The 2016 season is now well underway and thus far has produced a mixed bag of results. After a good opening win in the County League Div 1 game against Houghton Regis the Club was brought back down to earth in the following game with an unexpected defeat away to Barton. But, as always, we picked ourselves up and recorded consecutive wins against Maulden, Bedford Borough and crucially Sandy Conservatives. The margin of victory against the latter (9-0) means that the Club is now in the driving seat in Div 1 and victories in the forthcoming games against Henlow and Stotfold should secure the Div 1 title again for the tenth time in 13 years, a fantastic achievement by any standards.
Sadly our participation in the Top Club and National Two Fours competitions was restricted to 1st Round exits at the hands of Sandy Conservatives (away) and Maulden (away) respectively. Both matches went to the wire and could have gone either way up to the last wood being bowled.
In the County Competitions Steve Brewer, Andy Geddes, Rollie Cawdell and Roger Manning made it through to the Quarter-Finals of the Fours only to lose out to Houghton Regis who subsequently went on to reach the Final. However, hopes remain high in the Triples were we are guaranteed a Triple in the Semi-Final given that Jack Cawdell, Jim Allen and Tom Cawdell find themselves drawn against John Pinnock, Eddie Swann and Dave Taylor in the Quarter-Finals to be played on Sunday, 3 July at Kempston. The Pairs and Singles competitions are now underway and the Club has the potential to do well in both competitions so watch this space.
However, without doubt the highlight of the Season thus far was Jonny Stokes selection for the Disability Bowls England Team at the Home International Series in Scotland in June. Jonny’s progression since his move from Luton Coop to LTBC in 2014 has been dramatic to say the least. Jonny featured regularly in the Clubs winning teams in the Harmsworth Cup, Pell Shield and Div 1 League title successes last Season which combined with him coming Runner Up in the County Tompkins Cup (singles) has led to Trials earlier this year for the County’s Middleton Cup Team. Whilst England did not win the Home Series Jonny’s performances should secure him a place in the England Team next year. This is a great honour both for himself and Luton Town Bowling Club of which Jonny should feel justifiably proud.
More news to follow in July with hopefully more success to report.
Shoots, shoots, shoots!!!!!!
A comprehensive victory over Henlow (99-52) in June followed up by a hard fought victory away to Stotfold (85-80) in July secured the County League Div 1 title again for the 9th time in 13 years by the comfortable margin of 12 points over our nearest challengers Sandy Conservatives.
Victory in the County League enabled the Club to turn it’s attention to the Harmsworth Cup and Pell Shield competitions. Decisive victories in the Harmsworth Cup against Sandy Town (96-70) and Wilstead (87-52) secured a Qtr-Final match against Houghton Regis, a nail biting game that went to the wire with Houghton running out the victors by just 1 shot, 78-79. However, the Club had more success in the Pell Shield recording victories against Beech Hill, Bridgeman, Sandy Town & Houghton Regis thus securing our passage through to the Final where we came up against Maulden who we defeated 78-69 thus retaining the Trophy we had won the previous year.
In the County Competitions the Club enjoyed a good measure of success with Rollie & Jack Cawdell winning the Pairs Title against Sharnbrook by the margin of 25-21 and in similar fashion Dave Taylor, Eddie Swann & John Pinnock recorded a comprehensive victory over Beech Hill by the impressive margin of 28-9 to secure the Triples Title. Rollie/Jack and Dave/Eddie & John went on to represent Bedfordshire in the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August. These titles along with the success in The County League and Pell Shield serves to reinforce the Club’s status as the most successful club in Bedfordshire.
On the County scene Dave Taylor, Daniel Hall, Jim Allen, Steve Brewer, Jack & Tom Cawdell and Roger Manning were selected to play for Bedfordshire in the Middleton Cup, a team captained by Rollie Cawdell which saw Bedfordshire progress to the Semi-Finals at Leamington Spa for only the second time in 20 years, no mean achievement.
To round the season off the icing on the cake was Jonny Stokes being named as Disability Bowls England ‘Player of the Year’ for 2016. For further information on his achievement log into Luton Today. To crown his season off Jonny has again been picked for the Trials which will be held at Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Nottingham on 26 February 2017. Well done Jonny.
It's the start of another new season and the Town would like extend a warm welcome to their three new players Nick Taylor, Matt Bonsey & Dave Whelan! Nick and Matt are fairly new to the game, but have promising skill. Dave Whelan is an experienced bowler making a switch from Houghton Regis Bowls Club and is another fantastic addition to the ever growing roster of Luton Town Bowlers.
First a Big Congratulations to Jonny Stokes and the England Team for winning the Para Tri-Nations Disability Bowls Challenge! Next on to the County League news. The Town got the season off to a good start with a decisive Victory over Queens Works, with a score of 112-33. Unfortunately the next match was a close defeat by Houghton Regis (69-67). Over the following 3 games though Luton came back with all wins against Barton (88-53), Maulden (84-44) and Biggleswade Town (63-50). The next match against Sandy Cons could be a major deciding factor whether we win the league or not.
In the county fours Tom, Jim, Rollie & Jack bested our other 4 of Dave. T, Eddie, John, P & Dave. P in the extra end to go through to the semi finals. Once through to the semis they were up against Flitwick, where they put up a tremendous show and Flitwick ended up conceding after 11 Ends! They are now through to the Lemington County Fours, Good luck lads.
In the county Pairs we still have 3 teams in the mix (Bob & Tony, Dave. T & Dave.P, Tom & Jim) and a strong possibility of Luton colours being shown at the end of competition.
In the Pell Sheild Luton secured a decent Victory over Shefford (83-71) and are now through to face Sandy Con on the 9th of July. For the Harmsworth Cup Luton have recieved a bye and could either face Maulden or Kempston Hammers on the 26th of July. In the Crawley triples Andy Geddes' Team closed down a close victory (20-18)in round 1 and are now through to Round 2 on the 10th of July. More news on the County Domestic Competitions will be available over the next month or so, so be sure to check back.
Every year there is a Gala day held at Flitwick and this year our boys "The Towners"(Dave Butler, Dave Taylor & Andy Geddes) managed to bring home the trophy. Good job guys!
Last but definitely not least Jonny Stokes has qualified for the finals at Leamington in the Disablity National Singles!
In other minor news...you may have noticed the website has been going through a few changes the past few months. Well that's because the website editor/admin has changed hands and it's now kind of being remolded. Luton now has a Facebook page and will soon have a Twitter page too, you can check out and like our Facebook either to left of this post or visit "here"
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back at the end of next month for more Luton Town Bowls Club news!
Before we get on with the monthly news Luton would just like to give thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting our club this season so far, companies such as Spearhead Cars, GO Private Car Hire and WH Barley Transport. Every penny helps and if you would like to support our ever-growing club then you can contact us via the the contact page here.
It was a successful and extremely eventful month for the Town, starting off with big success in County competitions. In the County Triples two Luton sides (Jim, Tom, Jack vs Andy, Kev Rollie) faced off against each other and Jim's Team prevailed. They then went on to face Sandy Cons in the semi finals and pulled off a win in the extra end to go through to the finals! They then went on to win in the final and bag the trophy, good job lads!
After a great triples win it was down to the lads again plus rollie in the county fours this time and in true Luton style they nail another win with a score of 26-7, thus winning the final and becoming County Fours Champions!
After two great wins it was down to our two Luton Town boys, Dave Whelan & David Payne to duel it out in the 4 wood County Singles Final. Both played well but in the end Dave Whelan came out on top to beat David Payne and wins with a score of 21-5.
Now on the County league...we started off the month to great win over Sandy Con with a score of 72-54. Winning against Sandy gave us some serious momentum for our match versus Henlow, where if we win could put us in great standing to win the league. With an amazing show of skill Luton beats Henlow on all rinks 100-55 and securing the County League Division 1! Great job champions!
As well as winning the County League we have a huge chance of winning the Luton & District too. We started off the month with a match against Linslade and again we won on all rinks with a score of 47-89. Fast forward to our next game against Flitwick Away and we come away with another comfortable win, by winning on all rinks with a score of 58-95. In addition congratulations to Nick Taylor, Daniel Hall, Roger Manning & Tom Cawdell on securing a hot shot (winning by 8 in one end)! Our next match was against Dunstable who put up a great effort, but Luton wins by 11 shots in the end. Houghton Regis was our next L & D match and one of the closest yet...the final score was 86-84 to Luton!
Unfortunately the run of success came to an end this month in regards to The Harmsworth Cup. We nailed a fantastic win over Kempston with a score of 79-38 which put us through to face Barton in the Quarter Finals. It was a very close match agianst Barton but it just wasn't our night and they manage to beat us 69-67, maybe next year guys!
Finally a shout-out to Jonny Stokes of reaching the Disbility National Finals, but losing at the final hurdle. Unlucky mate we are really proud of you!
Last but not least a final update about the Luton Triples League...unfortunately both of our teams didnt win it this year but Luton B came a respectable second in the table and Luton A coming in at 4th, just about missing relegation! Houghton Regis became this years winners by winning all ten games.
It'll be coming up to the end of season soon and we haven't got that many games left, if you want to join our club next season then don't hesitate to inquire. Just pop over to our contacts page and give us a ring/email or likewise you can ping us a message on our Facebook page (see the widget to the left of this article).
That's all for this months update, I'll catch you next month folks! - Nick.
Luton Lads At Leamington
It was a great month (August) for Luton this year where we found 6 of our lads representing Bedfordshire & Luton at Leamington! There was Jack, Jim, Rollie & Tom in the fours and Jack, Jim & Tom again in the Triples. Then towards the end of this month we had David Payne & Dave Whelan both in the Singles! Lets start off with the story of the fours and triples.
In the County Triples two Luton sides (Jim, Tom, Jack vs Andy, Kev Rollie) faced off against each other and Jim's Team prevailed. They then went on to face Sandy Cons in the semi finals and pulled off a win in the extra end to go through to the finals! They then went on to win in the final and bag the County trophy.
Jack, Jim & Tom then went on down to Lemington and won 19-11 against Somerset B in the First Round. That same afternoon they went on to face Kent B in the second round and with some cracking bowling they beat them 19-18! The very next day they faced Cumbria A in the Last 16 and with some bad luck and a great opposite skip they unfortunately lost 12-17.
Next up is Jack, Jim, Rollie & Tom in the National fours. After some great bowling in the County they went on through to Leamington to face Dorset A in the First Round in the morning session. They went on to win this round 17-15 comfortably and thus advance them onto the second round - afternoon session. Unfortunately the afternoon session didn't go as planned and the lads were eliminated from the competition by Berkshire A with a score of 15-18.
After a great showing by the triples and fours teams, it was down to our two lads David Payne & Dave Whelan in the Singles to make the club even more prouder than it already is!
With a great show of skill by both Whelan and Payne in the county singles competition they managed to face each other in the County Final on the 30th of July. It was a great match but in the end Dave Whelan came out triumphant with a score of 21-15 and lifted the county singles trophy.
Fast forward a few weeks and both are down at Leamington. The week started off with David Payne in the Prelims against Northumberland B and what an amazing match that was! At one point he was 16-11 down and then crawled his way back to 20-19 down. He is then holding two shots with 3 woods still to come. The opponent has one final chance to secure the win but misses and with some great composure and bowling David wins the match! This means he now advances to the First Round the next day when Dave Whelan will also be bowling.
Come the next morning, both the Dave's set off with their first woods of the day and fight a hard battle the first 4 or 5 Ends. Payne was against Devon C and Whelan was against Nottinghamshire B. Unfortunately both of the opposition started to pull away and in the end both Dave's lost.
All of the Luton lads who represented us this year in the Nationals did the County & the club proud! Well done all and here's to next year and hopefully more Town success!
Luton Club Singles Final
This year Luton decided to hold it's club singles competition and the turnout for it was fantastic, with over 20 players signing up. The final of this competition was played on 28th and it was Eddie Vs David Payne in the end. The sun was out, we had a great turnout of spectators and overall it was a lovely evening. Unfortunately though there can only be one victor!
All through the match both Eddie and David was showing some great bowling, one would go two shots up...the other would go two shots up. Eventually though Eddie broke through and managed to secure the win with a score of 21-15! Check out the video below of the final three ends (alibeit a very shaky video with no audio).
So congratulations to Eddie this year for becoming the Luton Town Bowls Club Singles Champion and lets hope we can carry this on next year!
Jonny Stokes Through To The Next Stage of England Para Bowls Team Selection!
A big congratulations to Jonathan Stokes in reaching the next stage of the Disability Bowls England Test Trails, to be apart of the England Para team for the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia! July of this year Mr Stokes recieved the letter he had been hoping for..."you have been nominated to participate in the process leading to the selection of the bowls England Para Bowls team for 2018"! After receieving the news he had been hoping for, he had a long road ahead of practice and preparation for the first stage.
This first stage of the selection process was on the 1st of October 2017 and entailed certain exercises and matches against other potential participants in a bid to show his skill and ability to the selectors. After this first process was over he eagerly awaited the call to let him know if he had been selected or not for the next stage. The phone call came and he had been selected for the next process!
Jonny accepting his England Cap from Greg Harlow above.
After receieving the news he wanted, he is now set to play against Wales & Scotland in the next stage. He will be arriving in Nottingham on the evening of Thursday 26th October 2017 to play on the 27th, 28th & 29th of October. If he is successful, he will then be called up to play for the England Para bowls team and will be attending training camps, in November, December 2017 & Feburary of next year. I spoke to Jonny Stokes and this is what he had to say below:
I recieved the invitation for the commonwealth games trials I was over the moon, even more so when I got selected for the next stage of the trial playing in a test event. I scored highly in the skill sessions in the morning and played well in the triples matches in the afternoon. I'm looking forward to the test event at the end of October, leading up to the event I will be getting plenty of practice time in plus all my mates have been advising me to relax and enjoy the experience.
has been a busy time for me recently having to work and bowl at this level at the same time. I feel I've worked hard at all levels throughout the year up to now, its had a big impact on the way I played in the first part of the trial which helped me being selected. I'm hopeful that all my hard work and practice leading up to this event pays off and I'm able to impress the selectors. Fingers crossed. - Jonathan Stokes
From myself and everyone at Luton Town BC, we wish you the best of luck mate and hopefully we will be seeing you on TV next year! #LTBC #JonnyInternational