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Braintree Bowling Club


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2021 July

Fixed Jack Competition - 24th July 2021

Fixed Jack Players 2


Fixed Jack Finalists


Fixed Jack Finalists 2


Fixed Jack Finalists 3

Fixed Jack Finalists 5

Congratulations to Keith Rixon who won the 2021 Fixed Jack competition and well done to Jason Neale for reaching the finals.


2021 August

Tribble Triples Competition - 1st August 2021

Braintree Bowling Club held its annual Tribble Triples Competition named after 3 brothers and prominent businessmen in the town during the Inter War years.  Harry Tribble (grocer), Dick Tribble (Saddle maker) and Percy Tribble (butcher) were all members of the Club which won the Essex County Shield Competition in 1933.  They donated the trophies to be played for on an annual basis.  A fun day was enjoyed by all participants


Tribble Triples 2

The significant aspect being that Evie Mills is 12 years of age and Tom Rackley is 94 years of age.  Proving that this is a sport for all ages and abilities.  Tom would have been 7 when the Tribble brothers won the County Shield in 1933. 


 Tribble Triples Finalists



Right: Finaists - John Laidlaw, Les Crow and Evie Mills.



 The eventual winners on the day were:

Tom Rackley

 Eddie Hawkins Eddie
Chris Panther  Chris


 Tribble Triples


2021 September

Group 2 Memorial Shield - 5th September 2021

Congratulations to our team on winning the Memorial Shield, played at Silver End.

Memorial Shield Team

Left to Right: Andy Beatty, Dave Threadgold, Rob Doleman, Graham Thompson, Tony Heales, Keith Rixon, Jason Neale, Paul Costin

Mem Shield 1   Mem Shield 2
Mem Shield 3
Mem Shield 4   Mem Shield 7
Mem Shield 5
Mem Shield 6
 Mem Shield 8    Mem Shield 9


Finals Weekend - 11th - 12th September 2021


Finals Weekend
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th 2021

Daniel Robinson Self-Select Pairs
 Daniel Robinson

T Skingley & C Panther (Winners)                R Dodd & K Hunter (Finalists)

Hunnable Cup Gents Singles


 L Hopkins (Finalist)  J Heffernan (Winner)    


Keith Hunt Open Singles

Keith Hunt

A Beatty (Winner)    I Norgett (Finalist) 

Loving Cup Open Pairs

Loving Cup

Left - G Easterbrook & R Taylor (Winners)

RightD Gibbons & C Cheetham (Finalists)


Mather Handicap Open Singles


J Heffernan (Finalist)    C Panther (Winner)  

Nicholls 2 Wood Open Singles


L Hopkins (Winner)    T Heales (Finalist)


Novices Cup Gents Singles


R Jones (Finalist)   S Wilkinson (Winner)

Random Open Pairs

Random Pairs

Left - D Hunt & R Taylor (Winners)

Right - K Hunter & T Cannon


Veterans Cup Gents Singles

Random Pairs

E Sutton (Finalist)  A Beatty (Winner)


2021 October

Group 2 Memorial Shield

Braintree Bowling Club was delighted to win the Group 2 Memorial Shield, played at Silver End on 5th September 2021.  The Trophy was presented to the Braintree team at the club Awards evening on 23rd October 2021.

Memorial Shield 2021
Left To Right: Malcolm Stark, Graham Easterbrook, Keith Rixon, Tony Heales, Jason Neale (Back), Andy Beatty (Front), Dave Threadgold, Rob Doleman & Paul Costin


2021 November

Indoor Bowls - Colchester

Braintree had a great afternoon at their Indoor Bowls match at Colchester.  The team did very well by drawing on 3 rinks and lost by only one shot, with the overall score being 113 to 112.  The match was followed by a lovely meal and thanks go to everyone who played on the team and also went along to support them.  The team are looking forward to their next Indoor Bowls match at Clacton in March 2022.


2021 December

Carpet Bowls

Report By David Grice

Braintree's Carpet Bowlers ended a disjointed 2021 with an encouraging 3-1 home friendly win over Notley Green, reversing the score line from the away fixture in early November.  Played over nine ends, the final shot score was an impressive 49-25.  Newcomer Ron Norton joined Peter Stow in the opening pairs and ran away 22-7 winners.  On the other mat, the four of Freda Laidlaw, Sandra Mayne, Joan Day and David Grice won 12-1, allowing their opponents one point on the last end.  Keith Hunter and John Laidlaw, now fighting fit again, were most impressive in their 14-1 victory.  The second four of Elaine Norton, Linda Butcher, Tony Day and Andy Wade were much better value than their 1-17 defeat might suggest. 

With no league action in sight, Braintree have two friendlies against Stisted booked early in the New Year.  More may follow, Covid permitting.


2022 January

Carpet Bowls

Report By David Grice

Braintree's carpet bowlers continue to flourish following a 3-1 win in the first of two friendlies against fellow County League rivals Stisted.  The 46-17 shot margin is testament to the present gulf between the two sides, but this is perhaps understandable given that Stisted currently have only 12 playing members, and a couple of those have ongoing medical issues.

The closest match saw Ron Norton and Bob Steele go toe-to-toe with skilful Stisted opponents.  The lead changed four times over the nine ends, with the Braintree pair leading 5-4 after eight.  But when the jack was squeezed out to within nine inches of the right-hand edge, Stisted's skip, Peter Chilvers produced two stunning woods for a tense 6-4 verdict.

On the other mat, the Braintree four of Lorraine Barnes, Michael Goff, Andy Wade and Keith Hunter powered into an 8-1 lead after six ends at which point Stisted scored a worrying four.  But the Braintree quartet quickly resumed normal service for a 12-5 win.  Braintree's second pair of Elaine Norton and Peter Stow were contained early on, standing level 2-2 after three ends.  But they gradually pulled clear to run out comfortable 10-3 winners.  The second four of David Grice, Joan and Tony Day plus Ian Norgett went a shot down after the first end, but a six on the second set the pattern of what was to follow.  Another six on the fourth end took them 15-1 clear and they were 19-3 ahead at the end.  

The introduction of new blood promises better things once the league action resumes, hopefully next winter.  In common with a number of other clubs, who are struggling to keep heads above water, Stisted are opting for a 10-member team format next season, whereas Braintree hope to retain the usual 12-player system.  Braintree have more than 20 players who could be called upon to play, which of course creates selection problems in terms of keeping everyone happy if only 10 players are needed for each match.  At present we have a return match at Stisted on February 15.  In addition, we are awaiting responses from Feering and Stebbing on the chances of arranging friendlies before the outdoor season returns in mid-April.


2022 February

Indoor - Outdoor Bowls Competition - February 2022

Report By Dave Hunt

Braintree played Silver End A team at Colchester Indoor Bowls Club in the first round of the indoor-outdoor club competition.  We are pleased to say that Braintree had a very good game with an overall win.


2022 March

Indoor - Outdoor Bowls Competition - 5th March 2022

Report By Dave Hunt

Braintree played Woods bowling club in the indoor-outdoor club competition.  We won on all three rinks, so we roll on to the semi-final which is played next week.