Welcome to the web site of the Stockport Metro Indoor Bowling League.
Our aim is to promote the game of Short Mat Bowls in Stockport and Surrounding Areas. Playing Under the governing body of E.S.M.B.A.
We have approximately 600 Members playing at 50 Teams in 5 Divisions, at 26 Clubs throughout Stockport and Surrounding Areas.
Our home venue is:
Ladybridge Park Residents Club
Just some thoughts prior to the start of the competition on receiving the entries. Only sixteen teams and one reserve team in this years field. The entries were limited at sixteen for ease of administration of the competition.
Would the current holders and probable hot favourites retain their title? Would the new teams in the group provide an upset and present a strong challenge? Would the second or third favourites step up and provide a stern challenge?
Well guys here's the tale, though somewhat late in the writing and posting.
In Group 1 the holders Team Burn walked through winning all 3 games. The battle was for runner up postion and claimed by Team Banfield from Davenport GC.
Group 2 proved to be the tighest with two teams each winning 2 games and tied on a plus 8 aggregate. Team Fennell claiming pole by virtue of scoring more shots 32 against Team Thompson's 27.
Team Crowther were the clear winners in Group 3 scoring a net plus 46 shots in their 3 games. It was pleasing to see Team Whiteley claim second place and winning two games.
Team Lloyd secured top spot in Group 4 with a net plus 33 shots winning 3 games with Team Smith in second with a plus 23 winning 2 games.
The Quarter Final line up was:
1. L Fennell / J Wilson / B Fennell 10
L Whiteley / M Hannibal / A Goodall 05
2. D Lloyd / R Smith / J Pajak 04
S Banfield / M Jones / C Banfield 10
3. J Crowther / Cl Crowther / Ch Crowther 10
W Thompson / B Thompson / D Sands 09
An all Woodley affair decided on an extra end.
4. B Burn / M Clancy / B Holbrook 09
L Smith / A Hawker / A Smith 05
1. Team Fennell 09
Team Banfield 05
2. Team Crowther 07
Team Burn 11
Team Fennell 08
Team Burn 10
A rip roaring start to the final with Team Burn starting off with a big 3 shots followed up by a huge four in the second. Team Fennell settled down and steadied their ship scoring two consecutive twos and two singles in the next four ends, with the score at 6#7 the match was almost evenly balanced with three ends to play. Team Burn found a pair and a single on ends 7 and 8 taking a 10#6 lead with one end to go.
Looking for a four to tie the match on the last end was a big ask and Team Fennell almost got the required conversion but ended up only scoring a two making the final score 10#8 to Team Burn.
Congratulations to the holders Bill Burn, Mike Clancy and Ben Holbrook Triples Champions for 2016-2017
John Pajak(Monday 30 January 2017)
The draw was made during the Woodley D vs Davenport GC A match on Wednesday 11th January by Ms Meghan Dawson and Mr Mike Jones
Group 1 on Mat 4
C Banfield / S Banfield / M Jones
D Shaw / G Knowles / M Shaw
A Steadman / R Steadman / P Creasey
B Burn / M Clancy / B Holbrook
Group 2 on Mat 1
L Fennell / B Fennell / J Wilson
B Thompson / W Thompson / D Sands
T Holdsworth / M Holdsworth / P Pickup
C Allcock / S Smith / B Thorley
Group 3 on Mat 2
L Whiteley / M Hannibal / A Goodall
D Heatley / E Young / J Young
D Mather / M Mather / J Barnard
J Crowther / Cl Crowther / Ch Crowther
Group 4 on Mat 3
L Smith / A Hawker / A Smith
S Gaw / V Gaw / U Brewell
D Lloyd / R Smith / J Pajak
D Wilson / A Housley / D Johnson
All 4 groups will play 3 games of 9 scoring ends.
The scoring system will be 2 pts for a win and 1 pt for a draw.
The top two teams in each group will qualify for the knockout stages.
The start of play is scheduled for 9.30am and the group games will commence asap after the mats have been put down. Please plan to arrive for 9.15am to Register and some help to put the mats down would be appreciated. The event may be a little time sensitive as we have to vacate the venue for 5.00pm. To this end would you all please be ready to go onto your designated mat as the preceeding game is about to finish.
Please bring your own packed lunches and drinks although teas and coffees plus bar drinks will be available from the bar at the centre.
We hope to promote a raffle during the day so any prizes by way of donations would be greatly appreciated. So any duplicated Christmas presents such as laptops, i-pads, mobiles, Chocolates tec would go down well and raise some additional funds to offset the competition costs.
See you all on Sunday and hopefully we will all have a good day.
John Pajak Comp. Sec.(Thursday 12 January 2017)
The following teams have entered this year's Triple Event. Whilst the official closing date is Monday 9th January 2017 and as we now have 16 teams entered I propose to close the entries. Any further entries will be put on the reserve list and will only be included in the draw if they come in multiples of four.
1. D Lloyd / R Smith / J Pajak
2. B Burn / M Clancy / B Holbrook
3. J Crowther / Cl Crowther / Ch Crowther
4. L Smith / A Hawker / A Smith
5. L Fennell / B Fennell / J Wilson
6. D Wilson / A Housley / D Johnson
7. C Banfield / S Banfield / M Jones
8. D Heatley / E Young / J Young
9. S Gaw / V Gaw / U Brewell
10. L Whiteley / M Hannibal / A Goodall
11. T Holdsworth / M Holdsworth / P Pickup
12. B Thompson / W Thompson / D Sands
13. P Creasey / A Steadman / R Steadman
14. C Allcock / S Smith / B Thorley
15. D Mather / M Mather / J Barnard
16. D Shaw / G Knowles / M Shaw
It is intended that the draw will be made on Wednesday 11th January at the Woodley D vs Davenport GC A indoor league match.
John Pajak(Friday 06 January 2017)
There were some extremely competitive group stage games and last years champions Bill Burn and Mike Clancy once again looked in fine form taking pole position in their group by winning all four games. The tightest group proved to be group 2 where three pairs each won two games and were tied on four points. The Bates and Allcock pairing lost out on second place on a negative shots aggregate. The Crowther / Sands combination clinched pole position with a convincing 24#0 win in their final game.
Mark McHugh / Dennis Hinks won 8#4 June & Chris Crowther
A cautious start to the final between St. Albans and Woodley representatives, Mark and Dennis ahead 2#1 after two ends then a bruising four give the Woodley pair a good points cushion. After three more closely contested ends Clint and Daniel lead the way with an 8#3 scoreline. Mark and Dennis decide to switch ends at this point and score three successive singles to bring them back into contention at 6#8, however all the players miss a strike bowl over the fender by Daniel which would have levelled the match at 8#8 at the penultimate end. To be fair not many of the spectators saw it either. Clint and Daniel secure a single on the last end to give them a 9#6 victory and the coveted title.
Congratulations to Clint Crowther and Daniel Sands 2016-17 Pairs Champions
(Thursday 08 December 2016)
After some discussion and much deliberation I have decided to amend the draw to enable a fairer and simpler qualifying format by reducing the number of groups to FOUR. Therefore each group winner and runner up will qualify for the quarter finals.
The draw revision was made by Mr Jack Pickering with Mr Bernard Fennell and myself, John Pajak, in attendance at the Woodbank vs Woodley B indoor league match on 17/11/16.
Group 1 on Mat2
June Crowther & Chris Crowther
David Heatley & John Young
Lee Whitely & Mike Hannibal
Arron Steadman & Ryan Steadman
Group 2 on Mat 4
Colin Allcock & David Bates
Dave Wilson & Andy Housley
Daniel Sands & Clint Crowther
Bent Nielsen & John Pajak
Group 3 on Mat 1
David Roberts & Steven Roberts
Darren Mather & John Barnard
Win Thompson & Bob Thompson
Dorothy Shaw & Mike Shaw
Group 4 on Mat 3
Bill Burn & Mike Clancy
Lesley Fennell & Bernard Fennell
Ursula Brewell & Ian Lawther
Darren Lloyd & Liam Smith
Mark McHugh & Dennis Hinks
The 3 groups of 4 will play 3 games of 10 ends.
The single group of 5 will play 4 games of 7 ends
The scoring system will be 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw across all four groups.
Hopefully this revised draw will meet with everyone's approval and prove to be much simpler to run and administer.
Start of play is scheduled for 9:30am and the group games will commence asap after the mats have been put down. Please plan to arrive for 9:15am to Register and some help to put the mats down would be appreciated.
The event is a little time sensitive as we have to vacate the venue for 4:30pm. To this end would you all please be ready to go onto your designated mat as the preceding game is about to finish.
We hope to promote a decent raffle so your contribution of any prizes would be greatly appreciated.
(Thursday 17 November 2016)
Unfortunately the mobile number for the Competition Secretary, John Pajak, is incorrect in the handbook 2016-17.
Please make a note of his correct number: 07476334404(Tuesday 25 October 2016)
After the Group Matches the draw and results for the last eight qualifiers was as follows:
Peter Roberts 7 11 David Read
Bill Burn 10 11 Steve Proctor
Keith Lackford 8 7 Adam Smith
Clint Cowther 7 10 Bent Nielsen
David Read 1 20 Steve Proctor
Keith Lackford 6 12 Bent Nielsen
Steve Proctor 13 8 Bent Nielsen
The tale of the final which was by no means a one sided affair.
Steve opened the scoring with a good four and Bent responded with a three, his fourth wood just falling short to make an equally good four. Of the next five closely contested ends Bent won four of them and went into an 8:6 lead. Steve levelled up on the eighth end to make it 8:8:8 and then gained a decisive three taking out Bent's counting wood on the penultimate end. On the last end Steve led a decent wood and Bent went on the attack but unfortunately ditched both of his two lead bowls in an effort to tie the match. With two of Steve's woods on the mat Bent conceded the game.
Congratulations to Steve Proctor 2016-17 Singles Champion.(Tuesday 25 October 2016)
Park Lane (division 4) and Cale Green (division 5) play on a Tuesday evening. Page 14
Poynton C (division 5) play on a Wednesday evening. Page 15
Division 4 - Smithy Green B v Wythenshawe C on Sunday 11 December and NOT the 13th as printed on page 39
Hazel Grove A Mike Clancy 07443 432331(Wednesday 28 September 2016)
8th October Away North Yorkshire 4 (shots 108) Stockport Metro 36 (shots 237)
6th November Home Stockport Metro 25 (shots 222) Derbyshire 15 (shots 131)
19th November Home Stockport Metro 36 (shots 253) North Yorkshire 4 (shots 119)
4th December Away West Yorkshire 23 (shots 180) Stockport Metro 17 (shots 192)
18th December Home West Yorkshire
8th January Away Derbyshire 7 (shots 125) Stockport Metro 33 (shots 223)
22nd January Away Staffordshire 35 (shots 193) Stockport Metro 5 (shots 135)
12th March Home Staffordshire
25th September Home Stockport Metro 2 (shots 134) North Yorkshire 38 (shots 238)
9th October Home Stockport Metro 10 (shots 154) Cheshire 30 (shots 240)
16th October Home Stockport Metro 28 (shots 223) Shropshire 12 (shots 167)
30th October Away Cheshire 29 (shots 208) Stockport Metro 11 (shots 155)
27th November Away Stockport Metro 3 (shots 132) North Yorkshire 37 (shots 258)
10th December Away Shropshire 16 (shots 181) Stockport Metro 24 (shots 181)(Tuesday 27 September 2016)
Please note the dates in the handbook are incorrect for the Singles and Triples.
The Stockport Singles for the Presidents Trophy to be held on Sunday 23rd October 2016
The Stockport Pairs to be held on Sunday 20th November 2016 as in handbook.
The Stockport Triples Competition to be held on Sunday 15th January 2017.
Entries to Competition Secretary John Pajak mobile contact 07476334404(Tuesday 27 September 2016)
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