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                                                         BILLERICAY BOWLING CLUB

                                                                   LADIES’ SECTION


                                                      Affiliated to E.C.B.A & E.C.W.B.A.

                                                       Ladies’ Secretary:-   Mrs. Dee Bates,

                                                       Lady Captain:-           Mrs. Lynn Martin,

                                                       Lady Vice-Captain:-   Mrs. S Nichols

                            This leaflet is designed to inform our lady bowlers of what is specifically available to them.


The Ladies’ committee

The ladies have their own committee comprised as follows:-

Chairlady, Secretary, Match Secretary, Treasurer, Captain, Vice-Captain plus 3 additional ladies. All positions are open for nomination and then voted for at the Ladies End of Season Meeting.

For all ladies, we have an Opening Meeting which is followed by a Drive on the first playing Saturday of the New Season. A great start to the bowling season.


                                                                      Ladies’ Competitions

County Competitions

We normally enter two County Competitions, Top Club and Albert Crabb. Confirmation of entries are decided at the End of Season Meeting which is open to all Ladies and is usually held early October. In addition there are other county competitions which teams or individuals may enter independently. Details of these are displayed on the notice board in the main changing room. The Ladies’ Secretary must then register these entries with County by the end of October for the coming season.

In May we play in the Top Club Competition and in July we play the Albert Crabb Competition. Draws for both events are handled by Essex County Women’s Bowling Association. Details of these can be found on the Ladies’ board in the club house where your interest to play can be registered.

Top Club involves 10 Ladies playing in the format:- 1 x singles, 1 x pairs, 1 x triples and 1 x rinks.

Albert Crabb involves 8 Ladies playing 2 x rinks teams.  One team plays at home while the other team plays away. Both matches are played on a specific day as decided by the County.

Teams are decided by the Ladies Selection Committee (Lady Captain, Lady Vice-Captain and one Lady invited onto the Selection Committee Annually) See Rule 22 (ii).

Benevolent Triples is an all-day competition where team(s) of triples from different clubs, in the same area, play in three drawn matches of 8 ends. The highest scorers then go through to the finals. Monies raised are used for charitable causes.  The entry form is displayed on the Ladies’ board.

Patrons’ Day is a one day competition open to individuals. The competition consists of three games of 6 ends.                         Individuals are arranged into teams according to randomly drawn tiles and individual scores are accumulated from their team results. The top three scorers are awarded prizes at the end of the day.                                                                                                                    The entry form is displayed on the ladies’ board in the main changing room.

 County Singles, Two Wood, Pairs, County Triples, County Fours

Individuals may enter the singles competition by request to the ladies’ secretary at the end of season meeting.

Teams of two, three or four can enter the above competitions by request to the ladies’ secretary at the end of season meeting.

These are organised by county and set out in the county handbook a copy of which is in the clubhouse or on the website   with the link ECWBA competitions.

The county handbook can be purchased by individuals and it is recommended that any members entering the County Competition must purchase their own copy for reference.

Basildon & District Competition

Basildon Ladies Sports Trophy is run by Basildon & District Bowling Association. In support of this Association we enter two teams of triples. The number of teams accepted is limited but we usually gain entry and the venue is rotated every year for this all day event. Lunch is organised by the host club and players are encouraged to support them by purchasing a lunch. You can register your interest in playing in this competition on the notice displayed in the Ladies Changing Room

Chelmer Ladies League

Each year we enter a team comprising 2 Triples into the Chelmer Ladies League. This league involves approximately 11 teams, and we play each team at home one year and away the next. It is run by 2 ladies elected at the End of Season Meeting. Notices are posted on the Ladies Notice Board in the main clubhouse (back right) inviting Ladies to show their interest in playing on a fixture-by-fixture basis. Teams are chosen and shown on the same notices. If you are selected, you will need to tick your name to confirm that you will play. Transport is organized for these matches.

In addition, there is the Chelmer Ladies Pairs competition of which the losers of the first round are entered into the Chelmer Plate competition.


.Internal competitions

Marion Fry Trophy - An annual event for Ladies Pairs. It is a one day event which consists of three separate games of 8 ends. Pairs are drawn from a hat after separating front end players and back end players (Leads and Skips). This is an all-day event so you need to bring your own lunch. You can sign up for this via a form on the noticeboard in the club house or on the website. Where 5 or less pairs enter, the competition is run as a Round Robin event.

 Ladies’ Club Competitions  

 Championship (first to 21 shots),

 Two Wood        (first to 21 shots),

 Pairs                 (21 ends to be played).

Members wanting to play in these events are requested to do so at the Pre-Season Meeting (March each year) and the draws are made at a Pre-Season Ladies’ Committee Meeting.

For pairs, any lady without a male partner can still enter and a partner will be assigned when the draw is made.

Trophies are awarded at the Annual Presentation Lunch in November.                  

Mixed Internal Competitions are also run each summer and again interest is these is requested at The General Pre-Season Meeting.

The winner of the internal Ladies’ Championship is eligible to enter the National, County as Basildon & District ‘Champion of Champion’ competitions.

When the competitions are drawn the first mentioned played is the challenger and is required to offer the opponent three dates for the match to be played. A mutually agreed date then time is agreed upon and the challenger books the rink and if appropriate, finds a marker.

Ladies’ Day

 Invitations are sent to other clubs to enter at least two Ladies and our own Club members play with them again on a round robin basis in rinks teams. Points are accumulated and prizes are awarded at the end of the day after a super two course lunch which is free to players from other clubs but a small charge is made to club members. On this day lunch is traditionally served by four gentlemen members suitably dressed for the occasion. A real fun day!

We also receive invitations from other clubs to attend their Ladies Gala Days and these are posted on the Notice Board in the Ladies Changing Room. If you are interested in playing just sign up but be aware that there may be a charge.

 Ladies’ Friendlies

Throughout the season we also organise a number of Ladies friendlies.  Notices for these are placed on the Ladies Notice Board in the main clubhouse (right hand side) and on the website where you can register your interest in playing.  Teams are then selected by the Lady Captain and shown on the same notice and the website. NB. Where possible, everyone will be given a chance to play if they wish to. You must tick your name, to confirm availability, if you have been selected and can play so teams can be finalised. Transport will be arranged where necessary.

A tea rota to cover Ladies Friendlies played at home is prepared at the beginning of the season and posted on the Changing Room notice board. If you can make the tea duty date please tick your name but if a date allocated to you is not suitable it is your responsibility to change with another member and update the rota. This rota can also be viewed on the web site.


President’s Days

Our Annual President’s Day, usually held in July, is another opportunity to meet fellow bowlers, enjoy a game of bowls and have a lunch with wine supplied by the President.

Our Annual President’s Charity Day is held on Bank holiday Monday in August. A fee is charged to take part in this fun day and the proceeds go to the President’s nominated charity.


Most importantly - enjoy bowling