Bray Bowling News 10/01/22

The competitive action on the rink resumed last Saturday when Bray "B" returned to action in the Winter League with a home game against CYM. Whilst not at their best the Bray gang defeated the team from Terenure, 4 points to 1, to maintain their position at the top of their section with 4 games to go. The Bray crew are away to Kenilworth next Saturday. The "A" squad are back in action next Saturday with a home game against the Leinster Lions. This is a big game as the team are in a very competitive section.

Also resuming this Wednesday is the famous Wednesday League where John Cheevers will be hoping to win the spring league and become a double winner having won the Christmas title.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 20/12/21

The 2021 Wednesday League has concluded with victory going to John Cheevers on 102 points. In second place was Phyllis Brett then Gabriel Cahill with John Browne and Patrick Brosnan sharing fourth place. Well done to John Cheevers and thanks to Phyllis and Eddie Kelly for all the organising. Unfortunately due to the current Covid situation it was decided not to hold the prize giving night. This is the second year in a row that this has happened. Here is hoping that 2022 will bring better fortune.

Whilst 2021 did not see too much competitive bowling lots of activity took place off the rink, with the railings getting painted, the building of the new shed and patio area, the erection of the two recruitment signs, the purchase of some new equipment to help with the maintenance of our grounds and the reopening of the bar under the new Lounge Team. The new patio area will allow us to go all continental next year! Finally we would like to wish all our members and their families and friends a very Happy Christmas and New Year and remember "Keep on bowling".

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 6/12/21

Last Saturday saw both Bray Winter League teams in action in their last games before the Christmas Break. In Bray, the "A" squad had a hard fought game against Herbert Park where they took 3.5 points against the visitors. Peter Gough complete with his new bowls was on top of his game and John Browne's rink pulled 3 shots back on the last end to draw their rink. At the half way mark the squad are nicely positioned to make a charge in the new year to qualify for the knock-out stages. The "B" squad travelled to Rathmines to take on CYM " B" who are the current holders of the title. The Bray team got 4 of the 5 points on offer. Therese Martin, Eddie Condren and Dave Meaney all did well on the day. The squad are currently top of their group with Leinster and CYM breathing down their necks.

On the home front the Wednesday League is nearing its completion and, with two weeks to go, John Cheevers leads on 92 points, Phyllis Brett follows closely behind on 89 and Gabriel Cahill on 86 is in third spot. There are a number of others with 81/80 points but it is hard to look beyond the top three.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 29/11/21

A busy weekend on the rink with both our squads in action last Saturday on a day when winter showed its teeth. Our "A" squad travelled to leafy Herbert Park in the heart of Dublin 4 to take on Blackrock "B". The newly installed rink proved no problem to Gabriel Cahill who gave a tremendous display of bowling on John Dunne's rink. The team came home with 3 points which keeps them nicely positioned in the table. They are at home next Saturday to Herbert Park and will be confident of making home advantage count. The "B" squad were at home to Dun Laoghaire "B" and took all 5 points on offer. Chris Fenton showed all his experience on a number of occasions to outwit Rita Saunders in a ding dong battle of the skips. The team are away next Saturday to CYM "B" in Leinster. Next Saturday is the last round of games before Christmas and also brings up the halfway mark in the group stages of the league.

The internal Wednesday League is heading towards the business end and with 3 weeks to go. The following is the position: 1. John Cheevers on 81 points 2. Phyllis Brett on 77, 3. Gabriel Cahill (him again) on 74 and 4. John Browne on 73. All to play for so.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 22/11/21

Our Winter League "A" squad were brought down to earth last Saturday against Dun Laoghaire "A". The team from the Borough came to Bray firing on all cylinders and left with all 5 points. Michael Doyle who was making his Winter League debut for Bray impressed on Alan Rath's rink. The team are away to Blackrock "B" in Herbert Park next week and will be hoping to get back to winning ways. The "B" squad are at home to Dun Laoghaire "B" next Saturday and have made a number of changes to the team. Frankie Byrne will be making his seasonal debut and here is hoping it will be a successful day. The Wednesday League is nearing the business end with 4 weeks to go and Phyllis Brett is still at the top of the leaderboard.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 15/11/21

On the weekend that saw Ireland down the mighty All Blacks, Bray Bowling Club celebrated on the double when both our Winter League teams had victories over the bowling equivalent of the All Blacks. Yes, the mighty Crumlin were downed on the double. Our "A" squad took all 5 points on offer at home to Crumlin "B" where Alan Rath had a mighty game. He was able assisted by Marcus Donohue and Peter Gough. The team sit proudly on the top of the table with 10 points from 2 games. They are at home this coming Saturday to Dun Laoghaire "A".

The "B" squad took on Crumlin "A" in Greenhills and returned home with 4 points. They just missed out on the full set when Crumlin took the last end against Tommy Cahill's rink by 1 shot. Patsy Campbell, Margaret Doran and Michael Dunne made their first start of the season and all impressed. The squad are joint top of their section. They are idle this coming Saturday. Last Wednesday saw 40 bowlers on the rink in pursuit of points in the Christmas League. The numbers attending are magnificent. Keep it up. Due to the rising Covid numbers the Executive Committee have decided to postpone the AGM until early 2022.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 8/11/21

A very busy week on the club front with a small group of hardy members reporting for duty last Monday to clean the ditches. Well done to all. Wednesday saw 38 people attend the roll up where all were chasing valuable points in order to claim the top prizes come Christmas time. Phyllis Brett is still the person to catch. Work has finished on the shed and it looks a treat. Well done to Dave Meaney and his helpers.

The weekend saw both Winter League teams in action and both had good victories with Bray "A" claiming 4 points away to the Leinster Lions who had a 10 and 12 year old in their ranks. The "B " squad took all 5 points on offer at home to Kenilworth. This weekend sees both squads take on Crumlin with the A squad at home to Crumlin "B" and the B squad heading to Greenhills to take on Crumlin "A". Finally congrats to Phyllis Brett who was honoured at the BLI Annual Dinner last Saturday as one of only 7 ladies to have won the 4 main LBLI Championships i.e. Singles,Pairs,Trips and Rinks.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 1/11/21

A big week has just gone with competitive action resuming after 19 months. Bray" B" headed for Rathmines where they took on Leinster "A" in the first match of the Winter League. They came home with 0.5 points, courtesy of Tommy Cahill's rink. Things were looking promising for Chris Fenton and his rink but the wily old bowler that is Paul Smyth caught them at the death. This week sees Bray "A", under the stewardship of John Cheevers, head to Kenilworth where they take on the star-studded Leinster Lions who are back boned by the Leonard brothers from Crumlim. Bray "B" are at home to Kenilworth where they will be hoping to make home advantage count.

The Wednesday roll up is motoring along nicely and after four weeks the leaderboard has a familiar look about it with Phyllis Brett leading the way. She is being chased by John Browne and John Cheevers. There are still seven weeks to go so there is still time for somebody to spring from the pack. Last Friday saw a social take place to wish Ann Downhams safe travels as she heads home to South Africa for a few months. Sincere thanks goes to Ann and her daughter who supplied a great spread of food for the occasion. The odd fancy dress costume was spotted as well. Finally, members should check out the work on the shed as Dave Meany is doing a great job in renovating it. We will be left with some additional space which hopefully will be put to good use in the future.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 25/10/21

The weather was the winner this week with the numbers down for the Wednesday roll up. There were only 18 bowling this week which was well down from the previous week. An update on the leaderboard will be available next week. Last Saturday saw the final joint practice session before the Winter League starts next weekend. There was a good turn out and the selectors will have late nights ahead. Bray "B" are first in action next Saturday when they travel to Rathmines to take on Leinster "A". This is the first competive fixture for any Bray team since late February 2020. We wish the team good luck. Finally,next Friday 29th October sees a social taking place to celebrate Halloween and also to wish Ann Downhams bon voyage as she returns to South Africa for their summer (no jealously now). Ann will be back in the spring of 2022. Fancy dress is optional but Mick Dunne will be decked out in his best bib and tucker!

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 18/10/21

This week the Wednesday roll up took pride of place with 39 bowlers taking to the rink all hoping to gain points to help them top the table come Christmas time. Patsy Campbell was in outstanding form on the day. The organisation was top class and also it was great to see so many bowlers from Greystones come along. Once again on Thursday Adrian Flaherty was a member of the winning team in the roll up. This man is a cash machine and with his luck he should buy a lotto ticket!!! On Saturday last a practice match took place between the two Bray squads entered in the forthcoming Winter League. All went well and the selectors will have a hard task ahead in picking their respective teams. A further practice game will take place this coming Saturday at 11am.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 11/10/21

A very quiet week on the rink this week with the start of the Wednesday competition the highlight. There was some teething problems but they have been ironed out and all will run smoothly from now on. The squads for the forthcoming Winter League have been picked and are pinned up in the club. Both squads will have a practice session next Saturday at 11am which will give all players a chance to impress the selectors and stake a claim for inclusion for the first match. Finally we would like to wish Zak Martin bon voyage as he heads to Spain for a year and to say we will welcome him back with open arms.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 4/10/21

After the excitement of the club finals last weekend the members adopted a more leisurely approach this week. The Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday rollups were well attended and it was great to see so many of the new faces down on the rink. Our two new recruitment signs are certainly paying dividends. As the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping members should note that the start time for daily play is being put back to 11am to allow for moisture to clear from the rink.

The two squads for the Winter League will be announced this week and details will be posted in the changing rooms. The league is scheduled to start on Saturday 30th October. This Wednesday also sees the start of the traditional red/black roll up which will continue until mid-December and will culminate with a social night the week before Christmas. We hope to hold an AGM in November and, as there will be a number of important positions to be filled, members are asked to consider letting their names go forward.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 20/9/21

This week sees the finals of the various club competitions for 2021. However, pride of place must go to Betty Keogh and Breeda Keogh who travelled to Skerries last weekend for the concluding stages of the LBLI Covid Championships. Betty and Breeda entered the 2 Bowl Pairs and in the semi final against a powerhouse Leinster team the Bray ladies emerged victorious after playing an extra end after the match finished 16/16 at the end of the normal 18 ends. In the final against CYM the Bray pair really found their mojo and in a display for the ages won 20/2. Well done to both and also well done to Terri McKeon and Bernie Traccey who travelled to Skerries to support the girls and who kept the members back in Bray updated with their progress.

This weekend the club finals are set to take place. The action starts on Saturday 25th September at 12 noon with the Mixed Trips Final and the Men's 4 Bowl Pairs taking place. At 2pm the Men's 4 Bowl Handicap kicks off and at 3pm the Ladies 2 Bowl Singles between Terri McKeon and Marge O'Leary brings the day's proceedings to an end. On Sunday 26th September the action begins at 11 am with the Men's and Ladies 2 Bowl pairs. At 1.30pm the Men's 2 Bowl Singles between Patrick Brosnan and Peter Gough is on and this is followed at 3pm with the two blue riband finals the Ladies and Men's Championship finals. These see Terri McKeon locking horns with Betty Keogh and Eoghain Brady taking on Eamonn Kennedy in the battle of the bankers. All are welcome to attend what will be a great weekend of bowling.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 12/9/21

Another exciting week on the rink where the club competitions are taking pride of place. The highlight of the week was a tremendous 2 Bowl Singles semi final between old football friends Niall Shelley and Peter Gough. This one went all the way with Peter claiming victory 21/20. He will now face Patrick Brosnan in the final. In the Mixed Triples the trio of Marcus Donohoe, Pam O'Leary and Will McKeon claimed victory over John Dunne, Patsy Campbell and Tiernan Kavanagh. Pam was outstanding on the day.

The roll ups continued as usual and once again newcomer Adrian Flaherty was in the money this week. Well done again Adrian. A note for the diaries now. - the traditional autumn Wednesday roll up starts up on 6th October and will continue until Wednesday 15th December. We have also seen a number of new faces down on the rink this week and we would ask all members to encourage them and take them under their wing. Remember they are the future. Next week will be busy as all semi finals have to be completed by 19th September. The organising committee will publish the schedule for finals weekend after all the semi finals have been completed.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

5/9/21: Bray Bowling News

Bray Bowling Club is back in to the swing of things following a long shut down due to the Corona Virus. With the railings surrounding the grounds freshly painted and the hedges all pruned back thus allowing members of the public a clear view of the proceedings and our two new signs seeking new members taking pride of place the members are delighted to be back bowling. The club championships are reaching the business end and all competitions are at the semi final stage. The finals are scheduled for the weekend of 25/26 September and will be fully reported on. In the meantime the club has entered two teams into the forthcoming All Weather Bowling League which is due to start in October and all are looking forward to the resumption of competitive bowling. In a novel roll up competition held last Saturday where points were awarded for the bowl touching the jack and points awarded for the three bowls closest to the jack victory went to the Eoghain Brady led team where newcomer Adrian Flaherty had a game to remember. Another newcomer John Gilliland also did well on the day. Thanks to Pat Crinnion for coming up with the concept and for his patience on the day. The fun will continue for the next two Saturdays.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

25/8/21: Bray Cup Final Photos

With the pandemic still ongoing Bray held their own internal cup. In the final, Marcus Donohoe's team triumphed over the John Cheevers-led opposition. Some images of the match can be viewed here.

27/7/21: Baird Cup (Round 2) Photos

In the second round of the BLI senior trips (Baird) cup on a hot morning in Failte Park, Bray's John Cheevers' and his team (Niall Shelley, Peter Gough) defeated a useful Railway Union trio (Adam Kells, Ciaran Carrick, Derek Kells) 18-13. Some images of the match can be viewed here.

4/7/21: Baird Cup Photos

Recently a Bray team captained by John Cheevers took on an outfit from Ierne in the BLI senior trips (Baird) cup in Failte Park. While the home side raced into a healthy lead the visitors never gave up and were able to stage a late rally. It finished 22-16 to Bray. Some images of the match are here. There's also some shots of a roll-up that took place at the same time.

25/6/21: Today FM Podcast

Sean Keegan of Crumlin BC introduces bowling on Today FM.


23/6/21: Awakening from Lockdown

Our latest Youtube video: Awakening from Lockdown.


12/6/21: Roddy O'Leary's Image Archive

Our BLI rep, Roddy O'Leary, was quite active on the camera down through the years and the best of his photos are now on our website. Quite a bit of help was needed to put names to the faces with Fran Neilson being outstanding in this regard. She was ably assisted by Roddy & Pam O'Leary, Phyllis Brett, Eddie O'Sullivan and Richard Neilson. Patrick Brosnan handled the technological side of things. Thanks to all for their efforts. Roddy's images can be found here.


26/5/21: New Sign

Club welcome sign.

Bray's new club sign is thanks to the hard work of Marcus Donohoe, Owen Byrne, Tiernan Kavanagh and Chris Fitzgerald. We always welcome new members.

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