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Arun District IBC
Arun District IBC

Denton Island IBC
Denton Island IBC

Eastbourne & District IBC
Eastbourne & District IBC

Falaise IBC
Falaise IBC

Grattons IBC
Grattons IBC

Gullivers IBC
Egerton Park IBC
Gullivers IBC

Horsham & District IBC
Horsham & District IBC

Langney Sports IBC
Langney Sports IBC

Preston IBC
Preston IBC

Wealden IBC
Wealden IBC

Worthing IBC
Worthing IBC

Worthing Pavilion IBC
Worthing Pavilion IBC

SCIBA Thanks
SCIBA Thanks

Hon. Secretary writes................

Monday 16th April, 2018.................

Sorry to report back that Father and Son pairing of Rob & Ajay Morphett put up a great show in the National Finals of the Family Pairs but were taken out by a very strong Essex duo...but only just. The Morph's went down 14 - 17 in the end but get this...they were 0 - 11 down after 5 ends and clawed it back to 9 -11 by 10 ends. By 15 ends the score was 12 - 16 and with this event being limited to 18 ends the Essex pair held out to win only to go out of the competition in the very next round themselves to a sound thrashing 15 - 4 from Carnmoggas....sounds like it's really tough when you reach this level doesn't it?! In any event Morph's well done getting to the the final stages and hope to see you in there fighting again next season.

Friday 13th April, 2018............

The day proved unlucky for the Adur pairing in the National Over 60 Pairs competition. John Godfrey & Lee Cooper put in tremendous performances to reach the semi-finals of the event where they faced a Victory IBC pair... going went down 11 - 18. The final was eventually won by a pairing from Essex. Unlucky guys but still a fantastic achievement to get so far.

Our Over 60 Inter-Club Double rink were only narrowly beaten by a paltry three shots in the semi-final by the eventual winners Nottingham IBC but what a good show by the Sussex men who took the Nottingham teams to the very edge of victory playing on Nottingham's home green as well which was an immense home advantage for their opposition. Our players must have bowled their socks off and really put the frighteners on Nottingham taking them so close. The finals scores were John Godfrey 16 -19 and Terry Honnor 23 - 23 so it must have been quite a game of bowls all round and once again I say well done to all in their amazing accomplishments!

Thursday, 12th April, 2018............

Congratulations to Adur on reaching the National Semi-Final of the Over 60 Inter Club Double Rink being played today at Nottingham IBC. The teams of:  Lee Cooper, Barry Ward, Tom Palmer & John Godfrey along with Ken Holden, John Hide, Roy Bainbridge & Terry Honnor will be slugging it out with a local Nottingham Double Rink for a place in the National Final. Both John Godfrey and Lee Cooper (Adur) will be trying to go the distance in the National Over 60 Pairs to boot. We wish them lots of luck and will be watching to see how it pans out! In the National Mens Over 60 Singles our hopes are pinned on John Godfrey (Adur) who has progressed to the final stages of this competition. Well done John and the best of luck for tomorrow when the first round opens at Nottingham IBC.

The best of luck also to Rob and Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) the Father & Son they prepare this weekend to compete in the final stages of the Family Pairs National Competition. They are a great team with that special understanding that can only come from sharing the same genes and I expect them to do very well in this pressure guys!

Over the next few days I hope to be able to bring your good news on these fronts but I'm sure you will join with me in congratulating all those Sussex Indoor bowlers who made it to the final stages of the National Competitions this year. Quite aside from the personal glory they bring upon themselves for reaching the pinnacle of the National competitions... it allows Sussex County and every indoor bowler of it to bathe in their reflected glory! The competitors contribute immensely in enhancing the reputation and integrity of Sussex Indoor Bowls and that is no bad thing for all of us! Go Sussex!

May I also take this opportunity of once again congratulating Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) on being selected for England in the Under 18 International Trial being held on the 29th April, 2018. We wish him well and every success in it. Ajay, for those who don't already know is a prodigious young talent who has already earned his England credentials as an Under 18 International. A Double Gold Medallist already the only way is up for him and it won't be long before he will be out of that age group and into the Men's Under 25 ranks. With his abilities he will definitely go far.....of that there is little doubt.... and our best wishes for the future always go with him.

Monday 2nd April.................

Congratulations once again to Worthing Pavilion BC on winning the Sussex County League Division (1) and to Eastbourne & District IBC on winning Division (2) of the Sussex County League 2017/18. Well done to Worthing IBC for coming runner up in Division (2). Both lower clubs are promoted to to Division (1) for season 2018/19 where we wish them every success in next year's Sussex County League competition. The County League tables are displayed on the relevant page of this website for all of you who wish to scrutinise them further. Although all results are not in and the table cannot be finalised these positions are confirmed with outstanding games to be played making no difference to the standings of these three clubs.

Monday, 26th March, 2018...........

I have just received the sad news that Deputy Vice President Darrell Petts (Denton Island) suffered a stroke over the week-end and is in the Royal Sussex Hospital. He has lost the use of his right arm, has no speech and is unable to swallow. We hope he is able to make a full recovery and we wish him well in that regard. There are no hospitial visits allowed as there is an outbreak of Norovirus but I shall send a "Get well" card to him on behalf of all bowlers in Sussex. I will provide further updates as I get them.

Thursday, 22nd March, 2018........

In a riveting singles match at Horsham Indoor Bowls Club this evening I had a front row seat watching last year's Singles Champion Rob Morphett (Egerton Park) play the excellent Mark Strong from Worthing Pavilion B.C. in the Sussex County Indoor Singles Championship and was a corker with Rob finding himself 5 - 0 down before he could catch his breath and score a single....accurate drawing from Mark being the big difference. From then Rob scored consistently adding 2 to his single in the 6th end then going 2, 2, 1, 4, 2 to the 10th end. Mark  grabbed  a single in the 11th, dropped a single in the 12th then went 1, 1, 1, 3 to reach to just one shot behind Rob at the 16th. At 20 ends both bowlers were square at 17 - 17 and it was simply lovely draw bowling from Rob that was keeping Mark at bay! On the 21st Mark took a single that put him in front of Rob for the first time since the early ends and at 18 that was the red line for Mark. Rob from somewhere found an extra gear running into the winners box with a 1, 2, 1 and finishing the match 21 - 18. It was the relentless draw, draw, draw of Rob Morphett that won this heavyweight battle because don't get me wrong... Mark Strong did not bowl badly and at 17 all it was still anyone's match. It was simply the extra gear that great Champions seem to have in them and when Rob changed into overdrive in those final three ends nobody could have stayed with him. was an exhibition we were treated to as Rob Morphett closed off the game for his hatrick of Sussex Indoor Singles wins...SCIBA Singles Champions 2018One of the finest Champions Sussex has had in recent times and your very worthy 2018 SCIBA Singles Championship Winner. Having applauded the winner let me just say that Mark Strong was appearing in his first County Singles Championship but it certainly won't be his last based on what I saw and Rob will have to keep looking over his shoulder because Mark and the other hungry Sussex Indoor competitors are on his heels. All in all a fabulous match to be a neutral! It was a pity the game had to be played virtually "in camera" due to events affecting the National Under 18 date amendment caused by a correction in the EIBA schedule. I can only apologise. These things happen despite every effort to play our finals on a clear week-end. We can't set them up any earlier than they were this year so this might occur again...let's just hope though, that will not be the case in the future.

The Singles Final this evening concludes the SCIBA Competitions for 2018. It just leaves me to thank all the competitors for their prompt results emailed, texted and telephoned to me and for their equally prompt posting or scans of their scorecards. I received 98% of them which has to be some sort of record! I wish the same good fortune to my successor as Competition Secretary next season and I hope all of you will treat him with the same respect and good humour that you did me. To the winners I say very well done. To the finalists that were runners up my commiserations but isn't it good you can look forward to doing it all again from next October!

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018............

WELL DONE & CONGRATULATIONS to WORTHING PAVILION B.C. who are now confirmed as the Winners of the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association League. No disrespect intended to the other clubs but how nice to see the League winning club being shared round for a change! Wresting it out of the hands of Egerton Park is a fantastic achievement particularly when you see now many times Egerton have been the victors and before that Adur who have featured so many times in the  County league winners enclosure. I trust Worthing Pavilion will now proudly display the League Trophy in their club cabinet for all to see. Winning the County League is an immense achievement for any club when you stop to consider how many highly competitive matches have to be won to accomplish it...well next job is to hang onto it and once again that will not be easy! Bathe in the glory for a while but get ready come next September/October when it all starts over!

Tuesday 20th March, 2018...........

The photographs of this year's County Finals Winners have now been received by me and after some selective cropping etc. will be displayed on the Competitions page of the site in the next couple of days so please revisit the website from time to time to view them.

Sunday, 18th March, 2018.............

The principal day of this years' County Finals was held at the Horsham & District Indoor Bowls Club on a bitterly cold and snow riven day which sadly had an adverse effect on the number of supporters and spectators that were able to reach the venue! Happily all our competitors made the journey successfully and although through circumstance beyond our control we had to schedule two of the finals away from the main day it turned out to be a truly fabulous day of nail bitingly gripping competitive bowls with those privileged to watch lapping up some hugely tasty matches! Firstly the results: -

SCIBA Pairs Champions 2018SCIBA Pairs Finalist 2018Sussex County Indoor B.A. Pairs Champions 2018: Rob & Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) who won one of the tightest matches ever running out winners 19- 18 against Worthing Pavilion's Simon Davey and Richard Dray.

Triples Winners 2018Sussex County Indoor B.A. Triples Champions 2018: Matt Ives, Graham Ives & David Miller by 18 - 17 shots fought a titanic struggle against the Egerton Park trio of Carl Dyer, Steve Boswell & Seb Morley. Fantastic bowls for the neutral spectator. Nail biting angst for the players 'supporters and one of the tightest final ends you will ever see played!

Fours Winners 2018Fours Finalist 2018Sussex County Indoor B.A. Fours Champions 2018: Matt Ives, Graham Ives, Andy Gladwell & David Miller won 23 - 12 beating a spirited scratch four from Eastbourne: Paul Davies, Nigel Morris, Simon Perry & Phil Garrett.  A match where the final score didn't tell the full story... nevertheless a convincing win by the Horsham team. I'm sure we shall see this Eastbourne team appear at the County Finals again in the future! Welcome to all four Eastbourne players who qualified for their county badges through reaching this final and we hope to see them represent the County at Badge Matches in years to come now that they have all nailed this indoor bowls landmark!

Unbadged Singles Winner 2018Sussex County Indoor B.A. Unbadged Singles Champion 2018: Jason Walter (Wealden) 21 - 5 against Richard Corkett (Arun) taking nothing away from Jason who found line & weight straightaway and bowled relentlessly to the jack but I am sure Richard will accept this was not his day and he found the relatively cold conditions of the morning and the carpet too much of a challenge. All those who know Richard realise he just had "a bad day at the office" because we know full well that he is a very, very much better bowler than he was able to show us today! Richard will undoubtable feature again in the SCIBA finals and at representative inter-county matches throughout the coming seasons. Jason qualified by winning this final for his County (Gold Distinction) Blazer Badge, which was presented by the County President and we hope we shall see him selected for many representative inter-county matches in the future. Well done Jason.....tremendous bowling today.

U25 Winner 2018Sussex County Indoor B.A. Under 25 Singles Champion 2018: Jason Walter (Wealden) 21 - 19 in a "can't take your eyes off it" battle against Jonathan Fenn-Tye (Preston) in one of those games where it's such a shame one of the players has to lose! A match that will live in the memory for sometime to come! Although Jonathan was the runner up he didn't go away empty handed.....the County President had the opportunity of presenting him with his County Blazer Badge and his Home Counties League Blazer Flash for representing Sussex a minimum of three times in the Home Counties IBA Inter-County League that runs throughout the season. Congratulations to both players for giving us such an enjoyable final, to Jason for winning his second final of the day and to Jonathan for becoming a fully fledged badged player for Sussex County IBA. The future of Sussex Indoor bowls is safe if we can hold onto players like this. Both now approach the senior ranks of players being close to concluding their Under 25 playing status.

The SCIBA County Singles Championship 2018 is being played at Horsham IBC later in the week once both competitors are clear of commitments and I shall post the result as soon as I can after the match. This came about because Ajay Morphett was in the Under 18 National Finals at Burton on Trent on the same day as our County finals. Legally he must be accompanied by a Parent and with his Mum unable to take him due to illness it fell to Dad, Rob to do the honours.  Rob Morphett (one of the finalists) spoke to me about the problem and said he would concede the Singles Final to Mark Strong in order to chaperone his son to Burton. Mark Strong from Worthing Pavilion who is his opponent wanted to play the match and was not content to accept a concession. Those who know Mark will appreciate how competitive he is and will understand his wish to play the match, albeit on an alternative date. SCIBA does not accept that a Final should be conceded unless there is absolutely no way of resolving the issue...much less the "blue ribbon" event of the competition season! As Competition Secretary I ruled the match should be played to it's natural conclusion on an alternative day which both finalists have agreed to. It is a shame the final could not be played on Finals day, however, the SCIBA Singles Championship will be properly decided between the two finalists and a winner will emerge! It would appear that not everyone is happy with that resolution and feel Rob Morphett should be disqualified for being unavailable for the final. That is a perfectly legitimate way of bringing matters to a conclusion. However, in my view it would not have been in the spirit of the sport to have followed that course not least because both players very much want to play the game and to not have it decided in such a fashion. We should applaud Mark Strong for his determination to play the match come what may..... and Rob Morphett for being willing to concede the singles final in the first place in order to chaperone his son to the National U18 Finals in Burton. Neither player should be criticised and nobody has any reason to play the "blame game." Both communicated with me and wearing my Competition Secretary's hat (and also as organiser) I have ruled within the laws of the sport as I see fit... as well as in the interests of fairness and commonsense. That decison has been both impartial and without prejudice to either bowler. I trust that this explanation will put paid to any unsubstantiated rumours that may be about to circulate on social media or any other jungle drum! Thank you to all those who have supported the decision.

Although unable to present it on Finals Day due to the absence of the receiver from our event for personal reasons I should like to announce that ROY TUOHY (Eastbourne) was honoured with the Sussex Martlet Special Recognition Award for his outstanding and selfless contribution to Sussex Bowls over many years. I have been lucky to have Roy as the County Assistant Secretary and I know from personal knowledge the valuable work he undertakes on behalf of not just SCIBA but every single affiliated member. The award is a special distinction not lightly given by Sussex County IBA and Roy is one of those rare individuals who defies us to find suitable superlatives that have not previously been used to distinguish his service to Sussex Indoor Bowls! The Sussex Martlet Special Recognition Award for 2018 is conferred on Roy Tuohy with our profound thanks and our enduring esteem. A copy of the Citation, Certificate and Blazer Badge will be displayed on the website in the next few days.

Saturday, 17th March, 2018...........

As most of you know the County Finals, this year being held at Horsham IBC, have been split mostly over two days due to a late National competition date going into the diary after we had set our own Finals date. It created a bit of a hiatus in the schedules but we had to get on with our own finals as best we could. The County Pairs Championship was played this morning between Rob and Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) and Simon Davey and Richard Dray (Worthing Pavilion). I have to tell you it was one of the most gripping games of indoor bowls I have witnessed with the score going first one way and then the other and reaching a climax on the last end when the Pavilion pair held two shots and game. With his last wood Rob Morphett sought to run into what was a packed head to spring the jack. His bowl set off tight from the start and missing the head by a margin but struck a wing wood and cruelly for the Pavilion team, ran into the pack disturbing it enough to take one shot from it. Lucky? yes...but it was one of those games when one had to ride any bit of luck going because there wasn't any to be had up to that point with both sides playing spectacular draws end after end. However, the shot was taken and the match was tied with an extra end to play but despite a truly mammoth effort by Davey & Dray they capitulated... and with it the Pairs Championship went once again to the Champions of 2017, the Father and Son duo of Rob and Ajay Morphett. So congratulations to them and commiserations to the losing finalists but the real winner from this match was "bowls" with the standard of play on show nothing short of astounding.... I kid you not! Roll on tomorrow but if all the matches are as tight as this one I'm going to end up a nervous wreck!! Well done to all the players.

Friday, 16th March, 2018...............

Those "darn Morphett's" from Egerton Park have hit the headlines again by reaching the National Finals of the Family Pairs competition. Rob and Ajay  beat the Worthing Pavilion Father & Son duo of Clunky & Hayden Clarke 19 - 7 to make it into the finals where on the 15th April, 2018 at Nottingham IBC they will contest the first round of the finals against a pair from Essex. They have both got to be in with a good chance of reaching the final itself and we all congratulate them on making the National Finals and wish them both the best of good fortune for the last few steps to claiming the trophy. No doubt the Morphett clan will be somewhere nearby to cheer them on..... so break out the good luck charm bracelet Amber and start polishing it up!

Monday, 12th, March, 2018.......

Please see the programme below for this year’s County Finals. Due to both National and County League commitments the County Singles Final will be played on another date that I will advise when it is confirmed. Otherwise as we stand today (12th March) the County Pairs will be played on Saturday, 17th March, 2018 at Horsham IBC at 9.30am. Apart from the Singles the remainder of the competition Finals are as shown in the programme for Sunday, 18th March, 2018 at Horsham & District IBC. Supporters are most welcome as are spectators. The Restaurant and Bar will be open on both days…the restaurant from 8.00am on the 18th March. There may be further changes to this programme so please re-visit the SCIBA website for the latest version which will be displayed on our Home Page. Good luck to all the competitors and let’s look forward to an excellent couple of days’ bowls.

Monday, 12th, March, 2018.......

Sussex came second in the Home Counties League (South Division) so hats off to all the players who participated in the matches. That second place has earned Sussex a play off against the winners of the North Division which I can now confirm are Berkshire CIBA. Our play off match against them will be on Sunday, 25th March, 2018 at Desborough IBC at 10.00am. Supporters are as always very welcome as are spectators. Well done to everyone and good luck in the play offs to reach the actual Home Counties League Final. iain Donaldson our National Team Manager is really delighted at the results this year and his selections are beginning to produce a good crop of players willing to support Sussex and turn out to play for their County when called on! It's both good to see and encouraging for the future of Sussex indoor bowls

Monday 12th March, 2018..........

Continuing the theme of good news our excellent young bowlers yesterday finalised their position in the Under 25 Inter-County League with an impressive final score against Hampshire of 103 - 39 and in so doing winning all 22 points for the match and with it an unassailable position as the WINNERS of the League for the second time since they entered it just a few years ago. It really is an outstanding performance by the whole team which includes both Ray Leggett and Barry Torode as their Managers and Sussex County IBA are as proud as puch for their accomplishment this season which was made more difficult with one or two of the regular bowlers being unavailable. It truly is a significant achievement and I know I go on about it a bit too much some would say but these lads are the future of Sussex Indoor Bowls and they will become the nucleus of the teams that will in my view, lift the Liberty Trophy for Sussex before too long...and let's not forget the many individual trophy wins many of these young players will realise in their bowls lifetime. I'm proud of them all and I know that all of Sussex are equally delighted with their second win in the Under 25 Inter-County League and what seems like a bright future for them and for us!

Thursday 1st March, 2018.........


Friday, 23rd February................

Deric Homes Trophy Here is the Sussex President holding the Deric Homes Memorial Trophy which is played for in a league format and sponsored by Surrey County Indoor B. A. Sussex has won the league with a game in hand which is a fantastic result for the County and its’ bowls players……. we shall discount the suggestion of a surprised look on Barry Baillie’s face... but he had just minutes before been presented with the trophy by the Surrey President, Peter French and he was slightly in shock as it was an unexpected moment! Peter French has now explained that as Sussex cannot be caught in the League even if they were to lose their last match so it was timely that Sussex was playing against Surrey in Badge Match No: 9 at Grattons IBC on the 22nd February…. hence the extra surprise!. Congratulations to our President and to Sussex bowlers who have represented the County so well in the badge matches that were pre-eminent in this competition. Thanks also to Surrey County IBA who sponsor the Deric Homes Memorial Trophy League and who put the effort in maintaining the league table and sustaining this competition each season.

A few years back we were able to move the county towards selecting stronger teams for the big games such as representative matches and this result is something of a vindication for taking a harder line on selection as well as making it that much more challenging to gain county colours through the badge credit system. I hope it will be just the start of winning ways for Sussex in the “important" matches and that we can slowly but surely pull ourselves up by our bootlaces and once more gain recognition for being a very tough county to play against…I have always believed in Sussex and Sussex bowlers and know that we have the players NOW in this county.. to win everything there is at County and National level and I hope we can once again gain a victory in the blue ribbon event of the season..the Liberty Trophy.. before too long. We have a fine crop of younger bowlers coming through and winning their matches against strong opposition. It looks very likely, and I hope I’m not jinxing it by saying this but Sussex is close to winning the Under 25 Inter-County League again this season and it is these up and coming young men who will one day steer Sussex to the very pinnacle of bowls in England. We should all put our faith in them to get the job done and simply believe in them,….they can accomplish the task. As for this occasion I know it must have been a very pleasant and rewarding moment for President Barry Baillie to accept the Deric Homes Memorial Trophy on behalf of all of our members and let us now look forward to many more such bowls occasions for this great county of Sussex.

Monday, 12th February................

Well Readers.......two pieces of county team competition news for you to digest today. Yesterday at Arun IBC Sussex welcomed visitors Hampshire to the second match in the Home Counties IBA League. As was to be expected Hampshire brought their 'A" team and the Sussex players were confronted by a host of recognised bowlers from across the county line. Not to be overwhelmed Sussex started out well and gradually pulled away from the opposition. The scoresheet tells the story but this tae was one with a happy ending because Sussex won the match 132 - 106. Winning on Four (4) rinks and losing narrowly on two (2) rinks. Out of a total of 22 points which were available Sussex took the lions share of 18 points leaving Hampshire wth 4 points. The match was played in good spirits and in a very competitive manner. Thank you to all those Sussex players who stood by their commitment to the County and to Iain Donaldson our National Team Manager for a sound selection. The winning bug is a phenomenon that can grip a sporting team and I for one would very much like to see us remain in its' hold for a long time to come. Well done to all involved. As soon as I have an up to date league table I wil publish it....promise!

Team Photo of winning team v Hampshire on 11/02/18 at Arun IBC in the Home Counties IBA League. sussex-hampshire-2018
Carl Dyer (Egerton Park) presented with his Home Counties Blazer Flash by National Team Manager Iain Donaldson on 11/02/18 Carl Flash 18

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Sadly our Under 25 Double Rink fighting for a place in the National Finals lost to Essex by a combined score of 48 - 35. The players will be unhappy at the result but Essex turned out a strong pair of rinks and it simply wasn't Sussex's day! However, having said that our young players can be justly proud of themselves for coming through a tough three rounds of the event against serious competition. It's been quite a while since we could look at our Under 25 squad with pride for their achievements but all that has changed in the past few years with the current team managed by Ray Leggett and Barry Torode who have done a magnificent job. Of course it's fairly easy to manage a good team... and we do have a very good squad indeed! We congratulate them all on their progress over this period and we look forward with considerable pride ourselves to what the future may hold. We have a team that is not frightened to stand up and be counted on the green and they show it every time with their maturity of attitude, team spirit, commitment and just..great bowls! Some of these young men will go on to become International Bowling Stars of the future and some will may even feature in the Professional Bowls Association rankings to come. Isn't it great that they started out in our county?

Thursday 8th February.................

It is with reluctance and great disappointment we have had to cancel the SCIBA County Fives scheduled for 28th February, 2018 at The Grattons IBC. With a minimum target of 12 Club teams required, by the closing date (which had been extended a week) we had received only 7 entries. We put a lot of effort into trying to raise teams and I must thank Simon Pettingel as well because he rang around all his player contacts to get them to make sure their Club had put an entry in but in spite of all that the number required to make it viable was not adequate. I have asked Grattons to hold onto the competition another year so it will be put out to the clubs for 2019 entries in November/December, 2018 as usual. Meanwhile I have looked at the format of the competition and have tentatively suggested to Grattons that it should be changed from a club orientated framework to an Open competition that is team centred (ie: players from any club). I haven't looked at how that could be done but I think it would be possible. I have also suggested an increase in the Grattons sponsorship which SCIBA would match so that a monetary prize fund of at least £500.00 is on offer shared by the winners and runners up in the event. I believe if those changes can be made that we would attract the full number of teams not only for 2019 but beyond. It has to be agreed by the Sponsor (Grattons) first and I await the result of their Committee discussions. I shall keep you all updated.

For those that did put an entry in... if you paid by cheque it will be securely shredded. For those who paid cash I will arrange to get that back to you as soon as I can.

Onto other matters and I'm sure you will join with me in wishing our Under 25 National Double Rink players the very best of luck in their bid to reach the Semi-Finals of this competition. The quarter-finals match is being played on Sunday 11th February, 2018 is against Essex and they have a really good chance of winning it. Fingers (and everything else) crossed for them....come on can do it!

Congratulations to Ajay Morphett who has reached the final stages of the National Under 18 Singles. He will be playing against a lad from Beccles and has a good chance of making it all the luck we can muster for Ajay on Sunday 18th March, 2018. This date unfortunately clashes with our County Finals and I know both Ajay and his Dad Rob, are still running in County Competitions. If they reach the finals we shall simply have to arrange their match(s) for a separate time...the National Finals date was late being confirmed and our County Finals date was already finalised. We try our very best to set our finals so it doesn't clash anywhere with the Nationals but it is incredibly difficult not to hit one of them when the EIBA change their dates. To be fair the EIBA do apologise ahead of finalising their schedule so we have to expect the odd coincidence!!

Commiserations to Steve Jeapes (Falaise) who went out in the Quarter-Final of The National Champion of Champions. Nonetheless for that a really great showing Steve..well done.

Footnote: Kent who bounced us out of the Liberty Trophy are still going strong. If they win we can at least say we were beaten by the eventual victors!!

Monday, 29th January, 2018..........................

Latest quick report from our Under 25 Manager, Ray Leggett in regard to the U25 Inter-County League and I quote: "another well deserved win for the team against Essex at Ilford today, they won on two rinks and lost by one shot on the other,  won 88 shots to 42 shots and picked up another 18points, well done to Ajay who skipped for the first time today and to the rink skipped by Reece who won 49 - 5  another very good display from our bowlers." It's encouraging to see these yougsters of ours doing their best to bring it home for Sussex and we owe them as much support as we can muster. If you have the opportunity to watch their matches at all you will be greatly impressed with the standard and commitment these excellent bowlers display.

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018.........................

The third round of the National Over 60 Inter-County Knock Out took place at Adur and Egham IBC's. This was a much closer game at both venues and we discovered we were playing most of the Surrey bowlers who dismissed us on Sunday but this was by no means as straightforward for Surrey as they might have expected after Sunday. The matches at both ends were all over the shop when one looked across the the rinks.... I was at the Adur tie and the three rinks could not have been more different from each other with a Sussex heavy loss, a spectacular win and a fighting recovery so it was all there for the spectator. Having said that and noted our rinks at Egham had done a really good job of keeping the score down it should have been a match we could easily have won at Adur had we not had such range of scores and with hindsight we really should have taken the credit in my humble opinon! However, we did not and we fell short overall by a frustrating NINE (9) shots! Nine shots over 6 rinks...we were that close to a 4th Round meet against Devon CIBA. Never mind... our lads showed they are quite capable of winning through and this year we progressd to the third round which was further than we had ever done before in this National Competition dubbed the Veteran's Liberty Trophy. Putting a positive spin on things we definitely developed and grew as a team and I would go so far as to say we made something of a "breakthrough" having gone the distance that we did. It makes next season's Over 60 Inter-County a much more exciting prospect and there is no doubt we can reach the final stages of this competition simply because we almost did this time....just a measly 9 shots was the difference. Well done to all those who played in this competition and to both Iain Donaldson and David Hubbard for their selections. We should all feel very proud of our efforts and be itching for next season to come around!!

Good luck from Sussex to Surrey who will play Devon on the 20th February, 2018. It is a tough draw but it would be good to see those that won over us go on and reach the Final.

PS: As a postscript to this report I can confirm that those unbadged players who were selected and played in this competition will receive an additional credit towards their county badge if they played in two rounds of the competition. In future an unbadged player who is selected and plays in a minimum of two rounds of the National Over 60 Inter-County Knock-Out competition in a consecutive period of three years will receive an additional credit toward his County Badge Award. It is hoped that an "Over 60 Inter-County K.O."  flash will also be made available to those who have been selected and played in this competition on at least three occasions....bringing this competition into line with how we recognise those who play in the Liberty Trophy.

Sunday 21st January, 2018...................

Our first Home Counties League match of the current season against Surrey County IBA did not quite go to plan I'm sorry to report. We were overwhelmed by a strong Surrey contingent that led from the off and held us in their grip throughout the game running out winners 129 - 78. No excuses...we were beaten by a better side on the day and must regroup for the second Home Counties League match against Hampshire IBA on the 11th February, 2018 at Arun IBC at 10.00am. Supporters most welcome as I suspect this match may produce a tighter scoreline but will not be easy...let's hope for a better result all round though!

Scorecard's for HCL1 - Click to view
321=hcl-1 654=hcl-1


Thursday 18th January, 2018.................

Following a recent reshuffle of County personnel Iain Donaldson (Worthing) is now the SCIBA National Team Manager with immediate effect. David Hubbard (Adur) stays on as SCIBA Consultant on National Team selections working with the National Team Manager as he prescribes. It is anticipated that Iain Donaldson (Worthing) will wish to appoint an Assistant but as the current season is within sight of ending this may not be made firm until the new season. SCIBA thanks David Hubbard for all his efforts on the Liberty Trophy, Liberty Trophy trials and subsequent selections and for his leadership as the Liberty Trophy Team Captain...we hope he will continue to lead the Sussex County team onto the green in the Liberty Trophy competition next season and will continue to be available to Iain when he finalises selection for this top National Team Competition. Both men have the full support of Sussex County IBA.

Monday 15th January, 2018.......................

some quick news to report on our Under 25 Inter-County League progress this season from the Manager, Ray Leggett...  quote,"just to let you know, a  really good performance again from our team at Horsham to win on all three rinks with the score Sussex  89 Surrey  27.5 giving Sussex  22pts and Surrey 0pts. Sussex Under 25's continue to fly high in the inter-county league and athough we mustn't count our chickens just yet things are set fair for the remainder of the season!

Monday, 8th January, 2018.........................


I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I've been contacted by the President of Chichester BC to request a few lines of notification on our pages regarding the very recent demise of ALAN STEWART both a long time Member of Arun Indoors and also of Chichester B.C. outdoors. Like me there will be many who will be shocked to hear of his sudden death... it occured between the Christmas and New Year breaks. Alan was a founding Member of Arun District Indoor Bowls Club and was very, very well known throughout Sussex. He was a stalwart of Chichester B.C. outdoors and his passing will be a huge loss to both clubs. Alan was a regular player with the West Sussex & Bognor Tourists and will be fondly remembered for his fun, undeniable passion and love for the sport of bowls and the many social occasions that were enjoyed whenever Alan was present. Simon Tooley, Chichester BC President has been in touch with Alan's family (Jacqui...his daughter) and here are the details of the funeral: Tuesday, 16th January, 2018 at Chichester Crematorium followed by a wake at The Chichester Hotel (virtually next door to the crematorium). Jacqui has requested there only be flowers from the family but those that wish can make a donation to the two charities Alan held closest to his heart....St. Wilfrid's Hospice and "Action on Hearing Loss." Please make your cheque out to Reynolds Funeral Services, High Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1RR along with a covering note "In Memory of Alan Stewart." Should you wish to send a supportive sympathy card or a letter please address it to Ms. J. Stewart, 39, Halnaker, Chichester, PO18 0NQ.

Alan's loss will leave a big hole in Sussex Bowls... not just at Arun Indoor and Chichester outdoor but throughout this County. When someone of his standing within our sport passes away suddenly we lament being unable to have said our goodbyes and in Alan's instance not simply our goodbyes but our abiding thanks for what he meant to bowls in Sussex. I'm certain Alan knew that he was truly appreciated by all of us for what he personally brought to bowls in Sussex but I guess it wouldn't be inappropriate to say it just one more time...."thank you Alan for everything you did to perpetuate and better our sport and the immense joy you brought to it...we'll miss you and we will remember you with fondness & affection......and yes, always with a smile.......because through your own achievements you have helped all of us to smile that little bit more often." Alan...your journey is ended...Rest in Peace my friend."

Friday, 22nd December, 2017........

Following this Tuesday's meeting about the County League situation.. as there is so much discontent amongst the clubs about the manner in which we should go forward the earlier resolution to move to an East/West split has had to be put aside in the best interests of all our members. We considered it unsafe to move forward on it because of the immense feeling of discontent from a significant proportion of clubs that it was not the way to proceed. Therefore, and for the time being there will be NO CHANGE to the SCIBA County League format. It will continue being played as it has been up to this point. As there will be no revision to the structure of the clubs and existing Areas the Annual Patron's matches will also continue to be played to the schedule currently put in place by Asst. Secretary Roy Tuohy. The Areas will remain unchanged. There will be no changes implemented to either of these events. In the new year we shall convene a much fuller inquiry into the future of the County League but for now and for next season (2018/19) as well there is to be no alteration to how clubs operate the league and their Annual Patron fixtures. If you have specific queries on this determination please contact me directly to discuss them.

Monday 18th December, 2017.......

News that our Under 25 Bowlers are dong well in their competitions....Over this week-end they snatched an unlikely victory out of the hands of Surrey County IBA in the Under 25 National Double Rink winning 37 - 34 on aggregate across the two venues. An outstanding result by any measure against very strong opposition. I cannot praise them more highly as the hurdles our Sussex young bowlers have to negotiate are never easy ones... drawn as we always are against the cream of our neighbouring counties...Kent, Surrey, Hampshire & Middlesex. A win against any of them is something special.....many congratulations to all the players involved and keep it going....Sussex are the Challengers against Essex next on the 11th February, 2018 so keep a weather eye out for some more good pressure lads!!!

Monday, 27th November, 2017..........

Text from Ray Leggett ...."just to let you know Sussex won against Hampshire at Arun yesterday....  91 shots to 48 shots, won on two rinks lost by one shot on other rink 18 points to Sussex and 4 points to Hampshire, excellent display of bowling by our team again, had a few senior players missing debut game for Freddie Cable from Eastbourne, played well as lead.  Alex Paine won 42-7, Jon Fenn-tye won 35-26, Reece Tugwell lost 14-15 Very good effort, should put us back at the top of league."

Very good news indeed. Sussex are continuing to build there Under 25 players into a formidable team whose reputation precedes them....worth a few shots lead in any match I'd suggest!

Friday, 3rd November, 2017...............

Word has reached me that Bob Henstridge that well established and known bowler from the Preston Club was recently awarded his Disability Bowls England International Cap Number (4) from World Indoor Bowls Champion Greg Harlow at a ceremony last month in Solihull. He represented Disability Bowls England in November 2015 at Nottingham against Scotland in a two day test match indoors. He also also went to Glasgow in 2016 and played against Scotland and Wales in a three day match outdoors! So it's many congratulations on yet another fine achievement. We don't hear from Disability Bowls very much and it's good to know one of our local bowlers is making quite a name for himself both indoors and out. Keep it going Bob because stories like yours inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought they were capable of.

Bob receiving his cap from Greg
Photo of Bob receiving his cap from Greg
Thanks again for including us in your accomplishment.

Monday, 30th October, 2017..............

Well it was not to be a glory day for Sussex v Kent in the Liberty was as they say a bad day at the office! Kent came, themselves some seven top players short but with the depth of talent they can select from they still came with a mighty team and we were beaten almost from the get go! Despite a spirited and winning rink from Ollie Ovett playing against Andy Thompson the other rinks went down to an onslaught from the Kent players. That is not to say that the Sussex players weren't trying their utmost because it was clear they were but if it could go against them it it always seems when you are behind.. the rub of the green went the way of the visitors and no matter how we tried Kent kept the stranglehold on and tightened it the further we went into the game. At around 17ends for the rinks the Sussex Team Captain not wanting to see further pain inflicted..pulled the plug and conceded the match with the adjusted score at Sussex 70 Kent 126. Both David and Iain wished it passed on that they were very grateful to every one of the Sussex players for turning out and they had no was simply a top class Kent team that came to us and they deserved their win on the day. SCIBA would also like to thank the Sussex players for their efforts and for supporting Sussex County Indoor Bowls in the top National competition of the season. Never fear reader...Sussex will come again and I have always firmly believed we can win the Liberty Trophy again and one day we shall!

Friday, 27th October, 2017............

A couple of matters to is the first round of The National Liberty Trophy competition tomorrow Saturday, 28th October, 2017 at Adur IBC at 10.00am. Sussex are playing the old enemy Kent once again so a good match is assured with a fair sprinkling of blue jackets on doubt! Come along and support your County and help them get across the line and into the next round. It will not be an easy ask but then if it was it wouldn't be worth playing for! All joking aside it really will be a tough job to turn over Kent. We have a decent team out there and every chance to make it a good day for Sussex tomorrow. The team will need as much help as possible and never underestimate what cheering supporters can do for a lifts their spirits to know so many are behind them. Good luck to them in the morning....COME ON SUSSEX.........

Just a reminder to competition entrants..please leave a text message on 07775 668118 or e.mail me your results at and only telephone me if necessary on 01903 248049. If you get no answer leave your result on the landline answerphone. I appreciate your help in keeping my landline as clear as possible. Don't forget to post me the scorecards without delay: SCIBA Secretary, Sea Barn, The Warren, Ferring, BN12 5PQ.

Would competitors also remember to keep an eagle eye on the competition pages of the website ( to see who their next opponents are. We shall be relying on the website to put this information across but of course if you have any difficulty I'm still available on the phone but I'm expecting it all to go quite smoothly...fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017.........

Well done to the Sussex Over 60 Men Inter- County Knock Out team...who prevailed in their first round match against Berkshire this morning with the opposition conceding on the 19th end with the overall aggregate score standing at 100- 69. Commiserations to Berkshire. Sussex have beeen entering this competition for the past five years and this is the first time we have made any progress at all so it justifies a pat on the back to all the players particularly the Adur ones who had an excellent game winning on all three rinks convincingly. I say that only 'cos I was there but I'm sure the away 12 had an equally good competition ....perhaps more so because they had to deal with the away problems of travelling and and then playing on a strange carpet! Our National Team Manager David Hubbard was delighted with the result and asked me to pass on his personal congratulations to every player. We are the home side to Middlesex in the next round being played on the 21st November, 2017 at Adur and a yet unknown Middlesex venue. Right...I think enough justice has been done to that for one day so signing off for now.....

Reminder: All County competitions are underway and competitors in the first round of those with a closing date of 1st November have only a week left to play their ties. By now any unplayed comps. should have a date arranged and agreed. Those ties not completed by 12 midnight on the closing date will automatically be awarded to the opponents with a walkover so get your skates on!!

Monday, 23rd October, 2017..............

A further splash of good news reaches me from our triples team who were last seasons' County Champions from Adur. They play as a formality representing Sussex in the Home Counties Finals. They won their quarter final and go through to the HCIBA Finals being played at Horsham IBC on November, 25th. Well done and good luck in the finals boys...bring that silverware back to Sussex! Saturday 25th November, 2017 at Horsham IBC starting at 10.00am.....put it in your diary...Sussex are represented in all four events so why not enjoy a day out and come along and support them. Open restaurant and bar all day. Lots of parking. Plenty of room for spectating. No entry charge. Sussex hold the Presidency this year with Roy Tuohy the County Asst. Secretary. Come along and cheer our players to victory.

Monday, 23rd October, 2017..........

Good news from the coalface to report...our Under 25 Inter-County League team has had nother impressive win this time against Essex County IBA Under 25's.  At Wealden our lads (and lassies) stormed through the match winning 66 - 50 and bagging all 22 points. Well done to the team and to the Managers on yet another fine display of bowls against strong opposition. Sussex now sit proudly at the top of the league table...a position us supporters and spectators should very much like to see unchanged for the remainder of the no pressure then! Of course there is the whole season to go yet and as the saying goes...many a slip twixt cup and lip...but hey we can't complain 'cos we have literally sprinted out of the gate this time and we have to yet get into our stride but it's very promising, very promising indeed!

Monday 16th october, 2017................

(1) Very quickly ........ Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) triumphed again at the BIIBC Championships played at Bristol over the week-end! Going one better than his previous gold he won two (2) Gold Medals yesterday in the Under 18's. I will have more details that I'll publish later but I wanted to get the news out there....I expect it is already spread across FaceBook but for the slightly slower medium of our website it's top of the news stories. More later...meanwhile a huge well done to continue to bring home the bacon and in Sussex we are all immensely proud of you and your achievements.

(2) Pix of Ajay Morphett of Egerton Park IBC at this week-end’s BIIBC Championships. Ajay acquits himself with honours both retaining the Gold Medal he won last year and adding a further Gold Medal in the Under 18 triples. Photos show Ajay on his own and with the England mascot along with the other medal winners and a group shot of the England Under 18 team. Played at Bristol over the week-end and Ajay once again proving what an excellent and grounded indoor bowls player he has become. He brings great distinction to his own game and that of his Country and also immense kudos and cachet to Sussex County IBA…... Everyone in the County is intensely proud of his achievements and wish him continuing good fortune in his stellar bowls career which surely must be about to go stratospheric!….we look forward to seeing him carry his successes through to the senior game where further acclaim must undoubtably await!!

Tuesday,  3rd October, 2017.........

Well...we're off to yet another Indoor Bowls Season and likely as not if you are reading this it is your opening visit to the website in preparation for the new season that effectively gets underway this least for most of our clubs. So welcome and I hope you all have a great time over the next seven months or so. If I can quickly repeat my last on this page and that is to competition competitors...please check the draw on the various competition pages and make sure I haven't made any clerical errors....a couple have already been discovered and corrected but that doesn't mean there aren't any more! May I also take this opportunity of saying once more that we have several vacancies on the SCIBA Executive coming towards us and I would be grateful if clubs and particularly you...the Association Members have a think about whether you can offer some of your time to help the management of the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association especially after next year's AGM in June when a number of the current Executive have intimated they will be standing down. We shall be looking for a new County Secretary, County Assistant Secretary, County Competition Secretary and County Welfare Officer although with this last one the role has come under the purvey of the County Secretary up to now and could continue as part of his remit but the other three are vital to the secure continuation of SCIBA beyond June 2018. Whilst I'm sure some emergency planning could cover the basics of the three posts without people stepping up to take the roles on, it would see the start of a process of degradation that would take the Association back over ten years to a time when it was seen to be of little consequence and only the bare minimum of effort was put in to keep it ticking over.....that time being when I came on as County Secretary! It would be very sad to see all the hard work and effort that has gone into literally saving SCIBA being wasted so I implore you all to give the greatest consideration to taking the Association forward for the next few years. This can anly be achieved by some of you volunteering your time. My thanks go to Les Mann from Worthing and Kim Robinson of The Grattons for being the first to offer their assistance. Les has become the SCIBA Match Secretary and Kim the SCIBA Treasurer (Elect). Les has moved directly into post and Kim will be taking over from the commencement of the new financial year on the 1st May, 2018. Additionally Kim is our current Examiner of Accounts so with effect from the new financial year we shall need the services of someone with experience of accounting and/or book-keeping to take that annual job over from him...could any of these positions be something you might be interested in doing? If so then please get in touch with me so I can meet and discuss the ins and outs of the role you favour...Tony Phillips 01903 248049 / 07775 668118 / e.mail  I hope some of you will rise to the challenge...and thank you for at least giving it some thought and reading this snippet!

Monday, 28th August, 2017..........

Would those entered into the County Competitions 2017/18 please check their draws in the County Pairs where a clerical error on my part resulted in a duplication which has now been corrected but as a result the draw, albeit the original one conducted by the President and myself, now reads differently. I apologise for any confusion caused but would add that as we are entirely website based such situations are quickly corrected once they have been identified. Had it been necessary the competition could have been re-drawn but in this instance that was unnecessary. Sadly from time to time mistakes are inevitably made hence I ask that you check your details very carefully in order any corrections can be made as quickly as possible before the commencement of the new season.

Tuesday 22nd August, 2017...........

Good Afternoon Everyone...... I'm pleased to inform you that Darrell Petts from Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club has been co-opted onto the County Executive with immediate effect as the Deputy Vice President. Darrell was nominated by his club earlier in the year for the position and his inclusion will mean we are now able to present a full "Presidents" allocation for the coming season. Darrell has been the Captain of Denton Island IBC Men for the past five years and is an established Sussex Indoor member whom I'm sure many of you already know. He starts his official duties at the commencement of season 2017/18 and will be put forward for the substantive position of DVP at the first Executive meeting on the 7th November, 2017. Subject to ratification by the full Executive on that date Darrell can look forward to becoming SCIBA President in season 2020/21. We wish him well in progressing to that point.

17th August, 2017.......................

You will be pleased to know your Secretary has been busy during the closed season..!

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that SCIBA have co-opted (subject to full ratification at the next Executive Meeting in November) Les Mann from Worthing IBC as the new Sussex CIBA Match Secretary taking over from Lew Mockett our previous established Fixture Secretary who retired at the end of last season. Many of you will know Les from his current position as the Match Secretary at Worthing IBC, a role he has exercised for the past four years or so. Les is extremely well qualified to serve Sussex in this position having previously been the County Regional Secretary of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) for nine years and held supplementary Association Committee positions with a number of diverse bodies. I believe he will be an excellent asset to the administration and management of SCIBA and his arrival on the scene is certainly opportune as many of you will know! Les will commence dealing with SCIBA Match Secretary matters with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017 and I would ask you to direct your inquiries to him and any "fixture" paperwork through to his e.mail address after that date. Les's contact details will be shown on the "Officers" page of the Website later today when I've completed it and I also hope to have his photo displayed PDQ on the same page!  Just leaves me to welcome Les aboard the 'SCIBA Express' and on behalf of us all to wish him every success for his future with us.

I am also delighted to tell you that we have a new County Treasurer (Elect)...the position having been accepted by Kim Robinson (The Grattons). Kim is a qualified professional Accountant which is just what is needed to deal with the multi-faceted position the SCIBA's Treasurer's role entails. As most of you are aware the County Treasurer is also our Quartermaster and responsible for looking after and storing all of our stock such as, shirts, jackets, ties, county badges etc. and of course ensuring that stock levels are adequately and fiscally maintained. As you know I have been covering the Treasurer's position for the past 18months and after discussion with Kim we have decided he should take over from the new financial year which commences 1st, May, 2018. This allows for me to wind up my involvement and affords me the time to organise the changeover requirements with our Bankers. So for the next few months I will remain as the County Treasurer. At the April 2018 Executive Meeting we shall get Kim officially ratified in readiness for him to take over the reins at the end of that month. It's a feather in our cap to have secured the likes of Kim Robinson and I'm truly excited to have him join the County Executive.

It does leave us with one small problem though...because Kim was our Accounts Examiner he will not  be able to continue in that role once he takes over as full time County Treasurer. Therefore, we shall require a volunteer from one of our clubs to take on the role of Accounts Examiner with effect from the end of this financial year {30th April, 2018}. If there is anyone who is an affiliated member of SCIBA who could take on the role then we would be very grateful. It's not an onerous position and there is a nominal fee payable to the individual concerned who should possess an accounting background or at least be someone who works with and is familiar with figures. The person does not have to be a chartered accountant or hold professional qualifications but will need to sign off on the County's Accounts at the end of each financial year. Please contact me in the first instance to discuss: Hon. SCIBA Secretary, Tony Phillips...e.mail: or telephone 01903 248049 Mobile: 07775 668118.

Further news is in the pipeline which I hope shortly to be able to confirm and that is the nomination of a new Deputy Vice President. Discussions are underway and I have a meeting with the nominee next week. Provided all goes well I should be able to make the announcement sometime after Wednesday next so fingers crossed on that front.

Inevitably, I am still left with securing the services of an affiliated SCIBA member to take on the job of County Competition Secretary. I have everything for the coming season organised and apart from taking the results and organising the County Finals on 18th March, 2018 there is little else of contention. This would be a very good time for someone to step up and offer their services in this role as they would have loads of time to gently familiarise themselves with the position. County Competition Secretary is a vital role on the Executive and influential in the management of the County's future. It would suit someone who is a good organiser and familiar with the Sussex clubs and players. We are at a critical stage in the development of SCIBA and in order to maintain the impetus and momentum that has been built up over recent years it is so important to have the right people on board to push things along! The Competition Secretary holds a unique position on the Executive and his input is of great importance. I don't believe there is not someone out there who would like to step up and help the County out and at the same time play a seminal part in moulding the future of Sussex Indoor bowls for all our Members!! If my appeal gives you concern then why not come on board as Competition Secretary and help us out. You'll enjoy yourself...I promise. Contact me as above to meet and discuss. You will not be disappointed.

14th August, 2017.......................

Hello to everyone reading this! The start of the 2017/18 Indoor Season is almost upon us and as is traditional the new SCIBA President's opening match against the Sussex County Bowls Outdoor side takes place at Preston IBC tomorrow Tuesday, 15th August, 2017 start time 2.00pm.

We wish President Barry Baillie every success in his efforts to kick off the season with a win and I hope everyone enjoys a competitive bowls match played in the true spirit of the game.....gloves off, teeth bared!!

To all our Members this is your warning that the new indoor season is but a month away (give or take a couple of days) and SCIBA looks forward to welcoming you all back indoors for the next seven months or so. We trust you have all had an enjoyable season in the sun, rain, wind and chill and are ready to return to the warmth and comfort of your indoor clubs! A full season of bowls awaits you and we wish you all an outstanding season ahead.

If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to speak to one of the Executive Committee Members or your own Clubs' Executive Delegate. If they cannot assist then feel free to telephone me anytime up to 9.00pm each evening.

Good luck in your National. County and club competitions and good bowling to you all.

SCIBA Code of Conduct

SCIBA Code of Conduct


Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association Annual Report 2016/17

Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association Annual Report 2016/17

Thursday, 27th July, 2017.............

Greetings to one and all. Now published in the "Competitions" section of this website are the SCIBA County Competition draws. To date I have had one detail that was duplicated and I have arranged for that to be corrected. However, as with all things I cannot say with impunity that all your details are correctly shown so please take a couple of minutes to check them out and if there are any discrepancies then let me know ASAP on landline 01903 248049 or mobile by text to 07775 668118.

Wednesday, 12th July, 2017...........

I heard only this afternoon of the sudden and sad demise of Mike Field who passed away... collapsing as he played God's game on the bowling green. For most of us that must be how to go..playing the sport you have consumed and loved for decades! However, I didn't have the pleasure of meeting or knowing Mike but he was clearly one of those guys who supported bowls through thick and thin. For some years Mike was the SCIBA Treasurer...a very demanding role requiring considerable skill and knowledge of accounting methods. Along with maintaining the books Mike would have been responsible for all of the Indoor bowlers needs such as badges, scorecards, shirts, ties etc. Being the County's Quartermaster on top of being the Treasurer makes big inroads into one's time and I know that Mike was totally committed to the job and would have been one of the senior Executive Committee Members if he was taking on so much responsibility.

The thing is..I didn't have to know him personally to know he was one of the good guys....because Mike stepped up to the plate when the County called and made a significant contribution to indoor bowls in Sussex. I know he was also deeply involved with the outdoor County Association and will be sadly missed by the many who trod the path and greens alongside him. Our sincere condolences go to Wendy and all of Mike's family and friends and to all those bowlers who counted him as a special acquaintance and who will miss his contribution to life on the green...whether that was the game or simply to chew the cud on the many challenges that are thrown at us all each day.

I am sorry this news was not committed to our pages until now but it came to me by a most circuitous route and I only received it this afternoon. It is my hope that in future both indoor and outdoor Associations will pass such unhappy news to each other more promptly so that our Members have plenty of opportunity to pay their last respects to departed friends. Mike's funeral will be on Monday, 17th July, 2017 at 11.00am in the Kingswood Chapel, Worthing Crematorium, Findon and afterwards at The Findon Manor Hotel in Findon Village.....I do apologise again for the short notice.

Our overwheming sadness at losing a friend can only be assauged by the many good memories each of us has for that individual. I'm sorry that I didn't have the opportunity of knowing Mike earlier but I am certain that had I done so we would have shared many similar views...particularly as to the playing and administration of our sport. Mike... Rest in Perpetual Peace....the game is over, your race is run....thank you for everything you gifted to us.

Friday 28th April, 2017................

I failed to mention in dispatches (because I am currently buried under paperwork) that Ron Adam, David Beard, Tony Grainger and Ralph Steele made it all the way through to the semi-final of the National Over 60 Fours Competition only losing out 18-20 in a tight game against the eventual winners...Victory IBC. So big congrats to the Grattons Four, commiserations on going out at such a late stage but well done for a magnificent effort. I'm sure you will be in the mix again next season and we all wish you the best of luck for then....if you can make it to the semi's there is no reason why you can't be in the final itself at your next attempt! We hope so. Once again my apologies for not publishing your progress.

Tuesday, 18th April, 2017............

It is with great regret that I have to tell you that the Falaise member who was doing the photographs for us this year on County Finals day has been unable to provide us with any others beyond those that were previously published on the website. I apologise most sincerely to those competition winners who are affected by this situation. Apparently there was a camera glitch that destroyed all the pictures. If you have a photo of your presentation on County Finals Day that someone else took I will be happy to publish it on the website so please email it to me as soon as possible and I'll get the job done. Once again I am so sorry. If you are reading this and would like to offer your photographic skills to SCIBA on future Finals' Days I shall be very pleased to hear from you and we can prevent this situation ever happening again.

Friday 14th April, 2017................

Looks like it was a fantastically close match in the Semi-Final of the National Over 60 Singles with our man from Falaise missing out to the Hounslow bowler D. Pitt 18 - 21.....but what a magnificent effort Steve Jeapes made. So commiserations on the one hand but very well done on the other and yet again another Sussex player in the final mix of a National competition....just great stuff for this County!

Wishing everyone going outside (possibly this weekend) the best of the weather and good luck in all their competitions. Thank you all for a splendid indoor season 2016/17. It's been a pretty good year all round and as I write we still have Steve Jeapes (Falaise) in the quarter Final of the National Over 60 Singles competition. We wish him all the best both in his match tonight at 7.00pm and in the semi-final and final (with a bit of good luck) of the competition. I shall be watching on your behalf bowlers and will let you know the result!

Monday 3rd April, 2017...............

I apologise to the players of the SCIBA Unbadged Singles Championship that was played yesterday at Falaise IBC. I've been awaiting confirmation of the result before putting it up on the homepage. You will recall this match was held over from the County Finals on 26th March, 2017 as one of the competitiors was ill. Sportingly the other competitor asked for the match to be rescheduled and it was played on Sunday last. The result is that Simon Davey (Worthing Pavilion) won the contest 21 - 8 against Kieran Jay (Egerton Park) and Simon has been crowned the 2017 SCIBA Unbadged Singles Champion. He was presented with his County Badge (Gold Edition) by President Martyn Naylor along with the Rod Jamieson Memorial Trophy and Winner's Club Pennant. Congratulations to Simon who I foresee will become a much more recognised face in County and National competitions in the future. We don't do losers in the SCIBA Finals because anyone reaching the final of our County Competitions is a winner anyway. Kieran Jay was the second finalist and I'm sure we will be seeing him come on in leaps and bounds. Another young man from the Egerton Park stable that turns out so many fine bowlers. He has it all before him and I fully expect to see him enter this competition and as many others as he is eligible for next season. Well done Kieran. Cracking effort! See you next time I have little doubt!

Saturday 1st April, 2017...............

Regrettably the Sussex County Fours Final that had been rescheduled for play at Falaise at 10.30am tomorrow, Sunday 2nd April, 2017 will NOT now go ahead. The Falaise team had sudden problems with two of their players and were unable to field a full team, giving less than 24 hours notice before the match to their opponents Horsham & District IBC. Both teams not wishing to see the match defaulted looked at potential future dates to play but no date where both sides were free was foreseeable. Therefore, in accordance with WIBC and County Competition Rules the match has been awarded to the Horsham & District IBC Four of Graham Ives, Matt Ives, Andy Gladwell & David Miller. Something like this in a final tends to leave everyone feeling a bit flat. I know the Horsham team would not have wanted to take the match in this manner had there been an alternative solution. SCIBA has had no wriggle room to play with and has had to apply the rules to the deficit of Falaise IBC. Fortunately a set of circumstances like this arises very infrequently but often with the best will in the world things happen..... to put it politely! Both teams of players are in my eyes almost semi-professional competitors anyway and they will understand the situation better than most.

I am sorry to disappoint those of you planning to attend Falaise IBC tomorrow morning to watch the Fours final but I'd still encourage you to go there and support the other delayed final...the SCIBA Unbadged Singles Championship between Keiran Jay and Simon Davey that was rescheduled due to Keiran's ill health. I'm sure it will be an exciting match between two young players at the top of their games this season and well worth supporting. The best of luck to both finalist bowlers.

31st March, 2017............

Keeping it in the Family

Rob and Ajay Morphett Sussex County Indoor Bowls Singles Champions 2017 show what keeping it in the family is all about! Dad Rob walked away with the the County Singles Championship whilst on the rink alongside.. Son Ajay was winning the Under 25 Singles Championship! Well done to both of them but fella’s please let the others have a chance!! Here are the proud duo with their trophies at Falaise Indoor Bowls Club.

Keeping it in the Family


30th March, 2017............

Following a letter from SCB complaining of the paragraph I wrote previously on this page and concerning a letter they circulated, I am delighted to amend the wording for them so as to more accurately refer to the text in the letter sent out to some SCB male members (of which I have now been furnished with an official copy) making application to play in county matches in the coming outdoor season. These views are personal, my own and do not reflect SCIBA policy neither are they made on behalf of any SCIBA body. The letter was apparently sent to a number of the outdoor members who regularly apply to play in county matches and who the outdoor selection committee have decided are not a suitable standard to play in county matches in season 2017/18 and whom the selection committee didn't wish to give false hope or expectations to that they would be selected next season. My sole purpose in commenting was simply to reassure all Indoor Affiliated Members of SCIBA, who may be concerned that the outdoor decision will in any way impact on the way SCIBA select for county matches, is to say that it will not. SCIBA has so far as I'm aware, no plans to follow suit. SCIBA does not seek to disincentivise any of their bowlers who are keen to represent the Sussex Indoor County in bowls matches. The Association encourages players of all abilities to apply for consideration to play in County matches. Selection is based on the constructive comments of your Club County Selector who submits them to the County Selection Committee, then along with judgements made of your playing standard in all other matches the Committee will decide whether to select you or not for that particular match. You are encouraged to show your enthusiasm to improve your skills on the green with every game you play from club standard upwards and we welcome those who wish to keep us informed each year that they continue to be interested in representing their County. SCIBA hopes indoor members will consistently remain committed to supporting Sussex Indoor and we promise to always keep you motivated in that direction.

I truly hope the above paragraph does not cause unnecessary distress or trauma to anyone. The original comment (now emended) was clearly intended by myself to reassure SCIBA indoor members that similar action wasn't contemplated. It was not intended to inflame individual feelings nor be derogatory. It most certainly wasn't intended, as was stated in your letter of objection... to compromise the integrity of the SCB, damage our relationship, insult your Association or in any manner whatsoever be distressing to a member of the SCB Executive or for that matter any member of the SCB... and if any offence was taken then it was misplaced and for that I am happy to apologise without reservation and I have today written a personal reply to the SCB Secretary to that effect.

I make it known that this website is not the property of SCIBA. It remains my personal site which has been opened to SCIBA for their use. I am the owner and reserve all rights of editorial content. Whilst I am happy on this occasion to amend the comment in the interests of accuracy and of course continued good relations with our sister body the site is open to general opinion from any of our readers or contributors to add to the discussion.

Monday 27th March, 2017............

It looks as if very soon I'll be able to confirm a replacement Team Secretary for the new season so that's very good news indeed. Martyn Naylor (Falaise) is finishing as County President this year and would like to continue to help administer the County. He has been nominated by his club and he is keen to take on the role of Team Secretary which as you all know is a very important position with critical responsibilites. Closing date for applications is the 31st March, 2017 and his is the only confirmed nomination I've received and I'm not hopeful at this late stage for any others. I shall be delighted to have his experience on the County Executive if there are no further applications and it lessens my headache a little about the outstanding positions for next season!

Monday 27th March, 2017............

I am pleased to report that County Finals went off like clockwork! The day was fine though unfortunately our young man Keiran Jay (Falaise) was feeling very poorly and had to pull out of his final with Simon Davey (Pavilion) in the Unbadged Singles. We all hope he feels better very soon and send him our best wishes because I know how disappointed he felt about being unable to play. However, not all lost because Simon refused to accept any concessions and very sportingly agreed to play the final next Sunday at Falaise at 10.30am. This was a remarkably generous gesture from Simon and I should like to thank him very much for his sportsmanship. Please take note all youngsters especially.... it shows he has been properly coached from the outset and it would be nice to see some of the early rounds in competitions resulting in fewer walkovers! He is a credit to his club Worthing Pavilion and to Sussex County IBA. May both enjoy the best of luck next Sunday. Full details of the results will be published later but in brief the County singles Championship was won by Rob Morphett (Egerton Park) with the Under 25 Singles Championship nailed down by Ajay about keeping it in the family! In the County Pairs Father & Son Rob & Ajay Morphett prevailed in the only event they hadn't previously taken the gold medal in!....and in the County Triples the trio of David Cornwall, Marc Duson (Sub) and John Godfrey took the title by a single shot from the Preston team of Tim Palmer, David Hudson and Andy Smalldridge. The Triples turned out to be the "neutral supporter's" closest fought match of the day...and I hope the other competitors will allow me to say's only a personal observation but I will add that all the matches were good sporting contests and much enjoyed! There were no losers. Everyone was a Finalist and deserved to be there on their own merits.

Congratulations to Harry Payne (Falaise) our Team Secretary who does so much in the background to help the county run smoothly with our Representative and Club County matches and who quite deservedly was this year's "unsung hero" being awarded The Martlet Special Recognition Award for an outstanding contribution to Sussex Indoor Bowls, to his club (Falaise) and to bowls in general over a sustained period of many years. At the ripe age of 86 he has asked to hang up his boots and we can only thank him from the bottom of our hearts for everything he has contributed and while this is an Indoor award it wouldn't be right if we didn't also acknowledge all the work he has done over the years for Sussex County Bowls (Outdoor) and he has been a very big influence in what goes on behind the scenes to keep moving the County forward. Quite outstanding Harry....and thank you very much.

A very big thank you to Martyn Naylor and all the staff and Members who looked after everyone on the day and made sure the Officers, players and guests were comfortable, fed and watered and able to enjoy the days' events....which went very well.

Thank you also to Viv Evans our Competition Secretary who arranged the day and sorted out the purchase of the prizes and awards. Viv has told me he intends to stand down as Competition Secretary at the end of this season. He has held the position for the past three seasons and we are hugely grateful for the work he invested into the role. It means of course that my list of vacant positions for next season goes up.

Here is a little bit of background most of you won't realise or have had prior knowledge of. When a vacancy arises "yours truly" is the default position. I have to add that vacant position to my list of jobs! This season I have had not only my own immensely busy role to do but also all the complexities of the County Treasurer's position. The County Treasurer is also responsible for a very varied agenda of additional responsibilities and it is very much an everyday job to do it properly. In addition I am the County Welfare Officer so I am the "go to" person that all the clubs are open to on Vulnerable persons, our Under 18's, health accounting, parental consents over and above the club ones and every bowler under 18 must have a risk assessment completed by me before he is clear to bowl. Allergies, Medical conditions, Confidential information etc. all have to be visited when I review any match sheet with an Under 18 playing. Legally the County has a "duty of care" to every bowler but our U18's are particularly important. Recent legislation binds SCIBA to carry out various duties surrounding them. These I do in the background. I doubt many of you realise what is necesssary these days but it makes the County Welfare Officer's job a much more intensive position and difficult of course to farm out to just anybody. In any event I have managed this season but I am retired from the workscene and through a medical condition disabled and unable to bowl. I bowled for 40 years so it's hard to have that pleasure taken away for what is now 5 years and counting!

The County Secretary's position is a full time job on its' own if it is to be done properly and I make every effort to ensure it is done professionally because at the end of the day I'm accountable to you........the members! The only reason I can work on your behalf is by dint of being a Life Member! I was made a life member a few years back when the then Treasurer died suddenly and the County ran into banking problems trying to change to a new bank and modernising how we dealt with SCIBA monies. In the end I had to run the entire county through my own personal bank account to ensure the County's credibility. It took pretty much the whole of that season to resolve matters. It was such a complex situation but we were on the brink of being unable to meet our creditors invoices and unable to financially manage the county funds. Our account had to be frozen while things were reconciled hence my own account was "lent" to SCIBA touse for the duration! It was a real mess by both of the banks handling it!

I just wanted to give you a taste of what goes on behind the scenes and to show what a lot of work is done by the Executive Officers who look after all County matters and to re-iterate that the County relies heavily on volunteers to hold the positions. Without a County Association there would be very little your clubs could do. They might be able to affiliate directly to the EIBA but I imagine there would be strings attached with any direct dealings and it would only provide access to National competitions. The EIBA look to go through the County Associations for all sorts of things. They rely on the buffer the County Associations provide. Without a County Association forget anything you do where there is a County element...competitions, County League, Annual Patrons, Benevolent, Insurance and I can go on and on......... what I'm trying to get across is that I cannot hold down all these vacant positions on my own. We have to have more volunteers prepared to take the important jobs on and those volunteers got to have a bit of staying power. Continuity is everything and it's vital that the Membership can see continuity of purpose in the administration and management of SCIBA..... So it really is over to you. If you are reading this then just stop and think whether you have the credentials and abilities to fill one of our vacancies. If you think you can donate some of your time and ability to sustain your County Association then contact me and let's meet for a chat. None of what we do is rocket science...I promise. You will be very welcome and it's a friendly set up we have

Saturday 25th March, 2017...........L

It's getting very near to the end of yet another full indoor season of bowls. I hope everyone has enjoyed it. Before you all disappear out of the clubs and onto the grass may I remind you that SCIBA continue to need to fill the following vacancies on the County Executive. We need a County Deputy Vice President, a County Competitions Secretary, a County Match Secretary; a County Treasurer; a County Team Secretary a County Welfare Officer... plus there are vacancies for an Executive Delegate and an East Area GPC Member at Egerton Park. That's our immediate need but within the next 12-15 months we shall almost certainly need a replacement County Secretary if I don't get any help (I'll have burned out!) as well as people to fill other positions that will come the current holders can stand down after "doing their bit." Please let me know personally if you have any interest in taking on one of the roles for the new season. I'm more than happy to meet with you on a one to one basis and discuss the situations. Nearly all of us doing the jobs now are in our 70's and 80's and we really need younger men to be showing an interest in shouldering the ongoing burden. I'm reminded of our neighbours Buckinghamshire who went to the wall a few years back. They ended up with one individual trying to do it all and it literally almost killed him. He stood down and they had nobody.....they were off the bowls map for two years before they found the makings of an Executive Committee and were able to move forward. Without a County Association for clubs to affiliate to there are no competitions....county or national, no insurance cover through the county for the clubs liabilities, no more badge matches so no more county badges or credits towards a badge or blazer flashes for knocking something 'bowls' off your bucket lists. No more Representative County matches, no more Annual Patron or Vice President matches, no more County club friendly matches, no more Benevolent Fund, no more Under 25's, no more of so many other things that the County Associations administer for YOU...the Membership....but wait.....of course.. if it self destructs there'll no more members either! So none of it really matters then?...or does it?  If you let it all go to the dogs you will find out when it's too late and it's drifting slowly but surely that way now! My early warning to you...that's all.

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017......

More good news reaches me....The Grattons IBC have four of their established players in the National Finals (last 16) of the Over 60 Fours. Ron Adam, David Beard, Tony Grainger and Ralph Steele have fought their way through the early stages of this National competition to reach the Final Stages. It's a very well done from us and in particular from their fellow club members and Bowls Committee at The Grattons Indoor Bowls Club. The contest is played over the 8-9th April, 2017 at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club and their first opponents is a four from The City of Ely. The very best of luck to the Grattons lads on their achievement and our best wishes to them to come back as the National Over 60 Fours this space!

Wednesday 22nd March, 2017.......

The 2017 Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association finals will be held on President's Day on Sunday, 26th March, 2017 at Falaise Indoor Bowls Club, Falaise Road, Hastings TN34 1EU commencing at 9.45am. The morning session has been depleted due to the County Fours final conflicting with the National Fours final in which one of the teams is competing this year and to whom we wish the very best of luck in their efforts to become National Fours Champions....that's Matt Ives, Andy Bullen, Andy Gladwell & David Miller of Horsham District IBC. They have agreed with their opponents Mike Grimes, Keith Cheetham, Trevor Logan & Steve Jeapes of Falaise IBC to clear the decks so they don't have the worry of getting back for Sunday's County final and can concentrate fully on the National Finals....we are very grateful for this generous gesture from the Falaise Opponents. The SCIBA Fours will now be played on a future date in early April and I will advise on this page of the new arrangements as soon as I have them. The match will, however, be played at Falaise IBC.

Meanwhile, why don't you come along to Falaise IBC on Sunday and watch the action.................

The County Pairs and Triples will be decided in the morning session with presentation of trophies just before the lunch break and the afternoon will feature the County Championship Singles, County Championship Unbadged Singles and the County Under 25 Singles Championship all of which should make for an exciting conclusion to the day. Plenty of food will be available in the Falaise restaurant and of course the licensed bar will be open for liquid refreshments! The final presentation of the day will take place following the conclusion of the afternoon matches. The full programme is on this website and can be downloaded as a pdf file. It should be a good day so why not come along and cheer the finalists on, enjoy a spot of lunch, have a drink and generally spend a relaxing day watching top class bowls. Good luck to all the finalists. I'm sure you will have a great day. Enjoy the moment.... you made it to the final so nobody comes away as a loser. Thank you to President Martyn Naylor and Falaise IBC for their hospitality and a special thankyou to our County Competition Secretary, Viv Evans for all his hard work and time during the course of the season culminating in his organisation of these finals.

I'd like to pay a personal tribute to Harry Payne (Falaise) the County Team Secretary who bows out of the SCIBA Executive after many years of unselfish dedication to Sussex bowls both indoor and out. Bowls in Sussex will definitely not be the same with his retirement from our ranks. We all wish him well for the future and in doing so I'd like to add our thanks and gratitude to Janet Payne, Harry's better half, who has steadfastedly stood by him throughout this time. Her contribution to the smooth running of Harry's Executive and other County duties is inestimable. Herself a bowler, Janet has still been able to help Harry make time for all his duties both Club and County and those of us in the know recognize only too well the sacrifice that she herself and all our other halves make to allow us the opportunity to put something back into the sport of bowls through service to the Association. Thank you so much Janet...and all the Officer's Wives & Partners...we appreciate everything you do for us.

Harry Payne has been nominated to receive the 2017 Sussex Martlet Special Recognition Award. This unique and very special distinction is presented to one unsung hero each year who has made an outstanding contribution to Club and/or County bowls over a sustained period of time and I believe the award this year is richly deserved by Harry. All who know him will have something personal to thank him for on the bowls front and collectively the sport of bowls in general and particularly in Sussex has much to be grateful to him for. No doubt at all he will be much missed by the Association and we wish him continued good health and many more happy years on the green. Thank you Harry.

Monday 20th March, 2017..............

According to the County League grapevine the Division 2 Winners now in an unassailable position are declaring themselves openly and obviously feeling pretty confident their sums are correct. That being the case it's early congratulations to them on their future promotion to Division 1. They will be hoping to avoid the yo-yo pattern of promoted clubs that return to the lower division on tasting Division 1 steel. Well done Wealden Bowls Centre on your pending rise through the ranks to join "the big boys!" It looks as though Preston will be joining them on promotion to Division 1. Congrats are very much in line for Egerton Park IBC who have topped out the First Division of the Sussex County League this season and are now "untouchable" according to our League Manager! Runners up spot, still undecided, is between Adur and Worthing Pavilion so watch this space for updates.

Thursday, 16th March, 2017............

Sorry news reaches me that the Adur four of Jack Fairhall, Paul Gandey, John Godfrey & Richard Moses playing in the BIIBC International Final found themselves pitched against an extremely strong Irish team. They got off to a slow start dropping a five on the second end and although I wasn't there I know our lads would have fought tooth and nail to stay in the match but they were, it appears, just outclassed on the day dropping a further 11 shots before the half - way point of the game....after which the uphill struggle to get back in the game would have been a nightmare. They live to fight another day and for most of us we shall never reach those dizzy heights so my hat's off to all of them for being in at the end. Richard Moses was substituting for David Hubbard as David remains out of action with an as of yet undiagnosed blood disorder...wish him better soon especially with outdoors coming up and once again it's a fantastic well done to "his boys" who did him, their Country, County and themselves so proud in Belfast.

Tuesday, 14th March, 2017..............

It's a big WELL DONE to the East in the annual battle of the Annual Patrons Gaye Knight Trophy competition. They beat the West 136 - 110 in the yearly clash at Adur Indoor Bowls Club played on Sunday 12th March, 2017. Congratulations to them and commiserations to the West Area but I've no doubt the titanic struggle will start once again in the new season. Judging by feedback I've received everyone had a great time and the President, Martyn Naylor will have been pleased it went his way on his watch!

Monday 13th March, 2017...............

Congratulations to our Adur four of Jack Fairhall, Paul Gandey, John Godfrey and Richard Moses who won their British Isles Fours semi-final round 23 - 18 against Wales. Good luck Wednesday (?) lads.

Monday 13th March, 2017...............

Criticism has once again been levelled at the County for arranging County Finals at the same time as National Finals. I should like to put it on record that SCIBA purposely moved the County Finals 2017 forward this year so as to avoid the National Finals dates. In the event our County Finals will conflict with just one of the National Finals and that is the Fours in which we have a confirmed Horsham team competing and await their opponents' details. Well done Horsham by the way...Matt Ives, Andy Bullen, Andy Gladwell and David Miller on reaching the National and County finals. It is always difficult to predict who will make it through but from the outset we ensured all dates were clear. Unfortunately the EIBA put a couple of late alterations in and we fell victim with the Fours but that is the one and only conflict we have experienced this year and while it is always preferable to play your final on Finals Day in front of a home audience the players involved are all our regulars really and are used to handling this sort of situation. Sobeit their county final might be a separate affair but nontheless for that I know both teams will give their all on the day (whenever that is) and won't be fretting about missing out on the Finals Day trimmings! Next year we shall look at bringing the Finals Day date forward a further week meaning they will be held in the middle of March 2018. We are hoping there will be no conflicts but sometimes these things happen and this year was out of our own control. To the naysayers and critics who continually bash the volunteers who keep Sussex County IBA going I say if you don't like it then come and do the jobs yourselves. You have until the middle of May to get your club's nomination approval. Complete the form... downloadable from the county website and send it to me. My address is listed under "Officers" in the right hand column of the home page. In other words if you are convinced you can do the job(s) better than us put your money where your mouth is and give some of us doing it for the past umpteen years a well deserved rest! I look forward to receiving a sackful of nomination forms between now and the middle of May, 2017.....however, if you're not interested then let us get on with the legwork we do for all of you every year and stop carping especially on social media about what you think is wrong. Every time SCIBA is dissed on Facebook or Twitter our credibility is compromised and another blade is stuck in the volunteer workforce. To the outside world SCIBA must appear to be the lowest of the low. Instead... spend your time more productively supporting SCIBA and helping to maintain its' status in the bowls arena and you will not only benefit individually but collectively you will see your County Association rise in regard and respect from which we will all reap the rewards...including those who whinge all the time! No names no know who you are.

Monday 13th March, 2017.............

I note that Steve Jeapes of Falaise Indoor Bowls Club has reached the final stages of the National Over 60 SIngles and will be competing in them on the 14/15th April, 2017 at Nottingham IBC. Well done Steve and the very best of luck in the finals next month. Bring it home for both yourself and your club.

Monday 13th March, 2017..............

Result of the straw poll conducted to find out the level of interest remaining among Sussex Indoor players to continue entering the county into the HCIBA thus requiring us to play in three Home Counties League matches during the course of next season and confirming eligibility for our County competition winners to enter the HCIBA Finals later in the year. There was no doubt that it was a landslide victory for the "remainers" with only two dissidents recording a vote. I compiled the list of those who responded and am sending it onto the National Team Managers. I have re-entered Sussex into the HCIBA for next season (2017/18). However, there is an annual cost to SCIBA in the form of a £160.00 subscription and over the three league games the sum of subsidised rink fees and travelling costs runs it very close to the £1000.00 total. SCIBA cannot justify spending the Members monies like this if the HCIBA league isn't to be taken seriously by the players. 50+ drop outs reported by the National Team Manager's across the three matches this season with the result that two were cancelled because we couldn't provide a competitive team. Looking down the list of players that responded to the poll I can make a very good couple of sides out of them. The Team Managers can as well but there must be support for the actual matches. I have forwarded some of the comments made to the County Match Secretary to endeavour to find Home County League dates that do not conflict with the SCIBA League and I'm sure he will do his very best to do just that but he has to jockey things around with the other counties as well and they are looking for the same deal. In any event the Match Secretary has it in hand. I have also asked the National Team Managers to select the teams and help me to publish them at least two and preferably three weeks before the play date so that players know in good time to clear that date in their diaries. The Liberty Trophy is early this year (October) which may help with things further down the track. Thank you all for responding to the poll. Extrapolated across the county it would come out at near 90% in favour of remaining in the HCIBA League. Having played "devils advocate" yet again I do at least feel my action in raising the problem was justified. I hope the players will respond next season and the drop out rate will be non-existant for those three important matches!

Friday 10th March, 2017...........

The straw poll of interest about continuing or not in the Home Counties League closes at Midnight tonight so if you haven't yet cast your vote then do so now. You can email me at with a simple YES or NO or you can vote the same way on the SCIBA Facebook page:

Spot the Sussex man in this recent photo of the winning England U25 team in the BIIBC series.
Well done again Jack. Hope we will see you in lots more winning England teams in the future.
England U25 team


Friday 3rd March, 2017...........

News has reached me that Egerton Park have reached the FINAL of the London & Southern Counties Shield competition and will play the Surrey club Wey Valley IBC on Sunday, 12th March, 2017 at Watford Indoor Bowls Club. Many congratulations to them and all the luck going on the big day. Over the years Egerton Park has produced some of Sussex's best indoor bowlers and continue to consistently turn out top players. I think they will have a very good chance of coming home as winners on Sunday week and I hope I'll be reporting just that. Fantastic performance getting through all the rounds so once again the best of luck to all the players on the day.

Wednesday, 2nd March, 2017............


Good Morning to all our Readers. Now that it appears we have the subject of the Home Counties League front and centre I'm conducting a straw poll of our players to give me an idea of what the overall general feeling is to Sussex remaining subscribed to the Home Counties Indoor Bowls Association next season. Please e.mail me at: with a simple YES or NO. If you prefer to use FaceBook to contact me then again send me just the word YES or NO.      Poll will close on the 10th March, 2017

Wednesday 1st March, 2017...........

Happy St. David's Day to everyone The indoor season fast approaches another conclusion and won't be long before we are all outside enjoying sun, wind, rain and freezing temperatures...not necessarily in that order although I do think the cold will be a long time going! Quick snapshot of the National Mixed Pairs Final stages that were played over the last week-end where Adur pairing Lorraine Kuhler and Richard Moses (Sub) for David Hubbard who is poorly at the moment (get better soon Hub) were unlucky to go out in the Quarter-Final to a Riverain pair by one shot 13-14. Well played anyway to reach Loddon Vale play off's and I've little doubt we will see you in the mix again next year.

Team Secretary Job






Hon. Secretary writes.........

Monday, 27th February, 2017.........

HOME COUNTIES LEAGUE MATCH NO: is with regret that we have had to cancel the above match due to be played at Wealden Bowls Centre on Sunday, 5th March, 2017. I have received notification from the National Team Managers that so many players have dropped out they are having extreme difficulties in replacing them. Rather than leave things until the last minute they have taken the decision to cancel the game with immediate effect and I am circulating all those concerned accordingly.

Monday 20th February, 2017.......

Congratulations to one of our own....Jack Fairhall (Adur) who played for England in the BIIBC series over this last weekend and clearly acquitted himself well as England came out on top winning the series. Jack won every one of is matches against the other Countries. Jack is a credit to his Country, County and Club and we can look forward to seeing him appear for England many more times in the future. Without a doubt an all round WINNER!

Friday, 27th January, 2017

Home Counties League 2

Friday, 27th January, 2017.........

Just a few words about our Under 25's and their efforts in the Inter-County League to retain the League Champions Trophy they won last season. Earlier in the year it was felt that with the loss of some players fom the ranks this time it would be much more difficult to sustain our commanding performances but the good news is that is not the case. Despite any shortfall in players those we have simply knuckled down to prove us wrong in our assumptions and they are doing rather well!! Last week the lads played Essex away at Ilford winning on all three rinks and picking up the maximum points score of 22. We are second to Essex in the race for the line with a game in hand and we have an excellent opportunity of winning the U25 Inter County League again. So very well done to all the lads and a special thank you to Alice Phillimore who regularly turns out for our side when we are short. She is an honorary "guy" in the team and without her there is little doubt the side would miss her. She has become an integral part of the side. Well done Alice. To the whole team we give congratulations and just keep the good times would be a real accolade and a feather in your caps to keep hold of the Champions spot this year. The whole county is behind you.

Saturday, 21st January, 2017

With regard to the funeral of Tony Wright this will be on Tuesday, 7th February, 2017 at 10.20am at Worthing Crematorium and afterwards at Arundel Football Club. The family has requested NO FLOWERS other than family ones. Tony asked if those wishing to.. would they donate to The Sussex Snowdrop Trust a charity very close to Tony's heart that cares for children with life threatening diseases in their own homes.... providing specially trained nurses and financial help for the families. Over many years Tony was a huge supporter of this charity raising vital funds for children with terminal illnesses.


Thursday 19th January, 2017


IT is with tremendous sadness and a heavy heart that I have to report the death of Tony Wright previously of C & M Trophies in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Tony died the night before last. Many, many of you will have known Tony personally and from the numerous generous efforts he put into sustaining sports in the West Sussex and predominantly Littlehampton area. Tony sponsored our Women bowlers outdoors for many years under the banner of the C & M Trophies Ladies Bowls League and for as so long as I can remember he supplied our Bowls Trophies each year for both indoor and Outdoor clubs and County Association and did so at genuinely low prices because he knew how strapped the bowls clubs always were for cash! Tony was deeply involved with helping to raise funds for The Snowdrop Appeal and he also helped many other local charities out with raising funds and encouraging donations. Tony was always first to put his hand in his pocket for a local cause and he did much of his fundraising out of the spotlight...never wanting to appear front and centre stage at any time. He was as kind and generous a man as you could ever hope to meet. He had a great sense of humour, cherished life and loved his family very, very much....his wife Shirley was the one he truly lived for and he adored her beyond all else. Tony never really asked for anything himself...which was why it made it so much sadder to hear towards the end of last year that he had an aggressive form of incurable cancer. Tony was forced to sell C&M Trophies off very quickly to Aford Trophies and concentrate on his treatment which cruelly for him has resulted in his demise much earlier than he ever deserved...only proving once again that cancer is no respector of how good and decent a life one may have led.

I have no details of Tony's funeral and am waiting to contact Aford Trophies to try and find out if they know. I will circulate the details if and when I receive them but should any of you reading this have early notice of them I would appreciate a call with the information. I would expect there to be many from the local sportsworld who would like to pay their final respects to Tony.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the family at this most difficult and unhappiest of times. Tony's death is a tragedy not only for his family but for the entire local community. He will be missed and remembered for as long as sport is played in this area as one of the titans of assuring it's continuing future. We have lost a true gentleman to whom we owe so much.

17th January, 2017

I can now CONFIRM that the Home Counties League match v Surrey scheduled for Sunday 22nd January, 2017 at Donyings IBC has been CANCELLED.

Apart from other avenues of informing selectees the Skips of each rink have additionally been asked to telephone their players and pass the message along.

Home Counties League 1

Sunday 8th January, 2017.......

Worthing Pavilion took favourites Folkestone down to the wire in their Denny Cup match yesterday only losing by 14 shots in a hard fought contest. Final score Folkestone 69 Worthing Pavilion 55. Pavilion players can hold their heads up because there is no shame in only going down by 14 shots to one of the top teams in the Country. We know you're hurting Pavilion boys but one hell of a good showing getting through five rounds of a very competitive National competition. We will be cheering you on again if you reach the dizzy heights of the final stages again next year. To all the Pavilion players a big WELL DONE.....fantastic showing!

I should like to set the record straight. I have been accused (no names no pack drill) of failing to mention the progress in the Denny Cup of Egerton Park IBC and Worthing Pavilion BC. Guilty as charged and I apologise. Those of you who are carping need to remember this is a "one man show" and totally reliant on me keeping abreast of every competition and every other move across the entire county....and yes I'm going to miss a few things from time to time! I try very hard to cover everything. Maintaining this website along with Dave Jackson is in itself a full time job. In addition I try to keep things reasonably up to date on two Facebook pages. On top of that I am the County Secretary, County Treasurer and County Welfare Officer any one of which is a full time task on it's own let alone together. I work a 60-70 hour week on sustaining these Executive positions. I receive absolutely no help from anybody. Not one of the roles is a paid appointment. I do it all voluntarily and yes I'm sorry for using a hackneyed phrase, but for the love of this sport of Indoor Bowls! 

I'm retired from work but never get the opportunity to enjoy it very much because of County needs and pressures. At the end of this season we will be losing the County Match Secretary and the County Team Secretary. Luckily I have been able to find you a good replacement Match Secretary. A flyer is about to be circulated advertising for a replacement Team Secretary and nothing is set on stone as to who will take on this sensitive and vital position...just names in the wind at the moment but if a successor is not found I will have to add the Team Secretary's job to my work list. Finding younger and able people to replace those of us on the Executive who are ageing is an uphill struggle to say the least and when younger bowlers complain they aren't getting enough personal or club 'coverage' on the website please remember that it was me that introduced and built the SCIBA website in the first place and before it came into actual being so called 'coverage' of events was completely non existant and nobody would have known a thing about how clubs were doing in National competitions!...or for that matter anything else that went on around Sussex relating to indoor bowls! 

If you think I have missed an item of information that should be shared around the county then jot a short paragraph down about it yourself and e.mail it over to me. I'll make sure it's reported on the website and on FaceBook. Don't sit on your hands and moan about what I'm not doing. You should also remember that I had to give up the sport I love through chronic illness and spinal disease. I haven't played for five years and yes.. I miss it terribly! But I have continued giving something back to bowls through the work I do as your County Secretary and since the day I walked into bowls some 40 years ago I have been contributing not simply on the green but in every way I can off the green as well! I don't seek your approval of the work I do and I certainly don't need being complained about by bowlers who have all the time in the world to enjoy their playing because of people like myself who crack on behind the scenes to make it all possible for you. Every man in SCIBA who is voluntarily working for the County Association does so out of love for the game and to ensure it doesn't go under. I've seen counties go to the wall and have to fold up because nobody would take responsibility for running their Associations. I would hate to see the same thing happen to Sussex. It would be an end to your County AND National competitions. Clubs and players would no longer be properly covered by insurance, Child welfare for our Under 18's would collapse, No more badges or badge matches, No more particular recognition by Flash, Nobody to supervise the Rules of Play & Competition, No more Annual Patron matches because there would be nobody to administer them.. the same with County Club games and one off's like matches played against tourists, No administration and proper registration of Under 25 players, No overarching body to protect individual players' interests.....and that's but a few things that would disappear if the county lost it's administrative base....there is so very much more going on in the works that allows you players to concentrate on your bowls and not have to worry about the county infrastructure collapsing around you.........most of you would be staggered if you had to know all the detail!

All I'm saying to those who have a whinge or a sideswipe at me, or any other hard working member of this Executive, first ask what you can do to help get the news you want to see get published or the matter you want resolved. I simply cannot do it all and neither can the other Officers be expected to take on additional responsibilities. Perhaps think about volunteering to take on one of those jobs when they are advertised and putting back some of your own time into helping everything tick over and move forward. It's not all about simply playing the sport. It cannot be all about the player. There's so much more involved.

RANT OVER............. thank you.

7th January, 2017.........

It's the best of luck to Worthing Pavilion BC who are playing Folkestone IBC in the 5th round of The Denny Cup. The Pavilion boys have had a tough few matches to reach this stage and today's game will not be easy against one of the favourites to win the competition. Nevertheless, our players are a tough bunch and are not as easy to knock over as some may think. I'm sure Folkestone will be showing them total respect! Away the boys!

Sunday 1st January, 2017......

Wishing all Sussex Indoor bowlers a Very Happy and Successful 2017 and the best of luck to all those remaining in County Competitions.


Liberty Trophy Round 2

Liberty Trophy Round 2


Sunday 18th December, 2016.....

Firstly...thank you very much to each of the Sussex players in The Liberty Trophy competition yesterday. You played your hearts out and your county can ask no more of you than that. It's well done to Kent for their win at Adur IBC. It was always going to be a tough game particularly when two of our best were obliged to work and couldn't play. These things happen and you have to accept them as part and parcel of the whole exercise. We still had a strong team to challenge Kent but they were overall simply too robust for us on the day! We wish them well in the next round of the competition and in retaining the trophy they won last year. It wasn't all gloom though. There were some excellent individual performances and what it says about their play and attitude to the game shows that a good part of the selection process has it right. We have to build from a younger base for the future and that isn't an easy thing to achieve in Sussex which is noted as a "older" county. Having said that we still have some top players among our number and we should continue to select them as long as they remain at the forefront of their abilities. Personally I should like to see more selection from the centre and east of the county where there are a significant number of outstanding bowlers who should be given the opportunity to play at the top level. Our team does tend to be weighted toward players from the west of the county. I hope the selectors will give due consideration to the entire county in their future considerations. There remains this season just the Home Counties League which was always used in the past as a "blooding ground" for potential Liberty Trophy players and where I personally, should very much like to see Sussex putting forward more bowlers whom the selectors agree are potentially tomorrow's Liberty stars. In fact our rivals yesterday do not select any player who hasn't come through Home Counties testing beforehand and the only exceptions are their International bowlers who have proved themselves at a higher level. The club selection process in Sussex is heavily weighted toward picking only those players who are of an adequate standard to pitch against their peers in Badge Representative Matches. This is the way we look to strengthen our County Badged players and lesser bowlers are not progressed through the credit system. Again County Competition finalists are also favourably considered to play in Badge games. If our playing stock is strengthened in this way the selectors for the bigger occasions will have a greater depth of players to consider. It is totally reliant on Club Selectors ensuring they filter the poorer ability players out of the county representative badge games at the point of selection and where one or two of the lesser quality players do slip through the net they are appropriately weeded out by those placing the information before the selectors. Personally I have a strong belief in the ability of Sussex to win the major team competitions. We have the players to do it. They are out there in your clubs now. They must like all cream rise to the top at some time but often they are not given sufficient encouragement at club level to do so. Outdated, entrenched schools of thought need to change and when they do so will our fortunes and Sussex can once again return to winning ways....yes return is what I said! In our history we have been big winners and in my humble view we will be again but everyone at every level must work together to strengthen the core of our capabilities if we are to once more stand on top of the pile! Come on Sussex...don't lose heart..we have the raw material so let's all work to shape it into a successful team. A squad of 32 or even 64 elite players should be our target and only if you are good enough to get into that squad will you be given the opportunity to represent Sussex at the top. Perhaps the selectors could look at a seeding system (like golf) where players are positioned in the squad according to their competition success. At least it would encourage players to better their seeding by winning their county and national competitions. The County could reward the best of the best each year with a trophy of recognition but more importantly an individual's position will rise and fall in line with his success or failure in competition. We have to find ways of building stronger, more competitive players using a method that actually achieves higher standards of play. I'm open to other suggestions so if you read this and have the makings of an idea in mind then share it with me and let's see if we can advance your theory into practice. It was a shame to lose yesterday but we will rise again if we simply take a more calculating approach to the way we do the basics of selection and that has to start at club level with the club selector.

Congratulations to our own Jack Fairhall who has been selected for the Under 25 Men's International Team 2017 and will play at Newport IBC on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017. Very well done Jack. You deserve the accolade and let's hope it is just the start of something big for you. Quality player and all round nice guy. Sussex County IBA is proud of your achievement. Another top player from the Adur stable!


The U25 Inter-County League of which Sussex are the current Champions having won last season are struggling for available players. If you can definitely make yourself available for selection and play then please contact the Under 25 Manager Ray Leggett or the Asst. U25 Manager Barry Torode to let them know you are up for it! Many of the established payers are finding themselves for various reasons unable to play and we keep losing 25% of our score because of rink shortages. It may be, if nobody steps up to the plate, the league side will have to permanently drop to 3 rinks for the remainder of the season consequently losing 25% of the points on each game and almost certainly guaranteeing we will lose our Championship status. PLEASE TREAT THIS AS URGENT. Ray and Barry's contact details are on this website under the Officers list.

Sunday 27th November, 2016

It's a huge well done to all the players who emerged winners in the first round of The Liberty Trophy against Middlesex County IBA yesterdayat Glebelands IBC. It was a trmendous performance after us being a bit slow out of the gate! However, we very soon got our noses in front and stayed there running out 120 - 81 winners by the end of the game. For our ministrations we have secured a second round tie against the old enemy Kent and this match will be played at Adur Indoor Bowls Club on Saturday, 17th December, 2016 starting at 10.00am Thank you to those who came and supported Sussex yesterday and with a home tie next round I hope we shall see many more of you dropping in to support our players in this the highest National Men's Team Competition of our sport. Thank you to Middlesex who made us all very welcome at wasn't your day but as we all know winning at bowls is capricious at the best of times and I'm certain you will bounce right back. We wish you well for the remainder of your season, look forward to seeing you again when we play a representative badge match at Century IBC on the 15th December and also on your President's Tour to Eastbourne in March 2017.

The winning 2016 Sussex County IBA Liberty Trophy team v Middlesex County IBA

Liberty Trophy


NB: A set of keys were found after the match at Glebelands and are being held for safe keeping by the Middlesex County IBA President, Andy Docker. If you were the loser please contact him direct to arrange for their repatriation. His details are on the Middlesex CIBA website

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016

Well was not to be for Sussex in the Over 60 National dubbed the Senior's Liberty Trophy. Facing our old enemy Kent we went down across the six rinks by 90 - 117...only 4 shots or so for each rink but enough I'm afraid. Our group ...the way we are zoned, always pits us against strong Counties...Kent, Surrey, Middlesex....but if you're going to go the whole hog to the final you will have to play some of these counties in any event so no matter when you come up against them... first round or final .... you still have to beat them!

I know it's disapponting but there's always next year and once again we will be in there pitching. We do not give up... ever! The other counties know that so they are always going to be worried about facing us...we're a definite threat and no pushover and we have the talent to win every National Team Competition. We are a County of triers and we will keep on trying and we will win one year...we will win all the National team events...mark my words! Thank you to all the players for their commitment. We are as proud of you today as we will always be. Good luck to Sussex in the Liberty Trophy on Saturday 26th against Middlesex... to the players I say believe in can do it for your County, your Club but most of all do it for yourselves and your thousands of supporters spread all around Sussex....they will be watching and a lot of fingers and other body parts will be crossed on the day.

Here is the link to the team sheet for the National Over 60 (Senior Liberty) being played at Adur and Ashford against Kent on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016. Supporters welcome...come and cheer our players on.

National Over 60 Inter-County Competition
National Over 60 Inter-County Competition


Wednesday 26th October, 2016

I now have the first tranche of the new blouson county jackets in the Sussex Indoor colours to hand. I'm pretty sure the favourite sizes will go quickly and when they do I will order more straightaway. There is no way I can outfit all of you in a single go so please don't moan about it if your size has to wait for the second order. The new jackets can be worn as an alternative option to the traditional blazer but there is no pressure on members to purchase one. It is not mandatory! The jackets will be issued through the same distribution system that is used for the county shirts....that is if you are playing in a particular match telephone or email me and I'll arrange so far as is humanly possible to have the jacket ready for you to collect from the County Officer of the Day at the match. There will be the occasional difficulty if your match is the other end of the county and nobody from my end (Worthing) is attending but we will try to keep such problems to a minimum.... I will do my best! As soon as we are out of a particular size I will take your name and club and get a list organised for the second order so please continue to let me know by phone or email your requirements. I am on 01903 248049 or email at I have to maintain a record of all sales and account for them so I have to apply this system. It has worked well with the shirts and I expect it to do the same with the jackets. The new jackets will cost £25.00 each... Cash or Cheque made out to SCIBA. Pay to the Officer of the Day at the match. Unlike the shirts there will be no concessions for younger players (sorry Mum & Dad!). SCIBA do not make a profit from sales....very likely we will end up making a small loss! Sizes range from S, M, L, XL, 2XL & 3XL. (In most instances your shirt size will dictate your jacket size as well).   I have a handful of 4XL jackets on back order but delivery may be 3/4 weeks yet.

Wednesday 26th October, 2016

Congratulations to Jack FAIRHALL (Adur) and Ajay MORPHETT (Egerton Park) who have both been selected for the Under 25 International Trial on the 12th, November, 2016. Jack is playing at Bromsgrove IBC and Ajay at City of Ely IBC. Isn't it great to see our young Sussex bowls talent being regularly selected for International trials nowadays. It reflects well on them and of course Sussex County gets to bathe in their reflected glory! Do well the pair of you and keep on representing your Country, County, Club and yourselves at the highest level of our great sport . Fantastic!

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2016

"Here’s a nice article about Ajay Morphett in his local newspaper. Hope you like the read!"

Ajay Morphett Wins Gold Medal in the BIIBC Series

Tuesday, 18th October, 2016

As amended cos' I'm having a stressfulday! ........ (just for those who noticed my deliberate error) ... I feel we should get behind our young players and particularly those who succeed at the highest level they can presently achieve. Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) is one such young player. Only 15 years old and in the winning England Team in the BIIBC Under 18 Series ..... but that's not all....he went on to win the Gold Medal in the Singles as well! There's little doubt that Ajay is flying at the moment and I hope he continues to milk this winning streak he is enjoying. What next for Ajay? Well come back and check but don't leave it too long because you may miss his next success! Ajay is one of the young faces of bowls making their way in our sport. He and his contemporaries are the future of bowls and with the recent selection of Callum Phillimore, Jack Fairhall and Reece Tugwell along with Ajay in the Sussex Liberty Trophy team playing against Middlesex next month it looks as though it will be in good hands!

Ajay Morphett Wins Gold Medal in the BIIBC Series Ajay Morphett Wins Gold Medal in the BIIBC Series
Ajay Morphett Wins Gold Medal in the BIIBC Series

Ajay is a Gold Medallist in the U18 Mixed BIIBC Series with England winning the whole competition


Monday 10th October, 2016

May I please clarify the competition rules.......Sussex CIBA will NOT be following the EIBA directions in respect of reduced playing times and reduced ends for the current season. Previous arrangements will continue to apply. Thus...Singles 21 shots; Pairs & Fours 21 ends; Triples 18 ends... and in respect of time.. games will be played to the maximum time allowed by each individual club under their home rules. There will continue to be NO time limit in the County Finals. The rules have been duly amended to clarify the situation. The rules have also been clarified in the event of a tied game... an extra end will be played with players/teams tossing for jack and either starting themselves or giving the jack away to the opponent. Competitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the clarifications before playing. If there are any queries or further clarifications necessary please contact the County Secretary, Tony Phillips on 01903 248049.

The same clarifications apply to the Sussex County IBA League with the extra end being played by a rink drawn prior to the match start by the Umpire at the same time as the drawing for rinks is done.

Monday, 3rd October, 2016

Liberty Trophy Teamsheet published. Click on link below. Good luck to all the players and all the best to the new National Team Manager David Hubbard (Adur) and his Assistant Iain Donaldson (Worthing) with their new plans to bring the success in the National Competitions that Sussex are very capable of providing. Their new approach to selection should produce strong Sussex sides in the team competitions and with a bit of luck and a following wind we should be looking at the County ending up on top of the pile! Fingers crossed all the same!

Liberty Trophy 2016
SCIBA Liberty Trophy

Just to let you all know we held the SCIBA County Trial yesterday at Adur IBC where we had seven rinks of our top bowlers playing against their peers in a full 18 end match. The trial was organised by National Team Manager David Hubbard and the Assistant National Team Manager, Iain Donaldson and took the form of that which is usually applied to International trials. Each player was judged using a simple points marking system on each of their woods over the entire time of the game. It was a thoroughly professional approach with each rink being marked by experienced bowlers and the results while not made public, will be used as the basis for selecting the Liberty Trophy team to play Middlesex at Glebelands IBC on Saturday, 26th November, 2016. Both Markers, Umpires and players were properly briefed beforehand by David and Iain so everyone knew where the overall trial featured in the selection process. Whilst not a definitive guide for the Liberty, Over 60 National KO and Home Counties League it will be of great assistance to the Managers when they come to pick their first Liberty team.. which should be later this week and which will be posted both here and on our FaceBook page. I'd like to congratulate both David & Iain on a very professional and well organised County Trial and I think we can expect to see this becoming an annual event and where thought necessary and practical further trials may be considered during the season. A special thank you to all the players who didn't let us down, turned up as asked and mostly on time! The unsung numbers were of course the markers tasked with judging each wood for every player....not as simple as it sounds as it required immense concentration throughout the match. Thanks also to Bennie Bennett who umpired the match for us in his own time....and thank you to Adur IBC who hosted the event and ensured all their facilities were made available to the players and officials. Often passed by on days like yesterday are the Caterers who I have to say were their usual magnificent selves making quite certain that everyone's refreshment needs were met and I must say to their usual very high standards indeed. Adur IBC can feel justly proud of their Greek family of caterers who are very much top of the pile in terms of customer knows one will always get the highest standard of food preparation and along with bottomless coffee and teapots it really is a treat to the tastebuds to be served by them! Thank you so much for looking after our inner needs!

Supporters are very welcome to come to Glebelands IBC on Saturday 26th November, 2016 to cheer Sussex on against Middlesex in the first round of The Liberty Trophy. The club can be found at Summers Lane, London N12 0PD and directions can be found on their website

SCIBA County Trial
SCIBA County Trial


Tuesday, 20th September, 2016

Further to my last I now have the details of the funeral arrangements for Tony (two L's) Willson (Eastbourne). It will be on Tuesday 27th September, 2016 at 12 Noon at South Street Free Church, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UP. Those attending have been given permission to park in the nearby Eastbourne Bowling Club Car Park, ........The funeral service will be followed by a private cremation. I'm advised that refreshments will be available at the Hydro Hotel, Z at around 2.00pm - 2.15pm.

Tuesday 13th September, 2016

It is with profound sadness and much regret that I have heard through Allan Hilton former Outdoor & Indoor County President that Anthony Willson (Eastbourne) more popularly known as "Two L's Willson" passed away yesterday the 12th September, 2016. The information came to Allan from Tony's wife Ann. I have no further details or anything in respect of the funeral arrangements but as soon as I have them to hand I will circulate in these pages. Tony was a popular figure on our greens both outdoor and in and became closely involved in Sussex Indoor County matters as his club's Executive Delegate and on Selection. His nickname was a great source of friendly banter between himself and us "lesser' bowlers as we became known.... by way of example I would express my own name as "Two L's Phillips" when in his company !! Many others would also mimic his insistence on emphasising the spelling of his surname. Many a good laugh and amusing ripostes, repartee and jesting developed from that opening each time we met! Tony Willson was strictly "old school" about bowls and knew the rules of the game backwards. He will also be remembered for always being turned out very, very smartly. Impeccable in dress and style he brought a lot of fun to the sport and supported it through thick and thin! Anthony M. Willson was Outdoor County President in 2001.  "Plenus annis abiit, plenus honoribus.." ("He is gone from us, full of years and full of honours.") Our condolences and prayers are extended to Ann and Tony's family and if there is anything Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association can do to ease the sadness we stand waiting.


Would all those persons attending County Meetings leading up to the start of season 2016/17 and throughout the new season please note that ALL County meetings are now held at the ADUR IBC.. the new Headquarters of the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association. The dates of county meetings and times etc. are listed in the right hand column of the Home page under "County Meeting Dates."      

Wednesday 24h August, 2016....

I'm sorry for any confusion on the competition pages that I hoped would be resolved by the end of today but which has proved a little more involved than at first thought. As a result all the competition closing dates have been reviewed and altered to comply not only with county rules but also to provide a fairer spread in the overall time frame of each competition..that I trust will be better for the competitors, easier to read and understand for the visitors and clearer all round at our end. It will mean that if any of you have noted down the old closing dates you had best check the new competition pages to get the revised ones. I'm experiencing some technical difficulties with the Unbadged Singles files that have been challenging to get into because of certain restrictions the original writer placed on them and my lack of knowledge as to how to get around the problem without having to start from the beginning! However, the other competitions are now with our Webmaster and he is in the process of uploading them onto the site to replace what was there before. As I said before I can only apologise for the glitch and hope the full review has resolved the situation. The Unbadged Singles files will be uploaded just as soon as possible. Any queries please contact me directly on my home number (01903 248049).

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016......

I am very pleased to tell you that Adur IBC player Keith Renwick has been selected to play for England in the Over 50 International Seniors Double Rink in the BIIBC Series to be played at Warners Lakeside, Hayling Island on the 28th & 29th January, 2017. We wish him all success and look forward to seeing a win recorded for our two rinks! Well done Keith and well done Sussex in yet again being one of the "goto" counties when top competitive bowlers are sought to represent their Country! It's really great to see!

Hi everyone.... Some of you will already have noted your 2016/17 County Competition draws are gradually being uploaded to the website. In respect of the County Pairs the the closing dates have been amended in order to comply fully with Rule 4(d) and the Competition Secretary has this matter in hand and I expect the amendments will be published either today or tomorrow.... so if you've previously visited and noted down the dates then please go back to the Competitions pages and ensure you amend your notes to reflect the amended dates. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you. Good luck to all the competitors in the new season's County Comps.....

3rd July, 2016.........

I've just discovered that our present Treasurer, George Glaves is emigrating to South Africa next month. George has tendered his resignation accordingly. As a principal signatory on the account I will stand in for the time being so if there are any matters that need addressing please direct them to me. We thank George for his hard work over the past 18months or so and wish him and Carole every good fortune in their new life under the South African sun!

14th June, 2016.....

Well...I'm just back from the SCIBA AGM 2016 and the very good news is that the position of Sussex County IBA National Team Manager has been confirmed as David Hubbard of the Adur IBC. His Number 2 will be Iain Donaldson (Worthing). Both appointments were received by everyone at the meeting with delight. Not only have we managed to secure a top International bowler in David Hubbard (Current National Fours Titleholder) but we have also managed to appoint the former Head Coach to the Spanish International Bowls team with Iain Donaldson who is highly respected across the country for his training methods based on positivity and mental strength which as we know are recognised areas of the psyche that when tuned can be the difference between a top team and just a good team! David as we all know has a winning ideal and is intensely competitive as a player. He has the knowledge to build winning sides and is fiercely partisan towards Sussex. To have attracted a couple of ferociously enthusiastic and passionate leaders to steer Sussex Indoor Bowls to winning ways in the big three National Competitions we compete in...The Liberty Trophy, The National Over 60 Knock Out (Veteran's Liberty) and the Home Counties League is something of a coup and my own elation was clearly shared by all the County Officers and Club Delegates because not a single person went against the appointments neither did anyone abstain from the unanimous vote that was reached. Thank you to everyone for your display of confidence in the new National Team Management. It was a very good start to know that you are fully behind them. I'm sure it will mean a lot to both of them as we start a new era in Sussex bowls under a completely fresh set of eyes. I'm thinking good things...hope you are too! Let's not forget's a big job to select the right players and then assemble them in the right order to achieve success. Inevitably there is plenty of tinkering around needed so please give the new Team Managers all your help and encouragement as they roll out their chosen elite.....and elite players those picked will be. They will be the best of the best that Sussex can deploy and they will have the right to regard themselves as elite bowlers. Let's get behind them and urge them onward to accomplishment after accomplishment.

We take this opportunity to welcome Martyn Naylor our new SCIBA President. Martyn bowls out of Falaise IBC and many of you will know him from the BowlsWorld shop which he manages. Please support him during his year in office. He will be looking to you to make yourselves available for County Club and Representative Badge matches throughout the season. Martyn is a very competitive animal and will be aiming to win all of his County matches. We'll do our best Martyn to oblige you! Win or lose......enjoy your Presidential year.

11th June, 2016...

I ask you to join with me in wishing John Godfrey (Adur) a swift and full recovery from his recent surgery. The news that John had contracted what is an aggressive and rare cancer had been kept quiet at John and Sandra's request and that has been respected across the county by those in the know. John is now in recovery from surgery and we await news of it's success with everything crossed! John is so well known across not just his home county of Sussex but literally across the country and I'm certain that everyone will wish him all the very best in his fight to beat his illness and return to where we know he is happiest.....on the green and usually giving us lesser mortals a lesson in bowling! Our thoughts and prayers are with John and Sandra at this difficult time and if there is anything any of us can do to help I hope someone will let me know. We stand ready and willing to help where we can for one of the nicest guys in bowls that you'd ever wish to meet as well as probably one of the most competitive bowler any of us are likely to know! Get well soon John. We are all missing you.

16th May, 2016.....

Extra Extra all about it! Local Sussex lad selected in the team to play in the England Under 18 Mixed International Series at Aberdeen taking place on 15th & 16th October, 2016. What an achievement! Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) has been selected to play for his country in the BIIBC International series. Not only that....the Selectors have endorsed their faith in him by picking him to play the Blue Ribbon event .... the Singles! He will also skip the mixed pairs with Devon Cooper from the Hertfordshire club Riverrain. This is not only fabulous news for him and his club but it also sits pretty well with Sussex County IBA who are immensely proud to count him in their numbers. I think he will be at 14 years old the youngest International we have ever least in my memory. Very, very well done Ajay. All those hours of practice have finally paid off and opened the door to a glittering international indoor bowls career. We here at county have played a small part in promoting Ajay to reach this pinnacle and he has justified our faith in him with this achievement. He is an example of what can be accomplished if you have talent and put the work in to develop it. We wish him all the luck in the world.

To those who were selected for the trial but were not picked on this occasion... Don't give up. Keep plugging away and you will get noticed. Talent, like cream always rises to the top! If you've got it you will be a winner!

News on the Home Counties Finals the quarter finals of which must be played no later than the 23rd, October, 2016. I shall be submitting the names of our County Champions to the HCIBA along with contact details and I should have the names and contact details of the quarter finalists from the other counties in the near future.

SINGLES              HANTS v HERTS
                               SUSSEX v MIDDLESEX
                               KENT HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
                               SURREY HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
PAIRS                  MIDDLESEX v HERTS
                              SURREY v SUSSEX
                              HANTS HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
                              KENT HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
                             SUSSEX v HANTS
                             SURREY HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
                             HERTS HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
FOURS                SURREY v SUSSEX
                             MIDDLESEX v HERTS
                             HANTS HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
                             KENT HAVE A BYE TO SEMI-FINALS
                            SUSSEX OR MIDDLESEX v SURREY
                           SURREY OR SUSSEX v KENT
                           SUSSEX OR HANTS v HERTS
                           SURREY OR SUSSEX  v  HANTS

Thursday 21st April, 2016.......

Hopefully there are still a few of you out there visiting the SCIBA site before your full attention turns to outdoor. I've heard that Egerton Park's Ajay Morphett and the 'always smiling' Alice Phillimore have been given an Under 18 England Mixed trial on May 15th at Rugby which is fantastic news. Certainly all the junior & U25 players know Alice well from her support in the U25 Inter County League this season. She has always been "Have Woods Will Travel" and has subbed in the lads league side on several occasions... without her being always available to step in at a moments notice who knows which way the final result might have gone! LOL.  She is a wonderful bowler in her own right and has a brilliant future ahead of her in the sport. We wish both her and Ajay every success in the mixed trial and together they would make a formidable pairing for the future. Congratulations to both players. Sussex are justly proud to have such talent coming through. Remember the names heard it here first!

Sunday 17th April, 2016.......

Time for everyone to start planning their campaign for next season. The end of this season is upon us and the outdoor grass beckons. It was good to finish on a high with the Adur four taking the National Fours Championship at Melton. Well done to them all. The low point this season has to be the theft of the new WINNERS blazer badges from Wealden BC on Finals Day. Just how low can someone sink to stealing from their fellow bowlers? Fortunately we don't suffer a lot with thefts but it still occurs from time to time. Just because you are at a bowls club never assume it can't happen to you. Sadly, these people are about and they will continue to take advantage if valuables etc. are left in changing rooms or unattended anywhere in the club. Be warned and make sure you don't fall victim....and yes perhaps we should have known better ourselves...... but we won't be so trusting again! I wish you all a great outdoor season and we'll see you again in September.....

Friday 15th April, 2016..........

A I write we have mixed news from the National Singles Championship. Sadly Andrew Harding fell at the first hurdle but deserves all our praise for simply reaching the finals and being such a good competitive bowler I am certain we shall see him back in the National Finals before too long.

On a more optimistic not Keith Renwick (Worthing Pavilion) is busy slugging it out with Andy Squire from the Essex Falcon Club in Round 1 and as I pen these words the score is 4 - 9 against Keith. So wishing him a turnaround on that scoreline over the next hour or so and all our best wishes that he finishes the winner and moves into Round 2 being played at 7.00pm tonight.

Unlucky it was with Keith going out 12 - 21 to the Essex lad Andy Squire who in turn went out in the second round! Commiserations Keith.

Wednesday 13th April, 2016.........


National Fours ChampionsFantastic win for Adur lads in the National Finals.

Meet your new National Fours Champions. Jack Fairhall, Paul Gandey, Richard Moses & David Hubbard.

Congratulations and well done’s all round. Another Sussex Success Story!

Watch out because there will be more on the way!

Presidents Charity 2016

SCIBA President Malcolm Goman is seen presenting a cheque from the SCIBA Membership for £1000.00 to Ms. Charlie Weeks from The Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice at the recent President’s Luncheon at Wealden BC.

The monies were collected throughout the indoor season at the various bowls matches Malcolm attended along with the customary “fines” generously donated during the President’s Tour!

A big thank you to all who helped contribute to this outstanding total.


Tuesday 12th April, 2016.........

Updates for you on the National Finals.....

Kevin Carrie & Stuart Holland were narrowly beaten 18 - 22 in the National Pairs Finals first round by a local Nottingham team.

David Hubbard with his team of Jack Fairhall, Paul Gandey & Richard Moses have made it to the fours final after a romping win against South Shields and play a team from Malvern Hills for the Men's Championship title. Kick off is 3.00pm today so we will be watching and hoping the Adur four can do it! Best of luck to them...

Tuesday 12th April, 2016.......

As you can see the winners photos are now up for you all to see. Congratulations again to each of them. Very well done to our young Under 25 winners Callum Phillimore in the Unbadged Singles and Jack Fairhall in the Under 25 Singles Championship and not to forget Ajay Morphett who was a member of the winning Egerton Park Triples Championship team. James Brennan from Worthing Pavilion although running in second on the day played well and is a great prospect for future national and potentially, international notoriety! They all personify the excellent playing standard of the Sussex Under 25's and I'm sure all of Sundays' winners names will be right up there for a long time to come. Thank you to the Wealden Bowls Centre for treating us all to an excellent day, well planned and executed if I may say!

County Competition Winner BadgeA new blazer badge was launched at this year's finals. Called the SCIBA Gold Distinction badge it is to be awarded to the WINNERS only of County Competitions. The idea behind it is to restore individual value to the Sussex County Blazer Badge where the gain was through winning a County Competition. The new badge will run alongside the existing SCIBA Merit Badge which will remain the standard County badge awarded in all other circumstances.

It is with a mixture of sadness and anger that I have to report that at Wealden BC on Finals Day three of the new style Gold Distinction badges went missing from the Trophy Display sometime during the course of events. In addition a 2016 Winners Singles flash also disappeared. A thorough check of County stocks etc. has been made but it seems the items were STOLEN from the trophy display. It is a very poor day when incidents like this occur as nobody likes to think that bowlers were responsible for stealing from their peers but that is the case. If the thieves are reading this they can post the badges back to me no questions asked. However, if that option is not taken up rest assured we will find out who took the badges and disciplinary action will follow. The matter has also been reported to the police as a theft and when the thieves are found they will face prosecution. On a day when we honour our own President along with the winners of our Prestigious County Competitions I must say it put a real damper on the occasion and no words can adequately describe the repugnance your County Executive has towards whoever stole the items. We will find who did this as each badge is unique to a competition winner and through correlation the thief or thieves will be uncovered so I suggest they take the "no questions" return option sooner rather than later.

Monday 11th April, 2016

Well done all of those who won their County Final on President's Day at Wealden Bowls Centre yesterday. It was a great day of bowls. Thank you to the supporters and spectators who of added to the competitive air of the occasion and a monster thank you to Wealden Bowls Centre for such a successful staging of the finals. All those behind the scenes who contributed from the bar and the duty steward Sue to the Restaurant and the immense amount of running about that Graham and his crew had to do to ensure we all were fed and watered. All in all one of our better Finals Day events. I'm awaiting the photographs of the winners to come through to me and as soon as the I shall publish them on this website. I'm expecting that later today so re-visit if you can't spot them. I shall have a little more to say once we have the photo's and the all the winners details to hand so catch you later.....




President’s Day

Sunday 10th April 2016
Wealden I.B.C

Fours Winners Cup 2016

President Malcolm Goman presents the Charles Gulliver Memorial Cup to the Horsham team

Andy Bullen   Graham Ives   Andy Gladwell   Matt Ives

Fours Runners Up Cup 2016

Courage Challenge Cup Runners Up Falaise team

Dave Smith   Terry Barnes   Ken Ferguson   Trevor Roberts

Jessie Norris Trophy

President Malcolm Goman presents the Jessie Norris Trophy to

Jack Fairhall from Adur

U25 Runner Up 2016

President Malcolm Goman presents the U25 Runner Up 2016

James Brennan from Worthing Pavilion

Triples Winners Cup 2016

President Malcolm Goman presents the Triples Winners Cup 2016 to the Egerton Park Team

Ajay Morphett   Phil Wade   Rob Morphett

John Hendy Sheild

President Malcolm Goman presents the John Hendy Sheild to

Matt Ives & David Miller from Horsham

Singles Winner 2016

President Malcolm Goman presents the Vic Braybrook Cup 2016 to

Rob Morphett from Egerton Park

Unbadged Singles Winner Cup 2016

President Malcolm Goman presents the Rod Jameson Memorial Cup to

Callum Phillimore from Egerton Park


Wednesday 6th April, 2016

Better late than never! Here is the running order for the President's Day County Finals on Sunday 10th April, 2016. The Competition Secretary had to delay right down to the wire to ensure those in multiple finals and those needing early play times to accommodate travelling up to the National Finals were given play times reflecting their needs. Congratulations to all this seasons' finalists and the best of luck on Sunday. To those of you who would like to come along and support or simply spectate please do so.....there is plenty of space at Wealden and the restaurant will be cooking all day. No doubt the bar will be open most of the day as well so come along and enjoy the occasion and help make it a special one for the finalists. There is plenty of on site car parking and the Wealden facilities are excellent.

There will be two for the winners of the morning events and that will be around early lunchtime I suspect and then the main presentation at the end of the afternoon following the conclusion of those PM matches. All that remains is for everyone to enjoy the day, thank the Wealden club for their hospitality, President Malcolm Goman and the Wealden Bowls Committee for all their hard work in staging the finals and a final vote of thanks to all the competitors throughout the season who have contributed to making this another bumper year for county competitions culminating in Sundays' finals!

County Finals

Please follow the link below for full schedule of events


SCIBA Finals 2016





Malcolm Goman



President’s Day

Sunday 10th April 2016


Wealden I.B.C.

(Trial ends 9.30am)

Matches commence 9.45am

Championship Umpire: Tony Plater

Would competitors ensure their woods are ready for Umpire Inspection at the end of their rink

no later than 9.15am for the morning and 1.45pm for the afternoon sessions.


29th March 2016......

It was so unlucky for the Adur four of Dave Cornwell, Ken Holden, Phil Hilsden & John Godfrey in their National Over 60's finals over the Easter break. They played the first round against the Norwich side of County Arts Indoor B.C. and lost 21 - 20 on the extra end. It was little or no consolation to see County Arts go on and win the title having pushed them so close to defeat and I'm thinking that the Norwich players will be looking back over the final stages and rejoicing in their good fortune. In any event the Adur four would have been the first to congratulate County Arts on winning the title and I can say with almost metronome certainty John Godfrey and his team will be back to test their bowling skills against the opposition next year!

Sunday 27th March 2016....Easter Day

The County Executive along with all those who work for SCIBA wish the County Membership a Peaceful & Happy Easter 2016 and as the current indoor season draws to a close we hope all of you have a successful and enjoyable outdoor season and we look forward to welcoming you back to the indoor fold in September. We hope of course that the sun shines on you but just make sure you keep your wets handy for the odd torrential blessing! We turn our attention to Finals Day at Wealden BC on Sunday 10th April, 2016 and congratulate all those players who have made it through to the County Competition Finals. They will be played over the course of the day and a programme of events will be published by the County Competition Secretary and put up on this website. Those of you reading this who would like to come along and spectate/support then please do so.....everyone welcome and I can pretty much guarantee there will be some excellent bowls play on display in the various finals. It is anticipated there will be two presentation for the winners of the morning matches around lunchtime and another in the afternoon on conclusion of the days' competitions. If you have any queries about the day then please ring myself or Viv Evans the Hon. Competition Secretary and we'll do our best to answer them.

Surrey Cup Trophy 2016Pleased to be able to confirm that Sussex won the Surrey Cup for the first time. The Surrey Cup is is put up each year by Surrey for the counties to play each other under a more competitive atmosphere. The inter county representative matches we play 12 of each season have a number earmarked as Surrey Cup matches and the counties vie for superiority over the course of the season.

So 2015/16 has seen Sussex rise to the top of the pile and the rather dodgy photograph, for which President Malcolm Goman apologises shows the cup being presented by Surrey President Michael Gray at the conclusion of our final Annual Patrons game of the season against Surrey earlier this month. Your Secretary has discovered that Don Nice (Worthing) took the photo at the post match dinner….can’t attribute his “shakes” to anything in particular….maybe a touch of nervousness in such distinguished company!!

Surrey Cup Trophy 2016Sussex met Dorset in their annual Inter County Badge match on the 23rd March, 2016 which was played at Arun IBC and the cameras were out once again to record the occasion…the final representative match of President Malcolm Goman’s presidential season.

As is usual with our Dorset meet the occasion is one hugely enjoyed by all and I think you’ll agree the smiling faces certainly pay testament to that! Good to see all four “Presidents” featuring in the front row third from left and going leftwards…..
Gordon Leaman (President 2014/15) Barry Baillie (DVP 2015/16) Malcolm Goman (President 2015/16) and Martyn Naylor (VP 2015/16).

Well done to Sussex winning this final representative game and to Malcolm thank you for being such a popular President this year….We all hope you have enjoyed the ride! Best of luck to Martyn who takes the reins next season.

Friday 18th March, 2016....

At the risk of being shot down for wishing the wrong individual good luck may I draw your attention to a couple of National Competitions where Sussex are represented. On the 26th March, 2016 the Adur Over 60 Four of Dave Cornwell, Ken Holden, Phil Hilsden & John Godfrey open their account at Nottingham IBC against County Arts. Also heading for a crack at National glory are the Adur Fours in the Over 60 Inter-Club Double Rink and they will set off in their Semi-Final at 6.00pm at Nottingham IBC on the 31st March, 2016. In the Over 60 Singles Preston player T. Palmer will be looking to ensure he is no April fool in the Over 60's Singles at Nottingham IBC commencing at 4.00pm on the 1st April. I'm sure you will want to join with me in wishing all Sussex players the very best of luck in their quest for National success!

Monday 14th March, 2016....

Congratulations to Robin Forrester, Bill Murphy, Brian Graham & Bryan Bodicoat from Worthing Pavilion BC for winning the Jim Davis Cup at the weekend. The one day event was staged and sponsored by Horsham District IBC and our gratitude and appreciation to the club and the bowls committee for sustaining this competition for another year. Indeed this may be the last ime we see this event competed for due to the increasing difficulties clubs are having raising a team to represent them! The changing face of bowls continues to have far reaching effects on the traditional and historical formats of the past. Some will say it's a good thing to modernise and move forward but I can't help feeling that when we lose this type of event we may never see it's return. If you wish to see a photograph of the winning team having the trophy presented by DVP Barry Baillie click on "All day Competitions" on the left hand side of this page. Once again well done to Worthing Pavilion and to all the players who helped make the event possible this year.

Commiserations are due to Jack Till (Egerton Park) who lost out in the round robin stages of the Under 18 National Singles at Spalding yesterday. Sorry to see Jack but you will have gained a little more experience and next time you'll be that much more knowledgeable having been a part of it once already! Nevertheless, we're proud of your efforts and you should feel very proud of yourself to have reached the National Finals in the first place! Keep improving and we shall be seeing you at National Finals more often.

Monday 7th March, 2016...

Now it's official I should just like to congratulate John Coghlan from Horsham District Indoor Bowls Club who has been awarded this year's coveted Sussex Martlet Special Recognition Award for outstanding service to his club, his county and to bowls. Without John's fantastic efforts to secure Horsham District IBC over the past four years it could well have been reduced to an unviable facility and lost to the members and to the County. John Coghlan is embedded into the very fabric of the Horsham club and over the past 20 years of his affiliated membership he has just about taken on every task where there has been a need. I'm personally delighted he is receiving this accolade. It is thoroughly deserved and in my book he is the Member of the Year in Sussex. He has gone the extra mile for his club and for indoor bowls in this county and we should all salute his efforts and commend him on an exceptional achievement. John will be presented with his Certificate, Citation, Pennant and Blazer Badge on Finals Day at Wealden on 10th April, 2016. President Malcolm Goman will make the presentation along with the County Finals winners in the afternoon.

Saturday 5th March, 2016...

It's a big well done to the Worthing Pavilion triple of Ray Leggett, Alex Paine & Mark Strong who have won through to the National Finals at Melton Mowbray on 13/14th March, 2016. Congratulations all of you and the good season continues for Ray Leggett who is popping up everywhere at present!

Winning U25 Inter-County League Presentation

The Sussex County Indoor B.A. Under 25’s played a friendly presentation match at Egham IBC today (27.02.16) before being presented with their trophy as Winners of the Under 25 Inter-County League event. In only their second year of competition they had a resounding victory over their counterparts from Kent, Essex, Hampshire, Surrey. Played home and away over the course of the present 2015/16 season the league squad produced some outstanding individual wins often coming from behind to overtake their opponents in the final few ends. Their League Manager Ray Leggett said he was tremendously proud of what they had achieved and hinted at more to come in the future! The young bowlers of Sussex can also be proud of their accomplishments and as Ray told me …they did it as a team…played as a team and that is what won it for them. They all have particular skills in various areas of the game and each concentrated on bringing those skills to the fore….. but as part of an overall team effort. Together they were stronger and these youngsters have proved it... not simply to themselves but to all of us who have followed their progress over the past couple of years. They are without exception a credit to their County, a credit to their sport and not least a credit to themselves. We fully expect to see them go onto bigger things in the future but the manner by which they have won this difficult inter county league and won it I must say, with some style, will be something those coming along behind them can tap into and add to their own standard of play within the Sussex County Indoor Under 25 team framework. The photograph shows Team Captain Nick Lawson (centre) and some of the winning squad parading the trophy with Sussex Junior Vice President Barry Baillie (centre).. as Ray Leggett U25 Manager (left of frame) and Barry Torode (right of frame) the Assistant U25 Manager add their support to the line up!

Presidents Tour

Presidents Allan Hilton & Malcolm Goman have just returned from their joint tour to Norfolk where they have enjoyed a week of sunshine and indoor bowls. Amongst the usual stories of bowls prowess and jolly japes it was also noted that a “fines” system put into place at the start of the tour and naturally concentrating on bowling errors, dress mistakes and just about anything else the two President’s could find to apply the levy... raised the princely sum of £210.00 for the President’s charity…. the St. James & St. Peter’s (Chestnut Tree House) Children's Hospice appeal.…… so very well done all of you for such a great effort and for accepting your guilt for the very mischievous and obscure transgressions Allan & Malcolm conjured up…..know that your penalties will be going to a very worthwhile charity. Special mention was made of the excellent facilities the organisers of the trip managed from the hotel accommodation, food and service to the personal and attentive care the coach driver provided to each and every member of the tour party. It simply remains to thank both Alan Hilton and Malcolm Goman for putting on such an enjoyable tour.

Saturday 20th February, 2016

Maintaining a watchful eye on those reaching the National Finals and handing out the good luck I note that young athlete, Jack Till of Egerton Park IBC has progressed to the Under 18 National Singles Finals and will play at Spalding on the 13th March, 2016. Our youngsters are coming to the fore at present and I hope Jack will emulate his clubmate Ajay Morphett and go all the way! In the National Pairs Kevin Carrie and A. N. Other (usually his Dad but not yet listed) have also reached the National Finals again! If consistency is the name of the game Kevin Carrie has it in spades!! Let's get behind all of our Sussex National finalists and help get them into winning ways. They do fantastic work ensuring Sussex is well represented and I know the ordinary membership is right behind them. I shall be announcing the other Sussex National Finalists as I receive them. Every one of them has our good wishes for the finals and we shall be watching how they progress with bated breath! Meanwhile good luck to everyone involved...we are proud of you all!

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

I gave just heard some very unhappy news about the sudden death of Stuart Gobeil from the Adur Indoor BC. He apparently suffered a massive heart attack and died on the spot. A truly lovely guy he will be greatly missed around the clubs. An excellent bowler he represented Sussex many times and did so with distinction. February 16th is not turning out to be a very happy day this year I'm afraid!

For those who would like to pay their last respects....Stuart's funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Friday, 4th March, 2016 at 2.40pm. and afterwards at Adur IBC.

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

Jonathan Dalton writes ......Grattons Indoor Bowls Club member Andrew Harding wins the Area final and now travels to Melton Mowbray April 16th and 17th to compete against 31 other top bowlers to become the Indoor National Champion. This is fantastic news for Crawley and obviously our Club.

Great news from Jonathan Dalton at The Grattons Indoor Bowls Club where he tells me Andrew Harding has won the Area Finals in the singles and competes in the National Finals at Melton Mowbray on the 16/17th April, 2016. Our congratulations to Andrew and all the best in the competition. If he wins through he will be only the second National Singles winner after David Hubbard in Sussex to hold that title. Big feather in his cap. Huge recognition for The Grattons IBC and for Andrew personally. Of course Sussex will look to bathe in the afterglow of his success! So come on Andrew. We know you are capable of winning it .... so go hard at it and bring home the Trophy for yourself and all of us not in your league who are praying behind you!!

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

Sad day... I attended with others at Chichester Crematorium for the funeral of Jerry Dean from Arun Indoor Bowls Club. It was a sad occasion but some stories made us smile about the antics he used to get up to. A man with a great zest for life. Most of us remember his year as County Indoor President in 2001 and the fun we used to have with him on the various greens we visited. Jerry will be sadly missed but will always manage to make most of us smile when we remember him in the future. Our condolences and thoughts are with Joyce and Jerry's family.

Monday, 8th February, 2016
While I'm up here doing a bit of well earned back-slapping I'll take the opportunity to wish the best of luck to the Adur IBC Mixed Pairs of Lorraine Kuhler & David Hubbard and the Mixed Fours team of Jack Fairhall, Linda Gray, Lorraine Kuhler & David Hubbard playing the National Finals at the end of this month. Break a leg guys!

Commiserations to Keith Renwick of Worthing Pavilion who made the Semi-Finals of the Champion of Champions and narrowly lost to Greg Harlow who went on to win the competition. Bad luck Keith but knowing your determination you'll be back!

Monday 8th February, 2016

Well it's official everyone. The Under 25's have won the Home Counties Inter County U25 League. I've been given permission to run off at the mouth about it as much as I like because this time we are right!! The lads took 19 points out of the 22 available in their last match against Kent yesterday and cannot be touched. Apologies if I appear to be saying the same things again....but hey what a great result for the lads themselves and for Sussex. We have some really fantastic young players coming up behind us and they deserve all the support we can give them. This is a huge result for them in only their second full season in the league and vindicates my own decision to get them back into the league when under their previous Manager, Duncan Lambert. However, the real credit must go to Managers Ray Leggett and Barry Torode for overseeing this young team and getting them into shape to take on the might of the likes of Kent, Surrey & Essex none of whom can in any way be described as slouches! It truly is a fabulous result for these young athletes and for Sussex. Soon as I have the full result of the Kent game I'll get it posted on the website. Meanwhile time to bask a little in the glow surrounding the Sussex County IBA Under 25 Inter-County League Winners 2016....aargh..that feels good!

Funeral details - Jerry Dean




Although it may have been expected by many it is, nevertheless, my sad duty to report the death of Jerry Dean a much loved member of ARUN DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB. Jerry had been in recent poor health and absent from the bowls green for some years.

Jerry was a Life Member of Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association and President of the Association in season 2001-2002. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour both on and off the green. He contributed hugely to the Arun Club and it is true to say that he didn’t appear to have an enemy in the world. For those of us who had the great pleasure of playing bowls with him mention of his name will evoke many fond memories of the camaraderie and friendship he engendered among everyone on the green whenever he was present. A genial, gentle, giant who was a great ambassador for his club and our sport and who will without doubt, be immensely missed.

He was a friend to many, gave a huge part of his life over to bowls which was his passion and will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Joyce and his family at this difficult time. Funeral details are not yet to hand but when they are I’ll publish them on the SCIBA website. (

Tony Phillips
Hon. Secretary
Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association
Saturday, 30th January, 2016


EBYDS Junior County Finals 2016

On Saturday 9th January, Horsham IBC was once again the venue for the EBYDS County Junior Finals.

Congratulations to all Junior County Finals Winners

Top Boy – Singles James Savage (Horsham IBC)

Top Boy – Skills James Savage (Horsham IBC)

Top Girl – Singles Holly Maslen (Grattons IBC)

Top Girl – Skills Maesi Ramsay (Egerton Park IBC)

Overall Champion Maesi Ramsay (Egerton Park IBC)

The presentations saw Malcolm Goman (SCIBA President) and Gill Henty (SCWIBA President) present the Attendance Certificates to all the participants and Terry Mitchell (SCB President) give out the winners awards.

Full report & photographs from Peter Blanks EBYDS County Coordinator.

Tuesday 19th January, 2016

OK Everyone....stand down, stop the clocks...ever so humble your servant, yours truly got so so over excited and misread the league position. The U25's Inter County League winners remains in the melting pot for the time being! I do apologise to all of you for misleading you up the garden path but I am sure it is only a matter of time before I am able to announce Sussex as the winners. Watch this spot and don't be too harsh on me please! I am busting to report Sussex are the winners but it will have to wait a little longer! Sorry lads and those also waiting on a positive result.....I'll try and control myself a little longer!!!! Not easy all this you know!

Sunday 17th January, 2016

Good luck to the Under 25's Inter County League who take on Essex today. The result could be critical in deciding the winners of the league and we are on tenterhooks awaiting the result later today. Good luck the lads and Come On Sussex!

Just seen the Under 25 Inter County League table which had been missing up to now and Sussex are leading by 45 points from their nearest rivals Kent! How fantastic is that?! The Essex result today is made all the more important. Sussex need to get good points from the match because Kent have a game in hand and could overhaul us but hey Sussex on top of the about them potato's don't hear that everyday!

Congratulations to Adur IBC who this season are celebrating their 25th Anniversary as a club. Anyone who knows The Adur knows what a great club it has become over those years. Responsible for turning out top bowlers and providing their all of their membership with outstanding indoor bowls facilities. Sussex County IBA play a dedication match against the club today to add their congratulations to the pot and I've got to tell you we're bringing a strong team......we know the Adur guys would have it no other way though. I'm sure it will be a excellent game played to a highly competitive standard. Well done to the Adur on their 25th Anniversary and here's to the next 25 years....

Monday, 11th January, 2016

It's an awesome well done to the Under 25 lads of Sussex who yesterday beat Surrey in the Inter County League 126-55...whoa! That's not a beating it's a thrashing! All 22 points to Sussex and if Kent would only get the league table sorted out I think we might find Sussex on top of the pile! Fantastic win Sussex.....are we on a roll or what?? Two to go...Essex next Sunday and Kent on the 7th February. Neither will be easy games but they are both winnable and with this team, dare I say it's almost a slam dunk!

Saturday, 9th January, 2016

Despite a strong showing by Scott Edwards and Robert Taylor against the brothers Edward & Robert Elmore they ultimately lost on a tie break in their match on the Potters' Bowlers Bar green yesterday morning. Nevertheless, to take the Elmores to a tie break was no mean feat and without Robert Elmore forcing a three shot take on the last end of  the set the Sussex lads would have been the players facing Louis Rideout and Sam Tolchard in todays draw! Cracking effort Scott & close, we applaud you both.

The BBC will be televising the closing matches at Potters from the 18th January, 2016 but if you have access to YouTube on the internet you can find all the matches on the portable rink are being video'd and commentated upon and you can watch to your heart's content! Enjoy the fun......

Thursday 7th January, 2016

Although strictly not a Sussex county issue I hope that members and visitors to our website will join with me in wishing Steve Ireland & Rob Taylor of Preston IBC the very best of luck in their quest to reach the finals of the World Bowls Pairs being held as usual at the Potters Seaside Resort in Norfolk. Play gets underway tomorrow morning for the Sussex duo and I really do hope they do well against some of the best players not simply in England but Internationally. The competition is a televised event on EuroSport although as I write I don't have a live viewing schedule. If I find one I shall report back to you straightaway. Do your best lads... but most of all....enjoy the moment!

Firstly.. 2016 is upon us.....A Happy New Year to all our bowlers and visitors. May it bring you everything you wish for.

The Under 25 Match Sheet for the game against Surrey at The Grattons IBC has been published on the Under 25 Inter - County League page. We have not been provided with the latest league position table by Kent but surmise that Sussex must be doing well and near the top if not actually the leaders! I hope Kent will publish the up to date league table very soon.We wish Sussex the best of luck on the 10th January 2016. Kick off is 10.00am at The Grattons IBC and spectators and supporters are very welcome to come along and cheer our lads on.

It's a big well done to the Horsham rink of Peter Wren, Ray Knight, Barrie Baillie & Peter Hamilton who walked away with the Llew Knight Annual Patrons Challenge Cup last Sunday. They managed to overcome teams from right across the county to take the silverware back to their club so many congratulations to them all.  A special thank you to Viv Evans the County Competition Secretary who worked extremely hard to ensure the competition was once again viable this season and for organizing and running the day for the players. The photo shows the winning team receiving the Llew Knight Challenge Cup. Thanks also to Egerton Park IBC who hosted and sponsored the day at their own club. It is greatly appreciated by County and I know for a fact the players really enjoy this particular one day competition. To those clubs that ran in behind the Horsham lads.....I'm sure you had an enjoyable day of competitive bowls.....without you competing there wouldn't be any one day events let alone this one so thank you and your clubs for supporting the competition.

Winners of the 2015/16 Llew Knight Annual Patrons Challenge Cup


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