing further guidance last Friday evening.

We have today written to every club with a team in our leagues. We need a response by no later than 12th April in order that we can achieve the planned starting date.

We intend to commence fixtures in the Friday Doubles League from Friday, 30th April.
Saturday League matches will begin on Saturday, 1st May.
Midweek League fixtures will start from Monday, 3rd May.

These dates are subject to responses from our member clubs.

Due to the guidance issued by BCGBA, the Friday Doubles league will be changed for this season only, to comprise THREE pairs of players, instead of the usual four. This will allow us to start the season as close to on time as possible; it also may have the advantage of some clubs being able to enter a team this summer, as some of their players may not wish to start playing until later in the season.

For similar anticipated player availability reasons, the Saturday League teams will be reduced to SIX players per team instead of the usual eight.

The changes in player numbers for the Friday and Saturday leagues are only for this season and are planned to revert to the usual format of eight players per team in 2022.

For the Midweek League, teams will continue to comprise six players.

With regard to League fees, the RCCGBA committee are pleased to confirm that there will be no further fees due by clubs this season, as the 2020 fees are, effectively being ‘rolled over’ to compensate for the 2020 season being cancelled. Any clubs intending to enter any additional teams will have to pay the necessary fee. If any club has fewer teams entered this season, they will be refunded in due course. This will effectively mean that most, of not all clubs, will not have any further RCCGBA fees to pay this year.

The RCCGBA Constitution stipulates that all players and clubs must be registered with South Yorkshire/BCGBA. As passed at the 2020 AGM, all clubs must submit a copy of their South Yorkshire registration document; we are requesting that all clubs comply by 19th April. As in past years, additions may be made to that player list during the season, but players must be registered before they play their first match of the season - but the ‘new player’ cut-off date of 31st July will still apply this year.

We hope that all clubs will respond promptly to the details requested so that the season can start promptly and everyone can get back to playing bowls.

We will update all clubs at all stages in our preparation for the new season; we ask for your understanding as we are attempting to compress our usual pre-season plans into a much shorter period of time than usual.

Please be advised that our chairman, Tony Gibbins, is unwell and is not to be contacted. Please contact another committee member instead.

To summarise:
12th April – deadline to return questionnaires, including number of teams each club wishes to enter
12th April – deadline for player registrations to South Yorkshire
19th April – deadline for player registrations (copy of player forms sent to SYCGBA) to Rotherham Combined.
30th April – Intended opening of fixtures in the 2021 season.

For 2021:
Midweek League – 6 players per team
Friday Doubles League – 3 pairs per team
Saturday League – 6 players per team
No fees due to RCCGBA for 2021 unless any new teams are entered.

March 30, 2021

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