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Bray Bowling News 26/09/22

The club championship finals took place last weekend and the weather God's looked kindly on all the finalists. There was a very good attendance over the course of the two days. On Saturday we had some thrilling matches with two of them going down to the wire. In the Ladies 2 Bowl Singles Marge O'Leary showed all her experience by defeating Therea Martin 21/20 in an absolute thriller. In the Mixed Trips the team of Frank Byrne/Terri McKeon/Marcus Donohue had a 15/14 win over Ger Minogue/Ann Downhams/Eamonn Kennedy. Peter Gough retained his 2 Bowl Singles title defeating Patrick Brosnan 21/14 and in the Men's 4 Bowl Pairs Niall Shelley and Ger Hollingsworth overcame Walter Doyle and Shane Martin.

Sunday saw 5 finals taking place and, in the morning session, John Dunne defeated his mentor Walter Doyle in the handicap singles. In the Ladies 2 Bowl Pairs Theresa Martin/Marge O'Leary defeated Patsy Campbell/Terri McKeon. This was Theresa's third win on the trot in this competition. The Men's 2 Bowl Pairs saw Eoghain Brady/Brendan Duffy overcome Roddy O'Leary/Ewen Cronin where everything hinged on the last bowls from Eoghain and Roddy. The afternoon saw the blue riband finals of both the Ladies and Gents Championships. Phyllis Brett and Breeda Keogh served up a thriller in the ladies final and Phyllis overturned a large deficit to claim yet another Ladies Championship. In the Men's final Niall Shelley claimed a first title when defeating Patrick Brosnan. Both Niall and Phyllis will represent Bray in the Champion of Champions competition next year. There is no pressure on Niall but Bray are the defending champions !!!.

A big thank you goes to the organisers for all their great work and for having a direct line to Met Eireann in Millibar Mansions. A period of reflection will now follow until the commencement of the Winter League on 15th October.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 19/09/22

The 2022 summer league season is over and the Bray report card is in. Overall it was a successful season with 3 league wins and a cup success to look back on. The trophies and medals will be presented to Bray at the annual BLI Dinner which will take place on Friday 4th November in CYM Bowling Club. The club will then hold its own presentation night on Friday 11th November when all the medals will be presented to the individual bowlers. Another date to put in the Diary is Friday 18th November when the AGM will take place and the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary will have to be filled.

This coming weekend sees the club championships reach their conclusion with finals taking place on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th September. The timetable has not been announced yet but we do know that the two blue riband events i.e. the Men's and Ladies' Championship finals will take place on Sunday afternoon. In the Men's final Patrick Brosnan and Niall Shelley will go head to head and, as both are first time finalists, we will have a new name on the Honours Board. The Ladies final sees the experienced duo of Phyllis Brett and Breeda Keogh do battle. A number of bowlers have qualified for 2 finals so they will be busy over the weekend. A big thank you to the organisers who did a great job in getting all the matches played and for communicating everything in a very timely manner. We will have a full report on the finals next week.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 12/09/22

The 2022 summer season concluded on Sunday last with Bray claiming victory in the Shott Cup. In an exciting final played in North Kildare our heroes, under the captaincy of Owen Byrne, defeated CYM. Well done to the whole squad.

On Saturday last both Division 1 and 2 were in action against Railway Union and Meath respectively. In leafy Sandymount, despite defeating Bray 5/2, Railway Union were relegated. In Bray the champions, Meath, were the visitors and they showed their class with a comprehensive win against the locals. Bray had to wait for other results to come in before their survival in Division 2 was confirmed. Division 1 played their final game on Sunday at home to Crumlin and suffered their second defeat in as many days. Crumlin's victory saw them win Division 1 by 0.5 of a point over CYM. Thoughts now turn to the club championships with some finalists known and more semi-finals to be played this week. Further details will follow next week.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 05/09/22

Another good week on the rink with our Division 5 team clinching the league title with a comprehensive win at home over North Kildare. Well done to Owen Byrne and his crew. A feature of the win was that all new members this season got game time. Division 4 finished the season away to Westmanstown where the locals proved too hot to handle. Thursday saw all 4 Vets teams take on Dun Laoghaire and over the 4 games Bray won 3 and drew 1. Vets 1 and 3 both of whom won their respective leagues had a celebratory breakfast before their home games against Dun Laoghaire and thanks to John Dunne and his fellow chefs for doing the honours. In the matches that followed Vets 1 drew their game. Vets 3 won their game in style thus finishing the season with a 10 point victory margin. In Dun Laoghaire, Vets 2, for the third week running, claimed victory on the last end with Ray Rigley bowling 2 crackers to seal a 3/1 win and a third place finish. It was a case of what might have been for them. Vets 4 also won 3/1 to finish mid-table.

On Saturday the monsoons arrived and dispelled the myth that bowling is a genteel, dry weather sport. Division 2 travelled to St. James's Gate and got 1 point to stay 3 points ahead of CYM with one game to play in the battle to avoid relegation. In Bray our Division 1 team got 2 points against Westmanstown. At both venues it would not have been a surprise if Noah and his ark had arrived to pick up 2 bowlers !!!

This coming Saturday sees Division 1 travel to Railway Union in their last away game and, in their last match, Division 2 face Meath at home in a crucial game. Sunday 11th sees the Shott Cup Final take place in North Kildare where Bray take on CYM which we hope will be a great finale to the season.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 29/08/22

A very good week for the club with both Vets 1 and Vets 3 claiming league titles last Thursday with 1 game to spare. Vets 1 defeated a strong CYM team at home and Vets 3 overcame Greenhills, also at home. Both teams will celebrate their wins with a celebratory breakfast before they both face Dun Laoghaire at home on Thursday in their last match. Vets 2 and 4 travelled to Westmanstown where Vets 2 recorded a good win to maintain their quest for third place. Well done to Frankie Byrne for answering the last minute call to arms and also to Dean Kenny who put in a man-of-the-match performance on the day. On the day Vets 4 found the locals too hot to handle. Both travel to Dun Laoghaire on Thursday to complete their programme for the season. The ladies finished up their season by taking a point home from Kenilworth and well done to Michael/Michelle Dunne for his contribution throughout the season! Division 4 got 5 points at home to Dun Laoghaire and Division 5 got a great 4 points in Greenhills in a game that finished in near darkness to remain top of the table with one game to play at home to North Kildare. By the time you read this their fate will be known.

Division 4 play away to Westmanstown in their last match. Both Divisions 1 and 2 picked up 1 point each last Saturday away to Kenilworth and home to Skerries. Next Saturday Division 1 face Westmanstown at home and Division 2 travel to St. James's Gate in an early morning start where they could do with picking up some points in their battle to avoid relegation. In a great finale to the week our Shott Cup team qualified for the final after defeating Causeway from Dungarvan 55/36 in the semi-final played on Sunday last. They now face CYM in the final which, more than likely will be played next, week.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 22/08/22

The midpoint of August has passed and, with the nights closing in, the finishing line for the 2022 Summer season is in sight. On Monday last, Division 4 made the short hop down the coast to Greystones and unfortunately returned home empty-handed. Division 5 hosted an understrength Kenilworth and had a comprehensive victory to remain top of the table with 2 games to go. On Wednesday the ladies were at home to Leinster in their last home game of the season where they picked up 2 points. Thursday saw all 4 Vets teams take to the rink with contrasting fortunes. Vets 1 got 3 points away to Westmanstown to remain on course to take the title. Vets 2 defeated Kenilworth at home to remain steady in mid-table. Vets 3 were defeated away to Westmanstown and are still hanging tough at the top of the table. Vets 4 defeated Crumlin at home where Adrian Flaherty made an impressive debut for the home team. On Saturday last Division 1 took 2 points at home to Blackrock to remain in mid-table. Division 2 ventured north to Drumcondra to take on Ierne and got 1 point to continue their battle against relegation.

This Wednesday sees the ladies play their last match of the season away to Kenilworth. Thursday has Vets 1 and 3 at home to CYM and Greenhills in two vital matches in both teams' quest for league honours. Vets 2 and 4 head west on the M4 to Westmanstown. Saturday has Division 1 travel to Kenilworth and Division 2 are at home to fellow seasiders, Skerries. Monday, 29th August, has both Division 4 and 5 play their final games away to Westmanstown and home to North Kildare. Hopefully Division 5 will be celebrating come 8.30pm.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 15/08/22

The country sizzled this week in a heatwave and the various Bray teams turned on the heat this week as well. On Monday last Division 4 took 5 points at home to Ierne and Division 5 took 1.5 points at home to Leinster. They are still top of the table with 3 games to go and their fate rests in their own hands. On Thursday last Vets 1 and 3 were at home to Crumlin and CYM 'C' respectively and both claimed all the points on offer. Both teams top their leagues again with 3 games to go and, like Division 5, they control their own destiny. Vets 2 made the short hop to Shankill and suffered an agonising defeat on the last end on both rinks. Vets 4 hit the M4 to North Kildare and acquitted themselves well by taking 1 point. On Saturday our Division 1 team took 2 points back from CYM but they will be disappointed in not getting the overall victory as they went down by 1 shot. Our Division 2 team are certainly putting up a great fight to avoid relegation and took 6 points at home to Clontarf. The victory takes them above CYM in the fight for survival.

This Wednesday has the ladies at home to Leinster in their second last match of the season. On Thursday Vets 1 and 3 travel to Westmanstown and both hope to continue their good form. Vets 2 and 4 host Kenilworth and Crumlin respectively. On Saturday next Division 1 are at home to Blackrock and Division 2 travel to Drumcondra to tackle Ierne. Monday 22nd August sees Division 4 host Dun Laoghaire and Division 5 have a tough game away to Greenhills. The club championships are moving along nicely and are practically at the quarter-final stage for all competitions. Well done to the organisers for cracking the whip and keeping everyone on track.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 08/08/22

A very busy week on the rink following the break for the BLI Championships. On Tuesday last Division 4 made the trip to Sportslink and the locals, sporting a number of Junior BLI Championship winners, proved too strong. Division 5 maintained their grip on top spot after picking up 4 points away to CYM. The ladies travelled to Crumlin on Wednesday and the juggernaut from Dublin 12 proved to be a bridge too far. On Thursday Vets 1 suffered a surprise setback against Herbert Park but are still hanging tough at the top of the league. Vets 2 had a good win at home to CYM to keep their outside hopes of silverware alive. In a humdinger of a match in North Kildare Vets 3 stole 3 points to remain in top spot. Thanks to North Kildare for the wonderful hospitality before and after the game. Vets 4 were at home to CYM where the legend that is Pat Brett made his seasonal debut after a long term knee injury. Pat's heroics were not enough to carry the day. On Saturday, Division 1 took 5 points home from Dun Laoghaire where newcomers Brendan Adamson, Ritchie Doyle and Shane Martin contributed handsomely. Division 2 got 5.5 points at home to Crumlin which will help in their effort to avoid the dreaded drop.

This week sees Vets 1 and 3 at home to Crumlin and CYM respectively, whilst Vets 2 and 4 travel to Shankill and North Kildare. Saturday sees Division 1 travel to lock horns with CYM 'B' and Division 2 host Clontarf. Next Monday sees Division 4 make the short trip to Greystones and Division 5 have home advantage against Kenilworth. The club championships are ongoing and some big fish have been reeled in and will be watching proceedings from the bank !! Never a dull moment.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 01/08/22

In the BLI Junior Pairs competition Alan Hopkins and Will McKeon put in a great performance in the semi-final against the home pair from CYM but just fell short. Well done to them both for carrying the flag so far and thanks to all those who travelled to support them. Next year the championship finals will be held in Bray and hopefully some more Bray bowlers will be in there fighting for glory.

In the internal club championships the 2021 Men's singles champion Eoghain Brady bit the dust against Peter Gough in an absolute thriller of a match. Also Ger Hollingsworth turned the formbook upside down when he recorded a notable win against Brendan Duffy in the 2 Bowl Singles. Well done to the organisers of the club competitions for keeping us all updated on the schedule.

Back to team affairs and matches resume this week when the ladies travel to Crumlin on Wednesday. On Thursday all 4 Vets teams take to the rink with Vets 1 travelling to Dublin 4 to take on Herbert Park. Vets 2 and 4 host CYM and Vets 3 travel to the plains of Kildare to take on North Kildare. On Saturday Division 1 travel to Dun Laoghaire with Division 2 at home to Crumlin. Monday next sees Division 4 at home to Ierne and Division 5 at home to Leinster in a potential title decider. The finishing line is in sight in all leagues so keep it going, lads and lassies, and hopefully some silverware will be winging its way to Bray in a few weeks.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 25/07/22

An extremely busy week on the rink was kick-started on Monday night by Division 5 taking all 6 points at home to Railway Union to maintain their position at the top of the table. Division 4 travelled to CYM on the same night but came home empty-handed. Men's Division 1 were also in CYM on Tuesday night and got 2 points against the high-flying home team. On Wednesday the ladies made the short trip to Dun Laoghaire and came home with 5 points. Thursday is Vets Day and Vets 1 were at home to Greenhills and picked up all 4 points to retain top spot. Vets 2 travelled to Ierne and also got all the points which gives them an outside chance of silverware. Vets 3 got 3.5 points at home to Sportslink and they also remain in top spot. Vets 4 made the long trek to Skerries but the locals proved too strong for the visitors from Wicklow. Friday saw the ladies play Blackrock in neutral Clontarf in the cup semi-final. Unfortunately they were well beaten so Cup glory will have to wait another year. On Saturday Division 2 played away in Dun Laoghaire and got 2 points. They are still in a perilous position in the league and need to get some points on the board urgently.

Sunday saw both our Shott Cup team and Open Cup team in action. The Shott Cup team (Division 4/5) defeated Leinster at home to qualify for the semi-final. The Open Cup team (Division 1), like Spencer Tracey, had a Bad Day in Blackrock.

There are no matches this week for the gents due to the BLI Championships taking place in CYM. Bray will be represented by Alan Hopkins and Will McKeon who take on CYM in the semi-final of the Tyler Cup Junior Pairs on Wednesday. The very best of luck, lads, and all of Bray are right behind you.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 18/07/22

Pride of place this week goes to Eoghain Brady who last Sunday won the prestigious Champion of Champions competition hosted by Dun Laoghaire Bowling Club. Eoghain defeated David Doyle from Ierne in the semi-final before overcoming Paddy Taaffe from Skerries in the final. A big thank you to those who travelled to support Eoghain and who kept us all informed on his progress throughout the day. This was Bray's first success since 2005.

On the team front Division 5 took 5 points home from Blackrock last Monday to maintain their momentum at the top of the table. Vets 1 and 3 are still holding fast at the top of their respective leagues despite contrasting results last week where Vets 1 lost away to Leinster and Vets 3 got 3 points away in Blackrock. Vets 2 and 4 had no luck at home to Skerries and Meath. Last Saturday Division 2 got 6 well needed points at home to CYM to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the dreaded drop. They travel to Dun Laoghaire next Saturday where a point or two would be most welcome.

The ladies are in cup semi-final action this coming Friday in neutral Clontarf where Blackrock await. Best of luck ladies. There are no games the week commencing 25th July as the BLI Championships are taking place in CYM. Alan Hopkins and Will McKeon will be flying the flag for Bray. More of which next week.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 11/07/22

A positive start to the week with our representatives in the BLI Junior pairs, the dynamic duo of Alan Hopkins and Will McKeon, winning their quarter final away to Greystones to advance to Championship week in CYM. Unfortunately, Owen Byrne our man in the Junior Singles came a cropper in his quarter-final. There is always next year, Owen. In the annual Champion of Champions competition our man, Eoghain Brady, claimed a notable scalp when he overcame Gareth Pierrepont of CYM to advance to the semi-final where he will play David Doyle from Ierne. Betty Keogh who was flying the flag in the ladies competition lost out to home favourite, Rita Saunders.

Back to team affairs and our Division 5 team had a great victory at home to Westmanstown to jump to top spot in the league. Stay focused and you never know. Division 4 had no luck away to Bank of Ireland where points, like a loan, were hard to come by!! The ladies game at home to CYM was postponed due to covid issues among the opposition. On Thursday last both Vets 1 and 3 had comprehensive home victories against, Clontarf and Crumlin to maintain their positions at the top of their respective leagues. Remember, gang, it is a marathon and not a sprint. Vets 2 and 4 had no luck away to Blackrock and Westmanstown. On Saturday Division 1 took all 7 points at home to Leinster despite missing a few players due to the dreaded you know what !!

This week the ladies are idle. On Bastille Day the Vets gangs are away to Leinster, home to Skerries away to Blackrock and home to Meath respectively. Next Saturday Division 1 are idle but play away to CYM on 19th. Our Division 2 team host CYM. Monday, 18th, sees Division 4 travel to leafy Terenure to face CYM and Division 5 host Railway Union. The club championships are making steady progress and there was a heavyweight clash in the Men's Championship where Marcus Donohue won a thriller against John Cheevers.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 04/07/22

Another hectic week on the bowling green. On Monday last our Division 4 team were at home to Blackrock and unfortunately they suffered a comprehensive beating. The same night our Division 5 team made the short trip to Dun Laoghaire and returned with all 6 points to remain in second place in the league. Our ladies travelled to Blackrock on Wednesday and brought home 1 point courtesy of Breeda Keogh's rink. Every Thursday is Vets Day and our 4 teams were in action. Vets 1 had an excellent win away to St. James's Gate where Richie Doyle made an impressive debut. Vets 2 were at home to high-flying Meath and got 3 points to stay in second place behind the Royals. Vets 3 made the short hop to Greystones and got 1 point where Bob Neilson made a winning start as skip. Finally Vets 4 defeated Clontarf at home and they could figure in the final shake up yet. Saturday brought contrasting fortunes for our 2 senior teams with Division 1 taking all 7 points at home to Railway Union. Pat Crinnion put in a sound performance on his first appearance. Division 2 travelled to Trim to take on Meath bereft of a number of established players and were soundly beaten.

This Wednesday the ladies host CYM and on Thursday Vets 1 are at home to Crumlin, Vets 2 are away in Blackrock, Vets 3 are home to Crumlin and Vets 4 away to Westmanstown. Saturday sees the turn-around in Divisions 1 and 2 with Division 1 hosting Leinster and Division 2 travelling to Greenhills. Monday 11th July has Division 4 in Crumlin and Division 5 in Blackrock. The club championships are up and running and already a big name or two has bitten the dust. More details in the future.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 27/06/22

Midsummer has come and gone and the bowling season has, in some cases, reached the half way stage. On Monday of last week our Division 4 team had an impressive home win against Westmanstown to maintain a top three place and Division 5 travelled to the plains of Kildare and came home with 5 points to sit proudly in second place in their league. On Wednesday the ladies defeated Westmanstown at home 4/3 to climb to second spot. Thursday saw the 4 Veterans teams take on Dun Laoghaire with Divisions 2 and 4 celebrating home wins and Divisions 1 and 3 both going down away. By coincidence the score in all 4 games was 3/1 to the home teams. Thursday saw the draw for the club championships take place and a good crowd attended and we can look forward to some mouth watering contests in the weeks ahead. Both Division 1 and 2 were in action last Saturday with Division 1 away to Westmanstown where they got 1 point courtesy of Marcus Donahue's rink. The man himself was in scintillating form on the day. Division 2 took 2 points at home to St. James's Gate.

This coming week sees the ladies travel to Blackrock and the 4 Vets teams take on SJG, away, Meath at home, Greystones away and Clontarf at home respectively. Saturday sees Division 1 at home to Railway Union and Division 2 make the long trek to Trim to take on the Royals of Meath. July is nearly upon us and on American Independence Day 4th July Division 4 travel to tackle the money men from Bank of Ireland and Division 4 welcome Westmanstown to Bray. Finally good luck to our representatives in the BLI Junior Championships who are in action over the next week.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 13/06/22

There are no matches on a bank-holiday Monday but the junior men's teams enjoyed success in the Tuesday drizzle. In Bray the Division 4 lads took all points off neighbours Greystones to maintain their place on top of the table. In Division 5 their club-mates made off with an impressive 5 points from Kenilworth of Rathmines. The next day the ladies' team enjoyed success in the same suburb with a 1-6 win over Leinster. Vets' day was disrupted by a funeral (see below) but two home matches against Westmanstown did go ahead. Vets 1 won 3-1 and Vets 3 lost by the same score. Both still top their tables. In Saturday's Division 1 match Bray A made the difficult trip to Blackrock. They left with a single point, courtesy of Tommy Cahill's rink. Making a successful first team debut on Tommy's team was new man, Alan Hopkins. In Bray the Division 2 lads had a much needed 6-1 win over Ierne which lifted them off the bottom of the table. The next day they were beaten in the cup at a windy Greenhills though the junior lads did win their tie at home to Blackrock.

On Thursday the club bade farewell to Brian Walshe who had passed away days earlier after a long illness. As well as being a great bowler in the lead position, Brian always made time to help new members find their feet. He also worked hard maintaining club facilities. A true gentleman.

In the senior BLI championships, Blackrock's Ian Gillen and fellow raiders once again made off with the spoils, this time against John Cheevers' trips side. In the fours Chris Fenton's match was so tight that it went to an extra end, one in which the visitors from Railway Union snatched victory. The club had better luck in the juniors with Will McKeon and Alan Hopkins (him again) coming through a tough tie at Greystones and Owen Byrne winning at home in the singles.

On Wednesday, 15th June, the Bray ladies host Kenilworth. The next day Vets 2 and 4 both welcome teams from Westmanstown while Vets 1 and 3 travel to CYM and Greenhills. On the Thursday evening Eoghain Brady faces CYM's Gareth Pierpoint in the Marper Cup (senior singles). The following Saturday Kenilworth visit Bray in the men's First Division while the second team make the long trek north to Skerries. On Monday 20th the Division 4 squad take on Westmanstown at home and the fourth team make another long journey to North Kildare.

Patrick Brosnan. Frank Devlin is away (but the dogs will find him).

Bray Bowling News 06/06/22

Action all the way this week. Monday last saw Owen Byrne and Brendan Adamson make a foray to North Kildare where both of them were in action in the Nassau Cup singles and both returned victorious. Both Division 4 and 5 hit the road on Monday to Ierne and Leinster respectively. They both found the going tough and got 1 and 2 points each. Tuesday saw Brendan and Shane Martin in home action against North Kildare in a pairs match. Unfortunately victory went to the visitors. Our Division 1 team were also playing at home on Tuesday to CYM "B" and they took 5 points. The ladies took centre stage on Wednesday as they welcomed Crumlin to Bray. The visitors proved too strong and left with 5 points. Thursday is Vets Day and our 4 teams hit the rink. Vets 1 lost their unbeaten record away to Crumlin. They are still nicely positioned though. Vets 2 beat Shankill at home, Vets 3 took 3 points away to CYM and Vets 4 took 3 points at home to North Kildare.

Friday saw a number of matches in the various BLI/LBLI Championships. Chris Fenton and Theresa Martin beat Crumlin in the mixed pairs. Pride of place goes to Terri McKeon who after playing with Bernie Tracey in CYM in the doubles stayed on for another 4 hours to support a Bray team in O'Leary Cup action also in CYM.

The fun continues this week with the ladies travelling to Leinster on Wednesday, the 4 Vets playing on Thursday against Westmanstown x 2 at home and Kenilworth and Crumlin away. Next Saturday has Division 1 making the short trip to Blackrock and Division 2 entertaining Ierne. Monday 13th has Division 4 in Dun Laoghaire and Division 5 at home to Greenhills. Our 2 representatives in the Champion of Champions competition in Dun Laoghaire in July, Eoghain Brady and Betty Keogh, have gotten favourable draws and more details will follow.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 29/05/22

All in all, a good week for the bowlers of Bray. Last Monday saw a double header at home where our Division 4 team took all 6 points against Sportslink and Division 5 took all 6 points against CYM. Thursday saw all 4 Vets teams in action with Vets 1 getting all 4 points at home to Herbert Park to maintain their impressive start. Vets 3 took 3 points in a hard earned home victory over North Kildare where Paddy Pegman showed all of his experience in a vintage display. Both Vets 2 and 4 both travelled to leafy Dublin 6 where CYM awaited on the double. The lads were up to the challenge and both came home with 3 points apiece. Division 2 hit the road to Clontarf on Saturday and got 2 points courtesy of the rinks led by John Dunne and Dave Meaney.

This week sees the ladies entertain the all-conquering Crumlin on Wednesday. Thursday has the 4 elder lemon teams in action with Vets 1 heading to Crumlin, Vets 2 entertaining near neighbours Shankill, Vets 3 heading to CYM and Vets 4 at home to the lily whites of North Kildare. Tuesday 7th June has Division 4 playing at home to fellow Wicklow team Greystones and Division 5 heading to Kenilworth. We have a number of individuals and teams still standing in the various BLI Competitions and this will be reported on next week.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 23/05/22

The nights are lengthening and the amount of bowls getting played is staggering. Last Monday saw both Division 4 and 5 take 5 points each from their matches at home to CYM and away to Railway Union respectively. The result, in leafy Sandymount, against Railway was particularly impressive as it was the first time some of our new members had played on grass. This team is motoring nicely under the stewardship of Owen Byrne. On Wednesday last our ladies made the short trip to Dun Laoghaire and came home with 6 points. Thursday saw all 4 Vets teams playing, with Vets 1 picking up 3.5 points away to Greenhills and Vets 3 picking up all points away to Sportslink to maintain their upward momentum. Vets 2 and 4 were in home action against Ierne and Skerries and got 4 points and 1 point each. Saturday saw both Division 1 and 2 experience tough days at the office. Division 1 were at home to Dun Laoghaire and the visitors from the Borough left with 6 points in a comprehensive win. The home team got 1 point courtesy of Walter Doyle's rink. Our Division 2 team travelled to Crumlin and had a day to forget as they were outplayed and returned empty handed.

Our ladies are idle this week and on Thursday all the Vets team take to the rink with Vets 1 and 3 at home to Herbert Park and North Kildare. Vets 2 and 4 travel to Terenure for a double fixture against CYM. Saturday sees no fixture for Division 1 due to the inter association competition. The team is next in action on Tuesday 31st at home to CYM "B". The Division 2 travel this Saturday to play Clontarf in what is hoped will be a good and friendly battle!!

Finally congrats to Eoghain Brady on his victory in the Marper Cup against the wily old bowler that is Paul Smyth. Eoghain is now into the last 16.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 16/05/22

For once our junior men's sides were both at home on the same Monday evening. And they both won, the Division 4 lads beating Crumlin despite losing on two of their three rinks. Just eight teams in Ladies Division 1 means that two don't play each week and our girls had the Wednesday off. On Old Fogies Day (Thursday) Veterans 1 and 3 enjoyed good home wins over Leinster and Blackrock. Vets 2 skips, Chris Fenton and Alan Rath, excelled at a windy Skerries, helping their team secure a valuable away point. Vets 4 made a long, fruitless (but otherwise enjoyable!) trip to Trim. On Saturday the men's Division 1 side travelled to Crumlin, fielding ladies for the first time ever. There they managed to steal two points off the D12 Galacticos thanks to the rinks of Marcus Donohoe and Wally Doyle. Only 5 shots separated the teams at the finish. Back at base the Division 2 boys garnered just 1.5 points from Dun Laoghaire though Alan Hopkins made a solid senior debut for the home side.

The BLI Championships are in full swing. Two of our warriors battled it out in a BLI Senior Singles match. Eoghain Brady emerged victorious having overturned Chris Fenton's lead. Meanwhile Patrick Brosnan received a bowling lesson on the grass of Blackrock from veteran, Alan Geary. In the pairs, Eoghain Brady and Peter Gough lost narrowly at Dun Laoghaire, the closing stages playing out as darkness descended. In the Junior Singles Owen Byrne enjoyed a successful day out in Crumlin. Pick of the matches was Newcomer Brendan Adamson's smash-and-grab win at North Kildare.

This Wednesday our ladies team face a challenging visit to Dun Laoghaire. On Thursday Vets 1 and 3 travel to Greenhills and Sportslink while Vets 2 and 4 host Ierne and Skerries. The Division 1 men play Dun Laoghaire at home on Saturday while their Division 2 club-mates try their luck in Crumlin. Monday evening sees the junior men's teams, both at home again, welcoming Sportslink and CYM.

Patrick Brosnan. Frank Devlin is away (but he won't get far).

Bray Bowling News 08/05/22

Another busy week on the rink with Division 4 taking on Bank of Ireland at home last Monday where they took all points on offer. Bray's signing from B.O.I., Mark Hughes, came back to haunt his former colleagues on the night. Division 5 were away in Westmanstown on the same night and the grass proved too tricky for the Bray crew. On Wednesday the ladies travelled to leafy Terenure to face CYM and had a tough day at the office but they brought home 1 point thanks to Phyliss Brett and her rink. Thursday saw all 4 Vets teams in action with Vets 1 travelling to Clontarf and the north Dublin air proved to be of their liking and they took all 4 points back across the bay. Vets 3 took all 4 points away from Crumlin where John Dunne had an impressive game. Vets 2 and 4 were at home to Blackrock and Westmanstown and picked up 1 point and 3.5 points respectively.

The weekend saw the BLI hold an open weekend and up to 15 would-be bowlers came along to Bray to sample the game. This week sees the ladies have a free week. Thursday has all the Vets teams togging out with Vets 1 at home to Leinster, Vets 2 making the long trip to Skerries, Vets 3 at home to Blackrock and Vets 4 heading to Trim to take on Meath. Saturday sees Division 1 head to high flying Crumlin and Division 2 at home to Dun Laoghaire. Monday 16th May has Division 4 at home to CYM and Division 5 away to Railway Union. Meanwhile the BLI Championships are continuing with lots of Bray representatives. The story of the Blackrock 4 is for another day !!!

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 25/04/22

The season kicked off last Wednesday when the ladies travelled to Westmanstown. They took home 1 point, courtesy of Peg O'Toole's rink. The occasion was unique in that Michael Doyle and Michael Dunne played for the ladies. This was the first time men played in an LBLI League match for Bray. Saturday saw both Division 1 and 2 start their season. Division 1 took home 6.5 points from Leinster where Ray Rigley was to the fore. Our Division 2 team were at home to Greenhills and, in a ding-dong affair, they got 2 points and missed the overall match points by 1 shot.

This week sees the ladies at home to Blackrock on Wednesday, and on Thursday all 4 Vets teams are in action. The action starts at 11am in Bray with Vets 1 and Vets 3 at home to St.James Gate and Greystones respectively. Both Vets 2 and Vets 4 hit the road to Meath and Clontarf. Next Saturday sees Division 1 entertain red hot CYM 'A' and Division 2 travel away to CYM. Tuesday 3rd May has Division 4 at home to Bank of Ireland and Division 5 make the long journey to Westmanstown.

Hard luck to Will McKeon who lost out in a great match in the BLI Nassau Cup singles to Pat Linnane from North Kildare.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 18/04/22

At last, after a gap of 2.5 years a full summer season is about to commence. The honour of throwing the first bowl for season 2022 falls to our Ladies team who travel to Westmanstown on Wednesday, 20th April. The very best of luck to Terri and her girls who are chomping at the bit to get going. It will be tough on the grass however.

Our men's teams kick off on Saturday 23rd with Division 1 travelling to Leinster and Division 2 at home to Greenhills. Games follow thick and fast with Divisions 4 and 5 taking to the rink on Monday 25th with games away to Blackrock and home to Dun Laoghaire respectively. The Ladies then have their first home game on Wednesday 27th April with Blackrock being the visitors. Best wishes to all bowlers and remember everyone gives of their best.

Congrats to Brendan Duffy, our Division 4 Captain, who recently reached the milestone of 150 Blood Donations. A remarkable achievement. Also thanks to Eoghain Brady who organised the typesetting, printing and proof-reading of our Members Handbook for 2022. This little gem is invaluable as it contains all the fixtures for the season and all members contact details. Let the games begin!

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 04/04/22

The Wednesday League concluded in the week just gone with victory going to Phyllis Brett (again !!). The presentation took place in the clubhouse last Friday night along with the usual fun quiz and games. A great time was had by all and thanks to the organisers for putting in the effort. A number of prizes remain unclaimed and the organisers will be in touch with the lucky winners.

The unfurling of the BLI Flag for the coming season took place in CYM last Saturday and Bray were admirably represented by John Cheevers, Frank Devlin and Roddy O'Leary. I am sure the trio will have benefitted from playing on the wonderful grass carpet in CYM. All thoughts now turn to the start of the summer season on 23rd April. Our Division 1 team take on CYM in a friendly match in Bray on Thursday, 7th April, in preparation.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 28/03/22

The final of the All Weather Bowling League took place in Bray last Saturday. The game between Dun Laoghaire and Meath was played under wall-to-wall sunshine with the rink and its surroundings looking magnificent. The team from Dun Laoghaire proved too strong for the Royals. There was some great bowling on display from both teams in a match that was competitive throughout but played in a very friendly manner. In the Champion of Champions Singles Competition victory went to Peter McArdle from Greenhills over Peter Byrne from Herbert Park. Great credit is due to the organisers from Bray who pulled out all the stops and all visitors were very appreciative of all the arrangements and hospitality.

This week sees the conclusion of the Wednesday League and the prizes will be presented at a function on Friday night, 1st April. Finally, the new Beer Garden is up and running and thanks to the Fab Four for all their work.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 21/03/22

The Bray novices took to the rink for the last time on Sunday against CYM. The team from Dublin 6 proved too strong for Bray winning all 3 rinks. Once again Brendan Adamson excelled for Bray. Our thanks to the BLI for organising the challenge series and to John Cheevers who mentored the Bray novices. Well done, John, for taking on the task. A true leader and a great club man.

This coming Saturday, 26th March, sees the All Weather Bowling League final between Dun Laoghaire "A" and Meath take place in Bray. The Champion of Champions final between the two Peter's ie McArdle from Greenhills and Byrne from Herbert Park is also on. This is a great honour for Bray. Proceedings commence at 11am. All are welcome and some great bowling is guaranteed.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 14/03/22

For the second week running the Wednesday League was derailed by the weather. This is definitely a first. Some people with evil minds suggested that certain people ordered the rain in order to protect their lead !!!. In the Winter League Bray "B" were defeated in the semi final by Dun Laoghaire "A". In the match played in Leinster Bowling Club in Rathmines the team put up a brave fight but the team from the borough proved too good on the day. There was some great bowling on display and Mark Brown from Dun Laoghaire was particularly impressive. Dun Laoghaire will play Meath in the final on Saturday 26th March and the good news is that it will take place in Bray. Great credit is due to the Bray members who travelled to lend their support to the team.

Our Novice team conclude their series of challenge games this coming Sunday with a game at home to CYM. The group will have benefited enormously from the recent games. A big thank you to John Cheevers for taking on the task of mentoring the group.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 07/03/22

The Bray "B" squad took on Skerries in the quarter-final of the Winter League in Greenhills last Saturday. In a hard fought game Bray emerged victorious by 45 shots to 38 to set up a semi-final clash with near neighbours Dun Laoghaire. The game is scheduled for this coming Saturday in Leinster BC. Great credit is due to the hardy bunch of spectators who travelled to Greenhills to cheer on the team. Their support was greatly appreciated.

The Bray novices hosted Westmanstown on Sunday in the novices challenge series. The visitors proved too strong for the locals on the day. Brendan Adamson and Will McKeon stood out for Bray. There is no Novice game this Sunday. Last Wednesday the inclement weather resulted in the cancellation of the Wednesday League. With 3 weeks to go it is still all to play for. The list of fixtures for the BLI Summer Leagues have been released and the countdown to the big kick-off on April 23rd has began.

In the Winter League Champion-of-Champions semi-final at Dun Laoghaire on Monday, Bray's Niall Shelley lost a hard-fought match by just two shots (18-16) to Peter McArdle of Greenhills.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 28/02/22

This week saw our representative in the Champion of Champions, Niall Shelley, take on Kevin Marshall from Clontarf in the quarter finals and Niall emerged victorious 18/10. He will now play Peter McArdle from Greenhills in the semi final. Keep it going, Niall. (Images.) Our Novice team played host to Crumlin last Sunday in the challenge series. Brendan Adamson, Paul Martin, Alan Hopkins and John Gilliland were outstanding in a good win for Bray. The game also saw a first appearance for Adrian Flannery. Next Sunday sees the team play Westmanstown at 11am in Bray.

Our Wednesday League is moving along nicely with Phyllis Brett still holding onto top spot. She is being closely pursued by Gabriel Cahill, Liz Mc Carthty, Niall Shelley and Mark Hughes. Next Saturday sees our Winter League "B" squad head to Greenhills to take on Skerries in the quarter final of the Winter League. Here is hoping Bray will come out on top in the battle of the seaside towns.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 21/02/22

Last Saturday saw the conclusion of the group stages in the Winter League 2021/22. Bray "A" finished their campaign with a win against Blackrock "B". They finished in third place in a very competitive section. The "B" squad cemented their place as Group 2 winners by taking 4 points on the road away to Dun Laoghaire "A". They now play against Skerries in Greenhills on 5th March in the quarter finals. Best of luck to all involved.

Last Wednesday saw up to 24 bowlers take to the rink and at the end of the day the experienced Phyllis Brett lead from Gabriel Cahill, Liz Mc Carthty and Niall Shelley. Next Sunday sees the Bray Novices take on Crumlin on Sunday in the BLI Challenge Series. All support is welcome.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 14/02/22

A quiet week on the rink this week with both Winter League teams idle. This coming Saturday sees the last matches in the group stages for both squads. The "A" squad finish their campaign with a home game against Blackrock "B". The squad are guaranteed to finish in third place in what was a very competitive group. Well done to all involved. The "B" squad finish with an away match against Dun Laoghaire. The squad are guaranteed to win their group and they await the quarter final draw with interest.

Last Wednesday saw approximately 40 bowlers take to the rink in the Wednesday League and a familiar face has regained the lead. The wily old campaigner, Phyllis Brett, leads Gabriel Cahill by 1 point. Still a long way to go but the battle lines are well and truly drawn. Finally, members should check out the great work that Owen Byrne and John Dunne have done with the benches and barrels for the outdoor entertaining. They wouldn't turn down any offers of help!!

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 07/02/22

A very busy week on the rink with over 30 bowlers at the Wednesday League last week. Gabriel Cahill is the current leader, with Phyllis Brett, Liz McCarthty and Niall Shelley hot on his heels.

Both Winter League teams were in action last Saturday. The "A" squad made the short trip to Dun Laoghaire and, in a magnificent performance, took home 4.5 points from the already qualified home team. Peg O'Toole was in great form and was ably assisted by Dave McMahon. In Bray the "B" squad took on Leinster and secured 2 points to win their section with a game to spare. Chris Fenton showed all his experience on the day when he delivered a magnificent shot to seal victory for his rink. The wind was the big winner at both venues, playing havoc with deliveries and blowing equipment all over the rinks. Both teams are idle this coming Saturday.

Last Sunday saw the Bray Novice team take to the rink in the first of a series of challenge games organised by the BLI. This is a very good initiative and Bray are delighted to support it. The Bray team under the guidance of John Cheevers took on Dun Laoghaire in Bray and all the newbies will have benefitted from the experience. Thanks to John for taking on the mentor role.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 31/01/22

Our "A" squad headed to Herbert Park last Saturday and came up against an inspired home team who defeated Bray 4.5/0.5. Unfortunately the loss has meant that the team cannot qualify for the next stage of the competition. They are away again next Saturday to the already qualified Dun Laoghaire "A". The "B" squad are at home to Leinster and will be hoping to avenge their loss away to Leinster last October.

Big numbers at the Wednesday League last week so keep up the good work guys and gals. A big thank you to Jo and the Greystones ladies for coming along every Monday and the more the merrier. Our Lounge Team are playing a stormer with all their new outdoor furniture and the warm weather cannot come quick enough so we can all try the new benches and barrels.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 24/01/22

A very exciting week on the rink with our representative in the Champion of Champions competition, Niall Shelley, taking on the wily bowler, Anto Grey, from Dun Laoghaire. The visitor from the borough made a very strong start and raced into a 13/3 lead when Niall mounted a monumental comeback to go 16/14 ahead. Needing 18 shots to win and with Anto leading 17/16 our man put the jack and bowl into the ditch and then put his next bowl within inches of the ditch to draw 2 shots and claim victory 18/ 17. Not for the faint hearted.

The next day Niall was part of the Bray "B" team that scored a comprehensive home win over Crumlin "A" in the Winter League to book a place in the quarter finals with two games to spare. The team has no game this coming week and they need 1 more point to advance as group winners. Bray "A" took home 4 points from their visit to Crumlin "B". They are still in the running for a quarter final spot but need a favour or two. They are away next Saturday in leafy Herbert Park. The Wednesday League is continuing and that man, Niall Shelley, has worked his way to the top of the tree. There is no stopping the man.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

Bray Bowling News 17/01/22

Last Saturday saw both Bray teams in action in the Winter League. The "A" squad were at home to Leinster Lions in a vital game at the business end of the table. The home team had no luck at all only getting 1 point. They now face an uphill task to make the next stage of the competition. The former Greystones bowler, Sean Keegan, was in top form for the Lions. The "B" squad travelled to Kenilworth and took 4.5 points home to maintain their push for a quarter final berth. The highlight of the day was Eamonn Kennedy's rink getting a three on the last end to tie their game. Both teams are in action again next Saturday with Crumlin providing the opposition for both teams. The "A" team are away to Crumlin "B" and the "B" team are at home to Crumlin "A".

We would like to wish Niall Shelley all the best in his forthcoming game against Anto Grey from Dun Laoghaire in the Champion of Champions competition. The Wednesday League resumed last week in glorious weather and both John Cheevers and Phyllis Brett made fine starts.

Frank Devlin, hon.sec.

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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